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Among the annuaj reports which the Government d.p-.itmonts evolve every year is one from the Marino Hoard. U;i like J«ck Point it has not a song- to siiifr, oh: Like ;i good department it has done its work, and that is ail there is to it. The year's report embraces, ex cept for tables which contain figures of microscopic value, five pages of printed matter, and mest of that is a rehash of the notices which the board has pub lished during; the year.
If the Government had hud sub editorial experience it could have con fined i« all to a useful paragraph, but ihe Government, in suito of its cry of , 'hardupitiveness ' ;md a long standing ! deficit, determines to have it printed. | -7or is that sufficient. Added to the it-port are art reproductions of the offi cers of the department printed on the Quest super calendar paper and forming tho most expensive part of the produc tion. The cost of the printing and lithograph ing- is £21 12/S, ami It Is a. p:ece of wasteful extravagance. The report was not worth priming from any point of view, and the littift information it con tains could if wanted at any time be £ug up from the copies produced by the departmental typist. This and other economies o£ a like character would help to provide that extra school ac commodation which is so badly needed. *- * ? Racing and Charities Indirectly, racing proves a valuable asset iW chaniies, for all the «-lubs hand over totalizator fractions to deserving institu tions. Last season £5,320 was dispersed in this direction, and up to the eud of June last, with two mouths still to go, £5.56S had been distributed. Necessarily tlieic are always a number of unclaimed dividend*:, and the money j£oos to the Ooverument. During the last two seasons, tlie Treasury has received JC'2.~iiti i'roiii this source, while another rich dividend was derived from tolaiisator tax, wliii;!i i)i ou.^ilit in A.'0.j..G-T-0.
Wattle Tree's Fate Dr. Campbell, the father or M!ss Uthol OimplK-ll. 'ho .* ngol or Uhi-'mih, recently j ?.old :nt Adelaide audience of tne sad | late cf a nweh-nnzou wattla trtv.\ A j number of dijrscs wore l-ein-? enter- j ii'itied ut bis home in Dur'ou:i, :-'.id wore? j full of admiration of a ivatllo tree then j in full bloom. 'Take a sprij?. It will J reminrl you of home.' ui-^ed Dr. Camp- j boil. They did so, with the result tlvit the tree was stripped of every i)raneh, (lied, and finally had to be cut down. * * * Delicacy De Luxe Ever tasted a floater? — No. Do you know what a floater is? — No. Well, in this case it certainly has no connection with a fisherman's accoutre- ment. One of these nights just pop alongside one of the street pasty stalls, and listen to the requests from custo- mers. Watch closely the serving, and you will be inducted into the secret. At the command the aproned waiter produces a soup plate, ladles out a sup- ply of hot peas, and then a hot pie is added to the menu. There's the floater, all ready for dissection. Some may have a saveloy added, but the pie and pea stunt is considered the popular victual in the street stall environs. Stage Fright William, ayed two and a half years, was the idol cf his doting mother. Sho thought it high ihr.e William received initiation in spiritual supplication. Ac cordingly William was put throuph a thorough course nf ooaohins. and entor ing- into tlse new idea with zest was soon pronounced proficient. Mother proudly f taged a. -*iill dress rehearsal for the benefit of -!ad. The groat moment arrived, and at a word from his mother William knelt with head bowed and hands upraised in the approved attitude of supplication. 'Please.''' he begdii. an.j to his mother's horror stopped. 'Please,'' he siartou agrain. bu- stuck in tho samp p!arr\ ] 'PIi»n.i--e ? V.h. muni:' lie quoried sud- i dcnly, ''what's Ilia iiainuV