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Local and General.

Avon Road Boabd. —The nomination of candidates for the two vacant seats in the above Road Board will take place on Friday nexfc. Mr Cooper is a candidate for oQc-df' the seats. The Governor. —lfc is undgjwtSod that his Excellency the Governor^"*!!- proceed overland to Hokitika on Melfaay next, and return to Christchurcli^ifi about eight days. A special coachirfs been chartered from Messrs Cobb B.n&p&o. PaftdjYTEniAN Church. —The members of^fne Presbyterian Church will be glad to hear fchat Mr William Douglass has been appointed a Licentiate for fche Province of Canterbury, and was to sail in August; and thafc Messrs James Henry and John Anderson have since then been appointed to New Zealand. Accident. —On Tuesday evening as some catfcle —wbich Mr Fawcett, of Ashley Bank, had purchased —were being driven towards the river, one of fche cows, having a calf at her side, made a rush at a boy named Thomas Elderlon and tossed him, inflicting, at the same time, a severe flesh wound in his side ; he was carried homo and attended by Dr Downes. How Doth the Litile Busy Bee. — The postmaster of German Bay, Akaroa, has, for the public convenience, a letter box placed alongside the public road. A vngrant swarm of bees, one day last week, thought the box would suit their convenience, and without consulting either postmaster or public took up their abode within. The astonishment of the postmaster, and the troublo of dislodging what were not Her Majesty's mails, can be better imagined than described. German Church. —A letter has been received in Christchurch from Mr J. G. Ruddenklau, who was deputed by fche committee of the above church to engage a minister to conduct its services, stating thafc he has at length succeeded in carrying out their wishes. The rev gentleman engaged is stated to possess the highest qualifications, and to be in every other way suited for the Canterbury pastorate. In respect to the peal of bells, Mr Ruddenklau states thafc they aro now being cast in Berlin, and ifc is thought to be not unlikely that they will be sent out in fche same ship in which tho minister takes his passage. Inquest. —An inquest was held at Home Bush station, before Mr J. A. Mcllraith, on fche 25th November, upon the body of a child named James Price, aged two years, who was drowned in fche Waianiwaniwa creek on Nov. 2-1. Samuel Price sworn : lam a labourer in tho employ of Mr Mcllraith, and reside at Home Bush. The deceased was my son. Yesterday, between 8 and 9 o'clock a.m., my wife told me that tho child was missing. I immediately commenced to search for him, in company with others, and aboufc twenty minutes to one o'clock found.tho child lying dead in the Waianiwaniwa creek, aboufc ten or fifteen chains from my house. The child was lying on its left side, and quito cold. The child was a very healthy child. Ifc is my opinion thafc fche child, came by it g death by drowning. The child was two years old. WiHiam Taylor swo;» .- lam a labourer, residing afc Home Bush, I was in company with the last witness, Samuel Price, searching for his lost child. I saw the child taken out of the creek by Samuel Price. The child was quite dead and cold. I assisted the father to bring ifc to fche house where ifc now lies. James Burtenshaw: I am a sergeant of police, stationed at Courtenay. I examined fche place where the body of tho child was found. Ifc was on a small ford, above which there was a deep whirlpool. The pool was sufficiently deep fco . drown a much larger child. I examined the body. I found no marks of violence, and every symptom of death being caused by asphyxia. Tho jury returned a verdict of accidentally drowned. Auckland Gold Mines. —lfc is gratifying to learn (says the Thames Evening Star) that many of our mines —for a long time looked upon as outsiders —promise well for the future. Although no large dividends are paying, a healthy sign is nofc warning, and ifc is really fco be hoped that the steady, paying mines will very soon bring aboufc the revival so long looked forward fco as only likely to occur through another unprecedented run of luck in ne of the premier mines. A Golden Sight. —The peoplo of Reeffcon paid £6 3s to view (he cakes (1760 ounces) of gold jusfc obtained from the Just-in-time claim. The money went to the Hospital fund.

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Local and General., Star, Issue 1794, 27 November 1873

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Local and General. Star, Issue 1794, 27 November 1873