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The Evening Star THURSDAY, AUGUST 22, 1889.

A Wednesday half holiday ia to bo observed at Nelson in future. His Excellency the Governor returned to Wellington from Nelson yesterday. In the House this afternoon the Premier moves a rcsi.huion of congratulation on Lord Uranli-> '=> recovery. George Hayw.ird, aged sixty-two, fell dead while picking stoues iu a paddock near Templet >n yesterday. The supposed cause is apoplexy. George Rogers and George Henry Cook, two old offenders, were committed for trial at Christchurch yesterday on charges of stealing tobacco, cigarettes, etc. Mr K. W. Payton, of London, and formerly of Auckland, has been appointed master of Elam Free School of Art and Design. Thirteen applications werereceived. At the Wanganui Police Court yesterday, three settlers were charged, at the instance of the sheep inspector, with exposing lousy sheep for sale. All pleaded guilty, and they were fined 203 and 7s costs. Ihe Civil Service Superannuation Fund, in New South Wales, has assets which amount to about L 350.000. The annual income of the fund is about LSO.OOO, while the charges at present amount to about L 30.000. Sir Samuel Griffith, speaking on the question of the financial position of Queensland, said the Customs tariff had not been a success, and it was a mistake to remove the beer duty and make a present of LIO.OOO to the brewers. "A child named Cuff died suddenly at Oamaru yesterday, and at the inquest the evidence showed that the child had a tit, and that medical assistance was called in at once. The child, however, died before the doctor arrived. A verdict of " Death from natural causes " was returned. It has been known by old settlers that there are some very beautiful caves up the Wanganui River, at Pipiriki, and those who have seen them say they are equal in beauty to those lately discovered at Wiakomo. If the proposed improvements to the river are carried out by the Government, these_ caves bid fair to become a great attraction to tourists. A Baptist congregation in Wolverhampton (England) has made a novel departure in church work by building a suite of rooms at the back of its chapel, at which meetings for amusement and recreation open to all classes of the community are to be held. A smoking and billiard room are provided; there is a bar for the sale of non-intoxicants, and the minister and deacons have charge of the arrangements. The ' British Weekly' does not hesitate to say that it would be a calamity if this course were generally initiated. A highly interesting operation was recently performed at Brompton Hospital by Dra Godley and Bruce. They removed a portion of the side of a patient in a manner enabling them to perceive the lung inaction. The patient, who has been visited by many doctors interested in such cases, progresses favorably. This is quite a new departure in surgical science, and one that may be regarded as of the greatest value, A children's home has just been opened at Wanganui. The house has been built by Mr W. J Smith, a resident, at a cost of L 250, and will be rent free for three years, at the end of which time it will be handed .over to the trustees for half the cost. There is accommodation for 100 children; but at present the subscriptions allow of only six being supported,. The institution is under officers consisting of president and vice-president, treasurer, secretary, and a committee of four—all ladies. The weekly meeting of the Benevolent Institution's Trustees yesterday was attended by Messrs Solomon (chairman), Isaacs, Fagan, Carroll, Green, and Haynes. A letter was received from Mr J. W. Jago, enclosing a contribution of L 3 3s, subscribed by the Eveninu Star runnero towards the funds of the Institution, which was acknowledged with thanks. Accounts amounting to LB7 2s Od were passed for payment. About forty applications for relief were dealt with.

During the run of the Pakuranga hounds yesterday one of the huntsmen was killed and another dangerously injured. The hounds met at Mr J. Taylor's residence, near and the drag was laid over hia farm, The jumps were very trying. Shortly after the start tire horse ridden by Mr Paton fell, and his rider was tlirown and rendered insensible. Dr Cushney attended, and found that Paton was suffering from concussion of the brain. The injured man, who was taken to his home at Hautupu, U now in a critic \\ condition. Amongst those who promised to be in at the finish was Mr John Taylor, who waa riding well. Ho raced his horse, however, across a ploughed field, anal wheu the animal came to the fence at the bowudaiy it was so distressed that it could not rise', lui plumed headlong, throwing a somersault and rolling over the rider. Taylor was lifted up unconscious, and was being carried to his brother's house near by when he expired. Ho was a settlor in the district and highly respected. At the Timaru criminal sessions yesterday the charge of burglary against G. Pearce, seaman, was withdrawn, and the prisoner having been acquitted of the firßt charge was discharged, J. W. Francis, a waiter, was acquitted of the larceny of a L2O note found by him in the street one night. The second charge against BirreU, late otark to the Deputy-Assignee, was taken. Jn a dividend sheet Friedlander Brothers were down for a, dividend of Ll9 3s Sd, awl this Friedlander received and signed the shaet tor. Afterwards a line was ticked in beneath giving them a further dividend of L 385 The ticks were placed under the signaturo and the two lines as if to show Friedlander had treated thei# as one. Accused had entered in the cash book the two amounts in one sum, L 404 3s sd. Mr Eamea, audit inspector, showed that the accounts were deficient by L 385 if the iaterlineation were ignored. Sir R. Stout, for the defence, raised the point that the document was not a receipt, and this was reserved for consideration if necessary, The jury, being told to confine their attention to the fact and intent, retired at 5.1f), and at ten were locked up for the night, 3fter trying a compromise of" Not guilty of forgery, but guilty of intent to defraud,

