THE Grey River Argus. PUBLISHED DAILY. TUESDAY, MARCH 25, 1873
The Committee appointed on Saturday by the promoters of a Coal-Mining Company met last evening. There was a full attendance, and the Committee prepared the work preliminary to another public meeting appointed to be held on Wednesday. A prospectus of the promoters' designs was drafted, and all nprcwary preparations made for their presentation to a meeting which is expected to eventuate in the successful floating of the f!ft rHe n 'Yes'uh : " 1 bf 1 ' fee "first T "day's races at Dunedin is reported in another column. The agent of the Press Association, always accurate, unfortunately so abbreviates his telegrams as to make them sometimes incomprehensible, and it is difficult to discover which horse won the Forbury Handicap. There ought to be a large attendance at the Circus this evening, in consequence of the variety of attractions promised to be presented. The acrobatic and equestrian performances which have already attracted thousands are to be supplemented by the appearance of Miss Clara Stephenson and the members of the dramatic company of whom she has been, for months past, the "guide, philosopher, and friend." The play, to be performed is " Mazeppa, or the Wild Horse of Tartary," Miss fcthepenaon representing Mazeppa. There is not only nothing objectionable in the representation, but, according to the rehearsal last night, much that is the opposite to objectionable, and, as the performance has been prepared specially for tta« benefit of Mr Burford, who requires and deBerves a benefit, there should be to-night the biggest attendance at the Circus that has y/3tb,een accommodated within the building which Mr Murray has constructed for the entertainment of the public during the holiday season in Greymouth. The residence of MrJ. A.Whall, Town Clerk, had a narrow escape from being burned down yesterday afternoon. In the absence, of the occupants, some embers had fallen from the fire-place in the kitchen on to the floor. The smoke was observed by a milkman, who gave the alarm, and some neighbors hastened to th^ pjace, sneceeding in arresting the flames with" bucketfuls of water. '' The remains of the late G. M'Dowell Fisher, the boatman who was recently drowned at the Rock Island ford, were inferred yesterday at the conclusion of the inquest. The fun.eraj, whi,eh was numerously attended, started from the government Goods Shed. The chief mourners .wejp the boat's crew with whom the deceased had recently worked, and most of the men working in the carrying trade on the river joined in the melancholy procession. The Ahaura cricketers, elated no doubt at thoir victory over the Club at Reefton, intimated their intention of trying conclusions with the Greymouth players should an opportunity o#er. It is understood that an eleven of the Grsymouth' Club will meet; the Ahaura players at the Twelye-mjAe Landing on Good Friday. A suitable ground. ea» easily be selected from among the numerous English grass paddocks at the Twelve-mile, and the place being about equi-distant from the residences of the members of both clubs, tjhe of having the match there will sujLt tjhjg convenience of all parties. T,he members of thp Nelson Council are summoned to meet; on Tu^sd£Ly, jbhe 29th of April. .. Miss Aitken has recently been reading poetical selections at the Masonic Hall, Nelson. The Nelson races, says the Examine)', promise excellent sport, ' eight horses having entered for the Hurdle Race, The Stewards are desirous, with so many hurdle facers present, of getting up a second race for them if the subscriptions come in liberally. The flat rages also promise to be good. Captain Humfrey, who is well known to Nelson Volunteers, hw been appointed as chief clerk in the office of Inspector of Government stores at Wellington. Notwithstanding the long continuing dry woftjther, mining operations at Addison's Flat, according to the report of the Westport Times, have ucA> been brought to the entire standstill experienced on the terraces, and although water at Addison's in extremely scarce, some. of the claims at least are able .to keep partly in work; In O^Toole and I party's claioJi for instance, work has been continued ever since Christmas, and the
shareholders have sold since that date some 2500z of gold, a quantity they would have doubled had a plentiful Bupply of water been obtainable. In Walls', Moran's, and Carmody's claims work is still progressing, and throughout the Flat a good steady downpour of rain is a 1 ! that is needed to set mining affairs on a satisfactory footing. The last fall of rain did some good, but was not nearly sufficient to fill all the dams. Shares still command a good price at Addison's. One in O'Toole's claim was lately sold for L 450, and another in Moran's for L 350, but at present shares are held for an advance on these prices. Mr Greenwood, surveyor, has lately brought to Westport, from the Cascades, some samples of coal taken from the seam existing there in close proximity to the prospectors' quartz claim. It closely resembles the Mount Rochfort coal in every respect. The samples are in the possession of the Provincial Engineer. The Superintendent of Nelson arrived in the town of Nelson, after his visit to the West Coast, on Saturday week. At the Hokitika Resident Magistrate's Court, on Saturday, William M'Mullin was brought up, in custody, charged with having embezzled the sum of LBO from his employers : i Greymoutb. The prisoner had heen arrested on a warrant issued in Greymouth, and, Sergeant Moller having proved the issue of the warrant and the arrest, the prisoner was remanded to Greymoath. A special general meeting of the Perseverance Company is advertised to take place on the 3rd, and a call of 10s per share