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Additional subscriptions to the Victoria Children’s Ward Fund: —Rev. Dr Watt, £1 Is; Mr A. G. Reid, Waikouaiti, 10s 61. At this morning’s sitting of the Supreme Court Mr Carew, S.M., granted an application for the renewal of a pawnbroker’s license to Mr A. Solomon.

The mayor and borough councillors of Napier have been appointed to act as trustees for the widows and children of the men drowned in the Hawke’s Bay floods. The principal object of appointing trustees is to guard against any of the annuitants unwisely disposing, by sale or otherwise, of their rights to the annuities purchased from the Australian Mutual Provident Society. The ‘Tuapeka Times’ says : “ We understand that Mr A. Sligo, while in Lawrence on Saturday last, received a telegram from Captain Russell, as Leader of the Opposition, inviting him, on behalf of that party, to contest the vacancy in Dunedin City constituency. Mr Sligo, as far as we are aware, gave no indication of his intention on the subject during the day, wisely considering that a step of suoh importance demanded some consideration.”

Mr Park (Government veterinarian) and Mr Drummond (stock inspector for Hawke’s Bay) had a long interview yesterday with Mr Driller regarding his alleged cure for tuberculosis. Mr Driller agreed to demonstrate the effectiveness of his remedy on any tuberculous subject within the district at his own cost, or if the Government would pay his expenses to Hawke’s Bay, where Mr Park says he has several tuberculous beasts, he would carry out the test there. He is confident that he will be able to prove the efficacy of his medicine. The La Mascotle Club gave a minstrel and variety entertainment in the Union street School Hall last night, when there was a very fair attendance. Mr W. Kennedy made an efficient interlocutor, and Messrs Hastie and H. Binnie (bones) and D. Driscoll and Bert Arnold (tambos) were very successful in their respective departments, A number of jokes and witticisms, some with local application, were cleverly worked off, and the various songs and dances which are indispensable to such entertainments were given in a creditable manner and received with loud applause. Miss J. Johnston, who acted as accompanist, performed her duties satisfactorily. The concert in St. John’s Hall, Roslyn, last night, in aid of a resident who has been laid up for some time, proved in every way successful. The promoters, consisting of the Good Templars, the Roslyn Fire Brigade, and the Kaikorai Brass Band, had made very satisfactory arrangements, and they were rewarded by a crowded house and plenty of applause. Mr J. W. Parkinson presided. Selections were played by the Roslyn Orchestral Band and the Kaikorai Band, Mr Mills recited, Master Fox danced a jig, and musical items were given by Mrs Matthews, Misses Black, Hall, Dewhirst, Durston, Don, and Newman, Messrs H. Pettit, Sandeman, T. Chisholm, and Master Ward. The accompaniments were played by Mrs Matthews and Miss F. Smith.

James Cooper, a young man, was charged, before Mr J. P. Jones, justice, at the Police Court this morning, with violently assaulting Robert M'Robie. on the 28th,. with a brass candlestick. ‘ Sergeant O’Neill stated that accused was arrested late last night, and the police had not yet been able to inquire into the matter. He therefore asked for a remand till Friday, Mr Hanlon, who appeared for accused, offered no objection to the remand, which was granted accordingly. Counsel asked for bail, Mr Jones: “ What is the nature of the charge?” The Sergeant explained that accused had acted in a very violent manner towards his relations, who were afraid that he would do them bodily harm. Bail was allowed, accused in his own recognisances of £2O and two sureties of £lO each.

At the adjourned meeting of the Ravensbourne School Committee, held on Monday evening, the matter of the serious accident to the boy Edward Kellett was further considered. The Committee were satisfied, from the report furnished by the headmaster, that the teacher who sent the child home was unaware that his arm was broken, and did nob know he had fallen from the gymnastic ladder, but thought he had only fallen on the playground. It was decided to have the ladders removed. The Committee having considered certain matters affecting the school attendance, and having heard Mr Reid report thereon, were satisfied with the explanations provided. It was decided to again approach the Education Board as to the insufficiency of accommodation in the school.

