The Ivess Libel Case. —The evidence in this case, as published in the “ Mail,” has been reprinted in pamphlet form, and circulated amongst the newspapers of the colony. Teachers’ Examination. —At the Normal School yesterday the teachers’ examination in classes D and E opened. The numbers present were—males, 28; females, 27. Irish Relief. —Those gentlemen who took subscription lists for the Irish reb’ef are requested to hand the amounts they have collected to the Mayor as soon as possible. Harvest Thanksgiving. —The services of the Presbyterian Church, Rakaia, on Sunday, were conducted by the Rev. Mr. Westbrook, and special thanks were offered to the Almighty for the harvest. Larrikinism. —Four larrikins were yesterday dealth witli by the Christchurch R.M. for assaulting Constable M‘Donagh. Three were fined three guineas each or a week in gaol, and a fourth LI, or 96 hours. Ships v. Railways. —lt was anticipated early in the grain season that the only hitch in getting rid of the grain would he the difficulty in discharging from the trucks to the ships at the wharves at port, and the railway folks all agreed that the ships could not take the grain in fast enough. We now hear the reverse is the case, the ships or their skippers are all crying out for “ more grain.” The Mount Somers Railway. —The Mount Somers railway will he officially opened for traffic to-day. The railway officials from Christchurch, comprising Mr. Simpson, and Mr. Cuthbert, engineers, and Mr. F. Back, traffic manager, will arrive by the express train, and the Mount Somers train will start almost immediately afterwards from Ashburton, reaching the Mount Somers end at about one o’clock, and returning after refreshments, in time for the returning express. Unregistered Dogs. —The police have been out on the hunt, and have scented out a considerable number of dogs whose owners have not dubbed up the regulation
ten shillings for a stamped collar. The scent is still warm, and many more will be added to the list shortly. The first instalment of unlawful dog-keepers was dealt with to-day, when the R.M. fined, each LI. The names are Turton, Gale, and Pender. No summons had been served on John Graham, and he didn’t appear. Affecting Scene. —It was the somewhat unusual experience of the Rev. R. J. Westbrooke, on Sunday afternoon, to perform the burial rites over the graves of three infants, at one time, that had all died in one night in the township of Rakaia. The infants were those of Mr. Tucker, Mr. Gaarder, arid Mr. Boucher, and the fact of so many families being affected by the several deaths brought a largo number of friends to the cemetery. Drunks. —On Saturday the following drunks were disposed of at the Resident Magistrate’s Court : —D. Galbraith, 40s. fine or 48 hours’ imprisonment ; M‘Clafferty, 10s. fine, or 24 hours’ in gaol; the same for 0. Johnstone ; while a vagrant named J. L. Smith was dismissed with a caution. To-day, W. Jones was fined 20s. for drunkenness, or go to gaol for 48 hours, while Samuel Whiteside, for the same offence was remanded for seven days, to “ suffer a recovery ” from the effects of his boosum. Nabrow Escape. —A man last night jumped off the last train from Christchurch, just as it was drawing up at the station, and before it had stopped. He missed his footing and fell, and he had as narrow an escape as possible of getting his head severed from his body. Fortunately for him, however, he just cleared the wheels, and took a new lease of his life. This new lease, however, has a likelihood of being taxed by the R.M. to-day, as the luxury of jumping from a train in motion is one our stationmaster very properly denies to any man without a subsequent interview with the Magistrate, and the passenger who last night indulged in the luxury, was rescued from the jaws of death only to be handed over to the policeman. Hung-up Again. —The great water supply scheme of the Borough Council was again discussed last night, and again considered of so unimportant a character that the acceptance of the tenders sent in was postponed for ten days, to enable the Councillors to discover whether water would run down hill or not. We thought everything had been made so plain to the non-engineering minds of the Borough Council that there wo»ld be no doubt as to the settlement of the job. If tlie progress of this small work is to be as rapid as other projected ones in the part of the Council, we should say that the prospect of the tenders being opened is very remote. Anniversary Sermons were preached on Sunday in connection with the Primitive Methodist Sunday School by the Rev. Thomas Sadler, of Geraldine. The children of the Sunday school sung at intervals several pieces with much spirit, and at the conclusion of the evening sermon several of the juveniles rendered, with evident accuracy and taste, a selection of recitations. A tea meeting is to be held in the Town Hall on Friday next, to be followed by a public meeting, the chief features of which will, wo understand, be the rendering