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Auckland. Deo. 23

The Glenslg took down the pumps and steam-engine to the wrecked steamer Taupe, Another attempt to raise her will be made in a few days. Prince David N'ga, eldest son of King George of Tonga, who accompanied the Rev. Shirley Baker, has died of dropsy, Mr. Baker intends removing the body to Tonga, and a lead coffin, hermetically sealed, has been procured. Deceased was 54 years of agq, Dr, Steins, the new Catholic Bishop of Auckland arrived by the Ringarooma at a very early hour. He was received by a deputation of clergy and laity, and was conducted to bis residence at Ponaonby, A public reception will he given at the Cathedral this evening.

Government Engineer notifies that Dempsey’s men must obtain judgment in all oases against Dempsey before. Government can pay their claims. Government has served notice on Dempsey to proceed with the contract in seven days from the 20th.

The City Council Works Committee, after considering the petition received from the unemployed, has recommended the Mayor to urge on Government the necessity for immediately startingworkon the Newmarket contract and Dempsey’s reclamation.

Mr. G. E. Alderton, of the “Northern Advocate,” leaves for England to bring out 100 immigrants to settle on Captain Colbeck’s 25;000 are block in the North.

Archbishop Stein, the new Roman Catholic Bishop of Auckland, obtained a public reception at St. Patrick’s Cathedral to-night. It was crowded to excess. Addresses were presented to him from the clergy, laity, the Christian Doctrine Society, and Hibernian Benefit Society. He spoke in reply at some length. He hoped to have the co-operation of the clergy and laity in.his work, and that the latter would guard the faith they had received, and hand it down to their children. As to the education question-it was difficult to say much about it, and he would refrain from speaking on the subject at present. The nigger troupe of H.M.S. Cormorant gave a very successful enferiainat the Lome Street Hall in aid of the widow and children of the late James Boyle, who was killed at Fort Britomart. Stephen Horne has been committed for trial for stabbing his wife; also, for felonious assault, on a man named Raymond, who endeavoured to protect the woman. Bail was refused.

The Harbour Board declined to make a grant to the Regatta Fund, on the ground that the expenditure was-contrary to law. Graham town, Deo. 25.

The Alburnia mine is looking well. The Manager expects 3000 oz. by the end of the month.

Steps are being taken to make preparations to receive the Minister of Public Works, who is ■ expected to visit the Thames in January.'

New Plymouth, Deo. 22. The case of James vHitl. for indecent assault, is still going ‘ <m. | All the witnesses have been’ examined, and Dr. O’Carrol was called on behalf of the Crown, -as a witness to give rebutting evidence. The, Counsel for prisoner and ■Crown have, addressed the jury, and the Judge summed up. The jury have retired to consider their verdict. : - New Plymouth, Dec. 22. James Hill, hospital steward, charged with indecent assault, was again arraigned, the jury he was tried before last week not agreeing to a verdict. Several witnesses were examined, and the trial was adjourned until to-morrow. A meeting of the County Council will be held to consider its financial position. According to the report of the Committee it appeared that there are assets of L 1316 to meet liabilities of L 4454. It was decided to wait upon. Major Atkinson on his return, and represcnt'to him that much of the expenditure has been on Government roads, and to see if he cannot assist them in the matter.' New Plymouth, Dec. 24. - In Hill’s case, for indecent assault, the second jury were locked up all niglit, and •this morning were discharged, without ■ finding a verdict. The Judge then ordered that the prisoner should he aga'n indicted for the same charge at the next Criminal Sittings of the District Court on the 22nd January, next. The opinion of many is that no jury will be found to agree, and tiiat the case should be removed to another district. Wanganui, Dec. 22. The celebrated entire horse the Painter died suddenly. He was purchased in Sydney by Mr Mangham, the breeder, for LGOO. Wellington, Dec. 23. Colonel Reader has* been appointed Commissioner of the Armed Constabulary for the whole Colony. The schooner Jane Anderson, owned by Mr. Keith Ramsay, of Dunedin, went ashore on the Manawatu bar, while being towed out by the ss. Huia, yesterday afternoon. She is very badly damaged, and likely to become a total wreck. The vessel is insured for L 859, and the cargo for L 350 in the National. A fearful accident occurred on the tram way to-day t.> a young man named James Robertson, a cadet employed at the Telegraph Department, who was killed instantaneously. It appears that deceased was riding in the first carriage, and on attempt in g to get oft'he was thrown under the wheels. The body was fearfully mangled, one leg and one arm being broken, and portions of his chest, besides several parts of his head, being completely smashed. Immediately the accident was observed the tram car was stopped, and medical assistance procured, but it was of no avail, life being extinct. Deceased was 19 years of age, and universally respected. The accident has caused quite a gloom over the town An inquest will'he held. Wellington, Dec. 2.4, At the Magistrates Court ;' P. K. Watty, for an alleged perjury' in a declaration made before the Deputy-Commissioner of Stanps, wa» dismissed. Another charge of the same nature arising out of the case is now being heard. The annual meeting of the Wellington Building Society was held last night. The report and balance-sheet showed a satisfactory result.

