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NEWS OF THE DAY.

?EB£B Chbibtiah Chuboh.—The Bar. J. Crewee delivered -his interesting* lecture on Mahomet at the above church on Monday evening. A vote of thanks was passed to the rev. gentleman at ite conclusion. : " ' Ltmbmok Natal BsieADH.— On Monday night the resignation of Sub Lieutenant A. 3. P. Pyemont,, of this brigade, was read* It was notified, also that the resignation ' had been accepted. ' - - BbSIDHHT MaQIBTBATB'S COTTBT, liTT-tkltoh.-—John Taylor, a seaman belonging to. the barque Palace, was sentenced to seven days' imprisonment afr flue Court yesterday for indecently exposing himself. Xabobhy.—A man named Bichard Harris was arrested yesterday on a oharge of haying stolen a quantity of lead, the property or T. J. Scheerer, ofOxforcf'lerrace. Hoi will be brought up at the Polioe Oonrt this morning. Cab.—A new tram car, built by Messrs Moore and Sans, of this city, was running on the Papanui line yesterday, and appeared to give general satisfaction. It is the second car made by the same firm after the model of the American care that were first in nee. The general workmanship and finish reflect the greatest credit on Messra Moore and Sons,

Cobs Exchange.—A committee meeting was heldat the looms on Saturday last, Preeent—Meeart Brace (ohain&an), Leadley, Attwood, Mcßeth, Peryman, Henderson, and. Willii. The half-yearly statement of accounte was submiUed and approved. Bβeolved—"That the directors of the Cora Mxchange do highly approve the action Mr Stead took in bringing under the notice of the Chamber of Commeroe the exorbitant cbsrgje made by the legal profession." = WEaLRTAK MITETTAI IMPBOTBMBHT ASSO* GUTxojt.-—This aseooiation met on Monday evening at their rooms. The attendees was very someroos, about 100" being present. Seven new membore were introduced, inoluding t-sro ladiee. A motion to have the manuscript jouraatprinted in pamphlst form waa easrried. Mr H. Black, the editor, then opened the biumen of the evening, ithe " Jooreal" OBit editorial met with great approval, and the rarioas artielee which we» read roeefveS oobddezsUe attestioa. &itsmax foHowed, aoae of th* p«pew wceiving keen attention from the speakers. AthoT, roughly pleasant evening ni brought to » coneluiien in the maal maaner.

Kaiapoi Pioughihg Match.—lt has bees decided to bold the annual dinner after the match at the Xaikaoui Hotel

Sttsbbhb Cofbt.—-Hia Honor Mr Justice Johnston held a ahort sitting in Chambers yesterday. The criminal session opens on Monday next. , Tsm Vouaxrasaa.— -The monthly inspection parade of the Artillery and City Gaards took piece last night at the Drill Shed, when there was a good attendance. Stbaldts *bok SOT Pbswk.—A man named Thomas Fanning was arrested last eTening by Detective "Thomas STeil, charged with having stolen the sum of $66 and an albert chain from the person of James Gibb.

UnnJSTTAii Saib.—A somewhat unusual lot i was yesterday offered by auction by Mr Charles Olark. It comprised the town ssotion at the junction of Montreal ..and Worcester streets, together with all buildings thereon. So ran the advertisement. Hence the fact that few citizens knew that the German ! Church, its parsonage, and peal of bells were being offered to the public. There was a somewhat lively bidding as, started at £1300 it rose to £2210, at which price it was knocked' down to the hid of a city solicitor, understood to be representing a certain section of the member* of the Church. The bidding was, as might be expected, confined to the members of the Church.

Thb Wnrr Maobi. — At the Bangiora Court on Tuesday, a plaintiff, who is constable at the pa, near Kaiapoi, wished to give his evidence through the medium of an interpreter, as he could not speak English well. Mr Whitefoord said he had frequently taken evidence from him previously in English, Mr Mahaika observed that he did not feel eqaal to the oooasion that day at any rate. Mr Whitefoord then said he should have to consider the question of recommending the Government to appoint a Native constable who could speak English. This had the effect of unloosing Mr Mohuika's tongue, and he gave his evidence in English with a fair degree of fluency.

