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The admissions to the Dunedin Hospital last week numbered twenty, aud eleven were discharged, leaving 112 inmates in the institution ou Saturday. There was one death (Henry J. Perry). A Wellington chemist was excused from serving on the common jury at the Supreme Court last week because he had left a boy assistant in charge, and "he might poison somebody." A sexton was also liberated, as he did not know at what moment his services might be requhel.—'Post.' The Rev. Aubrey Price, of Clapham, London, has died from a revolver wound. The deceased before his death declared that tho wound was caused by burglars, but the police are inclined to doubt the accuracy of the story. A resident of Hobart claims to have discovered a patent for a self-regulating marine compass, which shows no variation.

The tender of Mr Joseph Saunders, of Wellington, has (says the 'Post') been accepted for carrying out the scheme of draining the Government township at Rotorua. The scheme was prepared by Mr Hay, C.E., of Dunedin, and the works are to be completed in six months. Sewers are to be laid along all the streets, and are to be flashed with water brought from a supply in the hill nearly a mile away. In the Magistrate's Court at Rangiora a few dayß ago a woman was ordered to enter into her own recognisance of £25 to keep the peace towards her daughter, but she absolutely refused to sign the bond, and was committed to gaol for three months. lb is said that shorter hours and higher .wages are driving trade away from England, but what are the facts ? The exports of engines and machinery have increased from £7,200,000 in 1876 to £17,000,000 in 1896, and the increase has (<o «Reynolds's Newspaper,' the champion of the working class, points out) been continuous and regular. Quickness of output and superiority of wuikmauahip have (continues ' Reynolds's') secured for England a monopoly of the machinery market of the world. And this is the direct result of higher wage 3 and shorter hours.

Concerning the much-canvassed appointment of a valuer under the Valuat:oa of Land Act for Wanganui, au explanation is furnished by the Wellington correspondent, who says:—"l have ascertained from a reliable source that the Government were unaware of this fact (that the appointee was an uncertificated bankrupt), and were guided in the appointment by a largely-signed letter of recommendation containing the signatures of the Mayor and ex Mayors of Wanganui and several county councillors and prominent settlers in the Wanganui district, It is noticeable that the larger proportion of the signatories are allied to the party opposed to the Government, and'certainly did not subscribe to the letter in ignorance of the applicant's position." .

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BRIEF MENTION., Issue 10424, 20 September 1897

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BRIEF MENTION. Issue 10424, 20 September 1897

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