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LOCAL AND GENERAL.

♦ JUBTIOE of tiie Pkace. — Hia Worship tho Mayor of Chri&tchurch (Mr F. Hobbs) was eworn in as a Justice of tho Peaoo before his Honor Mr Justioo Greason on Saturday lost. OATnoLio Bazaar, LTTTBtTOjr. — Tho weathor on Saturday afternoon having cleared up, a largo number of porsons visited the Colonists' Hall, and in tho evening tho placo was thronged. Tho bazaar remains opon to-day nnd to-night, when all goods unsold will be | disposed of. Transit of Venus. — By the arrival of the Magellan Cloud, news is brought that the Astronomical party on tho Chatham Islands woro unsuccessful. The weather was fine until December 9, when it became thick and overcast ; a thick cloud passed ovor tho sun at tho timo of ingress, and tho weather was cloudy at tho ogress. Heathcotb PABisn.—On Wednesday last, tho children attending tho threo Sunday schools of this parish had their annual festival at tho parsouagc, when about 290 partook of toa and tho aooA things provided for them. Various sports woro heartily entered into, and the distribution of prizes (nwardod for regularity of attendanco and good conduct during tho past year) having boon made, tho children wcro sent away about eight o'clock, having, to all appoarance, thoroughly onjoved themselves. Gbkat Ambrican Cibcus. — There was a ] largo attendance on Saturday night ; the spacious marqueo being thronged in overy part. A good programme was submitted and tho company attained a greater measure of success than at tho first performance. The horses wore in a more docilo humour, and the ' equestrianism was accordingly better than on Thursday ovoning. Tho tumbling was again very good. PAiB-oAitBD Boat Rack. — A match botwoon tho members of the Banshee boat's crow, who pulled in tho four-oared whaleboat race on Now Year's Day, took place on Saturday afternoon for £5, Scott and Arkus pulling in tho Venus, O'Neill and Bamford in tho Akaroa Belle. Tho courso was from the buoy off tho Screw-pile Jet'y, round the barque Syren, and homo ; distance, about ljm. Tho boats woro ovonly started by Mr Wright. After pulling a dozen yards, tho stroke-oar of tho Venus (Scott) caught a crab, allowing tho Akaroa Belle to gain on her, and she led at tho Syren by ono and a-half lengths, keeping this position to tho end. Another race, fcr £10, will be pulled for a fortnight h«nce.

Philosophical Institute — A specM meeting will be held in the Public liiomy to-morrow, at 7.30 p.m. Pic-kic.— The members of the Excelsior Lodge of Good T raplars held a pic-nio on Friday last. About seventy persons pro* ceeded in traps to Sumner, where a Tariety of amusements were instituted and fully enjoyed until the rain put a stop to them. The party bad a wet journey back to Ghristchurch, which was reached about half-past fire o'clock. LYTtBLToif Borougfi School. — A meeting of the committee was held in the new schools on Saturday night. Present— Means H. R. "Webb (chairman), Donald, Malder, Hawkins, Allwright, Wood. The correspondence was read :— -From the Lyttelton Borough Council, enclosing a cheque for £20 for prizes and pic-nic. From the Hoard of Education, aanotioning the appointment of a caretaker *fc £60 per annum with house and fad. From Mr T, Street, applying for the c&retA^flH office. The chairman said the contrqSflflH bond of Messrs Scott, Bros, had bee]^^HH signed, and that Mr Woods had placed!^^ grounds and stores at fiiccarton at the disposal of the committee for the pic-nic, and they could also have the use of Mrs Deao -> paddock. The Sunday school teachers of th various schools had agreed to make arrangements for carrying out the pic-nic. He then read the annual report of the school attendance, and stated that hi* Honor the Superintendent had promised to preside at the opening of the new school, and that the- mnsical arrangements had been entrusted to MrW.B. Allwright. With reference to the bell, Afr Anderson had cast it, and it weighed 2001bs j this was 501bs more than the committee bad arranged for, but had agreed to the chargo of £5 for the extra SOlbs. After some remarks, it was agreed to take the bell. A long discussion ensued respecting the appointment of a caretaker. The chairman said Mr Serf, who had applied for the situation, was a suitable man. Mr Allwright moved, Dr Donald seconded, " That Mr Kerr be appointed to the situation, one month's notice on either side to terminate the engagement." Mr JSalder moved nn amendment—" That the consideration of this matter be adjourned for one week, and that advertisement* be inserted in the papers." Mr Hawkins seconded the amendment. A long discussion ensued, when the motion was carried, Messrs Hawkins and Nalder voting for the