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(Per Press Association.) * ! J Auckland, Sept. 25. Ten of the unemployed have applied to the Council for stonebreaking work. The New Zealand Prudential Assurance Society held a special meeting last night. The meeting adopted a resolution for the levy of 50 per cent, upon present contributors, extending over a period of six in- order to liquidate outstanding ..claims.. The meeting - was ■ very lively ; '.some pf-the shareholders advocated prosecuting Mackune. In the course of the discussion it transpired that an old cash.book had been stolen. Several members 'expressed regret at being connected with the Society. .Auckland, Sept. 27. Mr. Seymour George addressed the electors of Warkworth on Saturday last. He opposed further borrowing, but would support the Education Act and Separation. He denounced'the Patetere block transaction, and would abolish County Councils. A vote of thanks and confidence was passed. . . Mr. Carter made a spirited attempt to drive a coach from Cambridge through to Ohinemiitu on Saturday, failed '-within ten miles of his destination, ■owing to the impassable condition of the Toads; . Mr. James Williamson has commenced -ithe-'cultivation of his large estate near .Hamilton. A thousand acres of land will •be ploughed immediately. One third will ‘fbfe sowix in turnips, and a vast swamp will be;reclaimed. The late rains have considerably benefited the country districts. - A settler named Hill, having been driven off his land at Waikarei, near Rhngairiri,-and no reply having been received to his appeal to Government for protection, the settlers in the neighbourhood threaten to raise a corps and take the law into their own hands. .. .Messrs Grant and Foster offer to purchase land at Te Aroha if they can come to terms with Government. . Wellington, Sept. 25. At a meeting of officers of the volunteer corps, it was decided to hold a review on

the racecourse on Prince of Wales Birthday. A letter was received from the Town Clerk, asking the co-operation of the volunteers in receiving Sir Arthur Gordon. Kennedy Macdonald, auctioneer, continued his sale of jewellery,last night, and the police have laid a second information for a breach of the Act. The case will be heard on Tuesday next. The public enquiry into the charges of illtreating a prisoner by the constables will bo heard on Wednesday morning before the Resident Magistrate. John Watson, lamplighter, in the employ of the Corporation, attempted suicide this morning by taking two half-ounces of laudanum. The dose was too strong, and acted as an emetic. Watson is now out of danger. Wellington, Sept. 27. A accident happened this morning to a man named Thomas Hitchens. He was engaged launching a small launch, when one of the guys was carried away, and the vessel fell on his chest. It is believed the man’s back is broken. Blenheim, Sept. 26. A sad accident happened late yesterday afternoon. It appears that a little boy, aged three and a half years, son of Mr. Sinclair, a gentleman who is at present on a visit to Blenheim, was playing with some children in a shed belonging to the railway authorities. In this shed four heavy railway gates were stood up one against the other alongside the wall. The little fellow wished to climb up the gates, against the wishes of the other children, who were playing with him, and was climbing on them, when the gate he was on fell over on him and crushed his head, scattering the brains about the floor. Assistance was immediately obtained,’ but it was found that the boy was quite dead. Mr. Sinclair came to Blenheim only within the past week, for the purpose of replacing Mr. Nixon at the National Bank, during his absence on leave. Dunedin, Sept. 25. A small stole and dwelling house on Anderson’s Bay road was burned down last night. By a fire at Samson’s pit, Green Island, several miners have been thrown out of employment. The fire was caused by subsidence at the bottom of the strata, which engendered heat, subsequently causing ignition. At a special meeting of the Colonial Clothing ‘ Company yesterday it was decided to wind up the Company voluntarily ; and a committee was appointed to investigate the circumstances under which the late secretary produced a credit balance-sheet when it has since been proved that there was at the time a debit balance of LSOO. Dunedin, Sept. 27. A case of drowning occurred in the harbor on Saturday morning, by which Robert Shaw, the contractor for the erection of beacons for the Harbor Board lost his life. Shaw and two brothers named Horne had gone to work as usual, and were on board the punt from which the pile driving was done. About half-past eight, it being necessary to shift the punt, Shaw went away in a small boat with an anchor to it at a spot about eighty yards distant. Reaching the spot, he stood up in the stern of the boat to cast off the anchor, when the boat tilted, and he fell headlong into the water. The brothers Horne remained in the punt, but had no boat. Both could swim, and they jumped into the water. One was seized with cramp and could not leave the punt, but Arthur Horne swam to where Shaw was, andcaught hold of him. The drowning man was insensible at this time, having been a few minutes in the water. Horne held him up for about five minutes, but becoming exhausted had to let him go, and he sunk. Horne with some difficulty got back to the punt. It was half-past ten before assistance came. The body was found shortly after dusk, between Ravensbourne and Burke’s, in twelve feet of water. Shaw was a married man, residing in the North East Valley, and had been in the colony twelve months, having come here as master of a vessel called the Clifton. The brothers Horne, particularly Arthur, behaved with much bravery. What was very near being a fatal gun accident (and may yet become so), took place on Saturday afternoon on a hill some distance from Caversham. A lad named Benjamin Ollernshaw went out rabbiting in company with another lad named Methven. They had only one gun, but had a ferret and net. About 4 o’clock they were securing a rabbit at the mouth of a hole, and had placed the gun in the ground, when a second rabbit sprang away. ■ Ollernshaw called out to Methven to shoot it, and both in their excitment, ran towards the gun. Methven got it, but Ollernshaw coming up, he was in the act of handing it to him, when the charge went off and entered Ollernshaw’s body on the left side. Ollernshaw states that Methven was in no way to blame. Methven cannot say what caused the gun to go off, but believes it was at full cock when put down. A fire at Caversham last night destroyed a shop and dwelling-house belonging to Mr. Griffiths. The stock and furniture were insured in the Liverpool, London, and Globe for L2OO. The building, which belonged to E. Machiro, was insured in the same office for L 260. Invercargill, Sept. 25. The Southland branch of the New Zealand Institute have-refused to join in the congratulations to Darwin on the coming of age of his “ Origin of Species.” An advertisement calling a meeting to arrange for burning the effigy of Messrs. Oliver, Minister for Public Works, and Conyers, Railway Commissioner, appears in a local paper. Invercargill, Sept. 27. The local Times states that a leading retail house has informed them that the new train arrangements mean a difference of L2O to L3O in their drawings on Saturday. The auctioneers also bitterly I complain.

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INTERPROVINCIAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 158, 28 September 1880

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