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The Evening Star. FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 1889.

Mr Hislop has placed before his constituents and the Colony Mr Kintals the best defence which lie trctencc. deems possible of his conduct in the Ward-Hislop matter ; and, we are bound to say, has> iu so doing, sealed his own condemnation. That his address is ingenious, that ho attempts to justify his conduct by reference to general principles, and that he has had sympathisers may be conceded. But that those general principles do not justify his interference in this special case, and that some of those who have expressed their sympathy with him will withdraw their approbation, now that he has explained in his own way the motive of his action toward Judge Ward, seem to us the natural consequence of a careful perusal of his speech. He has chosen to pose as an ill-used man. No one who has given evidence in the late inquiry by the Legislative Council has escaped his censure. The Committee, according to him, were mainly his personal "enemies." They were, he insinuates, Lent on his political j extinction. The witnesses were equally capable of corrupt motives. Poor Mr Larnacii comes in for special condemnation for his estimate of the value of the land mortgaged by Judge Ward to the Loan Company. So minutely has Mr Hislop gone into this matter in order to justify his charge of tho corrupt motives of Judge Ward, that he has consulted the Property Tax valuations that lie may have authoritative testimony to his contention. But not only docs he assume that the obligation under which the Judge lay to the Company was sufficient to bias his judgment, but the interest supposed to be due enhanced the amount of the debt. Underlying this, of course, is implied that in case of an adverse judgment the Loan Company would vindictively persecute Judge Ward by insisting on an immediate repayment of the amount lent—a step which most probably would have enabled the Judge to have obtained the money, in need, at a reduced rate of interest. So horrified is Mr Hislop at the danger to public justice that might ensue through the Judge's financial position that he refers to other transactions in which he has been personally concerned that have nothing whatever to do with the case under consideration, and which in all decency ought not to have been alluded to.

Then it would appear that not only has Mr Hislop friends in the Colony who sympathise with him, but that even the Melbourne ' Argus ' comes to his assistance. True, Mr Hislop admits the circumstances detailed by that journal as the basis of its judgment are not exactly facts ; but that, Mr Hislop tells us, is not of much importance—the great principle contended for by the ' Argus' being that the Ministry of the day have tho right to examine into the decisions of a Judge, and to remove him in case of incompetency or corruption. Then the ' Argus' gives what Mr Hislop chooses to assume as a parallel case, now occurring in Victoria. It appears that there a knot of barristers have petitioned Parliament to look into the conduct of a Judge whose verdicts they consider to be habitually against their clients. Whether this be so or

*f)i. Svo arc not prepared to express an opinion, but it is more than suspected that religious bias on their parts is at the bottom of their disaffection, Certainly nothing like the case of Judge Ward comes into consideration.

lint while Mr Hisj.op, his own account, has so liiany erieriiies so virulent as to sot truth and justice aside in order to crush Mm politically, he ha 3 not explained satisfactorily ho\V it was that, in the absence of the Minister for justice, he seized the opportunity, as his deputy, to initiate proceedings which most probably Mr Fergus would not have sanctioned had he been consulted. Tt was unfortunate that so high-minded a man, actuated hy such lofty principles as he lias paraded before his constituents, should have taken advantage of tlitt Minister's absence to reap for himself the glory of vindicating justice and the purity of the Bench. He litis already confessed that <t Was an error in judgment ; it was a most serious error, as it not only has laid Mr "f'Knous open to attack, but might have seriously damaged the credit of the Ministry of which lie was a member, and who have so loyally endeavored to condone the otience. It is true he acknowledges—very properly —their But when Mr H islop assumes to be the straightforward champion of high principles and the contemner of anyonesitting in judgment on eases where self-interest may bo supposed to lead to bias, how does he explain the fact that a principle so plainly applicable to others should not edjUaiiy apply t6 himself 1 If it were wrong of Judge Ward to sit in judgment on a case where he was supposed to be interested as a debtor, was it right that Mr llislop should sit in judgment on Judge Ward in a case where one of his own clients was concerned 1 We wait Mr Hislop's reply.

