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LOCAL AND GENERAL.

A.O.F. — A grand pic-nic in connection with the Order will be held in the Heathcote Valley on Boxing-day. • ENGLISH- -SOBZ-^MA*Ii; — Thfrofcftt^AibiOll, with the English mail on board, arrived at the* Bluff this morning. The news brought by her is unimportant. - ■ The tTNBjrpioTBD.-- A meeting of the unemployed was called for yesterday afternoon bat at the appointed hour few persons attended, and the meeting separated without passing any resolution. Nbw Thbatbb.— At a meeting "held at noon to-day, his Honor the Superintendent in the chair, and a large number of influential residents present, it was resolved to form a company, with a capital of £10,030 in 1000 shares of £10 eaoh, for the erection of a Theatre which shall be worthy of the oily. Wellington Raobs.— The general entries for these races close on Monday next. Railwats. — It is notified in a Provincial Gazette dated Nor. 20, that Mr John <Lawson has been appointed Traffic Manager on the Canterbury Railways, the duties commencine on Dec. 1. . , *~» Watebing Places.— ln consequence of the great inconvenience caused by the closing up of the watering place at Victoria Bridge, a petition is in circulation praying the Gity-Counoil to provide two watering places in the City— one at Lane's Mill and the other at^ Armagh street bridge. . l -; : Acoidbnt'— A man flamed James. Connor, in the employ of Mr B. 1 O. I/atter,' Barry's Bay, Akaroa, met with a severe accident on j Nov. 17. It seems that the man waß imaging a trolly of logs down the tramway which leads from the bush to Mr Latter'B saw mills/ when bysome means the chain holding the logs together, got adrift, the man being thrown from the trolly, and some of the logs falling with and on him. Assistance was promptly at hand, and when resoued it was' found that he was severely injured, and had. somi of his ribs broken. ' ' y -'~~ English Opeba.— The company played "Satanella" yesterday evening to\;!a* good audience, the dress circle being especially well patronised. Ab Satanella Miss Alice May was frequently and as heartily applauded as her splendid singing and acting deserved. As Count Rupert. Mr, Hallam was. remarkably good, and earned a splendid encore for " An Angel form." Mr Templeton made. 'even & better impression in - Ari manes ihan he did on the last occasion "in" which he assumed that grand. . character, of which .it would be hard to find a better representative. For the duet, " Master, pardon," he, with Miss May, received re-call, a compliment accorded to all the performers ! engaged at the end of eaoh of the adtei'J Miss Lambert played Lelia, and sang the i music of the part excellently. Miss Florence Howe as the Princeßß Stella, Mr Vernon as Hortensiua, Mr Levisonas the pirate Braoaohio, MrXester as Karl, and Mr Wilkinson as the Viner, all deserve mention for the efficient manner in which they filled their respective partis. The chorus and orchestra also merit a meed of praise, together with the costumier and : scenic artist. This evening the opmio opera, " Gtenevieve de Brabant," will be repeated. East Cheistchitboh School Comhittbe. — A meeting of the committee was held on, Thursday last. Present — Mr Wynn Williams 1 (chairman), the Revs H; 0. M. Watson and W. J. Habens, Meßsra Packer, Mitchell, and Kirk. The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed. Leave of absence was granted by request, to Messrs Dymock and Jameson. Letters were read from the Board of Education, relating to certain matters of detail, approving of the action of the committee at the previous meeting, and stating that the Board would recommend the' Government to purchase the additional piece of land adjoining the South town-belt school site, provided the Provincial Council : voted the necessary amount during next session. ., It was resolved to ask Mr Wiliin to keep his offer— for the sale of the land — open till the next session of the Council. The subcommittees appointed to visit the Music Hall, South I town-belt, and S. John's schools,, brought up their reports. A letter was also' read from Mr Taylor, master of the Music Hall school, referring to matters reported upon by the sub-committee, and stating that Mr O. F. Exall had gone to the school for the purpose of studying the art of teaching, which Mr „ Taylor requested the committed to sanction. The secretary was instructed to inform Mr Taylor, that the committee decidedly objected to anyone being allowed to teach in the school, without the consent of the committee being first obtained. The secretary was also instructed to reply to an application from Mr C. F. Exall, for appointment as assistant teacher in the school. It waa decided to obtain the additional furniture reported by the sub-committee to be required for the Music Hall and S. John's schools, but the question of additional accommodation was deferred until the sub-inspector's report on the subject was read. The sub-committee for the South town belt school reported, that, as far as possible without furniture, the school was well arranged, but that more teaching power was required, and that immediate attention to levelling, fencing, and draining the school sito was necessary. It was deoided that the fenoing should be proceeded with at once, and Mr Mitchell was requested to get s6me ; temporary levelling and draining done ; also, to generally keep a supervision over the works to be done. The chairman was also requested to ascertain what would bs the cost of asphalting all round the building, and to procure the necessaries for a lavatory for the teachers. The sub-inspector's report on the Music Tfn\\ l S." John's, and South town belt schools was read, and it was decided that the accommodation at the Music Hall was sufficient, but that after the Christmas holidays, witE the view of relieving S. John's athool, j the chairman and Mr Mitchell should endeavour to arrange for the use of the building known as the St. Andrew's girlB 1 schoolroom, in Lichfield street. It was also decided to advertise for two male pupil-teachers for the Music Hall ; two female pupil teachers for S. John's ; and two for the South town belt school. The chairman' r'fepprtes 'that !££ Hammond, the sub-ipspe^or, hoA fcojd him the ventilation at the South town belt school was 'seriously defective. It was resolved %o ask Mr Farr, the architect of the building, £q report on the matter ; also, as to the Deaf means for throwing open the gartipien a$ present exietiag between the two rooms,.

