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NEWS OF THE DAY.

Boabd op Editcatioit. — The ordinary meeting of the Board of Education will be' held to-day, at 3 p.m. Chbistchubch MobhxjUh.— We understand that Dr. Collins has resigned the position of houee-surgeon at the above institution.

City Assessmeht.— The Christchurch Assessment Court will sit to-morrow, at ten o'clock, at the Council Chambers. The ordinary objections will be taken before those lodged by the (Sty Council. The Late Accident at the Baxiway.— On inquiry at the hospital last evening it was ascertained that the young man, Quarterman, was doing exceedingly weE. Gaiety Theatbb.—Ben Allah, magician and ventriloquist, will open this evening at the above place of amusement. Northern papers speak favorably of the entertainments given there. South Rakaia Assessment Cocbt.—lt has been notified that this Court will not be held by Mr Mellish. The notification does not state that there will be no Court.

FiflH Hawkebs.—The police hare been requested to enforce the resolution recently passed by the City Council to prevent hawkers of fish remaining more than ten minutes at one spot, or halting within a hnndred feet of their last position. For the convenience of the pnblic the Market lesetic, near Victoria Bridge, has been appointed a place where fish hawkers can take their stand.

Ltttkltok WatebSupbit.—The members of the Insurance Association, accompanied by several of the leading merchant*, went to liyttelton yesterday to see how the water supply answered for fire prevention purposes. They visited the different parts of the town, the force of the water being tried at various levels with the most complete sueceM.

