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The Evening Star WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 1889.

A London cablegram, dated the Ist inst, says;—"An accident, fortunately not attended with serious consequences, happened to Mr Gladstone while engaged in his favorite exercise of tree-felling. Mr Gladstone's axe caught in a line stretched near the tree at which he was chopping, and in the rebound injured him, but not seriously."

In a case heard at Christchurch yesterday it was sought to be proved that the Kaiapoi Woollen Company had discharged a hand because he had joined tho Tailors' Union. Tho defence was that it was contrary to custom to give a week's notice. The Bench ruled that the question of tho Union was irrelevant, but took time to consider the other points raised. A Central News telegram from New York says that a singular scene was enacted at Grafton, Dakota, when the train conveying Martin Burke from Canada to Chicago arrived at that place. The cars were surrounded as soon as they stopped by a crowd of 300 Irishmen, who hooted the suspect and threatened him with violence. One of the number pushed himself to the front, and, declaring he was a cousin of the murdered doctor, drew a revolver, and vowed he would avenge the unfortunate man's death on "that villain Burke," He was, however, disarmed before any mischief was done. The prisoner, on hearing the threat to shoot him, ejaculated resignedly : " Well, I guess I might as well be shot in Dakota as hung in Chicago." A ppecial meeting of the Macandrew road Scheol Committee was held last evening, at which there were present Messrs Hogg (chairman), Carpenter, Logie, Hallam, and Dodds. It was unanimously resolved, on the motion of Mr Hallam, seconded by Mr Carpenter Committee, at their next meeting, to be held on Tuesday, sth November, 1889, take steps with the view of closing the school, owing to the filthy state of the ditch in front of it, which is in a condition net only dangerous to the health of the children attending the school, but also inimical to the salubrity of the neighborhood " ; and the secretary was instructed to send a copy of tho resolution to the Education Board.

The Wanganui criminal session was opened yesterday before the Chief Justice. R. S. Hassell, arraigned on two charges of forgery, pleaded guilty, and was admitted to probation, a settler entoring into a bond of LSO for him for six months. W. Baird Drummond pleaded guilty to two' charges of larceny, and was sentenced to eight months' hard labor on both charges, to run concurrently. In the case against C. H. Ashforth, for converting the moneys of Stephen Carrick to his own use, he acting as agent, the prosecution fell through owing to no indictment being sent in. It appeared that Mr Jellicoe refused at the last moment to attond the Court at Wanganui, so the prosecutor had no time to get other counsel. Prosecutor asked the Court for an adjournment till the next sittings, but His Honor said ho could not do this as it was the fault of prosocutor's counsel. Later on His Honor told Carrick that as he had sent in no indictment ho was legally liablo to a penalty of LIOO, but under the circumstances of his counsel being to blame no doubt the Court would not press for the penalty,

It is &tan'6unced that the following coloriial .appointments have been made:— Bit Charles Cameron Lees, K.C.M.G., at 'present Governor of Barbadoes, haß been appointed Governor of Mauritius. Mr Walter J, Sendall, C.M.G., Governor of the Winward Islands, has been appointed Governor of Barbadoes, and will be succeeded by tho Hon. Walter Francis HelyHutchinson,

The subjects for discussion at the proposed Farmers' Conference, to be held at Dunedin, embrace the following s— Amalgamation of farmers' societies for mutual interest and protection ; reduction of railway charges ; abolition of the duty on agricultural imple ttients; the rabbit pest and small birds nuisance; the grain-bag question and commission charges ; cooperation ; political representation; abolition of the San Francisco subsidy; an entire horse tax and veterinary inspection ; aud the establishment of disttll'crtos.

