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Mr Coad's temperance mission Iccturo at the City Hall last night was well .ittendcd, Mr Glover presiding. Mr Coad took for Mb subject * Alcohol as a Medicino,' and spoke in the most emphatic terms against the use of strong drink as a medicine, and quoted the opinions of such men as Sir William Gull in support of his argument. To-night Mr Coad's subject is ' The Biblical Aspect of Temperance.'. The Hanover street Baptist Church choir, conducted by Mr Walker, are to sing hymns.

The death is announced of Dr Yates, for many years house surgeon of the Dunedin Hospital. At Auckland yesterday Father Hackett and another gentleman collected L 124 for for the Irish evicted tenants' fund.

The Government will defray the legal costs incurred by District Judge Rawson in tho recent inquiry into his conduct. Two debtors have petitioned to be adjudicated bankrupts during the past week—viz., John M'Meikan (of Morhington), dairyman, and Robert M'Kenzio (of Dunedin), commission agen The only disposed of Crown land at the Dunedin oflice during the week was the taking up of section 1, block 5, Swinburn district, containing 200 acres, by John Coyle, on perpetual lease.

The vital statistics for the month of October were as follows :—Births, 127; deaths, 53 ; marriages, 23. For the corresponding period last year the returns were : —Births, 127; deaths, 59; marriages, 30. The commandant of the Oamaru Navals sent this tliouflhtful telegram to Lieutenant Davy, of tlte Petone Navals, last week : "Hearty congratulations from Oamaru Navals for humanity and bravery displayed by your men during late beating accident."

The Christclmrch Talloresscs' Union have decided that if the Kaiapoi Factory Company fail to comply with the demand to employ none but union hands, all union hands should bo called out on strike on twenty-four hours' notice, expiring at 9 a.m. on Saturday, the weekly h;mds to give the necessary notice! At the annual meeting of the Ancient Order of Foresters in Wellington it was resolved—"That a circular be forwarded to various friendly societies requesting them to urge the Government not to make any alteration in the Friendly Societies Act regulating the rates of contributions uatil a table of experiences for this colony is first obtained."

A fire occurred in an unoccupied threeroomed cottage situated on the main road, North-east Valley, shortly before four o'clock this morning. The cottage, which was insured for LSO, was totally destroyed. The fire is supposed to have originated in an adjoining shed, where on the previous night a man had been looking for some fowls with lighted matches. A tabic published in the ' Gazetto' shows that the rainfall at Dunedin for the month of September was less than at any other point of observation in the colony. At New Plymouth the total fall in inches was o'.oS, at Auckland 5.82, at Napier 5.18, at Wanganui 4 97, at Wellington 4.78, at Lincoln 3.G0, and at Danediu 1.76. The greatest fall for the month was at Inglewood, where it was measured as 13.42. Dunedin gardeners and others affected by a short supply of water are beginning to understand Vanderdecken's frame of mind when repeatedly disappointed in his hope for a change of weather.