AGBICTLT— JAIi AND PASTOBAIj ASSOCIA" annual meeting of the member* 1 <rf the Canterbury Agricultural and Pagtoral A-Ociation will be held at Mr Wfliin's rooms tha day at 3 o'clock. CoirexsßSca. — The conference of Mayors, chairmen of County Councils, Boad Boards, Ac, respecting the administration of hospitals and charitable aid will be held at the (Sty Chamber to-day at 3 o'clock. Supbbms Coubt.—Up to this date there are twenty-four prisoners committed for trial at the April criminal sessions, and one or two cases are stiD pending. As before stated, the criminal and civil business this session will be taken by his Honor Mr Justice Williams, Judge Johnston —king the Dunedin session. I Pbbsentation. —On leaving tiie Heathcote Miss Meaiee was preeented by a number of ladies with a handsome piece, of jewellery as an expression of their satisfaction with her teaching. Miss Meakes has since received an appointment at the Kaiapoi borough school. - *■■* Rangioba Voluntbbb Fibb Bbigadb.— At a meeting of this brigade on Monday evening, it was decided that the offer of Mr Harris, Superintendent of the Christchurch Brigade, to purchase without commission the hose required, should be accepted. It was resolved to hold the annual picnic at Birch Hill on Good Friday, and a committee waa appointed to arrange for the same. S—_iet M—r__.ins.— The works .committee have given instructions for thaaannal coat of metalling to he la_l on the principal streets at once. The work will be commenced in Colombo street, between the Bank of New Zealand and Victoria Bridge, and as the steam road roller will have to be used, it is to be hoped that precautions will be taken to prevent a —Kmrrence of such accidents, from horses taking fright, as those which occurred last year. , . .. . Oddl—_lows Fete, —A monster fete in connection with the M.TJ—-O.OJB—w_I be held on Easter Monday at the* Agricultural and Pastoral Show Grounds. In addition to the other attractions of the programme _ an art union will take place for a large variety of prizes, which will include a valuable silk dress, four sewing machines, - tea and ' coffee services, clocks, shades, &c. A large attendance of members of tiie various district lodges is expected. Mutt Cbickbt ]_atch.-t-—his. event, which will be a trial of conclusions at cricket between fifteen muffs from Lyttelton and our own muff team takes place on the U.C.C. ground to-day. The visiting muffs will be met by a drag at the railway station, and conveyed to the convincing ground. One of the principal events of the day—the lunpheon— will be supervised by Mr Maples, trad as to this there will be no need or any appeal to the umpires. As the weather promises to be fine, the muffs generally should manage to spend a very pleasant afternoon-. Coop—a anh Bahißt's Ciactrsi—Mr Ball, the advance agent of this mammoth show, arrived in town yesterday to make the necessary; preliminary arrangement's for.their appearance here, and already -the issue of Jpic„rial 'rep^Bentotr-ns ; df'th» r w6riderii'to be seen has, excited great curiosity. ; The circus will give twelve performances here—that ia,-,; two per dayior six days, the one being in-the-afternoon and the other.'in the evening. The date of opening is not yet fixedy but will be announced shortly, and no.doubt, here, as; elsewhere, the many wonders will attract large audiences. F OOTBA—*, — Southbbidob. — A well attended meeting of the club,. of which Mr G. H. Boyd was elected chairman, was held at the Royal Hotel, Southbridge, on the 19th instant. The following officers were elected:—. President, Captain R. B. Willie; captain, Mr G. H. Boyd; treasurer and secretary, Mr G. A. Bourn; committee, Messrs G. A. Bourn, J. Kilbride, W. T. Little, J. B. Smith, and G. Willis. The- ground for practice and match playing was decided upon, and the opening match fixed for Saturday, 6th April. Ten new members were elected, and a busy season is generally expected. Ashbubton County Council.—A special meeting of this Council rwas held at the Koad Board office, Ashburton, on Wednesday, 20th instant, for the purpose of .considering-!—e plans for supplying the town of _shburtpri with water. The members present were— Messrs W. C. Walker (ohairman), T. Bullock, E. G. Wright, O. Reed, aad A. S aun 4 erß, After some routine business, the Council went into committee to consider theplans, of which there were five sent in. The corimittee' having procured a conveyance, tirove, out? to inspect the source from which (according, to the various schemes) the water was to come. Qnjretu—ring, it was resolved .ip jiostppnethe consideration till next usual meeting.'" : , Depasture op The Pb—iit—i.—A good deal of bunting Was flying in Port yesterday. Sir George Grey, accompanied by the Hon. J;T.Fisher, Mr William Montgomery, and others, arrived jn LytteltQn-afc 1J.45 a.m., by special train. The Mayor of Lyttelton (Mr H. Allwright) met him at the railway Btatunv ■ and the party visited the Orphanage and Borough School, with both', or ; :*which the Premier expressed himself much, pleased.," A, holiday was granted to the scßoolchiiareiti at' the Premier's request. The; party then went**, aboard the Hinemoa, which waa lying at the" Steamers': Wharf, and at 12.45' p.m. for Akaroa. There waa no crowd, but three/ cheers were given by a few people who were}; standing about, both when the train arrived at Lyttelton and when the steamer sailed. The Hon. E. Richardson, Mr JO. P. MuiaayAynsley, Dr. Rouse, Mr ff. R; Webb,3and others, went down to the pier to see Sir George —F. Cbickelt.—The retunl.matoli between the Prebbleton and Hagley Oak Leaf Cricket Clubs was played on Tuesday, and resulted in a victory for the latter by five wickets and three runs.—The return ■-' match between the East and West Christchurch district.-schools was played on Wednesday, and was won "by the former with nine wickets to spare. The following team will play for the M.C.G.C. against Christ's College on Saturday:—Messrs Pavitt, G. Turner, Fairhurst, Watson, Thompson, Cnthbert, H_l, Warner, Ritsb, Stewart, and W. Homer. The match with the St. Crispin's will be resumed at 2 o'clock, also on the Association ground. The M.C.C.C. team has been slightly changed, and will be comfosed as follows .- —Messrs W. H. Atack, Parer, Reeder, Blake, J. Homer, Monck, Rowe, Hartland, _—lbolt, Palairet, and Hislop, Theatbe RorAn.—The benefit of Mr-and Mrs Hall last.ey.eningjttracted a large, house. The programme comprised l 8 cbTried-tta_ew here, "My Uncle's Will," and " Our Dad." In*4hefo—ner, which is a very pretty little piece, Mrs Hall appeared to very great advantage in the character of Florence Marigold. Mr Sothem, aa Charles Caahmore, played with much vivacity and success, the part being very naturally pourtrayed by him. Mr Deering was also very good as Mr Barker. Of the second piece it may be said that Mr Hall as Sam Tottles was as amusing as erer, and Miss Wiseman made a very piquante Horace. Mr Herberte was fanny as Bungs, and the remainder of the characters, which were filled similarly to the last -representation of the piece here, were very well rendered.; Between the acts Mr Kohler played his celebrated "Canary bird polka," which received the rare but well deserved compliment of an encore. "Tbe company leave to-day for Timaru and the South. Mr Sothenl proceeds to Wellington to play an engagement there.