' New Babylou' was played to a large and appreciative audience last night, and will bo repeated this evening. The only declaration of insolvency for the week ending to-day is that of Henry Neel Mills, of Dunedin, miner. A girl named Barbara Walsh, eleven years of age, has been accidentally drowned in the Mangitangi River, near Mercer. The inquest on Captain Bryant, who was found dead at Woodville yesterday, resulted in a verdict of " Death from natural causes." The steamer Whampoa, which leaves Wellington for Hongkong on Monday, takes 100 Chinese, only a few of whom are expected to return. The Whampoa also takes 1,700 tons of Westport coal. In the case of Vincent v. the Queen Mr Justice Denniston at Christcfeurch yesterday gave judgment upholding the verdict of the jury for tho petitioner, and dismissing the motion for a now trial. The arrivals, in tho colony during August were 040 and departures 1,248. Of the latter 787 went to New South Wales and 272 to Victoria. New South Wales is also credited with 340 of the arrivals and Victoria with 170. Dean Jacobs, of Christohurch, writes to the ' Press' giving his present recollection of Lord Robert Cecil's (uow the Marquis of Salisbury) visit to Canterbury in 18,i."5, when he was the guest of the Rev. B. (afterwards Archdeacon) Paul. The interprovinciul band contest cnttien closed with eleven bands : Woodville, Marton Royal Rifles, Invcreargill Garrison, Dunedin Engineers, Cavoraham, Oamaru Garrison, Oamaru City, Timaru Garrison, Burnham, Sydenham, Stanmoic Garrison, and Addington Workshops. The monthly meeting of the High street School Committee, held last night, was attended by Messrs B. Isaac (chairman), Cameron, Melvin, Caradus, Hislop, and Mercer. The head-master reported that the attendance for the past month was as follows-.--Boys, 329 ; girls, 313 ; total, G42, There were 352 boys on the roll, and 350 girls, or a total of 702. Messrs Hislop and Cameron were appointed a visiting committee for the cinsuing month. Mr Park having written with reference to prizes, it was resolved that the chairman and secretary confer with him and report to a special meeting. The Canterbury Board of Education yesterday received a deputation of the Master Printers' Association, who asked that school books compiled and printed in the colony should be used by the Board's schools in preference to imported books. The Board decided that, so far as is consistent with the proper education of the children of North Canterbury, they will afford the utmost possible assistance to support the oDJect set forth. They, at the same time, suggested that tho Association should approach the Minister of Education on the subject, so as to secure uniformity in the quality of books. They also adopted a subcommittee's report in favor of sending tho inmates of Lyttelton Orphanago to the public schools in that town in preference to declaring the Orphanage a public school. This would effect a saving of L 155 per annum alono, and the Committee consider the step advisable, as conducive to making orphans more sociable. The whole of yesterday afternoon's sitting of the Masonic Convention at Wellington, was devoted to committee work. At the evening sitting a basis of union was agreed to for submission to the Grand Lodge. In its main feature the basis is similar to that proposed by tho Central Executive Committee, but a number of now articles have been added. Every article wa3 thoroughly discussed in committee, and practically every resolution arrived at was unanimous, and from beginning to end of the convention not a single division was called for. The whole proceedings were most harmonious, and the greatest good feeling prevailed. Some discussion took place regarding District Grand Lodges, but it was decided to leave their establishment optional. At tho conclusion of the meeting hearty votes of thanks were given to Bro. Robertson as secretary, and Bro. Gillon as chairman. The declaration of tho formation of a Grand Lodge, engrossed on vellum, was then formally signed by the assembled delegates, and thoso present enrolled themselves as members of the Grand Lodge of New Zealand. Bro. Mammcrton was elceted noting treasurer. The existing Masonic Union Committee were asked to continue to promote the object until the Grand Lodge meet. Universal satisfaction is expressed among delegates at the results of the convention.

