(Per Press Association.) Auckland, May 6. The auditor has refused to pass the accounts of the Waitemata' County Council, which voted and then deducted a pound off each member’s allowance for travelling expenses. The Council will consult the Attorney-General. The Civil Service Commissioners yesterday examined Mr. McDonald, General Manager of Railways, and Mr. Dands, the railway storekeeper. A complimentary dinner was given last night by the Northern Club to Commodore Wilson and the officers of the Wolverine. Captain Chuden and the officers of the German war-ship Nautilus and several members of each House of Parliament were present. Sir George Grey’s Central Committee meet to-day to make arrangements for a public meeting. Reader Wood addresses a meeting on Friday evening. At the Police Court, to-day, a milkman was charged with using water with intent to defraud. The case was adjourned. Sir George Grey proceeds South in the Te Anau about May 12th, and will probably address meetings at Christchurch, Dunedin, and Invercargill. Mr. Seymour George was a passenger by the Ringaroom for the South to-day, and will visit Canterbury and Dunedin before the session.
At the evangelistic service to-night of the Young Men’s Christian Association while singing a hymn, a man named John Metcalfe dropped down dead. He is believed to have died from heart disease. He had no friends in Auckland, and had been in straitened circumstance and out of employment for some time. To-night, while passing the Wellesley street east public school, a girl of 16 was seized by a man whom she saw following her, dragged to a vacant allotment, and an indecent assault committed on her. Her cries were heard by Constable Kelly, who was on duty in Abercrombie street, but on his arrival the villian had decamped. Through terror the girl could only give a scanty description of the man for whom the police are searching. From information received by the police to-day, detectives went to the residence of a Mrs. Rostock, in the suburbs, who recently arrived from England by the ship Ben Nevis, and seized a quantity of gold and silver watches, tea and coffee services, also a large quantity of boots, shoes, drapery, and other dutiable goods. No satisfactory explanation being forthcoming, Mrs. Rostock was arrested. She has a large family. How the goods were landed and the vigilance of the customs officer evaded, is a profound mystery. May 7. At the Police Court, Sarah Rostock, for smuggling jewellery, was fined a hundred pounds, with the alternative of six months’ imprisonment The Bench hoped the personal effects would be returned, but Mr. Brookfield, Crown Prosecutor, replied that everytning was forfeited. No doubt the clothing and necessaries would be returned. The goods smuggled consisted of twenty gold watches, lockets, rings, pins, brooches, tea services, buttons, two cases jewellry, shoes, and clothing. The boys concerned in stealing biscuits from a case on the wharf, were discharged, except two, who were sentenced to fortypjaht hours’ and a whipping. Service Commissioners leave 1 W TE%T'«?® l uesday. A Mrs Ward, suffering from low fever, - during the absence of her nurse who was soliciting aid of a neighbor to control her patient, got up and jumped down a well. Two men rescued Mrs. Ward ; she had threatened to take her own and her husband’s lives. At the inquest on John Metcalfe, who dropped down dead at the Evangelistic service, the jury retured a verdict of “ Death from disease of the heai t.
Sir George Grey’s meeting at Auckland is now fixed for Tuesday evening ; lie is in full health and vigor. New Plymouth, May G.
In the Supreme Court this morning, before Judge Richmond, the Grand Jury returned no bill against Douglas for attempted suicide at Hawera, and true bills against John Dale for indecent assault on his own child, aged twelve years, and William Cole for larceny. John Dale was then arraigned on the charge. His child who had given conclusive evidence against her father at the Police Court and District Court, when the case fell through owing to the indictment not being signed by the Crown prosecutor, denied that the evidence she had given was true. Judge Richmond asked the child that if she meant that what she said on those occasions was not true, and she replied that none of it was true. Aftar hearing one or two witnesses the judge directed the jury to return a verdict of not guilty. W. Cole, for stealing a rug from the Katemarea Hotel, was arraigned and the case adjourned till to-morrow. Wanganui, May 6.
Four speakers spoke against Mr. Ballancc. The burden of their speeches was that if the constituency passed a vote of confidence in Mr. Ballance it implied a vote of censure on Mr. Bryce, and this new championship of Mr. Bryce by the opposite party to him at the last election caused considerable comment. Mr. Ballance replied to his critics and carried the audience with him. An amendment of no confidence was rejected by 500 or more to about 20, and a vote of confidence was carried almost unanimously, three cheers being given for Mr. Ballance at the close of the meeting, which lasted till long after midnight. Wellington, May G.
The following are the returns of the telegrams forwarded and revenue received during the quarter ending March 31st : Forwarded, 342,8G2 ; cash revenue received, L 18,300 2s. 7d. During the corresponding quarter in 1879, the telegrams forwarded wore 391,487, and the cash revenue L 21,993 Gs. 6d. The value of Government telegrams transmitted during the quarter ending March, 1880, was LG,IGB 375. 9d., and for the corresponding quarter in 1879, L 7,195 14s. 7d. Blenheim, May 7.
A remarkable discovery was made by Mr. Boon on his farm at Manse road this morning. Whilst digging a post hole, the spade struck on something hard, which, on closer examination, proved to be a skull. On sinking the hole deeper, Mr. Boon brought to light a complete skeleton of a man. The bones have the appearance of having lain a long time in the ground, and as a small greenstone adze was found beside them, they are most probably those of a native. This supposition is borne out by the fact that traces of a native cooking place were found on the same section some time ago. Hokitika, May G. A small party of miners writing from Big Bay, under date 20th April, state that they are earning about 355. a week each. They add, ‘‘ As there is any quantity of fish and game, we can live for about 7s. or Ss. a week. It is a wonder some of the unemplojmd do not come down hero in place of hanging about the towns. They might put in the winter here very comfortably. ” A miner working on his own account at Okarito Forks is reported to have extracted gold to the value of L 256 in eleven weeks. He sold the gold to a bank in Ross, and has returned to his work. The recent rush to the Forks is not so well reported of, the ground being very patchy, and only one or two claims are as yet payable. Dunedin, May 6. At the City Court, William Couzens was fined LlO and costs for allowing gambling in his licensed house. A firm in town has received the following Mauritius telegram Sugar market unchanged ; there is now every probability of a poor crop, and this will be very late. Dunedin, May 7. Among this week’s insolvencies is Henry Haughton, ship owner. Liabilities, L 15,462 ; assets, L 18,970, The mining in the Cromwell and Nevis districts is healthy. The Cromwell CompanycrushedlGSouncesfrora IG3 tons from Radford’s claim, and from Garrick’s claim, 120 ounces from 100 tons. The Last Chance claim crushed 180 tons for 140 ounces. Some fun was caused to-day by a horse whipping case taking place in Watson’s Hotel. An individual known as “ Howlet, B. A. ” was soundly thrashed with a light walking stick by Herbert, who recently wrote a phamphlet under the non deplume” Kosmos.” A Court case will result. Invercargill, May 6. This morning a two-roomed cottage at South Invercargill, owned by Peter Dunn, and occupied by F. Hunter and family, was burned down. The building was worth about LIOO. Nearly all the furniture was destroyed, and so far as known, there was no insurance on the house or contents.
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