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The Evening Star THURSDAY, MAY 23, 1889.

At the Tauranga Police Court yesterday the license of the Halfway House Hotel was forfeited, on the ground of the licensee having been absent from the premises for more than fourteen days.

Post office money orders may now be issued in New Zealand for any sum up to L2O, payable in the United Kingdom, and orders from the United States for lOOdol (L2O 103 8d) can be paid in this colony. Addressing the mayor on the subject of railway extension to Te Aro, the Premier says he is yet unable to state what the decision of the Government will be, as the question of what public works are to be undertaken has yet to be considered, A person who left Auckland to go to Sydney to better himself writes to his friends in anything but a hopeful strain. He states that he looked for work for weeks without success, and at last secured employment as assistant in a fruit shop, getting only food and lodging hj return for his services, He regrets he ever left this colony. The Agnews were released from Wellington Gaol yesterday morning, after undergoing a term of imprisonment in default of finding sureties for good behaviour. They have resumed their accustomed promenade in front of Government offices. During the day they accosted the Resident Magistrate who had ordered their imprisonment, and they had to be ejected from the Courthouse,

Messrs J. R. Monson and J, Morgan, J.P.s, presided at the Port Chalmers Police Court this morning. Alfred Perry, for allowing five head of cattle to wander, was fined 5s ; aud Angus M'Kay, for a similar offence, was fined Is, without costs. John Duckett was charged with neglecting to support his wife and family. After hearing the evidence of Mary Duckett and Sergeant Mulville, their Worships adjourned the case for one month to enable the parties to come to an amicable settlement. In the course of an interview in Melbourne Bishop Barry denounced in very strong language the insanitary state of most of the cities in Australia. He said that if he was an Australian Premier he should hold himself guilty of manslaughter for every death that occurred from preventable disease. The Bishop regarded the flocking of the population to the towns as a very bad sign indeed, saying that the colonies had the problem of London before them, only under much more dangerous conditions. The following instance of colonial prejudice agaimtt anything of local production has been brought undor our notice:—The novelette (by Gilbert Rock) issued here under the title of • Colonists,' has been published in London as 'The Crime of the Golden Gully.' A certain bookseller in a Northern city was supplied with a number of the colonial issue, but only succeeded in selling a few of them ; whereas, when the London edition reached him, he speedily cleared out the whole parcel, and sent Home an order for an increased supply.

At a meeting at Invercargill last night, attended by sixty persons, resolutions were passed expressing sympathy with the leaders of the Irish Home Rule movement, and inviting the League delegates, now in the colonies, to visit Invercargill. Messrs Feldwick and Ward, M.H.R.s, were present, and took the ground that they could, without pronouncing upon the objects of Mr Dillon's mission, welcome him and party as members of the House of Commons. The mayor [Mr T. Fleming) had been asked to preside at the meeting but declined in writing, stating that while he did not object to Ireland securing local government, he did not think it was conducive to the_ good feeling that should exist among colonists to discuss the question here. The Catholic hierarchy in the United States has existed just 100 years. The chancellors of the various dioceses furnish figures in consequence of this centenary, which Bhow that there are in round numbers 12,000,000 Catholics in the country. The New England and Middle States have 5,622,831, the Western States 5,117,565, and the Southern States 1,215,576. There are 8,118 priests, 7,353 churches, 1,480 chapels, 32 theological seminaries, 125 colleges, 549 academies, and 2,799 parochial schools having 597,196 scholars. There are also seventy-three bishops, thirteen archbishops, and one cardinal. One-fifth of the people of the nation are, therefore, Roman Catholics.

A gentleman from Boston, U.S.A., who has just reached New Zealand on a tour, and came last from Japan, where ho spent four months, told a Wellington ' Times man that he thinks that Japan will become a good customer of New Zealand before long. " Take mutton, for instance. It is next to impossible to raise sheep in Japan, owing to tho prevalence of a noxious plant which u fatal to sheep. J believe there is a vast market there for your frozen mutton. Then with regard to wool, Japan !b erecting woollen mills in various parts, and will want to buy wool in the best and oheapest market, and where can she come to a better place than New Zealand ? I have reason for knowing that the Japanese Government will shortly sa»d a commissioner to New Zealand to coneuit your Government and your leading merohaotw ca the wool question, and it is probable that this commissioner will try to make arrangements to introduce vour wool as early as possible into that populous .country. There is an enormous trade to be do#c yi wool, mutton, and other products in Japan, ft is a thickly-popu-lated country, ,iast .taking #p European jdeas,"

The number of tourists who have visited Waiotapu Valley, Rotorua, since December last is 220, exclusive of local visitors, as against thirty for the previous season.

