Masonic. Brethren are referred to advertisements in this issue of interest to the craft. The Terawhiti Diggings. —A party of experienced diggers have arrived in Wellington from Nelson with the intention of thoroughly prospecting Terawhiti. The Telegraph Strike. —A paragraph published in Auckland accuses Mr. Maginnity of having written to Sydney asking the manager there not to employ telegraphists who were on strike in New Zealand. Westport Coal. —The Dunedin city gas engineer has been instructed to order at cost price 100 tons of Westport coal, to test its gas-producing qualities, in order that the result may be ascertained before tenders for the next six months’ supply of coal for gas-making purposes are called. Marriage and Bankrupts. —The Dunedin Presbytery yesterday adopted an overture for transmission to the Synod against the Bill for Legalising Marriage with a'Deceased Wife’s Sister. Another overture, to the effect that bankrupts and insolvents should cease to be office-bearers of the Church, but be at once eligible for re-election, subject to the approval of the Presbytery, was also adopted. A Conspiracy. —A singular charge of conspiracy was partly heard in Wellington yesterday, in which Henry Mace charged his late partner, Simpson, and a man named McLennan with conspiracy to defraud, it being alleged that Simpson sold cattle, the property of the firm and worth L4OOO, to McLennan for LIOOO, and afterwards alleged that the notes were burned in a fire which destroyed his house. The case was adjourned till next week. The Volunteer Corps. —Mr. W. St. George Douglas, has been gazetted Lieut, of the Ashburton Volunteer Rifles, his commission dating from the 22nd of October. We understand Mr. Douglas passed a very satisfactory preliminary examination. In connection with the corps a parade of the members will be held this evening, at which important business is to be transacted, amongst the rest, arrangements are to be made for the corps attending the review at Temuka on the 9th. The members are requested to attend this meeting in civilian’s dress, but with arms and-accoutrements. The Tinwald - Winslow District. — The following is a summary of the expenditure in the various divisions in the Longbeach Road District, prepared by the Board in support of their objections to the Tinwald-Winslow separation, and laid on the County table yesterday, along with full details of the expenditure. The various section's represent 11,000 acres each : Section 1, Tinwald - Winslow, L 8864 4s. 6d.; section 2, Willowby, L 8226 os. 4d.; section 3, Wheatstone, L 7522 2s. 4d. ; section 4, Waterton, L 3243 Od. sd. ; section 5, Hindhope, L 97 4; section G, Stony, L 482 lls. 4d.; section 7, Islesworth, LG37 9s. 7d.; section 8, Coldstream, L 3653 9s. lOd. Total, L 33,602 18s. 4d. Horticultural Society. —A meeting of the above Society was held last night at the usual place. After the ordinary routine the secretary reported that Mr. Hardy, of Rakaia, had offered a special prize to be competed for at the next show, for the best bouquet made by girls under fourteen, the bouquets to be made in the room. Two small accounts were passed for payment. Mr. G. T. Smith then read a paper on “ The History and Use of the Apple,” which we will publish to-morrow. The resolution passed at last meeting re bringing exhibits to the meetings was literally responded to, the most noticeable being a stand of cut flowers, by Mr. Jacobson, which was especially fine, and contained a mass of rich blooms, conspicuous amongst which were two blooms of roses of special excellence. The arrangement of the bouquet was admirable, and gives early proof that Mr. Jacobson will be in the front at our next show. Fire Brigade.— -There w*as a fair attendance of the Brigade last night, when such wet practice as could be had with only one sump was obtained. The new controiing nozzle acted splendidly, but there was a want of pumping power, the crowd of on lookers being quite willing to stand in the firemen’s way and enjoy the show, but not on to waste any strength or spend any kindness in the Brigade by taking a spell at the pump, We shall be glad when the Borough Council are sufficiently unanimous as to the urgency of the sumps to have these very necessary and not vex-y expensive aids to the Brigade laid down. We fancy also that the Brigade would greatly help their own efficiency if they could contrive to have an occasional practice in the daylight, so that their work could he seen better by the public, and they themselves could see better what they are doing. Practice in the dark is very useful in its way, but seeing everything about their apparatus in the daylight would, we think, conduce to a closer familiarity with their duties, and the working of their engine and hose.
Private Prize List. — The list of prizes to be given by private individuals for award at the local cattle show appears elsewhere.
The Ninth. —The Prince of Wales’ birthday will be observed as a general holiday in town, all the places of business being closed. Cricket. — A match is to be played on the 9th instant between the Bakers O. O. of Christchurch and a team of our local club. The match will be commenced immediately on the arrival of the 10.20 train from Christchurch. The local team will be selected from the following ; Messrs. Andrews (captain), Hoclder, McLaren, Duncan, Denshire, Wix, Marsh, A. Fooks, Grey, Main waring, Shury, Curtis, E. G. Crisp, Mayo, Douglas. Any of the above who are unable to play are requested to communicate with the secretary at once, so that their places may be filled up. American Electioneering. —A staff dorrespondent writing to the New York Tribune from Vermont, where the most vigorous canvass known since the war is in progress, notes a new feature of campaign machinery which might easily be of service in other States. This is a combination of the club-room and readingroom, in which newspapers of both parties are furnished. The club-room is thus made a place of pleasant resort to young voters, and an influence can be exerted in this way which could hardly make itself felt in any other. The Comedy and Burlesque Company.—This troupe gave the first of the two entertainments they intend to give in the Town Hall last night to a house that, considering the merits of the company, should have been far larger. The first piece played was the nautical one of “Jenny Foster,” in which Miss Lizzie Morgan played the heroine, and Mr. Love the hero. Their efforts were well backed up by the other members of the company, prominent among whom were Messrs. Wilkinson, Rede and Herbert, and Miss Amy Johns, and Miss Lizzie Lawrence. Mr. Wilkinson was a fund of drollery, and caused very great amusement. After “ Jenny Foster ” came “ Pin-hehind,” an adaptation of the Pinafore music to the burlesque of Blackeyed Susan, and here the company displayed their ability as provokers of mirth, as well as their musical powers as vocalists. To-night, the “Factory Girl” will be played, and the entertainment will close with a ballad concert, in which the talent of the company wsll be shown at its best.
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