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A Gleam of Sunshine. —Our telegrams to-day announce a rise in wool of ten per cent. This means an extra L250,0G0 at least on the New Zealand wool crop. Moors’s Lyrics. Professor Hughes announces that he will, on Tuesday next, lecture upon the subject of Thomas Moore, the poet “par excellence” of the Green Island, and the entertainment will be varied by the introduction of instrumental music suitable to the occasion. Sunday School Treat. —One of those enjoyable meetings which are always looked forward to and welcomed by the youngsters was held to-day, when some two hundred of the Episcopalian Sunday School pupils enjoyed their annual treat. Service was held in the church by Mr. Ward at 11 a.m., and the children, with banners flying, marched to Hay Smith’s paddock, where, under Mr. 0. E. Eooks’ and the teachers’ superintendence, they went through a programme which seemed to delight all concerned. A tea meeting is to be held this evening in one of the mill buildings kindly lent for the occasion by Messrs. Saunders’ Bros. A Religious Revival in Norfolk Island.— lntelligence received from Norfolk Island is to the effect that the Island is at present passing through a phase of religious mania, unparalleled in the history of the country. Crowded meetings are nightly held, and an extraordinary change is working amongst the people. The Irish Relief Fund. —At Timaru a meeting called to further the Irish relief fund was not well attended on Thursday, but a committee was appointed to canvass for subscriptions. The Timaru Catholics have raised LBO, those at Temuka, Ll3O, and at Waimate L 325. A Slight Difference.— “ Chispa,” the ancient popular correspondent of the “ Herald,” offered a prize for the best exponent of a small sum in arithmetic in last night’s issue, but as a vei-y grave error was patent in it, we waited upon him, and discovered that whatwas intendedfor '32lb. was printed 321bs. So that the following will be the correct calculation for the lads to work out :—“Messrs. Friedlander Bros, have sold during the present harvest 52 tons of wire for the reaping and binding machines. The wire is No. 20 gauge, and weighs -321 b. per 100 ft. What number of miles is the 52 tons ; and if it takes 4jibs, of wire to tie an acre of crop, how many acres have been tied ?” Now the sporting editor of the “ Guardian” has also been fired with the ambition to have another mystery solved, and offers a prize of a fat goose to the subscriber who can give an answer to the following question : —lf the Borough Council strikes a shilling rate, how long will it be before they can prevent the footpath from being made a lumber yard, on which to stack packing cases and empty casks ?

County Council Election. —Mr. T. Bullock was yesterday returned, unopposed, as member for the Upper Ashburton Riding in the seat formerly occupied by the late C. Reed, Escp Temperance Lecture. —Dr. Rosehy, one of the ablest champions of the temperance cause in New Zealand, will deliver a free lecture in the Town Hall on Monday evening, the 23rd inst. Previous to the lecture the Good Templai’s will walk in procession from the lodge room to the Hall. Cricket. —A match has been arranged between the Ashburton and the Timaru clubs for Thursday the 26th Feb. The Ashburton team will comprise Messrs. Denshire, Westenra, Saunders (S.) Field, Andrews (G.), Grant, Anderson, Hodder, Buchanan (T.), Ashwood, Fooks (A.). Emergencies—Moriarty and A. Andrews. Umpire—Mr. Whitley ; scorer —Mr. Poyntz. The Timaru team are a stiff lot to beat, and our players had better take advantage of the practice that will be held every evening till the event. Pastor Chiniquy at Timaru. —At the close ofPastorJChiniquy's lecture on Thursday at Timaru, Mr. Granger, one of the Committee, stated that owing to certain expressions used by Pastor Chiniquy he would sever his connection with the Committee, as he considered he was not furthering the interests of Protestantism by his language. Crown Lands Guide No. I.—A pamphlet- having this title and published by the authority of the Honorable the Minister of Laiuls is before us. We cannot explain the intentions of this publication better than in the opening paragraph of its preface, viz :—“ The object of this publication is to afford, more especially to persons who may have recently arrived in New Zealand, and to others who may be ignorant of the land system of the colony, such general information as to the character and localities of Crown lands, and the terms and conditions on which they may bo obtained as will enable those in quest of land to set about its selection without much trouble.” A useful map accompanies the pamphlet which can be seen on application at our office. Thursday’s Land Sale. —At the sale of sections on Thursday the whole 87 were disposed of, realising ajtotal sum of LlOOl. Wc may mention that Mr. Bullock, who was the auctioneer, sold on behalf of Messrs. Edmiston Bros, and Gundry. We mention this all the move readily that a rumor—which we are authorised to emphatically contradict—was in circulation yesterday, to the effect that the firm of Edmiston Bros, and Gundry had retired from business, and that Mr. Bullock was again to assume proprietorship of the auction mart. The firm have not oven the most remote intention of relinquishing business. We suppose the rumor has gained currency from the fact that one of the brothers Edmiston is in weak health in the North Island, while the other is ill in Christchurch. Threshing.