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The Evening Star TUESDAY, JUNE 25, 1889.

A late cable says that desperate rioting took place during the eviction of the tenants of the Ponsonby estates, County Cork. Seven of the ringleaders were arrested.

A six-roomed house at Mount Eden, occupied by J, L. Harrison, was burned yesterday. It was insured for L 220 in the New Zealand Office, and the furniture for L4O in the same office.

In consequence of tiie adverse vote the South Australian Ministry have resigned. The Governor has sent for Dr Coekburn (exMinister of Education), who moved the resolution on which the Government were defeated.

At a large meeting, held yesterday on the site of the battle of Bannockburn, resolutions were carried demanding Home Kale for Scotland. Ten thousand persons were present. Professor Blaokie’s remarks were received with great enthusiasm. The Educational Institute of Southland opened their third conference yesterday. The only business of general interest was the passing of a motion to bring up at the Conference in Dunedin in January the advisablcness of the Education Department instituting a scheme of compulsory insurance for teachers incapacitated by old age or accident. The vagaries of licensing committees are becoming quite common. In Wellington the other day it was decided that married women who lived apart from their husbands could not hold a publican’s license ; but at Waihopai (Southland), some days later, the Committee held a contrary view and granted three such licenses, in spite of the opposition of the police. What the Melbourne ‘ Age’ terms a very important “ new departure” is included in the Amended Public Service Bill, which is to be laid before the Victorian Parliament at an early date. This is to the efiect that no married woman shall be allowed to remain in the Government employ, and that any single woman who enters the marital state shall thereby be held to resign Iter engagement in the State service. It is understood that the clause applies to school teachers as well as to other branches, and that it is impartial in its scope, comprehending all married women who are at present in the employment of the Crown. The objectionable incidents attendant upon the retainment of married schoolmistresses have long been regarded as a scandal. The action brought by the Ollicial Assignee against the South British Insurance Company was opened at Auckland yesterday before Mr Justice Gillies and a special jury. This was a case in which recovery was sought of a sum of L 5 62 .‘is lid, the amount of two policies of insurance issued to Herbert Maxwell Bradbury in respect to stock and furniture destroyed by fire on the 3rd February last in a shop at the corner of Karangahape road and Howe street. The defence set up was that the fire was caused by the wilful act of Bradbury, and that he had not complied with the conditions of the policy in not having within fifteen days after the fire delivered to the directors a list of the goods destroyed or damaged. The case has not concluded.

The annual meeting of the Church of England Sunday School Teachers’ Union took place in All Saintv schoolroom last evening, when there was a large attendance. Archdeacon Edwards occupied the chair. The following officers were duly elected President, Right Rev. the Bishop of Dunedin ; vice-presidents, Archdeacon Edwards, Rev. A. R. Fitchett, and Rev, A. C. Vorkc; Committee —Rev. Q. Bacon, the superintendents of Caversham, Mornington, Roalyn, and North-east Valley Sunday schools, Mr H. Flinders, and Mr Grater; hon. secretary, Mr Wathen ; treasurer, Mr H. Wilson. An excellent paper on Sunday-school work, by Miss Ronaldson, was read, and after it had been discussed the lady was accorded a hearty vote of thanks. It was decided that the Union should promote a demonstration of all the City and suburban Anglican Sunday schools this year after the opening of the New Zealand and South Seas Exhibition. It is expected that fifteen hundred children will take partin the demonstration. During the evening refreshments wore supplied by the teachers of All Saints’ School. The proceedings closed with the benediction. Wc have been permitted to make the following extract from the letter of a wellknown Canterbury manufacturer, who lias just returned after making an extended tour of Australia:— “l have had a good time personally and from a business point of view on tho other side, but am glad to be back ; and, taking all things into account, I have seen no place I should prefer to settle in. One thing you loaders of public opinion ought to keep before the masses is—intercolonial Frcetrade. All through New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, and Queensland I found it quite a question of the day, which in the immediate future will be practical polities. All Australia is ripe for it; and we in New Zealand, who have more to gain and less to lose than either of the other colonies, arc not at all alive to it. Imagine what New Zealand would be with a hostile tariff raised against her at all her immediate neighbors’ gates, and some on the other side would not object to see an Australian instead of an Australasian Freotrade established, I was nearly two months in New South Wales west, south, and north. Everywhere the country people, farmers, etc., are eager for Protection. They nearly got it last time ; they will quite next election. I would like to see you newspaper men moving in the matter; the masses want their attention aroused to it.”

The annual report of the Chief Inspector of Factories and Shops, presented to the Victorian Parliament the other day, states that during the year 2,383 factories were registered. In these 43,288 persons were employed, being an increase of 2,101 on the number of employes for 1887. This increase would appear to be distributed through every industry. All the inspectors draw attention to the difliculties experienced in the protection of machinery, and it is hoped that as workmen fiml it possible to guard against many accidents from machinery they will protect every part and make casualties almost an impossibility. A return has been prepared showing the various classes of manufactories where females and boys are employed, and which obtained permission to work overtime. Out of the forty different classes of manufactories where women were employed only fourteen of them had applied to work overtime; 11,114 females were employed, 3,811 of these worked overtime—the bulk of this work was done in clothing factories; 457 boys were allowed to work overtime. Precautions are adopted so that only competent men arc allowed to take charge of engines or boilers. One hundred and one accidents occurred during the year, as against sixty for 1887. The Chief Inspector is of opinion that the sweating system only exists in the colony in a very limited degree amongst women and children. No increase had taken place in the number of Chinese working at furniture-making.

