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Maeton, Febraary' ll, The dancing contest for the phamplonshlp of the North Island, sad £20 a aide and 75 peraent of the door mmoy, was won easily by OtoK»y against MoLennan. There was a Urge attendance. Wbllinoton, February 11. Another welcome fall of rain, whloh will bonefit farmers, took place thla morolng. The Aotlng-Seoretary of the New Zialand Exhibition Commissioners has received a letter from the Secretary, who ia m Melbourne, oanoelllng the Mat of awards at the epeoUl wool show aa previously published, and substituting the following ;— Flrat order of merit, fl jeoes, ■ John Reid Eldozelle (four awards) ; wool In bales, John Reid, Rlderalie, Thomas Tanntr, Napier ; O, D. Hamilton, Nepior ; and Lowollffa Estate Company, Canterbury. — Second order of merit, fl^eoas, Robert Oobb, Palmorston North, John Reid, Elderaile (two awards) ; D. McLean; Hawkea B»y ; Joseph and PhllUpa, Watrarape; wool In bales, J. Reid, Elderslle (three awards) —Third ordor of merit, fleeces, James Wallaoa, P*patoitoi ; John Raid, KlderaHe ; D. MaLean, Hawkea Bay ; wool Id bales, MoLean and Johb. Reid.— Hon mention, wool la bale?, Frederick Button, Hawkea Bay. Two Maori* were arrested at the Upper Hutt on a charge of setting fire to a hoase and iojarlog stock belonging to a aettler la the district. The man Rooke, oharged with the robbery of watches at the Empire hotel has been committed for trial, Tivab^, February U. The Mayor, with the odnoarrence of the oltigins, ia Inviting the Admiral to send one or more warships to visit Timara. Oamartj, Febraary 11. A man named William Edwards has been arrested on a oharge of robbery of a wfttoh, with violence, from a man who was partly Intoxicated. Dunbdin, February 11, The dredgo at the Waipap* Company's mine was got to work last week, and the prospects are eooouraglog. For the next six months steamers of the Shaw, Savlll and Albion Company's line will make Port Chalmers and Lyttelton first ports of arrival, commencing with the Arawa for Port Chalmers. The New Zealand Shipping Company's steamers will take the Northern pqrta for arrival daring the same period The Dunedin Ministers' Conference have passed resolutions condemning the use of licensed halls for glove contests under the Marquis of Qaeensberry's rales, as they are thinly disguised pr'zj fights, brutallalng to those engaged and demoralising to the community, A deputation was appointed to wait on the Oity Council on the subject. At the Police Court to day, two boys Madson and, one, Qteen were oharged with robbing another boy In the street of monay he was taking to pay rent. One of the Mad ions was under seven, and tho oharge was withdrawn ; the other two were ten years, and they were sentenced to fourteen d>ya, with, si; strokes of the blroh. s?he parent of tho boya Madson said that when thoj were reoently fined he had saved up £1 to pay it, and the boys atole it from him, At the Banco sitting of the Buprime Oonrt, Mr F. R. Ohapman|anpeAred before Mr Justice Williams to ask that the oonvlotlon of two debtors, named Hugh MoLeod and Finlay MoLeod, sentenced at luveroarglll on tho SOch ult by District Judge Broad to three months' imprisonment for not keeping proper books should be quashed. The ground on whloh the application was bssod was that the order of oommmltment was not signed till after Judge Broad had left the Bgnoh., None of the other parties were represented, Mr Solomon, who had appeared for, the Official Assignee, staling that he was not instructed. He said after the debtors were punished there appeared to be a revulsion of feeling m favor of the young men. His Honor quashed the oonytation, He said the interval botweoa the seqtenoe and the signing was very email, bqc that did not affeot the principle, which he thought he was bound to follow until reversed by a higher Court. Inveroaroill Febraary 11. The New Zealand Finance Company declares no dividend for the half-year, owing to so many properties fealag left on its hands, The previous "half-year's dividend was 6, per coot. At a meeting of ratepayers m ths Winton Riding on Saturday night, It was resolved to petition the Governor to declare the riding a separate county. General diisatlsfaotlon was expressed with the management of the Southland County afitlrs, particularly because so little road* making was done for the ratea oolleoted •oath,

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INTERPROVINCIAL NEWS, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2061, 12 February 1889

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INTERPROVINCIAL NEWS Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2061, 12 February 1889

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