amendment. The chairman said it was necessary to pay the care* taker's lodging money until the house wea - ! completed. The matter was left in the hands of the chairman, who was also empowered to ask tho Board for necessary fittings for the committee room. ZBIMJfDA'S BOX .VIYSTSttr NbABLT Ex« posbd. — Such a scene aa that which occurred at the Theatre Hoyal, on Saturday evening last, has never before been witnessed at any public entertainment in this city. It is needless to say that it was not announced in the bills, but it came so unexpectedly, and was of such a ludicrous nature, that it may be pronounced as having constituted by far the moat enjoyable portion of the evening's entertainment. For a couple of nighta previously, a lady r under the high-sounding norn de theatre of Millie. Zelinda,hud appeared in the mechanical illusion entitled the Arabian Box Mystery* aud executed her part of tie performance f admirably as to set her audience thinking ho^ptt the thing could possibly be done. The if aH was of course on Saturday night's programt^H and the audience were in breathless expectation when the time for the box mystery arriveJH The drop scene went up in due course, aac disclosed some of the appliances necessary tfithe successful carrying out of the trick. Bat instead of Zelinda coming on, there issued from the wings a young man of very " seedy' appearance, whom nobody would accuse of as extravagant use of shoe-blacking. Coming U. the footlights, he intimated that as a person had threatened to expose the box mystery, it would not be proceeded with that evening, and that therefore any of the audience who (o desired might get back their money on application at the box office. While this announcement was being made, there waa seen scrambling on to tho stage from the orchestra an individual of more than ordinary dimension*, who, getting on his legs, exclaimed—" Ladief and gentlemen, this box is mine, and I mean to shew you how it's done.' 1 Ho sooner h* * ho said this, than- another member of > „~ company made his appearance from the win,, and pointing to tho man of portly dimension! ejaculated in a sneering, contemptuous manner — " Ladies and gentlemen, this mao, thii thing, is mean enough to do anything ; he is mean enough to take a woman's lifing away. Ti So saying, he seized the portly gentleman and ran him fairly off the stage, the lady whos living was announced to ba at stake assisting in the operation. The state of the audience at this particular juncture can be belter imagined than described. The laughter that ensued could not be heartier or more boateroils; while at the same time, the idea of a man beiug mean enough to take a woman's living away, was more than the inSnitesa^al section of the British public assembled wUxin the walli of the theatre could possibly withstand, and amidst encouraging yells of u go on," and " turn him out," it was decided tb*' the box mystery should proceed. MeantiE^ the individual who had been so nncetS- - moniously ejected from j^'s stage,. feund his way into the orchestra, from tir "; door leading into it from the stage, and no sooner did he get there, than he proceeded to scramble on to it aa before, with the endenfc intention of carrying his former tbra^ntG execution. His presence on the stagaasT^M* time had tho effeetof bringing another mem^of tho company on the scene, in the person^ tho golden-shoe dancer, who, face black.^^^ and fantastically attired, emerged from £H| wings, and attempted to run the obno v \^^H party off the stage. Finding himself o matohed, however, he had recourse to certa^H means, which were no less unique thi^H effectual. Taking advantage of his opponent^H corpulency, he converted his head into" a kin' Tß of buffet, and in this manner succeeded iuH buffetting him into one of the recesses of th fl stage. The box mystery was then proceedecß with, and was a great success, despite t'.^ managerial contretemps that proceeded i^H The secret of the whole affair is, that tfc^ partnership had a quarrel among themselv&fl concerning the handling of the money take&S at the doors. One partner failed to see why^ tho other partner should keep the money, and thought tho only means of redress at his disposal, was a public exposure of the box I mystery. Tho lessees of the theatre, on 1 their part, consider that for ono night 1 the scene that occurred was very enjoyable, 1 but they fear the public might have too I much of a good thing, and acting under J this impression, they have been rel" 4I tantly compelled to cut off tho gas. TJW^ these circumstances, it is by no means like)" that " tho greatest array of talent ever seen ic. New Zealand " (as the advertisements have it), will appear again t& the Theatre Boya). » .

