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WHAT MAKES A BEST SELLER? [Newspaper Article] — The Maitland Mercury — 28 December 1939
WHAT MAKES A BEST SELLER?. There is a mystery about best sell ers. What is there in Ethel M. Dell or Charles Garvice or Nat Gould or Marie Corelli that their work should be much more read in their genera tion than books not only of greater worth but much more interesting? (asks the 'Observer'). One has only to glance through a best-seller of twenty years ago to see what a fickle and unaccountable thing is public taste. '
MISINTERPRETATION [Newspaper Article] — The Maitland Mercury — 28 December 1939
MISINTERPRETATION A young candidate for the navy was being put ? through a general knowledge test by a board of ad mirals. 'What kind of animals eat grass?' one of them asked. The candidate fidgetted and stared out of the window, but said nothing. 'J'he question was repeated, but he still remained dumb. 'Surely,' said one of the examin ers kindly, 'you can answer a sim ple question like that. I will repeat it. What kind of animals eat grass?' 'Animals ' gasped the boy. 'I thought you said 'admirals'!'
THE LEAGUE Survey of Nations PRE-WAR POSITIONS [Newspaper Article] — The Maitland Mercury — 28 December 1939
THE LEAGUE Survey of Nations PRE-WAR POSITIONS The September number of the League of Nations Bulletin of Statistics — a periodical survey of world business — contains special information on trade, stocks of primary commodities, primary and industrial production, and building activit3r, which illus trates the economic conditions obtaining before the outbreak of war. World production of Industrial raw materials of mineral origin, which declined considerably between 1937 and the middle of 1938, had since Increased rapidly. During the 12 months ending Juno or July this year, petroleum output increased by 8 per cent., coal 13 per cent., pig iron and steel by 34 per cent, and 31 per cent, respectively, and zinc by 11 per cent. The output of copper, the monthly information on which is less complete, appears to have been some 6 per cent, lnrger in May this year than in May, 1938. World manufacturing production (ex cluding the U.S.S.R.) increased, ac cording to the League index, by about 19 ...
AN EMBLEM OF SOVEREIGNTY [Newspaper Article] — The Maitland Mercury — 28 December 1939
AN EMBLEM OF SOVEREIGNTY The ceremony of Coronation, and the use of the crown as an emblem ! Vpf sovereignty, are of great an tiquity. From tlie Bible we learn . that Solomon and Ahaziah were crowned. Among the Greeks a kind of crown was awarded to the victors in public games, and to citizens of special merit, Coronation, with sub stantial privileges, was a frequent reward of valour among the ancient Romans. In Westminster Abbey, against the altar screen, stand the .two Coronation chairs of the sover eigns of England. One, the king's chair, covers the 'Stone of Des tiny,' carried off ? from Scone, in Scotland, by Edward I., in 1296. The .other, the consort's chair, was con structed for the Coronation of Mary. ;wife of William II. Both are still used at Coronations. ?
FASHION NOTES [Newspaper Article] — The Maitland Mercury — 28 December 1939
FASHION NOTES Outstanding among the early black frocks is one of Myrna Loy's, which is in black dull crepe with hips swathed by the wide bands of mat erial, which knot and fall at the front like an Oriental dancer's draperies. It is buttoned from a high neckline to the edge of the bodice, which comes well below the hips. The long tight sleeves repeat the tiny rows of sell'-covered buttous. The star also strikes a new note in the accessories and deviates from the conventional black in favour of royal blue. Her profile heret hat is in a bright blue velvet with stiff black lacquered quill, and matching gloves and bag. Her shoes are in black suede and hose in a rich amber. Strong preference for vividlycol oured evening suits was shown over seas recently at a mannequin par ade. This was one worn by a man nequin in dahlia red crepe, fashioned a dramatic dinner suit with a pencil slim skirt. The biottse was in match ing red chiffon embroidered all over in gold leaves. A hip-length coat of ...
Best Contribution To The War [Newspaper Article] — The Maitland Mercury — 28 December 1939
Best Contribution To The War 'The' Dominions can make their greatest contribution to Great Britain In the war by en suring regular supplies of first class food to Britain.' This statement was made by Mr. C. F. Anderson, chief poul try adviser to the South Austra lian Government and the Fed eral Government's representative at the recent world poultry con gress at Cleveland, United States, on his return after a world tour. He also said that this effort could be backed up by Increased production In Australia, New Zealand, and elsewhere. 'I spent some time In England discussing the war situation with food experts,' said Mr. Ander son. 'They impressed on m'; the Importance they attached to the arrival of food from the Empire during tho war. We should rea lise In Australia that the British people, who are In the front line in the war of nerves, must have the best food we can produce. That will be half the battle.'
