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Auckland, May 3. Among a number of protests received to-day by the Board of Education against alleged irregularities m several School Committee elections, was one stating that at Victoria Valley meeting of householders a number of young men' attended, and endeavored to get a majority on the Committee favorable to the use of the public school foi* dancing and boxing. The Chairman of the ~ Board, Mr Upton, said if this was true, it was time the Board stepped m and made a definite rule respeotiog the use of school buildings. It was resolved to ask the Committee for up. explanation! Wellington, May §, Two Wellington residents liavlng responded to an advertisement addressed to next of kin, have reoeived a oommunioa tion from a solicitor m San Fnmoisco to the enCC* that if identity is satisfactorily established tbey will participate with three other members of the family iv a fortune of£i.s;ooio: The return of imports and exports for the year ending March 31st shews :—lmports, £1,721,088 j exports, £3,417,734 The amounts tor the corresponding period last year were :— lmports, £1,755,662 j exports, £2,983,650. Ohristohurch, May 3. The movement to induce the Agricultural and Pastoral Association to offer prices for small farms conditionally on funds for the pm pose being subscribed by the pnblio has resulted m the Association offering two first pr'a3B of £10 for farms of 50 to 150 acres aod of 150 to 300 acres respectively, conditionally on £100 being guaranteed to cover expenses. It is announced that Mr Frank Guinness will oonte&t Qhrietchurch Worth as a working mau's candidal. :
Dunedin, May $. Mt>j or Strange, of the Royal Artillery, delivered a lecture tonight on 'imperial Federation." Sir R. Stout was m the oh air, and on the platform were several members of both Houses, At the conc'uaion of the lecture the Hon Mr Oliver Sir R. Stout, Mr Alien and l>r Stuart spoke m support of the views of the lecturer, aud it was resolved to take steps to form a branch of the Imperial* Federation League.
InveroargJll, M»y 3. Tho latest news from Pegasus shows nothing of a startling nature , One ounce to the dish of alluvial tin seemß to be ooneidered a good pi ospect. The Minister of Lands was shown rouud the field by Professor Black, and left tor the West Coast.
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