fl** t itrMfMiiniifn««ni>iiiiiii»iuiiimiiiiii»iiiir» i in if Him ■ - - n THE GorttUfton. — It is understood that Hia fxoellonoy tho Governor will probably visit Ohi'i tohurcli in tho eoursoof a month. JotTBirAMOTiO. — A now paper has booti Started afc Lov'ukft, onfcitlod tho Fiji Argus. GPho pnpor consists of 24 pages, and is very creditably got up, a oonsidorablo portion of tho rending matter boing interesting and original. \ Dpnedin Oatjs.do.nian Gamhß,— At the second day's sports on Saturday \nat, Mv Jaeobflon (tho winner of tho. champion walking raoo on Iriday), also won tho milo walking face, atftrting from scratoh. '.rime, 7 minutes 20 seconds. 8. John's Onancn. — A service for ohildron waa hold yoßfcordfly afternoon in tho ohurch of 8. John tho Baptist. The address was delivered by the Inoumbent, tho Roy H. 0. M. Wtttaon, who ohoso ao thoaubjoot " Obodienco to Paronta, as illustrated by tho oxaraplo of Christ." l Sonooi/ Tbhat.-— Tho Christian | ,3juroh, mooting in tho now Oddfellows' Hall, <? -»iohfleld stroofc, heldf,fchoir annual Sunday flohool pio-nio on Now Year's Day, at Mr Briseoo's paddock in tho Heatbeoto Valloy. -7|)he members of the church provided a rich #nd amplo supply of refreshments. Tho day jr&a spent in games of various kindo, ana fringing. When tho rain camo on they resorted to Mr Briseoo's house whoro tea was partaken of. TirHATinoAri iwEUhTdannan. — Tho Theatre Hoyal has been token for two months from January 12, by a company brought from Sydney by Mr Q. W. Collier, arid now performing, in tho North. By latest accounts 4rom Sydney, Mi* and Mrs Hookina had juefc •terminated an nnprocedontly fluooessful sodaon afc tho Viotoria Thoatro, and wcro oiTerod excellent terms for a second season after the Christmas pantomime. This thoy wero obliged to deolino, aa thoy are to appear in Auckland on tho 2nd of next month. They may therefore bo expootod in Ohrietchurch in a few months. The TBLTORArii. - Tho Timaru Herald states that tho work for tho telegraph lino between Christchuroh and Dunedin has increased to such an extent, that tho throo wires , hithorto in uoo have proved altogotlier inadequate to perform it with tho promptness that IB necessary. Increased facilities for the transmission of messages have thereforo boon undertaken, and are now fast approaohing ' 'Completion. The facilities consist in tho addition of two wires, one for railway purposos i and the other for ordinary tologmms, tho offoct of whioh will bo that tho telegraph offices betwaon tho towns alluded to will be enablod to conduct their work more oxpoditiously than horotoforo. Tho oxtra wires have boon uddod from Christchurch a» far aB a milo-and-a-half south of Timaru. and from Dunedin northwards as far as the Waitaki. It is oxpoctod that tho additions will bo comploted in about throe weeks' time. Immichiantb run OEtrsAßßit.— Saturday boing tho day advertised for engagements, a largo proportion of thoso immigrants met with employment at satisfactory wages; In spito of the heavy rain, a considerable numbor of farmers from tho country attended, and in nearly every instanco euoeocJed in obtaining | suitable hands. Tho following rates of ♦%ages woro glvon s — Married couples, £65 ~ *to $70 ; single mon, £50 to £55, with 10a, ,' ¥>c week extra during harvest, Boys and "■ j-irm lads, £26 to £36 per annum, and all jljund. Labourers, 7fl per day. A number of *iheso immigrants suitable for farm and country f'work have been selected for tho Eangiora and ''Oxford districts, whither they will bo forwarded to-morrow. Tho supply of single domoetio servants, by this ship, was unusually small} all thoßO for ongagomont immediately found situations on Saturday, at 'from £25 to £30 per annum. '. Wbht Coast RAiwAr.