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LOCAL AND GENERAL NEWS.

♦ The Bfdgkt. — Wo observe, from a motion on the Motion and Order Paper, that tho Provincial Treasurer will bring forward his Budget on Tuesday next. The printed Estimates were laid on the table of 'he ouncil last evening. i Judge Johnston. — His Honor Mr Justiro Johnston left on Thursday in the steamer Airedale for Nelson, where he will hold the usual sessions ot the Supreme Court. Bishop of Wkllington. — The Anglican Bishop of the Diocese has returned to town from his visb to Wangauni. i CoMMrssiONEU of Cctstom;3. — The Hon. J. C. . Richmond, Commissioner of Customs, left for the South in the steamer Taranu, on Thursday afternoon. Towx Board. — Owing to tho Board room j being occuped by the Patent. Slip Committee, tho Com misfionrrs of the Town Board did not meet yesterday afternoon. Dramatic. — O.^good's Empire Dramatic Com- i pany have been playing at Wangmui to excellent I houses. The play of Leah was performed last i Saturday. Jockky Clttu. — A meeting of the Wellington Jockey Club will be held at the Empire Hotel at • four o'clock this afternoon, to consider tho dis* pute on the hurdle race run at last meeting. Tub Wbatiier. — After a period of splendid ; ive-iither, wilh clear skies and gentle airs, we have experienced a blustering south-easter and very heavy rain. The work of cutting at the hills in Willis street was stopped yesterday, and the rain has caus-d a few trilling slips. Sale of lloeses. — A useful lot of horses and mares were put up to auction on Thursday by Messrs Bot'hune and Hunter. The prices realised varied considerably, ranging from 30s to £31, tho average being £9. The Patent Slip Dispute. — On Thursday, <,he case for the Government was ably stated to tho Patent Slip Committee by tho AttorneyGeneral, in a speech of five hours duration. Yesterday, Mr Kennard asked permission to refrain from going further into his case until he could obtain tho attendance of Mr Travers, of Canterbury, as his counsel. Tho Committee acceded to his request, and accordingly adj mrned until two o'clock on the afternoon of the 20th, on the understanding, wo believe, that Mr Kcnnard should take upon himself the risk of tho Council being prorogued before that time. Mtt LUDLAM AND THE REPORTERS. —Mr Llldlam has had a very pretty quirrel with the reporters, ltsiiems that the honorable member, who is afflicted with a strong determination of words to the mouth, had accused tho reporters of giving a " garbled" account of tho proceedings of the Patent Slip Committee. The reporters resented this imputation, and in a letler, distinguished more by Ti»or than politenoss, expressed their opinion of Mr Ludlam. We will leave the hon. member to settle matters with his antagonists ; hut as the suhj.-ct was brought up in the Council last night, it may be necessary to remind him that, an unfounded charge, is not justified by misrepresentation and vulgar abuse. Newspaper reporters are tolerably accurate judges of the comparative value which should bo attached to what is said in the Council, and if Mr Ludlam's speeches are cut down, it is probably owiu-j to the fact that they contain more words than arguments. It is on record that Mr Ludlam once made a lengthy speech about tin- Canterbury Land Regulations, which, the Lyllelton Times said, satisfactorily proved that ho know nothing about thorn. Coffee Making. — Los'ors of " choice Mocha," or "strong plantation," would be delighted at the inspection of a little apparatus for coifeo making in Mr Gibson's shop, in Manners street. It is constructed after the model of a little railway engine, into one compartment of which tho ground coffee is introduced, while another hoKU the wator. A spirit lamp placed beneath, boils the water, which by an ingenious syphon arrangement passes through the coif je, and the beverage, beautifully ciear, is rapidly produced. The apparatus is a model of ingenuity and utility. Row the Champagne kan Shout. — A curious case has recently been tried in tho Resident Magistrate's Court at Kaiajioi. Tho municipal council of that little place gave his Excellency the Governor a. dejeuner an tho occasion of his visit, which the Messrs Orain wero to provide at so much per head, tho council finding the wines. The