During the past 10 days the price of oats ha.s increased 3d to 4d per bushel; indeed, there is very little offering at all. Consequently the millers have 'neon obliged to raise the price of oatmeal by £1 per ton, making the current quotation £ls 10s for 25’s. The members of the Auckland Land Board appeared to he taken aback by a. statement made on Tuesday, says the ‘ New .Zealand Herald,' by an applicant for a transfer. A young man who said ho was a fanner and land salesman asked for permission to take over two blocks in To Aroha. survey district from two (separate owners, Tho r.'ommissioncr, Hr 11. H. Sheet, said: ’’You are. asking for two blocks. 3« not one enough';” The applicant replied that ho would not take one without the other, and when asked what ho wanted the land lor his answer was : " I intend to improve it, and sell it.” After the members hud recovered from their astonishment, tho Ck-mmiosiouer remarked: “It is certainly most refreshing to meet with such candor. Wh appreciate having a truthful man before us. but it is our duty toprevontspeculation with regard to Crown Linds. Wo want men on the land to live on their sections and make their living by farming. Wo cannot allow sections to fall into tho hands of speculators to hold for a. few months and &?U at a big profit.” The applicant then raid ho had been under tho impression that if he put a- man on the property he would he fulfilling the residence clause. The application was refused. Shortly after 9 o'clock last night smoko was noticed coming from the fiftn story of the Now Zealand Express Company’s building in Bond street by Mr T. Brown, who immediately gave the alarm. The police were soon on the scene, Sergeant M‘K«nzie being one of the first to enter the building. When the City Fire Brigade arrived tho flames had been partially suppressed. The brigade brought their chemical tube into operation, and soon the outbreak was subdued. The principal damage done by tho flames, which originated in a waste-paper basket, was the discoloring of the walls, but this was not of a very serious nature.
The capacity to stand pain varies among white men, according to constitution and temperament. -Possibly the colored man has not tho fine nervous system, and is mote hardened to suffering of any kind. The special correspondent of the London ‘EVening Standard,’ writing on November 5, said ho had just eccn a huge- lump of shell, a fragment of what is known as a “Jack Johnson,” which had been cut out of the muscles of the back of a Turco. Ho was in the hospital in Paris. Tho surgeons wasted valuable time endeavoring to obtain his consent to allow himself to bo put under chloroform, but without avail. All he asked for was a bit of leather to put between his teeth to bite when tho operation was being performed. It was a painful task, I on account of tho terrible nature of tho ■ shell, which was jagged and sharp, and over two inches long by an inch wide. Tho patient gave the piece of shell away to the iirst man who asked for it. An interesting presentation in the form of a pastoral staff was made last week to Dr Averill, Anglican Bishop of Auckland, by tho Maoris of the diocese, as a memento jof tho Marsden Centenary (says tho ‘Star’). Tho staff consists of four parts, including a carved crook at the top ; the I wood for tho other throe sections has been | presented by three different Maori tribes, and each piece is of a different kind of New Zealand wood. The crook, which was designed by tho late Ven. Archdeacon Walsh, who was a recognised authority on native habits and customs, as well as a brilliant scholar ef tho Maori language, was carved by Mr J. 11., Edwards, of Auckland. '1 ho staff was presented to tho Bishop at Bussell, when tho chiefs of tho different tribes met Dr Averill and presented each portion .separately. One of tho oldest farm properties in tho Taiori has just changed bauds—viz., the Hopehill Estate,, comprising between 3,000 and 4,000 acres, which the Loan and Mercantile Agency Company sold on account of Mr Joseph Allan to Mr Andrew Mathevvson of this City. “I really believe that a man who‘has had a criminal record, but who has kopt straight for a number of years, is deserving of more credit than the man who has never been tempted and fallen. Onco having formed criminal habits, and got among criminal associates, it is very difficult for a man to start afresh.” This observation was made in the Auckland Police Court by Mr F. V. Frazer, S. M,. when he had bclore him the case of a man who had a police record against his name, but who, for the last 10 years, had been leading an honest life. Tho English mail which was despatched from Dunedin via Brindisi on (ho 12th November arrived in London on the 25th insl.
, Respite all rumors to the contrary, the. defence authorities are prepared to'enroll and have medically examined nil recruits ( otning forward, and it is stated that the response at present its. very satisfactory, while inter on, when the .Recruiting t'ommittee commence a. vigorous enuntrv campaign, there, should he little difficulty in making up from lime to time whatever quota is required from Otago. Tho central recruiting office, in the Stock Exchange, is already proving useful, and should be a great convenience Inter on. As has been stated previously, tho call for men to go to ?amna has been distinctly poor, so far as Otago is concerned, only about onethird of the number required having volunteered: but the delicicncy will probably he made up in the. North Island. Mr Paulin telephoned at 2 p.m. : Strong N.E. winds; line for 24 hours; barometer fall.
A London cable to the Sydney ‘Sun’ states that on the 14lh inst. Vesta Victoria. the well-known variety actress, was awarded £3,260 damages against Moss Empires, Ltd., tho leading theatrical circuit in _ Britain, for breach of contract. The defendants had terminated their contracts with the plaintiff because she. had n r 4. attended rehearsals. During the hearing of the case evidence was given that Harry Lauder, while attending rehearsal at the Hackney Empire, complained of being kept waiting a few minutes while a taxicab was registering the fare. From Messrs Chas. Bcgg and Co. we hnvo received the ‘Spirit of Napoleon March.’ by Adrian Hope. The. composer’s name is a recommendation, for he has a, standing in the musical world, and is well known as the producer of .several euccessful waltzes ; and an examination of the march discloses intrinsic merit, the theme being of an inspiiing nature, well elaborated and fitted to a good accompaniment. A further advantage for selling purposes if. that the march is easy to play. Watson’s No. 10 is a little dearer than most whiskies, but is worth tho money.— [Advt.] Amateur sports are to be held on the Brighton Domain rm Now Year's Day. Speight’s ale and stout are acknowledged by the Dominion public to be the. beet, on the market,—[Advt.] To these who are fond of a whiff of the briny and arc anxious to taka advantage of the New Year holiday an excellent opportunity will be afforded them, as will he seen in our advertising columns, the. Union Company having arranged for the Warrimno to leave Dunedin wharf at 4 o'clock on Thursday afternoon. The steamer will arrive in Lyttelton first thing on Friday, giving pas-engert. an excellent opportunity of spending a rouple of days in the Cathedral City, leaving there on Sunday, 3rd January, by the Paloona. which is timed to arrive in Dunedin first thing Monday morning. Troubled with insomnia? A glass of Watson's No. 10 makes a splendid nightcap.— [Advt] Train arrangements for the New Year holidays arc advertised in this issue. Ladies recommend Martin’s Apio! and Steel Pills. Sold by all chemists and stores. See you got tho genuine.—[Advt.]
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Evening Star, Evening Star, Issue 15687, 29 December 1914