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CANTERBURY.

Our files by tho Lady Bird are to Saturday last provincial council. — mr moorhouse's resignation. The Canterbury Provincial Council was prorogued on Thursday, the 9th. At the end of the prorogation speech, Mr Moorhouse, the Superintendent, Baid : — " If I may bo permitted I will Bay one or two words of a personal import;. The public is advised by this time that it is my intention to retire from office, and I take this opportunity of making public a very useful fact as far as I am concerned — that I definitely close my career as a provincial politician with my retirement from office ; and I have the gratification of expressing tho very grent obligations I feel to those gentlemen, who, during a course of years, have been good enough to join with mo in tho labors of office, and of stating that, without exception ever since I havo been Superintendent, I have received the most cordial co-operation from all those who havo been associated with me." £;The Council was then prorogued. Mr Bowen has received several numerously signed requisitions, asking him to allow himself to be nominated for tho Superintondency. THE POPULATION OP CANTERBURY. The following retiwn shows the population of tho several electoral districts : — Males. Females. Totals. Heathcoto 3507 ... 3157 ... 6664 Gladstone 1170 ... 512 ... 1682 Coleridge 1385 ... 547 ... 1932 TownofLyttelton... 1371 ... 1139 ... 2510 Akaroa 965 ... 782 ... 1747 Ashley 1651 ... 1212 ... 2863 Avon 2185 ... 2095 ... 4280 Cheviot 310 ... 101 ... 411 Sclwyn 1223 ... 819 ... 2042 Christchurch ... 3335 ... 3312 ... 6647 Mt. Herbert ... 342... 261... 603 Kaiapoi 2093 ... 1862 ... 3955 Timaru 1662 ... 1312 ... 2974 Westland south ... 7729 ... 1330 ... 9059 Westland Boroughs 4148 ... 2325 ... 6473 Totals ... 33,076 ... 20,766 ... 53,842 Tho male portion of tho population exceeds that

of the female by 12,310. Deducting the Westland district from the total return, wo find that the population of the plains amounts to 38,310, consisting of 21,199 malos and 17,111 females, and showing an excess of males over females of only 4038. The proportion of tho population who are married are males 8641, and females 7976, and unmarried males 23,993 females 12,196, widowers 460, and widows 533; the remainder are not specified. WOOL WASHING. A wool washing company is being formed in Kaiapoi, under the management of Mr J. F. Nettleton, who has been for many years engaged in wool classing on the principal northern stations. The title adopted is the " Star and Cross Company." THE CONVICT SWALE. The convict Swale, now under sentence of death has made a further confession to the effect that he had long premeditated setting fire to the building lately occupied by himself and Rankin, before he finally effected his object successfully, and that he had previously made an attempt to do so in his late partner's absence, but it was a failure. The warrant for the convict's execution was received at Lyttelton by the Ahuriri on the 9th, and will be executed shortly, but the exact day is kept a profound secret by the authorities, j MAORI REPRESENTATION". A Maori election meeting took place at Kaiapoi pa on Friday evening, 3rd inst, when addresses wero delivered by the friends of the candidates, they themselves being absent. At its close, tho supporters of the different candidates took up separate sides of the building in which the meeting was held. Green's side was strongest. Another candidate, Wi Naehira, has come forward. THE LYTTELTON MUNICIPAL COUNCIL. At a meeting of the above Council held on the | 6th inst, an illuminated address from the inhabitants of Lyttelton to H.R.H. tho Duke of Edinburgh was submitted for approval, and received the unanimous commendation of the members of the Council. It is engrossed on vellum in Old English, the introduction in black, and the resolution expressing the feelings of the inhabitants on the attempted of the Prince, in royal blue, the whole of the capitals being elaborated in gold and colors. Surrounding the text of tho address is a very handsome scroll border ; the arms of the Duke of Edinburgh are introduced in the upper portion, and the seal of the Municipality is shewn at the foot. In the centre of the border there is a highly finished miniature of a Maori chief, shewn in a peaceful attitude, having his war spear reversed, and his foot on the war club. Other portions of the border are filled in with emblems appropriate to the profession of his Royal Highness as an officer in Her Majesty's Navy. MELANCHOLY DEATn. A man named John Stcelo recently an inmate of the Sunnyside Lunatic Asylum, committed suicido at Lyttelton on the 4th inst by fastening the trigger of a gun by a string to his foot, placing the muzzle to his head, and blowing his brains out. ODD FELLOWS. At a meeting of the Loyal Kaiapoi Lodge of Odd Fellows' held on the Bth inst., the following officers -were nominated for the ensuing year : — P.D.G.M. Gruntham, for the G.M.s chair ; P.G. Robinson, for tho D.G.M.'s chair ; P.C.S. Slado, to bo re-appointed to his present office. An address, congra;ulating her Majesty on the escape and recovery of H.R.H. the Duke of Edinburgh was adopted, and is to be signed by all tho members in Canterbury, and forwarded to Her Majesty. JAPANESE JUGGLERS. A troupe of Japanese, who havo acquired considerable reputation for feats of jugglery, have arz'ived in Canterbury. There are in all six male and female performers. WESLEYANS. The Rev J. B. Richardson has been appointed Wesleyan Minister at Kaiapoi, WnALING. From the local journals it seems there is likely to be greater activity in whaling during the coming season than thero has been for some years past, as Mr H. Buchanan, of Ikoluki, intends to again start his fishery, and Mr J. Wright, of Tslnml Bay, will also have his boats out.

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CANTERBURY., Wellington Independent, Volume XXII, Issue 2667, 14 April 1868

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CANTERBURY. Wellington Independent, Volume XXII, Issue 2667, 14 April 1868

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