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The Evening Star THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 1889.

The election of Mayor for the ensuing year is a question now agitating the The City public mind. There is at present Mayoralty, only one declared candidate in the field. The office hitherto has been by no means a popular one, partly in consequence of the idea that a member of the City Council who has discharged his duties with efficiency haß a preferential claim for election. We will not discuss this question on grounds so narrow. The experiment has been tried now for some years with very doubtful success. But, since the Municipal Corporations Act does not confine the choice of the citizens to one who has already held office as a city councillor, the merit of having served the public in other capncities should lead to the recognition of those services in the election of the Chief Citizen. It is seldom that such an opportunity offers as at present to exercise this privilege ; and we tru9t that by universal consent the work done in the interest of the public by Mr John Roberts will be recognised by inviting him, in addition to the onerous duties performed by him as late Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce and Chairman of tho Exhibition Committee, to accept nomination for the mayoralty. Few, excepting those who are acquainted with what has been done, can form any idea of the labor and anxiety connected with the arrangements for the Exhibition ; and the manner in which the business has been conducted is evidence of the ability and tact of the chairman. It is, perhaps, rather exacting to ask Mr Roberts to add to the obligations he has already laid the City under by asking him to continue his work on behalf of the public ; but we think everyone will agree with us that it is the only way in which the City can acknowledge the services he has rendered. We trust that an influential request, which we have no doubt would be signed by the great bulk of the citizen?, will be presented to Mr Roberts, that he will allow himself to be nominated for the mayoralty ; and we trust that he will accede to it. We hope that a committee will be formed and proper steps taken for the purpose without delay. _________— —

Mr Thomas Cole, proposed by Mr WilHam Bridger and seconded by Mr Julius Silverstone, was to-day elected councillor for Middle Ward, Caversham. Yesterday's discussion at the Presbytery in connection with the Chalmers Church affair ended in the carrying of a resolution, moved by the Rev. J. Ryley, to the effect that the matter be referred to the Synod simpliciter. Several instances of the mildness of the present season have been recorded in the papers, but one of the strongest proofs was shown us yesterday in tho shape of some branches of pear trees in full bloom that were grown at Mr W. C. Kirkcildy's residence at Eglinton. The branches are on view at Mr Bull's fruit shop. The Christchurch Hospital Board yesterday discussed the question of heating the wards by staam or water. Mr John L. Scott, C.E., reported favorably on steam, and it was decided to continue the steam system, but to make sundry minor alterations inordertopreventan undue temperaturebilng obtained, and to suppress the objectionable noises in the pipes complained of by the medical staff. A fire occurred at Oamaru last night in a sk-roomed house occupied by Mr and Mrs Booth, an elderly couple. Mr Booth says he went into his bedroom and struck a match, which he threw down, and before he was aware of it tho room wis in a blazs. Mrs Booth is an invalid, and had it not been for a neighbor who rushed into the burning house she would have lost her life, as she could not move out. The place was not insured, and was almost completely destroyed.

Mr Gladstone, by invitation of the owners of the Linotype composing machine, inspected the working of the invention in London recently, Mr Jacob Bright, M.P., and a number of other gentlemen being also present. The details of the mechanism were explained and demonstrated to Mr Gladstone, and he expressed himself as profoundly impressed with the wonderful achievements of the type-setts', whim savei from 70 to 80 per cent, in tho cost of composing, and from three-fourths to ninetenths in type. At the conclusion of the examination Mr Gladstone remarked; "I am greatly obliged by your giving me a fresh opportunity of appreciating inventive faculty and the executive energy oi America, as it is exhibited in a machine from which I cannot but anticipate effects equally extensive and beneficial to mankind." This brief speech was at once set up and cast into type, and printed in less time than would be required to transcribe the notes into longhand. Mr Gladstone himself set up, with the aid of the machine, a few words, in which his own name, of course, figured prominently. Mr Bland Holt iB one of the exceptions that prove the rale as to mortals being able to deserve but not to command success. He is never associated with a failure. When he calls the people they come, bringing their cash with them. The reasons are obvious. Mr Holt's motto is thoroughness —he never does things by halves; and he of all theatrical managers seems to understand what the public hanker after. The hold he has upon the people was tested last evening. The weatier was unpromising, and there were strong counter attractions, yet there was a really good attendance in all parts of tjj.e Princess's to witness the third representation of that series of scenes (by courtesy called e. drama) known as 'The Ruling Passion.' The performance was apparently appreciated, for the principals were recalled at the end of each act, and on several occasions the progress of the entertainment was temporarily stayed by bursts of applause. Miss Blanche Lewis's graceful playing as the sisters was especially noticeable, and Mrs Holt, Mr Holt, and the other principals did all that was required of them and all that was possible to bo done in their rather unsatisfactory parts. Miss Lewis, by the way, slipped down while coming to the footlights after the first act, and thp audiepce were relieved to see that the fail had no serious consequences. A broken limb sometimes results from a less violent fall. ' The Ruling Passion' will be repeated till the end of the week.

A notice te- the officers and numbers of the Lodge Otago Kilwinning appears in this issue. The annual meeting of those interested in the Jubilee Park will ba held at the Town Hall to-morrow evening.

The West Harbor Abstainers' Unbn hold their monthly sooial meeting to-morrow evening at Ravensbonrae.

The 'Musical Monthly' keeps up its reputation, and this month's number has a readable interview with the great English tenor. A lecture will be given on Friday (to-morrow) evening by the Rev - G - Glbson Smith on ' Hcotland and the Scotch,' in the North-east Valley Presbyterian Church, at 8 o'clock We would recommend our Valley friends tp attend, as the lectors is well worth hearing. A selection of Scotch songs will be sung during the evening. The fortnigh'ly meeting of Court Priile of Dunedio, No. 3,?50, Ancient Order-of Foresters, was held in the £Ourfr room, Oddfellows Hall, Rattray street, en Tuesday eyeing. The delegates reported in conization with the district meeting held in Oamaru, and their report was very favorably received. Some progress wai made in tbe revision of the laws, which it is hoped will soon be completed. A football match between the Colonial Bank and the Union Steam Ship Company will take place on Saturday, at the Caledonian Ground, at three o'clock. Colonial Bank: liaccs— Haworth. Kaggitt, Biowd, Hughes, Bl'Lean, Mitchell (captain); forwards-Barcham, Browning Fraser, Gardner, Gaalter, Haynes, Marsh, Roberts, Trythall. U. 8.8. Co.: Back* - O'MeaTa. Moore (captain), Gresham,, Wilson, Low, Rogers; forwards Beck, Fountain, Rice, Ross, Tapper, Trevelyan, Turton, Watson ffi). Wo remind our readers that to-morrow night, at the City Hall, Mr T. H. Wootton (Ute manager City Hall Skating Bink) take* a well deserved benefit in the shape of a concert. Wa are informed that an excellent programme has been prepared. \n addition to this a sailor a hornpip3 competition will take place, between sorfrs pf our well known step dance's for the manatee's prize. This alone sbojild pr ya an attraction. Mr Tyootton has done his beqt to please the patrons p* his rink from the commencement to the closing, no doubt tbev will rally round, him to g{ye him a £<><«! ' send

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