Postal.— Mails for San Francisco and United Kingdom, per s.s. Australia, close at Auckland at 1 p.na. this day.
A Lost Child.— A three-year old, hailing from the neighbourhood of the Gas Works, went missing oh Saturday evening. It appears that Mrs. Keen, the mother of the small boy in question, went to look for another of her charges, when the child wandered away in the direction of Seafield, and after camping out for the .night, was, discovered next morning not much the worse for his expedition. Flattened Out. —Mr. P. Hyland, of Wakanui, had a narrow escape last week. He was driving a team attached to a Cambridge roller, operating on a crop near Dromore, when the horses swerved, and the driver was precipitated from his seat, the roller passing over his body. Mr. Hyland was considerably damaged, but had no bones broken. Had he been built, on a stouter model, the accident might have been disastrous. The Kyeburn Murder. —The Kyeburn murder trial was concluded on Saturday. The jury came into Court at 8.20 p.m. with a verdict of “Guilty” against Ah Lee, and “Not Guilty” against Lee Guy. His Honor then put the black cap on, and passed sentence of death in the usual way. All the Dunedin papers have articles endorsing the verdict of the jury, and urging the police to bring to justice the others who must have been concerned in the murder.
Phrenology. —On Saturday evening, a very interesting lecture on phrenology was delivered at an open meeting of the Star of the East Lodge of Good Templars in the Templar Hall. The lecturer was Brother Craighead, who showed a very intimate acquaintance with the subject on which he spoke, and was frequently applauded. At the close, Mr. Craighead examined the craniums of a good many of the audience, giving readings of the characters of his “ subjects ” that rather astonished them by their accuracy. A vote of thanks was accorded to Mr. Craighead.
Cricket. —A meeting of the Match Committee of the Ashburton Cricket Club was held last night to consider a challenge from the Mount Somers Cricket Club to play a match at Ashburton on Saturday next. It was decided to accept the challenge, and the following team were selected to represent the Club;—Wcstenra, Hodder, Eyton, Marsh, Duncan, Denshire, Wix, E. G. Crisp, Groves, Martin, and Fooks. Emergencies—Mayo, Hill, Price, Mainwaring, Baldwin, Andrews. The match will be started at 10.30. sharp. Any of the above members who are unable to play are requested to inform the Secretary at their earliest convenience. The team will practice every evening during the week.
1.0. G.T.—The Clearbrook Lodge of Good Templars at Waterton celebrated their anniversary on Saturday by an open lodge meeting, which w r as largely attended by the residents, about fifty being present. The meeting was held in the Library Hall, which has been greatly enlarged, the workmen engaged on the alterations having only just completed their labors. Bro. Davis occupied the chair, and the programme comprised songs, readings, and recitations, which were well received. The Library Committee deserve great credit for their enterprise in enlarging the Hall, which is now an ornament to the place, and will be found quite sufficient in capacity for the largest meeting of the residents that is likely to be held.
Cambridge School Committee.—A meeting of the Cambridge School Committee was held on the 4th October at which the following were present —Messrs. Megson (Chairman), Lloyd, Watkins, and Margetts. After confirmation of the minutes of last meeting, Mr. William Allen was elected a member of the Committee in room of Mr. Dale, who had left the district, and Mr. Allen took his seat. The correspondence with the Board having been read, and the business done by the Chairman during the month recapitulated and approved, the schoolmaster’s report was read. The report was considered satisfactory, but the members of Committee expressed themselves as still feeling the necessity of urging parents to send their children to school. After discussion, it was decided to bring the compulsory clauses of the Act into force-within the district. An allowance of 10s. for stamps and stationery was made to the Chairman, and a sum of 30s. was voted to the Chairman to be spent in providing cricketing materials, etc., for the lads. Considering the state of the funds it was not considered advisable to offer prizes for competition by the children this year. Westerfield Estate. —Last Thursday evening, a party was given by 0 G. Hawdon, Esq., to the farmers and employers on the Westerfield estate. The assembly took place in the schoolroom in the new township of Westerfield, which has recently been laid out, and about sixty guests assembled. The weather was very inclement, a heavy rain having fallen almost without intermission from an early hour in the afternoon, which prevented the presence of a large number of guests from Ashburton and elsewhere. In the absence of Mr. Hawdon, the guests were entertained by Mr. and Mrs. Oliver, who provided a sumptuous supper, and were assiduousin their attention to the corafortand happiness of the visitors, who were entertained in real old English style. After long life and prosperity had been often and heartily wished to Mr. Hawdon, dancing was'comraenccd and kept up with great spirit till broad daylight, when the party broke up. This was the first social gathering of friends, neighbors, and employees, given by the proprietor of Westerfield, and it was an entire success in every way. We understand that such parties as that of Thursday will not be seldom given on the Westerfield estate, the spirited proprietor of which is making a vast improvement in the locality, the new township, which is close to Westerfield station, having made rapid progress, and there is every indication that in a short time there will have