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Clean Charge Sheet. —There was no business at the R.M. Court to-day. Interrupted. —The small quantity of cable items in our present issue is occasioned by the interruption of the line between Port Darwin and Adelaide. The Chinese Question. —A public meeting will be held at the Town Hall at an early date for the purpose of considering the Chinese Question. Mr George Cates informs us that ho intends to address the meeting ; so, in all probability, there will bo a crowded house.

The Drainage Question in Christchurch. — A largely-attended meeting of ratepayers was held last night in Christchurch to consider matters in connection with the drainage of Christchurch and the provisions of the Bdl to be introduced into Parliament the coming session. The meeting unanimously agreed to a resolution pledging to oppose the Drainage Bill, and requesting the members for the district to oppose it in Parliament. Tinwald School Committee. The ordinary monthly meeting of the above committee was held last evening, four members being present. The master’s monthly report was received, shewing the average daily attendance to ho 05. An application was made by Mr Allsop, on behalf of the Young Men’s Mutual Improvement Association, for the use of the school-room one night in each week during the winter months, which was granted. Mrs Allsop tendered her resignation as school-mistress, which was accepted, terminating on the 3ist July next. Accounts to the amount of L2017s Bid, wore passed for payment, and the meeting adjourned.

Mata and His Doings at Adelaide.— The Australian papers give the following particular 3 of the Adelaide meeting,! n which Mata ran “In the Cup, 500 sovs, and a gold cup, value of 100 so vs, there were 12 starters; Mata won easily by two lengths from Progress. In the All-Aged Stakes, Mata and Kohinoor ran a dead heat. In running off Mata won by half a length. The May Handicap was also won by Mata, ten other horses starting. After the settling up the members of Tattorsall’s, at the invitation of Messrs Haines and Prince, the owners of Mata, partook of champagne in celebration of Mata’s victories. Mr Granger, on behalf of the company, proposed the health of the owners of the horse, expressing a hope that the stewards of the Victorian Pacing Club would re-consider the prohibition against Mata running on Victorian racecourses, as the horse was now in honorable hands. The toast was drank enthusiastically. Mr Prince snitnbly replied. ”

Came Ashore. —A mail bag and 50 casks of lime juice came ashore at Waikawa last week from the wreck of the Tararua. An Operatic Bankrupt.— At a preliminary meeting of the creditors of Signor Riccardi, at Auckland, held yesterday, the liabilities were stated to be L2BO, and the assets nil. Re-Captured. —The man Palmer, who escaped from custody at Temuka on Monday, was subsequently ro-captured ; and was yesterday committed to the Lunatic Asylum, Sunnysido, medical evidence proving him to bo of unsound mind. Accepted Tenders. —Messrs Tucker and Rostell are the successful tenderers for the material required for the the construction of Messrs P. and D. Duncan’s workshop and store ; and Messrs Jenkins and Sando’s tender for erecting the buildings, have boon accepted.

Identifying the Sufferers. —By personal effects at the Dunedin Police Station one of the unrecognised bodies buried ha# now been identified as that of James Turner, second steward of the Tararua. The body of a boy, which came ashore without a head, has been recognised as that of Donald Campbell, a son of Dr Campbell.

Little Barrier Island. —The Native Land Court awarded the ownership of this island to the Ngatiwi tribe, ousting the claim of chief Paul and others. The

land is decreed by the Court to be inalienable, save to Government, owing to its commanding position for military purposes in Hauraki Gulf. Parliamentary Addressed. —Mr Reid addressed the Hokitika electors last evening and received a vote of confidence.— Mr Stewart met his constituents at Dunedin last evening and was accorded similar tribute at the hands of his hearers.—Mr Brown also received a vote of continued confidence at Waitahuna on Monday night. Degree Temple. —A meeting of the above was held last evening. Two members were admitted to the degree of Charity. It was decided, with a view to obtain a better attendance, to alter the night of meeting to every alternate Thursday instead of Tuesday as at present. Tho next meeting will be on the 23rd inst.

