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The Evening Star TUESDAY,OCTOBER 22,1889.

Mr A,. C. Arthur, of GisborErb, will contest fee East Coast constitnenoy.

In compliance with *. largely-signed requisition, Mr Baliaticc is to speak on political questions at Napier next wet k. Mr u. D. Hill, of Wnipa, \vho had (wioken of as a possible candidate ftr t'hc seat, states that he has n'c 'intention of standing, as he is very of seeing Mr Bryce returned. fx.i Will strongly support tlie lattei".

In future Quarterly criminal sittings will Iw hold at Dunedin on the first Monday in December, instead of on the first Monday in January, as heretofore. The period of vacation now takes place in January, instead of February, as hitherto.

The 'Catholic, state? fi'hat tbb Pope's brief „ m fag the Hon, ftr Grace a Count of it o ly Roi'na'rs Frhpire has been recoi ><, l a WellhrstCßi. The title is made ''.rfTOittary, uncfet: 'certain conditions, in the ■'JVrect fnfcfc '.'no. The same authority ako spate's tliit His Holiness has created Mr John. Osrnin, of Wellington, a Knight Commander (commendatore) of the Order of St- Gregory the Great.

The members of the Canterbury Educational Institute indignantly deny the Hon. Mr BMotfs statement 'to Parliament that the expenses of tlte delegates to the meetings of th's Council of the New Zealand Educational Institute have been defrayed by the government. They believe that on one occasion, some years ago, the Qtago delegates received some of thei? expense j but that was un except! jb, During tho difieus»>iuli of i-ic Victorian Estimates, tho question of ehippiug buWet to Kngkmi *as vcferred to, andth'o Minister of Agriculture admitted that bis department had been unable to obtain the right to use Pond's boxes, aad that if they imported boxes steady made the duty would have to be paid. He had surmounted the difficulty by instructing the Government Analyst to ascertain the component parts of the enamel-, and then using "the invention En Victorian made casks. Mr Jeliicoe wdfrss as follows to the Wellington papers:—" It has been rtepbrted to me that a subscription baa been set on foot by the Italians to provide a fund for payment of Mrs Ciicmis's legal expenses. I therefore at t)uce desire to say that, if any money is collected for the purpose, I wish it applied for the benefit of Mrs Chemie and her children. Mrs Chemis han had tny sincere sympathy, and under the circumstances I do not expect or look for any remuneration."

Tender* are being invited for six bvidges on the Otago Central, to be completed in eleven menths. When these are built the rails can be laid as far as Middlemarch, forty ini'es from the junction with the main south line. Th« formation could be completed, if necessary, in three months. Middlomarch is thirty-seven miles from Kwebiirn, the point proposed as terminal by the Premier's Bill of last session. With the exception of three or four miles in one place, and six in another, the formation between the two places is nothing more than mere skimming of the surface and the building of culverts.

