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The Evening Star. SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 1889.

Our supplement to-day contains ‘Table To,lk ’ from our London correspondent, correspondence, an article on the celebration of Mr Gladstone’s golden wedding, and a quantity of interesting reading matter.

A. H. Cotton, son of the manager of the Union Bank, Lyttelton, has died of typhoid contracted at one of the bays. The tender of Mr David Law, of Dunedin, has been accepted for the erection of Messrs Sargood, Son, and Ewen’s new warehouses in Wellington. The price is LIO.IOO, exclusive of a large amount of material supplied by the proprietors. A proposal is on foot in Auckland to establish a company for the export of fruit to England, America, and Australia, and a public meeting is to be held to consider the matter. The subject was discussed at a preliminary meeting of fruit-growers yesterday, and the proposal to form a company was adopted by those present. The monthly meeting of the George street School Committee was held last night; present—Messrs Simpson (in the chair), Coghill, Cramond, Haynes, Anthony, and M‘Donald. Tho head-master reported that the number on the roll is 749, The subcommittee reported with reference to the proposed cookery class, and consideration was postponed pending further information. The other business was of a routine character.

According to ft return presented to Parliament, there are .at present 215 men employed upon relief worts of tho colony. Of these 21 arc employed in Hftwke’s Bay, 37 in Canterbury, and 157 in Otago, The total amount expended on these works from May, 1888, to 31st March, 18S9, was L3G.67&, aa follows;—In Auckland L 3.800, in Hawke’s Bay L 4,361, in Nelson L 1.009, in Canterbury Li 3,537, in Otago L 13.972, A complimentary h&ll, given by the Roalyn Mills band to tho young ladies who assisted at the late bazaar in aid of the instrument fund, took place last evening ftt the Kaikorai Good Templars’ Hall. A pleasing feature in the entertainment was a presentation made to Corporal John Riddle in recognition of his past services in the interests of the band. The catering by Mr William Wood and music by Mr James Yates gave general satisfaction, Mr Goad, the temperance lecturer, speaking at Wellington the other day, said that from his observations on the Queen’s wharf, Wellington was destined to become the Liverpool of New Zealand, but that this could only tome to pass with the putting away of drinking and gambling. He referred to the fact thftfc he had a lot of temperance pledge cards at the Custom-house, for which he was expected to j-ay L 4 duty, but this the speaker said he would not do, and only hoped that all the Customs oftceys would sign them. The Abbott cruelty case seems to have made “the neighbors” keener to detect and tell of instances of cruelty to children about Christchurch. At Lyttelton yesterday ft woman was charged with cruelly beating ft little girl of seven and a-half years, her stepdaughter. The evidence showed that the child had been very severely beaten with a strap and .deeply bruised, but the case was not like the Abbotts —the .child had been well fed. The convicted the woman and then discharged her. A gale blew at Gisborne with some force on Tuesday morning. A Native named Pjaka Aratapu left Gisborne in a small keel boat i?. ft long for the fishing ground in the bay. The gale came on suddenly, and he was blown cut £? sea. All Tuesday night lie was being biowu away from land amidst considerable cc», and Wednesday scorning broke he found himsolt out of sight of land. He hoisted the sail and steered for the direction he thought the land to bo. In the evening the wind went down, but by the constant uto of sculls he again reached the coast at 4 a.m. -yegiorday, after being two days and nights on the v r i <T and escaping m,<tny perils. He had no food but raw crayfish, s.ud water. His escape was marvellous, his boat belay jmany times .nearly capsized.

The Hospitals and Charitable Institutions Bill was passed to-day by the Lower House, Mr Stubbs, who is boring at Burnside, has come on to Bft of quicksand at a depth of 300 ft.

At the next meeting of tho City Council Cr Crnmond will move service be laid on to the Northern Cemetery before the dry season commences.” Inquiring at the hospital this afternoon wc learned that Frank Smith, the lad injured yesterday by being thrown from Cuddy at tho races, is doing nicely. Messrs Hardy and Hallenstein sat at the Police Court this morning. For drunkenness, John Doyle was fined 10s, and Annie Currie, Frank Salemberg, and Jane Barnes ss. Archibald Anderson (thirteen years) was ordered to be birched for stealing two ducks and a hen, the property of Bridget Wallace. Mr J. C. Todd occupied the chair at the usual weekly meeting of the John street Mutual Improvement Society on Thursday. There was a poor attendance of members. The evening was devoted to impromptu speaking. There was a moderate attendance of members at Wednesday’s meeting of the Cargill road Mutual Improvement Class, Mr S. Bridgman in the chair. The president (Rev. G. W. J. Spence) delivered a lecture on ‘Michael Faraday,’ which was much appreciated by the members.

A Patea settler, writing to a gentleman in Christchurch, says“ltis just as well you are not having any bush done this season. Bushmen are scarce. They took contracts early in tho season as low as 22s per acre; they are now asking 355. The flax industry has absorbed a large amount of labor here. I do not know what we are to do when harvest comes round.”