— Tho West Coast 3 Times of Doc. 80 statos that Mr T. M. Foy, 1 0.8., and tho Bailway Faes Exploring Party, have oonoludod their examination ,of the country about tho Ahaura Saddlo at the Amuri Pass. As in tho case of tho oxplora- ' tion of tho Uppor and Brown Groy Rivera, Mr "■ Foy has received every assistance and valua*blo information from tho settlers along tho route. * The result of tho examination of tho Amuri t Pass is said to bo satisfactory to Mr Foy, but yintil ft thorough examination of all tho rival Routes is completed, and a comparison mado, will be impoaaiblo to obtnin an authoritative *' opinion as to which lino of country possesses " tae great advantages for railway purposes, : . M»? &oy is now engaged in oxploring tho I' valley of tho Hopo on the eastorn watershed of tho dividing range between tho East and West Coasts, and tho party will make < a 01 careful search for a pass known to exist J between the head watoe of tho Hopo Rivor and the same of tho Tito Kauro, one of tho principal tributaries of tho Ahaura Rivor, Cattle drovors and settlors in fche locality * assert this pass ia tho lowest and most practicable on the wholo courso of tho rango. It is to the south of tho prosont pass, and at a sufficient distanco from Iho rivor to obviate all danger from floods or landslips. TBAtfBATJ.iA.NTIO PonTItAIT 01' Mb 3 DISBAELI, — In a letter in tho Cincinnati ' Commercial it is said :— Mr Disraeli lately un- ". veiled in tho Palaco Yard, Westminster, a |f^r onza statuo of tho lato Lord Derby, and tho P^opportunity of sooing and,^paring him, and of fleeing tho Tory lowls in a group was a good one. The Prime Minister wore an expression of tho most funereal gravity. Ho looked i nged and ill. His cloaoly shaven faco was Ht very pale, with a sickly saffron tingo j his Moves are dull and sunken, and seemed to look |||vfitbin. Tho linos in his faco are doop and Hfißtvange, and thoao of an overworked and ffiwrrowful man. Ho woro a spotless black reßs)ok coat, buttoned about his slondor waist, Brand over hifl cheat, and light pantaloons, loose Pfand long. On taking his Boat on tho platform v ho did not romovo hia hat. When ho stood 1 tip to speak ho removod his hat, disclosing tho I celebrated front curl, which is quite K attenuated, and seems to requiro conI etanfc earo and cultivation, but kept W upon bin hands his lavonder kids. Ho spoko W leflfl *h ftn tm mi nutofl > gravolyi heavily, slowly, g without vivaoity of tone, and but once varied \ from his accustomed attitudo, loaning forward m. alightly, with his hands upon tho rail of tho W front of tho platform. Tho singlo variation W. was when ho unoxpoetodly olosod his address, II When ho deliberately raised hia loft arm and P pointed with outstretched finger to tho statuo, which had, ho said, boon raised as "an oxample." The Prime Minister had ovidontly carefully considered bio romarks. Somo of tho Bontences appear to havo boon elaborately measured. Aa ho spoko the words soom to L force thomsolvos from his lips, which woro m not; fully oponed, but contracted and bulged Win a ouwoub way. It was amusing to see this f conßummato cosmopolitan " boldly" proolainv ing, as ho said, that Derby was one of thoso ' men of tho highest typo, such as could bo poduoed in England only.

