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The Evening Star TUESDAY, JULY 9, 1889.

It is reported, but so far there is no verification of the rumor, that a case of leprosy has declared itself in Wellington. A bushman named Ormond has been missing from Puketai Bush, in the Tairua (Auckland) district, for more than a week, and is believed to have been drowned.

At the Resident Magistrate’s Court this morning all the cases were either struck out or confessed except one, in which Charles Sonntag claimed L 9 17s from T, Studdon for goods supplied. After plaintiff had stated his case judgment was given for the amount claimed, with costs. Messrs W. Wright and M. Sullivan, J.P.s, occupied the Bench.

At Auckland yesterday Judge Gillies ordered that the discharge of H, Maiden, bankrupt, be suspended for twelve months, on the ground that debtor had not kept proper books. His Honor said that if an illiterate man went into business, and in the course of four years paid his creditors only 7d in the .£, and kept no books, he showed plainly that ho was not fit to be in business, and he was not entitled to be discharged. Professor Thomas, of Auckland, has offered the Education Board sixty prizes for competition amongst the pupils attending the public schools in the Auckland district, with the object of encouraging the teaching of agricultural science in the public schools, He is to prepare the syllabus of subjects with the aid of the inspectors, and prepare the examination papers, the examination to form part of the regular school examination ; and he is to award the prizes. The Board accepted the offer. Last night’s meeting of the Athenaiuin Committee was attended by Messrs J. 0. Moody (in the chair), J. R. Sinclair, J, A. Barr, W. S. Fitzgerald, J. H. Chapman, U. Reid, jun,, E. E. Morrison, W. M. Bolt, D. White, W. M'Adam, and W. B. Harlow. It was decided to take proceedings against persons found destroying or mutilating illustrated papers. A volume of the ‘ Reporters’ Magazine’ (presented by Mr A. F. W. Lorie) and a copy of the ‘ P. and 0. Pocket Book ’ for 1888 and 1889 (from Messrs Dalgety and Co.) were accepted with thanks. The matters of the gas supply and the ventilation of the building were fully discussed, and referred to the House Committee to deal with. It was decided to order the ‘ Zealaudia ’ magazine. At a recent meeting of the Auckland City Schools Committee one of the members brought forward a grievance of parents, which had been simmering for months past. It seems that the proprietors of some entertainments hold matinees, and send handbills to the public schools for distribution. The co-operation of teachers, it was alleged, was enlisted by dead-heading them to the show ; while the children were excited, and the parents had their lives made a burden to' them by the circulation of the “ dodgers,” the youngsters wanting to see the show. The Committee determined to atop the circulation of handbills at the public schools save by their permission and under their authority. The showman will meet the new emergency by dead-heading the members of Committee, and thus get over the difficulty, Mr S. Vaile continues to wage bis crusade against the Railway Board, and this is what he writes concerning the grain rates they sanctioned recently “ They have reduced the grain rates at seventy-three miles by Id per ton, and at eighty-two miles this runs up to 6d per ton, which means, as near as can be, one-eighth of a penny per bushel. It is impossible to imagine that a reduction like this will lead to the production of another ton of grain throughout the whole of New Zealand. Therefore the general public cannot be benefited. As to the farmer, it would take fifty acres of very good land to produce forty tons of grain, and from this his gain by the reduction of freight would be LI only. There can be no practical relief here, nor even if he had double the quantity. But when you come to the large operator in grain it is a very different thing. If he has 2,000 tons to send over the lines the railways are made use of to present him with LSO of public money, for which they get no return whatever.” The Auckland Trades and Labor Council have taken up the subject of sweating, the members inquiring of acquaintances the circumstances under which they are or have been employed. At a late meeting several individual cases of very hard treatment were reported from personal knowledge by the members present. In one case no wages were given to a girl, a tailoress, for six months by a certain firm, she being apparently taken on probation. At the end of the term she was paid 5s a week for the following six months, and then her services were no longer required, as there were plenty more girls waiting to bo taken on probation. Another case of a girl was mentioned who had been in a firm's employment for nearly six years. She was reckoned a very good hand, but her wages at the present time were only 12s 6d a week; and, in addition to working full hours during the day, she had to take work home with her at night. Dr Macgregor, in his report on charitable aid work in tho colony, says “ The necessity of throwing the cost of charity on the local bodies, which must be quite apparent to all who have given any thought to the subject, is also one which has some awkward complications. For instance, if the local bodies are made responsible they must provide local refuges, as in the cases of Christchurch and Wellington. In the former instance the North Canterbury United Board have built the central block and one wing of a most elaborately designed refuge of such a character os regards the privacy and the comfort of separate rooms provided as will tend to make men, struggling on the verge of pauperism, conclude that, struggle -as they may, this is a more comfortable home for their age than they have any chance of providing. The game may be said of the refuges lately built in Wellington and In- : veroargill, and will, no doubt, be tiuo of the Costley Institution in Auckland.”

The Napier Charitable Aid Board and the ;i Borough Council condemn the Charitable Aid and Hospital Bill.

Our Lawrence correspondent wires The Clifton Hotel at Beaumont was completely destroyed by fire early this morning. Particulars are not yet to hand. The building and furniture were covered by insurance. Bishop Nevill conducted a confirmation service on Sunday afternoon last at St. Andrew’s Church, Ravensbourne, when thirteen candidates (seven male and six female) were presented by the Rov, T, Johnston, There was a good congregation, and His Lordship delivered an appropriate address.

