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We understand that Mr M. Sullivan's services as mayor will be at the disposal of South Dunedin ratepayers next year, unless one of the old councillors should contest the office.

We understand that a meeting is to be held at Eavensbourne shortly for the purpose of considering the propriety of asking the Piilway CommiFsioners to grant "free i uilway travelling between the borough and Dunedin !"

A boy named Benjamin Allen Edwards was playing on the railway bridge near Hamilton (Auckland), when he fell over a depth of 00ft, striking his head against one of the stringers. The child's neck was broken.

A3 some doubt has been caston the quality of the milk supplied to the Thorndon district, the Governor yesterday made a personal inspection of the suspected dairy (having some special knowledge of tho subject), and is <]iiite satisfied that that daily is clean and carried on unexceptionably in every way. The medical men ;it Gore object to the Medical Practitioners I Jill on the ground that the proposed tax of two guineas a year is a breach of faith, and say that the devotion of a portion of this tax for the maintenance of a medical library will only benefit the town practitioners. Messrs A. Thomson and ,]. Morgan, J.P.s, presided at the Port Chalmers Police Court this morning, when Alexander Allen was charged with stealing ono pair of boots valued at 7s Cd, the property of John Hamlin, of Mansford Bay. Accused pleaded guilty, and it being his first offence the Bench severely reprimanded him, and convicted and discharged him. Tho Auckland ' Herald' learns that large orders for flax have duriug the past few days been cabled over from America to Auckland, at prices which are regarded as most satisfactory to producers. The Californian mail boats have been taking flax to a good market in San Francuco for some months past, and the next outward boat will take at least 300 tons more. The market in the United States appears to be steadily expanding. Tho French Court of Appeal has confirmed a judgment annulling tho will of a French man named Louis August Travers, who died in ISS3, and left his money to the London workhouses or poor. He instructed his executor to ennsign his body to the deep just off the English coast, declarer! that France had always oppressed him, and that the French were a nation of dastards and fool 3, and that he only wished lie had millions that ho might give them to the English, the born enemies of stupid France. The Court held that the London poor and work]iouse3 had no legal representatives, and that such autipatriotic sentiments indicated insanity.

At a meeting of the Anti-sweating Committee last evening the following letter was read:—"l have to inform you that the Dunedin clothing manufacturers have agreed upon the prices for new ' leg.' The same will be printed without delay, and a copy posted up in the various factories in town. We consider the tariff of prices a fair one for both employer and employe, and as we have pledged ourselves not to pay less than prices quoted, we think the necessity for a union does not exist. I have no authority from the Association to send you a copy of 'log.'— Yours, etc., M. Moukis." The members of the Committee expressed dissatisfaction with the contents ot the letter, and with the action of the Association in completely ignoring them. By the receutly arrived San Francisco mail, news has betn received respecting the doings of Baldwin, the balloonist, who created so much excitement when in this colony a few months ago. He is a Belgian by birth, and his proper name is Weber. When in Yienna recently he incurred some heavy expense in getting up a large display, one of the principal features being his ascent, in company with Mrs Baldwin, and both dropping by means of parachutes. Just prior, however, to his ascent, the authorities, who compel all showmen to pay a license, were seen approaching, and Baldwin, fearing the execution of a warrant, blipped cable, aud, with Mrs Baldwin in company, sailed away for about 500 miles, when, thinking they were out of Austrian bounds, they descended, only to find that their flight had been watched. They were at once arrested and sent back to Vienna, and had not been released when tho mail left.

A Liverpool parson, rejoicing in the name of Musgravc-Brown, recently delivered the following tirade against the stage:—"The Church was of God, but the theatre was not of God. The theatre, iu its essence, came from the devil. The very first trace they had in the history of European nations of the theatre was at Athens. Five hundred years before Christ a Btage was erected at Athens, and the god of intoxicants was thereon worshipped. Was it likely that God could bless anything that came from such a source? The theatre came to them us a g'rft of Paganism and idolatry. ... In ths time of St. Augustine, theatre-goers wero not allowed to come to the Lord'a Table, Id was no use of them talking of purging or cleansing the stage, for it could not be done. He had never been in a theatre and sat and gazed on the performance. By the grace of God he had never witnessed a single play. It might be said that he knew nothing about the matter, then. He begged to differ from such an opinion, for it was not necessary to commit sin in order to speak of sin." Tfte meeting of the Benevolent Institution Trustees, ljeltj this afternoon, was attended by Messrs A. Solomon (chairman), J. Carroll, C. Haynes, M. Pagan, R. Chisholir, W. Isaac. Somo discussion endued in const? qnence of the Visiting Committee reporting unfavorably on the behaviour of a female inmate, but it was ultimately decided to allow the woman to remain in the Institution. It wa3 decided to order several necessary articles for use at the Institution. The chairman read the inspector's report on the case of a woman and her family. The husband was at present in the lunatic asylum, while the woman was confined to her bed with rheumatism. The woman also wrote stating that her child was ill, and that she was unable to attend to it. It was decided to increase the allowance, and send a doctor to attend to the child. It was decided to allow the matter of cleaning cesspools connected with the Institution to staud over for the present, some misunderstanding having ' arisen regarding the terms of the agreement. A list of persons receiving aid in cash was laid before the Trustees by the inspector, who took no exception to the amounts being continued. It was decided to act on the inspector's recommendation in each of the cases, Regarding theapplicitiori of a man residing at Lawrence for the committal of his six children to the Industrial School (in connection with which the chairman of the Trustees was to confer with the chairman of the Charitablo Aid Board), tlie Magistrate had referred the matter to the and th» chairman said that the man ijad now applied for monetary relief, lb wa» eventually decided by tho Trusts to refer the matter to'the Lawrence Borough Council for a ra?Gnwendation as to the amount whicli they GouofdoreJ adequate for maintenance. The usual number of relief cases were dealt with.