Bakaia un> Ashbtjkkht Fobks Baix WAT. —At the annual meeting of the Bakaia and Ashburton Forks Bail way Company, held yesterday, the report and balance-sheet were adopted, and the shareholders present; expressed themselyee highly satisfied with the working of the line during the past year. It appeared that-the.whole working expenses had not exceeded 71 pet cent, of the receipts, the aett returns being about 2 per cent., leaving 5 par cent, to be made up by the Government and the district. A hearty vote p£ thanks was.passed to the directors, and opinions expressed that the future working of the lino would be rery profitable. The chairman recommended the consideration of the desirability of extending the line a further distance of fire miles.

Thbatbh Eotai — "The Doctor of Alcantara," which was produced some two yean ago under the auspices of Mr H. F. Towle, was given last sight by the Ljdia Howarde Company. Owing to the fact that several of the principal artistes oE the company were suffering from severe colds, so as. to .render, singing anything but a pleasure to them, the piece was not so successful as it probably would have been under more favorable ciroumstanoes.. She musical burletta of " The Swiss Swains," in which Miss Nye was very good, concluded the performance. To-night Mr Harry Power, long and favorably known to Christchuroh playgoers, will take a benefit, when "Ivanhoe" will be presented. Mr Power deserves well of Christobureh play-' goers, and no doubt there will be a large home on the oooaeion of his benefit.

North Kowai School—A public meeting of the old eubacriberfl to this school was told in Amberley on Monday afternoon, wben the following resolution! were unanimouely carried :—" That in the opinion of this meeting the aotion of thtf Board of Education in celling the buildings of the original school privately, after having previously advertised them as for eale by auction, meets with general disapproval, as the opinion held is that after their withdrawal from auction publio notrioo should[have been given of the property being again in the market, so that not Only would the best price be secured, but satisfaction given to all." " That if the Board of Education consider it necessary to secure the interests of the donor of the land, we, the subscribers to the cost of the original buildings, would respectfully suggest that our individual interests should be also conserved;" And—"That a copy of these,resolutions be forwarded by the chairman (Mr Alexander Greig) to the Board of Education." A very strong feeling was expressed by some of the speaker* against the action of the Board of Education in dealing with the buildings as they have done. The chairman of the local committee stated that the committee had never been consulted ac to the sale of the property rinoe Us withdrawal from sale by auction, nor did they know ifc was for sale.

