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♦ ITiue Brigade Entertainment. — Tonight at tlio Princess Theatre the Private Entertainment Club will repeat their performances of " Time tries all " and " Poor . Pillicocldy " for the benefit of tho building i fund of the Mre Brigade. We trust that , tho attendance in aid of so deserving an , object will be large. i Threshing- Machine. — The very largo threshing machine imported by Messrs Drummond and Alexander, and landed from the Stormbird, was intended for Messrs Johnson, and Handloy, of Nukumaru and Waitotara. The instrument was yesterday put on its carriage and -wheels, and is to be taken by road to its destination. Obickbt. — The return match Wangnnui Cricket Club v St. John's is to be played on Saturday afternoon next on the raeecouvso, wickets to be pitched at 2 o'clock precisely. 1 The following will be tho team : — Wanganui; Kennedy (captain), Powell, Bruce, Sunley, E. Loekett, Fry, Aamodt, Rodwell, , Moore, Gray., White ; emergency men, Cresswell, Parkinson, H. M. B. Marshall, J. Marshall. St. John's; — Betts (captain), Cross, Chaldecott, G. Peake, R. Peake, E. Peake, IT. Parkes, T. Parkes, J. H. Ware, • F. Richardson, H. Mussen ; emergency man, W. Craig. A very close contest is anticipated. DEATII OF AN OXD SETTLER. — We TOgret to announce the death of Mr John Armstrong, a much respected settler in this ' town, of 25 or 26 years' standing. He has ' been for two years past suffering from a painful internal disease, ■ and passed away about 11.20 p.m. last night at his residence , in tho Avenue, his last moments being peaceable. Mr Armstrong was long in ' business here aa a blacksmith, but retired ' some five years ago. He leaves a widow, . six sons (two of whom are in business in [ this town), and a married daughter, who resides in Christchuroh. The deceased ■ gentleman, who was probably^ the oldest 1 Odd Fellow in this district, will be deeply • regretted by a large circlo of friends. . Akamoho School. —Mr John Sewell, Chairman of the Aramoho >ehool Committee, • has obligingly forwarded us the schedules of I the recent examinations for the standards. . The results are as follows : — Standard I. : Presented, 19 (11 boys and 8 girls) ; passed, ' 15 (8 boys and 7 girls). Standard IX. : Presented, 15 (7 boys and 8 girls) ; passed, 15. • Standard III. ; Presented, 12 (3 boys and 9 , girls) ; passed, 11 (3 boys and 8 girls). r Standai'd IV. : Presented, 11 (6 boys and 5 J girls); passed, 11. Standard V. : Presented, 2(1 boy nnd 1 girl) ; passed, 2. These re- ' suits are very satisfactory, as out of 59 ' children pivr-juled no less than 5-1, or nearly ' 92 per font., succeeded in passing. In Standard J., 12 passed; in Standard 11., G t passed ; and in Standard 111., <l passed, in all subjects. In Standard IV. one girl, Aunio Hofjp:, obtained 410 marks out of a maximum > of 470 ; bul, with that exception, no child in I- the school vouched 400 marks, tlie nearest - being Jane Walker, also in Standard IV., who obtained 374. In tlie higher subjects of geography and history the children at Aramoho did far better than the scholars of the town schools.

