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The Evening Star SATURDAY, AUGUST 31, 1889.

Our supplement to-day contains correspondence } ' Tpblc Talk,' by our London correspondent; an account of an interview with Professor W alltce, of Edinburgh; 'Pen Pictures,' by a Canadian correspondent ; ' Feminine Faneiea,' Jby Martha ; a remarkable article from the London 'Spectator'; and other matter. The students of the Otago University, intend to erect a brass tablet in a conspicuous place in the University building in memory of the late Professor Mainwaring Brown. Principal Rainy was welcomed at Wellington bv p, large gathering of Presbyterians, who printed him with an address. In his reply he spots in flattering terms of the colony so far a3 ho tad e,aen it, and compared the state of the church wjth that at Home, rather in favor of the former. Tho Tailoresses' Union have appointed Mr W. Hutchison and the manufacturers Mrl Donald Reid as members of the Joint Com-,' mittee, which it has been agreed shall settle disputes between tho manufacturers and their workpeople. These two gentlemen have to appoint another member of the Committee, whisk will then be complete. At a public meeting at VVestport last night resolutions were passed urging tho immediate construction of the NgakawauMokihinui railway line, and to send a deputation to Wellington, if necessary, to urge on the work. Several speakers said the; construction, of the line was the only way to break the monopoly o? the Union Steam Ship Company and the Westport Coal Cornpiny. f). B. Orchard, who was arrested at Russell, was brought up at the Auckland Police Court yesterday, charged with the forgery of a promissory note for L2f». The case was reiuucd,ed till tho oth September, bail being allowed io prisoner, himself in Lf>oo and two sureties' iu L?f>o. He was released iu these bonds, but was afterwards rearrested on another charge of forging a promissory note for L 35. This case was "• also remanded, and the application for bail : was refused. It is stated that other charges are pending against Orchard, who S?as a sharebroker doing considerable business, A meeting of the Central Executive Committee of the Mmowc! Union was held at Wellington last night, and was fully attended. It was announced that a majority of the lodges of each constitution in the £olony had resolved in favor of the establishment of a United Grand Lodge. A iesolution was unanimously carried that a convention of delegates of lodges meet in Wellington on Wednesday, S,vpjbember 11, to constitute the Grand Lodge. 'Hub date was decided on a« it has from the first been understood that a 'convention should 'be held during the present session of Parliament,: and it is the latest possible certain date, unless held before Parliament is prorogued.' {.t was felt to be impossible to get such a gathering of Masons as delegates at aoy .centre as can now be assembled in Wellington, a large number of the members of Parliament belonging to the craft having already been aomijj&ycd as lodge delegates. Xh/3 Palace Skating Rink was extrenseiy well attended last evening, when the first of a series of popular entertainments was given, The rink is now" tfce property of Mr Davy Aldrich, who, recognising that something more than skating must now he provided to saeure good attendance?, has inaugurated theses "skating concert*," which, judging by last eight's experience, will meet with success. ilf Aldrich explained that he would endeavor, W the best of his ability, to provide wholesome amusement for the public in the shape of rinking, vtcaj and instrumental selections, overtures by the orchestra, cjc., and said that he hoped the enfcertaiamento provided would please everybody and give oUent« to none. Last evening a grand' march was given { Mr James M'Donald contributed bagpipe selections; Mr T. Chapman played a cornet solo, being accompanied tiy Mr Cunningham ; Mr J. B. Kirk (an old favorite) was loudly encored for hi» comical rendering of 'The ghost of Benjamin Binns'; and Mr Cunningham contributed a piano[.forte solo. Further noyelties are advertised. -The 'New Zealand Herald' announces that some very important changes in the iireQtprate of the Bank of New Zealand, I both ia London and.the colony, are about to' take place. In London Sir Penrose Julyan retires on account of advanced age, and his place will be taken by Sir Hercules Robin-' son, late Governor o'f Cape Colony and formerly of New Zealand. He amassed a fortune at the Cape, and his acceptance of c ,the vacant position is regarded as very -valuable for the bank. On the Colonial ; Board Mr John M'i-eau, of Otago, who has .found himself unable to attend the Board's meetings, will retire. Mr.&. Buckley, who ihas been in poor health, will also Mire, having in fact remained on the Board aj great personal inconvenience beyond ths period he had intended. Mr John Murray, manager, who proceeded to London, and who is now returning via America in improved health, will, at the request of a .large and influential body of shareholders in both the colonies and India, be a candidate for the seat vacated by Mr Buckley. As the half-yearly meeting will take place in a few weeks, the Board do not intend to fill thevacanoies by nomination, but will praptically leave the appointments to the s^ajeholders.

