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The Evening Star SATURDAY, JULY 6, 1889., Issue 7952, 6 July 1889
The Evening Star SATURDAY, JULY 6, 1889.
Our supplement to-day contains our London correspondence via San Francisco, topics of the day, a special report of Sir C. Dilke's great speech at Forest Dean, No. 13 of the papers on State education, correspondence, and other matter. The Taieri district will subscribe L6O, if not more, to the Exhibition.
With the exception of the trial of Louis Chemis for the Kaiwarra murder, all the eises at the Wellington criminal session are now finished.
Mr Stansell, usher of the Christchurch Supreme Court, and formerly Government meteorologist, died yesterday, aged sixtynine, and much regretted. The death of Dr J. F. Gillies, M.D., at his residence, Regent road, is announced. The doctor, who had been ailing for some months past, was forty-one years of age.
In reference to the Hawera fire, the Standard Company's line on Gardiner and Sutton's stock was LI,OOO, of which L 750 was reinsured. On Pritchard's stock the Standard had a risk of L2OO, half reinsured. The Commission appointed to inquire into the dispute between the Wallace Hospital Trustees and the Southland Charitable Aid Board have reported that the evidence submitted to them failed to show that the sum requisitioned was either unreasonable or excessive.
The New Zealand horse-tamer gave an exhibition of his powers at Green Island on Thursday evening to a fairly numerous audience, who took considerable interest in the proceedings. In an hour and a-half the horse was under complete control, so much so that a boy rode the animal round the ring, and it then behaved well. A stable owned by William Manson, a Waitati farmer, was burnt on the 3rd inst. Mr Manson and his son had been bedding do-wn tne hones before retiring lor ths night, Mv Manson, jun., holding a lighted candle ; and it is supposed that a match fell from his fingers, and, smouldering for some time, ignited the ttraw, for two hours later the stable was in flames. The horses were got out safely, although with some difficulty, and the fire was extinguished before it spread to the adjoining dwelling.
At a meeting of the Christchurch Exhibition Committee yesterday the President (Mr Roberts), Dr Belcher, and Mr Joubert were present. A resolution was adopted—- " That this Committee is of opinion, considering the vast importance of the dairying interest in the colony, the Government should be requested to adopt Professor Long's suggestion that the Government should import two or three dairy experts for the purpose of instructing colonial dairymen in the beat methods of manufacturing cheese and butter for export." The same resolution was unanimously adopted in the afternoon by the Agricultural land Pastoral Association.
About three inches of snow fell at Tapanui yesterday. An old man named. William Blundell, aged eighty-two, wus found drowned in the river Avon, at Christchurch, near the police station, yesterday morning. Deceased had previously announced his intention of committing suicide, but had been watched, The South British Insurance Company, intend to move to set aside the judgment in Bradbury's case, or for a nonsuit or new trial. Failing this, they will appeal. The case is one in which the Assignee recovered ah insurance on the pY t 6£erty of Bradbury, an Auckland.,draper, Who disappeared the day aft*'the fire. The recent seizure by the Customs authorities at Auckland of cases of drapery samples sent by a Home firm to their oolonial agents is alleged to be owing to the ignorance of the importers of the fact that the Customs duties were leviable on the 'gross instead of the net amount of "The matter nan been referee* 'to, the Commissioner of Customs fc't Y/ellington,
The schbiftVouße in the borough of North invercaVgill was burnt down last night. The cause of the fire is supposed to be a defect in the chimney, as when the door was broken open it was found that the lining over the mantelpiece about ten feet from the floor was blazing. No water was available, or the school might have been saved. In common with all State schools, it was not insured, and it will cost L4OO to replace. The adjourned meeting of the Otago Dock Trust yesterday afternoon wao attended by Messrs E. G. Allen (chairman), J. B. Thorn"son, H. GourleV, A. Thomson, and Dr Drysdale. The Finance Committee recommended accounts amounting to LI 93 18s for payment, and reported ,that, there was a Credit balance of li3ll 12s, The Chairman stated that, they, we're not empowered to spend any oif the Trust funds for the purpose of exhibiting at the Exhibition the heavy 'forging!*; at present lying at the dock workshop. In reference to the application of Mr Platts for renting part of the docic endowment at Boiler Point, the chairman stated that part of the endowment applied for was still in the hands of the leasing company, and the secretary was instructed to write to the leasing company in reference to the matter.
