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. Earnest efforts are Jaoing made from Auckland to get the sfew South.. Wk&a authorities to make enquiry into thesanf% of Andrew George Scott*/B alias.;Moonlight* ■ lie was once in an asylum. Rev. J. Baker, Wesleyan- minister, “ White King of Tonga, arrived by the brigantine Myrtle, en route for the Sydney Conference, accompanied by David Nga, an influential Tonjga chief." Private letters from Fiji state that a movement was on foot there to present the Bey. Q. grown with an‘address, but he discouraged q.nd stopped the proceedings. Be jailed ift the Wesley, .op. the 14th qlt, fop the Duke of Ybrk'ftland, ' ! *.? The schooner Colonist loads for Islands with timber, stores, behalf of a company wlio-are totrJVand ~ get the wool out of the Oceah was wrecked there some time ago. "\-i 150 people are at work on the newty^t

discovered gum fields, about five miles from Hamilton. The average wages made are 10s and 12s a day. The Bay of Islands Coal Com pah v ■hipped in the month of November 4,500 tons of coaL John Connor was committed for trial for stealing a quantity of tobacco. There were four other charges against him, on which he was sentenced to three months’ imprisonment, to run consecutively. The Auckland United Laborers’ Aid Society" have taken up the question of contractors excavating by levels, as enforced in England, owing to the death of Boyle, at Fortßritomaft. At the inquest on the body, a verdict of ‘ * Accidental death” was returned, with a rider that GoTernriierit should take Meps to see excavations properly and safely conducted. Auckland, Dec. 5. Kean, Who has been training John Smith’s Maid of Honor for the 'Auckland Cup has been offered, and has-accepted the post of trainer for his Excellency. The press comments severely on the mode ih which the excavations were performed at Fort Britomart. The inquest on Boyle disclosed that the Government overseer had warned the contractor of the risk he ran. ’ Gkahamstown, Dec. 4. Alburnia prospects are equally as good as before. ■ Scrip stood at the close of the day, ex dividend, sales, 575. 6d. ; buyers 575. 6d. ; sellers, 60s. . ~ A meeting of persons desirous of settling on land in the upper Thames district, was held last night. It was resolved to form an Association, which- will- probably eventually, affiliate with the Wellington Association. Mr. M'Oullough, agent of the latter Association, was present , and explained the intended cop pf operations. The Literal’Association passed a resolution condemning the Property Assessment Bill. r X copy of the Resolution is to be forwqeded to the Thames representatives. . ,r Wellington, Dec, 4. A meeting-qfthplpccouhtantsin Bankruptcy wag jheld yesterday, for the purpose .of considering- conduct of .Mr. Berry, ah accountant, in connection with various estates.,, After, considerable discussion it was decided to address the committee of the Chamber of Commerce, with a view to having Mr. Berry struck off tire roll 7., V . . - . Hawera, Dec. 4. The result of the post mortem examination and inquest is that Mr. Moore, the chemist, died of heart disease. John Douglas has been committed for trial for attempting to kill his wife. He is supposed .to have been under the in-fluence-of drink, which had a [maddening effect upon him. He also made a desperate attempt to cut his own throat, but the knife being blunt, .the cuts were slight Mrs. Douglas escaped before any injury was inflicted. Wellington, Dec. 4. At the Supre,mo,Court to-day, a case of considerable public importance, as well as to insurance companies, was heard. A man named White, of Nelson, had insured*his house, which was burned down, in one policy, and one premium, but with different amounts proportioned to the Be'fltaf' items. The policy contained a dayßnaking it void should another policy be affected. Plaintiff sued to recover damage he had sustained by the fire, but ’.the Company disputed the claim on the ground that the articles' mentioned in the policy were insured in another office The Supreme Court of Nelson held that the plaintiff could-not recover. He appealed against the decision, but the Court upheld the judgment. ’Wellington, Dec. 5. A man named Alexander Ogilvie, who was I 'arrested at Waihi, Taranaki, for forgery at Sydney, while manager of the Operative Building Society there, has been remanded back to Sydney. At the circus last night a man nan 3d Naan received a nasty scalp wound from a falling 1 pole. Which was broken by the strong wind blowing. ; ‘ Hokitika, Dec. 5. A considerable quantity of rain has fallen for two days past causing very heavy freshets in the rivers.’

r : BLENHEIM, Dec. 4.. Two ,men . were. lulled! yesterday. by a fall of earth mine, near Havelock/, Their names, are' Pike and Edwards. Their bodies have .been recovered,.

..... Oamaru, Dec. 4. Several of the large land owners in this district aire at»out.rto put-,up .their estates inte suitably sized farms, and, to lease them fqr l 4 and 21-years. . Mr. M'Masters has aheady.comnienced the practice on his Tokarahi property, with great success, many indnetrious, farmers pi e.fers to lease faxupg rather.than sink all their capital in freeholds.

DuNEDiN, Dec, 4Sir William Fox was last night elected President of the Sew Zealand Temperance Ajliapce. . •Mr. J.. A. Walcott was elected a representative of, ihe Chamber of Commerce on the;Harbor Bqardi-vic&Mr. -H. Tewsley, resigned. Great regret is expa.essed at Mr.Tewsley’s resignation. Mr. H. J. Walter, in conjunction with Messrs. James Finch and James James, this, morning Jodgqd a petition with the Resident, Magistrate,’ praying that - Mr. U. S* Fisb,,Jwmv, he: ousted from . the position of Mayor .of .Dunedin,, to which iiftivaaelected 0nNdy,,,25, <m the ground t%t.he. was'atthe time interested in a, contract under, the Corporation., John Tyrrell, -the actor who was arrested lately ' arrested for forgery in mistake, fqr axxotlier man, is . reported, to hfwrs brought an action for damages against Detective Bain. The, .Dproiiucan, Convert bazaar at the Gaboon Ts progressing very successfully, the proppgds gp to last night amounting to £240. *' { The annual meeting of the Gtago ’ Rifle Association has been fixed to "take place at Anderson’s Bay, on .December 17,, 18, Is, and 20. Entries close on December 16. . The report that Alexander Grant, the absconding Land Office clerk, was arrested in the King country, was without foundation. It was a case of mistaken identity. \ ■ Invekcaeoiee, Dec. 4. • Donald Mackay has been committed for trial for counselling and procuring Duncan Cameron to set Are to an occupied building, his property, at Mataura. Bail wasrefnsed. -i,; A most successful cattle sale was held at Wallacetowh some - ICO bead being disposed of at very satisfactory prides. U . The Mataura Agricultural and Pastoral Show to-day was a great success.

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INTER PROVINCIAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 31, 6 December 1879

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INTER PROVINCIAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 31, 6 December 1879