ELECTION OP SCHOOL COMMITTEES.
A oobbespobdbnt in another column, like many othorß, has boon mislod by a paragraph in our contemporary, and asks us to inform him as to how Behool Committees aro elected under tho new Act, which layß it down that only householders of an educational district are qualified to be elected a member of the School Committeo for such district, and th&tonlybouseholdersreßithng in such district can voto at any such elec tion. The Education Boards have to call upon tho householders in each educational distriot to sond in at the appointed time, and not later than eight o'olook in the evening of Iho third Mouday in April the names of qualified persons nominated by thorn to serve upon the Committeo for tho ensuing year, Tho lists of nominations so rocoivod have to be displayed upon tho outer doors of tho sohoolhoußes within tho districts affected. At tho annual general meeting on the fourth Monday in April tho Chairman, in conducting tho eloction of the now committee, shall afford opportunity for further nominations to those already sent in being made by those present, and shall add these latter to tho list and read the comploto list of candidates out to tho meeting, which shall then proceed to eleot the required number of porsons to serve on tho Commitee. Our correspondent will sco by this that no election has yet taken place and that tho meeting of householders on Monday ovening will bo afforded an opportunity of increasing the list of nominations and of electing a committee therefrom. The system of cumulative voting formorly in vogue ii no longer so, and tho electiona aro to be by bfcllot, each qualified elector receiving a voting paper from the Chairman, and writing on it the name or names of the oandidate or candidates for whom the elector wishes to voto, folding the paper so that its contents cannot bo seen, and returning it to the chairman, or in his presence putting it into the ballot box. Or if the meeting so desire it tho voting papers used may contain the namos of all tho nominated candidatos.froin which tho voters may strike out those they do not wish to vote for, taking care not to leave more than the required number of names unmarked out. From the abovo our readers will have no dificulty in solving any doubts they may have been under as to the conduot of School Commitee elections under tho act of laat session, of which wo gave an epitome some time back.
There was no quorum at last night's meeting o£ the library directors, only Messrs Btowart, Burnott, Martin, and Newcombo putting in an appearanco. T-ho meeting was adjourned till Friday, May 20th.
Great complaints are made regarding the scarcity of trucks all over the Southland railways. Stacks of grain are lying at waysido stations, much of it exposed to rain, as the department is unable to provide sufficient tarpaulins.
Mr J. Chad wick, the veteran knight of the hammer, announces a clearing sale, which will bo hold on tho premises of Mr Hutohison's grain store, Taupo Quay, on Monday, commencing at 1 p.m. Tho goods aro numerous and various, and should cause keen competition as thoy aro to bo sold without reserve.
During tho transfer of a lot of petroleum on Maroh 87th, at Barcelona, some matches were acoidently dropped into a barrel of oil, and the barge was instantly ablaze. Tho men barely had time to eseapo hoforo tho vessel alongside Was also in names, und the waters of the harbour became a sea of flame. Seven vessels were encircled by fire and destroyed, iucluding the man-of-war, Lepante. The loss is enormous. The sight from the shore was one of terrible grandeur.
Sir James Hector, F. 8.5., is at present staying in Wanganui. During to-day he has been engaged in estimating the value of Mr S. H. Drew's collection, now undor offer to the promoters of the Wanganui Museum. The collection is a largo and valuable one, and would in any of the capitals of Europe bring double or treble ■what IB asked for it looally. We trust it may not be allowed to leave Wanganui, as it is very unlikely anyone else will bo at tho game time, trouble, and oxpenso Mr Drew has been in getting together suoh a collection.
Tho Waverley Bachelors' Ball, which was held last night, proved an immense success, and far eclipsed anything of tho kind held in Waverley before. The assemblage was not quite so numerous as at the last Cavalry Ball, but the hall was nicely filled, and dancing was brim full of pleasure. The music was supplied by Messrs Armstrong (violin), Gower (piano), and Richardson (cornot), who are to bo commended on the excellent time they played. The refreshments wore undor Mr Dustin's charge, which is sufficient guarantee, and he fairly excelled himself. The programme, which consisted of 26 dances, oomprised waltzes, polkas, mazurkas, sohottisches, lancers, and barn dances, with a medley for a finale, besides which thero were several extroß. Dancing commenced at 8.30 p.m., and was kept up with vigour until 4 a.m. The Committee— Messrs H. Banks, D. Taylor, W. Muir, E. Bymes, D. Coghill, and H. P. Mitcalfe— were most attentive to their guests, and everything went as merry as a marriage bell.
