A Correction.— Mr. G. W. Andrews writes to say that he was not the defendant in the case, James v. Andrews, a suit for wages hoard, in the R.M. Court last Tuesday. Drowned. — A man named Carpenter was drowned at Grey mouth, from the Alma, on Wednesday morning. He had been walking from the vessel to the wharf and fell over.
The Recent Murders. —The general opinion in Wellington is that the law must take its course with the Kyeburn murderer, Ah Lee, and the Fijian, Joe, and they will both be hung. District Court. The Clerk to the District Court has been advised by the Under-Secretary for Justice that on and after Ist November next sittings of the above Court for civil business will be held as follows :—ln the Town Hall, at Ashburton on the first day of every month ; in the Provincial Council Chamber, at Christchurch, on the fifth day of every month. Gold Mining In the North.—Government have resolved to open 50,000 acres of land at Te Aroha as a gold mining district, under the Act of 1873. Mr. Whitaker has arranged with Mr, Wilkinson, Native agent at the Thames, to conclude an agreement with the Natives for mining on their reserves. It is expected that arrangements will be cjmplete in about a fortnight. Several discoveries of auriferous quartz have been made, and claims are already pegged off. The new g Idfield adjoins the land sold to Messrs. Grant and Foster.
The Lyttelton Regatta. —The Lyttelton Regatta Committee have adopted a programme, giving prizes of the total value of 1312.
The Heathcote Racing Club. —The programme for Boxing Day races, contains seven events, the principal event being the Heathcote Cup, LIOO.
The District J ddges. —The following appointments . are gazetted : —Charles Dudley Robert Ward, barrister, of Timaru, to be District Judge for the districts of Dunedin, Otago Goldfields, and Western Otago, from the Ist pros., vice G. W. Harvey. Lowther Broad, barrister, to be District Judge for the district of Westland from the Ist prox., vice T. S. Weston. Francis Dart Fenton, barrister, to be deputy of the District J udge of the District Court of Auckland.
A Hard Case. —Before Mr. F. Guinness, this morning, two children, sons of the well-known Pat Dunn, were brought up under the provisions of the Neglected and Criminal’Children Act. Dr. Trevor, who gave evidence, stated that the father of the children was in the lunatic asylum, and the mother, with several other children, was living on the charity of neighbors. She was perfectly unable to take proper care of the whole family. Mrs. Dunn, the mother of the children, stated she was in receipt of charitable aid from the Government, and her neighbors, especially Dr. Trevor, also assisted her. She experienced difficulty in managing the children. His Worship made an order for the children to be sent to Burnham, to be brought up in the faith of the Roman Catholic Church, members of which their parents were. An order was also made to the effect that when Dunn was discharged from the asylum he should pay 10s. per week towards the maintenance of the two lads.
Willowby Tea Meeting.— On Wednesday evening last a most enjoyable tea meeting was held in the Willowby schoolroom. The occasion was the celebration of the anniversary of the Sunday school, which is held from week to week in the building, and the school-room was beautifully decorated with flowers and evergreens, presenting a most attractive appearance. Tea was laid at half-past four for the children, and between fifty and sixty of the young ones were there to enjoy it, which they did to the full. An hour afterwards the adults were catered for by the ladies, and a hundred or more people partook at two sittings of the good things provided, and the loaded tables did credit to the liberality as well as the taste of the many lady friends who provided the viands and gave their aid in dispensing them. After tea Mr. Joseph Ward took the chair, the duties of which he ably discharged. Mr. Low, superintendent of the Sunday school, reported on the state of the school, which was a purely unsectarian one, and was doing a great and good work amongst the youth of the district, as was manifested by the fact that some of the scholars had qualified for the work if teaching and were now engaged in that work, and there were others who would soon join them in it. Some fifty children altogether received religious instruction n the school, which was really flourishing. The other speakers were Revs. Keall and Smith, and Messrs. H. M. Jones and Mr. Stephen Chapman. Apologies for absence were sent by several friends from Ashburton. One great feature of the evening was the singing by the children of a well chosen and admirably worked up selection of Sankey’s hymns, and the excellent singing was a credit to Mr. Wheeler, who had had the children’s training in charge. After the customary' votes of thanks, in the awarding of which no one was forgotten, the meeting closed with the National Anthem.
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