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The Evening Star THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10, 1889.

We have good reason for saying that the Premier has offered to reinstate Mr Hislop in his former position in the Cabinet.

The Christchurch branch of the Protection League have resolved—“ That intercolonial freetrade would not benefit New Zealand, and is impracticable apart from an Australasian Federal Union.' 1 It is understood that counsel for the Crown is considering the desirableness of instituting prosecutions for conspiracy against some of the witnesses in the recent prosecution of Detective Benjamin for alleged perjury. Mr Jellieoe has given notice in the Banco Court for a rule nisi calling upon the pub Usher of the ‘ Wanganui Herald ’ to show cause why he should not be committed for contempt of Court for commenting on the police perjury cases. The Geddes life insurance has been cleared up, as the parties have arrived in Adelaide and identified the lunatic Brennan as their son. It is understood proceedings will now be commenced for the recovery of L 8.500 paid on young Geddes’s supposed death twelve years ago.

At a general meeting of the Cooks’ and Stewards’ Union at Port Chalmers yesterday evening a ballot was taken for the appointment of secretary, vacant by the resignation of Mr W. J. Waters. The following is the result of the ballot:—W, J. Waters, 175 votes; J. J. Smith._ 94; A. Thomson, 33. There were nine candidates.

A slight accident happened at 9.30 this morning on the Mornington tram extension. When the “dummy” was opposite to the municipal buildings in the Glen the brake came into contact with some pulley which was not in proper working order, with the result that the car came to a sudden stoppage. The brake struck Driver Winter in the eye, which was rather severely cut, and two ladies were thrown out, but neither of them received much hurt.

At Wellington last week a young fellow named William Hall was sent to gaol for seven clays for indulging in the foolish joke of masquerading in female attire. He was a stranger in Wellington, and asserted that ho had been only a few minutes in the street when arrested. The Magistrate said he had power to sentence him to six months’ imprisonment, and would have done so if ho had not been disposed to think there was more folly than wickedness. The'Oamaru Mail’reports the death of Mr Alexander Watson, contractor, from congestion and perforation of the bowels, brought about in a measure by severe attacks of indigestion. The deceased, who was a native of Berwickshire, Scotland, was about forty-eight years of age at the time of his death, end arrived in the colony some twenty five years ago, and for the last seventeen years had resided in Oamaru. He leaves a widow and eight children. was a remarkable circumstance in connection with the recent fire in Collins street, Melbourne, that the whole of the building occupied by Allan and Co., music sellers, was not destroyed ; hut the peculiar method of construction saved it. When it was erected the partitions between the rooms and the spaces between each floor and the celling below were packed with sawdust, so as to deaden sound. The water poured upon the building to prevent the spreading of the flames soaked into tiic sawdust, and so made the building practically invulnerable as against tJi e fire. The Rickards variety combination made their final appearance last evening, when a benefit was tendered Mr Harry Rickards, The comedy presented—a laughable musical sketch entitled ‘ln a Fog ’—seemed to be greatly enjoyed by the large audience that assembled, while fas olio could not but fail to please. Mr Rickarffo, in returning thanks for the manner iu which his entertainments had been patronised hero, said he mtepded returning in nine or ten months’ time—an announcement that was received with applause. In connection with the recent execution at Napier the jury (says the ‘ News’) wished to add two riders to their verdict. One was to the effect that it was inadvisable to contiuu6: capital punishment for murder, and the other to tbs effect that all criminals sentenced to death shoiffd he executed in a central town, as execution ir, pgiall communities were demoralising. Tho Goyo-jer said that in relation to the first idea, the question was one that should be brought under the notice of members of ifie House, and he could accept no rider of the kind. He promised to forward the other recommendation to tho proper quarter. His Honor Mr Justice Williams delivered judgment this morning iu the case cf Winmill v. Gallie. Probate of the will was refused, the finding being therefore in favor of plaintiff. The suit began on the 21st March, and it was the 3th July before His Honor intimated that ho would take time to consider. Mr Fraser, counsel on behalf of Winmill, called eighty-four witnesses, and Mr Chapman brought forward twenty-four witnesses on the other side. The case was of unprecedented length so far as the coin nies are concerned, and no doubt all patties connected therewith are relieved of anxiety now that the main iss.ue has been adjudicated upon. As showing ike interest taken ia the case by the profession, it .may he mentioned that about twenty five members of the local Bar assembled to hear His Honor’s judgment. The delivery thereof occupied rather less than three-quarters of an hour.

At Adelaide Mr Justice Bundey and a jury were engaged for three days in hearing a will easo in which the disputants are the mother and youngest daughter of Owen Devlin, farmer, Wongyam. Devlin signed a will on December 30 last year, in the presence of two priests, leaving property valued at L 2.000 to his wife, to whom he had been married fifty years. Subsequently, being eighty-two years of age, he became weak and ill, and was persuaded by his youngest daughter and her husband, named Wade, to go to their house, where he admitted later on to his wife that ho had been forced to sign another will, leaving the property to Mary Wade and her con after her. The jury found that the will in favor of Wade was the result of undue influence, and that in f?,vor of the wife the true will of Devlin. Wade was mulcted in costs.

Adjourned meeting of representatives of societies intending to take part in the Ejthibition opening procession will be held in toe Garrison Hall this evening. Court St. Andrew, A.0.F., held their fortnightly meeting at Oaversham on Monday, when there was a good attendance of members and visitors. Two candidates were initiated. The receipts were LlO. The annual concert in aid of tho funds of the Albion Cricket Club will be held m All Saints’ Schoolroom to-morrew mght. The chair will be taken by Mr Allen, M.H.R, and as the names of several of our best amateur singers figure in the concert programme, there is every probability of there being a large attendance.

Roslyn Bowling Club open their green for the season on Saturday.

Caledonian Bowling Club play their opening match at 2.30 p.m. on Saturday.

Received, the current number of the ' Boys’ High School Magazine, 1 which well maintains its standard.

The Mo giel Presbyterian glebe bazaar will be held in the Mosgiel Volunteer Hall on Friday and Saturday. The concert in aid of the library fund of the Roslyn Institute will be held in the Roslyn Hall to-morrow evening. Wo are indebted to the ‘Daily Times’ for the report, elsewhere, of the bankruptcy proceedings at L iwrenco yesterday. ‘ L'oyd’s Weekly ’ of August 4 has the following notice:—William and Louisa Brown, who left Little Coxwell, Berks, in June, 1875, were last hoard of ten years ago at Canterbury, New Zealand. Their patents are anxious.— Hugh Henry Norris, who went to New Zealand in 1858, was last heard of in 1868, in Wiliis street, Wellington. His brother asks. We remind playgoers that Mr Charles Warner’s season at the Princess’s to-night will be inaugurated by the production of a drama from Pettitt’s pen, entitled ‘ Hands across the Sea.’ As the company who will support Mr Warner comprise a number of actors and actresses who have in the past enjoyed the favor of Dunedin audiences, and as the piece will be presented with the same regard to fidelity of detail that marked its production in Australia, wo confidently anticipate that to night’s performance will give much satisfaction to a full house.

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The Evening Star THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10, 1889., Issue 8034, 10 October 1889

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