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NEWS OF THE DAY.

Appointment.—Mr James Canton has been appointed bailiff of all Courte in the Elleemere district.

CoIIiBGB ItABOBATOBY. —In this morning's issue v published an account of the Canterbury College Laboratory, which is under the control of Professor Bickerton.

Habboe Boabd —The fortnightly meeting of the Lyttelton Harbor Board was held yesterday afternoon. A report appears in another column.

Accident. —Yesterday Mr C. P. Barker was thrown from a horse at Mr Lee , *, Stoke Grange, and broke the left side of his collar bone.

Railway Constables.—The duties of railway constables were taken over by the police department on Monday last. Constable McGill, who for a number of years has been on the West Coast, has been transferred to Chrietchurch railway station.

Dbtbctivb Smith. —Detective Smith, who for a long time past has been stationed at Lyttelton, has accepted the post of bailiff in that town. During his lengthened residence in Lyttelton Mr Smith has gained very general respectLegal.—Hie Honor Mr Justice Johnston held a short sitting in Chambers yesterday. In Digby t Digby and Another the issues of fact for trial by a special jury on September 2nd were settled. In Jeffries v Jeffries a similar order was made far trial before a common jury on September 3rd.

Shoaling of the Habboh. — From a report read at the Harbor Board meeting yesterday, it seems that the feare entertained that the harbor is shoaling gradually are unfounded. It is found thht the soundings taken bow give, if anything, a greater depth than the records of the Admiralty soundings in 1849 show.

Indignation Meeting at Kaiapoi.—-It will be seen that the Mayor of Kaiapoi has convened a meeting, to be held on Wednesday evening, to again urge on the Government the advisablenese of removing the obstruction c placed in the river by its engineers, which cause the scour to damage the banks of the river along Charles street east. Ho jib fob Old Mkk.—The work of rendering the Ashburton immigration barracks fit for the reception of the late inmates of the Selwyn Home is rapidly progressing under the supervision of Mr March. The new furniture will all be in early next week, and probably the building will be tenanted by the old men by Saturday next, or at the latest in the beginning of the following week. Lxttblton COLONISTS , Soctbty.—A meeting of the committee of this society was held on Wednesday evening. Besides the usual business Mr W. H. Eyes informed the committee that during the past month the registration of the society under the Public Libraries Act had been completed. A vote of thanks was passed to Mr Eyes for the trouble he had taken in the matter.

Entbbtainmbnt at Lyttelton.—The second of the series of entertainments in aid of Holy Trinity Church choir fund took place at the Lyttelton Colonists' Hall on Thursday evening. There was a fair attendance, and a rather lengthy programme was successfully rendered, several friends from Chrietchurch assisting. The Rev. J. Townsend was in the choir, supported by his Worship the Mayor.

Ihmigbatioh.—With a view to stimulate free nominated immigration to the colony, the department has adopted an excellent suggestion made by Mr March, for giving the greatest amount of publicity to the system and its advantages. A prospectus of the regulations has been printed on cards, about 2ft. square, neatly framed and glazed, for hanging up in the various stations and waiting rooms of the New Zealand Railways. Two hundred of these prospectuses have been printed and framed, and will be equally distributed between the two islands.

Swakhanoa.—On Friday evening a very successful entertainment in connection with the Templar Society, was given in the schoolroom here. Addresses, readings, and musical eelectione were given by the Rev. W. Cannell, Messrs Good, Thompson, Meredith, Cooper, Sharplin, Cook, and McKee. Mr Good, D.D.GKW.C.T., occupied the chair. A report was read, showing the progress made by the Order in the district. The various items of a long programme were well received, and at the close of the entertainment votes of thanks were passed to the speakers and all who had taken part in rendering the evening an enjoyable one

Masonic.—At the monthly meeting of the Canterbury Masonic Lodge, No. 1048, E.C., held last evening at the Masonic Hall, four members were initiated, after which, a Past Master's jewel was presented to Bro. P. Bentoul, ordinary business being adjourned for the purpose. The jewel, which was manufactured by Bro. Lamb, of London, is an exceedingly handsome one, and bears, besides the usual Past Muster's jewel and symbols, the monogram " P.K." on the front, and the following inscription at the back:— " Presented to Bro. P. ftentoul, T.P.M., by the members of the Canterbury Lodge, No. 1048, EC, as a mark of their appreciation of his valuable services." The presentation was made by I P.M., Bro. Tombs, in a suitable speech, expressive of the esteem in which Bro. Bentoul is held by the Order. The Brother replied, acknowledging the gift. There were a large number of brethren from the Lodges in the district present on the occasion.

