Drowned. —Captain J. S. Patersen, of the barque Hudson, fell off the wharf at Lyttelton on Thursday, and was drowned.
In Bankruptcy. —A meeting of AlexSpring’s creditors will be held in Saunders Brothers’ office to-day at 2 p.m. Plantation Reserves. —Several plantation reserves in the Ashburton district and elsewhere are advertised to let on lease.
Tenders. —The South Rakaia Domain Board Secretary, Mr. A. Makeig, wants ninety chains of a sod wall fence built, and fifty acres of tne Domain ploughed.
Earthworks. —Tenders are wanted for forming an enbankment at Messrs. Homersham’s wool-scouring works, Messrs Fooks and Son having charge of the plans and specifications. The San Francisco Mail.—Supplementary mails for the United Kingdom, &c., via San Francisco will close to-day (Saturday), at 5 o’clock, for despatch per express train. Late fee letters may be posted in the mail van as usual.
The Rakaia Unemployed. About thirty men, mostly heads of families, livng at Rakaia, have petitioned the South Rakaia Road Board to put some work in hand in the district so as to find employment for them during the winter. They have no prospect of obtaining any for some time to come. Sporting Publication. —We have received Mr. J. J. Millar’s pocket pamphlet for the forthcoming racing season, which contains a large amount of matter which will be read with interest by sportsmen. In the preface to this neat little publication, Mr. Millar states that last season he distributed in eweeps no less a sum than L 34,000. Christchurch Industrial Exhibition—The Industrial Exhibition was opened by the Mayor on Thursday. There was a largo attendance. Mr. R. Allan, Chairman of the Committee of Management, delivered the inauguration address, sketching the progress made in manufactures, art, and science in New Zealand. The display of exhibits was very imposing, and include many valuable articles. The machinery comprises a weaver’s loom, tile press, boot sole sewing machine, potter’s wheel, etc., all at work. Nail making, lens grinding, and other interesting processes are being shown. Altogether there are nearly 200 exhibits. The exhibition will be open till Saturday, and possibly next week.
The Fancy Fair.—lt will bo observed from an announcement in another column that Mr.-Montague intends to keep open his fancy fair and bazaar for another week only, a broad hint to those who have not favored his attractive show with a visit, that further procrastination may result in disappointment.
The Library Readings. —The next reading of the series will not be given before Thursday week, as the Town Hall is not disengaged on a suitable evening till that date. We hear that a varied programme has been prepared, and that talent for the occasion has been recruited from all sources.
Sunday School Celebration. —The St. Stephens Sunday school celebrated the Centenary by a meeting in the Town Hall on Thursday, at which addresses were delivered by Rev. Mr. Hands and Mr. Fooks, and scholars gave .recitations and vocal music, Miss Gates playing the piano. There was a large attendance. Earthquake up North. —On Tuesday, about half an hour past midnight, a very severe shock of earthquake was felt at Wairoa, a few miles from the Rotomahana Lake and terraces, which lasted about thirty seconds. Although the middle of winter, the weather is glorious, and a number of tourists have been visiting the lakes and terraces.
Unregistered Dogs. —At the Resident Magistrate’s Court yesterday, the following owners of unregistered dogs were mulct in the ‘sura of 20s :—Gordon Jonas, Richard Bolton, Rickard Fergus, Louis M'Gregor, Thomas Simpson, John Murray, and Robert Todd, for having two unregistered animals had to forfeit an extra 20s. for the second dog. Sporting. —The Geraldine Racing Club have issued their programme. for two days’ sport in September. The prizes offered are liberal considering the state of the finances of the country. The first day has prizes offered of a total of L2OO, and Ll7O are offered for the second. We trust our local club will soon see the necessity of calling a meeting to- decide upon our own spring meeting in November.
Rakaia. —The most reverend the Primate will open Chertsey Church, at 11 a.m., on Sunday next, and will confirm one or two young persons who were unable to be presented at the late confirmation at the Parish Church (St. Mark’s Rakaia). His Lordship will also preach at Bakaia in the evening of the same day. At a vestry meeting held on Thursday, in connection with the Church of England, at Rakaia, it was decided, as the funds are available, to proceed at once with the projected additions to the church.
The Borough Water Supply. —All the impedimenta, legal and other, having been cleared away from the water supply, the hatches at the head of the race were opened again on Wednesday afternoon, and the water in a few hours found its way to the upper part of the Domain ; it has only as yet reached the cricket ground, and the gully here seems to possess absorbent properties of a very craving nature, and the stream having reached a certain point appears to have a tendency to disappear. It is evident that unless a heavier stream is turned on at the intake, that it will be a matter of time for the supply to reach the town.
