Auckland, Nov. 19. The Auckland tobacconists have telegraphed to Sir George Grey against the increased tobacco duties, and propose instead an annual license fee on tobacco. Sir George Grey suggested that a petition should be sent to the House, which he would present.
Mr. Bnais'ey, late purser of the O.’ty of New York, returned by the Zeal.viidia, and has been appointed resident agent in the Pacilic, and also agent of the Union and Central Pacific Railway Company. The Newton Fire Bragado has been disbanded, owing to insufficient support by the public and Insurance Companies. The new battery' of artillery is now sixty' strong. MV. A. E. Isaacs has accepted the Captaincy, and Mr. S. C. Caultun a Lieutenancy. The former is late of Nixon’s Light Horse, and the latter of the Napier Artillery. Mr. J. W. Robinson was elected Mayor of Parnell without opposition. Oliver May Quintle was charged with making and tiling a false affidavit before Hudson Williamson, Deputy Registrar, in reference to a bill of sale on certain stock, purporting to be signed by Mr. Shaw, at Auckland, on March 17. Mr. Tyler remarked that a summons had been made out for his client to appear in the Resident Magistrate’s Court, and that, acting under his advice, he had done so. There was no appearance of defendant, and the case was struck out.
Auckland, Nov. 20.
Mr. Beardsley, late purser of the City of New York, will make a tour through the colonies, having been' engaged by Elder and Co., and the Pacific Mail Steamship Company to give information to agents and the public respecting the American overland routes. Great interest was manifested in the carbine match arranged between Payne’s battery of artillery and the men of H.M.S. Cormorant.
A minute d ,„s.: dptiou of the remains of the officer of 11. M. S. Orpheus, lately discovered at Manuka Heads, is to be forwarded to the surviving officer Paymaster Amphlefce, to assist in identification. At the annual meeting of the Auckland New Zealand Rille Association, it was resolved to make special efforts to raise a fund to send representatives to Nelson at the coining prize meeting. At a meeting of the Auckland Laborers’ Mutual Aid Society, the following resolution was passed—“ That the Secretary correspond with kindred societies throughout New Zealand, with a view to devise some means whereby to stop for the present free immigration to the colony. ” At the Wesleyan district meeting to-dav, reports were read from the missionaries in the native districts. Miss Shakenburg reported that dancing was becoming a mania among the Raglan and Kawhia natives, and Mr. Gittos states that the Kaipara natives were largely influenced by superstition owing to the outbreak of disease.
Tho Auckland Artists’ Exhibition baa been opened. There was a large number of visitors.
News by the Meg Merrilees, from Fiji, to Nov. 5, reports the brig John Wesley, at Levuka, having on board the Rev. George Browne, and a quantity of supplies for the New Britain mission. The Chiefs of Rotu iah have visited Fiji, and tendered the annexation of the island to Government. Sir Arthur Gordon accepted the offer, pending the Queen’s reply, and sent Lieut. Gordon to Rotumah to act as adviser to the natives in the meantime.
Auckland, Nov. 21.
The brigantine Active brings news to the 18th ult. The civil war is still proceeding. The notorious horse stealer Wara Pakari, was lodged in Mount Eden Gaol and escaped from custody once, and was rescued by Maoris. A warrant has been out since 1875 for him, during which time he has been sheltered by Kingites. He came into Alexandria, where ho was recognised and arrested. In response to a request by Mr. Lundon, the tobacconists’ and dealers’ petition will be signed by the Auckland wholesale and retail dealers for a reduction of the new duty to sixx>ence per pound. Gbahamstown, Nov. 19.
The Resident Magistrate’s Court was occupied all day with the case of alleged larceny against ex-Sergeant Lambert, of Government documents relating to Volunteer script. Majors Murray and Cooper were examined to-day, and the further hearing was adjourned till to-morrow. Gbahamstown, Nov. 20.
The charge of larceny brought against ex-Sergeant Lambert yesterday was continued to-day, before the Resident Magistrate, and dismissed. The Alburnia mine shows no falling off in production. Eighteen hundred weight picked stone is now being crushed at the Herald battery. Shares are firm at 80s., and a large business was done to-day at that figure.
New Plymouth, Nov. 19.
At the Parihaka meeting on Monday there was a very small attendance of Natives (less than 400). Te Whiti and Tohu both addressed the assemblage. They distinctly expressed themselves opposed to European laws, and refused to be bound by them. Wellington, Nov. 20.
