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The only case set down for hearing at the City Police Court this morning was Westfold v. Bates, an application for a maintenance order. There being no appearance of either party, the case was struck out. Mr Carew, R.M., attended as tho sitting magistrate. Mr F. L. Voller, local managerof theßritish and Colonial Property, Finance, and Assurance Company, has returned to Dunedin from Australia, and will wind up the affairs of the company in this colony. Mr Voller aßsurcs us that the Melbourne directorate will promptly settle all valid claims against the company. An impression exists in some quarters that the company is retiring from New Zealand only ; but the fact is it is relinquishing business everywhere, and all policy-holders have been paid off in Australia.

A public meeting in connection with the Primitive Methodist Sunday School, Dundas street, was held on Tuesday evening, the church being crowded. The Rev. J. Sharp occupied the chair. Tho financial report given by Mr J. Cable showed receipts for the year L 27 13s 4d, and expenditure L2l 14s lid. Hymns were sung by the children under the conductorship of Mr F. Walton, Mr T. Adam presiding at the organ. Solos were given by some of the senior scholars and others. During tho evening the prizes were distributed by the chairman. Mr Baldwin, head-master of the Sydenham State School, had to appear at tho Christchurch Police Court yestorday to answer a charge of alleged assault on one of hi 3 pupils. The evidence showed that the complainant, along with three other boys, had " mobbed " an old woman and stolen some articles from her, and Mr Baldwin, having witnessed the occurrence, had punished the boys, as an example for tho rest of tho school. The Bench, in dismissing the information, commented strongly on the action of the boys, and said that they had not been punished severely enough. Our public schools would be all the better for more head-masters of Mr Baldwin's stamp. Tho result of tho Gaming and Lottery Act is (says the 'Lyttelton Times') that those who interest themselves in such matters calculate that no less than LIO.OOO of New Zealand money goes across the sea every spring as an offering to tho festival which graces the running for the Melbourne Cup. " That is capital fun for Melbourne gamblers, but by no means so amusing for New Zealand creditors and tradespeople. Nor is the Melbourne Cup the only race which bleeds this speculative colony; far from it. Our lawmakers havo exactly reversed in this matter the policy which they have applied to our manufactures. Instead of protecting tho native article against foreign competition, they have done exactly the other thing. Organised gambling is suppressed, or supposed to be suppressed, at home, with the result that gamblers send their money abroad. Their morals are no better, and tha country loses their money. The New Zealand newspapers have a special grievance. They have been deprived of their consultation advertisements, while Australian newspapers, with these advertisements in them, are circulated broadcast through the colony. Not only do the local papers thus lose money directly, but the circulation of their foreign competitors is increased at their expense. We hardly think the result is edifying: it is certainly not profitable." What was styled a "popular musical entertainment" was given in the City Hall last eveniDg by the Dunedin Minnesingers, under tho conductorship of Mr Macleod Smith. The attendance was scarcely commensurate with the merits of the entertainment, which was, however, enjoyed by those who were present. A quintet of instrumentalists Misses Derbyshire and Peters, and Messrs Hale, Mackenzie, and Macleod Smith—played a couple of overtures in a creditable style; the first and last mentioned also contributing duets for piano and organ. Miss Heenan sang ' Scenes that are brightest'; Mr Durston, « Queen of the earth'; Mrs Macleod Smith, ' Where the bee sucks'; Miss Peters, * Tell me, my heart'; Mr Searle, ' The vulture'; Miss Christie, 'II Bacio' (the lady gaining a well-merited round of applause); Mr A. Dodd, »My life for thee'; Miss Jackson, 'There's no one like mother'; Mr Davie, ' The Old Brigade.' Several choruses, part songs, and glees were rendered in an enjoyable manner, ' The bells' and the 'SobbiDg chorus' being perhaps the best; while Misses Jackson and Heenan, Messrs Hopcraft, Macleod Smith, and Davie varied the programme (which could be curtailed considerably) with trios and glees. The concluding item—a 'March fantastiquc,' played ou Bomcwhat peculiar instruments by tho " Orpheonislcs Band"—created conßiderablo merriment, the appearance of tho performers buhig quite fantastic. Miss Derbyshire aud Mr Smith acted as accompanists. Tho Minnesingers appear again at the City Hall this evening.