, - . Acclimatisation. — The salmon in the floating cage have been removed to NewBrighton, where they; will have the benefit of slightly brackish water and an abundant supply of shrimps as food. The removal was effected in a satisfactory manner, under the superintendence of the hon J, T. Peacock and Dr Campbell, the cage being suspended between two boats, and towed down the river moat of the way by Mr Hopkins' steamer. During the short time the fish have been in the cage, their, improvement in size and . general appearance has been very marked. ' They stood their long journey down stream .r-.;Tery.well, though at the. end they showed somesignß of exhaustion. -.' ■■.''■'...<: . : . . - •Hobtiotltubaii Society.^ A special meet* . : Ing of the committee was held at the Clarendon Hotel, at 8 p.m., yesterday. MrWm. . . Wilson (president of the society) occupied the chair. The reports of the secretary and judges relative to the late show were read and approved. On the motion of Mr Greenaway, seconded by Mr Smith, a vote of thanks was " passed to the managing sub-committee of the ...show. Mr Ghudley, in returning thanks, * stated that some fruit belonging to Mr „ Siflson had .-been stolen, and he (Mr Chud- ',". ley)' suggested that for. the future a rope and standard fence should be employed, < ', so as to keep visitors a yard distant from the ", tables. Mr Crooks moved, and Mr Leigh seconded— 11 That the rose show be held in " " Mr W. "Wilson's new roomß, at the corner of . High a»d Cashel streets on Thursday, Dec. 3 ; . the alteration of data being purely exceptional and entirely occasioned by the baej-c---wardneßs of the season ; and that this committee is of opinion that the date of any . future rose show should not be fixed before it can be known whether the season is early or late." The motion wao carried unanimously. It had been previously de- .'. cided that the Rose Show should be held on Nov. 26, but the backwardness of the season made it apparent to the committee that a good show could not be held earlier than the . . 3rd. Dec. Mr W- Wiljon exhibited some fine roses-^cloth of gold, rose de meaux, and geant de bataUles, green, scarlet, and white ?* ixia ; a fabiena imbricata, ecavlet pyrethrum, . . and clematis azurea.

Ah American Judge on the Duty op ' ' A Son. — Judge Wandell, of New York, deBersres the special thanks of women. To a boy brought before him recentlj for defending his mother from the brutality of his ' father he said, " Young man, lam proud to tee that you love your mother and are anxious ; to protect her, but your violence towards your father has been of a vigorous character. ' fey and keep your hands off your father, but in any event protect your mother from injury. You may go." Fancy Fbanohises. — The London Examiner observes : — Fancy franchises are not ' - popular with our colonial fellow-citizens. ' The Legislative Assembly of New South Wales has been occupied with the discussion of an Electoral Act Amendment Bill, the tendency of which is to abolish special qualifications. The gold miners of the colony have hitherto enjoyed separate representation; but this privilege is now taken away, and the . proposal to confer the franchise on a very different class, the graduates of Sydney Univeraifcy, as soon as their numbers reach 100, has not found favour in the eyes of the ; Assembly. The criticism — that to give one representative to ICO graduate electors, while 2000 ordinary electors obtain no greater share of Parliamentary power, would be to create a dangerous disparity — appears overstrained to us, who are accustomed to see the great centres of population often outvoted four | to one in the House of Commons, by the members for small country towns, a dozen of which would not make up a Glasgow or a ■ Birmingham.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Star, Issue 2092, 21 November 1874

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