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There will be no publication of the ‘Evening Star’ to-morrow (Christina'; Day).

On Saturday lasi, the members of the Dunedin Burns Club Choir, under the condnetorship of Mr J. Paterson, rendered a programme oi music to tho inmates of the Dunedin Hospital. Songs and recitations were given by Misses Christie, Shepperd, Roy. and "Dunn, and Messrs Chapman, Webster, and Paterson. At the' conclusion of the concert Mr W. Downic Stewart, M.P., returned thanks to tho choir for their kindness in visiting the institution and providing such an excellent entertainment.

Charles William Dawson appeared in the Magistrate’s Court at Wellington yesterday on a charge of obstructing a policeman in the execution of hia duty. Inspector Hendry said that Dawson did all in his power to injure three police officers. He had been twice previously convicted of vagrancy, and apparently Jived solely on tho immoral earnings of a woman of the unfortunate class. The woman had made a statement to the police, in which she described how Dawson had beaten her when she had no money, how ho had forced, her into the streets, and how he had pawned her jewellery. Mr Cooper. S.M., said : “lam only sorry that I must five you tho alternative of paying a line, t is such beasts as you who drag these women down. You will he fined £3. in default one month’s hard labor.” Another charge against the ac-cused-aggravated assault on a female—was adjourned. A third charge was then preferred—that Dawson was a rogue and a vagabond, having insufficient means of support. The Magistrate, in sentencing accused, said: “The longer such blackguards and wasters as you can be put out of the way the better. The maximum sentence is two years, but as vou have not been similarly charged before 1 will impose only half that term.” .. On the matter of tho destruction of historic buildings by the Germans, the annual meeting of the council of tho New Zealand Institute of Architects expressed their opinion strongly in the following resolution That the council of the New Zealand Institute of Architects, on behalf of the members of this institute, desire to express their emphatic and'laating condemnation and abhorrence of the ruthless and vindictive destruction and spoliation of the ancient historic buildings and treasures of France and Belgium by a savage and unprincipled enemy, and to convey to the architects and people of those countries this institute's fraternal sympathy in the irreparable loss sustained thereby to them ana to the whole civilised world; and that this resolution bo forwarded to the Architects’ Institutes of France and Belgium.”

At the suggestion of their chief inspector. thu Wanganui Education Board have decided to communicate with tho English and Canadian Education Departments, with a view to ascertaining the conditions under which New Zealand teachers may exchange positions with others in those services. ■ Our Tapanui correspondent wires that the weather is stormy, and that shearing has been delayed. At a meeting of the executive of the Hospital Saturday Association the question of the purchase by the Hospital Board of the WfeEari site for a secondary hospital was discussed, and it was resolved to inform the board that their contribution from this year’s collection would not be paid, in view of the fact that the arrangement between the association and tho board was that the money donated by the association was to be spent on buildings to be erected on the Pine Hill site. It was decided to further point out that the money already contribute!! had been given on tho same fuderstanding.

Mr Paulin’s S.W. to N.W. winds arid-heavy electrical rain showers. After, consulting the Imperial authorities, the Hon. James Allen, Minister oF Defence,'has, decided that it would bo inexpedient for the Now Zealand Government to give free passages Horae to the four nurses (two from Timaru and two from- Christchurch) leave for the front in tho Somerset nest month. The New Zealand Shipping Company, however, have met the nurses in a very, generous way. having given them saloon tickets for £25 each in place of the ordinary fare of £43. The nurses leave Wellington on January 14.

During her periodical visit to Norfolk Island and. the Solomon group the mission steamer Southern Cross- picked up six -Fijians on November 25 at the island of Ticopea. states the ‘ New Zealand Herald.’ Tho natives were on their way from Nascri to Levuka in a banana cutter when a heavy gale drove them out to sea. They were carried--before tho wind, for 600 or 700 miles to Ticopea, where they managed to swim ashore. Their boat was considerably damaged, and they remained on the island until the Southern Cross arrived, the inhabitants providing for their wants in the meantime. Passengers by last Thursday's Main Tiunk express from Auckland had a somewhat eventful experience. Near Otorohanga the train ran into a mob of 16 bullocks which had strayed on to tho line, the heavy engine killing nine of _ them. The engine narrowly escaped derailment, and had a steam pipe broken, necessitating the engine of a waiting goods train being requisitioned to take the express to Taurnarr.nui, where another engine was coupled on. Ascending the Raurimu spiral something went wrong with this engine also, and another long wait was. experienced. Consequently the express reached Marten four hours late. The. Rev. J. N. Buttle, a well-known Methodist minister, died at Christchurch last evening. Ho was president of the Methodist Conference in 1905, and held appointments in various parts of New Zealand. He was foreign mission secretary for a number of years, and retired from active work last year on account of ill-health.

At a meeting of the C’aversliam Band Carnival Committee, held on Monday evening, it was decided to hold the carnival and art union (postponed from last •September) in the second week in May. A Sydney message states that Mr Teece, general manager of the A.M.P. Life Insurance Society, has been presented with a life-size portrait on behalf of the diretftois throughout Australia and New Zealand.

