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Thursday 30 January 1890, The Maitland Mercury & Hunter River General Advertiser

PROTECTIONIST GATHERING.-The visit of Messrs. Barton, Lyne, and Traill last week gave the protectionists another opportunity of furthering their cause in this electorate, and the public meeting was largely attended by all classes of the community. The speeches were attentively listened to, and the party consider they have had their cause strengthened by the visit of those hon. gentlemen, and there can be no doubt about the determined attempt that will be made at the next election to return two protectionists for this electorate.

FREETRADE MEETING. – Another attempt is being made to bring the freetraders together, and a successful meeting was held on Saturday night, when a branch association was formed.

THE APPROACHING SHOW.-The show, which is to be held on the 26th, 27th, and 28th February, gives promise of being a success. The season is a good one, and as the Society continues to make improvements on the ground for the accommodation of exhibitors, a large entry is anticipated. Entries close on the 12th February, but late entries will be received up to the Monday previous to the opening of the exhibition at an extra charge of 10 per cent for entering.

FATAL MINING ACCIDENT.-I regret to record a fatal accident, which befel Mr. Hugh Mackay, an old resident of the district. He was working a mine at Melrose, when a fall of earth occurred, seriously injuring the unfortunate fellow. He was brought into Armidale, and taken to the hospital, where he received every attention, but succumbed to the injuries on Friday night. The funeral, on Saturday, was largely attended. Deceased leaves a wife and large family, in not very good circumstances.

THE CROPS, &c.-Threshing is being proceeded with in the vicinity of Armidale, and although some of the crops are giving fairly good yields, in most cases the wheat is pinched through the rust. Hay is selling cheaply, viz., from 30s to 50s per ton. The late heavy rains destroyed a considerable amount of wheat up Guyra and Ben Lomond way, and also damaged the potato crop. Grass is plentiful, and stock are in good request.

RIFLE SHOOTING.-A match was fired on Saturday, between the Armidale and Uralla Rifle Reserve Companies, resulting in a win for Uralla by 27 points.

ANNIVERSARY DAY.-The town is quiet to-day. Some picnic parties have gone to the country, and athletic sports are being held on the show ground. The weather is everything that could be desired.

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