“ Wickrd Marks.” —His Worship the Christchurch R.M. gave judgment yesterday in the charge of Sunday trading against Marks, the Christchurch fruiterer, fining him ss. for the offence. Appointaients. • —A Gazette just to hand has the following appointments of Licensing Commissioners ; —Ashburton, Rakaia, and Mount Somers district Mr. F. Guinness, Messrs. J. Ward, C. P. Cox, and H. T. Winter; Mount Peel and Geraldine Messrs. L. Walker, W. Postlethwaite and W. N. Slack ; Temuka —Messrs. S. D. Parker, A. Cox, jun., and J. A. Gammack. Meeting of Creditors. —A meeting of Mr. George Rickard’s creditors was held at the District Courthouse, on Thursday last, Mr. S. Saunders in the chair. The debtor submitted a statement of his assets and liabilities, which showed a balance of nearly LBOO in favor of the former, but anything of value appeared as secured to Messrs. Saunders Bros. , King and Co., and Morrow, Bassett, and Co., the principal creditors. Mr. Pavitt was elected trustee. “ Black-eyed Susan. —Owing to unforseen circumstances, Mrs. Hoskins will be unable to play in “ Black-eyed Susan,” at the Town Hall, tc-night. The piece, however, will not suffer in interest on this account, as the part will ho played by the lady who has rehearsed for Dolly Mayflower, and who has made herself a favorite with local playgoers. An advertisement elsewhere tolls us that Mrs. Hoskins will take the part she promised at the representation next week. The play gives every promise of being well put on. Civil Cases. —At the Court yesterday, His Worship gave judgment for the plaintiffs for the amounts claimed, with costs, in the following cases :—Fowler v. Rolan, L‘2 7s. 9d.; Harris v. Bryan, L 4 Os. 6d.; Harris v. Forbes, L 4 75,; Harris v. O’Shea, £4 18s.; Reate v. R. M. Buclianan, 95.; Saunders v. Boileau, L 7 10s. (on a promissory note) ; Hodder v. Spring, Ll 3 (on a promissory note). Mr. Crisp appeared for the Borough Council in suits for rates as under ; —Borough Council v. Butler, L 25 ; same v. Hicks, L 4, in each case obtaining judgment, with costs. A Holiday Spree. —Yesterday his Worship, theE.M.,reheard aebargeagainst Wm. Stothers for breach of the peace. The case was heard last Tuesday, and on that occasion Stothers was fined L 5 in his absence. He applied for a rehearing of the charge, on the plea that when the first hearing came on he was in a very unclean state, and before he could become presentable the Court was over and his case disposed of. His Worship granted the rehearing, conjoining the charge with another of a similar character against John Meiklejohn, for whom Mr. Ireland appeared, who said the offence had been committed while his client, who had been to the Christchurch races, was under the influence of liquor, and in that state had discussed racing matters with his fists, his opponent being Stothers. Both parties were fined LI, his Worship remitting the previous fine of L 5 recorded against Stothers. Drunk and Rowdy. —There are a goodly number of very disorderly characters in the town just now, if we, may judge by the amount of “drunk” business the R.M Court has to dispose of. Yesterday a man named Symons, avlio was robbed of a watch, Avas fined 5s or twentyfour hours in prison for being drunk, he having gone to the police station in such a state of inebriation that the Sergeant had to lock him up. Charles Tonan, another inebriate “ owned to it,” but urged that he hadn’t been before that Court for two years. In Court, however, he appeared to he under the influence of drink : he had been out on bail. His Worship levied LI from Tonan. Robert Hunter, an “incorrigible vagabond,” was sent to prison for twelve months. Previous convictions Avero recorded against him, and this time he AA r as found drunk in Moore street, and it Avas only after a severe tussle, and aid had boon obtained, that Constable Daly AA r as able to fix him up Avith the handcuffs. Funeral of Mr. George Bland. —On Thursday, at one o'clock, the remains of Mi’. George Bland, avlio met his death by a gun accident on Sunday last, Avere carried to their last resting place in the old cemetery. The procession, which Avas an exceptionally large one, numbering about 200 people, left Mr. Daily’s house in the Wakanui Road, at one o’clock, and proceeded to St. Stephen’s, where service was conducted by tlie Rev. Mr. Hands and Mr. J. Ward. The service was semi-choral, the 39th Psalm to Tallis being chanted, and hymn 221, “ Ancient and Modern,” was sung at the conclusion of the lesson. The “ Dead March, in Saul,” aaris played as a voluntary by the organist, Miss Gates, as the cortege left the church. At the grave, when the burial service was concluded, .the church choir sang Hymn 225 from “ Hymns Ancient and