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NEWS OF THE WEEK.

His Lordship Bishop Moran will make a visitation of Oamaru on Sunday next.

Wb are requested to acknowledge the receipt of 10s per Mr. Scftnlan, from Mr. John Connor, of Fairfaix, towards the Testimonial to the Very Rev. Father Coleman. Wx have been kindly forwarded a telegram from Nelson informing us that a branch of the Hibernian Society, to be called St. Mary's Lodge, was opened in that oity last Monday evening by Mr. Charles Bunny, with great success, the particulars of which will appear in a future issue. Wb understand that material changes have taken place in the management and literary di-partment of our High street contemporary. The late manager, Mr. R. H.. Leary, finding his other business engagements precluded his paying the necessary time to the affairs of the company, resigned his position, and has been succeeded by Captain Baldwin. Captain Baldwin assumes the position of editor and manager-in-chief of all the departments, literary and mechanical, the late editor, Mr. Vincent Pyke, taking the chair of the ' Mercury.' We will not say that these arrangements will be for the benefit of the 'Guardian' or otherwise; but we have but little doubt the 'Mercury' will be materially the gainer thereby. A deplorable accident, resulting in the instant death of two men, and the severe injuryj ury of two others, occurred at ths Chain Hills t mnel on Wednesday last. Shortly after the men had commenced •work in the morning, several tons of earth and stone fell from the roof of the tunnel, completely b rying four men. Two, however, were rescued with some difficulty, whose injuries, although severe, were not fa.al ; but the other two named Kerr and Dempsey were found to be bruited aad shapeless nmsses. Kerr unfortunately leaves a wife and seven children, but Dempsey was unmarried. It also appears that the la ter was new on the line, having gone to wnrk for the first time about h vlf an hour before the melancholy occurrence. The wounded men, Tannage and Wedlache, though receiving some severe bruises, are in a fair way to recovery. It n.ay be remembered that when the presentation to the Very Rev. Faiher Coieman took place, that gentleman handed the entire sum —a), out two hundred guineas — over to his Lorclsiiip the Bishop, as i:.e n. clous of a fund for the introduction of the Christion Brctuecs into tbe diocese. Since then the amount has been further supplemented by a sum placed at the disposal of Dr. Moran to the extent of one hundred pounds. To carry out the purpose in view, and in a manner to make preparations therefor, the Vicar-General, avt ng on the advice of his Lordship and several members of the congregation, has purchased the property of Keith Ramsay, Esq., adjoining the Episcopate, for £1350/ which will be set apart as the future residence of the Brothers. It will be thus seen that, independently of the expenses attendant upon the actual transit of these gentlemen, there is a sum of over £1000 to be raised. As this is a matter in which the Catholics of Dunedin have a peculiar interest, to them especially must the appeal be made for assistance towards so da3irable an object. We wish, therefore, to remind our readers that on to-morrow a special collection for that purpose will take place, when it is to be hoped that the liberality of the donations will leave but a small balance behind. By the Wonga Wonga and Hero we are in possession of later English and Australian dates. Principal amongst the items of home intelligence is that stating that Mr. Bright, the member for Manchester, in tne course of an address to his constituents, spoke strongly in favor of the disestablishment of the Church of England. The wire is not very communicative on the matter, and we are unable to learn with what degree of favor or otherwise the utterances of the ex-Minister were received. Judging, however, from the outcry raised against his Chief for his action with regard to the Irish Church, we have no doubt, the proposition would meet with considerable disfavor. — It would appear that Spain is to be once more under monarchial rule, the Emperors of Germany, Austria, and Russia having been officially notified of the acceptance of the Spanish Crown by Prince Alfonso.— ln Australian matters, we find that the liberation of the convict Gardiner has been the rock upon which the Sydney Government have come to grief, and forced to resign. Although supplies for two months have been voted by the Legislature to tide over the difficulty, the Governor has pronounced his position to be one of unexampled perplexity. The news may possess a more than ordinary interest to Mr. Vogel's Cabinet, and foreshadow an awkward position upon the reassembling of Parliament. Thus ♦ Lyttelton Times,' of Monday last, says that it is stated, on good authority, that the Government do not at present intend to carry out the contemplated changes necessitating the removal of the various Judges to other parts of the Colony; and that, under these circumstances, it is not likely that Mr. Justice Gresson will resign, although it is understood his Honor will be prepared to do o from March 10th next.

Daniel O'Conotsll asserted that there was not an Act of Parliament in which a flaw could not be found large enough through which to drive a coach-and-f our. The Jehus of Christchurch would appear to be of the same opinion, and, by the way of testing the saying, have been making a thoroughfare of the bye-laws framed by the City Fathers. In vain have the guardians of the privileges of the citizens protested and Btormed. The barricades erected by the Corporation during the night to exclude the Cabbies were quietly removed at dawn of day by the rebels; and matters have at length culminated in the call for 200 special constables, to awe the charioteers into subjection. The majesty of the law has been evoked ere now, but fortune has so far smiled upon the mutineers, and consequently, having got the " whip-hand " of their masters, they have determined to make the most of it. At latest accounts, the City Fathers had assumed a masterly state of inactivity, and three timorous citizens having sworn their affidavit of their fears cf a riot, the Chief Commissioner of Police had called to his aid a number of special constables); meanwhile Cabby, setting all order and regulation at defiance, drives through the city serenely plying his avocation, while constables — special and general— look on with subdued admiration. Some alarm was exhibited by the residents of Walker street on Wednesday morning at the conduct of a peripatetic bull, which majestically paraded up and down the street, putting everyone to flight who dared to put in an appearance. Mr. Woodifield, of Maitland street, being unaware of the hostile intentions of his bullship, was quietly pursuing his way when he was singled out as a special object for attack. -Luckily the charge was made with such impetuosity as to attract his attention in time to escape by putting a fence between himself and the bellicose animal, and he came off with nothing worse than a few scratches and a slight damage to his raiment. It is bad enough when cattle are allowed to roam at will through our principal thoroughfares, but certainly owners should be severely dealt with when animals of a vicious nature are permitted at large, to the risk of life or limbs. A telegbam from Auckland, on Tuesday, says :—": — " The rush to Ohineinuri is increasing in dimensions, but without the slightest ihoir of reason. Over 100 left the Thames for that place to-day, and the Australian minors will go up to-morrow. It is not likely that the field will be proclaimed under a fortnight at least, and no gold has yet been shown." By our American exchanges we notice that the capture of the moas in Canterbury has been exciting some wonder and dißCUEsion, the New York and Boston journals having faithfully copied the minute account which appeared in some of the New Zealand papers. Possibly, after much time will have been expended in scientific discussion, they will learn that the whole matter has been an impudent hoax. The books of the Rev. Dr. Wallis, a Presbyterian clergyman in Auckland, were seized in satisfaction of the Auckland education rate, and offered at auction. The auction-room was crowded* The rev. gentleman's pamphlet on " The Unjust Tax," published at sixpence, was put up first. An admirer bid 575., the total amount of the the tax and costs for the pamphlet. The judgment of the court being thus satisfied, the other books were handed back to their owner amid cheers.

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NEWS OF THE WEEK., New Zealand Tablet, Volume II, Issue 94, 13 February 1875

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NEWS OF THE WEEK. New Zealand Tablet, Volume II, Issue 94, 13 February 1875

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