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The Evening Star SATURDAY, JUNE 29, 1889.

Our supplement to-day contains table talk, by our London correspondent, who also supplies interesting accounts of Mr Gladstone's visit to Italy, a review of Mrs Mona Cai id's new book ; correspondence, feminine fancies (by Martha), and other matter. The Auckland City Council have resolved to oppose the Auckland Gas Company's Bill.

Mauton has been sold by Mr P. Butler to an Australian sportsman for 2,000 guineas, provided that an agent's claim for commission is satisfactorily arranged. The Waitaki County Council have accepted the tender of Messrs R. S. Sparrow and Co., for L 1.033 7s, for the construction of the Ohau bridge. The bridge, when completed, will afford a shorter route to those desirous of seeing Mount Cook. The • Eve Ding Post' of last night says :-- "That Gasparini did escape, and is now alive, well, and in perfect safety is, we believe, beyond doubt, as communications have been received from him. Some day we may be in a position to give a true account of how tho escape was managed, but at present it is manifestly impossible that this could be done with safety." It is alleged that he had for a fellow passenger an Italian bear-kecper, and his compatriot dressed the escapee up as it bear and i<o took him ashore at Sydney.

The accident to Mr David M. Wilson, of Duncan street, while he was out on a shouting expedition at Kiirow, in the Upper Waitaki district on the l!)ih inat., had a fata) termination yesterday. Mr Wilson had his spine injured by the upsetting of his spriugcart in a snowdrift. Deceased, who was a widower, having lost his wife some months ago, had been in business as a baker in Duncan street for a number of years. He leaves a family of seven children, three of whom are grown up. An inquest was held this afternoon.

As showing the severity of the late heavy frost in the country districts, Mr John Nicholl, of Shanuon Station, near Strath Taieri, inform? us that on several occasions tho milk in pans was frozen iuto a solid block, and could be turned out upon a table and chipped with an axe. The water in the jugs, basins, and horses' drinking troughs was also frozen quite solid, several hours being lost every morning in warming the contents of tho various articles for holding liquids that were used on the station. The settlers in the district are unanimously of opinion that the frost was tho severest known for many years. At a meeting of tho Anti-Sweating Committee last evening it was shown that, although girls were paid at the rate of 3d per dozen extra for machining what are known as Shakespeare collars for shirts, those employed at this particular class of work could only earn 5s OJ, supposing that they gave forty-six hours per week to it, which they do not, but as one half of the shiits made aro fitted with these collars it is obvious that the amount paid for this "extra" is altogether inadequate. In other words, it was explained that the machining of a Shakespeare collar occupied fully ten minutes, and the remuneration therefor was one farthing. In considering the log for shirt making the Committe found that expert worken, who were employed for forty-six hours, could earn 15s lOd at machining and 14s 2d at finishing. These instances apply to tho increased log which came iuto operation on the 20th of May last.

The fifth annual ball in connection with the Peninsula Naval Artillery was held last night at the Anderson Biy hall, the lloor of which, having been thoroughly renovated by the members of Committee, was in splendid condition for dancing. About forty couples were present, and dancing was indulged in with vigor from half-past eight until nearly five this morning, to excellent music provided by Mr Yates. P.O. Hellyer and Gunner Coxon officiated as M.C.s, and it was mainly owing to their efforts that tho function gave such general satisfaction, all apparently enjoying themselves in a thorough manner. The committee of management, who one and all worked zealously to make the affair a success, consisted of P.O.s Cutten and Hellyer, and Gunners Bremner, Coxon, Newsomo, Hellyer, and Maxwell ; and their endeavors were in every way successful. The catering was in tho hands of Mr Meyer, of Roslyn, a well-stocked table being prcaideil over by Mrs, Miss, and Mr Meyer, jun., and in this connection also, nothing was wanting. Tho Bottlers at Green Island have appointed committees to deal with the small bird pest, and decided to use poisoned grain this season. At tho next meeting of the Taieri County Council Cr Thomson ia to move:—" That this Council view with alarm tho rapid increase of small birds within the county, and are of opinion that some means should be adopted to secure their destruction, and would suggest that local committees be formed—one or more in each riding of the county—and that all subscriptions raised by said committees will be subsidised by the Council with £ for £ up to £lO fot each riding ; and that no riding receive more than two subsidies in one year." Cr • Irahuni will move : —" That the iJcik be itiatut'jtcil t'i procure and keep in &totk a quantity oi poisoned grain, to be supplied at'half cszt t'> anyons approved of by the Council."

