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The memorandum of association of the Inangahua Diamond Drill Company has been prepared, end over 2000 shares were eubucribed for on Monday hist. MrW. BT. Jones and Mr P. Eutler deserve tbe thanks of the community for the zeal with which they have pushed on the peojpet, and the trouble they h»ve taken to mature it. ft is to be hoped that the public will take the matter up with the same spirit. ! The new electoral rolls for the West Cpnst electorates are now in course of preparation, and will be printed in the course of a fortnipjir. From the number of applications | sent in since the close of the last election it is believed that the roll for this district will contain about 2000 names. The total amount received in resppet to the two hospital concirfa was £23, or thereabout*, so that offer deducting the expenses incurred, the institution will benefit, to the exie offomei'6o or CGo by (he per/brmarci'!". ISVt a had result rilher. The fire brigudn concert last night v/ns well

attended, and in other respects passed off no lees successfully than the preceding ones. $Te understand that the directors of the Inkerman Company have made an offer to Mr H. Graham for the purchase of the .Rainy Creek battery. It is said that shortly after his acquittal in the Supreme Court, Hokitika, David M'Gabey tirited the Inangahua, and obtained his swag, which was planted in the bush somewhere near Square Town. He was met on I Totara Flat by several persons, and stated his intention of proceeding ocro9Bthe country toHaupiri. The news of the accused's return en used some little stir. It is reported that several thin veins of stirae hare been crossed in the Ipangfthua Low Level Tunnel duriug the past few days, but the circumstance is unimportant beyond showing that the country is ' likely looking.' We are sorry to learn that in consequence of the reduction of bands ut the Golden Fleece, Energetic and other mines, the brass band is in danger of losing some of its most efficient members. The band Jibs become quite an institution in our midst, and its diss organisation would, we are sure, cause a ieel* ing of general regret. It is reported that a very influentially signed requisition lias been forwarded from Greymouth inviting Mr T. S. Weston to stand fojr .that electorate at; the forthcoming election. The Greymouth ■» requisition has been posted to Mr Weston, oud be has, we believe, been asked to defer his reply to the Reefton requisition until the receipt of the t former one. Whichever way Mr Wetson decides his chances of re-election can.be re* garded as equally certain, and in either case his sympathees will no doubt be unaffected by tbe division which has been made in hit former constituency. Mr 8. Barr proceeded to' Mount Arthur on Monday morning last, whence he will proceed to Melbourne, returning about January next. I Among the matters which the so-called Council deputation took upon itself to im» portune the Government, upon the question of Big River track stands out conspicuously in the ambassadorial 'despatch, as baying apj patently proved a rather Ijard nut to craok. I At this pame track is beyond all doubt one of the greatest abortions to which the Council has lent itself,'it is easy to understand the anxiety of the deputation to palm off the work upon the Government. It is stated as a reason why the Government should take over the work that 'immediately upon the track being opened a large influx of miners to the locality took place, and the success of the undertaking is shown by the fact that upwards of 200 miners are now at work, where twelvemonths ago there was not a soul." To characterise this statement as less than a gross misrepresentation, would be to offer a premium for deliberate lying. That the expenditure in question has been completely thrown away, and has not led to one solitary benefit to the County, is beyond dispute. The European population of the whole lo* colity does not exceed twenty persons, and these, being engaged in permanent sluicing, have been in the same locality for ten years past. Ab for th,e Chiuese, they' are merely fossicking in old workings, and were saena gaged long before the track was commenced. As to the track itself, it is imngssjbJLe th'aJj^SSy Government officer could ever conscientiously pass it. and we fully approve the action of both Mr Warden Bevell and Mr Gordon in refusing to pass s,uch work. The action of the deputation in this matter may be taken as of a piece with the whole of their representations. There is comfort, however, in the reflection that not one line of all the elaborate twaddle of the deputation will ever fall under the eyes of the Government, there is a well known designation attached to the Government buildings for all such communications. To imagine for a moment that the time of Ministers bangs so heavily upon their hands a? to wade through the pages of drivel furnished by the deputation, is worthy of the intelligence'and verdancy of its author:. From an instructive little pamphlet on 1 Monaco and its Gaming Tables,' written by Mr John Poison, we gather that th,e present proprietor ot the notorious gaming establishment at Monte Carlo holds a lease of this lucrative privilege which will not expire till 1886. The Prince of this anomalous little State receives, we learn, as ground rent 60,000 f. per annum, and a tenth of the profits of the tables ; besides which his little army of forty soldiers in. light blue uniform, and his twenty genderarmea in cocked bats, are clothed and maintained from the same source. The number of suicides last year traceable to losses at tbe tables is officially reported as fourteen only, and the number of delinquencies attributable tp tbe same cause as forjty«seven. According to Mr Poison, however, a gentleman of high official position at Kice estimates the real number of suioides at an average of about three a week. A despatch received from Bu^noa Ayres, dated July Bth, says :— « The Poterel has been found to be broken in two. Only twelve whole bodies have been brought up from the, wreck, \\ro being those of officers and (he. remainder of sailors. They were all interred at Sandy Point. Six large guns, a mitrailleuse, and some ammunition have been recovered. It is now considered certain that the disaster was not due to an explosion of the boilers, as the latter haye been found intact, and it is thong'ut that a torpedo must hove exploded while being leaded and set fire to the magazine.' The most bloodthirsty sentiments were expresspd at the Revolutionary Congress whish was sitting in London last week. Mdlle Louise Michel, the French Communist, 'and a iussian Nihilist, have been flmonj the speakers. The meeting resolved, nmong other thi-ga, that the time had passed for agitation by speaking or writing ; agitation by violence was the motto for the future. Mdlle Michel looked forward to the etorm which would dfs'roy the last throne and the Jasr altar nnrl a certain Mr Eitts predicted that in sixteen months (why sixteen ?) the autocracy ofKnglnnd would hare to beg the mercy of the working men. On August G'h, a melancholy. accident, the

