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The Evening Star THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31, 1889.

The De Burgh Adams Lodge, LG., at Mew Plymouth last night decided that the proposed Masonic Grand Lodge is premature. The Hon. T. Fergus attended at the Ministerial office In Bond street to-day, and was interviewed by several gentlemen on Srivate matters, but received no public eputatious. Mr Fergus will bo prepared to receive atty public deputations to-morrow,

Tho ‘ Post ’ asks for an explanation of the engagement as telegraphic cadets of t\V6 young h'.uios—one the sister, the dlhcr the daughter of a late member of the Legislature—at LSD a year each, when the practice of employing females in the department has been discontinued for many years, Lady Onslow, accompanied by her family, arrived in Dunedin early this morning,. And went on to the Lakes via InVeriarglH. They stay at Invercargill to-night, and at Kingston to-morrow night, rekching'Queenstown early on Saturday 'morning. Lady Onslow remains at the Lakes for about ten days, and meets His Excellency here when ho comes South. Captain Savillo, A.D.C., remained at Longbeach, where he is the gUcat of Mr John Grigg, ex-membor for Wakanui. At the City Police Court yesterday afternoon (before Messrs J. B. Thomson and J. Elmer, J.P.s), Annie Murdoch was charged with receiving L 4, the moneys of William Robert Waite, knowing them to have been stolen, Mr Stanford defended. Aftei* evidence had been taken the Bench said a doubt existed in their minds as to whether accused knew that Waite had been robbed, and the Case would therefore be dismissed, as accused should receive the benefit of that doubt.

The Hon. Mr Ballance addressed a public meeting at Napier last night. Ho ad vocated a progressive land ts.k—absentees to pay double taxation, He stated that the returns of lahd settlement furnished by Ministers had been manipulated, and were fallacious; and that it had been divulged to him privately that Ministers had appointed the Railway Commissioners to do what they dare not do themselves—reduce the rate oi wages all over the COloUy in the interest of the landed Classes.

A concert in aid of the Roman Catholic Presbytery funcl was given in the Foresters’ Hall* Port Chalmers, yesterday evening, Under the patronage of Bishop Moran. There was a very large attendance, and the entertainment proved a decided success. The performers were Mrs Angus, Misses Horan, Morrison, and Blaney, Messrs, J. dago, Carolin, and Smith, Masters E. O’Neill and F. Heley. The recitation by the last-men-tioned of * The vulgar boy ’ met with hearty applause. Miss Horan was the accompanist, The Rev. Mr Sutherland (North Taieri) to-day brought under the notice of the Hon. Mr Fergus, Minister of Public Works, the Cate of eleven married men who were dismissed last week from work on the Wingatui and North Taieri section of the Otago Central Railway. Mr Sutherland referred to the tyranny of tho Railway Department with tho services of men on every one of whom . there iVas wifb and family dependent ■ — mfet who had |for years been in the Public Works Department and that at a moment’s notice. No sooner had the Commissioners taken over the first section of the railway than tho men were dismissed, and young unmarried men substituted for them. Tho Hon. Mr Fergus expressed his deep sympathy with the men, and said that he regretted the occurrence. He promised that full inquiry would be made into the circumstances of the caso.

