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ELEMENTARY TECHNICAL INSTRUCTION.

Ditbik* the ensuing seinon of Parliament it is propoied by the Minister of Education to introduce a bill under tho title of " The Manual aud Teohoioal Elemontaty Imtraotion Aot, 1892," having for its object the promotion of elementary technical instruction in our public ichools. The manual portion will consiitof instruction in the uso of tools, and in modelling in wood, clay, or other material, while the technical part will me»n instruction in the principles of science and art applicable to industries, and in the application of speoial branchii of toience and art to specifio industries or employments, but does not include toaohing the practice of any trade, industry, or employment. Provision is made for the appointment of inspectori, who ihall have the right to visit all places in which these classes ars boing conduoted, and to advise the teaohers as to the method and course of instruction ; theie inspectors will also have the right to visit all publio schools mbject to the control of Education Boards, nnd to report upon the course and method of ininstruction in elementary soience and drawing and modelling in such schools, but such operations may be restricted to public schools only, or to classes aided in a manner provided by the Act, or to the sohools or classes in a limited district. Consent having been obtained from the Education Board of the district in whioh the rohool is situate, any teacher in a public school may give manual instruction to those pupils whoso names are on the roll, and if such instruction i* given outside ordinary school hour*, occupying at least two hour* a week for ten weeks, payment will be made to the Board by the Treasury at the rate of 'At por quarter for every unit of the average attendance upon such instruction, but if any fee be charged to the pupils, no payment .will be ordored by the Minister. Technical instruction muit be given in classes meoting in the evening or on Satur-day,-managed either by instructors, the Education Board, or by a society or committee. The imposition of a fee ii allowed at the rate of Is 3d per quarter for overy unit of the average attendance at a clan held for nn hour per weok for ten weeks of the quarter ; if for two houri, 2s Cd ; and so on, the rate increasing by Is 3d for every additional hour per week. Provision is made in the Act for the time of payment, for power to make regulations defining the branches and course of instruction, for the issuing of certificate! to pupils according to their proficiency, and for the inspection of sohools and olassoi. Copies of a draft of the Bill have been sent to the different Education Boards throughout the colony, and also to those persons having practical knowledge of the subject, with a view to having their opinions thereon, and there can be but little doubt that should tuch an Act become law, it would result in the promotion of two very necesiary branches in sohool instruction,

It is expected that the s.s. Celtic King will arrive in the roadstead about 22nd June, and she will probably ship from the Wangsnui Meat Freezing Company's Works something like 6000 carcases of frozen mutton for the home markets.

| A telegram was published in these columns some weeks ago to the effect that a commercial traveller named Thomson had been thrown from his horse at Te Aute, reoeiving concussion of the brain, frsm which death resulted It transpires that the deceased was here some time ago and will be remembered by many as having been appointed to wind up the grocery business carried on by Messrs Pitt and Maquire. The deceased, who was very popular among commercial travellers, and who had lately been travelling on commission, leaves a wife and three children to mourn their loss.

The premises of the Bank of New Zealand, in Victoria Avenue, which were erected some twenty-five years ago, are undergoing a thorough overhaul, and this morning, Mr HoFarlane, the contractor, made a start, with a staff of workmen, to replace the old foundations of the building with entirely new timbers throughout. Tho contract for tha brickwork has been let to Mr Jones, the plumbing work to Mr Graham, and the painting to Messrs B. and E. Tingey. It is expeoted that the alterations, etc, will take some weeks to complete.

We deeply regret to learn of the decease ol Mrs Smith, the wife of Mr Alfred Smith, manager oC the Wanganui branch ( of the Bank of New Zealand, which occurred at her parent's residence, Marybank, early this morning. The deceased lady was a daughter oE Mr James Blythe, an old and respected resident, with whoa and the bereaved husband there is the most widespread sympathy. The deceased had been in weak health for some time prior to her return to Wanganni, and gradually beoame worse until at half past three this morning death ended her sufferings. She leaves a young daughter and a sorrowing hatband to mourn their loss, betides numerous relatives. The funeral will take place to-morrow afternoon, crossing the bridge at a little after three o'clock,

The Melbourne printing trade is in a very depressed condition, but th» comps. won't work under Is 2d per thousand. The date for the Alexandra Cavalry Ball this year has been fixed for Friday, July Bth. Mr Edwin Morgan has been appointed secretary. A general meeting of the Union Boat Club will be held at Foster's Hotel on Thursday re the annual ball, presentation of trophies, etc.

