English Arrival. —The barque Helen Denny, from London, has arrived at Lyttelton. Fire Police. —A meeting of the members of this important body will be held in Messrs. Edmiston, Gundry and Co.’s store this evening, at 7.30. “Cash.” —ln our advertising columns will be found a lecture by T. It. Hodder and Company on the'subject of “ Cash in demand and Cash on demand.” Baring Square. —The work of digging the belt of plantation round Baring Square is nearly completed, and the appearance of the Square has been greatly improved, the place having assumed quite a tidy look.
The Oriental Exhibition. The Oriental Exhibition—a collection of pretty things from the Holy Land—will open to-morrow evening, in the Upper Room of the Town Hall. The San Francisco Mails. —The mail steamer City of Sydney, with the London mails of June 17th, left San Francisco on the 4th inst., one day before the due date. The Australia, with the J une colonial mails, reached San Francisco on the 14th instant, one day in advance of the contract date.
Presbyterian.—At the morning service of the Presbyterian Church, on Sunday, it was announced that seven members of the church had been elected to the eldership—four of whom would be ordained on the 15th August, viz—Messrs. Wm. Gavin, James Reid, Andrew Orr, and Frederick Pavitt.
Teachers’ Certificates.—A supplementary Gazette publishes an Order-in-Council fixing the annual examination of candidates for teachers’ certificates to take place during the first week in January in each year. Candidates must give notice not later than November Ist preceding, and pay a fee of LI. The Gazette contains a list, of teachers at present holding licenses.
Disputed Accounts.—A short sitting of the Court was held on Saturday, the adjourned case of Mcßae v. Harris being set down for hearing. Evidence for plaintiff was taken last week, and the case had been postponed so as to allow the parties an opportunity of coming to an amicable settlement. This desirable result had, however, not been attained, and the case was gone on with again this morning. The defendant’s plea was that on the 15th January, a settlement had been come to between himself and the plaintiff, which an account put in by .himself (Mr. Harris) would substantiate. Mr. Harris cited cases to show that where an agreement had been come to between parties to an action, such agreement precluded any further suit at law. His Worship gave judgment for defendant with Court costs, Mr. O’Reilly gave notice of appeal.
Ashburton Infant School. —Tenders are invited'in another column for the erection of an infant school at Ashburton. Normal School Scholarships. —The Secretary to the-Board o['■Education makes an announcement in this issue regarding the Normal School scholarships. Postal. —Mails for the United Kingdom, per City of New York, close at noon this day (Tuesday). Mails for Sydney, per Te Anau, also close at two p.m. today.
Co-operation.— The farmers in Timaru district are about to form a Farmers’ Cooperative Association, with a capital of L 25,000, and a meeting with this view was held on Saturday, at which fifty attended.
Train Arrangements. —ln consequence of the Christchurch Industrial Exhibition remaining open till to-morrow night, Mr. Back notifies that single fare tickets issued on July 19, 20, or 21 will be available for return up to and-including July 21. The Carandinis. —Madame Carandini’s Company, composed of the celebrated cantatrice herself, her accomplished daughter, Miss Marie, Miss Josephine Deakin, and Mr. Walter Sherwin gave a farewell concert in the Town Hall last night, when the appreciation of good music by the Ashburton public was well manifested by a very good audience. Some ballads for which Madame is famous were given by her with no abatement of her well-known power. Miss Oarandini was equally effective in the gems with which she favored her audience, who failed not to accord her the meed of praise she so justly merits. Miss Deakin appeared more frequently on the stage in this concert than she did in those recently given by the company, and we were glad of the closer acquaintance with her mellow voice. Mr. Sherwin appears only in the concerted pieces, where he lends yeomanly aid. The accompaniments were played by the younger ladies exquisitely.
