LOCAL AMD GENERAL.
The next meeting of tho Canterbury Land Buard takes plaoe pa Thursday (to-morrow), 9th inst at 11 a.m, Five years ago m Yokohama and Tokio thero were but five sohools for girls, while at present jthero are moro than thirty. The_ United States spends yearly for education as muoh as Germany, England, Franoe, Austria, and Russia combined. From a Westland paper we loam that I do Ja, ""' o£ tQe beacQ drod Rers are now Btartod, sever... ..„ j j a r ] BUooeßß f u ] i and so far a^ J tt . . . " Sv, oidence? The How is this for a oo._ --neafow brigantine Parnell arrived at Molbou*_ days ago consigned to Pigolt Brothers. The " Daooa Shakti "—an Indian paperavers that there is living at Baruda, near Daooa, a Yogi who ia more than ISO years old. He is strong and able-bodied, He talks with all, '
A female inmate of the Newtown Charitable Institution (Tasmania) died reoently at the age of 103 years.
Mr Charles W. Turner, well known m connection with the New Zealand Loan and Mercantile Agency Company, is now m Christohuroh engaged m establishing an agenoy of a Sydney Wool and Produoe Company.
An exohange Bays whales are more numerous off the North Coast of New Zealand than they have been for many years. The various coastal Bteamers running between Auckland and the Bay of Islands report seeing great numbers lately.
The " Wellington Press " learns from a private communication received by a oity merchant that several emigrants arrived at Gisborne last week as pioneers of Mr Bees settlement scheme. They are greatly charmed with the oountry, and seem to have good faith m Mr Bees.
" Yes," said the sweet girl graduate, m a burst of confidence, my education is now oomplete. Mamma and papa, unfortunately, have a habit of pronouncing their words badly, and they know so little of polite literature and the soienoes, you see, that it really is quite a hardship for me to associate with them."
A sad fatality ocourred at Methven yesterday morning, when a little girl two years oi age named Elizabeth Beathe, the only child of her parents, fell down a well, and before she was discovered was drowned. An inquest was held at Methven this afternoon when a verdiot m accordance with the facts was returned,
Some time ago when the fire brigades demonstration was projected at Inveroargill an art union was got up m connection with it. Many Ashburton people took tiokets for the art union, and bb the demonstration fell through, they naturally desired to know what would be done with their money. We may state that the art union was held, and that two of the prizes find their way to Ashburton,
At the Hokitika Supreme Court sittings one of the jurors objected to take the oath on the ground of the incorrect translation of the Bible from the original. His Honor aaid that this wbb a novel objection, and as there was no provision made m the Jurors Aot for like objections, Mr Oan would be excused from attendanoe.
We are 'informed that ihe result, of the threshing of Mr Thomas Holmes 1 crop of wheat at the Hinds is very remarkable, the tally from about 35 aorea averaging over 75 bushels per aore, while a portion of this consisting of about five aorea of reolaimed swamp land yielded 523 bushels of Hunter's white wheat, being at the rate of over one hundred bushelß per aore, according to the threshing maohine returns.
A lawyer of Temple Court was looking over Borne papers his German client had brought, and every signature had a menace m it as it stood:— "A Sohwindler." "Mr Sohwindler, why don't you write your name some other way ; write out your first name, or something ? I don't want people to think you are a Bwindler." « « Veil, mine Goot, sir, bow moooh better you dink this looks ? " and he wrote, " Adam Sohwindler." — " St Paul Globe."
Spain has produoed an operatic composer who promises, it is said, to take his plaoe among tbe great maestri of the day. This is Thomas Breton, whose "Los Amantes de Teruel " haß been a triumphant suooess m Madrid. Twenty years ago he conducted the orchestra of a small oirous m the Spanish capital, but was enabled to study his art for three years m Rome, Paris, and Vienna by the liberality of the Royal Family.
A writer m the " New Zealand Herald " mentions tbe oase of a ohild, whose parents make it a point to give their ohildren as muoh information about New Zealand as possible, who waa instructed at school the other day to write something about New Zealand birds. The little girl started with the moa, telling that it waa extinct, and that it stood as high as a man, and so on. The teaoher said there never was suoh a bird, and punished the pupil for giving reins to her imagination by " keeping her m,
At a speoial meeting of the Rakaia Library Committee held lasi evening, there, were present Messrs Liddy, Turner, Oox, Makeig, and Oxley, Mr Makeig oooupied the ohair. The meeting was called for the purpose of eleotiug a member m plaoe of Mr Pyke, resigned. Mr Oxley proposed Mr Hardy to fill the vacanoy ; seconded by Mr Liddy, and carried. It was deoided to postpone the danoe m aid of the funds to Juno 14th. The Sohool Committee reoeived permission to use the room for monthly meetings on the same terms as for last year. The meeting then adjourned till June Ist.
Aooording to the " Bush Advocate's " Ormondville correspondent a few days ago the ohildren ot Mr Bedward, of Ormondville, found a reptile under a log, and when it wbb disturbed it wriggled away m a manner that was strange to them. Their description of the reptile was Buoh as would tally with that of a smallenake, and aooording to the ohildren it was like an eel, but brown and soaiy, 'with a forked tongue. It had no legs, but could wriggle along the ground very fast. Nothing was thought of the matter until Sir George Whitmore was reported to have killed a snake, and now it iB supposed that this reptile was a veritable snake also.