LrwcoLK.—The first anniversary eemcei in connection with the Baptist Chapel,. Lincoln, were held on Sunday last, when tie Bey.; 'C. Dallastou preached in the chapel, both in the morning and in the evening, and delivered impressive addressee to a, large congregation. In the morning the furious N.\V\ gale prevented many persons from attending, bul in the evening the chapel was filled to over-flow-ing. On the following day the usual tea meeting was held in the chapel, when many friends from distant districts were present, as well as those living in the neighbourhood. Trays were provided by Mesdames Osbbra, Storey, Swain, Boss, and Pannett. During the evening a public meeting -was held, presided over by the Eev. J. S. Clarke, the pastor of the congregation, and earnest speeches were dplfvered by Revs. Dallaeton, Clarke, Sawle, Messrs Adams, Pannett, and Other friends of the congregation. From the report for the past year read by the treasurer, it appeared that great success, financially and otherwise 1 , had attended the work of the church, and.that though only one year has elapsed tince the erection of the huiMLqg, not only does no debt exist, but there is a good balance in hand to commence the present year With; -The proceeds of the tea, &(r., amounted to £16 ss, which will probably be devoted toward the expense of erecting a vestry and a shed for shelter for horses. Apologies were read from Eev. fi. Waddell and other friends who had been invited, and the meeting broke ,np after a hearty vote of thanks nad been carried to the ladles for providing the teai aid to others for their lerrioee on the'occaiioo.

