LOCAL AND GENERAL.
The writ for Ohristoburoh North has been issued and iB returnable on July 4.
This morning a first offender for drunken ncsa was brought before Major Steward, J.P. and discharged with a oaution.
The estimated population of the ohief boroughs and their suburbs is given as follows by tbe Registrar-General : Auokland, 57,048 ; Wellington, 27,833; Ohriatohurch, 44,688; and Dunedin, 45,518.
Boys resoued from tbe street and sent out 4o Canada reoently sent home, out of their earnings, £108 16s m support of the Southwark Street Boyß* Home, to whioh tbey were indebted.
The New York fire department had forty* six men killed and three hundred injured at fires last year. The position of a fireman ii rated as hazardous as that ot an employee m a powder mill.
The gun aooident whioh ooourred at Ran* gitata laland, on Friday, did not happen, as erroneously stated m our last issue, to Mr Mayne. the headmaster at the Hampßtead Sohool, but to Mr Friggell his second m oommand.
A Maeonio lodge established upon a temperr anoe basis, m connection with the United Grand Lodge of New South Wales, having proved bo satisfactory, the Royal Arob Masons have established a Royal Arob Chapter upon the same basis.
On Saturday evening a fatal aooident occurred to a man named George Mao Aulay on Cameron's road about two miles from Methven. It appears that he fell from a trap acd was killed, but particulars are pot yet to hand. The body was taken io Rouse's Canterbury Hotel, Methven, where an inquest was held this afternoon.
The "Lyttelton Times " saya tbat the ptejadioe ol tbe farm era of Dubbo ngainat the New Zealand wheat, on tbe ground that some years ago they sowed it and it did not germinate, ia no£ jn all probability altogether unfounded. It will be remombored tbat a few years baok the harvest Beacon here W &B ? yer 7 wat ono, and muoh of tbe wheat got darqp iv the stacks. Large quantities of this wheat were" kilU'dried at Lyttelton to prevent combuetion od ship board, and tben exported. The process of kiln-drying, it iB very likely, destroyed tbe germinating power of toe grain i It will be remembered tbat a few months ago some extensive salt water baths were opened at Moeraki, near Hampden, Otago. These appear to bave been established m a very ineeoqre position and to be threatened with destruction, tno Oamaru morning paper reporting that the dividing fence and other portions of the baths have been oompleibly ' destroyed by reoent high seas, and aa tbe Baths Trust is short of funds the neoessary
/ repairs are not likely to bo eiieoted for a considerable time. There iv even, we believe, some groupda for fearing that tbe baths will little by little fall into tptal ruin, Mr F. J. Spenco, who has jußt returned to Dunedin from tho Stewart Island tin /leld Hayg the pubjio ought to have thoir eyes orjonixi to the true state of affairs. Mr v ""* QOB bad considerable experience m tin Hponu.. - |0 Government should mining, anu .. ._ tiJimlaQ tho ani Bond dowu an oxpon .. vu * tt '* 1 tb I report, and from what ho Baw v,a vm ^^ n B . B'ightest doubt thot the report wou,_ . 0l Buch an unfavorable oharaoier that tho who fi thing would abut up. It would be better to do this, he says, than allow foreign capital to bt lost m suoh a thing. '
Members of both Fire Brigades are requested to bear m mind that tbe meeting for the purpose of amalgamating the brigades and for eleoting officers will be held at the Ashburton Brigade's Station, Burnett Btreet, this evening at eight o'olook.
