LOCAL AND GENERAL NEWS.
The City Council decided last evening to withdraw all school children's free admission concessions at the various city baths. It will make a uniform charge of one halfpenny iij future to children visiting the baths in school hours.
There will be no steamer for Sydney from Auckland to-day, owing to the withdrawal of the Maunganui from the service. The only vessel leaving New Zealand for Sydney this week will lie the Ulimaroa, which is to sail from Wellington to-day. The next passenger vessel to be despatched for Sydney is the Royal Mail liner Aorangi, which is to leave Auckland at 10 p.m. on Monday. For some months during the slack season there will be only two passenger steamers in the intercolonial service.
A proposal by the owner of the former ferry steamer Britannia, now a houseboat, that he should be allowed to moor the vessel near tho shore at Point England, Tamaki River, was declined by the City Council last evening upon the recommendation of the Parks Committee. The applicant asked for access to tho reserve on the point and he proposed to use the vessel as a restaurant and tearoom.
A conference of representatives of interested bodies to consider farm employment for boys is being called by tho Land Settlement and Development League and will be held next Thursday. When tho mattor was mentioned at the Chamber of Commerce council meeting yesterday members were sympathetic and one expressed the conviction that the encouragement of boys to tako up work in the country instead of the town was tho key to tho economic situation. The council appointed Mr. A. A. Ross and tho secretary, Dr. E. P. Nealo, to represent it at the conference.
A protest against the display of what is regarded as undesirable pictures in the streets outside cinema theatres was made in a letter from tha Mothers' Club of the Y.M.C.A, which came before the City Council last evening, together with a suggestion that approved chaperones should be present at all public dance halls. The council decided to reply that censorship of picture matter was controlled by the Government censor and that the council was not prepared to act in the appointment of approved chaperones.
The formation of a new road is being carried out at Devonport under the No. 5 unemployment scheme. The road will join Narrow Neck Beach at the end of Old Lake Road with the main concrete highway to Takapuna and thus greatly shorten the journey from the city to the beach. About 60 men are employed and it is expected that the work will be completed within ten days.
All the societies, nine in number, which were granted permits for street collections in the city last year have been granted the same dates this year. It was reported to the City Council last evening that the societies had agreed among themselves upon the matter. The collection days number seven.
An unsual position arose in the Supreme Court yesterday when two solicitors appeared for defendants in liens claim cases set down for hearing, but there was no one present to represent the plaintiff. "It is not only discourteous to the Court, but it interferes with the business," said Mr. Justice Herdman, when, after considerable delay, the plaintiff's solicitor appeared. He explained that he had been instructed to appear by another legal firm only five minutes previously. "The fixture was made, your opponents have appeared here and the solicitors for plaintiff should be here at the proper time," said His Honor. "I hope you will intimate to whoever instructed yon that this sort of thing should not occur again."
It is anticipated that the autogiro aero-' plane now at Invercargill will again be flying this week. Tho .machine has been repaired and will spend some time in Southland, after which it will journey north, along tho coast to Wellington. Tho machine will then make a tour of tho North Island. .
An imposing spectacle was presonted on Monday night by tho hills on tho eastern side of the Hutfc Valley, Wellington. A gorso fire, fanned by a strong wind, spread rapidly from ridge to ridge, and, as darkness fell, tho low clouds were illuminated by a ruddy glow. Every now and again tho flames broke out with fresh fury as they devoured trees and bushes in their path. The fire burned spasmodically right through tho night.
Motorists in Canterbury report that in all parts of the province, and especially in tho vicinity of riverbeds, rabbits are swarming on the roads at night. A traveller on the road from Dromore to Hatfield one recent evening said he doubted if he had seen so many rabbits on one stretch of road before. Motorists who passed through the Geraldine and Ashburton counties also saw large numbers of rabbits on the roads, one car killing two rabbits and a haro in about 10 miles.
The collection of mez7.o-t.infc portraits of the Prime Ministers of Great Britain presented to the New Zealand Government Inst year by Mr. W. Makower lias until this year been short of a single portrait—that of the Duke of Grafton. .After much search, Mr. Makower has been ablo to obtain this and lie presented it recently to the High Commissioner for New Zealand in London for despatch to Wellington. The donor has now at his own expense presented Now Zealand and Australia with sets of portraits of British Prime Ministers.
Tho long period of inactivity in regard to tho shipping of West Coast timber to Australia appears to bo drawing to a close, states the Greymouth Evening Star. Tho Kalingo, which sailed last week for Sydney and Brisbane, carried nearly a full cargo of timber and advice has now been received by tho Union Steam Ship Company that the Kaimiro is duo on March 26 and tho Poolta on April 9, the former to load timber for Melbourne and tho latter to load timber for Sydney.
The Ghristchurch City Council has decided that the namo of tho street at present being constructed between Gloucester and Armagh Streets, near Manchester Street, shall bo New Regent Street. A committee reported to the council this week that the company which is constructing the street was anxious that tho name should be Regent Street, but this could not be agreed to, for tho reason that there was already such a street in existence off Colombo Street, Sydenham.
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LOCAL AND GENERAL NEWS., New Zealand Herald, Volume LXVIII, Issue 20827, 20 March 1931
LOCAL AND GENERAL NEWS. New Zealand Herald, Volume LXVIII, Issue 20827, 20 March 1931
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