Off the Metals. — The southern train was delayed somewhat last night through tho engine going off the metals near Foxton. The usual appliances were obtained and the refractory locomotive replaced in its proper position, but the train was about an hour late in arriving at Wanganui. Saw-mill for Sale. — The New Zealand Loan and Mercantile Company notify that a saw-mill on the Mountain Eoad, Taranaki, is for sale, with special advantages and tcmn. Full information is to be obtained from Mr John Stevenson, the local ngent of the company. The Comet. — This apparition in the heavens is now plainly visible soon after half -past 10 o'clock in the evening provided, as was the case last night, the sky is free from clouds. The comet, however, is by no means the glorious object which attracted so much attention a month ago. Its nucleus is barely visible, and the tail grows fainter and fainter. Another. Lunatic. — John Brady, an unfortunate fellow who has several times been in the Mount View Asylum (and discharged each time imperfectly cured, in the opinion of everyone in Wanganui who thoroughly knows the poor man), has been again arrested on a charge of lunacy at Palmerston. Ho was remanded for a week for medical examination, and brought down to Wanganui yesterday. . The East Coast Coach Service. — Mr Andrew Young, -who passed through Wanganui yesterday, and who has now got his new coach service between Tauranga and the Thames into capital going order, speaks highly of tho railway service on this side of the island, as well as of that in Hawke's Bay. Thanks to the care and attention showed by the railway officials, Mr Young succeeded in taking through his extensive coaching plant and numerous horses from the West Coast to Tauranga without the slightest mishap. ' A Boy Drowned. — A sad fatality happened at Aramoho yesterday afternoon between five and six o'clock. 'A boy named Yardley, whose parents reside in tho locality, was bathing in the creek which runs by the fellmongery, when he got into deep water and was drowned. The poor little fellow was only six years of age, and a brother of ten, who was bathing with him, tried everything he could do to pull the drowning lad out, but without success. He then gave the alarm to the neighbours, but life was extinct when the body was taken out of the creek. An inquest will ho held this day at Aramoho. Fish. — About six years ago Mr Gribbin, a sailor of extensive fishing experience, set up in this line at the Waitara, then a town of very small pretensions, though big with expectation. For a market Mr Gribbin had to go to New Plymouth, and for this purposo a horse and cart had to be procured. The horse was mettlesome, and oaten feed so freely served, that the fisherman and fish frequently came to grief, for though Mi Gribbin could sail a craft with any man, oi do a run on a long straight line of road in taking fish to market, he was scarcely equal to clearing tho high corner kerbing in the streets of New Plymouth. The fishing industry thrives, but the quicker transit by rail is adopted with advantage to the several inland towns on the route, New Plymouth of course absorbing most. A Pound - keeper's Profits. — Many people in Wanganui suppose that Mr Rendell, the pound-lteeper, makes a very good thing out of his office, and the balance of argument is certainly in favour of his having occasionally made a trifle out of wandering horses and runaway cows. But there is a reverse side to the picture, and sometimes the gilt is taken off tho poundkeeper's gingerbread to a pretty good tune. Three weeks ago he impounded a horse, which the sequel will shnvr was by no means a very desirable quadruped, and it has since fared sumptuously at Mr Eendell's expense, and been tho means of that gentleman lavishing the sum of 15s over advertisements. In all, he estimates that the horse has cost him about £2 in ono way and tho other, and yesterday it was put up to auction and feD to the nod of a Mr William Gardiner for the sumof two shillings and sixpence. Even the sorriest screw in Christendom Must be considered dirt cheap at that figure. A Petty Insolvency. — James Claguc, of Wheriuakura, who describes himself as a settler (and who is or was until very lately a prisoner in Wanganui gaol for debt), has filed his schedule. His liabilities amount to £52 13s, tho largest creditor claiming £41 16s, and the smallest debt being tho ridiculous trifle of 9s. As assets, Mr Claque invites his creditors to inspect £5 worth of household furniture, a sow and two littlo pigs, which he values at" 30s, and seventy fowls, to which tho debfipr attaches an estimate of £5. The debtor is of course allowed to retain tho furnitnre, and the creditors 'will probably not have the heart to take away tho pigs." Consequently there remain only tho fowls, which, if divided among the eight creditors, would give each one of them exactly eight and a .half. The first meeting for tho appointment of a trustee, whose duties in connection with so much live stock will bo unusually onerous, has been fixed for the 20th qfjbhe present month. ■ *• Death of Major Mobse.