Hops —The Nelson hop crop is reported as abundant, and the quality good. Dog Collars. —Owners of dogs will notice by an advertisement in another column that the various Registrars of dogs have been gazetted, and it will be necessary for all who own “ curs of high or low degree,” to at once pay the 10s. per head on them or go before the R. M., as we understand the police have received strict instructions to Hunt np all the animals not having a license to wander at large.
South II a kata School Committee.— A special meeting of the South Rakaia School Committee was held on Tuesday evening last. Present Mr. C. Tucker (Chairman), Wm. Cox, and G. Shellock. The Chairman read a circular from the Board of Education, giving the names of the gentlemen who had been nominated to fill the vacancies on the Board, caused by the retirement of throe of its members. On the motion of Mr. Cox, seconded by Mr. Shellock, it was resolved “ That the South Kakaia School Committee support the election of Messrs Saunders, Tancred, and Webb.” The Committee then adjourned to Tuesday, March 2nd. A Trade Picnic. —Wo hear that a publican’s employees’ picnic is to take place on Monday next. It is intended to include all grades of those who are engaged in the'licensed victuallers’ business, from the propiietor down to the scullery boy, and the inevitable barmaid will of course be a prominent feature in the arrangement. Longboach is to be the scene of the festive operations, and as the subscription list has been handsomely filled up by the trade with contributions varying from L 3 3s. down to a pint of colonial, we expect to have a good record of the day’s proceedings, which is to wind up with a ball for those able afterwards to take part in a set of quadrilles. A Stolen Steed. —On Friday night last the horse which is used by the telegraph linesman went missing, and the head-stall by which he was tethered was discovered to have been cut. No trace was found of the missing animal till last night, when Mr. Lindsay brought him back, having found him in Mr. M'Louglilin’s paddock, Upper Ashburton, with a new saddle and bridle on. It might have been possible for the horse to get away without assistance, but the hypothesis that he took French leave of somebody else’s bridle and saddle cannot be entertained for one moment, and there is therefore a strong presumption that there was assistance rendered by human hands to the telegraphic steed. The saddle and bridle have been handed over to the police, and anyone who has missed such articles can inspect them at the lockup.
The Old Men's Home.—The master of the Homo acknowledges the receipt of a box containing clothing, boots, &c., and thanks the unknown giver. Smuggling. —Two men were fined on Tuesday L 25 by the Auckland R M., for smuggling ashore from the Fcrnglen a box of tea on which no duty had been paid. Ciiiniquy.— The old Pastor was enthusiastically received at Timaru on Tuesday. The Orangemen gave him an address of welcome, and escorted him from the train to the Presbyterian parsonage. In the evening he lectured to a great crowd in the Presbyterian Church. He is the guest of the Rev. W. Gillies. Seafeld Christmas Tea Meeting.— In answer to inquiries for information we learn that the financial results of the Seafield Wesleyan tea meeting last Christmas stand as follows :—Sunday collections, 19s. Bd.; tickets (in part), Ll2 Is. Gd.; donation, 11s.; sale of food, 45.; total, Ll 3 IGs. 2d.; expenses of tea, B 6 75.; balance for church purposes, L 7 9s. 2d, Some tickets are yet to be accounted for.
Special Settlement for Colonists. An Auckland telegram says ; A new feature has been introduced in land settlement by Captain Colbeck, namely a special settlement for colonists exclusively. His first intention was to settle two adjoining blocks belonging to him from England, but as inquiries were made for land here, Captain Colbeck was persuaded to try the experiment of forming a special settlement locally. Already 5000 acres have been applied for. 1.0.G.T. —The usual weekly meeting of the Dawn of Peace Lodge was held on Monday. The lodge was opened in usual manner by Bro. Poyntz, W.C.T. Some routine business was transacted. The W.C.T. informed the the lodge of the order of procession arranged to take place on Monday, the 23rd, on the occasion of Dr. Roseby, G.W.C.T., visiting Ashbur ton. Dr. Roseby would address the Templars at 6.30 on the evening of the 23rd in the Templar Hall. Rechaihtes. —The annual meeting of the Hew Zealand Central District I. O.R. was opened in Christchurch on Tuesday. Over 30 officers and tent representatives were present, the D.C.R. being Mr. R. Coupland Harding, of Napier. A falling off in the membership to a slight extent was reported, owing to the recent depression in trade, but there was a solid increase in the Order’s funds notwithstanding. A tea meeting was held in the evening.
