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COUNTRY NEWS.

TAXTMAKXFNUI. Tenders close for the artesian well boring on the 23rd inst. We shall probably have a good water supply at an early date. Great indignation is now In evidence at the advent of the Chinamen. A great newspaper war Is now going on through the columns of ihe local press upon the subject. The local hospital has now three patients. At the usual sitting of the Magistrate's Court, Henery Raweta, a stalwart and active looking aboriginal, was called upon to answer to n charge of having fished In the Wanganul without the necessary license. Henery asserted that he had a perfect Tight to catch any nsh on any native ground without the law questioning him, according to the Treaty of Waltangi. The evidence of another angler, however, showed that Henery, when seen in the act of committing his offence, was in the middle of the Wanganui river. His Worship Imposed a flue of £2 and costs. For bringing liquor into the forbidden area, D. Coleman pleaded guilty, and was fined £2 and costs. Cameron Bell, who did not appear, was mulcted in fines and costs to something over £30. A native and a pakeha, who were represented by counsel, explained how the liquor had-beeu procured for a smoke concert- and presentation to a seafaring friend. The pakeha explained that his daily vocation caused him to be frequently , drenched with water, and very much exposed to the cold. He was continually in water, and he was absolutely In need of stimulants occasionally. The Magistrate commented on the extreme difficulty in dealing with this kind of case, and inflicted the light flue jot 10/. A prophetic incident has just been revealed in the life of Mr A. E. Bone, one of the victims of the ill-fated Penguin. Shortly before entering on his unfortunate voyage, Mr Bone was spending an evening with some friends, and was presented by a lady with one of Letts' diaries, in which, in response to a jocular remark, he wrote the address of Bis wife in case he should forget it. The diary contained an insurance coupon for £100. Mr Bone said that he did not want to meet with an accident, and so had no desire to sign the coupon. He preferred to make fIOO by a better method. The lady, however, pressed him to sign the coupon, and Mr Bone in a spirit of good humour complied. His next journey was in the Penguin, and the sad result is generally known. The coincidence is that the insurance coupon has been presented and honoured by tlie firm responsible for it. mEKDERS are invited for Plumbing, J- . Painting, and Erecting 2 Brick Chimneys on the property of Mr G. E. Foote, lulcerman-st., Onehunga.—Apply on job. Tenders close Saturday, 27tfe, 117

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COUNTRY NEWS. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 70, 23 March 1909

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