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AT HOME AND ABROAD

Wellington dealers have raised the price of coal Is a ton to meet advance of same amount by the companies at the mines.

The Seaward Bush settlers who (were burnt out by the recent fires have been advised that the Government will supply thtm with grass seed if they give a promissory note for the amount, payable in two or three years.

The Trades and Labour Council which met in Dunedin this week had the following recommendation on the order paper ;—That power be given to municipal bodies to compel owners of all houises’ built or let to provide a bathroom in the same.

Even 'in this money-loving age there are some people who put love before the almighty dollar. Thus we learn that Mrs Gelihenne, the widow ®f a New York banker, forfeits £2,000,000 under her husband’s will in order to marry again.

Fourteen of the twenty-six persons in whose favour letters of naturalise ation were issued last week are gumda g-gers. The Government are feeing asked to keep aliens out of the gumfields —hence the demand for naturalisation.

A sign of progress. Elies Road Primitive Methodist Church has decided to procure a pipe organ.

A chance for an inventive Invercargillite. The present method of cleaning windows- is more dangerous than railway travelling. The Board of Trade returns show that no fewer than 500 fatal window-cleaning accidents occur each year in Great Britain "alone.

An earthquake was felt in Gore, Dunedin, Invercargill, and other places_ in' N.Z. at 5.40 p.m. on Good Friday. It stopped the Queenstown clock." The tremor was very severe in Aoexandra. Houses rocked to and fro, and people rushed into the streets.

The Japanese warships Hashidate, Itsukushima, and Natsushima arrived at Wellington from Suva on Monday. The Hon. Dr. Findlay, representing the Government, paid an official visit to the Vice-Admiral, who returned the visit.

The weasel has been doing good work of late amongst the" rabbits, and the professional rabbiter is said to make a point of destroying all the weasels he comes across. On a farm near Gore, a weasel’s nest was found with 16 dead chickens, and a great heap of egg-shells.

It is announced that Lady Plunket gave birth to a daughter in Dublin on Sunday.

Last month was the warmest March experienced iu Jin gland for fifty years.

When Mr McConochie, manager of a boot shop in Greymonth, was going home on Saturday night ho was waylaid, and felled to the ground .with a heavy instrument. He staggered to his feet yelling "Mui’der," and his assailant fled. McConochie then 1 collapsed, and was found with a severe wound on his head, requiring six stitches. He had £4OO in his posvsession when attacked, being in the •habit of carrying home the shop takings for safety. ■Fickle is the favourite of the multitude. At one time no words were too good for .John Burns 1 , the dockers’ friend and the denouncer of social wrongs. But since then John has risen in the world, and is now, if you please, a member of the Imperial .Government, and ever since he has ■been anathema to a section of the .workers' organisations. Some of their spokesmen have a nice way of putting things. Thus we are told that at a conference, reference was made to "the right honourable renegade’s glib Pharisaical cant."

The Morayshire has arrived at. Auckland 'from' West Coast of England ports and Cape Town, a hatch of immigrants from V'plain, numbering 504. The vessel Drought a record cabgo of whisky from the Clyde. The shipment consisted of 20,000 cases, each containing one dozen bottles, besides 1000 casks. The shipment is for all parts of New Zealand.

A sudden call. At a dance at iWbatatutu (Gisborne) on Easter Monday, Mrs Mark Mooney, of Waimarie, fainted. She was at once carried outside, and was found to be dead. Wellington ha»s just added to its "territory Wadestown and Goldie’s Brae, formerly part of the borough of Onslow, comprising a population of over 800.

Sir J. G. Ward, in .. reply to the Wellington Chamber of Commerce, has promised to do what he can to establish a weekly service with England.

Mr C. H. Harris, of Wellington, has invented an improved telephone, to which a trumpet is attached which serves both as a receiver and a transmitter.

Whenever things become unbearably dull at Orepuki some one puts a letter in the local paper baking women to task for their devotion to fashion. The epistle never fails to provoke a storm of protests, and Tom, Dick, and Harry are blamed as the authors of the obnoxious contributions. 'The trick has been tried again, and has drawn out Mir .C. O. Reichel with the following disclaimer : —"Sir, —Kindly allow me a little space to say that I am not the author of that silly stuff signed by "Dismail,” in your last issue. I cannot see why some people should mention my name in connection with the letter. I judge a woman by .her character, and trouble not about her method of dressing her hair. I read your correspondent’s letter, and felt that I could enjoy kicking him along the street as well as anyone.”

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AT HOME AND ABROAD, Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 52, 6 April 1907

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AT HOME AND ABROAD Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 52, 6 April 1907

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