Nominations for Back Baoes at the Egmont Winter Meeting close on Tuesday next, 2Gth.
Alterations to the Wairoro are proceeding rapidly, and it is expocted she will be launched by the end of tho month. All ovonts at the Polo Meeting at Warrongate that como to hand after publication will be posted at Mr T. Ferry's.
At Mr Caddy's shop to-day wo noticed tho carcase of a pure-bred two-tooth Leicester wether bred by Mr D. Lind. It weighs 170lbs and SJijlbs of loose tallow was taken from it. The sheep was procured at Mr F. R. Jackson's yards, and will bo on viow this evening. Tho following are tho Boards of Kaviow under the " Land and Income Assessment Act, 1891." Several Boards are not yet appointed :— (1.) Wm. Cowern, Patea, Thos. W. Fisher, Waitotara, and Walter Symos, Wavorley. (2.) Joe. Reginald Sommerville, Wanganui, .T. B. Murray, Wangauui, and Albert Barns, Wanganui.
Irishmen, irrespective of party, will doubtless appreciate tho compliment paid to his and their country by "Fighting Bobs" in assuming the title of Lord Boberts of Kandahar and Watorford, Tho new peer is ovidently proud of hie descent trom a Watorford citizen, whose son, a distinguished architect, married tho daughter of a French rofugee.
We hear on pretty good authority that the Oddfellows conteinplato holding a masquerade ball this seaßon in place of thoir ordinary annual ball. A large number of
masks, both ladies' and gentlemen's, have just come to hand diroct from France, and wo predict that if such a ball is decided on, a moat succossf ul affair will eventuate. Tho matter will bo definitely sottled on Mondiy night. If a usually well-informed correspondent is correct, this his how tho famous picture of Ctcsar Borgia, sold for 600,000 francs, to the Kothsohild family by Prince Boighoao, was sent out of Homo. A coating of wax was laid over tho famous Cmsar, and an
artist painted the portrait of Pope Leo XIII on tho wax. It was then despatched to its Parisian destination, the coating of wax carefully peeled off, and the famous Coosar now ornamontß the Sothschilds' groat gallery of masterpioces.
Tho Taieri Advocate says that tho num' ber of young men and women, many oi
them tho sons and daughters of respectable citizens, who visit tho Chinese denß in Dunedin, is said to bo considerable. Tho young men go to gamble at " fan-tan,"
" pak-0.-pu," and " sing-ti loo," and the young women go there to enjoy the horrible drug that saps their strength and morals, and degrades them to such an extent that they become worse than beasts. It is a pity that these young people cannot bo prevented from walking headlong to despair, shame and crimo. Ono of the presents which are to be given to the King and Queen of Denmark on the oocasion of their golden woddmg on May 22nd is a orown of gold, the gift of over 100,000 school children in Denmark, who h»ve each contributed a penny. The crown is composed of golden corn-oars and olover leaves, and interlaced with a ribbon bearing tho inscription, " Tho childron of Denmark have woven this crown for the occasion of tho golden wedding of King Christian IX. and Queen Louise on May 22, 1892." The Danish poet Nicolas Boegh is composing an address to accompany this gift. The Auckland Herald of April 14 says—
The tjado in fish, between here and Australia is evidently dostined to become one of largo proportion. Nearly every atoamor that has left hero for Sydney lately has taken largo consignments of both frozen and smoked fish. On Tuesday the steamer Woirarapa took 190 cases o£ frozen fish, principally sohnapper. Tho demand in Auatralia for Now Zealand fish is constantly increasing, and tho prices obtained should be sufficient to make tho trade remunerative. In some instances very high prices have been given for schnappor in Sydney, whore the fish is very highly prized by connoisseurs. Mullet is about tho cheapest flak in the Australian market. The following paragraph, takon from tho ladies' column of aa English paper, will, in viow of the coming show, be of spooial interest to ladies : — " Maiden-hair fern has gone quite out of fashion for tho decoration of tables. It has been popular so long and so universally, as to be now voted vulgar. It is replaced very largely by the feathory fronds of asparagus going to seed, or by various Blender ferns that are being rapidly brought to porfootion by nurserymen. Certainly the asparagus makes a very beautiful