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Tho harbor-tnaster reports a greater depth of water at the entrance to the harbor. It is proposed to hold four days' festivities in Auckland in January to celebrate the colony's jubilee. At the Gisborne Police Court Deniel Ready was " sent up " for three months for beating his wife. The Grand Jury at Blenheim found no trut bill against Augustus Lucas, charged with setting fire to a schoolmaster's residence. If no obstacles intervene, there is a probability of our having a splendid excursion steamer plying in the harbor by Exhibition time. The cases at the Resident Magistrate's Court this morning were all struck out owing to the non-appearance of the parties, Messrs J. P. Jones and Frederick Mallard were the attending Justices. George Warren, a baker, residing at Coburg (Melbourne), was found dead in his bakehouse on Sunday week with his head fixed in a kerosene tin, in which a gas jet was placed, and the tap turned on to its fullest extent. He was a temperate man, and was not in difficulties, but suffered from cancer in the back. In connection with his having completed twenty-one years' service as town clerk to the Borough of Timaru, Mr E. H. Lough has looked up the records of his first year of office. The valuation of tho borough on August 24, 1868, was L 13.168; it is now L 41,500. It was higher in 18S2—viz., L 51.000. Other increases in the twentyone years arc noted as follows -.—Number of buildings, from 228 to 873; private dwellings, from 165 to 684; number of ratepayers, from 360 to 550; number of burgesses, from 235 to 420; income from rates, from L 452 to L 5.666. The " great fire" of Timaru occurred in December, 186S, when L.85,000 worth of property was destroyed, the insurance companies losing L 32.200. An ex-Wellington tradesman, who returned by the Hauroto from Sydney, has a story which is an interesting one at the present moment. He was doing a good business in Wellington (says the 'Post'), but, like most people, was not content, and thought he could do better. Attraoted by the glowing accounts of how things were going on the other side, he Bold out and went to Sydney. He has had his experience, having lost half bis savings, and is now in Wellington, there to recommence business. Some twenty other New Zealanders of his acquaintance are coming back at once, and many more will do «o when they can raise passage money. Before he left Sydney he and his friends wrote to Melbourne to see if it was worth while to go on there, and the replies as to the avenues of trade and labor being simply blocked by competition so disheartened them that they made up their minds to return to New Zealand. He states that tho desire to get back is not confined to a special class, but even artisans and laborers wish to return. The prizes presented to the Caledonian Bowling Club for competition among the members oreated a great deal of friendly rivalry during the past season. The winners were:— President's prize, Mr G. B. Dall; senior vice-president's prize, Mr James Robertson; junior vice-president's, Mr C. J. Barlow ; Mr Clifford's, Mr Baverstock; Mr Blaney's, Mr Baverstock ; Mr Ogg's (for young players), Mr S. B. Cronin ; Champion Bowls, Mr George Capstick ; from a friend for those who had never previously won a prize, Mr J. Aris; rink medals— Mesers J. Davidson, T. Drumm, A. Black, and G. Capstick (skip). Miss Gebbie, of the Shamrock Hotel, generously presented an eggstand to the rink which scored most points in the inter-club return match with the Roslyn Club. That rink belonged to this club. The members of the rink afterwards played off for it amongst themselves, when Mr C. J. Barlow was fortunate enough to be the winner of the prize. Sir Edward Watkin (says the London correspondent of the ' Northern Echo') has had brought under his notice, and his cooperation solicited for the most stupendous railway undertaking ever projected. It is nothing more or less than a railway from London direot to India, via Kurrachee. The Channel Tunnel fs a portion of the scheme, though not absolutely an essential portion, since the start could be made from Calais or Boulogne, as the Channel passengers now set forth on Continental journeys. The railway would proooed direst to Gibraltar, using existing lines as far as possible. Here would bo introduced the novel feature in the line. It is a vast broad-beamed boat, capable of taking on board the railway train i as it arrivps at Gibraltar, and delivering it !on the 'rails at Tangiers. Hero the line would fio eastward, keeping along the coast north of Africa, touching at Egypt, and proceeding by the Persian Gulf to Kurwhere it would join tbo ludian system. The Boheme has been submitted to Lord Cross, as head of the Indian ,Office.

Mrs Lefevre, an old resident of Hampden, died from syncopo on Saturday. She had left her son's farm with the intention of proceeding to Oamaru, and shortly after leaving her home had fallen down in a fh. She was picked up in an insensible condition, and rtioil nhortly afterwards. Thf 'DimetV.:; Navals'annual ball take l plfico '•i t})--- (Jntri-wi JI ■ail to-morrow fvcnirij; V\ r r.< I > »ri:;a'(.- , ':J sronil a:ini»-( i-.r.vj <• ■nir•-.(:'■ «r.■■! '-.all if. (.vlv,T"hPT!i Hal', to -::\:n:> x -v r-vnu,;.;. Kw. ,1. Uibb will lecture on 'The moral a-p?ct, of some social questions,'in connection with tlio Social Reform Association, to-morrow evening in the Athenaeum Hall. The current number of the 'Australasian Medical Gazette' is to hand. The editorial shows t'mt we can Afford to take a wrinkle or two from that progressive nation Japan in the treatment of quacks. The Cargill road Mutual Improvement Class held their weekly meeting last evening, when Rev. G. W. J. Spence occupied the chair. The evening was devoted to a discussion on ' The Life and Labors of St. Paul.' Miss Hindle contributed a paper on 'Jamee,' and MrMetz one on 'The Contention between Paul and Barnabas.'

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Evening Star, Evening Star, Issue 7998, 29 August 1889

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Evening Star Evening Star, Issue 7998, 29 August 1889