LOCAL AND GENERAL.
The RevH. T. Bobjohns will arrive m Ashburton this afternoon, and will address a publio meeting m the Wealeyan Ohuroh at 8 o'oloek. Considering the interest and importance of the subjeot a largo attendance may be expeoteci.
Wa are a little surprised to find our big brother of Auokland,. the "New Zealand Herald," tripping m a very common Latin quotation. It commenced a leading article the other day thus — " ' Expcrimentuvifiat m corpore vito,' is an adage as old as the hills, and one often aoted upon and properly bo too, so long aB the corpus is vilum." As the oorpus cannot by any possibility be vihim, we pan only say that our Qootemporary'9 Latin 18 vile.
The title of " Marvellous Melbourne " was conferred upon it by Mr Sala.
The Constitution Bill of Western Australia haa been passed through the committee itage,
The White and Black Seas are named after the io6 of the one and the tempests to whioh the other ia subjeot.
The last return shows that there were 2855 aboriginal ohildren m New South Wales, inoluding half-castflai
The number of typhoid oases reported to the Melbourne Central Board of Health last week waß 282, of whioh 14 were fatal.
On the 14th inst Sir George Grey completed his 77 th year. He was born m 1812, three years before Prinoe Bismarck, and the same number after Mr Gladstone.
Mr H. 0. Field, of Whanganui, states that on April 5 he oould plainly see both smoke and steam, the former from Ngauruhoe, and the latter from Buapehu.
At a publio meeting held last evening to consider the proposed alterations m the train arrangements it waß resolved to request the Commissioners to adhere to the present time table. In oase the Commissioners should not see their way to this, a number of resolutions were passed suggeating alterations m the time table as proposed.
We would remind our readers that the medal raoe takes plaoe at the Bink this evening; The raoe will be rather an amußing one. A number of silver medals are placed on the floor, and eaoh competitor, while skating, has to gather them up and place them m a basin, this requiring the exeroise of great skill on the part of the skater, There is also to be a maypole praotioe.
On Sunday las b a harvest thanksgiving service was held m the ohuroh of S.S. Philip and James, Waterton, at 11 a.m., before a orowded congregation, many members of other denominations attending. The serviae oonoluded with the celebration of the Holy Communion, at whioh the attendance was very large, only one or two oommunioauts being absent. The ohuroh waß very prettily and richly deoorated by members of the congregation.
The following ia a good Bmuggling Btor from the Belgian frontier. A newly m arrie^ couple were returning to Germany after a j our to Brussels. As tha train approaoh e a the frontier the bride grew uneasy, and pr eßantly oonfessed that she had a quantity ot tQB finest Brussels laoe on whioh a hig Q nt would have to be paid. " Put it inside your hat," ahe pleaded. This was done. The Custom House offioiala looked all through the boxeß of the elegant young lady, knowing by experience that suoh are the most daring of smugglers, but found' nothing. The chief officer, oharmed by the amiable manners of the husband, aocompanied the couple to the train, when the wretohed husband, forgetting his Beoret m the joy of having esoaped, raised his hat to the offioial, and was instantly enveloped m a Boft white veil. Tableau 1
A very remarkable phenomenon (writes a correspondent) is taking place at Mount Gambier. The water m the -Blue Lake is rising, It haß already risen 4 feet. It is the 0 rater of the extinot voloano. No water from the surface goes into it. Nearly all the oaves about Mount Gambier have water m them, and all are rising m the same way, Two miles from the town there ia a gentleman's house, called " The Oaves." In the groundß there is an open oave or hole covering about an aore of ground. It is about 80 feet deep, with a eloping walk made to the bottom. The bottom is made into terraces with shrubs and flowers, except, one end, where there is very deep water. Near the shore is an artificial island for gome wild fowl. There waa a hut built on it. When I saw it the island] was submerged, and only a little of the hut above the wa er. Nothing of the kind was ever known before. The whole thing is a mystery. . .
