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NEWS OF THE DAY.

Extension of the CotrßSiNO Season.

The Hon. the Minister of Justice has informed Mr H. Wynn Williams, by telegram, that a proclamation has been published in a ..".Gazette" of v Thursday, extending the coursing season in Canterbury to the 31st instant. "■■'■'.■;'••. s* | r > \ The New Raixwat dniioES^—A gentleman residing in- to make a present to a Lyttelton friend, so,.he killed a nice porker and forwarded it- by rail last week, leaving the recipient to pay the charges, which amounted to £4 9s 7d|yThe Lyttelton gentleman has written te! Timaru, requesting his friend to refrain" from sending him any more pork whilst the present tariff is jn'force, as it is too costly an article for human food. The Circus.—There was a Terj good attendance at the Circus last night. The various scenes in the circle, with the comicalities of the dogs and monkeys, were loudly applauded, and the performance throughout passed off very successfully. The company appear again this evening, and to-morrow they will give their first m tinee. The Gaiety.—The bill -at the Gaiety last evening'comprised "Doing For the Best" and " Nan, the Good for Nothing." Both pieces were played well, Mr. ,OHy Deering being especially successful in the first one. To-night, anew piece, "The Water Witches," and "Doing for the Best" will be produced. On Monday next, the Rftee Brothers, who are highly spoken" of elsewhere, will make their first appearance. L.O.L. Annual Diniieb;—The annual dinner of the above lodge jSras held last evening, at the Orange HalL Worcester street. An excellent dinner had been provided by Mr Sunderland on tables neatly laid out, of which about 150 partook. Among the guests were his Worship the Mayor, Revs. Watson and Fraser, Dr. Turnbull, and l Mr B: J. Leahy, one of an invited lodge. .A; long toast list was disposed of, and the company dispersed, having spent an exceedingly pleasant anni versary

Upper Ashburtonßoad Boabd.—The adjourned meeting of this Board was held at Westerfield on Wednesday, 1 the llth instant, for the purpose of opening, tenders from the local Banks for tbe banking business of the Board. Present—Messrs C.Eeid (chairman), McLean, and Stitt. Upon tenders being opened and considered, it was decided to accept the terms offered by the Union Bank of Australia, Ashburton. They. t .treasurer was requested to transfer the account, and lodge the sum of £4500 with the above Bank, the balance of the Board's funds to remain with the Bank of New Zealand* until all outstanding cheques are paid. ~'-.. Southbridge Co-Ofbrativb Bakery.—A meeting of shareholders was held at Springs' Hotel on the llth instant. The attendance waß numerous; Mr. Wooffbury occupied : the chair. Mr Webb, bhairniah of the board of directors, informed the 'meeting that correspondence had been received from Mr Wynn Williams, solicitor to thj-'company re lease of Mr Cyrus Wilson, and . articles pf association, which, having been read, 1 were signed by all present.. The chairman stated that in all probability businesswonld be started in about four weeks, the building being nearly completed, and the necessary plant, horse, cart, &c., procured. ■' ■ ■' !'.'<•>'!" Lincoln Fabhbbs' Club and Pastobai/ AssopiATfON.—A meeting ?©f the! show committee was held at the association's rooms, ITiere wae- a. attendance- of P. O'Gallagban, vice-president, occupiecl the chair, TheitcmJ secretary sand : Mr "fyJOL brbugfffc affthe refott and oalance sheet' for the'jpast year for appVbval before submitting it to" thjr*anrlual meeting. The report and balance 5 agreed to, with .some slight omWions v The association'srules wer« BhroUgh, and several alterations were" made for approval.. A subcommittee, to revise the catalogue, consisting of Messrs A. P. O'Callaghan, F. G: Murray, J. Wills, and W. B. Andrew, were appointed, to report tathe annual meeting. It was determined to: recommend Tuesday, October 30th, as the day for the show, providing it did not interfere with other show fixtures,, and the meeting; adjourned. Musical Union. —This society gave their second concert at the Oddfellows' Hall last night to a capital attendance. The first pai ft comprised Barnett's Cantata " The Ancient Mariner." The poem itself is familiar to most readers, and the composer has wedded tb tlieni some very beautiful and appropriate music. The principal solos were sung by Mrs E. H. Palmer, and it is needless to say were rendered excellently. Mrs Palairet and Miss Parkerson also contributed by their admirable singing of the solos alloted to them, in no slight degree to the success; of the cantata. The choruses went well, the voices being under control and going well together. The second portion of the concert was contributed by the Orchestral Society, the Glee Club, and others. The first-named played Haydn's Symphony in B, No. 4, with precision and effect. The various movements were interpreted with much skill, and received hearty pl-iudits. Two part songs by the Christchurch Glee Club were nicely sung, and Mr W. P. Townend sang " Tears, Idle Tears," with much expression and sweetness. Taken as a whole, the concert was a success. Temuka Habbob. —A meeting of committee took place at the concert rooms, on Wednesday evening, llth inst. PresentMessrs A. Wilson, sen. (chairman of com. mit.tee, in the chair), J. Mendelson, J. G Fildes, H. D. McPherson, J. Hayhnrst, F Arenas, K. F. Gray, M Quinn, W. Wills, J Myers, B. Thomson, Dr. Ravner, Dr. Cum

