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Local and General News.

Mr F. Spencer, of Cheltenham, has for sale springing cows. " Slow bnt sure," is a good motto, but why not be quick and sure ? Football matches on Sunday are to be prohibited in New South Wales. A horse sold at a pound sale at Wairoa the other day was knocked down lor sixpence. The Napier Telegraph fays Labouchere ia " Nobody's friend but his own, and doubiful at that." Mr Hazell, of Leamington Farm, near Bunny thorpe, has fcr sale six first class dairy cows near calviug. Chalmers always seems to be followup somo deep train of thought. " Yes, but the train is empty, and never gets anywhere." " A friend in need is a friend indeed," but a friend who is not in need is by far tbe most desirable acquaintance. A meeting of those interested in the erection of a Church at Cheltenham, will be held on Monday evening next. The native who made a murderous assault oo his wife the other day at Taihape has been arrested by the police The Premier has introduced a Bill to increase the number of members of the House of Representatives by six. Telephone Exchange subscribers are requested to note the following alterations: Should read 67, manse (Pre*by terian), 38, Gas Company, 75, Garlick. It ia proposed to esk the Goyernment to make an alteration in the plan of the new Post office, bo as to improve that portion of the building which will face Manchester Square, by making another entrance, Entries for Messrs Gorton and Son's sale at Bulls on tbe 9th, Mr Beckett's pale at Halcombe on the 11th, and the N Z.L and MA. Agency Coy's sale at Palmerston on the 11th inst. respectively, are advertised to day. The Native Affairs Committee of the House of Representatives had no recommendation to maki on the petition of John Hughey, of Feilding, who alleged tbat he had been wrongfully deprived of certain land near tho Oroua River, and prayed for investigation end restitution, This colony is too much governed altogether. A man was sent to gaol for fiye days at Balclutha, for swearing at his bullocks, Io " the good old daya " this sort of thing was locked upon as an accomplishment now it is a crime. Are the British as a nation, getting played out? The sab-committee appointed by tbe Borough Council at its meeting in f-ept. was unable to report to last night's meeting of the Council regarding the collection of rates on the unimproved value of the land, owing to not having obtained all the information desired. They expect to be able tj report at next meeting. It reply to Cr Bagnall the Mayor stated, at the meeting of the Council last evening, that it was understood the medical men would report every case of an infectious epidemic immediately it occurred. He, a'so, pointed out that in the new Health Act it was made incumbent on paren's as well as medical men, to nodfy the Council of any infectious disease which might occur. The Hon. 0. C. Bowen, in tha Legisla" tive Council, suggested that a system o passenger insurance might be brought into force, each tick«t-taker being given the option of insuring his life for the journey by paying a slightly increased fare. The idea seemed to impress members favourably, and the Minister in charge of the Bill promised to bring it before the Cabinet for consideration. The anniversary services ia connection with the Wesleyan Church are advertised in our wanted column to-day, The Rey. T. W- Newbold, of Palmerston N., will conduct the Sunday services, special an- hems will be rendered by the choir, and special collections taken on behalf of the Church tru»t. On Wednesday eyening next a new eervice of song will be rendered in the Church, by the choir, assisted by a number of visitor?. To be followed by a ' Ham and tongue supper." Tickets are now on sale at) various shops. The usual parade of the Manchester Kiflcs was held last evening, Captain Barltrop in command. The men were drilled in company and rifle exercises by Lit ut. Harford and the non commissioned officers. At tbe conclusion of the parade Captain Barltrop expressed himself well satisfied with the drill, and remarked hat there was a noticeable improvement week by week. It is expected that the new uniforms will be to hand shortly. Three new members were elected. There a c still vacancies for a few smart young men in ihe corps. Again we remind our readers of the to be given in the Assembly Rooms this evening. What with constant practice and two public performances the Bulls amateurs bave now attained a state of proficiency, tban is only excelled by professionals. Tbe dreeses, we are able to state, will be distinctly in advance of anything that has ever appeared on a Feilding stage, no expense having been spared to produce tho opera complete in every detail, The acting is above tbe average and the plot details are interesting. The Borough Council, at its meeting la-t evening, discussed the question of disposal of surface water in the Borough, tbe matter being introduced by tbe report of the Public Works Committee. Tbe Mayor, Mr £.. Goodbehere, expressed strong disapproval of cutting drains and diverting water courses without such work being first recommended by &o experienced engineer, It was an import' ant matter, he said, and they should not hurry with it. There bad been too much fiddling witb drains in the past and he suggested deferring tbe proposal to open a drain iv Nortb street. His yiews were endorsed by otber Councillors and the j matter of surface drainage was held oyer i to next meeting-

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Local and General News., Feilding Star, Volume XXII, Issue 83, 5 October 1900

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Local and General News. Feilding Star, Volume XXII, Issue 83, 5 October 1900