The monthly meeting of the George street School Committee was held last night; present—Messrs Simpson (in the chair), Cramond, Coghill, Haynes, Anthony, and M'Donald. The head-master reported that the number on the roll was 874, and the average daily attendance for the past four weeks 749. The sub-committee reported with reference to the proposed cookery class, and consideration was postponed pending further information. The other business was of a routine character.

The case of A. D. Wells v. M'Callum and Co.—a claim of LI,OOO for wrongful dismissal—has been before the Supreme Court at Oamaru for two days, and was concluded last night. The plaintiff had been engaged for two years and a-half, and after being in the service of defendants for a short time was dismissed on the ground of incompetency and of taking a letter of his employers out of the office and showing it to a solicitor. Counsel for the defence (Mr F. R. Chapman) contended that on these grounds the defendants were justified in dismissing, but Sir R. Stout argued that defendants knew of plaintiff’s incompeteucy before engaging him, and that the position he occupied in the firm entitled him to take the letter and show it to a solicitor who happened to be the firm’s solicitor. The Judge summed up greatly in favor of plaintiff, and the jury found for him for L 234.

One of the most successful balls of the season took place last night in the Garrison Hall, the occasion being the celebration of the fourth anniversary of the Dunedin Engineers. The ball was prettily decorated with flowers and ferns, and hanging from tho centre was a wreath, in tho centre of which were the “ implements of war,” in tinfoil, of the Engineers, Not the least pleasing items in tho decorations were the many Chinese lanterns hanging here and there, and tho colored lights behind the orchestra. There were about fifty couples present, and tho music was supplied by Robertshaw’s band. The catering was done by C. F. Meyer (of Roalyn), and was all that could be desired—a noticeable feature in his display being tho largo amount of fruit set out. Messrs P. Brodio, Johnson, Pearson, and Barclay were the M.C.s., and carried the affair through satisfactorily.

In the Choral Hall last night the Hope of Dunedin Tent, Independent Order of Reclubites, celebrated its 13th anniversary by a concert and tea. The hall was well filled, ami a very varied programme was gone through to the evident satisfaction of those present. The following items were rendered Songs, Miss Crow, Messrs Searle (2), Paterson, and Bro. Hensley; quartet (2), Misses Hensley and Frapwell, and Messrs Jory and Hensley : trio (‘ Whistling Tom ’), Messrs J. G. Patterson, Coull, and Nimmo; piano solo, Mrs C. J. Watson ; piano duet, Misses Nimmo ; violin solo, Mr Guy ; and recitations, Master Caidno and Bro. H. Cunliffe, whilst tho Rev. Mr Hudson gave a short address on temperance. C.R. Bro. W. A. Patterson occupied the chair, and spoke of the satisfactory manner in which the tent had progressed during the past year. One very decided advance had been the admission of female members into the Order. In this respect the two temperance friendly societies were ahead of the other friendly societies, which were still unjust and ungallaut enough to exclude the ladies from a share in their privileges. The total number of members in the tent was now eighty-nine, and it would be the aim of all to work as faithfully for the cause as they had done during the past year, so that at the next anniversary the membership would probably be over 100. While tho orchestra were playing the overture to the performance at the Theatre last evening, an explosion occurred in the Immediate rear of the building. Mr C. 11. Frahm, scenic manager for Mr Bland Holt, had occasion to readjust an indiarubber tube connected with the gas cistern used in the production of the limelight—the tube having become disconnected—and th.e match that Mr Frahm struck came into contact with the gas, and then there was a noiee. Mr Frahm fortunately escaped almost unhurt. Drs Lamb and G. Macdonald found that his only injuries were a couple of flesh wounds on the leg, and, as a matter of fact, the man was able to assist at the performance. Several persons who were standing by at the time were thrown down, but not hurt; and tho only damage to property was the breaking of some windows in the immediate neighborhood. The audience in the theatre heard the report, but were not startled thereby. A correspondent writes in praise oi the thoughtfulnessof Constable Cruickshanks in immediately assuring the audience, by both manner and word, that there was no occasion for alarm. Tho drama of ‘ New Babylon ’ was repeated as the evening’s entertainment, and will be played again to-night, which is the last night of the season.

In an address delivered after his return from Europe and America, Mr Speight, the Victorian Chief Commissioner of Railways, said that in dealing with fcho long distances upon American railways the question considered was simply what the produce would bear. Mr Maxwell, in his report on tho American railroads, states that the present rate on wheat direct from Chicago to eastern ports, a distance of nearly 1,000 miles, is 25c per 1001b, or 25s per ton as computed in New Zealand. In his comparative table of New Zealand rates Mr Maxwell shows the New Zealand rate for tho carriage of wheat 200 miles to be 21a 2d, It is manifest (says the Auckland ‘ Star’) that if a ton of wheat can be profitably carried 1,000 miles for 255, the New Zealand long distance rate might pp ym' materially reduced. We are aware that in Mr Maxwell's tables it appears that under the American system 200 miles would come within the sfiert distance class, and the charge would vary from ]ss to 47s per ton. In New Zealand, however, the Circumstances are different, and if our railways are to be made the means of advancing settlement on the land, the rates must bo such as make it possible to send produce to market at a profit. The principle adopted in America with regard to long distances should be applied here to our out-settle-me&ts. The Railway Commissioners ought to deal Wiethe question as practical men. What rate wjUTthc produce bear? How much will pay the 3ejAi’t,v?-.ent and at the same time encourage the farmer to go on producing ? ’

