Suicide. —A man named John Wilson, sixty-eight years of age, committed suicide in Christchurch last night by cutting his throat. Financial troubles are presumed to have incited him to the act.
Crime. —To-day two cases were re* manded till to-morrow’s sitting of the R.M. Court—one a case of alleged indecent assault on a child, another a charge against a drunken man of attempting to forcibly extort money.
Wakefield, M. H.R. —Mr. E. Wakefield’s seat for the Geraldine constituency is not a bod of roses. On Saturday last he essayed to address his Tcmuka constituents, but the rowdy portion would not permit him to speak and lie had to cave in. He speaks to-night at Geraldine, and tries Temuka once more on Wednesday. Winslow Sports. —At the meeting of the Winslow Sports Committee on Saturday evening, a considerable amonm of routine business was transacted. The prize money was voted amounting to over L7O and the allotment of sums for the several events was made. The complete programme will appear in an early issue of this paper. All arrangements regarding course and privileges were left in the hands of the Secretary. Sir F. Dillon Bell. —Sir F. Dillon Bell -was presented with a silver cLret jug and cup by the residents at Palmerston. The present was the product of a shilling subscription over the district, and was accepted by Sir F. Dillon Bell as an expression of popular good will. He claimed to hare devoted himself unselfishly to the colony’s service, and had been one of the pioneers who rescued the colony from a waste wilderness. This fact gave him great pleasure in representing the colony in England.
The Te Aroha Goldfield. A Grahamstown telegram says : One hundred weight of picked specimens and 35cwt. quartz from the leader in the prospectors’ claim, Te Aroha, yielded lOioz. gold. There are a number of rumors that other claims are getting gold, but none have shown any great quantity of golden stone. The prospectors are putting in a drive to cut the leader at a lower depth, and intend sinking a winze on the specimen leader. Many business places have been erected, but comparatively little mining work is done on the field ns yet. The Warden’s opinion on the goldfield is that it extends over a large area, even in blocks included in Patetere. Several claims have been formed into limited companies and scrip issued. LO.G.T. — A New Lodge at Rakaia. —On Saturday evening Bro. R. Elston, District Deputy for Mid Canterbury, instituted a new Lodge at Rakaia, assisted by Bros. Scott, Sando, and Head. The Lodge was instituted in the school-room, and thirteen members joined, while many more were nominated, and will be initiated next meeting night. After the institution ceremonies, the following officers were elected :—Lodge Deputy, Bro. David Bruce ; W.C.T., Bro. W. Byrne; W.Y.T., Bx*o. Sydney Head; W.S., Bro. R. Wright ; W.F.S., Bx-o. Haslett ; W.T., Bro. Welsh ; W.C., Bro. Hall ; W.1.G., Bro. Lake ; W.0.G., Bro. Stafford ; D.M., Bro. Shannon; R.H.S., Bro. Layman ; L.H.S., Bro. Laurenson. The Lodge was christened the “ Nil Desperandum,” and the nights of meeting were fixed for Saturday evening in each week. After the usual business and votes of thanks, the Lodge closed in duo form.
An Enormous Estate. —Every now and then a paragraph about a large amount of unclaimed money lying in a public office to the credit of persons who never ask for it excites a feeling of wonder that people can be so indifferent to their pecuniary interests. In other cases people’s money is kept carefully for them by a public institution. The great holder of this kind is the Court of Chancery, which on August 31st, 1879. possessed securities to the amount of L 76,582,207, which it held in trust for the owners whose estates are administered by the Court. This is exclusive of cash yielded to same extent by the aforesaid securities, and partly coming from other sources, which in the year ending on the day named amounted to L 17,677,488; and also exclusive of securities held in rupees, dollars, guilders, florins, and francs, which amounted to a considerable sum. The Court paid out cash amounting to L12,G48,033 ; and had on September Ist, 1879, a balance in hand of L 5,029,454 cash, LG8,083,526 in sucurities, a larger amount than ever in foreign moneys The enormous estate does not represent all the valuables with which Chancery is entrusted, for there are deposited at the Bank of England to the account of the Paymaster-General, a number/)! boxes duly marked, which contain wills, title-deeds, securities, plate, family relics, and jewellery. Much of this personal property is held on behalf of persons of unsound mind.
Tea Blending. Messrs. Nelson, Moate, and Co., Christchurch, have commenced a line which should commend itself to the heads of households, as well as to the proprietors of hotels and refreshment rooms. Wo refer to the business of tea blending which the above firm have been induced to establish, and which, we understand, has met with a deal of support both in Christchurch and neighbourhood. Our representative, on visiting the establishment, was shown twelve varieties of teas, some of which are exceptionally rare in the colonial markets. Mess r s. Nelson, Moate, and Co. have fitted up extensive premises in High street, Christchurch, where, besides the necessary room required for carrying on a largo wholesale and retail business, rooms are set apart for the practical portion of the work. In one of these are a mixing trough and blending apparatus, the latter being a large iron revolving cylinder, fitted inside with fixed fans, and capable of holding a large quantity of tea. The blends are of five different kinds, and one of them —the Dargeeling Blend—which we have tried, is certainly a most delicious tea. It is intended, at an early date, to establish an agency in Ashburton, but in the meantime any orders sent from the country to Messrs. Nelson, Moate and Co.’s wirehouse, Christchurch, will he attended to without fail.
Wakanux School Treat. —We have been requested to intimate that the children’s treat at Wakanui is postponed from Thursday, the 10th, to New Year’s Day.
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