PER OUR SPECIAL WIRE. INTERPRO YIN Cl AL. Auckland, Jan. 19. Sir George Grey has written to the Thames, stating that ho visits Auckland on the sth February, to open the College and Grammar Schools, then, if his health permits, he will go and address the Thames constituents. The Wanaka went into Wahi harbor and took 160 tons of the Kawi coal. This is the first trial of the coal by the Union Company. Heavy rains caused an overflow cf the Ohinemutu wharf and the low lands. Some damage was done to the crops. Maori Kingites are preparing for holding another great meeting at Hikurangi in March, between tho Ngatihua and Ngatimaniapoto tribes. It is not yet known whether the meeting will be open or the representatives of Government be invited. Rewi has quite recovered and is at Te Kopua. Ho says what with the luxuries of civilisation—jellies, syrups, and pastry —he has been nearly killed with kindness. Ho recovered -when lie returned to tho plain Maori diet. Tawhio addressed a meeting of tho principal chiefs the other day. Ijfrr* .strongly advised them to keep aloof from Te Whiti, and said in former times they had suffered through interfering in the quarrels of others. They had lost all their land but a few acres, and if they took up Te Whiti’s cause they would lose all. To continue their former obstinacy would only meet with disaster. Mr. Sheehan will go into partnership with Grace and others as natives’ agents and solicitors at Cambridge, where they will open an office. Wellington, Jan. 19. At the inquest to-day on the body of Francis Donald, shot a Kaiwarra rifle range on Saturday, tho jury returned a verdict of “Accidental Death;” and added a rider to the effect that some more stringent code of signals should be adopted. Nelson, Jan. 19. Sailed, at 11.30, the Government steamer Stella, for Lyttelton, with 75 immigrants, mostly coal miners, ex Opawa, who came out for Westport Colliery, which is not yet ready for work. Opunake, Jan. 19. There is a very small attendance at Parihaka meeting this month. This fact and Te Whiti’s words show that no importance is attached by tho natives to the removal of the Maori prisoners to Hokitika and Dunedin. To Whiti and Tohu both themselves satisfied there will be no fighting. Te Whiti says that he told them in September there would be a company of people sent to Parihaka before the prisoners returned. Several Europeans (including two ladies) from Opunake were present at the meeting. They were interviewed in the evening by Tohu, a Maori acting as interpreter. Unless the Royal Commissioners or Constabulary go up, nothing more is likely to take place at Parihaka till after March. Timaru, Jan. 19. At the R.M. Court to-day, John Guffin, late barman at the Club Hotel, was committed for trial at tho Supreme Court for larceny of money from tho till. A number of marked coins were traced to his posses sion. At the meeting of the Geraldine County Council to-day, slaughterhouse fees were fixed—Anyone killing two large or ten small cattle per week to pay an annual license fee of L2 ; and over this number a license fee of L 5. It was resolved to apply to Government for an advance of L2OO. A. hot discussion took place on tho proposal to make Timaru instead of Tomuka tho County town. Tbe question was eventually postponed. The weather is again very favorable for harvesting, and reaping is rapidly becoming general, tho crops looking magnificent. Dunedin, Jan. 19. A sudden death occured yesterday. A Mrs. Penham, at Brighton, was engaged in her usual household duties when she fell down, death being instantaneous. Heart disease was the cause of death Blue Duck, at Tinkers, washed up with a result of 15700z5. Tho Cornish Company, at Mount Burster, washed up with 2500z5. They expect lOOOozs. before finished. Inder and Guffie, at the same place, obtained 400ozs. for three months’ work by six men. In a fortnight hence they expect to wash up another 800ozs. Accounts from Dryhead are equally good. Last weok’s escort from Mount Ida was the largest sent down for years. The calling of the Hinemoa at Port Chalmeis with whitefish ova, was a mistake. The Acclimatision Society had made arrangements with Government that she was to proceed direct to Bluff, the whole of the Otago ova being intended to be sent to Lake Wakatipu for hatching. The mistake was discovered before the Hinemoa left, and the ova boxes were reshipped. Mr. Deane made an early
start this morning with tho ova from Bluff to Queenstown by special train.
Before the holidays there were 700 men at work on tho ‘ • unemployed ” section of tho Otago Central Railway at Hindon ; now there are only 300. On Winton section, near Oaraaru, there are 200 men, in place of 500 before the holidays. Electric fire indicators have now been fixed throughout the city, and connected with tho Central Fire Brigade Station. They work very well. At the Presbyterian Synod this afternoon, the Rev. L. Mackie moved that tho Synod, being made aware that Pastor Chiniquy, of Canada, will shortly visit this part of the colony with a view to raising funds for the erection of a College for the training of priests who have left tho Roman Catholic Church, beg to offer him a very hearty welcome, and suggest to ministers that they should render him whatever help ho may requre in pursuit of his object. It was ultimately decided that notice of motion should be given. Chiarini, tho circus proprietor, has offered a benefit on Friday for tho Irish famine relief fund. The case Davidson v. Davidson, petition for judicial separation, was continued before Mr Justice Williams at the Supreme Court to-day, and the case was concluded. Judgment was reserved. Some 50 persons attended old Knox Church, when the Rev. L. Moore conducted divine service. Before delivering his sermon ho explained that advanced ritualism was now practiced to such an extent in tho Episcopolian churches that he was compelled to initiate a service at which he, and those who thought with him, could worship God in accordance with the simple form of their Church’s service which was beautiful and effective in its simplicity.
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