Auckland, Dec. 13. Mr. Erringfcon, the waterworks engineer, has made an offer to the City Council to work the water supply with a saving of 20 per cent. . The Harbor Board suspended dredging opera! ions in the harbor, the silt from Dempsey’s railway reclamation rendering the labor useless. At the R.M. Court over fifty summonses against Dempsey by men for wages were heart!. Judgment for plaintiffs. Auckland, Dec. 11). Rewi is recovering rapidly. Ho holds a meeting of Ngatimaniopoto on Saturday. A steward of the s.s. Tangihua, named George, was drowned at Aratapu. He fell overboard. The Melanesian schooner Southern Cross arrived from the islands after an eight months’ cruise. She left Bishop Selwvn and party at Norfolk Island all well. Passengers—Bev. Godrington and Cummins. Opunake, Dec. 18. There was a small attendance at the Parihaka meeting with nothing fresh to report. Te Whiti persists in saying there will be no fighting. He says the truth will appear this year, and nothing can prevent it coming out. Wellington, Dec. 18.
William Hales was charged this morning with voting twice at the recent election for the House. Evidence was taken and accused was remanded to allow the voting papers to be produced. The reporters of the press gallery yesterday afternaon presented Mr. E. T. Gdlon, cha man of the gallery, with a handsome wa! nit stationery cabinet, in acknowledgme t of his services dining the present ses! ion. The cabinet was accompanied •vyit i a testimonial. It is feared that a young man named Seager has been drowned while crossing the Ao'iauga river. He had been employed at Glence station, and was crossing the river when he was swept from his horse. Nothing has been seen of %‘- body. Dec. 27 has been declared a bank holiday throughout the colony. Mr. W, N. Son rancho has been appointed an interpreter under the 12th section of the Native Lands Act, 1873.
Nelson, Dee. 18 A strange case of suicide occurred at Collingwood the other day. A man named W. C. Smith, who recently lost his wife, was on his way to give evidence. Smith called at the house of Mr. Boggis, and complained of being ill. Boggis thereupon went to the Court to explain Smith’s absence, and on his return found him dead with a piece cut out of his throat with a pocket knife. At the in*
quest a verdict of tempory insanity was returned. To-day a married woman named L. Wilkin:;, aged 43, was found in the Malta! rive:, Trafalgar street. The "Woman had been mLsing since Saturday, bn!, lir.lt; notice was taken of it, owing to her eccentric and intemperate habits. An inquest wiil bo held. Timauu, Dee. 18. A meeting of proprietors o r most of the principal newspapers in the Colony was held at Timani yesterday, at which representatives of the following papers' were present’: “New Zealand Herald,” “Auckland Star,” “Wellington Post,” “Lyttelton Times,” “ Timani Herald,” “Dunedin Star,” “Dunedin Morning Herald,” and “ Otago Daily Times.” The business transacted was of a confidential nature. The special wire question was fully discussed, and the Conference met again at ten o’clock this morning. Oamaru, Dec. 18. At the inquest leld to-day regarding the fire which occnred on the night ; December 13, in the shop of Mr. Russell saddler, Thames street, the jury returned an open verdict. Dunedin, Dec. 18. 1 he petition by the present Mayor, Mr. Water, against the x-eturn of Mr. Fish, the Mayor elect, has created a considerab!; amount of feeling, and in the event of Fish being ousted a petition calling up m Walter to resign is to be prepared. Borne capital firing has been made this morning at the Anderson’s Bay butts for the Association prize. A member of the An illery Company made 77 out of a pos. iblo 84, and many other good scores wen made. A . all of 2s. Gd. in the £ has been made upon. the creditors of James Black, bankn. it, to defray law expenses, the verdict obtained by the trustees against the she> iff having been reversed upon technL .ml grounds, and costs granted. The Christs’ College eleven defeated a team selected from the Dunedin Cricket Club yesterday in the first innings, the scores being—Christchurch, 103 ; Dunedin, 90. In the second innings Dunedin made 98, and Christchurch lost seven wickets for 40 runs. Invercargill, Dec. 18. The first annual distribution of prizes in connection with the Girls’ High School took place this afternoon. About 60 children were present, and there was a fair attendance of friends. Professor Black was amongst the speakers. Invercargill, Dec. 19. The Town Council last night decided to ask the approval of the ratepayers to a further loan of L 20,000 for general pur poses.
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