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NEWS OF THE DAY.

OhbistO-tokoh Eevisiok Cotjbt.—The; revising officer for Ohristchurch sat yesterday to hear appeals against the objections made; to therOhristohurch roll by the returning: officer. As none were made, the business was of a purely formal character. Imeobtbd Pbuxrax.—Soiaie fourteen or; fi f teen fancy pigeons and a few choice bred fowls. were brought from England by the ship Bed; Gauntlet that arrived yesterday. They were 1 imported by Mr W. 0. Hill, of this city. IvsmiAx Act.—At the Bangiora Magistrate's Court on Tuesday two men were charged with cruelty to a dog, by steeping it! in kerosene, and setting fire to it. The Bench; deferred sentence till next court, for the• purpose of considering what punis.iment was suitable to Buch an offence. FißßS.—Two fires occurred in Ohristchurch yesterday. The first of these was at 6 a.m., when the Hereford. Boarding-house, situate in Durham street, was burnt down; The second was oh' the premises in Tuam atreet occupied by Mr W. Hoskins, where the freater part of the .furniture, &c, was I estroyed. Particulars will be found else- | .where." : " ."■.-.'"'■' -•••=. ' -..."? .-",.';: . 7.\YY7'7L. Wbsleyait Impeovbhbnt Assooiatioh.— The weekly meeting of this society wasield on Monday evening, the Bey. A. Beid ii the chair. .About thirty members were ,preapnr, and several readings were given" with coi*siderable taste. The subject for next Monday was announced to be a debate on "Is England's Policy in Afghanistan and Zululand Justifiable," -when* a full house is expected.; Y'.~Y'':7 "V -V Thb meeting oKLJhe committee of the unemployed was held in the Temperance Hall, Gloucester street; yesterday ; Mr Kent in the chair. It was, proposed, S3conded|:B_d carried—" That a publio meet-. iag be convened for tho consideration of the proposal tb establish a labor agency, and that a committee of three wait upon the Mayor for the purpose of making-arrangements for the same." Over £100 has been collected and £60 has been expended., A balancesheet will be presented to the publio meeting. POPU_AB EHTBBIAIH_t_K_ ASSOOIATIOK. — A meeting of the committee was held yesterday, at which a considerable amount of business was transacted. Tbe treasurer reported that ha had a sum of £16*0 in hand. Notice of motion was given for the widening of the running course, and also for ploughing up and sowing down the central portion. It was resolved to interview the Domain Board, and also to communicate with the Selwyn County Council as to a contribution from both bodies towards a bridge over the river into .the Domain, so as to improve:the access,to. this place of publio recreation. "■'"'''••* H.M.B. PiNAros-L—Notvnthatandiag the wet night there was—very- little falling off in the .attendance last night at, the ,___eatre Eoyal, when " H.M.S. Pinafora'l was, produced for the.second time. A repetition of the opera developed a great deal of talent both musical and dramatic _ that was dormant on the first night, probably from nervousness on the part of ihe performers. The leading parts were sustained with more confidence, and the result was a larger degree of success. The first act went with more spirit, and all the points were given with greater appreciation of ths author's and, composer's meaning. This evehing the'dperaicbus witt appear in a more ambitious e_ort,j*4east from a musical point of view, and Verdi's grand opera aeria "Ernani* 1 will b» performed for the fk-t time in Christehurch. Q-reat attention has teenpiid to t_e rehearsals, an- the east gives promise of an excellent rendition of ths work. A large number ef seats have been .soured, and no doubt the attempt to produce a work of suoh importance as "Ernani" will meet with a large amount of encouragement at the band of the publio.

Eakgioba a~d M__*_>kvi_i_. —'dvi Road Board and Board of Conservators JOr this district met on Tuesday, to give oat several important contracts, which will gi»e employment to a number of persons at pren ml; out of work. B-UsrO-OSA Boboogh Bt-_aw_.•— 'The objection taken a fortnight ago at tho Jißttgiora Besides- Magistrate's Court to ths'iralklity of the by-laws, was on Tuesday withdrawn by Mr Clark, as his clients did not Jrish to test the question, and they were .buic! thereunder. The Borough Council vrai prepared to support its position in every way, and had retained Mr J. B. Q-resson as the borough solicitor. ;

