Per our Special Wire. Gsahamstown, Dec. 19. The big pump with appliances was sold to-day for L 1,300 to Conner, the manager of the Moanatairi. L 200,000 has been expended on the works, aid the plant is valued at L 25,000. It was sold by order of the County Council, who received securities from Government in trust for this community. Considerable dissatisfaction is expressed at the course pursued. The contractors for the railway works are sued in the district Court by natives for removing earth. The natives from the same claim are receiving license fee and miners’ right fee from the workmen, and have received L3O and costs for earth from the surface. This complication is owing to the terms Government hold the gold fields. The native are actuated by interested pakelia Maoris. New Plymouth, Dec. 19.
The case of John Hill for indecent assault was resumed at the Supreme Court to-day, The accused produced witnesses to prove an alibi. Wellington, Dec. 19. The ships St. Leonards and Rakaia sailed for London this morning. Mark Ryott, on two charges of forgery, was committed for trial, and on five charges of issuing valueless cheques he was sentenced to six months each, sentences to run concurrently,
The charge of perjury will be heard against Matny, the commission agent, this afternoon.
Sailed—Penguin for South. Passengers—Misses Brett, Turnbull, Dyer, Maofarlane, Firth (2), Nancarrow, Montgomery, Brown, Cameron, Bridge; Mes.dames Reid, Cherold, Lee, Gardner, .Bhrimski, Wlngham ; Sir F. and Lady 8011, Colonel Brett, Major Richmond, Messrs. Follott, Turnbull, Askell, Peacock , Morlow, Hart, Willis, Cuwdol, Norman, Eraser, Shrims'ki, Gardner, Ross, Henry, Oliver, Bollesbm, Bowman, Burns, Husaay, Barr, Taylor, Marks, Fraser, Driver, Wingham, Taiaroa, Tainui, Fjsher (2), Macintosh, Foster, Saunders,, Pyke, Barron, Andrews, Gray, Wright, Ireland, McLennan, Firth, and Holmes. Tltlyeharge of forgery against P. R. Watty, commission agent, at the instance of the Deputy Commissioner of Stamps, was partly heard to-day. The information charged him with having falsely declared tl\e amount of cash on the estate of the late John Wood, of Ferry Hotel, Poiirua. The case was adjourned. Arrived—Waitaki, from North, with San Francisco mail.
Sailed —Penguin, for south, with ’Frisco mail.
At the meeting of the creditors, af R. Port, grain merchant, a rathgy .animated discussion took .place, It was ultimately decided that the estate be wound up in the Bankruptcy Court. Mr. Hastwell, proprietor of the line of coaches beween Wellington and Palmerston North, was found dead at Greytown to-day. No cause is given for his death, but it is believed it was heart disease
The following are the acceptances for the" Wellington Cup received to-day :
Toinpleioa, Maritana, Funl Play, Chancellor, Pinllre, Hippocampus, Grip, Sinking Fund, Foam, Hailstorm, Lara, York. Norseman, Merlin, Magnolia, S nikar, Irma, King Qu ail, Libeller, Loch L mioml, Laertes, Vampire, and Balnu ral. Lyttrlto?;, Dec. 10. Arrived Onialia, from Cha-ham
i -hinds ; cleared—Met ope, Tor L■ onion wait large cargo of woo], hides, tallow, it;., ;rul nine passengers. Shy 'gaits to moviow.
Sailed—Jane Douglas, for Kaikoura and .Wellington. At' the It. M. Court to day evidence was taken for the defence in an action of William Wade of Auckland v, Guiseppi Chiarini, proprietor of the circus, in which plaintiff claimed LSO damages for injury received at Auckland; occasioned by the zebras of the defendant frightening plaintiff's horse. The plaint set forth that on Nov. 18th last, defendants servants were travelling along the Epsom road with two zebras, which broke loose, frightening plaintiff’s Horse, and caused it to shy and hurt plaintiff, whereby he was unable for some time to attend to his business, and was put to pain and expense. Mr. Thompson appeared for defendant, and Mr. Wynn Wi liamaappeared for plaintiff. The evidence for defendant went to show that plaintiffs horse took fright before the zebras were in sight, an 1 that plaintiff did not appear to be greatly injured by the accident. "a Christchurch, Dec. ; W. The bill of the two engineers who reported on the proposed water supply scheme for Christchurch amounts to the small sum of LISO.
The old Gaiety Theatre will be opened on Boxing Day by Mr. D’Orsay Ogden, under the name of the “ Academy of Music. ” It is now really a theatre, having been fitted with ’ a dress circle, provided on the American plan, with a number of small family boxes, a ceiling built in, and tire walls decorated. The place looks a very comfortable little theatre; under the influence of the a'terations it will probably prove a formidable rival to the older established theatre now leased by Hiscocks, Hay man, and Co, Timahu, Dec. I'.).
Milford boiling down works, near Temuka, with stock-in-trade, plant, and 120 live sheep were conuumed by fire at two this morning.
Dunedin, Dec. 19. j The Clutha County Council to-day decided to call for tenders for the re-erec-tion of the Clutha bridge. The Waikouaiti Show to-day was very successful, but the exhibits were all locally owned. At the Rifle Association meeting the Ladies’ Challenge shield was won by the Clutha Kifles, with a score of 358 ; the South District Rifles being second with 352.
The brig Emily was sold by auction today for LI,IOO cash, to the New Zealand Shipping Company, The barque Mataura will sail for London to-day with a cargo valued at L 77,624, including six boxes gold valued at L 19,768.
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