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NEWS OF THE DAY.

The Watmatb.—-The New Zealand Shipping Company's ship Waimate arrived at London, all well, prior to the 27th inst.

Ltttblton. —Work on the wharves had to be stopped yesterday afternoon, in consequence of the heavy rain. St. Albans Licensing Committee.— The Committee appointed by the Governor for the district of St. Albans consists of

Messrs J. Anderson, C. A. Pritchard, R.

Westenra, R. Struthers, and J. D. Mac

pherson Direct Steam.—The New Zealand Ship ping Company Limited has received cable advice of the sailing of the steamship British Queen from Plymouth on 24th March for Wellington and Lyttelton, with a large number of passengers. Committed for Trial.— Yesterday at the Resident Magistrate's Court, Wm, O'Connor was committed for trial at the Supreme Court on a charge of larceny from a dwelling. Bail was allowed. Arrest. —A man named Timbey was arrested yesterday afternoon on a charge of Larceny. He will be accused in conjunction with Mrs Lyons—who appeared at the R.M. Court yesterday morning— with stealing a rug, the property of a Mr Weedon. Theatre Rotal. —Despite the very inclement weather last night there waa a fairly good attendance at the Theatre, when tbe Stanley and Darbyshire Juvenile Opera Company repeated " Pinafore." The same bill will be given for a matinee performance to-day, and also in the evening For Monday next Planquette's "Le Cloche3des Corneville " is announced. The Bohemians. —The members of this troupe give another entertainment in the Oddfellows' Hall on the sth of April, and on the 11th of next month they intend to devote an evening to the amusement of the inmates of the Sunnyside Asylum. It is to be hoped that their benevolent action will be appreciated. Lyttelton R.M. Court.—The business yesterday raorning'at this Court consisted in fining a first offender Bs for being drunk, sending W. Parr, a deserter from the steamer Fenstanton, to prison until the sailing of that vessel, and mulcting S. Davy in Is, and costs 6s, for permitting the chimney of a house to take fire. Dr. Rouse and H. AUwright, Esq., were on the Bench. „ , . Weatheb Exchangb. — New Zealand yesterday —Low area and N.W. -winds ; increased pressure in the South ; dull weather, with light S.E. winds, except in Wellington, where it blows fresh, with showers. Australia—High pressure over Eastern Australia and Tasmania, with light variable winds; Barometer —Russell, 29.8; Wellington, 29.9 ; Bluff, 30.2; Hobart, 30.3; Portland, 30.2; Sydney, 30.2.

Easter Services.—The hall, Waikari, which is used regularly for the Church of England services, was very tastefully decorated for Easter Sunday. . The choir, which now numbers fifteen voices; rendered the various hymns and psalms very satisfactorily, in which they' were heartily joined by the congregation. Every credit is due to them and to their organist, considering the short time they have been together. On Sunday, the Ist April, there will be special harvest thanksgiving services at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. The hall will be suitably decorated.

U.A.O.D.—The Anchor Lodge, No. 120, held their usual quarterly meeting in the Oddfellows' HaU, Woolston, on Wednesday evening, AD. Bro. Carey presiding. There was a large attendance of members and visiting brethren. It was unanimously resolved—" That the lodge give its patronage and every assistance to a concert to be given at an early date on behalf of Bro. E. Tyne, who had the misfortune to loose his hand." A large amount of business was gone through, and a short time was spent in harmony. Several gentlemen were proposed for membership. The receipts of the evening were £35 6s 9d. The lodge was then closed in due form by the A.D.

