LOCAL AND GENERAL.
The Rink was well attended on Saturday evening, and will be open this evening aa usuaK To-morrow the Rink will be closed for preparations for the Sylvester engagement. A large gallery is to be erected on the stage for the accommodation of the 3peofcators of the lady ohampion's wonderful per- , formanosß, A series of charges made by the Wftimate 8 Hospital Surgeon against the Master and Matron and by representatives of late patients against the Burgeon, formed the subjects of an enquiry by a committeo appointed by the 3 Hosphul trustees last week. The state of c affairs disclosed was moat unsatisfactory, and after a prolonged enquiry the Committee ' passed resolutions exonerating the mastprg and matron from the charges, and retottt* \ mending the trustees to aocept the resignation lof Dr Staopoole, whioh it was understood will' be Jenderod at the next meeting of the
The householders of the Ashburton and Wakanui Sobool distriota are reminded that they are called upon to meet to-night at seven o'clock for the eleotion of school committees More than a third of the Board sohoolmistreßses m London get salaries of over £200 a year, and there are altogether about 1000 m the metropolis and the provinces together, who receive £150 or upwards. At the R.M. Court this morning, before Mr T. Bullock, J.P., Robert Hunter was fined 10s, with the alternative of 48 hours imprisonment for drunkenness, and warned that if he appeared before the Court again he would be sent to gaol as a vagrant. Mr jSeddon thinks our game and fishing laws are fast drifting to the monstrous state of affairs that prevails m the Old Country, as witness the ridioulous fining of a man at Ashburton lately for aooidentally taking a peroh while fisbiDg with string and a bent pin I The concert to bo given to-morrow evening m St» Stephen's Schoolroom bids fair to be an excellent one. Mrs Charles Harper, who3e voioe is no ordinary one, has kindly promised to be present, and Miss Traumann, who has recently oome to Ashburton, will preside at the pianoforte. Mr Horaoe Gates' string quartette party will also perform, and Mr Fleming has consented to give two violin solos . Two of the Directors of the Glenroy Coal Company, with Mr Smart, mining engineer, visited the Company's ground at Hororata last week, and satisfied them* elves as to the existenoe of several valuable seams of coal. They intend to oall for tenders for a drive to work the same without delay. They have also requested the Rikaia Road Board to re-form and metal the branoh road to the mine* When the now celebrated case of Winmill 7 Gallic (the Dunedin will case) was commenced m the Supreme Court it was generally anticipated among the members of Lh6 profession that the hearing would be an axoeedingly protraoted one, but few probably, bad any idea that it would make a " record " (or length — as it undoubtedly has done. The number of days upon which the case oeoupied the attention of the court was 27. The nearest approach m (point of duration of bearing that is made to this by a case tried m the Supreme Court here is, we (" Otago Daily Times ") believe, 19 days. This latter case waß that of Clayton v Morrison, the partieß m which belonged to the Blue Spur, and it was heard (before a jury, The next longest oase is that of Burke v Anderson, which lasted 17 days. At any rate the Gallic will case stands indisputably at the head of the list m respect of the length of time it was before the court. [The judgment has yet to be delivered.] A lady teaoher wrote to the Auckland Board of Eduoation, says the " Herald," asking for a freßh trial under a new headmaster, as she still thought she should have another obanoe. She said she had giving her mind to teaching from ohildhood, and when a person had done that they ought to have the " aptitud " for it. As a further reason why the Board should grant her request, the lady stated that m order to know whether she was suitable for the oooupaiion of teaohing she had submitted to an examination by Professor Hugo, who was supposed to be the oleverest " philogist " (a seoond struggle at the word philologist proved suooessfu]) m the oolony, and he said that " her profession should be teaohing." If the Board thought it necessary she would show them the ohart; Singular to say, the Board adhered to its former deoision, and declined to inspect the ohart prepared by the well-known physiognomist. Professor Hugo will regard this as the Board's loss rather than his misfortune. Very few Australians are aware that oertaia parts of iheirown country (Northern Australia) have vast herds of the wild buffalo (Bo* bubalm) careering over its plains and wallow* ing m its shady pools. The " Sydney Mail " states that the animals are massive and heavy, with spendid horns, and afford sport of sufficiently dangerous a nature to possess charms for the most daring hunter, a wounded buffalo being one