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LOCAL AND GENERAL NEWS.

* The San Francisco Mail.— The San Francisco mail is due at Auckland everj' fourth Monday in 1872, commencing 181 January ; and leaves Wellington every fourth Sunday, commencing ou Sunday, 21st January. The Minitry. — The Cabinet baa been sitting daily during the week for some hours, and it is understood that arrangements have been nearly completed with Mr Brogdeu to the extent of the total sum authorised for expenditure by Parliament. Editorial. — We have been requested to state that there is no truth in the report that Mr C. E. Haughtou has been or is in any way connected with the edito rial supervision of this paper. The chnir was filled permanently, and we are happy to think very satisfactorily, within a few hours after the lamented decease of Mr Hay. The Premier.— The Hon W. Fox meditates a visit to Ilangitikei, and the towns in the surrounding country, about the end of the present week. It is probable that he will, immediately after Christmas, make the visit to tho West Coast of the Middle Island, promised by tho Government during the late session. The Luna. — The statement which appeared in our evening contemporary to the effect that Mr Vogcl had ordered the Luna to return from important public service in order to convey himself and family to Auckland, is entirely without foundation — and we suppose was derived from the usual back-doors fount of information which has already been prolific of so many of the " Post's" mare's nests. The Nelson Superintendent. — His Honor the Superintendent of Nelson is in Wellington upon business connected with the Brunner coal mine railway, and not the Fox Hill railway, as wo were led to believe by a Nelson contemporary. The next Session. — Major Campbell, clerk of Parliament, proceeded to Dunedin per llangitoto, having been instructed to examine into and report upon the accommodation available for tho session of the Legislature in that city. Mr Bunny. — The Provincial Secretary is expected to return from Ins official visit to the Wanganui, Rangitikei, and Mana watu districts this evening. Me Eyes, M.H.lt.— We understand that W. H. Eyes, Esq.. M.G.A., has been appointed Crown Lands Commissioner for tho Province of Marlborough. This will necessitate, we fear, the honorable gentleman's resignation of his seat, and it is reported that Mr Seymour, M.L.C., the Superintendent of Marlborough, is already in ths field. Auction Sale. — Mr Duncan will hold a~ sale at Mulligan's jeweller's shop today. As the stock is good, and tho sale unreserved, some bargains may be expected. Attempted Suicide. — Late on Wednesday night a young girl named Lowers, a servant in the employ of Mrs Paul, indulged in an over-doso of strychnine, which fortunately did not prove fatal. Having been restored to reason, she will probably thank her ignorance of the action of chemical substances for preserving her life. Dr Grace and Dr France being in attendance shortly after the occurrence, bled the patient, and adrrinistered the stomach pump— two expedients which were efficacious in bringing back Miss Lewers to all the sublunary troubles of which she had hoped to rid herself. The Prize Firing.— After deliberation in the matter, the Government have decided to suspend, for tho present year, that clause in the firing regulations imposing a retrospective qualification for district representatives in the shape of attendance at specified drills between the beginning of April and the end of November. It should be borne in mind, however, that there is every likelihood of the rule being insisted on next year, and it would bo advisable that our volunteers should so regulate their attendances as not to exclude themselves from the advantages or" firing under the regulations of next year. Now that the rule has for the present been abandoned we reprint it, so os to refresh the memories of those who may not have paid much attention to tho matter : " No volunteer shall be eligible to become a competitor for the choice of either com pany or colonial representatives for the colonial prize firing unless he has attended five Government inspection parades between tho Ist of April and the 30th of November." Erin Go Brag h. — The sequel to tho judgment in this case has been published in the shape of a notification by the solicitor of the company that unless the amount adjudged to bo paid by each party is forthcoming without unnecessary delay, a reminder in the form of a warrant of execution will be placed iv their hands. To prevent further unpleasantness, it would bo advisable that those whose names aro on the list of contributors ! should effect a speedy arrangement with Mr Ollivier, the solicitor.