The cantata entitled ' Under the Palms, or The Jewish Flower Feast' was given in the Ksikorai Presbyterian Church last night by the choir and singing class, numbering about ninety voices, in aid of the Sunday School library. Judging from the large and appreciative audience, a handsome sum will be realised. The church was decorated with evergreens and fern trees, and the children of the singing class each had a bouqueti The principals sang well, and tile choruses were given in a praiseworthy manner. Perhaps the more pleasing items were those rendered by the childrei-. The singiug of these juveniles was a treat in itself, and showed careful training on the part of their conductor, Mr James Robertson. A word of praise is due to Misses M. Laing and M. Callender for the manner iu which they fulfilled their duties as accompanists. During the discussion at the Synod to-day ou the Sustentation Committee's report, the Rev. Dr Stuart deprecated the introduction of personal matters by commenting on what this church had done, or what that other church had not done, and said that he did not approve of a minister dictating to his congregation how they should give. He for one would be sorry to be instructed to tell his congregation that they ought to contribute so much to the sustentation fund. Christian bsneficence showed itself in many forms. Besides the sustcn tation fund there wore other means of forwarding the work of the church, and he held that ministers should be eontent to enforce the duty of giving, leaving it to the people themselves to select the mode of complying with this injunction. In Northumberland, where he had worked, the minister's salary was aided in a variety of ways as the people found it convenient. One man, for instance, would supply hay for the horse, another would fiod it in oats, and it was quite a common thing to select one of the flock and mark it as the parson's ewe, the produce of this animal being set apart for the minister. Under the circumstances there existing he held that a minister was more comfortable than ho could be here with three times the salary. The Garrison Hall, where the Scottish carnival is being held, was well rilled last evening, and the attraction bids fair to draw good attendances during the rest of tho week. The children performed the evolutions of the march in a careful and successful manner, .and later on danced a Highland reel. The audience were so pleased with the excellent dancing of the juveniles that they insisted on an encore. A squad of the Highland Rifles went through the bayonet exercise in a steady manner, their time being excellent. Mr Burt, of Port Chalmers, was loudly applauded for a seauntreus, which was danced in acceptable style; and Masters Low and Popham danced a Highland fling by request, and were deservedly applauded. What with selections by the Engineers' Band, limelight exhibitions, and the other enjoyable accessories of a carnival, the audience had plenty of amusement. The takings at the carnival on the first night amounted to nearly LIOO. Miss S. Young presides over a stall, her name being inadvertently omitted. The carnival will bo open this and to-morrow evenings, On Saturday there is to be a baby show, which is sure to attract a large attendance.

There was an excellent representative attendance at the meeting of the Canterbury branch of the Masonic Union yesterday, when the following resolutions were unanimously adopted:—" In view of the fact of His Excellency the Governor having advised the postponement of the formation of a Grand Lodge for New Zealand until there is greater unanimity among the craft on the question of uniting under one constitution, this branch of the New Zealand Masonic Union considers it advisable to recommend delay in bringing into operation the resolutions adopted at the Convention held in Wellington in September last until after the proposed meeting of district and provincial grand masters, to bo held in Dunedin on January 9." " The members of this Union, whilst agreeing with the propriety of the delay suggested, desire to reiterate their emphatic opinion that uniting the three constitutions now existing under a New Zealand one will be of the greatest benefit to the craft." "That His Excellency the Governor be requested to grant the interview to a deputation during his stay in Christchurch, and that the following be appointed: —Bros. Bisbop, Kaye, Hulbert, Hull, E. C. Brown, Mitchell."

A spooial meeting of Orangemen will bo held in Rattray street Hall to-morrow evening. The annual Orange sormon will bo preached in Dundas street Church on Sunday morning.

Tho weekly meeting of the Cargill road Mutual Improvement ClaBS was held laßt evening, when the president (Rev. G. W. Spenco) occupied tho cbair. There was a poor attendance of members. The evening was devoted to the last of a series of discussions on the ' Life and Labors of St. Paul,' when Miss J. M'Murray contributed a paper on 'Athens.' Summer Boots.—We have again the pleasure of drawing attention to the grand display of seasonable boots and shoeß at present on view in the windows of Cookham Hocse, 140 Princes street, opposite the Post Office. The collection f» even more varied than shown heretofore, and the prices lower than over. We strongly recommend an early call at this establishment.— [ArjvT.j In connection witli the paragraph in yesterday's Issue, Mr W. Stentifprd requests ub to state that the police were enabled to gain a clue from the fact that tho body was wrapped in a paper that had borne hia address. This paper, so addressed, had been sent by a member of his family to a dressmaker, who is a relative of the woman who gave birth to the child ; hence his name being unpleasantly (to him) mixed up wHh the master.

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Evening Star, Issue 8053, 1 November 1889

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Evening Star Issue 8053, 1 November 1889

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