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NEWS OF THE DAY.

♦ We learn from the Independent that the Swedish immigrants arc to be placed on laud in the Kangitikei, Manawatu district. We learn from the Argus that a cigar boat, desiguecl and built by Mr R. H. Murray, of Ballarat, has been launched on Lake Wendouree. The poll for the Ashley election takes place to-morrow, and as the contest is likely to be a close one, considerable interest is manifested in the result. The betting for the Sydney cup. at Sydney, on the 3rd instant, was as follows : —5 to 1 against The Duke, 15 to 1 against Tim Whimer, 8 to 6 to 1 against Little Dick, 12 to 1 against Juanita. By a General Government Gazette issued on the 6th inst. the General Assembly is further prorogued to April 8. It is not likely, however, that the Assembly will meet sooner than the ordinary time of assembling, viz., June. The Wellington Erenlng Post informs us that some informality has been discovered in the voting papers for the two members to represent the City of Wellington, and grave doubts are entertained as to the validity of the return of Messrs Hunter and Pearcc. A little boy. the son of Mr Healcy, of Lincoln, was severely hurt by beiug kicked by a horse on Saturday last, the head being badly cut. He was taken to the Hospital, and we are glad to say is progressing favourably. We remind the shareholders in the Town Hall Company that the adjourned meeting will be held this day in the building, at 3 p.m.. when the attendance of all shareholders is requested, as matters of great importance will be brought forward. The secretary of the Benevolent Aid Society begs to acknowledge with thanks a donation of £10 from L. G-. Cole. Esq., per the liesideut Magistrate ; also, from C. Kiver. for witness in the case of Regina v. Reilly, 5s ; and from limes and Co. v. Atack, plaintiff's expenses, 7s. On Wednesday Mr Russell, accountant at Messrs Belcher and Fairweather's, Kaiapoi, met with an accident near Woodend, by his horse dropping down suddenly dead from ' heart disease. In the fall, the horse by some means, fell on him, but he escaped with a i few bruises only. The following gentlemen are nominated as candidates for the office of auditors to the City Council for the ensuing year :—Messrs H. E. Alport, James E. Graham, Thomas B. Craig, J. I). Macpherson. The last named i gentleman has been elected for two years consecutively, and Mr Craig filled the office last year. There is now on view at the shop of Messrs. Duncan and Sons, seedsmen, Cashel street, two cabbages of the red pickling variety, of mammoth dimensions, one of them weighing 17-Jlbs. They are the produce of the garden ground at the Sunnyside Lunatic Asylum, which is tended by the patients. In the Melbourne City Council, upon the recommendation of the Health Committee it has been resolved to authorise that committee to incur expenses not exceeding £50 in the purchase and analysing of articles of food and drink, such expenses to be charged against the amount to be set apart for miscellaneous expenditure from the revenue for the current year. The following reference to a new flax machine, appears in the Auckland Herald: — Mr P. R. Dixon, mill-wright and engineer, writes to us from Hokianga, enclosing samples of flax fibre, prepared by himself in a superior manner. He says that his system is extremely simple, and that he has been at work at experiments in preparation for the past twenty-five years. We understand that some residents in the southern districts think of celebrating the " Harvest Home " in the old English fashion, viz.. by meeting together and holding Divine service, thanking Providence for a successful termination of the harvest, and then having a sociable dinner. Such a step is one in the right direction, and we hope it may prove practicable. Mr E. Bamford having undergone the usual examination in law, before his Honor Mr Justice Gresson, has received a letter from the Judge's Secretary, informing him that the auswers to the questions of law put to him being satisfactory. His Honor would be happy to admit him on payment of the usual fees, production of certificates, A:c. Mr Bamford was articled to Mr T. Nottidgc. and afterwards assigned to Mr J. S. Williams onthe former gentleman returning to England. The usual monthly Lincoln fair took place on Tuesday, 13th instant. Owing to its being harvest time very few cattle were yarded, nearly all the farmers being too anxious to take advantage of the present fine weather to attend the fair. There were several buyers in attendance. We understand there is every prospect of a large fair next month, as the'thick of the harvest will then be over, and several farmers have intimated that they intend bringing stock. A match will be played to-day on theU. C. C. ground, commencing at half-past one o'clock, between the Second Elevens of the U. C. C. C. and Christchurch. The following are the sides: —U. C. C. C. —Messrs