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Monday last was the anniversary of the most notable of Australia's labor conflicts —the famous episode of the Eureka stockade, which was fought at Ballarat on December 4, 1854. Levin and Co., Wellington, report of their recent wool sale that, compared with the corresponding sale of last year, prices come to within £d of that sale. At the theory examinations held in November at Hawera, in connection with the Associated. Board, London, Miss J. C. Muir (Matapu) secured 108 marks in advanced harmony, Miss A. Harrington (Matapu) 111, and Miss Henn (Hawera) 110 in higher division harmony. The maximum is 150, pass 100. These three candidates are all pupils of Miss D. Reilly. Speaking to a deputation which waited on him in Dunedin, Dr Valintine made pointed reference to the effect of political influence in hospital affairs. Our present hospital system, he said, was handicapped by political influence. Speaking with absolute frankness he would like to see —with all respect to the honorable Minister present —something put in the Act providing that no one should sit on a hospital board if he meant to woo the attention of parliamentary electors. He was speaking perfectly candidly, and it made things very difficult. These men meant ultimately to stand before the House, and they were rather inclined to play up to popular sentiment in .regard to matters that handicapped the hospital boards. "I think we should rather," he concluded, try to keep our hospitals as free of political influence as possible." An apologetic suggestion was made in the presence of Bishop Julius at a tramway ceremony in Christchurch that thousands of Sunday trippers would use the new hill tramway up Hackthorne road^ when it was opened. Hie speaker remarked that although they would not be at church they would be under the canopy of heaven. Bishop Julius remarked later that already the Church had come to Cashmere, and would probably look after them. "It may be," he added, "that with the change of circumstances which is altering all our habits we might get rid of the old fetish of eleven o'clock service in the hottest part of the day, and turn to the old habit of our forefathers and have service in the very early part of the day, letting the people come up the hilV afterwards and enjoy themselves to their hearts' content. Dr Guinness, president of the Waitemata Golf Club, terms the practise of appointing a large number of vice-presi-dents as "a system of blackmail." He says: '"Instead of the position being made one of honor, to which a member of a club or some supporter should be proud to be elected, it is reduced to one which is given to a person who may haVe no interest in the club, if they think they can get half a guinea out of .him. It's a most iniquitous and unfair system, and one I entirely disagree with." An interesting fact not generally known in regard, to the Macquarie Islands is that cats have been introduced there at some time or other, and that their descendants, which have grown to a very darge size, have worked havoc among those birds of the island which were not gifted with flight. The flightless rail, it is thought, has disappeared, as it is many years since a specimen has been seen, and the same story, has to be told of a semi-flightless parrot which used to feed on kelp on the beaches, and which could fly about a hundred yards in one flight. No specimen of this bird has been sighted for a long time, and it is feared it has also fallen a victim to the cats. . There are also plenty of rabbits on the islands, and these will be available as a means of food supply for the members of Dr. Mawson's expedition, should they be required. The staff officer of the Senior Cadets visited Hawera o_ Tuesday night, and inspected the local company under the command of Captain J. W. Brunt. The parade was an exceedingly satisfactory one, the headquarters representative being more than pleased with the discipline of the lads and the progress that had been made in such a short time. One of the objects of the visit of the staff officer to Taranaki was to enquire into complaints that had been made in regard to the distances which some of the boys had been called upon to travel to parade. IJe found that in some cases the lads have themselves to blame, because in filling in their registration forms, they had given the name of the nearest township or post office, i*nd not necessarily the exact locality of their residences. In other cases many lads at the time of the medical examination had signified their willingness to go to certain drillcentres, which were outside the radius laid down. However, all these complaints are now being looked into, and, if necessary, adjustments will be made and new centres recommended to the district headquarters. The Feilding A. and P. Association's eighth annual show is advertised to take place on February 6 and 7, 1912. The prize-list should prove interesting and attractive to all breeders of stock. Prize-money is on a very liberal scale,, There are also many valuable and handsome trophies. In past years this association has not permitted stallions on the ground, but for this show there are cash prizes and certificates offered for these animals. For a stack-building competition prizes of £10 are offered. Entries close on January 19, and schedules may be obtained from the office of this paper or the secretary, Mr E. H. Fisher, Box 98, Feilding Messena and Co., land agents, Hamilton, advertise a property for sale. IT TURNS SO EASY. Modern methods dispel hard work. The unique gearing of the Baltic Cream Separator is the finest demonstration of this. 'No big, clumsy wheels, but a scientific distribution of leverage that renders the BALTIC the ligbtest-run-nkig machine yet devised. A child can turn it easily. To keep your family on the farm and secure the full profit from your milk, instal the light, easyrunning BALTIC, that can be kept at full speed without any effort, thus ensuring full capacity, perfect skimming, an easy time, and all the profits.—J. B. MacEwan and Co., Ltd., New Plymouth. *

A garden party will be held in the Hawera District High Schbol grounds on Wednesday, December 13, at 2 o'clock. The proceeds will be applied to the work of asphalting paths around the school. A poll of ratepayers was taken at Feilding yesterday on the proposal to borrow £10,000 for the purpose of installing an electric lighting system in the borough. The proposal was lost by 264 to 217. The young Maori, Moro Hepere, who ; was last week arrested on a charge of having allegedly obtained goods by false pretences, was brought before r Messrs W. A. Parkinson and H. Groves, J's.P. in the Magistrate's Court today. On the application of Mr R. D. Welsh accused was further remanded to Saturday and was allowed the same bail as previously. Mr Kenrick, S.M., sat at the Stratford Courthouse on Tuesday to hear a petition regarding the recent election of certain members of the Whangamomona County Council. Mr Spence appeared on behalf of the petition, and Mr Malone watched. proceedings on behalf of Mr J. Diggins, whose election the petition disputes. Mr Spence, opening his case, said the case would resolve itself into a mere matter of formal ] proof. He said that for the three seats for the Strathmore riding four persons were nominated, three being wanted. After the election the County Clerk (Mr A. Coleman) found that Mr Diggins had been nominated by one person who was a non-elector. The Clerk had no option but to declare the seat vacant, though if he had found the irregularity before declaring Mr Diggins elected he could have declared the other candidate (Mr J. M. Jones) duly elected. The S.M. declared Mr Diggins not duly elected, and declared Mr Jones, the only other properly nominated candidate, duly elected. Eltham and Mangatoki Dairy Co. notify receiving dates for pigs. The Egmont County Council advertises tenders for a number of contracts. Too much smoking sometimes creates a headache—aches so much it nauseates. Steams' Headache Cure clears the head and makes you feel like new. —(Advt.) Look at W. H. and _. McGarry's list of properties for sale. Ring up or write tr the address. Eltham. • Good things are often tied up in very small parcels. Because an individual or article does not measui'e up to normal size, it does not necessarily follow that good qualities are lacking in proportion. This truth is emphasised in the "Ensignette" Camera, a miniature camera that will slip into a man's vest pocket or a lady's hand-bag. It measures but 3| by If inches when closed, yet it takes splendid clear pictures 2\ by 1\ inches. These pictures can then be enlarged to any size. For every-day use the Ensignette is an ideal camera. It takes up no more room than a cigarette case or a box of matches and is the only really small folding camera that is self-con-tained. It is sold complete in a limp leather case for 355, or, if fitted with a Goerz Lens, £7. Posted free to any address by Harrington's (N.Z.) Ltd. (successors to Imperial Camera Co.), 42, Willis street. Wellington.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Hawera & Normanby Star, Volume LXII, Issue LXII, 6 December 1911

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Hawera & Normanby Star, Volume LXII, Issue LXII, 6 December 1911

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