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The Evening Star. SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5, 1889.

Our supplement to day contains Topics of the Day and the Maybrick agitation (from our London correspondent), Feminine Fancies, and a variety of interesting reading matter.

Tho Timaru High School Board have given notice of dismissal to all the staff excepting the head-master (Mr Hoghon), There was a sitting of the Warden’s Court yesterday. The applications were in every case either adjourned or withdrawn. Some of the applications were for water races at Bare wood.

The Supreme Court case of the Queen v. Brooks was concluded, so far as the taking of evidence is concerned, at 6.30 p.m. yesterday, and the hearing of legal argument therein was adjourned till alter the criminal sessions are over.

The ‘Matanra Ensign’ hears that Mr Thomas Calcutt, of Goodwood, succeeds Mr W. R. Cameron as manager of the Now Zealand Mortgage and Investment Association. It is also stated that the board of directors is to bo done away with, and that Mr Calcutt will bo sole representative of the association in the colony, Farmers and country settlers of Hawke’s Bay look forward to the shearing and harvest with apprehension of groat scarcity of labor. An unprecedented area is in crop, ploughs being at work in every direction. One farmer has been advertising for tenders for harvesting 500 or 600 acres of grain crops, but not a single tender has been received.

Mr Douglas M'Lean secured the chief honors in draught stock at the Hawke’s Bay Show, held yesterday. Cattle were almost entirety confined to shorthorns. The Rev. S. Williams was less successful than formerly, the Hon. H, Russell, Messrs T. H. Lowry, and W. Rathbone being the chief prize takers. The prize for the best young bulls went to Mr J. Reid, of Elderslie ; and the champion was also bred by the same gentleman, though exhibited by Mr Rathbone. Mr H. R. Russell exhibited the champion cow, of his own breeding. The judges specially commented on the exceptional excellence of the cattle shown.

At the inquest at Seacliff on the body of George Edward Charlton, evidence was given to the effect that nine or ten years ago deceased was affected with heart disease. Dr King added that there was nothing to indicate that death took place from any other than natural causes. Witness had heard it stated that deceased was supposed to be suffering from heart disease, and from the circumstances of his death he would say that this was extremely probable. The facts that deceased had been exerting himself and that he had evidently fallen while going up jiill without making an effort to protect himself with his hands, pointed to the conclusion that he bad suffered a sudden collapse, as might occur in persons troubled with disease of the heart. The jury returned a verdict to the effect that deceased died from natural causes.

Mr Jinkins, tho business manager of the Rickards Company, was tendered a complimentary benefit last evening. Special attractions were provided, and there assembled so large an audience that standing room only was obtainable at the time the performance commenced. The musical sketch ‘ Bric-A-brao ’ was repeated, to the evident satisfaction of those in front, and in the second part the entertainment was varied by the singing of Miss Wooldridge, Mr H. B. Smith, and Mr W. Densem. Miss Wooldridge sang ‘The first letter,’ Mr Smith ‘The yeoman’s wedding,’ and Mr Densem ‘ The little hero.’ These songs were enthusiastically encored, but in each case the singer merely bowed acknowledgment of the compliment. This afternoon a performance in aid of the Industrial School Band fund was witnessed by a very large audience. An entire change of programme is announced for this evening, Mr Rickards’s musical comedy of ‘ Spoons ’ being set down as the chief feature of the playbill,

Mir W. Fidler, inspector of schools at Auckland, has resigned. At a meeting of fruit-growers at Auckland yesterday it was decided to form a company for the export of fruit.

Albert Goodacre, twelve years of age, was drowned yesterday whilst bathing at Cheltenham Beach, Davenport. The report of the directors Of the fWlh liitjsh Insurance Company for the Jsar does not recommend tne declkWttfoh of a dividend.

'.Wellington ‘Post’ offers prikes of ..rtecn, ten, and five guineas for the three beat poems on the subject of the jubilee of the colony.

H. Ashforth, financial agent, charged with appropriation of funds entrusted to him for investment, was yesterday committed for trial at Wanganui.

Tho public examination of Robert Fergu* son, a bankrupt, before Judge Ward, takes place In the District Court, Lawrence, on Wednesday tteSt, the date of the sitting having again been altered, 6n Saturday last the outbuildings at the homestead of Mr Jarvis Wilson, at Longridge frorth, were burnt down. The fire was caused through children playing with matches. Loss, Ll3O ;no insurance. Mr Morrison, secretary of the Anglers’ Association, informs us that Messrs J. Wilkie, J. Caffin, and B. Reid are returning from Clinton by to-night’s express with heavy baskets of trout. They had excellent sport.

