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The Evening Star MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 1897.

Mr W. Hutchison and Mr A. C. Begg are Candidates for the vacant Dunedin seat in the House of Representatives. The Hon. J. G. Ward has consented to the request of the Workers’ Political Committee to give an address in Dunedin. He will apeak on the 13th of next month in the Agricultural Hall. Messrs J. Hazlett, H. M. Henderson, and A. Herdtnan, justices, occupied the bench at the Police Court this morning, when a first offender was convicted of drunkenness and discharged. Ellen M'Gee, who was only released from gaol on Saturday after serving three months for habitual drunkenness, was fined 20s, or twftnty-four hours’ imprisonment. The annual ball of the Alhambra Football Club was held in the Choral Hall on Friday evening, and was a pronounced success in every way. There were about eighty couples present, the music being supplied by the Yates brothers in their usual efficient style. Mr Lean gave every satisfaction as caterer, and Mr Sutton had nicely decorated the hall. Messrs A. Hobson, J. B. Briggs, R. Skitch, and C. Peake creditably performed the duties of M.C.s. At intervals songs were sung by Messrs Hobson, Peake, and Simms, and Miss Lorimer. The various details and other arrangements were admirably carried out by Secretary Weitzel and his committee. The anniversary services in connection with the North Dunedin Presbyterian Church Sunday School were held in the church yesterday. A large platform had been erected in the church for the purpose of accommodating a choir of 200, the allotted space being fully occupied. The church was tastefully decorated with flowers, ever-

greens, and ornamental shrubs, most of which had been lent by Messrs Howden and 1 Moncrieff. Special and appropriate addresses were delivered at each of the three services by the Rev. I. K. M ‘lntyre, and special hymns and songs had been prepared aor the occasion, copies of which were supplied to the congregation. The musical part •of the .services was rendered in a manner ■very creditable to the choir-master, Mr iSggleton. Mr A. White officiated at che •organ in the morning and evening, while Master Tom Adams took his place in the afternoon. The congregations at each of ■the services were large. On Thursday evening next a service of picture, song, and story will be given in the hall adjoining the «harch. \

It deserves to be mentioned that for several years the late Mr J. L. Gillies edited the ‘Bruce Herald’ with conspicuous ability, and was proud of his connection with the journal is? profession. ■Mnoti iuletvK! is uvl.vn in Fn.-;;..-i- nival '•iieies; at the discovery of a ■.•oiiip; width hj alleged to have She uv.'.fveUoT.s property oi vor.iici-ing vessels invisible beneath that at. the naval inat.eeuvrea oi l' Brest a torpedo boat,representing the enemy, succeeded in traversing unseen the luminous zone produced by tho electric projector, thanks to having been coated wild the new composition.

The funeral of the late Dr Fergusson took place this afternoon, when about 400 persons followed the remains to the place of interment at the Southern Cemetery. Amongst those present were many settlers from the country districts, the leading business men of the City, and almost every member of the medical faculty. In addition to these there were representatives from the University and other educational institutions, and a large number of private citizens and other personal friends of the deceased. The ceremony at the grave was conducted by Bishop Verdon.

The Commercial Travellers and Warehousemen’s Club held a smoke concert in their rooms on Saturday night. About seventy or eighty persons were present. Mr A. Thomson, the chairman, made a few appropriate remarks deploring the loss of a late member, Mr James Wilson, whose death had made a great blank in their club. Mr Wilson had always possessed the esteem and confidence of the members, and his many good qualities would long be remembered by those who had come into contact with him. The chairman’s remarks were cordially endorsed by those to whom they were addressed. The concert can hardly be described as a success. How could it be when the room was chock-full of smoke ?

It was the desire of the jury engaged in the Hall-Matthews trial at Invercargill to expressly and pointedly exonerate Dr Torrance. When they had delivered their verdict the foreman said that the jury wished to make a statement. Mr Justice Denniston remarked that he did not know whether that would be proper. Perhaps it would be better if they let him know what the nature of the statement was. Had they put it in writing? The foreman replied that they had, and _ His Honor asked to be allowed to see it. Thereupon there was handed up to the Bench a paper on which was written : “The jury are satisfied that Dr Tonaace has been guilty of no improper conduct whatever in connection with this matter.” His Honor observed that he did not think he could accept that statement from the jury, since it did not really affect the prisoners, but the paper could be shown to the Crown Prosecutor. A judge of the Supreme Couit, a Blue Ribbon barrister, and several persons of lesser consequence were the othei day perilously near to an innocent breach of the law. It was at Invercargill, during the recent visit of Mr Justice Denniston. An application was to be made for an order in respect ?o a man who is in the category of “ prohibited persons.” As the application was to be consented to and would not occupy more than a minute, His Honor told the parlies interested that they had better come to his rooms at the Club Hotel and he would do tho business at once ; and, this arrangement suiting everyone, the persons concerned were about to walk across to the hotel, when it suddenly occurred to the barrister that it was an offence for anyone to accompany a prohibited person into licensed premises, or to be in his company there, and the party straightway retreated, preferring to take no risks of a wholesale information, but to wait until the Judge got to the safer area of the courthouse.

