(Per Press Association>) • Auckland, Sept, 21. Mr. G. M. Reed xs on his way to the colony as the representative of a large and ■wealthy special settlement party, for whom he will select a block of land in anticipation of their arrival. Mr. Reed will be in Auckland in the middle of October. The first of the party, numbering twelve or fourteen families, who bring "With them 60,000 dr 70,000 pounds, Will arrive in Auckland or' .Napier some time in December. Auckland, Sejpt. 22. The Commissioner of Railways for the North Island notifies the reduction of firemen’s wages from Bs. to 7s. 6d. per day. The mett are greatly dissatisfied,
and ask an interview for discussion of the matter with Messrs. Lawson and Macdonald as to the disparity between Northern and Southern rates. Several fishermen have been prosecuted under the Fish Protection Act, 1877, for netting fish without a license. The cases broke down totally. Mr. Seymour Thorne George, M.H.R., addresses his Rodney constituents at Port Albert to-morrow. The King natives at Waikato are interrupting Major Jackson’s Hororo purchase. Fifty Hauhaus assembled, and threaten to carry the horses and ploughs to the King country. The natives in the north are obstructing the West Coast road, and threaten to pull down all the bridges but one, over Hotea river, which they say will be useful to themselves. They have been instigated by an emissary of Te Kooti. The Kaipara natives do not support them. The report of the Harbor Board proposes a graving dock at Caliope Point, at an estimate cost of LBO,OOO. A tender of L 2,599 has been accepted for the construction of a new main wharf. The Harbor Board demands from the agent of the San Francisco steamers compensation for the damage done to the wharf by collision with it of the mail steamer. Only seven men, out of the alleged 140 seeking employment, applied to the City Council for stone-breaking. Private advices state that Sir B. W. Stafford has joined the London directorate of the Loan and Mercantile Agency. Drainage operations are in full swung at Waikato. Palmerston North, Sept. 21. At the close of the District Court sitting last evening, a deputation waited on Judge Hardcastle to ask him again to urge on Government the absolute necessity for the immediate erection of a new Courthouse building for which the money is now’ on the estimates. Yesterday was a pouring wet day, and the jurors not empanelled along with the witnesses were obliged to crouch outside the building for shelter. There was no room inside. The jury marched down the street to an empty house to consider their verdict. Wellington, Sept. 21. Mr. Shaw, R.M., sat on the bench for the last time to-day. At the close there was an interchange of compliments between bench, bar, and police. Another body was taken out of the harbor this morning, but it has not yet been identified. This makes four within a fortnight. A rumor has just reached town that a disturbance had broken out among the hard labor gang prisoners working near Gewtown, and that one or two were rather severely handled. Wellington, Sept. 22. The report relative to the ill-treatment case at the Nelson Gaol has been sent to Government. The Commissioners came to the conclusion that the prisoner Thompson was not subjected to severer restraint than the circumstances demanded. Government have received an intimation from Messrs. Grant and Foster, the Lincolnshire farmers’ delegates, that they have appointed an agent in New Zealand, with a view to commencing operations for the settlement of English farmers in this colony. Westport, Sept. 22. The Magistrate delivered judgment in the cases arising out of the, explosion in Wellington Colliery. Ferguson, charged with neglecting to see that reasonable provisions w’ere made for the safety of persons employed in the mine, was fined L 5 and costs ; Young, for not examining, was fined L2. Dunedin, Sept. 21.
Twice last night fire broke out in the premises, of Garrighan, chemist, Walker street. The stock was considerably damaged by breakage and water. It was insured for L 550 in the Colonial, and L4OO in the Norwich Union. The building is owned by Blakely, and is insured in the Royal for L3OO. The building is only slightly damaged. Dunedin, Sept. 22. At the City Council meeting it was stated that at the Gasworks during the last six months, 2886 tons Greymouth coal had been consumed against 199 Newcastle. During the current year nearly 7000 tons of the former will be required. Robert Mullins, a horseshoer, who appeared at the Police Court to-day, charged with neglecting to support his children, committed suicide on the reclaimed wall, near Rattray street wharf, between twelve and one o’clock, by taking strychnine. In his address to the Grand Jury at Lawrence yesterday, Justice Williams expressed his regret that such a large number of grand and petty jurors had heen summoned to try a case which could bave been disposed of in the District Court if it were not for the technicality involved, and a defect in the law. The case was that of Arthur O’Neill, for fradulent bankruptcy. The prisoner was found guilty on all the counts. The Judge deferred sentence, as it was doubtful whether the evidence taken before the Trustee in Bankruptcy was admisable. The prisoner was liberated on bail. Invercargill, Sept, 22.
The memorial praying for the reversion to the August time table, is already nine yards long. It is reported that a moa has been seen at Toarau, by a party of diggers. The bird stood nine feet high, and ran away with a screech like an American locomotive, breaking down the scrub. The Forest Hill Chamber of Agriculture have passed the following amendment in the vote of thanks to Mr. M'Caughan, for his exertions re the Forest Hill tramway :—“ That the Hall Government and Mr. P. K. M £ Caughan deserves the disapproval of this Chamber and all right people for the way they are tampering with the settlers, by offering a sprat, such as the Forest Hill tramway affair, to catch the forty thousand Waimea mackerel.”
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