LOCAL AND GENERAL.
Mr L. Battray sustained a severe loss this morning by bis well known roan horse, first prize taker as a dog-oart horse at the last Ash burton Show, breaking his off hind leg through getting into a fenoe, and rendering his destruction necessary. A movement is on foot for the ereotion of a monument by the Freemasons of Canterbury to the la to Deputy Dietriot (Jrand Master, Dr Deamer. At tho quarterly communication of District Grand Lodge of Canterbury, E.G., on Thursday night a resolution was unanimously oarrled approving of. the proposal. It ia probable that lists will be issued Bhortly to all the Lodges under the English Constitution, At the Addington market on Wednesday Mr Staveley took oooasion to speak from the rails on the subjeot of recent ohanges m the Loan and Mercantile Agency Company's (Ghrißtohurob) arrangement. While he was about to take charge of the produce department m place of Mr Harley, who was to become manager of the Agency, he wjahod it to be understood that be was not, bb had been rumoured, to relinquish his conneotfon with the Addington Yards, where every Wednesday would oontinue to find him. Mr Btaveley'a announcement waa regilred with I pauoh jpl«ftEurc by tbi hrmsri, I
India is almost entirely agricultural. Its town population, m townß containing over 20,000 people, is under twelve million?, leaving about 240 millions purely rural population. A oivil engineer who has been inspecting the water powers of Massachusetts says there are nojess than thirteen dams m that slate liable to gire wny at any hour, and oause great lobs of life and destruction of property. Artist's Friend : " I like your picture immensely, but it seems to me that the original iB not nearly bo) red as you've painted him." Artist: "Him! wbai m the world are you talking about ? " A.F. : " Your uncle, of oourae." Artist: "That's not my uncle— that's a sunset J" The Agnews got out of gaol at Wellington on Thursday morning and promptly took up their, 'station at the entranoe to the Parliamentary Buildings. Sir Harry Atkinson Was the first to run thd gauntlet, and eucoeeded m escaping* Other member?, however, were not bo successful, and to save them from further annoyanoe the Agnews were ordered | out of the grounds, The following private telegram to a firm m Ohristoburoh, and dated July 18th, has been published : — " Victoria Bay's oar^o from Lyttelton has been Bold at 34s cash on the prompt. Market is generally better, but there m no alteration m New Zealand sorts. Fair average quality New Zealand wheat, exstore, 35s per 4961b5. Market stationary." The Oamaru Ooursing Club's Champion Stakes of £35 for the winner, runner-up £17, third dog £8, and two dogs £4 eaob, seventeen subsoriberß, was divided by Mr O. R. Wise's blkbEffie Deans, by Bordeaux — Bab, and' MrL. Rutledge's blk d Dribbler, by Dandy — Mies Flora. Mr D. Maboney'B Ringer wbs the third dog, and Zara and Gordon took the other money prizes. The vote on the proposed olaugo m the Triennial Licensing Bill to bestow the franohise on women, showad that if the issue was brought squarely before the House it would be oarried. The olause was lost by 35 to 33, but subsequently Mr Saunders said that he and other members, though m favour of female franchise, had voted against the proposed clause as inopportune. The Premier also said he had voted against what he considered the right thing. He believed m female franohise, but objected to endangering a useful bill by the insertion of a female franohise olauae. A most Buooeßßful gathering took plaoe at the Hinds, on Thursday evening, when the Rev Newman Buttle, of Ashburton, gave his leoture on the "Maori Raoo." Mr Bowles was voted to the ohair. Refreshments were Berved by the ladies, and the ohoir sang several sacred melodies. Altogether a very pleasant and profitable evening was spent, and the gathering waß moreover a sucoeßs financially. After the. dozology had been sung, the Rev Mr Buttle pronounaed the benediation, whioh brought the meeting to a cloße. A meeting was held last evening at the Borough Oounoil Chambers to consider matters m oonneotion with the representation of the Ashburton district at the New Zealand and South Seas Exhibition. His Worship the Mayor presided, and there was a good attendance. From the reports of various members of the Committee it appeared that there would be a very preditable representation of the prodnots and resouroes of the district. Ways and means were then considered, and it was deoided to plaoe the merits of the Exhibition before the publio, and make a oanvaes for subscriptions. At Malmsbury, Viotoria, some seven