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The second concert of the Dunedin Minnesingers was given in the City Hall last evening before a sparse attendance. The programme was somewhat different to that given on the previous evening, and consisted of twenty-four items, which caused the entertainment to become somewhat monotonous. The singing of Misaes Christie, Heenan, and Peters, and Messrs Durston and Dodds is deserving of special mention. Miss Jackson, Mrs Smith, and Messrs flopcraft and Searle also rendered valuable assistance in the vocal portion of the entertainment ; while Misses Derbyshire (piano), Peters (violin), and Messrs Hale (violin), Mackenzie (viola), and Smith _ (organ) formed a quintet of instrumentalists who contributed several selections in an effective manner.

A satisfactory audience assembled at St. Matthew's gshoolroom last evening, when an entertainment was given in aid of the Sunday school funds. The vocal portion waß entrusted to Misses Sievwright, Jessie Pish, and N. Graham and Mr R. M. Horn, and, judging by the hearty applause that followed each item, was all that could be desired. Miss G. Dale pleased the audience with a couple of well-played violin so}os, while a reading, ' The School Trip,' by Mr Horn also gave variety to the programme. Several excellently - arranged vivants were given during the evening, the beat being ' The Execution of Mary, Queen of Scots,' and the statue scene from Shakespeare's ' A Winter's Tale,' the posing of Hermione being splendid. The remaining subjects were ' Queen Mary's Maids of Honor,' 'The Abdication,' 'Queen Eieanorandßosamond,' 'FinishingTouches,' ' A Scene from Uncle Tom's Cabin," • Scene in Japan,' ' Beauty and the .Beast,' and ' May Queen.' The Rev. Mr Yorke, who presided, described each tableau in a few appropriate words, and materially assisted towards the successful issue of the entertaininent.

In delivering judgment yesterday in the case Bing, Harris, and Uo. v. the Commissioner of Customs, Mr justice Denniatqn concluded i— " Although the owner is in the form of plaintiff, he is really the defendant. The Crown has succeeded on the main issues to which the great mass of evidence during a three-days' trial was directed; the plain, tiff has succeeded on two comparatively small issues. If, as seems to be conceded, the costs are in the discretion of the Court, I cannot ignore what I referred to during thp trial: the action of the plaintiff in all the transactions which led to the seizures. He seems to have in all these cases assumed to interpret all doubtful questions under the tariff in his own favor, and to have passed entries accordingly ; apparently trusting, in the event of the entries being challenged, to arrange the matter by simply paying the differenoo in duty. As it must clearly be impossible for the Customs to check in detail more than a small number of the entries tendered, then the results of such a system to the importer practising it must be obvious. It, to my mind, not only justified, but compelled the action taken by Customs. Under all the circumstances, I think defendant should have the general costs of the ap ti had been claimed, and the plaintiff the' ccstp ,of any witnesses called solely on the issues as to the fancy goods and furs. The plaintiff is, of course, entitled to a declaration that these last are not liable to forfeiture."

The will, dated July 17, 1880, of the Hon. William Robinson, with two codicils thereto, dated respectively June 9, 1885, and July 24, 1888, was proved at Chnstchuroh on the 28th ult. by the executor and executrices named therein—viz., Joseph Palmer, F. W. O. £ell, Charles R. Campbell, Elizabeth E, Robinson, Eleanor Lance, and Emilv Robinson. The value was swprn at under" L 350.000. The testator direots that his house at Cheviot Hills may be occupied by his son-in-law (Charles R. Campbell), and that his town residence may be occupied by his unmarried daughters. The trustees are to carry on the sheepfarming business &t Cheviot Hills until a majority of his daughters shall request that the business be wound up, when the asfcatp shall be aold and the proceeds invested in certain Government securities. Out of the estate an annuity of L 2.500 i 8 to be paid to the testator's daughter Elizabeth, also an nnnuity of LI.OOO to his daughter Emily. The testator likewise direots that the provision jnaa> for Jijs married daughters, Sara and Caroline, on 'tjheir Rjarriage, shall not be takeu as part pi 'fchejr share- in testator's estate. He directs j)>B trustees to hold )i[s real and periODftl estate upon trust for his daughters equally, for their Uvea, for their sole and separate benefit, ond afterw&rds for their respective children, with croßs limitft' turn's ovev hi fovor of his other daughters, or their watte. The said annuities of 12,500 and LI.OOO are then ttf be brought into hotch-potch. i

The London Press got from the ' Sydney Morning Herald's' pages their first intimation of Admiral Fairfax's appointment as second Naval Lord of the Admiralty.

