Parliament. —Parliament is further prorogued till the 22nd April. The Oajiaru Fire. —lt is feared that a man, whose name is not known, lost his life by the fire at Oamaru on Wednesday. The San Francisco Maim.— Mails for the United Kingdom &c., via San Francisco, will close at the Ashburton postoffice on Saturday next at 10.20 a. m. The School Staff. —Miss Jane Gooden a young lady not long. out from Home has been added to the staff of the Ashburton school as a pupil teacher. The Ranoitata. —Yesterday afternoon one of Mr. John Grigg’s threshing engines, while crossing the Lower ferry of the Rangitata got into difficulties ; and the axles were broken. When the 7 p.m. train crossed over the railway bridge, the engine was still in the river. The Copyright Act. — Legal proceedings have been commenced at Wellington against the Invercargill Garrick Club for the unlicensed representation of “ Hunting a Turtle ” on Monday night last. This is the first case brought under the Copyright Act of last session. C.Y. C.—The Government having appointed a drill instructor to this corps, Lieutenant Slater has withdrawn his resignation, and will inspect the Ashburton Contingent on Wednesday next, the 4th February, at Gp. m. It is to be hoped that all members will muster at Tattersail’s punctually. The parade will be mounted. In all probability the C.Y. Cavalry will be the only mounted corps at the Easter Review, when it is expected that they will have to take a prominent part. The six days’ training of this corps will commence on the Wednesday before Easter, the 24th March,
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