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The Evening Star MONDAY, AUGUST 5, 1889.

The Auckland City Council have imported a plant for watering the streets with salt water, and tho mains are to be laid down at once. A fire was discovered in Mrs Gill's drapery shop on Saturday evening, but the dimes were extinguished before any considerable damage was done.

The Very Rev. Father Oliver Daly, S.J., commenced his mission in St. Joseph's Cathedral yesterday. There were large congregations at the morning and evening services..

For the D.J.C. Exhibition Cup fifty-nine entries have been leceived, seventy-two for ■the St Andrew's Handicap, sijety-four for the President's Handicap, and forty-nine for the Carnival Handicap. The Alameda, with the English mails of July 13, left San JFrancisco on July 2, her contract date. The Mariposa, with the New Zealand mails of July 15, arrived at San Fraocisco .on August 3, also the contract date.

An inquest was faeld at ifclte White Horse Hotel this afternoon on the body of a child, to which birth was given on Saturday by Margaret Edwards, who had been residing for some short time at a boarding house in London street.

The Chief Commissioner of Railways in New South Wales states that the railways of that eolony have to carry per annum over L 50,000 worth of members of Parliament and others. This, he adds, must be repressed, if the lines are to return a profit. A paper was read by Surgeon-major Williams in Sydney recently on " the clothing of the soldier as suitable to the clim&te." .During the discussion that followed Majorgeneral Edwards said ho agreed with tho suggestions thrown out by Dr Williams, and lUred the sample of Now Zealand brown serge ejth&itcd, believing it could not be bettered for the purpose. In the Soudan the Kearki uniform oiways had the appearance of being wet and unclean, and was of no use except in a dry arid climate like Central India. Major-general .Richardson, in fch« course of his criticism of the paper, remarked that although he was a (Free,trader he thoroughly believed in the New Zealand cloth, and expressed the hope that its manufacture would be encouraged by haviDg the clothing for the whole of the ijjrxjes from it.

Tin' jv:i'i:utivi? ('nvtnoii r.iot on Maturday t.iof)iisiflcr (Miemia'rt ease, but adjourned till Tuesday. Tho Hugos had another crowded house c.n [.Saturday. A new programme is announced for tc ■night. Our Parliamentary correspondent states tlmt Mr J. Crawford" Anderson, the member tor liiiire, has d.'iinitely decided not to Beck re-election.

The output of coal frnm the Westport and ( irey \ alley Companies' mines for July was us follows: Westport, 17,"24 tons; Grey Valley, 13,642 tons IScwr.

The 'North Otago Times' says that a case is to come before the Resident Magistrate at Oamara shortly in which aschoolmaster is charged with unduly beating one of his pupils. A gentleman from the Upper Waitaki, interested in the destruction of the rabbits, informs the ' Oamaru Mail' that where the ferrets have been liberated there are very few rabbits this year. He mentions several runs where, last year, tens of thousands of rabbits were taken off, but where not one thousand are now to be found. It is said that if the exportation of pheasants to Australia continues as at present the species in the Auckland district will soon be exterminated. At a meeting of the local Acclimatisation Society one member suggested that the Government should be asked to set apart a piece of ground for the breeding of game. About ten o'clock on Saturday night the offices of the New Zealand Loan and Mercantile Agency Company at Oamaru were found to be on fire, but the brigade promptly turning out, the building was not much damaged, the fire only charring the woodwork of the office in which it took place. Some of the papers in the office were destroyed, but they were not supposed to be of much value. No one had been in the office after five o'clock, and the origin of the fire is unknown.

