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Railway Committee.— A meeting of the Railway and Immigration Committee will be held this evening in the Oouncil Hall at 8 o'clock. Shop Rents — As a circumstance worthy of note as denoting perhaps the scarcity of shop accommodation, and certainly the business prosperity which at present prevails in Invercargill, it may be mentioned thafc Mr Ott has already found a tenant for the brick premises which he is now building in Dee street. The lease is for a term of three years, and the rent is £3 10s per week. Inveecaegill Hospital. — At a special meoting of the Hospital Committee, held on Friday evening last, seven members of Committee being present, Mr J. H. Kerr chairman, after the appointment of cook and warJsman to fill vacancies advertised, the Secretary reported that be had received a reply from the Provincial Government to n, communication by himself as Secretary relative to the Committee's claim in reßpect of the treatment of immigrants. The letter being read was to the effect that fche Government adhered to its decision. To understand the matter ifc is necessary to state thafc the Committee, being of opinion that the whole of the extra expenditure of the Hospital during the past year — and, in reality, more than the extra — had arisen from the demands upon the Institution by immigrants immediately, or a short time previously arrived, and that such an expenditure was more fairly a Provincial than a local charge, InvercargiU being the port town of the district, had laid their claim before the Government, urging that the matter should be met by a special provision. The Committee asked for the sum of £200, being the excess of expenditure over income for the year. The Provincial Government admitted the principle, but allowed only half the sum asked— namely, £100. The secretary was then instructed to communicate with the Government, and request thafc the balance might be forwarded. To this request the letter read on Friday evening was a reply. The subject was then taken into discussion, and adjourned on a formal notice of motion for next meeting, to consider " Whether, in the opinion of the Committee, it is desirable to continue the Hospital, as at present, by voluntary contributions aided by subsidy of £1 for £1, or to hand it over to the Government to bs maintained aa the Dunedin Hospital, solely as a Provincial institution." As a practical comment on the action of the Provincial Government, it may be mentioned that, on Friday last, six patients suffering from measles, were admitted into the Hospital from the Immigration Barracks. We think that public opinion will concur with the view taken by the Committee, that casea of this kind cannot be fairly considered as merely district charges, and the Hospital records appear to establish the fact that a large number of such cases, many of them of a very expensive and troublesome character, have been admitted and treated within the last few months. Invebcabgill School Committee.— There was an adjourned meeting of the Invercargill School Committee in the Grammar School on Friday eveoing. The chairman (Mr T. M. Macdonald) presided, and there were present also Messrs Watson, Cuthbertson, Tanner, Gilles, Mitchell, Wade, Kingsland, and the Clerk, Mr Nutter, Mr Millar, tha Head Master of the Grammar School, was also present by invitation. Mr Macdonald thanked the Committee for reelecting him their chairman. Mr Millar having given his opinion touching the appointment of a female teacher for the infant department, it was unanimously resolved, on the motion of Mr Gilles, seconded by Mr Mitchell, to appoint Miss Lucy F. Bain, subject to her obtaining the usual certificate from the Education Board. The occupier of the old schoolhouse in Tay street wrote enquiring as to the nature of his tenancy, and it was decided to let him know that he occupied tho premises at a rental of 3s per week. The sub-committee appointed to inquire mfc ■ the state of ventilation at the Grammar School, submitted a report in re same, and it was adopted. It was also resolved that the sub-committee be authorised to procure ventilators, and that they be asked to confer wifch Mr Millar as to tho internal arrangements of Ins own office. Messrs Kingsland, Gilles and Mitchell reported unfavorably of tho Drill Shed, as a building in which to carry on the teaching of the District School, and stated that overtures had been made to the trustees of the Wesleyan Church, for the use of their schoolhouse. The sub-committ-ee would recommend that the offer of the trustees be accepted. The recommendation was adopted, and a letter from Mr W. Russell, offering tho Wesleyan Church Schoolhouse, Leet street, with such furniture as it possessed, for six months for the sum of £15, was read. The offer was accepted. The same sub-committee were further appointed to complete arrangements for the opening of the District School. Membersin bodies of tliree to act, in rotation, as Visiting Committee during the year were elected in fche usual manner — namely, by the drawing of numbers. In reference to Mr Lumsden's absence from the me6ting it was stated, conversationally, that Mr Lumsden had casually observed that his election had been called in question, and that, therefore, he would not take his seat on the Committee. Mr Cuthbertson and Mr Mitchell expressed their opinion, and it seemed to be the general feeling, that Mr Lumsden's election had beeu perfectly good and valid. It vf^, however, resolved to , write tp, $je ' Superintendent, stating * the" oirqurqstances of Mr Lumsden's election to the Committee, and,