The ' Timaru Heraid ' mentions that Mr Robertson, second mate of the barque Kinclune, who was drowned in the harbor, had all but completed a tontine insurance in favor of his sister for L3OO on the night of the day he lost his life, but put off the final act of paying the premium. When interviewed at Auckland regarding the result of his mis&ion in the South, Mr R. J. Creighton said that it was too soon to report results, but so far as he had been able to form an opinion he concluded that there was a growing feeling in favor of a continuance of the San Francisco mail service.

Ministers have been holding Cabinet meetings night and day for some time preparing work for Parliament, Sir F, Whitaker and the Hon. E. C. J. Stevens having come to Wellington for that purpose. Mr Stevens left for Chrißtchurch yesterday, the Hon. Mr Mitchelson returned from the North. The Hon. Mr G. F. Richardson is expected to return from the West Coast in a day or two.

At the Kaiapoi Police Court on Monday three parents were convicted under the Education Act for neglecting to send their children to school. Mr Whitefoord, R.M., said he had noticed that a misapprehension of the Act existed in the minds of certain country committees, who considered that the appointment of inspectors was necessary. He thought that had the compulsory clauses been enforced in other places in the manner it had been done at Kaiapoi and Woodend, it would have been highly beneficial. He recommended all country committees to follow the example of the masters at Kaiapoi and Woodend in enforcing the compulsory attendance clauses,

At the Resident Magistrate's Court _ tin's morning all the cases except two were either struck out, adjourned, or confessed. In the case Denniston and others (in the estate of Mercer Bros.) v. George Cowan, Mr Finch appeared for plaintiffs, who claimed LI 8a 6d for goods supplied. Judgment was given by default for the amount claimed, with costs. In the judgment summons case of L. Westland v. J. Broom (Mr S. Solomon for plaintiff), defendant, who did not appear, was ordered to pay weekly instalments of 7s Cd, in default fourteen days' imprisonment. Dr Hislop and Mr J. Hazlett occupied the bench. At a meeting of R. H. Donnolly's creditors at Christchurch on Tuesday (says the ' Press') one of the creditors who was present exhibited a childlike simplicity which is rare in these latter days. The motion before the meeting was whether the debtor should be publicly examined or not, and the Official Assignee in duo course asked the creditor in question which way he wanted to vote. " Which way do you vote, sir?'' said tho Official Assignee, blandly. "I know nothing about voting," replied the creditor, " I come here to get my money." And then there arose a storm of derisive laughter from the other creditors, amidst which the guileless one beat a haßty retreat, and the classic precincts of the Official Assignee's office knew him no more. The Payne Family gave an entertainment yesterday evening in the Foresters' Hall, Fort Chalmers, before a very large audience. The first item on the programme was the part song 'The bells,' which was highly appreciated by all present. Misses Lizzie, Nellie, and Maud Payne contributed vocal solos, violin solos, duets, and trios, the ' Three little maids from school' beingsung in a charming manner and enthusiastically encored, while ' The mocking bird,' on the violin, by Miss Maud, fairly brought down the house. Of the other part songs the best were the slave melody ' Steal away to Jesus,' • Tho old year is dying,' and the humorous compositions—the sneezing, sobbing, and cats' duets—by Messrs W. Payne and R. Steele. During the evening Mr Payne intimated that a return visit was anticipated after the family had travelled through the Northern provinces, and Port Chalmers would not be forgotten, which announcement was received with applause. During the discussion on Mr Westgarth's paper on Australian finance, read before the Colonial Institute, Mr Billinghurst,_ the manacer of the London and Westminster addressed a few words of warning to the colonies on the subject of their borrowings. He said that the interest which had to be provided to pay those who had advanced the L1G0.000,000 of Australasia's public debt amounted to L 10,000,000 per annum. So far the pressure of it had not been felt, because it had not been necessary to transmit the money from the colonies to this country, inasmuch as, through the frequent borrowings of tho different colonics there were generally large sums to their credit at the London banks, which sufficed to pay this interest. But the time must come when these borrowings would cease, and then the L 10,000,000 would have to be sent from the colonies. This could only bo done by transmitting their produce. According to the published returns, the exports from Australasia fell short of the imports, and he did not see, therefore, how produce could be provided sufficient to cover the annual sum of L 10.000,000 sterling. Regarding the proposal to lease the Triangle, the * Oamaru Mail' says, editorially :—" If the Dunedin citizens are foolish enought to part with their reserves to a few speculators, it may matter nothing to those who are not residents of that City. It is, however, a dangerous precedent, this outraging of the recreation reserves, and we do trust and hope that the public spirit that showed itself at the Central Otago Railway meeting during the last Parliamentary session will be again manifested, and that this prettily arranged syndicating job will be squelched. If recreation reserves are to be destroyed and put up for building sites, what can the future of our towns be ? Dunedin has few reserves—fewer than Australian cities—and it can ill afford to dispose of any. But if it does choose to say that it wants the Triangle built on, then the revenue should go into the Consolidated Fund of the colony, for the reserve was a Government reserve, and it never was given to the city of Dunedin for any purpose but that of public recreation. If the citizens of Dunedin say that they do not want the reserve for recreation purposes, and that they wish it to be built on, let it be built on, the highest bidders getting the leases ; but let it be treated as Crown land, the revenue going to the Government, and not into the City treasury. We should be sorry to see this; but it would bo a more preferable course than that of perfecting a job to please a few Dunedin speculators. By-the-bye, why are their names not published? Would the proclamation of theirnamesbe sufficient to procure the immediate vetoing of the proposal '! Why this secrecy ? In Dunedin, at all events, the Caucasian is not played out."

