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Evening Star, Issue 7923, 3 June 1889
The Waitahuna West School Committee have recommended Miss M'Lauchlan, of Kaikorai, for the post of mistress, Tne members of Mount Ida Lodge, E.C., have passed a resolution against joining the movement in favor of a Unitod Grand Lodge for New Zealand.
The Rev. C. T. Abraham (a son of exBishop Abraham, of Wellington) has been appointed by the Bishop of Lichfield to tho vicarage of Christ Church, Lichfield.
The Auckland Salvationists have been advised of the recall to England of "Commissioner " Howard, but no word has been received of the appointment of hia successor in the command of the Australasian stations. In New South Wales a male householder, who holds a season railway ticket, can got season tickets for his women relatives resident in his house at half-fare. No one has yet approached the Now Zealand Railway Commissioners for a similar concession,
Crossan's Hotel, at Bald Hill Flat, was destroyed by fire on the morning of the 26th ult. As there was no supply of water at hand, all that could be done was to save ns much as possible of tho furniture on the ground floor arid leave the rest to burn. The premises and contents were insured in the New Zealand Office for L; 300. Tho outcome of a conference which has taken place between the Agnews and Inspector Thomson (aaya the 'Post') is that the constable generally to bo observed attendant upon the couple in their perambulations about the city is to be withdrawn. In consideration of this concession the Agnews have signed an agreement undertaking not to disturb the equanimity of the law by harassing Cabinet Ministers or other high officials of the Government with argument about their alleged grievance. The report of tho chief of the Ordnance Department of the United States on the Maxim gun has just been published. After detailing the results of a series of tests and setting forth the advantages of the new arm, the report concludes :—" In view of the fact that the gun is compact, portable, not complicated iu construction, easily directed, requires but few men for its service, is extremely rapid, and so far as the limited trials indicate certain in its action, the Board recommend that one gun be procured for a more extended trial of the system."
Some inaccuracies occur in the figures used by the Hon. Mr Fergus aB published on our fourth page. In referring to the pay to railway employes, surfacemen, etc., L 250 should read Ll5O. Then the rentals from Crown lands last year should have been printed LI 80,000, instead of L 1,500,000. The deficit on March 31, 1838, is printed as L 328.000, whereas the lion, gentleman represented it as 1,5*28,000. lie the Education Act, Mr Fergus explained that the Government do not intend to touch it; though at one tilno they intended to introduce an Amending Bill. The reforms mentioned in his Bpeech were his own opinions, and not necessarily those of the Government.
The Bank of England doors are now so finely balanced that a clerk, by pressing a knob under his desk, can closo the outer doors instantly, and they cannot be opened again except ty special process. This is done to prevent the daring and ingenious unemployed of tho metropolis from robbing the bank. The bullion departments of this and other banks are nightly submerged several feet in water by the action of the machinery. In some banks the bullion department is connected with the manager's sleeping room, and an entrance cannot be effected without shooting a bolt in the dormitory, which in turn sets in motion an alarm. If a visitor during the day should happen to knock off one from a pile of halfsovereigns, the whole pile would disappear, a pool of water taking its place. The third performance of 'Satanella' drew a large audience to the Princess's Theatre on Saturday evening, and the opera was performed in a maimer that calls for very high praise. Miss Elsa May waß fully equal to the demands made upon her in the title role, and was frequently asked to reappear, the audience insisting on a repetition of ' The power of love,' which she sang very sweetly. As Arimanes, Mr Gainor is certainly at his best, and having succeeded so well there is reason to expect from him a good interpretation of Mephistopheles when ' Faust' is produced. ' Satanella' is well put on the stage, and being in all respects an entire success, it is to be hoped this charming work will be reproduced before the season closes. For to-night' i,es Cloches de CorneviUe' is announced. At the last annual meeting of the subscribers to the Oamaru Hospital a point was raised as to the advisability of having more than one visiting medical officer without a house surgeon, and the decision having been adverse to him, Dr De Lautour referred the matter to the ' Lancet,' whose editor gave this reply-.—"There are cottage hospitals with a limited number of beds in various parts of the United Kingdom without any house surgeon, and attended by the medical men of the town or district, each being responsible for his own patients. The condition of things which obtains at the hospital of which our correspondent writes is unknown here. It would be a better arrangement if the medical men would come to some agreement with regard to the treatment of the patients, who would thus be under greater Becurity as regards help in emergency than when only able to caH upon one man for aid, and that man non-resident. They would probably prefer to work without remuneration, rather than accept as payment for their services tho sum which would be available from the funds of the hospital."
A letter received from London by the Inst mail (says the ' Post') states) that Mr Tegner, for some time a lieutenant in the Thorndon Rifles, has been placed on the btiffofthc Essex Regimeut for drill purposes by virtue of the position which he held in the Wellington corps. This acknowledgment was obtained through the intervention of the Agent-General.
The admissions to the Dunedin Hospital during the past week have been thirteen, and, the discharges six. There are now ninety-eight inmates in tho institution.
The weekly meeting of the Church of Christ Mutual Improvement Society was, held on Wednesday eveniDg, when, after going through the ordinary business, an adjournment was made f r a social supper which had been arranged by the class. An address on ' The Work of Mutual Improvement s-oeioties and their Benefits to Young Men' was deliveroi by Mr R. Fergus. A very pleasant ovoning was spent. The following intimations are from ' Lloyd's Weekly'of April 21:—William Errington loft England in 1883, and was last heard of in 1885 at the Sailors' Homp, Port Lyttelton, New Z?aland. His mother is anxious. George Harris, who left Staffordshire for New Zealand in 1855, is sought by his brother Arthur.—John Johnßtone, or his children, Thomas and Ruth Juhtsl-one, who landed in Now Zealand thirty years ago, are asked to write to Mrs Johnstone s brother (John Bastot) Mary Ann Ponsonby went with her husband to Auckland, New Zealand, forty six years ago. Her sister inquires, .
Evening Star, Issue 7923, 3 June 1889
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