of some choice music, at which the choir and friends have been at persistant practice for a considerable time past. The Weather. —The rain on Sunday has been the cause of much damage to grain stacked at the railway stations. At Dromore and Chertsey especially a largo number of stacks have been stored outside the goods shed, in many cases on the bare ground, and with a very insufficient covering, in the shape of tarpaulins. On Sunday afternoon there could not have been less than 3,000 sacks uncovered at Chertsey station, and at Dromore perhaps half that amount, whilst a number of the tarpaulins were being blown about by the south-west gale, by which the ends of the sacks were exposed. Seeing that most of this grain is for shipment, it will be necessary to shoot and dry it before sending it forward to port. It would be far better for farmers to hold their grain in safety on their own farms for a month or two, than to take the risk of a return from the London market market for a damaged sample, the value of which at home would be less than the freight and railway carriage. Templar Entertainment. —A meeting of the Star of the East Lodge of Good Templars was held on Saturday night in the Templar Hall, to which the public were invited. Notwithstanding the threatening character of the weather a very fair audience assembled, and a surprisingly good programme of vocal music was presented—consisting of solos, duets, and trios, and one or two very well given readings. The duties of Chairman were very happily discharged by Councillor St. Hill, the father of the Lodge, and a short and pithy address on temperance was given by Brother Isaac Scott. It was intimated that during the winter these open meetings would be frequent, and that arrangements had been made for a course of public lectures, to be delivered by local gentlemen.
Thanksgiving Service. —The threatening aspect of the weather on Sunday morning, no doubt accounted for the rather scanty attendance at the Wesleyan Church yesterday morning, the service at which had previously been announced to be a thankful recognition of the harvest now' being gathered in. There was not much display in the shape of cereals, &c., a simple sheaf of grain on either side of the rostrum being the only noticeable feature in that respect. The Rev. W. Ke.ill took for his subject the anointing of Mary at the Saviour’s feet with the alabaster box of ointment. The tenor of his remarks was that a recognition of blessings received were justifiable, and thank offerings for blessings in prospective were also justifiable. Referring to the costliness of Mary’s offering, the preacher remarked that there was a propriety also in the gifts of the congregation being profuse on account of the mercies received from God. In concluding his discourse the rev. gentleman drew attention to the diversity of opinion which existed with reference to these thankofferings. The objections of Judas to the gifts of Mary represented the opinions of a certain class who thought such offerings out of place, but the men who made such objections were generally those who would sweep away the Sabbath, the Bible, and every vestige of religion—even the name of God itself, but yet failed to supply, like Judas, anything in their place. Ashore and Afloat —For several weeks a company of local amateurs have been bestowing most painstaking study upon rehearsals of the interesting drama, “ Ashore and Afloat,” with a view to its production to an Ashburton audience, and the preliminary announcement of its performance has appeared. We do not know that the exact date has been fixed, but assuredly will be within the next ten days. The cast of characters, which wo have been shown, includes the names of some old friends, whose faces have long been familiar on the Ashburton boards, and some, whose patronymics are strangers to us, but we are assured the rehearsals have been eminently satisfactory, and prophecies of the success of the piece are made with groat enthusiasm by those who have had the privilege of being present at the “ drill.” The company are fortunate in the possession of able management, both from a business point of view and from a theatrical standpoint, and if success cannot be commanded it is certainly deserved. But the company’s greatest strength will undoubtedly lie in its scenery. Mr. Charles Bourko, who has
on more than one occasion exhibited considerable talent in scene painting, has been devoting all his spare time to the pi-oduction of the needful scenery, and his labors have been very successful. They have been very extensive indeed, as may be gathered from the fact that 500 yards of canvas have been absorbed, in the the delineation of no less than 17 distinct representations. From what we can learn no expense and no labor have been spared by the company, both individually and collectively in the preparation of “Ashore and Afloat,” and it only wants the hearty patronage of the townspeople on the night of its performance to make the event a great one.
