Auckland, March 5. The captain of an American whale ship at Russell, Bay of Islands, is in a lino fix. Two parties claim the American Consular agency, and both parties produce credentials. A Ministerial communication has been received by the Education Board warning them not to anticipate in future Government grants. The Education Board refused to sanction the establishment of a cadet corps in connection with the Thames public schools. At the election of three members of the District Board of Education, Dr. Campbell, and Messrs. L ike and Prince were elected. Mr. David Goldie was defeated. 120 School Committees voted. There are to be great festivities on Thursday at Stanley, Waitemata, on Mr. J. C. Firth’s estate, to celebrate the opening of the Upper Thames river navigation. Two members of the Ministry are expected to be present, also the members for the Thames, Waikato, and Auckland, and the Thames Mayor, as well as a number of Maori chiefs. A large number of applications are being made for separation orders by married women. Some singular facts have come to light in connection with the recent Mormon scandal. Mrs. Rucky, the wife of a fish hawker, who tried to bolt with Elder Pearce by the mail steamer, says she -was very unhappy at home, owing to the harshness of her husband. She appealed to Pearce for advice at several prayer meetings held by the Mormons, who recommended her to pray for guidance. She alleges she saw the Virgin in the night, and an angel told her to go to Utah. Mrs. Jackson, Christchurch, a widow and three children, accompanied Elder Pcarcc to Salt Lake. Mr. Whitaker’s secretary, in reply to a communication irom the Cambridge Farmers' Club, said the weight of professional testimony went against the existence of pleuro-pneumonia in Auckland. Mr. Kinloch, V.S., commenting on the letter emphatically reiterates that the disease does exist. Grahamstown, March 5. The case of Driscoll versus the Norwich Union Insurance Company, claiming LSO, part of amount of insurance money, was concluded, after two days’ sitting. Judgment, -was given for plaintiff. Considerable interest was taken in the case, and the evidence conflicting, the agent of the company swearing positively that he had not received the renewal premium. Three witnesses swore as positively to the contrary. The address of counsel occupied nearly four hours. Other cases are likely to result from this one. Scarlet fever is spreading. There has been a stormy meeting of the County Council, members accusing each other of malpractices in the sale of the balance of the iron imported by Government for the large water race sold by the County. Napier, March 3. Mary Strafford, a little girl six years of ago, daughter of an employd of the railway, died on Tuesday evening from lockjaw, caused by a cut in the hand, the result of a fall. The wound was but slight and no serious consequences were anticipated at the time of the accident. Waitara, March 5. The Native Commission commenced sitting this morning. Between sixty and seventy natives were present, amongst them were several of influence, including the brother of the celebrated William King, Mrs. Simoon, and an intelligent looking half-caste has also attended to give evidence. Many natives in this district are staunch believers in Te Wliiti, and contribute very liberally towards his support, and are providing food &c., for his monthly meeting at Parihaka. Some natives present are anxious to have their titles to land investigated individually,'but others also interested in the same land, and who reside at Parihaka object to it. The Commission will probably take all evidence to be given here by to-morrow afternoon, and hold one or two sittings at Werihi, some few miles from Waitara. The Maoris were loud and cordial in their greeting to Sir W. Fox when he arrived. Wellington, March 5. The man who was killed by a fall of gravel at Featherston was John Woodfield, aged 37. Mr. Dick, M.H.R., the recently appointed Colonial Secretary, arrived to-day, and was sworn in. The N.Z. Loan and Mercantile Agency report, under date London, 2nd Maich— Wool sales progress firmly. They comprise about 187,000 bales. The list is now closed. 20,000 bales have been sent to the manufacturing districts. Direct sales will close on the 12th. Up to date 121.000 bales have been sold ; the principal advances have been in crossbred, superior greasy, superior combing, washed, and scoured. Competition by both Homo and foreign buyers is active. The next sales will commence on 29th prox., 350.000 bales being admissable. Tallow market is quiet, best mutton being worth L 37, and best beef L 35 10s. per ton. Foreign arrivals are light. Wheat —Adelaide is worth GOs., and New Zealand 575. per 4961b5. The leather market is flat. A report has j ust reached town that one man has been killed and another seriously injured by a fall of gravel in a ballast pit at Featherston. Typhoid fever is prevalent in some parts of the city. The flower show was a great success. The deputation appointed at the recent public meeting interviewed Government on the necessity of pushing on the Wel-lington-Foxton railway. The answer was that the matter will be considered by the Railway Commission. Kumara, March 5. An important case was decided by the Bench tr-daja L. Seebeck was summoned for having a public billiard room open, contrary to the bye-laws of the Borough, without alicense, according to the Municipal Corporations Act. Mr. Warner, as counsel for defendant, contended that billiard rooms were never contemplated to come under the clause referred to, but the Bench hold that although not specially defined, billiard rooms were public places of amusement. The case was, however, dismissed through the inefficiency of the evidence to prove the chaage. This case was tried as a test case. Timaru, March 5. Mr. Mosley, the anti-Chiuiquy lecturer, was remanded to Christchurch on a charge of obtaining 3s. from a tailor by false pretences. At the District Court, Frederick Arthur Sims, formerly a wholesale merchant, was sentenced to three months’ imprisonment for larceny. The prisoner had sold goods out of bond which lie previously conveyed to the National Bank, and, acting on the advice of his friends, refused to hand the proceeds over to the Bank manager. He received an excellent character from a number of merchants, including the Mayor of Timaru, some of whom had known him thirteen years. William Tait, for indecent assault, received a sentence of twelve mouths and one flogging in gaol. William Halford, for assaulting his wife, was sentenced to two months, and Duncan Cruickshank, for fraudulent insolvency, to nine months. Frank Poff, charged with fraudulent insolvency, was acquitted. Dunedin, March 5. Arrived—Wellington, from the North. Sailed Penguin, for the North ; Te Anau, for Melbourne. The Dunedin Presbytery has appointed a thanksgiving day for the bountiful harvest. Chiniquy challenges the Roman Catholic Bishop of Dunedin to show that the persecution laws of the Church of Rome have ever been repealed, and that he (the
Bishop) is not pledged by a solemn oath to exterpate all Protestants as soon as ho has the power to do so. William Mitchell, aged 14, was drowned in the Taieri near the ferry while bathing. A younger lad wtio was with him got frightened and ran away for assistance. At the City Police Court, two boys, aged 13 and 14, were sent to the Industrial School for two years, for petty larceny. Two other boys, charged with escaping from the school, were remanded as the master was absent from town.
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