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PUBLIC OPENING OF THE NGAR UAWAHIA RAILWAY BRIDGE.

On Thursday morning a party of ladies and gentlemen left Mercer for Newcastle in a train put on by Mr Fallon, the contractor lor the permanent way. On the road up two engines were added to the train, and also some trucks loaded with rails, for the purpose of getting sufficient weight to test the new bridge. About 2.20 p.m. the sounds of the engines whistles were heatd all over the township, and in a few moments the train pulled up on the north side of the bridge, and all arrangements having been made, the strength of the spans was tested by two gentlemen of the Public Works staff, under the supervision of Mr Knorpp, C.E., superintendent of lines in course of formation in the North Island, and Mr James Stewart, C E., District Engineer. Mr Stewart drove the leading engine, the " Jeanie Deans," and Mr Fallon, contractor, the second, the "Madge Wildfire," the third being the "Maccalluni Mohr." Betweeu each engine were tracks containing 10 tons of rails, the total weight ot the train totting up some 110 tons. On the conclusion of the tests, which wev6 very satisfactory, the carriages were attached, and the whole train was run over the Bridge, up to the main street of the township, where the assembled crowd gave three hearty cheers, and the visitors descended. In the evening, Mr Fallon entertained a number of ladies and gentlemen at a dance, held in the New Schoolhouse, and a few enjoyable hours were spent ; the company separating about 1 a.m., after cordially thanking Mr Fallon for liia kindness, and giving three hearty cheers for the successful and rapid manner in which he has so far carried out his work. The bridge is now regularly open for traffic, Mr Moore, who has for some time past been in charge of the Hamiltou Punt, having taken up his position as Bridge-keeper.

Mr Johv Knox has been Appointed ya'uer by the Hamilton Towa Board. subsidy for not doing so, applies equally to County Councils.

A Valuator U advertised for by the Kirikniroa Highway Board. Applications must be aent iv to-day.

Mr Bttokland's Cambridge Salb, we arc informed, will iv ttuture be held on the last Tuesday in each month.

A Watch Servick will ba held on Sunday night at bt Peteri, Hamilton, when the New Year will be ushered in with the prayers of the deront.

L.O.L — The members of the Soni of Ulster Lodge, LO. L. will meet this evemnp, at tho lodge room, Victoria H»ll, HamilioD.

A He ATT Flmce. — The Warnambool "8 aiJaad ' states that the two-year-old Lincoln cup wmaer this year yielded 301 bs of wool, the result of 364 dajt' growth.

We und >raUnd that; Mr John Moore leisee of the Hamilton Punt has bean appointed toll collector of the Ng*ruawahia Bridge, which duties hi is at present fulfilling. Iktexdins ViartOES to Auckland are reminded that the W.S.N. Compnny'a steamer will not leare the Waikato for

Mercer, as usual on Monday. Saturday kejct it the l*tfc day <oa which tenders for the oonstruct'on of the Pialto and confiscated boundary road will bo received by the vVaitoa Highway Board. Plans and spemficatiom may be ■cen »t Mr Gubbiu's, Papakaioui.

Tiik Post mas ilk, Mr Taylor, informs the public through a* that sketch maps of the North a d South Islands, New Zealand, shewing the Count? bouaJane*, in accordance with the Counties Act, ISV6, may be aeeu at the Post-office, Hamilton West

Crick i»t Match. — On Monday. New Year's U.iy, eleven of tv« Zingan (3 C. Drocenl to N>aruawjln,» to piny the * return match uguinst tho Jocil dub The Zuifjarl ten m will be rather weak owiug to the absence in town of eeferal of their lealing numbers.

Tub Oh te Ckeek near Whatawhata is to h^vo m iubiiuntial bridge at ouue, and tenders for its construction have been called for, and will be received on Saturday doxC by the Chairman of the Newcastle Dmtnct BoarJ, Major Wilaon. PUns and specificali >ns may be seen at the Ddlta Hofcd ou and alter Monday next.

The Pigeon* Matcii. — In another place we give from an Auckland contemporary •he particulars of the firing at Elleralio on Tuesday, the results of which appeared in our Auckland telegrams in oir lust issue. It will be seen that Ihe Wiiikato men citne welt to the front , ascore of 12, we inaj say, being fun average shoot lr.g.

Thb Plague of Beetles. — A Victorian j >urual says :—": — " Tlie terror of the fruiu grower has ainved. On Friday last the unwelcome grcea beetle put in his aupearance — in quantity — at E»»t St Kilda. They tell ino that ho times his visits with unerring regularity. His cycle is four-yearly. He was hero preTiously in 1864, in 156.8, and 1872, and he will probably prore as industrious this year as on pu9t ocousioas.

