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OVERDUE SHIPS.

The barquo Assaye ia now 146 days out from London, and the very gravest fears aro entertained that she has oome to griof in somo way or other. The ahip Otaki, one of the smartest of the New Zealand Shipping Company's sailing fleet, and whioh has mado some exceedingly fast passages, is 115 days out, about three weeks more than her average run. We have precedent for deeming it quite possible that the Assaye has, through stress of weathor, gone ashore on one of the rocky Met groups whioh stud the Southern Ocean, and some of which are right in the oonrso of ships bound from England to New Zealand, via the Cape. Among those are Prince Edward's Island, Marion Island, the Crozets, and Eerguclen Island, while some hundreds of miles north of the track, hut still within limits which a ship drivon out of its conrae by bad weather might reach, are Amsterdam Island and St. Paul's Island. When the Strathmore was wrsoked on tbe Crozets in Jnly, 1675, the survivors wero cooped up on the islands for over six months, and experienced terrible privationa before they were resoued by the American whaler Phconix. To prevent the possibility of such needless suffering happening to those whoso fate ia now hanging in uncertainty we would suggest that the Government without further delay shonld cable Home and to the Cape giving instructions for steamers coming thia way to pass as close as possible to these islands with a view to sighting them, and ascertaining if any smoke or other signals of distress are observable. The expense of such investigations wonld not be very great, and whether sucoes3ful or not in solving the present uncertainty, they would at least give ns the satisfaction of knowing that we had done what we could under the oircmmtaiices. It will surprise most people to learn (jhat there were last year as many as 293 private sohools in the colony (including tho Anglican and Eoman Catholio denominational estab-

lishments), with 686 teachers and 1^458 scholars, the average daily attendance being 11,396. This was a falling off of fiix sohools and 395 scholars, as compared with the I^B totals. The attendance at the Roman Catholio schools in December last was 9024 scholars in 95 schools -a decrease of one school and 322 scholars dnring the year. As there is now a Bill before tho Legislature which proposes to repeal the Contagions Diseases Act, the Public Petitions (A to L) Committee decline to make any recommendation upon the petitions received to the same end. Ex-Inspector Bayly, of the Sheep Department, formerly of Wellington, has not in tho opinion of the Public Petitions (AtoL) Com' mittee made good his allegations of improper dismissal from office. The Committee report that they find he has reoeived every consideration from the Government. The dummyißai enquiry waS commenced by the WasM L&nds Committee yesterday. Mr. Maitland, Commissioner of Crown Lands at Dunedin, was examined. It is understood that his testimony was to the effect that dummvism has practically boon unknown of late years, and that the nearest approach to it ia putting in duplicated applications from members of one family, in order to afford better chancea of obtaining hind for joint settlement. Our roports of yesterday's Pirliamont, of the City Council meeting, and of a public meeting held at Woodnlle in reference to railway grievances, besides leltots to the Editor, will be found oh tho fourth page of this issue. The Evening Post Supplement to-morrow will contain the following selected items of reading matter i— " A Dangerous Chwge," " Temperance," " Reminiscences of the Past' 1 (original), "Eocentrio Physicians," "AViotimtoFootball, > '"ItemsforLadieß," "Tit Bits," "A Berlin Story," "A Handsome Solatium,*' "The Disappearance of Mount Shaßta," "An Astounding Experiment," "Taken Almost Without Opposition. 