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There was a heavy rainfall in Christchurch on Saturday night, and the low-lying streets were flooded during the greater part of yesterday. At Dandenong (Victoria) railway station tho other day a man deliberately jumped from the platform on to the rails, evidently with the intention of committing suicide. (lis daughter, about fourteen years old, who was standing near him, bravely followed him, and just had time to ding him oft' when the engine of a train struck the side of one of the man's legs. l'rince Krapntkin, the Anarehiat, is a near relative of the Czar of Russia. The differences of political opinion between the cousins has somewhat chilled the warmth of their personal relations. Krapotkiu Anarchism repudiates Princes—lives out at Harrow, in an ordinary laborer's cottage. Theio is an utter absence of comfort in lub dwelling-place, and he and his wife delight in their austere surroundings; but books abound, although luxury be wanting. A Mr Raphael, who as a Conservative was returned to the Loudon County Council for thi West Sr, Pancras Division at the recent election, lias become a couvert to Home Rule for Ireland. He therefore resigned, his seat on the Council and sought re-election as a Home Ruler. In his address he says the conviction has been forced upon him that the scheme of Home Rule for Ireland is the only way of getting out of the Irish difficulty, and that he is also convinced that the ('onversative measures of legislation for Ireland have failed. Victorian agricultural returns disclose that during last year the number of holdings in that colony decreased by 1,880, about a twentieth of the whole. The bursting up of the land tax and the liberal land laws of Victoria, about which politicians of a certain order constantly prate, do not seem to have the effects claimed for them. In New Zealand (says the Hawera ' Star') the in crease in holdings during the same term was over 1,000. So that if it be to the interest of the people to increase the area of settlement and to increase the number of landholders, New Zealand's policy is not quite so foolish nor so unsuccessful as is often alleged. In Sweden there are three classes of railways, all ho.vever of the standard gauge. The first are those on which a speed of thirty miles an hour is allowed, which are laid with (Hlb rails, and which cost LB.OOO per mile. The second are those on which twenty miles an hour may be run, which are laid with f>olb rails, and which cost L 4.000 per mile. The third are those on which the speed is limited to twelve miles an hour, which are laid with itfilb rails, and cost only L 2.000 per mile. So well have these railways been planned and constructed that, notwithstanding the great natural disadvantages of the country, they earn a dividend of .*? per cent,—a remarkably good return in the circumstances.

An Edinburgh gentleman recently re' cciveil the following letter from Mr Glad stone :—" The plan of local government for Scotland ought to he large and full, and I have no doubt the Liberal party will strive to make it so; but on every important British question, although they receive the support of the Irish Nationalists, their efforts are frustrated by the votes of the Dissentient Liberals, which are given to the Tories lest anything ah.oul.d happen which would bring about a settlement of jthe Irish question aud relieve an over-charged Ifouse of Commons by promoting Ireland _to manage her own exclusively Irish affairs. Although on this account the immediate efforts of the Liberal party may be foiled, I do not doubt that the sense of the country will, so soon as an opportunity is given, relieve us from this absurd and injurious position, and Parliament will no longer be prevented from doing right to Scotland by a supposed paramount necessity of doing wrong to Ireland." A trenchant article on the sweating system in the ' Rangitikei Advocate' winds up •—" t* the age of chivalry indeed gone? Have o*r public men no sympathy with the suffering wo;»ea, y/Ij.o lives are worn out in making clothing at famiue wages •> The cry should ring forth from every platform from which a member of Parliament addresses his constituents. The question should be taken up by the Government and legislated upon in Parliament. We are aware that the Premier has declared that the business is not such' as the Legislature can lawfully interfere with. But that is simply coldblooded nonsense. If Parliament* cannot deal with matters so deeply oonoerning thousands of human beings, then Parliaruests should be swept away as portentous sham*. But whether the' New Zealand Parliament do its duty or not, the tailorcsses in all the centra* of popul&tiop should follow the example of their jDunedin slaters, and establish unions to protect themselves against the rapacity of the human bloodsuckers. may rest assured that they, will meet with plenty of sympathy from the general public." The Bishop of Rochester, says the ' Daily Kejßs/ had protested againßfc the oyeroW&iug # candidates "for' confirmation'. Of late ye**i3'ooufirmation dresses have been approaching ifa.c 'frall-gowu in character, and thoughtless woiw.e?P have done their best to distr&et their daughters' thoughts from the soiemuity of the occasion by making their toilets the subject of much thought and discussion. Many a. girl jjMoaiits herself rather in the guise of a briqte'ilihan ip. the simple toilet that befits 1 * <umdtdftte "ftjf Sy/sfcrnation. The Bishop mentfonfi W» p> & h t esahewed by thfhumWe* ej*B*, «rf■ Vb je satin shoes in the higher. What W ob<d fe>, tbink of the services of the fashionable hairdresser being called into requisition to pro. pare the yostiiftil head for the " laymg-on of hands," or cveutg the endless visits of the dressmaker to " try «?" again and again the elaborate white dress \q P^epara, tfon for the day of confirmation? Ang toilet in question is highly elaborate, oon". sistine of three skirts, embroideries, white silk stockings, satin shoes, ribbons, long veil, and auntinerie in the Bhape of an oldfashioned reticule,' highly wrought with stitchery. The Bishop, In hid protest, fo that nothing would distress him more than to faqwto send a candidate Back for we'aringshbwy'oi' lawdry apparel, but he adds that, for example'sakfe i,t rosy be necessary for him to do do, N -'

