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INTERPROVINCIAL.

Auckland, Oct. 2. A meeting of persons interested in re lieving the present state of the labor market has been held.

A Working Men’s Society has been formed to promote the interests of the laboring classes. Mr. Stork, the defeated candidate for City West, has been elected president. Apropos of the unemployed agitation, Messrs. Hamilton, contractors, are offering 8s per day, and cannot get men. Auckland, Oct. 2. A Maori troupe is going to the Sydney Exhibition. It will consist of 20 males and 10 females. They will give a performance in Auckland prior to leaving.

Eighteen persons are awaiting trial at the Supreme Court session on Monday, principally for larceny, inflicting bodily harm, forgery, and rape. Grahamstown, Oct. 2.

Mr Bagnall, of the saw mills near the route of communication between the Natives of Piako and those of the pah being constructed, applied to-day to the Major commanding the district for arms, for the protection and enrolment of their employees, as a contingent of the Thames Scottish Rifles.

A special to the “ Star” says that the are -beginning to fear that the action of the Government bodes something serious for the tribe, probably in the direction of the confiscation of their land. They have endeavored to entice some members of the police to a settlement on various pretexts, but the constables were not to be had. It is stated they wish to get Europeans as hostages, and then surrender the aggressors. Information has been received that Sir George Grey cannot legally resign the Thames seat until 30 days after the opening of Parliament. New Plymouth, Oct. 2.

The Armed Constabulary wereall called in barracks last night, and a large number of them marched out to Oakura this morning. There is some strategic movement afloat, but what it is is unknown, as the authorities are very close about it. Dunedin, Oct. 2.

At the inquest on Ann Smith yesterday, the jury returned an open verdict to the effect that the- deceased Ann Smith met her death by convulsions, induced by the fracture of her right leg, but there was not sufficient evidence to show how the said fracture was caused. The following rider was added to the verdict : “The jury, whilst not considering that the fracture of deceased’s leg was caused directly or indirectly by act of James Smith, her husband, yet consider that he conducted himself towards her with great inhumanity, when ho must have known that she was in great pain. ” The inquest on the Octagon fire is not yet concluded. ,

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INTERPROVINCIAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 4, 4 October 1879

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