(Per Press Association.) Auckland, Sept. 30. Mr. Habens’ report on the Auckland Industrial Home has been presented. He . finds that the legitimate authority of the Ladies’ Committee has been usurped by the Master and Matron. The children ' were ill clad, and the supervision of the Committee in this respect was defective. With regard to the charges against the morality of the Master, he says no man is absolutely secure against such charges, but the Master should be one against whom no impurity could be alleged. He considers the Master wanting in decision. The training to domestic duties was insufficient, and there was a great, deal of slovenliness and untidiness. The matron . is incompetent. The moral influence of , the Home was not of a high order. ,He was unable to obtain information respect- ( ing the diet. Itch, ringworm, sore heads, i and vermin were prevalent. He considers ' the Master incompetent, and concludes by , stating that a gentleman privately offered' . 500 acres of land for the Home within a, j few miles of Auckland, and within a short ] distance of the railway. Auckland, Oct. 1. ] At the Waste Lands Board yesterday, j Captain Steele, the local agent for Messrs. , Grant and Foster, proposed on deferred < payment system to purchase 17,000 acres , of the Te Aroha land. The Board agreed i to part with the land at 40s. an acre, on j certain conditions respecting residence, ( cultivation, and improvements. E At the City Council yesterday, it was j stated that nineteen men had applied for j stone-breaking, but only three went to j work. The City Engineer was authorised , to supply tools to worthy persons seeking , work. The Council decided to hold their j meetings in the evenings instead of day ] time. J ' ] Another lad was arrested last evening j for desertion from the Kohimarama Training School. ■ ■ ■ Sir George Grey is ill at Kawau, suffer- . ing from an old complaint in his leg. He , is not likely to take an active part in , politics again. ... 1 • Some natives in the Waikato, inside the t confiscated boundary, display anxiety to ( ■ sell land. The captain of the Danae has received a . telegram from the Commodore at Sydney, | ordering him to hold himself in readiness to proceed to Fiji to bring Sir Arthur Gordon; : 1 Mr. Whitaker visits the Thames shortly to enquire into the Maori claims to compensation. ■ Six thousand'pounds are to be expended immediately in the constructing of roads and bridges north of Auckland. William Rigby, ship-broker, Liverpool,; ■, ‘ has died ’suddenly. Deceased arrived from Lyttelton with his family, being passengers to that port by the Norfolk some months back. Having been a , masonic officer of high rank in the Grand Lodge of Cheshire, he receives a masonic funeral. John Lamb, the well-known miller, was charged under the Bakers and Millers Act, 1871, at the Hellensville Police Court, with selling bread under weight, and also with the adulteration of bread. Mr. Hesketh, solicitor, astounded the police by informing the Court that the Act under which the information t was laid had not been in force since the 18th August, and the case must be quashed. A professional analysis showed that the bread was perfectly free from any deleterious compound, and Mr. Lamb was exonerated.
Napier, Oct. 1. There were 44 births, 13 deaths, and 6 marriages registered here last month. In the corresponding month last year there were 32 births, 7 deaths, and 5 marriages. The Customs returns for the qxxarter are L 7,601 6s. Bd.; corresponding quarter last year, L8,3(55 15s. 9d.; for the month just ended, L 3,309 4s. 6d. Wellington, Sept. 30.
At ameetin'g of the Chamber of Commerce, held to consider what action was possible for promoting the West Coast Railway, a committee was formed to take the proper steps to form a company, to be called the North Island West Coast Railway Company, and to report to another meeting • as early as practicable, preparatory to bringing the whole subject before the public. A woman in Wallsu’s shooting gallery was shot through the arm by the accidental discharge of a gun. The wound is not serious. Wellington, Oct. 1. A fire at Kaikoura yesterday destroyed a shop owned by aman named Wishington. The building was insured for £2OO and the stock for £3OO, both in the Standard Company. The accused constables deny the alleged ill-treatment' of a prisoner, and state they were unable to trace any injury to the . man’s limb when they examined it. The Magistrate reserved judgment until Monday. , . , . Wellington, Oct. 1. The charges of ill-treatment of a pri- ,, goner by two constables was resumed .this ; morning. The medical evidence showed that when the prisoner was taken to the > hospital the large bone of the leg was : : broken, which would have been easily def -tected,* if -examined immediately after i being locked np. Prisoner appears to i , have been on the spree. Jane Campbell stated that the constables dragged the prisoner along the street. She heard him - crying out that his leg was broken, but • the police did not heed him. The station-house-keeper said che. prisoner did not make any complaint when locked up. The sergeant visited him two, or three times during the night, but the prisoner did not make any complaint. . .Christchurch, Sept. 30. It is rumored here that a disturbance has occurred with the Maoris at Lyttelton •Gaol or Ripa Island. A telegram has , . just been received at the police depot, asking for additional men* . . -
Later. The reported disturbance of Maoris at Lyttelton is incorrect. It seems that eight constables, who were guarding the Maox-is at Ripa Island, disliking the work, refused duty, and a telegram was sent to Christchurch for men to replace them. Dunedin, Sept. 30. The Chief Harbor Master refuses to reinstate Pilot Louden. . Invercargill, Sept. 30. The manager of the Longwopd Reefing Company (Printz) has brought in ninety ounces of amalgam the result of ten days’ crushing of sixty tons of stone, of which only twenty-three tons were gold-bearing. The statement of the Christchurch deputation (when asking the Premier for monetary aid) that the late review at Invercargill was aided by Government is incorrect. The whole thing was carried; out by public subscription, an entertainment, and gate money ; and after settlement of accounts the Committee had a balance of over L 250.
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