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The Evening Star TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 1897

The Otago Art Society's exhibition well attended last night and to-day. Messrs P. G. Pryde and D. Ferguson, justices, presided at the Police Court this morning, when Ah Yeum alias Ah Yiin was charged with theft on the 2nd inst. of two baskets valued at 6s, the property of Young Kwong. After evidence the Bench dismissed the case. At Blenheim yesterday the case of a young man named George Hooper, who was! sentenced to a month's imprisonment on the 3rd inst. for the theft of a totalisator ticket at the Blenheim races, was reopened. Mr Card, of Featherßton, conducted the case for tho accused, and adduced evidence showing it to be one of mistaken identity. The Bench discharged Hooper, and ordered a certificate of dismissal to be given. Pending the final decision of tho Council of the New Zealand Rifle Association with regard to the .position of shooting at the 200 yds range, Major Sommerville is anxious that all the bronze medal competitions shall be fired either standing or kneeling at 200 yds, and a prone position at 500 yds; beyond 500 yds the back position to be allowed. Tho major thinks it is absurd to allow the prone position at 200 yds in New Zealand when it is disallowed at Bisley. An unusual mishap befell the 5.16 train from Dunedin to Mosgiel last night. When climbing the incline between Kensington and Caversham the engine, which had recently come from the repairing shed, came to a standstill at the bridge over the main road. After repeated efforts to make forward progress, the train had to. be taken on to the Caversham siding in sections. The delay occasioned was something like fortyfour minutes, Caversham being reached by the passenger carriages at 6.5, or forty-nine minutes after having left Dunedin--a distance of two miles. The delay was attributable to the engine having gone out of working order. The monthly meeting of the Committee of the Dunedin Athenamm, held last night, was attended by Messrs Burton (in the chair), Whitson, Pryde, Park, Harlow, Moore, Barclay, Sandilauds, Blyth, Graham, and Whetter. The questions of certain alterations to the library (proposed by one of the subscribers) and of repairs to be made in the lower hall were remitted to the House Committee to report on. A suggestion that a list be made for sale after four weeks of thoso newspapers which are removed from the reading room was referred for consideration to the Reading Room Committee. Presentations from Mr W. Carew, Dr J. Simms, and the Royal Colonial Institute were received with thanks. A meeting of the Otago Sunday School Union Executive Committee was held in the i-W.C.A. Rooms last evening; present— Mr Farquharson (vice-president), Mrs Don, Misß L. Nicol, Messrs D. Wright, Rosevear, Todd, Pryor, Driver, and Sharp. Apologies were received from the Rev. A. North and Mr H. Webb. The report of the examiners in connection with recent scholars' examination showed that although tho number of competitors had decreased in comparison with previous years, the quality of the work had improved very much ; a very large number of the scholars arc to receive prizes iu lieu of the usual lirst cla?s certificate. It was resolved that the distribution of prizes take place in Trinity Wcekyan Church on the U'.h December. The North express yesterday took from Dunedin 102 passengers for Christehurch and forty for wayside stations. The 4.20 train for the South left Dunedin with 100 passengers on board. This morning the several trains, both for North and South, were very heavy, but no authoritative figures regarding numbers were available. The somewhat unsettled appearance of the weather did not have any noticeable effect on the ardor of pleasureseckera, as the trains for Mosgiel were all loaded with passengers, the majority of whom wero evidently bound for the Taieri raceß, Numerous picnic parties journeyed to tho various holiday resorts between Dunedin and Puketeraki, whilst the South trains also conveyed several parties of picnickers. A shocking case of cruelty to a child is reported in the Sydney newspapers. At the Narrandera Police Court, on the 22nd ult,, R. A. Thomas, manager of the local branch of the A. J.S. Bauk, was charged by the police with having, between May and October, wilfully ill-treated Sarah Blikely, a girl ten years old, under his care, causing bodily suffering. The accused had engaged all the available local counsel at Narandera. The public employed counsel from Wagga to assist the police. The medical and other evidence showed that the child was in a shocking condition. Her head, limbs, back, and abdomen were covered with wales, scars, and bruises. The child stated that she had been flogged with a green hide riding whip, kicked, punched, and kept under a cold shower bath for minutes -it a time. The courthouse was besieged by an excited crowd during the hearing. The defendant was fined £25 and costs. If some humble individual had been charged with some trivial offence against property, the chances are that he would have got six month's "hard." Messrs Thomson and Co., cordial manufacturers, of this City, have just received the first class certificate of merit, accompanied by a gold medal, awarded for their limejuice exhibit at the Intercolonial Fruit Show, held in connection with the Queensland Exhibition. The certificate is very artisticilly got up and tastefully designed. In the right-hand top coiner is tho shield bearing the arms of Australia, and in the opposite corner the arms of Queensland is shown. The bottom corners are occupied by views of the Exhibition Buildings and the Houses of Parliament. In the centre at the top a medallion of tho Queen's head is shown, and at the foot of the certificate is a picture of Brisbane Harbor and town. In a semicircle across the face of the diploma are arranged the Bhields bearing the arms of the various nations of the earth. Amongst the other decorations a Bpray of the Australian wattlo stands out prominently, whilst some fern's and palms materialmenbanco the general effectiveness of the design. Tho certificate as a whole is an excellent pieco of decorative workmanship, and in itself is a trophy worth winning. In addition to the certificate and medal for limejuice, Messrs Thomson and Co. have received from the Queensland Exhibition authorities gold medals for their exhibits of corjdials and liqueurs, a?rated waters, and Wai-Rongoa mineral waters. This enterprising firm are fairly entitled to the congratulations of the community on the success that has attended their efforts. Mr Charles "Watt will redeliver his lantern lecture, 'Dr Nansen, the Arctic Hero,' tomorrow evening, in the King street Tabernacle. Another attempt Is to -be made to form an industrial association for Otago, and a meeting of all interested is called for to-morrow afternoon at the Chamber of Commerce.

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The Evening Star TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 1897, Evening Star, Issue 10466, 9 November 1897

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The Evening Star TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 1897 Evening Star, Issue 10466, 9 November 1897