The " New Zealand Herald " is responsible I for this story ; — A district sheep inspeotor » had been on a tour to a certain district, hunting after soab oases, when ho reoeived a twice-repeated urgent message from the sheep owners m another dtßtriot that his presenoe waa needed. He lef everything and hurried ; off, believing that an outbreak of soab must ■ have ooourred. On reaohiug the locality the 1 sheep-owners— ono of whom owned 20 and ( the otber 70 sheep, informed the inspeotor I that what they wanted was two '• forms " to fill up their annual returns 1 The inspeotor did not swear, he was paßt that, but he felt bo bad that be wanted two men to swear for bim, This is a very funny world, and some startling ohanges take plaoe m it. Among these, if we may oredic a contemporary, is the editing of tha " Oatholio Times " by Mr Evison, better known as " Ivo," the freethought leoturer. Remarking upon this, Typo says : — " Two noted freethought leoturera I (Mr and Mrs Selby) have reoently been converted to tbe ' evangelioal ' faith, and now we have another who haa gone into the fold of tbe Ohuroh of Rome. Are thiogd what they eoom ? Are delusions about ? Ia Freethought a failure ? Or lecturing played out ? Tbe Oatholio hierarchy m tbe United Statea haß existed just 100 years. The ohanoellors of the vurious dioooses furnish figures m oonßcquenoe of tbia ooutenary, wbioh show tbat there are m round numbers 12,000,000 Oatholios m the country. The New England and Middle States have 6,822,831, the Western States, 5,117,565, and the Southern 5t&te5,1,215,576. There are 8118 priestß, 7353 ohurohes, 1480 ohapels, 82 theological seminaries, 125 colleges, 649 academies, and 2798 paroohlal schools having 507,196 Bobolars. There are also 73 bishops, 18 arohbishopß, and 1 oardinal. One-fifth of the people of the nation are, therefore, Roman Oatholioß. A trial of Mr D. M» Andrews' method ot destroying rabbits by means of poisoned apples was made under the superintendence of tbe Grown Lands Bailiff for the Geelong distriot. The test waa upon rabbit infeated land on the ooaßt near Barwon Heads. Several furrows were ploughed and unpoisoned fruit laid m them. The fruit was eaten during the night. On the following night slices of apples over whioh powdered stryoh--1 nine had been shaken were deposited m the . furrowß, and next morning 276 dead rabbits , were found .lying oloße to the furrows. This result was considered satisfactory, aa the land 1 had been twioe thia season laid down with 1 poisoned fruit ; and young grass, whioh tbe 1 rabbits prefer to almoßt any description of . food, ia fairly abundant. I At the Aoolimatiaation Conference, wbioh opened at Christchuroh on Saturday, it waa ' deoided to recommend that dealers should 1 keep a reoord of native game and pheasants » sold ; that any person selling or bartering 5 nativo game should pay a lioenße fee of £3, . but that the present license fee for selling imported game should oover native game ; that shooting on Sundaya Bhould bo pro. hibited ; that shooting licenses should be I obtained at least a fortnight before the season opens ; tbat a penalty should be pro- ' vided for killing hen pheasants ; that the use of punt guns or Bwivel guns should be probi* 3 hibited; that bitterns and kiwis should be
inserted m the list of absolutely protected birds; that a ooucoil of the delegates from eaoh Aoolimatisation Society m tbe south should be appointed to watoh over acclimatisation interests and to frame fishing regu. lations for the South Island. Tho motion to impose a ten shilling gun tax was withdrawn.,
Tbe anuual treat of the ohildren attending the Winslow sohool took plaoe on tbe Queen's Birthday. With their frienda, they assembled about eleven o'olook aud amused themselves m a variety ot ways until lunoh w*s announoed. Thia was nioely laid out m the sohoolroom, About sixty sat down and judging by appearances the fare provided was greatly relished. A move was afterwards made for tbe playground,' where numerous races and games wore indulged m. The prizeß were tben given away by the obairman, Mr A. Wilson, eaoh Boholar reoeiving a
present. Tea followed and m the evening an impromptu concert was held. The items rendered by Mrs E. Smith, Mr Appleley and others were duly appreciated, and a very enjoyable day was brought to a olose by all presont joining m the National Anthem. Tbe thanks of tho committee are due to those gentlemen of Ashburton and district, who so liberally contributed towards the expenses, and too much praise cannot be given to those friends, (especially Mr and Mrs Williamson, Mrs A. Wilson, and Mr Drennan), whose efforts towards making the affair thoroughly enjoyable and satisfactory were so eminently SOOOOBBfuI. Our readers will observe by advertisement that tho oelebrated Payne Family of musicians will givo one performance m Ashburton at the Oddfellows' Hall on Tuesday evening, June 4th. The family comprises Mr Payne, tenor; Misses Lizzie and Nellie, sopranos, violinistes, and pianistes; Miss Maud, contralto, violiniste, and pianists ; Mr W. J. Payne, baritone and flautist ; and Mr Ealph Steele, baritone and pianist. They oome from Ballarat, Victoria, of whioh oity they aro natives, and have been suooessfal m
winning ten first prize gold medals at the
Welsh Eißteddfod musioal competitions held annually at Ballarat. During the past four years they have been engaged ia making a oomplete tour of the Australian oolonies and Tasmania, being enthusiastically reoeived by the press and publio. Tbey reoently oonoluded at Hobart a remarkably suooessful tour of Tasmania, where, for the first three months of the present year, they oontinued to draw crowded houses all over tbe island. Tbe present is thoir first vißit to New Zetland, and tbey bave been performing to enormous audienoea on their way from Inveroargill. In Dunedin the hall waa paoked eaoh evening and numbers had to be turned away. The Dunedin press praises their performances unstintedly, and m the visit of the Payn Family the Ashburton publio oan look forward to an entertainment of musioal merit.
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