LOCAL AND GENERAL.
By the end of tho present month there will be at least 25 uew gas consumers on tho Upper Plain line from the Pownall street intersection. The coal requirements at the Piasterton gay works this month will be,up to requirements, 500 tons having been delivered. A prominent Hawko 's Bay farmer states that •the recent floods had done an immense amount of good to the country, and that the loss of stock was only a trilling matter compared with the results that would accrue from the silling of the land. He is firmly of the belief that the coming season will be the most prosperous experienced for many years. At the Borough Council meeting last night, Cr. Flanagan suggested that tho grader be used on tho east side of Pownall street, and tho earth removed carted to the section purchased by the Council at tho rear of tho gasworks. Tho Mayor said that the work would be proceeded with. Word was received at Pongaroa. on Monday that a woman named Grace Margaret Alexander, a widow and a pensioner, employed by Mr Frank Armstrong, committed suicide by hanging j herself in her bedroom about noon on Monday. Deceased had beeu in Mr Armstrong's employ for about a week, and went there from Wellington. She was previously at Gisbornc and Bulls. The gas manufactured at the Masterton gasworks during the month ended July 31st showed an increase of 5 per cent compared with the previous month. The gas sold per meter in June showed a decrease of 9 per cent, the average rate of increase in gas sold per current year being 8 per cent. At a meeting of tho Wairarapa Amateur Athletic Club, held in the V.M.C.A. rooms last evening, it was decided to hold a smoke concert on Thursday, August 17th, for the purpose of presenting tho championship trophies to the winners of the events connected with the Wellington Provincial and ' Country Club championships, and also to allot the McVilly Championship Shields won by the Club at these meetings. A communication received iv Pahiatua and signed by the Right Hon. W. F. Massey and Sir Joseph Ward, points out that, under the Coalition arrangement, Mr G. Harold Smith, of Pahiatua, has come forward for the by-election as a Supporter of the National Government, and,*in compliance with the understanding with the electors when the Government was formed, they strongly recommend Mr Smith for tho support of the electors. ' In a match for the Pragnell Shield between the Masterton and Carterton Miniature Rifle Clubs, fired last night, tho Masterton Club won by a margin of 20 points. Tho following aro the scores: —Masterton: J. McGregor 70, L. Walsh 70, R. A. Wilton 69, M. Carr .68, H. Johnson 68, E. Engstrom 68. A. V. Swanson 67, J. A. Young 67, V. Donald 66, J. Johnson 66; total, 679. Carterton: Bish 69, Churchill 69, Lenihan 68, Busby 68, Williams 67, Paterson 65, Aplin 65, Downs 64, Wallace 62, Bair-stow-62; total, 659. Tho sanitary inspector (Mr S. R. Kingdon) reported to the Borough Council meeting last night that he had started a thorough inspection of the borough. The business portion of the town recivod his first attention. He is taking notes of tho sanitary arrangements, and where necessary notices aro being issued to rectify defects. Defective sanitary fittings aud leaky cisterns causing a lot of waste water aro being met with. Complaints in regard to nuisances from defective cesspits iv the undraiued area wero being received. The inspector was dealing with these complaints to meet the existing conditions, which are far from, satisfactory. Drainage to the sewers was urgently necessary. That cough troubles you at night. Here's the remedy. Take d few drops of "NAZOL" on a piece of sugar and immediate relief will ensue. No cough is "NAZOL"-proof! *
Tho number of gas cookers in use in Masterton is 829. A farmer on the .Woodville side of ; the Gorge lost 70 head of cattle in the recent flood. During the month ended July 31st the gas cookers sold numbered 14, making the number for tho year 44. The Hibernians \vill meet the Oddfellows in a card tournament for the Friendly Societies' shield on Friday night. Thirteen new consumers were connected up with the Mnsferton gasworks during July, making the total for the prosod, financial year 69. An high as .lid per pair for rabbits (says the Alexandra Herald) is being t)ih'ro<[ just now by ihe Joea.l freezing company. Tim g:iH main extension on the L'pper Plain has been delayed owing U, Unbroken weather. The ga>: manager anticipates that the work of main-laying will be completed v. ithin a. few days. Advice has been n-eived by (he Union Company that the Moann. will not arrive at Wellington before Saturday next, at the earliest, from San Francisco, via ports. According to timetable the vessel should arrive at Wellington. Some time ago regulations wore passed in Australia under the War Precautions Act prohibiting enemy subjects from acquiring freehold property in the Commonwealth without the consent of