— l We regret to havo to announce that, after a lingering illness of some weeks, Major Nathaniel George Morse died at his residence yesterday morning about 4 o'clock, in the 61st year of his ago. Although his death; which resulted from enlargement of the hearl, the result of dropsy of longstanding, was by no means unexpected by his family and friends, yet the news will come as a shock to many persons who know and respected the major in his lifetime. The deceased gentleman was a very old settler in this district, and before coming here lived for a long time in tho Nelson province, the Volunteer forces of which he commanded for a long period, during which ho was known as ono of the best and most successful shots in New Zealand. Since his residence in tho neighbourhood of Wanganui Major Morse devoted much of his time to the improvement of the breed of horses, and his blood stock, if not very successful, was at any rate well known on the turf. He took also an activo part in local affairs, and will long be remembered as a busy member of the Jockey Clnb, and a warden of the Wangaehu HighWay Board, in which latter capacity his vein of goodhumoured blunt common sense always stood him in good stead. New Plymouth Waterworks. — The reservoir from which New Plymouth is to bo supplied with water for household purposes is nearly three miles from town, in a level paddock, at an elevation of 220 feet. The reservoir is in the form of a huge round baking-tin or milk setter, 210 feet in diameter, with a capacity of ono million four hundred thousand gallons. The water basin is formed of six inches in thickness of concrete, faced with two inches of cement plaster. The Waiwakiaho River is tho source of supply, and a dam, 200 feet in length, is being put across the river,, not far from the old Pukototara blockhouse. Piles are driven into the bed of the river right across, as a barrier against which tho concrote blocks now on tho ground will'be built up, forming a sort of weir. Close iri to the bank of the river is the commencement of a water-race, a double set of iron bars being let into tho concrete to keep drift timber from entering. The necessary regulating gear is fixed in concrete at this point, from which extends about half a mile along the bank of the river a wide open water-race, with sloping sides and flat bottom, formed of cement. At the end of the water-race two turbine wheels, giving a total of 27 horse power, are erected in concrete, and connected with hydraulic lifts or pumps. The riso from tho pumps to the reservoir on the flat immediately above is 150 feet. The connecting pipes from the pump to the reservoir are laid, and the laying of feed pipes to tho town was begun on Monday last, several sots of men being engaged in the work. Those main pipes are 7i- inches in diameter, various grades being used for dislribnting tho water about town. Early in tho new year it is expected the water will be turned on for tho first time. Messrs Henderson, Fergus, and Co., of Dunedin, nrc the contractors, one of the firm being in charge. A special loan of £25,000 has been raised for iv water supply. Mr F. Sands is inspector of. tho work for the borough.

Waitaba Shipping.— In order to facili- | tate the unloading of steamers and distribution of merchandise arriving at Waitara by sea, it is suggested that the Harbour Board erect a goods-shed, in addition to the railway goods-shed now |in use. The railway shed is closed after five o'clock, so a steamer arriving late in the afternoon could not unload till next day, and it occasionally happens that goods cannot be loaded on the railway trucks till too late for the following day's train. The object of providing a goods-shed under the control of the Harbour Board is that steamers arriving late pun be unloaded and despatched on one tido, and the merchandise forwarded on by next train. Dissolving Views. — Thoso who are fond of travel without the risk of mal tie mer should go to St. Mary's Hall to-night, where Mr De Beere will deliver a highly interesting lecture, "A tour through Maori land and Australia in two hours." His lecture will be illustrated by scenes from the various places he has visited during several years of travel in this and the adjacent colonies. These scenes are photographic transparencies, and will be illuminated by the oxy-hydrogen light. They include portraits of various Maori notabilities, views of New Zealand, New South Wales, and Victoria, the wreck of the Tararua, &c. We hope to see a largo attendance, it being entirely a labour of love on Mr De Beere's part for the children. Misleading Information. — However great may he the desire of the Q-overnment officials at Wellington to open up Crown lands in the neighbourhood of Wanganui, the information given in tho Gazette is sometimes a littlo misleading. Tho Tokomaru Block, of which we gave full particulars yesterday, is a case in point. It is fourteen miles and not nine miles from this town, and so far from it being accessible (as the Gazette gravely states) by roads formed and in progress, there is not a single road at present made to the block at all. We believe that there is an idea of making a line across country to the land either from Kai Iwi or the Brunswiok, but at present it is only to be reached by following the courso of the river along the shore or by boat. Blast at Taranaki. — On tho 17th of February, Mr Ehind, engineer to the New Plymouth Harbour Board, fired explosives which had been placed in a drive in what is locally known as the Fishing Rock, with the result of loosening and breaking into useable sizes a largo mass of stone on the north shore side. An immense quantity has since then been used, but it will take a long time yet to use up all tho loosened stone. This successful blast effected a great saving in labour, for, whereas in the former way of working, a considerable staff of quarrymen would be constantly engaged in small blasting operations, it has only been necessary to keep the truck-fillers at