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CANTERBURY.

By the Burnet, from Wellington, we have received Canterbury papers to the 29th May. Mr. Crosbie Ward has been returned, without opposition, as a member of the House of Representatives for the town of Lyttelton. The Superintendent of Canterbury was a candidate for the representation of Akaroa, in the General Assembly, and it was expected that he also would be elected without opposition. In an address to the electors of Lyttelton, on the occasion of Mr. Ward's election, his Honour expressed his belief that the services of Superintendents " could not be more beneficially employed, for the vital benefit of their respective provinces, than in watching and advocating their interests in the general legislature of the colony." The electoral reform bills of the General Government were being discussed in the newspapers, and the proposal to substitute vote by ballot and nomination in writing for the present mode of conducting elections, was strongly condemned by the Lyttelton Times. A public meeting took place at Christchurch on the 22nd May, for the purpose of forming a Farmers' Club, "the establishment of which would give an impetus to ' the agricultural interest, and promote the general welfare of the province." The result of the meeting was that 35 persons put down their names as members, and the officers of the club were at once elected.

Another meeting took place at Christchurch on the 13th ultimo, for the purpose of taking steps to form a " Christchurch Harmonic Society." The Superintendent presided, and before the meeting closed, the names of 3(5 members and subscriptions to the amount of £47 had been received. c Results such as these are a credit to the < spirit of the place, and are worthy of imitation elsewhere. A grand vocal and instrumental concert in r aid of the Indian Relief Fund, was announced i to take place at Lyttelton on the 31st ulttimo. ' A meeting for the purpose of originating a j "Total Abstinence Society" had been held at ( Lyttelton, and at the close of the meeting , upwards of 20 persons had signed the pledge, s The news of Mr. Fitzgerald's safe arrival in i England had been received at Canterbury. 1 The following are extracts from theoapers : An inquest was held on Tuesday, before Dr. j Donald, coroner, on board the ship West- i minster, on the body of William Francis <■ Marks, a coloured man, cook of that vessel, * who was found dead in his berth on the ] previous morning. The evidence of the second mate, boatswain, and carpenter, was 1 brought to show that deceased had gone to < rest on Sunday evening in good health and j spirits; that no symptoms of anything the v matter had occurred during the night ; and s that he had been found cold and stiff at half- * past five in the morning, when called to get up. It was also proved that he had been subject to epileptic fits, The verdict was accor- * dingly, "Died by the visitation of God." j On Thursday, William M'Kenzie, master of I the schooner Lady of the Lake, of Wellington, l died suddenly on board of his vessel, which * was lying at the Ferry at the time ready to \ leave the river. The deceased had been for s many years addicted to continued intemperance, c in which he indulged until it caused his death, * I The imports of sheep over the border from * Nelson into this province during the past season have been somewhat extensive. The , number of those already arrived in Canterbury i from that direction is not less than 15,000, and 4,000 more were on this of Barefell pass J at the last accounts, and will cross the border \ in a short time. Besides these, we have to £ notice arrivals from beyond the ranges to the t [ number of at least 5,000 sheep, which will not « come as far as Canterbury, but will stop on A the Waiau plain. These make in all 24,000 £ sheep which may be properly reckoned among j the exports of Nelson for the past year. — Id. i During the past week this province has lost 1 by a fatal accident one of its prominent settlers. ' Mr. C. C. Haslewood, to whom we allude, * died at his station, some six miles from Christ- \ church, on Saturday morning last, from the 1 effects of a wound received on the previous < Thursday afternoon by the explosion of a gun from which he vras dramng the charge. At * an inquest which was held on Monday, the j nature of the accideut, which was a simple one, ? was fully explained. Mr. Haslewood had drawn the shot from both barrels of the gun * and exploded the powder from one of them. The other barrel had been loaded some time ; ( from that he took out the wad and shook out i part of the powder, and then snapped a cap f on it. Imagining that the remainder of the * charge had by this means been exploded, he * took the gun into a room in the house, placed the butt on the floor, aud blew down the i )arrel to see if the nipple was clear. It seems i that a % lighted candle was iv close proximity, A on the floor. Mr. Haslewood iv the account -, he was able to give afterwards to the medical t gentlemen who attended him (Drs. Barker i and Fisher) remembered the fact of the light on the floor, and could recollect an explosion, ' aud that was all. A smothered discharge and ' a cry succeeding were heard by two persons in the garden, who running in and finding what had happened, sent for medical aid. That evening and the next day Mr. Haslewood was able to speak and to write, but on Saturday morning at about seven o'clock he * expired suddenly. Medical evidence indicated that a considerable quantity of powder must ( have been discharged into the throat together £ with a piece of the wadding ; but that while t the injuries thus received were sufficient to < cause death, the proximate cause was apoplexy of the lungs. The coroner's jury returned a verdict of accidental death. The funeral is 1 appointed to take place this day in Christ- ] church. Mr. Haslewood has just completed ' his 40th year. He was a son of Colonel Haslewood, an officer in the East India Company's service, and had himself also held a commission in the same service in early life. He had not, we believe, any relations in this colony, but had transmigrated hither from Victoria in the second year of this settlement, and had been an active man among us ever since. By his decease a seat ia the Council for the liakaia district is vacated. OTAGO. The Lyttelton Times of May 26th says :-- A gentleman who has arrived overland from Otago informs us that the Strathfieldsnye was at the time of his departure (May sth) anchored off the heads, unable to cross the bar, and had been lying there some days. She had a full complement of emigrants ; according to the Home News report, there were on board 250 adults. On the sth May, another vessel arrived and also anchored off the heads. It is most probable that this vessel is the Nourmahal, with another batch of emigrants, to the number of 246 adults. Other ships were to follow with about 400 more. The prospects of these people do not appear to be good, inasmuch as those arrived are stated to be living in tents for want of better shelter. Government was providing work and paying what appear to be liberal rates of wages, but a diminishing exchequer would, not improbably, put an end to their support from this quarter. An Allegory. — A humming-bird met a butterfly, and being pleased "with the beauty of its person and the glory of its wings, made an offer of perpetual friendship. " I cannot think of it," was the reply, "as you once spurned me, and called me a crawling dolt." " Impossible !" exclaimed the humming-bird ; " I always entertained the highest respect for such beautiful creatures as you." " Perhaps you do now," said the other, " but when you insulted me I was a caterpillar. So let me give you a piece of advice. Never insult the humble, as they may some day become your superiors."

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CANTERBURY., Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle, Volume XVII, Issue 47, 12 June 1858

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CANTERBURY. Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle, Volume XVII, Issue 47, 12 June 1858

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