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The Evening Star FRIDAY, JULY 26, 1889.

The Mayor has in compliance with largely signed requisitions convened a public meeting for to-morrow, to discuss the Representation Bill, and for Tuesday night todiscnts the present position of the Otago Central Railway Bill. Announcements in reference to the meetings appear elsewhere. The Auckland Knights of Labor have passed a resolution condemning the action of the Government in depriving members withip three weeks of the opening of the session of one of their days for bringing forward private measures.

Curr.mings and li'Manus, • who ran first and second in the Handicap at Auckland, have been disqualified, not having furnished faithful records of their performances. Whohie has been awarded first prize and E. M'Donald second. Ten of the employes of G. Eraser and Sons, foundrymen, of Auckland, recovered judgment, by default, against the firm yesterday for wages due. The total amount claimed was L 446 17a Id, and the costs were L 44 0s 6d.

Another difficulty has cropped up in regard to the Auckland City Club Hotel license. The plans for the new hotel provide for building oyer a right of way which is said to have been dedicated for the public use, and it is reported tfcafc this matter will have to be considered.

A meeting of the Council of the Frobesjjon League was held at the Coffee Palace last night; present—Messrs William Hutchison (president), William Dickson (secretary), Caldek-, Selby, Woollett, Kemnitz, Swan, Gore, and Hunter. The principal business before the meGting was a consideration of the question of enoouraging certain industries by bonus, apropos* of a sort of implied pledge by the Premier that the Government would grant such a bonus to any industry which could be shown to have suffered through the tariff. Mr Barron, the member for Caversham, had so far put his Freetrade proclivities behind him as to urge fcbj granting of a bonus to the Messrs Smellie Brothers, bar iron makers, at Green Island, although this firm had, at the outset of their enterprise, repudiated {i.ll sorts of protection. In reply to Mr Barron, and afterwards to Mr Scobie Mackenzie, the had gLvea a general promise, as indicated. A long and animated discussion took place upon this question. "While the Council did not see how, in the lack of a sufficient supply of scrapjron to keep their machinery steadily at work, and how, splongastUe MessrsSmellie could not supply .certain .kinds of iron required by the trade, a bonus .cpuld be made" applicable to their case, the members nevertheless were anxious, if it were possible, that some State encouragement should be given to so important a local undertaking. Other industries, such as the deep-sea fishing, or the manufacture of glass, might more beneficially be promoted by a bonus. It was ultimately agreed to by a majority that while the practical result of bonuses in this colony had not hitherto been such as to recommend them to favorable consideration, the granting of suoh encouragement was quite in accordance with the principles of a protective policy, and the feo#ncil approved of bonuses in the case of those native industries where it might be shown that the tariff could not be wuely used for their encouragement. The question of the quota in tbs Representation Bill now before the House of £epresentaijves was next considered. The Council .strongly condemned the action of the Government ;n disturbing the settlement which had been trrjved at. The Council have heard no valid reasoa of any kind for /tho proposed change. Thanw the City members for their vigorous opposition ty ft measure so manifestly unfair, and urge tjhem to continue their opposition to it ej) long aji .opposition can be of the least avaH,

