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LEGAL —The usnal sittings in Chambers will not take place to-day. To-morrow the Nisi Prius sittings of the Supreme Court will be resumed, when the case of Walton v Edwards and Another, which is before a special jury, will be taken.

Spinning and Weaving Compasy.—A special meeting of the shareholders of this company will be held at Mr Cnarles Claik's rooms on Friday next to confirm a special resolution parsed come short time back.

Bridge over the Biver at East Town Belt.—Cr Hawkes has given notice of motion for next meeting calling for competitive designs for a bridge over the river at the continuation of the East town belt

Chubch Meeting—Tbe annual church meeting in connection with the session of the Diocesan Synod, will take place this evening. It will be held in tbe College Library, when papers will be read by the Yen Archdeacon Harper, Sir Thos Tancred, and Mr W. C. Walker. Discussion will be iovited, the speakers being limited to ten minutes.

The Lengakds.—These popular favorites, who, with Miss Florence Colville, Mr Hoskins, and the company, have been doing excellent business, both in Oamaru and Timarn, will re-appear to-morrow evening. The number of nights they will appear is limited to three, as they go on to Dunedin. Toe pieces for to morrow evening are " Married in Haste" and " The Happy Pair." . ',

The Latb Case ov Drowning ix the AVOX.—At the request of the coroner, on representations made by the jury who sat upon the body of William Stewart, drowned some few days ago near tbe Hospital bridge, the Council yesterday decided, on the motion of Cr Nathan, to place drags at the various bridges and boatsheds throughout the city ; and also at the new fire brigade station. It was stated by the chairman of the works committee tbat instructions had been given -to fence in" many of tbe more dangerous portions along the banks of the river.

Music Hall.—"Transported for Life * was repeated iast night at this place *<8f amusement. To-night is announced aa the last occasion on which it will be played, as the management intend producing a new American drama, " Life in the Backwoods " to-morrow evening. This latter piece has b2en well rehearsed, and will no doubt be successful.

New Baths.—Cr Hawkes' motion calling for tenders for the erection of baths in the Avon was carried yesterday, and will be proceeded with as quickly as possible. The site chosen is at a point of the island in the river a little distance below the boat shed, and immediately opposite St Michael's Church. A Dotice of motion wag given for the.appointment of a sab-committee to draw up rules and regulations and to decide the charges to bathers. The office of bathkeeper will be let by teader.

Diocesan Chobal Association. —At the invitation of the committee of the association, a number of clergymen and members of church choiis met last evening at St Michael's schoolroom, to consider the best means of promoting the interests of church music throughout the diocese. The Very Rev the Dean presided. After considerable discussion, during which the adjournment of the questiou for a fortnight was proposed, it was eventually decided, on the motion of Mr B. Parker, to ask the committee to continue tbeir work for some time longer.

Drainage Board. — A special meeting of the Drainage Board was held at 11.30 a.m. yesterday. Present— Messrs F. HoVb3 (chairman), tfoss, Tancred, Jones, Wright, and Duncan. Mr W. P. Cowlishaw, the solicitor to the Board, and Mr J. L. Coster, manager Bank of New Zealand, were also present. The business before the meeting was to pass a resolution, appointing the Bank of New Zealand as financial agents of the Board in London, which appointment was rendered necessary by a clause in the Drainage Act Amendment Act. It; was resolved that the solicitor to the Board prepare a warrant of attorney to the Bank in London, constituting them the financial agents of the Board for the hypothecation and sale of the debentures. The Board then adjourned until nest day at 10 a.m, when the warrant of attorney for tranmission by the mail will be produced.

Diocesan Synod.— The annual service in connection with the Diocesan Synod was held last evening at St Michael's church, at which there was a large attendance. The Service was full choral, and the music, which was very nicely rendered by the combined choirs, was arranged as follows :—" Processional hymn," No 386; " Prices and Responses ;'" Tallis Festal Service; " Proper Psalms" 20, 48, and 99 (Merger) ; " Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis" to Parisian tone (Or Stamer); " Hymn before sermon," 307 ; " Recessional hymn," 322. The prayers were intoned by the Rev E. A. Lingard, who acted as precentor daring tbe evening, The first lesson was read by the Rev F\ A. Hare, and the second by the Rev H. V. Glasson. The Yen Archdeacon Harper preached an impressive sermon, taking'for his text Jeremiah vi. 16, '" Thus saith the Lord, stand ye in the ways, and see and ask for the old paths." Mr R. Parker presided at the organ. The offertory amounted to between £8 and £9. The Synod will be opened to-day at one o'clpck by the Primate.