We are informed that immediately afterthe publication of the article headed' Work forthe Million' in Wednesday's issue, Mr Stirling, evidently recognising that his bladder had been pricked, tobk dbwn his sign-plate from his place of business and made somewhat hurried preparations for departure. The police having learned that ho had journeyed northward in company with some acquaintances who had sailed in the Mararoa, communicated with the police authorities at Christchurch, with the result that Stirling was arrested on board the steamer at Lyttel ton, and will be brought back hero to answer an information charging him with an offence under the Police Offences Act, Those persons who came to us during the week in reference to this business, and any who consider themselves similarly circumstanced, should now place themselves in communication with the detective office. Those who attended the Princess's Theatre last evening were very well pleased with the representation of * Lady Audley's Secret' by the Vivian company. Miss Vivian has evidently made a close study of the part of Lady Audley. Her conception of the character is beyond doubt reasonable and intelligible, and it must be said that this lady carried off the honors of the evening, though she by no means monopolised tin favors of the audience, for Mr Carey as Robert Audley, Mr Jerdan as George Talboys, and Mr Vivian as Luke Marks, succeeded in winning frequent tokens of approval, # while the subordinate parts were also carefully sustained. The farce of • Sam' gave Mr Vivian a chance which he did not overlook. The same programme is to be repeated this evening ; on Monday the company will play a drama founded on the failure of the Glasgow Bank ; and on Tuesday, when ' East Lynne' is to by repeated, there will be a late train to Palmerston.
The inquest on the body of Turanga Karauria, who was shot at Omahu on June 14, was concluded at Napier yesterday afternoon. No additional facts have been brought to light. After the coroner had summed up, pointing out the difference between murder and manslaughter, the jury retired, and in half an hour brought in a verdict equal to manslaughter against the prisoner Waatura Wi. The coroner sent them back to reconsider their verdict, telling them it was dead against the evidence, and he read a definition of what constituted murder and what manslaughter. The jury came back after a time, saying that they could find no other verdict than " Manslaughter." The Coroner repeated that such a verdict could not be justified on the evidence, but he would accept it, and order the depositions to be sent to the Resident Magistrate for further investigation, and the prisoner to be charged before *he magistrate with wilful murder.
It seems that the Minister of Justice's strong reference to the man Thomas Medder, on whose behalf Mr Fish appealed to the Government the other day, was justified. Medder was convicted of stealing a watch, and he was sentencod to two years' imprisonment. But circumstances subsequently arose which made his guilt very doubtful, and he was liberated after serving sever, or eight months. Out of sympathy he was substantially assisted upon his discharge by a friend, and he preferred to go to a neighboring province instead of seeking for work in Dunedin. There he soon got fairly remunerative employment, and we understand there is conclusive evidence that he has been earning good wages. As a matter of fact, however, his wife, an excellent woman, has for too long a time been left to maintain herself and children by hev own labor, with assistance from friends, As in this case the family were the real sufferers, it is to be hoped that the Government will see their way to grant them some allowance, and also that the man will be compelled to discharge his obligations towards them.
There was a crowded house at Naumann's Hall, South Dunedin, last evening to witness the entertainment given by the minstrels connected with Lodge Enterprise, U. A.O. D. The first part of the programme consisted of the usual " chair " business, in which the Brothers Woods (as bones and tambo respectively) kept the audience well amused with their comicalities. The solo singing was not exactly what it should have been, but as the audience thoroughly enjoyed themselves, we refrain from being too critical. An amusing sketch entitled ' The Fijian Band' brought the first portion to a close. A song and dance by W. Wood highly delighted the youthful portion of the audience, and an encore was the result. Some more solo singing followed, the mediocrity of which was atoned for by the manner in which all concerned played their several parts in the laughable farce (on this occasion) called 'Ginger.' The room was then cleared for dancing, in which a goodly number took part. We might throw out the hint that an increased charge of admission would probably keep the hall clear of the " rowdy element" that manifested itself occasionally during the evening. The second of the present series of lectures given in connection with the Otago Ambulance Association was delivered in the Garrison Hall last evening by Dr Maunsell, whose subject was' Hemorrhage,' and, as was to be expected, he treated those present to an able discourse, which was illustrated by a number o£ diagrams. The lecturer Bret showed the cause and consequent effect of hemorrhage, and then detailed the methods of lessening at once clanger, providing against relapses, and ensuring as far as possible the safety of the patient. The lecturer pointed out the grave importance of everybody possessing the slight elementary knowledge which is required to arrest bleeding, and cited cases where people had bled to death in two minutes through the severing of the artery in the thigh, although at the time surrounded by persons ignorant of the first principles of ambulance work. He also flavored his address with a vein of humor, telling his hearers among other things that when questioning a student on one occasion as to how he would stop bleeding from the arteries in the neck, the youth blandly replied "apply a tourniquet," an experiment which, it is needless to say, would have resulted in the immediate suffocation of the patient. A hearty vote of thanks was accorded to Dr Maunsell at the close,
A procession of .forty-.four unemployed, led by Vv. Powell, marohed through the Christchurch streets at noon yesterday carrying a banner bearing a skull and crosabonea with the motto "Work or food." , At a subse. quent meeting Powell said the men were, jn ft desperate condition for want .of food, and were deter mined, not to apply lor charitable aid, b.ut insist on. Work being provided. .Mqanwhtto they asked the public to contribute towards their maintenance.
