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LOCAL AND GENERAL.

Revision Court. — The sitting of the Revision Court to revise tho rolls for tho Avon, Heathcote, and Lincoln districts appointod for to-day waa adjourned until Juno 10, owing to tho illness of Mr Mellish. Imported Pigeons. — Two pairs of splendid pigeons have juet been received by Mr J. Goodman, per the Ringarooma, and to judge from the particulars with which ho has been furnished, his venture should secure him high honours at forthcoming shows. The moat valuablo pair are red chequers. These birds wero imported from Antwerp, and at shows in Melbourne and Ballarat fchoy woro awarded the highest prizes. Mr Goodman has received them in first-rate condition.

I The other birds are silver dun«, and are alao of a high class. CnBTSTCIIUBCH BENEVOLENT SOCIETY.— A fully attended meeting of the Committee was held this morning in the Old Poefc Oflice building, the Mayor in the chair. Reports were submitted by tho sub-committees of persons requiring relief which had come under their knowledge as tho result of enquiries made by them. A number of suggestions for the working of the Society were discussed, and the details arranged, and a sub committee was appointed to make arrangements for fche reception and distribution of food. A number of applications were received for the situations of caretaker and cook, and Mr and Mrs Foster were appointed. Letters were opened containing offers of donations of all kinds, among the rest an anonymous donor kindly offered to send in 50 tons potatoes and 50 tons coal. Before adjourning tho Committee disposed of a good deal of detail work. Ifc may bo added that the iuside of the Old Post Office building has been suitably alterod, and thoroughly cleaned and whitewashed. Flooring has been laid down in tho main apartment, with brickwork in the centre to support fche large cooking range which will be used. A counter lias also been erected for fche distribution of the food, and for the accommodation of thoeo who may desire to take it on the premises, a counter runs along the whole length of tho old recei vi g department. Donations of food, clothing, &c, will be received afc the building on and after to-morrow. Ranoioba Litebakt Institute. — The ordinary monthly meeting of this institute was held on Tuesday evening, at which there were seven members present. The business transacted was purely of a routine character. There were no notices of motion tendered for tho annual meeting on Tuesday next. Education Boabd.— A meeting of the Education Board was held yesterday afternoon, and a large amount of business was transacted. Ifc was incidentally mentioned thafc the Board wbb in communication with the Government; on the subject recently raised, as to the status of pupil teachers at the expiration of their term. The Late W. H. Hankins.— At the inquest held yesterday on the body of W. H. Hankins, the jockey who met with a severe accident afc the late Steeplechase meeting, a verdict of " Accidental Death" was returned. The medical evidence showed that the base of the skull had been fractured. Especial care had been taken by Dr Davies, house surgeon afc the Hospital, with this case. On Sunday he called a cocsultation of the visiting surgeons, and later when ifc was found that light and sound were annoying to the patient, he had him removed fco a darkened room away from all noise. For some days past, however, it was felt thafc fcho case was a hopeless one. Oub Local Industbies.— We are glad to find thafc the idea noted in our issue of Wednesday, in connection with fcho Association for Fostering and Encouraging Local Industries and Productions, has now assumed a definite form. At a meeting held last evening it was resolved to hold an exhibition of local manufactures and productions during fche month of Auguat next, the exacb date to be hereafter fixed. A Committee was formed to carry oufc the object in view ; and there can be no doubt that such an exhibition will be secured as will be creditable to the Colony, and of greafc practical importance as indicating our present position in tho arts and manufactures. Attempted Suicide. — A man named George Smith was brought into the Hospital yesterday afternoon from Rolleston Junction, where he had attempted to out his throat with a razor. The wound was a fearful one, extending deeply across the throat, but, singular to say, the windpipe had not beon cut, or a main arfcery Bevered. The man's body was covered with blood, and his clothes also saturated with it. In tlie state tho man was in, very little could bo learnt from him beyond the circumstance that he had been drinking, and also thafc he has a family living at Napier. Afc a lato hour lasfc nighfc he was doing as woll aB could be expected, bufc his condition was considered very critical. PniLOsopnicAL Institute.— An ordinary meeting of members of the Canterbury Philosophical Institute was held lasfc evening, ht the Public Library, the President, Mr E. Dobson, occupying the chair. There was a good attendance of membera. Papers were read by Professor Button " On the orthoptera of New Zealand," by Mr W. M. Maskell in connection with meteorological stations, and by Professor Bickerton "On problems connocted with cosmical impact," and "Ou partial impact." The two last-mentioned papers produced a lively discussion. Several new members were elected. A resolution moved by Mr Maskell was carried, to the effect that a condensed report of the proceedings of the Institute should be taken, so that they might be included in the transactions of societies affiliated to the New Zealand Institute. The Froliques. — Considering the inclement weather which prevailed yesterday, this talented company secured a good share of patronage lasfc evening, and as a matter of courso they won liberal applause. This afternoon fche company generously give an entermenfc afc Sunnyside for the amusement of the inmates, and ifc is certain that their kindness will bo thoroughly appreciated. To-night another change of programme is to bo made, a fact which will no doubt attract a large audience j and on Tuesday, Messrs Reed and Gilbert, two of the most popular members of the company, are fco take a benefit. For that occasion a special programme — and an unusually full one — is being arrangod j bufc oven without such au inducement the gentlemen in question would be entitled to a hearty recognition of the intense amusement they have provided, and of the extreme good naturo with which they have always complied to the recalls of their audiences. Memorial to Bisnor- Selwtn. —In another column we print a letter addressed to the Dean of Chrisfcchurch, by tho Hon J. B. Gresson, on the subject of a memorial to the late Bishop Selwyn. That gentleman proposes to dedicate tho pulpit of the Cathedral to the memory of our revered Bishop, aud the project which has alroady received the assent of tho Cathedral Commission cannot be too warmly supported. Various proposals have already been put forth, but have all shared tho samo fate, through difference of opinion as to fche form tho memorial should take. Now is an opport unity of giving practical shape to thu expressed wish of the community, and that the projectors are heartily in earnest may be gathered from the fact that nearly a third of the estimated cosfc has already been subscribed. The names of gentlemen who will receive further donations will be found appended to Mr Gresson's letter, and we hopo to bo able to announce in a short time that the requisite amount, whicli is put at £300 to £500, haa been subscribed. The Papajjui Tba mwat. - The official inspection of this tramway was made yesterday at 3 p.m., two cars full of excursionists (one containing Mr Austin, Government Inspector, tlie Diiectors, Works Committeo, and some other members of the City Council) started from Cathedral squaro and ran to St. Albans and back. Tho tram ran smoothly each way, but on the run back a detention of a couplo of minutes was caused through the points at the Whately road side line being pulled over the wrong side. Tlie Inspector expressed himself perfectly satisfied with the mannf r in which the line had been laid. The running timo each way is estimated at 12 minutes, and on Saturday morning the cars will commence their regular trips to and from St Albans. Tho first tram will start from Cathedral square at 7.30 a.m., running every half hour. Tlie first return from St Albans will leavo there at 7 45 a.m., starting afterwards every half hour from tha!, time. Theater Rotal. — Byron's fine comedy " Blow for Blow," was repeated lust night at the Theatre Royal, and went smoothly throughout. Mr Hydes -vas again successful as Charley Sprnggs, nnd Mr Alexander's representation of John Drum ir ond was a marked improvement on fcho previous evening. Miss Lizzie Morgan recoived a well deserved recall beforo fche cuitain for her declamation at the close of fcho firsfc act. In our provious noiice of this drama we inadvertently omit'ed to mention tlie Lady Ethel Linden, as presented by Miss Madge Herrick. Iv her conception of tho character, this improving young octrees has never yet appeared fco such advantage, and her transition from the guy sprightly Baronet's wifo to tho saddoned, yet trustful, woman, wliobo love is Btill stronger than her supposed wrongs, was a very clever piece of ucting. Miss Lizzio Laurence, as Kitty Wobbler, in the prologue, afterwards raised to the dignity of Miss Wobbler, tho milliner in the drama, waa really good, her natural by -play with Charley Spraggs, at tho lea tabic, creating considerable amusemonfc. The play will be repeated to-night for tho last time, and iB certainly one of tho most attractive pieces put on tho stago horo for some time.

