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Melbourne, September 10. Government have been informed -that' the Imperial Government will j»ot object to the coinage of silver in Mdftionme Mint, provided it is done under clearly-defined conditions, _in border to prevent a large profit being ■made from tlae coinage.

St hied ivory is said to be superseding kite ivory for all sorts of articles, including those of the toilet. Mr Seddom, M.H.R., has make a proposal that the New Zealand Government shall buy up the Union Steamship Company's boats, and run them on behalf of the State. The anniversary sermons of the Newlaiul Primitive Methodist Sunday School were preached last Sunday, morning and evening, when able and interesting discourses were delivered by the Xcv J. H. Gray,of Willowby. In the afternoon hymns and recitations were given by the children. The services were well attended. The Soiree was held on Monday evening, when a large number sat down to tea. The public meeting was presided over by Mr E Watkins, and addresses were delivered by Lieutenant Davies (S.A.), Rev J. H. Gray, and Mr J. W. vSawle. a successful meeting was brought to a close by a iiearty vote of thanks to the ladies, the speakers, and the organist (Mr A. Hight), moved by Rev J. Boothroyd and seconded by Mr Lill. Quite an event in town to-day was the wedding of Mr Frederick William Bishop, of Graham's Road,to Lizzie, eldest daughter of Mr John Small, farmer, Graham's Road. The couple drove up from the bride's home in an open carriage, drawn by a pair of fine blacks, bedecked in the approved style with gala trappings. Following the bride and bridegroom came a procession of five and twenty carriage loads of wedding guests, while the rear was brought up by quite a troop of horsemen. The scene at the Church of the Holy Name of Jesus was most imposing, when the gay assemblage of vehicles drew up and deposited their happy freight. Very soon the church was crowded, and the wedding party took their places at the altar. —the Misses Small (3) and the Misses Bishop (2) sisters of the bride and bridegroom, taking the bridesmaids' place on the left of the bride, and Mr J. Small and Mr J. Bishop as groomsmen on the right of the bridegroom. The Very Rev Father Chastagnon performed the ceremony, after which mass was celebrated, at the conclusion of which Mrs Quinn, organist, pealed out a joyous wedding march. As usual the newly married pair had to run the gauntlet of the rice-throwers on their way to the carriage. Greetings over and their places again taken the pro cession rolled away to the Graham's road farm, where Mr John Small holds rejoicings to-night on a grand scale in his daughter's honor. The largest marquee to be procured has been erected, and has been provided for about 200 guests. The Ashburton School Committee met on Monday evening. Present—Messrs Silcock (chairman), Bean, Paul, Porter, Craighead, and Baker. The Chairman reported a credit balance at the bank of £15 7s 7d. It was decided not to cut down any trees on the school ground until the summer was over. After discussion of a letter from the Education Board on the subject of appointing a truant officer to enforce the compulsory clauses of the Act, the Committee decided that there was no necessity for such an officer. The Headmaster's report showed the attendance for the month :—On the roll —Boys, 241; girls, 207; total, 448. Highest daily attendance—Boys, 223; girls, 114; total, 337. Strict average—Boys, 211 ; girls, 169; total, 380, It was resolved to fill the vacancy on the Committee at next meeting. The caretaker's garden was reported as having been seen to. Accounts were passed up to,j£B Is lid. Messrs Silcock and Baker were appointed a Visiting Committee for the mouth. The Secretary was instructed to tender the Committee's thanks to Mr Wilson, of the Normal School, for his valuable assistance at the magic lantern exhibition, the proceeds of which had been £3 11s 3d, Messrs Craighead,- Paul, and Bean were appointed a sub-Committee to arrange an entertainment in aid of the prize and treat fund. Mails per Manapouri close at Auckland on Thursday, 11th instant, at 3 p.m.

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THE MELBOURNE MINT., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2514, 10 September 1890

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THE MELBOURNE MINT. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2514, 10 September 1890

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