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The closing meeting of the St. Andrew's Literary Institute for the season was held this week, when the reading of the journal by its editor, Mr D. M'K. Wright, was followed by a discussion. The poll taken yesterday for the election of a councillor for North Ward, Borough of Maori Hill, resulted as follows:—Robert Watt 16, Robert Adamßon 14, William Harbour 11.

Maurice Edward Barton, aged thirty-seven years, a hawker, living in Filleul street, was received into the gaol on Tuesday last, under remand for a week, on a charge of drunkenness. While being conveyed in the ambulance to the hospital this afternoon the man died, presumably from heart disease. An inquest will be held to-morrow.

Mr Justice Denniston held a sitting of the Supreme Court at Timaru yesterday.' There was one criminal case, from Waitaki, in which a man of sixty-six years (an invalid) was charged with stabbing with a pocket knife a young man who was annoying him by horseplay. The defence was that the blow was struok with the knife in self-defence while proseoutor was in the act of robbing accused after assaulting him. Accused was acquitted. The Judge heard an appeal from the stipendiary magistrate's decision in a ckvil £ase—a dispute as to the terms of payment to a bookkeeper. The appeal was dismissed. This was jft,\l the bjia,inesß of the sitting.

According to the 'FreePresa,' it is common talk in Kaitangata that the Castle Hill-Coal Company will shortly recommence operations, and that they, have purchased from Mj Allan Blackie the property-on which the mine stands for the sum- of £13,000. Mr Blackie, it is said, intends to try his luck at Clondyke. Mr W. Reid, J.P., sat at the Port. Chalmers Polioa Court this forenoon. Joseph Manning, for neglecting to, .keep a light on a hoarding in George street from sunset to sunrise, was fined 5s without costs;" Richard Warren, of Purakannl, for cruelty, to a horse by working it while it "had an open sore on the shoulder, was fined 53 without costs.

The St. Clair School Committee at last night's meeting confirmed the chairman's actim in signing on behalf of the Committee the contract for the erection of the gymnasium. This building isilaily growing, and is to be finished by the 4th December. The master reported that the attendance for the month had fallen off a little owing to the sickness of some of the pupils. The Committee discussed the question of obtaining filters for the drinking water, but it was decided to wait and see what decision the Board came to as to the best kind of filter to use. The rest of the business was mostly formal.

A remarkable diving feat was last year, performed by Mr Charles 1). Myers, of Cleveland, who succeeded in descending 225 ft in his diving machine off Thunder Bay. According to . Siebe, the greatest depth to which any ordinary diver has been known to descend is 210 ft, or 35 fathoms, which is equivalent to a pressure of 88Jlb to the square inch. A diver named Hooper made seven' descents to a depth of 201 ft (34 fathoms) in connection with the recovery of the cargo of the ship Cape Horn, wrecked off the coast of South America, and at one time he remained forty-two minutes under water. A diver named Lambert, when recovering treasure from the Spanish mail steamer Alfonso XII., off the Canary - Islands, made a descent of nearly 27 fathoms, or 162 ft, while a cable message a week or two ago recorded the recovery of treasure from a vessel 28 fathoms (168 ft) below the surface. The British Admiralty limit their' divers to 120fb, and the leading firm of Siebe, Gorman, and Co., of London, limit good divers to 140 ft as a rule. The lowest depth to which an average diver will descend is 80ft.

Adjutant Foote, of the Indian branch of the Salvation Army, continued his mission in Dunedin by giving a recital of his experiences to a fair audience in the Ferguslie Hall, North-east Valley, last night. At the outset the speaker said that he had been talking about Indian customs for the past month, and felt that he had only touched the fringe of his subject. He would, however, give hiß audience some praotical illustrations of Hindoo life. The first subject treated was * Marriage.' The parties who had consented to represent the bride and bridegroom for the occasion then took their places in a rather slightly built palanquin, and were carried round the hall (the bearers bending under the weight of the generously-propor-tioned couple) until on reaching the stage the bottom of the palanquin fell out, with disastrous results, but willing hands being available the occupants and the wreck were hoisted on to the stage and the marriage proceeded with, no further mishap occurring. The custom of widow burning was described, and a number of torture instruments were exhibited by the versatile adjutant, who kept the audience in a continual state of merriment from start to finish.

With reference to the death of John Harvie (son of Mr John Harvie, Balclutha), cabled from London in June, the *Clutha Leader' Eays that last mail brought the following partioulars:—Corporal-major John Harvie, of the 2nd Life Guards, who died at Cape Town on June 11, was born at Balclutha, New Zealand. About ten or twelve years ago he-left his native land, and subsequently entered the army. He first attraoted publio and offioial notice Borne four years ago. During the military manoeuvres at Aldershot he broke his leg, yet without saying a word about his accident he endured the pain and continued through the whole evolutions of his company till theend. The authoritiesdttly recognised the incident, and he was highly commended by his superior officer for his endurance. Twelve months ago Harvie caught a cold, which he never succeeded in throwing off. He struggled hard to carry out his duties, and only gave up his work when compelled by the medical officers to enter the hospital. It was thought that a sea voyage and a change of air might help him to get rid of the relentless disease which had seized his iron frame, and on the Ist May he sailed for the Cape. On landing he was but little better, and on the 11th of June he passed away. The deceased soldier stood 6ft 2in in his stookings. He leaves a young widow and little girl to mourn their loss. • j

