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[per press association.] Kleptomania. Auckland, To-day. At the Supreme Court this morning, Samuel Brown, an old settler and exmerchant was arraigned on several charges of larceny and burglary. The only evidence for the defence was that of witnesses as to his character, which included that of the Hon. F. Whitaker, the Hon. P. Dignan, Mr J. McC. Clark, and his Worship the Mayor, who had known prisoner for thirty or forty years. The Judge said this was a very extraordinary case. He had known similar cases of kleptomania, and it was a well-known fact in physiology that there such forms of derangement. In the face of the evidence of leading citizens he did not think it necessary to commit prisoner to gaol. Prisoner would be liberated on two bonds for L3OO each. - These were entered into byM easrs Nathan and Baylan.

The Mining Swindle. Grahamsiown, To-day.

The editor of the /Star has sent full information re the reported mining swindle to the Minister of Mines, pointing out the desirability of the Government contradicting the statements in England. In the prospectus the richest claims at the goldfield are referred to as lying adjacent to the proposed scene of operations, though some of the said claims are miles distant from each other. The Te Aroha Battery The Te Aroha battery is expected to be completed on Saturday, and much anxiety exists as to the yield from the claim. The result will make or mar the goldfield. Challenge AcceptedWellington, To-day.

Hearn, of Wellington, has accepted the challenge of A. White, Mercury Bay, to row a match in Wellington for LIOO a-side. The course is to be not less than three miles straight, and L 25 to be allowed White for expenses if he is beaten.

Scholastic AppointmentThe Wellington College Governors to-day unanimously appointed Mr Joseph McKay M.A., late of Aberdeen, now and for twelve years resident and mathematical master at Nelson College, to be Principal of the Wellington College. Frightful Accident. Westport, To-day.

A terrible accident occurred at Waimangaroa this morning to William Young, a fireman on the railway. When putting the break on a coal train, his foot slipped, and the truck went over his body, killing him instantaneously. A School Committee and Pinafore. Dunedin, To-day.

The Dunedin School Committee do dined to countenance the attendance ol school children at a Pinafore performance, for which free admission was offered. Gold.

The Homeward Bound Company, Maoetown, got 235 ounces of gold from 334 tons of stone.

A Visitor

The Hon. Major W. 0. Smith, M.L.A., of Victoria, accompanied by several members of the Education Board, visited the City, High, and Training Schools. He expressed astonishment at the high average attendance, considering the number on the roll, and particularly admired the conduct of the boy’s High School. In the afternoon ha inspected the harbor works.

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NEW ZEALAND, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 313, 7 April 1881

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NEW ZEALAND Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 313, 7 April 1881

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