LOCAL AND GENERAL.
On Sunday the Rev Father Ohaatagnon will oelebrate mass at Rakaia at half-past ten a.m. Vespers at Ashburton at the usual hour. Mr Bous Marten, editor o! the "New Zaaland Times," who haß bean down with typhoid fever, and whoso obituary notice has, tbauks to a loosely worded press association telegram, appeared m several newspapers, is progressing towards reoovery. Among other horses for sale by Messrs Williams and Bland on Saturday is tbe pure bred clydeadale stallion Lord Roy, bred by Mr James Ouild, Temuka. Lord Roy is three years old and is of the highest pedigree, and should be an acquisition to aoirS of our horse owners* The Rev Mr Ohadowski the new minister for the Canterbury Jewish congregation, aooompanied by hi 3 wife, arrived m Christ, ohuroh from England yesterday. The Rev Mr Ohadowski oomes highly aooredited from the position of minister to the Leicester Hebrew congregation. At tbe R,M. Court this morning before Messrs Thomas and Aloorn, J, Graham was charged with drunkenness. As aooused promised amendment, signing the pledge iv Court, a conviotion was merely recorded against him. On his own application a prohibition order was issued against him. Captain Le Patourel who was Lord Normanby's aide-de-oamp ia Yiotoria and also m New Zealand was married on July 11th to Miss B anohe Eokley, a young Amerioan lady of considerable means. The oeremony was performed at St George's, Hanover 3<iuare, by the Bey the Earl of Mulgrave, who is Lord Normanby's heir. At Akaroa m spite of the frosts the apricots and plums are nearly a month more forward than they were last year ; rhubarb is growing fast, and early gooseberries are well m leaf. There ia a great show of fruit, and should there be no adverse weather next month a larger yield than for years past may be ezpeoted.
The members of the Primitive Methodist I Ohuroh have arranged to hold a speoial tea } and conoert m the Salvation Army barraoka ' on Tuesday, September 3r<3. The first performance ol the Vivian Company's short dramatic season takes plaoe to-night, at the Oddfellows' Hall, the drama ohosen being Lady Audley's Secret* The General Assembly of the "Presbyterian Ohuroh of New Zealand lately petitioned the House praying for immediate legislation to suppress gambling, pugilistio entertainments, and the publication of evidenoe m oertain police oases. The Publio Petitions Committee who have gone into the matter, report that, they have no recommendation on the subjeot. The Earl of Fife has written a letter | deolining to allow hia Sootoh tenantry to make the Prinoess Louise and himself any wedding present. He is touched, he says, with the cordial feelings whioh promoted a generous offer made on their behalf, but (eela that these are not times for tenants to devote their resources to any objeots not strictly necessary. It was said of the Shah that hia usual method of addressing English ladies was to say to them m his bad Frenoh, " You are very beautiful, I like you." But when he met one very distinguished lady whose personal attractions are not i o be oompared to her intellectual oapaoity and social position, he said simply, '* You are so abominably ugly you ought to be killed," The refrigerating chamber of the steamer Mararoa, whioh arrived at Melbourne from New Zealand on August 6, was completely filled with some of the finest New Zealand fish and birds. The consignment comprised some twenty tons of sohnapper, English salmon, flounder, eolcb, flatfish, garfish, groper (red and blue), and cod, while the birds comprised close upon 1000 braoe of wild pigeons, pheasants, wild duok, pukaki, and kaka. Yesterday Mr A. Rose Oollaotor of Oustoms, accompanied by Mr ShaDnon, Customs Expert, paid a visit to the shops of several tobaoconiats m Christoburoh. In two oases small boxes of cigars and cigarettes, whioh were not stamped with the Customs stamp, were taken. Tho tobaoooniats, however, say that the goods were bought from large wholesale firms m town. The Customs authorities are reticent m the matter, but it is not known if any action will be taken m tho oases mentioned* A Mr Watt, of Gore, Southland, offers to supply that borough with gas at 10a per 1000 feet as a maximum price, probable prioe 6s, if they give him a monopoly of 14 years. Ie is said he proposes to make gaß from refuae fat and water, He already uses this gaß m his own premises. He says the oapital required for the plant is only £1500, and he will provide this on being secured the mono» poly he asks for. The Gore Council agreed to ereot one