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Quill’s Consultation. —The Consultation on the Dunedin Cup, held by Mr Quill, will be drawn this evening at eight o’clock, in the auction room, Saunders’ Buildings. Insurance. —ln Christchurch the rate for insuring an ordinary detached dwelling house is 22s per cent. In Wellington 5s is' the price for the same risk. Drunk. —A man named Costella was sent 48 hours’ to the lock-up to-day, by the Mayer, for being drunk, and a woman who had been found intoxicated while in charge of four young children, was let off with a caution. The Wellington Asylum Enquiry.— The Commission appointed to enquire into the charges preferred against the superintendent of the Wellington Lunatic Asylum sat again yesterday. A number of witnesses have been examined, and the evidence so far goes to show great ill-treat-ment of the patients.

The Vacancy in the Cabinet.— The Press thia morning says:—“lt is u ; ■ erstood that the vacant seat in the Ca net will probably be filled some time .ext week, but nothing is yet kowr or ‘ven surmised as to the name of the ;ew Minister. ”

The Australians in Auckland. -In their first innings yesterday tue Av- tralians made 144 against the twenty-t' > of Auckland. Sight was the highest .•>. >rer (57), Spofforth coming next with 30, Boyle getting 24. and Murdoch only 10. The fielding was very fair on the Auckland side, and the Australians got no extras whatever. The Auckland men had lost two wickets for 28 when time was called. Play began to-dayat noon, with Davie:; and Cox at the wickets. After a few min tes’ play, Palmer bowled Davies. 33—3 —6. Cox soon followed, being caught by McDonald, after getting 12 by ck aful play. Mumford, who followed, was clean bowled by Spofforth’s first ball. Lynch succeeded, and made i '.iree singles, when he hit his wicket. 38—f —3. Wood at the other end was ba ting carefully, when he was joined by R binson. Wood gave Jarvis a chance, - who took it smartly, and stumped him. ’tafford, who succeeded, was clean bowle . by Palmer’s first ball. Robinson, who continued getting runs, was joined by M Jormick, only to share the fate cf his predecessor. 55—9 —0. Our Dusky Brethren. — A corre iondent of the Wellington Pos> doe' not object in the main to Maoris being passengers in the tram cars, but record his protest against them when they are; morally unclean, noisy, and with n.ore t an a suspicion of waipero. He is prepar; I to meet the charge of being an autocrat but he suggests the setting aside of a special car for those unsavory passengers, se hat ladies may have an opportunity of ti rolling to and from the opera wi; .out being subject to the discomfort of h. ing the dark-skinned dirty ones fir fe owpassengers. The Tb Aroha Murder. —The Veto Zealand Herald says: —The Russian Fin, John Procotfy, who has been arrest d at Te Aroha under suspicion of having murdeied a young Maori, came out as a railor on board the barque Dunloe, no r in harbor. He deserted the second day ifter her arrival in port, and proceeded i > To Aroha, accompanied by a young man named Moore, a passenger by the «me vessel. We learn from those on 1 >ard that Procoffy was of a sullen nature, and rather quick-tempered. On one occasion the second mate and he had a dispute, resulting in a fight with fists, and the mate administered severe chastisement to him. At that time he promised to use the knife to that officer when opportunity offered, but his comrades, being Britishers, discouraged any such proceeding.

