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(P3R PRESS ASSOCIATION. ) Auckland, February 4. Professor Baldwin's balloon ascent and paraohute drop were safe'y accomplished to-day The aeronaut ascended from the Tramway Company's grounds, Epsom, to a height of over 2000 feet and descended to a spot about 600 yards from where he left the earth, A great oonoourae wit nessed the feat and Urge crowds wore asaomblad on Mount Eden and Mount Btfbaon and other polnta of vantage. The annual moetlug of shareholders of ♦he Auckland Gas Company was held today, when the net revenue frr the year was shown to be £19 506 13i 51 and the balance credit of profit and loss acooaut ; £32,185 9*lol The Bum of £9,507 178 0.1 ur&a apportioned for dividends for tho b»lf year leaving, £3661 16s 7d to be carded to profit and loan account, [The above figures are manifestly wrongly telegraphed. If the sum of the dividend be added to the amount oanied forward it will be seen that tjie Balance to credit of profit and loss dealt with 'should be £18,169 14a 4d.— En.] The German war ship Eber sailed for Samoa today. Wellington, February 4 It is undeutood that as soon as Mr Justice Ward's temporary commission as a member of the Supreme Court Bench U revoked ho will again take up hla Dlatrfo! Jadgeihlp, Repor^ from the country districts state that the crops are in capital condition, and the yield Is expeoted to be considerably over the average. Edmand Lewis, arrested on a charge of Indecent assault on a girl, has been committed for trial, Gkeymouth, February 4. The Brunnortou correspondent of tha " Argua " writes to-nfghfc : It Is reported here that the Grey Valley and Weetport Goal Companies have disposed of their mines to an English Company, but I am unable to say if it Is true. However a cumber of meohanina iu the Brunner, Ooalpltheath, and Walleend mines have received not'oe that their services will be dispensed with after February 16th. Hokitika, February 4. Mrs H. Outtance, wife of a settler llvlnp , at Okura, about JOO miles south of this place, committed suicide oa 25th January by drowning. She was traoked to . a shallow portion of the water, where an attempt was mtdej but there not being Buffiolent water she went to a deep hole, where the body was found. The clothing, pooketb, etc, were weighed with stones to prevent her from fluting. She had suffered from mental aberration for some months, Ohbistohuroh, February 4. At the annual meeting of the Christohuroh Gaa Company the report stated that owing to large reductions in price laat September whioh had not created Inoreased consumption, the diminution In profits amounted to £3,,6tK. The balance to credit of profit and lots wan £5473, and the total annual revenue £29,215. TheDlreotnjs recommended the payment of a dividend of five per cent for the half-year, carrying forward £473. In the Supreme Court to-d*y Mr Leonard Harper, owner of Ilnm estate, applied for an order to restrain William Mardon, fl»x dresser, from defiling the creek flawing tt rough Ham and to grant him relief. Tbe defence submitted that tho water was not damaged or defiled by the flax dressing. Judgo Ward decided that •■ he was sitting as a jary It would be more satisfactory if he saw the place for himself whioh he would do. He therefore adjourned the case. InvkboaeqilLj February 4. Great railway preparations have been made for visitors from all parts of the district to H.M.S Orlando, nhloh will arrive to-morrow evening from Port Pegasus, and will remain in the Blofi all Wednesday, weather permitting. Ranger McKay, at Dlpton, when putting trout baok Into tha stream from roadside pools, after the flaod In the Oretf, found a fine specimen of American brook trout, a fear of whioh were liberated aome lime back, but none of whioh have been seen since •

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2055, 5 February 1889

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INTERPROVINCIAL NEWS Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2055, 5 February 1889