“The Chimney Corner.” —In order to give a full report of the inquest on the body of the late Mr. MacLaughlin, we are compelled to hold over our usual portion of “The Disruption.” In this connection it may be mentioned that we have succeeded in obtaining a copy of the two chapters omitted some weeks back, and shall publish them, in order to complete the story, at its conclusion. Tenders Accepted. —At the meeting of the Upper Ashburton Road Board, a report of which is held over, the following tenders were accepted :—For contract No. 88—Charles Smithell, 3s. per chain. Contracts Nos. 89 and 90, George Soilings, 4d. per chain. The Dramatic Club. The Dramatic Club had as good an audience last night as has attended any of their representations for a long time. The lower part of the hall was well filled, and there was a moderate sprinkling of people in the dress circle. “ Josephine” was the first piece played, and it ran with greater smoothness than it did on the previous occasion on which it was put on the boards. The other piece was the farce of the “ Railway Bello,” in which those taking part kept up the fun very effectively. The orchestra was more than usually strong, and it is pleasing to note that the local string band is making good progress. Ashburton Racing Club. —The Committee of the Ashburton Racing Club met at Quill’s Commercial Hotel yesterday afternoon at four o’clock. Present— Messrs. Hugo Friedlander (in the chair), Stitt, Crisp, Digby, Scott, and Saunders. The Chairman directed attention to the description of a district horse appearing in the programme, and it was decided that a horse owned by a resident in the County on September Ist last, would be qualified to compete in the district races, notwithstanding his absence from the County on that date. It was proposed by Mr. Stitt, and seconded by Mr. Scott, that the Farmers Plate race be confined to district horses. After a long discussion on the propriety of making any alteration in the advertised programme, Mr. Saunders moved as an amendment, that the Farmers Plate remain as advertised—an open race. On being put to the meeting, Mr Stitts proposition was carried, Messrs. Crisp and Saunders alone voting for the amendment. On the motion of Mr. Crisp, a cordial vote of thanks was accorded to Mr. H. P. Lance for his services as handicapper. The Secretary was instructed to make inquiries in reference to collection of subscriptions and erection of a platform at the proposed railway siding.
Severe Frost. —-A severe frost in Christchurch last night did a lot of damage to the gardens in the city. Perjury. —A man named Michael Murphy was committed for trial to-day by the Christchurch R.M. for perjury. District Court. —The clerk of the District Court announces the adjournment of the next sitting of the District Court from the Ist to the 2nd November. “ Alcohol —Is it a Necessity 1 ”—Tonight, in the Templar Hall, Mr. Henry Cape-Williamson delivers a lecture on the subject, “ Alcohol —Is it a necessity 1 ”
Amusements for the Race Week.— We understand that during the race and show week there will be entertainments given by the Fire Brigade and by the Amateur Dramatic Club.
“ High” Art. —The Dean of Melbourne has written a strong letter to the Exhibition Commissioners, complaining of certain indecent pictures sent in for exhibition. Inquest. —The inquest at Tinwald, on the body of John MacLauchlin, was held yesterday in the Tinwald Hotel. The sitting lasted till almost dark, and resulted in a verdict exonerating all parties from blame. A full report appears elsewhere. Caledonian Society. —A of the Directors of the Ashburton Caledonian Society was held in Quill’s Hotel last night, to draft a programme for the meeting on Boxing Day. A draft programme was drawn up for submission to a fuller meeting, ■which was fixed to be held on Saturday next, in the same place.
The Cables. —The cable between Rio Grande and Monte Video is interrupted, and telegrams are sent by the best means possible. There is no change in tariff in consequence. Communication per cable between Porto Rico and St. Thomas, and with Antigua has been restored, as also on the Amoor route. From the 13th Oct. private telegrams in secret language are not allowed in the Ottoman territory. Sacrilege for Greenstone. Some ruffian has been digging up the graves in the Maori cemetery at Te Ore Ore, in the Wairarapa, to rob the coffins of the greenstone buried in them. This outrage has caused intense indignation amongst the natives.
The Eric tub Red, —ln the account of the wreck of the ship Eric the Red, near Cape Otway, it is stated that the vessel and cargo were valued at L 40,000. The amount realised at the sale of the wreck was L4lO.
