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The Evening Star TUESDAY OCTOBER 15, 1889.

The tolonial Governments have been adjj vised that the heir presumptive to the liana of Porpandar, Iv&thiawar, in afeo'ut to make a tour of i'neso colonies.

At Vfte Educational Conference, to be held 'i Ouncdin in January, the Auckland branch will be represented by Messis Harrison, Scott, Stewart, and Newcombe.

JD.P. Bro. Moss to-day reaeived information that the Grand Lodge officers of the Druids intend to visit Dunedin officially about the opening of the Exhibition. Mr A. H. Ross, chairman of the Otago Harbor Board, and Captain Macfarlane, harbor -master, proceeded down tho harbor in the Plucky yesterday afternoon, and took soundings in tho direct channel. At the shallowest part they did not Snd vory mueh difference from the sounding 3 taken in March 'lust bV the harbor-master, but there was feasiderable shoaling in other parts of the channel and in the steamers' basin,

It is stated in ' Vanity Fair' that the late Prince Consort left upwards of L 300,000 to found an "Albert Family Fund," to make suitable provision for his descendants who may hereafter require it, other than 't,he Heir Apparent and such members oJ tih'e Royal Family as may marry into foreign reigning houses. The Queen has added to this fund so largely that it is now said to have considerably more than doubled, and it still increases yearly. It ia not, however, intended that it should be available during the present reign. The railway employes at Christchnreh have lately be*>*i taking steps to resist the enforcement of the Railway Employes' Insurance Bill, the provisions of which tLey consider unjust, and an infringement of the common liberty of employes in respect to their earnings. What is most objected to by employes is the clause which gives power to the Government to stop the amount of contributions from cash man's pay. The compulsory nature of the Bill as -a whole is also strongly objected to. A committee of twenty was appointed to arrange for a public meeting at an early date. A system of medical insurance among the industrial poor has now been put in successful practice for eighteen months by the London Metropolitan Hospital in the Kingsland road. It enrols all those within a mile of its gates who are willing to pay a small monthly charge as clients of the hospital, and when they fall ill they at once receive the full advantages which the institution can furnish. The new principle works excellently well. During the short time that it has been in operation 5,654 membership books have been issued, representing more than 11,000 lives, and those who thus benefit have the consciousness of self-help, besides helping the hospital. A meeting of journeymen tailors was held in the Oddfellows' Hall, Rattray Btreet, hist night, to consider the matter of reorganising the Dunedin Tailors' Union. The president (Mr Montgomery) was in the chair, and there were about twenty other members present. There are now about forty-five, members in the Union, and it is expected that this number will be considerably increased within a very short time. The question of joining in the procession on the opening day of the Exhibition was favorably discussed, and delegates were appointed to confer with the remainder of the tailors in the City, and ascertain their views on the matter.

' Hands Across the Sea' is manifestly increasing in popularity, and but for the managerial desire to give as many pieces as possible from Mr Warner's repertoire during his Bomewhat brief stay here there can be no doubt that it could be profitably kept on the boards for the better part of this week. Last night there was a capital attendance in all parts of the house, and Miss Warner, Mr Warner, and the other principals were frequently called before the curtain. Meution deserves to be made of the compact orchestra, under the leadership of Mr Rice, who last night played a medley of P'nglish nautical airs, which was deservedly applauded. Fcr to-night' Dora' and the sidesplitting farce of 'The Barrister' constitute the bill.

With reference to the confessions of a murder in the Otepopo bush made by a man in London, the ' North Otago Times' says: —"Oamaru police have made inquiries, but have failed to obtain any confirmation of the man's statement. It might have been possible, however, for two men employed iu the Otepopo bush cutting timber fc> cease work without occasioning any inquiry. In those days men came and went, and but little attention was paid to their movements ; and if such a crime was committed, both men must have been strangers, whose disappearance occasioned no remark. It may be, however, that the practice of opium eating has unhinged the man's mind, and that he has confessed to a crime he nevor committed."

