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NEWS OF THE DAY.

Thh Abtillbby Stobbs.—With the exception of the shot and shell, all the ordnance stores ex City of Quebec have been safely landed and stowed in the Gladstone shed.

Nbw Esaarßfl.-—The two new locomotives for the BaUway Department, which were yesterday landed from the Pi&ko, were found not to be to seriously damaged as had been anticipated. They will be thoroughly overhauled by the department.

Thb Avoir Boad Board.—A meeting of the residents of Knightatown was held last evening to consider the question of the shilling rate lately resolved on by the Avon Boad Board. A motion was carried that the rate should be sixpence, and a deputation was appointed to wait upon the Board at its next meeting and lay the matter before it.

Ambbioai. Tbbb Sbbd.—The Acch'matisation Society lately received from Philadelphia a quantity of seeds of various trees, among them being the hickory, the oak, the black walnut, and other ornamental trees, the great proportion of whioh arrived in capital order. The consignment was divided among the subscribers of the society.

O-AMBIXtfO IN A BaITWAY OAHEIAGB.— At the Ashburton Court, yesterday, a man was fined 40s, or in default one month's imprisonment, for playing cuds for money in a railway canlage. The winner was the only one proceeded against, although, as counsel remarked, it took more than one to make a gamble. Mr Bullock was the presiding justice.

Tb_l_.s_.__s ot Liok_.be at Bahgioba.— An application will be made to transfer the license of the Junction Hotel, Bangiora, from Mr James Lewton fo Mr Hadfield. The latter has purchased the freehold of the premises for £3CC3, and intends to cany out ex* tensive improvements. A large number of Mr Lewton's friends met him on Tuesday for a leavetaking on his retirement from the business.

Acknowt___dgx__spt. —- Mr Superintendent Harris yesterday received the following letter:—"High street, April Ist.—To W. Harris, Esq., Superintendent Fire Brigade. Dear Sir,—Please accept the enclosed oheque for £5. su__a small token in recognition of the valuable' servioes rendered by the Brigade at the late fire adjoining our premises, on the morning, of the 28th March, 1879. Yours, &c., J. & T. GtoonKAjr."

Obtctjjlxtj— Mr Cumber-worth, one of the earliest and most respected masters connected with our publio schools, died yesterday afternoon at his residence, Sydenham. Mr Cumberworth, for many years past has been connected with the Colombo road school, and had raised it to a very high state of efficiency. Both by his colleagues and the parents of the children trader his charge, the deceased gentleman was very highly respected, and his wiH be heard of with regret by a large circle of friends.

-Taxitb Gahb.—The open season for shooting Native game commenced yesterday, and jus no license is required for the pursnit of wild ducks, and other birds coming under -this head, a very large number of sportsmen were early afield. Before three o'clock in the morning the reports of fowling pieces could be heard in many parts of the suburbs, particularly in tho vicinity of the river. There can he no doubt that in this respect there were many infringements of the Act. whioh imposes a penalty not exceeding £30 npon any person shooting before sunrise or after sunset. . One of the rangers of the society at one time heard dote all round him long before five o'clock. It is as well that sportsmen should know that, the Acolimatisation Society intend, in all cases where the delinquents are discovered, to press foe the full penalty, par-ticu-arlyinthe ease of "those pexnonQ *W__a.«_e knpwn as " J_jfc"__w_te».

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Pilotage Dues at Lttxumoit.—The sum received at the Harbor office, Lyttelton, during the month of March, for pilotage dues exceeds that of any previous month. The i amount w*tf something over <>800. „*- "-"" | . MAQIBtBATB'fI COUBT, BANQIOBA.—On Tuesday there were no oases for hearing at this Court. -Next Court day, it is expected, j will be a regular field day. Mb J. B. S_hb__. —This well-known I actor arrived on Monday from Auckland en route for Sydney, where he goes to fulfil a professional engagement. GsiHnUT. Sixmi-B.—The c__tencT«rfor the Supreme Court criminal sittings appears elsewhere. As will .be seen, there are-sixteen cases for trial up to date, but it is probable there will be one" or two more committals before they opening of the sessions. The calendar contains the usual class of cases. _-__. SHO-TlNfftSßi-SOS.^^Ori' Tuesday the opening of .the shooting season afforded but 'poor' aporti. a_J least in-the": northern dis-S tricfc. As an instance, a j»f,,. twelve, at"B_ngidM/"w6hfcbutaty4 a.m. to a j favourite resort for diroki, _uti-lurned at 7 o'clock with only one duck and a rabbit amongst the party* y The dry state of the lagoons is' unfavourable to anything like sport. . ••-:■' - -.- .-.- yy "i Ti'' ~".Z.''. " . :; Famb Bbpobt.—Yesterday evening a report was made to the -polios authorities, that a woman named Buxton had been stabbed. Detective Benjamin proceeded fo the locality named, and discovered, that there were no grounds for the report, the only injury sus- . tamed by the woman being a cut on the head received from a fall on some hard snbstance whilst she was in a state of intoxication.

