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Henry Tobin, farmer and hotelkeeper, of Queenstown, and Charles Pacey, hotelkeeper, of Tapanui, have filed declarations of insolvency during the week. Mr John Dillon, M.P., has accepted an invitation to visit Auckland, but thinks he cannot come until the middle of August. He fears it will be impossible for Sir T. Esmonde and Mr Deasy to come to New Zealand.

Postmaster-General Derham gives an emphatic denial to the suggestion that the letters of the Irish delegates were opened by the postal authorities of Victoria. Mr Deasy has since explained that his remarks had no reference to Victoria.

A special meeting of the Caversham Borough Council was held last night, and attended by the Mayor (Mr M'Laren), Cra Wilson, Nutting, Roberts, Cole, Lawless, Young, and Baverstock. The Mayor stated the meeting was called for the purpose of considering the question of levying a rate to provide for the removal of nightsoil in the borough. Cr Lawless subsequently moved a motion to the effect that a rate of .‘id in the pound be levied on all rateable property in the borough, and made payable on the 15th of July, 1889. The motion was carried after some discussion, Cr Roberts, however, protesting strongly against it, as he considered it an unjust one. It was not fair, he urged, to levy a rate on a large number of persons in the borough who reap no benefit from the sanitary steps that it was intended to take. It was decided to hold a special meeting of the Council on the 12th of July to confirm the resolution.

The Jubilee of the Rev. David Russell, of the Eglinton street Congregational Church, (Glasgow), was celebrated on April 9. Testimony was borne to the many excellent qualities possessed by the rev. gentleman by the Rev. James Ross, Provost Hamilton (East Pollokshields), Mr J. R. Sandilands, and the Rev. J. M. Jarvie (Greenock). The presentations to him consisted of a cheque for L 550 from members of the church and congregation, friends of the denomination, and friends in the city and other parts of the country; a beautifully illuminated address, signed by sixty young men, who had been under Mr Russell’s pastoral care all their days; and an address from the Western District Association of Congregational Ministers. Mr Russell, in the course of his reply, reviewed a few of the facts of his long ministry, and mentioned that his ordination took place in the West George street Chapel, now the offices of the North British Railway Company. The Rey. John Morrell Mackenzie, uncle of the celebrated surgeon, conducted the preliminary services, and of all the brethren then present he (the speaker) was the only survivor. The only minister of any evangelical congregation then in the city, and who still survived, was the Rev. Dr Somerville,

The Oainani Licensing Committee yesterday authorised the issue to one applicant of licenses for two separate hotels. Mr R. J. Creighton lately received a cablegram from San Francisco advising him that the time occupied by the overland journey between that city and New York had been shortened to five days. The long-protracted case of Winmill v. Gallie is to be resumed on Wednesday next if the common jury cases set down for hearing on Monday and Tuesday are concluded in time. Counsel in the will case were tisUnd by Mr Justice Williams at this morning's sitting ir. Ch.imbvra if 111*- action would h- finished'by thr end of the week it it was taken up on Wednesday, and the reply v/us in the affirmative.