The follmongery of Mr Thomas Martin, in tho Kaikorai Valley, was burned down yesterday. Mr Martin, who was uninsured, estimates Ids loss at L7OO. It has been decided to erect a Church Institute, which shall include accommodation for theological students and a library and office for Bishop Nevill, on the site purchased by the Bishop near All Saints Church. The Nelson City Council have accepted the tender for the supply of Collingwood coal for the gasworks. It is Baid Nelson is supplied with brighter gas than any other city in the colony, Collingwood coal giving a gas equal to twenty-four candles, as against eighteen candles from Greymouth coal. Last night's representatioi of ' The Union Jack' by the Bland Holt Company was witnessed by a large and thoroughly appreciative audience. The drama went swimmingly from the first to the last act, the principals being frequently applauded, while the splendid scenery also received due recognition. ' The Union Jack' will be played for the last time this evening, when the performance will be witnessed by the Southland, Christ's College, Otago, and High School football teams, the members having been invited by the management On Monday evening a new sensition entitled 'The Ruling Passion' will be produced. This piece has been favorably received in Australia, and ia highly spoken of by .the Press. The scenery is said to be very complete, and even more complicated in its working than that used in the production of the at present occupying the boards. The annual ball of the Dunedin Naval Artillery was held last evening in the Garrison flail, and was attended by about 200 couples. Lieutenant Sutton (Naval Reserve) had evidently done his utmost to give the hall a pleasant appearance, and without doubt succeeded, the decorations being tastefullyand carefully carried out. An orchestra, conducted by Mr Robertshaw, contributed the dance music, while the floor was in splendid condition. Mr C. Meyers and Son, of Roslyn, gave every satisfaction as caterers. The masters of ceremonies were Messrs Williams, M'Arthur, Brooke, and Hurruld.and these gentlemen attended well to their duties. A word of praise is due to Mr F. W. Woollett, whose duties as secretary were not by any moans light, and who worked hard to make the gathering a success. Representatives of the other volunteer corps attended in uniform, and officers of the Torpedo Corps and Permanent Artillery were also present. Dunedin Irish Rifl 28. Annual ball on Friday, September 6. Court Pride of Dunedin, A.0.F., meet on Tuesday evening. Received: 'Bradshaw'a Guide' for September and Stone'B ' Pocket Guide.' Otago Rowing Olub.—Annual meeting at Philp's Hotel on Saturday evening, September '(. The Tabernacle Sunday School Dorcas Society give an exhibition of ourioa and a sale of work on Friday and Saturday next. Tho anniversary services of the Kaikorai Baptist Church and Sunday school will bo held to-morrow, and a soiree in connection therewith will be given on Tuesday evening. The battalioa parade on Tuesday evening will tike place at the High School football ground !Dr Belcher having granted permission), instead of the Garrison Hall. At the usual meeting of Tiinity Church Musical and Literary Society, the Rev. W. Baumber (president) read an essay on Lord Macaulay. The essayist gave a description of the great historian's public and private life; also a,short criticism of his various speeches and writings, combined with recitations from somo of his most popular pocmß. At the Arthur strieet School yesterday an album entitled 'Our Queen and Country,' dedi cated by permission to the Queen, and a set of George Eliot's works were presented to Miss Thirza Davies by the head-master. Tho book 3 bore the following inscription :—" Gawlere Bum (/audentihus Pre lented to Miss Tbii za Davies jointly by the pupils of her class and the teachers of the Arthur street Public School on tho occa*i >n of her leaving the school preparatory to the eve of her marriage, and with their united best wishes for hei'life-long happiness. Duncan, £oth August, 1889," A concert and ball to celebrate the second anniversary of the Cayersham Fire Brigade « - ;»8 hold in the Caversham Hall Jast evening. The Mayor (Mr M'Larcn) presided, a&d Mr H. E. Reid acted as aceoxpanist. A good pri g'amjne of vocal and instrumental music was gono through, tho most appreciated being' Solomon's Proverbs' (Mr Scoflold), 'Run for thedootor' (Mr J.