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A telegram was received this nffcernoon from Mr Seymour, dated from Hokitika, where he had arrived, by the Arawatu. He expects to be m Nelson to-morrow. The election of two members of the Spring Creek Eivers Board was held yesterday. The votes polled were W. Murray 34, G. Dodson 31, F. Busch 15. The two first were elected. News reached here yesterday that Mr Ward was defeated at the Cheviot, Mr Harper beating him by 20. We negret this defeat from a public point of view, bnt we feel bound to say that Mr- Ward has only himself to thauk for it. Had he declared at once, instead of procrastinating down here, we feel sure he would have won the seat. Only one gentleman, MrHori Kerei Taiaroa, of Tairoa Heads, Otago, was nominated at Kaiapoi on Jan. 4th as Member for the Southern Maori Electoral District, consequently there will not be a poll. This is almost a pity, as our native friends at Wairau, Picton, and Kaikoura will not be able to take any part m the General Election. If we mistake not this is the party who claims two millions for compensation. The Picton nomination took place yesterday. About J4 persons were present, Mr Conolly proposed, and Mr Weston seconded Capt Kenny. Mr Dart proposed, and Mr Mahr seconded Mr John Godfrey. The whole proceedings did not' occupy more than half an hour. The show of hands was Capt Kenny 6, and Mr Godfrey 1. The latter is explained by Mr Godfrey requesting his friends not to show their hands . Captain Kenny met a large number of electors m the Cloudy Bay district on Friday evening last at the school house Massacre Hill, Mr Alfred Pilfoot m the chair. After an address extending over two hours the following resolution was proposed by Mr G. Mason, and seconded by Mr Combes, " that this meeting has the fullest confidence m Capt Kenny. " No amendment or opposition being offered, the proposition on being put to the meeting was carried unanimously. Mr Henderson called a meeting of electors at Grove Town on Friday evening last, when Mr G. S. Mitchell took the chair. Only six electors resident m the locality were present, besides five who came up from Blenheim with Mr Henderson, there were 10 other persons present including boys. Mr H. Dodson proposed a resolution of thanks, and stating that he is a fit person to hold a seat m Parliment. Mr S. Barnes seconded the motion, and no amendment was offered. A vote of thanks to the chairman brought the proceedings to a close. A tremendous thunderstorm passed over Hokitika on Friday about midnight. The lightening struck the new Wesleyan Chapel, tearing away a portion of the front and the top of the building. The suddenness and violence of the thunder crash knocked down three men m Revell-sbreet. St. Elmas light waß distinctly visible.

