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Local & General.

♦ The Musical Society will present the oratorio of "Elijah" at the Oddfellows' Hall, this evening. It will be repeated on Wednesday evening. ! During the past fortnight 23 patients were admitted into the Christchurch Hoa- \ pital, and 18 discharged, leaving G4 in the institution. There were no deaths during the fortnight. At the corresponding period , of last year there were 55 patients in the Hospital. j Yesterday afternoon the Christchurch Hospital and Charitable Aid Board termi- ; nated its existence. A final meeting waa held in tho U3ual place, the staff-room of the Hospital, where a few matters of routine were attended to and the Board dissolved. <: A trap, driven by Mr Thomas Goodman, came into collision with Dr Frankish'a gig close to the Bank of New Zealand at 0 o'clock last night. Mr : Goodman and a gentleman in company with him were thrown out. The latter : sustained a nasty cut on the head. No damage waa done to thehorsps or vehicles. At 5 p.m. yesterday the Mounted Rifles mustered in Hagley Park for inspection. Thirty-three of all ranks were present, under Major Slater. The Corps waa inspected by Major Newall, who also put the men through judging distance practice. Those members of the various; Corps who have not yet gone through their judging distance practice are to have opportunities of doing so in the early morning to-day and to-morrow. At the final meeting of the Timaru Hospital Commissioners on Tuesday morning, previous to the coming into force of the new Act governing charitable institutions, resolutions were passed, acknowledging the earnestness and zeal of the Chairman (Mr T. W. Hall), the resi- \ dent surgeon (Dr H. V. Drew), and the house steward and matron, respectively (Mr and Mrs Towsey). After transacting some routine business, and passing account?, the meeting separated.