The tJnder-Secretary for Native affairs has called a meeting of Rotorua Natives, and, on behalf of the Government, offered to purchase tho township—about 3,000 acres—for 1.6,500. r , The Maoris, however, say they w’ant L 40,000, and the meeting was adjourned. An alarm of fire was given from one of tho indicators in South Ward about midnight. The brigade turned out, only to discover that they had been hoaxed. It is hard that a number of men should bo called out at such an hour to provide amusement for larrikins, and it is to be hoped that when such an offence is proved against anyone a stern example will be made by the authorities.

The Invercargill Chamber of Commerce yesterday discussed the question of the Victorian tarifi: on grain. On the receipt of a letter from the Government to the effect that they could not see their way to approach Victoria by way of protest against the duties, some members contended that it was not for New Zealand, which had adopted protective duties, to call Victoria in question for doing the same thing. MrJ. G. Ward, M.H.R., held that the Victorian duties were more than protective—they were prohibitive. Ultimately it was resolved to again approach the Government on the subject and ask them to reconsider their decision. A committee was instructed to draw up reasons for protesting against the Victorian tariff.

The Dunedin Cycling Club held a very successful social at Girton Hall last evening. The stage was tastefully arranged as a drawing room, and decorated with bicycles, racing colors, etc. The miisio was supplied by Mr Yates, and the whole Committee of the club acted as stewards. With this combination of facilities, it goes without saying that the forty couples who took part in the dancing found everything plain sailing, and enjoyed themselves accordingly. A specially pleasing feature of the entertainment was the tasteful arrangement of the refreshmenttable. For this the chief credit is due to Mrs Burn, who, however, was ably assisted by Mrs Allan and Misses Crow, Milne, and Stone. During an interval between the dances Mr John Stone contributed two humorous recitations.

The monthly meeting of the Port Chalmers District High School Committee was held yesterday evening; present—Messrs Elder, Cook, Watson, and Stevenson. In the absence cf Mr Thomson, Mr Elder was appointed chairman. A letter was read from Dr Drysdale, enclosing cheque lor LlO, for prize fund. The secretary was instructed to thank the donor. The Rector reported that the average attendance for the quarter ending September 30 was 571, and the number on the roll at the end of the quarter 657, and thellectorasked permission to allow Mr W. C. Woodnorth, who has been giving his lecture on pottery manufacture, with practical illustrations, in most of the Dunedin schools, to give his lecture in the school on Tuesday next, as it would form a valuable object lesson. Permission was granted. Accounts amounting to 17s 6d were passed for payment, and Messrs Watson and Stevenson were appointed Visiting Committee for the ensuing month. There was a large attendance at the City Hall last night, the occasion being a concert in aid of the Trinity Church circuit fund. Mrs Murphy gave an excellent rendering of ‘The cuckoo song,’ which was encored, and also took part with Mr Densem in two comic duets. Miss Christie was in good voice, and sang 1 Dear heart ’ so well as to receive a recall, in response to which ‘ Fiddle and I ’ was given in good taste. Miss Cooper’s contribution was ‘ The dream of home,’ the last verse of which was repeated in answer to an encore. This young lady also took part with Messrs Marsden and Jago in the trio ‘ The Gipsies.’ Mr Jago sang ‘ Under the flag ’ and ‘ Our Jack,’ and when forced to reappear he caused much merriment with a couple of comic songs. Mr Harry Smith was heard to advantage in ‘ The last aboard ’ and ‘ The three sailor boys’} and Mr Densem gave ‘ The sleeping camp. ’ A largo choir, under the conductorship of Mr Marsden, sang three part songs in a creditable manner. Tho accompaniments during tho evening were played by Mr Faulkner and Mr D. Cooke, the last-named gentleman also contributing a piano solo, A correspondent, signing himself “ Ixion,” writes to us calling attention to the unexcused absence of a gentleman whose name was on the programme.

Earlv Closing Association general meeting in Y.W. Rooms, Moray place, on Tuesday evening. Wo have received tho annual report of the Dunedin and Suburban Reserves Conservation Society.

A public meeting of ratepayers of tho Borough of Port Chalmers will be held in the new Town Hall on Tuesday evening to consider the annexation of Mansford,

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The Evening Star. SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5, 1889., Issue 8030, 5 October 1889

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