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The Otago Witness from Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand • 15

The Otago Witnessi
Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand
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is 1 ft ft 8 8 Of 180 May 18 1888 UHMWMtH iture news of the death of the German Emperor Thip BhoenereT' afariofabe of the so-called National German Party that he marched to the office of the Tagblatt at the hteti of no felwfer than 28 stuWy young fellowsj with the avowed object of thrashing the whole staff the mexqbers of which by the way are mostly Jews Yon' sald Schoe-nerer Vou could' nbbeven'wait for the Actual death or aUgnfet and he' then ordered the attack bat the tables were' turned jwith ludicrous rapidity editors reinforced by a strung body of compositors and printers rushed upon the invaders cuffed them soundly 'end finally kicked them out of the piece Some 87 patients wen admitted into the Dunedin Hospital during the past week 12 were discharged and there are 108 at present remaining in the institution or 14' more than at the beginning of last week Only one death occurred during the week the name bring William Hnrndeli The house of Mr Rowland Hare a fanner near Milton waa destroyed by fire on Thursday miming Tha bouse which contained three rooms was insured in the Standard office for £50 The furniture part of which waa saved was uninsured The Waitaki branch of the Educations Institute purpose holding a special meeting of all the 'teachers in the district for the purpose bf settling on two series of books to be used in all the schools in the distriot for the next three or five years Aa an instance of how compositions with creditors cause unfair competition the following inatanoe is given by the Bay Herald: trader who boasted of selling cheaply wrote to hi principal creditors and said he would file unless they accepted 5s in the pound Another trader was in dqbt to the same persons and hearing of the offer he objected to its bring accepted pointing out that he could not be expected to pay 20s in the pound if he were undersold tty a rival who obtained his goods 75 per cent cheaper The offer waa accepted andthe second man had to file The first one remains hi business still and believes in Mr Leary the Canadian as he is termed threatens another outbreak A few months ago he despatched 45000dol worth of lumber in tow of a tug from Nova Scotia to New York and it was wrecked in the very track of the great Atlantic ferry Four steamers were sent oat to remedy the mischief bat two smiling vessels were wrecked among the floating logs before they were disposed of Now the same Mr Leary going to build a on the same ways as the luckless raft It will be a ship only in name bring merely the raft over again with the ends sharpened and bulk-headed to resist the action of the waves It will be 650ft long ship-rigged and will need no tugs Where such a structure will finally fetch np no sailor can tell but it will only be by the greatest good lnok that It will ever reach its destined port of New York If brought to New York the profit wonld be about 2000Q0doll but the risk to navigation onght to stimulate the Canadian Government in the interest of humanity'to legislate the project oat of existence Two Melbourne men have attained to the distinction of prizemen in the University of Oxford reoentlj The for moral philosophy has been awarded to Mr Samuel Alexander Fellow of Lincoln College and the Rev Macdonald baa carried off the Houghton Syriac prize It is lingular that the Australian Hebrew should have thus beaten the English clergy in moral philosophy and that the Australian clergyman should have defeated the English Jews fat the Syriac prize A sensational trial has been heard at the Vienna criminal court The facta of the ease are not devoid of interest to psychologists In Deeember last a commercial traveller named Alfred Frankenstein induced Julie Kunerth a housemaid to steal some diamonds from her mistress replacing them by imitation stones In January Frankenstein declared to his accomplice that the theft wonld probably be discovered during the Carnival and that therefore it would be advisabldto abstract all the jeweller and to feign a robbery for whioh purpose he would discharge a revolver into the upper part of her arm The girl consented but when the appointed day came Frankenstein after having taken all the valuables upon which he eould lay hfe hands shot straight into the breast abd left her for dead In the room She waa found shortly afterwards lying in a pool of blood and was considered' the victim of a daring rubbery A aeries of accidents however soon revealed the bruo state of affairs though the woman1 after her recovery tried hard to exculpate the man who had aetod so treacherously towards her Frankenstein has been sentenced to seven penal servitude The jury found Mm not