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LOCAL AND GENERAL.

Sydbnham Litbbaby and Debating Club. — The usual weekly meeting will be held to-morrow evening in the Colombo road Bohool. The Wotf_Dßß3?u_& Fish.— Dr Von Haaat desires us to contradict the statement that he had been unable to asßign a name to the fish ref erred' j to in a paragraph last night, The fish is the Alopeas Vutpes, (Anglice the Thresher, or Fox fish), and there is a larger specimen in the Museum. - Thb New Govbbnment Buildings.-— The foundation stone .of the new Government Buildings, Cathedral Square, was laid shortly after noon to-day by the Hon E. Richardson. There waa by no means a large attendance of citizens, and the proceedings throughout

showed that there had been no programme of auy kind arranged beforehand. After the operation of laying the stone had been concluded, Mr Richardson ascended the platform, and spoke at some length on the action of the Government in relation to these buildings and said the building would have been commenoed Jong ago but for the local differences of opinion as to which waß the beßt site. At the conclusion of his speech he called for threo oheers for the Queen, which were heartily given. Hia Worship the Mayor then addressed those present, and eaid^it was very much to be regretted that the buildings about to be erected did not include a Resident Magistrate's Court, aB the present hall where justice was dispensed was unworthy of the name, and was a disgrace to the oity. No one else coming forward to speak, the people dispersed. Among those present were hia Lordship the Primate, tho Yen Arohdeaoon Willock, the Revs Charles Fraßerand E. Penny, W. Rolleston (M.H.R.), Wm. Montgomery (M.H.R ), E. C. J. Stevens (M.H.8.), and a number of gentlemen oonneoted with the various publio bodies of Christchurch. The proceedings throughout were unusually tame. Thb Queen's Birthday in Pobt.— Last evening instructions were received in Lyttelton that the work on wharves &c, would be gone on with aa usual to-day. Football. — A match was played on Cranmer square yesterday afternoon between the West Ohristohuroh and Normal schools. Brock, the captain of tho former, kicked off at 3.16, the first epell resulting in his sido scoring four pointß. When time was called at 5 spm. the game stood — West Chriatchuroh, one goal (kicked by Rankin) and 6£ points. For the West, the forward play of Brien, Pole, and Simmonds waß exceedingly good. Chbistoiiubch Literaby and Debating Society. — The usual fortnightly meeting of this Society was held on Tuesday evening, at Gee's Rooms ; Mr W. J. Bull in the chair. There was a good attendance, and it waa resolved that the subjeot for the next debate on June 5 should be fche "Eastern Question." The meeting was brought to a close by some very enjoyable readings and recitations by various members of the Society. Volunteees. — Inspection parade was held laat evening at the drill shed, the corps represented being the Christehuroh Artillery, under the command of Captain Craig, Lieutenants Stansell and Strange being also present; the Engineers, under Lieutenant Anderson ; the City Guards, under Captan Hawkes ; and the High Sohool Cadets, under Oaptain Johnson. The Cavalry Band was also present, and by the performance of a capital selection of music, rendered the proceedings very agreeable. The work of inspection was conduoted by Major Lean, who found the arms and accoutrements of the different corpß in a very satisfactory condition. A large number of movements were executed with a fair amount of steadiness and precision, and at the request of Mojor Lean, Captain Hawkes put the men through the manual exercises. These were exceedingly woll dono, and served to show that with a large number of those present, there had been great attention paid to this part of their duty. An unusally large number of people assembled to witnesa the proceedings.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Star, Issue 2852, 24 May 1877

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Star, Issue 2852, 24 May 1877

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