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The Evening Star FRIDAY, AUGUST 2, 1889.

“No surrender” is the war cry of the A C'oiupro- country members, W “No mlsr, or surrender ” is the response of Eight a the town members. The L Outranee. f ormer are stigmatised as a tyrannical majority, and the latter are de-

signaled a tyrannical minority, and thus the wordy war rages. Truly, Parliamentary in atitutious are in the way of falling into contempt. In England a species of mild despotism is wielded by the Speaker, and some thing of the same sort will eventually have to be introduced here. Democracy run wild is not liberty. Despotic power, therefore, becomes needful to check it in its wild career. Even liberty itself, if unrestrained, becomes license, and such license is simply the tyranny of the few over the many. The deadlock in the Bouse over the Representation Bill has been slightly relaxed ; that is to say, the Bill has been allowed to pass into committee by a clear majority of thirty on a division being taken, but the possibilities of delay in committee are simply incalculable. Every member can talk as many times as he pleases, and, as the talk in committee is not officially reported, he can talk as much nonsense_ as be pleases without the fear of having his twaddle embalmed in ‘ Hansard,’ to his everlasting discomfiture. There are members who make a point of talking in committee only on this account, and as a rule these are the men who wish ‘ Hansard : abolished, inasmuch as they would rather prefer that their constituents should not know what sort of orators they are. After all, there is not such a great difference between the town and country members as is represented in some quarters. The difference at present is Bj\ per cent. What is now asked is variously stated at 25 and 33. 1 ,- per cent. ; but the country party allege that in all these calculations it is omitted to be taken into account that the country population is as nearly as possible five to one of the town copulation. Taking this factor into consideration, they declare that the differei oc is not so great as appears at first sight. Another argument urged is that the proportion of women and children in the towns is greater than in the country. It seems to us that it is only rational that in devising a scheme of representation the number of electors should be the basis, and that this is the real solution of the difficulty. Inexcusal le as we consider stonewalling to be, we do not ouuciii’ vvit.li uiose who speak of the debate as a disgrace ; on the contrary, we are of opinion that the New Zealand Parliament derives additional credit and lustre from the fact that during a debate of such importance, lasting continuously over a full week—Sunday excepted there has not, as far as can be known, been a single outburst of vulgarity or ungentlcmanly conduct. The Speaker’s duties have been’light, and we really begin to wonder why a sergeant-at-arms is required. Ho is supposed to be a sort of Parliamentary chief constable, hut the members do not find him any work to do. There is no reason whatever that we can discern why a few men on each side should not be able to agree on a plan of compromise. We learn from our Parliamentary correspondent that conferences of sixteen and eighteen members selected from both sides are called together to consult. Anyone who understands human nature must know that in the multitude of counsellors there is not safety— Solomon, to the contrary, notwithstanding. A few sensible, moderate men might arrange to bring matters to such an issue that a fair compromise could he agreed to, and it is devoutly to he hoped that this course will he soon adopted.

la our yesterday’s article two mistakes occurred. It should have read ; “ There can he no doubt that a good many of the members themselves arc of this opinion. Some of them have openly recanted ; but wo believe there is no reason to believe that the electors would vote against reduction. No signs of such a reaction are, at least, visible.”

Latest telegram received at Government House states that Lord Cranley is progressing favorably. Cr Lawless and Cr Nutting arc spoken of us likc-ly candidates for the Caversham mayoral ty.

It is proposed to commence the systematic cultivation of sugar beet iu the Waikato district, ami public meetings arc to held to consider the subject. The Rev. J. Laws, Wesleyan minister at Thorndon, while walking over the kills near Karori yesterday, fell over a low embankment and broke his right arm. A fatal accident when hush-felling is reported from Inglewood (Taranaki), Henry Marsh having been killed by the fall of a trer. No other particulars arc to hand. The Nelson Dog and Poultry Association show is attracting much notice, and promises to prove a great success. Numbers of entries arc expected from outside districts.

Mr E, H. Carew sat at the Resident Magistrate’s Court this morning, and in three miuutcs disposed of all the cases, which were either confessed, adjourned, or struck out.

Messrs Devore and Cooper have served a writ on Captain Yates, mayor of Onehunga, c,n behalf of Messrs Brookfield and Sons, claiming L2OO damages for alleged libel in connection with a corporation matter. The Nelson Creek section of the Midland Railway, about eight miles in length, was opened yesterday without any display or ceremony. About seventy persona travelled from Brunuerton to Ngehero. The carriages and smooth running were much admired. The animal exhibition of the Auckland Poultry, Pigeon, and Canary Association was opened yesterday, and was a great success. The entries largely exceed those of previous years, and the specimens shown arc generally lino. The Government of Tonga, have commissioned Professor Carl Schmidt to compose a national anthem. It is to be arranged for four parts, with organ accompaniment, and also for the Tongan Military Rand, which will probably perform at the Dunedin Exhibition.

