Auckland, I*;. 13.
At a meeting oi the Work ng Men’s Political Association a resolution was carried urging the exemption of stock-in? trade and machinery from the Property Taxi
The number of criminal cases for trial in the Supreme Court is already over average. Nineteen are set down, three for civil libel, and one for seduction,
Labor is getting scarce in the country districts. The fabulous prices of gum are clearing out men'for the gum fields. Te Kopeta, the celebrated horse stealer, who was lately captured on the borders of the King Country, and committed for trial for two previous escapes from custody, has been sentenced to six months’ hard Iftbpr, An open air meeting of the unemployed has been called for Monday. Their ranks have been swelled by Dempsey’s men.
A man named Horne stabbed his wife during a quarrel, and has been : arrested. A little bqy named Edward Cullen, who had committed wholesale thefts an the Kyber Pas's Road, was sent to the Industrial School for five years. At a meeting of the Committee of the Working Men’s Political Society, it was decided that a course of tw r o free lectures be delivered by Mr, James Craig on “England before the passing of the Reform Biil,” and “ Random recollections Of how the Reform Bill was carried.”
The annual benefit in aid of the sick and accident fund of the Auckland Fire Brigade yielded L2l. At the annual meeting of the Sunday School, Union, the President’s report allowed 121 schools ftfli%ted, receipts L 1847, expenditure 14813, aggers .L 778. 1 Captain Fraser has entered a plaint requesting the owners of the big pump to hand the property over to him on the plea that it is' hold'upder the Miners’ Right Act qf 1806, and that the present owners have ho such miners’ rights. The matter will come before the Warden’s Court. It is tantamount to jumping the property. New Plymouth, Dec. 13.
Mr/ Joseph Beale, officer in charge of the telegraph station here since it wag first opened, died this morning. fie wrs universally and a most ol>Ijgi'nS ’ officer ’ ’He, leaves a widow and two small children. Mr Beale Came here from Waikouaiti, where the members of his family are now living. Wellington, Dec. 13.
It is understood that the “ New Zealander ” and “ New Zealand Times ” changed hands—the formpy Mf fJaip, M.H,R,, and ®*r. ttirkecV:. <\wd the. latver ffj My, Chanfry Harris; ' ’ .’ ’ The house belonging to the Life Mr. Miller, who with his/ yvif<s was recently murdered by their spn, wapqfd for iihop. Qgilyie, lately piapagev. pf the Operative Bqilding Society at Sydney, and who has been arrested here for forgery while there, left in the steamer Wakatipn for Sydney this afternoon, The man Flanagan, who was stabbed on Saturday week, is in a critical condition, erysipelas having set in. Wellington, Dec. 15.
At the Magistrate’s Court a man named Regot, charged on an information with issuing valueless cheques, was remanded, as it is believed that a charge of forgery WiU be preferred %gainet him,
A colored man, n recent arrival by the Arothusa, has been committed for trial for stealing L 7 10s from another passenger. The Court of inquiry into the conduct of Sub-Lieutenant. Leary, of the Naval Brigade, while at boat practice a short, time back, concluded to-day. Judgment was deferred.
Dunedin, Dec. 13.
Art’mr Graves, a clergyman, formerly of Oxford, who recently arrived by the ship Herpripnev and -acted as ‘chaplain oh tile voyage, was lodged in gaol on Saturday afternoon, charged with forgery. . His credentials are signed by the Bishop of Carlisle. On Sunday Last prisoner officiated at All Saints. He is said to have been about to marry‘a lady who was apassenger by the same vessel, and intended to settle in Canterbury. The fourth exhibition of the Otago Art Association opened yesternonn. The pictures are not of first-class quality. A young man named Stenhouse, employed on the reclamation contract, had his left leg crashed by a truck oh Saturday. Amputation was necessary.
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