Horticultural Society. —A meeting of this Society was to have been held last evening, but owing to one of the members being absent at Dr Stewart’s banquet, and the key of the meeting-room not forthcoming, it was resolved to postpone the meeting until the first Tuesday in next month. Several members turned up to hear the promised paper on planting, and were rather annoyed at the result. Inquests. —Two inquests were held in Christchurch yesterday, viz.: —On the body of a woman who died at Addington in childbirth from excessive hemorrhage ; and on the body of Mr Birch, whose death wo reported last evening. In the former, a verdict in accordance with the medical testimony was ‘returned, with a rider added censuring the nurse for not calling in medical aid soon enough ; in the latter, death was proved to have been caused by fatty degeneration of the heart. Goon Templar Funeral. —Yesterday afternoon the funeral of Mr William Hawkins, late saddler, of Tinwald, and whose death we chronicled in our issue of Monday last, took place ; the deceased being buried with Good Templar honors. The cortege was an unusually large one, siX;Degreo members -walking beside the bier, and the members of the Lodge to which deceased belonged and of the sister Lodges in Ashburton with friends, bringing up tho rear. The funeral service of the Order was read over the grave. Smuggling in Napier. Detective Grace has been watching for some time to cautu##some men engaged in smuggling tobacco, and on Monday eveniugjio succeeded in - arresting Joseph Shull, the steward of the Silver Cloud, trading between Newcastle and that place, and a baker named Krause, carrying on business in White Road. They had about 1401ba of tobacco between them in their possession, and 431bs more was found on board the Silver Cloud, belonging to Shull. At the R. M. Court yesterday morning, Shull was fined LSO, and Krause L 25, and the tobacco ordered to be forfeited. 111-fated Elopements. —The Dunedin correspondent of the Cromwell Argus writes :—“ Among things not generally known in connection with the loss of the Tararua is the fact that there were a couple of ‘ elopements’ on board. One was from Wellington, where a wife left her husband and children to ‘ go off.’ She and her paramour were both drowned. Tho other was, properly speaking, only half an elopement. A merchant in Christchurch had arranged to seek pastures fresh along with a fair one, but in order to avert suspicion he went on to Sydney by one boat, whilst she, poor unfortunate, went to Melbourne by the Tararua. She ‘ met her fate’ literally at the Otara reef.”

Waterton Sparrow Club. —A meeting of this club was held yesterday, in the Library room, Waterton. There was a large attendance of farmers. Mr William Taylor war voted to the chair. The attendance proved the very great interest that was now being taken in the club, and if this continues, it is anticipated that a large amount of good will bo done. It was decided to notify that the farmers could obtain poisoned grain from Mr W. Moses. The next meeting of the club will bo held on Friday week, when it is hoped every farmer will bring his bag for more wheat. After passing a vote of thanks to the choir, the meeting adjourned. Accidents. A young man named Eklred Ueovo (says the Lyttelton Times) a carpenter, employed in Messrs Boyd and Koir’s workshops at Ilangiora, met with a severe accident yesterday morning. He was engaged in cutting a piece of wood with one of the circular saws in the sawing and planing shop, when by some means his right hand came in contact with the saw, which completely severed the thumb, and so severely lacerated the rest of the hand that it is feared amputation will have to bo resorted to.—William Robinson, late of the 58th regiment, was drowned at Manganuku creek, Hokianga, while trying to recover some logs.—A man named M'Lennan was also drowned

at Kawakawa yesterday. Licensing Courts.— The following telegraphic items on this subject are to hand; —At Wellington the Court granted all the

applications for renewals. The decisions in the applications for now licenses wore adjourned for a fortnight.—At Dunedin the Court deferred all applications for now

licenses till Thursday. The Chairman of the Bench threatened in future to publish the names of applicants who wrote to members of the Bench trying to favorably influence them, as the practice was becom-

ing a perfect nuisance.—At Christchurch all applications for new licenses were refused, except one at Sumner, which was held over for a fortnight. One of the applications was for Sydenham, from which, as usual, there was strong opposition. So strenuous is the objection of the inhabitants of this borough to publichouses that only one license has been granted since it became a municipality, and at the present moment there are only three hotels in it altogether, though the population numbers 8,5C0. The Bench expressed a strong opinion about the manner in which the Riccarton Hotel was conducted. A case of gambling recently came before the Resident Magistrate’s Court, in which it was shown that a man lost a horse and dray which did not belong to him, to one of the sons. The application for renewal was adjourned for a fortnight. —At the Bench granted renewals of the old licenses, but refused four new applications.

