LOCAL AND GENERAL.
— _ « The shoal of sprats that hung about the Timaru harbor for bo many weeks appears to have gone almost oompletoly. God are Btill numerous, and the gulls have not quite deserted their late feasting ground, though their numbers are small oompated with the flooks of ten days ago. It is not generally known that P. J. Tynan — Number One— was formerly m the 2nd Queen'B Middlesex Volunteers, and was actually one of the guards of honor of her Mejeßty at the opening of the New Courts of Justioe. Tynan hailß from Kingstown, where his mother keeps a news stall at the railway Btation. He has a brother a prieet m South America. The usual meeting of the Band of Hope m connection with the Wesley an Sunday School, Tinwald, was hold last evening. In the absence of the President, the Seoretary, Mr J. W. Smith, took the chair, 'i'hore was a large attendance. A very lengthy programma was gone through m a most satisfactory manner, Beveral items eliciting loud applause. Ten names were added to the roll of members and a very enjoyable evening was spent. It is said m Wellington a Manawatu settler has qono on a vißit to the North of Ireland to inspeot and buy a new maohino, whioh, if up to report, will totally revolutionise the flax industry. The nmohine turns out white line fibre in'twj hours from the green leaves— all the present bleaoa:nn and drying processes aro done away wiib. If applicable, to £Tew Zealand | it would mean that all the long, laborious, ooatly process of spreading on the fields, and gathering, an# carting to the mill wquld be Swept jftjrftjr/'
There were rumors m Ohristohuroh yesterday that tho operatives m the boot faotories had been looked out, but enquiries showed that, though relations have been lately very much strained, no extreme measures between employers and employed have as yet been taken. The Melbourne police and gaol authorities appear to have been duped m an extraordinary manner. James Steel and a woman nt%med M'Pherßon were arrested on a charge of forgery, and remanded, bail being acoepted Steel, who was bailed out, not putting m an appearance when the case oame on again, enquiry was made, when it was found that ihe woman had also been bailed out, and the deteotive to his horror discovered that Street, the other aooused, was the person who had become surety. Both have since disappeared.. The nobleman who has at last aooepted the Lord-Lieutenancy of Ireland, tbe Earl' of Zetland, is the third bearer of tbe title, and 45 years of age. His name is Laurence Dundas, be is married to a daugher of the ninth Earl of Scarborough. Lord Zetland, when Lord Dundas, represented Richmond m the Tory interest m the House of Commons, and he was Lord-in- Waiting m 1880, Ho formerly held a oommisßion as Lieutenant m the Horse Guards. His father was a distinguished [sportsman and Mason, being at one time Grand Master of England. At the Timaru Court yesterday Joßeph Chpstfok was oharged with stealing an overcoat value 30s, on May 30th, the property of 0. Looker. Looker said that he left his overcoat at Wattß' restaurant on 30th May, and missed it at 7 p.m. that evening. The coat produoed was bis. Constable Smart, ot Ashburton, proved the arrest and to finding the coat m possession of prisoner. At this stage, on the benoh signifying that they would deal Bummarily with the aooused, Mr Hay asked for an adjournment for seven days to enable him to call witnesses for the defence from Ashl'urtoa, Tbe request was granted, and bail was allowed m one surety of £40, At the Polioe Court to-day before Messrs T; Builook and D. Thomas, J.P.s John O'Brien was oharged with habitual drunkenness, and using obscene language. Constables O'Reilly and Casey gave evidence m support of the oharge. J. Henry, Commercial Hotel, stated that the defendant had agreed to pump his tanks full for him, but instead of doing so he went away and oame back drunk, and was arrested shortly afterwards. Sergeant Felton proved prisoner being previously oonvicted, and that he had only been releasad from the Btation the previous morning. A witness for the de£enae only corroborated the other witnesses. The benoh warned the prisoner against appearing again and sentenced him to 14 days' imprisonment. t At a meeting of the Committee of the Canterbury Industrial Association, held m Ghristohuroh on Wednesday evening, the President brought under notioe a cutting from an Amerioan paper whioh pointed out that there would be a very large increase m the price of binder twine, as there was 54,000 tons short of the supply required for the ooming Beason, and that it would take from four to six years to inorease the output of sisal and manilla. Henoe be thought there was a very good outlook for the New Zealand fibre, from which excellent binder twine could be made. The flax was now being out very muoh more carefully, and he had been told m the Manawatu district that flax could be out every twelve months m some districts, and eighteen months over all. : The Viotorian Minister of Lands is fortnu Jating a aoheme for the occupation of 1,000,000 Inores of land on tbe sopth fringe of the. malice blooks, whioh were reserved from pastoral occupation when the leases of a large number of blooks of mallee oountry were reoehtlf offered for publio competition. The sale of mallee lands is prohibited by law; but m view of the extension of irrigation, a large number of applications , for bjOldinga have been; received from persons who believe .that they will be able to oarry on cultivation within that territory at a profit. It was this fact that induoed Mr Dow to reserve the area of 1,000,000 acres, and he now contemplates dividing it into 640-aore blooks for settlement. Extended leases will be guaranteed to persons who may desire to oooupy the land. ' A maximum rent will be fixed, and should there be a plurality of applications for any particular blooks, they will be referred to the looal to grant the lease to the moßli eligible appuoauv.