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AT HOME AND ABROAD

Invercargill gas supply was unequal to demands on Saturday night, and Manager Rabbidge states that about £9OOO will have to be expended to make the plant equal to acquirements. Bank, of Row Zealand dividend for the year ten per cent. Some Labour Unions hold that the Bank should be owned by the State. Master ton Employers want the Arbitration Act either amended or repealed. They complain that Labour L'ni 0 n agents stir up strife. The institution of a police provident fund has saved R.Z. £17,159, that being the amount which the Government would have had to find for retiring allowances. One year on Monday last since the Hon. R. J. Seddon died. Wreaths were laid on his grave at Wellington. D. C. Mclntyre, late superintendent of awards at the Exhibition, is returning from Monte Video, Detective Mcllveney having him in charge. Driver J. Meikle and Guard Seaman have been dispensed with as a result of the inquiry into the colision at Bankside, near Rakaia. It is understood that a driver has been dismissed in connection with the collision at Waipahi. A syndicate bought a business block in Hastings (Hawke's Bay) for £25,0U0, and will erect an Arcade in brick or ferro-concrete. In a case- brought by the Southland County Council against a traction engine owner named Perrier, the magistrate ruled that the by-law was invalid, and dismissed the information. The Health Department has con-

demnecl 18 houses in or off Walker street, Dunedin, occupied. for the most part by Syrians. It is reported that the widow of Prophet Dowie intends to earn a living' as a boardinghouse keeper. Ten members of the legal profession in N.Z. have been appointed King’s Counsel. Wellington has four, Auckland, Christchurch, and Dunedin two each. The Pahiatua County Council proests against the manner in which land valuations are made, as tending to force prices to fictitious values. The Southland County Council, on the other hand holds that it would not be advisable to change the present system. Mr Richards has been appointed engineer as well as town clerk of Dunedin, and has : had his salary raised from £BOO to £IOOO a year, but only by a majority of one. A diamond merchant named Bauer has been-murdered in his office in Collins street, Melbourne. A bagcontaining precious- stones is miss-

ing. King Kdwai'd ami Queen Alexandra visit Dublin on the 10th and 11th July. Although asking for the retention of imperial troops in South Africa, General Botha does not offer to contribute to their maintenance. There are two Republican candidates for the Presidency of the United States —Mr Taft and Senator Knox. Three members of the miners’ federation in Idaho are being tried for the murder bf ex-G-overnor Steunenburg. One of the "witnesses against them declares that 18 members were committed, and that an explosion in which a number of persons were killed was planned so as to prevent a split in the miners’ convention.

Complaint is made of the scant efforts of Dunedin hotel and Boardinghouse owners to accommodate visitors to the Winter Show. Some had to put up at the police station for the night. I It is said that the Clydevale syndicate have offered £IO,OOO towards the Balclutha Tuapoka Mouth , railway. As they are said to reckon on a profit 0 f £50,000. from the sale of the Estate, they can easily afford the money. A short time ago the Orepuki people complained about the small number of men engaged on the extension of the line to the Waiau, and the Government promptly increased the number. It now appears that the bulk of them were taken frpm the Tokonui railway works, and now the people there are growling because only a score of men are now at work on the district line. Evidently the game of see-saw has his draw-backs. The Government is utilising the penny-in-the-slot system to add to the revenue. It is pointed out that \ before anyone can use the latrines at the Dunedin 'railway station, he must put a penny in the slot before the door of a latrine is opened.

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AT HOME AND ABROAD, Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 9, 15 June 1907

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AT HOME AND ABROAD Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 9, 15 June 1907

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