The Bank of N.Z.—Sir Penrose Julyan has joined the London Directory of the Bank of New Zealand. Presbyterian.—The Rev. Mr. Bruce, agent of the Presbyterian Church in New Zealand, has resigned. The Gross Amount collected in Victoria for the relief of the distress in Ireland has now reached over L 19,000. Stephen Longfellow, nephew of the poet, has been held for trial in Boston for forging the name of the latter to a cheque for 1000 dollars Bad Grog.—lt is an old saying that drink is a bad thing, especially bad drink, and the especial part of the proverb is believed in by the Maoris, one of whom, at the Orakei Parliament, on Saturday, said Government ought to take steps to save the natives from being poisoned by bad grog. Antimony.—The “ Tuapeka Times” says :—“ A sample of stone from Waipori has been shown to us, exhibiting rich indications of antimony. We hope to hear soon of that industry becoming a leading one in that quarter. ABrbadßow. —Inconsequence of the bread at the Parramatta Gaol being considered bad, the prisoners refused to receive, it, and several threwit over the walls. All the warders were called together, as a mutiny was expected. Bread and biscuits were obtained from neighboring shops,, which quietened the prisoners. Shag Point Coal.—A year ago there were only 25 or 30 men employed in the Shag Point Coal Company’s mines. Now there are nearly 90, and there is every indication that the end of the present year will see a still further increase in the number of hands employed, and a corresponding increase in the business of the company. Wakened Up.—A minister named Craig purchased a whistle, and when his hearers went to sleep he emitted from it a very shrill sound. All were awake and stood up to hear him. “ Well,” he said, “ you are smart specimens of humanity,” as he slowly gazed at his wondering people ; “ When I preach the Gospel you go to sleep; when I play the fool you are awake. ” Philosophy.—One ought to get as much consolation as possible out of his grievances. We always admired the cheerful and hopeful spirit of the colored man, who, when struck by lightning, simply, rubbed the abraded spot of his skull and remarked, “ Dat makes free times I’ve been struck ; now I shouldn’t wonder if it let me alone.” Drunken Mourners. —A shocking spectacle was witnessed at an interment at Kircaldy, in Scotland, a short time ago. Nearly all the mourners had become so intoxicated that one of them, when lowering the coffin into the grave, staggered forward and fell into the tomb. He became jammed between the descending corpse and the side of the grave, and was extracted with difficulty, Russia and the Cotton Trade.— About a dozen of the most eminent Russian cotton manufacturers lately set out for Fgypt with intent to buy enormous quantities of raw material, and hire all the largest plantations on the banks of Nile. The chief aim, it would seem, of these merchants, who are stated to be conjointly worth about 20,000,000 roubles, is to shake off the yoke of the English and of the Liverpool market. Choked ey a Dead Hog.—John Wilson, of Paris, Ky., tied together the feet of a freshly-dressed hog that ho proposed to steal, and putting his head between the legs, carried the hog on his shoulders. In climbing a fence the hog fell on one side and he on the other, and he was found in the morning dead. The legs of the animal had pressed his throat tight against the fence, and his feet could not touch the ground. He choked to death. Treeless lowa is being transformed into a forest covered country, by a law which remits certain taxes for five years on every acre of fruit, and ten years on every acre of forest trees planted and kept alive. Over 75,000 acres of fruit and forest trees have been planted, and 200,000d015. have been remitted in taxes. A “Mystery.”—The Cork police are busy just now investigating a “ mystery.” It appears that on the strand about a mile from Cork there has been found a parcel tied with a piece of rope, and containing the arm and hand of a man and the hand apparently of a woman. The parcel was weighted with stones. Snake Bite.—A daughter of- Mr. Kirby, dairyman, Sydney, aged 10 years, was recently severely bitten by a black snake. The mother immediately sucked the wound, and the father applied some of Underwood’s antidote, when no ill results followed. The same day a valuable foal belonging to Mr. Kirby was bitten, and it died shortly afterwards. Two children in the same family have been bitten, and cured by the same means. Death op a Wealthy Chief.—Hoterene (Shortland), an influential chief of Grahamstown district, and father of Wi Taipara, the leading chief of Hauraki, died on Saturday morning. Ho was enormously rich, and leaves LI,OOO to be