guilty on the major count of attempted murder The unfortunate girl herself has been condemned to two and a-half hard labour as an accomplice At a meeting of the Committee of (he Chamber of Commerce on Friday a communication was nerived from the Colonial Wool Association notifying that all ships or steamers reported in London as off the British or Irish coast before 4 pm on the day for dosing the wool sale list wonld be admitted if her first pert of discharge was in Great Britain With reference to a suggestion made by the Woolbrokers Association that wool should be branded after the district in which it was raised Mr Roberts to whom the matter was referred reported that it was nut desirable to make the change suggested because in Otago the 'districts were so small and there were so many varieties of wool that the classification proposed would not be of any service A letter from tha Liverpool Association waa referred to the Association The communication stated that owing to the present form of charter for wheat cargoes from Australasian porta vassals w-re frequently not permitted to to Lloyd's freeboard and tiat this pjaetiee had had the effeot of almost entirely dnving ant of the trade vessels of 800 tans burden The following little story is making the round of the Continental papers Daring the last presidential crisis in France a newspaper correspondent at Rennes wrote regularly to Ills et Vilaine Every time the opened his festers After a while he tried the plan of registering his fetters Enclosure of he wrote on the oat side of the fetter in order to insure privacy forit without of course potting the money inside The fetter afrived ffely none of the seals were broken but neatly enclosed lay a FOQ for 100f The clever officers who had intercepted the fetter no doubt thought that on opening it they had lost the enclosure and substituted another hoping thereby to escape unpleasant investigations and thus paying tor their news with 100f ssUMdiiiHWM jOgmaru and gave a masterly exhibition of fang feting Tbe evenjntfa entertainment dm jwifch a grand march which was headedJbytnj Professor and prorod vary acceptable to tfaff andieneei The -Kaikorai Band Applied the jipusio I Jt- is whispered (says a Wellington Press 1 Association telegram) that among the passengers Will arrive here by the RMiS Tofagarirtt next Sunday will be a young lady Who- on Wednesday week is to be married to Mr the popular member for Waikaia Otago and that the weddifag yrfll take plaoe in St Church the Rev 0 Oggl officiating 'and the bride bring given away by Sir Mr Speaker ortnq House of Representatives This is said tobe the first instencq tof the xnarriage of a member of the New Zealand Par-liament during its session It is something of a feather in the egp of the Dunedin corporation officers that out- of £17521 7s la the amount of rates to be cojfeoted for the year ended 31st March only the anm of £14 8s remains at the present date outstanding and this small amount the rate orifeetor expresses hiipsrif confident of 'being able to get In during the month At the statutory meeting' qf thtf CSty Council held on Monday 'several ooundllOrs on hearing this statement made took the oppor-' tunlty of speaking in high terms of tho keal sfad iefflefeusy of the corporation 'employes Mr Carew RlM Dunedin is gazetted a commissioner under The New Zealand Extradition Act Mr John Brown is appointed a registrar of electors for the Waikaia district and Mr JAAigfe for the Mataura district Constable James Pratt is appointed clerk of -the Resident Courts at Balolutha and Kaitangata and olerk of the Licensing' Goml mittees for the districts of and Booth Molyneux In reference to the cablegram that 'Bishop Kennion had declined the Bob of Christchurch it is announced that the bishopric had not been offered to him The synod who have the power of nomination will not meet 'till Jane 21 Bishop Reunion's refusal must have been in reply to a private communication Most of onr readers (says the Wellington Post of May 7 th) will remember the severed hand mystery of a oonple of years ago which by the way waa never folly explained although the principal actor was brought to justice It is now romoired that a sensational domebtfe sequel to the mystery is likely to be made public erelong In Mb report onthe First Offenders Probation Act Captain Hume remarks The chief danger to be guarded against is the idea that a person might deliberately commit a crime for the first time with the certainty if deteotad of suffering no further punishment than' bring placed on probation with an opportunity of absconding but the fact of'only one person out of 121 having succeeded in getting away virtually disposes of any such supposed danger and when It is further considered that 58 first offender! have aotually come back to society without being subjected tq the obntaminatiou of' prlsqp influences such a result must be roeog