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Sudden Death of Mr H. J. Fisher.

It is with regrefe that we announce the death of Mr H. J. Fisher, which happened with painful suddenness on Wednesday. 1 he deceased gentleman, it appears, loft his residence at Bell Block after breakfast to look over the farm, and was then apparently in ths best of health and spiritß. As he did not return by mid day some anxiety was felt, and a search was made by the employees, who found Mr Fisher lying dead in one of the paddocks. The body was removed to the house, and Dr. Leatham was at once communicated with, but, as stated before, life was extinct. Heart disease was the cause of death. The unfortunate gentleman, it seems, had been under medical treatment, but bad seemed much better during the last two or three days, and on Tuesday afternoon he was in New Plymouth. Mr Fisher was well known in this district, and was highly respected by all. An inquest was held at 3 o'clock this afternoon.

The Hawera 'A. & P. Show opened today. The weather is fine though threatening for the Cycling Sports, which are being held at Fitzroy this afternoon. A cable message from Sydney states Earl and Countess Seafield are pas-en-gers to New Zealaad by the Waihora,' which left Sydney on Wednesday. The imports per head of population in 1897 were lower in New Zealand than in any of _ the Australian colonies except Tasmania. Our exports were also the lowest with the same exception. *v New Zealand takes* a high place among the colonies of the Australasian group in its exports of domestic produce, the;toial per head of population being- £l3 Os 4d, Victoria £11 Is 83, Tasmania £10 3a lid, and South Australia £7 5s 2d. The number of horned cattle in Auss tralasia in 1897 was 12,159,780, against 11,861,330, in 1891, Queensland owning -about half of them. New Zealand had 1,209,165,7 an inqrease. of 377,334 since 1891. We understand (hat a movement is on foot to provide salt water swimming baths in New Plymouth, but whether it will be a private nature, or whather the munioipai authorities' will be asked to take control is as yet uncertain. It goes without saying that such an institution would supply a long felt want. The poll on tha proposal of the Hawera Borough Council to borrow £36,500 to carry out a water and drainage system, street improvements, and loan repayments was taken on' Wednesday, and resulted in the proposal being carried by a large majority. Hawera is be congratulated upon the result of the A day's sport has been arranged for December Bth at Pungarehu. The pros gramme, which is advertised in The Bud3et, incluies a number of foot races, jumps, tug,of -war, etp , besides a couple of horse races for local horses. Mr Jaraes Simpson is secretary, and nominations for handicap events are due on November 23rd. - Stince 1891 New South Wales has lost nearly eighteen millions of sheep, Queensland has lost two and a half millions, South Australia about the same number, while New Zealand has increased its flocks by about a million and a half. The total number in all the colonies has decreased from 124 millions in 1891 to 103 millions in 1897. ' The percentage of illegitimate births to the total births for 1897 was lower in New Zealand than' in any of the Australian colonies, except South Australia. This colony had also the lowest birth rate, the lowest death , rat*; and the highest marriage rate, with the exception of Western Australia, where for some reason it was nearly doable that of the other colonies. Among the Australasion ports Sydney easily ranks first in respect to the amount by trade, her total being over £35,000,000 in 1897 ■ Melbourne following with £28,000,000 ; Adelaide over £8,000,000 ; Fremantle and Perth over £7,000,000 ; Brisbane over £5,000,0Q0. ; then follows Auckland with £3,497,517-;" LytfeUon £3,433,968 ; Wellingtpn £3,427,833 : and Dunedin £2,717,331. °' ! -^ Captain Edvrin-wired this afternoon : — f Wind : Gale from !-betw&n east and south-east .aad south with, rain »t,,ali places eistward -,ql!j?aawnga f ,{Tf(up,o,' Waoganui, Nelson, r and $in)ara, south to bouth-east and, wesjfc wlnss"elsewhere. Barometer : . iFa.ll: everywhere, and lowest on the East Coaetof'^ho North Island. Sea ; : Heavy , on'^eastern coast from East Cape to Nugget Fointj moderate from thence northward; also on all western coast. Tides ; , ,, High. .pii^Bast Coast south of East Cape, _, moderate everywhere else." ->«> </;'. The North Otago Times reports thafafc the inquest on the death of the child Herbert ExJey fcrnyiho by scalding last we' k the facto were proved to be that the servant had gone to the kitchen to get deceased's little brother, intending to take both children upstairs to bath them. A bucket of hot water was standing in the passage, where deceased was playing, and walking backward along the passage he overturned the bucket and fell iu*o it. Death occurred eleven hours after the accident from shock. The verdict was that death was purely accidental. Captain Herbert Brewer, who died at Wellington on Tuesday, was born in the County of Salop, England, on 31st August, 1842, and came tooths colony in 1868, at the time of the Maori War, and received a commission as ensign in She Permanent Militia, was promoted to be lieutenant in 1869, and captain (unattached list) in 1885- He terved in the MiJitia under Lieu b.-Col. M Donnell at the outbreak of hostilities in the Patea and Tafanaki districts in 1868. He aUo served under Colonel (now Sir George) Whitmore with No. 1 Division A.C. Was present at Otauto, the relief of the escort at Whennakura River,_and on actual service throughout the -Titokowaru and Te Kooti campaigns, receiving the New Zealand war medal. The late Mr Charles Hulke, whose death occurred at Wellington at the beginning of the week, came to New Zealand ia 1853, and followed farming pursuits for a time in the Taranaki district, but in 1861 he entered the teaching profession, and afterwards took service under the Wellington Education Board. The New Zea'and Times pub* lishes a highly appreciative notice of the deceased gentleman, who " refused to be trammelled by standards, his method being a thorough grounding with an eye to each child's future career, even though failure was writ large on th« examination Bheets pro tern., and the capitation was thereby diminished. The object lesson which hd unwittingly (or perhaps not unwittingly) gave when in charge at Thorndon of pupils failing in class subjects one year and harvesting the bulk of scholarship awards the next will not soon be forgotten by the Wellington educational authorities. The death of a man of the calibre and attainments of Mr Hulke practically causes an irreparable breach. He had that rare and potent faculty, which so many teachers lack, of readily transmitting to his pupils, of whatever degree, the piled-up richeß of his master mind."

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Sudden Death of Mr H. J. Fisher., Taranaki Herald, Volume XLVII, Issue 11365, 3 November 1898

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Sudden Death of Mr H. J. Fisher. Taranaki Herald, Volume XLVII, Issue 11365, 3 November 1898

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