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PUBLISHED BVBRY

SATURDAY

SATURDAY MORNING

JUNE 27.

Current Topics.

The 1st of July will mark the com mencement of another year's military training, and on that date the H. Coy. will fall in at the local drill hall at 7.30 p.m. This year the strength of the company will be increased by the addition of the 1900 quota. On Saturday next the mem bers of the Jordan shield team journey to Warrnambool to receive the shield, which was won by Koroit at the recent com petitions.

Sir Ronald Munro Ferguson, when he visits Wangaratta on August 12, will at tend a charity carnival on the district racecourse, at which a goat race will be a feature. The goats, it is officially ex plained, will be harnessed to "little carts,"

and will be driven by little children once round the course. Application was made to Mr. J. Murray, the Chief Secretary, for permission to hold the race, the promoters of the carnival being evidently of opinion that the provisions of the Police Offences Act respecting lotteries, gambling, and the control and licensing of racecourses might relate to such a competition. It did not take Mr. Murray long (writes the " Mel bourne Herald") to arrive at a conclusion that a contest between goats was not a race meeting within the meaning of the Act, and the committee is to be informed that no permission is necessary. In sup port of the application to hold the race, the carnival committee mentioned that the police brass band and thirteen other bands would be present, and Mr, Murray's only anxiety is as to the effect so much music may have on the goats. So far as is known, the V.R.C. has not been ap proached and asked to send a stipendiary

steward.

In view of the forthcoming election, we would strongly advise all persons who are entitled to be on the Federal electoral roll to call and inspect the official roll at the office of the Commonwealth Electoral Registrar, Mr. J. J. Crawford. The roll may be inspected at any time during office hours, and at Mr. Crawford's residence during the evening.

At the Shepparton police court on Tuesday, in fining an Italian fruiterer 2£ 6d for having sold some apples to a lad on Sunday, May 24, Mr. R. Knight, P.M., said that he thought it might be advisable for the Shire Council to take some steps to have section 40 of the Police Offences Act amended. People could play golf, tennis, and other games on Sunday, but if a person went and bought a little fruit on a Sunday the vendor was prosecuted. If this kind of thing was to be continued, it would perhaps be as well to follow the licensing law as applied to serving drinks on Sunday, and punish both publican and customer. He, however, did not think that any harm would be done by celling fruit on a Sunday, especially during the summer months.

On Sunday evening next, the Rev. R. Nairn begins a course of addresses on the famous English classic, John Bunyan's "Pilgrim's Progress." The lectures will be given fortnightly, and will show how the teaching of the Bible is illustrated by the allegory. The opening lecture will deal chiefly with Bunyan's own life as set forth in his auto-biographv called "Grace abounding to the Chief of Sinners."

The U.S.F. Committee will hold a meeting next Thursday night lo deal with the purchase of an ambulance, further plans and tpecifications having been se cured. As the matter is important it is hoped all lodges will be fully represented.

Yesterday Dr. Mannix and Bisiop HJ& gins visited the R.C. schools in the parish, arid at each an entertainment was given by the children in their honor. At the opening of the new church at Crossley to morrow the first part of the ceremony the blessing of the church-will commence at 11.45, after which high mass will be celebrated. Dr. Mannix sill preach the occasional sermon, at the conclusion pf which an appeal will be made for funds to defray the cost of erection. Luncheon on an elaborate scale will be laid in the old church building. A large number of tickets have been disposed pf, and, with the invited guests, it is expected tlut j;n will be seated. Dr. Mannix will be pre sented with an address of welcome, and the gathering will conclude with votes of thanks to His Grace and BisUoP Higgins, and the visitors.

The programme to be screened by the Leitch Picture Co. next Tuesday evening will include nine subjects, the features being "The Street Singers," of 2000 ft. (Vitagraph), and "A Cruel Revenge," of 2000 ft. (Lubin). Three comedy pictures are included in a first-class show. On the following Tuesday the Leitch Co. will present specially selected films under en gagement to the U F.S. Committee, in aid of glais house fuudc.

