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The agent of the New Zealand Alliance (Mr T. W, GloVer) has received leave of absence, and has gone on a three months’ lecturing tour in Queensland, New South Wales, victoria, and Tasmania. We learn that a warrant has been issued for the arrest of a young man employed fot many years in the Post Office Savings Bank at Dunedin, and who recently did the ‘•Pacific Slope.” The amount of his defalcations has been variously stated, and we understand that a preliminary examination of the books discloses forgeries and embezzlements to the amount of about LIOO. The House of Lords Discontinuance of Writs Bill, introduced by Lord Carnarvon, provides that, if it shall appear to the House of Lords that any peer has been guilty of discreditable conduct inconsistent with his position as a peer, and if the House presents an address to the Queen praying that the writ of summons issued to such peers may be cancelled, it shall be lawful for Her Majesty by warrant to cancel such writ, and the peer shall cease to be entitled to sit in the House of Lords.

In a lecture on ‘ Love, Courtship, and Marriage,’ an Auckland clergyman warned the young ladies against making a clutch at the first young man who put up his finger to them. It was far better to work, and watch, and wait, than rush into an illassorted marriage where they might be unequally yoked. Better to be “auntie” to some other woman’s children—as thousands of good women were—than be dragged down by an uncongenial union. Some colonial girls, as soon as they got into their teens, imagined themselves capable of entering upon the cares of a family, when they were no more fit to do so than a pullet was to look after a dozen chickens. Instead of crying over a washtub at twenty-five, with half a dozen urchins at their heels, he would advise them to make haste slowly, letting thews, muscles, and tissue grow and strengthen before they adventured on the cares and responsibilities of married life. In 1880 some young ladies in Berlin founded a club, the members of which pledged themselves not to marry, under pain of a fine of 1,000 marks. At first the club was a groat success. It started with twentythree members, and soon increased its number to thirty-one. Suddenly, however, an epidemic of marrying broke out in the club ; and this year, at the general meeting, there was only one solitary member left, who found herself called upon to dispose of 28,000 marks, the amount remaining of the fines that had been paid. This, by the official advice of the perjured ex-membors, the general meeting resolved to divide into equal portions, one to be given to the Berlin hospitals, the other to bo sett'ed on the last member. It seems a pity that the following advertisement, which has just appeared in a Frankfort paper, cannot be brought before this member’s notice. It reads as follows: —“ A poor devil wishes to make the acquaintance of a rich angel, with a view to matrimony, in the hope of making for himself a little heaven on earth.”

