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A publh meeting nt Wellington declared strongly against the proposed loan of L 75,000 for city improvements.

Tlio .School Commissioners of Otago held a lengthy sitting to-day, and had not concluded their business in time to bo reported in this issue.

Tho Kailway Commissioners have informed Mr Feldwick, M.H.R., that they will consider the question of shortening tho time taken by the express botween luvcrcargill and Dunedin.

The Auckland Chamber of Commerce carried resolutions in favor of the continuance of the San Francisco service, against further borrowing, and urging that the unexpended balances of votes for works in the Auckland provincial district be spent on such works.

A Commission appointed by the French Navy to inquire into the fitness of New Caledonian coal for steam purposes reported against its use, declaring that it would be imprudent for a ship with powerful machinery to rely on the coal for longer journeys than twenty-four hours without cleaning the furnaces. The ' Mount Ida Chronicle' says that, as a result of tho report of Mr Henry Clarke /■< tho Eweburn land, Government have decided to thrown open Huns 222 and 22G (18,000 acies) immediately on the expiry of the lease in March, twelve months hence, and surveys will go on in the meantime, so that no time will be lost in getting them settled.

The result of the voting at last night's meeting of the Mornington Tramway Company ia printed in our report on the fourth page in the form in which it was announced. To-day the general manager supplies us with fuller particulars, For the resolution, 15 shareholders, holding 7,250 shares, recorded 3,440 votes. Against the resolution, 20 shareholders, with 10,500 shares, recorded 5,855 votes. Majority, 3,250 shareß, 2,415 votes.

The proceedings at to-day's sitting of the Resident Magistrate's Court were little else than a scries of disputes between Bench and Bar. An abbreviated report appears in this issue. The irritation caused by the prevailing unpleasantnesses reached its climax when one of tho mildest-monnercd of our solicitors audibly prayed " May the Lord deliver inc from such a Bench as this." Later on, another member of the Bar, smarting under what ho conceived to lie an injustice, characterised the proceedings as a disgrace to the colony. 'Current Cash' was repeated by the Vivian Dramatic Company to a very fair lonise last evening, the audience appearing to thoroughly enjoy t'io performance. The drama abounds with sensational situations, while an enjoyable vein of humor accompanies the dialogue right through tho piece. Tho acting of the impersonators of the leading characters wan again loudly applauded nt intervals, while Mr Jerdan (the villain of the play) was heartily hooted. ' Current Cash ' will be repeated this even ing, and will occupy the boards foi the remainder of the week. Furthci search has been made for the body of the late Professor Brown at Manapouri, but without success. A party consisting of Messrs Quintin M'Kinnon, W. Mitchell, of Manapouri station, and T. Williams, of Castle Rock station, recently visited the locality where the Professor was lost, but had to return without in any way clearing up the mystery, furthrr than that it was asccitiined beyond doubt that Professor Brown did not, as was at oi:o time thought, meet his death through being buried in the avalanche at the head of Disaster Burn. Mr M'Kinnon contributes to this morning's 'Daily Times' an interesting account of his party's adventures. To a memorial inquiring the cause of the long stoppage of tho Catlin River Kailway, and urging that tho money borrowed for that work should bo expended as soon as possible, the lion. Mr Richardson replies : "The question of laying the permanent way on the completed formation of the Catlin Kiver Kailway and its further extension are matters arc now under 'the consideration of the Government. I think it probublo that the permanent way will be completed to Ahuriri to utilise the present expenditure. The Glenham contract of the FdendaleFortrose line, to which the clippings refer, was let by the late Government, and the same policy is being pursued there of utilising what has already been done. I trust soon to see a largo development of settlement from Catlins towards Waikawa."

A meeting of householders, called in compliance with resolution passed at tho householders' meeting on 23rd April, was held in the schoolhouso "at Ravensbournc last evening, to consider tho School Committee's report on the questions of holidays and prizes. There was a moderate attendance, and Mr J. P. Bell occupied the chair. In a report from tho Committeo, which was read and adopted, it was.recommended that the distribution of prizes be abolished and that the holidays, a3 agreed to by tho School Committees' Conference be adhered to. After the adoption of the [report, Mr L. Gillanders proposed and Mr George seconded—-" That tho Committee bo asked to tako into consideration tho desirability of giving certificates of merit to the scholars and prizes in special cases." This was put and carried, and the meeting terminated. Messrs D. Wishart and N. Y. A, Walos presided at tho City Police Court this morning. William Williams (two previous convictions) and Mary M'llroy (three previous convictions) were for drunkenness fined ss, in default twenty-four hours' imprisonment ; Samuel Brookes (two previous convictions), for being found drunk while in charge of a horse and cart, was fined 10.-), in default twonty-four hours' imprisonment; Bridget Lambert (with eighteen previous convictions) was lined it similar sum with a like penalty ; while William Ferguson was lined 10s, in default seven days' imprisonment, for a similar otl'cnce. For keeping unregistered doga in their possession James Patrick, John M'Lcllan, Robert Allan (three charges), James Laiublon, John Fleming, William Anderson, Maelcod Smith, and William Barnctt wero lined 2s (id each, without costs. For driving a horse and cart over a footpath in Cumberland street, William Stuart was lined Is without costs, defendant explaining that owing to the adjacent cartway being blocked he was forced to drive over the footpath. Commenting on the decision of Mr Justice Williams in the Auditor-General v. tho Mtuiiotolo Uuuuty Council tho * Thiiiiru Herald ' says : —".Henceforth there can be no real audit of county couneillora' travelling cxpeuscu. Whalover the sum voted—• ouo guinea, two guineas, three guineas a day—nothing cau disturb the arrangement. His Honor believes that tho Act was intentionally framod to onablo county councils lo do what tho Maniototo County Council did, so that unseemly discussions about members' expenses might bo avoided. Ou that point, at all events, we may without presumption venture to differ 'with tho learned Judge. It is not a legal question. Wc believe that what tho Legislature meant was to limit tho payment to expenses actually incurred ; that and nothing more. In some parts of the country, as in Canterbury, the question is of very little moment, because tho claaa of men olected to the county councils can generally bo depended on to administer the Act fairly, and to vote themselves no more than actual expensee. But we regret to say that paßt experience proves that in Home other parts county councillors will grab all they can under tho head of expenses, Mr J notice Williams has now given them a upcndid opportunity, of which they will ao & nit'llu of courao avail theniaelvea."

IVeuliytriy nf DuiicJin meet in tlio Firel Church to-morrow iMiiriiin;;, The rlrctnin of Dliiiotin llV.t an:'l I hit Me Jam un Mien will ial'jixuri hit) cmihU luciits in the North Duiicdin Diill islicil ,lhl" evening.

A sacred conceit will he given in llic Car;;i!l road Wcslcyiiu ( tomorrow evening, in aid of tho Sunday school library and land funds. r lhere should l>c a large attendance,

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Evening Star, Issue 7936, 18 June 1889

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Evening Star Issue 7936, 18 June 1889

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