v\-ll be made on the 21st of next month. The last crus'iing from the mine gave 30oz of gold from 50 tons of stone. Captain Rough, who has been absent upon a twelvemonths' tour through Europe and across America, returned to Nelson on Friday last. Fifty pounds reward is offered for the recovery of the copper plates stolen from the Anderson's Creek Quartz Mining Company machine-house on the 3rd inst; The sub-Post-Office at Chiisty's has been closed, and mails for Reef ton, &c, close at Westport on Saturdays, at 10 p.m., instead of Sundays at 8 p.m. No alteration of time of closing on Thursdays has been made. Mr Fraser, who has had charge of the Westport School for some time past, has tandered his resignation, which has been accepted, and he wiU relinquish office on the 30th April. Mr E. B. Cargill, of Dunedin, goes home by the Dacotah. He has resigned his seat in the Provincial Council. Judge Gray, of Otago, has got twelve months' leave of absence, and Judge Ward takes his place. The Ardmore Station, Otago, has been sold for L 20,000. Mr J. F. Herbert is the purchaser. In the Resident Magistrate's Court, Reefton, there was a civil action — Keller v. Robertson — in which the plaintiff sought to recover 15s for photographic likenesses. The defendant resisted the claim on the ground that the artist had failed to do him justice by a faithful delineation, and called Mr Taylor, an expert, whose testimony went to show that the representations were not so favorable as they might have been. A second carte de visite, the workmanship of the latter artist, was compared with the plaintiff's, and the Court gave judgment for the plaintiff for 10s and costs. As showing the product of alluvial gold in the Reefton district, the Herald mentions tt&Uk on^oft^atricFs Day. It is a fact worthy of note that Lieutenant Hoskins, the champion, and Messrs Stone and Thompson, two of the highest aggregates, are natives of New Zealand. The old passengers and their families who who arrived in this Colony by the ship Philip Laing, on the 15th April, 1848, (consort of the pioneer ship with the early settlers of Otago) intend to celebrate the quarter centenary of their arrival on the 15th April next. The Theatre Royal, Christchurch, has been re-opened with a company from Dunedin, under the management of Messrs Geddes and Willis. Mrs Walter Hill, the leading lady of the company, and her husband as a low comedian, have gained a well-earned reputation in their respective lines of business, and Mr H. N. Douglas, the leading gentleman, is a young and yery promising actor. The company also includes the Misses Lizzie Bushe, Marian Willis, and Cassy Mathe'ws, and Messrs J. Musgrave and G. Collier, all respectable in their several departments. The grand stand on the Hokitika racecourse is to be erected by Mr Connon at a cost of Llßl. In ihe Resident Magistrate's Court, Hokitika, on Saturday, says the West Coast Times, a question was raised in respect to police regulations, upon which comment has been made before, both by the Resident Magistrate here and by Mr Revell at Greymouth. The question was as to the necessity of a j police officer appearing in uniform when attending in Court to prefer a charge. Sergeant Moller had come down from Greymouth in search of a man charged with embezzlement, and he came down in plain clothes. Having arrested his man, the sergeant appeared in Court to prefer the charge in the habiliments which fie wore, and to this Mr FitzGerald objected, as being contrary to usage. Mr James, however, maintained that when a police officer ia sent on special duty of that nature it was the rule that he should b,e out of uniform, and as Sergeant Moller goul# no£ bring his uniform with him, he was compelled to' come into Court in the dress of a civilian. Mr James referred 'to his long experience of twenty-two years' service in the police force, in support of his view, and stated he should continue to have it enforced, unless ordered to the contrary by the County Chairman. Mr FitzGerald stated that he should represent the matter £0 the Government, and Mr James said, he should do so also. Our Tiv Natiqiwl being now concluded, it may not be uninteresting to. note the various winners of the New Zealand Champion Belt since its institution. It was first given in the year 1861, and there have been, including that of the present year, eleven competitions ; the years 1865 and 1870 not appearing to have been competed for. The following are the names of those winning the belt ;— 1&6.J., Ensign Brighton, Auckland; 1862, Volunteer ■& Ho}k Nelson; 1863, Volunteer Nathaniel Morse,, Nelson j 1864, Lieut. Owen, Wanganui Cavalry, Wellington; 1865, no competition; 1866, ColorSergeant Christie, Taieri Rifles, Otago; 18,67, CorpL Chisholm, Taieri Rifles, Otago ; 1868, Color-Sergeant Taylor, Dunedin Scottish; Otago j 186$,' Lieut; Goldie, Port Chalmers Naval Brigade, Otago ; 1871, Captain Wales, No. 1 Dunedin Rifles, Otago; 1872, Capt. Wales, No. I Dunedin Bines, Otago ; 1873, Lieut. Hoskins, Thames. The champion of this year was third highest aggregate ecorer in the matches for the championship of 18^2.. The shooting at Nelson for the championship this y/sar ia greatly in advance of that of 1872, aa may be seen by comparing the four highest aggregate scores in the matches, which are as follows : — 1872 : Wales, 163 ; Humphreys, 1161 ; Muir, 150 ; Hoskins, 149. 1873 : Hoskins, 181 ; Stone, 176 ; Richardson, 168 ; Thompson, 160. The Cadet firing this year was also infinitely superior to that of last year. . ,_^ »
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THE Grey River Argus. PUBLISHED DAILY. TUESDAY, MARCH 25, 1873, Grey River Argus, Volume XII, Issue 1450, 25 March 1873
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