Land Registry. — Mr Moorhouse, the Registrar-General for Land, will shortly pay the province of Marlborough a visit for the purpose of bringing the Land Transfer Act into operation. R.M. Court.— ln the Resident Magistrate's Court, yesterday, George Ringrose, for being drunk and incapable, was fined 20a, or in default committed for 48 hours. George Wilson, on tho same charge, not answering to his name, his bail was forfeited. In the civil case, C. Goodison r. J. Petford— claim £9 Is— judgment was given for defendant, with 13s costs. Target Practice. — A party of marines and blue jackets belonging to H.M.S. Blanche, under the command of Liout Praed, were marched to the Butts, Adelaide Road, yesterday morning. They returned to tho Queen's Wharf at 4 o'clock, and were taken off in (ho ship's boats. On thoir return from the Butts they sang several songs, and kept excellent time, as they marched through the town. They seem a Gne body of active young men, and appear none tho worse for tho privations they endured on the Island of St Paul's, where they were wrecked in the Megeern, Wellington t Nelson. — We understand that the committee intend choosing | the team for the forthcoming cricket match out of the undermentioned names, viz: — Messrs Williamson, Cornish, Moore, J. A. W. Salmon, Vincent, S. Waters, t Crowther, Jones, Baker, M Donald, Hood, Riddiford, Marchant, W. J. Salmon, Evans, and Werry. They have arrnnged to practice on Monday's, Wednesday's, and Friday's, on the Thorndon ground ; and Tuesday's, Thursday's, and Saturday's on Easin Reserve, Te Aro. We trust these gentlemen will attend regularly at the practice, as they will have their work to do to hold their own at tho coming contest. The Drunkard. — The full meaning of this detestable phrase was presented to the public of Wellington yesterday. Th« figure which exposed itself in open day to the gaze of passers-by was that of a female, who, intoxicated by tho accursed fumes of alcohol, staggered alorg Willis Street. We should not, perhaps, have specially noted the incident but for a deplorable circumstance, which caused our first feelings of loathing and abhorrence to melt before the humane impulses. On the arm of its mother, apparently a hard working married woman, was a sweet looking, cherub-faced little babe, about nine mouths old, which, though in imminent danger of being thrown to the ground by the feeble hold and unsteady gait of its parent, gave expression to its merry prattle in its infantile and tender notes of joy, unconscious that its mother was possessed by a flenJ that had destroyed the feelings of love and affection implanted by nature in all God's creatures. Happily such a spectacle is of rare occurrence in Wellington, audwe hope in future the police willtakesteps, should such a case come under their notice, to bring to justice any publican who plies a female with drink to such an extent as t vas the case in the present instance. The woman of whose case wo have just been speaking was seen to emerge, in her overpowered condition, from one of the hotels in the city. Steam Excursion to Lowkt Bay. — It will be seen by an advertisement in another column that the OJd Fellowa' Hall Committee have determined to hold their annual steam excursion on Boxing Day. His Excellency the Governor, with his usual liberality, has placed the grounds at Lowry Bay at the disposal of the committee; and wo have no doubt the public will avail themselves ef the opportunity thus afforded of paying a visit to tho viceregal marine retreat. These excursions havo always been popular here, audas there havo been no holiday trips to this spot for a year or two we anticipate that parties will be glad to visit the grounds again. The scenery in the vicinity, as is well known, is both picturesque and beautiful ; and as the committee intend making every arrangement for securing the comfort of the excursionists, should tho weather prove favorable, there is almost certain to be a large attendance. The Wanganui Mail Bag. — To set at rest any apprehension that may exist in consequence of the dropping of the mail bag on the Hutfc road yesterday we have to inform those who had posted letters that the bag was forwarded by. a special messenger, who readied Otaki at half-past five o'clock last evening. As tho coach would not leave Maq'awatu until six o'clock this morning thi messenger would have plenty of time to place the bag with the rest of the mail, provided no further mishap occurred. TnE Picton and Blenhelji. Railway. — Mr Carrufhers, the Engineer in-Chief, together with Mr Brogden, find his chief engineer, Mr J. Henderson, arrived in Blenheim on the 2nd iusfc. The object of their visit, we presume, is to examine the country tli rough which the projected Picton and Blenheim line will pass, in accordance with a provision) made in the recent session of the 'Assembly. The party, accompanied by the Superintendent of the province of Marlborough, left for Wairau on the 2nd inst. City Mission. — Mr Hall, the City Missionary, thankfully ackuowledges the receipt of the following contributions in aid during November :— Mrs Farmer, ss ; A Friend to Missions, £2 ; Mr Allan, 5s ; Sloan, 2* 6d •, iVlra Kebbell, 5s •, A. and J., ss; M'Dowell, £1 Is ;J. Osgood. 