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The Evening Star MONDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 1897.

Otago'a representatives at the forthcoming meeting of the New Zealand Educational Institute will be Mr J. A. Valentine, Mr J. Garrow, Mr 0. J. Hodge, and Mr A. Warburton. The local Institute have expressed approval of the Bill introduced by the Minister of Education to amend the present Court of Appeal Act. The memorial service in connection with the late Dr Parker, held last evening in St. Matthew's Church, was very largely attended. The Rev. W. Curzon-Siggers, in his sermon, made special reference to the late professor, and the musical arrangements by Mr Lilly and the choir were appropriate to the occasion. The Albert Lucas Company revived * The Octoroon' at the City Hall on Saturday night before an enthusiastic audience.. The piece was capitally mounted,_and everything went with a merry swiDg from beginning to end. Mr Lucas, Jn the part of Salem Scudder, gave another clever exposition of his dramatic skill, his acting all through being received with loud approval. The villain (Jacob M'Closkev) found a capital exponent in Mr Wilton "Power, while Miss Lilian Chester was • seen to great advantage as Zoe. Miss Edith L°eoh well sustained the character of Dora Sunnyside. The other parts were efficiently filled by Miss Annie Wyniard, Miaa Nellie Jarvip, Miss Fnrtado, Messrs H. James and C. R. Hill, t is understood that the ranks of the company will shortly be strengthened by the engagement of Miss Irene Thornton, who will leave Auckland to-morrow and make her appearance during show week.

His Honor Mr Justice Williams will hold a Chambers. Bitting of the Supreme Court tomorrow after the business of the Bankruptcy Court has been disposed of; Mr J. Morgan, J.P., presided at the Port Chalmers Police Court this forenoon. David Fraser, for drunkenness, was fined 2s Gd, in default twenty-four hours' imprisonment. At the Police Court this morning the only ease was a charge of drunkenness against a first offender, who did not appear. Mr W. D. Hanlon, the presiding justice, inflicted a fine of ss, with the usual alternative.

The result of the needle-threading race at the Girls' High School sports is incorrectly stated in our first page. A. Williamson and L. Kirkland were first and M. Sinclair and M. Tapper secoud. The tennis doubles result was:—B.Gunn and A. Stswart beat K. Graham and M. M'Caw (6—l). The only business before His Honor in Bankruptcy this morning was re Eustace Henry Fulton, motion for order of discharge. Mr Sim appeared in support of the motion. On the application of Mr Hosking (on behalf of Mr Solomon, who opposed the motion) the hearing was adjourned till tomorrow morning, at eleven o'clock. A man named Charleston, a self-dubbed " Professor," was the other day sentenced at the Waipawa Magistrate's Court to three months' imprisonment on a charge of obtaining money by false pretences. He had been about the district pretending to cure the ailing, and supplying so-called phrenological charts. The Ovalau brings news that a Norwegian trader named Naland was murdered by Natives at Amba in the New Hebridap. The warship Tauranga proceeded to the scene, burned some villages, and captured four Natives, including the actual murderer, who attempted to escape by jumping overboard, but was recaptured. The prisoner was placed in irons, and will probably be taken to Fij l . Considerable interest, says the ' Lyttelton Times,' was taken in a pen of cattle entered at the Ashburton yarils the other day, as they were the first cittle that had ever come into the yards that had been systematically fattened on oil cake. They certainly did great credit to their grazier and fdttener, Mr Herring, of Alford, as they were decidedly nondescript in the matter of breeding. Mr H. Herring expresses himself satisfied with tho experiment, as the bullocks sold at paying prices. A special session of Dunedin District Lodge, No. 1, 1.0 G.T., was held on Saturday evening, when about fifty delegates and members attended. Bro. J. W. Parkinson, D.C.T., presided, and stated that the business was to consider the arrangements for the coming mission in Dunedin of Bro. E. H. Taylor, G.L.Y.D., who is expected here about the 26th. After several members and delegates had expressed their views on the matter it was decidad that the mission should commence in Dunedin on Sunday, November 23. Bro. Taylor will visit all the suburbs of Dunedin and deliver Gospel temperance addresses. Bro. Taylor is Grand Chief Templar of the Order in"New Zealand, and his coming to Dunedin is looked forward to with great pleasure. A reward of £lO was offered in Melbourne by C. H. Brown to any person who would give information of the whereabouts of one G. P. J.Hume. Thomas Gibson found the dead body of the missing man at Dromana, and claimed the reward, but Brown refused to pay. The question whether the reward was payable under the circumstances was discussed in the.County Court, when Gibson sued Brown for £lO. The facts showed that Brown guaranteed to pay. It was not disputed that the plaintiff found the body of the deceased, but the defendant contended that he intended to reward only for the discovery of the man alive. Judge Casey held that if the reward was only to be paid on the missing man being found alive the defendant should have said so distinctly—judgment for claim.