finish, especially for Autumn flowers. A largo silvor bowl, filled with tiger lilies and yellow astors, interspersed with the pale, feathery asparagus, is an object o£ great beauty on a dinner table. Single dahlias retain their popularity, and have almost drivou tho double ones out of favour for tablo decoration. A royal tomb, belonging to the Eighteenth Dynaaty, has been discovered in Egypt by M, Gr<Sbaut, at tho village of Tol-el-Amarna, on the right bank of the Nile, between Assiout dnd Minieh. It is that of Khou-en-Aten, a sovereign who, uneasy at tho growing enroachinenrs of the priosta of Ammon on the political domain moved the capital from Thebes, and tried to shake their power by setting up the worship of the sun at Tol el-Amarna. On his death, however, Thebes ngain became the capital, ani the priests of Ammon increased in power until they suprjlanted the Royal House, and founded tho Twenty-first Dynasty. Up to now only the tombs of High Court officials have been found in this place, and the discovery of tho royal sepulohro is likely to throw fresh light on tho history of a reign about which little is known. Japan possesses a remakablo timapieco. It is contained in a frame three foefc wide and fivo feet long, representing a noonday landscape of great beauty. In tho foreground, plum and cherry trees and rich plants appear in full bloom ; in the rear is seen a hill, gradual in ascent, from which apparently flows a cascade, admirably imitated in crystal. From this point a threadlike stream meanders, encircling rocks and islands in its windings, and finally losing .tsolf in a far-off stretch of woodland. In a miniature sky a golden sun turns on a silver wire, striking the hours on silver gongs as ib passes. Each hour is marked on the frame by a creeping tortoise, which seryps the place of a hand. A bird of exquisito plumage warbles at the close of each hour, and, as the song ceases, a mouse sallies forth from a neighbouring grotto, and, scampering over the hill to the garden, is soon lost to view. — Iron. The Chrysanthemum Show which is to be held in the Drill Hall on Wednesday and Thursday next will it is confidently expected surpass all previous shows. Special interest is confcrod in the competition amongst school pupils for prizes given for bouquets, floral designs, and wreaths j tho entries in this class arc expected to be numerous. Thero are two competitions for apples ; tho prizes for the first being 30s, 20s, and 10s; for the second Mr J. A. Burnott offers a silver cup valued at £2 IDs . for first prizo, Mr Barnicoat offering a second prizo of 218. In connection with the children's compotition Mr Hylton will be glad to recoive contributions from those willing to contribute to the prize fund ; ho will also supply all information to intending competitors. For the best floral design in class six, application has already been received for 180 square feet of space. The Committee are sparing no pains to make the forthcoming show a thorough success. English morality has no gradations and recognises no degrees of guilt in adultery. Its accomplishment is ronderod difficult at the very outsot by the ouriosity of a thousand voluntary spies — by ever eager eyos and over-open oars. In France the lovor of a married woman has but one opponent— tho husband ;in England he has against him au army of policemen, cabmen, hotel waiters, lodgers (male and female), chambermaids, and railway servants. One would think that the whole of society has a vital interest in getting him caught. Hence, for tho man who enjoys this ever-threatened happiness, a succession of enervating and corrosive emotions, he is forced to spend a groat deal of money, and tell a great many lies, and commit an infinite number ot contemptible actioiiß, which gradually undermine tho whole character. At last he is defeated — the scandal breaks out. The guilty parties are not punished with dejth, as they would have been among their savage Saxon ancestors in tho forests of Germany. But thero is iuiltctad on them a social oalra
cißin— a proceeding which Btrikes us us not
without dignity, and oven greatness, but only on one condition, that rboao who pronounce the decree have first searched tho reoeasesof their own consciences, and assured themselves of their right to cast the first stone.
Until tho re-oponing of the Freezing, Works, 2nd May, tho early morning train to Castlediff will not run.