At the weekly meeting of the Hanover street Young Men’s Improvement Society, held on Monday evening in the upper schoplroom (Mr C. E, Beckingsale, vicepresident, presiding), an interesting lecture ■on ‘Electricity as Applied to Telegraphy,’ etc., was delivered by Messrs W. Wurr and A. Gibbs. Mr Wurr opened with a full account of the origin of this great discovery, and explained its many uses, such as for lighting, driving, military purposes, heating, and so on ; while Mr Gibbs dealt fully with the working of telegraphy, giving many practical illustrations as to transmitters, recorders, cells, etc., sending a message across the room, and also explaining the working of the Wheatstone bridge, complex wires, electro-wave, etc. Being given in a clear and lucid manner, the lecture was appreciated, and the lecturers were accorded a vote of thanks.

The Taranaki Education Board have passed' a resolution expressing sympathy with the Government’s intention' to place technical education on a satisfactory footing, and suggesting that when legislation initiating technical education is instituted special' attention be given to the development of the dairy interest. A deputation waited upon Mr .John.Mill yesterday evening and handed him a requisition, signed by over 100 ratepayers, asking him to allow himself to be nominated for the office of Mayor ot Port Chalmers. Mr Mill said he had great pleasure in acceding to the request, and he thanked the deputation and those who had signed the requisition. The trout fishing season opens on Friday, and we observe that the fishing tackle shops have a fair assortment of the fisherman’s requisites. There is a nice body of water in our streams at present. Wo are informed that there is a fine show of trout in the Shag and Waitati, and with favorable weather on the opening day we anticipate our local anglers will make good baskets. The Y ukon River is of vast size. From the upper waters, in the neighborhood of Fort Selkirk, to the mouth of the river in the Behring Sea, it traverses a distance east and west of 2,000 miles. In places it is a mile wide. It is navigable by 400-ton sternwheel boats for a distance of 1,800 miles from its mouth, and it is close to the|head of this navigable portion that it is joined by its tributary the Clondyke. According to Or Gray, a member of the Christchurch City Council, the city of the plains need not fear the failure of the artesian wells. He states that the number of artesian wells in the city, including Richmond, is about 4,000. These aggregate at the very lowest estimate 5,000,000 gallons daily. The qumtity of water used by the 17,000 people in the city (at 20 gallons per diem) is 340,000 gallons, and the quantity running to waste 4,660,000 gallons. About onefifteenth of the output is used. At 20 gallons per head there is sufficient water running to the surface through the artesian pipes to supply a city of 250,000 inhabitants. It was not made clear in the telegram, but as a matter of fact the fire at Invercargill was confined to the premises in which it originated, the stores of Walter Guthrie and Co. The ‘ Southland Times ’ says that the firm’s night watchman, Mr Georgeson, was early on the spot (he had two establishments to look after), and, assisted by several active young fellows, removed the stock of gunpowder, which luckily was at the east end of the shed. The possibility of there being explosives in the buildings made the spectators somewhat chary at first about approaching too near, which was well, as the firemen were not hampered by the curious.

Mr Bland Holt and hia talented combination of players can claim to have struck the popular taste in the opening piece, ‘ One of the Best,’ the attendances up to the present having been exceptionally large. To draw good houses is the best proof of the public’s opinion, and that Mr Holt well deserves the patronage that has so far been accorded him goes without saying, for no manager takes more pains in the production of hia pieces than this gentleman does. ‘ One of the Best ’is full of thrilling and pathetic situations. The scene wherein Lieutenant Dudley Keppel’s trappings of hia rank are torn from him is effective, and the representation of his. reinstatement, amid the blare of trumpets and the cheers of his comrades, is certainly very stirring. ‘One of the Best’ will be repeated for three more nights. It deserves to be mentioned in connection with this production that a new advertising act drop, a great improvement on the old and hideonsly-ugly one, has appeared, and the neat illustrated programme is decidedly superior to anything ever previously seen here. For these benefits the public are indebted to the enterprise of Mr Holt and the good taste of Mr M. L. Raphael, well known In Dunedin, who is travelling with the company. Under the Land Transfer Act provision is made for a fund to meet claims arising out of mistakes made by the department in granting titles. This fund, it is understood, now amounts to many thousands, and claims upon it have been nil, or almost so. The Supreme Court at Wellington was, however, occupied yesterday with one such claim, and that for a considerable amount. The plaintiffs were Robert Barclay (of Canada) and James Caldwell (of - Scotland), who, as executors of Mrs Elizabeth Bajrr, who died at Paisley in 1869, sued the RegistrarGeneral of Lands, as the representative of the assurance fund in 'question. Mrs Barr was the original Crown grantee of town acre 325 at the corner of Ellice and Austin streets, and it is claimed that her estate had been deprived of the property, as a land transfer title was granted to Mr D. S. Grey, who, it was admitted, acquired the title innocently. The plaintiffs’ claimed £2,896 as the value of the land in 1893, the date of the issue of the land transfer title, together with interest at the rate of 5 per cent. The defendant admitted all the facts, except the value of the land. The case resulted in a verdict for the plaintiffs for £1,650. with £330 interest.

