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The Evening Star TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 1897.

Pnm •>? tUy u r ' eet,Dg «* tfe Athenreum Committee held lav, night, Mr Burton m the chair, of absence was grated for three months to the Rev. W. H Ash. Most of the business was of a routine nature. The following presentations Were received with thanks:—' Charles Wlrithead ' from Messrs Ward, Lock-, aid Co. ; «Past and Present Men of the fames' and «Walch's Tasmanian Almanac,' from Mr T. W. Whitson ; and ' Votes and Proceedings of New South Wales for 1896.'

Stie Wellington City and Suburbs representatives in Parliament are to be called upon by the Trades Council, at the instance of the local Progressive Liberal to use their best efforts to seoura in the ensuing session an enlarged franohi&e fbr the selection of all our looal government bodies, and tha Premier is to be requested to introduce such a measure as early in the session as possible, Mr Tanner, member for Avon, at the mßtance of the Canterbury Political Association, has also agreed to take tiharge of a Bill in the House extending the municipal franchise to adults

At the weekly meeting of HanoVc-'r street Mutual Improvement Sooiety* held last night, Mr C. E. Beckingsa'fe presiding, a review of 'Uncle tern's Cabin' was given. Mr Percy Peters opened with a short account of the life of the authoress, and afterwards the leading incidents in the story were sketched by that gentleman and Messrs Kober, Davie, Williams, North Pearson, Smith, and Hilliker. Extracts from ' Uncle Tom' were interspersed with the sketches, some of the more telling passages fe&ing given with considerable power a*ad pathos.

The new trial of the Case of Christina bmitn and Alexander Smith (of North Taien) v. the Otago Presbyterian Church tfoard of Property occupied the Supreme Court to-day, Mr Justice Williams taking the case and the special jury consisting of Messrs R. B. Monkman (foreman), T. Power J. L. Salmond, and' C. J. Ronaldson. The claim is for £SOO damages alleged to have been caused by the discharge of water on to plaintiffs land, and an .injunction 'fa also asked for. The Hon J. MacGreger and Mr Sim are counsel for the plaintiffs- the Hon. W. D. Stewart and Mr Vf. C. MacGregor appearing on the other side. The trial was proceeding when We went to press. It is not wise to flout the magisterial interpretation of the law. Recently the Weilington stipendiary magistrate decided that chemists were prohibited from selling photographic apparatus on the statutory halfholiday, though they may keep open for the sale of medicines and other articles directly relating to their business. This decision was immediately made known by the Labor Department to its agents throughout the colony. .4 few days afterwards Mr R. M. Gatenby, a YV&n'ganm chemist, formerly of Wellington,, in a letter to the 'Wanganui Herald' questioned the soundness of Mr Kenny's interpretation of the law, and announced his willingness to sell the local inspector of factories any photographic apparatus he might require. The inspector took the writer at his word, and on a recent half-holiday bought a camera at his shop. A summons followed in the Usual course, and was heard in the Wanganui Court, with the result that Mr K.enny s decision was upheld and Mr Gatenbv mulcted in a fine of 10a, with costs amounting to another 10s. Defendant gave notice of appeal.

An enthusiastic bibliophile entered a humble East End tobacco shop at the end of last week =(says the London ' Daily Telegraph' ttf July 20) in order to be directed toi * Street in the vicinity he wished to find, wften he was horrified to perceive the proprietress tearing wrappers from a blackletter book. He snatched the mutilated volume from her and found that it was the ' Goode Huswife's Jewell,' published in the reign of Elizabeth. He eagerly bid a shilling for the book, and his offer was accepted. The shopkeeper, who explained that she had bought the treasure from an itinerant waste-paper merohant, had just commenced to tear it up. Only three leaves were missing, and she fortunately remembered who had got thorn. On the promise to give tho owners a pint of beer each, the missing sheets were speedily recovered, but the fly-leaf, which waa handed to a navvy with a penn'orth of Irish'roll, had a narrow escape, as the man, when communicated with, had twisted it into a spill for the purpose of lighting his pipe. The gentleman has now the «Huswife's Jewell' complete, and there 1b no happier bookworm in London.

_ The ranks of the immigrants who arrived in Otago by the first three pioneer vessels—viz., the John Wiokliffe, Philip Lsfng, and Moultan —are being rapidly thinned by death, and it is with regret we have to add yet another to the number. Mrs James Gebbie, who died at her residence, St, David street, yesterday, after a long and painful illness, was born at Stirlingshire, Scotland, and came out; to the colony with her husband, Mr James Gebbie, in the ship Moultan The vessel arrived at Otago Heads on Christmas Day, 1848, but owing to an epidemic of cholera breaking out amongst the passengers during the first months of the voyage she was quarantined until January 1, 1849, when she was admitted to pratique and the passengers landed. On their arrival in Dunedin her husband secured property in the North-east Valley (part of which is now occupied by Mr Glendining), and after residing there for some years he sold the property, and purchased a block of land facing Leith and St. David streets, which was then covered with native bush. Mr Gebbie established his home on this land where, with his wife and family, he has resided up to the present time. Mrs Gebbie, who has lived to beyond the allotted span of life, was well known amongst the pioneer settlers as a woman who lived an upright exemplary life, and her demise will be regretted by a large circle of friends. She leaves her husband and two sons and two daughters to mourn her death.

