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The Evening Star TUESDAY, OCTOBER 19, 1897.

The Press Association advise us that the Orizaba, with mails from Melbourne, which left on the 14th September, arrived at London on the 17th inst., three days early. The costs of inscribing the shorthand noteß taken at the Hawera School scandal inquiry have been guaranteed by several citizens of Hawera, and the Education Board will at once apply to Mr Parkinson for a copy of the notes. After perueal the Committee appointed by the Board will decide whether another inquiry will be held.

Mr Bland Holt has " struck oil" with the piece now playing at the Princess's Theatre. Money was refused at the downstairs boxes last night, and the circle seats were all taken. As on the previous occasions, the performers, seen and unseen of the audience, did their work excellently and without a hitch. This evening 'ln Sight of St. Paul's' will be played for the last time, ' The Golden Ladder' being announced for to-morrow night.

The annual progressive euchre party and dance in connection with the Otago Public Service Club took place in St. Matthew's Schoolroom on Friday last. There was a very keen contest for the euchre prizes. Miss L. Cros3 won tho lady's prize, while Miss Ada Le Brun carried off the second prize. For the gentlemen's prize there were three ties, Mr H. R. Spence (Customs) eventually winning, and Mr W. M'Kenzie (railway engineers) won the consolation prize.

At the regular meeting of St. Paul's Association last night ' Our Magazine' was read and discussed, the Rev. J. C. Small presiding. Among the contributions were 'Poetry of the Bible,' 'A Sketch of Dickens,' 'Politeness,' 'Then and Nowadays,' 'Camp Life in Central Otago' (by one who made a plum pudding in a bachelor's tent), 'Experience,' 'An International Exhibition—A Day in the Picture Galleries,' ' Criticism,' ' Singers and their Songs,' 'Picnic3,' 'Recent Scientific Discoveries,' 'Our Superintendent's Departure,' and ' Cheerfulness,'

Cr Pedlow moved at last night's meeting of the Port Chalmers Council—" That this Council bring under the notice of the member for the district the advisability of getting the original name of the electorate reinstated." He said the fact of the electorate being one of the oldest in the province of Otago, and the town situated almost in the centre of the electorate, and containing the prinoipal polling booth, was sufficient argument in favor of the electorate being renamed Port Chalmers." The motion was seoonded by Cr Weir and carried. The Ravenabourne School Committee held their monthly meeting last evening 5 present— Mesßrs Henderson (in iho chair), Jack, George, Minn, and M'Culloch. The headmaster reported :—Number on sohnol roll lUO, average attend&noe 103. Teeny Savings Bank report: Deposits, £5 <U 8d; withdrawala, £4 143 sd; total deposits, £IS9 11a (id. Notice of the payment of £ls! quarterly allowance was received from the Kducation Board. A letter from Adams Bros., solicitors, was referred to a special committee. A circular from the Lawrence School Committee in reference to the mode of electing education boards wa» received. The head-master was authorised to procure gymnastic wands for the use of the pupils. An action was brought in the County Court, Melbourne, the other day in which one Kelly, of Mildura, claimed £J9 19s from Miriam Abrahams, trading as the London and Birmingham Small Arms Company, for breach of contract to deliver a new Stanlev bicycle. Mr M'Arthur said plaintiff got "a friend named Corby to go to the London and Birmingham Small Arms Company, which was ' another name for the wellknown—the very well known—firm of Abrahams, the gunsmiths, to choose a bicycle. It was in answer to an advertisement by the Abrahamses that Corby went to their shop, and, after three visits and three inspections, he bought a Stanley bicycle for £l2 10s, and obtained a receipt, which stated : " The above machine guaranteed for twelve months free from defective workmanship." The bicycle was sent to Mildura, but as soon as it arrived Kelly communicated with Corby, who went to the defendant and stated that the bicycle delivered was not the one he purchased. It was an old, knooked-abont bicycle. As it was not the one purchased by Corby counsel contended that the plaintiff was entitled to get the whole of his money back. Mr Cole said that the defence was that the bicycle selected was the one sent, and any injuiv it received must have been got in transit, but Judge Hamilton gave a verdict for the amount claimed.

