The Norfolk. — The Norfolk steamer leaves Lyttleton to-day for Wellington and Sydney. County Council Balance sheet. —ln another column of thi=t issue will be found the half-yearly balance-sheet of the County Council for the six mouths ending 31st March, 1880. South Raeaia.— Mr. J. W. Sharp and Mr. William Allan were nominated o i Tuesday to fill the vacant seat on the Eoad Board recently caused by the resignation of Mr. Neil Maclean. A p )!1 will be taken on Wednesday, June 23. Sudden Death. —Sergeant Felton received a telegram from Rakaia on Tuesday, to the effect that a man named Charles M'Carthy, a character well-known to the police, had died very suddenly at the residence of Mr. Carruthers. San Francisco Mail.— The next mails for the United Kingdom, etc., via San Francisco, will close at Ashburton on Saturday the 19th day of J une, 1880, at nine a.m. Money orders to go by this mail should be taken out before four p.m. on Friday. Mutual Life Assurance. —Mr. J. M. Templeton, F.S.A., the Secretary of the National Mutual Life Association of Australasia (Limited), visited Ashburton yesterday, and we understand made arrangements for having this favorite office represented in this district. A. and P. Association.— The monthly meeting for the reading and discussion of papers is announced to bo held on the 22nd of June, in the upper room of the Town Hall. Previous to the meeting a plain dinner will be partaken of in the Somerset Hotel, by members only. Scalded to Death. —A child of Mr. Frarapton’s near Longbeach, about five years of age had, by a misadventure of one of her elder sisters, a dish full of boiling water tipped over her on Monday last. Dr. Stewart was sent for, but by the time he arrived the patient was moribund, and expired yesterday. An inquest will be held. The Property Assessment. —It is intended, we understand, to so alter the assessment papers that a landowner of ordinary intelligence will be able to make his return in due form. E. G. Wright, Esq., who was here yesterday, informed our reporter that new schedules in a simpler form would shortly be issued, and the time for returning them be extended. Land Sale.— Mr. Alfred Harrison held a sale on Tuesday afternoon of Mr. George Parkin’s properties in and near the township. The three sections upon which the dwelling-house and workshop stand brought L 155 being subject to a mortgage of LSOO, and a section at the corner of Wills and Tancred streets brought L 55, being mortgaged for LIOO. The axle was continued yesterday, when _ the whole was disposed of. T 1 0 morticing machine brought LlO ; the saw bench, with saws complete, tanks, and four-horse engine, brought L4O; and a “general joiner,” LSO. Other effects brought proportionate prices. St. Stephen’s Church, Ashburton. — A Committee of ladies has been formed to make arrangements for a Bazaar and gift auction proposed to be held on the 21st of July next, at the Town Hall, in aid of the funds of the churches in this district. The following ladies have assented to canvass the town, and will gladly receive any gifts which may be sent to their respective houses :—Mrs. Bullock, Mrs. Fooks, Mrs. Crisp, Mrs. Curtis, Mrs. Felton, Mrs. Gundry, Mrs. Shury, Mrs. Scott. Contributions to the refreshment stall may be sent to the house of Mr. J. W r ard in Burnett street. Masonic. —On Tuesday evening, the annual installation of officers in the St. John’s Lodge, E.C., took place at the new Masonic Hall, followed by a banquet, given by Bro. Gundry, and catered by Bro. Thiele. The ceremony was conducted by the D.D. Grand Master, Bro. Henry Thomson, from Christchurch. There was a good attendance, and the whole proceedings passed off in a highly satisfactory manner. The officers installed for the ensuing twelve months were as follows : Worshipful Master, Bro. W. H. Gundry ; Senior Warden, Bro. W. H. Zoucli ; Junior Warden, Bro. Edward Saunders ; Treasurer, Bro. Crisp; Secretary, Bro. C. C. Fooks ; Organist, Bro. H. J. Weeks ; Deacons, Bros. 0. C. Hurrell and W. H. Bristow ; Tyler, Bro. Cullen. The ceremony was conducted in a most impressive manner by the D.D.G.M., who, in conclusion, addressed the officers and brethren in the principles of the Order ; after which, the whole attended the banquet, in the room upstairs set apart for such purposes. The usual toasts were proposed and responded to, and the Masonic Choir enlivened the festivity by some solos and glees. Altogether the evening passed in a most pleasant manner.
