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The Evening Star MONDAY, OCTOBER 14, 1889., Issue 8037, 14 October 1889
The Evening Star MONDAY, OCTOBER 14, 1889.
There was a severe shock of earthquake at Apia on September 19. It lasted nearly a minute.
During the short stay of Governor Loch at Auckland he was received by Mayor Devore and Sir G. Grey. The Greytown (Wellington) Borough Hall has been burned down. Insurance, L3OO in the South British Office. There was another capital audience to Witness ' Hands Across tho Sea' on Saturday night, and there are indications of a successful season for Mr Warner's capital company. The final representation of this drama is announced for to-night. A church parade took plaoe at Port Chalmers yesterday afternoon. The Port Chalmers Navals and L Battery Artillery mustered at the Garrison Hall, and, headed by the bam 1 , marched to Holy Trinity Church, where a choral service was held. The Rev. W. Ronttldson, who officiated, preached from 'The weapons,'2nd Corinthians x., 4th verse; 'The armor,' Ephesians vi,, 13th verse ; 'No discharge (casting off weapons),' Ecclesiastes viii,, Bth verse. Judge Ward will deliver judgment in the matter of Ferguson's bankruptcy at Lawrence on his return from the Oamaru and Titnaru circuit sittings. Concerning the cases the local paper remarks:—" The cases on both sides were conducted with much ability and a good deal of determination, and though there were no hostile encounters between the opposing counsel, yet the proceedings were enlivened by occasional light passages and some good-humored banter. Mr Solomon's speech hi support of his motion to sot aside the preferential payments made by the bankrupt was a splendid cllbrt, i>nd was freely applauded at its close." The criminal session at Christchurch was concluded lute on Saturday, wheu tho Abbotts were convicted of ill-treating the girl Esther Powditch. The jury found both prisoners not guilty of depriving the girl of food whereby her life was endangered, but guilty on all the other counts—viz,, endangering her health by deprival of the necessary food, general cruelty, assaulting, beating, etc. They recommended the female prisoner, who is approaching her confinement, to mercy. T. H. Rogers and G. H. Cook oach received eighteen months' hard labor for housebreaking. This has been the longest session for seventeen years excepting tho special one when Hall's cases were heard Oc resuming this morning it was proved that Mrs Abbot was suffering from nervous prostration, and unable to appear in Court. Mr Justice Denniston therefore postponed delivery of sentence till Monday next. During the past few days it has been reported in town that Messrs James Duthie and Co. had lost the railway cartage contract for the ensuing three years. As this firm have discharged their duties in a most efficient manner, it gives us pleasure to be able to state that the report is groundless. On Saturday they received official intimation that their tender for the cartage of goods and parcels between the Dunedin railway station and the City had been accepted by the New Zealand Railway Commissioners for three years from the Ist of January next. Reckoning in the time during which they were associated with Mr Mollison, the Messrs Duthie have now held the contract for nine years and a-half.
The neighborhood of Upper Stafford street was the scene of a disorderly disturbance at an early hour on Sunday morning. Three young men, who move in good circles, visited a house of ill-fame, where they were refused admittance. They then indulged in threats, and their noisy behaviour drew to the scene Constable Ramsay, who vainly endeavoured to persuade them to " move on." The ringleader challenged the constable to fight, and a row ensued, which caused the latter to intervene. On his attempting to arrest the ringleader and handcuff him he slipped through his coat, left it in the constable's possession, and made good his escape. A summons has been issued against the offender, who will be charged at the Cily Police Court with conduct calculated to pro voko a breach of tho peace, and with resisting Constable Ramsay while in the execution of his duty. During the mf.Ue, the constable was twice struck in the face, and had his thumb knocked out of joint. At a meeting of Wellington insurers in the British and Colonial Property, Finance, and Assurance Company last week some strongly-worded resolutions were adopted. It was incidentally mentioned that the names of the directors as they appeared on the prospectus included those of Messrs James Williamson, Sydney Burdeken, William Trotter, James Inglis, and M'Dougall (of Sands and M'Dougall). One of the resolutions adopted read as follows: —"That this meeting is of opinion that the extraordinary silence on the part of the directors of the company, taken in conjunction with their having failed to meet a certain fire claim, the sudden resignation of their Dunedin directors (representing the principal office for New Zealand), and the lengthened absence of their resident manager from the colony at this juncture, places matters in a very questionable shape, seemingly almost an abandonment of tho interests confided to their care ; and that the meeting demands from the directors at the headquarters of tho company, as honorable men, a full and complete explanation of circumstances at prcaentalmost unparalleled iu insurance,"
There k a great complaint in Hawkb's of the want of school accommodation. During the practice of the Newtown Fire Brigade on the Karangahape road on Saturday a lad named Davy was run over by the engine and killed instantaneously, the wheels passing over his neck.