The bootmakers' dispute in Chriutchurch is to he refer red to arbitration.

The company mentioned in our Saturday's message from lavercargill re the property tax should have been the Scottish and New Zealand Investment.

Dr Laishley, of Auckland, has been invited to attend the International Congress to be held in the Sorbonne at Paris in August, for the discussion of questions affecting secondary and higher education. On Sunday, the Sunday within the octave of the Feast of Corpus Christi, Hioh Mass was celebrated at St Josephs rathfilci.! !>v 'l.e V-rv Rev.r-eie! Pi-Watt.-™, i,rU,i«.. Si. i.ui-i.l'., io-lcev, W-lliiJ-.u.n, with th- J'.-,. ; ,iU. ■■' ■ : .yn.'J.- .\.i ili:.m-.ji;. ..n -i the K<-.\. '•'•ii.iuT O'iicimeU ;is >wh-ii,;,ieoii. T!v clioii-, incite.,) hv :,n ~relief J•;., .aid iindi-i -tin- ciiiniii<-ti>r.siii|>.»!' Mr Wiii-il, with Alis-i L). ilman at the 01 gun, performed Mozart's 'Twelfth Mass' very effectively. At the offertory Haydn's ' Hymn to the Emperor ' was very finely given by the orchestra, with Mr Schacht as leader. In the evening the preacher was the Rev. Dr Watters, who took for his text Ephesians vi., 6, and preached a practical sermon on Christian life. During the Benediction ceremonies Mrs Angus sang Cherubini's l O Salutaris,' witli orchestral accompaniment.

The silc of work in St. Peter's Hall, Cargill road, commences to-morrow.

The Exhibition choir to-morrow evening will rehearse the ' Messiah' and ' Creation.'

The anniversary social gathering of St, John's Church, Roslyti, takes place to-morrow evening. The Colonial Bank opens on the Ist prox, a branch at South Dunedin, under the charge of Mr Sidney A. Cook. The Young Women's* Christian Association laundry classes will be held on Wednesday evenings and Friday afternoons.

A public meeting to consider the state of Ross Creek reservoir will be neld in the North Dunedin Drill-shed on Thursday evening. Mr A. Campbell, cf Duuedin, is the patentee of a simple contrivance which wilt be especially welcome to bachelors. By fastening their shirts at one side the liability to break the neck fasteners is reduced to a minimum. The Committee of the Lambton Memorial Library Fund have received the following donations :—Collected by Mrs Robert Brown, L 44 7s Gd; by Mrs W. D. Stewart, Lfi 14s; per editor Evening Staii, L 4 13s. Among the applications made for patents on the 20th May was the following local one:— JamesForsyth, of Dunedin, clerkon the railways, fur an iuventiou for the protection of the public from accidents by trains or tramcars crossing street lines or level crossings, and for improvements in and in connection with a new and selfacting system of signalling railway trains. A service of song entitled ' The Way to Heaven' was performed in the King street Congregational Church on Friday evening before a large and appreciative audience. The choir was under the baton of Mr C. F. Edgar, and tho rendering of ths various choruses gave evidence of that gentleman's careful training. The solos were allotted to Mifses Jack and Palmer, tho latter appearing to advantage in her rendering of 'Trust in tho Lord.' Mr James Marwick, M.A., who was to have given the connective readings, was unavoidably absent, but Mr J. 3. Wilkinson proved an acceptable substitute. The Rev. J. H. Wallace was chairman.

The following intimations are from ' Lloyd's Weekly' of April 28 and May s:—Alfred William Bartlett went to New Zealand in 1883, and was hut heard of in Shortlaud street. Auckland, in 1885; his mother seeks him. William Grove, cf Hatton, went to Auckland in 1802; his sister ask*, tieorgo Hpinks went to Cautflihury iu 1835 per the s.s. Canterbury; his mother is anxious. Mary Ann Ponsonby went witl) her husbaud to Auckland forty-Bix years ago ; her sister inquires. Henry Webb in 18(JC was at Foxton; his mother seeks news. Alfred Finch left Deptford for Canterbury in 1881; his sister write?.

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Evening Star, Issue 7941, 24 June 1889

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Evening Star Issue 7941, 24 June 1889

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