Christchurch, Oct. 24.
The new American cars used on the line are greatly admired. They are just being brought into use, and are far more convenient in every way than the old style of carriage. There is a revival at last in commercial circles. The general rise in sugar, grain, «&c., recently cabled, has had a beneficial effect, and this week’s commercial reports are quite cheering compared with what they have been for some months past. Arrived—Rangitikei, from London, all well, after a passage of 96 days. Fine weather, and no deaths among the immigrants, and scarcely any sickness. Dr Eadson is Surgeon Superintendent. The Rangitikei left Plymouth on the 10th July, crossed the equator on August 20, passed the Cape on the 18th September, and the Snares on the 18th October. The Ethel, from Manakau, has also arrived, and the Rosanna Rose, from Kaipara. Sailed—Cleopatra, for Oamaru. Dunedin, Oct. 24.
A serious accident happened on the Castle street tramway to-day to a man named Meldium, a drayman in the employ of Findlay and Co. In endeavoring to stop his horse, which took fright at the tram engine, he was knocked over and both his legs wore fractured. He sustained other injuries besides, and a fatal result is feared. Meldrum was conveyed to the hospital cn a bed-board and mattrass, carried by two Maori prisoners and a warder from the gaol.
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