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The Bruce Herald. "Nemo me impune lacesset." TOKOMAIRIRO, MARCH 25, 1879.

We observe that Mr J. A. Duthie has taken possession ef his new and commodious auctioneering premises, in proximity to the Milton Bailway Station. Wa much regret to observe th.it we are abont to lose from MQton a very old aud much respected townsman in Mr John M . Watson, contractor, who is about to remove with his family to Dunedin. Mr Watson is a most geoial kindhearted son of Scotia who can sing "aguid Scotch sang " to perfection, and who was ever to the front in helping forward any good cause or charitable purpose in our midst in a quiet unostentatious manner. We can ill spare such old residents. Whin in Wellington the Rev. J. \V. Inglis had no more steady aud appreciative auditors than the honorables the Minister of Public I Works and Attorney General, who frequently ■ought his company in private. During one of their conversations they were urging Mr Inglis to prolong his stay in this Colony, or to return Bpeedily for another lecturing tour. Ah, said Mr Inglis, my wife would not let me away. Fetch your wife with you, said Mr Macandrew. She would not leave our nine bairns said Mr Inglis. Fetch the bairns with you too, rejoined Mr Macandrew. I would not do that, said the popular lecturer, unless you were more generous to me then to your Governor, and send the Hinemoa for me. The Ministers looked sheepish, and no more was said on the subject ; clearly Mr inglis had the best of that argument, and if we mistake uot, the Ministers referred to agree with us, as we should not wonder but Sir George stands alone in this matter. Mr.' J. Golding, bootmaker has recently effected considerable improvements upon his I business premises and residence, in Union street •Milton, at a cost of over .£3OO. Mr G. Wilson toeing the contractor. Our farming friends would doubtless observe irom our report of the last meeting of the Brace County Council, that it is unnecessary for ««ttlers to take out a slaughtering license for the purpose of killing their own cattle fojr domestic requirements or for sale. Ik a village situated in one of the Italian provinces, the village priest lately got up a revival, jarobably in imitation of similar efforts on the jpajri «f Protestant clergymen. His descriptions of the place of torment were so fearfully aud S7ividly pourtrayed, that a number of his hearers ireluding several innocent young girls, have gone mad, believing themselves possessed of devils. They are described as being uuder the delusion that they are wild animals, whose noises they imitate to an alarming extent and with great success. "Th© following story i 3 told of the late Mr M'Nab, Curator of the Edinburgh Botanical Gardens, On being shown Dubufe's celebrated painting of Adam and Eve, and asked his opinion of the picture. He replied, "Weel, I tbink very little o' the painter ; the stupid fellow has painted Eve tempting Adam wi' a pip pin o' a variety that was'na in existence until I produced it about twenty years ago." Apropos of the l*te colliery disaster in the Bruce district, says a northern exchange, it may be mentioned aa a singular coincidence that the word Kaitangata, which ig of Maori origin, means "a man-eater," which it has fully proved to be. The Datives have generally good reason for giving a place a certain name, and there is a probability that in bygoue days aome fatality may have happened to some of their race about the spot in«,t induced tbem to give it the singular name it now bears, Mr Alexander Bain, of Balclutha is prepar ing to commence the erection of the bridges on the Gore section of the Waimea Plains Railway, for which he was the successful tende rer. -There are twelve bridges of various dimensions from ten spans downward. The filling in of John-street, Balclutha is alnost completed and in a day or two operations will be commenced on Gordon- street. Ihe line • to the latter street is beiog laid and the engine ' and trucks will be running there witn stufl directly.' '-'.'; YestJW»a.y bung the anniversary of the ■ '"' Province, a.close holiday was observed in Bal;,i clutha, and the reverse in Milton. How v ' ttist The banks, post offices schools and business pliwes in Milton were open as usual , we believe for the first time inthe hißtory of the township,

