Mr. W. A. Thompson, ia an address in the Ponsonby Hall last evening, explained his action in withdrawing from the by-election to fill a vacancy in the City Council. He said that after 'he offered his services to fill the vacancy, Mr. Davis also came forward, thereby causing an election. The Citizen's League, instead of asking the candidates to retire, placedi a candidate in the field themselves. He (Mr. Thompson), seeing the expense the city would ■be put to, placed the matter before the committee, and they decided to ■withdraw their • candidate from the byelection, and nominate Sfn- Thompson with the ■ general .election,., which takes place on the 28th. April. Theatregoers would do well to carefully guard their pocketf. whilst the crush is on getting tickets for the family circle, as last evening a gentleman had his purse taken, with £1 in it. The crushing and pushing that is done by young hoodlums is very annoying to reepectable and middle-aged people, and is the golden opportunity of the light-finger-ed thieves. The directors of the Hißberd Prepayment Machine Syndicate, Limited, have received, through their patent agents, Messrs Baldwin and Rayward, Auckland, cable advice from Washington that the first of the applications' for patent in America has been- accepted. The granting of the application is of considerable importance to shareholders in the syndicate, and will pave the way for the immediate exploitation of the syndicate's inventions in that country. We are informed by Mr. Meddings, telegraph engineer, that the following new telephone offices have recently been opened,- viz.: Parakao- and lVJcotfi:, beyond Titoki; Marua, Whatian.iki, and Opuawhanga, beyond Hikunangi; Paiaka, near Hukerenui, and Point Chevalier. Telegrams will be accepted for all these places. Telephone exchanges have been established at Helensville and To Kuiti, both of which connect with Auckland.
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