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[from our own correspondents.] Hamilton, Monday. The Christmas just passed has been the quietest for. many years. Money is scarce amongst, the working classes, although it appears difficult to procure labour _ when wanted, as experienced by many calling for tenders during the last few weeks. At Knox and Rimer's Christmas auction there was but a small attendance, and a very poor show of poultry was brought forward. Prices ruled low. There was a very large attendance at the sports 011 Sydney Square on Boxing Day, about 400 being present. A man named Halkett won most of the events, but he was ultimately disqualified for not having given in iris previous performances with hit entries. The following were the principal events The 250 yards Hurdles was won by Kusabs, Ticld running second. The Hamilton Cup was won by Hammond Hyde, NcKinnon and Cowling tying for second plate. High Jump : Norrish, (sft. lin.), 1; Hannon, (sft.), 2, Obstacle Race: Halkett, 1. Fcofcballera' Race : A. (Jassidy. The Trotting Race was won by Bob. The late accident at Huntly shows the necessity for what was lately advocated in these columns, and asked for by the medical officer in charge of the Hospital, nimely, an ambulance for the removal of patients from the railway' station or elsewhere to the Hospital. The stretcher of the patient, Hyndman, could not be got into one of the 'buses, and had to be conveyed on a cart. Another requisite at the Hospital is an icehouse, so that there might always be a stock on the premises. Ice was imperatively necessary in this case, and hat. to be sent from Auckland to Mercer, Dr. Kenny sending a buggy all the way to that place to bring it on to Hamilton. The Catholic Bazwtr held :n the Oddfellows' Hall on Box'iiig Day was largely attended throughout, and a brisk business was done at the attractive stalls of fancy goods presided over by the ladies, Mrs. MeGarrigle and a number of ladies, both married and single, who agisted her. The refreshment stall was attended to by Mrs. Drumgool and Miss Taylor. A very pretty Christinas tree, presided over by Miss Scott and Miss Jones, proved a grevt attraction. Air. John Knox auctioned a portion of the goods left over from sale aboufrteu p.m. A sum of £35 was taken during tie day, and it is expected there is a further sum of £5 to come in.

Huntly, Monday. A somewhat important error, by the omission of the word not," occurs in tie judication of Carless' evidence at the iujuest in Saturday's issue. The witness is made to say, " It is my opinion that that db was as safely and securely timbered as it coild have been." What he did say was " that it was not as safely," etc. Tamakere, Morday. Some of the well-known beautiful Christmas carols were excellently sung by thechoir of St. Stephen's Church of Christmas n^ht. Alexandra, Mondiy. These races, which were run on Boxingday, under the Auckland _ Racing Clib's rules, proved a great attraction. As usual, they were attended by as many Maoris as Europeans. There was an excellent gnudstand, and though the totalizator was absent, two bookmakers from Auckland represented the gambling fraternity. Hurdle Race: Museatelle, 1 ; Cracksman, 2. This race wis won hard held by a head. Maiden Plate: Thirteen horses started, and was won by two lengths; Nai Nai, ] ; Lady Jane, 2; Seep tress, 'A. Alexandra Cup : This race was a gift to Lonelv. Eight horses ran ; Lonely, 1 ; Mararoa, 2; Te Namu, 8. Hack Race : Masher, 1 ; Glengarry, 2; Butcher Boy, 3. This race was a gift to Masher, who won it hard held. A protest was entered by Glengarry, and sustained, and the race was given to Glengarry. Settlers' Race : Lonely, 1 ; Nai Nai, 2; Te Namu, 3. Maori Race : Lonely, 1; Maitiuna, 2. Six horses started. Clippcrina ran off the course, and fouled a buggy, injuring the spokes of one of the wheels. Consolation Race: Clipperina, 1 : Cracksman, 2; Te Namu, 3. The day was fine throughout, and the sport excellent. Tk Awamutu, Monday.