dhampagve however ran short and Mr Gram, thinking it would look vevy shabby were the allowance stinted, supplied three, more cases on his owh responsibility. When tho bill came in tho council wouldn't p.iy for the extra supply, though they lulped to drink it, bo Mr Grain went to law but did not recover the price of tho wine. Tho council, wo think acted very 6h.ibbily. Two cases of champagne was'curtainly too little on such an occasion, and Mr Gram deserved credit for acting liberally. Wan»a>t7i Coat, Miirnre Company. — The Provisional Directors of this Company have drawn up a memorial for presentation to tho Provincial Council, in which they state that tho Company proposes to raise a sum of £500 for the purpose of prospecting for coal within a reasonable distance of tho town of Wanganui, and ask tho Council to assist their researches by a grunt of a like sum of money, and by obtaining tho services of the colonial geologist or somo other person to accompany the party and superintend their operations. Improvements. — That very dangerous ditch stretching along Taranaki street, is being filled up with a largo woodon culvert, und will shortly be covered over. As people wero frequently tumbling into it during dark nights, tho improvement will be a groat public benefit. As tho Town Board have commenced work in Taranaki street, we again entreat them to take a look at Haining stropt, where a defective wooden bridge completely stops all traffic. Some half dozen minor accidents have already occurred, and we really hope the bridge will be repaired before anything more serious takes place.

Thb Pamnt Slit* Committbb. — The Pntetr Slip Committee on Thursday last came to tho decision that the publication of reports of the proceedings ef the Comn.ittee in the newspapers was a breach of privilege, und the Chairman (Mr Pharnzyn) thereupon inlormed the reporters present of the Committee's opinion on Ike matter. The Biimo evening the subject was brought before the notice of the Provincial Council by Mr Pharazyn, and after Boined.Bi'US3ion,in ihe course of which various opinions were expressed, the Speaker gave it as his opinion that the publication of the reports was v breach of privilege. The original cause of objection appears to have been i that the published reports of Wednesday's pro- ' ceedings were greatly condensed — the illegality of their publication vvns an afterthought. But surely all sensible members of the Committee must have known before-hand that it would be impossible for the newspapers to publish full 1 reports of the proceedings of the Committee, I owing to their length ; and why were not tln> reporters told at the first Dueling of the Committee that they -were committing a breach of [privilege? As it is, the plaintiff's case, as waß I justly remarked hy a member of (ho Government ! on Thursday evening, has gone before the public even though it be in a condensed form, while the case for the defendant will, in point of fact, be I kept secret until the Committee has finished ils labor?. In conclusion, we must remark (hat our report of Mr Buckley's speech, delivered on Wednesday was condensed i-imply because we had not room to publish it in extenso. Obd Fullows' M.U. — On Monday last, a new Lodge belonging to the Wellington District, M.U., was opened at the house of Mr Chailes Evans, Kaikoura Hotel, Kaikoura. Twenty-two candidates were initiated, and five others proposed. The officers wero duly installed by P.P.G-.M. Lewis, who acted as Grand-Master, assisted by P.P.G-.M. Mills, who acted as Deputy, and D.P.G.M. Smith, who oOiciated as r.S. On the following eveninga dinner and ball was givenat the Kaikoura Hotel, to celebrate the event. At seven o'clock about 30 of the brethren and their friends eat clown to a capital dinner, served up in ]Jost Evans' best style, and to which ample justice was done by all present. P.P.G.M. Lewis ori-upied the chair, and P.P.G.M. Mills the viceclmir. After iho usual loyal, patriotic, and fraternal toasts had been duly responded to, the longroom of the hotel was* cleared for the ball. A qundrille band was in attendance, and played an oxuellent selection of music. Dancing commenced at 9 o'clock, quadrilles, polkas, schottichea and country dunces, following each other in rapid succession. The party separated