News and Notes.
A number of young women in Paris are training in order to undertake the work of cab-drivers.
A compositor, sued at Marylobone County Court for a debt to a furniture company, was represented, by his mother-in-law. She said, "The plaintiff company calls it a hire purchase system. I call it a vampire system.” Two post office employes 1 at Truro were very obliging to an old gentleman who made frequent use of the office, and on leaving he presented each of them with shares worth £l3O in a South African mihe. When the authorities heard this they ordered the shares to he returned, their acceptance being contray to the rules of the service.
Plague has re-appearod at Brisbane —ll cases being reported, one of which has proved fatal. Mr M. Gilfedder, solicitor, Invercargill, ex-member for Wallace, has been appointed a Judge of the Native Land Court.
Good news for Waiau settlers. A start will shortly be made with the laying of the rails on the extension of the line from Waihoaka to Te Tua.
A woman died in Melbourne from ptomaine poisoning after eating tinned pineapple. A lion and two lionesses escaped from a circus near Sydney, : and caused the quick disposal of the audience. The attendants secured two, but one of the lionesses reached a farm, and severely mauled three horses, and was attacking a cow when two men arrived and shot her. Henry Stratton Izard, solicitor, Masterton, has pleaded guilty to four out of fourteen charges of embezzlement that were preferred against him, and will be sentenced at the Supreme Court at Wellington. The four cases before the court involve about £20,000 trust moneys given to the accused for investment. Some years ago the Rev. R. J. Campbell, the late Dr. Parker's' successor at the City Temple, London, credited with representing the intellectual mood of the hour as one of “wistful uncertainty,” has got. beyond that stage, and has caused a sensation by declaring that the story of man’s fall, as narrated in the Book of Genesis is untrue. According to Campbell, Milton’s lines as to “man’s first disobedience and the fruit of that forbidden tree, whose mortal taste brought death into the world and all our woe,” can now be wiped out as meaningless, to say nothing of greater things. Mr Campbell has now formed a New Theology League.
\ Senator Tillman, of the Southern i States, has delivered another alarmist speech regarding the future relations of the white and negro races in America. White men of the South, he says, are determined to maintain white supremacy, political and social, in every part of .every Southern State. Negroes were never more intent on contesting it. Race hatred, he thinks, is growing in intensity. Lynching for criminal assault will continue as long as the crime is committed, notwithstanding it has failed a s a preventive. How to protect white women against negi=o assailants he held to be the burning issue, the solution of which must be found if a race war that would destroy the weaker race is to be avThe only plan .that seemed to him to jpromise to be effective w T as to establish a European system of passport, coupled with a large increase of officers of the la'v, which would put restraint upon the roving negroes of depraved character who precipitate riots. The probability that this measure would drive such characters North gave him much satisfaction. The last'sentence discloses the cloven hoof —the North is not yet forgiven for the part it played in the emancipation of the slaves.
Referring to another conspiracy against the King of Spain, the Gorman newspapers bitterly attack Britain for allowing international misr creants to make London the headquarters of their operations. They declare that Britain is becoming- a public nuisance, even a danger to the world, through harbouring murderous revolutionaries. Just so, but it would be more to the purpose_ if Germany and some other countries allowed freedom of speech and several other things that make for peace and orderliness, and so discouraged the making of “ international miscreants.
It is officially announced that Mr Haldane, Secretary of War, dissents from the Channel Tunnel Bill, and small wonder, when we learn that although Japanese statesmen are in favour of discussing the disarmament question at the Hague Convention, and Britain, the United States, and France are also favourable, Germany and Austria oppose the proposal, and the attitude of Russia and Italy is doubtful. Apparently universal peace is still far beyond the region of practical politics, and modern Othellos will not be called upon yet awhile to bid farewell to “the plumed troop, and the big wars, that make ambition virtue.’’
After a visit to the Waiau and Lake Hauroto, Mr H. D. Bedford writes;— The district has only one drawback that I could discover—a serious preponderance of bachelors. One old bachelor tries to relieve his solitude by the company of dogs. He has not less than 20, many of which are housed with himself. Not long' ago he happened an accident, by which his thumb was torn off. Three days afterwards he was found prostrated with weakness, his bed deluged with blood. Truly there are many hardships incident to a solitary life in the back-blocks, and Parliament should not hesitate to spend unstintr ly in providing the hardy settlers with bettor facilities of communication.
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News and Notes., Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 48, 26 January 1907, Incorrect date
News and Notes. Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 48, 26 January 1907, Incorrect date
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