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SOCIAL AND DOMESTIC.

The news from Europe, by the July Sttezt mail, and by August telegram?, reached -Dunedin on the afternoon of tSe 17th, and on the following day the mails were delivered— this early delivery feeing due-to the increased punctuality which has lately, including this occasion, been observed by the Peninsular and Oriental Company in the despatch- and arrival of their steamers. The receipt of the July mails via Panama has already been acknowledged by the return mail by the sameroute.

The visit of the Duke of Eclmburgk to this part of the Colonyjs not? yet supposed to be sufficiently near to necessitate very active preparations for his reception, - Init the matter is receiving some attention. The newly elected Mayor of the city (the Hon. MrJ. Myde Hams), who is also-thd representative of the General Government in this Province, has intimated ttexfc, at an interview with the Governor, His Excellency expressed it as his firm. intention to> bring the Duke to Otago, considering that his visit to the Colony woxdd otherwise be nicomplete, and he stated that it was probable that it might be arranged for the Duk& to visit Canterbury and Otago in the Charybdis or the Brisk, so that his* stay might be longer than if he came in the Galatea, whose larger size might prevent her from- enteringsome of the harbors.

An event of some interest fins been the introduction to this Province of; 400 trout ova, which have been brought from Tasmania to the care of the Acclimatisation. Society,.under charge of Mr Johnson, Secretary to the Canterbury Society, for whom he has also brought 800 ov& The ova; were landed.on Wednesday, and out ®f thenumber shipped, 250, perfectly healthy, haves been transferred to the breeding boxes of the Acclimatisation Society/ near the Waterof Leith. It is believed that ten days or a. fortnightwillnowbe sufficientfor thehatchingr of these ;• and it is heartily to be hoped that within a month the Society may be in a. position to clainvfromthe Provinciai' Government the L2OO Offered as a-i-bbmts on the successful mtroduetion; of trout into Otago,. These ova are the first, landed in New Zealand; and.if.the Society, should besucesssfuL Otago will be tiie first of- the Provinces to have trout introduced.into its streams.The handsome new building which isibeluff erected in Princes street; Dunedin, and which. ' has hitherto been intended for a Post Office, is expected, with the exception of the tower, to be completed in thiee or four weeks. The original design of the building, it appears, ist likely to be departed from. It has been left to the Superintendent of the Province to propose to the General: Government a plan by which the building may be devoted to other public purposes than that of its original design ; one ingredient of. the plan to be that the Province should undertake the erection, of a plain building on .the site of the present. Post Office, for the purposes of the department. The proposal is to construct it into a. City Hall, and to use portions of it as a public library, corporation offices,: and for similaipurposes. ■ ' The archi±eGtural:plans of a BeformaWy, which it is proposed to erect on sections 41 and 42, block 6, Town District, have latelybeen prepared. Those sections are at the*—••

junction of the Main South Road, with a district road leading to Mornington ; and together they comprise between 20a. and 25a. The site is elevated, the village of Cavei-sham being overlooked fromit; and it is proposed that the principal: front of. the building shall be towards the east. Messrs Mason and Clayton, architects^ of this- city, were instructed by the Provincial Government to prepare designs; to accommodate 100 boys^ with the necessary offices, &c.; and those gentlemen have so far completed their plana as to be enabled to invita tenders for a portion, of the building, It is: intended to build the Reformatory piecemeal;, and the portion of the general plan for which tenders are now invited is that set. apart for the governor's residence. This, meanwhile, will accommodate 12 boys,, and a married couple to look after them, When the whole building is completed, the establishment will have—on account of its dimensions and its situation— a very imposing, appearance. The Dunedia Water Works Company are now the- length of laying service pipes to iho houses in town,, and. to most of the houses and' business places, in Princes street sudt pipes^ have already been. laid. The main, pipe from the reservoir is now, also, in course of completion, and the reservoir itself stanc&s ready for the reception of tlie water as scout as these necessary portions of- work are finished.