— Harvesting in many districts is now approaching completion, and the threshing machines will shortly make their all-important revelations. In fact, we have already returns of oats and barley from the Ashburton-Rakaia Plains, the yield of each cereal generally exceeding 30 bushels an acre. Mr. J. E. Gallotly, of Kyle, is now threshing wheat, and our correspondent was informed on the ground yesterday that the average turn out would exceed 25 bushels per acre, some of the better crop reaching 30 bushels. We have a sample from this farm before us, and it appears to be a nice marketable wheat. We shall watch the yields with much interest, and endeavor to furnish our readers with reliable particulars as they come to hand, but we fear it will not be our pleasurable duty to chronicle in many cases so satisfactory a result as that attained by Mr. Galletly. However, we think all the Plain crops unaffected by rust will compare favorably with the one under notice. A Wonderful Stroke of Business. — A gentleman in Auckland (says the local “ Herald ”) lias received a letter from a relative in England giving an account of a clever and daring business stroke. The writer, who dates from Liverpool, says : “ We have had great excitement in the cotton market. A German Jew, called Ranger, bought, some months ago, all the cotton in the United States that was likely to reach this port in October. He then went about in Liverpool, buying all the cotton to arrive from the local brokers. They sell cotton that has no existence, if they think it a good speculation, trusting to buy in a lower market, and so hundreds and thousands of bales are sold daily that have no existence. Mr. Ranger bought from all who would sell, with the promise that the delivery would take place in October. When October came, and the cargoes began to arrive from America, the brokers found that they could not make purchases, that the cargoes were disposed of, and were not for sale. Mr. Ranger then called upon the brokers to fulfil their contract to him, failing which, he would execute the penalty for non-delivery. They found that no one had cotton except Mr. Ranger, and they were obliged to go to him to buy in order to sell to him again. The delivery under these contracts was to take place before noon on Oct. 31. During the last days in October the excitement was terrific, and the Exchange on the last day of the month was a little Babel itself. A place about the size of the Albert Barrack square was filled with a clamorous excited multitude, shouting and hollowing at the top of their voices, just like the m ib on Derby Day, when the horses are first seen rounding Tattenlxanx corner. In all this whirlpool of excitement Mr. Ranger was a calm as Jupiter. He clears L 150,000. He is a short, thickset man, with a firm determined chin, not a happy face. He has the telegraph wire alongside his bod, from which he can send messages and news all over the world.” Effect or Music on Animals. —It is certain that the songs of birds, as well as most other forms of musical sounds, have as their express object the charming of female ears. It is fairly certain, too, that the presence of a quasi-melodic element in many of the animal cries, e.g., the neighing of tiie horse, is to be accounted for by its being pleasurable to the ears of the particular animal’s companions. One may even suppose that in many sounds, as the crowing of the cock, the individual that utters the music enjoys the result of its own performances. The question naturally arises whether sensibility to the pleasurable character of musical sounds is not much more widely diffused among animals than would appear from the quantity of music which they produce. The fact that birds, when confined, are excited and stimulated to song by the sound of other birds or ether musical sounds, set ms to point to tho presence of a wide and catholic musical sensibility. The many stories of the wonderful effects of music in taming wild animals, if there is any truth in them, would appear to show that species which are incapable of uttering anything like musical sounds are endowed with the corresponding musical sensibility. It is a well-attested fact, we believe, that the dolphin follows a ship in which music is performed. Brchm says that the horse is delighted with the note of the trumpet; and, according to the same authority, even the dog, which is apparently tormented by the notes of a soprano voice, remains undisturbed by those of a bass voice.—“ Animal music,” in the “ Oornhill Magazine.”