Kaiapoi Voluntbbb Fibb Brigade.— An entertainment in aid of the funds of this brigade is to be given this evening in the Oddfellows' Hall. Kaiapoi Island.—On Monday several of the friends of Mr W. Binlie, Kaiapoi Island, met to wish him good-bye on his leaving for Scotland. His trip to the home country is said to be for the purpose of importing to Canterbury fresh strains of blood in Clydesdale horses, for which the farm of Mr James Walls, on whose account he is acting, is so noted. Paha Paba Company.—The plant of this company, which was at one time expected to lead to the establishment of a largo industry, and prove one of the greatest successes in the colony, is now for sale by auction. Mb R——( rs* A New CapAc_ —*. —Mr Sees, says a Northern exchange, has set up in the prophet line of business. In speaking recently at a meeting of the Wesleyan body at Napier, he said the world was on the eve of the greatest war which had ever yet taken place, but that it would be the last, and henceforth _liversal peace would prevail. The Coming Meeting with Tawj nao.— It seems that the Government are now by no mears sure> that the meeting with Tawhiao will end so satisfactorily as they have led people to anticipate. The " Bay of Plenty Times," of March 9th, says : —The establishment of an " ankati "line ia said to be under the consideration of the Government as an alternative, should the forthcoming meeting between the Premier and Tawhiao, at the end of the month, lead to no amicable understanding. We are not in a position to absolutely guarantee the truth of the statement, but it comes from a thoroughly reliable source, and is worthy of consideration. ] ' A Nhw Zealand Coai; Mine ox Fibe,— A correspondent of the Dunedin "Herald," writing from Palmerston, says:—-It may not be genera—y known that one of the liest—if not the best—coal mine in the province is on fire. I allude to the Shag Point mine,- which has been on fire for months. The fire was caused through gross carelessness, and, as far as I can learn, no steps are being taken to put it out; it seems such a waste of publio property. There is nothing to prevent it burning out the whole seam, consuming hundreds of thousands of tons of valuable coal. Fatah Accident at Kaipaba.—On Sunday, the 3rd March (saya the "Herald "), two.gum-diggera by the names of James Scott Jacs and David Morgan were drowned through the capsizing of a boat, in the Northern Wairo, Kaipara. They were at the time under the influenoe of drink, obtained at a Maori : sly-grog, shop at a place three miles below Tikantu. A Maori woman named Toby was with them at the time, but. by the , aid of the two oars, she managed to save herself, and was. for—id *tn a most pitiable condition two days after the o-scurrence, ■ without clothing or" * food," she having torn all, her 'clothing Off to enable her to swim. ■'"'. Gebman EtajtSßiicii, ChUbch.—A largely attended general meeting' of the German Evangelical Church members was held on Thursday evening, the 14—. instant, in the German Church, to receive a full report from the present ohurohwardena and vestrymen as regards the financial circumstances. of the ch_!oh. The recommendations of the vestty were agreed to, and resolutions (were ■, adopted to the following effect, a minority of fivaL voting against "the first, and the second being 'passed unanimously.-— '* That, consideririg the unsatisfactory statement of the^financial position, this meeting regrete that; the church can no longer retain the "services of the Rev. Lr liohr." "That "this general meeting fully recognises the great services rendered to this' German Evangelical Church by their pastor, Mr Lohr, and that it is with the deepest re-r gret they see him part from this congregation, the spiritual centre of whioh he has been for nearly four yean" Further, the following resolution was passed—"That a substantial testimonial be'raised to the Rev. L. Lohr before the Ist of April next." It was also Carried nnanimously—"That the-last publio service tie held by ■■the' Rev. L? Lohr on Sunday, the 14th April next.'* At the same meeting was unanimously elected Mr Wilhelin* ———ten, of Vass road, Tai Tapn, in place of Mr John Gerken, Tai Tapu, who.some time past sent in his resignation as one of the ' trustees. ' - i- ' —„;.,:. ! The Cabinet Mb_xxng lot It. was telegraphed the other day that ia Cabinet meeting had been held' in Auokladd; by the Hons. J. Sheehiiii and Honi Nairn, Mr Swanson also being present. As Mr Swanson, the member for Newton, is not a member of the Cabinet, the message was perplexing. The "Herald's" version of the matter is as follows : —" The Hons. J. Sheehan,, :W. Swa_ tson, and Honi Nahe held -Cabinet meeting yesterday morning, in reference;, to the gazetting of ,Mr Stout; M.H.R., to a seat ip the Cabinet as Attorney-General, but no •business was' transa„<ed,' as the Hon.* the Native Minister had to leave promptly for . TThft H6n. W. Swalnfori, whose residence is in. Auckland, was gazetted a member of t_sJ_xecutive Council on March 23rd, 1876, and has not since resigned the ' appointment!'although there have been sundry changes in the Ministry since that.dat©, " Ah' _ppoin_aeritiof a somewhatsimilar cliarajrterwas that of the late Commodore Goodenough, made on the 17—lOetober, and —(signed on June 2-ith, 1874. There haye been many instances of*>y members of: [Ministries, holding portfolios, but who held a seat in on> or ophes Of the Houses of Farhnrdbnt, but tbo above are the only iaata:noe»]in which nonEolitical members of the Executive Council aye been appointed, at all eVents in the last five years. , f.' ' : „ Lambing Down a _o__UNr-:. — Some two r or three weeks "ago, says the " Wanganui Chronicie," by the sale of the Mangapozaii block of land, a portion of tbe np-river natives' were placed in possession of hard cash to the tune of a couple of thousand pounds. The. result is, that ever since the: Maori village has presented a perfect saturnalia. In the course of a whole week, out of some two or,three .hundred inliabitants, there -were hardlyyaa, many units to be found sober within the length and breadth of the settlement. We are informed on the authority of a gentleman who is in a position-to know well of the facts sof which he speaks, that, almbstTwithout' ex- ' ception,. in every native settlement up the Wanganui river the sale of intoxicating liquors by the natives is an established feature of*, trade. On' the occasion of -the late drinking '' bout of which we have been speaking, at In<-.! harama, a European* {settler who visited the, .village iv tho expectation of the settlement of 'some' long outstanding accounts, now that'the Maoris were flush, of funds, received very: scant courtesy; especially from the dispensers of liquor, who had evidently laid themselves out to have the greater part- of the purchase I money of the block transferred to their -Lprictets; : ' '■'. "-■,*: •-- -,■■■ j HOi. ;

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