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INTERPROVINCIAL.

Auckland, Jan. 13. Three Mormon missionaries are creating some excitement in Auckland. On Sunday they delivered several discourses at Cook street Friendly Societies’ Hall. Superintendent Thomson and Captain Bretton went to Kaipara for the purpose of investigating a charge, instituted by the Government against Captain Lowry, late pilot of Kaipara. Major Peacock has started a fund for the relief of Irish distress, and headed the list with LlO. In an action, Lyons v. Wells, of Papakura, for seduction of plaintiff’s daughter, damages were laid at LISO. The jury awarded LIOO. Mr. Moss addressed the electors at Parnell last night. There was a large attendance. Moss defended the Grey administration, and denounced the Hall Ministry. There were more jobs perpetrated by the latter in two months than by any other administration in two years. Unless more extended and powerful local self- government were given the colony avould break down under the weight of centralism. The Grey Government had at least the merit of being patriotic, but the Hall Government could prefer no claim to public respect or esteem. A vote of thanks and confidence was carried unanimously. On the motion of Mr. James Wrigley, the following resolution was carried by acclamation :—“ That the taxation recently imposed by the present Government is impolitic, inquistorial, and oppressive.” The following is the allotment of the. white fish ova. The shipments for the South have been packed in ice cheats : Auckland, 90,000 ; Taupo and Tarawera, 45.000 ; Napier, 50,000 ; Christchurch, 500.000 ; Opawa, 100,000; Dunedin, 250,000; Invercargill, 300,000 ; Wakatipu, 250,000 ; Nelson, 250,000. Gbahamstom'n, Jan. 14. An attempt is being made to oust Mr. Wilkinson, editor of the “ Advertiser,” returned at last election by one vote for the South Ward of the Borough, on the ground of being a contractor for stationery to the Council in December. A telegram has been received by the Thames Land Association from Mr. Rolleston, stating that 13,000 acres more land will be offered on the deferred payments system, in areas of 10 acres to 320. The telegram states the terms will be as good as Government can offer under the settlement clauses of the Land Act. The meeting of the Railway Committee this morning appointed a deputation to proceed to Auckland to interview Mr. Whitaker re the construction of the railway from the Thames end. New Plymouth, Jan. 13. Great preparations are being made for the tangi over old Tamihana, who was killed on Saturday by a horse at the Bell Block. Over 300 natives have assembled to take part. The Waitara bridge has nearly been burned. Some men passing early in the morning found the floor burning and succeeded in extinguishing it, but a large hole was burned. Napier, Jan. 13. Superintendent Spence and Foreman Gilbert have been appointed to represent Napier at the forthcoming conference of fire brigades at Dunedin. Heavy rain is now falling, and has put a stop to operations. The examinations for the Sir Donald M‘Lean Maori Scholarships have been brought tc a close. Fourteen boys competed for the three scholarships. The papers generally were exceedingly good, the geography in particular being remarkably 0 well done, while the map drawing and the arithmetic were better than many European lads could do. Wellington, Jan. 13. At the Police Court this morning two young men were charged with stealing three" coffins from the yard of an auo-, lioneer. The cases were dismissed, as it was proved they were a New Year’s Eve joke. Sub-Lieutenant Leary, of the Wellington Naval Brigade, has resigned, in accordance with the finding of the Court of inquiry, held to investigate the charge made against Leary’s conduct. It is understood the Royal Commission on Native Affairs will consist of Sir Francis Dillon Bell, Sir. W. Fox, and Mr. Tawhai. Colonel Scratchley inspects Wellington harbor before proceeding South. He made a trip round the harbor to-day in the Stella, but die weather was unfavorable. She makes another to-morrow. Alex. Martin, a seaman on the Bebington, was sentenced to two mouths for stabbing another seaman of the same vessel. Another perjury action, J. Johnston v. E. J. O’Conor, was commenced at the R.M. Court to-day and adjourned, owing to the latter’s absence at Kavamea. Application for the arrest of O’Conor, on the ground of tampering with witnesses with intent to evade the service of the information, was refused. The perjury case, O’Conor v. Johnston, is now pending in Reefton Court. The litigation between the two persons, which commenced over three cattle, has so far cost some LSOO, and is not yet finished. Wellington, Jan. 14. At a public meeting hold in the Jewish schoolroom last night, a Committee was appointed to collect subscriptions to alleviate prevalent distress in Jerusalem. At two o’clock this morning the jury in the case of Bath v. Williams, an action to recover LSOO for alleged false imprisonment, brought in a verdict for defendant. Continuous rain since Saturday night is doing serious injury to the crops. At the Police Court the charge of perjury against P. K. Watty, commission agent, for false declaration before the Deputy-Commissioner of Stamps, was dismissed. It is believed Watty intends to prosecute those who laid the information. Hokitika, Jan. 13. The largest Church of England picnic that has taken place for years was held to-day in honor of the visit of the Primate and Archdeacon Harper, over 1500 people of all denominations attending. Before dispersing three cheers were given for Bishop Harper, the Archdeacon and the Rev. Mr. Hamilton, winding up with “ God Save the Queen.” Oamaru, Jan. 13. The North Otago Coursing Club had its meeting to-day. The balance-sheet showed a surplus of £96 after paying all outstanding accounts. It was resolved that the secretary take such action as he might deem desirable for opening the coursing season in April. It was also resolved to write to the other clubs agreeing to co-operate with them in the appointment of one judge for all clubs. Messrs. Ronayne and Thomson were appointed delegates to act at the conference to be held shortly in Oamaru. The stakes for the Hurdle Race have been awarded to Te Whetu, the jockey having to write a letter of apology to the judge. It is probable that a race meeting will take place some time in April. Dunedin, Jan 13. The arranged match, England v. the Colonies, sides being chosen principally from the players in the International Match, was played on the Caledonian ground to-day, but little interest was taken in it. England went first to the wickets, and scored 75, Spring and Ashby being the only ones who succeeded in making any stand against the howling of McLennan and Frith. At a quarter to four a drifting rain commenced, and play was consequenty knocked off. The Colonies had started their innings, and lost three wickets for the total of 45.

Twenty-three delegates from other places will attend the annual meeting of the United Fire Brigade Association, on the 20th instant.

The “Star” learns on good authority

that a gentleman who is about to proceed to the Home country has left the sura of LSOOO to bo divided amongst the local charities. Dunedin, Jan. 14. It is raining heavily and floods are feared. The coroner’s jury returned a verdict of incendiarism against some persons unknown in respect of the fire which destroyed Arthur O’Neill’s dwelling at Tuapeka east last month. Invercargill, Jan. 13. The propi’ietors of Printz claim, Longwood, have resolved to throw it into a company. The number of shares and their nominal value will be published shortly. The National Bank yesterday shipped 8750z5. gold for Melbourne. Invercargill, Jan. 14. A requisition has been presented to the Mayor to call a meeting to inaugurate an Irish relief fund. The volunteers are unanimously in favor of Captain Thomson for the Majority of the district, vacant by the death of Major M‘Robie. He at first refused, but now consents to accept the appointment if offered. It is reported here that the new proprietors of the Wellington morning paper intend to introduce female labor into the office as Mr. Bain introduced it into the “ Southland Times.”

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INTERPROVINCIAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 48, 15 January 1880

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