Drowned in a Well.—A little girl named Mary Middleton was found drowned in a well on Benmore station, North Otago, on Wednesday. A Hint to School Committees. —The Sawyers’ Bay (Dunedin) School Committee have resolved to establish a class for teaching laundry work, under the direction of an experienced laundress. A Collapse. —ln some parts of South Australia the wheat crops are a failure this season. Thousands of acres will not be reaped at all. It is nothing for a man to travel with his reaping machine for twelve or fifteen miles, and get about a bag and a half of wheat. Assault. —A murderous assault was committed yesterday at Cambridge (Auckland) by a native named Pariki, lately from Wellington, ona half-caste named Wallace. They had a dispute about some money. The half-caste is not supposed to be fatally injured. Parika is in custody. The Australians at Auckland. —The match concluded yesterday in a draw. The Auckland men’s first innings finished for 90, and in their second innings five wickets were down for 7 when time was called. The Australians made 117 in their second innings. The Dogs.—We learn that some 58 owners of dogs that wear not the 10s badge of loyalty to the law have been nosed out by the police, and the first convenient Court day will see “ tremblings of distress ” affecting many who have hitherto slept in a calm security. Cricket. —The match comm ittee of the Ashburton County Cricket Club met last evening to consider challenges from the Mount Somers and Geraldine Clubs. It was resolved to play at Mount Somers on the 3rd of Marph, and at Geraldine on the 15th. The committee would impress upon members to make the most of the remaining time in improving themselves for the coming contests. District Court Sittings. —To-day Mr Martin received a telegram from Judge Ward, stating that *he sitting of the District Court had been changed from the Ist March to the sth ; consequently the Court will not sit on Tuesday next, but on the Saturday following. The cases set down for hearing are as under : Lake v. M'Kerrow and Mann, Rakaia, claim L 55 IGs 3d ; and M'Avey v. the Mount Somers Road Board, claim LIBB 18s, on a disputed contract. Quill’s Consultation. —The consultation got up by Mr. Quill on the Dunedin Cup was drawn last night in the auction rooms. There was a very large attendance, and a corresponding excitement while the drawing went on. * The arrangements gave perfect satisfaction, as far as we could see, and when all the horses had been drawn three cheers were given for the “ engineer.” Sir Modred was drawn by the holder of ticket 847, and the rest of the winning tickets will be found elsewhere. Exhibition Committee. —The Exhibition Committee met in the Borough Chambers last night. There were eight members present, and Mr. Braddell presided. Mr. Poyntz, the Secretary, announced that Government had consented to carry exhibits free over the railways, and also to issue return tickets at single fares during the term of the exhibition. Mr. A. O. Aitken wrote withdrawing his tender for a refreshment stalk The Secretary explained this conduct by stating that Mr. Aitken had been able to engage the vacant shop in front of the hall building, and now desired to withdraw from the offer he had made to the Committee. Messrs Harrison and Pavitt were empowered to make arrangements for refreshments, as it was not certain that Mr. Aitken could be held to his bargain. It was decided to order 200 copies of a certificate of merit designed at the Lyttelton Times lithographic establishment, at a cost of L 22, the Secretary to arrange about the coloring. Mr Henry Zander was elected a member of Committee, and the following ladies and gentlemen were appointed judges in the several departments set against their names—the Secretary to write to them asking their consent to act :—Pictures —Messrs H. Friedlander, W. C. Walker, and C. Hull; General Exhibits—Messrs Bullock, R. Friedlander, J. Ward, R. W. Shearman, J. 0. Wason, Wood and Branson; Ladies’ Work—Mesdames Bullock, Stewart, and Felton ; Machinery—Messrs Steel, Passmore, Max Friedlander, Devery, and Kidd ; Farm Produce—Messrs Stitt, Cameron, Grigg, Winter, and Hunt. The tender of the Ashburton Guardian, at L 8 2s 6d, was accepted for printing catalogues ; and amongst other business it was resolved to ask a subsidy from the County Council, and to ask Government to send an official representative to report on the Ashburton Exhibition as was done in the case of the Christchurch Exhibition. It was resolved that the Exhibition should be opened each day at noon, and to ask his Worship the Mayor to proclaim half holidays on the Thursday and Friday. The Secretary gave information that 1571 ft of table space and 690tt of wall space had already been applied for, and another 300 ft were expected to be applied for from Christchurch. When the annexe was up, it was calculated that 4000 ft of table space and 1200 ft of wall space would be available. It was decided to ask the Brass Band to play at the opening.
Crossing tbS 'Bine.— -A serious ccidenfc happened last night at the Ke- mgton railway crossing, near Dunedb A I cab, driven by one Keys, and -out ing | C. Armstrong, publican, Harry h- yo, publican, and Lyons, Fairbiirn, and Griffiths, was crossing the line j bout alfpast eight, when a goods train bom I uth came up. The engine driver who ;ed, but the cab did not get out oi the ay. The horse was killed and the v- ucle damaged, but the driver was unb.irt. Mayo is not expected to live. The c aers are more or less injured. The Fire Brigade.— Last night th Fire Brigade held its usual practice. Mr Walter Dolman commanding, in the absence of the Captain. The prr :tice engaged in was engine and hr. Yet, and the men show great smarmess at their work. The substantial uni: • wins of the corps give the men quite a mihtaiy appearance, and the promptness and precision of their movements do not ii any way belie their appearance. Very r-oon, we believe, the contracts for the boot and trousers will be finished, and the • the uniform will be complete. The of cers complain to us that some larrikins >ave been now and again amusing theme- I ves with the alarm bells, and we are dc :red to state that the first offender caugln will be made an example of and severely punished. The Mile Race. —The mile race,' Inch was run last Wednesday in the Qoraa'a by Groves and Bayliss, left things under bled, a dead heat having been the result c the spin. To clear away the fog abou- the question of who was who betweei the leggista, it was decided to run agar last night under exactly the same condi ions. Four times round the course laid off represented the mile to be run, and in the third round Groves began to pull L the slack he had given his opponent, an 1 the 65 yards start being wiped off, the c< .npetition began in earnest in the last qi rter mile. This distance was run at a fair ace, showing that good stuff was in both men, and when the spurt was finished an i the travellers came home, Groves ha<’ the benefit by about three yards, more oi less. The time was about 10 seconds less than that taken last week, but the slow • ime, 5.15, is accounted for by the lumh ring nature of the ground, which makes an awkward track for competitive running. Muffs. —The muff cricket match, which is intended to be an annual event, came off in the Domain yesterday, betwee the Christchurch muffs and the Ashburton dittoes. The leading feature of muff cricket is..fun, and that went on both “ fast and furious” all day, the old youngsters enjoying themselves very heartily. As the scores are of lifts r interest in a match of this kind we do not give them in detail, and only mcotion that Mark Scott made 25 in the Ashburton first innings and 15 in the second the other big scores being Marsh, 18. and Butler, 12. Messenger had 38 against his name for Christchurch, Garland 13. and Warner 12. The totals were—Ashburton, 72 and 50 ; Christchurch, 77 and 50, and two wickets to fall. Messrs. Maras and Groves provided lunch at the pavilion, to which the Christchurch men ware incited by their rivals, and ample justice was done to the good things, the unusual exercise whetting healthy appetites con.cderably. Mr. Power supplied the barleybree to the satisfaction of all, and -yhen all was over the Christchurch men 1- ft by the express.
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