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The Mbhbbb fob Gbbaidinb. — This gentleman is said to be at present incapacitated for lcgblatorial duties by an attack of rheumatic fever.

Road Boabd Conpbkbnce. — The conference of the Chairmen of the Canterbury Road Boards will be returned to-morrow morning, at Warner's Hotel. The Wellington Covvtibs. — A meeting of Wellington members on Friday last resolved that it was advi«*blc to divide that Province into six instead of fl?e Counties.

Poisoned. — Seven persons were nearly poisoned in Taranaki tho other day through eating piokles whioh had been stowed in a jar formerly used for keeping heep wash in. The Gbkman Immigration Contract. — In reference to this contract, of the existence of whioh it is alleged that the Government wore ignorant until tho other day, it is now stated that Messrs Slomtn, of Hamburg, have coramencod proceedings ag* n»t tbo New Zealand Government for breach of their agreement.

A Nebdt,bsß Mystebt —The Wellington Argus states that a well known member of the Civil Service had calM a meeting of his oreditots. Why should there bo more secrecy observed in such a case then if an unofficial person had been compelled to do the came thing ? Suoh silly mysterj appears unjust both to the public and to the other members of the service.

LithO'Fbaotbur — By a proclamation under the hand of tho 6 >vernor, tho " material known as litho»fr»c»eur ' is to be deemed epeoially dangerous within " The Dangerous Goods Act, 1869," afu-r S-pfc. 24 next. Clause 11 of the Act in question require* that goods wbioh hare been declared "specially dangerous," shall be so m»rkerl on tho outside of any package sonfc for enrriage, or deposited in a warehouso unoer a n.-n»Uy, on conviction for wilful negleot, of £s'!o or two years' imprisonment. Anothbb Matrimonial Advbbtisement. — Fired by the example of ' Willy," another individual, describing himself as good-looking, and aged twenty three, proclaims through the medium of the Times th >t he aUo is at strife with bis blessedness, a* d wonlH correspond with a pretty and accomplished lady, with a riew to matrimony. It is to be hoped that these stupid advertisement* ar* not going to become common in Canterbury; No doubt they afford some food for Jaugbter, bot they oertainly do not tend to delieate-mindedness, nor inorease' anyone's respeot for theadrer* tiser. It would be interesting, by-thebye, to know why the Times 'ti held in more favour than the JPrest by these would be benedicts.

Escape fkom . tkb Astlxtx. — a female patient escaped from the Asylum, yesterday, but was shortly afterwards re-oaptured. Tub Attoexahd Cathouo Bibhopbic— • The Croti understands that the Papal See hat not yet appointed a Catholic Bishop for Asea> land, bat has decreed that for the present the dioceae shall be administered by Bishop Moan of Dunedin. Fibb at a Woolshkd.— The woolshed on the station of Mr John Martin t of Otaraia, hn been totally destroyed by fire. The building is said to bare been one of the most expeosiTe and best-fitted of the kind in the colony. The fire is, according to a contemporary, supposed to have been caused by a fecpmp hating lit bit- . pipe and allowed a spark to fall among tota* straw. ••-■ -

Thb Lakb Ohajx Mubdib.— A repoxV ■ays the Tuapeka Tim**, was circulated ra Lawrence on Monday, that Cunningham, th* supposed murderer of his mate at Lake Ohao, had been seen at the Beaumont the preriout day. Information was given to the polioe, and Inspector Thompson and Sergeant shary at once started in pursuit of the man, who had gone in the direction of the Junction Hotel.

The Bowing Olttb.— The annual geaml meeting of the memben of the Canterbury Bowing Club will be held on Friday erasing . Acoidbht ax Gun.— -On Saturday after. noun, a sou of Mr fi. M'Laughlin, about tea jean old, had three fingers oat off bii left hand by a ohaff-outter. Thb Wbbce of the Clbxaxis.— The m. Akaroa left Lyttelton at 2 a.m. yesterday morning, in search ti the wreck supposed b> be that of the Clematis. Captain Xhmsfosc^ underwriter*' surreyor, Mr Craig, inaurasce agent, »nd other gentlemen were on board. Nbw Muhiotpality.— The moTemenfc tot forming the Southern Saborbe of the City into a Municipality U meeting with genem support Ihe Provisional Committee hare held several meetings, and hare decided on a aeries of resolutions which are to be submitted to a meeting of the resident* to be held in the Colombo Boad School at an early date. WaimAXABIBI NATiaATIOIf UCPBOVMCBSB CoiiMrrTßß. — A meeting of this Committee will be held at the Borough Council Chamber on Tuesday evening to consider draft copy of the Waimtkariri Harbour Board Bill prepared by the Hon. 0. C. Bowen. The Sub-committee meet at the Council Chamber this erening to prepare a report upon it for the General Com* mittee.

