LOCAL AND GENERAL.
The Hon. R. McKenzie (Minister of Public Works) will shortly leave for Waihi to attend the mining conference.
A London press cable message state that Madame Melba, who has been suffering from a severe attack of influenza, is recovering.
A fine of Is with 7s coste was imposed on James Sowman by Mr. Evans, S.M., at the Magistrate's Court this morning for allowing 11 cattle to be at large on Nile-street East. Mr. Edmonds, who appeared for the Council, did not desire to urge a heavy penalty as the cows had got out, he understood, by picnickers leaving the rails down on defendant's property. Defendant stated that he didi not desire to keep people off his property so long as no damage was clone, but some had been very careless 1 , and the leaving of the slipraals down, which allowed the cows to get at large, was an instance. The Magistrate said a conviction must be made, but in view of t'he circumstances foe would impose a fine of Is, with 7s costs, as stated above.
At the last sitting of the Magistrate's Court at Brightwatei- Mr. J. S. Evans, •S.iVi.. presiding ,a judgment . summons case for a debt of £37, F. S. Savage v. M. Jameison (Mr. Gully for plaintiff), an order was made by consent for the payment of JB4 a month. The police proceeded against a number of persons for riding bicvcles without lights. M. Robertson and M. Lammas were each fined ss-'; J. Haycock 5s and costs 3s 9d; B. Thomason. F. Ricketts, and O. Bateup, 10s each and costs' 7s,- R. Eden, S. W. Tebay, L. JBirkett, and L. Brown, 29s each and costs 7s. For riding ,a motor bicycle without a light F. E. Hobson was fined 40s and costs- 10s 9d. The Magistrate intimated that ample warning had been given, and that if people would not take warning he would further increase the fines.
It is notified that a fruit-packing demonstration will be given by Messrs Buxton axid Co.'s packer at Mr. Geo. ■ Silcock's orchard, Bright-water, at 2 p.m. to-morrow. ' ■
Lieutenant-Colonel Head, late Director of Ordnance and Officer Commanding "he Permanent Force, leaves for. England on January 26th. Major Hume will occupy the position until an ordnance officer arrives from Home:
Ministers in Wellington to-day are the Prime Minister (Sir Joseph Ward), Hon. J. A Millar, Hon. James Carroll, Jtxon. R. McKenzie, and Hon. D. Biiddo. The Hon. Dr. Findlay is at Mount Cook, the Hon. T. Mackenzie at Levin, and the Hon. A. T. Netata at Gisborne..,
Trouble between two neighbours was ventilated at the Magistrate's -Court this morning, when "Hoy D'Aicy Irvine proceeded against Albert Williams for the alleged use of indecent language. Defendant and his wife denied in to to the evidence of informant. Mr. Evans, S.M., after hearing evidence on both sides, dismissed the information. He stated that if the words alleged were used they could not be termed indecent. No costs ,were allowed, as the Magistrate was satisfied the case was the outcome of squabbles between two neighbours. Mr W. S. Milner was for informant and Mr Hayes for defendant.
A Press Association wire from Christchurch says that:the death -is announced of Mrs Jane Deans, relict of Mr John Deans, of Riccarton, one of the original settlers on the Canterbury Plains. The late Mrs Dean's, who was the eldest* daughter of Mr James Mcllraith, of Auchenflower, Ayrshire-, was married in September, i.852, and, with her husband; arrived at Lytteltori in the Minerva on ' 2nd February, 1853. She shared the privations and hardships of the pioneer days, and to the last preserved alllier; faculties. ' . . " : ■■' " •."*' ' "■".]
An Auckland press message says, that Mr. Fowlds, Minister for Education, and roarty, returned from South Africa by the Mantua to-day, all well. They are enthusiastic about their trip., They will be tendered a civic reception this afternoon.
By the Ulimaroa on Thursday -there returned to Wellington several of the New Zealand delegates to the Australasian Science Congress, which was held recently at Sydney. Among the party were professor H. B. Kirk (of the Chair of Biology Jit Victoria College), Professor Marshall (Otago University), and Mr A. Hamilton, Director of the National Museum. Professor Skeats and Payne, two Australian scientists, who are paying a visit to New Zealand, were also with the party, and yesterday afternoon were shown over Victoria College by Professor Kirk. Professor Lai. is still in Australia.
A little girl about seven years of age, daughter of Mr. Bishop, landlord of the Pier Hotel, while fishing off the Albion Wharf at the back of the Anchor Co 's office about noon to-day, over-balanced herself and fell into the water, which was , about 14ft. deep. Her- cries attracted the attention of Capt. Purvis, of the Waverley, who •was in. the Anchor office at the time. Without waiting in divest himself of any clothing, he jumped into the wa€er and rescued the child, who was none the worse for her immersion.
Included in the passengers who have booked passages by the lonic, sailing'for .London, via way ports,, on, Thursday next, from Wellington, is Mr F. > v aymouth, chairman 'of directors of the Canterbury Meat Company. Dr. G. Guerin and the Rev. Father Coonie have booked for Monte Video.
