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An* English and American mail, including 242 bags for Auckland, arrived at Wellington from San Francisco on Saturday afternoon. The Auckland portion will come north by the express this afternoon. The Victoria, which is due early tomorrow morning from Sydney, has 53 bags of Australian mail for Auckland and 149 bags for the rest of New Zealand.

A four-roomed cottage in Sarawai Street, Newmarket, owned by Mr. G. Roberts, Elliott) Street, and occupied by Mr. M. C. Lynch, was gutted by fire early yesterday morning. Mr. Lynch was awakened by the falling of a picture in his bedroom and, with his wife, escaped in his night attire through a window. It is understood that the furniture was insured.

A tablet to the memory of the late Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Macky, who lost their lives in the Lusitania disaster, was unveiled in the Unitarian Church, Ponsonby, last night by Mr. S. I Clarke, chairman of the Memorial Committee. The tablet, which was made of bronze, was the work of the Brownsgrove Artists' Guild. There was a special service in the church and the Rev. W. E. Williams made reference to the life and work of Mr. and Mrs. Macky, who were heartily esteemed members of the congregation. The inscription on the tablet was: "To the glory of God, in loving memory of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Macky, this tablet is erected by their fellow-worshippers in token of the affection they bore them and that time only can enhance."

A schedule in the bankruptcy of H. H. Edwards and Company, wire mattressmakers, Brown Street, Auckland, has been filed with the official assignee. The liabilities of the firm are set down as £317 3s lOd, owing to unsecured creditors, plus £365 owing to secured creditors, who hold securities valued at £530. The assets are set down as £291 6s 6d, comprised of £126 6s 6d, the amount of a judgment order in favour of the firm, and £165, the surplus from the securities covering the debts owing to secured creditors. The deficiency in the estate, calculated from these figures, is set down as £25 17s 4d.

Enlistment figures are of .more than ordinary interest in a cosmopolitan country like Canada. Statistics recently to hand in Auckland show that the people were divided into four classes Canadians of English, Scotch or Irish descent. FrenchCanadians, immigrants from the United Kingdom, and foreign-born people in Canada. The population of Canada is estimated at eight millions. Of these, 85.000 English-speaking Canadian-bom men enlisted, or 28 per cent, of the total enlistments. Canadian-born French numbered 445,000, a total of 12,000 enlisting, or 4£ per cent, of the total. British-born men from the United Kingdom numbered 307,000, and 180,000 enlisted, or 61 per cent, of the total- The foreign-born totalled 306,000, and of these 18,000 enlisted, or about 6 per cent, of the total.

A shooting match between the National Reserve unit and the Women's Club, of Newmarket, was held on Saturday, at a miniature rifle-range in the Newmarket Public Hall. Thirteen competitors from each side were each allowed seven shots. The match resulted in favour of the women by 50 points, and the averages were : Women 25.3, and men 21.5._

The steamer Taluno arrived late last night from the Islands, and anchored in the stream. There was a very heavy sea running in the harbour, and. owing to the roughness of the water, it was impossible to effect communication with the vessel.

The 52nd anniversary of the Newton Congregational Church was celebrated yesterday. Successful services were held, the preachers being the Eev. Clyde Carr in the morning, and the Rev. Frederic Warner in the evening. On Tuesday evening a complimentary social will be tendered to Mr. Warner, who was pastor of the church some 16 years ago, before ho went to Melbourne.

According to advices received from Canada, Sir George E. Foster, Minister for Trade and Commerce, made important announcements, before leaving to attend the Economic Conference in Paris, relating to the adjustment of the Dominion's trade to new conditions which will follow the end of the war. It has been decided to create a Canadian Bureau of Commensal Information, the officials of which will be in a position to answer all inquiries regarding trade in the Dominion and in foreign countries. Sir George Foster will call to Ottawa a large number of prominent business men to formulate the plans. The most important of the trade commissioners, including Mr. W. A. Beddoe, of New Zealand, will also be summoned home to Canada to attend the conference, which, as Sir George Foster puts it, should resolve itself into a heart-to-heart talk and have a far-reaching effect on the trade of the country.

The following was the state of His Majesty's prison, Auckland, for the week ended June 17—On remand, 5 males; awaiting trial and sentence, 9 males sentenced to life, 7 males hard labour, 188 males, 18 females; imprisonment, 4 males; default of bail, 5 males received during the week, 22 males, 3 females ; discharged, 26 males, 2 females; total in prison, 218 males, 18 females.

