(By Telegraph.—Press Association.) AN ELECTION PROSECUTION. GISBORNE, this day. Iα the Magistrate's Court, G. Darton, runner-up to the Hon. J. Carroll in the re<-ent general election, was charged with committing an illegal practice by paying money on account of the hire of vehicles for the conveyance of electors on the day of the second ballot. It was stated that the ease, if substantiated, would have to go to the Supreme Court for trial. An adjournment till Monday was granted on the application of the defence. SUDDEN DEATH. CHRISTCHURCH, this day. An elderly widow, Mrs. Helen Mary Bidder, a resident of St. Albans, died in bed early this morning. The coroner has ordered an inquest. WELCOME RAIN. TIMARU, this day. The first heavy rain since January 20th comenced to fall this morning, and by nine o'clock 66 points had been registered. The rain is badly needed throughout the district. This fall will save the turnip crops, which were beginning to suffer from the prolonged drought, and brunt up pastures will be revived. NELSON, this day. The long spell of dry weather was. broken yesterday. Rain fell last night, and to-day there was a sharp fall in barometer. CHRISTCHURCH, this day. Heavy rain set in early last night and continues, showing no sign of ceasing. I It will do inestimable good to the coun-| try, which was seriously feeling the | effects of the long drought. AN INSURANCE CLAIM. INVERCARGILL. this day. At the Magistrate's Court to-day, Mr Cruickshank, S.M., gave judgment in the case Annie Fox against the Sun Insurance Company. Plaintiff's shop was . destroyed by fire and the contents, inj sured for £100, were burnt and proof of ' loss of £87 was lodged. The Company i relied on various grounds, including fraud, but the Magistrate found nothing to prove this and gave judgment for plaintiff for £71 17/8. : ■ j W.C.T.U. CONVENTION. ! . : WELLINGTON, £His day. At the W.C.T.U. Convention the corresponding secretary's report was adopted. During the year nine new branches were organised, and the membership increased from 1540 to over 1700, exclusive lof Maori members. ! The financial report, which was adopt- j ed, showed receipts during the year to be j £165 and expenditure £94. A sum of £1051 passed through the hands of local unions. DEER STALKING IN NELSON. NELSON, this day. Owing «to the applications from the Tourist Department to provide facilities for visiting sportsmen after deer, etc, the Acclimatisation Society has arranged to keep a register of qualified guidee who will conduct sporting tours in likely country at moderate coat. Some visitors thus catered for have thoroughly enjoyed the trip, and secured good sport. THE PENGUIN HEROINES. NELSON, this day. The collections to endow a Hospital bed in memory of the brave stewardesses of the Penguin are being liberally responded to. MISCELLANEOUS. NAPIER, this day. Tareha was charged in the Magistrate's Court to-day with assaulting Bibby on the Park racecourse on Wednesday, and was further remanded for a week. Bibby recovered consciousness last night. WELLINGTON, this day. In the semi-final of the Thorndon Club tennis championship, Swanston defeated ' Fisher by 23 games to 15. WESTPORT, this day. After one of the driest spells on record on the West Coast, splendid rain fell throughout last night, and continued at intervals to-day. It will be welcome all over the district, especially to the mining industry, which has been partially suspended for want of water, and it is hoped it will now be possible to put out the Millerton mine fire. DUNEDDT, this day. Steady rain has been falling since hist evening. Thin dispose* of any chance of establishing fresh records at to-mor-row's athletic cltamDionsbip meeting.
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