at about 4 o'clock in the morning, after having enjiyed themselves to their heart's content. Messrs Lewis, Milis, and returned in the schooner Ruby yesterday afternoon, and express themselves in high terms ol the kind treatment they received from Captain Davidson during the trip. Penny Heading — A miscellaneous reading was given at the I emperance. Hall, Herbert street* on Thursday evening last., und wus attended by upwards oi' 200 people. These readings have lost none of that p.H'ular favor bestowed upon (hem when they were first started ; a success chiefly owing to the exertions of the managers of the en--1 tertainment, who lmvo carefully watched tho ! taste of tho public, and varied the readings accordingly. It would be Boiwewhat difficult to pa*s a pleasant evening at so Bmall an expense in j any other part of the town. The Licensing Bill. — The now Licensing Bill, under the fatherly care of Mr ftenall, is sti 1 going through Committee on its second reading, hut is suffering terribly from the ordeal, and by the time it has emerged from (should it indeed survivi') tho fiery trial, will scarcely be recognisable by its former guardian, who so promptly disowned all relationbhip to his ill-shapen_pro&? < s r^. ! Ma Full's I.eotouks. — Mi Fell will deliver the fourth lecture in his course on Sunday evening in the Congregational Church. The subject is '• The Life ami Character of Elijah." New Zealand Steam IS'avioation Company. — By an advertisement elsewhere it will be seen that a meeting of those shareholders who are not sutiyG-d wilh the existing position of the New Zealand Steam Navigation Company will be held at Barrett's Uotul on Tuesday evening, at seven o'clock. We have hitherto understood that the Directors had agreed to call a meeting to decide whether the Company should be wound up or not, but somehow or other they have delayed | taken any steps. Boat Acoidknt. — A fatal accident has occurred off Grey River, and another ut Woodpecker Bay, both by tl«c nwani|iing of surf-boats. The fir 8t accident is reported by the Grey River Argm, of the 23rd ulfc., to have occurred about. 3 o'clock on rfuudiiy afternoon, by tlm swamping of the large surf boat recently built by Messrs Leslie and | dweetinan. She was manned by five men, und j wa9 attempting to make her way from Canoe Creek to Fox's, when she expeiienrod a very I heavy north-westerly gale, and she was obliged to put buck to tho mouth of tho Grey for shelter. ! In crossing the bar, she shipped a heavy sea that washed one man overboard, and rendered the boat unmanageable. Thu state of matter* was observed i from the signal station, and nig >als wero made i for the Persevere, which happened at the time to bo acting as tender to the Ailnou. Notwithstanding that the bar wus reiy bad nt the time, and even so dangerous that Captain Robertson would not have ventured to take it for any mere pecuniary eonsiderai ion, as soon as tho signal was und rsfcood, and the distressing situation of the poor lollows who remnined in the boat elutrly ascertained, the head of the Persevere was turned towards tho mouth of the river. She was driven into the nuMat of tho surf which was rolling over the bar. and with a good deal of difficulty the three men in the boat, and one drifting on a steering oar about 50 J yards distance, wero rescued from what must have appeared to them a few moment s before, their inevitable fate. When taken on board they were almost naked, having stripped off their clothing with tho view of attempting to svum on slioro— a feat it is almost impossible they c uld have accomplished in the faoi! of the gale that was blowing at the time. The body of tho drowned man (James Nairn) has i not bi'on recovered, although portions of iho boat [ hi*ve been cust u.'horo at the Ballarut Hotel, on | thu South Beach. The accident at Woodpecker I Bay happened by tho swamping of the surf-boat ! eng iged in taking oil' pahß -ngers to the p.s. Southi land- 'lhefo were, fourteen persons in the boat at the time, and all were precipitated into tho water, j and one man named .Isaacs was drowned. Tlie ! rest were, many of them much injured, but fortunately escaped with nothing more than severe injuries sustained by forcible contact; with the I rocks. , ; . .- * . '- ,• J

