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LOCAL AND GENERAL.

The sheep returns for the Oook and V/aiayui counties show a total of 2,500,000, being nn increase of 100,000 on last year. The Gisborne Poultry Fanciers’ Club held its annual show yesterday. The North Island championship for Indian game was won by Mr 11. Williams (Gisborne).

The Auckland “Star” records a case of a dog which voluntarily delivered a. purse carried in its month, containing 4s and some newspaper cuttings, to a tram conductor recently. In addition to winning tho North Upland championship for Plymouth Hocks at the Hawera poultry show, Mr W. E. Dancy, of Potone, was awarded two first prizes, one second, and one third.

Iho first brick of the now Post Offica at Nelson was laid with some oororaony and in tho presence of a largo number of tho public yesterday morning. Speeches wore made, and a children's l sports gathering was held. In the opinion of tho Rev D. C. Bates tho New Zealand climate needs futher study. Ho told the members of the Agricultural Conference yesterday that tho colony’s Maori rolics, industries, and goldmining were valuable, but. ho considered tho climate the most vain, able possession wo had. An inquest was held at tho morgue yesterday, before Mr J. Ashcroft, Coroner, to ascertain the cause of tho death of Augustus Henry Harrlocke, who had died suddenly at his residence, 7, Peters street, on the 19th inst. Dr D. J. Mo Gavin, who had made an autopsy, testified that tho cause of death was chronio intestinal obstruction, the result of old appendicitis. A verdict was returned accordingly.

Very few New Zealand farmers, for** tuna.tely, know what the ken is: and Mr D. D. McFarla.no, of Canterbury, came very close yesterday to informing the Agricultural Conference on the subject. Ho had given notice to move that the rewafd for keas ho increased“Wbat’s that?” “What are they?’* echoed from all parts of the room. A ! North Island delegate explained that the kea was a kind of parrot that attacked sheep in the back country of Canterbury. Mr J. G. Wilson announced at tiny Agricultural Conference yesterday thafc a very important deposit of phosphate rock, running up to 75 per cent., had been discovered in tbo centre of an agricultural district in New Zealand Ho was told by the Government Geologist that tbo percentage of Christmas Island phosphate, viz.. SO, was exceptionally high, so the Now Zealand dis» covery was most important. He had been urging the Minister of Agricultureand lus officers to see that tin’s deposit was at once purchased. Agricultural Associations will in future need to adhere more strictly to rules of procedure in connection with the annual conferences. A resolution. Was passed at yesterday’s conference calling upon the associations to in future place all their suggestions in tbo form of resolutions. Mr ]*klwin Hall (Auckland), speaking on the subject, remarked that in the x>ast he seemed to havo been looked upon, in his capacity of secretary,as a kind of thought-reader, because the associations had been in thor habit of simply indicating the subject they wished to be disposed of instead of framing motions. The Agricultural Conference closed nv 1 o’clock yesterday afternoon, a good deal of important business being done, during the forenoon. In his valcdic> tory remarks, tbo chairman (Mr J. G., Wilson) said it had been tho best conference be bad ever sat at. Ho was sure the good work done would bear fruit. Mr J. H. Ritchie (Secretary for Agriculture) agreed that tho conference war the best hold so far, and that they were likoly to derive more benefit from it than from previous ones. It gave the officials of tho department and himself much pleasure to attend these conferences and give members and tho public as much information as they could.

