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NEWS OF THE DAY.

Sitting Days.—Mr Maude intimated last evening that the Government intended asking the Council to sit on Friday eveuing as well as at mid-day, and also to sifc on Monday, so as to get through the business.

FiiNDALLTOWX Platfokm.—Tn answer to a question from Mr Gray, the Secretary for Public Works stated that it was not the intention of the Government to erect a platform at the Fendalltowu road, but they would carry out ceita n improvements on the line to enable reside its in that neighborhood to reach the Hiccntoa ctation ea*ily.

Kaiafoi Chokal <-Li.ss. —The givea by this class wi4 take place t~t the institute this eyeaiogi

Osangeism. — The R.W.D.G.M. of the Middle Island. Bro Clifford, attended by several of the Grand Lodge officers, paid an official visit recently to the Courtcnay Lodge, when a Royal Arch Purple Lodge was constituted, and several brethren advanced to that degree. At the conclusion of labor refreshments were served, and the usual loyal and fraternal toasts given and duly responded to. This evening the Grand Lodge officers will open a new lodge at Templeton.

St Luke's Winter Entertainments. —The first of the series of above entertainments will be given this evening in St Luke s schoolroom. The programme appears in our advertising columns.

Clerk to the Council.—Mr H. B. Quinn, who for many years has acted as clerk to the Provincial Council, handed in his resignation last evening. The Council will proceed to the election of his successor this evening.

Eovd Board Legislation.—A conference of chairmen of Road Boards will be hold at Warner's Commercial Hotel this afternoon at 2 p.m., to consider special legislation required in Road Board matters. "Harmonic Society.—The fmal rehearsal of Romberg's " Lay of the Bell " took place last evening at the Canterbury Music Hall. This work, which was given some time back by the Mendelssohn Society, contains some very good music, is of a lighter character than the works hitherto undertaken by the Harmonic Society ; therefore we looV for a neater amount of success in its rendering. The second part of the concert, which takes place to morrow evening, will consist of miscellaneous pieces.

Concert. —The concert in aid of St Paul's bazaar fund takes place place this evening at the Oddfellows' Hall. The programme, which will be found elsewhere, is of a varied character, and promises well.

Father Ecuykr.—A meeting of Catholics favorable to the presentation to < Father Ecuyer of some memento of his sojourn in Christchurch took place last evening in the library attached to the church. Mr A.J. White occupied the chair, and Mr O'Connor was elected as secretary. It was resolved that those present zhould form a sub-com-mittee to collect subscriptions for the purpose of presenting the Rev Father Ecuyer with a testimonial prior to his departure from Christchurch.

A Dccii Hunt in the Domain. —The Domain Board having expressed a wish that the deer so long occupants of the large enclosure should be removed, to permit of that portion of the gardens being laid out and planted, measures were taken some short time since to capture these animals by erecting wire races, surmounted with wood, in an angle of the enclosure. One or two attempts were then made to capture the deer, the result, however, being unsatisfactory, as only one of the animals was driven in, and it succeeded in breaking its neck. It was decided to defer the next attempt until the assistance of a lassoer could be obtained ; but the only person in the province known to excel in that art was a native of South America, who is an invalid at the hospital. Some few days ago it was represented to the curator of the acclimatisation grounds that a man called Antonius, also a native of South America, and in the employ of Mr Nicholson, of Woodend, was an expert at using the lasso, and yesterday was the day appointed for catching the deer. About two o'clock, over fifty persons collected in the Domain, consisting of some of the members of the Council of the society, a number of other gentlemen, the college boys, and the laborers employed in the garden. The lassooer, who stationed himself at one side of the fence, while the deer were encircled and driven past him, made throw after throw of the line, without, however, arresting the speed of a single animal. He changed his his position several times, but always with like unsuccess; some of the onlookers contending that the man wae used to throwing from off horseback, while others strongly asserted that his evident unsteadiness was to be attributed to another cause. An hour having been wasted in these unsuccessful attempts, a determination was come to, to take advantage of the number of willing assistants present, to rnn the deer down. And now commenced a deer hunt in earnest, in which the college boys joined most heartily. The ecene at this moment was most exciting, the boys and men running and excitedly shouting, while the terrified animals were indulging in terrific leaps, in some instances jumping clean over their pursuers' heads, only to be again driven into the centre by those who weie stationed along the fence. The boys made the first capture, and the old buck and two young ones were driven into the smaller enclosures by another contingent. The old buck when caged attacked the younger animals in a furious manner, inflicting a severe wound on the side of one of the does. After making frantic efforts he broke the wire netting of the enclosure, and when trying to force his way through the outward fence his head and antlers got fastened in the wire. Some of the men ran up but before they could extricate him he had strangled himself. The legs of the deer caught by the boys were tied by the South American, after which he carried it to the fence and coolly dropped it over ; the fall, added to its exhausted state, killing it. A second one was now captured by the College boys, its legs Deing also tied, when it was conveyed to the Curator's house, but died when reaching there, no doubt from exhaustion and fright. A fourth one was pursued until completely prostrated, when it fell down and died immediately, and a fifth jumped the fence and escaped. Darkness now closed in, and the oue remaining in the enclosure received a respite. The eight deer with which the " hunt " started are thus accounted f or : —Four killed, two captured (one of these badly wounded and not likely to live), one escaped, and one remaining in the enclosure. The first four when found to be hopelessly gone were bled for venison. To put it mildly, it is to be regretted that so good an afternoon's sport should have been had at such a sacrifice.

