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The Evening Star WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 1897.

The All Saints Young Men’s Club held their weekly meeting on Monday, when Mr G. Thomson read an essay on ‘ Football,’ which was favorably criticised by the members, as was a paper hy Mr A. Scales. During the evening several of the members gave recitations. The Rev. W. H, Browne presided. At yesterday’s meeting of the Acclimatisation Society the following honorary rangers were appointed :—John Henderson (StirB D 3)>. William Lindsay (Inch Clutha), Henry Martin (Blacks), and James Richie (Nevis). Mr Chisholm gave notice of motion as follows “ That in future all fry be kept until they are yearlings, after which they may be turned out into the streams.” The opinion was generally expressed that fish should be kept until they are a year old, and in view of the proposal being carried out the qoeslion of enlarging the ponds yaa referred to the Executive to act.

The case of Smith v. the Presbyterian Church Board was continued at the Supreme Court to-day. Mr-Carneross, M.H.R., has become a member of the East Taieri School Committec.

At the Magistrate’s Court this morning Mr Carew gave judgment for plaintiffs in cases in which the Ceylon" and Indian Tea Association sued David Connor for £1 5s 61, and William Gillespie for £1 7s. Both defendants belong to Hawea Flat. Mr Solomon appeared for plaintiffs.

The weekly meeting of the Benevolent Trustees, held this afternoon, was attended by Mr P. Miller (in the chair) and Messrs C. Allan, H. Gourley, R. Watson, W. Swan, J. Hazlelt, J. Green, and R. Wilson. Accounts were passed for payment amounting to £136 3s BJ. The secretary mentioned that Ann Smith had died in the Institution during the week. About thirty-four relief cases were dealt with.

Daring the hearing to-day of the case of Arthur v. the Minister of Railways one of the witnesses, Mr John Arthur, remarked that the railway people could easily check (he goods that passed through their hands by introducing a system of weighing. Mr Fraser replied that that would not be much of a help. Weighing would not have been much of a help in saving a case of razors recently, and the department had had such an experience as finding a case filled with bricks instead of with goods. His Worship added that to weigh everything would take up some considerable time. Messrs A. and T, Inglis’s annual social was held last evening in St. Paul’s Schoolroom, about forty couples being in alter, dance. The decorations were much above the average, and require special mention ; whilst the same may be said of the catering by Mr Lean, Some very pretty costumes were worn, and altogether the room presented a very festive and gay appearance. Dancing, interspersed with songs and recitations, was kept up to an early hour, when all dispersed, after spending a most enjoyable evening. Excellent music was supplied by Mr Yates, and Messrs Barnett and Lambert made very efficient M.C.s.

Judge Kettle, sitting in the Bankruptcy Court at Wanganui last week, refused to grant an unconditional discharge to the members of a firm (Messrs Hammond Bros.) on the grounds that they had engaged in rash and hazardous speculation, that they had neglected to keep proper books, and that they had incurred liabilities without reasonable prospect of being able to pay them. For those reasons Judge Kettle loaded the order of discharge with the condition that the bankrupts should pav £2OO per annum by quarterly instalments until 10s in the £ should be paid on the proved debts. Liberty was, however, given to the parlies to apply to the Court at any time for a variation of the order.

The Ocean Beach Domain Board met in the Town Hall last night. In reply to a request by the Conservation Society for assistance towards planting the Sandhills beyond Tahuna Park, it was resolved by 4 to 2 that the Board adhere to their previous resolution to pay half-coat of fencing, and regret that they have no funds for plants. Mr Stark’s offer of £3O for a renewal of the lease of St. Clair baths for the ensuing year was accepted. The offer of Mr A. M‘Gregor, of Kensington, to provide for £l2 a substantial wire fence round the baths from the bathkeeper’s house to the rocks at the sea end was accepted. It was decided to intimate to the Defence Department that the threatened encroachment of the sea at the central fort was largely contributed to, if not occasioned, by the action of the department in removing, and permitting to be removed, sand from the immediate vicinity of the fort.

The annual soiroa in connection with the Mornington Wesleyan Church was held last evening. After tea had been partaken of a sacred concert was held, the Rev. J. N. Buttle presiding. This being the twentyfirst anniversary the report congratulated the members on having met to commemorate the attainment of their majority ae a congregation. A larger number of sittings were now let than at any previous period of the history of the church. The number of members on the roll was 102, with one on trial, and 40 catechumen, showing an increase of 13 full members for the yea-. The Sunday school continued to do good work. There were 173 children on the roll, and the average attendance had been 148. Solos were contributed during the evening by Mrs T. Holgate, Misses Oliver, Lambourne, and Michie, Messrs Ross, Lamb, Williams, and T. Holgate. The choir, under the conductorship of Mr T. Holgate, also rendered some anthems, and Miss Bakes presided at the organ. It was announced that the debt on the church of £ls 15s 7d, disclosed by the balance-sheet, had now been met.

On Saturday Mrs Cunnington had an interview with Colonel Hume on the subject of prison reform. The inspector expressed himself in sympathy with the movement in almost all its details. On the question of the lady official visitors being granted, within prison walls, the same powers as visiting justices, ho said (reports the ‘Lyttelton Times ’) that he considered such a change in the female gaol—as distinctly just and right, and promised to see what could be done in that direction. Colonel Hume also approves of the future appointments of prison matrons being open to the public under certain limitations. Mrs Cunninglon is anxious for the public to know that in all her efforts to ameliorate and improve the management of female prisons the Inspector of Prisons has invariably treated her with the greatest courtesy and consideration. Colonel Hume is very emphatic on the inefficacy of the present mode of dealing with habitual drunkards. He that the short sentences passed on them in the courts arc worse than useless.

