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A bankrupt Westport Chiuainau, ou being sentenced to two mouths' imprisonment for illegally disposing of goods after filing, rC' marked : — " Me allce sameo toff luglcesman now ; me getee my boots cleanee and my olo's washee, allee samee tolV." When Wong is released from HokitiUa gaol he will have a different tale to tell. Mr T. Coleman, junr, and others when visitinf; the Marumaru caves last week came upon n quantity of Moa bones at the bottom ot a deep civcrn, into which they lowered themselves by means of a rope. The bones were those of a very large bird, and considering the length of time they must have been in the cave were in a fair state of preservation. At the complimentary social to Mr F, R. Klatmau at Geraldine the Hon. John McKen/.ie, Minister for Lands, greatly delighted the company by dancing a Highland Iling. The burly Minister aud Mr Flatman " were seized by two or three stalwart Highlanders and carried round the room to the strains of the ' McKenzio march.'" There was a large attendance ou tho Bowling yrcen on Saturday afternoon. Among the games played was an attempt to wrest tho shields from the present holders, Messrs Ferris, Lucas, Harris, and Carroll, but it was unsuccessful, the game finishing 23 to 16. The competing team consisted of Messrs Dawson, Price, Finn, and W. O. Skcet. The first game in the tingle matches also took place, when Mr H. O. Jackson bent Mr W. F. Crawford by 21 to 9. A meeting of Napier gentlemen interested in sea bathing carried a resolution " that Mr J. T. Carr and Mr C. D. Kennedy be asked to act with Dr Milne JL'homsou, Dr de Lisle, and Mr R. D. D. M'Lean, to bring up at> their earliest convenience a suggestion for the best scheme for providing this season au open safe sea bathing place ; also to report as to the estimated coat of sunie. n The Gisborne Rile Club is in full swing, and proves very attractive to lovers of the deadly tube. The Clnb provide a marker on the ground every Thursday afternoon, when Martini-Henris are found for the use of members. Ammunition i 9 supplied by the secretary at cost price, the only other expense being a small fee to the marker. The first match of the season is to bo fired on Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock, when an interesting competition between teams chosen by the Hon. Mr Carroll and Mr Crawford should etmuo, Complaints have been received from several parties who visited Te Reinga during the holidays of tho uncivil behaviour of the Maoris there, who endeavor to ex:ort all tho money they can from visitors to the locality, not ouly for the cherries, of which tons are going to waste, but for viewing the falls. It would be well if someone were to test their right of levying * tax on visitoro to the falls. Wo aro informed that thers have been a. gieat many people both from Giaborne and Waiioa visiting tho locality. The value of the cargo of the barque Loehniiji*r, which sailed for London this morning, was jWu',s77, made up ns follows : shipped by the New Zealand Loan and Mercantile Agency Co, Ltd, 1240 bales and 12( pockets greasy wool, valued at £15,24!) ; 3 bales scoured wool, valued at £31, Shipped by Messrs Common, Shelton & Co, Ltd, SU-t bales and '10 poukots greasy wool, valued at XI 0,201 ; 18 bales slipe wool, valued at £215; 62 bales scoured wool, valued at £881. It is always pleasant to see the officials of rival political organisations agreeing on any subject, and the sight is all the more pleasing when they combine for the purpose- of according praiso to a public oilieor whoso duties bring him closely into contact with people of all shades of opinion. Mr M. Stopford, secretary of the Poverty B.iy section of the National Association, and Mr R. N. Jones, secretary of the Cook County Liberal Association, have jointly written the following letter to the Registrar of Electors (Mr W. A. Burton), which we feel sure will be greatly appreciated by that gentleman : — " Noiv that the contest for the Wainpn srat is over, we feel that it is only right and proper for us to place ou record our entire satisfaction at the impurtial and thoroughly efficient manner in which your onerous duties aa Registrar were carried out. Wo kuow the task you have had to perform was no easy one, and that at times your patience ■iicbti have been heavily taxed by tho rrgpuetive sides in the contest. We also know that by your uniform courtesy to both sides, and your readiness to impart information or to receive suggestions, everything that umild bo diiim by you to enable the electors to record their opinions was bo done. We have, theroforo, much gratification l in recording our opiuioua on tho matter jn tlii3 way."