At yesterday's meeting of the Agricultural Conference, Mr J. D. Ritchie (Secretary for Agriculture') referred to the fact of disease in pigs becoming more prevalent. Diseased pigs were coming oil to tho Wellington market, and on several occasions the officers of tho department had actually had to go into butchers’ shops and condemn pork. Ho mentioned also that under 1 the Slaughtering and Inspection Act it was > proposed to limit the killing of sheep for barter or sale to two per week for each farmer. Butchers had said that some farmers were going round and doing a larger trade than they (tho butchers) wore doing. The Public Works Department baa, during the past few days, made a start with the extension of the railway lino beyond Sedrlon. on the Picton-Hurunul section. Tho lino at this point is subsequently to be extended to Flaxbourno v but tho length so far authorised if) that portion of the route between Soddon and Lake Grasmere, a distance of over five miles. Tho site of Flaxboumo township is another ten miles further on. Owing to Seddon being considerably elevated, and tho railway., after leaving that place having to find a way down to the valley of the Blind river, the work of forming the track for the first mile or two will bo somewhat difficult. Thereafter, however, the going will be easy as far as Flaxbourne. At present twenty men aro employed on the work, bub that number will bo increased within tho next, few days. The following is the list of deceased persons’ estates (of £*looo or over) that have been certified to by the Commissioner for Stamps during tho pas:*, month:—Wellington Alice Purcell, £2594; Charles Gordon, £3105; Thomas. Morgan, £1016; Johann D. Hoops, £5516; Thomas S. Mitchell, £1089; Esthe” S. Bickerton, £1480: Jas. Fairoy £1664; Maria Thirkeil, £6111; Annie Gray, £1500; Thomas Roskrugo, £18,977; Frederick C. Brailsford* £7980; Hannah Manson, £1181; Thomas Ransfield. £18,628. Auckland— John Short!,£s964; Annie Cameron, £2593. Canterbury—Emily C. Maude* £9548; Robert McQueen, £7275; Robt Finlay, £1302; Frances Butterlck, £1559; Edwin Henry Lough, £1265; Edward Acton, £9282; Sarah Ann Goosetry, £1519; Henry James Ainger £13,500; Leah Sandstein, £2090; Daniel Day. £3061 ; Joseph M Heywood, £5692: Susannah Duck worth, £1489. Otago—George Challis, £1741: John Paton. £14,030; Edward Coward, £7104; Edward B. Cargill* £1467. Hawke’s Bay— William Withcrow, £8183: Charles Connor, £1556; Robt. H. Mason, £ll3O. New Plymouth—C.P.A-E. Wevergang, £1805; John 'Winks, £25,297. Xekon—Colin McKenzie Taylor, £4150. Blenheim— Edmund Onion, £1036. Westland— William FairhaU, £3372. Southland— Laurence Finnerty, £2800: William Sterritt, £1920; Alexander Mcllardy, £1532.

Tho sculling match for the championship of Urn woil'l, between (’.(•urp' Town.s, tlio present bolder of He*. title, ami Jiimos Stanbury, an ox-cbamp;oM, will take phwr-c on tho Parrumatta rivn . Sydnoy, this afbornThu ro;;u.t wil bo po«t<xl on tho (, Timu;v notico-boam to-night.

Twenty-nino entries have bwn nieeiv«*l for tho Xow /calami Amateur Boxing Championships v/hieh w.U be d"uidod al Dunedin next committee w«'us cumf/Mled u> reni-.o entries owing lo being unable to e.xieml tho competition over three nights. Xh'irloeii of I.ho competitor;, belong to Lumxiin.

Tho directors of the To Am House Drapery Company Imw wiMnicoi thmr manager Olr \V. .11. Smith.; to pay Hi. employ* .’-s who have l*»'n with i.lkj-ui I IJI t.ho px-lo (in.uioi.il year it bonus equal lo ono week's salary, as a mark of :.I>pmojaL.on of li.oir .services dining tiio pasi year, which whs a *• record” for 'l o A.ro House.

Tho chairman of tho Agricultural Conference yesterday spoke in leruts ot high praise of tho work dune hy Mr lull. Iturdukin, tho statistician to tho Agricultural Department, in the preparation of the excellent reports which lie publishes every month, showing the quantities of produce exj>orted, and otliei information on agricultural matters. Mr W. S. Short, solicitor of the Roads Department, lias been appointed a Commins’ionor hy the Coventor for tho purpose of hearing the objections to the proposal t o constiluto u-s borougms ho towns of JohiiKonvtlle and Levin, iho inquiry in respect to .lohnsonvdle will 'to hold there on Wednesday, 20th lust., and as to Levin, will be held at that place on Tuesday, August Ist.