Another Sodden Death. —A man named Daniel Campbell, a waggoner, died rather suddenly at Mount Somers on Tuesday last. Our information on tie subject is but sparse at present, but from what we can learn, the deceased complained to his mates on Monday night of acute pains in his left arm. Although nothing serious was imagined, they tried to alleviate the poor fellow’s sufferings by rubbing the part affected with pain-killer and administering to him doses of whisky, but the man gradually sunk and expired o,t two o’clock on Tuesday moning. The deceased was about fifty years of age. An inquest will be held to-day. Caught Napping. —At the sitting of the District Court last month, it will be remembered that a man named Williams appeared and objected to the discharge of bankrupt Patrick Sullivan, alleging that Sullivan had had the wages due to his mates paid to him and had immediately thereafter filed, by which means he had appropriated his mates’ money. The debtor was not in Court at the time, and the Judge adjourned the application of discharge till Tuesday. Williams was promptly up to time on Tuesday, and hung about Court all day long, waiting for Sullivan’s case to come. Seeing no apparent end to the cases against Messrs Friedlander he went out for a few minutes, but he had made a mistake. Suddenly (to his ideas at least) the civil business closed like the shutting of a knife, and in his absence Sullivan’s application was heard. No opposition being entered, the man who was accused of swindling his mates got his discharge without any trouble and the apposing creditor was left fuming Sporting. —A trotting match of more than ordinary interest is to be run on Saturday afternoon. A L2O a side match has been arranged between Mr. George Willcock’s grey gelding, Deceiver, and the celebrated mare, Gentle Annie, for a five mile run from Wheatstone to Waterton and back. Of the two, the old mare as a trotter, has a reputation second to none in the colony, but she must be now getting into the “ sere and yellow ” leaf, as we recollect her as a trottist fully thirteen years ago on the West Coast, and she was then entered by Sam Garforth as an aged marc, so that she has the penalty of over twenty summers to carry independent of her rider. Deceiver is a crack of a very different character, being a weedy looking but well bred hack, and he made a very good shape at the big waterjump at the recent steeplechases. Since then his owner, Mr. Willcocks, lias put him in harness, and ho shows indications of being able to cover a lot of ground in a small space of time as a trotter. As a tip “ Telephone,” after having so successfully picked the -winners at the steeplechases, gives the result of this event as follows ; —Deceiver wins by half a mile bard held. Mrs. Brown, the nurse at the Auckland Hospital, -who confessed to not accounting for money received from dead patients, has sent in her resignation. A Respecta dle Burglar. —At the Christchurch Resident Magistrate’s Court yesterdaj Richard Wood, very respectably connected here, was charged with breaking into the shop of B. Cass, draper, and the New Zealand Clothing Factory, and stealing money and goods therefrom. He was remanded for evidence. New Licenses. —At its last |sitting the Licensing Bench in Christchurch refused to grant any more licenses until the passing of the new Licensing Act. This action practically prevents the establishing of a new hotel for a twelvemonth, and is intended, apparently, to bring every now application under the principle of local option, which has been introduced into the new measure. Barret’s Hotel. —Over the renewing of the license for Barret’s Hotel, the Christchurch Licensing Bench sat for along time on Tuesday, and the whole question of Barret’s connection with the Boxing Day riots was again opened up. Ultimately it was decided to grant the renewal until the next quarterly licensing day, but only with a view to enable Barret to dispose of the house and business, he himself being the reverse of a fit and proper person, in the Commissioners’ opinion, to hold a license. “Parcels.” —At a meeting of Volunteers held recently at Blenheim for prizefiring, a number of “parcels” -were presented by private individuals for competition, the opening of some of which by the winners (the Expaess says) was productive of much amusement. Mr. Carter’s parcel, won by private Wemyss, contained a miscellaneus assortment of articles, and comprised a straw hat, a lady’s ruffet, three boa, a matron’s bonnet, a couple of bustles, a pair of stockings, a crinoline, and a belt. Mr. Hustwick’s parcel, won by Mr. Tarawiti, contained some nursery powder, a baby’s ring, two baby’s bibs, and a feeding bottle. Obituary. —A telegram from Wellington briefly informs us that Dr. Bennett, an old resident, has died, at the age of seventy-two. The deceased gentleman was a colonist of many years’ standing, and came to New Zealand in its very early days. He resided in Auckland for a considerable time, and was appointed by Government to the post of Registrar-General of the colony. While in Auckland he took a lively interest in all matters associated with the social well-being of the community, and was president of the Young Men’s Christian Association, we believe, up to the time of his leaving the place. When the seat of government was transferred to Wellington the doctor, along with the rest of the Government officials, went to the latter place, where he fulfilled the duties pertaining to his office for several years, when the infirmities of ago and declining health, compelled him to relinquish the position of Registrar - General, and retire on his pension, being succeeded in the office by Mi-. W. R. E. Brown. The last few years of the deceased gentleman’s life were spent in absolute retirement, and, although the meagre telegram states that he had attained the ago of when he passed away, we shall not be sur- - ' prised to learn that this is a mistake, and that his real age was an addition of ten to that number. An Unrehearsed Scene. —During the performance of “The Stranger” at the Theatre Royal, Wellington, on a recent night, a most flattering tribute to Mrs. Hill’s impersonation of the afflicted wire came from an unexpected quarter. The incident is thus narrated by the Timex. During the painful interview with her husband, the Stranger, in which ho is obdurate to all her appeals for sympathy and forgiveness, the chivalry and sympathy of one among the occupants of the stalls was thoroughly aroused. He, good, honest soul, did not quite see why, after all the trouble the unhappy pair had endured, a reconciliation could not be effected, and evidently, fully imbued with the idea that he was witnessing a stern reality in domestic trouble, lie approached the footlights, and, addressing the obdurate husband, told him he might at least forgive his wife, and take her-again to his bosom. As might be _ expected, such an interpolation in the original text had the effect of for a time stopping the play, each attempt to proceed being met by fresh expostulations on the part of the champion, and avowals that he, and his mates also, would stand by to help the lady if her old man wouldn’t come round as he ought to.” A Yankee editor, speaking of poultry) says :—“ Much attention has been paid to the rearing of poultry in the West, and the method now in use of hatching chickens I consider far superior to the Egyptian one of hatching them in ovens. It is simply to fill a barrel with eggs, head it up and sit a hen upon the bung.”
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