grown up an important township where four months ago there was nothing but tussock. Already a good many buildings have been erected on the township site, and these will be increased immediately. Elgiii School. —The monthly meeting of this Committee was held last Wednesday in the schoolhouse. Present —Messrs. J. Stanley Bruce (Chairman), J. Keir, F. Innes, and P. Greenaway. The minutes of the last meeting, held on the Ist ult., were read and confirmed. The Chairman’s statement was as follows :—The last quarter’s return shows fifty-eight children belonging to the school. The following amounts have been lodged to the credit of the Committee by the Board of Education since the last monthly meeting :—For payment of the well and chimney cowl, LIG 17s. 10d.; salaries to teachers Lll IGs. Bd.; and incidental expenses, L 5 Gs. In answer to the letter which I was requested to write the Board of Education, asking for a small amount to enlarge the master's garden, the Board replied that they had not any funds to spare for the purpose. In the same letter 1 also requested that a gymnasium might be erected, and the requisite apparatus was sent down immediately to Ashburton. I sent a dray for.the same, and the master and some of his pupils have erected it. The master applies for an assistant. The school will be examined by the inspector on Thursday, the 14th inst. The correspondence was next read. Mr. P. Innes proposed, Mr. J. Keir seconded —“That blinds be provided to the school.” Carried. Mr. P. Innes proposed, Mr. T. Greenaway seconded—“ That the Chairman bo requested to forward the master’s letter asking for an assistant, to the Board of Education, recommending that the same be complied with.” Carried. It was further resolved that the Board of Education be applied to for a larger sum for incidental expenses. Accounts to the amount of L3O Os. lOd. being passed for payment, the Committee adjourned to Wednesday, the 3rd pros.
The ‘ ‘NewZealand Muse. ” —The Auckland musical publication entitled the Neio Zealand Muse has suspended publication for a time owing to dissolution in the partnership. Samoa. —News from Samoa by the Coronet, at Auckland, states that all are prepared to fight, and in such a disturbed state that the public meetings of the London Missionary Society had to be postponed. Chlorodyne. —A Waimate chemist has laid informations against several local storekeepers for selling poison without being registered. The poison is contained in the patent medicine called chlorodyne.
Fires. A fire that did but little damage occurred on Saturday at Garlick and Cransell’s cabinet-maker’s shop, Auckland.—The Royal Hotel, Onehunga, with some adjacent buildings, was burnt to the ground. The loss amounts to about L 1,500, and there is no insurance. A fire at VVanganui on the same day burned the residence of a leading merchant, which was insured for L 1,250. The Magistracy. The Wellington Post of Saturday says—“ln reference to the rumored Magisterial changes which have been mentioned as impending, we find on further enquiry that all these statements have been made without the slightest authority and are evidently based on the merest rumors. We have been most distinctly assured that the whole question is still entirely unsettled, and remains under the careful consideration of the Government, while we have reason to believe that several of the guesses will be found very wide of the mark. ”
Cruelty to Animals. —At the Christchurch R.M. Court yesterday, a man named Michael Winter was fined 20s. for squeezing thirty-eight fowls into a case about two feet six inches long by two feet wide and deep, and taking the same by train a distance of forty miles. Four of the fowls were dead by the time they reached Christchurch, and when noticed by a constable, others were in a suffocating condition. This inhuman poultry pedlar, in defence, said he thought he had made the fowls very comfortable for their journey. Looking Up Again. Reefton has furnished many enviable instances of astonishing acquisition of wealth, but we ( Inangahua Times) doubt very much if any previously cited instances of the kind approach to that of a knight of the long' robe, resident in Nelson. The holder of 6,000 shares in the United Alpine Company, and 4,000 shares in the Golden Fleece Company, his interests in these two mines have risen in the short space of about throe months from a nominal value of almost nothing to the princely sum of L 16,000. Talk about being rich beyond the dream of avarice. —The returns from the top plates of the Golden Fleece Extended Quartz Mining Company, Reefton, for the two weeks ending 9th October, amounted to 670 ozp. amalgam. Native Industry. —The Dunedin Star says :—As a result of the Sydney Exhibition, Messrs. Reid and Gray have received a large order from New South Wales for some of their manufactures, comprising three furrow ploughs and double-rurrow and subsoil, for which latter they _ received the first prize at the Exhibition. Concerning the subsoil, Messrs. Reid and Gray’s Sydney agents have received the following from a purchaser of one of the ploughs :—“ We have much pleasure in testifying to the excellent workmanship and design of Messrs. Reid and Gray’s double plough. It has been much admired in this district, and has ploughed some very hard and sun-baked land in a surprising manner. We trust Reid and Gray will send only the best workmanship, as the land here is heavy and hard.” And from Howlong (N.S.W.), they also received this further testimony to the excellence of their goods “ The plough you sent us has been much admired, and gives great satisfaction. We think you will receive orders for several from this quarter next season.” _ For the Ashburton district Messrs. Friedlander Bros, are the agents.
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