Auckland, Dec. 25. A number of the unempl iyed have left for the Northern Gumfields. At some of the City Churches flower services were held. Bouquets were subse quently distributed to the hospital and other institutions. Grahamstown, Dec. 24. The Thames Land Association have applied for a block of 20,000 acres at Wairoa for the purpose of forming a settlement. Already the residents have signified their willingness to take over 10,000 acres. Napiek, Dec. 24. The Freemasons of Napier, instead of holding a banquet on St. John’s Day, will attend church on Sunday, when each member is expected to put into the offertory the guinea ordinarily spent on the dinner. The money is to bo devoted to the Hospital. The schooner Enterprise was to-day righted and brought into harbor, much less damaged than was expected.
The L 30,000 to be divided amongst tho ! Omahu natives far the land near Rangi- ! tiki will be'distributed next month. ; Rust lias shown itself unmistakably 1 among tho wheat cropsat Patangat-a, which j were looking very promising. Tho crops : on the property of Mr. J. Collins have been destroyed by it. Oamaru, Dec. 24. A poll was taken respecting the proposal to borrow L 50,000 for the completion of the water works, which resulted in a majority of 143. For, 147 : against, 4.
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