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The Evening Star WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 6, 1897.

Correspondents are advised to closely con •dense letters during the next weak or two, It is- their only hope.

Mr Lionel D. Cox, of Dunedin, recently asked permission to dedicate to the Governor an arrangement of Scotch airs for the mandoline orchestra. His Excellency has been pleased to approve of the dedication, and has so informed Mr Cox, who has named bia composition the Eanforly selection.

The Maripoßa arrived at Auckland at 1.15 p.m. to-day with the English and American mails. Messrs P. G. Pryde and A. North, justices, occupied the bench at the Police Court this morning. A first offender, who did not appear, was fined 10s or forty-eight hours' imprisonment. For keeping unregistered dogs in the Borough of North-east Valley Mary Smith and Charles Peterson were each fined 2s 6d and costs. The Rev. R. Waddell lectured last night in St. Audrew's Church Hall for the benefit of the funds of the Walker street Free Reading Room. There was a numerous audience, who listened with pleasure to the rev. gentleman's scholarly remarks. Songs were given during the evening by Mrs J. Stone, Mrs J. H. Coombs, and Mr J. Armstrong. Theelaborately-mountedpicturedrama'The Derby Winner' was repeated by Mr Bland Holt and company at the Princess's Theatre last night, when, as usual, the performance met with the hearty approval of all present. It is generally allowed that the ball room scene in this play is the most gorgeous and picturesque view ever presented on a Dunedin stage. The women's dresses are a study in themselves. The piece will be repeated to-night. Neal Dow, the apostle of Prohibition in America, has joined the great majority, so our cablegrams to-day report. He was born at Portland, Maine, on the 20th March, 1804, of Quaker parentage. In 1851, while Mayor of Portland, he drafted a Bill to prohibit the liquor traffic, and on his personal application to the Legislature it was passed and brought into operation, being known theworld over as tbeMaine Law. The labors of Mr Daw as a Prohibitionist took him thrice to England, and he also visited the Continent. What may not be generally known about this remarkable man is that at the time of the Civil War in America he raised for the public service against the Rebellion a regiment of infantry of 1,000 men and an artillery battery of eight gun?. He held the rank of Brigadier-general, and commanded in the department of the Gulf. Twice he received wounds, and on one occasion he was a prisoner for eight months before an exchange could be effected. Speaking of the indiscriminate use of firearras by mere lads in the shooting season—and, in fact, in all seasons—a delegate at the Acelimatieation Conference at Wellington last week remarked (says the ' New Zealand Times') that he had seen any number of boys under twelve years of age potting at everything that came in their way. " Twelve years !" interjected another delegate ; " why in my district you[see them out shooting when they are only seven or eight years old." Another representative related that the firing in a certain southern district on the openiug of one season resembled a regular battle. Personally he kept indoors all day. The slaughter was carried on by mobs of young lads whom he met in the evening with quite a variety of birds, rabbits, and hares. They shot promiscuously, and heeded not where their charges were likely to strike. "They often shoot each other," commented another delegate, " but 1 don't thiDk they do so much harm in that direction as they do to the game." The North-east Valley School Committee called a meeting of the inhabitants of the district last evening to consider the best means of raising sufficient money to build a gymnasium at the school; but owing to some reason, probably the boisterous state of the weather, only half a dozen householders put in an appearance. Mr P. Thomson {chairman of the Committee) explained that the Education Board had offered to give £2OO towards the object if the Committee could raise a like amount. A ladies' committee had already subscribed £25, and they were now working hard with the object of holding a hobby show. Mr G. Calder had no doubt that they would raise the money if the householders of the Valley only did their duty in the matter. He pointed out that the building would be used as a playshed, a gymnasium, and a technical school. Seeing that the attendance was so small, he moved that the meeting be adjourned for a fortnight. After several speakers bad expressed their opinion as to the best way of raising the necessary funds the motion was carried.

What may be termel a unique incident occurred at the last meeting of the Southland Education Board. Deputations from the rankß of the sterner sex having waited on the Board without success to protest against the closing of the Waianiwa township school, one comprising thirteen mothers, Beveral of whom had babes in arms, presented themselves in the Board room on Friday last to endeavor to move by force of numberß and forensic eloquence the hitherto inexorable members. Two of their number set forth the applicants' case with the fluency and force of trained advocates, and members were compelled to compliment them on the ability with which they had presented what one termed " a weak caEe." All their pleading, however, was in vain, for the Board's decision practically amounted to adhering to a previous resolution to close the school at the end of the term originally fixed. The incident (observes the 'News') certainly served to show that women are quite capable flf taking their part in public affairs.when inclined to.

The firm of Messrs J. Swan and Co., engineers aad srjgravers, Bath street, who a few mobt'hs ago » - on much praise for their ingenuity in turning out a gas engine, have added still further laurels to their credit by patenting an oil engine, which is claimed to be the first perfeot one that has been mado in the colony. The engine is built on exactly the same Hues as the one worked by gas, and the great point of advantage about both of them is that they can easily be worked by either gas or oil. The first noticeable feature about the firm's latest invention is, undoubtedly, the simplicity of the works. It is so simple, in fact, that it is hardly possible for it to get out of order. It can be started in less time than the imported engines, and the driving capacity is four horse-power. There are two valves—one for feeding and the other for exhausted steam—working on two cranks which drive the eDgine, and the quantity of oil consumed is between two and three pints an hour. Messrs Swan and Co. have already received several orders for their new engine, which, from all appearances, should prove a great success.

