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It is said that Lynch will play for the Duaedin club against the Pirates on Saturday. The Alameda, with the San Francisco mail, arrived at Auckland yesterday morning. Of the 53 members returned for the New South Wales Parliament, the local optiouists claim 32. We understand that the authorities have decided to alter the name of the Ahuriri railway station to Glenomaru. It is reported that Mr W. A. Murray, ex-member for Bruce, will probably be the Opposition candidate for the Te Aroha seat. A gift auction and sale of work in aid of the funds of St. Mark's Church will ba held in Barr's Hall next Tuesday afternoon and evening. Quite a collection of goods — both useful and ornamental— are already in the hands of the committee. We are asked to point out that by the new railway regulations that came into force on Monday last, all paroels arriving at railway stations not taken delivery of within two days of their arrival will be charged storage at the rate of Id per day each. The number of signatures now attached to the petition from the city of Dunedin praying that the franchise may be extended to women is 2780. This would seem to dispose of the assertion that women do not the franchise. We direct attention to the gift auction to be held in connection with the Stirling Athenaeum next Thursday evening. These institutions are now entirely dependent upon local support, and we hope the gift-- auction will largely supplement the funds of the committee. At the inquest into the stack fire that leceutly occurred at Waimumu, Southland, the jury found that the stacks were wilfully set on | fire by some person or persons unknown, and strongly condemned the frequency with which insurance companies accept risks and pay losses without sufficient investigation* We call attention to the entertainment to be given in Ban's Hall next Friday evening in aid of the funds of the Balclutha Brass Band. I The programme to be submitted is a very entertaining one, and those who are taking pan in it have been asiduously practising for some time past, so that we have no doubt veryfchiug wi'l be brought forward in a creditable manner. The object is a deserving and, we need hardly add, popular one, and we therefore hope to see a good attendance on Pridiy eveniug. At a meeting of the Caversham Licens- j ing Committee on Wednesday night, iho Chair- : man said the committee felt very atrougly with regard to nny infringement of the Act, and they would in future deem any such iufringement a sufficient reason for considering that a i house was not required in the district, and [ would without hesitation cauct'l the license, j We notice that a like warning has been given ; hy most licensing committees throughout the country. The Balclutha Literary Society met on Tuesday evening in the Presbyterian Church ; class-room, Mr Fraer presiding. The principal | item of the evening was a continuation of a ' sailor's yarn by Rev. Mr Dodd. Last year he j took his hearers to the top of the gnat Pyramid, and left them there. On Tuesday evening he brought them down again on their homeward journey, bat owing to pressure of time he had to leave them at Malta, in the hopes of completing the journey on some future • occasion. Mr John Paterson read a humorous I paper, "The organ question." The musical ! portion of the programme included songs by j Mrs Bentley and Miss Grant. A well attended meeting was held in • the Puerua Hall on Tuesday evening, when it was agreed to hold the next concert on M<>nd-iy, j 20th June, so as not to clash with the band con- ! cert at Balclutha on the previous Friday A ' motion was passed that an effort be mad* to ' purchase a piano, and it was explained that, if , got, it would be available ior the debating ! society, any sacred c:mceit at the church, and for entertainments on behalf of charitable j objects at Writepuka, Puerua, and Ilouiahapa. A good committee was appointed to arrange for next concert. It was also agreed to hold a bachelors' ball at Puerua this winter, and 20 young men gave in their names as agreeing to attend. A number of settlers throughout the district having enquired at us as to the milking j machine, regarding which we recently quoted ! portion of a papsr by the manager of a creamery at Stranraer, we wrote by last .nail to Mr Thos. Brvdone, who is now on a visit to Scotland, explaining the matter to him, and suggesting that if possible he should see the machine, obtain all information regarding it, and if he approves of it, that he should bring one with him. Lest Mr Brydone may have left for the Colony before the delivery of the letter, wrt also wrote to a friend in Stranraer for information regarding the milking mackine. I.i the course of a few months, therefore, we shall give full particulars regarding thin new and apparently very useful invention. The ordinary meeting of the Balclutha Borough Council was held in the borough council chambers on Tuesday evening. There were present— the mayor (Mr G. Thomson), and Messrs Hutchins, Wright, Ramage, Mason, Wilkins, and Wilson.— The question of the tramway up the river bank was referred to the borough solicitor.— Accounts amounting to L62 odd were passed fop. payment.— The Mayor intimated that several ratepayers had applied for asphalt, and he had supplied them at the rate of 25s per cubic yard. —It was agreed that all rates unpaid be put in the hands of the borough solicitor for collection. — The balance sheet was laid on the table, and ordered to be signed by the chairman and published- — Notice was given of the intention of tli9 council to stiiko general and library rates. • . . v