Ernest Stronach, a son of Mr Donald Stronach, was playing at the New Zealand Loan and Mercantile Agency Company' Stores on Wednesday when he fell from the ground floor to the cellar, sustaining severe injuries. His arm was broken in one place, and put out in another, while he was severely shaken by the fall. He is progressing as favorably as can be expected. Horsemen who are in the habit of riding along the Beach should be careful not to approach too near the water, as several dangerous quicksands have formed of late. Yesterday afternoon a rider, whose horse was walking, while the reins were loosely held, found himself unseated in consequence of the animal suddenly sinking up to his haunches in the sands. The horse was with some difficulty extricated; but for Borne eighty or ninety yards the sand was found to be exceedingly soft, and a galloping horse would assuredly sink in it. The Rev. G. Barclay (says the Ashburton paper) has resigned the pastorate of the Presbyterian Church of Geraldine. The reasons assigned are that the district is too large for one person to attend to, that Mr Barclay is anxious for a rest after his long period of labor, and that circumstances connected with the late fire may compel his taking a trip to the Old Country. Mr Barclay has labored in the South Canterbury district for the past twenty-five years, and during the whole of that time has taken an active part in educational matters. Wellington society has been earthquaked by a terrible scandal in one of the leading churches. A young lady, a prominent church member, and moving in the best society, found it necessary to take a trip to Sydney, where Bhe will stay for a few months. She was engaged to be married to a well-known public man, but her present condition has, of course, broken off the engagement. An official of the church, who is a married man with a largo family, was brought to book, and admitted the charge, but said others were implicated in the trouble, mentioning the names of several prominent men. The news of the scandal came like a thunderclap on society, and the affair is now the sensational talk of the Empire City. At a crowded meeting of railway employe's and others at Christchurch last night the following resolutions were carried unanimously—" That it is the opinion of the Christchurch railway employe's and this meeting that the proposed Insurance Bill is a most unjust, arbitrary, and uncalled for measure, and that if brought into force it would be tantamount to a reduction of wages, and would seriously interfere with the good work done by friendly societies and life assurance associations. That every legitimate means be used to obviate the possibility of a scheme of that nature ever becoming statutory law or a departmental rule, and that copies of this resolution be forwarded to the Premier and Railway Commissioners. That this meeting is of opinion that if the neceasity has arisen for securing to the railway workmen a larger amount of financial benefit than the friendly societies already provide, the men are quite capable of dealing with the case themselves without the interference of the Government or Railway Commissioners. That in the opinion of this meeting it is desirable that the employes on the Canterbury section of the New Zealand railways should form an amalgamated union and federate with the amalgamated society of New Zealand railway servants at Auckland, and that the same should federate with or be affiliated to all other labor organisations in this colony, and if possible with the whole British Empire." A committee was appointed to carry out the last resolution.

Jame3 Dunn issues a challenge to John Tiffin to wrestle in one or five styles. Highland Kifle3 parade to-morrow afternoon for inspection by Major-general Edwaids. B Battery Artillery Volunteers parade at the Garrison Hall on Saturday aftornoou, Compulsory parade. A number of important alterations in the train service will come into force on November 1. Full particulars are advertised. Mr Simonsen commences his return season to-morrow night with the ever popular " Maritana." The management have decided to bring forward novelties in rapid succession, as the season is limited to ten nightß. At Messrs Burrow's boot factory last Monday Mr J. Nichols was the recipient of * card table and a silver cruet, on the occabion of his marriage. The presentation was made by Mr William Palmer, on behalf of the employers and employes. The members and friends of the Great King street Congregational Church last evening presented their pastor (the Rev. A. H. Wallace) with a very handsome and stylish rimu overmantel of the early English period in honor of his marriage. The presentation was made on behalf of the congregation, by MrD. Robertson, who congratulated Mr Wallace on the happy event that had just occurred, and spoke of the esteem in which he was hold by hiß congregation, expressing a hope that he would accept this present as a small token o f their interest in his welfare. He concluded by hoping that Mr and Mm Wallace would bo long spared to enjoy each other's company and to labor amongst them. Mr Wallace, in reply, said that he felt so •much taken back by this unexpected expres sion of their kindness towards him that he was totally unprepared to make anything like a speech. However, he would thank them most sincerely for presenting him with such a fine piece of furniture, and hoped that their relations as pastor and people might be strengthened, and that they might be able to discharge their duties more faithfully in the future than in the past. They would then have reason to rejoice in seeing their cause prospering. The overmantel was manufactured by Messrs Hooper and Co,, of the Octagon. It is beautifully designed, and fitted with bevelled plates and hand-painted Minton tiles, one tile representing morning and the other evening. The overmantel bore a silver plate, with a suitable inscription,

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Evening Star, Issue 8047, 25 October 1889

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Evening Star Issue 8047, 25 October 1889

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