NEWS OF THE DAY.
Record Reign Demonstration.. —- A meeting of trades convened by. his Worship the Mayor in connection with the Record Reign Demonstration will ;be held at the City Council Chambers at 7.30 to-night. Oddfkllowship.—The forty-sixth anniversary of the Loyal City of Norwich Lodge is to be celebrated on the 25th met. by a smoke concert.
Kaiapoi Licicnsin_ Committer. — The annual meeting of this Committee takes place at noon to-day.
Ashburton Hockey Club.—The Ashburton Hockey Club have commenced the season under most encouraging circumstances. The membership roll has been considerably added to, the practices are well attended, and several good games have already been played.
Trinity College Examination.—An examination in mnsic under the auspices of Trinity College, London, was held in Ashburton on Saturday, Mr D. J. Jones supervising. Thirteen pupils presented themselves for examination in the junior and interraediata classes and seven for intermediate honours.
Ellis Rolling Stock Company.—As notified elsewhere, a meeting of the shareholders is called for this evening,, at Warner's Hotel, at 7.30. The Directors having received the various patents applied for have some important offers to place before the meeting. Narrow Escape. —On Thursday the mate and two of the crew of the ketch Emma Sims, when attempting to sound the Waimakariri bar in an open boat were nearly swamped. A heavy roller coming in caught the boat and filled it to the thwarts. The crew managed to beach their boat before another wave came upon them and bo escaped with a thorough drenching of their oloth.es.
Oxford.—A pretty wedding was celebrated at St. Mary's Church on Friday by the Rev. K. Garbett. The bridegroom was Mr William Henry Fort, of Christchuroh, son of Mr W. H. Fort, of Auckland, and the bride was Miss Louisa Jones, fourth daughter of Mr W. O. Jones, of West Oxford. The bridesmaids were the Misses Constance and Minnie Jones., After the ceremony the party were entertained by the bride's parents. Cribdagk.—The cribbage matches between the Friendly Societies, Rangiora, were continued on Friday evening, when the Druids beat the Fire Brigade by" 25 games to 23 and the Oddfellows beat the Sons of Temperance by 35 to 19.—A cribbage match between teams representing the Canterbury Caledonian Society arid the Waitham Cribbage Club was played in the rooms of the former on Thursday evening, and resulted in a win for the visitors by 25 games to 16. At the conclusion of the match refreshments were passed round, and altogether an enjoyable evening was spent. Ashburton Fire Brigade.—At the monthly meeting of the Ashburton Fire Brigade Mr J. Pauling tendered his resignation as a member, owing to important business arrangements. The resignation was received with much regret, and Captain Fooks paid a very high compliment to Lieutenant Pauling for the excellent services he had rendered during the eleven years ho had been a member of the Brigade. After the ordinary business was over Mr Pauling invited his comrades to join him in a glass of wine. The toaet of hia health was then honoured with much enthusiasm, and a couple of hours were pleasantly spent. Me_ropolitan Poultry Saow.—The following are the entries for the Metropolitan Poultry Show:—Dorkings 28, Cochins 12, Brahmas 21, Langshans 13, Plymouth Rocks 12, Orpingtons 12, Houdans 7, Wyandottes 86, game 79, Spanish 3, Andalusians 30, Minorcas47, Leghorns 91, Hamburghs 55, Polish 4, bantams 18, ducks 8, table poultry 3, any other variety 10, selling classes 28, exhibition only 4; total 568; pigeons 324, canaries, &c, 130, pets 88; total entries 1110.
Morris Tubs Shooting.—On Friday evening the Rangiora Rifle Volunteers fireoff for prizes given by Messrs Paterson and Jordan, the highest scorer being Mr T. Gnlliver 35; Privates Crothers, Reynolds, Holcroft (3) and Fraser, with handicaps of 3 respectively, and Private Mehrtens 5 eaoh scored 35 points.—ln shooting off Private Fraser made the possible score 6f 35, taking second prize. The members of the Christchurch Working Men's Rifle Class resumed their competitions on Friday evening. Thefollowing were the highest scorers:—R. G. Forgie (3) 43, C. Lunwris (3) 34, J. Hastie (scr) 33, J. A. Lummis (1) 33, W. G. Munford (2) 33, W. A. Caldwell (3) 32, J. McMillan (1) 31.
