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There was a partial eclipse of the moon on Tuesday night. Guessing competitions held to be legal in a test caSG at Dunedin - Bush' fires raging on the Coast. Claims and flaxmills .die for lack of water.

The work of recovering more of the Elingamite’s treasure, is to be renewed .

Clvde station buildings, on the Otago Central, likely to be finished in three weeks.

Three Gore children, whose father died some years ago, are said to have inherited £12,000.

The large residence in Gladstone, owned by Mrs Quinn, and built by Mr T. J. White, in 1858, has been 'destroyed by fire. Insurance, £450.

Invercargill’s old municipal chain bers. leased by Air R. Allen, are being converted into a meeting place for farmers.

Alinister of Lands to be asked to help settlers who suffered by fires in Seaward Bush.

Southland Pipe Baud returned on Monday from the Exhibition tired but triumphant, bringing the championship shield and other trophies. Wooden portion of North Star Hotel, Bee street, Invercargill, being removed to make room for a cycle and motor depot. The hotel, formerly known as the Melbourne, was one of the oldest in Invercargill. . The third brewery depot established beyond the Waihopai, that leased to a Dunedin firm, has started business. Mr W. Cruickshank's woollen mill at North Invercargill, closed down for some years, has been bought by a Dunedin syndicate. and will be reopened at an early date. Licut.-Col. Hawkins, now O.C. of the Canterbury District, was entertained in the Albion Hotel, Imercaigill. on Monday night, and presented with handsome gifts for self and Mrs Hawkins. Subscribers to the Invercargill Athenaeum re-elected the old committee. A motion to allow’ pupils of technical schools free use of the reading room and reference library .was rejected, and a resolution to make the institution free was also defeated.

Eileen Gorton, aged eight years, the only daughter of Mr J. Gorton, of Makarowa. died on Monday from burns accidentally received. She was passing the scene of a late bush fire, and the peaty soil suddenly burst into flames and set her dress on fire. Easter volunteer camps of instruction will again be held in N.Z. this year. Mr Haldane, speaking in London, said that he did not believe that real efficiency could be got by volunteers in an eight days’ camp. If Parliament would let him, he hoped to propose that the long camp should be the rule all round.

Mr Wray, Magistrate at Ashburton, has resigned because of the criticisms passed on his alleged leniency in dealing with breaches of the licensing laws. Findlay, the man who was acquitted of a charge of murder in the Papakaio case, has been re-arrested and charged with theft and burglary from the house of Bennie, the murdered schoolmaster. The millionth visitor to the Exhibitioh proved to be Miss Alice Jennings. of Christchurch, and she will receive a gold watch. On Saturday last the total attendance from date of opening stood at 1,009,185. At the Labour Conference in Sydney Mr Watson was told straight out that politicians were “creatures of the conference,’' and that he must do as he was told. Mr Watson resented this, and said he would go as far as he wantod but no further. Mr B. B. Johnson, of the Great Northern Co., England, has been appointed Chief Commistsioner of New South Wales Bailways. By of relieving the sufferers by the earthquake in Jamaica, no rates or taxes will be collected for 15 months. •Even Nature is intensifying the sufferings of Bussia the unhappy. Two hundred and seventy persons in the Odessa district have been frozen to death. One hundred persons were drowned in a terrific storm at Hong Kong. British warships rescued 150 boatmen . A Union Defence League has been formed in London to bring the real facts about Home Buie or Devoluiion before the electors throughout the country.

Labourers are reported to bo scarce in the United States and Canada.

At the Labour Conference at Belfast Mr Kier Hardie protested against motions limiting the actions of their Parliamentary representatives, and said he would consider the question of resigning if they were pressed. Four hundred and twenty-five miners have been entombed at Rhoden in Rhenish, Prussia. The explosion, due to fire damp, took place at a depth of 2300 feet. . The Australian Workers’ Union ask that the aid of the Federal Arbitration Court fie invoked to award 25is per hundred for shearing sheep throughout, the Commonwealth, working hours to be fixed at 44 weekly. The Ameer’s visit is evidently reviving old desires in India. He was accorded what is described as a tremendous ovation, and the days of the old Mogul Emperors were recalled in a pageantry of extraordinary splendour. And this is the tragedy of the East —a great show and a hundred sheep sacrificed at the principal mosque in Delhi, while the rank and file go home to semi-starvation. Russia intends to evacuate Northern Manchuria immediately. It is alleged that the Japanese intend to exploit Korea and Manchuria, and that large numbers of the worst class of people are making their way thither. The general belief in Japan appears to be that the country will before many years be again at war with Russia, and preparations are being made accordingly. When every Reasonable precaution is taken, an industry cannot be allowed to suffer in the interests of mere sport, said Dr. McArthur, S.M., in giving judgment at Wellington in the case of the Acclimatisation Society against one Baigent. Baigent was prosecuted for placing sawdust near the bank of a stream, contrary to regulations, and also for allowing sawdust to flow into that stream. Case dismissed ; notice of appeal given. Mr Augustine Birrcll succeeds Mr Bryce as Secretary for Ireland, and Mr McKenna takes Air Birrcll’s place as Minister of Education. It looks as though South Africa, which so many of New Zealand’s sons so willingly fought to retain for Britain, will never hold a clean ideal. Ten millions sterling to compensate Boer losses and a free hand to mineowners in regard to Chinese on the Rand may mean —or seem to mean — a mere bit of brag, but as it stands it seems that the Boers are willing to let Chinese or other labourers bo practically made slaves of in return for “cash down.” Roosevelt, the Strenuous, evidently means to give the Trusts no quarter. He was violently attacked at a dinner by Senator Forakor, who declared that his policy against the great corporations would cause disaster. President Roosevelt, in reply, warned Messrs Morgan, Rogers, and other representatives of the trusts that if they were willing to accept the action of the Government, which was meant to protect rich and poor alike, the time would come when they woidd find themselves face to face with people who believed that they had been deprived of their rights and a mob which would not in the leart respect their riches. A great sensation was caused.

A little Australian girl (looking forward to her third birthday) mysteriously disappeared some four years ago, and it is easy to guess that nothing was left undone in the matter of finding her whereabouts. The child has recently been discovered in a blacks’ camp in Queensland. The affair possesses some of the elements of fiction, kidnapping children and then advertising a high-priced rauson being one of the occupations of the gipsy as he appears in melodrama. But as the aboriginals did not seek a ransom it is hard to imagine their motive in hunting such quarry. / The robbery of £IOOO from the safe of the s.s. Navua in December last at - the South Sea islands, in connection with wbach some arrests have been made, will no floubt stir the imagination of the amateur Sherlock Holmes. A robbery on a much larger scale was perpetrated some years ago by a ship’s carpenter on a vessel trading between Sydney and Ceylon. The sovereigns were minted in Sydney for the Ceylon Government, but the natives, being superstitious, did not like St. George and the Dragon, and these were replaced by a laurel. The affair completely baffled the police for a while, but “laurel’’ sovereigns beginning to circulate in Sydney furnished a clue, and ultimately an arrest was made.

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AT HOME AND ABROAD, Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 49, 2 February 1907

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AT HOME AND ABROAD Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 49, 2 February 1907

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