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The Rev. W. Birch, of Manchester, has been appointed Mr Spurgeon’s successor in the pulpit of the Auckland Tabernacle. The Chief Justice is presiding over the criminal session at Napier. There are seven cases for trial, including that of Makoate Wata for murder. The usual monthly inspection parade of the Dunedin Irish Rifles was held last night, when there were present the captain, 1 lieutenant, 4 sergeants, 1 bugler, and 34 men. After parade a meeting of the Ball Committee was held, who arranged the details of the company’s forthcoming ball. An annoying delay took place at the City Police Court this morning, when the Bench remained unoccupied for nearly an hour, the patience of everyone present being tried to the utmost. It is to be hoped that such an unaccountable delay will not occur again. The operative bakers held a general meeting in their rooms last night, when the trade was fully represented, It was reported that the early closing movement had assumed definite steps at last, and it was unanimously resolved " That the members of this association sympathise with them, and will give them all the support they can.” There was a short sitting of the Supreme Court in Chambers this morning, when Mr A, 8. Adams applied for an order closing the bankruptcy of William Bransgrove, of Dunedin, butcher, and fixing the date for applying for an order of discharge. Mr Justice Williams granted the order as asked for, and fixed on September 23 as the date for applying for the order of discharge. The strange disappearance of a young man named B. T. Bowden is reported from Drury. Bowden was in partnership with W. Garrick as proprietor of a farm at Karakara, about nine miles from Drury, and lived on this property, on which were running a number of cattle and sheep. It was his custom to ride into the township for supplies, and he did so on the 18th of July last, but since that date he has not been seen. Bowden’s partner lived at Nelson. At this morning’s sitting of the City Police Court Hugh Nott was charged by Kwong Lee with assaulting him on the 23rd inst. Mr Gallaway appeared for complainant. In this case, which was adjourned from yesterday, counsel for complainant stated that a warrant of apprehension had been served upon defendant, who now appeared in answer to the charge ; but complainant, owing to some misunderstanding, had not appeared, but had gone about his ordinary business. The case was thereupon adjourned until to morrow morning. Messrs D. Wishart and T. M. Wilkinson occupied the bench. A meeting of the Dunedin and Suburban Reserves Conservation Society was held yesterday at the Town Hall, when it was resolved te proceed with the fencing of the Triangle, the fence to be 4ft high, and of wrought iron, with spear heads. Tenders for the work were received, and referred to the chairman and the secretary (Mr A. Bathgate) to accept one. After the meeting Messrs Russell and Bathgate waited on the Reserves Committee of the City Council, and submitted a plan of the work, of which the Committee approved. The Committee of the society will lose no time in fencing in the reserve and in putting the fountain (the gift of Mr Wolf Harris) in position. It is intended to lay down the enclosure in grass tor a season or two. About half-past twelve this morning the stable and coachhouse of Mr Arthur Smith, situate at the corner of Reid street and Mauandrew road, South Dunedin, were destroyed by fire. The fire was discovered by an of Mr John Ellis, and he aroused the family, who succeeded in getting the horses—Garibaldi, Mon Loup, Dispute, and another—out of the stables in safety. The house, which adjoins the stables, was considered in danger, and the furniture and effects were at once removed ; but owing to the efforts of the brigades, the fire was confined to the stables and coachhouse, The horses were attended to at 8 p.m., and no one was known to have entered the stables since then, consequently the origin of the fire is unknown. The staples were insured in the Norwich Union Office for LI 25. Notwithstanding the unfavorable weather the Princess’s Theatre was well attended last evening, when the second representation of Pettitt and Grundy’s drama ‘The Union Jack ’ was given. The piece went swimmingly from beginning to ond, the performers receiving a call at the end of each act. Mrs Bland Holt, Misses Deorwyn, Lewis, and Vivienne, and Messrs Holt, Howe, A. Norman, and Roberts, acted in a conscientious manner, and it is needless to say that their efforts were successful and readily recognised. Mr St. Lawrence, as Tom Chuckle, transforms the part from a minor into a somewhat prominent one, and ably seconded the excellent comedy-aoting of Mr Holt in the amusing scene at Aldershot camp. Last night a great improvement was noticed in the working of the scenes, the ponderous revolving set pieces being changed without a hitch. In this connection the stage management score a distinct success, as throughout the piece the staging and general effect are excellent. The scenes of Bose Cottage, the snow avenue, and Ethel Arden’s boudoir received well - merited rounds of applause, while the remaining scenes were triumphs of the scenic artist’s brush, * The Union Jack ’ will be repeated until further notice, the performance commencing each evening at 7.45. Cobb and Co.’s palace cars advertise to run on all lines. Twelve through rides for sixpence. Half-year'y meeting of the United Otago District, A.0.F., will be held atOamaru on the SOtb inst. Borough of Mernington.—The annual election of one councillor for each of the three wards of the borough is advertised. The City tramways are running at penny fares between Monument and the Leith. Packets of tickets are also largely reduced. C. W. White, of Crawford street, is the agent for Gray, Dunn, and Co.'s Scotch shortbread, whiob is an excellent make and worthy of that firm’s reputation. The annnal election of councillors of the Borough of Maori Hill takes place shortly. Nominations for candidates (one for each ward) are invited by advertisement. At a meeting of the Kaikorai Band last evening Mr George Snell was presented with a cigarette case bearing the following inscription: —“Presented to Mr George Snell by the members of the Kaikorai Band on the occasion of his marriage, August, 1889.” The prospectus of the Upper Waipori Alluvial Gold Dredging Company appears in this issue. With a capital of L 12.000, in shares of 10s each, it is proposed to acquire a claim of 800 acres on the Upper Waipori flat, and work it by means of a bucket ladder dredge. Mr John Logan and Mr Thomas Grose are the Dunedin brokers. The graduation ceremony will take place in the Garrison Hail to-morrow evening. Dr Fitohett will occupy the chair, and the address will be delivered by Sir Robert Stout. A musical programme will be gone through by the students before the chair is taken. The songs have been printed in pamphlet form, and will be sold at a nominal charge, the proceeds to go to the Benevolent Institution. As a very large number of invitations have been issued, the regulation that each ticket will admit only one will be strictly enforced. The doors will be opened earlier than what was at first intended. We have received a copy of the ' Australian Independent,’ of August 15, published at Sydney. It is a journal distributing news specially concerning the Oongregationalist Churches of Australasia. The present number contains, besides interesting information regarding the work and prospects of the Independent Churches in the colonies, papers on a variety of subjects, among them ‘ Congregationalism. its meaning, mission, and responsibilities, ’ ‘ Women as speakers and preachers,’ a biographical notice and v. ry good woodcut of Mr J. W, Jago, chairman of the Congregational Union of New Zealand, etc., etc. The journal is printed on good paper, in clear type, and is enclosed in a neat wrapper.

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Evening Star, Evening Star, Issue 7996, 27 August 1889

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Evening Star Evening Star, Issue 7996, 27 August 1889