LOCAL AND GENERAL
As a result of the loss of the Sultan is expected tbat a new survey of the Mediterranean will shortly be made. Sir Morell Mackenzie is Btrongly opposed to the use of tobaooo and alcohol by people who use their voioes m public A heavy fall of snow took plaoe on the South Canterbury Hills during the sou'wester last week. At the South Canterbury Charitable Aid Board on Friday the ohairman remarked that a man who had been (had for some time was " still m receipt of rations at Geraldine." The New York Board of Health baa appointed forty dootors to visit the tenements m July and AugUßt and give advice and medioine to the poor free of charge. The English sparrow has been mvr stigated by the Agricultural department of Washington, and evidenoe cf a damaging charaoter to the extent of 400 printed pagos hus been published. Dr Forbes Winalow has a " plan " for detecting the Wbitecbapel murderer or musdereag. The police refuse tbo experiment on the lines BJggested by (he eminent " mod dootor," and he has therefore determined to begin operations independently. A kind of syndicate is to be formed, and every person who has a soheme for oatohing the murderer is at liberty to lay it before Dr Forbes Winslow. The London reporters will no doubt engage heartily m the work, and publish the results day by day for the benefit of the criminal whom they deßire to capture. A deoision, whioh m, view of reoent oiroumstanoes, is rather important, has been arrived at by the Petitions Committee. On the petition of W. J. Cain and others, of Kurow, for inquiry concerning the alleged delay of the Ministerial telegram withdrawing tho Otekaike runß for sale, the Committee reports that " it has made the fullest inquiry, uud finds that there was no delay m tbo dolivery of tho telegram-" Satisfaction with the deoiaion would have beou increased if the Committee bad also reported that there was no delay m the despatch of the telegram. The efforts of the Auckland Charitable Aid Board to keep the oharitablo aid within reasonable bounds nro very (jroteequoj and lead to amußing soenes at the Board, A good lady nan been on ttie " roll of honour/ that's what thny ca'l the ration list, for heaven knows how lone;, nnd tilings there like a limpet to a rook. She io " sweet " on extras and mediaal comforts. An inquiry was made 0t the Board be to when she would be likely to be off the list, and p, despairing groan went round the Board tatle) *' Never I— well, hardly ever! " A happy thought sfcruok one of the members, and be moved, " That the Board take a month to fatten her up, and then get shut of her!" The resolution W&J carries ncm eoni—'l Cdflkflutio, 'j (
England has over one million dollars in- ' veßted m the manufacture of idols for heathen oountries, »nd yet the ohurohea of that country are continually oalling for more money and more missionaries to suppress idolatry. The publio are reminded that the Oddfellows' social takes place to-morrow night. This being their last social of the season the Committee have spared no pains to make the programme an attractive one. There should be a large attendance, The representative matoh between tbo Taraaaki ;Rugby Union and the Wanganui Rugby Union waa played at Wanganui on Saturday uttornoon m the presence of a large number of speoUtors. The game resulted m a viotory for Wanganui by 9 points to 4. The following been seleoted to play for the Rovers m their mntoh with tho Aahburtonliakaia Club on Wednesday next at 3.30 p.m. sharp. Full baok, Lane ; three-quarters, Stewart, Knight, and Twlkar ; half backs, Orr and Grubb ; forwards, Kidd, H. Moss, C. Moss, B, Low, Broughton, Lyons, Hepburn, Sawle, and W. Hefford. Emergencies, Price, Fiuley, and Daley. Players are requested to be on the ground at 3,15 p.m. sharp. Somo little exoitement was shown m Rak ua on Saturday over a mile raoe between Mr W. J. Welsh's bay mare Lotto and Mr W. Stubbs' grey mare Hetty, nine stone up, for a modest fiver. The course used was the raoe traok on the Domain, whioh was m excellent order. About a hundred spectators were present. Mr Hardy officiated as Btarter, and got them well away ; Mr W. Dixon aoted as judge. Lotto led for some twelve obains, when Hatty took the lead, and kept it to the finish, winning by some ten lengths. Extensive prospecting operation&have been oarried on by the Eaitangata Railway and Company for some time past (says tbe ••Bruoe Herald"), with the pleasing result of two fresh Beams having been struok — the one at a distance of 1676 ft or 590 yds from the present workings, and the other at a total distance of 1987 ft from the sucfaoe. The fo-mer seam iB 18ft m thickness, and the latter 25ft, and both are of excellent quality. In one of his speeohes m the House last week Mr Menteath, speaking of the useless publio works oarried out m past years, alluded to the politioal railways and roads whioh graßS is now growing on. The Premier subsequently quoted the remark, and gave it as his own deliberate opiuion that there is no system of publio works m the world m whioh so little money has been wasted as that of New Zealand. In England he said, capital bad been wasted to an extent whioh was enormous. It appears that Sir Julius Yogel has scoured the lease of about six miles of the foreshore, extending from New Plymouth town right down past tho breakwater, and oound the Sugar Loaves for three or four miles, and that ha is at present endeavouring to float a oompany m England to be oalled the New Zealand Mining, Smelting, and Manufacturing Oompany ; and, from letters reoeived from Sir Julius, it appears aa if tbe oompany is m a fair way of being successfully floated.