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The Evening Star FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15, 1897.

The following names were omitted from the honors list of the technical classes:— Junior diploma, Robert Mitchell Mackay; certißcate in senior botany, John R. M'Naught, second class.

The French naval authorities strictly prohibit any clergymen, except priests, travelling on their warships. Dr Brown, of the Australasian Wesleyan Missionary Society, having completed his tour of New Guinea and New Britain, asked permission to travel on tho French warship Eure from the latter island as far as Noumea on his way to Sydney, but was refused on account of the above edict. In consequence, he had to travel back to New Guinea, and proceed thence to Sydney via Cooktown—a month's delay. Mr Alexander M'Lennan, who died suddenly at Waitati on Wednesday last at the ripe old age of ninety-eight years, was one of the few remaining links that connect the present with the past. He was born in Applecross, in Scotland, in the year 1799, and was a splendid type of the old Scottish shepherd. Although a resident in the colonies since 1861, deceased never got a proper grip of the English language, and his speech was always quaintly interlarded with Gaelic expressions and phrases. For" twenty years he was head shepherd on a station in the Mackenzie country, after which he took tip his residence at Double Hill, Waitati, and there spent the remainder of his days. Both deceased and his wife, who survives trim, were well known throughout the district, and their kindly disposition- and homely hospitality are remembered with feelings of gratitude by many visitors to the locality.

After tho'let; November the rates of in-] terest paid by the Post Office Savings Bank will be 3 per cent, on sums under £2OO and 2J over that amount. Messra Wright, Stephenson, and Co. have given the Otago Agricultural and Pastoral Society fifteen guineas to be competed for in the Clydesdale classes at the November show. :.' ... ~ The Committee of the Dunedin Chamber of Commerce have adopted in its entirety the joint report of the Christchurch Chamber and the Industrial Association of that city on the Labor Bills now before Parliament. A special meeting of the Chamber is to be held next week to consider the matter. Our Lawrence correspondent wires: "Mr George Walker has been elected without opposition to fill the vacancy in the Borough Council caused by Mr Laffey's retirement. There is a widespread feeling of satisfaction in this district at Mr Sligo's election. He has a large number of friends here, who feel satisfied that he will make an excellent member." Mr Craig, of Owaka, received by last mail from London a sample of bark or fibre very similar to that of the ribbon wood. The • Clutha Leader' says: "Mr Thomas Mackenzie writes that there is a good demand in London for the article at £IBO a ton, and he' recommends Mr Craig to send a sample Home to London of ribbon wood bwk." The St. Mary's Youths' Winter Club session came to a close last Tuesday, when a most enjoyable social was held. Flags and holly decorated the room, recitations and readings'were given by several of the members, while Mr G. Bailey contributed two clarionet solos. The Rev. C. S. Bowden, after distributing the prizes to the successful comnetitors, presented to Sergeant Provo a hall brush set in recognition of his services t > the club.

The importance of having public abattoirs, under the supervision of thoroughly qualified experts, was demonstrated on Monday at Wanganui at tho opening of the abattoirs for that town. Part of the opening ceremony consisted of the killing of three bullocks. These had been specially selected, evidently on account of their apparent prime condition, yet tho first ono killed was, after inspection by the Council's veterinary, Mr Hawke, M.R.C.V.S., condemned on account of its being infected with tuberculosis.

The boys of the Wanganui Collegiate School have put their shoulders to the wheel with some effect. For years (says the ' Herald') they have suffered from the want of a swimming bath. Not having the money to get one, they determined to make one; consequently, this term one and all turned to with a will, and in leas than three weeks they have excavated two hundred tons of sand and piled it up by the sides of the bath and all this has been done out of school hours. The bath is now ready for concreting.

Before Messrs JohnMillsand John Morgan, J.P.s, at the Port Chalmers Police Court this forenoon Samuel Howes was charged, on remand, with not having sufficient lawful visible means of support. This case was adjourned from the 15th ult. in order to give defendant an opportunity of obtaining employment. In answer to the Bench Howes stated that since being before the Court he had done some work, earning about 355, besides having obtained blankets, etc. The Bench decided to dismiss the information, and thought the case was one which ought to be dealt with by the Benevolent Trustees or some other charitable association. This is from the ' Oamaru Mail' concerning the Dunedin election :—The Liberals are playing the stupid game of dividing their forces, and the contest has, therefore, been deprived of the intere3t which usually attaches to a trial of strength between parties. It is a sort of triangular duel between one compact party and two factions. What the result may be it ia not easy to predict, and, truth to tell, we care very little what it may be. The probability is that Mr Sligo will be returned, and that the Liberal party will receive another sharp lesson of the folly of dividirg their forces. That would be the best thing that could happen, if there were any solid reason for hope that the lesson would ba taken to heart.