A post office has been opened at Glenham bstween Wyndham and Fortrose. Ihat portion of the Finegand Road whicl was washed away during the flood is to b immediately filled in and made fit f >r traffic. A swarm of bees settled on od« of the'freighi > waggons on the Gladstone pier Lyttleton t.h< '* other day, much to the discomfort of the mci y and horees engaged at work there. \ County and Town Council Chambers ar< - about to be erected at Riverton, at a cost o: LI3OO. Progress is now being made with the line oi telegraph to Catlin's River from Kaitangata, 3 Mr Fraser, the contractor, has about 160 poles s laid, and mem are at present bnsily employed I putting them up. We may expect the line tc be completed in about three mouths. An Oamaru telegram states that the action °1 the in putting on the screw so un mercifully at present is causing great disastisfaction, especially after the wholesale** manner I in which they have previously assisted in land ' speculations. The consequence of tlie action of the banks is that money is exceedingly scarce, aud business stagnant. The Canterbury Acclimatisation Society announces that, though the pheasants in that dis- . trict have bred very successfully, there will not i be a large number of birds when the open season comes, as the early broods have been almost ' exterminated tb rough the scarcity of food caused by the long drought. The following new J.P's. are gazetted : — ! R. W. Capstick, E.g., of Tokomairiro ; Henry Connell, E'q., Oamaru ; Henry Feldwick, Esq , Invercargill ; R. C. Ferguson, Esq.. Tapanui ; W. Goldie, Esq., Port Chalmers : Thomas Quayle, F.fq., of Blueskin ;W. Reid, Esq., of Port Chalmers ; R. Scobie, E-q , of Clinton. Mr Higginson, C,E.,*has been engaged surveying the Clutha River for the last few days, with the object of rendering it navigable for the lona steamer. He has surveyed down to Inch Clutha, and will proceed up the river above Balclutha to day. The • Wanganui Herald ' of a recent date says Mr Capstick who took possession of the Railway Hotel on Saturday, finds that he has anything but a sinecure, and to-day has had a perfect stream of friends to wish him success. This refers to Mr John S. Capstick, formerly of Milton. Mr M-Kinlay is the successful teuderar for the erection of the school building on the north side of the river at B del u tha. There were only two tenders received, that of Mr M'Kinlay for £174 9-', and that of Mr J. Barty for £ISB The work will be immediately proceeded with. What's in a name ? Well, there is something in a name after all. A canvasser in Dunedin for coal orders, informs us that he solicited an order for the black diamoud from the mother of a family residing iv the viciuity of the Club in vain. She would neither be tempted with English, Newcastle, Kaitangata, nor Green Island. Fernhill coal was then spokeu of hy the enterprising canvasser in his desire to push a trade, "Fernhill," she replied, "Yes, I'll take a ton of the Fernhill coal, I wash for the Club." In reference to the annual report of the Otago Acclimatisation Society, the following will be read with interest .-The London 'Gr.iphic ' says- " Scotch grouse and black game are to be exported to New Zealand, where the Acclimatiisation Society intends to try rearing and breeding on theneighbouringhills.,. Two hundred birds are accordingly being obtained from th-j moors aud packed in special wooden cages, fitted in front with bars and blinds to regulate the light, aud padded at the top with canvas, to pre /ent the birds from injuring themselves by fluttering. They are fed upon bird-seed, German paste, hard-boiled eggs, and wheat. Norwegian cranberries will be taken for tha outward voyage." Mr Thomas Nutsford, late watchmaker. Milton, continues to manifest an interest in Volunteering matters. The ' Wanganui Herald ' of a recent date rep rts that Mr Nutsford, of the Avenue, has made a very handsome present to the local Rifle Corps for competition. It is a piece of plate in the shape of an egg boiler, the military design of which is exceedingly appropriate. It represents a cannon ball suppported on four crossed rifles. Two swords run through the ball, while sponges for the cannon form the cross jsiecesjrunniug from the rifles. In the centre, under the ball, resting oa cross bayonets, is a helmet, the inside of which forms the receptacle for the spirit to be used in boiling the water inside the ball. The conditions of the gift are that it shall be won three times by the same competitor, two out of the three ' occasions to be consecutive. Now that the Rifles have this trophy a3 well as the Company's Cup, matches can be fired every fortnight. We trust that the clergymen of New Zealand will profit from the late visit of the Eev. J, W. Inglis, of Ballarat, not only in their elocutionary powers from the abilities of that rev. gentleman as an elocutionist, but, also from the fact that, despite the bodily affliction under which he labours, he is not thereby deterred from performing his duties as a minister of the Gospel in a way much neglected by his fellow ministers in this Colony quite as influential for good as in pulpit ministrations. We refer tothe visitation of his congregation at their family firesides, a department of duty most religiously and faithfully performed by Mr Inglis, who devotes every afternoon to visiting the members of his large and scattered congregation. We trust that younger men in the New Zealand Ministry, possessed of all their bodily faculties, will lay this to heart, and thus se.k to roam the hearts oi the^r people where th y are most open to coni viction— at.the f amity fireside— a fact well known : and acted upon by the most successful ministers i of modern times at Home and abroad. The Wellington ' Evening Post completed jfs fourteenth year of publication on the Bth inst. At fjrst its circulation was hardly 250 copies daily, now it publishes 30,000 weekly, or an average of 5000 daily. The ' Post ' lies uuder i an obligation to the proprietor of this paper, as in 1866 Mr Blundell, sen., its (' Post's ') projector appeared at Lawrence, where he an- , nounced the ■' Tuapeka Chronicle,' The pro- ; prietor of this journal stepped into the field - before him with the ' Tuapeka Eecorder,' and Mr Blundell was thus led to seek pastures new, and he chose Wellington as a field for an evening paper. Our employer says he should i not have minded had Providence reversed the i arrangement and sent him to the same quarter j instead, and left Mr Blundell in undisputed . possession of Tuapeka.