of the most dangerous animalß known, if not the most, his great weight, prominent horns, and splendid oourage making him equally as well respeoted as sought after. The first buffaloes were landed at Port EssingUm, North Australia, ufaaat thfl-ybnji lfiflO, by^to thexrtS crtTerdmeut, on their forming at that place ft oonviot settlement. • The oelebrated and lamented explorer Leiehbardt arrived at Port Easington from one of his overland trip? m the year 1845. He mentions seeing a large herd of buffaloes at that early date, so some idea can be formed of the immensity of their numbers now aftet a period of forty years 1 uninterrupted increase, At the sooial held by the Ashburton Lodge of Oddfellows on Friday evening Bro 0. Tucker, Dislriot G.M , made a few remaks wiih reference to the recent Government report on Friendly Societies, m order b point' out that the order of Oddfellows was not oae of the societies to whioh the Registrar referred a3 being ,m such an unsound position financially. He quoted figures to show that tbe Oddfellows were m a thoroughly prosperous Btate; and that their accumulated funds were amply sufficient to meet all calls that could be made upon them. He said, that of the leading (societies m the octlony possessing m the aggregate £883,151, and consisting of 24,928 members, the Oddfellows (M.U.), with a membership of 9995, olaimed £218,603, equal to an average 0f.58s 6d per member, .a reoord , that was far above that of any other society. Sinoe 1877 the total amount disbursed by Friendly Societies m New Zealand amounted to £841,819, and of thiß amount the Odd- . fellows contributed £163,882 towards tbe alleviation of sickness and prevention of distress. He quoted figures to show that, excepting temperance and religious societies, the Oddfellows showed to the best advantage m regard to the expenses of management per member. In an artiole on the question of the fatare of Servia, the " Spectator," m a reqertt issue, says : — " Außtria oan no more surrender the freedom of the Danube, than a man oan surrender the freedom of his veins. Moreover, once supreme m the Balkan States, the attractive force whioh the Russian Government, as the grand Slav Power, exercises over all Slavs, must be redoubled, and Francis Joseph would find himself Emperor only of the Germans and jthe Magyars— that is, of only fourteen and a half millions out ot his thirty-eight millions- of nominal subjects. Even his military position would be impaired; for. with Roumania and Servia friendly, Russian troops oould maroh into Bosnia without setting foot on hostile soil, with their communications unassailable, and their line of retreat, m the event of disaster, always open. We do not believe it possible for the Hapsburgs to endure suoh a position quietly, or that, cautious and long Buffering as they are, they oan refrain, if Servia becomes Russian, from deciding on one of two alternatives. They oan ocoupy Belgrade and proclaim the Balkan Confederation, so oqeqmenoing the gteat war with an act whioh will bring tbe whole^peninsula to their side ; or they . oan apoept the Russian offer and partition the Balkan, thus stretching their dominion southwards to Salonioa and the iEgean Sea." The " Melbourne Telegraph " m reference, to an offioial visit to the irrigation settlement on the Murray says :-<— Here, at the distance of some 500 miles from Melbourne, soienoo, oourage, and cash have planted m the heart of what was onoe a waste tbe germs of prosperous settlements, and of new and most hopeful industries. Messrs Ohaffey have expended at Mildura an enormous sum of money ; but the expenditure has been on eoientifio and practical lines, and even at thiß early stage m the enterprise the results are visible and assured. In what was yesterday a patoh of mallae sorub, worthless to mankind, and tenanted only by the dingo and the wallaby, we have to-day a picturesquetownship, belted with springing orchards, with a State Bohool of 135 children, a coffee palaoe m course of ereotion at a oost of over £4000, Beveral cburohes, a local paper, handsome villas, and all baaed on an agrioulture fed by perfeot scientific methodß of irrigation. Nearly a thqusnnd people are settled round Mildura, and their spirit is declared ftf be one of contentment with thp present, and of hope for the future, ; . , . The third great opportunity m our history is given to us by the new policy qf irrigation, a polioy wbioh weds tbe waters now running to waste m a hundred rivers to the pajfohed plains, where tbe harvests droop for the laok of moisture, and wbioh will give us not only a hundred ears of wheat for every one we grow now, but a hundred new products for every oce we possees now. In this new and hopeful polioy of irrigation it is bur good fortune * to have a distinct lead, and oar future depends m ppon. maintaining that load;,
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