Members of the local draughts club are so pleased with the form displayed by their representatives against Warrnam bool last week that arrangements are to be made shortly for a match be tween Koroit and Warrnambool in the local mechanics' hall. Mr. F. Faulkner, the Warrnambool champion, has con sented to play a simultaneous match against members of the- Koroit club, and this will take place on Wednesday even ing next in the supper room of the Koroit Mechanics' Hall.

The " Review If Reviews" (6d.) dis cusses the questioi of the settlement of Mexico, and stronjly advocates a protec

torate by the United States. Mr. Bryan

and President Wison seem to have un bounded faith in an election in a dis tracted country wtich, for at least twenty years, has never kiown what a pure ballot

was like. Otheis do not share their confidence. It ii stated that the media tors are making 'great and satisfactory progress-so is General Villa. The United States still hopes that Mexico can calm itself, but it would be very surprising if Dr. Wilson is ntt compelled to take a much greater shaie in the final settlement than he appears to anticipate. The only satisfactory arrangement is for the United States to exercise a benevolent protector ate over Mexico, as Great Britain did over Egypt. If she were asked to do so by the Latin Republics ot South America, the world would rejoice.

In view of tic sweeping alterations made in the bakery trade as the result of the recent dispute in Melbourne, the de termination of the Special Wages Board, which decided to adopt day baking, and also provide increases in wages, will probably be of interest to the general public, as well as those concerned in bakery businesses in this district. The determination will come into force on Monday next. It provides that the lowest rate of wages to be paid foremen or single hands shall be Is 9d per hour, or £4 4s per week of 48 hours; makers or bakers of "hot cross" or Good Friday buns, 2s 6d per hour; casual workers, engaged for 30 hours or. less in any one week, 2s per hour, persons not otherwise provided for, Is /d per hour, or £3 16s per week of 48 hours. The much-discussed day baking decision is contained in the following clause of the determination:-Time of beginning work, 8 a.m.; time of ending work, fi p.m. Work outside the times of beginning and ending work to be paid as follows:-Between the hours of 6 p.m. and 9 p.m., time and a third; between the hours of 9 p.m. and 8 a.m., double time. Payments for holi days:-New Year's Day, Easter Monday, Eight Hours' Day, Christmas Day, and Boxing' Day is at the rate of time and a half.

Mr. W. Mallinson, slipper to the Mort lake and Camperdown Coursing Club, who is an authority on greyhound breeding, states that Count Hannibal, the sire of Delora, the "Commonwealth" winner, was by Black Brahmin-Gold Star, who ran up in 1905 in the "Commonwealth" Stake, and won it in 1906 for Mr. W. M. Bell. Gold Star was a daughter of the famous Miss Goldsmith. Delora has well inherited the great traits of her celebrated ancestors. Mr. A. L. Nase gave £120 for Devoir, the dam of Narrabane, runner-up in the "Commonwealth," and bought her from Messrs. Farquharson and Griffin. Devoir was by Dandenong Ranger-Fairy Belle.

At the South Melbourne court on 17th inst., before Mr. Read Murphy, P.M., Joseph Murphy (Albion Hotel, South Melbourne) pleaded guilty to the charge of applying a false trade description, on I2th March, to schnapps, which was labelled Wolfe's Schiedam Schnapps. The evidence disclosed that Mathew Campbell Leckie, an excise officer, visited defend ant's hotel on the date stated, and took possession of a bottle of schnapps. It was shown, on analysis, that the spirit was not what it purported to be, the bottle having been filled with bulk spirits. For defend ant it was said that, while recognising that the offence, if wilful, constituted a very serious fraud on the public, and on mer chants concerned, in his case it was through the carelessness of a maid during his absence. A fine of £1, with 2ls costs

was recorded.

During the past few years the celebrated Australian drink, "O.T.," has become as well-known in England as it is in its birth place. So suocessful is it in the old land, that its makers are experiencing the same evil that they have had to fight in Aus tralia-passing of inferior substitutes by dishonest retailers. A case was heard i n Southampton last month against a hotel keeper who foisted an imitation upon un suspecting customers. The hearing lasted several days, and after hearing lengthy evidence, the judge granted an injunction with costs, in favor of " O.T." Limited.

