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The Evening Star TUESDAY, AUGUST 20, 1880.

Z. Lord Cranley is now convalescent. St. Peter’s Church, Caversham, is now supplied with warming apparatus, to the great comfort of the worshippers. Tho Rev. Principal Rainy this morning visited the High Schools, and after luncheon was conducted round the University. The case against Bannister, a post cilice clerk, charged at Auckland with issuing a money order with fraudulent intent, lias been remanded to Wellington. Reports to hand by the steamer Richmond are to the ctl’cct that the Natives of Samoa are not in pressing need of food, and that their crops will shortly be ripe. Abbott and his wife stand committed for trial on a charge of ill-treating Esther Powditch at Christchurch. Bail was allowed, but, not being forthcoming, accused were removed to gaol, In regard to the Auckland appeal case, Hoskings v. Caledonian Gold Mining Company, the Chief Justice, .Sir J, Prendcrgast, has decided that a trihutor is a person employed in a mine within the meaning of the Act. This being the point raised at the outset, the further hearing of the appeal has been fixed for Wednesday week. The last case in the Resident Magistrate’s Court yesterday was Spudding v. T. F. Adams, a claim of L 5 for alleged negligence in carriage of one octave of whisky in the ship Ralston from the Clyde to Dunedin. Mr Thornton appeared for plaintiff, and Mr Hosking for defendant. After evidence had been given, plaintiff was nonsuited, with costs (L 3 6s Gd). The Committee of the Tailoresses’ Union met last night, the R.ev. R. Waddell occupying the chair. The 44 10g” having been revised, it was agreed to send copies of it to-day to tho five clothing manufacturers and the six shirt manufacturers in with the request that before Saturday they should reply to it. There arc now 715 members of the Union. "Oliver Twist ’ was repeated at the Princess’s Theatre last evening before an appreciative audience. The performance of the Baby was frequently applauded ; while the excellent acting of Miss Fergus as Nancy and of Mr Ogden as the Jew set an excellent example to tho rest of the company. Tonight the performance is to be for the benefit of Miss Fergus and Baby Ogden, when Gough’s temperance drama, 4 Lost and Won,’ will be presented, with the Baby in a special part. The performance will be under the patronage of City councillors, the Shakespeare Club, and others. A case is to be tried at the Supreme Court, Nelson, which promises to be of unusual interest. Many months ago (writes a correspondent of the "Lyttelton Times), Charleston was greatly exercised over some gold robberies, the thieves having cleaned up before the owners had an opportunity of doing so. Elaborate plans were laid to catch the thieves. Amateur detectives, carefully concealed, watched by night, and as a result a young man named Weir was captured under conditions which left no doubt in tho minds of the watchers but that he was the culprit. But it became rather difficult to prove the case. The amateur detectives essayed this and failed, and now have to defend an action in which damages are laid at L‘2,000. The ordinary meeting of the Ravensbnurnc School Committee whs held in the school on Monday evening ; present—Messrs Barclay, Campbell, M 4 Culhich, Mi-ller, Spite, and Ross. In the absence of the chairman, Mr M‘C'ulloch presided. The head-master re ported the average attendance of the past month to be; Boys, 115; girls, 79: total, 194. Number on roll: Boys, .131; girls, 90 ; total, ‘221 ; average attendance, about SS per cent, thus showing about 12 per cent, absentees—an unusually large number considering the prevailing fine weather. It was resolved— 44 That as the Committee have reason to believe that a number of children are being kept away from school without sufficient reason, the Inspector of Police be requested to lend assistance in putting the compulsory clause of the Act in force.” The interproviucial chess match was resumed and concluded on Saturday night, Mr Mouat resigned to Mr Hookham at the fifty-sixth move; Mr Clegg succumbed to his opponent: Mr Mander made a draw with Mr Kennedy; Mr Throp won his game; Mr Siedcberg was ruled by the umpire to have forfeited the game to Mr Bauer through exceeding the time limit; and the game between Mr Angus and Mr Acton-Adams was declared annulled on account cf the latter’s illness. The result of the match is therefore that Canterbury Ims won six games and Dunedin two ; one was drawn and one annulled. The telegraph was worked by Mr Breinner, who forwarded and received ail the moves without the least error or delay. Tho last and final development of lawn tennis (remarks 4 St. James’s Gazette’) has not yet been reached. Wo have not yet introduced the professional element; but we are getting on, and the ladies, of course, are giving us a lead. Witness the case that was tried last week before Mr Justice Denman. A couple of distinguished lady amateurs played a match at a foreign club under assumed names. They disguised their identities, because, in the event of being beaten, they were afraid of being chaffed when they went home. They were recognised (such was their reputation), and the incident caused a good deal of unpleasant comment in lawn tennis circles, which was expressed' in certain sporting newspapers. The ladies brought an action for libel and recovered damages, being able to show that they had revealed themselves in all their grasshopping greatness to the secretary of the foreign club who arranged the handicap. Although they successfully refuted the suspicion of bad faith or sharp practice, the question remains whether it is a graceful thing in our young womanhood to go starring about the country, racket in hand, winning prizes from strangers, or at least competing for them. In the * British Weekly ’ of June 28 appeared the following letter from Mr Duck worth, in reference to an occurrence near San Francisco, in which he and the Rev. Charles Spurgeon figured :— 44 With regard to the paragraph about the Rev, Charles Spurgeon, of Greenwich, which has been extensively circulated, we are able to say, on the beat authority, that it is considered by his father and friends at the Metropolitan Tabernacle too absurd to bo contradicted. We may add that the gentleman who was said to have committed the assault says : 4 The whole thing is just making a 44 molehill into a mountain.” Our intimacy with Mr Spurgeon and his friend Mr Hollidge was most cordial, but in the free-and-easy life on board ship many things occur which in themselves are trivial, and do not at all affect the moral character of those concerned, and yet are sufficient to lead to coolness or estrangement. This was the case with us, and it was through my misunderstanding Mr Spurgeon’s explanation that the upset was caused. I did not strike him, I was not arrested, and I was not jealous. The thing was afterwards satisfactorily explained, and would never have been heard of but for that love of sensationalism on which a portion of the American Press, I am sorry to say, depends for an existence. The report in the Californian paper contains no less than sixty-six inaccuracies and falsehoods. Mr Spurgeon preached to a crowded congregation in San Francisco the day after tho article appeared, and gave an explanation ; but the paper, while giving an ample report of his sermon, suppressed every word of his explanation. I have been very forcibly struck with the freedom with which the American Press discusses the home life and individual character of the people, and the numerous sensational items one can read on these subjects day by day. Of course Americans know how to discount these stories, but with our own people they are taken more seriously. I hope the clay is far distant here when the office of reporter will include director, spy, fabricator, romancer, sensationalist, etc.’”

