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The secretary -of the Warrington Amenities Society reports that the funds of the society have benefited by £2O 10s ; as the net result from the carnival held ! at Warrington on New Year's Eve. i Mr C. Jones, one. of the directors of t!.o I Mount Cook motor service, is at present in town arranging tor the purchase _of [ some additional cars, as they are finding I their fine fleet inadequate) to cope with ! increased, traffic to the Hermitage. The Mount Cook trip sains in favor every year. Only yesterday the local Tourist Bureau received the following warm tribute : "The Mount Cook trip was simply lovely. I have never enjoyed a holiday like it, and intend revisiting it next year and stopping a month." , Arthur Eottmann, the man charged j I -with the Ruahine murders, is said to have applied for the position of hangman , prior to the execution of Biddle, at Lyttelton Gaol, in December, 12 months ago. Eottmann was then employed on the schooner Morning Light, at Lyttelton. His application was rejected. The hang- I man -uit'rmate\y se\ected a. ift/rmev, ■who explained to Press- representatives, after the execution, that he had applied for the work because ho deemed it to be a duty he owed to the farming community, from whom the victim of the JjissAiW murder was dca.\sjt

Mr Paulin's forecast:—Squally S.W. to S.E. winds and heavy electrical ■ rain showers. * -' A sgb-inspector and 50 constables in plain clothes made a scries of raids in the Chinese quarter of Melbourne, in the vicinity of Little Bourko and Little Lonsdale streets recently. Twelve premises were visited, and four Chinese and 11 Europeans were arrested on various charges of sly grog-selling. About five cartloads of beer were •confiscated. Later in the day a woman drove up in a taxi cab with a Magistrate and bondsman to secure bail for one of the prisoners. She was enthusiastically received. "Ah, madam, it was good of you to come. Do you know, I want you on six charges of sly grog-selling," remarked a police officer. " Please step this way," he added, bowing graciously, and the woman, loudly protesting, was locked up. Another woman arrived at the watehhousa on a similar errand. She was also charged with five similar offences. The Master Bakers' Conference, sitting at Christchurch yesterday, considered a remit from the Canterbury Master Bakers' Association- with reference to the standard for weighing dough to produce 21b or 41b loaves. it was decided to ask the Government to inspect, instead of the loaf weighf,, the weight of dough weighed into pans for baking, in order to safeguard the public against short weight being dealt out by "cutting" bakers. Correspondence between the Primo Minister and the executive dealing with the duty on flour was laid on the table. It showed that the Wellington Association's executive had been instrumental in having the duty removed from Australian flour. The matter of holding a district picnic this year was discussed at the meeting of the Green Island Council last night, and it was agreed that in view of the success of the picnic last year it should certainly be repeated. The matter was left in the hands of the town, clerk, who would call a meeting of all interested about the end of the present month. Mr Justice Chapman, who returned to Wellington this week-'after 13 months' absence, spent a very enjoyable time in Egypt, and then saw a portion of Sicily and Italy, Ho reached England just before the .war broke out. He says the people in Great Britain have but one idea —they must win, even though it cost the last/coin and the last drop of blood. They could not contemplate any other poss: bility. Recruiting was going on very satisfactorily. "' In fact," said His Honor, " you people out here, judging from what I saw in the Australian papers, are as well informed as- to whe ( t is happening in the theatres of war as are tho people of England." He narrated, however, a curious incident. Before leaving England he mot a number of ladies who had spent quite a long tint-., in Berlin since the outbreak of the war. Thesa ladies declared that they were tired of hearing the church belfs ringing and the outbursts of popular enthusiasm at the 'eported defeats of the English, and they found it difficult to believo that England was still in existence, that the Allies were still fighting steadily, and that there was even yet a remote prospect of the. Empire's existence!" _ ( In tho ' New Zealand Gazette' Charlie Sven Waernberg, sometimes called Charlie Warnberg. formerly of