C.Y.O.—A full meeting of the Ashburton Contingent of the cavalry is wanted at the mounted parade to-morrow night.
The Astronomer. —Mr. B. A. Proctor, the astronomer, lectured in Dunedin last night to 2000 of an audience. An UnkindParagrafh. —Regarding the recent “ bumming ” of the R.M. Court, the Auckland Star gives its readers the following scrap of information ; —The Good Templar Hall at Ashburton was lately occupied by bailiffs, who desecrated its sacred precincts with copious draughts of beer. Ashburton Trotting Club. —A meeting of the Committee of this Club was held at Baldwin’s Hotel yesterday afternoon—Mr. Stitt occupying the chair. It was resolved that the next trotting match under the auspicies of the Club should take place on the racecourse on December 16th. Mr. Cookson was elected a member of the Club, and the meeting adjourned until November 17th, at 8 p.m. Messrs. Matson, Cox and Co’s. New Buildings. —The first sale will be held in the handsome new buildings of Messrs. Matson, Cox and Co., on Friday, the 15th, when the opening will be celebrated by a luncheon. The first sale will be an important one, comprising land, house property, business promises, sites, stock, implements, etc., and as the event will be one of importance, there will doubtless be a large turn out. The Police. —The Wellington Chronicle says :— ‘‘ It is not too much to say that the abuses of the Wellington police force (particularly in the higher ranks of officials) are a crying,scandal. There is a commissioner who is supposed to control the North Island, and who certainly draws a high salary for a mere sinecure. There is Colonel Reader, whose public services no fellow has yet been able to discover. There is Mr. Superintendent James, a clever, courteous, and gentlemanly man—bearing an enviable reputation in every line of business, except that of a policeman—but the man who can find out what Mr. James does for a living must evolve it from his inner consciousness.” . “ Whilebait at Greenwich.” A medley entertainment in which the piece de resistance will be the screaming farce “ Whitebait at Greenwich ” is to be given on Tuesday next in Ihe Seafield schoolroom. The proceeds are to go towards purchasing a harmonium for the institute, but in addition to this laudable object the entertainment has an attraction of a special nature. The performers, though amateurs, are not unknown to the boards, and some cf them have won laurels before far more critical audiences than one would be likely to look for in Seafield school. A bumper house, and a repetition of the entertainment cannot fail to be the reward of the promoters, prominent among whom, if not the moving genius, is A. M'Kellar Wix, Esq. Ashburton Racing Club. —The Committee of the Ashburton Racing Club met at Quill’s Commercial Hotel yesterday afternoon, at 4 o’clock. Present— Messrs. Stitt (in the chair), Scott, Fooke, Jacobson, and Saunders. The minutes of last meeting having been read and confirmed, a discussion ensued upon the propriety of amending the published programme, but it was eventually resolved to make no alteration. A letter was read from Mr. Struthers, applying for a refund of the money paid for grand stand at last spring meeting, but it was decided that the application should not be entertained. Mr. E. Griffiths was appointed handicapper for the open races, and Messrs. Neil M'Lean and S. Saunders for the district races. The Secretary was instructed to make arrangements with Messrs. Quill and Co. for sale of privileges, and to advertise the programme in the Canterbury Times. A letter was read from the Ashburton Trotting Club, offering L 3 3s. per day for use of course when required for its meetings. It was resolved to accept this offer. The meeting then adjourned.
Wakanui School Committee. A meeting of this Committee was held last Saturday 7, evening. Present Messrs, Earle (Chairman),"' Kilgour, Lownie, Paynter, Hill, Leadley 7 , and Brown. Correspondence was read from the Board of Education, in reply to a letter sent to that body by the Committee, asking f tr advice respecting the alleged invalidity of the present schoolmaster’s appointment, through non-compliance with clause 72 of tha Education Act. The Board in reply stated that the appointment was strictly speaking illegal, and recommended that another meeting be convened, and the schoolmaster be re-appointed.—Copy of letter sent to the School Inspector requesting him to attend and inspect the school; and a reply to the same w'ere read to the Board, enclosing resolutions carried at the public meeting held last Thursday -week, approving of the Committee’s general management of school affairs and school funds.—From the Board in reply, asking for more information respecting dates and amounts of the several items of expenditure from the first of January 7, 1880, and the various works referred to as being paid out of the incidental allowance. The Chairman said he had forwarded the desired information, and laid a copy of his letter before the" Committee. Tha action of the Chairman was approved of. From Miss Leach, schoolmistress, asking to be allowed to conclude her duties on the 15th inst. Granted. —From the schoolmaster, Mr. M'Lauchlan, requesting the Committee to provide certain requisites, in order that the school might start fairly 7 . —The Chairman stated he had procured most of the articles mentioned, and they were now in the school. Action approved.—Mr. Kilgour then moved, and Mr. Earle seconded, that Mr. M'Lauchlan be re-appointed master of the Wakanui school. Carried.—Mr. Kilgour moved, and Mr. Leadley seconded, “ That for the future a uniform series of school books be adopted in this school, the series to consist of . ” Carried. —The schoolmaster was invited in to assist the Committee in deciding on the books to be adopted. A complete series was selected from the list given in the educational report, 1879, and for the future those books alone will be used in the school.— Mr. Kilgour moved and Mr. Leadly seconded—“ That this Committee offer Mr. M'Lauchlau the sum of L 8 per annum for cleaning the school.”—Carried. The offer was accepted by Mr. M'Lauchlan. Mr M'Lauoblan handed in an application from Mrs. M'Lauchlan for the situation of schoolmistress. Proposed by Mr. Painter, and seconded by Mr. Hill, that Mrs. M'Lauchlan be appointed mistress of the Wakanui school, subject to the approval of the Board of Education. This concluded the business, and the meeting dispersed. ‘
Mount Vesuvius has been lit up by the electric light, three lamps being placed at the tramway station, nine along the tramway, and three at the cone.