The October issue of the ‘ St. Matthew’s Parish Magazine’ contains the following obituary notice, under the initials “W.G.S.” (the vicar): —“ Mr H. S. Fish has passed on to the Church Expectant, after a long and useful service to his town and country. Hia work for the Church MiiiUnt will be moat remembered by these ' from the first minute book of t 1 - 3e was elected a member of o consider the advisability -ish ; he presided ove’ Meeting and signed tl' coy it was decided tr ;d a church ; he head,try elected; he was one .rJpqtpra who \ x jnfc; ho acted, not onl}''^? > ' 1 , cahding Committee, but was a men.her'or the various sub-com-mittees who carried the work to completion, etc. This is a record of the first two years of the history of the parish, after which, having done his share, he retired from active work. His last attendance at church was the Sunday oa which, at his own suggestion, he desired thanks to be offered to God for the preservation of his life in the Melbourne operation. Lovingly, patiently, aud devotedly nursed day and night through along illness by his wife and eldest daughter, in a way that did a visitor £ood to see, and attended with patient skill daily by Dr Barnett, he passed away on September 23, 1897.”

The filter-bed recently constructed at St. Clair by the Caversham Council seems to be doing its work satisfactorily ; and, as other public bodies may like to know something about this inexpensive and apparently useful system of sewage filtration, we give a short account as supplied by Mr G. F. Burgess, who in the construction of this filter has given his services to the Caversham Council. Mr Burgess says: The filter is built of brick, and occupies a space of 17ft by 4fb Gin. It is divided into four chambers, in which the sewage is treated before issuing on to the beach. Provision is made for heavy rain storms and for the proper ventilation of the chambers. Immediately below the level of the pit into which the sewage la first admitted is a smaller pit, into which the heavy and solid matter gravitates, whilst that held in solution is forced by its increasing volume under a trapped wall into number two chamber. Here its ascent is made easy owing to the aides of the pit being sloped until it reaches the perforated iron boxes containing the filtering material. Projecting bricks in this chamber sustain the box, which is filled with what is known as silver coke, this material being selected by Mr Burgess for its special qualities as a filter. After passing through this the sewage flows through an opening in the dividing wall and is spread thinly over another filter box, but at a lower level, so as to secure a gradual fall, and finds its way to the bottom of the third chamber, where it enters the outlet chamber, passing under another trapped wall, and is conducted by pipes to the beach. The floral fete and bicycle gymkhana was brought to a close on Saturday night. During the afternoon a number of competitions were held, and were witnessed with great interest by a large number of people. The tortoise race for ladies was won by Miss Boyd, and that for gentlemen by Mr J. S. White. In the steering race for ladies Miss Boyd and Miss Woodhouse were equal, and among the gentlemen Messrs Dey and White tied for first place. In the plank-riding competition for ladies Miss Boyd was again successful, while among the gentlemen Mr Dey took the place of honor. In the evening a number of the processions were repeated, and shortly after nine o’clock the prizes were presented by Mrs CurzonSiggers. The ffte has been a complete success, and it is estimated that the funds of St. Matthew’s Church will be augmented by it to the extent of fully £2OO. Shortly before closing time the electric light failed, and the hall was in total darkness for some minutes. This unpleasant mishap was caused by a defect in the gas supply, which constitutes the power by which the electric lighting engine is driven. The occurrence was in no way attributable to any fault in the machinery, and the directors of the Agricultural Hall Company are making representations to the City Council to have the present meter replaced, and also to secure a more satisfactory arrangement for the supply of gas, which will prevent the possibility of the recurrence of Saturday’s incident.

The annual meeting of the Caversham Cricket Club will he held on Thursday evening. The La Mascoite Club will give an entertainment in the Union street School H?,ll to-morrow evening. Mr D. Nicol has sent us 10s towards establishing a public testimonial in the City to the memory of the late Mr Fish.

At Thursday evening’s meeting of the Dune iin Sanitary Institute the Inspector of Abattoirs will read a paper on ‘ Veterinary Hygiene.’ A meeting will be held in the hail of the Gongregaikmal Church. Moray viace, on Wedr.-rvihiv ! r > coii.viiii.-r ii:e a; yi,- j 'n:!io:mnatjot):ti ud.-.-nor, i'diy.'-;-: of t 1 ,,. i Gortli inland. . f

PRINCKSS’S TH E ATRE.