Tho following amusing letter, detailing tho experiences of a well-known English choirmaster, appeared in a London paper lately:—" It fell to my lot to have to conduct a mixed choir for six years, during which time my Beven best tenors and baßses conducted my seven best soprani and contralti to the hymeneal altar. I can sincerely affirm that this consummation was the object of all attendance at choir practice, and regulated, more than any other motive, the conduct of the musical portion of the service. I have at various times been threatened with personal violence by inefficient basses because I have criticised too candidly tho inefficiency of the young persons who sat immediately in front of them. I have also received bribes of sweets and knitted goods in order to influence my sense of justice in the apportionment of solos. But I labored on until I heard that tho whole of the female portion of the choir had mutually arranged to desert on Harvest Thanksgiving Sunday, and leave the service to take care of itself. After consultation with the vicar, I procured twelve sharp boya from the National School, washed them, gave them coppers, taught them for a couple of hours a day till the eventful Sunday, and then marched them in two and two and, sang the 'Hallelujah Chorus,' since which time I have had no trouble with my choir. I never knew a woman in a new bonnet sing in time (whoro sho is in view of other women), and I never knew a woman attend a mixed practice without trying to divert tho attention of somebody else from their duties. Depend upon it, sir, the Apostle knew the Belf-consciousness and artfulnco3 of the amateur lady chorister when he enjoined the women to ' keep silence in the churches.'"

Mr Coad, tho temperance lecturer, will '• arrive ip Dunedin by the Oamaru train at eight minutes past one to-morrow afternoon. At Sydney tho other day a local publican was fined L 5 and costs for a breach of the Trades Marks Act in exposing for sale bottles that were falsely alleged to contain Wolfe's Schiedam Schnapps. The Premier is still in poor health, which he ascribes to the fatigues of the last two years, and tho duration of his visit to Nelson will depend on the amount of improvement effected. The Eon. Mr Fergus, in his capacity of Minister of Public Works, retains charge of public buildings and defence works, which Borne time ago were handed over to the Defence Department. The defenoo works are now nearing completion, and it was thought advisable, as Mr Fergus is acquainted with all details con' cerning them, to let him keep control.

These are a few additional particulars of the accident at Wentwortb, New South Wales :—Richard Guerney took his wife and seven children for a picnic near the Yelta mission station, four miles down the Murray, in a boat. While rowing close to a high bank a large quantity of earth fell, knocking the bottom out of the boat, and throwing all the occupants into the river. Six of the children, including a baby, ware drowned, and the eldest, a girl aged fourteen, was only saved by clinging to a pillow on which the baby had been lying. The mother was trying to save two other children, when a second fall of earth knooked her down, and the children were torn from her grasp. Guerney himself sustained very Serious injuries. It is feared that his back is broken, and he is now lying in the hospital in a critical condition. Mrs Guerney is said to have gone out of her mind,

Social Reform Association's fifth lecture tomorrow evening in the Athenaeum Hall by Rov. R. Waddell. Subject: 'Notes on Some Socialistic Literature.'

The ordinary mooting of the Otago Lodge, U.A.0.D., on Wednesday eveniDg at the Central Hotel, Piinccs street, was prosided over by A.D. Bro. T. Stoncbridgo. D.P. Bro. Moss attended. Three new members were initiated. Tho receipts were Ll4. The Wingatui section of the Otago Contral Railway is to be opened for traffio next Saturday. It is only intended to run trains on two days in the week—namely, on Saturday and Monday. A train will leave Dunedin for Hindon in the morning at six o'olock, and returning from Hindon at 8.30, connect with tho train from Clinton to Dunedin. In tho afternoon a train will leave Dunedin for Hindon at 3.30, returning at 6 20.

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Evening Star, Issue 8046, 24 October 1889

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