A man named R. Moaßie Homer, alias Stowart, was sentenced to seven days' imprisonment for habitual drunkenness this morning.
Mr C, C. Campbell who died in Virginia tho other day, was conspicuous ohiofly bocause of the fact that he owned the hero of " Unole Tom's Cabin." The death rate from diphtheria as Hawera haß risen rapidly and the ravaget of the disease are spreading widespread consternation there.
The Inspector of Nuisance's attention might bB profitably given to the sewer at the intersection of Wickßteed Place and Taupo Quay where a horrible stensh pervades the atmosphere.
As will bs seen by advertisement, the Momohaki and Waitotara settlers are invited to atiend a meeting at Harle's Hall, Waitotaro, on Wednesday, 27th inst, at 8 o'clock, in connection with starting a dairy factory. We are pleased to learn that Mr F. O Skipwith, who was lately elected lieutenant, of the Albert Rides, has successfully passed the necessary examination on military subjects and received the usual certificate of competency.
In tho sculling handicap races, Harold (201ba) beat Aiken (lOlbs) easily last evening. This leaves Atkins, Mellsop, and Harold with a win each to their credit. The concluding heats were being rowed as we went to prosj to-day.
Information was received by SergeantMajor Anderson from Constable Coyle that two houses were destroyed by fire this morning at Bulls. The one where the fire broko out was unoccupied. They were insured in the National Office and were the property of Mr Robert Rydder No farther particulars are yet to hand. Mr Lifilton reports the clearing sale at Mr Rawhngs as most successful, tho total
amounting to over a thousand pounds. Ihe 8011-street property found a purchaser in Mr Dempaey, and nearly everything was aold at prices in favour ot the vendor. Ihe mired ewes flock fetched as high as 12s lOd; yearling cattle, 883; milch cows, from £4 10a to £8 7s 6d. The bidding was brisk throughout, and the sale continued from 11 a.m. to nearly sunset. There was a large attendance at the rink last night, sitting room being at a premium. Among the rinkists were a goodly number 01 the fair sex, thereby showing that this healthy exorcise is becoming more popular with them every season. The onlookers received some amusement at the hands of a "man from the country," whose terriflo attempts to maintain his equilibrium fairly Brought down the house. During the course of the evening a i-mile flat race^took place ivnd resulted in Master H. Watt winning rather easily. The Town Band were present, and discoursed sweet Btrains during tbo evening, which greatly tended to enliven the proceedings, especially the trombone, as it generally gave notice of a spill. The rink will be open again on Monday evening, and if anyono wants some good and gentle exorcise and a hearty laugh (boy cannot do better tban go to the nnk. Oa the sides oE some of our country roads may be eeen eon's very dangerous embankments in the event a horse shying, and a little attention in the direction of protection would not be amiss. Particularly is this the caae on ono part of the Brunswick Line, about a mile and a half fiom the river, where a somewhat; large creek Hows immmediatoly alongsido the road and hag cut some deop and ugly holes within a fow feet of the whoel track. On Wednesday last while Mr H. IHogg waß driving to town his horse took fright at an object on the opposite side of the road and boforo it could be brought under control, overturned the vehicle and its occupants, Mr, Mrs and Miss Hogg and a little boy, over one of those embankments into the crock, several feet bolow the level of the road. Fortunately all escaped unhurt, but thoir escape was miraculous and no one on glancing at the spot could persuade themselves that such an acoident could possibly happen without being attended with fatal rosults. The decline of matrimony in England has o£ late years been vory marked, more especially among the middle and upper classes. Nor are the revelations thafe are occasionally made in the divorae court of a nature to encourage the more prudent and eligible young men, and those who make the beat husbands, to be in a hurry to enter into the enjoyment of connubial bliss. It is some relief to middle-olass families, overburdened with an excess of daughters, that the opportunities for girls earning their own living appeav to be on the increase j but the competition for paid employment acceptable to young ladiss of the middle classes is every day growing more severe. Ihe prospects for middle-class girls in the immediate future appear, therefore, to be anything but bright, except to those who are not afraid of work. There are thousands of young men wanting wives at this moment in Australia and Amerioa, where there aro few wives to be had. There is a career open to the surplus female population of England, if they can only manage to get to the other side of the globe. — Medical Kecord.
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