A Hio Whale.— A dead whale, 30ft. in lengthjhas been stranded at Kirkcaldy, Scotland, having been killed, in is supposed, by a steamer. The Opera— H. M. S. Pinafore, —Ashburton may live on in blissful ignorance of the enjoyment of which some of the best creatures of the present day dramatists are so full, were it not that now and again a wandering star comes our way and gives, under many disadvantages, an earnest of what may be expected when the drama or the opera is produced on a well appointed stage with all things fitting. To Mr. D’Orsay Ogden and his company we are to be indebted for a production of the comic opera H.M.S. Pinafore, a piece that has been the rage everywhere for many months. It has taken England, America, and Australia by the ears, and in our colony wherever it has been performed it lias 11 fetched ” the audience. The “ Doctor of Alcantra," as played in Ashburton the week before last, ought to be a sufficient guarantee to those who saw it that “ Pinafore ” will get a fair handling, and judging from the reception D'Orsay Ogden’s company met with, we should fancy a hearty one awaits them again on Wednesday evening when they produce the new piece. It is worth of reutarK to that they play “ Pinafore ” with a threat regarding copyright hanging over them, but notwithstanding they have the pluck o proceed.
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