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The Evening Star THURSDAY, JULY 1, 1889.

There an-. 1,3-0 persons employed on the railways of this colony, against 1,:>S!) last year.

At the. Wellington Supreme Court to day I'ctcr McoklcKcn was sentenced to two years' hard labor for burglary. The Customs authoi'itlcsatGisborno yesterday seized three barrels of Duncdin-mado beer for being {nsuihciently stamped ; and at Auckland several cases of drapery belonging to a large English house having agencies in the colonies were seized in consequence of inquiries instituted by Mr Shannon, tho Customs' expert. A conference took place last night between tho representatives of the subscribers to the Women's Ward Fund, the representatives of the subscribers to tho Nurses' Home Fund, and the Hospital Trusteos, at which it was arranged that the proceeds of those collections should be forthwith handed over to the Trustees. As a result of the conference of dentists held in Wellington during the past few days it has been decidod to form a Dentists' Association for New Zealand. Tho first annual meeting of the Association is to bo held in Dunedin during next January* Mr Alfred Boot, of Dunedin, was elected president; Mr Edwin Cox, of Auckland, vice-president; and Mr Frank Armstrong, of Dunedin, eecretary and treasurer. The ' Oamaru Mail' Btrongly opposes the attempt of the Exhibition Commissioners to evade the local option law, and says:— " The law ought not to be stultified to suit the purposes of any set of men, however weighty they may be in the social and political scales. Any attempt to set asido safeguards that have been set up for the purpose of regulating the liquor trade and protecting public morality should be resented as a danger to the public welfare. Laws that have been mado for the government of the whole co'.ony cannot be set aside simply because they are found to be in tho way of persons who find that they interfere with their designs." A fire occurred at Maryhill, Momington, at about five o'clock this morning, by which a large nine-roomed house was burned down. It was the property of Mr L. A, Williams, and was occupied by Mr H. W. Wait. The Caversham Fire Brigade were in attendance as soon as the alarm was given, but there being no supply of water at band they could do nothing towards checking the fire, and only about half of tho furniture in the house was saved. The houso was insured for LSOO in tho New Zealand Office, and the furnituro for L3OO in the same office. The cause of the fire is unknown, but it was discovered by tho servant girl, it having broken out in the kitchen, which was next to her bedroom. At the Christohurch criminal sessions yesterday tho indictment against Luke Perharn was quashed, because after committal it was altered from burglariously entering with intent to commit a felony to one of indecent assault. At Wellington, Allendale, for stealing a safe from the Feilding Post Office, Was sentenced to ten years' penal servitude. Judge Richmond, in passing sentence, commented on the state of the existing law under which the prisoner could only be indicted for breaking into a counting house. There was no mention of such an establishment as a post office. This was an absurdity, and the law should be altered. The "accident return" for the Government railways for the past year shows that one passenger and two cmplojeo were killed, and one passenger and fifty-thrvo employes injured from causes lieyond their own control. Two passengers and three employej were killed, and eleven passengers and twenty employe) injured through their own misconduct or carelessness. Two persons were killed and four injured at level crossings ; two trespassers were killed and two injured 5 twenty persons were injured in the workshops, but none fatally ; and under the rather vague heading "miscellaneous " the record is ono killed and seven injured. A rather alarming accident happened to Mrs W. H. Cutten yesterday afternoon when driving in her buggy down Georgo street. Just after getting beyond the Octagon a tramcar overtook her, and Mrs Cutten, not hearing the driver's warning, had not got her buggy clear of tho tram-lines, the consequence being that the tram horses struck and overturned it. Mrs Cutten was thrown out aud fell right under one of the three tram-horses, but it fortunately stood still, and tho conductor quickly rescued her from her dangerous position. Mrs Cutten was, of course, a good deal shaken by the upset, but was otherwise not much injured, and we understand that she is getting on very well to-day. The buggy, however, suffered considerably, for on the accident taking place Mrs Cutten's horse and two of those iu the tramcar started kicking and soon had the buggy knocked to pieces.

