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The Evening Star FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 1889.

In political circles nothing but surprise is expressed that such an old A Decidedly parliamentarian as Mr Baixanck rtlse Move, should have lent himself to the tactics that were pursued last jnight. TU*rfl can be no question that the movo was madu by one of the rank »nl file of the OpposiUou, admittedly on his own responsibility, though ue trace the Roman hand of the senior whip of the party in the text of the resolution. Tho Opposition, as a party, did not adopt the parliamentary method of attacking the Government, and their Leader was indisposed at first to endorse Mr Grimmon.d's action, though he was afterwards goaded into accepting the responsibility ci" ii. This is not the way that the country expects its business to be conducted. The Opposition have twice measured their strength against the Ministry and twice, been defeated, though on the latest occasion t&e numbers of the division do not cor- 1 rectly gouge the strength of parties, since many who yoted with Mr Ballance then did bo became they were pledged to aid in abolishing ttt£ Property Tax. ■. They have no sympathy, and are never likely to have any, -with the Opposition as I at present constituted, and the fact is well known to Mr Baixance and his friends. Why then precipitate another Ministerial crisis when the result is a foregone conclusion ? The country is weary of these party fights, and wants what little work can be accomplished done expeditiously, and the present unless demoralised House dis parsed as scon as it conveniently can be. The only eflfec* ol Mp Grimmond's motion will be to rally to tfae aapnpr,t of Ministers their whilom friends, who now constitute the Middle party, and to indict a crushing defeat on the Opposition. And the long-suffering taxpayer has to bear the bract of these senseless proceedings ! But a day of reckoning is at hand, and some honorable gentlemen will then reap the fruit of their folly.

Mortimer's Pine Bush Hotel was destroyed by fire yesterday morning. The New Zealand and Colonial Offices have insurances on tho house and stock and furniture respectively. The Amount is not yet known, but is probably about L 650. A railway porter utnned James Linnet is missing from his home at Cambridge (Auckland), and it is supposed he has been drowned.

A itwvement is afoot with the view of arranging a jrablic meeting for Monday night, to consider £he advisability of sending pecuniary assistance to the London strikers. The fate of the young man Eowden, who disappeared from Auckland some time ago, jis still wrapped in mystery. His father, the Rey. Mr Bowden, has gone .there from Nelson to ni&Jje inquiries. A man named Thomas Mold, about forty years of age, was shot yesterday fit his house in Devonport, near Auckland, by either accident or suicide. His wife heard a shot and ran out into an outhouse, where she saw her husband lying dead, with a bullet in his head and a smoking revolver by his side. Nothing is known that can explain the tragedy, but it is supposed to be accidental.

Commenting on the recent proceedings in connection with tho Kaiwarra murder, the •New Zealand Times' says with a good deal of force:—" There was no perjury apparent at all, only a great deal of ' scamped' detective work. The police, in common parlance, 'made a mess' of the case, apd what they iiOLVfi suffered through this recent perjury they richly deserved. Tho'case Will serva for reference in the future, and the experience ol U> should be invaluable tp she police force of iAyi oolony."

The last of the matters ic dispute between the Clothing Manufacturers' Association and the 'Union is now satisfactorily settled. There was a meeting of the Joint Committee -this morning to consider the question of,apprentices, and after discussion it was resolved that one apprentice be allowed to every five operative*.; the term of apprenticeship to be two years to the coatmaking, one year to the vestpuking, andone year to the trouser making. It was al&o agreed that the new log should come into force as from Monday last.

No declarations of insolvency were filed during the week.

No nominations were received this afternoon for Kensington Ward, Caversham. A special programme has been prepared for this evening by Mr Aldrioh, of the Palace Skating Rink. The only declaration of insolvency filed during the week was that of William Dunnett Sutherland, of Dunedin, grocer. Peter Malcolm, a Scotch sailor, fell overboard in the Indian Ocean, 500 miles from land. He was reported drowned, but after two years bobs up to claim a 40,000d0l legacy, and to report that after lloating two days he was picked up by a Russian vessel and carried round the world.

The bronze medal of the Royal Humane Society of Australasia was presented to William Commons by the Mayor of Tauranga at yesterday's meeting of the Borough Council. The presentation is iu recognition of Commons having saved a man named King from drowning at Tauranga last year. The Palmerston correspondent of the ' North Otago Times ' writes : " John Cockerill, a horse - trainer, was acciden- , tally killed on Wednesday by a young horse he was leading rearing up and jumping on him after Cockerill fell to the ground, completely orushing in his chest. The unfortunate man only lived about an hour after the accident."