10s ; W.G.W., 5s ; Captain Yule of the Haversham, £1 5s ; Mr Payne, ss. Marton Cadets. —We have been favored with a beautifully executed photograph of a very pleasing ceremony in connection with this gallant little corps, which took place on Wednesday week in the hall of the Rutland Hotel, where the boys were drawn up two deep to receive a graceful recognition of their efficiency from the hands of Lady Bowen. For the particulars of the parade we aro indebted to the " Wangauui Herald." Her ladyship, who was attended by the Defence Minister, was suitably received by the cadets, who presented arms in a most soldier-liko manner as her ladyship came towards them. Tho Defence Minister introduced Captain Coleman to Lady Bowen. Her ladyship said she had been watching tho cadets from tho window of the hotel, and she was much pleased with their soldierly appearance and the manner in which they drilled ; also that her little eirls were very much interested in them. She had a son about seven years old, and intended him to join a cadet corpa immediately, and would be proud ( to see him doing his duty in such a corps as the one now before her. Her ladyship hoped they would be good lads and grow up to bo good men, and always do their duty well. She acknowledged tho receipt of the photo from Captain Coleman, and was much pleased with it; and had much pleasure in presenting the cadets with a purse (tho purse was made of blue silk and contained ten sovereigns) in apprecia tiou of their services and behaviour. Cup- ' tain Coleman said, in reply, that his feelings of gratitude had so overcome him that he could uot sufficiently express hie J

thanks. But he, as well as the cadets, would always remember the day with pleasure and pride. Tho corps had only been raised a few months ; the boys had worked hard to learn the drill ; however, the honor done them fully compensated for all their trouble. At this stage Lady Bowen asked to see the " Little Sergeant," when Sergeant M'Donald was called to the front." He caused no little amusement among the bystanders by his soldierly appearance, coupled by his diminutive stature (certainly not more than three feet three inches). Her ladyship shook his hand in a cordial manner, and said he would no doubt make a fine little soldier. Tho Defence Minister addressed a few words of a complimentary nature to the lads. The corps gave three hearty cheers for Lady Boweu, and after a few words from their captain, who spoke with pardonablo feelings : ,of pride about the high compliments that had been paid to them, they were dismissed. And thus ended an especially pleasing little episode. The Wairau Breach. — Mr Carruthers, Engineer-in-chief, with Mr J. Henderson, C.E., accompanied by his Honor the Superintendent, paid a visit to the Wairau Breach on Wednesday last, and the result of their examination was the universal expression of opinion that any works short of massive masonry, with an expense of say a million sterling, would fail in being of any service in affecting the Opawa overflow at that site. On their return they visited the dangerous place on the south side of the Opawa river, near Mr Adam Jackson's, aud here they recommended the formation of a bank similar to the one erected four or five years ago, but placed further inland, with the hope that it may prevent the overflow until such time as tho river attains its natural curve or channel. His Honor acquiescing in the opinion and feeling that the case was urgent, and that tho very next fresh might carry off the existing bank so as to bring down the river upon Blenheim, at once ordered Mr John O'Sullivan to get the work clone without any delay. An instance of prompt action which will be rightly estimated by all who understand the extreme danger at the place in question .— •" Marlborough Express," December 2nd. Silk Cuxtuke. — -In tlie cocoonery in Salt Lake City 800,000 silkworms consume thirty bushels of mulberry leaves per day. Was Sure of it. — Tho prohibitionists of Boston Highlands have had their minds immensely relieved by the death of Mr James Rogers, who lui3 persisted in using" alcoholic stimulants for 102 years. They've been telling him all along that it would kill him sooner or later. Coromandel. — Coromandel is becoming a much livelier place than was the case with it of yore. A few nights ago a new hotel was opened with a housewarming, tho landlord providing the edibles, and the visitors supplying their own liquors (ofcour.se from the landlord's bar). Before the night concluded the host had taken nearly £200, one digger, heavy in funds, having " shouted" £10 in champagne, lie had struck a " patch," he said, and, knowing where there was another like it, he intended fun. There was a very large company present, and all expressed their opinion that Coromaudel would, in a very short time, become a running series of " jewellers' shops," the like of which would put the Caledonian shareholders, and the holders in all other claims at the Thames, to the blush. By an Arithmetical Madman. — Suppose a raau and a girl were married — the man thirty-five years old, tho girl five —this makes the man seven times as old as the girl ; they live together until the girl is ten years — this makes him forty years old, aud four times as old as the girl ; they still live until she is fifteen, the man being forty-five — this makes the man three times aa old ; they still live until she is thirty years old— this makes the man sixty, only twice as old, and so on. Now, how long would they have to live to make the girl as old as the man ? Unparliamentary. — The Hobart Town " Mercury " of the 17th ult says the House of Assembly, on the previous day, was subjected to a scene fortunately very rare in that House, in which Mr Balfe, the member for West Hobart, played the chief part. That member was enjoying the luxury of a combined attack on the Government and the "Mercury," when Mr Swan luterjected a very offensive remark, which had tho effect of drawing on him the ire being otherwise expended, and tho use of a very uncalled fov sneer having reference to the chairmanship vote of the previous day, to which Mr Swan rejoined by giving fully as good as he got. This still further infuriated Mr Balfe, who threatened personal chastisement, and marching townrds- jVTr Swan stopped short, apparently