Geraldine. —Mr. 0. G. Tripp has been re-elected Geraldine County Chairman for the third time.
; i Jto«B GILiiES.-LJudge Gillies Arid-Mrs. Gillies are expected- t 6 ■ reach Auckland ■:-. .. . ; ; . I SroRTiNO.-L-A telegram from Dunedin this rooming states that Betrayer and Lure, have .been, scratched,fpr.the, Ifunedin Clip, ' apAßetrayet for' the jockey- Club Handicap.’ : '
Arrival of a New Zb aland.,, Ship.— The Nrivv Zealand , Shipping received : a cable advice'[to-day, informing them of the arrival in the channel :of rthe ship Pareora,-from Timaru. . ,
The Gold Fever. —The Te Aroha rush has. caused a marked diminution ,of the population of Waikato,, and the labor markets are being greatly reduced. Forty people left Cambridge for the diggings in one day.
Good hear tha f attother Good Templar Lodge is about to be formed in the township.' 'Whether the necessity for the new Lodge is a sign pf strength or weakness is-,a The hew swarm is'to coirie' from the Dawn of Peace Lodge. The Mails. —The San Francisco mail, which left New Zealand on October 12th, was delivered in London on November 22rid. The Suez mail, which left Tiondbn on the *22ud October, arrived at King' George’s Sound :in the P. and O. Cob’ Bokhara pivthc 24th of this month: * ■ :T
Landing of the : Governor at Auck- : land: —His Excellency Sir Arthur Gordori landed in Auckland yesterday, 'and was received by the, Ipcal, dignitaries &c., a public demonstration being made in honor of - Ink arrival; Sir Arthur acknowledged the compliment in a short speech. He leaves Auckland for' Wellington, to-mor-row, , and will reach the latter port, on Saturday. The County Chairmanship. Mr. Walker has consented to act as Chairman of the County until the end of the year. We hope he will see his way to remain in office for a farther period, as we know no member of the Council better suited for the position or;likely-to secure; the confidence of the members to a greater extent. .During the time he has been County Chairman he has earned the respect; of all parties/and his withdrawal from the posik tion, for any reason whatever, will, be an absolute loss to the County,
•' The Footpaths. —Tlie subject of the footpaths, isj well- canvassed in the’ township, arid people seem to favor Mr. Harrison’s project to have the footpaths asphalted from' Quill’s Hotel to the riverend of East street;: Doubtless the run of public opinion will have its due effect upon the members of the Borough'Council, and they will concede to what we are sure are the wishes of the whole community. No,w,v . since* the County Council have put the control of the water pipes in the hands of the Borough with anything but a grinding proviso, there should be no trouble about the funds to do the work, and councillors,, unless wo sadly misjudge them,, do not want! the will. We hope they will now get up the will somehow,' and the means .also, tp macadainise the large boulders th'atmrna-: ment’ the 'niiddle of East street. ,
An Awkward Blast. —As the Oamaru train, due in Dunedin at 12.45 yesterday, was nearing the Port Chalmers quarry, a heavy bksi was fired, which dislodged k; lump of stone , estimated at somewhere: about 10 tons. This mass came rolling, down on the line, tearing,up some; of-'thief rajla grid sleepers. A quarryman had just, time to give warning to the approaching train of. t}iO clanger ahead. If the train bad been two minutes in a.dvanco of its time the; effine would probably have de.scended on the top of it. After (lotpntion of an hour and a half, -the line was cleared, and the train proceeded to' Dunedin, the passengers having widkod to the lower station. .
The Mayors.— The MayOv'al contests throughout the colony have been more than usually stiff this year; and in most casps the seats have been' fought ’for. Messrs. Gapes a nd Ayres tried conclusion's for the Christchurch seat of lionor, andafter, a stiff contestjthe former was declared top scorer with 558 Votes /against the barber's 439. For Sydenham/ J. ; F> : Brown beat Mr. John Joyce, by 57 votes. Harry Allrigbt wrestled the Lyttelton seat from Mp* Webb, by a majority of 19 votes.. At Waimate, Mr. . G. R. Freeman has been beaten by Mr. J ohn Manchester. The excitement was great in Dunedin,./and. feeling run;high,, but; jail- tire enthusiasm .of Mr.[Fish’s. supporters could not’place him at the top ; of the fidlij' ai>4;hli'. A. „H P Ross’is Mayor.* At Wellington,' Mp, ‘ Hutchison is re-' elected, over three other’s. JHyen Nelson has had'a contest, arid two bi’invets' and a tinsmith aimed at the position. Mr. Dodson, of the brewing firm, Hooper and Dodson,\ stood first; with over' '4OO -votes/ J; T. sflarley/ the other ’ brewer, only got 150, while Graham, the tinsmith, was only able to beat up iO2 votes. Johnston gets the Invercargill scat by # hfgp majority. There was great excitement at the Kuhrnya election, and O’Hagan was returned by a largp majority.
The Dog Collars. —There was a bit of a contest amongst saddlers yesterday for the contract for making the dog-collars to be used in the County next year. The Council table was Uttered with specimencollars, and notes, cheques, and money/ sent by the numerous tenderers as’deposils, and tenders cuno from far and near, even Waimate having a representative. The lowest tenderer was Mr. Dunbar, of Christchurch, who submitted a very fair sample, but, as a matter of fact, all the samples were very good. Wo hope care will bo taken to have the badges propel ly rivoited this time, as last year too many of these came off the collars after two or three months’ wear. > . • ;
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