(Fbom oo « own Correspondent,) At laat the weather appears to have 1 broken up, and we have experienced a few < beautiful bright d.ye. The sharp froata ' still oome every night and there Is no appearance of any-.growth in, the grass. At the time of writing the weather looks < thteataolng.^..' V,-.; '■''.: ' ' Oo July 12th the Rakaia Orange Lodge ' held its annual ball in the Town Hall. In ' spite of the: somewhat inolement weather ' toere was a splendid attendanoe. The hall • was very tastef ally deoarated with fl-ga etc, and, wum- lighted up presented a very brllllftnt. apcearanoe. Mr ; W.Pdarce < acted as M.0. ; musib being supplied by | Mr J, • Curtis.^ ; Some-.. 60^.: ooup;ea,,and a r . number of onlookers passed a very pleasant evening. The snb-oommlttoe appointed at tbe Sohool Otmmittee meeting oloeed the eohoiil o:i Friday,for mtd-wlnter holidays. The school will ro-i p,n oa Mooday Augasl sib, when it is to be hoped that Mr DiXju, the hjad master, will be able to resume duties after his severe lllneßs. This will be balled frith delight by the ohildren, for Mr Dixon although strlot Is -Ot fond of inflicting corporal punishment, a system adopted very strongly by those lately Id charge, if rumours is oorreot, At a Bpeoial meeting of the School Oommittee held the otter evening a letter was .read from the Board to the effeot that jthe committee's selection of aa Infant mlßtresb oouid not b ; sooepted It wj>b unanimous y retolved ( ill the members being present;, tbat the oommittee wore still of the.eauae opinion as to tbe aeleotion, and the chairman was rdqaesbed to Intimate the same tothe Board. ' , A . publio entertainment under the .auaploea of the Blue Ribbon organisation, Wus bold ou Tbnraday last when there was a large, attendance, and the oommittee were, taxed to the utmost to find sitting accomodation. The Rev J. P. Riddle (iu the unavoidable absenoe of tbe Rev H, Collins, who was to have , taken the obalr) presided, and In a brief address referred to the advanoeit which total: abstinence, principles were : making, oohcladlog his remarks by driwlng attsn to the '• JLocsl option " resolution carried in the House, of Representatives oo tbe previous evening. The programme was t&enj proceeded • with, which ' included eongi by Misses, L. Gray, Thompson, Bruqe, Loabody, and Rowe.' readings by ' Meaars Taruer and O. Dixon ; a reoitatloh by ; Mr Geo, and an inettu mental ! piece by 4liss Bilton, Masters R. Clark ] and gavet a dlajogao, > and-; Master A', Barjbook a recitation'. ;i The eh-i r tertainment ad a whole was very enjoyable/ i though it was materially marred by the , conciuot OfeßeyeraVVhoddlurhß'riwho prel ferred the in'dulgotice of * questionable | amujiemmt without to the real enjoyment "to.- be had within ...the., hall . Several 1 p edges were taken during the evening 1 i'hia' m ivemonv is gradually: makiug ! strides and were it not for the abomin- ( ; abio'ibiggotedneß3 of some "of iph& membsrs many more might be induoeoVfo join and give? a hond ■' ~ ■' ■ ■ ; l ■•"■ 1 Final arrangements have been made by | ihe Library Committee fbr holding a concert and dance on August 2nd in aid of i ha funds. The ooncert promises to | be. a very good ono. Numbers of per- ! forojers froah to the distriot, some of them , j very talented, have promised assistance. Perhaps the owners of ddga wlli take i this. hint and keep, thtir- Lets, at, home, they aXe^ai better^ thereithan^disturoing^ ' a reip\ot»bJe audience^ ;=? 'tf K $ \ ' The County Ccuooil propose taking a | vote) as to getting a furtuer supply of water , from the Rakaia river to supplement the ; present supply below tbe railway and ', enable fresh races to be made. It is to i be hoped that all owners of land will roll , up and vote, thus securiog a sure in-, orease before the dry summer comes ink It is understood tbat in this distriot the polling plaoes will be at Oherlsey, : Pen' > darVea aDdDorie> ' >:;-•( •>■/■. ,■■-■.;.« \
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