(By Telegraph.—Own Correspondent.} " •' __ WAIHI, this day. - The quarterly meeting of the tlDDe* Thames Methodist Circuit was held vester! day In the Wesley Church. The Revs J Dukes, J. Wrigley, A. J. Reed, and' <} Bridgeman, with laymen from Morrlns' vllle, Te Aroha, Paeroa, and Walhl, wera present. The finances for the Quarter showed that not only had all expenses been met, but that £42 had been paid oil the debts, leaving the deficit only £25. As .this was the last meeting of the United Circuit, this deficit was allocated as fol. lows : Te Aroha, -£10 ; Waihi, £10 ; Paeroa, £5. Votes of thanks were given to the re. tiring c"rcult stewards (Messrs. Tetley an 4 F. C. Brown) and also to the Rev. J, Dukes, who Is leaving the circuit, after three years' successful labour. Mr. W. ,S. Allen, M.A., referred to the remarkable growth of the circuit, which stalled fouri teen years ago with one minister, anil had now grown to lave three ministers anj two home missionaries.
At a meeting of the Loyal Walhl Lodg* 1.0.0.F.,11.U., it was announced that ths district officers Intended visiting the gold.) fields lodges at early dates. P.G. Bro, tleorge Tonge was elected permanent secre. tary, vice P.O. Bro. H. E. Bae, who haj resigned owing to leav'ng the district! It was resolved to place on record apprechv tlon of Mr. ltae's valuable services.
The Hon. W. F. C. Carncross, H.L.C., proprietor of the Eltham "Argus," has bees paying a short visit to Waihi.
Mr. N. Mcßobie has been asked to alio* himself to be nominated as a candidate for the Waihi Mayoralty, but as yet has not given a definite answer.
The Borough telephone service has been again connected, but the head department! advises that if the fees are not paid oa Tuesday the service will be again cut off.
Karangahake cricketers defeated a Wai« kino team yesterday.
The excursion train to Te Aroha was crowded. In the local events thers Whangarei defeated Karangahake bowleri by G8 to GO. Whangarei plays Walhl to* day. ...
PAEROA, Thursday, For several years past tie Paeroa District School Committee .has been endeavouring to secure a small block of land known as Block XX., iPaeroa Township (containing one acre and a little over) for the purpose of agricultural experiment. The land la question Is almost adjoining the Paeroa High School, aud is only separated ny a, road from the main building. It was to have been auctioned this month with the remaining township lots, nut the Commlt- ■ tee have by dint of deputations, letters, and' telegrams succeeded in having it withdrawnfrom tne forthcoming sale. The Chairman (Mr. Edwin, Edwards) nas received a wire ifrom Wellington to that effect. It will be a distinct boon to the school, 'the pupils of. which are mostly drawn from the farming community, while the High School stall Is especially fitted to impart agricultural . knowledge lv an up-to-date maimer. The lions. George Fowlds, <R. MeKenzie, and • Hogg are to Oje thanked for effecting this greatly desired end. The second round of the Paeroa Cltrb'S, billiard tournament has resulted as —J. McArthur (M) defeated J. 'Raebura (40), ICC to 110. J. Sileock (gives 15) defeated R. T. Bush i 43), 165 to 111. P. Vlrjrlow (25) defeated Washington (gives 13), 150 to 07. Matthews (scr.) defeated Follas, Shaw (scr.) by 100 to IHO. i The Ohinemuri R.V.s (No. 1 Company), are leaving by special train this evening foe the Morrinstvlle camp, uuder Capt. Dean and Lieutenants Andrews and Littlejohn, Lt.-Col. Porrlt-t, Adjutant Captain Hubbard, Quartermaster Captain Nathan and SW geon-Oapt. Gilbert Smith accompanying them. __
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