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LambiSG lias commenced very early in this district, in fact too early, considering the state of the weather. Wb understand that Mr Harry Yeend's horses King Philip and Eory O'More, which were re- • moved from Balelutha to Dunedin some weeks ago, have been doing good work lately, and will shortly be taken to Cln-istcliurQlj to take part ia tlio wiping rw9 Bwetieg!

Thh •Illustrated SW Zealand Herald ' for August is a very good number, and contains some excellent wood cuts of Australian and New Zear land scenery. The steamer Omeo is expected to leave Hokitika at 11 a.m. this day. Telegrams for the Australian Colonies or Europe, via Java Cable, will be received at the Tokomairiro Telegraph Office ( for transmission to Melbourne up till 10 a.m. j Owing to the inclemency of the weather last evening, the meeting of the promoters of the Tokomairiro Valley Railway Company has been fixed for Wednesday evening, instead, when it is hoped there will be a largo attendance of the provisional directory. The commodious little hall or thoatro, the property of Mr John Jamie of Balclutha, has now ba?n fiuished, and is a groat acquisition to the ' township. The hall has a good floor for dancing upon, and the stage is as convenient in all its arrangements as could well be desired. We learn from our Taieri Bush correspondent that an entertainment was given in the Goods Shed, Taiori Mouth, on Friday last, in aid of tho school repair fund. The programme consisted of readings, recitations, and songa, and concluded with a dance, which was kept up until early morning. Those who took part in the entertainment were Messrs J. Gibb, W. Gibb, J. Crane Junr., Macdonald, Leitch, M'Kenzie, T. Agnew, .J. Mearns, Thos. Hugan, and Dr Innes. The heavy rain that fell on Sunday night and all day on Monday did not do a groat deal of damage in tho township of Milton, although it caused a great deal of inconvenience. Nearly all the low-lying sections were flooded, and in one or two instances householders thought it advisable to pile their furniture upon tables, and remove their wives and families to hotels. Tlie Tokoraairiro river rose very rapidly, and in several places overflowed its banks. At Holt's fellmongery the water rose very high, aud at one time threatened damage to the wooden buildings. TnEEE was a social gathering at the Balclutha Wesleyan Chapel on Wednesday night last, when about 100 persons sat down to tea. A number of addresses were delivered, and several of Sankey's hymns were sung. During the evening Mr Hope said that he had a pleasing duty to perform on behalf of the members of the church and their friends, and that was to present a handsome silver tea and coffee service to Miss Bruce, who was leaving the town. He said that Miss Bruce's departure would be severely felt, as she had assisted tho church in many ways, singing in the choir and teaching in the Sunday school. After the presentation, the Rev. Mr Suiter returned thanks on behalf of Miss Bruce. A collection amounting to £o 10s was made A meeting of the Committee of the proposed Societies' Hall Company, was held at Balclutha, in St. John's Hall, on Thursday evening. All the members were present, and Mr John M 'Donald occupied the chair. The sub-committee appointed to bring the matter before the various lodges in the township, reported that they had clone so, and that each had promised to cordially support the object. The Chairman mentioned that since last mooting the Athenremn Committee had resolved to offer to let the reading-room of that institution for the use of the various lodges, and build an ante-room. After some discussion, a motion was carried, for delaying for a fortnight further proceedings in the matter of the erection of a new hall. It will be seen from the report of the proceedings of the General Assembly which we publish I elsewhere, that the Kaitangata Railway and Coal Company Limited Empowering Act was read a third time in the House of Representatives on Friday last, and passed. The Bill was to have been read a first time in the Legislative Council last night, and is not likely to meet with any opposition. It is said that the Bill embodies the provisions of the Kaitangata Railway Ordinance passed by the Otago Provincial Council at its last session, but which was disallowed by the Governor. Work is being carried on with all possible energy on the Kaitangata line, and we are informed that about eighty men are employed. The usual monthly concert and readings came off on Tuesday evening in the schoolhouse, Kaitangata. This large and commodious erection was crowded in every part, by an orderly and appreciative audience. Mr Higgins occupied the chair, and in a short and humoreome address expressed the opinion that any strangers in the district who might be inclined to suppose the Kaitangata people appreciated nothing but w ilkin<* knee-deep in n:ud would find themsolves agreeably surprised in listening to the excellent entertainment provided by tho Committee of Management. The programme consisted of songs, many of which were well rendered and received hearty encores ; and several judiciously chosen readings, which were listened to with attention. Afterwards the room was cleared, and dancing kept up for some time, Messrs Clements and Kelly presiding at the harmonium and violin with their usual skill and success. We have received the half-yearly report and balance sheet of the Standard Fire and Marine Insurance Company, which will be presented at the annual meetiug to be held on the 6th of next month. Tho Directors recommend that a dividend at the rate of 10 per cent, per annum, for the year ending 31st December, 187-4, should be declared, and the amount carrkd to the capital account, as owing to the increase of business it will be necessary to increase the capital either by direct calls or capitalising profits, and the Directors think that the latter course will be most acceptable to shareholders. It is also recommended that a balance of £7202 of tho £0202 which is available for application as the shareholders may determine, should be placed on the credit of the profit and loss account until the next half-yearly balance, when if equally successful iv business, and fortunate in escaping losses, it is expected that there will be ample funds to pay a handsome bonus j to insurers. The railway line between Waihola and Stirling was damaged by yesterday's flood to such an extent that the opening of the railway for traffic will be seriously retarded. T»vo miles from Milton, in the direction of Waihola, about threequarters of a chain of ballast was washed away with a portion of the bank. The small engine started at two o'clock in the afternoon for the Chain Hills tunnel, where it was to be engaged in ballasting, but owing to the damage done to the line, the encine could not get as far as Waihola. The railway bridges over the Tokomairiro river and its north branch both had their approaches washed away, and at both bridges the water reached half-way to the rail strings. A mile and a-half down the line, in the direction of Stirling, the ballast was carried away by the water, and late last night there wa3 a prospect of still further damage at this place, while the bridges at Stoney Creek and Lovell'sTlat both appealed to be in danger. There have been some more slips in the cuttings near Stirling, and seven or eight chains of the line where it crosses the swamp were under water. Considerable damige has been done to the Tuip^ka and Lawrence branch line, and it is probable that all the ballast has been washed away between Mi'e WooUhcd aod the juueftQa wilU, the mm line,

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Bruce Herald, Bruce Herald, Volume VIII, Issue 728, 24 August 1875

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Bruce Herald Bruce Herald, Volume VIII, Issue 728, 24 August 1875