Easter Monday is the second carnival of the year. It is the close of the summer and the precursor of the winter season. It is the great day for outing after that which celebrates the opening year. Yesterday it was kept a close holiday. The town was almost emptied a little after noon. Some went to the races at Ellerslie ; some to the Ponsonby regatta; some to the Town and Country : cricket match in the Domain ; some to the sports at Northcote; which is now rising into a most attractive suburb; several made family pilgrimages to the Flag Staff on the summit of Mount Victoria, or held picnics in the Domain; others went by water to the Thames, to the islands in the harbour, to Waiwera or Kawau. In fact everyone was out for enjoyment. The sports of the day will be found elsewhere in our columns. The bridge recently constructed over the "Waipa at Whatawhata is to be opened tomorrow with some degree of ceremony. A number of Auckland people intend to be present on the occasion. We understand that Mr. Bartlett, photographer—who has been during, the last few days in the Raglan district endeavouring to obtain a series of photographs of the large waterfall, recently discovered by Mr. T. B. Hill, in a river falling into the Aotea harbour—is expected to be present at the formal opening of the bridge, and thus secure several views of the ceremony. The Rev. C. M. Pym commenced a series of services at All Saints' Church, Ponsonby, last night, and there was a good attendance. Services will be held to-night, to-morrow, Friday, and Saturday. : ; At the sitting of the Police Court yesterday six offenders were charged with drunkenness and fined in varying penalties with the alternative of imprisonment. A charge against Ann Vesey under "The Malicious Injuries to Property Act," of smashing windows, was remanded until this morning. On the racecourse yesterday Mr. Adams had two totalisators working. They were of different construction, but were admirable machines. In one of them the tickcts were : 10s each and in the other os each. Theresuits were as follow In the first race 256 tickets were taken j odds paid were 6 to 1. In the second race there were 296 subscribers, and the odds were 7to 1. In the third race 286 subscribers, odds 5 to 1. Fourth race, 396 subscribers, odds 7 to 1. Fifth- race, 186 subscribers, odds 4 to 1. Sixth race, 156 subscribers, odds level. The second machine had about an equal proportion. The Wanganui Herald learns that a party of natives have brought down the river a pair of antlers taken from a deer shot near Tongariro. The natives state that there are close on 100 head of deer on the block known asßangitawa, near Tongariro, their existence being unknown until the last two or three weeks. At first the natives were alarmed, not knowing whether the deer were dangerous to approach, but after a time they shot one, and brought the antlers to town with them. The flesh of the deer they consumed, enjoying a haunch of venison with great gusto. The Waikato Mail has the following :— " A singular "accident happened to Rewi on his way to the Hikurangi meeting. He fell down a precipice 70 feet deep, from which he was taken up -insensible by Messrs. Ross, Thompson, and ' Mokau Jones.' Rewi, when he recovered consciousness, asked to be dipped in the Punui River, and afterwards found that he had recovered the use of his left arm, which had been for some time previously paralysed. Rewi was carried back to his residence at Punui, where he remains for the present." Bishop Moran, in replying to an address from the pupils of the Clmstian Brothers' School, said " You are correctly informed as to my intention' to start immediately for Rome, to visit, in obedience to the law of the Church, the tombs of the Apostles, and render an account of my stewardship during the last ten years.to the Bishop of Rome— the Vicar of Christ; but, with you, I hope my a.bsence from this diocese shall not be. a protracted one. You are also correctly , informed that it is my intention whilst in Europe to endeavour to obtain a supply of priests and teachers, or at all events to make such arrangements as will ensure in the future a sufheient supply of both. I shall not fail to remember you and yours at the tombs of the Apostles, nor shall I neglect to ask the Holy Father for a special blessing for you all. Itgivesme great happiness to feel assured that during 'my absence your prayers and good wishes will accompany me everywhere." A series of athletic sports were got up yesterday by a committee of residents in Northcote, and came off in the afternoon. A goodly number of persons went across in the ferry steamers to witness them. They consisted of foot-races, leaping, vaulting, &c. and most of the events were well contested a number of Auckland athletes being among he com petitors. We learn that the summons has been served in the case of Mr. Hurst agaiust Mr. Wickliam, for libel. The case is set down for Friday. The following is the state of Her Majesty's Gaol, Auckland, for the week ending April 16th, 1881 On remand, 12 males ; awaiting trial, 2 males ; penal servitude, 39 males ; hard labour, 85 males, 22 females; default of bail, 2 males, 1 female; debtors, 1 male ; received during the week, 46 males, 9 females; discharged, 37 males, 9 females; total in gaol, 141 males, 23 females.
