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COUNTRY NEWS.

(By Telegraph.—Own Correspondent.) CAMBRIDGE. CAMBRIDGE, Monday. The Cambridge Road Board met on Saturday. The matter of making a deviation ou the road known as MeCann's was considered. The School Commissioners, who are the owners suggested that Mr Kurd, District Road Engineer, should be consulted on the matter, and that suggestion was adopted. The Council declined a request for permission to take gravel from the Board's pit to make concrete for the new town hall. Two tenders were received for the lease of section 06 of Tnmahere Parish, for a term of 14 years, and the highest one was aacepted, via., Hutchinson Bros., £5 0/ per aunum. PAEROA. PAEROA, Monday. The Methodißt Church fancy fair was con« tlnued on Saturday afternoon and evening, and was very well patronised. The following are the winners of the various competitions:— NalJ driving by ladles: Mrs Morgan; gentlemen nail driving: Rev. Read and J. Harvey; ladles' snwlng competition: Miss L. Sllcock; blindfold pig drawing, Mr S. Bagnnll; gentlemen's shooting: Mr E. E Andrews; bed making: Mr E. Oilman. In the : weight guessing competitions Miss L. Sil- ' cock won the wedding cake, aud Mr J. Lynch the side of lamb. WAIHI WAIHI. Mondny. An old and highly respected resident of Waihl, in the jiersbn of Mr. WU'lllam Henry Rohi Ellis, died ut the Waihi Hospital yesterday after a shon. illness. Deceased was connci-tcd with the erection of the llret battery on the Waihl Compuuy's property, which at that time was built on the site of the present Xo. l shaft. Mr. Hills, who was 78 years of age, saw service In the Maori War. Deceased enme from Prince Edward Island and lauded In Auckland in the early sixties. The following games were played on the local Bowling Clubs green on Saturday afternoon:—Progressive Pairs: Morgan and Bvsus (23) defeated Davey and Williams (16), Davey and Vercoe (23) defeated Noonan aud Williams (13). Other games: Murray. Gilmour, Coutts, Beuge (skip) 34, defeated Henry, Carter, Clark, R. B. Williams (skip) 9; Morgan, Day, Rev. White Brown (skip) .14, defeated Bishop, Alf. Clarke. Bills. Bvans (skip) 11); Williams and Clarjse (17) defeated Benge and Gilmour (5)1 Mr. .1. .1. Sc.iulon, secretary of the Waihl! Miners' Union, left this morniug for Karangahake. During his absence. Mr. W. Morton will be in charge of the office. The Waihl Cycling and Touring Club hold a sports meeting next Saturday In Worth's paddock. WELLSFORD. The advent of railway communication to this new centre has created quite a brisk appearance around the station grounds. New stores are being erected, bootmakers' shops and various cottages are being built. The Public Hall Company has got the Pubic Hall building well on the way, and the opening function may be looked forward to In May. . The requisition for a dally train service that wn-s-'-plhcifd nefore' the-"Hon. R. McKenzie ou : 4ils«'cece'nt visit; ihas.' borne fruit, and from the first of next mouth this great boon to settlement will commence. Although the new 'time-table is not very favourable for the distribution of our conntry mails, through the train's arrival, at Wellsford being too late we are pleased at the Inauguration of a dally service, and look forward for improvement of the timetable. Heavy earthworks aloug the line have Btond up well against the recent rains. Works right up to the front are well manned, nnd are progressing at good speed. The work at each end of the MalneueTopunl 'tunnel are nearlng each other sufficiently for each party to hear the other fellows at work, so that before many months this range of hills will be pierced for the Iron-horse to go through. The advantage of rail service has already been felt by 'the fruitgrowers of the Tort Albert district. Fruit entrained at Wellsford on Wednesday has reached Wellington and sold by the following Saturday. A little different from the old days, when ten days often went by before the sender got his fruit placed on the market after he had sent it from bis orchard.

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COUNTRY NEWS. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 76, 30 March 1909

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