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The Evening Star WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21, 1889.

It is not desirable to press unduly on the Parliament or ParliaAn Mr«ic nieutarian, but it is evident Parliament, that the present Houseof Ilepresentativesis becomingdny hy day more of a debating society than an assembly entrusted with the transaction of national business. Bills are brought in and dribbled over for a week, only to be cast aside and beard no more of. For instance, such was the case with the first Representation Bill, and rumor says that that course will bo adopted with regard to the Property Tax Amendment Aet. The latter is literally a Bill to relievo industry from the payment of the Properly Tax. Machinery in active use, or used for industrial purposes, is proposed to be exempted from the tax. But it has been used merely as a peg to hang a rcsultless debate on ; and the supporters of Ministers have, we are quite sure, in many cases had to strain their political constituencies—if there be such things—to give the Government a paltry majority of four. But now the Wellington papers assert that it is not intended to proceed further with the Bill this session. Again, tho Otago Central Railway Bill is brought up, postponed, adjourned, jerked up to the top of the Order Paper one day, and dashed down to the bSttom the next; whilst little trumpery measures are pushed on as if they were of vast importance. The stupid Waud-Christig-Hislop-Fergus correspondence serves as a fish supper for our Parliament, and weary hours are wasted about a criminal lunatic from Auckland and a reprieved murderer at Wellington. But the business of the Country docs not proceed at all. For all the work that members have done they had better have remained at home. What is the reason, or, if there be no reason, what is the cause of this unsatisfactory state of affairs? Has Sir Harry Atkinson, whose capacity and statesmanship none will be so hardy as to dispute, been hampered with inexperienced colleagues 1 Judging from appearances, this seems the solution of tho problem ; and it would not be surprising if he took the first favorable opportunity to relievo himself by breaking down his own Ministry with a view to its reconstruction.

In yesterday’s article explaining the provisions of the Trade Marks 'colonial 5 Eill we suggested that it Manufactures, should be compulsory on traders to show that the articles offered for sale were what they were represented, and that means should be devised to put a stop to the practice, which we had good reason for saying existed, of passing off foreign-made goods of inferior quality as of local manufacture. We now learn that the same idea bad suggested itself to Mr W. D, Stewart, who, when the Bill was in committee, succeeded in adding a new clause which deals with the matter. His addition to section 89 makes it an offence under the Bill to do any of the undermentioned things (f) Falsely represents that the goods offered for sale have been manufactured or made in the Colony. (<j) Applies or uses the word “Colonial” or any similar word or words to any goods not made in the Colony. (It) Uses any word, mark, or sign tending to Mislead any person as to the real or actual manufacturer or maker of goods, or the place where they have been made.

Mr John Roberts has been asked to represent the Napier Chamber at the Conference of Chambers of Commerce in Dunedin during the Exhibition period. At Cambridge yesterday a little girl named Brennan bed her foot almost severed from her ankle by her brother, who was playing with an axe. James Summerville, with several aliasses, who was captured at Picton the other day, was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment for stealing the clothes of a fellow lodger. The Supreme Court at Titnaru opened yesterday'. The charge of burglary at the Ship Hotel against G. Pearce, fireman on the Ashleigh Brook, occupied the afternoon, Tho crucial evidence was of two police officers and a resident, who swore they saw the stolen watch in prisoner’s hand when the party of seamen were bailed up for search in the room of the hotel, and that ho got rid of it by throwing it under a table, where it was found a few seconds later. The defence was that what they saw in his hand was silver, pulled out to pay for drinks just as the police came in and announced that they were going to search the party; and tho landlord gave evidence to that effect. The jury gave prisoner the benefit, and found him not guilty.

