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Per our Special Wire.

INTERPROVINOIAL. Auckland, Dec. 31. A man named PoterSmith, bushman, was discovered last night by Captain Farqnhar indecently assaulting a little girl at Freeman’s Day. He thrashed the scoundrel, vho escaped. Detectives have identified a prisoner arrested for drunkenness as the offender, from the description given. Arrive!—Hinemoa, with His Excellency the Governor and suite. His. Excellency was received by Mosers. J. G. Clark and B. Tonka, on behalf-of the Jockey Club, which provided a carriage lb convoy him t< ■ the city. " . Sailed—Taoiora, for South. The Customs duties of the Port for the month were 1,17,17 d. An iuebria ed man stood on the line near the rang • as the .train came along. He staggered clear of the engine and then caught lin’d of the hand rail of the carriage. Tie was dragged along, but the driver Cooke slackened speed and throw the man clear of the rails. The platelayers seized the eccentric individu d, (who said he was one of the Kelly gang) and handed hhn over to the Police.

The Raton ihaina goes. to-morrow on an excursion down Hauvaki Gulf and round the Croat Barrier, visiting Port Abercrombie. A great crush of passengers is expected.

The Minister for Public Works telegraphs to the Mayor that the Public Works contracts will be gone on with promptly.

Wkllikgton, Deo. 31.

A despatch from the Chief .Secretary of State for the C domes, assenting to the Acts passed in the first session of 1379, .appears in the Gazette. The designation of the General Manager of Telegraphs lias been altered to Superintendent. CnuiSTownnon, Dec. 31.

A young lad named James Kelso, who lives at St. Albans, was arrested this afternoon on the charge of causing the death of a lad named W. R. Hobbs, on the night of Christmas eve. These two lads, it seems, belong to two mobs of boys who live at St. Albans, and some months ago they quarrelled with each other. On the night in question the two parties were in town, and Kelso and deceased, who were among them, renewed their quarrel in front of Poole's shop, Colombo street. Hobbs then went on towards borne, and Kelso is alleged to have followed and knocked him down. Hobbs was taken homes by two men with his jaw, temple, and arm hurt, he was better next day, and went to the cricket ground. Subsequently he complained of his head lining very bad, ho became worse yesterday, and died this morning. Messrs. Halo and Povbos have prepared twine from New Zealand flax for. reapers and binders, and a test was made to-day at Messrs Mason aod Strothers, It was successful. The deaths for December in Christchurch and aiirrminding districts wore 14.3 ; niavriages, 39 ; and deaths, 37. These are a great improvement on . the statistics for the same mouth, last. year. The births during the year were 2051, maviiages 422, deaths, 700. The weather has cleared up, but. it is not at all settled. The rain was nut heavy last night, and will do no harm.

There .‘'.re 72 entries for the various events in to-morrow'a regatta at Lyttelton, which promises to ho a very successful

Ti’.iauu, Dec. 31. Wet weather has again set in, much to the detriment of crops. Oamaicv, Dec. 31.

The ha:;aar for the benefit of the Athenaeum was opened to-day by the Mayor. There was a good, attendance.

Dun mux, Deo. 31. Arrived—-Tui-arua, from Sydney via East Coast.

Tho baud competition at the Caledonian (lames, which commence to-morrow, has fallen through from Jack of entries, the Christchurch band being prevented from attending in consequence of the annual sports in that city having been-postponed froni tho original date until to-morrow. Mr. Joseph Clark has, through Mr. McKellar, made the handsome donation of a hundred guineas to the Tapanui Agricultural Association. Alisha Harris, who was stabbed the other day, is reported to have a chance of recovery.

Rain is falling, and the weather does not look promising for the holidays.

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Per our Special Wire. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 42, 1 January 1880

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