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The Evening Star. MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 1889.

Some of our Northern contemporaries, misled by the Wellington The ‘Post’ in regard to the M flrent? W grant to the Macandrew family, have fallen into a blunder that would he quite amusing >vere it not that some very uncharitable reworks have been founded on utterly false' premises. The ‘ Post ’ seeks to excuse ite fulmination on the ground that “disclosures” subsequent to the passage of the giWt of £2,000 by the Legislature have shov/jj that “ at least « a portion, of it was obtained practi- “ cally under false prefi&aacf (the “italics are our own), and is to “he devoted not to the support ov' “maintenance of Mr Macandrew’s “ family, bat for the beautification and “ adornment of *fco City of Dunedin.” While acquitting those members who moved the House in the patter of deliberately deceiving Parliament, it believes that “they were themselves “ deceived, and will be the first to regret “having unintentionally misled the “House.” Then it goes on to say: “We “ affirm most positively that Parlia- “ raent would not for a moment haye “ entertained the idea of yoting a “single penny for either of thfißG •“ purposes [erecting a monument or “ memorial fountain in Dunedin] ; “and, on tfce strength of the Par- “ liamentary vote for Mr Macandrew s “family, to divert to suph purposes “other money which should be avail- “ able for the family is a mere toggle, 11 and >by no means a creditable one. “Practically, the monument and the “ fountain are to be paid for by “the Treasury.” Now, the‘Post’s’ article is nothing more nor less than a tissue of misrepresentations; and we say, with some knowledge of thn negotiations that resulted in the .grant being proposed to the that it possessed ample knowledge of what had been done here in reference to raising a people’s £qnd and of Xthe disposition of the money What the Legislature .did was of &be)' free action, and with a,determination which meets with the qpproyal pL the great bulk of the colonists, boplace the daughters of the date, Mr Macandrew in an independent! position. The facts connected with the local fund are really these; Subscriptions were raised for a jnemorial, to be called the Macandrew Memorial, but amongst the subscribers there was a division of opinion as to how the -sum collected should he upended. The majority, howeyer, in favor of a scholarship;

but in order to prevent any ill-feeling, it -was resolved that a certain sum — some LSOO or LGOO—should be devoted to the establishment of a scholarship in connection with the University of Otago. The balance—L2oo odd —remaining after the scholarship had been endowed was placed out at interest, on the understanding that the wishes of the minority of the subscribers should receive attention, and that the money should be ultimately devoted to the erection of a monument. Meantime, as the sum was considered insufficient for that purpose, it was decided to allow the interest to accumulate, and to endeavor to secure additional subscriptions. Experience has shown that it was difficult to increase that sum ; and it was lately decided to expend £SO in erecting a monument over Mr Macandrkw’s grave, while the unexpended balance will be used in erecting a memorial fountain—probably in the Octagon. A gentleman who was largely instrumental in raising the fund informs us that not one sixpence of the grant of £2,000 will be alienated from Mr Macandrew’s daughters. Our contemporaries are wholly wrong in their assumption that “ shortly after “ Mr Macandrew died a subscription “for the benefit of his family was “raised in Otago,” The fund was gathered, as we have shown, for a specific purpose, which has been and will be given effect to in compliance with the subscribers’ wishes. It may be mentioned, in conclusion, that Mr Macandrew’s family were communicated with as to the disposal of this fund, but they distinctly refused to receive any part of it, and were anxious that it should be dedicated to perpetuating in some suitable form the memory of their revered parent.

It appears that the handsome fountain about to be presented A Reasonable to the b 7 Mr WoLFE Request. Harris, of London, and intended to be placed in tbe centre of the Triangle, has been “ stuck up ” by the Customs authorities, who demand the payment of the nice little sum of £35 as duty. We understand that the Committee of the Conservation Society have represented at headquarters that, as the fountain is intended for the adornment of a public reserve, it may reasonably be included in, though technically outside of, the exemptions embraced under the heading of “ Works of art “ presented to, or imported by, any “museum, public library, or other “ public institution for use therein, or “ for public exhibition ”; but no reply has yet been received from Wellington, When the Tariff was under consideration the possibility never suggested itself of any colonist or person connected with the Colony presenting “ a public place ” with a fountain or similar gift, or we feel sure that the schedule of exemptions would have been at once extended in order to meet such a contingency. The donor of this fountain has acted with much liberality, and ought not to be put to this unexpected expense. We therefore hope that the Commissioner of Customs will see his way to liberally interpret the clause of the schedule that we have quoted, and waive the duty claimed by his Department.

Archdeacon Julius has accepted the Bishopric of Christchurch. Mr Hislop stated at Oamaru on Saturday night that he would not accept a seat in the Upper House if returned.