Mr M'Caughey is a leviathan among squatters, the king of eheepowners, the largest shearer of sheep in the whole world (says the Riverina ' Recorder'). . Including freehold and leasehold, he has 3,000,000 acres of land. His big station in the Riverioa he calls a mere stud farm. It is only a trifle of 40,000 acres of freehold and (5.000 of. leasehold. The rest of his land ia on the Darling, where ha has two stations, Tooralie and Dunlop. A million of the acres are near Hughenden, in Queensland. In the last drought of eighteen months in tho west his losses in sheep and lambs totalled no fewer than 360,000. All the same, he can alill boast that he shears his million a year. This is the record, not only for Australia, but for the world. Mr M'Caughey can claim to be the greatest single sheepowner on earth.

Tiie regular meeting of the Kaikorai School Committee, held on Friday evening, was amended by Messrs A. Matheson (chairman), Calder, Ferry, Moir, Scott, and Bentham. The head-master reported that the average aUendunceat the school for last month was— Boys 379, girls 349; total, 728. The total number on the roll was 784. It was resolved that the Christmas holidays commence on the 17lh December and continue to the Bth February; also, that the Tennis Club be asked to cease play (Saturdays excepted) during the Christmas holidays. It was unanimously decided that the school take part in the proposed schools demonstration on the occasion of the Otago Jubilee, 189S, and that the Committee guarantee the sum of £5 towards preliminary expenses. A subcommittee Wis appointed to select books and certificates for prizes to he distributed at the annual concert of the school children. St. John's Sundyy School were granted the use of the school for the annual examination. A Chinaman caused a little excitement in Cromwell last Wednesday. The 'Argus' says that he tried to hang himself, and, being disturbed in the act, he made for the river and plunged in. After being turned over once or twice in the waters of the Kawarau, the current brought him near the shore, where he was caught by two of his countrymen and taken back to his hut, none the worse for the ducking. Constable Mulholland arrested him, and after a deal of trouble landed him in the lock-up. Shortly afterwards, being tempted to partake of some refreshments, he behaved frantically, sending the dishes all round the cell, besides causing the constable to sprain his wrist. By doing this John obtained possession of a spoon, which, it is supposed, he hid under his blankets. The spoon was not missed for a while, and on the constable returning he found him with his throat cut to the windpipe, having for the second time got rid of the handcuffs. Dr Morris dressed the wound, and John was again left with his hands " cuffed " behind hii hack. Constable Mulholland, who was keeping a careful watch over him, returned for the third time, only to find him free of the handcuffs and the stitches torn from his thtoat. The wound was again dressed, and he was placed in a position that kept him from harming himself. He was brought before a magistrate next morning and remanded to Arrow for medical examination, and thence committed to the asylum. In our parliamentary intelligence on November G we had this extract from the report of Colonel Pole Penton on the defence forces :—" The division of the Otago district into three independent commands, in accordance with the recommendations of Colonel Fox, and approved by the Military Conference of 1894, is condemned. Colonel Penton says: ' This is a retrograde step, and I recommend that the Otago district should be re-formed as in 1895. Unless this is done the battalion system cannot be satisfactorily carried out in that part of the colony.'" The late Commandant (Colonel Fox) thinks that our report has unwittingly made a grave mistake. He explains that the Otago district was constituted on hisstrong recommendation, backed up by the opinion of a committee of both Houses of Parliament and volunteer officers which sat to make certain recommendations to the Government. The Otago district was subsequently divided into three districts without any deference to his (Colonel Fox's) opinion. This retrogradestep was made by the Government absolutely dead against all military considerations, and, therefore, on grounds unknown to their commandant. It had, however, the effect of promoting and placing in command of one of the districts the auditor of the Ward Farmers' Association. This was also done without Colonel Fox's knowledge, and was absolutely opposed to anything that he would have recommended.

MrE. B.Cargill addresses City ratepayers in the City Hall tEis eveninf;. ~ Common jurors summoned for "Wednesday are discharged from attendance. A meeting of the District Committee,. MrU.I.O.OrF., will be held to-morrow evening. The s.s. Onslow, running between Dunedin and Portobcllo, is laid up for a few days for the annual overhaul. A requisition to Mr L. Kemnit2 asking him to bo nominated for the mayoralty of Roslyn, and Mr Kemnitz's reply th»reto, appear in our advertising columns. Parents will find it to their advantage to inspect the new and magnificent stock of. boys' and youths' suits in all the latest styleß. Fit and finish equal to measure, and extremely low prices, at Clothing Factory, Octagon.—[Advt.]

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The Evening Star MONDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 1897., Issue 10471, 15 November 1897

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