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COUNTRY NEWS.

' v % (By Correspondent.)' * I ■■> ':. -' ■- ' ■ fWMHI, .tills day.it A one-roomed shanty, owned by Lockington, of the firm of Lockington and Pattlsou, furniture dealers, etc., was burned to the ground 'on Wednesday evening: ■■ The shanty contained a quantity of flbre. There were no lnsurances_on the place. _ .On morning next the swimming championship of local schools will be decided ■in the borough baths. ; ; Mr. Horatio Walinsley, after an absence of over eleven years, visited VTalhi on Wednesday, returning to Goroiiiandel the same afternoon. Mr. Walmsley las recently re- . turned from British Enst Africa. CAMBRIDGE. A meeting of the Chamber of Commerce was held on Tuesday evening, the President (Mr G. E. ClarkJ being in- the chair. The following new members were elected: Messrs A. Curtain, W. ,D. Shepherd, J. W. Broad, P. J. Sanders, aud A. m. Gane. A deputation was authorised to wait upon the Minister for Railways, or other Minister of the Crown, at the earliest opportunity, to further urge the necessity of a refreshment stall at Kuakura, the matter to be left in the hands of the Chairman. It was further resolved that the attention of the district traffic manager be drawn to the fact that the Cambridge railway service has been most irregular for the past month, the in-trains being almost invariably behind time, not Infrequently ac much as an hour; that the ■ Minister for Post and Telegraphs be written to, pointing out that after a month's trial of the Auckland telephone service, it is found in practice that Cambridge is little or no the dual line, and again urge that an independent line between Cambridge and Auckland be erected; that the Minister's attention be again drawn to the fact that the Cambridge railway station Is sot connected by telephone with the outside stations, and that the matter is one of the utmost importance to the Cambridge public, as in case of delay or breakdown there is no arrive; that the attention of the district traffic manager be drawn to the serious disorganisation of railway business during the recent excursion to Xsaruawahla on the 17th inst., whereby several shinpers of stock were put to serio'A inconvenience and loss, and further that the notice given regarding the Department's inability to carry stock and goods by ths train on that date was quite insufficient, and was known j only to a few peraous In the town. Further ! that this meeting Is strongly of opinion that the ordinary business of the country should, under no circumstances, be subordinated to excursion accommodation for various sports. WATUKU. The Otaua Tennis Club defeated a team representing Tunl by 9 games to 2. The following are tbe results:—Hyland and Miss Johnstoue beat W. Brown and Mrs London 10—S; Webster and Miss Taylor beat Hooli and Miss Howe, 9—6; Selby and Mrs Harris beat Oldham and Miss Pollok. 9 —i; Johnstone aud Miss Greenhead beat Ashwin and Hiss Browu, O-β; Boyd and Mrs. Moffft beat Kowe and Mrs. Hook, 9—o; Hammond and Miss Bogers beat Landon and Mrs. Payne, o—s. Gentlemen's doubles: Brown and Hook beat Johnstoue and Hammond, 9—5; Hyland and Webster beat Granger and Ashwln, 9—3. Gentlemen's singles: Granger beat Boyd, o—6; Webster beat Hook. 10—8; Johnstone beat Brown, o—6.

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COUNTRY NEWS. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 73, 26 March 1909

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