Qhs-USTA. —The members of the tJerman Debstisg Society held their finit criJinary meeting last night at the paraoh_|jt*of the German Church, the Bey. P. CI. J*cobsen presiding. There was a very fail' nustor of members present. The business., wiatoh *as the passing of rules and regulations i* framed by the committee elected for,, the, -i.wrpose, having been disposed of, th«Jiveiuhp was spent in conversation. HospitaHospital Committee was held or! Monday, in relation to a number of matters~a£feo'aiig the. management of the Kospi_>l, which were referred to the committee at the last meeting of the Hospital and Charitabht Ail ' Board. \ Before the Board meets another meoting of the committee will be held, whin ths report will be formally drawn up on the subject of vaccination and other matters. City. Wob_B.—_tmeeting <if tho works committee was held yesterday morning, when a number of small matters rejected to it by the Council were dealt with,. : amoijg them being the levelling of Viotoria i breetv \ As at present formed, the channel oiy the vent side of this street is so much lowerljhan tfjojother as to form a gradient dangejsraa to t____o. It is therefore proposed to out away the~ crown of the road, and so level it. 77. > A.O.F.—The ordinary i_f)>tiD(j ol ! the Court Star of Canterbury, No. 230f 1, was held in the Foresters' Hall on Mornls-y night. About seventy members were preiieut, also a number of visiting Three new members were initiated into tlie Ordur., The ficancial committee's report' waii adopted. Bro. Ness reported the death of B?o. Hill, secretary of Court Southern «3ross, Timaru. Dr. Patrick was nominated at _ honorary member. After transacting - a considerable amount of business, the Court adjourned. Thb I-BB Bbigadb.—At a mooting of the Eire Brigade Committee held yesterday at the City Council Chambers it was decided nob to accept the tender sent fin for the supply of uniforms for the Fire Brigade, but to obtain them from England, where they can be obtained at about half the cost. Mr Superintendent Harris was consulted in the matter, and stated that the Brigade would not be greatly inconveniencetl by having to wait for the uniforms if the- order was sent home by the first outgoing mail and they were forwarded out at once. Oaktbbbubt. Coubsihg C_ 33.—-The second meeting of the season was to have taken place yesterday, the dogs to be in ths slips at 9 a.m., the two events to be run off t jsing the Christ, church Stakes and the Maided Puppy Stakes. Inconsequence, however, of the incleosency of the weather, it was decidlitd to postpone the affair until this morninsj, T7|j to eleven hopes were entertained thi„ tbe weather would clear up, but as the rain lept coming down steadily, an impromptu meoting o. tbe stewards and committee wai hold ft the Shades, when it was at once deoicied that the ; weather was too had to carry out tb> pro* gramme.' *'

Nobth Rakaia Board of Coirs__Y _to_s —Nominations of tiro memlsers, to fill seats on the above Board, in the pluoeof Meiisrs E. J. Lee and J. J. Loe, werq received in the Town Hall, Sonthbridgo, on Tuesday,-17th June, when the following candidate* were nominated -.—Edward Jamas Leu, proposed! by Mr Charles Bourne, and recorded by Mr Sam Lemon; David Marshall, proposed by Mr John Bonnie, and seconded by Mr Bobert Lookhead; Mr Bobert Loo__ea_, proposed by Mr J. McLaohlan, and teconded by Mr Bobert Marshall; Mr Edtrarc'l Budaock,, proposed by Mr Bobert Thompson, and seconded by Mr Wm. Abbott. The Betnrniog Officer gave notice that a poll would be taken at the Town Hall, Sou£_bridge, and the Boad Board office, lieetion, on Wednesday, tho 2nd day of July, 18?} d.

Sru Wx—-____ — -»a_tir_»nri-r.—__» following address to the electors of the Hutfc has been published by Sir William Fit iherbert : — " Gentlemen, —The Freudemrr of the Legislative Council having been offered mc by the Government, I have decided, after a very careful consideration, to accept tho offer.; This step requires mc to resign my seat in Parliamen. as member for tho Hs.tfc. In thus severing the political ties which have united us for so many years, I deeper than I can well express. In raiany fierce political struggles I have fearlessly advocated in your midst liberal and advanced political views of polioy, and I shall oD.ruh as long as I live a grateful memory <?f tlie generous support you always gave riie. I am, yours faithfuUy, Wii__i_: P-TZHK-bbbt.''

