A Patch Struck. Auckland, To-day. Rich gold has been struck in the prospectors’ claim at Te Aroha. Artificial CoalSpecimens of artificial coal, manufactured from Waikato coal dust have been sent out from England to Auckland Museum. Preserved Meat. The Auckland Meat Preserving Company have received an extensive order from the German warship Hyane. St. Patrick’s Day. The United Friendly Societies will march in processoin on St. Patrick’s Day. Te Whiti’s Recruits. An Aucklander who recentlv visited Parihaka, recognised nearly fifty Lower Waikato natives there amongst the most devoted followers of Te Whiti. A Recess Speech. Nelson, To-day. Mr. Pitt, M.H.R., addressed the’city electors last night. After referring to the work of last session, he gave Government credit for honestly endeavoring to place the finances of the colony on a sound basis, aiid expressed his belief that the colony had great future prospects. He thought the public works scheme had, by the high wages paid, attracted miners and but that now these would turn their attention to mining and other industries. He would not vote for the introduction of the bible into schools, even if such were shown to be the desire of the majority of the colonists. Ho did not think it necessary to fill the vacancy caused by Vogel’s retirement. He received a vote of thanks and confidence. Carrying Firearms. Timaru, To-day.
Joseph Hawley, a well-known resident, was charged, on remand, with presenting firearms at a tailor, named Edwin Best, with intent to murder him, on the night of Wednesday last. The evidence showed that Hawley, being the worse for drink, went to Best’s shop and demanded oysters. An altercation ensued, and Hawley, becoming abusive, was put out. Immediately afterwards a bystander grasped Hawley’s arm, and Best ran forward and wrenched a loaded revolver from Hawley’s grasp, As it appeared that the revolver was pulled out or Hawley’s pocket by the others, and not by himself, the Bengh dismissed the information, after cautioning accused against carrying firearms. The Synod. Dunedin, To-day, The Anglican Synod, on the votes of i/lie laity, decided against free seats. Bishop Neville announced that the Rev. William Oust, son of tho Dean of York,
had accepted a license in this diocese. The Synod resolved to request Government to extend to the Church of England an equal opportunity for instructing its children in the industrial school with that accorded to the Roman Catholic Church.
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