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The Colonial BAnk. —Over 2000 shares were applied for in Chnetchurch yesterday.

Supreme Cotjbt.—ln the court yesterday, the cases of Eegina v William Noon, forgery and uttering, and previous convictions; John Henderson, housebreaking and larceny ; and George Hammond, larceny in a dwel-ling-house, and previous convictions, were disposed of. In addition to,the,cases got through sentence was p,assed in the caee of Eegina v John Wilmshurst, the Court of Appeal haying affirmed the conviction. The Court will meet at 10 a.m. to-day.

' St John's EirrEßTAiNMEirr.—An enter? tainrnent in continuation of the series, will be giyen .this at the, echoolioom, ; when Mr F. HVWilson will. preeide. The; admission fee, y> will be observed, has been reduced to "sixpence. The programme, which appears elsewhere, is a vejey attractive one.

? Municipal the motion of Cr lian'ej the City Council last evening resolved to go to the General Assembly for-power to take over the taxes and licenses which would have come to them had the Municipal Revenues BUI passed through the Provincial Council at its last session.

Raiwat ispw,—The " Pall Mall Gazette" states that the Agent-General for New Zealand is etated to have just made a contract with Messrs Shaw and Thomson, of LeaderihalT street and the Moor Ironworks, Stockton* on-Tees, for 900'J tone of rails ior shipment daring this year. The extent of the recent fall in the price of iron may be judged from the fact that the Indian Government contracted with the came firm for 7000 tone of eimilar rails less than cix weeks ago, and the difference in price between the two contracts is £13,500-111 favor of the New Zealand Government. ;

C.T.B. No. 3..—The monthly meeting of the above lodge will be held this evening, in the Oddfellow's Hall, Montreal street, at 7 o'clock. . ■ , ■ . /. i. '

Loyal Okakgb Institutiok.—A dinner to celebrate ihtf anniversary of the 12th July will be held at the new Oddfellows' Hall, on Monday evening next.

ST. . JogN'S CHUKCH, adjourned meeting of the parishioners will be held on Saturday next, at 7.30 p.m., to receive the report of the deputation appointed, aud for the transaction of important business.

Pons of Temperance.—A meeting of the Perseverance Division, No. &, will be held this evening "in the Temperance Hall, Gloucester street, at half-past seven o'clock.

■ Colonial Bank of New Zealand.—A public meeting of those persons favorable to the above institution will be held at the Mitre Hotel, Lyttelton, on Thursday next, at 7.30 p m., when some members of the managing committee will attend to explainshe views of the promoters of the Bank, and Jto receive applications for shares. ' Lecture.—The Bey Joseph Waterhouse, who was a missionary in JTiji for 14 years, and is about to return, will lecture to-night H% Kaiapoi, on " My mission to the Ring of Fiji." . jJOBTHJEHN AGBICTTLTPBAL AffiOClAixioH. The annual meeting of members of the Northern Agricultural and Pastoral Association is called by the president, to be held at ibe Eoad Board office, Bangiora, on ahnrsday, at 1 p.m. ' The Waimakabibi. — Jt was expected yesterday at the Beaiey that this river woald rise so as to cause a flood r and the following public telegram, for a copy of which we are indebted to the Mayor of Raiapoi, was sent by Mr Chance, the telegraphist; —" Strong N.W; wiad. very high. Heavy rain expected. You will have flood." THEA3URB RoYAL-rThere was a full house last evening at the Theatre Royal, when ''GrifV'wfce repeatedy It. wUI be perlgmed

Tmb Issue op Railwat Tickets.—The " Lonrlon News of the World " eaye >-»hai lone been a matter of surprise that no better arrangements than those at present m force have been adopted by railway companies for the sale of railway tickets. No apparent object ie gained, beyond the inconvenience of passengers, by confining the period during whichtickets can be obtained toa fewminutee bafore the departure of the train for which they are available, and by dispensing them only through a email aperture, so ingeniously contrived that the unhappy passengers can only obtain them after all the inconvenience and danger attendant on a " crush." The direotors of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway deserve credit for being the -first to take " a step in the right direction," and introduce a reform which other companies will do well also to carry outT Tffie offices at the principal stations on their line—Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Bochdale, Wakefield, Bolton, Blackburn, &c —will be in future open continuously on week days from eight o'clock in the morning until seven in the evening, "in order that tickets may be obtained at any time and for any train" during the day. Let us hope that this example will be imitated. Bangioba Ploughing Match.—The hon treasurer has called a public meeting to devise the best way to dispose of the surplus in his hands from the match of 1873. The best way will, no doubt, be to decide npon holding a match this eeason. The meeting takes place at Sinclair's Junction Hotel, on Tuesday evening next.

