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Messrs R. Wilson (of Bond street) and R. Wilson (of Caversham) were the presiding justices at the Police Court this morning, when AnEie Cocway was convicted of drunkenness and discharged. The Salvation Army self-denial week is just over, also their sale of work, but on account of the arrangements being on such a large scale we have not as yet got full particulars. Notwithstanding the inclement weather the attendance at the whole series was satisfactory, and it is expected that a goodly sum will be raised for the army's mission fund.

Tho remains of tho late Mr Charles Reid, brought for interment from Son Francisco to Dunedin, were'buried yesterday in tho Southern Cemetery. A larga number of representative oitiaena, including the direc» tors and staff of the Standard Insurance Company oad members of the Hand and Heart Lodge, M.U.1.0.0.F., joined the prooosnion. The Rev, Mr Laycock conducted tho funeral service.

The Dental Board of Examiners have just concluded an examination. There were nineteen candidates, of whom the following fifteen were successful and obtained their certificates. The names are given alphabetically, not necessarily in order of merit: —C. H. Armstrong (Oamaru), W. F. Butters (Auckland), A. D. Blyth (Nanier), Fairchild (Wellington), H. G. R. Foster (Auckland), H. D. Gresham (Invercargill). Miss Edith G. Hunt (Napier), G. Jackson (Nelson), W. Lo Keong(Dunedin), W. D. B. Gittar (Auckland), J. N. Rishworth (Gore), R. H. Richmond (Wellington), H. N. Talbot (Nelsou), W. A. Thomson (Dunedin), R. H. S. Thompson (Wellington). A meeting of householders interested in the project to secure a gymnasium for tho North-east Valley School was held last evening, Mr Peter Thomson (chairman of the Committee) presiding. The chairman explained the object of the meeting, and dwelt upon the desirability of having such a useful adjunct to a school as a gymnasium. It was also proposed, he stated, to use the gymnasium room for the purpose of holding cookery classes. The matter was cursorily discussed, and several schemes having for their object the raising of funds were mooted. Eventually it was agreed that those present should form themselves into a committee to assist the ladies in making the hobby show which is to be held in aid of the gymnasium as great a success as possible.

Oar Moonlight correspondent writes:— "Cold winds and frost have proved deleterious to vegetation, and the erop3 are in a very backward state. Little or no benefit was derived from the recent heavy rains, as the land dried very rapidly owing to the exceptionally heavy winds which have prevailed here of late. The pastures have not as yet assumed the verdant hue of spring. There is a large area under oats, but the area under barley and wheat is infinitesimal. This district is not well adapted for the growth of wheat, and we shall probably leave the production of this commodity to farmers in the northern districts, where the conditions are more favorable. Oats appear to be the most profitable and best paying crop, judging by the result of last season. It is worthy of consideration, however, whether the demand will be so good next season."

Alaska was formerly known as Russian America. The name is a corruption of Al-ay-ek-sa, the name given by the Native islanders, and signifies "great country." Ever since 1867 this wonderful land has been the property of the United States. It was purchased from Russia for seven millions of dollars. It has never been a los 3 to the United States, the value of the furs alone taken from the country having exceeded by millions of dollars the price paid. The coalfields are as extensive aa any in the world. Copper is known to lie there in vast quantities. As for gold, it has been known for years that the country was full of it. It is estimated that the mainland contains an area of 580,000 square miles. On the coast zero weather is rare, while in the interior the thermometer may descend as low as 80deg below zaro, and go as high as SOdeg above. In the Clondyke region in midwinter the sun rises from 9.30 toloa;m., and sets from 2 to 3 p.m.* the total length 'of daylight being about four hours. The greatest continuous cold on the Yukon was in February, 1890, when the daily meato for five consecutive days was 47deg below zero.

Mr S. F. Hardy says that he is a candidate, for the City mayoralty against all comers.

The Rev. J. J. Brown gave another lecture last night at the City Hall, his-subject being 'America and the Americans.' The Rev. Mr JSewbold occupied the chair.' The If cturor was accorded a .vote of thanks.

