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The Evening Star TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 1897.

The mails by the Oroya, which left Melbourne on September 28, arrived in London on October 30, three days in advance of contract time. Mr Thornton, ex-president of the Burns Club, somewhat tickled the ears of many of the audience in the City Hall last night when, referring to the supposed origin of Halloween, he remarked that “it was simply the quintessence of duplex mystification.” The thirty-first anniversary service in connection with the Moray place Congregational Church was conducted in the church on Sunday. The Rev. G. Heighway, who recently settled in this City, preached the morning sermon aud addressed the children in the afternoon. In the evening the Rev. W. Saunders was in the pulpt, the discourse being a lecture on Hall Caine’s new book, * The Christian,’ which was listened to with close attention by a crowded congregation. Special music was rendered by the choir, who were heard to advantage in the anthem ‘ How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of them that bring good tidings.’ In the Magistrate’s Court yesterday an action was started in which John M’Lsan, of Green Island, sued White, Robertson, and Co. for £45. Mr W. C. MacGregor appeared for plaintiff, and Mr Fraser for defendants. The claim was for breach of contract in connection with the delivery of two biscuit cutters. The facts disclosed were that the contract was the result of an indent executed by White, Robertson, and Co. for the plaintiff from Baker and Sons, London. It was alleged that the cutters supplied were not in accordance with the order. Defendants mainly relied on the fact that they were simply agents, and not the principals, and were not liable. The case was partly heard and then adjourned. The annual report of the Deutscher Verein Germania was read at their meeting last evening, and much satisfaction was expressed at the strides the club had made during the past year. The election of officers resulted in Mr H. Schlaadt being re-elected president, Mr J. Muller vice-president, Mr T. J. Mills secretary and treasurer, Mr F. Himmel assistant secretary ; while Messrs C. Hintz, J. Sims, and M. Pierce were appointed a Committee of Management. It was announced that the annual picnic would take place at St. Leonards on the 9th inst., and that a couple of comedies now in rehearsal would be produced on the 15 th, when the new stage would be called into requisition.

Voluntary contributions were in evidenc 6 at last night’s meeting of the Presbyterian Synod. The Rev. O. Michelsen, New Hebrides missionary, during his speech mentioned that the usefulness of his work in the Islands would be more than doubled if he had the additional assistance of a married couple. A few minutes afterwards a note was handed up from amongst the members, saying that a friend offered" £2O a year for two years _ for the support of a married couple at his station. Later on Mr Bannerman mentioned that he had received a note to the effect that another friend of missions offered £2O per'annum for four years for the purpose of obtaining assistance for Mr Don in carrying on the Chinese mission. Needless to say, both donations were accepted with thanks.

A meeting of the Otago Central Railway League Committee was held in the Chamber of Commerce last evening, and attended by Messrs G. L. Denniston (in the chair), T. Brown, 3. Carroll, J. Hazlett, J. Jolly, jun., 1. Iv. Harty, and C. R. Chapman. Messrs A. C. Stronach and R. Logan (of Kokouga) wrote apologising for their non-attendance. The latter informed the Committee that the ballasting on the Otago Central Railway line would be completed to the Taieri Bridge next week or that following. The bridge, which had been at a standstill for some months, was underway, but would not be completed for three or four months, and during that time ballasting must cease. It deemed to him that this pointed to great incapacity on the part of the engineering staff of the Public Works Department, as this work should have been now finished and the line open to Komako in a month or six weeks from the present time. As platelayers and ballast pit men would be paid off during the next ten days, he thought the Executive should again urge the continuance of formation beyond Eweburn, and thus keep the men employed. It was resolved to forward copies of the letter to the members for the City, and ask them to bring the matter complained of in the letter under the notice of the Government. The Gaelic Society meet to-morrow evening. The Dunedin Jockey Club’s spring races will be held at Forbury Park on November 24, 26, and 27. " A friend ” has sent 2s 6d and 8.8.0. £2 2s to the Bracken fund. Mrs Kate Rossbotbsm also sends £2 2s. The annual meeting of subscribers to the convalescent fund will be held in the Town Hall at noon on Friday. The railway arrangements in connection with the Prince of Wales’s Birthday and the Taler! races are announced in this issue. The exhibition of the drawings from the London Science and Art department is open daily at the School of Art and Design, Moray place. The Allert Lucas Company revive the popular drama ‘The Colleen Bawn’ in the City Hall to-morrow night, when a liberal patronage is anticipated. The annual meeting of the Moegiel Woollen Factory Company, Limited, will be held on the 16th inst. The share register will be closed from November 2 to 16 inclusive. The kinderspiel ‘ Don Quixote ’ will ire given by the children of St. Martin’s, North-east Valley, followed by a vocal and instrumental concert, to-morrow evening in All Saints’ Schoolroom.

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The Evening Star TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 1897., Issue 10460, 2 November 1897

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