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There have been no transactions in land at the Crown Lands Office this week.

Two petitions in insihcncy have been filed during the past week—viz , John Gray, of South Dunedin, butcher; and William M'Farlane, of Waipahi, farm servant. MrF. Jones, M.H.R. for Heathcote, received a vote of confidence at Ferry road last night. He declared himself opposed to the present educational system and to centralism.

The North-east Valley Fire Brigade have paid LSO on account of the purchase of their engine, and are still L 75 in debt. A house to house canvass is to be made, and it is hoped that the residents of the borough will assist liberally in freeing the brigade’s plant. The ordinary meeting of the Maori Hill Borough Council, which should have been held on Tuesday evening, was adjourned for want of a quorum until next Wednesday; and as only one tender had been received for the road formation in the Leith Valley, the time for receiving tenders has been extended until that date.

The popularity of the Paynes is evidently on the increase. Last night the Choral Hall was inconveniently crowded, while many persons were refused admission, The programme put forward met with marked favor, and encores were the rule rather than the exception. As usual, the concerted numbers proved very successful, and the efforts of the sisters, whether vocal or instrumental, were also warmly appreciated. Nor must we omit mention of the valuable aid rendered by Mr Steele, whose buffo singing and facial playfulness have made him a prime favorite with his audiences. To-night the company give a capital selection of their best pieces in the new hall at the North-east Valley, and to-morrow afternoon have a matinee for the especial benefit of children. Mr Atkinson, a foundry hand who took part in the exodus to Melbourne last year, has returned with his family to Christchurch, and informs the ‘ Press' that this will be a bad winter for the Melbourne people as all building is stopped, the only trade doing well being the plasterers, who have enough to do finishing up the buildings already commenced to last them for two or three months. Most of the foundries are only running two or three days a week, and those that are at work are only increasing their stock. He corroborates what has frequently appeared in these columns as to the crowds of New Zealanders doing nothing in Melbourne, who would be only too glad to get back if they had the money to do it with.

Some time ago a young woman in Melbourne was run over by a train, and had both legs amputated in consequence. When told of the operation she said “ Thank God it’s no worse.” She made good progress towards recovery, but entertained the belief that only her feet had been taken off. She was engaged to a young man, who said he would marry her despite the accident. He visited the hospital with the girl’s sister a few days ago, and the patient discovered that her legs had been amputated above the knees. The shook was so great that she tore off the bandages. Her lover still remained constant, but the discovery proved too much for the poor girl, and lost her reason. Such, in brief, is the history of one of the most pathetic cases ever received into the Melbourne Hospital*

The Port Marine Lodge have declared against and the Tongariro Lodge in favor of a Grand Lodge for New Zealand. The Wellington Ministers’ Association are making efforts to raise funds in aid of those suffering from famine in China. William Media, admitted to the Wellington Hospital suffering from a dose of poison taken by mistake at Otaki, died yesterday.

Our Wellington correspondent informs ua that St. John’s Lodge, Featheraton, No. 1,888, E.C,, have joined the United Grand Lodge movement. ’ The Very Rev. Dean Jacobs has resigned the archdeaconship of Christchurch. The bishop has promoted the Rev, xtasdaile Bowen to the dignity, Patrick Dunn alias Morgan and Kate Harvey, an ex-barmaid, were committed for trial at Christchurch on a charge of robbing Neil Leitch of L 9 in the Palace Hotel on Tuesday.

Mr Turnbull addressed his constituents at Tiraaru last night, and received a vote of thanks and confidence. He advocated a progressive land tax and a tax on mortgages, and said he would make charitable aid a charge on large landowners. A petition has been promoted at Tauranga asking that the Land Act may be amended so that any intending settler may be able at any time to select Crown lands without any notification being necessary of such land being open for selection. The VVaipa County Council have declined to support this petition.

The Kansas Supreme Court has been called upon to decide a point probably never before raised. It seems that when the jury went out one of the number proposed to open their deliberations with prayer, and thereupon proceeded to pray loud and long. What the tenor of the appeal was—whether it was impartial or favorable to either side—does not appear. The verdict, however, was against the defendant, whereupon his lawyer moved to set it aside on the ground of “ undue influence exercised by one of the jurymen by means of public prayer in the jury room.” In bis elaborate brief on the point the counsellor admits that there can be no legal objection to a "private petition to the Throne of Grace earnestly offered by a conscientious juror with the motive ot freeing hits own. mind from, prejudice and passion. But a public prayer in such a place presents a different case, since one long practised in the wielding of this subtle influence can play upon the feelings and judgment of his weaker brother, and the more gifted in prayer is the leader the more powerful will be his influence.” The Court has not yet announced its opinion.

