LOCAL AND GENERAL
» Wild horflCß are Baid to bo vory numerous m tbo back country lying between Castle Point and papier. On two largo runs alone it is estimated tbat tfre^o are between one and two tboußand. A witneßß from Roag before tbo Croftoja' Commission, who was deeply m arroars, m, being asked to explain bow he had fallen behind wjih bis payments, Hiiid he und bis ancestor* had huan paying ront for tho satno plaoe for six hundred years, and they had paid quiie enougbi • Tho attention of tho Dunedin Licensing, Committee was directed to the oaao 6f Ilooho, ! m which Mr Jußtioe Williamß decided tbat married women oojald not hold a lioonso, and it was pointed out that several applioants for renewal of licenses were marred women.; The Committee, however, ignored the ob<: Ration and groped th« lioonie», ;
Very severe weathor was exporionoed at the hills last night. The trucks of the train from Mount Somors wore liberally aoated with snow onjthoir arrival atiAahburton this morning. ' An cfljournod meeting of the Board of Boviewors to hoar and consider objections to the Property Assessment valuations was held at the Courthouse this morning. Two or throe objoolioDH oanap before tho Board, but the only ono m whioh any reduction m the assessment was made was that of the Church Property Trustoos, who tgbjeotnd to tne uasoHsment of 929 aores m the Upper Ash* burton diatciot at £6190. A reduction to JESBGI was made. Tho prooeodings at the enquiry oonduoted by Oolonol Shepherd into tho Volunteer inisconduot at the Auckland Easter enoampment have been kept eoorot. The evidence adduced will bo placed before Colonel Humfroy. It is titated that one of the offiaers of the Wuiteraata Navals, Petty Oiliuor Cantell, has, however, boon dismissed from tho corps, as he could not explain, contradictory statements ho had mado with rogard to tho aooordian Btolon from Porter. Col Sehpherd has blbo investigated the charge against Captains llulbo and Hitohens, of the Onehunga and Waitomata Navals respectively, and who, it is tißsorted, tampered with the witness Cantell, and the evidonoo m this case will also be sent to Colonel Humfroy. j The Tiraaru " Herald " has been shown a first-rate sample of an article the production of whioh Borne day may become an important industry m New Zealand, ood liver oil to wit. Mr Goorgo Sunaaway, fisherman, while the ood were so pleutiful at Timaru lately, colleoted a quantity of the livora of the fish — unusually .white and healthy he says they were this Boaaon — and by iho übg of simple apparatus he extraoted from them several gallons of oil. The sample shown, a spirit' flask full, was pe>rfeotly clear and colourless, and if people must have suoh nauseous nourishment, it would be difficult to imagine thorn getting anything better or purer of its kind. Mr Sunuaway intends to Bend samples to the Dunedin Exhibition through the looal commit too. Mr Pishor, m the oourse of his reoent speeoh at Wellington, spoke thus regarding the results of Protection, of whioh he had been |an unoompromißing opponent :— " He considered that the decrease m the imports showed that the people of the colony contributed that muob lees to the cheap labour markets of tbo Old World, and that the tariff o( last year contributed to this result. Several large manufacturing industries m this oountry had been enabled by the tariff to keep afloat. The Petone mill, a comparatively small one, nas an inatanoe. The manager of the Kaiapoi mill ..told him that it was just a question whether or not the mill should be closed, and the tariff turned the oorner for thorn, That mill employed about 1200 hands, and paid about £15,000 a yoar m wageß, and the oase was the same with the Oamaru mill. Braes and iron foundries have been started and enlarged, and many things were now being made m t&em whioh were . never made there before." One of the most antique pieoes of furniture that has ever found its way into this colony was purohaaed at Mr W.NuUaU'asale, at New Brighton, the other day, by Mr J. Patterson, furniture dealer. It iB an old oak dining chair of the sixteenth oentury, and oame from the manor bouse of Wingfield, Derbyshire. It was m the chamber oooupied by Mary Queen of Soots when confined tthore. During the time of the Commonwealth the manor (which wbb held by tbo Royalists) wa.a besieged by the forces of Oliver Cromwell under the com* mand of Genoral Monk, taken and partially destroyed. s. What was left of the furniture, after fire and pillage had done thoir work, was appropriated by tho villagers, from one Of the descendants o< whom Me Nuttall bought it, together with ona of the aaanon balls used during tho siege. Tho woodwork shows signs of thorough decay, and the framework iB showing signs of age, some of the parts being as friable as bißouit. Mr Patterson purposes Bending the ohair to the DUnedin Exhibition with a photograph of the ruined abbey, and a certificate as to the age of the ohair. The "Inßuranoo and Finanoo Journal" says tho estimated annual output of oheese for the thirty-one factories m New Zealand amounts to 1697 tonß, which at £40 a ton produoes £67,880— certainly a fair-- gross return on tho paid-up oapital of £81,937, to whinh sum, however, must ho added 4oma £9500 estimated oapital invested m eight oompanies who givo their outputs but not thoir oapital. Wo shall not bo going very far wrong if wo say that the oapital invested m the dairy industry amounts to nearly £-10,000. The estimated annual output of butter is only 181 tonß, a fact whioh will probably surprise some of our readers* Careful examination on our part has, however, Bhown that tho Btnall output of butter as oompared with oheese is a natural enough result from the unstable market elsewhere. It pays much bettor to ship oheose than buttor to London, whilo the colonial markot, &B represented by Sydnoy, has hithorto proved so erratic and unsatisfactory as regards prioe as to disappoint shippers. Still the output of butter would be as great, if not greater, than of oheeao, if the faotory system wore everywhere adopted. [We presume it is meant that the £40,000 iB invested m Dairy Faotorieß.— Ed. G.] , The new style of reporting court, busiaens is coming to tho front, at all events m the "London Now York Herald." How the magistrates like it and how iho polioemen like it iB a dolioato question, but tho answer may be surmised. A comparison between Mr Nowton, at Marlborough street, and Mr Vaughan at Bow street, is deoidodly abroad ; — " Mr Nowton does not paralyse a prisoner byja frown, like Mr Vaughan occasionally does at Bow street ; but he frequently sizes one up m a withering, mathematical way, and at times heaves a sigh at the accumulated masses of iniquity so forcibly thrust under his notice, ; and when he Bigba the unhappy oulprit trembles, and keeps on trembling long after the last dim echoes of the auspiration have fadod away m the ooiling, or eßoapod through the oorridors outßide." This iB the way m wbioh a London polioeman as a witness ia oonleotured to talk ; " I couldn't dream o* mentioniu' hall she said, yer wuss* hip ; but of hall the horfulloßfc disgraceful talk, that female's remarks ter me, yer wusship, was tho woretest. I wouldn't aye minded 'or been drunk a bit, yer wueship, but I did riso some hojeokshinß to 'er describing paraberlers an' similar mathemaUiokle figures on' tho pavemente, yer wusship. Hit was that as made mo blueh m the fust instinoe ; but w'en f 'card tho remarks as concluded 'er puffomrinooß then I blushed a blushior blush nor abeotrQoi, yer wunship, and'you'ld 'aye dono likowißO hif you was thoro, yer wusship." As .all London policemen arp made to give ovidonoo m this graphic and familiar manner, *he inlrthfulnese 6! tho reporting is peoullar, Until iw-? ar r»Y al ot 'ho Bkotoh-writor for tho " Horald " m dOUtt, no ope would have supposed tho English poliooman wao so intoresting aa a witness.
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