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On thirty-two pianos lately seized by the Customs authorities at Melbourne, and paid for at an advance of 10 per cent., on invoiced prices, the Government made L3BO.

The rain in New South Wales has ceased. The Hunter River district was inundated, and the town of West Maitland covered with 4ft of water. The residents in the lower portion of the place took refuge in churches and large buildings on high ground.

Last night’s performance of ‘ GirofleGirofla ’ was a very enjoyable one, and was witnessed by a large audience, wlm heartily applauded the singing of the principal airs. This evening there will be another change of programme, Balfe’s popular opera ‘ Satanella’ being announced for production. Messrs Spreckles and Co. have intimated to Mr Henderson, Auckland manager of the Pacific Mail Steamship Company, that he may receive samples of Now Zealand fruit for free shipment to San Francisco, when sent for the purpose of showing in a market to endeavor to work up a trade. They state that apples, oranges, and lemons are the most likely to be a success.

Mr Beetham has upset the election of all the members of the Ilalswell Road Board, on the ground that the name of Thomas Sutton, one of the candidates proposed and seconded for election, was omitted from the polling papers, and that by reason of the mistake of the returning officer the return of votes given to the various candidates was wrongly stated. In the N.S. Wales Assembly recently quite a sensation was earned when Mr Dibbs questioned the Postmaster-General regarding a report that two letters, addressed to Mr John Deasy, one of the Irish enjoys, had been opened at the post office. In replying, Mr O’Connor stated that Mr Deasy had complained that letters addressed to him had been opened, not only in this colony but in Victoria and South Australia. A searching inquiry was promised if Mr Deasy would make a direct charge, but he did not wish to pursue the matter further, Mr Deasy sent him (Mr O’Connor) several letters which bore evidence of having been tampered with, but only one had passed through the New South Wales Post Office, further questions having been asked, Mr O’Connor promised a searching investigation would be made, although, he said, it would be difficult to find out the guilty person in the absence of the letter alleged to have been opened. At the Auckland Police Court yesterday William Eastdown, licensee of the Rising Sun Hotel, was charged with permitting Richard Michaels to conduct business on those premises during his absence for more than fourteen days. Mr Cotter said that there had been no intention to break the law. The Act provided for a temporary transfer, which held good until the next quarterly meeting of the licensing bench, when a permanent transfer had to be obtained, or the license reverted back to the original holder; but to obtain a permanent transfer twenty-one days’ notice had to be given, and in the present case this was impossible, as negotiations for the purchase of the house had not been completed until within twenty-one days of the quarterly meeting. These cases frequently occurred, and were generally met by arrangement with the licensing bench and police. What should have been done, as was done in most cases, was to have Eastdown sleep on the premises once a fortnight until a temporary license had been obtained. The charge was withdrawn with the consent of Inspector Broham, who, however, pointed out that the penalty for offences of this kind was forfeiture of the license.

The following are extracts from a private letter received By a gentleman in Auckland: “The situation is about this: Tamasese and his men are being starved out, and the Germans are making desperate efforts to induce them to hold together until the arrival of fresh warships, when they (the Germans) promise to make a fresh attach on Mataafa, It is doubtful if they will succeed, in my opinion. I visited Tamasese’s camp, eight miles from here, last Sunday, and found him deserted by all but about 300 warriors. They have an impregnable position, and could face an army as tar as actual fighting is concerned, butcouldeasily be starvedout, as theterritory to which they would be confined in case of siege would be only'eight miles lonj* by one wide, and there is no water on it. Provisions are already scarce with them, and they wapt to quit fighting. They are beginning to realise that there is nothing to fight for, and that they would be just as well off under one Jiing as under another. Of course Tamasese has Ms pergonal ambition to gratify, apd the Germans are using him as the catspaw to pqll the chestnuts out of tjio fire. His men are outnumbered thousands to hundreds by Mataafa’s forppp, who only want a little encouragement to sail in and wipe out the few Germans left here, as well as Tamasese. There are but eighty German sailors in Apia now. This climate is very warm. About one out of every six sailors and officers is down with dysentery or malarial or typhoid fever, and as there are 600 of them you pan see that the hospitals are pretty well crowded. If they don’t get some of them away from here pretty soon I am afraid there will be an epidemic,’

