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The Takapuna got stuck in the mud off Grahamstown on Saturday night, and the passengers were kept there for come time unable to land ; they arrived just in time to witness the termination of the meetisg in the Theatre Royal.

On Saturday a lad who works at the Queen of Beauty mine was unfortunate enough to lose in Campbell-street three £1 notes, bis and another lad's wages. If the finder would leave them at our office he would confer a great kindness on the lade, who can ill afford the loss.

The Mr Binney alluded to in the case Mclnnes r. Morris, is not Mr Edwin, nor are the names spelt alike. It is difficult to insure eccuracy in the spelling of proper names, especially in the case of Court witneEses, whose pronunciations even of their own names, is eometinres very far from being correct.

We (Herald) hear that Mr Edwin Hornsby, long favourably Inown in connec tion with Messrs T. and S. Morrin'a business both in Auckland and at the Thames, is about to proceed to England en affairs connected with the -water worki, the contract for which.,has been taken by Messrs T. and 8. Morrin. Mr Hornsby will take his departure by next mail steamer on the 16 <h.

The R.M. Court business was this morning disposed of in the Resident Magistrate's Offioe, the Court being occupied for polling purposes. The business was limited. A report appears elsewhere.

A Gazet*b proclamation of the 2nd instant notifies that all naive game, except curlew, (that is, all the native game mentioned in the sth schedule to the Protection of Animals Act, 1873) may be hunted, shot, taken, or killed "within the Province of Auckland during the months of April, May, June and July of the present year. The period for pheasant shooting extends over the months of May, June and July. Game licenses are now being issued. To kill game, £2 10a ;to sell game, £5. Any landowner may kill game over his own land, or give authority in writing to another to So so, with paying a license. No shilling licenses issued.

The following is from they Bay of Plenty Timeß :—-" Captain Bluett, A.C., inform us that some of his men were sawing timber at Oruatewehi, a place about two miles from Fort G-alatea, they discoyered a snake, between three and four feet in length, holding on to a weta (native spider). The natives, who hare an intense hatred and dread of snake?, unfortunately chopped it up there and then into mince-meat. Fortunately, Sergeant Hall, of the A.C., who wa9 in charge of the sawing party, saw the snake before its destruction, so that there cm be no doubt as to the authenticity of the statement. We understand that this description of snake is occasionally to be met wi'hup north, bu< believe it is the first seen in the Bay of Plenty." We are inclined to think Captain Bluett and his men have been deceived. This is not the first time that the reported finding of a snake has created a lively discussion, but we never before heard that any description of snake was " occasionally to be met wiih up Noith."

At the meeting of the British Association at Belfast, Mr Sprague, one of the leading actuaries of the day, read a paper upon the important subject of life assurance. After alluding to the gigantic failures of the Albert and the European, Mr Sprague said that the cmies which bad lead to the collapse of these companies were in operation at the present time — that there were companies keeping their doors open although hopelessly insolvent, and that there were others which, if they did not reform their system of doing business, must ultimately fall into a similar predicament. And how, asks Mr Sprague, is this crying evil to be arrested ? Of the importance of the matter there can' be no question. In Great Britain there are about 400 millions sterling accumulating for the benefit of widows, children, and dependents. The annual premiums exceed 12 millions, and the income arising therefrom four millions a year.^ What a .field is here for recklessness or dishonesty! How easy, by wilful mismanagement or ignorant administration, to work the ruin of thousands of deserving persons ! The possible causes of insolvency in life com paries Mr Sprague has tabulated thus:—lst. Charging insufficient premiums. 2nd. .Covering bad lives at ordinary rates. 3rd. Injudicious imvestments. 4th. Excessive cost of conducting the busiuese, *. c. t cost disproportionate to profits. Of all these causes, the last is the most fertile of disaster,* anil th» one most frequently observable.

Dr Curtis of the jtfew York Medical College, has very wisely at this moment, added his own important testimony, to the value of alcohol as food, when not, taken in extraordinary quantities/but under the ordinary circumstances of daily life and health. He believes that alcohol, when consumed in ordinary amounts, is wholly transformed in the system, and is capable, like good digestible food, of julding actual strength and force to the body, and of repairing wasted tissue. In extraordinary circumstances, when the body is much fatigued by mental or physical exertion, then the shiggiah. action of the blood through the brain ,is counterbalanced and eventfully checked and restored by the increased action due to alcohol taken into the system—when then, even in very large quantities, is useri in the work of reparation; rather than of intoxication; Thus it; is that waning l«fo is so often sustained by the use of simple stimulants.

Athotos of the game season, wo have heard a story which suggests that the arguseyed police hare;been somewhat disappointed in not securing a Bingle prosecution for illegal possession of game. A person on board one of the river boats purchased a brace of ducks from a reppectalxc butcber and poulterer the other day, and took them on board, where they wsre eeen by the police officer. The purchaser and His purchase were taken to' the loclk«up becnuic the ducks he had, were iJometbing like a species of New Zealand wild duck. He gave a Eatiefactory account of his purckr.se, and consequently was released from arrest. It appears to us, however, that the police ought to be good judge 3of ducks, or more careful in juaking arrests on suspicion, or they may not always meet with customers like the one referred to, who thinks he lad a very good action for false arrest, but doesn't consider it worth prosecuting,,

By Proclamation in the Auckland Provincial Gazette of the 2nd instant Sir Gearge Grey has called the Provincial Council to meet on the 10th day of May. This will probably give ample time for the session to be over before the meeting of the Assembly. Moreover, Sir George Grey Trill be able to obtain the opinion of bis Council on the constitutional changes proposed to be considered during »ext session of the Colonial Parliament, as well os upon eomo other matters with which the isEembly only can deal.

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Thames Star Thames Star, Volume VII, Issue 1950, 5 April 1875

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