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The Evening Star WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 7, 1389.

The Defence Department declines to provide for the families of prisoners, as such 9, course would be a premium on crime. The Minister of Education in New South Wales states that 40,000 children attending the public schools of that colony have deposited in the savings banka the sum of LI 4,855. The Mornington Borough Council met last night, and adjourned in respect to the memory of the late Cr Campbell. A resolution of sympathy with the bereaved family was recorded.

Messrs T. and S. Morrin, of Auckland, yesterday brought an action against the captain oi the Blair Drummond to recover damages for injuries to iron pipes by break op the voyage nut from London, alleged to ho caused by negligence. The case broke down because one of the witnesses deposed that some of the pipes had evidently been nracked at the foundry before shipment in London, and the cracks filled with tar. In answer to a (juestion put to him at Auckland, General Strange said he had nothing to do with negotiating the purchase of the Maxim gun by the Government, but he thought that the banking firms should make it a point to present one of these guns to the most efficient corps as a matter of insurance for themselves. They should recollect that banks were stuck up before, and ( if a few foreign boats were landed in a quiet harbor they might be so As bank officials could not from their business serve asvoluuteers, bethought that, in preference to trophies, clocks, or medals, one of these guns should be given as a trophy for the best .corn?.

A peculiar incident look place Tl.vand Hill in connection with the Chinaman who is charged with having committed rape,. The correspondent of the ‘ Southland Times ’ states that when the constable went to the hut where the accused lived for the purpose of arresting him bo found him in bed shivering. When ordered to get up and dress, his clothes could not bo found, and be explained that, feeling ashamed of being talked about in connection with such a matter, he had tried to drown himself, but found the water too cold for his liking. On searching, his clothes were found close to a dam, with a note attached telling where his body would be found and his reasons lotcommitting suicide. His careful arrangement to have his body found and buried is in accordance with th.e idem held by Chinese that if their bones are not sent to China their spirits will never reach Paradise.

An enthusiastic meeting of the newlyformed Tailoresses’ Union was held in the City Hal! last night. There were fully 500 persons present, the great majority being girls and young women. The following members of the Anti sweating Committee were on the platform -.—Rev. R. Waddell (chairman), Messrs D. Wishart, D. Pinkerton, Montgomery, Cochrane, Mitchell, and J. A. Millar (secretary). The Committee of fhe Union submitted the log they had prepared, and a draft copy of the rules. After a lengthy discussion it was agreed that the rules be adopted, and that the log be further considered and £af,lly settled to-night by the Committee that prepared it, Mr W. D. Stewart was appointed Jujus, solicitor for the Union. It was agreed to leave in the hands of the Union Committee the matte" of fixing the date when the log and rules should come into force, and also the matter of informing the manufacturers of the same. There are now about 050 names on the hooks as members of the Union. It was stated that the Committee would to-night consider the shirt-makers’ log.

By the mal.l yesterday Mr A. Bathgate, hon. secretary of U(.e Conservation Society, received a tracing fif the fountain to bo presented to the society on behalf of the citizens by Mr Wolf Harrle, of Bing, Karris, and Co., and advices that it was to be skipped in July. The design shows an exceedingly handsome fountain 14ft high, the lower basin being 20ft in diameter, from which rises a pillar bearing an uapey basin Bft in diameter. Round the ■base of this pillar are figures of four children, each holding ft Jjwge lizard on his knee, and from the mouths of which will flow a jet of water. The pillar is very riphl V orna.mented with scroll work of leaves, ftawere, etc. Round the upper basin there are eight dreads, from which the water of the upper basin escapes into the lower. From the .Uppqr basin there rises a pillar of conventional leaves, forming a small basin, from the irregular edges of which the water .drips. Round the base of this small pillar thege are four dolphins, while .fcko whok is surmounted by the .figure of a stork, with its head thrown back, while from Jjhe .bijl will issue a fountain jet. The fountain ia to be erected in the Triangle, and will unquestionably be ft hapjsoftie feature; Ojf its ornamentation.

A robbery is reported to have taken place at the Christchurch Club, a thief having abstracted L 8 and some papers. A slander case, in which LI,OOO damages was claimed, occupied a special jury at today’s sitting of the Supreme Court, and resulted in the handsome award of one farthing being made to the plaintiff, who has to pay twelve guineas for the jurymen’s fees and his own law costs into the bargain.