Modern.” Much sympathy with the friends of the deceased was shown at the grave, and the large number who attended the funeral testified to how much the incident of Mr. Bland’s death has affected the district. At the request of deceased’s mother the service at the grave was road by Mr. J. Ward, whose kindly ministratrations as lay reader in the church has endeared him to many Christians in the Ashburton district. Flags on one or two of the larger establishments in town were hung at half-mast as the procession passed along the street. The Burnham School Escapees and the Stolin Cheque. —Yesterday at the R.M. Court, the two lads, Eli Jones and William Edwin Best, who recently escaped from the Burnham Industrial School, were brought up befoic Mr. Guinness, charge with the theft of a cheque for- LIS odds from a tent at Rakaia. Sergeant' Felton said that the lads, having confessed their guilt, it would be useless to send them for trial, if the case was gone on with, as being of such tender years, there was no suitable gaol to send them to, and hence the only course which would be open to the Judge would be to send them back to the Burnham School. Mr. Guinness dissented from the opinion expressed by the Sergeant, as it was a matter open to doubt as to what his Honor the Judge might do with the lads in case they were found guilty. The matter being one which was very difficult to deal with, His Worship allowed the case to bo withdrawn. The two lads were then charged with absconding from the Burnham Industrial School. S. J. Maddison said that he missed the two boys on Saturday last. He had allowed the lads to sort the clothes of the reformatory on Saturday, and they had taken the clothes which they had on, and hid their uniforms in a paddock. Constable Rouse deponed to arresting the lads at Rakaia on Monday night. From the statement of the boys he knew that they were absconders. His Worship said in making an order for their return to the Reformatory, he would order J ones to be privately whipped. Mr Guinness gave both lads a warning to mend their ways, and to endeavor to lead an industrious life, Both lads would bo sent buck to the Reformatory until they had reached J the age of 15 years. J
The Borough Council Chambers. — There is every probability of the Borough Council Offices being lit AA’ith.gas by their usual meeting on Monday evening next. The gas-fitters have been pushing on with their work, and all that is necessary noAV is for communication to be opened up with the mains, which will, avg understand, be completed by this evening. Adjourned Once More.—The adjourned special meeting of the Borough Council to consider and adopt the ByhiAVS again fell through last night, as we prophesied. Messrs. St. Hill and Williamson were the only Councillors present, and Avhen our. reporter left at 7.30 the former gentleman and Mr. Crisp Avere deep in the mysteries of a game of chess. Steeplechases. —Theannual Ashburton County Steeplechases Avill fake place today over a course selected by the secretary on Mr. Hunt’s farm. With the promise of fair weather and excellent sport there should bo a large attendance. The our.-;e 'is quite severe enough to thoroughly test the capabilities of the horses, and none but good fencers Avill surmount one or two of the obstacles provided. A Avater jump of 12 feet with-a post and rail fence on the take off side appeared to us as a likely cause of grief. Calcutta Sweeps. The fulloAving sweeps on the Ashburton meeting Avere drawn last night, Mr. A. Harrison acting as auctioneer. There Avas a fair attendance, but doubtless the Bachelors’ Ball then being held in Quill’s Hotel prevented many from attending, Ashburton Handicap—No. 1, A’alue, L2G 15s. Gd. Raven, LI 10s. ; The Fakir, L2 55.; Micky Free, £i 55.; Stella, LI 15s. ; Grey Moines, L 5 15s. ; The Lad, 15s. District Handicap—No. 2 SAvcep—Value, LI 18s., The Lad, LI ss. ; Raven, L 3; Jack, L2 10s. ; Tam O’Shan ter, LI ss. Ashburton Handicap—No. 3 Sweep—Value, L 25 2s. —Stella, L 5 10s. ; Grey Momus, L 8 ; Raven, L 3 ; Fakir, L 5 ss. The Canterbury Cattle District.— The following is the official definition of the Canterbury Cattle District, under The Diseased Cattle Act, 1871, Canterbury, as proclaimed by His Excellency : And I do hereby define all that tract of country comprising the Counties of Amuri, Cheviot, Ashley, Selwyn, Akaroa, Ashburton, Geraldine, and Waimatc, Avith such islands as may be adjacent thereto, and all cities and boroughs within the boundaries of the said counties, as and to be a district under and for the purposes of The Diseased Cattle Act, 1871 ; and, in further pursuance and exercise of the powers conferred upon mo by the said Act, I do hereby attach to the said district the name of “ The Canterbury Cattle District.” Cambridge School Committee.