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Messrs Aoland, Campbell and Co.— This fiim announce that for the future their business in Ashburton will be carried on through the agency of Mr George Jameson, and for the future the auction sales of horses, &c., at the Bazaar will be held fortnightly, commencing on Saturday next, November 1. The stock sales at Tinwald and Ashburton will be carried on every fortnight as usual.
Timaku Show. —The Timaru Agricultural and Pastoral Show will be held today and to-morrow. The entries .are not so numerous as last year, and a summary of these will be found on reference to our telegraphic columns.
Fast Travelling.— The Union Company’s new steamer Rotomahana is keeping up her reputation of being the fastest boat in the colonies. Our telegraph advices state that she has arrived at Russel, north of Auckland, after a speedy passage of 3 days 11 hours. This is the quickest on record : the nearest we can recollect being made by the s.s. Otago some 13 years ago, when new, from Sydney to Nelson in 4 days 4 hours, with fair winds all the way.
The Or.n Men’s Home.—We understand it is the intention of a party of ladies and gentlemen to visit the Home, at an early date, for the purpose of providing an entertainment of a varied character for the old men. The appreciative manner in which the efforts of the same party were received on a former occasion leads us to infer that this visit will be anxiously looked for by the inmates. I. O. G. T.—At the weekly meeting of the Star of the East Lodge on Saturday evening in the Templar Hall, there was an unusually large attendance. There were no initiations, but several propositions for membership were made. The chief business of the evening was the election of officers for the quarter ensuing. Bro. St. Hill was elected to the Chief’s chair, and Bro. B. C. Smith to that of Vice Templar. The installation ceremony will be performed next Saturday evening, by Deputy Galloway, of the Tinwald Lodge. Amongst other items of business, a committee was appointed to aid in getting up an entertainment for the inmates of the Old Men’s Home on an early date.
Taranaki Iron.— We notice with pleasure that the Taranaki iron sand is at last likely to become of practical value. In our telegraphic columns will be found an account of the successful smelting of the sand and the casting of a superior quality of various articles, prominent amongst which are some bogie wheels for the railways. The numerous attempts which have been made to successfully work the iron sand have up till now been disastrous failures, and large sums of money have been sunk in endevoring to perfect some process by which the crude sand could be converted into pig iron. As the supply is unlimited there ought now to be a great future before Taranaki.
The Subscription Season. —The period of the year for shelling out has apparently arrived, judging by the number of subscription lists at present on the move, and a great .amount of firmness is required to say “no” to the numerous applications for half-crowns and guineas ; but the crop shows signs of increasing. There is the usual Ashburton Racing Club subscription, the Winslow Sports, the Ashburton Annual Sports, the Waterton Sports, all time honored and legitimate; and then come tea fights and subscriptions to various church funds ; demands for deserving charitable objects ; art unions, and a host of other deserving but expensive objects, which we would all like to help, but they seem to come in rather too compact a mass all at once.
Doctor for Rakaia. — A fairly attended meeting of residents in the town was held at the offices of Messrs R. McKerrow and Co., Rakaia, on Saturday evening, for the purpose of considering the course to be adopted to induce a properly qualified medical practitioner to reside in the district. Mr C. H. McLean was voted to the chair. The Chairman stated the object of the meeting, and spoke at some length on the absolute necessity existing, owing to the increase of population, for the residence at Rakaia of a properly qualified docto The delay in obtaining medical attendance from Ashburton—a distance of eighteen miles—is so great, particularly during the night and on Sundays, when no trains run, as in many instances to cause the friends of sufferers to run great risk. On the motion of Mr John Mann, seconded by Mr W. Hartnail, it was resolved —“ That the following gentlemen be written to, asking them to canvass their respective portions of the South Rakaia and Mount Hutt districts, to ascertain what amount could be guaranteed to a medical man for one j r ear, and that they be requested to communicate the result of their efforts by the 20th November next: —Messrs E S. Coster, D. G. Holmes, John Lambie, L. Langham, C. N. Mackie, C. T. Mackie, C. T. Allington, W. Hartnall, E. Chapman, C. A. Hardy, W. Saunders, and John Mann. ” Mr McLean was unanimously elected to act as secretary.
Trout for Ashburton. —About a fortnight ago 500 young trout were sent to Ashburton by the Acclimatisation Society, and liberated near Ashburton, and to-day another 1000 will arrive to stock some of the small creeks which empty into the river above Mount Somers. W. C. Walker, Esq., the County Chairman, has undertaken the transit of the young fish to their future home. The trout turned out at Westerfield some five years ago have thriven very well, and we have heard of fish upwards of 121 b in weight having been caught in that neighborhood. Wesleyan Home Mission. —On Sunday last the Rev. J. H, Sirnmonds, from Timaru, conducted the services in the Wesleyan Church, Cameron street, morning and evening. At both services there were large congregations, after which collections were made for the Wesleyan Home Mission Fund. On Monday next, it was announced, the Rev. A. Reid, Chairman of the district, will hold a public meeting in the church for the purpose of speaking on the mission work in New Zealand.