The Supreme Court case Young v. Leonard Harper, a claim of Jdo.OOO for alleged fraudulent and oppressive sale of land, has occupied the judge and a special jury at Christchurch for four days, Seven issues were submitted, and the jury found for the defendant on all the issues, with costs on tho highest scale. In the action brought at Auckland against tile fyevere and Moore minstrel troupe proprietors by V- C. Rolliaaon, a member of the company, for LIQ Bs, for wages, Judgment was given for plaintiff, Defendants were absent, and their solicitor, Mr Madden, said he would apply for a rehearing of the case.

Robert Ballon, ex-police inspector, was .charged at Wellington yesterday with breaking and entering the dwelling of Elizabeth MTnder and stealing therefrom L 3 10s in money, During orosE-oxaminalion complainant admitted receiving various sums of money and two dresses as presents from accused. Bullen was committed for trial, bail being a ! lowed. A presentation of a watch was made last night to the Very Rev. Father Mahoney, S.M., on the occasion of his first birthday subsequent to his appointment as parish priest of Nelson. The Mayor (Mr John Sharp) made the presentation on behalf of the subscribers, included amongst whom are members of various denominations. The respect in which the rev. gentleman is held was forcibly shown. Some practical joker caused a good deal of amusement in Melbourne over the presumed disappointment of fash'onable society at the refusal of the Marquis of Lome to accept the Governorship, He issued a printed circular, purporting to be signed by Sir William Clarke, the Mayor, Sir George Verdon, etc., etc., convening a meeting to discuss the subject. The ‘ Ago' was sold by the hoax, and gravely commented on the proposed meeting, and stated:—“ The circular announcing the meeting jii almost as unique as the movement itself, seriously suggesting, as it does, the raising of a private subscription list and guarantee fund to augment the present ‘small salary ’ of LIO.OOO a year, at which the Marquis seems to fight shy. ‘lt is understood,’ the circular says, ‘ that His Royal Highness is naturally somewhat aycreo to accept the position by reason of the smallness of the aviary,’ and the good people of Viet i*’a, as ft, recompense for the lightening of their pockets, arp told ‘ that the presence amongst us of a person ojt sue): exalted rauk, together with the Princess Louise, the second daughter of ogr beloved Queen, will strengthen the ties which eiflst between the Mother Country and her oolouee, apd he a refining influence of high social value,.-' There has been a great deal of laughing over the sell.

The only declaration of insolvency during the week was that of Frank Stent, of Dunelin, watchmaker. During the last two months scarcely any rain has fallen in Nelson, and the crops will suffer unless rains are experienced shortly. At the Land Office this week section 11, block IG, Blackstone, containing 156 a Or 35p, was sold to Mr Thomas Taylor at 17a 6d per acre. The popularity of the Hugos is certainly on the increase. There was another capital attendance last night, when the programme of the previous evening was repeated, encores being almost a general rule. The Spanish Students gave ‘ Estudiantiua’ in first-class style, and gave one of their national selections by way of encore, to the undoubted satisfaction of the audience. We remind our readers that a matinee takes place to-morrow. The Dunedin public have no reason to complain of want of theatrical amusements during the next few months. The Hugos, at present occupying the Princess’s, will be followed by the Ogden Dramatic Company, who, in turn, will bo succeeded by Bland Holt’s combination, without an idle night’s interval between either. Then after a few days comes the Rickards Variety Troupe, who occupy the boards until the night fixed for the opening of Charles Warner in a round of his successful impersonations. Altogether the theatre is fully tenanted for some time to come, which augurs veil for the success of the now company. The petition praying for the reprieve of Louis Chemis was presented to the Governor at Government House yesterday afternoon. The petition, which bears 8,870 signatures, was presented by Dr Newman, and Messrs Nicholas Fernandez, W. H. Warren, and J. Maginnity. The Minister of Justice was present, but Press representatives were excluded. Mr Jcllieoo has submitted the whole of the evidence to the Minister of Justice, and it will shortly be laid before the Executive Council. Both Chemis and Mr Jellicoe have petitioned the Council to grant the latter a hearing. Immediately after the adjournment of the er,-;a Wallace v. Bennett, in which the latter ivii - charged with committing perjury, BciiLmt * ntered into conversation with counsel for :!,e prosecution (Mr D. D. Macdonald), and kfeer gesticulating widiy for a moment or so, said : “Don’t you shove me like that.” Mr Macdonald replied : “ Don’t you shove your fist into my face,” to which the reply: “You assaulted mo first,” was given. Immediately afterwards Bennett, approaching Mr Macdonald in a threatening manner, said : “ Look here, I’ll tie one hand LcKincl my back, and atilt be good enough for you,” but Mr Macdonald was not to be frightened, and looking fixedly at his pugi-listically-inclincd opponent, returned with : “If you place youi hands on .no I’ll give you something you little expect.” The attending constable then interfered, and the Court resumed its wonted calmness. In the Queen’s Bench Division, Caroline Burry, a widow, privileged to keep cows in St. James’s Park and sell milk there, sued the proprietors of the ‘ Daily Telegraph ’ to recover damages, which she laid at LSCO, for alleged libel in an article commenting on the conviction of the plaintiff for keeping a dirty cowshed. The article described the plaintiff as “Dame Durden,” “goody,” “ancient dame,” etc. ; it being, according to her statement, imputed that she carried on her business of cow-keeping in a disgraceful and filthy manner. The defence was that the article was published in good faith and without malice, and was fair comment on a matter of public interest. The jury found a verdict for the plaintiff, considering that the article was beyond fair comment They then retired to coreider the amount of damages to be awarded, and eventually assessed them at L 35 and costs.