The Educated Horsf-.—To-night what is claimed to be one of the cleverest, aa it is one of the most unique, performances seen here, will be given in the Opera House. This is the opening show of Professor Bristol's educated horses. Unlike circuses there are no performers but the horses themselves, and they go through a series of feats which are almost incredible, showing to what an extent of education horses are.capable. The comedian of the company is a mule named Denver, who seems to be most thoroughly up in the part of low comedy, and keeps the audience in roars of laughter by his many peculiarly funny tricks. Trapeze acts, comic sketches and a number of items -ill up the programme, which is said to be most interesting and enjoyable throughout. To-day, at noon, there will be a public parade of the horses. Several matinees have been arranged, the first of which will be on Wednesday next, at 3 p.m. Carpet Squares.—To-morrow Mr Charles Clark will sell by auction, without reserve, 23 Brussels carpet squares. Those requiring a really good carpet should not fail to attend. 1832
Hubbard, Ham. And Co. for teas, sugars, Candles, kerosene, butter, cheese eggs, bacon, hams, &c, in aay quantities, at lowest prices. 215_ Donlop tyres are the original tyres. First in 1888, foremost in 1897. Guaranteed twelve months. Beware of imitation. Dnhlop Pneumatic Tyre Company, Limited, 128 Lichfield street. 241
"Homr Comforts" may be enjoyed by getting Health foods (malted) for infants, &c., Health magnesia (fluid), Rheumatic mixture, Dr. Schu_dor's ceil salts. Have a large stock just opened hot water bags, fountain oyringflS, enemas, vaporisers, pocket inhalers, pocket stoves and other lamps, respirators, stomach tubes, catheters, Pile Pipes, abdominal belts, muscle rollers, „c. The largest hygienic rooms in the colony. Open daily. Health Supplies Company, 245 Caahel street, Chriatchurch. 8550
Ik Hioh Estimation.—That the Victory sewing machine is fast gaining favour with the public, is best proved, by the increasing demand, and its praises are constantly being sung by everyone who has tested its high qualities. As well as being the best machine in the market, the price places it within the reach of all. Lessons free of charge at the agency, D.I.C, Cashel and Lichfield streets, Chriatcburch, 6661
Popular Concert.—Mr WUliam Mackenzie gives his sixth ooneert and myrioraroa in the Theatre Royal next Thursday, for which a special programme is in preparation. The Tillktt Committ_b.—The members of the Committee formed to receive Mr Ben Tilletfc will meet at the room adjoining the Opera House to-morrow (Tuesday) evening to make arrangement- for the forthcoming lectures.to be delivered by Mr Tilletfc. Volunteer Ball.—lt is suggested that the volunteers of this district should conclude the Diamond Jubilee week with a combined balL The matter will probably be discussed at tha non coin missioned officers' Club on Weduesday.