Native Affairs. —A telegram from Opunake of Tuesday’s date says : —The Roytil Commissioners who were at Oeo on Saturday, sent a Maori known as Napoleon, a son-in-law of Hone Pihama, to Parihaka, to request the natives there to attend a meeting of the Commission to be held at Oeo. Te Whiti’s answer was : —‘ ‘ There are only two places at which the Commission should meet —Wellington and Parihaka ; let them come to Parihaka, or return to Wellington.” The Commissioners have come hack to Hawera, but will return to Oeo on Wednesday. It is generally thought that the Maoris will in no way recognise the demand. Both Europeans and Maoris regard the whole proceedings of the Commission as a farce. The meeting at Parihaka to-morrow is expected to be very largely attended, and important results are expected to follow.
South Rakaia Township.— The above township was on Tuesday visited by Mr. John Marshman (Chief Commissioner of the Waste Lands Board) and Mr. Baker (Chief Surveyor) with a view, we believe, of making themselves personally acquainted with the best site for laying off ‘ ‘ village allotments ” on the reserve adjoining the township. It is also the intention of the Government, we hear, to shortly hold a sale of township extension sections, lately laid off in quarter-acre blocks, which ought, if time is allowed fertile annual “after harvest” settlement of accounts, to realize first-rate prices. There appears to be a good deal of haziness in the minds of the townfolks as to the school leserve of 20 acres, which is supposed to he in existence. Whether it does really exist at all (the supposed site was some time ago pegged out by the Government Surveyor into quarter-acre sections), and whether the school-house and buildings are situated upon the reserve, is a matter of considerable doubt in the minds of many.
A Maori Monument. •—• A handsome marble pedestal, raised on a block of granite, and surmounted by a bust of the old warrior, Rauparaha, has been erected within the enclosure of the Jubilee pole at Otaki. The inscription originally lore, in addition to the name, age, date of death, Ac., a few linos in regard to the prowess of the deceased chief, and made reference to the number of natives he had killed. As relations of those who were killed by Rauparaha are living at Otaki (says the Foxton paper) they were naturally indignant at those unpleasant lines being inscribed on the monument, and the obnoxious part was therefore erased, and some words of a loss objectionable character arc to be substituted.
AVheat Crops in New Zealand, 1879-80.—The Government statist’s return last year (1879) gave, as the total yield, 6,070,597 bushels of wheat, for the whole of which the province of Canterbury is credited with contributing 3,621,829 bushels, or 59.6 per cent, of the whole. It lias been roughly estimated that the acreage this year will bo 300,000 acres, yielding say 28 bushels per acre, or 8,500,000 ; seed needed for next year, say for 300,000 acres, at Ih bushels, 450,000; home consumption, estimated at 450,000 population, 2,250,000 or 2,750,000; estimated surplus available for export, 1880. 5,800,009, or at 33 bushels to the ton, 152,632 tons. Taking the last year’s estimate, by the Government statist, after allowing for seed and home consumption, it would give available for export from last season’s wheat crop 91,693 tons. It is, however admitted that the estimate yield last year, as compiled by the Government was far in excess of the threshing machine weights. The yield this season, based upon the above estimates, is an increase over that of last year’s of 35.9 per cent., or 54,669 tons.
Escamng fiioji Prison. —The “ Times ” has the following : —At the Police Court, the Resident Magistrate commented upon the exceedingly slovenly construction displayed in the Addington gaol. A woman named Minnie Bench effected her escape from the cell in which she had been duly lacked up, and his Worship remarked that no one—without seeing the place—- ‘ ‘ would believe the extraordinarily slovenly way in which this place of confinement had been constructed.” Prom inquiries since made, it would appear that the iron bar which was supposed to prevent exit by the window, was simply let in behind a light piece of woodwork, without being really fastened in any way whatever. Evidently the prisoner discovered the flimsy pretence, and then made herself acquainted with the relative position of the various parts of the gaol, her conduct meanwhile being irreproachable. When her scheme had been duly matured, she removed the window bar, and it was conjectured that she then made her way along a lino of roof until she reached the exercise yard used by invalid prisoners. The surrounding wall might be pretty easily scaled by a strong and determined woman, such as the prisoner is. When recaptured, Bench was still wearing the prison dress, and it is therefore evident that she did not get much assistance or shelter. She had, moreover, a rather bagged look, as if she had not been able to get sufficient food. It may perhaps be well to add that any person knowingly harboring an escaped prisoner, is liable to severe punishment.
