FORTY-FOUR YEARS AGO TO-DAY
[From tho ' Evening Star,' December 19, 1870.] 'Hie Superintendent to-day received the following telegram from Governor Bowcn at Rotorua: I congratulate your Honor on the completion of tho telegraph to tho Lake district of Auckland, which I am now visiting with the Duke of Edinburgh. In February I hope to be in the Lake district of Otago. His Royal Highness desires me to tell you that ho nas a very pleasant recollection of his visit last year to Otago, and that he would be very glad to vi.sit your province again were his orders not imperative to sail for England early in January. In addressing the grand jury at Wellington Mr Justice Johnson remarked that he had no hesitation in saying that of the 250 persons committed to the gaols of the colony last year under sentence of imprisonment foi indictable offences, tho majority would gain their liberty in a worse condition morally and in a state more dangerous to society than at tho time of their committal. *#«•#*** -. The 'Daily Times' and 'Witness' .staffs gave a farewell supper at Wain's Hotel on Saturday night to Messrs It. P. Whitworth and R. Wilson, jun., on severing their connection with the paper. The Chairman (Mr C. Muston) handed ongrossed testimonials to both gentlemen. [The first-named gentleman was not only a clever caricaturist, but a musician of 110 mean order. Ho adapted tho; 'Grand Duchess' to the exigencies of the stage of tho Princess Theatre, and himself produced that opera, most creditably sustaining the principal character, * along with Miss Marion Willis in tha title role. —Ed. E.S.] Mr C. C. Graham, M.H.R., announces that he will not ecclc re-election as member for Oamaru. Messrs G. K. Turton, W. D. Murison, i and F. Patlin have been chosen as selec- | tors of tho cricket team to do battlo j against Canterbury next month. '
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FORTY-FOUR YEARS AGO TO-DAY, Evening Star, Issue 15680, 19 December 1914