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Pedestrianism. —A match is on the tapis between O’Connor, of Timaru, and a Christchurch man for LIOO a side over a ten mile course. The RM. Court, Eakaia.— The Resident Magistrate’s Court sittings at South Rakaia will, in future, be held an the second Thursday in each month at 11 a. m. The National Steeplechases. —No work of importance was done on the course to-day. “ Voltigeur” at present tips —Royalty, 1 ; Agent, 2 ; Baron, 3, for the Grand National. Unregistered Dogs. —George Jameson and Andre iv Orr, for having each an unregistered dog in their possession, forfeited LI each to the Clerk of the Court yesterday morning for their neglect. In Bankruptcy. —Mr. George Rickard has filed a statement of inability to meet the demands of his creditors. The first meeting of creditors is announced to take place next Thursday, at the District Courthouse, Ashburton. Queen’s Birthday. —All branches of the Post Office will be closed on Monday next. Mails will, however, be despatched per express trains north and south. Sunday hours will be observed by the Telegraph Department. Application for Re-hearing. —Mr. O’Reilly applied to his Worship yesterday for a re-hearing of the case Meehan v. Friedlander. Mr. Purnell opposed the application, and after hearing arguments on both sides, Mr. Guinness dismissed the application, but without costs. Fatal Gun Accident - —At Oamaru, on Sunday, a lad named Charles Haggle, aged 10, lost his life. He was out shooting with a companion and was in the act of putting on an overcoat when ins gun exploded and the charge entering his side he was killed on the spot. The Outgoing Mail. —We are indebted to the Postmaster for the following information :—Mails for the United Kingdom, &c., via San Francisco, close at the Ashburton Post Office this (Saturday) morning, at nine o’clock, but a supplementary mail, closing at five p. in., will be made up for despatch per express train. Late foe letters may be posted in the mail van as usual. A Blackguard. —Cornelius Game appeared before his Worship yesterday, charged, on the information of Constable Warring, with using obscene language in the public street. The constable stated that Came had used the language stated while two respectably-dressed females were passing. His Worship gave the accused a severe reprimand, and sent him to gaol for eight days, without the alternative of a fine. Collision. —On Thursday afternoon there was a slight collision on the Ashburton bridge. On its way over, Mr. John Grigg’s dog-cart had to pass a grain laden dray 7 , from the frame of which the bags were projecting considerably, and narrowing down the space on the bridge to almost impossible passing room. The consequence was a collision, the bursting of two bags, and the sowing of seed on anything but a kindly soil. Meat. —Mr. R. Lancaster announces his intention of sending round bis meat carts to the houses of the residents, and of selling meat at a considerable reduction for cash. We have on several occasions heard complaints that this course was not followed before by the butchers, as many cash buyers would prefer to make a choice at their own doors to going to the shop or trusting to the selection made there to order. Coursing. —The Canterbury Coursing Club held their first meeting for the season at Sheffield on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of this week. The Derby was won by Yaldhurst, and Reaconsficld was runner up. Encore secured the Oaks with Wheel of Fortune as runner up. Both Beaconsfiekl and Wheel of Fortune were bred by Mr. S. Saunders of this town, two other dogs bred by the same g3ntleman, Seafield and Ma Belle, dividing fourth money in Derby and Oaks respectively. Presbyterian Church At Wheatstone. —The Rev. Mr. Beattie submitted to the Presbytery of Cbirstchurch at its last meeting plans of the proposed new church at Wheatstone, a site which has been chosen because of the central advantage it will give to tlie Waterton and Ashton residents and to those living higher up towards the railway, but nearer to Wheatstone than to Tinwald. The Presbytevial sanction was given to the plans, with one or two trifling suggested amendments. At the same meeting the Rev. H. B. Bnniett, late of Ashburton, applied for the appointment of an interim session at his charge at Ealkett, which was granted. Mr. Burnett’s friends will bo glad to learn that his new charge is prospering. Thl Cattle Disease. —A supplement to the Gazette has been issued, dated May IS, containing a proclamation dividing the South Island into the Marlborough, Nelson, Canterbury, Westland, Otago, and Southland cattle districts, for the purposes of the Diseased Cattle Act, and an Order-in-Couucil of the same date makes a special regulation to prohibit the removal or driving of cattle out of the South Auckland District into any other district southward of the district. Appointments are also made to the South Island Cattle Boards and the Sheep Inspectors are gazetted Cattle Inspectors for their respective districts. Veterinary Surgeons Mr. Thomas Michie in Wellington, and Mr. Thomas Hill in Christchmch, are gazetted Deputy Inspectors, being honorary appointments. Notice is also issued directing Cattle Inspectors to keep each other informed as to cattle tr.--. veiling through the districts where pleuro-pneu-monia is known to exist.