Death op a Wealthy Chief. — Hoterene (Shortland), an influential chief of Grahamstown district, and father of Wi Taipara, the leading chief of Hauraki, died on Saturday morning. Ho was enormously rich, and leaves LI,OOO to be spent on his tangi. The township of Shortland was named after him, and the deceased chief was one of the largest landowners of the district. Taipara is his heir. The Yalue of a Good Nose. —The influence of nasal respiration on the ear is illustrated by Mr. George Gatlin in his history of “The North American Indians.” Among 2,000,000 Indians he found not one who was deaf or breathed through the mouth, except three or four deaf mutes; and in the memory of the chiefs of 150 tribes not one case of deafness could bo remembered to have occurred. This is explained by the mother always closing the mouth of the cliild whenever it attempted to breathe through it. The Jewish Sabbath. —If (says the “Jewish Chronicle”) there be an error of Christendom which, more than any other, has separated the Synagogue from the Church, and placed between them an impassable gulf, it was the audacious, arbiirary transfer of the Sabbath from the seventh to the first day. It showed the Synagogue to what length the Church was prepared to go in its horror of Judaising. She did not hesitate to make void the Ten Commandments, if only thereby she could prove that she had nothing in common with the detested religion of Moses. The Religion of Confucius. —The reh'g’on of Koong-foo-tsze—rendered Confucius by the early Jesuits —is almost exclusively moral in its nature. Its ethics are not much behind those of Christianity. It asserts , in the negative form the great fundamental rule of the Saviour, namely: “ Do not to others what you would not wish they should do unto yon.” In the religious aspect it inculcates the worship of ancestors who represent the principle of life]
A Good Young Man. —An audacious theft has come to light in Dunedin. A young man (says the “Times”), now in custody on a serious charge, being the possessor of a good voice, favored the choir of a certain church in this city on a recent Sunday evening by his presence and assistance. Several pieces of sacred music went a missing that evening, only to turn up again in the possession of the young man upon his arrest. To sing in a church choir for the purpose stealing the music is surely the acme of criminal impudence. The Dunedin Murder. —A Dunedin telegram of Saturday’s date says : —One of the detectives this afternoon discovered,'in the vicinity of the northern cemetery, a coat, which has been identified as the one usually worn by the prisoner Butler, charged with the murder of the Grant family. In the same neighborhood was found a salmon tin of the same brand as that purchased by the prisoner on the murder. The other clothes belonging to Butler were found in the bush this afternoon. A Very Plucky Policeman.—On Saturday night, shortly after midnight (says the Press), Constable McDonough arrested a man named John Maiden in the act of assaulting another man, whom he had on the ground. Three or four larrikins immediately set on the constable and succeeded in rescuing the man from his custody, and they all got away. Constable McDonough, however, in a very _ plucky manner followed them up, and assisted by Sergeant Barlow, managed to arrest all four in a quarter of an hour afterwards in Cathedral square, and took them to the lock-up. The Planet Mars. —Several remarkable seas —including inland seas, some of them connected and some not connected by straits with still larger seas—are now definable in the southern hemisphere of the planet Mars, in which, as in the case also with the Earth, water seems to be much more widely spread than in the northern hemisphere. There is, for example, a southern sea exceedingly like the Baltic in shape ; and there is another and still more remarkable sea, now defined by the observation of many astronomers — one near the equator, a long straggling arm, twisting almost in the shape of an Salaid on its back, from east to west, at least 1000 miles in length, and 100 miles in breadth. Meat Preserving. —The meat preserving works at Woodlands (says the “Southland Times”) will commence operations within the next few days, when employment will be afforded to a considerable number of hands. Wc understand that a large number of cattle are expected to be brought forward and disposed of on the terms offered by the Company. It seems that meat in 21b tins is now in great favour in the Home Country, and for the future this size will be mostly produced. Arrangements have been made for sending the meat per steamer from the Invercargill