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The Evening Star FRIDAY, JULY 19, 1889.

An influentially-signed requisition has been got up asking His Worship the Mayor to convene a monster meeting re the Otago Central Railway Bill. The case of Schmidt v. The Dunedin Corporation was concluded to-day, so far as concerns the taking of evidence and argument by counsel, and ilis Honor reserved judgment. Aucklandera who have recently returned from New South Wales state that tlicro are hundreds of dwellings unoccupied in the suburbs of Sydney. There is plenty of work, but plenty of men to dc it. It appears that wo are not to have Mr Santley among us after all, a letter having been received at Christchurch yesterday from Sydney stating definitely thit Mr Santley will not visit New Zealand, but will return Home direct from QutensUwd. The Buffalo Minstrels had another enormous audience at the Princess's Theatre la9t evening, when the previous night's programme was repeated and again received with high favor. Encores were plentiful, Mr Charles Hugo's efforts to amuse being specially recognised. The company will appear till further notice. The monthly practice of the Port Chalmers Volunteer Fire Brigade took place yesterday evening, and on returning to the station the following appointments were made for the ensuing year : Hook-and-ladder carriage—Foreman Palmer, Driver J. Shearer, Firemen F. Middleton and A. Sutherland. No. 1 Hose Reel—Foreman V. Perry, Ikanchmcn \V, M'Donald and H, Perry, Pioneer W. Willmott, Fireman K. Simmons. No. 2 11038 Reel—Foreman C. Calthorpe, Branehmen A. Albertson and A. Shakesby, Firemen G. Clark and W. Hoskins. Brigade's Messenger, J. Willmott.

The fifth and last representation of ' The Flowers of the Forest' was given at St. Paul's Schoolroom last evening bsfore a fairly numerous audience. The children from the Benevolent Institution were present by invitation, reserved seats being kept for them. Both principals and chorus in this kinderspiel sang and actod their parts with their usual precision and spirit, and applause was frequent. At the close, Archdeacon Edwards proposed a hearty vote of thanks to all those who had worked so energetically and willingly in getting up the entertainment, with a result entirely successful, both financially and otherwise. Throughout it had drawn large numbers of people, jvho had all gone away much pleased. He especially thanked the children and young people for the unceasing attention they had paid to the instruction given them. A young man named George Winch has come into possession of property in Sydney of considerable value in a remarkable manner. He i 3 a butcher by occupation, and carried on business at Clifton Hill. Recently he took the liberty of kissing one of his customers—a married woman. A prosecution followed for an assault, and he was fined L 6 03. The publicity given to tho proceedings happened to arrest the attention of a firm of solicitors in Sydney, who had been appointed trustees of certain property which had been left to Mr Winch by a distant relative nineteen years ago, and the solicitors were until now unable to find any trace of the heir. Tho newspaper report of the kissing episode attracted their attention, and therein they saw his name, and communicated with him, Ho has furnished the history of his antecedents, and established his identity beyond a doubt. The funeral of the late Mr Charles Stewart yesterday afternoon was largely attended, a great number of prominent citizens assembling to pay their last tribute of reßpect to the deceased. Among those present were the Mayor, the Revs. Dr Stuart, R. Waddell, and J. Gibb, Messrs E. M. Stewart, L. Maclean, G. L. Denniston, R. Wilson, D. Stronach, W. Dymock, A. Bartleman, D. Baxter, W. Edgar, Captain Lloyd, G. S. Brodrick, C. Bird, R. Patterson, R. A. Lawson.R. B. Martin, P. Power, W. Patrick, H. Driver, R. Driver, W, Taggart, T. S. Graham, W. C. Todd, J. H. Morrison, George Todd, John Marshall, John Davie, James Rattray, L. 0. Beal, A. Hill Jack, H. B. Monkman, W. Harrop, M. Mendershausen, R. G*w», A. Imrie, A. Mowat, J. W. Wright, W. Sampson, A, E. Thompson, W. Maxwell, R. H, Leary, T. Brown, D. Grant, John Hislop, J, L. •GUlies, James Wilson, A. B. Ure, Henry Houghton, C. M. Howison, W. Wright, and 4. Reid. The funeral ceremony was conducted by fie Stuait.

The body of the lato Mr Charles E. Bunny has been taken to Nelson for burial, and was planed on board the Rotor ua today. Mr Buriny'd life was iusured for JLSOO in the New i ork Life Insurance Company,

Tho Library Committee of the Auckland City Council recommend that 63 per year be charged for the use of the proposed lending library, whilst a borrower shall also deposit Os on getting tho book, so that the inßtitut'on m vy be self-supporting. Several of the largest river bridges in fort Albert district have met with injury from freshets through the recent heavy rains. The Wellsford and Tehata bridges have been partially carried away through the pressure of kauri logs borne down by the floods.

The result of tho plebiscite taken at the Orchestral Society's concert on Wednesday evening was as follows:—Overture, ' Semiramide,' 150 votes ; selection, ' Mignon,' 137; selection, 'Grand Duchess,' 123; waltz, ' Am Schonen Rhein,' 34 ; overture, ' Romantique,' 30; march, ' Romaine,' 27.

