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SOCIAL SUMMARY., Lyttelton Times, Volume XXX, Issue 2428, 3 October 1868, Supplement
The inhabitants of l.yttelton and the adj ieent bays have determined to establish a Horticultural Show, and the necessary arrangements for that purpose have been made. 1 lie district of Liucoln has taken the lead in making arrangements for holding a cattle fair. A site has been secured, a scale of charges Rrranged, and the fair is fixed for Oct. 20.
Tlie Philosophical Society held a special meeting on Sept. 23 for the eleclion of officers. Or Ilaast was re-elected president, Mr E, Dobson and Dr Turnbull vice-presi-dents, and the Rev C. Fraser secretary. From a return dated August 1, we learn that 5,563,099 acres of the waste linds of this province are held under pasturage license, The reveuue derived is £31,099 18s 6d pur annum.
On .Sept. 15, Captain Wilson gave an interesting lecture on electricity and magnetism to a large audience. The lecture was given in aid of Ihe library of the Fire Brigade, for which purpose it realised £l4.
The Fire Police were entertained at dinner by Mr Hart, one of the members, on Sept, 16, The dinner was most recherche in character, and, in addition to the Fire Police, was attended by tlio Mayor and Borough Councillors.
The Saltwater Creek bridge is r.ipidly approaching completion, the pile-driving is finished, ami the greiter part of the sleepers laid. The contractor is now engaged in sheetpiling the approaches, and under favourable circumstances, will have the bridge available for traffic in a few days, The annual sports were held at Christ's College on September 29. An elaborate programmeof games had been arranged, which was carried out ou the cricket ground of the U.C.f '.C. and in the playground at the College. The boys contested the games with much spirit, and exhibited an emulation which resulted in many close strugd s for the various prizes, which were distributed by Mesdames Reeves and Harris to the victors at the close of the proceedings.
The Cricket Clubs are shewing signs of activity, and preparations are in progress for the forthcoming campaign. The Albion have had a meeting at which they elected Mr J. Ollmer, presideut; Mr W. H. W. Williams, vice-president; and Mr J, G. Ruddenklau, treasurer. The United Canterbury Club held their frst meeting of the season on Sept. 12, when Mr W. Wilson wm re elected vice-president, Mr Edward Parkeson was elected honorary treasurer, and Mr A. J. Cottorill honorary secretary. The various boating clubs have held their annual meetings fir the appointment of officers, and to make arrangements for the season. The Canterbury llowing Club elected iheir officers as follows President, R. J. S. Harman; Vice-Preiident, liev W. C. Harris j Captain, liev E. A. Lingard; Treasurer, W.H, Ciiurton; Secretary, T. Douglas, The Railway Rowing Club have appointed Mr G. Holmes President; and Messrs 15. Richardson, J. 0. Gilchrist, and J, Ollivier, VicePresidents. The Lyltelton Club elected Mr D. Davis, President; Mr Legett, VicePresident ; and Mr E. W. Roper, Secretary. The season was inaugurated by a procession of boats on the Avon on Sept. 12. The Agricultural and Pastoral Association is making active preparation for their forthcoming show, In addition to the usual catalogue prizes will be offered for the following articles,sJmanufactured in the province from materials which, with the exceptions named, have not been imported; in each case the price is to be affixed at which the manufacturer can supply the trade in wholesale quantities, which slmll be taken into consideration by the judges in their comparisons and awards: —Ale (imported hops allowed), baskets, boots, candles, leather, malt, pickles, preserved nv.'ats, rope, woolpacks, cornsacks, gunny ha};.-', saddlery, soap (imp irted alkalies allowed), sugar (mule from beetroot), tweed cloths, and winei (imported sugar allowed.) The Northern Agricultural Association have also had a meeting to make preparation for their next show, which is to be held at Kaugiora. During the month the system of winter evening amusements, so successfully carried out in Christchurch, has been in vngue in the province. At Lyttelton, these entertainments have been extensively patronised ; also, at the Ferry road, St. Albans, aud Akaroa, large audiences have assembled. At a meeting of the general committee of the Christchurch entertainments, on Sep. 5, it was shewn that the series had realised a net balance of £35. It was also stated that seven opening addresses had been delivered—by His Honor Mr Justice Gresson, the Rev. C. Fraser, the Very Rev the Dean, the Rev J. W. Habcns, Mr William Montgomery, Mr Ed war I Dobsou, the Right Rev. the Bishop of Christchurch, together with a short address from his Honor the Superintf n-ient, and a concluding address by Mr C. C. liowen, R.M.; that there had been 25 readings and 23 readers, including a recitation by Mr Crosbie; and that 120 instrumentalists and vocalists had rendered their s-rviees. The designs for the new Supreme Court building have been prepared by Mr Lean, architect, and the details, as shewn by the plan, provide for every requisite for the transaction of the business of the Court. The building is treated in the Gothic style, and approaches a square, with the central hall in elevation rising above the roofs of the subsidiary buildings around it, which contain the jurors'and witnesses' rooms, piis >n, &c, aud are of two stories, The whole, as seen from the Victoria Bridge, will present, as a prominent feature, a tower containing a public staircase with the Chester street front seen in the perspective, and the Court entrance facing the Market Place with the gable of the Court rising above it. The whole structure is designed with a careful avoidance of elaborate ornamentation, and has a massiveness in good keeping with the use it is intended for, The walls are of rubble work, and the window openings aro ample, ami without tracery, but characterised by a treat" ment sufficiently distinctive to identify tliein with the style adopted. Mr Lean has relied for effect on tin depth of tlio openings, and such variety as may be obtained by the simplest means, In this lie will not be disappointed, and when completed, the Court House will form a valuable and attractive addition to our public buildings,
Wehe:ir from Akarna that the boats of Mr Buchanan's fishery, Ikolalti, succeeded in capturing a whale on Thursday, the 17th ult. 'libit is the second first caught this season, the present captuvo being ft veritable " monster of the deep," said to be the largest ever caught at [lcolalti, as it is estimated to yield from ten to twelve tuns of oil with a proportionate quantity of boue.
Mr Early, of Moeraki Downs, lias sent us a marketable specimen of the ordinary English flax (Linum utilissimus), and a small bottle of oil from the seed. The flux was grown on the Downs, and Mr Early informs ua that from 400 to 500 bushels of seed have been reaped this year. Mr Early bus also sent a prepared specimen of the Phormium tenax, which compares favourably with other samples that have been submitted to us, A correspondent has sent us a fine specimen of the prepared fibre. It feels soft and silky, and not a particle of gum can be detected' We are glad to learn that our correspondent expscts shortly to be in a position to prepare the flux in large quantities for export.
SOCIAL SUMMARY., Lyttelton Times, Volume XXX, Issue 2428, 3 October 1868, Supplement
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