Mrs. Collins, assisted by a number of friends, is preparing the programme for a concert, to be given m Blenheim very shortly.
We regret to hear that Mr A. Dobson, whose accident we recorded last week, continues to suffer very greatly, and this week bad symptoms have appeared.
We have received a letter from Grove Town relative to a recent event, which we have held over for the present as the time for printing it m its entirety is very inopportune.
It will be interesting to all the old friends of the Literary Institute and Musenm to learn that his Honor the Superintendent has lately leased the site to Trustees for the purposes of the Institute and Museum at a peppercorn rental.
A correspondent writing from theHutt Valley says : — "The Albertland Settlement will be a fine place when the • Railway to Kaipara i 3 completed. In this Valley the people are partial to small Farm Associations, and the success of the one afc Sandon, has stimulated the inhabitants of the Lower Hutt to set; about the formation of another. I mention this m case they hare not been tried m Marlborough."j
We regret to learn that a telegram was recived. from the Secretary of the Nelson Team yesterday, to the effect that, m consequence of ill-health, they will not be able to come over here to play for another fortnight.
We understand that a Musical and Operatic Entertainment is m course of preparation by some of the old members of the Wairau Club. The event will be under the auspices of the Literary Institute, and the funds resulting therefrom will be devoted to increasing the building fund.
We are glad to see that Mrs. Price, acting on the advice of her friends, has determined to open a private seminai-y for young ladies at the close of the present quarter. She has taken, the very suitable premises recently occupied by Mr Johnston as a grammar school m Grove Road.
It Avill be . satisfactory to all interested to learn that when the committee of the late Hace Ball met on Monday evening last they found that their revenue exceeded their expon-ditui-e by a few shillings. The smart way m which this body has closed its accounts is an example to the Sports Committees which, still remain the subject of remark.
We notice that the telegrams referring to the Races m most; of the journals of the colony are dated from Marlborough. This we beg to defer is an error, moat likely of the Wellington Press Agency. The telegrams were sent from Blenheim, and the races are entirely supported by the inhabitants cf Blenheim and the surrounding district of Wairan.
The ruling passion strong m danger was illustrated yesterday on the racecourse, when M'lvor met with a serious accident on Sea King. The horse struck the hurdle and fell heavily with his rider ; the latter mounted m a second, and raced m, when he fainted upon his horse. Dr. Squires, and the doctors of the Hibernia and Edinborough attended with promptitude, and after a short interval the injured man was led away. Considering the nature of the fall the fact of the man's remounting was really wonderful. — Nelson Times.
Otf Sunday afternoon the body of a man was discovered floating m the Opawa River near Nelson Street Bridge, and on being taken out presented the appearance of great disfigurement as if it had travelled some distance on the shingle bottom, and it is not improbable that he either fell or jumped into the water at the Opawa Bridge. The particulai-s will be found elsewhere. About half-an-hour later the body of Dr Williams' daughter was found near the same place, or some 20 or 30 yards below where she fell into the water. Inquests were held on both bodies on Monday, reports of which are m another column.
Latest European News. — We are pleased to be able to state for the information of our readers that we have made arrangements with the Press Agency for a regular supply, of Renter's Special Telegrams from Europe and Australia, m -common with the first-class journals of the Colony. We are not ashamed to say that for some time past we have dreaded the increased cost of telegraphic information, but we trust that the benefits and satisfaction derived by our friends, will be such as to compensate us. It must be remembered that m small and sparsely populated places, there is not that; scope for enterprise that exists m largo centres of population, where the spirited caterer for news will assuredly meet with a substantial reward.
A first meeting of creditors m the estate of Donald Munro was held m the Court House, Blenheim, yesterday. A considerable number of creditors were present, but it transpired that those whose claims did not exceed £10 had no voice or vote, a fact which created no little annoyance, as several persons had come long distances. Ultimately six creditors vvho were qualified and had proved their debts formed a meeting, and elected Mr J. C. Chaytor chairman. Proofs were then lodged to the amount of upwards of .£3OO. The debtor did not attend, and had not furnished a list of assets and liabilities as ordered by the Act. After some discussion it was resolved that the meeting be adjourned till Wednesday, March Bth, to which the debtor will be summoned to make a disclosure of his affairs as required by law.
The Ballot. — The necessity for numbering ballot papers, as a cheek againsb double voting, which the Times pretends to think is a minor matter of little importance, ia shown by the following telegram, which is dated Hokitika, Feb. 25 : — "lnformations were laid against six out of forty persons suspected of double voting at the Orakura Road Board election. Fitzgerald, E.M., dismissed three, and the others were abandoned. The cases show serious defects m the Regulations of Elections Act, by not making a Returning Officer record evidence ; and thedeputy, James Francis Bryne, recollected nothing. The Crown Prosecutor said he must abandon the cases m consequence of the impenetrable stolidity of Bryne, and of Martin," the scrutineers for Michael Houlahan ; but there was not the slightest doubt double voting had taken place extensively m the district."
The Otago Daily Times says : —The account of the opening of the February wool sales, which is contained m our cable telegrams from London, is not very explicit. From private telegrams, however, which have been received by some of our leading mercantile firms, we are m a position to supplement the information, which is conveyed by Reuter's special message. Good fleece and merino wool has advanced m price, and has come up to something very near the quotations for this class of wool for Feb. 1875, after which time, it will be remembered, there was a serious decline* m price. Faulty descriptions from all the colonies are, however, not readily saleable, and are quoted at even reduced rates. It will be of importance to our local wool-growers to mention that the clips, both of Victoria and New South Wales, will be far short of the usual number of bales. Iv itself this circumstance will, m all probability, lead to the disposal of New Zealand wool at full rates.
