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The Evening Star WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12, 1889.

Mr Dillon will not be able to leave Australia for this colony earlier than tiro middle of August. A truck attached to this morning’s train from Oamaru got derailed on tho hill between Omitni and Warrington, causing half an hour’s delay at Waitati to the North express train.

Waugh, an absconding clerk from tho Dunedin Post Office Savings Bank, was yesterday arrested at Sydney on a charge of embezzling moneys belonging to the New Zealand Government,

The Rev. G. W. Yorke, honorary chaplain of the Brunner Rangers, preached a sermon in rhyme which the ‘ Brunner Nows ’ publishes in full. The rev. gentleman’s rhymes are not so sound as his doctrine.

Our Christchurch coftespondent wires that the following have passed tho April examination of the Pharmacy Board of Now Zealand : Alexander Bagiey and Robert Wilkinson, Dunedin ; Edward Cohen and Fred Akhurst, Christchurch ; Robert Painter, Tinmru; Robert S, Tannin, Napier, Seventeen candidates presented themselves.

A storm in a teapot has been aroused in Hokitika in consequence of some of the school children suffering from a skin disease known as Maori pock or itch. The Education Board and tho inspector of schools seem to have unwarrantably Interfered with the functions of the School Committee, which the latter resent. The casus belli is whether the State school shall be closed or not.

The ‘North Otago Times’ hears through the unusual medium of a correspondent’s letter that Mr Harold Davenport, while journeying from Oamaru to Maheno on tho 10th inst., was set upon when a mile from Totara House by three young men, who had asked for a light, and robbed of a pocket-book (containing L 35) which was in a portmanteau that they took from him.

It seems from a communique to the ‘ Lyttelton Times ’ that the New Zealand Shipping Company have made satisfactory arrangements with the owners of the other steamers engaged in tho direct service to assist in carrying out the mail contract, if the company’s offer for its continuance be accepted by the Government. The company, who were the sole tenderers, offer to provide either a monthly or fortnightly service. •

A man named George Wilson alias Fred James, wanted for pocket-picking in Melbourne, was arrested at Invercargill yesterday by Detective Maddern. He admits that he came over by the Te Anau on Monday, but contends that his name is H. E. Stirling. It has since been ascertained that he has taken tho name of a saloon passenger who has gone on to Dunedin, Wilson camo over in the saloon, but yesterday victimised a hotelkeeper for the price of a dinner. Ho answers tho description of tho police. At his recent Wellington meeting Mr Fisher unwittingly inflicted a pun on his audience and scored a point in consequence. Referring to the Haro system and its disadvantages to young politicians, ho quoted himself as an instance. He might have tried, he said, until he was gray-headed—-he would not say bald-headed—and he would never have been elected. Just at that moment Mr Fisher had lifted his hand, in accordance with an old habit, to his head, and added impressively “I certainly never would have been elected on the Hare system.” Reviewing the discussion that has taken place regarding the Natives on the East Coast who it was alleged wore poisoned by eating unwholesome honey, the ‘Australasian Bee Journal ’ says“ Whatever was the cause of the deaths, the matter should have been thoroughly investigated, and tho truth brought to light, but so far nothing has appeared to show that there was any inquest held or post mortem examination made. It was stated by a European resident at Mataata as peculiar that, although the bodies were kept for nine days before interment, they showed no signs of decomposition sotting in,” The proceedings at the inquiry conducted by Colonel Shepherd into tho volunteer misconduct at the Easter encampment at Auckland have been kept secret. The evidence adduced will be placed before Colonel Hurafrey. It is stated that one of the offiiers of tho Waitomata Navals has, however, been dismissed from that corps, as he could not explain the contradictory statements he had made with regard to the accordion stolen from Porter. Colonel Shepherd has also investigated the charge against Captains Halse and Hitchens, of the Onehunga and Waitemata Navals respectively, and who, it is alleged, tampered with the witness Canteil, and the evidence in this case will also be sent to Colonel Humfrey. The weekly meeting of the Benevolent Trustees, held this afternoon, was attended by Messrs Solomon (chairman), Carroll, Haynes, Fagan, Stewart, and Isaac, Acjjpunts amounting to Ll3O 12s 4d were passed for payment. The medical superintendent suggested that if any of the Trustees, or, for that matter, any gentlemen philauthropically inclined, possessed well-stored wine cellars, a few bottles would be acceptable in dealing with cases where wine was prescribed. It was decided to inform Dr Stenhouse that if wine were required by any of the inmates of the Institution he should prescribe wine, and not study the state of the funds of the Institution. The reliet cases were then proceeded with.

the country achool committees are pronouncing very strongly against the limitation of their choice of teacher to the three candidates whoso names are sent down by the Board.

At Wanganui Patrick Dillon has been committed for trial on a charge of assaulting girls of tender years, aged four and seven year's respectively. The evidence was ttf a revolting nature, and the case was heard with closed doors.

A meeting of the Otago Institute held at the Museum last evening, was attended, among others, by Professor Parker, Professor Oibbons, Mr A. Wilson, Dr de Zouche, Dr Hocken, and 0. M. Thomson. Three interesting papers were contributed by members, each of which provoked a more or less prolonged discussion, the majority of those present taking part in it. The ‘Westport Times’ utters a truism when it says, discussing the objections of some members to the proposed changes in the constituencies, that men of means win most of the seats now. It pertinently asks Where is the election, conducted under present conditions, that is unaffected by money, in spite of the law against corrupt practices ? It would open people’s eyes to know exactly how much it costa to fight an election in some constituencies.

