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• We learn by cfeetric- telegraph- from Christchurch that the Ministerial elections arc progressing. Mr Stewart is opposed- at Papanui by Mr St. Qucutiu. Mr Beswiok. is >,\noppußc't -.;■ : . 4.;?- ■ .'■ '[

In the Residop^ .^Magistrate's Court, o,u Tuesdaj', judgKienjt for the plaintiffs was given in the following civ^l cases. : — M'Laren v Kittel, $d 3s Cd ; Baird v Jno. Harris, claim L2j'iss, judgment for 10s, the amount paid intc Court ; Dealing v O'DonnelJ, LS. Several ojther eases were dismissed for ndnappearance of the .parties. William Le^cb, for c iirrying ,on business at the Saltwater' Rush without a biisiness license, was fjned lOd andc.osts. Yesterday two inebriates jy.ere fined the iisjjal pepalty, and a man nijiined \Vatt.s, for the wilful destruction of property belonging jto one Fyfe, was fined 20s, in-afldi; tiqn to ljeiijg ordered to pay 12s, the yalue of the articles destroyed . We take the following from the Hykj£ika Ecening Star : — A yery large number of our readers lyill remember the Stevens tsonpe, and up, d.onbt .vividly recall the apparently iinpflgsiblc feats that the different membcf s so easily accomplished whilst on theip professional fcnnr here. Professor Stevens on leaving ful/i'jed several engagements, and, as in Hokitik#, in every case both astonished and terrific! tjie spectators. We arc deeply grieved to hear, however, that a frightful misfortune has happened that will .cause painful memories .in connection with their feats for some time to con.c. It appears, th.-v the troujjjo after various engagements were fulfilling one in Victoria. As will be re-' memberetl there were two intelligent active little fellows, about six and eight years of age, sons of Professor Stevens who were in the habii pf going through certain exercises with Ihih. One of these was throwing the youngest .child in the air when he alighted on his feet without hurt or apparent "danger. This no doubt had been done hundreds, if not thousands of times in safety, bpt unfortunately on the last occasion the little one came to the ground on his head instead of his feet ami dislocated the vertebra; of the neck, causing instant death. The horror of the lookers cm was only exceeded by that of the unhappy father, and the fearfuf eyent so preyed f>n his mind as to render hjm insane. He is 113W confined in an asylum as a dangerous and probably an incurable lunatic. We are indebted to Mr Bartlett for the.se parti, cnlars, and arc sure that there are none who saw the troupe's wonderful performances, but will deeply deploie so melancholy and fatal $, catastrophe. On Tuesday afternoon the disjointed skeleton of a man was found in a cr.cek known as Nelson Creek on the South Beach, near the Balhuiit Hotel, by Mr Oust, a storekeeper. Information was given to the polj.ee, and the remains weve conveyed to the 13a||a.rat Hotel, where an inquest was held yesterday afternoon by Justin Aylmcr, Esq., R.M. Dr Jackson, who had assorted and examined the remains, stated that the skeleton was that of a man fully six feet in height. The whole of the left side from the shoulder, downwards was wanting, and the only means of identification were a nugget boot on the. right leg and a peculiarly long aud uncommon tooth in the upppfj'aw. The verdict of the, jury had not beeii given when our informant left. One of the Auckland .journals states that the forest about Ofevmatea and-th.e Wairoa is infected with packs of 'wild dogs as ferocious bivt more daring than wolves. The dogs hunt in packs of from three to six or eight in number, probably in litters as they have beQu whelped. They are mostly strong gaunt large dogs, and often dangerous when ni6t by a man alone. Not long since a Maori when travelling from one settlement to another tlmmgtetho forest was attacked by three :of these animals at dusk, and only sayed himself by getting quickly into a tree, where he' 1 was. prisoner till late, the next (lay. The extensive district over which these packs roam was once well stogked with wild pigs, but most of these have fallen victims £j the dogs ; and since this supply of food has failed, the dogs have ventured after d.- : r"c to the neighborhood of native, settlements and homesteads of European settlers in quest of young cattle, pigs, goats, autl other prey. Some attempts have been made by individuals to poison tlic wikV dogs, but they breed so fast that unless the attempt were made on a wholesale scale, and carcasses of animals poisoned with strychnine placed over a large extent ni country at one time, the evil will be but little abated. The Wi'Uii)ijlonlndepeu(l<',nt.ha.s the following respecting a queer customer: — "Amannamed Isaac Lnvy, hist hailing from Wanga^. nui, and said to be a cousijit of ' Phil Levy,'-, who was hanged some weeks ago, recently made his appearance in tlie Waxrarapa, worked a few day." at Mr M 'Masters' Station, and then departed for Wellington by Oobb's coach. Coming down, his conduct was so violent, that somewhere ft* the Upper Hutt, 1 Cobb' bundled himiout, but by some means or other, 'Isaac' reached town yesterday, went to tlie 4 Coach and Horses, ' and began 1 to shout no end of champagne and other potables. He had lots of tin— so he said — 'a cliequc. sir, for LIU,' anil lip was resolved to enjoy himself. ;' Naturally, Mr White offered to cash the cheque, but when it came to the point, Isaac wouldn't produce it, but threatend to exterminate, everything and everybody. In the end, 'Isaac-w as taken to the police station, searcheOi and no money or cheque being found on him, was Licked lip. He was to be brought before the Magistrate and charged with obtaining 'grog,, on false pretences. It is -said- that another and more serious charge "may ppasibly be piefurred." . The latest news concerning native matters js ccntained in the following telegram from -. Wellington, dated. the 12th4nst. :— The proceedings of the great JMaiiawatu land meeting have not yet advanced beyond the usual preliminery stage of compliment, threat, and bounce. The opponents are not attending iv full force, but have sent representatives; The difficulty of reconciling conflicting interests is very great. Commissioner Mackay is stated to.ihave purchased for the General Government^the site it recently desped for the location #f a regiment at Taupo. Messrs George and Spencer, ; who. were sent by M'Lean to Taupo.jlto leg^the?moyemehts of Waikato»and r; Ti|ipo ; Ha^-haus£^ere £verywhcTC^fix>^^ Ufpsfc favrrt**"^ .^Mivc r£uiut»ule. - . ; v

