Several aspects of industrial trade in Dtittedin are exceptionally interesting, and indicate that the- quality of practical patriotism is mixed. Wont is generally less than normal for the beginning of a year, and prospects are only fair at their best. Some comment is expressed in industrial circles as to the various methods by which local foodies, companies, and enterprising individuals express thoir patriotism. Tho criticism of local bodies is more than ordinarily favorable. It appears that managing corporations aro doing their utmost to assist local industry by proceeding with works involving tho "use of manufactured material, such as ironwork, castings, and so on; also by going on with schemes which absorb unskilled labor. It is thought, however, that if municipal finance can afford an additional strain an effortshould be made by all tho local bodies to spend to the limit"of their authority while tho war lasts. Among firms a.nd companies enterprise, as regards extension ot premises and plant is usually measured ; indeed, in several instances' prepared works hare -bean postponed. There appears to be an " unco" cautiousness of spirit-among people with, money. There is still much scope in Duncdin for work-providing onterprise% and it is to be hoped that the recognition of tho ultimate success of the allied forces in Europe will prompt financial people in the midst of a splendid peace to express their confidence in active, enterprise, and thus assist the Imperial cause. There has been a decrease in business in the local Magistrate's Court (civil) for the past year as compared with 1913. The war may have accounted for it- in a way. Tho total number of complaints issued for the. year just ended was 4,085 as against 4,473 for 1913. In 1914 the amount sued for was £35,525 lis 4d, and the amount recovered came to £17,725 17s 4d. In 1913 the sum sued for was £37,911 13s Id, and the amount recovered was £20,301 0s sd. At Christchureh on Friday, Percival Roy Kennedy, a, youth, pleaded guilty to having between October 1 and December 22 last stolen £156, the property of the Union Bank, and was committed to tho Supremo Court, for sentence. It turned out that Kennedy had been in the employ of the bank since* July, 1912, and that during tho past six months he had been employed as exchange clerk, his duties to obtain from the let-tors cheques and notes on other banks. The amounts so received would bo initialled by him in tho letter-books, and he would enter them up on an exchange sheet. On December 22 the accountant. (Mr Matthews) discovered an error in the exchange sheets making a difference of £SO, and Kennedy, when questioned, admitted having stolen £2OO from tho bank. When he was questioned on December 22 ho paid back £43 19s lOd, leaving a shortage, of £156 0s 2d, the amount set forth in tho charge. On the same dato ho made a written confession of tho theft. It transpired that during tho first two years Kennedy had been covered by an outside guarantee, and thereafter by tho bank's own guarantee fund. The work of extending the esplanade at St. Clair is appreciated by visitors as a promising improvement, but there are features about it which bruise their interest and (incidentally) the feet of surf-bathers.. 'The approach to the beach opposite the dressing sheds is clown a stonv embankment, and many of the stones lie in such a position as to stub -the toes of the unwary. Tho way is now so rough, indeed, that many ladies have reluctantly given up the delightful exercise of surf-bathing. The. engineer in charge of the work would make many friends if he provided a temporary gangway—an easy track for bare feet—to the beach. The cost- would be trifling. Mr Johnstone's launch Komonri left on Saturday for a trip to Stewart Island. Off Waipa.pa Point she struck a gale, and put into Waika.wa. Tho crew report all well. Visitors to Port- Molyneux, says a member of our staff who has just returned, should not fail to visit the genial Mr Poole, who cordially welcomes to his beautiful garden any and ail who care to wander therein. The long stretches of artistically-designed trellis-work cunningly ending in rustic seats stowed away in odd little corners ami covered by masses of gorgeously-blooming sweet peas, make difficult of realisation the fact 'that 18 months ago this delightful spot existed as | part of the adjoining native bush. Exemplification of the fine effect of massing is given, the profusion of bloom on the sloping banks where nemesia, poppies, pansiest, mignonette, etc., spread out in wide patches, form a picture worth travelling far to see. The number of persons either arrested or brought up on summons in tho Dnnedin Police Court for the year 1914 exceeds those of the previous year. For last vear the totals were 3.364 (males 3,092, females 272), and for' 1913 thev were 2,948 (males 2,659, females 289). In the same court, for last year 109 juveniles (94 males, 15 females) came, before, the Magistrate, as against 102 (84 males, 18 females) for 1913." | Inquiries made at Timaru on Saturday into the cause of the rise of the price of bread to 9£d for 41b and 5d for 21b loaves elicited, chiefly, complaints that tho alleged shortage of wheat had led to the holding of the market, and that the proclamation fixing the price of flour had not been