this work." Since tho recent alterations in the arrangement of the working plant for making concrete blocks, the whole of this material is used, the large stones as hearting, and the finer metal for mixing with the cement. Eailway Speed. — A useful rail traveller called the Sheffield Telegraph Hand Car is in use on the New Plymouth section of railway. It runs on three wheels, will seat three persons over the two motor wheels, and on the one-wheel side luggage within the compass of about ono and a half by three feet may be placed on a miniature open truck. Tho machine may be worked by ono or two persons, both hands and feet being used tricycle fashion, top speed being fully sixteen miles an hour. It is easily moved to and from the line of railway, and by means of breaks can be quickly stopped when in motion. It folds into the compass of about three by two feet and fifteen inches broad. The manager packs it on tho train when on an inspection torn-, and, without waiting several hours or the whole day for a return train, runs the hand car back to town. Military Music down South. — Our Wanganui representatives (amongst whom were several practical musicians) have returned from the Dunedin firing competition with a by no means exalted opinion of the bands they heard in the other island. The Invereargill band (17 performers) is supposed to be the crack musical body of the colony, but Oamaru (with 24 performers) runs it so closely that there is little to choose between tho two. Both bands play tho same kind of music, and even perform the same pieces, as the Wanganui Rifles band in this town has devoted itself to for a long time past. In Dunedin itself there are three bands, but none of them are first-rate, and all three unworthy of so fine a city. The strength and efficiency of Invercargill and Oainaru is due to the fact that both have for many years past been not company but garrison bands, and had, therefore, the pick of all the available musical talent in their respective towns. Mrs Hampson. — Tho Eangitikei Advo" cate has the following in reference to thi s lady's movements : — Wo understand that Mrs Hampson will not be able to visit Feilding, owing to the fact that she has an engagement at Napier, mado twelvo months ago, the date for carrying out which is now close at hand. Sho will leave Westoo on Tuesday, and as she will in any case have to remain a night in Palmerston, she will address a semi-private meeting there on Tuesday evening. The pcoplo of Feilding will be dissappointcd at her not giving them the benefit of her sorrices. Mr Eotheram had been communicated with, and had agreed to run special trains on the nights on which her meetings would be held, and thcro would doubtless have been a large influx of visitors from all parts of Manawatu and Eangitikei. After finishing at Napier, Mrs Hampson will proceed to Lyttelton, thence to Eangiora, and from tho latter place to ICaiapoi. Sho will then go to Australia, and after a short stay she will re - turn to New Zealand. It is very probable that on her return she will visit Bangitikei and Manawatu. New Plymouth Breakwater. — Tho actual length of New Plymouth breakwater constructed up to the Bth of November was GOO feet, independently of 1000 feet of seawall facing between the root of the breakwater and tho quarry, and a further 250 feet of similar facing to protect the road and tramway on the town side of the roo\ Tho facings are made partly of masonry, and part concrete, the walls being somewhere near two feet thick. Tho breakwater is thirty feet wide, and at two hundred feet from tho present point will widen to thirty -four feet. During tho almost continuous rough weather so long prevailing there as at other West Coast ports, and by reason of the accumulation of sand at tho end of the work during what otherwise would have been workable weather, little progress was mado for many months. For the three months from Bth August to Bth November, there were only nineteen days on which it was possible to work at the end of tho breakwater. During tho late short spells of fine weather several sections have been laid. A section is an eighteen feet extension of the breakwater, comprising a layer of concrete in bags on solid bottom (any accumulation of sand being cleared away by tho divers), upon which are placed huge blocks of hardened concrete up to forty tons weight, the total width being thirty feet, and the height from twenty to twentyfour feet. A section of these dimensions laid during fine weather last week occupied but four days. After a section has been completed twenty -four hours thero is no fear of displacement however rough the weather may become, but should a storm arise within eight or twelve hours, more or less damage is certain. Extensive alterations have been made in the building and working arrange- I ments at the harbour works during the j past Ihree months, since which the cost per cubic yard of making concrete is 20s — while immediately before the alterations the cost was twenty-six shillings ar.d twopence per cubic yard. The ponderous Titan lifting crane is too slow in motion for the best advantage to be taken of fine weather. A quicker motion and more easily worked crane is expected to be ready by Christmas. A sand-pump, recommended by the inspecting engineer, is expected out from England early next month. This will make shorter work of the sand nuisance than is possible by ns large a staff of divers as could bo got to work in shallow water. In deeper water the divers can work with greater ease and ess danger.

