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Local and General.

Lyttelton Trades Beating Club. — A meeting of the inhabitants will be held in the Colonists' Hall this evening, at half-pajfc seven. -^"^ /"^ "Street Watering. — The corporation water carts were employed in the main] I thoroughfares of the city ior the first time', i yesterday. i. _Z_-Rbvesve Accounts. — A statement was made in the Council by Mr Jollie, on Tuesday evening, which seems to have escaped the reporters, to the effect that the General Government had sent in a claim for £13,000 overpaid to the province in 1868-9. Cricket. — The season will be opened on the U.C.C ground by a match between sides to be chosen by the Secretary and Treasurer, from the following :— Messrs Anson, Blakiston, Beauford, Cox, Condell, Clabburn, Dunnett, Dickinson, Fowler, Gresson, Harper, Harley, Inwood, Loughnan, Mason, Miles, Mainwaring, Moore, Ollivier, Parkerson, Reade, Scott, Stevens, * tedman, C. H. Williams, Worthy, and J. Wood. Clydesdale Stock. — From a report by Messrs Stephenson and Wright, of Dunedin, in our exchange papers, we learn that they recently sold, for Mr John Nimmo, of Wardlands, West Taieri, the celebrated Clydes dale mare Kate for £220 to Mr William Holley of Christchurch. The removal of this fine mare from Otago is considered by Messrs Stephenson and Wright a matter for public regret. She is from imported stock on both sides, and has carried off numerous first prizes, having been successful at every show at which she has competed. We trust Mr . Holley will meet with the success which his enterprise deserves. The Next General Census. — It has been (he custom hitherto to take the census of the colony every third year, the last having been taken in 1 867. A short Act was passed during the recent session of the Assembly, in which power is given to the Governor if so advised, to appoint that the next general census shall be taken in 1871 instead of 1870. In addition to the information which the enumerators have hitherto been required to obtain, the new Act provides that they shall ascertain, in each case, the quantity of wheat, oats, and barley, remaining on haud when the form is filled up. The new Act also provides that if auy person objects to state whether he belongs to any or what religious denomination, the word " objects " may be written in the form opposite the name. Springston. — The usual quarterly meeting of the Wesleyan Church in this circuit was held at Springston on Tuesday. The local preachers and office-bearers met for the despatch of business at two o'clock. The financial statement was considered very satisfactory, there being a balance in hand after paying the current quarterly expenses. A public tea was held in the schoolroom at five o'clock, at which a large number attended. After this, a public meeting was held, the Rev. W. Oliver presiding. The speakers were Messrs Lawry, Wabey, Cotton, Buxton, Silvester, Ellman, and the Rev. W. Oliver. The latter gentleman was asked to stay in the circuit for another year, and failing his being able to remain, it was resolved to invite the Rev. Mr Keale of Lawrence, Otago, to accept the post. Everything passed off in a highly satisfactory and pleasant manner.