Theatrical.—rThe Grif Dramatic Company arrived last evening in town from the south. They will open on Saturday evening in the new drama of " The Waif of the Streets," in which Miss Rosa Towers is very highly spoken of by the Duuedin press. We notice that our old friend Mr T. S. Kemp is engaged as scenic artist, and that Mr C. H. Burford assumes the stage managership.

Immigrants per Atkato. -A number of these immigrants, about seventy adults, were forwarded per Beantiful Star to Tiniaru, and about the same number were sent by special train to the Kakaia and Ashburton depots. The remainder were taken to the depot at Addington, and the engagements were commenced yesterday. Those open for employment at the Addington depot comprised 5 bakers, 2 blacksmiths, 6 brickmakers* 5 bricklayers, 2 butchers, 14 carpenters and joiners, I cooper, 3 coachbuildcrs, 2 engineers, 1 brass founder, 2 coppersmiths, 3 millwrights, 1 miner, 3 painters, 2 plasterers, 5 shoemakers, I tailor, 3 tinmen, 1 wheelwright, 2 shepherds, 12 ploughmen and farm laborers, 50 general laborers, 5 gardener", 3 grooms, 1 railway guard, 26 domestic servants. A considerable Dumber found suitable situations at current wages, the single women being as usual in the greatest request, the wages given being from £25 to £30 per annum. The immigrants are still open for engagement tj-day, after ten o'clock, at the depots, AddiDg'ou, Ashbartou, and Kakaia.

1.0.G.T.—0n Tuesday last a meeting was held at the Wesleyan school room, Kaiapoi, to organise a juvenile lodge of Good Templars, at which the objects of the order having been explained, twelve members were initiated by Bros T. B. Knight, presideut, B. C. Smith and W. F. Henwood, superintendents. The officers theu elected were W. Clothier, C.T., 0 Henwood, V.T., P. Sherralt, acting P.C.T., A Hills, C, S. Wyllie, M., J. Hills, S., E. Hills. F.S., A. Sherratt, T., and J. Smith, I.G. It was resolved that the lodge be named the Star of Peace.

No. 9 Go, U.R.V.—The inspection of this company at Woodend was held on Tuesday evening. Nine members only were on parade,

Cantkrbuky Jockey Club.—A meeting of the Canterbury Jockey Club was held yesterday afternoon, Ht 8 o'clock, at Warner's Hotel. Present—Sir Cracroft Wilson (in the chair), Messrs G. B. Parker, C. A. Pritchard, E. Griffiths, G. Stead, R. H. Campbell, E.W. Millett, and J. Brabazon. Mr Parker said that he begged to move a vote of thanks to Sir Cracroft Wilson for the manuer in which he had carried the Bacecouree Reserve Ordinance Amendment Ordinance through the Provincial Council. He did not think that any other man would have done it. He (Mr Parker) had tried to do so before, and failed. Mr C. A. Pritchard seconded the motion, which was agreed to unanimously. Sir Cracroft Wilson briefly acknowledged the compliment. The hon sec, Mr Griffiths, said that the principal business was to alter rule 5, so as to enable them to appoint a paid secretary, he not being a member of the club. A resolution was carried making the proposed change. On the motion of Mr G. B. Parker, secouded by Mr R. H. Campbell, Mr F. Di.srby was appointed secretary, at a salary of £50 per annum. Mr Stead, in moving a vote of thanks to the retiring hou sec (Mr Griffiths), bore testimony to the indefatigable and earnest manner in which that gentleman had discharged the onerons duties of his office. Mr G. B. Parker seconded the motion, which was agreed to unanimously, and the compliment briefly acknowledged by Mr Griffiths. Sir Cracroft Wilson, having an engagement, retired, and the chair was taken by Mr Parker. The following new members were elected : Messrs Gordon Holmes, J. T. Wallace, R. D. Thomas, T. Macdonald, and A. C. Cottrell. The chairman stated that he and other members of the committee had visited the race-course, and had pegged out a course, which would have the effect of shortening the course a mile and a half. On the motion of Mr Griffiths, seconded by Mr Brabazon, it was Tesolved " that the alteration of the course, as suggested by the committee, be adopted, and that the committee be also instructed to make such alterations as to

