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Tbo shingle shifting work ehows a good grip on tho beach just now, the surf line distinctly curving round to tho dredging pit. At the Boeident Mlagietrato'a Court on Saturday morning, a first offender, a OhrißtohurcU man, who had been under remand for medical treatment, from the effects of a drinking bout, was ordered to pay tho coats of his cure, noarly Si. At fit. Mary's Church yesterday, being Advent Sunday, spocial choral services were givon by tho choir. Tho anthotn " Hoeannn in tho Highest" wos beautifully rondored, both morning and evening. Two eloquent sermons were preached by the "Ven. Archdeacon Harper on tho coming of Christ and the day of judgmont. There wero twocolebrations of the Holy Communion, which wore well attended. : We understand that the suggestion made by us, that farmers should try the experiment -of destroying the grub beatlo by burning, has been very widely adopted, and that in Iho Waitobi district especially numerous firoa are nightly doing tboir work in a moat satisfactory mauner, The bettlo la now in full wing at about from 5.30 to 9 p.m.,' and it has been found that the lnrger and olearor the fire the better tho r»Biilt. A strango fish was caught in tho roadstead on Friday morning. It was about 15 inohes long, with a head something like a rat's, a mouth liko a shark's,' for book under its head, very largo oyes, body (nporing from head to tail, very rough on the back, and of a mottled sandy colour. None of tho flahormoa, wo hear, know it, and Mr Jonos, the station master, obtained it and bent it to Mr Forbes, curator of tho Ohxißtehurcti muceum, for identification. Some of tho paddoofcs and fonoes outside the town are alive in tbo ovenings now with small flies, like gnats or mosquitoes in shape and size, but without their propensity for blood. They danoo in clouds over fences, banks, and tho margins of cliffs', bo thickly as to look like a brown smoko rising from the spot. Ibey are very thiok along the Waihdyko spit and its neighbourhood, so they aro probably a fly that breeds in the swampy places. , The annual cricket match betwoon tho Tiuiaru and Waitaki High Schools look place on Saturday, nnd roßulted in a win for Waitaki by 46 runs on the first innings Waitaki winning the toss the Ximaru team wore sent in to bat., and owing to brid light and good bowling wore all disposed of for 9 runs. To this the Waitaki' boys responded with 65 runs. In their neoond inninsß tho Timoru boys woro moro successful, making 78 for nine wickets. Owing to there not being time to finish, tho match was decided on tho Qrct innings. Tho northerly oea woothor we huvo had of lato has tnado a groat difference in tho Waimatoitai spit. Tbo south end whioh six wooke ago was vory weak, ib now mribh wider, arid tho north end is much narrower, and would no doubt bo more reduced by the southward drift;, if it were not for n coating of heavy dolorito bouldors, that: the light nurf oannot easily shift. A still greater 'alteration has been made in tho Washdybe spit, which has had s> wido strip ofshinglo added to it at the south endi drifted from the northward. There' is now a strong dofonsivo beach botwoon the eta. and the lagoon. Thnro ie no eigo of any of the shingle dropped by the Taniwha having Rot sshoro yqt,

On Thursday next Moßsrs Jlundell & Co o will hold a large and important sule of horses at their yards at Geraldine. Entries are now being received. ; The attention of the publio is directed to the advertisement in another column connected with the assigned estate of Bradley and Co,, drapers. — [4dtx,l Bargain tables loaded with choice summer drapery at greatly reduced prico the order of the day at Commerce House. Great inducement IB also offered n the dess and millinary departments ; ladies will do well by purchasing just now. — W, Penroao. — ( Asvr.) The next examination for scholarships given by the South Canterbury Board of Education will commence on tho 6th January, 1892, at 9 a.m. Intending candidates should send in their names on or beforo the 12th ■December. Particulars are advertised by the Board in another column. To-morrow evening at 8 o'clook, the Bev. 0. O. Brown will deliver a leoture in tho Baptist Ohurch. Subjeot— " The Sabbath law o! Mosea and the Sunday law oE England are absolutely different institution*. The Sabbath has never been repealed by God, and is still observed by tho .Towf. If binding upon Christian?, who authorized tho ciiaoge from tho seventh day to the first ? Dc Dale (late President Congrogational Union, England) says, ' We can not plead a Divine command for the obligation to observe Sunday .J " Admission is free. Questions aro iuvited and answered ; and there will be a collection. The funniest tiling in life is a joke,— we like 'om, but, putting a?ido all jokea''Warburton'B 'Cant Be Beat Baking Powdar " is the best. N.B. — The above is not u " goak." ("Adyt] Bave time and money by using a cycle,; seoond hand n.»chinea, from £5. lists on application. Adams, dirties and Co., 70 Manchester Street, Christcburch.- [Advx] SYNOPSIS OF NEW ADVERTISEMENTS. Rutland and Co — Largo sale of furniture on the Ist Dedember. '■" The Messiah " — Praotices will be held on Monday and Thursday evenings. S.C. Board of Eduoation — Notice of soholarabio examination. Baptist Chnrch — Leoture by Kev. C. C. Brown to-morrow. Timaru Eiflea— Parade this ovoning. : A. E. Cox — Live Btook sale at Temuka tomorrow. Ebenezor Smith — Will havo Newcastle coal landing in a few days. Bradley and Co— Have closed premises for stock-taking ; large clearing sale in a fow days. T. Shaw — Haa taken over blacksmith's business at Pukaki. Funeral NoMoes— Of late Mr Verdon, and Mrs B. Kelly. Wanteds— Two notices.

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TOWN & COUNTRY, Timaru Herald, Volume LIII, Issue 5302, 30 November 1891

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TOWN & COUNTRY Timaru Herald, Volume LIII, Issue 5302, 30 November 1891