-am A novel exhibition of its kind has iust been opened in the Albert Hall by Mr. G. Gillies, late of Napier. It consists of painting mechanical toys models, architectural designs, and other curious and union* exhibits, which will well repay inspection. " A full-rigged model of the Great Eastern steamship, ou a scale of one-sixteenth of an inch to the foot, is cleverly executed, and its construction occupied Mr. Gillies for three years. He was one of the workmen engaged in the building of the great steamer? and exhibited his model at the Working Men's International Exhibition, London, where it received a prize. Adjoining this exhibit is a model of the craft Red, White, and Blue, the smallest which ever crossed the Atlantic* Round the walls of the hall are ranged drawl ing sections of the Great Eastern. Another excellent exhibit is a model of Tuxford and Son's patent portable steam engine with vertical engine and improved boiler, as also a model of a beam engine made by Mr. Gillies. There is a design, partly completed, in cardboard of the Napier District School building; also' in the same material, of cottages, "church' and mechanical figures. As specimens of industry, ingenuity, and good taste may be noted the models in cork of Kildrummie Castle, in Ireland, and Kenilworth Castle in Warwickshire, both of which were constructed by Mr. Gillies. There are also to be seen miniature designs of a road locomotive and of the celebrated cigar steamboat Rose Winans. A model set of engineerinj? - and boiler-making tools will interest those of a mechanical turn of mind. Mr. Gillies has also painted a series of humorous sketches some twenty in number, illustrating incidents' in the voyage out from England of the ship: Winchester. One of the most unique exhibits is a copy of the San Francisco Chronicle, reduced, so as to requiro to be read by a magnifying glass, with photograph of its founder, the late Charles de Young, who was assassinated in San Francisco some months back. The mechanical figures, moved by are especially ingenious. There are walking and talking dolls, walking elephants, and a dancing negro, who, in his wild fandangoes, has managed to kick a piece of glass half a foot square out of the back of the show-case in which he is perchcd. One of the_ mechanical exhibits is rather conplicated—in the foreground a number of carriages and persons "are moving about, in the middle of the. scene pleasure boats are sailing up and down the river, while in the background is to be seen a windmill in full swing, and railway trains passing to and fro. The exhibition -will interest not only children, but those of larger growth. As Mr. Gillies says in the mottoes hung round the hall, nothing is accomplished without industry, perseverance, and ingenuity, and: his handiwork is an excellent illustration-of the axiom. The exhibition is open daily, and yesterday, notwithstanding the attractions elsewhere, was visited by a number of persons. ' Dean's Minstrels performed at the Lornestreet Hall last night, and gave an agreeable entertainment in celebration, as the programme stated, of their third anniversary. The Fire Brigade and Salvage Corps were prominent patrons of the entertainment, and there was a large attendance besides. The chair business was ."fairly rendered, and the funnyisms of the corner men were evidently appreciated, although some' of the jokes were far fetched. In this country no person could mistake a log for an alligator. The singing was on the whole about the average, some below and some above. The comic songs told with the greatest effect. The fiery finale of the first part, " The Soldiers are out to-day, " elicited roars of applause. The second part consisted of a musical olia and comic scenes," with the farce of the German opera singers, which brought the formal entertainment to a close.' A dance followed the performance. Mr. T. Cole officiated as master of ceremonies, and Mr. W. D. Dallen catered for the -wants of the guests. A new programme will .be presented this evening. * The children of the Beresford-street Congregational Sunday-school made an excursion to Motuihi yesterday by the p.s. Enterprise, accompanied by the Rev. Mr. Robertson, Captain Daldy, and the teachers of the school. It is estimated that about 300 persons embarked. The party reached the island at 11.30, and spread about for walks. Various games were indulged in, and were, thoroughly enjoyed. ' Mr. Barnsley did all that lay . in his power to minister to the pleasure of the visitors. Both on board the. vessel and on shore numerous : hymns,' chiefly Moody and Sankey's, were heartily sung. . The excursionists were re-conveyed: on board the steamer in a small boat, and arrived in town about 7.30 p.m. Larrikinism prevails at Oamaru. At the annual soiree of the Wesleyan Church some' malicious persons threw a pfcce of lighted rag containing cayenne pepper under one of the tables, the consequence being that the audience were seized with a sudden and violent fit of coughing, the fumes of the burning mixture filling the hall and rendering it impossible to go on with the meeting.; An' adjournment was accordingly made to Wesley Churck. One asthmatic lady, who is in exceedingly delicate health, was almost suffocated, and scarcely had sufficient strength remaining to enable her to leave the hall.
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