A meeting of delegates from trade and other societies was held last night at the residence of the Hon. W. M. Bolt, and heard from him a paper on ' Co-operative Industrial Settlements.' In a letter to the Minister of Lands Mr Bolt wrote :—" I am deeply sensible of the importance of expert knowledge as a necessary element of success in such an undertaking, but I am afraid that during the early years of the settlement at least the funds of the little community would be greatly strained if forced to give permanent engagement to a man possessing such knowledge. Of what is commonly known aa 'practical' knowledge we no doubt Bhould have a fair amount amongst the people living on the settlement, but. as you know, the purely 'practical man' is frequently narrow-minded, as a rule very dogmatic, and sometimes the drawbacks arising from his prejudices out-balance any advantages derived from his knowledge. In this as in other matters a blend is a good thing, but expert knowledge as a controlling factor is in my judgment essential. The industrial operations of the community for the first few years would be confined to clearing, agriculture, stockraising fruit-growing, poultry farming, and kindred pursuits. If for that time the Agricultural Department could assist the settlement with expert knowledge and advice by periodical visits of its officers, it would, I think, meet the case, and thus obviate the necessity for a time at least of engaging a permanent man. lam presuming tbeiettlement would not be very inaccessible." The Secretary of Agriculture replied that the services of the experts of the department would be most willingly placed at the disposal of the proposed settlement. Mr Bolt's paper is to be published, and. discussed at a subsequent meeting.

fhS r S^ B Sb y ter y have 'Affirmed ™1« * ?£??*» of basis of union with the Northern Church. The annual social gathering in connection with &fc Mag's Church, Mornington, was ft* Jf tt . thtt L Momington Temperance Hall WW night, there being a good attendance, rianoforte solos were contributed by Miss btatnam « n d Miss Davidson> Miss "Davies B »1g a solo, Misses Wilkinson and Stephens arid Messrs Chappoll and, Filkins to'VtwVf' 4 n „d SP"* *H" S ° UaDd Miss pavidnoQ and Mr Nantes sang a

auet. Ksfreshments, provided by ladies of tne congregation, were supplied to all present, an< j B hort addresses were the Rev. C. S. Bowden (pastor of St. Mary's) the Rev. W. Ronaldson, and Mr Stathamj the last-named speaking with regard to the tteed'of a Sunday school in connection with v .;he church. Captain Maroiel, speaking reoently at Chnstohurch on the necessity for a training ship for training recruits for the Royal

JMsyy said what Waa required was a ship which Would run on parallel lines with thpreset education system, and the only qualification should be that the lads should be respectable, and that it should be open alike to noh and poor. Two years served on suoh a ship should make the lads eligible to go up for the Board of Trade examination for a, second mate's certificate. He thought tae cheapest and best kind of ship would be one which should not be worked by her own sails, but should be merely an educational establishment which could be towed from pott to port, and provided with a small cutter in which the boys could be exercised.

More municipal discontent'. At Lytteltoh strong public feeling waS aroused by the Borough Gouheifs dismissal of tho medical Crs Webb, Haydon, and C6ok were the avowed[opponents of the appointment; While MesSrs Fieldj Lewin, and Willcox, three Lytteltbn natives, who have tired of what they consider the gross mismanagement of .the Council in this connection, endeavored to Becure all three,seats. They succeeded in securing 'two of the seats, ousting Cr ,Webt> and placing one of their number at the top of the poll. The voting was unuaually heavy, and those who are righting for the medical officer contend that the ratepayers have now definitely expressed their desire that he should be retained.

Speaking at the annual meeting of the Melbourne Infant Asylum Institution, Chief Justice Madden said:—" Sooner or later a foundling hospital must be established in the colony; and what better organisation was there for carrying on such an institution than that of the Infant Asylum ? The ladies who had voluntarily undertaken the work were devoted to it. They were doing it well and cheaply, and ought to be enabled to do it on a very much larger scale. If the considerable amount of public money spent in the searching out and prosecution of persons guilty of child murder or concealment, in holding inquests upon the children, and in paying for the maintenance of the mothers .in prison were counted up, and could be handed over to such a body as the Infant Asylum management for the purpose of a foundling hospital, an important step in the right, direction would be effected. There was no use in expecting that illegitimacy could be put a stop to. It would continue to be a constant trouble, and the only thing possible was to provide for it in the way most humane and advantageous to the community."

The treasurer of the convalescent fundacknowledges, with thanks, the sum of £l2 6s lOd from the Committee of the ' David Garrick' Club, as the result of the two entertainments lately held in the Princess's Theatre.

The examinations under the New Zealand University for matriculation, junior scholarships, medical preliminary, and barristers' and solicitors' general knowledge will commence on the 7th December.

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