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News and Notes.

Fifty-seven years ago Mr Bischoffsheim, a Jew, arrived in London to make his fortune. He made it, and the other week, on the occasion of his golden wedding, gave away £IOO- - to charities.

Sir William Treloar, Lord Mayor of London, wants £60,000 to establish a home for crippled children. There are over 7000 of these in London, many of whom are visited regularly.

Olympic games are to be held in London in 1908. Seating accommodation for 100,000 onlookers is suggested.

Inspector, Branthwaite, who is in authority under the Inebriates Acts in England, holds that repeated short sentences have no deterrent influence over the confirmed inebriate, and that the imprisonment of drunkards is useless—“an absolute waste of public money.”

A London barmaid named Faraday —who is described as a quiet, goodlooking, and imassuming little person of sft. din. was married on Christmas Bay to a French giant who stands over Bft. high.

Acting on the suggestion of the High Commissioner for New Zealand Mr Sitch, secretary of the Chainmakers’ Association, has found, as the result of inquiries, that girls in the midlands work under deplorable conditions. In some cases chainmakers were only able to make four or five shillings a week after working long hours, and the worst part of the business is that they were working for persons professing to be Christians.

According to the Oamaru Mail, Mr Woods, President of the N.Z. Athletic Union, states that the Dunedin and Wiaimate Pipe Bands will not be allowed to compete at the Caledonian Championship meeting because they took part in the Scottish Society’s sports.

Captain Thore Sundberg, of the schooner Jessie Nicoll, died at Dunedin on 13th inst., from heart disease. He lost his wife at sea two years ago, and had never been the same man since.

What the judg'e described as a '■'most shocking” case was recently reported to the Lambeth County Court. It was that of a tailor earning 25s a week, with ten children, who was sent to prison for inability to pay the high rates. His home has since been sold up for rent.

'Nine boys were lately presented at the London County Hall with medals from the .Royal Humane Society for life-saving efforts.

St. Helen’s Fort, one of the sea defences of Spithead, is advertised by the War Office as "to let.” <

'At the annual bird show at Yarmouth a canary exhibited by Mr ’j. S. Shearman, and adjudged the best in the show —a tiny yellow songster, weighing, possibly a couple of ounces —was claimed by a purchaser at '£•2s.

Counsel for the claimant concluded his address before the J. J. Meikle Commission on the 11th inst. The Commissioner’s report will go to the .Governor sooner or later.

There is always something engaging not by any means only to the youthful mind, in the idea of ia complete change in the conditions and surroundings of one’s life. That is why so many of us want to be gipsies.—E, V. Lucas, in ‘‘Forgotten Tales of Long Ago.”

Southland County Council is investigating the subject of a motor-car for its officers. The idea is to save horse-hire, which at present runs to about £ll per week. But (adds the Balclutha Free Press) what a revolution in sentiment the proposal marks! [Why, it was only a year or two ago that certain country local bodies suggested a prohibitive tax on motor cars, to keep them off the roads altogether. So wags the world, and the innovation of to-day becomes the fashion of to-morrow.

In the United States Senate, Senator Tillman, in a bitter and vehement speech, predicted that blood would 'flow like water over the race quession, which was more threatening now than in 3 861. Last year 70 negroes were lynched in the United States.

!An address in Christchurch by the [Hon. R. McNab, Minister of Lands, on the Land Bill was followed by a vote of thanks in the Government. !An amendment in favour of land nationalisation was rejected.

The Chief Health Officer (Dr Mason) urges the Auckland Hospital and Charitable Aid Board to erect shelters for open air treatment of consumptives. i A hut on the Beaumont station was struck by .lightning on the 10th inst., and partially wrecked. A wire rope used as a clothes line in l the hut was fused, and the suspended clothes were burnt through at the point of contact. The men were fortunately out mustering at the time. The late Mr Jas. Smith, of Glenurie, Greenvale, arrived in 2s.Z. in 186.0, and two years later was engaged by the late Mr Newton as stockman on his Pahia station, near Ooepuki. While on the way from Riverton to Pahia in a whale-boat, Mr Smith had a very rough experience, being caught in a storm, and he had to run into Colac Bay and take shelter with the Maoris. The storm not abating after three days—there being nothing but muttonbirds and potatoes, without salt, to eat—it was decided to tramp the remainder of the journey, which was a very trying job with three children. After staying on the station a year, and nob liking the occupation of hunting wuld cattle in the bush, he left, and took up his residence in South Riverton, where he engaged in sawmilling with Gumming Bros., and also with T. and J. More. While so employed, the Orepuki gold diggings broke out, and the timber trade being a bit slack at the time the mill was closed down. All hands “ shouldered bluey’ ’ and off to the diggings, but it did not turn out a profitable venture, and they returned sadder if not wiser men.

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News and Notes., Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 47, 19 January 1907

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News and Notes. Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 47, 19 January 1907

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