Auckland, Oct. 23.
A requisition is being signed petitioning the Mayor to convene a public meeting for the purpose of urging the Auckland members to consider the financial and general condition of the colony rather than party. It is stated that an attempt will be made to-day, to work the Minister of Marine down the channel with lumpers engaged for the purpose, and to ship the imprisoned crew, with the exception of Cole, at Rangitoto reef, to prevent them from escaping. The destination of the vessel has been altered from San Francisco to Newcastle, New South Wales. A respectable married woman who had lost her child recently, threw herself off Freeman’s Bay breakwater. She was rescued and sent to the lunatic asylum. The Bank of New Zealand meeting was held to-day, Mr Logan Campbell, Chairman presiding. There was a large attendance of shareholders. The report showed a profit of £259,406, including £189,600 premium of new shares, and £9,700 balance brought forward ; out of which it is proposed to pay a dividend and bonus of 15 per cent (£13,500), add £IBO.OOO to the reserve, and carry forward £5,890. _ Auckland, Oct. 24.
The Auckland Oil Company have obtained from San Francisco a quantity of castor oil beans for distribution to settlers, with the intention of establishing a local industry in connection therewith. An old man named Wilson was missing from Parnell. When discovered by the police he was found to be insane, and sent to Auckland.
A movement to convene a meeting by the Mayor, re political crisis, is suspended, pending action of Auckland members on recent proposals. Lumpers engaged to take out the Minister of Marine intend entering an action at law for alleged breach of agreement. Gbahamstown, Oct. 23. James Petersen, a Dane, was accidentally killed by a tree falling on him while bush felling. He was 30 years of age, and was much respected. Gisborne, Oct. 23. At the public meeting last night 400 were present. The ar.ti-Repudiationists utterly failed in endeavoring to cast obloquy on Mr Rees, who was supported by Tucker, Webb, and others. Mr Rees’ party carried their amendment by a large majority and amid vociferous applause “ That the action of Mr Rees and party, in dealing with the natives, is not detrimental to the interests of the district. Napier, Oct. 33.
The Jockey Club Steeplechase yesterday was well attended. A Maori owned horse named Sawrea, while attempting a water jump, fell and broke his neck, dying almost immediately. Subsequently at the water jump, but in a different race, a jockey named Small had his collar bone broken. Baron won the Grand National Handicap Steeplechase, Pauvre 2, Gray Momus 3. , Wellington, Oct. 23. A man, giving the name of Frederick Smith" was charged at the police court this morning with impersonating a female, and was sentenced to six hours imprisonment. When arrested he was wearing the apparel i eculiar to that sex. The case ot Richardson v. the Bank of New South Wales, claim, £9OOO, for alleged breach of agreement, was concluded at tho Supreme Court at 11
o'clock last t. The jury awarded plaii tifFf'lTCO damages. Th > steamer Agnes left Worsers’ Bay at davli.'l t for the purpose «>f repairing the cable, but returned at 9 o’clock. She made smother start at 10.
Thn unemployed public meeting on the recla Tiled land this morning attracted about 100 persons. The deputation interview 1(1 the Premier, Minister of Public VVor if, and the Minister of Lands. After the l risvances of the unemployed had been reprt sen ted, Ministers promised that immediate instructions would be issued to give work on an additional mile of the West Coast Railway, that by Nov. 3 a cont ract for an additional two miles would be accepted, and that the contract for the first section and reclamation would be immediately accepted. An arrangement has been, made with the contractor to give I employment. No men will be discharged , from the Government works through being l untried to the work, hut all round would be 'paid according to what they were worth. Legislation was proposed to allow working men to settle on the land, and free passages would be granted to other parts of the colony where there might be better prospects for any of the | met t.
Wellington, Oct. 24.
The programme of the New Zealand Rifle Association’s second meeting has been issued. It contains twenty matches, for which £I,OOO will be given in prizes, bei ig £2OO in excess of last year. A requisition is being signed, requesting Mr Charles Johnston to stand for the Mn yoraty. At the Supreme Court in the libel case Carkeek v. Williams, judgment was given for the defendent.
Dunedin, Oct. 23.
It is said that Mr B. S. Booth, of Hyde, has just put together th ■ only perfect moa skeleton in existence, the bones undoubtedly belonging to that immense bird. In Banco this morning, on the application of the President of the Law Society, a rule nisi was granted by Mr Justice Williams on a motion to strike off the rolls a late member of one of the leading legal firms in this city. The affidavit of the principal member of the firm showed that th'jre had been large misappropriations of th 3 firm’s money by the solicitor in question
The proposed twenty-four hours’ open walking competition has been arranged to be held at the Garrison Hall on November 27 and 28. This will prove a very good date, as the Races and Agricultural Show will come off about that time. Entries will be received from Dunedin competitors till November 7, and from other districts up till November 17. The President of the Caledonian Society has consented to act as stake-holder, and Mr Austin has already paid over to him half of the money to be given in prizes, the "Other half being payable on November 3. Already six Dunedin entries have been received, and there are sure to he several from the North. The date of the match has been extended specially at the request of pedestrians in the North Island. This contest promises to be a great success, much interest being already taken in it; and as the stakes amount to about £IOO, there should he plenty of competitors. It may be mentioned that W. J. Burke is Trilling to make a match with the West Coast mile runner, who recently issued a challenge to run an Auckland man for £3OO a-side. Burke will run him for any amount up to £SOO a-side, if the latter’s friends will come to the scratch.
Invercargill, Oct. 24.
The foundation stone of the new Law Courts was laid yesterday with Masonic honors. The weather was fine, and the proceedings passed off most successfully. The ceremony was performed by District Judge Harvey, R. W. D. M., District Grand Lodge, Scottish Constitution. Members iff the local lodges assembled in groat strength, and with representatives of lodges from Dunedin and elsewhere, formed a larger turn out of Masons than ever witnessed here. All the Volunteer companies took part in the proceedings. The day was proclaimed a half-holiday, which was closely observed by the townspeople. A Masonic ball, held at the drill-shed, in the evening, was largely attended.
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