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At Lyttelton yesterday John Neilson, a sailor, was committed for trial for passing a gilded sixpence for half a sovereign at the bar of the Royal Hotel. We hear with regret that Mr A. C. Purdie, the janitor of the University, had an apoplectic seizure last night, and now lies in a precarious state. A Sydney theatrical manager, in conjunction with an Adelaide colleague, has arranged to bring Buffalo Bill’s show to Australia this summer.

Miss Ackerman, the temperance advocate, has promised to endeavor to have a lecturess appointed to this colony by the Women’s Christian Temperance Union, and trusts that the various branches will see that such a scheme is made self-supporting. A rabbi ter named Baird was found dead, from exposure, oh the Garrick Range, near the old Caledonian reef, on Monday. The ‘Cromwell Argus’ states that the body has been brought to Bannockburn, where an inquest will be held. Deceased has a brother iu Dunedin in the employ of Messrs A, and T. Inglis. At a meeting last evening of Lodge Otago Kilwinning, 417 S.C.—the oldest lodge in New Zealand under the Scottish Constitution—the following motion was carried by a large majority“ That in tho opinion of this lodge it is not expedient to join in the present movement to establish a grand lodge for New Zealand.’ Under the will of the late Mr John Falconer, the Oamarn Athenssum received a bequest of L2OO, and, to mark their appreciation of the testator’s liberality, the Committee have commissioned Mr E. A. Gifford, of Auckland, to paint his picture. The work has just come to hand, and tho ‘ Mail ’ writes of it as a faithful likeness.

The Hon. T, Fergus, Minister of Justice, arrived last evening by tho Northern express train, and this morning proceeded to Queenstown, where ho will address his constituents to-morrow evening. Mr Fergus returns on Tuesday, and will remain here a few days to arrange several matters which require bis attention; and an attempt will be made to arrive at some agreement with reference to the Police Court site.

Upon searching the house of a man named Robinson at Auckland on Wednesday the police found eighteen valuable books, moat of which had been missed from the Auckland Free Library during tho past six months, and which included all tho works which have been stolen from that institution, with tho exception of one or two volumes. Robinson was sentenced to four months’ hard labor yesterday morning on another charge of larceny. A pretty vigorous correspondence has been going on in the Melbourne papers as to whether or not there is an increasing dearth of employment in that city. Each side accuses the other of exaggeration and untruthfulness. One man says:—“l have exerted mysalf in every way to no purpose, and have lately applied for tho post of nightwatchman at the university and caretaker at one of the State schools. In each case there were from sixty to 200 applicants wailing for admission.”

At the weekly meeting of the Anderson Bay M.I. Society, held on Wednesday, Dr do Zouohe delivered a lecture to the ladies on the * Nursing of Children.’ The lecture was highly interesting and instructive throughout. The requirements of a eiok room, in the case of various ailments, were shown by means of instruments, models, eto. A hearty vote of thanks was accorded to the Doctor for the lecture. We learn that this society has also arranged with the Dunedin St. John’s Ambulance Society fora course of lectures, and hope the other societies will take the hint. In connection with the death of Mr Wilhelm Bringeeu, which took place in the Dunedin Hospital last Monday, the ‘ Bruce Herald ’ says he will be remembered as the first barber in that district, where he made a competence, and goes on to say“ A short time ago he offered to donate LI,OOO to the Dunedin Hospital if the Trustees would allow him an annuity of L2OO until his death, but the offer was declined ” We understand that the annuity asked for was LIOO, not L2OO as stated by our contemporary. The ‘Post’ wants to know what the Customs Department has done since Mr Fisher’s retirement from office, in the matter of the seizures at Christchurch for breaches of the Customs regulations. Are there any actions or prosecutions instituted on either side ? The present Commissioner of Customs, although he - has the opportunity of being aided, supported, and advised by Mr Jackman, does not seem to display in these cases any of that feverish desire to prosecute for attempted evasions of duty which was so conspicuously displaytd in regard to the Wellington brewers. The Canterbury importers are, however, no doubt very superior beings to the Wellington brewer, and it would never do that tbeir names should be exposed, or that they should be subjected to the indignity of a prosecution. Despite the dictum to the contrary, the law in New Zealand is a very great respecter of persons, especially when its administration is controlled by political considerations. A most unusual application—probably the first of the kind that has come before a colonial Court of Justice—was to Mr Robinson, R.M., at Wellington on Monday. On 13th of February last Charles M'Anally was jointly convicted with Henry M'Laughlin for an offence under the Gaming and Lotteries Act, and each of the defendants was sentenced by Mr Robinson, R.M., to fourteen days’ imprisonment. After undergoing six days' incarceration, an appeal was lodged against their conviction, and both the prisoners liberated on bail, M'Anally, to-day, made application under the provision of section 12 of the Justice of the Peace Act, 1885, for the discharge of his recognisance, and for his commitment to prison for the unexpired term of his sentence consequent upon the abandonment of the appeal.. His Worship accepted the surrender, discharging its sureties, and M'Anally was committed to gaol for the remaining eight days of his sentence. The ‘ Post ’ adds that no application has been made in M'Laughlin’s ease. A case of some interest to forwarding agents was decided by Mr Robinson, R.M., at Wellington yesterday. A firm of drapers at Greymouth sued a firm of forwarding agents of Wellington for a sum of L 3 10a in respect to certain damage alleged to have been done to a box of kid gloves, which on its arrival from Home was forwarded to Greymouth by defendants. Plaintiffs’ statement set out that in the month o{ November last the box in question arrived from Home, and defendants wrongfully took possession of it and'passed Customs entries, and in consequence of clearing opened the goods, which were damaged. It appeared that defendants received instructions from plaintiffs to receive the parcel and forward it. It was received, and defendants, in the ordinary course, passed Customs entries for it, which necessitated an airtight box being exposed to the sea air, and the damage was caused. It was contended that the instructions were not to pass the entries, but to forward the parcel in bond. Mr Skerrett, for plaintiffs, said the latter were bound by instructions, and not by any recognised custom. His Worship took that view of the claim, and gave judgment for 9s, nominal damage, with L2 3s fid costs.