AufiZARS o* Rates. — It is necessary for tbe sereral Koad Uaarda to q t tlieir rates in during the next month, in order that they may obtain as full subsidies as possible from tka Colonial Grjreminent. It is therefore not surp ising to see snch notices as that of the Hamilton District Board that all rates unpaid to tli3 collector, Mr J X ox, by th- lOtli Jan will bo furthni h sued lor, or that of the Newcastle Board which giTßi to the end of the month for payment of the same.

The Farm inspection under the rules lalely j>ublislied by u=", ne issued by tht Cambridge Farmers Club, will cominenec on We luesday next. Competing members of the Club are noticed to bold them selves in readiness for a visit froJi the judges. Our .Agricultural " dptcial" wil visit the several farms with ibe inspect ing judge* so that we shall be h a position to give our readers some ac count of the proceedings.

Death of a Cow bt lockjaw. — A curious ciao of tetanuslis reported by the "CioSi," where an imported cow, Young Dolly, by Earl of Derby, lately imported by Captain Fraser, died on We lne« Jay of teta us at Mes«ra Monrn'a farm, where •he went to visit Kobin Adair. Thii ib a great loss to the owner and to the stock of the district, as the ani.nal was selected from ih* celebrated herd of Mr Fanthum, of Sparrow Farm, Cliristchurch, and wjlb of high value.

Cattle Impobtatiok PRonißiTrojr — We lately drew attention to the Act paised lait session, '• Ihe Ammil's Importation Prohibition Act," und stated that its provisions would ihortly be brought stringently into operation. This has been done, for we find in the " New Zealand Ghzetto" published on the 16tli nst, an Order in Council prohibiting the importation int> this Colony from any country on the continent of Europe, or from Great Britain and Ireland of any cattle sheep or swine after Ihe 15 u h of April next. The prohibition is to lemain in force f >r two yews from tbat d.ile, un-le-is specially revoked by au new Order in Council.

Mr R. Hobb*, of Polceno, writes us as follows, in acknowledgment of the sum rataed bv the workme « employed by the Waikato Swamp Company : -*' Will you kindly couvey to Mr .Reynold* (the Manager of the Waikato Swamp Company) the sincere tliauka of Mra Leatham, for the very substantial enpresnon of oympathy ot the subset ibers toward* her 111 her great trial. The Post Office Order for £7 10i,(the amount collected by Mr Kcynoldt) liaa duly reached me, and 1 will thank you to acknowledge the same in the columns of the Waikato Times. —I am, dear air, yours truly, Kiciiars Hobbs/"

Evasion of Stamp Act. — The following has been isiued from the head office stamp department for general information : " There being reason to believe that Merchants, Storekeepers, and others frequently render themselves liable to penalties under sectiou 95 of ' The Stamp Act 1875,' owing probably to a misapprehension of th.9 provisions of Section 94, which defines the term 'receipt,' tin public is hereby informed that whenever any acknowledgment (signed or not [ signed) of any sum of two pounds and upwanls is made, whether such acknowledgment bo for cash received or by I contra account, whether for a Bill of Exchange or Promissory Note, or on final settlement of a debt amounting to ; two pounds and upwards, paid by in stalments of sums under two pounds, and whether such acknowledgment take the form of an ordinary receipt, or merely that of an entry in cash bojk, ledger, or other book, or of any other form whatsoever which signifies or imports any such acknowledgment, a stamp of the value of one penny should be affixed and duly cancelled Every person who writes or signs, or causes to be written or signed, any such recei t or acknowledgment, unless the same be duly stamped, is liable to a penalty of ten pounds ; and a like penalty is imposed upon every pereon who refused to give a duly stamped receipt, or who gives a receipt for an amount less than {that paid, or who separates or devidus the amount; paid, with intent to evade the duty."

The Younger Britain. —At the banquet lately gi«-en by the Mayor of Melbourne, bir Hercules Eobinsoa, the Governor of few South Wales, said :—: — " Some day, doubtless, the desire will j grow up between these adjoining colonies for joint action upon matters of continental concern, and when that is brought about these Anglo Saxon communities in Australia) will assuredly |o:cupy a proud position in the world — (cheers) —and will be enabled unitedly to advance not only the progress of civilization, but also the development of the youoger Britain which is now so rapiily growing into maturity in these eeas, (Loud cbecrs.) As I stood the other day upan the boundary between New South Wales and Victoria I could not help thinking how preposterous it was that communities so thoroughly homogeneous should be separated by such an arbitrary line of demarcation. (Cheers./) fho barrier reminded me ol the wall which separated the classical lovers Pyranius and Thisbe, whose love passages could ouly be oarried on through a hole — which in this instance is represented by the Custom- bouse. (Laughter.) A person by whom I was accompanied, | and to whom 1 am often iudebted for a bappy inspiration, suggested what a pity it wai such an un- | nat'iral obsticle between loving hearts cculd not be dealt with|at|J. bn dia't with his bolhtor, though probably most of yon bxvj heard Ihe old atory. John deolared that it was too safe while Joan avowed

