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West Coast Times. MONDAY, JUNE 10, 1878.

The first Richmond has entered the field in name of Mr Gerard George FitzGerald, whoj in another column, announces himself as a candidate for the Beat in the General Assembly rendered vacant by the resignation of Mr Button. Whether the nomination of Mr FitzGerald is one which will be accepted by the Returning Officer remains to be "seen. A requisition is in course of signature, we understand, asking Mi; Button to again contest the seat, and though we have not had an opportunity of perusing the document we understand it has been largely signed. A requisition, has also been numerously signed to Mr Seymour Thorne George, who will probably announce himself as a candidate in the Grey interest in a few days. Report says there will be several other candidates ere- the nomination day approaches. Mr Andrew Cuming, of Kokatahi, has been named, and we have 'authority for saying' that he intends announcing himself. Mr S. Croumbie Brown, of Kumara, has likewise signified 'his intention of coming forward, though qq public announcement of his intention to do so has yet appeared; ■' Other names have been mentioned, but we are not in a position to say how far they are correct. At all events..- we. are now certain to have a contest, and we will avail ourselves of the opportunity of discussing the merits of the relative candidates as they appear before the public, taking Mr FitzGerald in the order named in next issue, he being the first to enter the list.., .

More quartz discoveries are reported in the Kanieri district; Macgregor and party have found a well defined and large reef four miles from the reef going to be worked at Boucher's Gully, iii the direction of the Kanieri lake. The reef is splendid looking stone, and gold has been seen in it.

The performance of the Raphael Troupe for the benefit of the Hospital, will take place this evening at the Duke of Edinburgh Theatre. There will be an entire change of programme.

There will bo a meeting of the County Council pn Wednesday next, at two p.m.

The County Clerk requests us to correct an error stated in the Grey River Argus, to the effect that the Union Bank had " put the Bcrew on," as regards the County account. No such thing has occurred, or could occur, for the County fund, up to the present time, has always had v a credit balance, while the terms of the agreement with the bank allow of an overdraft to the extent of £3000. It was probably: the Grey County that the Argus was thinking of, as that County account is overdrawn to the. extent of £4000, and has had "the screw put on."

The Honorable the Minister for Public Works is now expending the £3000 voted for the construction of the track from Paringa

to the Haast. The work is undertaken to give employment to the Jackson's Bay settlers, and will be let in small sections, to give these settlers every opportunity of tendering for the sub-divisions. It will be rejn'enibered that Mr Macandrew desired to liarjd' over this money -to the Westland County- Council on the understanding that they would contribute £1500 and the Vincent County £1500, to subsidize the work. The Vincent County declined to have anything to ilo with it, and Mr Macandrew therefore gave instructions to the Public Works Department to carry it out with the funds available, directing that Jackson's Bay should be especially considered in the tendering.

A special meeting of the County Council will be held on Wednesday next, at 4 p.m., f,o consider Mr Hirter's resolution declaring the' Totara Road Board dissolved, and the Road District to be merged in the County of Westland. The ratepayers of Okarito are taking steps to get their Road Board abolished. A petition was long since signed by nearly every ratepayer, praying the Council to merge the Board, but as it was not drawn up in conformity with instructions as to its proper form. A document legally prepared, is now uearly ready for presentation to the Council.

Mr D. W. Virtue appears to have taken the recent remarks of his Honor Judge Weston in the matter of Eastgate's estate very much to heart, so much so that he has determined to resign all his positions of public trust, rather than retain the same under what he considers is a reflection or stigma upon himself. Without entering here upon a matter which is yet before the Court and will be dealt with on the Ist July, we may be allowed to say that, to our mind, Mr Virtue has arrived at quite an erroneous concluaion,and should at once reconsider his hasty determination. When the proper time comes we will take leave to comment on the full circumstances of the case. The evidence adduced by Mr Purkiss in the case on Friday last was not reported a s we were not aware of the sitting of the Court until a late ho,ur iv the afternoon. The remarks made by his Honor, at the close of the case, were correctly given by us. It is well, after the Judge's comments, that the cubu is to be re-opencti, though whether that course is a legal one is open to question. The true inerilß of the case will then come out, and until that timo Mr Virtue ought not to adopt the intended step of resigning his public positions, as we feel assured the evidence, when taken, will give the affair quite a different bearing to what he has led himself to suppose it has at present iv the public mind.

