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A -splendid rain fell throughout South Canterbury and North Otago yesterday (wires “ Our Own ”). This is the firs', heavy rain for some months, and it will do much towards saving the crops and grass in these districts. The fate of a couple of bottles of whisky was the subject of some discussion in the Invercargill Police Court recently (states the Southland 'Times’). Detective,sergeant Cameron asked the Bench for direction as to how he was to dispose of two bottles of whisky which had been seized in connection * with :i sly-grog case. " Can you give them to some charitable institution;'’ asked the -Magistrate. “What do you think, Mr Haggitb?” “I don’t know,’’ counsel replied. “ I don't know whether 1 may be considered a charitable institution?” The Court decreed that counsed was not a. charitable institution, and ordered that tho liquor be confiscated.-

A crisis which is universally held in awe by bridegrooms, caused sonic consternation at a wedding in Invercargill during the week. The happy couple smiled with the proverbial radiance of couples about to be wedded, and the Presbyterian minister who was conducting the ceremony read the preliminary passages of the service calmly. Presently an expression of consternation was observed on the face of the best man, and closer observation showed that his hand moved feverishly from pocket to pocket. The ring had been lost! The service was interrupted for only a moment, and was then resumed, but what magic made this possible is not known, for the best man did not discover the ring deep in one of hia pockets until after the ceremony had been concluded. .Moreover, the subject being one of some delicacy to these concerned, further inquiry was not considered judicious, but as the couple were married and despatched on their honeymoon, it is assumed that the essential ring was supplied by gome friend who was within reach of the altar.

At last night’s meeting of the. Dunedin Municipal Association a discussion took place regarding the large number of unemployed in the City. Air A. B. Mercer said tnat he km-w of largo numbers of married men who were receiving charitable aid. They did not want to live op charity—-what they wanted was work. It was pointed out by other speakers th.it a largo sum was collected by tho Patriotic Association for the relief “of unemployed which tho Employment Committee wore anxious to expend, but- all projected works were held np because ot jealousy existing amongst the local bodies interested. The secretary said the matter of the.construction of the Leith wall was hung up pending the perusal of the agreement by the Harbor Board’s solicitors. Meantime families were practically starving while a decision was being como to. It was finally resolved that Dr Gordon Afacdonald and the secretary i.AIr Hutton) wait or. tho Mayor with a view to jee-ina what could be done to relieve, the distress caused by nr.c-inplovmonc. The weather conditions in f-nntk Ans-

India are tho very reverse of those prevailing here. We are permitted to take, an bearing thereon from a private letter just to hand from an cx-Dimodm resident. '*‘\\o are having, ’’ pars tho writer, ‘‘ stuck a terrible season here; no rain for months, and so hot and drv and dusty. Tho whole country is suffering, am! it is worse than it Inia been for A years. 1 don’t know what we shall do before the end of the summer. We can scarcely got vegetables now, and meat ns very dear and scarce. Unquestionably there are hard times ahead for all classes and conditions of people, and more so for the working class. The war and the drought are making everybody very depressed. Good times will certainly come again, but in the meantime we havo to face things as best we can.”

The English mail which was despatched from Dunedin on the 4th October vis Auckland and Vancouver arrived, in London on the sth inst.

At the Port Chalmers Court this morning a first offender for drunkenness was convicted and discharged. -Mr D. A. Do Alaus was on the bench.

As a result of the recent ballot taken among members of the Federated Seamen’s Union of New Zealand, the headquarters of the union, which have been established in Dunedin since 1885 (when tho union was founded) will be transferred to Wellington forthwith. The change will not in any way affect tho branches. As a result of tho ballot Air AV. T. Young, secretary oi the Wellington branch, also becomes general secretary of the New Zealand body.