ming, and A. D. Wilson, jun.' The chairman stated that the objects of the committee were to watch over the interests of the Temuka harbor scheme, to report progress by the engineer, to take into consideration certain steps being taken by Timaru in con-

nection with tbe Timaru Breakwater scheme.

to generally do what may be necessary to prevent rash and uncertain speculation in connection with the sime, which may ultimately involve this part of the country in heavy loss ; also, to see that a commission be appointed by tbe General Assembly to examine plan-; of Temuka harbor, along with that of Timaru; also, to prepare a Bill for Parliament when the engineer's work is completed, and various other matters which will

have to come before the committee from time to time. After matters of a routine nature were discussed the meeting adjourned till next Thursday at 7.30 p.m. Acting to the LrPß.—Persons who have visited circuses will remember an act where a

performer, feigning to be an intoxicated intruder, staggers into the ring and rolls about in the horse track in a manner to call forth a

scream here and there among the audience. Lately it was done to perfection in Sydney at the Japanese Circus by a performer nam n d Bramble. The Sydney "Evening News" says a "horse was bei-'g ridden at a good'smrirfc pice w'»en Bramble, completely disguised, stepped into the ring, miking a great noise, and persisted in attempting to mount tbe charger. The rrn_ui ister and several of his

assistants remonstr ited in the usual loud tone, but it was all to no purpose. The disgust of the audience at seeing the act interrupted was ink-nse. The active young police officer at the doOr of the cr-u* te.-ini-d to have been

affected in a similar manner, for, thinking the man a real intruder, he dished into the ring, and, taking him by the arm and back of the neck, run him out, as if he was going to " run him in." The actor, finding his neck in a vyee, made an endeavor to look over his

shoulder to say that was no joke; and it wis then tliat the police, seeing a portion of his dress, found out the mistake. The unfortu-

nate officer dropped him' instantly, and w.is vnn rst inventus in a few seconds. The delight of the audience when tbe mistake be-

came known, was intense. The big fat lady who, only a few minutes before, was singing out " Shame! shame!*' laughed iiH she got home. The police officer has not been seen near the circus since. ..-.*-.

SoABKkTUiA.—The "West Coast Times" states that in Hokitika, so far from the winter havingbad the effect of checking the scarlet fever that has already been so fatal to numbers of children, during the last few months, it is sad to find that the mortality still continues, whilst whole families are, at the present time, suffering from its attacks. In one family of Beven two have been carried off in a few days, and of the remainder some of them will very likely share the same fate. The disease has hardly visited a house where it has not claimed a victim, and the singularity is that, though no doubt miasmatic influences produce the effect, some of the worst cases have occurred on high ground, which, it might be ordinarily supposed, would be most free from them. —-.-,*.—.._...,..„,. „.,.,

