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The monster meeting in Dublin to protest against the suppression of the Irish National League passed off peaceably. Mr. Jacob Bright and several other English members of Parliament were present and counselled moderation. The addresses of the Irish members, however, breathed a spirit of defiance of the Government, and the ultimate triumph of the League was confidently predicted. The debate in the House of Commons takes place to-day. Mr. Gladstone will, of course, lead the attack on behalf of his Parnellite allies. The JSew Hebrides question has again occupied the attention of the House of Commons, but no fresh information was elicited. Prince Ferdinand has been enthusiastically received at Sofia. The Ameer has had one of his feet amputated and his life is said to be endangered. It is reported that British troopa are to be sent to Manitoba. ' Mr. George Nelson Pferce, eldest son of Mr. G. P. Pierce, left by the Waihora on Tuesday for Sydney, en route to Perth, Western Australia, to open a branch of the New Zealand Insurance Company there, where he will be local manager. For the last two years Mr. Pierce has been acting as agent of the New Zealand Insurance Com" pany at Oamaru.

. With next Saturday's Herald will ba issued a well - executed cartoon, entitled " Newspaper Readers," containing portS of some well-known citizens. Speoimens of the new English coinage hare been received from Home by the Bank If New Zealand, and those who are curious in such matters will be glad to learn that thw are now on view there. The coins are of ten denominations, and in moat cases hav« not their value stated upon them, which i«! great inconvenience. In general appearance the new coinage is not equal to the old, or bo well finished. The sixpence and the half sovereign resemble each other so cloiely in design, that gilded sixpences are being f re quently passed off successfully as half." sovereigns, and this will probably lead to the withdrawal of either the one or the other from circulation.

The Interprovincial Football Watch be. tween Otago and Auckland, which has been causing so much interest during the past; week, took place yesterday afternoon at Epsom, and resulted in a decided victory for Auckland. Full particulars of the play, & 0i appear in another column. ' '*

In consequence of the Mount Eden R.3 a Range being required on Saturday next, the 27th instant, lor the competition by the volunteer officers of the Auckland garrison for the Martini-Henry rifle, presented by Mr. J. C. Firtb, and on Saturday, the 3rd proximo, for the target practice of recruits the range will not be available for JJo. 2 Battalion until the 10th proximo. The range time-table has been post dated ac. cordingly.

It would be noticed by the report of the last meeting of the Harbour Board that Captain Webster had asked leave of the Board to make soundings in Shoal Bay, with the view of opening up steam communication to the top of the Bay. We are quite sure that a channel can be made to enable a steamer of light draught to ply to Barry's Wharf at a very small expense, and that to open up such communication would be a very great public convenience. The head of Shoal Bay would then become the point at which the whole of the northern traffic, from Lucas' Creek, Wade, Waiwera, Mahurangi, and other places would take boat for Auric', land, thus saving about four miles of land travel. The summer traffic to the Lake dig. trict could not, also, fail to be very great. We .hope the Harbour Board will give every assist* ance. It has been thought that that body has not hitherto been friendly to such a project, owing to the influence of Devonport and Northcote.

