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LOCAL AND GENERAL.

«. Whale Stranded.- — Another bottle-nosed bull whale was Btranded a few days past about a mile above the mouth of the Kowai River, near high water mark. It is much smaller than the last two, being only 16ft sin in length. Loyal City of Christohurch Lodge. — The quarterly summoned meeting of the above Lodge was held last evening, at tho Oddfellows' Hall, when Drs Campbell and Deamer were elected medical officers for the ensuing term. The receipts for the evening amounted to the sum of £175 6s. The lodge closed in peace and harmony. The Kennedy Family. — In spite of the threatening nature of the weather last evening, there was again a large attendance at the Oddfellows' Hall, and an entertaining programme was gone through as successfully as any of its predecessors. To-night Mr Kennedy submits a programme which ought to prove irresistible. The Natives. — A great meeting of Natives will be held at Kaiapoi during the present week to discuss important matters affecting the welfare of the Maoris of the South Island, and also a claim which they intend to make upon the Government for land on the West Coast and elsewhere. Some hundreds have already arrived from Otago, Westland, the Bays, and other places, to take part in the " Big Korero. Public Works. — The following particulars respecting tenders for public works in the province, are published for public information, in the New Zealand Gazette of March 19 : — Rangiora to Kowai Railway — Bridges over the north and south branches Kowai river — Accepted, E. G. Wright, Christchurch, £13,065, the only tender received. Rangiora and Oxford Railway — Oxford contract — Accepted, Jos. Taylor, Christchurch, £11,671 14s lOd ; declined, F. Pavitt, Chriatchurch, £14,500. Interprovincial Regatta — The Wellington representative crew, who intend competing in the four-oared inrigged race at the regatta on Friday next, have arrived at Kaiapoi with their boat. The Christchurch (Canterbury Rowing Club's) crew also arrived by the same train, and they intend to practise on the Waimakariri up to the day of the regatta. All the crews that aro likely to compete — except the Endeavour's crow — are now at work practising at Kaiapoi, and the town presents quite a busy appearance in coneequenco of the number of visitors and others that promenade the banks of the river watching the various crews at work. Cricket. — As no doubt a considerable number of strangers will visit Christchurch during the present week to witness the Interprovincial Boat Rice, it is proposed to arrango a match between an Eleven composed of strangers and an Eleven of Christchurch. Any visitor who may be desirous of playing in the above match will please notify the same to either Mr A. M. Ollivier, Matheson's Agency; or Mr E. Fowler, Hereford street; who will, when a sufficient number of names have been sent in, call a meeting, at which the strangers can choose their team and make all necessary arrangements. Should it appear that the strangers are weak in bowling, a good bowler will be given them. Saturday next is the day appointed for the match, play to commence at twelve o'clock sharp. This ought to provo a good match as several late arrivals and visitors aro known to be good cricketers. Bells for the German Church. — The Cologne Gazette of Jan. 2 has the following : — At Collier's manufactory of bells in Berlin, three church bells have just been finished, having been cast from guns taken from the French in tho late war. The Emperor of Germany has presented the guns to the Christian body by which the bells were ordered. The total weight is yiowt 55£lbs. On the largest bell is tho head of the Emperor in relief , and the following inscription, "Wilhelm I., Kaiser von Deutschland." On the other side, this inscription appears — " Fur die Doutschevangelische Gemeinde, Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand." The second largest bell shows the head of the Crown Prince, with the inscription, " JF riedrich Wilhelm Kronprinz von Deutschland." Tho third has t^e head of Bismarck in relief, and below it, " Fiirst von Bismarck, Reichskanzler des Deutschen Reichcs." Board of Education. — At the meeting of the Board, yesterday, the tenders for the management of the book depdt — three in number — were opened, but consideration of them was deferred until Monday next. Mr Maskell, M.P.C, and Mr R. J. Loughnan, waited upon the Boai'd to ask, on behalf of the Catholic School Committee, that the Inspector of Schools should be allowed to examine the Catholic schools in Christchurch. Mr Maskell pointed out that there were quite 200 boys and girls attending the schools which, as the Board were aware, received ho support from - the Government. They were, however, public in every respect, and the committee therefore hoped the Board would see their way to granting what was desired. The request was made quite apart from religious matters, and purely on secular grounds, the committee being prompted in the course they had takon by a deßire to maintain the standard of tbe school and none of the school committees were capable of making the necessary examinations. The Chairman said he had consulted the l other members of the Board on the subject' and the Board would have much pleasure ir.4 granting the request. For his own part he would be glad to see all schools public and private, examined by the Inspector, so as to maintain a high standard bf education in all elementary schools throughout the province. Mr Maskell enquired whether the examina tions would be periodical, and how often they would occur. The Chairman said periodical examinations would of course have to be held, but the Board would have to consult tbe Inspector before deciding as to how often they should be held. The deputation thanked the Board aad then withdrew.