LtttbiiTOh Bobough (Council.-- • An [election took place yesterday, to; supply an i extraordinary, vacancy caused by .the resignaition of Mr P. Cunningham. There-were but itwo candidates, namely, Mr William- Holmes and Mr William Beed. The poll was declared at 6 p.m., the * result being as follows t—Mr William Beed, 114; Mr W. Holmes,. 86.,.. Mr. Beed was declared duly elected.

A Juvßiniß Thief. —A repor__was sent to .\ tho police; about a fortnight ago to the effect j that a gold broooh of the value of £7 had been stolen from the dwelling of Mrs Adams. There was, from the meagreness of the infor- | ination to hand, a good deal of difficulty in i discovering the delinquent, but Detective Benjamin managed to trace the act to a boy j named K-yleson, in whose father's house he found the stolen property. It appears that there was no attempt to.hide anything in the case (on the jparifof tbe,! parents), the brooch being given up at once. Accident.—A carter named Denis Murphy, .« the employ of lit Win. Hall, contractor j on the Lincoln road, was returning about j half-past 2 o'clock yesterday afternoon. He was walking alongside his team, when a runaway horse aud cart, coming from the direction of Addington, knocked him down, rendering him unconscious. He waspioked mp by a man named James Hayes, who was paesi g, and who conveyed him to the Hospital. On examination, he was found to be severely shaken and bruised, but, fortunately, no limbs were broken. • " : ; New Zhalamd Photogeaphs.—Messrs E.~ Wheeler and Son are about to issue sets and albums of New Zealand photographs, which will be a good method of bringing before people at a distance the natural beauties of these islands. The negatives whioh have been taken for the purpose, include views in Auckland, Poverty Bay, Coromandel, the Thames gbld-elds, Hawaii, .Bay of Islands, Hokiauga, and Napier. - There is'also a complete set of views of the whole of the Hot Springs district, including Lake Taupo, Lake Eotomaban& r and the Pink and White Terrace*. The collection includes a number of views on the Peninsula and Governor's Bay, and a complete panorama so tespeak, of the road from Christchuroh to the West Coast. Altogether the collection is one of the most complete yet xnade of New Zealand view*.

A Boi/r.—A horse, harnessed to a cab belonging to Mr William Jenkins, made a bolt yesterday afternoon: when standing in front of the residence of Miss Smith, music teacher, Durham street, the driver, at the time, being near the house; The horse went afc a rapid pace along Durham street, turned into Victoria street, crossed the bridge, and passed at fall speed across Colombo street, and into Armagh'street. It traverssd this street as far as Barbadoes street, down which it: turned, finally bringing up in the yard of its owner, in Eilmore street, near -Ward's Brewery, without doing any damage either to itself, the cab, or to the publio. This, considering the long distance travelled, was surprising. ; j Hoß__oir_/_pbai Socibtt.—A meeting of the committee of the Christchurch Horticultural Society- was held at the Commercial Hotel last evening,-Mr P. Jones in the chair. ! The other members present were Messrs D. Nairn, G-. A- Beade, T. Allen, W. G-imblett, J. Guntrip, and the Secretary. A letter from Mr Ashton was considered and the following resolution passed :—" That Mr Aihton be informed that the committee are Unable to entertain his claim, owing to the time that has elapsed making it impossible to enter into its merits." With respect to Mr Crooks' protest, it was resolved:—" That the entries of Mr Jackman for peaches being irregular ; the p.'ize3 be withheld." Besolved _—" That the prize moneys be paid at the Commercial Hotel on Tuesday, April Bth, and that the same be advertised." The following gentlemen were appointed to act as judges of the chrysanthemums to be'exhibited at the next monthly meeting, vir., Messrs E. C.J. Stevens, G. A. Beade, and F. Jones. A number of accounts were passed for payment and a vote of thanks to the chairman brought the meeting to a close. Some very fine specimens of the " General Grant" tomato were exhibited by Messrs John Allen and Sons. Andbbson's -TotrHDßr. — Considerable ohanges are projected in these premises. The present offices of the foundry, which are in one of the oldest buildings in Cashel street, are to be done away with, and others erected fronting Lichfield street. The foundations are already laid of this building, whioh will be completed in about three months. This will enable the valuable frontage in Cashel street to be utilised in a more profitable manner. Work is rather more slack than usual at the foundry, bnt there are several extensive orders in course of fulfilment. Two large boilers are being made, one for a sawmill and another for a boiling-down establishment at the Kaikoras. There are also being constructed some immense iron girders of great strength, to be used in connection with the erection of the new buildiug for the Colonial Bank, in Hereford street. It is not so very long ago that it would have been difficult to procure the iron with which to; turn out half the work done in one of these foundries per month, to say nothing o£ the absence of the necessary appliances and skilled labor. A very useful addition is being put together at Anderson's foundry in the shape of a hydraulic rivetter, for boilermaking. This machine will possess the double advantage of expediting work which, when done by hand, is of a very laborious character, and reducing the amount of labor, which is another name for expense.