The memorial stone of the new Wesleyan Church was laid Last evening by Mr. W. H. Levin, M.H.R., Tea and public meetings were held in the evening. A cablegram from Sydney states that Captain Holt is still in a critical condition.
Messrs. George Allan and William Hutchison were nominated to-day for the Mayoralty. In the case of W. 11. Lingard v. Gillon, which was an action to recover £lO for royaltyfeesalleged to have been improperly paid in 1877 by the plaintiff to defendant, who represented himself as the New Zealand agent for the Dramatic Authors’ Society of Melbourne, judgment was given for plaintiff with costs. The Magistrate held that the fees had been paid under compulsion, and that the Society had no power to recover. Leave to appeal was asked for.
In the Court of Appeal to-day Mr. Downie Stewart appeared for the New Zealand Law Society in reference to Arthur Tulloch Nation, a solicitor, on a rule to strike him off the rolls. Mr. Stewart read the affidavit filed in the Court below, and left the matter in the hands of the Court, speaking, however, in favorable terms of Nation’s previous professional character. The Court unanimously made absolute the rule striking Nation off the rolls.
A couple of land slips occurred near Pakuratahi, on the Wellington-Feather-atone railway, last night, blocking the line all day. A gang is now working, and it is expected the line will be cleared tomorrow.
Wellington, Nov. 21,
At a meeting of fruit importers held last night to consider the proposed duty of 15 per cent, on fruit, opinions were expressed
that, owing to a largo of fruit btiiiir li>st in tranait it would bo unfair to levy ' ijo proposed duty on shippers’ values, with |(f per cent, added on arrival here. Ultimately a deputation was appointed to wait on the Collector of Customs to ascertain on what principle the duty would be assessed.
The deputation this morning waited on the Collector of Customs, and asked that damaged fruit should be exempt from duty. The Collector replied that all damaged fruit would bo assessed by the landing waiters. Tire fruiterers met this afternoon to prepare a petition to bo presented to the Tariff Committee praying that grapes and all stone fruit be exempt from duty. At the inquest on the victims of the terrible tragedy yesterday, a verdict was given that the father and mother were murdered by the son, who afterwards committed suicide while in a state of unsound mind. The funeral took place this morning. Archdeacon Stock performed the burial service.
A man named Thompson, charged this morning with stealing boots, was remanded.
Timaru, Nov. 20.
John Doyle was yesterday afternoon committed for trial on charge of forgery at Temuka.
The prisoners now awaiting trial at the Supreme Court number nine. There are four charges of forgery and uttering cheques, one of forging a deed of property against Edward James, and two of the accessories to the forgery; one of ob structing the railway with malicious intent, and two of common larceny.
Dunedin, Nov. 20.
The Licensed Victuallers met to-day to consider the property tax and tariff proposals. It was decided to petition Government to relieve houses devoted to the accommodation of the public from property tax ; that the duty on spirits be increased by Is. only, and that if necessary a further increase be made in the duty on sparkling wines. A petition to Government, praying that the tobacco duty might not be increased more than 6d. per lb., received a large number of signatures.
Mr. Conway, the Australian cricketer, si here, and it is said that he may become a resident.
' The principal merchants and traders interested in tobacco have decided to petition the Government against an increase on the tobacco duty by Is. per lb. They think that so large an increase in the duty would tend towards a diminished consumption, and not materially add to the Government revenue. An increase of (sd. per lb. is recommended, which it is said would be Is. per lb. more than is levied in Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia, and higher than any Colony in the South Pacific.
The representative of Mr. J. C. Williamson, who purchased the right of producing “H.M. S. Pinafore” in the Australian Colonies, is here, and is about to take proceedings against all who have infringed the right. IjS'VEKCAIiOILL, Nov. 20.
The Ranger reported at the Waste Lands Board to-day that 975,740 superficial feet of timber had been cut in the district during the month, producing a royalty of £l2l. The District Court opened to-day. The case M'Caughan v. Gardner, to recover the value of a threshing machine, was adjourned by consent for two months. The case of M‘Ncil Bros, and trustee in the estate of Bowine, a bankrupt, to recover £IBO, value of goods alleged to have been wrongfully seized by defendant, occupied all day, and inclined in favor of the plaintiff. Delivery of judgment was deferred till to-morrow morning.
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