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[per press association.] Bank of New Zealand Half-Yearly Meeting. Auckland, To-day. At the Bank of New Zealand halfyearly meeting, the report shows a net profit of L7G,4G4, and with the balance from last half year of L 28,337, makes a total for division of L 99.801. Dividend and bonus 15 per cent. L 75,000, balance by profit and loss L 24,801. The report was adopted. Sudden Death. Wanganui, To-day. An architect, named Thomas Peake, was found dead in his house last night. It is supposed he died in a fit. He leaves a widow and family. Tally Ho! The hunting season commences in Wanganui on the first Saturday in May. Mr Bradley, late of Otago, assumes th e mastership, his pack of hounds and th e local pack being amalgamated.

No Evidence. Wellington, To-day. The charge against Fred. Marshland Hadfield for being an accomplice in the alleged stealing of 1,000 sheep off a run in Wairarapa, was dismissed, no evidence being offered. The Dangers of the Pass-

In consequence of the danger attached to the passage through the French Pass, captains of vessels in port are drawing up a petition to the ministerial head of the Marine Department to take immediate steps to have suitable lights erected where required. The barque Brounthorpe, 133 days from London, is at the Heads. SatisfactoryBlenheim, To-day.

The Marlborough Agricultural Show was held yesterday and was the most successful one hold for years. The exhibits were excellent and very numerous. Excellent Authorities, no Doubt.

At the Marlborough Show dinner, last night, the Lyttelton Times' correspondent, who responded to the toast of “The Visitors,” described the recent visit paid by him to the Picton coal fields, describing their extent so far as discovered, and predicting grand resutls from their discovery. He said, since visiting the field, he had met Mr Blair, Engineer in charge of the Middle Island, and directed his attention to the samples brought to Blenheim, and that Mr Blair expressed the highest opinion of it. Another Journalist at Best.

Lionel Brown, journalist, died this morning. Land for Settlement. Dunedin, To-day.' An important intimation was made known at yesterday’s meeting of the Land Board, namely, that a scheme is on foot by the Education Commissioners for the sale of large Education Reserves in this province, and funding the proceeds for education purposes. This means opening up a vast extent of land for settlement. A Point Reserved. In Moritzon’s case the judge intimated he would reserve for the Appeal Court the point whether the evidence shewed the commission of a technical offence by embezzlement.

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NEW ZEALAND, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 324, 21 April 1881

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NEW ZEALAND Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 324, 21 April 1881

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