The question of affording work to men who were without, means of employment was Recently brought before the Provincial Government by a deputation to the Secretary o£ Eoads and Works of laborers and others representing themselves a3 unemployed. Ifc appears that, so_ae time ago, - instructions ware given to the Government Inspector ofr Works to employ any man who applied, for work ; that only two such applications had been made; and that, work having been given to those men, they left it after three or four days. When it became more generally known, however, that employment would be afforded by the Government, tliere were more numerous applications ; and in three or four days upwards of 200 men'applied andL received orders for employment by the Inspector of Works, on the road now being formed from Beaumont to Switzers, the. Inspector being instructed to employ, at 8s per day, all who with such ordex^may present, themselves.

An effort is being made to resuscitate Hhe Otago Bible Society, which wa&farmed about three years ago, but which, did not, as a society, attain the dimensions anticipated By its promoters. A meeting was. Held; on the 17th. inst., in the halL of tl^ Moray Place Congregational Church, at wincli the^Hon A. R. C. Strode presidedja^speeches'%ere delivered by Messrs Bathgate, 11. Gillies, B. B. Cargill, and J. M'Fiej and by. the llcvl Messrs Serimgeour, Stur«rt, CJoßngbee, and Parsons. A fresh incentive toihef pleads ©£ the Society is the inflate of Chinese to the Province; and the resolutions passed \hfl*l particular reference—iirst to providing a. supply of Testaments: in the Ohiaesa. laa.--guage, and second, the employmentoieae qr more colporteurs. The Rev. Mr Stnarfc, m suppoi-ting one of tlie resolutions, ,§£ad "i§ mighb be that, iu : twelve months, there^onld be 1.2,000 Chiufiso here, and, if, wft/did a 64 bestir ourselves^ their coming miglifcpro\ie r to. be an overwhelsjmg e\-il. To avcrfcwthis, Ist us provide t]sem v/ith Bibles an.dlwi|]i. Biissiouaries. Mr Giilies had the creditJbf.referring to the- subject;, and, in ths Pr^byte?^-, he (the Eev-. Mr Stuart) had pi'opesed that's missio^a^y should be at onco appaiH-fes^for them, lie did- not care to v/hai rehii^Sii a missiauary might belong j but li'e.'igd iiopa that not only the Presbyteyian- Chjarcli ? fen» ail others, •would join in looking outif or oae^ As a ground work, bo-wever, .two., or -■ three I thousand JTew Testiiaiants in the, Chinese language were required at once ; he bdievcii that these could be procured in Lpadon atless thau 8d each ; and ho hopsd the Society would have sufficient encouragoment to het ! able to give an order for them imme^ diately." . ; ,;

The £arly Closing Moveaasnt* suecesrfol^f

initiated by the grocers of Dunedin, has found many supporters connected with other trades, and on the 10th inst. a public meeting, called with the object of promoting the movement, was held inFarley's Hall. Mr A. R. Ure, President of the Early Closing Association, was in the ohair; and. on the platform were the Rev. Messrs. Stuart, Connebee, Parsons, and Scritngeour, and Messrs. John Bathgate, John Hay, G. C. Mathcson, and A. Ross (Secretary). The hall was crowded ; several good speeches were delivered ; and the resolutions proposed were unanimously passed.

The City Council have leased to a party of Chinese an area of swamp land near G-t, King street, and the lessees are already busy ciiltivating it, and preparing it as a garden, after their'own peculiar fashion. Another party Is settled in the North-East Valley, and, as the number of Chinese are on the increase around the city, Dunedin may expect to have considerable accessions to its supplies of vegetables and fruit, in their seasons. The trial of a 'Chinaman, Ah Long (or Leong), on an indictment charging him with assaulting -Benjamin Harbord, at Gabriel's Gully, Tuapeka, was concluded in the Supreme Court, on the 3rd inst. The Judge, in summing up, directed the jury that if they found the prisoner Guilty, it must be under the count of the indictment, which charged that the assault was with intent to murder. The jury found the priaoner Guilty; and sentence of death was recorded against him. There was lately an affray among some road laborers and the inmates of an hotel in Pleasant Valley. It resulted in the death of Michael Hawkins, one of the roadmen, and will lead to a criminal trial. Duncan M'Laren,*who was a lodger in the piiblichouse at which the affray took place, was brought before the Resident Magistrate at Waikouaiti on IVlonday; and, after a long examination,, he was committed for trial, the evidence tending to show that he struck the Wow ob, Hawkins's temple which resulted in death. i ■'