The last match of the season will be played on the Roslyn Bowling Green on Saturday. Play to morrow will commence at 10.30 a.m. To-morrow the s.s, Kdina will run a special timc-tab'o between Port Chalmers and Portobello. The advertisement will bo found among the shipping notices on our fourth page,

To-morrow, the 24th, b >ing the anniversary of the Queen's Birthday, the telegraph office will only open from 9 to 10 a.m. and 7to 8 pm. The telephone exchange will remain open all day. The fortnightly meeting of the Hand and Heart Lodge, M.U.1.0.0.F., was held on Tuesday evening. There was a very fair attendance, and N.G. Hamel presided. The lodge room was draped in mourning out of reßpect for the deceased Bro. J. Mapkay. The fir t of the socials was held the week previous, when thero was only a moderate attendance, due no doubt to the very wet night. Bro. Tomkins replied on behalf of the Prince of Wales Lodge and Bro. Craig tho Gaversham Lodge to the second toast, and P.G.M. Bro. Wood the third toast. The receipts were L3919s 2d. Tho weekly meeting of the Cargill road Bible and Improvement Class was held last evening in the schoolroom, when (here was a latge attendance of membeis. The president (the Rev. G. W. J. Spcnce) occupied the chair. The item on the syllabus was a debate on 'Are Luxuries Detrimental or Beneficial to a Nation?' in which Mr R. Bremner took the affirmative side and Mr Thomaß the negative. Both debaters prepared excellent papers setting forth the different views of the subject. A di cusaion ensued, in which Messrs Craig, Cole, Hindle, the chairman, and others took part. On a vote being taken it was found that the class was unanimously in favor of Mr Bremner s view of the question. Two new members were fleeted,

The usual fortnightly meeting of the Linden LoJgp, No. 165, U.A.0.D., was hold in the Cuuucil Hall, Roslyn, on Tuesday evening, when there was a fair attendance of officers and brethren. DP. Bro. M. Mow was present. One new mem . ;■ was initiated, afcer which the meeting went into harmony. The receipts for the evening were L 4 17s.

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The Evening Star THURSDAY, MAY 23, 1889., Issue 7914, 23 May 1889

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