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NEWS OF THE DAY.

Tho Dovedalo Sports Club have postponed their sports meeting till February 17th.

The anniversary social of Loyal Nelson Lodge of Good Templars will be held to-night.

The only name on the Junior Fr-e Place list for the Nelson Education District is lolanthe V. Bradley, says a Wellington Press Association m-es-sage..

There can be no doubt that it wa.s the intention of the now cie^iroyed Emden to make a raid ott Fi<mantle after she had completed the Oocos Island job. The Sydney intervened.

A little Belgian girl", \vho 'j-ad been adopted by an English i'amiiy. cried half the first day and night and utterly refused to oat or 'to, Be contorted. At length the family doctor entered, clad in khaki. At enco she ran to him with outstretched arms, crying, "Bitfcish! Bittish!" Then she nestled in his arms and fell asleep, sleeping the clock round.

A Masterton visitor to Castlepoiut states that a white porpoise has been seen for some time past in the neighbourhood of what is known as "the rocks." 'Heis of opinion that it is either "Pelorus Jack," or a near relative.

"Dalgety's Review" states that it will interest many to learn that the bale of XX/G wool, sold during the past month for £500 in the Sydney salsroom in aid of the New South Wales sheepskin waistcoat patriotic fund, has been handed back by the last purchaser, and tho wool buyers have arranged to ship it to the president of the British Wool Buyers' Association, with a suggestion that it be offered for sale in a similar manner in. London in aid of a patriotic fund. It is further suggested that the wool might be trade into mementoer of some description, which could be sold in aid of patriotic funds, both here and in England. : Most people in tho trade would be willing to pay well for «uch an interesting memento.

It is to be regretted that the prices of foodstuffs and many other lines have advanced to such an extent as to materially increase the cost of living, and especially at a time when work is notplentiful. We are pleased, however, to say that one firm in the furniture trade has not increased its selling- prices of furniture, and all articles to completely equip the home, and that firm is LOCK'S, whose prices are a-s low as, if not lower than they were 30 years ago, and it always has been LOCK'S chief aim to sell furniture which is above all things irreproachable in quality and design. We know there is alI ways a. good demand for furniture of the better sort, and Lock's never fail to satisfy this demand. Our furniture is worthy any home, and its three attributes are- (1) Good taste; (2) good .quality; (3) good value. No matter how low the price may be, Lock's fur-, niture k never commonplace; it is always worth more than the actual price in reliability and appearance. We have certainly mio of the largest selections of high-grade furniture in the Dominion, and it would be very'difficult indeed to secure as good value. You can verify this statement personally by a visit_ of inspection to Lock's popular j furniture emporium, and can depend j upon satisfaction and fair dealing.* '

Attention is drawn to the announcement of Mr C. P. Roberts, optician, who is now located in Hardy street. Mr Roberts's announcement will be found on this page.

By a "Gazette" notice Messrs George S. Johnson, George Oswald Beech, and Donald McCormick have been appointed by the Government to represent the Sounds county on the Picton Hospital and Charitable Aid Board.

Wo have received from the publisher, Francis Co-Has, of London, a copy of the National Anthems of the four Allies, arranged for the pianoforte and for voices. It is the first publication of a series of patriotic songs and pianoforte pieces which are being edited by Mr Percy A. Scholes, Mns. 8., Oxon.

A Sydney "Sun" message, received on Tuesday night, contained the sad information that "Tango is dead," says the "Wairarapa Age." We looked up our works of reference, but could not find tho name of "Tango." Then wo hazarded the opinion that ho was a wellknown racehorse, or a German spy, or a footballer. Finally it dawned upon us that "Tango" was the dance that sent London crazy a year or two back. Anyhow, whoever or whatever he is, ho is dead. And that is th° end of it.

The Rev. Father McDonald has just returned to Blenheim from a. motorcycle trip to Hokitika He was unfortunate enough to experience very wat weather on the journey homo, which made riding very unpleasant. On Saturday evening, when coming over the Wangainoa, Father McDonald nearly mot with a mishap. A slip in the side of the hill came down across the road about 30 feet ahead of the motorist, who just managed to get round the outside edge of it.

