TOWN AND COUNTRY NEWS.
Lyttelton Times, Rōrahi XVII, Putanga 976, 19 Poutūterangi 1862, Page 4
TOWN AND COUNTRY NEWS.
On Monday evening a proclamation was issued by order of his honor the Superintendent inviting the inhabitants of the province to evince their sympathy with the bereavement of the Queen by abstaining from all business on the following day. In consequence of this announcement Tuesday was observed in Lyttelton and Christchurch as a close day of mourning. The church bells tolled at intervals during the day, the stores and shops being closed, while in Port the flags on shore and shipping were hoisted half-mast high. With very few exceptions business was entirely suspended. A ' Gazette' of the 7th instant, contains a proclamation for the dissolution of the Provincial Council of Canterbury. The same Gazette also contains an order appointing Timaru a port for the importation of tobacco. The whole of the ordinances passed during the last session of the Provincial Council have received the Governors assent. Mr. Alex. Rose, Timaru, and ltobt. Greaves, Esq., Akaroa, are appointed licensing officers under the provisions of the Arms Act, 1860. Charles Christopher Boweri, Esq., of Christchurch, has been appointed a Justice of the Peace for the colony. .-.1. We understand that the writs for a now election are in the hands of the Returning Officer, and that the election of the Superintendent will take place about three weeks hence; to be followed immediately by the elections of members of the Provincial Council for the various districts. ' '. The sad intelligence of the demise of the Prince Consort was received in Christehurch with unfeigned sorrow, which was but faintly expressed by the minute bell tolled throughout, the day on Monday. By request of the "Superintendent of the province, and of the /Municipal Council, all places of business 1 were closed in the city on Tuesday, and silence, j
aided by the gloom of a clouded sky, f iirnisliod Pi inuto and mournful expression of the regret felt f WU the loss of one who had filled a worthy nositi^ Pi worthily, and of sympathy with a woman beriS Hi and a Queen afflicted. 'l |»|| j The Christchurch Band of Hope Society hr-lii , X 1 meeting on Monday evening, in the Town Hal] -_ t l» i Eowley in the chair. Numerous addresses were A■ wk livered, and several temperance melodies were sunT kI accompanied by a gentleman on the violin At th' E§ close of the proceedings, a large number of'the invJ. EN niles, with the consent of their parents, were enrolled W> as members of the Society. The attendance »,, 111 very numerous, and promised well for the success r,f H» this praiseworthy movement. Kjp In a few days there will issue from the press a col H? lection of local songs, from the pen of Mr C j M'ir Hi tin, interspersed with a few lyrics by other writer," HF The author has been induced to undertake the risk HP of publishing the work by the earnest entreaties nf W& his partial friends, who are therefore bound to sun Ws port him in his undertaking. We are glad to say In that from the numerous list of subscribers we have 18 seen, there is every probability of Mr. Martin beins ffil remunerated for his enterprise. The work is to be H illustrated by a portrait of the author. JH By an order from Auckland the remaining term HI of imprisonment has been remitted in the following wM instances of prisoners undergoing sentence in Lyt Wsk telton gaol:—James Smith, alias John Ashworth* W& convicted of larceny, and sentenced to 12 months' wB. imprisonment; Westby Hawkshaw Percival con- H victed of assault, and sentenced to 12 months' im- ■! prisonment; Bartholomew Hayden, convicted »Bsi embezzlement, and sentenced to nine months' in - fll prisonment; Michael Doody, convicted of horse- kI stealing, and sentenced to 18 months' imprisonment" W The above having undergone two thirds of their 61 term of imprisonment, and having conducted them- eH selves well during the time, were pardoned and n released according to the terms of the Act. Eg
The report that Williams' Hotel, Timaru was burnt to the ground has proved correct. We hear that there is strong suspicion that the fire was the act of an incendiary, and that an individual has been remanded for examination before the Magistrates on the charge of having set fire to the premises. The difficulty which exists in getting any reliable information from Timaru prevents us giving the full particulars.