The convict lunatic M‘Manus, who some months ago killed a fellow-prisoner named Cody at Ripa Island, Lyttelton, has been removed to the Mount View Asylum. The duties of the Justice who presided at the City Police Court this morning were restricted to the hearing of charges of drunkenness preferred against Cecil Maonamara and a first offender. As some considerable time had elapsed since the former had appeared in Court ho was fined ss, in default forty-eight hours’ imprisonment; while the latter was dealt with in the usual manner. Mr D. Wishart occupied the Bench.

On Saturday night the Princess’s Theatre was crowded in every part, and the programme was received with the liveliest satisfaction by the audience. Mr James Bell is a host in himself—whatever he appears in he does well; and the concluding farce in which he appears is the best thing of the kiqd we have seen here for a long time. At the close of the first part Mr Rickards intimated that he intended to give a performance next Saturday afternoon for the benefit of the Industrial School funds. There were received into the Dunedin Hospital on Saturday night Charles Nichols, aged ten years, who broke one of his arms while playing with some lads j William Morrison, of Kaikorai, with an injured wrist; William Scale, of Hanover street, who, while playing football at Port Chalmers, fell and injured his shoulder; and Henry Dickson, a miner, of Nenthorn, who was working in his claim when a fall of stones came on him, and he had his leg broken. All the sufferers were attended to by Dr Copland. During the hearing of the fire insurance cases in the Supreme Court at Wellington last week, Mr Travers mentioned that in a pertain part of this colony, some time ago, the representative of a certain company exceeded hia instructions by taking a risk of LBOO on a house, the inmates of which did notibear o very good character. The premises were burned down, and although there was no doubt that arson had been committed, the company’s representative preferred to pay the amount of the policy oyt of the funds rather than dispute the liability, as a refusal of payment’would have shown the directors that he had exceeded his instructions. We understand that Messrs Stone, Son, and Cp. have commenced proceedings' in the Supreme Court against Mr C. W. White, the publisher of .‘The Stranger’s Vade Mecurn,’ for an infringement of their copyright in ,‘ Stone’s ABC.Guide.’ The matter caftm.before His Honor Mr Justice Williams, this niomfug in an application made ex parte for an injunction to restrain Mr White from further printing or publishing his book. An order was made that Messrs Stone, Son, and Co. should have leave to serve a notice of motion for an injunction to be heard in Banco on Wednesday next; and in the meantime, and until the hearing of the motion, an order was made restraining Mr. White fern further printing or publishing |iia book,' A Baltimore of August -7 says,: —“ On a two-mile circular track the startling speed of two miles a minute wc-p this afternoon maintained for tap miles by a threeton motor of the Electric Automatic Transit. Company of Baltimore. This speed equals, thrqemiles,per minute on a straight track, DavijG- Weems, the inventor, conducted, the experiments. The company will build at once a five-milo sirpular track on Long Island, to practicability of the electric passenger pyata.m, and also the automatic system, which was .tried to-day, and which is intended only for light packages, mails, and newspapers, Edison was present, and pronounced it the greatest conception ‘ since the telegraph. The road will be fenced in with barbed Wire, to keep off cattle ; and, being insulated, the wires will be used for telephoning and signalling along the line, * ’

The Zoafandia, with the English mails of September 7, left San Francisco on the 22nd inst,, one day late. The Alameda arrived at San Francisco on the 28th (contract date).

The estate of the Hon. VV. Robinson is sworn at L 350.000. The daughters of the deceased enjoy a life interest, and on their deaths it is divisible among his grandchildren.

The Christchurch Knights of Labor have adopted resolutions expressive of sympathy with the London dock strikers and congratulating them on the victory of labor over capital. For two scholarships at the Waitaki High School, tenable for two years, C. T. Turnbull and A. Elder, both of the Kakanui School, were the successful candidates. There were five competitors.

The ground on which the election of Bishop Hadfield to the primacy has been challenged is a technical one—viz., that no vacancy had actually occurred when the election took place, the present Primate having then merely intimated his intention of resigning.

Ah Gong has been committed for trial at Oamaru for cutting and wounding Thomas Gallagher at Livingstone. The evidence for the prosecution was to the effect that, during a scuflle with Gallagher, the Chinaman drew a knife and inflicted two wounds on the left hand, and an incised wound about half an inch deep on the left shoulder. A Wellington contemporary says“ Mr Bruce, M.H.R., took away with him recently a consignment of 3,000 American Brook char fry for liberation in a lake near his property at Hunterville. Ho also took 5,000 brown trout fry and 1,000 Loch Levon trout fry consigned to the Rangitikei Acclimatisation Society, and intended to be distributed amongst the different streams of that district. The fish were hatched and reared at the Masterton ponds.” A man named James Maokie, employed at the Railway Workshops, got the palm of his right hand lacerated to-day. He was conveyed to the hospital. George Bell, a boy attending the Normal School, dislocated his knee-cap while playing with some boys, and he also was conveyed to the hospital. A man named John Haughton fell over a precipice at Roxburgh, and sustained a severe dislocation of the right ankle, falling heavily on some boulders. An alarm of fire was given last evening, when it was discovered that the stables of Mr Andrew Young, car proprietor, were on firo. The stables are situated in Moray place, and a large number of horses and cars were on the premises when the fire was discovered. Fortunately it was extinguished before much damage was done, a quantity of pressed straw being burnt. Thomas Muirhead, the night watchman, states that he examined the stables -- including that portion where the fire is supposed to have originated about five minutes before he heard the crackling of the burning straw. The horses were turned out of the stables without being injured in any way, and the brigade soon had the fire under control, Mr Young states that a few pounds will cover the damage done. His plant is insured in the South British— L 1,200 on the cars, L7OO on the horses, and LIOO on the harness.

