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The Evening Star SATURDAY, MAY 18, 1889.

Our supplement to-day contains ‘ Table Talk ’ (by our London correspondent), the concluding chapter of Dr Belcher’s paper on degrees, ‘Feminine Fancies’ (by Martha), *Toples of the Day,’ a review of ‘John Ward, Preacher,’ correspondence, and other matter.

Up to date 179,500 sacks of this season’s crops have been carried over the Southland section of the railways ; and as the price of oats keeps up, it is expected that farmers will rush in all they can before the roads break up, and that there wjlf be little left to export in the spring. The Owake correspondent of the * Clutha Leader ’ says:—“ I have good authority for staging that the Catlin Railway will be taken in hand M 8 soon as Parliament meets. The bridges will he ktflp and the rails laid as far as Ahuriri. The reasw tk.9p | he Wyndham Railway -has been continued is that the contract was let two years ago. This, with the Otago Central and the Napier lines, Is the only one the (foyernment haye gone on w|tJti this yea i r.' v

Wardeu Bird (of,Westport) is to exchange districts with Warden Hickson (Dunstan and the Lakes),

One of the Borough or County Councils in Manawatu has a novel source of income—quite new in the history of local bodies. It receives a royalty of L 209 a year in aid of rates from a mill-owner for the right of cutting flax growing along the road sides. Mr E. H. Carew, R.M., presided at the Magistrate’s Court, Port Chalmers, this forenoon, and gave judgment for the plaintiffs with coats in the following cases Chen Two v, Robert Kyle, claim, Ll3 13s, for board and lodging! and goods supplied; Martin Boyle v. William Bradley, claim, 8s 9J, for meat supplied.

On Wednesday last an explosion occurred on board the Wareatea, which arrived at Lyttelton yesterday with Greymouth coal. When off Capa Farewell, Samuel Taylor (seaman) went down the tiatch and struck a match. An explosion of gas followed, and lie was blown over the combings of the hatch on to the deck. He was fearfully burned on the face. The force of the explosion was so great that the two hatches were blown overboard, Taylor is progressing favorably.

A marriage ceremony (says the Melbourne ‘ Telegraph ) was very quickly performed under novel circumstances the other day. A couple, hailing from the Condah district, were anxious to be united by the Ven, Archdeacon Cooper, but could not come to Hamilton before Wednesday by the midday train. On that day also the rev. gentleman had to leave on a clerical visit to Sydney, so it was arranged he should meet the couple at the station, tie the nuptial knot, and depart by the train which had brought them to Hamilton. According to promise Mr Cooper was there, and so were the bride and bridegroom. The station master cheerfully placed one of his rooms at their disposal; the ceremony was gone through ; and presto ! the archdeacon had taken his seat and was on his way to Melbourne. The train, not having been delayed by this conversion of two into one, was at the station for something less than a quarter of an hour, A well attended concert was last night given in the Good Templars’ Hall, Kaikorai, by the Kaikorai Presbyterian Church Choir, assisted by the orchestra of the Southern Philarmonic Society, under the conductorship of Mr E. Parker. The Rev. R. R. M. Sutherland presided. The performance, which was in aid of the church choir funds, commenced with the cantata ‘Ruth,’ the various characters being allocated as follows: —Ruth, Miss Justice; Naomi, Miss Christie; Orpah, Miss Sutherland; Boaz, Mr G. M'Millan, Solos were also contributed by Messrs Wilson and Paterson, The cantata was, on the whole, satisfactorily rendered, the orchestra lending valuable assistance. The second portion of the entertainment consisted of songs and duets by Misses Christie, Justice, Thow, and Sutherland, and Mr Robertson. Mr E. Parker played as a violin solo ‘ The harp that once,’ and was loudly encored, playing a selection from ‘ Emani.’ Misses Parker and Laing were accompanists, while Mr Robertson wielded the conluctor’s baton efficiently. The Council of the Protection League met last evening; present—Messrs Hutchison (in the chair), Swan, Selby, Mantz, Lethaby, Woollett, Neil (treasurer), and Dickson (secretary). Correspondence with the Christchurch branch, which had taken the initiative in making arrangements for a conference of delegates, proposed to fix the meeting to be held in Christchurch, with the approval of the Dunedin branch, on an early day in June next. This was agreed to, and Wednesday, the sth, was suggested as a suitable date. A unanimous vote of thanks was accorded to Mr Bellhouse, the secretary of the Christchurch branch, for his bringing the arrangements to so satisfactory a result. The Council resolved to convene a meeting of the members of the League for the purpose of electing two delegates to the Conference and for furnishing them with instructions with regard to the business then to be discussed. _ It was resolved to open up communication with the chairmen and secretaries of the various suburban societies, and generally to carry on the crusade with enthusiasm.

