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* f ARMIDALE, THURSDAY;
"\ TSXètisTif. Forsyth and Melville addressod a meeting at the
.Town Hall to-night in favonr of protection. They pro - oeeded to Uralla to-day.
' The missing Sydney mail bag was found by tho mail ,\driver on the road, on his return journey to Binalong, where
it had droppod from the coach in the morning!
1 At tho annual meeting of tho Burrowa Jockey Club, the .'Hon. J. N. Ryan was again elected president, and Mr. F. W. Hume and Mr. C. L. Huino vico-prosidonts. A liberal programme of races has boon issued for February 17 anaÍ8Í '
; \ - ' CARCOAR, THURSDAY.
At the'Convont of Mercy school yesterday the annual .'concert and exhibition of, fancy work at the breaking up lior tho holidays wore held. Thoro was a largo attendance
; on. the occasion and much interest was displayed in the 'work! Tho prizes woro presented by tho Ito v. Mr. Horan. ''. Tlio weather is fino and warm. Haymaking is in full
The Grafton Grammar School distribution of prizes took placo in the schoolroom -yesterday afternoon, Mr. A. Ii. M'Dougall presiding. Tho principal, Mr. J. A. M'Intosh, ?read tho ropórt, which stated that during the last hino yost's GO candidates had been sent up, of whom fiG had passed, or equal to 93J per cent. Tho boys subsequently mado a presentation to Mr. M'Intosh and his assistant, Mr.
An inquiry was to havo been hold at tho hospital to-day re tho non-iidmission of a patient named Arkey. Somo timo ago tho doctor refused to admit him. Tho man having been a member of au Oddfellows' lodgo, tho case waa taken tip hy them. A special meeting of the hospital committoo was convened, and 13 members of tho committee. wera présent, Mr. II. Maurice in tho chair. Ncarlv two L'ours woro wasted iu discussing' tho modo of conducting tho inquiry and ns to what complaints should bo gone into. On tho motion that tho man bo called and that the inquirv bo limited to tho ? question whother ho was under ' the intluoneo of
.drink or not, strong amendments wcro submitted, somo hoing negatived and others ruled out of order. During "this tiino tho chairman's niling was questioned, and a votè of tho meeting takon thereon, which sustained tho docision by 7 to 4 votes. Tho discussion at times threatened to wax warm, but would then cool down ; and ultimately a resolu- tion was curried, tho result being intimated to tho secretary of tho Oddfellows' lodgo, who said that ho do clincd to go on, and would leave tho matter with tho man tb decido what 'steps should bo takon. Tho committee thon
adjourned. ? . - ?
Portions of land situated nt Yamba, advertised for salo ou Wednesday next, tho advertisements, having appeared in tho local papers till recently, aro found to havo hoon Withdrawn some timo ago.
Tho Board of Technical Education examination is hoing hold in tho School of Arts hero. Three candidates carno np for tho subject of chemiatrv, and five for physics.
Mr Anderson, geological surveyor, is at present making a tour amongst the hydraulic sluicing claims here, and to- day secured some excellent specimens of cement from the Kiandra Gold-mining Company's claim, and also specimens of petrified wood and the impress of leaves on sandstone. These are to be added to the collection in the Geological Museum, Department of Mines. Before he leaves the district he will visit the workings at the Empress claim at the Nine-mile, and also at the Fifteen-mile, and report on the same to the Department of Mines.
The gates, booths, &c., for the Wallsend Christmas races were sold by auction yesterday and realised £560 10s.
The weather is intensely hot.
John Gee, 33 years of age, a resident of Wickham, died suddenly to-day. An inquiry is to be held. The deceased was employed at Morison Bearby's foundry as a carpenter, and was greatly respected. He was apparently in the best of health at the time of his death. He leaves a wife and two children.
WAGGA WAGGA, THURSDAY.
A thunderstorm, which had apparently passed over,
recommenced at 8 o'clock with greater intensity. The lightning is very vivid, and at 9 o'clock it was still raining heavily.