El. Matthew's Schoolroom was com.fertably tilled last evening, when an entertainment was given in aid of the poor of the parish by the Rangitira Minstrels. Messrs J. Nicholson, H. Black (bones), A. M'Loan, G. Stevenson (tambos), W. M'Lean (interlocutor), J. James, and W. Low (soloists) succeeded in making those present enjoy the first portion of tho programme, and the fun was continued in the second part. Three sketches ' Don't Leave tljjs Old Folks,' M'Lean and Stephenson's 'Nightmare,' and 'The Monomaniac' —created considerable amus'ement. W. M'Lean appoarte'd in a few specialties, D. Christie danced a clog hornpipe, and J. Nicholson contributed a stump speech in laughable style. Tho report of the Committee of Council on Education in Scotland speaks with emphatic satisfaction about the Scottish training colleges. Seven of these exist, and their total number of students (857) is only three below the accommodation they provide. They are thus fully capable of supplying the annual vacancies among tho teaching staff. But the great point (remarks the 'Daily News') is that they possess "in very full measure" the confidence of school managers throughout tho country in spite of the fact that thoy are all under denominational management. The report further tiays : —" We are convinced of the excellent work they do." Perhaps one cause of that excellence is the encouragement given to students to attend various university classes. The payment of the fees incurred was allowed by the Code of 1873, on condition that the students gave previous proof of tho possession of sufficient qualifications. The colleges in Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Aberdeen sent altogether 120 of their pupils to their respective universities, the majority of them attending teaching in Latin and mathematics.

A meeting of the Dunedin Rifle Club was held at Watson'a Hotel, High street, on Monday evening. The captain (Mr W. Wells) occupied the chair. Draft rules of the club were submitted to the meeting, and, after being read, were confirmed and ordered to bo printed for circulation among the members. TheCommittceofManagementreported that targets and a locker had been erectod, and that the ranges were all inordcr for shooting. It was decided that the opening match of the season—President v. Vice-president-be fired on Saturday next at two o'clock. Those members who wish can procure ammunition on the ground. Considerable sur prise was expressed .when the secretary reported that the club's application for the Use of Snider rifles (a large number being in store) had been declined. In view of the repeated announcemeuts of the Government of its desire to encourage rifle shooting in every form, it seems difficult to reconcile professions with practice. It is to be hoped that the new Minister for Defence may see his way to grant the club's request, even if at the sacrifice of a small amount 'of redtape. The 'Northern Whig's' London correspondent says the Government intends to lay before Parliament next session a comprehensive schemo of land purchase for Ireland. " I hear upon authority which has always proved absolutely trustworthy that the outlines of the scheme may be briefly sketched as follows : The scheme wiil divide Ireland into two parts, the eastern and western. The western, which includes what are known as the congested districts, and covers an area of 7,000,000 acres, inhabited by a population of about 1,300,000, will be compulsorily acquired by the State with a view to the removal of the surplus population to better quarters, and the consolidation and sale of the holdings to as many as possiblo of the present occupants who are capable of purchasing. The eastern portion, comprising the more prosperous parts of the island, covers an area of 13,000,000 acres, and has a population of 3,700,000. Here, while landlords and tenants generally will be at liberty to enter into purchase agreements, compulsory sale will, in the beginning at any rate, be confined to certain cases such as those of estates which are encumbered, or where there has been conspicuous neglect or persistent absenteeism. The guarantee proposed Will be a combination of the local and imperial There will be land banks, and iu all probability the purchase scheme will be to some extent linked with a local government scheme, but the Government reserve to themselves freedom of action on this point." The anniversary of the Cargill road Wesleyan Church was celebrated last evening, when a tea and public meeting were held in tho church, which was comfortably filled. Saveral refreshment tables, presided over by ladies of tho church, were wellstocked with eatableß, and after those present had finished tea tho public meeting was held. Mr Beck (treasurer) read the annual report, which showed that the church was progressing favorably. The total receipts of the trust fund amounted to L 67 2s 4d, and tho expenditure to LlOl Is 7d. Tho latter item included L3i 19a 6d duo to the treasurer from last year, leaving a balance of L 33 10s 3d still due to him. The mortgago on the church of Ll7O had been reduced by L4O during the year by a grant from the ladies' sewing meeting. Several addresses wcro then given, the Rev. Mr button speaking on • Tho Relation of Young Men to tho Church '; Mr Colo on ' Tho Lay Agency of the Church'; the Rev. Mr Baumbor on •Tho Relation of the Church to Yonng Men'; and the Rev. Mr Porter on ' Early Closing.' The latter speaker pointed out that by keeping people employed in shops late at night great injury was caused to them physically, mentally, and spiritually. He impressed upon his hearers the duty of Christians not shopping after six o'clock, and advocated legislative interference in the matter of early closing. A number of selections were given by the Cargill road Church choir, and by friends from Trinity Church. Tho meeting was presided over by the pastor of the church, the Rev. G. W. J. Spence, and Miss Palmer acted as accompanist. A scene certainly foreign to the precincts of a Supreme Court happened at tho Supreme Court, Wellington, during tho trial of exInspector Bullen, on tho indictment charging him with assault on Mr Austin Coomb on July 27 last. Bullen conducted his own case very ably. He called a man named Lyons, the driver of the express in which the goods which formed the subject of the disturbance were being removed. After giving his evidence Lyons intimated his wish to examine some of the witnesses for tho prosecution, mentioning Mr Norbury as the first he would call. His Honor explained to the witness that it was not competent for him to examine other witnesses, but he could suggest questions to the accused, This was communicated to Bullen, who, however, did not seem to grasp the position, but appeared to think that he was to be examined by this witness, and accordingly professed, amidst amusement, his entire willingness to submit to tho examination. The situation was, however, eventually satisfactorily explained to the prisoner, and one of the witnesses (Mr Coomb) was recalled. At the conclusion of the further examination of the latter, Lyonß was proceeding, amidst merriment—which, however, was promptly suppressed—to question the witness, but was stopped by the Court. Lyons thon took up a position alongside the dock stand, and confined himself to suggesting questions to tho prisoner. Later on, when tho jury returned with a verdict of "Not guilty," Bullen showed his pleasure of mind by kissing his hand several times to Mrs Mackinder, who was standing in the body of the Court,

