LOCAL AMD GENERAL.
There was a large attendance of skaters and vipitorß at the Rink on Saturday night. The Grand Maroh with about fifty oouples taking part was gone through m excellent style. Tbe Rink will be open as usual to-night/ Constable Wills, who was acoused by Mr Mallard, J.P., of refusing to stop a figbfon the Dunedin North Reoreation Ground, has been oharged under Section 39 of the Polioe pflenoes Aot with negleoting his duty m gelußJng tp pome to the assistance of a magii(rate when palled upon, The Oatholios of Hawero are indignant with Sir Harry Atkinßdn. It is stated that they accorded him their support at the labli •lection, and used their utmost endeavours to seoure his return, upon the distinot promise that he would endeavow to obtain a portion of the educational vote for Oatholto Bohools. When they heard he was about to resign the portfolio of Eduoation, they telegraphed to Archbishop Redwood to urge him to fuljSl his eleotion promises. • What the premier h$ a to day upon the eubjeot has not transpired yet. A team of Melbourne bowlers will make a trip to New Zealand next summer under conditions the most favourable for pleasure and enjoyment. The membors of the team are all men of means. They purpose publiehr ing a work descriptive of their trip, illustrated with views of the various plaoeH visited, I*, is proposed to leave Melbourne about the second week of Deoember, making tbe round trip m a month, but it will probably take six weeks. They will visit Inveroargill, Dunedin, Ohristchuroh, Tfp^aru, find Onmaru, m the Middle Island ; Wellington, vrhcrp the Wanganui men will probably also meet tbew, an# , then Auckland, where it is expected that the Taranaki men will meet them on the invitation of the AuokUnd fowling Club, Gao ft ' f IlJt to Albburtpn not |i Winged J
For threo or four nights past very severe , frosts have been experienced, and the reservoir m the Domain ia oovered with a sheet of ioe three inohes thiok m plaoea. The temptation thus afforded was too great to be resisted, and yesterday and tbiß morning numbere of people amused themselves bi skating, if they possessed skates, and with sliding, if they did not. Three or four enthusiastic individuals who did not keep a sufficiently watchful look-out for treaoherous plaoea paid the penalty of their rashness by getting a ducking. In many parts of the town water pipes, where exposed to the air, were burst by the severity of the frost. The North Branoh of the Ashburton River was frozen over this morning, for the first time within the memory of the " oldest inabitant." There were twelve degrees of frost at Timara on Friday and Saturday nights. Numerous .high pressure servioe pipes burst. Some skating was had yesterday on a shady part of Salt Water Greek, When addressing his constituents at Wellington Mr Fisher said ho was directly and distinctly opposed to the Hare system. The system was like national arbitration for the suppression of war, temperanoe, and land nationalism — perfeot and unanswerable on paper, and utterly impossible m praotiae. It asked you to eleot a man you never saw before. A man might be an ezoellent essayist, but the biggest fool you ever saw when you oame to meet him. The Hare system gave no chance either to a new man or a young man ; he himself might have been fighting away fall his life until he was grey-headed, be would not say bald-headed — (Mr Fisher is baldheaded) — and he would never have been eleoted. Just at that moment Mr Fisher lifted his hand, m accordance with an old habit, to his head, and added impressively, " I certainly never would have been eleoted on the Hare system." The applause and laughter whitih greeted this doubly unquestionably truthful statement stopped the progress of the speaker for quite a time. Referring to Mr GeorgesFenwiok's denunciation, at the reoent publio meeting, of a firm as being the oauße of the sweating system, " Butterfly •' m the}" Dunedin Herald " says : — Let no one Buppose that Mr Fenwiok's aotion will not ooßt him some trouble. Not only oan he be made to suffer through his paper, bat already steps are being taken to endeavour to have revenge upon him personally. I know for a positive faot that tempting offers have been made for a full report of Mr Fenwiok'a speeoh — needless to say for what purpose. I have the satisfaction of knowing also that no reporter m Dunedin would play so dastardly a pait as to sell a fellow journalist even if all the notes taken of the speeoh had not been carefully burnt, as I believe they have been, I oan promise the sweaters one more thing— If they dare to come out of the partial obsoority wbioh now hides them — as far as the masses of the people are oonqeraed — to take any aotion for libel, and so reveal their names m such a way that the papers oan make, fall use of them, they will bring down, such a howl of exeoration upon them