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The Evening Star SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 1897.

A two-page supplement is published with to-day's issue. The Telegraph Department informs us that the Java land line i 3 interrupted. Cr Swan has definitely decided to be a candidate for the City mayoralty. A Press Association message states that the Mariposa, with the English mails of September 4, left San Francisco on September 16, the due date ; and that the Moana, with the colonial mails of September 4, arrived at San Francisco on the 23rd, the due date.

A lecture on ' The Sun' was delivered in the Church of England Schoolroom, Port Chalmers, yesterday evening, in aid of the funds of the Mechanics' Institute, by the Rev. D. Dutton, F.R.G.S. The lecture was illustrated by large diagrams. It was both interesting and instructive, aud attentively listened to. Wateni Kara was charged at Gisborne yesterday with abducting a Maori girl under the age of sixteen years. The magistrate dismissed the case, saying the evidence was contradictory and unreliable as to the girl's age. The father and mother and friends then attempted to take the girl home, but she showed fight, and woi aided by Wateni's people. In the scutlle which took place outside the court she bolted, and Wateni got away with her in a cab. The North Dunedin Rifles' fortnightly inspection was held in their drill hall on Wednesday evening last; present Caplain Myers, Lieutenants Johnston and Slowley, 1 color-sergeant, 5 sergeants, 1 bugler, and 40 rank and file ; total on parade, 50. After inspection Staff Sergeant-major Kebblewh't; instructed the company in bayonet exercise and in physical drill. The annual course of class firing is now being conducted, and in November the company go into camp for a week at the racecourse.

In the course of a week or ten daya a great number of kowhai (or goai) treea will be seen in full bloom in the Whare Flat and Silverstream Valley. The flower is a lovely rich yellow, covering the whole tree, anri for a space of about three weeks it makes this valley a sight to be remembered, and one well worthy of a little exertion or expense. Though comparatively in close proximity to Dunedin, the Whare Flat district is very little known ; but all those who have visited it, especially artists and amateur photographers, are loud in its praises, and never tire of extolling its beauties. The best route either for pedestrians or vehicles is by way of Roslyn, Halfway Bush, then on past Ashburn Hall, the road then taking an abrupt turn up hill for about a mile, after which it descends all the way to the Whare Flat Schoolhouse, about nine miles from Dunedin Post Office. During this descent a most charming view is obtained of the picturesque Silver Peaks and Mount Allan, with the full stretch of the Taieri Plain as far as Lake Waihola right below. The return home is generally made by continuing down along the Silverstream Valley, there being stepping stones for pedestrians at all the fords of the Silverstream through the late Mr N. J. B. Macgregor's farm at the head of the plain, and then on to Mosgiel, about five miles from the schoolhouse. Of all the lovely places for a day's outing that our City can so well boast of, this without doubt carries the palm.

Another of Dunedin's prominent medical men has passed away. Dr Alexander J. Fergusson died at his residence, High street, at five minutes to twelve last night, after a long and painful illness, which he bore with great fortitude, the cause of death being an affection of the heart. He was a graduate of Glasgow University. Being attracted to Victoria by the gold discoveries in that colony he emigrated, and, for a time following the calling of a miner, either at the end of 1868 or early in 1869 he came over to this colony, settled at Milton, and there resumed the practice of his profession. In Milton he married Misa Poppelwell, the daughter of a well-known settler who at that time owned Mount Misery Run. His family consisted of two sons, one of whom is in England studying medicine ; the other is following agricultural pursuits in Hawke's Bay. In 1873 Dr FergUßSon decided to settle in Dunedin, and from that date to the time of his last illness he was actively associated as medical officer with the Oddfellows (American Order). Since 1874 he had been connected with that Order, and for a number of years was medical officer of three city lodges. He was doctor of the Pioneer and Leith Lodges for over two decades, and with the majority of the members of those lodges his relationship has been of the most cordial kind. He was of a most generous disposition, and, although he never took any part in public matters, he was an enthusiastic patron of music, having been connected with nearly all the musical organisations that have been from time to time formed in this City. By members of the Roman Catholic communion hia memory will be always revered on account of the care and attention he bestowed upon Bishop Moran during his long illaess. The doctor was fifty-six years of age.

J. Mendelsohn wishes to announce that his premises will be closed during Monday, 27th inst., reopening at 6 p.m.—[Advt.] Messrs Ross and Glendining's factory employ eV social will take place on Friday next, the Ist prox.

The Christian Endeavor anniversary services in connection with the Caversham Baptist Church will be held to-morrow. Frank Hyamß, jeweller, notifies that his premises will be closed on Monday, 27th inst., reopening Tuesday morning.—[Advt.] A special meeting of the "Workers' Political Committee, to consider important business, is called for Monday evening.

A concert for the benefit of a resident incapacitated from work will be given on Tuesday evening in St, John's Hall, Boslyn. A special meeting of the Workers' Political Committee will be held in the Trades Hall on Monday evening next, at eight o'clock. ~The requisition asking Mr John Mill to stand for the Mayoralty of Port Chalmers will be at the weighbridge office on Monday. Persons having copies of the petitions circulated by the Otago Central Railway League are requested to return them to the hon. secretary by the 30th inst. The anniversary service of the North Dunedin Presbyterian Sunday School will be held tomorrow. Special hymns will be sung by a choir of 300 children.

Loyal Unity Lodge, 1.0.0. F., meet on Monday evening. 0n October 1 a farewell social will be tendered to Bro. F. A. Hancock, Grand Warden, by the lodges of the Dunedin district. The Dunedin Sanitary Institute at their üßual monthly meeting next week have been promised an interesting paper by Mr Snowball, inspector of abattoirs, of which due notice will be given in our advertising columns.

The Salvation Army to-morrow are having services conducted by Ensign and Mrs Rowley. On Thursday next, we are notified, a big rescue meeting and coffee supper is to be conducted by the officers of the Army, Captain Payne being one of the principal speakers." As the club's hall is still in the contractor's hands, the Dunedin Amateur Boating Club's annual meeting will be held in the Chamber of Commerce on Monday evening. The club cordially invite all intending members to be present. City Hall patrons are reminded that the Albert Lucas Company will produce to-night the late Henry J. Byron's brilliant comedy, in three acts, ' Not Such a Fool as He Looks.' The comedy brims with funny situations. The performance will commence with a scene from 'Julius C;e3ar.'

The attention of the public is directed to the large pawnbroker's sale to be held on October 2 by Messrs T. E. Shiel and Co. in their new auction rooms, Princes street, under instructions from the manager Ballarat Loan Office. The list, which is a large and varied one, will be well worth the perusal ot bargain hunters and others, as the auctioneers' instructions are to sell. — L'Anvr.] The second concert of the twelfth season of the Dimedin Liedtrtafe! will be given next Wednesday evening at the Choral Hall. Among the items will be a descriptive part song, ' The sea fight,' by Paliaro, an effective work in five paits representing a naval engagement between two vessels. The first movement, allegro moderato, sings the praises of one of the vessels; the second, andantino graziosc, describes the night before the battle ana early dawn; the third, andante religioso, is a prayer before the battle ; the fourth, allegro vigoroso, the fight; and in the last, andante lugubre, the second basses lead with a recitative, the other parts humming the music, representing the dismantled hulls, with bloodstained decks rolling lazily in the trough of the sea.

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The Evening Star SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 1897., Issue 10429, 25 September 1897

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The Evening Star SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 1897. Issue 10429, 25 September 1897

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