LOCAL AND GENERAL.
The direot B.M.S. Aorangi arrived at Hobart on Thursday.
Messrs J. Quane and Co. notify that they have removed to more central offices m the Araade.
Nearly sixty tons of butter were cent away from New Plymouth breakwater during the month of July.
The Assistant Controller and Auditor is gazetted to be an auditor of the accounts of the Hampßtead and Tiuwald Town Didtriot Boards, the Ashburion County Gounoil, and the Aehburton Forks and Wakanui Biver Boards.
Mr Andrew Orr's great sale by auction of drapery, &o, is drawing to a close. Thursday and Saturday are announoed as the last days. There waa a great crowd at the sale last Saturday.
Thomas Lewis, of Bangitata, Bailway Officer, has deposited at the patent oflioo a specification of an invention for the easier and quicker method of polishing boots and ehoee, to be oalled ''Lewis's Revolving Bootpolishor."
The " Oamaru Mail " states that Messrs Boss and Glendinning reoently purohased the Shag Point' coalfield for a sum of £500. A new seam of coal 20ft thick has now been disclosed, and tho luoky proprietors have refused an offer of 20,000 for the property.
Tho Public Petitions Oomcni'.tee, reporting upon.the v oase of Gr. W. EJ, of Chriatohureh, reoommonded that the neoessary steps be taken to place the petitioner m a position to P'osooute bis oelebrated partnership claim, but without dotriment to tho claims of his creditors.
Captain Fairohild of tbo Hinomoa, reports that the cattle, sheep and goats plaoed some lime since on the southern islands as a provision for Bhipwreoked marinors, are doing well and "increasing and multiplying." There is araplo food for thorn on their island ho'iicu, and m Home parts I hey aro said to bo liter Jly " wading " m grass.
One of the worst oasea of revenge upon a mothor-in law ia reported- from Buenos Ayres. The young man had quarrelled with and left her. He then advertised m the papers that at tho house where she was living " a doinea'.ioater!. crocodile " waa for sale, and. for days the poor old lady was besieged by hundreds of bidders for curioeity !
The looal agents for the Brantford Bearer and Binder, Messrs J, Quane and Co., inform us that they have reoeived advice of the first of this season's shipments of the machines having already been despatohed. This ship-m-nfc oonsiata of XOO macliinep, at.i further ehipoients are to follow, making m nil upwards of 200 machines for ibis colony r.lone. Not a bad result oonsidaring that the Brautford was not introdoooi uutil last season,
A PiLouo women out for a walk on a narrow road Haw a bolting horse coming. She threw a child sho had with her over the fonco, but before she oou'.d get away herself, she was run m ( o by tbo horse dashed against he fence and very bad'y hurt.
The pieces Feleoted by the Baby Ogden Company for their Ashburlon seaion are •Jo," a dramatio adaptation of Chap» Dickens' well-known work " Blsak House," and "Oliver Twist " a t-tage rendering of an equally wellknown novel by tho same author. Tho company during their tour havo played both r,heco pieoua with marked euooess.
There was a very small attendance at the meeting of lha Exhibition Committee last night, and aftor transacting some formal buainecd the meeting waa adjourned till Thursday, August 22, when the Committee trust to havo a batter attendance Several subscriptions wero announced, and at the next meoting it is hoped 6uffioien<; progress m this direction will bo reported to warrant the Committee m proceeding with arrangements whioh will maka the chow a credit to the diatriot.
The Ashbutton Literary and Dpba'iDg Society held its uaual fortnightly mooting last Friday evening. Tho debate on "Prohibition" was continued, a great amount of interest being taken m it. Several members having spoken on the subjoob the oponets of the debate, Messrs Andrews and Silek, made a. final reply, and the President, Mr Outhbertson, having reviewed the speeches, a vote was taken with tbe result that there was a majority of one against Prohibition. It was decided that the next meeting should be " Portfolio."
Members of Friendly Societies will ba interested to learn that Mr Fish intends to move for a return setting forth (1) the number of members, present value of benefits, present value of contributions, amount of funds and surplus or defioienoy m eaoh district of the affilitftod orders as at the laßt valuation, together with a statement of the date up to which suoh valuation was made, and the amount of surplus or deficiency per member m such case ; (2) a summary of the actuarial position of the several orders, including the Order of Diuids.
The "New Zealand Times" sayß:— The extraordinary phrasoology of telegrams teit all over the oolony by the Press Association from thie city respecting Mr O. Rous Marten has caused considerable annoyance to his friends. The message commenoed, "The latesf viotim to typhoid m Wellington is Mr Rous M<irten." Thiß stupid wording caused the editor of a Qurislohuroh paper to wrile a long obituary notice. We are pleased to state that Mr Marten was very muoh better at a late hour last night. The attaok he has is only a very slight one.
S ime mon quarrying stone for road metal alongside the Sumner road, o'eared away the material of an old land slip and found a good aizad tut shallow cave. In thia were found a Maori oarved canoe baler, moa bones, heaps of cockle shells, a canoe paddle, greenstona axes, a fern root pounder, bone fiah-spear head?, etone sinkers, bits of flax matting, several pieoes of worked wood, and a mass of blaok hair. In an inner oave wore found several cma bones. The various pieo?B of wood ara perfeotly sound, and the flax holds wo.l t"(?»ther. The roof of the oave is black with smoke.
The oonoluaions arrived at by the Southland County Oounoil m refeienoe to the Hospitals and Charitable' Aid Aot Amendment Bill ara that tho rovenue for the purposes of the Act should not be -derived from property holders alone, but should ba taken from the consolidated revenue, so that all may contribute; that a Central .Board to administer the Aot should be oreatod m eaoh district; one-third nominated by Government, and the remainder by local bodies ; that no hospital or ohari'able institution be incorporated aa a separate institution unleßS_ one-half the total sum required for building aud other expenses be subsoribed voluntarily.