The Lyttelton Borough Council has decided to call for tenders for lighting the town by electricity. The nomination for the vacancy for Christohiiio.i North, caused by the resignation of Sir Julius Vogel, has been fixed for June 13, and the polling for Juno 19, Mr Forbes has retired from the contest. Mr Justice Williams will hold a sitting in Chambers to-morrow. There is a very long roll. Winmill v. Gallie is to stand over until the jury cases are disposed of at next month’s civil sittings, commencing on the 10th.

A mistake occurred in our report of the inquest in connection with the death of Isabella M'Fadyen. Mr Wardrop is reported to have said that he ordered cold water to be thrown over the child, while it was stated by him that the child was asking for cold water to be thrown over her, and that he applied lime liniment and bandages, The mistake occurred through the evidence being forwarded per telephone. The City Council last night considered in Committee a proposal by the Hon. Mr Larnach as to the future disposal of a leasehold in Manse street held by him, The report of the Finance Committee, which recommended the taking over of the lease in satisfaction of arrears of rent, was adopted, and instructions given to give legal effect to the understanding arrived at. Cr Cohen urged that the memorandum of the town clerk, which set | forth the terms of the arrangement and showed its prospective advantages to the ratepayers, should be handed to the Press, but the majority of the Council held the opinion that it was a departmental document, and that there were good reasons why its contents should not be published, A six-roomed cottage in Jed street, Invercargill, was burned yesterday afternoon. It was owned by Mrs Wilson and occupied by a family named Colvin. The husband was working at the Bluff, and, while Mrs Colvin was at the railway station with a parcel for him, a girl lit a fire of chips, the flames from which spread to the mantelpiece and wall. The household effects were saved. The house was insured for LIOO in the Colonial Office. The value of the new water supply, which is equivalent to keeping a steam fire engine always at work, was shown by the ease with which the fire was battered out. Immediately the alarm was sounded the speed of the engines at the waterworks was quickened, and a full pressure at once obtained.

The members of the Otago High School Old Boy»’ Club held a very enjoyable smoke social in St. Matthew’s schoolroom last evening, when about fifty members were present. The President (Dr Belcher), in his opening remarks, referred to the progress the club was making, and intimated that there would be several social evenings held during the year. In the vocal part of the programme Messrs E. C. Reynolds, C. W. Rattray, and A. A. Finch contributed songs, the choruses of which were joined in most heartily. Messrs F. Biyley and Siedeberg played pianoforte solos; Messrs G. Moodie and C. R. S. Barrett violin solos, accompanied by Mr Bayley; and Messrs G. Turton, J. Stone, jun., and J, W. Cargill gave very amusing recitations, the latter having to respond to a double encore. Mr £. H. Burn caused a great deal of amusement by his rendering in costume of the song ‘ Ole banjo.’ Mr Samuel Potter, an old resident of Burton-on-Trent, and one of the Balaclava heroes, died in February of last year, and a number of acquaintances and admirers have since managed to raise a substantial sum for the purpose of erecting a monument to his memory. By the latest Home files wo learn that the monument is mounted on a York base 3ft Gin square, and immediately above that is a finely axed granite base 2ft 4in square. This is surmounted by a handsome rocky base, on the front of which is a polished scroll bearing the inscription: “This monument was erected by subscription to the memory of the late Samuel Potter, of Lichfield (late of Burton-on-Trent), who took part with the 4th Light Dragoons in the memorable charge of Balaclava. Died February 20, 1888 ; aged GO years. ‘ Honor the charge they made, noble Six Hundred.’” Subsequent to the charge Mr Potter was promoted to the rank of sergeant.