Borough Rates. —We arc informed that the Rate Collector has commenced a crusade against those ratepayers who have as yet neglected to pay their dues, and it would be advisable for them to interview the officer at once, and settle with him, to avoid another interview of a more expensive nature. As the summonses are to be issued alphabetically, those having an A or Bin front of their names would do well to hurry up, whilst the W’s can take things a little more leisurely. The Wakanui Road Board is following the same course with regard to unpaid rates, and fix the last day of grace on the Gth of November.
The Hot Springs.— A correspondent of a Sydney paper thus refers to the Bay of Plenty Hot Springs : —ln your paper of the 27th September, in answers to correspondents, I see inquiries made by a young man under the name of Sufferer (Nadjingoma) asking for a remedy for rheumatism. I have suffered very much in the way he describes for over 20 years, with the difference that the pains moved to nearly every part of the body ; and the only real relief I ever experienced, although I have tried numerous remedies, was at the Hot Springs in New Zealand ; I do not mean the Waiwera Hot Springs, which I have tried, and consider to be of no value for that complaint, but the Hot Springs, near the Bay of Plenty, about 50 miles from Tauranga, at a place called Ohinemutu. If Sufferer would write to me I would be happy to give him all the information necessary, as it is very difficult for a stranger to find out the
best baths, the country about there being mostly in the hands of the natives. If he could go over next month, and stay till March or April, taking the baths two or three times a day, I am confident he would get great relief. I was at the baths for about two months, and found great relief. The American Palace Railway Cars. —The first of the new American Palace Railway carriages made its appearance at Ashburton yesterday. There are ten of them altogether in the possession of the Government, and the balance will be put on the line as soon as fitted up. The first feature of the new carriage that strikes the eye is its great length, and this is borne out on measuring, as we find it is 44ft. in length as against the 32ft. E.iglish bogie carriages measure. Yankee ingenuity and lightness are visible everywhere, as are gaudiness and flimsiness throughout. The carriage runs on four pairs of wheels placed in couples at what looks a very great distance apart, an iron truss carrying the centre of the carriage. The axles are on the bogie principle so as to permit of the carriage running on the sharpest curves, and the arrangement of the springs is very ingenious, almost neutralising the vibration and oscillation of the carriage. A powerful brake is also fitted. The iron work connected with the under structure is very different to the English wheels, Ac., and in some points superior. On deck, the reverse is the case, for gingerbread architecture is at once apparent. The inside of the carriage at first sight certainly looks palatial, but on examination there are some things in connection with it which we do not consider improvements on our present cars. Although 12ft. longer than the others, the new cars cannot seat so many passengers, nor can a passenger spread himself out at full length for a snooze, unless hj takes to the floor, the seats being arranged so that the passengers may sit face to face or back to back at choice, according to the terms of friendship or otherwise they may be on with the passengers on the next seat. There is accommodation for 34 passengers only. Lavatories, Ac., at either end occupy more room than their utility justifies on a line like the Great South Railway, where a quarter of an hour’s stoppage is made every two hours or so. The arrangements for ventilation and lighting are very good, two handsome kerosene lamps being provided, in place of the dim abominations heretofore used, which only tended to make darkness visible. The walls are tastefully veneered with panels in maple, mahogany, and teak, and the ceiling has a flashy looking painted calico tacked to it, of the Chinese lantern pattern. The designer of the cars dses not seem to have been aware of the dimensions of the tunnels in New Zealand, and as the carriages are higher than the excavations, Oamaru is the last point on this lino they will ever reach. We suppose some one has made a blunder, and the only way out of the mess is to razee the top story, which will, perhaps, curtail their beauty, but make them more useful. One point must, however, be conceded to the new carriage. A clear passage-way runs down the centre, so that the guard can collect tickets without inconvenience to himself or to anyone else, and any passenger can enter the carriage without troubling every fellowpasseuger he lias to pass to jam himself to one side to make room. The new seats, too, are so arranged that a little family party can make a journey almost wholly partitioned off from their fellow-travellers.
An Extraordinary Yacht.—A blind boy and a cripple, residents of Baltimore, United States, have just built a splendid little j r acht, about 20ft in length, and s|ft beam. The boys—one sixteen and the other seventeen —begged the timber, nails, and other material,.and worked early and late to finish their difficult task. A kind hearted police sergeant bought paint for them. The boat is well built, and shows to as good advantage as any craft of her size and description over constructed, and the young builders are to make money by hiring her out.
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