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General Intelligence.

Tbey are building a new theatre in Christchurch. Mr Pyke is again spoken of as Minister of Miiies.It is proposed to establish a smallfarm association at Wanganui. Mr George M'Lean has joined tbe Ministry as Commissioner of Customs. The Borough Council of Napier are erecting public baths and wash-houses at a cost of L 1,750» Ihe Adelaide corporation propose asking* power by bill to raise by loan £300,000 for draining the city. David Henry Harrison was drowned on Sunday night while crossing the Ahaura River, Greymouth. Tbe Thames . gold returns for the month are very low. The Coromandel returns are on the increase. Tbe publicans of Melbourne have projected a fire insurance company to insure hotels and other business places, James Drummond, a shoemaker in Carlton, Melbourne, has been seriously stabbed by bis son witb a trimming knife. A society has been formed in Victoria for the express purpose of promoting a union between tbe Episcopalian and Presbyterian denominations. The Surveyor-General, J. T. Thomson, Esq., has presented to the Corporation of the City of Dunedin an oil painting of the City, executed twenty years ago. The « News Letter' has been informed that a gentleman wbo possesses considerable musical talent is endeavoring to organise a Maori brass band in Masterton. Most of the farmers on the Taieri Plain are well forward with their ploughing. In several places on the Plain the early sown Crops are already above ground. Lady Bowen and her daughter have arrived in Melbourne from England. The new Government House is now occupied, and the ladies are looking forward to a festive season and a ball. There are on view at Kirk's Bazaar, Melbourne, two Arab horses, lately imported from India by Major-Gen.eral Ashburner. They are of the pure Kuhilan-i-Ajeez breed* The Friendly Societies of Auckland have resolved not to send delegates, to Wellington, bnt to instruct the Central Committee already formed at Wellington to look after the interests of the societies. A Norwegian named Christopherson was shot dead by a groom named Appleby, at Schofield's hotel, Brieza, New South "VVales. They had previously bad a quarrel during the election row. A new society is abont to be started in Wellington nnder the title of the Land Investment. Company, for the purpose of acquiring and improving land, improvements including buildings, i f necessary. It appears that since the Stevenson affair occurred, tbe Customs duties of Victoria have suddenly increased from L 30.000 to L 40,000 per week. It may be only a coincidence. Evil to him who evil thinks. Tbe ' New Zealand Herald's ' correspondent at Philadelphia, in his record of the New Zealand exhibits, says : — Burton Brothers, of Otago, contribute, a collection of photographic gems that cannot be beaten. The young salmon are thriving " re- , markably well at the Canterbury So- A ciety's "ponds/ and no 'deaths have

