(Per Presss Asoociation.) The Patetere Block. Auckland, Oct. 21. It is stated hero that Government have not yet finally removed the proclamation from the Patetere lands, and speculators have left business in the hands of Mr. Sheehan to negotiate in Wellington. Some trouble has arisen between the Patetere Company and' Messrs. Dilworth and Howard, who are negotiating the purchase of an adjacent block of a hundred thousand acres.
Denominational Schools. The Diocesan Synod will probably decline to endorse the resolution of the General Synod in favor of grants to denominational schools, but will pass a resolution urging increased facilities for religious teaching.
Fancy Dress. A fashionable fancy dress ball last night was a great success. A Farmers’ Co-operative Association. Timaru, Oct. 21. The Farmers’ Co-operative Association is being agitated by public lectures, and promises to be a big success. Show Privileges. The booth privileges at the Timaru Agricultural Show fetched LIOO. Another Girl Thief. Anne Mitchell, aged 17, a recent arrival from Oamaru, was sentenced to 14 days imprisonment for stealing apparel belonging to a hotel cook.
Not Yet. Dunedin, Oct. 21. The Herald says that one of Sir Julius Vogel’s friends in Dunedin was so anxious to ascertain for certain whether he in-
tended to return to the colony that he telegraphed to him direct making inquiry. An answer was received that Sir Julius does not intend favoring the colony with his presence at present. Police Changes. Inspector Buckley, Christchurch, takes charge of the Southland police district, Pender remaining at Timaru. Born in a Train. The wife of a member of the Byronic Comedy Company was confined in an Invercargill train yesterday. Shorter Hours. The police intend insisting upon publicans closing at midnight, and stopping the keeping open of houses all night.
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