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The Evening Star TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8,1889.

The last nights of the feickards season arc announced, bet tti'c, attendance keeps up well. Last etching the theatre was well filled in fell parts, and the programme put forV/Ard gave general satisfaction. The Freemasons’ Hall will in all probability fall into the hands of a now company. Thanks to the great liberality of Bro. William Thompson, arrangements have been come to by which the retention of the building by the craft !a assured. Donald M'Master, a very old resident of Saddle Hill, dropped down dead near bis iW.dence at 8.30 last night. Deceased, who had lived in the district for very many years, was seventy-five years of age, unmarried, a farmer by occupation, and lived with his nephew. Despite his advanced age he had followed his usual occupation throughout the day, Tho ‘ Oamaro Mail ’ has an editorial disputing the bona fides of the statement that the Hon. W. Robinson’s estate was worth only L 350,000. It points out that in 1882 the Cheviot property was. valued for Property Tax purposes at L 279.000, and that in the opinion of experts it is to-day worth at least L 5 an acre. Now, there are 92,900 acre's, to say nothing of stock, etc. Tho Government are reminded of the action tJ.kbn by Victoria when tho Hon. Henry Miller died, and the ‘ Mail ’ adds that their action in this matter will be watched with semo interest. Mr Coad, the temperance lecturer, is a bit of a humorist in his way. When at Hokitika the other day he poked a little fun at their railway, and was taken to task by one of the local papers, which said“ Our railway line isatender spot with us. It may be a good joke to re'Ople not directly interested in the district, but it is a grim one at beat to those whose hopes have been so long deferred ; whose efforts for tho completion of this work have been apparently in vain. We hope Mr Coad will confine himself to the whisky question and female franchise in his future lectures. We have been bullied, worried, and harassed over this confounded Hue. We haVe spent much money, ink, and eloquence over it, and now we are informed as a means of transit it is far inferior to a donkey-cart. This is true, and pity ’tis ’tit, true, but it is our misfortune rather than our fault. Please don’t laugh at us !” At least thirty additional policemen, principally men drafted from the Permanent Militia, will be stationed in Dunedin during the Exhibition period, so that our citizens may not bo needlessly alarmed as to the insufficiency of police protection. Two detectives are coming down from the Northern parts of the colony, and three or four are expected over from Australia. The suggestion has been made to us that as an influx of the criminal class may not unreasonably be expected during the next few months, residents can afford the police very material assistance by acting as a volunteer police force, and when any suspected character is seen hovering round the locality where such residents live, if the central station be communicated with by telephone, a police officer could be at once despatched to the place. The following explanation is given why tho year 1900 will not he counted among leap years The year is 365(15h 4!)min long; 1 Imin are taken every year to make the years 3651 days long; and every fourth year we have an extra day. This was Julius Ciesar’s arrangement. Where do these 1 Imin come from? They come from the future, and are paid, omitting leap year, every ten years. But if leap year is omitted regularly every hundredth year, in the course of 400 years it is found that the llmin taken each year will not only have been paid back, but that a whole day will be given up. So Pope Gregory XIII., who improved on Cicsar’s calendar in 1582, decreed that every ccnturial year divisible by four should be a leap year after all. So wc borrow llmin each year, more than paying our borrowing back by omitting three leap years in three ccnturial years, and square matters by having a leap year in the fourth eenturial year. Pope Gregory’s arrangement is so exact, and tiro borrowing and paying back balance so closely, that wc borrow more than wc pay back to the extent of only one day in 3,866 years. The closing entertainment in connection with the Hanover street Church Young Men’s Mutual Improvement Society was held in the upper schoolroom last evening, and was well attended. At 7.30 o’clock a largo number sat down to tea, the tables being presided over by Mesdames Cullen and Gain, and Misses E. Beckingsale, Walker, Nichol, C. Haig, and Burton, After tho wants of those present had been attended by the ladies mentioned a concert was held, the programme being opened by tho playing of an overture, ‘The Caliph of Bagdad.’ The hon. secretary (Mr J. North) then read the annual report, which referred to the good work dono by tho society, and tho need there was for further efforts on the parts of members. Vocal and instrumental selections, etc., were contributed by Misses Coombs, Derbyshire, Wiseman, Mrs Medlin, and Messrs J. S. Peterson, D. Gain, G. Moore, J. H. Walker, A. VValker, J. J. North, Grater, Valentine, Scoones, Dowic, Hale, and Coates; tho concert being thoroughly enjoyed by tho audience, who applauded heartily and frequently. The Rev, A. North presided. St. Matthew’s Schoolroom was well filled last night, when Mr A. Wilson, M.A., lectured on Tennyson’s ‘ Prlncrss ’ in aid of the funds of the Walker street Free Kindergarten. Tho chair was occupied by tho Rev. A. C. Yorke, who, in a few well chosen observations, alluded to the objects and methods of the new departure in educations which kindergartens represent. Mr Wilson in his prefatory remarks, said that the best way to lecture on ‘ The Princess 1 would bo to give a series of lectures on the poem, the first to bo confined to the first third ; the second to the second third ; and the last to the third third. For a little over an hour and a-half he examined the poem critically, and, as the rev. chairman afterwards happily putit, succeeded in enabling his auditory to obtain a much more correct appreciation of its beauties than they previously possessed. There was a miscellaneous concert, which proved very enjoyable, It was opened with a piano duet by Miss and Master Towsey; and a quartet, ‘Sweet and low,’ was given by Mrs Ross, Miss Marshall, Messrs Gully and Houghton. Mr H. B. Smith also sang the tuneful ‘ Tho messenger swallow,’ and in response to an encore gave * The falconer ’; Mr E. Reynolds contributed ‘Ask mo no more’; while Miss Blanche Joel, besides singing ‘ Horne they brought her warrior dead’ in good style, played the Hungarian dance, which was heartily encored. Mr A. J. Towoey was accompanist.

The Christchurch Bands Contest Committee have received ;-uflicient support to warrant them in raising the first prize to LIOO.

i'hc Kensington School Committee met last evening, when there were prSsblit— Messrs Colo (In the chair), Allen, Nicliol, Probbles, Trevena, and M'Laren. Mr Gaffln’s resignation as a member of the Committee was accepted. The head-master reported that the number of pupils on the roll was 413, the average attendance for the past quarter being 365 j the average attendance for the same quarter of last year had been 357, while the average attendance for the past month had been 360. The Education Board intimated that the (juarterly allowance (Lls) had been lodged in the bank to the Committee’s account. It was stated that the complaint made to the factor of the Presbyterian Church re the state of the ground adjoining the school had been attended to and the nuisance abated. As the janitor’s duties had been increased it was decided to grant his application for an increase of salary. It Was decided to repair tho school fence and to make arrangements re the drainage of the surface water. The Visiting Committee appointed for the month consisted of Mesorfc Cole and Trevena, and they were instructed to draw the attention of the teachers to tho fact that it would bo advisable to keep an eyo on the pupils during the dinner hour, as some damage had been done to tho playground adjuncts.

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The Evening Star TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8,1889., Issue 8032, 8 October 1889

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The Evening Star TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8,1889. Issue 8032, 8 October 1889

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