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Recent American papers contain long, illustrated and " scare headed " accounts of the dreadful explosion on tlie American warship Bennington. Among the I many victims was Frank Curtoni, an oiler, whose portrait, and short biography are given. Tlie latter states that Curtoni was a na'ive of Nelson, New Zealand, wh > went to America l.' 1 years ago and worked for liis uncle. J. de Curtoni. ;i grocer of San Francisco. Seven yeais ago he enlisted in the American Navy, and served on the Yorktown, thc Oregon, and the Beni ningtoii. Four of his sisters and three brothers are in America, and thero are some of the family in this district. CurtfUii was only 2'.l when lie met his dreadful fate. The plans for the new Public Tiust | Oflice to he erected -in Wellington says ! the Wellington morning paper, are on the eve Q.f completion, and the Government Architect (Mr John Campbell) hopes to call for tenders within tho next two or three weeks. The building will occupy that fine citv section liaving a J frontage of s*l ft to "Lambton quay and • 1;-)f)i't to Stout street. It will have a I rounded corner, surmounted by a high , dome, the apex of which will be Tilft I above thc 1< vA of the ground. Tho | biiilding will consist of four stories I and a basement, to be erected in stone j and pressed brick. The upper story will be contained in the Mansard roof (which will form a very fine elevated promenade), and will be lighted by dormer windows. Though the building will be erected in stone and brick, the latter will be altogether subservient to tlie stone or granite facings in the general design, which may be described as classical Renaissance, The base nnd lower story will probably be erected in Tonga Hay (Nelson) granite, said to be tho best stone in I'ew Zealand, a%d as hard to work ;u Aberdeen granite. | Special machinery for working the i stone lias been imported, and tlie pro- : prietors of the (juarry are prepared to i go as far as ex c 1 i ig intricate carving j in the heavy Hint-like granite.' which I has a prpp -rand-salt colour, and should I take a lt-iyh polish. If it is finally del cided to use this granite, it will be the ; first of it to be use 1 to any extjnt in I Wellington. The main entrance, set in | the rounded comer of* the building, will I be flanked by pillars of polished Aberdeen granite, and tin* general design of thc tw:> elevations will be enhanced by handsoniely-7esi'nied segment al-headed gables, enriched b scroll'- work carved in stone, snppor ed on large double columns, with ban isome lonic capitals. Heavy rain fell a 1 - inteivals doring last night an 1 to-day has been showery. Rain was general throughout the colony, not a single station reporting blue sky. The nearest approach to a fine day was at RusgelL, Auckland, East Cape, Tuupo aud Gisborne which reported cloudy conditions. The glass continues to fall, and the readihg f, r Nelson at '.' a.m. to-dav was 20.49 ; Wellington, *_>:i 42 : Blenheim. •>'.). 3Y, ; Westport. 2!) ;S7 : Greymouth. *29..*'0. At the examination in connection with th" Royal Academy of Music in London a bron/-! me lal for piano-forte-playing was won by Miss Fanny Sealy. of this City, who also secured honourable mention for her attainments in singing aid harmony. 'J'he prizegiving to >k place iu the Coven! Garden Opera House, Princess Henry of Battenberg preßsntlng thc medals. Miss Sealy's success call-* for congratulation. At the Wellington Kennel Club's show held yesterday Messrs Savage & Betts were successful in capturing all the prizes open to Fox Terrior bitches as follows :— lst Maiden, Puppy, Novice Challenge and Produce Stakes, leg-in for Fox Terrior Club's .Co ,0s trophy, j aid winning. outright President's Gold Medal for best bitch in show. The winning dog w.'.s the centre of attraction | to all connoisseurs yesterday, as having I secured more first prizes than any other in the show. - I 1 The adjourned meeting of the Nelson Amateur Operatic Society will bo held in the Co-Operative Society's room on Monday evening. On tho representation of tho local branch of the Lands Offiee the Department is iy>w expanding £150 on improving tho sharp corners and fencing the portion of the (Vile Bay (private) road from the iron gate. It has been decided, for the safety of traffic generally, to erect notices on thc road t'.iat, except in the caso of t!:c doctors. 11 > motor cars will be alio we] on the road on days other than Wednesdays and Saturdays. The Nulsr.n Amateur S\\ j m n'ng Club will hold it; annual riveting toui.rM ani everyone taking i i'o'vs' !••> swim"! in:/ is' advised to a't'-nd. The l! e**retnrv s*,-i fes that t-:c Cu'* ' s :>■>- I •die ' 'or lhe New Iv'n'aud ( ham;>io::- I s'.np-. Io [>■** held here during Co-nival '•CfV, f*n 0 (V.ruuitt •" are also co-i-dder- j ■ng the mies'ioh of obtainin*.' 'uitiblc '■aths. tho present ones being imfl^ for sp'-rts m •otiiv/s. The New Zealand Farmers Co-opera-tive Distributing Company report that this week it has obtained tlie record nrico of C2."i a ton for Wellington »row 11 onions. For Bronchial Coughs take Wood;' Great Pep«-***rm'lnt Cure, Is Hd. f I To-morrow at 10.30 at their Saleyards, Misers Bisley Bros. & Co. conduct a ..!,.;,,..,....., s:l |,, iv f rronr.T-al men-haudke, : V'7n.-r. groceries, draoerv, farm audi *ar h-n s<*"ds "tc. ; on Thursday noxt ar 1 p.m. clearing sale of 2 orchard proper- . -■ f; ve and dead stock, implements >''trv. c:*rt. harness, horse etc., on bca'fof Mr C. J. BarU ft. a'' the h >• , e : ■• a ! n nr Caeut *s Cornor. Mi tueai I 1 TRAFALGAR BUTTER— Be sure : and ask your grocer for Trafalgar l Butter ; cure a»d 'delicious.* «

