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The Crown Lands Office reports the folfowing transaction: —Joseph Heaps, jun., took up section 33, block ( J, Warepa, 152 a Or lOp, on perpetual lease, the cash price of the land being 10s per acre. The ‘North Otago Times’ cf yesterday had the following;—“ The VVaitaki Kiver lately has been lower than it has been for years. An ordinary long-legged man could wade across the river, and so much of the river bed has been exposed that amateur diggers have tried their hand at gold seeking, with, in some instances, very satisfactory results.” At Wellington yesterday a final test of the water power available for the purposes of the Gulcher Company in lighting the city by electricity was made. The Karori, as well as the Wainui-o-mata power was utilised, and it was found after an hour's trial that the available power was, even in the daytime when other machinery is being worked, sufficient for tho whole electric light instillation. This Was admitted by Mr Barron,

representative of tho company. The full lighting under the contract will accordingly be commenced to-morrow evening. Tho pupils of Mr and Miss Parker gave a vocal and instrumental concert in Neumann's Hall, South Dunedin, last evening, which was a thorough success, the hall being uncomfortably crowded. The pupils in their selections showed that their teachers had taken considerable trouble in training them, and this is all tho more creditable seeing that they are principally of tender years. Violin solos were given by the Misses Mary Blancy, Maggie Sleight, Maggie Mcn/.ies, and Master G. Perry. Miss IJlaney, Mr Dick, and Miss and Master Dick contributed vocal items, the last-named being particularly good in the duet ‘ A.B.C.’ Tho Southern Philharmonic gave a couple of glees in their usual style, and a cornet solo by Master J. Parker was appreciated. Mr J. Parker was tho conductor and Miss Parker pianisto ; the latter also played a violin solo, accompanied by Mr J. Moss. The ‘ Tirnaru Herald ’ is responsible for the following A rather distressing scene, in which the public present took a more than usual interest, was witnessed at tho Tirnaru railway station yesterday afternoon, A newly married conplc made their way to tho station in time to catch the Pairlie Creek train, and tho blushing groom having put

his wife on the train, turned to bid his friends adieu. This duty proved so absorbing that he forgot all about his fair companion until the train was moving quickly out of the station, when ho made a frantic rush to reach the carriage. The train being in motion the guard promptly forbade him to break the law. Thun human nature asserted itself, and as the train ran out of the station the newly-wedded wife was seen in tears on the train, while her husband was having a good cry on the platform. The guard on seeing his mistake very courteously let the lady alight at the Washdyke, where she w’as speedily joined by her husband, and—joy followed.” Fuither particulars have reached Sydney of the murder of Captain Greenlees, of the schooner Colonist, at Havanah Harbor, by a man named Weaver, supercargo on board the vessel. It appears that Weaver, before the Colonist left Sydney, endeavored to induce a medical gentleman—a friend of his, residing in New South Wales—to visit the island with him. He related an extraordinary tale of hidden wealth in one of the Pacific Islands, which was known only to himself. The doctor in question was much impressed with the story. Weaver bought the Colonist and took his departure, the vessel clearing ostensibly for Christmas Island, but with no cargo, only a quantity of spades and firearms on board. A splendid new whaleboat had been secured by Weaver and taken along with the Colonist. There were no charts on board the schooner showing the position of Christmas Island, and as Weaver took all the sights himself

no one on board but he knew where the vessel was going. The Colonist put into Havanah for provisions, and afterwards visited hi/.ard Island. Weaver continually boasted that the clearance of the vessel was fictitious, and often repeated to the officers the tale of hidden wealth. The latter becoming suspicious, kept strict, silent watch on the movements of the schooner. After committing the murder of the captaiu, by firing three shots into his body, Weaver denied all knowledge of the crime. A commission of inquiry sat at Riverton yesterday to deal with a dispute between the Trustees of the Wallace and Fiord Hospital and the Southland Hospital and Charitable Aid Board. The Trust applies to the Board for L4OO to pay for additions made to the building, but the money was refused, principally on the grounds that the members of the Trust not being legally elected, the Board could not pay money to a body which had no legal standing ; also that the building was partly on a public street, to which the Trustees had no title, and any payment in respect of such building would have been illegal, and the members of the Board would have been personally responsible for a penalty of L2OO each had the money been paid. It came out In evidence that the only persons present at the meeting to elect the Trust were two contractors for the building, the architect, who resided in another hospital district, the contractor for plumbing work, and a wardsman. Of these only two had a right to elect, having paid a snhsoription. The notice of election had been sent to the contributing bodies. No evidence was given on behalf of the Trustees. Mr Hickson, R.M., who represented the Government in the matter, said that the decision of the Commission would bo given in due course,