The monthly meeting of the Committee of the Athemcum and Mechanics' Institute last night was attended by Messrs J. G. Moody (chairman), J. R. Sinclair, J. A. Barr, J. S. Fitzgorald, J. H. Chapman, D. Reid (juu.), D. White, W. Bolt, E. E. Morrison, W. M'Adam, W. B. Harlow (hon. sec), and Dr Colquhoun. Thanks were accorded to Mr George Grant for the presentation of three books—one on Honolulu, another on the Kermadec Islands, and the third on the Tarawera eruption. The hon. secretary reported that after several special meetings satisfactory terms had been arranged upon which the premises lately occupied by Mr Hay were to be leased for seven years to Mr Eden George for photographic rooms. The Committee approved of what had been done, and appointed Mr Martin to supervise and to approve of the alterations to be made in the building. The oldest admiral of the English fleet is Sir Provo WalHs, who is ninety-eight years old. It is eighty-five years—just the year before Trafalgar—since he first went to sea ! and it is seventy-six years and three months since he fought in that famous sea fight between the English Shannon and the Yankee Chesapeake, off Boston—the latest fight between England and her American offspring, and it may be the last. It is pleasant to think that this grand old seaman —a contemporary of Nelson—is still in fair health and strength. Admiral Wallis, by the way, has never commanded a steam vessel. He is a survival from the age of wood and canvas—the age the close of which is symbolised in Turner's immortal Temeraire. The captain of the Shannon having been wounded, it fell to Lieut. Wallis to briDg her, with her prize, the Chesapeake, to England. For this service Wallis was raised to the rank of commander. Wallis was made a vice-admiral in 1857. A writer in the * Pall Mall Gazette' says : —"Hollow cheeks and wrinkles are very awkward things. Ladies do their best to prevent their appearance. The clever ones seem to be able to ward off the wrinkles, but hollow cheeks completely baffle their skill. A gentloman who lives at Islington is providing ladies whose cheeks are hollow with small pads. These pads are attached to natural or artificial teeth by means of tiny gold springs. The price of a face pad is a trifle heavy, like everything else guaranteed to improve the personal appearance. A pair of pads costs something like L 5. The maker of the face pad said that gentlemen, as well as ladies, are wearing them. One gentleman had never looked anything but cadaverous until he took to the pad. Now his cheeks are rounded like a cherub's, and be looks ten years younger. The curious thing about the faco pad is its inflexibility. It is made of the same material as the case of a set of artificial teeth,

The monthly meeting of the Otago Beekeepers' Association lant evening was vi'ep attended. Ai». interesting patt.e? was .read on 'Transferring' bV T. w. Brickell. Afterwards a discussion tiiaued as to the best roof, botfe'm !?i»fcrcla, etc. Sentence of the Abbotts (convicted at Ch'ris'tohurch of ill-treating a young girl) has been deferred till Monday next, as the gaol authorities reporte4 yesterday that the female prisoner was suffering from nervosa prostration to such an extent as to be unable to attend,

Mr Gl&dsbonis has addressed a letter to the ChurckConßreßs now sitting in England on the subject of Sunday observance. He states that he attributes his long life and the good health which he has enjoyed very largely to the fact that it has buen a rule of his life to do no work whatever on Sunday. A serious aeeifont occurred yesterday afternoon to Mr William Borlase, lessee of one of the Port Chalmers quarries. He was engaged, with two other quarrymen, removing some large stones, when, without any warning, one fell, completely crushing liia ankle. The sufferer was removed to his residence at Sawyers Bay and attended to by Drs Drysdale and Cunningham, who amputated the leg halfway between the ankle and kn'e'e.

Td morrow night the City Council will probably 'decide as to the advisability of providing the brigade with a steam fireengine. It has been stated that, in consequence of the height of the buildings lately erected, the City Brigade would, in the event of a fire breaking out in the top flat, be practically useless with the present appliances, and the Otago Fire Underwriters' Association, in consequence, have asked the Council to take the matter into consideration.

