(Per Press Asoociation.) Close up. Auckland, To-day.' The Board of Education, in conference with the City School Committee to-day resolved to diminish the floor space in schools to eight feet for each child, in view of enforcing the compulsory attendance clause. A New Trial. At the Supreme Court a new trial was applied for in the case of the Bank of New South Wales v. the Royal Insurance Company. Tha application was-granted. Before his Constituents. Mr. Moss, M.H.R., made a strong speech in favor of local Government at Parnell last night, and received an unanimous vote of thanks and confidence. The Rumored Gold Discovery. Grahamstown, To-day. Warden Kenrick returned last evening from the Te Aroha, and says he is of opinion that gold bearing stone will be discovered, but there is nothing yet ,to justify a rush. Some stone was brought down to be tested to-day. At a meeting of miners, the following resolution was carried—“ That the Warden requested to protect the men’s ground for fourteen days to allow the native prospectors to find the lode ; 2. That nothing in the shape of a payable reef has yet been found to warrant the Warden granting a prospecting claim; 3. That the Warden be requested to proclaim the district a goldfield, as loose specimens have been found in sufficient quantity to lead to the belief that reefs exist in the neighborhood.” A correspondent advises that lynching is deserved for the statement that a reef had been found showing stone which yielded 200ozs. to the ton. Coming Strife. Wellington, To-day. The forthcoming Mayoral election is causing great interest. Three candidates are already announced. Smuggling. At the Magistrate’s Court an information was heard against Dr. Hoadley, late of Waimate, for attempting to smuggle a roll of cloth ashore from the ship St. Leonards. The roll was being brought up the wharf late last night when the night watchman stopped him. A fine of L 25 was inflicted. A Stack Fire. Nelson, To-day. Mr. Jessop, of Hope, has had a stack of barley, valued at L2OO, destroyed by fire. An inquest will bo held, as it is supposed to be the work of an incendiary. The stack was partially insured in the Royal Insurance Company. A Parted Cable. A telegram from Gisborne states that the iron barque Lochnagar, which was loading there for London, parted her cable this morning, and now lies high and dry on the beach. The vessel and cargo have sustained no damage. Fire at Geraldine. Timaru, To-day. Mundell & Co. ’s auction mart and horse repository at Geraldine was burnt down at half past ten last evening. A large quantity of harness, feed, and a valuable horse belonging to Kennedy and Carter, who leased the premises, wore burned. The building was insured for L3OO, and the extra loss is estimated ot L7OO. The' lessees suffered heavily, being uninsured. The Timaru Show. The Agriculutural Show to-day is a big success. Fully three thousand people are on the grounds. The best prizes for sheep were awarded to P. H. Russell, and in wheat to James Guscott and Norman Lane. Jangler was adjudged the best thoroughbred stallion. Let Off. Dunedin, To-day. A man named. Cook, charged with criminally assaulting his child,, was discharged. Going Away. The Rotomahana takes away, this afternoon, 120 saloon and 55 steerage passengers.
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