The Sydney Morning Herald from Sydney, New South Wales, Australia on December 5, 1931 · Page 17
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Saturday, December 5, 1931
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STATE SESSION. BUDGET J)EBATE. Both Houses Adjourned. UNTIL DECEMBER 21. When th Legislative Assembly met jester day a neun wma reed (ram the Upper House sunns that trie Bavlngi Bank Amal-tamatlon Bill had been passed. The debate on tne Budget wa resumed by Mr. Booth, who directed attention to the acute unemployment or. the coal mining field, and ureed Immediate action by the Federal and Bute Governments. He said that on the northern Held, particularly at West Walls nrf. the conditions were ppUlng. Mr Charley: A the result ol the Lang Mr. Booth: Member- should put the cause ol humanity before that or party politics I want uie people of New South Wales to rvalue the position. Mr Bavin: Ho about getting your Oovero-nenl to do something? Mr. Boot1 appealed to all sections of the community to lay aside party politics and co-operate toward the rehabilitation of the Industry. They had been (old that If the miners agreed to accept lower wages additional men would te employed, but Instead of conditions becoming brighter they had become worse. Even If they worked for nothing It would be Impossible to recapture the oversea trad-. Mr Kllnatrlck: Who lost Itr Mr. Booth maintained that the extraction of oil from coal was the only remedy. GOVERNMENT'S FAILURE. Mr. Chaffey expressed the opinion that In the speech of Mr. Booth they could nave no more striking condemnstlon of himself and the Government with which he was associated. Mr. Booth had acknowledged that he had not only failed In his work, but that the Government had also failed hopelessly. When they raw that tens of thousands of men, who were willing and anxious to work, could not get employment, and that It was made Impossible for employers to give work, then the sentiments expressed by Mr. Booth, that the Oovemment had failed miserably, would be generally accepted. The trouble was that the supporters of the Government, and the Government Itself, had made the cost of production higher than what could be obtained for the goods produced. "If you take a ship to sea," said Mr. Charley, "It Is necessary to make sure the planks are sound. There are so many red planks In the Labour ship that unless they are removed It will not weather the storm." Be complained that the Oovemment had failed to obtain a sufficient supply of corn-sacks when It was pointed out that a shortage was inevitable: that bulk trucks to overcome the difficulty bad not been supplied. Mr n'Heara said that be Intended to deal with the most scandalous state of affairs that ever existed with regard to an mousiry. ne was referring to the treatment of farmers and milk suppliers. He prefaced his remarks with sn attack on the Federal Government lor the hfttraroi of the men in the mining Industry He praised the action of the new appointees tO the Legislative WJUncil in wuim passage of the Mil Bill, which would be of Incalculable value to the dairy farmers. He hoped the Minister for Health would immediately give effect to the leglslat'on by ap-.i.,in, th milk board, and thus bring a tew era of prosperity to every fanner In the milk tones. Progress was reported. UNEMPLOYMENT RELIEF. On tht adjournment, Mr. Janrie said that some Indication snouio nave onu f'" " the Government as to distribution of Chris t-,.nf m the vast number of unemployed thrraichont the state. He understood that a certain sum of money had been made avall-.y. i. th roller of unemnlovment. Although men were clamouring for work, there was no indication at present inai any - able On behalf of the vast number of unemployed, he appealed to the 0w.ranlS ?,SH com temporary relief over the Christmas "'J!4.. . rh. Hmi.e adtourned till .kniM meet on that day, unless otherwise ordered 1 LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL. In the Legislative Council Mr. P. S. Boyce proCd against the action of the Oovern- after members assembled the Vice-president of the Executive uouncii 'i""-"" moved the adjournment till .December HO ireiMii'iUn tuna (jiuwii.'- : , Mr Farrar. at the ouuet. asked Mr Con-cinnon whether he would table the report of Mr Noble on the meat Industry. Mr. Concannon. In reply, mid that he had It there- wer.".ny report available he proposed to lay It on the table when the house resumea us h . . u. Mhathar It WA tlte intCll' tlonofe Government to alter the Friendly Societies' Subvention Act and reduce the pay-. - cannon ner annum. He asked u u were a fact that the flfhi''le W8 entitled to 17.000 Instead of "MOO. Mr. Concannon: This matter has beenre-eelvlng the earnest consideration of the Government for a long time. The question Is an Important one. When the matter was first . i . i ... v..i . rwnm m nnmtnal amount. hit lut venr it had Increased to 77,000 approximately. 1 received a deputation from the friendly societies and a report of what transpired will be submitted to the iremier. Vn,lH m ha Annm V 1 11 he (lOne. On the motion for adjournment. Mr. Boyce entered his protest against members being called together for the sitting when there was no business to transact Mr. Concannon said nobody regretted the necessity of having to meet that day more than himself. When the House reassembled on December 21 the business of the country wmtiri h nrm-Mtri with. The most Important policy matters of the Government would be trsnsiated to the otaiuie rjooa uciure w of the current year. (Ministerial support At 4.50 p.m. the House adjourned till 4.J0 PA on Monaay, ueccmoer -i. INLAND RIVERS. Flood Danger Not Imminent. Whilst there Is every possibility of further heavy rain on the catchment areas of northern and central Inland rivers, the danger of serious floods Is now not so Imminent Fine breaks yesterday allowed much of the accumulated water to drain oft. and, although some rivers showed a ranld rise, they remained com paratively low. In no case do the latest river report Indicate a height In any way approaching flood level. The Lachlen River rose 8ft ln to 9ft, at Cowra, but the advent of fine weather was considered to have averted the danger of ' floods. Both the Macquarte and Bell Rivers rose slightly at Wellington. Increases In the levels of the Barwon at Walgett. and the Dtrllng at Brewarrlna. Bourke. Louth, and I Tllpa were also reported. There were several further heavy fall of ' rain durlne the 24 hours to 9 a.m. yesterday. , The outstanding registrations were 42g point i i;owra. 4ua at vamaen. xno at uoeron, ana . 341 each at Carreer and Koorawetha. Highest segregate fall since the rain commenced on i eniuraay were: Barrlngun 710 point, cowra i. Tottenham as, and Tunamore esa. The rain fnrl InliH In hamnr .hMt har. ' retting operations, and report of damag to , crops are still coming to nann. FLOODS IN QUEENSLAND. RRIRRANK Prtrtav. i The heavy general rain of the past week . a expected to produce extensive flooding In many river. At Boatman Creek, near i marieviiie. 10 Inches fell In a "cloudburst a few days ago. A record flood la being ex. ' Pertenced In the MnneaMal anrl Oallan I Creek, In the Mitchell district. From early morning until a o'clock to-night six Inches fell , at Townsvllle. where flood waters Invaded everai business premises. SALVAGE FEAT. PVHTfa WrMaw A message from Broome gives detail of the remarkable salvage of the M-feet pearling - "i-uui.a.i sal, niii uuuu( I legal wciuj. 