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Lawrence Dron was fined L 5 8a at Auckland yesterday for having smuggled Gib of tobacco, it is supposed, from the steamer Kaikoura,

In a recent debate in the House of Commons it was Btated that the population of London is increasing at the rate of 1,000 persons a day. The Nationalist delegates reassemble in Sydney next month, when it will be decided whether or not .Sir T. Kamonde and Mr Deasy shall accompany Mr Dillon on his New Zealand tour.

Between LGOO and L7OO has been raised in Brisbane for the Irish evicted tenants' fund, principally as a result of tho meeting held by Mr Dillon at the Opera-house there. It is expected that the total amount will reach about LI,OOO.

The '(hey River Argus' professes to have received information from a fairly trustworthy source that the Government have decided to appoint Mr \Y. N. Blair Enginecr-iii-Ohief, and Mr C. V. O'Conor Marine Engineer for the colony. Today's sitting of the Supreme Court was occupied by the further hearing of the ease of Naylor v. The Undaunted Gold Mining Company, The plaint-ill's ease was coneluded shorlly before noon, and the eate for tho defendants was proceeding when we went to press.

The Hokitika Borough Council have hud to impose a special rato of nincpencc in the pound, and the YVestland County Council is levied upon for a sum larger than it gets from rates, for hospitals and charitable aid. The hospital at Ross costs LGOO a year, and there is seldom more than ono patient in it.

The Supremo Court at Christchurch has been occupied for two days over an action taken by Ward and Co., brewers, against A. J. Burgess, solicitor, claim of L 1,340, for non-compliance with an agreement to lease the City Hotel. The jury gave a verdict for L2lO.

The 'Tuapeka Times' is responsible for the following :—A well-known Government oliicial residing in this district has been served with a writ for slander at tho instance of an equally well-known settler. Mr J, F. M, Eraser has been retained by the plaintiff, and the case is one likely to excite some interest.

As a sample of tho military discipline in the Home gaols, we (ind in a lato Homo paper that a female prisoner made good her escape from Millbank Gaol, London, in the matron's clothes, while actiug as domestic to the matron. She donned that lady's apparel, and was courteously bowed out of the prison doors, the keepers believiug her to be the matron.

Tho eldest aon of Mr Hautrie West, of Wellington, has been engaged to play in the permanent Victorian orchestra. He is the youngest member in tho band, and was elected without examination. In writing of Santley's Biuging in the ' Elijah,' he says : "It is useless trying to tell you about tho ' Elijah' concert. I never heard such artistic singing. Some of the chorusea and the ' Hammer Song' were taken at a terrific pace." At a meeting of tho Primrose League recently a question was raised about the propriety of keeping Primrose Day on Good Friday, when a person named Hodson.C.K., according to newspaper report, said : " There is something of a touching parallel between the death of our Saviour and that of Lord Beaconsfield, which would make the celebration this year even more appropriate than usual." The blasphemy of this infatuated victim of a Conservative mania was, it appears, allowed to go unchecked,

The Committee of the Dunedin Horticultural Society met last night. A motion by Mr G. A. Reade to give more prominence to the pansy classes was lost on the casting vote of the chairman. Messrs Coulls and Culling's tender for the supply of schedules and tickets was accepted. It was decided that entries for exhibits should be free to members of the Horticultural and Beekeepers' Societies, and that entries should be received three days before the show took place. The Committee decided to give a second prize of one guinea for decorative table.

At the Oamaru Police Court yesterday John Martin was charged with catching trout out of season. Potcr Cumming, a shepherd at Redcastle, swore positively that defendant, on seeing him near the Waitaki railway bridge, on the Bth inst., dropped a bag ..behind a flax bush, aud on opening the bag he found in it two trout that had been freshly caught. Defendant swore with equal positiveness that he never had a bag, and never fished. He added that though lie worked for Mr M'Lean he was not on friendly terms with the informant. The Magistrate, in dismissing the case, said that perjury had been committed by one or other of the witnesses.

