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CELEBRATION OF PEACE.

HONOUR TO THE FALLEN.

FIVE MINUTES' DEDICATION. CESSATION OF FESTIVITIES. [BY TELEGRAPH.— ASSOCIATION.] WELLINGTON". Tuesday, i Sir James Allen states that the Cabinet decided to-day that the public of New Zea- , land be asked to suspend all festivities and ■ activities throughout the Dominion on Peace Celebration Day, July 19, from 12 noon until five minutes past the hour, and • to devote these few minutes to the mem- . ory of New Zealand soldiers -who so bravely sacrificed their lives for the Empire during the war. AUCKLAND CITY TRIBUTE. PROPOSAL BY COMMITTEE. The matter of paying honour to the fallen soldiers was considered by the Auckland Celebrations Committee vesterdav morning. Following the suggestion made bv a correspondent in the Hbrai.o yesterday, the committee decided that at the stroke of eleven all activities in connection with the celebration should cease for the space of two minutes. The bells of the city : churches would toll and the buglers of the i various military units, wherever they might be, would sound the Last Post. In view of the Cabinet's request that an interval of five minutes' absolute science be observed at noon, however, the DeputyMayor, Mr. A. J. Entrican, stated last evening that the question of the observance in Auckland would be considered at to-day's meeting of the committee. MESSAGE FROM GOVERNOR. REGRET AT ABSENCE. THANKFULNESS FOR PEACE. [BY TELEGRAPH.—PRESS ASSOCIATION.] WELLINGTON. Tuesday. The Acting-Prime Minister has received the following message from the GovernorGeneral, dated July 10, at Suva: "It is with feelings of devout thankfulness we learn peace lias been signed, and the Countess of Liverpool, myself, and all who are on board the Tutanekai, much regret that we shall not be able to be with yon on the dates set apart for universal rejoicings. Nevertheless, although we shall be absent from New Zealand, we shall be present with vou in spirit." MOUNT EDEN BONFIRE. ELABORATE PRECAUTIONS. GUARD AND BARBED-WIRE FENCE. The building of the peace beacon on Mount Eden, the lighting of which is to form a prominent feature of the peace celebrations on Saturday night, has now been practically completed. A large staff of men, chiefly returned soldiers, has been engaged on the work for some days, and it is stated that the pile will be completed on Friday. The hour of lighting has yet to be decided. . . In order to prevent a recurrence of the act of incendiarism by which the original bonfire was destroyed, elaborate barbedwire protective ' fences have . been erected and a temporary shelter has been built for the use of the guard, which is on duty all night, ' If is stated that on several occasions the locality has been visited by persons who are suspected of having had designs on the bonfire. On Thursday night last three deliberate attempts to penetrate the guard were made by one man. He climbed to the summit at 9 p.m.. again at midnight, and a third time at two o'clock in the morning. On the last occasion he was caught by the guard, but as they had no legal power to detain him they did not do so. On the following night two young men interested themselves in the beacon at eleven O'clock. The Mount Eden Borough engineer, Mr. J. Rogers, last evening stated that as an organised attempt at incendiarism was feared, the guard were yesterday sworn in as special constables, Drovidted with rifles and ammunition, and given authority to arrest at sight.

THE HOTEL BASS. DECISION AT DUMFDIN. NOT OPENING ON SATURDAY. [BT TELEGRAPH. —PRESS ASSOCIAJTION.] DUNBDIN, Tuesday. A largely - attended" meeting of the Licensed Victuallers' Association to-night unanimously decided to close the hotel bars all day next Saturday. THE RAILWAY SERVICES. NO ADDITIONAL TRAINS. [3Y TELEGRAPH.—OWN COBBESPONDENT. ] WELLINGTON. Tuesday. It is officially stated that the railway services next Saturday and Monday will be according to the present time-table, without alteration. te sum arrangements. ILLUMINATED ARCHES. [BY TELEGRAPH—OWN CORRESPONDENT.] TE KUITI, Tuesday. Arrangements for the peace celebrations have almost been completed. Five arches are to be erected at suitable points along the principal street, and in the evening they are to be brilliantly illuminated. The streets will also be a blaze of electric light, A procession will march through the streets in the morning, and prizes amounting to nearly £20 will be given. The Maori girls have prepared fancy costumes for the haka and pot dances, which are to be a feature of the celebrations. A haka of victory will be danced in front of the municipal hall after six "victory" trees have been planted.

ROTORUA PROGRAMME. ENTERTAINMENT OF . CHILDREN. [BY TELECRAPH.OWN CORRESPONDENT.] ROTORUA. Tuesday. It has been decided to spend £100 on the children's demonstration on Monday, including procession, entertainment, and sports for the younger children at the i'.M.C.A. building, and the senior children at the public school. The sum of £150 will be spent on a dinner to soldiers on Saturday evening, and £60 on the procession on Saturday afternoon. Saturday and Monday will be observed as full holidays.

POSITION AT FAXJ2LIE.

WEATHER AFFECTS PLANS.

[BT TELEGRAPH. —PRESS ASSOCIATION.] . TIMARtj; Tuesday. The Fairlio official celebrations committee, on account of the wet ground and winter weather, decided to drop the adult programme and postpone the children's fete till the spring. Young people, who had been preparing, took matters into their own hands, and. will carry ont a, programme of their ownprocession, fireworks, bonfire, and dance.

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CELEBRATION OF PEACE. New Zealand Herald, Volume LVI, Issue 17214, 16 July 1919

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