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At the Gore Court yesterday, before • the Mayor (Mr D. McFarlane) an inebriate, who had not been before the Court sineo 1891, was convicted and discharged. A rather amusing state of affairs has cropped up over the question of river pollution, by mining, says the ' Bruce Herald.' Two cases will come before tne Supreme Court this month, i.e., the pollution of the Tokomaifiro and Waikaka rivers. In the Toko, oase Mr Sim appears for the miners and Mi' Macgregor for the farmers^ But in the Waikaka case both legal gentlemen take a wonderful mental somersault, for Mr Macgregor appears for the miners and Mr Sim for the farmers. Law 'is a good thing — for the lawyers ! Both the Union and New Zealand Shipping Co.s have been most unfortunate in the matter of losing vessels during the past 12 months. The latter lost the Tekoa the other day in the Straits of Magellan, that wild and inhospitable part of the great South American Continent, and at the same time another of their steamers was, and is, listlessly rolling about somewhere in the great stretch of waters between Capetown and Australia. It is not very probable (writes our Wellington correspondent) that the Waikato has come any harm, as that part of the ocean is not studded with islands and reefs as is our more adjacent Pacific, while it is not very probable that she can have drifted very far. The great trouble is that the route is such a wide one and so comparatively little used that the chances of a successful search are not too bright. The lost vessel is fortunately well provisioned, and there is no fear on that score, so that it is quite likely she will turn up all right. These occurrences of vessels breaking down certainly suggest the advisability of some provision being mado imperative by the Marine Boards throughout the world — that which appears to be most desirable being the adoption of twin screws on all ocean-going steamships.

The Bey. H. K. Lawrie, one of the newlyarrived Home ministers, very ably filled the Gore Presbyterian Church pulpit on Sunday last, proving himself a valuable acquisition to the' ranks of the Presbyterian clergy. At the last football match between England and Australia, during a line-out, one of the Australians struck an English forward in the face, and was sternly cautioned by the referea. A -disgusted . barracker promptly yelled out, " Give it 'erri hot ! It's the last cbunce you'll get 1" Owing' to tho similiarity of the colors in the new iourpenny stamp and the present penny stamp, the Postal Department has withdrawn the former until the necessary printing ink arrives, when the penny stamp will be revised. When both these are finally issued all the two-coJor penny stamps will be withdrawn. We have been asked to mention that the extensive clearing sale of Mr Wilson Hall's contracting plant by Messrs Wright, Stephenson and Co. on Thursday next, takes place at the homestead, between Bivevsdale and the Black Bridge, and not at the Camp. Iv order to get through the large number of entries the sale commences punctually at 10.30. F,or the convenience of buyers, drags leave local stables in good, time on the morning of the sale. At Friday's meeting of the Southland Land Board, A. Shield was granted a lease of section 19, block 27, education reserve, Waikawa. The following applications were granted : — Geo. Brooks, sections 19 and 20, blocks 7 and 11, Waikawa ; George Paton, section 42, block 6, Otara; Wm. Ehodes, section 18, block 4, Waikawa ; Neils Hansen, sections 14 and 15, block 3, Waikawa; F. C. McClure, section 8, block 7, Otara; John Begefsky, section 26, block 6, Otara ; C. Turner, section 3, block 4, Waikawa, and sections 7 and 8, block 13, Mokoreta. The following transfers were sanctioned: — John O'Neill to John Scott, sections 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, block 18, Chatton ; Jas. O'Neill to Elivabeth Scott, sections 9, 11, 12, block 18, Chatton. For non-residence, the lease of sections 27 and 28, block 3, Seaward Bush, was forfeited. John White applied for an extension of 14 years of lease of reserve opposite section 6, block 2, Otama; Commissioner to deal with the matter. It was decided to reopen section 109, block 8, Tuturau. Warden Stratford approved of the proposal to sell by auction certain sections in the Waikaka township. Competent ploughman wanted. Tenders invited for fenoing at Wantwood. Respectable lad wanted for painting trade. Waikaka Bachelors' Ball on the 22nd inst. W. Domigan announces his candidature as councillor for North Ward. O. B. Buchanan, dentist, visits Wyndham on 14th September. Tenders wanted for erection of six-roomed house. Holy Trinity Church social to-morrow evening. Friday the last day for securing Electric Light Co.'s rebate. Henderson and Batger have potatoes, carrots, agricultural seeds and fertilisers for sale. A. J. Pope announces his candidature as councillor for South Ward. ' Excelsion v. Star (second fifteens) football match to-morrow. Oddfellows' anniversary aociat on Friday evening. Fortnightly meeting of Liberal League tomorrow evening.' Meeting of the Star Football Club to-mor-row evening. Drag leaves Inder's Bazaar for Wilson Hall's clearing sale on Thursday morning. Drag leaves Kbit and Coutts' Bazaar for Wilson Hall's clearing sale on Thursday morning. F. W. Le Brun, plumber, etc., Gorton street, Gore. Wesleyan Church social on Friday evening. Gore Brass Band concert at Otama on 19th. inst. W. P. Craig for photo, enlargements and pioture framing. "The Cry of the Children": lecture by Miss Freeman at Gore on Friday evening. Tenders invited by McCallum and Co. for erection of a cottage.

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Mataura Ensign, Mataura Ensign, Issue 634, 12 September 1899

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Mataura Ensign Mataura Ensign, Issue 634, 12 September 1899