Christchurch, Oct. 17.
Dr Hutton, Director of the Dunedin Museum, has been offered the post of Professor of Biology to the Canterbury College at a salary of £‘7oo a year. It is expected that he will accept it. It has been decided to keep the Lyttelton Regatta going on as usual. In consequence of the apparent apathy of the Port people in the matter, it was proposed to drop it this year; but the threat revived the energies of the residents, and a programme Iras been drawn up, containing £205 of prizes, besides two cups. More rowing races have been introduced this year than usual. Mr Aliwright, M.HR., requests the “ Star” this evening to give the fullest contradiction to the statement in the Dunedin and Auckland press that he is wavering in his allegiance to the Opposi tion.
Up to this morning 64 licenses had been taken out for trout fishing. The total number taken out during the whole of last season was 81. During the present hatching season the council of the Acclimatisation Society have distributed 14,625 young trout, and there yet remains about 15,000 for distribution. A meeting of the unemployed was held in Cathedral Square at ten o'clock this morning. Of the legitimately unemployed there was a very thin attendance, and the speakers devoted themselves almost exclusively to the political situation—John Leo asking for, and obtaining, three cheers for* the Liberals.
Yesterday was the opening day of the present trout-lishing season. There was no large Ash caught during the day, and the heaviest fish killed was 311>. The fish up to vlb. are in fair condition, but the larger ones are rather poor. A great number of anglers visited the Gust, but as that river was in flood, the sport was very tame. The most successful flies during the day were the black hackle and grey fly-
A petition from the coachbuilders and wheelwrights of Christchurch, entreating for an increase of duty on articles of their trade, was forwarded to-day to Sir Geo. Grey, as senior member for Christchurch, by Mr \V. W. Charters, Iron. secretary to the association for upholding and encouraging native industries. The letter from the association which accompanies the petition thanks tSir George Grey, as Premier of the late Government, lor his promptitude in bringing the object advocated by them before tiio House, as laid down in the Governor’s speech. The committee of the association observed that it was proposed therein to appoiant
select committee to enquire into the above matter, but they were of opinion that a Royal Commission would attain more useful results, as that body would visit all parts of the colony and examine the various manufactories and their capabilities.
Greyhouth, Oct 17.
An indignation meeting was held at Rrunnerton yesterday, to protest against the reduction of wages from 10s to 0s per day, on the Stillwater contract, Amborley and Brnnnei'ton Railway. The meeting was unanimous against the reduction. The coal miners joined in the verdict, as it affected them. The meeting declared there were plenty idle men in the district, and cautioned any one agreeing to the reduction.
Timaru, Oct. 17.
An attempt to upset the evening passenger train from the South was made at Normanby Station on Wednesday evening, by placing a heavy log, backed np with stones, across the line. The obstruction, fortunately, was discovered by a waiting passenger before the train arrived. A man has been arrested on suspicion. Arrived—Maori, s.s., from Dunedin.
Sailed—Oreti, s.s., for Lyttelton, and Wellington ; Maori, s.s. for Dunedin. Cleared Renfrewshire, barque, for London, with 13,590 sacks wheat. She is the tenth direct vessel this season. Later.
An inquest was held to-day on the body of a child named John Symonds, about 10years of ago. The jury found that the boy’s death was caused by interna! disease, accelaratcd by cruelty, exposure, and neglect on the part of his father, Frederick Symonds. To the verdict was added the following rider The jury desire to bring under the notice of the Minister of Justice the necessity for more strict supervision by the police of children ill-treated and neglected by their parents and guardians. The coroner undertook to forward the rider to the Minister, and committed deceased’s father to take his trial for manslaughter at the next sitting of the Supreme Court at Timaru. Sailed—Clematis.
Arrived—s. s. Murray from northern ports. Captain Conway reports Hokitika Bar has not been in such good working condition for the past seven years as at present
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