The Greymouth people are incensed at the projected stoppage of their harbor improvement works.

Viscount Dunlo, whoso matrimonial escapade excited a good deal of attontion at Home lately, has turned up at Auckland,

Wakari Rifles parade for inspection tomorrow evening at Kaikorai. Meeting after parade. Concert In Caversbam Hall On Friday evening In aid of the Caversham Kecreation Reserve. Entries for tho baby show at the Scottish Carnival will bo received by the captain of the Highland Riiles up to the end of the month. The fortnightly meeting of Leith Lodge,'., was held last evening at Albany street Hall. It was resolved that .tho lodge fall in with the deputy grand master's ideas after consulting the various sister lodges with regard to tho procession at the opening of the Exhibition. A committee was appointed to get up a social ruunion to celebrate the lodge's anniversary.

Messrs Kettle Bros., of Bond street, are doing a stroke of business with the sale of a new French filter—Maignen's patent. The arrangement of this filter is such that the water passes first through a " charging " of carbon and afterwards through a ooating of asbestos, the result claimed being that the filter gives up nothing to the water; "it absorbs in andon its pores, and burns up, as it were, all dissolved matters capable of oxidation." Wa tliva seen the filter tested as rrgatdfi its capacity to put through a large quantity of water, and believe it to be quite capable of doing all that is claimed for it in that respect; while as regards the purifying process, this appears to be performed in a most effective manner, and whenever the impurities extracted from the water accumulate to such an extent as to become in themselves the birthplace of noxious germs, the whole affair can bo turned inside out, cleansed, and the filter recharged in five minutes. Tho following new patents havo been applied for;—W. A. Waddell, Wellington, for drossing New Zealand flax; F. A. Abel and James Dewar, England, for improvements in explosives; S. if. Seager, Ohristchurch, for "the Samaritan self-acting and adjustable roading desk and tablo," providing sick persons, invalids, and others with a solf-ncting, adjustable, and convertible reading and writing desk and tablo, together with a holdor for glasses, medicines, or other things, or for any other purpose whero it is desired to bring anything within easy roach of tho user, and to remove it conveniently after use; Robert Cockerill, Invcrcargill, for a rotary, universal-jointed dredgebucket ; Bedlington Bodycomb, Melbourne, for improvements in or relating to tho treatment of ores for facilitating the extraction and recovery therefrom of gold and silver, and an apparatus therefor (being a communication to him from the inventor, H. F. Julian, South Africa); Ola Parson, Melbourne, for a new method of and apparatus for decoying and trapping rabbits and similar animals; Thomas Thatcher, Wanganui, for a portable floating groin; John Morris, Wellington, for an improved earth-oloset; V. J. Williams, Yiotoria, for an improved method of fastening the bristles, tufts of hair, or fibre upon the heads or stocks of brooms or brushes.

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The Evening Star WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 1889., Issue 8039, 16 October 1889

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