\ Town Impbovements. — A resident at Waitara has set the example of laying concrete on the footpath in front of his business premises. The principal footpaths are now kerbed, and tenders are being called to laypermanent water channels, as heavy rains occasionally cut up the soft formation. The Marion Firemen. — Captain Prossor and the deputation of Marton Volunteer Firemen who came down to attend the entertainment on Wednesday night returned to their homes yesterday afternoon, their departure in Mr Mclndoe's four-horse break, from the Occidental Hotel, being greeted with friendly cheers by their Wanganui brethren and other onlookers. Resident Magistrate's Court.- — The business before His Worship this morning is not likely to be heavy. Two inobriates were shown the way into the lock-up yesterday, and will no doubt face Mr Ward today. ' About a dozen civil cases arc set down for hearing, and there will be' an application by the plaintiff in an action, Frederick Smith v. John Sheehan, for leave to take evidence here, the summons having been issued in Auckland. The action is brought upon a dishonoured promissorynote for £48. The Accident to Me Brownleb. — We learn from the Eangitikei Advocate some further particulars of the recent accident to Mr Brownlee : — Mr G. Foster, of Bulls, who was riding with him asked a man who was viding on horseback, to fetch some water from a neighbouring farmhouse. This '•' good Samaritan (?)," however, declined to do the errand saying he had to attend a meeting at Feilding. Mr Foster ultimately got assistance and took Mr Brownlee to the Greatford railway station in a trap, and subsequently accompanied him to Wanganui. Hope bob Castleclief. — The Castlecliff township promoters may take heart and within a few years expect to see this now sandy waste transformed to habitable land. During three days of last week a more than usually severe and cold mountain blow was experienced at New Plymouth. This generally results in an extraordinary accumulation of sand on the line of tramway and in , all hollow places about the harbour works, in addition to a considerable drift into the sea. Ice plants are now thriving on the most exposed sandhills near the works, and. the grass which ' was sown has taken root. The result is that the sand-drift in the direction of the harbour has been effectively stopped. Patea Harbour. — The Mayor of Patea (Mr G. P. Sherwood) in submitting proposals for raising funds to continue harbour works said : — " It should bo worth while at this period to look back and see what has been done, so that we maybe able from that to form an opinion as to whether we shall bo justified in taking even extraordinary means for prosecuting the work we have in hand. The total endowment in land which the Harbour Board has received from first to last has been aboxit 5000 acres j and if that land had been sold by the Government under the most favourable circumstances, it might have realised about £7000. So that it may be said the Government's investment in this work has been to that extent only. With that endowment, a sum close on £20,000 has been raised and expended ; and a Harbour Board has Ibeen constituted, with a present revenue of £1500 a year. Fully £30,000 has been saved in freights by reductions since the harbour works' wero carried out ; and it is the Patea district most certainly that has received the benefit of that enormous saving. Thoso works have also had the effect of "bringing the railway to the port, and the establishment of oxtensive works in connection with the river. Add to this the enormously increased value of all the land adjacent to the river, and the considerable advance in value of land remote from the river, and I think you will agree it is almost impossible to over-estimate the benefit of the small piece of work that has already been done at the heads." Professor Hugo. — " Facial Wrinkles " formed the subject of Professor Hugo's third physiognomical lecture, which, ho delivered last night at the Academy of Music, the room being well filled. The subject was cleverly and pleasantly handled, and great must have been the surprise of