Auckland, Oct. 20.
The damage at the fire in Forster’s is \ estimated at £9OO. Mansfield had the block of buildings insured in the Royal for £IOOO. Broslin and Foster have their > stock insured for £IOOO, their pattern loft’s contents for £350, insured in New Zealand and Queen. A cablegram received announces the death of Captain Carey, on board the Rotomahana, of heart disease, on the passage from Auckland to Sydney. He was well-known on the coast.
A public meeting was held to-night, at which the Mayor presided, to consider the action of the Grand Jury in the case of the Minister of Maxine, and a resolution was carried, with tumultuous applause, as follows:—“That a gross miscarriage of, justice had taken place, calculated to bring the administration of law and" justice into contempt.” It was resolved ■ to petition Government to appoint a Committee of Enquiry. New Plymouth, Oct. 20. '
The Parihaka meeting has terminated ! for this month, and this morning a hun-' dred natives passed through town on their way home. Te Whiti delivered his usual speech on Friday last, but it was simply a repetition of his former The only noticeable change he was not quite so sanguine as hitherto of the triumphant return of the prisoners from Wellington. The great sickness which has' prevailed at Parihaka has had the effect of driving away all the natives who did nqt: live there, their faith in the prophet being sufficient for them to rely upon him as the healer of his people’s afflictions. T© Whiti’s claim to divine authority has received a decided check by the recent outbreak of disease, the most devoted of hif followers being constrained to admit s the prophet can’t heal disease in the mahner they had expected. Te Whiti may be now considered, for the time being, deserted by his people, as they generally express’ determination never to return to Parihaka so long as sickness prevails. Wellington, October 20.
During an excursion trip of the steamer Huia to Picton on Saturday night, and while going into Tory Channel she struck twice on the rocks. The Captain states she had been driven off her course by a strong current. On reaching Picton she was leaking, but was allowed to retumhere, and it is intended to place her joh the slips for the purpose of ascertaining the extent of her injuries. Christchurch, Oct. 20. .
A fire in Victoria street was rather a serious affair. Sharpler’s cottage and store were burned down. They were in-* sured for £250 in the Sun office . :
The police, armed with a search warrant, this afternoon visited the offic6s of a well-known solicitor, in pursuit of a docu T ment which was important to the prosecution in the Timaru forgery case. The office was searched in vain by six constables, and nothing but two safes were left unransackod. The keys were not produced, and two blacksmiths were procured who commenced to break them open. After one blow had been struck the solicitor gave in, and handed over the document under protest. He could not see the destruction of the safes which were valued at £l4O.
The Supreme Court was occupied till nearly eight o’clock this evening by the case of Wright versus W. Wilson. The plaintiff sought for equitable relief in the matter of a conveyance of land to the former by the latter. The evidence was of a most conflicting nature, and Judge Johnston said it was quite evident that perjury had been committed. The verdict was substantially for the plaintiff op fdl the issues. Wilson is the well-known Christchurch seedsman.
Timaru, Oct. 20. H. D. Manning, a publican at Pleasant Point, was brought up to-day at the R.M. Court, charged with abetting one Edward James to forge the name of another certain Edward James, owner of 100 acres of land situated in Timaru district. The case, on the application of the defendant, was remanded till Monday, bail being allowed.
Edward Jeffreys was committed for trial to-day for attempting to upset a train at Normanby.It is stated that Mr Whitefoord, the Kaipoi Resident Magistrate is to be removed to Poverty Bay, while Mr Beswiok Resident Magistrate at Lyttelton, will get his place. The Lyttelton vacancy is to be filled up by an old resident in that town. The Drainage Board have determined to deposit £90,000 of the newly raised loan -t at the Bank of New Zealand for six months.
Dunedin, Oct. 20. Over fifty lunatics are now located at \he temporary asylum at Seaoliff.
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