At the Justice of Peace Court here on Monday (Dr Smith and Mr Fleming presiding), ! Charles HHliWrl was charged with ste\li'ig ou May 4, 12 silk pocket haudK^rchiefs. the property of Mr John Dunne. Accused pleudn'i ( guilty, and w«s sentenced to three m >ntha' mipiiso tinent- hard ]ab<>ui" It wjh show.i thai. Mr-Used ha<l previously, b j .en in trouble. On Friday evening, sr.h inst., tins K'\tangatn Blue Ribhon Societv wnve an entertainment in thu school house. Th.sro was a eowilml attendance on the occasion ; the president (Rev. R. Fairniaid) occupying the chair. The program tue, which consisted of sacred selections by the choir (under the leadership of Mr D. Beardsmore). readings, recitations, and songs, was guue thiouyh with much spirit. The various items were heartily applauded by the large and appreciative audience. Before the meeting closed, the Chairman announced that the society wits desirous of giving similar entertainments monthly during the long nights. He expressed the hope that all whose sympathies were with the principles of the society wuld throw in their' lot and give all the assistance that lay in their power. With the pronunciation cf thn benediction was brought to a close a most enjoyable evening's entertainment. At the meeting of the Land. Board on Wednesday, the Chief Commissioner laid on the' table the Crown solicitors' opinion on the case submitted, to him at the previous meeting. The point, was as to whether an enquiry" could he held under subsection two nnd three of section 71 of "The Land Act, 1835," into the case of a pastoral deferred payment licensee suspected of dummyism, whose license was granted in September 1880, and exchanged for a small grazing lease in April 1888, which l<-ase subsequently was, with the consent of the board, transferred from the lessee to a purchasi r. Mr Hage;itt advised the board that they had no power to hold an inquiry in tha terms of the act., and he also advised that 't would. be useless to prosecute the original licensee under section 29 of "The Laud Act, 1883." for having made a false declaration, but he added thit a prosecution for a misdemeanour might lie under *' The Justices of the Peace Act, 1866." The second fortnightly meeting of the Ciutha Literary Society was held on Wednesday evening in the Waifepeka School ; R-.v. -\ • M. Dalryniple in the chair. A number joined the society, some of whom will ho a great acquisition. Mr Dunmall gave a racy description of his adventures in Queensland ; he also gave a recitation, which w.ts well received. Miss Poiteous anil Miss Alary Lawson gave recitations ; both received well-merited applause. It was proposed at last meeting by 'he iw'.v. nr D.tlmnple that each nv.-mber should hand in at next meeting a. slip of paper with' a subject written on it for discussion. This was done by nt-ai ly all the riv-iri-bers. The chairman drew from the heao four different papers, one at a time, for discussion. The four subj'-cts wure : —•' The pleasure of rending," "'The pleasure of gardening," "Music," and "Love." It was expected that every member would speak for at least live minutes «n each sub] 'Ct. A number of members .spoke on the v.wious subj-xitx, the ladies taking their share. The last subject received its fail share of comment. The speakers spoke j generally of love in the family, l< x ve to all iuati- ' kind, &c It is very doubtful if the speeches sati.-fied the intense ardor of thrf fair one who sought information on a subject so near her heart, and, though she nny not admit it, feels us tli« old song says : — " Lov« is a sair disease '' A debaif will bo held n<-xt meeting on ** Is tobacco injurious to the system " It is reported that smokuis am hunting up all the authorities they can find in favour of the fragrant weed. Four essays are promised for the. same eveuing, ho a great treat is looked forward to by all concerned.

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Clutha Leader, Clutha Leader, Volume XVII, Issue 883, 19 June 1891

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Clutha Leader Clutha Leader, Volume XVII, Issue 883, 19 June 1891