Ansqu. Beauford, Blakiston. F. H. Brittaii, F. G. Brittaii, Condell, Dickinson. Dunnett. Gresson, Parkerson. and Scott, C. C. C—Messrs. Ashbolt, Burnell. Coombes. Greenwood, Griffith, Gordon, Lee, Lovell, Mathcws, Millett. X alder, Sheath. Walker, and Wright. The Avonside match commences at half-past ten o'clock. , The conespondent of the Southern Cross, writing from Taurauga. says—" Mr Powell— a trader in the habit of packing goods up country, and recently arrived in Te Papa— reports that he has just received the ing telegram from Mr Mauusell, scout to the Native Contingent — ; Yon can't cross at the Nihu-o-te-kiori.' Mr Powell has also received a letter from a chief warning him not to travel by that route, and stating that 'Mr M'Lean's safe-conducts were jmtiputi — valueless. Niliu-o-tc-kiori is a crossing-place of the Taupo road, on the Waikato." " Paul Fry," and the turksque of " Prince

Amabel," were played at the Theatre last evening. Occupying a place .midway between farce and comedy. " Paul Pry *' is sufficiently amusing to those who are not haunted with the ghost of Liston ; and not having seen that celebrated impersonation, we are quite free to be amused with the drolleries of the situations. Mr Wolfe was the hero, and exerted himself with considerable success. To-night the piece is repeated, with the burlesque of " The Fair One with the Golden Locks. A meeting of the various cricket clubs in the province will be held at White's Hotel on Saturday next, at eight o'clock, for the purpose of considering the advisability of winding up the boating season with some athletic sports. This essential portion of training for the exertions of boating and cricketing has been somewhat neglected, and we are therefore glad to see that the matter has been taken up. In the sister colony of Victoria athletic sports have become almost an institution under the auspices of the Melbourne Cricket Club, and very successful gatherings have been held. It is to bo hoped that the projected one here will only be the precursor of many similar ones. In order to meet the growing importance of the trade between Melbourne and Fiji, and to facilitate communication between the two places, it is stated by a Melbourne contemporary that the A. S. N. Company dispatch one of their steamers to the Fiji Islands, rid Auckland, at stated periods, and are determined to continue doing so if they meet with reasonable encouragement. The Company's steamer Alexandra has left Samlridge, with passengers and cargo, for the Islands, rid Sydney. The passengers consist of several successful settlers returning to their plantations, and others who moan to try their fortune in the Fijis. A novel addition to the usual display in the butchers' shops of the city was exhibited,yesterday evening, in the shop of Messrs Lane Bros., in the shape of a fine buck deer. The deer was bred in the gardens of the Canterbury Acclimatisation Society, and was killed in consequence of injuries received, from having been worried by a dog. We understand that the deer has been purchased by Mr Morton, so that the public will have an opportunity of testing the quality of the first Canterbury bred venison. The Auckland Herald gives the following account of an accident to the refiner at the Bank of New Zealand:—A most unfortunateaccident occurred on Wednesday to Mr Rapson, the refiner at the Bank of New Zealand. This gentleman was occupied on some work with the furnace, when a crucible which he was holding burst, and a quantity of fused gold ran into his boot, burning the side of his foot in a most dreadful manner. Dr Stratford fortunately happened to be passing at the time of the accident, and being called in, proceeded to dress the wound, from which no permanent injuries are at present likely to ensue. I We Argus, understand that by the outgoing mail the Government will send home for a thoroughly efficient man to instruct aud drill our local artillery. The idea is to get a man who has risen by the force of his own character and intelligence, one who has passed all the .necessary examinations, and who is thoroughly acquainted with all the improved kinds of artillery, new projectiles and torpedoes, and who is also competent to teach the new drill and manoeuvres. The officer will take the rauk of lieutenant, aud will probably bring with him two or three other efficient men to assist in thoroughly organising our local force. We remind members of the Hoathcotc Regatta Committee that the adjourned meeting takes place at White's Hotel, at 4 p.m., this clay, when the final details of the regatta on Saturday will be settled. We understand that very good progress has been made in the work of collecting subscriptions, and we hope that the appeal of the committee will be liberally responded to, in order that this, the eve2it which may be looked upon as the finale of the boating season, may be carried out successfully. From what we can learn, there is every probability of a very good afternoon's sport on Saturday next, a very good race being anticipated for Mr Maxwell's