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The Evening Star SATURDAY, AUGUST 3, 1889.

Our supplement to-day contains our lady's letter from London, topics of the day (by our London correspondent), feminine fancies (by ‘ Martha’), English sporting notes, some moving incidents of the Johnstown catastrophe, correspondence, a paper on electrical (overhead system) tramways, and other interesting matter. It is estimated that from 70,000,000 to 80,000,000 feet of kauri timber trees were destroyed by (ire iu the Puhipuhi forest last year. At a meeting of teachers at Christchurch last week one of them said school committees “ too frequently took only the concentrated essence of dissatisfied parents.” An elderly woman named Hannah Crawley was found in her house at Oamaru in an insensible state yesterday, and while being removed to the hospital she died. She had been drinking the proceeds of a sale of land. The Oamaru poultry show, which opened yesterday, was a very successful affair. Entries were received from various places outside of Oamaru, tho Christchurch exhibitors being fortunate in securing a number of prizes. Mr Bonnington, president of tho Conference of Delegates of Musical Societies in Christchurch, has received a cable message from Mr Santley stating that ho has made no engagement for Christchurch. Eurther particulars will be to hand by the incoming mail,

At a meeting of the Invercargill Chamber of Commerce strongly unfavorable criticisms were passed on tho actiou of the Government in theappointmentof Rail way Commissioners, and the opinion was expressed that the Commissioners had clone nothing to justify thoir existence ; in fact, their action had in some instances been retrograde and irritating, A motion was carried asking the Commissioners to restore suburban fares. It was also resolved that the Government be asked to protest against the duty on cereals proposed by the Victorian Government, as unfriendly to a sister colony. George M‘William, tho well-known coachdriver for Mitchell and Campbell for many years on the Grey-Reeftou road, was charged at Grcymoutb yesterday on six informations with embezzling various sums of money before tho dissolution of the firm. The first charge was dismissed on account of insufficient evidence, on two accused pleaded not guilty, and two were withdrawn. It is doubtful whether the other one will be proceeded with further. M‘William stands remanded until to-morrow morning, being admitted to bail, himself in L3O and two sureties of L 25 each. The accident which happened at a mill near R/augiora on July 22, by which a man named William Verrall, working at the scutching machine, had his left arm seriously injured by being drawn into the machine, terminated in his death on Thursday evening. As soon as possible after the accident the operation of amputation at the shoulder was performed, and the sufferer appeared at first likely to recover, but a relapse took place, and death supervened. Mr Verrall was over forty years of age, and ho leaves a wife and six young children to mourn their loss,. He had resided in the Rangiora and Southbrook districts about twenty years.

A well-attended meeting of citizens was held at Wellington last night, at which it was resolved to form a sanitary association to promote general measures calculated to secure an improved state of the public health. A committee waS*appointed to draw up rules, and the subscription was fixed at LI. Twenty-seven of those present paid up at once, Mr H. D. Bell suggested that Parliament should be applied to for power to raise a drainage loan without getting the consent of the ratepayers. He pointed out that the Governor, members of Parliament, and many members of the Civil Service and others, had to live in Wellington part of ths year, and their health ought not to be dependent on the citizens of Wellington. Mr Kennedy M‘l)onaldcombated this view, and said that in so important a matter as drainage tho ratepayers had every right to be consulted before action was taken in the giatter by the meeting.

i'h'cVe are only 'two hbtlces on the City Council’s Grdor Taper for next week. Cr kimfcell Wants the increase of the salary of a derk in the gas department reviewed, and Cr Haynes will move for the appointment of a special committee to revise the salaries paid by the Corporation. At the City Police Court this morning, before Messrs 0* L. Dennistonand W. Dawson, j.P.’s, Zenophon Bailey was, for hawking smoked fish without a license, fined 2s Gd without costs. John Taylor applied for a prohibition order against his wife (Sarah Taylor), who consented to the order being made. The Bench granted the application, and an order Was made accordingly.

A large public meeting was held at Greymouth last night to urge upon the Government the completion of the Grey-Hokitika Railway. The principal resolution was : “That this meeting respectfully urges on the Government the necessity of at once completing the line, which will tend materially to develop the resources of the district and prove a remunerative undertaking to the colony.” A copy of this resolution is to be sent to the Government and West Coast members.

The monthly meeting of the Port Chalmers School Committee yesterday evening was attended by Messrs A. Thomson (chairman), J. Morgan, d. Cook, I. Stevenson, C. do L. Graham, J. Watson, and W. Elder. The report of the Visiting Committee sot forth that the school was in a satisfactory state. The Committee, after taking into consideration the fact of two families of children who were in a neglected state and did not attend school, appointed Messrs Elder and Cook a committee to inquire into the matter with a view of altering such a state of things. The chairman and Mr Stevenson were appointed visitors for the month, The remains of the late Mr Edward M'Glashan were this afternoon conveyed to their resting-place in the Northern Cemetery- Among those who made up the funeral procession we noticed the Rev. Dr Stuart, Sir Robert Stout, Messrs H. Orbell, J. Sidey, J. T. Mackerras, W. Gregg, John Marshall, C. Kerr, J. W, Jago, P. Duncan, W. Wilson, F. Ibbotson, J, A. Hislop, A. D. Lubecki, D. M. Spedding, J. Logan, J. L. Gillies, Job Wain, C. S. Reeves, M. Cohen, James Scoular, A. C. Begg, James Runciman, and Captain Thomson. The service at the grave was conducted by the Rev. Dr Stuart.