For the truth of the following story tbo " Southland Times " is responsible : — Scene • A oounfry township not 100 miles from luveroargvl. Storekeeper who haß not been at ohuroh for a long time determine? to go, and, to make up for past shortcoming deoides to ba liberal. Ho entera, but soes no one at the plate, however, ho satisfies hiß oonaaienoe by depositing the half-a-orown. Next day he met Deaoon Z— who is also treasurer — "By tUi) bye, deaoon, do you ever got many halfcrowns m the plate on Sundays?" — " Nevor 3aw one sinoo I oatna to thia country." — " Oh I but you must bavo got one yesterday, for I put it m myself." — " Well," replied the deaoon, "it nevor got my lon^th."
An extraordinary case from North Williamatown is reported m the Melbourne papers. The infant child of a ma:i named Irons was believed to havo died of bionchitin, from whioh it been suffering. A duo'or had been attending tho child, and wi hout any hesitation pronounoed lifo to ba extinot. The funeral was arranged to take plaoe, but a female neighbor having positively staled that sho caw the lips of the supposed corpse move tha interment was postponed, the father of the child holding to the hope tbat his off spring Rill lived. The obild had not been buried although over a week has elapsed since the supposed death of the obild, and the body was quite limp and free from the stiffened appearance of the dead. Tho father appears to be m a dilemma as to whether his child is alive or not, although the dootor continues positive m his opinion that it has bocn dead for over a week.
An analysis of the position of parties shows that if every member had voted on the no-confidence motion there would have been an exaot tie, Sevenly-eis members voted and eight others paired. There were, however, six m tbo House who were favorable to the amendment, but would not vote against the Government on a question whioh threatened their continuance m office, and walked out of the chamber instead. There were thus forty, six members present who disapproved of the Government attiiudo. Allowing the Ministry the benefit of their forty-four votes and pairs, and the votes of two members who were absent from the building, they would have had the same number. The Speaker, and two members now m England, aooount for the full strength of the House. The gentlemen who walked out of the chamber were Messrs Menteath, Samuel, B&rron, Allen, Fish, and J. O. Browu. Mr Anderßon abstained from voting) and Mr Withy *?ag absent from Wellington,
Within the Metropolitan area of London, there are forty three Volunteer Begimenfcp, numbering 31,300 men, and not a single man has an extra pair of trousers or military boots, 39,600 are withont undress tunica, 26,000 have no great ooats, 25,000 are without mesa-tins, and 6000 have no water bottles or havrosacks. As a force so miserably equipped would be totally unfit to tako the fiel'J, aud as tho Government do not feel disposed to grant the money to thoroughly clojh and equip them, the Lord Mayor of London has opened a fund oalled " The Patriotio Volunteor Fund." To put the 31,000 men m a state to take the field about £85,0 :0 is required, towards whioh the following suma have been contributed. The Corporation give £5000, three of the Great Livery Oompaniea give £2500 eaoh. The Skinner's Company £1000. The Lord Mayor £5000, Messrs Baring Bros £700, tho Prmoe of Wales £105, There 4 are several others who give £100, m all £20,000 has been reoeived. TL 8 hat I H now to tg taken out d among the general public to make up the remaining £G5,000.
No less than £1693,000 will be required for the completion of the scheme to oonnoot WelliHgon with Auckland by the Nor ih Island trunk railway. This sum is m addition to what has already been spant, but does not. includethe purohaee of riativa lania through whioh the line would ba carried. The distance is 433 miles. The total amount cf money available for the work is under £450,000, and all that is proposed to be done now is to oarry the line from Hunterville twelve miles into the Awarua blook ; and at tbe Auokland end of the line to oonneo; the Uppsr Mokftu, a distance of eleven miles, at a to'al cost of £230,000. Tho lentUh of lino to oomploto iho railway from Hunterville to the Upper Mbkau ig about 170 miles.
At the R.M. Court fr.uitj morning a rnaa nnmea Charles Horfcon, alias "Fiatfoo Charlie," was brought up ohargod with disorderly conduct m a railway carriage, and with haviug made use of obaoeno language on tho Hinds Railway Station on April 13th last. When tho offenoan were reported to the polioe the aoou3ed could nob be found, and a warrant was issued .'for his arrest, on whioh he was apprehended at Mayfiald yesterday by CocEUble Casey. The Presiding Justios, Mr Aloorn, on the applioa'ion of the police remanded the accused till Monday net, but to ba brous.h r < up iv the meantime should the attendance of the neoeßsary witnesses be s Oared. B lil was allowed, aooused m £25 and tat sureties of £10 eaoh.
A ponitent worshipper of tiaoohus appeared before two*' South Wairarapa Jußtioes this week and pleaded guilty to being drunk, disorderly conduct, and refusing to leave a hotel when requested to do so. The jastioea retired to consider what punishment was adequate to expiate the crime and on their return, intimated that they would fine him 5s for the first offence and dismiss the other two* At this the arresting oonstable got his " baok up " and told the Benoh to hold hard a bit, pointing oub that he was there to do his duty and hoped that they would do the same and reminding them that the aooused had confessed to the oflenoes. During the constable's tirade one of the benoh repeatedly signified his approval of tbe rebuke by loud and earnest "hear 1 hoai's l " The upgho was tbat aooused was again sentenced and and fined 10s for eaoh offence besides receiving a severe reprimand. The aooused was congratulated by his frienda on leaving the court, one of them remarking thai he got off very well as he might have been aentenood to death with two suoh erratic Justioes.
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