Magistrate's Cottet, Eakgioha. —At this Court on Tuesday, before 0. Wbitefoord, Esq., 8.M., J, O. Boys, A. H. Cunningham, J. Johnston, H. Blackett, and GL H. Lee, Esqs., in the case of B. E. Ha worth for violently assaulting his wife, adjourned from time to time for the last three weeks, Mr Clark stated that defendant was too ill now to attend, and handed in a medical certificate thawing 'that he was in a critical state of health. The Resident Magistrate jajd the Justices who eat at the first hearing of the case had decided toinflict a fine in this case of 40i. B. Hanna and Co. tB. Diamond, £23. The claim was admitted, defendant saying that he wished to pay the amount at the rate of £10 a year out o£ a pension of 2a per diem, received after twenty-one years'., service in India. The Resident Magistrate did not see what the service in India and the pension had to do with making ueha proposal. Judgment ' was for plaintiffs, the jpayment to bs left to after arrangement. 0. D. MaoCarjihy y Williams (a Maori), £5 • judgment was given for plaintiff. W. Burt "y J. 15a. In this caee J. Frizzell appeared, and said he never owed the amount; he olaimed expanses from West Syzeton. It was shown that the wrong man had received the summone, and his costs were allowed by the Court. \ Henare Mahuika t ,€r. S. Bertram. Application under 82nd section of Besident Magistrates Act, for recovery of possession of land teased to defendant, Mr Greegon for plaifiaJff, Mr MoConEel-for defendant. The Bench con* sidered that plaintiff had established his case, and gave judgment for tho possession to be given op within seven days. Mr MoOonnel gave notice to appeal, on the ground of proper notice not having been gives of plaintiff's intention to re-#afcer7 &. 9. Bwtrem T Henwe Mahuike, £9 Oβ Si i judgment for plaintiff. Whslbtak oHufi6&~The quarterly meeting, of the Durhamj street iirfcril 'whioh oompnses the Durham efreet, Eaefßfflit, Wbolston and Heathoote churches, was held in the schoolroom on Monday evening. The Bey. Wi Baumber ocoupied the chair, and the attendance of office-oearere was unueually largei eaph bhuroh : being imVL represented. The chairman reported a considerable, increase in the number of church members duriag the qnarter; and at the same time made reference to the great loss the circuit had, sustained by the death of Mr B. ConKal, who had for many years taken a very aotive part in the affaire of the church. Several of .the members of the meeting ihore testimony to his worth, and spoke of the high esteem in which he was held by all who knew him The fpUowfog resolution was ordered to be placed in the minnte-book:—" This meeting desires to place on record its very deep regret at the sad and untimely death of .Brother Oonnal, in the wreck of the Tarama, when on his way as a delegate to the general conference in Adelaide, Brother OonnaT having been one of the original members of this quarterly meeting, and for more than twenty-four ; years an active and energetio worker as lay preacher, class leader, Sunday School superintendent and teacher in the Christohuroh circuit. -It would also suggest to the trustees the propriety of placiiig a tablet to his memory in the Durham street church." The circuit stewards, Meears g. O. Mouldey *ad N. Martin, preeented iheir financial statement, which showed a total incoxna for the quarter (including a credifc-balance from last quarter) of £507 3* ; airid an eipenditure (inoluding £21 granted to connexional funds, £27 to foreign missions, £50 to home missions, and £150 to the various trait funds) of £465 143 lid, leaving a balance in hand of £41 8s Id. The Ber. W. S. CHllam, who has been working in the circuit since the Bey. A. Bad left for England, received from the meeting a hearty wdcjome. An attempt was made some time ago to introduce the envelope system of church finance into tho Durham street church, but its adoption not having been very general, it wee decided that the subject should be brought before the congregational meeting on Wednesday evening. Mention was made of the great success that had attended Bpecisl services thai were being held in the St. Albana circuit, and a general desire was expressed that similar services should be held in this circuit. After the transaction of other business the meeting closed with prajer.

lilCßHßnrs CotrßT. —At the adjourned meeting of the Ohristohurch District) Commiseioner* yesterday, Messrs Tancred, Harman, end Lee were present. The temporary transfer of the license of the Biccftrton Hotel from O. Lewis to O. Dyer was confirmed. A renewal of the license of the Papanui Hotel was granted to 0. Amyes. St. Miohakl's OsobaX, Socebtt.—The concert given last night by toe members of St. Michael's Choral Society was well attended, the large schoolroom next to the ohurch being nearly filled. The programme was a well selected one, and under the eondnctorahip of Mr Tandel the concert passed off most successfully. The part songs and glees were remarkably well rendered, and the opening orchestral selection by the Messrs Coomba deserves tpecial mention. Mr Boyd received an encore for his bass song, " Land of each dear delight," in the firet part of the enter tainment; and the closing trio by Mies Fairhurst, Mies Farkerson, and Mr Appleby was one of the gems of the evening. Part two opeHed with another excellent orohestral selection by Messrs Coombs, and Meters , liard and Boyd were deservedly applauded for their duet, "The moon has raised her lamp on high." Generally speaking, the members of the society are to be congratulated on the success that attended their efforts laeb night. Nobxb Bbm Pbbsbttbeiak Sithdat School—On Monday evening the teaohers of the North Belt Presbyterian Sunday School held a social meeting with a few of their friends in tho Oudfellowe' Hall, Montreal street. The Bey. J. D. Fergusaon presided. Tea was provided at 630 p.m., after which short addressee were delivered by the Beys. J. D. Ferguason and T. B. Cairns, Meme Cameron and King, and a wading by Mr Hubbard, which weie interspersed with anthems and hymns nicely rendered by several of the teachers. A pleasing feature of the evening was the presentation of a Bible to Miss Alexander, one of the teaohers who had been connected with the school for several years, and wag leaving owing to having removed to Sydenham. The gift was suitably acknowledged by the Bey. Mr Cairns on behalf of Miss Alexander. The meeting was brought to a close at an early hour, all of those present having spent a very pleasant evening.