Mandbvi—— and Bangiora Board of Conservators. —A meeting of this Board was held at Flaxton on Friday. PresentMessrs Mulcock (Chairman), Boys, Duncan, and Evans. Applications for clearing branch drains were considered, and it was decided the funds of the Board would not allow of their doing any work to these drains during tbe year. Mr Chapman waited upon the Board in reference to the overflow of the Cust, the consideration of which subject was deferred until next meeting. The Surveyor was instructed to see to certain repairs on the main drain, and the Board then adjourned. School Treat.—The children attending St. John the Baptist's Sunday School, Bangiora, were given their annual treat yesterday. The day was very fine, and the children to the number of about 120 assembled in a paddock kindly lent for the occasion by Mrs Torlesse, where they indulged in the usual sports, running races, &g. The teachers were present, and, with the Archdeacon of Bangiora, did their best to amuse the little ones. Before dispersing, the scholars, together with the parents and teachers present, were addressed by the Archdeacon, who expressed his gratification at seeing so .many little people enjoying themselves. Firb at Febnsidb.—Shortly after midnight on Thursday the seven-roomed dwelling house of Mr James Smith was discovered to be on fire. At the time the j I owner was away in Oxford, and Mrs Smith I and six children were in the house, and a man servant in an adjoining lean-to. The inmates with difficulty made good their j escape, and only a few articles of furniture ! were saved. The fire raged quickly, as a strong S.W. wind was blowing. The dwelling was insured in the Liverpool and London and Globe Office for £200, but Mr Smith's loss is considerably over that amount. In addition to the loss of furniture there was £5 in cash burned. The j. origin of the—re is supposed to have been from a heap of wood placed in the open kitchen fire-place to dry. The FheethoughT Hall.—The question of the liability or otherwise of the Freethought Hall, late the German Church, to be rated for city purposes was raised at tbe first sitting of the Assessment Court for the City Wards, held some little time ago. Mr C. Whitefoord, EX., Judge of the Court, adjourned the hearing of this objection for argument. Yesterday at the adjourned sitting the matter was argued, Mr Joynt appearing in support of the objection and Mr Garrick, City Solicitor, contra. The principal contention for the ebjectors was that the building was used similarly to churches for the dissemination of the particular belief held by the Freethought Association, and therefore was entitled to be exempt. Against this Mr Garrick submittedthat it could not be held that the services were religious services, and therefore the exemption claimed could not be allowed. Mr Whitefoord, after argument decided in favor of the City Council, and that the building did not come within the exemption clause. The assessment was, therefore, upheld.

Ravens' Football Club.—The annual meeting of this Club was held at the Commercial Hotel last evening, Mr G. J. Parker in the chair. There was a good attendance. Several gentlemen having been elected as members, the election of officers for the ensuing year was proceeded with, and with the following result:—President, Mr J. Gibbs; Vice-President, Mr K. C. M. Lewin; Captain, Mr C. Stringer; Vice-Captain, Mr R. Kfavig; Secretary and Treasurer, Mr J. Shackleton. Messrs Lewin and Edgar were elected Delegates of the Club to the Rugby Union, and Messrs F. Hyman, A. L. Smith, E. J. Hawkes, W. Edgar, C. H. Wagstaff, C. J. Franck, and C. Robb appointed to form the Committee. It was decided that the 21st April be the day on which to open the Club's season, and that the arrangement of matters of detail connected with the Club be left to the members of Committee. This was all the business, and the meeting then adjourned.

Cbbditobs' MBBTnia.—A meeting of Mrl Pinching's creditora was held yesterday. The debtor proposed to pay 10s in the £, 6a cash, and the other 5s in three months. If these terms were accepted he thought he would be able to pay another 5s in the £ subsequently, but would not promise. The meeting was adjourned to see if guarantees could be found for tbe pay- [ ment of 16s in the £by the debtor. In the" event' of failure in this respect it was resolved that the debtor must assign.

R.M. Coubt, Lbeston.—T. Durant, C.j Frankish, R. Frankish, W. Roberts and John Daly, for breach of Cattle Trespass Ordinance, were fined ss, and costs 7s each. Jameson v Wilkinson, claim of £6 ss, judgment by default; Ennis v Sherlock and another, adjourned to Southbridge for amended particulars to be served on defendants -, Doyle v J. Woods, £1 5s 9d. judgI ment by default; same v Kerurua, £16 8s Bd, Mr Alston for plaintiff, judgment for plaintiff with costs. Mr Beetham, R.M., presided.