A letter has been received hv the Grey County Council from the Public Works Department, authorising the expenditure of £1030 towards repairs of flood damage, the Council to subsidise the amount £ for £.

There is an epidemic of .strangles among the horses in R-eefton.

The Army's thanks to_ the Queen and the women of the Empire for the gift of several hundred thousand belts and socks have been sent to Her Majesty in a letter from Lord Kitchener. He says:—"l have the pleasure to inform Your Majesty that the whole of tihe 'Gift from the Queen and women of the Empire' has reached France, and that careful instructions have been given as to the distribution of the belts and socks. I would take the opportunity of thanking Your Majesty, and all those who worked under your direction for the generosity and energy-which marked this valuable contribution to the comfort of the troops."

In future book seats for Takaka by Manson's car. Nelson 'phones 318 and 464.*

'. Writing in the Christ<ehurch 'Trass of a visit to White Island, Gilbert Archey i says:—"The changes the eruption have (effected are of considerable magnitude. The houses have disappeared; they were mere egg-ehells compared with the other bodies that were blown about. The lake, which was about a square mile in extent, is now nothing but a hard, dry mud-flat, seared all across j with cracks and fissures and small blowj holes, and covered with huge masses of I mud and rock twenty and thirty feet high; two huge gaps have been blown out of the top of the eastern wall, and now in the centre of the bed of vbe old lake there is an oval hole twenty yards long and about forty feet deep, at the bottom of which is a smaller hole from which the steam hisses and roars in dense sulphurous clouds."

Men who appreciate a whisky that has been carefully distilled, fully blendod, and natiently aged, drink Watson's Nc. 10.**

The latest list of donations to the British and Belgian Relief Fund in South Canterbury contains an interesting item. "Last past the post, 10s." Thereby hangs a tale (says the Timaru "Post"). At the Oamaru races on Saturday two friends had a little side wager. They may be labelled, for the sake of convenience. Brown and Robinson. Brown bet five shillings that a mare called Dolly Daylight would be the last to finish in the Ladies' Bracelet. Dolly Daylight fell at the top of the straight, broke a fetlock, and had to bo shot. Then arose an argument to to whether she was last. Robinson said the mare was not last, ;as she had not passed the post, and I Brown consulted a Turf lawyer, who spent some time arguing pro and con. Meanwhile the mare's corpse was carried down the straight and past the finishing post, and Brown at once claimed that the mare had passed the post and the stakes were his. Robinson replied that she had not finished of her own volition and had not carried her joekov past the judge. The argument miglit have gone on interminably had not a member of the South Canterbury Relief Fund Commit/tee been drawn into it. His verdict was quickly given ;he suggested that the whole of the stakes should be given to the Fund. The good-humoured argument was dropped at once, and the visitor from Timaru returned with 10s in his pocket for the Fund.

"A STUBBORN FACT." The delicious "MILITARY PICKLE" is the greatest maker of appetites on the market. Buy a bottle to-day. Price reasonable.

"When 1 went away I had not seen England for forty-two years," said Mr Justice Chapman in an interview with a "Dominion" reporter, "and during that time all war vessels had been completely changed as to type and build, and after being at Home for a while I felt quite disappointed that I had not seen a Dreadnought, a submarine, or a hydroplane. Of-course they were all at the proper strategic points, but I had not happened to see them in my iourneyings. In the Mediterranean however, there were- all tho sights and signs of war. W> paw battleships at Gibraltar, but no Dreadnoughts, but at Malta, which is being used as the base for activities in the Adriatic, we were fortunate enough to see. three of tho finest French Dreadnoughts. One, the Paris, the latest expression in French naval architecture, was lying in the harbour of Valetta, and as we came out she fired a salute, the band played, and her thousand men 'manned the ship' in honour of the new High Commissioner for Cyprus, whom we had as a passenger on the Mooltan. The Voltaire lay behind tho Paris, and behind her were two or three other battleships of lesser magnitude. At present Valetta is virtually a French port as far as naval matters are concerned —it is the base for the Adriatic campaign, and the central point in ccroectioa with the policing of tho Mediterra-j nean." i

Tho Thermometer.— Ah three o'clock this morning the thermometer outside this office registered 49 degrees.

