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The Evening Star WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5, 1889.

The dispute over the gas question at Wanganni has been amicably settled. The tailors and tailoresses of Christchurch have formed a union. Great complaint was made against the low wages and long hours prevailing in the trade. A private cable message received in town from Sydney this morning announces the death last night of Mr David Clarkson, of Messrs 1). Clarkson and Son, warehousemen. The Radical Leaguers of Auckland have affirmed the desirability of repealing the property tax, and its immediate replacement by a tax on land values, exclusive of improvements. A young man named E. F. Lawrence, hailing from Dunedin, was arrested on board the 8.8. Centennial at Auckland yesterday on a charge of maintenance, and remanded pending the receipt of a warrant. The three scholarships, valued at teD guineas each, open to boys under fifteen years attending the primary schools in the North Otago district, were won by R. J. Thompson (Ngapara), K. Dick (Ngapara), and W. Sinclair (North Oamaru). There were six candidates. The funeral of the late Mr Alexander Rennie took place this afternoon, and was attended by fully 200 persons to the place of interment in the Southern Cemetery. Immediately following the hearse were the relatives of the deceased, while amongst the vortigt were His Worship the Mayor and other representatives of the City Council, Messrs A. H. Ross (M.H.R.), Hon. T. Dick, W. D. jStewart (M.H.R.), J. Barron (M.H.R.), several members of the clergy, members of the legal and medical professions, representatives of the Otago Harbnr Board, University Council, Hospital Trustees, Benevolent Trustees (of which body deceased was chairman for some considerable time), county and borough councils, prominent members of the Presbyterian and other churches ; and amongst those who attended unofficially we noticed Messrs A. Cairns, J. Hazlett, J. Logan, R. Wilson, T. Brown, J. H. Morrison, J. W. Jago, A. R. Ure, James Rattray, J. Scoullar, R. Chisholm, Dr Hislop, J. Shand, J. Maxwell, J. T. Mackerras, R, H. Leary, G. L. Denniston, J. T. Ritchie, A. Barr, A. Bartleman, G. Fenwick, J. R. Sinclair, and Orbell. The Rev. Dr Stuart officiated at the grave. We believe that special reference will be made to the death of Mr Rennie in the pulpits of the City churches next Sunday.

A former New Zealand settler, now in Brazil, writing to a friend in Auckland, gives a very dolorous account of the state of affairs there as a field for British immigration. He i tates that the country is on the brink of a civil war, a large number of the inhabitants being dissatisfied with the rule of Dom Pedro IL, and desirous of having a republican form of government. It is alleged that Paraguay and Bolivia are likely to come to blows, so he concludes things are not at all inviting to any Britisher to settle in any of the cities of Brazil, or in any of the southern republics. An English company bought a huge block of land in the centre of the province of Paran, and are bound by contract to settle it with 10,000 European immigrants. This he regards as a cheerful outlook for the latter, judging from the concluding portion of his letter:—" The New Zealanders, even the poorest of them, have no reason to turn their backs on New Zealand. I would prefer a dish of oatmeal mash in New Zealand to a plate of beans and maizemeal in Brazil. New Zealanders, stop where you are; no other place under God's sun can offer you the same advantages which you now possess already. It is safer to possess little in New Zealand than to own much in Brazil; and better to be a working man there than a small landlord here. Only one who has had the misfortune to seek in other countries what he has left behind him at his reaoh can fully realise the old adage about going further and faring worse. I count myself among the latter class, and ... . * . i i. s- vi n i._j ii

The attempt to form evening classes at Mosgiel was a failure. The Southland Hospital Trustees have rescinded a former resolution in favor of spending LI.OOO on new buildings. In the report of yesterday's sitting of the Supreme Cjurt in Chambers the decision in re. Margaret Caroline Mackintosh (deceased) should "read us follows-.—Order as prayed. Legacies to be invested by tin; I'ublie Trustee, and paid with accumulated interest to legatees on their respectively attaining twenty-one. There was a fair attendance at the Princess's Theatre last evening, when ' Les Cloches de Coincville' was rep -nt< d. The principals were frequently »pphuidrd._ but the " gagging" propensities of the delineators of the liitilie anil (iobo again prolonged the piece to an altogether u>in.-csssary length. The choruses went extremely well, and altogether a very enjoyable tion of the opera was given. This evening another change of programme will be made, when ' Faust' will be placed on the boards. The Marquis De Leuville, in admiration of the valor and skill displayed by Captain II C. Kane at Samoa, where the American and German men-of-war foundered, has caused a very handsome gold medal to be expressly struck, with the inscription :—" To British Seamanship and Captain H. C. Kane, of H.MS. Calliope.—From an Admirer, the Marquis De Leuville." The noble marquis is a wellknown poet, and author of ' Hntre Nous,' etc.