The man killed on Thursday at Poroarau tunnel, near Auckland, was Patrick Connell. A claim for L 250 damages is to be entered against tho Auckland City Council by the relatives of IT. Stevenson, who died from the cllects of a fall over an embankment in Hobson street.

We understand that petition?, with close on :?,()00 Mgnaturca, will be cent to Wellington next wetk ngainnt the granting of a publican's lie'-nae for the Exhibition. The jif.t.ition that Mr Fulton presented last week was, we are informed, sent up from tho Taiuri district.

The Christchurch Oddfellows' Hall was crowded to excess last night to welcome Dr Macrjregor, who has called hero on his way to Victoria, where he will represent the Church of Scotland at the Presbyterian Jubilee. He left for Dunedin by this morning's express train. The first of this season's coure of lectures under the auspices of the Ambulance Association was delivered by Dr Scott "On Anatomy "at the Garrison Hall last night. There was some misunderstanding as to the place of meeting which doubtless allected the attendance. On the r>t!i prox. Dr Maunsell will lecture on " Hemorrhage.

A notice to members of the I\,\.F.S.A. appears on our third p»ge. A l-otice t-..> :mb.idilc<ri to .Stone'* AM Guide appear*! in another column. Tho half-yeaily meeting of Court ICxoclsior, No. ti 12S. A.0.F., wan held in the Monnnytuit Gotut'il Chambers. Thee w.m a largo attendance of members, and l'.ro. Meanm, C.K., prosidtfd. The receipts were Ij 12 l< I Id, At II;i! New Zealand Clothing Faetmy bat nirjlit, Mr J, 11. Ilamul and Mi«s lieiry, <>n tho occasion of their approach big iminiasje, were the recipient!; of a cake basket and butter cooler. Mr (Jlapperton made Hie presentation,

A specially attractive series of tnbkaus vivunln by children will he given in St. Paul's Schoolroom on Monday evening next, interspersed with selections of vocal and instrumental music by leading artists. Master A. Tow.-iey is to make his first appearance in Dunedin as a violinist.

The Mornington Wesley,™ Bible and Mutual Improvement Class held their weekly meeting last evening. Tho President (Kcv. L. Hudson) occupied the chair, rnd there was a large attendance of members. Recitations were rendered by Messrs Hudson and Loudon, Mr T West cont ibuted a reading, arid songs were given by Messrs J. Holgate and Jury. Mr H. Austmg a ted as accompmist. An official vi-it was paid to the Rose of Palmorston Lodge. V.A.0.D., at I'almerston, on Tuesday evening, by District President M. Mo-s. Nea: ly seventy members of the Palmerston Lodgn weio in attendance. The list of officers installed by Bros. M.'ss and Bryant was as follows:-A,D., W. Hopkins; V.A.D., 1). Phillips ; secretary, J. E. Goodwin : treasurer, J. Longfcon; 1.G., W. H. Walker; 0.G., I. W. Boll; A.P.B, Bron. Jolmstou and M'Grogor; V.A.8., Bros. CiiiivMon and; mhiuti' a.'cretiry, T. .1. Goodwin. One new member was initiated. The n.'reipU were lM'i 10a. At Port Chalmers on "Wednesday evening the All Nations Lodge, U. A.0.1)., held their halfyearly incctiDg. District president M. Moss, assisted by P.A. Bro. J. Cowan, installed tha following officers:—A.D., Bro. \Y. Manning; V.A., Bro. J. Craig; secretary, Bro. J. W. Platts (re-elected); treasurer, Bro. .7. Craig (reelected); I.G , Bro. K. Pritchard ; 0.G., Bro. ,W. Thorn ion ;A. 13.p., Bros. Pope and Cowan; V.8.5., Bros. Winter and Lainc; auditors, Bros. Walker and Crawford. Two candidates were initiated. _ The receipts of the evening amounted to L2O 6*.

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The Evening Star SATURDAY, JUNE 29, 1889., Issue 7946, 29 June 1889

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