many persons present to find how startling an index to mental and moral characteristics is afforded by the lines and furrows to be found in almost every face. The ' lecturer had prepared special diagrams of wrinkles adjacent to the eyes, nose, and mouth, as well as those which cross the forehead, and by the aid of these drawings he showed how humour, greed, despondency, credulity, sarcasm, and bcnovolenco wero to be discovered. The anecdotes introduced into the lecture were amusing and appropriate, and many of the professor's remarks wero thoughtful and practical, and well worth the while of the audience to carry away with them. At the conclusion, the usual tests were applied to persons who walked up and down the room, who sent up specimens of handwriting, or who took their seats on the platform to be subjected to a more close analysis. Several very well known Wanganui residents submitted to this process, and the searching and candid observations of the lecturer occasionally drew bursts of laughter and applause. In delineating tho characters of two gentlemen on the platform the professor must be acknowledged to have been singularly happy. Ho also examined some photographs, and gave an opinion upon tho mental qualities of the persons represented j but this kind of test, howovcr important in a scientific sense, is not adapted for a public meeting, where tho originals of the photographs can be known only to a few. Before tho audienco departed, Professor Hugo announced . that on the following night he would give what would probably ho his last lecture in Wanganui, the subject being " Eyes," and he added that it was generally regarded as the beat of his scries. Ho also invited people to consult him privately during the day to obtain charts of character, and we understand that every day during the present week many ladies and gentlemen have paid him a visit. New Zealand Eifle Association. — The Evening Post states that a sort of deadlock occurred between somo of the Volunteers engaged in the recent colonial prize firing and tho New Zealand Eifle Association. The position of affairs is this : — At the last Nelson meeting the association found themselves short of funds, and unable to pay their liabilities in full. Only a portion of the money prizes won on the occasion was therefore paid away, a promise being given the recipients that the balance would be handed over as soon as the association were in a position to do so. Half of the money thus retained was paid over some months ago, and it was expected that the remainder would bo voted by the council of the association during the recent firing at Dunedin, as they were in possession of a considerable sum of money, but this they have neglected to do. Lieutenant Purncll (Wanganui) and Lieutenant Payntor (Nelson) have consequently declined "to give up possession of the cups won by them at the previous meeting unless tho amounts due to them are paid, and have taken the trophie3 back to their homes. We learn on inquiry from Lieutenant Pnrncll that the circumstances of the cases as stated by our contemporary require explanation. The cup referred to was won by him at Nelson last year in the North v. South Island competition. This year at Dunedin that competition was omitted from the programme, and the cup allotted (o an entirely different contost, shot for under new conditions. Although this diversion of the cup from one match to another was considered unfair to the winner of it last year, who naturally supposed that ho would have an opportunity of firing for it again under the original conditions, and if possible securing the trophy as his own property, yet Lieutenant Purnell waived the point. He received an assurance from Colonel Baillie, the chairman of the Association Committee, that he would do his best to obtain payment of the prize money yet due for last year's competitions at Nelson, and upon that understanding Lieutenant Purnell abandoned all claim ta the cup this year, and, so far as taking it to his own home, it is in all probability either still at Dunedin or in the possession of the Volunteer who made the highest score for it this year.