""yet" occurred, Extensive preparations are being made at tbe gardens for the trout spawning" season. Encouraged by tbe Government having at last fulfilled their promise to Mr Shepherd, by rewarding him for services rendered, with a clerkship, Mr Pyke has been installed, and has entered upon bis duties, as Government whip. ft is reported in Sydney that tbe Fenian agents who managed the escape of the Western Australian prisoners bave left for California by tbe mail steamer. The whaler Catalpa was especially armed and chartered to assist in tbeir escape. Tbe beetroot proposals of Sir Julius Yogel are looked upon as an ingenious - attempt to increase the revenue rather than production. There is no chance of the suggestion for an increase of the duty on sugar being agreed to by the majority of the. House. A. new uniform bas been provided for tho Armed Constabulary. A suit of blue tWeed is to replace the old rather 'dingy B'i' ev > while instead of the cap formerly worn, a millitary - looking shako will surmount the head of each gallant defender of bis country. The Supreme Court Judge, Auckland, in bis charge, on Monday, commented strongly on the committal of Capt. Morris on a charge of bribery in the City ISast election, on the unsupported testimony of one witness, and directed the Grand Jury to throw out the bill., A clergyman recently, ministering spiritual consolation in tbe Castlemaine gaol, asked tbe prisoner if be knew the commandments. " Yes, sir," was the reply. Clergyman : «• Say the eighth." Prisoner : '• Thou shalt do no manner of work ; thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter." A Thames miner, named W. Briggs, 30 years of age, lost his life in the Dauntless-and-Sink-to-Bise mine a few days ago. He was ascending a shaft by means of a band-rope, when a fit of faintness caused him to let go, and he fell to the bottom, a depth of fifty feet, and was killed on the spot. The ' Auckland Star' states that Te Hemara Pauhia, one of the most enlightened Maori chiefs of Maburangi, bas given one hundred acres of the finest land in the neighborhood of Waiwera to Dr Mobenbeer, for baying cured his son of a wheiohe (or boil), which be had contracted on the leg. The Queenstown correspondent of the 'Cromwell Argus' says that a Wakatip Steam Shipping Company has started into existence baying for its object the placing of a first-class steamer upon tbe Lake, one that will afford good accommodation for passengers, and do the trip to Kingston and back in a few hours. The Taieri 1 annual ploughing match took place on Friday last on Mr Peter Grant's farm, Gowrie. Tbe weather Was tolerably favorable, but tbe turn out was small, there being only eleven single, and eight double- furrow ploughs on tie ground. The ground was' in good condition, and the work performed in a very superior manner. A little boy, son of Mr H. Kingston, Robinson's Bay, Canterbury, was burnt to death on Monday. It appears he was playing about the stump of a tree which was on fire, when by some means the flames caught his clothes. He lingered in great agony till two o'clock next morning, Dr Pearde being in attendance the whole time. An insolvent in Sydney, whose liabilities amount to over L.200, assigns as his sole reason for filing his schedule " tbat all all his creditors may share rateably in his assets — household furniture and wearing apparel, valued at L.5 — instead of their bsing swallowed by one wbo bad levied upon them for a judgment debt of L.2 3s 3d." At a, conference held at Christchurch/ on June 30th, it was resolved, " That it is desirable tbat the Road Boards of this Province should have an opportunity to consider the new Local Government Bill before it becomes law." Officers were appointed with a view of calling another meeting when the matured proposals of the Government are before the public. As a diversion of the now so popular " spelling bee," a correspondent sends to a contemporary a "pronouncing bee," for those who are trying to master the English language : " A rough horse, pulling a plough through ground like dough, sprained bis bough, and got a cough." The above sentence contains six different ways of .pronouncing " ough." Meetings are being held in all the farming districts, Southland, at which resolutions are passed that the farmers 1 are quite able to cope with tbe evils resulting from the spread of rabbits, I without the aid of special legislation on the subject. The repeal of the duty on powder and shot is suggested, as also tbat every settler be allowed to keep one dog free from tax. On Sunday morning a drunken sailor on board th* ketch Sarah and Mary, at Greymouth, named Donovan, came on board and wanted a man named James Hudd, who was sober in bed,. to come and drink. Hudd refused, and Donovan then dragged bim out to fight, which at last he consented to do. During the tussle both men fell overboard, and Hudd-was drowned, Donovan has been arrested. Tbe ' Tuapeka Times' says it is reported tbat a rev-, father of the, Roman: Catholic Church, Dunedin, has thrown off the, trammels of the- Church,; and

