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The Evening Star. WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2, 1889.

Captain Borlase and Major Ross, of Marton, will be among the staff officers at the N.Z.R.A.’s meeting at Dunedin in January. The ‘Press’ says that Captain Russell’s inclusion in the Ministry may be expected to add weight to it in the country as well as in the House. The Premier is to be warmly congratulated on the adhesion of so prominent a member of the Middle party. It appears that the objection to the election of Bishop Hadfield to the Primacy came from Mr Pitt, chancellor of the diocese of Nelson, acting, as the Wellington ‘ Post ’ understands, in his private capacity. It was lodged with the Bishop of Nelson as senior bishop of this colony. At the monthly meeting of the Tailoresses’ Union, held in the City Hall last night, it was agreed to allow the question of the apprentices to the pressing to stand over till a communication on the subject which is expected from Melbourne is received. Mr D. Pinkerton has been elected an honorary member in recognition of the active steps he took along with Mr Millar in starting the Union.

An extraordinary case came before the Newtown (Sydney) Police Court last week. George Price was charged with wife desertion. It appeared from the complainant’s evidence that tho parties were married near Mudgee in April last year, but they had never lived together, and accused had never contributed towards her support. For the defence an agreement made between the parties, whereby they agreed to live apart, was produced. It was made on the day of marriage, and it was alleged the ceremony should be nothing more than to enable the wife to change her name. Mrs Price stated that she was under ago when she signed the document; that she did not understand the nature of its contents ; and that she did not sign it voluntarily, and of her own free will. The Magistrate held that there had been no desertion, and dismissed the case. A singular instance of the endurance of young colonials is reported from Forbes (Now South Wales). During tho absence from home of the mother the children of a Mr Alexander Black were left in charge of a girl named Oliver, aged fourteen years. The family dined together on tho Sunday, and the father heard his children, aged ten and six years respectively, say that they intended going to Parkes, where the mother was staying, hilt he took no notice, thinking that they were merely playing. But when night came, and they were not to Le found, and when later he ascertained that the three of them had been seen on the road to Parkes, he became very anxious, and set off in search of them in a buggy. At ten o’clock they were found fifteen miles from Parkes. The strange part of the affair is that the two girls had managed to carry a good-sized box, weighing between 301b and 401b, the whole of the distance, and that the boy, only six years of age, should have been able to accomplish such a journey in the then wretched state of the roads.

The Irish delegates have been invited to pay Lawrence a visit.

Me Parnell has personally acknowledged Palmerston North’s Contribution of L7O towards the National League’s funds, Mr Carroll has been asked to contest the (enlarged East Coast constituency at the general election, but declines to desert his present constituency.

Mr John Leng, the newly-elected Aiembet of the House of Commons for Dundee, is head of the firm who own the ‘People’s Journal ’ and three Other papers published in Dundee, The, tallest man in the New Zealand Police Force is Sergeant Keating, of Christchurch, who stands 6ft 6in and scales 21 stone. The smallest is Constable Hickman, of Pungarehh, who stands sft Sin, and ranks among the feather weights. The New Zealand Permanent Artillery, however, can lay claim to Gunner Moorhquse, the tallest man in the colony—viz,, 6ft 9in,

As an example of the durability of New Zealand Umber, thts ‘ Rangitikei Advocate ’ mentions that Mr Joseph Hall, of Marton, la in possession of wheels made of kowhai thirty years ago, and that they are as sound to-day as when put in. Another firm in the district have cogs made of kowhai that have been in use at their mill for over a quarter of a century, and they are in an excellent state of preservation.

Another large audience assembled at the Princess’s Theatre last evening to witness the sixth performance of the Rickards Company’s season. As on previous occasions, the entertainment met with hearty approval. To-night there is to be an entire change of programme, Garnet Walsh’s musical and farcical comedy ‘ Bric-i\ Brae ’ being set down for production, while other novelties are to be submitted by the Versatile members of this Company. The season is now halt over. The Governor and the Countess of Onslow last week paid a visit of inspection to the St. Mary’s and Boys’ Orphanages at Nelson, and before leaving the institutions wrote in the visitors’ book “I am glad to find that those philanthropic and Christian principles which have instigated the mother of Christian churches in the world to befriend and help those who are in need or distress are actively practised and promulgated by that same church in these new lands, and I wish them all prosperity in the good work they are prosecuting in New Zealand.”

