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♦ j Dramatic Entertainment.—A dramatic j entertainment will be given this evening in the Music Hall. 1.0.F.—A quarterly summoned meeting of the members of the Court Star of Canterbury wiirbe held'o'fa Monday evening. The Normal School—This institution I will be opened for educational purposes on Monday next. Canterbury Museum. — The Museum will be closed from Monday, April 3rd to Sunday, April 9th, inclusive. j United ANcmirtf Order op Druids.— ! The Pioneer Lodge will be opened on Saturday, 15th instant, by P. P. Bro Solomon. The lodge will be opened in full regalia. Nevt Zealand Certificated Teachers' Association. —A meeting of the members of, the Canterbury branch will be held on Saturday,. Bth instant, at 1 p.m., in the Durham street schoolroom. CHRIBTCHURCH EAST EDUCATIONAL DISTRICT —The collector of the education rate notifies that all rates not paid by Monday, April 10th, will be sned for. ■ - ■ ! Canterbury Bowiano Olub.t—A general meeting of the members of the Canterbury Bowling Club will be held at Mr Bird's Qhambers, Cash el street, at 4 on Monday. The Hunt meeting of the, Hunt Club will be held on Tuesday next, and not on Wednesday, that being one of the Ashburton race days. ; The San Francisco Mail.—Up to the; hour of closing the Telegraph Office last night we ta«4 received no news of the arrival of the Colima at Wellington with the mail. ' St. Andrew's Church.—The services in this church will be conducted to-morrow evening by the Rev Archibald Campbell, from Queensland. .. ; N.Z. Wesleyan.—We have received the April" number of this publication, whichv contains the usual amount of circuit and eonnexional news, and several items of interest. Lecture—A lecture oh "Woman's Influence" will be delivered in the United Methodist Free Church, St. Asaph street, Od Tuesday next, at 7.30 p.m, by the Bey D. Porteus, of Australia. I Canterbury Agricultural and Pastokal. association.—An adjourned committee mec-'iig will be held at the secretary's office, Ht-reford street, on Thursday next, at J2.30 p.m Lakeside Library. — The half-yearly meeting of the members of the Lakeside Library will be held on 12th April, at 7 p.m, at the library, to elect a man aging committee for the ensuing half year. Sporting l —-The weights for the Great Autumn Handicap at the forthcoming autumn meeting of theCJ.C.i spillbe de-. ■clared this evening at Warner's Commercial s Hotel. ; ■■■■'•'*':•■■'! ' ~BOY.AL Jlarionettes. —There was a fair house at tn> 'theatre last night. This afterjnoon the ■&& imtinee will .be given, in addi jtion to fh' , '"uiini : vrriiiig performance. i Football- \V>; believe tjjat-it has been 'arranged -< . &y a football 'match between the Tim■■ ■•• ?■.< i <'hristchurch teams in Christchuiv•>. ; or about the date "of the bteeplfch iThe —The Aprit number of this publication has been issned. It has 'two cart< >;-;. f;drly executed, bearing upon suhjeott i-J 'oohl interest; and the reading matter, h whole, is good—some of the articlPb 1) ■! y pungent and well written. Opera—Mr Henry Eastwood, agent in auvar re > f 'ho Sinaonnen Opera Troupe, arrived per T»'ipo, and is making arrangements for ■!' first performance of the company. Wi: uo.lerstand that the opening opera wi I l.c " Lucia, di Lammermoor." 6PORTING —w> understand that Mr Bedwood Las purchased from Mr R. Richardson the following brood" mares, viz—Malvina. Awatea, and Misfortune. These mares w>ll no doubt prove a valuable addition to his already strong stud. Canterbury Amateur Athletic Club. —An t-xuaorriinary general meeting of the Canterbury Amateur Atßletic Club was held last evening, at Warner's Hotel, Mr W. Hartlaad in the chair. The rules were brought forward, and several important alterations made in them. After a vote of thanks to the chairman the. meeting adjourned. S H.R.C.—Owing to an accident to the Heathcote Rowing Club's boat, Heathcote, at the conclusion of the recent regatta, it has bren determined to postpone the rowing; for the President's prize until the beginning of season. It is probable that this, ; with other evrnte, will form part of the programme of the opening day. Supreme i^ourt—The criminal sessions of the Supreme Court opens on Monday next, at 10 a.m., before his Honor Mr Justice Johns'o i The calendar, which is publishei elsewhere, i» not; a heavy one, either as regarda the number of cases for trial or magnitude of < if^nrreg. Angora \enison.