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[per press association.] Death of Major Hay. Auckland, Yesterday. Major Drummond Hay, formerly Native Land Purchase Commsssioner, died at Cambridge. The Coffee Palace, The directors of the new Coffee Palace Company are inviting competitive designs for the coffee palace. The Vogel Prize. The Vogel prize given to the Auckland Grammar School was won by Lippott with 419 out of 500 marks. Will he Accept It 7 Auckland, To-day. The Proprietor of Kain’s colliery has offered the captain of the ship Dunkeld a good freight to take coal instead of ballast on his voyage to San Francisco. A New Trial Refused. Judge Gillies to-day refused an application for a new trial in the slander case ot Crawford v. Johnson, heard last civil sessions, when a verdict was returned for the defendant. He said that he thought it was proved that the defendant had made a false statement affecting the plaintiff’s chastity; he had done so in confidence to the girl’s late employer, and the surrounding circumstances showed that the statement Was not made maliciously. Tawhiao’s Movements. Tawhiao received an ovation at Hamilton, Waikato, to-day. Addresses were presented to him and Major Mair, congratulating them on their visit. Wet Weather. Wellington, Yesterday. There is but little sign of any cessation in the continually wet and boisterous weather which has continued for the past ten days. The Maggie Patterson. A preliminary enquiry was held to-day into the circumstances connected with the wreck of the schooner Maggie Patterson, at the Heads. The evidence went to show that the casualty was due to a mistake made by the mate when entering the Heads, he having mistook a rock near the lighthouse for one at the extreme end of Barrett’s reef. The vessel is now a total wreck. She was sold by auction this afternoon forLs2, and her cargo of coals, hides, and zinc realised L7B. Slips on Rimutuka Incline. The slips on the Rimutuka incline are more serious than were first anticipfted. It appears that in addition to the slip itself, which came down from the hills above, the line was cut away for a distance of fifty yaids, and a depth of 30ft. It will take over a weeK to complete the repairs. The Rain. The rain which has fallen since last Friday week is more than three inches in excess of the average fall for the whole month during the previous sixteen years. To Rowing Men. Wellington, To-day. A meeting of the Star Rowing Club was held last night to consider the advisability of instituting an amateur sculling championship for New Zealand. It was decided that the Club should take the intiative steps towards the accomplishment of the object. A committee was appointed to draw up proposals, which will bo submitted to all rowing clubs throughout the colony. The Eumara Water Races. Hokitika, J uly 26. At a special meeeting of the Westland County Council this evening, the following resolution, proposed by Councillor McWerter, was unanimously agreed to : “ That this Council have heard with surprise the proposal of the Government to hand over the Kumara and Waimea water races to a company, and resolve to ask the Government whether it is really their intention to hand over this property to any company ; and, if so, this Council protest in the strongest manner against the proposal as detrimental to the beat interests of the mining industry in the district. ” (Windbound. JCaikoura, Yesterday. The cutter Paws., Captain Westlake, from Lyttelton, a fortnight .out, arrived here last evening after laying at Amuri eight days. She put in here for shelter.

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TELEGRAMS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 406, 27 July 1881

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TELEGRAMS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 406, 27 July 1881