cup, which will have the effect of bringiug out several oarsmen, who have not yet appeared in public. Our readers (says the China Mail) will remember the romauce and mystery attending the heirship of the Earldom of Aberdeen, and the.efforts which the family have made to find the missing scion. America and Australia have been searched in vain, and at last in Hong Kong their doubts and fears have been set at rest for ever. It appears that the young Earl, who was of a roving and adventurous disposition, embarked for America in the forecastle of a ship, and after sundry vicissitudes and adventures shipped at Boston under the name of Charles Oswald as chief officer in the American schooner Hera, bound eastward. A few days out during a heavy gale, it became necessary to take in the mainsail, and while engaged in this task the mate and seaman, now second mate, became entangled in the yang, A heavy lurch of the vessel hurled the unfortunate nobleman into the sea, which was running too heavy to enable his shipmates to r niake even an effort for his rescue. His compauion was fortunate enough to extricate himself from the fatal rope. On the arrival of the vessel here the formalities necessary to prove his death, were gone through with, aud his younger brother's succession to the title, which has been vacant for some time, will now be assured. The following remarks were made by Mr Creighton on the occasion of the declaration of the poll at Eden :—Mr Creighton stepped forward to thank the for having returned him to represent them by so large a majority. He felt that a very great favor had been conferred upon him by his election,. for he looked upon the district of Eden as the most influential aud intellectual in the colony. When he came to consider that they had returned him against an old settler of thirty years' standing, he could not but feel that they had done him a veiy great honor. He felt all the more flattered, when it was known that two gentlemen connected with the General Government had been per-, sonally aud actively canvassing against him. one of them being no less a person, than Mr McLean, the Defence Minister. He was glad, however, that the electors had shown their independence by. rejecting the overtures of the Native Minister, who would i lie much better employed in the Waikato looking after his official duties than running, about the country electioneering. He (Mr Creighton) would certainly take an opportunity of drawing the attention of the House to the subject—that Mr McLeau was using the funds and time of the Government to serve his own purpose, and the purposes of his party. The part which Mr McLean had taken in this contest was not creditable to him. Nor was this the only case of the kind that had occurred. Before dismissing this question of the Government, he ought to say that even now Mr McLean was at the Bay of Islands on an electioneering tour, and hesin- | cerely trusted that he would succeed there i as well as he had done in the district of j Eden. [Hear, hear.] With regard to his friend Mr Kerr. he had not cherished any unkind feelings, nor acted unfairly towards him from the beginning to the end of the contest. He again thanked the electors verykindly for having returned him. We extract the following from "Talk ou Change" in the Australasian, of February 4, referring t:o the Vogel scheme : —" The Xew Zealanders owe tcii millions or so. They rather like the liability. So much do they appreciate it that they have determined to borrow a trifle of six millions more—that is, if they can. They have sent a smart man to try, or, rather, he has sent himself, for he started the idea, made it popular, aud then had liimsclf appointed specially to tlo the work. In common with a good mauy others \ in Victoria, I have the honor of being acquainted with this smart man. They know him at Dunolly And-if aryborough, and parts adjacent. He was a sharp and bold mining speculator and was a by no means contemptible player of unlimited 100. By sheer tact, and I think talent, Julius Vogel' has risen to tbjd rank, pf thi,

leading politician of New Zealand. He hn, one capital qualification, a convenient deaf ness. He never hears what he doesn't w-int to hear, and yet it is wonderful how muc i! he docs hear. His hvtti noir is Dr. Feather stone, aud I am told that he is the <'>nlv leading man in New Zealand < )VC r whom Mr Vogel has not cast hj, glamour. The speed with which Mr V made tracks upon his mission rid California' upon the return of Dr. F. from England, was suggestive of a sense of approaching counter, influence. The subsequent appointment of Dr. V. as colouial agent, and his instant dispatch to London after Mr V., resembles nothing so much as the policy of the Poly, nesia Company, which never "dispatched ;in emissary to Fiji without following hi m Up with another to watch him. J. V. may 0 trusted alone: he can take care of himself and if he does succeed in borrowing six millions of English money, he will have'ilono a smart tiling for New