A singular libel suit was tried r.t Sydney the other day before District Judge Docker, The ‘ Australian Stair * was sued for having published a telegram from its Nonvra correspondent. in which it was stated that the wife of plaintiff attempted to commit suicide. By the omission of the “s ” in “ Mrs ” the paragraph was made subsequently to read Mr instead of Mrs. Notwithstanding a correction was inserted as soon as the mistake was discovered, the Judge remarked that the plaintiff may have suffered damage, and, although the error was unintentional, he would give a verdict for plaintiffdamages L 5, and costs. At Napier yesterday the Chief Justice and a jury were occupied hearing a libel action against the proprietor of the ‘ Waipawa Mail,’ brought by Dr Von Merbach. Some time ago the doctor was defendant in the Resident Magistrate’s Court in a claim for wages, which he won. A letter appeared in the ‘ Mail ’ commenting on the case, and calling the doctor “Shylock” and other abusive terms. The chief assertion on which the action was based, however, was that Dr Merbach was not entitled to style himself “doctor of medicine.” He proved that he held degrees of doctor of medicine, surgery, and midwifery. The jury gave him a verdict for L 250, and costs on the medium scale were certified to.

A ‘ New Zealand Herald ’ reporter interviewed Sir Frederick Whitaker with reference to the rumors which had been telegraphed from Wellington as to his contemplated resignation of office. In reply to the inquiries made, Sir Frederick said the newspapers always had the advantage of him in the matter of news, and the first he heard of his possible resignation was seeing it in the newspapers. In the first place, such a matter had not even been named or talked of in the Cabinet, and he certainly had not thought of it. With regard to the rumor as to the probable appointment of one Auckland and two southern men to the Upper House, that statement was just as true as the other. His own view was that the Legislative Council should he brought to a fixed proportion corresponding with the reduced numbers of the House of Representatives under the new Representation Act.

Mr Travers, the well known Wellington lawyer, writes as follows to the ‘Post’: — The question of an appropriate site for a cemetery is exercising the minds of our City councillors. The points involved _ have received a solution in many places quite as hilly as Wellington, such as Genoa, Nice, and other cities built on the slopes of steep hills. The general idea here is that graves must be holes dug in the ground, but in tho case of Nice, for example, the graves are all built above the ground. The cemetery there is picturesque, and free from all the noisome features which characterise ours, owing to the idea above referred to, that we must make holes in the ground to receive the dead. Might it not be well for the Corporation to extend its knowledge on this point. Brick and concrete are but little, if anything, more expensive than hole-digging

A notice to members of Pride of Dunedin Lodge, 1.0. G.T., appears in this issue.

In another column will be found an announcement of the match to be played on Saturday on the Caledonian Ground between Mr F. Harper’s team of Rugby Union players and the Dunedin Association footballers. The latter team are requested to meet for practice on tho Caledonian Ground to-morrow.

The following persons are inquired for in ‘Lloyd’s Weekly’: William and Louisa Brown, formerly of Little Coxwell, Berks, last hoard of at Canterbury ten years ago; their parents arc anxious. Hugh Henry Morris, last heard of in Wellington; his brother asks. William Carr, who went to New Zealand twelve years ago: his mother is anxious. John Williamson, clerk, f irraerly of Hartford who went to Wellington 2878, and was working on a railway 1882; his parents ask. John Thomas Goutts, who left Mile End in 1875 for Lyttelton ; his sister Agnes inquires. M ry and Julia Oartwell, who left London in 1866 on board the Blue Jacket for Christchurch; their sister Ellen inquires. Mrs W. W. Clifford (nec Neill), last heard of at Christchurch in 1883 ; her mother seeks tidings, hdward J. Phipps, sailed for New Zealand in 1885, and last wrote from Auckland; his father wishes for news. George Beele, formerly of Wellington, is asked to write to his sister. Thomas William Junes, who left England in the Undaunted, was last heard of at Hokianga ; his sister Agnes asks. Arthur Oliver is sought for by George Knyerett, late of Nelson ; now home. William, Moses, ami Richard Meek, last heard of in New Zealand in 1878, are inquired for by their nephew George, George Parker, who wont to New Zealand in 1872 and last heard of in Otago, 1885; his aged mother is anxious. John Charles Fisher, who went to New Zealand 1873, last heard of keeping a railway bookstall at Christchurch ; his father and mother seek news. Samuel Taylor enlisted in the 70th Regiment, and in 1886 wrote from New Zealand; his father inquires for him.

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The Evening Star. WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2, 1889., Issue 8027, 2 October 1889

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