James H. Forsyth, who was sentenced to 15 years' penal servitude at the last Invercargill sittings, has been sent to a Northern gaol. Mrs A. S. Atkinson, of Nelson, says Mr Seddon is the Louis Napoleon of New Zealand politics, and she declares that the Alcoholic Liquors Act was conceived by false Democrats. It is said that a man on tramp in the Transvaal recently was " dead broke " with the exception of a tin of condensed milk. He gave out that ne was a travelling vaccinator and vaocinated all the Boers and their babies en ronte at £1 a head. The funeral of the two Dominican sisters—Mother Mary Francis Xavier Sullivan and Sister Mary Lucy Treacy (two foundresses of the order) who died at the Dunedin convent last week took place last Friday morning. The children of the Catholic schools preceded the hearses in large numbers, and the adnlt members of the congregation followed. The procession extended from the Octagon to the Bank of New Zealand corner.
Residents in the Shotover district will regret to hear of the death of Mrs O'Neill, the respected wife of Mr O'Neill, storekeeper at the Shotover Branches. The deoeased had been ailing for some two yeafs, ohiefly on account of a sore foot. She oame down to the Wakatipu Hospital a few weeks ago, and left there about a fortnight since for further treatment at Dunedin, where her leg was amputated below tbe knee last Wednesday week. It was thought at first that deceased would recover from the operation, but a re-action took place, and she unfortunately succumbed on Monday last. The remains were brought to Queenstown on Wednesday and interred in the cemetery yesterday, to which place a large cortege followed—the funeral service being performed by the Rev Father Burke. Mrs O'Neill, who was 8 native of Tipperary and aged 55 years, was an old resident of the Shotover almost from the beginning in 1864, and was much respected by all who knew her for her kindly unassuming disposition. Mueh sympathy is felt for Mr 0 Neill and his family of four sons and one daughter. A slight sensation was created yesterday through the report, which was correct, that a snake had got loose in Queenstown. It appeals that, on VVednesday morning last, while Mr George Reia of Messrs Reids' Brewery establishment, was in the aerated water factory he saw what ho asserts was a snake run out of the doorway. The reptile was about a foot long and of a dark brown or black colour, but it glided out so quickly that he had not time to observe it carefully. A loug search was made immediately afterwards by four or five hands but no trace could be found of the creature. The only way Mr Reid can account for the undesirable importation is that it must have come in the straw of a crate of bottles from Victoria. It is some consolation that, if Madame Heller's disclosure last night was correct, there is no prospect of an increase from his snakeship; and it is to be hoped that, unless despatched earlier, our next winter will give him the final despatch. Adjutant Paul and Capt. Flavale from Christchurch—in charge of the Rescue Work of the Salvation Army in New Zealand—will address a meeting on Sunday afternoon at the barracks. _ Adjutant Paul, having been secretary to this special department for some considerable time, will no doubt be in a position to give some very interesting account of that branch of Salvation Army's work.
The Lyons Operatic Burlesque Company appeared at the Town Hall on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. The attendance on each evening was unfortutately a rather small one and not at all equal to what such a well-equipped and numerous talented troupe deserved. " Fanst up to date,"—the piece put on the stage the first night—waa full of startling incidents as well as many amnaing scenes. The acting and singing of Misses Addie Towers, (Marguerite) and V. Bertram (Elsa), being much applauded, while the antics of the not-to-be-resisted Mephistopheles (Mr P. Clifton), caused great amusement. 44 The Isle of Beauty," tbe piece performed on Wednesday was, taken as a whale, more acceptable than the first one, as being more spiightly and containing a much greater variety of scenes and situations. Mr Clifton, as Kins Cactus, of Persia, made a very merry monarch and often bronght down the house with roars of laughter. Misses Jessie Leon (Nicipici), and Addie Towers (Prince Sweete Petti), enacted their respective parts well; and Mr Joe Stark as the Grand Vizier was a great character entirely. The campany, as a whole, are above the average in every respect, and we hope they will meet with success during the remainder of their tour.
