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About 1,300 poor [Wandsworth and Earlsfield (England) .were entertained on December 28th. to a Christmas dinner of roast beef and plum pudding arranged b> the Wandsworth Benevolent Institution. The beef consumed weighed 850 lbs, and was from prime beasts bred by Baron Rothschild, while the menu was made up of half a ton of pota'toes, 300 lbs of plum pudding, and 1,500 rolls, besides oranges, etc.

The railway authorities at Swindon are experiencing a prosperity such as has never before been known. One week in December a record wage bill was paid at the works of the Great Western Railway, no less than £22,645 being distributed amongst the 12,000 odd workers, or an average of 35s to each individual, including boys. ,

The death occurred at Southsea on December 28th of Mrs who celebrated the 101st anniversary of her birth in May last. She retained her faculties to the last. Her recollectiohs of the reception of the news of the victory at Waterloo was quite clear. She attributed her longevity to early rising and temperate habits. She was a life-long teetotaler. Edward Odium, a dairyman, of Battersea, summoned at the South Western Court for selling milk not of the substance and qualit3 ;r demanded, raised a remarkable defence. It -was suggested that the rainwater from the inspector’s umbrella dripped into the can of milk, and so caused the adulteration. Mr Chuter, the inspector, denied that anything of the kind occurred. Mr Rickets (defending) : Did not the defendant protest against the -water from your umbrella dripping into the caln ? —No ; as I went up he had the lid of the can off. Mr Rickets : Invitihg the rain to go in?—Yes. (Laughter). The magistrate said the defence was a very ingenious one. He imposed a penalty Q f 10s with the costs.

'A touching story of misery at Christmastide was related in the Poplar Coroner’s Court during the inquest on the infant daughter of Ethef Gordon, a street sweeper. The child died as Christmas was dawning. Dr. Conrad Basan. who was called to the house, said he found the family in the greatest poverty. There was no sign of food about, no fire, and the bedding was scanty. He examined the deceased and found it had been dead about an hour. He gave the parents 5s and sent a beefsteak pudding and some mince pies, A Juror : That was very good of you, doctor. The Doctor : I could not see them without food on Christmas Day (Hear, hear). Death, he said was clue to exhaustion from want of sufficient food.

It is understood by the Orepuki 'Advocate that Air M. Fleming received nearly £IOOO from tihe Pine Co. for the right to cut timber from land on the Papatotara side of the AVaiau.

The tender of J. Drummey at £562 has been accepted for the erection of a postmaster’s residence at Arrowtown.

When opening - the horticultural show at Kaitangata, Mr Allen, AI.H.R., spoke at some length on the manner in which the principles of scientific research arc being applied to the cultivation of flowers ; how by the judicious use of chloroform plants may be “forced” to an extraordinary degree, and how by means of an electric current the clean healthy growth of the plant may bo ensured.

'A miners’ association has been formed at Arrowtown with the view of securing- the Government subsidy of £1 for £1 towards the development of some of the reefs and alluvial deposits in the Lakes district.

The visit of Sir John Shorbourne and Mr T. W. Allen (English directors of the X.Z. Collerics Co.) to Kaitangata is likely to have important results. They stated that mow an abundant supply of coal was assured, an effort would be made to establish an export trade by sea. They were now prepared to start in a small w-ay by shipping to the coastal towns. The visitors expressed themselves as surprised and greatly delighted with New Zealand and its trade prospects. In Kaita/kgata, they considered, they had the material for building up a great trade with a magnificent waterway capable of housing a fleet which could carry coal to all corners of the globe. Mr McKinney, the new secretary of the Invercargill Y.M.C.A., received a public welcome at the rooms on the 22nd.

Messrs Small Bros., of Te Tua, are installing a milking machine.

Rockefeller, the millionaire, is annoyed at the reports circulated as to his wealth. As Mark Twain said t about tthe news of his death, “ the reports have been greatly exaggerated.” and the poor old gentleman declares that his income has never exceeded four millions sterling- a year. An oil launch left Dunedin on Saturday afternoon with 16 or 17 excursionists for the Maori Kaik. Soon after leaving the wharf fire burst out. The engineer drove the launch towards the dredge Vulcan. The passengers clambered out of the launch in the nick of time, and the burningvessel was towed to shallow water and sunk. It is supposed that a match thrown down by a passenger ignited the vapour from the benzine tanks on board.

Findlay was found guilty of theft from the house of Rennie, the schoolmaster, who was found murdered at PapakaifO, near Oamaru. The judge said this practically convicted Findlay of the murder. He was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment, and as there were a number of previous convictions, ha was ordered to be treated as an habitual criminal, which means that he can be detained in gaol during His Excellency the Governor’s pleasure.

The annual outing of the Southland Pioneer Settlors’ Association will take place on 27th March. The decision to allow sons of members to become enrolled has resulted in a large accession to the ranks, Mr J. A. Mitchell, amongst others, being instrumental in securing many new members.

Southland at one time boasted of a Trades Council. How it became defunct it boots not to inquire, but tine necessity for such an institution was borne in upon a number of trades unionists, and at a meeting on Saturday night it was decided to establish a council. Mr Alsweiler presided over the meeting, and Mr T. O’Byrne, who had convened the meeting, was appointed interim secretary.

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AT HOME AND ABROAD, Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 50, 2 March 1907

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AT HOME AND ABROAD Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 50, 2 March 1907

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