Attempted Incettdiabisk. — Yesterday morning, about 1 a.m., at attempt was made to burn down the old Courtenay Hotel, situated at Courtenay, and kept as a hoarding house by Mrs White. It appears that, at the time stated, a servant lad in the house named Yates observed a glare at the north-west end of the house. He immediately called George Frederick White, a eon of the landlady. Together they went to the place where the light was observed, and found a quantity of dead broom and other combustible matter stacked up outside the house and on fire. The wind was blowing strongly from the north-west, which caused the flames to beat against the house. This being an old wooden structure, must have inevitably been burnt down but for the timely discovery of the attempt. A few buckets of water, expeditiously used, quenched the flames before any damage was done. The origin of the fire is at present unknown, but the matter is in the hands of the police, and they are in hopes of bringing the perpetrator to justice. Detective Benjamin was at once despatched to investigate the circumstances.

Lekston School Committee.—The usual monthly meeting of the committee was held on Saturday evening last. Preeent—Vfessrs John Barnett (in the chair), Scott, Bennie, Lewis, and Killner. The following correspondence was read:—From the chairman, Mr β-eo. Sandrey, apologising for his unavoidable absence. From the Board of Education, authorising the appointment of Miss Wilson as assistant mistress for six months, and an additional pupil teacher for the main school. From the same, sanctioning the committee's application for a brick chimney at the side school; tenders to be called for at once. From Mr Ford, enclosing statistics of school regie! er, showing an average attendance of 147 children afc the main school, and recommending the appointment of Ellen Fierce as pupii teacher. The recommendation of the j schoolmaster was endorsed by the committee, ! who instructed the secretary to forward same to the Board of Education, also to urge upon the Board the importance of proceeding with the authorised additions to the school buildings at once. Obituaby. —Many of our readers will regret to hear of the death of Mr M. B. Hart, which took place yesterday. He had been ailing for some little time, and at an early stage of his illness but slight hopes were entertained of his recovery. Mr Hart was one of the early settlers of Canterhury, having arrived in 1850 by one of the first four ships. He was amongst the earliest settlers on the wild-looking portion of the plain .now known as Christehureh, pitching his t«nt on the pre«?nt site of the White Hart HoteL In 1869 he was elected a member of the City j Council, and into the duties of his position he entered with much zeal and energy. In 1573 he was elected Mayor, and duriog his term of office took a great interest in the affaire of the city. The ontfall drain, a work to which he devoted a great deal of attention, was com- j pleted during his mayoralty. Soon afterthe , completion of his term of office he retired ] from the Council, but hie interest in municipal matters continued unabated. The progress of the Malvern district is to- a considerable extent due to his pewveranee in advocating the necessity of developing the mineral resource* of the Malrarn Hills. He took samples of the Oanterfcory coals to Wellington, where he the Government to try th-m in the -public offiew, the House* of Awemblv, &c., «««i samples were also sent *o the adjoining colonies. Of late Mr Hurt h«« -taken no part in municipal matter*, owing principally to ill-health. The fmwwl take* place oo Monday next, afc 2 pja.

Dkaiwagb Boabd. —The Board held their usual fortnightly meeting yesterday. A full report of the business transacted appears elsewhere.

Football.—A match was played yesterday between West and East Chrietchurch schools, resulting in a victory for the former by one goal and four tries to nil. For West Chrietchurch Boag and Taegan played well, and for East, HaddreO and Wagner. Habbob Light.—The apparatus for the new harbor light for Lyttelton, which was ordered from Messrs Chance Bros., is on board the Langstone, and expected to arrive in about six or eight weeks' time.

Duplicates or Machinery.—The chairman of the Harbor Board yesterday called attention to the mistake which wae made in regard to the steam dredge, in not havii.g duplicates of the larger portions of the machine sent. Such a plan would save considerable expense where machinery is ordered from home.

Election ov Auditors.—The following is the result of the polling for the election of auditors to the Sydenham Borough Council: —Mr Christopher Ladds, 63; Mr Kobert McConnell, 20; Mr T. B. Craig, 13. Messrs L*dds and McCounell were therefore declared duly'elected. Elbcxobal Bill.—The second reading of the Government's Electoral Bill was moved laefc night by the Attorney-General, who took the opportunity of declaring that the Government would not deal with the question of redistributing the representation this session. The speakers last night up to the hour when the telegraph office closed were Messrs Stout, Whitaker, and Joyce. Many others will probably follow, and the debate is not unlikely to be prolonged over several days. Papjsbs Befobe Pabliakknt.—A summary of the following Bille and papers which have been presented to Parliament will be found in this morning's issue :—Correspondence relative to the introduction of tobacco and employment of Coolie labor in New Zealand ; Regulations under the Friendly Societies Act, 1877; Receipts under the Land Transfer Act; the Disqualification Act Amendment Bill; and papers on the late loan. Wellington Educational Boabd v. Dohebty. —At a meeting of the Wellington education Board on August sth, it was resolved by a majority to proceed with this c»se in the Supreme Court in banco. The principal ground which the Board take is that in the recent trial Doherty v Board, which resulted in a verdict for plaintiff, the Judge did not sufficiently direct the jury as to what constituted "gross misbehaviour" within the meaning of the Act. Supbeme Cofbt.—The case of Cunningham v Dann, which was to have been heard in banco yesterday, came to an untimely close. It was an appeal from the decision of the Resident Magistrate at Christchurcb., and on investigating the matter it was found that the decision appealed against was, so far as the case stated by him went, founded on matter of fact. Hence the Judges could not hear it. The case was referred back for re-stating, and the Court adjourned until Tuesday next.

