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LOCAL AND GENERAL.

« The members of the Wanganui A. team are reminded that a practice will be held on the Beoreation Ground to-morrow afternoon. Delegates of the Rugby Union are reminded of the usual fortnightly meeting, which takes place this evening at Chavan. hob' Hotel. Full particulars of the spring meeting of the Kangitikei Racing Club, to be held on Wednesday, September 27th, appear in another column. Nominations for the comic singing competition in connection with the Museum close this evening. Already several have entered the list,, including Messrs Lundon and Robertson. By the Manawatu from Wellington yesterday, the street scraper and sweeper, ordered by the Borough Council, came to hand. With such machines as these mud in our streets should become a faßt diminishing quantity. Mr Smith , who is .to carry out the boring of the artesian well on behalf of the contractors.arrived with-hjs machinery yesterday, and expects to commence operations on Monday or Tuesday next. The -well will be sank in Wicksteed-stroet. We have been asked to state that the match between the Kaierau A. and the Marton Kaiwhaka team, which 'was to have been played here torinorrow, has been indefinitely postponed, on account of the inability of the latter to get a fifteen together. . Ratepayers of the Waitotara County Council will find an important notice in another column, concerning the proposition of their governing Council to raise a loan of J22000 for the construction of nine miles of road, more or less, in the Tokonmru Biding. The funeral of the late Mrs W. E Smith took place yesterday afternoon, a large number both of settlers and townspeople following the remains to the grave. The body was taken to Christ Church and thence on to the cemetery. The Revs. Messrs Williams and Hermon conducted the ceremony.' Those desirous of a pleasant stroll along an interesting country road would do well to go up as far as Kennedy's. We were informed yesterday that the road in the ■vicinity of the ferry is beautifully attractive, and that an hour or so can be employed with profit in endeavouring to ascertain the correctdepth of mud adorning the highway. Out informant had fixed the average depth at three feet, which, by the way, is not bad. The Lord Chancellor, speaking at the dinner of the Newspaper Press Fund on Juno 17th, said that he remembered, when he was in the States, reading a telegraph despatch (and, of course, evorybody believed talegrams) stating that in a certain place two pigs had swallowed some dynamite cartridges, and then strayed near a cabin whore there was a donkey. The despatch added that the other pig was still at large, and the people were leaving the neighbourhood. We did not equal that in English journalism. Ab will be seen by a notice in another column Mr W. Moorehouse intends on Monday nest to commence a regular omnibus service between the Wanganui Railway Station and Araraoho. The bus will start for town via Liverpoolstreet and the Avenue at 7.30 a.m., leaving the Wanganui Station on the return journey at 8 o'clock, and will run on alternate hours up to 6 o'clock each day. The fare for the single journey has been fixed at the modest rate of 4d, whilst the return trip can lie made for 6d, so that not only a very useful, but at the same time a cheap, service will be established. On Sunday afternoon, as an additional attraction, the bos will be run to suit the Heads train, and will continue every hour up till 8 o'clock. Certain males, neither boys nor mm who haunt the upper parts of the Borough at night, have for some time been indulging in the enlightened practice of throwing stones on houses tenanted by sick people. The last case brought under our notice is from soma residents of Liverpoolstreet, who have been annoyed in this way. The cowards in this instance range from 12 to 18 years of age, and, we are informed, are known to their victims, who unless the nuisance is stopped will have to take forcible measures to secure their peace. We cannot help saying that we consider it the duty of the complainants to placo their grievance in the hands of the police without further notice, aa a salutary lesson to these street-arabs would do a vast amount of good. A terrible catastrophe occurred, on June 17th, in the town of Romanoff Borissozlebsk, in the province of Jaro-sls-v. At seven o'clock in the evening of that day the Church of the Resurrection was filled by a large congregation attending an annual celebration, during which a picture of the Saviour held in special veneration for many reputed miracles is carried in procession. A cry of " Fire ! " was suddenly raised, causing a fearful panic among the worshippers, who rushed wildly to the doors. One of the exits, however, was found ti be locked, and the crush which ensued before the closed door was indescribable. The people wore unable to move backward or forward and many were suffocated, while others jumped from the high windows into the street below and were killed. When the locked door was finally opened a shocking spectacle presented self. Numbers of dead bodies were lying hoaped together in the midst of people seiiously injured and unable to move. In all 138 corpses were counted. Fifteen of the injured were taken to the hospital, while many sufferers who had sought relief from the miraculous picture woro accommodated in private housea, whoro a number of them afterwards succumbed. It has not yet boon ascertained who is to biaine for the cata3tropho, but ie is known that tho alarm of firo which causod it was a false ono.

We would remind those interested of , the anniversary concert and dance of the f local Lodge of Oddfellows, which takes place this evening. p A wealthy landed proprietor of Sooohow, China, ourioua to know how many roving Buddhist monks — monks who ara not attached to any monastery — there were in that city, posted a placard the other day, Bayß the North China Daily News, in one of the principal thoroughfares of Son- v chow, notifying that he would dispose alni3 to wandering monks in a largd and ' ancient monastery near the Governor's ' " yamen." On the day named there ap- ' peared dirty, ragged, and beggarly-look-ing votaries of Budda to the number of * 2542, who each came to claim his portion ' of 100 cash and four " man-t'ao," or meat ' balls rolled up in steamed dough, as well as a meal of boiled rice and vegetables at ' the rate of fifty cash per man. The j donor's curiosity has now been satisfied, ' but his Ihirst after knowledge cost him j over 350d015. ' The third of the Museum " pop " concerts, held in the new building last even- , ing, was equally as well attended as its , predecessors, as evidence of which we , may mention that the receipts last night ( amounted to £6 3s as against £5 4s taken | at the first concert. Mr Drew occupied , the chair, and took occasion to thank the j the ladies and gentlemen who had kindly given their services, and in doing bo specially referred to the Town Band. The , programme submitted was as follows : — Overture, "The Valley of Ferns," Town , Band; fi&ng, "Mona," Mr Lennard; j comic item, Mr E. Lundon > part song, " parting and Meeting," members Christ Chuich ohoir ; flute solo (accompanied), air "Ah Pordona," op. "Cleinenza di Lito (Mozart) j comic recitation, " Hodge . and the Vicar," Mr Withers ; selection, 11 Maritana," Poster family, assisted by Messrs Crichton and Willis ; solo, '' The Bugler," Mr J. Anderson ; solo, " The Garrone" (encore), Miss Broad; comic sketch," Mr P. Lundon ; part son?, " Good Night," members Christ Church cnoir. Before the last item the Chairman thanked the andience for their attendance and announced that another concert would be given in a fortnight's time, when another good programme would be submitted. Ladies are invited to visit Mrs Walker's Show Boom and Dress Department, and see the Bargains offered in Mantles, Millinery, and Dress Goods. All at half English prices.— Advt.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Wanganui Chronicle, Volume XXXVII, Issue 11857, 11 August 1893

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Wanganui Chronicle, Volume XXXVII, Issue 11857, 11 August 1893

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