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Local and General.

Yoltjnteebs. — Mr Charles Edward Stewart has been appointed Sub-Lieutenant in No. 9 Company C.R.Y. Commission to date from May 31. Bankbttptcy.- — The Registrar, owing to indisposition, did not sit in bis Chambers yesterday, and the applications on the list were consequently postponed until Friday next. Justice op the Peace. — The appointment of Ralph de Beauvoir Hawtrey Esq., of Akaroa, as a Justice of the Peace for the colony, is notified in the Neio Zealand Gazette of August 22. Lectttee. — Dr Powell delivers a lecture this evening in St. Andrew's new schoolroom on " Ends and Meaus in Animated Nature." It is satisfactory to know that our public scientific men lend themselves thus heartily to the diffusion of sound though popular information. We anticipate a large attendance. Mr Tancred, Chancellor of the New Zealand University, takes the chair. Canterbury Club. — The purchase of Dr TurnbulTs section has been completed at the price tendered, viz., £650, he having placed an additional 54ft frontage on Worcester street, tinder offer to the club at £150. The latter,. if closed with, while somewhat reducing the average price of the land, will also provide a sufficient area for the- purposes required, "which could not have been arranged for in connection -with any of the other suitable it os. Accident. — Mr Fisher, Chairman of the Heathcote Road Board, met with a very unpleasant and serious accident whilst returning homewards after the last , meeting of the Board. When near Mr Angus' old house, the horse became restive, and commenced to kick very violently. Mr Fisher, together with his son, tried all means to pacify the animal, but without avail, and they were eventually capsized into the Ferry Road drain, thus obtaining an impromptu bath, neither pleasant to nasal organs nor ao clean as could be deaired. Mr Fisher senr. was for some time tinder the trap, but was rescued by the help of his son and Mr Henderson, with nothing worso than a ducking. The trap was kicked to pieces. City Election. — Ratepayers entitled to rote for the election of City Councillors, are reminded that nominations to fill the vacancies caused by the retirement of Messrs Bishop, Hart, and Calvert, must bo lodged with the Town Clerk before 4 p.m. to-day. Up to last night, Messrs Hart and Calvert were the only candidates nominated, but it is positively known that Mr Bishop is to be nominated today, therefore all the old members are again fcswight forward. Whether or not any " new blood " will be nominated, it is difficult to state. Rumour has been busy with the names of several gentlemen, but as yet nothing definite has come to the surface, although more than one .of the gentlemen mentioned in a previous notice have expressed themselves as ready to contest the election if requested so to do. Ukiox Rowixg Clttb. — A special meeting of mombers of this club was held at Coker's Hotel at seven o'clock last evening. On the motion of Mr Allen, Mr Glassf ord took the ohair. The chairman explained that tho mooting had been called for the purpose of re-considering the question as to tho advisability of purchasing another boat for the use of those members of the club who did not go in for real hard work. *Since last meeting he had communicated with Mr Harrison, of Lyttelton, on the subject, and he received a letter from that gentleman, stating that a boat similar to the Swan or Cygnet would cost i 528, exclusive of sculls. These could be procured from Australia cheaper than they could be obtained here, ao that the club, if they thought it advisable could have the boat built by a local builder, and get tho sculls elsewhere. Mr Allen said he was decidedly in favour of the order being given to a local builder, and moved a resolution to the effect that a boat similar to the Swan "or Cygnet ahould be ordered from a local builder, cost not to exceed £30, and that Messrs Glassf ord and H. Thomson be appointed a committee to order the boat and superintend tho building of tho same. Mr Dartnall seconded the resolution, which, was carried unanimously. A committee meeting was then hold, for the purpose of drafting a report to be presented at th"c annual general meeting of tho club ir September. •

