PER OUR SPECIAL WIRE.
INTERPROVINCIAL. Auckland, Jan. 7. The Natives are mustering for the great meeting at Waitan. Major Ivlair will represent the Government. The Rev. J. Berry delivered a lecture last night at the Lyceum Hall, Hamilton, Waikato. Subject; “My trip to England.” The Hon. F. Whitaker occupied the chair. Messrs. Grant ard Foster, representing tho Lincolnshire farmers, also addressed the meeting, referring to tho hospitality they had experienced. They like the quality of the soil. They go over to Williamson’s swamp and proceed to Fouconrt aud Parc ora, afterwards to Matawata. It is now said that Jno. Smith, draper, and not His Excellency, offered 500 guineas for Libeller. A young man named Walter Tine, who caned some larrikins who insulted his female relative and annoyed himself, was fined 40s. It has transpired that prior to Chiniquy’s meeting at Otahuhu, a deputation from the Orangemen (Messrs. Donald and Reid) waited on Archbishop Steins to acquaint him of the rumors as to expected disturbances at Otahuhu. A satisfactory interview with the Archbishop and VicarGencral ensued, aud the deputation were assured that all the clergy could do would be done to prevent any of their people committing a breach of tho peace. At the conclusion, the Bishop shook hands with the deputation, and thanked them warmly for having come to him and openly stated their opinions. Napier, Jan. 7. It appears probable that the streets of Napier will shortly be lighted by kerosene, the price charged by the Gas Company being so excessive that the Council has declined to renew their contract on the terras specified. The gas is not of the best quality, and the price is from 18s. for cash to 255. on credit.
A youth named Arthur Barnsley, who was about two years ago found guilty at Wellington of forging a telegraphic money order, was to-day arrested at Waivoa on a charge of forging Mr. R. A. Maney’s name to a cheque. A fellow named Russell was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment by the Waipawa Bench for a brutal assault on his wife. The neighbors interfered, or it is believed the poor woman would have been killed. So roughly did her rescuers use the brute that it is believed several of bis ribs are broken. Wellington, Jan. 7. The strike among the telegraph operators lias terminated, Blenheim and Dunedin having resumed work. It is believed Mr. Vesoy Stewart is about to complete arrangements for the purchase of a largo block of land in Poverty Bay district from the Government, for the purpose of forming another settlement on tho same basis as that at Kati Kati. Subscriptions to tho regatta are coming in fast, and it is expected the regatta will be a great success. At the Bankruptcy Court yesterday tho Chief Justice pointed out that not only every trader but also private individuals who became bankrupt were liable to have their certificates suspended if no books had been kept. The meeting of shareholders of the “ New Zealand Times ” Company this afternoon approved of tho sale of tho paper to Mr. Chantry Harris, and passed a resolution to wind the Company up. The directors, however, refused to give Mr. Harris possession until the resolution is confirmed at a statutory meeting to be held 20 days hence. At the Supreme Court to-day the following sentences were passed :—Christopher Connell, unnatural offence, 10 years ; Honora Morgan, larceny, 3 months. The Hinemoa with His Excellency and suite on board arrived at 0 p.m. this evening. She was delayed owing to a slight accident to her machinery. It is understood that tho result of the inquiry into the conduct of the sublieutenant of Wellington Naval Brigade is that he be permitted to resign bis commission. The inquiry was held in consequence of complaints made that Leary was intoxicated while at boat practice. The Government steamers Stella and Hinemoa have been supplied with 259 rations and one week’s provisions for their crews. It is believed both steamers arc under orders to sail at 4 o’clock to-morrow morning, but their destinations are not made public. Christchurch, Jan. 7. A conviction for arson lias at last been obtained here. In the Supremo Court today the youth Edgar Osborne, charged with setting fire to a store in St. Asaph street, was found guilty and sentenced to six years’ penal servitude. D. O’Brien, for forgery and uttering, got two years with hard labor. David Tucker and T. Jones, were charged with house breaking and entering, the former received four years’ penal servitude, and the latter was acquitted. The riot cases will not lie heard till Friday as there are still several cases to be heard. Proceedings are to be taken immediately for the recover} 7 of all Land Tax due for the past year. Gretmoutii, Jan. 7. Tho strike among the Public Works employes is over. Some returned to work yesterday, and tho remainder to-day. The amount of gold exported from this port for tho year ending 30th December, 1879, exceeds' by 15000x7 the previous year. Tjmaru, Jan. 7. Chiarini’s circus is drawing crowded houses. Last night and to-night over 5000 persons were present. It lias now been definitely decided to hold a grand Orange procession on July 12. The weather continues favorable to the crops, which are looking splendid. Business of late has shown a marked improvement in all branches, and though money is still scarce, a very confident feeling prevails. Wool is coming in freely, and the clip promises to be well up to tho average, despite tho heavy losses of sheep in the back country last winter. Dunedin, Jan. 7. Arrived at the Heads —-Marlborough, ship,.from Glasgow. At tho City Police Court to day, James Midgoley and Thomas Cnrreu wove charged with having feloniously stabbed Elisha Harris on Dec. 30. Currcn was discharged and Midgeley committed for trial. At the City Court to-day John David Cheeno, a new arrival, was sentenced to nine months for theft. It was proved ho is very respectably connected at Home. The final selection of the Otago eleven has been made as follows ;• —-Cargill, Clark, Collinson, Conway, Cooke, Crawshaw, Haskett, Paramor, Spring, Horuon. Emergency—Parker. They are considered a weak team, and Canterbury should have no difficulty in disposing of them.
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