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Sugar Beet. —An analytic chemist at Auckland is engaged in testing sugar beet grown in the Waikato districts, Australia v. Wanganui. —The Australian Eleven play a two-days’ match in Wanganui, commencing on February 12. The visiting team are to receive all the privileges. Pedesthianism. —Last evening a number of people assembled in the Domain to witness the walking match between Hooper and Gaukrodgcr. Shortly after seven o'clock a start was made, and Gaukrodgcr led for the first three laps, when Hooper overtook him, and kept the lead for the rest of the race, coming is an easy winner. Time, minutes. C J.C. Autumn Meeting.— The entries for the principal handicaps at the autumpa meeting of the Canterbury Jockey Club were received last night. The big even l ', the Autumn Handicap, has been patronised to the extent of twenty-nine horses, representing eighteen owners. The Flying Handicap fiowes next, with twenty-eight horses, and the faster Handicap has induced sixteen owner* to nominate- twenty-seven animals._ The veteran Fishook appears in each list, as does also Le Loup,

Rev. Mr. PyjC—The Rev. Mr. Pym will deliver an Tinwald to-morrow evening in the ■ evnperance Hall, at eight o’clock. “ The Ways that Are Dark. —A Celestial, a seaman on board the mail steamer Australia, which arrived at Auckland yesterday, was detected smuggling 200 cigars. John was fined L 6. A Sportsman. —Mr. Mills, owner of the yacht Zarifa, which was awarded first prize in the yacht race at the late V eltington regatta has, owing to a dispute about the course sailed, agreed to sail the race over again, and it will take place on the 12th instant. Auckland Grammar School. —At a meeting of the Board of Governors the committee appointed to inquire int. Dr. Purchase’s charges against the masters of the Auckland Grammar School, recommended that the charges bo remitted to the Education Minister for investigation, instead of a board of residents. Disorderly Scene in the Commons.— A telegram under date, London, January 25, says a startling debate took place on the Irish Peace Bill in the House of Commons to-day, and a violent scene ensued. Mr. O’Donnell,of the Home Rule sec’.ion, in the course of a violent speech, stigmatised Mr. Gladstone as a traitor to his country. The remark gave rise to a ‘ 'cue of great disorder and confusion, an<- the Speaker, finding it impossible to restore order adjourned the House. The Exhibition Awards. —A letter has been received in Dunedin from the secretary of the Melbourne Exhibiton stating that the Commissioners do not purpose forwarding any official report on the various courts until all the jurors have finally decided on the merits of the various exhibits and all questions of appeal have been settled. The notices which have appeared in the newspapers are corre. t to date, but as appeals may come on. ihey are not final.

The Plains Water Supply.— Early this morning the water had so far travelled over its course down he mains as to reach Mr, James Quigley’s farm It has now reached Dnndas, so tha : all doubts as to the willingness of wat r to travel in an open channel over the piains have been dispelled. To-day, the Council instructed the engineer to sink 400-gallon tanks at the various ■ ; ossroads along the route, so that farmer; may 1 have temporary dipping boxc; for hoi; immediate supply, and steps ai > also ') betaken, by the introduction of s nail ' alls, at intervals where necessary l , to protect the race from being scoured by 1 the ; :cessivepressure. The scouring would 1;; ve a tendency to uncover the shingle sti turn over which the.race runs, and rims e-pose the water to absorption in the grave., but it is calculated that those falls will avert the

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 258, 2 February 1881

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Ashburton Guardian Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 258, 2 February 1881