Two illicit stills have lately been seized in the country—^one at Adam's Flat, -the other at Akatore^ on the sea-poast. Inconnection •with the seizures, apprehensions have been xaade of parties concerned. : ,

There has been another serious destruction of farm produce at the Taieri; The sufferer now' is Mr James Kemp, farmer, West Taieri; and he has Jost five stacks of oats (2000 bushels), of the value of L 250. A man named John Cartwright alias John Ferguson, alias Jack the Wag, is in custody on Suspicion of being the incendiary.

A house belonging to the Government, at Cromwell, and occupied by Mr Darling, the Clerk to the Bench, has been accidentally destroyed by fire. The cause of the accident is unknown.

The first Battalion Parade of the season, Tinder the command of Captain and Adjutant Atkinson, took place last week. Major •Bathgate was present, and there was a good muster ; there being in attendance: 4 captains, 3 lieutenants, 3 ensigns, 15 sergeants, 1 bugler, 13 bandsmen, and 177 volunteers. The .band was present,* under the bandmaster, Mr Martin.

At the last monthly meeting of the Council of the Otago Rifle Association, it was resolved—'" That Major Bathgate be requested to challenge, on behalf of the Otago Volunteers, the Volunteers of Victoria, to fire a Rifle Match—2o men aside."

The shooting by the Dunedin Naval Brigade, for a rifle lately presented to the Company, hy Captain Stavely, took place on the Bth instant, at the Company's Butts, On the Ocean Beach. There were about twenty competitors. This is the first of "twelve matches, by members of the Company ; and in order to secure the prize, the "winners in each will have to compete. The •following are the four competitors who made the highest scores at the first match :—S. P. 0. Smith, Gunner Stevens, Lieutenant Stewart, Gunner Dobbie. The last-men-tioned competitor has been elected lieutenant of the Brigade.

The members of the No. 1 Company of Dunedin Volunteers have presented one of their officers, Lieut. Longfield Davis, with a liighly complimentary address, in recognition of "the services he has rendered, not only to the Company, but to the Volunteer cause in general." The address is very neatly engrossed upon a sheet of parchment, the writing being encircled by a scroll of an eXceedingly chaste and appropriate; design, executed by Mr Brown, Mercer's Buildings, Princes street.

The dramatic company of the Princess Theatre have, during the visit of the Carandini family to Dunedin, visited Waikouaiti and Oamaru, and have, at. each place, performed to crowded houses. A new company is new being formed, in anticipation of the re-opening in a few days. Miss Harriet Gordon, who has lately been performing with much success in Hokitika, has been engaged as one of its members. At present extensive preparations are being made for the production, shortly after the opening, of the burlesque "Ixion." Mr Willis, the scenic artist, is at present engaged in the painting of a new drop scene, which will compare worthily with the, very excellent one with which the frequenters of the house have been familiar for the last five years.—This evening the -members of the Philharmonic Society give an amateur dramatic performance in the Theatre. ."

The Polytechnic Hall has opened with a new entertainment. It comprises the exhibition of a panorama painted by Mr F, Varley; dancing and singing by Mr and Mrs S. Howard; and a concluding farce by the same performers. Nothing of the kind'has yet been tried here; and, so far, the entertainment has been attrao-tive and good.