Mr Scott, Mayor of Cromwell, is one of the candidates as a member of the Licensing Committee. As may be seen by notification elsewhere, nine candidates have been nominated—the whole of them, we believe, except the Rev B. H, Ginger and Mr Olds being moderates. Cromwell, which puts forward four candidates—two temperance and two moderates—is the only place which seems to have taken much interest in the foithcoming election. The Heller Bonanza Coterie gave an entertainment at the Town Hall last evening, to a fair audience, but we guarantee that they will get a crowded house this evening.—judging from the reception they met with on that occasion. Mr Heller himself is perhaps the cleverest sleight-of-hand performer that has every visited Queenstown, and his cabinet tricks are equally good. But tbe most surprising portion of the entertainment was the last, when Madame Heller, after being put in a state of somnomancy. with eyes blindfold, read the thoughts and answered a score or two of questions written down bv all torts and conditions of persons in the hall. These papers are first of all folded, put fin a bag, shaken up and immediately distributed, so that it appears to be impossible for any one to previously peruee them accept the writers. And yet Madame Heller writes or gives by word of mouth the various questions and supplies the answt rs. The revelations made were something marvellous—in fact mysterious—and quite enough to make the most sceiptical hesitate before they would declare that there is no such thing as a mental spirit world, in wbioh one person can read the thoughts of others. No wonder that the Heller's draw crowded houses. Mr Percy Abbot, who presided at the piano, also gave in good style, 44 After the Ball," and other to" 11 * . - Another aad boating accident occurred, in which three more well-known Invercargill residents were drowned—this time in the Estuary—through the capsizing of a boat. The party consisted of six, and those drowned were Misses Bain and Stowe and Mr Bewes. The boat was considered a very ssfe one, and the jury attribute tbe accident to insufficient ballast in her.
A party of five from the Alpine Club Hotel, Glenorchy consisting of Mrs C. F. Price (Birmingham, England), Alias May Daniels, Master Gordon Daniels (aged fourteen), Mr Fred. Daniels, and the guide Joseph O'Leary, returned on Saturday night, ®fter a two day's trip having successfully ascended Mount Earnslaw. The weather was beautifully fine A magnificent view of Mounts Cook, Aspiring, and Ghristnia wM obtained. Parties wishing to do the trip this season should not delaybeyor.d theend of the month, or the journey will be more difficult. These are the first ladies to ascend. It is stated (says the Dunedin Star ) that owing to a considerable shrinkage this year in their revenues the Board of Governors of the High Schools have been obliged to reduce the salaries of the teaching staffs of both of the institutions under their charge. , . The Wellington • Post' states that Government intend to continue the work of legal consolidating by codifying the laws relative to summary procedure. They are also contemplating the introduction of a circuit system among the judges, In order to prevent the possibility of these functionaries getting into local grooves. A bill will also be brought forward to deflne the relations between judge and jury establishing the position that the former is to confine himself to setting out the law, and the latter to deciding on the facts. In an action brought by a young man for at Ballarat, the no-respondent, a Chinaman, pnt in a counter claim for supplying a year's vegetables. Enquiries are beine made by the Government as to the quantities of fruit in various districts of the Colony which could be brought to market if the railway freights were reduced, and also as to the quantities of cheap fruit that are being brought to New Zealand from Australia, thereby flooding the local market to the detriment of the home producer. The Wellington ' Times' says that representations have been made that it costs more, for instance, to convey apples 60 miles by rail to Auckland or Wellington than to carry apples from these places to Sydney. When this information has been collected, Government intend to submit it to the Railway Commissioners for consideration whether some concession might not be granted to New Zealand growers of fruit. It u said that the Payne family will retire from public life after their present tour of the colony is concluded.
Miss Maud Hobson, who is nightly in the title role of " A Gaiety Girl " at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London, has received a truly magnificent Christmas box. She was presented (according to a London theatrical journal) with a brougham, a Victoria, a couple of men servants, three horse*, their keep, a superb emerald, pearl, and diamond necklace. The latter, which is worn every night bv a fellow actress, Miss Nellie Massey, is valued at £14,000. It is stated in London that Miss Maud Hobeon is a native of St Kilda, Melbourne.
