A sixteen-roomed house at Johnsonville (owned by E. Petherick, of Wellington, and occupied by Mr Ballinder, a butcher) was destroyed by fire. The house, which was valued at £BOO, was insured in the National Office for £250.
Three settlers at Makara, near Welling, ton, were fined £2O, £lO, and £8 respectively for failing to keep down r»bbits. The Wellington Woollen Company have decided to enlarge their premises in Wellington at a'coat.of £3,500. The Bluff Harbor Board have fallen in with the Christchurch meeting's proposal that a training Bhip be procured for the colony, the Government to be informed that in the Board's opinion Bluff Harbor is a suitable place for such a ship. The Mortgages Legal Costs Bill was introduced by the Hon. W. J. Steward, and not by the Hon. Downie Stewart, as stated in a recent issue.
The' Alexandra Herald'reports that Mr T. Beck has had for the present to, abandon his coal shaft. After sinking over 140 ft the water beat the men, rising to a height of 40ft.
The Cromwell paper reports that O'Brien's coalpit at the Nevis was sold at auction on Saturday and realised £l3O. Mr Luscombe was the purchaser. It may be said that the member of Parliament who figured in the Wellington Police Court and claimed privilege this week is the member for Parnell. .'
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BRIEF MENTION., Evening Star, Issue 10458, 30 October 1897