(Per Press Association.) Auckland, Sept. 18. The capture of the smuggled jewellery in the possession of the German, Jacob Swift, and his being fined LIOO for smuggling, did not end the extraordinary business. Some gold dust was found among his effects, which the police seized. Defendant claimed the gold dust, and said it was not smuggled, but that he had procured it down South in exchange for goods, and he asked that it be returned to him. The Magistrate decided to consider the matter, and the result was that a fresh information was laid by Mr. Hill, under the Gold Duties Act, and defendant was mulct in a penalty of 20s. and costs, though ably defended by Mr. Dufaur, who urged that as the gold had not been removed from the colony, there could have been no export. The Bench, however, held that shipment of gold from one port to another was an export. The ability of the delinquent to pay the fine was a matter for discussion, but this difficulty was soon solved ; for, though he denied his ability, the detectives discovered amongst his effects at the hotel where he lodged, a cartridge case, containing about 200 sovereigns, although defendant had had averred that it only contained cartridges. Out of this treasure he paid the fine in full. The first number of the Observer, an illustrated weekly paper, devoted to politics, society, literature, and sport, was issued to-day. Last evening a robbery of jewellery at the City Club Hotel was perpetrated. The stolen property, which is valued at LIOO, belongs to Mrs. White, landlady of the hotel. The police are making enquiries. Edward Hart, better known as a leading member of Hart’s opperetta company, was charged at the Police Court this morning, with a violent assault upon a young man named Russell, by knocking him down with a bottle full of spirits. The evidence showed that defendant on the previous night was engaged beating his wife, and she ran out of the room and fell into the arms of one Haygarth. An I altercation ensued between the landlord of the hotel and Hart, when the latter
showing fight, plaintiff came forward to protect boniface. He received a violent blow from a bottle of sherry which Hart had. Hart was under the influence of liquor. He denied beating his wife, but said he was administering chastisement to his daughter. Haygarth insulted his wife, and Russell was drunk and insolent. The magistrate sentenced Hart to a month’s imprisonment. Auckland, Sept. 20. The heads of the Government Departments hero have received circulars to report as to the ages, length of service, &c., of the officials. The San Francisco mail steamer passed Waiwere at 12.50 p.m., and will arrive here about three o’clock. The unemployed had a procession in Queen street to-day. Wellington, Sept. 17The Hero, which left for Sydney this afternoon, took 140 passengers, of whom 40 were carpenters, 4 blacksmiths, 7 printers, 19 shopmen, 35 laborers, 1 Venetian shutter maker. Sept. 18. The Wakatipu, which leaves for Sydney this afternoon, takes sixty-three saloon and 166 steerage passengers. At a meeting of the Reform Association held last night, it was thought desirable to hold a public meeting with a view of receiving suggestions to prevent the large exodus of people from Wellington. The Friendly Societies intend holding a great fete on the Prince of Wales Birthday. Wellington, Sept. 20. Government have received a telegram from the camp to the effect that the usual number of natives appeared at the fences yesterday and to-day, but desisted on being ordered off. Dunedin, Sept. 20. A four-roomed cottage at the Maori Kaik, belonging to John Robinson, has been burned down. The loss suffered amounts to L2OO, and the premises were uninsured. At the City Court, Alfred Hall and Alfred Major were committed for trial on two charges of horse-stealing. Invercargill, Sept. 18. The indignation meeting held last night at the Theatre Royal was the largest ever seen there. The building was crowded in every part. Mr. Goodwillie, the Mayor, presided, and submitted a memorial to the Minister for Public Works, which he had caused to be drafted, setting forth the inconvenience to all parts of Southland by the new time tables recently adopted to suit the Waimea Time, that they are injurious to traffic, and praying that the August time table be reverted to. On the motion ol Mr. Lumsden, seconded by Mr. Wade, the memorial was adopted ; also the following resolution, proposed by Mr. Feldwick, seconded by Mr. Rogers —“ That the people of Southland can be satisfied with nothing less than a return to the railway time table in force up to the end of the month of August, 1880, on the ground that the new time table is most injurious to the town of Invercargill, and most inconvenient and detrimental to the country residents of Southland ; and that the memorial adopted be circulated for signature at the close of the present meeting. ” The tone of the speakers was moderate, though the meeting was very enthusiastic, and particularly so w'hen the inaction of the members of the district was severely denounced by one speaker, who said they should be called upon to resign if they do not hack up the memorial. The memorial is being actively circulated to-day, and is already extensively signed.
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