A meeting of the Hokitika School Committee was held at the Uoard lloom on Saturday afternoon. Present — Messrs Reid (chair), Duncan, Crawford, ]?ozzi,aud Blake. The resignation of Mrs Sutton as teacher of the South Spit School was accepted, the committee expressing regret at the loss of Mrs Sutton 's services, which has been caused through her eye-sight becomiug weakApplications for "the appointment of a succesßor arc to be received by the committee until the 22nd inst. It was resolved to procure two additional clocks for the ' Hokitika School. Mr Virtue sent in his resignation as Chairman of the Committee, but it was resolved not to accept the same, and that he be asked to reconsider it before next meeting. A letter was received from Mr Dixon respecting a residence for the head teacher. The committee decided that no further action be taken at present iv the matter, as a letter received only a few days ago from the Board stated it was not in a financial position to undertake the erection of a master's residence in Hokitika. It was resolved that the compulsory clauses of the Act be adopted, and that the required notices respecting the same be given in the manner prescribed, the clauses to come in force on the Ist of July. A letter was received from the Board, stating that teachers would he held responsible for all books, stationery, &c, in the schools . Messrs Crawford, Pozzi, and Blake were appointed a Visiting Committee for the current quarter. The meeting then adjourned until 22ud inst., when applications for the teachership of the South Spit School will be dealt with.

The Inangahua Herald, of Thursday last says : — The prospects of the Eiery Cross mine are now such as to warrant one to think there are many months of profitable work in store for the company. In the intermediate drive and in the soulh stopes the lode is well defined of good thickness, and showing what may be reckoned to be two ounce stone ; but the first hundred tons when crushed will not quite average so large a yield, as the stone that will be put through first is not of such rich quality as that now being reised out of the mine.

One of the bailiffs attached to the Resident Magistrate's Court at Wellington went to a certain house in the city to take possession of the f uruiture &0., therein. The Chronicle states that things went on agreeably enough till the lady of the establishment suddenly took it into her head that the bailiff had been there loug enough and .seizing him by the collar of his coat and the rear portion of his nether garmeufcs, she just threw him iuto the street. The bailiff states that the lady iv question had two men staudiug by ready to render her assistance if she required it.

A man named Ilyfle, residing at Adare> county Limerick, has been lodged in the county gaol charged with having poisoned a large number of fruit trees at Adare. The case is somewhat unique in the annals of crime, and the facts are briefly stated: — Hyfle, it would seem, rented a number of orchards at Adare, and his tenancy not giving satisfaction to the owners, he was for some cause or other evicted. Subsequently it was discovered that all, or nearly all, of the fruit trees had failed, and the allegation of the prosecutors is that the prisoner, with an augur, bored a hole into each of the trees and by the introduction of a -quantity of vitriol into the trunks destroyed the vitality of the trees.

The Auckland Herald ig informed that considerable dissatisfaction prevails in the Civil Service, oiviug to a circular which has lately been issued by the Government. Hitherto it has been the practice for the Government, on the death of any officer, to grant a year's pay to his widow and children. The circular referred to states that this practice will not be continued, and that the officers ought to make arrangements with

the Government Insurance Office. If this circular had referred only to officers who had lately joined, under the provisions of the last Act regulating the Civil Service, there might not, the Herald thinks, have been much ground for complaint, as these officers are for the most part young men. But to make it applicable to all is somewhat harsh. Some of those officers to whom it applies are aged men, and not a few have undergone hardships in the service which renders their henlth precarious, and would ensure their rejection by . any medical examiner for an insurance office. The civil servants are a class by theniselves, and an impression prevails that they are well able to take care of their own interests, and that indeed they are too well off, and do not know it. Particular individuals may have power to keep themselves safe, but the general body of the civil servants are by no means strong and influential. In making this new regulation, the Government might have considered the case of old officers, and have fixed some recent date for the commencement of its operation.

la the heyday and Biinshine of life we treat with contempt the warnings of, soberminded and well-meaning people; but when in after years we find we can no longer trifle with our lives and constitutions, it becomes us to find out for a certainty what are the best, the surest, and the safest tnedicin.es to lake in all cases of sickness or threatening disease. The cures already effected, and the testimonials received by the proprietor, warrant the assertion that there no known medicines equal to " Ghollau's Great Indian Cures." Sold by J. Mcc, Chemist, Revell-street.

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West Coast Times. MONDAY, JUNE 10, 1878., West Coast Times, Issue 2866, 10 June 1878

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