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Auckland, April 10,

The mortality among the fish along the coast is increasing. The theory that it is attributable to the eruption on White Island is doubted, because the dead fish are found at to great a distance. A copy of the “ Salt Lake Tribune” received here strongly denounces the Mormon elders who visited New Zealand. It says one is an expelled Mason, the next an Atheist, and the last a fraud. Auckland, April 12.

A man named M'Murder was found dead in a closet at Powell’s boardinghouse. He was addicted to drink, although he was of good education. He was 70 years of age, and has no relations in the colony ; the cause of death was a fit of apoplexy. The Taiaroa sailed yesterday afternoon with the Southern mails.

Cambridge has been declared an infected district, owing to the spread of pleuropneumonia. The cattle sold at Buckland’s sale last week were killed by orders from the Cattle Board. Some were brought from Burke’s Farm, others from the run.

Captain Colbeck addressed his constuents at Kamo, where he received a vote of confidence on pledging his word to see the Whangarei Railway completed to deep water as soon as possible. Geahamstown, April 12. The High School was formally opened by the Mayor to-day. There was a large attendance of ladies and gentleman. Speeches were made referring to the educational policy of the co’ony and munificent actions of Government.

Tukokino has destroyed the facines lately placed on the road through the Komato settlement. Some details in the arrangements had displeased him. * A man named Henry Piggett was seriously injured by a fall of earth in the Alburnia mine this morning. A large committee was appointed at the public meeting to take steps to have the electoral rolls filled up. New Plymouth, April 10.

A deputation waited upon the Minister of Public Works this morning, in reference to the construction of a railway from Stratford to Hawera. Mr. Hulke urged that it was very desirable the work should be pushed forward as rapidly as possible, as part of the road was almost impassable during the winter months. The Hon. Mr. Oliver stated that Government would complete the work with all expedition, and intimated that the delay which had occurred already, was solely due to the fact that the settlers of the district had a dispute as to the direction of the line, and it was only in consequence of his recent visit to Hawera that Government would be enabled to come to a decision upon the matter, and the work would consequently be undertaken immediately. Wellington-, AprillO. The Secretary of the Post Office has supplied the following particulars relative to the delay of the San Francisco mail The mail from the United Kingdom, left New York on 9th March, but owing to a heavy fall of snow along the railroad the train did not reach San Francisco until 3 p.m. on the 17th. Further delay took place owing to a fire which brok^Hflj

on board the City of Sydney on the ing of the 14th amongst the cargo tor Honolulu stored in the forehold. The origin of the fire could not be ascertained, though the matter was thoroughly investigated. A portion of the mail, consisting of 109 bags, which were on board the steamer at the time of the fire, was not in any way damaged. The damage to the steamer was repaired with all possible speed, and she was ready for sea on the morning of the 20th, and left San Francisco at 12.30 p.m. She arrived at Honolulu at 6.30 a.m. on the 27th ; and left the same day at 11.40, arriving at Auckland at 3.30 p.m. yesterday, after a very fast passage, occupying 19 days 16 hours. The Southern marls leave Manukau by the steamer Taiaroa on Sunday. She comes to Wellington via New Plymouth*

connecting with the Eotomahana, which loaves for the South on Monday.

"te; a meeting yesterday of the Melb<Smo Exhibition Commissioners, Dr. Hector was appointed Executive Commissioner. It was resolved that the local committees which acted last year should act again for the coming Exhibition, which will be opened on October 1. At the meeting of the City Council last night re recent resolutions passed by the Fire Brigades, a committee was appointed to confer with the Brigades, and it was resolved to go on paying the latter as usual, until the committee come to a decision.

A man named David Cairns died at the Lunatic Asylum to-day. An inquest will be held on Monday. Information reached town this morning of the death of Mr. M'Coll, the Government photographer, at the Hot Springs, where he was on a visit for the benefit of his health.

Wellington, April 12. Nothing has been heard of the young men who went duck shooting in 'a boat at Wairarapa Lake, on Friday. The police and other parties are still searching. The names of the men are Francis Cross, aged 19 ; George Cooley, 20 ; and Beverage, 15.

A Wellington crew intend competing in the champion out-rigger race at Auckland. Messrs. Caldwells' store, near Chetenham, Feilding, was totally destroyed by fire on Saturday night. The building was insured for £IOO and the stock for LIBO, in the National Company. Oamartj, April 10. Two tolerably heavy shocks of earthquake were felt this morning. Dunedin. April 10. A sharp shock of earthquake was felt at all the Otago stations at 9.42—direction, N.N.W. to S.S.E. The Civil Service Commission closed its sittings here to-day. Messrs. Caldwell, Logan, Floyd, and Commissioner Weldon have been examined.

At the inquiry re the infanticide case at Balclutha, the jury returned a verdict of wilful murder. The police yesterday arrested Isabella Hamilton at Tokomairiro.

The Cromwell Company have lodged a cake of 194 ounces from 230 tons.

Dunedin, April 12. There are now 230 children in the Otago Industrial School.

The damage by Burt’s fire on Saturday morning is estimated at L 1,500, which is covered by insurance in the South British Insurance Company. A serious fire occurred between one and 2 o’clock on Sunday morning in the foundry of Messrs. A. and T. Burt, Cumberland street. The flames had obtained a strong hold some time before, and could not be got under. They had begun in the department known as the “lacquering room,” and the damage was mainly confined to this portion of the premises. No one had been about the place since 2 o’clock on Saturday afternoon, prior to which time the work had stopped for the day. It is pretty certain the fire originated in connection with the furnace used in this room, and which could not have been properly extinguished before the men left their work. The damage done will probably amount to nearly LI,OOO, as the room had been fitted up at conThe fittings for the new were wholly deplant, &c., are insured in the South British office for L 3,000. Captain Jackson Barry is among the City of Florence’s passengers.

The Rev. J. W. Davis lectured last night in the Hanover street Baptist Chapel to a large audience, on “Being out of work.” He spoke from personal observation of the distress in Dunedin, which was more widespread than people believed. In all the foundries hands were only working half time, and out of 90 compositors 60 only were in regular work, the rest being on quarter time or doing nothing. Fully fifty carpenters were out of work, whilst the bulk of tradesmen were only earning from 355. to 50s. weekly. In the building trade 300 were idle, and 84 tailors were on half time, and 50 grocers’ assistants idle.

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INTERPROVINCIAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 86, 13 April 1880

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INTERPROVINCIAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 86, 13 April 1880

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