SPECIAL WAR WORK OF THE RED CROSS SYDNEY, Thursday. [Newspaper Article] — The Maitland Mercury — 28 December 1939
SPECIAL WAR WORK OF THE RED CROSS SYDNEY, Thursday. The honorary director of the New South Wales Red Cross War Appeal, Mr. Blythe, stated that donations were now being sought for the special war work of the Red Cross, which was being done in addition to Its normal activ ities. The Red Cross's peace-time work, consisted of caring for sick former soldiers, and sick dependants of for mer soldiers, and also for civilians In New South Wales suffering fiom. tuborculosis. - ; Its now responsibilities included the provision of comforts and medical : supplies to hospitals at militaiJ camps, and to men of the Australian forces serving abroad. For this pi'' : pose It was necessary to maintain tha V.A.D. organisation. 'The financial domands on the Red ; Cross are now exceptionally lie inl and these can only be mot by tho ; prompt and generous subscriptions , from all supporters of the Red Cross 5 Society,' Mr. Blythe added. i The fund now. totals £21,564/11/- 3
FAIR RENTS ACT. First Newcastle Case RENT INCREASED NEWCASTLE, Thursday. [Newspaper Article] — The Maitland Mercury — 28 December 1939
FAIR RENTS ACT First Newcastle Case RENT INCREASED NEWCASTLE, Thursday. In the first Fair Rents applica tion in Newcastle under the Act of 1939, Mr. Soane, S.M., to-day fixed ills rent of a house at 2/6 a week ai-ove the rental now be ing paid fur it. Mrs. Edith Sarah Paskett, of Car rington-street, Mayfield, asked the Court to fix the weekly rental of a house occupied by Rr^J~I? Charles Ovenden at No. 15 Beaumont-street, Isington, the present rental being £1 a week. The building is a four roomed wooden cottage having also a kitchen, a laundry and a bathroom, and Mrs. Paskett is the owner. The Valuer-General had, on Decem- ber 8, 1939, assessed the improved capital value at £450, unimproved capital value £247, and assessed an- nual value £42. The S.M., in fixing the improved capital value at £475, said his exper ience of the Valuer-General was that he underestimated the improved cap ital value. The value, £475, was ar rived at after allowing for rates, re pairs and insurance. The re...
Social News [Newspaper Article] — The Maitland Mercury — 28 December 1939
Social News Mrs. J. Brand and son Peter, of Merriwa, are holidaying in Sydney until the new year. Miss M. Brown, of Sydney, iB holi daying in Maitland with her sister, Mrs. F. W. Read. Mrs. Fred. Whitten and family, of Murrurundi, have chosen Manly for their holiday resort. Miss Margaret Campbell, of Roth bury, spent last week-end with her parents. Miss E. Hungerford, of South Ham ilton, is holidaying with relatives in Morpeth. Miss G. -Young, of Maitland, is holidaying at Bondi. Mr. and Mrs. Harper, of Merriwa, are holidaying in the city and expect to return home soon. Nola, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. P. H. Shelley, of Quirindi, has announced her engagement to Rich- ard Edwin, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Woodin, of Narrabri. Miss D. Corner, of West Maitland, is holidaying at her home in Swan sea. &nbsp; Miss Marorle Finlay, of Thorn- thwaite, is still in the Scone Scott Memorial Hospital. The engagement has been announc- ed of Miss Adrienne Young, only &...
GLEN WILLIAM Annual Christmas Ball SPLENDID SUCCESS [Newspaper Article] — The Maitland Mercury — 28 December 1939
GLEN WILLIAM Annual Christmas Ball SPLENDID SUCCESS The annual Christmas Ball, which was held In the Glen Wil liam Hall on Boxing Night, was a splendid success. A merry crowd tinnced to bright and snappy music, supplied by Part ridge's Orchestra, A delightful supper was supplied by tho ladies. Mr. D. Lawrence and Mr. F. Lear made efficient Ms.C., while Mr. A. Carlton was cashier, and Mr. G. Trappel and Mr. A. Ford had their places at the door. COLOURFUL FROCKING Misb Doris Trappel danced in petal pink sheer, gold trimmings, and black velvet coat. Miss Allie Trap pel looked dainty in a snowdrop white satin gown, trimmed and sash ed with baby blue ribbon and added a black velvet coat. Miss Ruby An derson (New Lambton) favoured a powder blue georgette gown with silver bow trimmings, and added a light blue coatee. Miss Helena Ban tster looked charming in pink sheer, black coat. Mrs. F. Lear danced in a black floral crepe gown, and wore pink accessories. . Miss E. Trappel I chose a gown ...
CYCLIST INJURED Collided With Cart NEWCASTLE, Friday. [Newspaper Article] — The Maitland Mercury — 29 December 1939
CYCLIST INJURED Collided With Cart NEWCASTLE. Fridav. When he collided with a cart while riding a bicycle in Nile-street, May field, to-day, Leonard Brent, 28, of Bay-street, Mayfield, suffered abra sions and contusions to the back, loft foot and concussion. Newcastle Ambulance conveyed him to New castle General Hospital, where he was admitted.