A remarkable case of criminal libel occupied the Nelson Supreme Court all day yesterday, Thomas Henry Mabin, of Auckland, being charged by James Sclauders, merchant, of Nelson, with libels contained in circulars, ilealje.ta, etc. Accused conducted his own case. The matter originated in consequence of a letter from Shaw, Savill, and Co., London, which the accused said complainant forged. The authenticity of this letter was proved by Mr J. H. Cock, of Wellington. Accused admitted publishing the libels, but insisted on their truth. His Honor then said that no plea of justification having been filed, a verdict of guilty must bo returned unlesa the proßecution allowed accused to bring forward his evidence. This was Mosnted to by the prosecution, and the case was fully into. His Honor, in summing up, said £h.a case was a most extraordinary one, on which Mabin had brooded for yeais, and no doubt to a cartels extent it had affected his mind on this particular &ub jetfc. The jury at once returned q, verdict of guilty. Mr Fell, for the prosecution, said the proceedings were not vindictive, but simply to stop a partfotent libel continued for over seven years. Hi" Honor, addressing Mabin, said he did not propose to pass sentence at present. He spoke of accused'? ability as an average etate'r, and saiu this might haye been underrated in Shasv, Savill's letter j but even if that was the case, it was no justification for persevering in so foul an imputation on a giniJLeman of unblemished character. It was absolutely neeesa&Ty to stop this course of libels, buths proposed to do no more than require accused to come up for uontence when called on. If the past conduct were jn any degree continued, accused must expect w l'gh* «need of punishment. Acoused then entered into his own recognisances in L2OO to come u£ for sentence wheii called on, and said his past actions wquld .aw hb repeated. Mr Fell intimated that if this w&s so Mr go .further in the action fpr.dainagef,'"

Mr Moss, M.H.R., in Writing to Mr Burke acknowledging the receipt of the petition against the Property Tax, says:—"The petition muat exercise a poweriul influence here. You will have ob3etv.ll that my amendment has been negatived. lam therefore no long r -rin the front, but shall take ;: y part with the Opposition when the st' at least to modify the tax is resumed in committee. Under these circumstances, I thought it better that a Dunedin member should present the petition, and have asked Dr Firchettto do s-. No one has taken a i;vi!>f energetic prut in the cuse which 1-his i'i'Jti,.. i.-: to .support, I hope that you .aid th.' gt-M-l'. in. ii who (signed the petition .vii> approve of what I have done." It was Lodge Loyal Leith, A 1.0.0. F., that elected Bro. Kussell a life member. The last of tho series of afternoon concerts will beUld on Satu -Uj next, in the Choral Ball. Tue osonjl rr-.ecting of the Otago Beekeepers Association will be held on Thursday next, the 29th inat. The presentation of diplomas to graduates of the University will take place in the Garrison Hall on Wednesday evening next. St. Matthew's Sunday School parish tea tomorrow evening, commencing at 0.30. After the tea there will be an organ lecital and a magic lautirn exhibition. The regular meeting of Linden Lodge, 1.0.0.F.. was held last evening, when a unanimous vote of confidence was passed to Dr Stirling as medical officer of the lodge. Two members were initiated. The receipts were hi 9s 61. We understand that Miss Isabel Broad (eldest daughter of His Honor Judge Broad, of Nelson) has written a cookery book which, with the sanction of the Commissioner?, is to be called ' The New Zealand Exhibition Cookery Book.' The work, which is dedicated by special permission to the Countess of Onslow, will be published when the Exhibition open 3. Mr J. G. Scott, of Kensington, has patented a ladder that presents many serviceable points. It is fitted witfr a contrivance which practically makes it safety - locked, and tho ladder is capable of extension to reasonable lengths. The locking process is instantaneous, and has been subjected to rigorous teste. The model, which is only 3ft long, successfully stood a pressure cf 481b on one of the rungs immediately above the joints. For building, hoii-e----hold, and fire-eacape purposes the ladder should prove exceedingly valuable.

Bland Holt's forthcoming season at the Princess's Theatre premises to be one of the b'ggest successes seen here for some time. Tho company, numbering about forty people, arrived yesterday by the r..i. Waihora from Sydney The opening piece ' The Union Jack' is repotted to he one of the strong st dramatic constructions of the day— full of intense interest, and the excitement is kspt up to biitir.g heat until the curtain drops. Many well known names appear in the cast, including Mrs B'and Holt, Miss Blanche Lewis, Carrie Georg?, Alice DeorwyD, May Vivian, V. Vivienne, Walter Howe, Charles Holloway, Albeit Ncrmau, A. Glover, L. St. Lawreoc?, H. B. Roberts, H. Norman, B. Overton, E. Ryan, and others. ' The Union Jack' will be produced on Saturday riuhfc, with the completeness that marked its first production in Australia.

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The Evening Star THURSDAY, AUGUST 22, 1889., Issue 7992, 22 August 1889

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