1 Forced by a strong falling tide on to a aub-1 merged ledge and wedged firmly amidships, I the lUOV.r In - urlmu nn.trbm itn.ll i Mother lugger went to the rescue 'before i -ir hob, wnicn na a ran oi at reel, naa ! weeded sufficiently to make the risk too ' !'' Th' vho,( tnt ,ona 01 pearlshell, I ose gear, and ballast were removed to other boats, leaving the stranded rugger high and dry, n feet out of water, on three pinnacles 2 vi rue, one was eventually renoaura on i lnt tlda without tertou damage lo II aou, TARIFF AND INDUSTRY. Revision Committee's Reply. Thw secretary of the) Joint Committee for Tariff Revision write: The statement by Mr. H. O. Bennett on behalf of the Chamber of Manufactures In your Issues of yesterday and to-day call for a reply by the Joint Committee for Tariff Revision. "Mr. Bennett denies that employment la determined by the wealth produced by the primary Industries, and shifts his ground from Australia to England. We an not to a poal tton to discuss the British situation, but wi would ask Mr. BenneU what has caused the Increasing unemployment In the secondary Industries? HI reply will, no doubt, be that the purchasing power of the community has diminished. With that we can all agree, but will this gentleman Inform us how he proposes to Increase that purchasing power? If the expansion of secondary Industrie as not dependent upon primary Industrie and aeconaary industries are able to develop. Irre spectlve of what happen to the primary industries, then now la the time for the dUclples of high protection to put their ahoul- ers 10 me wneei ana pull Australia out ol her deplorable position. "Mr. BenneU stated the secondary tndus-trles were providing an ever-Increasing market for primary produce. We showed that. In one year to June 30, 1030, the number of employee In the former decreased by 30.000, and the wages paid by 6.000.000. We have now some further Illuminating figures. Taking 300 factories In New South Wales, cover ing all classes of manufacture, we find that when manufacturing was at It best the number employed was 41.000. On December I, 1929. Just after the first tariff schedule was put Into operation, the number had shrunk to si.uoo on October 1. 1831, the figures were down to 23.000. A decrease of 53 Der cent, from the maximum rjnlnt. and a decrease of 35 per cent., after the present high duties came Into operation. -neiore the wage-eamera of Australia once again swallow the propaganda which ha brought distress Into so many of our homes, it 1 hoped that they will take steps to satisfy themselves that they are not being made the tools to further a policy designed to benefit minority section at their expense. "As to whether anv nation In the world would to-day consider reverting to the 1912 basis In tariff matters, Mr. Bennett Is entitled to his opinion, but, after all. It Is only an opinion, and It Is perhaps not as far off the existing Australian-wide revulsion against the present tariff run-mad policy, appeared to be six month ago. "What the reference to the asbesto factory has to do with the controversy we do not know. The Joint Committee are always de lighted to hear of new factories opening In Australia, providing that the subsidy the public pays la within reason. Never has the Joint Committee showed any desire to close down any worth while Industry, but, a busi ness men, tney recognise mat Australia cannot produce all her requirements economically, and they certainly do not subscribe to the policy of a self-contained Australia. "Mr. Bennett might explain Just how bis chamber. In asking for support for Socialistic candidate, because of their Insane protection-Its policy, proposes to separata that policy from their Intention In regard to nationalisation of banking, unification, and the socialisation of Industry." CASUALTIES. MOTOR CYCLIST INJURED. Jack Cooper, 18. of Cross-street. Guildford. wa badly Injured when a motor cycle which he was riding collided with a motor car In Church-street, Parramatta. last night. The Parramatta Ambulance took him to the surgery of Dr. Alexander, who Inserted seven stitches In a face wound, and also treated wounds to the back of the cyclist's head and upon his chest. BOXER INJURED. Harold Roach. 30. a boxer, was knocked out during a bout at the Letchhardt Stadium last nignt, ana was afterwards taken by tne central District Ambulance to the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, tie was sunering from cerebral con cussion and possibly a fractured skull. WOMAN SERIOUSLY INJURED. Mrs. Julia Schultx. 59. of Redfern-street. Redfern, who was struck by a motor car as she was crossing Kegent-street. iteaiern, last nignt. was seriously Injured. The motorist drove her to Svdnev HosDltal. She had suffered a frac tured skull, fractured nose, lacerated wound over the left eye, and Injuries to the left snouiaer. MAN'S SKULL FRACTURED. GRAFTON. Friday. Whilst R. O. Robb, of Tyagarah, via Byron Bav. was driving along wooigooiga-roao. about six miles from South Grafton, th car lpft the road when rounding a bend and collided with a stump. Other motorist who came along found Robb sitting In the car In a dared condition, and took him to hospital. where it was found that ne was sunering rrom fractured skull, fractured rips, ana iscer a ted face, neck, and hand. COMPANY DIRECTOR'S DEATH. When he fell 28ft from the first floor of the shoo of Brownells. Ltd.. this morning. Mr. A. W. Courtney Pratt, managing director, suffered internal Injuries ana aiea nve minute utter. He Is the second director of the firm who ha died within the last fortnight. ALLEGED WAGER. Bettor's Unusual Claim. BRISBANE, Friday. A claim for the recovery of money alleged to be due as a wager on a horse race was made In the Magistrate's Court to-day, when Harold Joseph oougn proceeded against J. Asprey, licensed bookmaker, for 50. alleged to be due aa a wager. Oough set out that Asprey contracted to pay to plaintiff 60 In the event of Ma bain and Poy Patrol winning the Welter Handicap and Metropolitan Handicap respectively at Eagle Parm on August 12. Mabalx won the Welter. Crazy Molly had been In the Welter, but was withdrawn and, shortly after her withdrawal, a notice was posted on the course declaring all bets on the race withdrawn. Oough saw Asprey about the double, as Asprey said he thought that It would stand. Later, when Poy Patrol won, Asprey refused to pay. Oough said he was going to get legal advice whether the stewards had sufficient authority to declare bets on and off. The matter eventually was referred to Tattersairs committee. wnicn found for AsDrev. Tne nearini ox uw case was aajoumea to uecemDer i. FARMER'S DEATH. Partner Committed for Trial. PERTH, Friday. The lnmiest was concluded at Morawa ves. terday concerning the death of Linton Leigh Lethlean. I. farmer, of KadJI, who a fatally ahot by his partner. Richard Graham Chapell. about 86, while Lethlean wa driving a motor truck Into Morawa on November (. The Coroner committed Chapell for trial on charge of wilful murder. Lethlean wa slttlna with his wife and two children In the front of the truck, and Chapel) was riding behind the canopy. Chapell stated that the rifle accidentally exploded when he stepped back from the canopy to unload It. Lethlean wa snot tn uie need, ana aiea soon afterward. Chspell admitted on Wednesday that he was Intimate with Lethlean' wlf. SURVEY WORK IN BORNEO, Elephants Raid Gimps. Mr. D. P. Wilson returned to Sydney by the