The petition to Parliament asking for the appointment of an inapector of waterworks will be presented by Mr Allen.

It was Pioneer Lodge, 1.0.0. F., that held ft social reunion on Monday night. The Dunedin Engineers hold their fourth anniversary hall on September 13. Attention iH directed to Hie announcement of the Telephone Express Company and Forwarding Agency in this is»uo.--f advt.] "'he annual i-dunion of the ernnloye-i of the New Zi-.,!»[j.! C'.vtiiii. l ; I'lictc-ry v.'ll'l bo hold 0:1 iV- '"! i of Au;,'u:.t tu xilif- China- li;iH,

'-"''.Hi r>/.-h;; j'.V.oiii.via'.'eiyin .Jamoir.'.i, tin: Min.-:io:tKi.'ri f.:'- 1 the i'la/itur.i' is ov ku!ijeei; of a ifctufi! !o bs; given in the John niitiot .baptist Church, Cavers Lam, to-morrow evening.

In this issue appears the balance-sheet and profit and loss account of the Victoria Insurance Company, Limited, for the year ending 30th June last. The company pays its shareholders a dividend of 25 per cent,

We remind our readers that the concert in aid of St. Peter'n. Caversham, will take place at the Choral Hall to-night, and that tho concert in aid of the Trinity Wesleyan Church will ba held in the church this evening. At the Palace Skating Rink this evening a benefit will be tendered Mr W. Crockford, who haß occupied the position of manager for some considerable time, aud who is about to leave Dunedin for Sydney. During his stay here Mr Crockford has by his study of the wants of his patrons and genial nature made many friend?, and it is hoped that these will to-nigkt assemble in goodly numbers to give him a successful send-off. Mr Crockford proceeds to Sydney to occupy the post of manager of oue of the largest skating rinka there. In our advertising columns this evening appaars the prospectus of the Dunedin Operaiiouse Company, formed to purchaso the valuable city property known as the Princess Theatre and Provincial Hotel and Saleyards. A contract has been let to rebuild the hotel according to plans prepared by Mr F, W. Petre, and it is intended to bo alter and improve the theatre that it will accommodate abuut 300 more persons than the present building, and in such a manner that for comfort and convenience both before and behind the footlights it will be tho most complete in New Zealaud. The saleyards will be converted into a promenailt, etc., in which various amusements can be carried on, amncst which will bo a tennis lawn on an ;».-;■.halb floor, roofed over so that the game can „„' n;-red in all weathers. The propert atqut.cii I y '.ha company is of exceptional value, certain to i::cre;iß3 in the near future. Tho estimated lei.ials based on returns from the present buildings show a substantial interest on the company's capital. The company's brokers are Messrs K. and A. J. Park and Andrew Hamilton, who have already received encouragement sufficient to assure the speedy floating of the company. We have to-day received the second number of ' Zealandia' the new monthly literary magazine—for August. Necessarily, we have not had time to do more than glanco at the record of its contents, which are varied, and, judging by tho names of the contributors, sliould bo interesting. ' Tho Mark of Cain 'is continued; there are choice bits of original poetry, Ko. 2 of 'Wanderings in Lakeland,' a short historical tale 'The Burning of Kororareka' by Jessica, some good advico to ' Our Girls' by Sirs Cotton, and to ' Our Boyß' by tho Rev. T. Flavcll, with several reviews of books and musij, and problems in chess and draughts. In addition to these is an article by Sir }'.. Stout, in which ho proposes to explain tho meaning of the term " Statu " an applied to a nation aud Government. Whether he has succeeded in so simplifying the idea as to render it clear to every man that can lead seems doubtful, iu view of one passage that a rery cuisory glance p.t the article afforded us. He says that " such voluntary associations or societies a"i threaten the existence of the State, and would create anarchy, it not only has the right but is is its duty to t-uppress. It cinnot permit its authority to be destroyed. And not only need it stand on the defensive. Such things as in its wisdom, and after gravo thought, it considers will build up a national life If. can and must ei.courage. What will create better communication between the people, what will make them more altruistic, what will creaie a higher citizm li e, what will d-velop a state couucicniw, it can at>d ought to promote." It would ba unfair to Sir Robert to judge of tbo who 1 © article by this short extiact, but when so much power is claimed for the State one cannot hut think of Louis XVI. (we believe it '.va*) whm he staid '"The State! I am the estate,'' and of the Tories in their dealings with the Judical meeting at Peterloo, aud tho Parnell Commission and Toiy coercion in Ireland, and other like assumptions t,f absolute power in riumia, etc Nevertheless, a perußiil of tho whole essay may load ua to a different conclusion. Wo lrut.t the pub.'io interest in this new venture will lead to its extended support. ____________

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Evening Star, Issue 7973, 31 July 1889

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