nised at moat gratifying and will prove a valuable rid in removing the stigma of the original convictfen in tfepte cases where an intention haa been shown to do better in The AngUoan Synod of Newcastle New Booth Wales are in a peculiar petition Bishop Poar- -son is so mentally affected that he cannot resign Ms Bee and yet he has not beefa declared absolutely insane The synod in considering the matter derided to endeavour to obtain hie qffieiri resignation and to deduct £300 a year onb of Ms salary for the benefit of the retired bishop A dreadful tale comes from FffeNB Inn small town in that county a shop was found one Sabbath morning with goods displayed in the window just as if it had been a day The little oemmanity headed by their mayor fathered around the spot aghast sacrilege they new had been committed and robbery and murder seemed the only explanation of the phenomenon And after all it tamed outTnat the tradesman was a poet and wrapped in his divine afflatus had gone to bed without hntttng up Me shop Considering that in a single town in Scotland (Paisley) there are reputed to be no less than 53 poets it is marvellous that the datastrophe has not occurred before i A most ingenious swindle' was carried out fa Melbourne by a young man of gentlemanly-appesnnee He called at an 'tindertakePa establishment in the city and ordered coffin' for whioh he gave very exact measurements and also full partiedlara for the inscription' ou the lid The coffin was he stated for Ms brother who hfcd just died on a ftrm a short distance from Lilydste It waS to bd' afifit to tint Priuetis-bridge station on the following morning and from thenoe by train to LiiyiUfe The young man represented that he waa an employe of the Railway department and was bearing the expense of bisr burial and made tnat circumstance Ms excuse for asking for a slight abatement on the price demanded' The sympathy excited by the young sorrow being deeper than the usual professional sentiment a reduction was cheerfully made Tne young man tender od a cheque fa payment which exceeded by several pounds the prioe of the coffin and the balance was given to Mm in cash The coffin was duly made and handsomely trimmed and the undertaker went to the railway station with it hfaudfi order that no mistake should be made When ha arrived there he found three other' niyfert-tw-eaeh with a coffin to be despatched to Lilydria-by fhe tvun lbs potter In charge expressed aome surprise at the apparent evidences of an astonishing rate of mentality fa as a most salubrious locality and mentioned that he had already despatched a coffin to Lilydale the early train Explanations followed and undertaken discovered that they wete the victims of a swindler that they hipl sB received the same particular instructions as toqizeof the oofiln ana that the sqme nrinp was inscribed on each plate A cheque had Wrz tendered fa payment in each ewe but in tan easerthe undertaken had not suffirient money in hand 'to cash It and 'they had agreed to get the money on delivery at the station Tha coffins were not forwarded Mr Northern! the warden at the Thames does not hesitate to speak plainly about some of the mines which are being foisted cm the nubUo at Marotota When an application bV Walsh for a licensed holding for Marototo Junction came before him he said he would adjourn the hearing of the application fqr one mouth' as he wonld not grant a license until work had been done to prove the character of reefs in the ground and he had given permission to have ore taken from the mine for that -purpose It was a well-known foot that -the tuff upon which tha drim was floated never earns frcun tha ground He suggested to applicant that men should be put on to prospect the i MEETING OF CBEDITOBS An adjoumad meeting of tireditort in the estate of Junes Pickering fanner of Foriobelltt wHs held at the Official Assignee's office on Friday afternoon Xhe proceedings had been adjourned In Urdfer that inquiries might be maoe into tht attain of the ft nit rapt Ur Staves was present to represent Messrs Stewart Holmes and Dennlaton and there were several witnesses in attendance to be examined Thomas Geary who was questioned at length said that he did not know of any property belonging to Pickering either in horses cattle or money Pickering had never lent him £10 If he had stated he had stated an untruth Pickering had never paid him any money towards the lease at' tire heads James Davidson said that he bought two cows from Pickering In Anil giving £3 a head cash Hewitt said that in the middle of February he bought three heifers from Pickering for £3 10s He helped Pickering to get a mob of his cattle out of his paddocks and he understood from Pickering that they were going to tire heads Some hones of Pickering's were sold by a man named Alexander in the yards in name Bfchard Mitchell gave evidence with regard to cattle ho had bought this year