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At 5.20 this morning a fire broke out in one of four newly rerected and unoccupied houses belonging to W. Brice, situate in Oxford terrace. The Brigade were quickly on the spot, and the tire extinguished. It is estimated that the damage done is about LIOO. The four houses were insured for L2OO in the Royal office. The police arrested a man named John Brown, alias Henry Duncan, who was seen about the premises when the fire broke out. THE LEVANTING SWEEPSTAKE , PROMOTER , . : 1 . ■ [by telegraph.-] Auckland, To-da y A youug man named Carlton, who arrived by the mail steamer and went on to Sydney, , related to Mr Fisher, of the. Occidental Hotel, an account of a conversation he had at San Francisco with North, the Wellington levanter, shortly after the former’s: arrival there by the last mail boat He said the first Sunday he was at,’Frisco, he visited -Woodward’s jGardens, ,in order to seg some sports going on, and was surprised to perceive 1 North' there in company with a man :liamed Street;:'who runs a large saloon. He went up aqd shook- hands with diim. ( After interchanging the »umal remarks, ; North enquired what was thought of him in New Zealand, when i Garlton replied : that 'he had’ completely ruined, the sweepstakes busi-ness-there now. North appeared to be very jocular, .and he several times remarked in a tone of great glee— u Didn’t F give them a start, I intended some day to do it V’ ■ 'He professed ’ his •wiliingiifeis' -to pay anyone whom he should drop across; and said his wife and family were .onehuudr.ed ipilekiup tlie !counfcryp‘and: ,that helfad cleared-put.,of Wellington with Wd that ho' wds'ihen-on his way to the Gape. LHe intended, however, in : going- through the States, to lecture on thp i ©if it f consequences-.©£> ft atjdV ilr4; 1 disastrous results dntailednponyounjiptaeh' 1 hfS-tiAW Weatfielsa fori sweeps.: . Hoi draw » attehtidh . slightly fto. the pock-marked a^ie&ilibelciMila fdce,iaiid m:explatiatfdii LI

llaiuu tiiiib on rtjciuiuui' uuiiuuuu uo wont ashore and interviewed the King, and got gloriously drunk with him, and caught small pox, which was raging there at the time. He was put in. a pesthouse and kept confined there for a month. He bade Carlton good-bye, after desiring him to tell his New Zealand friends that he intended coming back and giving them, another turn some day. >

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FIRE INJ CHRISTCHURCH, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 357, 30 May 1881

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FIRE INJ CHRISTCHURCH Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 357, 30 May 1881