The second annual Christmas entertainment, promoted by Mr. Vause, was held in the Public Hall, 011 Tuesday, 23rd instant, and proved an immense success, the large building being packed to the doors, many adults having to stand outside, being unable to find even standing room indoors. There were over 200 children present, and each' jf these received a prize from the Christmas tree at tjie close of the entertainment, which consisted of short concert, children's fairy play, comic pantomine, and a magic lantern exhibition. The children's fairy play was particularly good, and reflected the highest praise upon Mesdanies Andrew and Long, who hart specially trained the children for the occasion. The pantomime (in which Messrs. Gray, Wall, and Vause were the chief actors) was immensely funny, and kept the audience in roars of laughter. The magic lantern (a new and powerful one, showing a picture over 12 feet across) was manipulated by Mr. Vause. The views illustrated a " Tour Round about London," the descriptive lecture being read by Mr. Rees. Christmas conundrums, local views, and a number of comic slides greatly interested the youngsters. Mr. Vause and those ladies and gentlemen assisting him are to be congratulated upon the success of their efforts to provide such a real enjoyable Christmas treat for the younger ones. Cambridge, Monday. A squall of wind passed over the town on Saturday between one and two with cyclonic force. Its approach was heralded by a loud peal of thunder, and the appearance of a dark impenetrable dust cloud rapidly advancing from the westward. Its passage through the town is marked by the numerous trees blown down and uprooted. One large pine tree that your correspondent saw was snapped clean across the trunk about the middle. Some damage was also done to the ornamental trees in the domain. Whilst the storm was at its height, it was impossible to see a few yards, the dust raised being so dense.

The Christmas fete and sale of work in connection with St. Andrew's Church took place on Boxing Day. The weather was all that could be desired, resulting in a largo attendance at the Public Hall. Operations commenced at noon. The hall was beautifully decorated for the occasion; and the various stalls were presided over by Mesdames Seddon, ' Wells, Selby, Marty 11, Gleniiy, Williams, Forrest, and Peppercorn. Considerable interest was shown by the visitors in the Art Gallery of loan exhibits, the life-size portraits of Maoris by Herr Linilanr attracting much attention ; whilst CrunmerV Bible, &5U years old, lent by Mr. l)ver, and the Korotangi, lent by Major Wilson, came in for a due share of attention. The stalls were furnished with an abundant display of useful and fancy articles, and a good business was done. The Maypole Dance and Sir Roger de Coverley, by children under Miss Maokay's direction, was very creditably gone through. In the evening the proceedings were enlivened by a promenade concert, the singing of Christinas carols, and distribution of prizes from the Christmas tree. We learn that the proceeds will lie about £G5 net. The management may be complimented 011 the successful issue of thenefforts.

Pakroa, Monday. The holidays passed off' quietly, the sports at Maekaytown being the only social amusement. The Ruby took a large number to Auckland. Dihars won the Cup.

ALBANY (LUCAS' CREEK). It has boon for several years the unanimous ' desire of the residents that the name of the local Post office should be altered from i Lucas' Creek (the name by which the district I has been known for over 40 years) to some | name more suitable. It was considered that i the old name represented the Rood old days [ when settlers were few and bushmen plenti- | ful, but now that the old order changeth, the bushmen having passed away, many to the I happy hunting grounds, where the use of axe | and saw is unknown, and others to the interior, where some of our much-abused forest j lands still remain to be ruthlessly destroyed ; by axe and fire, it was thought that it would I be an opportune time to inaugurate a new I name to the district with the new order of j settlement, which lias fast been progressing ] the last few years. The name finally selected I by the resident settlers, at a meeting held ! some time ago, was Albany, and I am I pleased to note that their wishes have been | acceded to by the postal authorities, and in future tile postal address and the name of I the district will be Albany. i One of the most interesting and instructive lectures ever given in this district was delivered in the local schoolhouse on the evening of Monday, the 22nd December, by the Rev. W. Lee, in aid of the funds of the Wesleyan Church in tin Wade circuit, of which this district forms , a part. The subject was " Love, Courtship, I and Marriage." There was a very fair audij ence, including several ladies and gentlemen from Northcote and Birkenhead, who I had ridden over to be present. Mrs. Rennie presided at the harmonium. Mi'. Barber, of Northcote, occupied the chair, and the proceedings commenced by singing a hymn from Sanke.v's collection, and prayer. Mr. Barber briefly introduced the lecturer, the Rev. W. Lee, who said that he did not dignify what he was about to say with the name of a lecture, he preferred to j c ? 11 it " Talk on Love, Courtship, and Marriage." The lecture was divided into three I headsfirst, to young men ; second, to young j women ; and third, to married people. The former two classes he subdivided into three

