Per our Special Wire. Auckland, Dec. 17. Sailed—The Waitaki at noon for the south, with the English mail per City of Sydney. The latter vessel sailed at noon for Sydney. Wellington, Dec. 17. At the Magistrate's Court this morning a native lad named Tako Maki, was committed for trial on two charges of horse stealing. A third charge of larceny as a bailee was withdrawn. The installation of the Mayor was postponed owing to the non-attendance of councillors. Dunedin, Dec. 17. Something new in connection with insolvency matters lias just come to light in the estate of one James Black, a verdict obtained by the trustees against the Sheriff and others having been reversed on technical grounds. The costs of .both plaintiff and defendant have to be paid out of the estate, and after paying preferential claims, and a dividend of ten shillings' in the pound, there remains in hand L 528 4s. 6d.. Law expenses amount to L 717 10s. lid., leaving a deficiency of LlB9 6d. Id., to meet which a call of 2s. Od. has been made upon the solvent debtors, whose clahns amount to L 1535 ss. Bd. Arrived- —Beautiful Star, from Oamarn, Ringarooma, from Melbourne, via Bluff ; Rotorua, from Sydney, via the Coast. Sailed—lno, for Preservation Inlet ; Ringarooma, for Sydne3 T . The Immigration Department has been advised of the sailing of the ship Canterbury from London for Port Chalmers with 340 immigrants. The annual statutory meeting for the installation of Mayor was adjourned for a week, as a petition against Fish’s return is not yet decided.
The distribution of prizes at the Boy’s High School took place to-day ; Judge Williams presided. The gold medal for dux of the upper school was awarde I to Pe'er A. Lindsay ; silver medal for dux of lower school, to Herbert F. Labatt. A cricket match, Dunedin Club v. Christchurch Collegians, was won by the latter after a good game. In the first inning’s Dunedin scored 90, and Collegians 103. Harman making 39, not out. In their second innings ihe Collegians lost seven wickets for forty runs, when time was called.
i The annual prize-firing meeting of the Otago Rifle Association commenced today. : In the , first match, ranges 400yds arid 600yds, the first prize fell to Vol. A. Anderson, Clutha, with the average score of 67 points at each range. Prizes of 10s. each were carried oft’ at 400yds by Vol. McSwan, S.D.R., with the excellent score of 39, and at 500yds by Vol. A. Anderson, with 32.
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