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The Evening Star SATURDAY, MAY 25, 1889.

Our supplement to-day contains the opening chapters of a new tale entitled ' Bella Demonia,' • Table Talk' by our London correspondent, a very readable sermon by Talmage, correspondence, and a quantity of interesting matter.

At a public conference held at Auckland yesterday afternoon it was decided to form a central temperance union ss an advising board for the various temperance organisations of that district. We understand that the Mayor of West Harbor borough has declined to act on the resolution of the Council to strike off the names of Mr Jago and other burgesses whose qualification to vote was upheld by Mr Carew, R.M., when presiding over the Revision Court.

Speaking of the abundance of fish on the New Zealand coast, the officers of H.M.S. Lizard state that in one of the West Coast Sounds on a recent visit about 300 blue cod were captured in a couple of hours. The fish was of good quality, and the whole ship's company had an abundant Bupply for a day or two. Li .Hung Chang, the Chinese statesman, recently said to an American correspondent that within fifty years China will be gridironed with railroads ; its immense mineral resources developed; manufactories with modern machinery will spring up, and with the numbers, skill, industry, and abstemiousness of the Chinese, they will be able to manufacture for the world. A serious fire broke out yesterday mom: ing in Mount Eden road in a grocery store belonging to Mrs Pellinger, which in a brief space of time was burnt to the ground. The flames then extended to a cottage ou the north side, owned by Purdie and occupied by J. Earl (bootmaker), and on the south side to a five-story brick boarding-house of fifteen rooms owned by Mrs Pelljngor, and where she resided. Both places were thoroughly gutted. It is estimated that the total damage is L 1,500. The insurances are—Grocery shop, L 250 in the Imperial Office (the insurance on tho stock is believed to have run out last month) ; boardinghouse, L6OO in tlie New Zealand Office ; Purdie's house, L2OO in the New Zealand. Earl had LSOO on his furniture.

At the BtnaU»r St. James's Hall, London, recently, Signor yincengo Benedetto, who is described as a male soprano, made his debut, singing 'Ernani Invozami,' and fojr the encore Gounod's 'Quand tu chantes.' Since 1800, when Roselli retired, only two male soprani have appeared in London—that is to say, Vellutti, concerning whom Mendelssohn expressed his distaste in 1829, and Sigaor Pergetti in 1844—and, indeed, almost the onjy .trained male soprani now existing in Europe ar<o fchp four or five still belonging to tbe Sietini c£# %i Rome. The new comer's yoice is, howeyer, AJ/nost a me?z6soprano { and although jpf wide and very flexible, it is not wholly agreeabje in quality, altogether apart imm ft 3 .ownefy very faulty iutonation.

The estimated population of New Zealand at the end of March (exclusive of Maoris) was 610,156, or, including Maoris, 652,125. The body of a man was found lying in a creek at Kumeu (Auckland) yesterday. At present nothing is known as to the name of deceased or the circumstances surrounding his death. Mr Jamea Allen has contributed LSO to the Exhibition guarantee fund, and the Kaitangata Railway and Coal Company have agreed to take LSO worth of advertising space.

His Worship the Mayor and Mr G. L. Denniston presided at the City Police Court this morning, and convicted and discharged two offenders for drunkenness. For allowing his chimney to catch fire Henry Mills was fined 2a 6d, without costs. The Thames Hospital Trustees have abolished the system of making a charge of 5a for advice and medicine to out-patients, and now make charges according to r/iexlicine supplied; at the same time allowing the surgeon private consulting practice. A ruffianly assault was committed about midnight on Thursday on Shakespeare road, Napier, by six men on Dr Moore, who wan much ill-used, and only saved himself from serious injury by rushing into his residence. No arrests have been made yet.

Referring to the totalisator circular issued by the Colonial Secretary, the Timaru ' Herald' says :—" But let us have none of this bastard legislation by the Colonial Secretary, who prates of morals when he means money lost by the metropolitan racing clubs.

Mr H. S. Valentine, the member for Waikaia, told his constituents the other day that he did not believe a majority of them wished the Bible read in schools, and j said that if they wanted somebody who was in sympathy with the movement they would have to get another representative. The following items are from the Palmerston 'Times': —"It is rumored that the Waikouaiti branch of the Bank of New Zealand 13 to be closed, that Mr Campbell the present agent will retire on a pension, and that Mr Reid the Palmerston agent will visit Waikouaiti twice a week for the transaction of business.—Mr J. Lindsay, carrier, Giminerburn (late of Palmerston), was> severely kicked in the face by a horse on Friday last at Kyeburn. He was taken to the hospital and has since died." There was a veritable holiday house at the Princess's last night. Not even standing room was obtainable downstairs, while every seat in the circle from which a decent view of the stage was obtainable was occupied. The opera of ' Madame Angot' was repeated, and went very smoothly from beginning to end ; the efforts of Misses May and Seymour, Messrs Walshe, Shannon, and Gainor coming in for deservedly hearty recognition. Mr Shannon was encored for ' She is so innocent,' and the audience would fain have had the quarrel duet repeated. To-night the company will appear in ' The Bohemian Girl.' i