Zealand, and hemidit make a little himself, in the regular wav of course. Western Australia (says the Australasian) has heed making the most of its moreen $ of responsible government, and, apparently before many years it will be in a position to demand the full measure of constitutional liberty. The members of the new Parliament which assembled for the first time towards the close of 1870, have in a short period got. through an amount of practical work which would be creditable to more pretentious legislatures. Among other matters, they have transferred the making and repair of roads to local boards formed municipalities in the principal towns' and otherwise carried out the principle of local government. They have also adopted the English bankruptcy law and other Im perial statutes, recognising the desirability of harmonising local and Imperial legislation Already, however, there has occurred something like a hitch between the Colonial authorities and the Colonial Oflico. Public works are among the most pressing requiremeuts of the colony, and Governor Weld had submitted a* scheme authorising a loan of £100,000 to be raised fur this purpose—proposing additional taxation to pay current interest on the amount, as well as a sinking fund, with the view of its ultimate extinction. It was fondly supposed that Downing street would sanction a loan for reproductive works for which it was impossible to provide out of current expenditure, but the question was scarcely under weigh when there arrived a despatch from the Secretary of State refusing to sanction a loan for more than £25,000 —that to be expended only upon works that met his approval. Intense waa the indignation of the new legislators at this indignity (it was asserted that half-a-dozen of the members could have easily raised the £ 100,(100 upon their own personal security) ; and there was a general expression of sentiment as to the necessity of lfuving full control over their own affairs : but, upon reflection, it wuk acknowledged that they had much better " make haste slowly." Parliament will probably pass a bill authorising the negotiation of the £100,000 loan, and request his Excellency to procure the authorisation of "Downing , street. The Swan River colony is evidently getting too big for its swaddlingclothes. A representation having been made to her Majesty's Secretary of State on behalf of the present lessees of the western half of Starbuck Island, in the South Pacific Oceau, that certain persons are in uulawful occupation of a portion thereof, using even the houses, tramway, aud plant erecte<l aud provided by the lessees, aud appropriating the guano which had been collected and stored by them for future shipment, notice is given through the Victorian Ooronimont Gazette that Mr E. fc>. Houlder is the Crown licensee of the western half of this Island, and that anyone intruding thereon is a trespasser; and further, that if the trespass is committed by persons acting under the direction, or on the authority of the licensee of the eastern portion, the licensee of that portion of t!ic Island will become subject to forfeiture. On this subject a Melbourne paper says:—'l'hc clipper ship Empress left Melbourne yesterday for Starbuck Island, taking with l\ov a large quantity of plant.'and peat to be used in working the guano deposits on the, Island, which are said to be extensive. Messrs Houlden Brothers, shipowners, of London, have secured the right to developo the resources of Starbuck Island, and most of the vessels loaded by them for the Australian colonies will proceed thither to take in guano. Captain Brinsden, late of the Glendower, lias proceeded to the Island to superintend operations. The correspondent of the Southern Cross, writing from Itaglau, says : —Letters came in some short time back from the Waipa to the natives here, in which the writer states it na his opinion that the murderers of Mr Todd will bo given up to the Government —Itewi and Kunuti being both anxious that this should be done. The fear of losing Kawhia will do much to bring this about. To-day I saw a letter from Honi to One to Hakopa, informing him that all natives, whether Qucenites or Hauhaus, who engage in any road works, or who in any way assist Europeans in the opening up of the country, arc to be killed, and the celebrated Tapihana, of Kawhia, recommends the doing of it murderously—perhaps if they try it they may find that the Kupapas will return the compliment ; however, Hone to One concludes his epistle with the very necessary proviso to all native rumours—perhaps this may bo only talk. Wo hear, too. that all the Kawhia natives have left, and goue inland to destroy the telegraph. The Melbourne Argus, 3rd February, contains the following telegram from IJeechworth: —The General Sessions were opened to-day. Judge Smyth arrived yesterday, when* he complained very much of the journey and the excessive heat which he experienced on the road. He was then perfectly rational, but during the night he was much