Nleuw Holland yesterday, from survey work In Borneo, where he had several narrow escape from wild animal in tne jungle. HI worst experience occurred when a herd of eleohanta raided a small isolated planta tion In the Jungle. Mr. Wilson wa able to reach a roughly made native hut before the animal appeared, uunng tne nignt ine ele phant denrnyea many ol in tree, but tney did not molest th hut. though several of the herd examined It closely. In the early morning, the leader trumpeted, and the herd trooped after him Into the Jungle. Mr. Wilson said that th elephant did a great deal of damage. Tney seemed dellber-tlv to destroy anything made by men. 8urvei stone, and te)egrph pole were frequently uprooted ana araggea away, ituooer plantation were visited and many of th trees damaged. HOBART HOSPITAL HOBART. frldar Aa a result of the Royal Coremlasfsnl report on the management of th Hobart Publla Hospital, th chairman and seven members of the board og management nave maun CHRISTMAS CHEER. Helping the Needy. , APPEALS TO COMMUNITY. nm nMMA nf ririrlstmaa. with the tjennra spirit always associated with that festive period of in year. Bring one asau m muiiu appeal to the community to remember those less fortunately circumstanced. Th. Mil. on the hoaoltala and on benevo lent and kindred Institution are much greater this year than In previous year, because ofth general economic position and the widespread distress. Countless thousand of people are innk in tn thir feiinw-cltlsena to wad them out of the murk and misery that surround them as with th In penetrable blackness of despair, and to bring Into their lives. If only In a small measure because of the demands on the community generally, the comfort and tne happiness traditionally assocuuea wiui m season. It Is a call for the manifestation of that eaaentlallT practical religion that brings heaven to earth: that brings the sunshine of happiness where young and old are walking tn th deep shadow of sorrow: that brings laughter where there are tear: and that expresses Itself In th divine spirit of th season. aOSPITALS" STRUGGLE. Thue controlling th big hospital ten, almost a with one voice, of the brave struggle against the vicissitude of the times In those Institutions consecrated to the humanitarian cause of healing. From Roval Prince Alfred Hospital, for exampto rich In historic tradition and In noble service comes the statement that, because of lack of funds. It cannot, a In past years, decorate It wards this Christmas and Invest them with the colourful seasonal note that Is. In itself, a tonic to the patients. For funds, however small, for this and kindred purpose, and for gift that will provide patient with little extras In the way of deli cacies, fhe hospital will be grateful. The youngsters will have their Christmas Tree, and there will be a special function In the children's ward on Christmas Day: but the hospital covers an Immense field, and to bring to the whole of Uie patients the festive spirit of the season mean a big call on it depleted purse. The Royal North Shore Hospital will welcome supplies of flowers during the Christmas period for the beautifying of It wards, and of delicacies, such as poultry, calves-foot Jelly, and so on. Monetary gifts will also be appreciated, although the hospital la not unmindful of the fact that, with the heavy calls on them. many people win h in i Better position to bring cheer to the patient In other form. The patlenta are not eettine ao man of the little delicacies that were the abundant gift of lEicnus in oetier umes. At tne latest meeting of the house committee a record number of patlenta was listed. Many patients who, on small wages, can contribute something towards their medical upkeep In good times, are now out of work, and have to fall back entirely on the charity of the hospital. ThU I the experience of all of those Institutions. The practical sympathy of the public will also be appreciated during the Christmas period by the Mater Mlserlcordlae General Hospital. North Sydney, whose special silver Jubilee appeal will close to-morrow afternoon 2f, nnetlon n the hospital grounds, which Will be attended bv immu nthera th Governor-General and Lady Isaacs, the Minister for Health (Mr. Ely). Archbishop Kelly, and other representative cltltens. ine outer or Charity of St. Vincent's Hos- Sltal, Darllnghurst, will be grateful for gifts l money or In kind, especially the delicacies to which patlenta look forward. Parcel of clothes will also be appreciated. The Sister of Charity always make a point of providing as many poor families a possible with clothes at Christmas time. St. Vincent's, It Is stated. Is facing difficult times with ao many of It The St QMr. DA,lt.i Koparah. which brings within It scope a big residential and Industrial area, can also make judicious use of monetary contributions and other gift during the Christmas period. In common with the other hospitals. It ha opene(1 ta do,,,, mimy ppi, wn0 tre , i. . rareunutaneea. and who find It quite Impossible to recompense It for Its The Benevolent Rn!rv nt M.. a... nr.iu which maintains the Renwlck Babies' Hospital, the Royal Hospital for Women, Paddlng-ton Scarba Home, and a big food relief depot, fhhf. X. """J"1 Christmas collection throughout the metropolitan area on December 18. A feature nf th mI1im tu u. .w. sale of Christmas bells. Cheer will, as usual. ZLr. m Christmas eve at the society's headauartera. next tn th. vm-iu t, 7Z: JndrtJ? ii"' """"n "nes to the 5lffi?H!nd.ld "ork ta ,ts on behalf or Sd' undergoing the travail it hu tV.hi ... 0Iner institutions, i. taid, !! ,u resources In order to toSelS ?d Jf?1" " ympathetlc publl? K LSLP "u.10 br,nfL wnwed hope In many tT landed by a few people In 1813 MvTtr,,.hda "P"- IU Hfe-glvlng establish nJS??b '.UL gre,t department established for the sick and the helpless. OTHER APPEALS. m2er5!.17tl2? Amj " P'"lng Ohrtst-" ""!' on tnalve seal this tamuie. Tn .?UHndred na W needy V . "lu ch receive a parcel of meat and groceries. Each parcel will eon ' tK,?Lpe!p.'e- .About 4500 Person?" all 5m thUa benefit. In aHrtltlnn onn " "t"V "the" 5! "Ufa f :Chrls gu u' W"J benent u 'Mult of the WlHnclud. rh.ChrS,tmM chMr MtwSS in it. hif nhn and seml-orphsn children tl?ArffrM. Ei.'L'S-fSU wiiTiK NrBS, TheT...?,; ? mimm The Sydney Reacua Work Society with a make SUS SvU 1U wtlvltieT. the frTshelEr1 iZ" . children, the 'bab. S? "EL "ing ooVher, XTzr J?;,!".. 7 Hospital. Camoer- --"a fsucnii, -ine provision of in, diminished, and It needs fjO0 to enabw to provide for the upkeen ofu,. hcSeslnd also to arrange for the festive season "ne Ito SL!!..??. f wl.t.hou deficit, ft wuielso B "? nin, boots, etc, for ufiJJ0""!!' "3,. children Tn urgent need """JSr" .call in the metropolitan oy ran marked "for charitable work society, left Commtm v.. if v, a- ney," will be carried at Quarter nerr.1 ..... wS rSiiln SSfiL!" """" to Mr! w. b. Wilson, hon. trMtr- i . "',h"S"lt- ?'?".i " " th. samTaddm. to Mr. O. B. ArdllL director. .AS: r.1fw' OrPh".""