Something like a scene took place at the City Police Court this morning in consequence of the counsel for the prosecution patting a question to a witness to which Mr Fraser (counsel for accused) objected. Upon the Bench making a remonstrance and a remark about counsel's duty, Mr Macdonald said : “ Oh ! I don t want you (meaning the Bench) or you (meaning Mr Fraser) to teach me my duty ; I know that—at least I think I do.” Mr Fraser interposed, and for some momenta nothing could be heard but the voices of thealtereatingcounsel. Thewitness was eventually ordered out of Court while the Bench considered whether the question should be put, and ultimately they decided that the question was a leading one and should not be asked. Mr Macdonald (addressing the clerk) thereupon said: “All right, I’m satisfied ; put the question down, and put the Bench’s decision along with it.”

The monthly meeting of the Macandrew road School Committee last evening was attended by Messrs Hogg (chairman), Carpenter, Logie, Fisher, Chetwin, Hallam, and Dodds. The head-master reported that the number on the roll was 042, and the average attendance during July was 551. The Education Board having presented the school with some pictures for object lessons, provided they were mounted, he desired authority to get tire same done. Granted. Mr Fisher desired his protest to be recorded about the school having been closed for midwinter holidays, as he considered it was closed illegally, and Mr Hallam also intimated that he dissented from the agreement which had been made with the sanitary contractor. It was resolved that certificates be granted this year instead of prizes ; and that whoever in future broke panes of glass in the windows of Gift school buildings should pay for them, the head-master peremptorily to carry this into effect. Mr Hallam moved—" That this Committee express their sympathy with Mr White under the circumstances in which he is placed in reference to the refusal of the Education Board to accept his explanation of the remarks he made at the recent meeting of the Educational Institute.” Mr Chetwin seconded, and the motion was carried unanimously.

The monthly meeting of the Lodge Otago Kilwinning will bo held to-morrow evening.

A general meeting to promote the establishment of a church institute will be held in St, Matthew’s Schoolroom this evening.

A scries of weekly meetings in connection with the Ambulance Association will be held in the Garrison Hall, commencing Friday next. A grand fancy bmar and sale of work in connection with the Roalyn Mills Band will be given in the Kaikorai Hall, commencing tomorrow evening.

A lecture on ‘ Electi icily in the Service of Man’ will be delivered this evening in the Choral Hall by Mr R. 0. Jones, Al.b’.E., who will illustrate his subject with tome interesting experiments. In Mr Jones’s hands the subject will receive good treatment. 'I he proceeds are on behalf of a widow and family whoso bread-winner recently died in the hospital, leaving them almost destitute. An entertainment took place in the North Dunedin Drill-shed last evening, when the Mayor of North-east Valley presided. Miss Derbyshire, besides officiating as accompanist, contributed an excellent pianofoito solo, Various selections were given by Misses Pyrko, Jackson, and Perry, Messrs T’mbers, Walken, Richardson, M‘Connell, and Chisholm ; encores being the order of the evening The programme closed with the amusing farce ' Box and Cox ’; Mr Brebnc 1 appearing as the printer and Mr Young as the hatter, while the lodging-house keeper found a suitable representative. The fortnightly meeting of Leith Lodge, 1.0.0 K, wsb held in Albany strict Hall on Monday evening. Bro. P. Bussell was unanimously elected an honorary life member of the 1,0 0.F., in acknowledgment cf previous services rendered, and for the large amount of interest he took in its affairs, dating back over twenty years. A committee was appointed to consider tho advisability of repainting, decorating, and upholstering tho hall, in view cf an ini)ox of visaing brethren from various parts of the world during the Exhibition season. A new by-law was adopted which imposes a fine on all members who may h.o heard using obscene language, or who do not conduct thcipselves properly ; the fine to bo doubled for each subsequent offence. The receipts were 1,13 17s 7J. At tbp conclusion of the ordinary weekly practice of the Dunedin Idedenafel on Monday night last the members and a few friends spent a social hour, the object being to say gondbyo to Herr schweers, who is leaving for Buenos Ayres. Jnpropos'ng the health of Mr Schweers. Mr Ibbotsou said he had known him some ten years, and that he had always f.ur.d him ready ami willing to do his best to advance tho cause of music. But he more particularly desired to ref.-r to Mr Schweers as a member of the I.jedertafcl. His ser: v!c:a aa hen, pianist had bpen invaluable, and by bis regularity apd punctuality of attendance at their praotices Ije bad set a good example to other members, It afforded him the greatest pleasure, on behalf of the Liedertafe', to pies nt Mr Schweers with a gold lyre. If» intrinsic value was small, but it was the highest order of merit that coiild he awarded by the society, and was only given in special eases, lie hoped it would serve to remind him of some pleasant hour# spent in this our fait City of Dunedin; ar.d on behalf of the society he wished moat heartTy Mr Schweers every success iu the new sphere to which he was about to remove. Mr Schwcesr audibly replied. !-’everal part songs and ballad/ vote rendered, and a very enjoyable evening spent.

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