Stockholm, but now of the f ,city of Auckland, seaman, gives notice that he abandoned" the christian name Sven and the surname Waernberg, and that hfr has assumed and adopted the surname "Wilson," to the end and interest that he shall hereafter he known by the name "Charlie Wilson," and by no'other name. The number of persons arrested for drunkenness in Dunedin last year totalled 748 (697 males and 51 females), an increase of 121 on tho figures for 1913. The Works Committee of the Drainage Board yesterday accepted the tender of D. Bradley, amounting to £3,286 14s sd, for the work on Xo. 2 reticulation area, Kn.ikorai, comprising that part of tho districtto the west of the mam line sewer, and bounded by the Wakari road, Halfway Bush, and the Main West T.iieri road. The other tenderers were:—Seddou and Bothwell £3.409 ss, G. Hunter £3,561 8s 9d, and J. MTntyre £3,627 6s sd. Tho work of placing in position tho cast-iron pipe line through the old Caversham tunnel, connecting the Kaikorai main line sewer with the pumping station, will lie commenced to-morrow, mid the completion of this work will enable properties in the already reticulated sheets in the Kaikorai to have a service. It has been decided to place day labor on No. 5 reticulation area, comprising that portion of the Kaikorai district bounded by the main line sewer, the Rattray street tram line, the Stuart street tram line, and the ridge, running along Highgate, Roslyn. Australia grants preferential treatment to British goods, but, strange to say, NewZealand does not participate in this, though the Dominion extends the privilege to goods coming here from the Commonwealth. Mr H. C. Campbell recently wrote to tho Customs Department at Wellington in regard to the matter, and received the following reply :-—-"'I have to acknowledge receipt of your letter of the Bth inst., and in reply to inform you that tho only country to which Australia grants preference is the United Kingdom. Other British possessions do not participate. We are in hopes that this state, of affairs will be remedied if reciprocal relations are arranged between New Zealand and Australia.—W. B. Montgomery, Comptroller of Customs." The Minister of Defence has not received Imperial advice regarding the sending of Now Zealand nurses to the front. As regards particulars of the Gaudin case, the Hon. J. Allen will make them public immediately after their receipt. Crops are anything but promising in the Oamaru district." A. visitor from North Otago states that stock is being turned into wheat and oat paddocks, and that the wheat crops generally are so stunted in growth that it is doubtful whether much of it will be long enough to bind when cut.. Potato crops are noticeably absent. A drive of 50 miles through what is usually a potato-growing area disclosed but two' of potatoes, aJtd these only covered about five acres. In previous years hundreds of acres of potatoes would have been visible. Tho failure of last year's potato crop disheartened growers, and few farmers planted hevond domestic requirements. Good potato crops, however, are said to bo growing in Southland this season. Nevertheless, the general opinion is that potatoes will be scarce and dear next winter. The Right Hon. A. Fisher, Prime Minister of Australia, left Timaxu for Mount Cook yesterday. "Our Own;" wires that Mr J." Craigie" M.P-. conveyed the Dunedin Burns Club's invitation to Mr Fisher and Mr Boyd to be present at the. club's ■gathering on .7 a unary 25, at which Mr C'raigie will deliver an address. Both the visitors expressed their warm thanks for the invitation, and assured. Mr CVaigio that nothing would prevent them from attending tho function. Detectivo Ha-mmerloy arrested a Chinaman this afternoon cm a charge of theft of an overcoat and £9 5s in money. Troubled with insomnia? A glass of Watson's No. 10 makes a splendid nightcap.— [Advt.] Watson's No. 10 is a little dearer than most whiskies, but la worth the money.— [Advt.] A glass of Speight's beer at lunch and supper is better than all the tea in China—[Advt.] A public- meeting; of members of the New Zealand Political Reform League will be held in the Early Settlers' Hall this evening. -Mr C. B. Stat-ham will give a short address. Ladies recommend Martin's Apiol and Steel Puis. Sold by all chemists and stores. See you get the genuine.—[Advt.]

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Evening Star, Evening Star, Issue 15700, 14 January 1915

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Evening Star Evening Star, Issue 15700, 14 January 1915