(Per Press AsoociaMon.) Native Lands. Auckland, To-day. A proclamation has been issued re the Eatetcre land,-'and appoints a sitting of the Land Court at Cambridge on January: 25, at which one' block of '240,000 acres will be adjudicated upon. The Court will also .deal with lands at Hokianga, Wharigarei, the Thames,Tanpo, Bay of Plenty, Toledo Bay, Otaki, Wanganui, and Patea. : The .Governmetit have scheduled blocks ;.o£ about' 1,000,090 acres in area, with ro--gard to which they, will proceed under tjle Native Land Act, 1877, in order to set aside land equivalent to Government advances from the date Of the order of the Court. The remainder of the lands wlil be opened to public competition. The Natives Threatening.
Two chiefs, . named Hanawra Ngatimaniopoto and Tengakau, were present at the expulsion of the ploughmen from Mr. Tole’s land at Ngamoko, but did not interfere. The natives now threaten depredations on Mr. M'Leau’s land. ’ Hotel Burned. ■ ' Nafier, To-day. The hotel at To Ante was totally, clestToycd by fffD ]uat night. ..The.building w,Ts insured for L3OO in the National, and L30(5 in the Union. The stock and furniture was insured for L 350 in the .Union, of which the'Standard holds ; L2ooi * * •' Good for the Lawyers. The claim of Mr. Solomon, Attorney/, General of‘Fiji, to several sections in’ Napier, reported some ■ tithe back, is engaging all the lawyers here, either for or against the claim. The investigation shows that Solomon, conveyed the land 21 years ago to G. Sheddon, the bvhiers of the sections have been consequently put to considerable expense for nothing. ; ; An Unfortunate Spring. • ,-1; ■ Wellington; to-day. ; J A.yoiing mari’ named -Hartry, niet with a serious accident last night. He jhlriped offi the spring-board at*' the -baths' aiid" striick liis' head onthe bofctohi.; Hartry was thken to the hospital, and he'is ndw'in a; ! precarious condition.' - i; “ t j ; 1 r Alleged Smugglirig. : ; , ; A'charge has. been IhicVkg'amst' tlie cap-, taip'alnd'stewhi'tl 1 of the ship' vVairoa, for smuggling, of a,quantity of tobacco, eigqrs. The' :case. 'will bo ; heard today. 1 : ' " " J ’ /• . Unprofitable. ~. > 1 ’ ■■ . A deputation from Port., Chalmers waited on the Hon. Miy Oliyerj _yesfesay re the stoppage of the railway workshops at Rol’t Chalmers. -Mr. 1 Oliver replied that bwipg jo circqmlpcutipn and 'other; causes, tie works at presept carried on.
were a dead loss. Recently ..soiree woi’k' had been done there for 2fd. per-.lb. for: which 4?;d. was offered; and in»another case, the Albion’s shaft, skd.,;had been charged;; when TOM. / had - been ; paid /in, Melbourne for die 'same A ork. _ The Gdvernmorifc ought at jonco.s to ■ scriqusly consider the advisableness -of leasing the workshops, ! Jtlr.'-iMacandrew, who was .present agreed \rifch--iMr., Oliver’s sugges-,-lion. A Concession. The Hon. the Minister for Lands agrees to.the postponement of the sale of section A u qf. defaulting,,,.deferred., .payment, settlors "till June, to enable them to (gather in their crops. • -
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