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Thomas S. Weston, Esq., late District Judge of Westland, has beon appointed an examiner of candidates for admission to (he bar of New Zealand. No notices of objection to the Valuation Roll for the Hampden Biding have aa yet been received by the Council, and as the Assessment Court will sit at Moonlight's Accommodation House on the 9th instant, and as seven day? notice of objection prior to the advertised time for holding the Court U required to be left with the Council, it. is not probable that the Hampdcu Roll will bo objected to. We take the following from a late Christ-

church paper:— A number of influential gentlemen held a meeting: on the 28th ulfc., to confer with the hon. Mr Richardson upon the East and West Coast railway scheme. , In the course of his remarks Mr Richardson said : The real question at issue was not the practicability of Messrs Thornton and Browne's route, but whether it was actually the best procurable. If Thornton's line were de facto the be9t, he.could not sea how the colony could refuse to sanction the scheme. Ultimately the meeting agreed to take no further steps in the formation of the com* pany, pending the report of Ihe Government engineer's survey. It was also* determined to collect subscriptions to complete the. survey, from the head of Cannibal Gorge to the head of Maruia Plains, and connect the existing Government surveys. ™ i At 2 p.m. yesterday one of the heaviest thunderstorms ever' experienced passed over Black's Point. For upwards, of an hour the rain literally poured down in torrents, flooding the gutters in a few seconds, and tern poi> arily covering the streets with! a sheet of, water. The storm passed away as suddenly i as it came, and the remainder of the day was beantifully fine, Strange to say that Reefton, which w only some half mile away % from Black's Point, was almost wholly untouched by the storm. Indeed so completely local was the rain-fall that many who witnessed it are inclined to believe that it was the fag end of a waterspout. speaking of the Oriental mine, our re* porter writes : Although the same rapid progress has not been made lately in the con* struction of the 600 ft* tunnel which was achieved during the first months of the cone tract, yet about one half of the distance is accomplished, and the work is now being advanced at a satisfactory rate. . We understand that a dividend of nine* pence per share has been declared by the United Alpine Company. During the last year no less a sum than £900,000 has been lent on mortgage in^he Provincial district of Auckland, and only about £80,000 has been paid off. Several gold mines in< Northern Tasmania are yielding spiendid^results. . r Thd ? first crushing at the WeaJ New Chum Company's battery too^^e on the 22ncT ultimo, when theJplitUy of stone put through was 72l £ tdfi^which gave 11^4 ounces of gold, gfp average being about 1 oz 13 dwt to the non. The success which attended this "first s crushing^nable the directors to pay a divid^la of 9s per share. $ Mrs Laura $c Force' 1 Gordon, the first female lawyer who ejer addressed a jury in California, defended »ot long since a man accused of murder, The Sail Francisco Chronicle, in speaking of the occasion says :— " Mrs Gordon wore a black dress and her only ornament was a rose at her tbrqat. Her appearance caused excitement, and was several times applauded. Her client wai acquitted." A great boon to persons having small parcels to send to the Mother Country has now been arranged for by the Union Steatn Shipping Company of New Zealand in conjunction with the Orient Steam Shipping Company. This cpns : sts of a parcel express by which packages a foot measurement and upwards can be sent through to London at a minimum charge of five shillings per foot or one shilling per lb, measure or weight being charged at the option of the, company. , The Public Trustee, Commissioner of Stamps, Registrar-General, Commissioner of Land Claims Department, and four, others are summoned for wasting the Wellington Cor* poration's water. In the Transit Commissioner's Office, Melbourne there are over 5000 lost 'jginghams ' and a large quantity of other unclaimed .property left b^ind ja railway oars^and other vehicles by careless passengers. Some news from the Wairau diggings appears in the ' Marlborough Time's ' of the 15th inst. A fine sample of gold has been obtained from Tipperary Gully, very light and shotty. At the Brick Hill Creek sluicing operations are progressing. During the last three months a rece has been cut 3000 yards but' water just now is scarce, owing to tbe continued dryness of the season. One of the diggers at Brick §Hill Creek avows that Sir R. 0. Tichbo'rae was a mate with him while digging in New South Wales, and the tale he tells is said to bear the resemblance of reality. The Wairarapa 'Standard,' in an article on . the bankruptcy returns, attributes most of these to speculation in land sections. It says : — " Auckland was barely touched by the section fever, and 'we find that the liabilities of insolvents in Auckland during the year 1879 amounted to only £91,000, whilst Wellington— a city no larger than Auckland—had insolvency liabilities to the prodigious amount of £572,000, or about six times the amount of Auckland. Again, the section fever barely took hold in Duned'n, and Dunedin's bankruptcy liabilities in 1879 reached only £161,000, though its population is considerably more than double that of Wellington. Canterbury was smitten by the feyer very sorely, though not so sorely as Wellington, and hence we find that the insolvency liabilities of Christchurch amounted to £564,000. Chnstchuroh has a population about 10.000 greater than Wellington, hence the liabilities of its insolvents, though numeri* cally only 8000 less than those of Wellington, are proportionally much less. The explanation of the discrepancy is to be found in the fact tbat Wellington had the fever in a more violent form than Cbristchurch.' In Cbristchurch the rate for insuring an ordinary detached dwelling house is 22s per cent. In Wellington 5s is the price for the same risk. A correspondent sends us the following :— Mr D. Maydwell. Karewood road Papanui. has been troubled with swarms of bees that have for the last five years repeatedly taken up their residence in the side and roof of a bedroom in his house. Several times he has destroyed the bees with sulphur, only jo find another swarra rake possession of the empty combs. This season the busy insects became so pumerous. that tbey worked away the ear;* vas, and made their way into tlia room, so

tjpcessitating their removal or the giving up of the room to their sole use. Mr Maydwell last week obtained the services of Mr 0 Chaplin, bee expert, who removed the bees and brood combs into two boxes which he had adapted to the bar frame principle, besides taking over 40lbs of prime honey in vir« gin comb. One of the swarms had built a most beautiful piece of comb, measuring about 4ft lon/ and 2ffc wide, and on the edge that was stored with honey it was 3in thick. Several visitors watched the operation with some amount of fear, but on being informed by Mr Chaplin that the bees would not sting, Mra Maydwell, Mrs Charlsworth and several lady friends took handfuls from him without being in the least injured by them. A neigh - bor of Mr Maydwell has this season taken 17 swarms that have strayed into his premises.

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Inangahua Times, Inangahua Times, Volume II, Issue II, 7 March 1881

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