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The Evening Star. MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 1889.

Dr Barclay, of the Dunedin Hospital, has been appointed resident surgeon of the Walmate Hospital, at L2OO a-year, with private practice. The Wellington Licensing Committee have decided to close the Ship Hotel unless within three weeks the police report that it is well conducted. The final representation of ‘The Ruling Passion’ was given at the Princess’s on Saturday night to a capital house. Tonight ‘New Babylon’ is to be revived, with Mr Holt in his favorite character of Flotsam. The bodies of all the men entombed in the Glebe pit (N.S.W.) have now been recovered. Proctor’s was the last, and that was taken out of the mine on Saturday, A tin which belonged to one of the men found last week had the words scratched on it: “ Died of starvation after living seven days.” A petition has been presented to King Oscar of Sweden, signed by 208,827 people, asking for the absolute prohibition of the liquor traffic in that country. The settlement of this question is a royal prerogative, and he can suppress the liquor traffic whenever he chooses. The King has a precedent for so doing, as the traffic has been temporarily suspended at various times by former Kings of Sweden. The ' Inangahua Times ’ states that nearly the whole of the work on the Midland Railway is let in sub-contracts, and owing to the number of applications the prices are so low that many of the hands cannot earn more than from 20s to 25s per week ; while in other instances work is undertaken by parties of men who, after laboring at it for a short time, throw it up in disgust and march off. leaving the contractors to benefit by the work done, The insurances on the Pine Bush Hotel, near Wyndham, destroyed by fire last week, were: Hotel, L 425 in the New Zealand Office (Ll5O reinsured in the British and Colonial); kitchen and storeroom, L 75 in the New Zealand Office; stock and furniture, L2OO in the Colonial Office. The building was owned by Mr Carswell and the furniture by Mr Hill, both of Invercargill. Mr Mortimer, the licensee, lost nearly the whole of his effects. A shocking stabbing affray, likely to prove fatal, occurred at Napier on Saturday. Two boys named Hutton and Blom, neither fourteen years of age, had a quarrel in the morning, Blom getting the best of the fight. In the afternoon the quarrel was renewed, Hutton having armed himself with a stick and a large pocket-knife, which he borrowed from a comrade. Hutton first assaulted Blom with the stick, and when the stick was taken from him he pulled out the knife and stabbed Blom in the abdomen. The wounded lad was taken to the hospital, when the wound was found to be so serious that his depositions were taken. A peculiar case of blood poisoning is reported from Kaarimba (Victoria). Mr J, W. Scrivens, a son of old Shepparton identities, while blowing at a forge hod his left arm struck by some ashes and burnt in. two places. In the course of a few days the burns increased from the size of a pea to that of half a crown, and the whole arm swelling it became apparent that he must have been poisoned. He was accordingly brought in to Dr Florance, who recognised it to be a case of anthrax or malignant carbuncle. He was admitted into the Mooroopna Hospital, and there are now chances of his recovery. It appears that on the farm where Scrivens was working a bullock had died of some disease, and parts having been given to the pigs resulted in eight of them dying. The remainder of the bullock was then destroyed by fire, and parts were placed in the forge for similar destruction, and it is surmised that it was in this way that Scrivens became poisoned. With regard to the protest which the Bishop of South Australia has made against the manner .in which Canon Saumarez Smith has been appointed Bishop of Sydney (says the ‘Sydney Morning Herald’), it may be mentioned that the leading members of the clergy here do not attach great importance to Dr Kennion’s objections. They consider that the point which he has raised is one which has no legal value, and that it has only been brought forward by the right rev. gentleman in order to prevent the establishment of a precedent which might possibly be taken as a guide on some future occasion. The matter, they point out, is one which concerns only directly the bishops of Australia, and not the bishops of this colony or the Synod at piesmt sitting. The bishops of Australia agreed amongst themselves to elect Canon Smith, as Mr Monle refused to accept the See when it was offered him ; and hence, it is considered, the dispute is one which affects only this body of the clergy.

Mr John Dillon, ty, P., intends to specially "visit Oaffiaru With bis colleagues. ! The ‘Mount 'lda Chronicle’ States that! Joseph Levion, who some five or six years ago was billiard thar*ker ,at the Empire Hotel, has become heir to L 30,000 through i the death of a relative at Sydney, His whereabouts, however, is at present unknown. The project of finding the means necessary to secure a visit to the colonies of Mr Henry George is being warmly thkon up in Sydney by advocates of the single tax movement, and one member ot the Single Tax League in Sydney has offered to subscribe LIOO towards the fund. According to a return laid on the table of the House the cost of legal business, transacted ‘for the Government during the years 1884, 1885, 1886, I«8?, and 1888 was L 31,935 Is sd, of which L 19,368 was paid to Crown Prosecutors and solicitors, and L 12,356 for other legal assistance. We understand that the old Pacific Hotel (facing the Ocean Beach) will be utilised for the purpose of entertaining by the Governor any Australian Governors or distinguished visitors to Dunedin during the Exhibition period. The Government will place Li,(/00 at the disposal of the Exhibition Commissioners with the object of pfCrietlV equipping the establishment. The InvWeaVgiil Borough Council complain of fc foolish telegram having recently been despatched by the local Press agent concerning the water supply and borough finances. One councillor, in repelling the insinuation, said that “ there was not the slightest fear of the finances of this borough going to smash, although those of Dunedin were in a bad way.” Unfortunate Dunedin,

