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News and Notes.

A BIG FLAXMILL. The Seiffert Fibre Company’s mill at Makerua (reports the Domi»ion’s correspondent) is an enormous affair, and when in full swing seven strippers will be at work. There is a fine block of buildings for the employes, including a billiard-room, a reading room, etc. I was told that 100 men will be engaged in the vgrious duties in connection with the Company’s business. The flax is brought from the swamp by the Company’s own railway. FARM CHILDREN. It is a pity, says the Daily News (Carterton) that those who occasionally talk about child slavery on dairy farms could not have been represented at the dinner in Featherston one night lately. It would probably have been an eye-opener, for there, seated around the table, were members of fanners’ families, who had been brought up on the farms and taken part in the so-called slavery. I venture to say that they presented a healthier and finer appearance than any equal number of city children. THE MAORI WAY. i Passing through Manakau the other day, a correspondent of The Dominion saw some Maoris planting some potatoes—two women and a man. One of the women was carrying the potatoes into the paddock, the other with a spade was making holes, and as it was newly-ploughed, old jmsture, it was no easy matter to jab in the spade several times while his lordship carried potatoes in a small kit, and threw them in behind 6thc spade. It was quite a picture as- far as ho was concerned, as he was enjoying a cigarette all the time. 'A SALVATION ARMY ENTERPRIZE. The acquirement as from November Ist, of Pakatoa Island, in the Hauraki Gulf, for the institution of an inebriates’ home, marks a new deveb opment in the New Zealand work of the Salvation Army. The island con-, tains sixty acres, of which twenty will be devoted to the growth Q f vcgetables and produce, and the rest used for grazing, for which purpose it is eminently suitable. A residence of twenty-six rooms can readily be converted into the institution proper, and there is another large house adjacent which will serve for officers engaged at the home. Two motor launches and four sailing and rowing boats' are included with the purchase! The Army hopes to establish later inebriates’ homes at Wellington, Christchurch, and Dunedin. DESTRUCTION OF A STACK. Paf chimney-stack, near St. Austell, the largest in the West of England, was successfully thrown by Mr Wm. Larkins, the well-known expert, on August 23rd. It had been disused for a quarter of a century. St ending 260 ft. high, it was composed of a million and a half of bricks, weighing, it Is calculated, 8,000 tons. Mr Larkins thinned the base of the wall to the extent of a brick and a half, and then cut to a depth of three feet half way round. The stack stood near the railway and the high road, and its fall was watched by a large crowd. JUDGE AS CRICKETER. Sir Wm. Grantham, now in his seventy-third year, is still an active cricketer, and recently he has been taking part in matches at Balneath Manor, Chailey, the residence of his son, Mr W. W. Grantham. Children staying in the district under the auspices of the counti-y holiday fund have been entertained by Mr and Mrs Grantham, and on each occasion a cricket match has been played, Mr W. W. Grantham has captained one side, and his son, Ivor Grantham, the other. Playing for his grandson's team, Sir William made the highest score of the three generations of his family, a nd in another match he made the top score for his side. " MOTOR DISASTER. While a motor car was returning to Newark it collided with a cariner’s cart, in which were twenty children, belonging to Muskham, who had been on a Sunday school trip to the seaside. The driver of the cart, Henry Jackson, and Fred Hunt, Evelyn Brown, and George Parlby, three of the six boys who were on the box beside him, were all thrown to the ground, and received severe injuries. Of the occupants of the mo-* tor car, thsee were pitched on to the road ; Frederick Thyer was thrown

]on to the bonnet through the glass : screen ; w'hile Jamea Tipton was injjured about the face. Both car and cart were badly damaged. SERVANTS’ CURIOUS CLAIMS. Many curious claims in connection with tho new Compensation Act have been already published in the Daily Mail (London), but each day gives further examples of the infinite variety of risks run by insurance companies and the uninsured householder. Among several freeh cases lately gleaned by a Daily Mail representative were the following : Cook, standing on a chair to hang a ham on a hook in the ceiling, jumped and hooked herself. She was suspended for some time, and then falling, was severely bruised. London family’s maid, overjoyed at a holiday, rushed into the garden, . fell over her master’s dog, and was cut and bruised. Cook, trying to stop a dog, stooped down, and drove a spike on a gate into her eye, the sight of which was destroyed. Charwoman, hanging clothes on the lino, was stung on the arm by a mosquito ; blood-poisoning resulted. While waiting at table for the first time, a nervous maid dropped a tray and scalded her foot. As a maid was going lip to her bedroom a flash from a policeman’s lantern lit up the ceiling. Thinking it was a ghost, she immediately jumped down a flight of stairs and sprained her elbow. Groom, cycling for a doctor. ■ ran over a hen ; fractured arm. An odd claim was made by a large millinery firm, whose employes are obliged to take meals on the promises. As a result one girl suffered from ptomaine poisaning. In reply to the claim the company retorted that if the firm supplied unfit food to the servants, they (the firm) ought to suffer. Eventually action was taken against the butcher who supplied the meat. Another claim was for a cook's bicycle which had mysteriously disappeared. LADY BARRISTER. Mrs Ethel R. De. Costa. LL.B. (formerly Miss Ethel Benjamin, of Dunedin), after practising for some years in that city, lias commenced practice as a barrister and solicitor in Wellington. Mrs De Costa has the distinction of being the only lady practising- at the Bar in live Dominion. FREEHOLD v. LEASEHOLD. ! Gems from the Land Bill debate in the House of Representatives ;Mr Jennings, a staunch freeholder, spoke of a man who took up a 21 years' lease and whose wife went insane.— ( (Laughter). Mr Fisher, a leaseholder retorted ; “I knew a man who took tip a freehold-, and he had only been on it when one nig'ht he went to bed and .died. That shows the iniquity of the freehold : the poor man died in bod.” —(Laughter). AN OUTSIDER'S IMPRESSIONS. : Thus the travelling rep. of Timaru Herald : —“'The general prosperity of Southland is reflected in Invercargill whore new and substantial building's are continually being added to tho business part of the town, as well as the fine suburban residences. Some of the more recent structures have been built of a new sand brick, which is said to be equal to stone in durability. Works for the manufacture of these bricks are to be found a mile or two out from Invercargill.; The bricks are similar to concrete in colour, and the buildings constructed of them do not suffer in appearance by comparison with those of other materials.” THE BUILDING TRADE IN ASHBURTON. It is stated that there are twelve building contractors resident in tho no-license town of Ashburton, and the average work they have been doing during the past five years amounts to over £3OOO a year. Last year was tho busiest year in the building ever experienced in Ashburton ; the greater portion of the buildings erected were private residences in the borough aud .suburbs. A TEETOTAL PUBLICAN. John Lawton, a centenarian, of Mklleton, County Cork, died recently after a brief illness. For upwards of 55 years he was a leading licensed vintner in Midleton, and occupied all his life the same premises. He was a remarkable personality, and was on terms of , friendship with Daniel O’Connell, the Irish Liberator, Isaac Butt, Archbishop Croke, and other prominent men. The deceased never smoked nor drank intoxicants.

