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Daring the Japanese earthquake a train was thrown from the line into tlie sea, 300 passengers being drowned.
Eyewitnesses give graphic details of the | destruction of Yokohama. The earthquake destroyed oil warehouse«; the liquid caught fire, and, running through the streets to the harbour, burnt everything in its path.
Practically the whole of the European quarter of Yokohama was destroyed. Large boteis toppled "oVer" the CIIHB on to the
While the earthquakes were shaking Tokio the new Japanese Cabinet was sworn in, and held its first meeting in the
Steamers laden with provisions for China .are being diverted in order to relieve the * distress m Japan.
A new island has appeared off the Japanese coast, near Yokohama.
Some straight talk to the people of the United States was indulged in by Lord Birkenhead, at Montreal, when a citizen of New York, said, "Let us be satisfied to live our own Uves," and not meddle with Europe."
In Paris a sensation has been caused by a message from "Politika," the semi- official organ at Belgrade, detailing recent negotiations between Jugo-Slavia and Italy.
Paris newspapers describe "Politika's" message as a new war cloud which may involve the whole of Southern and Central Europe.
Mr. T. S. Hawkes, father of Mr. J. B. Hawke«, of the Davis Cup tennis team, was killed in the Japanese earthquake. Mrs. Hawkes escaped.
Great interest was taken in the meeting of the council of the League of Nations at Geneva when the position created by Italy's occupation of Corfu following on the murders al Janina was discussed.
Signor Balandra affirmed that the Italian Government had no intention of recognising the authority of the League of Nations to intervene in the Greco-Italian dispute.
After «tatémente by Signor Balandra and M. Politi», the council of the League of Nations postponed the discussion of the Greco-Italian dispute.
It is expected in London that the de- cision of the conference of ambassadors will settle the question of the Janina murders, but the question of the occupation of
Corfu will still remain.
"Italy is pursuing a policy at the present time wbinh may involve Southern Europe in a disaster such as Austria precipitated in 1911."-Tlie Paris "Journal des De-
Ivo Whitton and E. J. Quirk won by one stroke the amateur foursomes champion shin of Victoria at the Metropolitan Golf Club, Oakleigh,
It is hoped to raise £25,000 in Queens- land in this financial year by means of a tax on betting.
Gale, the Fitzroy footballer, was' dis- qualified for six premiership matches for having struck at Cubbine (St. Kilda) in the match between the two clubs last Saturday. The case against Gubbins, who was charged with having attempted to strjke at Gale, was disinisi-cd.
New theories to explain the subsidence of the Warrnambool breakwater were ad- vanced at the inquiry. Allegations weic made by Mr. C. S. Robertson, assistant enginnccr in the Public Woiks depart-
The first of a two-unit electric locomo- tive for goods traffic was put into service jeeterday in the Flinders street yards.
Gradual extension in the length of elec- tric trains is taking place. On the St. Kilda line an eight-car train has been sub stituted for the scvcn-car train a« an ex- periment, and on the Sandrwglum-Essen don line a seven-car tiain, instead of a six tat tiuin, is contemplated.
Harriet Kate Mills, aged 50 years, w_ss fcutcnccd in Sydney to five years' penal servitude aftei she had been found guilty of the manslaughter of a girl, aged 10 j ears, by poisoning.'
Four salesmen nnd two customers of ScTiittona Ltd., haidwaie merchants, of Sydney, admitted charges of conspiracy to defraud. The down case described the formation of a '"ring" of dishonest prac-
Efforts mode by strikers to dislocate pilotage work in Brisbane was countered by the Government sending pilots to Syd- ney to go on board overheu vessels bound
Mr. W. H. D. Le Souef, director of the Melbourne Zoological Gardens, died yester day after a long illness.
The banks, it is believed, will ask people fur whom they hold bonds matin ing on September 15 to express their pretcrencc for one of four alternative plans of conver-
When he was crossing ou a log which «panned a swollen cicck, near Bairnsdale, Oscar Henderson fell and was drowned. His brother saw him, but he was powerless
The Builders Labourers' Union intends to opcu a school of instruction for mem- bers, so that labautcrs employed in building operations may be progressively "coached
in the operations of a skilled building tradesman's helper.
The trial of Orlo Smith, who was pre' scilted on three charges of having fraudu- lently placed cancelled stamps on tenancy agreements, was commenced in the Court
of General Sessions.
William Mackenzie, who was said to have rendered conspicuous service as an aviator in the war, has been convicted of shopbreaking. Judge Williams suspended
James McCullogh, a baker, was awarded £12 damages against Antonio Helos, whose horse had Doited and caused damage to the conveyance of the plaintiff.
Sir Arthur Robinson made an appeal for grater unity in the forces opposed to
Geaeral Booth, in a world-wido appeal far the iclief of Japan, aims at raising £2,000,000.
Merchants state that there is little free wheat in Melbourne for shipment to Japan. There is abundant meat available in Queensland.
Mi-. Lawson and Mr. Allan agreed to the formation of a composite Ministry, the members of which were selected. They will be sworn in this morning.
An appeal has been issued by His Excel- lency the Governor-General for the relief of sufferers in Japan.
The Commonwealth has contributed £10,000 in cash and £50,000 in goods to the Australian Japanese'Rclief Fund.
Heavy rains have again fallen in Gipps- land. Bruthen received more than 3in. in three days. The Thomson River at Hey- field rapidly rose. Floods are probable m this and other Gippsland streams. '
The leccnt concessions made in the charges for deferred cable messages icpre sent (the Postmaster-General claims) a greater advantage to the public than a re- duction in the ordinary tate of 2/0 a
John Peter Simmonds, an employee in the Commonwealth note-printing office, was charged with having stolen a number of £l-notc form«. An adjournment of the case till September li wa» granted.
Replying to a correspondent who asked why country railway fares should not bo on the hame bas¡B as suburban fares, the Railways Commissioners state that the density of population m the suburbs made for more economical working. i
Representatives, of the Housewives' As- sociation and the fruitgrowers discussed the question of distribution of fruit. It was decided that thelc should ho a central bureau, where consumers could obtain full
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