Anniversary Day this year is being reserved for the gala and treasure hunt at Tuhuna in aid of the Belgian Relief Fund, as advertised in another column. It is intended to use every effort to make the gala a popular gathering^ by means of numerous attractions, seme of which will be of a distinctly vo rol character.

Asked as to the American attitude to the war, Mr. Spencer Lorraine, the musician, said that the Yankee without any foreign admixture was entirely favourable to the 'Allies, but the German element, which in the United States was put down at 20,000,000, apparently hampered the official attitude. Up to the time that he left America President Wilson's attitude seemed to have met with general approval.

The, Parnell tunnel duplication has now been pierced after eleven months' work. Some 7] chains of the workings I have been completed at the Auckland end and 2\ chains alj the Newmarket end. The 7J, chains intervening be-1 tween the finished portion^ have been pierced by an air shaft 6ft. by 3ft. The dimensions of the completed tunnel are 19ft 6in in height by 25ft D£in width. There are 140 men at present engaged on the work, which, it is estimated, will be completed in March The motor ambulance- which' has' been specially built to Mr and Mrs Beetham's order for the N.Z.E.F., (writes the London correspondent of the Auckland "Star") is now complete with blankets, first aid appliances, hot and cold water, etc., and will be taken out by the British section of tho Expeditionary Force, along with vhe field kitchens and other can.p equipment provided in England. Mr IJeetham was formerly M.P. for Masterton, New ZeaI land.

"I've seen Australia hi bad times. but I don't remember anything quite* as I've seen it in Hawke's Bay during the past fortnight," remarko-1 the representative of a Napier fir.n of fruit merchants, who has just been making the round of the orchards in I hat districr,. "It has been altogether a very queer season. They have suli^red from nr> fewer than 110 frosts during the season, and two occurred whilst 1 wa>s there last week. On Wednesday of last week &evon degree-.* of frost were registered in parts of t' district. The earlier frosts came wfc i the blossoms were leaving the trees and killed tha fruit. Many of the-ore .vdists thoughv. that there would be a < ance of saving it, but the young fruit imply dropped off in a perished oondit-.ui "

The Wanganui Harb< • Board has received a letter, date<-: October 27th, from Mr 0. J. Swam; dredgemaster, who is supervising tin- building of the Boards' new dredge ."Paisley, Scotland. Mr Swarm -stab that, at date, the building was p- • ■ pressing *atisfactorily, the bulkhea ; and stringers being riveted up, and t.o plating starts cd. Plating would occupy about six weeks. Work on the engines and boilers was going on well, and the sand pumps were nearly finished.

The Taranaki "Herald" says:—"A Now Plymouth lady who presented a beautiful hand-made child's "frock to Hie Belgian Fnnd has now received word that whilst a raffle for a dressed doll is permissible, a frock must not be raffled. The lady in question has therefore presented a very handsome doll upon which the frock, which would suit a child or about nine months, is exhibited.'' Both the hand-made child and the lady should now be satisfied.

The rabbit industry is evidently a payable one in South Australia. A Rabbit Preserving Company at Mount Gambier reports that there is such a demand for tinned rabbits that tho factory output, which is 6000 rabbits daily, could be profitably doubled if the rabbits were available. The difficulty is ia getting supplies in the hot summer weathc?1. For some time there was a prejudice against tinned rabbits, but it seems to have passed away, and the company finds no difficulty in disposing of every tin prepared; indeed, tho orders are much in exee-ss of supplies.