“That's the sort of apology I like,” rotnarked thu Mayor of Christchurch at u, mooting of tho Consumptive Sanatorium Commit too recently, after reading a loiter from Mr G. Scott. Tho writer (says tho Christchurch ‘Tress’’) expressed his regret at being unablo to attend, ami promised to prosont a cooking range to Um sanatorium, on behalf of his firm, valued at £3O.

During a discussion upon tho smallbirds post at tho Agricultural Conference yesterday -Mr VV. H. iteethaiii (Wairarapa) sakl that by tho uso of bird-tune ho hud caught throo hundred small blackbirds in a quarter of an houir, and in a few days he had counted up to 3UOO. Still, even this distraction sooiiuxl to make littlo difference to tiho numbers about.

Tho charter for the newly-formed Wellington Mast branch of tho Liberal and Labour federation is to be preseutsd by tho flight Hon R. J. Scddon at a social gathering in the Foresters’ Hall, Tory street, on Wednesday evening. Mi ni lie’s orchestra will supply the music, Mr J. Godbor thoj refreshments, *nd several well-known vocalists will contribute to tho concert programme.

Tho primrose, the polyanthus, the narcissus, tho iris, and other spring flowers have (says the “Lyttelton Times’') been blooming for some time in Christchurch, though the season for their blossoming, according to tho alma-. vino, is still fur away. At Sumner the geranium and tho chrysanthemum may ho seen blooming side by side, and oven the rose ha-s been tempted by the genial nlir to flaunt its petals in a few gardens.

(Mr F. T. Moore, of JotesonviLlo, has /ust returned from a tour of inspection of the sawuulliug operations ho is con-, ducting at Taumarunui, in conjunction with Messrs Ellis and Burnand, of .Hamilton. The erection of a bridge 340 ft long over the Wanganui river is completed, and tho earthwork for the tramway to connect tho bushes with the Main Trunk railway is in hand. The full complement of steel rails for the tramway are on the ground, and the first instalment of milling plant has aurived from America. The class of machinery imported is airailar to that in uso in the largo mill belonging to tho Taupe Tortara Company. Hie teftara bushes in tho jPungapunga Valley, at Taumarunui, closely resemble (hose held by the Taupo Company in Mio adjoining county. Mr James Stuckey, of Te Rangituaian, said a kind word fbr the small bird yesterday, although he admitted at the same time that tho increase during the last few years had made him change his mind as to the necessity for applying the act in the North Island. The rirtuo of the small bird, frequently overlooked, is that he keeps down other posts which might be worse. Mr T, W. Adams stated that he had seen near Lincoln, Canterbury, a ditch two and a half feet in depth filled with caterpillars. Mr T. W. Kirk, Government Biologist, put in a claim for the North Island with the story of caterpillars -stopping tho train on the Wangaehu hill. In this case, it will be remembered, an army of caterpillars was" marching across the Lino, and the rails became jo greasy that tho train was brought to j standstill.

By research in the North Island the Government Biologist has arrived at the probable increase from a pair of sparrows in the course of a few years. He found never less than five eggs under a lilting bird. Incubation takes 13 days, and shortly after hatching the young birds are turned out of the nest. But act before a fresh sitting of eggs has been laid up, and the young ones are jomotimes called upon, by the heat of their bodies, to assist in the incubation ■»f the prospective brothers and sisters, which axe ready to drip the shells before the last batch is turned out of the nest. Allowing for a loss of one-third from natural causes, there will he eleven pairs at the ond of the season, 121 pairs at the end of the second season, 1331 at the ond of the third season, and 522,100 birds at the end of the fifth season. The ornithological division of the Bureau of Agriculture at Washington estimates the increase at twice Mr Kirk’s figure. Hitherto the staff of the Wellington City Council has entertained itself annually at a smoko concert. The provision of a Town Hall has had the effect f»f turning the annual gathering into one Uiat can he participated in by ladies, and last evening the municipal concert hall was the scene of a most enjoyable “social” attended by nearly a hundred couples. Three or four of the smaller rooms on the first floor were placed at the disposal of the guests. Miss Hugo and Messrs J. F. Jones, Berlin, A\. H. Morton, A, J. Paterson, W. Bent ham, and Minific sang between the dances, Miss Cohen recited, and Mr Kellman gave a clever exposition of sleight-of-hand. Mrs Murdoch, Messrs W. D. Murdoch, and A. D. ham gave a selection on the harp, clarionet, and piano. The supper, supplied by Mr J. Godber, was served in lire main corridor on the .second floor. Tiro arrangements wore carried out by i. committee consisting of Messrs J. Boyle, 11. O. Petersen, E, Waters, P. Torcival, F. 3'. Davis, and la. J. Thomas, with Mr A. Pedder as secretary. Among tho guests were his Worship the Mayor, the majority of Councillors, and tho heads cf departments. It is intended to make the ‘‘social” an ivnnual affair.

