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A petition has been in circulation locally, and is now on its way to Wellington, praying the Government to place oil-engined fishing' vessels under the same heading as sailing fishing vessels of the same tonnage At present the new regulation makes it necessary for oil-engined vessels to carry a master and a. certificated engineer, which, if enforced, will practically kill the fishing industry, as nothing like the number of certificated engineers required would be available, and it would simply mean that almost the whole of the fishing fleet would have to lie idle. Petitions have been forwarded to the Hon. Sir. Joseph Ward and Mr J. C. Thomson, and it is confidently expected that those gentlemen will use their best endeavours to see this matter reeli fled. A young man was noticed one fine morning fondly looking at a bicycle standing unprotected on the footpath. His hereditary instincts caused him to look carefully round, and no one being apparently in sight, he quickly mounted the machine, and was off. In his anxiety to gather speed, and put some distance between himself and the owner of the machine, the said young man came in contact with the railway line. The bicycle then took charge, causing the ybung man to come in contact with the iron rails. The result was a very large abrasion about the region of the eye, and the aforesaid young man is now considering that after all honesty must be the best policy, and that in future when he wants the lend of a bicycle he will first aak the owner. The annual government inspection of fishing craft has been going on during the present week, for which purpose fishing vessels were put close to the beach. At time of writing inspection has just been completed. The Bluff Naval Band desire to acknowledge receipt of cheque for one guinea from Mi’ Chas. E. Johnston, this being the eighth donation for the year towards the band funds. Mr R. H, Dixon, of the firm of Dixon Bros, and Preston, left by the

s.s. Maheno on Monday for Melbourne on a holiday trip. The Bluff Coast Guards hold a so-* oial and dance next Friday evening. Rowing, shooting, cricket, and all outdoor sport® have been in full swing during the past few 'days, ; andl everything is taking on a summer appearance. Our senior cricket team have not made much of a showing so far, but of course they have had no practice yet, and they will likely make a splendid effort at the end of the season.

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BREVITIES., Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 28, 2 November 1907

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BREVITIES. Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 28, 2 November 1907

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