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THE Marlborough Express.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 23, 1876.

" Give me the liberty to know, to utter, ami to nr;t:e freely according to conscience, above ail other liberties —Milton

For the first time, we have the pleasure to-day of placing before our readers the news which has been flashed along the wires from the most distant portion of earth. At noon yesterday we received telegrams dated from Sydney and Melbourne on the previous day, Feb. 21st, and frdm London, Saturday, Feb. 19th. The wonderful achievements of science have thus placed us within three days of the metropolis of the British Empire, thereby uniting us more firmly than ever m the bonds of national unity. As is well-known to nearly all of our readers a division took place nearly two years ago among the members of the Agricultural Society, owing to an unfortunate difference of opinion with regard to the choice, of a site for holding the shows. With the right and wrongs of that question it is not our purpose to deal at present. The result of the division vas the formation of a second society, and a good deal of temper and ill-feeling was engendered through the dispute m question. During the past year, however, endeavors were made to heal up the breach, and with

this object m view the respective committees appointed each two delegates, who were empowered to decide upon the basis of agreement, and to bring the same before a general meeting of the members of both societies for their consideration. Such meeting took place on Saturday last, and the proposals for union came before it m the form of a series of resolutions. As these are embodied m the report of the meeting m another column, it is not necessary to recapitulate them here, but we are informed the delegates set before themselves the one object of amalgamation, and agreed to waive all vexed questions. It will be seen that this idea was effectually carried out by dissolving the old societies and forming a new one under s. slightly different name, with a combination of nearly all the different officers, and the whole of the committeemen of both societies, for the remainder of the financial year. We congratulate the whole of the members on this conclusion, and hope the new society will prosper exceedingly m the future. Everything will depend on the tact and good judgment displayed at the next general meeting, and we trust there will then be shown a spirit of conciliation by all concerned, and a proper consideration for the opinions of each other by all to all. Differences of opinion always will exist, but if ever the happiness of mankind is to become an accomplished fact, it can only be brought about by men learning to think charitably of those with whom they differ. Let us hope that the amalgamation thus far so happily effected may be one of the signs of a new era m the social history of Marlborough, and that the members of the Agricultural Association will lead the van of improvement by showing a manly forbearance, and a determination to work together for the public good. » Our Nelson neighbors appear to have a craving for excitement, and their worthy Mayor devised a scheme the other day for gratifying them. The Australian Cable was to be landed, and this would afford an opportunity, and it was no doubt after considerable cogitation that this exalted personage despatched the following telegram to the Premier at Wellington : — " Citizens of Nelson desire to celebrate landing of cable with public holiday proclaimed. Suggest proclamation of public holiday. Wellington, Nelson, and Marlborough. Can his Excellency the Governor or Ministers attend opening. If so large number of citizens will go out .to meet them. General wish some public demonstration should accompany landing, and that first message go from Nelson. Provincial Government decline to take official aotion. Nelson expects that every Minister this day will do his duty. Joseph H. Levied, Mayor. Nelson, 15th February, 1876." — We are not joking. Tho Mayor wanted to have a flareup at Kelson, and Wellington and Marlborough were to assist — of course the latter would when commanded by the Mayor of Nelson — with the Governor if he coiild be had, or at least a live Minister for exhibition on the occasion. This is the reply of the Premier to the modest proposal: — " To his Worship the Mayor Joseph H. Levien, Nelson. Cable on landing will probably not send through messages. Celebration, if any, should be some days after landing. His Excellency would have attended but his arrangements are made some time m advance. Doubtless, a Minister could attend if citizens marie arrangements for suitable celebration, and desired his presence. Julius Yogel. Wellington, Feb. 15, 1876." — Mark the quiet satire. The Governor had made other arrangements, but a Minister — not the whole bateh — could be spared if the citizens first got up a suitable celebration, at their own expense of course. Then possibly Mr Bowen, or likelier still, Mi 1 Richardson, could go over and oblige them with the sunshine of his presence, if they really desired it. Yet, bnt a short week before, Sir Julius Yogel himself was m their midst on his way to Wellington, and yet nobody but a couple of private friends thought it necessary to call upon him to pay their respects, neither Superintendent, Mayor, nor Members of the Assembly could foresee that it might be as well to be decently courteous to the prospective Premier. Of course the idea had not occurred to them at that time. But why m the name of all that is good should Marlborough and Wellington take part m the proposed demonstration, any more than the other parts of the Colony ? Is it because the two latter places are connected by a cable ; and where shall the jollification take place 1 His Worship could not expect us to go to Nelson, therefore White's Bay must be the most appropriate place ; besides which, if an additional argument is of any service, it would be so central ! We are placed m possession of the information upon which our remarks are based by the authority of the Daily Times, which "thoroughly endorses" the scheme, and " sincerely hopes it will meet with all the success it undoubtedly deserves." We cannot hesitate for a moment m endorsing the last line, feeling assured that Marlborough will neither trouble the Nelsonites with their presence on the occasion should it ever come off, nor yet waste time or money m any such farce, but rather let the Government mind its own business, satisfied^ that Ministers not 1 only know their duty, but will do it. » Otago is surely one of the funniest places on earth. Not long ago a movement was set on foot having for its object to allow the Ministers of the several 'Churches a right to