Drunkenness is decreasing in Canterbury, according to the crimes return*, and wife-desertion is increasing. The Wellington 'Press' says that one of the shrewdest financiers is bnying up all the Bank of New Zealand shares he can lay hands on. The Ballance memorial committee have accepted the design of R. R. MacGregor, architect, Wellington, for the memorial. The design is for a monument 27ft high, rising from three blnestone plinths to a pedestial with four marble columns and tablet. The London ' Times ' congratulates the colonies on the distinct advance made by the Postal Conference towards a Pacific cable. It foresees a time when it will be recognised as indispensable for commercial and Imperial purposes, and it will be the natural complement to Hnddart's steamer line and enable reinforcements to be sent to Australia without passing through the Mediterranean. Roberts defeated Memmott by 600 points. The Australian billiard champion received 10,000 out of 20,000. Dr Tweed, of Ashbtitton, was fined £5 and costs, besides treble the amount of hia tax, for neglecting to furnish his income tax returns.
The Victorian Premier is opposed to a ppnny ocean postage, and thinks 2Ad reasonable enough. The proposed reduction will only increase the subsidies already paid by the colonies. Mr G. Tomes, who has been gold fields traveller of Messrs Ross and Gleudining for the pwt quarter of a century, has been compelled, owing to chronic bronchitis, to relinquish his position. There is much grumbling in Buller County at the vehicle tax imposed under the Act of last session. The fees run from £l2 per year for vehicles on four wheels drawn by six or more horses, to £2 per year for a vehicle on two wheels drawn by one horse The license fee for bona fide settlers' traps is 5s per year. Mr Hayter, the Victorian Government statistician, says that in 1891 one woman was living immorally in every 16 of a marriageable age in Queensland, 1 in 16 in New South Wales, 1 in 21 in Victoria, 1 in 26 in Tasmania, 1 in 30 in New Zealand, snd one in 35 in South Australia.
A Wellington paper says there in more commercial rascality to the square inch in Dunedin than in any other five New Zealand towns put together. Mr Vincent Pyke, M.H.R., who has been confined to his house by illness during the last week or two, is again about and *»»nch improved in health. A Beechworth (Victoria) man was reported to be missing, and a long search was made, dams dragged and holes explored ere he wm found. To the police belongs the honor of his discovery—he was serving a sentence in the local jail. The American 'Journal of Politics' says "It is not every one who appreciates the importance of helping the inventors along. They are the salt of the earth. Congress can well go out of its way to consider any law which to any extent will assist them in getting a fair return for their ideas. If a system of laws could fiually be enacted giving full and fair compensation to each inventor promptly, as one by one he discovered the secrets of nature, there wculd not be, aa there are at many of nature's secrets hidden from us. We might find that, instead of this world being one of incessant toil, nature intended it to be one of comparative ease, and instead of being a world of incessant worry, perhaps we should find nature intended it to be one of comparative contentment. An exemplary sentence was passed by Mr Justice Windeyer in Sydney, on Robert Mills, a youne man who recently shot at and wonnded Martha Hemsley, with whom he had been cohabiting. Mills alleged that he was impelled by jealousy to commit the act, and offered to pay the girl £IOO aa reparation for the injury he had inflicted upon her. Mr Justice Windeyer declined to admit that the shooting was unpremeditated, and, the prisoner to he a danger to society, sentenced him to 15 years' penal servitude, declining to allow him to petition for a partial remission of the sentence. Messrs Paulin, Wing, T)ewar aud Black, the committee formed to raise subscriptions for the benefit of the widow and children of the late Charles Sims have been very successful in their efforts, over £BO having now been raised with which it ia intended to buy a cottage for the use of the family. A list of subscribers and details will be given in a future issue. In the meantime intending subscribers are requested to kindly send in their donations as soon as possible to enable the committee to close the .accounts. Great credit is due to the lady who first started the matter, her efforts enlisting the co-opera-tion of others with such satisfactory results. A Victorian farmer, writing to the Melbourne Age'on the subject of wide tires, says that all, the waggons used in his district have 9'in. tires. They find aa a result their expenses are reduced in general wear and tear, the draught lessened, and the wide tires are of great protection to the road. They are used on a road half of which runs through swamp land and the other portion very hilly with sharp corners and steep pioches. This road was the only one available for traffic to and from four townships and a large pastoral aud agricultural area. Sir George Grey, who left Wellington for tbe Home country on Friday, states that be really has do plans in regard to his visit to England. He has taken advantage of the Gotbio's trip in the hope that the sea air and complete rest may restore his health somewhat. If his health ia sufficiently re- , stored he will probably come back again by the return trip of the Gothic, but he may remain longer at Home. Meantime, he will not resign his seat , while there is a chance of his returning to New | Zealand agsin to take up his legislative duties next I session.
