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The Wanganui Borough Council have resolved that the Corporation erect gas works of their own.

The annual report in connection with Wesleyan foreign missions shows that last year Now Zealand raised L 613 IS* for this fund. Of this amount L 154 was contributed in the Auokland district.

Buttner, who was sentenced to death at Sydney for criminal assault, and afterwards had the penalty commuted to imprisonment for life, on account of the woman confessing te having encouraged him, has been released from gaol. A married woman named Rose Hurtle took a dose of " rough on rala " poison at Auckland last night, in consequence, it is believed, of some domestic quarrel. She has been taken to the hospital, but is not expected to survive.

Dr Newman, member for Thorndon, addressed hia constituents last evening. He took a specially optimist view of affairs, and deprecated the gruesome treatment of the colony by the Government, which was the worst accusation he had to bring against them. A vote of confidence was passed unanimously. Up to last evening 20in of rain had fallen during the storm in New South Wales, but there were sipns of the weather clearing. At Kiama a man named Casey was drowned. The northern mail train was thrown from the rails at Muswellbrook owing to the line being washed away; no one was injured. One man had a narrow escape. He managed to get out through the carriage window and had to swim for life. At Armadale a boy, whose name is unknown, was drowned. Dr Giles, R.M. at Auckland, gave judgment yesterday in regard to the complaint preferred against Smiles, chief bailiff. His Worship ruled that the bailiff had nothing to do with the premature sale of Mills's goods. The evidence in respect to the warrant with two signatures which was alleged to have been used was bo contradictory, and the case on this head as put before him so improbable, that it constituted no ground whatever for censure of the bailiff, and personal misconduct had not been proved. The complaint was accordingly dismissed. Yesterday's meeting of the Acclimatisation Society was not concluded till past 5 p.m., considerable time being occupied in a discussion in connection with the election of the Oounoil for the year. Eventually the following offiee-bearers were eleoted :—President, Mr J. P. Maitland ; vice-president, Mr A. C. Begg; secretary, Mr J. Wilkie; committee Messrs R. Chisholm, G. M. Thomson, P. C. Neill, R. Campbell, J. Rattray, W. Carlton, F. R. Chapman, J. Edgar, D. Stronaoh, W. Cuningham Smith, P. F. Stoddart, G, M. Marshall, G. P. Clifford, D. Russell, and J. Wilkie. The following gentlemen were added to the list of country members.: Messrs Charleß Roseveare, A. Nelson, and J. F, Collins. After some discussion a special meeting of subscribers waß fixed for 3 p.m. on June 11, to consider Mr Begg's motion r,e the sale of the Opoho property. Considerable excitement was last evening occasioned in the vicinity of the old Market Reserve, at the foot of Manor place, in consequence of a loud report coming from the Newmarket Hotel, and not a few anticipated that some tragedy had been enacted, Upon inquiring, however, it was found that a gas pipe, which had been gnawed through by rats, had leaked to such an extent that, when the servant proceeded with a candle to the parlor with the intention of lighting the gas, an explosion occurred. The fire indicator waa quiokly pressed, and in response the Salvage Corps and Fire Brigade were quiokly on the spot, but their services wefce fortunately not required as the building did not catch fhre. The picturesin.the room where the explosion occurred were 'blown irom .the wall, and the blinds and ceiling destroyed, yet, strange to .say, the windows were nqt damaged.

The Hutt County Council are seeking the co-operation of local bodies in petitioning Parliament to confer the duties of licensing committees on borough and county councils and on road boards.

An Invercargill contemporary is responsible for the following : At an inquest in a remote part of Southland on the body of u mau found drowned, the following colloquy took place :—Coroner : " Was anything done to resuscitate him ?" Constable : " Oh, yes, your Worship; the usual means were adopted." Coroner: "Will you tell the jury what was done first ?" Constable: " Indeed I will, your Worship. The first thing we did was to turn him on his back and search his pockets ! "

A telegram from Orange in the Sydney ' Daily Telegraph ' gives the following particulars of an extraordinary discovery briefly referred to in our cable messages recently :—- " A phenomenal discovery has been made I at a marble quarry four miles from the j Mullion Creek railway station and ten miles | from Orange, which gives plainest possible proofs that the body of a man has been petrified into a solid block of marble. The block was found by Mr E. Sala, who owns and I works the quarry, and is now in the possession of Dr Souther, of Orange, who is making an examination with a view to arrive at some rational conclusion. The figure is the exact form of a human being, stands sft 9in high, and weighs between scwt and 6cwt. The head is perfect with the exception that it shows unmistakeable signs of having been scalped previous to burial. The trunk, including the sexual organs and legs, is intact, the ribs and muscles being plainly visible. The two arms are missing, as are also two toes on one foot and one on the other ; but the remainder of the toes, with the toenails, show as plainly as possible. The discovery is exciting the greatest curiosity. It is reported that a female form has also been found in the same quarry."

Concert in North-east Valley Pablio Hall on Friday evening in aid of bt. Martin's Church fund.

Officers and members of Lodge Otago Kilwinning, 5.0., meet to-morrow evening to consider the Grand Lodge question. "We have received a pamphlet containing a full report of the twenty-fourth annual meeting of the Independent Order of Oddfellows. We shall refer to it on a convenient occasion.

Leith Lodge, 1.0.0. F., at their meeting on Monday nigh', discussed a proposal to terminate the engagement with their surgeon, aud the motion (the legality of which was questioned) was negatived by a substantial majority. In this Issue appears a full piogramme of the concert which is to be held to-morrow evening in Bt. Andrew's Church Hall. The concert is In aid of the bazaar fund of the Caversh&m Presbyterian Church. It is intended to hold the bazaar in Dunedin about October next for the reduction of the debt upon tha church. A very successful entertainment, under the auspices of the St. Paul's Young Women's Association, was given in the schoolroom on Monday evening, and consisted of tableaux rivants, interspersed with vocal and inetiumental rautio and recitations. The tallcaux, of which there were twelve in number, were very pretty and effeotive, and all taking part acquitted themselves with credit. Mr Statham acted as explanator. Archdeacon Edwards, in proposing a vote of thanks to those who had brought the entertainment to such a successful issue, expressed a wish that it might shortly be repeated. The quarterly meeting of the Committee of Management of the Hanover street Free Reading Room was held last evening; Mr A. Sligo in the chair. Messrs Haig, Wilson, and Outram were re-elected supeivisors of the reading room for the current year. It was intimated that the H.S.Y.M. Society had decided to hold a concert, the proceeds to ba devoted to the funds of the reading room ; and the secretary was instructed to convey a hearty vote of thank-) to the society for their kindness. A letter was received from Mr A. Hill Jack covering cheque for LI Is towards the expenses of the room. The secretary was requested to thank Mr Jack for his donation.

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Evening Star, Issue 7919, 29 May 1889

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Evening Star Issue 7919, 29 May 1889

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