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Nelson Evening Mail. SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 1885.

The pinch of the shoe In connection with tbo Hospitals .and Charitable Aid Act is beginning to be felt. In the City Council lust ni»hb letters were received from the Secretary to the Hospital ani the Charitable Aid Boards requesting the payment of an aggregate amount of £192, that b«ing the sum fixed as the contribution of the Borough up to the 31st March next;, after which a fr« sh allocation of the burden for the year will be made. The Mayor after a careful study of the Act; gave it as Lis opinion tlmt many amendments would hare to be made in the next session of Parliament as in its present form die Act would be found unworkable. There can be no doubt, however, that it will, when licked into shape, prove a very useful measure, and with the benefit of a few months' experience of its working the Legislature will be in a position to Fee what alterations will be r quired to make its administration practicable. The neck and neck race that is being run between the Liberals and Conservatives at Home just now continues to be most exciting, the number of members returned up to last night being 100 of the former to 111 of th^j latter. Some additional particulars to those supplied by Keuter's Agency will bo found in the Press Association telegrams published elsewhere. A message from that source, which appeared in the Post of last night, classifies the members returned up to ihe time of its despatch as follows. — Conservatives 95, Liberals 91, Parnellites 8. An advertisement in connection with the Old English Fair, which is to open on Tuesday evening next, appears elsewhere. We understand that a very pretty and effective tableau has been arranged for the opeuing ceremony. The drop scene will be raised on the arrival of the Mayor, and the. lady stallkeepere, the gipsies, and the Maypole dancers all in costume will be eeen grouped on the stage. There are also to be a number of Side Sbows in the Oddfellows' Hall, and programmes of these «vit,h a synopsis of each will .be distributed in tbe Fair, where tickets will be obtainable at the stalls. The. prices of admission are olaarly stated in the advertisement, and seeing the great expense to which the Committee have been put in making the necessary preparations they, it must be allowed, afe very moderate. Visitors to the Fair are requested to provide themselves with the necessary change, as it is expected that there will be a large crowd at the doors which are to open at 7 o'clock, the opening ceremony to take place at 7-30. Residents in the Waimeas and surrounding districts will be glad to learn thaV-the Committee have arranged for a special train on Wednesday to arrive in town ad 7 o'clock. The Committee are inviting the loan of pictures &c. for the Art Gallery and promise that the greatest care shall be taken of them. Monday next, being St. Andrew's Day, will be observed as a holiday by »the Banks. We see hy the Wellington papers that the Government Buildings there will be closed on that day. At the last general meeting of the Nelson Cricket Club a resolution wuscome to affirming the desirability of forming a Cricket Association for the district. The Secretaries of the various Clubs having been communicated with, a meeting of delegates was held la?t Saturday evening, when the Association was duly formed. It was decided to ask Mr A. S. Atkinson to act as selector of teams, and Mr Topliss as umpire, bub replies have not yet been received from either gentleman Auother meeting will be held next Saturday, when copies of the rules of the Christchurch and Dunedin Associations will be forthcoming, and their perusal will no doubt materially assist in framing rules for the local Association. Mr C. A, Green was elected Secretary. - A novelty has been^ introduced by Messrs Hill & Sons, hatters. They have placed in the window a glass jar filled with peas by a Committee of well-known citizens, and for every 5s spent in the shop during the next three months, customers will be entitled to make a guess at the number, and will receive a ticket signed by the manager, who retains a block with the number guessed. On the .Ist March the peas will be counted and the lucky individual who comes nearest to the number found in the jar will be presented with £25 in cash. Full particulars will be found in the advertisement. On Monday (Sfc. Andrew's day) the Bishop of Nelson will hold an ordination, at which M-'SBrs G. W. York and Reginald Hermon will be ord tined for work on the West Coasts of this diocese. The sermon will be preached by the Rev Arthur Hermon, of Spring Creek, who is, early in next year, going on leave of absence to England, his place being occupied by the Rev F. H. Spencer as locum tenens.—ln the evening the second meeting of the Nelson Church Union will bo held iv the Bishop"*s schoolroom, under tbe presidency of the Bishop. The subjects considered will be-»(l) The usa of the Ten Commandments in the Church service, and, (2) Missionary work in the Church of England. Members may introduce friends. The Post of last night says: — Mr Levestam, the member for Nelson, has forwarded to the Minister of Justice a numerously signed petition in regard to the action of the Nelson Justices in regard to the appointment of Mr Harley as a Justice. Tha> petitioners, who wish the Minister to support the appointment and uphold the dignity of the Crown, state that Mr Harley is morally, commercially, and in every other respect fitted to hold the Commission of the Peace. The signatures to the petition include the names of legal and medical gentlemen and a large number of persons in business in the City of Nelson. Mr Levestam, who does not sign' the petition for reasons which he sets forth, urges Mr Tble to uphold the dignity of his office by resenting the interference of the Justices in regard to the appointment of Mr Harley, and their contumacious conduct in not complying with the requirements of the Act. The Justices meet again on the 2nd December to receive the reply of the Minister to their communications anent Mr Harley. It is probable that no reply will be sent them, and that if, when they next meet, they do not form a rota the Governor will be advised to take the matter into his own hands. An Auckland telegram of Thursday says: — A fracas ensued after the drill of the Dargaville Volunteers between Captain Dargaville and Drill Instructor Smith, who had been superseded in hia office, but several of the Volunteers interfered and separated the combatants. There is considerable feeling in ihe corpß over the matter. Capfc Dargaville has stated that if the men wish Lim to resign he will do so. For sale cheap a quantity of prima Straw berriis and Gooseberries at Caledonia House. — Advt. At a party, a young lady b< gan a song, '• The autumn dayß have come : ten thousand leaves are fallen." She began too high. " Ten thousand," she screeched, and stopped. " Stari her at five thousand 1 " cried an auctioneer present, BEHOLD HE COMETH WITH CLOUDS AND EVERY EYE SHALL SEE HIM — Hey I, 7 :-Advt. 4374— t0 Good creations are rare. Nothing has been introduced into the market since Wolfe's Schnapps that can compare with that unrivalled elixir, the purest spirit in the world. Remedy for Hard Times.— Stop spending bo much on fine clothes, rich food, and style Buy good food, cheaper and better clothing, and stop the habit of using expensive or quack doctors, or humbug medicine that does you any harm, but put your trust in the greatest of all simple, pure remedies, American Co's Hop Bitters, that cure always at a trifling cost, and you will see better times and ood health. Head

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Nelson Evening Mail. SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 1885., Nelson Evening Mail, Volume XX, Issue XX, 28 November 1885

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Nelson Evening Mail. SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 1885. Nelson Evening Mail, Volume XX, Issue XX, 28 November 1885