Iwrts—viz., when to court, who to court s and ho right way to court, treating court, and ho right way to court, treating each in an Instructive and interesting manner. The ;hird part, to married people, watt also very interesting. There can be no doubt that, if ;ho advice given was generally followed, it would be greatly to the advantage of the inlividual and the community generally. Votes if thanks were passed to the lecturer and the chairman, both of whom suitably responded, and the proceedings were brought to a close by singing a hymn, and the Beneliction was pronounced by the Rev. S. Buchanan, the minister of the circuit, through the kindness of Mesdames Phillips cud Burrell, refreshments were provided for tlose who had come from a distance.[Own Correspondent.]

DAIRY FLAT. Tjle annual school fete and picnic was held on the grounds of Mr. J. Goodfellow, ou Moiday, 22nd December, when the children (abiut 30 in number) attending the Horseshot Bush and Dairy Flat Schools, together with the parents and friends (to the number of ab»ut 40). spent a very pleasant and enjoyable <iay. Early in the forenoon the children commenced to assemble, and their numbers continued to be augmented until well on in the afternoon. Mr. Hammond, the school tedche-, worked indefatigably to make the picnic i success, and was rewarded by everything passing off very pleasantly. In the afternoon, a series of children's races were successmlly carried out, small money prizes being given to the winners ; while rounders and other games were engaged in by the grown-up folks. One very interesting race was the married women's, which was a handicap sweepstakes. The following ladies started MesdaniesN. Casey, Baker, Green, Thos. Bcwden, and J. Inglis. The result was declared a tie between Baker ant luglis and it was decided to toss for win should take the stakes (ss), which fell to Mrs. Inglis, who generously handed it over to hi competed for in races by the children. Th: best thanks of the settlers aredu; 1 to Mr. an! Mrs. Goodfellow, for kindly placing tlier house and grounds at their disposal, and fasupplying free paddocking for the horses, ani an unlimited supply of fresh milk, etc., fo 1 th? use of the picnickers. This is the thirl vear in Succession that the annual school trea; lias been held in Mr. Goodfellow's which are well adapted for the purpose, and also is central for the whole district Handsome prizes were given to each of the scholars in the shape of well bound and 6ulstantial books, judiciously selected and di:tributed according to the standard in wliici the children are. In the evening, a. larpa number of the grown-up people repaired t> the schoolhouse, where dancing was conmenced, and kept up till an early hour oi Tuesday morning.—[Own Correspondent.]

MAHURANGI. On" Saturday, the 20ih, the annual meetiig of the 1.0.0. F. was iuild in the Masonic Hal, Warkworth, when there was a large nutnbcr of members present, and the installation li officers for the ensuing year occupied the intention of the members. Brother G. Sank«v was elected G.M.; W. C. Vipond, N.G.; ". Gathercole, ,jun., V.G.: Thomas Baker, E.C.; B. H. Mclvinney, pennanent secretary, i large number of new members have been initiated during the past year, and the society is in a good financial position. On Monday, the '.hind, the s.s. Rose Casey brought a large number of passengers fron Auckland, mostly holiday folks coming ;o spend the Christmas amongst the delights usually to be found in all country districts at this beautiful time of the year.—[Own Correspondent.]

WAIUKU. The Waiuku Mutual Improvement Society which has been in existence some live or sx months, gave a public entertainment in tie Public and Temperance Hall, 011 the evenit.g of Wednesday last. There were about 100 persons present. The Rev. W. J. Comrii, president of the society, occupied the chai:, and made a few appropriate introductory remarks. The programme gone through was a Ion; and varied one, consisting of addresses, readings, recitations, etc. The whole of the programme was open to criticism fcy the audience. A very enjoyable evening was spent. The reading of extracts from the society's papers caused some amusement, and were well received. The chairman declared the society's fortnightly meetings were tdjourned until April next, when he hoped to see all the old members and a lot of new ones attend, as great benefits could be derived from such meetings. A vote of thanks to the chairman brought the meeting to a close.

