I PER PHEBB ASSOCIATION.! THE LABOUR SHORTAGE
Auckland, Feb. 9. Replying to a deputation urging the importance of yarious railway works, Sir William Eraser said his problem was labour more than money. There would he a great scarcity of such labour during the war. He was determined not to pay men more than lis per day. It was" the- Government's duty to lind employment for soldiers who returned. He could employ 10,000 men now on public works if they wero available. The numbr now obtainable was only 1600 to 1700, compared with from 4000 to 5000 usually employed at this time of the year. THREE WEEKS IN HIDING. Waihi, February 9. William Dunlop, who is alleged to have deserted while on leave from Featherston Camp, was arrested' here by the police. It is said that Dunlop has been in hiding in a friend's house for three weeks, only coming out under cover of darkness." A SENSATIONAL SUICIDE.
Napier. February 10. A remittance man named W. 'T. Devlin was drowned on the beach on Saturday at 7 p.m. He entered the water fully clothed, with the exception of his coat and boots. In the afternoon he was under the influence of liquor. A Maori named Webster made a brave but ineffectual attempt to rescue him, and a taxi.driver named Bauchop brought the body in. the caR-t ctaoin shrdlu shrd sh £9,000,000 WAR LOAN. Ohristchurch, February 9. Sir Joseph Ward stated to-day that the new war loan would be placed on the market some tifrie next month — probably a few thousands over £9,000,000. The actual sum depended to a large extent on the money coming in from war certificates issued from the Post Offices, and the.y had come in fairly freely for some time. This loan would be the balance of that authorised from the old loan of £28,000,000. When the new loan was raised it would complete the authorities given by Parliament for war loans. If the war continued until the end of July next, the sum would not bo sufficient to meet the Dominion's requirements beyond that date. If further loans were required. Parliamentary authority would be asked to raise them.
The short session in April, he stated", would be conducted on the principles established by the short session in 1909. It would be very short. There would be no Budcet. hut probably a statometn of finances would be submitted, and the^ Budget would come down at the ordinary session. KILLED BY A TRAIN. Gisborne. February 10. Mr Patrick Green, 66 years of age. a labourer. Mas killed by the train at Ormond on Saturday, He was a married man with a family and was an old resident. HORSEFLESH FOR EXPORT. Wairoa, February 9. The Wairoa Farmers' Union carried a motion yesterday to ask the Government for authority to slaughter and freeze .horses for export. It is estimated that at 4d -cr pound horses would net £20 each. THE TAUPIRI TROUBLE. Auckland, February 11. .Mr Bennie, the Government mine inspector, in his report on the Taupiri Extended Co.'s mine, states that the mine is safe.
The miners at a mass meeting yesterday, however, decided not to resume work until the enclosed area beyond the "creep" has been flooded to a point that will cover a spot where lire is alleged to exist. TWO BATHING FATALITIES. Christchurch, February 11. On Saturday afternoon, Thomas Dempsey, 14 years of age, was drowned while bathing in tho tepid baths. The Tad was twice assisted out of the water by another boy, but he dived in a third time, and was dead when he was got out again. Mr Frederick Swanston, a married man, 44 years of age, with live children, was drowned while bathing on New Brighton beach yesterday. His wife and children were spectators of the fatality. Another man, Mr Crawford, who was with him, had a narrow escape, requiring assistance to get ashore. AMERICA AND THE WAR. The rigid censorship exercised in connection with news relating to the
great part America is taking in the war will be discounted by Professor Trueblood at his lecture on "America and tho War," to bo given in tho Drill Hall to-morrow evening. Tho lecturer is a professor of elocution, and comes here with the highest credentials. He knows his subject from A to Z, and has been lecturing to crowded houses during his tour of New Zealand. j