the Attorney-General. The Federal Executive has now extended the regulations to apply to leaseholds as well as freeholds if they exceed a term of 25 years. Authority is also taken under tho regulations to proclaim districts in Australia, and in such districts a Brit-ish-born person whose father or parental grandfather was'of enemy birth is treated as a naturalised person of enemy origin, and consequently must have the consent of the Attorney-General, before he can acquire laud, either freehold or leasehold. The result of the court-martial held on eighteen members of tho 13th Reinforcements who missed their ship at an Australian port of call, and who were subsequently sent back to New Zealand, has now been made known. Lieu-tenant-Colonel W. 11. Moorhouse,_ Reserve of Officers, was president of the. court, and the other members were Major A. 11. Hollis, Captain Short and aCptain Fairburn. Six of the accused soldiers were acquitted of being absent without leave and deserting, and the remaining twelve were found guilty of being absent without leave, and not guilty of desertion. A sentence of 2S days' detention was imposed in one instance, 14 days' detention iv four, and seven days' detention in seven cases. In addition, each man was ordered to forfeit his pay during the 57 days spent in detention. A witness in the betting appeal case heard in the Supreme Court at Christchurch refused to give; evidence in regard to a letter sent to a bookmaker making a bet on -a horse race on the ground that he might incriminate himself (says the Lyttelton Times). His Honour Mr Justice Denniston said itwas always recognised that direct evidence in obtaining information against bookmakers was difficult to obtain, but was, of course, the best. Witnesses had the privilege that had been claimed. The only way to compel people to talk iv cases'of this kind was by the introduction of an Act which would deprive witnesses of such privilege. A witness had to state his grounds of objection. In the case before him the witness would not incriminate himself because the letter had no reference to the bet being at totaiisator odds. It was not illegal for a man to make a bet, but it was so to make on at starting-price odds. In this case the maker of the bet. was equally liable to prosecution with the bookmaker. During the session, which began on May 9th, and ended yesterday, the following Acts wero passed by Parliament: —Public Acts: Appropriation, Cinematograph Film Censorship, Discharged Soldiers Settlement Amendment, Expiring Laws Continuance, Factories Amendment, Finance, Imprest Supply, Imprest Supply (No. 2), Land and Income Tax, Legislative Council Amendment, Military Service, Native Land Amendment and Native Land Claims Adjustment, Orchard Tax, Parliamentary Elections Postponement", Reserves and other Lands Disposal and Public Bodies Empowering, War Legislation Amendment, War Pensions Amendment, War Regulations Amendment, Wellington Methodist Educational and Charitable Trusts. Local Acts: Auckland City Parks Improvement, Auckland Harbour Board Empowering, Christchurch tinting Agreements, City of Nelson Loans Conversion and Empowering Amendment, Dunedin District Drainage and Sewerage Amendment, Gisborne Borough Gas, Invercargill Athenaeum, Napier High School Amendment, Waimakariri Harbour District, Wairau Harbour Board Loan, Wanganui Borough Council Street Access Empowering Amendment, Whakatano Harbour Amendment. Tho County overseer reported as follows to the meeting of tho Masterton County Council yesterday afternoon in regard to the damage done to roads during the past week: —"On the Master-ton-Waimata road, at the 15* mile peg, a culvert subsided, and a large part of the lilliug was washed away. I have seven men digging the trench and am putting in fourteen 2ft 6in reinforced concrete pipes. I had made arrangements to rcplaco the wooden culvert in the spring, and to raise the lilliug.s feet. There are bad slips on tho Blairlogio Hill, at which I have four men working. At peg 10 on the Te Ore OreBideford road,"a*long- culvert has collapsed, which I am temporarily filling, but will have to put in ten 2ft 6in reinforced pipes. There are a great number of slips down on this road, and they have all been cleared sufficiently to let traffic through. Tho remainder are being cleared away. On the Manga parapara road there were very bad slips, and they havo been cleared to allow of horse traffic. I have to thank Mr H. J. Percy for lending mc a horse and dray and four men. I have nine nien working on this section, and am putting on two drays and four men to-day. There are bad slips on the Mungapakeha, Hill, but traffic can get through. There will need to be a lot of work done before this road is right again." For Children's Hacking Cough, Woods' Great Peppermint Cure. To Poultry Raisers! 