Last week’s coal export from Greymouth j] was 2,470 tons. The Crown Prosecutor will appear for the police in the case against Constable Willis on Thursday,

It is reported that a number of places in the Coalpit Heath and Wallsend mines will be closed at the next drawing for places. This will throw a lot of men out of work. It is also reported that it is intended shortly to work the Brunner mines in the daytime only.

Some of the Northern papers declare that Mr Ormond is the real “power behind the throne,” and point to his declaration, when speaking to his Napier constituents about the Te Kooti incident, that he took on himself the chief responsibility of what was done by the Premier. We understand that Customs officials have to day visited some of the City hotels and demanded an inspection of the delivery notes from the breweries, with the object, presumably, of finding out whether there has been any evasion of the provisions of the Beer Duty Act. In one case the man in charge declined to give up possession of the delivery notes in the absence of the licensee. To-day’s sitting of the Supreme Court was occupied with the continued hearing of the ease of Naylor v. the Undaunted Gold Mining Company, which was not concluded when wc went to press. During the mid-day adjournment Sir R. Stout appeared in Chambers for an adjournment of the case of Guthrie v. Lung—fixed for to morrow—on the ground that two material witnesses would be unable to attend, as the vessel in which they had left Westport had not yet arrived at the Bluff. After argument an adjournment was granted. For a long time a gentleman, said to be the agent of the British Government, has been searching for John Levick. He was found at the American Hotel, _ a cheap hostelry at IOS Central avenue, Cincinnati, where lie is working as a waiter for 10s per week. Mr Levick served all through the Crimean war, and was in the battles of Balaklava andlnkcrraan, and was also utthe siege of Sebastopol, He was one of the famous Six Hundred who assaulted the jaws of death, and his description of the charge is thrilling and vivid. It is understood that the British Government will make some substantial return to any survivors of that famous charge whom it can find.— ‘ Now York Herald.’

The Auckland subscribers to Sir Walter Bullet’s new edition of ‘ The Birds of New Zealand’ will (says the ‘New Zealand Herald ') be sorry to learn that their copies were all on board of the Maitai, having been transhipped from the Ruapehu, and arc now lying at the bottom of the sea, somewhere near the Red Mercury Island. There were 100 copies for subscribers in Auckland, at ten guineas, so that the value of tiro shipment was L 1,050. The loss will fall upon Sir Walter Buller, unless the shipment was and it seems thut it is customary in such cases to insure only to the first port in New Zealand. It will be difficult, if not impossible, to replace the books, for the plates were destroyed after the impressions were taken.

In notifying that the Queen had been advised to assent to the Governor’s Salary Reduction Bill, the Secretary for ths Colonics wrote i—“ I can quite understand that in the present state of the finances of the colony, and bearing in mind the reduction of incomes throughout the Service, there should be a desire on the part of the Government that the emoluments of the Government should be diminished in proportion. At the same time it is expedient that the hospitality of Government House and the practice which former Governors have followed of travelling to visit the varioufjtowns should be sub ject to like modification, as it would not be reasonable to expect that the Governor should travel or exercise hospitality to the same extent as if the allowances now repealed were granted. I trust, however, that as soon as the circumstances of New Zealand will allow the Government of the colony will take steps to restore the emoluments of the Governor to their previous footing.” Lord Kim.ttfovd or the irreapousibles of the Colonial Office evidently do not understand the temper of the people of this colony.

Saturday return tickets will be issued on the railways in connection with the ctursing meeting. A concert wid be given by the First Church choir tomorrow evening in the hall of the church.

The Dunedin shareholders of Keep-it-Dark Quartz Mining Company will meet at Watson's Hotel to-morrow evening.

Special jurors in Guthrie v. Lang are notified by the sheriff that they are required to give attendance on a day to ha hereafter named, of which due notice will he given. Special jurors in the case of Eversiield v. the Union Steam Ship Company are dischaiged from attendance.

The half-yearly meeting of the I oyal t alley Lodge, M.U.1.0.0 F., was held in lurk’s Hall, North-east Valley, on Monday evening. N.G. Bro. Bee presided, and tlnere was a largo attendance of members, A iiscussion took place with regard to the officer, during which the brethren expressed confidence in 1 r Stirling. Tho following were elected officers for the enauirg half-yearN.G*., P-G. Bro. Millier; Y.G., Bro, Madden; E.S., Bio. Well); warden, Bro. Munro; guardian, Bro. Pountlcy. Bro Tompkins (Prince of Wales) and P.G. Bro. Wilkins (Dunedin) replied to the second toast, and Prov, C.S. Bro. Black to thu third toast. One new member was initiated. Receipts, Ll-119s lid.

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The Evening Star TUESDAY, JUNE 25, 1889., Issue 7942, 25 June 1889

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