from Pickering Mr Campbell stated that he sold to Pickering three cows three weeks ago last Saturday which the witness Mitchell said were bought by Pickering for him Mr Dickison gave details 'of cattle-deallfag with Pickering and some particulars about a black mare that was at the Katk Andrew nude some statements about an' exchange between himself and Pfekwtag of 95 sheep for some cattle Ha also said that Ur sale at Sandymount Thomas Geary had stated that Pickering had paid him £810 on the lease and that all Pickering had to pay was £90 Pickering had told witness that he had paid £150 to Geary bat the latter bad denied this to witness John Holmes in his evidence confirmed that of with regard to the conversation related Thomas Geary was then recalled and denied hi iota any such conversation aa the one referred to and also denied having received -any money Mr JUddley stated that Piokering had told him on more than one occasion that ho had paid Geary over £800 A Creditor said he supposed that if any person was found harbouring property of tha bankrupt ha would be liable to oriminaLproceedlngs The Assignee observed that he moat certainly He also said that as the evidence was so contradictory it was advisable to adjourn the meeting so that further inquiries might be made The meeting waa accordingly adjourned until Friday next OW THE WATERBURY WATCH CAMS INTO THH WORLD (OONCLUDXD) Accurate records are kept by a simple -system of bookkeeping of every block of metal given out and every piece of finished work brought back Each workman or workwoman must return just as many as he or she receives including the broken pieces or make np the loss When the work is done these finished parts go to the material room to be stored in quantities until wanted for the assembly department Having seen the inside of the Waterburv Factory let us now look inside the watch Itself On opening the back (which by the way the makers especially request yon not to do unless yon are a practical watchmaker) may be seen a steel spring coiled upon a nitskel plate that nearly fills the entire back of the case This mainspring is 9ft in length and as has been explained in our description of the factory has a very fine tension its extreme length and thinness adapting it more to change of temperature than the ordinary short-set thick mainspring This plate has a toothed edge and geus with the pinion to which the winding crown is attached so that in winding the entire plate bearing the spring is made to revolve and winds it on to a fixed arbor attached to the movement beneath This is free to turn upon an axis which is pivoted in the cap and In the dialplate As a preventive against over-winding there is round the case in the hard metal 'a series of notched teeth into which a stopwork is forced a soon as the mainspring is fully wound This holds everything firm You may twist off the stem but yon cannot break the spring by over-winding When the watch is wound up the energy stored in the spring is now realised and is made to turn the entire interior movement which makes the revolution in the case once every hour The minute hand on the face of the watch turns with the works and thus by this simple device all the machinery needed in the ordinary watch to torn the minute hand is got rid of Here is also seen a horologies! wonder pinion with one number of teeth working into two wheels having different numbera of teeth By this means the motion of the hour hand is regulated and by these two devices the cost of the watch is reduced The next thing to complete the watch is the train of three wheels balance and hair-spring which are supported in the plates of the movement This is the whole story a spring a revolving wheel work and balance and a 11 train of three wheels Yon cannot have less than this and have a watch Take every part screws pinions wheels case springs find fittings together there ore only 57 parts in all and one less than tills is not possible if the watch is to go and keep good time Another point in connection with the Waterbury is that as all the works revolve around the centre of the case every hour it is evident that the bearings of all wheels (those parts which wear most) will be continually shifting their position The pressure and weight upon the hearings will thus be continually changing and if there is any wear it will be distributed equally Hence there is not the equal necessity for jewels as in complicated watches Besides such a watch will keep good time in all petitions whether lying down or standing upright Whatever its position the wear will be even because the watch is continually adjusting itself to new positions The escapement used in this watch is duplex and La as yet it seems never been produced in any other low-priced watch with success It is well known for its accurate time-keeping qualities and performance In fact the name and fame of The Waterbary Is in