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A Farmers' Union Grain Produce and Finance Company (Limited) with a capital of £25,000 m £1 shares has been formed m Christchurch. jBOOO shares have been applied for. Mr George Hutchinson is secretary, and Messrs Loughrey and Lane solicitors. H.M.S. Royalist left. Sydney on 21st April for a cruise of the Islands, and returned on 21st June. Among other incidents of the voyage she called at Aure Island and captured a chief named Tappea, who had kidnapped a woman, and who had endeavoured to incite a friendly chief to join him to kill and rob an English trader m that island. This Tappea being the same man who caused the murder of a boat's crew of the French trading schooner Idaho some two years ago, he was handed to the French authorities, and the commission sentenced him to fifteen years' imprisonment. Seven years ago this same Tappea killed and ate the mate of a Fijian vessel. At Aoba the French warship Saone, after inquiring into the murder of the trader, Mr Merrier, shelled the village. This was a totally unprovoked murder. The man was a well-established storekeeper at Aoba, and was brutally tomahawked whilst purhasing some copra from the natives. A few evenings ago a poor old man of 65 years of age crawled into the police station at Auckland, on two sticks, and demanded shelter there m the Queen's name. The lock-up keeper had to inform him that he could )iot incarcerate him, as he had committed no offence. The old man explained to the officer that he would then be under the painful necessity of smashing som« windows, aa he must have shelter for the night, and considerately asked the constable whether he would have them smashed m the passage, at the office of tho Charitable Aid Board, or the front window of the guardroom. The OJlicur gave an "official utterance " worthy of an R.M., by exhorting the old man to refrain from either experiment, and to "move on." The old man moved on to High street, where he lay down on the asphalt pavement to await what might turn up. Detective Hughes turned up, and appeared to be deeply interested m the old man's logic, for, m the Queen's Maine, lie " ran him m." A woman was travelling m Sydney by the Waverley tram, and on arrival at the Daiiiiighurst stopping-place the guard requested Senior-serge;int Hughes to take the woman's name and address, as she did not pay her fare, whereupon the woman, who was apparently under the influence of liquor, became abusive, and had to be ejected from the tram. As the tram started off she ' lost her balance and fell between two carriages, the, wheels of one of which passed over her, cutting her body fearfully, and causing almost instantaneous death. The remains were picked up and conveyed to the South Sydney Morgue. Deceased, aged 60, was a married woman, and her husband resides somewhere m Queensland

(The services held m. the Oddfellows' Hall by Mr Thomas Spurgeon on Sunday were very well attended. The hall was comfortably filled m the morning, and at the evening service the place was crowded m all parts. Mr Spurgeon preached m the morning from the subject "Grieve not the Holy Spirit," pointing out, m a forcible and eloquent address, the personality of the Holy Spirit. The evening discourse was on " Let me die the death of the righteous, and let my last end be like his." The address was a very impressive one, and the large audience were very attentive, and at times much moved with Mr Spurgeon's appeals. The lecture to be given on Tuesday night by Mr Spurgeon on "John Ploughman's picture* " promises to be well worth listening to, besides which it will be illustrated with oxyhydrogen lime-light views, thus being m effect almost a re-pro-duction of the Rev C. H. Spurgeon's celebrated lecture given m London.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2488, 11 August 1890

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