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During May the estates of twenty deceased persons were placed under the charge of the Public Trustee, Mr E. Wingfield Humphreys, one of the candidates for the Christchurch North seat, announces himself as a supporter of the present Government. He is a warm supporter of the present educational system. At a public meeting at Greymouth last night a scrips of resolutions were passed to urge upon the Government the necessity of completing the Grey-Rokitika Railway with as little delay as possible. We hear that the police authorities intend to hold an inquiry (which will be open to the public) shortly regarding the allegations of dilatoriness made against Constable Willis in the case recently heard at the City Police Court. Mr Whitefoord, R.M. at Christchurch, yesterday waited on the mother of Sutherland, the victim of the Sydney murder, and presented her with a letter from Lord Carrington conveying his and Lady Carrington's warmest sympathy with her in the loss of so brave a son, and expressing pride at the man who died in the execution of his duty. Another was from Mr Edmund Fosbury, Inspector-General of Police, and stated that Sutherland was insured for L 250, and promising that, having lost his life in the courageous discharge of his duty, a suitable memorial should be raised to his memory. Mr Whitofoprd, in submitting the letters, expressed pleasure at haying such a duty to perform, while deploring the loss to the colony of so valuable a man as Constable Sutherland had been.

In the Bankruptcy Court at Wellington yesterday the public examination of Ingram, tobacconist, was taken. The creditors preferred charges against the bankrupt of failing to keep the usualandreaspnablebopks, and of obtaining credit from Messrs Levin and Co. under false representations; that he could not have had at the time when the liabilities arising out of certain loans were incurred any reasonable ground or expectation w being able to pay them; and that the bankrupt _ had carried on trade by means of petitions capital. His Honor said be did not intend to .convict, although the case was one that .ought to,go to a jury, and he should order tUe Assignee to prosecute bankrupt in the usual way on p charge of obtaining money from Levin and Co. on false preterpes, The present chargee would t>e dismissed,

’ Victoria Lodge, KG. (Napier), haa decided to join the New Zealand Grand Lodge movement. The ‘ Gazette ’ notides that all licenses to use totalizators at race meetings are revoked as from Ist July next. Mr John Munro (senior member for Geelong) has displaced Mr Lent as leader of the Opposition in Victoria. T. .1. Morrow, who was arrested in Fiji charged with embezzling the funds of the Arch Hill (Auckland) Road Board, has been brought to Auckland and remanded for a week.

The principal cause for the recent advances in price made by the Colonial Sugar Refining Company is stated to be the increased value of the raw material owing to short crops. At the Resident Magistrate’s Court this morning the pawnbroker’s license held by Abigail Isaacs was renewed. There were' no ordinary cases for public adjudication. Mr Carew, R.M., presided. A concert, with tableaux rinml s, was given in the Princess’s Theatre last evening by the pupils of the Dominican Convent, and passed off very successfully. The customary tickets were not forwarded to this office.

The Auckland Land Board have agreed to draw the attention of the Government to the fact that the resources of the Survey Department are not sufficient to meet the call for the survey of lands, so great is the demand for settlement.

One of the triumphs of modern engineering haa just been completed at Chatham Dockyard in the form of a monster crane capable of lifting a weight of no less than 250 tons. The crane measures 131 ft from the end of the jib to the ground, and is the largest in the world.

A tobacconist named Hill was sentenced to four days’ imprisonment for being illegally on the premises of the Maori Girls’ Boarding .School at Napier. He went at night to see a girl there. His letters were intercepted, and the police set a watch for him, with the above result.

The Christchurch bootmakers still retain their position, having returned Messrs Toomer Brothers’ proposal, who have on their part ordered their employes to finish up the work in hand and go out. Several hands have this week left for Australia, and more are expected to follow next week. The charge of neglect of duty preferred against Constable Willis during the hearing of a case at the Police Court last week is to be the subject of a public inquiry, to be held next Thursday. Witnesses have been summoned, anil the constable’s conduct on the occasion will be exhaustively inquired into.