Lyttelton Harbcr. —An announcement of a very important character was made by the Hon. E. Richardson in his statement to the Harbor Board, at their meeting yesterday. It was to the effect that he, as Chairman of that body, had received through the Collector of Customs, a communication from the Admiralty asking for certain information as to the facilities obtainable at the Port of Lyttelton for the requirements of the vessels of the Royal Navy, which i iforrnation he had caused to be furnished. It appears that, when Mr Richard-on w.-s in Wellington, in June last, ho wrote t>> the Colonial Secretary and Minister of Marine asking them to inform the Admiralty and the officers in command of the fleet on the Australian station, of the facilities which could be afforded for the accommodation of her Majesty’s ships at Lyttelton. The result of these representations is now seen in the communication alluded to above, which shows nhat the Admiralty are not insensible to the advantages which the harbor of Lyttelton will soon be in a position to offer as a station for their vessels. The Australians in Nelson. —The “ travelling cricketers ” do not appear to have been popular in Nelson. The forlowing is clipped from the Colonist;—“ At the conclusion of the game Mr Lucre again had his fine turn-out ready for our visitors, and on their taking their seats the Nelson men gave them three hearty but undeserved cheers, for only one (Mr Boyle) recognised the compliment in any way, unless an ill-tempered scowl can be called so doing. They were again cheered on their departure from the wharf, whither they were also conveyed by Mr Lucre, but there was the same ill-bred conduct, and a feeling akin to relief was experienced when the men had really left. Individual members of the team might possibly improve on acquaintance, and it may be that one or two are not in reality so boorish as they appeared. It is, however, generally supposed that travel gives polish ; but if it has doue so with several of the Australian team, we can only deplore their original roughness. We were led to consider the players as gentlemen when they went home, but now—well, they have become professionals in the money-making sense, but in another we have met better professionals. ” The Accident to Natator.—Regarding the accident to Mr H. P. Lance’s racehorse, Natator, referred to in our sporting intelligence yesterday, the Morning Herald says : —“ We are sorry to say that the railway authorities cannot be complimented upon the arrangements made, or rather the want of arrangements, for the reception of the northern racehorses last evening. Ten horses came in four trucks. They were taken out of the trucks at the horse station in the dark. There was neither lamp nor lantern ready, and the only light afforded was that of a few wax matches. The result was that, in the confusion which arose in the darkness, Natator got away and went over two or three great pieces of bluestone. Some of those who had charge of the horses were very outspoken on the subject of want of proper accommodation, and complained bitterly of the want of forethought of the railway officials. ‘ They get our money,’ said he, ‘ and that’s all they care for.’ Such a complaint as that cannot he applied with justice to the Railway Department generally, but there was certainly foundation for it in the instance which occurred last night. It was not till nearly all the horses had been got out that a lantern arrived. ” Reckless Borrowing.— On this subject the Wanganui Chronicle, writing on the recent election of the Harbor Board there, makes the following sensible remarks :—The majority which the ticket secured furnishes another proof that the hankering after borrowed money for public works, without due consideration of probable results, is still very strong in Wanganui. The retribution in the shape of enormously increased rates and taxes has not yet come home with sufficient force to the minds of the people. Perhaps they are not slower in learning the lesson than men in other parts of the colony. Yet the events of the past two or three years ought to have taught them wisdom. A very large proportion of the distress which has prevailed, and has not yet passed away, is owing to reckless public expenditure of an unremunerative character. The money is very nice so long as it lasts, but unless, when the final shilling has been parted with, the works not only pay interest, but beyond that become, a positive source of wealth to the community, the loan had better not have been contracted—the game has not been worth the candle—and those who suffer most, those who come in many instances to want the actual necessaries of life, are the working classes, who, at all events in New Zealand, have hitherto shown thenselves incapable of resisting the temptation of the present advantages to be derived from an extravagant public expenditure.

The Missing Girl. —The body of the little girl, Emily Jane Moore, who was missed from her home on February 12th, was found in the River Avon to-day. New Zealand Cement. —Dr. Munro, the discoverer of the process for manufacturing cement from the Taranaki iron sand, has sent to Wellington a block of the cement. This block is lOin long, 6in wide, and lin thick, and weighs 41bs lOozs. It is very close, and appears to be as hard as granite. The matter is being taken in hand by an influential Wellington citizen, and the invention will doubtless soon be brought fully under the notice of the public. Should the discovery prove as valuable as the inventor expects it to be, New Zealand cement will soon crush the imported article completely out of the market.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 276, 23 February 1881

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