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NEWS AND NOTES Metropolitan Weather. Today's Forecast: Fine and mild with moderate southerly winds. Observatory Tempera- ture: Today's estimate, 75deg. (max.); yesterday, 74.2deg. (max.), 56.2deg. (min.). Shark Alarms. Scarborough life-savers sound- ed the shark alarm twice yes- terday afternoon when two large schools of porpoise ap- peared near the main bathing area. The first alarm was given at 4.15 p.m. and the second about 5.55 p.m. Bathers scur- ried from the water as patrol members manned the club's surf boat and chased the intru- ders out to sea. At the same beach two men were rescued with belt and line south of the patrol area. No other metro- politan clubs reported rescues, but several first-aid treatments were given. Bathers enjoyed favourable conditions at beaches during the weekend. Betting In N.S.W. A strong section of the New South Wales Labour Caucus is expected soon to ask the State Government to legalise S.P. betting in N.S.W. along the lines recently adopted by the W.A. Parliament according to a Sydney message received last night. The members want to license S.P. bookmakers and allow the establishment of off- the-course betting shops. These members have also been study- ing the operation of legalised off-the-course betting in New Zealand. Supporters of the scheme claim, that Queensland electors are certain to vote for legal S.P. betting under the new law which provides for local referendums on the sub- ject. The N.S.W. Premier (Mr. Cahill) has requested the Chief Secretary (Mr. Kelly) to in- vestigate the possibility of legalising S.P. betting in N.S.W. Ashes Ceremony At Rottnest. The ashes of a man who loved Rottnest Island were scattered yesterday beneath the native pines where he had camped each Christmas since 1931 with members of the well-known Winnit Club, which he helped to found. The remains were those of Mr. William J. Kirkby, chief draftsman of the Lands and Surveys Department, former interstate oarsman and an ex-president of the W.A. Amateur Swimming Associa- tion, who died last April. Mr. Harry Kirkby yesterday told a circle of about 40 relatives and Winnit Club members that it was one of his brother's last wishes that his ashes should be strewn over the campsite. After he had emptied the cas- ket to the four points of the compass, Mr. Kirkby led the assembly in a brief prayer. Ex- actly a year ago, the ashes of a former chairman of the Rottnest Board of Control. Mr. W. H. Kitson, were committed to the sea off the island.

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