l, We understand that the return m-tch at cricket between the Lawrence and Bruoe Clubs h will takf place on the ground of the former on •c Saturday next. Major Withers will inspect the Bruce Rifles * on Wednesday evening. Every member of the c company is commanded to be on parade on that v evening. The owner of that well-known thoroughbred c sire Roebuck announces by advertisement the sale by tender of this fine horse. Tenders, it will be observed, close on the 10th prox. The struggle for who should have the honour '" of piying for the annual tripe and onion supper 3 by the members of the Milton Bowling Club was concluded on Saturday evening last, and 0 the following i 3 the result :— Ferguson's team . beat Taylor's team, and Basting's team beat Cap stick's team. The supper will take place * at the White Horse Hotel this evening at 8 o'clock. i In looking over one of the .ocal lists of sub- £ scriptions to the Kaitangata Relief Fund, our attention waa drawn to a number of signatures in the Chinese language, most of which were . for the sum of 10s each, contributed by China- . men - gold-diggers in the Adam's Flat district. 5 Me James Martin, of Tokomairiro, became 1 the purchaser of the Marsh harvester exhibited ' ab the recent trial of combined reapers and I binders under the auspices of the Tokomairiro Farmers' Club. Mr Martin h?s since had the harvester constantly at work on all sorts of crop, and he speaks highly of its performances, and has had no trouble whatever with the ' machine, which has werked well wherever it 1 has beeu tried upon his two farms. As both of these farms are located upon the river banks, where the crops are mostly heavy, a better test c~.uld not well be afforded. The bell which is supposed to do duty at the Tokomairiro High School is so thoroughly "cracked" that the sooner it is replaced the better. Any one ou the outlook in the immediate vicinity may or may not hear something very much resembling tbe sound emitted from a broken kettle when operated upon in a child's playroom, and it was only when in the school grounds the other day that we traced the strauge sound to the former bell that was. A good bell if provided would answer the new school quite as well as the present building, and the purchase need not on that account be delayed. Our Waihola readers will be pleased to learn that the church ('t. Paul's, Invercargill) now occupied by their former minister, the f cv. J. G Paterson, is already found to be too small to accommodate his increasing congregation, and that in consequence a large and commodious gallery has been erected capable of seating 100 persons. The Southern Metropolis has also attracted the services of a very old Tokomairiro settler — Mr J >hu Dewe — now the reverend and worthy occupier of the pulpit of the Gladstone Episcopal Church, his successor at Clyde being the Rev. Mr Ash, formerly of Riverton. At Milton, on Saturday night last, in the absence from home of her widowed mother, at sick nursing, a little girl was carrying a bundle of her Sabbath day clothes to her sister's house, where she was staying in the .n other's absence, in readiness for Sabbath School next morning. Having occasion to cad at Mr Reeves' (shoemaker) shop, she left her parcel of valued " braws " lying on the doorstep, but on her all but immediate, return found that the parcel was gone. It contained, among other things, a Princess' robe and pair of new boots the girl had never worn. It is to be hoped that the police will be able to trace the perpetrator of this petty robbery of a character so very unfeeling towards a poor little fatherless child. Dk Guthrie in his well known Pleas for Ragged Schools, speaks in the highest terms of the Superintendent who for many years had so nobly aided him in his efforts to recover the lost and fallen sons and daughters of the Scottish Metropolis, and to whom he attributed much of the success that attended these schools originated by the humane and tender-hearted Guthrie. This Superintendent was a brother of the worthy and much respected Station Master at Milton, Mr James Gibb, and we have repeatedly had the pleasure of observing the perfect mastery he had over these formerly wild city Arabs by the exercise of kindness and firmness. As the last meeting of Milton Town Council was dispersing, Cr. John Cunningham drew attention to Clause 69 of the Municipal Corporation Act, which prescribes that in the absence of any Coun illor at four consecutive meetings, an extraorduiary vacancy shall be declared. He held that from this cause one of the Councillors had forfeited his seat at the Council Board, and drew the attention of his Worship to the fact. By this time a quorum was not present ; however, several of the Councillors returned, and as the circumstances were exceptional, the Councillor referred to having been absent from the province, it was considered tbat action should not be taken in the matter now that he had returned, and had that night taken his seat and his part in the business unchallenged. Some months ago a hen escaped from a, crate of live fowls being sent to Dunedin by MiDaniels, and took up its abode under the Miltou Railway platform, where it has siuce remained in evident comfort and satisfaction, coming out from .ts cover in the early morning, and at such times of the day as stillness reigns around, scraping for itself a fair living from the scattered grain in the vicinity, and crumbs unwittingly dropped by juvenile travellers and others,. On the week following that upon which the hen was lost, Mr Gibb pointed out the bird to Mr Daniels who was about to make a rush to secure his property, "Oh, no," said our popular Station Master, "that is now the railway hen, aud its not to be touched," The former owner acquiesced in the arrangement, and our hope is that the Station Master and his hen may be long spared to each other in possession of the Railway Station and platform, and we feel sure that the number of crumbs dropped in the vicinity in future, will be none the fewer from the prominence thus given to' "the railway hen," and we trust that the bird may long escape the ignominious death *■*« observed a rooster sustain lately in the vicinity of Timaru. "Familiarity breeds contempt,"

and so accustomed had he and his mates becc nit to the passing Express, that he lingered too 1. ng " cock of the walk," and as he at last flew ~m was caught in mid-air by the Yankee Snorter, and fell to crow no more.

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The Bruce Herald. "Nemo me impune lacesset." TOKOMAIRIRO, MARCH 25, 1879., Bruce Herald, Volume XI, Issue 1098, 25 March 1879

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