every comer of the civilised world Its name is a synonym for accurate time and its possession is a joy for ever" Barouche imported from America on be ond aa open or closed carriage trim inalde with brown leather painted crimson lake "Very stylish" Steel axles and tlrea fore carriage his five safety patent leather fenders and daah Light but very strong easy of aooeaa Foie straps and quite new jure bargain half coat Particulars and photo Box 63 Invercargill To for sate a complete hawkert Carnage Factory -InverargOl which the books of the oomrany were kept and the small salary he had received It was noticed at the time that the address made no impression upon Mr Justice Kerferd and this was apparent when his Honor came to pass sentence He said that if the prisoner had received a small salary thfit waa no excuse because he was not compelled to accept it The books of the company aid not appear to have been kept in a loose manner excepting by the prisoner who falsified them in order that he might obtain the money of his employers The sentence of the oourt wonld be two hard labour the first week1 of every third month to be passed in solitary confinement An English clergyman the Rev Archibald Brown lain the habit of ntting in his vestry one day in the year for the purpose of raoriving offerings from persons who sympathise with his work This (says Truth) took place last Monday Mr Brown remaining in his vestry from 7 am to 8 pm and all that time people came in a constant stream The results were as follows Cheques and orders £127 bank notes £20 188 sororefgna 108 half-sovereigns' 872 half-crowns 228 florins 854 ahillingg 99 sixpences seven threepenny pieces and 12s in stamps 'making a total of £408 18a Sda Lord Rosebery appears to have little sympathy with the schemes which are 'so often talked of among others of shipping paupers and members of' the criminal daises to the colonies In a recent speeoh at a meeting of the Federation League he said The British empire rests on character and character alone because if we were to send emigrants who were like coolies they would' carry no empire they wonld leave no permanent trace on the J'lobe We amid abroad men who are themselves capable of bearing on their shoulders vast responsibilities They take and naturally take the name of civi Jiritannicus into the waste places of our Lord Rosebery went on to say that are beginning to recognise the necessity of keeping np this high level in the case of colonial Governors but it is no leas essentia! in that of ordinary colonists Emigration Is too often regarded as a device for ridding ourselves of our A young and sprightly woman the daughter of a dealer in wines ana spirits has just gone through a series of matrimonial adventures whioh might well appal the most daring She began (says the porresponddne of the Daily Telegraph) by entering into the bonds of wea-'loek with a handsome singer who after running through her dowry transferred his affections to a music-hall star and was no more seen The victim of misplaced confidence betook herself with her father after obtaining a divorce regie to the lakes and mountains of Helvetia But her sorrow was short-lived An insinuating gentleman who had thrown his oassock to the winds won her heart and the pair were married This time however it waa the lady who repented of the bargain and a second appeal to the Court of Divorce rendered her once more a free woman Then she returned to France to bewitch with her charms the son of a village mayor That august functionary was not to be trifled with and he refused his consent to the marriage and put every possible obstacle in its way But the lover waa of age and after going through the necessary formalities the couple repaired one fine day to the Mairie and were united by the old deputy who turned out to be the identical priest who had been the second husband of the blushing bride The deputy however showed no ill-feeling On the contrary he went through the ceremony in the most lively manner delivered a touching exhortation to the couple and afterwards joined heartily in the festivities of the wedding party The Jewish community of Melbourne has started a new and important movement in the shape of a Free Loan Society for reap ee table Jews in reduced circumstances It was set on grant loans Asa relief of the ever-increasing strain upon the funds of the Philanthropic Society (says a Jewish contemporary) it is sought to establish a loan society whioh shall lend persona In indigent circumstances small loans free of interest mi condition that they refund the money fay weekly instalments according to a certain scale ana find one or two securities for the fulfilment of the contract The promoters have met with encouraging success and as soon aa the anm of £500 has been secured the subscribers will be called together to draft a code of laws and regulations The following larger donations have