Tho bakehouso belonging to Mr C. P. Meyer, situate in High street, Roslyn, took fire at 4 p.m. yesterday, owing to some matter falling out of the oven. Tho fire was extinguished before much damago was done,
John M'Bain, a Crimean veteran, sixtythree years of ago, died at fiavensbourne on Saturday of cancer. He belonged to the Royal Artillery, and took part in the battles of the Alma, Balaclava, and Inkerman, and held a medal and four clasp?. The local postal officials anticipate a "warm" day to-morrow. In the morning they will have the Australian mail; in tho forenoon the direct mail ex Ruapehu j and in the evening, in all probability, the San Francisco mail. Box-holders are requested to clear them as expeditiously as possible. Concerning Mr Coad, the temperance lecturer, who will shortly visit this City, a Christchurch correspondent thus .writes: "Ho is one of the straightest and most genuine men I have met. Unassuming, and comparatively uncultured, ho is a diamond of the first water j rough hftwn from Nature's quarry. His original humor and hispnthetic experiences and anecdotes move you by turns to laughter and to tears." At the horticultural show on Saturday considerable notice was taken of the exhibits by Mr George Matthews, of Moray place, of the Ranunculus LyalU, or mountain lily of New Zealand, and of the Ranunculus Buchananii, which is another species of the same lily family, We believe that the last* mentioned, which gained a first-class certi' ficato, was exhibited on Saturday for the first time in this colony. Mr Matthews also obtained a first-class certificate for a new Primula obecmica. The firm had a very fine display of hyacinths and tulips, The ' Lyttelton Times ' and several of the Northern papers severely tako to task the Chief Justice for his action in the Benjamin case. They assert that His Honor, in suggesting that the Grand Jury might call for the evidoßce of Inspector Thompson and Detective Campbell, who were witnesses for the defence, clearly did an illegal thiDg, and point out that a grand jury can only examine witnesses for the prosecution, and determine on tho evidence that they give whether or not a prima facie case has been made out. The Wellington 'Press' does not mince matters, remarking :—" When the counsel for the prosecution rightly refused to make the witnesses for the accused into witnesses for the prosecution the Judge tried to throw odium upon him, and to impress the Grand Jury with tho idea that it was a monstrous act on the part of counsel ; that counsel was refusing evidence to the Grand Jury for which they had a right to ask. The Chief Justice peremptorily closed the mouth of counsel, and refused even to allow him to explain to tho Court and the Grand Jury why he declined—that it was because it would bind the prosecution to the evidence of Thompson and Campbell if the case went to trial, and preclude the prosecution from crossexamining them. The Chief Justice did not Venture himself to order the names to be put on the back of the indictment, and he did not venture even to authorise the Grand Jury to call for them. Yet he tried to impress tho Grand Jury with the idea that the counsel for the prosecution was improperly preventing them from obtaining the evidence."
Mr Lonergan, of Christchurch, who has just returned after a visit to America and Europe, has been chatting pleasantly to the 'Press' representative, and said inter alia : " I made a hurried visit to Dublin, the Four Courts and old Parliamentary Houses (which are now the Bank of Ireland), to St. Stephen's Green, to Guinness's brewery, and Trinity College. No unprejudiced man could go to Ireland and come away without saying to himself 'There's something wrong here.' I saw active, tall, strong, powerful men, employed at Is to 2s a day, sit down at noon and eat a piece of black bread. This was their first meal of the day, and would be their last till they reached their home or hovels in the evening. In London there is abject criminal poverty ; in Ireland there is none. The men are willing to work, but cannot get sufficient to do. On my way from Holyhead to Dublin I became acquainted with a Protestant Irish Dean, who was in favor of a Government for Ireland similar to that in force in the colonies, and I met many of the Home Rule party. The only solution of the almost everlasting difficulty i 3 the granting to Ireland of local government. I feel satisfied in my own mind there ia as much to do in Ireland as there was in Victoria thirty years ago. There are mines to open up, railways to build, harbors to make and dredge, and factories to establish. You pass through parts and you bcc what appears to be ruin. You learn it was onco a factory capable of employing 1,000 operatives. It cannot be restored, but thore ia the water power, and many other things to make a large manufacturing country. There is no opening for the boys and girls. Year after year they have to be placed on the land, until the land becomes incapable to support them. The Paris Exhibition is beyond my power of description. The New Zealand Court is fairly attractive, and I saw fifty or sixty people there. While explaining many things to my companion, it became known that I was a New Zealander, and after that I was kept very busy answering questions about my island home. Everywhere there is a better feeling prevailing towards New Zealand. If you want to see a place, and are late, or have selected the wrong day, you have only to explain that you came from New Zealand, and your desire is gratified—the doors are thrown open to you. and there is no more trouble. At Rome I visited St. Peter's and the Vatican, going through the picture galleries and the libraries, and I was most fortunate enough to get audience v. ith Pope Leo XIII. He plied me with questions about New Zealand, and I was astonished at the amount of information he possessed about us."
