By the Way.
Mataura Ensign, Rōrahi 15, Putanga 1286, 9 Haratua 1893, Page 4
By the Way.
Winter. Snow on the Mils. , And not far off the lower levels. The new Colonial Treasurer, the Hon. J. Gr. Ward, accorded a public reception at Invercargill on Saturday. The quantity of grain carried on the Southland section of the railways up to date is 236,280 sacks of oats. Appended is a lisfc,of stag killers m the Hawea district this season:— C. Turnbull, Wanaka, 4 stags; J. S. Handy side, Akito, North Island, 3; M. Xay, Christchurch, 3 ; Frank Egan, Christchurch, 2 ; E. Jennings, Dunedin, 2 ; J. Roberts, Dunedin, 1 ; Melville Gray, Timaru, 1 j — total, 16, The governors of the Wellington College and Girls' High School, are willing to sell their reserve at Tarafcahi, in the Wairarapa, to the Government. The Land Department valued the 65,100 acres at less than the governors asked, and the latter having accepted the valuation, the Minister for Lands will place a vote on the Estimates for the purpose. The Agent-General has forwarded to the Government details of the various experiments he has had made through a well known firm of paper manufacturers to test the suitability of phormium tenaz tow for paper-making. The results obtained so far are not as satisfactory as was expected. Further tests will be made with & larger quantity of tow. In the R.M. Court at Masterton, Peter Mortenser recovered from Jacob Hebberley money lost in gambling with dice. The case was brought under the English statute in force in . the colony, by which power is given to recover moneys lost in gambling with dice or cards providing the sum exceeds LlO. During last month the estates of 28 persons were placed under the charge of the Public Trustee, their values ranging from LI to L 1450. A cable message has been received from the Rev. Winnington Ingram, of the Oxford House, London, declining to be put in nomination for the Wellington Anglican bishopric at the forthcoming synod of the church. There is a rumor in circulation that Mr George Jones, proprietor and editor of the ' Oamaru Mail,' is to be appointed to the vacant office of Government Printer. There was an increase of 26 in the number of dairy factories last year, and Mr Sawers believes that another 26 will commence operations this year. Bishop Moran has proceeded to Te Aroha for the benefit of his health. A man sent five shillings to a London firm for "an easy way to get rid of old debts." In return he received the astonishing advice : " Pay them !" It has been estimated that each Saturday there are over 800 footballers playing in Dunedin and suburbs, and this is not counting the number of youngsters in the game. As showiug the hold that football has on the juvenile mind a youngster of four when asked by his parent what he intended becoming when a man lisped proudly, "A half-back, papa !" As an indication of the possibilities of the near future, it may be mentioned that the gentlemen who went from Dunedin to attend the funeral of the late Premier were landed in Wellington after ,a rail and steamer trip of twonty-three hours. On the Canterbury Plains the " special " sometimes travelled at the rate of forty-five miles an hour. * " Malua "in the ' Taieri Advocate ' of Saturday: I understand Mr J. Christie has the promise of a few horses from the Southland owners to train. He informs me that he intends residing permanently at Invercargili. The new fire-bell tower will shortly be set agoing by the Mayor, but due warning will be given to the burgesses that the alarm is a false one. It is reported that Mr E. H. Wilmot, of the Queenstown Survey office, and for some time engaged laying off blocks "at Mokoreta, is to be removed to Naseby as his headquarters. Kaitangata coal mine electrically lighted for the first time last week. ' Pegasus ' in the Invercargili morning paper : I saw the other day Mr Kelly's horse Comeaway, which ran so well in the Hurdles at the last Gore meeting, being hacked about. He appeared perfectly sound, but it was evident from his condition that he will not be asked to race at the Howells' Testimonial Meeting this month. With so few jumping horses as we now have in Southland it is to be regretted so good an animal should not be in training. The Mayor of Invercargili ha 3 issued a request to the burgesses to follow a course of conduct in their perambulations of pavements which is universally adopted in all large English communities, that is, to keep to the right hand side when passing one another. The following appears amongst Dunedin gossip in the ' Cromwell Argus, 1 but like the canny Scotchman we hae oor doots regarding its authenticity : " Strange whispers are current concerning one who took a prominent part in the last election fight inDunedin. A circumstantial account of his death has been received from " the other side " by his friends. Simultaneously a person appears in the colony as agent for one who performs in public, who is said by those who knew the. dead man thoroughly to be none other than the said dead man a good deal disguised. Further developments are awaited with interest," The gentleman referred to was in Gore last week. Dr Stewart is still in weak health. He made an attempt to conduct service at Knox Church on Sunday evening, bift was compelled to forego delivery of a sermon.