Death.— The San Francisco Mail brings intelligence of the of Mrs. Sheai’man, the beloved mother of Mr. R. W. Shearman of the Somerset Hotel. The deceased lady died at her residence in Scoulcr Street, Poplar, London, at the ripe age of 72. St. Patrick’s Day. —Yesterday was observed by all good Irishmen as the day sacred to the honor of their patron saint, and a good trade in green ribbon has been done by the drapers. Reserve Vested. —Section No. 2275 (Tinwald), containing 20 acres, has been vested by proclamation in the Ashburton Agricultural and Pastoral Association (incorporated). Dog Registrars. —ln the “ Gazette” of March 11th, Mr. C. J. W. Cookson has been gazetted dog registrar for the Mount Somers district, and Mr. W. B. Compton for Mount Hutt. The Electoral Rolls. —The Gazette just received announces the Ist of May as the date by which all electoral rolls made after the passing of the Electoral Acts Re'* peal Act, 1879, must come into force. ~ New Paper in Christchurch. —A new evening paper started, we believe, by several employees of the “Press” office, is to appear in Christchurch, on Saturday, There is some some talk that a morning paper will probably follow from the same office. A Broken BPvIDGe. —A culvert on the old coach road past Maronan was reported as being broken through, by an extraordinary heavy load of grain having been taken over it. The damage was repaired within 48 hours by the Bead Board, and traffic is again resumed on this road. The Lyttleton Line. —The best day’s work this season done on the Lyttelton line was done yesterday, when 276 loaded trucks went through the tunnel to the port, and 234 to Christchurch. This is the best and most satisfactory day’s work that has been done since the tunnel was opened. The best day last season was on the 4th of April, when 196 waggons went through to port. The Oxford Line. —The “Star” of last night asserts that the interior Canterbury railway line, instead of being commenced, as was understood, from the Oxford end, is to be started in the middle. The Oxford section would carry a large amount of traffic, and has been earnestly desired by the inhabitants for some time. The section for which tenders has been called, the “Star” is ptt pains_to point out, is contiguous to the Premier’s property. The Murder at Dunedin. —A painful incident is recorded in connection with the above. Mrs. Aitcheson, the mother of Mrs Grant, was on Monday on her way down in the train to visit her daughter, being all unconscious of the deplorable event. The shock to her feelings may be imagined, when on reaching Palmerston she learned the truth by hearing a stranger reading from one of the newspapers an account of the murder. Important Land Sale. —The sale of Auchindrane farm, near the Hinds, takes place to-day ; and there is a rare chance for those on the look out for a compact piece of land with good and substantial improvements made on it. A lot of first class horses and plant will also be put to the hammer, and they are well worthy the attention of horse dealers, farmers, and speculators. Passengers by the 11 a.m express will be conveyed from Winslow direct to the site of the sale. Lonobeacii Road Board. —A special meeting of the Longbeach Road Board was held at the office on Monday afternoon, to consider the question of dividing the districts into legally constituted wards. As only throe members were present, and it was reported that a strong feeling existed among the ratepayers against the proposed alteration, the members decided to postponed the consideration of the subject. The tender of of Patrick Tully for claying Ford’s road was accepted, and the Board adjourned. Unfilial Conduct. —Two men, named William and Alfred Hall, were charged at the Christchurch R.M. Court, with neglecting to support their mother. They had been previously remanded for inquiries to be made, and Sub-Inspector O’Donnell said their average earnings were L2 a week. Neither of the brothers were needy men, and each had a horse and dray. They were farther remanded till today, when the former was ordered to pay 4s. a week towards her maintenance, and the latter Bs.