travel free over its railways. The proposal wa discussed seriously, but of course failed of sac cess. From the Evening Star of Feb. 10th, wi learn that a deputation comprising clergymen magistrates, and others, waited on the Mayo with the object of getting the lighting of tin Athenaeum with gas free of charge. The Mayo: instead of ordering them off proceeded to discus! the matter with them, showing . that the insti tution was a private one, and that if the reqiies was complied with, all clubs, schools, an( churches would prefer a similar request. Mi Stout said he did not think the ratepayers woul( object to the churches being supplied free, al though they were not free to all, as was thi Athenasum, "on payment of a small sum." A Mr Stamford thought they had a good clam because they had furnished accommodation fo: an evening school, which made it really an ecla cational body. The Mayor replied at length t( a number of silly arguments, from which w< gather that the Athenaeum is already subsidiset by the Corporation, which does not charge i any rates, and has made sundry kerbs and foot paths for it. He concluded by saying he woulc present the petition to the Council, and if th< latter agreed to grant it, he would not oppose it He further suggested an application to thi General Government for a subsidy. The depu tation seem to have thought by this time tha the Mayor was making fun, as our coutempo rary's report adds that " This idea seemed to bi regarded as visionary, and the deputation with drew." High time too, we should say. Thes< folks would evidently like to live on charitj altogether, or they would not seek to pauperis< their clergy and public institutions. We learn that Mrs Wernyss, the wife o: Mr James Balf our Wemyss, formerly of Blenheim died early m December last. It may be necessary to remind somi persons that the Settling Meeting of the. Marl boroug Racing Club will be held at Ewart'i Hotel this evening at S o'clock. Kace Ball. — This event will come of to-morrow evening, and judging from the num ber of persons who have accepted, it is likely t< provs one of the most successful reunions cv& held m Blenheim. The Eeturn Match at Cricket betweei Picton and Blenheim is being played at thi former town to-day. Our local Club is als"< engaged to play the Nelson team m Bleuhein on or about 2nd March. As showing the value of the New Zea land cable to mercantile men, we may instanci a fact which reached us to-day. There wen four cablegrams from Australia for Blenhein when the office opened this morning. "We are requested to remind persons ii Blenheim who have occasion to address letter to Grove Town, thai; they require to bear two penny, stamps. Some persons complain bitterly at receiving letters bearing penny stamps only and having paid an additional two-pence, fine on opening the letter that it is " only a bill." We leavn that Whalebone has change* hands since the last races. Messrs M'lvor an< Gundy were the purchasers, and as will be seei by the telegrams elsewhere, they have lost m time m entering him for the Dunediu Races Quite a number of our local horse 3 are entered for the same occasion. An exhibition of a character entirely new to Blenheim people is offered for Friday an< Saturday evenings by Smith's Combinatioj Troupe. Among other novelties are includei the Marionette figures, and Mr Willard, win makes a number of changes of costume an< appearance instantly without leaving the stage. It appesrs that from some oversigh the name of Mr Philpotts of Picton was omittei from the list of persons qualified to fire at th forthcoming Colonial Rifle contest, although hi score was much above the average. This erro has now been rectified, and the gentleman ii question will attend as the representative fo Marlborough. Mr Wm> Clark has purchased th< lease and goodwill of the George Hotel, Picton and the premises are now being pnt into thorougl order. We have no doubt many old friendi who remember Mr Clark when he was formerb m this line of business, will look him up m th< future, especially those from Blenheim an< neighbourhood. A return has lately been pnblishec giving the names of persons who have beei drowned m any river or stream m New Zealant during the period from the Ist July 1870 ti June 1875, which shows that 371 lives have beei lost m this mode, and of the number 14 hay been m Marlborough. Subscription lists are out for the pur pose of assisting the family of Mr A. Bright a Nelson, who is not expected to again be able ti do anything for them. The promoters are desirous of closing the list on Monday next, anc request those who have any contributions ii hand to forward them to Mr H. Silvius, N.G Loyal Marlborough Lodge, I. 0. 0. F., or t< Samuel Johnson, Secretary. Serious Accident. — Yesterday after noon ac Mr A. Dobson was coming from thi direction of Spring Creek, his horse tool fright at something on the road and bolted. Oi getting near Grove Town the trap capsized, ant Mr Dobson fell to the ground with such forci that his jaw was fractured, and he receivec several severe contusions. He was taken int< Palmer's Hotel, and received such attention a; could be given him on the instant, and latei conveyed to town, where Dr Home dressed hii wounds, and from enquiries made this morning we are glad to learn that although much shakei he is considerably better, and doing well. A notice posted at the Telegraph office on Monday announced that it is now possible t< send a telegram from Blenheim to London direct or to any part of the world. To London, or anj part of England the first ten words will cosi 10s 6d per word, besides the rates for the Nev, Zealand cable and land lines, thus the minimun cost of a message will be £5 15s 6d from Blen heim to London. To Sydney first 10 words 8s