much surprised to find that gentleman keeping his seat unbhmched by the size und threatening attitude of the member for West Hobart, who, appalled by the indifference to such threats, grew more violent, and applied names to Mr Swan that were only characterised by most unmeaning vulgarity. Meanwhile the Speaker's cries of order for a time remained unheeded, and honorable members seemed taken aback by the unwonted scene. The Speaker took occasion of a partial lull, caused apparently by Mr Balte's getting out of breath, to condemn Mr Balfe's language and con* duct, aud Mr Swan's interjecting any remark while sitting, and while another member was speaking. Mr Swan at once apologised to the Speaker and liouao for a common broach of the rules ; but Mr Balfe, as if he had been somehow deeply injured, contented himself with saying that he felt unable to go on with the subject on which ho had been addressing the House. Thus ended a scene so out of place, and so resembling that of a pothouse, that it must have astonished one at least of those engaged in it to find himself unexpectedly mixed up with a phase of life with which he is so unfamiliar Tampering with the Justices.— An adjourned case of assault came on for hearing at Blenheim on the Ist inst. Bofore resuming the hearing the Magistrate, Dr Mullcr, said he had to state that he had received a letter apparently from the accused, in which reference had been made to the case now pending. That ho had not read the letter, and, as any attempt to tamper with a Judge or Magistrate during the progress of the case was a very serious offence, he must call upon Mr O'Mahoney to apologise, or he should feel it his duty to commit him for contempt of Couvfc. The letter was tlien handed by tho Bench to tho accused, who expressed his regret if he had done wrong. Tho defendant had to be reprimanded several times during tho hearing of the case, and eventually lie was committed for trial at the next sitting of the Supreme Court in Marl borough on the charge of a common assault. Drafting Bills. — A return presented to tho Victorian Assembly shown the cost of drafting bills since the Constitution Act came into operation, in 1856, to be £9708.

Divisions in the CoMMONS.—Towards the close of the session one of the most ardent supporters of Government asked the Prime Minister whether he would be surprised to learn that there had been more than seventy Divisions on the Ballot Bill, in all of which the Government had a considerable majority. The House laughed at the simplicity of its Boswell, but there can be no doubt that he had shown a commendable zeal in adding up the number of Divisions that had been taken. There were 73 Divisions on the Ballot Bill out of about 270 Divisions in the course of the session, and if we add to these 73 Divisions 34 more on the Administration of the Army, we shall arrive at a very considerable proportion of the whole number provoked by two subjects only. It is an obvious question to ask j whether so many Divisions on only two Bills do not indicate something wrong in the machinery of Parliamentary work — some abuse of the forms of procedure which might be rectified with advantage. — " The Times." Anti Chinese.— The anti-Chinose petition, although it lay for four weeks in the Mount lila district-, did not receivo a single signature. Tnß Opera Troupe, in Auckland. — The cabmen, it is said, have netted among them since the commencement of the opera season over £500. It is also stated to be under their serious consideration whether it will not answer their purpose to subsidise Signor C.igli with a sufficient sum to play a second season, so perfectly satisfied are they at what has fallen to them through the first. A " Matter of- Fact" Man. — When Dr Braden was rector of Eltham, in Kent, the text he one day took to preach from was, "Who art thou?" After reading the text, he made (a3 was his custom) a pause for the congregation to reflect upon the words, when a gentleman in military dresi, marching very sedately up the middle aisle of the church, supposing it to be a question addressed to liim, to the supriso of all present, replied, " I am, sir, an oDicer of the 17th Foot, on a recruiting party here; and, having brought my wife and family with me. I wish to become acquainted with the neighboring gentry and clergy." 2ivlsroW3Kl. The Zaviatowski Sisters are said to be very much dissatisfied with the financial result of their visit to Melbourne. The P >pc Declines the Title op 11 Great."— The Ploly Father, Pius IX., has written a long and beautiful letter to the illustrious Marquis Cavalletti, Senator of Homo, to whom oceunvd the noble thought of opening a subscription for a golden throne to be presented to his Holiness in June nest. In this letter the Holy Father, who to greatness of mind unites a sublime humility, requests that people will cease to give him the titlo of " Great," and expresses the desire that the money which was intended to be subscribed by the faithful for a golden throne, may, instead of that, bo used for other purposes of Catholic interest, as, for oxaraple, in procuring the exemption of Seminarists from military service. We leave it entirely to our readers to make their own comments on this admirable act of the Holy Father. His letter will soon be published. — "L'Unita Cattolica." Compulsory Education. — At Adelaide a large public meeting passed resolutions in favor of compulsory education without the Bible.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL NEWS., Wellington Independent, Volume XXVI, Issue 3366, 8 December 1871

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LOCAL AND GENERAL NEWS. Wellington Independent, Volume XXVI, Issue 3366, 8 December 1871

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