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"We have been requested to call the attention of the authorities to a public nuisance. Our informant states that the neighbourhood of the Bridle path is positively offensive to travellers from the effluvium arising from the bodies of dead sheep lying about. On enquiry we cannot find that the police have authority to compel importers to bury sheep dying in the neighbourhood of towns. If this be the case, it would be desirable that a clause should be added to the Sheep Ordinance to this effect, holding the agents of the ship responsible for its due performance. We desire to call the attention of those interested in the new Lyttelton Building Society to an advertisement in our columns to-day, calling a public meeting at the Town Hall, this evening. The holiday seekers of Lyttelton will be glad to learn that the Lyttelton Volunteers Band have chartered the steamer Avon for an excursion to Pigeon Bay on the Anniversary (Dec. 16), and we have no doubt, from the moderate price of tickets, a large number will avail themselves of the opportunity for a day's recreation on the Peninsula. We observe by our advertising columns that the Christchurch Companies of the Canterbury Rifle Volunteers intend holding a shooting match on the Anniversary, next Monday, at Papanui. We congratulate the companies upon being in a condition to put forth such an attractive programme. The first prize is a beautiful rifle and equipments, of the regulation pattern, made by Hollis and Sheath, and setting aside the honor, it is no slight advantage to have the chance of becoming the possessor of so perfect a weapon. In addition to a second rifle, there arc several money prizes, and a match, open to all Canterbury Volunteers. We hope to be able to record a decided success for the day's amusement, and that this is the commencement of a run of good fortune for our volunteers, upon whom the governing powers seem now inclined to show a little encouragement. The Christchurch Fire Brigade report that Dr. TurnbuU has volunteered gratuitously to give his professional services in any case of accident that may occur to members of the brigade when on duty. We desire to call the attention of tlvc public to an advertisement appearing in our sixth page this day, pointing out the dangerous character of what is often sold as Paraffine or Kerosene oil, but which is nothing more than coal naptha. By the description given by Professor Watt, it appears that this bituminous fluid is liable to take fire very easily when heated to a moderately high temperature. , We had hoped to be able to present our readers with a report of the entries at the Jockey Club on Saturday last, but our reporter states that he was unable to obtain them from tho Secretary. The great want experienced in the province from the scarcity of female domestic servants will, we hope, be shortly relieved by the arrivals expected por Sebastopol. We are advised that there are above thirty single women on board this vessel, and that similar arrivals may bo looked for every month during the summer. In the selection of immigrants generally, we believe there is a great difficulty experienced in obtaining the right sort of persons, while there is no Jack of applications. There is also a considerable immigration being

curried on by other colonies: many of the Australian settlements are importing people, and hence a competition arises which adds to the difficulty of procuring suitable immigrants. The New South Wales Government have already sent home a special agent for the purposes of lecturing and setting out the advantages of that colony as a field for settlers, and they have'been endeavouring to draw immigration from amongst the coal and iron districts in Wales. Queensland is offering passages free to approved applicants. Tasmania, too, offers free passages to single women—a liberality which it would be well worth our while to adopt. The Mystery was to he despatched after the Sebastopol,, on the 13th of October last. This vessel will probably bring a larger number than the average number of adults, as she has been hud on to arrive about the commencement of harvest. A ship was then to follow about the 20th of November. Vessels will be despatched so as to keep up a* monthly rate of arrivals until the commencement of winter.

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TOWN AND COUNTRY NEWS., Lyttelton Times, Volume XVI, Issue 948, 11 December 1861

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TOWN AND COUNTRY NEWS. Lyttelton Times, Volume XVI, Issue 948, 11 December 1861

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