Whilst some of the Koyal Engineers were carrying out experiments with military balloons in the Royal Park o! Casa de Campo, near Madrid, Queen Christina, with a lady-in-waiting, drove to the scene of the operations, and, after conversing !ot a time with the officers, Her Majesty expressed a desire to make an ascent. Suiting the action to the word, the Queen entered a balloon with an aide-de-camp and some Engineers. The balloon ascended 330 metres, amid ringing cheers from the officers and soldiers, which the Queen acknowledged by waving her parasol. The Queen remained in the balloon more than half an hour, A photograph of the Royal party in the captive balloon was taken. When Marshal Macmahon visited the Paris Exhibition he was shown (writes the ‘ Argus’s correspondent) the exhibit of New Zealand wools, and he at once exclaimed “Oh, New Zealand, I have reason to remember New Zealand. Some years ago you carried off a merino ram on which I had set my heart. It was sold by auction, and I bid up to L 320; but one of your growers outbid me to an extent which forced me to give in.” “Well, answered Mr Malfroy, “you will perhaps be pleased to see some results we have obtained from cross breeding, and I think you will admit that the game was worth the candle.” He then showed the Marshal some of the more remarkable fleeces, including one weighing 281b. “If I did not see it with my own eyes,” said the ex-President, “ I could hardly believe it possible to attain such a weight. No such fleeces arc ever grown in our country. At least, during all the years that I have been interested in wool-growing, both here and in Algeria, where I was Governor, I never had anything to equal this wool,*’ The ‘ Sydney Echo ’ reports: particulars of a tragedy committed at one of the South Sea Islands some time ago, in which an inoffensive trader named Dubell was foully murdered, have appeared, and news is now to hand by H.M.S. Royalist, which arrived the other day at Cooktown, that Dubell’s alleged murderer has been captured, and is a prisoner on board that warship. The murder was alleged to have taken place at Hardy Bay, St. Christoval Island, and the suspected murderer was a chief on that island or a neighboring one. The body of Dubell was found in his hut hacked and mutilated. The officers on board one of the British men of-war in this port, since the commission of the crime, will be remembered as having spoken of Dubell as an apparently harmless settler amongst the Natives. He appeared to have no fear of the most savage of the islanders, and when asked by a lieutenant whether he thought himself safe ashore amongst a particularly bloodthirsty tribe of Solomon Islanders, Dubell replied : ‘Oh, yes ; I supply them with tobacco and pipes and so forth ; they won’t kill me,’ it not seeming to have occurred to him that they would have more immediate access to these luxuries, so far as his stock of pipes and tobacco then in his possession was concerned, were they to take his life. Dubell, it is alleged, was very influential with certain tribes, and it is believed he had acquired some land during his sojurn amongst the islanders. His influence was regarded unfavorably, it is said, by the Native chief who is supposed to have compassed his death. The Royalist was sent to capture this man and to convey him to Fiji, where it is intended to place him on trial,” The resignation of Mr Hislop of his seat for Oamaru is the topic of the hour, and there is a diversity of opinion upon the subject. The main ground upon which antagonism is shown to Mr Hislop is his alliance with Sir Harry Atkinson, and the ‘ Mail ’ confesses readily that it is in sympathy with those who disapprove of that alliance. It goes on to say :—“ But we think that the electors should refrain from raising that issue in the election upon which they are now entering. The question upon which they are invited to pronounce their judgment is not one of party politics. The time for raising the question of which political party shall be entrusted with the direction of the colony’s affairs has not yet arrived. It will come next year with the expiry of the present Parliament, and it seems to us that until the general election party politics should be allowed to remain in abeyance. Moreover, Mr Hislop has appealed to the electors upon one clear and well-defined point, and it would be manifestly unjust even to attempt to obscure that point by raising other and at present extraneous issues. The issue that Mr Hislop submits to the electors is whether or not he is deserving of the censure that has been passed upon him by a committee of the irresponsible branch of the Legislature for the share he took in the correspondence with Judge Ward upon the Christie case. . . . If the electors feel that they can concur with the view o£ the matter so eloquently expressed in the House on Thursday by Sir George Grey—if they can say with that high-minded veteran that they believe that Mr Hislop, in acting in the matter as be did act, earnestly and honestly believed that he was right—if they think that his intentions were good and honorable, though his methods may have been in error—they will send him back to Parliament, and leave until the general election of next year a reckoning upon the broader questions of party politics.” Lodge St. Andrew, S.C., meet in Freemasons Hall to-morrow evening, Mr William Swan will meet the Leith Ward ratepayers in the Albany street Hall to-morrow evening. Mr Barron will address the ratepayers of High Ward in the Rattray street Hall to-morrow evening. Mr J. C. Fulton (formerly of Dunedin) has been appointed manager of the WellingtonManawatu Railway. Members of the Tailoreßses’ Union of New Zealand employed in tailors’ shops are requested to meet at the rooms on Tuesday evening. Most of the professional and business firms intend to observe a half-holiday to-morrow. A list of the houses that will close appears elsewhere. In another column Mr Charles B. Chapman announces bis intention of being a candidate for the Mayoralty. We understand Mr Chapman has been a resident of Dunedin for upwards of forty years, as he arrived here with his parents in the year 1848. A very successful anniversary solids and service of song were held in connection with the Waikouaiti Presbyterian Church on the sth inst. The tea and eatables were dispensed in the Mechanics’ Hall, after which there was an adjournment to the church, which was packed to its utmost capacity by an eager and interested audience. The choir, under the leadership of Mr E, Campbell, rendered the hymns in ‘ Golden Links’ in an impressive style. Miss Strang read the sections of the story with taste and effect. It was thought a great change—if not an improvement —-on the usual speech-making of these occasion®. The proceeds will be devoted to the Sabbath school library.

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The Evening Star. MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 1889., Issue 8007, 9 September 1889

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