- there are . o'lera oi Mercy apnea to th public to heln them to mi monetary obllgatlona, and also to gladden the ,ne,rU.! tn.e mtl on" " Christmas mom" Ing. The sisters are oonfldent that the names ui wanr (ooo irienos or oi. Brlald's will ot found on this year's list of benefaction, but they ask that the claims of their little ens roes pe considered by yet other i mark their Christmastlde by benefactions, and whose name will, they trust, "be entwined with the petition sent up by the children of 8L BrlgM's when they pray for their friend at the Chrtstmai crib." The Smith Family Joyspreadera, Unlimited, whoee offices are at 1 Pltt-atreet, near the A M P. Society, are appeal lng for th use of 100 motor cars on December 19 for the tran- Cof artist and other to a number of ration Into which th nraantiauon i bringing a ray of sunshine; for as many cars a it can ooiain on vnnsrrnaa ares, for the delivery ot Christmas hampers to poor famine: for about 12 car each evening between December 14 and 11; and also for the use of four lorries on December IS. tn a number of office this year girls. Instead of giving one another Christmas box, are eontrlbutlrui a few minings ror in provision ot Hamper. tnrougn mi orraniastion, ror oestiiuta rami Ilea. The Smith Family's Christmas gather. I" Tl be held at David Jones' next Wednes day night, and win be attended by, among others, th Oovemor (Sir Philip Oame) ana tne Lord Mayor lAiaerman jacxaont, CLAIMS FOR WHEAT OIL., WELLINGTON IHl.l. Fl-lda "The us of wheat oil extracted from the wheat germ win supplant tne voronoa glahg treatment," declare a wall-known Chriat-ehurcti doctor, who claim lo hay discovered the power of wheat oil a a remedy for general debility and ehlMlaamaaa, Th Brat extraction ot wheat oft tn the Southern Hemisphere were recently mad at use woeal ran area mstnuM at nniarmhawp. THE SYDNEY . MORNING HERALD. MR. G. G. HILL RETIREMENT FROM THE . , , .. CUSTOMS. FIFTY YEARS SERVICE. At the Onstbma Bona yesterday, there was a Iftiwa eatheeine of offlcara to bid an official farewell to Mr. O. O. Hill, supervlaor of bonded warehouse, who eonunenos extended leave of ahKnM hrnr ratlrMMfit neat VttaT. After several officer had expressed their goodwill toward Mr. Hill. Uw collector oi vunrara (Mr. W. H. Barklsy, OJX) presented him with a grandfather cloak a a token of esteem of bis brother officer In all ranks of the service )aw-f ' In nts valediction the Collector said that Mr. Hill entered the Ciutom service 60 years aeo. and had occUDled many lmDOrtant dosI- tlons. BANKING. Committee's Inquiry. CASH HOLDINGS AND DEPOSITS. Giving erldenoe before the standing commit tee on hanking yesterday, Mr. Edward Jewell, builder, and formerly a bank manager In Queensland, said It wa Interesting to note the disparity between the cash holdings, a at June 30 last, of the trading bank In Victoria and New south wales. In Victoria, eira.oog.s', was neid against total deposits or cw.uss.eeo, wnnst in this state tne trading Dank were content to have a cash holding of only 15,305 278 against total deposit of 89,855.036. One large bank, with It head office In this State, bad 8,500.000 cash in victoria to deposits of 11,500,000. a compared with 3.500.00 cash to 32,600,000 de posit m this state. "The chief duty of banks Is to ensure that there shall be money credit food available to finance production In anticipation of demand, which Is the function of our credit system." witness said. "The establishment of a central reserve bank would ensure that the currency would automatically syphon to the point where It Is required, and through the channel where It Is best able to stimulate Industry and commerce." The reserve bank, he advocated, should be able, subject to the veto of the Executive Council, to supply the bank In time of crisis with their full requirement of currency on approved securities, and the control of silver and copper currency might also be left in Its hands. HOSPITAL DISPUTE. Agreement Reached. LTTHOOW, Friday. It 1 expected that the 14 women members of the domestic staff of the Llthgow Hospital, who have been Idle since Tuesday, owing to a dispute concerning the dismissal ot four wardsmaids, will resume to-morrow. A settlement of the dispute wa effected at a conference late yesterday, when Mr. A. A. Ruther- ioro, general secretary oi tne Hospital Employees' Association, and two women retire. sentatlves of the union, met Messrs. Delaney president, nounes, ana iniriweu, represent-lng the hospital board. The followine offer wax marie Ire Mr Rutherford and was placed before a special meeting of the board last night: "Provided that all the girls In the employ of the hospital. Including the four who have received a month's notice, are reinstated In thr:r former classification, th association will not oppose any application to tne conciliation committee, for a reduction of wages to the extent of S per cent Any application for the variation or modification of any clause other than that relatlne to wares, however, will he opposed by the association." Tne proposal was adopted by eight rotes w aevcu. a motion was earned mat me board had complete confidence In the matron and secretary. A vote of thanks to the matron ana nursing stan lor ineir loyal support dur lng the dispute was carried unanimously. FILM SOCIETY. The retnarktble nroffi-M of th ntm Anr. of Australia was shown in the report which the hon. secretary (Miss Beatrice Tlldesley) presented at the annual meeting ot the society held yesterday at the Porura Club. Mr. B. M. ureen. me retiring president, presided. The report showed that, though the society was IUUIIUCU UIIIV innr QtUIILTia w IK BaJtwtfiW Plat I over 300 financial members, among whom were representatives or the university, law, medicine, and other rn-ofrxlnnf ine eiecuons ot omcers lor 1931 resulted: President. Professor DaMn: vi.nnritUnt Mrs. Musclo, Miss Thea Proctor. Miss Doro- ih u.7b.Ti.. iT 7, ,: "-.wiiri thea MackeUar. M . H. M. Oreen, Prof. Osborn, i Mr. R. H, Swalnson, Mr. Norman Carter. ant non. secretary. Mlj Stella James; hon. MCMOurcr, nr. (least tsurxe. Lieut, -Commander Qlflord. aide-de-camp to the Governor, ahowed a nieiur tairan k him self of scenes on board R M S. Moldavia, when ,a s..w:i,ein;r, ncconipaniea oy Lady oame and family, came to Australia. Lleut.-Commander Qlfford alao mhm a. pictures of snow marts at atosclusko, of sailing races on the harbour, of aeronlan manoeuvres at Hargrave Park, and of a visit to Koala Park, at Pennant Hill. miss Morna Meeoormick showed a series of Other nleturea ahown w nt Imi ... i Powell Inspecting Boy Bccut and of Mr '. Norman Wallla' vachL the w.n.. i- ...n sail. ' THE ULMARRA. DAMAGE EXCEEDS 4000. . ' ' MACLEAN, Friday. The steamer Ulmarre, which grounded on Yamba Crossing on Wednesda mnmin. ahii. passing ou of the Clarence River, wa brought under her own steam to Maclean early this morning and berthed. Captain Gibson, tha underwriters' representative, with a diver made a Surrey to ascertain th damag to the hull. Since tha grounding It ha Been necessary to maintain the pumping of th after-hold The cargo In that hold, which comprised raw sugar and river produce, ha been destroyed. Including a talking film valued at 600 and trie cargo, the damage la estimated to exceed jcivuv. ine vessel i leaxmg very oadiy, and the numo are lust eonin with the t. i the hold. It la understood that when a full survey ot the damag ha been r.iade an effort will b made to take th Teasel to Sydney for repair. MR. BADDELEY NO LONGER "BLACK." NEWCASTLE. PrMa. The Newcastle Trades Hall Council decided last evening that the Minister for Labour and Industry (Mr Baddeley) wa no longer "black." Th debate on the motion to remove the "black" ban Imposed a month ago wa very heated, and allegation wer made that men employed on relief work In onal-mmtng electorate wer getting preferential treatment compared with relief worker In th rest of the BUM. Mr fMndow. who snored the lewnaiun of the Ban. said that It was not a true expression of the opinion of th Industrialist of th north, and had been "put oyer" the council at a time when many delegate, believing that bustneia wa area oat a an ana, naa ten uie meeting Th Oovemment waa doing mrythlswl It eould for tha unemployed (Laughter.) Mr. Oliver, of th Unemnloyed Worker' Movement, said that th ban should b eoo- tawM gout Mr. axtdif roognig award. j.err.w. a rVrf Jru 4awi & 4 V ' .VI .