We have to remind the seekers of amusement that Mr. Kilgonr has made an engagement with Mr Motherseil, the accomplished performer on the new and popular roller skates. . A skating rink takes place every evening in the theatre, where visitors have the advantage of witne§sjng Mr Mothersell's skill and practising themselves. Those who would wish so revive fchejr reminiscenses of winter at home should jake a $v.m with Mr Mothcrsell. The exercise is exhilarating and beneficial, and a good de#l of fun is occasioned This afternoon the roqm. jvill be open for a special "rink" for ladies and gentlemen unable to attend during the evening. John Chinaman .appears to have come to grief fn tbe-Nevis district. A correspondent of the Duwshiy -?'%<s gives the following account of the recepjtj.Qii pf a party of Chinese at the Nevis : — '.' The most remarkable event that has transpired k&i'e since you last heard from me, has b°.en the visit of a party of Chinamen, Mho came to spy out the nakedness of the land. Having first inspected the lqwer portion of the district, they proceedpd to Upper Nevis, en route to Switzers, via Nokomai. They capped in the evening near ' Whetto's Creek, ■srher.e, after disposing of the usual supper, they betook themselves to rost. But their slumbers' were of short duration ; for no sooner did the news of John's arrival get to the ears of the resident miners, than they rose en n}-as*c, at the dead hour of night, and drove the unwelcome visitors down the gorge in the direction of the Lower Nevis ; but wlie|-ljer the Chinese were otherwise maltreated j^r the barbarians is more than your corresjio'udent can state. Suffice is to say, that they parsed here the following morning at break of day, in a state of fear and trembling, and half drowned. When last seen the Celestials were retreating towards the Kawajnu at a jog trot." The Daily Times says, that the cause of the lafce fracas between the. Europeans and Chinese appeal's to have arisen ■thus: — A party pf the long-tailed gentry arrived on a sort of a reconnoitering ex.u,e.clHion, and were pointed out places by the miners, where, without much trouble, they could set in and get gold. It appears that the Chinese thought. there was beitjr ground, and instead of setting iv to work, made- their way higher up the creek. Whilst pursuing their peregrinations, a storekeeper, who bad been instructed by a customer to procure lijm some men, . seeing the unemployed Chinese, sent them on t > the party. Negotiations for their services were to be opened the next day, and they went away to camp for the flight. Rut unfortunately they pitched their tents in the vicinity of a tail race, rich, in the precious metal. The owners of the |ail race became alarmed for. the safety of their treasure, and determined upon driving #ie Cuiucse away rather than be put to the trouble of watching the race all night. They therefore procured the assistance of other miners, who drove them ofF in a rather summary manner. It was certainly a most unfortunate occurrence, but the occasion was a pressing one, and dc. ..mandetl prompt action. The Governor lias ruoajyed a. reply to his despatch forwarding the petition addressed to the*~Qucen by the Superintendent of Auckland for separation. Lprd. Canarvon writes : — "I request that you w-ill inform Mr AVhitaker that his petition has been laid bcfoie the Queen, but that the circumstances of the case are not such as^to justify me in advising a compliance with its; prayer. " Wehavetoacknowlodge the receipt from the publishers of a copy of the -Southern Pr' wince* Almanack, for 1567. This almanack has always borne the reputation of being the best in the colony, and the number before us j fully maintains this character. It contains I a vast amount of useful information carefully c mipiled, besides valuable statistical tables, and references for business men and others. To Canterbury residents, this almanack is an indispensible work. The following hints concerning cimiigj rivers on horseback may prove valuable to some of our readers. They are given by a writer in a journal called Land and Water : —"To swim a stream with your horse requires great confidence' and. some knowledge of swimming. Horses all swim well, as a rule, as soon as they got over the dread of losing their foothold, and are fairly afloat. If you have no gun or anything spoilable, and yon do not mind wetting your clothes, ithen ride straight into the water, always : taking the precaution to see that you can land on the opposite side by taking into calculation the distance yourself and horse will probably bo drifted. .Seize a good large lock of the mane hair and, twist it firmly round the lingers of the left hand, shut the hand close to prevent the risk of letting it slip ; free both feet from the stirrups, lean well forward, and the instant the horse begins to. float aiuf strikes out with its feet lay your body horizontally and kick back j with your legs as you do in swimming ; hold \ fast with the left hand, the horse will tow you, and with the right hand you must splash the water at tlie horse's head to keep him from turning to swim with the current, the more you caii^eep the horse's headvp stream the better it will or-oss with you. On reaching the side you are swimming for, sosoon as- the horse touches- its feet on the ground* drop again into the saddle and ride him out of the water. Many writers advise holding on by the horse's tag. when swimming a river, and thus letting, it tow them over; I do not think it nearly so good a. plan as the one above j I have tried both. When holding by the tail you. loose all command of your horse; it can swim in any direction it wishes : you risk being hit with the hind legs, and not unfrequeutly you get towed under "water. Landing too is difficult ; when the horse scrambles out it it tugs you j after it, or throws you down, and. the chances •are greatly in favor of yon losing your horse, saddle, and gear altogether. When swimming above the horse and holding by the mane none of these risks are encountered, and you can steer the animal as you would a | boat. : A river 4Clp yards wide Cj^n be safely crossed ; iii this way, even if the purrent is moderately swift, provided tha horse is ■strong, in good health and condition, and that ; the. rider: is . an expert swiiumcr, autl well.: up fa his work. - "' "*'r *"''

