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Pre.s3 Association —By Teiegraph—Copyright. HEAVY RAIN IN NEW SOUTH AYALES SYDNEY. December 50. Heavy tain continues. The highest of many coastal records was at AVoollongong, where 8;J inches, fell. Rain, accompanied by a heavy wind and high seas, is delaying telegraphic coinimmication. AN UNSAVORY CASE. r HYO JOURNALISTS CONCERNED. SYDNEY. December, 31. (Received December 51, at, 8.50 a.m.) A remarkable charge has been preferred in the Police Court against Grant Hervey, the well-known author—viz.. that, llerciy falsely pretendexl to John Norton that lie had misconducted himself on two occasions with Mrs Norton, and then made a wilful false promise that he would supply infotmation which would enable Norton to discover Mrs Norton misconducting herself with Hervey, by means of which false pretence, and "partly by means of vi liich promise, Hcrvev attempted to obtain from John Norton' £2OO with intent to defraud. Hervey was remanded, bail of JLI2OO being gnvnUxl. COASTAL- LIGHTING DUES. MELBOURNE. December 31. The Gnvernor-in-Oounoil has approved of the Commonwealth light dues—\i/.., a charge of 8d per ton on the net tonnage of shipping per quarter on interstate and ovei.-ea trading vessels, as from April 1. THE AFTERNOON SHIFT. SYDNEY. December 51. • (Received December 31. at 0.10 a.m.) The northern miners are seeking a conference, with the colliery proprietors in connection with the afternoon shift. Their request, has beep Mtbmit t, fl lo the Proprietors" Association. THE WHEAT EMBAKGo. INTERSTATE I OMPLICATIONS. SYDNEY. December 51. The trouble, arising over the stoppag'of New South Wales wheat, cios.-ing into Victoria from South wc.-tern Rivcrina cs be.oniiug intensified. Victorian buyers have notified sellers to complete their parts of their c-mtrartt-. ARBITRATION COURT. nil". DUAL SYSTEM. sYDN'I'Y. December 31. The -Daily Telegraph,' comincTi! i:>.g on Mr Ei.-lier's confession that th" unions <>: Australia spend half their time in endeavoring to circumvent the Commonwealth Constitution in order to get, to the Federal Arbitration Court, says: "What Mr Fisher mean? is that if the proposed i eo.-ritutr.iial amendments are carri-vl, the road to tie central authority will ).•■ made open without restriction." Whether thai, would be in advantage is quite another matter. What the. public ivqiu're to be (onvinced about l>eiore they v.,ie on die n-ieceuda again it- that it will be an advantage." STATE EDUCATION. SHOULD CHURCHES COOPERATE? SYDNEY. Diieinbcr 5!. (Received Dec'inl-r 31. at 10.20 a.m.) Speaking at, a function at the Pieshy-i"'.-ian ;>:p!um Homes a; Parraiuatta. the i''overnor-l ii-n.-i al .-aid be was always, a st ton.' support .-■!• ~f national education, but an opponent of eertariauisni. Tie churches, even in tin' i'l-.m of church schools, because flexibility and variely '.'.ould be iniparted thereby.

NEW GUINEA'S RESOURCES. GOVERNMENT'S APATHY CONDEMNED. BRISBANE, December 31. Mr Metcalfe j director of the British New Guinea Development Company, has returned from a trip to Papua. He severely criticised tiw j-rerent suicidal policy "of the Commonwealth Government in liot encouraging the construction of trarlic facilities from Port Moresby to Sapphire Creek, rod in not developing the copper mines. The minefields were Mich as should make Papua relf-Mipport-ing. Regarding the labor question, Mr ! Metcalfe denied that cruelty wa« exercised towards the natives. FORGED BANK NOTES. UNPLEASANT DISCOVERY. J MELBOURXE. December 31. \ Tho Commonwealth Treasury officials - have received evidence thai, an attempt. ! has been made to fone Commonwealth j ten-shilling notes. Some arc already in ; circulation. Although tile, minulest d>- ' tails of th" printing are reproduced with i m curacy, the (-rudeness of the coloring; ami th'> difference, in the quality of the ! paper is pronounced. The Treasury an- j ticipates that the fraud mav prove evien- ; five, and offer* a reward of £ICO for in- j formation leading to the ronvictioif of the ; forger and iiDerers of the notes. •TASMANIAN* RAINS. 'iIOBART,' December 31. Unprecedented heavy rains have fallen ! on part of the ea-st coast, where up to Bin ; has been recorded. ;

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AUSTRALIAN AFFAIRS, Issue 15689, 31 December 1914

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AUSTRALIAN AFFAIRS Issue 15689, 31 December 1914

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