Newspapers make mistakes like other people. A London paper said that Sir W. F. Stawell, who died in Italy, had arrived Home, and the ‘ New Zealand Herald ’ gave a portrait and long account of the career of “Sir Frederick Thomas Sargood, K.C.M.6,”

Mention was made in the cablegrams this week that fierce resistance was being offered to evictions on the Olphert Estate. By this mail’s papers find that on April 12 Secretary Balfour, in reply to a question put to him by Mr Sexton in the House of Commons, said “he understood that the number of evictions to be carried out on the Olphert Estate was twenty-three, although the number of houses involved was sixtysix, He was informed that there was a fund for supporting the tenants driven out of thoir holdings through the Plan of Campaign in January last. He believed that the tenants had paid their rents into the ‘ war chest ’; that if the Plan of Campaign were abandoned a settlement might easily he arrived at with the landlord ; and that it was the promotion of the Plan of Campaign which was responsible for the misery which had been and which might be inflicted on the district.”

Received : The balance sheet of the North German Insurance Company of Hamburg. We regret to learn that Mr A. F, W. Lorie has so overtaxed his energies in the management of the Otago and Southland branches of tho Government Insurance Department that his medical advisers have insisted upon his giving up the business of life insurance altogether. During last year over 25 per cent, of the whole new business of the department was done by Mr Lorie, and his sever men with tho department is much to be regretted ou both tides Tho weekly meeting cf Trinity Church Musical and Literary Society was held last evening, there being a good attendance. Mr R. N. Vanes (vice-president) occupied the chair. Tho subject for the evening was a debate on ‘ls it moral to raise money for churches by bazaars, fancy fairs, etc?’ Mr ACrow took the affirmative, and Mr Bardsley tho uegit'.vo. After a good deal of discus-ion amongst members a vote was taken, resulting in favor of tho affirmative. Mr J, Lane gave a song, and Miss Outred a piano solo. Tho fortnightly meeting of the Loyal Albion Lodge, M.U.1.0.0.F., was held in the London Hotel last evening, N.G. Bro, Calvert presiding. One candidate was initiated. The trustees reported having invested L4OO on satisfactory terms. An official visit was received from the Loyal Hand and Heart Lodge. Songs, recitations, and instrumental selections were contributed, P.G. Tonkins (Prince of Wales), P.G. Woodland (Dunedin), and N.O. Hamel (Hand and Heart) responded to the toast of the evening. Tho receipts amounted to L 59 5s lOd.

The fortnightly meeting of Court Littlejohn, Ancient Order of Foresters, was held in the Good Templar Hall, Kaikond, on Wednesday evening, the G.R., Bro. John Wilson, In the chair. There was a fair at‘endanco of meia bew. One candidate was initiated. A lecture on ‘ How to Extend Forestry ’ was read by tho C.R., and wa< well received The S.C.R. gave the toast of ‘The Visitors,’Bro. Eason (Court Pride of Dunedin) responding. A committee was appo’nted to secure the services of a medical officer for tho Court, the Cou.t’s doctor having left the town.

The annual meeting of the Now Zealand Clothing Factory Relief Fund was held yesterday afternoon to receive the report and balancesheet. which show the fund to be in a \ery flourishing condition. There is a considerable surplus in hard after an expenditure of over 1.86 in doctor, medicine, and in grants cf relief. The following were elected t ffice bearers for the current year President, Mr A, B. Williams ; committ e—Messrs Forrester, M'lndoe, Brown, Hamel, Fielding, and Ivimey. A position among tho tru-tees being vacant, Mr W. Brown was unanimously elected.

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Evening Star, Issue 7921, 31 May 1889

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Evening Star Issue 7921, 31 May 1889

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