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The jury in the Hall-Matthews trial at Invercargill returned a verdict of “Not guilty.”

Wo are advised by the Press Association that the mail which left Melbourne on August 1/ per Lusitania via Naples arrived in London on September 21, a day before time.

The address presented to Captain Robin by the New Zealand contingent when leaving England is beautifully engrossed in gold and chocolate on vellum by Messrs Good and Son, London, and framed. It is at present on view in the shop window of Mr Sligo, George street.

The vice-chairman of the famine relief fund in India has written to His Worship the Mayor acknowledging with thanks the receipt of a draft for £268 11s lOd from Dunedin towards the relief of the sufferers. The letter also mentions that £1,870 was received from New Zealand.

The Workers’ Political Committee mot last night, Mr J. Nagle in the chair. It was unanimously resolved to ask the Hon. J. G. Ward to give a public address under the auspices of the Committee prior to going to his parliamentary duties at Wellington. The Albert Lucas Company, now fairly established, gave a second performance of ‘ The Colleen Bawn ’ at the City Hall last night before a large audience. Bouoicault’s play was certainly one of the most successful productions of the season, showing careful attention to detail by all concerned aud being staged very creditably. On Saturday next the company produce ‘ Not Such a Fool as He Looks,’ a comedy which the late Charles Mathews made known to the colonies.

Messrs A. Thomson and J. Morgan, J.P.s, sat at the Port Chalmers Police Court this forenoon. On the application of Mr Platts a prohibition order was granted against Randall T. Macdonnell for twelve months in the districts of Waikouaiti, Dunedin, and Caversham, defendant to pay costs of the proceedings. On a further charge of using insulting language towards hia wife and family defendant was bound over to keep the peace for twelve months in his own recognisance of £lO and one surety of £lO, and ordered to pay costs.

The final entertainment of the session by the Opoho Literary Society in the district church was given last evening, and passed off satisfactorily, the hall being crowded. An excellent programme of vocal and instrumental items was contributed by members and friends, interspersed by recitations and a humorous dialogue by several City folk. Miss Dyer, Mies Greaves, Miss Swan, and Mr Chisholm acted as accompanists during the evening. The chair was occupied by the president of the society (Mr J. Evans), who gave a short account of the work done during the session. The society were, he stated, deeply indebted to the trustees of the Baptist Church for the free use of the hall, and by the inauguration of monthly concerts had been enabled to give a substantial donation to the funds of the church. At last night’s meeting of the City Council Gr Chisholm brought under notice the objectionable manner in which the dust, removal contract is being carried out. It was expressly provided that the carts were to bo covered in, but this was very imperfectly done, tto referred to the nuisance caused by the dust being scattered all over the place when the man was emptying the tin, Or Solomon said that Cr Park had just remarked to him that the carts were covered with old chaff bags. That was so, and there was more hole than bag. He was surprised that the Committee had not used their power to enforce the proper carrying out of the contract. Cr Carroll explained that the contractor had been reprimanded some time ago. He thought the solution of the difficulty should be referred as a legacy to the incoming Comthey should try and enforce something like a careful putting of the dust into the carts. The discussion then ended, no course of action being suggested. The principal conditions under which the shield presented by Messrs Besson and Co of London, to the New Zealand Banda’ Association is to be competed for are; The shield shall be held for ono year by the band registering the best all-round performance, embracing the quickstep competition and each selection. Shield points will be awarded corresponding to the order of merit attained by bands in the quickstep competition and each aelecfton, In the event of ties m the quickstep competition or either selection, place points will be bracketed and equally divided. Should there be a tie in shield points the band registering the best performance in the selections shall be the winner, but should such a solution be impracticable the names of the tied bands will be engraved on the shield. The winning band must find a bond for the safe custody of the shield, insure it in the name of the president of the Association (Mr W. Wills), and return it on his order not later than twenty-one days prior to the next contest. Though not formally authorised to say so we believe the Committee of the Dunedin Horticultural Society are quite pleased with the measure of patronage bestowed by the public upon yesterday’s show—the cash takings amounted to £44 3s 6d. represent-

mg with those on the free list an attendance of between 2,000 and 3,000 persons, which is, we understand! a record for a one day’s exhibition and the public in turn, are more than pleased with the show, the general verdict being that the exhibits individually reached a high degree of merit, and that taste and judgment governed the staging and the arrangements generally. The judging, also, seemed to be accepted as fair. The judges, by the way, wereßouquets, table decorations, etc., Mesdamea James Mills, J. M. Ritchie, and D. Theomin ; pot plants and cut blooms, Messrs William Pickup (Waikonaiti) and H. M. West. A special certificate of merit was awarded to Mr A. Wilson for his rare collection of narcissi, and the find stand of narcissi shown by Mr Marshall led visitors to suppose that the flowers must have been raised under cover, whereas as a fact the only protection they have had is the shelter planted by the grower. The show having been such a marked success, it has been suggested in several quarters that the society might next year extend it to two days, so as to give an option to many of their busy well-wishers who cannot always spare time for a visit on one particular day, and we commend the idea to the consideration of the Committee. It should be added that the Garrison Band’s performance last night was listened to with pleasure by those present, the more so as the playing was modified in volume to suit an interior; also that the flax used for the group on the floor was lent by Mr G. Matthews ; further, that the Covent Garden Company supplied refreshments. 3 •

Additional subscriptions to the Victoria Children’s Ward Collected by Mr J. R. Mitchell, Waiwera South (including Mr Mitchell, £1), £1 12s 6d.

Captain Jackson, S.M., silting at Te Awamutu yesterday, sentenced those persons • were charged with sly grog-selling in the King Country and had pleaded guilty. Six Maoris were sentenced to twenty-one days’ hard labor and to pay the costs of court, and five other persons were fined in amounts ranging from £6O to £5. A man natned_ Bond has the honor of topping the list with the £6O, and his costs come to £7 more.

The following communication from His Excellency the Governor has been received by Mr W. H. Corrigan, bon. secretary of the newly-formed Choral Society in Dunedin :—“ Government House, Wellington, New Zealand, 20/9/97. Sir, —I am directed by His Excellency to acknowledge your lettpr of the 17th inst. His Excellency will be pleased to become patron of the Dunedin Choral Society.—Yours faithfully, Dudley Alexander, Capt., Private Secretary, and A.D.C. The hen. secretary Dunedin Choral Society.”

.Floral ffite and gymkhana opens to-morrow afternoon.

.Mr J. Smyth will deliver a lecture, ‘University Life in Germany,’ in connection with the University Debating Society to-morrow evening. The annual meeting of the Otago Anglers’ Association will be held at the rooms, Exchange Court, to-morrow evening, at eight o’clock.

To-morrow evening, in the Tabernacle, Great King street, Mr A. Ludbrook, who has lately been travelling in Asia Minor and Turkey, is to deliver a limelight lecture entitled' ‘The Crescent Against the Cross ’— a story of Armenia.

This week’s ‘ Democrat ’ contains illustrations, something for the Port people, snapshot of picnic parties, work for city councillors, sporting, cycling, football (Canterbury-Otago), ladies’ gossip, music and dramatic, the judge’s burglar, does smoking produce cancer, mining, and other interesting matter.—[Advt.]

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Evening Star, Issue 10427, 23 September 1897

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Evening Star Issue 10427, 23 September 1897

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