Supremb Court.—The quarterly criminal session of the Supreme Court win open on Monday next, before his Honor Mr Justice Johnston. The calendar to date contains fifteen cases, asunder: - Rat ima Jacob,

murder; John Adam Berg, conspiring to in defraud creditors; Thomas Bates, fraudu- Q f lent bankruptcy; WiUiam Leake, indecent assault; Richard Carl, alias Carrol, far- *» ceny; William Clark, embezzlement; **< Henry Doom, larceny from the person ; Robert Taylor, larceny ; Job. Maitland, Wm. Copley, Jae. Blunt and Chas. Cooper, jj rape; Adam Alex. Johnston, indecent assault; W., G. and S. Bowron, breach of __" Arms Act; W. Connor, larceny from a at dwelling. Methodist Meetings.—The Primitive _, Methodists advertise that they purpose ! holding a camp meeting to-morrow afternoon on the reserve at the river side adjoining Manchester street Bridge. It will tl commence at half-past two o'clock, and will be preceded by a short open-air service •_ at Cathedral Square. The meeting fa to be led by the Rev. J. Ward, and addresses L are to be dehvered by Mr Harris, Mrs E Holder, also by Mrs Hannah Hall and Mr f < James Cotton, tbe two Quakers who have j been preaching'in several churches in the _. city lately. To-morrow evening there is to be a public Methodist Love Feast, in * the Cambridge Terrace Church, near v, Colombo street Bridge; and in the morn- I ing, at eleven, there is to be a Consecration service. Revival services are to be held in the church every evening next week. Presentation at Akaroa. —A number of the leading residents of Akaroa met at Rodriguea' Madeira Hotel for the purpose c of presenting (through Mr S. Lee) an address to Mr Willis, and a purse of sovereigns to Mrs Willis. Mr Adams, the ( Mayor, took the chair, and read the address 1 as follows :—" We, the undersigned, on behalf of well-wishers in Akaroa, desire to I ] express our sense of the able and impartial J } manner in which you have carried out your I duties whilst residirg amongst us. In parting with you we feel we have lost a friend who sincerely desired the happiness and prosperity of this community. Trusting that you and your wife and children may have every happiness in your new home, we are, yours faithfully, T. Adams, Mayor, &c." His Worship then presented a purse of thirty-one sovereigns to Mrs Willis. Votes of thanks to the Mayor brought the L meeting to a close. Complimentary Dinner.—Mr Henry Sedcole, an old and much respected resi- [ dent in the Oxford district, who is leaving, to take up his residence in the North ! Island, was invited by a large number of friends to a dinner in Love's Hotel, East [ Oxford, on Thursday evening. Mr C. H. Petrie occupied the chair. After dinner, which was prepared by Mrs Love in her ' usual good style, the Chairman proposed J the toast of " Our Guest, Mr Sedcole," and r referred at some length to the bene—te the ] district bad derived from Mr Sedcole'a ' services during his eighteen years* _resir dence amongst them, and to his readiness * at all times to render active assistance fa ' all local matters, and stated he was at all -. times willing to lend a helping band in 3 doing anything that would forward the 3 interests of the district, and had done good 3 service while Chairman of the Sohool 3 Committee and as member of the Road E Board; It was much regretted that he (Mr s Sedcole) found it necessary to leave the district, and they, had met that' evening t to bid him good-bye, and to wish him and 1 his family success and prosperity in their - new undertaking. The toast was most - heartily drunk. The Rev. John Sheldon ? and Messrs Parish and Ingram made a few s remarks, endorsing the Chairman's ret marks. Mr Sedcole, in feeling terms, c replied to the toast, and was pleased to i hear his efforts had been appreciated. The a proceedings of the evening were enlivened f by a number of songs, and after bidding t Mr Sedcolegood-bye,the meeting separated, o after spending a most enjoyable evening; l * Sunntsidb Asylum.