s extra words 9£d ;to other stations m New South :- Woles 8s 6d, extra words lOd ; to Victoria 9s c 6d, extra words lid ; and-the same to any part „ of South Australia, exclusive of the overland r line ;to Tasmania 13s 6d. For London or any c part of Europe m addition to the charge of 10a r Gd per word, must be added the 9s 6d for 10 s words for the New Zealand cable, and Is for land - lines. t Mysterious. — The Nelson Colonist of 1 Saturday last has the following mysterious v paragraph : — ' ' Rumor. — It was reported m town c * at an early hour this morning that a disclosuie " will take place during the day involving a c gentleman of position and notoriety." ! Our Acclimatisation Society might do r good service by importing some of the birds . referred to m the following paragraph from the 0 Otar/o Daily Times: — "Fom- Minahs (Indian c birds) have taken up their quarters m the steeple 1 of the First Church at Dunedin. The Otago t Daily Tines states :— The rninahs work most ;- perseveriugly from morning till night picking up i grubs on the trees, varying their trip occasionally c by a trip to Moray Place, where they make a i. searching examination of the gutters. They are b the reverse of timid, not being much afraid of . passers by ; they now attack the starlings on the t steeple, and on a little black dog belonging to a i. well-known gentleman m the neighbourhood, c they make periodical descents, lighting on his - back, and before he can bite them, starting off 3 and leaving him minus some of his hair. It is j to be hoped that the four survivors will be 3 protected. A large and influential congregational meeting was held m the Wesleyan Church, Alfred-street, on Monday evening to promote * the enlargement of the Minister's House m High- , street. Mr A. Jackson, senior, occupied the chair, and addresses were given by Mr A. J. c Litchfield, and the Rev. J. Luxford (Christchurch), T. Hammond (Marton), and G-. S. Harper. It was proposed to enlarge the present building by extending two of the back rooms, and putting on a second story, thus making it a f commodious eight-roomed house. The cost was . estimated at about £200. Towards this sum 0 £83 2s was promised m the meeting to be paid v within a year. Other subscriptions at present indefinite were notified, which are expected to raise the amount to about £100. As other well-known 1 Wesleyan friends both m town and country were c not present at the meeting, it was proposed to 0 wait upon them also, m order to carry out the a object of the meeting. Should the subscriptions not equal the amount needed a Gift Auction is . contemplated, at which those who prefer to give c goods or produce, instead of money, will have their gifts offered to the public to the sound of the auctioneer's voice. Doubtless this novelty will be very attractive and successful. We may add that the Rev G-. S. Harper, whose term a expires early m April, is to be succeeded by s Rev J. S . Rish worth of Hokitika, who is well i- known as an able and energetic minister and y well adapted to the work of the district. 'i A sad accident occurred on Sunday afternoon whereby Dr Williams lost his youngest daughter under the following circumstances. 1 As many of our readers are aware Dr Williams' cl residence is on the banks of the Opawa River at q the site of works going on for the erection of the 6 Nelson Street Bridge, m connection with which !. a punt bearing the pile driver was anchored out 1 m the river. A floating gangway connected the shore with the punt, and on Sunday afternoon a little boy about 4 years old, Ethel a girl of 6, V both Dr Williams' children, and a daughter of tt Mrs Humphreys aged 8, were playing together, Q Ethel the deceased was stepping from the gangway upon the punt when it is presumed her foot 0 slipped and she fell into the river which at that & place is about 12 feet deep. The elder girl ran away frightened, while the younger child stood (; on the bank screaming. Mrs Williams heard j the cries but at first did not heed them, thinking Q it was the children at play ; as they cong tinued however she called Dr Williams, who r went out and the little boy then told him what _ had occurred. He ran down the bank but could r see nothing of the deceased, but a moment later he noticed her hat floating some little distance away. After an ineffectual search the police c were communicated with, and with a number of i, volunteers attended and commenced to search b. for the body with the grapnells, but darkness s intervened before any result was attained. y Messrs James Fraser and Hale also dived below c the surface and tried vainly to discover the 1 body. The search was continued throughout Monday and to the present time with a like n fruitless result. It is conjectured that it has caught among the snags which are very plentiful £ m this part of the river.

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