Wanted, a Telephone.— The desirability of establishing telegraphio or telephonic communication between the wharf and the pilot station has often beon mooted, and received a practical illustration during Wednesday night. The Stormbird lefftho •wharf about midnight, the -weather hero being quite calm,' and no intimation to the contrary having bein received from the Heads. On the steamer ncaring the bluff the pilot signalled the bar to bo dangerous, and Captain Murphy had accordingly to bring his vessel up and stop down the river until yesterday morning, when ho returned to the wharf, the bar being still dangerous. Had a telephone existed between the Heads and the wharf, Captain Murphy would never have left his moorings at the latter, and would not havo incurred some £2 or £3 unnecessary expense in getting up steam. The case of the Stormbird is only just pieeisely what has occurred to several other steamers trading to this port. Died ob Starvation. — The choice of ft profession is a matter which demands rather serious consideration. But many people do not pause for much reflection, and find, when too late, that they have mistaken their vocation. This probably was tho case ■with an actor who died of starvation in London recently. It seems that he was seen in the street— tho centre of a crowd, from whom he was begging — by a constable, in reply to wbom he said that all he had was " twopence halfpenny," and he wanted more for a night lodging. ' On attempting to move on he was so weak that he fell to the ground thoroughly exhausted. Feeling certain that ho was starving and in a dying condition, the constable, with much kindness, put him in a cab and sent him off to the Whitechapel Infirmary, where he died. The nurse stated that he was in a very " dirty and destiture condition," and was "all skin and bones." He had no shirt or hat on when admitted and at the post mortem examination it came out that he had suffered greatly from want of food. His only means of livelihood was by selling matches and envelopes, which had brought him in a few pence. The story is a painful one, for though deaths from starvation are of too frequent occurrence, it is not , often that it is possible to see a man drop down in the middle of a crowd and almost die in the streets. , t A Deunken Race Meeting-. — The Evening Post of the 13th instant says :—Regarding the drunkenriot at Tauherenikauraces last week, Mr. Superintendent Shearman has caused enquiries to be made, and has received a report from Constable Smith, stationed in the Wairarapa District. . Constable Smith indignantly repudiates the statement put forth by a contemporary to the effect that the police did not in the slightest manner attempt to separate the , combatants, and asserts on tho contrary that the police did all in their power, both on horseback and on foot, to quell the disturbance.' In proof of this he refers to several eye-witnesses, residents in Wellington and the Wairarapa District, as well asj to the marks he bears about Mb body, which were received during tho progress of the riot. The officer further states that there were about 500 spectators on the ground, at least four-fifths of whom were the worse for liquor — drinking appearing to be tho chief amusement. He adds that when fighting commenced he cautioned the publicans not to supply liquor to persons whs exhibited signs of intoxication; and the precaution, so far as practicable, was acted up to, although on several occasions the. holders of the booths were threatened with' violenco for refusing. Mr. Shearman, it may be mentioned, is taking steps to bring tho rioters to justice so far as they are known. PBOPO3AI, bob Patea Haebour. — In a" communication to Mr J. Thomson, late harbour engineer, Sir John Coodo approved of a guide-pier, starting within tho rirer heads, and parallel to the present training wall, being constructed, if it was found inconvenient to obtain sufficient money to construct the sea-wall shown on his plans. In the scheme laid, by the Mayor of Patea before a meeting on Friday last, he suggested that the sanction of Government should be obtained for tho construction of this guidepier, and in tho meantime that a one hundred feet extension of the present pier, the plans of which were ready, and for which the sanction of Government had been obtained, should be proceeded with. Sir John Coode stated that tho proposed guidepier would have good effect. It isproposed to run this guide-pier on tho western side of the river one or perhaps two hundred feet beyond the termination of the present pier J on the eastern side. This would to that extent serve as a cover point, and lessen if not altogether avert tho danger which now threatens of vessels being thrown on the pier jduring '^westerly weather. Tho cost of tho guide-pier is estimated at £5,000, or if extended 200 feet beyond the length originally planned by Sir John Coodo, £7,000. To enable this and other improvements to be made, the Mayor suggested that what is known as lihodes's estate be acquired, cut up into building sites, paddocks, and other saleablo forms, in the strong conviction that a handsome revenue would gradually accure as the river improvements gave additional value to the land. Though a shilling rate would require to be struck, the Mayor is of opinion that the. immense additional value to this and other harbour property would avert the necessity for anything but a small levy, if any, being made. Tho meeting started with over thirty present, lasted three hours, and dwindled down to about six persons, nothing at all satisfactory being agreed to. Property interests aro very conflicting, and unity of action in the town of Patea on any public question would now be little less than a miracle.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Wanganui Chronicle, Volume XXIV, Issue 9662, 17 November 1882

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