Per our Special Wire. Auckland. Dec. 2(1. The Rev. Joseph Berry, and Messrs. Foster and Grant, the Lincolnshire deputations, visit Waikato early ntxt week to inspect land suitable for Lincolnshire farmers. Arrived—lnglewood, from London, with 32 passengers ; 5 bulls, 1 cow, shorthorn stock. Arrived safely. It has rained all night and rp to noon, spoiling the holidays, and will greatly affect the attendance at the races. New Plymouth, Dec. 2G. A meeting of Mr. Courtney’s creditors was held on W ednesday, when it was decided to accept deed of assignment as filed. The liabilities show secured creditors L30,09ii ; unsecured, L 11.517. A woman named Henrietta M'Donald was found dead in Waitara river yesterday morning. It is supposed she walked into the river and was too intoxicated to get out. At the inquest, to-day, a verdict of “ found drowned ” was returned. A man was cut on the head with a quoit yesterday, and is not out of danger. A native chief named Pamariki, who was taken to the hospital on Monday dangerously ill, succumbed to the malady on Tuesday morning. He was suffering from fever similar to that prevalent at Pavdiaka, but lie caught it from the natives who visited the prophet. Wellington, Dec. 20. Wet weather completely spoil-d the holiday. An atheletic contest between Wellington and Wanganui took place, and the former won by one event. Arrived—Barque Leith worth, from London, with I)ss statute adults. She left on Sept, 13, and had an uneventful passage. No deaths occurred during the passage. The barque Hawthorpe, from Boston, arrived this afternoon.
Blenheim, Dec. 26. A horrible death by burning occurred at Para during Wednesday night. Deceased was named Thos. Gardner, one of Hornby's mill hands. He lived in a cottage by himself, and was scon going home the worse of liquor. Yesterday morning it was noticed his house was burnt down, and inspection discovered h'a charred remains. At the inquest a verdict of “accidental death,’* was returned.
Nelson, Dec. 26. The Interprovincial Cricket Match commenced at 11 o’clock to-day. The weather was splendid, and there was some good cricket. Nelson went in first, and were disposed of at one o’clock far 49. Christchurch, Deo. 28. The largest scoi-o ever made in Canterbury was put together to-day in the match Public Schools and Universities against The World (twelve a-side). The hitter, who included all the best howlers in Canterbury, leaving their opponents very weak, went in first and stayed there all day making 5(51. Ashby made U2 out of 153 on the board who nhe left; Alpe (formerly of Auckland), 97 5 Watson, 85 and G, Turner 66, The largest in a single innings previously made was 377, also on the Hagley Park ground.
Dunedin, Dec. 26. The weather was beautifully fine for the holiday. A serious accident occurred at Waikonau yesterday. A young man named Saddler of Port Chalmers had Ins arm shattered to pieces with a gun. He was out shooting, and in crossing a wire fence fell, and the gun wont off. "It is thought ho will have to have his arm amputated. John Do jglas, an immigrant on the Quarantine Island fell over fbo cliff an broke his collar bone and sustained other injuries,
The month's crushing at the Tipperary Co. Macetown, yielded 784 ozs. gold. Probably thex-e will be a dividend of L2 per share. Sailed—Arawata, for Melbourne.
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