The earthquake was felt in Lyttelton yesterday evening, tbe direction being given as south-east to north-west. Last evening the Rev H. Vero White preached his farewell sermon at Kaiapoi to a full congregation. At the Lyttelton Resident Magistrate's Court this morning, before H. H. Chapman, Esq., James Ray was sentenced to one week's imprisonment for using obscene language in Ealem's Oyster Saloon. The earthquake of last night appears to have been generally felt. In the North Island two shocks were observed. Our Kaiapoi, Sefton, and other correspondents refer to the unpleasant sensation. ' No damage is reported. In the Kaiapoi district several persons have been presenting petitions for signature in favour of the Government proposal on the West Coast Railway question. Tonight a public meeting is to be held to get a further expression of opinion. Mr John Stevenson, another old resident in the Northern district, died this morning at his residence, Flaxton, after a long illness. He was well known and respected throughout the district, and for some years occupied a seat on the Mandeville and Rangiora Road Board, ill-health at last forcing him to relinquish the position. He was also an active worker in connection with "the Northern Agricultural and Pastoral Association. A very good specimen of local art ia now on view at the shop of Messra Fisher and Son, picture dealers. It is a large oil painting, by Mr F. Radford, of this City, representing a sportsman waiting for a shot on a hillside, accompanied by his dogs, and surrounded by the game which i haa already fallen to his gun. The treat- j ment of the dead birds and rabbits is par- j ticularly good, and altogether the picture j is pne of considerable merit. j The controversy between the local | authorities and the contractors for the Kaiapoi biidge, it is understood, is atan end. The Council, finding that it has no case to defend the action threatened by Messrs Scott Bros., haa agreed to make the payments sought for, the latter undertaking by a further contract to supply the additional requirements to ensure the satisfactory manipulation of the lifting gear. It is found that the work was carried out entirely in accordance with the specifications, and the shortcomings in the construction rests with the Council and its officers. An inquest on the body of Mrs Hannah Cox, who died suddenly on Saturday last, was held at the Hospital at 11 a.m. to-day, before Dr Coward, Coroner, and a iury, of which Mr A. Hemitt was chosen foreman. From the evidence of Mrs Bean, Miss Hancock, and Dr Deamer, who had made a post-mortem examination of the body, it appeared that the deceased had been somewhat addicted to drink of late, and that death had resulted from apoplexy. A verdict in accordance with the evidence was returned. On Saturday, the Brackenfield hounds met at Mr F. Courage's estat*, noar Amberley. There was a fair number of horsemen present. They proceeded for their first draw to one nf the adjoining paddock, where ahare waa quickly found, and a run of some five miles ended in a till. The party returned, and another hare was soon found. After a short spin the scent was lost. The whole party were then entertained at luncheon by Mr F. Courage, after which they proceeded to draw again, but without success, the heavy fogs which were passing over rendering further hunting impossible. The party then dispersed. The principal mounts were the Master (Mr G. B. Starkey) on Silvertail, Mr R. Parsons on Kildare, Mr F. Courage on Domino, Mr J. Binnie on Maggie, Mr R. Moffatt on Kauri, Mr J. Hood on Mailboy.
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