jetty to Port Chalmers, where it is to be shipped to London, the terminal charges and excessive rates on the railway line to the Bluff having brought about this determination on the part of the managers of the Company. A Freemason No Catholic. —ln New York a member of the Roman Catholic Church, who subsequently joined the order of Masons, purchased a family burial plot in the Catholic cemetery, wherein several of his family were interred. At his decease it was desired to bury his remains in the same plot, but the Church resisted, and a lawsuit ensued. The Court decided that the plot had been sold for burial pui’poses, and paid for, and that deceased, as purchaser, was entitled to interment. The fact of consecration of ground not being recognised by the common law, could not be taken into consideration. This decision, therefore satisfactorily settles a long-mooted paint. Nice State op Affairs. —The “ Otago Daily Times” has it, upon the cautious and reliable authority of one who speaks from experience that, omitting altogether the larger retail grocers, drapers, &c., in Dunedin who mix the wholesale in many cases with their retail businesses, the small retailers—a very host, lying thickly along Princes and George streets, and streets contiguous and suburban—have on their books about an average of from LI,OOO to L 1,500 each, and that the aggregate of book debts cannot be much, if at all, under a sum ranging from L 200,000 to L 300,000, say a quarter of a million sterling, apart entirely from current bills of exchange under discount by the banks. The Octagon Fire. —One of the victims by the fire at the Octagon, Dunedin, was a man named Swan, who had a wife and family in Scotland. His Worship the Mayor of Dunedin on Wednesday received the following letter from the Provost of Leith, dated January 7th; —“I duly received your letter of November 6bh last, with its enclosure, and arranged that the British Linen Company should pay over to Mrs. Swan, 19, Ferriers street, in small suras, as she might require them, the amount transmitted (L 65 10s). She is deeply grateful for this unlooked-for assistance, and desires me to convey to you and to the subscribers her heartfelt thanks for the kind consideration shown to her in Lor forlorn condition.—l am, &c., John Hendeb son.”
The Otago Trout Streams. Mr. Dryden Grieve last week took from Upper Taieri streams some splendid trout—one 201 b. in weight, 34 inches in length, and 31 inches in girth. It was taken with a minnow. Another fish turned the scale at 101 b., and several others were between three and six pounds. The capture of the 201 b. fish—the largest, wo believe, yet taken in the colony—will no doubt have the effect of turning the attention of sportsmen to the Upper Taieri, where good accommodation can be found at Tannahill’s Hotel, while Mr. Grieve will be glad to do the honors of the stream. As illustrating the capacities of our rivers in this part of Otago for the breeding of trout (says the “Bruce Herald”) we are able to state that a male fish, weighing ll|lb., was taken on Saturday last in Lovell’s Creek, just below the old bridge, by Mr. Fraser, the storekeeper. The same party caught, during the previous week, two fish of 51b. and Gib. respectively. A Chiniquy Incident.— A rather singular incident occurred on the arrival of Pastor Ohiniquy at the railway station on Saturday evening (says the “Southland News ”). When the train came in the constables on duty formed an opening through the crowd opposite the entrance, so that there should be no hitch or stoppage of any kind, and it was naturally expected that the pastor would avail himself of this lane. It happened, however, that the carriage which he occupied was not quite close to the place, and so the Pastor and those who were with him pushed through the crowd, passed out into the passage, and had entered a cab and were being driven off while the majority of those present were awaiting his appearance. At this stage the Rev. Father Larkin, who had travelled inthe same carriage, came through the opening, and the impression became general among those to whom the genial priest was not known that he was Pastor Ohiniquy. Any doubt that might have been felt on the point was removed by a railway official, who took in the situation at a glance and wickedly whispered, loud enough t* be heard by those around, “That’s the man.” And thus it happened that many people left the station without seeing the object of their curiosity. It is said that when the circumstance was mentioned to Father Larkin he fully appreciated the joke, goodhumouredly remarking “You see what a fine presence does."
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