Personal.— -Mr. Watkin Williams, Q.C., the new Solicitor-General under Mr. Gladstone’s Government, is the brother of Mr. Wynn Williams, of Christchurch . — Press. Diphtheria. —The Dunedin Times reports the cases of alleged diphtheria there to be merely a bad description of sore throat, attended with ulceration. The outbreak is attributable to the changeable weather experienced of late. An Old Offender. —An old man named John Sutherland appeared before the Bench yesterday, charged with being drunk and disorderly. Sergeant Felton gave the accused a bad character, stating that he had just been released from the Timaru gaol. The delinquent stated he had friends in Victoria, and if his Worship would look over his offence he would clear out for that country at once. His Worship evidently being of opinion that this colony would benefit by the old man’s absence, fined him ss. or twenty-four hours in the lock-up. A Business Minded Architect —The following paragraph appears- in the latest issue of the Hawera Star, furnished by its Wanganui correspondent : —Rather a good thing occurred, not a hundred miles from here, a few days ago. An architect, noted for his anxiety to do business of any kind, in the course of ordinary conversation with a widow lady, was asked what he thought of her house, and its value. He replied, “ Well, 1 don’t know ; about L 750.” A few days afterwards, the lady was surprised beyond measure at receiving an account from the architect for LlB 15s. —2-|d per cent, commission on L 750 ! Mixed Scripture. —The Chairman of the Dunedin School Committee, Mr. Robins, came to grief at the last meeting through trying to quote scripture. He was comparing the case of some pupil teachers to that of “ the poor and them that need help, who ” ; but here his memory failed him, and he had to finish with “ were generally shoved to the wall.” One of the members made an inquiry as to the portion of Scripture where this might be found, but was not enlightened. Mr. Robins is said to be one of the shining lights of the Otago Bible-in-Schools Association, and a strong admirer of Colonial Secretary Dick. Wandering Cattle. —George Eagle and Thomas Chambers, charged before his Worship yesterday morning with allowing their horses to wander at large, were fined ss. each. Mrs. Hepburn appeared, in the absence of her husband, in answer to a summons for allowing two cows to wander in a public place. Mrs. Hepburn admitted that the cows were in the locality stated, but said that her Title boy was in charge of them, but on the appearance of the “ bobby ” on the scene, had left his charge, being under the impression that the man in blue was about to take both the cows and himself into custody. Mr. Guinness inflicted a fine of ss. Accident to the Express Train. —An awkward accidontoccurred on Monday to the Express Train from the South. It appears that the oil-box of one of the wheels got out of gear on the journey up, and the oil ceased to flow, the consequence being that on the arrival of the train at Waimate, where the wheels were examined as usual, this particular wheel was found to bo nearly red hot with the friction. The carriage was therefore detached and the train came on without it, and as it was crowded with passengers some inconvenience was caused. A second-class carriage was converted, to meet the emergency, into a first-class one by the aid of cushions, but even then there was considerable grumbling amongst the passengers, who could barely find standing room. The “Froliques.” —Mr. Martin Simonsen, who conducted an opera company through New Zealand a few years ago, will appear at the Town Hall, Ashburton, on Wednesday evening next, with a troupe which goes by the taking title of the “ Froliques.” Speaking of the company, a Dunedin paper of a late date says that “ the comedians of the company are most amusing, and introduce a lot of new ‘ business ’ in their songs, dances and farces. The most pleasing feature of the performance, however, was Mr. Sinionsen’s excellent violin playing, which was listened to most attentively and drew from the audience well merited applause. Mr. Simonson is certainly one of the most finished instrumentalists we have had here, and it is at all times a pleasure to listen to him.” Assaulting a Constable. —Nicholas Duncan appeared before Mr. Guinness yesterday, and pleaded guilty to the two charges of being drunk and disorderly and’assaulting a constable in the execution of his duty. Constable Rouse gave evidence to seeing the accused at an auction sale at Rakaia on Thursday, and while various parties were bidding, Duncan made use of some very disgusting language. On remonstrating with him, prisoner struck him, and after a struggle, in which the assistance of bystanders bad to be obtained, the culprit was taken to the lock up. A witness from Rakaia corroborated the constable’s evidence. Mr. Guinness inflicted a penalty of 20s. for being drunk, or forty-eight hours’ imprisonment, and for assaulting the constable