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Auckland, October 13. The Registrar of Friendly Societies, Mr E. Mason, addressed a meeting of members of those bodies to-ni^ht at the Academy of Music. During his address he urged at some length that the scale of contributions of Friendly Societies should bo m proportion to the benefits. Mr Mason leaves, £oj New Plymouth tomorrow. It is sbafced that the dissensions between Paster Birch and his congregation are resulting m a falling off m tho financial resources of the Chnrcli. A man named Davidson Patterson, & eabdriver, bad a narrow escape from drowning m the harbour, owing to driving his oivb and horses over the side of th« Queen street wharf into the sea. It was dark when the accident occurred, and it; is considered that the gas lamps blinded the man. Constables" M'Donald and M'Kay accompanied by the watchman. Griffiths," went m a boat to then spot whore the cab and horses fell, a.utf found Patterson floating with his feefed dowawards and apparently dead, After considerable efforts those intftw boab partially revived him, and he. was then brought to shore and taken to. tho hospital, where he is progressing favourably. The two horse* worn, drowned. The cab has been raised! Ott to- the wharf. Duxej)^ October 1&. Bridget Lee, two ywvrs oM, was scalded to death at St KiJda hy upsetting a kettle of hot wa.t,ott,, „ Wellington, October 13. Several robberies of caslx boxes have* been reported* The latest occurred t\u S morning when a cash box at Cambridgellotuj, containing £45, was stolen during: the momentary absence of the p'/twrietor from tho bar. The inquiry into the circumstances connected with the firo which destroyed the-' old Government Priatiog Office will be held on Friday. The R.M.S, Boric left Rio Janiero forPlymouth ova Saturday w ith her cargo of-

meat m good condition. The Duke of Westminster, loaded with frozen meat for London, isstuck up for coal, tho Grey Valley Coal Company's supply having run out. Ifc is probable that she will not get away before the middle of next week. Government have under consideration the question of employing convict labor m the construction of a road from Milford Sound to the Sutherland Falls. If it is decided to carry out the project Government will have constructed a number of portable houses for the accommodation of convicts and warders. At a mesting of the Diocesan Synod this morning Mr C. Rous Marten moved his motion re the Private Schools Bill, urging upon all church members to vote for those members afc the Government election who will support such a measure. Mr Marten said the resolution waa outcome of a meeting hold during tho recess, and he w;is simply the mouthpiece of the committee. The Rev Mr Coffey seconded the motion. Mr Jellicoo spoke strongly against it, saying it was undesirable that the Church should be mixed up m politics to such an extent. Mr Cottey said the typical Parliamentary man feared no God— all he feared was hisconstituents. The Rev Mr Page moved an amendment that the Synod pass on to the next order of the clay. Mr Richardson seconded the amendment, which was lost by 19 to 21. After a short discussion the motion was lost by 23 to 17.

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INTEPRROVINCIAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2543, 14 October 1890

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INTEPRROVINCIAL Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2543, 14 October 1890

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