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LOCAL AND GENERAL NEWS

Rfigarding. the closing of shops on polling diaiy Constable Bieddek, Inspector of Factories, telegnaphed ta Wellinigton on tie matter and has received a reply to the effect that it h compulsory for all shops to shut on the aifternoon of poli'::-g day (to-mor-row), while employers in factories must be afforded facilities to recor-1 their votes.

In iconnectiioni with to-morrow's election and regarding numerous' queries submitted to us asi to whether hotels are to b? closed, Section 123 of the Legislature Act under which tomorrow's election is held, reads as under: Subject to the provisions of this section eiveiy day on whildh aiti)' etectioni takes place shall be and be d.eemed! to be a public holiday after midday, and it shall not be lawful to sell intoxicating 1 liquors in, any licensed premises within the distract. bc>tweien the hours of twelve o'clock noon and seven in the evening.

Captain Eld win wires: '^Yindi northerly; strong 1 wiiiul; '" :.aile; after 1& hours glass fall; tides high : sei\ heavy; rain probably heavy soon."

Anniversary Day (January 29th) will 'be observed ait Thames as a bank holidajy.

-At 11 o'clock of February Ist Mr Ri. C Oarr w2l sell important miniing properties, etc., particulars of which aippisar iin .another column.

In connection! with the Matatoki Farmera' Union races it is notified that a 'special train will leave Thames at 1 ip.m. on 'Findlay.

The 'Rev. P. W. Walker says during the past lew days there 'bias been a rapid iniorease in' the size and number of «un spots. Yesterday morning the telescope revealed as many as nine—ai remarkably large number.

Shares in the Golden Belt G.M. Co. Ltd., on which the call of Diecennbei' 16th, 1908, remains unpaid will X* sold omi Thursday, 'February 4th, at Mr R. 0. Oarr's mart, SHvanson. street, Aulokland.

Tfale SPirime Minister ha® wri*t«ißi io Sir William Stewlaird ragardin]<j the irrigiationi scheme on Stewiain:! Settlement statuDg. that a. veiy exliauiStive plain, prepared by the engineer, Mr Young 1, is now before the Government, landl eKpiressinig' itihe hop© that the Oaibinet will be aible to deal with it at an easily daite; • .

■Am .accident occurred to Mr <!. Hlansem to-day by which, he sustained in/jurlies to his knee, the exact extent of which is not yet known. It appears that he had occasion to leave his .cart, which lie had been driving, and cross the road ,when something 'frightened his horse. He ga,ve chase and was sulbsequently thrown down, sustaining injuries as above stated.

The Kopu regatta will be .held on Friday amd had .it not been for. the intervention of the election a general holiday would have been observed for the whole day, 'but we understand that many shopkeepers are closing half a day to-morrow and half a clay on; Friday, which will go a good deal towards assuring the success of the regattai, in which Thames now takos considerable interest.

Jtfew Ze'laand timber is likely to have 'aittoifchefr competitor besides Oi-e----gon pine. It reported that an Australian syrucMoate has purchased timber rights in Manchuria, amd they propose to open up relations with users :itm the D'oaniralon, landing timber suitable for butter boxes. The timber can be worked a.t a price, it is said, that <iik> white miller could look at. Consignments of the timber havfe already arrived in Victoria.

At iHhimtly correspondent telegraphs as. under: "The Hon. 11. (MiciKenstiD has received many hearty congratulation's on the successful mannier in which he mediated between the H'tmtly miners and the Taupiri Coal Company. Mr MdKenaie says he never spoke to a Ibetter class of mem a.n-3 the men, say that Mr MoKenzie understood them;, appreciated their position*, and spoke to them as man lo miam*."

General surprise has been expressed at the delay which has arisen in givGntg effect to important Police Department changes, made necessary 1 y the retireninMLt of Inspector 'Mac-' D'oniiell, and the death of Sub-In-spector Gordon. When, in Drinedin thej Mftnjisteir for Justice intimated that this matter would receive Cabilet's early consideration, but, so' far, there is .noitihiing- definite to reipo-rt one way or the other.

The Taiiihape people, with a view to making, their town the popular stopping place betweeui Wellington and Afucklaud, are going to make Taihape aittraciblve. lAiu.thori.ty has beea given to raise £4®!70 for municipal buildings, and it is proposed to raise a further' loan of ,£20,000 for the puriposes of electric lighting, water amd drainage, muiuiicipall baths and a fire brigade station. The population of Taihape is something between 1500 and 1800.

o'iiir Wauihi oorrespondent wirites : — "Thei Wahii Grand Junction. Gold Cbmpany have miade a happy selection in their, new -manager. The "appointment of (Mir William McComiaclu'o as successor to the late Mir James Daley, who for years capably held the position, should have good results. Mir McOonmachiie's experience in the Wkihi mine alone will serve him in. good stead in the performainoa of his new diuit.es. Fo.r a. num.beir of yea re he has 'been, a shift boss in that mine, and has always earned the goodwill both of the men and of the heads o" the mime. 'He will ha.ye the congratulations of a,very la,rge circle of this comimunity,"

It Is notified that the Tham.es High School will reopen on Moudav, February Ist, and that the. headmaster maiy be seen at his residence by parents of inttaodinig pupils in the mornings or evenings of tb'a week.

America havung recovered to somo extent 'fnomn its financial oollaipse, th* 1 tide of iirwnigraitioii hits turned^ - On one day imi Dtecember 5057 iniiniigrants aiTlved at 'J^ew York on five liners fixnn European ports, tike largest number arriving In one daiy during the past 13 mioiD,ths. ' •

Mr Charles Maniuel, who was at Tliames yesterday, says that the Piako County eleotion takes place today. A good deal of interest is being manifested in it, and it is expected that very few votes w.ill sajwirate the candidates at Mlaihia-vjairu while the Wai'hou seat will prove a walkover.

According to an exchange, the steamer Kiniighit of the Garter, which left Melbouirnei last week, shipped 103,000' !bags of -wheat a.nd 1500 tons of bunker coal, making a total of 10,700 tons of freight-. This is re ported ito bei the largest ca.rgo of wheat yet shipped! fronii the lOommonwealth. Ibeaitinig Sydney's record of 62,000 baigs 1, and the Victorian record of 57,000 bags. '

The Clhristobufch Press- records that Mr Thomas D'oig, the head yardman ait irlue* 'Addjiuigton Saleyards,/ on iSlaturdaiy last completed a quarter of a century of service in. his position, and during the whole of that time he has not missed a, single sale, and not eiveni .temporary 1 indisposition prevented him from seeing the yards opened and closed. The number of sales ho tixus attended" was abo>ut 1250.

For many years there has been a feeling among iNjeiw Zealand producers of butter amd cheese thiat Improvements could be effected in tht 1 handling and distribution of dairy produce in tha Old Country. Last month a preliminary " me&tinig was held In London an ordei 1 to secure the object stated. A committee was appointed to draw iuip and submit to a future meeting 1 regulations the benefit of the colonial tradie. The proaeedinigjs were private, but .it is understood, the feeling of the meeting was that tihere should be no attempt to fix prices for dairy produce. _

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LOCAL AND GENERAL NEWS, Thames Star, Volume XLV, Issue 10625, 27 January 1909

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