Horticultural Society. —A. meeting of the managing committee of the Horticultural Society was.held at Mr. Anstee’s Boarding-house last evening. The saccounts in connection with the last show were presented and passed for payment. The prize list was also passed and adopted. All claims for prizes will bo paid any day at the secretary’s office, up to and including Monday, March 22nd, after which no further claim will be entertained. It was resolved that a meeting of members be held on the evening of the first Tuesday in each month, for the purpose of imparting knowledge in the different branches of horticulture, the same to be fostered by private exhibition of flowers, &c., among the members at such meetings. At the first meeting of this character, on April 6th, Mr. J. Sealy will read a paper on some subject in connection with the same. The subject will be named next Tuesday evening, to which the meeting is adjourned. R.M. Court. —There was very little business done at the R. M. Court on Tuesday, only four civil cases having been heard. These were Robinson Ruddick v. F. B. Passmore, a claim of L 33 15s. lOd. The plaintiff did not appear and the case was dismissed with costs, his Worship ordering the sum of L 3 7s. 9d. paid into Court to be refunded. The immigration authorities sued a man named Hodgkinson for Ll 6, balance of passage money to this colony. Mr. March appeared for the Government, and defendant was ordered to pay LI per month. Mutter v. Ruddick.—Plaintiff claimed L2O 11s. 4d. on a dishonored acceptance. Judgment was given for plaintiff with costs, defendant not appearing. Fowler v. Harper Claim L 4 6s. 7d. Mr. O’Reilly for plaintiff, Mr. Purnell for defendant. Defendant paid LI 6s. 7d. into court. John Fowler, plaintiff, deponed to having supplied goods to the defendant and his daughter on the strength of an order from the defendant’s wife. Some of the clothing charged for was for the defendant’s son-in-law. Mrs. Harper had promised' to pay for them. D. Amos proved the delivery of the goods, and to defendant’s wife having said she would send her daughter to exchange them. For the defence Mr. Purnell said that the goods in dispute had been supplied to the son-in-law. Defendant denied ever having had the clothing, but believed his son-in-law had. Mr. Ferriman said he had called at defendant’s for payment of the account, and defendant’s wife acknowledged the debt, and said she could not pay” it then but would pay it off at the rate of 10s. per week. Judgment for plaintiff for full amount with costs.}
Bis Dat, Qui Cito Dat. —Mr. George Cates is announced as purposing to give a lecture on ‘ ‘ the Abolition of the Bankruptcy Laws ” in the Town Hall on an early date, the proceeds of which will be devoted to charitable objects, and we assume that the quotation with which the advertisement is headed is intended for a spur to public benevolence —“ He gives twice who gives quickly.” Anyhow the subject he has undertaken to handle is a very ponderous one, and a lecturer equal to the task of showing us how we are to get along without bankruptcy laws must be a very valiant and a very clever man. We shall not feel the loss of a great Liberal champion if we have amongst us a reformer equal to wiping such a great blot from our statute book as Mr. Cates, appears to consider the Bankruptcy Laws. Larceny of a Tether Rope. —Philip Crumb and John Miles were charged at the Court yesterday, before his Worship the Mayor, with stealing on Tuesday last a tether rope. A remand was asked for till Friday by Sergeant Pratt, which was granted, bail in L3O each prisoner being allowed, with one surety of L2O. Vagran ct. —Y ester day, his W orship the Mayor seat a man named John Hunter to gaol for a month, with hard labor for vagrancy. The evidence adduced went to show that Hunter had been continually drunk for a fortnight, and had been loafing about town asking people for money arid drinks, lie was in “the horrors” when arrested. Accused said he had paid all he owed where he had been living. His Worship in passing sentence, said it was evident the man was not then in a healthy state.
