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The Evening Star FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 1897.

Tue Speech read at the opening of Parliament yesterday by His ExcelOjJuine enc y Governor is remarkable speech* for extreme length, the inflation t °f matters of little interest into adventitious importance, and the absence of any declaration, of policy. The same old hobbies which have done service for the last six or seven years are trotted out for the gratification of the Radical wing of the Liberal party ; and there is nothing of striking novelty, excepting perhaps that the right honorable gentleman at the head of the Government has cast off the democratic title of Premier, and now styles himself “Prime Minister.” Most notable in the Speech is the absolute omission of direct reference to the financial. position ; and nothing whatever is said in regard to the public works. The conclusion to be arrived at is that Ministers are afraid to make any definite move until they have consulted their supporters, and we note that a caucus has beeh convened for Tuesday morning. Theinterveningperiod will, no doubt, be judiciously utilised by Mr Seddon in convincing honorable gentlemen who make a show of independence of the error of their ways, and in securing the allegiance of the rank and file by inducements, material and otherwise. It was certainly rather too bad to inflict on the now Governor the delivery of this long string of commonplace and rigmarole, and keep him thus for nearly an hour in the most uncomfortable full-dress costume of a Lord-in-Waiting to the Queen. Lord RiSEUBLy’s private, opinion on the whole business, if not exactly suitable

for publication, would be worth bearing’! The great variety of matters touched upon in the Speech are jumbled 'together, regardless of sequence or order, suggestive of the paragraphs having been shaken up in a bag and placed in rotation as they were drawn. For example, our old friends the fur seals, always conspicuous in Governor's speeches, are sandwiched between fisheries and private benefit societies ; which again are immediately followed by banking legislation and the San Francisco service. Aged people’s pensions, beetroot sugar, and commercial travellers appear together as closely connected subjects; whilst the two paragraphs referring to the mining industry are widely apart. The document is, indeed, put together in a very slovenly Wav, and we should say that two-thirds of the whole might have been omitted with advantage. The measures indicated as heiugproposed to be introduced cover a wide field, and if we thought there was any real intention of proceeding with half of them we should look forward to an unusually prolonged session, since the financial policy has yet to be brought down, and may possibly require, to give it effect, important and complicated legislation. Several questions are certain to be brought up which will entail lengthy debates, so that Ministers will not be without reasonable excuses for postponing such of their measures which it suits them better to promise than to promote. The ghosts of constitutional reform and limitation of the hours of labor are again announced to walk, the Masters and Apprentices Bill is to make its third or fourth appearance, State Fire Insurance is to be proposed, Usury is to be prevented by statute, and a few other “unconsidered trifles” are on the programme. Wo notice with regret that the Local Government Bill is abandoned, we presume only temporarily, and the proposals of reform in this direction are limited to the consolidation of the law relating to municipal corporations and the extension of the municipal franchise. Such a measure, however, standing by itself, will hardly have a chance of passing, particularly if, as is surmised, the Government adopt the extreme views on the subject of the Christchurch Liberal Association. More power is to be given to Mr John M'lvenzie for acquiring land for settlement. It is certainly more than doubtful whether the success of his settlement schemes so far justifies any further extension of his powers, or the continuance of the very heavy expenditure which has been going on. As to the introduction of “further banking legislation,” we should have thought, as the burnt dog proverbially dreads the fire, so Ministers would by this time have had more than enough of banking legislation and the direct and indirect consequences. The proposal, it would seem, is to strengthen the Colony’s representation on the directorate of the Bank of New Zealand by “ a change in the constitution of the Board of Directors.” Experience of the last two or three years induces suspicion that there is something underlying this. The new Parliament, we opine, will not be very ready to interfere with the work of their predecessors in regard to banking matters unless absolute necessity is shown. It is at the least imprudent on the part of the Government, considering all circumstances, to raise a question at this juncture which may possibly excite an acrimonious debate and a shaking up of dead bones which had better be left in quiet.

