Auckland, April 20. At the Supreme Court to-day, the charge of embezzlement against J. 0. Young of LSO belonging to the' Government broke down, owing to two Maori witnesses getting into a fog over some accounts that were placed before them, and each contradictidg the other. The Crown Prosecutor said that after the evidence of these witnesses he could not see how the jury could convict. His Honor remarked that the evidence was not such as they could convict a man upon, and directed the jury to return a verdict of not guilty. The prisoner was admitted to bail of LSOO to appear to-morrow to answer another indictment.
Auckland, April 21.
Coal deposits have been discovered at Mahurangi. Messrs. Whitaker and Palmer are endeavoring to induce the settlers owning the land to join, and have the deposits worked by a strong Joint Stock Company, paying a royalty to owners of land in which the seams may be worked. A new training college for. junior teachers, has just been completed in Wellesley street, at a cost of L 3,890. A fire at Coromandel destroyed Leon’s Hotel. Nothing was- saved., It is supposed the fire was accidental. Young’s case has been adjourned until to-morrow, owing to the arrival of important documents from Tauranga. The Hon. Mr. Oliver returned here from the Thames early this morning. He proceeds south by the Penguin on Friday. Stealing lead from the roofs of houses is prevalent. Napier, April 20. Mr. R. D. Maney, who contested the last election for Napier, has filed his schedule, with liabilities amounting to L 22,021, and assets of L 20,420. L 17,400 are secured by mortgage. His creditors at their meeting resolved to withdraw the bankruptcy', and granted Mr. Maney 12 months to collect debts owing to hirii. Revival services of a sensational character are being conducted by the Rey. Mr. Pym, but they are not very successful. Napier, April 21. At the Harbor Board meeting yesterday, the following resolutions were passed That the arrangements made by the pilot for taking off the San Francisco mails to the Rotorua on the 24th ultimo were faulty, and showed want of forethought and energy. In future, the Postmaster, if an emergency arises for using the lifeboats, should communicate with the Chairman or Secretary of the Harbor Board.”
Thres children, of ten, seven, and five years, were brought before the B.M. this morning, charged with being neglected children. The'father of the children is an old offender, the mother died while the father was in gaol, and the children have been kept by the nuns ever since. They were ordered to be sent to the kelson Industrial School. .
Wellington, April 20. A sharp shock of earthpuake was felt here at 12.42 this morning. The direction was north to south.
At the Supreme Court this morning the case of Lockie and others v. McDonald and others, the original directors .of the Wellington Tramway Company was commenced. The action is io set aside the sale of the undertaking by the Company on the ground that the provisional doctors of the Company had become ally interested in the undertaking vyith the original promoters. The case is likely to occupy two or three days. v Wellington, April 21.
An information has been laid against a butcher named Deveraux for setting fire to his house on Feb. 4th. The ca»e will be heard on Friday. Messrs. Bell and Fox, Native Commissioners, are here, and will remain for a few days, but it is not known whether it is intended to take any evidence.
The Colonial Treasurer leaves for Taranaki to-night for a short holiday. The Colonial Secretary returned from the south to-day. The action in the Supremo Court to sot aside the sale of the Wellington tramway is not likely to conclude until to-morrow. Timaeu, April 21. » It ig announced by advertisement that, sufficient inducement offers, a first-class lP*sel will leave Timaru for Cape Town direct, at the end of the month. Within two days over twenty passages have been applied for, chiefly by well-to-do working men.
Tate, who was sentenced to two floggings for indecent assault, received his first punishment at the gaol. Yesterday the information trough by a married woman named 'Graff, against Jonathan Allpress, for kissing her against her will because she could not pay what sne owed, was dismissed, as no corroborative evidence was produced. Surprise and dissatisfaction is generally expressed at the delay that has taken place in connection with the memorial praying for the release of the bankrupt Sims, on the ground that Judge Ward should have accepted the verdict twice returned by the jury as a verdict of acquittal. The memorial, which was numerously and influentially signed, was despatched to His Excellency about six weeks ago, and the feeling is prevalent that Sims, who has now completed half his sentence, has been wrongly imprisoned. A seal 10ft. long was seen sporting about in the water at the end of the breakwater this morning. Several boats were manned, and went in pursuit, but the stranger escaped.
Dunedin, April 21.
When the second charge of murder against Butler comes on he will apply for a change of verm to Christchurch. At a meeting of Guthrie and Larnach’s Woodware Factory Company, LlO,lOl 11s. lOd. were voted to stand to the credit of the profit and loss account, but the directors did not recommend a dividend. The report was adopted. The minor charges against Butler are to be taken to-morrow.
With regard to Mitton’s case, after the act of incorporation of the Athenceum, Judge Johnston said as there was no benecial interest to any person, he did not know why he was bx’ought down to try the case. Mr. Haggitt replied he had urged that view befox’e, but Judge Williams thought otherwise. In the case of Mackenzie v. Smith, a rule for a new trial was made absolute with costs. Notice of appeal was given. - In Larnach and others v. Mackenzie, a rule absolute with costs was granted. Invercargill, April 21. Thomas Flynn, a bootmaker, at Gore, filed for L6O. He was afterwards discovered to have withdrawn LOO from the bank. On being taxed with this he gave up L7G. The bankrupt was brought up at the District Court, and remanded for eight days. The Judge intimated that the creditors woxxld receive their amount due in full, and the balance go towards expense of prosecution.
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