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As has teen stated before, the men for relief duty at Samoa will leave- Dunedin for the north next Monday by the second express. It is quite likely that men who have volunteered for the reinforcements will receive orders to go under canvas within a few day*. Lake- Taupo is known all over tho world as being tho greatest and best fishing ground for trout, and sportsmen come from all over the universe to enjoy the fishing there, amongst them being the greatest experts in the piscatorial art. .Such being the ease, it is no mean thing to establish a record (says the Auckland 'Star'), and yet that was done on Monday last by Mr C. C. Buckland, of Monavale, Cambridge, and his brother -in-law, Mr A. C. Wilshire, of Powel River, British Columbia. Hitherto tho record catch of trout at Taupo for one day was 84, which fell to three rods; but Messrs Buckland and Wilshire heat that 'by catching 85 to their two rods last Monday. "The average weight of tho 85 fish was 51b, the largest rainbow trout weighing 101b and tho largest brown 81b. Mr Wilshire, who is considered an expert in British Columbia, speaks in tho highest terms of Taupo and its (fishing, and says it exceeds anything he has ever met with. The whole of" the fish were caught from a launch. According to the station master at Rotorua, the iiiward tourist traffic at the end of last year fell below that of 1913, while the outward increased, probably due to extension of motor car services to the interior. The launch proprietors were divided in their opinion as to the volume of business, as were the coaching companies, one gentleman explaining that he thought the visitors were fewer in number, but that they travelled moro to see the various sights, as the weather was beautiful compared to the previous year. Managers of hoarding houses and hotels generally considered that -the travelling publio was smaller in number, although some of the houses were quite full. One of the most reliable criterions is the nuin,b«r of round trippers booked at the tourist inquiry office, and that number was than last year'*.