fencing and such other arrangements as may be required for the next metropolitan races." The name of Mr E. G. Griffiths was added to the list of the committee. The meeting then terminated.

1.0.0.F.,M.U. —The half yearly meeting of the Loyal Kaiapoi Lodge, No 4828, was held in the hall of the order on Tuesday evening, at which there was a large attendance, including several visitors from other lodges for the election of officers for the ensuing six months. P.G., E. Bate was elected N.G ;E.

S. H. Gulliver, V.G; E. Feldwick, elective sec-' retary ; E. G. Kerr, warden ; and F. S. Funston, lecture master. The receipts of the evening amounted to about £36. D.P.G.M. Clark and Bro Funston were elected auditors. Votes of thanks were unanimously passed to the visiting brethren. East Christchurch Educational District. —A meeting of the committee was held on Tuesday last. Present—Mr Wynn Williams (chairman), the Rev H. C. M. Watson, Messrs Anderson, Dymoek, Pratt, and Thomas. The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed. Letters were read from the Board of Education sanctioning the arrangement made by the committee with Mr Hull for teaching drawing ; approving the proposals of the committee with respect to teaching staff and stipends; stating that the Board would advise the Government to make an allowance to those residents on Matheson's road who had paid the household rate in the Lower Heathcote district for any part of the year for which a eimilar rate is now being collected in the East Christchurch district ; and enclosing a copy of the inspector's report on the furniture for the Bingsland school, with his remarks on Mr Hill's suggestions. It was decided that Messrs Pr'itt and Cuff be requested to confer with Mr Hill, and arrange the plans and specifications; also that the chairman be authorised to call for tenders thereon. A letter was read from the chairman of the Timaru school committee, inviting the co-operation of the East Christchurch committee in recommending the Government to have following provision with respect to the election of school committees incorporated in any new educational Bill—" It is desirable that they shall be elected for three years, three members retiring by rotation each year," instead of the present mode of annual election. The 'committee decided not to co-operate in this matter, as they were of opinion that the existing mode of election was preferable to the one suggested, at least ( for tho present. A letter was read from Mr H. Beechy, applying for permission to resume his French classes in the schools of the district. The application was declined. A letter was read from Mrs Haughton, applying for an increase of salary. Consideration of the letter was deferred. It was decided that a special meeting of the committee should be held on Tuesday next, for the purpose of discuenng the subject of teachers' salaries. The committee then adjourned.

Lincoln Ploughing Match Committee Meeting.—A meeting of the working committee was held on Tuesday last. Present—Messrs Todd, Dunn, and "Wills. Offers of land were received from Messrs Tod and Wills, and it was decided that the committee should visit both places in order to see which was best suited for the purpose. The hon sec (Mr W. A. Murray) stated that there was a balance to the credit of the match committee amounting to £16 4s 7d, and that Mr A. C. Knight had offered a silver cup as a first prize in the boys' class, on condition that there were not less than six entries, the boys competing to be under 17. The hon sec also stated that he had put up subscription lists in the different hotels in the district, and that a considerable sum was already subscribed. It was resolved that the match should be open to the Lincoln and Springs Road Board districts, but closed to all others, except in the double-furrow class, which should be open to all comers. It was determined that the entries should be 10s for men and 5s for boys, and that there should be four classes, viz., a first and second class for men, a double-furrow, and a boys' class, and that there should be three entries or no start, with the exception of the double-far-row, when two would suffice. The hon sec was instructed to advertise particulars of the match three times in each daily and once in the weekly papers. It was decided that the usual dinner should be held at the Perthshire Arms Hotel after the match ; and that the landlord, Mr Sluis, should also have the right of erecting a booth on the ground. The meeting then adjourned till Tuesday next, when they will report to the general committee meeting.

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Press, Press, Volume XXII, Issue 2770, 25 June 1874

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