The Malvern Hills. — We are informed that a gentleman largely interested in the working of the Malvern Hills Coalfield, has sent to England for one of Thomson's Road steamers, with which to bring the coal to Christchurch. The coal produced has improved in quality of late, principally in adhesiveness — the blocks not crumbling away so easily as hitherto. Southbridge. — A meeting was held at Southbridge on Monday evening to consider what steps should be taken in order to prevent any further, overflow of the river Rakaia. The Provincial Engineer has estimated the cost of the necessary works at £600, and it was x resolved to petition the Government to put a sum on the estimates for that pucp se and to get the work done before next harvest. Lincoln Road Board. — The usual monthly meeting of the Board was held at the office on Tuesday last, the members present being Messrs J. N. Tosswill (chairman), Marchant, Knight, and Dawson. The minutes of the last meeting having been read and confirmed, the surveyor rtported that he had taken the levels of the tramway drain, and invited tenders for deepening the same ; that the shingling of the Selwyn and Springs Roads, was progressing satisfactorily, and that the forming of the western portion of the Ellesmere Road by Dawson's had been completed. The chairman stated that he and the surveyor had prepared a statement showing the whole expenditure of the Board since its formation in 1864, on the various roads of the district, also the relative acreage of the swamp and dry land portion of the same, together with the amount of rates paid by each, from which it would appear that the swamp had not received its share of the receipts by £500. The thanks of the meeting were conveyed to the chairman for the trouble he had taken over the matter, the Board considering the report a very valuable one. A deputation consisting of Messrs Bell, Winter, Gartrill, Roskrudge, and Hemmings, waited on tlie Board with reference to the special rate for the tramway drain, and requesting that the clearing of Dawson's creek should be included in the same. The Board having agreed to this, the deputation withdrew. A tender was opened for widening and deepening the tramway drain, but as there was only one, the Board decided to call for fresh ones, the same to be sent in by Monday next. Some accounts having been passed for payment, the Board adjourned till the first Tuesday in November, at 2 pm. Philosophical Institote. — The ordinary meeting of members was held in their rooms at lhe Literary Institute last night, Dr Haast presiding. The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed. A ballot was taken for the election of new members, and resulted in Mr L. Walker being admitted to the Institute. Mr A. Lean, a new member was introduced, and signed the rules The following books and pamphlets were laid upon the table — " Annual report of the Smithsonian Institution," " Journey to Musardu," Annual report of the American Secretary of the Interior," " Communications of the Anthropological Society of Vienna," "Mr Barr's paper on the Mechanics and Mechanical Economy of Railways," as read at a meeting of the Otago Institute ; " Annual proceedings of the Geological and Polytechnic Society of the West Riding of Yorkshire, from 1841 to 1868," "Lecture by Captain Hutton on New Zealand flax." Mr Fraser requested that an extension of time should be granted to the committees on Lectureships and Grasses, in which to submit their reports to the Institute. He said neither committee had been neglecting the duties they had to perform, but had been unable as yet to complete their enquiries. The first named committee had been impeded in their duties by reason of the Superintendent's absence at Wellington, and, since his Honor's return, they had been requested to defer the subject for lhe present, as the Government intended to propose additions to the Museum, beyond a laboratory, and it was desirable to see what the Provincial Council would do in the matter, before going fully into the question of lectureships. The committees were both allowed until next meeting to report. The president then made some preliminary remarks on the discovery of a large Apteryx (new species) at the base of Mount Cook. He said the Canterbury Museum received this bird from a collector on the West Coast of this Island, who states that the natives call this species Roaroa, and that a Maori from Bruce Bay informed him these birds were very valorous, and would well defend themselves against the attacks of dogs by kicking. The specimen exhibited was found on one of the first levels from the Snowy Range. Dr Haast considered that it is not the large species found in this Island, and which provisionally has been named by Verreaux — the Apteryx maxima— a bird probably of the size of a turkey, and which is only known from Maori descriptions, and from European explorers having heard its call and seen it striking the snow. It is an undescribed sp cies new to science. Although of the size of Ihe Apteryx Australia it is quite different in plumage, and resembles more the Apteryx Owenii, from which it is distinguished by its much larger size. Its plumage is grey, speckled with black and brown. As Mr Potts intends to review the whole genus Apteryx, for which there is ample material in the Museum, Dr Haast hoped that many of the uncertainties concerning th ; s genus will soon be settled. In the absence of Mr J. D. Enys, Dr Powell i read a paper by that gentleman on certain changes in the nomenclature of New Zealand ferns since the publication of the Handbook of Ihe New Zealand Flora, as shown by the Synopsis Filicum of Sir W. J. Hooker and J. G. Baker, published in London, IS 6B. All the changes were particularised, and the names of some new ferns also given. The Rev. Charles Fraser, on account of a pressure of other work, applied for and obtained leave to postpone hia notes lon some Maori oven 3

and moa hones found between the Waiho and Waitaki until next meeting of the Institute. The president, after referring to the increasing attendances at the museum, intimated that if any members desired a quieter examination of the specimens than could he secured during the hours the museum was open to the public, he would place himself at their disposal after the ordinary closing hour, four o'clock. The members present expressed great approval of this, and the meeting then terminated.

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Star, Star, Issue 740, 6 October 1870

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Local and General. Star, Issue 740, 6 October 1870

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