-. Ml V'r r i f I I SATURDAY. DECEMBER .5. OBITUARY. MR. E. H. JONES. Mr. Smart Bayden Jonaa, who died at Orange, was a member of a Oranvtll family, whoa people tint settled at Oranvlll about M year ago. Mr. Jones wa connected with th teaching staff of th Education Depart ment for yeara. He wa. a Rugby Union J pwjcr nv H luimni oj m wrauw MR. W. A. HOGG. Mr. William Alexander Hogg, of Messrs. Hogg Bros., time merchants, of Sussex-street, died on Tuesday afternoon, aged 13 year. He ant. his brother, who died a few months ago. carried on the business which was established by their father In 1850. The funeral took place on Wednesday afternoon. The remain were Interred In the Presbyterian portion of Rookwood Cemetery. The chief mourners were Messrs. Joseph and Arthur Hogg (brothers), and Messrs. Herbert, Roy, Norman, Eric. Frank, ai Lei Hogg (nephew). MR. GEORGE WRIDE. Mr. George Wrlde died at hi residence at Gordon-road. Gordon, recently, aged 64 year. tu Wrlde tn 1900 founded the Country Press Association, of which he became the nrst sec- nwij. .c icuuim mi.i uuice lur lour ymi a, ! but relinquished It In order to devote his time ito his advertising agency. Later on he ex tended his commercial interest, and at the time of hi death he was manaarina director of the Hotel Grand Central. Mr. Wrlde was an enthusiastic Freemason. He was a past-master of Lodge Tranaullllty (Sydney) and was a foundation member of Lodge Gordon (Orrrirm). He Is survived by txu. wnue ana lamuy. MRS. ANNIE LUCAS. The death has occurred of Mrs. Annie Lucas, wife of Mr. Walter H. Lucas. Island Inspector for Burns. Phllp, and Company for ',, j jtnio, biiu inter cnairman oi tne CJt proprlatlon Board at RabauL SENIOR-SERGEANT CAMPBELL. Benior-serffeant ArrhthnM n.mnhit aa at hi home, Stonefleld. Cooma. He was the elder son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Donald Campbell, pioneers of Warialda. where he wa born and lived nntU he Joined the police force at the age of 24 years. He saw service at Bourke, Ooodooca, Angledool. Come-by-Chanc. Walgett, Young. Burro wa, and Cooma. At the time of his death he wa on extended leave before retiring at the end of the year. He 1 survived by a widow, five sons, and one daughter. MR. W. S. HARKNESS. . Mr- W. 8. Harkneas, who died at hi residence, LUlanfela, Carlotta-road, Double Bar on Thursday aged 89 yeara. had been In bwl-ness at Bondl Junction as a real estate agent of th.J!SSa, toW"'- he was "son mJ2.ui i iSr- JShn Harl". of the Com-merclal Banklne Cnmnanv nt c,.n , . pearly life was a member of the firm of Pymln, Harkness, and Co., merchant, in Clarence-street. Mr,... a JT. J" ?lei JETS Instrumental In having between 3000 Duul m " eastern suburbs within 20 years. Mrs. Harkness, four sons, end three daughters survive. .tTmJ'!miJ!S ,ake place th" gflemoon at Waverley eemeterr. MRS. LOUISA RAYMENT. Mr. Louisa Ravment AmA mt nn.t-. . ley-street, Penshurst, last week, at the age of 1. The widow of the late Mr. John Rayment, she came to Sydney from England with her husband and family 51 year ago. and lived for years at Letchhardt and at Wllloughby. For the last two mm h hoh i.u her son at Penshurst Two sons survive. Mr IV ' ie ttauway service, and Mr ,W"1,ir Sfnent, late of the Commercial f"1""1"". oi oyoney. The rector of Penshurst. Rev. W. J. Ridden. nfflplaM "Jce In the church, and Rev. Canon Begble - g.avcoiue tn urare niu cemetery. MR. WALTER JACKSON. mr. waiter Jackaon. rettrM. f.nw .. grader, son of the late Mr. Thomn .i.vtAn of Bogan Gate, died at his residence In High-gate-road, Llndfleld, recently. In 1907 he married the eldest daughter of the late Mr George Groves, of the Government Printing Office. The funeral took place at the Nothern Suburbs cemetery, the service being conducted by the Rev. T. J. McDonald. The chief mourner were: Mr. Jackson (widow), Mr. Morton W. Jackson (son), Mr. and Mr. Arthur Jackaon, Mr. Albert Jackaon, and Miss L. Jackson. MR. JOHN HILL. Th remains of the late Mr. John HllL who for more than 40 years wa prominent In public life In the Cronulla district, were Interred In the Church of England portion of Woronora cemetery yesterday. The graveside service wa conducted by Mr. Charle Kelr, assisted by Rer. J. 8. Scott, and the Masonic service wa taken by W.M. Bra. Pentraae. The paU-bearera were Past Ma, ters Tonkin, Shaw, Hand, and Begley. The chief mourners were Mrs. Hill (widow), Messrs. James, John, and William Hill (sons). Misses Edith, Rose, Katie, and Alice HM, Mr. Ferguson, and Mr. Warr (daughter), Mr. Kate Morris (sister), Messrs. Perguson and Warr (sons-in-law), Messrs. P, J and G. Harris (brothers-in-law). The Sutherland Shire Counen was represented by Councillors Shaw (president). Cook. Wilson. Hand, and Monro. The St Oeoro District Hospital committee was represented by airs. Hayton, and the Cronulla Parents and CKUen's Association by Mrs. Simpson, others present wtre: Past Masters Wor. Bros. Souter and Hay. Captain Symons. Sergeant McNeil. Messrs. Bennett t. Cooper. Baker, O. R. winKwortn. Haroia winawortn. HcrDerc wmxwortn. Hamin Bales, 1. and a. Henna. J. and a. amid. w- Bums. r. Austin. T. Rosa. w. kuierden. A. L Prancla, D. LawraniM. W. Chamberlain. MR. H. E. KERRY. NEWCASTLE, Friday. The death ha occurred of Mr. H. E. Kerry, bandmaster of the Merewether Municipal Band of the Newcastle district school bands. Mr. Kerry was for many year bandmaster of the Newcastle City Band, then perhaps the leading band In Australia. The band won championship under Mr. Kerry' direction at Baiiarat, ipawicn, and Sydney. The funeral took place this afternoon tn the Church of England cemetery. Sandgat. The procession waa headed by massed bands, which nlaved Mr. Kerry favourite hymn. Mr. Joseph Hawkins represented the New South Walea Band Association, and Mr. R Dawson, the Musicians' Union. Mrs. Kerry and a son, Mr. Ernest Kerry, mrava. WAGE REDUCTIONS. RESTORATION SOUGHT. MELBOURNE. Friday Argument took place before the Full Court of the Arbitration Court to-day. when a number of unions applied for a revocation of the order reducing their wages by 10 per cent. In some eases It was asked that the order should be made to apply as far as the reduc tlon made the wages lower than the employers were prepared to pay originally, une advocate argued that the order waa a "nullity." and the question at once arose whether the Court had any oower to art a nullity atd. Judgment was reserved on the application by the Wool and Baall Worker' Federation The hearing of the appllcatlct by the Rope and Cordage Worker' Onion waa adjourned for 14 day. On an aDDlicaUoo by th Australian Theatrt cal and Amusement Employees' Association lor th setting aside or ui oraer ao tar as It exceeded the ambit ot the dispute. Mr. J. C. Lanale (for various moving picture Interests) aid that hi client had not served a log and therefore the point that the? were oaUMr th ambit of the dispute could not apply. This point was upnera. ana sir. uingiey Clients, representing about 184 moving picture theatre. were