Simonsen's Opera Company.—Owing to the departure of the steamer being delayed, the. opera company were enabled to give a concert last evening, which we were glad to see was well attended. , The programme was a very lengthy one, including no less than twenty one nnmbers, all of which went capitally. Madame Simonsen, who was in fine voice, contributed " Mandolinata " in the first part excellently, and being encored, sang a coquettish little song very archly. In the duet from "Norma" with Miss Fisher in the second part, Madame sang well, bnt the greatest treat of the evening was her rendering of the grand hymn V Praise to the Lord," with violin and piano accompaniment. This was really excellent, ■as was her part in the duet, " Call mc ? pretty," from the " Hermit's Bell." Miss Lambert sang Gatty's " Oh fair dove, oh fond dove," very nicely, and was also good :in her part in the trio, " Turn on old Time." Miss Fisher sang her part in the duet "Hear mc, Norma," as successfully as she has done in the opera, and also rendered a pretty ballad well. Mr Florence gave "Let mc like a soldier fall" with much fire and <2ect, and Mr Barrington sang " Vieni la raia vendetta" capitally, responding to an encore with *' Aye Maria," which was' also creditably given. Mr Simonsen's violin solo, " Remembrances of home," was artistically played, and so al bo was the accompaniment to the hymn " Praise tothe Lord." Mr?o.: J. Thompson's violincello solo, as on Saturday night, created quite a furore, tmd he received the compliment of a* double encore. Mr Maikham sang " 'Tis hard to love" with much humor, and in response to an encore gave " Constantinople" equally well. The orchestra, as usual, discharged their duties admirably. Their contributions included the overture "Le Cheval bronze;" selections from " Srnani," -and selections from " Norma," all of which were excellently played. The chorus pang the prayer from " Masaniello," and ose from '' Maritaria;" well. The National Anthem concluded a very enjoyable concert

i TIMABU : Agbictjltubal and Fastobal Association.—A committee meeting ot the Timaru Agricultural and Pastoral Association was held, says the Herald, at the Criterion Hotel on Saturday latit at noon. Present—MrLuxmoore (in the chair), Messrs Acton, Barker. Belfield, Bristol, H. Ford, Ho'vell, Relland, Landsborongh. Macintosh, aicKerrow, D. Maclean, and A, Turnbull; The minutes of the last mee*ing were read and confirmed. Tbe secretary stated tbat he had applied to Mr Lawson, traffic manager, for a train to return to Christchurch on the evening of the show, which Mr Lawson promised if the association guaranteed £20; but that Mr Wilkin had informed him that he in Ohristchnrch was arranging for a train to leave Christchurch in time to catch the first train from ABhburton, arriving in Timarn at 9.39 a.m., and for a return through train from Timaru to Christchurch in the evening. It was proposed by Mr Ford, seconded by Mr Bristol, and carried—"That Mr Lawson's letter be forwarded to Mr Wilkin, saying tbat tbe society will be wilting to guarantee the necessary amount if required. The letters from the Christchurch and Oamaru Associations, agreeing to join the society in offering a prize of 100 guineas to the best gorse-cutting machine, were then considered; and it, was proposed by Mr Acton, seconded by Mr Turpbull, and carried—" That this society agrees to advertise conjointly with Christchurch and Oama-u Association, offering a prize of 100-guineas to tbe best gorsecutting machine to be exhibited at each of those societies' shows in 1877 : to be judged at each show, and the decision to be reserved to the last 6how. Each society to appoint three judges to act conjointly." Proposed by Mr Howell, seconded by Mr Macintosh, and carried—"That an extra sum of £5 be granted as our proportion j towards advertising gorse-cutting machine " j Proposed by Mr McEerrow, seconded by Mr j Macintosh, and carried—•• That a sub-comm-it tee be appointed to assist the secretary in j carrying on the arrangements for the show ! and dinner, consisting of M*Msrs Belfield, Maclean, and McKerrow "' The inconvenience caused by auction sales being held on Hie ground on the day of the show was considered, and Mr Barker proposed and Mr Bristol seconded— *' That no auction sales be held on the ground on the day of the show." An amendment was moved by Mr Acton, and seconded by Mr Turnbull—" That any stock which has been exhibited may be sold by auction after 4 p.m on the day of the show." Toe amendment was carried, the original motion was therefore lost. The meeting then terminated.

Amberley.—A meeting was held at the Crown Hotel oo Saturday night labt, for the purpose of taking steps to secure the holding of periodical sales of stock, &c, in this township. Many of the most influential farmers of this district were present. Mr J. Coleman occupied the chair. The chairman stated that be had called this meeting for the purpose of eliciting an expression of opinion