The Rev. Dr Macgregor, of Edinburgh, in one of his communications tithe ‘Scotsman,’ writes of this colony thus" Among the conditions of national prosperity ono of the very first is climate, and from the very little I have seen of it in the depth of winter, I firmly believe the assertion that New Zealand, north and south, has one of the finest climates in the world, , . . This hand -

ful of people (652,125, about the population of Glasgow) show their vigorous vitality in a variety of ways. For one thing, they require about 137 paid members of Parliament to govern them, being ninety in the Lower and forty-seven in the Upper House, or a member to every 5,000 of the population, the natural consequence being that over-government is one of the evils universally complained of. In the process of retrenchment they are wisely reducing the number of their representatives. For another thing, they have liberally sunk, as we shall see later on, many hundreds of thousands of pounds in the bottom of the sea in the attempt to make harbors where Nature has peremptorily ordained that no harbors shall be. And, cleverest feat of all, this young and vigorous community have contrived to hang around their necks a national debt of L 36,700,000. I have been told by a public man that the people of New Zealand send out of their country LIO,OOO e\ery clay of the year in the shape of interest on their national, provincial, and personal debts; and I have put it to other public men, who have not denied it. All this looks not only formidable, but ghastly. There is, however, a great deal to be said on the other side. Such is the popular confidence iu the resources of their magnificent country that this apparently frightful incubus is universally faced not only fearlessly, but lightly. They have a great deal to show for it as moat valuable assets on the other side of the account. They have not only their valuable public buildings in every considerable town and their excellent roads opening up the country, but they have their admirable system of railroads penetrating nearly from end to end of the colony, and which will soon leave no important district of their country untapped. This property could be thrown into the market to-morrow, and is estimated as capable of bringing some fifteen to twenty millions sterling. Besides, this little people own a land of boundless resources. They have an annual revenue of over four million sterling ; they have their lives insured at L 24 per head—just double that of the people at Homo; and, as they themselves boast, you will not find a patched coat or a pair of torn breeches from end to end of the colony."

General meeting of Tailoresses’ Union tomorrow evening. Tho University of New Zealand December examinations for matriculation, junior scholarships, and medical preliminary commence on Monday, December 9. Particulars are advertised.

Tho hospital returns for last week wore: - Remaining from previous week, 110; admitted, 17; discharged, 19; total remaining at end of week, 106. The deaths were Henrietta Hunter and William Gray.

•The fortnightly meeting of tho University Debating Society was held on Friday evening, when there was a good attendance of members and visitors. The chair was occupied by Mr W. B. Spence, and the reading was delivered by Miss Fraser, who read ‘ Over the Hill to the Poor-house.” A paper on ‘Falstaff ’ was, in the absence of the essayist (Mr Watt), read by the secretary, and criticised by Miss Allan and Mr M'Phee. Mr O. F. Little then read a lengthy paper on ‘The Study of Shakespeare.’ This was criticised by Miss Moss, and Messrs Montgomery. Mullin, and Mac Donald. It was decided that the subjects for the society’s prize essay for 1890 should be:—‘The Religious Novel: its growth and influence;’ ‘Modern Socialismor ‘ Australasian Poetry.’

VOLUNTEER INTELLIGENCE.

Qn Thursday afternoon last the High School Cadets completed their handicap competition for prizes presented by Messrs J. A. X. Riedle (of the Dresden Pianoforte Company), A. W. Macarthur, and J. Barclay. The weather was hot favorable for good shooting, a thick N.E. drizzle making the light very dull. As on the previous day, the conditions were five shots and a sighter at 200, 300, 400. and 500 yards. The following are the highest scorers in the competition : ' 200 800 400 500 2nd Ist Gi.

yd. yd. yd. yd. Hp. DyDy. Ti. Cap. Montgomery 17 19 18 11 0 es 68--181 Sergeant D, M'Nab 14 13 21 20 2 70 60--130 Private 0. Adame 17 18 18 16 9 72 67--129 Private Jack 17 10 21 8 12 69 69--128 irivate A. M'Nab,. 16 13 12 8 8 67 81--118 Bugler Qillies 19 13 15 2 8 67 61■118 Sergeant Jolly 18 6 16 13 9 02 66--117

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The Evening Star. MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 1889., Issue 8025, 30 September 1889

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The Evening Star. MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 1889. Issue 8025, 30 September 1889

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