Kauri. — A cargo of tins celebrated timber is now being landed by Tucker and Rcstell.

Plantation Fencing. — The successful tenderers for the plantation fencing are given in another column. Masonic. —A Lodge of Instruction in connection with the Thistle Lodge is announced for to-morrow night. Quadrille Assembly. —An announcement elsewhere regarding the Tinwald Quadrille Assembly will be perused with interest by our dance-loving readers. Traffic Stopped. —Through traffic for carts and other vehicles in Burnett street west, between West and Park streets, is now stopped. Particulars elsewhere.

Incendiarism. —At the Resident Magistrate’s Court, Christchurch, to-day, John Duncan alias Henry Brown, was committed for trial for wilfully setting fire to a house the property of William Stoddart, East Town Belt, and also for wilfully setting fire to one of a block of four new unoccupied houses on Oxford Terrace, the property of William Brice. Correction. —Wo are desired to point out that the cause of Mr Hawkins’ death was not the bursting of a blood vessel, as reported in Monday’s issue ; the cause of death was the disease known as purpura, accompanied with hemorrhage from the mucus surfaces. In this case there was

hemorrhage from the gums, roof of the mouth, and kidneys, into the skin. In those cases, the deseaso baffles -the best medical skill, though, we are informed, Dr Ross very skilfully prolonged the patient’s life for some days, by infusion of blood, and stoppage of the bleeding, but from the first, the case was considered fatal. The Masonic Concert. —To-night the Masonic concert takes place at the Hall in Tancred street. From the excellent programme provided we have no hesitation in saying that a treat of no mean order is

in store for those who intend being present, as some of the best amateur talent have signified their intention of taking part in the concert. The D.D.G.M. of Canterbury will preside, and in his usual happy stylo will deliver an address, which we feel sure will be as fully appreciated by the Masons’ wives and other ladies who are present as by the Masons themselves. The various Masonic Lodges will be represented by their members in regalia, and as the latter will consist of full evening dress, we anticipate a brilliant assemblage. The songs and choruses chosen are many of them quite new to an Ashburton audience, and so also are a good few of the performers. As admission is only by ticket, obtained through any of the committee, those who intend going should secure the same before 6.30 this evening. We hope to see a large attendance, as every comfort for seating has been carefully undertaken by a sub-committee. History Repeating Itself. —“ History repeats itself,” said someone who imagined he had made a great and the story of Paris and Helen was repeated recently in South Australia. A young aboriginal warrior was on a visit to a Victorian tribe near the border, and, whilst there, enslaved the affections of a dusky maiden, the belle of the tribe. He had not read Homer, we may feel sure, but he acted as the old poet tell us Paris did under similar circumstances—bolting

with the sable beauty to the territory of his own tribe. The lover to whom she had been “ engaged ” grew quite as angry as King Menelaus had done thousands of years before, and straightway followed the runaway pair with all the “ forces ” he could raise. With these he marched into South Australian territory, and demanded the surrender of the maiden. The South Australian darkies sent: up tho old historic cry of “No surrender,” and marshalled themselves for battle. The hostile ‘ ‘ armies ” stood facing each other ready for the encounter, when a sergeant and a couple of policemen rode up, and, marvellous to relate, drove each of the tribes back to their own dominions. However, “ all is well that ends well,” and the runaway couple at once proceeded to tho nearest church and were lawfully married, “ all the same as white fellow.”

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