LOCAL .AND GENERAL NEWS.
A bright glate in the sky .attracted considerable attention about nine o'clock last evening. It was due to the burning of. a motor lorry with its load of benzine on'the Mount Albert-Three Kings Road. Efforts were'made to extinguish the fire, but the effort was in vain. The blaze continued until the oil had been consumed.
A visit to the various refuse tips in the city, including those that have been closed recently, was made yesterday by Dr. J. P. Frengley, of the Health Department, in company with the members of the Works ; Committed of the City Council. tDr. Frengley, who made a close inspection of the tips, will submit a report on the subject to the Minister for Health, Hon. C. J. Parr, to-day,
A strong north-east wind blew yesterday, and the sky was dull and threatening. Steady rain fell from about 5 p.m. until a lata hour without any indications of moderating. Advice received yesterday from north of Whangarei stated that a strong northeast gale was blowing. The barometer up to a late hour did not show any indications of the approach of stormy weather, It has been practically steady Binoe Tuesday morning at 30.0& in., the normal reading for Auckland.
A warning notice to owners and occupiers of premises who have neglected to take necessary precautions in the interests of public health is issued by the Auckland City Council It is notified that after seven days legal proceedings will be taken in cases where premises are found in such a state as to cause a nuisance, where proper receptacles are not provided for waste food, and where notices issued by the chief sanitary \nspector are not complied with.
Prominence to the projected cruise to the islauds of the South Pacific, for the purpose of taking moving pictures of island scenes and customs, is being given by Sydney newspapers. It is stated that .Mr. Harrington Reynolds, who was in New Zealand recently, and left for Sydney in search of a suitable vessel for the cruise, has purchased the auxiliary I ketch Phil Forbes, which iB now being J fitted as a yacht. The vessel was built , at Lake Macquarie, New South Wales, in '1899, and has a length of 82ft. sin., beam 24ft. and a draught of 6ft. Sin. She is I built of wood and is fitted with a 40 h.p. Standard engine. Captain S. W. Muir, late of the North Coast Steamship Company, is to take charge of the vessel, and it is stated that Mr. Reynolds still requires two men to complete the party.
The results of the weight-guessing competition, held in connection with the Auckland A. and P. Association's Show, were announced yesterday. The weight of the bullock was 8241b., and the first prize was won by Mr. J. Dreadon, of Manurewa, with the close guess of 8211b. The second prize was divided between Messrs. H L, Garland, of Auckland, B. J. Sullivan, of Ardmore, and W. . SpinJey, of Northcote. ihe two first-named estimating the weight at 8351b., and the last-named at 8131b. The weight of the cow was 7301b., and Messrs. A. Imrie, of Epsom, and L. Lincoln, of Grey Lynn, took first and second prizes with guesses of 7311b. and 7251b, respectively. The sheep turned the scale at 2451b., and the prize-takers were Messrs. R. Hall, of Wiri, and G. Ingram, of Ramnrama, whose respective guesses were 2461b. and 2441b.
The Rugby football challenge cup, which is played for annually by the senior cadet companies of Auckland, was presented by Colonel H. R Potter, officer commanding jtho district, to the 34th Company of Senior Cadets, at tho Drill Hall this week, in tho presence of a large assembly. The company, which is commanded by Captain E. E. Willoughby, won the' shield, as a result of its successes on the football field during the season now closed.
At a meeting held in Sft James' Hall on Tuesday evening, a list was read out as the names of the City Councillors who did not sign the address to Mr. Hall Skelton. The list contained the names of those councillors whose names are recorded on the council minutes as having stated in council that they did not sign. Apparently other councillors' did not sign the address, including Mr. P. M. Mackay who is at Rotorua, and Mr. H. N. Baenall 6
The ballot conducted by the Railway Officers' Institute on three issues in connection with the proposed retrenchment in the service has Been practically completed, so far as the Auckland districtembracing all stations north of Merceris concerned. Only about 40 votes have yet to be received and these will not affect the result so far as the Auckland district is concerned. The votes counted yesterday gave 143 in favour of No. 1 issue, which provides for a suspension of improved service renditions as a mean 3 of retaining present. salaries. Only five votes were recorded in favour of No. 2 proposal (referring to a reduction in salaries), while 44 members expressed the opinion that the institute should decline to accept either No. 1 or No. 2 proposal. The number of members in the Auckland district is about. 300.
" Would you have the Court convict the accused on suoh flimsy evidence and have him put into prison ?" asked Mr. J. P. 4 W. Dickson of Detective-Sergeant Cummings during the hearing of the case igainst three Chinese for having opium on the. premises, in the Police Court yesterday. " The section of the Act provides for a fine before imprisonment," replied the detective. " But perhaps he has not the money to pay a fine," returned counsel. " The amount of money found in theii' safe would keep you and me going without work for two Or threo years, said Mr. Curamings with a smile. " Oh! that will help me in fixing my fee," said Mr. Dickson, resuming m B seat amid laughter.
A sequel to the production of Auckland's pioneer venture in moving-picture production was the prosecution of Rudall Hayward, who appeared before Mr. J. W. Poynton, S.M., at the Police Court yesterday on two charges of sticking posters in unauthorised places. Mr, Mackay. for the City Council, said the picture " The Bloke from Freeman's Bay," nad been promoted and screened in Auckland in October, and defendant, had permitted the posters to bo displayed contrary to the by-laws. Defendant was fined £1 on each charge.
In view of the changed situation, it has been decided to abandon the thanksgiving service for the Irish settlement, which was to (have been held at St. Mary's Cathedral to-morrow evening. The evensong will be given as already arranged, Archdeacon G. Mac Murray being the preacher.
A review of a book entitled "Fourteenth Century Verse and Prose," by Mr. Kenneth Sisam, formerly of Auckland, a New Zealand Rhodes scholar, appears in the London Observer of October 18 last. The paper refers to " this excellent volume of Mr. Sisam, one of the younger Oxford men who have fulfilled the hopes with which Rhodes founded his scholarships. One is struck afresh by the variety and richness of the poetic style and the occasional epigrammatic brilliance of the prose. This book of selections is frankly done for beginners, and Mr. Sisam's notes are extremely helpful and succeed in avoiding the rather flat commonplace, which affects too many annotators."
"TJie house is one of six rooms, and there is ample room for us all," said a defendant in a possession case heard at Lower Hutt Court recently. " The plaintiff, his wife, and two children occupy two rooms, his brother another, and myself, wife, and five children, whose ages range from 18 years downwards, two of the rooms, with the use of the kitchen. The premises are kept clean and in a sanitary condition, and I do not see any reason why I should leave." The defendant was given 14 days in which to find I otfher preinuea fcp his wife *nd family.
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LOCAL .AND GENERAL NEWS., New Zealand Herald, Volume LVIII, Issue 17961, 10 December 1921
LOCAL .AND GENERAL NEWS. New Zealand Herald, Volume LVIII, Issue 17961, 10 December 1921
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