LOCAL AMD GENERAL.
The Ashburton Lodge of Oddfellows celebrated their anniversary by a tea and sooial gathering last evening. About 90 sat down to the tea, whioh was provided by Mr W. 0. Davis m capital Btylo. The sooial was largely attended and passed off most successfully. The number of Bills relating to railways, canals, tramways, gas and water, whioh have been deposited for consideration during the present session of the Imperial Parliament is 158, and the amount of money proposed to be raised by them is a little over £25,500,000. Mr Gladstone considers the Prince of Wales a shrewd, clever man, who keeps himself well informed regarding the topics of the day. He seldom opens a book, but gleans a great deal from conversation. Mr Gladstone thinks the Prince a success as a publio man. The Catholic Congress has assembled m Madrid. There was a large and enthusiastic attendance, Twelve bishops were present. The Pope seat a telegram blessing the Congress, which body unanimously adopted a message m reply, declaring that the chief purpose of the Congress was to work for the restoration of the temporal power of the Pope. In Paris, where vaccination is but feebly enforced, the annual mortality from smallppz averages about 10 m 100,000 inhabitants, and m the Canton of Zurich Bjnce the compulsory ordinance was repealed the mortality has risen from eight per 100,600 to 85. On the other hand, m the Germnn cities where veooination is oompulaory, the mortality is 1.44 per 100,000, and m London only os. Mr Gladstone, having been presented with a copy of a book on the subjeot of divoroe written by Mr J. A. Gemrmil, a Canadian author, addressed the following reply to tho author:— 4, Whitehall Gardens, S.W., February 23, 1889. Daar Sir,— l aooept with pleasure your very interesting work, E?floctloo tends to confirm mo m the belief that the best basis for law is the indiesolubility of phr/stian marriage* That is to say, to have no such diyoroe on severance as allowß re-marrirtgp, 'Short 0* this, I think it highly probable that tho Canadian eyasem. of whioh I had not previously been aware; ' ia the best as being attended with the least danger.— ; Your very faithful and obedient, W, E, Glad, ptppe, Mr J. A. GemiaiUf" '
The barque Bothesay Bay, 'which arrived at Lyttelton on Friday morning from London, had her oargo broaohed during the voyage* Nine of the orew were locked up as soon as the vessel arrived, and were called upon to answer the oharge at the Polioe Court. Some £15 worth of condensed milk, eto., is reported to have been stolen. The oases were adjourned , until to-day.
A gentleman whose ■■ opinion the looal paper says oan be relied on writes to a friend m Tapanui that the outlook for the graziers m Australia is splendid this season. There' is likely to be a goodejambing and a firstolass yield of wool, and consequently the outlook is \ery promising. The Victorians, it is said, intend to exhibit largely at the Dunedin Exhibition, and to come over m great numbers to New Zealand's show.
The regular meeting of the Dawn of Peaoe Lodge 1.0.GKT., was bel(» m the Templar Hall on Thursday evening. There was a large attendance of members and 'visitors. One person waa proposed for membership, five were .initiated and two readmitted into the Order, The Lodge then went into harmony, when several songs and reoitations were contributed, after whioh a very enjoyable meeting was brought to a olose m the usual manner by Bro G. W. Andrewß, O.T, It was stated by a deputation of the unemployed m Melbourne, whioh waited on the Minister for Works, that there are m that oity at .present 800 men out of employment, of wnom 316 are labourers, and that 700 lunob.es have to be provided daily for men out of workt Mr D. M. Davies informed tho
men that there was plenty of employment m the oountry if the men would leave Melbourne. He considered it strange that, though 600 railway passes had been issued to men out of work, the unemployed leaders had not
Mr Buxton replied m the House on Thurs* day to the remarks made by Mr Saunders a few nights; .ago, to the effect that " farmers' wives living m Canterbury might be seen going about m the frost barefooted, and that m ether ways the farming population were m great distress." Me Buxton said he did not believe that the farmers of Canterbury were m suoh |distress at all. He lived m the immediate neighborhood of Mr Saunders' oonstituenoy for some years, and if things were as Mr Saunders had stated, they mußt have ohanged sinoe then.
The " Whitehall Review" says:— ••« There is nothing, fortunately for) the world, so dimoalty to kill sb religious enthusiasm and sacrifice. A lady who has bad five years' experience of Salvation Army life as oaptain of a country corps, tells us of nine blaok eyea m five weeks, and of literal stone-blindness for a month from a well directed missile. During a London oampaign she was onoe tied to a railing for two hours with her hands behind her, her " War Cries " pinned all over her, and her face decorated with a moustache m burnt cork.