Some time back notification was forwarded by the Commissioner of Crown Lands to lessees of land to the effect that, in consequence of several lessees not complying with the residential conditions of the Land Act, the conditions on which they held leases would be strictly enforced, and warning the lessees to place themselves in compliance with tho law. In several instances further time has been granted to lessees, while those who have not replied will again be written to. In some cases residence has been dispensed with. A question also arose as to whether a person, possessing and residing on a quarter-acre section in a township, could own a small grazing run situate more than ten miles from his own residence holding, but the matter has not yet been definitely settled as to whether the case mentioned would be outside the provisions of the Act or not. Several applications for exemption were received and granted, while in others consideration was deferred pending further inquiries as to the present place of residence of the lessee.

Another change of programme took place at tho Princess's Thoatro last evening, when the Vivian Company appeared in tho American dramatised version of Mrs Henry Wood's pathetic novel 'Hast Lynnc. 1 Miss Helen Vivian's Lady Isabel mid Madiiiuo Vino has been much praised by tho Northern papers, whilo the manner in which the drama was produced has also been favorably commented on. Mr Vivian was somewhat unhappily cast as Sir Francis Lovison ; Mr Carey was, however, acceptable as Archibald Carlyle; Misses Christina Tennyson and Mario Wilton woro Cornolia Carlyle and Barbara Hare respectively; while Mr Jordan as Richard Hare gave every satisfaction, Messrs Griffiths (Lord Mount Severn), Bateman (Mr Dill), Beresford, and Durand filled unimportant characters. Little Rose Andrews deserves mention for her intelligent representation of the child Willie, her acting in tho death scene being heartily recognised by tho audience. Tomorrow evening • East Lynne' will be replaced by a dramatised version of ' Lady Audloy'a Secret,' the performance concluding with thef&rco 'Sam.'

In honor of, Independence Day the national flag wa9 hoisted at the office of the American Consulate (Mr H. Driver's) today. A Parliamentary wire to the * : North'Otago Times' says that Speaker O'Rorko has offered the Sergeantcy-at-Arms to Colonel Trimble, ex-member for Taranaki.

At Taupiri (Auckland) yesterday J. Taylor, twenty-three years of age, committed suicide by takisg strychnine. It is said that he was disappointed in his love affah'3. The will case of Winmill v. Gallie was resumed at the Supreme Court to-day, Mr Chapman continuing his address on behalf of defendant. The case will probably conclude to-morrow.

We learn from tho ' Tablet' that during May and June L 413 (North and South Otago contributed L 200) was forwarded to Bishop Moran for presentation to the treasurer of the Parnell defence fund. During tho six months ended June last Now Zealand subscribed LI ,376 to the fund.

Bishop Moran was to have left Rome on May 17 for Naples to sec Dr Higgins, the coadjutor of Cardinal Moran, prior to his departure for Sydney. The bishop had paid a visit to the Propaganda, and was to visit the Pope on tho evening he wrote. Dr Moran informs tho Rev. Father Lynch that he is exceedingly anxious to return to his diocese.

An accident occurred this morning at Mr Larner's auction rooms to a youth named Gcddcs, who is in Mr Larner's employ. From some unexplained cause (Jcddcs fell from an upper storey through the lift opening to tlic basement, injuring his head considerably. Mr Lamer took care that every attention was paid to Gcddet;, who was shortly after in a condition that enabled hiirt to be taken homo to his parents' residence at St. Clair.

The Sydenham poultry show yea! erday was u great success. There were 610 entries, and keen competition in Langahans, Plymouth Rocks, aud pigeons especially. The pigeon race from Timaru was won by H. Smith's Salvage, in two hours thirteen minutes, against a head wind. A special wire to the ' North Otago Times' says : "Mr G. M. Bruce took first, second, and special for Dorking cock, and third for Dorking hen ; third for DorkiDg cock under twelve months; third for Dorking hen under twelve months, Mr B. Christie, for dark Brahma hen, first and third. G. Z. Quarrie, for Plymouth Rock hen, third."