Mr E. L. 0. Layard,, British ConsulGeneral for Ntefr 'Caledonia, who is now in Sydney ott sick leave, Intends to shortly resign and proceed Home, In the course of an. interview with a representative of the ' Daily Telegraph,' Mr Layard gave some information in regard to French rule In New Caledonia and the New Hebrides. He is of opinion that Sir Arthur Gordon's policy in the New Hebrides has been a mistake, and had operated detrimentally to the interests of Fiji. The French convict settlement at New Caledonia is a frightful expense to the French nation. There are at present from 13,000 to 15,000 men there, consisting of convicts, liberes, and recidivistes, 9,000 being convicts. These are employed on public works. The surveillance is exceedingly strict, a large force of soldiers being kept on the island. Mr Layard considers the whole of the French convict system is a "grand mistake." He says that the best of feeling exists between the French and the English officials resident in the islands.

The Mutual Improvement Society in connection with the Moray place* Congregational Church closed their session last evening with a musical and literary entertainment. There was a good attendance, the hall being comfortably filled. Mr_W. Coull, vice-president of the association, occupied the chair, and in the course of his opening remarks congratulated the society upon the success which had attended their meetings this session. In spite of the unsettled condition of the church, the roll of the association exceeded in number that of the previous year, a fact which was due to the energetic manner in which the Committee had worked. The following ladies and gentlemen took part in the programme: —Misses Robinson, M. Brown, Sears, Jago, Christie, Thomson, Henderson, Rowlandson, Coote, E. Coote, and Ogilvie; Messrs Scully, Eowker, A. E. Bone, Harris, and M'Gill. Two glees were sung by the choir, under the conduotorship of Mr Vallia. A very successful entertainment was brought to a close by the singing of the doxology.

The Port Chalmers Foresters' Hall was packed last night, when Mr Brunton's Port singing class and a portion of his Dunedin class, forming a well-balanced choir of forty, repeated the rehearsal of sacred song given in the Dunedin Garrison Hall on 23rd ult. The fir3t part of tho programme cousisted of a curtailment of the service of song 'On the North Sea.' Solos by Messrs Drew and Walker, a duet by Messrs Wilson and Hally, and the choruses were well rendered. The connective readings were read by Mr Eunson. The second part consisted of o,nthems, etc. Two male quartets by Messrs Scoones, Wilson, Hally, and Wood, and the solo ' Waiting,' by M'ss Crawford, were very well sung. Two solos, 'The cripple boy,' and, in response to an encore, 'No one cares for me,' by Miss Elise Logie, were sung with special feeling, and her words were heard very distinctly. Mr Arthur White, besides being an efficient accompanist, played a selection in the interval.

Dunedin Orchestral Society's fourth conceit in Girrion 11*11 on Thursday evening. The attention of members of Loyal Prince of Will's Ledge, M.U.I 0.0.F,, is directed to a notice in this issue,

Meeting of the Otago Branch of the Masonic Union in the Freemasons' Hall on Friday evening. All master Masons a»c expected to be present. The cunvr.t number of the 'Centennial Magazine' conta : ns very readable article* on 'Student life in Melbourne,' by J S. Robertson ; a review of Barton's (erstwhile editor of tho ' Otago Daily Times') ' History of Now South Wales,' by Mr Traill, M.P.; Mr J. 0. Wharton's criticism of thr e little known Australian poets; and Mr Hebblewhite's paper on 'Artisan Scepticism and Empty Churches.' The illußtrative portion of tho book is certainly improving, and this month there is an effective frontispiece by Mr Lucien Henry, a familiar name, whose pencil has produced a fanciful yet extremely graceful adaptation of the lyre bird to sculptural purposes.

The following are from ' Lloydss Weekly' of September 18 and 25 :—M. Prior, who lived at Ellesmere road, Sheffield, is inquired for by his sister, who thinks he may have gone to New Zealand.-George Scott and his wife, Rosannah, went from Ireland to Melbourne in 1853, and last wrote from Buninyong. in 1869, that they were going to New Zealand. Their brother and sister Beek newa.—George Chaplin (" John Chapman ") was a farmer at Auckland forty years ago. His niece would be glad of any news.—William Jeffreys left Brighton, Sussex, in 1872 for New Zealand, in the Charlotte Gladstone. His mother begs for news,—William John Tanner last wrote home from Helensvillo, Kaipara, August 28, 1887 ; he then thought of going to Melbourne.

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