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Local & General.

+ A monument is to be erected over the grave of the late Mounted Constable Cartmill by his comrades in the police force and the inhabitants of the Malvern district, where he was stationed at the time of the accident which caused his death, and where he was generally liked and respected. The matinee at the Theatre Royal on Saturday was largely attended by j uveniles, who seemed much entertained by the comicalities of Webb's Marionettes. There was a fairly numerous audience at the evening performance, which went very well. To-night the Marionettes will appear for the first time at Ashburton. Our own correspondent writes from Chertsey : — A meeting of the Blue Ribbon Army, under the auspices of a party from Rakaia, was held in the schoolhouse on Friday evening. There was but a small attendance. Addresses on Temperance were given by Messrs Shepherd and M'Dowell, but not one in response donned the blue. Recitations by two lady visitors from Rakaia, and a few songs from a gentleman, served to enliven the rather dull proceedings. In the course of last' week, a remarkably sudden death took place at New Brighton. The deceased was Mr Gaskin, of the Sandhills farm, who had left his home, apparently in his usual health, and going about his business in one of his fields, when he was attacked by a fit of apoplexy, and never recovered consciousness. He was buried yesterday. According to a Press Association telegram, Mr J. D. Lance, M.H.R., addressed his constituents at Kaikoura on Friday night. He supported the present Ministry as true friends of the country, and Baid that their Harbour Bills alone deserved the thanks and confidence of the country, as a development of the West Coast coalfields. A vote of thanks and confidence was unanimously passed. Mr F. Back, Traffic Manager of the railway, has generously invited all members of the Christchurch and 1 visiting Fire Brigades, with the members of their families, to take a trip to the Waimakariri Gorge by the excursion train to-morrow. Mr Superintendent Turton desires to publicly thank Mr Back for his kind offer, which is much appreeiated-by the members of the various Brigades. The 21st annual meeting of the Acclimatisation Society, which was held on Saturday evening, was well attended. The Hon J. T. Peacock was re-elected Chairman. Several new members have joined, and, judging from the tone of the meeting, it would seem aa though the Society was going to take a new lease of life, and enter upon a more vigorous existence than lit has been leading for some time past. A j report of the meeting appears elsewhere. i The Christchurch Freethought Asso- | ciation held their third annual picnic j yesterday in a paddock in Charlesworth's road, Ferry road. The Lyceum children, numbering one hundred, went down by the 9.30 tram; members and their friends followed in subsequent trams and in their own traps, mustering with their families in large numbers. The races and swings were well patronised by the children, and the young folk danced to a stringed band of eight musicians. All appeared to enjoy themselves thoroughly, and everything passed off with the utmost order and decorum. The south-west storm at 5 o'clock prevented the usual speeches taking place. & Yesterday being the 28tn anniversaiy of the opening of St Andrew's church, the occasion was considered a suitable one for special services. At the morning service, the Rev W. Dinwiddie, LL.B., officiated, and delivered an unusually impressive address, taking for hia text the words : — " Bless ye God in the congregations, even the Lord, from the fountain of Israel. Thy God hath commanded thy strength : strengthen, 0 God, that which Thou hast wrought for us." — (Psalm lxviii.) The Rev gentleman referred in graphic terms to the changes which had taken place since the church was first opened, and pointed with a feeling of pleasure to the fact that the modern craze for something new had not caused the people of St Andrew's to destroy one of the earliest churches erected in Canterbury — a church which many of the oldest colonists looked to with fond remembrance. In the evening, the Rev R. J. Porter conducted the service, taking his text from Luke xvi., 19 to 31 verses. The sermon was listened to with great pleasure by a good congregation, considering the unfortunately wet evening. It may be mentioned that the church was first opened on Feb. 1, 1857, and, amongst those who were present on that occasion, yesterday were to be seen Mrs Deans, of Riccarton, MrsT. Kerv, Messrs W. Boag, N. and R, Eagleson. There was a strong muster at the church parade of the Fire Brigades yesterday morning. In addition to the i Christchurch and Railway Brigades, ! several members from the New Plymouth, j Napier, and Masterton Brigades were prej sent, making the total number of firemen on parade about fifty. The men fell in at the Lichfield street Station, at a quarter past 10 o'clock, and, headed by the Garrison Band under Bandmaster M'Lean, marched to the Baptist Church, where service was conducted by the Rev C. Dallaston, who preached an appropriate sermon from the words, " Escape for thy Life," Genesis xix, 17. After the service, the firemen, with the band, returned to the station, where Mr Superintendent Turton thanked the visiting brigades for responding to his invitation to attend the parade, and the members of the band for giving their services on the occasion, and especially for mustering in such strong force at a short notice. The parade was then dismissed. During the march through the streets considerable admiration was excited by the fine appearance of the men, both of the visiting and local Brigades. The former, being strangers to Christchurch, received a large share of attention. They are all stalwart men, well set up. One magnificent specimen of humanity, a member of the New Plymouth Brigade, some Gft 7in in height, towered head and shoulders above all, and was the centre of admiration. This evening the Christchurch Brigade will hold a wet practice, to allow the visitors an opportunity of witnessing the working of the plant. Many of the visitors did not stay in town, but continued their journey North by Saturday's steamers.

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Local & General., Star, Issue 5224, 2 February 1885

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Local & General. Star, Issue 5224, 2 February 1885