1 ' "Death and Burial of a Banknote,' 1 " The Beat and Worst Kind of Rdad Paving," "An Extraordinary Incident," " News in Brief," ''Wit and Humour," &o. No fewer than 70 applications were received by tho City Council for tho position of Inspector of Nuisances recently vacated by Mr. P. H. Duncan. The applications were dealt with in committee at the close of the ordinary meeting of the Counoil last evening, and on resuming a recommendation that Mr. James Doylo, who has been oonneoted with the police force in Wellington for a number of years, be appointed was agreed to. Ihe Council also deoidod that Mr. Duncan shonld be paid up to the end of tho present month, and that his successor shonld commence his new duties as soon as he can make arrangements to sover his connection with the police. Amongst the applicants was an exmember of tho Council. The salary of the office is JSI7S par annum. Tho Railway Commissioners were interviewed this morning by a deputation oonsisting of the Mayorß of Woodville and Hastings (Messrs. Hall and Ellis respectively), Councillor Carlile,of Woodville, ml Messrs. Beetham. Buchanan, Ormond, and Tannor, M.H.R.'s, who urged that tho proposed removal of the engino sheds at Woodville to Danevirke should not bo carried out. After hearing the views of the deputation, tho Commissioners promised to give due consideration to the representations, and gave an aßsuranoe that no change would bo made except it was in the interests of tho public. We understand that the person who interfered with tho guard of the train and oreatcd a disturbance on Johnsonvillo platform has made an ample apology for his misconduct, and paid for the damage to tho railway carriage. The case of Hatfieldv. the Publio Trustoo, which has occupied the attention of his Honour the Chief Jnstice in the Supreme Court for the past three days, was brought to a conclusion yesterday afternoon. His Honour reserved judgment. Messrs. Johnston & Co., the local agents of tho China Navigation Company, have advioe by oable that the first direct steamer with the new season's tea will leavo Foochow for New Zealand on the 15th August. . Some time ago the City Council agreed to take a copy of Mr. J. H. Wallace's " Early History of New Zealand." The book was delivered a few days ago, and an account for £2 10s was laid before the Council last evening. Councillor Pethoriok thought that there bad been an overcharge, as he had secured a copy for two guineas. No resolution was, howover, proposed, and the acoount was passed. Dr. Etvart, Modical Superintendent of tho Wolliugton Hospital, is gazetted as publio vaccinator. Messrs. J. R. Blair and John Duthie are appointed School Commissioners for the Wellington District. Hirst and Co., tanners, Kaiwarra, have had their business premises connootod with tho Telephone Exchange. New patents have been applied for by local inventors as follows:— William Henshaw Clarke, of Wanganui, for improvement in hand-printing stamps ; John Gell Jan., of Wellington, for an improved Morse telegraph key ; George William Wilton, for a utenßll for warming or keeping warm infanta' or other food, Ac. A fiahorman named Louie Bieretty was fined .£l, with £2 Ss lOd costs, in the Magis-traWs-Cgurt this morning fofhavltijr had in his possession, at Paromata, on the lGth of June, six flounders of less size than prescribed by law. The defendant pleaded Guilty, but hiß Worship, in imposing the fine, instructed him to inform other fishermen that future fines would not be so light. Mr. Gray appeared to prosecute. The annual meeting and conversazione of the Field Naturalists' Club was held Wednesday evening. Tho retiring President (Sir Jas. Hector) gave an oxcellent address upon the geology, fauna, and flora of the district, urging members to pay special attention to tho habits of deep sea fishes, which he said would ere long form a very important item in the fishing industry of New Zealand; also to the habits and peculiarities of imported animals, hirdß, and jusects; for it was evident that acclimatisation had in the past been carried out too much from a sportsman's point of view, and some importations had been mado which the country would be better without. The officers for tho next year are— President, Mr. T. Kirk, F.L.S.j Vice -President, Mr. C. Hulke, F.C.S.; Committee -Sir J. Heotor, F.R.S., &c, Missos Gillon and Myers, Messrs. W. F. Barraud, A. M'Kay, F..G.5., and G. V. Hudson, F.E.S.; Socrotiry, Mr. T. W. Kirk, F.R.M. and L.S.S.; Treasurer, Mr. G. H. Wallace. Lawrence Gosling, a wharf labonrer, who stands ohargod with the theft of an oilskin ooat belonging to W. H. Whitaker, oalled ovidenoe in defonco in the Magistrate's Court this morning. Matthew Seaorieff, timekeeper on the wharf, said that the aooused