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The Evening Star THURSDAY, MAY 16, 1889.

The property tax reviewers have reduced the valuation of Miramar Peninsula (the late J. C. Crawford's estate) from L 52.915 to L 26.000. T. J. Morrow, secretary of the Arob Hill (Auckland) Road Board, has been arrested at Fiji charged with embezzlement of moneys belonging to that body. At a meeting at Christchurch last evening General Strange spoke on federation, and a branch of the Imperial Federation League was formed, with Mr C. C. Bowen as president, Hon. W. Reeves, John Studholme, and C. P. Hulbert vice-presidents.

The following is said to have been overheard at the Oxford v. Maoris' football match:—Lady Spectator (with an air of authority): "No, my dear, they are not thoroughbred Maoris; some are called halfblacks and others three-quarter-blacks!" At the City Police Court this morning, before Mr E. H. Carew, R.M., Ann M'Farlane (two previous convictions) was fined 10s, in default forty-eight hours' imprisonment, for drunkenness; while a first offender was dealt with in the usual manner.

In Chambers at Wellington yesterday in the case of Joseph Simmons, arrested on a warrant from New Plymouth, an application was made to have the rule nisi granted on Saturday made absolute. His Honor pronounced the rule absolute, and Simmons has been released from gaol,

The project is revived of - bsildmg an opera-house in a eentra'. part of the City. At tltio moriitng's sitting of the Resident Magistrate's Court the only case heard was an action brought by R. Wheeler against J. Keenan, to recover LI lis 3d, due for goods supplied. Judgment was given for plaintiff, with oosta. Messrs G. E. Eliott and T. De Lacy were the presiding Justices of the Peace.

It is reported that some payers of property | tax in Whangarei district intend to give the Commissioner the opportunity of obtaining their properties, as provided under the provisions of the Act. A vigorous protest against the tax was made by Mr J. H. Russell before the Board of Reviewers for the County of Eden, when he objected to the Valuation of his estates at L 2.650. Tlve estimate was eventually reduced to L 2.300. A deputation from the Presbyterian Assembly of Wellington waited on Lord Onslow 3»esterday acd presented an address of welcome. His Excellency made a suitable reply, and added ; " I recognise that differences of religious convictions do not prevent the belief that Her Majesty's representative in this tjorony will allow no ouch ■ considerations to interpose in the faithful and impartial exercise of the duties of Governor, which it will be my earnest endeavor to fulfil." The Siiwarrow Islands, which have just been annexed by Great Britain, constitute a grqup four in number, situated about midway between the Samoan and Society Iclchas, in latitude 13deg 6min to 13deg ii>min, and longitude 163deg 23min to 163deg 31min. They were discovered by a Russian warship of the same name in September, 1814, and are uninhabited. These islands do not appear to be of any value for settlement; but from their position they offer considerable strategic ad\ antages, and regarded as a cttallng dep6t on the Panama route their acquisition by Great Britain is highly satisfactory. The following incident is related in an Australian exchange as having occurred at the Echuca (Victoria) Police Court at the end of April:—" Mr Pennefather (formerly private secretary to Sir \V, Jervois), a barrister, was engaged in some important caseß, and had a misunderstanding with the Bench, resulting in Mr Wyatt, P.M., committing him to imprisonment for one hour for contempt. Mr Pennefather refused to apologise, and declared that Mr _ Wyatt, through defective hearing, had misunderstood him, an opinion endorsed by the crowd in Court, who expressed sympathy for the barrister."

The annual business meeting of the Otago Sunday School Union, now representing 7 035 scholars and 700 teachers, was held at the Y.W.C.A. Rooms on Monday evening. Mr W. A. Paterson read the treasurer's report, and Mr W. T. Todd the report of the secretary's which were adopted, and will be read at the forthcoming annual public tea and meeting of the Union. The following officers for the ensuing year were elected: — President, Mr J. Reith; vice-presidents-Revs. W. Baumber, J. T. Hinton, R. J. Porter, E. Walker, and Hon. Thomas Dick ; treasurer, Mr W. A. Paterson; auditors, Messrs D. R. Eunson and P. Barr; secretary, Mr W. T. Todd. The annual public demonstration will be held next month. There was a large attendance at the usual weekly meeting of the Cargill Road Bible and Improvement Class on Wednesday evening. The vice-president (Mr W. R. Cole), in the unavoidable absence of the president, occupied the chair. The subject for the evening was an essay on ' Character, as compared with Talent,' by Mr Crawford, in which the writer clearly showed the difference between the two qualities. After the reading of the paper a hearty discussion ensued, in which Messrs Thomas, Craig, Hindle, Cole, and others took part. It was proposed by Mr Metz, and seconded by Mr Hindle, that a hearty vote of thankß be accorded to Mr Crawford for his excellent and instructive paper, after which the meeting closed.

