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The Evening Star MONDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 1897.

The Portobello Road Board, at their meeting on Saturday, passed a resolution reducing the toll on bicycles to is from to-day.

At the Port Ghalmers Police Court this forenoon, before Mr A. Thomson, J.P., James Meners, for drunkenness, was convicted and discharged. * - The Agnes Lilian, from, London, with over 2,000 tons cargo for Dunedin, drawing 19ft Sin and 19ft Sin aft, was safely, berthed at the Victoria wharf this morning. , * Mataura Ensign ’ > reports that two residents of East Gore were .proceeding .across’ the Gore Railway Bridge the other nighfi, and as there is no decking on the . bridge they had to step from sleeper* to sleeper. One of the men suddenly .disappeared from sight, and managed to L save himself from falling into the.raging torrent beneath, by grasping a sleeper with one arm; Here he Aung for some minutes, shouting lustily for ihelp in the meantime. . His cries were heard Iby Mr R. Scott, who succeeded in rescuing *the man from his extremely perilous position.

Afive-roomcd house belonging to Brboksdale Station (Dalgety and Co,],..and occupied by-James Redditt,- - was destroyed by fire at Tapanui on Saturday night. Tho furniture was uninsured. The fire originated through a defective chimneyi j : r The mail steamer Mariposa, from Auckland to Sim Francisco, has a fair passenger list, amongst whom are D.; W, Marfatta, late Consul-General for. the United States at Melbourne, and Mrs Marratta and family, and “Long Drive” Walker, of ,Auckland. .The cargo includes 275,000 sovereigns. At Auckland a number of passengers joined the steamer, including several miners on ; their way to the Clondyke goldfield. Two of the Bader patent smoke protectors for firemen have been obtained for the WeiJinglon Fire Brigade at a cost of £2l each. The protector (says the ‘ Post’) consists of a helmet-shaped' head covering fitted wi hj mica eye pieces, and supplied with fresh air pumped into a reservoir carried at tlie back of the shoulders and containing about 901b of air to the square inch. Captain Kerasley, at whose request the 'purchase was: made, has bad practical tests made with the protectors, and' is delighted with the results. Two of his men, fitted with them, were able to remain in a room filled with sulphur fames for thirty-one minutes, and he is convinced that if the appliances had been in Wellington when the fire at Hayman’s warehouse occurred the brigade could have saved many thousands of pounds worth of property.

The following amusing paragraph appears in the Ladies’ Notes column of the ‘ Illustrated London News ’ of August 28;—-“ Among the many novel regulations in New Zealand that perhaps might be copied here with advantage, it appears that there is one which requires every person who desires to keep an animal to hold a license to do so, which may be withdrawn in case of misuse, or endorsed exactly as a publican’s or a oabdriver’s license in this country. The license is issued in the first instance as a matter of course to every applicant, but is endorsed or cancelled on the complaint of any person if cause is shown before the petty sessions, and the jury in such eases is composed half of men and half of women, all of whom are free from any convictions for ill-treatment of animals.” A miscellaneous entertainment for the purpose of defraying the expenses of the Kaikorai Band in attending the coming bands’ contest was given by the Albert Lucas Company at the City Hall on Saturday night before an audience that packed every part of the building. The band played the Oberon and Meyerbeer selections, totheevidentsatisfactionof theeudience, who loudly applauded theirefforts. The quickstep The ‘ Challenge ’ proved a very acceptable item, while a brass quartet entitled ‘ Murmuring Breezes ’ also came in for much praise. Mr Lucas was heard to great advantage in the dramatic recital 1 Shamus O’Brien,’ and in response to an imperative encore he responded with ‘ The Old Mill.’ The comedietta ‘A Regular Fix’ afforded much enjoyment. Mr Lucas was seen at his best in the part of Hugh De Brass, while the other characters were efficiently filled by Misses Lillian Chester, Edith Leech, and L. Graham, Messrs C. Hill, J. Manville, Power, and Vale. On Wednesday ‘The Colleen Bawn ’ will occupy the boards for one night only. At the recent meeting of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union in Christchurch a lively discussion took place on the refusal of the Anglican Synod to allow women to have any part in the local management of the church. According to the ‘Press,’ one member suggested that it would be well if women engaged in church work attended only those churches whose clergymen had voted for Mr Dunnage’s resolution. Another member said that, after the decision of the Synod, the raising of money by sewing-bees and house to house canvassing should be relegated to the meu, who claimed the right of spending it. A still more advanced member wondered whether it would not be feasible to establish a woman’s church, to be ministered to by a clergywoman. Women had shown they could raise funds, and she really thought they could manage to spend them without the assistance of men. Another member here interjected that the ideal would be for men and women to work side by side in church work, whereupon the previous speaker rejoined that she knew that, but that her proposal for a separate church was merely to meet the present necessity.

An interesting comparison of the yearly cost of some of the main items used in the four chief hospitals of .the colony was read (says the ‘Post’) by the chairman of the Wellington Hospital Trustees. The total amounts spent in the hospitals were as follow:—Wines—Dunedin, £145; Christchurch, £142; Wellington, £173 ; Auckland, £55. Water—Dunedin. £150; Christchurch, nil; Wellington, £247; Auckland, £l9B. Food —Dunedin, £1,814; Christchurch, £2,047; Wellington, £3,081; Auckland, £2,275. Surgery and Dispensary—Dunedin, £1,240 ; Christchurch, £1.200; Wellington, £908; Auckland, £857. Salaries Dunedin, £2,166; Christchurch, £3,138; Wellington, £3,256; Auckland, £2,988. Total number of patients (roughly)—Dunedin, 700 ; Christchurch, 1,100; Wellington, 1,100; Auckland, 1,100. Daily coat of patients—Dunedin, 4s lington, 3s 6id ; Auckland, 4s 6£d, As the chairman remarked, in Wellington they give theirpatients more wine, more water, and more food than in the other hospitals ; while they physic them less than in the southern cities, and pay the largest amount of salary, while the daily cost of the patients is the lightest in the four cities.

It will be remembered that some time ago it was suggested that a refrigerating hulk should be established by New Zealand freezing companies at Cape Town, to act as a storage and distributing depot for periodical cargoes of frozen mutton from this colony. The suggestion was nob taken up with any spirit and nothing came of it. Judging from a letter published in the ‘Queenslander’ it would appear that New Zealand had lost a splendid opportunity. The writer states that the prices for meat in South Africa are abnormally higb, the butchering trade being in the hands of a monopolist, and that on imported meat there is a duty of 2d per lb. He, however, asserts that if frozen meat can be laid down in London (twico the distance that Cape Tqwn is from Australia) at 3d per lb, it could be landed at Cape Town, duty paid, at from 4d to 4Jd per lb. Sold at 6J or 6£d, the writer was convinced (owing to the cry being raised for it) that a big business could be done. Advertisements were, at the time in question, appearing in the Gape Town papers saying that a shipment of frozen mutton was daily expected, and would be sold at 7Ad per lb. Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, East London, and Johannesburg are suggested as suitable places for the establishment of branch depots for frozen meat. At the latter place beef, at the time of writing, was, on account of the prevalence of rinderpest, selling at 2s and 2s 6d per lb.

Nominations for the City mayoralty close at noon of the Bth inst.

We remind our readers of the Burns Club Halloween gathering to-night.

A special meeting of the Trades and Labor Council will be held to-morrow evening to consider the question of holding a demonstration in connection with the engineers’ lock-out.

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The Evening Star MONDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 1897., Issue 10459, 1 November 1897

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