LOCAL AND GENERAL.
The June number of the "Musical Monthly" is to hand, and is full of interesting matter to bandsmen and musioians generally. The musio supplement consists of a mazurka, entitled " Oars Next," by the bandmaster of the Taranaki Rifles Band. At the conclusion of the sittings of the Ohristohuroh Licensing Committee Mr Harmau, expressed the committee's pleasure at the very satisfactory state of the tradd in Ohristchuroh, and the uniformly favorable reports received of tbe fifty houses, against none of whioh had any complaint been laid by the polioe. : A Napier exohange says :— Hay has alread y been carted on to the paddooks round Hastings for the Bheep pasturing there. If feed is so soaroe now what will it be like through the winter! Very little hay was saved. last season, so that unlesß we get warm weather there will be hard times for stock and diffi- j culties for stock owners." , An elderly man named Thomas Morßghan, who has been a resident of Riocarton for a number of years, died on Thursday, alter a lengthy illness* He was a former Sergeant of the 37th Regiment, and was all through the Indian Mutiny, He received two medals, one for the Mutiny and the other for good oonduot, beßides a number of long service olaßps, < It may not be generally known (Bays' the " Oamaru Mail ") that the Mr Bradley who won the amateur sculling ohampionship of Viotoria the other day was a former resident of Timaru, where he was a lioensed boatsman ; and that he waß one of tho party who so gallantly resoued the orews of the Benvenue and City of Perth, when those vessels were wreoked. A petition has been forwarded to the Railway Commissioners, asking that the express train for the South should btop at Aehburton sufficiently long to allow passengers to have dinner there. The train is now timed to arrive at 12.48 p.m. and to leave at 12.53 p m. The petitioners state that they are ready for dinner on arriving at Ashburton, but on reaohing Timaru at 2.40 p.m. the hour is too unreasonable for the partaking of a substantial I
The amusements for the half holiday next Wednesday include a mufi football matoh Grocers v Drapers in the Domain, with intervals during which some foot-raoes and other sports will take place. For those who prefer a further run into the country there will be coursing at Laghmor. The dead body of a youth named Thomas Sprigga was found by some boys in a paddook at Eyxeton yesterday. The body was fully dressed and there were no signs of violence! and it is thought death was caused by a sudden suspension of the hearts' action, deoeased having frequently oomplained of spasms. A theatrical travelling oompany in England,, was recently playing Shakespeare's " Cymbeline" in the provinces, when, at a not unimportant town, the manager on his arrival received a note from one of the newspaper offices. The contents were to the following effeot :—" Kindly let us have a synopsis of your new play, ' Cymbeline,' and author's name. If oomio opera, please also mention who is the composer." Evidently immortality is not Buoh an enduring thing as some people fanoy. The Russian paper "Novosti" makes a startling revelation. Aooordingto this Muscovite contemporary, the "Whiteohapel murderer" is a Russian. The "Novosti" gives tbe following particulars: —He was born at Tiraspol, in South Russia, in 1847, and graduated at the Odessa University. After 1870 he beoame a fanatical Anarchist, and emigrated to Paris, where he went out of his mind. His monomania was that fallen, women could only be redeemed and go to Heaven if they were murdered. This led him to perpetrate a number of murders in Paris. The Paris polioe arrested him, but on discovering that he was a lunatic they shut him up in an asylum. That was sixteen years ago. He was kept there until a short time prior to the first murder in Whiteohapel, when he was released as cured. He went to London, and there lodged with different compatriot refugees until tbe first woman was assassinated in Whiteohapel, since which time his friends have not seen him. The death rate in England for 1888. statistics of whioh have reoently been published, shows the remarkable faot that it was the lowest average since 1837, when the Government first undertook the keeping of accurate records. In 1887 the ratio of deaths was 18 8 to 1000. and tbis was the lowest known to that time. But for 1888 a still better showing is made, the