At a meeting of the Waimate Hospital Trust, held yesterday (says the ‘North Otago Times ’), the resolutions passed by the majority of the Committee appointed for tho inquiry into tho working of the hospital, by which the master and matron were wholly exonerated from blame and their services recommended to bo continued, was brought up for approval, when an amendment was proposed by Mr Sice, and seconded by Mr Beckett, as fellows :—“ That the resolution as carried by the majority of the Committee appointed to inquire into the working of the hospital he not approved, for tho following reasons : (1) That the inquiry was burked in consequence of the majority of the Committee refusing to receive the whole of the evidence ready to be produced ; (2) that by the evidence taken at the inquiry there was not only neglect shown on the part of the master and matron, but insubordination ; (3) that the master mid matron ought to have been reprimanded at the very least.” This amendment was lost, and the resolution made hy tho Committee approved. Both Mr Slee and Mr Beckett, in'Speakiug to the amendment, denominated tho inquiry aa a farce and a disgrace to any body of sensible men ; stating that the inquiry was burked, and that the resolution was a foregone conclusion by the majority. They pointed out that there was evidence ready and refused that would have proved neglect and insubordination on the part of the master and matron, and would have corroborated that already adduced, and which, in their opinion, did not exonerate them, but fully proved neglect and insubordination. A further resolution was passed, that Dr Stacpoolo be notified that his engagement as surgeon terminate on the 30th September,

Gaelic Society’s eighth annual conceit and ball in the Garrison Hall this evening.

Wo have received ‘He Who Digged a Pit’ and other stories ft on the pen of W. Freeman, and shall notice tho book in an early issue. The weekly meeting of Trinity Church Musical and Literary fneiety was held la-t evening, Mr 3. llarloeh reading the journal, Miss Kimbell played a piano ro!o, anil songs wore given by Mr G. B. Dali and Miss Moyse. We draw your special attention to tho advertuement of Carter and Co on our thiid page. Their sale appears to have been tho greatest success o” all, ns we notice they have a con’imial flow of eager buyers, and theptiecs they quote are extraordinarily low. Read their advcrtheipont. fAlv r. ]

At the meeting of tha Dunedin Insurance C ub last evening, Mr P. J, Sullivan, who hsj.3 f jrmany years been f ivorably known in connection with the Norwich Union Office hoie, and is having for Auckland to enter tho sci vice of the South British Company, was the recipient of a liMid-:omo field-glass and travelling case. Mr Biohardsoij, president of the club, in making the presentation on bejiulf of all the insurance employui in this City, conveyed Jp Mr Sullivan their cocgr tu'.ations upon his advancement and begged his acceptance of the gift as a slight token of their esteem and of tho good wishes for hta future prosperity which would accompany him on his departure.

In addition to tho O.K.F.U. trial match at the Caribbrook Ground the following matches wil be played: - Alhambra Second v. Union Second, at North Ground; Tort Chalmers 1 irst v. Taierl Second, at Mofgiel; ZingariRichmond Second v, Pacific Fiist, at Caledonian Ground; Moutccillo Second v. Oavcrshara First, at Fitzroy ; Pirates Second v. Palmerston, at Palmerston; Pirates Thinl v, High School Second, at Asylum ; Eavensbourne Second v. Pacific Second, at Ravensbourne; Union Third v. Cavershara Second, at Maori Hdl; Alhambra Third v. Port Chalmers Second, at Opnhoj Carlton v. Moltoec, at Peliohet Bay; Newington v. Roslyn, at former’s ground; Nevvingtoe Second v. Heriot Secord; Fergus on and Mitchell v, Otag> Daily Times, at Moutccillo; M'Klnlay and Sons v. Burrow’s Factoiy, at Caledonian G round; the match Dunedin Second v. Kaikorai Second will not be played. The Northern Association Club play \Vakari at Wakari; and the Thistle Club meet Southern at Sawyers Bay. The children attending the Women’s C litistian Assentation Mission Sunday School wore entertained at the room* in Moray place last night. An abundance of good things was supplied and speedily demolished by the children present, and the lime-light exhibition was the source of much instruction and great delight. ‘ Jessica’s First Frayor,’ a collection of pictures Went out by Dr Ban a'do, 1 The Jackdaw of Kheims,' ‘The Seven Ages,’ and the usual supplements to lantern entertainments were successively shown, the superintendent telling tho story as each set of pictures appeared Photos of many of tho old teachers and friends of the school were also shown on the screen, each receiving quite an ovation. Violin selections were also pleasingly rendered by oie o' tho senior scholars, assisted by a friend, Miss Blackadder playing tho accompaniments. The Cffildrgn s singing of some new hymns sot up in lp,rge typo on greets by the Sunday School Union of Lon.doh yit, s a successful and pleasing feature of th.e ov.onfngfe cpterfainqient. The good igdjea who interest l)ieine,olyea in the school must have been gratified at the success of the entertainment ana the manifest appreciation of the children.