The engagement of the Carandini Company at the Princess Theatre, was concluded on Saturday, the 14th inst., and on the 16th the company commenced a tour through the Province, beginning with Port Chalmers. A concert company singing nightly for four weeks in any place, is almost a unique thing, especially in the Colonies ; but the Cai-an-dini's established themselves as favourites on their first appearance in Dunedin, and they never lost ground in thdr popularity. There was always a fair attendance, and on benefit nights the house was crowded. There have, in fact, not been in Dunedin any public yocal performances to equal those of the Caraudini family except those of^the Xyster Opera Troupe.

Captain Thomas Robertson, of Port Chalmers, has completed the painting of three very fine marine pictures, which are now at the rooms of Mr Be Maus, photographer, Fleet street, for. the ■ purpose of being photographed. The largest-of the pictures, and the one which is most valuable ia a historical and artistic point of A Tiew, is a painting of "The Landtag of Sir George Grey at Port Chalmers, from H.M.S. Brisk." The other vessels represented in the picture are the Caribou, Warrior Queen, and Velocidade. Of the other pictures, ons is a painting of ■"Vessels off Otago Heads," the principal object being the ship Caribou. The third is a painting of v Vessels in Foveaux Straits," one of the principal objects bein^ the ship City of -Dunedin. Captain Robertson is at present engaged in the painting of some other pictures, including some views of. wreck scenes; and, with those which i are now being photographed, they will form a very valuable and interesting addition to the yet Small number of paintings of the same cha»

racter which have been produced by ; the amateur artists of New Zealand.

. The third anniversary of the Court Pride of iheLeith, Ancient Order of Foresters, was celebrated on the 13th inst., at Bailey's Water of Leith Hotel. The cupper room was tastefully decorated, and the spread was excellent. Bro. Rogers, District Treasurer, presided, and the vice-chair was occupied by Bro. W. Lindsay ; and Bro. Secretary Williamson, in responding to the toast oLthe evening, stated, that during the past year progress had been made. The Court numbered 40members, andhadL9oto its credit. Bro. W. Woodlands, in responding for the officers of the district, traced the history of Forestry in Otago from the time when it only numbered twenty members, to the present, when that twenty had increased to 700, and when eleven Courts had been successfully established.

At Waikouaiti the Royal Prince Alfred Lodge, M.U., celebrated its anniversary by a concert, supper, and ball. At the concert there were about two hundred persons present, and at the supper, provided by Bro. James, 30 ladies and, 50 gentlemen. Bro. Coupar, N.G., occupied the chair, and Bro. Templeton, V.G., filled.the vice-chair. A band, specially engaged from Dunedin for the occasion, under the leadership of Mr Lack, was present and at the ball which followed.

A soiree and concert was held on the 6th: inst. in the School House, Mornington, in aid of the Sabbath School Funds, and proved in every way a success. The room and its approaches were densely crowded, and many who had paid for admission were obliged to be contented with a view from stages and ladders erected outside the open windows. At the concert, the now well-known Christy Ministrels were present, with a' number of other amateurs from Dunedin, Port Chalmers, and the suburbs in which the meeting was held.

Another of those pleasant meetings which have been given during the winter, under the auspices of the Moray Place Mutual Improvement Association, was held last Monday in the Hall beneath the Congregational Church, when Mr George Bell read an essay upon the ?'Art of Reading." Readings, recitations, and music followed, and made up a highly satisfactory programme. • ': ; The Rev. Thomas Forsaith, Minister of ; the;Congregationai Church, Port Chalmers, having been invited to accept the pastorate of a church at Newcastle, New South Wales, the pulpit of which is at present vacant,,has accepted, the invitation. It is understood that Mrs Forsaith's health has suffered during the winter, and it is hoped the change may prove beneficial to her. The rev. gentleman delivered his farewell sermon to his congregation on Sunday last ; and, last evening, he addressed a meeting in the Moray Place Church, Dunedin,

A soiree lately took place at the Horse Shoe Bend, to celebrate the opening of a place of worship which has just been completed. For some time past, the inhabitants of this sequestered locality have enjoyed the advantages of religious service, conducted every Sabbath, by Mr Grant, of the Beaumont Station, on whose run the township is situated, but they have now succeeded in erecting a plain but substantial and comfortable building. The Rev. Dr Copland, of Tuapeka, occupied the chair. The Rev. Mr Ross, recently arrived from Victoria, addressed the meeting. Addresses were also delivered by Mr Moffatt, of the Bend; Mr Smith, schoolmaster, Teviot; and Mr Beighton, Teviot.

