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BRIEF MENTION., Issue 10477, 22 November 1897
Mr Jeffrey informs the ‘ Tuapeka Times ’ that It cost Him last week 8s 3d to rail two cases from Dunedin to Lawrence, while the freight on the same goods from Melbourne to Dunedin was 6s 6d. Prodigious 1 At Wanganui last week E. W. Spooner, a suburban farmer, was committed for trial on.charges of having failed to keep proper books of account, and having incurred a debt by false pretences. ■ At tho Port Chalmers S.M. Court on Saturday judgment was given by default in the case of John Watson (for whom Mr Plaits appeared) v. Lsisk and Co. (Stewart Island), for £l4 7a 41.
The New Plymouth Borough Council have referred to the Municipal Association, for an opinion and direction as to course of action, the question of the liability of Education Board properties in the occupation of schoolmasters to be rated. A joke is going round the Taranaki district that at a recent show three samples of the same churning of butter were sent. One took first, the other second, whilst the unfortunate third was disqualified. As an example of what can be done by poultry-keeping, a Waikato farmer, who had placed his poultry under the same conditions as his other slock, last year handed the birds over to his daughter, and she, after paying the coat of the food consumed, made a profit of £SO. Mr Sohey| has given notice in the New South Wales Assembly to ask the Premier a question containing a singular innuendo. It is as follows :—“ Will he lay upon the table of a return showing the number of suicides that have taken place in New South Wales since the present Administration took office ? ” .Mr Paltallo, of Dnnedin, made a decided hit (says the ' Manawalu Standard ’) in responding to the toast of “ The Judges ” at the Palmerston North show dinner. Referring to the fact that two of the sheep he had judged were named John M'Kenzie and Richard Seddon, be said that he could claim to have “ pulled the leg ” of the Right Hon. R'chard Seddon and to have tweaked the cose of the Hon. John M 'l\erzie—a unique record in the history of the colony. . Dunhdin Hospital returns for the week : Patients remaining from previous week, 98 ; admitted, 19; discharged, 16. Elizabeth Cliaby and John Grant died during the tveek. Number of patients remaining, 99. Portland Island School has an attendance of fourteen pupils. Recent changes at the lighthouse have not been to the advantage hi the teacher, whose dismissal was recomriiended to the Board recently. As the teacher, however, had not formally resigned, and had done nothing to warrant the Board taking action, she will remain there a little while Iqnger. Portland Island is not an idyllic place for a school marm. The one there now writes that she is %'ery tired o F the island—“bleak and exposed”—and she is anxious to get back to civilisation again, the atmosphere of the locality having a most depressing efLct. The statutory declaration of Father Ahern, who testified to Inspector Emerson’s sobriety on a particular occasion, has been laid before the Royal Commission. The rev. father further explained that at the date mentioned he was temporarily lodging at the same hotel as the inspector, because his own house had been temporarily given up for charitable purposes. Further evidence will be taken at Gisborne and Napier. The intercolonial hind contest of Australia, held this year in Sydney, on the 7th, Bth, and 9th November, was a great success. The Queenstown (Tasmania) Band won the championship with 48 points out of 60, closely followed by the Sydney Naval Artillery Band, the Newton (last year’s champions) having to be content with seventh place. The ‘Oamaru Mail’informs us that two ex - Oamaruites gained credit —Mr Charlesworth (late trombonist iu the Oamaru Garrison) being bandmaster of the runners-up, and Mr J. Pheloung gaining a silver medal for second in tho cornet contest.
BRIEF MENTION., Issue 10477, 22 November 1897
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