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[per press association.] Destructive Fire. Auckland, To-day. About half past three this morning a fire was observed at the sawmill belonging to Jaggar and Parker, on the reclaimed land at Freeman’s Bay. The fire bells rang, and soon a crowd gathered on the spot, but before being discovered the fire had obtained a firm hold on the building, and there was no chance of saving any part of the premises. In a short time the fire brigade was upon the ground, and began to play upon the adjoining premises and stock in the yard, with the view of preventing the fire from spreading. Tho sawmill had a large stock of timber in it, which was all destroyed. The mill and stock were worth nearly L 3,000. The fire was first seen in tho centre building, near the steam engine. Recently the premises and machinery were sold for about L 1,500, and additions have since been made. The only insurance on it is one of LSOO, in the National office, to cover the mortgage. Native Matters.

Some Hauhau natives near Huntly destroyed the fencing and felled some trees on the land of a settler named Hill, whose title they dispute, though held under Crown Grant. The occurrence has no political significance. Tawhiao’s hikaranou meeting is a failure. At no time have more than from 600 to 700 natives assembled, and there has been nothing beyond the customary feasting and nose-rubbing accomplished. An attempt was made to conceal the failure by adjourning until the middle of July. Evidently the King movement is undergoing a process of rapid disintegration, and if left alone will evaporate. The leading Kingite natives show a disposition to sell their land, and the Mokio natives consequently withdrew from the meeting, declaring their intention to have no more to do with the stated on good authority that if the money were available no great difficulty would be experienced in getting a railway right through the King country to New Plymouth. The Lands Court has passed another large block through, opening up 90,000 acres hitherto closed for European settlement. Kingites come in freely to prove their title before the Court. It is estimated that half a million of acres o* native lands beyond Cambridge, and bordering on the King territory, has been opened for settlement.

The result of the meeting of the northern natives to celebrate the signing of

the treaty of Waitangi, and the opening of Waitangi Pah, was a series of resolutions affirming the necessity of a Maori Parliament to make laws for Maori people. In these they re-affirra their unflinching loyalty to the Queen, but the memorial declared that “ The Government of New Zealand have milked the cow that was sent by Queen Victoria as a covenent to the tribes of New Zealand. They are those who have deceived us, and that is the cause of the Maori people being so weak and oppressed in the land. This is why it is now asked that the Maori tribes shall be gathered into one sheaf. All our grievances shall be settled by this Parliament. We are to manage things concerning Maori tribes only, and not break the law. The first grievance we felt in these islands has been the purchasing of land by the ministers who brought the gospel to New Zealand. Their mode of purchase was first seizing land, at that time having no surveyor.”

More Land. Taueanga, To-day. The Native Land Court, now sitting at Gisborne, passed the Maungata block of 190,000 acres, and the Waipu block (No. 2) of 37,000 acres, both in this district, and seld them to Mr Robert Cooper. Defaulting Ratepayers. The Tauranga County Council yesterday passed a resolution to proceed to sell all absentee lands which are two years in arrears of rates. This will bring a large area of good land into the market. A Grievance.

The settlers are getting impatient at hearing nothing from the Public Works Department about the much needed Nairuni bridge. And Yet Another. Wanganui, To-day.

A fire broke out in Leslie’s plumber’s shop last night, and the building and its contents were much damaged. The insurances are—Llso on stock and tools in the North British ; L2OO on the building in the New Zealand.

Supreme Court. The Supreme Court opened yesterday. PaulDebruka, for larceny, was sentenced to 8 months, with hard labor ; William Miners, for larceny, to 18 months’ hard labor ; F. Christie, for larceny, to 12 months’ hard labor. The Grand Jury threw out the bill against Hall and his daughter, Christina Goodman, for alleged child murder, the medical evidence not being conclusive.

Direct Home Trade. Dunedin, To-day

A meeting of the Chamber of Commerce was held yesterday, to take into consideration a letter by Mr Mackerras on the subject of direct steam communication with Great Britain. Mr Mackerras brought under notice the advisability of asking the Union Steam Shipping Co. to take steps for the introduction of such class of boats as would meet the requirements of the time. A considerable amount of information was collected, chiefly on importations of soft goods firms, and their desire to avail themselves of such line was shown. On the majority of imports the saving of interest would fully compensate for the higher rates of freight charged by steamer. A subcommittee was appointed to wait upon the Directors of the Union Company, and ascertain how far they deem it practicable to establish a line. Found Dead.

A German, name unknown, was found lying alongside the railway, two miles from Clinton, early this morning. The deceased arrived in Clinton on Friday from Oamaru. It is not suspected he met his death by foul play.

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NEW ZEALAND, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 328, 26 April 1881

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NEW ZEALAND Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 328, 26 April 1881

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