:. The planets Jupiter and .-Venus' were in conjunction at.B 40 a.m. to-day, Venus "about28onih north of-Jupiter. rTbough apparently oloao together, their distance from the earth; waß-Vcnuß 131 millions of miles. Jupiter 585 millions, ,v

Thoso. members of thn Duaedh\ Highland Rifles who have been helping.: in,tne presentation of- Mr Blaffd Holt's: at the Princess's Theatre made a presentation last night td„ the stage manager,. Mr Harry Norman',- andlhe-opportunity was.-,takenVp£ expressing mutual thanks and good\ wishes. Mr Norman went to Christchurck to-day in order to pave the way for the company/

A group meeting of the members of Christian Endeavor Societies connected with the Dunedin and District Union was held in Trinity Wcsleyan Schoolroom last night. The Rev. D. Borrie, president, occupied the chair, and the Revs. F. W. Boreham (vicepresident), J. J. Lewis, R. R. M. Sutherland, and T. G-. Brooke were also present. The Anderson Bay Presbyteri-m, Abbotsford Primitive Methodist, Caversham Baptist, Caversham Presbyterian, Cargill road Wesleyao, First Church Presbyterian, Mosgiel Baptist, Mornington Presbyterian, Mornington Baptist, North-east Valley Presbyterian, Port Chalmers Congregational, St. Andrew's Presbyterian, St. Clair Congregational, and Trinity Wesleyan Societies were represented. Addresses were given by the president, vice-president, and the Rev. J. J. Lewis with regard to the special work which the societies undertake.

Mr G. F. Richardson's suggestion that every Government inspector in New Zealand should receive three coats of luminous paint has been subjected to some criticism. It n very well, says a contemporary, to assert that if the inspectors were painted in this way we could dispense with the moon, but as the moon costs nothing, and shines whether we like it or not, Mr Richardson's suggestion is not likely to be adopted owing to the expense. There must be thousands of inspectors in the colony, and three coats of luminous paint put on each under cooperative contract would be the height of extravagance, for luminous paint is an expensive commodity. Had Mr Richardson suggested that each inspector be provided with a tin coat of mail, painted to shine with the effulgence of a star of the first magnitude, these constructions might be utilised as overcoats in wet weather, and us lamps to guide the belated o' dark nights. If this plan were adopted a great deal of wear and tear would be avoided, as the suit could be put away in fine weather and on clear nights. Mr G. F. Burgess is a candidate for the mayoralty of Caversham. Or John Evans announces his candidature for the North-east Valley mayoralty. Shareholders of the South British Insurance Company can now obtain dividend warrants for the half-year.

Masons are requested to attend meeting of Lodge Celtic in Masonic Hall to-morrow ni»ht, at 7 30 o'clock. "

An entertainment will be given in All Saints' Schoolroom on Monday evening in aid of the building fund of Holy Innocents' Schoolroom. The North-east Valley Brass Band give a grand concsrfc next Tuesday evening under the patronage of the mayor and councillors. The contest selections 'Oberon'and 'Meyerbeer'will be played, also the solos for the same, by the membsrs.

The popular entertainment on Saturday at the Garrison Hall, for which the leading musical talent of Dunedin has been engaged, will be the first of a series of high-class enjoyable evenings arranged to meet the demands of the public tor opportunity of spending aa evening every week in a pleasant manner at a popular charge. The Salvation Ami' are having a Hmelight exhibition of about 150 pictures to-night, describing Home —ancient and modern, Paaau and ecclesiastical. The lecture will include particulars of the Coliseum, Nero, martyrdom, etc. No doubt this will be of much interest. Silver collections are requested. ,

The Dunedin Catholic Literary Society, inspired wifcb confidence by the great success attendant on previous productions'iu the way of plays, have this year decided to advance a step, and for this puiposi have been hard at work for the last two months, under Mr Barrio Blar.-chel. preparing owe of Tom' Tavlor's plavs, entitled 'Henry Dunbar, or a Daughter's Lovo.' Tlv play ia adapted from Sliss Braddon's novel of the same name, and is a highly sensational one in four acts.

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Evening Star, Issue 10449, 20 October 1897

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Evening Star Issue 10449, 20 October 1897

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