The brandy manufactured by Mr Pallon, of Albury, is considered equal to the finest Bordeaux.
A Greymouth telegram of the 25th Feb. says : — The mail bag lost off the coach on the 10th was found this morning at the bottom of a steep bank m Germau's C4ully, about 70 feet from Heelton main road. It was lying at the back of a large tree, and covered with scrub, and had evidently been planted. The contents were undisturbed. The finders, two Chinamen, state they were prospecting, and found the bag whilst walking through the bush off the main road.
A correspondent of the Nelson Colonist says that from time immemorial the people of India have carried out m practice that which we designate as theory, namely the ownership of the land by the State.
An Indian correspondent of the Field, states that Indian tea has more body and strength than the China produce, and one-third of the quantity suffices. Neither of them are obtained pure ; they are usually mixed.
At the Richmond River, the planting of sugar-cane aud the production of sugar afe reported to be going on satisfactorily.
A plash of lightning struck a "woodshed near CM en limes, knocking the shears o,ufc of the sheaier's hands.
Girl JGored. — The correspondent of the Auckland Post telegraphed on 25th Feb. : — A servant girl was very severely injured by a cow goring her at Port Albert. The cow's horn was driven through the clothing some inches into the flesh at the back part of the girl's thigh. The cow raised her several feet, inflicting a deep wound, and, but for the presence oftwo>men, would probably have killed her.
We learn from the Post that one of the first uses made of the Australian cable was by a remittance man. He telegraphed to his friends m England "Lend me £20" — the answer received was " Paid for your telegram and this — balance per mail." He is now waiting for the mail that will bring' him about enough to acknowledge the receipt by post.
A correspondent from the Pelbrua Valley informs us that m the limited Maori community there resident seven deaths recently occurred m the short space of ten days. The cause was a low fever that the natives seem strangely subject to, and which is fast reducing their numbers. — Nelson Times.
The Lake Wakatip Mail, of Feb, 10th, contains seven notices under the Bankruptcy Acts. The district, though its population is not large, evidently does its best to have somd kind of local industry.
A pike occurred at the Lower Moutere on February 19fcli, whick resulted m the total destruction of Mr Hyland's fine residence, with the whole of the furniture. The fire originated m an upstairs room, while the family were at tea ; Mr Hylaud being away at the time m the bush, Besides the furniture, a quantity of jam, to the Talue of £30, was also destroyed. The house was insured.
At Wellington engineers are now taking levels of the principal thoroughfares, m connection with the street tramway scheme.
Mr. Hoskins, lessee of the Theatre Royal, Christchurch, endeavored to engage the great vocalist lima, de Murska far a series of concerts there, bub failed. Murska asked £200 per concert, which would he at the rate of £35 per song ; but, find as Christchurch people are of music, Hoskins thought this a trifle too high, and declined the offer. Catherine Knox, a woman voi'th, ibis said. £50,000, is m custody for theft at Prahran, charged with stealing a saucepan and a plated spoon from a store. It is alleged that while the accused was m the store making purchases, the articles mentioned went a missing from the counter, and Mrs Ferguson, the wife of the proprietor of the store, searched Knox, and took the missing articles from her pocket.
A Chktstciiljrgh telegram dated Feb. 23rd says. — Great disorganisation is reported to exist m the railway department, and inquiries are peuding into charges of incompetence. — Afc a trial of pigeons by the members of the Pigeon Flyiiig Club from Ashburtou Christchurch, fifty-five miles, the first bird did the distance m one hour tMrtj'-nve minutes.
Mr Justice Johnston made the people m the Bankruptcy Court afc Christchurch laugh the other day. On a bankrupt stating that h«3 had been a Government officer, the Judge inquired m what capacity. " A policeman," was the reply. Oh, said the Judge, there is'no disgrace m being a policeman ; but he must say, +hat it was something new for him to hear a policeman sailed " a Government officer."
Every sensible person will agree with the writer who suggested that Colonel M'Donnell should ba sent as an envoy to Titokowaru. The result would be a large benefit to the country. Mr. Brissenden should be sent with him, and also a firstclass cooking stove, a gridiron, and a dozen bottles of Ohlson's tomato sauce. The consequences would be satisfactory m the extreme, and there would" be no further occasion for reference to the Ohinemuri miners' rights or intercepted letter business. — " Intelligent Vagrant." m Wellington Mail,
The "Intelligent Vagrant"is responsible for the following : — " An old Wellington inhabitant, now m England, telegraphed from London on Thursday : — ' Some fun here. Lord Mayor received congratulatory telegram from Mayor of Wellington, hoping Lord Mayor was well, and got along more comfortably with the city auditors than did the sender. Lord Mayor and Private Secretary have been hunting up gazetteers all day, to find out what Wellington they should reply to, as it seems there are three hundred townships of that name m the world.' "
Young and Paul, two of Smat's victims, are now quite out of danger. Young is able to walk about town without assistance, and Paul daily takes exercise m the Hospital grounds. Very little chauge takes place with Reidal— be is better one day and worse the next. He is quite sensible, and hopes are entertained that he will yet recover. Young has completely lost the use of his right arm.— Pott, Feb. 25.