Bishop Verdon is visiting the southern portion of his dioceae. The Press Association inform us that the Orient's mails, which left Melbourne on October 12, arrived in London on November 15, two days early. The Education Board to-day decided, oa the motion of Mr P. B. Fraser—■" That, in view of the drain on the Board's funds, no more subsidies be granted for gymnasiums during the present financial year," ending on the 31st of March." At the entertainment on Friday night in the City Hall, in aid of the funds of the Sacred Heart School, Miss Staunton Bang • Waiting' very acceptably, and was accorded a deserved encore, to which she responded by contributing the ballad '0 Erin, my country.' To-day's cablegrams contain news that Austria threatens to bombard Mersina. This is the port in Asia Minor which serves &i the outlet for St. Paul's birthplace, Tarsus. It lies immediately to the north of and not further away than 150 miles from the north-east corner of Cyprus. Satisfactory headway is being made by the Choral Society and the orchestra with the study of ' Elijah '—that is, by those of the members who regularly attend the rehearsals and give heed to the work and to Mr J. Coombs's instructions—and judging from last night's trial of the first part of the oratorio it may be expected that the in. augural concert to be given next month will be worthy of the society. The weekly meeting of the Benevolent Trustees, held to-day, was attended by Mr A. Solomon (chairman) and Messrs C. Allen, R. Wilson, R. Watson, J. Green, J. Hazlett, and P. Miller. Accounts amounting to £l4l lis were passed for payment. The secretary reported that the expenditure for the month of October amounted to £282 12a lid, which gave an average cost per week of 4s 4gd per head for the 291 inmates. About sixty-five relief cases were considered.
Mra Whelan, of Bradshaw Btreet, South Dunedin, writes:—"l wish to express a mother's sincere thanks to the gentlemen who so nobly came to the rescue of the boys concerned in the boating accident on Sunday last. More especially ia my gratitude due to Mr Hay, to whose heroic disregard of self I owe, under the mercy of Providence, the safety of my son's life to-day. May God reward him for the unrequitable tion he has for ever laid me and mine under."
The Art Society's exhibition at the Choral Hall continues to attract a fair number of picture-lovers. To-night the mußic will-be supplied by Mr Edward Cunningham (pianist) and Mr De Latour (violinist). Kiao-chau Bay, the Chinese port at which Germany has made a landing in the Celestial Empire, is a landlocked bay, having a town at the head of it. The position of the nlace is about 450 miles north of Shanghai, it being in the Shan-tung province on the shores of the Yellow Sea, a little to the south of the Strait of Pe-ohi-li.
The adjourned public meeting, called with the object of forming an Industrial Association similar to that which has been formed in Canterbury, was held in the Chamber of Commerce this afternoon. It was moved by Mr G. P. Farquhar and seconded by Mr J. Mitchell that, owing to the lack of interest taken, the attempt to form an Industrial Association lapse for the present, subscriptions to be returned. The Committee are paving the preliminary expenses themselves. The apathy exhibited by the industrial and mercantile community was strongly commented on. The Kensington School Committee's meeting was attended last evening by the following members, namely :—Messrs Clark (chairman), M'Gill, Hellyer, Feil, and Bridgman. In addition to the usual routine business the Committee unanimously resolved to apply to the Education Board for a grant towards the erection of a gymnasium. The headmaster intimated that considerable progress was made in connection with the pupils' concert, to be held in the Agricultural Hall on the 9th prox. Recently Mrs Cavell, of Palmerston North, had a needle embedded in her wrist, and a difficulty waa experienced in extracting it. A Manawatu paper says that Mrs Cavell was advised to try the effect of a dynamo with a view of drawing the needle to the surface of the wrist. With that object in view Bhe visited a flour-mill on several occasions, and ultimately had the satisfaction of knowing that the experiment was successful. By continually laying her wrist on the dynamo the electricity gradually drew the needle to the surface, and it was finally extracted.
The Mornington School Gymnasium Committee met on Monday evening, when there was a good attendance. The concert by the Mornington Minstrels resulted in the sum of £l2 lis 9d being handed over to the treasurer, and the thanks of the Committee were directed to be sent to the minstrels. Subscriptions received to date amounc to £52 17s, and the collectors reported that several residents were yet to be called upon. It was decided to hold the children's concert on December 9 and the sale of work on the two following days. Sub-committees were appointed, and the meeting adjourned for one week. Last night the Hanover street Baptist Church Choir gave a rendering of the cantata ' Esther, the Beautiful Queen' in the schoolroom, in aid of the funds of the Sunday school. Mr M'Laren, superintendent of the Sunday school, presided, and gave the connective readings of the piece. There was a fair audience. The principals were the same as took part in the performance last month—namely, Miss F. Oliver, Esther; Mr T. J. Gilbert," King Ahasuerus; Mr A. Walker, Mordecii; Haman, Mr G. Martin ; all of whom acquitted themselves in a highly creditable manner, although special mention may be made of the efforts of Miss Oliver, whose powerful soprano voice was heard to advantage in her various numbers. The choir was kept well In hand by Mr Moore, who acted as accompanist and conductor, and whose painstaking efforts to produce a meritorious performance were last night rewarded with success. On October 26 Mr J. W. Kelly gave notice of his intention to ask the PostmasterGeneral whether he is aware of rumors going about for some time that the girls employed in the Telephone Exchange at Dunedin are subject to a species of persecution by a lady in ohargo of the cadettes ; and if he is not aware of such rumors, will he make inquiries and ascertain if there is any foundation for them? We are not aware whether the member for Invercargill ever put the question, but we have good reason for saying that the Minister, no Booner was his attention directed to the matter, ordered an inquiry, the outcome of which has been that the lady in question has been given a month's leave of absence, which, it, is believed, is the forerunner of the termination of her services. Anyhow, the cadettes in the Dunedin Telegraph Bureau are now enjoying freedom from inquisitorial attentions, and for that relief they owe the member for Invercarcill much thanks. Mr William M'Lean, evangelist, will deliver addresses in the Caversham Hall to-night and two following nights. Men desirous of saving money thonld see the superior stock of ready-made Buits at 37a 6i, 42s 6d. Clothing Factory Octagon.— [Advt.] The Otago Koyal Arch Chapter, N0.;7, which was to have been held in the Masonic Hall, South Dunedin, this evening, is postponed until Wednesday, the 24th inst. The adjourned parish meeting of St. Mary's, Mornington, to consider the enlargement of the church and building of a schoolroom, is oalled for Thursday evening next, after evensong. Parents will find it to their advantage to iuspect the new and magnificent stock of boys' and youths' suits in all the latest styles. Fit and finish equal to measure, and extremely low prices, at Clothing Factory, Octagon.—[ADVT.] The Loyal Milton Lodge will be opened on Friday night. Members of sister lodges who can make it convenient to attend are requested to notify Mr Hopcraft. District officers leave Dunedin by 4.20 train, returning on Saturday morning.
To-night the famous drama of slave life, 'The Octoroon,' will be played for the last time at the City Hall. On Saturday evening 'The Bells' and 'Box and Cox' will be produced, and next week a new leading lady of acknowledged reputation, in the person of Miss Idrene Thornton, will join the company. Hudson's Surprise Party arrived at the Bluff by the Talune, and gave their opening performance at Invercargill la-t night to a very large audience. The company come to Dunedin by the express train on Friday, and will thus have a day in which to look round and perfect the arrangements for their appearance at the Princess's Theatre on Saturday evening. The box plan is now open at the Dresden.
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