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SOUTHERN NEWS.

| (By Telegraph.—Press Association^ HASTINGS SHOW. HASTINGS, Wednesday* The autumn show of the Hawke's Bay Agricultural and Pastoral Society ■was held at Hastings to-day. in fine weather, and was largely attended. The fruit aud vegetable displays were excellent.; The principal competitions resulted: — Ladies* leaping match, C. Hurt's Playboy t stockmen's competition, W. C. A. __cKcn_ie; pony leaping match (13 entries),* Miss Mackersey's Noby; maiden leaping match (16 entries), C. Hart's Playboy. _____ \ . yr . £. CANVASSER SUSPENDED. WELLINGTON, Thursday. -The_jeti±ion £ or a. noli-on the half-holi-day question has fallen through, as sufficient signatures were not obtained 'by the Trades and Labour CounciL At last nightf s meeting of the Trades Council the canvasser in charge of the petition said he had lost a bundle of papers containing _ignatures- The cansssser was suspended from the Council and reported to Ids juiion. ' DRAINAGE 05 GISBORNE. GISBORNE, Thursday. At a special meeting of the Borough Conncil it was decided to engage Mr. E. W. Mar/chanty engineer to the Wellington Harbour Board, to report upon the drainage and sewerage of Gisborne, the same to be submitted u_.on its reception, together with reports previously obtained, to a committee of experts being arranged try Dr. Mason, Chief Health Officer. The cormrrrttee incrades Mr. Holmes, chief engineer of the Rubric Works Department*

« MAN-DIES IN A GAS HOLDER.

DUNEDIN, Thursday.

'A man named Albert Edward Borden, B labourer, married, living at Sooth Dunedin. and employed at the rail-way work_hops -was to-day engaged in cleaning out a o-as-iholder at the railway gasworks, opposite the station. When he had been only a couple of —ri—tttes inside the holder he was overcome by the fumes, and collapsed. Dr„ Martin was summoned, but found Bfe to be extinct. ~ MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS. f- TNV ERCARGIILL, this day. A ChmamaiE was fined £20 in Court -*o-day for baring opium in his possession. WEIATrNGTONi this day. Among the officers of the public service singled out for retirement tmder the reorgtuation scheme, is Mr R. Bvati Inspector of Audits in the Department of Agriculture.

CHRISTCHURCH, this day.

At the next meeting of the City Conntil the Mayor will move "That a committee be appointed to consider and report what steps should be taken by the Council to introduce to Parliament next session a bill providing for more equitable city representation on the Lyttelton Harbour Board, and for taking a poll of ratepayers to determine whether a ffhip canal should be constructed from Sumner- to the city. .

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SOUTHERN NEWS. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 79, 2 April 1909

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