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The Evening Star THURSDAY, AUGUST 13, 1389.

Mr W. Elder, J.P., presided at the Port Chalmers Police Court this morning, and fined Alfred Southgate 10s, with the usual alternative, for drunkenness. Sir James Hector says that the coal plains of Gippsland could not be profitably worked on a large scale, hut the indications of the existence of a coalfield are of great value. The detectives at Melbourne have unearthed an extraordinary wholesale robbery of goods from lighters used in removing goods under bond, and a valuable “plant” lias been discovered at Port Melbourne. At the inquest held yesterday on a man named Johnston, who died suddenly at Kaukapakapa, the jury passed a rider expressing the opinion that hotelkeepers should be careful in the sale of liquor to persons who were known to he drunkards. The Rev. G. H. S. Walpole, who is leaving Auckland for America, in his farewell address at the meeting of the Church of England Working Men’s Society, pointed out how much the true welfare of the future of the church depended upon the support given by working men. Tho only case heard at this morning’s sitting of the Resident Magistrate’s Court was an action brought by C. H. Hargreaves against W. Booth to recover 15s 6d due on a judgment summons. Defendant did not appear, and an order was made for him to pay the amount within one week, in default three, days’ imprisonment. Messrs S. Myers and W. Wright were the presiding J.P.s. An alarm of fire was given last evening, and it wasnotlongbefore the Fire Brigade and Salvage Corps had arrived at a four-roomed house in Chalmers place, owned by Mr J. Smith, which was found to be burning inside. The fire was quickly suppressed, the only damage done being the destroying of the window blinds and a few panes of glass. A candle had been placed on a table in one of the rooms, and the window being open, the draught blew the curtains over the caudle, and they were thus ignited. The superintendent of tho Cable Company at Wakapuaka telegraphs for the information of the Press :—“ Sherard Osborne signalled from Farewell Spit as making .for Nelson requires coal.” The telegraph authorities judge from this message that it will he three or four days at least before cable communication can possibly he restored. The next steamer likely to arrive with news may he the Hauroto or Dapleix ; but as nothing is known of their movements it is possible they may not be here before tho Bluff steamer.

E. H. Carew, Esq., R.M,, presided at the City Police C-urt this morning. William Yeamnnns (ten previous convictions), charged with drunkenness, pleaded guilty, and was fined 10s, in default forty-eight hours’ imprisonment. Harris Fricdlich was charged with selling on July 27 liquor—to wit, beer—without being licensed to do so. Mr A. C. Hanlon, cn behalf of Mr S. Solomon (counsel for defendant), asked for a remand, as Mr Solomon was at present out of town. The police offering no objection, the case was accordingly remanded for a week.

Wo understand that in order to enable the Public Petitions Committee to make a complete investigation of the charges inade in his petition to tho House against District Judge Ward, Mr Christie has decided to discontinue his action for damages against the Judge. It will he recollected that the Committee made an interim report suspending farther proceedings on the petition on account of the action having been commenced. The action was commenced on the last day for issuing tho writ, and would probably not have been commenced at all if Mr Christie had known that it would interfere with his remedy by petition to Parliament.

Mr Arnold (‘Hans the Boatman’), who, not long ago, visited this colony, has now (says the ‘ Taieri Advocate ’) returned to America, and is apparently spinning some tall yarns about his colonial experiences, The ‘New York Clipper’ says:—“ After visiting Adelaide he went to New Zealand, opening on the 4th July at Invercargill, He also visited Tasmania, Dunedin, Oamaru, Wellington, Christchurch, Auckland, Timani, Wanganui, Napier, Marton, Woodville, Waipara, Hastings, fie seldom acted in a theatre, but appeared in halls and drillaheds. No orchestra of any description could be had in any of these towns, and the only music was a violin solo by the leader that he carried with him, Mr Arnold having to aieg his songs as Hans to a single violin accompaniment.”

There was a moderate attendance at last night’s meeting of the Cargill road Mutual Improvement Class, when Mr W. Colo contributed a paper on ‘ Books, and how to read them.’

The Railway Department announces ap alteration in the time of the 2.18 p.m, train from Mosgiel on Satu;day. In connection with Principal Rainy's kc’ure, market tickets to Dims'lin issued on August 21 will be available for return till tho following day. Tho contractor for the new building for the Dunedin Opera-house Company has this morning made a start with tko work, and is now busy repmvirg the old wooden erections from the site to ho occupied by the building dcperihtd in our columns »few days ago.

The fortnightly meeting of Court Pride of tho Leith, A.0.F., was held in the courtroom last evenirg, when O.R. Bro, W. R. Colo presented P.O. R. Bro, John Green with a certificate and neck-ribbon in recognition of his past services. The receipts for the evening were L 37 8j Cd.

Jffr George Per.y, the secretary of the Engineers' Band, was last night presented hy the members of that body with a handsome lamp as a token expressive of their appreciation ot the manner in whies) he carried out tho duties of his office. The presentation was made by the honorary conductor (Mr E. Beniamin). An organ recital and sacred'concert will be given at St. Andrew’s Church to morrow evening in aid of the oigan fund. Tim programme arranged is a good one. the performer*including Misses Grey and Christie, Mrsdamea W. H. Reynolds and F. Kowortb, and Messrs E, 0. Reynolds, H. B. Infith, A, J. Tirnson, W. Denaem, and P. L, Jones, /he choir, under Mr J. M. Lomas (who will also *Qt as musical conductor), will sing an anthem and tho * Gloria ’ chorus from Mozart’s ‘ Twelfth Sifts*.

The fortnightly meeting of Valley True Blue Lodge, P. A.F.S.A., wjw held in the lodge room on Tue-day evening The fallowing resolution was carried unanimously M That the lodge, hearing certain rumors reflecting op tlmir medical officer (Dr Stirling), having thoroughly investigated the same, have come to the unanimous conclusion that there is no foundation for them whatever; in fact, do hereby pass a resolution expressing confidence and sympathy with Dr Sterling. A copy of the resolution to he sent to the Press, the sister lodges, and the medical officer.’’—The receipts were L2 10s CJ.

In the last list of applications for patents a | "lady ” has deposited applications for an invention for dressing New Zealand flax, also for washing flax and wool; while a : .i her female, not described, has deposited a s. oc fl-ation of an invention for an improved paste ro.Ur.

The fortnightly meeting of the Lh'-n Lodge, U.A.y.U., was held in the CVu e Hall, Roslyn, on TuesiUy. D.P. Bn. was present. PA. Bro. Moore handed in 10s Cd which he had promised for the member who had propo ed the most members during the past six months. The receipts were 1,2 13s 9J. Jn our advertising columns will be found the prospectus of the Tipperary Kxtended Cold Mining Company, Macetown. r i he company is formed to actnrre and work on a more extend d M'.'ilo the well known Tinperary Company s loiue. The cspittl hi L2B 0 1 0 ti LI th.iris, and o*i ■ v Id'Oh ‘hires are • ireied i > idto puMic.

•fh-'.-r, Non i.-'ei. sting fact m i.a in the it ■ -t> ctus noiney. that tie oM ontained 15,120 .z g" d, which ennhl d it to pay Ll3 500 in dividends :o sharoho dura in return for a rash outlay of Ll2O only. Messrs R. and A. J. Park a T e the brokers of the company.

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The Evening Star THURSDAY, AUGUST 13, 1389., Issue 7986, 15 August 1889

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The Evening Star THURSDAY, AUGUST 13, 1389. Issue 7986, 15 August 1889

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