LOCAL AND GENERAL.
The "Tuapeka Times " declares (hat it hat) excellent authority for saying that Mr Pyke is to be oalled to tbo Upper House. Tbia is m view of tbo faot that the Dunstan will bo absorbed by the Lakes, Tuapeka and Glutha m tha formation of the new electorates. Remarkably high baroiaetio readings wera reported yesterday from all r.arls of the Colony. At nine o'olook m tho morning no Nation atation except the Bealey registered below 30 70, and at Wellington 30 80 was touched. After the hour named the barometer rose ooneiderably, and at one time registered fully a tenth of an inoh higher. If these readings are not altogether without precedent they are at all events the highest for a very long period of yeare. The " Pride of Wakanni " Lodge, 1.0. G.T., held a very suooesßful meeting on Tuesday. There was an unusually large attendanoe. Bro Clements, 0 T., oooap : ed tbe ohair. After tbe initiation of eleven members and the ganeral routine of Lu-in bj, the Lodge entered into harmony. Songs were given by Bros Counter, Parker, Bateraan, and Gougb, and a reoitation by Bro Bateraan. The Lodge oloßod m the uaual way at 9.49 p.m. Writing of tbe Shah's visit to England the " Argus' " correspondent remarks that it is said now that he has one of his wives with him, and that she ia dressed m male olotbing. Being told about Mr G adstono's golden wedding tbe Shah was very ourious. It was a long time before the meaning and eignifioanoe of the oelebration could be conveyed to him, but at last he grasped it, and said sententioasly, " Y< B, it is better to live with one wife for 50 yeirs than to live with 50 wives for one year." The harem at Teheran was evidently " mixed up " v fy'i this reflection, or it may be that the Bhuh, having one wife with him on his present tour, means hereafter to disoaid polygamy. The Ashburton Presbyterian Church Mo|f oal and Literary Sooioty held their usual meeting m tbe Church last night, Mr Bpenoe being m the ohair, and a fair attendanoe of members present. A musical programme was given consisting of a piano solo and Eong by Miss Eidd ; song, Mies Shury ; song, Mr Kersel ; song, Mr E. Graighead ; duet, Misses Shury and Eidd ; pong, Miss Gates with organ and violin accompaniment by Misses Gates and Eidd, the latter also kindly playing the piano for the various singers. A short paper was also read " Why men don't marry," and after some disoussion took on this, the meeting closed by all singing the dozology. As illustrating the " land hunger " that exists m Central Otago, and tbe impulse that would be given to settlement were the railway pushed on, ihe " Hetald " states that for 83ven sections of agricultural land thrown, open for selection on the Maoiototo Plain, there were reoeived yesterday at the Land Offioe more than 180 application*. Tbe land — whioh aggregates somo 760 aores— is situated m the vicinity of Eweburn, and doubtless the prospeot of the Otago Central Railway reaohing that point within a reasonable time has led to this eager desire to acquire farm holdings. In connection pjwith the strike of dock laborers and the consequent loas of New Zealand frozen mutton m tbe ships' holds, tbe question arises, Who will suffer the loss ? The " North Otago Times " thinks ihe Bbippiog oompanios and says : — It is true that one of the conditions attached to the frozen meat bill of lading is that shipping companies wilt not be answerable for any loss arising from any cause whatever; But tho presont case ia an exceptional one. It is consequent on tho companies' refusal to pay wages employees have (demanded, the damage and losa oould have been avoided by the companies. It appears to us, therefore, that the loss will not fall upon tbe shippers, but upon the shipping companies. We do not see how the law could hold that shippers must be so seriously involved m the disputes betweon shipowners and their servants. i^~* m A reßidont of Chriotoburoh bad his peaoo of mind (disturbed by an unwelcome visitor yesterday afternoon. A stray horso made his way into tho kitobon aud ovinoed a strong determination to remain there The efforta mado to dislodgo him raiaod his equino ire, and |ho smashed up a dreosor and sundry ohairs. The occupier oalled bis neighbours assistance m, nnd they assembled %m foroe* They tried all i hey knew to show the horse hia way out, but he would not boo it, seeming to have a desire to efleot an oxit by a window, whioh he smashed and out his head severely m fruitless endeavours to get out. After be had badly damaged several doors m tbe house and kept the oooupants m a state of alarm for a long time, the horse was at lait driven or ratbjr hauled out of th« houae, -r(n'imi|.") I. " T%l
