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The establishment of a (lids' High School at Wanganui has been mooted. It is most probable that Mr Dillon will begin his New Zealand campaign at Auckland.

Home Rule sympathisers in the North Otago district have forwarded LI4O to the Parnell defence fund. Lodge Celtic, S.C., on Saturday night decided, by a very substantial majority, against joining the proposed Grand Lodge movement.

Colonel Brett, M.L.C., died at Christchurch yesterday. Though ailing for some time Ir.s death was unexpected, as ho was able to take daily exercise.

Mr J. F, ivl. Fraser has received the following telegram from Mr Robert Seymour, secretary of the Federated Trades Council, Wellington Convey vote of sympathy to Anti sweating Committee from Federated Trades Council.”

The Grey Valley Coal Company have offered miners 3s Od per ton—tho present price being 4s—to take out the pillars in the Brunner mines. The miners, after considering the matter, refused by a majority of 47. For, 94 ; against, 141. Mr John Haliiday, late borough engineer for Invercargill, has been appointed by the Melbourne Harbor Trust as superintending engineer of the construction of the new Melbourne docks, tho first contract, which will last for two or three years, having been recently let for LI 20,000. At the City Police Court this morning the business was restricted to the hearing of two charges of drunkenness, for which offence a first offender was convicted and discharged, while Robert Muir, with one previous conviction recorded against him, was fined 20s, in default forty-eight hours’ imprisonment. Messrs J. 15. Thompson and R. Wilson were the presiding Justices. At St, Matthews’s yesterday the Rev. Thomas FJavell, of Christchurch, who is on a visit here, preached an able sermon from the words “ Wo beheld his glory ” (John 1, xiv.) Tho preacher dwelt on Christ as showing a perfect character and as teacher of perfect truth. Some leading errors of the day were dealt with, and the sermon appeared to be much appreciated by the congregation. It is a remarkable fact (says the ‘ Post ’) that a few nights before tho s.s. Maitai left Wellington on her last voyage Mr Larsen, the brother of her purser, dreamt that the steamer was lost and a number of those on board drowned. The dream made such an impression on his mind that he mentioned it to his brother, who laughingly told several of his shipmates of it. It is a real treat (says ‘Truth’) to come across a gleam of judicial wisdom in the proceedings of a county Bench. The other day, at Croydon, a grocer prosecuted three little boys, from eleven to thirteen, for stealing oranges from an open box at his door. After hearing what evidence there was, Sir Thomas Edridge said that “ the Bench would not make convicts of the boys if they could help it, and the case would be dismissed on the parents paying Id each, the value of the oranges ,• tho prosecutor to pay the costs, 3s fid.” Sir Thomas Edridge must henceforth be regarded as a Daniel come to patty session. There was again a largo attendance at the Palace Rink on Saturday evening, when Miss Mabel Sylvester appeared for tho last time in her entertaining exhibition of fancy, trick, and figure skating. Among the many intricate figures executed were circles, toe whirl rolls, figure eights and threes, scissors, too spins, flying whirls, and toe Richmond steps. Miss Sylvester also appeared in a onc-wheel act, in which she executed the most difficult evolutions in a graceful manner, being frequently applauded, To-night a children’s carnival will be held at the Palace Rink, and as Manager Crockford has devoted considerable time and labor in bis tuition of the little ones in a maypole dance, the attraction should be the means of filling tho house.

The case against Roth, which occupied the attention of tho Supremo Court at Auckland for three days, was concluded on Saturday night. In summing up, Mr Justice Gillies was in favor of the accused on every point excepting one, in regard to twenty cases of American chairs. Roth had declared that these were on his premises when the fire .broke out. but that he had subsequently searched diligently and could find none of them. Other witnesses, however, stated that they had discovered a number of the cases in the debris after the fire, The jury were locked up during the whole day, and at 10,30 at night brought in tho verdict of “Guilty” only in respect of tho chairs. As the offence was a misdemeanor, Roth was fined, and was ordered to pay a penalty of LSO, this being tho sum which he had wrongfully claimed from the Colonial Insurance Company over and above the amount of the insurance.