The sale of work aud concert in connection with Pioneer Lodge, No. 2,1.0. G.T., were held on Tuesday evening. Bro. J. W. Parkinson opened the sale. The stallholders were :—Work stalls—Mrs Fluery, Misses Churchill, Grey, Cooper, and Gilles ; flower stall—Misses Macfarlane (2), Lunn, Mayhew; refreshments Mrs Gillam, Wright, and Cameron ; fish pond—Miss M. Mayhew, K. Gillam; Christmas tree, Misses Sharp and Cameron; shootiDg gallery, Messrs J. Cameron and P. Cbisholm; battery, Mr Clark. The programme consisted of items by the Hutton Family Orchestra, Mr George Dickie's ventriloquism, and songs by Misses Gillam, Christie, Davidson (2), E. Simpson, and Messrs Hutton, Matheson, Dunn. Miss J. Thomson played a piano solo and acted as accompanist. Bro. D. C. Cameron presented a member's certificate to Bro. Peter Chisholm, P.C.T., on the occasion of his marriage, as a mark of the esteem in which he is held by members of Pioneer Lodge, and expressed hearty good wishes for his future prosperity. The s.s. Penguin, which haa been under overhaul at Wellington for some months past, resumes running next week. It has been arranged that she shall take up the Lyttelton-Wellington-Picton-Nelson service. She will leave Wellington on Saturday nights for Lyttelton, and return on Monday afternoons, proceeding from Wellington to Picton and Nehon on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and returningfrom Nelson to Wellington via Picton on Wednesdays and Fridays. At the end of the present month the s.s. Rotomahana will be placed in the LytteltonWellington ferry service, leaving Lyttelton on .Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays on arrival of the express from Dunedin; and leaving Wellington on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 4 p.m. The s.s. Te Anau and Flora will be employed in running a weekly service between Dunedin and Auckland via Lyttelton, Wellington, Napier, and Gisborne, leaving Dunedin on Fridays and Auckland on Saturdays. The service will be commenced from Dunedin by the Te Anau on Friday, 29th inst., to be followed by the Flora on Friday, sth November. Mr G. G. Stead said in the course of an interview with a ' Press' representative : " It wa3 impossible to get an ordinary seat in a theatre in London under 7s 6d, and even then it was necessary to apply for it several days beforehand, so great was the demand on the pait of the public. The astonishing thing was where all the money came from, for there were hundreds of thousands of people continually spending large sums in nothing but amusements. In fact I have come back to New Zealand with the impression that we are here the most economical and careful people in the world, and the idea of our being extravagant, with which I departed from these shores, has almosu vanished. At race meetings thousands and thoueands of people were ready to pay a guinea a day for the stand merely, it appeared to me, in many instances, for the sake of saying that they had been to such and such a meeting," and, in answer to an incredulous smile of the interviewer, Mr Stead declared: "It is a fact. Many of them never saw a race at all. For a box at Epsom on Derby Day, to hold six persons, Mr W. R. Wilson and I had to pay forty guineas. For this we had less accommodation than you can get in the colonies for half a crown a head."

This week's ' Democrat' contains articles on election and Hon. J. G. "Ward, Fabian Society jotting 8, ladies' gossip, interview with Mr Peroy Kchoe (with biographical sketch), mining notes, cycling, sporting notes, selections Caulfield Cup, music and dramatic, illustrations Bland Holt's Melbourne season.—[Advt.] The annual sale of work by the Ladies' Guild of St. Martin's Church, North-east Valley, will reopen to-morrow evening, when a kinderspiel will be performed.

Messrs Pimon Brothers, of George street, announce further direct. shipments of English and Continental boots and thoes, ordered direot from high-class makers. Beautiful goodß. Inspection invited.—[Advt.]

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The Evening Star FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15, 1897., Issue 10445, 15 October 1897

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