PUBLICANS’ RING. SUCCESS PROBLEMATICAL. Press Association—By Telegraph—Copyright.. SVDNEV. January 22. There is a large decrease in the trade in city hotels as the result of the increased prices, the moderate drinking section particularly resenting what they consider an undue, impost. The few publichouses which leave refused to submit to pressure to raise the. prices are doing a roaring trade, and further break-aways are anticipated. DOMESTIC; tragedy:, MELBOURNE, January 22. As the outcome of a property dispute a man named Sweeney, an ex-navy man, shot, and dangerously wounded his wife and then committed suicide. N.S.W. RAILWAY'S, G LOO MV FOREBODINGS. SY DNEV, January 23. (Received. January 23, at 9.30 a.m.) Mr Harper, (’hief (Vunmissioner of New South YVal es Railways and Tramways, speaking at a meeting of the Railway Institute, said that the people of New South Wales had hard times before tho'ii. The past hall year was not as bad as the next might he. The railway revenue had been bolstered up by the moving of starving stoek from droughtstricken ureas, but this would cease. They were fined with an expenditure of £250,000 and a loss of £300,000. The carriage of wheat was non-existent. lu the last three months there /tad been a decrease of 7.000.000 tramway passengers. .Mr Harper added that probably this was a gloomy view of the situation, but, he took it advisedly to show the people the conditions existing. [Sydney tramways are administered by the Now South W Ales Railway Department,'] MURDER ER S COXF KSS!ON. PERTH. January 25. (Received .1 a ovary 25. at 10cl 0 a..m.) Cutay alia-; Eaolieri has been committed for trial for (lie murder of the girl Bell at Man'ina-p on January 12. ('may, in a written confession, said: "I committed a. terrible crime and a, dishonor to niy nation, my flag, my country, and my religion. 1 don't, know why I did it. 1 beg you only to kill mo as soon as possible. I am terribly sorry, and I want no mercy, hut full justice. Please put no nnue pupations. as i am unable to answer. P.'e.aso kill me." AUSTRALIAN UNEMPLOYMENT. A MINISTER'S STRICTURES. SHORTAGE OF LEATHER. MELBOURNE. January 23. (Received January 23. at 10.40 a-.ni.) in reply to a deputation of unemployed bricklayers, Air Spence t Postmaster-Gene-ral) expressed his. sympathy, but said the Federal Government were, paying out enormous sums. "For the life of me," lie con tinned, " 1 cannot see why there is so much unemployment. It only shows that private enterprise has completely broken down. 1 am satisfied that, many firms are putting off men without justification. The assets -of Australia are ns good as ever. Cabinet has gone as far n.s it. possibly could. Many commercial men simply went out to grab everything at the outset of the war." A deputation of master tanners pointed out to Mr Tudor (Minister of Customs) that since the war there had been a great increase in the exportation of hides to neutral countries. Apart from the defence aspect, they urged that unless the export wm restricted there would coon be s. local shortage. Mr Tudor is considering the matter.
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AUSTRALIAN AFFAIRS, Evening Star, Issue 15708, 23 January 1915