Of John Burns, the leader of the dock strikers, a writer in the ' Pall Mall Gazette' says:-*"The leader of the dock strikers is an enormously powerful fellow, and he has told me that it is his exceptional physical gifts which have enabled him to begin his dny's work ftt three in the morning and continue it till close on midnight. That is actually what he is doing now as general of the striker?. ' Jack' is the beau ideal of the best type of British working man; big in build, independent in character, hearty in manner, and intelligent in mind. His fists are as hard p.b his head, and his voice is as strong as his opinions. He has often been before the ' beaks' for defending the right of meeting—on Clapham Common, on Wandsworth Common, and in Trafalgar square. He picked up his education by burning the midnight oil after ten hours in a factory ; he is an engineer by trade, and is a hard master. He polled COO votes at Nottingham Parliamentary election in 1885, ran George Shipton close for the Presidency of the late Internationial Congress, and is now on the Council of the Amalgamated Society of Engineers. He stood for Battersea, on the full Socialist ticket, and was returned as a member of the County Council at the head of the poll. He is a Scot by extraction, he has a charming wife, he is a non-smoker, and a total abstainer." A well-attended meeting of Masons was held on Monday evening in the Masonic Hall, Moray place, for the purpose of considering the desirability of re-forming the Old Masonic Shakespeare Club or forming a new society. Bro. Barrett was voted to the chair, Bro. Sir Robert Stout, who was to have presided, being unable to attend through prior engagement. The chairman explained" the objects of the meeting, and proposed the meeting resolve itself into a Masonic Shakespeare Club. Bro. Neill proposed as an amendment that it be called "The Masonic Dramatic Club," and pointed out that by so doing the society would not be bound by a hard and fast rule to play only Shakespearian pieces. After some discussion the amendment was carried. The meeting then proceeded to elect office-bearers as follows:—President, D.D.G.M. Bro. Sir Robert Stout; vicepresidents, D.G.M., E.G., Bro. Graham, D.G.M., S.C., Bro. Gore, D.G.M., 1.C., Bro. M'Nicoll; manager, D.G. Chaplain, E.C, Bro. Barrett; business manager, P.M. Bro. W. Jeffrey; stage manager, Bro. Charles Umbers; treasurer, P.M. Bro. Cherry ; secretary, Bro. Edwin Clark; General Committee—Bros. Neill, Bracken, Basstian, Donaldson, Golder, Sinclair, G. C. Jeffrey, J. R. Bowling, and the W.M.s of tho town and suburban lodges; Musical Committee—Bros. Coornbs, Barth, Macleod, Smith, Baylcy, Marsden, and Robertshaw. Bros. Barrett, Umbers, and C'ark were appointed a sub-committee to draft rules for submission to an adjourned meeting, when it will be decided what play shall be produced. The annual business meeting of the North Dunedin congregation was held in the church on Thursday last. The Rev. J. Gibson Smith, pastor of the congregation, presided. Mr W. H. Adams read the treasurer's report, which showed that the total income during the year was L 609 3s Id, and the total expenditure L 555 3s 4d, leaving a balance to the credit of the congregation of L 53 19s 9d. The report of the Committee of Management, read by Mr D. A. M'Nicoll, showed that all the funds of the church marked a satisfactory increase on the previous year. The arrears of interest on the debt of LSOO had been entirely wiped off, chiefly through a sale of work conducted by the ladies of the congregation, to whom much credit was given for their self-denying exertions. A scheme had been set on foot for the gradual extinction of the debt, and had already'met with hearty support. While meeting these obligations, the Committee had also been enabled to undertake the task of repainting the church building and beautifying the grounds. The Committee were now looking forward to the heav icr work of repainting the interior of the church. The session report indicated that the increase of membership which marked the previous year was still maintained, thirty-five names having been added to the communion roll during the year, and only four removed, bringing the total membership up to 181. This gives an increase of 134 members since the beginning of the present pastorate. The Bible class had had a fairly successful session, there being forty-three names on the roll, with an average attendance of twentyeight. The Library Association, which began its existence during this year, had provod a great source of attraction to the young people of both sexes, and contributed not a little to the increase of sociability among its members, as well as serving its more special end of literary culture. Altogether, the report of the year's work was such as to afford much encouragement for the future prosperity and efficiency of this congregation.

I The Auckland clergy, representing all denominations except the Roman together with a number ot' medical »*, held a conference on the social purify Question yesterday, and appointed, a comimtte,e to investigate the proposals made, and report to another rneetiurj. A recent cablegram to the ' Ajje' says : "A vigorous crusade has ueen initiated against the London ttusic halls on account | of their vicior.e Surroundings. In connec- ■ tion with uhe movement the leading dignii tartds m London of the Anglican and Roman 1 Catholic Churches are taking common action, the crusade being headed by Dr ft To'rAple, Bishop of L?wio», and Cardinal Manning." At a meeting of the Committee of the , Early Closiiig Association, held last evening, it Was \ cfinlved that all shopkeepers bo i waited upon and be requested to close their i premises on Monday, November 11, instead of Saturday, the 9ch (Prince of Wales's Birthday), aleo to observe thg opening day of the Exhibition {November2G) as agoneral holiday : and to observe Monday, th« Bnd of December, Instead of Saturday, November 30 (St. Andrew'a .Day), aa a holiday. A number of Settlers were Charged at the Police Court, Lawrence, 0£ Monday, with cwnniitiing.breach'es of the kabbit Nuisance , Act, in failiViff to take proper measures for ! ffie B*>psfeßsibn of the rabbits on their proparties. In each case fines, varying froin LI to Lo (with costs), were imposed. One of the parties who was fined—an elderly man, named Thomas Jefferies -■* against whom three or four previouo Convlctiohs had been recorded, ami'l ho had too money td pay the finoi (L 5), nor had he any property upon which the GoiU-fc Could distrain. His Worship satd Jf that were the case defendant would have to go to gaol. He was accordingly sent to Dunedin Gaol for the term of one month.