Mr A. Mat.dieiws (Waiorongoinai; said at i lie Agricultural Conference ye .ter - dav that iargi. ..heep-di|«, were not ab.'-n----imcly neco.-«a-V. Over forty years age I:., had cured dtjfX) she., p ol scab in a (lip only bit lung at lire top. His Honor Mr Justice Cooper wdl take Camber mat tens at, 11. JO o'clock ilns morning. On .Monday next he will -a in Haneo at tiio .same hour lor Hie purpose ol hearing ! he oases of Toogoed V, tile (Ani unL-si.o nor tor 'luxation, and Canmxly v. Barlow.

Ai iho Now (-Vuilury Hall to-morrow evening Die pio.mkul ol the Wellington A»>.oejai iuu oi Spirita.'.lists will deliver ;» lecture on *' Spirit photography, painting, drawing, and etching.” Selections will be given by Urn ;i psyeJmlogic.il or ehe.Ni raO’n the 3BUi insl. a mission will bo commences! by Mr J. M. Money, who L described as a Udealed “ p;>yc)ioineli‘ist aud platdonu ler-K medium.”

Tho momlK-.es of tbo Native Lands Trust, CouuiiLssion hold a short .sitting afternoon, when Mr K. lia.nVorcl produced some pa-pciis in connection wiib the Ulaki and Mr Frederick J. Carter, the diocesan treasurer, detailed some accounts in connection with tho Ivaikokinkiri and Papawai trusts. At 2.3 Uon Monday afternoon tho Conunlssioners will hear the evidence of a Wairarapa ciiiof, and on Tuesday afternoon they will leave for Ma.sterlon to take evidence.

f>|Ksiking upon tho subject of ragwort at yesterday's Agricultural Conference Mr G. -V. Tate (Taranaki) referred to tho carolossnese of soano farmers wiuh regard to seed. Ho said that it a certain man near Inglewood, Taranaki, hud not allowed a piece of ragwort to grow because the flower was pretty, there would not to-day be thousands of acres in that district covered with it. At tho same time, even with care, they could not bo rjuite imrnimo from ragwort.

Tho annual meeting of tho Newtown Lawn Tennis Club will bo hold in tho club’s pavilion next Thursday. Tho committee's report shows the club to bo in a satisfactory position as regards membership and finances. The club Ims been represented at four tournaments—at Dunedin, Masterton, New Plymouth, and Wellington. Trophies wore presented by the president, Mr W. H. P. Barber, M.H.R., tho vicepresident, Air F. Grady, Messrs A. Hutson and E. Y. Redward, and Airs Pollock.

There is to be a Bible-in-sohools demonstration at tho Town Hall on August 3rd. lu response to a circular issued to choirs in the city a number of singers—between 150 and 200—have promised to assist. Tho first rehearsal will be hold next Thursday evening in St. Andrew’s Church, at 8 o’clock, in addition to anthems by this combined choir, there will be several vocal items. Brief speeches on tho Bible-in-sobools question will bo delivered by representative laymen (including politicians) and clergymen.

Owing to the serious illness of Air E. J. Hill's mother, that gentleman has been compelled to relinquish tho part of Geoffrey Wilder in the forthcoming production of “ Dorothy ” by tho Wellington Amateur Operatic Society, which was to have commenced next Wednesday week. The services of Mr Frank Graham have been secured for the role given up by Air Hill. The society has been obliged to sot forward the dates for “ Dorothy ” a fortnight. Hi© first production of the opera will bo on Wednesday, the IGth prox. Air Thomas E. Robson, honorary secretary of the Canterbury Boxing Association, writes with reference to a reported statement that the Cotmoil of tho Now Zealaind Boxing Association had made a grant of £25 to the Canterbury Association. The letter is much too long for insertion, and it raises contentious points that would provoke further discussion, for which we cannot spare space. Mr Robson asserts that the only grant made to his association was a temporary advance of £2l 17s, which amount has since been refunded.

