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Local Intelligence.

Election Intelligence. — At the election, on Friday last, of a member for the Wairau district in tbe House of Representatives, in the place of W. Wells, Esq , resigned, the only candidate proposed was F. A. Weld, Esq., who was thereupon unanimously elected. Mr. Weld was not present at the election. Ouu Gold Fields. — Recent news from the diggings confirms the previous reports oi the rush to the Upper Forks of the Slate river; but sufficient time has not since elapsed for information to reach us respecting the successof those parties who have joined in the rush. A good deal of gold came over by the steamer on Wednesday evening, and amongst the passengers were two Wellington diggers who haw been quietly working with a party (consisting of four) in a place reported to be twenty miles beyond Golden Gulley. This party have done very well, and the place where they have been working is said to afford rich digging ground for a great number of persons. The tw(, above-mentioned intend going to Wellington this afternoon in the steamer, and they have

some splendid samples of gold with them. They have taken return tickets by the steamer, and when they leave Wellington, on Monday, they hope to induce many persons from the sister province to join them in trying their fortunes at our diggings. Ball. — On Wednesday evening last Mr. T. Sullivan gave a farewell ball at the Wakatu Hotel. About 100 persons responded to the invitations, and the large room of the hotel v.as, as may be supposed, sufficiently crowded. All appeared to be entertained, and dancing was kept up to an early hour in the' morning. A juvenle ball on the following eyening was attended by about fifty young ones r who enjoyed themselves with that mirth which generally characterizes juvenile gatherings. The Theatre. — On Thursday evening the Goblen Farmer was again presented ; but the audience was not a very numerous one. The play went off with a considerable degree of success, and the amateurs, in particular, had greatly improved since the last performance. A nigger extravaganza was to have followed the play, but it seemed that a pupv war* had, on the preceding day, been* carried on between the " darkiea" belonging to the Sydney Compan^anj^the " darkies " composing the " Nelson Amateur Ethiopians." These latter, who we are now told have been practising for some months, for the purpose of getting up an Ethiopian entertainment in Nelson, had felt their dignity rather hurt by an incorrect report in circulation, to the effect that they were about to assist the Sydney Company on Thursday evening. The Amateur Ethiopians thereupon published a bill, contradicting the report, and informing the public that they shortly intended to produce an entertainment, and that they had no connection with the Sydney Company. A bill in reply was issued by Mr. Bruton, to the effect that the Sydney Company could " perform their own business." These bills were not much circulated, however, and many persons who were at the Theatre on Thursday evening had heard nothing of them. Consequently, when Mr. Bruton addressed the audience, and explained to them that, owing to this opposition and other circumstances combined, he was obliged to withdraw the proposed nigger portion of the entertainment, and to substitute another piece for it, he was only partially understood. Some portions of Mr. Bruton's address were exceedingly injudicious, although we cannot but express our regret that his professional residence in Nelson has not been more successful. A comic song by Mr. Bruton followed, and received a hearty encore. The performance concluded with the farce of Nigger Blunders, which did not appear to give much satisfaction. Concert. — As will be seen by a reference to our advertising columns, Mrs. Bryao, assisted by some members of the Amateur Musical Society, intends giving a concert in Nelson on Tuesday evening. This lady has given several concerts recently at Wellington, and report speaks highly of her musical talent. We understand that Mrs. Bryan will leave by the Gil Bias on the following day.

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Local Intelligence., Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle, Volume XVII, Issue 43, 29 May 1858

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Local Intelligence. Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle, Volume XVII, Issue 43, 29 May 1858

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