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Mr Paulin's forecast:—Strong N.E. to S.E. winds, with electrical rain showers and mist. A curious defect ill the New Zealand Compensation Act was pointed out to the Right lion. Andrew Fisher by one of the Labor representatives who accorded him a public welcome at Auckland. Tho clause referred to was the " domicile" clause, ivhich provides that if a man comes to this country and is killed while working in New Zealand his wife will only be entitled to compensation provided she is domiciled in the Dominion. Mr Fisher said that the law should be. altered, but remarked that it was purely a matter for the New Zealand Government, and was not a question of reciprocity. When told that tho law was the same ; n Australia ho replied : " I am glad to be placed in possession of this information, but it astounds me. An appeal to the common sense of people would surely justify the action which has been suggested." Mr H. Y. Widdowson, 8.M., presided in the .Police Court this morning. A first offender was convicted of drunkenness and discharged. A prohibition order was granted against a woman on the application of heV husband. At a. sitting of the Police Court held after the ordinary time to-day Nellie Lynch was charged with escaping from the Salvation Army .Reformatory Home. Site was convicted, and ordered to come up for sentence ivhen called upon, and ordered to bo returned to the Home. The Hon. James Allen proposes to leave Dunedin by the second express to-morrow and reach Wellington on Thursday morning. A meeting of the Executive is called for Friday. Either on Thursday or Friday the Governor ij to inspect the reinforcements in camp at Trent-ham, and Mr Allen will accompany His Excellency. The Government have not yet filled Vne 'vacancy in the directorate of'the Hank of New Zealand caused by the Hon. T. Fergus's death. A Wannabe, wire snys :—The- ..Students' Conference at Waimate closed its sittings on Monday. The camp breaks up to-day, but- is to be followed by a leaders' conference, w'hich lasts till Friday. Tho closing meetings were of a particularly impressive nature, especially the last devotional service conducted by the Rev. E. R. Harris. A special meeting of the committee of the Dunedin Horticultural Society was held last evening, Jlr 11. T. Trevener (vice-president) occupying the chair. An important matter for the consideration of the committee was an offer from an enthusiastic daffodil grower of a trophy to be competed for at future spring shows. Tho desire of the donor was to stimulate the growing of daffodils amongst- amateurs, especially those who have small gardens or are just commencing to make the art of growing daffodils their especial hobby, and tho society, with the object of helping these growers, and also to encourage competition for the valuable trophy, intend stocking and selling the bulbs. * Horticulturists will bo pleased to know that the daffodil bulbs will be catalogued at about only half the usual cost, "and in addition tho public can be sure of getting some of the latest and best of the favorite flower of spring. The society in launching this scheme are actuated with the. motive of inculcating the love of flowers amongst beginners, and desire to help them "in obtaining the best stock of daffodil bulbs at less than cost price. The committee, in deciding to call the trophy the " Hart Daffodil Trophy," desire to pay a. compliment to one of the foremost daffodil -growers of the. Dominion, Mr If. Hart, of Lawrence. Early reports from the various gardens indicate that the carnation and aweeb pea show, which takes place on January 27, will provo driest successful. During the month of December feays a Wellington message) tho estates of" 234 deceased persons were assessed for death duties, the largest being that- of Alexander Duncan MThrraith (Canterbury). £71.695. The Otago estates were : Cha-s. J. Brown, £6,468; Terence- O'Brien, £4,934; Frederick Johnson, £4,995; John Mackie, £4,909; George M'Callum, £4,575; Elien Foster, £4,175; John -M'lvcr, £2,765; Jas. Callander, £1,852: Ellen Dawson, £1,504; Marv Malev, £1,441; Thomas Houston, £1.420; George A. Good all. £1.236: George G. Main, £1,255; Henry G. Gould, £1,214: Geo. Wilson, £822; Chas. Bowie, £784; and Ross, £672; David S. Stewart, £670: Henry Skey, £527; Harriet M'Kay, £5lB. As a result of the Bible Class Conference, ivhich has just, concluded at Gore, at least ono delegate has been so impressed with the possibilities of the town that he has bought a business, and for the future intends making this his home. I refer to Mr John F. Ferguson, of Dunedin, who has bought out Mr J. F Densem's tailoring business in Main street, tho latter having taken to fanning pursuits. It is also rumored that a delegate well known in tho jewellery trade in Gisbom© is contemplating the opening of a branch establishment in our town. Gore business men will welcome these additions to the circle, as they ought to make, good townsmen. —Own correspondent. Tho English mail which was despatched from Dunedin id a Naples on tho 19th November arrived in London on the 2nd inst. To provide fruit farms the Government are cutting up a reserve of 100 acres in Alexandra into eight allotments, ranging from 10 a civs to 14 acres, also a portion of blocks 1 and 7, Leaning Rock district, near Clyde, into 10 allotments, ranging from 17 a.-res to 20 acres, and six allotments, ranging from 42 acres to 75 acres. The returns from this district indicate an excellent opportunity for settlers in search of fruit farms. Mr J- B. Waters, hon. secretary of the Catlins Railway League, this afternoon received tho following telegram, which explains itself : —" Have only just learned that working railways decline to take over Catlins Railway until certain alterations have been, completed. These are being effected, hut no date can be fixed for formal opening and transference until after the 14th inst., when the District Engineer. Dunedin, returns from Milford Sound. Regret delay, but unavoidable.— W. Fraser, "Minister of Public Works." Troubled with Insomnia P A glass of Watson's No. 10 makes a splendid nightcap.— [Advt.] x\. glass of Speight's bc€r at lunch and supper is better than all the tea in China.— [Advt.] No lady should bs without Martin's Apiol and Steel Pills. Sold by aL chemists and stores throughout Australasia.—[Advt.] 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 15692, 5 January 1915

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Evening Star Evening Star, Issue 15692, 5 January 1915