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[per press association.] The Otaiki Arson Case. Auckland, Saturday. In the Otaiki arson case, Tilly was discharged. The evidence showed that in the struggle with the Frenchman, a kerosene lamp got upset, accidentally firing the house. Suicide by Drowning. John Farrell, in a fit of delirium tremens, attempted suicide by drowning. Theatrical DisputeThere is a serious misunderstanding between Mr Reynolds and Mr Pollard, of the Pinafore Company, and the advertised performance to-night did not eventuate. Legal proceedings are in hand. It is reported that Pollard will not carry out his agreement back south to the Bluff, but intends going to Sydney. Intercolonial Weather. Wellington, Yesterday. Intercolonial weather exchange.—Saturday night: The depression reported last night as off Portland has passed Bass’ Straits, and is north-east of Gabo. The north-west gale has been succeeded by south-west wind at Booda, and this disturbance seems to be increasing, bad weather being reported from between Booda and Cape Otway. The barometer has recovered in the West—being 30.4 at Echuca, and 29.9 at Albany. Contract for the Wainuiomata Water Race. Mr W. F. Oakes’ tender of L 7,440 for the Wainuiomata water race has been accepted by the City Council. An Illicit Still. An illicit still has been discovered at Taratahi, Wairarapa. The offender is a man named Fitz Yanschulter, who has been convicted for a simiar offence at Palmerston North. Racing Stock. Dunedin, Yesterday. Mr H. Prince writes to the Star that the purchase of Sir Modred, Somnus, and Idalium was hona fide on his own behalf, not as agent for Australian principals. He adds : * ‘ Each and all of them will be raced by me on their merits. Colonial Bank. The Colonial Bank Directors’ report for the half-year ending June 30th shows a net profit, after providing for bad and doubtful debts, &c., of L 16,410 3s lOd. After adding the balance from the previous half-year and deducting the tax on note circulation, property tax, <fcc., the balance available is H6,39G 17a lid, which is recommended to be appropriated as follows : - Add to reserve fund L 2,000 (making L 30,000 in all) ; payment of a dividend of 6 per cent, L1‘2,000 ; balance carried forward, L2,39G 17s lid. Working Men’s Club Medal. The gold medal, given by the Working Men’s Club, has been awarded to Messrs Toomer Brothers, of Christchurch, for boots. Another Fire, Dunedin, To-day, A four-roomed house at Kaikorai, . owned by Alfred Martin, was burned down yesterday. It was insured in the South British for LIOO. A Tippler’s Enel. John Spalding died at West Taierifrom the effects of exposure. He lost his way on the 18th, and had been drinking. When found two days later he was insensible.

An Uiyust Steward. At the Police Court James Polio-k Holmes was charged with embezzling LlB Government moneys received by him as bailiff at Invercargill. He was remanded to Invercargill. The Vagaries of the Law. Invercargill, To-day. Judge Ward has decided at the District Court in the case of Dalgleish v. Moreton’s trustees that a bill of sale given three days before a declaration of insolvency is filed held good against tho body of creditors. The decision has caused a widespread feeling of insecurity in commercial circles.

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TELEGRAMS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 404, 25 July 1881

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TELEGRAMS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 404, 25 July 1881