The monthly meeting of the Leith Valley School Committee was held last night, there being present Messrs Hogg (chairman), Carson, Tanner, Possbotham, \V, Watson, and R. Watson (secretary). The teacher’s report was read, showing the number on the roll to be : Boys 27, girls 25 ; total, 52. Average attendance: Boys 21.G0, girls 20.62; total, 42.7. A number of absentees were reported, and it was resolved that the parents of them be informed that unless the children be sent to some school at once the penalty provided by the Education Act will be enforced. Regret was expressed that this school had not been represented at the meeting of the City and Suburban Schools’ Conference held the previous evening. The chairman stated that no notice had been sent to the Committee of such meeting, and it was stated by some members of the last Committee that this school seemed to be quite overlooked by the secretary of the Conference, no notice having been sent for a length of time. It was agreed that the secretary should write to the secretary of the Conference calling his attention to the oversight. Some projected improvements to the school grounds were left over for a future meeting. The Payne family gave one of their enjoyable entertainments at the North-east Valley Hall last evening, when, notwith standing the execrable weather which prevailed, a large audience assembled. The programme did not differ materially from previous ones, and the manner in which the various vocal and instrumental selections were rendered elicited hearty applause ; indeed the audience were somewhat exacting regarding encores, which were, however, readily responded to during the first portion of the entertainment. The part songs included ‘ Steal away,’ ‘ The old year is dying,’ ‘ The bells,’ and a couple of humorous pieces, which found great favor with the audience. Misses Lizzie, Maud, and Nellie contributed vocal solos, violin solos, duets, and trios ; while the quintet sang the humorous sobbing selection, Messrs W. Payne and R. Steele’s vocal items—humorous and otherwise—were greatly relished ; while the sneezing trio was the source of much merriment. As encores to instrumental and vocal selections a number of Scotch melodies were played, including ‘Scots wha hao,’ ‘ Pibroch o’ Donoghue,’ etc.; and a waltz composed by a Tasmanian musician was played duiing the interval by three violins, a flute, and piano. Before the conclusion of the entertainment Mr Payne, sen., thanked those present for braving the elements, and Intimated that a return visit was anticipated after the family had travelled through the Northern provinces, and the North-east Valley would not be overlooked—an announcement that was received with much applause, A matinde was given in the Choral Hall to - day, and was largely patronised by the young folk.

Special general meeting of the Union Football Club at Atkina’s Hotel on Monday evening. Otago Lodge, U.A.0.D., special summoned meeting at the Baldwin Hotel on Wednesday evening. The adjourned meeting of the Maori Hill Council to consider objections to the burgess roll will be held on Wednesday evening.

As the box plan is rapidly filling, holders of subscription tickets would do well to book their seats at once for the forthcoming opera season, which commences on Tuesday next. The season here should be very prosperous, as we have not an opera company in. Dunedin for some years. Mr Simonsen brings new scenery, and a full chorus and orchestra.

The fortnightly meeting of Court Little John, A.0.F., was held in the Good Templars’ Hall, Kaikorai, on Wednesday evening; the 0.R., Bro. John Wilson, in the chair. An official visit was received from Court Pride of Dunedin, and there was a fair attendance of members and visitors. Mr A. H. Ross, was initiated a member bytheG.R., assisted by P.O.R. Bro. Ingram. The O.R. gave the toast the health of the newly-initiated member and the Distiict Executive; the S.O.R. that of the visitors. P.O.R. Bro. Ingram responded on behalf of the district, and P.O.R. Bro. Woodlands (Court Enterprise) and O.R. Bro, Haigh (Court Pride of Dunedin) responded on behalf of their respective courts,

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The Evening Star SATURDAY, MAY 18, 1889., Issue 7910, 18 May 1889

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