discharged from the case. Judgment wo reserved on toe otner applications. STRIKE THREAT At BROKEN KILL. BROKEN RILL. FTldaT. ' Member of tha Public Works Department Maff who ar members of th Englnedrlvers' Union recently protested to th Minister for PUB1M work (Mr. oavldeon) against th re ductlon of their wage In common with other ruon ervania At a meeting tney decided to Inform Mr. Davidson that If h did not restore uie rorrner wage, tney would with, draw from work on Saturday. December 19 Mr. Davidson ha replied calling for a report which will take longer to supply tha a th Um aiiowea oy in union. nlon. Thl sray man thai wlUwul a watar supply and um town WU1 D Um glaa will a abut aawa. 1931. IMPOSING BUILDING. Bank of New South Wales. OPENING OF NEW HEAD OFFICE. The opening of th George-street entrance , th, nMd offlct of tn, of south Wales has enabled the general public to realise bow much this imposing edifice has added to the architectural beauty of the city. Tha building Is a city tandmarlc. and In ternally It has many features novel In banking architecture tn Australia. For Instance, the main entrance from George-street U the largest but one of any banking chamber In the world. The exception Is the entrance to the Federal Reserve Bank, New York. The bronze framework on the entrance was de signed and manufactured In Sydney. Including the blue enamel Insets which artistically relieve the masslveness of the framework, which is IB feet wide and 38 feet hleh. The banking chamber Is believed to be the largest of Its kind In Australasia, If not In the world, where the outlook is not blocked by a series of supporting columns. This chamber wnen completed will be 18 leet lone, wiin an average width of 73 feet. By the ingenious use of stanchions and girders 13 feet 6 Inches deep and S feet A Inches wide the span of 75 feet baa been successfully made without Intermediate pillars. Each stanchion and girder baa a margin of over 33 per cent, above the ordinary safety margin. The mezzanine floor la suspended from these huge girders. The only pillars which Intercept the eye. as one enters from Oeor Re-street, are those at the entrance from Wynyard-street, and these only partially impair the view right to the extreme end of the banking chamber. The portion of the chamber reserved for general public use will be entirely free from obstruction by pillars. Another novel feature is the simple yet effec tive methods which have been devised Lo defeat attempts by snatch thieves to get at bulk money In the possession of the tellers. The large money will be kept in receptacles In steel drawers, and the loose money on the counter Is shielded behind grilles, topped with steel so that no person could reach over the top and snatch a bundle of notes. There are no grilles directly In front of the teller, so that he will be In close touch with the customers during business transactions. The Interior of the bank Is finished In a sienna colour, this being specially selected owing to the soft glow which It throws over eitner natural or artmciai ugni, ana wnicn experts say is particularly easy for the eyes. The main cornicing la of specially selected Italian marble, and the large Intervening wall spaces have been covered with a synthetic marble facing of a corresponding tone. This blending of the natural with the artificial has been done so satisfactorily and artistically that, on a superficial examination. It Is hard for the inexperienced eye to aistinguisn between uie two. Marauders would have an exceedingly diffi cult Job to enter the outer chamber of the Bank of New South Wales' strongroom, and even having got that far they would have still greater aimcuity in penetrating to tne aaie deposit chamber. A steel grille shutter closes the entrance to the corridor of the strongroom. Two men, with different keys, art required to open this door. The gateway to the entrance to the strongroom Is controlled by an electric motor directed by a selected official. Without this motor the gateway cannot be opened. Entrance to the strongroom proper Is through a door with four combination locks, which It takes eight men to operate two with special keys each for each lock. Even then the door can only be opened at the special times indicated on the time clock, which operates for any period up to 120 hours. Thus on a Friday preceding a Saturday and a Monday holiday the door can be set to be opened at a particular hour on the Tuesday morning It can be opened at no other time except by the makers. This oarticular door is 3 feet 6 inches thick. It weighs 20 tons. It has 16 locking bolts, each four Inches In diameter six on each side and two each at top and bottom. Safes for use by companies In the strongroom have each a combination lock and a guardian key. These safes can only be opened by two persons, each with separate keys, as representing the company, and a bank official with a guardian key. Individual safes have also similar special precautions to prevent their being opened by unauthorised persons. Ingenious locking arrangements In the cubicles enable users of the strongroom or safes to examine articles or Roods being deposited with out the possibility of disturbance or danger. A scientific arrangement of mirrors throughout the strongroom permits the officials In charge to keep a watchful eye on the movements of all persons within that room at any particular time. The new premises, which, when comDteted. will have cost upwards of 750,000, are ex- peciea to oe nnisnea oy tne ena oi FeDruary. Mr. A. C. Davidson, general manager, stated yesterday that the directors were particularly pieasea witn tne structure tnat nad been de signed and bunt for them under the super vision of Messrs. Robertson and Marks, architects. HEADMASTER RETIRES. " Mr. John M. Edmunds. Mr. John M. Edmunds. B.A.. headmaster- of the Cleveland-street Intermediate High School, win retire from the public service this month after 47 years' teaching work in the Education Department. Mr. Edmund commenced as a pupil' teacher at the Surry Hill South Public School In ISM. Of the schools In which ha ha given useful service, the most Important are those at Denlllquln, Tumut, Inverell. Tamworth, Broken Hill, utngow, Tempe, ana, sine iw.o, Cleveland-etreet N.Z. ELECTIONS. TEN SEATS IN DOUBT. (WTLUNOTON (N.Z . Ptlday. vmnAWim th cnuntinff of absentee and aea- mni tnrM thmrm mrm tn WfAtM Still doubtful including tnai oi me peaner oa winnc Statham). It Is stated that It Sir Charles Statham holds his majority orer his Labour opponent, an appeal to upset the poll will be kxiffed on tne arnuna oi lrrcKumruj. Th nmhhiltrw of an anneal la also ported In connection with the Auckland seat won oy mt. oenramm umwwr. Tht Cabinet will meet early next week. RAILWAY AND TRAMWAY EISTEDDFOD. The Railway and Tramway Institute's annual eisteddfod commenced at the Institute Hall yesterday, attracting a large number of entrants Results: BI.H aala, tlto OHM aitlrt rTFI fl P f I ' lwttV flTlfDW aard .Woonnnat. 80 polnti. 1; CT!M Huthe- iwoonatiat. potnta. I Piano 1010 (tun " and under. rtrlctrdt; John Sullivan jBi'lff olnta, 1; Owtn Mobb (Drummoyntl. points . 1. folln tola lelftht rear and under t: Melra Hay don Neutral Bavi. 04 points. 1; Cim Mormon istraih-neldi. ai oolnu. 3: Don ftbadbolt, 3. JuvenlVa aholrs: BJey Rainbow (90 poinui 1: at. Marj'i OMes.aitHt fun nnlnti 9: ChatHwOoa 103 DOlntll. !- .amiith i no anintai. I: St. Phis IBS oolntsl 2. Rtinbow (Bfl polnttt. J. Vtohn solo: Davis Morrison istriilrtftetdt, 79 points. 