Associated Corps. —The delegates of the Associated Volunteer Corps meet 00 Wednesday night to discuss the ammunition quest . j tion. If possible the annual meetiug will take place the same night. ' Acksow—soaM_NT. —The Matron of tbe Queen's Jnbilee Memorial Home desires to acknowledge with thanks magazines from Mr Britlain, " Review of Reviews" from the Progressive Liberal Association, parcel of clothing from Mrs E. Anderson. Mutual Improvement Society. — On Friday evening last, at the usual weekly meeting of the Durham street Wesleyan Mutual Improvement Society, the Rev. H. LD Bellhouse read a very interesting ( paper [on the "Life and Character of ? John McGregor." Mt* Patten occupied the chair. Farm Notes. —In the North Canterbury [ district the gathering of potatoes is nearly ! completed. During the past week there has been a fair area broken up for wheat sowing, and some of the farmers say that more rain is necessary to facilitate the work of ploughing, and further frosts to rid the ground of grub 3. Privatk SOCIETIES.—The Royal Commission which has been appointed to enquire into the working of the various Private Benefit Societies opens its sittings in Christchurch at the Land Board Room, Provincial Government Building 3, this morning. Messrs George Fisher, M.H.R., and Tregear, two of the Commissioners, with the Secretary, arrived from the South by the express on Saturday evening. Election op Board of Governors.— The voting for the election of the new Board of Governors will take place to-day. Under the Act, the ballot papers must be in the hands of the Returning Officer (the Re gistrar of the College) before 5 p.m. to-day, or posted before that hour. As many School Committees distant from Christchurch are entitled to vote, the results will not be available to-day. The King Country.—The open-air meeting held in the Cathedral Square on Saturday evening was largely attended. Addresses were given by Revs. T. H. Lyon, W. Tinsley, C. Porter, and Mr T. E. Taylor, M.H.R., and the following resolution was passed—" This open-air meeting emphatically protests against the indifference of tiie Government to the open violation of the Prohibitory Liquor Laws in the King Country, and urges that immediate steps should be taken to bring all the offenders to justice." At several of the-churches yesterday references were made to the matter and resolutions were passed. Pbrsonal. —Our Ashburton correspondent writes: —-On Saturday week Mr Alfred Harrison, who for the past twenty years has successfully carried on business in Ashburton as an auctioneer, said farewell from his rostrum to his clients. Mr Harrison, who is still in the vigour of manhood, has acquired a well-earned competency, and in warmly thanking his friends for the liberal support they had always accorded him, said he had decided to retire into private life, and hand the business over to Mr H. Stephenson, who had been in his employ almost from the time he started business tweaty years ago. Mr Harrison was warmly congratulated on his success, though much regret was expressed at his giving up business, his pleasant, straightforward methods having always been appreciated. His successor, Mr Stephenson, is also very popular. Women's Social and Political League. —A meeting of the Council of the League was held on Thursday evening, when a vote of thanks was unanimously passed to all the ladies and gentlemen who so kmdly and liberally contributed towards the refreshments of the recent Hawke's Bay Relief Fund social and dance. An especial vote of thanks was ttlsopassed to Mr Quane (Manager of Messrs Nelson and Moate's), Messrs Fletcher, Humphrey and Co., Mr Crayahaw (Manager of Messrs Aulsebrook's biscuit factory), and Messrs Gill, Buggy and Smith (confectioners) for their very handsome donations. The Secretary was instructed to hand over to the Secretary of the Delsarte Quadrille Assembly Committee all moneys and tickets belonging to the fund of the recent social. Au article from the Sydney Bulletin in reply to Mr Ben Tillettfs "Words to the Now Zealand Workers" in the New Zealand Liberal aud Labour Association's Directory was read. Running of the Trains.—At a public meeting held in the Ashburton Orange Hall on Friday evening the following resolutions were carried :—That the Department be asked to arrange for tbe evening train from Christohurch to start at four o'clock and run at the same speed as the morning train to Ashburton, reaching there at 6.45; that instead of running the eleven o'clock train from Ashburton on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays only, the said train be run daily as a means 6f not only accommodating the public, but relieving the present trains from being overloaded and unable to keep time; that the Department be asked to arrange the trains so that passengers to and from the West Coast may be able to take advantage of the main line trains on their arrival at Rolleston. It was further decided that copies of these resolutions be sent to the Minister for Railways and also to the members for the district.