Thb decision of Mr E. B. Caugiu. to contest the mayoralty of the Tile City City this year will, we think. Mayoralty. ) JC regarded with satisfaction by a large number of the citizens. He is one of our very oldest settlers, the son of tho first Superintendent of Otago, and has been closely identified during the whole of his active life with local interests. That he is eminently qualified for the office by high character, ability, and experience of public affairs cannot be gainsaid, and we can hardly conceive that a citizen could be proposed who is more fitted in these respects to occupy the mayoral chair on the auspicious occasion of the Jubilee, when Dunedin will presumably be the centre of attraction to visitors from all parts of New Zealand, and very probably from the Australian colonies, Therefore, on sentimental grounds, which will largely affect the issue this year, it is a good choice. In regard to tho ordinary functions and duties of mayor, Mr Cargill may be depended upon to discharge these with intelligence and faithful assiduity, and would nob be in any degree hampered by party associations, or any previous action of the City Council in respect to administration or finance. He would consequently have an entirely free hand in devising and carrying out requisite reforms.

A requisition is being largely signed requesting Mr John Mill to allow himself to be nominated as Mayor of Port Chalmers. A message to Mr J. R. Scott from the Secretary of Agriculture states that the London price of cheese is 475, not CTs as appeared in our telegram yesterday. The Workers’ Political Committee have communicated with the Hon. J. G. Ward, who has arranged to confer with them at the end of the week with a view to fixing a date for his Dunedin address. No time has ve; been fixed, but in all probability Mr Ward will speak within the next fortnight. Messrs H. F. Hardy, W. D. Hanlon, and A. Hatdie were the presiding justices at the Police Court this morning, when two first offenders were convicted of drunkenness and discharged. Thomas Chatterly alias Wilson, against whom several previous convictions for drunkenness were recorded, was sent to gaol for six weeks.

Mr E. A, Phillips, 8.A., who died on Tuesday and was buried at the Southern Cemetery yesterday, was highly appreciated by those who knew him as*a scholar of high attainments, and he had a good reputation as a ’Varsity “coach.” One of the many wreaths laid on his grave was from the Latin class of the Technical School. Mr Phillips had conducted this class from the initiation, of the Technical Classes Association. The case of Frampton v. Geddes, tried at Invercargill was a private prosecution for criminal libel. Tbe jury returned a verdict of “ Not guilty.” The civil case v ‘ orthc °te was an action for ±-00 damages for defamation. Two pairs of shoes being missed from the defendant’s house, he went to the mother of a girl named Dryden to make inquiries, and these satisfied him that she had not taken them. rhis_ was the cause of action, which Mr Justice Denniston characterised as absurd asking if it was not what anyone in similar circumstances would have done. His Honor did not call on the defence, and judgment went for the defendant, with costs.

The annual ball of the Postal-Telegraph Department was held last night in the Choral Hall, and was a pronounced success in every way. The Yates brothers supplied capital music, Mr Lean gave every satisfaction as caterer, Mr Sutton had nicely decorated the hall and made the stage look really pretty, while an energetic committee (comprising Messrs Veitch, Band, Waters, Faulks, and Falck of the telegraph branch, and Messrs Finnegan Nanmann, Hannah, Dickson, and Maher of the postal branch) spared themselves no pains to make their guests and friends feel themselves thoroughly at home. Dancing was kept up with spirit till three o’clock tnis morning, the company expressing but one opinion—that the function was one of the most successful of the season. At intervals songs were contributed bv Miss E. dacobs, Messrs W. P. Young, Dafl, Hannah, and F. Brebner, a recitation by Mr Oxlev and a violin solo by Mr Nanmann, while Muses Lily Cameron and D. Lichtenstein played the accompaniments. Messrs Finnegan and Fakk were the M.C.s. The heads of departments were represented by Messrs £°° k ’ Ballar <*. Orohiston, M’Humheson, Dali, May, and Cameron (Napier).