Up to 2 to-day the Christmas rush at the Dunedin Post Office was greater than at the same time last year. Oyer 40 hands in the mail room and seven in tho parcels department wore going as hard as they could to dispose of the business, and the work was continuous right through hist night. The telegraph officers were also very busy, but, probably owing to the heavy rain, the messages received for sending were not quite so numerous as on tho morning of the 24th last year. Recruits for tho reinforcements are coming forward steadily, the number enrolling during tho last few days having been most satisfactory; in fact, the response to the call to arms gives indication of being better than ever it has been since the departure of the main body. There are, of course, plenty of vacancies, but when the Recruiting Committee's campaign is .fairly launched and the country districts are invaded Otago's quota should be completed without great difficulty. Certainly the outlook is hopeful. * The response to the call for volunteers to garrison Samoa lias, however, been distinctly •poor, and it would appear that many of those who formerly “ would if they only had the chance” arc now hanging fire, so

to speak. Mr J. S. Dougins, cliairman of (lie Drainage Hoard, has received official notification from the Minister for Public Health of. his appointment as the employers' representative on the Plumbers’ Board of New Zealand. An Auckland message states that Frederick Carruthers, James Davidson, and Reginald Simpson, who were committed to tho Supreme Court yesterday on a. charge of defrauding a Gisborne youth of £l7 10s, were charged to-day with defrauding Thomas Hendrickson of £lO 16s. The evidence showed, that Hendrickson was induced to play cards for drinks, and was informed at the close of the game that he owed the pool £l3 16s. He paid, hut later informed the police of the matter. The accused were committed for trial. Mr Collett, of tho Tourist Office, reports that in spite of the broken weather tho bookings aro pretty nearly equal to those of last year. Queenstown is. choek-a-hlock, and will be so till after the New Year; most of tho accommodation at Stewart Island is engaged for a week or twiyt a good many persons have gone to the head of Lake Wanaka; and the Hermitage is full. A Wellington message slates that Mr S. E. Wright (Napier) and .Mr G. B. Laurenson (Christchurch) ■ are nominees for the employers’ representative on the Arbitration Court.

At the request of a large number of shop assistants, the Peninsula Ferry Company, Ltd., has decided to delay its 10.30 trip this evening until 11 p.m. A special trip will also leave Dunedin at 7.45 on Saturday night, to enable visitors from the bay to attend the races, etc.—[Aclvt.] The Peninsula ferry boats’ time-table will be found in our shipping column. New season’s photographic goods; Excellent stock now arriving. Cameras from 6s. Send your order earlv to H. J. Gill, 11 and 13 Frederick street, Dunedin. 'Phone 1,144. —[Advt.] In our advertising columns will be found a word of caution from the Commissioner of Crown Lands to those lighting fires in the bush.

Particulars in regai& to holiday alterations in the railway time-table arc advertised in tliis issue.

Watson’s No. 10 is a little dearer than most whiskies, but is worth the money.— [Advt.] Our readers will be pleased to see by an announcement in our advertising columns that tho murine excursion to Oamani is not jo bo omitted from this year’s programme. The favorite s.s. Tarawera has been selected to make tho. trip, and the holiday-making public will have the opportunity of availing themselves of .tins most popular excursion. The vessel will leave the Dunedin wharf on New A'ear's Day, at 8 a.m., and. with line weather, the trip to the White City should be fully taken advantage of. A brass-band will accompany the steamer, and every effort made to make the outing as enjoyable as previous excursions.

Speight’s ale and stout- are acknowledged by the Dominion public to be the best on llio market.—[Advt.] Christmas Day services will be celebrated at St. Matthew’s Church as under:—Holy Communion, at 7 a.m.. 8 a.m., and 9.15 a.m.; Holy Eucharist, at 11 a.m.; and tt carol service at 7.30 p.m.

Troubled with insomnia? A glass of Watson’s No. 10 makes a splendid nightcap.— [Advt.]

In accordance with their custom, the Kaikorai Band will render a Christmas programme of seasonable music at the Gardens on Christmas afternoon. In addition to wellknown popular carols, the programme includes several other selections, and no doubt those who enjoy a pleasant stroll and good music o“n Christmas afternoon will visit the Gardens.

Getting married Christmas? Get our SO- - catalogue; an eye-oponcr; prices and stylos unsurpassed. Martins, Octagon.— [Advt.]

"Wo have received Christmas greetings, which we heartily reciprocate, from the executive Otago District, SLIT., New Zealand National Reserve (Otaffo branch), officers of the General Post Office (Wellington), Albany Street School Fife and Drum Band, the chairman) members, and executive officers of the Otago Harbor Board, the Mayor,, members of the City Council, and municipal office staff, tho manager and staff of the New Zealand Insurance Company, the General Manager of the New Zealand Railways, and the staff of the Department of Labor. Ladies recommend Martin’s Apiol and Steel Pills. Sold by all chemists and stores. See you get , the genuine.—[AdvtJ

Mr C. H. St-athom sends ns £2 2s, Mr H. M. Driver ss, and W.M. 5s in response to the appeal made by Mr W. T. Talboys for money to provide Christmas comforts for those in receipt of outdoor relief.

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Evening Star, Issue 15684, 24 December 1914

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Evening Star Issue 15684, 24 December 1914

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