— "New Zealand Herald." Kinglake, the historian, author of "Tbe History of the Invasion of the Otimoa." is seriously ill, and his age preoludes his reoovery. Kinglake, when a young man, was a suitor for the hand of Mrs Howard, a rioti London widow. The widow preferred to receive the attentions of Louis Napoleon Bonaparte, afterwards Emperor of France, and Kinglake naver forgave the wioked Frenohman. His history of tbe Orime&n War was made the vebiol6 of muoh of his animosity. — " New York World." The football matoh Auckland v Wellington was played at Newtown Park m the presenoe of 4000 people. The weather waß showery and tbe ground very greasy. In tbe first spell from loose rushes, Ellison, of the Wellington team, scoured a try between the posts whioh Nioholls converted. Towards the end of tbe first spell, Jervis, of Auokland, scoured a try, and Lecky took the kiok at goal but failed, the ball striking the bar and bounding baok into the field. The seoond spell was stub* bornly fought, but there was no further sooro, Wellington thus winning by 3 points to 1 point. Mr Justioe Denniston last Thursday delivered judgment m the appeal of the South Canterbury Refrigerating Compeny against a oonvioiion, under section 10 of the Stamp Aot, for taking from Mr Max Friedlander a premium of insuranoe, ." the Bame not being m consideration of tbe value expressed upon a completed and stamped polioy." The insurance was on a shipment of frozen meat and was effected m London m Mr Friedl&nder's name, and His Honor held that the seofion did not apply to persons or associations who do not themselves enter into any contract of marine insuranoe with the person from whom they receive, or whom they debit with, moneys by way of premium. The appeal was therefore allowed, with £\Q 10a costs. The reply of the Swiss Government to the laßt German Note on the right of asylum question has been published. It has oreated great satisfaction throughout Switzerland* It oontests m the firmest language the ground taken by Prince Bismarok m attempting to foroe on Switz ?rl<»nd the obligation under tbe treaty of 1876 to examine papers of all Germans domiciled m the Confederation. Such stipulation ha<3 never been made m treaties with other oonntries. It would rob Switzerland of an essential attribute of sovereignity, since it would plaoe its right of asylum at the mercy of a foreign Power, and to that she will never ooneent. The " North German Gazette " prints an evidently inspired artiple asserting that the action of Germany was not directed against Switzerland herself, but only against the German Social P,emoorats m Switzerland, A peaceful settlement of the question iB anticipated, The half yearly meeting of the Aehburton Dietriot of Oddfellows was held m the Library Hall at Waterton on Wednesday laot, Prov G,M« O. Tuoker presided. Delegates from Ashburton, Tinwald and Waterton Lodges i were present. The business was of a routine obaraoter and having been disposed of, a pro.posal to amend distriot rule 4 was discussed at length, and ultimately withdrawn. The propriety of establishing a superannuation fund m compliance with general rule 34a, called forth an animated discussion, and further consideration was adjourned to the annual meeting, At tbe dose of business the Prov G.Mi conferred degrees on past officers holding the necessary certificates. In the evening the Loyal Waterton Lodge entertained the Dißlriot Officers and Delegates m tbe most hospitable manner. On the removal of the oloth the usual loyal and patriotic toasts were drunk, interspersed with songs, recitations, etc, and a most pleasant evening was brought to a dose by " Auld lang syne," Englishmen carry orioket with thorn everywhere. I (" Truth ") onoe Haw a bat with names writton on it m ink, showing that its owner, a British officer, had played with it m India, ia phjna, m Ceylon, m South Africa, and North America, to nay nothing of England, Sootland, und Ireland. But the costume varies. The friends of Mr G. B. Studd will be interested to learn tbat he has not ceased to piny oiicket beoauso be is m Shanghai, A recently returned traveller desoribed him as playing Wn Chinese dress and pigtail," he having adopted the native dreßS m accordance with the rules of tbo mission to whioh he belongs. He adds : — " The loose clumsy dreas did not seem to interfere with his play muob, for he was quite m his old form, and made over a hundred runß first innings," His old admirers at Lord's and tbe Oval will marvel at the change of costume, but not at the good " form " Mr Studd retains m his batting. Statutory Declaration.— l, Franz Raabe, Ironbark, Sandhurst, m the colony of Viotoria, Australia, do 1 olomnly and sincerely declare that on the 25th Juno, 1877, my son Alfred, six years of c^e, was accidentally hurt with an axe on his knoo. lat onoe took all pains to sooure me^lioal assistance. Howover, m Bpite of all efforts, on the 27th August, 1877, the opinion was given by Dr Macgillivray that an fimpiUntion of tho injured limb had bocomu iwpor-Uivo, m ordor to savo life. At this junoture 1 oalled on Messrs Sander and Sons, procurir. g somo of then 1 Extract of the Eucalyptus Globulus, and by the application of the same I hsd tho satisfaction of seeing my son within & fortnight out of ajl danger, and to-day ha is recovered. I may just add tha tit was when tho orisis had been readied that the Extract eferred to was first applied, and I make .isolemn declaration, etc — Fbanz Raabe. peolared at Sandhurst, m the oolony of Viotoria, Australia, this seventeenth day of Oofcbbei, 1 , one thousand eight hundred » 1 *ud 6eventy.Beven-bejtQr.« me, MoiUfi Conn, i a,f»— (Aw) § I'
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