ImjußTßiAi. Association.—A meeting of the committee of the Industrial Association was Held yesterday afternoon. Present— Messrs B. Allan (in the chair), Howlsnd, Cherrill, Jenkins, Waller, Weed, and Scott. The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed. The chairman said that since the last meeting he had received the report ■of the sub-committee on technical eduoation, and had forwarded it to the Minister of Education. Some.months ago he had written to one of the leading papier mache firms, asking to be furnished with an estimate of the cost of machinery for paper making. He had received a reply and a fully illustrated catalogue. These would be laid on the table for public inspection, He thought there was a fine opening for this indoitry here, especially in the manufacture of printing papers. For last year the value of imported paper was £80,000, £70,000 of that amount being for printing paper. # There were at the present time two mills in the colony engaged in the manufacture of wrapping paper. The estimate he had received was for machinery capable of turning out sixteen tons of paper per week, and thi» would only cost £25.000, the estimate being for water power. Even a , mill of this capacity should have a great future before it, especially as flax for the' manufacture of paper was being sent to other colonies, while the New Zealand paper-maker would also have the advantage of cheap straw. In addition to what he had already mentioned, he might state that £80,000 worth of stationery was imDorted last year. He had reoeived a memorandum from Mr Trent on the subject of pofcatoe farina, and promising to make farther inquiries as to the cost of the machinery for its manufacture. It was principally used by etaroh makers, but a specific price could not be given in the absence of samples. The nrice might be stated at from £14 to £17 "per ton, but tie .demand was limited. Mr Trent's oerrespondent in England hoped to be able to supply further particulars by next mail. A letter had been received from Mr Mountfort, architect, forwarding a complete set of samples of New Zealand cement, manufactured by Mr Atkinson. At a price he had no doubt it would be a very useful article, and he was informed that it could be shipped from the place of manufacture at fifty shillings per ton, which seemed to him very reasonable. The breaking strain of Mr Atkinson's cement, as tested by the Ljttelton Harbor Board's machinery, woe 759 lbs., while that of White's cement was 1200 lbs. A very high breaking weight, however, was not always preferred by builders. He (the ohairman) might mention that Mr Federli had returned to Christ--church from Hokitika, and intended to resume his labours in connection with silk culture. At the suggestion of Mr Howland, it was resolved that any proposed amendment of the tariff on imported a'rtioles used in local manufactures should be considered at the next meeting, _ and also the question of taking steps to induce members of the association who were in anear to pay up their subscriptions. Messrs Morgan and Walker presented several samples of infant's food, manufactured from potatoe farina and the "firsts" .of flour. The 'articles appeared to be of excellent quality, and it was stated that several hundred packages had already* been placed on the market. > j^„..— >■■■. . r <mm*m*>+am* tm *' k f City Bates.— We have been asked to remind ratepayers that the city rates for 1831 ore overthose interested in holding thie match is convened to be held on Saturday a>6 Mitchraeoa's ' i Associatiok.~A' meeting of the above will be held on Friday [next at 4 p.m., in the City Council Chambers, .■ itoconsider the report of the sub-comraitteg^J^.^ advertisement, a select quadrille assembly will be held on Thursday, the 30th inst., and each' .succeeding Thursday for six weeks, at the Oddfellows' Hall, Woobton. ;

Humt Club.—The meeting of the Hunt Crab with reference to the'steeplechase should have been stated aaiakilig plate on Thursday (to-morrow), inateag of to-day. Concicet.—A gr&cd vocal and inatrumental concert in connection with the Athelstan Lodge, U.A.0.D., will be held to-morrow evening, in the Oddfellowa' Hall, when a varied programme of musio, &c, will be submitted. The itetason the programme inclade a grand Drnidioal tableaux, in which the chorne from " Norma " will be sung.

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NEWS OF THE DAY., Press, Volume XXXV, Issue 4950, 29 June 1881

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