Entertainment at Elgin. The promised entertainment at Elgin School came off last night. A company, mostly recruited from Ashburton, contributed a varied programme of songs, readings, &c., and when we state that such well-known favorites as Mr. Harrison, the Gates family, and Mr. Jacobson were the principal Ashburton performers we have said sufficient to leave the inference that the bill of fare, as far as Ashburton is concerned, was anything but inferior. Mr. Harrison was particularly successful with the two songs he sang—“ A father’s love,” and the “ Bell ringer ” —while Mr. Jacobson’s ever fresh recitation of “ The Little Revenge ” was very telling, as indeed was his song “Nil Desperandum. Miss Gates and Miss Gerty Gates also sang, the former very sweetly “The flower girl,” and latter a little song that made her a favorite with the audience at once. Mr. and Mrs. Proudlock, of the Elgin School-house, proved themselves a most powerful aid to the evening’s enjoyment both musically as duettists and soloists, and Mr. Proudlock as an elocutionist. The funny element was sustained by Mr. Horace Gates, whose comic songs are always well received ; and by Mr. Dunn, who sang a Scotch song or two. We must not forget to mention that the first and second parts of the programme were wound up by a “spring” on the the bagpipes by Mr. Murdoch Elder, the beat piper in the colony, and the ‘ ‘ hurricanes of Highland reels” he played seemed to touch the heels and toes of the Scotch element in the audience most powerfully. At the close, votes of thanks were passed to the strangers who had aided in the programme, to Mr. Moffat for the use- of his piano, to the Chairman, etc. The Elgin people are indebted mainly to Mr. Stanley Bruce for the success of the entertainment. Mr. Bruce was at much pains to make the arrangements complete, and discharged the duties of chairman most effectively. A dance came on after the entertainment.
Shipping Casualty. —The Anchor Line steamer Kennedy is ashore at the mouth of the Grey, but is not in a dangerous position. Publicans Beware !—The proprietress of the Queen’s Hotel, Christchurch, was fined L 5 and costs yesterday, for keeping her hotel open for traffic after hours.
The Industrial Exhibition. —lt has been decided by the Committe to keep the Exhibition open until Wednesday next. Up to Saturday night, 13,500 persons had visited the show. New Church.— The foundation stone of a new Presbyterian Church, at Sydenham, was laid on Saturday afternoon by Mr. John Anderson. The building when completed will seat 800 people.
Nose Tweaking. —An Auckland telegram last week said the editor of the Free Lance had had his nose pulled by one of the members of the Froliques Troupe, for saying their “ show” was trash. The editor gives a flat denial to the statement.
Fatal Bush Accident. —At Stratford, near Ha a era, on Friday a fatal accident happened. Two men were felling a tree, when by some mischance one of them slipped and fell to the ground just as his fellow workman’s axe was descending. The axe struck his head, fracturing his skull, and causing instantaneous death. The men are Italians.
The Bradlaugh Libel Case. —By the mail which left on Saturday, a resident of Christchurch forwarded a declaration, taken before a magistrate there, to the effect that when present in a hall in England some years back he heard Mr. Bradlaugh make use of the expressions relative to his disbelief in a God, which were quoted by the newspaper against which he has entered an action for libel. The Unemployed. —Government have found work for 500 of the Christchurch unemployed, and 220 still remain on the books. As showing the state of the labor market in the colony, it may be remarked that Government Vaction in this matter has had the effect of attracting unemployed men to Christchurch, both from north and south, in the hope : of. obtaining employment on railway works.
The Waitangi Treaty.—An obelisk commemorative of the signing of the Waitangi treaty has been completed by an Auckland firm, to the order of the natives, who have already built a hall in honor of the historical event. The obelisk rises to a height of seventeen feet, on a pedestal eight feet high. On the four sides of the pedestal tablets appear, bearing the graven text of the treaty, with the names of the signatories. A Brute.—At the R.M. Court, Christchurch, yesterday, Samuel Dobbinaon was charged with stabbing his wife, Emma Jane Dobbinson. The evidence showed that on the night of July 10th, accused went homo drunk, dragged his wife out of bed by the hair of her head, kicked her twice in the back, struck her across the arm with a poker, and stabbed her twice above the right ear, the thickness of the bone alone preventing fatal results. The bed and clothing were completely saturated with blood. Accused, who displayed great indifference while in Court, was committed for trial.
Comparisons.-—A Sydney paper rather funnily deals with two colonial Governors. It says Sir Hercules likes horses, Lord Augustus likes fowls —Horsey Robinson, Fowley Loftus. Ignorance.—An intending passenger to New Zealand was recently informed by a shipping clerk in London, of whom he was making enquiries, that there was no vessel going just then, but there was one on the berth for Australia, which would do as well, as ferry-boats run across every three hours.
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