1; Jcm Orlffln, 7B nniniav 9 Recitation (four Tears and undr: bflrrrn Woaka ,Hurlmi, H polnti, 1; Edna Cameron (Balmoral. 77 points, I. Kocttauon (lht trari and under : uiaays wnuin i tieimore.. nointt 1- Mftrv H II drier (AnhfVldt. 80 DOlntS. Recitation (tight yeara and under i : Norma Units (Punchbowl,, bp points. i; Muarte uurriagton YOUNG STOWAWAYS. NEWCASTLE. PrtdaT. Two Newcastle boys aged lea than 16 yean who disappeared from their homes a few week ago hare now been traced to Thursday blind. Tnev had towd away aboard th steamer Perseus, which, with a cargo of coal aboard. left Newcastle with the Intention ot making nanita ii an port 01 oau, , i - 5 aw- rv. s v- rraae-tv JS r f, t - rt's Jf y l 4JEr'' V vwv . ,TvV" a, ,4 f . 'Vll J .' SS'.' i Sir" 1 BOY MUSICIAN. Examiners Astonished. ADELAIDE, Friday. A nine-year-old boy musician, Philip Har- greaves, of Burnslda, ft auburn ox Adelaide, has gained ft scholarship for the most outstanding musician in grades 1 and 3 of the University Conserratorlum examination. Entrants for the examination are usually between 1A and 20 yeara When the child was examined some time ago by Professor Laver. of Melbourne, and Dr. Harold Daviea, of the Adelaide Conservator! um, they were astonished. That waa two years ago, when Philip Hargreavea had been learning the pianoforte for only 1ft months. Professor Laver stated that when the boy was examined bv the Australian Musical Examina tion Board the examiners agreed that It was an antl-cltmax even to award mar as. mis performance was prodigious. WKn th bov's nrosresa had reached ft certain stage and needed every attention his tutor (Miss Garnaut, fell seriously UL When her life waa despaired of she bad her bed teken into the music room beside the piano, so that his tuition could go on unhindered. Though Miss Garnaut is ft til an Invalid ihe gives him daily tuition. DAIRY COMPANIES. Proposed Federation in Queensland. BRISBANE. Friday. Delegate of ahareholders of co-operative dairy companies met to-day to consider proposals that have followed allegations that fac-trov managers had received secret commission. Mr. T. F. Plunkett, M L. A.. uggested that it waa an oooortune time to consider the amalgamation of all the butter factories in Queensland. A motion was carried that a federation of companies be established to deal with matters affecting the interests of Industry a a whole, or that, by agreement, the companies authorise the Queensland Butter Board to do so. A motion, that the payment of railway freight or a subsidy for the carriage of cream should be eliminated, was carried. Mr. Plunkett submitted the following motion: "That It be a recommendation to the Butter Board that It Investigate the question of obviating the possibility of anyone associated with the Industry receiving payment with regard to the direction of supplies." He said that If the motion waa carried It would remove any suspicion that managers, directors, or anybody else were getting commission for sending butter to any particular agent. The motion wa carried unanimously. EXCHANGE. GRAZIERS' VIEWS. MELBOURNE. Friday. -The view of graziers on exchange has always been that the rate should be left to the law of supply and demand." stated the president of the Graziers' Association of Victoria and the vice-president of the Wool-growers- Council (Mr. B. G. Dalilel Kelly) tonight. He was referring to the action of the Commonwealth Bank In taking control of ex change and reducing the rate by 5 per 100. If left to the law of supply and demand," said Mr. Dalzlel Kelly, "exchange would find it own level without any artificial Interference or attempts at pegging a rate. While we feel that a drop In the exchange rate may cause a small drop In the price we receive for our wool, we realise that, with exchange finding lis own level, Australia's general position will be so much the better, and that we shall share In the general Improvement, the exchange position being to a large extent the measure of Australia's stability. One thing the graziers would like to see under the present condition Is a definite statement by the bank that the rate will remain unaltered until the end of December. The buyers would then know their position for two or three weeks ahead. Instead ot having the Commonwealth Bank fixing the rate from week to week. Woolbuyers hesltato to buy wool now for fear that there may be a further drop In the rate In a weea. CHARGE OF MURDER. Man Committed for Trial. BRISBANE. Friday. In the Htighenden Police Court to-day James Andrew Mansfield appeared on remand charred with the wilful murder of Ralph Lln- tcn at Maiden springs, unuaieign ram, on November 18. Bergcant Honan said he saw Linton before he died. Linton said: "I am no good, sergeant. Mansfleld shot me. That Is alL" Later Mansfield said: "That I right. If I had not anot mm ne woma nave snot me. aiansneia said he saw Linton moulding bullets. He thought Linton would be dangerous and shoot someone, so he decided to get Linton's rifle. Linton chased and caught him punching him on the mouth. Linton took the rifle from him and covered him with It. Mansfleld grasped his own rifle and turned towards Lin ton. He aimea tne nne ana puueu ine trigger. Mansfleld pleaded not guilty, and reserved hi defence. He was committed for trial. FISHMONGER'S WILL. Strange Direction. MELBOURNE. Friday. The caveat lodged by Marlon Halse, widow. against the granting of probate of the will of William Edwin Halse. fishmonger, of Baiiarat, came before Mr. Justice McArthur. Testamentary incapacity was the ground of the caveat. Halse left an estate of the net value of 3248611, and he left his wife "5 to buy a book In which to WTlte down all the lies she ha told about me," To three of hi four children be left the remainder of the estate for their maintenance, education, and support, until the youngest reached the age of 30 yars, when the remainder was to be divided among them. An adjournment waa granted to enable tne parties to discuss terms of settlement, and It was announced later that a settlement had been reached. SOLICITOR CHARGED. Alleged Misappropriation. ALBtJRT, Friday. Albert Jace Cuneo, 38 years, an Albury "ollc.tor, was arrested on a charge ol having. at Aioury oetween Apm, ana August, 1931. collected about 500 upon terms re quiring him to pay Leslie Lewi Craig that sum, ana tnat ne rrauauientiy misappropriated th. money to his own use. Cuneo went to the police station yesterday and said that he heard he waa wanted. A warrant for his arrest waa read. He was luken Ister to the Albury Police Court, where he wa charged before Mr. C. W. Swlney. P.M. r.'.r. u. w. Manning, tor uuneo, applied ror ball, which was granted. The case waa called at tne police court this morning, when uircner remana to uecemo" 14 was granted Hal was grsnted In 100. ALLEGED SHORTAGE. Dairy Society's Funds. CASINO. Friday. A special meetlna of ahareholdera of the Ca.lno Co-operative Dairy Society ha been caueo wj consiaer an anegea snortage In me society's funds, and action taken by th dine-tor In that regard. One official of the society waa dismissed by the boerd and another waa suspended as a result of an Investigation of the accounts by tha auditors. A sum of 00, it I alleged. I missing. DEBT CONVERSION. MELBOURNE, Friday. Tha Premier (Mr. Hogan) said to-day he understood that regal opinion had been given that It waa only necessary for the Federal Parliament to approve the Debt Conversion Bill No. 2, and that Its rejection by Tasmania would not affect It enforcement. MOUNTAIN TRAIN DELAYED. Th train from th Mountain which generally arrive In Sydney at 1.4 am. arrived about M mmtite lata yesterday morning, ow ing to an accident to a goods train between Klngawood and Bt. Mary. Part of th draw-gear of en of tha trucks mapped, and the truck wa towed to Bt. Mary, where It was left for repair. Tn paisenger train from the Mountain had to wait until thl wa dona. 17 TWO MEN WOUNDED. . . -' W Quarrel at Mascot. Following a quarrel In the backyard of hi home at atclntosh-street. Mascot, last night. Robert Edward Harris and John Foley wer both wounded by shotgun pellet. Robert Aubrey Harris. 