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"Our Own"''at Queenstov. n wires:---Heavy rain fell last night, and there is snow on the peaks. The lake rose over a foot. It ia iino this morning, but it is doubtful whether the rivmv; are fordable on tho Paradise route, so tho Right. Hon. A. Eisher has postponed his trip to the head of the lake, the party electing to play bowls and tennis duiin,g tho day. Mr Fisher is a good player of both, and has a pleasant manner, approachableness, and .sound, impressing tho local people. One parliamentarian, now here, sirs that, if such a. man could lie found in New Zealand to load a sane Labor party the country at large would gladly welcome him. Mr Fisher is still reticent about politics, but thinks that tho reform called for is to give members of Parliament free passages aerotis Cook Strait so as to remove, the present handicap on men of slender means.

■Heavy rain in the Mossbnrn district caused a flood in the? Oreti River yesterday. Little damage is reported. In Europe to-day the .sun rises shortly after 8 o'clock, and sets at about 5 o'clock (points out the Melbourne 'Argus'.i. The period of sunlight is thus seven hours or thereabouts, while we in the Antipodes ate enjoying 14| hours of ,-un daily. It U not easy to realise the conditions under which the armies are fighting. Such daylight as they have at this time of the year is usually foggy. So thick are the togs, e.-pecialiv in the region of rivers, that searchlights are of but little use against them. With the early niglit, too. comes the bitter cold, and the vigil in the trenches is long and comfortless. It js little wonder that slow progress is being made; the armies have, such a sho:t period daily for effectual fighting, for very little can be done at night. Even were the roads favorable and there were no trenches to take, the pace must be like the snail's. On a full summer's day an army on the march can only deploy once. On ii short winter's day there is " nothing for it" but to hang on desperately and try to gain a few yards at a time. ]u the Crimea and other long wars the soldiers went into winter quarters, and Germany would have liked to do that in this struggle. But it would not pay the Allies, who. to use Joffre's words, must "light and endure" throughout the winter! The "promise of spring" means a great deal more to us than the poetic expression usually signifies.

Two prominent member;' of tlie Otngo Motor C'luli who were keen on figuring in the prize list at the speed trials, which were held at Warrington this afternoon, journeyed out to Tomahawk yesterday with the intention of " doing a, preliminary." Everything went well until the oiu« wdio was driving a light ear attempted an evolution at high speed, with the, result that the car overturned and both occupants were under it before they had time to get clear. Fortunately, their injuries were not serious, but nevertheless they were, sufficient to compel them to be mere idle and possibly .somewhat rebellious spectators to-day. At Fairlie yesterday, before .Mr Day, S.M.. Robert Guthrie, a well-known sheep farmer, of Mount Xessing, Albury, was committed for trial on three charges of sheep-stealing on or about December 24 namely. 48 sheep from a neighbor (J. Maxwell)..'two slice]) horn the New Zealand and Australian Land Company (Akatarana). and one sheep from a neighbor (Edgar Jones). An inspection of the sheep disclosed that the sheep claimed had been shorn, branded, and the earmark altered. The accused pleaded not- guilty. Bailwaallowed, accused in his own recognisance of £SOO. and £3OO in one or two sureties. The funds of the New Cathedral Building Hoard have recently been enriched by a legacy of £SO left by a well known citizen of "ihmrdin, whoso name, by special request, is not to be made, known. Mr TL M. Campbell's petition against the return of Dr R. M'Xab as member for TJawke's Bay will be held before the Electoral Court, consisting of two Supreme Court Judges appointed by the. Chief Justice, about the middle of next month. 'J'he- hearing, which is expected to extend over a fortnight at least., will probably take place at Hastings. Sir John Findlav, K.C-. "ill represent Dr M'Xab, and Mr' Skerrctt, K.C., will appear for the petitioner. The Advances Department has lately increased the amount/that may he borrowed from if- by local authorities, settlers, and wo>-ker.= . L- nc- al authorities may now borrow up to'£2,ooo, settlers up to £I,OOO, ! and workers up to £4OO. ! Rain and wind at Wellington yesterday interfered with the programme'arranged to I celebrate the 75th anniversary of the founding of the city of Wellington. A procession had been arranged, but this had to be abandoned- though in the afternoon the members of the West Coasters' Association paraded on four lorries with an exhibition of mining methods in the days of old. The celebrations concluded with a concert in the Town Hall in the evening. A congratulatory telegram from Dr M'Xab was read. Anniversary Day was also celebrated at Wanganui.

A large slip in the Otira Gorge prevented coach traffic yesterday. T'io road was expected to be clear tp-da^. ;

At 11.25 this movnirvj; the City Fire Brigade received a call to the office' of the Union i>t<:am. iShip Company, but on arrival there, found that a false alarm had been registered.