Petitions to be adjudged bankrupts have been filed during the week by Thomas Broadway, confectioner, of Dunedin, and Norman Wood, of Dunedin, bricklaybi’. A brief telegram received at Auckland yesterday states that a man employed at Paratorau tunnel on the North Island Trunk line has been killed and another seriously injured. The men were sub contractors. No further particulars are to hand.

To-morrow passenger carriages will bo attached to the train leaving Dunedin for Mosgiul at 2 5 p.m. The ordinary meeting of the John street Mutual Improvement Society was held on Thursday evening. Impromptu speaking occupied the night. The first of a series of lectures arranged by the Social Reform Association will be delivered in the Athennnim Hall this evening by Sir If, Stout, who speaks on ‘Social Reform, its Aim and Means,’ Wo draw your special attention to the large advertisement of Carter and Co.’s on our third page. Their sale continues to be well patronised, hj decided proof of its being a genuine sale of bargains.- [Advt.] The quarterly mooting of Court Little John, A.O.R, was held in the Gocd Templars’Hall, Kaikorai, on Wednesday evening, the 0. H. (Bro. J. Wilson) in tlio chair. There was a large attendance of members. Two candidates were initiated.

We notice a meeting is to be hold at the Coffee Palace on Saturday evening to discuss cuss the question of land settlement on a cooperative basis. It is to be hoped there will be a good attendance to consider this important question, and that will eventuate successfully. A meeting of the Dunedin Naval Artillery was hold last evening after drill, at which it was decided to hold the corps’ annual ball about the end of A"gust, A strong committee was elected to carry out the necessary arrangements. P.O. Woolett wss elected hon. sec., and P.O. Peny, hon. treasurer.

In our notice in yesterday’s issue of the concert in ail of tho Hanover rtre-et Reading Room wo inadvertently omitted to mention that Mr O. I 'mbors sang ‘ My Sweetheart when a Boy ’ in first rate stylo, and that Mr E. Towsey acted as leader of the orchestra in tho unavoidable absence of Mr A. F. Robertehaw.

The uual meeting of Trinity Wesleyan Church Musical and Literary Society was hold last evening. The president (Rev. W. Brumber) occupied the chair. The business of the evening was an essay on ‘ The Literature of the Elizabethan Period” by Miss Ferguson, 8.A., who gave an interesting description of the most prominent writers and their works of that period. Our readers who are interested in ambulance work are reminded that the first of this year’s coureo will bo given at the Town Hal] to-night. The society have been successful in securing the co-operation of our leading medical men, and it is to be hoped that the public will avail themselves et the opportunity of gaining a knowledge of how to act in an emergency that may overtake any member of the community. To-morrow-s football fixtures include the followingAlhambra v. High School, at Opoho ; Kaikorai v. Union, at North Ground ; ZingatiRichmondv, University, at Caledonian Ground; Dunedin v. Montecillo, at Caledonian Ground; Pirates v. Taieri, at Mosgiel; Port Chalmers v, Zingari-Richmond f ccoi.d, at Port Chalmers; Association practice match, at Northern Club’s Ground; Southern Second v. Melrose Second, at Musselburgh ; Kaikorai Second v. Union Second; Dunedin Second v. Montecillo Second; Taieri Second v. Pirates Second ; Hcriot v. Arthur street School; Alhambra Second v. Ravensbourne First, at Kavensbovuno; Alhambra Third v. High School Second, at Asylum Ground.

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Evening Star, Issue 7945, 28 June 1889

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Evening Star Issue 7945, 28 June 1889

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