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Mr J. Laohman has been recommended for the vacant German consul-ship at Wellington, _ On the occasion of his severing his connection with the Dresden Piano Manufacturing and Agency Company Mr Edward Withers was presented with a pair of briar pipes, silver-mounted and suitably inscribed. Mr J. A. X. Riedle made the presentation on behalf of the staff, and Mr Withers returned thanks. Mr and Mrs W. Jaffray, pioneer settlers in the Taieri, celebrated their golden wedding at Saddle Hill on Friday. Long life to the worthy couple. The North-east Valley Presbyterian Sunday School anniversary was celebrated in the church on Friday, when about eighty or ninety children of the Sunday school gave a service of song entitled ‘ Eva.’ There was a large attendance, and the children went through their work in a manner that reflected the greatest credit upon their conductor ,(Mr B. Rawlinson), who seemed to have the young ones well in hand. The connective readings were given by the Rev. D. Borrie, and Mias M. Barr presided at the organ. During the evening a collection was taken up in aid of the Sunday school funds. The British Columbia Board of Trade have issued a circular pointing out that duties averaging 35 per cent, are collected upon all goods taken into the Ciondyko and Yukon goldfields district unless they have been bought in Canada, hence the best place for miners and, others to purchase their outfits and supplies is in the British Columbia coast cities. Mr D. L. Luxford, of the literary staff of the ‘Nelson Mail,’ has had to resign his positien, owing to ill-health. In the case of Walsh v. the Shaw, Savill Company and Gunnaway, a claim for compensation for injuries received while working on one of the company’s steamers, the jury gave a verdict against both the company and the stevedore. A point was reserved for argument in Banco as to whether the verdict could hold. The Chief Justice now decided that the jury’s answers were inconsistent, and that he could not enter up judgment for either plaintiff or defendants ; he therefore refused all costs and ordered a new trial. James Malkin alias Malcolm alias Woods, charged at the Christchurch Police Court on Saturday with breaking into the premises of Mr Nicholson and with having broken into the shop of Mr John Brown, of Wellington, and stolen therefrom twentyfour gold rings, was remanded to appear at Wellington on November 24. The Canterbury Agricultural and Pastoral Association have agreed to supplement by £25 the Horse Owners’ Protection Society’s reward for the detection of the horse stabbing fiend. The Association also decided to ask he Government to subsidise their contribution. The monthly meeting of the Dunedin Burns Club was held in the City Hall on Wednesday before a arowded audience, Mr J. H. Morrison (president) occupying the chair. A telegram was read by the secretary from Mr J. B. Thomson (an ex-president), at present in Auckland, who wished a successful meeting. The musical programme presented during the evening was well up to the club’s usual standard, songs being given by Messrs Fottrell and Paton and Miss M'Ewen, while recitations were contributed by Miss Heley and a young stranger recent ly arrived from the Old Country. The choir rendered two part songs in their usual efficient style. 1 Cramond Brig ’ was capitally played by Mr Barrie Marschel’s company, who kindly gave their services for the occasion. Mr Marechel was very amusing as JockHowison, being well supported by the rest of the company. The accompaniments were played bv Mias Jessie Thomson.

“ Mercutio,” the Auckland writer, says : ' —The most level-headed spectator of the Tarawera eruption scene was a Maori. He was sleeping in a survey camp at Galatea, fifty miles south of Tarawera, his only companion being the late Joshua Morgan. He had never heard of an eruption, and Morgan had to explain the position to him. The Maori would not have it, and proceeded to use the Pai Marire incantations to propitiate the alua of Tarawera, but failed signally, as the mountain went on belching and thundering. He then tried the karakia of the pakeha, and the prayer ho put up is a model for those who may find themselves in a “ tight place,” and combines business shrewdness with devotion: “ 0 Lord keep me and Morgan till the morning and I will give you a pound,” and, apprehensive that Providence might think he did not mean business, he further added : “ Morgan can stop it out of my wages ! ” A miscellaneous entertainment was given in Leith street Congregational Church on Thursday before a largo audience. The Rev, W. M. Fell occupied the chair. The choir, under the leadership of Mr Pellett, opened the meeting with an anthem. A recitation bv Mr Manley was given with dramatic effect, Mias Neal's voice was beard to ad* vantage la 'The way s i psaos/ and Mr Douglass la bis bong also acquitted klmmli with credit. Mr B, A, CJoiaad read au able &ad critical paper, In which he drew sharp contrasts Between Kotob and colonial life in a spirit of appreciative fairness, awarding the palm to his adopted country. Mrs Ivory's song was given with taste and feel* ing, and in answer to a recall sang * Afton Water.' Mrs Haworidge’s singing, because of her style and the range asd quality of her voice, was greatly appreciated. Miss Neal and Miss Bagley gave a duet, in which their voices blended well together. Miss Bennett presided at the organ. Votes of thanks to the friends who assisted were carried. The Milton Pottery is to be re-established on a larger foundation. ’ The local paper has it that Mr Ashwin has purchased the works from the owner and procured the latest up-to-date machinery for the full equipment of the pottery, and that Mr Rowley (late manager of the Tunstall Potteries, Staffordshire), left England with an instalment of the machinery, some seven tons, by the Kaikoura. The Rev. J. Muirhead has accepted a call to the South Dunedin Baptist Church, and not to North-east Valley, as stated by us in a recent issue. On the second day of the Oamaru show the most successful exhibitors of draught stock were Messrs Holmes, Gardiner, Small, and Mitchell Bros. Mr Holmes takes the cup for draught horses and Mr J. O’Brien for light horses. At Wellington, John Walker, found guilty of burglary, was remanded for the probation officer’s report. A nolle prosequi was entered with respect to the boy William Hall charged with putting stones on the railway line at Woodville, leaving it to the police to proceed summarily in the Magistrate’s Court if they see fit. The Queen is notoriously fond of Jacobite songs. At Balmoral on a recent occasion the Glasgow Select Choir gave a concert before the Queen and the Royal Family, and the following numbers appeared on the programme; ‘ Wae’s me for Prince Charlie,’ ‘ Bonnie Prince Charlie,’ and • Charlie is my darling.’ J

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PERSONAL AND GENERAL., Issue 10477, 22 November 1897

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PERSONAL AND GENERAL. Issue 10477, 22 November 1897

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