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The Evening Star. TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 1889.

Mr Parnell 'received a hearty welcome from a great crowd Mr parncil 0 f people at Edinburgh. Scotland. Gu** leaders will remember that some time ago it was proposed to present the Irish leader with the freedom of that ancient city. There was, however, a division in the City Council with regard to tho proposal, The Lord Provost was strongly opposed to it; and as he had a considerable following among the bailies and councillors, the general opinion at one time seemed to be that the project would not be carried out. This opinion was confirmed by the result of the plebiscite, which showed that a vast majority of the ratepayers were antiParnellite in their views. But Mr Parnell’s supporters were not in the least dismayed. They were determined that the representative of Irish nationality should receive the proposed honor in the capital of the country whose sons had conquered at Bannockburn, and resisted, in later times, the political and spiritual tyranny of tho English Grown. The event accordingly took place on the 20th July. At the last moment a quorum of the Council was secured, so that a fiasco was prevented. The previous evening Mr Parnell received what is called an ovation on his arrival at the Caledonian station. Patriotic Irishmen had gathered in large numbers to the capital from all parts of the country. If the north of Ireland is semi-Scotch, the west of Scotland may now be said to be semiIrish. There are about 100,000 Irish in Glasgow alone. Mr Parnell had thus come into a large colony of his countrymen, who would have given him an enthusiastic welcome, even although the Scotch had been all as hostile as tho majority of the Edinburgh ratepayers. But that was by no means the case. Scotland, as Lord Salisbury recently told a large Edinburgh audience, is the stronghold of Home Rule. The Scottish people, as everybody knows, have always had an unconquerable loveof freedom and independence. They had no objections to kings, provided they were bound by solemn league and covenant to protect the civil and religious liberties of the nation. But they could not abide bishops; and there can be little doubt that their popular form of church government is at once a result and a cause of the notable independence of their political feeling and action. At the present time Scotland is by far the most Radical part of the United Kingdom. Hence its strong sympathy with the Home Rule movement, and the readiness with which the bulk of its Liberal members followed Mr Gladstone in his concurrence with Mr Parnell. Perhaps the only thing that would have prevented the Scotch from giving the latter gentleman a hearty welcome is their national jealousy. For though the Scotch are a libertyloving people, as well as a nation of philosophers, they are still extremely clannish, and do not much care to lavish their enthusiasm on either Irish or English notables. Mr Parnell, however, had no reason to complain of his reception. The bulk of those who cheered and huzzahed him were no doubt his own countrymen, but there would be also a strong Scotch clement in the immense multitudes who assembled to do him honor. There is, at any rate, much more community of political feeling between Scotch and Irish than there is between English and Irish ; and though the Edinburgh folk, who are remarkable for their national as well as their urban exclusiveness, held in great measure aloof from the ceremony, Mr Parnell must have felt, as he was bowled along by the Scotch express the same evening, that the cause for which he contends had lost nothing by his visit to the “grey metropolis of the North.” There was nothing very new or very remarkable in the speeches. The presentation of the freedom of the city

was a brief affair. Mr Parnell wouM probably have shoWn better tfts’te he abstained from the of strong partisan ceWtffileuts on that particular, occasion, seeing that a large 'nhrhbdv of the most influential members of the Council were conspicuous by their absence. But the Government and the Commission are uppermost in his mind, and he naturally seizes every opportunity of denouncing them. At the public meeting in the Corn Exchange politics were, of course, quite in place. The Earl of Aberdeen, late of Ireland, who in the chair, led off with a sympathetic speech. He was followed by two or three Gladstonian members of Parliament. But the principal speaker was Mr Parnell himself. He reviewed the Irish agitation during the last nine years* of Course from a strictly Honitt itiile point of view. The Irish leader has often delivered a ra'ilcii better speech. He was in poor health, ns was sufficiently indicated (according to the papers) both by his look and manner; and speaking in such a case is certainly speaking under difficulties. A man’s sentiments, too, are always more or less affected by his bodily condition. Had Mr Parnell been in buoyant health, he would probably not have been quite so severe on the Liberal treatment of the Irish difficulty during Mr Gladstone’s second Administration. But the really important thing is not what Mr Parnell said, but the fact that his visit to Scotland to be presented with the freedom of the city of Edinburgh was a success.