A meeting of the Painters' Union was held in the Coffee Palaee last night, and was attended by about, trvehty members, the president (Mr J. Knowles) in the chair. The question of taking part in the procession oil the opening day of the Exhibition was discussed, andlt was resolved— "That one of the 'chie| aim 3 oi our society being the pro Watson of our interests as painters, i,V'c ta&iiot as members of such a society take any part in the Exhibition opening ceremony, owing to the fact that the rate of wages paid to painters employed at the building was 4s or 5s less than the current rate, thus directly injuring us as skilled tradesmen."

The inquiry held by the, Auckland Hospital fend Ch&ritable Aid Board into the circumstances attending the death of Mra Howe, ah hospital patient, who died after an operation, has been concluded. The evidence of the woman's husband stated that he knew nothing of the nature of the operation, but was confronted with the statement he had previously made to the effect that he was aware of its serious character. He replied that he might have made a mistake, but lie was not aware of the nature of the operation, or he would not havfe allowed it. Several members of the Board commented strongly on the breach of the rule which had been committed by the carrying out of a major operation without any previous formal consultation, and it was resolved to censure the members of the medical staff as guilty of serious negligence in not having reported the matter, and to ask Dr Bond, who performed the operation, to resign his position as member of the staff. New Zealand flax has got a hold on the American market (writes a San Francisco correspondent bf the ' Post'). It wiH retain its grip unless yoti ship inferior or imperfectly cleaned fibre. Some of the flax that has been shipped to this port has been inferior owing to partial cleaning and to its being cut too near the soil. It is probably useless to appeal even to the cupidity of your flax-dressers by telling them that it will pay best in the long run to turn out only a first-class article. They will not think of the future, but take chances. The remedy lies with yourselves, however. Let the various Chambers of Commerce establish standard grades and a uniform size and style of baling for flax, and compel shippers to adhere to them, and New Zealand flax will secure for itself recognised standing in the world's market. In time flax would be ordered by standard number just as wheat is ordered by cable at San Francisco from Londont Sydney, or elsewhere. If this is not done, New Zealand flax will not have a recognised place as a merchantable fibre, but will be used, as heretofore, to supplement supplies of hemp and sisal. Dr Stuart's lecture,' Notes of My Trip to the Old Country,' which was given in aid of the funds of the Knox Church Y.VV. Association last evening, attracted an audience that comfortably tilled Old Knox Church, The Rev. Mr Cameron presided. The Knox Church choir, under Mr A. M. Braik, sang several glees in a creditable manner, and solos were coutributed by Misses Christie and C. Hamilton, both of which pleased the audience greatly. Before delivering his lecture, Dr Stuart referred to the kindness shown to him by members of his congregation and by friends at Home. To the former, who had endeavored to make his visit a real pleasure trip, and to the latter, who had received him in the most hospitable manner, he was deeply indebted, and would always remember their many kindnesses. The rev. gentleman then described his voyage to, and his stay at, the Old Country, giving graphic and interesting pictures of the numerous cities, colleges, churches, etc., he visited while there. The audience manifested so much interest in the lecture that, although Dr Stuart has described his visit Home on a former occasion, there is every reason to believe that, were it again repeated, a large number would attend. A considerable aim unt of laughter was occasioned when the lecturer mentioned the fact that the inhabitants of Santa Cruz dressed their images of angels in kilts. He (Dr Stuart) had often heard it said that Gaelic was the language that would be spoken in Paradise—(laughter)—and it seemed that the Scotch were not the only ones who held that opinion.— (Laughter.) At the conclusion, Mr W. D. Stewart, M.H.R., on behalf of the Association, thanked Dr Stuart for his enjoyable lecture, the choir for singing (special mention being made of Miss Hamilton), the audience for attending, and the chairman for presiding. The 'Age' has the following:—" An important announcement will be made to the Legislative Assembly in the course of a few days by the Minister of Public Instruction relative to the abolition of the payment by results system in State schools. For many months this subject has been engrossing the attention of both the Minister and his staff, as the experience of years haß shown the desirability of making a change. The teaching staff has been clamoring for the abolition of the result system, and has certainly been able to make out a strong case. After being tried and found wanting in different parts of the world it has been given up by one after another, until now Victoria alone clings to it, because of the exceptional character of her educational system and the unique position occupied by public servants in this colony. A change would have been introduced earlier if the problem of finding a substitute for results and maintaining discipline on the staff had been less difficult of solution. Indolent and incompetent teachers have doubtless been spurred on to to do their best by the fact > that their salaries to some extent depended upontheresultsobtainedintheirechools. But on the other hand it was urged that the result system led to ' cramming.' The main difficulty experienced by the department has, however, been in determining how to deal with the hopelessly incompetent teachers, who average about 15 per cent, of the whole. Aa the law stands, the department is unable to dispense with the services of any teacher, even though he be notoriously and egrettiously incompetent for his work. A conference of teachers was held some time since at the instance of Dr Pearson to consider the abolition of the result system, and what to put in its place. Their recommendation was the payment of fixed salaries calculated upon the basis of present returns, and that the department should take increased authority for the maintenance of discipline in the ranks of the teaching staff and for keeping up its efficiency, this enlarged power to provide for the imposition of a fine for a first offence, transfer for a second, and dismissal from the service for a third. The Minister has decided to adopt these suggestions, which have been embodied in a Bill. As soon as Dr Pearson has obtained the approval of the measure by the Cabinet he will introduce it into the Legislative Assembly."

