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English Maix.— The outward mail via San FranciscOj closes to-day at 1 p.m. Sydexham Wesletax Cur/Ecu.— Services will be conducted to-morrow morning by the Rev. J. S. Smaller, and in the evenincr bv Rev. H. Keast. b J Scandinavian Service. — The Ecv J. S. Smalley and J. Jacobsen (from Victoria) will conduct religious service at the Durham street Wesleyan Church on Sunday afternoon at 3.30. Special Gbain Trade. — In consequence of the accumulation of grain yesterday at the stations on the Malvern branch line, a special train of 40 waggons wa3 brought uito Christchurch from Kolleston, shortly before midnight. ./The Hospital Medical Staff.— lt was /•umoured in town this afternoon that at a 'meeting of the medical staff to-day, called hurriedly to consider a telegram received from the Government, it was unanimously resolved to resign in a body. i. Sheep by Railway. — A consignment of 1000 lambs for Sir Gardiner, Riverton, will leave Ashburton at half -past six this evening by special train. The train will travel all night, stopping only to take in water, and will reach Invercargill on Sunday afternoon. Assessment Court. — As Mr Mellish was compelled to leave Christchurch this morning in connection with his multifarious magisterial duties, the sitting of the Assessment Court had to be postponed until a future day. The date of the next sitting of the Court will be duly notified. Annual Volunteer Inspection. — The inspection of Canterbury companies by Major Withers, Volunteer Inspector for New Zealand, will commence next week. On Monday No. 5 Kaiapoi Rilles will be inspected ; on Tuesday E Battery, Christchurch ; Wednesday, High School* Cadets ; Thursday, City Guards ; Friday, Engineers. All the above inspections will be held at 7.30 p.m. On Friday, March 7, the C.Y. Cavalry (mounted) will be inspected at 5 p.m. Bible Christians. — This denomination having to leave the German Church building on account of the resumption of service there, will open worship to-morrow in the Templar Hall, Worcester street. The services will be in connection with tyife Sunday school. There will be a sermon at 11 a.m., at 2.30 there will be a children's service to consist in recitations and an address ; at 6.30 the Rev. J. S. Smalley will preach. The public are respectfully asked to attend. Railway Wobking Tiurc Table. — A neatly arranged working time table of passenger and goods traffic on the Middle Island railway lines has been issued from the Commissioner's office. The table is intended " for the guidance and exclusive use of officers and servants." The various instructions and rules are laid down in a cconcise form, can be easily understood by any subordinate, and the required information obtained at a glance. The table came into working operation to-day. Fire in Poht.— At 11.15 last night the fire-bell in Lyttelton rang out an alarm, and a fierce glare of light was seen on the reclaimed land near the gasworks. On reaching the spot it was found that Mr 5. Rigg's workshop, boatshed, &c, were on fire, and that the fire had at once obtained such a hold on the building that it was utterly impossible to save it. The Brigade were at the scene of the fire with their accustomed alacrity, and a. powerful stream of water was directed on to the burning mass. The shed, which was situated about 120 feet from the Gas Works, was very speedily burned down, only a few tools being saved. The origin of the fire is unknown ; three or four seamen passed the shed about two or three minutes before the fire broke out, and when they had reached the base of the Gladstone pier their attention was attracted by a burst of flame from the shed. They state that when they passed the shed there was no eign of any fire there. Constable Moutray, who was standing at the end of Oxford street, had his attention attracted by the glare of light, and on reaching the shed, ho opened the back door and found that the fire had commenced in the centre of the shed inside, and had taken a strong hold of the building. Captain Clarke, of the p.s. Lyttelton, had the steam fire-engine on board that vessel in readiness, but his services were not required. Mr Rigg was insured in the New Zealand Insurance Co. for £100. ! Presentation.— The ladies of St. Andrew's Church have presented the Rev Charles Eraser with a handsome new silk pulpit gown. It was forwarded from the establishment of Messrs Strange and Co., accompanied with a note expressing the wishes of the donors that Mr Fraser might enjoy health to wear it as he had worn his first one. Accidents. — Two persons met with accidents to their hands in Port yesterday. The first was Captain Johnson, of the ketch Alice Jane, who was compelled to have a finger amputateu*by Dr Bennet j and the other was a man mimed Charles engaged at Messrs Hawkins and Co.'s works. Ho was also taken to Dr Bennett where his hand was attended to.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Star, Issue 3398, 1 March 1879

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Star, Issue 3398, 1 March 1879