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The Evening Star. THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 1889.

Mrs De Castro, wife of tho Rev. C. Be Castro, of Wellington, died last night after a protracted illness. Captain Pye, Messrs Bruce, Annesley, and the six seamen of the wrecked ship Garston left Auckland for Sydney yesterday by the Tarawera. A sum of money raised by subscription shipping people was presented to the eaptain. It is stated in Ministerial circles that some six or eight appointments to the Legislative Council will te made during the recess. It is conjectured that Messrs J. Fulton (member for the Taieri), J. W. Thomson (exmember for the Clutha), and J. B. Whyte (member for Waikato) will receive nomination.

The case which was set down on the Supreme Court list for this morning, viz., M'Donald v. the New Zealand Loan and Mortgage Agency Company, having been settled, the Court was at IJ a.m. formally adjourned until Tuesday, the 24th, at 10 a,m., when the special jury case of Tapper v. Tapper will be taken. There will be a sitting in Chambers at 11 a.m. tomorrow, after which the appeal case of Curtis v. Daniels will be heard in Banco.

It appears that Sir Julius Vogel has secured the lease of about six miles of the Taranuki foieshore, extending from New Plymouth town right down past the breakwater and round the Sugar Loaves for three or four miles, and that he is at present endeavoring to float a company in England to be called the New Zealand Mining, Smelting, and Manufacturing Company; and, from letters received from Sir Julius, it appears as though the company were in a fair way of being successfully floated. St. Andrew's Schoolroom was well-filled last evening, when an entertainment was given for the purpose of raising sufficient money to put an additional window in the Mission Hall. The Rev. Rutherford YVaddell (pastor of the church) occupied the chair. Mißses Larmwh and another lady played a pianoforte duet, Mm Whitson contributed a pleasing «ong (with aviolto pbligato played by Miss Larnach), and Mp was loudly encored for hie vocal selection, A banjo solo by Mr H. Martin was also rod*t»anded, while the remaining »tepia—'Orapro nobis' by Mrs Wilkie, a duet by Mesdames Whitson and Wilkie, and a violin solo by Miss Larnach—received their due measure of applause. Pr Belcher then gave a brief sketch of an early chapter in the history of education. He requested those present to turn their thoughts backward about 2,000 years, and imagine themselves in the then most modern of cities—Athens. At that time, he said the system of arithmetic was not carried very far, because the only numbers the Greek had at his disposal were the Romy* symbols. Reading, writing, mathematics, aad jpusic in the city formed the curriculum of tfcs school. Writing was learned by means of toftwipg the forefinger over a whited board, the pccplo having no paper or pens. The students sat &n wooden benches, and wrote on boards on which wajf ww! cleared with an instrument like a knit-! ting needle. The schoolrooms were largo, well and decorated with pictures, statues, ani frescoeß. Figures were taught by means of wires with beads on them, which were slipped u$ jnd down. d iris were not sent to school, anij boys were cent between the ages of five and seven Afc seventeen or eighteen years of age they went into public life, which was so restricted that there s'»s nothing much left for them but athletics. Mi- Jules Joubert fesa addressed the audience on bokjo of the palaces and sights of India. Starting ham Australia ty'r Joubert went on to India, and traced his &mf» to the mouth of tho Ganges, which he ssid was over 200 miles in extent at the mouth-a f*efc that would give some faint idea of the size of Jshat gigantic river He then described his e*pN>wnces among the Calcutta cabdrivers. He b poj£o of the modes of conveyance m India, among which was the palanquin, which he likened tea" sort of black coffin. Mr Joubert at tho close of his address drew attention to tho fftafc that it was strange that 3 000 years ago the natives believed in one God, and one God i» WW Persons, very !much the same as ourselves, feet bbm that i period the Indians had degenerated. An interesting description was also given of the I palaces, temples, and great wealth of the place. An amusing Cornish anecdote Wfts then told by Mr Joachim, and the entertain, ment closed with a vote of thanks to the [ performers.

A notice to members of the Otago Lod"ge, U.A.0.D., appears in this issue. We direot attentioa to the advertisement of Mr J. B. Kirk's hairdrassißg saloon.- LA dvt J The Oamaru nomination ia,s been fixed for the 23rd inst., and the poll for the ,JJoth. Anniversary toll «f the Loyal Cavershaii Lodge, M.U.1.0.0.F., takjs place to-moiraw evening in the Caversham Hall. The fortnightly meeting of the Loyal Caversham Lodge, M.U.1.0.0.F., was held last evening, NO. Bro. N. Crawford presiding. The receipts for the evening were L 9 8j 7d. Tim requisition to M&? John Roberts, asking hirr- to allow himself nominated for the City mayoralty, appears in WJfsue. It will be s 7 een that the request bears 878 siKuatures, and that Mr Roberta has accepted the citation. _ _ , ~ The Loyal Valley" Lodge, M.U.1.0,0.F., held their fortnightly meeting m the Kirk's Valley, V.&Wtot presiding. The attendance watt unusually large. The Social Committee handed over iao «um ot LI Ws, being the surplus from the sooiai heW on the 28th August. The receipts were L, 10s lid. The quarterly meeting of Court Pride of Dunedin, A.O.F, held i,n the Oddfellows Hall. Rattray street, Dunedin, on Tuesday evening, was well attended by Bwcjb.ers and visitors. Bro. D. Pinkerton was electe* jo represent this oourt in a conference of friendly sooieties, with a view to having a grand gala day for friendly societies during the Exhibition. Two members wer» admitted on clewance, The receipts of the evening were L 76 9s Id.

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The Evening Star. THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 1889., Issue 8016, 19 September 1889

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The Evening Star. THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 1889. Issue 8016, 19 September 1889

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