We are informed that arraugements for the concert to be held to-morrow evening in aid of the Convent building fund are being carried out with teal and energy, and that the programme is a very attractive one, including, besides a number of vocal and instrumental items—a rather humorous representation entitled "Mrs Jarley's Waxworks. M Easter falls this year on Lady Day, March 25. Thiaouly happened once in the present centnry, viz., in 1851. The only earlier Easters in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries are the followine March 22, 1818; March 23, 1845, 1856, 1913; March 25, 1840.
Mr Wood, S. M. made an order at his last sitting here, that a Justices' Conrt would be held on Wednesday, 28th instant, and after that every succeeding Tuesday except the weeks during which he presides. The next outward British mail ma San Francisco will close at the Queenstown Post-office next Sunday afternoon at 5 o'clock. The Queenßtown Assessment Court was held by Mr Wood on Tuesday last, but there were no objections and only a few alterations to initial. The attention of householders is called to notice elsewhere intimating that, owing to alterations, the water supply will be cut off from time to time. A settler at Wainakaroa, North Island, has been fined £lO and costs for neglecting to keep down rabbits on his property. The Kennedy Dramatic Company, (now the Kennedy Deering Company), who gave very pleaasnt entertainments here aboot a year ago, are again making their tour over the Otago Ooldfields, as we notice that they were to appear at Milton last Wednesday. Messrs WalterOuthrie 4 Co., wholesale and retail general merchants, Invercvgill, insert a new advertisement concerning their large and varied stock of goods. We are requested to draw attention to the postponement of O'Meara and Co's auction sale till tomorrow week. Pleasure seekers are reminded that cheap excursion tickets will be issued by the Railway department for the Easter holidays. The ' Lyttelton Times ' states that the Railway Commissioners have forwarded the following reply to the proposal to reduce the grain ratesln view of the low prices ruling for grain, the Commissioners have carefully considered whether it would be advisable to reduce the railway charge. They have decided not to do so. The railage per bushel of wheat for 10 miles is Id ; for 100 miles 3Jd. The average cost per bushel for all the grain carried laßt year was 2d per bushel. On 500 bushels a reduction of, say, 25 per cent, would only be a little over 20s to the ordinary farmer. This would not be of material assistance. Moreover, any reduction for this season would in many cases simply be of advantage to the merchant or middleman, and not to the grower. Taking the tonnage of grain carried last year, 25 per cent, reduction would mean a loss of £42.272 to the revenue. It would not be so much this year, still it would be serious." Sir Walter Buller, who was a passenger by the Doric from Home, brought with him a number of valuable birds of various kinds for acclimatisation purposes, the wild fowl of which he intends to lei loose at his lake in the Wellington district. The new Magistrate's Court regulations give tbe following as the allowances and costs allowed to witnesses Gentlemen, merchant*, bankers, tad professional men, per diem, 15s to 20s ; auctioneers, accountantx, clerk*, farmers, aod tradesmen, per diem, 8a to 15s; artisans and journeymen, per diem. 7s to 8s; labourers, per diem, 5s to 7s ; female witnesses, one-half the above sums ; children, a reasonable amount for expenses to be fixed by the court. Solicitors will not be allowed fees in undefended coses under £5. In our issue of Fedruary 9 (says the 'Daily Times') we published the judgment in the appeal case of Mangus v. Anderson, heard before Judge Ward at Queenstown on 25th January. The accuracy of our report having been referred to the judge, his Honor informs ns that, although our report was not strictly accurate, the grounds of decit sion were fairly given. Tha only point of importance in the case was the question whether the inser tion (in the act of 1886) of the words "on good cause shown " gave an appeal frou the decision of the warden. Prior to that act the warden could inflict fine or