The trials of a schoolmaster in the backbloeks are many and varied, and for examples of, them there is no need to go out ol South Canterbury (says the Timarn ' Herald '). Last week a schoolmaster nt one of the wnybaek school;-, in the .South Canterbury Education Board's district ran out of coal, lie could have survived this ; had he not at the same time run out of firewood. He was a bachelor, and the prospect* with no fire at home were pretty cheerless. Having no trap, he borrowed one from a kindly neighbor. He had a horse, and this he hitched to the trap and drove some miles to the home of a settler who had placed an almost inexhaustible supply of firewood at his disposal. The wood was being loaded into the trap, and all was going' well, when suddenly the horse decided" that i.t was time tor school to be out', so- it made a bolt, and in a very short time was robins; over a steep hillside in the paddock. Hv the time ; t had finished this little bit of' physical drill the schoolmaster had only the * fragments of his borrowed trap to' look at, and a horse that was not quite as amenable to discipline, as his .school children. He. had perforce to return home to a cheerless hearth, his one consolation, in pondering over lumv lie could square the. neighbor for Ill's broken trap, being that a kindlv Government had just increased the salaries of school teachers to such an extent as to easily enable them to foot the bill for little experiences of this sort, or to keep a. wife who would see that the coal and wood supply .never ran out. The question of what is a- tailor-made suit was discussed at the Wawera, Court when a firm of tailors sued for £B. being the balance of moneys alleged to he due for two suits. The question was also inised as to whether there was a distinction between a tailor-cut .suit and one made in a factory. The suits in dispute were made in a factory in Wellington, and the plaintiff admitted under crossexamination that they were really not tailor-made, but suits' to measure." One witness said that a suit, although it might be made by a tailor in a f.actorv, was not ii tailor-made suit. A tailor-made suit was one which was made by a tailor, and'of which a try-on was given while it was in a skeleton shape. Another witness, n-_ tailor, considered that there was a difference between a tailor-made suit and one made up in a factory, for in the tailor-made article, there was not so much machine-stitching, while in the. other it was practically all machine, work. Further hearing of the case was adjourned after the expert evidence had been given.

■Notification 01 Sunday gerrices as eimnerated below appears in our advertising columns: —Anglican : All Saints'. Presbyterian : First Church, Knox Church, St. Andrew's, South Dunedin, North-east Valley', Caversham, Morningtmi, Musselburgh. Boslyn, St. Clair, Chalmers, Portobello, Broad Bav. Methodist: Trinity, Central Mission, Mominston. Cargill Koad, Belleknowcs, Woodhaugh, North-cast Valley, Dundas Street, Kew, Abbolsford, Ravensbourne, Roslyn, Maori Hill. Conarefrationnl: Mor;iy Place, King Street, Leith Street. St. Clair. Baptist: Hanover Street, Roslyn, South Dunedin, Caversham, North-fast Valley. Church of Christ: Tabernacle, South Dunedin, Fillcui Street, Morningrfon, Christadelphiaiis, ChoraJ Hall, Theosophy, Christian Science. The Maheno is advertised 1o inn to Noi-tli Spit, and Maori Kaik to-morrow. A glass of Speight's beer at lunch and supper is better than all the tea in China.--[Advt.] We have received 5s from " l'lorrie"' for the sufferers by th« Italian earthquakes. Cort Ckilmers.—J. Watson's clearing' *nle drapery, clothing, boots, and shoes now proceeding. --[Advt] The programme, to he submitted by (he Kaikorai Band at St. Clair io-inoirow should meet, wiih the approval of all lovers of good music. The band have been in full practice right thiough the holiday season, and patsons are assured the various item; will he. rendered in a manner to satisfy the most exacting; critic;. Ladies recommend Martin's Apiol and Steel Sold by ail chemists and stores. See you get the genuine.—[Advt.'] dingers will be interested in the vocal scholarships offsiod by Mr Harold Browning. One is the usual annual scholarship, open to sll. The other offers 12 months' free tuition to the student, making the most progress during 1915. and will not. be judged on quality of voice. Don't ask your guests to take inferior whiskv. Give, them the best—Watson's No. 10.~-[Advt.] An important special and general nieciing of tho Outgo General Laborers' Union will be held at th» union's hall, Stuart street, on Wednesday evening uc-M, at 8 o'clock. The Money Club half-yearly meeting: at llnyli Mitchell's oiliee on 271h inst. is advertised. United Slarr-Bowkett advertise £1,500 for disposal on 29th insi. in Hugh Mitchell's office. Anyone joining; may participate. At the St. Clair Congregational Church on Sunday evening the subject of the Rev. W. J. As'bford will be ' Egypt To-day ami Yesterday.' Mr Colin Cray will be. the soloin. Wat-son's No. 10 is a little dearer than most whiskies, but is worth the money.— [Advt.] The half-yearly puiple leeture and past officers' degree meeting, Otago District, M.U., will be hold in the Oddfellows' Hall, sit Mart, street, on Wednesday evening. Entries for tho Dunedin Hortieultmal Society's Carnation and Sweet Pea Show, which takes niace in the, Garrison Hull next Wednesday, close at, tho secretary's office at, 7 o'clock on Monday evening. New season's photographic goods: Excellent stock now arriving-. Cameras from 6s. Send your or-'ivr early to H. J. Gill, 11 arid 13 Frederick street, Dunedin. 'Phone 1,144, -[Advt.]

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Evening Star, Issue 15708, 23 January 1915

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Evening Star Issue 15708, 23 January 1915

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