already been Kiaea Mr Blashki and family £50 Mr heimer £50 Mr Lawrence Benjamin £50 Mr Mark Herman £50 Alderman Benjamin (Mayor of Melbourne) £25 Mr Michaelii £25 Mr Jacobs £25 Mrs Waxman £25 Mr Joseph Waxman £25 Mr Sniders £25' The Pall Mall Gazette has at length discovered the reason for the great change which it alleges baa taken place In Sir Charles Warren since he became Chief Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Sir Charles in moving a resolution in support of the Metropolitan Destitute Aid Society said It was important to remember that distress in London was increasing every year The French Revolution was caused Srineipally by about 10000 persona and in Lon-on they had about 50000 criminals and loafers of the worst dess With that fact staring them in the face they could not afford to stand idle or the consequences might be something awful The Gazette thinks the Chief Commissioner has been reading Taine or some feeble commentator on him hence the otherwise inexplicable right-about-face Mr Brien MP made a somewhat remarkable confession at Birmingham recently to the effect that he had repented him sorely concerning the evil things he had said and written about Lord Bpenoer He said His memory rebuked him for having said much more cruel things about Earl Bpenoer than about Mr Bright but he would tell them candidly that from what he had seen of Earl Bpenoer and from what ha had known of Urn since he quitted Ireland he would Marie his boots and think it no Last December (writes a Paris correspondent) the State came into a large fortune which was left it fay an old man named Meyer who said in his will that he had no relatives When the inventory of goods and chattels was bring made a atone filter was thrown aide because broken and unfit for any use bat the other day when it waa bring carried away as rubbish a handle of papers feu out On examination they were found to be debentures and other stock payable to bearer and at the present rate of the stock market worth £12(X)0 Sir George Grey has purchased part of the Hurstmere estate at Lake Takapuna and intends to ereob a house there at once The lot contains about five acres and has now upon it some native bush Sir George Grey mil occupy a situation hardly to be surpassed anywhere for beauty while he will be within easy distance of Auokland Our cablegrams last week Intimated that a deputy Herr von Schoenerer had been sentenced to four imprisonment for assaulting an editor Tha rircumstanees were both novel and amusing On the evening of March 9 the Vienna TagblatV The discretion with which the Government are pursuing the policy of their establishing settlement upon small runs appears to be open to some question The Deepdell run which was out up and offered for sale some six weeks ago waa paying a rental of £2060 a year It waa cut up into 18 sections of which 10 were let for a total rental of £1015 or rather less than 50 per cent of the former rental A similar result has attended thp cutting up of the Kurow run which waa fetching £1840 a year This waa out up into eight small grazing runs and offered for sale on Thursday with the result that seven were taken np at a rental of £545 Thus there is a net loss of revenue to the Government on these two runs of £1880 aa compared with the rens previously paid and though it is probable that the company which previously held the land would not have paid quite aa large a rental again we believe that offers were made to the Government which wonld have saved the revenue at least £1200 We are further informed that the small runs now leased have been taken up entirely by persona formerly employed in the distriot and that there will not be any increase of settlement in consequence whilst the Government is likely to be put to some expense in keeping the runs not taken up from becoming rabbit warrens The only new insolvency tills week is that of James of Dunedin lime merchant The Southland News is in a position to state that the oontraot for the bridge over the Mataura for the Riversdale-Switzers railway will either fall to Messrs Sutherland 'and Nelson of Fort Chalmers or Messrs and Walker of Invercargill The death of Mr Peter Lawson of Inch-Clutha is reported by the Clutha Leader Mr Lawson who was a native of Flfeshire Scotland and 50 yean of age arrived in the colony by the CSty of Donedinm 1863 Some 12 years ago he purchased his farm at Inoh-Olutha He has always taken a part in every movement fat the advancement of the distriot and was one of the promoters of the dairy factory started in the district The New Zealand Insurance Company have to thank the sagacity of a dog for saving them a heavy loss at Nelson a few weeks since A fire originated in the kitchen of Mr Herbert Onrtiti residence Toi-tob Valley by a smouldering log falling out of the fireplace on to tha kitohen floor setting it on fire The dog awoke the inmates by going upstairs