Oa.maru, Dec. 23. Henry Fell, charged with forging the signature of Messrs. Wilson and Co. (Dunedin) to three cheques, was committed fer trial. I i Dunedin, Dec. 22. A public meeting of the friends and sympathisers of Ijlr. H. S. Fish will be held to-night. jThe opinion that h) action of the present Mayor was ungenerous in takiiig advantage of a legal process to be returned, was strongly expressed at the Council meeting yesterday. Judge Williams, in dismissing a moti m for summons to! call upon a discharged debtor to contribute to the amount of 10s. in the £ on his liabilities when he became bankrupt, expressed the opinion that the clause of the Act, 1807, was in force in respect of person) who became bankrupt under that Act. The application was dismissed, as the applicant had no locus standi in the court. The proceedings ought to have been taken at Auckland, the district in which the debtor became bankrupt. Dunedin, Dec. 23.

In the Supreme Court to-day, Mr. M‘Donald, Mr. Williamson’s attorney, obtained injunctionsagainst Messrs. D’Orsay Ogden, H. F. Towle, and H. M'Lean of the Juvenile Troubadours’ Troupe, with costs, to restrain them from performing “H.M.S. Pinafore” in New Zealand. Proceedings are to be taken against other persons. At the City Council meeting to-day, Councillor Webb moved Council request the Mayor to resign his office, on the ground that he does not hold it by right of popular eleetior , as intended by the Legislature when framing the Municipal Corporations Act. As there was an objection to the suspension of Standing orders, the motion could not be put. It was eventually decided by a large majority that the Mayoral salary for the ensuing year should bo LI. Councillor Fish did not vote.

There are great complaints among the men employed at Mullocky Gully on the Government contract, Otago central line, about non-payment of wages. The ship Bruce, from Calcutta, struck the middle bank at the entrance between the north and south channel at about 2 p.m. She came in without a pilot, and in defiance of a signal that the bar was dangerous. The tug Koputai towed her off at 4 p.m, Dunedin, Deo. 24,

A large public meeting of the sympathisers with Mr. Fish was held last evening, when resolutions expressing sympathy with Mr. Fish, and disapproval of Mr. Walters’ conduct, were passed. A petition was numerously signed, calling on the Mayor to resign. For Mr. Fish’s expenses subscription lists were opened, and donations from 10 guineas to five shillings each were freely given. Mr. H. Driver, M. H.R. , moved one of the resolutions.

James Brogden, of the firm of Messrs. John Brogden and Sons, is on his way to the Colony in connection with matters in dispute between that firm and the Government.

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INTERPROVINCIAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 39, 25 December 1879

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INTERPROVINCIAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 39, 25 December 1879

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