Baffin Land, the territory jast annexed by Canada, is an irregular-shaped island measuring 1,000 miles in length by 500 miles at its greatest width, and forming the western wall of Baffin Bay and Davis Strait, bounded on the north by Lancaster Sound (the old highway of the north-west passage explorers) and on the south by Hudson. Strait, the sea outlet from Hudson Bay. On the south-western coast line Baffin Land almost touches Melville Peninsula, the separating channel being the narrow Fury and Hecla Strait, The shores of Baffin Land are for the most part lofty and precipitous, backed by ranges of snow-clad mountains, and the interior, so far as one can find from the latest maps, is simply an unknown and uninhabited waste. William Baffin, whose name is given to the celebrated bay from which the island takes its title, was born in London about 1584; had experience as pilot in a voyage of discovery to Greenland in a Hull ship; in 1616, with Captain Bylot, discovered Smith Sound and explored the large lower basin ; and in 1622 was killed at the siege of Ormuz, which place the English were helping the Shah of Persia to recover from the Portuguese. As a matter of common knowledge, Baffin Bay is not a bay at all; it is a great gulf through which have passed the majority of explorers whose object has been to reach the Pole. At the meeting of the Cricket Council the other day the secretary said that all the associations except the Auckland and Otago approved of the idea of a North v. South Island match. The Council would have to bear the expenses incurred. Mr Fairbaim said he could understand the objection of Otago to the match. The game would not take place in Dunedin, and it might have the effect of disorganising cup cricket. Mr Wilding said this would be a very good reason to try the match. He hoped that the Otago Association would see the general benefits to cricket derived from the match. Mr Ridley suggested that a committee should be chosen to go into the question of expenses, Mr Wilding said that' unless good representative teams could be got together it would be better to abandon the idea. In answer to a .question by Mr Ridley, Mr bmith said that he had correspondence from a gentleman in Australia as to the possibility of a New South Wales private team coming over, which would include such men as Garrett, Woods, and Richardson. Nothing had been heard in the matter recently, but if the team were to come the advisability of abandoning the North v. South Island match would have to be discussed. The Hon. E. J. C. Stevens said he did not think anything could be done until the position taken up by Auckland and Otago could be modified. Mr Treweek moved—“ That the North and South Island match be played on condition that the Auckland and Otago Associations be induced to ca-operate.” Mr Collins seconded the motion, which was carried, the delegates undertaking to .communicate with their various associations.

The Roslyn Bowling Club play their opening match on Saturday, r 8 The annual meeting of the Dunedin Rifle Dlub will be held to-morrow evening. i W> Boreham W >ll deliver a lecture (‘Daybreajs on Darkest Africa’) in'the Kaikoraißaptist Church to-morrow evening. A lecture wi!l be given in Ferguslle Hall, North-east Valley, to-morrow evening, illustra* * lve Bite In India,’ under the auspices of the Salvation Army.

"Mr John Mill, ofFort Chilmers, announces himself a Candidate for the mayoralty of that borough.

_lhe half-yearly meeting of the Otago Licensed Victuallers’ Association will be held on Friday afternoon..

An emergency meeting of the Otago Knighta of Labor will be held in the .Union street Hall to-morrow, at 8 p.ih. The third concert of the Dunedin Orchestral Society will be given. In.the Agrioaltural Hall on Wednesday, f>he‘6th of October. Mr Lndbrook’s limelight lecture on ‘Armenia , U to be given to-night in the Tabernaole, Great King street. The leoturerhaa recently travelledin the Turkish dominions, gathering information and illustrations in reference to the late terrible massacres.

The North Dunedin Presbyterian Sunday SchooL anniversary takes place to-morrow (Thursday), and an entertainment entitled a service of picture, song,, and story, illustrated by views, will be given In the evening in aid of the funds'.

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Evening Star, Issue 10432, 29 September 1897

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Evening Star Issue 10432, 29 September 1897

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