Union Insurance Company's dividend warrants now ready. A notice to passengers per R.M.S. Kaikouia appears in this istue. The Dun"din Gun Club meet for shooting at Tahuna Park on Saturday. Bishop Nevill has recently licensed four additional lay readers as follow -.—Mr Waldron Prbcll, Mr A. Y-. Featherstone, Tkornbury (Southland); Mr W. W. White, Kaifangata; and Mr Henry Thomas Green, Kaikorai. The weekly meeting of the Cargill road Mutual Improvement Class was held in the schoolroom on Wednesday evening. There was a good attendance. The president (Rev. G. Spence) occupied the chair. An instructive paper on ' True Manhood' was road by a lady. The weekly meeting of the Anderson Bay Mutual Improvement Society was held last night, when Dr Stcnhouse gave the third ambulanco lecture of the course of five being given in connection with tho above society. Tho subj ct of the lecture was'hemorrhage.' The doctor was accorded a hearty vote of thanks at the close of his address.

The annual conversazione of the Otago Educational Institute will take place in the Choral Hall this evening at 7.30, when a programme of vocal and inbtrumental music will be performed and scientific apparatus and experiments shown. As there has been some misunderstanding about tickets, wo are requested to draw attention to tbo advertisement in another column. The half-yearly meeting of Court Pride of the L'rith, A.0.Y., was hsld last evening in the Oddfellows' Hall, Albany street, there being a large attendance of members and visitors. The statement of incomo and expenditure for the past six months was as follows: Reseipts, 1 316 4* 9d ; expenditure, 1308 7s 3d ; total to the c edit of tbo court, L1,40912s of which sum L 1.254 10s is invested, bringing in V» per cent. The election of officers for the ensuing six months resulted as follows: —C.R., Bro. W. R. Cole; S.C.R., Bro, W. Simpson; secretary, Bro. J. M'fio're-elected); treasurer, Bro. J. Robertson (ic-elected); S.W., Bro. G. Glover; J.W., Bro. j. T. Bonfell; 5.8., Bro. W. Perry; J. 8., Bro. J. Andersen; auditor, Bio. J. Gray (re-elected). P.C.R.s Bros. G. Glover, J. Gray, and W. Perry wero elected to represent the court at tho District meeting to be held in Oamaiu next mouth. It w,is resolved unanimnu ly to minute the court's appreciation to the past officers for the way they had filled their respective olliec.", and that the retiring O.K. (Bro J. Green) receive a framed cert fioatc aud r.eck ribbon, also that bin name bo placed on the respect board. The following brethren replied on behalf of their respective courts:—D.O.R. Bro. A. S. Adams (Distiitt Executive), P.O.R. Bro. Watson (Court Tri'le of Dum-din), C.P. P.iv, Oaten (O.nirt Enterprise), P.DO.H. Bro. Butler (Court Bruce) There were five new members initialed.

The follnwiiis bit of mit-sing fiends iH from 'Lloyd'.-i Weekly': -Alfred William Bartk-U, who went to New Zealand hi lS«lf, ami was last heard of in Shorthand street, Auckland, iu LSB.~>; his mother seeks Inn. William Grove, of Ifatton, went to Auckland iu 188«; his sister asks, llciiiy Webb, whoin 1886 wasatFoxton; his mother tecks news. Mary Ann Ponsonby, who went with her husband to Auckland forty-six years ago; her sister inquires. William Smith) who was residing at Napier in 1887; h ! s mothci writes. Georgo Spinks, who went to Canterbury in 1835, per s.b. Canterbury ; his nnthcr is anxioup. Jano El ! zibcth Woods, who left England for Otago in 1875; her brother writes. William Duncan Cooper, who left Edinburgh for New Zealaud in 1858; his sisters ask. Edward Xing is sought by his mother, who last heard of him at TVanganui. William Rawling*, who went to New Zealand in 1883; his brother George asks. Frank Stock, a biker who left Blackwall in July, 1876, in tho Inverness for Napier; his widowed mother asks. Alfred Coy, who in 1882 was residing at Bay View road, South Dunedin; his sister writes. George Joseph Ellis, formerly of Dublin, and who went to r- cw Zealand tweutytwo years ago; his sister Annie asks. George Turner, who went to Otago in tho Hindostan, in 1873, is sought by his mother and brother. Alfred Finch, who left Doptford for Canterbury in 1881; his sister writes.

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