years ago an individual who considered he had nothing better to do on the Queen's Birthday, took a pick and went prospecting m the direction of the ranges. In going through a cultivated paddook he walked upon an outcrop of quartz, and just for the fun tf the thing m passing it stcuok it with his piok, A broken pieoe of quartz and rich gold ! And this is how the famous Queen's Birthday mine had its origin. Here was a rioh reef grinning at the passers by for 25 years. The ploughman had to "gee off" his horses to get out of the way of the confounded thing; and he little thought when he anathematised m oonscquenoe of the stone breaking his ploughshare that he was swearing at a lump of gold. The borough bank book was laid on the table at the Oounoil meeting last night, and his Worship the Major Baid it would gratify councillors (m view of the threat of the Audjtor 7 Qeneral) to know that the finances of the boroqgh were now m such a satisfactory state that the terrors of the law could not be held over their heads. Councillor Jones, who just previously had entered his solemn and written protest against the Oounoil paying any moneys without legal advice, was asked to withdraw hiß protest. Councillor Brown's snuff-box, however, was made the medium (of councillors expressing their satisfaction with the state of the exchequer, and soon the chamber resounded with a variety of sneezes that might have indicated to a stranger that an epidemia of influenza had seized upon the ohamber, Oounoillor Moss especially being ' overcome, asserting that the snuff had gone the wrong road. Oounoillnr Sumpter said Councillor Moss was evidently not "up to snufl," with whioh remark Oounoillor Moss tearfully agroed. Councillors were shortly afterwards able to resume business— "Oamaru Times," Meetings m oonneotion with the proposal of the County Oounoil to raise a loan to briog m a supply of water from the Rakaia river to augment the supply m the raoes m a portion of the distriot between Ashburton and Rakaia were oalled to be held on Thursday at the Raoeoourse Buildings, at Newiands; and at Ghertaey. The meetings were of a purely formal character, being 'held m accordance folth the provisions of the Aot, whioh prescribes that euoh meetings shall be held prior to a poll being taken. IJo one turned up at the IJaoeoourse Buildings, but about twenty ratepayers were present at Newlands. Mr J. Brown presided at the meetiqg, and the proposals of the CounoH were explained to those; present. At the meeting held at Ohertsey School there a good attendance, and Mr El S; Coster presided. He explained the proposed soheme at considerable length, and urged upon the ratepayers the necessity of all who were m its favor recording their votes, as under the provision of the Apt every, r'atoi payer who did not vote was deemed to be an opponent ; therefore apathy on the part of the ratepayers would imperil tbe increase of the water supply. It was resolved, on the motion of Mr Parsons, that the meeting appoved of the proposal of the County Oounoil to raise a loan of £5000 to provide tbe additional water supply. A vote of thanks to the Chairman brought the meeting to a close. The Rink was well patronised last night, on the first appearance m ABhburton of the famous Kingsldy Brothers,' premier burlesque bieyolists, who gave v most wonderful exhibition of bioyole ridjog. The elder brother leadß the tripk riding, and is not on}y grace: ful m his movements, but m Beveral of the tricks seems to set (he laws of gravity at' defianoe. From riding on one. side of the bioyole ho proceeded to other (eats of agility and balancing, Buoh as lying across tho machine, resting on bis shoulders with, feet upwards, leaping into the saddle when the machine was standing and then impelling it along without using the hands, . Yfhen jojnea by his brother their movements became complex a.nd. apparently bbftraoterisecl by more than a spioe qf danger. Many aorobats are successful m pledging (he publio by a less ojever fierformanpp without leaving the safety of the floor or stage, J^aoh triok and position was more wonderful than that preceding it, and elioited loud applause. To night the Kingsieys will introduce for tbe first time their wonderful ohair aot, namely, balancing two bioyoles on ordinary chairs ; they withstand ereot on the maohinefl, stand on one another's baoka, etc; also their orown. ing aot m whioh they will both stand on their heais whilst their maohines are standing still on tho ohairs, They will give throe exhibitions' this' evening, Beating before and after eaoh aot.
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