A notice to members of Lodge Ivauhoe, U.A.O D,, appears in this issue. Annual meeting of Dunedin Amateur Athletic Club on Monday evening at City Hotel, For the Timam races the railway authorities will issue Saturday return tickets on tho 18th and 19tb inst.

Court Pride of Leith, A.0.F., celebrate their anniversary by a concert and dance in' the North Dunedin Volunteer Hall On Friday evening next. The programme appears in this issue.

Quarterly summoned meeting of Court Pride of Dunedin, A.0.P., in Rattray street Hall on Tuesday evening. A vocal and instrumental concert is to be given in St. John’s Hall, Roalyn, on Thursday, the 26 r .h inst., in aid of the church funds. Additions and alterations are requested for the 1890 edition of ‘ Stone’s Directory,’which Messrs Stone announce as now going to press.

A meeting of the Early Closing Association will be held in the Young Women’s Christian Association Rooms, Moray place, on Tuesday evening, when employes of business houses are requested to attend. Attention has been drawn during the week to a very handsome and attractive show case (or pedestal and stand) which is exhibited in the window of Messrs F. A. Hooper and Co.’s furniture warehouse, Octagon. It has been made by this firm to the order of Messrs Thomson and Co., cordial manufacturers, for the forthcoming Exhibition, It has a base 3ft square, and a tier of shelves of a pyramid form stands on this for showing cordials and liqueurs to tho best advantage. The base is most artistically designed and decorated, it being of ebony and gold, with panels incised with richly colored bronzes, and the mouldings relieved with gold. As a whole it has a most artistic effect, and anyone requiring anything in that line should see this first-class emblem of workmanship. The meeting in the North-East Valley Baptist Church last night, under tho auspices of the local Blue Ribbon Society, was very largely attended, and Mr G, Calder presided. Recitations and dialogues were rendered by several of the Sunday School scholars. Miss Smith gave ‘ Beautiful snow ’; Masters C. Coombs and F. Bailoy a violin solo; ‘Oh! wert thou in the cauld blast ’ was sung by Mrs Mcdlin and Mias Derbyshire, and the duet * Gome unto me ’ by tho latter lady And Mias F. Springer. Messrs Scoones, Dowie, Valentine, and Coates contributed a quartet, and a ‘ Crooked bawbee ’ by Miss M. Coombs and Mr Dowie gained a recall, while Mrs Medlin, Miss Derbyshire, and Mr Dowie gave the trio ‘Ye shepherds tell me,’ The choir rendered several choruses in a pleasant manner. Miss Derbyshire presided at the organ. Amongst tho many efforts set on foot of late years for the benefit of the various classes of workers in the Home country none, perhaps, is more striking than that which has for its sphere of labor the fishermen of the trawling fleets on tho North Sea. Tho condition of these men, miserable and degraded to the last degree, attracted the attention of Mr Mather a few years ago, and he proceeded at once to make fuller inquiries. Stirred up by what he saw and experienced in a trip taken for tho purpose in one of tho trawling smacks, ho set to work, and results of the most beneficial nature have followed. In a book entitled ‘Nor’ad of the Dogger ’ Mr Mather tells his story with simple, touching, and graphic power, and at Mr Brunton’s annual rehearsal of sacred song, which takes place on the 23rd inst., the principal features of this laudable undertaking will be given in a short service of song called *On the North Sea.’

The evergreen and mirthful Maccabe will be aloug this way next week, and is to appear in the City Hall in his well-known entertainment ‘ Begone Dull Care,' cf which a contemporary writes:—“We never laughed so much in our lives, and we have seen and heard some good things. Anyone who can sit unmoved before such finished acting and dramatic skill must be an undertaker, or live next door to one. His imitation of Russell was a splendid exhibition of musical talent. His Irish song was sung with a drollery all his own, and his accompaniment on tho piano revealed the finished musician. His ventriloquial efforts are something wonderful, and delighted the audience. His delineation of the Badcllffe Highway dead beat was intensely droll, and, as be said himself, tragic too, it shewed the violent contrasts to be seen only in London streets and the capitals of the world—excessive wealth and abject poverty side by side. The Magic Statue introduced a series of surprises ; Mdlle. Miunia personates a now kind of Galatea, who fascinates the College Pygmalion. She danced a Highland fling with charming grace, also a Spanish dance, and fetched the house, which insisted on an encore. Tho entertainment in its varied characters and quick transitions, is free from all vulgarities and niggerisrqs. It fulfils its promise to the letter—Begone Dull Care.”

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