_ Mr Pan tin's forecast:—Strong N.E. to j S.E. winds-, with electrical rain showers and mist. Some of the Lancashire cotton mills, which have experienced alack times since tho war broke out, are now going on full time again, according to advices received locally (says the ' Dominion '). Tho necessity to employ large bodies of troops in Egyptahd in tho region of the Suez Canal has occasioned a, large demand by the Army authorities for cotton khaki as being lighter and infinitely cooler than the woollen fabric, with which many of them have been equipped. In the case of the colonial troops, the outfit was compiled on a woollen basis under tho impression that, they were were to be employed either in England or Northern Europe, but as a change in destination was made to Egypt, the whole of tho men employed thero will have to bo redothed with uniforms of cotton khaki in view of the coming summer campaign. The weather at this time of year in Egypt is usually very fine, but in March it begins to warm up, and in June, July, and August tropical temperatures prevail, and only the lightest of clothing can be worn with any degree of comfort. Over 300 Christians gathered in the Gospel Flail, Moray place, on New Year's Day' Much thankfulness was expressed at tho goodness of God in permitting such conferences to meet for a quarter of a century, to read and meditate on His Wcxd -vvltliout let ox \iind.Ta,T^ce—.-wvtVicmt any request for money for expenses, which have always been promptly met—without a committee to organise or a chairman or president to control. A number of evangelists were present, and the-ministry was of a searching and practical character. A meeting for Christians was held yesterday afternoon, and the Gospel was preached at night by Messrs F. Hunter (Ireland) and A. Hockley (Wanganui). In the magisterial recount for Ohinemuri electorate the result as declared by tho returning officer was left unchanged. Mr H. Poland, the sitting member, has a ! majority of 100. Following are the figures : H. Poland (0.), 2,899; "J. Clark (R.), 2,799; informal, 52. Amor-tj poultry raisers cats generally gee the credit for all missing chicks of a tender age. A resident of R.-unanga, near Greymouth, however, was greatly surprised one day last week to find that an altogether unsuspected pet in the way of a seagull had begun depredations among the chickens, and was caught in the act of tearing up one of a valued brood. A. letter received :n Wellington states that in place of a university there- is an armed camp at Oxford. The builders arc there, the professors are there, the Dons, and all the paraphernalia for culture, are there. But tho undergraduate*' gowns have been replaced by khaki, and the fjticks with which graduates supported their learning have been retired in favo' - of rifles. The university is not closed, but its glory as a teaching centre is temporarily eclipsed. There are- 1.800 fewer undergraduates tha.n usual, and very little academic work is being done. Over 1,400 undergraduates have received commissions, mostly in Kitchener's army, and many of the greatest "nuts" of the university are carrying despatches on motor cycles, and have filled tho French with admiration by their daredevil feats. Practically all athletic Oxford has responded to tho call to arms. There is scarcely a true Blue left i-i any of tho colleges. At Christ Church there aro only 80 in residence where there should be 300. All the ordinary sporting life of the university has been suspended. The colleges are suffering financially, but no murmur of complaint comes from them. So long as England lives they do not mind if their Alma Mater in moribund. i Any passing stir or commotion in the. world may be seized upon as a, pretext for oddly raining a. chind. states the Wellington '' An enthusiastic Australian j named his flock after various gum trees— ; Eucalyptus Globula, Eucalyptus Cordata, and so on. When the late Mr Seddon was in life zenith his name was borne, and is j still borne, by hundreds of children of New Zealand birth. During tho Boer War ! Roberts, French, Kitchener, Buller, Dun- j donald, and Methuen were extremely popular as Christian names' for New Zealandborn babies, and some of them had three and even four names. To-day registrars j have noticed that there is (thus early in the war) a tendency to insert " Louvain ' between Charles and Samuel, or "Marne"; between Emily and Alice or Enid and Clara. " Brussels " is becoming popular, and "Liege" lias not been neglected. "Kitchener," "French," and "Roberts" j have been revived in popularity, and " Jelli- j toe," " Sturdee," and "Callaghan" are not uncommon. Perhaps in Australia " Glossop" will he. similarly perpetuated, in view of the. great achievement of the Australian cruiser -Sydney. "Edna May" for girls is a more popular combination than ever. Speaking unofficially, the Wellington registrar is of opinion that there will continue to be a. run on "Edna May," and that triplo names axe .showing no sign of waning popularity. At the Students' Summer Conference at Waimate (wires "Our Own") considerable emphasis has been placed on the necessity of social service, and also on the responsibility of the student movements for missionary effort. Responsibility of every kind has been the keynote, of the conference. Tho City mayoral election in April, which will carry with it two years of office, will be a- triangular contest between CrsClark, Marlow, and Myers. Tho election of city councillors also takes place at the same time. Ex-Cr H. H. S. White will be a candidate for his old seat, Leith Ward. In connection with the intercessory services vest (iday there was a large congregation at the Synagogue. After the usual afternoon service,'the 6croll of the law being taken from' the ark, the prayer for the Eoyal Family was read, and Psalm 24 sum l- by the congregation. The- Rev. M. Diamond then delivered an address, during which he quoted freely from tho doctrines of Nietzsche, and "contrasted_ them with the ennobling thoughts of Shakespeare. Mr Diamond emphasised the wide gulf between the degrading philosophy of the German and the elevating poetry of tho Englishman. Then followed tho special prayer of intercession as used in all the churches throughout the Empire, and two more psalms sung by the congregation closed the service. A vacancy lias occurred en the Ofcago Land Board* and nominations are asked for. Particulars will be found in our advertising columns. Speight's ale and stout are acknowledged by the Dominion public to be the best on tho market.—[Advt.] ■Commissioner and Mrs Hoddcr, r tho newlv-appointed leaders of the Xcw Zealand" branch of the Salvation Army, will bo officially welcomed to the Dunedin portion of their command in tho Army Hall, Bowling street, to-morrow evening. -Colonel Powley, the chief secretary, will conduct the proceedings, and will be assisted by a largo number of visiting officers. It: is anticipated that there will be a large gathering oi Army friends on thi3 occasion. Troubled with nisomnraP A glass of Watson's No. 10 makes a splendid nightcap.— [Advfc.] New season's photographic goods: Excellent stock now arriving.. Cameras from 6s. Send vour order early to H. J. Gill, 11 and 13 Frederick street, Dunedin. 'Phono 1,144. —[A'dvt.] Watson's No. 10 is a little dearer than most whiskies, but is worth the money [Advt.] ___

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Evening Star, Evening Star, Issue 15691, 4 January 1915

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Evening Star Evening Star, Issue 15691, 4 January 1915