Auckland, Oct. 14. The Rev. S. Edgar, Chairman of the public meeting held re the Minister of Marine affair, has telegraphed to the Government, on the authority of a resolution passed by the meeting, praying that further action be taken and investigation made by the authorities. The petition for the release of Cates is being largely signed, and money is being subscribed to defray his expenses. The Hon. Mr. M'Elwraith, Premier of Queensland, is a passenger by the mail steamer for San Francisco. Wellington, Oct. 14.
At a meeting last night of the Working Men’s Club, it was decided that a small Farm Association, under the auspices of the club, should be formed, and a committee was appointed to wait on Government and ascertain if they would be willing to sot apart a block of land for the purposes of such an association. At the annual meeting of the Central Fire Brigade, the report and balancesheet gave a satisfactory account of the work performed by the Brigade, and of its financial condition.
At eleven o’clock last night the jury found a verdict of common assault against all the natives who were arrested at Gisborne, except Hone Pakipaki, who was released this morning. The Crown Prosecutor stated that the Crown would agree to the prisoners being bound over to keep
the peace, and Wi Pori would become surety for them. His Honor said he must consider the matter as only a breach of the peace, and he was prepared to adopt tlie course recommended by the Crown Prosecutor. He sentenced each to one day’s imprisonment, commencing from the opening of the sittings, and to enter into their own recognisances for £IOO, and one surety of £SO to keep the peace for six months, principally towards the prosecutors in this case.
Dunedin, Oct. 14.
The charge of murder against William Waters was proceeded with in the Supreme Court to-day. A large number of witnesses were examined. No new evidence was adduced except that Ritchie, alias Scottie, one of the chief witnesses for the prosecution, admitted in cross-examina-tion, that he had been sentenced to eighteen months’ imprisonment for setting fire to a stack at Dumbarton, Scotland. At the close of the case for the prosecution the foreman asked if the jury might be allowed to give a verdict at once, without hearing the defence or the Judge’s charge. The Judge replied in the negative. The Court then adjourned till seven o’clock, when the case for the defence was opened. At half-past twelve the jury returned a verdict acquitting Waters on the charge of murder. Auckland, Oct. 15.
Forty passengers left by the Rotomahana for the Sydney Exhibition and Melbourne races.
Government state in reply to the Rev. S. Edgar, that they are advised they have no power to detain the master and mate of the Minister of Marino pending an inquiry.
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