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News and Notes.

On returning a cheque for £lO odd, which had been dropped in the Caledonian road, London, to the owners, the finder was rewarded with sixpence, although his fare amounted to threepence.

The Queen’s shamrock was presented to the Irish Guards on March 18. An act of rare devotion to duty is recalled by the death of Dr. Lowson, of Hull, which took place recently. While practising in Huddersfield, Dr. Lowson, who was one of the most skilful surgeons in the country, was called upon to perform the operation of tracheotomy for diphtheria. While this was in progress the tube became choked with false membrane and blood, and without thought for himself, Dr. Lowson sucked the wound and saved the patient’s life. Within a few days he was himself stricken with the disease, and owing to subsequent complications he was incapacitated for a year. He received the Albert medal for his noble act. General Christian De Wet strongly objected to General Botha's visit to London, on the ground, first, that the Premier should have gone through a full session of Parliament to learn public opinion, and, second, that Orangia should have been considered. “Dinners, and again dinners, and nothing but dinners,” said General Oe Wet, “may divert General Botha’s human mind from the business of the country.”

A sad story of the sea was told by the captain of the Liverpool steamer Prahi, which arrived at Barry with her flag at half-mast. While on the way from Dublin . the little daughter of the mate, Mr Watts, slipped' out of the cabin and, climbing on to the bulwarks, was thrown into the sea lay a sudden lurch of the vessel. Mr Watts, noticing the child, ran from his post on the bridg-e, threw oil his coat, and plunged overboard into the heavy sea which was running at the time. The bravery of the act was intensified by the fact that the steamer was going at full speed. A boat was lowered, and the crew succeeded in picking up Waives about ten minutes later, but he was almost unconscious, and died about threequarters of an hour afterwards. His wife was a witness to the later part of the tragedy, and the relief that she experienced at seeing her husband picked up by the boat’s crew was quickly dispelled when the news of his death was broken to her by the captain.

The Daily Mail of March 15th reports 1 that much indignation was being expressed in Labour circles and by Labour leaders at the inaction of the Government with -regard to the wholesale exportation of British blacklegs to Hamburg to replace the dock labourer's on strike. “ I am thoroughly disgusted with the shameful proceeding's ; it is enough to make an Englishman blush for his country,” said Mr J. Tlamsay Macdonald, the Labour M.P., to a Daily Mail representative. “I am only voicing the sentiments of my colleagues when I say that if Germany kicked out every one of the imported labourers we should be only too delighted.” Since then several attacks have been made on the imported labourers. On Saturday week the police visited the Club Hotel, Dee street, and seized some liquor, but afterwards returned it. The same day they made a seizure at the Shamrock Hotel in Spey street, and several charges were to have been heard at the Police Court in consequence, but on the appointed day they had to be postponed owing to the disappearance of two of the witnesses for the prosecution. Warrants have been issued for their arrest.

The engagement is announced (says the Auckland Observer) of Miss Benjamin, Dunedin’s lady lawyer, to Mr A. M. De Costa, of Messrs Findlay and Dalziell’s staff, Wellington.

Mx- J. Aspray, who has been connected with the clerical an<i commercial departments of the Southland Times office for many years, has left its service to enter into business on his own account. “Jack,” who was as popular in the office as he was outside of it, received a handsome presentation from the employes when leaving. We have to thank the local officer of the Union Steamship Co. for a very handsome and useful wall timetable, giving the dates of departures of steamers to and from England, with a track-chart attached showing the route and ports of call of the mail steamers. The public will appreciate the Co.’s energy in supplying a long-felt want. Stands Scotland where it stood ! An offer of only a few pence was made for a statue of Sir William Wallace, nine feet one inch in height, at a sale at Rothesay Royal Aquarium, which was recently purchased by the Marquis of Bute. It is not often a man sues a woman for breach of promise, but it is reported that Mr F. T. Stemson, of Feilding, has brought a case against Freda Clara Parsons, of Pahiatua, daughter of Mr Thomas Parsons, of Pahiatua, chairman of directors of the N.Zi. Farmers’ Dairy Union. He claims £2oo damages. As the W 7 estern Star puts it, the Invercargill Master Builders’ Union is “dead nuts” on the non-unionist. A tradesman who intends building new premises had plans prepared and tenders invited. The lowest tender was that of a non-member, and he was £2OO below the others, but the tradesman finds that he cannot accept the lowest tender, and will have to take one from among the Builders’ Union.

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News and Notes., Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 6, 11 May 1907

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News and Notes. Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 6, 11 May 1907

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