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,rrROM OTTR own cobbespoxdents.l WAIHI. ; ON Tuesday night St. Joseph's branch of the Hibernian Society was favoured with a visit from the district officers. Brother 0. Little. D.P., Brother ,T. Patterson, D.V.P., and the Hon. W. Beehan, P.D.P. The district officers congratulated the branch on the progress it had made: during the first 12 months of it* existence, and gave much useful information to members. . . The successful students in recent School of Mines' examinations were presented by the chairman with their certificates and prizes. In all, there: were- 51 certificates ■ awarded. The students awarded prizes .were: —OswaldBell, gold medal for the highest marks in'an.v four subjects; P. 0. A. Mackie. gold modal, for surveying. The Mayor's prizes, consisting' of two silver medals and books, were won by J. 0. Comes (mining), C. Simmons (mathematics), David-, Shaw and A. «T. Walker (metallury), Tasman Hogg (senior assaying). O. Campbell (junior assaying),. Garnet Evans (geology). Stafford Clark (general proficiency in mathematics, surveying', and drawing), St.. Clair .Maedonald (senior electricity), Thos. Snow (junior electricity), Win. Howe (mechanical drawing). . At the annual meeting of the subscribers of the School of Mines, on Tuesday night, the election of officers resulted as -follows;—' Patron, Mr. W. H. Herries, M.H.R.; president. Mr. Thos. Gilmour; vice-presidents. Messrs. A. T. Kenrick and W. a. Johnston; treasurer and secretary. Mr. Charles Clarke; members of the council, Messrs. T. Johns, E • G. Banks, A. 11. Benge. H..W. Moore, J. L. Gilmour, and C. J. Saunders; student*' representatives, Messrs. W. Morrison and T Stewart; Borough . Council representatives, Me.*sr3. J. Henderson and J. Foster; bon. vicepresidents. Messrs. E. G.' B. Moss. M.H.E., H. P. Barry. H. L. Simmons. W. Crawford Brown It. E. Williams, W. M. Jackson. J. Livesey, ,T. Reid. R.B. Crnnwelt, J. M. Wrigley. Rev. J. L. Pattullo, Dr. Slater, and Dr. Claridge. PAEROA. MRS. PENNFJ,L was charged at> the Paeroa Police Court this (Wednesday) morning, before Dr. Smith and Mr. W. Forrest, J.P.'s, with interfering with a donkey seized for the purpose of being impounded. Dhring the •. hearing, Mr. Moresby, the solicitor for the defendant, raised the point that the ranger had illegally followed the animal on to an unoccupied unfenced allotment, and driven it on to the road again. The justices said they would consider the point raised, and would give their decision next day. Witika Taupo was before the Police Court on Tuesday, on a charge of attempting to set , , fire to a. building and was remanded to Monday next. Bail was allowed ■ '.".'< PUKEKOHE WEST. •", j ' THE Pnkekohe Methodist Church, which has '' been enlarged ami improved so as to 'WiV ! ' double the number of people accommodated formerly, was re-opened on Sunday last by* the Rev. 0. U. Garland, of Auckland, who preached two able and eloquent sermons to •large congregations, morning and evening, and gave a very suitable address to the parents and children of the Sunday-school, in . the afternoon. On Monday evening Mr. > Garland save hi? popular IcVsturc on "Tennyson. Teacher, and Preacher," illustrated br some of bis smaller poems, which were very finely rendered by the lecturer. The lecture, as well as the addresses on Sunday, were highly appreciated. Tire takings for the services and lecture will materially help the trustees in paying for the improvement? effected by their late effort ■ HUNTLYi'; A CONCEKT and dance was held in the Volunteer Hall in aid of the cemetery funds, which was very successful. Credit is duo to Mr. "J, Brooks and Mrs. J. Grcenacre. the promoters, and also Miss- White, who presided at the piano. ■:,■-.. The Magistrate's Court sat on Monday, when Mr. Sfortucroft. S.M., disposed of several cases, the Court sitting till about six p.m. John Hughes was charged with breaking and entering Mrs. Gardiner's house with intent to commit a felony. Mrs. Gardiner ■ stated that the accused had broken open the door and entered the house. Several witnesses were examined, and the accused • elected to give evidence on his own behalf. He stated that knowing Mrs. Gardiner was in the habit of going out cleaning he went to ask her to scrub out his house. On. knocking at her back door Mrs. Gardiner called out, asking who was there, and ho replied John Hughes. Shortly after Mr?. Gardiner opened the door and asked what lie wanted, when he said, "I want to ask you a favour." whereupon Mrs. Gardiner struck him twice on the head with an iron instrument. The last blow stunned • him, and when he came to he managed to crawl home. The next thing he was arrested. His Worship, in summing np the evidence, remarked that everyone of the witnesses gave the accused a splendid character. :, Some of the evidence was inconsistent, therefore the accused would lie discharged. The- verdict was received with applause, which was instantly suppressed Walter Works, a lad of \°- was charged with using obscene language. After hearing the evidence His Worship said he was quito satisfied that the language had been used, and imposed a sentence of one mouth's hard labour in Mount Eden Gaol, -the warrant not to bo executed if accused left the place before next Friday. Several matters with regard to old age pensions were disposed of by His Worship. TATJMARUNUI. THE Rev. J.; Clark, of the Auckland Tabernacle, preached here last. Sunda.y. Good congregations attended the services, which were most acceptable to the people. Owing to the prevailing hot. dry weather the Oiigiu-ue and VVanganni Rivers are both very low 1 Upon the re-opening of the Maori school a steady attendance of native children has been noted. Mr. Schribef. of Taringamutu. met with an accident. He was thrown from his horse, and was dragged in the stirrups some distance before he got loose. Fortunately he was proceed to Auckland, although somewhat shaken. , The Native Land Court, under Judge Wilkinson and staff, is busy here in matters relating to land; subdivision and succession, claims. Upon the opening of the Court here Judge Wilkinson was accorded a hearty welcome by the leading local Maoris. Mr. Brown, the postmaster here, is now appointed registrar of births, deaths, and marriages, which is a great convenience. The engine shed is now concreted and ready for housing, say, six engines. Messrs. Hattrick and Co. are building extra sheds at the steamer landing on the Ongarue River. Trout are now to be seen occasionally in the Wanganui River. , . The bridge from the mill site at Waimarinois now about to be built, and the contract has been let. When finished the tramline can then go through to the line timber country on the Ohotaka. Messrs. Ellis and Burnand are to be congratulated upon their enterprise. , . . , Some of the local timber mills will be in fall work at an early date. Mill hands and employees are plentiful here. Several men who reached here are seeking employment. Just at present there is a full supply. Piriaka has suffered greatly owing to the exodus of railway workers, who have removed further on to the front. It is thought that the sawmilling industry may possibly revive things, later on. . Ongarue appears to be taking a fresh start, and more people seem to be moving about.--' ■■'.'.■ '".••" Father McMillan, recently appointed to Te Awamutu, passed through here recently, visiting his parishioners. The cherry crop failed this year here, but there seems to be a promise that the natives' plum trees may bear well.

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New Zealand Herald, New Zealand Herald, Volume XLII, Issue 12792, 16 February 1905

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NEWS FROM COUNTRY DISTRICTS. New Zealand Herald, Volume XLII, Issue 12792, 16 February 1905