Sir Henry Parkes denies that his forthcoming book is an autibiogrepby. It will deal generally with the progress of the colony and the lives of public men. " Dr " Raymond m fined £15 and costs at the Melbourne District Court, for describing himself as a physician in contravention of the statute. One of the Worribce (Victoria) jmn» was found cruoked in the bore after being fired six times at the late mancßurres. It isbelievrd another round would have burst it.

It is reported that a conspiracy to poison { enormously insured horses by means of strychnine, has been unearthed in Kngland, and that one arrest has been m&ie in connection with it. Tho Napier Amateur Dramatic Association, whioh rtcently produced " The Guvnor" in aid of the funds of the Athonamm and the Wanderers' Bicyclo Club, have handed over £25 to each body.

Mr W. Dodds, tailor, will opnn in a few days in the premises opposito the Bank of New South Wales, with a splendid atook of tweede, coatings, oto., suitable for the winter season. Further particulars in future advertisement. A smoke concert in connection with the Wanganui Bowing Club has been arranged for to-morrow evening atChavanne's Hotel, and advantage will be taken of the occasion to present the Club trophies won by members during the lost seaion. The proceedings will commence at 8.80. Measrs Edwards, Bennott, and Co., of Christchurch, intimate by buiinets announcement in the Yboh&k that they are sole agents in the colony for " Bovril," the greatest form of concentrated nourubmeot ever known. Ihe firm are alnn agents for the Harpmond Typewriter and the Ediion Mimeograph. The following reprosent Castleclifl oaainst the Newmarket Football Club tomorrow afternoon on the Recreation Ground at 2.80 p.m— Backs— Doran, 0. Horman, Fergusson, O'Loarv, Hiegina, Cresswell, F. Davis, and Dervngs. Forwards— R. Horman, T. Davis, A. Wilion, Doran (2), J. Siddells, and Powell. Emergencies Blake, Worner, and McKay.

Mr Gibson Millar, of Melbourne, has writttn to the Bojol Yacht Club, England, offering to give annually a priae of 50 guineas, to be competed for by yachts forming the Boyal Yaoht Squadron. In announcing the offer to the members of the club, the Prince of Wales said it had given the Committee much pleasure to accept the prize, and he suggested that tho trophy should be named the Australian Cup.

The heavy gale experienced here on Saturday last, seemi to have msde a permanent change in the tomperature, and it is now almott certain winter has begun in earnest. Mesais Pnnl and Co , are, nothing if not alive to tho requirements of tho publio in their particular lino and are adverliiing the arrival of a shipment of blankets containing 500 pairs of all »izes, which will be sold much under the ordinary prices.

At the meeting of the Linotype Company, Mr Jacob Bright, who presided, announced that the most serious obstacles had been surmounted, and that the English machine was 60 per vent superior the American production. The training of mechitnics to use tho maohino (type-setting) has prevented a rapid output. The manager of the Scottish Loader, an Edinburgh paper, stated that the cost of sotting 250 columns by mesm of the Linotype was no dearer than 50 by the hand proceis.

The concert in St. Paul's Hall-hat evening for the purpose of railing funds to purchase a piano for the Harmonic Society wts well attended and the many ncerito'rious items on tho programme we»o particularly well received amongst those who contributed to the general enjoyment of tha evening were Mesdames Lloyd, Pinches and Borlase, Misses Iveson, Martin, and Battle, and Mesirs Blackett, J. Murray, Lennard, G. 0. Bussell, Eipley, W. Borlane, Withers, and Byan. The concert wan in every way a suocess.

Mr Robert Gourlay, representing Mr Snozollo, nrrircd in town last evening for tho purpose of perfecting arrangements of the first appoaranco in the Oddfellows' Hall of the great entertainer on Saturday, and three following evenings. The entertainment provided by Mr Snazelleis generally spoken of as ono of tho most uniquo ever witnessed, the audionoe boiag carried along from start to finish by a succession of delightful sounds and stones, and the performance appeals to all who arc lovers of grrmil painting, and who can appreciate high-class pure pcetry and humour most intelligently interpretated.