Avonside. — It is probable that the parishioners of Avonside will — if the churchwarden* do not make provision for the services — be shortly left without the ministrations of a clergyman on. Sundays as the Rev. C. Turrell will not be able to officiate after the expiration of three months from his first engagement. S. Michael's Act Union. — Yesterday the prizes to be given in the S. Michael's Art Union were thrown open to public inspection at the Canterbury Music Hall. They have been very carefully arranged, and since our notice on Monday each prize has been duly ticketed. The exhibition is of an interesting character, and will be open to-day, the price of admission beiug sixpence. As will be seen by advertisement, the numbers of winning tickets will be published in Friday's papers, and the lucky drapers can receive their prizes on that or the following day, after which all that are left will be sold by public auction. The VorrKTEEKg. — Last night Colonel Packe made his usual monthly inspection of the head quarter corps of volunteers at the Drill shed. There was a very good muster, and the inspection was very satisfactory in its results. On its termination the respectiva corps headed by the fife and drum band of the Artillery marched down the Perry road for a distance of about two miles, afterwards returning to the Drill shed. A few mancouvres were then gone through, after which Colonel Packe brieliy addressed the men. He said that next month he would uommonnß to inspect the corps separately, and that they would be exercised in camp drill with a view to the holding of an encampment at the usual period of the year. The men would also be expected to pitch their tents and see that all their camp equipments were in order. The parade was then dismissed. ' Potri,TßY; Association. — A meeting of the committee was keld at Coker's Hotel last evening, Mr G. A. Reade presiding. Mr Wood reported that the number of entries was 204, and there could bo no doubt but that the exhibition would be a highly successful one. A considerable amount of routine business was transacted, and- final arrangements were made in connection with the approaching show. Last year the exhibits numbered 217, but the falling off on this occasion is more than compensated for by the more complete character of the entries as a whole, whilst it is known that the general quality of the birds is better than at any previous exhibition. Nearly every class will have entries this year, and there is a large number of exhibits which have been imported since last year at great cost. Light Brahmas, game, and canaries will bo particularly numerous this year. International Boat Eace. — Speaking of the proposed international boat race at Sydney, in 1873, the Morning Herald says : — " The committee of the Balmain Regatta have decided upon transmitting invitations by the mail, through the hon. secretaries of the London Rowing Club, and of the Atalanta Rowing . Club, New York, to the oarsmen of Great Britain and of the United States to send representative crews to take part in a grand International Gig Race, to come off on or about the 9th November, 1873, in Sydney harbour. The committee guarantee a prize of Australian trophies of the value of £200 sterling, and to give a cheque for £500 towards the expenses of an English amateur crew, and the same amount in aid of the expenses of a crew from the United States. If those spirited proposals should lead to the appearance amongst us of picked crews from the two countries to compete with the champions of the several colonies, the event would bo indeed a red letter-day in our -aquatic calendar, and they would, it is needless to say, receive an enthusiastic welcome." CATHEDEAii Squabb. — Yesterday, the removal of trees from the Cathedral square, in anticipation of the intended alteration of the l'oadway, was commenced, but it mußt not be assumed therefrom that the whole work has been put in hand. The funds of the City Council will not permit the roadway to be altered at present, nor will ' the work be undertaken for. some time to come, because Councillors deemed it undesirable to close the financial year with an overdraft. Seeing that the financial year does not terminate until next November^ the citizens of Christchurch will have to put up with the roadway in itß present state for another three or four months. The removal of the trees is only done now, because it would not be safe to delay the operation any longer. The trees now in course of removal are eight sycamores, which are to be planted in Latimer Square — one at each corner, and one in each of the intermediate spaces. It may be said that according to the present plan the curve in the roadway is to be reduced about 66ft. The footpath on the east side will be 19ft in width, and is to be covered with asphalto. The ANGto-Ar/s teaman Tblbobaph. — The following is an extract from one of the business letters received by Messrs F. W. Prell and Co., of Melbourne, from Batavia, by the Bengal, dated June 29 : — " Telegraph — This was all but completed, and horae expresses were to begin to run on your side to connect the ends of the telegraph, when the sea line was broken near Sandal wood Island, but the Investigator steamer leaves Batavia in a day or two to pick it up and repair it." This is the first definite statement we have received as to the nature of the injury sustained by the cable, and the locality of the flaw. We had not previously heard that the cable had ' been actually broken, and the statement contained in this letter, in - fact, conflicts with l> the messages forwarded to the South Australian Government by Mr Todd, who stated that faint signals were occasionally obtained, and that the cable " leaked" somewhere. If tho cable had been positively broken, as stated in this Batavian letter, it is difficult to understand how even " faint " signals could have rewarded the efforts made to communicate with Java from Port Darwin.

PfiiMTiTE Methodists. — Intelligence waß receivet yesterday from the Rev. 11. Ward, who is low in Wellington, and who has been appointed by the Home Conference to the I Cantertury circuit. On Mr Ward reaching Wellin{ton from Sydney, he found one of his daughters so ill as not to be able to be removed. She is, however, recovering, and Mr Ward lopes in a short time to come to Christchurcli, and take charge of the Primitive' Methodist Church in Canterbury.

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Local and General., Star, Issue 1405, 28 August 1872

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Local and General. Star, Issue 1405, 28 August 1872

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