There will be skating as usual on Saturday : aorning, afternoon and evening at the Rink le Paris. One hundred horses were despatched by Hr John Grigg, Longboaoh, yesterday afterloon by train to Lyttelton for shipment to 3aloutta, They wore a useful lot, consisting j < noatly of haoka and oavalry horses. The members of the Aahburton Oyoling • 31ub hold their annual meeting m Court Dbambers this evening at 8 o'olook. Tho ; ausinesß is important and all members are re- , laested to attend. An interesting innovation m land cultivation is to be seen on the Laghmor Estate, near Winslow, where Mr Thomas Perks is carrying out a ploughing contract, Instodd of emplojircg horso teams for the ploughs MjrPerks is making use of a traotion enginb, which draws three treble furrow ploughs, turning nine furrows, at a speed considerably faster than that of hones, and exoellont work is being done. The three ploughs are guided by one man, and the work is said to be done more oheaply than by horses. The monthly meeting of the Tinwald School Committee was held on Thursday evening. Present : Messrs J. Gudsell (ohairrann), Smith, Hiokman, Low, Doherty, and Waite. The master's report was read and considered satisfactory, especially the part whioh gave an additional attendanoe, through -notices being served on the parents. The visitors' report was adopted, with instructions to be carried out. The oaretaker's account was passed for payment, and the Committee decided to oontinue her servioes at present salary. The Gbairman was instructed to wait on the Education Board re painting the school and other improvements necessary. A lot of general business for the outside oomforts of the school boys was transacted, and the Committee unitedly agreed to assist the master m the entertainment to bo held on Friday (this evening) for the benefit of tho school generally. A oase showing the necessity of one^it least of the provisions m the Insurance Oompanies Bill was lately heard m Banco Court, Sydney, where application was made on behalf of the plaintiff m a case Fraser v the Phoonix Fire Offioe to make absolute a rule nisi granted m the matter. The oaee was tried before the Chief Justioe, and a verdict was direoted to be given for defendants forma^y. It was submitted, on behalf of defendants, that though were t radio g as a oompany, they were not a company. The Chief Justice said it was a monstrous thing to Bet up a defence of that kind. MrJustice Windeyer characterised the bringing of a defenoe of the kind as soandalons, Mr Justioe Stephens : "D j you still hold to the point that the individual members of the company ought to be sued ?" Mr Solomons : 11 Ob, yes, your honour." The Chief Justice : " Then this is a oompany m business' m Sydney that cannot be sued. If there are many suoh companies as tbiß m Sydney, then the sooner .there is legislation on the subject to pnt a stop to this kind of thine the better." The advertisement m an Australian paper offering for sale a seotion on the Upper Darling, after describing the land, house, etc., goes on to say : — " Apart from the above uses • The ' offers a grand chanoe to any gentleman imbued with a love of sport. Within a stone's throw there you may snoot the fantastio marsupial, the stately but Bucoulent turkey, the flpur-winged plover, the shy and whirring pigeon, and the gay plumed, loquacious galah. There on the rooky point the sportsman may get his bag of widgeon, blaok duok, and wood duok, varied with a few dozen lueoious teal. And when satisfied with feathered slaughter he may lay by his double barrelled Greener, and with supple wrist and dextrous rod and lino strew the sandy pit with denizens of the pelluoid depths that flow unceasingly onward through Nature's avenue of stately eucalypti and yielding poly, genum. Silver and black bream, go don and silver perob, and that monarch of the riyer, the murray cod (Codiorum titbitibus) are there m oounUcns numbers, awaiting only the angler's Bcduotivo invitation to mastioate the wriggling, boneless, earthwoim, whioh innocently covers the treacherous, poiuted hook within." i Statutory Declaration.— l, Franz Baabei Ironbark, Sandhurst, m the oolony of Victoria' Australia, do solemnly and sinoerely declare that on the 25th Juno, 1877, my Bon lEtfred. six years of age, was aooidentally hurTWith an axe on his knee. lat onoe took all painß to secure medical assistance. However, m spite of all efforts, on tho 27th August, 1877, tho opinion was given by Dr Maogillivray that an amputation of tho injured limb had become imperative, m order to save life. At this juncture I called on Mcßsrs Sander and Sons, proouring somo of their Extraot Of the Euoalyptus Globulus, and by the applioa6ion of the same I bad the satisfaction of seeing my son within a fortnight out of all danger, and to-day he is rooovercd. I may just add that it was when the oriais had been reaohed that the Extraot referred to was first applied, and I make this solemn declaration, etc Fziar* Kaabe. Declared at Sandhurst, m the oolony of Victoria, Australia, this seventeenth day of Ootober, oae thousand eight hqpdrod and seventy-seven before me, Moritz Conn, J.P.— (Advt.)
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