ratio being but 17'8 to every 1000. More than half a million persons were alive in England and Wales at the end of 1888 whose deaths would have been recorded during the eight years 1881-88 had the rate of mortality in those years equalled that whioh prevailed during the ten years 1871-80. The " Grey River Argus " has the following in defence of the Premier: —" He is claimed as a Protectionist and Freetrader alike; but he is neither the one nor the other. He is; a politician who does what he considers most expedient for the oooasion. That was what gave us the tariff and primage duty of last year. But he would sweep both away tomorrow without the slightest hesitanoy if the House oould agree upon a simpler, fairer and more efieotive method of providing for tbe wants of the Colony," Whereupon the Wellington •• Evening Post" Bays:—•' We havflj at times, written hard things about the Premier, but never anything so severe as this," And the " Wanganui Herald "adds: —" And it is exaotly the man." The Maharajah Dhuleep Singh is said to have addressed a letter to the% Queen, in which, after enumerating many fancied wrongs, "he insists, in language not too deferential, on the restoration to him of the Koh-i-noor, He says; —"lt will be useless..! for me to demand the restoration of my. kingdom, swindled from me by your Christian Gdvernment, but whioh I hope shortly, by the aid of Providence, to retake from my robbers. But, my diamond, the Koh-i-noor, I understand, is entirely at your own personal disposal. Therefore, believing.your Majesty to be 'the most religious lady' that your subjeots pray for every Sunday, I do not hesitate to ask that thia gem be restored to me, or else that a fair prioe be paid for it to me out of your privy purse." With referenoe to the paragraph in the news by the last San Franoisoo mail stating that the Rev O. Spurgeon had been assaulted by a Mr Duokworth for being unduly attentive to the latter's wife, the 'Auokland Star' says: _»Mr Duokworth i. who is a _weal&hy rnitt~ owner, and a member uX the Town OounoiifofRochdale, oame to the colonies for the benefit of his health, and was deputed by the United Methodist Free Ohuroh body, of whioh be is a prominent member, to report; upon the stata.of the churches connected with that body in the colonies. He preached on several occasionsin Auokland. Mrs Duokworth accompanied her husband, and during their stay here they bad apartments at Fernleigh, Symonds street, near the Grammar School. They took •jassage by the Mariposa, the vessel on which the Rev Charles Spurgeon proaeeded to San Franoisoo. The arrival of the steamer at: that port was only cabled at the beginning of last week, and was published in our issue of Tuesday last. Any report with regard to the inoident referred to in the above oablegram must therefore have come through an Ameriaan source, and it is highly probable that it has loßt nothing in coloring through the Amerioan love of sensational journalism. It is not unlikely that some trivial inoidenc has been grossly exaggerated. «■ Puffy" in the '.' Press," writes :—" Ejudden i fall of the barometer} Where's that? Customs revenue is only £110,032 for thp month ? 4h< that's £17,000 below the average estimatedreoeipts for the month, and £82,000 below the reoeipts for the corresponding month of last yearl Not very rosy, eh? I wonder what the optimists say to that? Oh, they only say you're a miserable pessimist for telling the - truth, and tht*t you ought to knpw.that tbe less we import the better, and that if the Customs puties vanished altogether it would be a final proof of the prosperity of the colony I But what is the meaning of it all? Dr Newman, and the • Times' and the 'Post,'have been all declaring that we're, flourishing and booming I Hope, dear boy.' jiope I ''^tope' told a flattering tale!' The iCJußtoms returns are a gentle reminder, tof go easy, apd not Jisten|to boomers I But.things ar? nuich better \ I dpij't pow. abput - -"...h i ' yo you boos? that; not one'of the •'•Biu». *•<■•*+ wholgfal.e importers of soft firms who wtuu —»*s ago m npw in goods in Wellington two 3^ "-*«ort«r existence, with one exception of an n~ r who is a general merchant and imports really for his own retail busineSß! What all ruined? All ruined and a number of .the retailers gone tool Just bount heads down Lambton Quay!" - \
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