Good Tkmplabisk ~ Advancing Back-ward.—-It ig not generally known, says the Dunedin " Guardian,'' that dancing is prohibited in Good Templar lodges. It however, that section 3, article iX VI, Grand Lodge by-laws, which has been approved By each of the three sessions of Grand Lodge of New Zealand South, reads as follows : —."Any lodge which shall, directly or indirectly, use, or allow to be used, for a social party, where dancing is a part of the entertainment, their lodge name, or the name ' G-ood Templar,' in advertising such a party, or which shall use for dancing, or allow dancing in its lodgeroom upon the night of meeting, shall forfeit its charter; and on proof of such facts coming to the knowledge of the G.W.C.T., it shall be his duty to demand their charter." Alterations ik the Gbet River,— During the last few months the river Grey, it is reported by the "Argus," has undergone changes in its bed which have now assumed a » very serious aspect. The large shingle-bank above the town, instead of being cleared away by the last floods, has steadily travelled downwards with the result of causing shoal water as far as opposite Taitiui street. Where vessels used to moor in deep water a year or so ago, there is scarcely enough water to float a dingy,'and a regular bar has formed almost across the whole width of the river. The worst of it is that this process appears to be continuing, and unless something is done there is fear that the deep water will be con-? fined to the lower end of the wharf, and that shipping facilities will be seriously impaired. There is a" possibility that half the length of wharf will be rendered useless to shipping. What's in a Name ?—There was a story told sonic time ago that a Chinaman in Otago who had*" previously failed to succeed in. his own name in obtaining contracts in his neighbourhood hit upon the happy thought rof calling himself Macpherson, and under tins ruse" became the successful tenderer for a considerable work. Referring to this, a writer in tbe " Grey River Argus " says that, in a certain road side inn on tbe Grey Valley road j two persons were seated the other day. Says D. to P. "How was it you didn't get that con? tract? " P. couldn't tell. It was said that his tender was informal, but he did not know how, for he sent his cheque all right for the deposit. "Whose name did you put to that ] cheque? " asked D. "My own, of course" replied P. "WTiat a fool you were; why didn't you. sign, it Paddy Murphy or Mike Flanagan, it would have been all; right!" said D. ' •■•■■;'• The LTEUi Reefs. — Intelligence has reached Reef ton of the striking of the reef in the lower level of the United Alpine Coin- I pany," Lyeh. The discovery, though it has had the effect of running up the price of scrip to the extent of several shillings, is said > by the Ihahgahua " Times '' to be by ho means a surprise, as the stone was long since proved, arid the company only awaited the driving of a.low level tunnel for the more easy and inatpensive working of the mine. The stone, as far as followed down in the Upper workings', was highly payable, and the lode well formed ■ "arid regular in "its course*: The United Alpige jts chiefly held-in Reefton, Messrs M. Byrne, ; T. MclMughlin/P P *ißicsnnan, and; J. iand' P. j Butler .being, amongst the .Jargest hplders.; indircaii_6ND.Hixi,rSltVEE lettw; has been recently! i received by tbe Auckland i •j&phs*ot '■> the" Richmond 'Hill; Silver Mine, ! Welsohj 'which f cdtitaif m' Home very interesting ' details concerning" of the mine, ; and also .the gratifying intelligence of the dtscoyery of the increased richnes. of the Vein of silver in the mine, originally found in the bed of the river.. The letter says :—"liim happy to inform you that the.operations ; in the mine during the last fortnight,, have resulted in finding and actively working the splendid vein a little Jower down the river. A lump has been sent to Dr Hector for assay, and it has very much the same appearance and density as that found by j Mr Skey to contain 5960z5. to the ton. J