in the event of His Honor ruling*-? that the election had been invalid, asking bis direction touching the course to be pursued in the matter by the Committee. After some preliminary remarks Mr Mitchell moved— -That' this Committee disapproves, of any portion of the.Priblic Park being, alienated for the purposes of, a school site. The' motion was duly seconded, and, after a good deal of discission, adopted, Messrs Mitchell, Wade, Gilles, Cuthbertson, and Tanner voting for ifc, Messrs Macdonald, .Wat3on,v;.and Kingsland against it, Mr Macdonald, as chairman, exercising both his casting and deliberative vote, a thing which he explained he was not in the habit of doing. Mr Mitchell moved that the advertisement for a site for the district school which appeared in the papers some time a#o, . be re-inserted, includiug blooks 66, 67, 68, 69, 72, and 73.. The motion was seconded and curried. Some motions in reference to arrangements in the playgrounds having been passed, the Committee adjourned till a day ta be named by the Clerk. Open-air Preaching.— Mr Alfred Brunton, of Dunedin, delivered an impressive Christian address in the open air, on Saturday evening, at the north-eastern cornor of the crescent. There were a large number of listeners. , The Lakes.— His Honor Mr Justice Molesworth, of Victoria, and the Hon Mr Finn, Q..C, of South Australia, are now on a visit to the Lakes districtThe Kaiapoi Election.— Tn referring to the result of the Kaiapoi election, the Lytteltou Times says it looks upon Mr Bowen's return as a triumph of mind over matter. The Ohinemubi. — There are about 120 diggers at Ohiuemuri engaged prospecting, but nothing of : any importance has been yefc discovered. ' Cbojiwell.— The latest information from Cromwell is to the effect that no fresh cases of I fever are reported. The two girls attacked are improving. The Town Council have taken vigorous measures to prevent the spread of the disease, and no alarm is now felt. The Waitaki Bridge.— The Waitaki bridge is 3630 ft long, more than twice as long as any bridge in England. Oamaru. — A gas company is projected afc Oamaru. Shoal of Fish. — A traveller on the Riverton Beach on Saturday evening informs us that, on the western side of the Waimatuku, the beach is partly covered, for aboufc half-a-mile in length, with " sprats," which, being pursued by some larger fish — probably the barracouta — have been driven ashore. Large numbers of birds are hovering in the locality, enjoying the feast thus provided for them. The curious in ouch matters may see a sample of the fish afc M'Kenzie's Museum. Sunstroke.— The Southern Cross reports thafc several cases of sunstroke have occurred in Auckland lately. New Zealand Shipping Company.— The annual general meeting of tho New Zealand Shipping Company was held in Christchurch on the 28th January. Ifc was largely attended. Mr Keeves, the Chairman, made a statement showing that the Company was in a more hopeful position than it had ever been. Jt was the intention ofthe directors to add four or five new vessels to the fleet of ships. The adoption of the report and accounts was moved by the Chairman, and seconded by Mr Cross, of Dunedin, and carried unanimously. Mr Coster was elected Chairman, and Mr Murray Aynsley, of Miles and Co., Christchurch, Deputy-chairman. In the report read at the meeting ifc is stated that since the formation of the Company a net loss of £14,360 has been sustained. Journalistic. — Mr Lackie, M.H.R., editor of the Southern Cross, has contradicted the report that he is aboufc to change places with Mr Creighton, editor ofthe New Zealand Times. The Plant of thb Western District Rail- j WATS.— The Guardian ofthe 29th January says : — Messrs Proudfoot, the contractors for the Western District railways, have intimated to the Provincial Government that the shipment of their railway material from Britain will take place during the current year, which oners an excellent opportunity for the conveyance of emigrants direct to the Bluff. Four vessels are expected to be engaged in the work, and the Colonial Government will be asked to take advantage of the opportunity thus afforded to supply the wants of the labor market in the Southland district. Auckland Gas Compant.— The Auckland Gas Company has declared a dividend of 15 per cent, per annum. The Thistle Nuisance.— By proclamation in the Provincial Government Gazette, the Thistle Ordinance is brought into operation in the Makarewa and Aparima Road Districts. Mr Wm. Russell is appointed to enforce the pro* visions of the Ordinance in the Makarewa district, and the members of the Road Board are similarly appointed for the Anarima district. THE THEATRE.— The play of the " New Magdalen" was produced on Friday night, when Mrs Hill, in tlie character of Mercy Merrick, took her benefit. The house was crowded to excess, and Mrs Hill, at the conclusion of the piece, was called to the footlights, and was honored with enthusiastic plaudits by the audience. Unhappily for the reliableness of a contemporary local critic, Misß Ettie Marfcineau did not execute a " picturesque dance," or, indeed, any dance at all, after the play was over, tho entertainment being concluded with a farce. On Saturday night that beautiful Irish drama, the " Colleen Bawn," was produced. The cast was an excellent one, and the piece was accordingly rendered with exceedingly fine effect. To-night fche grand imaginative drama of " Azael, the Prodigal," will constitute the entertainment ; and to morrow nijjht Mr Keogh will take his benefit in " Under the Gaslight." Mr Keogh's friends and admirers will, we trust, rally round him on Tuesday evening, and give him " a liberal countenance."

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Southland Times Southland Times, Issue 2062, 1 February 1875