Per our Special Wire. Auckland, Oct. 13. Murphy, of Panmure, was acquitted at the sessions of attempted rape. When taken round the village to the police station the constables were hooted at. The disgraceful proceeding was repeated at night. The report of the South British Insurance Company shows a total income for the half-year of £63,870 in premiums ; interest, £56,558 ; transfer fees, £5,852. The losses amount to £41,197. Reinsurance charges, £22,678. Balance carried forward, £40,751. The report recommends a dividend at the rate of 10 per cent.
Ghahamstown, Oct. 13.
A party of miners, clearing the entrance of an old drive, found the skeleton of a man. It is reported that the skull showed marks of a blow with a pick. The body must have been there 8 years. The Thames Borough Orphanage will be opened on the 23rd hist., by a public demonstration, and a calico ball at night. It is the lirst orphan home built and supported by any local Corporation under the arrangement offered by the late Government.
Gkeyiown, Oct. 13,
An extraordinary and brutal outrage was perpetrated on a Scandinavian by four men on Taratahi plain on Saturday. He was taken into the scrub, a coat tlirown over his head and face ; grossly mutilated, and left to bleed to death, until found by Mr Pickering, and taken to Masterton Hospital. Several men have been arrested but he was unable to identify them. He is not out of danger. It is supposed that they did not get hold of the man they meant to attack, as he has a wife and four children.
At the railway works, Woodside, a child of Mr Smithera,' two or three years old, was scalded to death by falling into a bucket of hot water standing beside the fire.
Timaetj, Oct. 13.
William Warne, a farmer, obtained £SO damages in the District Court to-day against the Levels Road Board, for diver* sion of a watercourse.
Janies Guy, a cadet in the Temuka Telegraph Office, died very suddenly yesterday,
Christchurch, Oct. 13,
Tho young fellow Pillow, the would-be highway man, who revolver in hand, and got up for the occasion in two suits of clothes and a mask, attempted the robbery of Mrs May, was to-day committed for trial, on two charges of assault with intent to rob and larceny. The libel case, C. F. Barker v. “ Lyttelton Times ” will be heard on Wednesday, before a special jury.
A bicycle race of five miles, amongst members of the Bicycle Club, came off on Saturday, over a five mile course, on Riccarton Road. E. C. Farr, who had three quarters of a mile start, won in ISmin.
The contractor commenced at the Graving Dock to-day. Arrived Pleione, from Newcastle. Sarah and Mary, from Havelock. Sailed —Wanaka, south. The Tauranga sails to-night with the Suez mails. THE MAORI PRISONERS. Wellington, Oct 13. At the Supreme Court to-day seven Maoris were charged with riot and forcible entry on land at Gisborne. Mr Rees defended, and stated that another Maori, included in the committal, was unable to appear owing to ill-health, but would appear for sentence if the others were found guilty. In the case against. Earaitiana, who had also been committed, the Crown Prosecutor entered a petition. It was to effect that the natives should bo tried by their own countrymen ; but His Honor replied that he could not go into j that matter. It was stated that one of the • natives committed had been passed over in the arraignment, and it was arranged that he should stand out of the tnal, counsel for the defence undertaking that he should appear if called upon. The Crown Prosecutor in opening the case contended that possession was “prime facie ” evidence of title, unless it were proved that Messrs Bond and Allen had no legal grounds. The charge, however, would still stand good provided it could be shown that the prisoners had assembled in numbers and used force. He said the question of ownership did not come into the issue at all. If they entered upon the land to the number of fifteen, with, the intention of asserting their disputed right to the land in a forcible manner they were guilty of assault and forcible entry. Also, it was not necessary that all of them should have been actually concerned in the assault. The fact of their being present, and abetting the assault was sufficient.
Messrs Bond and Allen, the proprietors of the land, gave evidence as to the nature of the offence, and that the natives came on the land, and threw the sheep over the fence. The case is still proceeding. The Grand Jury found a true bill against David Salmon for larceny. The Crown prosecutor intimated that at next sitting of the Supreme court ha would prefer another charge against Morton Quinn. New Plymouth, Oct 13.
The few natives who left Parihaka last month are returning to hear the words of the prophet. The extraordinary rate of mortality amongst the children at Parihaka has not yet subsided. It is said there have been over 100 deaths there in a few weeks, as many as twelve children dying in one day.
Owing to a heavy sea running, it was impossible to tender the steamer VVaitaki, and she was compelled to proceed on her voyage to Auckland, leaving behind our portion of the outward English mail. Nelson, Oct. 13.
A meeting of the Waimea electors was held at Spring Grove on Saturday night, notice of which was only given that day. The meeting was voiy disorderly. A vote condemning Mr Shepherd’s support of the Grey Government was carried by a majority of nine. An amendment to aojourn, to give Mr Shepherd an opportunity to meet his constituents was i ogatived. A requisition aslcing him to resign will be circulated for signature. Arrived—Harmodious, 118 days from Gravesend, on Sunday morning,
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