disturbed, and was advised this morning by his friends and medical attendant to adjourn the Court, but he persisted in sitting/ The crown prosecutor, Mr Armstrong, asked for an adjournment of the Court in the interests of justice, put the Judge wished to arraign the prisoners, which was accordingly done. Hhadforth pleaded " Guilty " to forgery, and the Judge giyiug as a reason for the severity of tno sentence that the prisoner had made his wife a party to the transaction, was corrector by Mr Armstrong, stating the , prisoner hail no wife. He was sentenced to three years hard labour. Mr, Armstrong again asked for an adjournment, but the judge said he would try one more case, which was one of larceny, in which the pentence was eight months. The Court then adjourned, at hnlf-past twelve, till.Monday. JDnring the afternoon the Judge was very violent, and a medical man being sent for he advised his removal, to the lunatic asylum, wliich was complied with. The immediate cause is supposed to be sunstroke. , The Wellington Evtoing Pwt- eupplje the following :—Mr Fox, having acauirtfl si large estate in the Hangitikei district, seem» determined to bring neighbors around him. if possible. He has recently had a block or between 2000 and 3000 acres surveyed, aim offared for sale in eighty acre farms at *rf .vi acre, on deferred payments. The purely money is to be paid at the end of scvei. years, and to'bear no interest for tne nftttwo, and eight per cent, for the remaiuiuj, five years. A village named. lirofton, consisting of quarter-acre sections, is lsuu oil m. the middle of the block. Its peculiarity in that tho proprietor has attempted to make & an example of the advantages of the tot" absciuence priuciple, of which be is j £«■ vocate. A number of the sections af ..<J" leased fpr £>!>!> years, at a peppercorn i>: /°> condition that a weather-boavu«i house, with brick chimney, is erected np«»! each, anil that no alcholic liquors are ovu sold on the premises. The remainder, :«.«er Ist January, 1872, will be sold, subject to the same conditions, aud proceeds appneU w the improvement of the village, probaoly oy the erection of a school and hall, or otnu useful■' iustitiutious. Most of the lanu iOt farms was. taken np very lxudily. but we w not kuqw tftat any great, apx-jety ««*

displayed to acquire sites in the new Eden. People probably remember the Eden of Mai tin Chuzzlewit, and are scarcely ambitious of founding a second edition of that redoubtable township, even though the advantages of the State of Maine be added thereto. According to the PaU MaU Gazette, "How to find bread for 1871 in now a question of the highest importance in France. Various suggestions on this point are made by several French journals. It is proposed that the land should be occupied by crops of the first utility, such as wheat, oats, potatoes, beans, &c., setting aside for the present all produce of secondary importance as food. In the south, tobacco and the mulberry crop occupy a great part of the soil. These should be given up for this year, and the ground sown with wheat. Many of the proprietors of mulberries in the valley of the Rhone have been intending to remove the trees which have been unproductive for the last ten years. They might now cut them down, and sow corn in the vacant spaces. It will not be possible to get enough ploughing done, but repeated, harrowing -would, supply the -want Of this, and tlie place of ordinary manure, which cannot be obtained, should be taken t>y manufactured, compounds. Above all. the system of allowing land to lie fallow must be suspended for this year. It is reckoned that a tenth of the cultivated land in France is fallow in consequence of this agricultural rule; the mention of such a proportion is alone sufficient to prove the necessity of the abrogation of the rule for the time being. It seems from these suggestions, especially the last, that the great calamity from which France is suffering may give an impulse to the science of agriculture, and be the means of introducing a better system of farming into that country." The unsuitableness of the present building used for a theatre, and the consequent lack of patronage by those who otherwise would support the drama, is patent to all who have given this subject the least attention. It is therefore with a great deal of pleasure that we learn that it is likely that a new theatre will shortly be erected in one of the leading thoroughfares of Christchurch, and one too that will not only be an addition to the architecture of the city, but will also afford additional facilities for business in that portion of the city. Tlie building as at present designed, the plans of which have been prepared by Mr W. B. Armson. architect, Colombo street, includes a theatre, designed to contain about 1000 persons, two large shops 46ft. long by 20ft. wide and 16ft. high, on each side of an archway ; seven large offices, and a store 54ft. by 30ft. The box entrance and the approach to the offices will be from