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[per press association.] The New Plymouth Breakwater. New Plymouth, To-day.

Consulting Engineer Thomson, in his report on the New Plymouth harbor, says the breakwater is now finished for a length of 405 feet ; the work has been well and carefully done, and has stood without any perceptible sinking. An estimate of the cost of the work done from the Bth Dec. to the 7th Jan. shows a very favorable result. Fifty-four lineal feet of breakwater has been constructed, containing 1,069 yards of concrete, costing 25s 10ft d per yard. In the block yard there "are 205 yards of extra blocks, coating 18s 2ltd per yard ; and 227 yards of ptone in the quarry, coating Is 3d do. The Resident Engineer (Mr Rhind) for-

warded a report which is very satisfactory, { and bears out all Mr Thomson has stated. 1 Proposed Temperance University S Scholarship. i The Grand Lodge of Good Templars 1 held a sitting yesterday afternoon, when, 1 among other matters which came under i consideration, was the question of found- 1 mg a Temperance Scholarship in connection with the New Zealand University. It was resolved to recommend the subject to the consideration of the various temperance organisations in the colony, with a view of raising the necessary funds. A Heavy Swell. Timaeu, To-day. A very heavy swell commenced to roll into the roadstead yesterday afternoon, and has continued (and slightly increased) since. At high water the waves broke over the mole in considerable volumes, but no damage was done, and the wharf remained dry. Shipping work was continued under the lee of the breakwater quite comfortably. The Weather. There has been no wind here. The weather is dull, and light lain fell early this morning. The Crops. The crops in South Canterbury are not expected to yield high this season ; the dry spells, coming at the wrong times, have diminished the growth and shrivelled the filling grain. But great diversities of opinion exist in the different parts of the district, which difficult to form a general estimate. Some parts had no lack of rain, while others were burned up at times. District Court. The District Court opens on Monday. The business chiefly relates to bankruptcies. In one case the Borough Council is sued for L2O, damages for injuries received by a person through driving over the face of an unprotected cutting. There is one case of appeal from the R.M.’s decision in a sly-grog selling case at Waimate. Farewell Banquet to Mr Beetham. Mr Beetham, late R.M. here, was entertained by the Justices and Bar at a complimentary dinner last night. The dinner was a private one. Ornithological. A Poultry, Pigeon and Canary Society was formed last night, with 100 members. Another Fire. Dunedin, To-day. A six-roomed two-storeyed house in Elm row, owned and occupied by Mrs Scott, was burnt down yesterday. The adjoining house of Wood, builder, was partially burnt. Scott was insured for L 350 in the National, and Wood for L 650 in the Victoria.

Bad tor Cricket. It is raining heavily, and it is unlikely there will be any cricket to-day. A Constable Charged with Perjury. An information for perjury has been laid against Constable O’Shea, the prinpal witness against ex-Constable Dupree, convicted of fowl stealing. Good ShotIn firing for district prizes, Miller (of the South District Rifles) made 73 out of a possible 84. Getting Common. Invercargill, To-day. A big fire broke out at VV inton last evening. Kilpatrick’s auction room and McLeod’s bootshop were destroyed. The flames were first observed from the centre of the auction room, in which it is said no fire had been lighted for six weeks. White’s hotel was saved with difficulty, and the progess of the fire was only stopped by the brick building. McLeod was not insured, and it is not known if Kilpatrick is. Later. Kilpatrick was insured for Ll7O in the Standard, and the building (which belongs to Mr Robertson, of Invercagill,) for L 350 in the North British. McLeod’s shop was insured for L3OO in the Norwich Union,

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TELEGRAMS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 534, 14 January 1882

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TELEGRAMS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 534, 14 January 1882