LOCAL AND GENERAL.
The Bey Principal Cairns ia a paßßenger for Ohriatcharch by today's express. A String and bun oonteßt on Bkates tokeg plaoa at the Rink to-night. This is a very amusing novelty, Nominations for the Goraldino Spring Race Meeting close on Monday at 9 p.m. Telegrams must be sent before 6 p.m. It ia Baid that Hiß Esoellenoy the Governor is anxious to Bee the Native raoo m their primitive state, and with that vie w will make a trip through the Uriwera oountry next February. Not so Very Much to Blame. — " I used to think," said Unole Joseph, " that this thing of galß kissin' pug doga wbb putty rough, but since I came to town and see some of the mashers— well, may bo the gals ain't so muoh to blame arter all." The most remarkable instances of the various' spelling of names m the olden time are the surnames of Lindsay, Stirling and Montgomery, These appear to have respectively presented themselves jn no fewer than 88, 64, and 44 different forma. The Lord Mayor of York ia a total abstainer of 30 yearB 1 standing. The Mayor of Birmingham is a life abstainer, as also is the Mayor of Bipon. The Mayor of Stafford has a teetotal experience of 53 years, and the Mayor of 3heseld one of 49 years. The Shaw, Savi 1 and Albiop Company's Bteamer Ooptio, from New Plymouth via Capo arrived at Hobart yesterday. She has j ninety eight pasaenqera for Australian ports i and seventy three for New Zealand. The Coptic waa to resume her voyage to New Zealand at four o'olook this*afternoon. In oonneotion with the series of epeoial united services there will be an interchange of pulpits to-morrow morning among the ministers of the Weßleyan, Primitive Methodist and Baptist Churohes, and the officer m command of tbe Salvation Army. The servioes will be continued next week, and on Friday evening a united communion service will be held m the Wesley an Ohproh. The Earl of Fife's income is put down at £70,000 a year, which is (sayß an Australian paper) about a third of our own Sir William Clarke's revenue. But they both pale before Jimmy Tyson and the Duke of Westminster. The former's inoome has got beyond his oalouktiop, and the latter is said to have | £800,000 a year and to be worth £16,000,000 We are informed by Mr It. J. Dix, advanoo agent of the Baby Ogden • ' Jo " Company, that he has made arrangements by request i for the Company to give a grand matinee on Thursday afternoon next of " Uncle Tom's Cabin," m order to enable the inhabitants of the outlying districts and children to be able to sea the performance of Baby Ogden, who takes tbe part of Eva, the Angel Child. Judging from the reputation the Company bring with them and the crowded houses they are drawing at JDunedin, a great treat is m store lor (be lovers of toe drama,
The editor of the Balvation Army " Wa Or; " appears to have graduated m a "warm' sobool of journalism. He says, m a reoont issue. — We want short, spioy bits for the " Ciy," not church stye which is oaloulated to put you to Bleep while you read it, but some of the Go-ahead Salvation Army, Blood and Fire, Holy Ghost, Hell, Damnation, and Judgment kind, which will make every man shako as he reads it, and eefc all the devils m hell trembliug." General Booth himself could not keep'" oopy " going for an editor of that description. — " Oamaru Mail." On Thursday last Dr Hayes, of Temuka, was standing on the water tanks at the back of his house, examining a pipe oonneoled with the windmill, the wiod veered suddenly and oaused the mill to swing round, when one of the blades oaught the dootor behind the ear partially detaching it from behind the head. Fortunately the dootor, although considerably astonished, did not let go his hold of the pipe or he would have fallen to the ground, a considerable dißtanoe. He was able to give instructions bb to the dressing of the wound, and was shortly afterwards able to attend professionally to the victim of another aooident. .• The Directors of the Canterbury Frozen Meat Company have resolved upon a new departure m connection with the frozen meat trade, namely to receive stook for freezing and hold it m Btore for shipment at times when the mutton is likely to meet a better market m London than it would have done it shipped by the first steamer after freezing, as is usually the case. As the Company will be m a position to hold about 30,000 oaroaees under frost when their buildings are completed, it will be m a position to do a considerable trade m this class of business, which will be maoh appreciated by stock owners, . They tell a very good Btory about a gentleman who is at present a professor m a certain theological school. He went to oall upon a certain lady, and she was out; Her little son, about four years old, was playing m the front garden. The professor said: "My little man, oan you remember to tell your mother that Professor B called to see her?" Young England wrinkled his browß, and replied unoonoernedly : "There are bo many things I want to remember and can't remember that I don't think I shall trouble myself to try to remember things that I don't waut to remember." Professor B says he went home ruminating upon the working of the human intelleot. A Queensland paper whioh professes to be raoy and is not dull passes severe striatures on Lord Kiutore, the new Governor of South Australia, for attempting to palm off on Australians as his own the speeches of Englishmen whose shoes he is unworthy to loose. In parallel columns it gives three or four inohes of one of Eintore's recent addresses and of an address delivered m London some years ago by Lord Inverarie. The resemblanoe is very marked, and the critio goes on to warn the Governor that if plagiarism be his foible he has carried it to the -wrong plaoe, as m Australia there are men whose reading is as extensive as any m the world, and whose memories are tenaoious as well of liLtle things as of big. Altogether (says a contemporary) the article is clever and scathing, and its effeots would be, no doubt,;disastrous to the literary and oretorioal reputation of Lord X ; ntore were it not a fact that Inverarie and Eintore are one and the same. Eintore was Inverarie before he succeeded to the title he now bears. In the great scramble for the vast continent of Afrioa England is getting her share, 01 even, if the preoiae truth is to be spoken, just a little more. The Frenoh are hungry, the Germans are thirsty, and the Portuguese are voraoions, swallowing, indeed, so much that they will by and bye be sick ; but, nevertheless, the British Foreign Offloe is ruling Egypt and Zanzibar, and the British Colonial Office has silently Btretched its territory right up to the Zambesi— that old dream of Sir Bartle Frere— thus possessing itself of a territory whioh, including the Dutch Be> publics, now beooming British under the influx of Bottlers brought by gold and diamonds, is equal to five times the area of France, and may be the seat m another oountry of a powerful empire. A British company has seated itself with sovereign powers on me upper valley ot me Niger, a second association is mistress from Mombassa to L,ake Tanganyika, and now a third, with the approval of Lord Salisbury, is about to possess ifself of " Livingstone," a magnificent kingdom as large as Spain, etretohiog from the middle of the Zambeßi, and the terminus o£ the projected South African arterial rail way, right up to the oorner of Lake Tanganyika.
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