Presentation. —lt is always gratifying tohearof kindly feeling subsisting between employers and employed, and we have therefore great pleasure in taking note of the fact that yesterday the assistants and others in the employ of T R. Hodder and Company presented the head of the firm, Mr. Hodder, senior, with five very handsome volumes, in token of their appreciation of his kindness and considerateness towards them. Mr Hodder, on receipt of the testimonial, expressed the pleasure such a mark of his employees’ good will gave him. It was doubly gratifying to him, inasmuch as it was the first instance in his 35 years’ business career, in which he had met with employees who chose such a tangible an unexpected mode of expressing their appreciation of the consideration he has invariably shown towards those employed by him. The occasion of Mr. Hodder’s 53rd birthday was taken advantage of as an appropriate time for making the presentation. The Reason Why.— lt will be seen by a report in another column that the valualatiori list for the Mount Hutt riding was passed without any objectors appearing. As very prominent objections to tlxe rolls prepared for other ridings are sent in, we have endeavored to discover why the Mount Hutt roll should pass so easily, and the solution of the mystery is palpable. The Mount Hutt riding, and its parent the South Rakaia Road Board, do not, and have not as yet struck a rate, consequently nobody has anything to pay ; and there is not the slightest need for the appearance of the valuation list, the judge, the valuator, or the ratepayers. We imagine some landowners will be rather astonished at the valuation, if the Mount Hutt Board strikes a rate this year. The Wool Sales. —The following telegram to the New Zealand Loan and Mercantile Agency Company, Limited, was sent to us from Wellington, per our special wire last night. The same telegram appears in the Christchurch evening papers : —London, 18th February, 1880 : —Wool : The sales opened with spirit on the 17 th inst., at an average advance of Id to F|d. on last sale prices. Up to date 199,000 bales have arrived ; 25,000 bales are admissible to the series ; 32,000 bales have been sent to the manufacturing districts direct. The opening catalogue contained 7000 bales. Competition by both Home and foreign buyers is active. Tho following advances on hist sale prices are exhibited : —Superior greasy, Id. to lid. ; combing washed, 2d. ; scoured, 2d. ; clothing washed, Id. ; crossbred clothing washed, 2d. Lambs’ market unchanged. A Big Difference. —At the last meeting of the Mount Somers Road Board the tender of Mr. Wm, Howson, contractor, was accepted at L 378 for additions to the Board’s office and cottage. He failed to take up the contract, and the next lowest, Messrs. Nelson and Coutts, at L4BO, was then accepted. The latter firm are now busily engaged with some 12 carpenters in the erection of the Dromore goods shed. Murderous Horses. —A most extraordinary occurrence took place at Wakefield two or three days ago, in which three ordinarily quiet horses exhibited dispositions which are fortunately very seldom met with in domestic animals It appears that a lady, who until recently has resided in town, went on a visit to her father’s homo at Wakefield, taking with her a goat which was placed in a paddock by itself. The other day, however, the goat broke out of its paddock, and got into another, in which three horses were grazing. Now as a rule horses and goats feed together on the best of terms, but in this instance the horses, apparently with malice aforethought, went for that goat, and the three beasts caught the goat by their teeth, and literally tore the poor brute asunder. Their shrieks, our informant could call the noise they made by no other name, were audible half a mile away, and these attracting the attention of the lady referred to, she was about to go to the rescue of the goat, but she had to run for her own safety. It was found impossible to drive the horses from their victim, which they crushed beyond all recognition, for having torn the brute in pieces, they stamped the remains into the ground, even its bones being broken into small fragments, and these driven into the soil. Such a case as the above we never before heard of, and it seems almost incredible that three animals should have arranged to carry out such a horrible action ; but, nevertheless, the truth of the story we are assured of.—“ Nelson Colonist. ” Jacob’s Ladder. —A clergyman of Thornhill, Dumfriesshire, was lately examining the parish school. In the course of examination, the Bible class was brought forward. After many questions had been asked and answered, greatly to the satisfaction of the minister, he proposed that any boy might ask him a question, as he might then have an idea what particular information they wanted. A pause ensued. At last a bright-looking boy said, “ Sir, I would like to ask one.” “Well, my little man,” asked the minister, “ what is the question you are to ask?” “Sir,” said the boy, “ what was the use of Jabob’s Ladder when the angels had wings ? ” Tho minister felt taken aback, took out his snuff-box, and looked at the boy. “I think, my little man, that is the very question I should have asked at the class, and I will give sixpence to any boy in the class who will answer it. ” After a somewhat long pause one little fellow, third from the bottom, held out his hand. “ Well,” said the minster, “ can you answer that question?” “Yes six - .” “Well,” what was the use of the ladder when the angels had wings ? ” “ Oh, sir, the angels were poukin’ (moulting) and conldna flee.” The minister is taking an interest in that boy.

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