Auckland, Oct. 10.
Mr James McKay is now in Auckland awaiting instructions from Government respecting native affairs. Thomas It. Hedley, a recent arrival from Wellington, has been arrested on a charge of obtaining money under false pretences from Nehemiah Guthridge, and remanded to Wellington. Henry Watts, the buy of 15, who attempted rape on a child, got four months’ hard labor. Five of the remainder of the crew of the Minister of Marine have determined not to go to sea in her.
Auckland, Oct. 9.
At the Government experimental test target matches, Lieut. Skinner, gained the Ist prize, and Vol. Hazard 2nd. A. M. Pemberton, on a charge of embezzling £l2 12s, the property of Atkinson and Horton, was remanded. Henry Watts, aged 14, has been arrested for attempted rape on a girl under !0. At the criminal session, Herman Hill Meirs, for wounding, was sentenced to two years.
It is rumoured that Captain Murphy, of the Minister of Marine, intends applying for the surrender of the seamen in gaol and putting them on board. MrM'Donald, R.M., in reference thereto expressed his inability to do anything in the matte]', but referred the captain to the Collector of Customs, who might possibly give effect to the petition that the seamen might not be surrendered, owing to serious consequences that might he apprehended to follow on the high seas. The Collector siiid he would grant a discharge to any seaman who would swear that his life was in danger at the hands of the captain. A Justice of the Peace has proceeded to see Judge Gillies, and the Government will l>e appealed to to interpose. Meanwhile the ship is making ready for sea. Gisuounh, Oct. 9.
Mr. W. L. Rocs has served writs on Mr. George Lawrence and Mr. Robert Cooper for maliciously publishing that he had drawn a cheque for £SO on a Bank in which he had no account, with intent to deceive, and had obtained money under false pretences. Damages are laid at £IOOO. He has also issued writs on Messrs J, S. M'Farlane, Lawrence, and E. F. Ward, juih, that they did wickedly,
falsely and maliciously ooiispive, without reasonable cause, to prosecute him concerning the cheque, and that through those proceedings he had been injured in reputation. Damages are laid at £3OOO. Mr. Rees has also served a writ for libel against the “ Evening Herald ” for publishing an article about a fortnight ago. Damages are laid at £2500.
Napier, Oct. 0.
The libel actions raised by Major Mair and Mr. Searanoke, against the “Hawke’s Bay Herald ” have been amicably settled, through Messrs. Bailer and Lewis, the plaintiff’s solicitors. The “Herald” publishes a full retraction and apology, and pays £SO into Court, and all costs in each case. The “Herald ” also extends the apology to Major Jackson. The “Telegraph” has., in a similar manner stopped the libel action raised against it by Mr. Rees, by apologising and paying £IOO to the Hospital, and costs. Shearing is now progressing rapidly, the weather being favourable after a spell of cold and frost.
Wellinoton, Oct. 0. Mr Cox, the Government geologist, has forwarded to the Colonial Secretary a report on the Wairarapa quartz reefs. It states that there arc several outcrops of quartz, but no gold is visible. A couple of specimens taken from Brandon’s reef, when assayed, yielded 14 dwts. 1 gr., and 12 dwts. 1 grain to the ton respectively. On,arts taken from neighboring reefs gave 4 dwts. to the ton. Timber and water are abundant. The locality is readily accessible, and the quartz is not difficult to work.
At the Supreme Court, yesterday, the Grand Jury threw out the hill against Flexman, Ward, and others for an alleged riot at Gisborne, and brought down a presentment that the action of the justices at Gisborne in sending such paltry cases to Wellington was most reprehensible. II is Honor promised to forward the presentment to the Colonial Secretary, and remarked that if he found that he had power, ho would disallow the expenses of the prosecution. This morning, W. Mathoson, for larceny from Barrett’s Hotel, was sentenced r.o six months’ penal servitude. Abraham Walmsley, for burglary, pleaded guilty, and was remanded for sentence. John Joseph Walsh, for larceny, was acquitted ; three other charges will be preferred against him. The new Ministers took their places in the Government offices this morning. The Union Company’s new steamer Rotomahana made a trip round the harbour this afternoon with about 700 guests on board, including Lady Robinson and the members of the Legislature. The trip was very pleasant, and the steamer averaged fourteen knots. At a special meeting of the Licensed Victuallers’ Association to-day, a sub-com-mittee was appointed to take the whole question of the trade’s position and the licensing system into consideration ; and it was resolved that delegates from all other Associations should be asked to attend a conference here, beginning on Oct. 23, to frame resolutions and wait on the Government as a deputation with their suggestions. Much earnestness was shown by the meeting, and a hope was strongly expressed that the grievances of the trade would ho redressed and its general status raised.
Hokitika, Oct. 9.
The Claud Hamilton took away nearly 7000ozs. of gold, the px’oduce of this district.
Dunedin, Oct. 9.
At the criminal sessions to-day, James Smith, convicted of the manslaughter of his wife, was sentenced to two years’ hard labour.
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