Ihe Garrison Rand paid a visit to the Mental Hospital last evening. Selections w-oru played output* tlho boil dins 1 for half an hou-r, i.nd li**2 Band s<u!bs<.Uiiontly played iiiside for tlie dancing, There was a kii'tfe attendance of visitors. 'l'he music was RivuLly e-njoyvtt by; tho paticails and others. Air Chapman thanked thc Band for thoir visit f 1 Hiring August '-" births, 18 deaths. "and IU manui^-s wer.. iv-**- • steml in Nelson. \ siiiu-L- of che metal lA-in-- placed „n Uo stiveis was oxhii/iuu ul tin- loiirt i-il is m,»i*ni'ng' dunnj 1 the h\irwiif of a oh.u*gv.- o. riding a bi-cck-cn. a footpath. Tive pi wo oi metal was irom Halifa.x-st'"ect, and was u'lAjut tbe size of a »'No. Iboot, and Uie weight would bo soinci'h.aitf under a J cwt. "I'o yoai wonder at cyclists wanting 1 to g«-'t off the road whon it is covered with invtal like that?" naked <a witness, addivijs'.nj^ the Magistrate. While admirin»- tho size of the metal, Mi* Ke.nn.v, however, pointed j out that one neud not ride over iu— ne had arms and 'log's and could got oIT and w*alk. The witness further informal \iw Court that there wvre piices of metal on thc stroet which wero too big for him to carry! The sample he broug-hi, thou'K'h, was a ''fair" sample. The spi-impr is well forward in Nelsoll. cherry-plum, nectarine, ap--ricot and paach trees l^ing- in I, loom, nnd tho m'eai is showing ini the willows. .Judged b.y the buds and ,1-Joss-Jins, an abundant fruit • so.ii.oii i.s promised. Mr and Mrs Robert Ali.-.n and family, of "RonaU," Nelson, reLurn'.d this liioruin'tf after an extended trip in the South Sea Islands ("Samoa, Fiji, etc.). Mi- Allan, while a,t Samoa exploivd every part of the islaind, and pronounced it most lovely. Mr Carruthers, a friend of the late RoLert Louis Sievemson. cave. Mrs Allan a couplo of autographs of Uie lata author, and these aro prized as very pre. cious. Mr Allan brings back a lar.Lce number of island curios for Iv.'s collection, including kava*vls and dry material from whioh the famous drink is brewed. He has also taken lessons in brewing Kava. <a''d claims tihat for picnics, etc.. the drink oannot be excelled. While it will not keep lone: opeu it is brewod, the dry material from which it is made may bo preserved for au indefinite time. A concert will be given by the N'elson Citizens' Band in the Rotunda, Botanical Reserve, on Sunday -aiu-rnoon, iw.der Ba-ndmaster Mock lor. The admission will be by si Ivor coin. A wide .circle of friends will learn with dvop rear*.**, of Phe. dea^W last ovoning* of Mrs Percy Adams. Mrs Adams had been in failing h-alth for a considerable time, and hej- condition had long- been a cause of anxiety. While Mr* .Ulams was in England a yoar or so a.'4o she was stricken witih serious illness, and Air Adams was cabled for. lie went Home and brought Airs Adams back to N'elson. The deceased lady was in ; ""rokori health, juiwl afdr ailing for ■ month-*- .'■ho ftivw gradually worse. , and passed away, as stated, last | exeninir. Before hvi* visit to Rutland Airs Adams- wa-s for many .■.oars fl 'prominent iii!'ml>er ol" the Harmonic Society, and a very sucI cess ful solo s'n;vr. She was a I daughter of tihe late Arr Charles j Watts. ("J pnoiv* 1 sympathy will be extended to Air Adams and his son, arid to Mrs Adams' fa-nilv. in their In t'lMVPrnnnt . * The annual general nieetin<* of members of the Nelson Sailing Club will be hold on Monday evening noxt. A special meeting of members of the Nelson Jockey Club will be held tomorrow evening, to consider the action of the Committee of tho Club in raising the stakes to be given at tlie Carnival i weak race meeting. I For Children's Hacking Coueh at ', Night, Woods' great Peppermint j Cure. Is 6d.* ! On Tuesday next at 11.'.-!*"- a.m. Mr AV j Lock will soli at " The Beacons *' Wakej field Quay, the whole of the furniture i and household appointments, in the j estate of the late 31 rs Browne-Wood. I The sale will be unreserved and lun- ; clioon will be provide.!. i

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Nelson Evening Mail, Nelson Evening Mail, 1 September 1905

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Untitled Nelson Evening Mail, 1 September 1905