An elder brother of the famous Jonathan Roberts, named Joseph, was recently committed for trial at Waipawa, Hawke's Bay, on a charge of stealing a sum of money from his mate. It appears that the two men stayed at an hotel together one night and occupied the same bedroom. The prosecutor mis6ed his money next day and suspicion fell on Roberts, and the police got hold of a letter which had been placed in the letterrack at the hotel, addressed to Roberts, and which, by the feel of it, was supposed to contain bank notes. Such proved to be the case, and when Roberts inquired for a letter he was referred to the Sergeant-Major of Police. It is alleged that Roberts got up early in the morning, wrote a letter, and addressed it to himself, enclosing the money in the same envelope.

Despite the unfavorable weather, there was a large attendance at St, Andrew's Church Hall last evening, when a concert in aid of the Friendly Aid Society in connection with the church was held. The programme included vocal and instrumental selections, a reading, and a recitation. Miss Colville and Mrs Petre contributed pianoforte solos, which well deserved the applause bestowed on them ; while the vocal portion of the entertainment was entrusted to Mesdames Reynolds and Wilkie, Misses Grey, J. Low, and Popplewell. The lastnamed lady, in response to an invitation from the promoters of the concert, contributed an acceptable item. Miss Grey sang ' The milestone' very nicely. Miss J. Low was pleasing in her selection, while Mrs Wilkie and Mrs Reynolds were as usual heartily applauded. Mr Bracken's recitation found great favor with the audience, and in response to a recall he recited * The charge of the Light Brigade.' Mr James Cargifl was inimitable in his comic recitations, being twico recalled. His ' Tale of an executioner' was perhaps the best. A quartet party, consisting of Miss Marshall, Mrs Ross, and Messrs Finch and Gully also contributed several selections in a happy manner.

Mr Binns will meet students for the general geology course at the University to-morrow, at 5.30 p.m. An adjourned meeting of persons interested in the Exhibition Regatta will ba held in the Chamber of Commerce on Saturday evening.

The Young Women's Christian Temperance Union, having now been in existence about two years, intend noising their first social on Friday evening in the Y.W.C. A, Rooms, Moray p'ace. Mr F. A, Coxhead will repeat his limelight exhibition in the First Church to-morrow evening, in aid of the Sunday sohool library fund. The views will include those of old Dunedin

The installation of officers of Lodge Pioneer, 1.0.G.T.. took place on Tuesday, Bro. Dyson, L.D.. assisted by Bros. Merry and Pateraon, installing as follows:—O.T., Bro. Gardner; V.T., Sis. Dyson; 0., Sis. Cameron ; Bec. Bro. Sinclair; A.S., Sis. Ledger wood; T„ Bro. Fleming; F.S., Sis. Taylor; M, Bro! Kobb; D.M., Sis. Gardner; G., Bro. Morrison; S., Bro. D. 0 Cameron. The lodge is now n a good financial position, several members having been added during the quarter. The fortnightly meeting of Court Robin Hood, A.0.F., was held in the Foresters' Hall, Port Chalmers, on Tuesday evening, there being a fair attendance of members. The district officers, accompanied by members of several Dunedin courts, paid an official visit. The D.C.R. (Bro. A. 8. Adams) on behalf of the Court presented P.O.R. Bro. A. Murison with an emblematical sash ribbon and certificate in token of their appreciation of his services during the past term as C. R. The proposition of the "Visitors" was responded to by P. D.C.R Bro. Williams, of Court St. Andrews (Cavnrsham), S.C.B. Bro. Cole, of Pride of the Leith, and the C.R. of Court Enterprise,

• Electrioity in the Service of Man' was the subject of a very interesting and instructive leoture delivered last night in the Presbyterian Ohuroh at Ravensbourae by Mr R. C. Jones. The lecturer, in describing the many uses to which electricity is now put in the arts and sciences of the day, made use of a series of interesting experiments, illustrating the manner in which this subtle substance called electricity is employed in the aid of chemistry, butgery, motive power, illumination, gunnery, etc. There was a numerous audience, who testified their thorough appreciation of the subject by loud and repeated applause. The lecture was given in aid of the funds of the Ravensbourne District Library, and is the; first of a course which it is intended to be delivered during the forthcoming winter months.

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The Evening Star THURSDAY, MAY 16, 1889., Issue 7908, 16 May 1889

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