Alarming Fire at Rakaia.—Yesterday afternoon, about four o’clock, a tussock fire mysteriously commenced at the rear of the most populous part of the township of Rakaia, and in consequence of the fresh breeze blowing at the time from the west, threatened a considerable amount of destruction to property. The danger was so imminent that a large number of residents turned out to beat out the fire, which they succeeded in doing where there was any danger. The smoke was so dense that a woman named Hughes, whose husband was absent at the time, got almost suffocated. At seven p.m., when the train left, the fire was nearly out, and all danger past.
Extensive Stock Sale. —We would call the attention of farmers and others to a sale of stock on Monday, by Mr. W. G. J. Bluett, at the Brookland Farm, the property of Mr. Robert Anderson. The stock comprises 120 head of cows and twenty-three horses, with the implements and dairy utensils on the Brookland Farm, and are to be sold because of Mr. Anderson’s intention to relinquish dairying and resort to sheep-farming. In the advertisement of the sale the auctioneer says the Messrs. Anderson have long been famous, both in the Ashburton and Ellesmere districts, for the excellence of their dairy stock, and we can honestly bear out the statement. There will also be sold, on account of Mr. W. Anderson, 175 sheep, 40 bacon pigs, 6 colts and fillies, and 500 bushels of barley, and 3000 bushels of oats (long Tartars). Altogether the sale is one of the most important that has taken place in the district for some time, and is well worth the attention of farmers. Death of a Noted Colonist.— Our telegrams yesterday announce the death of the Hon. Nathaniel Edwards, M.L.0., at his residence, Nelson, on Thursday. The deceased gentleman arrived in the colony about the year 1848, and occupied the position of clerk to Messrs. Alfred Fell and Co. He subsequently, on the retirement of that firm, took over the business, and as a business man proved himself possessed of great tact and judgment. In the early days of the West Coast diggings he and his partners started the Anchor Line of steamers, by which the trade between the West Coast and Nelson is still kept up, and the firm realised a large fortune by that and other departments of their business. Mr. Edwards retired from the Nelson firm in 1867, and some six years ago started a large importing and shipping business in Christchurch in connection with one of his old partners, Mr. George Bennett, and the firm of Edwards, Bennett, and Co. have made a name for themselves in the City of the Plains second to none. The late Mr. Edwardsnever tooka very prominent part in politics, and has for some years past been in a failing state of health. His portly form and jocular manner will be missed-by a large number of friends and acquaintances. Out of respect for Mr. Edwards’ memory the Legislative Council adjourned on Thursday after sitting only five minutes.
South Rakaia Domain Board. —The nominated members of the above Board met at the Road Board office on Thursday afternoon. Present—Messrs C. N. Mackie, A. Makeig, J. N. Sharp, G. Robinson, J. Bruce, and 0. A. C. Hardy. On the motion of Mr. Sharp, Mr. 0. N. Mackie was elected Chairman. After briefly thanking the Board for the honor conferred upon him, the Chairman read the Gazette notice constituting the Board and appointing that day for their first meeting. A letter was read from the County Council conveying the fallowing resolution —“ That one hundred and fifty pounds out of the special fund be granted to the South Rakaia Domain Board.” It was resolved that the Board apply to the Council for the amount. It was resolved that the reserve of fifty acres vested in the Board for the purpose of a recreation ground be enclosed with a four sod fence with two wires. Straining posts to be five chains apart, with three intermediate posts and stakes of 3 x 1 V. D. L. timber ; tenders to be invited for the same, labor only. It was resolved to invite tenders for ploughing the whole of the ground. Tenders in both cases to be sent in by the 22nd inst. On the motion of Mr. C. N. Mackie, it was resolved that Mr. A. Makeig be appointed Secretary to the Board. The Secretary was authorised to obtain the neeessary books and stationery. It was resolved that the Chairman and any one member sign cheques. The Board adjourned to Thursday, 22nd July, at three p.m.
Lecture.— Mr. H. Cape-Williamson, schoolmaster at Cambridge, is to deliver a lecture next Friday evening in the Cambridge school on “Agricultural Chemistry. ” This is a subject in which Mr, Williamson is particularly well up, and he will doubtless treat it in a sufficiently popular manner to be interesting and instructive to his farming hearers. We learn that the lecture will be illustrated with experiments, and this, with the fact that the proceeds will be devoted to aid in the purchase of a school harmonium, ought to bring out a good audience.
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