enforced, though it was known to be disregarded. One business man has written at length to tho Prime Minister on the injustice done to Timaru and Oamaru millers by ths fixing of the prices. Statements have boon mads that, war or no war, the prices must have gone up, owing to tho shortages here and in Australia. Fowl wheat has been selling at 6s, and 7s j has bs>n refused. The law of supply and j demand ought to have been permitted full ; play. One miller thought that the price i should drop immediately the new crop was j available. • j Among the passengers by the Niagara, j which arrived at Auckland from Vancouver I to-day, were the Very Rev. Dean Regj nault, Very Rev. Dr Kennedy, and the j Rev. Dean Holley, who were proceeding to ! Belgium to attend the Roman Catholic ! Congress when the war broke out. The | conference (says an Association wire) was j held at Lyons, in France. i Comment from the 'Argus' (Melbourne) ! on Mr Statham's resignation of the Dunj edin Central seat:—Mr Statham (Ministerialist) has resigned his seat in the New Zealand House of Representatives because, had it not been for a clerk's blunder, his opponent Mr Munro (Labor), would apI parently have been elected. This is a j rare example of chivalry ; and, seeing that ! parties in the House are now equal, MinisI terialists havo everything to lose and noj thing to gain in Sir Statham's generous action. It may result—seeing that the right does not always triumph immediately —in giving the Opposition a majority of two, which is fairly substantial in these days. An interesting precedent is the ease of the first election of Mr Deakin. He won the West Bourke election by a small majority against Mr Herbert Harper, but at Newham the presiding officer, having exhausted his stipply of ballot papers, prematurely stopped the poll. The real verdict of the electors was in doubt. When Parliament met, Mr Deakin moved the adoption of the Addreas-in-Reply, and then dramatically tendered his resignation to the Speaker. In the by-election Mr Harper defeated him by a small majority. Mr Deakin'e virtue was its own reward. More substantial reward, came later.
Mr Paulin telephoned at 2 p.m. : —<S.E. ' to N.E. winds: fine for 24 hours; electrical indications-. Pastoralists and dairymen in New Zealand arc reported to ' have had a very satisfactory year. Tho prospects this year are even better, especially in the dairying industry. It. is anticipated that high prices uill be obtained for cheese and butter in the British market. There is an extensive demand for cheese for the army in Europe. The present, conditions are good, expoit butter realising over 13d per lb The prices for export cheese will not be fixed till early next month, but it is expected that rates will bo very satisfactory to tho manufacturers. The dairymen's official report says: "It certainly looks as if Now Zealand producers, despite the war, j ore on a very good wicket." Tho position ! as regards prices locally indicates a.n earlyincrease. Climatic conditions in the North j Island aro reported as having had a detrimental influence on the supply of dairy pi'oi duce, and there is prospect of an early mj crease in the price of butter for home consumption. What looks either like a contemptible act of mean revenge or a deliberate attempt at incendiarism has been reported to the police at St. Clair. The owner of a merry-go-round at Alexandra Park was amazed to find yesterday that his machine had been fired in some amazing way, with the result that the motive power was put out of action. Seeing that it cost him over £SO to bring the machine from the North, and that after a really bad time during the- early part of the season, owing to tbo wretched atmospheric conditions that prevailed during December, it is really bad luck that, just as the fine weather appears to have come to stay, the proprietor should ho robbed of his means of gaining a crust. And if the fire was the reverso of accident, as many of th^ i residents think, it is to be hoped that the police will be able to get on tho track ot the miscreant. The election for the City and Dunedin South Licensing Committees takes place about the middle of March. Captain Dunn, of tho scow Vindex, informs the Nelson 'Colonist' that Rottmann, the accused in connection -with the. Ruahine triple murder, is very well known in Port Nelson. Something over a year ago Rottmann was a sailor in tho barque Lindstol, lying at Have-lock. He deserted, stowing away in the ketch Argus, thus reaching Nelson. Ho made a few trips in the Argus, and then joined tho Hina, later transferring from that vessel to the Morning .Light. A hobby of his was to make models of vessels, which he enclosed in glass bottles, and Captain Dunn has in his possession at present one, of these. The Christchurch Band Contest is to bo held on April_2 and following days (Easter week), and will be judged by Edward Berwick, English adjudicator, who officiated at Ballarat. No Dunedin band has entered for any of the grades. The bands in the A grade competition are : Hibernians (Invercargill), South Canterbury Battalion (Tima.ru), Lyttelton Marine, C.Y.C. (Christchurch), Wools-ton, Derry's Private Band (Christchurch), Westport Garrison, 12th Regimental (Nelson), Tramways (Wellington), and Garrison (Wanganui). Not only Wellington bowlers, but members of sporting bodies generally will be interested in a case heard in the Reef ton Magistrate's Court re-entry, in which the Reef ton Bowling Club claimed £4 4s from an ex-member for two yearn' fees alleged to bo due. The secretary of the club ■stated that defendant had given notice that he wished to discontinue his membership. Since that time lie had not taken part in the cl».b games. At tho time of his resignation defendant was not. in arrears. Witness locked upon the verbal resignation received from defendant as sufficient, for many others had left the club without, written notice. Names of members who had resigned were often left on the club's books, the- idea being that they might be induced to reconsider their decision and become active members once more. 