Baptist Chuboh Stan, ax School.—The eighth anniversary of the above Sunday School was held last evening in the Hereford street Church, when over 300 sat down to tea. As soon aa the tables had been removedthe public meeting was held, which was pre-' sided over by the pastor, the Bey. Charles Dallaaton. The chairman, in his opening speech congratulated the teachers on the measure of success that had.attended their services, as well as the work during the past year, and urged upon them the great importance of looking after the lambs of the flock. The report stated that ten of the scholars had been added to the church during the year, it also' stated that the average attendance was 125, in seventeen classes, and that there were 300 volumes in the library- The officers for the ensuing year are—Mr Chidgey, superintendent ; Mr Peto, secretary • - Sir drivers, treasurer; Mr Manders, librarian; and Messrs C_ivers and A. P. Pillow delegates to th» Sunday School union. The treasurer's j report stated the receipt* during the year had | been £-9 ,12s, and the expenditure __27 lis i 9d, The Bey. Thos. Harrington, who has just- sarrived from- Wellington, where he has been working for the last eighteen months, since coming to Sew Zealand ''-'from Mr Spurgeon's College, and who has come a* an . evangelist in connectioa with the Canterbury Baptist Association, addressed the meeting, and urged upon those present the vast importance of the -work in which they they were engaged. _*he Bey. J. White followed, and amongst other remarks said whatever difference of opinion might exist on tha subject of education, he thought it a great mistake to exclude the reading of the Bible. The children sang several pieces during the evening, assisted by the teachers and friends, under the leadership of Mr Chivere. Mr Hamilton presiding at the harmonium. The meeting was closed -with prayer hy the chair-

Bboistbation. —The total number of new claims to vote sent in for the current year is 454 divided as follows -.—City of Christchurch, 179: Coleridge, 157} Selwyn, 29; Heathcote, 60 ; Avon, 29. A few additional claims may yet come in from Ashburton, but practically the number above stated may be regarded aa the total. Thb Aocja-UiisATiOH Aviabika.—At the last meeting of the Acclimatisation Society some discussion took place on the subject ot the destruction of birds in the aviaries in the gardens _y rata.. The secretary proposed at a future meeting to bring up a design for an entirely new set of aviaries. Since then, however, it has been found that all the objects desired will be secured by putting a concrete wall three feet high round the various aviaries, and also a galvanised iron wall for three feet above this.,,!.___ ia - considered, that these repairs wiUyeff eotually- keep " ont "the .rats. l ~_.■ | .'_ _y : ' '■•-■•' HA ? are fewer hares at the pre,,._«nt_ a-very long time past* and it is thought*that considerable 'difficulty will' he experienced in obtaining a sufficient number for the Coursing Club t6 carry them through the,season. In Bpite of the vigilance of the rangers there \ oan ; be no doubt that a good deal of snaring foes on in the park and.the land adjacent.;; A ay or two ago a man found no less than tlve snares on the Biccarton road, which,he at ; once took to the curator, and the son of the : same man has repeatedly seen snares set in the j park and its vicinity. A very Urge number ;of hares have been missed of late, and the society is now taking vigorous steps to put a stop to the wanton destruction of these 'animals. It is well known that a considerable proportion of|the,{des_ruotion is caused by 'dogs, who gain admission by the fence, which is in many cages anything but secure against them, and it is also known that people take these animals in the park with them at nighttime, for no other purpose than to run hares down.