This rich Solid vein widens from half an inch to six inches in sinking four feet. The two tons of ore (not from the above-mentioned vein) sent to Sydney, and which the late manager verbally estimated to be worth 40ozs. to the tons, proved on assay several ounces less, and not payable to treat by the ordinary process. Since then the attention of tlie Bo.trd

has been directed to an American patent, extensively employed in Colorado, by which a wet process and cheap chemicals are substituted for smelting, effecting a great Baying. It is hoped that the process maybe advantageously employed in the case of the two inferior kinds of s ore in our mine, for in America it is resorted to for ore of much lower grade. Earthquake at Mbxboubnb. — Some alarm was caused in Melbourne and tbe ad-

joining suburbs at an early hour on, Monday week (says the " Age") by the shock of an earthquake of considerable violence, followed by two others of less intensity, which were felt in several localities. On inquiry at the Observatory, we learnt from Mr Ellery, the Government Astronomer, that at twenty-five minutes past 3 a.m. a very decided shock occurred, sufficient to rattle windows and crockery. The vibration lasted about ten seconds, and was succeeded by a noise Jtkef distant thunder, but no direction of the wave could be observed, the disturbance appearing' to act vertically. At 3.37 i a.m. a second but much gentler shock was felt; and again at. 4.8 a.m. a similar phenomenon occurred. Some r.-ports received at the Observatory stated that the direction of the wave appeared to be froja north to south. On both sides of the Yarra, at Warrandyte, the was very plainly felt, the house of the post-master being much shaken, and tbe articles on tbe: shelves caused quite a rattling noise. Mr Stiggants, a resident of the township, states : that about half-jißl. 3 he heard the rumbling, noise, and went out to see if it was cused by thunder, but was astonished to find the sky perfectly clear, and tbe moon shining brightly. The sensation appeared to bira to travel from east to west. Correspondents from Eltham and Parkville also relate similar experience, and in Collingwood, St. Kilda, Carlton, Prabran, _sc., numbers of people were awakened and greatly frightened by the trembling sensation. There are no reports to hand of the earthquake having done any damage, to property. ;

Ajtothbb Ratxwat Colmston is MciBorrkHK.—The " Age " reports that a collision between two trains took plice on the Northeastern line near Broadford, but for' uiiately it

was not attended by any very serious results either to person or property. The particulars, as gathered from the traffic manager, are as follows: —A goods train, to which was attached a guard's van only, left tbe Spencer street station at twenty minutes past 2 p.m. for Wodonga. This was followed at a quarter to 3 p.m., or twenty-five minutes later, by the ordinary passenger train, which consisted of four passenger carriage's, one passenger, truck, and a guard's Jvan, and was drawn by'two engines. The trains both left the Melbourne, Wallan Wallarr, and Milmore stations-iit-tho

times set down for them in the time tables, fhe goods train left Kilmore at 4.20 p.m., and should hare arrived at Broadford"at 4.45,' and had actually reached within three-qu.irters of a mile of that station at 4.38 or 4.40, when it was overtaken and run into by the passenger train. The latter left Kilmore at 4.311 and was not due at Broadford until 4.54, and was therefore at the spot where the collision occurred at least fourteen or fifteen minutes

before the proper rime, and must, consequently, have run over the Bix and a-half

miles from Kilmore in the space of nine minutes.-- Four or five of the passengers in the passenger- train were hurt, but not any of them seriously. Mr Woods ordered the suspension of Thomas Purves and John Bow-

man, the drivers of. the two engines drawing the passenger--ram ); firemen.

Items.—The friends of Mr M«Kerrow, th& late Chief Surveyor of Otago, now Surveyor-General of New Zealand, intend ' entertaining him at dintwrJn Dunedin this evening.—lt is proposed to giw the Borough Surveyor of Hokitika 43850 and private practice.—The Inangabiia Coun% Council has a sum of £1500 to its credit at the present.— Messrs Houlahan and Co., well khown merchants and brewers in Westland, are giving up business there, intending to leave that part of the colony.—The railway employees-in Dunedin intend entertaining Mr Convers at dinner on Saturday evening, prior to his departure for Christchurch.