An Ugly Visitor. — A Black snake, about 18 inches long, was found a short time ago in the lobby of the residence of Mr. Edward Smith, manager of the Commercial Bank, Williamstown, Victoria. The cat was making a plaything of it.
Thf Telephone. —A remarkable instance of telephony is exciting considerinterest throughout South Australia, and and among the scientific world in particular. By means of an improved telephone, the Adelaide Post-office chimes have been clearly heard at Port Augusta, a distance of 240 miles.
Sugar from Corn. —A , company has been organised at Chicago, 111., with a capital of 600,000 dollars, to build a factory for making sugar from corn. Fifteen thousand bushels of corn will be used per day, and it is estimated that that amount of grain will enable them to produce 45,000 gallons of syrup, or 450,000 lbs. of sugar. Pleuro-Pneumonia. —Mr. Lewis, chief inspector for the Auckland cattle district, accompanied by Mr. Sharp, veterinary surgeon, has gone to examine the Waikato Land Asssciation’s estate, with a view to clearing it from the restrictions placed upon it some months ago for pleuro-pneu-monia. The company claim that the estate is free from infection, and demand that cause shall be shown why it is still kept in quarantine. Manners. —lt appears that the intimation of his dismissal from office that Judge Harvey received was by a curt telegram from the Minister of Justice. Talk of a “Black Wednesday” after that! Mr. Berry and his colleagues, though they had to dismiss civil servants, knew how to give intimation of their intentions. Would the colony have lost anything by the head of the department of justice being a little more polite? Manners are useful to others beside children. — Echo. The Biggest Horse in the World.— Colossus is the name that has been given to what is, so far as has been discovered, the largest horse in the world. The animal has just been brought to New York for Barnum’s new museum, from Buffalo. Colossus is 22 hands high, and a man to be able to stand on the ground and look over the highest part of his back would have to be 7|ft. tall, or like Chang, the Chinese giant. When he is in harness and “ checked up,” his ear tips are 10ft. above the level of his shoes. An Unfortunate Squirt.— ln the Nelson District Court a lad thirteen T years of age named Robert Hamilton, has recovered L 75 damages against J. P. Low, second pilot for that port, for injuries sustained last January, when the boy, whilst on the Government wharf, was scalded with steam and water from the waste-pipe of a small engine on the forecastle of the steamer Taiaroa, which defendant put in motion. A second action brought by the father of the lad, in which medical and other expenses and damages for loss of service were claimed, has just been settled by defendant paying L 25.
The Kyeburn Murderer. Official news has been received at Dunedin from Wellington that there will be no interference with the law in the case of All Lee. The prisoner is exceedingly quiet in his demeanor, but still asserts his innocence of the murder, saying whenever the subject is mentioned, “Mo no kill Misse Foung.” Prisoner will be informed through an interpreter that the sentence of death is to be carried out, and it will take effect within seven days after receipt of the statutory notice from his Excellency, the administrator of the Government. This notice may be expected to roach the sheriff about Thursday. The Waimate Plains Land. — A “Practical Farmer ” says—“ When land near Wanganui in a high state of cultivation (first class land) don’t pay, and would not fetch more than from LlO to Ll2 per acre at present, including homestead and all, it would be the height of madness to give L 5 or L 6 an acre for land at Waimate. I want 200 acres of good wild laud at from 20s. to 40s. per acre (and plenty too), and would not give more for the best land in Waimate. I think you will p.crree with me in saying that land bought at from 2s. 6d. to ss. per acre (as only members of the “ landshark fraternity can buy) is a far better spec, than going in for “fancy Waimates.” A Pacific Paradise. —The communists in New Caledonia seem to have been badly treated. The Paris correspondent of a contemporary writes : —“ In 1878, three prisoners arranged to escape ; the authorities were cognisant of the plot, and instead of nipping it in the bud, allowed it to take place. The agent, charged with the prevention, invited eight friends to witness how the game was shot, and to bring the bodies to the hospital. Thumbscrews were employed to extort confessions. One man—he is at present in Paris amnestied —was chained, hands behind his back, to a wall, and remained m that position, day and night, for 22 days. Had to lap up his food like a dog. Marriages between the condemned were only so many facilities for the wives becoming the mistresses of the officials, the husband receiving the proceeds of the prostitution. One patient was given carbolic acid for bark, and died ; another had a broken leg unset for three months.
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