Jan 10 A serious accident happened to Mr Chwlta Seaton at Brtmner on Thursday. He was engaged tracking from the mine and slipped on an iron platform. In hia fall he struck an iron bolt causing the leg to* break in two, places hear the knee, He wss.brought to town by tbe evening train and taken to the Hospital and attended by Dr Morice. It ia feared an operation may hare to be performed. Coming at the. beginning of the year the greatest sympathy is felt for Mr Seaton in this unfortanate>accident. The Australian Blondin is to give an exhibition of hia *ki)l next Saturday evening. We- have been permitted to Tiew several of his photographs and read reports of his feats in nearly every, portion of the globe. His daring gymnastics •mid a blare .of fireworks are certain to draw a big crowd. In response to an appeal for five additional troopers for the Eighth Contingent the number was promptly supplied. The. boys left by the, Mipourika on Thursday. A large number bade them gox>d-bye.on the wharf and they were royally entertained at the Wharf Hotel prior to departure. The need v of the water supply has become very distressing at present. People are : carryicg from the river, wells ©r anywhere pure wa'er oan be supplied. Thet sawmills ia different parts are stopped for want of the precious liquid. Should tbe fine weather continue much longer it is evident we shall have ample work for carriers. Among the latest enactments was the amendments in "The Companies Act. " In section 17 the law is very stringent in respect to directors. All calls have to be met a day before they are due by the directors. Had this law been in force before tbe dredging boom commenced, doubtless we might have avoided many of the questionable practices that have been resorted to. Private information has just been received that after three days incessant fightipg^rtthrtfie flames, Ihe huge bush -^ fire devastating the late Brunner sawmilling company's property has been got under control. All the sawmill hands, together with all extra help available have been constantly engaged and many heroic incidents are recorded in the securing of victory. Although acon'sidarable amount of damage has been done, the noble efforts of the workers saved the mill and plant and also the extensive eUver pine belts of timber that obtain in the Company's property. About a mile of the tramway has been destroyed, bat fortunately the fire was beaten bade and largely confined to the pratically worked out areas. From the Blackball and other districts of the Grey Yalleynewsis to hand that numerous bnsh fires are raging, but fortunately, owing to their surrounding?, no serious Joss or damage has yet resulted. While the temperature stands at boiling point, or thereabouts, a cold douche is a genuine and welcome luxury. There is however, an idea prevalent among humanity, that there can be too much of a good thing. To be plunged when at 120 in the shade, without warning of any kind into a frozen sea of liquid air, .is a slight semblance to the case in point. The Ptess Association announcement, stating that the Premier in a interview slid, " That the coal leases should be put up to public competition " came as a slight shock, but when further on the Premier is reported as having said " Whether the Government should start a coal mine was not yet decided ; but if the Government took up State coal mine* at the present juncture, it might interfere with private enterprise." Greytnouth felt as if the sun had vanished from the Heavens, and left us whirling in the solid cold of inter-stellar space. Many of our public men, who but yesterday were^ lightly airayed in straw hat and saraband costumes, are to-day clothed in gloom and heavy overcoats. The Janet Waldorf season concluded last evening, with the farewell per/ormaßce of tbe great Shakesperian comedy of the "Twelfth Night." The Opera House was packed, and great as were the expectations of the large audience, they were more than realised by theinagnifi cent rendition and staging of the great mastei's work. In thanking the audience, Mr Hansen announced thit the company would again visit us during the Easter holidays, the intimation being received with loud and prolonged applause. Two accidents are reported from the Brunner Mine. On Thursday Mr.Chas. Seaton had .the misfortune to break his kneecap, and through a fall of coal, Mr Edwa r d Smith li-Btdined a fractured leg. Both patients have been removed to tbe Grey River Hospital, where they are .receiving every attention and making as satisfactory progress as their painful and serious injuries would admit, The sixteenth annual report of the Grey River Hospital presented la?t evening to tbe annual meeting ot contributors, shows that ihe ordinary current . exp^nditu-e is amply provided by re rente and that this excellent institution still • maintiins its justly earned reputation Out of a total of 235 pitients treated during the.year 38 died, 46 remain in the luspital, and 151 were discharged as cured. Out patients to the number of 187 were also successfully treated during tbe }ear. Votes of thanks were accorded to Dr Morice, and the nursing staff, aho to the honorary visiting surgeons, Drs J. and J . W. M'Brearty and Mil ingtou for their invaluable service?. The report further embodies a scheme for the comp'etiou of the new hospital at a cost of £7,000 bj subscriptions from tbe various lo.al con ; iibucory pnhlic bodie?, supplemented by the Government statutory grant.
- Troutfishing has beome very popular ~- thui - season ia Greymouih, about fifty -license being taken out and several very good baskets have been secured. Now that the llokitiks Acclimatisation Soc ; ety has opened thtir river for anglt-ra it has been suggested by a number of fishermen be ie that the tro societies should endorse each others liren'-es, thus permitting Hokitika eportsmen to try the Grty district and vice vem. Ihis fhonld be a very t<atiff tctory arrangement as it would tend to pop'il.inse the sorts ort wondei fully in Hokitika, and it would give the Hokiti'ta Isaic Waltons a chance So exercise their skill in the lirey river, which by now is a well proved stretch of Wtter. Thia rcciprocty is practise Jin
other parts of New Zealand by kindred societies and I trust that tbe authorities of both societies will take the suggestion to heart.
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