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The County Councillors are, we are afraid, showing a disposition to repeat one of the worst features'' of- Provincialism-^ proposing works and voting money, before they .know 1 what means they are likely to have at their disposal, and thus often leading to disap-f pointment when it is found the money, is not forthcoming. Last night, for instance. TABOO of prbppsed expenditure was inclujied in notices ' of < motion for next meeting, 1 before any ' approximate cal culation iof ithe ■re ye hue' has been made,' ' Before any. of these proposed votes are carried, the financial position Islipuld^be well understood, i. ■ tii ! -■■■ ', ' Nothing was 'definitely known at the time we went'to PreßS as to the intentions of {the All-England Elereri.' A private telegram was received in. the afternoon from Ffokitika, stating that the Eleven had told Mr Bonar' that, if they could reach Auck'ahd by ithe ~Wjm, wputd^laird ami play at^Grey. month; ' A- deputation ; went • out/ «i jthe Dispatch' to. interview the players when '.the steimer arrived, but as the tug could not .return last nigbt,~ of course, nothing is 'knbw'tfpf the. result 'of the interview. Thech'ancesi 'however; appear ta be that jtheEleven #Ul'nbt land here/ but proceed on to Nelson. [Since the above was written; we . learn that a telegram was forwarded to; the H,on, Secretary, of ' the Cbminitkee'yesterday, 'from Mr Lilly white; expressing theregr^t of .the Eleven.that any. misunderstanding should have arisen, and.; that the steamers did! not suit to enable them to fulfil the original programme ; tut if it was found possible to play' at Greymoutk and feach Auckland by! the ,?9th,,they would do so; at any rate itiwas 'itieir" intention 13 to play at Greymouth before they leftythe polony.- rThi«;telegram did: not reach Mr Perkins.until too late for a reply, he being, at ( the jtime: of its arrival engaged; •playing' in- the match on the Race-course.] '■■••'Last night a slight ? discussion took, place iii 4heiCounty^ Council .dponthei mjeaning of therfiwbfd o'.' forthwith" , in.; fcbatf clause of the Act relating to the election 'of a 1 fregh^Chairmon in a case as in that • of Mr Guinness,' /where the Chairman' has ' been busted from . ; pflice. ; >The -. A ct , jprlders that in such a case the Olerk'shall "forthwith" call a special meeting of the Council to elect a fresh Chairman,- and the Clerk in ■ this case had done, so, and called the meeting for Mpndey next, .which Mr Noonan wanted pjuttiDc off until' the 19th Pebrnary.Weosfcer thus defines 11 ' forthwith"-^lm- ! 'mediattily^witbdWt •dpfyr.l directly •?' or, in Law,''* A'si soon a«uth'B.tfauig required may be done by reasonable exertion ponfined to, , that object^ -[Stf ifrwilL'be seen'rthat Mr - Payne yery no timejin Iconyanjtng'tbelmfeeting. 1 ' < ■■'■ "^ I !! '"A'iioittar r; la'rge' " audience ! assembled ; last night,at the /3^64; Templars' Hall to. witness .',tbe enter taintnlßat'p'r'ovided,' 'which' was as 'successfulVand' ai gi;eaitljr^pprfe'oiatedtas on J former dcc»»ibiis, the Various «oen^s being \ frequently applauded, , and from first &> Jast ! ,the audience were in the best humor ; indeed i jit iis impbssHile iib'db .justice to [this splendid 'panbr«wj»'i/? one i 'yisit^irt w beauties are to ] found on e*^i visit: .Mr Cotterell's ' first sketchcliMapte^; "Lady Clara Tremble. ' tpn»' J 'an a^Aien't; who retains in a wonderful .'. way the 'mnmbries of jouth, • an,<i ''*s##». i» » PQoH crack edybice^-frer pas£ ,asfl6oiaiions, *nd sings with an effort the old sop'g- '' I " is undoubtedly bn« of the finest b^tbis" ' clever actor , forsuekMr ispt'tereircan','|ustry be called, %e,^W*V a 9#?V 9t'P hi * a istbult gharapter woiild 1 be iuffitfie»t fcp isstablisb. hjs rflputa-tion-in any part (if, ike wfrria'where acting js understood. Hri'Qttier character* w#re fcw.o rustics, '\^^imjißlk&i-'WAniw, v tjauu^^ w<»re. „ a capital contrast lib 1 the' 'aristocratic Lady t Chra, who had a few moments before' ap- » pped, ami i» thttf way they were equally I