The following are the subjects sent forward by the Otago Educational Institute for discussion by the Council of the New Zealand Educational Institute at its meeting in Dune lin in January(l) That tho Council be asked to take into its consideration the question of individual examination and the estimation of results by percentage values, (2) That the Council be requested to appoint a committee to report on some proposed alterations in the constitution of the Institute ; suoh committee to bo asked to receive a deputation of teachers, who will submit suggestions and proposals intended to bring about a closer union among the teachers of the colony. (3) That the Council take into consideration the question of technical education in its relation to primary education, (4) That the Council be asked to bring under the notice of the Minister of Education the desirableness of appointing a court of appeal for teachers,” The annual meeting of the Otago branch of the New Zealand Medical Association was held last night at the Dunedin Hospital, when the following office - bfearers were elected for the fchsulng year President, Dr HockeU • vice-presidents, Drs Ferguson and Colquhoun; secretary, Dr Gordon Macdonald; treasurer, Dr Jeffcoatj librarian, Dr Roberts ; editor of journal, Dr ColquhouD. The retiring president stated the members now numbered fifty-six ; of those seven were young New Zealanders, and that in the immediate future tho status of the profession rested with this native production. Seeing that the clinical teaching must be at the hospital, he pointed out the importance of the University having a voice in the election of the clinical teaching staff, and recognising that no step in this direction is possible under the present system of appointment, he suggested that the Association should consider the matter at their general meeting with a view to influencing future legislation on the subject. Herbert Hindle and Norman Smith, two boys, were returning yesterday to one of tho schools at the southern end of the town, and while taking a short cut through the Southern Cemetery noticed a box lying on the side of the path. They lifted the lid of tho box, and seeing several bloodstains on a piece of cloth inside, decided to inform the sexton (Mr James Simpson) of the circumstance. The sexton, thinking it desirable to inform tho police, told Constable Patterson, who proceeded to the cemetery and opened the box, finding inside the remains of a child which had evidently been prematurely born, as it was presumed to bo about six months old. Tho body was slightly decomposed. The box, which was ISin long and about Gin wide, bore the address of “ Mrs Stentiford, Maclaggan street.” From inquiries made, wo understand that the body is that of a prematurely stillborn male child, the parents of which reside at Maclaggan street. It appears that they, not being aware of any other method of disposing of the remains, simply left them in the cemetery. The authorities are thoroughly satisfied that ignorance led them to act as they did. Mr Goad had another large and enthusiastic audience in the City Hall last night, when he delivered a most interesting address on the ‘ Power of Singing.’ The hall was crowded, and tho large audience deeply interested. Mr Goad’s address was mostly anecdotal. He related a number of incidents in which the power of singing had been instrumental in breaking down and entirely subduing debased, demoralised, and brutal natures, leading to an entire reform of life and character, and in some cases to the social and moral improvement of large numbers of people. M r Goad’s illustrations were drawn from sacred history, when allusion was made to the singing of Miriam, of the angels at the birth of Jesus, and of Paul and Silas in the gaol at Philippi; from the lives of the Wesleys, when he said that John Wesley preached great sermons, which were still read by many, but the hymns of Charles Wesley had been and are still sung all over the world ; from the work of Moody and Sankey; the life of Miss Robinson, the friend of the soldrr, in reference to whose work a retired general of the British Army had recently said the reform she had been enabled to effect in the habits of the soldiers was equal to the organising of a new regiment 1,500 strong; the work of Lucy Lock (the Salvation Army captain) and her mother, of Miss M’Pherson (the friend of the outcast boys of London), and others. The illustrative hymns were well rendered by a good choir under the lead of Mr A. Brunton. Mr Goad continues his mission this evening in the City Hall, and it will be seen by an advertisement in another column that in future meetings the gallery will be reserved and a charge of sixpence made for seats there, Mr Goad’s mission is drawing to a close, as the farewell meeting will be neld on Monday evening.

We hear from a reliable soUrCe that ih'C Hon. John Bryce’s election for Waipa is assured 5 indebd, it is doubtful whether there will be any opposition. The nomination takes place shortly,

Li the lakt number of the ‘ Gazette ’ it is an■Vuunced that the Government offiops fill over the colony will observe Monday, November 11, as the Prince of Wales’s Birthday. Accoi dingly on that day the Telegraph and Postal Departments hero will keep holiday on the Monday instead of Saturday, the 9th prox.

Tho annual public meeting of the Presbyterian Synod will be hold in First .Church,pn Friday evening. The addresses Will feebh ‘Missions.’

The prCgrtimlhe of a concert, to be given by tjio Grange Cricket Club to-morrow evening in the North Dunedin Drill-shed, appears in this issue.

The Cuncdin Bowling Club open their season at the Cumberland street Green oil Saturday afternoon with a match between teams chosen by the president atld Vi6e ; presideht. All Saints’ Day will be commemorated tomorrow at All Saints’ Ohttroh by communion at 8 a.m. and evensong at 7.30 p.m,, when Rev. K. A. Kerkham will bo the preacher. The shopkeepers have agreed to observe the 26th November, tho opening day of the Exhibition, as a holiday, and to alter the holiday on St. Andrews Day from Saturday to Monday. The North-cast Valley Baptist Church held their anniversary tea meeting on Tuesdby evening in the new Publio Hall, which Was just comfortably filled, about 260 sitting at tlic tables, which Were presided oVer by the ladies of the Congregation. At the aflct-rhhbliMg tho Rev. A, North occupied .tho chair. The secretary (Mr BAohfman) reported an increase of twelve mhihbers during the year, and submitted a statement showing that the various services continue to be Well sustained; and that the Sunday school has 155 scholars and fifteen teachers on the roll. Mr Russell read the treasurer’s balance*sheet, showing receipts during the year to pave been 130 in excess of the expenditure, which amount, added to the balance brought forward from last year, leaves a balance in the savings bank of L 66. He also stated that a building committee appointed during tho last month bad in view the enlargement of the church at an early date. Mr w, tngs, recently returned from a trip to the Old Country, gaVe an interesting and amusing account ot some of his adventures, Addresses Were delivered by tho ReV. Mr Hiutbn, MeSarS Gain, Stewart, and Low. During the evening the bholr, Under Mr Valentine, contributed gteatly to the evening’s entertainment, and a quartet ‘ Over yonder,’ by Messrs Valentine; Dowie, Coats; and Scooncs, was much appreciated. A duct by Miss Derbyshire and Mrs Mcdlin was well rendered, tho former lady also officiating as organist,

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