was at work discharging coal on the Mawhera from 1 o'olook in the afternoon until 9 o'olook at night on Saturday, the 21st of June. He was away for a while for tea. Patrick Quinn, Timothy Donovan, and Edward Murphy also gave evidence to seeing Gosling on the wharf all the evening, and the latter witness said that he did not separate from Gosling until 11 o'clock at night. This concluded the evidence, and his Worship, after mentioning that he found that the defendant had given no less than four different accounts of the manner in which he became possessed of the coat, judged him gnilty. There was another charge of theft against the defendant, namely, stealing a pair of tronsers from Mr. G. W. Smart's pawnbrokers' shop, in regard to which the Probation Officer had previously declined to make any recommendation. His Worship accordingly sentenced Gosling to a month's imprisonment for the theft of the trousers, and two months for stealing the oilskin, the sentences to be cumulative. Mr. Knott's fonrth temperance lecture was given last night in the Primitive Methodist Churoh, Webb-street, Mr. C. M. Luke in the chair. Mr. Knott rivetted the attention of the audience for an hour,' and at the closo of the leotnro a considerable number of pledges were taken. Mr. Knott urged all J temperance workers to meet him to-night for conference at tho Rcchabito- Hall, at 8 o'clook sharp. Votes of thanks to the Chairman and tho loctarov concluded the proceedings. Last night Deteotive Kirby arrested a man named Honry Walters, alias " Dutch Harry," alias John Wilson, on suspioion of his having broken into tho house of Mr. Edward Le Ray, in Taranaki-street, on the Bth inst. It seems that Mr. Le Ray, who is a boilermaker employed at Messrs. Luke and Sons, left his house on the morning of the date named, and when he returned about 6 o'clook in the evening he found that a silver watch whioh he had left under his pillow had been taken. Ihe thief had evidently entered the house with a duplicate key. On Walters being arrested, it was found that the key of his houso would unlock that oooupied by Mr. Le Ray. Waltors was brought up in the Magistrate's Court this morning, beforo Mr. Robinson, R.M , when, at the request of the police, he was remanded until Tuesday next. .Ho wns allowed bail, in his own recognizance of JBICO, and two other sureties of JBSO each. A chromo-lithograph of a march-past of the Scots Guards, in Hyde Park, has been sent to the Wellington Guards by Mr. Vaux, of Melbourne, who was at ono time secretary of the Shooting Committee of the corps. Tho picture, wbioh is a beautiful work of art, has been presented for competition at the rifle range, and was on view in the window of Mr. Batkin's shop, Lambton-quay, hist evening. It is notified in our advertising oolumns that a concert in connection with the Independent Order of Oddfellows, M.U., will be held this evening in the Lodgeroom, Lamb-ton-quay. Mr. C. J. Ellison has prepared an excellent programme, consisting of instrumental mueio, part songs, duets, solos, and recitations. As the charge is very moderate, it is anticipated there will be a large attendance. Mr. Hickton, the horse-tamer, had another excellent house at the Exchango Hall last evening on the occasion of his giving his second exhibition. His subject was a young horee brought from Otaki, which had nevor previously been handled, and which he rendered perfectly docile in a very short spaco of time. Mr. Hickton will give his concluding performance to-morrow. The Star of Wellington Lodge, 1.0. G.T., held their usual weokly session last night at the Exchange Buildings, Bro. W. Johnson, C.T., presiding. Two additions were made to the roll of membership. The Committee presented their report re Saturday night's free concert, which stated that in numbers and interest manifested, and also in the selections given, it was a deoided success. It is intended to have another free concert next Saturday week, which is expected to ba even superior to the previons one. After a piano so!o by Sitter Sawyer, and a spng by a brother, tho concluding ceremonies were performed. Those interested in the races are reminded that the odda in connection with the various events at the Steeplechase Meeting will be called over at Tattersall's Club, Poit Offioe Hotel, to-night, at 9 o'clock.

