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[per press association.] Mayoral Banquet. New Plymouth, To-day. The Mayor’s banquet last night was largely attended; over 100 were present. Mr Bryce was expected, but was prevented by business from coming. Keeping it Up. At 'Drenui, on the 17th, the natives kept up the day with a feast, thus observing Te Whiti’s custom. A Fresh and its Consequences. Wanganui, To-day. A very heavy fresh in the river rose suddenly in the night, and carried away a punt containing the new steam crane, just made for use to connect with the dredge ; the crane was seen going over the bar, and it is feared has capsized. A

number of small boats were carried away. The boathouse staging is broken up, and other damage is done. We Can Sympathise. Christchurch, To-day, A furious north-west gale commenced last night, and still continues. No damage is ns yet reported. The Runs Question. Dunedin, To-day. A public meeting to consider the runs question is convened for to-morrow. Another Fire. Two four-roomed houses at South Dunedin were burned down this morning and a third partially destroyed. Insurances L3OO in the Northern office, LIOO in the New Zealand, L2OO in the Standard, Ll5O in the National, L2OO in the Victoria. [For continuation of reading matter see first page.]

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TELEGRAMS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 515, 22 December 1881

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TELEGRAMS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 515, 22 December 1881

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