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Since 7 o'clock on Wednesday evening a boy named George. Spain has been massing from his father's home, in Lower Kaikorai Valley. Anyone locating a lad answering the following description should communicate with the fattier or the police :— Age, 14J- years, and big for his fair complexion, blue eyes, dark hair, largo sear on left side of forehead ; dressed in "dark knickers, black stockings with white, top*. light grey coat, and check cap. A queer thing in Customs practice has j been brought to our notice. A month or ] eo ago a firm of Dunedin jewellers wished j to send a small parcel containing an article of jewellery to Australia, and desired to take advantage of the system which is i now in force enabling duty on goods going I into Australia to be paid at tho time of i postage in New Zealand. The. firm's agent who sent the parcel away deposited what was the correct, duty according to _ the tariff on the value of tho goods, which wore duly declared on the invoico to be the manufacture- of New Zealand and England, and was somewhat surprised when tho postal authorities hero advised him that the postal authorities- in Queensland required duty at the rate of 30 ixrr cent., which is the "rate on goods of this descrip-_ tion from foreign countries, instead of 25 per cent., which is the rate on Britishmade goods. Evidently according to the Act tho Commonwealth have not provided for goods of New Zealand manufacture to be admitted as British, as it. states : •' Tariff on goods the produce or manufacture of tho United Kingdom shall only apply to goods the produce or manufacture' of tho United Kingdom which are .shipped in the United Kingdom to Australia and are not transhipped, or, if transhipped, then only if it is proved to tho satisfaction of tho collector that the goods have not since they were shipped in the United Kingdom been subject to any process of manufacture." The provisions of the Education Act, passed last session, came, into force on January 1. It provides for a National Council of Education, Dominion classification of inspectors (who will come under the Education Department's control), and an improved salary scale for teachers. The increases of pay will be noticed on the teachers' cheques at the end of this month, but the classification of inspectors is much further off, and the readjustment of education districts, cutting them down from~lo to "betv.-cen "7 and 9.' is not VrkeKto eventuate lor many months. A Commission is to he set up to decide the knotty point of new boundaries, and the report has to have Parliament's approval before being effective. It will bo difficult to set. up the Council of Education before the Commission report, but no doubt an effort will he made to put the new consultative body into .notion in a. couple of months. The outgoing stewards were thanked for past services, and Messrs .Sowed and Jamieson were elected circuit, stewards for the coming year. A large amount of routine business was transacted, and Mr E. Aslin was unanimously elected representative, to the conference that will shortly bo held in Christ-church. There is now under construction in NewYork a prison building especially designed for the detention of anarchists, independent workmen of the world, agitators, and other lawbreakers who have defied all effort to restrain them in existing city gaols. Prisoners of this class have proved amongst the most difficult to control, and have been several prison uprisings headed by anarchists and I.W.W. convicts that have given the authorities much trouble and concern. The new gaol, now being built on Riker's Island, will have separate cells for 80 prisoners, all of whom will be drafted from other city institutions, because of their propensity for stirring up trouble amongst their companions. For the worst of the troublemakers there will be absolutely soundproof cells. Each cell will be Bft by 12ft, and will be equipped with cot, washstand, and other facilities. Practically the entire prison will be constructed by convict labor, under the supervision of experts. This is one pi a number of innovations introduced by Miss Katherino II Davis, who, as Commissioner of Corrections, has control of the penal and reform institutions of New* York. "So far as it is possible to judge," says the Prime Minister, " exports from Now Zealand this sea-son will exceed in volume those of last season. The, drought on the East Coast of the North Island and in the Auckland district will undoubtedly affect the output of dairy pi-oduce from those districts, but this deficiency will bo made up by other districts. In flax and kauri gum our exports will be reduced, but. I am confident that the. total value of our exports will be greater this year than last year." '" The luck of some people is proverbial (says