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The customary Christmas show of meat by the butchers took place last evening, and, as usual, attracted a large number of sight-Beers. In Mr. Luxford's shop, Manners-street, was to be seen the largest beef in town. One large ox, fed by Isaiah Pureto, weighed 1,7601b5, and another, bred by Mr. J. Russell, of Wonga Moona, weighed 1,300 lbs ; 10 lambs, bred by Mr. J. C. Crawford, were very fine, averaging 401bs ; 1 fourtooth wether, bred by Mr. A. M'Nab, weighed 1351bs ; 5 Southdown sheep, bred by? Mr. GL Hunter, were of very good quality, and averaged COlbs j 6 lambs, bred by Mr. Braithwaite, aveiaged 401bs, and 2 very fat sheep, from the same breeder, averaged 901bs j 2 calves, one bred by Mr. Ralph and one by Mr^ Bird, with sucking pigs and poultry, completed his show. Next door to Mr. Luxford " the opposition, 11 the Smithfield Meat Company made a large display cf beef, mutton, and evergreens. Tie beef was from four bullocks bred by Mr. Mathew Hammond of Rangitikei, and appeared very fine. -The carcases averaged from 9to 10 ewt. Sheep, bred by Mr. Braithwaite," averaging "70 to 100 lbs, looked well, as also did rams from the same place. The display in Messrs. Barbers* shops was considered by many to be the finest of the night In both there were six carcases of beef bred by Mr. J. P. RusselL One -weighing 14201b5, was three and a half year old, two, weighing respectively 1274 and 12561b5* were three years old, and two, weighing 1178 and lGMlbs, were barely three years. One four year old heifer, weighing 10201bs, would have done credit to any show in England. In sheep the finest specimens were three Roniney marsh breed, averaging 1401bs, one of which, a wether, weighed IGOlbs. They were bred by Mr. Hereock, of Carterton. 5 Leicesters, bred by Mr. Spearink, of Featherston, and averaging llOlhs, were also fine sheep. {' 10 lineolns, bred by Mr. Wardell, R.JM , of Featherston, averaged 1201bs. 20 Romney marsh, bred by Mr. 3>eatn, of Pabautanni, averaged 13§lbs. 20, also Romney Marsh, bred by Mr. Mitchell and Mr. Hirschberg, of Greytown, averaged lOOlbi, and S Romney Marnh^ bred by Mr. Braithwaite, of the Hutt, averaged llOlbs, In lambs there was a very good display. 7 half breds, from Mr. Yule, of Featherston, were very fine, and averaged 601bs, and it was bard to choose between them, and 7 Leicesters, bred by Captain Donald,- of Featherston, averaging also GOlbs. *-20 lambs from Mr. Williams, Heifer Station, and 20 from Mr. Fenwiek, Heifer Station, completed the show of lambfi, There was also one very fine calf, weighing 17Olbs, bred by .Mi-. Bassetfc, of the Hutt ; one, weighing 1601bs, bred by Mt Hall, of Grassleefi ; one, weighing 1701ba 4 bred by Mr. H. Death, of the Hutt ; and a fourth, weighing 1401bs, bred by Mr. Phillips, of Gollins Valley- Pigs in large quantities from, suckers to 401bs weight, were displayed, and poultry of all sorts and. sizes. Leaving Messrs. Barbers' we passed three fruiterers' shops, one belonging to Mrs. Barlow, and two to Mr. BeU. The former was gaily decorated with flowers, and bad a very good display of fruit, while the latter bad probably the largest show of fruit to^ be seen in the town. We may mention" that the poultry no where was very fine. This is aeeonnted for by the long-continued dry season -we have had. At Messrs. Carniont and Haigh's, there was s good display of beef, sheep, lambs, pigs, and poultry. The beef consisted of two bullocks bred by Mr. 3 . Russell, of the Wairarapa, and weighing respectively 11281bs and 10641b5. Two sheep, bred by Mr, Fraser, and weighing 1401bs and lOOlba, | -were fine specimens. Some lambs, bred by j Mr. Miteheß, averaging 4olbs; two fine calves, one weighing ISSlhs, bred by Mr. M'Lean, and the other, 1141bs, bred by Mr. Derosa, looked welL Pigs and ponltry, ad lib, completed the snow. Mr. Gear's shop, as usual, attracted a large number of spectators and visitors. It was dreßsed very tastefully, and decorated -with, evergreens, flowers, and ribbons. The show of meat was __also very fine. There were ten bullocks,* bred by Mr. Biddiford and M^ Bidwellj 28 sheep that appeared to be very fine, and almost too fat to be eaten, Cotswolds, bred by Mr. liudlam, 40 sheep from Mr. J. Martin's station, 1 from Dr. Taylor's farm, and 25 from. Mr. Biddif ord's run, were very fine. The lambs included 39 bred by Mr. J. C. Crawford, 6 by Mr. Lowes, looking very good, 30 by Mr. .Biddiford, and 2 by Dr. Taylor. In calves, there was one very Kaiifisomft animal bred by Mr. P. Laing, and Iby Me Death. Sucking pigs, looking clean and pretty, and poultry, completed Mr. Gear's sbow.

THE THORNDON CREEK. TO THE EDITOR OP THE EVE#*N«i POST. Sik— Cosaplaints from tima to time have been made "as td^fise disgraceful that arises from this stream 1 , aifil the City Surveyor has been instructed td Sft<"fuire w into the cause. The" answer is a very cvi* dent one, viz., that it is the natural and . almost the only drain to this end of the town. It is unfair to say that the brewery or any other single, establishment is the cause. I liave resided for a considerable time in the 'vicinity of the brewery, and am bound to say have not experienced any annoyance from it, and should, for one, be sorry to see an'enterprizing citizen suffer an. injustice from being considered ther cause of the nuisance. The remedy appears to me to be very simple, viz , let the powers that be cover in the stream, and recognize it as a sewer at once. The expense would be a mere bagatelle compared with the advantages to the neighbourhood. Four to live hundred pounds would do much in effecting it, and no doubt the inhabitants would contribute towards the expense. If left open, it will, in. spifce of every care, continue to be a nuisance in weather like- the present. Therefore, the sooner the surveyor is instructed to remedy it the better. 1 am, &C, W.H.C. Thorndon, 24th December.

THE "MESSIAH" CONCERT. TO THE EDITOR OF THE EVEXIKCr JPQST. SIR — I think the critic in the Independent of yesterday is rather hard on the second violinists, who Numbered among them a gentleman well known to be one of the best performers in Wellington. It was too much to expect thai the two junior seconds should be able to transpose at sight the accompaniment to the solo of the vocalist to -which the critic alludes, and which was most persistently preferred to be sung in a key other" than that made choice of by the great composer^ This isL a fact that must have been painfully evident to any one of the audience possessed of a musical ear, and the consequence was', that hardly a single note of the accompaniment was played by either of the said juniors, the brunt of the battle being borne by the gentleman to whom I have referred, and to whose clever dexterity in, so to speak, cutting his cloth to his customer, the soloist may feel grateful in being saved from a total break down. t , ~T am, &c, Second Vioiin. 24th December.

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CHRISTMAS CHEER., Evening Post, Volume VIII, Issue 278, 24 December 1872

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CHRISTMAS CHEER. Evening Post, Volume VIII, Issue 278, 24 December 1872

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