The British.Gofis'i) at Apia states that there is i danger of famine amongst Pasoans. At the City Police Court to-day James Dallas Murdoch and John Thomson were sent to gaol for six months for larceny. John M. Kearns, for the theft of a crowbar, was fined L2 or fourteen days’ imprisonment, and was allowed time to pay the fine. Mr A. Rose (collector) and Mr G. Shannon (Customs export) visited several tobacconists in Christchurch yesterday. This resulted in the seizure of six boxes unstamped cigars. The tobacconist states that ho purchased them from a large wholesale firm in Christchurch. The Taicri ‘Advocate states that Mr A, Gibson does not intend playlbf} football any more this season. Some time ago he got one of hia bars hurt when playing football, fetid littw intends undergoing a surgical Operation to remove a fleshy growth that has accumulated. Ctago will thus lose a good captain and a hard working forward. A little boy had a narrow escape from having his leg badly crushed this afternoon. He was hanging on behind a dray which was passing Briscoe’s corner when he gave a loud aereo-ni. The driver immediately stopped the horse, and but for his prompt action the boy’s leg might perhaps have been torn off; as it was he escaped with a few scratches. The lad \Vas swinging on one side if the dray, and his foot got jammed between the wheel and the dray, and had the wheel turned half round ho would probably have been injured for life. The ‘ Daily Times ’ says that William Horry Leu is, an account of whose suicide appears in our London letter, was for some years a clerk in the goods office in Dunedin, and was in 1883 transferred to the Waimea Plains Railway. When the lino was taken over by the Government in 1887, Mr Lewis was appointed stationmaster at Riversdale. When it was decided to remove him to another station he resigned and came to Dunedin, where he was employed for some time in Mr R. H. Leary’s office. A week or two before his departure-while awaiting advices—he was engaged as advertising clerk in the ‘ Daily Times ’ Office. Ho left forEogland last November. We understand that the deceased’s life was insured, before ho left the colony, for LI,OOO in the Colonial Mutual Office, and that the premiums paid were sufficient to keep it in force, so that the widow will be entitled to the money. According to a report from Apia a sensational incident occurred on the voyage of the warship Wolf from Jaulit Island to Samoa, with Malietoa on board. When the king was taken on tho vessel he was not told what were tho intentions regarding him, but on the second day, after having dined with the officers, Malietoa was told that he was being taken back to Samoa. Whether he distrusted this information or he feared some punishment, or that his mind had become affected, is not known ; but Malietoa seized the first opportunity a short time afterwards and jumped overboard in mid ocean. A boat was quickly lowered and he was rescued. A watch was then kept upon the chief’s movements, but two days afterwards lie eluded tho vigilance of those on board, and for the second time threw himself into the sea. He was again brought on board, and during the remainder of tho voyage to Apia was guarded to prevent anything further of tho kind. North Dunedin Eifl ;a’ social dance on Friday evening, Knikorai Football Club meet on Friday evening at Conway’s Hotel. The Loyal Valley L nlge held a met ting in tho lodge room. Kirk’s Hall, North-east Valley, P.G. Miller, N.G., presiding. A unanimous vote of confidence in Dr .Stirling as medical officer was pissed. The receipts for the evening were L3lls 31. On our third page appears a list of the retail firms who Lave agreed to close at G. 30 p.ui. ami on Saturdays at 10 p in , commencing on Monday next. The names given include the principal Ibms of bookielletp, farcy goods, bootmakers, crockery and glass, and tailoring. The drapers have not come t > an arrangement to cles;> earlier yet, but r. is expected that that decision will In:arrived at in a day or two. The installation of officers ef Lodge Dunedin, E.C., tool.' place last n : ght, I’.M. 8. fio’omon acting as iustalling officer. Tho officers installed were: —Bro. J. T. Gapstick, W.M,; Bro, John .Stone, S V/.; Bro. Herbert W, Wait, J.W.; Bro, Rev. 15. Lichtenstein, P.M., chaplain ; Pro. A, Beck, trensur-r; Bro Alexander Palmer, secretary; Bro. John Stone, jun., S.D.; Bro. John Evans, J.D. ; Bro. J. W, Smith, 1 G.; Bro. H. W. M ycr, tyler; Brm, G R. Skinner and William Findlay, stewards The installing officer, in tho name of the lodge, p esented Bro. Gibbs, I.P M., with a handsome gold P.M ’a jewel, in recognition of his services to the lodge, A ball was afterwards held and attaided by 140 couples.

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