Ashbubton. —The first anniversary of the Loyal Aehbjuton Lodge, No 6003, 1.0.0. F., M.U., was celebrated on the evening of the 3rd instant by a ball, which took place at the Aahburton Library. Considering that this was the first attempt of the kind in this township, the affair passed off very successfully, aud about forty ladies and gentlemen enjoyed themselves till the early hours of the morning. Befreshments were provided •by Mr Marsh, baker, in a .highly satisfactory style, and a gentleman from Christchurch officiated at the piano in a most efficient manner.

Immigrants.—A. number of immigrants, amounting to thirty-one adults, were despatched from Aehburton to Geraldine on Saturday morning, the 4th instant, and about sixty, all told, still remain iv the barracks. Inquests.—An inquest was held on Friday last at the Wheatsheaf Hotel, before J. W. S. Coward, Esq., coroner, on the body of Wm. Davison who died suddenly on the previous Wednesday morning. The evidence went to chow that the deceased was addicted to fits of intemperance, and that on the Tuesday: evening when he returned home from work he went out and procured a bottle of brandy, all of which he drank himself. When his wife woke up next morning Bh'e observed mm sitting on the edge of .the bed with the bottle in his hands, and between his knees, and apparently very unwell. Sjie obtained the assistance of Mr and. Mrs Guy, neighbors, who applied remedies, but he died a few moment* afterwards. The jury returned a verdict of ■" Died from alcoholic poison, administered by himself." An inquest was held yesterday at the Hospital on the body of Michael Hkean who dropped dead on Saturday afternoon last. Dγ Ned will, who made the pott mortem ex* amination, found the lungs and kidneys of deceased very much congested, but his brain ■and heart were": healthy;; He believed > the man died from apoplexy. The jury returned a verdict of " Died from natural causes.V. A Lenient Fokbman.—During the proceedings of the Supreme Court yesterday, the foreman of the Grand Jury asked his Honor's advice in a case of what he called " find and keep" larceny. It appeared that the prisoner had found a purse containing money, and had converted it to hie own use. The Judge remarked that unfortunately the principles of people in the colony were rather las. in this matter, whereupon the foreman asked whether or not consideration should riot be shown to persona brought up tinder so lax a state of morals; but the Judge could not see aamo \iaht jaaA. iwaaaakfA that it would be as well if the Grand Jury found a true bill, and left it to a petty jury to decide the question of guilt or innocence of ; the prisoner. f ' I TBUB BiM,S>-The Grand Jury during yesterday found true bills in the following cased, comprising the whole calendar, viz.:—Begina t Frederick Meyer, larceny; Begina v William Noon, forgery and uttering and previoue conviction; Reginav George Hammond, larceny in a dwelling-house and previous conviction; Regina r v William Thompson, horse-etealing ; Begina v Thomas Olliyer alias Gray, indecent assault; Begina v Charles Hotham Broughton, obtaining money under false pretences (four charges). Regina-v John Henderson, housebreaking and larceny ; Begina v Bichard Woods alias Dolierty, robbery from the person. There is however a case of aggravated assault, committed from Lytteltonjuand the Grand Jury will meet at 11a.m. on Wednesday. The Vicrrt>Kti r ßititKiß^Bi ? the City Council yesterday evening, i<; was, resolved to offer a premium of £10 for the best design for. a footpath outside the bridge on each side; th% total cost of the work not to exceed 5£400. . ~ . . m ~- ::-,_ .;:,_•.■ ;. • • i Boabd of Education.-j-A long list of business was got got through at .yesterday's sitting of the Board, The office of chairman having; expired by effluxion of time, the elee? tisn of permanent chairman was,. after some discussion, postponed unfril Monday j next. The inspector's reporteonthe recent examination of pupil teachers and teachers, and pupil teachers in Christchunsb.and South Canterbury respectively, were submitted and. read. The acceptance;; of,-Messrs Allen, and Sons Render of £7674 by the East Christchurch committee for the erection of a school in that district was approved.

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NEWS OF THE DAY., Press, Volume XXII, Issue 2780, 7 July 1874

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NEWS OF THE DAY. Press, Volume XXII, Issue 2780, 7 July 1874