At tho Wellington rifle range yesterday a trial was made of the ammunition of recent manufacture by Captain Whitney, of Auckland, and that supplied by Eley, the English manufacturer. The conditions were five shots with each at 900 and 500 yards. The weapons used were tho ordinary Snider on issue to volunteers. Those selected to test the ammunition were Lieutenant-colonel Hume, Captains Collins and Davy. At 200 yards a start was made with the Auckland manufactured ammunition, but the shooting was not good with the exception of that of Captain Collins, who put on 23 out of a possible 25, the total of the range being 56. With Eley ammunition there was a slight improvement, the total being 61, or five ahead of that by Captain Whitney’s. Captain Collins was again to the fore, registering one under the possible. At the 500 yards range both Captains Collins and Davy made wretched shooting with the Eley, their scores being 9 and 7 respectively, while Lieutenant-colonel Hume totted up 13. At this range the Whitney ammunition proved the best, Captain Collins making 17 and Captain Davy 14. The total of scores at 500 yards was: Whitney 41, Eley 29 Grand total: Whitney 97, Eley 90, A unanimous opinion was expressed in favor of Captain Whitney's ammunition, both as regards accuracy of shooting and fouling of the weapon. The social and public meeting of the Mornington Presbyterian Church congregation was held last evening, the Rev, R, J, Porter presiding. At the conclusion of the tea, the chairman delivered a short address, commenting upon tho progress that had been made during the past year, and pointing out the necessity for continued exertions in the future. The Session report, which was road by Mr Sawell, stated that the average attendance at the quarterly communions was 178. During the year there had been thirty-eight additions to the communion roll and thirteen disjunctions. Of the additions sixteen were received by certificate and twenty-two from the people of the congregation. The disjunctions were, with one exception, the result of removal from the district. The number on the roll was now 288. Satisfactory reports were given in connection with the weekly prayer meetings, Bible class, Sabbath school, and Band of Hope, The financial report, read by Mr Wills, stated that the total contributions from all sources, including the Synod grant of LSO and the balance from last year, amounted to L 622 15s lOd. Tne contributions from the congregation themselves were L 524 8s 4d, showing an increase over last year of L 35 2s. The ordinary collections had increased by L3l 11s 2d, and seat rents had increased by Lll 10s, while there was a slight decrease in the contribution to the sustentation fund. Mr Wills mentioned that when the subsidy from the Synod was received there would be a balance of debt remaining of abont L 450, half of which it was expected the congregation would be able to clear off during the coming year. Both reports were adopted. Short addresses were afterwards delivered by the Revs. J. Gibb, Dutton, and R. Waddell, and an attractive musical programme was gone through, tho performers being Misses Colville, MoJliaon, Mitchell, and Crawford, and Mr Ashby. The choir, under the conductorship of the last named, also rendered valuable assistance.

We beg to draw our readers’ attention to the advertisement of the City Boot Palace in another column.— [Advt,]

Annual Licensing Meeting of the Morning ton district will bo held in the Council Cham hers at noon on Friday, June 7. ‘ Illustrated Land and Sea ’ this week has a cartoon of Messrs Vogel, Stout, and Fisher as the unemployed. The Scotch page contains some readable current topics. There was a good attendance at the weekly meeting of Trinity Church Musical and Literary Society. The vice-president (Mr O. B Bainton) occupied the chair. The subject was an essay on ‘Obedience,’ by Mr R. N. Vanes. Miss Marsden played a piano solo, and Miss Cooper contributed a song.

The opening meeting of the John street Mutual Improvement Class was held in the school on Thursday evening, when there was a large attendance of members. The Rev, Ur Hinton occupied the chair. The following officers were elected for the ensuing terra : President, Rev. J. Hinton; vice-president, Mr J Todd; secretary, Mr H. Renfree; treasurer, Mr T. Pearce; committee—Messrs Crawford, Cole, Battson, and M‘Lean. The rules were considered and a syllabus drawn up. An entertainment under the auspices of St. Marlin’s Vestry took place last evening in the schoolroom, North-east Valley, and there was a crowded attendance. Miss Pyrke was encored for her excellent singing of a well-known aria, and Mr Watheu received a similar compliment for ‘The ferntree cot.’ Songs were also contributed by Misses Macdonald, Fa veil, and Graham. The choir tastefully sang a glee. Recitations were allotted to Miss Pctitt and Mr Wathen, the former giving ‘The curfew shall not ring to-night.’ Messrs Sharpley and Boydell gave readings, and the entertainment closed with the amusing comedy of ‘ The pawnbroker’s shop,’ which was well played. Mr Favell acted as accompanist.

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Evening Star, Issue 7909, 17 May 1889

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Evening Star Issue 7909, 17 May 1889

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