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When arrangements were made to throw the flying ground open to tho public next Wednesday afternoon, the Kugby fixture on the same day between Christ's College and Wanganui was overlooked. To avoid clashing, the directors of tho Aviation Company have now postponed tho flying arrangements until Wednesday week. "It is a pity that the Public Health Department did not know more about its business," said Henry Bodley when defending a charge brought against him at Wellington on Friday for selling adulterated milk. "The inspectors know nothing about it. I sell two hundred gallons of milk daily similar to the sample taken by the Department. Tho people want it, and there has never been a complaint except by tho inspectors. The Department do all their work behind closed doors, and the public do not know what they are doing." '•'l have bsen called upon to deal with many cases brought under the Food and Drug Act., and had. found that there were two factors present—constant an inconstant. The constant factor was the lightness of bread or some other deficiency in food offered for sale, and the inconstant factor was the excuses that were always brought forward," said Mr S. E. M'Carthy, S M in a milk adulteration case at Wellington on Friday. "'I am tired of hearing these excuses. The public is being victimised all_ the time, and I pay very little attention to the excuses-" "They open Parliament with a prayer," said Mr R. A. Wright, M.P., at the opening of the new Salvation Army Boys' Home at Island Bay on Thursday, "and a very fine prayer it is. There is a strangers' gallery there, where ladies and gentlemen come to listen to the eloquence of members. Strange to eav, they only allow the ladies in to listen to the prayer. The men are not allowed in until afterwards, which is quite the reverse atl Bellamy's, which has a sign up, ' No ladies admitted.' Evidently Parliament thinks that the ladies of Now Zealand are more in need of prayer than the men." (Laughter.) Successful meetings in connection with the twenty-ninth anniversary of the Linwood corps of the Salvation Army were conducted by Major Netvby, divisional commander. Visiting officers were present, including Adjutants Hosking and Jenkins. A note of praise and thanksgiving to God for progress made during tho past year was evident in all gatherings. In the morning meeting Major Newby spoke from the words of Jesus: " If any man thirst, let him come," the subjeot at night being " Remove away the stone. " The meetings were successful in every way. Tonight, at 8 p.m., a programme, consisting of vocal trios, daets, solos, instrumental solo, Maori war song, and also a mandolin party, Avill be given by selected outside talent. Admission will be sixpence. Spring cleaning made easy. Messrs Hastie, Bull, and Pickering are offering all the latest and best devices for quick yet efficient house cleansing. Dustless methods, latest vacuum cleaners, brushware, polishes, etc.- Vacuum cleaners -on hire. 'Phone 2103. " " . " ■ "

Forty motor-cars are required by tne Automobile Association to be at the railway station at one o'clock tomorrow afternoon for a special afternoon run. Members with cais available are requested to get into touch with the secretary. At a meeting of tho Ashburton branch of the Fanners' Union cn Saturday Mr W. Long referred to the losses farmlars had sustained during the lambing season through seagulls ing the eyes out of young lambs. Iho birds were a great nuisance l , at the commencement of thei lambing season untiil tlxey got plenty of carcases to feed on. Mr J. R. Simpson said the birds were worse now than, a few years ago. Mr W. Oakley said that the buds came from long distances, and if a few hundred were destroyed others would soon be found to take theii places. Speaking at a Second Division meeting hold at New Brighton on Saturday evening Mr R. D. Martin instanced th© case of a man who had enlisted three times and had been rejected. Wishing, under tho ciroumstiances, to get married and go into business on his own account, he, as a last resource, asked his doctor to eixamino him and say if, in the< tevent of being called in the ballot, he would stanct a chance of being passed. The medical man said emphatically, " No." The man married, 'entered into business, was called in the ballot and passed as fit. The league contended, said Mr Martin, that a man who had enlisted and been rejected _ should bo placed in tba Second Division or the) State should compensate him for any engagements he had contracted. The Third Wellington Military Service Board did not view kindly an independent effort made to secure tho release of two men already in camp. When the men in question were called they remarked that they had nothing to say, which led the chairman (Mr H. J. Beswick) to make further inquiries as to the reason for their appearanco. Neitiherr appellant seemed to understand the position, and it was eventually discovered that a number of farmers in the North Auckland district had petitioned for the temporary exemption of the men, who were both shearers. The petition was referred to tho board, which very quickly decided that it had no recommendation to make. Both men appeared anxious to remain in camp, and the chairman said to them: "You should strongly resent any outside interference to keep you back." Tho % Sumner Send-off and Reception Committee met in. the Town Hall on. Saturday evening, Mr T. E. Whitfield presiding over a good attendance. Tho fiecretary, Mr J. M. B. Crawford, reported upon the arrangements being made with the Bandaging Committee regarding funds for presentation purposes. It was expected that nearly £lB would result. It was reported that Sergeant Pilcher, who for nearly two years had acted as one of the master's on the staff of the School for the Deaf, was spending a few days in Sumner. It -was decided that the committee should meet him in the newly opened room above the Council Chambers on Tuesday evening, and tender him a fitting farewell The secretary stated that Lieu tenant-Colonel Loach had offered, through the committee, to form a class for Second Division men who desired to receive military instruction before going into camp. Tile meeting expressed its appreciation of the offer. There was a very large attendance at the Trades Hall on Saturday night when the Canterbury Microscopical (Society gave an exhibition of microscopic objects to the Workers 1 Educational Association. Mr A. H. Shrubshall presided. Lecturettes were given by Mr C. H. E. _ Graham on "Diatoms," by Mr F. Hitchings on "Micro-photo-graphy," and by Mr E. E. Stark on "The Uses of the Microscope." A large number of objects were exhibited through microscopes lent for tho occasion by Messrs Graham, Wilson, Allison, E. E. Stark, A. E. Snowball and Lindsay Bros., among the objects being live water shrimps, living Specimens of hydra and other plant animals, sections of minerals and salts in polarised light, insects, bees, butterflies, ants, plana stems and flower sections, and diatoms and fossil shells. Hearty votes of thanks were accorded tho speakers and the society. At a uepresentatiive meeting ofi dairymen on Saturday evening;, presided over by the president, Mr Bliss, jun., it was decided to reduce the price of milk to 4d per quart from September 1, the wholesale price to bo fi'xed by mutual agreement. The different aspects of the block system of delivery were discussed. It was considered possible that the block system of delivery could be operated in such a way as to be of the greatest benefit to a dairyman in a small way who wished to increase his business. The question was raised whether milk would be liable to depreciate in quality. The idea was considered ridiculous, the meeting unanimously agreeing that the surest safeguard,-and the only one known by the meeting to be used by supplying milk 'to the city, was to keep the cows in good condition, thereby ensuring quantity as well as quality, hence under the block system more time would be available for that purpose. The system would also help to fcombafc the cost of production by the saving of horseflesh, time and wear that is inseparable from the present method of distribution. With regard to monopoly, clause 7 of the local Bill effectively dealt with any such possibility. It was considered also that if any good is going to be done by national economy, in-I dividual sentimentv would have to be put op. one side, j- • '•

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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Star, Issue 12096, 27 August 1917

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Star, Issue 12096, 27 August 1917

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