A Decency Bill. —A bill compelling natives to wear clothes, on the main roads of the 'colony, has been passed through committee in the Natal Parliament. Till Robbery. —A man named Wilson, who bears eleven names besides, as he finds occasion to use them, was committed for trial by the R. M. at Christchurch for robbing a shopkeeper’s till. New Musical Journal. —One of the French deportes, recently landed at Auckland, Mr. F. O. Calleau, intends publishing there a new musical journal with the title of “ The New Zealand Muse.” Commencement of the Panama Canal. —The first blast in the greatest cutting of the new Panama canal was exploded on January 10th. M. de Lesseps, who is now at Panama with a largo engineering staff, declared that the canal was the closing work of his life. Sheehan v. Bryce. —The Hon John Sheehan, ex-Native Minister, at a banquet in Auckland on Tuesday, paid a high compliment to the honesty and ability of the Hon. Mr. Bryce as a politician, and expressed his belief that Mr. Bryce was fully able to cope with the Waimate difficulty. Outside Advertising. —A woman named Faith Gibson has been sentenced to a month’s imprisonment for stealing goods exposed outside a draper’s shop in Christchurch. The Magistrate commented strongly on the practice of exposing goods outside shops—thus placing temptation in people’s way. Illegal Travelling. A man and woman got into a first-class carriage on the Lyttelton line, and travelled between that station and Christchurch. Their tickets were second-class ones, and the guard of course objected. Besides, they were drunk. They have been fined 50s. each, or 14 days in gaol. Turf Trophies. —Several English race cups were recently sold by auction, among them the Brighton Cup of 1856 ; her Majesty’s Gold Vase, given at the Ascot meeting of 1855; and the Chesterfield Cup (Goodwood meeting) of 1835. The cups were of magnificent workmanship. Only moderate prices realised. A Failure. —An inebriate retreat established in Adelaide a year or two ago has not been an unmixed success. The receipts last year were LBOO less than the expenditure, and although a certain number of drunkards had been kept sober for a limited period, the return under the head of decided cures is very meagre. Down a Well. —On Tuesday John Thomas, aged nine years, while drawing up a bucket of water at a veil in Waterloo Quadrant, Auckland, fell down it a distance of eighty feet. He was uninjured, and while being drawn up he lost his hold forty feet from the top, and went down again. Ultimately he got out all right. A Valuable Situation. —An institution in London lately advertised for a secretary at a salary of L3OO per annum, and among the applicants were two members of Parliament, 25 clergymen, and 73 retired military and naval officers, besides a large number of ordinary persons, the applicants amounting altogether to over 300. A Big Diamond. —The story comes from Parteall, India, where diamonds are usually found—Golconda being the place where they are merely cut and polished—that the largest diamond in the world has lately been discovered theie. It is said to weigh more than 400 carats, 33 carats more than the famous stone belonging to the Rajah of Mattau.
The End of His Tether. —At Timaru on Tuesday, Detective Kirby made a smart arrest of one Henry Thomas Read, who has been wanted since October, 1877, for the embezzlement of Ll5O belonging to Warnambool Building Society, in Victoria, of which he was secretary. Read, since that date, has paid a visit to England, and arrived here about four months ago. Up to within a few days since he was librarian to the Timaru Mechanics’ Institute. Lifeboat Services in 1879.—During the last year 637 lives were rescued by the boats of the National Lifeboat Institution, and twenty-one vessels saved from destruction. In the same period the institution granted rewards fot saving 218 lives by fishing and other boats, making a total of 855 lives saved mainly through its instrumentality. Altogether, since its formation, the society has contributed to the saving of 26,906 shipwrecked persons. It may also be mentioned that during the past two years the institution has not lost a single life from its 2C9 boats. The largest ferry-boat in the world has recently commenced its work of transporting passengers and freight across the Straits of Gorquinez, between Port Costa and Benicia. It is 424 feet long, with an extreme width of 116 feet, and the engines are capable of developing a power of 2,000 horses. The Solano, as the boat is named, has four lines of metals extending fore and aft, on which she can accommodate 48 freight waggons or 24 passengercarriages of the largest size. The vessel is not only the largest ferry-boat, but in some respects is a unique specimen of modern naval architecture. A Journey Across the Sahara. — A letter written by the African traveller Gerhard Reliefs from Benghazi gives some particulars of a remarkable journey performed across part of the great desert of Sahara by himself and his companion, Dr. Stecker, who, it will be remembered, were plundered by one of the native tribes and compelled for the time to give up their intention of pushing on further into the interior of the continent. The travellers started from Baltifal, the most southern of the springs of Oyrenacica, and had to reach Taiserbo, the most northern oasis of Kufra. The distance between these two places is 220 English miles, and there is not a drop of water to be had along the whole of the route between them. The two German explorers performed the distance in 108 hours, The had no sleep on the journey of four days and four nights. The travellers did the journey partly on camels and partly by walking on foot, and safely reached the springs of Taiserbo after being four days and a half constantly in motion.