Lawn Tennjs. —A match was played on Saturday at New Brighton between Canterbury College aad the local Club, the latter winning by fourteen games. The following are the scores: — McWilliam (C.) beat Bickerton (N. 8.), 9—B ; Franks (N. 8.) beat Moore (C), 9—5; Lingard (C.) beat Checkley (N. 8.), 9-3; Davidson (N. 8.) beat Stuekey (C), 9-4; Bradley (N. 8.) beat Richmond (C), 9—6; Miss Aitken (C.) beat Mrs Franks (N. 8.), 5—4 (unfinished); Miss Howard and Miss Aitken (C) beat Miss Gardiner and Mrs Parrott (N. 8.), 6— 3; Bishop and Miss Gardiner (N.B.)beat McWilliam and Miss Howard (C), 9—B; Bickerton and Mrs Parrott (N. 8.) beat Moore and Miss Aitken (C.), 9—5; Bishop and Bickerton (N. 8,) beat Mo William and Moore (C), 9-1; Inglis and Stuekey (C.j beat Franks and Checkley (N. 8.), 9—6; Bradley and Davidson (N. 8.) beat Lingard and Richmond .(C), 9—6. Totals—jtfew Brighton, 87; Canterbury College, 73.—The annual meeting of the New Brighton Lawn Tennis Club Was held in the school on Saturday .evening. There was a large attendance, and the Rev. F. R. Inwood presided. The following officers were elected: —Patron, Mr W. White; President, Mr R. C. Bishop; Vice-Presidents, the Rev. F. R. Inwood, Messrs Winny, Mclntyre, Pine, Grossmann, Hardey, Stranaghan, and W. 3. Byrne ; Secretary and Treasurer, Mr G. W. Bishop; Committee, Mesdames Bishop, Checkley, Franks, Morrison, aad Miss Gardiner, Messrs Burns, Checkley, Franks, Davidson, and Young; Selection Committee, Messrs Checkley, Franks, and tiie Secretary I Auditor, Mr C. H. Franks. The Committee was instructed to erect a pavilion as soon as the necessary funds are available. Twenty new members were elected.
Tax Hyman Marks Brqukst. —Despite the publicity given to the Mayor's request that applications for relief should be made after 2 p. m. on and after Monday next he was on Saturday morning beset with applicants.
Bklfast.—At a social gathering held on Thursday evening to say *.f Good-bye "to Mr Hiilier, who has been station master for the past six years, and who has been transferred to Temufea, Mr W. Nichoils, in a few weHchosen words, presented him, on behalf ot the principals of the different firms, and sr few friends, with a handsome marble clock, in recognition of hw many good qualities, Mr Hiilier suitably acknowledged the gift, and a pleas-nt evening was terminated by singing " Auld Lang Syne."
Tins " T-iA-."—The Jane number of the Triad, which has just reached as, contains a number of good illustrations, noticeable among which is* splendid portrait of the late Johannas Brahms. The letterpress matter ia of a most varied nature, and readers wonld indeed be hard to please who could sot find much to interest them in the pages of the Triad. As a supplement a reproduction of the famous picture " The Doctor" ia given. In this issue several prize competitions aire anoonnoed, the first closing on tbe 20th inst. Particulars xua_ be found in another column 186?
Sup__M_ Court.---T-edvil sittings-of the Supreme Court will open before his Honour Mr Justice Denniston to-day at 11 a.m. There are no jury eaeeS for tnal at this session, all the cases left in the calendar being before his Honour alone. Thkatrica-.—Misa Gladys Leigh, with a Comedy <3ompa_y, will open at the Theatre Royal here for a short season, commencing on the 19th instant. -" The Volunteers.— At the last parade of the Rangiora Rifles, Certain G. H. N. Helmore, held an inspection of the arms and accoutrements. The company numbering forty-three was then put through the musketry exercises.— parade of the Kaiapoi Rifles, under Caf tain T. Millar, on Friday there were fifty present, and after the inspection aiming and position drill was taken up under the Sergeant-Major and "thecompany sergeants. ■ j - . An Intbrksting putting down the Caversham Hotel, A_e of houses in Christchurch, and the earliest landmark for travellers coming's o_ io the Plains, a very interesting relio was found. Thte was voL VI. of '* The British Theatre," a collection of plays adapted to the stage by Mr Kemble. This was originally printed in eight volumes. The one referred to was printed in 1815, but is jn excellent condition, quite as good as when it waa first issued. The plays comprised in the volume are "New Way to Pay Old Debts," "Rule a Wife and Have a Wife," " Plain Dealer," " Double Dealer," and " Way of the World."
