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The old Watersiders' Union at Lytt'elton made presentations to several of its officials last evening.

The City Council has appointed two experts to report on the adequacy of the city water supply.

At last night's meeting of the' City Council it was decided to rescind the regulation regarding the medical examination of casual workmen.

Professor Macmillan Brown delivered an address last evening at the annual meeting of the Navy League on the Japanese menace, and New Zealand s necessity for defence.

An unusual catch'was made at Lyttelton yesterday afternoon by a man fishing from No. 2 wharf. A largo fish had been seen about the inner harbour for several days, but all efforts to secure it proved unsuccessful till yesterday, whenj tempted by the bait on a- strong groper line, it made a bito at it, and was speedily hauled on to the wharf. .The catch, which proved to be a stingray, measured about four foot across, anci six feet from head to tail.

A fortnight ago the City Council shelved a motion to turn street speakers out of Cathedral Square by sending it to the By-laws Committee to report. The report came down last night, when the committee stated that it had reviewed the permits for speaking in Cathedral Square, and it recommended that' a number be granted. The committee expressed the opinion that the control of all the permits issued and all future applications for permission to speak in Cathdral Square should be placed in its hands to deal with. The motion was carried' on the voices.

For about a fortnight a large quantity of coal in the City Council's yard, Armagh Street, has been burning through spontaneous combustion. It is stated that owing to the strike the Council was obliged to purchase 1000 tons oil Kaifcangata coal, which is noted for its' combustible qualities when exposed to the air. It was not thought, however, that the coal would ta&e fire before it became necessary to'use it, and the Council is now using the remaining 400 tons or so as fast as possible. The large pile is smouldering in many places on the surface, and there will, no doubt, be a large percentage of ash in the middle of the heap in place of coal. ( As it is being ;carted away it has to be hosed with' water so that it will not set, fire to the wooden bottom of the cart.

A case of some interest to the sporting public was heard at the Christchurch Magistrate's Court \ Testerday, before Mr H. W. Bishop, S.M., when 11. ().. T. Wood claimed £6 6s from H. J. Taskor, who is well-known in racing circles, for having grazed certain horses for the defendant. The defendant, H. J. Tasker, of 71, Con way Street, Spreydon, farmer (Mr Wright), counter-claimed £150 from the plaintitf, R. O. T. Wood, of Paterson Avenue, Halswell, farmer (Mr Rowe), alleging that in or about the month'of February. 1913, the plaintiff received from the defendant a valuable mare, Mavourneen, and her foal by Galindo, and kept the animals until August 18, 1913. It was the duty of the plaintiff to provide adequate .grazing ;for the animals at the rate agreed upon betweon the plaintiff and the defendant, which duty plaintiff neglected to perform, in consequence whereof the foal wok starved and its health injured to such an extent that it died on October 28, 1913. Mr Bishop daid that tho evidence for the counter-claim was insufficient to establish St. Judgment would be for plaintiff Wo'qdi on the main claim, and for the plaintiff Wocid also in the counter-claim of the defendant Tasker, with costs for Wood on both.

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THE CITY., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8808, 3 March 1914

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THE CITY. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8808, 3 March 1914

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