Messrs Reid and Gray’s employes held their eighth annual reunion last night in the Choral Hall. The Committee had gone to considerable trouble in tastefully decorating the stage and hall; and, notwithstanding the rain that fell heavily during the early part of the night, over 150 persons were present at 8,50 p.m., when dancing commenced with the grand inarch, and was spiritedly kept up till four o’clock this morning. The programme comprised Lweutyfour dances, and in addition Mr Douscm sung ‘The Lifeboat,’ while Miss Heermn was heard to advantage in the song ‘ Afton Water.’ A pianoforte duct was also contributed by two young ladies. Mr W. Smart, assisted by Mr J. E. Ryan, discharged the duties of M.C.s. Mr Parker’s band supplied capital music, and largely aided the success of the gathering. The catering was entrusted to Mr Meyer, Koslyn, who gave every satisfaction.

Tho unfairness of members of Parliament acting as “ specials ” bus received additional force by reason of the attack made in the columns of the ‘ Lyttelton Times ’ on the member for Rangitata, who has seen fit to stand by the country party on tho Representation Bill. Mr Buxton is warmly defended by the ‘Ashburton Mail,’ which says;— “ The difficulty of the ‘ H’s ’ is by no means entirely confined to unlettered men, and is a serious stumbling block to many more than Mr Buxton, who are none the less sensible and useful members, nor sometimes tho less effective speakers, on that account. The member for Rangitata speaks seldom, hut when he does speak ho speaks well and effectively, and the speech above referred towns, as a matter of fact, on'o of the very best ho ever delivered. Such being the case, the attempt to disparage both the speaker and the speech was peculiarly uncalled for, as well as wholly ungenerous. The ‘ Lyttelton Times’s ’ special is undoubtedly a brilliant writer, but a little less brilliancy and a little more fairness, not to say good taste, would, we think, be appreciated by the wide circle of readers of that usually high-principled journal,”

Received: The annual reports of the Guardian and Norwich Union Insurance Companies. Tailoresscs’ Union meet in the City Hall on Tuesdav evening. Received : G. and T. Young s monthly ‘Notebook’; also, Ktonos’ ‘ABO Guido ’ A special meeting of the City Cor.ncil will be held on Wednesday evening to cons der qualification claims. Technical Classes Association’s second quarter has just commenced, A:i advertisement appears in this issue. The Cavorsham Band take a complimentary benefit at tho City Hall Kink on Monday, when the programme will ba skating and dmcing. Tho fancy bazaar and sale of work in aid of the instrument fund of tho Roslyn Mills Ba-d will bo hold in tho Kaikorai Hall on August 8, 9, and 10. The attention of members of Port Chalmers Marino Lodge, E. 0., and Cargill Kilwinning Lodge, S.C., is directed to announcements on our third page. Shareholders in tho Mormngton _ Cabin Tramway Company are not’ficd that a dividend of sixpence per share is payable on and after Tuesday, fith inst. Mr Cole presided at the weekly meeting of the Cargill road Mutual Improvement Class. The subjects contained in tho question-box were discussed, and Mr H Hindle contributed a Cm Thursday evening the Rev. A. H. Wallace delivered a lecture on ‘A Voyage round the World,’ it being principally a description of the places visited by the lecturer during a fifteen months’ti ip. On Tuesday evening tho Hand and Hear; Lodge, M.U.1.0.0 F., held their ordinary foitnightly meeting, N.G. Bro. T. Mint presiding. Six new members were initiated. It was decided to pay an official visit to tho Prince of Wales L-idge, Port Chalmsrs. Tho receipts amounted to L-10. On Thursday evening at tho John street Baptist Church, Civersham, Rev. J. T. Hinton, president of tho Mutual Improvement Society, delivered an interesting lecture on ‘The Abolition of Slavery in Jamaica.’i-' aid of tho funds of tho society. Mr J. C. Todd occupied the chair, Tho choir rendered some suitable pieces. Tho fortnightly meeting of tho West Harbor Lodge, U.A.0.D., was held in tho Queen’s Hotel. Albany street, on Wednesday night, Bro. Campbell in tho chair. There was a good attendance of members, also several visiting brothers. One now member was initiated. Bro. Brausgrove was elected a trustee. It was unanimously decided that Pro. Larnach be presented with a handsome present. P.A. Bro. Moore, of the Otago Lodge, made a donation of a sovereign to be given to the brother who had proposed the most new members for the last term of office. Bro. Larnach being tho successful one, a hearty vote of thanks was accorded Bro. Moore for his donation.

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