After an absence of a year and a-half Mr Eland Holt and company made tueir vcappearanco in Dunedin on Saturday night, when they reopened the Princess’s Theatre. Ulaud Holt is a public favorite, and therefore it was only to be expected that he would be welcomed by a large house on the occasion of the initial performance or the season. Such was t:.c case, the audience in every part being of very gratifying dimensions. Several members of the company have been here with previous combinations of Mr Holt’s, and others are by no means strangers to the theatre-going public. The Holts’ reputation has been so established toat their names at the head of a company is a sufficient guarantee of quality, and the patrons of the stage accept unquestioning!}- as good : whatever the management may choose to stage. It might be as well to state at the outset that Saturday night’s production, ‘One of the Best,’ proved no exception to the general rule, and was in every way up to the Eland Holt standard, and was a complete success. ‘ One of the Best ’ is a spectacular military drama written by Messrs Seymour Hicks and George Edwardcs. The plot was set forth in a previous issue, and there is therefore no necessity to repeat it. The story is simple, easily followed, and at once understandable even to the dullest; but although simple, there are several very powerful and effective situations, which are sustained with remarkable ability. The staging of the piece was really excellent, neither pains nor expense having been spared to make the scenery as consistent as pos sible with the character and spirit of the story. Additional realism was given to an already realistic staging of the military drama by the presence of bona fide members of a Highland corps and of pipers who were no counterfeit, but the “real Mackay.” These auxiliaries, combined with the presence on the stage at various times of a brass baud, were very appropriate, and gave the production a military tone, which was pleasing to the eye and the car, and was generally effective. The singing of the invisible choristers in the first act is very pretty, but why they should be introduced at all is a mystery. Certainly the “ evensong” just before the curtain falls might easily be omitted, for if in is to be appreciated the audience must neglect the important dialogue at that time taking place, anl to lose which means losing the thread of the nairative. It would be better if this little effect were either omitted or the singing modified in volume, so that it would constitute a soft accompaniment to Hie voices speaking at the time. The work of the piece is very well distributed amongst the pri cipal persons in the cast. The centre character—namely, Lieutenant Dudley Keppel—is taken by Mr Walter Baker, and in it he was distinctly successful. He carried himself with soldierly bearing throughout. He had no very dramatic situations to sustain, but, notwithstanding, he succeeded in making himself the centre ot oli’-er-vation when such was his proper place. More than that no actor or actress is called upon to do. His lines were spoken clearly, and his bearing throughout was in keeping with the nature of his surroundings. Mr Charles Brown as Lieutenant-general Coventry was a good specimen of the brusque military officer, and acquitted himself with credit. The character of Phillip Ellsworth, through whoso machinations Keppel is cashiered the army, was entrusted to Mr J. Cosgrove, who was fairly successful, but might have made more of the remark. Mr A. Harford as Jules De Gruchy, the foreign Government agent, had but little to do, but did that little well. Mr Bland Holt, looking as youthful as ever, took the part of Private Jupp of the 2nd Highlanders. His first appearance on the stage was the signal of a great outburst of enthusiasm, the kilted actor-manager having repeatedly to bow hia acknowledgments of the cordial reception before the demonstration subsided. To say that he had acted his part well would be to give Mr Holt upant piaise. The part is a minor one so far as the plot is eono-rned, but it is the one that stands out in relief and gives the touches of lighter vein to the heavier and more strictly dramatic and melodramatic parts For this work it goes without saying that Mr Holt was the right man in the right place. His very presenca on the stage had an exhilarating influence, and hj s comical gestures and remarks, made always at the right time, were exceedingly amusing and elicited frequent rounds of hearty laughter. In his love encounters with Kitty Spencer, Miss Penrose’s maid, the largo audience were kept in a continual state of merriment, the returns of Rolands for Olivers on either hand bring received with laughter that had the ring of hearty appreciation, As Private Jupp Mr Holt was by no means the least important personage in the cast, and he added another to his long list of successes. Mrs Bland Holt took the part of Kitty Spencer, and was quite in her element. She also had a cordial reception, and as the evening wore oa increased the good terms on which she started with the audience. Miss Frances Ross had the most trying part in the oast to play, beiug allotted the role of Mary Penrose, the affianced wife of Dudley Keppel. The character suited Miss Ross, and her acting and bearing gave satisfaction to all present. Miss Elizabeth Watson made a satisfactory Esther Coventry, the misguided accomplice ot Philip Ellsworth. The other parts were all well sustained. Judging from Saturday night’s performance ‘Oneof the Best’ should have a good run and be a favorite with theatregoers. As we have already said, the mounting is more than ordinarily good. The scenes in which the Highland regiment, wilh their hand, march on to tho stage have a fine spectacular effect, which was not lost on Saturday night’s audience. The electric light was made use of in the barrack room scenes, and in other ways Mr Holt showed his desire to be up to date in everything, and to give the public as finished and complete a production as the circumstances would allow. The incidental music was very efficiently supplied by a large orchestra, of which Mr Rawlins was leader and Mr Percy Kehoe conductor. ‘One of the Best’ will be repeated this evening, when there will doubtless be another large audience.

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The Evening Star MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 1897., Issue 10430, 27 September 1897

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The Evening Star MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 1897. Issue 10430, 27 September 1897

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