of Gbain.— On Wednesday and 1/mrday there wero carried over the Christchurch section 17,708 bags grain. The number of baas on hand la*t „ight atthe various stations amounted to 7735. • Runaway. — A hor-e and biiygv belonging to Mr Mullen, of the Junction Hotel, standing in Wilson, Sawlfll, and Co.'s yard this morning, holted int. and up Uigh streefc, turning along Lioh fu- Id Mreet, and capsized opposite tho Firo Brigade- station, -at which place the bingy came into vioient contact with the kerbing. The trap w»s completely smashed, the horso eventually kicked himself free, and made in the direction of home. Tllnesß of Mk MniLisn.-- Mr G. L. Mellish, RM., is confined to Id's bed with bronchitis, tlie result of a severe cold con* traoted in the discharge of his Magisterial duties. The only wonder is thut all the officers who have to do- duty in thut draughtinviting rabbit warren, yclept the Resident Magistrate's Court, have rot been Md up with some serious affection lon« hefore this. Burnt IN Efpigft.— YestftHay'B Timaru Herald says :— Tho pent-up feelings of indignation against Mr Blackett, inconsequence of his extraordinary report in regn:-d to the Timaru Breakwater, found a certain vo;ifc yesterday evening, when a crowd of people, numbering some tiund.e is. assembled to burn him in eliigy. The figure, iig»ed ost forth* occasion, wus first paraded through tho main • streets, the crowd hoofing and hissing it all the way. After this uncomplcmentary antf humiliating treatment had boui indulged in for fully an hour, the representative of the obnoxious gentleman was taken to the outer end of the breakwater; where, amidst renewed aud unmistakable tokens of contempt, it wa» - blown up in the most, approved style, and its remain." scattered broadcast over the surface of the bay, a fervent hope being expressed thafc the relics might there rest in peaco. Mad Doo for Dinn ph. — Never was the - ancient alagn "there is no accounting for tastes," moro quaintly illustrated than by a surprising story which reached us trom Neustadfc, in Kobe aia. One Peschka, an innkeeper of thafc town, was bitten Borne weeks ago by his own house-dog. Unwilling to slay the animal on bare suspicion of itssmity, he consigned ib to tho town gravediggor, enjoining ■ that functionary to take aire of "ir, until furthor orders respecting its ultimate fate should bo imparted to him. A few days later, however, Peeohka was attacked by ' hydrophobia, of which horrible malady he died in excruciating agony. The sanitary authorities of Neustudt forthwith applied to the graved iggtr ier the • mad dog committed to his custody, in: ending to have ifc destroyed. Their astonishment ■ may be moro readily conceived thun described when the sexton, in answer to their requisition, calmly observed, "Tho mad dog? I have caton him!" "You have eaten the • mad dog?" incredulously exclaimed a horror-strioken sanitary officiul. " Better that tban he should cat me ! " rejoined fche philosophical grave-digger. It would appear nofc onlj thafc this man of strange appetites had swallowed and digested the rabid animal, bufc that it had agreed wifch him ; for, as the story runp, he is still in the enjoyment of robust he jlfch, and pursues- his professional avocations with unabatod vigour.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Star, Issue 3787, 4 June 1880

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