LOCAL AND GENERAL
The hunting men m tbe Methven distriot l are getting up a day's steepleohaßing, similar to tbat wtaioh was so suooessful last year. Tbo date fixed iB June 24. Tbe Debating Sooiely bold thair meeting to-night m tbe Templar Hull, when tbe question " Should tbe Totalisator be abolished," will bo arguod out. A good debate should foe evoked on this important queation. Messrs Martin Lightband and Itobert Allan, trading as Lightband, Allan and Co., yesterliled a petition to be adjudicated bankrupts. As a oonsequonco tbo Zealandia Boot Store, Eaßt atreot, was taken pobsgbbiou of on behalf of the Oiliaial Assignee and oloeed Boon after . midday yesterday. It is reported tbat the orator of liuapohu has been Qbowing signa of resuming aotivi'y ; tbat tbe hot springs around Taupo are more lively tban they were ; and that tbe bottom of the lake has been disturbed — roofs being now seen where a few months ago thero was deep water. Mr Morrison, manager of ibe Mosgiel Wp.pllon Faotory Company, Limned, with Mr tyroh^opl to tbe company, has determined' upon the alterations to be effootcd at the Aahburton Factory,' and tenders for the proposed additions and' alterations adyertiled
The Ohrislohuroh bootmakers still retain their position, haying returned Messrs Toomer Brothers' proposal, who have, on their part, ordered their employees to finish up the work m hand and go out. Several hands have this week left for Australia, and more are expooted to follow next week. We are glad to see that the Railway Com- \ miasionera have promptly aooeded to one of , the suggestions for the belter train Bervioe , of thiß distriot. The morning train from ' Ohriatohuroh whioh now leaves Ashburton for Timarn at 11.15 a.m. is from next Thursday to leave ABbburton at 10.55 a.m., and run twenty minutes earlier than at present up to Orari. The " Westport Times " utters a truism when it says, diseasing the objeotions of some members to the proposed changes m the oonstituenoies, that men of moans win moat of the seats now. It pertinently asks, Where is the election, oonduoted under present conditions, that m unaffeoted by money, m spite of the law against oorrupt praotioes ? It would open people's eyes to know exactly how muoh it ooßts to fight an eleotion m Borne oonßtituenoies. It is notified m the " Gazette " issued yesterday that t»U lioensea to use totalisators at iaoe meetings are revoked as from July 1. It transpired during the stir caused by the iesue of the reoont oiroular from the Colonial Secretary's office that certain olubs held •• perpetual" liaenses, that is, authority to Oia the totftlisator at all their raoo meetings without making a separate application for each, until the Oolonial Secretary saw fit to revoke the licenses. We presume that some regulations similar to those laid down m the withdrawn oiroular will now be enforoed. There is deoided thoroughness as well as ' originality about the following apology whioh appeared m the " Oatholio Times," Wellington :— " ' Oatholio Times ' has published alleged portraits of Messrs Dillon. Deasy, and Esmonde, and we now beg to offer those gentlemen our sinoero apologies for the piotorial libels upon them. The ' blooks ' were received, from Sydney, from a aouroe supposed to be patriotio, but looking at the vile piotutes we oan only suppose that ' An ' enemy has done this thing,' and that the 'portraits' have been made as repulsive as possible. We have seen better likenesses ereoutad with a mop and a buoke of tar," At St, John'B Lodge o! Freemasons last evening Bro Andrew Orr was (elected to the offioe of (Master of the Lodge for the ensuing year. Bro A. Curtis was re-eleoted treasurer. The financial statement for the year en ling May 3 1st showed that after allow* ing for depreciation of furniture, etc, and for all doubtful debts to the Lodge, there was a credit balance of upwards of £105. The Lodge id to be congratulated upon thiß prosperous state of affairs. It was deoided to celebrate the festival of the Lodge and the installation of the Master by a banquet on St: John's Day, Jane 24th, and a Masonio ball wil be held at a later date. The first number of a journal, entitled " Disarmament," has made its appearanoe m Paris. Its object is sufficiently indicated by its title. It publishes a letter from Mr Gladstone, gin whioh he says that he is only restrained by his age and imperative engage* ments from offering the editor his personal co-operation. Signor Oastolar writes: — " Europe at this moment maintains or oontains a contingent of ten millions of men, one-half of whom are animated but by one desire, that of rußbiog on the other half to murder them. And this ie what we have oome to m the midst of that culture and that intellectual development to whioh we have attained m the latter part of the oentury m whioh we live." At the meeting of the Otago Institute held on Tuesday last, the following resolutions were carried unanimously : — " 1. That as" no work dealing with the systematic botany of New Zealand is now obtainable at a reasonable prioe, this institute brings under the notice of the New Zealand Institute the desirability of urging the Government to undertake, as early as possible, the publication of a 'Flora of the Colony.' 