Considerable interest is already being evinced in the forthcoming show of the Otago A. and P. Society to ho held at Tahunn Park on Wednesday and Thursday, 25th and 26th November. This year a much'Targer number of prizes than usual will bo given, and with a view to increasing the interest in the jumping contest? large prizes are being offered. Tho 1 Dunedin Jockey Club have generously assisted tho society in offering prizes which ■should induce competitors from far afield. Altogether about £ICO ia being offered in the jumping contests, and the committee feel confident that all these events will be very hotly contested. Many ap-. plications are already being made for schedules and programmes, and present indications point to it being one of the most successful shows yet held under the auspices of the society. Owing to the extra demand for steam coal for tho Navy and transports, the. Government have found it necessary to draw upon Newcastle supplies in order to make up their requirements. A Dunedin agency (the proprietor of the Waronui colliery) lias secured a contract for the supply of 3,000 tons of Aberclare coal to the New Zealand railways before the end of the vear.

“It’s on its way to the front,” said the Eon. J. Allen in the -House of Representatives on Wednesday night, when asked about the flying machine that was some time ago presented to New Zealand,

Tho Dunedin Choral Society, under Mr Sidney Wolf, have resolved to make. 1 The Messiah ’ the subject of their first- concert, and special preparations arc in progress. There will be a chorus of 120 anti an orchestra of 30. By each department the music is being restudied in detail with a.s much car© as if it was a now work. The management have been fortunate enough to secure an exceptional solo quartet. Miss Mary Mitchell is tho soprano, Mrs Harold Browning (who has net heretofore sting in public) the contralto, Mr E. Drake tho tenor, and Mr Harold Browning the bass. Tho date of tho performance will bo announced within a few davs.

The Otago Methodist Synod meet in Cargill Road School loom next week. The Synod sermon will be preached on Tuesday by the Rev. W. A. Hay. All financial ■and policy questions concerning Otago Methodism wiil be considered. Probably the principal discussion will bs on the suggestion to extend tlie five years’ limit nbw operating in the itinerancy system. Tho Rev. E. Drake will preside over the Svtiod.

At this morning’s session of the City Police Court Robert MTvinlay was charged with being drunk when in charge of a firearm and ammunition. The. facts arc that accused was arrested at the Octagon for drunkenness, ami a loaded weapon was found upon him. Senior-sergeant Dart remarked that the man appealed to be muddled from drink or some other enure, and he applied for a. remand. M'Kinlay was remanded till nest Friday for medical treatment. Mr H. Y. Widdoweon, 8.M., presided.

That Turkey would enter the war was anticipated as far back as September. In tho course of their usual fruit report a firm of shippers whose he a dquart-ors are at Smyrna on that date autTsod then- Dunedin clients as follows:—‘•Meanwhile, wo cannot report any improvement in the outlook calculated to make for more stabilily Tn trade or to revive confidence hi any'degree. The chances arc oven that Turkey may at no distant date be involved in war. and in such event the little business now doing will naturally con'.'.' Io a cJmplot,! standstill.”

Tho N.B. Wales Arbitration Cbmt lined the secretary of the Mvu-Tciaiib’ Union £2o on each of two charges oi aiding and abetting in a strike, and also lined the union ilk 3 for auditing fh a strike arising out oi TKcT substitution of three members of the union by American performcre. The Electric rower and Lighting Committee recommend, w it.ii rcferf-nc© to the application from the Expansion League for the continuance for another year of the financial assistance granted them by tlic council during the past two years, that so far as this department is concorned in the matter, the application bo declined, in view of the fact that the Auditor-General - has drawn the council’s attention to the fact that such payments arc illegal. Tho Tramway? Committee recommend that tin? application from the league, for the continuance lor another year of the financial assistance granted them by tho council during the past two years be declined in so far as this department’s quota is concerned. The Gas Committee recommend that tho sum of £25 be paid to the league for advertising space in the league’s publication.

Harold Bcimette. a member of I lie staff of the Mount Cook motor service, met with an accident near Lake i’uknki, on the Hermitage road. He is said to be suffering from concussion of the brain, and little hope is held out of his recovery, lb- is a son of Mr W. F. Bennetts, postmaster at Kaitangata-.