—The annual treat to the patients of the Sunnyside Asylum g took place yesterday, and though to a ceri, tain extent the full enjoyment of the day * was spoilt by the heavy rain falling in the d afternoon, still a very pleasant time was 0 spent by the patients and their friends, c Tho general public wore exceedingly liberal i- with their contributions for the_ occasion, >> gifts being received from Major Lean, h Messrs Aitken and Roberts, Grinstead, >t Hopper, Hancock and Packer, whilst the i- Christchurch Amateur Swimming Club « sent a quantity of tobacco. The day's fun I- began with a cricket match between two d teams of the patients, in which some good ° cricket was shown* An adjournment was then made to a substantial dinner, to which I- the generosity of the gentlemen named I- contributed in no small degree. It 3 . was then proposed to hold a tournae ment in costume, and one of the patients, h suitably attired aB a herald, and mounted a on a fiery, untamed steed, careered about ie inviting all and sundry to /come forward ir and joust before the fayre ladies present. The rain, however, which had been threata ening the moßt part of the day, now came te down in good earnest, so the idea- had to d be abandoned, and the patients got under [r cover. However, Mr Button's band made it a circuit of the several wards, andplayed i- selections, much to the delight of the te patients. Several indoor games were n organised, and altogether, despite theunin toward rain, the patients enjoyed themselves thoroughly. ' n Kaiapoi Church Entertainment.—On 3- Thursday evening a tea meeting and onto tertainment was held fa the Oddfeßowa* te Hall in aid of the funds of the church. >r There was a large attendance of visitors. 0 The tables were provided by Mesdames' ie Whitefoord; ' % Dudley, Robins, Wilson, b- Day, Wood, Oldham, Moore, and Aberne, I- and Miss Andrews. At the entertainment [r the hall was crowded in every part. Songs b- were given by -Mesdames Robins and a. Champion, Miss ! ' WfaterbOurhe, Messrs rs Champion and Pußan. Mrs Champion's: to song, "Lady of the Lea," was encored. te Dibdin's operetta, " The Waterman," was it produced by a local company, in which the to parts were sustained in first rate style— b- namely, Mr BundeU (market gardener), ie Mr H- J.. Wood; Mrs BundeU (of uncer- -- tain temper), Mrs H. J.Wood; Wilhelmfaa; >c the beUe of Battersea, Miss J. Monk; Tom it Tug (the waterman in love with Wfflielid mina), Mr W. R. May; and Robin (the ie conceited coxcomb in love with him self), s, by Mr G. F. Hewlings. The dresses worn were very elaborate and gay. The ease g\ and grace with which each one discharged the respective characters, and the singing j of Wilhelmfaa, Tom Tug, and Robin, proA yoked repeated encores. [l of the fadies, who appeared for the first' % time, were frequently applauded, and it is >( _ not too much to say that the production ' of this operetta eclipsed any previous per- j __ formances, which-iB saying a good deal, bearing fa. mind tbe clever acting of the _! members of the local dramatic society of Z bygone days. At the close, on the motion fl of Mr H. J. Day, seconded by Ifcl. ]( j Revell, a vote of thanks was passed by j acclamation to all who had assisted.

CbristcbtjbchFootbali. Club.—A meeting of ike above Club will be held at Warner's Hotel at 8 p.m. this evening.

Toung Men's Club.—There will be —n entertainment next Monday at the Young Men's Club, Gloucester street, when Mr Seagerwill give an exhibition of bis conjuring powers. A bagatelle-board has been. added to the attractions of the Club.

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NEWS OF THE DAY., Press, Volume XXXIX, Issue 5470, 31 March 1883

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