The County Hospital. Tenders for the supply of meat to the local Hospital are invited. Postal. —The next mail for the United Kingdom, &c., via San Francisco, will close on Saturday, December 4th, and will be due in London on January 18fch, 1881.
Drunken Blackguards.—Two or three of the old hands who used in the good times to want the attention of the police have waltzed down hero again for the holidays, and of course have come under the sergeant’s care. One of them named Henry Smith, aliox Walmer, who got six months with hard labor for stealing blankets and things from the Commercial Hotel in 1878, was found yesterday morning lying in the street, drunk as a fool, and in a very indecent condition. He was sent by the Mayor to-day to work out fourteen days’ hard labor at Addington. The Mayor also relieved the place of George Mitchell’s company, who was found guilty of drunkenness and indecency. Mitchell got seven days.
The Amateur Dramatic Club. —By an inadvertence yesterday a notice of the second performance by the Dramatic Club was omitted. Wc regret the omission, as the performance was the best appearance the Amateurs have yet made, and was perhaps the most genuinely successful from a financial point of view. “ The Duel in the Snow” was repeated, and the characters throughout were portrayed with an ability not found every day amongst amateur players. We have already noticed the piece, but we gladly refer now to the scenery, which we did not notice previously. This and the stage appointments were of a very superior class altogether, and certainly laid the Club and the public under an obligation to the artist, Mr. Bourke. Seldom indeed is a snow scene managed so exceedingly well as Mr. Bouike did the one with which “The Duel in the Snow ” closes, and astonishment as much as admiration took hold of the audience during its enactment. The fares of “ Betsy Baker ” concluded the performance. The local company is particularly strong in farce, having several very fair comedians amongst their number, so that “Betsy Baker” got good treats ment at their hands. Every appearance of the orchestra seems to be an improvement on its predecessor, and the industrious practice of the musicians and ability of their conductor, Mr. H. A. Gates, deseries every encouragement. The financial results of the two performances, we are glad to say, will wipe out all liabilities the Club has incurred.
A Troublesome Maori. —One of the Maori prisoners, who recently became very troublesome on Ripa Island, was removed in irons to Lyttelton gaol this morning.
The Old Men’s Home. —The master of the Old Men’s Home wishes to acknowledge, with thanks, the receipt of a parcel of tobacco from Messrs. Dunn and Aitken ; likewise some jellies and blanc mange, from Mr, A. O. Aitken, of Ashburton.
Telegraphic Blunders. —A number of disappointed British exhibitors at the Sydney Exhibition are just now inveighing against the Post Office Telegraph Department. It seems that on intimation being conveyed to the Exhibition agents in London, stating that certain firms for which they acted had been awarded prizes, the former telegraphed to know if they were “ gold ” prizes. The answer wired back was “yes.” The delegated prizetakers accordingly made known their good fortune to the world. It now turns out that the telegraphist was guilty of one of those irritating blunders which have such a mischievous effect, for, instead ot the word gold being telegraphed, the word good was substituted for it. The consequence is that instead of finding themselves the possessors of “ gold medals,” the exhibitors have really been granted nothing of the kind.
Entertainment at Wakanui Last night a very successful entertainment was given in the Wakanui school in aid of the school funds The programme consisted of vocal and instrumental music, readings, Ac., and the performers comprised—instrumentalists, Master and Miss McLauchlin (piano) and Mr. Nettelton (violin); vocalists, Mesdames Dunn and Craighead, and Messrs. Craighead, Caird, Dunn, Cockle, Welsh, Earle, McLauchlin, and Scott; and elocutionists, Messrs McLauchlin and Brown. The audience were highly delighted with the fare given, and loudly applauded every item. A local song in which the recent coutroversey between the School Committee and the Churches was chaffingly recounted caused a considerable amount of fun. Votes of thanks were passed at the close to the singers and others from Ashburton, to Mr. and Mrs. MacLauchlin,. who had spared neither pains nor labor to help the success of the meeting, and to the Chairman, and the floor was cleared for a dance, to which music wao ably supplied by Master MacLauchlin (who, by the way, is quite a musical prodigy) and Mr. Nettleton, whoso violin strains are well known.
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