irom the fanners and stockowners of the neighbourhood as to the advisability of establishing periodical sales ot stock, Sec in this locality. For his own part The made no doabt that were each Bales instituted here that they would prove a success, and he would certainly support them to his utmost ability. Mr Buss had most kindly attended to afford them any information in his power, and he would now request that gentleman to place the matter before the meeting. Mr Buss said that it gave him much pleasure to attend this meeting, and he had no doubt that if the community were only in earnest in the matter, Bnd all pulled together, that the end they wished for would be attained, and the sales be successfully established. But at the same time he would caution farmers generally against expecting fancy prices for their 6tock. Of course it would be to his interest to obtain the best prices he could for his clients, and they should, to a great extent, rely on his judgment as to what was the market value of anything submitted to him for sale, and not refuse to sell because the piice offered did not reach their expectations. He would also refer to that much maligned individual, the " dealer." A general impression seemed to prevail among farmers that dealers never | gave full value for stock purchased at auction. Now his experience led him to dissent entirely from tbia. He regarded tbe dealer aa a most useful man, always open to buy, and generally giving full rates for his ' purchases. In fact, if they would only consider the matter dispassionately they would see that the dealer, with his exceptional advantages of information as to what stock would be required at certain markets, and his other channels for working off stock not accessible to the general farmer, could afford to, and as a fact generally did, give full market value. Of course yards would be required, and he thought that arrangements might be made with Messrs Benn and Parkerson for the use of theirs. However, as Mr Benn was present, perhaps he would inform the meeting whether his firm would be disposed to allow him (Mr Bung) the use of their yards. Mr Benn stated that he wonld be most happy to afford them every facility in his power for the disposal of their stock, and would in every way endeavor to promote the success of the sales. Mr McDonald then proposed that the first sale be held on the last Monday in November; seconded by Mr Briston, and carried unanimously.

The Victorian Police.—The Daily Telegraph of July 29th sayß ; —" In drawing up the estimates of his department, the Chief Secretary has dealt liberally with the detective force, and it may be confidently anticipated that the advance which Mr MacPherson has made in the pay of the men will materially improve the force and be of a corresponding advantage tothe public. Two years since Captain Standish made a plain and practical appeal to the Government on behalf of the detective branch of the police service, pointing out that the wages they received of 12s 6d, 10s ;6d, and 9s per day was not a fair remuneration for the work done, while it was quite inadequate to induce capable men to join the force to supply the places of those who retired or were removed by death. The Chief Commissioner waß moderate in fats demand, suggesting that first-class detectives should receive 14s, and second-class one 13s per day, the pay of the third-class men to remain as it was, at 9s. An advance of 6d per day in the first two classes is all the alteration which has been made in the above scale up til) the present time, but Mr MacPherson has recognised the justice of Captain Standish'a viewp, and in framing the estimates he has, if anything, bettered the Chief Commissioner's liberality! In future the officers are to be divided into fonr classes, and those in the first are to receive 15s, those in the second 139, those in the third I2s, and the fourth class 9a per day. In addition to this the men are to have quarters, fuel, light, and water, or, we presume, an allowance in cases where it would be inconvenient for the men to reside in .such places as the Government might provide." " There can be no doubt that this is a step in the right direction," says the Neio Zealand Times, "forasmuch as the detective force occupy a position of vast importance as affecting the moral welfare of a community, and adequate remuneration is necessary to Becure efficient men. Tit is pointed Out by the same paper that it is a matter of importance to have a scale of remuneration which holds out inducements to the officers already in the force, and is also calculated to entice capable men to enter it; Captain Standish, in his reports to the Government on the subject, has more than once pointed out that eligible members of the ordinary constabulary declined to leave it for the detective force, because even at their lower wages of 8s and 7s 6d per day they'were better off than the detectives at 9soc.los6d. Looking at the importance of the police force considered aa a general body, it seems perfectly apparent that the officers of almost every grade are underpaid, when we compare their salaries with those of other civil servants. We should be glad to see a similar increase in the salaries of the police force made here, and while alluding to the question as it affects bur own force, we mtfy remark that it has on many occasions been the subject of comment that the police force, which includes the detectives, are not only underpaid, bnt there is something radically wrong in the constitution of the body, inasmuch as the chances of promotion are known to -Tee so extremely l limited as to disgust many of those who enter the force, and the consequence is that there are few instances in which men remain in the force longer than they can help. It is too often a popular mistake that any man can be a policeman and perform the duties of a* policeman efficiently; but of all popular errors, and they are numerous, there never was one more erroneous. ' There are certain qualifications indispensable to the efficient discharge of the duties appertaining to the office of a police officer, no matter what the position he may hold. Detectives naturally are a class of men connected with the police force, while their duties are of a special character peculiar to themselves ! and requiring qualifications not possessed by every man; and in so far as their services are peculiarly valuable in the detection of crime, and its consequent suppression, it is reasonable to suggest that they should not be so poorly remunerated as, at present, they undoubtedly are. We hope to see a reformation introduced into this department, to consist simply in holding out inducements which will have the effect of keeping in the force good men, and attracting others who possess the requisite qualifications."

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NEWS OF THE DAY., Press, Volume XXVI, Issue 3474, 24 October 1876

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