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Work. —The Rangitata Road Board invite tenders for various works, particulars of which will be found on our third page. Gas Superseded. —The Auckland City Council contemplate an introduction of the electric light, using the city water supply as a motive power instead of steam.

Dunedin Benevolent Institution.— The enquiry into the working of the Dunedin Benevolent Institution, about which many ugly rumors have been circulated, will begin on Monday next.

Auction Sale. —ln another column will be found the present entries for Messrs Davies and Winter’s monthly sale, which will take place at Mr Patton’s yards, at Methven, on Thursday next.

Departure of the Governor. —His Excellency Sir Arthur Gordon left Wellington for Fiji in H.M.S. Miranda yesterday afternoon, both Houses of Parliament adjourning to permit members to bid his Excellency good-bye.

Police Courf. —At the above Court this morning, before Mr R. Alcorn, J. P., Thos. Greenlees was brought up on a charge of vagrancy and drunkenness; fined 40s, or, in default, 48 hours in the lock-up. The prisoner elected to take it out.

Debating Society. —The next meeting of the Debating Society will bo held on Wednesday, July sth, at Saunders’ building, when Mr Cape-Williamson will road a paper on the subject of “ Phonetic Teaching v. Ramanic.”

Grog Stopping at Auckland. —Three applications for orders prohibiting hotelkeepers supplying certain persons with drink were granted at Auckland yesterday. One was solicited by Thomas Macfarlane, accountant in bankruptcy, against his eon David Wilkie Maefarlane. The New Catholic Church. The new Catholic church in Burnett street west is already beginning to “take shape,” and is now sufficiently advanced to enable a fair idea to be formed of what it will look like when completed. Judging from its present appearance the church should form an important addition to the public buildings of Ashburton. Rinkino. —Last evening there was a very large attendance at the rink. Some novelties in skating were indulged in notably, a polonaise, with fresh additions. It is proposed to represent Ashburton at the forthcoming contest at the Exhibition, and one or two members have resolved to compete. In future there will be one half hour’s practice devoted to backward skating at every meeting. It was also decided that gentleman shall wear gloves at the future gatherings of the Club. A Narrow Escape —Mr Moses White, accountant to the New Zealand Loan Company, had a naraow escape from being killed at Timaru yesterday morning. On opening the strong room he discovered iu was full of gas. lie left the door open for some minutes and than lit a match, when the gas exploded with terrific force, throwing Mr White ten or twelve feet away, smashing a lot of windows, and doing other damage to the offices. Mr White was badly burnt about the face, head, hands, and clothes, and had to be taken home.

The Wallace Personation Case.— Great excitement prevailed at Invercargill yesterday, the day of the hearing of the charges of alleged malpractices against Messrs Booth and Daniel, M. H R., at the Wallace election. The certificate granted to Mr Booth at the Elections Petitions Court being put in further proceedings were stayed in his case. Mr Daniel was then arraigned on four counts, three charging him with aiding and abetting in an unlawful act, and the fourth with having committed an unlawful act himself. Mr Wade appeared for the prosecution, and Mr Stout (with him Mr Finn) for the defence. Evidence was led at considerable length showing that accused had attested a claim to vote which was not in the claimant’s handwriting, and which did not carry his signature, having been written by Booth. Mr Stout raised various objections, and one was held by the Court to be fatal to the case for the Crown, being that there was nothing to show that the prosecution had been commenced within six months after the offence was alleged to be committed. His Honor therefore directed the jury to return a vdrdict of not guilty on the first count. Mr Wade asked leave to abandon the remainder, but was bound to say from the evidence which came out, and the depositions, that accused, as a Justice of the Psace, in attesting documents which were neither more nor leas than false ones, was guilty of very considerable impropriety. However, accused had not attempted to place on the roll any but qualified persons, and so there was no failure of justice in the case,

Fish Poachers. —Three salmon troutpoachers were caught at 4 o’clock yesterday morning, at the mouth of the Water of Leith, in the act of spreading nets. Their boat was 30ft from the shore. The Acclimatisation Society are going to prosecute. Salmon trout has been a frequent dish at the Dunedin hotels for a long time past.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 671, 24 June 1882

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