A modern invention has been installed in the Tokornairiro (Milton, Otago) Presbyterian Church. The instrument comprises a telephone transmitter, of exceedingly strong capacity, which is - placed under there ad ing desk of the pulpit. Wires are connected therewith to any part of the church, and those affected wth deafness can attach a patent telephone receiver over their heads and listen to the sermon with distinctness and without any discomfort. Wires can also be connected to private residences, and bed-ridden persons can listen to the service whilst rec.lmiup; in their homes. Already one private outside connection lias been installed.

As an instance of the good prices the farmers are receiving for their produce this season, the representative of one big firm informs the Havvera "Star" that already surpluses are arriving o.i account of choose .shipments. He was distributing £2400 amongst Tarnnaki factories, and a further sum will arrive immediately These amounts are over and above the 6d per lb f.o.b. already advanced.

"LADIES"-—Why is the delicious* "MILITARY i-'OKLE" the most tasty condiment on the market ? Buy a bottle to-day and supply the answer.

The system at present in vogue in sixteen different towns in Victoria, Australia, of closing business premises duniij; an agreed-upon luncheon hour daily~\va-s suggested for adoption in Hamilton by the president of the Chamber of* Commerce (Mr G. Parr), says the Hamilton correspondent of the Auckland "Herald". Mr Parr considered the system an excellent and economio one, and mentioned the fact that tho towns which had adopted tho scheme had not gone back on it. Shoppers would soon become accustomed to the innovation, and would experience little inconvenience from it. Ono of the chief advantages of the system was that the manager or proprietor of a business was able to be present with his full staff during the whole period of business. It was decided to brin^z; the matter up for further discussion at tho next meeting of the Chamber.

People ask "What is No.-10?"

Tho Telegraph Office advises that on and after January 15th cable messages in authorised editions of A.8.C.. Lieber's, Scott's, and Western Union codes only may be exchanged with British or Allied Territory, wherever situated, or neutral territory outside of Europe. No code messages are permitted to or from neutral territory in Europe. Meyers' Atlantic Cotton Code, Bentley's Complete Phrase Code, and Broomhall's Imperial Combination Code may bo used with the United Kingdom only. The name of code used must be given, and the sender must supply a translation when the message is handed in. The use of mimerieal equivalents published in code books is not permitted.

"LADIES" :—lf your grocer is out of the delicious "MILITARY PICKLE" try the next svtore. Price reasonable. People ask "What is No. 10?"*

Speaking at the University Collet*L London, recently, Viscount" Bryco referred to a visit he had recently paid to the camps of th o Canadian and Newfoundland contingents. He wished! those present, ho said, could have, seen what splendid recruits Canada and Newfoundland had sent. No army m tho world could boast of men more "stalwart or with a more loyal devotion to the cause tor which they had crossed! the ocean. It was the colonial feeling; that the whole Empire must stand together, and that a blow struck at any member of tho Empire would be a blow! struck at every other part of the Empire.

Since the war commenced, eightyseven aliens of hostile nationality have been sent to Somes Island from Wellington district. Of course (says an exchange) this does not represent tho whole colony on the island. Numbers have been sent from other districts. Nor arc all the eighty-seven on the island at present. Some wero able to get respectable citizens to vouch for them, and were released on parole* These wero thus placed, on the same footing as hostile aliens who had never been interned, being required to report to tbe police at stated intervals and travel only under permit. There are many such aliens at liberty, as it has ■not been deemed necessary', except in, the case of young men of service ago and others deemed dangerous, to da more than keep them under .surveillance.

The end of a German aeroplane me France: —"Just above the earth the pilot made- another desperate effort to steady the machine. We did not fir© any more. There were three on boardi the aeroplane. The man in the rear ap-< peared to be dead. They passed as int their voyage to death, and I could noti help feeling my heart soften with pityin the presence of the sang froid of the pilot in the desperate position in which, he was placed. Then quickly the end1 came. The aeroplane came violently to earth, overturned, and went on fire", ta a few seconds the bomb he carried burst in turn with a sound like that of artil* lery. When we arrived near the vanquished, there was nothing left but the body of the aeroplane and carbonised heads, smoking still in their burnings caps."

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NEWS OF THE DAY., Colonist, Volume LVII, Issue 13676, 15 January 1915

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