There was a clean charge sheet at the City Police Court this morning. The Midland Railway Company are calling for tenders for five contracts, over which L 500,000 will be spent. Twelve samples of milk from separate dairies which supply Christchurch were submitted to Professor Bickerton for analysis, and all were reported pure and of good quality.

Mr W. Elder, J. P., presided at the Port Chalmers Police ’CoVlrt this morning, when Duncan Wilkinson alias Alpine was fined 10s, or forty-eight hours’ imprisonment for drunkenness.

On Sunday evening Mr Duncan Wright delivered, at North Dunedin Presbyterian Church, to a large and attentive audience, a somewhat lengthy address on * Revivals : True and False.’ Another of the series of services was held last evening, when Mr Wright had the assistance of the Rev. Dr Stuart and the Rev. J. Gibson Smith.

The Committee of the Early Closing Association met last evening at the Coffee Palace, It was resolved ministers of the City be asked on a special Sunday to appeal to their congregations to pledge themselves not to shop after six o’clock.” It was also decided that trade unions and societies be asked for their sup port to tho movement.

Although the Taieri River has been dragged |and the surrounding | district searched by several parties, nothing definite towards tho elucidation of Mr Stand’s dieappearance has been ascertained, We understand that from the spot where Mr James ShandVcoat and hat, which were found near the river side, were discovered footsteps have been traced to the brink of tho river. A willo.v twig which was lying near the water’s edge had been imbedded in the sand, evidently by the heel of a man’s boot.

The ‘Financial Reformer’ for February contains the names of members of tho House of Commons receiving pay from the Consolidated Revenue in the Military, Naval, and Civil Services. They number 106, not including ten who would have been entitled to bo paid had they attended to their volunteer military duties. The total number interested in supporting the present system is therefore 110, out of a total of 670 members, or ouc-sixth of the whole—a pretty strong phalanx, who are permitted to vote on questions in which their personal interests are concerned.

In the Maybrick case one of the witnesses, Sir James Poole, merchant and shipowner, and an ex-mayor of Liverpool, said he knew the late Mr James Maybrick, as they belonged to the same club—the Palatine. About April of the present year he met him and some other friends on tho Exchange, and in some way tho conversation turned upon poisonous drugs. The deceased, who had an impetuous way of speaking, blurted out: “I take, lam taking, poisonous medicines,” Witness replied: “Don’t you know, my dear friend, that the more you take of these things the more you require, and you will go on till they carry you off ? ” Deceased shrugged his shoulders and passed on.

Registrar Mason delivered an address at Nelson last night before a large assemblage of Oddfellows, Foresters, and Rechabites, dealing with tho unrivalled value of friendly societies as institutions for wage-earners’ thrift. He referred to the failures among societies iu England and America as a warning to New Zealand societies charging inadequate contributions, and showed that the sickness rate is already higher in oldestablished lodges here than the English average. He defended the principles on which valuations were made, A large number of questions were put, which Mr Mason answered. A hearty vote of thanks was accorded him.

A complete change of programme was submitted at the City Hall last evening, an announcement that had the effect of attracting a very large audience. Mr Maccabc introduced quite a number of new character sketches, including a countryman from the north of England ; ho gave imitations of the style of singing of Henry Russell and Samuel Lover, and cleverly displayed the trials of a railway porter. But perhaps ho was seen to most advantage in tho melodrama of ‘ Vanquished Villainy,’ in which ho sustains a dual character—personally carrying on a passionate dialogue between the supposed villain and a young girl. Mr Maccabe makes his last appearance to-night, when doubtless there will be another large audience.

St. Michael’s, Chester square, London, witnessed recently the unusual ceremony of the formal reception of a convert to the Church of England from the communion of Rome, The lady who thus transferred her allegiance was Mari Wilhelmina Zajicek. A special form o; service had been drawn up for the occasion, in the course of which the convert was asked a few questions, the most important of which were:—“ How many sacraments do you hold ? ” and “Do you desire to be admitted into tho Church of England, believing it to be the church which is moat in accordance with the Word of God ? ” To the first the convert replied: “Two only, as necessary to salvation, baptism, and the Supper of the Lord,” and to the second an emphatic “I do,” Canon Fleming preached the sermon. It was stated that tho now proselyte, who was subsequently the recipient of warm congratulations, had derived her convictions from a three years’ attendance at the church.

