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The Evening Star TUESDAY, JULY 23, 1889.

On our fourth page will be found a very lengthy precis of the Ward-Christie correspondence, which is very interesting reading.

Walter Kerr, son of Mr W. Kerr, Drury, has taken the degree of B.A. with mathematical honors at Cambridge. Heavy rain has fallen in the Richmond (N.S.W.) district, and great damage has been done to the sugar crop. A party of skilled ironworkers arrived at Auckland from San Francisco on Saturday, under engagement to a local firm, Sydney observers have discovered a new comet. Its position is—Right ascension, 12h 13min ; declination, 35deg Bmin S. It is understood that Mr T. Mabin, of Auckland, has instructed Dr Laishley to issue a writ against Sclandcrs and Co., Nelson, claiming L 5.000 damages for alleged slander.

Our Wellington correspondent telegraphs that the chairman of tho Auckland Harbor Board has been interviewing the chairman and general manager of tho Union Steam Ship Company, and is promised that Auckland shall get her share of docking the company's fleet, provided they are met on reasonable terms.

The Rev. Father Lynch last evening received a letter from the most Rev. Dr Moran, dated Rome, June 3, in which the bishop stated that he was to leave for Ireland at once, and as soon as he could complete his work in the Old Country he would at once start for New Zealand, bringing with him at J cast five priests to engage in the work of the diocese. He mentioned having received a draft for L 651 17s lid sent from New Zealand for the Parnell defence fund, which draft he intended to hand over to the Defence Committee the moment he reached Ireland.

The cases of Bing, Harris, and Co., of Dunedin, v. the Commissioner of Customs were begun in the Supreme Court at Christchurch yesterday; Messrs G. Harper and T. W. Stringer for plaintiffs, and Messrs T. J. Joynt and J. C. Martin (Crown Prosecutor) for defendant. The claims are for L 205 8s lOd and LIOO damages for the detention of goods seized, or value. The defence is that false statements of contents were supplied to the Customs to defraud the revenue, and the usual calendar month's notice of action had not been given. The evidence of two employes of the firm occupied all day. Latest news from Samoa by way of Auckland is to the effect that an American store ship is to call at Apia to ship the material from the wrecked ships Trenton and Vandalia for San Francisco. Admiral Kimberley has recommended that both the Trenton and Vandalia be abandoned. The schooner Mary Hogan took away tho Admiral to San Francisco. Mataafa has appointed a Native to bo head Judge of Samoa, and another to be Magistrate for Apia, in recognition of Mataafa's services during the hurricane the United States Government will present him with a whaleboat of the latest improved model and appointments, accompanied by an autograph letter from the President. The fancy dress and burlesque carnival, held at the Palace Rink last night, was a successful affair, nearly 200 persons attending attired in fancy costumes. Tho rink presented a pretty appearance, being decorated with evergreens, while six arches covered with fern leaves and floral designs were constructed so that the skaters were continually passing through them. The Engineers' full band were in attendance, and throughout the evening discoursed excellent music. The characters impersonated were varied, and some very handsome dresses were worn. Among the principal characters were—Miss Sharp, Schoolgirl; Miss Thompson, Romp; Miss Davis, Daughter of the Regiment ; Miss Campbell, Autumn Leaves; Misses Infield, Folly and Jester; Miss Scott, Swiss Peasant Girl; Miss Hunt, Grace Darling; Mrs Smith, Jockeyette; Miss Eldred, French Peasant Girl; Miss Byford, Spanish Flower Girl; Mrs Infield, Mother Hubbard; Miss Young, Cecilia; Mr Fitzpatrick, Oriental Pirate; Mr Hunt, Spanish Prince : Mr Paterson, Druid ; Mr Nelson, Red Indian; Mr Williden, Tramp; Mr Linquidist, Bullfighter. There were also a number of Negroes, Chinamen, jockeys, etc. The carnival will be repeated this evening, when general skating will commence at 9.30 and continue for an hour. The march, which was led last night by Mr Crockford and Miss Davis, will be repeated at nine o'clock. The statement of claim in the action brought by Mr William O'Brien, M.P., against the Marquis of Salisbury, which, as we learned by cable yesterday, has been decided in favor of His Lordship, was as follows :—"(1) The plaintiff is member of Parliament for the north-east division of the county of Cork, Ireland ; (2) on the 30th of September, 1888, the plaintiff made a speech at a political meeting at Ballyneale, near Clonmel, in the county of Tipperary, in Ireland ; (3) on the 19th of March, 1889, at Watford, in tho county of Hertford, the defendant, addressing a political meeting, falsely and maliciously spoke and published of the plaintiff the words following, that is to say:—'Mr O'Brien (meaning the plaintiff), in language not bo crude as I have used, but perfectly distinct, urged upon all those who heard him' (meaning thereby all those who heard him at Ballyneale on the occasion aforesaid)' that men who took unlet farms should be treated as they have been treated during the last ten years in the locality in which he spoke—that is to say, they should be murdered, robbed, the cattle shot and ill-treated, their farms devastated,' meaning thereby that the plaintiff had wickedly and unlawfully solicited and inoited those who heard him to murder and rob the men who took unlet farms and to shoot and ill-treat their cattle and devastate their farms; (4) in consequence of the defendant's said words the plaintiff has been and is greatly prejudiced and injured in his reputation, and he claims LIO.OOO damages. Place of trial, Manchester.—(Signed) J. F. Leese."

The Mohican Minstrels give an entertainment in St. Peter's Hall, Caveraham, on Thursday evening.

Th« second of the tories of Saturday afternoon concerts will be given in the Choral Hall next Saturday.

The Peninsula Navals will parade at the Anderson Bay Hall on Monday evening next for submarine mining and torpedo drill. A meeting of the corpa will be held after pnade.

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The Evening Star TUESDAY, JULY 23, 1889., Issue 7966, 23 July 1889

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