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Messrs Ayers, Beauchamp and Co. announce an auction sale of Island fruit at their rooms. . There was again no business at the weekly sitting of the Rangiora Magistrate's Court to-day. ♦ ■ A meeting of Lyttelton ratepayers is to be held on Wednesday evening for the purpose of* hearing the candidates for municipal honours express their views. His Honor Mr Justice Denniston left the West Coast this morning by train and coach, and will arrive hi town this evening. He will , take the usual Chamber sitting on Friday, and the case of Foster v. Phillips on Monday. A curious old life-preserver, whicn may possibly have at one time posed as a stockwhip handle, but which would answer equally well for either purpose, was picked up in a i garden in Dearsley Street, Linwood, yesterday. The stick is artistically inlaid with lead, and bears the date 1850. Messrs John Blundell (of the Evening " Post ")» Lintott, of Dunedin, and the Hon J. G. Ward were passengers for the south by the express this morning. The Hon J. G. Ward goes to visit his mother, who is seriously unwell, and hopes, if possible, to return in about a week. Messrs Tonks, Norton and Co. have been instructed by Mr F. Hill, of Wellington, to sell by auction, in their rooms, to-morrow, at -one o clock, the whole of his. valuable library, in which are contained many rare and standard works on medicine, biography, <history, works of art, science and fiction. Mr Henry John Washbourn, whose funeral took, place this .afternoon, was probably the •only one of the early Canterbury settlers who held his original section (part of No. 10, rural) without break of ownership by way- of or otherwise, for forty-seven years. In the original plan of th© Canterbury . Association the property- is shown to be bounded by Hagley Park, the idea of a road through the .Park'not having been broached at that time. ■ Among the successful candidates at the June* matriculation examination of the London University appears the name of Mr Maurice George Louisson, an ex-student of Christ's College, and eldest son of the mayor of this city. Mr Louisson, when here, distinguished himself as a school athlete and cricketer, and only had eight weeks -in London in which to prepare for the examination, for which 2300 candidates went vrt, and of these only 900 were successful in passing. On Sunday last, Miss Bunker, who for many years has been a valued teacher in Holy Trinity Sunday School, Lyttelton, and also a member of the ladies' choir, but who is about to leave the parish, was made the recipient of a number of gifts. The teachers and children of the Sunday school presented her -with an address, a handsomer . biscuitbarrell, suitably inscribed, and a pair of vases. From the choir she received framed photograuhs of the interior and exterior of the church, and a diandsomely-bound copy of " Hymns, Ancient and Modern." An. alarm of fire which proved to be false was given shortly after seven o'clock yesterday evening, from the box at the corner of Barbadoes and Worcester Streets. Bath chemical engines and the Wo steamers turned out. Lieutenant-Colonel Moore has been appointed a trustee of the Ashburton Volunteer Drillshed. in place of Major Douglas, resigned. Acceptance of the services of the Ellesmere Mounted Rifle Volunteers has been gazetted. Art application having been made to the Government to have a. public holiday proclaimed on Oct. 13 for Labour Day, Ministers have resolved to accede to the request, provided that the various labour organisations throughout the colony agree upon thatdate. After considering the request made by the promoters of the Mining and Industrial Exhibition at Auckland, Ministers have replied that they cannot accede to their wish that special legislation should be passed to enable the committee to sell spirituous liquors at the exhibition. , . A cribbagje match between teams from the Sydenham Football Club and the Avon Rowing Club, was played on Friday at the . Avon Club's boathouse; The Sydenham Club .won twenty-one games, and the Avon Club thirty-one, the latter thus winning the match by ten games. At the meeting of the Mackenzie County Council held yesterday, an offer made by the Railway Department to "attach a stockbridge to the Tengawai railway bridge for £57 15s was accepted. To this sum wiU ' liave to be added the cost of wing fences. The Government contributes half the cost up to £80. The Bank of New Zealand has closed its branch at Fairlie. and the Mackenzie County Council has decided to communicate with other banks respecting the opening of a branch at Fairlie, with a promise that the Council's account Avill be transferred, on n guarantee being given that the branch would be maintained. , The planting! of reserves at Lake Tekapo is proceeding apace, the Lands and Survey Department having placed a sum of £140 at the disposal of the Mackenzie Coimty Council for that purpose. Five hundred trees of jpinus insignis, 1000 oaks, 2000 larches, 1000 spruces, 1500 ponderosa and 1000 Laurici will be planted in the spring. A movement has been set on foot to enable the public to show its appreciation of the work done by Mr T. E. Taylor, M.H.R., in connection with tjhe recent Police Commission, by subscribing towards a testimonial tp be presented to him. The testimonial is not to be on party lines, but; all who recognise that Mr Taylor has done much for righteousness and national purity are invited to subscribe. In consequence of the falling off of the water supply in the well at the Sydenham - Borough Council's yard, the Council has had to devise some means of getting a better supply of water for the water carts. A proposal from the Works Committee to divert the water from a well on the Soutjh Belt either to Stirling Street or to Colombo Street. Sydenham, was placed before the Council last evening, and met with its approval, an-1 the committee was empowered to expend £40 in carrying out the work. France employs over 5000 women in her Civil Service, telephone and telegraph offices The municipality of Paris alone gives work to 900 women, while the Bank^ of France pays salaries to 400 more. . T"" 0 hundred women have permanent positions in the " Credit Foncier," with earnings varyrdn» from £35 to £70 and £75 a year.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL, Star, Issue 6276, 6 September 1898

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LOCAL AND GENERAL Star, Issue 6276, 6 September 1898