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(Per Press Association.) Qne Down for Twenty.

Wellington, To-day

The cricket match, Wellington v. Nelson, was commenced this morning. The weather is fine, but the attendance small. Nelson went first to the wickets, and at noon the score stood one out for twenty runs.

The Fencers Going Home. Dunedin, To-day.

Thirty-one Maori prisoners were released this morning, and left for Taranaki in Mr. Parris’ charge. Criminal Session.

There arc eight cases for trial at the Criminal Sessions, but none are of a serious character. The Turf.

At the Cromwell races on the second day, Poolburn Jack won, the Maiden Plate, and Atlantic the Jockey Club Handicap, Dandy second, and Unknown third. Idle Girl finished first for the County Plate, with Playboy second. The Sudden Death in the Hospital. The man who died in the Host's,! yesterday morning, has been JikrnfTfied as Campbell McAllister, a gap-fener, who left his home at Opdho to collect money. He had been drinking heavily. Fie leaves a wife and five children. He was not long out from Horae. The Pruning Knife. The Star states that fifteen officers of the Public Works Department in the Middle Island are now being dispensed with. This makes between seventy and eighty who will have left since the end.of the financial year. Reductions in the North Island are on the same scale.

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NEW ZEALAND. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 229, 30 December 1880

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