from end to end of the colony that they will be fairly driven out of New Zealand. They oan alao safely rely upon a defence fund being publicly subscribed ample enough to pay Mr ifenwiok'a expenses m defending himself and exposing the sweaters' connection with the sweating system ten times over — to Bay nothing of the farthing damages which would be the amount any sensible jury would award. An . amusing incident has ooourred m oonneotion with the latest Qpeoifio for seasiokness. M. Bonnet had been discoursing eloquently to the Paris Academy of Medioine on the virtues of antipyrine for preventing and ouring sea-sickness, when a member proposed tnat as a large number of their members would ba oroseing the Mediterranean to attend the meeting of the Frenoh Association for the Advancement of Soience m Algiers/ they had' better put themselves through a. course of treatment and rob the voyage of its terrors. Many did so, some taking the drug' for three days previous to embarking, but out of 60 that went on board only four turned up to dinner the. first night. It is hardly neoeasary to hint that the members of the AoAdemy will not be so ready to proscribe the drug after their own little private experienoe as before. It would be to the advantage of the publio if dootors were of tener oalled upon to try the eflioaoy of their own methods of treatment on themselves. Oxalate of oeriun) is another new favourite for sea-siokneßS ija (he drug way, while the newe3t mechanical method of treatment is to rub vigorously the knobs behind the ears ; but these methods have not been submitted to the rigorous test that antipyrine waß subjected to, and it is impoßßible to Bay how they would Btand it. The Minister of Defence m his reoen' speeoh at Queenstown was very emphatio m disclaiming any intention on tne part of the Minister to enter on further borrowing. He declared that the idea of a new loan (had nevor even been mentioned m Cabinet. Several of our contemporaries, and some members m their pre-sessional addresses, have, we notioe, treated this disclaimer as unnecessary, inaemuoh aa they assert that the colony iB bound not to contract any further loan for a period of at least two years, before which peried it is to be hoped the colony will be relieved of Atkinsonian domination. Aa a matter of fact no suoh legal prohibition to further borrowing existß. In the Loan Aot of 1887 there was a clause (19) which forbade the placing of any new loan on the London market prior to the 31st Maroh, 1891. It was m this olaus.e that the famouß blunder was made whioh rendered the whole Aot nugatory, and aoliially prohibited the raising of the very loan whigh it' was passed to authorise, That Apt was repealed, and then replaoed by the Loan Aot of last year, whioh was a literal transcript of the previous Act, exoept that olause 19 was omitted altogether. In the form m whioh it passed there is no prohibition whatever of future borrowing, and no pledge against it. There is thus nothing to prevent the Government, should it think fit, proposing a further loan at any,, time, and this being so, Mr Fergus' declaration that nothing of the kind is contemplated wai satisfactory, and not by any means unoalled Quite reaently Oaptain Sommerville, ex« eoutive officer of the New Zealand Rifle Association, has issued a oiroular to members of the Oounoil of that body inviting an expression of opinion on the question whether members of Rifle Clubs should be allowed all the privileges of volunteers, especially bb to their competing for the champion belt. Oaptain Collins, Treasurer of the Association, and Volunteer BaUJnger, looal representatives on the Oounoil, oalled a meeting at whioh the whole matter was fully discussed. The feeling of the meeting was that every inducement should be gfven pp members of Rifle Clubs to loin the Association,' but that' they should i 6 debarred from winning tie belt, wtifoti should be purely a volunteer matter. The resolution as submitted by Oaptain Collins was then put to the meeting, with the following result:— "That the members of Rifle Olubs throughout the oolony Bhall be allowed to compete m all matches on the programme exoept the grand aggregate ohampion inatob." .Carried, with one dissentient. 4 resolution to allow former members of the Association who became members of any l^ifle Club to compete with full privjlegep was lost, as was also the proposition allowing Rifle Olubs to compete m team matches. The meeting made several suggestions for consideration of the Oounoil regarding the retention of the final stage matoh m the programme, and the use of the Martini rifle at the next meeting, and that members of the Permanent Force be allowed to compete on the same footing as Rifle Clubs, being the most important proposal. The date pf tua meeting gave general satisfaction.
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