The Port Chalmers Naval Artillory meet on Friday evening next for the purpose of olecting a sub-lieutenant.
The annual general meeting of the National Insurance Company -will bo held at the head office, Battray street, on tho afternoon of Wednesday, November 13.
The kinderapiel ' The Happy Family ' will be given in All Saints' Schoolroom on the evenings of Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. There are to be fifty performers. About thirty couples were present at a ball in the Athenaeum Hall, Greytown, on Friday evening. Mr George Beath supplied the music, and Mr T. Christie wasM.O. The admissions to the Dunedin Hospital last week were nineteen, and there was an equal number of discharges. There remained 100 patients on Saturday. The deaths were - Ellen Simpson and John Smith. A service of sorg entitled ' Widow Winpony's Watchword' was efficiently rendered by the choir at the church, Broad Bay, on Friday evening. There was a very good attendance At the close of tho entertainment hearty votes of thanks were accorded to the choir, the organist 'Mrs Howarth), the conductor (Mr Huie), and to the Rev. Mr Jory (Port Chalmers), who gave the connective readings. Mr Cambridge, a Christchurch artist, has just completed to the order of the Grand Lodqe of Canterbury, B.C , a portrait in oils of the late DrDeamer, D.G.M. Though the picture was pa'nted from an old photo, the work is very highly spoken of by the local Press, the * Lyttelton Times' saying :—"The well-known pose of the head, the calm, kindly expression, tho innate dignity of the man, are embodied in the picture." Court Little John, A.0.F.. celebrated their anniversary with a concert and ball in the Good Templar's Hall, Kaikorai, on Friday evening There was a good attendance. The Kaikorai Band played a selection (' Lord of the IsleB') in good style, and songs were given by Misses Beid and Crichton, Mea:-rs Phillips, and Davie, while Messrs W. P. and J. L. StuarS danced the seauntreus and highland fling respectively, aad also the double Athol broadsword dance, the pipe music being supplied by Pipcmajor M'Donald, D.H.R. Comic songs weto givou by Mr De Maus and an amateur. D.C.K. Bro. Adams occupied tho chair, and gave a short address on tho benofHs of the Order, urging all young men present who were not members of a friendly Bociety to become members. Previous to the concert there was a procession of Foresters in regalia and Robin Hood uniform and tho Ro3lyu Fire Brigade, headed by tbe Kaikorai Eand, and which was witnessed by a large number of people.
The annual gathoring of the employed of Messrs Levy Bnd Guthrie took place on Friday night, and passed off successfully. 'Die meeting of the Hand and Heart Lodge, MU.1.0.0.P,, was held in the Oddfellows' Hall, Stuart street, last week, N.G. Bro. T. Mixnfc presiding. Four now members were initiated. The receipts were L 46 15b lOd.
The Ohio Minstrelß gave an entertainment at Seacliff on Saturday night. The large hall was comfortably filled. The first part consisted of the usual chair business, and the second part con' sisted of a farce, dance, banjo solo, and finale. The orchestra, under the condUctorship of Mr T. Downes, played a few selections during the evening.
The wreck of the barquo Willie M'Laren, 53G tons register, which sunk a few days ago near the pilot station in Wellington harbor, will be offered for tale on Thursday morning at eleven o'clock by Messrs George Thomas and Co., auctioneers, at their rooms, Panama street, Wellington. Her cargo of Newcastle coal will be offered at the Barae timo, Full particulars are advertised.
The Evening Star MONDAY, OCTOBER 14, 1889., Issue 8037, 14 October 1889
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