'The only day that he remembered seeing defendant on the ground after his resignation was on tin; owning day. Defendant, in his evidence, admitted being on tho ground on the" opening day. He attributed the case to petty spite. He had not beet: on speaking terms with one of the members of the club, and rather than play bowls with him he had resigned from the club two season.- ago. He (defendant) had written to the president of the club offering to meet the committee with a view to settling the matter. He had maintained that no question could be settled that was not settled morally right-. He did nob object to defeat on. any field of sport, and he considered that, there was no need to resort to law in the present case. The presiding Justices gave judgment for £2 2s, statin.'; that the'resignation should have been in writing. A "rehearing will probably be applied for. Maoris, to the number of 28, selected at Ohinemutu, Rotorua, and Whakarowarewa, left Wellington for San Francisco by the Marairu. oif Thursday under contract to a syndicate which holds the amusement, concession at the Panama Pacific Exposition at San Francisco. MiArthur G. Annesley, on behalf of the syndicate, has been in New Zicaland for about two months selecting haka and pot dancers and eingers for the troupe. Of the 28 Natives, 14 are men and 14 women, most of tho women being married and having their husbands with them as members of the. troupe. Their contract, binds them to give six performances of their songs and dances daily, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. during the time tho Exposition remains open. Their second class fares to and from San Francisco are being paid, j and they will be kept while in the tov.-n, and paid the equivalent, of £2 per week for each man and £1 10s per w-eek for each woman. It is announced that the New Zealand Association of the Public Schools of Great Britain have presented a challenge cup to be handed to tho New Zealand school which heads the list in _ the Schools of Empire Shooting Competition. The cup has to bo won three years in succession, or five years at intervals, before becoming the property of any tchool. The trophy is given for competition among the secondary schools. The crew of a motor launch, on pleasure bent, wore leaving the harbor the oilier day when a loud report from the heads batteries made, them hesitate. Deeming it incredible that tho Defence authorities should be adopting stringent measures ] to prevent exit from the harbor, the skipper continued his craft on her course. Almost immediately four more resounding reports followed in succession. Thinking they were being restricted by the firing of big"guns, the pleasure party headed their lavnch back to tho harbor. Subsequently thev told their experience of the stringent regulation anent craft quitting the harbor. " You're not serious," replied a listener in khaki, and he explained that the supposed shooting was really trie testing of the fog-signal apparatus, which, having been out n( order, had just been overhauled and restored to a state of efficiency. Watson's >"o. 10 is a little dearer than most whiskies, but is worth the money.— [Advt.] A glass of Speight's beer at lunch and supper is better than all tho tea in China.—- j [Advt.] • ! Troubled with Insomnia? A glass of Watson's No. 10 makes a splendid nightcap.— [Advt,] Owing to the many large demands made for forage during the past few months it, is becoming increasingly scarce in New Zealand. The, Defence Department has several times recently called tenders for forage for the various military service.?, and further tenders arc being advertised this week in j connection with Trentham Camp. If. is to be j hoped there will be n. ready response from ] produce merchants and farmers in order that j the utmost efficiency may be maintained during tiie present crisis. I New season's photographic goods: Excellent stock now arriving. Cameras from 6s. Send your order early to H. J. Gill, 11 and 13 Frederick street, Dunedin. 'Phone 1,144. —[Advt.] A public meeting of tire Dunedin and Suburban Branch of the Political Reform League will be held in the Early Settlers' Hall on Thursday evening.
Lord Kitchener has been! unanimously elected Lord Rector of the Edinburgh University, the nomination being made by tho president of the Students' Unionists Association, seconded by the president of the Liberal Association."
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Evening Star, Evening Star, Issue 15697, 11 January 1915