OUR COUNTRY SERVICE.
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[Fsom Our Correspondents.! ;
A Wild Mas'.-j_Xho nmR-Delnienico I'olluto, remanded for inquiry as to his sanity, was brought before the- mayor (Cr. T. Elliott) and
Mr. E. -D. Williams, J.P. Mounted-constable",* Nonmus gave evidence as to the accused going • about the Fryers district quite naked, and liv
ing on grass. A cousin of accused, -who had * come from Walhalla, promised to look after '• him, and Polluto was handed over to his caro . >
: Luxacy.—Andrew O'Halloran, who had been ■ Very eccentric at Fryerstown, and who wound , up his eccentricities by trying to set fire to a . haystack to boil his bill}-, was remanded for •. a'week for medical inquiry. -
. | : ." ECHU'CA, -I'm day. i
The Murray.' Bridge.—The work of re- "r decking this bridge will probably be commenced ■' about the firat week in December.
The Customs.—Mr.^M'Glinchy, one of .'the .; Echuca Customs officers,-is about to leave for, , Melbourne, to which place he has been traua- ..
: Stock'.Ciiossisus.—The following stock en- , tered -Victoria from New South Wales; via ' Echuca to-day:—3,033 sheep, Messrs-iRiifchie, = " St. Andrew's," and L. Bell, " Ality^'^'near
Booligal, owners, consigned to Trenchard and - Co., Sunbury.
Marriage. - A wedding took place at the Roman Catholic Church, Rochester, on Wed- nesdat, the contracting parties being Miss Nanno Hanley, of Rochester, and Mr. Jas. Smith, of Elmore. The Rev. T. Mulqueen officiated. The bride was handsomely dressed in blue shot lustre, trimmed with silk, shot straw hat. Miss Lizzie Hanley, the bridesmaid,
looked nice the white spot muslin. Mr. Thomas Fitzgerald was the best man. . Agricultural.—It is early to correctly'c'sti- ' mate the probable yield of the wheat crops in j this district, but from present appearances the" average should be for wheat from. four to five bags per acre.
Horse Sale.—.Messrs. Alf. E. Wallis and . Co. held their first horse sale in the Elmore ; yards this afternoon, about 50 head being for-"; ward. The attendance was fair, but there was an absence of draughts. Draughts commanded
good prices and sold to £20; medium, £9 to J £13; Indian retnonnts. £10,,: hacks, to £3. -__i ; HUNTLY, Friday.
i Tub Hehir.. Fund.— The final . meeting of. the Hehir fund committee was held in the
Camp hotel last evening, when, with the exeep— tion of two, thelistswerchandedin,showingsub-,-; scriptions'to date, as per-advertisement, to be'... 1'24 10s, of which Mrs. Hehir has received £S 2s. . It was resolved, on the motion of ill-.' Haydon, ■ seconded by Mr. Bourke, that she be paid £1
per fortnight. Messrs. Cail and Willis were. - deputed to see that the money was . paid, and ; that should circumstances demand they should
j KANGAROO FLAT, Friday.'
| Ax Unknown Suicide.—The remains of the' young man who committed suicide by hanging • himself at the Big Hill on Wednesday,' were-' interred in the Kangaroo Flat Cemetery- :yes-'- ' terday. Nothing further lias transpired a§; to^ who he.is,.Qr wliere_liC-came from ' His rlntiifY are at the local police station awaiting identifi
cation.' ■ , • • '-k : v ;; KERANG, Thursday.
| I.OJR.i^iTestferday. J the.anniversary,.. of_':£he Mattliew Burnett Tent was celebrated by a con cert in the Mechanics' Institute. The chair was occupied by Bro. Fredk. Punch, C.R., and a good programme was provided. Bro.; S.
Manger," I>.S>.R., delivered an impressi-e-ad-.,
dress, in which he strongly advocated .the cause' 6f total abstinence; .j-Ambng- the.Yocalists'was
Mr. W. W. "Watts; (jf'Rendig'o. '"JH^^,rilliara- .
so'nw'as'ari'effitiehta'ccompanist^''V % .*' 2
■; ROCHESTER.'Frid.UV.'j Cricket.—A meeting of the' Rochester
' tries. Association -was, h.d<J- last -evening at -.tHc
Commercial hotel. Mr. M. M'Corujock.: pre-a sided, and delegates, from the following clubs
were present :—Rochester, Timmering, Teqny- <: •son District, Union .and Rochester:imperials.
Cpiie rules were adcSp£ed/ancf it' wa?\3fccided to commence the competition on -lf)th • January. Applications' for - permits for players- nan hn
made until 12tho January, on which date- the^, draw will.take placed- : •' - ■ v ^
; Fancy F.uiC—OirWednesday afternoon and evening a highly successful carnival aad. faijKjy i. fair, inaugurated by the local branch of the,
Ministering. J2Mklren.'s-._Lcaguc,-took placc. ini the Shire Sail in aid of the children's hospital.
The hall and stage were tastefully decorated..
The.main stall was laden with fancy work, andi was under the charge of the elder children of -' the- league. The Japanese tea stall was-a."J prominent feature, as the attendants—
Misses A. Webb, L. Williamson ■ and 'J y.Cruickshank—.were dressed . iu Japanese costumes, and did a thriving business, a large "Christmas tree added to the enjoyment
of the juveniles, and the!caretakers (Misses:,; Stribley and Spencer) were kept fully occupied.
Miss Calder, the organising secretary of the— M. C. League, opened the carnival, and in the evening she gave a short address on the objects of the league. In the evening the following programme was contributed by the league children:—Pianoforte duet, Minnie Gray and Ally Webb ; chorus, League children; tableau,
The Garden-Party; -duet—(•piarrofbrte)r~Mary" Gravell and Lily Williamson Chorus, "League children ; tableau, " Dis is'Wot I GrowedOn;" pianoforte duet, May—Mpscomb and Ruby CresswelL; chorus', Xeagu'e children-; tableau," " Where arc i you:. Going, MyrPretty
ehorus, League children ; tableau,1 " Christmas Carols;" duet, R. Cresswell and H. Ferber ;
tableau, " The . Old Woman who ., Lived1! in a Shoe;" Chorus, League children ; lliss Chappel acted as accompanist in her usual
efficient manner, and Mr. E. R.- Ferber dis-^ charged the duties of conductor. " 'Miss"<2on'nell arranged the1 different tableaux..'£«a the pleas
ing manner in which, they were produced, re.,, fleeted the greatest ,credit oil that lady. "'The president (Mrs. Ghent) .and secretary (Miss Everett) of the league were untiring in their efforts, and they are to'be congratulated on the great success of the carnival.' • ■ -' j . •: ■
Bcsu Fire-.—Yesterday .:'.; fire broke out in a paddock at Jarklan belonging to'Mr. Hardy, J.P. The fire was first discovered by a neigh
boring farmer, but before the flames could'be'' checked theSiS'iprbafPiaTb Jrgsfl'dask of the Serpentine 'Estate, with the result that Mr.
Hardy had about 40 acres of grass and 25chains, of fencing burnt, and about, -200 acres of grass
were destroyed oh the.Serpcntine Estate. ' The., origin of the fire is unknown. . .:. ,