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The Evening Star MONDAY, OCTOBER 25, 1897.

According to the ' Church Times' (London) of the 3rd September, the Society for the Promotion of the Oospel have granted to the Diocesan Theological College of Dunedin the sum of £I,OOO from the munificent bequest of the late Mr Alfred Marriott, of the Graage, Hopton, near Mirfield. * .-.-.'.- An examination under the Pharmacy Board regulations was held in the: Otago College of Pharmaoy on the 20th, 21st, and 22nd inat. There were five candidates altogether, the subjects being materia medica, botany, chemistry, pharmacy, and dispensing. The result will be known' in about three weeks, Messrs R. P. Bagley and T. M. Wilkinson were the local supervisors and examiners.

PresbyteriatTclergymen and elders were travelling to Dunedin to-day from Nonh and South ; £o attend the Synod, which opens this evening. ■.--?• ■•■• ■. . Tha'.Vbtiog in the Canterbury Diocesan' SynoU on the question, of the admission 'of .women to a voice in parochial, a'dministration was : clergy 16, laity 14; noes, clergy 32, laity 15.

Miss Grace Joel, of this town, recently exhibited a few of her paintings at the annual art exhibition of the New South Wales Society of Artists, and by Sydney papers her works are said to be "specially noted for truth " and " betoken strong feeling for color and draughtsmanship." Some roses are spoken of as being "among the best of the flower Btudies " of the exhibition. The, Auckland section cf the National Association have passed a resolution protasting in the strongest manner against any attempt on the part of Ministers of the Crown to obstruct or elude the impartial administration of justice, and calling upon Parliament and the people of New Zealand to prevent such a public calamity as the over-riding of the decision of the Supreme Court of New Zealand in the Horowhenua land case by the Minister of Lands. A few weeks ago it was stated that in consequence of the reduction of freights one large company trading to New Zealand had decided to despatch one of their steamers to Australia to till up with general cargo for London, and that other vessels of the same line would most probably follow suit. Now, however, these proposals have been abandoned, as the steamers have since made satisfactory engagements in New Zealand which will enable them to take full cargoes from these shores without troubling other colonies.

A Brussels man recently gave a peculiar dinner. One of the guests says: I ate apple ripened more than 1,800 years ago, bread made from wheat grown "before Ihe Children of Israel passed through the Red Sea, and spread with butter made when Elizabeth was Queen, and I washed down the repast with wine that was old hundreds of years before Shakespeare was born. The apples were taken from an earthen jar taken from the ruins of Pompeii, the wheat was taken from a chamber in one of the Pyramids, the butter from a stone shelf in an old well in Scotland, where for several centuries it had lain in an earthen crock in icy water, and the wine wa9 recovered from an old vault in the city of Corinth. ' Otago University Review' says :—Some quite unnecessary unpleasantness has arisen between the Professorial Board and one of our most prominent students. It appears that' the student, wrongly enough, wrote his name, in a thoughtless moment, on the title page of one of the library reference bookH. This was, of course, an offence, and merited rebuke ; but the high-handed action of the chairman of the Professorial Board is worthy of all condemnation. Entirely on his own responsibility, without having consulted the Board, he sent a messenger with a letter to the student, demanding immediate surrender of every library book in his possession, and summoning him to attend, at one hour's notice, a meeting of the Board. The offence was known to the Professor when he saw the student two days previously, as is proved by the fact that another professor knew of it and told it outside, a breach of confidence far too common in some quarters. The deliberate insult implied in this proceeding, as well as the serious loss of time caused to the student at a stage when every working hour is of the utmost importance, rentiers it impossible for us to pass it over without severe censure.

Whilst pursuing his experiments in Southern Queensland Mr Pound, the Government bacteriologist, found that the rabbits there are rapidly developing an instinct for climbing tiees. and he produces numerous photographs which leave no doubt upon the point. One of these chows a rabbit in the act. One tree, which he says they are particularly fond of is the hop bush, and he has a photograph of one of these trees which the rabbits had denuded of all vegetation up to 14ft from the ground. This special capacity of bunny he has been aided in developicg hy the fact that in a sandy country the rabbits have no need to burrow to the same extent as in hard soil, and their daws, not being worn, grow long, and have the tendency to curve inwards like the talons of a bird. Mr Pound has preserved specimens with remarkably developed hooked claws. His -experience has also proved to him that rabbits become good swimmers, and that though the predominant color is a kind of grey, they fnquently develop a color similar to that of the soil in which they operate, and that in the red sand country they often become quite red. An Aueklander thus writes to his.father from Assam on affairs on the Indian frontier : " On the frontier all has gone well with us as it naturally would. We are teaching the Pathan tribes there the utter folly of fighting against us ; yet as fast as one clan submits another takes the field, only to be hopelessly beaten and submit likewise. They do not even combine, but start up, fight a little, and then drop off the fighting stage in a most unaccountable manner. Many of our brave fellows have been killed, officers especially. Lieutenant Greavcs's death is typical. He dashed in amongst 500 of the Swatis at the head of some eighty of the Guides Cavalry, and was shot down at once. Lieutenant MacLaren went to his rescue, and was also shot down with three bullets in his body; then Lord (whose name I could not make out), an A.D.C., and, so far only a carpet dandy, and Colonel W (whose name 1 forget) dashed in and bore off their comrades' dead bodies. Pluck, solid British pluck, is on all sides. Thank God, there seems to be no end to it. They sav the steady rush of the West Kent Regiment on a position of the enemy double or treble their number, in one of the engagements over rocky ground and the slope of a hill, was irresistible. The enemy never waited to face them, but bolted before ever a bayonet touched them."

A notice to licensed diivers appears in this issue.

At the next meeting of the Dunedin Sanitary Institute, to beheld in the Town Hall on Thursday evening, the Local Government Bill will be discussed. The attendance of all interested is invited.

The annual meeting of the Presbyterian Synod will be opened this evening in First Church. A meeting of ministers and elders (members of the Synod) who are opposed to the proposed basis of union with the Northern Church is to be held to-morrow afternoon in the Y.W.C.A. Rooms.

The Otago Chess Club is extending its hospitality next Wednesday evening to all chess players in and about Dunedin. A match similar to that so successfully held last year, North v. South, is to be then held. Last year's match was a record for New Zealand, sixty players taking part, and the club will be very pleased indeed to Bee an even, larger number present next Wednesday.

We remind our; readers of the North-east Valley Band's concert to-morrow evening in the Valley Public Hall. The two contest selections —'Oberon' and 'Meyorbrer'—will be given, also all the solos to be played by various members of the band at the Oamaru contest. The band have been assiduously practising for some time, under the conductorship of Mr K. Cook, and they are considered by many to have a good show in the contest. There should be a bumper house, to enable them to go to Oamaru in good fettle.

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The Evening Star MONDAY, OCTOBER 25, 1897., Issue 10453, 25 October 1897

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