Auckland, May 13. At a meeting of the Board of Governors of the Grammar School to-day, Mr. O’Rorke moved, and the Mayor seconded a resolution to the effect that as, in the matter of University education, Auckland was at great disadvantages as compared with the South, a college should be established in Auckland with a staff of Professors. Sir George Grey proceeds South by the Te Anau to-day. The City Council last night struck a rate of ninepence in the pound, and a special rate of a shilling and threepence. Edward Walsh, nephew of Mr. Caldwell, station-master at Hamilton, passed from the guard’s van to a passenger carriage while the Waikato train was in motion, and fell off. The driver of the engine returned and found Walsh unconscious near the line. His left leg was smashed close to the groin, and his left leg broken below the knee. Walsh died in a few hours after. Deceased was only married on Sunday last. The surveys of Fatetere land .are not sufficiently advanced to pass the Cambridge Land Court. The progress of the railway to Te Awamutu is causing a great rise in the price of land. | The City Council have decided to number the houses in the principal streets. The Grammar School governors to-day affirmed the desirability of combining a boarding branch with the Grammar School. A poor woman named Margaret Aspin, with four helpless children and a baby in arms, arrived per Te Anau from Brisbane. She received a letter from her husband to come to Auckland and he would meet her there. She sent a letter telling him she was coming, and when she arrived to her dismay her own letter was still in the Post office unclaimed. The woman is helpless, and has no means whatever. The police have no clue to the whereabouts of Aspin. An inquest on Walsh, killed on the Waikato railway, resulted in a verdict of • £ Accidental death.” The jury added a, rider that the Government be advised to inaugurate a system of communication between the guard and engine-driver, and also that all stations should be in telegraphic communication. Auckland, May 14. A fresh case of pleuro-pueumonia has occurred at Messrs. Ireland’s estate at Panmure. There have been none on it since the 12th March, and it was thought to have been stamped out, It is believed the outbreak was occasioned by the setting in of wet weather. At the. Native Lands Court sitting at Cambridge, little progress is being made with putting through the Patetere Block, and it will probably have to be subdivided. Nelson, May 13. A largely attended meeting was held last night to consider the action of the Government in declining to accept tenders for the trunk railway. Mr. Pitt, M.H.R., read a telegram from the Colonial Treasurer, which in effect stated that the cause of the action of the Government was the financial position of the colony, and they
felt bound before accepting further con tracts to see their way to meet the deficiency on March 31st last, which he stated to be over a million. The speaker urged that the Government could not have made this discovery all at once after calling for tenders, and contended that they had broken their pledges, and that this meeting express strong disapprobation of the action of the Government after their distinct pledge. It was carried by a large majority that as the Nelson district has not received its share of expenditure, though its inhabitants have had to contribute towards the whole expenditure of the colony, this meeting calls on the representatives of the district to oppose by all means any Government till justice is given to Nelson. Mr. Hursthouse, M.H.8., was present, and opposed the resolution. , _ A fire occuri’ed at Waimea West this morning, when Palmer’s Hotel was burned down. The landlord, Carriage, lost everything, and Mr. Palmer’s insurance on the building, which is valued at LBOO, was only L4OO. All the Civil Service Commissioners arrived here last night, Messrs. Kelly and Pharazyn being unable to land at Taranaki, as intended, in consequence of the high sea. The railway manager, the gaoler, the public works storekeeper, and the District Judge were examined. Wellington, May 14. A fire broke out at 11.30 in Mr. Alexander's boarding-house, Murphy street, last night. The fire originated in the back kitchen, but in what manner is unknown, as all the occupants of the house were in bed. The alarm Was given by the next door neighbor, who saw the glare through a window when going to bed. The building was speedily in flames, and was completely destroyed, also the next house, occupied and belonging to Mr. Cosgrove, the Parliamentary messenger. A quantity of his furniture was saved. A carpenter’s workshop belonging to Mr. Johnson was' also gutted. The furniture was removed from Captain Holmwood’s house, next door, but his premises did not catch. The wafer supply was very defective. The following are the insurances on the buildings destroyed : —Alexander’s house. L 350 in South British, and L3OO in the Colonial ; furniture, L 350 in the Union. Cosgrove’s house was insured for Ll5O in the Colonial. Gkeytown, May. 14. The Greytown section of the Welling-ton-Masterton Railway was opened this morning. The train came through in the appointed time, and all went smoothly, but there were only a few passengers. Some twenty persons assembled at the station on the arrival of the train, including the Mayor and Councillors. It is raining heavily. Chbistchubch. May 14. Mr. Montgomery addi’essed his constituents last night, and received a vote of confidence unanimously. Timaru, May 14. During the past fortnight the coast here has been visited by large shoals of cod fish. The water is literally alive with them, and fishermen have filled their boats as rapidly as they could pull them in. Fish have never before -been so cheap and plentiful in Timaru. Henry Williams was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment for robbing an acquaintance of bye-gone years of his swag, while the latter was doing the amiable in a public-house bar. The Bench characterised the theft as base and ungrateful. William Bradshaw, formerly confidential clerk to a legal firm here, was committed for trial for stealing a theodolite from a surveyor’s office on Sunday. Dunedin, May 13. In his monthly report to the Harbor Board, Captain Thomson suggests that the Central Penal Establishment for New Zealand should be formed at Heyward’s Point, This point, which is just below Port Chalmers, is said to he a very out-of-the-way place, suggestive of a sort of Siberia, and if his recommendation is carried out, the Harhoi’-master desires to have the prison labor utilised in forming a breakwater, which w T ould improve the bar. The report was referred to the Works Committee for consideration. The Gladstone Company at Arrow sent down a cake of 367£ ounces "from 97 tons of stone, the best return yet obtained. The Courthouse at Tokomairiro has been burnt down. All the documents were destroyed. The clerk left the lamp burning while he went to tea, and it is supposed to have exploded.
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