Another resident of this City who may fairly be called an old identity passed away suddenly this morning. We refer to Mr John Hamann, well known as a Customs and forwarding agent, and perhaps better known as the husband of Mrs Hamann, who for over a quarter of a century has been a teacher of danciug and deportment to the young people of Dunedin. Mr Hamann was born in Hamburg, Germany, in 1829, and after having received a thorough education he came out to Victoria in 1851, but returned to the Fatherland agoin after a few years of colonial life. In 1862, however, he again came to the colonies and settled in Dunedin. In company with a fellow-countryman, Mr Wurm, deceased went into business as a shipping agent, and shortly" afterwards started on his own account in an office in Jetty street. Here Mr Hamann for over thirty years has carried on his business, and by his honesty and straightforwardness was held in esteem and respect by all with whom he came in contact. Hepracticallydied in harness, for, although suffering for a long time with a bronchial complaint, he was in regular attendance at his office up till Wednesday last, and even on Thursday, although unable to leave his house, he was busy up till five o'slock with correspondence. His trouble assumed a definite form during the evening, and shortly after being put to bed he lost consciousness, and died shortly before two o'clock this morning, heart disease being the ultimate cause of death. Deceased leaves a widow and a grown-up family of five sons and two daughters, who, in their bereavement, have the sympathy of a large circle of friends and acquaintances. The oldest of the family is Mr Adolph Hamann, who was educated at the Otago University, and is now lecturer in the School of Mines at Castlemaine.

At the meeting of the Harbor Board yesterday afternoon, on the motion that the report of the Works Committee be adopted, Mr A. C. Begg took occasion to refer to the condition of the channel near the Heads. He had studied all the documents and reports on the subject, and it seemed to him that dredgiDg was a mere temporary expedient, and that something more was required to be done. Dredging might keep the channel clear for a year or so, and then it would have to be done over again; but according to the engineer's reports some works of a permanent nature were required to keep the channel straight, and prevent it from again taking the bank towards the east shore of the harbor. He moved—"That the whole matter of the channel at the Heads be referred to the Works Committee, with the view of getting all the information procurable on the subject, and making a special report to the Board." He further observed that Mr Napier Bell had recommended that, assuming the new channel could only be kept open by artificial means, groins be made from the east shore, which would keep the channel in its proper place and would fee a permanent device. Mr Bell estimated the coat of making the two groins at £6,258, He (Mr Begg) assumed that the dredging that was now going on would cost thousands of pounds, and it was admitted on all hands that it was only a temporary expedient. The chairman opposed Mr Begg's proposition as aB amendment to the adoption of the Works Committee's report. Mr Robin suggested that Mr Begg should bring the matter up in the Works Committee, but Mr Begg said he wanted it referred to the Committee as a special instruction from the I Board. The amendment lapsed for want of a seconder, and the report of the Committee was adopted. Mr Begg, however, subsequently brought the matter up in the shape of an independent motion, which was carried unanimously. ' - 1 - T ■••

The only case, heard to-Hay atthe Magistrate's Court- was we in which Francis Stnitlrfof Warepa) for chaff short delivered. Mr GaUMray appeared for plaintiff and Mr D. Stewart for .aefendant.-.The matter in dispute: was ■ one of several years' standing, and involved a question of breach of contract. ' The<case f waii hot; concluded at four o'clock. : -.•■".

?*}?: difference between the professional opinion of a paid advocate and the honest aonvietjpngf^alearned man were set forth by a well-known barrister who died recently. The story is not to be found in tfie reaiaiscences which he published shortly before his death. It was a case of murder, and client and counsel were cloaesedtogether. "Smith," said the barrister, "of cburse'l know you didn't murder the mac, but as a matter of fact did you do it with, the butt end of a revolver or with a stick ?»• " Sir," said Smith, 1 swear lam innoceW " I know that perfectly well, but ; you must tell me. For if you did it with the revolver I shall say at the prosecution 'Produce the stick I'and if you did it with a stick 1 shall say 'Produce the revolver !'" The client paused, scratched .his head, and said meditatively: "It was the butt end of the revolver, sir." " That's right," said counsel, " I think I can get you offaow." •

The Roslyn Bowling Club P L»f their match to-morrow afternoon. - Cyolists shouldfl see' big display cycling requisites in window at; Olothing Factory. Octagon.—[iDVx.] A notice of the Otago Cycling Olub appears in this issue inviting members and friends to muster at 2.30 sharp at club room. The new goods opened this week at T. Ross's are blouses, capes, macintoshes, and pretty Mountmellick work, tray oloths, and doyleya, also more gloves and mote umbrellas. —[Advt.l A speoial meeting of the Otago Rugby Union will be held to-morrow evening. Entries for the Labor Day sports close on Monday evening. The art union prizes are now on view at a shop in George street. Ladies and gentlemen, don't forget to visit the Continental Boot Depot tor latest styles in summer boots and shoes.—[Advt.] The Mimiro Cycling Club meet to-morrow at 2.45 p.m. Lady riders are invited to take part in the opening procession.

Without a doubt the show of spring drapery at T. Ross's, for variety, style, and value is the finest m town.—[advt.]

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Evening Star, Issue 10434, 1 October 1897

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