indirect result, it is believed, of a praotical joke, occurred off Plymouth. The Orient Line Mail steamer Potoai, having been cleared for Australia, left tbe Sound at 12.30 p.m, Half an hour later, when four miles oatside the breakwater, and proceeding at the rate of eleven knots an hour, a cry a^ose of • man overboard.' The staiboard lifeboat was being lowered, five men seated in her, when the forward falls became entangled, and all the seaaien were prepipitated into tbe water. Three of the hands were rescued, but Edward W. Bar|iley, A.8., and Walter J. Dodge, O.S, had disappeared. The boats cruised about for ninety minutes, when, nothing having been seen of the unfortunate men, the Potosi proceeded on the voyage to Adelaida. It is thought the affair was a Billy practical joke on the part of a passenger. Great exoitement prevailed aicong the 350 passengers, who crowded the vessel's deoks. 'Referring to the disqualification of Mata, the Wanganui Herald says:— The only leading Jockey Clubs which have not endorsed i the disqualification are the Canterbury, Dunedin, and Hawke's Bay. Considering the standing of the Victorian Club, this lack of reciprocity if in no way creditable. It is no defence of the Mata transaction to say that-eomething equally bad bas occurred on the Victorian race course before and passed unnoticed. K6^jfaalapjLflD.o_f_tfl.m6n should make it a ppint of honor to put the foot dowrT on any shady transaction as soon as a reputable tribunal bas passed judgment It would appear as if racing in Dunedin and Christchurch is not conducted sans peur et cans reproche, and therefore Jhe authorities there hesitate about throwing stones. Lucky Taranaki is to be allowed to go on •with its barbor works just as usual. The Otago Daily Times says :—•' La spite of the labours of Mr E. Ot. Wright and bis Select Committee, Taranaki is not to be restrained in expending hundreds of thousands of pounds in carrying on its ambitious scheme of harbor works. The bill to give effect to tbe recommendations, of the committee was quietly dropped, and consequently no commission of inquiry will be appointed, and the works w»U go on as heretofore. This result is mainly due to the exertions of Major Atkinson, to whom Taranaki owes so much. He managed to convince the House, or at least many members of it, that if the colony took over the liabilities and assets of the Harbor Board the^ result would be a net loss to the. Treasury of from £17,000^t0-£23 > 000. > Paddy Mufpbyy in tbe last • SpecialJlpistol 1 from Lambton Kay, writes — ' There's the very dickens to pay up here over the vaocinashun o' the. Civil Servinls (why they are palled Civil is a mystheiy'to me. for, pon me conshinse, some o' thim are mighty uncivil at times). It was tbe joke o' tbe world to fsee me |purtikular" frind,? Misther D. M. Luckie, vaccinated. He got in such a nartous state during the operation that mesilf and 3faok Sperrey bad to iould him while the docthor used/ the lymph taken from a Belgian's calve!. I haven't seen the Belgian, but I'm tould that be has a' pair o' the finest calves" ye'd meet wid in a day's walk, I'm ;-ge_t£l^^ax^ikou^bte^: an4,l'H tbry an' get me lymph out of onfe.o' tbVtcalves o* tbe fnyroale portion o* Misther Cary'a throop. I don't 'see why lymph from New Zayland calves ghoulcln't be as good as that from Belgian calves, -any day in the week.'

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Inangahua Times, Inangahua Times, Volume II, Issue II, 12 October 1881

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