—-Mr H. B; Lane, butcher, Caehfi t--r •. iias had on exhibition during the pa» f fr.v- days, a novelty in the shape of a fine oarcasq of Angora venison. The animal was bt.,d by Mr A. M. Johnson, late curator to 'he Acclimatisation Society, and was a fat wether in prime condition. Suneay Services.—The Rev P. P. Agnew will preach to morrow, morniDg and evening, in the Theatre B ,yal ; and Mr S. Elbom will p; in the Oddfellows' Hall in the evening ; the Rev S. Macfarlane will preach in the rooming in the United Methodist Free '"'hnrch, St. Asaph street, and the Rev l>. Porteus, from Australia, in the evening. Sudden Death - . —A man named John Bonnyiaan. a tailor in the employment of Mr Fletcher, died suddenly yesterday evening. He was sitting i»* the workshop between two of his fellow-workmen when he sank down. Dγ P.*u>s was in attendance, but life wae extinct. The body was removed to the Hospitalo&mKßßohx Mtoic Hall—TJhie, place of amu«ement, whicli has been newly fitted and decOiatpfl, will be opened this evening by *he Hoskii.e w tar Comedy Company with a v»ry good bill Th pieces Relected are ■• His Last Leg-s" ar. 1 " The Lottery Ticket." Th-re will be a tnusinal interlace- between the p-ccpp, in which the German Liedertafel wii\ appear. 10.G.T.. Kaiapoi— At the meeting of the Star o* Frwdoon Lodge, on Wednesday, on* , member the second, aud seven members the *hirl df gree. On Thursday an entertainment •*««» held at the Wesley an School. Bro Black rure in the chair, when eotuf music was ren iersd by several eietere, brothers, and friende. Two recitations were i given, acd an address d livered on the terni perance quesioa. A Toe of thanks to the chairman, and to those who had taken part in the entertainment, brought the meeting to a close.

Acclimatisation.—The Timaru jfferoZrf* says : —" On Wednesday last a fine covey?o| seventeen partridges, two old and young birds, was fta&ffed v on v Mr Elworthy'l run. Aβ no partridges ha je ever, been turned out in that locality, the birds i Janet have found their way from.. Mr ! Briftoty, where some partridges were Jfcmoed put by the South Canterbury Accliotatisatioa Society. 1, Chevalier Bloicihw.—The agent\,in advance of Chevalier Blondin,' M* H. P. Lyons, arrived per s.a. Taupo,-.-end the chevalier will follow shortly. It had been arranged, by permission of the City Council, that the performances should take place on Latimer-fiquare, but .awing. toJJtie opposition ef one or two of the residents in the vicinity, the chevalier has had to change to Mj Anderson's paddock, Casbel street west. The first performance "wiH~lak~e place in the - course of a few days. Mr Lyons is actively engaged in carrying out arrangements for the erection of the large tent used for the performance. 8t Alban's Webleyan Chubch.—A tea meeting, in aid of the funds of tae Sunday school connected with, the St Alban's Weslejan Church, will take place on Tuesday next in the schoolroom, to be followed by a public meeting in the church. At the latter addresses will be delivered by the Revs J. Bdrry, J. Harcourt, and A. B. Fitchett, and a very good programme of sacred music rendered by the choir. The items comprise choruses from " The Twelfth Mass," a quartette "Ho every one that thirsteth" (Elijah), "The Te Deum Laudamue," for festival occasions, the mnsio by Bey A. B. Fxtcbett, «fee. Mr R. Searell will preside at the organ. ■I.O.G.T.—The second of a series of entertainments in connection with the Dauntless Lodge, No 7, took place jlast evening, under tb,e presidency of Bro Heelop, Worthy Chief Templar. Notwithstanding the unpromising aspect of the weather, there was a good attendance, and the'audience in a marked manner expressed their appreciation of the various items submitted to them. The first I ppt of the programme consisted of pianofbrte solosj songs, and recitations, all of which were so well given that it would be invidious to select any for special mentioai A spelling bee, in whitih there were a goodly number of competitors, and which occasioned nrach amusement, formed the-second I part; and a short address from Bro the Bey jB. J. Westbrooke brought-the proceedings to a close.. ■ ' i : The Rev J, Buller.