Messrs J. Mill and J. Morgan, J.P.g, presided at the Port Chalmers Police Court this forenoon. Samuel Howes was charged with having no visible means of support. Mr Platts appeared for the accused. Sergeant Geerin stated that the accused was of idle and loose habits. He followed no occupation, and was frequently in a state of semidrunkenness. Complaints as to his mode of living had teen made to the police, and unless accused mended his ways in all probability he would be found dead. The present proceedings were taken solely for the man’s interest, as his promise, made last November when he cune out of the hospital, that he would lead a different life had not been fulfilled. Constables Tracey and Lawrence gave evidence that they had not known accused to do any work for the last two years. He slept in a stable, with only a few rags for bedclothes, and the place was in a very dirty state. Mr Platts produced a letter signed by four different persons that the accused had done odd jobs for them during the past two years. Mr Mill said the Bench were very sorry to see an old resident charged with vagrancy. The police had done their duty, but the Bench were inclined to give the accused another chance, and would adjourn the case for one month.

Mr Thomas Denniaton, an old and highlyrespected Otago settler, died yesterday at the residence of his eldest son, Mr Justice Denniston, at Christchurch. The deceased gentleman was born at Greenock in 1821, and came to Dunedin with his sons and daughters (Mrs Denniston having died four years previously) by the ship Nelson, arriving in 1862. In the early days he had a farm at Warepa; he afterwards lived at the Bluff for some time, and then at Invercargill. For some years he was engaged in sheep-farming, having a run at Oreti and another at Oteramika. In later years ho held the position of editor of the ‘ Southland Times,’ and conducted that journal with characteristic vigor, but failing health compelled him to resign that duty, and for a twelvemonth past he had been confined to his bed. Mr Denniston’s tastes did not incline towards public life. He once stood as a candidate for the Mataura seat, but, being beaten by Sir Dillon (then Mr F. D.) Bell, was satisfied to make no further effort to woo the suffrages of the free and independent ; and the only public body he identified himself with was the Otago School Commissioners. He leaves a family of four sons —Mr Justice Denniston, Mr T. F. Denniston (of Ida Valley), Mr G, L. Denniaton (of this City), and Mr A. J. Denniston (of the Bank of New Zealand, Auckland), while Mrs R. F. Cuthbertson (of Invercargill) is the only daughter. Mr G. L. Denniston left for Christchurch this morning, in order to attend the funeral, which takes place there to-morro^v.

• The first practice of the Dunedin Choral Society was held in the Victoria' Hall of the Agricultural Buildings last night," end the enthusiasm which was manifested augured well for future success. The most sanguine expectations of the promoters must have been more than realised by the large attendance. In all there were 274 singers present, divided as follows :- Sopranos, 124; altos, 68; tenors, 36 ; and basses, 46. Mr Coombs (conductor) and Misa Cameron (accompanist) were loudly applauded on taking their respective stations. About an hour and a-half’s work was put in at several of the choruses in ‘ Elijah,’ which is the oratorio decided bat for the first effort of the ohoir. These went as well as could be expected under the circumstances. The half-hour which was set apart for the work of testing the voices proved altogether insufficient, and accordingly Mr Coombs has decided to be in attendance on Thursday and Saturday evenings from seven o’clock and again next Tuesday for an hour before the commencement of the practice, by which time it is hoped all the voices will have been subjected to the regulation test, Mr Coombs, in a few remarks before entering on the work of the evening, expressed gratitude at the honor that had been conferred upon him in appointing him conductor. Music was his hobby, and he always tried to do his best in everything in that line he took injiand, He hoped the members would do all in their power to support and assist him and attend the practices regularly. Unless they were prepared to devote Tuesday night exclusively to the practices and allow no outside influences to interfere with it the society could not prosper, but if they would all bo tegular in attendance they would get on very well, and the Choral Society would be a credit to the members and all connected with it. It might be mentioned that amongst those present in the different sections of the choir were a good many of Dunedin’s leading chorus singers and several leading members of the old Choral Society. In consequence of the large number of sopranos otfi ring their services the Committee have decided that in future application for enrolment in this section of the choir must be made in writing.

Entries fortheDunedinHorticultural Society’s spring show close on the 20th insl.

The annual parade of stallions will be held at Tahuna Park on September 23. Entries close on the 18th inst.

Our readers’ attention is drawn to the programme of the floral fete to take place on the 24th and 25th inst.

An organ recital will be given in the Moray place Congregational Church on the 21st of September.

A Word of Advice to Ladies.—ln the matter of getting cheap and reliable gloves, stockings, corsets, and umbrellas, T. Ross’s is the beat shop in town,—[Anvr.] A complimentary dinner is to be given in the Garrison Hall on "Wednesday, the 22ud inst., to welcome Captain Robin on bis return from the Jubilee festival.

In the Mornington School on Friday eve ling a public meeting, to which ladies are specially invited, will be held to discuss matters re the proposed gymnasium. In this issue appears the balance-sheet for the six months ended February 28 last of the Union Bank of Australia, Limited. A dividend at the rate of 5 per cant, per annum lias been declared, and the sum of £24,567 carried forward.

We have to thank the Union Steam Ship Company for the hand book of information on ‘ United Australasia ’ (tenth edition), issued by the British and Queensland Agency Companv, A table of the tariffs of the colonies, revised to date, is one of many interesting features of the work.

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