Yesterday afternoon Detective Walker ar. rested a man named George Henry Adams on a charge of making fraudulent represent*, tions, namely, giving a valueless cheque foe £40 on the Bank of New Zealand to Mr, Deacon, publican, of Riverhead. It appears that Adams is a " remittance man,' 1 and had obtained board, goods, and borrowed money from Mr. Deacon on the strength of remit, tances. He gave him a cheque for £40, which was to bo presented at bank when remittance came from home. The remittance did come by the San Francisco mail, but through the National, instead of the Bank of New Zealand. The cheque on presentation was dishonoured, and Mr. Deacon began to look up his man. The case was put in Detective Walker's hands i and he discovered that Adams had taken a passage by the Hawea for the South, and a passage by the Kaikoura for London, the name being G. Wallace. Detective Walker went out to Onehunga to watch the Hawea, but Adams though at OuehuDga did not come down the wharf, and the detective did not succeed in running his man to earth till yesterday. Adamn will be brought before the Bench to-day, when it is expected a remand will be applied for. In a local the other day, in connection with the incipient fire at the Auckland Post Office, it was stated that at the asylum there was a wooden shoot designed by the architect, for the removal of ashes from the fireplaces in the upper storey, bat the Asylum authorities were not silly enough to use it for that purpose. Mr. S. Herapath (of the firm of Herapath and Sons, architects) writes to say that they, as architects of the last extension, did not provide a bhoot for ashes. After the contract was completed, he understands a wooden shoot was erected for the purpose of sending down dirty linen from the upper storey, and if the shoot has been used for any other purpose, it must have been done under a misappre* hension. Dr. Skae, after the fire at the Asylum, made proper provision for the removal of the ashes by having special receptacles prepared. As a result of the recent meetings of wholesale houses in Auckland in reference to the regulation of trading, a uniform system of discount and terms of credit hare been arranged. The arrangements came into force this week. A female lunatic, named Hendel, was brought down from Waikato yesterday, and committed to the Asylum. Of late there has been a number of cases from country districts, said to be due principally to hard* ship and isolation in the bush. We have received from Mr. John R. Gray a letter controverting the statements made as to the Bray flat flame system of street lighting and the electric light. Mr. Gray writes:—"At great expense the electric light was fitted up on the Thames Embank* ment and elsewhere throughout London, but after many trials was discarded and abandoned, not, bo far as my knowledge goes, owing to defective legislation, bat because it was found to be unreliable and costly." He gives several quotations to show that electrio lighting is not being generally adopted, and that in many instances where it had been adopted, it failed to realise expectations, A Maungaturoto correspondent states that another old identity has passed away in the person of Mrs. Morrow, whose death toot place on the 17th instant, after a short illness, at the age of 74. The respect in which she was held was shown by the large number of settlers who attended the funeral, lie funeral service was conducted by the Re*. Mr. Davidson. Mr. John McElwain, junr., writes to state that he took no part in the political meeting held at the Christians' Meeting House, New North Road, on Monday evening. He WM not even present at the meeting. Last evening the Agricultural Hall WW again opened, the new occupiers of H» boards being the Waitemata Troubadours,» company that in their new entertaining entitled "The Picnic Party" proved ««* proficient, the various songs, dances, josh, &0., being well rendered, and hear J appreciated by those present. The P er ,ji mance concluded with " Hamlet in £' a( : ' The company will appear again this evening. A few weeks ago a correspondent wrote inquiring whether the Schoolmaster ne paper was still being published. We have r ceived a note from the editor at Christcbnr stating that the paper is still In existence. The Lyttelton Times of the 20th instant says Some time ago attention was drawn in these columns to a shipment homfl ostrich feathers, grown by Mr. J. T. M»wo ' which was being made by the D.lpany. By the Tongariro the company a now received the shipment back, having meanwhile been "dressed, are now on view at the D.I.C , where> form a really beautiful and elegant t tion. They appear to have been . # n artistically treated, and are dyedi j the newest and most fashionable coiu „ Each is duly labelled " Canterbury gro™ and doubtless the fact of their home' g . th „ will considerably enhance their valni , dno { eyes of the ladies, who certainly sh g{ lose the opportunity now affor< led . f or seeing what local enterprise has don em ' „ The Tapanui Courier states that '.* co °[|i be to present appearances, more grai" „ rer sown in that district during S F IU B on.iderbefore. The area of wheat will be co£i ably larger than lasi year, and the ac oats will also show an ineaa ® tit ies in Wheat will be sown m small qua portions of the district where it " as been tried before. The New Zealand Times has the. in,, ; —" The portrait in oils of Arc b(jea Redwood, on which Mr. " ker ahed engaged for some time past, is no' ljfe . o Ue and in the frame. The lntin « - a sitting portrait, and represents his Grace ' As , posture, robed in his ™^ e °f' r0 bably portrait, Mr. Taster's painting; « g Aroh . one of the best ever taken of * fflerl , bishop. As a work of art it 8 v jr torious." g i fl The parcels post is a g^ fc sent V Victoria. Many articles J orn \ he post, rail are now forwarded throng d « One man showed his confidenc partment by sending » bag ot » valued at £450.