Tho masters and others connected with the Union street School have long felt tho want of a suitablo playshed for the children attendiug the school, and this want has at last been provided for. A substantial building, 80ft by 22ft and 15ft high, has been built on tho southern portion of the playground. The foundation is of concrete 6ft deep. The building is divided into a boys' and girls' playshed, a sliding door, however, separating them from one another. As the floor of the shed is some three feet or so above the ground, the shed is very dry and comfortable. It is also intended to level that portion of the playgr v.ud adjoining the shed, and also to lay an asphalt floor on the latter, but these improvements have not as yet been commenced, although it is hoped work in this direction will shortly be started.

standard Insurance Company share transfer registers will t>e closed from August 1 to 31. Tho Huntington centrifugal quartz crushing p'ant will be at work to-morrow morning at the Otago Foundry. Ambulance Association's fourth lecture will be given tliis evening in the band room of the G jrrison Hall by Dr Robert?.

Commencing on Tuesday next, tho Dunedin weekly skin sales will be held ui Tuesday in each week, and entries will close at 10 a.m. The place of tale is advertised. There was a good attendance of members at the usual weekly meeting of the Cargill road Mutual Improvement Class on Wednesday evening, when Mr T. Barmby delivered a lecture on 'Dr William Morley Tunsbon.' We draw your tpecial attention to the extraordinary advertisement of Carter and Co. ou our third page. They want to raise LI.OOO in seven days, and if the prices they quote are correct, they should have no difficulty in raising the suin required. Read their advertisement.— [A DVT.] Tho weekly meeting of Trinity Church Musical and Literary iSocieiy was held last evening. The business of the evening waß a debate on the question 'Dops the theatre elevate 1' Mr A. E. Meatyard took tho affirmative, and Mr Crow tho negative. The vote wa* in favor of tho negative. Miss Sparrow played a piano solo, and songs were giveu by Misses Cooper and Collins. A pleasant evening was ppent yesterday by the members of the John btroot Mutual Improvement Class, tho pi esident (Rev. J. Hinton) in the chair. Songs were given duiing the evening by Misses Tily and Bryant and Mr. 0. Battson ; readings by Miss Tily and Messrs Hinton and Craig ; recitations by Miss A. Tily and' Messrs Battson and Cole; and Mr Anderson spoka oa tho'Aims and advantages of Mutual Improvement Olasocs,'

The fortuightly meeting of the Otago Lodge, U.A.0.D., was held in t le lodge room, Central Hotel, on Wednesday night, A.D. Bro. T. Stonebridgo ptobiiiing. There was a good attendance of members and visiting brethren. The toast of vititiug officers and brethren was responded to by liro. Carter (of the Turanganui Lodge, Gisborne), A.D. Bro. Wilson (of Christuhuich), P. A. Bro. Carr and I'.A. Bro. bhelton (of the Ivatihoe Lodge), and P.A. Bro. Gillies (of tho Linden Lodge). A.D. Bro fetonebridge >-aid ho WLuld present to the brother that introduced tre most new members during his term of office a colored diploma or member's collar. The receipts were L 7. Mr Walter Bui), seedsman and fruiterer, of George and Princes streets, has sent us a copy of his seed list, just issued from the preEß. Briof instructions aro given for the growth of the different varieties of vegetable and flower seeds ; and the clrsh, color, and height of the latter aie given in tabulated form. Tho work is illustrated by cuts of some of the vegetables and flowers described Mr Bull has, we think, reason to be pleased with the letterpress of his catalogue, as it is a most c editable production, comparing not unfavorably with the best printing work of the class imported from Ameiica and England. The adjourned meeting of the Loyal Hand and Heirs Lodge, M.U.1.0.0.F., was held on Tuesday erening, a good number of members being present. Two candidates were initiated. Tho balance-sheet and auditors' report for the fast six months wore adopted. Iho lodge continues to make headway, the membership having increased by eighteen. Tho total now on tho roll is 43-1. The funds of tho lodge have also increased during the half-year by L 322 Oh Id, tho total funds now amounting to L1'1,527 lis lOd. During tho evening G.M. Bro. Hamel, ou behalf of the lodge, presented an illuminated and framed certificate to Bro. W. J. Eaidsley, tho retiring G.M., and in doing so referred to the good work performed by Bro. Bardsley dur'ng his term of office. Bro. Bardslf-y, in replying, endorsed the remarks made by Bro. Hamel as to the advantageous experience members gained by passing through the various oflicea. It was resolved that ft letter of condolence lo forwarded to the widow of the lato P.O. Bro. William Gow, expressing tho sympathy of the lodge with her in her bereavement. P.G Bro. Tomkins and P.G. Bro. Wilson replied to the toast on behalf of sister lodges, and P.P.G.M. Bro. Robin responded on I behalf of tho district. The receiptJ amounted t;>L4!>l(U7d. .

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