“ Only a Fireman.” —To-morrow.
A Biggish Trout. —A trout measuring 34 inches long, and weighing 12£ pounds, w.as caught in the Avon last night.
Rakaia — “ Josephine.” —The Amateur Dramatic Club are to give “Josephine” and “ Nan, the Good-for-Nothing” at Rakaia, on Tuesday next. Money. —ln their trade report for the week Messrs. H. Matson and Co. state that “ money continues easy, and the rates for mortgages are gradually lowering. Credit appears to be sound.” The Apple. —“ The History and Uses of the Apple ” is the subject of a paper to be read by Mr G. T. Smith, at the Horticultural Society’s monthly meeting on Wednesday evening next. Caledonian Society. —A meeting of the Directors of the Caledonian Society to adopt the programme of the sports meeting on Boxing Day, will be held in Quill’s Hotel on Saturday evening at 7 o’clock. The Race Meeting. —The attention of sporting men is directed to an alteration in the programme of the annual meeting of the Racing Club. The Farmers’ Plate of 30 sovs. has been restricted to district horses only. The Railway Bridges. —Fresh bylaws and regulations, under which the Ashburton, the Waitaki, and the Rakaia bridges will be opened for ordinary traffic, ai’e published in the Gazette.
Astronomical Views. —At Mr. Harrison’s usual weekly sale to-morrow, a sciopticon, with a complete set of astronomical diagrams and a number of other useful articles, will be submitted to the hammer. Having in view the probable visit from Mr. Proctor at an early date, there should be some keen competition for the above novelty, which is a very instructive piece of mechanism in its way.
Swindling the Savings Bank,—Today, at the R.M. Court, Christchurch, John Chute Nelegan, alias John Walsh, was committed for trial for making a false declaration for the purpose of obtaining money deposited by one John Walsh, at the Post Office Savings Bank. When arrested a number of pieces of paper were found in prisoner’s possession. When put together they proved to be a deposit receipt which he had obtained possession of instead of the real John Walsh. Destruction op Trees in the Domain. : u_Wf3 (Would refer our readers to an advertisement which appears in this issue with regard to the Domain. The caretaker informs us that after receiving orders'yesterday he caught two offenders — one in the evening and one at night. They were'released, but after this date there will be no letting off. . We would also remind parents to caution their children when going into the Domain not to touch anything, as, however hard it may appear, they will have to be taken to the Police Court. There will also he other parties on the lookout besides the caretaker.
The Maori Prisoners Act. —A proclamation in the Gazette extends the Maori Prisoners Act, 1880, for three months. Closed Ports. —The ports of Wangarei, Tauranga, Havelock, Kaikoura, and Akaroa have been closed as ports of entry. The Agent-General. —At a Cabinet Council, held yesterday afternoon, it was decided that Sir F. D. Bell, the new Agent-General should leave for England in December.
Dismissed. —The officer commanding the Volunteers in the Nelson district has received instructions from the Defence Office to summarily dismiss a sergeant in the Waimea Rifle corps for repeated absence from parades.
Broaching Cargo. —Three sailors who had thirsted during the voyage of the Jessie Readman, and had assuaged their thirst by the not uncommon method of broaching cargo, were to-day sent to prison by the Christchurch R.M. —W. Wyatt for twelve months, and H. M'Kinnon and J. Leslie for six months each.
The Kyeburn Murderer. —The prisoner Ah Lee was visited at the Dunedin gaol yesterday morning by Bishop Neville, who was accompanied by Mr. C. C. Kettle and Mr Albert Leung Chung, interpreter. The condemned man continues to assert his innocence of the murder. The Bishop is taking steps on the convict’s behalf to endeavor to obtain a respite of the sentence of death until further inquiries can be made.
1.0.G.T. —The Unity Degree Temple met last night in the Templar Hall. There was a good muster of members. Several motions were passed to he placed on the business sheet of the Grand Lodge. A motion to hold the meetings of the Temple at Tinwald in future was lost. The day of meeting was changed to every alternate Tuesday, and in consequence of the 9th of November being a holiday, the next meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 16th, in the second degree.
Dangerrous Accident at Wakanui. — To-day, a man named John Harvey, while working at Mr. Edwin Thomas’s threshing machine at Wakanui, met with a very serious accident. He was taking some stuff up to the top of the machine, when he tripped, his foot catching in the drum, and getting crushed, bones and flesh, to a jelly. The timely aid of Mr. Kennedy, who was near, prevented Harvey from being killed outright, and a sudden pull by Mr. Kennedy brought his body clear of the machinery. Mr. Kennedy extemporised a bandage with his scarf, just below the knee, and stopped the excessive flow of blood from the wound. No time was lost, and the wounded man was immediately brought into town to Dr. Stewart, who, seeing the serious nature of t’he injury ordered the wounded man’s removal to the Hospital. There Drs Trevor and Stewart so far dressed the limb, and afterwards held a consultation, the result of which, we believe, is that amputation will bo necessary. An Electrician.— Mr. Smith, practical machinist, has started business in Mr. Steele’s premises, Burnett street, west, where he is prepared to undertake making of electric bells, medical coils, &c. Mr. Smith showed our reporter several tools made entirely by himself, notably a bow drill of 5-16th of an inch dimensions, which appeared to work with uncommon ease and accuracy. He intends perfecting a machine for cutting tobacco, applicable for use in families or hotels. The machine would be self-feeding, and worked after the manner of a hand sewing machine. He is also prepared to erect galvanic batteries and apparatus in private houses at a small cost, thereby saving the loss and damage entailed by portable batteries. Ho purposes being at Mr Steele’s place for a few days once a month. The repairing of sewing machines is a great feature with Mr. Smith, and from the number undergoing repair at our visit we should predict a pretty good run on the establishment by the Ashburton ladies. Altogether we arc pleased to see so enterprising and practical a man in our midst.
Government Aiding a District Railway.—The Government have offered the promoters of the Wellington-Poxton Railway Company to hand over the whole of the work already done on the Wadestown section, including the survey, levelling cuttings, earthworks, tunnelling culverts, &c., also the rails, iron bridge, and rolling stock already procured for this line, and now in hand; also the land acquired from private owners for the lino to pass through; also to complete the survey of the line to Foxton; to acquire for the promoters the land needed for the passage of the line beyond the point to which it has been secured; also to accord them permission to deposit in the bay, between Pipitea and Kaiwarra, the spoil earth excavated from various cuttings, and grant them a certain area of land thus reclaimed. All this is to be given free of expense, but subject to a guarantee that the promoters will actually carry out their part of the arrangements, and complete the line as proposed from Wellington to Foxton, the question of a Government guarantee of a certain per centage on the cost of the work, and of the application of funds received from the sale of land along the route of the railway to recoup its cost, or rather to purchase it on behalf of the Government, being left to Parliament to consider.
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