’The report of the Scenery Preservation Commissioners for the year ending March 31st hist shows that the following reserves have been made:—Waitomo Gives, Auckland, 3 acres; Nuhaka Caves, Hawke’s Bay, 1 acre 2 roods 33 perches; Bream Head Mountain, Auckland, 185 acres; Alotukaraka Island, Auckland, 14 acres; Whangamomona Saddle. Taranaki, 568 acres; Flagstaff HU, Otago, 142 acres 3 roods 29 porches. The expenses of the Commission total £lß2l 17s 2d. The compensation paid in connection with lands taken was £2090 2s Id.

A public reading of “The Tempest” will be given by the Shakespeare Club at the Town Hall concert-room on Monday, July 31st. The cast of characters is as follows;—Alonso, Mr J. E. Palmer; Ferdinand, Mr F. J. Jones; Sebastian, Air Harold Plimmer; Prosporo, All' H. E. Nicholls; Antonio, Air P. P. Wobb; Gonzalo, Air W. E. Bock ; Adrian, Air E. Haydon; Francisco, Mr J, Murray; Finiculo, Air J. V. Solomon ; Stephano, Mr E. S. Baldwin; .Master, Air S. Freeman; Boatswain, Air W. Skegg; Caliban, Air AI. F. Alarka; Aliramda, Alisa Euesoll; Ariel, Alias C. Smith: Iris, Miss Winder; Ceres, Aliss Luke; Juno, Aliss Simpson. Shortly alter noon yesterday an un usual scene was witnessed at the junction of Willis street and Lnmbton quay. Perched on a lorrie was West’s kinematographio camera, and through a crowd which thronged the streets, threaded a detachment of the Public School Cadets to tho number of five hundred, who were duly kinematogra plied for the edification of those in other places who have not yet ivakeiuto the importance of the movement. Tho chance of being “ taken ” produced a profusion of motor-oans and traps and a great crowd of people assembled. Tho police should have controlled tho crowd very much better than they did. The operation was a complete success, and the picture will be thrown on tho screen at tho Town Hall on Alcmday evening.

His Honor Mr Justice Cooper, sitting in the civil jurisdiction of the Supreme Court yesterday, continued the hearing of tiho action Jay v. Hall, in which Mr Gray appears for the plaintiff and Mr D. M. Findlay for tho defendant. The plaintiff, William Jay, owns certain lands fronting on Tmakori road, and tho defendant. Arthur Hall, is the proprietor of an adjoining section. Plaintiff alleges that defendant excavated and removed soil in such a manner as to injure his property and threaten tho safety of,a house erected thereon, and ho claims £SOO as damages. The defendant denies that he has made any excavations or done any work cm his Land which in any way affected the plaintiff’s property. Ho admitted that quantities of soil from plaintiff’s land had fallen into his yard, but said he had done nothing to contribute to tho subsidence or slip. Messrs C. PaUiser, B. Prat/c, W. Freeman, and J. B. Haddon gave evidence on behalf of the plaintiff, whose case was not closed when the Court adjourned until Monday next at 2 p.m.

The Pos; Office Amendment Pill, introduced by t be Pomma.sier-General yesterday. fixes the rate of inienest on Savings Dank deposits at 0 per cent, on amounts not exceeding L3OO. and 4 per (jent. on amounts exceeding £-300 and not exceeding £f)00. No interest is to bo allowed on more than .C'bOO.

