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LOCAL INTELLIGENCE.

New Government Buildings, — It will be observed by two advertisements in another part of our columns, that tenders will be received at the office of the Provincial Secretary for the erection of a Queen's Warehouse, as also buildings for the Supreme Court, Resident Magistrate's officw aad Police Station. The intended site of the Queen's Warehouse, is on Custom House Quay, near the end of the Public Wharf,while the Court House and Police Station, are to be erected beside the Scotch Church, on Lamb-ton-quay. The dates fixed up to which Ten-, ders will be received ifre the 13th and 27th of August respectively. Improvement of Poultry Breed. Anything which tends to improve the breed of our domestic fowls, is naturally of considerable importance, and we therefore learn with pleasure that Mr. Parnell of Karori, who for several years has been very successful in rearing that kind of stpek, has receutly had an importation from England of real Dorkings, whicn we believe he intends partially to dispose of, and from the wide spread reput-ition of this kind of fowl, we think that poultry fanciers will readily avail themselves of such an opportunity to improve their present stock.

New Zealand Gazette. — We extract the principal notices which appear in tbat publication of July 12th, 1862. Authority to Sir George Grey, under the Sign Manual, to elect such other " prudent and discreet persons " into the Legislative Council as he may think expedient. A notice of the election of J. E. Fitzgerald. Esq., for the district of Ellesraere, of W. S. Moorhouse, Esq., for the district of Heathcote, and W. Thompson, Esq, of che district of Avon, as Members of the House of Representatives, a notification that the Governor in her Majesty's name, has summoned J. A. Gilfillan, Esq., of Aucklaud, H. Russell. Esq., of Mount Herbert, in Hawke's Bay, and R. Stokes,. Esq., of Wellington, to the Legislative Council. Notices of resignation, and appointments in the Militia, of the Governor's assent to the Prorincial Auditor's Salary Act of Marlborougb, of his Excellency's assent to authorise the Superintendent of Wellington to raise a further Loan of Twenty-five thousand pounds; that the several Acts named, passed by the Provincial Councils of Otago and Wellington have been left to their operation ; a notice requesting persons not in the public service, who have received letters from the Colonial Secretary's office since the 3rd of October, 1861, to forward copies of them to that office, to replace those lost in the wreck of the White Swan, and another from the Attorney General's Office, requesting persons who have corresponded with that department between Ist January aßd 30th June, 1862, to forward duplicates of their communications to tbat office for the same reason, A notice of the establishment of the Money Order Branch of the Post Office in this Colony, and a time table of the Steam Service for the quarter ending September 30; notice of the appointmert of W. Halse, Esq , Taranaki, D. Lewis, Esq., Wellington, A. Domett and J. Poynter, Esq., Nelson and Marlboroujjh, W. G. Biittain, Esq., Canterbury, and W. H. Cutten, Esq., Otago and Southland, to be Commissioners under the Last Land Orders Act, 1861. Notice of the Rev. C. L. Mac Lean, of the Church of England, and the Rev. Moses Breach, of the Congregational Independents, being officially. Ministers under the. Marriage Act, of 1854. Notices of the appointment of H. W. Jackson, Esq., as Auditor, and J. Percy, Esq., as Deputy Auditor of Nelson, and of a black buoy surmounted by a red beacon having been placed on the Luke rock, Queen Char, lotte's Sound.

Lectuke on Clairvoyance— The Odd Fellows Hall last night was again crowded on the occasion of Captain Wilson's coucluding lecture. The subject was "Clairvoyance." and the lecturer after briefly alluding to the great difficulties he laboured under, in attempting to describe such a wonderful and mysterious developement of natural science, said that it. was wrong to heap obloquy and ridicule on it, simply because its manifestations were not altogether susceptible of logical explanation. The Clairvoyant state, was somewhat similar to that produced by Nature in sonnambulism, and it was well known that natural sonnambulists, without using their eyes, yet gave evidence of a power of vision. The Clairvoyant exercises a perceptive power in a somewhat similar manner, and in cases where the faculty was inherent, which it must be, mesmerism could be made the means of strengthening And developing it. He could not further explain bow or why the Clairvoj'ant possessed this mysterious attribute, nor could the Mesmerist control its exercise by the power of will. He then alluded to the case of a patient in the clairvoyant state, who described the appearance of the wreck of the Royal Charter, and the position of the bodies, giving names, &c,, in a most circumstantial manner, all of which was afterwards substantially verified. Another case from the "Zoist" was read, authenticated by a Surgeon named Sloman of Farnham, who, brought a patient for examination to a Clairvoyant when the diseases, " softening of the brain" and " affection of the lungs," were minuutely described, and exactely corresponded with the results of a post mortem examination afterwards. Many other facts, of a similar kind were brought forward, and after contending eloquently that the immaterial spirit, when for the time, divorced from the material flesh, exercised a higher degree of power, of which they had the most astonishing instances in Clair voyance, the Lecturer, brought his exposition to a close. The usual Mesmeric "seance" was held thereafter, and for uearly two hours, the spectators, were alternately excited to mirth aud wonder by the amazing skill and power displayed by the operator.

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LOCAL INTELLIGENCE., Wellington Independent, Volume XVII, Issue 1746, 29 July 1862

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LOCAL INTELLIGENCE. Wellington Independent, Volume XVII, Issue 1746, 29 July 1862

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