Last night a complimentary social was held in the gymnasium of the .Albany Street School in honor of Mr anil Mrs .Term M’Phorson, who are leaving Pclichet .Bay to reside in their new home at Maori Hill. Some 15!) were present, and an interesting programme of songs and recitations suitable for the occasion was got through. The Chairman (Mr Duncan (V right) explained why the meeting had boon' held, and also that many of the friends of the district had desired to give the parting guests a little gift in token of their love and respect. At that point ho, in the name of the subscribers, presented to Mr and Mrs M'Phorson an enlarged framed photo, of their son Robert, who has, with Ids brother, gone to the Trent to light for the Empire. There v.aa al-o presented to tho mother an Oxford Bildc, with (he words inscribed : “ Mr.-, John M*Phcrsoa, with much love, from friends in Pclichet Bay.’’ Th-r-"-was much enthusiasm at this part of the n.’ctir.g. Mr IPPhcrson suitably replied. Thereafter short words of appreciation wen- spoken by Messrs Percy Wilkinson. W. It. Smith, Buxton, J. 11. Wilkinson, and F. Hilliker. In every case it was freely admitted that the removal i.-f this well-known family was a distinct less to the district, and the. hope expressed that peace and blessing would bo with them in their new home. A band of ladies paused round tea and cake s'. ‘God Lave the Kfaw ’ was the linal to a very pleasant ;o>l herinr.. .A branch of tho Mow Zealand Model.no Lea«ua has been formed at Napier. H is recommended by the Tramway? Committee of the City Council that as tin. rr.-und have now appointed Air M. C. Ifcnriereon acting city electrical • .pginvrr ‘.or the period ending on March 51 next, flic officer named be appointed acting cir.i----f ultra r electrical engineer for the tramway l f„r the period mentioned, tho tram wavs department to contribute (ho .-nun of £157 j p,-v annum towards his salary of £550 pciannum already fixed by tin; council. Thc-c amounts hoar the same proportion to earn other .-..s thu amoimls originally by tho council wT.nn tho laic electrical r'.v gic.cer first took up his duties. Mr and Mrs Philip Snowden arrived in town by the first express from the north this afternoon. Our distinguished visitois will make their first public appearance tomorrow c-voning in the Garrison Hall, where they will both deliver addresses. The ceremony of laying tho foundation stcnc of tho now Gaveiaham Methodist Church, which will bo erected on a site near the Cavorsbam tram terminus, was. held this afternoon in the presence of a large gathering <;f interested persons. After devotional exercises six foundation stones wore laid by the' Mayor (Mr J. B. Shacklock), Air T. K. Sidey, M.P., Mr E. A. R-eevear (vice-president’of tho Methodist Church), Cr Wii-o-;, Mr E. Turley (on behalf of the* members of the church), ! and bv Mr J. Milbum (on behalf of the trustees). During the piocec-dings brief addresses were delivered by the Rev. C. Dallaston, the Mayor, Mr Sidcy, Mr RcseYear, and Cr AVdsou. A sharp shock of earthquake was experienced at Nelson at 7.45 last evening. At tho last meeting of the Dunedin branch of tho Amalgamated Society oi Engineers, a. subscription list was opened on behalf of tho Hnntly relief fund, and ,as a result the secretary (Air Johnston) has forwarded tho sum of £l3 5s 6d to the secretary of the National IlunlJy, Relief Fund’ Auckland..

