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The Maoris defeated an eighteen of Toowoomba (Queensland) by sixteen points to nil.

Mr Barr, 0. E., is of opinion that there is no real difficulty in the way of rendeiing the Clntha navigable us far as Coal Creek ; but wbilo improvements arc feasible higher up, they will cost more money than the circumstances warrant.

The case of Schmidt v. the Dunedin Corporation occupied tho attention of the Supreme Court again during tho rvholo of to-day. The case for plaintiff having been closed, Mr Chapman opened the defence, and a number of witnesses gave evidence. The case was not concluded when we went to press. Mr Drew, a well known local naturalist, informs the ‘ Wanganui Chronicle ’ that ire has received the head and neck of a pelican which hed been shot by a Maori up the Wanganui River. This is the first time a pelican has been found in New Zealand, and it is supposed that it had found its way across from Australia.

Messrs W, Elder and J. Morgan, J.P.s, presided at the Port Chalmers Police Court this morning, when Henry Cracknell and James Parris were charged with throwing stones on the roof of a house at Macandrew teiraco, occupied by Robert Currie, at midnight on tho 13th inst. Mr Platts defended. Tho Bench stated that the police were quite justified in bringing forward the case, but the evidence was not sufficiently strong to convict on, therefore the information would be dismissed.

The Wakari Rifles, at their last parade, presented Captain S. Haigli, who is retiring from tho command of the company, with a handsomely-framed illuminated address and an album, with a suitable inscription, in acknowledgment of past services. Captain Httigh joined the company—then known as tho Wakari Rangers—at its formation in June, ISC-4, and has consequently been connected with them for twenty-five years, and was not only the oldest member of that company, but one of the oldest volunteers in Otago, and his having passed through the various grades from private to captain shows the esteem in which he was held by his comrades.

Tho Committee of the Dunedin Horticultural Society met last night for the purpose of considering the financial position of tho society. There were present—Messrs M'Gregor (chairman), Every, Scott, Humaide, Kernplin, Reade, Govan,Clarke, Thomson, and Matthews. The chairman stated that the society’s liabilities exceeded the amount to credit in the brnk by L 47 Is 3d, but the opinion was generally expressed by members that there was no cause for alarm, and no decision on the question of finance was arrived at, it being understood, however, that tho secretary should exercise diligence jn collecting the subscriptions of members for the year, A motion, proposed by Mr Kernplin and seconded by Mr Scott, to the effect that the prize of two guineas, offered for tho best collection of native plants, be withdrawn from tho schedule, on the ground that there was no necessity for it, was negatived. The resignation of Mr Kernplin as treasurer was accepted with regret. The intense race hatred which exists between tho Russians and Germans was curiously exemplified the other day by an incident which happened in Riga, the Russian town that is so largely Germanised. The editor of a German piper, the ‘ Duna Journal,’ published at Riga, took sides with Russia, and the ‘ Riga Exchange and Commerce Journal,’ another German paper, most bitterly denounced this line of journalism, drawing upon itself the anger of the Government, and the punishment of being forbidden to publish private advertisements. Then appeared a hectographed proclamation calling upon all to “ boycott ” the ‘ Duna Journal’; no one was to read or buy it, and those firms that did would in their turn be boycotted. A meeting was called and lots drawn ps to who should thrash tho editor of tho Russian journal, and a few nights after, in a club, two young men insulted him and then thrashed him severely, no one in the club taking his part, although more than two dealt him blows. Strong steps are to be taken against these offenders, and no mercy shown by the Government. The Governor of Lithuania has written to the unfortunate editor regretting the circumStapbei 'Aii the incident occurred near the (Jprpian frontier ip is noteworthy.

The St. Hilda Borough Council have accepted the offer of the Defence Department to form the part of Victoria road, opposite the battery, the Government contributing L2O (bringing their contribution uptoLs7 10s) and supplying 300 yards o’ broken metal.

The full programme appears in this issue of a conceit to be given in the King street Congregational Church on Friday evening. The last perfoimance of the kinderspiel, ‘The Flowers o’ the Forest,’ will be given in St. Paul’s Schoolroom to-morrow evening. The Rev. Mr Paterson, who has spent the best part of hit life in travelling through foreign lands, will lecture at St. Andrew’s Church, Walker street, to-night, and recount his experiences, which will comprise his recollections of Australia a quarter of a century ago, his travels in Russia, India, Nineveh, Babylon, Jerusalem, Mexico, and Manitoba. The lecture will doubtless prove exceedingly interesting. We have received the sum of L 4 8s collected in the establishment of Messrs A. and T. Inglis, George street, in aid of the widow and family of August Bjermquist, the Swedish who was killed on board the s.s. Invercargill on Monday. As the case is a really deserving one, the widow being left with two young children and in very distressed circumstances, we shall be glad to receive any contributions to the fund. It is only necessary to remind our readers that the Hugo Minstrels make their reappearance at the Princess’s to-night. It will be seen from the managerial announcement elsewhere that the company are unusually strong and include several strangers, of whom the Northern Press have written in commendatory terms Miss Verne and the Hugo Brothers are such prime favorites that it almost goes without saying that they will to-night meet with a warm welcome from a crowded house.

The Antidote Division,_ Sons and Daughters of Temperance, held their fortnightly meeting on Monday night, when the balance-sheet for the past quarter was presented. It showed an addition to t' e sick fund of L 35 15s 91, affcor forwarding to Grand Division sick and funeral fund Ll3 2s lid, and paying sick pay to members to the amount of L3B 11s 4d; also an addition to the management fund of Ll2, and on increase of twelve members. Two oaodidates were initiated. Tno Registrar’s report was discussed, it being pointed out that the valuation of this division had been taken at IG2full benefit members; whereas forty-eight of these were only half-benefit members, which would make a considerable difference to the value per member It was resolved to reier the matter to the Grand Division Executive to consider and lake what steps they think best to place the true position of the society before the public as early as possible. The premises known as Bridgman’s tannery, at the lower end of the Glen road, are now ia the occupation of Mr Henry Woodward, who, since the beginning of February last, has canied on business os a manufacturer of woollen ruga, One of our reporters was to-day shown over the factory, and taw tho very complete arrangements for transforming dirty and untouchable sheepskins into elegant and serviceable rugs fit to adorn any drawing-room in the country; and it is satisfactory to be able to state that Mr Wocdw.rrd and »hia hands are kept fully employed in meeting the demands of the local ami Australian markets. All sorfs of rugs are manufactured—lily-white mats suitable for the bedside, gorgeous ful'-sized rugs in every hue made up from picked Lincoln 06006?, tab e mats, and indeed kindred articles cf all rizes and shapes and colors. Mr Woodward has no protection from the tariff, and be wants none. He says that the 14,000 miles of ocean between the Old World and New Zra'.and constitute the ouly protection necessary to enable him to compete with the imported niticle. From what we have seen of Mr Woodward’s products, wo should say that the workmanship is not to be surpassed; audit goes without saying that In a wool country like ours there is little difficulty in obtaining a supply of picked skins.

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Evening Star, Issue 7961, 17 July 1889

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Evening Star Issue 7961, 17 July 1889

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