a fine of L2, or ninety-six hours imprisonment, with the addition of the witness’ expenses, 12a. Civil Cases. —There were only two civil cases disposed of at the Court yesterday. In the action Britain and another v. Times, claim L 3 7s. Gd., in which Mr. Ireland appeared for the plaintiffs, judgment was given by default for the amount and L2 17s. costs. Mr. Ireland appeared for the defendant in the case of Armstrong v. Smith, in which the defendant sought to recover the sum of Ll 5 12s. Gd. balance of an account for cattle bought. . The defence was that Smith had not purchased the cattle from Armstrong but from a man named Dan McKellar. Armstrong stated that McKellar was only an agent in the transaction, and as Smith had paid LlO to Armstrong in part payment of the account, his Worship decided that Smith had by this action acknowledged that Armstrong was the principal in the affair, and gave judgment for the amount claimed, and LI IGs. costs. Walking Match fob LIOO a Side. — InHagley Park, Christchurch,on Thursday, fully 3000 people assembled to witness a walking match for LIOO botween'two of the best pedestrians in the colony—viz., Bowley, of Christchurch, and O’Connor, of Timaru. The betting was even, and a large amount of money was staked, it being said that to Timaru alone, O’Connor, who won, brings his supporters LIOOO. The event is thus described by a Christchurch contemporary ; —Both men had plenty of supporters on stripping, and it was the opinion of many good judges that, although both had evidently had a good preparation, O’Connor was, if anything, a bit light. Even betting was the order cf the day, Bowley having slightly the call. Precisely at 3h. 58imiu. the men started themselves, Bowley going off with a lead. For the first half-mile he maintained a slight advantage, but the Timaru champion then supplanted him. The first mile was completed in 7min. olsec. Soon after the following lap Bowley put on a spurt and again headed O’Connor, but on passing the judge O’Connor was again in front. The second mile was accomplished in 7min. 49secs. On passing the starling post at the end of the third mile O’Connor had a long lead, which he thenceforth maintained and was never again caught. The third mile was done in 7min the fourth in Bmin. 7sec., the fifth in Bmin. 3sec., the sixth in Sinin 20sec., and the seventh in Bmin. 39sec. The total time occupied it travelling the seven miles was therefore 56min, 44jjsec,

The Refrigerator. —The Orient steamer Cotopaxi, .now en route to Australia, is fitted with refrigerating machinery. An Example for New Zealand.— Engineering in these colonies has (says the Melbourne Daily Telegraph) of late years become a choice profession for our intellectual young men, and to enable them to go through a course of training, there has been established for the past two years, in the lecture-hall at the Public 'Library, civil and mechanical engineering and architectural classes, under an experienced instructor from England, conducted on the same system as the engineering colleges there. The Kelly Victims. —The murdered victims of the Kelly gang have just been covered by a monument, the other day unveiled, at which the Chief Commissioner of Police made an eloquent speech. If he couldhave persuaded the Kellys to assist at the ceremony the tribute would have been complete. The latest proposition to capture the Kellys is to invest the Strathbogie ranges with a force of 180,000 men, so as to intercept supplies. This suggestion has the merit of being largo, at any rate. The question of expense, of coarse, is of minor consequence, even if it should be discovered after all that the Kellys had left the country long ago. For it is something Sometimes to get at negative results. The Government have not yet said if they approve of this proposition, but as the proposer quotes a classical precedent they may haply think about it—when the deficit has been met. An Aboriginal Giant. —The Woolgar correspondent of the Townsville Herald writes :—“Here is something remarkable. When passing through Chedley Park Station,one of the Messrs Annings related thefollovving :—Between Cambridge Creek and the tableland an aboriginal has been repeatedly seen among the ridges abounding in this country who measures in statue about|Bft Gin. He is a well-made and a powerful-looking giant, stout in proportion. His foot-track measures about IGin to 17in from toe to heel, and his single stride is over sft. This monster blackfellow is always well armed, and carries an enormous shield and spear, nullah nullahs, &c. He is invariably accompanied by three white gins, who carry most of his tremendous weapons and procure his food. This story is partly confirmed by a digger who, being in search of his missing horse, happened by accident to stumble across this giants great tracks. These are the facts as I got them. Whether they require to be taken cum gram sails I leave others to judge.”

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