Writing to the ‘ New Zealand Herald,’ Mr S. Vaille says “ Dover Express ” wants to know what, in my opinion, is the reason that, while there were 133 applicantsfor the position of Queensland Railway Commissioner, there was no application for a similar post in this colony, even at a salary of L 3.000 per annum. Well, my opinion is this, which I wish to state clearly, distinctly, emphatically—that it never was intended to import a Commissioner. The wonderful “experts” who were to make our railways a success had already been discovered in New Zealand. It is my honest, deliberate opinion, that the whole aim, object, and intention of the Government Railways Act of 1887 was to provide permanent billets for certain people, to prevent any real reformation in the system of working our railways being carried out, and to throw the control of the trade, commerce, and land values of the colony into the hands of a certain ring. And such will undoubtedly bo its effects. lam acquainted with a good deal of railway legislation, and I have no doubt whatever that the New Zealand Act is the only Railway Act in the world that does not contain one clause, one subsection, one line, one word, to protect public interests. It is impossible to imagine that such a piece of legislation was intended for the general good. It is simply a disgraceful handing over of all public rights to serve the interests of a few. If allowed to continue in operation its effect will be to build up a few immense fortunes and reduce multitudes to the verge of starvation,” The land boom and its collapse formed the text of the address by Mr H, Gyles Turner, one of the vice-presidents of the Melbourne Chamber of Commerce, delivered at the annual meeting held a few days ago. Mr Turner considered that up to 1886 the market value of suburban land about Melbourne was lower than in Sydney, and that the standard of value had been permanently raised by the recent speculation. The continuance of the wild speculation which followed upon the first rise in values was only made possible by the exceptionally easy condition of the money market by reason of the influx of British capital. He considered, too, that the banks made an initial mistake in reducing the rate of interest on deposits to 4 per cent., his general experience being that as soon as the rate went lower than 5 per cent, the saving class looked for other investments. Still he considered that the heavy losses were for the most part failures to realise anticipated profits, and the sensational schedules which had been filed were for the most part those of men who a few years ago had nothing to lose. The colony had only suffered by the depletion of its resources in cases whore absentees sold out for largo amounts; otherwise the effect of the land boom was rather a redistribution of wealth than a general loss of it, though credit had suffered very considerably by the recklessness with which this redistribution was brought about, Mr Edward Langton, speaking of the matter of the address, said that the will speculation in land would make a deeper mark upon the future of the colony than any event which had happened since its foundation, Considering the relative strength of the communities affected, it was worse in his opinion than the South Sea Bubble. At the Port Chalmers Police Court to-day, before Mr A. Thomson, J.P., six boys named George Campbell, Charles Calthorp, John Jackson, Robert Jackson, Joseph Harrhy, and Richard Harrhy—were charged with damaging one pair of trolly wheels, of the value of L 5, the property of the Port Chalmers Quarry Company, on April 21. John Jaokson pleaded guilty, the others not guilty. Sergeant Mulville stated that on the afternoon of Easter Sunday a number of boys (including all the accused) assembled at the Upper Quarry, and, after placing two pairs of trolly wheels on the rails, rushed them towards each other. As a result of the collision, one pair was broken. Mr A. M’Kenzie (manager of the quarry) stated that on previous occasions both the trollies and tools at the quarries had been disturbed on Sundays, and wilful damage done, The trollies were taken off the rails on the Saturday evening, and could not be lifted on the rails by those boys without the use of some of the crowbars, as the weight of each was about 3scwt. The company had no wish to prosecute, but only to have the wheels replaced. After hearing the evidence of Constable Chisholm and three boys, neither of whom saw the damage done, but noticed John Jackson and Joseph Harrhy at the trollies, His Worship severely reprimanded the accused, pointing out that a serious accident might have been occasioned. He discharged Campbell, Calthorp, R. Jaokson, and R. Harrhy, and convicted and discharged John Jackson ogid Joseph Harrhy,

Mr James M, Bryce, a very old resident of Milton, has just died at the age of fiftysix. He was one of its first councillors when Milton was declared a municipality. Dunedin Engineer Corps muster for drill tomorrow evening. The First Church reunion to be held in the Garrison Hall to-morrow evening promises to be a great success. An attractive programme has been prepared, and ah art gallery will jbe open free, and during the evening the ladies will dispense light refreshments. We remind our readers that the Simonaen Opera season opens to-night with the ever popular ‘Maritana.’ Of Miss Elsa May, who plays the title rdlc, it is quite unnecessary to say anything—Dunedinites have nothing but pleasant recollections of her in * Patience ’ and the ‘Mikado,’and will be glad to renew their acquaintance. Mias Florence Seymour, the contralto, and Mr Walshe, the principal tenor, are new to us, but they bring good credentials as vocalists. Mr Shannon (second tenor) and Mr Gaynor (baritone) have been here before, and are both said to have made considerable improvement in their profession since their last visit to this City, Mr Simonson is supported by a strong orchestra and chorus, and promises to mount all his pieces in good style. The arrangements for this week are announced in another column. The following new patents hove been applied for:—Benjamin Williams, Wellington, for an improved lead-headed nail for corrugated metal; Henry Hughes, Wellington, for an improved food or concentrated jelly (being a communication from the inventor, Walter Robertson, England); W. G. Quicke, Invercargill, for improvements in Qaicke’s Patent Sack Truck and Lift; K. W. Gibbs, Nelson, for an improved mattress and bed-tick and sofa squab; W. A. Newman, Dunedin, for the curing of smoky chimneys, to be known as “Newman’s Patent Spiral Smoke-cure”; Edward Loomes, Sydenham, for storing and conveying butter free from the ill effects of shaking and variations of temperature, to be called “The Canterbury Butter Box”; Peter Walker, Musselburgh, for an improved diamond field harrow, to bs called “ Walker’s Patent Self-fixing Tine Harrow”; J. W. Kinnilwgh, Wellington, for the automatic launching of ships’ boats in a heavy sea; F. A. Dunne, New South Wales, for an ■ Improved means for coupling poles, shafts, and traces to vehicles,

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Evening Star, Issue 7912, 21 May 1889

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Evening Star Issue 7912, 21 May 1889

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