- ._ . i The temperanoa rank* intKin,^ , ajo'-*---are uiviucuintolwo oamps, the one^ofaoiog the advooatea of Prohibition, and the other the supporters of High License. Of the results of the adoption of the latter principle the following extraot from the " New York Tribune " of Mar oh 27 th affords a striking example : — " The oity of Joliet, iv Illinois, is the lateßt shining example of the wisdom and effectiveness of High License. Seven years ago it had it bad 127 saloons for a population of 15,000 and the lioense fee ' being 25d01, each amounted to 3175d01. Under the High Lioense Law the fee was raised to lOOOdol. This closed more than one-half the saloons leaving only fifty-five. The largely increased tax they pay supports the police, the firemen, all the. oity officers and the oost of lighting and cleaning the Btreets. Having now a population of about 39,000 the poople of 'the town are considering tbe advisability: of miaing the fee to the enormous figure of 5000dol. This would, they believe, out down tba number of saloon a to fifteen, while at the same time increasing the total revenue, Tbe first annual Conference of delegatesfrom the different branches forming the Industrial Protection League of New Zealand was opened at Ohristohurah yesterday. The organisation and objeots of the League were revised m aoenrdanoe with the following resolutions :— That this organisation shall be denominated the Industrial Protection League of New Zealand, and that its pperatiqno Shall extend over the whole Colony. That the objeota of the League shall be as follows : — To formulate a general polioy for the Colony, based on the principles of Protection. To promote the development of New Zealand industries, and protect them from the unfair oompetitiop of foe foreigner, To impose restriotions upon foreign immigration^ bo tht>t our own labour market may not' be flooded with the surplus population of Europe. ! To reconstruct the Labour Bureau with enlarged powers to enable it to oope successfully - th t v» influences affecting the Sons of capita! S«d MW, X<> flssume a firm attitude at Parliamentary and Municipal eleotlons to eeoure the return of candidates pledged to support the principles of the League. The London correspondent of the " Sydney Morning Herald " writes s—"5 — " I was informed the other day by a friend who had an interesting conversation with a member of the Royal Family that the Pririoess of Wales had expressed an opinion favorable to having a Royal Court m Dublin. She went so far to to say that she and her husband would not objeot to inaugurate it. It was her opinion that Ireland had been neglected too muoh m favor of Scotland. The Prince of Wales has on more than one speoial oooasion gone out of his way to Bhow his confidence m the Irish people. On his last visit to Dublin, during a very serious time of Fenian trouble ho visited some of the Blums of the oity almost wholly unattended. It is to-day publicly stated m tbe gossip of more than one journal, that one night this week m the House of Commons tbe Prinoe expressed a desire to be introduced to Mr Parnell. An honorable member entrusted wi'h the office of bringing Mr Parnell to the Prinoe found that " The Unorowned King" hnd left the House ; but with the sanction of the Prinoe it was arranged that Mr Pprnell should be invited to meet the Prinoe at dinner at the house of a friend." : SANPER and SONS' EUCALYPTI EXTRACT.—In proteotion of the world wide fame oar manufacture has acquired all over the globe, we publish the following '.—Hazard, M.D., Professor of General Pathology and Diseases of the Mind and Nervouß System, says m an editorial published m the " Clinical Reoord : " — " We have examined half-a-dozon specimens of different manufactures ; the preparation of Sander and Sons was the only one that proved to be reliable and corresponding to soientirla tests." Another conaootion called " Refined Extraot of Eucalyptus " has made its appearance sinco. This product standß, aooording to Dr Owen, foremost m causing injurious effects. That gentleman oommunioates, at a meeting of the Medical Society of Viotoria, that a child living at Fitzroy becamo most seriously indisposed through its use. lii a^oUjer ' case a lady elates on the strength ot statutory declaration that sho suffered cruelly froa tho offeots of the same ooncootion. To guard the high reputation of our manufacture wo feel r . warranted m exposing the above facts, and I desire tho publio to oxcroiae care and precaution >vUdn buying, and SONS ~ (Advt> >••.•■*»■ j
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