Mr F. C. Conrick, a young grazier, of Cooper’s Crook, • Queensland, travelled nearly 2,000 miles to join tli© Light Horse section of the Australian Expeditionary Force in Sydney. Mr Conrick a month ago set out from his father’s station, Nappa Metric, to ride 460 miles to the nearest railway station, which was at Hergoi Springs, jn South Australia. He wanted to join the Light Horeo. From Ikrgot Springs he travelled a distance of nearly 500 miles in a stock train to Adelaide. There was no vacancy in the South Australian contingent, and "a telegram to Tasmania disclosed a similar elate of affairs there; hut the Sydney authorities informed him that they would accept him if he came across at his own expense. Young Conrick promptly agreed to this, and on arrival he, went into camp at Liverpool. Wc understand that an interesting libel suit, in which two well-known grain and produce firms in Dunedin are the principals, is likely to engage the attention of Mr Justice Sim and a jury shortly. Damages are laid at £750. The Works Committee of the Citj' Council recommend that the offer of the University of Otago to grant authority to theCity Council to remove the hill at the corner of Union street and Leith street, and known ns Tanna Hill, to two levels, as shown in plan prepared by Mr E. Anscombe, the higher of tlic two levels to coincide with the existing level of Union street immediately opposite the main University entrance, be accepted on the following conditions ;—(a) That sufficient material (other than bluestone metal) from the hill bo made available for tho backing of any retaining wall that may ho erected on University property ; (b) that the work of removal bo commenced and completed within a period net exceeding two yearn from this date ; (c) that the ground be left properly lovelled in accordance, with the plan ; and id) that the whole of the stone and material excavated from the hill, ether than that required to comply with (a) hereof, become the property of the City Council.

Notification of Sunday services as enumerated below appears in our advertising columns;— Anglican: Ail Saints’. Presbyterian : First Church, Knox Church, St, Andrew's, South Dunedin, North-east Valley, Cavorsham, Morning ton, Musselburgh, Roslyn, St. Clair, Chalmers. Methodist; Trinity, Central Mission, Mwnington, Cargill Road, Bclleknowes, Woodhaugh, North-east Valley. Dundas Street, Kew, Abbotsford, Eavensbourne, Roslyn, Maori Hill. Congregational ; Moray Place, King Street, Leith Street, St. Clair. Baptist: Hanover Street, Roslyn. Soul hj Dunedin. Caversham, North-east Valley. Church of Christ: Tabernacle. South Dunedin, Filleul Street, Mornington. Christadelphians, Choral Hall, Theosophy, Albany Street School Hall.

New season's photographic coeds: Excellent stock now arriving. Cameras from 6s. Send your order early to H. J. Gill, 11 and 13 Frederick street, Dunedin. 'Phouo 1,144. ~[Advt.]

6170 Eczema Cure is recommended for eczema and kindred troubles; 2s 6d box. Wilkinson ami Son, chemists,—[Advt.]

Paint ere’ Union.—Members are reminded io attend on Monday evening. Important business.

Ladies recommend Marlin’s Apiol and Steel Pills. Sold by all chemists and stores. See you get the genuine.—[Advt.] “Have one with me." “Thanks, I wi'l. I’ll have Watson’s No. 10, please.”—[Advt.]

‘The Great War—Some Revelations and Compensations ’ will be the subject of an address io be. given by Mr A. V. Muzengarb at the meeting of the Unitarian Progressive Society in the Club House Hall to-morrow evening.

Speight’s ale and stout are acknowledged by the Dominion public to be the beet on the market.—[Advt,] The Knikorai Rand will play in the Botanical Gardens, to-morrow afternoon, a firstclass programme of sacred and secular music. A civic reception is to be accorded Mr and Mrs Snowden at the Town Hall on Monday at noon.

Watson’s No. in is a little dearer than most wliifiidcs, but is worth the money.— [Advt.]

In St. Andrew’s Church the service in the morning will be conducted by Mr Watson, M.A., who has been appointed temporary assistant to Dr Waddell. In the evening Dr Waddell will conduct the service, and will speak on the .subject ‘ls the. World Growing Belter ?’ At St. Clair Congregational Church the Sunday school anniversary services will be held to-morrow, when the young people will take part in all the- services. In the evening Master .Sidney Swiff will sing ‘God’s Garden.’ A collection will bo taken in Leith Street Congregational Church to-n-.orrow evening on behalf of the Belgian fund. The Rev. Stanley .Tonkin Gate of Epsom, Auckland) will begin his uiiußiry at. the Roslyn Baptist Church to-morrow.

A children's concert in aid o: the lio.t 1 orphanage.-, will bn given in the K.irly Settlers’ Hall on Friday next,. Juveniles will provide the programme.

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Evening Star, Evening Star, Issue 15644, 7 November 1914

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