At the Palace Rink last evening Miss Sylvester appeared in a new skating scenn, in which she introduced the moat intricate figure and trick skating, for which she received loud applause. Subsequently she danced a jig on skates, and was applauded until she appeared and bowed her acknowledgments. This evening, which is ladies’ invitation night, Miss Sylvester will, by special request, repeat her “ fire ” act, which is a most difficult and pretty performance, A somewhat amusing incident occurred during the hearing of a case at the Police Court this morning. Mr R. L. Stanford was defending in a case of robbery, and was evidently endeavoring to throw doubt upon the alleged soberness of the witness at the time at which the robbery was supposed to have been committed. Suddenly he queried: “ You went for beer, didn’t you ?” to which the witness reluctantly answered in the affirmative. “Ah,” ejaculated Mr Stanford, “ you went for beer, and you obtained it?” “ Yes.”-What did you carry it in—a billy?” “No.”—“A jug?” “No.” —“ A glass?” “No.”—Then what did you carry it in ?” queried Mr Stanford in desperation. “A bottle, sir."—“ Ah !” exclaimed counsel, in a tone which brooked no denial; “and so you drank tho bottle?” “No, sir, not the bottle; I drank the contents,” replied the astute witness, while the Court roared with laughter An article by Mr William Maxwell, a member of tho Parliamentary stall’ of the ‘ Standard,’ in the May number of ‘ Time,’ contains some interesting matter on English Parliamentary reporting. Of tho various shorthand systems, among (H “ Gallery men,” GO write Pitman’s system, 12 Taylor’s, li Gurney’s, Lewis’s, 1 Gurney-Taylor’s, 1 Low’s, 1 Byrom’s, 1 Peachey’s, 1 Everett's, 1 Mclville-Bcll’s, 1 Mavor’s, I Graham’s (tlie American development of Pitman’s), and 1 James’s. The “Gallery" has now sixty-five scats, and standing room for twenty people; seventy-three newspapers arrd nows agencies arc represented, and ‘2.10 tickets are issued every session. Tljerc is a popular tradition that the Gallery makes large contributions to tho benches of the House of Commons. 'Phis impression is erroneous. There is perhaps no calling front which fewer men are sent as representatives of tiro people. In the present Parliament only four—Sir Charles Russell, Sir Edward Clarke, Mr J. M'Cavthy, and Mr T, P. O'Connor—were known to the Gallery. Mr Edward Heneage, M.P., writing from Hainton Hall, Wragby, to the editor of the ‘Grimsby Nows,’ Lincolnshire, says;—“l have no intention of intervening between yourself and any of your correspondents, but you must permit me to give the most positive and emphatic contradiction to tho assertion embodied in your editorial note to tho effect that it is well known that Mr John Bright wavered in his opposition to Mr Gladstone’s Homo Rule policy, and that at one time it was probable that his difficulties in relation to Mr Gladstone’s proposals would be overcome. I had at that time peculiar opportunities for knowing what was going on, especially in regard to Mr Bright’s views, and I venture to assert most poaitiyely that there never was the slightest ground for any statement of the kind—quite the contrary. I confidently affirm that while Mr Bright never wavered in loyal friendship to Mr Gladstone personally, and in his desire to save him from evil advisers and tho discredit of causing the disruption of the Liberal party, he never hesitated or faltered in his emphatic and statesmanlike opposition to the Home Rule shibboleth and the defunct Home Rule Bill. To find a bridge over which his revered friend Mr Gladstone might possibly retreat without discredit, and to save the disruption of tho Liberal party while maintaining the integrity of the Empire and the supremacy of Parliament, was, I firmly believe, his most cherished desire during those eventful mouths of 18SG.”

Passenger carriages will bo attached to the 2 5 p.m. train for Mosgiel to-morrow. Mr James Allen, will meet the electors of Dunedin Erst in the North Dunedin Drillshed on Tuesday evening. Court Excelsior, No. C, 128, A.0.F., held their fortnightly meeting in the Mornington Council Chambers last night, when liro. Moarns, 0.R., presided, and there was a large attendance of members. The receipts were LG JLsl&d.

We are requested to call the attention of intending exhibitors to a notice in our advertising columns reminding them that tho time for receiving applications for space closes on Monday, July 1; and this time will bo strictly adhered to, as it is necessary for the size of the buildings to be determined definitely at that date.

The weekly meeting of the John street, Caversham, Mutual Improvement Society was hold on Thursday evening, the president (the Rev. J. T. Hinton) in the chair. One new member was elected. The debate was 1 Trade versus Profession,’ opened by Mr J. 0. Todd in favor of learning a trade. Owing to the absence of tho other leader, the subject was thrown open to the members to discuss. A vote was taken and proved the members to be in favor of a trade. '

On Wednesday evening the workers at Ross and Glcndinipg’s Clothing Factory presented a clock to Miss Janet Frew on the occasion of her leaving the service. Mr P. Palmer, the manager, made tho presentation, and said that he joined with the employees in wishing the recipient happiness and prosperity in her married life. Mr E. Eager responded on behalf of Miss Frew. Before separating Mr Palmer spoke a few words on tho sweating question, during which he said that he was not aware of one single instance in which his firm paid less than any other. The fact was that Ross and Glendining’s and other factories in Dunedin paid 12$ per cent, more on one line than tho Now Zealand Clothing Factory, the proprietors of which claimed to pay tho highest wages in New Zealhud, ojr, in other words, the hands that made that line earned about 3s per week more. Mr Palmer concluded by advising the girls to join tho union, so as to assist one another. ’

A pleasant evenin'; was squint by the membeiH of the Kaikoiai Band and a few friends at the Shamrock Hotel last evening, when, after justice bad been done to the supper provided by Hostesn Gebhie, songs, recitations, and speeches were given. Advantage was taken to present Mr W. Meyer (who has acted as secretary for some time) with a gold pencil-case, with the following inscription:—“ Presented to Mr W. Meyer by the members of the Kaikorai Band, .Tune, 18811.” It is intended to make this gathering an annual affair. The following are from 1 Lloyd's Wec-lcly ’: Dennis David JNicholls went to New Zealand fifteen years ago. His sister has not heard of him for twelve years.—Hannah Underdown, in 1 SGI) or 1870, sailed for Canterbury, New Zealand. She was last heard from in 1873. Her broth l r Georgo is anxious. —John Ashford, of Misterton, Somerset, in July, 1855, thought of leaving Hobart Town, Tannauia, for New Zealand. Ilis only surviving sou and diUghlor, Joseph and EU/aheth, wish for nows, —Thomas James Elkcrton, who loft Hoading'.on Quairy, December, 187.'!, for New Zealand, thence going to New South Wales, is asked to write to his sister.—William Sands went to New Zealand in ISSG, and his brother John last heard of him as at Wellington, New Zealand.—James Stewart left Oxford for Now Zealand eighteen years ago. His father and mother seek news. —Margaret Willis went to Dunedin, Otago, in 1867, and there married. Her brother Richard last heard of her thirteen years ago.

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Evening Star, Issue 7933, 14 June 1889

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Evening Star Issue 7933, 14 June 1889

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