In the Supreme Court this morning, before his Hohour the Chief Jnstice, the action of the Ofiloial Asaighee (in the estate of Peter HUtson, a bankrupt) v. the New Zealand Antimony Company was heard. Mr. W. T. L. Travers appeared for tho plaintiff, Mr. Gully bein? for the defonoe. The stKtemfeht of claim not forlh tnat the plaintiff sues for the recovery of the sum of £180 14s 41 d, the amount of the balance of a contract entered into between Hutson and the Antimony Company on the 15th June last year for the erection of firebrick furnaces for oruding antimony ore at Endeavour Inlet. One of tbe clauses of the contract was that the furnaces should be worked by Hutaon for 12 clear days after their erootion, and after they wero found to be in good working order, before they were passed by the corftpally'B inspector, Mr. W. A. Fitiherbert. Ihe plaintiff alleges that all the conditions of the contteot, hate been complied with, uVid in confirmation of his statement he ptit it a copy of Mr. Fitzherbert's certificate, which read as follows:—"I certify tfcat Mr. P. Hntson has robuilt the furnaces with fire-clay brioks and cylinders, and has worked them for twelve clear days, as per contract. Upon examining them, I found they were working satisfactorily." The defendant company put in a gODeral denial of indebtedness, and, farther, denied that the material or tbe workmanship wa? according to the specifications set forth in the contraot, or that the furnaces had been worked for the time specified after they had been found to be in thorough working order. The defendant further urged that tho company's inspector and engineer (Mr. Fitzherbert) had been misled into giving his certificate through being deceived by Hntson, who, finding the furnaces oracked immediately after the fires were lighted, had (it was alleged) filled up the fissures, and so Lad for a time deoeived the inspector. Mr. Hutson, tho firat witnes", Was Under cross-examination at the tima of ctt-going to prea*-. In the Magistrate's Court this morning, Mr. Robinson, R.M., fined Frederick Arnold ss, with the alternative of 12 hours' imprison, ment for drunkenness, and 20s or 4S hours for resisting Constable O'Brien while in th 6 execution of his duty, the terms of imprisonment to be cnmiilatiyo, and Henry Watkins, who was arrested this morning, was brought np and oharged with the theft of a portmanteau and its contents, valued at .£6, belonging to Alexander Gordon. The defondant pleaded Not Guilty. The oomplainant stated that he workod with the accused in the Gear Company about two months ago. On the 7th instant, having deoided to take a trip South, witness cam; into town and meoting the accused at tho Post Office Hotel, the latter offered to convey tho portmanteau on board the steamer. Witness went on board with him, but afterwards he could not find his portmanteau, bo missed his passage. He eventually discovered the portmanteau in a pawnshop opposite the Evening Post office Constable Maher deposed to arresting Watkins on the charge of theft. Sergeant-Major Morice then asked for a remand. The accused opposed the request, stating there was no need for it, as he would admit having pawned the portmanteau. However, his Worship remanded the case until to-morrow, allowing 1 the aoensed bail in the meantime, himself in £50 and two sureties of JS2S each. His Worship refused an application which was made by Mr. Howarth to rescind an order under whioh George and Join Stookbridge were oompelled to contribute towards the maiutenanoe of their brother James. . The Bubject for consideration at the Central Hall, to-night, is to be " The Punishment of the Wiokod." Job. E. Liadberc;, the well-known draper, 153, Lambton-quay, in premises lately occupied by Messrs. Casey & U'Donald, to-day announces that in addition to having made very large reductions for the last eight days' sale, he intends to present every mirchaser of drapery or clothing to the value of 5s with a6d 'bus coupon free of charge, This is really an inducement extraordinary. Laery & Co. will sell to-morrow, fruit, &c. Francis Sidey & Co. will sell to-morrow, furniture, &c. George Thomas & Co. will sell to-morrow, fruit, &c.

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OVERDUE SHIPS., Evening Post, Volume XL, Issue 10, 11 July 1890

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