Cr Mathew Lang will be Mayor of Melbourne next year. There were no cases set down for hearing at the City Police Court this morning. Our Queenstown correspondent wires : “ Mr Fergus, in reply to a wire from the Mayor, says ho has no intention of retiring from public life at the end of this session, nor of going out of the Government It is due to his many Wakatipu told first should he ever decide to retire.’ Word was received by to-day’s mail that Bishop Moran expected to Homo this week by the Orient liner Orizaba. His Lordship had endeavored to secure passage by one of the direct steamers, but as none of the vessels sailing this month made Port Chalmers their first port of call, he reluctantly decided to come out via Australia. Installation ball in connection wi*h Lodge Dunedin, £',o , will be held in the City Hall this evening. Taicri Agricultural Society’s annual general mnct'ng postponed from Friday to Tuesday, the 27th inst., at 2 p.m. The benefit concert in aid of a painter is to be held in the City Hall cu the evening of Wednesday, September 4. On Thursday evening, iu All Saints’ Schoolr nm, the dramatic and musical burlesque 4 Medea ’ will be performed. At four o’clock to-morrow afternoon Principal Rainy will hy the foundation-stone of the South Dun. di ’ Presbyterian Church. In connection with the fund for completing tho asphalting of the Albany street School’s playground a limelight entertainment will bo given, under the management of the headmaster and School Committee, at All Saints’ Schoolroom tomorrow evoking. Wo have received a brochure entitled 4 Some Practical Hinti on the Art of Teaching Sunday Schools,’from the pen of the Rov. T. Flavell, incumbent of Mcrivale. As acting inspector of the Anglican Sabbath schools in tho Christchurch dioefse, tho rev. gent'eman writes with the authority cf an experienced practical teacher. The Railway Fire Brigade proceeded to Roslyn last evening for the purpose of receiving instruction in curricle engine drill. Some good practice was gone through, and at the termination an adjournment was made to the local station, where the Roslyn Brigade hospitably entertained tho visitors. Some songs, ere., wore given bv members, and a few hours very pleasantly spent together. The Railway and Rcs’yn Brigades were commanded by Captain Lori'ng and Lieut, Stewart respectively. At last night’s meeting of the Loyal Leith Lo’ge, M.U.1.0.0.F., G. :i. Reid introduced to tho N.G and the lodge Bro. P. Russell, who at the last meeting was elected a life member in recognition of past services. Bro. Reid said that Bro. Bussell had done yeoman service to the lodge and Order iu the past, had occupied _ its highest positions, and filled thorn with credit to himself and advantage to the brethren. G.T. Pro. Alexander also bore testimony to the value of the lengthened services of Bro. Russell, and expressed the hope that be would continue to give the lodge the benefit of hia ripened experience. Bro. Russell, in reply, said that during his career as an Oddfellow lie had been the recipient of many marks of goodwill and esteem, but none would he prise so highly as this rare compliment. Ho was, he believed, the first life member tho Order south of the Liao had made. He could_ assure the members that be would freely assist them in any way in hia power. The half-yearly balancesheet was road by the secretary, and showed a marked improvement in all branches of income, with the exception of the hall account. A subcommittee was appointed fo r tho purpose of effecting repairs and improvements to the lodge-room before Exhibition time.

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The Evening Star TUESDAY, AUGUST 20, 1880., Issue 7990, 20 August 1889

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