Arrangements are being made for establishing, in Dunedin, a Company for working under Bethell's " Timber Creosoting Process," for -waterproofing, seasoning, and preserving wood, from wet and diy rot, worms, &c, Mr R. BrazilL the agent for the patentee, left Dunedin a few days ago, for Wellington, to register the patent in this Colony. The Resident Magistrate's Court at Port Chalmers is now held in the building known as the Custom House. The Court occupies the whole of the ground-flour, with the exception of a small part which has been reserved as an office for the Telegraph Department. The upper storey is exclusively allotted to the Customs Department. All the departments are distinct from each other, and have separate entrances.

Another remarkable specimen of the seal tribe—vulgarly, the " sea-devil"—has been captured on the sandspit at Otago Heads, and brought to Port Chalmers. It measured eleven feet in length. A slight shock of earthquake is said to have been experienced in Dunedin. on the afternoon of Friday, the 6th inst.

Mr W. J. Barry has, for the third time, been elected Mayor of Cromwell. The other candidate on the last occasion was Mr Goodyer.

Mr Taylor has been re-elected Superintendent of the adjoining Province of Southland.'

We have in previous Summaries mentioned new premises erected in place of those destroyed by the fire in Princes street North, on the Ist of April. Messrs Herbert, Haynes, and Co., drapers and clothiers, have now begun business in their brick building, which is spacious, compact, and well arranged. The building has a frontage of 51ft. and a depth of 71ft. The drapery .shop occupies 30ft. of the frontage, and the remaining 21ft. is devoted to the clothing shop. To the street, the building is of two storeys, but this arrangement extends only to aboiit half the depth. There is a cammuEucation between the shops, at the rear, by two arched openings; and the clothing shop being the shorter, there is, at its back, a carpet room, from which a staircase lead 3 to a long and well-lighted room for floorcloths, &c, in the basement storey. At the back of both shops runs a handsome show room, which extends the whole breadth of the building, except that at one end there are acoupleof "tryingorf'rooms. The showroom, and also the carpet-room, are lighted from above, the ceiling being panelled, anr! having the openings filled with ground glass. So much of the basement storey as is not needed for the floor-cloth room, is to be a wasteroom. The upper storey has a large workroom, to the front, that position being chosen because the sun during summer afternoons must make the back rooms hot and close. Three bed rooms, a sitting-room, a kitchen, &c. are also on the upper 'storey; and each of the rooms has at least one ' opening, filled with perforated zinc, for ventilation. It would be scarcely possible to have a more suitable building for their business, than that which Messrs Herbert and Haynes now have. The shop windows are of plateglass j and the back windows, lighting the floorcloth-room, have iron shutters, the only entrance there having also an iron door. Plate glass windows are the rale,in these new buildings. Those of Messrs -Paterson and M'Leod are composed of very fine large plates. The Criterion Hotel is partially roofed; and there are three good shops to the south of it, the site of the Theatre Royal being now devoted to the business premises.

The gradual substitution of brick premises for those of wood, is doing vary much to prevent the risk of extensive fires in future. At present men are engaged in pulling down the wooden shops of Mr J. W. Robertson, grocer, and Messrs Matheson Brothers, glass and earthenware dealers, in Princes street, preparatory to the erection of brick buildings on the sites, The businesses are, meanwhile, being carried on in some neighboring premises. .

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SOCIAL AND DOMESTIC., Otago Daily Times, Issue 1786, 20 September 1867

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