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The usual meeting of the TVaugnnui County Council tikes place to-day. Mr Gilmour and his staff wore bw-ily engaged last evening flushing out tho mains. Sir J. S. Smiley is the 1 'tost addition to the Telephone Exchange, his number being 87. A complimentary banquet is to b a given to MrE. C. Bruce at the Hawera Town Hall on Saturday evening next. MrC. R. Stannard has been appointed manager of the Wanganui branch of the Farmers' Alliance. To-day, at 3 o'clock, Mr A. Birns will sell by auction near the breakwater, Wanganui Heads, where she now lies, the stranded schooner Sisters. ■ A Press wire from Wellington say 3 that Mr Thomas W. Kowe, M.A , headmaster of the Bangiora High School, has been appointed to the position of librarian at the Free Public Library at a salary of X3OO. There were 66 applications. The vital statistics for the past month, as kindly compiled and supplied by Mr A. Thompson, the Registrar, are as follows: — Births — Town, 14; country, 16 Deaths — Town, 3 : country, 9. Marriages, 3. At the next meeting of the St. Paul's Literary Society on Monday, 7th inst., a parliamentary debate will take place, the subject of tho discussion beiog "Is not the abolition of party government desirable." Owing to the inclement weather, the Punch and Judy Show which was to have been given in the Oddfellows' Hall was postponed, and will, we understand, be given on Saturday next. Good news for head 3of families. Four of our local bakers — Messrs Kraus, Dustin, Hogg, and Byers— notify elsewhere that on and after Ist August they intend to reduce the price of bread, and that the 21b loaf will be sold for 2d cash and 3d booked. At his mart to-morrow Mr J. H. Keesing will offer a lot of camelias, rhododendrons, as well as a fine lot of apple and other fruit trees, from the nursery of Mr Benefield, to be sold without reserve. There will also be a large quantity of ironmongery, drapery, clothing, saddlery, and sundries. The sale commences at 1.30 o'clock. At the Police Court yesterday morning, before Mr C. C, Kettle, E.M., the adjourned hearing of the charge preferred by the police against Edward Sheehan for having supplied G. D. Kirkwood with liquor, knowing him to be a prohibited person, was concluded and the case dismissed, the evidence as to the knowledge of the prohibition not being sufficient. The Bishop Lodge of Druids held their usual fortnightly meeting last night, a large number of tho brethren being present. Bro. R. K. Simpson, A.D., occupied the chair. One candidate was initiated into the Order. It was aecided to hold a quadrille party in about a month's time, and a strong Committee was set up to complete arrangements. A fair number assembled at the Trinity Wesleyan Church last evening, when the Eev. C. H. Garland gave the second of his special sprvices, his subject being " Can a Human Soul be Lost?" This evening he will found his sermon on " The Depth of God's Love." A meeting of the Museum Committee was held in Messrs F. R. Jackson and Co 's club room last night. PresentMessrs F. M. Spurdle (in the chair), Atkias, Nixon, Drew, and tho Secretary (Mr Andrews). After considering the matter of finance, tho tenders for the construction of glass cases were opened, and that of Mr G. Anderson (,£lO6 15a)was accepted. Me'ssra Couchman and £>tuart hold an auction sale of pictures of New Zealand scenery, choice engravings, &c , at their mart on Thursday afternoon next, commencing at 3 o'clock. We have already referred to these pictures, which are mostly from the brushes of well-known Now Zealand artists, but those who would care to inspect them before the sale may do so at the mart, where printed catalogues are also obtainable. Arrangements for the planting of the St. John's School ground with suitable trees on Arbor Day.August dth.have now been made by the Chairman of the School Committee (Mr F. ■M. Spurdle). The Mayor has kindly consente^-to allow the Borough staff to do the planting, &c, and Mr James Laird has generously given the requisite number of plane trees for the purpose. The infant scholars of St. John's School will have a half holiday on Friday, and the planting will ba done under the supervision of Messrs Sharpe, Austin, and Bowcher. Mr Hylton, the Librarian, has kindly supplied us with the following details of the circulation of booka and magazines from the local Library, for the month of July, together with the figures for the corresponding month of la3t year- — For 1893— Fiction. 1865; history, 19 poetry, 7; general literature. <Mj travels, 57; biography, 37; science; essays, &c, 45; divinity, 13; children's books, 35; reference, 3; total, 1625; magazines in parts, 486. For 1892— Fiction, 1217 ; history, 15 ; poetry, 11 ; general literature, 56; travels, 85; bio graphy, 41 ; science essays, &c, '51 j divinity, 14; children's books, 9; reference, 8 ; total, 1529 ; magazines in parts, 266. Tho inquest on the body of tho Maori woman who was found at Mr Sommervillo's place on Sunday was held at the Eed Lion Hotel yesterday afternoon boforo Mr W. H, Brabant, Coroner, and a jury of which Mr O, G. A, Harvey was chosen foreman, Evidence as to the finding of the body and its identity was taken, as well as that of Dr Saunders, who stated that in all probability, judging by the state of the body, death resulted from exhaustion and exposure, and the deceased must have been dead for some 48 hours when found. The woman is supposed to have walked from Wangaehu at about 8 o'clock on Friday morning, and was last seen alive, by a railwaj signalman, at about 4 p.m. on the same day. We have received from Messrs H. I. Jones and Sons the first throe parts of the Royal Academy pictures, published by Messrs Cassell and Co. These beautiful reproductions of the great pictures of the year are Bomothing to look forward to. The studies of the Presidont, including "Hit" and " Eizpah," the quiet English landscapes of B. W. Leader, tho more rugged Highland scenpry of J. A. McWhirter, the child studies of Phil Morriß and Fred Morgan, and the pictures of such old favourites as Luke Fildes, Marcus Stone, G. F. Watts, Nottloehip, Montalba, and many others are placed before us in style and finish, to which we are accustomed, in the artistic publications of this firm. Among the more striking pictures in the3a parts wo may mention " Babes in the Wood," by Walter Hunt; "The Red Fisherman," by J. E. Christie ; " Mary of Magdala," by Herbert Schmalzj "A Honeymoon," by Marcus Stone, R.A. ; " Angels Entertaining the Holy Child," by Marianne Stokes ; " A Glass of Wine with Csosar Borgia," by the Hon. J. Collier ; and " Pearly Summer," by J. Brett, A.R.A. In the colonies, where we were out of reach of the originals, Messrs Cassell and Co.'s reproductions are of double value, as they are practically our only means of following the progress of the world of ait at Home. We are always glad to welcome them when them come, and we hope they will meet with the attontion thoy leserve.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Wanganui Chronicle, Volume XXXVII, Issue 11850, 1 August 1893

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Wanganui Chronicle, Volume XXXVII, Issue 11850, 1 August 1893