Per our Special Wire. Grahamstown, Dec. 12. Colonel Fraser, J.P., late 11. M., sat on the Bench to-day to hear a case in which D. K. Donnelly, one of the persons who petitioned for Fraser’s removal from the Bench, on the ground that he had been detected card sharping, was implicated. Campbell and Donnelly, solicitors, who also signed the petition, asked Mr. Fraser not to hear the case as he would be biassed. Mr. Fraser said he would not leave the Bench, and the hearing of the case proceeded. It went against Donnelly. Alburniaa have jumped from 57s 6d to 755. It is rumored they have struck gold at a lower level. Close on a ton of specimens are on hand. Timaru, Dec. 12. The forgery case against Manning in th 3 Supreme Court to-day, created intense interest. After lasting till 6.30 p.m., the case broke down on a law point raised by Mr. Stont under an Act of Henry VIII. Manning and Saunders were at once acquitted. Edward James, the disputed owner of the land by whom the alleged forged deed of conveyance was signed, and who pleaded guilty to forgery yesterday, and received sentence of two years, was again placed in the dock, and Judge Johnstone said that after the result of the case against Manning he should advise the Crown to arrest sentence. Dunedin, Dec. 12. Rev. Mr. M'Nicol expired very suddenly at Waihola on Wednesday evening. Deceased went out into a field for the purpose of mowing some grass, and, some time elapsing without his returning, Mrs M'Nicol went in search of him, finding him dead. OAMARU,0 AMARU, Dec. 12. A sad accident occurred at Mahench today, at 10 o’clock. Miss Gordon, assistant teacher at the Mahench school, and aged about 18 years, was proceeding to her duties in a dray, at the above mentioned hour, in company with a lad named Fierro anck, and Mrl Davis, who was drivins. While trying to ford tho stream at Davis’ crossing, which is now flooded, the dray got into a hole, which had been made by the wash of the water. The dray was upset. Davis swam ashore, but the other two were drowned. The bodies were recovered this afternoon near the fence. An inquest will he held. Davis and a brother of Mias Gordon tried to save the deceased but \\ ere unsuccessful. Invercargill, Dec. 12. The thirteenth AnnualShowoftheSouthr land Agricultural and Pastoral Society took place yesterday, under most favorable auspices. The attendance was very good ,and over LOO was taken at the gates. The .arrangements made wore a great improvement on last years. The number of entries were also in excess of those of last year. The first of Professor Black’s lectures on chemistry was a great success—about 60 present, of whom 11 were ladies and 30 teachers. Several' experiments were made*by the audienfe-and much relished.
The annual Shov of the Southland Agricultural and Pastoral Association was continued to-day, proving a great success.
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