How tick Vkrmont J/iQuon Jaw ib Kvaduj). — Thoy have a temperance law in Vormonfc, and in all Bonnington thoro ia not a bar-room or saloon. When ono has tho " flfconiaoh agony " ho goes into a drug stot'o and inquires if thoy liavo anything that is good in case of sickness. Tho olork rocommonda proparorl laudanum. A chap from the mountains was in a drug store ono day and watched tho operations oO a man who swallowed a glassful of this mixture. Ho oyod him an ho passed out and guessed that; thoro would bo funeral and " widdor " in that town before long, tioon another man, evidently intent on nuimdo, ontored and called for prepared laudanum. Prosontly another ouatomor, evidently in good health, presented a prescription whioh was flllod from tho same bottle. Ho took the doso of modicino and appoared none the woroo for it. Presently light dawned on the mind of tho verdant mountaineer, who stepped up to tho countor and said, " See hero, old hoes, I guess ■ I'll tako a dose of that are laudlum 5 itdonsn'fc seem to kill anybody, and folks rather eooui to like it. I don't think its so pizen as somo folks lot on." Wasth Land in Engl/Anj). — Thero aro, id flooma, in England and Wales, according to tho ISnclosuro Oominiaaionors, nearly 900,000 aoros of commons, which aro apparently suitable for ordinary cultivation, but which have boon loft uncultivated for somo reason or other. Thoro aro also noarly a million and a half acros of oommons whioh are unsuitable for cultivation, much of it boing capablo, perhaps, of improvement for pasture. Of tho fonr.or thoro aro, in Devonshire, 85,172 aoros j in tho Wcsfc Riding of Yorkshire, 60,042 aeroa 5 in tho North Riding, 63,721 aoroa, and in tho East Biding, 10,699 acres; iri Cornwall, 45,457 ftoroß ; in Surrey, 42,936 aoros 5 in Hampshire, 41,502 aoros 5 and in Dorset, Westmoreland, Cumberland, Glamorganshire, Lancashire, Somerset, Montgomeryshr , Brooonshiro, Sussox, North umborlandjOxtonivi varying between 80,041 acres in tho first-namcl and 19,712 acres in tho last. Of tho latter, tho North Hiding of Yorkshire had 200,051 sveros, and tho Woat Biding, 165,181 acres 5 Cumberland, 160,168 acros j Westmoreland, 144,604; Broconshiro 120,288 aoros; MoUgomoryshiro, 85,958 acres; Morionethehi *, 22,550 uovob \ Devonahiro, 79,885 aoros ; and lofloor extents exist in Badnorsbiro, Carmar» thonshiro, Lancashire, Durham, Denbighshire, Northumberland, Glamorganshire, Cardiganshire, &0., &c. Stkamno- " TnnovGrit Conscientious Motives." — Tho Cork Examiner says : — A groat deal of oxcitomont has been oausod at Quoonslown by tho disappoaranoo, from tho aislo of tho Protestant Church of the lootorn of a largo caglo, tho orootion of whioh somo months ago caused n good deal of dissatisfaction among tho parishionors, Objections wore made at tho timo of its introduction that it was a " graven imago," and that its erection was next door to Ritualism. Tho oaglo was vory largo, mado of oak, beautifully oarvod and gilded, and mounted betwoon tho readingdesk and pulpit on a handsome stand, tho cost of which was somothing about £37. It is alleged that tho parties who opposed its introduction triod on aovoral occasions to have it romovod, and would not allow tho cost to bo paid by tho church. Subsequently, a few mombors subsoribod and paid for it out of thoir own pookots. Dr Oollis himsolf could soo no objection to tho eaglo, but tho wranglo continued* until Sunday evening, when it disappeared. At tho Petty Sossions on Monday, Mr Waggot and tho olork of tho ohuroh, Mr Ohnpman, roportod tho oocurronoo to tho magistrates, but thoir