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The Evening Star THURSDAY, JUNE 6, 1889.

The Governor has consented to be president at the forthcoming lawn tennis tournament to be held in Dunedin between Christinas and New Year next—26th, 27th, 28th, and 30th December.

A pound of stream tin from Hall's claim, Pegasus, wa3 forwarded to tho Tasmanian Government analyst, and a reply has been received that it yielded 57 per cent, of metallic tin.

The cost of construction of all opened and unopened railway lines in the colony up to the 31st March la3t, including expenditure on harbor works forming part of the railway system, was L 14,875,187, while the cost of 1,778 miles of railways open for traffic was L 13,472,837. The new scale of fees under the Resident Magistrate's Act will come into force on Ist of July. The fees for issuing warrants of distress are slightly increased, and poundage fees have been altogether excised from the list. The only alteration in other fees is that they have been made more uniform, the revision being accomplished without increasing the charges. Government are thinking of making another attempt to alter the rules of procedure this session, in order to get over the difficulty of providing a quorum under the Standing Orders. They will proceed by way of simple resolution, which will have to be renewed each session. The final shape of the new rule is not y?t decided on, but the Cabinet are now discussing it and will come to a decision in a day or two.

At the City Police Court this morning, before Mr E. H. Carew, R.M., three first offenders for drunkenness were convicted and discharged ; while Peter Reitz, with sixteen previous convictions recorded against him, was fined 10s, in default three days' imprisonment. The fencing case, Morniugton Tram Company v. Robert Dickison, in which tho Resident Magistrate is asked to adjudicate regarding the erecLion of a dividing fence between the respective allotments of the plaintiff company and defendant, was adjourned for the eighth time for a fortnight. Mr Philip Newbury, whom some of the English papers stylo tho ''new Australian tenor," continues to make satisfactory progress in his profession. The ' Musical World' has the following rcferenco to his recent appearance in Sheffield: "Seldom has a scene of greater enthusiasm taken place than occurred after he had sung 'Thou shalt dash them.' The succeeding chorus was interrupted, and the audience would not suffer the performance to proceed until tho air had been repeated. . . . Mr Newbury, who possesses a voice of singular purity and power, has a distinguished career beforo him."

The number of artificial teeth made in America last year by three of the largest business houses engaged in the trado was nearly 20,000,000, and this was not more than half the actual production of the country. One peculiar feature of the business is that the houses which do the most extensive export trade are obliged to prepare teeth of different colors for different countries. In Canada, for instance, the demand is for molars as white as snow ; while in South America no such teeth could bo sold. There they require teeth that are almost yellow, and the trade from China, which is a lucrative one, is for nothing but black teeth.

A little breeze occurred betwocu Messrs Macdouald and Thornton at this morning's sitting of tho Resident Magistrate's Court. Mr Thornton was speaking as to the evidence of plaintiff, for whom he appeared in the case Gore v. Richardson, when Mr Macdonald interposed with tho remark that his learned friend had evidently brought the case before the when the Resident Magistrate was absent, because he well knew that Mr Carew would have stopped him before he spoke as to evidence which had not been adduced. Mr Thornton objected strongly to tho remark, and stigmatised Mr Maedonald's statement as a direct insult to the Justices presiding. After further words being bandied by counsel the discussion ended, and the case was proceeded with. A strange occurrence has been brought to light at Tavistock Workhouse. An old person of the mature age of eighty-five has just died in that institution, who for the whole of her (or his) life was known as Mary Mudge. Up to the last few years she (or he) kept a dairy in the town, and was well known to the inhabitants, but upon the body being laid out for burial it was found that " Miss " Mudge was a man. No reason is given for this strange freak, and there was apparently no cause for the old gentleman adopting the disguise of a female. The deception seemed to have been rendered all the more easy as the deceased had all the outward appearance of a woman. The Government aro trying to saddlo the charitable boards in the North Island with the responsibility of maintaining Maori paupers, but these bodies mako reply that their hands are full enough looking after white indigents. The Wanganui Charitable Aid Board have adopted this resolution on the subject:—" That this Board strongly protest against supplying charitable aid to indigent Natives, and would respectfully point out the gravity of such position in making the Board relieving officers to the Natives, and the absurdity of asking them to recoup the outlay from well-to-do Native landowners, while the Board cannot exercise tho functions of a Native Land Court in ascertaining titles." In a report submitted to the Wellington Hospital Trustees Dr Ewart says:—"l think the infectious theory of consumption is now recognised by most authorities upon the subjeot. It has been proved that consumption is due to the growth and multiplication in tho body of what is called a bacillus. By the aid of the microscope we can discover the presence of the bacillus in th expectoration of consumptive persons, and it has been proved by experimenting upon animals that if this sputum is injected into the lungs of animals which are in a poor state of health it will give rise to consumption in those 1 animals. In a hospital warn the infection may be conveyed in the following way : Tho consumptive patient spits upon the floor, and the sputum becomes dried. Next morning when it is being swept some of the dried sputum is diffused into the atmosphere in the form of a powder, which powder still contains the living bacilli. This may be inhaled into the lungs by the patients, and these being as a rule in alow state of health, the bacilli find a suitable soil to grow and multiply themselves upon. Thus consumption is pro.dace.d."

The Committee appointed some time ago to consider the sweating system in Dunedin is to give its report tomorrow evening, a public meoting of the citizens being called for 8 p m., in the Choral Hall. We understand the efforts of the Committee have comi to nought, owing to the position taken up by the warehousemen. The whole situation will be explained to-morrow evening, and the meeting will be asked to determine what further steps should be taken. Several resolu'ions will be submitted, and addresses will bo given by Sir Robert Stout, Dr Fitchefct, M.H.R., Messrs H. S. Fish, James Allen, M.H.R., J. S. Maitland, and others. It is hoped the meeting will be large and enthusiastic; and that there will be some serious '-.nil pracUca\ effort mado to st&mp out this evil from our midst.

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The Evening Star THURSDAY, JUNE 6, 1889., Issue 7926, 6 June 1889

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The Evening Star THURSDAY, JUNE 6, 1889. Issue 7926, 6 June 1889

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