The monthly meeting of the Port Chalmers District High School Committee last night was attended by Messrs A, Thomson (chairman), J. Cook, J. Morgan, and \V. Elder. Mr Chilton, the rector, forwarded the following report: annual examination of the school was held by Mr Petrie on June 24 to the 28th. The average attendance for the quarter ending 30th June was—boys, 319; girls, 264; total, 583. The number on the roll at the end of the quarter was—boys, 355; girls, 304; total, C 59. Drawing being now a compulsory subject up to the Fifth Standard (inclusive) the school is badly in want of a set of large-sized models for model drawing. He would also be glad if the Committee could supply the school with four or five large T squares, the cost being about 3s fid each. The school reopened on the morning of the Bth inst., after a week’s holiday, with an attendance of 572,” Messrs Elder and Watson were appointed Visiting Committee for the ensuing mouth. Apropos of our Railway Board the opinion of Chief Commissioner Speight (Victoria), who has just returned to duty after visiting England and America, ought to be worth listening to. He was told that the Government of this colony had vainly offered L 3.000 a year to a first class English expert, and he was asked pointedly if that was a likely fact. He replied that it would be a difficult matter to secure at a salary of L.3,000 a man who had mature experience on English railways and whose position was determined by his experience there. No doubt a man could be obtained to accept the post at the remuneration offered, but it was quite another question as to whether or not the appointment would prove advantageous to the colony. He mentioned that while journeying through the United States his attention was specially directed to the methods of transporting fruit, dairy produce, and other perishables on the railways there. He was prepared to recommend a system of traffic in Victoria which would vastly increase the productive area of dairies, and afford the greatest facilities to farmers to increase the prosperity of the country districts. The American boudoir carriages should also be adopted for transcontinental travel in Australia.

The Vivian Dramatic Company produced another new drama last evening, when a play founded upon the episode of the Glasgow Bank failure, and called 'Cast Upon the World,’ was put forward as the attraction. The attendance downstairs was very satisfactory. The drama depicts the vicissitudes of a victim of the bank failure, the machinations of a gentleman possessing somewhat strange ideas of honesty, the tribulations of an ill-used wife, and the ultimate victory of virtue over vice, As usual, Mr W. G. Carey impersonated the hero, Robert Stewart, and enlisted the sympathies of the audience from first to last, la the scene where he is accused of theft, Mr Carey acted excellently, without “ ranting ” in the slightest degree. Mies Vivian was well cast os Mary Harrington, and was eflectivo in the drugging scene. Miss Wilton, as Bella Cameron, looked exceedingly well, and made the most of a part which furnishes but little scope for acting. As Moses Levi Mr Vivian soon put the audience in a good humor, Id’s entrances being the signal for a general laugh; but Mr (Jriffitlis gave a somewhat shallow representation of the part of the villain. Messrs Bercsford, Jerdan, Harcourt, and Bateman filled subsidiary parts. A scene of the Thames Embankment, painted by Mr W. H. Pnlford, elicited a well-deserved round of applause, while the general staging of the piecs was also good. To-night‘Cast Upon the World’ will bo withdrawn in favor of ‘ East Lynne,’ special arrangements having been made in connection with the running of lato trains for the convenience of country residents.

The Gaelic Society hold their eighth annual gathering, concert, and ball on the 2nd Augnat. The anniversary s-iirea of the Mornington Wesleyan Church wi 1 be held to-morrow evening.

A meeting of the Tailoie ; acs’Union of New Zeal-in cl will be held on Thursday evening in the Choral Hall.

The practice for children for the Highlanders’ carnival will bo held at the Choral Hall next Saturday afternoon.

The annual ball of the Wakari Rifles will be I eld on Friday, tho IGfch of August, not the 10th, as was first advertised. Loyal Valley Lodge, M.U.T 0.0. F., met in their lodge room, Kirk’s Hall, last night; P.G, Bro, Millier presiding. The district by-laws were discussed at some length. Tho receipts were L3l4s 3d. N.G. Borry replied on behalf of Loyal Dunedin Lodge. The half-yearly meeting of Court St, Andrews, A.0.F., was held at the court room, Edinburgh Castle Hotel, Oavoreham, on Monday, when a largo number of members were present, Auditor Bro. O. C. Leith read the balancesheet and auditors’ report, which showed tho court to he satisfactorily progressing, its value being L7OC 18s OJd. Tho report and balancesheet were adopted, Tho registrar of friendly societies in his report says that a considerable improvement in the financial position of this court has taken place. Tho election of officers resulted as followso R, Bro, H. Sharp; S.C.R., Bro. D. Stevenson; treasurer, Bro, 8. Gillies (re-elected); secretary, Bro, B. Jefferson (re-elected); 8.W., Bro. A. Kane; J.W., Bro. J. Smith; 5.8., Bro. W, D. Osborn; J. 8., P.O.R. Bro, T. M'/ntosh; auditor, Bro, W. J. Moore; delegates to next district meeting, to be held at Osmaru, P.D.C.B. Bro. 0. Williams, P.O.R. Brc; W. Nicol,and Secretary B. Jefferson. It was resolved that the retiring 0.K., Bro. W. Dunn, be pteieuted with a framed and glazed P.O.R’s certificate and a neck ribbon, and that his name should to placed on the respect board for the able manner that be has carried out his duties. The receipts for the evening were L1217s sd.

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The Evening Star TUESDAY, JULY 9, 1889., Issue 7954, 9 July 1889

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