Per our Special Wire.
INTERPROVINCIAL. Auckland, Dec. 15. The brigantine Sarah Pile, from Wellington, arrived at TokfJea, Kaipara, with the telegraphic cable for the River Wairoa, which has been successfully laid. The schooner Caledonia, arrived from the Islands, brings intelligence that the new treaty of friendship between Tonga and Britain has been signed, New Ppywquth, Dec. 15. A lytjer has been received by the natives here from the prisoners in Dunedin, giving a description of prison life. The writer complains that the fond is insufficient, that the climate is very cold, and that confinement is exceeding irksome to a free born Maori. The letter- also states that John Haugh, half-caste, had been placed ip solitary confinement for instigating the Maoris to refuse, to work. Wellington, Dec. 15. The Public Petitions Committee on the petition of Mr. Henry -Jackson have reported asfollows : —The petitioner prays ■ for redress of his grievance. - He alleges that he was summarily and unjustly dismissed, . I am directed to report that the Committee has not examined witnesses in this case, hut the result of the examination of the committee appointed under the Civil Service Act Amendment Act 1871, and of the Select Committee of the Legislative Council, and other official documents had been submitted to the Committee. In consequence of the late period of the session the Committee is unable to make such an examination into the case of the petitioner as would warrant making final recommendations to the House. The Committee is, however, sufficiently informed to state that in its opinion the ca«e <d the petitioner has potheen, dealt with in such a pptpngr fta-tft satisfy the ends of justice, and go insure the proper discipline of the service, Considering the position he previously held jn the Civil Service as chief surveyor, and recognising hia ability and devotion to hia profession the Committee consider (hat such disobedience, if it actually occurred, should have been inquired into and dealt with at the time, and. should pot have been allowed to sleep nearly two years- Tho charges were first officially made to Government on the 15th November, 1878,, but Government did not consider them to be of very grave character, as another appointment wks preposed to bo given' to the petitioner if a suitable one could be found. Subsequently, however, thecharges were referred, to a Commission appointed under fhd Civil Services Act Amendment 4\ct, 1871- The Committee consider fhat the petitio’pE b? referred to a Cy.umiission, provided - - such Commisdon siiqul'd be composed of of I sufficient' independence apd. \iigh, ■ outside the ‘ Cly\l iSfrvic^. —TitoxjAS : Kelly, ChairmanDec, 15.
A clerical gentleman named Arthur Graves was charged at thfe City Court this morning vith forging the name of ArcWnticnn ¥vl\vavda" t» a pvornisory note.; He arrived in the Hermione recently, acting as chaplain on the voyage, and preached at All Saints Church , here on the 7th instant. His credentials profjss to be signed by his Lordship the Bishop of Carlisle, hut it is said that ho was prohibited fIWU preaching before leaving fflr l\vis tnfr.W-. In conducting liifl. tp-day he made some statements, amt endeavored ’ tp inake out that he was ignorant as to the nature of the premia-
sory note, the subject of the charge. After his committal Archdeacon Edwards suggested that he should be medically ! sounded as to his sanity. t i'i’.; eai;K At; Gi.'Lr-: v>».. who arrived from Glasgow a couple of months with the intention of settling ! in this d : -i‘went to cimrcb yesterday ! evening in g<<od health Ho aperr. » liv-ic time with his family,- and ■ msi-re-V- -o n V. • afaboiu the- us ril'huiir,' Irif -'.riv d;or!v ■afterwards seized with a ‘paniiyHo - and expired at four this morning. The deceased, who was about sixty years- of age, leaves a large family. Prior to-the collapse of the Glasgow • Bank, ■ which affected his commercial position . most disastrously, Mr. Gilkinsou' a leading position in Glasgow, he having been senior Bailie of that town, -and identified with - many social and political movements. The credentials which-the-deceased gentleman brought with him to the colony shewed that he' was greatly . esteemed-by-the'people Pf Glasgow-.-. -v.:
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