Probably the oldest candidate tor confirmation who has ever been presented is .John Norman, who received the laying on of hands at North Ormesby, in Yorkshire, a few days ago at the age of ninety-eight. The aged cat2chuinen was not rqni'd by the Bishop, Dr Bjrdsley, of Sudor mid Man, to leave his scat, and was not expected to rema : n throughout the service. JI is case naturally served to point a moral in the Bishop's subsequent address. The Swiss Government propose that an international conference shall be held for the regulation of labor. The folioaing is the suggested programme :—Prohibition of Sunday labor ; fixing of a minimum age for the admission of children to factories ; fixing of a minimum for the daily labor of young workmen ; prohibition of the employment of women and young workmen hi su hj industries as are specially injurious to health ; limitation of night labor for women and young workmen; and stipulation for the execution of the convention to be eventually concluded. At the trial of a man named Dick (exgovernor of the local gaol) at the Mndgee Circuit Court, on a charge of feloniously wounding, the Judge was asked by the prisoner's counsel to direct the jury that a man suffering from delirium tremens, or upon the verge of delirium tremens, was not responsible for any act which he might then commit. His Honor refused. Dick was found guilty, and sentenced to death, but the aentence \va3 afterwards commuted to fourteen years' imprisonment The Full Court refused to set aside the verdict, on the ground that the Judge was right in his refusal.

Writing in the ' Fortnightly Review ' on 'Australia in 188S,' Lord Carnarvon, says he was greatly impressed with the vitality exhibited by the Roman Catholic Church in the colonies, as shown in their numerous churches and schools. He says : "Believing, as i do, that to the vast proportion of men, in the future as in the past, faith is a moral necessity, and that scepticism is the unfortunate privilege of wealth and limited intelligence, I can only admire the large and statesmanlike wisdom with which the Roman Catholic Church has from the first sought to prepare on an adequate scale for the future needs of the new world." The Victorian Minister of Education has approved of the proposal to establish an educational museum and library in connection with the Training Institute now in course of erection in the University grounds. The library, besides containing works of reference, treatises on education and science, as well as British, American, and colonial journals, will include the text-honks required for the departmental examinations in science, and for the University cxarniua tions. The department has already in its possession a large and valuable collection of maps, diagrams, educational apparatus, as well as plans of schools and specimens of pupils' work, etc., presented to the (iovernment by the British and French Commissioners at the resent Centennial International Exhibition, and it is believed that the leading British publishers will from time to time forward specimens of their educational publications to the Institute. The members of the Dimedin Holiness and Divine Healing Association held their first tea and social meeting in Milton Hal), Stuart street, last evening. The attendance of members and friends in sympathy was very encouraging, several friends who for various reasons had ceased to attend the regular meetings, and several whose interest in the work of the Association has only lately been awakened, being present. After addresses had been delivered by the secretary and the president, _in which the responsibility of Christians with reference to the kudred doctrines of holiness and healing were pointed out, testimonies were given of healing according to the promise in James v., 15, the majority of those testifying having been healed within the last few months. Some other brethren spoke, and during the evening several hymns from Sankey's collection were sung. It was intimated that an endeavor would be made to spread the teaching at Ravensbourne, North east Valley, Portobello, and other places.

The annual meeting of the Roslyn Bowling Club will be held on Friday evening.

The Savaae Club hold their first ladies' evening on Monday evening, the 10th inst., in St. Matthew's Schoolroom. Mr W. D. Stewart, M.H.R., will address the electors of Dunedin West this evening in the public hall, North-east Valley. Dr Colquhoun will deliver an illustrated lecture on ' The circulation of the bloo 1' in Trinity Hall, Moray place, to-m«rrow evening. Court St. Andrew's, A.0.F., 1 eld their usual fortnightly meeting in (lie lodge room, Edinburgh Castle Hotel, Caveishara, on Monday, C.R. Bro. W. Dunn presiding, and the-e being a good attendance of members and visitors. One candidalc was initiated. P.C.R. Bro. Pring, of Court Fnterprise, responded to the toast of "The Visitors." The Taieri send a football team to Lawrence next Saturday, and will he rcpres; by A. Gibson, W. Gibson, J. Allan, H. Allan, AY. Edmond, P. Mann, R. Matheson, L\ Davidson, A. Hart, emergencies G. Allan and H. Mellsop (forwards); G. Murdoch, H. Smeaton, J. Oliver, J. Allan, J. Smith, and J. Hitlop (backs) The first of a course of lessons on laundry work was given in the rooms of the Young Women's Christian Association, Moray place, last evening. There were between thirty and forty present, and regret was expressed that many more did not attend, as the lesson was an admirable one. Directions as to the proper way to soak, wash, and boil linen were given; also hints about keeping the copper and washinghouse in g.iod order. Several shirts and collars were starched and ironed, and looked exactly like new ones. This lesson will be repeated on Friday afternoon, at three o'clock; and one on the doing up of laces and other fine articles will be given on Tuesday, at 7 p.m. The usual fortnightly meeting of the Valley True Blue Lod?e, P.A.F.S.A., was held in the lodge room, public hall, Valley, on Tuesday evening; the W.M., Bro. W. W. Blair, presiding. There was a fair attendance of members. One candidate was initiated, and two new members proposed. Arrangements were made for having the annual social gathering in Valley Drillshed on the 21st inst, LIOO was ordered to be placed in the Bink of New Zealand to the ciedit of sick and funeral fund at fixed deposit for twelve months The receipts for the evening were L3lo< (id. The last number of the ' Gazette' contained a circular from the Colonial Secrejary's Department as to the of carbolic acid as a disinfectant. The information is the result of an inquiry made by the Government of Antigui, through the medical department of the 1 ocal Government Board in London, for opinions on the mbject. The Local Government Board say in effect that carbolic acid has no value as a disinfectant, and that for purposes of real and valid disinfection, heit, perchloride of lmrcury, and sulphurous acid are alone enumerated by the department as sui'able for the purpose. The c'rcular gives full instructions as to how the disinfectants are to be used.

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