I The various Banks will l-o closod '• • on Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 10 and , I 11, and at noon on Friday, Nov. 13, on j : account of the Show and Races. Monday, Nov. 9, being the Prince of Wales' Birthday, -will also be observed as a holiday. • The memorial stone subscribed for by the Oddfellows of the Ashloy dis- > trict, to be placed over the grave of i their late Bro J. J. Rjbinson, Prov. C.S. ! of the District, was erected yesterday by i Mr Mansfield, tho contractor for the work. ! , The stone is a blue granite obelisk, and j bears the following inscription : — " Friend- ) ship, Love, and Truth. Erected as a mark ; : of esteem by tho Oddfellows of the Ashley j ! District, in memory of John James j • : Robinson, first Prov. C.S. of the District, \ ■ who died on June 11, 1885, aged 55 years. \ , He shall have a place in our memory till j : we, too, pay the debt of Nature, when we ; hope we shall once more meet in a happier ■ : Lodge, and live in perfect unison of Friend- I ; ship before the All Beneficent and Most ' ! High God." j j Yesterday the many friends of the ! j Messrs Louisson, of this city, were ! much shocked to learn of the loss the i j family had f-n-tained by the death, after a ] j three weeks' illness, of Mr George Melville i Louisson, Bon of Mr Cecil, and nephew of Councillor, Louisson. The deceased was : an articled pupil of Mr T. I. Joynt, and at the laiv examinations held in March last passed a highly creditable examination as barrister and solicitor, all his papers being ; very good, and he obtaining the first cer- j tificate of merit. Though, in consequence of his articles not having expired, he had • not been admitted to practice, the profes- j 6ion generally deplore his premature death. ! He was very popular as a member of the i Union Rowing Club and of the East ' Christchurch Football Club j and socially ! he was a favourite with all who knew him. The monthly meeting of the Rangiora Literary Institute Committee was held on ' Tuesday, Mr G. Buckham in the chair. The ! Secretary reported having purchased a ; number of volumes of the "Family Herald," as requested at the last meeting. It was agreed to allow the Rangiora Fire Brigade a concession of .£1 on the rent of ■ the hall for an entertainment held recently ; by them, provided they repair certain ; damage done the stage fittings. It was j also agreed to make a concession of 10s in ! the rent of the hall to the Friendly i Societies' FUe Committee. The question of effecting some improvement to the lighting of the hall was brought np, and it was resolved that the Chairman and Messrs Good, Boyd and Maxwell act as a BubCommittee to devise a plan for the better lighting of the premises, and to report at the next meeting. The meeting then adjourned. A meeting of the members of the Lincoln and Prebbleton Cemetery Board was held on Monday, at the Road Board Office, Prebbleton ; present— Mr Peryman (Chairman), and Messrs P. Henley and J. W. Overton. A letter was read from Mr James Osborne, Btating that he had been kicked by a hcrse, and was unable to attend. The Lincoln sexton was present, and handed in fees received for plots since last meeting, also an account for work. Resolved — "That in future the sexton receive instructions from the Secretary before doing any work in the cemeteries." An offer to trim the fences, grub the gorse, and clear round the trees in the plantation at the Prebbleton Cemetery, at Is per chain, was accepted. The members agreed to visit in turn both cemeteries, and report to the Secretary if any work requires to be done, Mr Henley for present month, Mr Overton in December, and Mr Peryman in January. Last night about a Bcore of persona desirous of forming a Phonographic Association met at the rooms of the Young Men's Christian Association, and agreed to the rules which had been drawn up by the Provisional Committee, appointed at a previous meeting. The chair was occupied by Mr E. C. Farr. Those present enrolled themselves as members of the new Society, and elected the following officers :— President, Mr Charles Cook, of Melville House; vice- Presidents, Messrs W. H. Shaw and E. J. Lush; Secretary, Mr Charles Batten j Treasurer, Mr F. Hamilton ; Committee— Messrs E. C. Farr, W. J. Stringer, H< J. Thomson, J. W. Raker, and E. Knight. It was decided that the subscriptions should be 5s for writers and 7s 6d a quarter for learners ; and that the nights of meeting should be Mondays and Wednesdays. As soon as a suitable room has been hired, the operations of the Association are to begin ; and as those who have taken a prominent part in the movement are exceedingly enthusiastic, as phonographers all the world over are in advancing their favourite art, there is every prospect of the Association being very successful. M. Chevreul, the leading chemistand physiological investigator of the day, says the Paris correspondent of the Sydney Morning Herald, has iust completed the hundredth year of his active, useful, and honourable life. It may interest those whose minds are exercised in regard to the questions, " What should we eat, and what should we drink?" considered from' the chemicohygienic point of view, to know that this j patient explorer of Nature' 6 secrets, while I eating meat in moderation, has steadily, ' throughout his long and active life, J abstained from all kinds of alcoholic or j fermented drinks. On the day when he completed his hundredth year he prolonged his stay in bed, receiving thus the congratulations of his family and innumerI able friends, who, viva voce or by telegram, j seemed to have conspired to wish him "a • long and happy experience of his second < century." In honour of the occasion, the ! old chemist had his dejeuner brought him j i as he lay in bed, surrounded by a host of •; affectionate lookers-on, hia meal consisting i I of a couple of new-laid eggs, a slice of ! jpdW, and a plate of fruit. A p&tc, as all j j who have travelled in France are aware, is '■ j composed of meat, poultry or game, ; j chopped and pounded to a paste, flavoured ; according to the skill or fancy of the cook, . and baked Blowly in an earthen dish. ; PdU { being M. Chevreul's favourite j dainty, his larder is always supplied there- ; with ; a mixture of veal and fowl, made at ; home, according to a recipe devised by j himself. The regimen which has sup- ; ported this energetic worker in health and strength through the wear and tear of a century, may well commcud itself to the j attention of his contemporaries. A cen- ; tenarian of the other sex is just now caus- ■ ing a sensation in the old town amidst ; j whose thoroughfares and palazzi Shake- j \ eppare has placed the story of" Romeo and \ ; Juliet." Rosalinda Caruso, born on August j t 27, 1785, and whoconsequently completed her 1 hundredth year a week ago, was formerly 1 a "star" of the stage in Verona, where, to the general astonishment, she has just : : offered her aid by giving recitations at the ' performances that are about to be given : I in the theatre of that town in favour of old actors, reserving a benefit night for | herself. She is still active, gay, vivacious, : able to read without spectacles, and apparently " good " for another dozen years of life. She is very poor, having recently lost all the savings ehe had ' accumulated during GO years of theatrical life, and which she unfortunately invested in an establishment that has come to : grief. ; A good custom prevails in Paris', which is ■ very little known elsewhere. Every year the pupils in the municipal schools who have | most distinguished themselves by their studies, are sent; upon a tour, which ] generally occupies about a fortnight, at the expense of the city. This year thirty < scholars, accompanied by five gentlemen — < one of them a Professor of Design — con- < nected with the Ecole Lavoisier, visited 1 Belgium by way of Sedan and Bazeilles, < where M. Philippoteaux, the battle painter, '■ acted as their^guide. Rochefort, Liege i and MaestrichV.were successively visited. 1 Three days were given to the International 1 Exhibition at Antwerp, after which the < party repaired to Brussels, Namur, Dinant i and Givet. Their last halting place was 1 Rheiuis, where they visited the famous 1 champagne cellars of Madame Pommery ] and M. Krug, and did not refuse to sample t the wines. _ ] The Russian Government has forbidden i the use of the names of members of the . Imperial family by any but first-clasa i steamers, it being held to be an offence i against the Emperor to call a dirty cargo 1 boat "Alexander HI." 1