i, WOMAN LIGHTHOUSE KEEPER. | Mrs Williams, the only woman in { Britain to keep a lighthouse, is about to retire from her charge of the LeaCiueshire. For 20 years Mrs Williams sowe Light, off Wirral Peninsula, and her husband had charge of the , famous lighthouse on the Great j Orme’s Head. Shortly after their removal to Leasowe, however, Mr Wil- j liams died. This was 14 years ago, ') but the Mersey Docks and Harbour Board, recognising the wife’s faithful services, permitted her to continue there. SUICIDE OF HOMESICK BOY. A lad, 16 years of age, a Russian Jew named Jaffe, jumped overboard just after daybreak from the Ham-burg-America liner Patricia in the North Sea. The boy was beidg sent; out to America to join friends, but; had no one on board the liner whom he knew. He became homesick, and without any warning climbed on thei ship’s rail and threw himself over. THE WORLD'S GREATEST , DREDGER. I The Mersey Dock and Harbour Board have accepted a tender for the j construction of the largest sand- j pump dredger ever designed. It will lift 10 tons of sand in 50 minutes by | suction from a depth of 70ft.. This j gigantic craft is to be built by Mes-1, srs Cammed, Laird’s, and is the i first largo conti'act which has been received for their new shipbuilding 1 - | yards on the Mersey. The approaches to the Mersey are to be further deepened to accommodate such enormous liners as the Lusitania and Mauritania. CENTENARIAN KILLED BY A ' WASP. The celebration of the 105th birthday of Mrs Cox, of Gloucester Place, near Forest Hill, unhappily had a tragic close. While the aged lady was entering the house with the guests who had been invited to dinner, a wasp alighted on her neck and stung her. Simple, household remedi ios were at once applied, but Mri Cox expired from blood-poisoning She had not known a day’s illneSf for the past 37 years. Her husband,' who died last year, reached the age', of 08 years. FOUR LEGGED PHILANTHROPIST. ‘•Waterloo Jack," the famous black retriever which at Waterloo station has collected £IOOO for the Railway Orphanages, is one of the many dogs which have done similar excellent work in the cause of charity. For many a year “Tim," an Airedale terrier, trotted from train to train at Paddington, inviting donations for the Railway Servants’ Widows and Orphans’ Fund. On five occasions Queen Victoria placed a sovereign in Tim’s box : Mr W. W. Astor gave him a £2OO cheque : and before he qualified for post-mortem fame in a glass case Tim had collected over £BOO- - the "hospital dog of Cork,” is credited with having raised thousands of pounds for a local women’s and children’s hospital : a cot in the Great Northern Hospital owes its endowment largely to the exertions of Schnapsie, a dachshund ; and a Bristol shopkeeper has, or had recently a most intelligent dog, which has collected over 2,000 coins for a children's hospital. SAVED 1.000 LIVES. A new lifeboat for the volunteer crew at Frinton, which arrived from Harwich lately, has been built by voluntary subscriptions, raised main- ] ly through the efforts of Mr David J Cook, who for many years has been J coxswain of the old boat, the Sailors’ Friend. Cook belongs to a family which has had members in five successive generations engaged in lifesaving at sea. His father and grandfather were lifeboatmen, and he has sons and grandsons wrl’h him in the boat at Frinton. For 140 years the family have owned boats and bathing machines, and it is their proud boast that during the whole of that period no one has been drowned while bathing from their machines or rowing or sailing in. their boats. Cook has personally saved without any aid whatever 105 lives, and has assisted in rescuing 900 others during his fifty years' experience as a lifeboatman. "HARDEST TO CONVERT.” Doctors are the hardest people to convert, and policemen are the hardest to induce to give to charily. If I were shut up in a hospital I would strain my efforts trying to convert ■ the nurses and doctors,” said General Booth, speaking before the inmates of a woi'khouse al Llanelly, Carmar- i thenshirc. "Even you people here in

this institution,” added the 'general* ——-■ - +>ifi nurses*

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News and Notes., Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 26, 19 October 1907

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News and Notes. Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 26, 19 October 1907

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