The iate Postal Confeekkcb.— The Melbourne Herald observes that astattment made by : )i contemporary to Ihe cffict that Mr Dutlield.ona of the representatives of South Australia atjthe Postal Conference, expressed his entire agreement with tho assertion of Air M'Cnlloeh " that it WM generally understood that Melbourne wna to* be i he turminus of the line via Guile," appears to' be incorrect. It would teem that Mr .Hull's propo* sition relative to schemes «f arrivals and lieparLures, which makes Sydney the teiminu-of'ull ih© main lined, wa.- adopted without due consideration m to its real effect ; and that the majority of the delegate* If It. under the impression llmt the terminus remained an op ri question, so that in tho event of t he Imperial Government ugreeing to piiy the £20(1,000 subsidy and tenders being . called, it would be competent for the federal council to ask tenders to name separate prices for • a service terminating at .Melbourne, and fur ono having Sydney us its terminus, and to decide. at lho moat desirable. In order to avert a rupture, it is miul that tho Sydney delegates will agree to this unnersiiinding. 'Jlie same paper stales:— By ii.foruuttion received from South Au.-tralia, ifc is understood that should tho Postal Conference be carried ouf, arrangements will be made nliea the mail ce r e;nnerß lire piißSing through Inveßti* »nt or Straits, inside of Kangaroo J aland, to hike away the Soul li Australian mails ut once, by A ■ small steamer, to Adeluide, a distance of seventy or tighfy miles. The electric tilegruph will &)bo he extended to Kangaroo island, by v cubmarind cable, and by this means it is calculated thai tho mail news can be epitomised and pushed on to Adelaide, Melbourne, and Sydney simultaneously, the only loss of tune thus bcintj that, cuu-ed by the circuitous route rdund Kangaroo Island. .. The Bill Kobbehy at tub Obibntal BANK, Melboumnb. — John JJixon, whose arrest on the charge of stealing a large quantity of bills frbta (he Melbourne branch of the Oriental Hank, hal been convicted of the crime and sentenced- to eighteen months imprisonment with hard lubor, the first week in each alternate month to be passed in solitary confinement. v Death of the Hon Jas. Mao Abthitu.— Tlie hon Job. Mue Arthur, an old New South Walet culoi.ist died at his residence, Cainden Park, on the 22nd nit. Volua'tekb -Review. — The Melbourne Argut of the 23rd ult. says : — The great review of tlie volunteer* encamped tit feuubury took pl»t*e yeg« terday, and it may be described as by far the beat thing of the kind we have known in this country. Inclusive ol 3LB men of tho 14th .Regiment, there were 3,156 men engaged in a grand fight, ia w hioh troops under General. Carey's command attacked a position defended by troops . under Colonel Anderson, the colonel-commanda-nt, and finally took it. 'I he troops behaved well, the mines exploded at the right time, and there were no acciuoutd worth mention. About 11.000 per* sons visited the camp, the glory of which is now on the wane. It «i>l perhaps break v.> to-day. 5 I'leuko- Pneumonia. — An Oamaru contempo* vary of May 3 gives the following report oi a meet* ing held at Cmaru to consider this subject: — Mfc Hhssull suid it vvus only a day or two before that he heard that, this disease had broken out in this diftrict, and he thought that all would agree with him that in so serious a matter somethimg ought at once to be done to arrest its progress. Fortunately the infected cattle were at .such. & distance from others that there were not much' to fear if prompt steps were taken, lie would be. lmppy to bear his share of any expense incurred^ Mr .Murcutr said that he had been informed that a shepherd hud taken a dozen head over the ranges from shag Valley on the Otepopo .Hundred, and that, seven of them died, while the other five had been shot. Mr Feu wick mentioned that four of Ihe dead animals were in the river, und he was informed that the water wus so polluted by them Hint further down cuttle would not drink it. Alter some further consideration, during which it transpired that tho cattle were not quiro in, but on the borders of thu Otppopo Hundreds, it was proposed by Mr Uasscll, and duly seconded,, that a committee consisting of Mess.s Gleeson, Cornrnc, Campbell, Speid, and L. G. fen wick, be requested to take the necessary &teps to dispose of tho infected cattle, and collect subscr ption to pay the expense of inforcing the flue if any be • incurred. Cl'RlO9iTlß3.