To-dav both the Warrimoo and Westralia were taking cargo for Lyttelton and Wellington, and Dunedin shippers found no difficulty in getting shipments loaded up to within a short time of sailing. It was a rare and pleasant experience." "Our Gun" wires from Waimate: The students' summer conference at Waimate got into their stride on Wednesday. During the morning session an address was given by the Rev. A. E. Hunt, of Wellington, on"'Tho Student Movement oi International Ideals.' In the afternoon a pithlie reception was given by the Mayor 01 Waimate, who treated the members of the conference with great hospitality, most of tho public buildings, baths etc., being placed at the, disposal of the conference. The evening session v.-as largely occupied by an address on 'The Reasonableness of Ohristi.mity' bv tho Rev. J. Patersoii, M.A.
What looks like a deliberate attempt to wreck a train has been reported from Temuka. A surfaceman crossing the Opih l bridge before- tho first train was due yesterday morning discovered two big stones, one weighing about 2001b, wedged alongside the rail between the. sleepers so that tho wheels of a passing train would have come dangerously near contact with them. The visitors attending the Bible class conference at Gore, to the number of over 700, with probably another 300 Goro members and friends, visited Croydon Bush, some 4£ miles away, yesterday for the purpose, of holding a picnic. The. method of locomotion adopted (wires "Our Own") was unique, the major portion of the picnickers being conveyed 111 specially-con-structed trolleys, hauled by traction engines. Four en' these trucks, full to oversowing with youth and beauty, were towed by each engine, and return trips were mad*, to take further contingents. In addition, almost all the expresses, drags, and vans in the town were commandeered for the transportation of tho human freight to the scene of enjoyment, while many citizens aho did good service in tho same direction with motor ears. A hundred or more, others proceeded thither on push and motor cycles. The camping ground want Croydon Bush, where the Gore, Borougn are the owners of some hundieds of acreof native hush specially set apait ;<.-. breathing-space and picnicking ground for the pi-ople. Given a. perfect day such as yesterday. the visitor to Croydon can have' a splendid time without, any exertion other than i= required to "boil tho billy." The. imposing mountain background, tho beautiful evergreen bu-h, the many :tp'amletv wandering tluoug.n the, undergrowth of native, ton and shrub, and the gloriousunshine all tended to make this an ideal pleasure resort, and the visitors will for many year= remember with pleasure their dav at Crovdon Bush.
People going down to the. v/harves oiton have to <U> a yowl deal of trainpm:: before they find the vessel they want. '\>> nl>. vinto thi* thy conruUiry of the Il.nlxiv Hoard iMr Banister) h.is bad a ooard erected in a, conspicuous place, just at the entrance to the liatuay rfdieel whaif. on which ir: shown the. vessels in port and the wharves at which (iuy ar<: lying- 'l'his should prove very convenient. .Although the. new iiro alarms have only heeii installed in the St. Kilda Borough for ,-iliosit a week, some person with little or no cense gave a false alarm lust night shortly aft'T 11 oVlnck. with the result that the- bell was rum:. The stupidity of thus sort of alleged jeke haa been frequently pointed out. and does not need reiteration, but it may not be out of place to say that any person caught offending, whether in the City or suburb?, will be dealt with severely. In this rase, the He rough. Council will probably offer a reward for information which may lead to the detection of the offender.
The wool-dumping plants are. busily engaged in preparing; wool at Port Chalmers for shipment, overseas. This forenoon a special train comprising ovrr 40 waggons of wool arrived at Port Chalmers. With reference to the statement in our yesterday's article dealing with the secondary hospital question, that "only two members of tho staff out of nine supported the Pine Hill site," a mem her of that body assures us that the statement in question is contrary to fact. At the meeting of tho staff, at w'hich site question was discussed, the staff's opinion thereon having been specially invited by the Charitable. Aid Board, a _ motion against the acquisition of the Pine Hill site without the additional acreage was moved and defeated, an amendment in which the staff expressed (in the terms already published) their preference for the Pme Hill sito being carried practically without dissent. It thereupon became' the substantive motion, was agreed to with practical unanimity, ami was sent on to the board as the deliberate and considered opinion of the staff ori the issue put before them the Charitubl'-- Aid Board.
Mr Paulin telephoned at 2 p.m. :—S.E. to N.E. winds; fine for 24 hours; mist on east coast. A 14-year-old boy was charged in the Juvenile" Court this morning with theft at Clydevale of £3 in money, the property "of George Knox, and was remanded to appear at Lawrence on the 7th inst., bail being allowed in one surety of £lO. Railway arrangements for tho New Year holidays are advertised in this issue. Watson's No. 10 is a little dearer than most whiskies, but is worth the money.— [Advt.] In connection with tho Broad Bay regatta, which is being held to-morrow, tho proceeds of which are for the Belgian relief fund, the Peninsula Ferry Company, in anticipation of heavy traffic, have made arrangements which will enable them to brine; back all the visitors without any inconvenience or 'overcrowding. There are six trips time-tabled to leave Portobello and Broad Bay. and extra trips will bo run if necessary. No lady should be without Unrtin'i Apiol and Steel Pf.ls. Sold by aL chemists and stores throughout Australasia.—[Advt.] The Peninsula ferry boats' time-table will bo found in our shipping column. Speight's ale nnd stem* are acknowledger} by the Dominion public to be tho beet on the market.—fAdvt.] Troubled with uisoinmaP A glass of WatWs No. 10 makes a uplcndid nightcap.— [Advt.]
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Evening Star, Evening Star, Issue 15689, 31 December 1914