Brown Paper against the Cold.— I he “ Lancet” points out that stout brown paper of the commonest sort is an effective non-conductor, and may be most advantageously employed as covering for beds or to eke out scanty clothing. If this were generally known among the poor, strong sheets of thick paper would be stiched to the back of ragged quills, with the result of rendering many a poor family Comfortable, because better protected from the bitter weather of these winter nights. A piece of thick paper inserted between the lining and the cloth of a waistcoat, or in the back of a thin coat, will render it warm as well as light. The suggestion is a small one, but it is simple to carry into effect, and will be found effective. A Whistling Buoy has been placed on the .North-east Goodwin Sands by the Trinity House. The corporation intends to experiment with it so as to ascertain its capabilities in warning off sandbanks or dangerous coasts. The buoy is similar to the ordinary conical one, except that about three feet from the top it is made flat. On this are fastened two small tubes, through which the air passes into the interior, and between these a large whistle is fixed. Around the whole is a handrail, and two steps are placed, so that the top may be reached from a boat for painting, repairing, and other purposes ; there is also a man-hole. To the bottom of the cone a large iron tube, about 20 feet long and between six feet and seven feet in circumference, is attached. When in use, more especially in a hcavj sea, the wind which passes down the two small tubes is forced out through the whistle by the perpetual movement of the buoy. The noise, it is expected, will be so groat that it will be beard for miles. A Smart Trick. —Although the race may not always be to the swift, yet occasionally the competitor who is at once most ingenious and energetic wins very satisfactorily. A short time since it appears that two Americans quitted Minneapolis by the same train for a district near Sioux Falls. Their object was identical—they were rival claimants to a piece of land ; and each held a deed of such a nature that the first recorded would entitle the holder to permanent possession. It was accordingly expected by those who were watching the contest that when the train containing the pair of would-be landowners reached its destination there would be a sharp run for the Government agent’s office. In this, however, they wore disappointed, one of the parties to the contract being a much cleverer man than his friends had suspected As the carriages approached the city this worthy, moving from one car to another, suddenly jumped upon, the engine, and, slipping the coupling that connected it with its load, left the train to take care of itself, and dashed into the station. In vain was it attempted to dislodge him; he held on until the town was reached, when, sliding off the locomotive, he made a dash for the office, recorded his title, and entered upon his property, while his rival was waiting in the train on the line, discomfited and out-manoeuvred. The Guernsey is the latest novelty in female dress. It fits the figure to perfection, is made of silk tissue, and has no seams. It is laced at the back, and moulds the bust and hips without a wrinkle, much in the style of the Renaissance bodies of yore. In Paris it is called the “ Veronese Cuirass. ” A very popular one is made of dark myrtle-green silk. Round the hips there is a band of plush of the same shade of myrtle-green, and this band is fastened at the back with a chased silver buckle. The sleeves are green satin, ornamented with plush bracelets, fastened with small silver buckles. The skirt consists of tunic of shawl-patterned material, called “ Hindoo woollen,” and it is bordered with a wide band of myrtle plush. This tunic is draped on the left hip ; the skirt is myrtlegreen satin, and two plaitings of the same are visible on the left side, where the tunic is looped up. At the back the woollen tunic, bordered with plash, is draped on the skirt. The Bedlington Terrier. —Though the breed may not be so popular as others with “ doggy ” men throughout the country, it is nevertheless certain thatinitsown district its merits meet with due recognition. In Newcastle and its environs almost every man has a “poop,” and that “ poop ” is certain almost to be a Bedlington. In the company of his trusty tyke, the miner when off duty is supremely happy. They hunt or poach together, fight together, sleep together, and not unfrequently drink together; it is no uncommon sight to enter the tap-room of a north country public house and see as many dogs as men in the room, and all apparently equally interested in the evening’s proceedings. The greatest insult which can be put upon such a master is a reflection upon his dog’s appearance or gameness ; and as for illtreating them, a stranger had better injure “ Geordie ” than hurt his dog. “If than poonch ma dog ’arl poonch thee ” is proof of the miner’s love for his Bedlington, and is no uncommon threat, in the neighborhoods where this breed is mostly found.—From “The Book of the Dog” for January.
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