An extraordinary scene took place m St. John's Cathedral, Napier, last week. Two young men who were partly under the influence of liquor created a row by singing loudly and discordantly, and laughing and talking, so that they oould be heard all over the building. They mocked the choir, whioh had to stop on one oooasion, and when the choir sang " Amen " m response to a hymn, the two men would wait awhile and then sing i.'Axaaq" on tljeir own aooount. The men, whose names were Beter Mao and Edward Hastie, were arrested. Capt Freece, E.M., said this was a oase with whioh he would have had to deal very severely had it not been for the fact that the Rev Mr Hovell had interviewed him, and asked him to -deal leniently with them. Consequently they; would have to thank Mr Hovell and not him if they were treated leniently. After warning the men he discharged them with a oaution.
The Pritphard- Morgan gold mine, id Wales, started with suoh a flourish qJ trumpets) seems suddenly to have disappeared m the vortex of " new issues," A large sum of money was sunk m the venture by the publio, and surely the directors owe some explanation to their supporters. The shares, at present, are practically unsaleable, and the rumor, apparently on. good authority, that no dividends will be forthcoming is not likely to help the unhappy shareholder. Either the mine is sound or it is not, and the " Oitizep " asks for a little information on the following points : — 1. Why has I/ord "Winohelßea' severed his connection with the board ? 2. Why is Mr Harold Finch-Hatton (Lord Winoholsea's brother) so desperately anxious to sell his Bhares? 3. Why do the Stock Exohange Committee" pe'ristehtly refuse to' list the shareß ? 4. Why has the yield of paying ore suddenly ceased ? 5. How many shares does Mr Friobard Morgan hold ?
.The London correspondent of the " New Zealand Times" says:— l like to hear of and ieo'ord a. kind aotion, let it come from yfbojn it may. Mr Justice Day was lately on pirouit, and m the oourag of his duties passed a sentenoe of penal servitude on V youth of 19. The youth had got led aßtray 'by bad companions and fell into crime. The day after the sentence had been passed the learned Judge walked half a mile from his lodgings to the oouuty. gaol and bad a long interview with the youthful conviot, urging ljim to repent of his past oonduot, and when released abandon tfce career of crime on which" he Deemed to have entered. The youth was deeply impressed wjth the Judge's fatherly advioe,and admidst tears swore by all that fer held saored he would henosforth live au bQn^t life. This was a simple act of kindness 62 !* a ?«* •« , the J " d 8 e ' . b n ut " B . effeot may be of great importante to that youth and perhaps many others, it is a lesson that Judges m all parta of the wor d should take to heart, and follow the good old advice, " Go thoa and do likewise." A case of a very pathetio nature has oome under the notice of the authoritieu of the Melbourne Hospital. It seema that some little time ago a boy named Smith, whose parents reside at 50, Rathdown-street, Oarlton, was admitted to the hospital m the last stages of diphtheria. He rapidly beoame worse, and on Saturday evening his mother, Jane Smith, a woman of 36, left home with the intention of visiting him. On the way she attempted to alight from a tram oar while it was m motion, and was knooked down, receiving suoh injuries that she had to be taken to the hospital where it was ascertained that she had sustained oonoussion of the brain. She was of course unconscious, and was admitted as a woman unknown. The saddest part of the story is that the boy died while she was m the casualty room, but the relationship was not discovered until the father, alarmed at the absence of his wife, arrived at the hospital to find his child dead, and the mother lying between life and death.
1 numrer of the sale plans of the runs aB fiully so-tled to be offered on 80th May at Tiaaru tnd on 4th Juns at Ohristohnrah reaeotivily are on view at this offloe. Anther plan to complete the series will be forwarded to us m a day or two. These plais are muoh more useful than the clasaifioaioD plans recently issued as they show-in distaot oolors the lands to be opened m 1890 undc oboioe of tenure, and the periods for whiih tto runs are to be let and whether with or vMioit right of resumption.