— A meeting of the Cambridge School Committee Avas held on Monday evening, 24th inst. Present—Messrs. Megson (chairman), Lloyd, Lill, Grcyburn, and Margetts. Correspondence was read from the Board of Education, authorizing the apipointment of a seAving mistress for the school. Mrs. Cape-Williamson Avas appointed to fill the position, and to commence duties on the Ist June, subject to the approval of the Board. As a number of letters intended for persons resident in the school district of Cambridge have found their AA’ay to Cambridge, Waikato, the Chairman Avas I’equested to communicate Avith the Board of Education, requesting that body to change the name of the school district to Newlands. After passing several accounts, the Committee adjourned until Monday, the sth July. Telegraphic.—The telegraph stations hitherto known as Rangitata North, GreytoAvn, and Blueskin, will in future be called Ealing, GreytoAvn North, and Waitati respectively. ■ ‘ Larrikin ism.—Four young men, for breaking into and Avrccking the furniture of a Christchurch brothel, Avere on Thursday fined 40s. each by the Magistrate. . Old Age.—No octogenarians died during April, but four septuagenarians passed aAvay, viz., one, aged 78, at Dunedin ; two, aged respectively 76 and 72, at Wellington, and one, aged 70, at Auckland. 1 Christchurch Soup Kitchen.—The Mayor of Christchurch is receiving subscriptions for the proposed soup kitchen, and is to call a public meeting of the : citizens, Avith a view to fostering the project. Sir George Grey.—Sir George addressed a croAvded meeting at Timaru last night. His speech Avas mainly a repetition of those delivered at the other large centres. A vote of thanks was accorded to Sir George Grey for his address. “Paying tub Rent.” —A man in Christchurch Avent to pay his rent to his landlord. lie exhibited the money and asked fur a receipt. When that document was made out he seized it, but refused to casli up. Yesterday the Magistrate sent him to gaol for 24 hours. Infected.—Old Wellington residents Avill learn Avith regret that Mr. John Orr, of the celebrated City Buffet, in Lambton Quay, a popular temperance hotel, has seen fit to apply for a license—but Avhether from choice or necessity we cannot say. The application will doubtless injuriously affect a colonial popularity the buffet has secured. Violent Deaths. The “ violent deaths ” in New Zealand last month comprised four in Wellington (onofromaccidental burning, one from droAvning, and two recorded simply- as “ otherwise ”), two in Dunedin (one from “ injury to head from a fall,” and one from fracture of the skull), and one in Christchurch, the cause of Avhich last is not specified ; total seven. Curious Adventure. —The Post says ; —The Pencarrow I'ghtkeeper, while out duck shooting on the Saltwater Lake, met with a rather curious adventure. He was up to his middle in water after a duck, when ho observed a formidable looking animal coming towards him. He immediately took aim and discharged the contents of his gun, which, being only duck shot, took no effect, with the exception of making the animal more fierce. The keeper, being in close quarters, gave the animal tAvo or three heavy bloivs with the butt end of his musket, and succeeded in killing Avkat he afterwards found to be a •.seal, ' measuring quite twelve feet in length.” A Very Sad Accident. — A sad accident befel a reverend gentleman, or rather, avc should say, the fair organist, in a kirk in our district lately (says the Bangitilmi Advocate). The minister, carried aAvay with the fervor of his own discourse, overstepped the bounds of the platform which did duty as a pulpit, and fell upon the lady, to their mutual discomfiture. The only damage done was that which occurred to the even tenor or the reverend gentleman’s discourse ; though the lady might well be pardoned- if, in overstepping the bounds of the platform, she considered that the divine had overstepped the limits of propriety also. A Very Considerate Gentleman.— If Ave are to believe a member of the Auckland Waste Lands Board, Mr. Tonks, the gum-diggers are terrible felloAvs. Some genius or other has invented a machine for finding kaui’i gum, and he applied to the Board for aid in utilising it. Mr. Tonks Avas apprehensive that the invention would have a demoralising effect on the gum-diggers. At present they only made a rise at rare intervals, and when such an event did occur, they invariably went in for a lengthened spree, but if this unerring machine was to assist them, half of them would bo in their graves in a few weeks. After a short discussion it was agreed that the Board could do nothing in the matter.
