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PER OUR SPECIAL WIRE. INTERPROVINCIAL. Auckland, Jan. 16. A double attempt was made to upset the Waikato trains to-day by placing large blocks of scoria on the rails, neav the mouth of the Domain tunnel. The vigilance of the drivers prevented the success of the dastardly attempt. The police are investigating the mystery. About two chains of the railway embankment are washed away on the Kaipara line by the recent rain. At the Thames a deputation waited upon Mr. Whitaker to urge the continuation of the work on the GrahamstownWaikato Railway. Mr, Whitaker advised the deputation to lay their case before the Minister of Wox-ks, who was expected to visit Auckland shortly. The first step to be taken would be to settle claims for compensation. It would be necessary to overcome the obstacles raised by Tukino, and come to some definite ai’rangement with that chief before the lino could be proceeded with. Wellington, Jan. 16. Owing to the dullness of the coastal trade tlm U.S.S Co. have decided on laying up three of their steamers. At the Supreme Court to-day, the case of Platt v. Smith and Moody was heard. The action was brought to recover from defendant LIOOO damages for breach of contract. The jury entered a verdict for L 920. Before the defendants carried out their agreement they became ins®lvent, and therefore plaintiff will only rank as a creditor in the estate. A deputation from the Chamber of Oommci’ce will wait on Government to-mor-row urging the necessity of erecting new post and telegraph offices. The fund in aid of the Irish distress is steady increasing. At the District Court to day Henry Best, commission agent, was summoned by Mrs. Mearcs, for L2OO, moneys alleged to have been received by the defendant as agent for the plaintiff, and fraudulently appropriated to his own use. His Honor reserved judgment until tomorrow. Christchurch, Jan. 16. The rainfall on Tuesday and Wednesday last as registered by Mr. J. B. Stansell, was 1.71 inches. There was a heavy thunderstorm between 3 and 4 o’clock this afternoon accompanied by vivid flashes of lightning and hail. It lasted about an hour ' and a half. The rain was very heavy this evening. The sky is again overcast and it is raining slightly. Timaru, Jan. 16. Two men, named W. Reilly and Robt. Robertson, were arrested to-day on a charge of robbery with violence. They were identified by a man named M'Nulty as the two men who had x’obbed him on the road, near the town, the previous night. Subsequently one of them was identified by another man, who was robbed a week ago about the same place. A young man employed as barman at the Club Hotel w r as brought up at the R. M. Court to-day, charged with the larceny of moneys from his employer, and remanded till to-morrow. Dunedin, Jan. 16. There are 7,050 scholars on the roll of the Presbyterian Sabbath schools in Otago, comprising 3,362 boys and 3,688 gii’ls. Yesterday afternoon Dave Bell, a sailmaker of the ship Auckland, fell down the main hold, a distance of 15ft., striking an iron tank in his fall and breaking his right le". He was brought ashore and conveyed to the Dunedin Hospital. The Fish testimonial is to be presented on Monday evening. The meeting will be open to ratepayers only, as Mr. Fish has expressed a desire to fully state the whole circumstances connected with the late Mayoralty contest and his subcontract with the contractors for the Town Hall. The total subscriptions amount to L 230. The hearing of the divorce case, Davidson v, Davidson, was continued at the Supreme Court to-day, before his Honor Mr. Justice Williams, but not concluded. At Port Chalmers to-day, while William Rumraall was engaged _ unloading a truck with casks from the ship Taranaki, the sling broke, and one of the casks

struck him, inflicting severe injuries on the head and face. Fears are entertained for his recovery. Invercargill, Jan. 16. The scaffolding at the new law court, now in course of' erection in Tay street,. gave way this afternoon, precipitating five men to the ground, a distance of thirty feet. One of the men, George Smith, is believed to be fatally injured while two others have sustained serious injuries. The other two escaped with a shaking and a few bruises. The three severely injured are now in the hospital, but the extent of their injuries is not yet known.

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THE LATEST., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 49, 17 January 1880

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THE LATEST. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 49, 17 January 1880