A large audience assembled in Hanover street Schoolroom last evening to listen to the rendering of the sacred cantanta ' Estiier, the Beautiful Queen,' by the Baptist Ghureh Choir. The Rev. A. North presided and gave tjje connective readings, Mr H. G> Moore acting as organist and conductor. The various choruses were sung in good style by the choir, and reflected credit upon the leader. The principal parti were taken as follows-.—Esther, the Queen (soprano), Miss F. Oliver ; King Ahasuerus (bass), Mr S. J. Gilbert; Mordecai (tenor), Mr A. Walker ; and Ham an (baritone), Mr G. Martin. These four deserve the highest praise for the manner in which they contributed their various solos. Other lesser parts were creditably taken by Misses Harland, M. Buchanan, J. Buchanan, and Sligo, and Messrs Tily, Wurr, Peters, and Gibbs. On the motion of the chairman a hearty vote of thanks was accorded to those who, not being connected with the choir, had given valuable assistance in the performance of the cantata,.

Application was marie yesterday, on behalf of Sir Walter Euller and Major Kemp, to the Chief Justice for an order for leave to examine the Public Trustee as to what property he possesses which is liable to be charged with tjie costs t,o £035 17* 5:1) awarded to be paid by the Public Trustee to applicants in the r.ecent action affecting the IDorowhenua Block. Counsel for applicants urged that the suggestion on the part of the Public Trustee that he had no funds out of which the costs could legally be paid was no answer to the application. Counsel for the Public Trustee urged that the property of the Public Trustee was either trust property or the property of ihe Crown, and no good would be done' by graating the application. The Chief Justice said ha .did not see this was n good ground for refusing £jie application. Iu his opinion it was fair that £jr W. Buller and Major Kemp should receive an explicit intimation whether the Government intended to ask Parliament to appropriate a sum to enable the /Joyernment to pay these costs, and he adjourned the application until to-day to enable this information to be obtained.

i Eetore the business; of, the Magistrate's Court was commenced this morning Mr Carew held a Bhort sitting of the Warden's Court in order to deal with two applications in which the times for survey would expire before the next regular sitting. The first application taken waa that of the JohannesburgandNew Zealand Exploration Company, Limited, for a special claim of 51 acres of block 4, adjoining section 46 and cemetery, Mount Hyde district, Eincion. There were no objections, and the application was granted subject to the Minister's approval. The second application wa3 by Thomas A. Hunter, of Dunedin, for a special claim of about 40 acres at Deep Stream, adjoining the area applied for by Jas. G. Sawell. No objections were offered, and this application was also granted subject to the Minister's approval.

The sale of work held last night in the Mornington Temperance Hall in aid of the St. Mary's Ladies' Guild was well patronised. The variety programme contributed materially to the success of the entertainment. One of the items at least had the merit of being a novelty. It consisted of a washing competition, in which twelve men took part. The event was decided in two heat?. Half a dozen buckets of water were ranged along a form, and the competitors were allowed 2imin to wash a soiled towel. The judging was done by a lady, and the prize (561b of soap) for the cleanest towel was awarded to Mr Apstein, with Mr G. Davidson second and Mr Priest third. The contest created considerable amusement. The sale of work will be open again this evening.

Fishing items gathered from our exchanges :—The waters of the Mataura River close by Gore are reported to* be literally stiff with trout of excellent condition and flavor. A veteran angler informs the ' Ensign' that a couple of days ago he saw a shoal which could scarcely have numbered less than 10,000 fish passing up stream near the railway bridge. A number of anglers returned to Oamaru yesterday after several days' fishing at the Waitaki. Mr Charles Swinard got ten nice fish, and Messrs John Sinclair and G. Bruce six and four respectively. Since the opening of the fishing season up to Monday afternoon, says the 'Bruce Herald,' Mr Tom M'Gill obtained sixteen fish, weighing a total of 601b, while Mr Harvey caught four fish weighing 151b. Both fishermen caught their fish in tidal waters at the mouth of the river.

Wednesday, the 13th inst., will be observed as a special bank holiday at Port Chalmers. The Labor Day Committee advert T se in this issue a general cummittee meeting for tomorrow evening, at the Trades Hal!.

The annual meeting in connection with the Otago annual regatta will be held at the Port Chalmers Hotel on Friday evening. On Friday evening an entertainment under the auspices of St. Paul's Mutual Improvement Association will be given in St. Paul's Schoolroom.

The only shop in the colonv making a specialty of kid gloves is T. Ro"s3, glove importer. Now opened, a full range of sizes and colors in thirty-seven different makes, from Is lldto6s6d.-[Ar>VT.] Meetings in connection with the London Missionary Society will be helii this evening in St. Andrew's and Anderson Bay Presbyterian Churches. The Rev. J. E. Newel), of Samoa, has consented to address a meeting of ladies in the vestry of the Congregational Church, Moray place (entry from View street), to-morrow afternoon at three o'clock. Ladies interested in miEsions are invited to attend. To-morrow evening similar meetings will be held in South Dunedin and North Dunedin Presbyterian Churches.

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