At the last meeting of the- Marlborough Association a committee was set up to renort on the question of establishing a canning factory in Mnrlborough.
Mrs Lydia Waterhouse widow of the Hon. George Marsden Waterhouse. formerly of South Australia and New Zealand, died on January 25th at her residence in Torquay, in her 83rd year.
The Minister for Agriculture says he cannot understand the complaints made in Wangamii that Moumaluiki Experimental Farm is not what it used to j. The Government has spent more money on the farm this year than ever before.
A Mr Churchyard has been advertising in the Times that his name is henceforth to he only Church. One can well understand* why (remarks the Daily Chronicle).' A iiftnie that offers an obvious opening to the cheap humourist that lives in most people's skins is no light burden.
Herel is a full and exact copy of an essay written by a Dunedih school hoy on the subject oi the Froe Public Library:—"The use'of libraries is to interest people who are too poor to buy books. They also keep people amused while thay would be roaming about committing sin." -Star.
Compensation claims in, connection with the loss of the steamer Diico came to hearing at Wellington yesterday. In the first case, that of the widow of the lato Captain Abiam, the Arbitration Court gave judgment for payment of i'u()o. full amount claimed. Salvador Violet Cameron, as representative of a dependent of Allan Cameron, received £00.
According to the views of Mr V. K. McClean, F.R.A.S., who is now staying at Palmerston, we .are not to be plunged inito extinction by Ha Hoy's comet, which, according to some scientists, is to give the earth a neighbourly flick of its tail in passing. The comet, he thinks, will be quite a tame affair, and that its tail will not be dense enough to penetrate our atmosphere. The comet will be at its best about the middle of May.
A new phase of municipal activity is suggested in Invercargill, which town, about a couple of years ago erected a town hall and theatre at « cost of about £20,000. Up to this year the patronage of thetheatre by visiting thearical companies has been sufficient to cover the interest on the cost, but this year the pevenue from this source threatens to fall short. In" view of this the town clerk has submitted a proposal to the Council to run a permanent municipal picture entertainment in the theatre when the late ris not otherwise engaged. He estimates the net return to the town will be about £10 per week. The proposal has been referred to the lown Hall Committee for a report.
A telegram from Deniliquiii published by the Sydney Telegraph reports a heroic rescue of a wellsinker on Gulpa station. Frank Williams fell to the bottom of a well in which there was foul air, through the rope unwinding from the windlass. A rescue party arrived on the scene, and one of their number, J. 13. Cowie, shire contractor, volunteered to go below to secure Williams, who, at this time, whs supposed to be dead. Three times Cowie was lowered and raised to the surface again in a state of collapse. Hut the fourth tinio he effected his purpose, and Williams was brought up unconscious. Alter more than an hour's exertion Williams was brought round and conveyed to Deniliquin, where hs is making good progress towards recovery.
A tale of a potter was unfolded to the Council of Conciliation at Christchurch by an employer, who desired, to show why a fixed wage should not be awarded to mt-kiln burners. At present, he said, he was employing a man aged seventytwo years, who was past his prime and did not expect a high wage, as he worked just what hours he wished on a small kiln and stayed away when he liked. "The previous man died with us," he.went on to say, "and the one before that was discharged. We were getting ready for the metropolitan sho\f, and after a fortnight's 'd.t.Y he came back a fortnight after the show and asked when it was to be held." The workers' representative said that it was all very well to harp on the easy jobs, "but w\\j\t about the man," he asked, "who works twelve hours a day for seven days a week? You might as well bury him at once."
In Germany punch is the national drink for the night of St. Sylvester, when Germans finish the year hy drinking punch, a usage observed even by the Kaiser himself. Punch is what they drink when they have colds. Moreover, we are told that the English brought punch from India. It takes its name from panscha, a Sancrit word for five, because such is the number of the ingredients, arrak or rum, tea, sugar, lemon and hot water. It was in 1G95 that the English first brated the New Year with punch. A contemporary relates an amusing story in connection with punch. When Frederick VII. came to Flensburg, in Schleswig, he gave n banquet to the notables of the district. After the dessert he desired a court official to inquire how the guests had enjoyed his hospitality. They hesitated to express an opinion, but at length one, bolder than his fellows, resolved to speak freely. Everything was excellent save the punch. The magnates of Schleswig had drunk, for punch, the warm water charged with perfume which had been placed for ablutions.