-.rvi*), 'The amateur fin man'(Mr Ingram), ami a trio (' A little farm well tilled') by Messrs Dickson, Oaldow, and Kendall. Two selections vore given in good style by the Caversham Band, aud a fares Cyhe .Surgoiy') biought a good programme to a close. The hall was afterwards clewed for dancing, which was kept up till an early hour thin morning. In our amusement coluirn will be found tUf» programme of the concert to he given iu the City Hall on Wo.lnesday evening. Tho he in aid of K Hill, a piintcr, who has for i-ome months been sufierirg from paialy.iis. and unable to vo:k. Mr Hill has a family of ten, and in his dUtrcts some of his fellow workn-.en decided to appeal to the pubiic on his behalf, and have arranged this concert. Mr Harry Smith undertook to prepare the programme, Mid has bean sure ssful in enlisting on bohalf of the good work a nnmber of the popular and best-known vocalists of Duneflin. ' Mi's Rose, Mrs Aiigup, Mrs Murphy, and Miss Wooldridge have consented to assist, and Messrs A. J. Towrey and J. Tlm3on give pianoforte solos. The charge for tickets is fixed at a low figure, and the value of the entertainment offered, t gether with its object, should draw a crowded house. Laßt evening, at the usual weekly practice of the Moray place Congregational choir, Wm Thomson, daughter of Mr J. B. Thomson, was the recipient from the choir of a gold bangle bracelet presented to her as a token of the kindly regard in which she is held by thosa with whom she has been intimately associated for many years. The oceasion of the presentation was the proposed departure of Miss Thornson by the Takapuna next week m route for New York, where she is to unite her future with that of Mr Jarr es Wyper. who for some time was organist of the Moray place Church, and is tho older son of Mr R. Wyper, of this City. Refreshments were provided by the wives of some ,of the cieatfona of the church, and a pleasant hour was spehji. Miss Thomson was entertained also on Wedno£,o.a7 evening by the Sabbath School teachers, tho Mutual Improvement Society, and other friends of the church, when she was presented with a casket made of New Zealand woods. Miss Thomson takes with her to her new home the best wishes not only of the Moray place Church, with which she has been associated from her girlhood, but of a wide circle o? friends and acquaintances. 'Zealandia'is decidedly improving in appearance, and we learn from the management that it is making many friends among &e reading public. In the current number Mr Maicchs Ross finishes his interesting papers on oar Alpine scenery; and it is to be hoped that in his hev avocation ho will find leisure to use his pen in do cribing the many and va-ied scenes he is likely to visit. In the pofit'n column, among other contributions is ono by Bishop Suter, whr, as everybody knows, is a sjneero patriot. Mr Burn, M.A, makes us acquainted with the Norwegian playwright Ibsen, some of whose productions are likely to be shortly produced in fcfceso coloni.s. The Rev. A. North has a thoughtful paper on our hospitals, in which »o shoys up some of the evils of the existing system of management, and says: "If the indictment brought;"herpia ata'nstthe present system is just, a way out should at Jeast be sought. It is abundantly evident that the supplies of the treasuries of our hospitals from] the Govoroment and the local bodies cannot be suddenly stopped ;'• but might not it be a' practicable thing for the people, through their representatives; to draw the line now, and say. 'that no increase to tho revenues of the hospitalsfrom these souroes shall be pormitted; that the Siople shall take upon themselves freely to find 1 Moneys needed for necessary extensions in the cominH days? Might it not oven be possible afd practicable to go further still and provide by legislation £bat the amounts now given f*om tho public puree (Lsoal and general) Shall bo dlmtnkhgd # a eetyafn .BfjjaJl and fixed rate annually, until m last the hospitals of the colony shall all and altogether feo maintained by free contributions and the proceeds of endowments ? In the meantime, it might be wise to provide for an infringement of the rule now laid down in just ono direction, the bcrease of the Government subsidy added to bequests from 10s in the £ to 20', without the LSOO or any other limit. All- suoh bequests to be invested as endowments. . . . Tf only our Government would leave off experiment! i,g on the administration of our hospitals, and endeavoring to rpljeye the Consolidated Fu d at the exp'eiisjj of the vates, and would appeal wisely, }n practicable fashion; to the generosity of tfoe people, they would npt be disappointed.

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The Evening Star SATURDAY, AUGUST 31, 1889., Issue 8000, 31 August 1889

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