Per our Special Wire. Auckland, Dec. 10. Another difficulty has occurred between Dempsey and his workmen at the railway reclamation works. The men struck work to-day. The Gold Mining Company declared a dividend of 2s. 6d. per share, absorbing L 750. Rewi is said to be seriously indisposed. The Natives are looking forward with interest to the great Native meeting next month, when the land transactions Ngataraukawa will be reviewed. The Regatta Committee met to-uight and decided for a champion schooner race—first prize LIOO, second prize L3O; large cutter race, Ist prize, silver cup, value L 35, presented by the members and Ll 5 added ; second prize, L2O ; third, LlO. Two other silver cups were presented for open boat and yacht races. There is every promise of a successful meeting. Gkahamstown, Dec. 10. A fire broke out this morning, at 2 o’clock, in Pollen' street, and destroyed Brien’s (furniture dealer) and Wood’s (fruiterer) shops. The cause is supposed to have been from a gild at Brien’s leaving a candle burning on going to bed. Insurances—Brien, Royal, L 15 0; Wood, Norwich Union, £SO on building. Five Naval Brigade bandsmen are to be tried by Court-martial next week for refusing to attend a church parade. Wellington, Dec. 10. The Wellington City Waterworks Loan, which was about to be placed in the London money market, has been tempoarily withdrawn by the Lana agents of the Corporation bankers, owing to the fact that the issue, of the five million loan has affected the market to a considerable extent A Maori boy, Jako, was arrested at Carterton yesterday for stealing a horse, the property of Mr. Green, formerly his employer. He was brought to town today and will be charged at the R.M. Court to-morrow. Timabu, Dec. 10. The weather is now warm, but heavy floods are still coming down in most of the rivers. The annual regatta on Anniversary Day promises to prove a very great success. Dunedin, Dec. 10. A London telegram of the Bth inst. advises that Trust, Barrows, and Co., the leading South Staffordshire makers of bar iron, have withdrawn all quotations, and that prices continue to advance. On Monday night the Rev. Dr. Stuart, while walking in his garden, slipped and fell heavily, dislocating his shoulder and sustaining a rather severe shaking. Ho was attended to by Dr. Blair and is progressing favorably. At the Board to-day, iff was stated that for convenience of new arrivals and intending settlers, statements would' be prepared and posted in public places, giving all information regarding land open for selection. The annual session of the Loyal Orange Institution was opened at she Oddfellows’ Hall, Rattray street, this afternoon. R.W.G.M., Bro. Revell, and 25 delegates were present. Part of the business will be the considering of a motion to take Father Chiniquy under the Society’s protection during his New Zealand tour. The Caledonian Society have resolved to make a first prize of LSO for Band competition at the New Year’s Sports, and make sixteen the minimum number of members in each band. At the City Police Court this morning Peter Preston was again brought before the bench for failing to support his seven children, already inmates of the Dunedin Industrial School. He was ordered to pay 36s per week. Edward Brogan was ordered to pay ss. 6d. per week towards supporting his child. He admitted his liability, but urged in extenuation that he had only received 625. 6d. for 6 week’s contracting at Mullocky Gully. Kate Walker waa*fined 20s. an d costs for obscene lang u age. Henry Huer and Geo, Mantel were charged, on the information of Mr. Street, J. P., with cruelly ill-treating a dog. His Worship held the case was not sufficiently proved, and dismissed the action.
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