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[per press association.] Arson.

Auckland, Yesterday.

The verdict in the case of Bmdpn Bros, was in the following form ; “ Guilty, with a strong recommendation to mercy, on account of the carelessness of the insurance agents, which offers an incentive to crime. Death from Exhaustion. Mrs Catherine Webster, a patient at the Lunatic Asylum, who had persistently refused food since last December, or to speak or open her eyes, died of exhaustion. The verdict at the inquest was, “ Death from natural causes.'’ The “Lance” Makes an Abject Apology. Auckland, To-day. The criminal prosecution for libel instituted by Mr W. J. Hurst, against Mr W. D. Wickham, has ended, the latter pleading guilty by tendering an abject written apology, in which he acknowledges the defamatory statements made by him against Mr Hurst to be false, and without the slightest foundation. He binds himself to pay L2O towards the prosecutor’s expense, while regretting not being in .aposition to pay more; and undertakes to refrain from publishing criticisms on Mr Hurst for the future. The apology was accepted. The Judge, in passing sentence, told, the defendant that had the case gone to the jury, the consequences would have been serious for him, and his conduct in publishing libels on Mr Hurst was utterly indefensible. Defendant was fined Is and costs being impcsed. Mr Parris and the Natives. New Plymouth, Yesterday. Mr Parris returned to town last night from Pungarehu, and stated that he had not succeeded in settling the difficulty, although the natives have left. The disputed ground is about half an acre in extent, and adjoins a native reserve. The natives refuse to cultivate any but the disputed land, which is on the rise of a hill, and not fit for the purpose they say they wanted it for. Matters Sporting. Wanganui, To-day. The Wanganui Spring meeting is fixed for October 21st, and will take place permanently on the Friday before the fourth Monday in October. The programme is the same as last year, the stakes being L 340, and Ll5O added to the principal handicap. Nominations to be in by the 23rd September. The dates for the Autumn Meeting are fixed for the second Thursday and Friday in March, 1882. The details of the programme are held over for a fortnight, and it is expected they will be the same as last year. At the annual meeting of the Jockey Club held last night, the balance-sheet showed receipts—L3,6ls, and expenditure, L 3,621, consisting of stakes—L2,949 ; charges, L 398 ; improvements, L 359, and sundries, L 137. Over L 3,300 has been spent in imprevents during the last three years. The assets of the Club show L 2,934 over the liabilities. There was a large attendance of members at the meeting. Fire Brigades Competition. Wellington, Yesterday. I

A hose and reel competition took place this afternoon, between the Carterton and Wellington Fire Brigades. The latter won by six seconds. Supreme Court. The civil sittings of the Supremo Court commence to-morrow, when the action Griffiths v. Johnson will be tried before a special jury. The plaintiff, who is an auctioneer and commission agent residing at Blenheim, sues defendant, the publisher of the Mariborough Express, to recover LI ,000 damages, for an alleged libel published in that journal. The alleged libel was contained in a letter to. the editor, in which it is contended that the writer imputed to the plaintiff that he had been guilty of setting fire to the Government Buildings. The issues were tried at Blenheim in December last, but the jury were unable to arrive at a verdict, and it was then decided to place the issues before a special jury in Wellington. Rowing. At a meeting of rowing men this evening the stakes in connection with the recent sculling championship were handed oyer over to Hearn, the winner. Mention was made as te the probability of an interprovincial regatta this year, but it was thought unlikely that it could be got up in Wellington.

Intercolonial Weather. Intercolonial weather exahange—Sydney, Wednesday evening—There was a strong southerly gale with rain yesterday on the east coast of Australia, but the weather is now clearing. High pressure is still general, the barometer being at Perth 30.3, Echuca 30.4, Adelaide 30.4, and Sydney 30.2. Frozen Meat. Dunedin, Yesterday.

Over 3,000 shares have been applied for in the New Zealand Refrigerating Company. A telegram has been sent to London for freezing machinery. Admitted to Pratique. Dunedin, To-day. No fresh cases of sickness having occurred, the passengers by the Charles Worstey, and also the ship are to be admitted pratique on Saturday forenoon.

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TELEGRAMS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 395, 14 July 1881

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TELEGRAMS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 395, 14 July 1881

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