We have to record the death of another old identity in the person of Mr William Campbell, of Mornington. Doeeased arrived here from Victoria upwards of a quarter of a century ago, and his death will be very much felt by the ratepayers of Mornington, more especially by those of First Ward, whom he represented for over six years. He occupied the position of chairman of tho Works Committee nearly the whole time he sat in the Council, and was very much respected by his brother councillors. He leaves a widow and three children. The ' Oamaru Mail' cannot be accused of Ministerial leanings, yet it boldly declares that " the determination of the Government to adhere to the Act of 1887 reducing the number of members is one that will, we venture to say, meet with the hearty concurrence of the majority of the electors in this part of the colony," and that the Act of 1887 was "passed in accordance with an almost universal desire expressed at the laßt general election, and was one of the chief planks of the retrenchment party." Our contemporary deals caustically with those members who last week were desirous of breaking their hustings pledges, and says : " We have arrived at a stage at -which satisfactory legislation seems to be impossible. The Government are incapable of satisfying a majority, except by a threat that they will precipitato a dissolution—a throat of dreadful import to the cowardly Parliamentarian. Hon. members seem to Ix 3 incapable of treating a single question in accordance with itß merits. Selfish and local considerations choke every patriotic aspiration. Every legislative and administrative act is not the best, but only the inferior re?ult of a compromise. Localism is the cheat that incites members to wrangle and to split straws, so that when they ought to commence business they have to leave it. Vet our legislators cling to it with the infatuation of an opium-eater. A reductiou in the number of members is a matter of tho first necessity. Localism would diminish as tlid number of local advocates diminished. Ah to the demand of country members for a. greater quota of advantage, they have already sufficient poww to dominate the House, and the increased (junta would not nimble them to do more than that.''

Anoual genera) meeting of tli.i Olago Hil/e AMoeiiitioji on Thursdiy evening at Uariistm Hull.

In tlic- challenge ixwwd by Mr James Noil in rturia.it the first aliirmatimi should haye im-U bawul upon Kzekiul xviii , v. 4. Tlic Harth DuneJin Rifiew celebrate their twentysivfcli anniversary with a social dance on the li'M'il inat. in the North Dunedin Drill Hall. Mr R. J. Di>:, advance agent of the Ogrlen "Jo" Diamatic Company, is in town making arrangements for the company's appearance here. They open at the Princess's next week. Eighteen pvtients were admitted into the DuiK'din Hospital during thu past week and thirteen discharged. Thomas Rushton (a child) and Maiy JSierton died in the institution. There are a* present JO2 in the institution.

Loya.l Duuedin Lodge, M.U.J.0.Q.F., held their fortnightly meeting in the ledge room on Thursday evening: N.O. Bro. W. K Barry presiding. G.M. Bro. A. on behalf of the lodge, presented P.G. Bro. H, W. Wilson with a handsomely-framed emblematical certificate, in recognition of his services to the lodge during his term of office. Three new members were initiated. We have received a copy of the schedule of prizes of the Dunedin Horticultural Society for the ensuing season. It varies little from that of tiie previous year, and contains a liberal array of prizes offered for competition at the fating, December, March, and chrysanthemum allows anil February monthly meeting, amounting in all to L2S7 15s <su\ irrespective of prizes in connection with the Beekeepers' Atnociation. The December and March shows wil' be held in the Exhibition Building, and no doubc e*e y effort will be made to render them more than usually attractive and creditable to the district. There does not seem to be much change in the society's rides and regulations, the most important alteration being a regulation which limits competitors in the cut bloom, fruit, and vegetable classes to tutoring one lot for any prize except when the competition is for a single specimen cr variety. This regulation is, we understand, in the interest of small exhibitors, and will give them a chance against specialists, who night otherwise " sweep the board." The current number of the 'Australasian Medical Gazette' deals with the question of medical legislation. It Bays: degrees are obtained at a far greate' cost both .of money and brain work than many foreign, more oapecially American oneB; and it cannot fail to strike the colonial mind that some little protection should bo given to their own offspring, and that foreigners should not flourish at the expense of native-born Australians. . . . We cannot refrain from expressing most strongly our conviction that registration in any one colony should suffice for the whole of Australia, and that the sooner federation in this respect takes place the better for all concerned. It ia absurd that each colony should, by varying the terms of her Registration Acts, place obstacles in the way of legally-qualified men exercising their profession in tho colonies generally, since by doing so they place them on a fooling with quacks, to the benefit of the latter; for, neither being registered, they are legally equal, with tho advantage to the quack, who will be less scrupulous in his dealings. To sum np, the situation seems to call for an increased standard as to eligible diploims for registration, combined with federation; and that this would benefit all is as self-evident as it is unanswerable."

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The Evening Star MONDAY, AUGUST 5, 1889., Issue 7977, 5 August 1889

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The Evening Star MONDAY, AUGUST 5, 1889. Issue 7977, 5 August 1889

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