Captain Sommerville (says the ' VVanganui Herald') has prepared a rough draft of the N.Z.R.A. programme for January. According to it something like L 1,700 will be given away, if the Government vote the amount it is expected they will place on the Estimates. The largest sum given will bo LGO, with the championship, but in the .Grand Aggregate Match L 230 will be given away to the highest hundred. There is a Parliamentary Match and a Press Match ,(open only to bona fide press men) on the draft programme. The range Is not yet selected, but it is likely to be out the Taieri way according to latest information, If possible sixty targets, at three different ranges, will be erected, so that the meeting may be got through as quickly as possible,

held iu tlir Grand Hot,,! t...-i.isilil at fifcht i.Vloek. The Kirfit Church Choir will give a concert this (V.ninf; iu the- lull of the First Church, uoili-i thi- direction of Mr J. Tiiiwon. Foi parlii'ii'ai'H sen nilvpitis.-rm-ut.

H.jidcnts in Li-ith Ward and the N..rth-east Valley are reminded that a public meotinij takes place at the Diillshed to-morrow night to consider the state of the. Leith reservoir.

The half-yearly meeting of Leith Lodge, 1.0.0. F., was held in Albany street Hall last Monday evening. The attendance was largo. The following officers were elected for the ensuing term : —N.G., Bro. James Strachan ; V.G., Bro. W. Thomson; treasurer, Bro. .T. W. Stokes; secretary, Bro. D. M. Miller (the two last-named being re-elcctod); auditors—Bros. J. Barclay, .T. Toomey, and L .Toel; trustees — Bros. \V. M. Roid, J. S. Alexander, and J. M. Wilson; Standing and Viai'ing Committees to consist of officers elect. The Grand Secretary (Bro. Raid) stated that a petition had come from Clinton containing a largo number of signatures asking that a lodge of tho 1.0.0. F. be opined in that district. It has been decided to open a lodge thero at an early date. The half-yearly meeting of Court Pride of Dunedin, No. .'i,TSO, Anciont Order of Foresters, was held in tho Oddfellows' Hall, iUttray street, Dunedin, last evening. There was an unusually large attendance of members and visitors from various courts. The nominations of officers for tho ensuing term were taken, lb was resolved to send three delegates to represent tho court at tho next district meeting, to be held in Oamatu in August next. An official visit was received from Court Pride of tho Leith. The following visitors spoke on behalf of their various courts : —P.D.C.R. Bro. Melv.lle, of Court Enterprise; C.R. Bro. Cole, of Court Pride of the Leith; aud P.D.C.R. Bro. Williams, of Court St. Andrew. The receipts of the eveuing were L 59.

At the quarterly meeting of tho Hope of Dunedin Tent of Rechabites, held in the lower Choral Hall on Monday evening, the election of officers for the noxt six months took p'ace, tho result being: C.R., Bro. W. A. Patterson; D.R., Bro. J. Barnes; P.C.R., Bro. J. H. Brown; secretary, Br\ W. H. Cole; treasurer, Bro.W. F. Kempton; W.S., Bro.E. A. Rosevear; M.S., Sis. A. Turner; Levite, Bro. Fleming; 1.G., Bro. F. G, Walton; supporters to C.H., Sistors Wright and J. Barnes; supporters to D. R., Sisters Sinclair and E. Barnes ; auditors, Bios. W. H. llanderson and E. Dowland. Tho newly-elected officers wero installed by P.C.R. Bro. R. Far rant. Dr Teevan wa9 elected tent surgeon, in place of Dr Lamb resigned, and the secretaiy was instructed to convey to Dr Lamb tho thanks i f the tent for tho way he had discharged his duties during the seven years he had been tent burgeon. It was a'so resolved that tho tent did not sse their way at present to comply with the request of the Prohibition League.

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Evening Star, Issue 7943, 26 June 1889

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Evening Star Issue 7943, 26 June 1889

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