We have received through Mr J. Thornes, hon. sec. to the Jubilee Institute for the Blind, copies of the reports of the satisfactory work done by the institution during the post nine monthi, also the balance sheets, etc. There can be no doubt the work ii progressing, but the committee have now to face an outlay in furnishing the new promises, and an further dosirous of establishing a fund to aid the Aged and indigent blind, of whom there are a great numbsr in the colony almost destitute. For this dual object Mr John Abbott is again canvassing Auokland, and it is intimated to our readers chat a subioription list has been opened at our Ridgway-street office to receive any donations for thii purpose. Owing to the inolement state of the

weather, the official closing of the local Bowling Green could not take place on Saturday, much to the disappointment of a number of enthusiastic membora, who looked forward to this final matoh with as much interest as that played on the opening day. Sidei were to have been picked by the President and Vioe-Preoident, and the whole Club was to have been photographed at the conclusion. On Friday evening next a meeting has been called by the Preiidont to take into consideration matters relating to the " Green Trust," and as proposals will be brought forward that will materially altor the status of the Club, it is particularly deiired that every member should he present. It will be noted (par advertisement) that the meeting ii to be held at Chavanne's Hotel on the evening in question at 8 o'cloook. At a meoting of the Museum sub-comm-ittee last night, Mr Carson presided, «nd in the absence of the Seoretary, Mr Gifford Marshall read correspondence from the the Premier on tho valuation by Sir James Hector of Mr Drew's collection. A copy of the valnation was enclosed, which, together with the oases, for which a separate valuation was submitted, brought the amount up to £1200. This, Sir James said, was what he considered the collection was worth in New Zealand; but if he had valued the articles on a different principle, namely, as to rarity and value m London, a much higher value would have been placed upon them. A resolution of thanks was passed to the Premier for his kindness in sending Sir James Hector to Wanganui to value the collection free of cost to the Committee. Proposals as to a site for build-

ing, and the procuration of necessary funds were then submitted and discussed, and the Acting Secretary was instructed to prepare a report, embodying the views of the meeting, for submission to a general meeting of the full Committee as early as convenient in June next. \

Thero was an exciting runaway on Saturday last in the Okehu Valley, which, however, resulted in nothing more serious than a levoro shaking to a Maori girl. It appears that a Maori was 'driving a pair of horses attached to a dray, when tho bridle by some means came off the shafter, when both horses at once cleared up the road at a terrific pace. The cargo soon began to tumble out, tits of talwas, dried shark, piccaninnies, saddles and taongs. of all descriptions soon littered the road for a quarter of a mile. Meanwhile the terrified horses pursued their mad career until they got to where the county surface man, Mr John Andersen was working, who at once rushed to meet them brandishing his shovel in the leader's face causing him to stop just on the brisk of a precipice; another few yards an.l the whole noncern must have gone to the bottom. The driver, who stuck to the reins manfully all tho time, but was powerless to stop the ruu-aways, said on being interviewed aft»r the occurrence " suppose me cocktail, I think big amain,"

The usual fortnightly meeting of the Borough Council will be" held this evening. Mr Tho'ras Keegan is applying for a license for a now hotel at Foxton, the building being that known as Aberdeen House.

The stormy weather at Palmerston North on Saturday, pr?clud»d Wirth's Circus from opening thore, and yoatoiday morning the nompany proceeded to Woodville.

A high-class school for girls hat been established at Palmerston North, the principle being Miss Fraeer, late second mistress of Girls' High Sohool Napier, and head teacher, Oldenburg House, Chriitohurch. The eohool term begins on 25th May, and on reference to another column, particulars will be found as to the course of instruction, etc.

The following will represent the Castlecliff Football Club against the Wanganuis on Saturday next.— G. Doran 0. Horman, Ferguson, O'Leary, Higgins, Cresswell, F. Davis, Derung, R. Horman, T. Davis, Doran (2), Mulcaty, Powell, Wilson. Emergencies.— Siddells, Blake and Bentett. A practice matoh with the Newmarket Club will be held to-morrow (Wednesday) afternoon at 2 30 p.m. sharp. Owing to the serious break in the Cook Strait _ cables, and the necesiarily heavy work imposed ou the staff at this nnd, the following operator! arrived here from Wellington yesterday :— Meisrs 0. Price, C. H. Canovan, 8. Tuoher, I. Hyams, and J. Martin It is expected that as soon as the duplexes are fitted up at the north end, about eight more operators will be sent here. A large audience assembled in the Drill Hall last night, and kept Manager Tasker and his aisistants busy in serving out alcatei for some considernblo time. A big field entered for the half-mile flutter, which was decided in heats, Messrs Peaohy, Fljger.agl Loftus winniug their respective trials, and the final was won by Loftui, who just inannged to squeese home on the post. Judging by the large number of rinklits on the floor, we have no hesitation in saying that the link is beoomine more popular evening, the Garrison Band no doubt tending to increase the attendant i.

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ELEMENTARY TECHNICAL INSTRUCTION., Wanganui Herald, Volume XXVI, Issue 7717, 17 May 1892

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