There was a very fair attendance at the City Hall last night, when the Rev. J. J. Brown, of Melbourne, gave a phrenological lecture, entitled 'Heads and Faces.' The lecturer dealt with his subject in a free and easy style, which soon made him at home with his audience, his frequent touches of humor eliciting roars of laughter. He impressed upon parents the necessity of properly knowing their children and understanding their natures and the trends of their intellect, remarking that by our present educational competition many promising boys and girls were sent to premature graves. The rev. gentleman maintained that the brain was divided into a number of compartments, and said that if such was not the case men would either be wholly mad or wholly sane, whereas just the opposite was the case, for insane people were rarely mad on more than one subject, showing that the other parts of their brains were in a sound condition. He spoke of the face as being an index of the formation of the head, and of the eye as being the surest and most reliable sign of one's disposition. He advocated parents thoroughly understanding the natures of their children, not for the purpose of conquering the children, but that they might so teach and train them that they would conquer themselves. At the close of his lecture, Mr Brown asked for some ladies and gentlemen to come on to the platform that he might publiclv read their heads. The invitation was"freely responded to, and the lecturer's diagnoses, whilst causing much laughter, were evi-. dently appreciated by chose of the audience who knew the subjects, the descriptions of the various traits of character being received with hearty applause. To-night the Rev. Mr Brown will deliver another leoture in the City Hall, when his subject will be ' America anc} the Americans.'

The circular? sent put by an agricultural society which has*its headquarters in Canterbury, in which the duties of the judges at.a 9how to be held shortly, are set out, contain (Bays the ' Lyttelton 'Times') an amusing blunder. The circulars had been printed, and spaces left to fill in the* names of the judges and the classes in which tbey were to officiate. In'filling in the blanks the secretary has made the mistake of reversing the order in which they were intended to be used, and. the recipient finds that he is requested to be at a certain place to judge himself, whilst in the place where his name should have been he finds hiraself.deaignated,"; for instance, " tho best fat pig." The course of monthly lectures, with musical selections, which have been given during the winter in the Ravensbourue Presbyterian Church, wer Drought to a close on Friday last with a.musical programme; The orohcstraj under Mr Little, rendered the overtures 'Tancredi,' 'Poet and~ Peasant,'' * Itajiano in Algieri,' and the selection ' The anoierit "regime.* Songs were contributed by Misses Statbam, Wise, Reid, and Mitchell: Miss 0. Little played a piano solo ; Miss Wise and Mr Barclay rendered the duet * Friendship'; and Mr M. M'Culloch gave a couple of recitations. During the interval, while fruit was being handed round, the chairman intimated that the bazaar in aid of the new church would now be gone into in earnest. A vote of thanks was given to Mr Little and those who assisted in carrying out the programme.

Last evening, at the second evensong of St. Luke, the new organ at the Church of the Holy Innocents, Woodhaugb, was dedicated to the service of God by the Ven. Archdeacon of.Dunedin. The instrument is by Bell and Co., and was purchased from the Dresden Company, and its tone was greatly admired. Mr W. E. Taylor, F.R.C.0., most efficiently presided. The Archdeacon dedicated it after the second lesson, and afterwards preached on Psalm 150. The sermon was an eloquent plea for the use of music in religious services. The local choir was reinforced to the number of fifty voices, and the service was plain and congregational. The Rev. Canon Richards, M.A., Sang the office, the lessons were read by the Rev. F. Mayne, M.A., and the prayers by the Rev. VV. H. Browne. The Psalms and Canticles were sung to Gregorian tones, and a most satisfactory collection in aid of the organ fund was taken up.

Received : The report of the Institute of Accountants for the past year. The Burns Club Halloween gathering will be held in the City Hall on November 1. A public meeting of the inhabitants of the North-east Valley school district will be held to-night to devise means for the erection of a gymnasium. It is to be hoped that the householders will turn out in large numbers to consider this important question. On Saturday evening next will be resumed at the City Hall the bi-weekly entertainments by the Lucas Company, when we expect to see a good house. The bill to be submitted will be Oxenf ord's celebrated adaptation of ' The Two Orphans,' Mr Lucas appearing as the cripple Pierre, one of hi 3 strongest characters.

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The Evening Star TUESDAY, OCTOBER 19, 1897., Issue 10448, 19 October 1897

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