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The borough sanitary inspector (Mr S. R. .Kingdon) is taking active measures to deal with the matter of treesoverhanging footpaths, notices h&ving--bcen served on several owners to rem- • cdy the nuisance. A New Plymouth firm has jifst renvoiv- _<* ed word that freights from New York /J are down by 25 per cent. An English, concern cables that it is now able to take orders for its manufactures, which, had been stopped for munition making. In connection with the recent campaign for six o'clock closing of hotels iii New South Wales, it was stated at :t meeting held in Newcastle'that tho cost to the Temperance party was £180 10s4d, out of which only £26 was paid as salary. Cardboard discs, on which wero a clock face with the hands fixed at (J p.m.., Avere worn in the buttonhole** of advocates. These wero tied with red, white and blue ribbon. The patriotic, hour was printed on tho face of cacti Mr Will Crooks, M.P., speaking at Ihe annual meeting of the After Cam Association for Blind, Deaf and Crippkd Children, said it was not everybody who was born with tact. Only the. Speaker of the Houso of Commons has tact. When (hero is a turmoil and twenty or thirty people are on thoir feet calling '' Mr Speaker! Mr Speaker 1" Mr Speaker merely looks round and calls upon the biggest bore in the House. "Then everybody heaves a sigh and -walks; out.'" An interesting letter has been received from Corporal F. Ketteghor, of Wellington, who left for Mesopotamia with the New Zealand Wireless Corps. Corporal Kellegher says: "The hardships our boys have to go through are very trying. The heat and tho floods,' are the principal ones. The eholora i« also about, but, thank goodness, non« of the Wireless Trodp have been' a victim to it. AH our water has to bo boiled before we are allowed to drink it. Mesopotamia is no white man's country. The heat is something terrible. We havo liens, flies, bugs", ants_ raosquitos, snakes, turtles, wasps, nad hundreds of other pests to keep us company. Of a, morning one of our aeroplanes flies; over us to see that everything is O.K. 1 am writing on a piece of cardboard ofi" a cigarette box. Paper is very ecaree.' * Last, night Adjutant Rowlands and the Sunbeam Choristers paid their second visit to the Featherston Camp, and gave a most enjoyable concert to a full. house, many of the soldiers haviag to stand at the back of tho hall. Evory item went off well When tho Belgian song was sung the men started throwing up half-crowns and other coins, the total making a good sum for tho Belgian Fund. The new items were well received, especially that of the "Ten Little Juniors." The last item, the Allies' tableau, was greatly appreciated,, and was cheered to the echo by the Soldiers. Captain-Chaplain Bladen, of the Salvation Army, thanked the company /oihaving given their fine concert. After Adjutant Rowlands responded th.« 3 men gave vent to their feelings and cheered, again and again. The Chorist-ere then gave the men three hearty cheere. The, schedule of business done in the. House of Representatives during the session just closed shows that tho number of bills which received tho Royal assent, was 31 public bills and esse private bill; while 34 public bilis wero dropped or otherwise disposed of. The. number of select committees appointed was 19; of petitions 256 were presented to Parliament, 181 by Europeans and 75 by Maoris; and ou these and other matters the select committees presented to the House 265 reports, the Native Affairs Committee easily holding tae record with no fewer than 120 xoports. The number of questions asked of Ministers was 507, a daily average of 20; and in all 275 papers wero laid on tho table. Beginning on May 9th and terminating yesterday, the session comprised 58 sitting days, the total time occupied by the sittings being 385 hours 2-S minutes, a daily average of 6 houra 38 minutes. Tho hours of sitting beforemidnight totalled 350 hours 20 minutes, and those after midnight 35 hours S .-■ ■■ minutes. A meeting of the committee appointed by the Masterton County Council to enquire into and report upon the proposal to establish a toll gat-o on the. Masterton-Waimata road was hold in the Council Chambers on Monday. Thero were present the chairman, and Crs. Toogood and Armstrong. Tho opinion, furnished by Mr W. G. Beard, Countysolicitor, on the question of establishing; the proposed toll gate, was road. Cr. Toogood moved, and Cr. Armstrong seconded, "that in view of the provision in the agreement entered into between this Council and the Castlepoint County Council in 1901, relating to tho abolition of the Taueru toll gate then in existence, this committee is unable to recommend tho Council to establish another gate in the locality, but suggest that the Castlepoint County bo approached on the subject of (a) agreeing to increase the contribution towards the maintenance of the Masterton-Wai-mata road now paid annually under aw-ard-from 2 to \, or (b) consenting to the re-erection of a toll-gate