W.ELLINGTON, April 8. It is understood the charges against Mr. Whitelaw, Superintendent of the Asylum, by an ex-attendant, are principally that several breaches of discipline were allowed to pass unnoticed by him, and that about two months ago he asked a patient named Buchanan to go to work, and on his refusing, it is alleged that Whitelaw knocked him down and afterwards had him locked up for five and a-half-days, and fed on bread and water. It is further alleged that during the visit of several gentlemen to the Asylum, Buchanan was shifted from place to place, in order to prevent his having an opportunity to make a complaint. Dr. Duller solicitor, makes an application this afternoon at the Supreme Court in Chambers for a writ of “ habeas corpus ” to enable him to bring up from Dunedin the Maori prisoner Winari Parata and discharge him, as it is alleged he is no longer legally in custody. This is a test case in connection with the whole of the Maori prisoners. Wellington, April 9.
George Longhurst, convicted for rape, was sentenced to ten years’ hard labor and to receive fifty lashes. The “Times” states that Major Willis has resigned his seat for Rangitikei, and that Sir Wm. Fox is likely to come forward without opposition. The charges made against the Superintendent of the Asylum for cruelty to patients have been dismissed. At the Supreme Court, George Ward Beere, for fraudulent bankruptcy was acquitted. The Hon. Mr. Rolleston left by the steamer for the South this afternoon.
The San Francisco mail is signalled at at Auckland this afternoon. She will be in about five.
In the application for a writ of habeas corpus to bring up from Dunedin one of the Maori prisoners, a rule nisi was granted. It is understood that the whole of the legal questions relating to the confiscated lands will probably be raised on this rule.
Nelson, April 9.
A summons was served on Mr. Acton Adams, M.H.R., this morning for perjury. The perjury is alleged to have been committed during the hearing of a civil action, Adams v. Boyes, for wrongful sale by Mr. Edward Thomas (who brings the present information) of certain sheep over which he had given a bill of sale to Mr. Adams, but which bill of sale, Mr. Thomas alleged, he had satisfied by reason of Mr. Adams having sold other property which realised as much as the total amount he was indebted to Mr. Adams. The case of Adams v. Boyes was heard last February, in the District Court, and the plaintiff obtained judgment, but there has since then been litigation between Boyes and Thomas, when Boyes was nonsuited.
Dunedin, April 8.
By a fire which occurred last evening, an eight-roomed house in George street, belonging to John Adams, was destroyed. The only person in the house at the time was a young girl, a servant. The fire originated in this girl’s bedroom, but she says she was not in the room since halfpast two in the afternoon. Insurances— Standard, L 250 ; Northern L3OO. Dunedin, April 9.
The average attendance of scholars at the Otago district schools during March quarter was 15,472, showing an increase of 1,633 for the corresponding period last year. Three common jury cases are set down for trial at the civil sittings, one being a divorce case, the parties being connected with the police. A strong bar is engaged. SOUTH CANTERBURY JOCKEY CLUB ANNUAL MEETING. First Day—Thursday, April 8. The races were poorly patronised. The weather w r as dull and unfavorable, and there is very little betting. TRIAL STAKES. Mata ... ... ... ... 1 Hunnington ... ... ... 2 Won easily. MAIDEN PLATE. Volunteer ... ... ... 1 Thilo ... 2 Faugh-a-Ballagh 3 TIMARU CUP. Betrayer ... ... ... 1 Titania ... ... ... 2 Camballo ... ... ... 3 PLYING HANDICAP. Mata ... ... ... ... 1 Tera ... ... ... ... 2 Hunnington ... ... ... 3 [by telegraph.] Second Day—Friday, April 9. The course to-day was moderately patronised. The weather was cloudy and threatening, but no rain fell. S. C. J. C. HANDICAP. Mata ... ... ... ... 1 Betrayer 2 Titania... ... ... 3 Volunteer and Tera also ran. Won by half-a-length. Time—2 min. 45 sec. HURDLE RACE. Milo 1 Little John ... ... ... 2 Won easily, by three lengths.
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