LOCAL AND GENERAL
I is estimated that America will train 10,000 motor cyclists for servic© with, hot* army in France.
Kotice is given that the Ilig'Si Sehoo' annual prize giiving will take place at the school on Friday at 10.30 a.m. All parents, and others interested in the school a,r© invited.
Mr. and Him. Allison, of Paeroa, desire to thank the doctor, matron, and nurses of the Thames Hospital for their kind attention to their little eon, William
Tlie planet Venuis is a cuni.spiouous i'eiature in the western sky each evening, being! above the liiorizon for three hours 1 aftei* sunset. Ito brilliance and size will increase until sth Jaiffinary, as it approaches the earth. It is at prasant 60,000,(X.)0 miles away. ,
The geyisens at Whakairewarewa. have been unusually active during the past month, and especially since about ten days ago. On. Sunday the Pohutu geyser played eight times, sending! up some magnificent ishotsi.
Sub-lieutiemaint E. Dickson, who madie many friends while he was at Thames a few years ago, is now doing good work in the Royal Flying 1 Corps in Franc©. Lieut. Dick-son partioispateid in the recent air raid when 15 German machines were destroyed.
Our Auckland correspondent forwards the following -shai© quotations: Sales: Wathi 375, Union Bank 555. Northern Steam con. 6s lid. Buyers : Sylvia Reefs 4^-d, Occidental l^d, Crown 4d, Rising Sun 2is Bd, Talisman (ex-div.) 9s) 6d, Waihi 3Gs 9d, Grand Junction 15s 6d, Waihi Paeroa 10's 6d.
Anofther who has given his life for h's couiiifcry isl Private) A. 11. Max-^ well, third sion of Mr and Mrs A. K. Maxwell, ol Matatoki. ])rivate Maxwell, who was 33 years of aig-ei, wae' a member of the 13th Reinfott'cementis. Very gi*eat isympathy will be felt for Mr and Mrs Maxwell in their bereavement.
The weather forecast i-si as follows: The indications are for southerly winds moderate to strong, deoreas ing and veering by wetst to north. Indications are for a temporary improvement with, warm aaad humid conditions, but an vii favourable cliangie in the weather to follow shortly. The barometer has a falling 1 tendency. Seas moderate, tide® moderaite.
Presumably not an ounce' of. new rubber gets into Germany from overseas, yet somehow, so far as rpißbarv requirements are, concerned, there seem .to be supplies of it, or else xsf a. substitute, available. Has . Germany : solved the 'artificial rubber question? Ciroumatantial reports from America isomo monthst agio stated, definitely that it had been, solved and as satisfactorily >as> the cotton problem.
A motor accidents 1 happened Pollen Street south at about" noon to-day, by which a little girl named Josephine Maingay, the child of Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Maingay, was knocked down and injured. It appears Phillips' motor car was proceeding along Pollen Street driven by H. Rowe, and wheihi opposite Wiliougli-, by Street, the driver noticed people alighting from a. car standing near Hardman's corner. Rowe gav^T the usual warning in case any of these people had not noticed his approach. Jiiist then several children ran out from behind the stationary car, j right in front of the advancing! motor. Rowel immediately applied the brakes, and pulted' up quickly,
bufi not before he had come ' into contact with i the little girl named. He at once picked her up and con-
veyed her with all speed to the nos- j
pital, where Dr. Walsh© attended tc the injiifcieis. These, ocnsfteted ol bruises on the face and body, and
Special 'Xmas Inducement to shop at Court's, "The Busy Store." For every complete 5s spent we make you a present of 6d in hard cash; on 10s its Is; on. 15s its Is 6d; on 20s its 2s. So shop at Court's and save big money." The Busy Store. ' — Advt