2. Thet the other affiliated branoheß of the New Zealand Institute be asked to 00-operate m the matter. 3. That the eeoretary be requested to bring the matter djreotly under the notioe of the Government." No work of the kind is to be had, "Hooker's Handbook," published m 1867, having been out of print for some years. The stady of w.anv is thus greatly restricted throughout the colony. The annual import of wheat into Great Britain, acoording to the •• Bullioniat," is represented by the following figures : — From the United States, 1,946,000 tons; from India, 580,000 tons ; from Russia, 395,000 tons; from Canada and Germany, 152,000 tons ; from the Australasian oolooies, 134,000 tons ; from other oountries, 493,000 tons ; total, 3,700,000 tons. India now takes the second position as the supplier of wheat, her shipments inoreaßing year by year, while those of the United States have been diminishing. Indian wheat, though oooupying the front rank as to quantity, enters the Uoited Kingdom very dirty. It haß a speoifio standard of dirt, amounting to four per cent of the bulk, while m American wheat the standard ie only 3 per oent. We wonder what, accord' ing to English millers, is the <' standard of dirt " of New Zealand wheat. This form of <* persuasion," known as Boy. Dotting seems to have become leas oommon m Ireland than formerly. Judge Gibson, of County Limeiiok, reoently said to the Grand Jury that m one form of prime particularly there was a very marked improvement, and that was boyoottjng. He waa informed there was no case of total boyootting, and only one case of partial boyootting m the county. Id 1887 there were one hundred and eleven cases of total boyootting and two hundred and eighteen Qf partial boyootting, In the corresponding period of Marob, 1888, there were only four oaßes oi oomplete boyootting and twenty.four of partial, The oomplete boyootting bad now utterly disappeared, and be was assured that there was only one case of partial boyoottin m the ooanty. yeatei'day morning Mr Whitefoord, the Resident Magistrate at Eaiapoi, and Mr Pender, Inspector of "Police, drove to the residence of the mother of the late Constable Sutherland, the victim m the Sydney murder. The former presented her with a letter from Lord Oarrington, conveying his and Lady darrington's warmest sympathy with her m the lobb of so brave a eon, and expressing pride at hiß oonduot as that of a man who had died m the exeoution of bis duty. Another letter from Mr Edmund Forsbury, Jnepeator-(}eneral of Police, Btatpd that Sutherland's life was insured for £250. The Inspeotor-General also promised" that Sutherland, baying lost bis life m the courageous exeoution qf his duty, a suitable memorial should be raised to ■"•mory, Mr Whitefoord, m. submitting his in*- —.4 Dleaaure at having such the letter, exprenow- - 1 -- ««o the loss to a duty to perform, while depio... . w *™ iV "..,_ the oolopy of so valuable a man as Con B taui« Sutherland had been. , , . The Ashburton Fire Brigade bad a wet praotioe m the Domain laßt eyanjng, qsfng the steam fire engine, and the performanoe' of this now fire extinguisher was m Btrong contrast to tho poor effect shown at the publio trial a week ago m the same plage. The engine last evening workod m yery good ntyle, and throw streams of water from three branobea of bogo to a very good distance, the nozzles being two one inoh ones and one three-quarter inoh. The Mayor and Councillor Keir were present during the trial, and thoy will no doubt be able to report Batißfaotorily to the Borough Ooupoil as to the capabilities of the new steam fire engine for coping with any firo that may occur m Aehburton, after witnessing the manner m which the engine did its work laßt evening. A very good muster of the brigade was present under Lieut Fooks, and the engine war m nhnrcm of Encinoer Dolman.
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