Longbeach School. —A master for the Longbeach school is advertised for in this issue.
Stcwaways. —Michael Haveney and John Cantau, stowaways on board the Rotomahana from Wellington, were to-day committed to prison for seven days each by the Christchurch magistrates. The Cattle Market.— At a special meeting of the County Councii on February 2nd, the proposed rules and regulations for the County Sale yaros (advertised in another column) will be considered. Evangelistic Address.— The Rei C. Melville Pym will deliver an ovangt :stic address in the Town Hall on Tlur May evening next, at eight o’clock. Mr. Pym will conduct the St Stephen’s Church services during the absence of the Rev. Mr. Hands.
Cricket. —A match is to be played bn the evenings of this week between the Ashburton Cricket Club and the Borough Cricket Club, commencing to-morrow at six .p.m. sharp. Members wishing to take part in the match are requested to La on the ground punctually at the above time. Impoundings. —A special meeting of the County Council is to be held immediately after the ordinary meeting on Wednesday, February 2nd, to consider a resolution compelling .all poundkeepers to advertise all animals impounded, whatever their number may be. V.R.C. Autumn Meeting.—Thirtyfive entries have been received for the Australian Cup, including Progress, Grand Faneur, Camballo, and other leading horses. Camballo is also entered for the Newmarket Handicap.
Bank Rates. —The Insurance and Banking Record of a late date states a further reduction in rates of interest to three per cent, is inevitable, and that the Banks are only awaiting similar action on the part of other colonies. The Wellington Cup. —The following are the final payments for this event:— Lady Emma, Hailstorm, On Dit, Natator, Libeller, Sir George, The Governor, Mischief, Dan, Virginia Water, Norseman, Randwick, Volunteer, and Badsworth. As letters and telegrams bearing yesterday’s date will be received, there may possibly be an increase to the above. Bold Out. —Mr. Ivess appears to be getting rid of his numerous newspaper properties as rapidly as possible. Last week a telegram stated that he had disposed of his latest literary venture—tha Waikato Mail —and now a Greymouth message says that the local Star has been sold by Ivsss to Mr. Petrie.
The Janet and Taniwha.— A cablegram has been received at. Auckland, stating that it is probable that a further trial will take place between the Janet and Taniwha, the first and third yachts in the Champion Yacht Race at the Intercolonial Regatta.
Valuation Lists. —The valuation list for the Borough lies for inspection at the Town Clerk’s office, and any objections to it must be left at the R. M. Court, addressed to the Assessment Court, on or before the loth February, copies of such objections being also left at the Town Clerk’s office.—The Mount Hutt valuation list is now open for inspection at the Mount Hutt Road Board office, and all objections must be left there addressed to the Assessment Court, copies being also left at the Road Board office.
Was it After Dinner ?—The Rampshire Post reports a strange incident, which, it states, has occurred off Cowes. While the Royal yacht, Osborne, was moored off the island, the Prince of Wales and an officer on board the yacht resolved to plunge into the water and swim round the yacht with their clothes on. It was no sooner resolved upon than the Prince and the officer were seen struggling in the sea, hampered with their clothes. The tide was running strong at the time, and the swimmers were, in spite of themselves, swept past the stern. Possibly the result might have been serious had not Admiral Sir Henry Keppel, who had heard the conversation, succeeded in launching a boat and rowing to the rescue.
The Grounding of the Chimborazo. —The Chimborazo struck on. Morion’s reef, Troubridge shoal, in the Gulf of St. Vincent,- at three a.ra. on Sunday, the 9fch inst. Three tugs immediately went to her assistance, and eighty passengers and the mail were taken off The weather was calm. when the vessel struck. The cause of her grounding appears to have been that the haze led the captain to imagine that Troubridge light was six miles off, whereas it was only two and a half. Not much damage was apprehended, and a number of passengers remained aboard. The vessel remained in the same position until night, when lightering commenced. By the aid of the strong tug the Chimborazo floated early in the morning, and made for the Semaphore, having suffered no apparent damage.
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