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One effect of the strike in 1913 is shown iu the remarkable difference in the returns of the Auckland tramways for November, 1913, and November, 1914. For the former month the returns were £10,497, and for the latter £19,390. The increase in the traffic receipts of this company from year to year is remarkable. Notwithstanding the strike, the traffic returns for last year amounted to £271,701., au increase of £14,110 over the previous J’ear.

A lady who had just alighted from a Castle street car at the Dunclas street corner late yesterday afternoon had the misfortune to be knocked down by ■Dr Linden's motor car. Fortunately, she suffered no injury of any consequence, and was able to be,'taken' home after being looked after by the doctor and Sergeant Hodgson, who' happened to be present when the accident occurred. >f - The story of William Cecil' Trcmbath’s remarkable death was told at tho inquest at Sydney ou Monday, the 11th -inst. Tmnoath, who was nearly nine years old, went to Punchbowl with his father on Roving Day, wearing a pair of new bools. Father and son were tramping through the bush when the boy complained of the boots hurting him. Tie took them off and returned home bootless. A day or two later the father noticed a blister ou the lad’s right heel. Young Trembath became ill, and died. Dr Sheld on, who made a post-mortem examination of the body, gave evidence that acute inflammation hud spread from the heel to the glands of the right groin, and death was due to poisoning from a septic wound of the heel, which was caused through the nibbing of a new boot. The Coroner recorded a verdict of accidental death.

A party of Australian boys, AO in number, known as the Young Australia League, will visit Wellington on February 5, en route to the Panama Exposition. The members of the party comprise n brass band, and they will probably bn accorded a civic reception on (heir arrival. At a meeting- last night of ladies who arc taking part in tho bazaar for the purpose of liquidating the debt on tho St. Clair Life-saving and Surfing Club it was decided to hold the bazaar on -May 27. 28. and 29, and designate it the Camp of the Allies. From the enthusiasm shown at this preliminary meeting it is safe to hazard the opinion that the function will be cffVriod to a successful termination.

. The '1 aien Vanity Council to-day, in response to a request from the director King Edward Technical Coll eye, decided not fn givo any donation. “ Our Own” at Queenstown advises that tho Prime, Minister of Australia, who its visiting that district after doing Mount Conk, will reach town by the southern tram on Monday evening, and will be the, guest of tho Burns Club that night. Next, morning lie will he the guest of the Dunedin Expansion Ixuigu.c, who will take, him for a, mol or ran to the, M’uieii. returning to town in time to allow (lie Hon. Air Fisher to attend the civic reception in the Town Hall. Thereafter lie will lie entertained at lunch- iu the. Y.MX’.A. rooms, where lie will be welcomed by the presklent of the- Chamber of Commerce and reply to the toast of bis heallh. In the. afternoon Mr Fisher will go to Port Chalmers and to the. Heads as the guest of (lie Harbor Board. In iho evening the right lion, gentleman will have a conference with the leaders of the. Labor party, so that Tuesday will bo an exceedingly busy day for him. There is not the slightest doubt that the best class of man which the Dominion has sent away to the front is the bushman. Recently three magnificent specimens of New Zealand’s manhood i-aino into Wanganui (slates the ‘Chronicle’) on completing a bush contract in tho backblocks. and lifted a cheque, for .£SOO. “ Where are you cutting out next 1” asked their employer. •* Belgium," was the prompt response. Two days later the local resident saw the trio in dungaree garb marching to the railway station en route, to Trentham. One of the men was of exceptional physique. His companions averred that ho worked from daylight to dark, and ran from tree to tree. Another bushman at Raetihi threw no bis work, at which he was clearing .07 a week. “My mates have all volunteered.’’ he said by wav of explanation, “ and I’m, off too.” I t is stated in well-informed rirclos that there will be a scarcity of bnshmen on tiro Vest Coast during the coming winter. ’The ‘ l.gko Wakatip Mail ’ reports that a fire occurred in the Queenstown Park on Saturday last, and unfortunately caused some damage to the. belt of trees facing the bay. Tina fire evidently originated near the lower pathway, about half way along, and was no doubt cause;! by the carelessness of some person bv dropping a lighted match or cigarette in the dry grass. .-\ wind which was blowing at the time carried the flames up the bank, and in turn several pinus iustprnis were fully ablaze. The fire b'dl gave the alarm, with the result that a large number of townspeople hurried to (he spot, and with the a:d of bags and branches of trees managed to extinguish the flames just in time to prevent much more, serious damage. One of the assistant gardeners, who was mi the spot shortly after the fi,-,-. rornmencrrl. assisted mntoriollv to Mop its progress by bringing the bowling green water to bear on it. Fortunately such occurences are very infrequent in (he park, but- it behoves the Tourist Department to take, furt her and much strii ter measures to prevent such a conflagration again before it is 100 late. At least two essentials are—adequa.ie notices and a, sufficient quantity of liosing to - oimc-'-t y ith anv „( (lie water pipes in the park. A Wellington message states that Mr Scotland, the well known New Zealand aviator, has decided to join the Avia-inn Corps at the front. He sails [or England in abom throe weeks’ rime. Discussing the possibilities of living in New Zealand. Air Aeotland expressed the opinion that Canterbury is the nest diMru t. and if a school of aviation fs ever set- up in the Dominion Chrlrt-ehiireh is the most suitable centre.

