The Evening Star WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 1897.
The Hon, John M'Ker.y.ie is unwell again, and is confined to his house.
At the Port Chalmers I'olico Court Hub forenoon, before Mr A. Thomson, J.P., Andrew Bryne was convicted of drunkenness and discharged. Additional subscriptions to the Victoria Children's Ward :—Collected bv Mr A. Paterson, Waihola (including Mr Paterson £1 Is), £1 Gi 6.1 ; balauee of butchers' testimonial to Mr E. H. Smith (per Mr T. Smith), lis. The Otago School Commissioners have word that the Greenvale run was sold yesterday at Gore at £9O per annum, the upset being £45 18a 41; the Otama run was sold at £SO, the upset being £3O 13j 9d ; and the Wendou run was passed in.
The festival of St. Matthew was duly honored at St. Matthew's Church yesterday, early communion and the morning and evening services being held. The Rev. C. S Bowden conducted the evening service. The church was decoiated for the occasion, and the musical arrangements were of a pleasing character. The St. Kilda Borough Council, at last night's meeting, declined the request of residents to erect a water trough in Richardson street. A letter was received from the Hospital and Charitable Aid Board notifying that unless the contribution due was paid the matter would be placed in the hands of the solicitors. It was reported that, the overdraft stood at £G92 5a Id, being £l-22 133 Id under the statutory limit. The ' Hawke's Bay Herald' records that a settler in the Wangunomona improved farm settlement, some fifty-one miles from Stratford, while out bushfelliug, was knocked down by falling timber, and sustained a compound fracture of the left leg. He crawled to the top of a ridge, obtained help, and after the wounded leg had been bandaged up some of the settlers made a litter, and the injured man was carried a distance of twenty-one mile 3 along muddy roads to Pohoknr?. The mud was kneedeep in places, and the settlers, sixty of whom took it in turns to carry the injured man, had a rough time plodding along the road iu the dark and in pouring rain.
The South Canterbury Hospital Board some time ago refused to pay the demand of the trustees of the Waimate Hospital—a separate institution—for maintenance for the current year on the ground that the amount asked for wa3 in excess of the real requirements. The dispute was referred to Dr MacGregcr, who recommended a conference. This was held yesterday, but no agreement was come to. The trustees refused to supply the details of their estimate?, as the Act docs not require them to do so, and the Board refused to pass the amount without details, and resolved to Colonial Secretary to hold a statutory inquiry. The amount asked w.13 :CBSO," and the Board then voted £SOO on account " without prejudice."
Delegates of trade organisations met at the Hon. W. M. Boll's residence last night for the purpose of considering his co-opera-tive settlement scheme. After consideration the following notice of motion, to ba moved at a future meeting, was given :—" That the Committee, having carefully considered the scheme of co-operative industrial settlement submitted by Mr Bolt, are of opinion that, while not dealing directly with the unemployed problem, yet it does eo indirectly, as if it were carried out within the area of its operations the conditions which give rise to want of employment would cease to exist. The scheme would also form a valuable object lesson in co operative industrialism. The Committee therefore atroDgly recommend the various bodies interested to take the matter into their favorable consideration, with the view of steps being taken co brine the scheme into operation as speedily as possible."
An action affecting the rights of the police to stop and examine persons against whom th<?y may entertain suspicion wa3 dealt v/ith in the Sydney District Conrt recently by Judge Murray. Sergeant Parkinson, who is in charge of the police s: at ion it Ashfield, stopped a man and inquired what he had in a bag which he was carrying on his back. The answer aud a brief inspection of the bag satisfied the officer, but the man who waa stopped became very much annoyed, and eventually instituted an action against him, claiming £2OO damages, on the ground of assault and illegal arrest. Judge Murray dismissed the case. He said "that the sergeant had shown ordinary common sense and discretion in his conduct in this case, and it appeared to him the action would never have been brought had it not been for something else. If constables were not to be justified in stopping men whom they saw carrying bags under circumstances which gave them reasonable grounds for suspicion he did not know how they were to do their d;ity at all. It was notorious that as soon as a house in the suburbs wa3 left ui.. occupied the gas fittings and coppers were removed, and there was always great diffi. culvy in finding out who were the culprits. Ypsterday's meeting of the Otago School Commissioners was attended by Mr J. P. Maitland (chairman) J. Walker Bain, A. Bulciey, J. Green, and W. Dallas. A memo, received from the Railway Department, stating that steps were to be taken to acquire lr 3op of section 4G, blocks, Papakaio district, for railway purposes, was noted, and the secretary notified to make a claim for £1 for land taken. A letter was received from the clerk to the Maori Hill Council requesting the Commissioners to contribute £lO towards the construction of a road to give an outlet to part of section 31, block 3, North Harbor and Blueskin district. The Commissioners could not see their way to comply with the request. It wa3 resolved that the Leithen Hill block be offered for a term of fourteen years at upset rental of lAd per acre, estimated area 1,200 acres ; that portion of run 175b (Waikaka run) be offered for fourteen years at \)A per acre, with valuation for fencing ; that the balance of run 17an be surveyed into suitable areas for mixed farming, area of sections to be left to surveyor, taking into account the character of the land. In the event of the Wendon run not being taken, it to be reoffered for the same term as formerly, together with section 2, block 13, and section 13, block 14, Wendon, at the upset (all over) of a halfpenny per acre.
