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LOCAL AND GENERAL.

■■♦- An Unsatisfactory Election. — Very great surprise is being expressed to-day, at the results shown by the election of City Auditors, which took place on Saturday. Out of some 3000 ratepayers, only about 200 voted, and a mistake was made in allowing plurality of voting in the earlier part of the day. In connection with this irregularity, Mr T. B. Craig, as one of the candidatesj intends, taking steps to test the validity of the election. Larrikinism.— Whilst the family: of a respectable citizen residing in Armagh street east were at dinner to-day, a stone, weighing about a pound and a-half was thrown with great violence at his cottage. It came in contact with a large tub filled with water, which was standing on a bench, and knocked it into at least as many pieces as it had staves. Had it struck any living creature the blow would certainly have proved fatal. There are a lot of boys residing in the neighbourhood very partial to stone-throwing. A strict watch will be kept upon them in future, and the attention of the police is directed to the neighbourhood. Bible Christians. — Tliis denomination held their first services in the German Church, Montreal street, yesterday. Through the kindness and courtesy of Mr Thiel and the ringers, tho re-opening of the church was inaugurated with a peal of the bells. Two services were conducted by the Rev W.H. Keast, the attendance at night being large. Two good collections were taken up. The harmonium was presided over by Mr Clark. As there are to be no seat rents, an appeal will be made every Sabbath for the necessary funds. A Sunday-school is held at half -past two p.m., at which the children of the neighbourhood are invited. The singers, of which Mr J. W. Reed is leader, meet for practice on Friday evenings. rVA Waif. — On Saturday afternoon, Mr jW. S. Walker, a gentleman residing in Cashel ptreet eaat, took to the Police Dep6t two portions of a bottle, the neck and shoulder, with cork firmly inserted, and the base, which he had picked up on the beach at New Brighton, at high water mark, a few chains north of the hotel. In the bottom of the bottle he noticed, a small piece of paper, evidently part of au envelope, naving on the one side, in .ink, " Church, Canterbury, New Zealand," and on the other, in pencil, " Ship Lurline, wrecked. All hands lost. Captn. CH." Death in the Hospital.— A man named James Flynn died in the Hospital at noon on Saturday. Deceased was employed at Jenkins* sawmill, and some three months since he received a blow on the head from a piece of wood, which flew from a circular saw. The effects of the blow were, it is stated, aggravated by a subsequent indulgence in stimulants, and on May 10 Flynn was received into the Hospital, where he died as stated above. An inquest was held this afternoon, before Dr Coward, the District Coroner, and a verdict of " Accidental Death " was returned. Missing Woman.— lt was reported to the police last night, that a married woman named Hanna Lestin, aged 27 years, had left her home on the South Bolt in the morning, about half -past eight o'clock, and- hud not since been heard of. Her husband was searching for her throughout the day, but without success ; he believes her to bo of unsound mind. She is of medium build, with dark •complexion and dark eyes, and when she left the house was wearing a white straw hat, bluo shawl, mauve coloured dress, and a red petticoat trimmed with black on the bottom. This morning it was ascertained the woman returned home between 11 and 12 o'clock last night. She stated that she had been some miles down the river. University Scholaeships. — The next examination for University Scholarships will tako place on Deo. 27. There will be ten senior, five -junior, and foui* third year scholarship.. Scandinavian Service. — Tho usual monthly Scandinavian service was held in tlie Durham street Wesleyan . Church, at four o'clock yesterday aftornoon, under the presidency of the Rev J. S. Smalley. The Provincial Council Chamber. — We hear that the Magistrate's Court is likely to be removed to the old Provincial Council Chamber. It is not unlikely that this Chamber will also be used for the purposes of a District Court. C.R.C. — Tho annual supper in connection with the Canterbury Rowing Club is to be hold at RadclinVs Hotel at half-past seven o'clock on Thursday evening, and the prizes will thon bo presented. As in former years these re-unions liave been of a very enjoyable nature, the gathering will probably bo a , numerous one.