Search parties have been busily engaged looking for the body of Mr. W. Parker, who has been missing since Monday last, but no tiding? can be found. He left the Otawa Creek on Monday last at half-past nine a.m. for Port Waikato in a boat laden with goods, and it is supposed that by some mishap he fell overboard, and was drowned. The boat was found on Tuesday morning drifting in the Waikato River near the mouth of the Otaua Creek. Everything in the boat was complete, with the exception of some iron tubs or buckets, and one oar. which is misssing. It is supposed that trie missing man was trimming his boat when lie got out of the creek, and fell overboard and was drowned, as he could not swim. Constable Parker returned late last night, after an unsuccessful search,—[Own Correspondent, December 20.]

TUAKAU. Cricket practice in the afternoon of Christmas day passed along pleasantly. I felt sorry that the invitation to ladies to show up was not taken advantage of, save in the exceptional instance of Mrs. G. Brown. Mr. A.Brown, (sen.), J. P., was presented with a purse and contents 011 Christmas morning. Most kindly remarks were expressed by Rev. Mr. McFarltiud with regard to Mr. Brown, and loving ones heartily supported for our mother of the settlement, Mrs. A. Brown.

We are as happy as before, on musical lines, in connection with St. John's Church, and must fairly congratulate Mrs. James Brown, 011 behalf of the audience of last Thursday, for good music well rendered.— [A Correspondent.]

MANGAWAI. The Misses Tutiu's pupils broke up at the Parsonage, Te Hakaru, 011 the 17th December, and will re-assemble the last week in January. We are pleased to find that the pupils have made very satisfactory improvement in music and singing, and general study, and a very handsome run, made by one of the elder pupils, Miss Blanche Hood, has gained an art first prize at the Albertland Exhibition of art, needlework, &c. Miss Tutin has carpenters at work at the Parsonage, and she is greatly extending the playgrounds, in addition to the improvements of comfort to the house, which is the prettiest residence for many miles round. The Bishop of Auckland is expected to pav a visit on the 17th of January, when he will give a lecture at the Hakaru Hail, 011 " His receut visit to England," which is greatly looked forward to, 14] lie will preach and hold confirmation at the New St. Michael's Church, on Sunday, at eleven a.m. It is expected that Mrs. Cowie will accompany his Lordship. The lecture is for the liquidation of the debt 011 the church.— [A Correspondent.]

"WE LL , J7 Y S0 AV Said a father to his ten-year-old boy, " What- have you done to day that may be considered a good deed ?'' 1 gave a boy a sixpence," replied the young hopeful. " Well, and what did you give him sixpence for? Was he an orphan, and poor and hungry, or what was it?" "I did not ask him," replied the boy; "I gavo him nixpence for thrashing another boy who upset my dinner-basket, and I think, from the appearance which the latter presented after the boy to whom I gave the sixpence had finished with him, that the sixpence was well earned." From the latest advices it was learned that the boy who received the thrashing was taken to the nearest chemist's shop, and there thoroughly rubbed with St. Jacobs oil by the wise chemist, who knew that " St. Jacobs oil conquers pain." The boy has been made well, but takes good care not to interfere with the dinnerbaskets of other boys. St. Jacobs oil is used by all classes of people for general, aches and pains. It conquers pain. It penetrates to the seat of the disease. There is no remedy like it. St. Jacobs oil is peculiar to itself. It is made from drugs which no other remedies are made from. They are gathered from the four quarters of the globe, and are made after the most scientific principles. St. Jacobs oil is an outward application. Its cost is trilling, but to the sufferer a bottle of it is worth its weight in gold.

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COUNTRY NEWS., New Zealand Herald, Volume XXVII, Issue 8451, 30 December 1890

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COUNTRY NEWS. New Zealand Herald, Volume XXVII, Issue 8451, 30 December 1890

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