Taking for libs •subject tho “Meal South Africa,” the Kev J. U. Flynn At derson, who was chaplain to Imperial and colonial forces during tlie Bern- war, will lecture at the Town Hall on Thursday next on matters of fact as they were during the campaign, as they are to-day, and as to the future. The reverend gentleman knows all men and all place>s in South Africa and is as well known at Kimberley as he is at Johanne .hiirg. Tho Premier will occupy the chair at the lecture. The Public Service Commissioner of Victoria invites applications up lo August ‘J'isi fer the position of agricultural chemist, at a salary of .-kboo a year. Particulars may ho obtain'd at the New Zealand Department of Agriculture. Laery and (.<>,, Did., will soil, at their rooms, next Monday, a largo consignment of plants, etc., from Mr W . Costello s Lpsom Nurseries. A stock sale will be hold at A Caster ton next Wednesday by Lowes aud lorns, Limited.

Extensive business promises in Hunter street are to lot.

An established butchery business is advertised for sale by the Globe Proprietary Company. Messrs Parata, ildfat and Co. have a number of farms, businesses, etc., for sale. Abraham and Williams, Ltd., insert further entries for their stock sale at Ota in next Wednesday. On Tuesday tile linn will sell stock at Johnsonvtlle, and next Friday at Levin.

The third quarter of 1905 will begin at the Technical School next Monday. A new advertisement regarding “Champion’’ Hour appears in another column, Messrs Mason and Richmond invite tenders for the construction of 74 chains of streets.

Mr C. Smith advertises some special bargain prices for blouses, curtains, etc. Messrs Johnstone and Co., Molesworth street, are selling stationery, games, etc., at reduced prices.

Messrs Sidoy, Mooch and 00. will sell furniture, piano, clothing and sundries at their rooms this afternoon. At their rooms to-day Messrs levien, Shallcrueo and Co. will sell ladies jackets, pea rifles, electro-plated ware and other goods. Laery and Co., Ltd., will sell chaff and pigmeal at their rooms next Monday. Customers are wanted at Avison e 1 own and Country Supply Stores, Cuba street. A sale of unclaimed dogs will be held at the Corporation yards this afternoon. A new advertisement will be found in another column concerning the International Correspondence Schools. Messrs Macdonald. Wilson and Co. advertise a number of farm properties tor private sale. Atessrs Alacdonald, Wilson and (’ O . announce a specially attractive auction sale of high-class family residences to take place at their Exchange Land Mart on the 3rd August, comprising the two-story balcony residence. No, 11, situate Hill street, containing nine rooms, with land 19 feet 6 inches frontage, by a depth ot 14-1 feet 8 inches; the two-story balcony residence. No. 16, Hill street, adjoining the latter property, containing nine looms with fund 50 feet 2 inches frontage, by a depth of 146 feet 6 inches, the residences being complete, with every appointment and of tho highest class. They are in the occupation of Mr Aloysius Macdonald and tue Hon E. Richardson, C.M.G. On account of the same vender will bo submitted a residence on Wellington terrace known as''‘Lancaster House,’’ containing fourteen rooms erected on laud having a frontage of 13 feet to the Terraco by a depth of 123 feet 10 inches. Cards to view these properties can be obtained from the auctioneers. Other properties to be submitted on the same date comprise a valuable section with building thereon in Eyre street, Foilding, opposite the railway station there, and being sold at tho risk and expense of a former purchaser; in the estate of the late Mr S. H. Rasliton. a cottage property at Taitville; and on behalf of other vendors a residence of four rooms witu section, situate Ohiro road, Brooklyn, and a building section adjoining the latter, 70 feel 6 inches frontage to Ohiro road by a depth of 123 feet.

Reference to an exceptional opportunity of acquiring a modern 10-roenied house, having a view of the city and harbour, on Aloont Victoria, will be found in the change advertisement published by Messrs \V. H. Turnbull and Co. on the eighth page. Some excellent investments of city freeholds are also included in the list, and reference is made to the Berhampore bnilding land, York Bay seas.de sections; a Karori estate and the Wadestown and Hataitai properties, for which the firm are agents. Plans may be obtained and arrangements made to view on application at 3, Panama street, or No. 1, Eiddiford street, Newtown, the offices of the firm.

A replace advertisement with respect to Mr a. llott’s advertising agency, appears in this issue.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL., New Zealand Times, Volume XXVII, Issue 5647, 22 July 1905

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