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News and Notes.

The Salvation Army is erecting a home at Eltham, Taranaki, to accommodate 70 boys, at a cost of '£,3000. They will be taught farming or a trade if desired. This will be welcome news to General Booth, whose energies to improve the social conditions of the masses is proverbial. “I cannot sleep for thinking of tnese poor wretches,” he once exclaimed when talking of the misery in one.quarter of London. He is not like the young woman who wrote to a friend :—“We have had a glorious revival of religion. Charles and I have been hopefully converted. Father has got very old and helpless, so we sent him away to the poorhouse.” To what religion (asks an exchange) was this couple converted ? 4-

Sir T. G., Bsmonde, who recently resigned his seat in the House of Commons, declared at Wexford that the Parliamentary party's game is up, and that some change in plans is required. Home Rule was as far off as in 1885. The national cause had very seriously retrogressed. Sir T. G. Esmonds is not alone in his belief that the Irish party can no longer look to the Liberals for help. In spite of what the Government tried to do, “the party of Mr Redmond, we are told, “redoubles its attack. In exchange for sympathy it gives no quarter. The National Directory of the Irish League, which met in Dublin recently, proved a clear title to its revolutionary name. The weakness of the Government is

Ireland’s strength. The moment has come, we arc told, for ‘a great and really virile movement.’ Great public demonstrations are to be held. The stern duty is placed upon all members of the League to promote i a really vigorous and sustained agitation throughout all Ireland in the coming autumn and winter.’ A firm boycott is to be placed on all English goods ; evicted tenants are to be reinstated ; the grazing ranches are to be broken up : in brief, everything is to be done which will bring the Irish question into prominence.” Referring to the grazing question, a accent cable message advises that Mr M. Reddy, Nationalist member of the Commons for Birr, has been struck off the Commission of the Peace iu Ireland for disregarding Lord Loreburn’s warning against publicly recommending the driving of cattle off farms in troubled districts. 4* 4-

Belfast continues to he the scene of disorder in connection with the strike of carters and other workers. On ■Monday last there were two hours of desperate fighting between a howling crowd and a strong force of police, cavalry, and infantry. A child was killed and twenty policemen seriously injured. A heavy rainfall dispersed the mob. -4>Prophets of evil still find food for doleful predictions in the state of India, sections of whose teeming populations continue to clamour for greater freedom. At Calcutta, _ a local organisation called “The ISjational Volunteers” attacked the police while they were looking for seditious matter in a native newspaper office, and two of the police were injured; Beference to the position of affairs was made by the Rev. Mr Hewitson at the close of his excellent lecture on India, delivered in Invercargill on Monday evening. The

trouble, he thought, was confined to the educated native class who were dissatisfied with their portion as compared .with the lot of the British residents. He, himself, was sure, however, that the granting of privileges by the Home Government was being extended as rapidly as was consistent with prudence. Above all, he was glad that he had seen India, if only for the reason that a first-hand observance of the measures taken by the Government to uplift the native races, and the clemency extended to them made him more than ever proud to belong to the British race, and to be a subject living under its flag.

Some officials have scant sympathy with the public point of view. Mr Iv. Cameron, District Inspector of Health, is not one of them. Writing to the Southland County Council, he advised the discontinuance of the practice of burdening persons unfortunate enough to have infectious diseases in their homes with the whole cost of disinfecting the premises, pointing out that the work was done for the good of the community as well as that of the householder immediately concerned, and therefore, the community should bear at least a part of the cost. Another reason for which the practice was undesirable was that many householders, in order to save the cost of subsequent disinfection, had. a tendency to conceal the existency of mild infectious diseases, with the result that the disease spread through the locality, causing loss and inconvenience all round. Cr. Fleming gave notice of a motion which will, if carried, give greater effect to the inspector's suggestion.

Lome Farm affords comfortable quarters for the young and old people living there, but the members of the Board who recently paid it a periodical visit came to the conclusion that the walls would look all the brighter for a few pictures, and the inmates be all the Ixdter for an addition to their stock of reading matter. Here is a chance for persona who own more pictures than they have wall space for, and for the still more numerous class who have more books and magazines than they know what to do with. Let them send pictures, books, and magazines to the Secretary of the H. and C.A. Board, and they will help to cheer the lot of the inmates Q f Lome Farm. - &

There was a much-needed flail of rain in the Oamaru district on Saturday last, but none the less preparations for inducing’ further showers go on apace. The Government has promised to subsidise the money collected, and it is believed other £4OO will be available for the experiments, which will be supervised by the Rev. D. C. Bates, head of the meteorological department, who has come down from Wellington for the purpose. •4“ -$• Parliament has received a report from the recently appointed Defence Council. Briefly put, it indicates the steps that should be taken to popularise volunteering. If it fails, then an alternative system of universal or compulsory training is available for consideration. It is hardly likely, however, that New Zealanders would take kindly to conscription. ■4* At a meeting of the Council of Churches in Dunedin it was reported that there was no improvement with regard to Sunday trading, except as far as children were concerned. A

resolution was passed expressing the hope that legislation will be introduced dealing with the totalisator, which a large section of the community regard as giving governmental sanction to an insidious, injurious, and immoral habit.

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News and Notes., Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 18, 17 August 1907

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News and Notes. Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 18, 17 August 1907

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