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Cheistchuech, July 17. At a meeting of the Hospital Board, Miss Steele, of Auckland, was appointad matron. The Board decided to postpone the consideration of taking steps to pring the Contagious Diseases Act into operation. :: , . , ■ ;.;,■.:• [) Captain Munroe, of the barque Kate Tatham, which arrived from Mauritius today, reports that during the passage the cook, a German, named G-oddard Elveri, | committed suicide by hanging himself to a beam m the galley on May 29. DuNJEDiif, July 17. A meeting of the Harbor Board and representatives of the Chamber of Commerce was held to-day, to consider the question of seeking an amendment to act m the direction of increasing the rate on goods. It was decided to postpone consideration until comparative information was available of other ports. At a meeting of the Palmerston Lodge, 1.0.0. F., M.U., a resolution was passed resenting strongly the insults thrown at Friendly Societies by Dr McGregor m his report on hospitals, asserting that his statements were wholly false, and resolving that all Friendly Societies take steps to compel him to retract that portion of his report and make a public apologjf. The still case is further postponedInvercargill, July. 17. The news from Coal Island diggings is. generally of a favorable character. Mr Simpson, the Government engineer, has visited the diggings, and authorised expenditure on tracks to the various creeks, which will make work on the island less arduous. As regards gold-getting, most of the men seem satisfied with their earnings. Bragg's party took out 22ozs for a week's work, a nugget of 10|ozs being among it. The most sensational item comes from Crayfish Island, where tw» well-known diggers, Cullen and Clark, who have been working together for a quarter of a century, are reported, to have found quartz on the beach, and to have a ton of stone which .is said to be extremely rich, so much so that it is not thought advisable to give the estimated yield until more au|hentic information is to hand. Suffice it to say that a few tons of such .stuff will make the old men comfortable for life* The bend of what appears to be the reef is north and south towards the main land, and it is' to the.latter that the diggers are looking for something great if tracks are cut to enable them to get about. Two men, it is said, had come round by steamer to secure a claim on Crayfish Island, which is only about half a mile across. Oiie of the prospectors came on board the steamer, and showed samples of the stone, m which gold was plainly seen. The quartz collected by Callen and Clark is overgrown with kelp. Bits of the stone shown here are thickly impregnated with gold. , .. ■. . , ,

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INTERPROVINCIAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2468, 18 July 1890

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INTERPROVINCIAL Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2468, 18 July 1890

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