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Two hundred men are engaged in 'the duplication of the railway, E>e.tween Dunedin and Mosgiel. A few months ago some of the Labour Unions in N.Z. were uneasy at the Government assisting navvies to emigrate. Now 'domestic servants are to have part of their passage money paid from the Old Country. Mr McNair's land bill campaign in the Auckland district is to be followed by one organised by the Opposition. Recognising the uselessness of troubling' people with politics in holiday time, meetings will not be held till February. H. S. Izard, a Greytown (Wellington) solicitor, has fded, with a de‘ ificiency of £25,595. Trust estates ■are involved, and as to these bankrupt was examined privately. Air Widdowson, S.M., Dunedin, lately referred to the number of young men to be seen under the influence of drink in Dunedin, even on Sundays!. If there is any connection between that state of things and sly-grog selling, there should be less in future, Honova Heiternan, whose premises were stated to be fully equipped for sly-grog selling, has been fined ! £SO, and Alary Rodgers £25'At the Wallacetown Junction saleyards last Tuesday a line of extra •prime bullocks* brought £ll 12s 6cl; others £7 7s 6d to £9 17s 6d. Store cattle and fat sheep were not in demand. A fire at Spar Bush damaged the •tramway and two bridges connected iwit-h the local sawmill, and burned a heifer belonging to Mr A. Cole. The Imperial Government were taken to task for reducing army and navy expenditure in view of what other great powers were doing, bitt by way of equalising matters Britain W-ill shortly possess a new propellant unequalled in the world, giving an advantage in small amis, and increasing the value of the new quickIh Ing machine guns. Better than strikes. The Arbitration Court settled 265 cases during its sitting in Wellington. Severe earth quakes were experienced in the Welling'ton, Hawkes Bay, and Wanganui districts on Saturday last-. On Friday Riverton was visited by a tidal wave. It came at halftide, and did no damage. There was probably some connection between the earth tremors and the submarine disturbance. New Zealand bushmen anxious to meet foemen worthy of their steel will be interested to learn that Miley, [Weston, Chellis, Alangan, and Coombs ’(all champions) will represent Australia at the N.Z. Axemen’s Carnival and the Christchurch Competitions. Britain has lately had a lot of trouble with roving bands of foreign gipsies. New Zealand is threatened .with the same thing on a small scale. A contingent of these people is wandering through the North Island, and one of them has alrcady been arrested for wife-beating. Under the redistribution of electoral boundaries due to the gain in population of the North Island, Otago will lose the Tuapeka and Wai■kouaiti seats and Canterbury that of [Courtenay. The National AI. and A. Co. recently effected sales 1 of farms in the Limiehills, Otautau, Wairio, and Forest Hill Districts on behalf of Airs Deacon and Sons, Mr F. Duncan, Messrs Calder and Hall, and Air R. W. Ross. In view of the clamour raised some years ago for manhood suffrage, it is odd to read that a bill has been introduced into the Victorian Parliament under which a voter can be fined for failing to vote unless good cause is shown. The refusal of the Californian Education Board to admit Japanese to their schools- may have far-reaching consequences. It is stated that war may follow between the States and Japan, and according to one report two regiments of Japanese, in the guise of labourers, are working in the sugar plantations of Haw*aii. The London wool sales closed with strong market for all sorts, and a good advance on last year’s closing rates. This is good news in view of the approaching local sales. Perth (West Australia) is said to be suffering from, depression just now, but this does not apply to the realm of sport, for 15,000 persons ed the races between Postle of Kalgoorlie and Day, the English champion. Postle proved the victor, but Pay says he had hard luck, and has challenged Postle to run again -j

The Education Bill has come back from the Lords to the Commons, but the Nonconformists resist the concessions proposed to be made in the direction of denoininationalism, and the end is not yets I What between emigration and the demands of the Army, labourers are getting scarce in Prussia, and the Chamber of Agriculture sees 1 nothing for it but the introduction of Chinese coolies. Similar conditions prevail in Hungary, but the Government are determined not to allow coolies to enter. King Leopold’s management of Congo Free State has been scandalous, and he has now been told some home truths in the Belgian Parliament as to forced native labour and other iniquities. The match between the South 'African footballers: and England, witnessed by 30,000 persons, ended in a draw, each side securing a try. An authority states that peasants in Russia have been reduced to eating bark and straw, and that forty millions require help from the State. The Conference of Colonial Premiers meets in London on 15th April. Sir J. G. Ward, who will represent N.ZI, leaves 1 the Colony in February. He is to be honoured in Dunedin before his departure. Air C. A. Tipping, Chief Postmaster at Invercargill, will shortly retire from the service with which he has been so long and so usefully connected.

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AT HOME AND ABROAD, Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 42, 15 December 1906

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AT HOME AND ABROAD Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 42, 15 December 1906

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