ACCIDBHT AT LYTTKLTOIT.— A yOUUgmi% living in Cbrutchurch, met with a eerioos accident at Fort yesterday afternoon. He ni walking along the Screw rile wharf, when be was suddenly seized with • fit and fell orer the wharf on to the deck of the dredge Brskine. His bead struck on the top of one of the iron ventilators, and • eerere wound was inflicted. MCNICIPAI iKHaOVKSEBHTa— A Ttrjnece* «ary improvement has been made by theOSty Council at the Armagh street watering place. Formerly there was a very abrupt rise from* the river bed to the stone pitching which extends op the river bank to the road, and one or two accidents hare resulted from the sharp jolt which it invariably gave to carte emerging from the river, limber staging hat now been laid in the bed of the river to ore* vent this, and the ascent to the road.ii thm rendered smooth and easy; THB BUBGLABT OS THH BICCABTOJT BOAS. — The Besident Magistrate gave his decision on Friday last respecting the application made by Dr Foster for a summons against Oalvin foe recovery of the money stolen from Mr Cutler. His Worship said, after looking into authorities and carefully considering the matter, he mn*t decline to grant the summons applied for, at he thought it was a case for the Supreme Court to deal with. Dr Foster said he world ' probably apply fora ssoadosnt* requiring hie Worship to grant the summons. Thb Attckxahd Football Tbah. — A special telegram, in a Wellington paper, says t — " The Auokland football team is preparing for the contest with Canterbury, but owing to the Waikato and Thames representafavee being unable to come to town for practice, it is feared the team will be in bad trim." If this is true, oar team may have an easier task than they reckoned upon. We have, as yet, seen no fist of Nelson, Taranaki, or Wellington players published, and can consequently form no estimate as to the strength of these teams. What Dobs it Mbax P— On the Addington road, where it branches off by the railway orossing, is a board announcing "that this footpath having been proclaimed, persons are cautioned against trespassing on the same." It is signed by the Secretary of the Spreydon Road Board. A little farther along the same road is another notice of a similar character. Now, seeing that the footpath in question is the public footpath of a great trunk road, we again ask, what does it mean ? It may certainly convey some covert meaning, but* unless the explanation Is contained in a footnote, it certainly seems a strange anomaly that people should be warned against trespassing upon a public thoroughfare. Thb AsTXtrH. — Mr H.F. Towle and several members of the Lydia Howarde Troupe, yesterday, visited the Asylum by special invitation. Mr Towle > played a number of Anthems and selected gems from several oratorios upon the very fine organ belonging to ibis institution. He showed himself to be an organist of great ability and skill, and bis | rendering of the various pieces of harmony proclaimed the thorough musician. An Anthem of his own composition "Salvation to our God," showed his facility as a composer and his great command over the instrument, bat, as Mr Towle was for several years organist of St Francis Church, Melbourne, the latter it no more than might be expected. Some of the company sung the "Hallelujah Chorus "and other pieces of sacred composition. Those present evidently highly enjoyed MrTowle's performance.

The Latest Colonial Bbochttcb. — We (Wellington paper) hare received from Sir Dufcton a copy o£ " a burlesque poem, entitled Jcwlias Bex and Men of hit Time," which it intended to be a sort of satire on " the great Julias" and his followers. The conception is not a bad one, but the poet, who is somelunatic in Poverty Bay, has failed miserably in. its execution. The poetry is Tile doggrel, uarolioved by any flashes of wit or humour. The poem closes by describing a free fight in the House, in which while B&ft is knocking down Yogel, and M«Lean is detnoluhin* Grey, a terrific earthquake ocean, and New Zealand is submerged undor the wares of the Pacific, drowning the whole lot of senators, tare Togel, who escaped in a boat, and is ultimately rescued by the deities, who carry him beyond the skies. , After & Ciai, New Zealand again icomes to the surface as ft brand new country, {cleared of all Us twenty millions of debt. This i| a plot with a vengeance ! Is there no lunatic asylum at Poverty Bay where it« author jcbUd be" taken care of P The broohure h printed ftbPorerty Bay.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Star, Issue 2629, 28 August 1876

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Star, Issue 2629, 28 August 1876

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