Come to Light. — A skeleton has been found in Raukapakau (Auckland) bush. It is supposed to be the remains of a man named Butler, who was lost there 20 years ago. A pair of boots, moss grown, with a piece of gold lace attached, were found near the skeleton. Sunstroke —A boy named Thomas Adamson, eleven years old, died at Albury at midnight on Sunday. He was found insensible at 5 in the afternoon, three miles from his father’s residence, and between that time and the hour or his death he had several fits. The jury at the inquest returned a verdict of death from sunstroke. Uncle Tom’s Cabin. —Harriet Beecher Stowe has made a great deal of money out of her story “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” but not a cent from its adaptation for dramatic purposes, although no modern play has been voted a greater number of times. The Rev. Thomas North, a Chicago clergyman, is about (says the “ New York Sun”) to start out with a company which will perform the piece exclusively in halls and churches, but never in a theatre. He wrote to Mrs. Stowe on the subject, and she replied as follows : —‘ ‘lam in sympathy with the plan you propose, judging that, if you present it in churches, or rooms otherwise consecrated to religious thought, you will avoid all accessories that would be undesirable. ” Christchurch Cathedral. A contract has been let to Messrs. W. Stocks and Co., builders and contractors, of Madras street south, for the completion of the nave of the Cathedral, inclusive of the great .arch at the east end, the clerestory and roof, together with a temporary apsidal sanctuary to be constructed of wood and iron. The contract price is L 9588, but this is exclusive of Minton tiles estimated to cost L3OO, and window glass L 220. In venturing upon this contract the Commissioners have outstepped the limit of their available means, as L7OOO is all the money at their command from the Church Property Trust Loan, but it is confidently hoped that—when the public see the building is assuming a tangible shape, and that divine services, will of a. cei’tainty be held in the Cathedral within a year or fifteen months—subscriptions will be forthcoming to relieve the authorities from any pecuniary embarrassment. Short Shifts. —lt being a legal doctrine, laid down in Bacon’s “ Abridgement,” that a husband was answerable for his wife’s debts, ‘ ‘ because he acquired an absolute interest in her personal estate,” it was inferred by the populace that if he acquired no property with her he could not be compelled to satisfy the claims of her creditors. “ When a man,” says Brand, “'designs to marry a woman who is in debt, if he takes her from the hands of the priest clothed only in her shift, it is supposed that he will not be liable to her engagements.” Malcolm’s “ Anecdotes of London ” are cited in the way of illustration :—“ An extraordinary method was adopted by a brewer’s servant in February, 1723, to prevent his liability for the payment of the debts of a Mrs. Brittain, whom he intended to marry. The lady made her appearance at the door of St. Clement Danes habited in her shift; hence her inamorato convoyed the modest fair one to a neighboring apothecary’s where she was completely equipped with clothing purchased by him, and in these Mrs. Brittain changed her name at the church.” Again the “Chester Currant” of 24th June, 1730, is quoted At Ashton Church, in Lancashire, a short time ago, a woman was persuaded that if she went to the church naked her intended husband would not be burdened with her debts, and she actually went as a bride like mother Eve, but to the horror of the clergyman, he refused the damsel the honors of wedlock. ” Other instances are cited as follows ;—“ In Lincolnshire, between 1838 and 1844, a woman was married enveloped in a sheet. And not many years a similar marriage took place ; the clergyman finding nothing in the rubric about the woman’s dress, thought he could not refuse to marry her in her chemise only. Holloway’s Pills. —lmportant for the Delicate.—lt is difficult to determine which is the more trying' to the human constitution—the damp, cold days of the autumn and winter,or the keen, dry, easterly winds of springs Throughout the seasons good health may be maintained by occasional doses of Holloway’s Pills, which purify the blood and act as wholesome stimulants to the skin, stomach, liver, bowels, and kidneys. This celebrated medicine needs but a fair trial to convince the ailing and de-ponding that it will restore and cheer them without danger, pain, or inconvenience, as by a timely recourse to them the first erring function may be reclaimed, suffering may be spared and life saved. —Advt.
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