The Czar’s Yacht. —The Livadia scare originated in Geneva. The Russian police suspected that explosive coal machines had been placed on board the Russian yacht.
Telegraph Cards. —The French Government have introduced telegraph cards, which are sold at post offices and tobacco si'ops for a franc. By means of these a message can be sent to any part of Paris, and a reply received without extra charge.
Mexican Seed Potatoes. —The wellknown writer, Mayno Reid, has been experimenting with Mexican seed potatoes in Herefordshire, England, thereby doubling his crop and entirely escaping the blight, which has been so fatal to the English and Irish potato crop.
Sheep Shearing. —A writer in the Town and Country says -Two hundred and four sheep were shorn in a day at Mr. John Connell’s station, Ingaalla, New England, in 1870 or 1871 ; and the same man shore 221 sheep in the same shed in 1872 ; and a man, I think, named Maunde, shore 207 sheep in 1873 at Myall Creek station, near Bingera. Another correspondent states—A man named John Rodgers, in the year 1860, shore 222 sheep at Marsh’s station, Ifew England, 47 of which were four-year-old wethers.
Rough on the Wellington Ladies. — Writing on the Woman’s Social Congress, a meeting of which has been held in San Francisco, “ Silverpen,” in the Auckland Herald, is severe on the Wellington ladies. She says :—I remember, in Wellington, when I lived there, I never saw gossip and cold-blooded slander carried on wholesale by any other woman in any part of the world where I have been as it is there by the female population, who would even take the trouble to pay a visit to people they did not know, with the sole purpose of telling some unpleasant story about an unfortunate croa f ure who was prettier and more noticed than themselves. And I really do believe if they could in that particular city be induced to take up some of the scientific ivork, so widely patronised by American women of culture, they would add to their happiness, and be more beloved. lam so glad to have the opportunity of mentioning anything for their special benefit, hoping they may see it.
The German Army. —A German military paper prints a very instructive statement of the actual strength of the German army. On April Ist, 1881, when the organisation of the several corps lately ordered to be formed will have been completed, the German field army will comprise 771,749 officers and men of all ranks and arms of the service ; the reserve troops will number 341,480 of all ranks ; the Landwehr forces 293,020 ; and the garrison troops 125,824. Altogether, therefore, in the event of a general mobilisation, Germany would have over a million and a-half of soldiers at once available. This number, however, large as it is, does not represent the total extent of the resources of the Empire, because the men of the Ersatz reserve are not included in it. At the present time this Ersatz reserve consists of 340,000 men, of whom 190,000 belong to the first and 150,000 to the second-class ; and all of these would be available on the outbreak of war either for the formation of additional field battalions or for the augmentation of the Landwehr battalions.
Ashburton School Committee. —The usual monthly meeting of the Ashburton School Committee was held in the schoolroom last night, at which Messrs. Boyle, St. Hill, Jacobson, Bean, Andrews, and Orr were present —Mr. St. Hill being chairman in the absence of Dr. Stewart. Correspondence with the Board regarding the reduction of salaries was read. .Che rate of reduction intimated by the Board in their Secretary’s letter has already been published in these columns. The Board Secretary also wrote stating that the Board had confirmed the appointment to the school of Anno Tully and James Henderson, pupil teachers. Ho also expressed a hope that the offensive smell arising somewhere about the school, the matter of which was before the committee’s last meeting, had been got rid of ; he had taken note of the Committee’s recommendation on the subject of fumigating schools during the vacations, and would bring it under notice of the Committees. Miss Stewart, the mistress of the school wrote asking for an increase of salary, and the Committee decided unanimously to recommend her application to the favorable consideration of the Board. In view of the probable readiness of the new r infant school for opening about Christmas time, it was resolved that the Board of Education be written to on the subject of advertising for an infant school mistress. The master reported that the total number of attendances made during the quarter ending 30th September, -was 37,836, The school was opened 117 times, and the strict average for the quarter was 323.28. The school was opened 111 times with not less than half the number on the roll present, giving a working average of 331 %3. Last week's attendance was 1653 boys and 1630 girls. The number on the roll was 303 boys, and 215 girls. Miss A. BHendorson had been appointed infant, school mistress at Southbridge school, and her resignation would be submitted to the Committee. The two new pupil teachers had commenced duty. Mr. Walker, Christchurch, visited the school on Wednesday last, and examined the children in drill and gymnastics. Mr. Walker has recommended application to the Board for at least one complete ladder, the one now in use being inefficient. The inspector would examine the school on the 18th, 19th, and 20th. instant, and the needful foolscap would require to be provided. After passing several accounts the Committee adjourned.
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