v: :d, Dec. 20. The membtic . . Roman Catholic community are making arrangements for the reception of Archbishop Stein. Dec. 21. A strong westerly gale, with squalls of rain is blowing. It is feared the continuous wet weather will injure farming operations, Auckland, Dec. 22. A fire broke out at the house of Stephen Dailey, Mount street. It was suppressed by the neighbours. There was only a child three years old in the house at the time, and it was asleep. At midnight another fire broke out in the house of Theodore Brown, which was destroyed. The origin of the fire was the upsetim* of akerosene lamp. Graham, Brown’s father-in-law, in jumping out at a back window, fell, injuring his spine. A fire occurred at noon in Harper's Buildings, Victoria Quadrant. It broke out on the roof, and arose, it is believed, from a : p irk from an adjoining chimney. The heus j was gutted, but the furniture saved.
Napier, Dec. 21. The Sunbeam, schooner, belonging to Auckland, bound from Poverty Bay to Napier with firewood, capsized this morning opposite the Bluff, when only a few yards from the shore. The crew of two men, who owned the schooner, got on the keel, from which they were taken much exhausted, by the barque Lurline. The tug went out to try and get the schooner ashore, but a high sea was on, and she could not attach a rope to the vessel, which is still floating about the harbor, and drifting to sta. the wind being off the land. Another attempt will be made to save the vessel when the wind lulls.
All yesterday, to a late hour, the Supreme Court was occupied hearing the case of Price v 1 lenata, an action to recover compensation for alleged malicious prosecution. About .six months ago Renata, a well known chief, criminally prosecuted Price and Donnelly for conspiracy in connection with the sale of several racehorses, which were offered by auction. The Grand Jury threw out the bill, and this action was to recover damages. The jury returned a verdict for plaintiff for one shilling, and the Judge refused to certify for costs. Messrs. Buller -■and Ilcos conducted Renata’s case.
New Plymouth, Dec. 21. The jury in Hill’s case, for indecent assault, were locked up last night, not being able to agree. They were brought up again this morning at 6.30, and discharged, when the Court adjourned till Monday morning. Hill will be tried again by another jury. Mr. T. King was elected without opposition for the vacant scat on the Harbor Board.
Heavy floods have occurred in the district. At Waingonati a mass of large pines and other timber broke loose above Mr. Brown’s saw-mill, and carried away-.the embankment of a dam, and a bridge, his private property. A heavy fresh came down last evening at 10 o’clock, which caused the s.s. Hanraki to break aw&y from her moorings. Fortunately, her anchor got foul of the cable by which the p.s. Coomerang was moored, and also of a large snag, which held her until she was secured, otherwise she would have come to grief.
Wellington, Dec. 20.
Owing to the heavy rains this morning several shops were flooded to various depths. A presentation was made to Mrs. R. C. Reid by the staff of the “New Zealander,” yesterday, on the steamer Penguin, previous to her dopfirture South. Wellington, Dee. 22.
A woman named Jessie Walker was sentenced to one hour’s imprisonment, at the Magistrate’s Court this morning, for being found in the public streets in male attire. Pout Chalmers, Dec. 20. After seven weeks’ spell of north-east wind a change to south-west has set in. Dunedin, Dec. 20.
The “ Times,” in a leader this morning, condemns the employment of 4 laborers by Government at the rate of wages given to the unemployed, and says that it creates a pampered and pauper class, and deprives contractors, whose tenders are based on a normal state of wages, of a fair profit. It also mentions that contractors for Waitahuna have found a partial remedy by employing Chinese. Jf relief is required, it asserts a wage of 5s or 6s should be given.
A number of workmen on Prichard's reclamation contract struck work yesterday, but the contractor is confident he can obtain plenty of labor at current rates. At the meeting of the Walton Park Coal Company, a dividend of five per cent, was declared. The Company’s nett profit for the year was a little over 10 per cent. The Otago Rifle Association gathering was finished yesterday. The consolation match, ranges 200, 400, and 500 yards, was won by Volunteer Creagh, of the Citv Guards, with a score of 42. The Cadet match was won by the Dunedin Naval Brigade. The long distance match, any rifles, was postponed for a month. The Douglas Hotel, Princess street, was sold by auction on Saturday for L 5360 cash, to Mr. Robert Wilson, with good will, plant, and book debts. The “ Evening Tribune ” newspaper was offered at auction on Saturday, and passed in at a reserve of LSOO. The highest bid was L 450. The ketch Huon Belle, as she lies stranded on Goat Island, was sold to Captain Sutherland, for L6O. Dunedin, Dec. 22.
A telegram, dated 11th December, has been received from Mauritius, reporting a further advance of L 4 per ton in fill sugars. The Harbor Bpard have appointed Messrs. Ramsey, Fish, Walcott, Houghton, and Captain Logan to confer with the Engineer as to whether any works at present in progress can be discontinued pending the Board receiving Parliamentary authority to borrow money. Atthe R. M. Court this morning, Mr W. L. Simpson, R.M., delivered judgment on the petition of Messrs. Walters and two other ratepayers, praying that Mr. H. S. Fish, jnn., be ousted from the position of Mayor of Dunedin, on the ground that he was a sub-contractor for the new Town Hall. The judgment unseated Fish, and declared Walters to be next on the poll and duly elected. '
A house belonging to Mr. Alollison, and situated at Otaria, was burned down on Friday. Two b. ys were arrested on suspicion of arson. The house was uninhabited, and isolated. It was insured for L2OO in the Sun Oilice. IXVERCAKGTTL, Dec i'2
A man named rh-wles G. Lugungdahl, a Swede, coinraitcud suicide o:«iy day morning. When !V ■-d by t l --' constable he was hanging by a rope .Vm.. i pole used for a clothes line, in the yard at the back of the Clarendon Hotel, where he had been staying. Deceased was about fifty years of age, and arrived from Melbourne, where he was a clerk in Spence Bros.’ establishment. About six weeks ago Ids wife went home from Melbourne, but deceased was unable to go from want of funds, and came here to better his position. He had been in low spirits since his arrival, and in a letter addressed to townsmen here, who assistedhim, he says his nervous system is ruined, and that suspense and disappointment have done for him. An inquest will be held. Several sections eastwards of the town were sold on Saturday night, at an average of L 275 per acre.
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