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INTERPROVINCIAL.

(Per Press Association. ) Auckland, July 19.

Wade’s Hotel, owned by Maurice Kelly, was totally destroyed by fire on Sunday morning. No conjectures can be -made as to the cause of the fire. The hotel stock was only partially insured. The body of a man was found drowned in Slippery Creek near Drury, yesterday ; identity unknown. The Rev. Mr. Habens, InspectorGeneral of Schools, now in Auckland, as Commissioner for enquiry into the management of Howe street Industrial Home, is also about to conduct an enquiry relative to complaints against the management’of the Kohimarama Training School. At the Police Court this morning, a savage case of assault was tried, Thomas Burt, a miner, was disputing with Martin Danatea about wages, when the latter gave him several violent blows, knocked him down, and hammered him while prostrate. On his attempting to rise he threw him down an embankment, and cast a heavy lump of rock at him, exclaiming “You d^—d new chum, I’ll kill you.” Miaa Mary Bickers was examined and Mrs. Green, Miss Purchase, and Dr. Purchase, gave evidence in the Industrial Home enquiry to-day. Mr. Martin Danaker, of Hern, Danaker, and Taylor, railway contractors, was fined T.IO, to include costs, for assaulting Thos. Burt, a miner and contractor. Burt was badly beaten. Danaker was also bound over to keep the peace for three months. John M‘Lean and Murdock M { Kenzie were sentenced, the former to a week, and the latter to two months’ imprisonment for stealing provisions from the steamer Waitaki. The provisions had been mysteriously disappearing from the vessel for the past two months. Gbahamstown, July 17. At a meeting held at the Theatre Royal last evening upwards of a thousand persons; were present. It was decided, after some discussion, to send the following resolution to the Government: —“ That this meeting has entire confidence in Mr. Kenrick as Resident Magistrate and •Warden for this district, and desires to testify to the strict impartiality which has distinguished his judicial proceedings.” The resolution was carried unanimously, atid the greatest enthusiasm prevailed. A- ' Gbahamstown, July 19. At the Sunday School Centenary celebration service held yesterday, there was .a large attendance of children at every service. Mr. Bates, of Auckland, conducted the afternoon service at St. George’s Church. Napieb, July 19. A piece of quartz, sent from Te Aute mission station estate as a specimen of jasper, proves to be rich in gold. There is . gome excitement in town in consequence. Some sort of rotten quartz is to be found near Havelock, fourteen miles from Napier. New Plymouth, July 17. The schooner Edith Reid, which went ’ ashore at the Waitara river, is reported to . be; breaking up, and become total wreck. ■ Wellington, July 17. A-i A heavy N. W. gale is blowing, accompanied by heavy rain. No damage has been done to the shipping. Kumaba, July 16. The inquest on John Phelan commenced this'morning at 10 o’clock, and terminated * at noon, when the following verdict was . returned “ That the deceased, John ■ Phelan, came to his death by an accident, ‘ being suffocated by the falling of earth in a sludge channel, and thal the accident was caused by a false set of timber giving in the face of the drive.” The jury added the following rider : —“ We are of , opinion that short sets are useless, and we ■ 'recommend the use of an intermediate set 'at every third set, and that sets should go across drives ; and also that legs should be 12 x 8 inches. ” Dunedin, July 14. Mr. Walcott, ex-member of the Harbor Board, died to-day. Dunedin, July 17. At a large meeting of colliers at Green Island resolutions were carried urging the immediate dismissal of the Mine Inspector, the formation of a Miners’ Union, the establishment of a miners’ sustentation fund, and requesting Government to publish the Mining Inspector’s reports for the year ; also, urging the Minister of Education to establish evening classes in connection with mining districts.

Dividend. —The affairs of Thomas Cha!* niers Reid have been wound up, and the estate will pay a dividend of about 3£d. in the LI. An Irishman adorned with a blue ribbon went into an apothecary’s shop and said to the cleric, “If ye plaize, sir, I’m a timperance man, but if ye have any sodawater of the stringth and quality resembling whisky, I’ll trouble ye for a little.” Dr. R- was one who could seldom resist telling a good story, even when it turned the laugh against himself. On one occasion a man-servant, whom he had re- ■ cently engaged, astonished him by appearing to wait at breakfast with a swollen face and a pair of unmistakeable black • eyes. “ Why, John,” said he “ you seem to have been lighting 1” “Yes, sir, I :have,” was the reply. “And who may your opponent have been?” “Why, sir, _,Dr. M -■ "-’a man,” naming a rival iEscu* lapius. “ And what did you fall out about, pray ?” “ Why, sir, he said as you wasn’t fit to clean his master’s shoes.” “And what did you say 1” “ Well, sir, I said • 'as you was.”— Truth. We Smoke. — The Journal of Applied Science draws attention to a statement that has recently been made to the effect that in Thuringia, in Germany, over 1,000 tons of dried beetroot leaves are ’ annually passed off as genuine tobacco. ~ Beetroot, chicory, and cabbage are largely used for a similar purpose in Magdeburg and in the Palatinate. The “ Veyey ” cigars, which are in such favor in South contain no tobacco at all, but .. ate entirely composed of cabbage beet . leaves, deprived of their natural smell and t .'.tasteby a r special form of cultivation, and subsequently steeped in tobacco water for a lengthenedfperiod.

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INTERPROVINCIAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 128, 20 July 1880

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