clever representations— the first character Watkins, sat and pleasantly talked about his courting experiences. The other character, "Walker "sang " The Jolly Waggoner " and drank hi« pint of beer in the most wooden-headed manner, Mr Cotterell was warmly applauded as he retired, Mrs Cotterell's songs were •• I Seek tor Thee in Every Flower," He Upbraid," and "Speak to Me Speak, "in all of which her beautiful voice, and charming manner were greatly ad- .. i mired, tV . iV There, will, be a change of programme to-night, Mr Cott«rell will render Wedding Breakfast Speeches, and by request will repeat the sketch given on Saturday, Miss Poodale and her Partners- We must award Mr Kennedy a word of praise for his cheerful manner of illustrating the scenes as they pass — it adds greatly to the pleasure of the evening's entertainment. At the meeting of the Presbyterian Synod, in Dunedin, the Rev. D. Stuart, expressed the fear "that much ha 1 m was done to religion, to faiiijly life, 7 and to morality by,' the use. of stimulants ,and opium 'privately by women.:- : '.•: : ,' . '■/.•'•. . ; - .; The Dunedin Evening Star of January 9,, states :— -Lieut. Col. Mbule. who is reported to he likely to receive the appointment of Chief Commissioner of Police for the Colony, has seen much service both!; in the Imperial and Colonial forceß. He is enijirely a selfmade man, and is remarkably ;proud of the, fact that he entered the army at sevenpence a day, and is now receiving L7OO a year. His 'administration of jtlye ;Arnjed ConstabularyLisfunderstood. "to have<Jb*een economical and satisfactory, and he is an excellent office man. It was supposed lately that he was about permanently to retire from the service, as when in England last year he purchased a estate in Gloucestershire, and left Mrs Moule there on his return to the Colony. The allocation of Messrs Weldon and Shearman to the oversight of polica matters in the Middle and North Islands respectively, is only what- has generally been expected ; and the promotion is in each case fully deserved. A great tangi (or mourning for the dead) was performed by a large assemblage of Natives at .Napier,. on .account of the death :bf Sir Pondd M'Lean: j: . ' ."■•'.' -\ WHo is "J. Russell, silver and gold miner, who from Greyraouth on 10th January telegraphed to the Wellington Poßt;asiollows :^ ' ' Rangitoto a wiadle. Use your j udgment in warning public." There is no such person here so far as we are aware. , ' /Whep/;Mr J^Pater^bni the well-known aßsay,er to tbe Parik of Australasia, was recentlyj.n Wellington; he s"e ( lected~(the;EVeni! ing Post mentions) some of the" best "specimens of silver, ore from the Mount. Ratigifotb mine sent to the Colonial Museum for assay, and) look' the it with him? N to;, Melbourne, where he "carefully assayed them. v The result has just been communicated, and is as follows :— 4OO grains of the JRaagitoto ore gave 094grs of silver, equal to 7ozs 13dwt3 12grs per ton, of ore. The samples he picked were from the same lot as those assayed \by Mr Eirkland with' such very different results. Mr Paterson, however, is an authority -on ..this,.subject"jwhose dictum. few. would k ciire}tb dispute. 1 .'The result certainly |isnbt Vb satisfactory as it was hoped "would be the case. The Committee on Temperanca of the Presbyterian Synod of Otagb arid Southland, submitted the following propositions to the .Synod, which were adopted:— "l. That a short time of this Synod should" be given to a conference on the subject. 2. That attention should be given to the licensing day, 'and means taken to reduce the number of licenses, and' to prevent the granting of any licenses for races and sports. 3. That legislative measured for restricting licenses, , so that they should not exceed a certain ratio -iio-t/ucTJoparaßiot^-Bbwuia^iJOTßapponiettT — 4." That efforts should be made to do away with the bar; trade in hotels. 5. .That every encouragement should be given to such houses as; British' J Workmen ' Public Houses. 6. That ministers j be recommended to preach on the subject about the end of the year. 7. That, . ministers .and members be recommended to .discountenance the use of strong drinks .aSrb'ev'erages. 8. That the Committee be authorised to issue a tract on the subject during- the year." • ........ , vt "On ■ or , before: .the thirty-first day o* January next, and. on or before the first day of.May: in every year after, the, Council or Board qf every County, ,Borough, Road District or River, District respectively, shall transmit to the Colonial Treasurer a true and detailed account, verified by the solemn declaration of the Mayor or Chairman of such Council or Board,, as -.che case may be, setting forth (1) the total amount of all the rateable' property . within th& County, Borough, Road, or River District, as the case may be r oh which' rates have been or might have been levied during the year ending on the thirty-first day of Mrirch then previous ; (2) the total amount of all general rates : actually t- received , by. such Council or Board during.the said year. And no subsidy shall become payable .under this Act to any such Council or Board unless such account is sent, to. the, ,Cplonial Treasurer: as herein provided/" We have presented those inte'ested in +he County affairs with this clause as a whole, because of the very great importance of -the last sentence to ; them. Unless the account be sent in as. required before the last day of, January no subsidies will be paid. ■. ' 'At' the next- meeting of the Hokitika Borough Council, a motion affirming the. desirability of the Corporation taking steps to secure some young trout and 1 salmon for the Hokitika River,: will be brought on for discussion by .Councillor Paterson. We take the following from the Otago Daily Timeßt— ."Sir Rowland Bill's claim to be regarded as the author of the penny postage system of Great Britain, is contested very j strongly by a gentleman at present residing in Dunedin, and who formerly lived in Essex, England, i In a memorial to Sir Stafford Northcote, the present Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr Francis Worrell Stevens sets forth that, about the year, 1834, or during the time Lord Althorp was Chancellor of the Exchequer, he submitted to that nobleman a proposition for the establishment oi a universal penny postage system, and. also a penny stamp for parcels. At that time Sir Rowland Hill, who was Private Secretary to Lord Althorp, in the name of his Lopdship, forwarded a letter of thanks to Mr Stevens. As , everyone knows, the penny postage Bystein was afterwards successfully established,, and Mr Stevens. asserts that the only difference between the pAnny stamp in: use »nd the .one proposed by him is the substitution of her Majesty's head for the Royal Arms. Mr Stevens says that, as he has recently learned that Sir Rowland Bill, as the opposed original proposer of the system, received; a reward of ;L40,000 from the House oj Commons,, he thinks he is 'airly #nsi£led to claim some recognition of iis efforts as the real, suggestor of a system nrhich has proved so bjeneficjal in every •eapect. :...,..; %.,).■ , -> .-, t .-. .- ■ ■ i

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THE Grey River Argus. PUBLISHED DAILY. TUESDAY, JANUARY 23, 1877., Grey River Argus, Volume XXI, Issue 2636, 23 January 1877

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THE Grey River Argus. PUBLISHED DAILY. TUESDAY, JANUARY 23, 1877. Grey River Argus, Volume XXI, Issue 2636, 23 January 1877

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