Three years ago an Oamaru lady, on a visit to Akaroa, lost a valuable diamond ring in the surf. Careful search failed to discover the missing ring, and it was given up as altogether lost. A few weeks ago, however, a person walking along the beach at Akaroa found the ring, and made inquiries, with the result that it was returned to its owner the other day. The ‘North Otago Times ’ says that the gold was considerably worn by the action of the sea, but the setting was intact. There is decided thoroughness as well as originality about the following apology, which appeared in the ‘ Catholic Times ’ (Wellington): “‘Catholic Times’ has published alleged portraits of Messrs Dillon, Doasy, and Eainondo, and wo now beg to offer those gentlemen our sincere apologies for the pictorial libels upon them. The ‘ blocks ’ were received from Sydney, from a source supposed to he patriotic, but looking at the vile pictures we can only suppose that ‘ An enemy lias done this thing,’ and that the ‘ portraits ’ have been made as repulsive as possible. We have seen better likenesses executed with a mop and a bucket of tar.”

The decisions of the Board of Property Tax Reviewers have added LI 30,000 to the assessor’s valuation iu Patangata County. Altogether, the increase over the original valuations in Hawke’s Bay provincial district is over half a million. It transpired at the Patangata Court that the increased valuations were based on a minimum, equal to L2 per sheep carried, with additions on properties containing much ploughable land or having exceptional facilities of access. In some cases the valuations are equal to L4> per sheep. The runholdera complain that they cannot make 5 per cent, on these valuations.

At a meeting of the Auckland Harbor Board yesterday the foreman of works reported that the pump at the Calliope dock had been considerably damaged. The cross heads had been broken, three pillars shifted, a great many nuts and holts had been broken, besides other injuries, of which he gave technical details. Ho estimated that the repairs would cost about Li,ooo. Mr Erringtou in a report reckoned the cost of repairs at L 4.000. The chairman said that it appeared that the damage had been originally caused by a sudden shook to the machinery. The matter was referred to the Dock Committee of the Board, The cablegram in a recent issue stating that Lord Londonderry, the retiring Viceroy of Ireland, had been offered a dukedom is not surprising when read in conjunction with the following paragraph from ‘Truth ’: —“ Lord Londonderry is desperatelyanxious to resign the Vice-royalty of Ireland, but at present Lord Salisbury cannot get anyone to take the place. It is all vastly fine for Mr Balfour to pay vapid compliments to Lord Londonderry for consenting to retain his office beyond the term of two years for which lie originally undertook it; bnt nobody knows bettor than himself that Lord Londonderry received a valuable consideration as a reward for his complacency in the shape of the late Duke of Rutland’s Garter, for which he had no claim whatever, but it was flung to him by Lord Salisbury simply as a bribe to keep him in Dublin for another year.’' The Auckland ‘Star’ thinks that Mr Fergus in his Queenstown speech did not go far enough on the matter of borrowing ; but “ should have told the Otago people plainly that the restriction < S borrowing will necessitate sacrifices and self-denial by the people. The decision to refrain from going on to the London market for another loan is nothing better than a sham if the Government, under the name of tho Otago Central Railway and similar schemes, connive at tho fi’ching of the land revenue which now contributes towards tho payment of interest on the national debt. ... If tho Government intend to act upon the plan of pandering to every Otago demand, while denying important public works to other districts, they will find themselves in the position of having to face a formidable combination formed for the purpose of insisting upon even-handed justice.”

Lodge Otigo Kilwinning, S.C., meet to morrow evening.

Mr Downie Stewart, M H.R., will meet the electors in tho Leith Valley Schoolhouae tomorrow evening.

A mooting of graduates and students will bs hold at the University on Friday evening to consider Dr Fitohett’s Bill,

Tho programme appears in this issue of the concert, with tableaux Grants, to bs given by the pupils of tho Dominican Convent in the Princess’s Theatre to-morrow evening.

The usual mooting of Court Pride of Dunedin was held in tho Oddfellows’ Hall, Rattray street, Dunedin, last evening, when there was a good attendance of members, and visitors frrm Court Little John, and Pride of the Lcdth ; also an official visit from Court Enterprise. The court was In mourning, owing to the death of the lato Bro. James Renton, accidentally killed at Port Chalmers on Friday last. A resolution was passed expressing deep fell sympathy with his mother and family in their bereavement. One new member was initiated. Several matters of importance were dealt with, and the court closed in due form. The receipts for the evening were were L 46 14s XOd.

Tho following new patents have been applied for: —Walter Brown, of Wellington, engineer, for improvements in apparatus for dressing New Zealand flax; James Robert Browne, of Wellington, engineer, for Lewthwaite’s method of constructing breakwaters; Charles Jodediah Leo, of Melbourne, for securing and locking nuts on through screw-bolts; James Reynolds, of Hokitika, for a spring window rack; Chapman Ewen, of Waikato, for a combined potato separator and bagging machine; George William Grainger, of Napier, for a drum and ratchet lever press; George Kilgour, of Westminster, for a method of sorting minerals or other bodies, and apparatus therrfor; Henry Young, of Cromwell, plumber, for an (inti profanity emergency button; Robert Orr, of the Lower Hutt law cUrb, for improvements in dressing New Zealand fl ,x ; Gfo - '}'t*Thompson, of Auckland, for dressing flax ; John Robert Per!y, of Dunedin, for rai-ing stones, son l , gravid, ami debris of ail kinds u.-uady met with in alluvial mining; Henry William thepbard, of New South Wr.le.r, for improvements in tho construction of movable fire-bars, and in the ashpans of locomotive, land, marine, and other boilers.

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The Evening Star WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12, 1889., Issue 7931, 12 June 1889

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The Evening Star WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12, 1889. Issue 7931, 12 June 1889

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