Theee was a clean sheet at the Eesident Magistrate's Court this morning. We notice that the Ajax G.M.Co. have made a call (the Bth) of one shilling per share, payable on February 14th at the registered office of the company. Majob Coopeb will inspect the Thames Scottish Cadets to-night at 7 o'clock at their Drill Shed. 'The District Prize Firing will take place to-morrow. The monthly inspection of the T.N.B. will take place this evening at 7 o'clock, that of the T.E.E. to-morrow at 7.30.
We have received the Almanac for 1877 published by the Imperial Fire Insurance Company. The Almanac is especially well got up, the coloring being neat and good ; and it has the additional advantage of having moveable shifting dis<ys behind it, by which the month, day of the month, and day of the week can be noted.
A subscription ball jtopfc pLacp at the Odd Fellows' Hall last night, whiph hj&d been gofc up by the bachelors of the Thames. About thirty couples attended, and a very enjoyable evening was spent. The musical arrangements were in the hands of Mr E. A. E. Owen, and were, as usual, most satisfactory. Mr O. Grant of Shortland was caterer, and served refreshments of an excellent quality and profuse,in quantity.
At a meeting of creditors of the Moraing Star Goldmining Company Registered —convened under a winding up order, obtained at the last sitting of the District Court—held at the offices of Messrs Macdonald and Miller this forenoon, Mr It. McDonald Scott was uuaniinously elected liquidator.
The competition for Cadet district prizes will take place at the Maori range to-morrow morning. About thirty boys from the Engineer and Scottish Cadet corps will compete, but it is probable that some members of the new company will also fire. There are eight, prizes, and a close contest is anticipated.
We have received from "Observer" some lengthy notes on the " Birthday of Eobert Burns," which we are unable to publish to-day, owing to the late hour at which the communication was received. We may find a place for " Oberver's " letter to-morrow, as we number ourselves amongst the admirers of Burns, and were only reminded of his anniversary . by " Observer's " letter.
Oub Paeroa correspondent says the natives are still at their post maintaining the blockade. They are dubious of steamers going up the Waihou for fear the Te Aroha natives should get away. The Paeroa school accommodation is reported to be very inadequate to requirements. 26 children in attendance. With the advent of winter the present barn of a schoolroom will be unfit for use, and school buildings are urgently required.
We have seen a very good photograph of the oil painting done by Mr Calder of Paeroa, of the Gorge and the Ohinemuri river. The photograph is the work of Mr W. H. Reed, and gives an excellent representation of the picture, being about 8 inches by 6. The details are truthfully set forth, as is also the back ground, and it is an excellent work of photography, and much credit is due to Mr Heed. We hear that a copy of the picture will be given to every subscriber to Mr Calder's Art Union, whether he be successful in drawing the big prize or no, so that subscribers will have something for their money. *•
A billiard match was played last night at the Pacific Hotel between Mr Curtis and Mr Austin, the former using the cue, and the latter his finger and thumb, and giving Mr Curtis a start of 700 in the 1000. There was a very good attendance of spectators, and the balls were broken at 8.30. As was to be expected the thumb-JXnd-finger man rapidly gained on his opponent, who. was not in his best form, owing to want of practice, i^o in-terval-was allowed when half the score had been made, and on commencing the eighth century Austin got in the same hundred with Curtis, the game being called —Curtis 873, Austin 802. Before the hundred was completed Austin was ahead, making some very good all-round cannons, which were much applauded, and when Curtis was 900 Austin was 922. Curtis then raised his score to 905, and Austin to 947, and then the latter ran out with an unfinished break of 53, made almost entirely off the red, as his opponent's ball was pocketed. The largest break made by Austin was 102, but some of his breaks might have been larger had he not shown spectators what he could do in the way of fancy shots, many of which he only missed by a hair's breadth. The game only occupied an hour and ten minutes.
The half-yearly meeting of the shareholders of the Eed Queen G.M. Co. (Eegistered) was held yesterday afternoon, in the office, Wyndham street, Mr George Williamson in the chair. The secretary, Mr Garland, submitted the directors' and mine manager's reports, and the balance-sheet. The first-named report stated that the mine had been so worked as to pay its way. The receipts had amounted to £1381 15s 2d, made up as follows:—Balance from 30th June, 1876, £87 9s 9d; gold proceeds, £1214 2s 3d ; creditors, £80 3s 2d. Expenditure —Liabilities paid on the 30th June, £54 13s 5d ; mine account, £939 12s lid ; expenses and salary, £34 lls sd; balance at bank, £352 17s 5d : total, £1381 15 2d. The outstanding liabilities were put down at £79 12s Bd. The Chairman moved the adoption of the report, and in doing so referred to the satisfactory position in which the mine stood. The motion was seconded by Mr Burtt, and passed without opposition. Mr Stovin urged the adoption of the mine manager's recommendation to let the cross cut on tribute. The Chairman promised that the directors should consider the matter. This was all the business.—Yesterday's Herald.
Monday next, the twenty-ninth ' of January, being the thirty-seventh, anniversary of the Auckland Province, will be observed as a general holiday. If the day be flue there are, or rather will bo ample opportunities for the people of the Thames to enjoy themselves. The All England Hleveu play twenty-two of Auckland, at Ellerslie, and the Auckland regatta takes place in the waters of the Waitemata. To meet the wishes of those who would like to see either or both sights, the s.s. Rotomahana will start from Grahamstown at 6 o'clock on Monday morning, conveying passengers to Auckland, and returning again the same night at the small cost of five shillings for the double journey. Thosp who do not care for either cricket, rowing or sailing, but prefer up land scenery can proceed to the Hikutaia Creek to the camping ground there by the p.s. Te Aroha, and return the same night, for four shillings, while if they wish a longer holiday they can start on Saturday night by the same steamer for Paeroa, and proceed by steam launches to the hot springs and Te Aroha mountain, and return to Grahamstown by 9 o'clock on Tuesday morning, for a charge of fifteen shillings.
Eefekmng to the cause celebre now proceeding in the Supreme Court, Dunedin, the Herald says :—ln our telegrams will be found a notice of a case in Dunedin, which is said to embrace some strange circumstances. The central figure, David M. Eoss, must be known to a large number of people in Auckland, he having been in business here and at Coromandel as a sharebroker. Subsequently he went to Timaru, where he became a land agent, a business he also followed at Dunedin.
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