The estimated population of Victoria on the 31st March last was 1,097,004, The total allowance for unrecorded departures since the census of 1881 was taken has been 42,999—viz., 34,240 males and 8,769 females. Had no such allowance been made, the apparent population at the end of March would have been 1,140,003 —viz , 618,555 males and 521,448 females. An estimate based upon returns made annually by the municipal authorities of the populations of their respective districts, supplemented by an allowance for such portions of the colony as have not been brought under local self-government, gives the total population at the end of March as 1,103,655, or 6,601 more than the estimate given above. The total excess of recorded arrivals over recorded departures during the quarter was 4,821; the greatest gain to the population being from Tasmania (2,348), the next from the United Kingdom (1,027), then from South Australia (389), foreign countries (180), New Zealand (149), and New South Wales (128),

The programme of the concert to be held in St. Andrew’s Church Hall to-morrow evening appears in this issue. Annual meeting of the Dunedin branch of the Otago Educational Institute in the Normal School on Saturday morning. The opening address of the Otago University Debating Society will be deliveicd by Mr A. Wilson to-morrow evening in the Chemistry lecture room. Mr Wilson’s subject will be ‘The place of the novel in literature and in life,’ and friends of the University ate invited to attend.

The Otago Rugby Union, with a view to lessening the chances of players being injured, have decided to strictly enforce the law against the wearing of iron plates by those taking part in the game. It referees, as they are requ sted, give thtir support, the dangerous practice will soon be put a stop to. The fortnightly meeting of the Enterprise Lodge, U.A.0.D., was held last evening, when there was a large attendance of members. One new member was initiated. Visits were received from D.P. Bro, Moss andßro. Heywood (Mistletoe Lodge, Tasmania), and from the Otago Lodge. The receipts were Ll2 6a. The editor of ‘Zealandia,’ the new literary monthly, has received a letter from the Governor’s private secretary stating that llis Excellency was glad to encourage any literary effort in the colony. Several leading colonists have also written to ‘Zealandia’s ’ editor cordially approving cf the proposal to make the main object of the mapzine an effort to foster a national spirit in New Zealand literature. The usual fortnightly meeting of Court Pride of Dunedin, No, 3,780, Ancient Order of Foresters, was held in the Oddfellows’ Hal', Rattray street, on Tuesday evening. There was a fair attendance of members and visitors from Courts Enterprise, Pride of the Leith, and i ittle John. The district executive were represented by several officers. Bro. Turnbull responded on behalf of the visitors. Two new members were proposed, and the court went into harmony, and closed at ten o’clock, after spending a very pleasant and profitable evening

The current number of the ‘Australasian Medical Gazette, ’ besides containing an obituary notice of Or Tennent of Auckland, publishes the correspondence between Drs Bake well and JJall, of Auckland. On the latter the editor expresses himself thus:—“ The tone of the letter signed ‘Thomas W- Bell,’written in virtue of his position as Res'dent Physician of the Auckland Hospital, is most unfitting. For, though it is undoubtedly advisable that information as to treatment other than that which always is or ought to be recorded on the boards at each patient’s bed should be asked of the Resident Medical Officer, we certainly think that what from Dr BakewelFs version were but trivial inquiries may be put to a nurse without harm ensuing.” Dr J. C. Macmullon, late of Auckland but now of Melbourne East, airs his grievance in the correspondence columns on the method adopted of electing hon. medical officers to the Melbourne Hospital He says: -“In my own case, which is ' that of many, I have been L.R.0.5.1., L. et L.M.K.Q.&P.I. and L.M. Rot. Hosp. since 1881, and, in addition Since then, have been medical officer in charge of a hospital with fourteen beds for one year, hor. physician for three years, and hon. surgeon for one year to the Auckland Hospital, and yet I am not eligible for appointment to the Melbourne hospital, whereas any M. who has been in practice five years can be appointed. Surely the diplomas of L. and L.K.Q.0.P.1. are fully as comprehensive, if not more so, than the M.R.0.5.8.”

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Evening Star, Issue 7920, 30 May 1889

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Evening Star Issue 7920, 30 May 1889

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