A veteran soldier of the great mutiny has passed away in tho person of General John Longfield, colonel of “ The Kings,” Liverpool Regiment, at the advanced age of eighty-five. He commanded brigades in Bengal from 1855 to 1859. In 1857 he was present with his regiment when tho Native troops mutinied at Jullundur; at the siege of Delhi, daring the six days’ fighting that ensued, when he commanded the 2nd Brigade ; and after the capture of the city he was left in command of the station. For his services he was created a C.8., and received the mutiny medal and clasp and a good service pension. He died at his seat, Kilcoleman, Bandou, County Cork. At Sydney the other day a young woman named Nellie Bond, who rejoiced in the possession of half a dozen aliases, was charged with a number of petty larcenies. She made a practice of taking situations as housemaid, aud after serving a couple of days would decamp with the most valuable things she could lay her hands on, A witness said that she was the daughter of a doctor practising in Surrey (England), and was highly connected. He offered to pay her passage to another colony, if she were leniently dealt with, but the Magistrate stated that to release her in another colony would be only giving her further opportunity to prey on the public there, and sent her to gaol for eighteen months. At a recent meeting of the Melbourne Chamber of Commerce a letter was read from the Dunedin Chamber suggesting that as a large gathering of commercial men was expected at Dunedin daring the currency of the Exhibition, towards the close of the present year, it might be a suitable occasion for a second congress representing the chambers of commerce of Australasia, and asking the opinion of the council on the question, and also whether they would be willing to send delegates to the congress if held. The secretary was directed to reply that it appeared to the council of the Melbourne Chamber to be rather an early date for another congress upon the very recent gathering in Melbourne ; but that if it was the general feeling amongst the chambers that advantage should be taken as suggested of the occurrence of tho Exhibition at Dunedin, the Melbourne Chamber would do what might be found possible to assist in making it a success. Mr Henry Filby Pizey, whose death took place yesterday evening, was well known in town, and will be remembered throughout the provincial district on account of his connection with the Bank of New Zealand. He was the son of a clergyman, was born in 1830 at Norwood (Surrey), and received bis education at the Bluecoat School. His first experience of banking was gained at Liverpool ; he subsequently took service with the Bank of Victoria, at Melbourne ; and came from there to Dunedin in 18G3 to take an appointment in the Bank of New Zealand. Mr Pizey was at one time manager of the branch at Waikouaiti, but had for tire last ten y'ears been connected with the Dunedin office. His illness was a very short one. He w-as in his usual state of health until Sunday last, when he was seized with inflammation of the lungs and pleurisy, which caused his death at a quarter-past seven last evening. Deceased, vho leaves one married daughter and four sons, was a prominent member of the Druidical Order, being a P.A.D, of Lodge Ivanhoc, and had been a member of All Saints’ Choir for the past thirteen years.

A notice to passengers per R.M.S. Ruapehu appears in this issue. The L Battery hold a ball on Friday evening, Juno 14, to celebrate their tenth anniversary. Received : The annual report of the Equitable Life Assurance Company of the Unital States.

The attention of merabeis of Lodge Ivanhoe, U. A.0.D., is directed to an adveitieement in this is me.

A general meeting of members of the New Zealaud Rifle Association will be held next Tuesday evening. The residents of North-east Valley are notified that Mr W. Hannah has been appointed collector of subscriptions for the heal Fire Brigade.

A very interestin'; lecture on the life of the ‘ Original Uncle Tom ’ was given ia the Library Hall of the hospital yesterJjy evening by Mi Tonance, chaplain of the institution. The graphic description of the experiences of the Kev. Josiah Hansen, the escaped slave, was greatly appreciated by the patients pn sent At the weekly meeting of the Trinity Wesleyan Church Musical and Literary Society Dr Oolquhoun delivered an interesting and instructive lecture on the ‘Circulation of tho Blood.’ The doctor described minutely by diagram the primary fucict ons of the heart, and also the mode in which blood circulates from the heart throughout the body. '} here was a very large attendance. Miss A. Ferguson gave a song. A hearty vote of thanks was given to the doctor for hia adnvrahle lecture, to which he suitably replied. At the ordinaiy weekly meeting of the St. Paul’s Young Men’s Association, held last evening a very interesting paper was read by Mr W. J. Davie upon the ‘ Legend of tho Holy Graff.’ A short account of tiie history of the legend was given, followed by several selections from Tennyson touching upon the subject; and some remarks were also made upon the inner and spiritual moaning underlying this portion especially of the poet’s writings. At the close a cordial vote of thanks was passed to Mr Davie for h's address.

Tho fortnightly meeting of the West Harbor Lodee was held in tho Queen’s Hotel, Albany street, yesterday evening, A.D. Bro. Larnach in the chair. An official visit was received from the All Nations Lodge, Port Chalmers. Present—D.P. Bro. Moss; P.D.P. Bro. Bryant; P.D.P. Bro. Hutchinson, and a largo number of visiting brethren from the Otago, Ivauboe, Royal Oak, and Linden lodges. Three new members were admitted. P.A. Bro. Shelton, of the Ivanhoe Lodge, appeared in support of a deputation rc the instituting of a juvenile lodge. A.D. Bro Larnach and Bro. Butler wore appointed to act along with the delegates from other lodges.

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Evening Star, Issue 7927, 7 June 1889

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Evening Star Issue 7927, 7 June 1889

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