The Suez Mail.— This mail wm despatched by the s.s. Arawata on Saturday. The Hon. Jno. Sheehan.— Tho Hon. tho Minister of Justice vieited the Gaol, Lyttelton, on Saturday, and left for Wellington in the s.s. Hinemoa that evening. Ltttelton Choral Society.— -The opeming of this Society will take placo at the Colonists' Hall, to-morrow evening. An excellent programme has been arranged, and a very pleasant evening may be expected. | The Eight Crossing Sweepers. — The (eight crossing sweepers who hay© served thi* City so long, finally laid down their brooms on Saturday night, having received their discharge from the City Council. Three of them have got other employment, and the remaining five for the present join in the Gardeners' chorus. Duties of a Native Minister.— A good story comes to us of the idea which, at least one of the Maoris of this island entertains "on this subject. The individual, in, question being thirsty sent a telegram to the Minister complaining that a certain Boniface was withholding from him a pint of beer. He took the precaution to mark the telegram ; " collect." 5 The Peice of Land.— Messrs Hf Matson and Co. sold by auction at Doyleston on Friday a farm of 50 acres, on which .there were very little in the way of improvements. The sum realised was £28 5s per acre, cash, which shows the value of agricultural land in Canterbury. On Saturday they sold lotß 12, 13,14, and 15, close to the public school on the Richmond road for £50 each, and lot 10, ahd part of 11 (with five roomed house) in the same locality for £245. **• Change at Public Library. — Mr John Watts who has been caretaker and assistant librarian at the Public Library for the last 18 months, and who has made himself many friends by the efficient and obliging manner ill which he has-performed his duties, is about to leave that institution. Many who appreci* ate Mr Watt's knowledge of both circulating and reference departments -will be glad to bear that he has received the appointment of House Steward of the Hospital. f Collision op Ironclads in the English {Channel.— News of a great disaster- reaches . |us by cable. Three German, ironclads on their way to the Mediterranean , came into collision in the English Channel ; one is ' said to have been sunk, and the others are de* scribed as in a sinking condition. The loss. of . lives, according to one telegram, is 382;' aie* ; cording to another great, but/ not definitely known. If these monsters are so terrible in • peace, what ought they not to accomplish in ' war? - .--"' Shooting Pheasants.— The Secretary of the Acclimatisation Society, in pursuance of the resolution passed at last meeting .of the Acclimatisation 'Society," communicated' irith the Government regarding the ; pbint that- %he proclamation did not' clearly express that cock pheasants only were to ,be. shot. 11l reply, Mr Farr has received a letter frofii the Government covering another proclamation to the effect that cock pheasants ohly, are to be shot in Canterbury. " Carving a Bobby." — Ihe ■ Cathedral ■ Bquare fracas pn Friday '.afternoon was im* inortaiised in song at , tne Theatre Bo^al oil Saturday evening.., Amid shouts of laughter, .Mr Walter Hill told ;his audience how a certain civihanjthirstingforihartialsplißndour and glory— . ' : y''y' i: Turned dragoon, drew but his sword sd nobby, A nd, at the very first, charge, was fined 4o bob For trying to earvejip a bobby. The metre might be shaky,' but the idea wea evidently good, for the shouts of laughter could not be stopped for several' minutes; ' United Methodist Free Church. — The anniversary services of the United Methodist Free Church were held in the church, ; St. Asaph street, yesterday. The Rev S. Macfarlane preached in the morning at eleven. f In the afternoon a service took, place, at which addresses were delivered by the Rev. J. Keast to supporters of Sunday schools ; the Rev. J. Whito to parents of children in regard to sending their children tb Sunday schools ; and by tho Rev. Mr Hodgson to children. , In the evening the Rev. J. White preached on the text from Proverbs :■—" Train up a child in the way he should go." There were numerous attendances at the several services. The Australian Cricketees i at Home.