Annfe Betid wafc received, into tnc hospital suffering from, in'jurieo to. the batk and body paused py falling from a skylight at v th'o Coffee fcalaCe. .' At the Wanganui Police Court to-day Ctaries Hugo and Skeats (a member of his company) wore fined 20s and 10a respectively for assault.

Letters received by the last mall give very favorable accounts of the health of the Controller-General (Mr Fitsgerald), who is described as having improved surprisingly during his trip Home, and as being rl wonderfully well " since he reached England,

Mr G. R. Sims, the well-known playwright and " Uagouet" of the ' Referee,' fc much concerned about being taken for the Yankee journalist who summoned the Duke of Cambridge for assault, and who was more recently concerned in a case for libel and for theatening Mr Sambourne, of ' Punch.' In the ' Referee' of September 1 the real Simon Pdi'e Says :—" It is slightly rough on a man who has worked hard lor itiany years to obtain art honorable position in life to find himself branded in his middle age as a pugilistic crank all over the world. I trust my confreres on the Press will help me as much as they can in putting this matter right, as, all joking on one side, it has caused me not only serious annoyance, but much business injury." Tho first of a aeries of lectures to ladies only, arranged by the Ambulance Association) waft t;iveii last evening at the Young Women's Christian Association Rooms when, despito the unfavorable weather, there was a fair attendance, Dr Scott was the lecturer, and on a table in front of him were arranged numerous models of different part 3 of the human body, as well as a complete skeleton of a lady. The subject was treated In a way worthy of the' doctor'sability. tt is worthy of note that a lal-gfe nUmbor of intelligent people am taking considerable interest with ambulance work in the Northern cities of the colony ; and Sir W. Jervoia, who warmly advocated this .method of hospitaller work, undertook to transact business in connection with the Association at the time he left for the Old Country. Last mail the hon. secretary here received from him a copy of a letter forwarded to him by the ambulance authorities in London.