JOCKEY CAUTIONED [Newspaper Article] — The Maitland Mercury — 29 December 1939
JOCKEY CAUTIONED Prairie Chief, who started favour ite for the Wyong Handicap yester day, was slightly lame before the race, and had a pronounced limp after he had finished third to Beryl Joyce and Grand Billy. The stew ards reported that R. Perry, rider of Prairie Chief, was cautioned for allowing his mount to run in about 100 yards from tho winning post, causing slight interference to Mllan theon.
MINE DISPUTES Maitland Main And Neath CESSNOCK, Friday. [Newspaper Article] — The Maitland Mercury — 29 December 1939
MINE DISPUTES Maitland Main And Neath CESSNOCK, Friday. The dispute over the transfer of an ostler at Maitland Main Colliery from the Miners' Federation to the Colliery Mechanics' Association is still un settled. The lodge objected to the transfer of membership. An official stated yesterday that un less the ostler rejoined the federation the mine would not resume immedi ately after the holidays. There is still a doubt as to whether Neath Colliery will resume immedi ately after the holidays. Unless the management reinstates a wheeler who was dismissed the colliery will not resume.
TWO INJURED Car Smash At Hexham NEWCASTLE, Friday. [Newspaper Article] — The Maitland Mercury — 29 December 1939
TWO INJURED Car Smash At Hexham NEWCASTLE, Friday. A man and his wife were injured when the motor car in which they were passengers left the Maitland road, Hexham, and collided with a telegraph post, last night. Thomas Rankin, 50, of Heddon Greta, who was driving, suffered an injury to the right elbow and shock. Ethel Rankin, 49, of the same ad dress, suffered a fractured left knee cap, contusions to the forehead, an injury to the right shouldor, concus sion and shock. Mrs. Rankin was attended by New castle District Ambulance, and taken to Kurri Kurrl District Hospital.
German Trade In Europe AGREEMENT WITH RUMANIA PRESSURE ON DANUBIAN COUNTRIES [Newspaper Article] — The Maitland Mercury — 29 December 1939
GermaeTradele Europe I WITH RUMANIA fPRESSURE ON DANUBIAN | COUNTRIES kfDaily War Commentary Issued by the Department of Information) [? Nowhere has Germany's trade drive dur it; ing the past few years been so successful as in south-eastern Europe. At the outbreak of !: war she held a dominant; position in the im port and export trade of every Balkan coun try. She was, of course, greatly assisted - by the absorption of jv Austria and Czechoslovakia, which previously had been ser : ious competitors in the supply of industrial products to the ag : ricultural countries of south-eastern Europe. The outbreak of : I war and the cessation of Germany's oversea trade naturally 7j' led to increased economic pressure on the Danubian countries, - S which they are finding hard to resist. Rumania, as Europe's leading oil i jjroducer, is of particular importance to Germany. While oil forms less than four per cent, of Rumanian nat ional income, it provides 15 per cent, of tlie country's total budge...
LIBEL ACTION Actress Fails to Appear NEW YORK, Dec. 28. [Newspaper Article] — The Maitland Mercury — 29 December 1939
LIBEL ACTION Actress Fails, to Appear ('Mercury' Service) ? , NEW YORK, Dec. 2S. The actress, Miss Paulette God dard, has been subpoenaed by the State Supreme Court to give evi dence in a libel suit in which Joseph Levee is claiming 150.000 dollars from 'Colliers' Weekly' on the grounds that an article on Septem ber 2 implied that Levee was not lier father. The suit asserts that Levee is. Miss Goddanl's natural father and claims mental and physical suffering as a result of the article. Miss Goddard did not appear' and counsel for 'Colliers' Weekly' sought a citation for contempt of court.
HAND-TO-HAND FIGHTING IN NORTH FINNS ANNIHILATE TWO COMPANIES OF ENEMY TROOPS LONDON, Dec. 28. [Newspaper Article] — The Maitland Mercury — 29 December 1939
HAND-TO-HAND FIGHTING IN NORTH FINNS ANNIHILA TE TWO COMPANIES ? OF ENEMY TROOPS ('Mercury' Service) LONDON, Dec. 28. ; An official army announcement m Helsinki states that , hand-to-hand fighting marked the first Russian attempt to cross the Suvanto River, an im portant link in the defence of . the Mannerheim Line on the K arelian Isthmus. Two Russian companies were wiped out, but the cold slackened activities on the fronts. The resumption of the Russian push is expected with better weather. A Finnish communique dealing with the eastern frontier, records that pat rols were active on the north-east of Lake Ladoga, and that fighting is pro ceeding on Russian soil east ol! Pieles jarvi, ' where the Russians were push ed nearly -to Tuull on Lake Lavarre. The Finnish objective is Repoli, an important Soviet base 30 miles north west of the- frontier. One hundred thousand crack .troops i arrived on the isthmus to stilL'en the assault. The Soviet radio to-night appealing to the workers to ...