The Auckland City Council ha-.e Keolved j t.i"i ojirii a lending library for Lwelve months as an experiment. Thfl only flticlaratiuii of iuswlv.Mi. y filed (luring the week \vi* tliut of .Jamea Hlianil, of West Taieri, farmer. The Vigilance Committee at llukeremii special settlement have decided to ask the Government for a grant of L2OO for coal p ospecting purposes. A motion stipulating that Council employe* should have their lives insured was submitted at a meeting of the Auckland City Council last night, but was not passed. At the ineetiug of the Auckland Land Board yesteitfay a Mr Hovedd wrote asking for an endowment for educational purposes at Kermadeu Islands. The Board did not see how they could make such a grant. Lady Onslow, Lord Cranley, and Mr Garland left Wellington for Nelson this afternoon, where they will stay until the first week in] August. Captain Savill, _ the Governor's aide-decamp, is seriously ill, it ;s be'ieved, with typhoid fever. The Land Commission appointed to inquire into the dispute as to the ownership of the Ponakina block of 707,000 acres at Western Taupo was opened at Kihikihi yesterday. Colonel Hanltain, the president, addressed the chiefs and people, telling them j that justice would be done. Another large and appreciative audience assembled at the Princess's Theatre last evening to witness the second representation of the new programme put forward by the Buffalo Minstrels. The performance went swimmingly from beginning to end. A matint'3 will be given tomorrow afternoon. A four-roomed house at Kdendale, occupied by W. Clarke, oml with an untenanted shop adjoining, was destroyed by fire yesterday morning at three o'clock. The fire commenced in the ceiling of the kitchen. The premises belonged to Mr J. Stock, of Invereargill, and it is believed that these and Clarke's furniture are insured, but the amounts and office are not yet known. A claim by the Native chief Paul, of Orakei, against the Minister for Public Works for L 5.220, as compensation for land taken for defence purposes, was opened before the Compensation Court at Auckland yesterday. Mr Hesketh appeared for claimant, and Mr Button for respondent. Mr Button said the question of title would not be raised, and the only question to decide was the amount of the award. The Parliamentary correspondent of the 1 Lyttelton Times' is responsible for the following : which the Hare system had been studied, and the unpleasant consequences in many instances, Sir G. Grey said he himself had lived with a venerable friend for many years without dispute, but one morning at the breakfast table they found themselves engaged in a wordy struggle as to what would become of certain surplus votes." At the City Police Court this morning, before Messrs J. B. Thomson, J. P. Jones, W. Wright, and Colin Allan, J.P.s, William Watson was fined 2s 6d, without coats, for keeping an unregistered dog in his possession. John Dicks was for a similar offence fined "j3, with costs; Thomas Brayshaw 2i Gd, without costs ; and Margaret Martin 2s Gd, without costs. For allowing a cow to wander at large, James Jennings was fined 2s 6d, without costs. The hearing of a charge of perjury against George Wallace was continued. Our report is held over.

Two petitions have been presented to the Invereargill Borough Council asking them as the local authority to revert to Saturday as the weekly half-holiday. Two petitions were also presented asking the Council to adhere to Wednesday, as recently inaugurated. The petitions will be considered at next meeting. The subject has been debated with some asperity since the mayor, at a Council meeting, spoke jof the Wednesday half-holiday as a commercial calamity to the town. Many favor the measure to amend the Employment of Females Act as proposed by Mr Turnbull, M.H.R., by which trades could select the day that suits best, the stoppage of works using steam power in the middle of the week being considered a great hardship and loss to employers. A meeting of the Duncdin Clothing Manufacturers' Association was held last night, when representatives from all the factories in town were present. Mr Hallcnstein occupied the chair. Consideration of the " log," which, it may be stated, has been before the Committee on two previous occasions, wa3 resumed, and after a couple of hours' deliberation it was settled, and the opinion was strongly expressed by the meeting, that it was most satisfactory from all points of view. Taking it all round it is an increase on the "log" at present in force, the prices of some classes of work having been raised. Iu other cases the price nowpaid was deemed sufficient, and in no instance was the figure lowered. It was agreed tJ have the log printed, and a copy posted up in each factory in town early next week ; further, that it should corne into operation from the Ist of August. The question of the employ<:s taking woik home was discussed at length, and it was agreed that this was a practice which, in the interests of both employes and employers, should be stopper 1 . An effort is to be made to get the manufacturers in Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch to fall in with the " log " agreed upon by the Dunedin manufacturers.

Rev. Mr Fraser will preach in Gaelic in Chalmers Church next Sabbath, at 2.30, p.m. The last of the June-July series of the AmbuUnc'j Association lectures will be given by Dr Davis iu the Fire Brigade Station this evening. Embroidered robes wi.l bj the height of fashion for the coming season. Molliaon, Mills, and. Co. have'secured'a stock of 250 at less than half Home cost. These goods are a chaJUnge and a perfect wonder to the trade. They defy comparison. Competent and impartial judges declare they are the cheapest embroidered robf s they have seen, advertisement and window. Mol i3on, to bis, atd 00.-[ *r>vr ]

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The Evening Star FRIDAY, JULY 26, 1889., Issue 7969, 26 July 1889

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The Evening Star FRIDAY, JULY 26, 1889. Issue 7969, 26 July 1889

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