Very odd facts coino ,oiit from time to tlmo in reference to the life of school teachers in the Auckland district. A case came before , the.. Board lately where a teacher was attending two half time schools, one on each side of a harbor. He bad throughout the winter to pull from one side to the other, getting completely wet through on the average twice a week, until hj» had contracted rheumatism. He dare in.? t 'it on waterproof clothing, in case of thebo.i' mpsilsing in stormy weather, and thus prevent him from swimming. After he did reach the shore, he had then to walk or ride three miles to the schools. He prayed the Board to remove him to another place It was resolved to consult the Committee as to the advisability of making the schools full time schools, and appointing female teachers to them, so as to avoid the risk of life and extreme discomfort involved in male teachers pulling acrosß the harbor in the winter time.

Meeting of shareholders of the Temporaries Blission Brass Band in Y.W.C.A. Rooms tomorrow evening.

On "Wednesday evening the Dunedin Minnesingers make their first appearance in the City Hall. The programme provided is an excellent one, and contains several novelties. They will be assisted by the Orpheonistes Band, whobe performances upon their peculiar instruments are said to create considerable amusement.

An advertisement appears in this issue containing a request to secretaries and others to furnish Messrs Stone, Son, and Co. with particulars relating to their societies and clubs for free insertion in the next issue of the ' Directory,' which, we are informed, is to distance all its predecessors in the completeness of its details and comprehensiveness of its contents. Tho following intimations are from 'Lloyd's Weekly' of September I and 8 :-John Welch, lived at Avondalc. Auckland, when his mother last heard from him two years ago. Henry White went to Aucklar.d fifteen years since. His sister Polly last heard of him in August, 18S0 - Olara Heslington (w'c Honeychurch)left Penzance twelve years ago for ftew Zealand. Her widowed mother last heard of her three years ago as at Invercargill.—Henry Fuller ("Ford"), who left Plymouth in 1864 for Auckland, was last heard of by his brothers and sisters in 1870 at Green street, Richmond, Melbourne.—Mr Finch, blacksmith, and his wife, left Bermondsey in 1873 for New Zealand. Nows of them is sought by Walter Brattle, who would like to hear of Mr and Mrs Brattle, also in New Zaland.—Ann Mould was last heard of at Queen street, Auckland. Her brother Edmund desires coirespondence.— Mrs Kmma Dowsing, who lived in Onchunga, near Auckland, is asked to communicate with her brother and sister.—Mr3 John Ede (widow), of Burham, Alresford, Kent, went to New Zealand about 1875. Her uster-in-law, Maria Bailey, asks.—George Johnson left England on the sailing vessel Lady Jocelyn, and left the Bhip at Wellington in June, 188 i. His father desires tidings. Tho following new patents have been applied for:—R. R. Menzies, Thames, for the rapid cleansing of bottles; Alex. Dunbar, Liverpool, for improvements in apparatus for making casks; A. R, Pvdlin, Sydney, for improvements in lock nuts, bolts, and fasteuings, specially applicable to rail and tramway joints; Wra, J. Dalton, Auckland, for an improvement in boots, Bhoes, and fasteners, to be called "patent anticum boots, shoes, and fasteners "; John Hiokes, Auckland, for an improved tobacco pipe; William Struthers and B. M. Stewart and Gavin Scott, Sydney, for an improved churn; Kdward Tatham, Sydney, for improved gas or gaseous mixtures usable as an explosive and in the production of light, heat, and power, and for improvements in hydrogenous and hydrocarbon gas or gases and gaseous mixturec, and in the manufacture thereof; F. W. B. Greville, Petone, for a new or improved apparatus for aerating, cooling, and straining milk, cream, beer, and some other liquids; A. H. Tolfer, Invercargill, for a window blind roller; Thomas Simmorton, jun., Christchurch, for multiplied expansion engines; Andrew Bell, Duntroon, for an improved churn; Thomas Brining, Leeds, for improvements in or relating to machinery or apparatus for lasting boots and shoes; F. W. Paterson, of Dunedin, for opening oysters; Rebert Hutchinson, Auckland, for dressing flax; Matthew Barrett, Chriatchurch, for a safety swamp shoe to be attached to horses' hoofs.

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