The Government agreed to mitigate the fines (L 255 in all) imposed on George Wallis, brewer, of Motupipi (Nelson), and to restore the plant that had been eonfifloated on him paying LTV The contractors for the Gorge (Manawatn) Railway have made a new departure in tunnel construction. Instead of using bricks they are making concrete blocks weighing fiClb each, and when the work is in full sw ing they will turn out 1,200 blocks a day. A return by the .Sydney city treasurer shows that the sum collected for the city rates during the year 1888 exceeded that of any previous year, the total amount being over LI 50,000. The amount of rates unpaid on unoccupied lands is 1^5,443.

At Mr Feldwick’s meeting last week this resolution was carried unanimously—“ That in the opinion of this meeting the Hare system of voting should ho excluded from the Electoral Bill, as the system would ho most pernicious and illiberal in its operations.”

At the Port Chalmers Skating Rink on Saturday night a two-milc race hetw 7 cen Williden (of Dunedin) and Fletcher (of Port Chalmers) came off. Williden took the lead, which he maintained until the tenth lap, when he fell, and Fletcher, who was very close up, also fell, but the latter managed to regain his feet first, and so gained nearly a lap, winning with the greatest of ease. The * Post ’ says that the demoralisation of the volunteer force must be well nigh complete when the parading of the Queenstown corps and their firing of a salute in honor of the Defence Minister lias been permitted to pass unrebuked. It strongly condemns volunteers being allowed to take part in any political demonstration, and asks: What would be the result in England if, when the Right Hon. Edward Stanhope went to address his Lincolnshire constituents, the local volunteers paraded and saluted him? The oflice of Minister of Defence carries with it no military rank, and does not in the slightest degree entitle the holder to military honors or recognition. Tho morning of April 10 broke dull and cold in London, with fine rain and a heavy atmosphere. As the day wore on, however, there was an opaqueness in the air which gradually increased, until between twelve and one o’clock it was perfectly dark. All indoor business had to bo carried on by gaslight, and the unusual spectacle was witnessed on a mid-April day of lighted street lamps, and cabs and omnibuses with lamps burning. Street traffic, indeed, became difficult, and almost dangerous, because all vehicles were not provided with lights, and at some crossings the street lamps w ere not lighted. Shortly before two o’clock there was a heavy fall of rain, and this was followed by a partial clearing up of the atmosphere. although a great mist continued during tho afternoon and evening. At St. Paul’s pro-Cathedral last evening, Bishop Nevill preached an excellent discourse on ‘ The light of Asia compared with tho light of tho world.’ Referring to the teachings of Buddha, tho Bishop said that the fundamental principles of that teaching were wrong; and although it contained many gems of thought and scintillations of light, real light was entirely absent. The principle of tho philosophy of Buddhism was that since pain was inseparable from conscious existence, it was better not to be. Comparing the light of Buddha—which was as darkness—to the light of Christ, the speaker likened the latter to tho illuminating light of the mysteries of our being ; the light that, when itshiued into ourhearts, gave us a knowledge of God, illustrated that knowledge, and made it clear to us as love. Tongue could never speak nor mind conceive tho radiating and illuminating qualities of that holy light of tho world which the ministers of Christ preached to mankind.

Mr Mills, M.D.R, will meet the electors of Port Chalmers at the Forresters’ Hall this evening.

Dr Fitchott’s address to the Dunedin Central electors is to ho delivered this evening in the Rattray street Hall, not the Ohmal Hall. The mayor will take thechau at eight o’clock.

Received : The first number of the ‘ Protestant Ensign’ in its now farm of a monthly magazine. It contains twenty-six piges of reading matter, and is well printed by Munro, Hutchison, and Co.

Twelve patients were admitted last week to the Dunedin Hospital, and eighteen were discharged. No deaths occurred. The number of patieuts remaining in the institution at the end of the week was e : ghty-five, A successful tea meeting and entertainment in connection with the St. Maik’s Green Island Church was held in the Volunteer Hall thereon Friday evening. The ladies of the congregation provided eight tables, which were well p.itmuhid. After tea a farce entitled ‘Tinkle’s Troubles’ was performed by Misiei Bay ley and F. Bayley, and Messrs A. and AV. Bay ley. The result should leave a considerable sum towards paying the balance of the debt on the church. Last evening the Rev. H. M'Lcan, of Hastings, Hawke's Bay, preached to a large congregation.

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Evening Star, Issue 7935, 17 June 1889

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Evening Star Issue 7935, 17 June 1889

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