The resident of Anderson Bay had a rare musical treat last night, the occasion being a concert in aid of funds for building a new Sunday school. Considering the state of the roads, the attendance was largo. Mrs Palmer's interpretation of Ascher'a ' Grand caprice do concert sur Traviata'was given with taste and splendid execution ; her other item being even more enjoyable, tho selection embracing Thalberg's ' Last rose of summer ' and Ley bach's ' Premiere Idylle Rustic (ue.' Miss K. Burnsidcalsogaveapianosolo. Mr J. Coombs's selections on the violin were very highly appreciated, and his appearance at tho Bay will bo heartily welcomed on a future occasion. The vocal items were all well rendered. Mrs Evatt, although suffering from indisposition, sang ' She wore a wreath of roses' with areat expression ; her other selection being 'Home they brought her warrior dead.' Miss Christie gave ' Ora pro nobis ' in good style. Her other selection, ' Dear heart,' w»3 also well received. Miss Frapwcll and Mr T. Holgate sangthe duct' Very suspicious,'and well merited the encore accorded. Mr Denscm gained an enthusiastic encore for ' The toilers,' and replied with a highly amusing sentimental song. Mr W. Crawfurd Krown gave two selections, '' and 'Maid of Athens' (new version). Mr Braik gave the humorous Scotch song 'Come under my plaidie,' and well earned an encore. Mr T. Holgate's voice was heard to advantage in ' Cross the Border.' Mr A. F. Robertshaw was the accompanist.

The Federated Stewards and Coolra' 'J Union have voted L2OO to the London dock laborers' strike relief fetid.

The members ot the Moray platie Cotigrc" Rational Church have Jorward'c'd, t'ctf.W to ,tHc Rev. Mr BradburV, of Cllna'tchurch. The present ttasfcdr '(the Kev. Mr Evaas) has been obliged to resign on account of ill-health. Our Wellington correspondent informs us that the Hon, T. Fergus has received the following telegram from Dr Douglas, a prominent supporter residing at Frankton : " Your constituents in this district never thought you could have initiated action re Judge. Ward, and are far from disapproving of your subsequent conduct in the matter." By mistake we announced the arrival yesterday of a distinguished divine in the person of the Rev. James Green, M.A., Dean of Pietermaritzburg, who is at present on a visit to New Zealand. The rev. gentleman will not arrive here for a few days. He is a well-known cleric, and one of tho most distinguished residents of South Africa. He took a prominent part in the Oolenso contnversy. An entertainment was last night given at St. John's Hall, Roslyn, in aid of the funds of St. John's Literary and Social Club. Those who took part in the performance, which consisted of a vocal and instrumental concert and a farce, were :—Misses Hooper and Joel, Messrs Kelk, Marsh, A. C. and H. Martin, E. H. Burn, Joel, Hunter, Martin, Wingfield, Kerkham, Arlidge, and Moore. Miss Hooper acted as accompanist. There Was a fair attendance.

At tho monthly meeting of the Milton branch of the Otago Educationai Institute, held on Saturday, 7th inst., a circular from the Waitaki branch asking the members to co operate in condemning the publication of percentages was considered. The matter evoked a lengthy discussion, and the following motion was unanimously agreed to : " That generally we agree to the motion of tho Waitaki branch, for these reasons: That we do not consider that percentages are a true indication of the work done in a school, and that the publication of them leads to cram, and diverts the attention of both teachers and scholars from the real ends of education."

The bazaar in the Congregational Church, Great King street, was again well attended last evening. Tho principal stalls are under the charge of Miss Donkin, Mrs Manley, and Mrs Barr; Mr Jones superintends the art gallery, and is assisted by Misses Agnew and Sinclair; while fishponds, a shooting gallery, and all the other accessories to a bazaar are there in abundance. The choir, under the couductorship of Mr Jones, last night rendered several selections in an acceptable manner, Miss Coote acting as accompanist, and Mr Dickie was successful with his ventriloquial entertainment. The takings at the doors are equal to expectations, the bazaar being exceedingly well patronised. For this evening a concert programme has been arranged, when vocal selections will be given by Miss Seats, Mra Pcake, Mrs Israel, Mr J. Jago and others. All Saints' Schoolroom was comfortably filled last evening, when a concert was given in aid of the funds of tho North Dunedin Church. A varied programme was presented, and was thoroughly enjoyed, the various solos, etc., being loudly applauded. Those who contributed solos were Miss Coote, Mrs Todd, Messrs T. A. Hunter, J. Jago, F. L. Jones ; while a double male quartet—consisting of Me3srs Jago, Jones, Hunter, Godso, Thompson, Towscy, Cantrell, Matthews, and Ibbotson—were loudly applauded for several selections. The instrumental portion of the programme was left in the hands of Miss Colville and Mr G. H. Sehaoht, who gave every satisfaction. Mr C. Umbers, owing to indisposition, was unable to take part, in tho entertainment. It is expected that a handsome sum will bo realised for the object in view.