the Wairarapa 'Daily News'). Last week a man carrying a swag arrived in Carterton, and on leaving the station lost a boot from his bundle. The nextday a wedding party left by train, and, desirous of having a little joke, some young fellows secured this old boot and tied ""it to the happy couple's luggage. Just before tho train left the bridegroom happened along to the guard's van to make sure of his luggage aboard, and, seeing the boot, tore it off. and it was thrown into the railway drain alongside the line. On the following morning the ' swagger ' returned, and inquired of the railway officials if they had found a boot, as he had lost one from his siva;. Remembering what bad occurred, the porter hunted up the boot and handed it over to the tramp, and to his consternation found it contained a. number of pound notes. The tramp thanked the officials, and went away rejoicing at having regained his lost property." A similar experience befell a well-known identity of South Wairarapa, known as " Five Bob Jack," some years ago. Somewhat of a sensation was caused in a Masterton hairdressing saloon on 'Tuesday morning, when Sergeant Miller entered and arrested an employee, who had a razor in his hand, and was in the act of shaving a customer. The man's name was Otto Thiel, and ho came to the district from Australia shortly after the outbreak of war. His conduct, had led the police to suspect that he was a German spy. A search of his effects made it-clear that he was a German reservist, who had been naturalised in Australia. A considerable, quantity of German correspondence was found in his possession, together with several changes of clothing,, and a "belltopper." He had also a number of military buttons stamped with the German eagle. He was taken to Wellington in the afternoon, and handed over to the military authorities. He will probably be accommodated at Somes Island until the war is over..

Mr Fauhn's forecast:—S.E. to N.E. winds; rain showers and mist on the east coast; fine inland. To-day's Government ' Gazette ' contains a formnl list of members of Parliament returned at the. recent election, says a Wellington wire. Trade unionism in Australia, according to figures issued a- fow days ago by the Commonwealth. Statistician, has gripped the workmen to the extent of 89 to every 1.000 inhabitants, thus creating a record fov the world. Great Britain occupies second place with 71 trade unionists to o\t-ry LOGO of the. population, and Germany third with 65. New Zealand is lei'rth with a proportion of 56, and Denmark fifth with 50. Rumania occupkw the last place with but one trade unionist per thousand of the inhabitants. As regards the actual number of trado unionists Germany comes first with 4,275,000, followed in order bv Great Britain with 3.246,000, United 'States 2,390,000. and Franco 1,499,000. Australia libs 435,000. Competition in tho retail grocery business in Auckland was described by awho'e sale merchant (says the 'Herald') as being j excessively keen. Ho declared that among the shops in the city there were between a dozen and a. score which were not securing an adequate return on their enterprise, and as a direct result of this condition wholesale- merchants had had a much larger percentage of bad debts during the. past year than in previous years. "I have no hesitation in saying that these, men are not making working expenses," he declared. " The outlook, so far as the retail grocery trade is concerned, is decidedly unsatisfactory." It will be recollected that last season the local Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals'discussed the- propriety of instituting a prosecution against the Dunedin Cour.sing Chili on the ground that coursing was cruel. No prosecution, however, was instituted. It is interesting m this connection to note that at Adelaide last week a coureing club were proceeded against, on a charge of having unlawfully ill-treated hares. In dismissing the case Mr Gepp, S.M., said that Plumpton coursing was not illegal. The pursuit of a. hare by dogs, whether in a Plumpton or in the open, must, of necessity give pain to the animal pursued. Applying the evidence of the case, he w.v compelled to find that pain was inflicted upon the hares. The evidence did not, however, show that the animals were subjected to any wanton, excessive, or unusual suffering, or that such steps a* were necessary to prevent unreasonable pain had not' been taken. On the contrary, every opportunity of escape- had been given the hares. Wound-eu animals had "been taken from the dogs as quicklv as possible, and if then not dead had been killed without delay. There had been no ili-treatment of the hares within the meaning of the Act. The Magistrate agreed to state a case for the prosecution. The building permits issued by the TJunediu Corporation for the year ended 