It will be seen from our telegrams that Sir Julius Vogel has been returned for Wanganui. A good deal of soreness has existed for some time past with regard to lines on " Consignees' letters" sent by vessels trading here from Wellington and Nelson. These letters are handed to the masters of such vessels, and stamped with a single rate of postage, and on arrival are posted in Blenheim, where the Postmaster conceived it to be his duty to levy a fine of 2d, latterly this matter was brought under the notice of the Postmaster General and on Saturday last a firm in. Blenheim received a letter from the head of the department stating in effect that a charge on such letters was incorrect, and instructions had been issued preventing it in future. H avelock. — Mr Godfrey held a meeting of the electors of Picton on Thursday evening last, at Mr Pear's rooms, Havelock. Mr Douslin occupied the chair, and the room and adjoining passages were crowded. Mr Godfrey's speech lasted about four hours. A resolution was proposed by Mr Levien, and seconded by Dr Caro, thanking him, to which Mr C. Mills proposed an amendment thanking him, but at the same time expressing confidence in Captain Kenny as their representative. About six hands were held up for this, and a considerable number against. On the original motion being put it was carried unanimously. -- s A telegram was shown to us the other day which had been sent from the West Coast, enquiring whether Mr Eugene O'Conor had been nominated for a Marlborough constituency, and the date of the Wairau Nomination. It was a most singular question to ask, and we should surmise therefore that the '{ Bailer Lion " has suffered defeat. Few of our readers, however, will know who this O'Conor is, and will be somewhat surprised to learn that he is the Provincial Secretary of Nelson ! We should suggest, if he does entertain any idea of standing for a seat in the Wairau that it will be as well to bring his proposer and seconder with him, as nobody here wants any outsider this time. Borough Council. — An adjourned meeting of the Council was held last night, all the members, except his jWorship the Mayor and Cr Fell being present. After the usual preliminary business, a deputation from the Temperance Hall Company was received, with the view of making arrangements for slightly altering the boundaries of the respective properties, for the purpose of wideniug .the streets. A petition to widen Grove Boad was also received. Accounts I to the amount of LlO7 were passed for payment'. A committee consisting of Grs. Norgrove, Nosworthy, Parker, and the mover, Cr Robinson,, were appointed t<» confer with the owners of property for the purpose of widening the streets. Redwood street, from Grov,e Road to Renwick Roa'd, was ordered to be formed, and the Inspector was ordered to get. the ditch in Renwick Old Road cleared of watercresses. Capt. Kenny addressed a large number of the electors in the Havelock District on Tuesday evening, fit the new schoolroom, when D. after the convener of the meeting had made a speech D. Bradshaw, Esq., was voted to the Chair ; and of nearly two hours' duration, the following resolution, proposed by Mr C. H. Mills, and seconded by Mr F. Cohen, was made : — "This meeting having heard with pleasure Capt. Kenny's address and explanation of his last career, while representing them in the General Assembly, now desire to express their warm approval of his conduct during that term, and, while conveying to him their siucere 'thanks for his steady attention to their interests, hereby pledge themselves to use their best endeavors to again secure his return." No amendment being propoesd or oppssition offered, the resolution was then put to the meeting and carried unanimously. We learn that a strong party has been formed in Havelock to carry out the terms of the resolution. — Press. Sunday Trains — The following is the text of a counter memorial which is in the coarse of signature :—" To F. B. Passmore, Esq., Superintendent Engineer of constructed railways. The memorial of the undersigned inhabitants of Marlborough humbly sheweth : That they understand that a movement is on foot with the view of having trains run on the Lord's Day on the Picton and Blenheim Railway. That your Memorialists are perfectly satisfied with the arrangements at present existing. That your Memorialists believe Sunday travelling to be j contrary to the law of God, and highly injurious to the moral and spiritual welfare of the community. That it would be a special injustice upon the employe's of the Railway by depriving them of the weekly day of rest. That no plea of necessity can be sustained, as there is a sufficient road between Blenheim and Picton to afford communication in any rare case of urgency that may arise. Mav it please you to take the premises into your consideration, and to allow the present arrangements to contimie, and your memorialists will ever pray. Duuing the proceedings of the Supreme Court on Thursday last, a somewhat novel interruption took place, in consequence of the sound of stamping the lettera in the Post-office drowning thevoice of the counsel. The Judge pronounced it extraordinar}', and sent a messenger s requesting its abatement, but a after moment's pause it commenced again. A verbal message was sent to his Honor to the effect that the letters must be stamped. The Judge said if it continued, he should adjourn the Court till they were finished, and take an opportunity of representing the matter to the Government. He could not see why the stamping could not be done in another room. A messenger was again despatched to request that the noise might cease, and Mr Pitt resumed his argument. A few moments later the Chief Postmaster came in and explained to the Judge that he could not go into another room out of the office, especially as it required a peculiar kind of table, but the stamping would cease in about two minutes. We have frequently noticed that the same noise was a great nuisance during the sitting of the Resident Magistrate's Court, and as often wondered that the sound was not stopped by a ' brick-nogged .'■ partition, instead of a hollow wooden lining between the Court and the Post-office.

Mr. Stafford has been elected for Timaru wifchojt opposition. He made only a few remarks. He stated he was strongly m favor of a Timaru break-water, constructed under Sir John Cood's plan; The question of the right of Nonconformist ministers to the title of Reverend is being tried before the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council of England. One of the swiftest New York stenographers took down from Mr Moody 's lips 2,200 words m ten minutes. This is a rate three times faster than that of Mr Beecher. Narrow Escape. — The shop of Mr Hough m Collii:gwood-street had a narrow escape from fire on Tuesday evening. Through the breaking of a kerosine lamp thb floor was ignited but prompt assistance happilyconquered the danger. — Colonist 30th. The World of October 20, has the following :— Sir Julius Yogel has definitely arranged to have a Forest Depai-tment after the model of that m India, and with the view to its initiation and organi atinn lias obtained the services of Captain Campbell Walker, at present at the head of the Forest Department m the Madras Presidency. This_ officer is well known by hia able reports published on the Forests of England and the Continent : for these he obtaiued the gold medal of the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society. The Indian Government has agreed to lend Captain Walker, as it were, on a year's probationary leave. There are to be two assistant inspectors under t him." Advertisments were a short time ago inserted m the Hull newspapers requesting information as to one Henry Champion, who went to Australia m 1835. A panper answering to his description, has since been discovered m the Hull workhouse, and proving his identity he will be entitled to £30,000 left him by a, Scotch nobleman, AWoodes Hoofed Horse. —The Uobart Town Mercury ivlates that m September last a man named Lloyd, while driving a valuable young mare m a dray, managed through carelessness, to upsec the cart. He was so severely injured that he died, and the mare was also so much hurt that it was thought she must be shot. Her owner however, took great care of her, and she so recovered that by the use of a boot with a wooden shoe she is now able to canter about with other horses, although she has only three feet, the fourth having been amputated to save her life; it was tha near fore foot at the joint.

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Marlborough Express, Marlborough Express, Volume XI, Issue 779, 12 January 1876

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