Tberewas a large attendance of the friends of :he British and Foreign Bible Society heli ie Ohristohuroh laßt evening. The Ohilrmin, the Bey W. Staok, spoke of the Sodety'3 valuable assistance rendered to mision work m New Zealand m oonneotion witt tbe Maori Bible. The Bey J. Aldred reatthf annual report, and Mr_W, Ohryatall shored an inoome of £303 sa, the reoeipts fron sties amounting to £113. The Bey B. Erwn moved, and Mr H. W. Webb seconded, the (deption and printing of the report. The B9v E T. Bobjohns, who was reoeivod with loud applause, delivered an eloquent and iutereatiag address on the Sooiety's operations.
The snake found on the East Coast last waek, and reported m our telegrams, has been examined by Professor Thomas, of Auokland, who identifies it as one of the species known as "pflhmys oioolor." These snakes, says the P:ofess«, are sea anakeß, and often oome aeuore aear swampy plaoes, but do not get far inland. The snake caught on the East Coast is, no loubt, a reptile whioh haa oome from trtpiosl latitudes, probably from the vioinity of North Australia or the Malay Archipelago, Tbesesnakes would not live m this colony on aosouat of the coldness of the climate; The Natives disoovered the snake alive ia a waterhele, about 14 miles south of the East Cape.
A iontemporary announces the following ohanfces m oonneotion with the Banks. Mr Ot. M Boss, who haß been agent for the Bank of New Zealand at Waimate for about three yeirfi, has reoeived notiae to hold himself m retdiness to be transferred to the management of the bank's branoh at Port Chalmers. Mc,J&oore of Obriatohuroh, has been appointed as bis suooeasor. Mr V. A. Pyke, of the Btk&ia branoh has been transferred to the Gore branoh. Mr M'Lean, of the St Bathana br»ooh of the Colonial Bank, haß been promoted to the accountantship of the bank at Cromwell, vice Mr J, F. Maddook, resigned. Me 0* GoUerill, of the Ohristohuroh branoh of tbe Bank ot New South Wales, haa been transferred to Lawrenoe,
This, ia how the " Woodville Examiner" forecasts the political situation :— Sir B. Stout intends re-entering publio life now that Sir Julius Yogel will not return to the oolony. Sir Harry Atkinson has been to Wanganui, and it ia believed there ia an understanding that the old politioal allianoe between him and Mr Ballanoe will be revived, and that the new Parliament will see two well-defined parties returned. On one hand there will be Sir B. Stout, Sir Harry Atkinson, and Messrs Ballanoe, Hutohinson, Lance, Perceval, Beeves, Guinness, and Dunoan at the head of one party, and Sir John Hall, and Messrs Mitohelson, Ormond,Rusaell, Beetham, Bruoe, Buchanan, Newman, and Menteath at the head of the other.
What might easily have proved a serious aooident ooourred on the traffic bridge yesterday afternoon. A nursemaid waa crossing with a perambulator, m whioh of course was the inevitable baby, when she was overtaken by a trap going m the same direction. Just at this moment they were met by the ooaoh coming m the opposite direction and the horses shying at the perambulator brought the ooaoh into collision with the trap, the wheels getting looked and the frightened horses rearing to the dismay of the little nursemaid who for a moment seemed m danger of being overwhelmed m the general mejee. However she managed to skedaddle pretty quickly from the soene and thanks to the ooolneis of the drivers the two vehicles were disengagad without any barm being done.
The M Wellington Herald " haa heard that m an upoountry town, not 100 miles from Wellington a certain " military magistrate " recently appointed, was hearing a case m Whioh a lawyer was retained for the defence, and as soon as the noble son of Mars heard the complainant's side of the oase he waa affected so muoh with sympathy for the complainant that he thereupon gave a verdiot in -his favor; The lawyer, bland and kind, haarted (as such people generally are), ' said m pulpit tones | '> Sir, the defendant's! evidence has nob been taken yet 1 " The " bench," seeing what a fix he was m, made it worse by saying : " I have given a verdiot, and 1 don't want to tamper with it." The oase was heard "de novo " next flfty'--* M Wd" lington Herald."
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