that it was too hard, un il they (juau -lied over the matter nil day, and at length they agreed to put it hetwpen them when they went to bed at night (Laughter.) 4fter.lymgsome li'tle time i,i sully silence, John gave a violent sneeze, ' God blest you, Joha,' says Joan across the bolster. (Laughter,) "Did you «»y < God bie«B you ? ' " sayi John, ■ Then here goes the bolster." {Loud laughter.) I feel assu'cd that whenever Victoria snesz i, New South Wales will be> ready to say, 'Goa blest you,' and then perhaps we naiy some d»y do without the bolster which now ** pirates tin two colo lies, and coubiga it summarily to to the doom which sooner or later must await *uch an nnatural arrangement. (Chrera.)" Unite© Oedbk of Frke Templars — The " Morning Star Lodge" ot the above order vrna instituted on Saturday etenmg, 2.3rd inst, by Bro J G Jackson, inatitutmz officer and Degree President. la SDite of the inclemency of the weather, ele»en candiilatea w.-ie initiated. This is the first Lodge of Free Templars opened in the Waiktito. 'I lie Lodge at present numbers 21 members, nnd there are 7 candidates for admission on. the next lodge inpUt. A Steanoe RKQUF.ST.-On yesterday the 29ih an indivnlwal caded Robert William Birmingham preBenteted an appe.irinceat the Com t House, Hamil on, and requested -tint he might betaken into custody, and pi ict"d under rea'raint for a lew days in the home of the unruly, alleging as liia leason for the particular favour requested that excess of devotion during the Chri-tmaa festivals at the shrine of Bachus so disturbed his mental equi ibrium (hit in his opinion the only means of restoring him to his former self. The request of course was complied with.

First Meeting of Councils .—Very little time, we preaume, wi 1 be a"owed to elapse bpfo r e the newly elected County Councilors are summoned to the first meeting of .the Councils. Tbe Dunedin papers state that the 4th of January will be the day fixed for the purpose in that part of the c >lony, and certunly thei^e ia no lime to los*, for tbe Ca use of the Rating Act, which oblige* Kon-d Boa ds to ap oint valuers and make a valaation li*g t>y the 15 h of January, on forfeiture of all claim to subsidy for n*' doing so, applies equally to County Councils.

New Yeahs Sports. — Should the weather prove as fine, the Waiknto bolytUy seekers will donbtleis enjoy themselves fully as much on Monday as they did on Tueiday last-. At «ny rate, as ample a bill of fare is provided. There » a full programme of hor«e racing, with some athletic sport* at Cambridge, »nd a long list of the latter to come off at Aleiandra. At Ngaruawahia, the first steamer built in Waikato water*, will be launched by the Waikato b N. Compay, and the steamer Waikato will make «n excursion from Hamilton for Taupari, callint;at Ngaruawahia in time for the launch, affording a capital opportunity for the getting up of pic nic parties and a sub cription ball will take pLea in the N^aruaw«hia School m the evening The Good Templars, too, of Hamilton, we see, intend holding a pic-nic.

This Coitagb of Content Hotel, Victoria and Hobaon Streets, Auckland, W. B. Langbridsb, Proprietor, baring been Enlarged and Lnpmve.l, a(ForJ« unequalled Accommodation, und will be found a Really, Well-appointed, Firstclass ffotel. — [Advt ] Our fellow-settlera will aoon be visiting

Auckland and we advise them, before miking any purchases, to walk intJ the City Hall Vrcade. Tin* is an e»tab!iihinent coniucied after the Londou style. By buying there you can procure all you require in the way of Clothing and Furniture. The goods are carefully packed and despatched wiihout trouble to tbe purchaser. We see there the greatest display of goods in Auckland. 'Furniture f>r tue Drawing, Dintns;, Bedroom, and Kitchen ; Carpets, in immense va> iety, from 8d to 7a Od per yard ; Floor Clothe, all widths.; Bei.hn<> of every description, and Uph ilstery work. Holloway anlGarlick lnve secured the servici'S of Mr X Cranwell to superintend the furnishing department, and his long experience ia a guarantee for good work. A nicelv-anorted stock of Men* and Boys' Clothing, the latest fushions in Drapery and Millinery Grooda, Baby Ware and Underclothing. The proprietors sell at low prices to command a Cash Tba.de. G-o to Hollo .ray an) Grarli.-k's City Hall Drapery and Furniture Arcade (show rooms 106 feet long), Queen-streot, Auckland — [Advt.]

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PUBLIC OPENING OF THE NGARUAWAHIA RAILWAY BRIDGE. Waikato Times, Volume X, Issue 708, 30 December 1876

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