A Church parade of all tho Volnnt^rg in Ashburton is ordered for Sunday next. ' Both companies will take part in the review at Temuka on Monday next. Our Malvern correspondent writes:— A long spell of drying north-west weather in the Malvern dißtrict was broken by rain falling on Monday evening, and continuing | until yesterday morning. The change was j rather severe, bringing the snow line down to the foot of the mountain b, but rain was • very much needed by the crop?. ■ The last voyage Home of th« Liguria was ' marked by two incidents of a sorrowful . nature. Just after she had pabatid through the Indian Ocean one of the firemen came up from tho stokehole, slipped his shoes off, ! and jumped overboard. A number of pas- ' senger9 witnessed the occurrence, and the vessel, which was Bteaming at the rate of fourteen knots an hour, was promptly stopped and Boats lowered, but the poor fellow had sunk almost immediately, and nothing "of him was seen. The heat was intense at the time, and it is supposed that this had affected his mind and induced him to commit suicide. Another fireman was set to do his work, and the following day this man fell between the boilers, and although he struggled hard to get out, he was literally roasted alive. His remains were recovered and buried at sea the next day. A very remarkable case has just come before a Sydney Court. The Sydney Morning Herald of Oct. 27 says : — Twelve years ago, among the South Sea Islands, the captain of a trading schooner, taking advantage of the absence of the owner, who was on shore at one of the Islands of the Hebrides Group, hauled up the anchor and sailed away, leaving his master alone amongst the eavage3, where he remained for 14 days. He was rescued by a French vessel, which took him to Noumea, where he had the mortification of noticing in one of the papers the intelligence of his ship arriving in Auckland in charge of a captain, with his own name mentioned as the only passenger. Immediately on arriving at New Zealand the alleged pirate captain forged the name of the owner and disposed of the ship and cargo for a good round sum. Meanwhile the owner had informed the police authorities in the various Colonies, and a warrant was issued for the arrest of the defaulter, but he eluded capture until a combination of circumstances resulted in his arrest last Saturday in Sydney. The case is of unusual interest, and in view of the weighty evidence to be called a request for a remand wa3 granted. The renowned bathing town of Ostendo, Bayp a Paris correspondent, has just been astounded by the latest feat of the great conjuror, Alexander Hermann, whohadrefused the brilliant offers pressed upon him by caterers for public amusement, as well as by the royal, princely, and wealthy people i now congregated in that seaside town for the season. A lady of high rank (the Cotmtees de M ), happening to meet him on the beach a few days ago, set herself re&olutely to induce him to alter his decision and to give the gay visitors to that fashionable resort an opportunity of witnessing the wonders he is reputed to work. To the lady's entreaties, M. Hermann replied, " Ah, jnadame, your persistence in thus urging me may possibly cost you dear." As he uttered these words he seized the lady's arm, causing the instant disappearance of a magnificent diamond bracelet, which he rolled up in the handkerchief she held in her hand, and of which he possessed himself at the same moment, she knew not how ; and, under tHe eyes of several hundred persons assembled on the beach, he threw the little roll into the sea, where handkerchief and bracelet disappeared under the waves, to the consternation of the lady and the amazement of the crowd of lookers-on. "How much was your braceI let worth, madauio ?" demanded the coni juror of the lady. " Fifteen thousand francs," she replied, reproachfully. " That | is more than I can afford to pay," rejoined , Hermann ; " permit me, therefore, to offer you, in exchange for your bracelet, the \ bouquet which ornaments the hat of the Count, your husband." To the stupefaction of all beholders, a handsome bouquet [ was seen to be attached to the hat of the Count de M j in the middle of this bouquet was the Countess' handkerchief, and wrapped up in the handkerchief was the bracelet that Hermann had hurled into the s«a.

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Local & General., Star, Issue 5459, 5 November 1885

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Local & General. Star, Issue 5459, 5 November 1885

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