A protest against the exploitation of Tikinui lands by unnaturalised Austrian gumdiggers was made by two members of the Hobson County Council at its last meeting. They stated that the sections had been surveyed nine months ago, but still remained under a kauri gum reservation. All the payable gum had been removed, and the aliens still enjoyed possession of the territory, and were only engaged in sieving the heaps of gum dust left by former British workmen. Mr. McCarroll said the bulk of the land was valuable drained swamp country, and carried a good deal of marketable flax. The council unanimously decided to request the Government to lift the reservation and allow the land to be settled by homeseekers.

A meeting of representatives of cheese factories in the Pahiatua and Eketahuna Counties was held at Palmerston North on Saturday. It was resolved to notify the Government that the proposal to commandeer or to compel manufacturers to sell the next season's output of cheese would place an unfair, burden on the Dominion cheese producers, unless equal proportions of the outputs in other parts of the Empire were similarly dealt with. It was resolved to request the National Dairy Association to convene a meeting at Palmerston North next week.

Three men, named John Fletcher, Joseph Davis and Alexander Beattie, were charged at the Goro Magistrate's Court on Saturday with having masks or disguises in their possession without lawful cause. The magistrate said the offence was a serious one, and he ordered them to come up for sentence when called upon. He said they were liable to three months' imprisonment without the option of a fine.

A street collection was taken np by the Hamilton branch of the Victoria League in aid of the dependants of the sailors lost in the North Sea battle. The canvassers met with generous support, and a large sum was raised.

Prior to the industrial strike in Lyttelton, towards the end of 1913, the engagement of local wharf labour was left in the hands of the representatives of the companies interested, but on the advent ol the new union under the Arbitration Court, the employers confined the selection of the waterside workers to one man. Dissatisfaction has been lately expressed at the alteration, although certain modifications were made. It is understood, however, that in the future the existing arrangement will cease, and the companies will revert to the old system whereby each company will engage its own labour.

A heated argument, ending in an oxchange of blows, took place in a Rangiora street a few days ago. Seven men commenced the trouble by telling a very old man that they favoured the German Navy. The old man, who stool up staunchly for British supremacy, was greeted with a blow from one of the supporters of the German cause. Luckily an Irishman happened to be in the vicinity, and promptly dealt with the cowardly assailants.

" Many people hold that it is a mistake for this Court to fix the wages of apprentices," said Mr. Justice Stringer at a sitting of the Arbitration Court at Christ/church recently. His Honor said that the view put forward was that when a boy knew that next year he must get 15s or £1 a week, it was not much inducement for him to show his ability and capacity. Yet the unions were always coming forward with proposals for higher wages for the apprentices."

A deputation from the Kawhia Harbour Board, accompanied by Mr. J. A. Young, M.*\, recently asked the Minister for Marine that the subsidy towards the proposed new wharf be increased. The Minister said that he could not hold out any hope of the subsidy being increased.

A forced sojourn of a day and a night at the base of an exposed promontory on the coast of Canterbury, known as the Giant's Eye, hard by Taylor's Mistake, fell to the lot of two Canterbury residents recently. The two young men rowed towards the Mistake from Sumner for the purpose of fishing. Beaching their boat after going some distance, they clambered over the rocks, finally reaching the Giant's Eye. Intent on their sport, they w,ere oblivious to the incoming tide until they found themselves cut off from their boat. Finally, one of them, naturally becoming dissatisfied with his surroundings, especially as it was now ten o'clock at night, essayed to climb the cliff, and, by some miracle, reached the top, where he proceeded to search for assistance. Not finding any, however, in that lonely spot, he went home. On the next day his companion was discovered by a party of rabbitshooters, who descended by a rope and then effected his rescue. The remains of of an old boat had been washed ashore there some days ago, and on this he had built a fire. When found he had been without food for many hours.

Street and other collections made in Feilding on behalf of the widows and orphans of the bluejackets lost in the North Sea battle totalled £1000.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL NEWS., New Zealand Herald, Volume LIII, Issue 16259, 19 June 1916

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LOCAL AND GENERAL NEWS. New Zealand Herald, Volume LIII, Issue 16259, 19 June 1916

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