at the Taueru or thereabouts, on the understanding that the operation of the award in question would be suspended so long as; such toll gate is in existenc-e and tolls are collected thereat." The Council, at its meeting yesterday afternoon, adopted tho report. Two unfurnished front rooms arc advertised to let. A married man, handy with tools, requires light work. The Masterton Masonic Lod<ro will meet this evening. A special meeting of shearers and shed hands will be held in Masterton on Saturday night. A dance will be held in the Exchange Hall to-night, when first-class music will be supplied by Mr McKeazio's orchestra, d Arrangements have been made to hold a dance in the Langdale Hall on Friday next, the proceeds of which will be devoted to patriotic purpose*;. The W.F.C.A. Stock Department wilt hold their annual sale of dairy stock at. the Martinborough yards on Tuesday, August 15th. Present entries appear on page S. An every-day necessity in the home, office, shop or factory is BEE OINTMENT. This honest, old-fashioned remedy soothes and heals Cuts, Wounds, Bruises, Burns, Sores, Sprains and Swellings. It is comprised only of standard ingredients recognised by official medical text books. Is 6d buys sufficient to last many weeks. * What, fate is in the word "farewell!'* It tells of parting, pain and sad regret. It oft sobs the sound of friendship's knell. Faro well, spelt this way, means otherwise. Fare well with health, make strength 2 secure, "* Rose cheeks, red lips and dancing eyes " Wrought by Woods' Peppermint Cure. * Jumping with joy. Storekeepers say that thrifty wives are jumping with, joy over thpir success with "No Washing Laundry Help" for washing slothes clean without rubbing or injury. *-
It was decided by the Masterton Bor■ough Council last night to take the poll on tho loan proposals on Thursday, August 3lst. Tho Mayor will explain the proposals to the ratepayers on August .'29ih. A German tradesman was arrested at | Maugaweka on Monday and removed to Somes Island. It is stated that his internment was decided upon as the result •?f police perusal of some interesting correspondence. The Colonial Sugar Company has advised Dunedin merchants that it is now iv a position to execute orders-direct to grocers. Latterly merchants only were receiving parcels of sugar, and they had to ""make allotments, pro rata, to their particular customers. The latest ndvieo from the Sugar Company would Appear to indicate that its stocks are again sufficient to meet the ordinary demand. Despite the calls being made on Italy on her Avar with Austria, she is still able, presumably, to maintain an export trade, and, in fact, to open up new markets. A shipment of Italian plaid vestas has appeared on the Dun■•odin market, and these are being sold wholesale at (is Gd per gross. So far -■-is can be gathered, this is flic first time v parcel of Italian-manufactured maty v'hes has arrived in Dunedin. On an island in the fair harbour of -Auckland there are interned a number of Germans' of the most virulent type. Theso Avero greatly chagrined over the hospitality shoAvn by the people of the ••'•CJueeu City the other day towards the youths and men on the two training from Japan. As these ships took their departure and passed the Island of the Interned, the jeering Germans -uriecl to tho New Zealand guards who were saluting the Japanese: 'There go your future masters! " '' Well, they will be gentlemen compared with the dirty villains' the Kultured Germans have .proved themselves,'' aptly and promptly retorted one of the guards . An old man, 72 years of age, who was brought before the Feilding Court on Thursday, on a charge of vagrancy, informed the Bench that a few years ago ho was worth £22,000, but had met with misfortune (says the Wanganui Herald) . Ho had lately been working as a saddler along the Main Trunk line, but iad loft there with £6 to look for work. The police said that from enquiries ■Dado tho man was industrious and of .good character. The presiding justices decided to pay the man's fare back to tho town whence he came, out of :their own pockets, the police undertakE ing to see he was taken care of on ar-■-riving at his destination. The following incident is mentioned as showing how things have changed, in Berlin: —An officer entered a cafe and passed by a group forming a. circle round a soldier back from the front, who was relating his experiences. The soldier failed to rise and salute as the -jriicer went by. ami the latter called him to task very sharply for the omission. The crowd joined in against the oflicer, ■who, none the less, ordered the man under arrest and told him to follow him. Calling a cab, the officer tried to make the soldier enter it; the crowd protested, and although two policemen were standing by, they made no attempt to interfere, nor even when the officer was so badly hustled by tho »;-rowd that he wa.s thankful to escape at any