Latterly from several sources has oome news of repeated indications of renewed voloanio aotivity m the-North Island. The latest occurs m the " Napier Telegraph " of the 4th inst which says ;— An illuminated aloud was last night distinctly scon hanging over Ruapehu. The peouliar sombre glare was first observed by the passengers m the 6 p.m. train / or wrings, when between Awatoto and Earndon, and long into the night was an object of interest to those who could see it. The oloud refleoted the light from the crater which, presumably, Is. m more than its usual oondition of commotion.
The annual meeting of parishioners wa 8 held at tbe Bohool, Doric, on the ffth mat Pxeßent ;— The Ravd H. Collins (ohairman); Messrs H. J. and W. Harrison, W. Morrow, S. Boyoe, Thomas and Edward Ribhards, B> Mulligan, and G. T. Smith. The statement of aaoounts showed a balanoe m hand, : of £1 8s 2d ; Btipend aooount, £15 16s collected and paid to the Diooesan treasurer for the year, being £5 16s m excess of the amount guaranteed. The aooeunts were paßsed, and a hearty vote of thanks accorded to Mr H; J; Harrison for his servioes as ohurohwarden during the past two years. The following were nominated to aot as Churoh offtaers for the ensuing year, viz ;— Mr Samuel Boyoe, Clergyman's warden, Mr Wm Morrow, parish warden, Messrs H. J. and W. and G. Harrison, Thomas, Edward, and Frederick Richards, G. T. Smith, R. Mulligan, and J. and R: Baxter, vestrymen. A vote of thanks to the ohairman dosed the meeting.
The Rink will be open to-night as usual, Skaters are reminded that the entries for the championship close this evening. The professional champion race comes off to-morrow night, and the amateur on Friday next.
The aotion whioh was entered by the Bishop of Sydney against the Government for the reoovery of £2713 19a 6d, due to the Church of England m Australia under the Churoh and Schools Act, has been settled by consent,
The wife of a farmer named Quin, residing at Talgarno, while attempting to administer an emetio to a pig, allowed some of the liquid to come m contact with a scratch on her arm. Blood poisoning resulted, and death followed.
Robert Ross Haverfield died at Sandhurst a few days ago, aged 70. He was for over 35 years connected with the "Bsndigo Advertiser " as editor, and was the founder of the "Riverine Herald," published at Eohuoa. He arrived m Sydney m February, 1838.
A Government Inspection Parade of the Ashburton Volunteers was held at the DrillBhed last evening, Major Douglas being inspecting officer. The Rifles mustered 42, Captain Dolman ; Guards 30, Oapt Sparrow ; Cadets 20, Sergeant-Major Hayes. After the inspection the battalion was exeroised for an hour m the new drill by Major DouglasBefore dismissing, it was deoided to hold a parade at 10.30 a.m. on tbe Queen's birthday.
A party of four miners, known as Linn and party, who have been prospeoting at Maryborough, Viotoria, oleared up a crushing of six tons for the phenomenal yield of 2740z 12dwt, average 450z 15dwt to the ton. The amount realised by the luoky find was £1100. Two other miners, also prospeoting the Portuguese reef, near Maryborough, have discovered a rioh patch of quartz, and oleared up from crushing £100 per man.
The " San Francisco Ev.ening Post/ referring to the late disastrous hurrioane, says:— " The action of New Zealand m putting a steamer at Admiral Eimberley's service adds one more to the ties that bind us to our kindred m the South Seas. Courtesy of that solid kind is to be appreciated." Other journals have made comments upon Sir H. Atkinson's aotion m a similarly laudatory manner.
It is rumored says the Greymouth oorrespondent of the " Westport Times " that a serious disagreement has ocourred between the Union Steam Shipping Company and Mr Kennedy, of the Brunner Coal Oompany. The latter holds that the former is unduly favoring Westport. If this breach is warranted it is likely that another and a powerful opposition to tbe Union steamers will soon be m ezißtenoe. The Union Oompany are said to be doing their utmost to prevent a harbor beiog made at Point Elizabeth, where it is understood that an English Oompany are willing to oommenoe operations.
Aooording to a West Coast exchange the Borough Counoil of Boss have advertised their intention of borrowing a sum of £20,000 for the purpose of erecting pumping machinery and the construction of suitable workß for the purpose of draining the deep leads on the Boss flats, situated within the borough, and for security on the loan they propose to pledge :— (1) The duty en the gold won by means of tne drainage works; (2; The goldfieldß revenue from the same source ; and (3) Ten per oent of the profits. A mining venture of this description is rather a novel kind of venture for a municipal corporation to entertain, but as the very existence of Ross depends on this work being done, and no company seems inolincd to undertake the work, there is no harm m it if capitalists can be found to embark their money m the loan; but the prospeot of getting either interest or capital back seems to depend entirely on the success of the scheme.
A correspondent writes to tbe " Electrical Review :— On passing a clothier's window some days ago I was amused to see one of the usually lifelike and beautiful (?) boys that are engaged by tailors to exhibit tneir goods to admiring passers-by bearing a printed notice pinned to his chest;, 'I Shall blush to-nighc,' On enquiry of the ' knight of the shears ' I found that he had a small set of storage cells m his shop and a lamp inside the waxen head of his ' dummy,' and that at intervals he BWitofced on tbe light lor a Beoond or two. This having beoome tedious, and the blushing therefore somewhat erratio and unoertain when trade waa brisk, he had requisitioned the bottle jack from the kitohen, and with an attachment from the bottom of it had made the jaok do the blushing at regular intervals, without more trouble than was^ required m winding it up from time to to time. Result — crowds round the window, and a novel advertisement."
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