Ladies are liable to grow enthusiastic over beautiful floor coverings, and many housewives are very particular in choosing new Window Blinds, for, in: spite of the trend of modern times, woman's true sphere is in the home. It will therefore be of interest to most lady readers to notice Messrs G. Fleming and Son's announcement regarding the good qualities of their Linoleums and Floorcloths. If you are refurnishing, or even only moving into a new house, a visit to 'Messrs G. Fleming and Son's will result in a saving of money . in the buying of your requirements.*
A Christchurch press svirc c!H:es:— Mr A. W. Jose, Australian tiv9 of the London "Times," 'arrived in Christchurch to-day. He will attend tho Imperial Conference in .London in June, and he has come to New Zealand l'o see politicians and other prominent men in order to get an insight into the Dpminion's aims and ideas. He wili spend several days in Christchurch, and will make special inquiries' into the position and political aspirations of the workers here and in Wellington, where hi> wiD spend about a week. He hopes to meet Sir Joseph Ward. If you have not already visited the great summer sale now in full swing al xvirs Ansticc's, it will pay you to do sc at once, arid secure what you require of these big noney-saving bargains'. Everything in the store is heavily reduced in price., and you will find that an early inspection here will repay you well. Remember, early inspection means best selection, and get in to-day.* Mrs. Anstice's great suminer clearance sale commences on Thursday, sth January ,and everyone should take advantage of this great money-saving op portunity. Sweeping reductions are ypromised an evecy department, and it' will pay you to be in early to get the pick of the bargains. —Mrs. Anstice, Tra-falgar-street.*
The fortnightly meeting of the Nelson City Council will be held this evening.
It is notified by the Retailers' Holiday Regulation Association that ■Wednesday, Ist prox., Anniversary Day, A will be observed as a. whole •holiday.
A Greymouth press wire gays that Adjut. Dixon, of the Salvation Army, leaves on Wednesday to take- charg)e 01 Oamtaru. He will be succeeded by Ad'iut. McAulay, of Hawthorne, .Victoria. " .!
To vote for cancellation of registration is to be forgetful of past advantage, disioyal to the general interest of .Labour which has lound a living wage for the poorest through the abolition of the strike, and crassly stupid 4s unable to read the plain lessons of fact and figure, credulous to the verge of childishnessin believing the nonsense of claptrap orators devoid of either exnerience or brains.—"Oamaru Mail."
Discussing some of the aspects of th,a recent Science Congress at Sydney, Mr A. Hamilton, Director of .tne National Museum, who has returned to Wellington, said that the absence from tho meeting of the President' of the Anthropological Section (Mr.; sEdlwarid T regear) excited keen regret, as. his address in this special department of scientific study had been looked forward <U> £y. the Australian scientists. Mr. Hamilton himself had intended to read a paipe>on "The Progress' of the Native 'Bird* Extinction and the best pieans venting the Same," 'but owing to the great mass of papers in the Biological Section he did not do so. This paper have been taken as read, and so formed part of the proceedings, but Mr. Hamilton's main' object in preparing, hia matter had been to evoke am illuminating discussion, on this' Very important subject, as he was especially . desirous of hearing the views of Australian zoologists. "■■.'"
The "Otago Daily Times" says that the appeal that was made to it'he Minister of Justice on behalf of Inspector Gillies should not be allowed to disguise tfhe fact that the Inspector's mistake was of a very serious character. It was urged by the Mayor of Ghristchurc'h. point that might be regarded as a mitigating circumstance thai the Inspector had' unfortunately allowed'the pressure, of a Parliamentary representative to obscure his judganent. Respecting! this matter, it would be of some interest to knc-w what really Jwas the extent .of ,t'he- political pressure that was 'exerted upon Inspector Gillies-r- : whether the Inspector was, or was not, subjected to pressure of a .kincfe which Should not have been applied to him, and which, if applied, jhe should ihav/3., resisted. His offence was one that could not possibly be regarded, even-by those who might wish to take an indulgent view of-the case, as'at'all venial.,
Out They Go.—Ladies' Hop-picking' and Picnic HatsJ one penny, each; to ina'.ke room for the contractors. —The Auckland Clothing and Di-apery Co.* : A striking feature in corinectibri with the Australasian Science Congress, which has jtist been brought to a close, is said by the "Sydney' Daily Telegraph'' to have he-en young men •lecturing to old.
A Dreadful Scatter.—Ladies' Liii-eii and Crash Dress Skirts, slightly soiled, cut they go at,2s lid .each, at the big Extension Sale by the Auckland Clotting and Drapery Co.* Messrs Bisley Bros, and Co- will 'hold a special horse sale at their Richmond yards on Wednesday next./;
At the Big : Alteration :ificial Flowers; must be scattered to make rcom for the builders.—Auckland Clothing and Drapery .Go.*;.'- ■ . ' Mr. Alfred Gould- will: hold a miscellaneous ? sale at'hife rooms ix^Tflprrow-it 11 a.m. ■■•: '■■..■';'■■' ' ,-.;.'
Slightly Shop Soiled.—Ladies' Ready-to-Wear ' Summer Costumes, in Linen, ; Crash, or Cambric ; out they go at 6s 11a and 7s lid each.—The Auckland Clothing and Drapery Co.* To-morrow, at 11.30 a.m., Mr. W. Lock will sell tricycle, furniture .and effects in a deceased estate; also field yj asses, etc.
A Big Scatter.—Ladies' high-grado Corsets, in all sizes, reduced from 9s lid to 4s lid a pair, at the great Alteration Sale.—The Auckland Clothing and Dra-De:-v '.Jo."*