worships aoomod to tako the mattor vory easily, and rooommondod tho complainants to apply to Sub-Inspector* Mercor and Head-Constable Toombos. In reply to the Bench, Mr Chapman stated that ho did not think it was stolon with a view to theffc, but through conscientious principloa. Up to nine o'clock on Monday night no trace of tho bird had boon obtained. Green Wax Takers. — Tho .Pall Mall Gazette says s — There is room for improvomont, not only in our arrangomonts for oxtinguishing fires, but also in those for preventing thorn. Thoro can bo littlo doubt ;hat by far tho greater number of conflagrations that occur aro duo to carolessnoss or ignoranoo, and that a vory slight oxoroiso of carofulnoss and common sonso would aavo a va;t amount of misery and destruction. A useful losson may bo learnt from an inoidont which occurred at Manchester ono morning rooonfcly, when an alarm of flro was raieod at an oflloo in Ooopor street. A largo room was found to bo full of donee smoke, and tho flro brigado woro hastily summoned to tho spot. On examination it was found that tho smoko had boon caused by a largo coil of green wax taper, whioh was still smouldering on tho mantolpiece. Tho person who closed tho office on tho previous evening had, it seoms, blown out the light, but had not opmplotoly extinguished it, and it burnod slowly all night, giving out a peculiarly donso Bmok<*. This, it is stated, is tho fourth alarm of flro in difforcnt parts of Manchester from tho eamo cause, and in each case tho tapor was of groen wax. "Experiments with whito, rod, and blue tapers show, that they do not smoulder moro than 11 few moments, but that a groon taper will burn to tho last fragment, and occasionally burst into a flame. Tho moral to bo drawn from this story is, on no aocount to select a groen wax taper for official or domostio uso. A FitENOir Drni. — The pa»ors by the mail describe a hostile mooting which took nlaoo in tho last woek in October on tho Belgian frontier, botweon M. Gregori, director of tho Journal do I'Ouest, and M. P<srin, deputy of tho Lr% for the department of tho Jlaut Vicnno, i . consoquenco of articles whioh appoarod ;.i that journal against tho lattor. Tho four seconds having met together, and deoidod tliab thoro wero sufficient grounds for a fight, Bwords woro chosen as tho weapons to bo used, Tho conditions of tho combat stipulated fcl 1 ;. tho hands of the combatants should bo baMi, that thoir bodies should bo covered only by a flannel waistcoat, that hand-to-hand fighting was permitted, and that the' seconds could intorforo only in tho case whon ono of tho combatants should bo disarmed, and tho other should continue tho attack. Tho duol was to continuo until tho surgoon of ono of tho combatants should declaro it was no longer possible. According to tho roporfc stibsoquontly drawn up by the soconds, tho affair lastod a quarter of an hour. There woro threo ongagomonte, in tho first of whioh M. PoVin'o sword got bent, and frooh onos woro givon to tho advorsarios. In tho second round M. iVsrin was woundod in tho hand, and M. Qrogori in tho face, but thoy again ongaged aftor a few seconds' pauso. Finally, M. G-rogori roooived a wound abovo tho loft oyo, in which organ tho violeneo of , tho shook ovidontly produced a disturbance of tho sight, and at tftifc rcquost of M. Oregon's seconds, tho surgeon interfered and declared that tho conflict oould not continue, ainoo it would no longer bo upon equal fcorma.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Star, Issue 2126, 4 January 1875

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