A Sydney cable slate? Unit interrupt ions in telegraphic communication are delaying the transmission of cable news. Mr C. tV. Smith, who is n shopkeeper in Alexandria. Egypt, is now on a, visit to his brother at Fremantle, Ho made the following statement, regarding the arrival of the Australian (mops in Egypt:— I must show an Aujtld-Egyptian appreciation of tho fine stamp of men A ustraha and Now Zealand have .sent ns. Egypt is a much better training ground for them than England. They will get fit quicker in Egypt. Not that they arc not healthy enough, but a little bit of real military

training will not do them nnv harm. Of course your colonial ideas of discipline are not quite the same that wo expect in Egypt, and the free and easy methods of your men conic rather as a shock in us. After a month or so of llm desert they will be just the men for (he front. They have arrived at tho right season of the year. At the present, time we have the. finest climate in tho world. They may have a lot of skirmishing with Bedouins on the other side of the Suez Canal, but tho general opinion is that n Turkish invasion is outside the hounds of possibility. Of course, Dm fact (hat so many troops are kept in Egypt suits Germany’s plans, but tho British am taking the opportunity of using Egypt as a training ground both for colonials and Territorials. The Manchester Terriers (Territoriihls) have been stationed in Egypt for three mouths, ami the vast improvement one sees in them could not have conic to them had they remained in England. ’['ho Australians had a fine lime before they left for encampment at the Pyramids. They have been spending money right and left, ft was a. glorious harvest for the Aral), and he was doing well out of their ignorance of the language and value of money. Some, of us English were kept busy a!! day long directing those who were lost (which is quite possible in a city of 400,000 inhabitants), yetting their monev changed, and settling disputes with the cab driver, especially in {he early hours of the morning, picking up stragglers, putting them in cabs, and telling cabbies to take them to their ships. I have heard of painting the town red. Our Australian friends have done it with a

vengeance. It is quite, excusable, for they liar! been about two months on the water, and they could not heln breaking out at, the first port at which they landed. Their physique is an eye-opener to the Arab, and ho will thin!-: twice before he causes trouble. The Aral) walks about without a smile mi his face, and lie still curses the Englishman; but it i-s under his breath, and not as openly as before.”

Mr J. Loudon, president, of the Dunedin Burns Club, has received (ho following telegram from the Right Hon. Andrew ELlier from Queenstown : —” Delighted accept invitation self and party to Burns anniversary Monday evening. I am accompanied by Mr J. A. Boyd, M.P., who has bocn twice a president of the Caledonian Society of Melbourne.”

Mr Paulin's forecast : —Strong N.W. to S.W. winds, and heavy thunder showers.

Over 500 fresh names have been added to the Dunedin Central roll since the last election ; 414 absent voters’ permits have been issued, and 104 seamen's votes have been registered. .In tho Magistrate’s Court, yesterday afternoon ike case of A. and J. M'Farlane (Mr A. C. Smith) v. James Wilkinson, of Houipapa. (Mr D. D. Macdonald), claim £3l 16s 2d for goods delivered, was concluded, The Magistrate (Mr Burton) gave judgment for the plaintiffs for the amount da-imtd, with costs. Mr Macdonald intimated his intention to appeal. An interesting incident came under notice of the officials in the Expeditionary Pay Office of tho Defence Department yesterday (says the Melbourne 'Argus’ of the 14th in&t,). A woman, attended by her small daughter, came to tho Victoria Barracks and inquired for the paymaster. In her hands she held a copy of the ‘Australasian.’ in which were j'epiv.duoed numerous photographs of scenes at the Broadmeadows camp. The orderly at the door questioned the woman as to tho nature of her business, upon which she opened the ‘Australasian’ and pointed to a khakiclad soldier busily engaged upon “ cook’s fatigue- ” duly—to wit, peeling potatoes for tho company’s dinner. “That's my husband !” said (he woman in a. very definite tone. “ f have, missed him for several weeks, and had no idea of what had become of him. I. saw his photograph in the ‘Australasian,’ and there .found his name among the lists of those who have gone on active service. Ho has left me and my little girl quite snprovided for, ami I want to make the necessary arrangements to chaw my share of his money.’’ At the paymaster’s office the neglected wife hnd_ no difficulty iu establishing her case. It’diil'ered from a number of others only in the romantic method of discovering the erring husband’s whereabouts. The end of the matter will not differ from a number of others cither. When Private Blank receives his cheque, cither by the banks of the Nile or elsewhere, he will be surprised to find that three-fifths of the amount due. have been deducted for his wife and child. A glass of Speight’s beer at lunch and supper is better than all the tea in China.— [Advt.] Port, Chalmers J. Waison’s clearing sale drapery, clothing, boots, and shoes now proceeding. — I A dvt. J Watson’s No. 10 is a little dearer than most whiskies, but is worth the money.— [Advt.] In response to numerous applications, the Peninsula Ferry Company havo decided to postpone their late Saturday trip until 10.15 p.m. on and from 23rd January, 1915. Don't ask your guests to lake inferior whisky- Live them the host —Watson's No. 10. —[Advt.] Mr A. Murdoch. Rivorsdalo, sends us £1 for tho Italian relief fund. Tho annuaUjsencrii.l meeting of subscribers 1:> tho Dunedin Athenaeum will be held in tho reading room of the institute on Monthly evening nest.

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Evening Star, Issue 15707, 22 January 1915

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Evening Star Issue 15707, 22 January 1915

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