31st December numbered 557. The;-© include manv small jobs, as will be seen when it is stated that the total value was £146.235, an average of about. £4ll per permit. For the calendar voar 1913 the number was 421, and the value £171,759. So that last year there was a decrease of 64 in number and of £25.524 in value. This looks and is serious, but the reduction is not so discomforting ae. the figures would make out. cince tho. Dominion generally had the same experience. A Masterton business man who has received samples of fancy goods made in Janan savs that they are far ahead of the German articles that have been sold in New Zealand for vears past. The prices are right, and there is no doubt that Japan\vill secure a good deal of the trade that, previously went to Germany. The qnarterlv meeting of the officebearers of tbe'Roslvr. Methodist, circuit was held at the church last evening. The Rev. J. T. Pinfold. 8.D., presided, and there was a good representation of officials. A small" increase of members was reported, and the balance-sheet showed the income to be more than £l4 in excess of the ,-xpt-nditui-p. l>y S .un tho ' circuit debt will bo reduced. Arrangements were made to wipe tlie debt out. To the extent that Mr Fisher has gone to New Zealand for relaxation from the work of a difficult and troublesome Federal session the wish will be general that he m.-iv enjov himself (comments the Sydney ' Telegraph '). But if he intends to combine some public, business with his va cat ion." 1 tour it is to be hoped that- lis will be. able to take definite steps towards the establishment of reciprocal trade relations between the Commonwealth and tho Dominion. It is the fault of New Zealand that the movement which Mr Deakin started nearly a decade ago has not reached its natural goal. But with Australia, sympathetic, with New Zealand having much to gain, and with the two countries bound by ties that it is impossible to shatter, there ought to be no obstacle to an, understanding that, would find its practical expression in a legislative, enactment. It has been Mr Fisher's belief that the. two Dominions ought to go much further, that they ought to havo a, defence system on a, mutual footing, and that afterwards they might try whether the absorption of' the*" Dominion in the federation would not be practicable. There are no substantial and immediate reasons why tariff reciprocity should not be attained", and why useful negotiations should not be begun" that may lead to a navy representing both Commonwealth and Dominion. Tho quarterly officers' meeting of tho Methodist Central Mission iOctagon Hall) was held last evening, when Rev. W. Walker presided over a large attendance of officials. The balance-sheet presented was very satisfactory, a substantial credit beins;'shown on the quarter's working, thanks largely to tho sale of work and the generous'giving of tho congregation. This enabled the. circuit debt to be considerably reduced. Regret was expressed the temporary breakdown of the Rev. W. A. Hay (Trinity), and best wishes expressed for'a speedy recovery. Messrs I"). C. Cameron. .jun.,'and W. ,'iitken were re-elected circuit stewards, and Messrs Cameron and Moffaffc represent itives to conference. The Rev. W. Walker was granted three weeks' holiday. The Rev. W. Slade is expected to return from England by the end of the month, and a welcome social is to bo arranged. It was reported that there is every prospect of the conference honoring the'invitation given to the Rev. Clarence Eaton for next year. _ Votes of sympathy were accorded to relatives of tho late Mrs' Chalmers, and to Mrs Chirnsido on the loss of her brother. A splendid spirit pervaded the meeting, and the Mission enter upon the work of 1015 with good heart and confidence. The new .Australian offices in the Strand bear the ; trance device "Aus asaus." At first siaht it looks like a German innovation, but it is merely an experiment to test the most suitable si/.e. of lettering for the «'£u oyer the window. Watson's No. 10 is a little dearer thim most whiskies, but w worth the money.— PAcivt.] Troubled with insomnia? A glass of Watson's No. 10 makes a splendid nightcap.— [Advt.] An alteration in the, Duncrlin-Port Chalmers train service is advertised in this issue. Speight's ale and stout aro sclcnowledgeo by ihe Dominion public to be the best on the market.—[Advt.] The Peninsula ferry 'boats" time-table will be found in our shipping column. "Wo have, received a useful calendar from Alex. Sligo, bookseller, George street. A notice in connection with the Land and lucerne Tax appears in our advertising columns.

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Evening Star, Evening Star, Issue 15695, 8 January 1915

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Evening Star Evening Star, Issue 15695, 8 January 1915