High street, through the gateway before mentioned, and thence by a staircase Bft. wide leading into a spacious vestibule. The pit entrance, as well as that to the stalls and stage door, are from a side street. A refreshment counter, cloak room, &c, have conveniently arranged for in the plan, opening from a vestibule near the doors leading to the boxes. There will be six private boxes, a dress circle, and a large pit and stalls. The floor of the pit is slightly curved, on a principle which is now generally adopted in European theatres, but not usually practised in the colonies. Being constructed on this principle, every one in the theatre is enabled to sec equally well ■without the inconvenience arising from too much slope in the pit floor. The stage is 54ft x 40ft., the opening from the proscenium being 24ft. wide. The arrangements for etage business both on the stage and in rear of it are extremely complete, comprising on the former, grave and other traps, and all the most modem accessories. A commodious green room, property room, and carpenters , shop, are provided for in one portion of the plan; and a painting room and wardrobe are also given. In addition to this a suite of six dressing rooms will also be erected. As a precatition in case of fire, 4000 gallons of water are to be stored in iron tanks on the premises, a large portion of which, being at the height of 30ft. can be thrown with a hose and jet to a height of 20ft. over every part of the building. It is proposed to construct the front building containing the shops and offices of stone and brick, the theatre being composed of galvanised iron and wood. Much care has been taken to sever the two portions of the building by means of iron doors, &c. The audience part of the theatre will be covered with a handsome elliptical dome, which, together with the details of construction, as shown on the drawings, appear to be elegant and appropriate. The front elevation to High street, is in the Italian style, and has a very imposing appearance. We may also mention that the acoustic arrangements of the theatre will be very perfect, careful regard having been had to that portion of the design. The Wellington Post, in reference to the creation of offices by the present Ministry, says:—"Let us now continue our .list of useless and unnecessary offices created by the present Government, and unsuitable persons appointed to necessary offices. Ist. The appointment of Mr Robert Pharazyn as Commissioner of Confiscated Lands at £350 a year, an entirely unnecessary office. Inquisitive people wonder how it is that Mr Pharazyn, being in the civil service, retains his seat in the Provincial Council. 2nd. The appointment of Major Heaphy as Commissioner of Native Reserves at £600 a year. The Government in 1869 introduced a Bill to provide for the creation of this office. This Bill the Legislature rejected, yet before next session Major Heaphy, a member of the House, was appointed Commissioner, aud it was not till long after the appointment was made that the Act authorising it was passed. 3rd. The appointment of a member of the House, Mr John Williamson, as Commissioner of Waste Lands, without his being required to resign his seat. 4th. Tlie appointment of Mr T. Macffarlane, another member, as Trustee in Bankruptcy, oth. The appointment of Mr W. Fitzgerald as Secretary to the Minister of Justice—a small job iv the matter of salary. 6th. The appointment of Mr J. G. Fox as accountant in the Defence Department at £350 a year. 7th. That of Mr W. K. M'Lean, in the same department, as clerk, at £250 a year, these baug permanent additions to the strength of a department In which the work should be daily decreasing, if what the Government tells Us about the state of the country be true. Bth. The appointment of Mr Woon as Resident Magistrate, Upper Wanganui, at £350 a year. 9th. Mr S. Locke's appointment in a similar capacity at Taupo at £500 a year. 10th. The appoiutnierit of Tppia as a kind of chief spy, at £200 a year. 11th. The appointment of Mr N. 'Russell, lately a member of the Assembly, to a clerkship in the Native Office. We have mentioned eleven culled at hazard from the list of 271 appointments in the Civil Service, made between the 30th June, 1569, and the 30th June, 1870, laid before the Assembly last- year, and the list of those appointments which have been made since and publicly announced. We do not wish to overwhelm our contemporary, i and when lie has digested this batch we shall be glad to supply another. In the mean tune it may surprise people to know that on the Ist day of July, 1870, there were 1483 individuals (exclusive of military) drawing salaries from the colonial chest, and that during the previous year appointments representing in salaries £27,753 6s 8d per annum were made by the Government. Of coarse these were not all new appointments, hut the amount shows how very extensive is the patronage exercised by New Zealand fibvemments.

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