Auckland, Dec. 16.
A man named Murray , has been ■ drowned- inthe Makarua Creek., Kaipunn At a meeting of owners of machinery, regarding thei Property tax, Mr. Fraser, : of the firm of Fraser and Tinne r .stated that his firm had L 30,000 worth of machinery under cover for want of employ-; ment. Under the proposed Bi}l they would be taxed to a crushing extent bn unproductive plant. The meeting arrived at no definite , result. Under the new treaty with Tonga the High Court for the Western Pacific Islands will deal. with offences committed by British subjects. Hr Maundsloy, ViceConsul,. Jeft Tonga in the Emerald en route for England with the treaty. Sir Arthur Gordon, has stated Tonga is favorable, to .annexation to Fiji. King George is offered the joint Government of l»oth Kipgdpms, He is willing, to educate Tonga students at the Fiji native college. Emm^.Watson,/wife of Harry Watson, at Palmprstpii, Nprth, lias been charged with gin, old tom, whisky, &0. , "defraud the custoins. She admitted possession, but denied any criminal iptent. .. She brought down the goods. as personal effects, and f«?;he*.o«fri usi?. 'She Was fined £2O, and ' ■ ’ Captehy. Lpurie, pilot at Kaipara, has been suspended by Government. At monster .meeting of unemployed, convened for to-night, 150 were present, principally,; Dempsey’s men. - Mr. J. , Brain. > presided 1 , . and a resolution was pasaejurgipg 'Government to go on with the Newmarket contract, and sub-let the railwjay, : contract; pending ■ettlei»snt.,of -the dispute with thecontractop and his. men. : Resolutions were also assisting immigration and with falls bf more thaiirlisplvPi f;eet.' ", The' 'meeting was orderly.;:* 'h [ '•.Gbahamstowx, Dec. 16, Council offered at auct^ft;.Jo^d|iy,.lpari£. of the Big Pump security giyenthqm by Goverhment as endfitwnfePhi £ iyqiierfjr; consisted of ropes, boilers', arid buildings,V f jStrJ..Collough, the Mayor, protested, against the sale on’ behalf of the borpugh,and community, as it was evident thejntention. of the' Goverhment was to giv&iheiendpw/uent lor the * whole. comLiW,‘the. value bf the iron, was the reserve was LfiPO. , was withdrawn. The mining . exoitemqnt is abating much, v, The Waste Lands Board have furnished the-district with, blocks of land suitable for 'settlement under the new Land Act. There is-a meeting, to-night of the Land Association, i i l l Napibk, Dec. 17. The trial of M'Lennan, for wife murder, continues. While crpsa-examining Dr. Spencer, Mr was - suddenly seized with severe palpitation of the heart, arid the examination was adjourned until next day. : • New Plymouth, Dec. 16. The Taranaki Jockey Club have published their programme for the races to be held on March 31 and April 1,1880, as follows :—First day : Maiden Plato, 50 Bovs. ; Handicap Steeplechase, 50 sovs. ; Taranaki J. 0. Handicap, 250 sovs. Second day—Handicap Hurdle, 50 sovs. , Hack Hurdle, 20. sovs. ; Autumn Handicap; 100 sovs. Selling Race, 30 sovs. ; Ladies - Purse, ,4Q sovs. ; Consolation Stakes,-25 sovs. For the Taranaki Derby bf 1883,f0r, 3yr. olds, ,100 sovs, nominations will close on April 10, 1880. •■ n j s . i:.; ; Wellington, Dec. 16. ; At the Magistrate’s Court this morning three men -were fined L 5, L2, -arid L2 respectively, for assaulting, the driver, Soard and stoker, on the Wellington lilway.. . ..■• J Nelson’Dec. 10. The Supreme. Court was opened this Triornirig before the Chief justice. There ■Were no criminal, cases, and of several -civil ■ cases .all had been held over for a - future uniting, except the case of Harper v. in Which the , wife sued for a ■ judicial * separation upon, the, grounds set ‘ ! Wtt .io...*be , The respondent - Emitted the several causes set .but in 1 the ahdri verdict was therefore given ■ifor-* thh .petitioner. , The question of ftliUMSnfy hkanot yet been settled. Lu« oiij . Db»EniN, Dec. 16.’ Amongthe ißingarqoma's passengers 1 'fcrb- Archbishop Steins,. the newly . ap- ■ I pointed-Roman Catholic Bishop of AuckJ ririridvaad Mrs. J. 8.. Steele, the wellJikhfoWMabtyesso j«u’iTbes>S<«ijez mail is , expected to reach . ''Diinedinby special train to-night. •ii i pupil'teachers for 'the- -Provincial -scholarships has bbmtnbnced; There are * forty candidates for teachers’ examination, and 1 hfty for the scholarships, The total rium- : her ■■ of competitors; for. the Provincial ; scholarships amount to pver 100. ' 1,! r ! At- the> Resident , Magistrate’s Court this morning, before. W. L. Simpson, '• 38*q,,R, -M., ..the, ..petition of Messrs Waiter, Finch, and James, praying that Mr. BL'Sr 'Fish r junr,, be ousted from
• rftp,position, of flayer of Dunedin, to j wap recently elected was heard, it 3 Mr. Macassqy, with him Mr; Stout, apSmrad for the petitioners; Mr. aggitt, with him : Mr. F. R. r - Chapipan, for Mr. Fish. Mr. Macassey in .opening; the case said the petition had ■ . been ffipd, by Henry John Walter, James .it Finch, ,and James James. The first named i;j.;,!wss the defeated candidate at the recent .phetioh, and the petition was ■ lodged' under the regulations' of-Local r .iEleations Act of 1870, and the Municipal , ;! - which i>> feit challenged Mr,Fish’s election was' that , / hs not at the.titne capable of holding !, the office, ,(>£ Mayor, inalitiuch as he was .concerned as a sub-contractor in work then ...being performed for tho : Council; The u ,;,w;ojrk .in question consisted of painting and glazing under Messrs Mercer and Low’s
j; ,o contract for the erection of the Town Hall •u, .. in;the Octagon. The Acts bearing on the I.s jnatter .were the Regulation of Local Eleo- , i the Municipal Corporations Act, ■i and.the Rating Act, all of which should ■. : 'ondpubtcdly be read together, and had ■•i- a united operation. ; Tire particular por•i ■..tion of the Municipal Corporations Act on r.rjwhirfi the petition relied was sub section ! >, 4of.clause 01, which laid down that no -:.f, personshould he eligible for election who , tl .I bad; any office, or place of profit under or ii , jn the gift of the Council, or was concerned participators in any contract or work I, ytbjbe done for the Council. After hearing evidence on both ‘sides, His Worship regretted that, ih a'quCation of grave importance like this, there should not be a
superior Court to which the matter could | be referred. He thought that it was a ; great oversight on the part of the Legislature in making the decision final. He w>nld reser e his decision, and give the matter as much consideration as possible.
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