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The Evening Star THURSDAY, JUNE 13, 1889.

There was a clean sheet—the first for several weeks—at the City Police Court this morning.

Major Steward addressed his constituents at Waiiti laßt night, and at the close received a vote of thanks and confidence.

Our Wellington correspondent informs us that the Ulster Lodge, Petone, I.C.,_has passed a resolution in favor of the United Grand Lodge movement. Private letters received from Sir J, Vogel state that he is much improved in health and able to movo about without assistance. He is not likely to return to the colony for some years. Tho ' Timaru Herald' states that tho late Mr Pelham Joneß, who was killed at the Birthday raco meeting here, loft the bulk of his property, amounting to LIO.OOO or L 12.000, to two friends who have well earned this mark of his gratitude, but a relative talks of contesting the will. Wilson alias James, arrested at Invercargill on a cablegram from Melbourne on a charge of pocket-picking, was remanded by MrHickson, acting R.M., for the production of the warrant. The case caused some curiosity, as Mr M'Culloch, district R.M., who is absent on leave, always declined to authorise the holding of a man in custody on the strength of a cable or telegraphic message.

Tho feature of Miss Sylvester's performance at the Pulacc Rink last evening was her " fire act," which was heartily applauded. Somo thirty-six lighted candles were placed closely together on the rink floor, and Miss Sylvester glided about them in a most graceful manner. An exhibition of fancy and trick skating of a high order was also given. Miss Sylvester is to dance a jig on Bkates to-night.

The last phase of the volunteer embroglio which has arisen in regard to the misconduct at the Easter encampment at Hamilton (Auckland) is that Lieutenant Keesing, of the Waitemata Navals, has been placed under what is technically termed arrest, it being alleged that he showed disrespect to his commanding officer (Captain Hitchins) by not forwarding through him certain correspondence which he sent to tho brigade. A meeting of the Christchurch bootmakers' operatives last night refused to withdraw the laßt two letters to Toomer Bros., which that firm insist on. The other proposals therefore were not considered, aa tho majority of the men determined not to temporise with that firm. The men will therefore remain on strike. The majority against temporising or considering the proposals, which all admit are fair and just, was 47 to 37.

Messrs G. Hurt and J. Anderson, sen., sat as a board of reviewers at Christchureh yesterday to determine tho assessment of the Midland Railway Company's property in New Zealand for the purpose of tho property tax. Mr Georgo Harper appeared for tho company, and Mr Joynt for the Proporty Tax Commissioner. The Board ultimately decided that the net value of tho property liable to taxation, after allowing for the LSOO exemption, should stand at L 190.760 14s Bd. In a recent lecture at Birmingham (England), Professor Außten, of the Royal Mint, said :—" Hero is a bar of tin, two feet long and one inch thick, which it would be most difficult to break, though it would readily bond double, If only I rub a little quicksilver on its surface a remarkable effect will be produced. Tho fluid metal will penetrate tho solid one, and in a few seconds it will, as you see, break readily—the fractured surface being white, like silver," This is one of the curiosities of alloys. A private letter received in town stateß that two "swaggers" and a cadet on one of the Strath Taieri stations were lost for two days in the gullies behind tho Rock and Pillar mountains. Travelling after Runset, they were overtaken by a heavy snowstorm, against which little or no headway could bo made. Thoy retraced their stops for a considerable distance, and obtained shelter behind some rocks, but during the night they wero forced to leave the place, on account of the snow banking up. During the daytime they attempted to reach the township, but travelled in a westerly direction. The second night was even worse than the first, for the reason that thoy were frightened to move on account of the probability of sinking into somo of the littlo gullies which were riJled with snow. The second day broke fine, and, after discovering their position, they made tracks for the Strath, which thoy eventually reached in safety. At the meeting of the Otago Institute, held on Tuesday last, tho following resolution*, moved by Mr Georgo M. Thomson and seconded by Mr D. Petrie, were carried unanimously :—" 1. That as no work dealing with the systematic botany of New Zealand is now obtainable at a reasonable price, this Institute brings under tho notice of the New Zealand lustituto the desirability of urging the Govornment to undertake, as early as possible, tho publication of a ' Flora of the Colony.' 2. That tho other affiliated branchea of tho New Zealand Institute be asked to co-operate in the matter. 3. That the secretary be requested to bring tho matter directly under the notico of tho Government." No work of the kind is now to be had, ' Hooker's Handboak,' published in 1867, having been out of print for some years. The study of botany is thus greatly restricted throughout tho colony. At about eight o'clock last night a young man passing up High street noticed a quantity of smoke issuing from the windows of tho Drapery Importing Company's premises, and at once gave the alarm, which led to the assomblago of a considerable number of persons, and a hose having been obtained from Watßon's Hotel it was quickly fixed in position. The Fire Brigade had by this time arrived, and they carried the hoso to the spot where the firo was, and in a very short time all danger was at an end. It was ascertainedthatthefirewaslocatedin the ceiling directly beneath the hearth in the refreshment room in the front part of the building, and as there had been a fire going there during the day, it is supposed that some of the ashes found their way on to tho timber below. It is only an act of justice to Mr Hislop, who designed tho alterations to the refreshment room which woro carriod out recently, to say that nothing whatever was then douo to tho hearth, which was loft in its original stato, and had been in use for soveral years. The damage dono was trifling, and will be covered by a matter of about L 35. Tho Salvage Corps also put in an appearance promptly. Prom Dr Manning's annual report on the state of vaccination in New South Wales, presented to Parliament, it appears that the proportion of vaccinations to births is decreasing rapidly, whilst the number of unvaccinated persons to the general public of the colony is just as rapidly increasing. Casting around for an explanation of this condition of affairs, the Government medical adviser says :—" There is no real reason to believe that the decrease in tho amount of vaccination is due to any objection to the operation or any want of belief in its protective influence. A few cases of smallpox at the Quarantine Station, a single case in Sydney or its suburbs, or even one or two newspaper articles on the subject, is sufficient to greatly increase the number of persons presented for vaccination; but there is an increasing number of persons in the colony who have never seen small--1 pox, and to whom its very existence is only a vague belief, who are not imbued with either the dread of the loathsome and fatal malady which renders vaccination a prudent and safe necessity, or the wholesome English tradition which prescribed it as a duty." During the past year 398 medical men were requested by the then Government health adviser to furoißh reports of the number of persons vaccinated by them, and so far from anything like a general compliance with the request, 206 had not even troublul ti> a'cfeuov.-fcdg3 the official letter.