Sbttiik- Dat nr Nafihb.—Of the settlement on the late Hawke _ Bay races, the Napier " Telegraph" says:—The oettling-up of the race meeting took place on Saturday night. The sweeps and stakes were paid over, but there were a good many defaulters amongst the betters; Ihe book-makers state that fortunately for themselves they rarely have suoh unsatisfactory settlings-up as this One hag been. Taking it altogether, it has not been a profitable meeting for the " talent." Tamatea winning the Hurdle r_.ee, and Lai la Bookh beating Lara,- and Lady Elizabeth, were pretty hard blows; several doubles were also struck, said these troubles, added to a good many losers being conspicuous by their abaenoe on settling night, have tended, to make things go a little crooked with the fraternity. ; PUBLIC WOB-S AT G-BBYHOT/TH. —' Writing in reference to Mr Blair's visit to the Coast, the " Grey Biver Argus" says:— During his presence here he will no doubt be desirous to confer with the local authorities on the objects of his visit, the chief of which is, of couue, the selection of the route of the railway over the range into the Canterbury Plains; but there are .others of a cognate and almost equal importance to which it would be well if bis attention were drawn to them. For instance, the extraordinary anomaly that, whilst the Government is contemplating the commencement of new works, or of expediting those already in progress,'its officers .here are discharging good Workmen, who, of course, w.HI find the* way elsewhere.; It does not say much for the ._goroaa manner in which the harbor works are being earned on, that within the last week the number of hands has been reduced by one-half, with so few real workers, left; that there are three officers to one soldier. Already, since the works have been carried on with Imb than the usual speed, there has been an appreciable .alteration in the channel, and it is most essential to the coal trade of this port that they should be pushed on without delay.

Autumn Meeting.—The Bale of the privileges in connection with this meeting will take place at the Commercial Hotel next Tuesday, at 3 p.m.

Diocesan Synod;.—Tuesday, the 15th inst., is fixed as the day of nomination of candidates for the office of Synods-nan for the electoral district of Woodend. The annual meeting of parishioners will take place in the schoolroom the same evening. Thursday, the 17th, and Monday, the 21st, are named a. the days of nomination, for candidates' for the Office" of Synods men for the electoral districts of Merivale and Papanui respectivelyCantbbbuby Mutt. ii. Impeovbi_bnt Association. —The opening meeting of this association will take place en Wednesday, the 9th inst.

Borough of Sxdenham.—Applications are invited by the Sydenham Borough Council for. the office of inspector of nuisances and borough ranger. Native Game.—ln the advertising columns will be found a proclamation of the season doring which native game can be killed. Lec_i.be —Mr T. S. Mannering- will deliver the second lecture of the series in connection with St. Paul's Church, in the old Church, Lichfield street, to-morrow at ha! .-past 7 p.m. The subject, whioh will be illustrate 1 with diagrams, is " A Bide through Palestine." The Fbbbt Boad School.—The ceremony of presenting the prizes at this school will take, place on the 10 th instant, when it is expected that Mr William Montgomery, the Bey. Charles Fraser and other members of the Board of Education wil' be presents Prior to the prssentation there v-i" be a tea-meeting, and in the cour_e of the evening there vt 111 be an entei _ainment consisting of readings, recitations, &c.

Baptist Soibee.— Tbe anniversary te-i----meeting, in connection with tbe Kirwee Baptist Church, will be held next Tuesday, when addresses will be delivered by the pastor of the church (Mr Smith), and other: friends from Christchurch..

<'nDyKLiiOWa' Pbtb.—The sale by public auction of tbe publicans' and confectioners', booths and the right of sports at the Oddfellows' fete on Easter Monday will take place to-mor-row, at 2 p.m. ''-■..'.

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NEWS OF THE DAY. Press, Volume XXXI, Issue 4267, 2 April 1879

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