During the recent debate in the Provincial Conricil, Mr Jollie is reported to jjsye said : —He had been twitted with spending money recklessly on Wcgtlandi ; The truth* was, a former Government had been bullied into compliance with Westland demands. As a specimen 1 of what Westlaud pepple were capable of he would mention what took place between himself and a deputation from Grey- ■ mouth. The deputation pointed out that during a certain number of months the sum of Ll 7, 000 had been received from the district, and ppremptorjjy demanded to know what had boan done jwith it. He asked them if they -were aware that the revenue raised at Greymouth, from. customs aud gold, was divided between the Canterbury and Nelson Government j.n certain proportions. They yess not &srar,e of that fact, l{.e further asked them if they were aware that five eighths of the customs went to the General Government. They positively knew nothing about it. Ifc turned out that instead qf Ll 7,000 having- been received from the district, hardly L3OQO had been received. The Nelgpn papers '.contain the programme ! of the next Nelson race meeting, which is substantially the same as Last year, the only novelty being a race frr horses owned and ridden by Maoris. As, in addition to several well-tried horses in training, alargcr number of Maidens than usual wj{{ shift? themselves, • we think' may promise two days' very ■exeellojiij sport. The champion race has been ' deferred fr,r another year. We le.:)i-n from the ohrjs.tch.urch papers that what was expected to be one of the most interesting features of the late Anniversary of the- Province was unavoidably absent— viz, the inauguration of the Godley statue. Mr Godley was one of the founders of the Canterbury settlement. The Jjyttelton. Times says : — lt was proposed to inaugurate it on December 17, being the anniversary of the foundation of the settlement. B.y the request of the Provincial Secretary, sv ..coinmittec of gentlemen was formed to conduct thq arrangements for the inauguration, but upon inspection they discovered that the founder had cast the base upon which the figure stands five inches larger in ''diameter than the drawing sent to Cj>V{tp.rbnry by Mr Woolner. The blocks of stone, cpinpjjsing the pedestal ]iavc been scrupulously nple to the sizes figured. To romody defect, it will be necesswy that tho top stones, those which I have the greatest amount of ornamentation, should hi reworked. This will involve a cost of probaMy between L7O and LSO. The OUtga Daily Timns of ths 12th inst., , says : — Yesterday afternoon, about a quarter to three o'clock, two or throe shocks of an I earthquake were, distinctly felt iv £}uncdiu and the vicinity, 'Ilhey followed a\ch other in rapid succession, were unaccompanied by noise, but caused- a vibratory, or perhaps more properly, a tremulous motion of the houses and furuitnre. The course seemed to be from north to, §o,uth ; and it will be seen by a telegram from our Clyde CQiTcspp.ndent that they : were, felt in that district,

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Grey River Argus, Grey River Argus, Volume III, Issue 147, 20 December 1866

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Untitled Grey River Argus, Volume III, Issue 147, 20 December 1866

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