A notice to passengers per R.M.S. Tongatiro appears in this issue.

High School Old Boys are reminded of the annual dinner at the Gity Hotel to-morrow at 7.15 p.rn. In this issue appears the prospectus of the Talismanio Dredging and Mining Company, formed to work a claim on the Shotover, about three miles below Mr Sew Hoy’s claim. The shares are to be of LI, and 7,0u0 are offered to the public, Mr Andrew Hamilton is the broker.

The fortnightly meeting of the Otago Lodge, r .A.0.0., was held on Wednesday, a.D. Brc, St mebridge presiding. D.P. Bro. Moss made a presentation on behalf of the lodge, in the shape of a beautifully - framed l ast A-cb Diploma, to S.P.A. Bro. W. H. Moor-o. Three ondicUtes were proposed for membership. The receipts for the evening amounted to L 9, The third annual sale of paintings will take place at Messrs James A. Park and Co.’s rooms, Manse street, to-morrow, and the quality of the various works to bo disposed of is quite up to the standard of former y.ars. The collection comprises come excellent paintings in oils and water-colors; while the light pencil and crayon sketches have not been forgotten, some of the latter being first-class productions, with the fullest attention evidently having been paid to details. Mr L. W. Wilson contributes thirtyono pictures, and of these * Running for Dusky Sound,’ “Milford Sound,’ “Moonlight, Gorge of tho Shotover,’ ‘ Terror Peaks, Lake Ada,’ anda sketch near Queenstown {‘Lake Wakalipu’) »re careful studies, Messrs J. Douglas Perrett, F. Melville Duncan, P. Power, and Mrs Wilson also send a large number of more or less care-fully-executed works ; while a large oil painting (‘Loch Venaohar,’ by Clarence P. Roe, London) is perhaps the best picture in the rooms. Altogether, a most interesting collection is to be found, and a largo attendance at the rale to-morrow may be anticipated. Tho current number of the ‘ Temperance Herald ’is an unusually interesting one. The chief editorial deals with “ the liquor question in the Legislature,” and says: “It is an encouraging indication of the growth of a public sentiment adverse to tho liquor trade that the directors of the Exhibition Company have had so much trouble, and have been driven to such unworthy shifts, to get tho right to sell intoxicants within the ixhibi lion building, A few short years ago, and permission would have been granted at onco, and 1 no questions asked.’ The temperance party have made a good fight in this case, and have made it very clear chat they are a party to be reckoned with in the i ettlemcnt of all public affairs in which they may feelcalledontotake derided action. It is worthy of note, too, that the liquor party have found their chief support among the nominated life members of the Council rather than in the popularly elected representatives of tho Lower House.” Our “only General” comes in for deserved cast’gation for his effrontery in charging Sir W. Fox and Mr J, Newman, of Auckland, with “utter impertinence” in exercising their const! tu tional right to petition against what they believed to be an improper course of action. The first of a series of papers on Prohibition ;B commenced, and in tho opening one the writer states the aim of his party in a way that is not generally understood. He says: “Wo wish to make it perfectly clear that in discussing Prohibition we shall not be discussing sumptuary laws, nor any Jaw which seeks to control the habits of the people, or to dictate to any man what he shall drink or what he shall not drink, but a law which will prohibit the traffic in intoxicating beverages; r.ot a law to rob ‘ tho poor man of his be: r,’ but a law which will prohibit him from telling his beer, if he has any—a law which, in its principle, ‘differs’ (as hasb-en well said) ‘in no way from any other sanitary, quarantine, and police regulations, and has no sumptuary feature about it. The cit’zeu may still poison himself with alcohol, if he chooses and can get it, but he shall not sell tho poison to his neighbor.’”

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The Evening Star FRIDAY, AUGUST 2, 1889. Issue 7975, 2 August 1889

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