(PEE PRESS ABSOOIAHOM.) Auckland. April 8 A saltwater snake, of about 4ft m length has been oaught on the oo«st by Natives, and Is supposed to have drifted from troptoal latltades. Tho Hospital and Obarltable Aid Board at Its meeting to-night accepted the tender of E. A. Matthews, £7297, for the erection of Oostley'a Homo for the aged poor, to be bnllt at Bpsom. Twenty tenders were received. Lord Onslow is to be asked to lay the foundation atone of the building. A meeting was held to-day, Bishop Cowie preeidiug, to oonulder the qneatlon of rendering assistance to parsons tffl oted with blindness. Mr Tighe, who has him self lost bis sight, was present, baring recently arrived from Australia to undertake the work of ednotting blind paople m New Zealand. A Committee was formed to make arrangements for the scheme. It Is proposed to ask Government for assistanoe m the matter,. Gisbobke, April 8. Last week Sir G. Whitmora oaptnred on his ran an ugly snake, 2ft 6in long, yellow and blaok. At the Supreme Court civil sittings tomorrow, m the action Allan McDonald v the Bank of New South Wales, whioh is a claim for damages of £60,000 for illegal se'zare, Mr J. B. Fisher, of Ohrlstohuroh, appears for the Bank. j
Wellington, April 8. A proclamation m an extraordinary l< Gazette," published this evening farther prorogues Parliament until May 9th.
A young woman named K«te Brewer, a domoatio servant, was terribly soorohed about the back and 6houlders owing to her clothes oatohlng fira.
The opaciog of the Mastarton ex-j tennion to Eketahuna wu formally oelebrated to-day m the presence of Ministers, members of the House, Railway Oom.missioners, officials and a number of the public The town was gaily decorated with banting. At the lanoheon Sir W. Fitsherbert was m the ohali. The usual toasts and speeches were given. Mr Mttohelson regretted that provision had not been made to qompjete the connection with Woodvllle. He believed the ltae would be one of the best paying In the oolony owing to the splendid country It traversed. Mr Smith M H.R., on behalf of tho settlors heartily weloomed the visitors, of whom aboat lOOQ were present, Nklson, April 8. Hops are hardening m prloe. Thirtoen peace a pound is now the current rate. Ohristohdboh, April 8. A port mortem examination of the body of Mrs Guon who died suddenly at the Pdlaoe Hotel yesterday, showed that death resulted from heart disease. The operatives !n O'Brien's boot faotory threaten to strike unless the new foreman olioker, who is not a. Society man, Is dismissed, or a fee of £10 paid by htm. Dunedin, April 8, The ap^ioal bolng made for fands to build a Nurses' Home m oonneotion with the Hospital is beiog well responded to aad £905 has been already subscribed. A publio appeal is to be made to raise the required amount, £1500. The Victorian agent for the Exhibition, In his report, states that though he has made no canvass, eighty-one exhibitors have applied and paid for space. He estimates Victoria's requirement at 60,000 ft, or doable that oooupled by that oolony at the Adelaide Jubilee Exhibition, Invbroargill, April 8. Douglas, the statlonmaster at Riverdale, who was lojired by being ran down by a truck, (a* sinking fast. It has not been possible to amputate his leg, and mortification has set In. He is • young man with a wife and two ohlldren.
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