The Seamen's Union have made another douation of LSO to the Duiiodiu Hospital. 11l reference to tho letter of " Ex client," which appears elsewhere, wo have to st;Uo that " the statement irntdo by Mr Hislop at tho meeting of the shareholders was absolutely correct, in whichever way ' Exclient' likes to read it. No investment could have been made by the company on which interest has not been paid for seven or eight years, for the simple reason that the company has only been in existence for five years." Charles Wilkinson, convicted of the larceny of books from the Auckland public library, was sentenced to three years' penal servitude. For the larceny of kerosene from Arnold, Cheyney, and Co., E. H. Jagger was sentenced to four years' and J. Perrinmn to two years' penal servitude. Frederick Cowley, who pleaded guilty to indecent assault at Lucas Creek, was sentenced to thrco years' penal servitude, and ordered to receive a whipping of twenty lashes.

An omploye of Messrs Guthrie and Co, was charged yesterday with depositing within the Invercarglll railway Btation a parcel containing 61b of gunpowder, which was not marked "dangerous," as required by tho by laws, and which was labelled " crockery." It being shown that defendant was not aware of what was in the box, the information was dismissed, his counsel stating that he could bring evidence that the sending of such goods without marking them " dangerous " was against the strict orders of the firm.

In accordance with a recommendation from the Special Committee appointed to consider the matter, the City Council last evening decided to disallow the claim 3 of a long string of applicants to have their names placed on the ratepayers' roll. Cr Solomon, as a member of tho Committee, expressed the opinion that flagrant instances of attempted roll-stuffing were disclosed. Cr Fish explained that personally he had had nothing to do with tho placing of any of tho names on the roll, and his only object in speaking on the question at tho last Council meeting was to support an adjournment in ordor to give further consideration to tho cluims. Ho was satisfied that his brother councillors would acquit him of any desire to see tho roll stuffed.

The L Battery bail takes place at Pott Chalmera to-morrow evening.

Mr James Milk, M.H. R., will meet the electors of the Port Chalmers district in the Foresters' Hall, Fort Chalmers, on Monday evening.

MrH. S. Finn, jun., M.H.R., will oddrest the e'ectors of Dunedin South in the Princesß'B 'I lieatre to morrow evening. His Worship the Mayor will preside. Tho Arthur Vivian Dramatic Company make their first appearanco here at the Princesa'u on Saturday evening io. 'Current Cash.' They have just concluded a most mccessful Reason in Ihristchurcb. The Duneiin season will extend over four weeks.

A special meeting of tho Dunedin Amateur Athletic Club will bo held on Satuiday evening, tho 22nd inat., at tho City Hotel, to conbider tho holding of a championship meeting during the Exhibition season.

The programme appears in this issue cf a concert to* to given in St. Matthew's School room to-morrow evening in aid of tho Sunday school funds. Ic will be seen that moat of our prominent amateur* will take part in the entertainment.

At tho mootit.g of tho Anders .in B.iy Mutual Improvement Society, he'd evenitig, tho ladies gave tho entertainment iu their Übual first-clasß style. Mm Weed occupied the chair, and songs and recitations wero given by tho Misses lSuinside, Dick, Somcrvillc, Edinoud, Gallichar, Hellytr, Brunton, and Piyor. A dialogue, 'Wanted, a general servant,' was much appreciated. Mr M. Ross, who has for the past sevou years been engaged on the reputing Htaff of the 'Otago Daily Times,' is about to enter tfce omploy of tho Union Stoam fc-hip Company. Mr Rosa has had considerable experience in alpine climbing, and has also acquired seine fame as an explorer, so that the knowledge he has obtained with regard to tho inland portions of Otago, Mount Cook, otc.,' aro c rtain to prove of great benefit in tho compilation of tho 'Tourists Guide' which tho company intend shortly to take in hand.

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