to its bedroom and disturbing her in her deep and would not be satisfied till Mrs Curtis came downstairs and discovered the danger all were in Fortunately the fire was extinguished without much damage Mr Gray in' his annual Drink jost contributed to the New Zealand Methodist makes the announcement that the amount spent in intoxicating liquors during 1887 (£2060543) is the amalfoat sum that has been expended in one year in this colony for over nineteen years In 1869 the total was £2541507 or about £10 10s per head of the whole population Last year the average reaohed only £3 5s being a decrease of £7 5s per head Another very pleasing feature in connection with our New Zealand drink expenditure may be found in the fact that onr average is considerably lower than those of Victoria and New South Wales and is also smaller than that of the (Jolted Kingdom The latest figures show the average per head to be Victoria £4 10s lid New South Wales £4 10s 6d United Kingdom £3 7s 8d New Zealand £3 5s Whilst the amount of the Drink Bill is annually becoming smaller the quantity of tea consumed in the colony is rapidly growing larger During 1886 the quantity cleared from bond for Colonial consumption was 41404801b Last year duty was paid on 47138401b being an increase of 5733601b The death is announced from Edinburgh at the age of 56 of Mr Robert Chambers the head of the firm of Mesara and Chambers the well-known publishers Mr Chambers was a son of the late Dr Robert Chambers who with his brother Dr William Chambers founded the firm ot which he was decidedly the literary member At the age of 22 he joined the firm and threw himself with energy into the work of the literary department of the establishment He proved a valuable assistant in the conducting of and in 1874 on the resignation of the editorship by Mr James Payne Mr Robert Chambers took np his work and earned it on with great success On jthe death of his uncle in 1882 the sole conduct of the magazine was left in bis hands but for the past two or three years he has been assisted by his son Mr Charles Chambers In 1856 Mr Chambers married a daughter of the late Mr Murray Anderson of London and he leaves a widow three sons and three daughters to mourn their loss The irrepressible Phineas Barnum is said to be about to make a descent on New Zealand He intends sending a large portion of his mammoth wild beast show and circus to the colonies in September next providing that the provisions of the Stock Act can be altered so as to allow him to land his live stock In further pursuance of their scheme of retrenchment the Auckland Board of Education have adopted the following regulations in reference to pupil teachers 'That pupil tsaohers who have completed their term of three service and have folly paused the examination for certificate in Class or be raised to the rank of assistant teachers with a salary as follows If classified fall £60 a year if cassified fall £50 a vear (2) That from and after July 1 1888 the salaries of the pupil teachers who had completed the term of three service prior to the Slat of October 1887 the date of entry for the last examination and who bring then not less than 19 years of age have fully passed the examination for a certificate be regulated as follows If classified partial £50 if classified partial £50 if not classified for third year rank £40 second year rank £80 (8) That the foregoing regulation shall be applied according to the resalts of the annual examination to those probationers who were raised to the rank of assistant teachers by the 'previous resolution of the board dated April 27 1888 An Auckland telegram aday or two ago stated tha a child named Alice Roe waa burned to death at Mauku It appears that the father Stephen Roe was burning down some bush about 300yds from his dwelling and the iMld wandered to the fire unobserved and her clothing Igniting she received fatal injuries At the April sitting of the Criminal Court in Melbourne M'Kensfe formerly of Dunedin (writes onr correspondent) waa convicted of having embezzled £121 from the Pioturesque Atlas Publishing Company The prisoner addressed the jury at some length end made an impression on them as though finding him guilty they recommended him to mercy on account of the temptation they considered he had been plaoed in through- the loose way in The Columbia Rink continues ss popular as ever The building held quite many skaters and spectators aa it oonld conveniently accommodate on Monday evening and great interest was taken in the performance of Professor Simmons who jroapjwared-after Mi visit to' years fa Berwick Qowia tbq fits settler -fa mine and were anything found the application for a license oould then be dealt with Tbeta Mr Henderson of Berwick who died on the 3rd fast arrived fa Otago in August 1848 ty the ship Mariner" and ha spent nearly 83.

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