A peculiar legal point was given prominence at the Melbourne City Court recently, when a middle-aged man named John Nicholls was charged with bigamy. Evidence was given showing that Nicholls had married a Miss Margaret Young in 1884. Last year he had taken pro° ceedings for a divorce against this lady, and a decree nisi had been granted. Three months later he had applied for an order absolute, but this was refused, as was also Nicholls's appeal to the Full Court. Notwithstanding these refusals, he had married a Mrs Jane Hunter | on 10th March last, and had, according to the Marriage Act, committed bigamy. J Mr Graves, who defended, elicited in I cross - examination that Nicholls's ap- ; plication for an order absolute had broken down owing to hi 3 proctor not producing the decree nisi, as required by the Act. It appeared that the proctor had a lien over the document for the pavment of the law costs of obtaining it, and he declined to surrender it until these were paid. Mr Graves pointed out that it was an extraordinary thing that a man should not be allowed to get his order absolute because he has not paid his lawyer's bill, and it was still more extraordinary that the womau who had formerly been'his wife Bhould be prevented from marrying again for the same reason. If defendant paid his costs the marriage would be dissolved from the date when he made the application; Mr Fmlayson, who prosecuted on behalf of the Crown Law Department, contended that tuch a course would not legitimatise any children born of his last marriage. De- ! fendanb was committed for trial, his own I recognisances being accepted as bail. '
It wa3 Mr Jowitt's Rewi Drake that had an escape from the fire in George street on Sunday morning, not Rewi Lad, which is now the property of Mr Howden. A pipe organ which has just been erected in the Baptist Cr.urch in Ponsonby, Auckland, was partly built by Avery, and partly by the firm of" Bishop, Star, and Richardsou, London, and bears the date (inlaid with wood) of the year 1779, so that it is 118 years old. It was formerly erected in old St. Paul's Church, Auckland. With reference to the complaint of overcrowding in the lunatic asylum at Mount View, it is stated that the new wing at Porirua will be completed in a month, and that additional -accommodation is being provided at Ni-l-.on, Christchurch, and Auckland.
The All Saints' Young Men's Club held their usual weekly meeting on Monday evening, when the following office-bearers were elected for the Cricket Club for the ensuing sea?on :—President, the Dean ; vicepreth:ent, Rev. W. H. Browne; caplaiu, L. Bray ; deputy • captain, S. Dunkley; secretary, D. Bray; Match CommitteeMessrs S. Dunkley, J. Hopcraft, L. Macdenald, and L. and D. Biay. The opening day was fixed for Saturday week on the ,: Clear. 1 '
The following additional entries have been received for the solo competitions at the Oamaru band competition :—B flat cornet, J. Hartley, Oamaru Garrison; soprano cornet, Jame3 Scott, Timaru Garrison; E flit tenor horn, Duncan Leitch, Ashburton, and J. M Kersey, Dunediu Navals; euphonium, J. O'Brien, Dunedin Navals; trombone, R. Jenkins, Invercargill Garrison, and F. Home, Dunedin Navals; E fiat bass, A. Miller, Dunedin Navals; BB flat bass, C. Harrisoa, Timaru Garrison, and A. F. Robertshaw, Dunedin Navals.
News reaches Australia from Hongkong of a thrilling balloon accident, which occurred at Naini Tai recently. Mr Lawrence, a balleonist, ascended 7,000f0 above Naini Tai, whea the balloon entered a heavy bank of clouds and burst, haviug probably been struck by lightning. The crowd gave the Professor up for lust, but in a moment or two he was seen descending from the cloud, clinging to his parachute, which he had managed to cut free, and in a few minutes, amidst the frantic cheers of thousands, he reached terra firma. The balloon was quite destroyed, and the Professor had a most miraculous escape.
The Victorian Commissioner of Taxes has issued a circular to members of the Legislature stating that he values the free railway pass which they hold at £5 per annum to each member, apart from its use for parliamentary purposes, and therefore he requires the payment of la 8d each. One member asked if the Commissioner, who received £255 allowance per annum, was the same who received £1,500 salary by special appropriation. Another complained llt it his railway pas 3 was of no use to him in coming from Carlton to Parliament, and yet the Commissioner will not let him deduct his expenses iu reaching Parliament from his iucome, whilst he charges this excess on a pass he cannot use. A third told with great elation how in making up his schedule he had valued his railway pass at £lO, and paid lax on that amount, and he wrote to the Commissioner demanding a refund of I 3 81 for an over-valua l ion. He has not received the money. A fourth member said that the Commissioner had gratuitously insulted every member of Parliament, and moved that his allowance be reduced by £155 This was scouted on all hands, and withdrawn, but not before the mover had received a severe castigation from the Premier.
For umbrellas and gloves T. P.oss has become a household word. See the new shipments ; nothing like them iu town for quantity or value. —[Advt.l
A special general meeting of the Otago Cricket Association will be held on Saturday evening.
The annual meeting of the Caledonian Bowling Club will be held at the Shamrock Hotel on the 29th inst.
The annual parade of Clydesdale, carriage, hackney, and thoroughbred stallioun will be h°!d at Tahuna Park to-morrow mornir.g. A meeting of those favorable to the nomination of air K. C. Cargill for the mayoralty will ba hold in the Chamber of Commerce to-m'orrcw afternoon.
The Albert Lucas Company play the drama Colloen Bawn ' again to night. This company are rapidly gaining in popular favor, and the success they have hitherto met with should ensure a gocd house this evening. The complimentary dinner tendered by the citizens to Captain Robin takes place at the Garrison Hall this evening, covers to be lifted at seven o'clock. It i 3 expected that the dinner will be over about 8.30. We mention this because the Committee have made arrangements to open the gallery free to lady members of these present as soon as the speeches commence. A capital musical programme is to he provided, and the presentation by the Otago Hussars will be a feature of the proceedings
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