30, son of Robert Edward Harris, waa later arrested by Detective Ltnahan and officers of the wireless patrol. He wa formally charged with maliciously shooting at the two men. Both of the wounded men were taken by th Central District Ambulance to the Royal South Sydney Hospital, but their wound are not serious. The police were Informed that lately thera has been considerable family friction In th Harris family, and that tht culminated In a quarel lut night, during which a shot wa fired. Robert Edward Harris 1 a well-known tripe merchant, and Foley la one ot bis em ployee. THE UNIONS. ATTITUDE TO LANG PLAN. Members of the committee of management of the Water Board Employees' Union ar divided on the question ol allegiance to th Lang plan. A special meeting wa held to give members an opportunity of declaring themselves. The secretary and assistant secretary, Messrs. W. Macpherson and R. Savage respectively, anncunced that they were supporting the Lang pUn, but the president. Mr. L. Kirkwood. refused to sign the plan. The majority of members favoured the plan and carried a resolution to tlm effect, but It waa decided to take no action with regard to the matter for a fortnight. WAGE REDUCTIONS OPPOSED. Objection was taken at a meetlns nf tha Waterside Workers' Federation to reduction In wages due to the cost of living variation. Speakers declared that, whereas they formerly received 44 a day, they now received only 16. They argued that because of the lntermlttency of their work they should not be subject to th cose or living aeciarations. it was decided to place the representation of the meeting before the Federal Government. TRAMWAY EMPLOYEES. Alderman T. Donohue. Mayor of Waterloo, has been elected president of the Tramway Employees' Union. RESTORATION OF WAGES SOUGHT. MELBOURNE, Friday. In an application lodged In th Arbitration Court the Australian Institute of Marin and Power Engineer asked that the order by which the wages of members wer reduced by 10 per cent, should be let aside. It asked that tha order should be revoked In so far as It take the award outside the ambit of the original dispute. Applications for a similar purpose have also been lodged by tha Federated Ship Painters and Dockers' Union of Australia, and the Australian Coachmakera Employee' Federation. In these cases thera 1 no reference to the ambit of the dispute. Arrangements have been made by the Sea men's Union to lodge an early application with the Arbitration Court for the restoration of the 10 per cent, reduction in the wages ot members of tile union. MEN TO CEASE WORK AT BROKEN HILL. BROKEN HILL. Friday. Englnedrlvera and other employees of th Public Works Department engaged at the local reservoir threaten to cease work on Saturday week unless certain made. It Is stated that the Minister for Works (Mr. Davidson) has refused to accede to the men's demands. About 40 men ore concerned. PARLIAMENT OF W.A. Referendum Bill. . PERTH, Friday. The first Session nf the fniirtA.n.h t3vii. fent of Western Australia Is expected to finish The Legislative Council rejected by one rota the Arbitration Act Amendment Bill to give employers and employees the right to check the State Statistician's cost of living figures Managers from both Houses are now discussing the fate of the Secession Referendum Bill, which the Council amended to Impose a time limit of six months In which the referendum must be taken. A further conference will take place on tha Financial Emergency Act Amendment Bill, which Is designed to apply to complete Industries the variation of awards granted to individual employers by the Arbitration Court. DOUBLES TOTE. Conspiracy Alleged. .. . ADELAIDE, Friday. Detectives who have hMn tnV..,i.i- alleged discrepancies In the dividends of the doubles tote at Tallem Bend to-day arrested a man on a charge of conspiracy. The official report from the machine after Ethornwav had wnn th. rirsf. . .i Trial stakea on Saturday and thus provided ... .w..u ,cn ui me oouoie, was tnat seven ticket had been Issued on the horse. The efili l0,r. lne ,1oubta wa announced aa 2344. It la alleged, however, that two racegoers were not convinced that eevea xk.. .i"!.. uktn out on Ethomway. They staled that the one which they had taken between them waa the third and last Issued. ASSAULT AND ROBBERY. Two Cases Reported. Two remarkable ajumiitt. . ., gated by detectives last night. The first occurred at Ultimo, CecU Werry, of Npolfo" Sl?'u.,?ll":l' reporting that he had been robbed In U tlmo-road. Werry said that ha was surrounded by nve men and three youna women. He was seized and hie pockets rifled. know his aasatlanta. The other case wa reported by Malcolm Mclnnes, of Argyle-place, Miller' Point, who . d . TM wlklng "ong Caatlereagh- street, city, when a man run out of a residential and declared that a woman had fainted, Mclnne wa asked to come to the rescue, and, ........, c iuicu .ut ne aouDiea wnetner he could be of any help, he entered the premises with the stranger. In the hallway he waa seized and robbed of his gold watch and chain, and about 8 In cash. Then he wa Hung out Into the street again. He waa treated at Sydney Hospital for a wound under on eye. SPEED CAR. Preparations in N.Z. AUCKLAND. Friday. A cfvlo reception will be tendered to Mr. Norman Smith and Mr. Don Harkness, oa Tuesday, on their arrival from Sydney, to prepare for the land np?ed record atfmpt. A three-axle Bedford motor truck, specially constructed at Wellington, Is now In Auckland In readiness for transporting the racing car from Awnnul. near K ait la. to a garage on the Ninety Mile Beach. The car will be taken from Auckland to Awsnul by sea. ROAD TRANSPORT. National Body Formed. With the object of securing absolute unity among the bodies Interested In rosd transport, a conference waa held on Thursday between the Commercial Transport Federation of Aua-trails and the Transport Protection Committee. As a result, a new body was formed, to be called the Modern Transport Federation of Australia, and a provisional commute Bu elected. The new organisation will organise on a national basis propaganda aimed at securing the repeal or amendment of legislation hampering transport. PRESERVATION OF SCENERY. Addressing th local government and highways branch of the Institute of Engineer lut night, Mr. John D. Tipper, president and founder of the Ranger' League, appealed to the branch members to us their Influence to preserve natural scenery, especially tree, Mr. Tipper suggested the establishment of a Commonwealth bureau, which would recommend trees most suitable for varying locallt:ea and puiuuac. aa required by Oovemment department. Corpora t bodies, and p rival Individual. , ' ' ' I -il't ;r .vi x. !0 l.t)!-r .ir.U-t-Li

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