A sale of work in connection with St. Mary's Guild will be held in the Temperance Hall, Mornington, this evening. The weekly meeting of Trinity Church Musical and Literary Society wob held last evening. Mr J. Ford in the cluir. Mr S. Harloch read the journal; Miss A. Fcrguaou played a piano solo, ond songs were given by Messrs G. B. Dall and Crow. The fortnightly meeting of the West Harbor Lodge, U. A.Oi 1.)., was heldin the Quccl's Hotel, Albany street, on Wednesday night ; A.O. Bro. Campbell i>i the chair. Iho District president (Bro Moss) was present. Two new members were initiated. /. O. Bro. Campbell was appointed to act along with the representative* of other lodges, and Bro. Wickcns elected trustee of the lodge. The anniversary services of the Linden Wosleyan Sunday School were hsldlast Sunday, the Rev. J. D. .Tory (late of Fiji) preaching morning and evening, and also addressing the scholars in the afternoon on 'The Children of Fiji.' On Wednesday a tea meeting was held, after which a vocal and instrumental entertainment was given. Selections were given by a section of tho Mornington Wesleyan choir. A violin solo by Mr George Beath was encored, snd recitations by the Misses Casson, Banderson, Wright, Ronald, Gaminel, and Mr D. Leslie woll received. The Rev. L. Hudson presided. Sshort addresses were given by the Superintendent. Mr Allnutt, and Mr West. The secretary's report showed the receipts to have been L 29 0s 7?;4 ; expenditure, L 27 3s lid. The number of scholars on the roll is 120, tho average attendance for theyoarßß, beinga substantial increase. This lias been the moot successful anniversary held in connection with the school—the chrrch, though recently enlarged, being crowded, and the financial results the highest yet attained. The ordinary meeting of tho Loyal Hand and Heart Lodge, M.U.1.0.0.F., was held in tho Oddfellows' Hall, Stuart street, last Tuesday cvoning, a large number of members being preent. Two candidates were init r ated, and one j amed V>y clearance. The following brothers were elected as delegates to the district meeting at Oamaru: -Past Graudi Hopciftft, Allen, Clark, J. G. Patterson, A. M. Patterson, and Vice-Grand Douglas. Prov. G.M. Bro. John "Wood and Prov. C. Sec. Bro. P. Black spoke at considerable length in reference to a Paragraph which rocently appeared in the Evknino Ptak, purporting to givo a statement of the position of the several friendly societies in the colony. Both speakers condemned the statement as being framed on an altogether wrong basis, being espeeially wrong in respect to several districts of the Manchester Unity. The speakers pointed out that this lodge and the Loyal Dunedin Lodge had between them a greater uurplus (according to last valuation) than that declared for the whole of the 1.0 O.F. throughout New Zealand. The receipts for the evening amounted to L 39 2a. At the weekly meeting of St. Andrew's Young Men's Mutual Improvement Association, held last evening, a very interesting debate took placo on the question ' Is Socialism Based on Correct Principles ?' Mr H. K. Wilkinson led off in the affirmative, and Mr \V. A. Patterson in tho negative, and bath speakers ably championed their re.spoctivo sides. In order that the debate might be conducted in a direct aDd welldefined manner, audthat thcro might be no confusion as to the meaning of terms, a common basis had been agreed on—viz.. Socialism aims at the orpanisation ond control of all industries by tho community, instead of as at present by individual proprietorship and competition ; and that tho leading principles on which Socialism is based arc (1) that human labnr and scarcity create all values ; (2) that society under the present system is in a state of social chaos ; (3) that society is au organism. Several of the other members took part, and when the leaders had replied the question was put to the voto, the result being a majority of one in favor of Socialism. Mr A. M'Donald occupied the chair, and the president of the society (the Rev R. Waddcll), who was present during part of the meeting, contributed a few remarks.

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