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The truth is that the war is impoverishing the whole world, and the waste of life and wealth is inconceivable. Everything grown or made by the hand of man is in short supply, and years will be required to fill the enormous vacuum. The scarcity of men or labour at a time when most needed means high wages, high prices, and a long period of industrial activity. Of course there will be times of depression, as well as grave impoverishment of some sections while upon all will be a crushing burden of debt. Difficulties at present unperceived are likely to develop, and recovery from war does not mean escape from all its losses. But, he adds, peace, when it does come, will find the United States elevated to a pre-eminence that would have required a generation to attain, had it not been for this cataclysm.
The highest flight yet made over Christchurch with a passenger was accomplished on Monday morning by Mr C. M. Hill, who took Mrs H. F. Wigram up to an altitude of 3000 feet in the 100hp instructional biplane in use at the flying school. Circling from the aerodrome to a height of 1500 feet, the machine gradually widened out in larger circles that carried it past Addington and finally over the Park and Hospital. At 3000 feet Mr Hill entered the clouds and remained in them for two or three minutes, finally taking a straight glide, without the engine, into the aerodrome. The wind high up was a strong easterly, but near the ground inclined south-westerly.
According to a northern exchange, the falling off in takings in the Auckland hotels during the holidays, on account of the curtailment of the hours during which liquor may be sold, has been very pronounced. One hotelkeeper in the northern city reckoned the reduction in his takings at 20 per cent. as compared with the previous Christmas Eve, while this year's takings on Boxing Day, New Year's Eve, and New Year's Day showed a decrease of 40 per cent.
Home science for all
Should the teaching of home science be confined to girls? ``No,'' said a delegate at the conference of the New Zealand Educational Institute in Wellington. He held that such teaching was almost equally necessary for both sexes. He would even go as far as to say no man or woman should be allowed to get married unless they could provide certificates to show that each had undergone a course. - ODT, 9.1.1918.