A Baby Smothered. —A half-caste Maori woman had her baby smothered at Cambridge, Waikato, while sight-seeing at the races. Ax Extraordinary Wager.—An extraordinary wager for L2 has been made between two gentlemen at Bulls—viz , whether a man weighs heavier before or after partaking of a meal. ■ The decision (says the Bangifikei Advocate) is to be arrived at by practical proof, and with this view the two will weigh on Saturday • morning, and after partaking of dinner at an hotel will again try their weight. The gentleman who holds the latter hypothesis will, we presume, tax his capacity for victualling to the utmost, while his adversary holds that this will be in his favor, as the weight of food partaken of does not compensate for a corresponding displacement of chemical gases which occurs. Strikes in America. —Some suggestive figures regarding strikes in America are given in the report of the Massachusetts Bureau of Statistics and Labor. This report is prepared annually by order of the Massachusetts Legislature, and embodies the results of the most systematic and painstaking research amid the varied interests of the Bay State. The report of this year gives some interesting information about strikes and strikers, which is summarised in the following figures, covering as far as possible the record of all the strikes which have taken place in Massachusetts :—Causes of strikes—To secure better wages, 118 ; to secure shorter days, 24; to enforce Trade Union rules, 9 ; resistance to employers’ rules, 5 ; against introduction of machinery, 3. Results of strikes—Unsuccessful, 100; successful, 10; compromised, 16 ; partly successful, 6 ; results unknown, 9; contest still pending, 1. The conclusion drawn in the report from these figures is “that strikes as a rule are powerless to benefit the laboring classes ”; and certainly the statistics .given appear to bear out this view, at least as regards Massachusetts. ’ Extraordinary Capture of a Shark. —On Sunday morning last Messrs. D. White and H. Talbot went for a pull to the bank beyond the Motueka harbor, Nelson, and on arriving there the children Avho accompanied them took off their boots and socks for the purpose of wading in the tide, which at the time was making. Just after the children had loft the water a large shark was observed beating about very near them, and Messrs. Talbot and White at once made up their minds to secure him if possible. Mr. shark approached to within a few feet of them, and upon finding the water too shallow for him to get nearer, he turned to go back, but as he was in the act of doing so, Mr. White with great pluck rushed into the water, and seized his tail for the purpose of dragging him ashore, which feat he accomplished. The shark turned upon him several times whilst he was in the act of doing so, but each time White gave him a sudden jerk, and so prevented him from reaching his arm with his mouih. After landing him upon the bank, they half killed him by battering his head with a huge stick, and afterwards towed him across the harbour and landed him at the Retreat Inn at the rear of which he could be seen all day on Sunday. It was a blue shark, and about eight feet long from tip to tip ; ho lived about two hours after arrival at the inn. The water where White seized him was about two feet deep. Colonial Ploughmen. —Cricketers and boatmen from the colonies have visited England, and showed their superiority over their British brethren with the willow and the oar, and now it is proposed to send home a team of colonial ploughmen with colonial made ploughs for the purpose of contesting in the matches which will take place in the fall of this year. The Geelong Advertiser says : —“The promoter of the movements is Mr. John Dailey, of Ballairne, an intelligent man, who has for upwards of twenty years been engaged in agricultural pursuits here, and who has taken numerous prizes, including champion medals for his skill has a ploughman. Some two or three years ago he went Home and from what ho saw then in the rural districts of England, Scotland, and Ireland, he has no doubt that such a team as he will select, with such colonial made implements as they will take with them, will travel through the three kingdoms with an eclat equal to that which attended our riflemen and cricketers in the Old Country.” The team is expected to leave Melbourne about July, and as no doubt the ploughmen chosen to visit England will be very skilful workmen, even if they do not win any matches, it will tend to show the British public that the colonies are not behind them in agricultural pursuits.
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