price, while the soldier was escorted back in triumph to the cafe. Two further games were played in the Crystalate Cup billiard tournament at Wellington last evening, the results being: —J. P. Key beat J. Corson and A. J. Congdon (Masterton) beat J. W. Harrison. In the first game the veteran Key played at the topi of his form, and although the scores were even for the first half of the game he ■eventually ran out with just on .100 points to the good. In the other game Harrison failed to get into his stride. Thia is the first time this player has in tho cup, and although beaten by about 100 points, he will have to "be reckoned with in future contests. Congdon played consistently, and should not be far away when the finals are over. The best breaks were —Key: 35, 29, 26. 26, 24, 24, 22; Corson, 40. 23; Congdon,' 44, 60, 29, 20, 20, 20; Harrison, 26. Speaking in the Houso yesterday, Mr A. S. Malcolm said he hoped that when the time came for deciding the economic policy of the Empire after the war, Britain would not shirk competition, but face it. He hoped that Britain would not defend her trade and industry by a tariff Avail, but that Britain and her dependencies Avould maintain the policy they had hitherto thriven under and which had done so much to build up the Empire and its trade and industry. It would, ho declared, be an inhuman thing, a \-icious thing, to ento close the door of mercy on flPiiny large body of mankind. He trusted that Britain, in the future, as in the past, would maintain her position in industry and commerce, not by a wall of tariffs, but by the energy, the industry, and the initiatiA-e faculty of her people. Municipal "principles" on the Main Trunk are illustrated in the following paragraph from the "Ohakuno Times'": —A special meeting of the Ohakune Borough Council.Aras coin-ened recently to consider applications for the position of aeting-tOAvn clerk. His Worship the Mayor was present, and Crs. Goldfinch, Barry and Dunne. . As a quorum AA~as not present, and it was known that ■Crs. Moran, Hope and Priest were attending a euchre tournament, his Worship sent a message round to ask that . at least ono of the councillors should attend to make up the quorum. The reply returned Avas that as a matter of principle none of these three councillors could attend. They considered the meeting should not have been held on a night when a euchre tournament was oiw The consideration of the- applieaconsequently to be held over. Recently the cost of local government wa3 discussed along the familiar line of the alleged excessiA-e number of local bodies. The Municipal Handbook for 1915 is not concerned with that factor, but it does indicate the cost of management of boroughs, toAvn districts and harbour boards. In the case of boroughs the total cost for New Zealand in 1915 was £172,458, Avhich averages 5s Hid per head of population in these communities. On the figures above, without due regard to varying conditions and circumstances, it would not be fair to base opinions as to tho quality of administration. However, to indicate the scope of the Handbook's statistics, here are some details of total expenditure for the year 1914-15, with cost of management in parentheses:—■ Auckland City (population 65,005), £494,041 (£16,586, equal to 3.36 per cent of the total expenditure);' Wellington City (population 67,446), £525,567 (£16,----495-iequal to 3.14 per cent); Christchif» City (population 58,169), £216,- - to 6.58 per cent); Dunedin City (population 49,446), £322,----716 (£22,124, equal to 6.86 per cent). "The total expenditure for Wellington is the highest by reason of the'greatest range of municipal services.
On Wednesday, 'August I.6th, in the Salvation Army Hall, Alasterton, at -S p.m., Colonel Dean, of America, will speak on "The Advantages of Holiness." Major Toomer and Ensign Sifter Avill assist at the meeting. Evidently petty thieving is still taking place'*on the Wellington-Lyttelton ferry steamers. A Canterbury soldier who came down as a saloon passenger by the Mararoa on Sunday was relieved of £6 Ss, and another man lost £1. In both, cases the cash jvas abstracted from the money belts of the soldiers. One of the soldiers —a lad of about 20 —called yt tin* Press office and, in telling his story, declared that he could not account for his lo.ss. He had not had a drink —he is a. teetotaller —aud Avore his money-belt Avhen he went to sleep in the bunk. He Avoke up about •I a.m. Avith a dazed feeling—''like coming out of gas in a. dentist's chair" — aud found that two of the pouches of the belt had been cleaned out, the total loss amounting to £6 S.s.
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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Wairarapa Daily Times, Volume LXX, Issue 146031, 9 August 1916
LOCAL AND GENERAL. Wairarapa Daily Times, Volume LXX, Issue 146031, 9 August 1916
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