Concert at Lyttelton.—Mr W. Mackenzie gave another of his popular concerts at the Oddfellows' Hall, Lyttelton, on Friday night to a capital house. Some of the songs and recitations were illustrated by pictures on the myriorama. In addition to an excellent programme of instrumental and vocal selections, recitations, dances, &c, by Mrs Carmiohael, Mrs Francis, Miss Jessie Glover, Mr W. Mackenzie and Master Mackenzie, some pictures of statuary were shown, and Mr Mackenzie gave a humourous speech. The performance concluded with the sirtging of " Auld Lang Syne," in which the audience joined. Mr Mackenzie generously gave a percentage df the proceeds to the Lyttelton Record Reign Committee. He announced his intention of giving fortnightly concerts during t&ie winter. A Peculiar Incident;— M. O'Brien of the Premier Boot Factory had a narrow escape from having a serious fire at his residence, Dromoreland, Papanui road, on Friday morning. A thin ray of sunlight shining through a small pane of glass iv a coloured glass window was concentrated on a combined graphoscope and stereoscope which was standing on a small table, and behind which were some views. This acting as a burning glass set fire to the views, which were alight when Mrs O'Brien fortunately went into the room. Some time ago the graphoscope had been charred and Mr O'Brien was perplexed as to the cause. Christchurch Sheep Dog Trial Club.— A well attended meeting of tho Committee of the Christchurch Sheep Dog Trial Club was held at Messrs Matson and Co.'s salerooms on Saturday afternoon, Mr F. A. Archer in the chair. A statement of accounts in connection with the late trials showed a satisfactory credit balance] A Sub-Committee, consisting of the Chairman and Messrs Calcutt, Hngonin, Elder and Wachsmann, was appointed to ,go into the question of holding "trial for yarding dogs. It was decided that the event ..should be open, and that if permission could be obtained it would be held in the Park, and free to the public. ; Hearty votes of thanks were passed to the Judge, Mr W. O. Rutherford, and Messrs C. P. Hugonin and R. C. Wilson for their valuable assistance, and they were all made life members of the Club. Mr Hugonin, in returning thanks, said they hoped next year to provide a ground that would give every satisfaction, Haarty votes of thanks were also passed to Mr A. R. Ellis, hon. sec., Mr G. Bisset, and the Chairman for their services.
INSPECTION OF MEAT.
Among the Bills 'for next session is one. providing for the inspection of meat before freezing and exporting.
MILITARY AND NAVAL SETTLERS. An enquiry under the Naval Settlers Act begins at Wellington on June 14th.
Te show what is being done in the way of cutting up estates privately, we learn from Mr Arthur E. G. Rhodes, that since October Ist, 1895, say nineteen months, 9267 acres 25 perches of the Waimate estate have been disposed of for the snm of £89,362 8s lid* or at the rate of nearly £9 13s per acre. This large block of brad haw nearly all been in small blocks, of from 50 acres to 300 acres, to settlors who have acquired the land with the determination to make homes for themselves and their families. There appears to be as great a rush for this land ds for the Government settlements, £11,000 worth of the land having been disposed of within the last ten days, and the demand still continues. There are still; over 20,t)00 acres for sale, and no doubt before long further substantial sales will be reported.
A MIGHTY SHIPMENT.
As an illustration of the tremendous revolution worked in bur export trade by the refrigerator, the lists of exports by the steamers Buteshire and Waikato, which appear in another column, are well worth perusing. The latter, vessel, especially, is practically solid with tbe flesh and other portions of animals. There is scarcely another export in all the enormous holds of the steamer. The carcases, wool, hair, hides, fat, &c., are done up in some form or another and shipped off to feed and clothe the millions of England, with not a sack of grain in the entire vessel. The Waikato's totals show 88,048 carcases mutton and lamb, 1309 cases preserved meats, 2198 boxes and crates rabbits, with wool, tallow, skins, kidneys, and casings. The Buteshire, among other things, took over 300 tons of rabbits. ;