— The Australian team met Eleven of Yorkshire) perhaps the second strongest Cojihty ifi England, at Huddersfield, on Thursa_cyj 'ahd disposed of them all in the first-innings for 72. They then proceeded to give them ~a taste of their quality with the bat, and when the stumps were drawn for the day had put together 87 with the loss of four wicketa only. Friday's p!ay increased their score to 118 before the last wicket fell, leaving .them with 46 to the good. Their opponents only Succeeded in making 83 in their next innings, but as the Australians lost two wickets, and pre* sumably two good ones, for five runs it is just possible that the Yorksbiremen may yet make a close thing of it. Election of City Auditors. — The elec* tion for city auditors took place on Saturday* 1 and resulted : — Henderson, 85 ; Alport, 63 j Craig, 57 ; Burnell, 51. Messrs Henderaoll and Alport were accordingly declared to ,b« • elected. Only about 200 voted, being a very 1 shght proportion of the large constituency of the city. Mr Alport thanked the electors for having elected him, and expressed his 6ur* prise that so few of the electors voted. Up to twelve o'clock votes were received On the principle of plurality, but after that time single votes only were recorded. As the plural votes were disallowed when the calcu* lation s were made up, no hitch occurred on this score. Messrs Alport and Craig have been auditors for the city for the past ten years. Children's Service.— The Becond of a series of special services for children was held in the Oddfellows' HaU at three o'clock on Saturday afternoon. These services, which are to be continued at varying intervals during the winter months, are arranged by the United Evangelistic Committee, one of whose objects is to counteract that which is by some people considered to be an evil in the present secular system of education. Notices of the services are sent to the various day schools in the district, and verbal intimation is also made in the Sunday schools. On Saturday some 250 children assembled, Mr J. P. Jameson presiding^ and Buitable addresses were given, the ministers present being the Revs C. Dallaston, Keast, White, and Eisher. (The Moody and Sankey hymnal was used. . Inquest. — Aninquest was heldat the Albion Hotel, Lyttelton, on Saturday, before J. W. S. Coward, Esq., Coroner, on the body of William Loder, infant son of James Loder, Dublin street, Lyttelton. The evidence showed that the child, who was four months old, was sleeping in the same bed as its parents on Thursday night, and that when they woke next morning they found the child dead lying on the pillow. Dr Macdonald stated that he had made a bpost-morteni examination of the body, and gave his opinion that the child had evidently turned its head to the pillow and was suffocated. A verdict of " Accidental Death " was returned. The Coroner inflicted a fine of £1 each on two persons who were summoned to serve on the jury, as the police stated that they had considerable difficulty in getting porsons to serve on Coroner's juries. Wesleyan Sunday School, Lyttelton. — On Friday evening the teachers and committee of this school had a very pleasant gathering in their schoolroom, which haß lately been re-decorated. Each of the teachers and members of the committee invited a friend, and the members of the senior bible classes were also present, making the total number about ono hundred. The company sat down to tea at 6 p.m., and thorough justice was done to the good things provided. After tea an entertainment took place, the Rev. W. H. Beck occupying the chair. A capital programme of songs, readings, recitations, &c, together witii some flees excellently sung by Mr Bradley's choir, ad been arranged, and was much appreciated. Advantage was taken of the gathering to present Mrs Allen, the senior teacher, with a handsome fruit and egg stand, that lady having been connected with the school for tho past 24 years. Tho presentation was made by Mr J. S. Olliver and Mr E. C. Brown, both of whom testified to tho great services that Mrs Allen had rendered in the sohool, and expressed hopes that she woidd long continue to work in it. Voteß of thanks to the choir and tho chairman having been oarried, the Benediction was pronounced, aud tht ©YM-ing's entertainment came to ft clobp.

