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LOCAL AND GENERAL NEWS.

; Nbw J.P.—J. H.Levein, Esqi; Mayor of Nelson, :has been appointed a justice of the peaces "i( : i!!i Me; iLEVBSTAM.—We leain thai-our old' antl esteemed townsman, Mr. H. A. Leve'stamy is about to re-commence his business as an engineer in Nelson. The heavy-expenses connected with' his compulsory residence in' Wellington having caused him to resign his appointment as an Inspector of Machinery. - ; Gas.—Six new fire-clay retorts for-the gas-works arrived by the Tararua from Melbourne yesterday morning. ' •..■.> .■■■".■■•■■;. <:?••. <> \r---. .:r-: :'o> Yacht Race.—A race between the yachts Minnehaha and Star took place on Tuesday morning: The former won with the greatest of ease, but it is stated that the Star lay becalmed for a couple df hours.' ■ ■ ■■:■■■■..■.■. ! ; >i •. ■•;; •. ■ ;■■>!;<(• The New Zealund Government Gazette of the 4th instant notifies as follows:—The serviojs of-the Nelson (Port) Naval Volunteers have been accepted*; Frank Guinness, Esq., has been appointed receiver of goldrevenue at Weat Wanganui. • Paba Paea. —At the first general meeting of shareholders in the Para Para Iron and Coal Company', iwhich was held in the Masonic Hall on Monday night last, the following gentlemen were elected to serve as directors for the ensuing year :—Messrs R. Levien, E. Everett, J. Walker, J. Scott, R. Blackmore, J. S. Cross, A Borthwick, Patrick Hanna, G. Harper, and T. Field. The reports of the directors and manager were adopted. ;■:■ :* ' PBOTrNcrAI OouNOir..—We understand that a writ will shortly be: issued for", the election of a member of the Provincial-Council1 for the Lyell'district! in the place of Mr 0. h, Maclean. ■ ■■•■■■ :-' . Abbest.—The man Jones who, a day or two ago; was the defendant in the civil action, Beer v. Jones, in the Resident Magistrate's Court, but > who 'had previously absconded to Auckland, has been arrested in that city at the request of the police here, who charge him with obtaining goods by means of- false pretences. ■ : ,. k i ■ •: Special Settlement.—-On Tuesday 'last the Provincial Secretary returned from Collingwood, where he, in conjunction with Mr Gibbs, M.H.R., and the chairman of-the Collingwood Road Board, had been inspecting several plaoes* in the Aorere Valley with the view of finding a suitable piece of land on which to establish a special settlement. We understand that Mr O'Conor expressed himself as being much pleased with the district, which he thought would b8 suitable for a settlement. He considered tbat-the district was calculated to give the settlers an opportunity of settling upon the land with the chance ot working on a goldfieid as well. The Supebintendent.—His Honor the Superintendent is at present on a visit to Wellington, where he is attending the New Zealand' University Council. The Rev. Mr Buddie is also absent from Nelson on the same errand. ■ ■■' Disobdebly Houses.—ln the Resident Magistrate's Court yesterday, Mr. Broad, in dealing with a man who was charged with keeping a disorderly house, said he regretted that the law did not allow him to do more than inflict a £5 fine for each offence of this sort, in cases where people were guilty of this breach of the law for the second or third/time. Such houses are not only a nuisance, but a great evil to the community, and, as in the case brought under the notice of the Court yesterday, where the defendant has committed himself on more than one occasion, an example should be made of the offender. Twelve months' imprisonment might act benefioially, and it is-to be hoped some Bteps will be taken to alter the existing law in the matter of the amount of punishment to be inflicted. After the first offence, fining is of little use. VoltjnieebS.—Captain Marshall will meet intending members of the Port Naval Brigade at the Custom-house Hotel at eight o'clock to-morrow evening. The object of the meeting is to form the Brigade. . • -..;:• Takaea. —Oar Takaka correspondent writes .:■>— Mr Wm. Akersten is at present in Takaka building a new wharf at Waitapu.—When Mr O'Conor, our active and indefatigable Provincial Secretary was passing through here on his way to Collingwood, he gave instructions to have the Motueka wharf repaired. The saw mills in the Takaka Valley are very, busy, and severaljparties of roadmen are employed making a good line of road through tbe valley. , ■ -1 A BAIL given at Marsden has yielded forty-six pounds towards the Greymouth. Hospital funds* * The receipts of the Wellington and. Masterton railway for February amounted to £462. / Otebpaid.