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An extraordinarily heavy hailstorm occurred yesterday afternoon, the lulls being as white as if there hud been a snowstorm
A nasty accident happened to a young man named John Kinghorn, son of a loci! farmer, yesterdaj evening Whilst out shooting rabbits the barrel ot the gun burst, cnustngaii ugly wound on the voung tellows lett hand The whole ot the llesh to the bone below the thumb was carried away Only a lew days ngo, whilst riding into Hamilton with the local detachment ot Mounted lillies on dut], the young mun Hustaiued a severe injury to his leg through one ni the horses lashing out with its heels, in consequence ot which he was unable to proceed to Melbourne for strike
Vertodicallj during the past six months the rabbit inspector (Mr, A Weir) has found it necessarv to emorce the Vermin Destruction Act by prosecuting landholders who re iuaeto complj with its conditions Yesterdny two brothers, Nich jins and Tnlitis Biscboil, who reside at Swanpool, were proceeded ngamat and ni each lust ince a. Inn' ol £3, with ¿T 10s costs w10 imposed The inspector stated that the rnbbus were verj numerous, so much so ttiat at the months ot some ot the burrows three und four cnrt loads r f snnd had been unearthed, mid that the détendants paddocks were alive with the peat \\ hile in several cnses prosecutions have lind to be taken, on the whole the work of de struction during the present j car has been auch iib to more than satisfy the inspector During Hie week large quantities ot wire netting have been passing through the town dnily cn i ante for the inlested localities, and there seems n prettj general desire amongst; farmers and gru/tera »ho ure atiAtrcrs by the pest to do their utmost to suppress it. 'ihej ure all agreed that the netting is the onls means bj which their interests can he pieservid
On Wodnesdo) ne"t u celebration will lake place in n turn to Mr John \ Wallace M I, C , and in honour of the opening of the memorial ward or the Ovens Benevolent Asylum-a substantial brick structure capable of accommodating JO inmates, built mid furnished by the lion gentleman who has in uddition endowed it with a sum of 4.1000 Mrn Keogh and Mrs P B Wallace (widow ni the late member tor Penumbra) have nina contributed ¿oO each to 'he object
The day lins been proclaimed a public and bank holiday In the morning the memorial ward will be opened, preceded b) u procce sion of membeis of the various friendly societies, the Ure brigade, the brass band und the Chinese An invitation lind been Bent to Ilia Lxcellcncv the Governor, but prior engagements precluded its acceptance it is, however, .expected that the Ministry will be represented nu the occasion probably bv Mr Patterson The native bom residents nt the Ovens are to show thciresteem for Mr Wallace und their appreciation of his many public services by presenting him with an illuminated address and life sized portrait of himself, there being some 400 subscribers to the testimonial lu the afternoon Mr Wal lace will he banqueted in u apecinll) con Btructcd building iidjoininr the town hall, in
which at ni-ht u ball is to be held j
1 mal arrangements for the opening ot the railway to Bright are now being completed A special train conveyin. visitors mid merni frs of Parliament will arrive at hull
past J o clod, when ii banquet m their Honour will be Liven b) the shire council I he citizens ot the district have arranged to t.ivi. a treat to tile children and ii ¿rand pyrotceh mc display in the evening in honour of the event Banquet ticl ets winch cover the cost of the railway trip may be obtained from Messrs 1 hos Cook and Sons for one cuinen. I here is .rent disatlsfuctioti at the way the nivit mons to tho banquet have been issued All the loen! public men have been ignored, nul outsiders only invited
GAI I NLY b CULI K Wednehdat
A sad case of death by drowning is reported from Wunda Punt A live )cnr old son of Mr lames Evans was accidentally drowned on Saturday m the branch of the Goulburn Uiver which runs through that township Ihe body was not found till )caterdti) when it was discovered nearly a mile tram the spot when) the little fellow 19 supposed to have
Tho lujuries caused by yesterday s railway accident were not as serious as was nt lirst tbou.ht Those who were injured left Koroit to du) Mrs btyne, who is advanced m years, was taken home to Woolsthorpe, mid, though she is suffering severely from Bhoclt, fatal results are not anticipated
A meeting of shareholders in the recently formed Sale Steamboat Company was held hist night There was a lurce attendance, and the tollowinc directors were appointed
-Messrs line.nn (mayor of Sale) Burton, Bowen, Wv ntl and Cullinan Hie company was formed tor the purpose of running ex cursiuns to the Gippsland Like.
The man O'Mearn, charged with the bwan Hill murder, is supposed to be identical with a man who was in Stawell in April, ISSN, when he victimised several local tradesmen hy means of valueless and forged cheques. Trom Mr M'Gibbonv, wntchmnker, he obtained a watch for £7 10a , tendering in payment a cheque, which was accepted, but subsequently lound tobe valueless 'Ibis watch was found in O Meara's possession when he was arrested tor the murder, the article being traced by means of the descrip tion and numbpr in the Police Gazette O Meara, who went under the name of Morgan when in this district, also obtained iiptirly íU worth of drupery trom a local draper hy similar means Detective Hayes his the matter in hand, and the charges mil be entered against the prisoner forthwith
ST. ARNAUD, 1 mdav.
A pimful feeling was caused this mottling by the news ot the death of Mr. James Alalcolm, J 1', ex president of the Kara Kura mid St Arnaud shire councils, nnd one orthp oldest and most respected residents of the district Mr. Malcolm lins been prominently associated with almost every local public bony and movement for over .10 verne. He was managing director of the milling firm ot James Malcolm and Co. Limited, and was unversally regarded as i mun ot great business ubilttj, tis well as a kind and generous gentlemen to nil with whom he came in contact lie leaves n widow and fumtl).