Christchurch Election. — Addresses to the electors, from Mr S. P. Andrews and Mr M. B. Hart, will be found in other parts of the paper. Theatre Royal. — Last night a new piece, entitled "Isabella, ora Woman's Life," was produced. The same piece will be repeated this evening. To-morrow the performances are for the benefit of Mr I. F. Keogh, who well deserves a bumper house. Heathcote Election. — The candidates in the field for election to the Provincial Council, to represent this district, met the electors at the Schoolroom, Colombo road, at half-past seven o'clock last evening. The attendance was numerous. On the motion of Mr F-. C. Hall, Mr F. Banks was called to the chair, and introduced the candidates, Messrs W. Montgomery, J. T. Fisher, Sir Cracroft Wilson, aud Dr Foster to the meeting. Each of the above gentlemen made lengthy speeches, and afterwards answered numerous questions. Mr. W. Wilson moved that a vote of thanks be accorded to the candidates for their addresses, which w;:s carried unanimously. Mr Nairn moved a vote of thanks to Mr Montgomery for his past services, which was carried by acclamation. A vote of thanks to the Chairman, moved by Sir Cracroft Wilson, and seconded by Mr ; Montgomery, was carried, and the meeting adjourned. The candidates advertise their intention of addressing the electors as follows : — Lower Heathcote Schoolroom, this evening ; Upper Heathcote Schoolroom, tomorrow ; and Avonside Schoolroom, on Thursday. Grain Fires. — Two veiy serious fires, which resulted in the destruction of nearly 2000 bushels of wheat, occurred in the Northern districts on Saturday evening last. The first to come under notico happened on the farm of Mr J. Collier, South Moeraki Downs, and the following are the particulars connected with it. About seven o'clock on Saturday night Mr Collier went out of his house and walked in the direction of > the by-road near Mr Ruddenklau's fence, to see that some sheep he had in one of his paddocks were all right. On going to the top of the rise he observed a fire in the direction where 250 sacks of his grain had been threshed out on the Wednesday previous, and onnearingthe place he found that nearly the wholo pile of grain was on firo. The threshing machine had not been near the place for days, and the grain was all in sacks ready to be carted to market. The pile was covered with straw about four feet deep, and before Mr Collier could obtain assistance, the firo had got such a firm hold that only twelve sacks of the grain were saved. The remainder, about 1000 bushels, were destroyed. The grain was insured in the Liverpool and London and Globe Insurance Office, at the rate of 4s per bushel, and it had been sold for delivery in Kaiapoi at 4s 9£d per bushel. On the came evening, and nearly at the same hour, Mr Robert Dailey, farmer, west Eyreton, near Swannanoa, had about 200 sacks of wheat destroyed under similar circumstances. The grain was in sacks, covered up with straw, and ready for delivery, and tho fire was not observed until the whole pile was destroyed. From what could be gathered, the wholo of Mr Dailey 's grain was insured for £1000, but as the insurance was effected by some other person on behalf of Mr Dailey, tho name of the office coi I . ld not be ascertained. The policy was supposed to cover the whole of Mr Dailey's grain, of which the wheat destroyed formed part. The origin of tho fire in both cases is supposed to have been the work of an incendiary, and the police are now making enquiries, which it is hoped will result in bringing the guilty persons to justice.

A Hint to the "Talent." — Tho Bruce Herald, in its account of the first day's racing at Tokotnaririro, says : — " We would, however, hint to those who have horses — and we may say, also, to the talent — that in all probability, if they were a little more choice in their languugo, and especially when their favourite in the race does happen to get beat, the attendance at races would bo more numerous, and they would not earn the description of character which is too commonly applied to them. There are many — and we may say ourselves amongßt tho number — that must acknowledge that there arc great evils in connection with horse-racing, arising from the foul language too often made use of by those very parties who are heard the loudest in complaint of want of. support. Many a one is prevented giving their countenance to races — not that they object to the races, but decidedly do ao to the surroundings in connection with them. The University Question. — The Otago Daily Times of March 11 says : — We believe that there is every prospect of a favourable termination to the question of affiliation with thia New Zealand University. Tho University Council have again ro-endorsed their former explicit declaration in favour of a union on certain specified conditions ; and tho Professors, whose opinions were sought, and whose concurrence was deemed requisite, have given in their adhesion. So that we are justified in congratulating the people of Otago, and also the colony generally, upon the satisfactory solution of this perplexing problem. By thoir arrangements, Otago giveß up an empty distinction, and, in conjunction with Canterbury, obtains an elevated position in guiding the higher education of the country, a much more honourable distinction than that which would consist in granting degrees of a provincial character only. Her endowments are safe, her local administration unquestioned, her funds recruited, and she become, instead of an isolated member of the educational power of the colony, one which will leave its mark on the administration of University affairs. The deputies from Canterbury College are deserving of our hearty thanks, for the earnestness and judgment with which they advocated the national cause, dropping all provincial prejudices, and looking only to the manner in which University education might best be secured.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Star, Issue 1890, 24 March 1874

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