—At Riverton, Southland, a bank clerk in buying some gold amalgam from some miners the other day paid, it is said, £100 more than its value. The miners have been asked to refund, but refuse, consequently an action at law is threatened. -.'f Mb. RAiNiOßD.the wellrknown singer, is repotted to be seriously ill at present at Dunedin, "from a swelling caused by straining his neok," says the Post. Dbowned. —On March Ist, Amy Masters, daughter of Mr. Henry Masters, of Charleston, in this Province, was drowned. She is supposed to have slipped off the rocks in Constant Bay into the sea. , ,;,r Heatt Shook.—Greymouth was visited by a heavy shock of earthquake at 11.40 a.m., on March 8.. The sensation in many, places of business was as iff a heavily-laden dray had been> backed up, against the verandah outside (states the Argt^t). ,i . ,'i The Westport JookeyiOlub is, about to.be reestablished, about £150 having been promised, for that purpose.—The Grey Valley races come- off on the 23rd and 24th instant, at Ahaura. The, stakes amount to £190. ;, ■ . n ■ ' r< The people of Waipu (Hawke's Bay) are petitioning the General Government to.subsidise orieofthe vessels of the Auckland Steam NavigatibnvCompany, that she may visit their port.— Times. . ; > . i; 'i ." Dolit Vabden" in BiENHEDii—rStrange things turn up at times, remarks /'Peter the Pedlar^' inthe New Zealand Mail, of to-day, ( ,He ; says :•—" Who would have thought that the English girl whotgavd Dickens the idea of Dolly V»rden,r arid who sat for «ihe well-known picture, should now ;be! living i at Blenheim ? Yet, bo it is; and she was present at the Rev. Charles Clark's,late lecture! therenoniffche works of the popular novelist who made; so great a favorite of pretty and wilful Mrs DollyUVarderi, the goldsmith's daughter. ;'• i ..-•;■ n Wool pob Amebica.—A Dqnedin telegram dated March 6th, reports :—The barque Sunlight is ready to sail for Boston with 2 t 407-balea of,wooLf i»it NINEXT-SIX : BUSHELS TO THB ACBB.—Ai fieldv of blaok Norwegian oats at Elderslie, Otago^hasv giren the above extraordinary yieldL ;. The; : bwner (Mr. Reid) obtained the seed from .Australia two, years ago. '■ ■'- : ■■' : ■ "'••?>;>-i'; 'i"'" "± fNew Zbaiamd Hobsks mi; ViOTpßiAi-r-Liurline waa purchjoed bj Mr Gardner for 700 giuniMt, «n4

goes into the same stable as Diver (Dakin's). Calumny was; purchased by Mr Ward, iwell-kaown in New; Zealand ai,having been the owner of Tambourini,! for, 4<75" guineas. ,Mr Outts hag fher and Foryj OvMore in training for "the Australian Autumn; Meeting; Bokh Lurline and Calumny are dnteredi * for the Australian Cup.—-Dunedin 'Times. ' Siatotg •* BtroK. — At; Tapanuii Otago, a buok' weighing two hundred,and fen pounds, haa beeni killed by a party oftdeers'talkers. ► ) , ': l?m ore,'yielding 73J'per cent of the metal, hns been discovered !T#th'e' foot of uM?buht Pilot, in Nrw South Wales,'abdnt'l3o niil^s'from' Bairnßdale, GHppsj fLatid,.iVYotorja. '.i.'s. ■-.- ,v. !,:.-■;/ -us'1 '■■;■■.-■ ,):' j The Taranaki Province agricultural statistics have been published. ;Tl.e number, of boilings is 560;! "land broken up, but not under crop, ,1355 ; wheat,5 744 acres;'6afcs for green food/90 acres ; for grain,; '479 acres; barley, 2 seres ; sown grass for hay, 876! acres ;' artificial grass', 54,927 acres ; under potatoes, 410 acres; in other crops, 2871 acres; total under crops, 3,6,941acre5. : j New ZsiiANi) UnivbesitxI.—The Council of the1 University it 'now silting' at Wellington. On March Brd, the election'ofi Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor, was proceeded with, and.On the motioa of Mr St.qkes,j seconded by ,Mi Jsolleßton,, i Mr,ja. .J. Tancred. wae'eleoted Chancellor of the University foi a period' 6f five years.' 'Mi Hu'gn Oarieton was elected ViceChancellor for a simllaf'period. ' Wbhjngtoit PilCBS.—At Mr B. 3. Duncan's produce sale, on March. 2nd, the, following prices ,were realised under the hammers—l 74 bags barley, 4s ; 45 hags fowl seed, 3s ; 60 sacks wheat, 3s j 150 sacks do., 2s 9d ; 20 sacks pig feed, 2s ; 40 sacks pollard, 6s 6d ; 260 do, 6s ; 120 sacks bran, Is ; 120 sacks oats, 8s 9d per bushel; 1 ton King's flour, £11; 2 do Henderson and Saunder's do, £11 and £11 ss ; 6 tons Duncan's flour, £12 10s ; 5 tons Anderson and Mowatt's flour, £12 ; 3 tons oatmeal at £1610s; pearl barley, £l 7 ; 19 tobß fine salt, 70s to 75a j 160 (bags wheat, at 3s 8d to 3s. lid per bushel.