Telegraph Station. —A telegraph station is now open at Kirwee and Springfield, in the County of Selwyn. Property Tax.— A public meeting is to be held in Christchurch next Thursday evening to discuss the Property Tax. New Carrier. —Mr. H. Hooper an] nounces having commenced business as general carrier, having taken over the ‘ ‘ tools ” of Mr. R. Cullen. Wakanui Library.— A public meeting is called for the evening of 9th July, to be held in the Wakanui school-room, for the purpose of electing a Library Committee to act during the ensuing year. The Civilised Maori. —The Maori intellect does not appear to take kindly to classic education. The Maori class at the Auckland Grammar School has been abandoned. The fees received were only L2lO, and the master’s salary was LSOO a year. The Dunedin Carnival. —The Carrrijpdheld in Dunedin in aid of the BenevrfcJfint Institute has netted and paid over L 2,000, and L2OO more are expected when the ends are all gathered up, and the fragments disposed of. Fires in Christchurch.— Two fires broke out in Christchurch last night—one in Tuam street, and the other in Chester street West. The fires occurred between 6.30 and 7.30, but they were speedily put out as the houses were only shanties. Enlargement of St. Mark’s Church, Rakaia.— The Church Property Trustees have granted a sum of LSO, and a loan of L2OO, for the enlargement of St. Mark’s Church, Rakaia, which will be carried out as soon as the necessary plans have been prepat ed. The Band Uniforms. —The tender of Messrs. Craighead and Co., tailors, has been accepted by the Committee of the Volunteer Company for making uniforms for the Volunteer Band. The price is L 3 9s. Gd. per suit. The shakos are to bo made by Messrs. C. P. Hulbert and Co., of Christchurch. The Log Pois.oning. —Several more dogs, of greater or less value, have met their fate in the baits that have been laid wholesale about the streels, but from the ease with which poison can be obtained on the out stations it is a matter of great difficulty to find out the guilty party. Amateurs Beware.—ln the Magistrate’s Court at Wellington on Thursday, judgment was given under the Copyright Act for L 8 and coats against the manager of the Alliance Amateur Dramatic Club of Dunedin for an unlicensed representation of certain plays. “ Wicked Marks.”— “ Wicked ” Marks, the fruit seller, whose trial for Sunday trading was to have come off in Christchurch yesterday, has to suffer such gnawings of remorse as he may be subject to for a few more days, as his trial has been postponed till the 30th. Pawned Blankets. —lt was reported that a pair of blankets, the charitable gift of the Christchurch Benevolent Association to a poor family had been pawned by the recipients. An officer of the Association went to see if the report were true, and denies it, as he found the blankets in use by the poor people. Such reports as these are cruel indeed. Retrenchment. — Only one train will in future run daily on the Waikato railway between Te Awamutu and Auckland. In another column Fred. Back, Esq., general manager on the Middle Island railways announces the withdrawal of the officers from Aylesbury station on the Malvern line, and Ashley station on the North line, and that these stations will in future be flag stations only. Tenders. —Tenders are wanted by the Longbeach Ruad Board for—Two culverts with concrete abutments ; an outfall drain from boundary road, and the deepening of aide ditches; side ditches on Ford’s road and on Iselworth road—a mile arid a half in all ; thirty-five chains of shingling on the Isleworth road ; and for cutting into Rangilata river. The Old Men’s Home,— The Master of the Old Men’s Home, begs to acknowledge with thanks the receipt of two sacks of vegetables from Mr. W. Gimblett, Christchurch. The Master of the Industrial School acknowledges the receipt of two sacks of carrots, two do cabbage, one do turnips from “ Wicked Marks ” ; one box of vegetables from W. Strays. C.Y.C. —Owing to the illness of the Drill-instructor for the district, Sergeant G. F. Scott, the Ashburton instructor, is now doing double duty, and has to pay occasional visits to Temuka to discharge instruction duties for the troop there. A good drill instructor is indispensable, and the Ashburton Contingent are exceedingly fortunate in having an officer of Sergeant Scott’s ability resident among them. Oddfellows. —The half-yearly meeting of the Loyal Ashburton Ledge, 1.0.0. F., M. U., was held in the Templar Hall last night, when a very large number of members attended, showing that interest in this very sucessful Lodge is increasing. After the usual Lodge routine the election of officers took place with the following result: —G.M., Bro. J. C. Dolman ; N.G., Bro. G. F. Scott ;. V. G., Bro. Joshua Tucker; E. S.. Bro. James Tait ; L. M., Past Grand Bro. Cullen; W., Bro. Thomas Gibson ; LG., Bro. Baylis ; R.S. to N. G., Bro. R. Anderson; L. S. to N. G., Bro. R. Macfarlane ; Permanent Secretary, Bro. Minni?. Auditors—Bros. Scott and C. Reid. The other vacant offices were suitably filled.* The sick visitors reported no sickness whatever in the Lodge, and the Ball Committee reported the progress made with arrangements for the forthcoming anniversary celebration. During the half-year twenty-five new members have been added to the roll, and a number of old members who had become bad on the books have paid up, so that the membership now shows the healthy number of G2 good members. A past officer’s Certificate of Merit was presented to . Bro. Dolman on vacating the chair of Noble Grand, usual votes of thanks were passed to the,, retiring officers, and the customary knowledgments were made by the newly-elected officers. Before the election three new members were initiated, and three others will be initiated at next meeting. It is a fact perhaps worthy of note that last night about L2O more money was taken than on any other night during the Lodge’s history. There are L 175 of Lodge funds out on mortgage, and about L7O in the hank. One very hot day a case was being’tried in a court of law in one of the Western States. The counsel for the plaintiff had been speaking at great length, and, after referring to numerous authorities, vp.3, about to produce another imposing* volume, when the judge inquired what was the amount in dispute. On being told that it was two dollars, “ Well,” said he, “ the weather is very hot, I am very old, and also feeble—l’ll pay the amount myself.” A Negro was put upon the stand as a witness, and the judge inquired if he understood the nature of an oath. “ For certing, boss,” said the citizen; “if I swears to a lie I must stick to him ! ”
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