• The Ruling Passion ' was repeated at the PrincciSo'd last night to a very large audience, and the piece was received with many manifestations of approval, the principal performers being thrice called before the curtain. The management contemplate the early production of other pieces ; therefore those who have not witnessed this well staged and mounted piece, which is full of sensational situations, should not miss the opportunity. Three brothers, the sons of an old settler in the Tamaki, recently deceased, have been committed to the Auckland Asylum on medical testimony. The history of the family is a strange one. Both the father and mother have now passed away. There were five children, two of whom have died, and all abided the same way, being congenital idiots. The ages of the brothers are respectively forty, thirty-five, and thirtyone, and though otherwise well developed, the head of each is about the size of that of a child of three or four years of age. Dr Purchas, for scientifio purposes, took measurements of the heads of the men. The trustees of the property have thought it best to get them sent to the asylum, where they will be cared for, as at present there is no one to look after them, the property being chargeable for their maintenance. They have been used to a farm life and are good workers, and require nothing but plenty to eat and drink to make them perfectly happy. Gauged by the opinions of the local Press there is a strong feeling in the Oamaru electorate that Mr Hulop has not had fair play. This opinion is voiced by the ' Mail,' which asserts that his resignation is a master stroke, and goes on to say : " Whatever may be the opinions of the public in regard to the matter which has brought about such a peculiar crisis, they will doubtless feel that Mr Hislop's conduct has not been such as to justify the political degialation that his political enemies sought to heap upon him. The public's feeling of resentment at such an act of oppression will be aggravated by a consciousness that the investigation on which it was based was so worked as to preclude the possibility of Mr Hislop's escape from the hands of his enemies. The issue that the electors of Oamaru will have to consider is whether their representative is to be insulted and politically weakened by a shameful trick, or whether he is to have their moral and political support in his conscientious endeavors to do his duty."

Auckland v. Otago football match on Tuesday afternoon at the Carisbrook Ground. The Savage Club closes its season on Monday with a guests' night.

Mr Bralthwaite has sent u« tho pig puzzle, which amuses old and young a'ike. The medical superintendentof Seaoliff Asylum acknowledges with thanks the receipt of several landscape photographs presented by Messrs Burton Bros, through Mr William Kerr.

We have received from the New Zealand Shipping Company an elaborate return showing the number of vessels laden wiih grain, wool, t'cozen meat, etc, during the 188S 8!) ao.aHon, together with the quant.ties and valueH of our staple products exported hy their fleet.

The second anniversary of tho Ttbernacle Suiiday School Dorcas Society is being oelebraied by an exhibition of curios, works of art, fancy work, and objects of interest, held in the Tabernacle and the ante room. The show of neod!ewo:k is not a la»ge one, but it may fairly bo said that the articles on the stalk; are noticeable for good work and tastefuliios sof design, and thij being so th(-y arc sure to meet with ready falo. A refrishment stall is attached to the exhibition, and the curios include rare Japanese and Maori we.ipons and other aiticles well worthy of inspection. The exhibition wljl be open to-night and to-morrow afternoon and earning. Grand Gaslight Display by Mflljispn, Mills, and Co., George street.—After visiting last night Messrs Mollison, Mills, and Co, s renowned drapery establishment arid seeing their richly varied assortment of new materials, we can simply say they are most beautiful in tfxtu-e, color, and design. Each "aiiety bears the stamp of being the best of itj kind, and admirably suited to the requirements for wh'.oh it is intended They have specially imported 100 rich unmade costumes—not two the name—for the Exhibition season. They are also showing q, clioic assortment of new millinery, mantles, *te v which we have not room to particularise, but should strongly recommend all to see. The gaslight display, we ore informed, will be on view again tc-night from 7 to 10 o'clock. On making inquiries, we were informed ,that they employ about fifty girls in tho UressJ making department, under the charge of two ladies who are thoroughly skilled in the art of •dressmaking. They would recommend all in reque3t of a dress to leave their orders e,\rly, before the rush of the season. Mollison, Milk, and Co.-[Advt.]

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The Evening Star FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 1889., Issue 8005, 6 September 1889

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The Evening Star FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 1889. Issue 8005, 6 September 1889

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