The Peoples Mission Fair opened under satisfactory auspices at the Odd-1 fellows' Hall, Cook-street, last night, the hall being thronged with visitors, who were mostly in speculative moods. Those responsible for the fair had worked hard to ensure success, and a very bright and attractive ensemble of decorated hall, \ well-laden stalls, aud lair attendants invited prospective patrons. During the I evening a number of musical and novelty I competitions enlivened the proceedings, while good business was done at the j following stalls: Fancy work, Mrs. Owen, I Mrs. Flatt, Misses Pennalligen, F. Stan- ■ ton, and Crosley; white' work, CMrs. and Miss Stanton nnd the Misses Mabbott,fancy goods, Mrs. Cranßton and Miaa Hicks; confectionery, Mrs. Topps, Mrs. 1 Burgess, and Miss (Mabbott; fish pond and brand dip, Mrs. Petheridge, Miss Petheridge, and Miss Angove; Vegetable : stall, Mrs. Wakelin; tea room, Miss Rule; refreshment stall, Mrs. Anderson and Miss Clark; flower girls, Misses Gall, Anderson, Mahe, and White. The fair will be continued this evening and tomorrow. The Lands Department intimates that a number of sections in various parts of the Auckland district will be available for selection on the optional system this month, applications being received up to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 21. The sections are as follows:—Section 5, block lIJ, Rotoma S.D., 1603 acres; sec- , tion 1, block XI, Waihi South S.D., 1630 acres; sections 0 and 10, block V, Punakitere S.D., 71 acres; section 4, block XII, Punakitere S.D., 793 acres; section 2, block X, Punakitere S.D., 418 acres; section 3, block X, Punakitere S.D., 600 acres; sections 57 and 58, block VII, Whangape S.D., 88 acres;« sections 44 and 48, block IX, Waoku S.D., 40 acres ialid 39 acres respectively; section 57, Tatarariki Parish, 97 acres; section 21, block XI, Waipoua S.D., 111 acres; section S.W. 93, Ruarangi Parish, 94 acres; section 110, Whangamarino Parish, 75 acres. . aggregate area is 5660 acre#<
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