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Westport's export of coal last week was 6,167 tons Bawt, the Westport Coal Company contributing 5,200 tons and the Cardiff Company 967 tons. The output for nine, months has been over 228,000 tons. Hospital returns for the past week • Patients remaining from the previous week, 108; admitted, 22; discharged, 21. Ah Ohee, Donald M'Leod, and Jeannle M'Evoy died during the week, and the total number remaining is 106. " A grateful country's tribute and a die* g?aoe_ to every individual in the district, especially to the local bodies," writes a ojrrespondent of the Taranaki 'Herald,' drawing attention to the condition of the graves of officers and men of the 40th Regiment who fell during the war of 1860 61. The allotment, he says, is covered by fuize and acrub, surrounded by a broken-down fence, and is a resort of the stray cattle of the district.

The death of the girl Hilda Northcott is causing strong excitement throughout the Rangitikei district. The following singular advertisement has appeared in the Marton 'Advocate ':—"ln Memoriam.—Died, on or about the 2nd August, Hilda Northcott, a poor, defenceless, rnotherle&s girl, out in the bleak, midwinter's night. No voice to aid her in her pleadings for mercy ; no hand raised to protect her ; no one to soothe her dying hours.—lnserted by Jane E. Prosaer. Vengeance is mine, saith the Lord, I will repay. Mothers of Marton, Hunterville, and Ohingaiti, do not let this awful affair rest— J.E.P."

Rough football does not appear to be confined to Wellington. At Sydney on a recent Saturday three games were especially marked by battery and assault. At the Agricultural Society's Ground the meeting of Randwick and the Pirates in the senior competition would have justified the interference of the police. At Kensington the second junior' semi-final between Redfern Waratah and the Glebe ended in a riot, whioh -was eventually transferred to the road outside the ground. Both of these matches were played under the management of the metropolitan branch of the New South Wales Rugby Union. The fifth juniors' final at Norwood Park also produced its trouble, and in this connection ail alleged offender had to appear at the Police Court. . The Wanganui publ : c abattoirs were to be officially opened to-day. There is still a liability of some £4.0 existing in connection with the Ballance memorial statue, and the Committee are making an appeal to the general public for further subscriptions.

An evidence that the efforts of the Government to encourage the poultry industry are appreciated is the fact that the Department of Agriculture is unable to supply more than one-half the eggs for breeding purposes that have been applied for. The department hopes, however, to be able to satisfy the demand before the season for breeding closes.

Mr Bell, one of the Greymouth borough councillors, has issued a writ against Mr Diniel Sheedy, a publican, also a borough councillor, claiming £I,OOO damages for applying the term "mountebank" to Mr Bell, who describes himself as a photographer. AtWyndham thefishingseasonwasushered in by a competition under the auspices of the Anglers' Society, when eleven rods brought to grass 120 trout aggregating 1871b 7oz— Mr W. Leitch being winner with fourteen fish, weighing 25 b 12 z. A young lady teacher not far up country in the Buller district wrote to her school committee not long since that if they did not send a carpenter to make repairs they might have to send one to make her coffin.

When the world's population exceeds 5,994,000,000, the earth will be unable to find nourishment for her people, and they will be forced either to cannibalism or starvation. This figure will be reached in about 280 years.

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BRIEF MENTION., Issue 10442, 11 October 1897

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BRIEF MENTION. Issue 10442, 11 October 1897

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