Auckland, Dec. 29.
The Hon. J. Sheehan, it is stated, comes here this week to settle and practise at the Cambridge and Native Lands Court, probably in partnership with another legal gentleman.
The Lincolnshire deputation left here to-day by train for the Waikato. The party will proceed, in the first place, to Raglan, visiting the adjacent country, afterwards examining the Waikato frontier settlements, and spending some time in the Piako country. It is expected that the party will be absent from town about ten davs.
The Rev. Mr. Edger preached a thoughtful discourse yesterday on the good influence of the Sunday afternoon Messiah concert for the people. He held the announcement of this sacred concert as an initiatory step towards providing the public with rational and healthful amusement on the weekly day of rest, foreshadowing the opening of a new era of progress for Auckland. Auckland, Dec. 30. The Hero arrived at 1 a. m. from Sydney. A deputation of citizens and representatives of the Orange Lodges boarded the vessel and welcomed Pastor Chinicpiy. lie delivered an address in the saloon, after which the deputation retired. Everything passed off quietly ; detectives and police in plain clothes and uniform were on the wharf in case their services would" he required. Pastor Chiniquy landed in the forenoon. At a meeting of Orange Lodges last night it was resolved to furnish Chiniquy whatever protection and assistance he might require during his mission here.
Two Mormon Missionaries are here but unable to get a Hall to lecture inA £;;■ A number of officials in the Native Department are being dispensed with. The Hero brings 59 head pedigree cattle and bulls, including the Duke of Newcastle and Duke of York. A woman named Robinson, living at Pokeno, tried to dash a child’s brains out yesterday by hitting it against the bedpost. The child is not expected to live. Constable Walker took the woman to the Asylum to-day. Her husband was away South at the time.
A fire broke out at the parsonage of the Rev. Mr. Calder, Hamilton, but was suppressed through the presence of mind of a girl fifteen years old. A fearful hurricane passed over the Fijian group on Dee. 12, causing immense destruction of property. Levuka, the capital, through a fortunate change in the direction of the cyclone, suffered little in comparison with other parts. Not a banana or coooanut tree is left standing, and the sugar crop is partially destroyed. The Sydney brig Shannon and the schooner Ariel are on shore, and several smaller cutters and-crews have been lost. The brigantine Meg Merrilies, which left Auckland on Dec. 4, with passengers and cargo, would be in the vicinity of Levuka on the day in question, and she had not arrived on Dec. 21, so that fears are entertained for her safety. Auckland, Dec. 31. Superintcndant Thomson, in accordance with instructions from Wellington, interviewed the Chiuiquy Reception Committee, for the purpose of pointing out the responsibility they undertake in adopting any steps likely to disturb the public peace. He also acquainted them that he was charged with a similar mission to the leadersof the opposite party. Captain Daldy, Chairman of the Committee, replied to Superintendent Thomson that they wore well aware of the responsibility they incurred, and wore perfectly prepared to accept the consequences. The question was put to Thomson as to whether he anticipated any disturbances, and he replied that so far as his information at present extended, he had no reason to think there would be any. A son of Mr. William Robinson, “ Herald” reporter, four years of age, fell off’ the parapet of a garden wall and died in a few hours from suffusion of blood on the brain.
Mr. Abraham Tovey, Maluirangi Missionary, is believed to be drowned, as his b sat and hat have been found.
Ghahamstown, Doc. 30. The Albumin’s clearing up for the month will give nearly dOOOozs, and a dividend of 20s on 800 shares, making LI 17s fid per share in two months. The mine is looking splendid. Shares are at L 5 10s.
Hawjska Plains, Dec. 30.
Colonel Roberts, Commander-in-Cliief, with Captain Wilson, visitedTitokowara’s settlement incog, yesterday, and was most graciously received by bis old antagonist. Colonel Roberts’ little army is in a thorough state of organisation. There is not the slightest probability, however, of war services being required. Wellington, Dec. 30.
Sailed —Wakatipu, for South. Passengers—Mrs. Knowles, Messrs. Bonnington, Binns, and Sergeant Major Coleman, with 50 A. 0., who will bo distributed bo tween Timarn and Christchurch, to prevent similiar outrage as on Boxing Day. In expectation of further riots at Christchurch and Timaru on New Year’s Day, 50 Armed Constabu ary left for the South this morning by the Wakatipu. Strong feeling on both sides has been ex pressed in Wellington, :nd if any occasion for a gathering offered, stringent precautions would have to be taken to prevent a collision. The arrival here of Pastor Ohiniquy is looked forward to with anxiety by all the peace-loving portion of the population, it is generally understood that, as a matter of expediency, the local press will take no notice of him whatever. A rumor is prevalent here that both sides are rolling up men at Timarn, and it is causing much excitement.
The Hinemoa loft for Msvnukau at 10.40 this evening, with His Excellency and Lady Robinson on board.
Owing to tho illness of Mrs Wheeler at Nelson, Captain Wheeler, of tho steamer Wakatipu, goes there by steamer to-night. Captain Cameron, ship’s husband of the Union Steamship Company, takes the Wakatipu South. An extraordinary meeting of shareholders of the “Now Zealand Times” Company will be held on Monday. The business is in connection with the winding up of tho Company, in consequence of the recent purchase.
A man named James Dodds was drowned in tho Tauheru river at Carterton yesterday. It is believed that while crossing the river in a heavy fresh, ho was washed off his horse. The body was recovered.
Mr. Smith, who fell dead on the road at Carterton yestei'dry, is brother-in-law to Superintendent Scully, of the Napier Police. The “ Chronicle ” states that a number of Auckland and Wellington Orangemen have gone south to take part in a demonstration on New Year’s Day.
Oamaiu;, Dec. 30. The cricket match between Invercargill and Oamaru was won by the former, the scores being—Oauiaru,' 108 ; Invercargill, 129.
Heavy rain fed to-d. y, and it is reported that in several places the crops have been laid. Very little damage can, however, have been done, as the rainfall was of short duration and there are signs of line weather. r
Dunedin, Dec. 30.
Close on 0000 persons booked at the Dunedin central station during the Christmas holidays. About 50 special constables are to be sworn in to assist the police, if necessary, in preserving order on New Year’s Day. Up to the present only three men have entered from Otago for the National Rifle Associate a’a meeting, to be held at Nelson in Feb- uary next. Two men, named James Midgley and Thomas Barren were arrested early this morning on a charge of stabbing one Elisha Harris, The depositions, of the wounded man were taken as follows ; “At 3.45 a.in. on Tuesday, Dec. 30, 1879, the men now present knocked at the door. My wife called “Harry.” I jumped out of bed and went to the door, and went to hit the tall man, that one now here. Hi., stabbed me Imre. I wont in. He went away. They , both wont away. I told my wife 1 avas stabbed. That’s all about it, and 1 make this declaration belie ing lam dying. I can’t ask him any questions.— Elisha H '.huts. ” The wound was immediately over the heart, and had evidently been inflate 1 with a penknife. Harris is now in a critical state. The affair took, place outside his house in Maciaggan street.
Inveucaugii.l, Doc. 31. At the Police Court yesterday. Lachlan Reynolds, a boy of Hi years, was committed for trial for setting lire to a barn. He was admitted to bail.
At a meeting of the Town Council attention was drawn to the insufficient number of railway carriages, and enquiries were ordered with a view to a remedy.
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