lamp to give the tallow gaß a trial. The neighbouring town board of Gordon agreed to aooept Mr Watt's offer on oertain conditions. The last number to hand of the " Illustrated Sydney News," oontains as the inatalmentof piotureeque New Zealand, two well exeouted and faithful views m Ohristohuroh, one representing the Avon at the new Armagh Street Bridge, and the other High street from the Hereford Hotel* A number of illustrations of the new system of disappearing guns are of speoial interest just now, and the other plates are far m advanoe of any contemporary colonial effort m illustrated periodical litera* turei The literary part of the "News" maintains its high Btandard, and it is no wonder that the journal has become one of the most widely circulated m the oolonies. A splendid open meeting of the Bußhman's Pride Lodge, 1.0jG.T., Alfofd Forest, was held on Saturday evening under the eotive presidency of Bro D.O. Cameron, G.S,, of Dunedin, whose opening speeoh was listened to with great attention and interest, A loflg musioal programme followed and gave unbounded delight, m fact it may be oalled the moat Euocessful ever given by this lodge. SoDgs and duets were sung by Bro and Sister Price, Miss Ede, Mrs LyJian, Miss Ktrt, Bros H. Knight, Brough, and Jago; instrumental selections by Messrs H. Knight y and Brough ; and a reading by Bro G. Soott., /Bro Elsion also gave no addreas. Boftxoh^ \.moate were served during an interval. At the close Ero J. McFarlane moved a vote of thanks to the performers, and Bro Knight moved a similar oompliment to the visitors of whom there were more than one hundred. The question of the use of unfcrmented wine at the Communion table is at present causing a good deal of discussion among the members of tho Ravenabourne Presbyterian Ohuroh. As far back as May 1888, it was disoovered by several of the ocmmunioants that wiae was not being used at the Communion tablet and on making complaint they were plainly told by the kirk session that unfermented wine bad replaced the genuine. Out of respect for Mr Kelly, who lately aooupiod the pulpit, nothing more was said, but the matter has again come to the front with the question of tha appointment of a new minister, and the dissentients now threaten to take Buoh aotion as will retard the remainder from obtaining a miniater unless their wishes are oomplied with. There is fa k, too, of the matter ooming before tho presbytery. We were shown this afternoon by Mr J. Bishop, of Longbeaoh, a curious freak of nature m the shape of a lamb with six legs and feet, which was given birth to the other day by one of the ewes of his flook. The head and forequarters of the creature present no difference to those of an ordinary la.mb, but the hinder portion is curiously malformed, being double. There are four hind legs, and the spine at about the middle of the back divides into two portions like a fork. The lamb died at its birth, but Mr Bishop has secured the skin, and we understand from him that if the management of the lootri museum desire it they may have it. We understand also that Mr Bishop has m his possession some Maori weapons of stone, and these he is also willing to present to the museum, and the management would do well to avail themselves of the opportunity of scouring them. A sitting of the Temuka Resident Magistrates Court was held on Monday afternoon under unusual circumstances. Charles Bishop a well known oarrier, residing at Wiuohester, had obtained from Messrs Gray and Montgomery the proceeds of a sale conducted by )hem on his behalf, and several of his oreditors suggested that "he should settle that small aooount," but he did not see the matter m the same light, and gave them to understand that 10a m the £ was as high as be was prepared to go. Thry consequently interviewed the olerk of the court and arranged for tho immediate issue and servioe of summonses, it haying beoome known that Bishop intepded going away for a holiday. The Jußtioes took their seats about 3 p.m. and judgment was given for the plaintiffs m eaoh oase. In default of payment judgment summonses immediately returnable were issued and served. Bishop appeared again, but refused to give any information aB to his reoeipts. Orders were made for immediate payment or m default imprisonment for terms varying from one week to bi'x weeks, the (sentences to run concurrently, so that the limit would not exoeed six weeks. As the defendant still persisted m his refusal to pay he was removed m custody.
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