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Time brings msny changes, and the New Year has ushered in one which doubtfrs's will interest the New Zealand public. We refer to the announcement, appearing .in another column wherein the. Dresden Piano Companv i.handon their well-known title for that of "The Bristol Piano Companv." It. will be apparent that the war Is responsible for this, and no doubt the company have been influenced by the fityong feeling which, in common with all of us, they entertahi against, the enemies of the Empire. The city of Dresden, with its famous musical associations, afforded a useful and agreeable titb in the past, hut whilst- we hold that resentment against, merely the name:, of cities, composer.', authors, and suchlike should not he carried to undisrnih'ed lengths, we cannot but. feel that "the Bristol Piano Company fthu new title) done well to_ make the change, which, as suggested in tlis announcement, will doubtless be appreciated by the public. The words "The Dresden" in the course of many years have grown to'be very familiar to most of us in this City, for the premises of the company have long been the box office for all theatrical and musical entertainments, becoming thereby a place, of semi-public resort, and under the new title of the Bristol Piano Company they will, we believe, be no less familiar. From a business point of view, however, we. can well imagine that the company mu*t be losing a very valuable asset in parting with a name, "which has developed into a household word.

The annual marine excursion which is run by the Union Steam Ship Company on New Year's Day war, again brought to a successful issue yesterday. Some 500 excursionists made the trip, and although the weather was a little dull and a cold northerly wind was blowing, the people prepared themselves to make an enjoyable day of it. The Tarawera departed from the. Kitchener street wharf shortly after 8 o'clock, and was soon past the Heads on her journey, to Oamaru. A. slight swell caused the ship to roll a little, and various expressions of distress emanated from those who were stricken with seasickness. The head wind greatly impeded the progress' of the ship, and it was well on to 3 o'clock in the afternoon before the Tnrawera berthed at the Oamaru wharf. The return journey was started at 4 o'clock, and the steamer reached town about 9.45 p.m. The Citizens" Band played throughout the day, and added much "to the enjoyment. The arrangements concerning the, carrying out of the trip were ably fulfilled by' the captain and officers of the ship, to whom every credit is due for helping to make the excursion an enjoyable one. A very few years ago captains of British. tramp steamers were expressing satisfaction in respect to the angel-like qualities of their Chinese crews. These captains even waxed emphatic, asserting that they Mould resign their <»>mm«nds rather thaii again sail with British crews after commanding Chinese. But a change seems to be coming. The discovery i; being made that even Chines* crevrs '■ are not wholly perfect, apart altogether from Admiral Sturdee's hint that the cheapness of foreigners did not constitute real economy. The experience Li th-a North when the Chinese crew wanted to have their own way on a steamer is being freely discussed amongst seafaring folk?, who say that a military officer was fired on by a Chinese member of the new, the bullet grazing his neck. Before the Chinaman had time to readjust his revolver for another shot his aim was spoiled by the cold caress of a sentry's, bayonet. The. Chinese crew forthwith desisted from wishing their own way at any cost. It is rumored freely that trouble has also been experienced with the Chinese crew on another steamer. Admiral (Sturdee's statements seem not inapplicable. The clean and keen competition in the athletic events nt the Otago Caledonian Society's sports yesterday was favorably commented on by many of the- spectators. There was no jostling or dirty work cf any sort, snd all the." competitors seemed out to win, though the prizes were only trophies. It is pleasing .to know that our amateurs can produce such good sport. This was the first occasion on which the amateurs have been relied on by the Caledonian Society, and we feel eatisfied that the ney, departure is. Mr E. Rosevear (ppeisid-ent of the Otago Centre of the In.Z.A.A.A.) was present, also Mr P. W. Breen (secretary), and they were admittedly p]ea.sed with the proceedings. In this connection we may montion that Treahy, winner of the pole vaulting, and Holmes, who won the closest heat of the day in, the races, are High School boys. Either may become a champion. The instruction of Mr Lloyd Phillips at tha school is bearing good fruit.

Mr Paulin telephoned at 2 p.m. : S.E. to N.E. winds; fino for 24 hours; mist on East Coast. There is always something romantic .Melbourne ' Ago'\. Th» ■personality of the man who subscribes £I,OOO to hospital funds and hides his light, tinder a bushel invariably gives rise to curious speculation. And now the military authorities aro wondering who brought a portrait of Lord Roberts to the State headquarters, and left it for Colonel Wallace, the State Commandant, The donor appeared the other day, earning a parcel under his armUnwrapping jt, he displayed u> small, but exceedingly well-executed oil painting of England's late fieldniarslial, saying it was to be hung in Colonel Wallace's room. lie gave no reason, and when his nanife was asked he remarked that he preferred to remain unknown, and loft the barracks before he could even he thanked. The portrait-'-a head and shoulders decorates the commandant's walls. The field-marshal gazes from the canvas over a desk heaped with official papers towards the comer where stands the commandant's sword. Neither on frame noc picture is there a- clue to the patriotic donor. Towards the elope of the Strath Taieri Caledonian sports, which were held at Middlemarclr yesterday, a disappointed competitor in the wrestling competition became very obstreperous, and displayed temper which showed his unworthiness to take nart in sports. He expressed his opinion of the officials with surprising fluency, and showed a strong desjr<=, to settle'the controversy with his hands. Mr M. Fraer, J.P., presided in the Police Court yesterday morning. The first offenders were convicted of drunkenness and discharged. A woman was charged with being guiltv of disorderly behavior while drunk" The senior sergeant said that accused was a recent arrival in the country. IShe was not very drunk, but *ho was stopping people in the street and annoving them. She also went into a private "office and created a nuisance there. Accused was convicted and discharged. Mr Escolt. member for Pahiatua, denies the report that it is his to resign the seat with a view to enabling Mr E. M. B. Fisher to contest it, He characterises the statement as a wild one, and says there is nothing in it.

Except on aid about the hills the. crops in the North Taieri district are very poor this season. To visiters to Middlemarch yesterday it was evjdent that the potato and turnip crops would be the better with a great deal more rain than they have had.

" Our Own " wires from Waimate :—The students' summer conference at Waimate is to continue until next Tuesday. It shows every sign of being as great a factor in student life as former conferences have been. One feature of this conference has been a series of three addresses delivered by the. Rev. J. Patorson, M.A., of St.' Paul's, Christchnreh, on the subjects ' The Reasonableness of Christianity,' ' Sin,' and ' Redemption.' The New Year was ushered in at Port Chalmers in th* usual hearty manner, Bells rang, ships whistled, and rockets exploded with their pleasing pyrotechnic display in colors. The usual watch-night services were Jjeld- Colored light displays were made at the holiday resorts along the harborside, and the Heads searchlight danced its brilliant rays merrily round the harbor and the surrounding hilltops.

Watson's No. 10 is a little dearer than most whiskies, but is worth the money.— [Advt.] Ladies recommend Martin's Apiol and Steel Puis. Sold by all chemists and stores. See you get. the genuine.—[Advt.] Troubled with tasramis? A glass of Watson's No. 10 makes a aplendid nightcap.— [Advt,]

X glass of Speight's beer at, lunch and supper is better than all the tea in Chins [Advt.] ' New season's photographic goods: Excellent stock now arriving. Cameras from 6s. Stud your order early to H. J. Gill, 11 and 13 Frederick street, Dunedin. 'Phone 1,144. -[Advt,] _________

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Evening Star, Issue 15690, 2 January 1915

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Evening Star Issue 15690, 2 January 1915

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