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Evidence m the Oisbomc murder case, given yesterday, was of a criminating nature as regards the man Black. Accused is stated to have made a number of contradictory t statements to account for Streeter's tlis- ! appearance,

The nominations for the Timarn seat are fixed for the 31st inst. The s.s. Pifeshire, which sailed from Port Chalmers for London to-day, had the following cargo : —857 bales wool, skins, and flax, 12,247 sacks grain, 317 casks tallow and skins, 38 bags hides, 15,084 cases meats, 1030 cases cheese, 44 packages sundries, 28,725 carcases mutton, 18 calves, 287 quarters beef, and 118 cases kidneys. In the case Gihnour v. the Selwyn County Council, heard before the Christchurch Supreme Court—the hearing lasting more than a week—the plaintiff,'a farmer on the Lower Helswell, claimed £1500 damages for the alleged water -logging of his land by the County water-races. It was alleged that by the topping of the Waimakariri for waterrace purposes, the Halswell basin had been charged with an undue quantity of water, - which had so water-logged plaintiff's land that eighty acres, bought at £14 an acre m 1878, and fairly fertile up to 1885, had become a useless swamp subsequent to that year, and the Property tax valuer had assessed theland since then at only £2 an acre. Among the witnesses m the case was Mr John Grigg, who gave evidence to much the same effect as he had spoken on the subject of water-logging m the Ashburton County Council—viz. that the water races m Ashburton County tended to waterlog liis land. The weight of the evidence, however, was to the effect that there was but little leakage from the races, much evaporation, and a heavy percentage of absorption by plant life. The jury gave a verdict of £150 damages, but this was not for any damage'caused by the alleged waterlogging by the running water-races, but by damage arising from the Council's neglect to keep the' mouth of the Hals «rell clear of silt. *

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2473, 24 July 1890

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Untitled Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2473, 24 July 1890