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The San Francisco Mail. —tTp to date of going to press there were no signs of the mail steamer at Auckland. Trotting.—On Saturday next, at five o’clock in the evening, a trotting match comes off on the Winslow course, between Mr. Grice’s Donald, and Mr. Baring’s Dolly, for L 5 a-side. The distance is two miles. Local Industries. —The usual meeting of the Local Industries Association was held last night in the Town Hall (upper room). The Secretary reported having been in communication with Government on the subject of the diamond drill, with a view to its hire for the purpose of prospecting the Mount Somers hills for coal seams. The terms of hire, and all the needful information, would bo forwarded by Government. The Chairman (the Mayor) said he had not yet received any communication from his correspondents in Europe, on the subject of the beetroot sugar industry, but expected letters by next mail. An industrial exhibition for the same evening as the Flower Show, was suggested by Mr. Braddell, and after some discussion, the suggestion took the form of resolution which was passed. The following were appointed a committee to make arrangements iof the exhibition : —Messrs. Braddell, Pojrptz, Hodder, Williamson, Pavitt, Mayo, and Q. P Co*, ~ : :

Co- operative Lectures. —Mr. Bateman’s co-operative lectures at Oamaru have been well received, and great unanimity prevails There is every prospect of a strong society being successfully formed, making Oamaru the centre. Prophetic. —A New Plymouth telegram says : —“The Maoris are hot surprised at Mr., Bryce’s resignation. Te Whiti, they say', prophesied early in December that he would not be long in the Government, and therefore it would be no use talking to him.”

New Business.—We are glad to observe that a new establishment has been opened for the sale of chaff and colonial produce generally, by Mr. Frank Dudson, brother of out townsman, Mr. Dudson, saddler. The new premises are in Havelock tweet, next to the drapery store of Everett Bros., and we wish Mr. F. Dudson every success in his new venture.

Going to Hong-Konq. —The Union Steamship Company purpose sending either the Te Anau or Wakatipu to HongKong towards the end of April, with cargo and Chinese passengers, of whom there will probably be a large number. The steamer will proceed to Foo Chdo and bring the first shipment of the new season’s teas to New Zealand.

A Challenge.— r Edwards, the pedestrian, to-night forwards a challenge, and the draft articles for a 48 hours’ walking match with young Scott, of Dunedin, for 200 a side, the match to take place at the Garrison Hall, Dunedin, on February 24th, 25th, and 2Gth, T. Sayers, of the Empire Hotel, Dunedin, to be stakeholder.

Sporting. —The Cambridge. ( Auckland) people ' held their annual race mi sting yesterday. There was a largo attendance, and the various events were well contested. The Handicap Hurdle Race was Won by Sportsman,' with Harry Mount, second, and Te Whetumarama third The Cambridge Cup (handicap) wont to Mr., Horsfall’s King Quail, Yatapa being second, Lonehand third, and Foul Play fourth. It Was a grand race, won by a neck. The other events were unimportant.. Not in Accord. —Mr. Shanks add essed a meeting of the suburban ©lectors hi the Theatre Royal, Invercargill, last evening... Between 400 and pOO were present. Mr, Shanks, whb was evidently not in form, spoke very briefly and’disconnectedly, and said nothing of general interest. At the conclusion of his address, a resolution’was passed by a large majority, requesting him to resign. Mr. Shanks, in reply, declined to accede to tho request, believing that he possessed the confidence ofethe majority of the electors. • I. O. G. iusuhl • meeting the Will and the Way Lodge, held at the Temperance Hall, Tinwald, last evening, it was decided to celebrate their second anniversary trith a tea meeting and entertain thent on Wednesdajq the 17 th February, and a strong committee of brothers and. sisters, were appointed tocarry out the celebration - . It Was also announced that the Rev. Mr. Hands had given his consent to lecture on “ Alcohol ” at an early date. It was decided to invite him to lecture to an “ open Lodge,” on Wednesday, the 26th inst. The Vacant Portfolio. —Tho Wellington correspondent of a contemporary telegraphs yesterday: —“Rumors are still abroad as to the new Native Minister. Mr. J. C. Richmond’s name is freely mentioned, be having just returned from England. The idea is that either some Government member will resign his seat in his favor if the election is secure, or else that he will be called to the Legislative Council, but so far as I can learn, I am disposed to think that there is no truth in the report at present. At any rate it is not likely that the vacancy will be filled for some little time. ”

; Meat Preserving. —The Wellington Post says :—One of the industries which have served to bring the colonies prominently before the eyes of English and Continental people, viz. —meat preserving and its attendant works,,;is about :to s ,be started in our midst. Wo notice the prospectus of the Hutt Industrial Company,: Limited, and while wishing the prospectors every success in the undertaking, we niust express satisfaction 1 that such works are feeing commenced in the heart of a neighborhood which will afford every facility to make the institution a paying one, give employment to a number of inhabitants, and enable our producers to find a ready market. These are the industries we want.

Drunks. —The advent of harvest has brought into town a large number of men oh the look out for work at reaping. of these men hare wandered over all the colony since last autunin, and have not seen during that time many of those who were “ mates ” with them in previous “years oir tire —Harvest: flretos in this county. The reunions mean a “ willie-waucht for auld langsyno,” and as they aie all men who, like Longfellow’s monks, can “ drink down to their pegs,” the result is a job or two for the constable. To-day five of these laborers who had taken more than enough were brought before the R. M. Most of them readily “ owned up,’’and all with one exception were dismissed, with a severe reprimand by his Worship. The exception was John Hickson, who had been very rowdy in the Somerset, and had assaulted a waiter. He was fined LI, with the alternative of four days in gaol.>

South Rakaia Domain Board. —An adjourned meeting of the South Rakaia Domain Board was held in the Road Board office on Tuesday last. Present— Mr. 0. N. Mackie (Chairman), and Messrs Robinson, Hartnell, Sharp and Makeig. The Chairman stated that this meeting would have : to elect a Chairman for the year, the meeting having been adjourned from the 3rd inst. 1 for want of a quorum. Mr. 0. N. Mackie was unanimously re-elected Chairman. The Works Committee reported on the fending done and the sowing of gum seed. A letter was received from Mr. J. S. Jameson, quoting prices for iron gates. It was resolved riot to erect iron gates for the present, but instead that a temporary gate of hurdles be put up.till a crop be taken off the land. A letter was received from Mr. H. M'Leari, risking that the balrince of L 3 12s. 6d. , due to him for fencing, be paid to him. It was resolved that if Mr. M‘Lean completes his contract for fencing at the time of the autumn rains he will be paid the sum of L2 7s. 6d., which is the amount due to him on the completion of his contract. Accounts amounting to L2l Bs. Id. were passed for payment, and the Board adjourned.

The Exhibition Beeb.—New Zealand has the credit of having carried off all the first prizes for bulk beer, at the Melbourne Exhibition* and one of two first prizes for porter. Besides the three first prizes which fell to New Zealand, three second prizes were also awarded, as against ope second prize awarded to Victoria and orio to New South Wples. Bower down the SCB.le pf prigep we find that Victoria has scored a wip of all but one of the third and all but ope of the fourth prizes. This is very creditable for New Zealand, and shows what can be done here in the beer industry. The jury must have had a very pleasant time of it in samphug, as may be gathered from the following extract -*■* They sat in a room and the yarious samples were brought to them in glasses. After rejecting the samples considered unworthy of a place, those passed were again gone through, and the process ■Was repeated until the final selection was made. Some idea of the work may be gathered from the fact that something like 150 samples ifi many of the classes had to bp adjudicated ppon.” !

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Ashburton Guardian Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 241, 13 January 1881

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