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The Star. THURSDAY, APRIL 17, 1879.

/ Gbain at Stations. — Last evening, thero fwero carried 33,000 bags of grain at tho [various stations on tho Christchurch Bcction. During tho day 6000 bags had been carried into Christchurch, and 6000 into Timaru. The largest lots were at fcho following stations : — Ashburton 2000 bags, Chertßey 1200, Hornby Junction 1000, Makikihi, 1900, Otaio 1400, Pleasant Point 1600, Rakaia 2400, Itangitata South 1000, Selwyn 1000, Waiho 1000, Waimate 1600, Waimate Junction 1100, Waitaki North 1100, Winchester 1250.

The Abbon Cask.— Tho hearing of the charge of arson against ißidor Schwartz was abruptly brought to a close this morning, without tho dof once being entered upon, Mr Joynt having succeeded in showing that fcho first count of tho indictment was bad, and that the otherß wero not sustained by tho evidence. A report of the proceedings appears else whore.

I His Excellency's Visit to CnniSTcnunOH. — His Woraliip tho Mayor telegraphed the Hon J. T. Fisher this morning to learn whether His Excellency the Governor will accept an invitation to a Mayoral banquet during his visit to Christchurch. Ifc is nofc unlikely from a second telegram aont by tho Mayor in reply to tho Hon Poßt-mastor-Gencral, that His Excellency will reside at the Terminus Hotel during his stay here.

f Kaitangata Relief Fund.t— ln compliianco with tho resolution of tho Feto Commit'tce, carried unanimously at tho meeting held la>t night, his Worship tho Mayor, as Chairman, and Mr W. Pratt, as Treasurer, forwarded a draft this morning for £705 14s to the Dunedin Committee. A balance of £15 9s on tho Mayor's list, received from tho miners and residents of South Malvern, was also forwarded.

The Engines ex Piako. — The two engineß ex Piako have turned out not to bo aa much damaged as expected, and aro now boing erected in the railway workshops. It is satisfactory to know, now thafc engine power is so much wanted on tho linos, thafc these ongines will bo ready for running in about ten days.

The 0. Y. C— Sergeant Lewis, Drill Instructor to the Cantorbury Yeomanry Cavalry, was suspended yeßterday by the officer commanding the district, in connection with tho telegram referred to by Captain Strouts at (Saturday night's meeting. Sergeant Lewis has since sent in his resignation.

Thk Gebaldinb Rbsbbye.— One of the conditions of lease of the reserve decided on by the Oifcy Fathers is slightly unique. It provides " that the wholo of the boundary fence shall be a legal fence, planted and in good growing condition.

Thk Commissioneb or Railways.— Mr Conyers is now quite recovered, and yesterday resumed the duties of Commissioner of Railways for the Middle Island.

AMBBIOAN WAB DlOßAMA.— There was a good attendance last evening at the Gaiety, fche various representations of tho American War meeting with as much approval from the audience aB on the previous nights. The entertainment olosed with a distribution of gift*.

Gbbaldine County Council — Mr G. F. Clulee has been elected to fill the vacancy in this Council caused by the resignation of Mr Ostler.

Inquest. — An inquest was held at the Hospital yesterday upon the body of George Fennel, whose foot was recently crushed at Rangiora by a railway truck passing over it, and who died on Tuesday in consequence of the accident. A verdict of " Accidental dgath " was returned. JfjUBYMEN Fined.— Two jurymen who had fteen summoned to attend the Supreme Court j-5-esterday, did nofc appear when called, and Siad fines of 40a each recorded against them, Sinless they shew cause. Their names are fWilliam Allen, labourer, of Kingstown, and §Toseph Morell, labourer, of fche South town belt. / Banquet to the Goveenob.— The Mayor /has intimated his intention to get up a ' banquet to the Governor upon his arrival in Christchurch, to be held at the Terminus Hotel. A Committee of the City Council has been appointed to prepare an address, a rough draught of which has already been drawn up by the Mayor.

*. Ashbubton County Council — Two nominations for the vacant seat in fchis Council, by the resignation of Mr J. Cathcart Wason, were received by the returning officer yesterday at Barr Hill. Messrs Julian Jackson and John Holmes are tho two gentlemen nominated for the seat, and tho election will take place on April 23.

The Pboposed Extba Race-day.— A full meeting of the Committee of the Canterbury Jockey Club was held yesterday afternoon, to consider the practicability of holdinga race day during the Governor's projected visit to Christchurch. The chair was occupied by Mr H. P. Lance, and after consideration ifc was deemed inadvisable to hold a special race meeting bo late in tho season.

Champagne Stakes, 1880,— The Champagne Stakes for next Autumn Meeting closed last night with 25 nominations. Of tho Canterbury sires, Castaway heads the list with seven youngsters, Daniel O'Rourke coming next with four, Traducer three, Albany two, and old Knottingly one. The nominations this year include another Traducer — Idalia colt. The entries appear elsewhere.

