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COUNTRY NEWS.

• '-" PAEROA.

(By Telegraph.—Own Correspondent.) y-.-iV y.t PAEROA,,, Monday. A buggy accident .occurred on the Thamesroad last night.' Owing to the darkness the driver : falled to see a bridge, and drove into a small creek. -All the occupants were thrown Into the water, and one of them, Mrs, Wells, .received, a fractured arm aud a. severe cut over the eye. Mrs "Wells waa taken to Paeroa, and attended to by Dr. Smith.

.Mr Geo. Crosby, who had resigned .from the County:. Council, has reconsidered - his resignation, and continues to hold his seat. An extraordinary general meeting of tha Thames Valley fco-op. Dairying, Co. was to receive the resignation oi tne directors, and to elect new ones Mr A. i Hubbard (chairman of directors) occupied the chair. The resignation of the directors was accepted by resolution, and 23 nominations 'were received for the ten places on the directorate. The ballot resulted as follows:—A. C. Hubbard 165; T. n ', S - Bellamy, 122; T. A. Cboper, 122; F Bel1 ' U2: R - w - Ba «- ---?«..' J? 108; J. McCormlck, WT; E. Elliot, 106; "W. Moore, 104; 3. G JS o **}, 101 ' J - McCpnnell, 100; J. A. Reid, 2. "k Cr / e lYll' J, hos ' Hae ' «: W. J. Hall «, W. J. Holt, 87; A. McLaughlin, 33; P. Treanor, 14; G. Durbln, 14. The ten first were declared duly elected.

WHAJSOAKEX. (By Telegraph.—Own Correspondent.) WHANGAREI, Monday. r. Tbe „ ?1? T K ?! J h * Whangarei County Council (Mr J. McKlunon) to-day received a telegram from the Treasury Department stating that no further grants can be made ffter the end of the present financial year (March 31st), as the full amount authorised by law has been issued. In view of this the Maungakaramea special loan of £3000 has been deferred for the time being. ■™A. cr °w de< l congregation was present at Clyrigt Church last night, when twenty candidates, ten of each sex, were confirmed by Bishop Neligan. The Revs. H. Hawkins (chaplain) nnd L. L. Cnbltt (vicar) assisted at the service. The Bishop had a full day yesterday, celebrating Holy Communion at Christ-Church, Whangarei, at 8.30 a.m and holding ordinary service at Knmo at 11 a.m., where he delivered a stirring address on the "Unity of the Churches." In the afternoon he Journeyed to Huanul, for the purpose of confirming: several Maori rand dates, being assisted by his Lordship's chaplain (Rev. Hawkins) and the Maori minister for the district. WAIHI. WAIHI. Monday. T-L° anniversary services in connection with the Baptist Church took place yesterday. In the morning the Rev. w h Salter, of Athenree. officiated, there being' a very fair attendance. In 'the evening, to a large congregation, the Rev. J. Spottlswoode preached an eloquent and Impressive discourse on "The Man the World Needs." The singing at morning and evening was appropriate to the occasion, and Included nicely-rendered anthems by the choir, the musical portion being augmented by. members of sister churches. Mr. Norman Warren rendered "Eternal Rest" at the evening service. The musical portion of the service was under the supervision of Mrs. Brown, who was ably assisted by Miss N. Johnston, who presided at the organ. CAMBRIDGE. CAMBRIDGE. Monday. HALTAPU DRAINAGE "BOARD.

This Board met at Cambridge on Saturday. An application had been made to the district engineer for railways for permission to deepen a drain underneath the railways between the Bruntwood ajid Matangl stations. A reply was received from Mr. Mcintosh as follows: "Necessary. pile ends of bridge under which drain passes cost £9S. On receipt of cheque Board will be allowed deepen drain." The members thought this an outrageous charge, as the drain Is one that anyone could jump across, and the existing passage under the line Is one with* rubble sides, and stringers across the top. It was reported that the ganger of -lie surfacemen had notified the contractor that he must - not deepen the drain under the Uautapu bridge. Mr. Ross said- if they had to pay for that In proportion to' what was asked for the Matangl culvert, it would run into £1000. It was eventually left for the Board's engineer to interview Mr. Mcintosh, and endeavour to come to an amicable arrangement re both places. For section 2 of B drain only one tender was received, viz., J. S. Irvine, at lOd per cubic yd for material moved, and It was accepted. For section 1 of A drain a final payment was passed to Messrs. Irvine and Miller of £48 6/8. A very lengthy discussion took place over the drainage of the district generally, after which the usual monthly accounts were passed for payment.

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COUNTRY NEWS. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 64, 16 March 1909

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