Our Kirkstall correspondent writes

Arbor Day was celebrated at the Kirk stall State School on Friday, 19th inst. The parents and committee were well represented, and an enjoyable day was spent. The trees did not arrive from the depart ment, but a limited supply was on hand at the school. These were duly planted, and the remainder of the day was spent in games, racing, etc. The parents provided abundance of eatables, which were very much appreciated by the younger portion of the gathering. The value of the Arbor Day movement is seen in the appearance of the school grounds, which, a few years ago were destitute of trees or shrubs, but in which there is now an abundance of

good shelter.

Amongst the leading features of the July issue of "Life," just to hand, is an interview with Mr. Alexander Watson, the famous English elocutionist, on vocal training and elocution. An Australian traveller continues his articles on hunting and trading in South Africa, which make extremely interesting reading. Charles Barrett, the naturalist, takes the reader on a little journey through an ibis rookery in the Riverina, and shows him many won derful things. There are other special il lustrated articles in this number, and the departments are full of excellent, up-to date and informative reading matter for the busy man and his fnmily.

The practice of holding meetings for amusement on Sundays in t)ie Koroit district was the subject of comm--!!? |)y some of the clergymen here last Sunday. At St. Paul's Church at morning service the Rev. C. J. T. Martin preached on the subject of "Religious Values," on a text from Ecclesiastes. Touching on the pro per observance of Sunday he quoted the fourth' comc^agdrodnt,and said, "God said one day in seven stall be iioiy unto Me." As their clergyman hs protested against the use to which the day was put in this district. On the Sunday following the Saturday of the races he saw racing car ried on at Mailer's Flat; football matches ' were played, and in Ihe local paper of the > sreviqus day there had openly been an

advertisement for residents to join a hare drive on that day-^-sucdjy, As a clergy : man he made his protest against awdK' 1 desecration. At the Presbyterian Church 1 the Rev. R. Nairn, preaching from the . text, "Holiness becometh Thine House,

1 at tie r.e-optning of the church, spoke of E the beauty ot worship. t}p said to a , right-thinking man there was something

beautiful in the sight of a company of men Wd women, boys and girls, going to wor ; ship together in the House of God. He ! had seen in the local papal- an invitation ! to join in a hsre-drivjng expedition on taat ? day When kc saw the advertisement he f felt full Qt Migration, but soon he felt ? sorrow rather. It seeftipd to hiip these ! Deople did no-, understand the value of {tie 1 old, quiet Sabbath, and what a precious ; possession it jad been in the life of the 1 nation. As a ;hild would tear and scribble

on the most glorious of pictures, oblivious of Ihe damage he did, so these people cast : away and troc on the beautiful inheritance r their fathers bad left them. The loss of

the old Sabbath would be an "nP°v=rl*" ment, and net an enrichment, of every

[ man.

' Messrs. Dolan Bros, have jecwed thp ! contract for the erection of telephone 1 Doles between Southern Cross and jarp I turk. Since leaving Koroit about eighteen - months ago tley have earned outsevera; t contracts of tiis nature for the Common

wealth Govenment

The following letter has been re ceived by the secretary of the Koroit Fire Brigade, and similar letters have for warded to secretaries of Fire Brigades throughout Victoria" It having been reported to the board that a certain Mel bourne soft goods firm had recently rented a few lire stations for the purpose of holding auction sales of their goods, I have been instructed to notify all brigades that under no circumstances will the board allow fire stations, or any portion of them, or any building connected there with, to be used for auction sales or for other business purposes. The board con sider it highly improper that facilities should be granted for strangers to enter the various towns and conduct sales to the prejudice of the local tradespeople, and apart from this, in the case of stations which arc insured, there is no doubt that if a fire were to break -out in them whilst such sales were in progress, the policies of insurance would be vitiated. As the board consider this very important, I have to request that you will, without fail, bring this circular prominently before the officers and members of your brigade at the monthly meeting. J. H. Stevens, Secretary.