Theatee Royal.— There was a moderately good house afc this theatre last night, when " The Merchant of Venice " was repeated with the same cast as on its previous performance. The audience were as liberal as usual in their applause, being evidently delighted with the excellent acting of the principal dramatis persona. To-night " Hamlet" will be repeated for the last time by this company.

The Nobth Cantebbuby Races. — These races take place to-day on fche Rangiora Racecourse, at noon. There are nine events on the programme, which is tho most liberal yet offered by the Club, and, judging by the horses entered, there is every chance of a good day's sport. The weather during the past few days haa been remarkably favourable for the running ground. An excellent race card has beon prepared, after the Btylc of thoso ÜBed by tho C. J.C.

Clothing Wanted. — Afc yesterday's meeting of the Hospital and Charitable Aid Board the Chairman stated that contributions of left-off clothing, for the benefit of the inmates of tho Old Men's Home, would be thankfully received. There are doubtless many of our readers who will be glad to aid in the direction indicated, and any parcels of clothing they may desire to contribute, will bo taken charge of by Mr J. E. March, Immigration Officer.

l Oun New Decade. — The City Council liavo determined to purchase a copy of a new /work bearing the above title, to be published •in Melbourne next year, and edited by Mr ' Garnet Walch. Tho book is to be descriptive of the rise, progress, and present condition of tho Colony of Victoria. The Mayor hinted that this book would be a valuable volume for the library which might be established when the new Town Hall was erected.

I.O.G.T.— The Right Step Lodge, Rangiora, held an open meeting on Tuesday evening, afc which there was a large attendance. The programme submitted comprised songs by Mesdames Isherwood, Douglas, and Watson ; duets by Mrs Douglas and Rev W. Cannel, and by Mesdames Isherwood and Douglas ; recitations by Mra Taylor and Masters Sinclair and Ivory ; and two readings each by Rev W. Cannel and Mr Jas. Thompson, D.D., who occupied the chair on the occasion, in the absence of W.C.T. Mr Peter Keir. Mrs Cannel presided at fche piano, and fche entertainment passed off most harmoniously.

Sudden Death. — A man named Frederick Hillrey, aged about 35 years, suddenly dropped down dead yesterday aboufc halfpast 2 o'clock whilst at work for the Corporation aa a channel sweeper in St. Asaph street, near the Southern Hotel. Tho man waa well known to be aubject to fits, and in consequence of his infirmity ho had found a difficulty in obtaining employment. Mr Hobbß, the City Inspector, however, gavo him work aa a sweeper, partly out of consideration for thiß circumstance. Tho deceased leaves a wifo and four children in very unfortunate circumstances.

TnE Stewabt Family. — This talented family had an excellent attendance again last evening to witness the reproduction of " If." Tho entertainment went well throughout. Miss Docy Stewart was loudly applauded for hor rendering of tho selections from "Lucia" and •' Lucrezia." In the laughing aong Miss Nelly was particularly successful, and Miss Maggie shared the favourd with her sister in the terpischorean duet, "She's just too sweet to live." As to-morrow will bo the last appearance of thoßO clever artistes here, those who desire a treat should not miss the opportunity of hearing them.

Autumn Meeting Settling. — Tho settling on fcho Autumn Meefcing took place laßt evening, afc tho C.J.C. rooms, Commercial Hotel. The following amounts were paid over to the winners : — Mr G. Eraser, Autumn Handicap and first and second Easter Handicap, £592 4s ; Mr E. G. Griffiths, Champagne Stakes, £290 14s ; Mr W. F. Noilson, Epsom and Flying Stakes, £278 12s ; Mr V. Butler, Steeplechase, £137 15s ; Mr R. Vallance, Selling Race, £99 15a; Mr J. W. Mallock, Free Handicap, £80 15s ; Mr H. Goodman, Consolation Handicap, £47 10a ; Hon W. Robinson, second Great Autumn Handicap, £25 j Mr Rowo, Hack Race, £10 : total. £1562 sa.

/ Highway Robbery tjy Lads. — A doli'bcrate case of highway robbery, perpetrated by three lads, occurred last night. Mrs Taylor, of Madras street north, took her littlo boy down to the Gaiety Theatre to boo

Rayner's diorama, leaving him thero in charge of a lad named Nichols, whom slio knew. Mra Taylor's littlo boy won one of tlio leading prizes, a tea service, and whon ho came out of tho Theatre ho wished his companion good night, and started for homo. In going through tho righfc-of-way into Gloucester street, he was Bet upon by three ladß, tho oldest of whom appeared to bo about 15. They knocked out of his hands the articles ho waß carrying, and made off wifch thcra, running in tho direction of Cathedral square. The offenders were noticed in fche Theatre, and evidently when they saw tho prize awarded, mado up their minds to secure the articles. Tho matter is being placed in tlio hands of the police, and doubtlesß tho offenders will be speedily dealt; with according to their deserts.

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