Kaiapoi Pofo-ab Eot-btji-mbitt-.— The first of a series of papular entertainments for the winter was httfd at the Oddfellows' Hall on Monday eveijing. There was a fair attendance. Tho preiidehfc of the institution, who occnpied the {hair, stated that the proceeds from the series Mould be devoted to the purchase of books for f_ie library. He brieflvalluded to tho progremi olj (he institute, and said it would need ao persuision on his part to induce persons to auist hi rendering the entertainments so fluccesj/'ul tliat the committee would be enabled to announce that by such assistance it .was enabled to add many interesting and useful volumes t) the library. The following programme -wwi then gone through:—Piano overture, , "Tho IJCaiden's Prayer," __as Wright; reeling, the Ohairman; song, "England Yi.it," Mr B. M. Wright; piano solo, "Oaller .flferrin," Mrs Harvey; song, " The Vaclsnt Chair," Miss She_rßby;eong, "Just beforei(he Battle," Mr T. Weston j song, " Dj«am;!aihd," Mrs J. Orombie-Brown(encored); reacjiog, "Among the Shakers," Mr Hewl ; jigsj piano solo, " Adeste Fideles," MrJt:: Hiirvey; song, "Gome, Bobby, oome," Mr P.Bate (encored) ; glee commencement, Messrs Johnston, Evans, ; Weston, A'Court; Song, "21otlier kissed mc j in my dreams," Mr~ E. .If, Wright; piano I duet, " Goldfinch Quadrilles," Mrs Harvey and Miss King; song, '"Have,-1 not loved thee," Mr S. Johnston; "Picnic j" song, "Don't dye your lisir," Mr P. Bate. At the close a vote of thshks was carried by acclamation tO those who had. taken part. The next entertainment is expected to be held in a fortnight. The receipt* on Monday evening were £5 10s. Hobth: <7__*-B__T7_T iiioßa.-—A geasral meeting of the members J ( of this club was held at Boberts' Club Siyiel, Bangiora, on Tuesday afternoon. There was a good attendance. \ Captain Pans ms (president) occupied the chair. The fctm. treasurer, Mr Alierne, read the statemei.t of receipts and expenditure. The total receipts were £290 5a lOd. The expenditure was—To stakes, £219 lis; protest ref untied, £2; sundries, £18 8j 2d. Balance hi hand, £50 6s Bd. Liabilities, £21 8. _d. Ob the motion of Mr Duncan, seconded by Mi: Lilly, the balancesheet was adopted. The, question of some error in paying GaJeu'tei sweeps between Messrs T. Sheeaan and ,'X LeToi, was considered, the amount of £7] Is 9d having been paid to the latter. On;the laotion of Mr Duncan, seconded by Mr Eoberts, it was resolved—"That the £7 Ir«6d b* paid to Mr Sheenan." Carried. It'wis resolved, on ths motion of Mr Fulton, vieconded by Mr Roberts—"That Mr _c Vii be written to at the Commercial Hotel, i aid requested to refund the amount paid 'to him in error -within One month from (late, in default of which the matter will _< referred to tho 0.J.C." There was sane discussion in reference to preparing thii course for next races. It was decided that Messrs Lilly, Roberts, Duncan, and Moldy, be elected a committee to prepare the gri fund. The chairman stated it had been aiterttined that the present trustees ef the xniervii used for the racecourse had not been and steps wore now to he taken to hay» it vested in proper trustees. If the wsirvit was properly conserved it would ba eeu'ly )_ade available for a course, recreation and also useful as aa a^o_.tural 'show ground. In reply to Mr Fulton, o_* mainber said the recreation trustees had -bout ;£_so in hand for improvements. It irsa finally decided to leave the matter in abeyance. A vote of thanks to the chairman concluded the meeting; Oxacid TTinv__iaiT».-~The Itunedin " Star" states that the total valuat_wi of the endow-; xsent of this University, ia made by the Land Tax officials, is £__QOGO,, and the annual tax tb» Council will b« called on to pay is £875, besides £45 17» (Ii for what is laown 1 as the. M-seom endevnent,

Thb Discovbb-b op Photogbapht.—A statue is to be raised at Chalon-sur-S-one to Niepce, the discoverer of the principle of photography, and a native of that town. Thb Ghaith-- To~h__. — The Paris " Temps " announces that the boring of an artesian well for tbe purpose of investigating the nature of the chalk layers through which the submarine tunnel between England and France is tb pass was resumed on the French coast at Sangatte on the Ist of March last. The depth of the well, which, at the end of last year was at S_*3s metres, was extended to 38 •50m.—that is, to a depth corresponding to 8 67m. below the low-water level. At this depth the flow into the well amounted to 1300 litres., per minute, and the exhaust machines bscame Laauffioieat. They are to be replaced by more powerful ones. The kLbA-_A.—A new discovery of gold has been made at the Karamea, and recent Westport papers report that sixteen men are getting gold, and, that if a track is made to ; tbe new ground a large number of men would find remunerative there. We may add that it is the firm conviction of many that if tbe co-ntry between Oollingwood and the Karamea was opened up by means of a good track very important results would accrue, whioh would materially aid the permanent settlement of large blocks of good land now lying idle. The Government should attend to this work, and the whole of the Nelson members should remember it during the approaching session of Parliament. Ths Wai_ato Naizvss.—The Cambridge correspondent of the " Waikato Times " says:—" There seems to be no likelihood of the Cavalry going to Auckland to receive, the Governor. Indeed, probably the Government are averse to sending such a body of men away from the frontier, if even only for a few days, in the present state of Native affairs." The same paper gives the following example of Native insolence and lawlessness:—" On Saturday night a pakel_v went into Hewitt's Hotel and asked for a glass of beer. Whea put down on the counter, a Maori standing by snatched it up and drank it. .The pakeha then called for another, whioh was treated in the same way, and then for. a third, which was forcibly taken possession of. This was rather more than the pakelia oould stand, and he let drive and knocked down the dusky " sponge." A host of Maoris immediately set upon him, and he bad to rush upstairs and take refuge in one of the bedrooms, or he would have been torn to pieces." -

CANTEBBUKY SnKDAT SCHOOL UNION.—A conference will be held in the Wesleyan schoolroom, Durham "street, to-morrow (Thursday) evening, when a paper will be read by the Bey. E.. Walker. Subject, "Some Possible Means of Promoting the Sunday-school Enterprise." Sydney Exhibition. —The usual meeting of the local committee of the above will be held at 2 30 p m. this day. Philosophical Institutk.—The next of the series of popular lectures in connection.with the Philosophical Institute of Canterbury will be given to-morrow evening, by Mr N. K. Cherrill, On "The Modern Magic Lantern."

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