Thbatbh Royax.—The " Daightpr of the Regiment" and the farce of " The Two Q-regoriee " were produced lost night at the Theatre Boyal." To-night a new drama entitled "Through Fire and Water," will be produced, the performance' terminating with the burlesque "Turko the Terrible." The same bill will be repeated on Monday, being the last night of the season. On Tuesday Mr Hoskins will take his complimentary benefit, commemorative of bis forty-first anniversary on the stage.

Papakiti.—An entertainment in aid of the Papanui Brass Band was given atthePapanui schoolroom last night. The programme was of a miscellaneous character, comprising readings, recitations, and music, instrumental and vocal, the band themselves giving several selections. The whole affjir was a great success, and the house was crowded. The proceedings wound up with a dance, after which visitors from the city returned to town by coach. It may be mentioned that although the band has only been organised a short time, the members have already attained a considerable amount of proficiency, as was exhibited last night. Aocidbht.—A postman, named Charles Newman, met with an accident yesterday, but fortunately it was not attended'with serious consequences. He was driving a mail cart from the railway station and had got some distance up Manchester street when the pin which connects the shaft with the axle of the cart by some means came out and the horse at once bolted up Lichfield street. Newman, unable to check the animal, got out of the cart and tried to stop him with the reins, but in the attempt was thrown down, and the horse continued his career up Barbadoes street and was finally stopped in Taam street. On recovering himself Newman got into a cab and went after the cart, from which he took the mails and carried them to the Post office. He was very severely shaken and bruised, but otherwise uninjured.

MEErvALE.—The parochial entertainment at St. Mary's, Merivale, last night, attracted a very large audience, who thoroughly enjoyed the programme with which they were favored. In this were included the following vocal pieces—" Canadian Boat song," " A vision bright," "Birds of evening," " G-oldendays," " Sailor's return," "To the woods," " May day," " Sing birdie sing," " Will o' the wisp," " Shadow land," " Apprenticed," " O wert thou in the canld blast," "Fairy revels," " Zingarello," "O mistress mine,""Onfcon the rocks," and " Hush thee my baby." Two readings and two recitations of a highly amusing character were given; and after a vote of thanks had been passed to those who had volunteered their assistance, the evening closed with a verse of the National Anthem.

Waikuku. An entertainment in aid of the Woodend and Waikuku Sunday School Library Fund was given in the district schoolroom on Thursday evening last. The room was crowded, and the large audience seemed thoroughly to enjoy the concert. Headings, recitations, tongs, anthems, and part songs by part of the Bangiora Weeleyan choir, assisted by friends from Woodend, made up a very good programme. No charge was made for admission, but a collection during the evening placed four guineas to the credit of the fund, and a further donation of £1 4a from the superintendent, Mr T. Wilson, raised the takings to £5 Bs. Addresses were given during the evening by the Revs. J. A. Luxford, T. Fee, and H. Ellis, and a vote of thanks '■ o the performers, who had come from a distance in very inclement weather, terminated the proceedings.

The Gibcus.—The opening performance of Hayes and Benhamo's Circus will take place this evening on the ground next the Palace Hotel. The programme includes some very attractive i'ems, and judging from the success which has attended the performances of the company elsewhere, they should draw a large attendance

Meeting at Banoioha—A public meeting will be held at Rangioru on Wednesday evening to consider the question of the extension of the Northern railway. It is expected that there will be a large attendance from the - interest taken in ths matter.

Thb "Volttnteebs.—The officer-commanding wfll inspect the Christchnrch Artillery, Engineers, and Tity Guards on Tuesday, at 7 30 p m. Chambeb of Commeece —A special general meeting-of members on Monday next, at 3 p.m., to consider the project of extension to the railway from Amherley to the West Coast is called. Poui.tet Association. —The annual meeting of members of the Christchnrch Poultry, Pigeon, and Canary Society will be held at the Shades on Wednesday, the 14th inst, at 8 p.m.

Thb Bent-Chekveb. MiNSTBEts.—A telegram received in town last evening states that the Beat. Cheever and Kennedy Minstrels, under Mr Martin Simonien, have been doing excellent bneine«s in Uonedin. Mr George Lingard arrived yoslerrUy as advance agent of the' omnany. They open at the Theatre Koyat in a few days, pUyinc f ram. Dnnedin overland throngh Oamara and Timarn.

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