The anniversary soiree of All Saints Church, Ponsonby, took place lust evening. Some 300 sat down to tea, the twelve tables bains presided over by the ladies of the congregation. After the tables were cleared way a vocal and instrumental concert took nlace when the following programme was pone through, every item being a success Piano duet, "Leu Huguenots," Miss Chapman and Mr. Coney; song, " Lime Trees by the wunr " Miss M. Halstead : quartette, piano, violin' viola, and 'cello, "Rondo" (Mozart), Mrs 'judson. Messrs. C. Hemns, .Clench, and Edffer ; duet, " I Heard a Voice," MesJampg Kiluour and Haultain ; violin solo, "Serenade" (J. Artot), llerr Tutschka ; nD - " A Dream within a Dream," Mrs Haultain ; song (comic), "Counsel Ll'jnry" (encored), Mr. Walpole ; quartfitte (piano, violin, viola, and 'cello) /Mendelssohn), Mrs. Judson, Messrs. C. He nun, Clougli, and Ed«er ; song. "Two Voices," Miss M. Halstead ; piano solo, "Blair Athol," Miss M. Chapman (pupil of »j r \Y. Stubbing) ; song, " Love Alone Can Toll." Mrs. Kilgonr; sketch, "Silver Wedding," Mr. Walpole: song, "Kathleen Mavourneen," Mrs. Hauitain ; piano solo, "Massa's in the Cold, Cold Ground," Mr. Conev ; canzonette, Herr Tutschka. The National Anthem concluded the entertainment. A vote of thanks was accorded to all who had assisted by acclamation. The reunion wis one of the moat successful which has been held in connection with All Saints'. Addressee were delivered by the chairman (Kev. W. Calder) and the Rev. J. S. Hill. The evangelistic services were continued in St. Stephen's Church yesterday evening. The He'.. Mr. Garland delivered an address from the text, "The Spirit itself beareth wtneas with our spirit that wo are the children of <>od." Tho address this evening trill be - en by the Kev. Mr. Worboys. His Worship the Mayor received a communication yesterday from Kawan, stating that ten eases of pictures were being forward.'d of Sir George Grey's collection to Auckland for the Art Gallery.

".Anti-Hanhau" writes from Rotorna strongly condemning the Government for tolerating Te Kooti going about the country w ,th a numerous following, annoying and disturbing both the settlers and the natives. Ha jays:—" Te Kooti's influence extends over almost every hapu in the country. The natives dread and revere him. To them he is really the chosen servant of God, and as such he and his enormous bodyguard are welcome to their homes, and to almost all they have in the shape of food and property. Take, for instance, the last march in the Bav of Plenty district. A few months ago the' seer left 'his home with his armed bodyguard and close on one thousand followers ! On reaching the coast they quartered themselves on the natives resident there, by whom they were kept and fed for some time. Imagine what an enormous amount it food suoh an army would consume in one jay, and think of the privation and almost starvation which these coast natives will have to endure before they gather in their new crop of potatoes. After a while, justly considering that his force was too great, Te Kooti dismissed about eight hundred, who returned to their Urewtra fastness, and proceeded with the remainder to Opotiki. Whakatane, Te Teko, Te Matata, and Maketu. And such a triumphant match he had ! . . Te Kooti tells the natives that the Government have no power to dictate to him. He also asserts that no mac, be he ever so anxious, is powerful enough to shoot him. He recites to them how the voluutears pursued him during bis career of murder, and were unable to effect his capture. He tells them that at the pre' sent time there pakehao in Opotiki, Whakatane, Kotorin, and other places who are anxious to take his life, but they are powerless. In proof of this, just lately he rode by himself when in a semi state of intoxication and Dutch courage, from Whakatane to Te Teko, inviting, as he said, destruction, and of course received no molestation." • The Presbyterian Choral Association held a most successful rehearsal last evening. The programme promises to be a treat for lovers cf sacred music, and consists principally of choral pieces and solos. The soloists are Misses Coombes, Davis, and Gribble, and Messrs. Ferriday and Smyth. The festival takes place in St. Jameb' Hall tolight. Replying to a deputation representing about 100 men, the Commissioner of \\ orka at Adelaide recognised that distress existed, bat failed to see that it was toe duty of the Government to provide work, neither did he believe in relief works.