—We extract the following relative to the presentation to the Bey J. Bailer on the occasion, of bis leaving fbr England from the 'New Zealand IVeslerfan ■for April:—" Since the publication of our last number, the Bey James Buller, accompanied by Mrs and Miss Buller, has left the shores of New Zealand, after an active and uninterrupted term of labour extending over 30 years. It was fitting that one who had so long been identified-with the social '.and. religious progress of Canterbury should on this occasion receive some substantial testi- ' monial of the estcsw in which he ia-ep generally held. A few friends waited upon,, him for. this purpose on the day of hie departure, and on behalf-o£ a number of aubsoribere—including many persons not connected with ;the Wesleyan presented him with a purse containing 250 sovereigns. , ' ; : Suxnyside Asylum.—A very, enjoyable entertainment was given on Thursday evenjng, to the patientsiof the Asylum and their friends, Hoßkine , Star Comedy Gompaayr~- The bill included-/'_&i Last Lfea "_ arid the burleeque of " Aladdin." Both pieces. fwent well, and at the conclusion Mr Morris*.on behalf of the inmates, tendered their thanks to Miss Hettie Howard, Mrs Hesford, and Messrs Stark, Hesford, and Graham, for their kindness in coming up despite the inclement weather. Messrs Weber and Poore provided the music incidental to the pieces in their usual style. A. repetition of "Black Eyed Susan" will .take £>1 ace. shortly in aid of the organ fund, when tickets .will" be sold. We hope, to see a good house on. this occasion, as apart from the 'excellent manner in which the piece is put ■on the Btage, the object is one deserving the support of the public. ■ ' r r* • ; rrLOBURN annual distribution of prizes to the, children attending tnie school took plncepn.the 14th instant. The inspectoi's report on the condition of tbfe, which was examined by hi«n» on tne* 10th instant, was as follows:—" The school ■is in excellent order, the , proirress and pro« ■ ficiency moat creditable, the accuracy rejmarkable." Mr J. A. Cunningham, indietributiug the prizes, congratulated the school ion attaining such a state 6f proficiency. The children who more particularly distinguished themselves were—ln the first class : James : Wilson, William Banks, William Brock, sßeecham Pattrick, In the second class : Ada Hodgson, William Edward i Barw ell (equal), Bobert Waller, Jacob HodgI eon. In the third class : James Trevurza, \ t Maria Casserley, Kate Hodgson. Ernest Barwell. The chairman also announced that in six months a few prizes would be awarded for special subjects. What these subjects might be would be decided after some consideration with the teacher "(Mr Howard). District School in the Northern Portion op Christchubch West.—This school, the last of the temporary schools established when the Ordinance; was first broucrht into force in Christchurch, was closed yesterday, in consequence of the children being transferred to the Normal School, which is situated in this portion of the town. At about 10 a.m. the scholars ; were all assembled in the room lately need for the upper eehool, and Mr Elwin addressed a few words of farewell to the children on behalf of himself and the other teachers, all of whom are now leaving the district. Mr Elwin went over the circumstances under which the school had been conducted, instancing bad ventilation, want of room, unsuitable buildings, want of necessary appliances, and latterly the very inadequate furniture, as things which might reasonably be expected to militate against success ; but the school had, it appeared, given satisfaction, and the children and teachers had mutually learned to respect and appreciate each other. He asked the children to work on as manfully and honestly under th* ir new teachers as they had done under the old, and begged them to remember that their new masters would be as much their friends as he was, and no pleasure he could receive would be bo great as that he would feel when he heard of some success achieved, or some good position taken by one of them, and he conld say " that was a boy of mine." In saying farewell he could truly say he had passed some most pleasant hours with them, and if anything could mitigate the pain at parting it would be the knowledge that all—both teachers and scholars—would still be his friends. As soon as Mr Elwin had finished speaking rounds of cheers were given for all the teachers and the children. During the afternoon all the furniture, maps, kc, were carted off to the Lincoln road school.

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Press, Press, Volume XXV, Issue 3302, 1 April 1876

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NEWS OF THE DAY. Press, Volume XXV, Issue 3302, 1 April 1876