followed the example of PereHyacinthe, of Parisian celebrity, 'by 'taking unto himself a wife, The fair One is reported to possess considerable; personal charms* and at one time is said to v bave been numbered with the Duhedin-^l Sisters of Mercy. '" Mr Andrew Davidson, of the Railway Department, has received a present from tbe Directors of the Kaitangata Railway and Coal Company, of a saver watch, which bears the followinjg in* scription, " Presented by the Directors of the Kaitangata Railway and: Coal Company to Andrew Davidson, con* ; ductor of the opening train frbmlmn* j edin to Kaitangata, 16th June, 1876, [ for his attention to their guests on that occasion." : " Miss Julia Matthews, whose flamo and history are so intimately connected with Dunedin, is dead. She made ber debut in Melbourne, but it was in Dunedin she first took a leading; position on the stage. She then went'to London, where she secured a world-wide repnta* tion. Perhaps few know that she was the fiancee of Burke, the Australian explorer, and it was understood would have been married to him he had returned alive. She married aMr Mumfdrd, in Dunedin, and her married life Was' a chequered one, but a most kindly feeling was entertained towards her by all wbo khew her in this Colony. The Hill Farm sale, which has just concluded in South Australia, was tho largest of its class ever held 'in the • colony, or indeed in Australia, for cer*tainly on no single estate in the colonies, if in tbe world, could be toiind so large a number of well-bred and pedigree horses; Of these animals .between; 600 and 700 have been submitted to, competition, realising L.27,672, which with L.41,320 4s 3d brought by the 'sheep .. sold on the first and second days, with L.2960, the amount from the sale of cattle, and with L.165 10s for'machinery and implements, makes the , total takings of tbe whole auction amount to L.71,706. • ; ; From a private letter kindly placed at our (' Daily Times ') disposal, we learn that a large cake of golaY worth several thousand pounds, from the New" Native Youth Gold Mining Company's claim, Nine-Mile Springs, Northern " Tasmania, was recently exhibited in Launceston. At the same r place? oh. the 17th ulf, a splendid piece, -weigh* ing 1749 ounces, and valued at £6400, was also shown. Shares went 1 Up, 1 dinc^. one merchant (Mr PaO. iPysh) sold l'tiff shares, which cost him £50, to a Solicitor (Mr W. D. Grnbbs) fbr;£tooo. Governor Weld travels far mVre i frequently than did the previous Governors of "the tight little island.^ . We have been asked (says, the.' Masterton News Letter '), — What will, become of tbe Sultan's harem?' The question is a puzzling one, butAWe would suggest ,one or two solutions. . The women might be sent to the Phiji&^ delphia Exhibition ; or an offer could be made to Brigham Young, Who always tells his apostles, as they go forth, to remember: him; a bargain might be concluded. An offer might also be made to a Colonial Immigration Agent. We are sure they; would be far more acceptable than either Asiatics or Woodlarks. An dfler should be made to Murat Effendi, who would be glad of any opportunity to relieve the aching of an empty'treasury. A strange case is now in the Ores-' wick Hospital. On the 16 th of Jast month, John Pike, aged sixteen, of Bullaroqk, was brought (says the.,VAdvertiser,' to be treated as an out-patient. Although the symptoms were noVvwy. marked, there was something very peculiar about him, and ? the resident' surgeon advised his mother to 'let^fiim remain in the hospital. He'seettiWd'' ' well for two or three days after' mVad-* 1 ' mission, but on the 28th, •; while' talking to some of the patientsin the Ward, -he was suddenly struck blind: ' The { riexf day all the organs of special sense were' affected in Order; — he lost hisj's^e^l, 1 taste, and hearing, but was still. sensible ; , Next day he was able to articulate,; and I then to swallow, and lately he. ( sank into a state of perfect insensibUity.^He . continued in this state some days,, when: all his faculties returned in the "reverse order to that in which they bad been lost) and at the present time he isiapparently quite well. •'.-■•: Ax ; yvThe « Bay of Plenty Times*' says :-^- --" A most interesting relic of memorable Gate Pah fight has been discovered by the members of tbe Armed-Constabu-lary Force engaged on road wdrks ! in the vicinity of the Pah; When'"digging a cutting about the place l where 1 the original ditch which subounded^e ". pah was situated, their .sp^des^cam^inl'. contact witb some bard substanw w&vch on being du^ up turned out to be; a splendid specimen 'of the' native^tews4 * tewha,' or fighting axe. The^^t^A . wha, which is three feet long, andjbeauT , tifully carved, is made of solid -rWhale-: bone, and has a blade eight inches long, by six inches, broad, which us; perfectly ' sharp. The place where* it ?was Ground :! . was on the r west side of the* Gate* Pah, ? and immediately near the spot* wHere the first charge was made on the'Sverit-'.^ ful day of April. Alß64y wheri^d-inanjr of our soldiers arid sailors feli'mor^ily? wounded. It must evidently 'Kave'b'eeft ' dropped by some : hatiyb wavsU^i'SK renown ait the. time when/ Ihe; v ohargK took place, to be novv/ dmn^rv^Aaf^ . a lapse of twelve years, ';^l^ii - lee tiojri of those evfmtfui ' > fi fi{sjititpg.i(xEUe»^^ Has become almost as a dreaaa.''- •»,>« ■_;■ ,X ; - - ::-:.*.-- .. v ....;n,v ,- . - ;S>.-.\ j

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General Intelligence., Clutha Leader, Volume II, Issue 104, 7 July 1876

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General Intelligence. Clutha Leader, Volume II, Issue 104, 7 July 1876

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