During this week the Government statist. Mr. A. M. Laughton, will post about 37,000 cards to the farmers in the wheat and oat growing districts, with the requests that they will furnish the area

sown with wheat and oats for the present season; and state the quantity of wheat on 30th inst. As it is a matter of great interest to the public, and to farmers especially, to know the total areas these under these two important crops, each farmer is requested to fill in his card and return it immediately after the 30th June, so that the information may be compiled and publisaed at the earliest possible date. It is particularly requested that the cards sent to farmers be returned, whether they have sown or not. Schedules are also being sent to the railway department, and by post to flour mills and wheat stores, with the view of ascertaining the quantity of stocks of wheat and flour on hand at the end of the month. Holders of wheat in bulk, who do not receive a schedule, are requested to communicate with the Government statist. The Government statist hopes that all concerned will do their utmost to assist him to make reliable estimates of the area sown, and the stocks of wheat and flour on hand, by answering his questions fully and returning the cards and forms promptly.

Mrs. Hugh Reilly, one of the best known and most respected residents of Southern Cross, died on Friday evening, after an illness extending over four months, the cause of death being heart failure (writes our Illowa correspondent). She was a colonist of 60 years, having arrived in the State with her parents in the year 1854, from County Clare, Ireland, landing at Port Fairy. The family set tled at Lookout Hill, near Farnham, and subsequently removed to Dennington. Deceased was married in Warrnambool in the year 1866 by the Rev. Father Slat tery. Mr. and Mrs. Reilly have resided atSouthern Cross for many years. About 30 years ago Mr. Reilly rented Hay Hill farm from the late Patrick Conrick, and carried on farming operations on an ex tensive scale, with a considerable measure of success. He subsequently purchased the farm, where the family still reside. Deceased had many sterling qualities, and was of a kind and charitable nature; she was beloved by her neighbors, and re spected by the community. She was of a strong, robust nature, characteristic of the pioneers who endured the hardships and privations inseparable from the lot of the settlers of over half a century ago. De ceased survived all the members of her family, with the exception of two sons, for whom widespread sympathy is felt, and for the bereaved husband in their loss. There are two sisters and one bro ther living in the district, Mrs. Kelly (Kirkstall), Mrs. Hayes (Port Fairy), and Mr. D. M'Namara (Yarpturk). The fune ral took place on Sunday, and the cortege was one of the longest seen in the district for some years. The Rev. Father Man ning officiated at the grave, and the mor tuary arrangements were carried out by T. Rundell and Son.

A meeting of ladies and gentlemen assembled at the Victoria hotel last Friday evening to say farewell to Miss Uren, who has severed her connection with that establishment, after an association of about six years' duration. The mayor (Cr. M. Bourke) presided, and in pioposing Miss Uren's health, said he was pleased to be there at the request of the gentlemen identified with the movement, and also because of the high opinion he had formed of their guest. He had found her cour

teous at ail times, and scrupulously honest in her capacity at the hotel, and was very sorry to say good-bye to her. He believed she was leaving to better herself, and wished her every happiness and prosperity at her new home in Geelong. After other speakers had supported the toast, it was drunk with honors. Mr. Jer. Maloney then, in appropriate terms, presented Miss Uren,'on behalf of the subscribers, with a handsome wristlet brooch. Mr. Gleeson responded on behalf of the reciepieni. Several other toasts were honored, and the harmony of the evening was contri buted by Messrs M'Evitt, Jas. O'Neill, the chairman, Misses Bowers and M. Gleeson; Miss Aggie Gleeson played the accom paniments. The catering and other ar rangements were carried out in good style by Mr. and Mrs. M. J. Gleeson, and a very pleasant evening was spent.

"This is about the most discourteous deputation I have ever received," said Mr. Flowers, Ministerof Health for New South Wales, in replying to a Sydney deputation representing margarine manufacturers, ;yhq asked that cqlofing be permitted in margariris the same as in butter. The deputation had annoyed the Minister by a series of lively interrogations following a declaration by Mr. Flowers that the use of coloring could only be made with the object of deceiving the public. "The essence of the whole question,,' he said, "that flie deputation wanted to make margarine as attractive as possible to the public, sp that it might appear as near butter as'tltey couid get jt. Was that so ?

I will say candidly that i woijld n.qt per mit deception to be placed on the general public by permitting you to manufacture an article and place it on the market in an exactly similar condition to butter. It cannot be permitted.

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