— Tlie Okarita Observer mention* that, on the late trip of the steamer I3rU':e to' the southward, Dr. Hector, and reveral of the parly who accompanied the (Superintendent, found und brought away with them some large and beauti* ful specimens of greenstone. They were princi- • paily found at Milford (Sound. Among the. other curiosities, the same gentleman was presented, at Okarita, with part of a Moa bird, which the learned gentleman declared to be the back portion of a \oung Moa. It- was picked up near the Win ho River, about ten miles from Okarita. In : that township, on the arrival of the Supeiinten- ' dent's party, there were great demonstrations, ' including a masquerade und fancy dress ball, and* a supper at the Club Hotel, at which Mr JJ. Cv ; Keid presided. El/ectoiul/. — Tho following Cunterhnfy mem* * bers have resigned their seats in the .House of,''. Representatives: — Mr IS. A. Hargreaves, for '" Lytlelfou ; Mr J. JBeswick, for Katapoi ; and Mr '* h. VValkor, lor Ashley. • '* Otago. — The Lyttelton Times says: — Tha Otago Provincial Council met on April 30, and the tone of the Superintendent's address, so ixisi: as we are able to judge of it from a brief tele*.-:, graphic summary, is dicidodly hostile to the > General Government. A bill, authorising a pie* .; biscitum of the wholo province on the basis o£-l manhood suffrage, has been passed by the. Coun- : : . cil, und the vote will be taken on May 13. Toft:; requodt made by the Otago Government, that hia Kxcelleney would either place matters on tha : *. Btimo footing as before the appointment of Mt Bradshaw, or call the General Assembiy together at once, no answer htis been received save the conventional one, thut the suhject would be laid before his responsible ad risers. It is not ut all likely that the Government will revoke Mr Bradshaw's appointment, and from tho fact that Sir '.Z George Grey hus gone to Auckland, whence he t will not return till the middle of J une, it may be. v inferred thut the Assembly will not bo summoned : to meet before tho time previously expected. -. ,' TnE Postal Coufbiienob. — The Melbourne '-. correspondent ot the Otago Daily Times wri^ps:— ."'• The Legislative Assembly broke up for the Easter ' ' llecegs without having arrived at any definite **• conclusion with respect to tho resolutions agreed '"'*,. lo by the delegates at the Postal Conference, andij'no doubt they will form the earliest subject oi| dobato on tho re-assonibling of the House next '"■* week. The fact that tho Opposition did nofc urge , on a debate upon this question previously to the:: ? adjournment, is by many persons regarded' as .B*. ii sign of wouknesa on their side; and it seems rt j probable thut, with some slight concession to the,v ; ; ( opinion of the mercantile community, here the,, main features of the Government scheme, wili be^'Jf', adhered to. In connection with this subject, ; lr y ■ may remark that the last mail from England „ ,: brought us the information that a company waavji^ on tho point of being formed in London for, thoYfc*. purpose of carrying on direct steam 'conixnu.mpar-.^Tp tion with these Colonies via the Cape, of Good ■ H'pe, with vessels c.ipa:iouß enough, to take with..}/!; them a sullicitnt supply of coal for the voyage, tMjuti. woll ub a largo Oirgo and a gob r d;,nuinber of paa&i^; sengers. Tho new. company promise fe> Diake^-*.. the trip to Victoria in about forty -four day^ian^|||*h; if tho project should meet with suoh d^Mf^;pfe^| public support as to enable; .the. expe^bAenC.t,o^l>i*?^v fairly tried, it would perhaps be >iweU^foi lvWii^l'j Australian Colonies to refrain from enterjng^^Ottf^ a new contract for the conyipyande i p^their^.^i^ftsi^ for a lengthened period until the vto|al|hfifi j^e^^& made. > '.' '." "■ *'.\ ;'.'■/•.•'. y : ■:.y]'l^^^^^

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LOCAL AND GENERAL NEWS., Wellington Independent, Volume XXII, Issue 2517, 11 May 1867

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LOCAL AND GENERAL NEWS. Wellington Independent, Volume XXII, Issue 2517, 11 May 1867

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