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LOCAL AND GENERAL.

m Among the names of paasongers by the Tainui, whioh arrived at Lyttolton on Saturday, are those of the wife and family — seven— erf Mr Peter Moodie, Hampstead. The Rink attracted a good ftttendanoe of visitors on Saturday evening, whioh haa become the popular session' of the week. It will be open to-morrow afternoon — the half-boliclfty-iud »lao la tht evening,

Entries olose this evening for the Coursing Meeting to be held to-morrow, The ooursing will begin at the orosßing of the Mount Somors Railway, Fraser's road, at nine o'clock, and it ia expeoted to be near the Laghmor homestead about two o'clock. It is reported that Mr John Holmes has parted with his farm of 2500 aorea at Lyndhurst, on the Ashburton Forks Railway, to Mr Max Friedlander, but the price haß not transpired. Mr Holmes still retains hiß farm higher up (he country. The steamer Mariposa, with the English mail of May 18, left Ban Franoisao for Auokland on June 2, being one day late. The steamer Zealandia, with the Colonial mails of May 20, arrived at San Franoisao from Auckland on June 8, the contraot date, At the R.M. Court this morning, before Me T, Bullook, J.P., a man named John Hampton was brought up charged with the laroeny of £12 133 from John Hunter, who yesterday was sentenced to seven day's imprisonment for having been illegally on the premises of the Rev J. N. Buttle. Aooused was remanded till the 18th instant. A Btnall farmer at the Hinds, named Peter Hanson, has disappeared rather mysteriously. Last month he sold his wheat at Timaru, and received a considerable sum of money on aooount, part of whiah he paid away, and there Btill remains a considerable Bum to oome to him. A couple of days after the Queen's [birthday he went to Ohristohuroh, ainoo when nothing appears to have been heard of him. Constable k ßmart was despatohed to Ohristohuroh on Saturday to endeavor to ascertain the whereabouts of the missing man, but without success, as no trace of him whatever was discovered. I A football matoh took place m the Domain, Gekaldine, on Saturday afternoon, between the Ashburton-Rakaia and the Waihi Football Clubs. The former was captained by Mr Bj. J. Fooks, and the latter by Mr T. Hart. The weather was most favorable. The visitors weie overmatohed, although they played a very pluoky game. Eventually Waihi won by seven goals and seven tries. Of the visiting team Fooks, Jameson, Simpson, Bruce, and Hugonin played well, and T. Hart, Fitzgerald, W. Stewart, MoLeod (2), A. Shallard, and F. Shallard for Waihi. ' Messrs Dixon and H, Smith umpired for the visitors and Waihi respectively, and Mr J. L. Flint was referee. At the quarterly oommunioation of the District Grand Lodge of Auckland, E.G., held on June 4, the question of the United Grand , LvJgeofNew Zealand was brought up, and the D.G. Sooretary said he had received returns from sixteen out of the nineteen lister lodges ia the district. Twelve had voted m favor of remaining as at present, under the Grand Lodge of England, two had voted m favor of the United Grand Lodge, and two had not voted, as they did not oonBider they had sufficient information before them. The remaining three had made no returns. This proves the falsity of the telegram published last week, whiah gave the numbers as 6 for, 1 against and 1 to postpone consideration of the proposal to form a United Grand Lodge. It would be interesting to know by whom last week's telegram was inspired, and why the oorreot figures were not afterwards forwarded. The report of the New South Wales Department of Publio Instruction, for last year, Bbows thai 2237 sohools were m operation at the end of tae year, with acoomo* dation for 181,357 obildren. The statutory school population is 212,774, or an inoreaße einoe last oensus, m 1881, of 65,456, or 44 per cent., 186,692 pupils, of whom 151,504, or 81.2 per oent,, were of statutory age, attended school, the reoords of attundanoe showing a satisfactory improvement. The percentage of pupilß m average attendance, 69*7 per cent., was higher than m any previous year The total expenditure was ll£d leas per pupil m average attendance than tne previous year. It is stated that the expenditure per pupil of year's enrolment was £2 16s 2£d, and the sum spent on school premises £2 7s s£d, the oo3t per pupil being less than m Viotoria or Queensland, and a decrease on all previous years. Dairy farming m the Taieri is evidently going to pay very well. Though it is now very nearly midwinter, there is Btill 500 gallons of milk per day going into the Henley faotory. Out of this supply, whioh oomea from only 15 settlers, 801 bof butter and sowt of oheese are made daily, Laßt season the Henley Company got the highest price that was given for Now Zealand oheese id the Home market, and tbia after 25 per cent, of the cream had been extraoted from the milk used m manufacture. The cheese was so rich that this plan had to be resorted to, wiih the result that working expenses were paid out of the 25 per cent, of oream, whioh was used for making butter, The work of Professor Kirk, F.L.S., on forest trees and the flora of New Zealand generally, has just isaued from the Government " Printing Preße." It is a work of great and general utility. Professor Kirk was for many years m Auckland, where his Boiontifio attainments as a botanist were well known and appreciated. The work is copiously illustrated. The book is a desoriptive account of eoonomio trees and shrubs. The Maori and common names of each, aB well as the scientific designation of each speoieß are given, so that the plants, trees, or ohruba can be reoogoised by every person capable of reading. Professor Kirk acknowledges with thanks the assistance he received from Mr Justioe Gillies, from Mesßra T. F. Cheeseman, F.L.S., J. Buohanan, F.L.S., Yen Arohdeacon Williams, and a number of other gentlemen.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2148, 11 June 1889

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