The Russian Government is determined to keep alive the infamous law prohibiting foreign Jews from staying longer than three days m the country. The latest attempted viotim is the famous Viennese aotor, Sonnenttaal. He was engaged to give a round of performances at Riga. After his third appearance a notification was addressed to him by the loaal prefeot of police, calling his attention to the law, and requesting him to leava Russian territory within twenty-four hours. Through the intervention of the Austrian ambassador at St Petersburg, this notice was, however, withdrawn. On hia reappearance at the theatre, Herr Sonnen* thai playfid the title r&le of Gutzkow's "Uriel Aoosta," and it is said that the emphasis with whioh he reoited the lines beginning 11 You may insult me, for I am only a Jew," brought down the house. At a Bpeoial meeting of the 3ontb Rakaia School Committee, held m the Library on Friday evening, there were present Messiß Hardy (chairman), 0. Dixon, W, Shannon, Oxley, Harvey, and Liddy. The Board of Education forwarded fifteen applioationß for the appointment of Infant Mistress, On the motion of Mi 1 Oxley, seoonded by Mr Dixon, it was unanimously resolved to request the Board to appoint Mies Bilton, the present assistant mißtresg, to the position^ The sohool for some little time haß been m charge of Mr Hutohins, owing to the illness of Mrjj Dixon, who is making rapid strides luwaidu recovery. The matter of arranging midwiuie* holidays was left m the hands of the Chairman and Mr Oaiuj io arrange The average attendance for the month was 154*8 ; the highest attendance 175 ; and number on roll 198. Aooounts were passed for payment, and the meeting adjourned. A good sample of ensilage from the Irrigation farm was shown at the County Council office yesterday. It appears that the seoond growth of oowgrftßß at the farm waß saved for seed, but owing to the lateness of the season it did not ripen well, and the weather was too wet to make it into hay; It was accordingly determined to try the experiment of ailing it, and it was built into a staok whioh was weighted with timber, earth and anything else that was handy. The staok was out a few days ago, and the sample shews an excellent .sweet and sound fodder, suoh as oattle and horses everywhere have shown a relish for m preference to hay. Farmers should examine the sample, or, better still, call at the farm and see the staok and learn the mode of proceeding, which may be of value to know some time when there is plenty of grass and oiroumstanoes are against haymaking. The sweating system as believed to exist m Auckland has been under consideration by the Tradeß and Labour Council; Several individual oases of very hard treatment were reported ..from personal knowledge by members. In one oase ho wagea were given to a girl, a tailoress, for six months by a certain firm, she being apparently taken on probation. At the end of the term she was paid five shillings a week for the following six months, and then her services were no longer required, as there were plenty more girls waiting to be taken on probation. Another oase of a girl was mentioned whq had been m a firm's employment for nearly six years. She was reokoned a very good hand, but her wages at the present time were only 12s 6d a week 5 and, m addition to working full houra during the day, she had to take work home with her at night, Other oases of a similar oharaoter were al?o reported. It was agreed that the members Bhould oolleot All possible information as to the wages, hours of labour, and nature of employment of tailoresses, and report at the next meeting of the Oounoil. The Kauri Timber Company have at present loading, or engaged to load at their various mills, no less than seventeen vessels. For J Melbourne, the Howard, Eileen Donnan, Madura, Devonport^ Notero, Frank Guy, and Whitzman. For Sydney, the Parnell, Sybil, Oamaru, and Stanley. For Adelaide, the Weloome. For Newcastle, the Aratapu. For the South Island, the Marmion and Sarah Pile* For London, • the Rollo ; and for Shanghai, the Yolande. The total carrying oapaoity of these vessels is about four and ahalf million feet of timber. The Kauri Company have found it necessary to start lately several of its mills, whioh have been for some time idle, and if returning prosperity m this colony inoreases the looal demands, as may be expeoted, the oompany will have to use all its milling strength to furnish a sufficient supply of Bawn timber; A very large gum is distributed by the company for wages, etc, and the suooess of this large concern being at vital importance to so many m the province, and also to the city of Auckland, it is satisfootery to learn that its prospeots are so promising. Next Wednesday Miss Mabel Sylvester, the champion lady trick and fancy Bkater of the world, will bsgin a three night's engage ment at the Rink. Miss Sylvoster has been giving exhibitions of ekiting m the principal towns of New Zealand during the iaßt few weeks, haying previously appeared m America and Australia. The Press notioes of the many fea^s performed by this young lady desorioe them as being simply marvellous, and this is confirmed by those who saw them at Christohuroh and Timaru. The most difficult tricks and figures are executed without the slightest apparent effort, and with the utmost gracefulness, though many appeared to be quite impossible. The wonderful variety whioh is to be found m skating by euoli an artist as Miss Sylvester may be imagined from tho faot that the exhibition lasts' abouc £n hour, - and an entirely different programme' will be pressnledench evening, fa order that nothing may be wanting to make the exhibition a buooess, Mr Elston has engaged the Borough Brass Band to play during the engagement. The rink will be o^eu this evejng as usual. "Rough on Corns. I —Ask for Wells Rough qp. Corns.' Quick relj complete, permanent cure. Corns, warts unions. A, cb^mUts 4 druggists - 3
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