Rev, A. R. Fitohctt will meet his Latin classes to-morrow evening.

To-morrow evening a train will leave Dunedin for Po.t Chalmers at 8.10 p.m., and the 11.55 p.m. train will be delayed half an hour. The Pioneer Lodge, P.A.F.S.A., held their quarterly meeting in Farley’s Eall, Princes street, on Monday night; the W.M., William Wilson, in tho chair. There was a good attendance of members, including members from True Blue Lodge. It was resolved to reduce the initiation fees (luring the Exhibition quarter, so as to compote with other societies. The takings were Ll6 13s 6d.

The quarterly meeting of the Triumph Lodge, P.A.F.8.A., was held iu the Wesleyan Schoolroom, Cargill road, last night, when there was a large attendance of members. Correspondence was read from the Grand Council allowing the lodge to initiate members at greatly reduced fees. Tire lodge appointed Bro. Carpenter to represent them on the Friendly Societies’ Gala Conference. The receipts for the evening were LlB Ifia 6d.

A meeting of shareholders of the Waitahuna Qmrtz Mining Company is called hy advertisement for this evening to consider important business.

Mr W. C. Woodnoith, who has been enlightening the State school children during the past week on the mysteries of the potters’ art. is to deliver two lectures on the subject this week at South Dunedin—tho first to-motrow, and the other on Friday night. If tee children, or adults either, once witness tho transformation of a lump of clay into an elegant vase, a hr, a teapot, Ur a bottle, they will never ferget it and will have a clearer comprehension of the process than they could possibly acquire from a hundred purely oral or printed explanations. The historical information conveyed by Mr Woodnorth to his audiences dates some thousands of years back, and is in itself very interesting, while tho practical illustrations exhibited are, perhaps, still more striking, The following now patents have been applied for -.—William Earnshaw, of South Dunedin, for a gold and pyrites saving machine j Richard Carr, of Auckland, for a piano foot-shiold; Robert Maclean, of Ashburton, millwright, for an improved self-feeder for threshing machines ; Richard William Henn, of Wellington, for an improved gripper in combination with his combined mortise and cord guide; Mrs Elizabeth Ann Louisa Mackay, of Suburban North, Nelson, for on improved pot or pan for cooking purposes; Thomas Knight Steaues, of Sydney, for improvements in process of and apparatus for manufacturing oarburetted hydrogen gas, and for cleansing gas for illuminating, heating, motor - power, and other purposes; Kate Evonden and Robert Edward Evendon, of Wellington, for an improved nail for corrugated iron and for some other purposes; Arthur Thomas Henry Pateman, of Cunnamulla, Queensland, for an Improved composition to be used in the destruction of rabbits and other burrowing vermin; Alfred Francis Allchin, Walter Joseph Allchin, and Pamuel Morrell, of Ballarat West, for improvements in leggings; John Henry Hawes, of Auckland, John Edward Langton, of Auckland, and John Herbert, of Auckland, for a new fuel, called “The Patent Composite Combustible Brick"; Benjamin Wills Betts, of Auckland, and Henry Sank-y, of Auckland, for regulating the flow of liquids from a reservoir ; Benjamin Baynes, of Christchurch, an invention for horse • collars; Thomas Samuel Grace, cf Blenheim, for an apparatus fox drying and bleaching the fibre of the pliormimn tenax in tho open air; Charles Langdon-Davies, of Mowbray House, Victoria Embankment, London, for improvements in the rhythmic generation of electric currents; John Oole Edwards, of Wellington, fora gamejilayod with printed cards, to bo called “ Quintets and Quartets,” being an adaptation of a well-known game called “Quartets " to the purposes of an advertising medium.

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The Evening Star. TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 1889., Issue 8020, 24 September 1889

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The Evening Star. TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 1889. Issue 8020, 24 September 1889

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