Death of an Old Colonist.—The Sydney " Herald " announces the death of one of tho early colonists of New Zealand and New South Wales, Mr Robert Bell, of Bellfield, Bingelly. Mr Bell arrived in New South Wales in February, 1827, and was in the seventy-eighth year of his age, and tbe fiftyfirst of his colonist's life. He left England about August, 1825, in the barque Rosohanna, Captain Herd, which sailed from London, for New Zealand, with about sixty. Scotch settlers under engagement with the then New Zealand Company, to form a settlement there. The expedition, which was under the superintendence of the late Mr Thomas Shepherd, was not successful; and, according to instructions, after remaining (and keeping the two vessels, Lamb ton, cutter, and Rosebanna, barque) for twelve months at the islands, sailed for Sydney, where the settlers were paid off, passages to London being provided for as many as might choose to return to their homes. Mr Bell, who had joined the undertaking as an agriculturist, elected to remain in the colony, and at once settled down as an agriculturist and grazier in the district in which he has ever since resided.

"Majob" FiNNiMOBB.r-This gentleman has returned to New Zealand after a two years' visit to England and tbe Continent. The Wellington " Post" welcomes him as " our old friend," arid goes on to say:—" We could not well afford to lose so well known a Wellington and Wanganui notability as the erst-while dashing major of cavalry and enterprising auctioneer, whose fame once resounded from Paikakariki to Waingongoro. The story about Mr Finnimore having been about to take a post in the Turkish army some months ago bad some foundation in fact after all. A commission was offered tbe ex-major, and for a time it was likely that he would embrace a warlike career once more, tbe natural end of which would, of course, have been a palace on the banks of the Bosphorus, and his installa tion to lucrative office as a Pasha, of three tails. Some difficulties, however, intervened, and the gallant ex-major felt it necessary, with much reluctance, to deplihe tho offer, of the Turkish Government. Mr ; Finnimore has, therefore, returned to New Zealand, with the object of again starting in business."

The Duties of Detectives.—ln the criminal slander case of HUlsden ▼ Powell, Detective Earrell, of the Wellington police, gave some extraordinary evidence at the preliminary hearing, as to the manner in which he had entrapped the prisoner. Much comment was not made at thelmoment, hut, since the Grand Jury have found "No billi".'• tl\e " New Zealand Times " does not hesitate to condemn strongly the detective's conduct. Quoting portions of Farrell's evidence, our contemporary says:-—lt will be noticed from tbe above evidence that Farrell from first to last acted in the same manner, stuck at no species of untruth in order to get Powell to criminate himself. His mode of procedure was unquestionably clever; that it was one which should recommend itself to rightminded, people is another question altogether. .It.seems to us that by using absolute fraud and trickery, that is by* telling consistently what was not true, by committing a moraljf not a legal crime, he endeavored to 'entrap Powell into admissions and acts that would criminate him. To see the - result of this mode of procedure, let us suppose, as seems now to be justified, that ! Powell did not write the letters against Hillsden, yet entertained opinions similar to those' expressed' fn the letters. Then' Farrell goes to him, teEs him deliberate • untruths, - : and ' < r byi doing so extracts from him his opinion, and in- , duces him- to apply f|r Hillsden's situation, having first assured him /that /!that ■ situation will be vacant. .„ ; Bliml been tbe keeper of a private detective office instead of an officer of the law, and bad be undertaken on the usual terms to ferret out the business for Mr Hillsden, his mode*of procedure would have been none the less wrong bub would not have been fraught with such dangerous consequences to society. > We very much mistake had the. case Powell v Hillsden proceeded totriul, if Farrell would not have heard some opinions as to t his conduct from the presiding Judge which would at least have been unpalatable, thongh/they might not have altered his opinion as to the rectitude of bis own conduct."-Mr _?»rrell,

whose innocent wisdom is remarkable, may have meant that he did not think Powell was to be proceeded against criminally, and that only a civil action was likely 'to ensue.'His ingenious answer, that hp had not the; slightest notion that Powell was likely to be a prisoner will fit in with this assumption. If such be the case, however, the matter is worse for Farrell, for it is scarcely yet the duty pf the police to be employed in getting up evidence for civil aotionß. ; • -; < ,r> ,«,.

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NEWS OF THE DAY., Press, Volume XXVIII, Issue 3737, 13 July 1877

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