LOCAL AND GENERAL.
The Special 02 Re-examination Board is sitting in Christehurch, and will remain here until .May i'l 1 . The number of wilful absentees from the Christchurch draft for the -list Reinforcement has now been reduced to three —James YVhyto (a Second Division man), James ATdntyre, and Thomas Campion. Of the others previously unaccounted for, Arthur Johnson has reported in camp, and Carlton Kain has reported at the Clutha area group oftice, ami has been transferred to that group's quota. At a meeting of the Lyttelton Harbour Board this morning the whole board was appointed a Harbour Improvements Committee, and also a Finance Committee. Mr A. Kaye. as chairman of the board, was appointed chairman of the Harbour Improvements Committee, and Mr H. F. Nicoll chairman of j the Finance Committee. Messrs J. J. Graham, A. Kaye. K. J. Howard, T. D. j Rone, and S. K. Sleigh were appointed l to the Sailors' Home Committee. .Mr' (iiaham being re elected chairman. i The monthly meeting of The Bin wood i School Committee was held hist night, j Mr S. C. Thompson being in the chair. I The members present were: .Mis J. Lindley, Messrs Rowse, Walker. Wilkin, Farrar. and J. Dudley (secretary.. As there are several repairs at tin' sc] !• in need of urgent attention, it was decided to have a working bee on Satur day next. A long discussion took place regarding the soldiers' honour board for old scholars, and it was finally derided! jto have a concert in June to raise funds to bring the roll of honour board up to date, and also to add two panels to receive further names. A letter was received by the Harbour Hoard to-day from the City Council, intimating that the council intends to take advantage of the provisions of the Finance Art! HUN, under which the j loan of Ci'O.iiihi may be extended until the expiration of one year after the war. On Hie recommendation of the, Finnnve Committee it was derided to forward, in reply, lhe following resohl Hon: -'-'That the letter be receive,!, and that t he attenf ion of the council be called to the low rate of interest for the loan and bo asked to pay the board the current rate of interest." A poignant interest attaches to a duty which an officer of the ('.-inter- j bury military district headquarters had to perforin this morning. When decorations won by soldiers who have fallen in battle are received for distribution! to next of kin. Hie latter may, if thev . desire, have the decorations handed to : them privateh And so the military ! medal wen by the late Sapper C. H. j Raxworthy. N T e\ V Zealand Kugineors, was handed privately to that soldier's) father. Mr Thomas " Raxworthv, of S!) I Waimairi Road, this morning. The! circumstances were particularly trying, because of live sons of Mr Raxworthv, | »'!'<' luive <m to the front, three have; fallen, and a fourth is roturnin<', hadlv wounded. ' I