The hospital erected and endowed with such munificence by Verdi, the composer, at Villanova, near his own residence, Sta. Agata, in Italy, was opened the other day with the utmost simplicity, no other persons having been present than the members of his own family, the medical superintendent, and the syndic of the village. With characteristic modesty, Verdi refused to allow the hospital to be called by his own name. It occupies a commanding position, overlooking the valley of the Po, with a distant view of the Apennines, and has been furnished with the latest and best medical and surgical appliances, including admirable arrangements for disinfecting linen, etc. On the 20th of February a large meeting was held at Harrisburg, Penn., at which Kenry George and a number of prominent land nationalisers (or " single tax men," as they call themselves) delivered addresses. Incidentally, in alluding to the great social and agrarian troubles now disturbing America, Henry George said that farmers were being evicted at a horrible rate, and that if they had the privileges enjoyed by Irish tenants American tenants would consider themselves? blest indeed. He instanced one glaring case in which twenty-nine farmers were sold up in one day in one county alono. A correspondent writes :—" What might have resulted in very serious results was, by the plucky conduct of Mr John Thomson (son of Mr William Thomson, Green Island), averted yesterday. A horse havingbolted with a buggy in the vicinity of Brighton, was racing along the Brighton road at a tremendous rate. Mr Thomson, who was on horseback, noticing the situation, started in pursuit, and, despite the fact that the road in several places is very dangerous, and that the horse had loosed himself from the bridle, with much coolness and good horsemanship, succeeded in arresting its progress. No one was injured, nor any damage done to buggy or horse." Says " Mercutio" in the Auckland 'Herald': —"I heard a good story the other day which illustrates very aptly the adage about ' much cry and little wool.' A district sheep inspector had been on a tour to a certain district, hunting after scab cases, when he received a twice-repeated urgent message from the sheep-owners in auotherdistrict that his presence wasneeded. He left everything and hurried off, beiieving that an outbieak of scab must have occurred. On reaching the locality, the sheep-owners —one of whom owned twenty and the other seventy sheep—informed the inspector that what they wanted was two ' forms' to fill up their annual returns ! The inspector did not swear, he was past that, but he felt so bad that he wanted two men to swear for him."

The number of insane persons in New South Wales under official registration on December 31st, 1888, was 2,898. The number on the register at the close of 1887 was 2,821. The increase during the year, therefore, was 76, made up of 41 rrales and 35 females. This increase is below the average, which for the five years ending December, 1888, was 99 per annum. The population of the colony on December 31st, 1888, was 1,085,356, and the porportion of insane to population, therefore, was one in 374, or 2.67 per thousand. The ratio of insanity was less among women than men, being one in 433 of the former, and one in 337 of the latter. Although the insane population of the colony is rapidly increasing, and has, indeed, doubled since 1872, there has been no increase during the last sixteen years in the proportion of insane persons to the general population. From 1872 to 1881 there was a slight increase, but since that time the proportion has fallen, and is now exactly what it was in the years 1871 and 1872.

General meeting of members of the Protection League in Coffee Palace on Monday evening.

Annual meeting of the Otago Bible Society in the hall of tho tf.W.C.A, Moiay place, on Monday evening.

An entertainment tableaux vivants and musical—will bo given in St. Paul's Schoolroom on Monday evening. A very good concert, in which several of our leading vocalists and instrumentalkts are to tike part, is being got up by the Caversham Pretbyterian Church, The concert is to be held on Thurtdiy evening next in St. Andrew's Church Hill, which has bsen placed at the disposal of the Committee. We were this af ;ernoon shown by Mr J. H. Johnston two potatoes grown by him at bis place at the top of Bel'eknowes. The seed was planted in November last, One potato weighed 21b soz, and the other lib Boz. Considering the dry season we have had, the specimens are surprisingly fine, and speak volumes for the soil in that hilly part of the City. They will be on view at Mr W. Reid's this evening.

The first of a series of entertainments to be held by lodges of thoDuaedmDi-tr'ct.l 0.0. F., during the winter months took place under the auspices of tbe Leith Lodge in their hall, Albany street, on Thursday evening. It took the form of a "social," and the hall was well filled, over sixty couples being present. The dance music was supplied by Miss Dunne (piano) and Mr Haig (violin), and fongs were sung during the evening by Bros, Springer, Tobmey, Hudson, and Henderson. Miss Alexander played the accompaniments to the vocalists, and took part with Bro. Toomey in a duet, which was much apprec'ated. The haU was n'cely decorated with fhgs and evergreens, the floor was in excellent condition, and the dance music was well played, go that the most of the company wero tempted to wait until the concluhlon of the eutertai ment, and diWscd thoroughly sitjfied with their night'a CTJoynjenj:." ' 4 ■ ' ' '' ' -"'

Annual meeting of Otago Acclimatisation Society in the Provincial Government Buildings on Tuesday afternoon. We iM the Hussars an involuntary injustice yesterday. THey paraded at Aobotsford 44 strong; our it-porter took note only of the strength < f the town contingent. There was a good attendance of members at the weekly meetiugof the John street Mutual Improvement Society, Caverßbam, whei the president (the Rev. J. T. Hinton) occupied the chair. The subject for the evening was a paper byftlr T. Pearce on 'Mutual Improvement Societies,' in which the essayist clearly defined the aims of and the advantages to bo derived ftom such classes. During the evening the secretary (Mr H. Renfree) tender- d his resignation, which was accepted, and Mr C. Batson was elected in his stead, with Mr Renfree as assistant sec.etary.

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The Evening Star SATURDAY, MAY 25, 1889., Issue 7916, 25 May 1889

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