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(PHB PBXB3 ASSOCIATION.) Auckland, February 13. Professor Schmidt, oondaotor of the Auckland Ohoral Society, received by yesterday's mill the Galilean medal, with diploma for soienoe and art, awarded to blm by the University of Florence* An ac<ttmpanyluG! lettor from Professor Giglioll states that this is a distinction very rarely bestowed.*. -. Wamoawoi, February 13. An exoltlng Incident occurred In the Parekaretu on Saturday last, A brewery waggon was being driven down the htll In that district, when the shift broke and the waggon waa nearly precipitated over a deep ravine with all the oooupants, consisting of, two women, some ohlldren and the driver. Whilst In this predioament a settler came by aod rendered assistance. It appears that She bush had been set on fire on eaoh side of the road, and it they did not get oat of that position they would be burnt. They managed, however, to patoh np the shaft, bot at the bottom of the hill it again gave way. Here they were not m ao much danger, as the women and ohlldren got under a sohoolhome oat of the heat of the fire, bat the men were kepi busy In keeping the fire off the wagon whilst they patched up the shaft again to enable them to proceed on their journey. Wellington, February 13. A Local Committee of about SO members has been formed to arrange exhibits for the Donadfn Exhibition, bofc is awaiting further Information before taking aotlve Steps. i It has been arranged to hold the first Wellington Agricultural fehow some time m November. It Is now believed that the Alabama la safe. The captain of a aoastlng steamer reports that he saw a vessel answering to the description landing men at Darville'a Island, and a day or two later saw the same vessel off the Island, The Government are abont to offer to the public for settlement, under the pas. toral lease system, two runs In the Auckland Islands, consisting of 138,000 acres ; also, under the email farms settlement soheme, seven small grazing runs at the Kermadecs, the runs varying In area from 930 to 1700 acres. At Masterton an Important meeting this morning resolved, m order te cope With Ijhe yabblt pest, that it was necessary to introduoe, In large numbers, their natural enemler, such as stoats, weasels, and ferrets; also, to form a rabbit district. An influential Committee was formed to carry oat the detail*. GiutYMotrTH, February 13, Friends of the men drowned at Brunner have been dragging for the bodies slnoe Monday morning. They have exploded large charges of dynamite olose to where the bodies were (n the hope that It would rajee them, bat without avail, : Later. Tbe bodies of Molloy and Tuokey, drowned m Lake Branner a^few days ago, wero recovered to-day. An inquest will be held to-morrow. * Dtjkxdin, February 18. At Lawrence to-day, Thompson, a oommlsslon agent, c while having some teeth extracted by Hunter, dentist, died suddenly, immediately after chloroform I bad been administered by De Blair. The Hoenalng election at Fort Ohalmera resulted In the whole of tbe moderate party being returned. Tbe temperance { larty were successful last year, when all ' battle Ibenses were refused. Information has been received that Home, the young man who mysteriously disappeared from his parents' house at Pumkanul, Is at present working In tho Geraldiue district, Canterbury.

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INTERPROVINGIAL NEWS, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2063, 14 February 1889

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INTERPROVINGIAL NEWS Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2063, 14 February 1889