It has been discovered that the Sydney harbour iB silling up, the soundings recently made by the Sydney Harbour Tunnelling Syndicate revealing the fact that an enormous silt bed runs right across from Fort Mac •}uario to tho northern foreshore. The Premier of South Australia has telegraphed a reply to a telegram from the recent anti-Chinese meeting, held at the Town Hall, Brisbane, to the effect that it is the intention ot the South Australian Government to introduce a measure this session dealing with the matter of the influx of Chinese into the Northern territory. At a late meeting for the purpose of forming a Shearers' Union in Christchuich, replying to a question re rule til (which permits a fine of 2s 6i being inflicted for using obscene language in the sheds) Mr. Mcßae said he thought a little obscene language did one good at time#, therefore, he thought such a fine should not be inflicted.

The Auckland Weekly News occupies the position of the premier weekly journal of New Zealand. Its popularity in the town and country districts of the North Island is attested by the large circulation which it enjoy», while in other parts of the colony, in Australia, and the islands, and in America and England, it is widely known and read. As an advertising medium it thus possesses advantages which no similar newspaper in the colony can Jay claim to. Its country news, supplied e,<ch week by & numerous stftff of reliable correspondents, ii complete and impartial. Considerable space la devoted to the practical work of the farm, and to all -übjects relating to agriculture. This department of the News is under the charge of a gentleman of great experience and knowledge of all matters connected with the cultivation of the soil, and to render the Information given as useful as possible, the subjects treated on arc illustrated by wilfully-executed engravings. The sports of the field and turf are fully chronicled, and attention is devoted to the pleasant and interesting games of chess and draughts. As a family journal and general newspaper the News ranks equally high, and the greatest care is exeroised to maintain the wholesome tone and character of its reading matter— nothing that iB offensive to good taste or cherished convictions being admitted to its columns. It contains a weekly history of the news of the world, and special contributions on a wide range id subjects, from the facile pens of accomplished writeia. Its serial Bales are of absorbing interest, and are contributed by uoino of tho foremost novelists of the day. A sermon by an eminent divine, and some ■Aell-seircted Sunday reading, la also published each week.

Mr. Gabriel Lewis will offer for sale by auction to«d»y, a choice collection of plants and shrubt. The neit lecture of the Y.M.C.A. winter courts will be delivered to-morrow (Friday) evening in the lecture hall, by Kev. U. J. Lewis. Subject, " Daniel Defoe." Musical "elections will be rendered prior to and after 'he lecture.

A concert, in aid of the Diocesan Home Mis'ton Fund, will take place at St. John's College, Txmakt, to-night. It will be under the patronise of the Bishop of Auckland, and Horr L. J utich&ka has tendered hi* services as con* liuetor. A. host oi talfnt will take part—such *• the Misses Chew, Mis. Diicre, fills. M. C. L'larlce, Mr. G. Glutenm, Mr. T. Hachron, etc.; "id, bsini; in aid of the Home Mission Fund, it will no dou>;t be well patronised. Special Vies will leave Auckland, Farnell, Newnwiket, and Remuora, as advertised in another column. A concert will be given In the Oddfellows Hall to morrow evening in aid of the funds of the Parneil Congregational Church. Tenders for various drainage works aie Wiled for.

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New Zealand Herald, New Zealand Herald, Volume XXIV, Issue 8036, 25 August 1887

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New Zealand Herald New Zealand Herald, Volume XXIV, Issue 8036, 25 August 1887

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