:'Mb Sheehan at the Kaiapoi Pah.— After our despatch left the meeting at the Kaiapoi Runauga house on Friday night, the Natives discussed the offer made to them by the Hon. Mr Sheehan, and agreed to tho appointment of. a Commission, the mombors of which are to be selected partly by the Natives and partly by the Government. This was in accordance with the suggestion made to them by Mr Sheehan that a Commission should be appointed to ascertain whether any promises made at the time the Middle Island purchase deeds were executed had not yet been flulfllled. The hon. gentleman intimated to the Natives that they would havo to discuss among themselves the subjects to be presented to the Commission, and that he thought ifc better these matters should be entirely settled by ll.rrns-lyes. In the morning Mr Sheehan visited tho school. An address in was read to him by one of the pupils. Songs were given, and one of the children officiated at the harmonium. Mr Sheehan and party left on Saturday afternoon. Theatbe Royal. — The sensational four act drama entitled " Worth a Struggle," proved to be one of the besfc Saturday nighfc pieces produced at the Theatre Royal for a considerable period. The plot hinges upon the villainy of Mr Nathaniel Scrawl, "a lawyer, who,is the business agent of a rich absentee named Benson. In Scrawl's employ is Benson's brother, and to this man s daughter Kato ' the absentee leaves a large fortune. Scrawl desires to marry Kate for her money, but she, ignorant of the wealth due to her, remains constant to Dick Hazard, another of Scrawl's clerks. To gain his ends Scrawl perpetrates various acts of rascality, but is eventually checkmated by Hazard. For a firat representation the play went exceedingly well, Mr T. Burton gave a fair delineation of the thankless parfc of Scrawl, while as Dick Hazard, genial and high spirited, Mr Graham was in nis element. Miss Tilly Andrews looked and acted well as Kate Benson, though she did not appear to such advantage in this as eh^has done in other characters. A large amount of humour was imparted by Mr Walter Hill as Tom Titmouse, a hanger-on of the office, and also by Mr J. P. Hydes as Mr Adolphus Fitzsnooks, star of the first magnitude at a transpontine theatre. Songs were introduced by the Misses Tilly Andrews and Nelly Daley, and by Mr Hill, all being warmly received.; " The Man about Town " formed the afterbiece, Mr J. P. Hydes appearing as Skirts. This evening Mr Charles Dillon is to make his first appearance as Belphegor. This g&tTeman has been for some months in Wel- . fington, where he has played around of pieces with varied Buccess. The Nelson Poet Railway.— The following telegram was received by Mr Sharp, M.H.R. for Nelson, from the Colonial Secreiiry' :-r^-"I regret about Port extension, but the q\testibn jb evidently misunderstood. The oji?yonime4t intend carrying on the work as BQQfi' as Jjoasible, bufc as the loan is not floated aha private information led the Government to>fear that, owing to the war excitement, there-might still be some delay, they resolved to' postpone undertaking any expenditure till the money was available. Beyond the recognised legal margin the Government have no means outside the terms of the Loan Acfc of raising money, and owing to the prolonged delay in raising the loan all the margin was exhasted, and no legitimate means were leffc to provide for about £160,000 of new contracts, for which tenders had been called in anticipation of the loan/ _ Since fchis Step was taken better news has-been received, and the loan seems more hopeful. Directly the agents can operate contracts will be completed, and the Nelson .work i Jwill be the very first. I fancy the question must be misunderstood, as no reasonable,.p6___bn[ could ask us to spend money we have-not got and cannot gefc except by breaking the law."/; \ V , ./SHE,PBEBS Aoency.— The New Zealander days:— As a political partisan the Press Agency correspondent at Alexandra is unequalled amongst the by no means generally neutral; employes of the Agency. His lnis/chief .making propensities and inventive -pQwersr are-great, and the wires afford him -means r fdr extensive operations. The telegram •from! him, published in another column, is a 'capital : specimen of his style : — " It is con-•B-dered.here" he writes, but he is careful not to, tell us who by, or by how many. We will endeavour to supply the deficiency, and say •that probably the " public opinion" relied on isi that of an individual named Reynolds, 'coupled wifch that of the correspondent, and .Jjret the opinion may, after all, be a singular one, j •ahd.may be taken for what it is worth. Ini -_ike:inanner we are told that "leading chiefs" .'Bayi'so and so, -but we are not told who the -heading chiefs are, nor to whom they have .unbosomed themselves. It is telegrams of fchis . . claßj. whioh have done so much mischief in i iihe past, ahd it is no doubt with the view of -doing more in the future fchafc they are dis-, vseminated. The Press Agency, however, ■should not allow itself to be used as a tool for tfsuch palpable and well understood purposes ,A 8 telegrams of this kind are evidently inctended to promote. The Press looks to the: Agency for facts, nofc opinions.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Star, Issue 3167, 3 June 1878

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