— New Zealand Times. WAMQANtri Watebwobks. —By the Esk, barque, which arrived.at Wellington, on March 4th, from London, the Wanganui Corporation will receive 476 packages of their waterworks' plant. The shipment comprises fittings, and odds and ends. One Hthtdbbd and Seventeen Yiabs.—-The Dunedin Times of March 4th reports:—There died at the Benevolent Institution last week a very old man name^d John Cooper. He was a native of Tahiti, and was admitted to the institution two years, ago, when he came up from Stewart's Island. His age according to his own account, was 117 years. He frequently stated that he remembered the landing of Captaic Cook at Tahiti. Asthma was the cause of his death. He was walking about till the day he died, and smoking his pipe to the last moments. Sebiops floods have occurred in New South Wales. On March 2nd the town of Maitland was partially submerged ; two buggies and horses were washed' away in High-street; hundreds of persons were rendered homelefs, and a frightful loss of property took place. The Patterson- river rose fifty-nine feet above the ordinary level. Mr. Arnold, the Speaker of the Assembly, was drowned in that river through the capsizing of a boat near his residence.—Queensland has been similarly visited; twenty-three inches of rain fell in twenty-four days flooding every district. Deseeving or a Better Fate. —A boy named George Bead, aged eleven years, has been drowned at Tiotor Harbor, South Australia, while attempting to rescue his brother. A cheque was presented at one of our banks, says a Victorian contemporary, the other day running in these terms —" Pay to or bearer, the sum of two millions in gold." The bearer was a poorly clad man, and his cheque was most carefully folded in several layers of rags, from which he either had considerable difficulty in extricating it, or else he loved to linger on tLe fond delusion of having such a mass of wealth covered in their folds. The cheque was at last duly produced, but, alas, it was not paid ! The poor creature who indulged himself in the delusion of having this wealth is a man who presents himself .about once a quarter at our office, always with the same enquiry, "Hey you hard anything of my letters ?" aud then to our reply " No," we have a long commentary about the roguerj of some unkuuiru person or persons who are conspiring to keep the poor man " out of his money." Sometimes he presents to our gaze a printed handbill, with the words, " £1000 for one shilling" on it." It is painful to have to answer the poor fellow, but he is not troublesome, and when he ha*. had his ten. minutes talk, he proposes to try some other way to get his money, and takes his leave. We do not know his name. He is clad in very much mended clothes of brown, he rides a very poor and ill-groomed pony, and is attended by a sheep dog. He is a Scotchman, we should say by his speech, but where he lives we cannot tell.

Fottb Lives Lost.—Two men, a girl, and a boy have been drowned through a boat accident on Lake Victoria, G-ipps Land, Victoria. The men's names were Watson and M'Lean, but how the accident happened IB not recorded. Sams op . Shobthobns.—A draft from the famous herd of Mr. Sichard Morton, of Mount Derrimut and-Skelsmergh Hall, came off on Feb. 23, near Kyneton, Victoria. The Argus reports: — 15 bulls averaged £452, total £6,793 21 cows and heifers, averaged £372 ... £7,812 Total proceeds of sale £14,605 Or ageneral average of £405 13s. 3|H. The employees of the Melbourne Argus held their annual fete at the Flemington racecourse on Feb. 27. Five hundreds personswere present. A Labge GeOweb or Gbain.—Mr. C. B. Fisher has this year had five thousand acres in wheat on his farm at Hill River, South Australia, which yielded eighty-five thousand bushels. Of these thirty thousand bushels have already been sold at the highest rates. A wbiteb in La Figaro says that the magnificent red velvet mantle of the Empress of Russia \b lined with 228 sable skins, each worth £12, the whole being Talued at nearly £4000.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL NEWS., Colonist, Volume XVII, Issue 1886, 11 March 1875

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