forfeiture at his discretion, and against this Judge Ward held uo appeal lay. But in hid opinion, the insertion of the above words rendered an appeal possible. At the final reading of stations at the Wesleyan Conference on Tuesday, at Christchnrch, those of local interest were as followsPaparoa, Rev B. F. Kothwell; Northern Wairoa, Rev J. Blight; Eketahuna, Rev S. H. D Perymati; Hokitika, Rev T. Burrows; and Wakatipu, Rev J. W. Smith. The Rev L. M. Isitt (Christchurch), was released for special temperance work. Mr Millar, formerly stribk inspector for the Wakatipu and latterly of Oamaru, has been transferred to Wairarapa, North Island. The lady Mayor of Onehunga is in trouble again. This time she has fallen foul of her predecessor in office. Dr Ersen threatens proceedings for slander contained in her remarks at the last meeting of the borough council in reference to the sanitary state of the borough. The doctor has placed his case in the hands of Hesketh and Richmond, and it is understood that Russel and Campbell will act for Mrs Yates should the case be gone on with. The 'Tuapeka Times' says Now that the crops are coming in, the ravages caused by the Hessian fly are beginning to be realised. In some parts of this district the presence of this latest pest has become a serious question for the farmers, and unless some effectual and speedy means of extirpation are introduced, the outlook is not at all a pleasant one. In the Tuapeka West district particularly, the ravages of the fly have reached alarming dimensions. It is estimated that fully half of the wheat crop in that district has been destroyed by the pest; and unless effective measures are taken in the meantime, the prospect next season is anything bat reasuring. However, the matter rests very much with the settlers themselves, and it is clearly their interests to utilise promptly and systematically the information which the Government has provided them with on the subject A St. Petersburg editor baa hit upon a notion of printing his journal on paper suitable for making cigarettes. It is said that its circulation has been largly increased by this means, as the Russians are much given to smoking, cigarettes, which they make themselves. , . During the hearing ef the inquiry into the Union Hotel fire at Pahiatua (says the «Masterton Star') the landlord, Mr Eastwood, on being asked what sort of business he was doing, said that although he had only been open for a week since the fire he had disposed of sixteen gallons of whisky. The magistrate remarked that Pahiatua folk must have good constitutions, to which on© of th® counsel replied that thev were well seasoned. Latest advices state that the London wool sale* are brisk, but prices are unchanged. It is expected that the present series will cloee to-day. The quantity catalogued up to date ii 127 f OOO bales, of which 115,800 were sold.
Queries from all parti of the colony as to knotty points connected with the working of the Alcoholic Liquors Act are continually being received by Government, to which they steadily answer that they cannot advise, as local bodies have control of the elections and the administration.
The returning officer at Invercargill, after taking a legal opiniou on the matter, has decided to reject all voting papers on the licensing question a* in. formal, unless the voter records his or her vote on all the three questions embraced in the ballot paper, by erasing two of three Hues ouder each heading. One ot the last Parliamentry returns to hand shows the number of liquor licenses granted during the year euded 30th June, 1892, and the fees paid to local bodies therefor. Publicans' lioenaes number 1,431 ; New Zealand wine licenses, 7 ; accomodation licenses, 240; bottle licenses, 56; packet licenses, 61; wholesale licenses, 137. There is no informstion as to the oumberof conditional licenses granted. Local bodies received in the shape of lioeuse fees £60,299. Whv Suffer from Neuralgic Pain T— m A New Connection Minister, a friend of mine, suffered severely from Tic Polore&ux for some time. He took oue or two of Baxter's Anti Neuralgic Pills, and next morning he was quite well."—Rev R. Chew. Extract from " Book for. Every Home.'
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