Dunedin Naval Artillery annual ball in the Garrison Hall on August 30. Prohibition* Electoral Association's monthly meeting on Monday evening in W.O. A. Rooms, Moray plaoe.
The annual Orange sermon will be-preaohed to-morrow morning by Rev. J. M. Fraser in Chalmers Church.
. The employes of the D.I.D. presented Mr W. Longton with a marble clook on the occasion of his marriage. . . .
. Butchers and others interested in the abattoirs question are requested to meet at M'Farlane's Hall, Macla?gan street, on Monday evening. The thirteenth anniversary of the Lily of the Valley Good Templar Lodge will be held in the North Dunedin Drill-hall on Monday evening. Akinderspiel entertainment, ' The Flowers of the Forest,'will be given in St, Paul's Sohoolroom next Thursday evening. Eighty voices will take part in the music The Rev. L. Hudson presided at last night's meeting of the Mornington Wesleyan Bible Mutual Improvement Class. The monthly journal was read and criticised.
At the King street Congregational Church on Thursday night Mir R. C. Jones leotured on 'Statical Electricity,'and illustrated it with a number of experiments that greatly interested the audience. The believer* in conditional immortality, or life in Christ only, formerly meeting in the Athenaeum .Hall, havp takon the Oddfellows' Hall, Stuart street, where in future they will meet.
The weekly meeting of the Trinity Church Musical and Literary Sooiety watt held on Thursday evening ; the president (Rev. W. Baurrtber) in the chair. The evening was devoted to readings and recitations from Amerioan authors. The half-yearly meeting of West Harbor Lodge, U.0.D., was held on Thursday night; Bro. Larnach in the chair. Visitors from the Otago and Ivanhoe Lodges attended, and Lodge Royal Oak paid an offioial visit. D.P. Bro. Moss installed officers for the current term as follows:—A.D., Bro, Campbell; V.A., Bro. Branegrove; treasurer, Bro. Harold (reelected); secretary, Bro. Larnach; 1.G., Bro. Dredge, jun.; 0.G., Bro. J. Win ton : A.P.8., Bros, itawlinson and Butler; V.AB, Bros. Dredge and Pearson. The D.P. gave permission to chatge the night of meeting to Wednesdays One member was initiated The University Debating Society held its ordinary meeting la«t evening in Professor Shand's class-room, Mr W. E. Spencer, KA., occupying the chair. There was a very large attendance of members and visitors. The reading, a selection from 'Evangeline,' was givonbyMiss Alexander, and criticised by Mr MacDonaldand Mr Johnson. The Secretary then read the nine contributions sent in for the ' Farrago,' the titles of which were as follows:—' Varsitiana,' 'Alas, those Novels,' 'Autumn Thoughts,' 'Tcmpora Mutanlur,' 'Farrago,' 'Down by the Sea,' 'Friends,' 'Sibyl,' and 'A Capping Song.' Several of the contributions were highly humorous, and the local allusions in whioh the •first and last abounded were much relished b> the audience. After several members had criticised the contributions, a vote was taken with the result that the 'Capping Song' was declared the best production. The speoial business at the U'ual weekly meeting of the St. Paul's Young Men's Association on Thursday night was a debatn upon the question 'Shall we Suppress Sport?'with special reference to fishing, hunting, shooting, and coursing. The debate was opened by Mr Porcy Procter, who took the affirmative position, and in a carefully-worded speech gave his reasons, many of them strong and cogont, for the entire suppression of all kinds of sport, when indulged in for mere pleasure's sake, and not for the purpose of providing food. A number of other speakers followed, most of them taking ud the negative position; but, while the prevailing feeling of the meeting was that it would be undesirable to suppress genuine sport as followed by true lovers of the chase, yet some of the so-called "sportp," such as pacing rabbits-and other animals in a confined space with no possibility of escape, but with the certainty of being killed, are really not sport at all in the real sense of the word, and ara deserving of censure from all right-minded people as being in the highest degree cruel and nnchristianlike.
The Evening Star SATURDAY, JULY 6, 1889., Issue 7952, 6 July 1889
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