A seal about (jft in length came ashore last night on the Ocean Beach, abreast of Onslow House. Same kindly - disposed persons tried to head it out again, but the poor brute seemed to be ill, and was Ivin* he'pless on the sand this afternoon. * Messrs J. R, Monson and W. Goldie, J-P.s, presided at the Port Chalmers Police Court this morning. William Green, for disorderly behaviour, was fined ss, In default twenty.four hours’ imprisonment. Robert Grarnmond and Casper Mathieson were each fined 3s, with the usual alternative, for comml ting a breach of the peace; and Mathieson, further nharged with breaking a pane of glass, of the value of 15s, was ordered to pjy the amount, in addition to a fine of la, or forty-eight hours’ imprisonment.

A member of the crew of H.M.S. Pylades, writing to a Christchurch paper, says, regarding the proposal to get the Pylades for a naval training ship for New Zealand “ This ship is just the one for the work, as she is quite sound, has good engines, which will be a necessity for getting in and out of harbors, and on her arrival in England si e will only be relegated to the dust heap, and with the modern cruisers now required, and with the many training ships in use at Home, she will be absolutely useless to the British Admiralty, and is just the' size required for the service in these waters. The ship should be placed at the admiral’s command, but permanently stationed in New Zealand waters, the officers and training instructors being also supplied and paid for by the Imperial authorities.”

Mr Haselden, the Stipendiary Magistrate at Featherston, made an example the other day of a young blackguard named Cundey, who was charged with sending a disgusting letter to a Mias Deuby. The magistrate, in passing sentence, said ho could hardly imagine a more aerioua charge being preferred against a young man, and it was his plain duty to convict the accused on the evidence. He had attempted to deprave a young girl by means of an obscene and filthy letter. He had invited her to immorality in the coarest language, and if he had been successful he would have been guilty of a disgraceful crime, the girl being under sixteen, and he would have been liable to a long term of imprisonment with hard labor under the Criminal Code. At it was, he had grossly insulted a girl apparently innocent and respectable, and the punishment must be one which would act as a warning. The accused was the son of respectable parents, and it was with reluctance that he (the magistrate) felt it hia duty to send the accused to gaol for a considerable time, but toe evil done was so great than an example must be made, otherwise no girl was safe from either gross temptation or gross insult. The sentence he would pass was that the accused should be imprisoned for three calendar months, with hard labor, in the Terrace Gaol, Wellington.

Lotie and Co. advertise their spring show for this evening, when their premises will be open (for show only) between 7 and 10.—[Advt.] A special meeting of the Bakers’ Union will be held in the Trades Hall to-morrow evening. S. Jacobs, tobacconist, begs to notify that his premises will be closed on Monday and reopen in the evening.—[Advt.] The half-yearly meeting of the District Committee, M.U.1.0.0.F., will be held at Lawrence to-morrow. Simon Brothers, of George street, intimate arrival of large spring shipments ex Aotea and Ruahine. Inspection invited. - [Advt.] J. Mendelsohn wishes to announce that his premises will be closed during Monday, 27th inst., reopening at 6 p m.— [Advt.] A te’egraph office was opened on September 22 at Athol (Southland) ; hours. 9 a m. to 5 p.m. Ladies wanting new blouses, new umbrellas, or new gloves should see the magnificent stock at T. Boss’s, direct importer.—[Advt.] At the Caledonian Ground to-morrow afternoon a match Pirates and Kaikorai v. a combined team will be played. The proceeds are for tho benefit of two players who met with injuries during the season’s play. Members of Lodge of Dunedin, E.C., or of the English or Scottish Constitutions of Masons, are request?! to attend the funeral of tho late Bro. Fish to-morrow. Members of Loyal Albion Lodge, M.U.1.0.0.F., and members of tho Order of Good Templars are also requested to attend the funeral.

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