Mr J. 1?. Maxwell, 0.E., has arrived in Napier to, report on the breakwater. The checked totals of the election for the Baßtern Maori district are : Wi Pere, 2519 ; Tamati Tuutuhi, 805 ; Tare Mete, 563 ; MaikaTujruhe, 182; Eriata Nopera, 65. A man j was found lying across (.ho rails at the Uppefr Plain railway crossing, Mastertou, ou boxii/ig night. Leas than live minutes after lie > was removed a train paesed. Unclaimed letters are at the Giaborne post ofltice for : Thos. B. Barber, Mrs T. Bates, ,S. G. Broingan, Mr Christian, Geo. Cherry, VV. B. Lodge, E.- H. Shi>rtt, E. Suttoli, Henry White, Mrs Dellow. •T. It. Huxtable, the well-known jockey, who rode Spade Guioea and Lochiel to victory in the Neiv Zealand Cap, has died in the Auckland hospital from injuries received by a fall from the pony Fauntleroy in a steeplechase at Potter's paddock. Two of the crew of the barque Lutterworth, now lying in the bay, took one of the ship's boats at an early hour on Friday morning, and came ashore. The boat was found lying at the wharf, but the men have not been seen here since, and it is supposed they have made their way up country. The Bank of New Zealand's produce circular, dated London, Nov. 23, to hand by the 'Frisco mail and kindly forwarded us by the local manager, states: — Trade geuerally, both bore and on the Continent, is in a fairly satiafactory condition, and the general impression is that we shall see present prices upheld if not improved upon. It is not anticipated that any immediate stepa will be taken in the United States to increase the protective duties on wool, but there is a general belief that some alteration may be made in this direction later on which would doubtless have a detrimental effect on prices. The circular notes the improvement which took place in the wool trade at the opening of the sixth sales, the competition for superior wools being brisk, and states that the past week with colder weather haa seen an improvement in the meat trade, prices having kept satisfactory. The best quality of New Zealand mutton is said to be meeting with a fair demand, but for ordinary and inferior aorta, which are plentiful, the trade is rather slow. ! The long spell of hot weather has so dried up the grass and other vegetation that the face of the country haa become very inflammable, and during the last week fires have been very prevalent in all directions, some of them being of an extensive nature. People who have had fallen bush have been fortunate in getting splendid burns, but there are others, not ao fortunate, who had no wish to have their land stripped by fire, and have suffered. On Thursday last a large fire occurred at Turehau, destroying several hundred acres of good grass and 5000 puriri posts, which had been cut from the bush there. On Saturday afternoon the Kaiti hill ou the seaward side was ravaged by fire, and some of the people camping aloug the beach had difficulty iv saving their tents and effects. Mr H. J. Finn's cottage had a narrow escape from the flames, which came within a yard or two of it, but, luckily, the grass in the immediate vicinity had only recently been mown, and Messrs Scrivener and Scott managed to beat out the fire there in time. The occupants of Mr J. Wallace's cottage just managed to clear their goods out on to the beach in time, and also saved the houße, but the whole of the undergrowth in the buah at the back of Mr Finn's cottage was destroyed. A ivell-dresaed man, who gave his name as Friend Horatio Sawyer, came before Mr Booth, S.M., at the Magistrate's Court this af tonioon on a charge of having no visible lawful means of support. The man said he surrendered himself to the feergt.-Major this morning. His Worship : Have you any means of living ? Accused : I have if I can find it. His Worship : But you don't know where to find it ? Accused : No, that's when; tho mistnlro comes in, 1 don't want to go to prison. I have no friends in this country. I came here a few days before I should have come. I have given cheques, and the publicans here are harassing me. I had a telegram aent to Sydney, but as no answer came I thought my wisest plan would be to give myself up to the Sergt -Major of Police. His Worship : I think you had better stop with the Sergt.-Major for a coup'.e of days to give you time. Accused : Not as a prisoner ! Sergt, -Major Moore said Sawyer came to him on Siluulay night and said he wished to give himself in churge for issuing valueless cheques for about £60. He advised the man to let the matter alone until the other people complained, and see him (the Sergt.-Major) again on Monday This morning he came back again and desired to he locked up, so ho entered a charge of vagrancy against him. He arrived here a few days ago, obtained a cheque book from the Bank of Australia, and had issued cheques to several business people, amounting in all to about £60, His Worship remanded accused until Friday, and requested Sergt. Major Moore to see that he was taken care of, and not made to feel his position too much.

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Poverty Bay Herald, Poverty Bay Herald, Volume XXIV, Issue 7816, 4 January 1897

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Poverty Bay Herald Poverty Bay Herald, Volume XXIV, Issue 7816, 4 January 1897