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[Per s.s. Hero via Auckland.]

Commodore Wilson, referring to the recent release, under the Habeas Corpus Act, of Bates, the deserter, says that the decision strikes at the root of all discipline, and will effect the movement of the Queen’s ships as regards Australia.

A report on the geology and waterbearing formations of the Albert and Darling Rivers district, presented to Parliament on November i6th, states that an abundant underground supply of water is obtainable on the artesian principle. Dr Van Heckeren, recently acquitted through disagreement of the jury on charge ot procuring abortion, has again been arrested on a similar charge. The ease was adjourned in consequence of the illness ot accused. Private Allan, of Victoria, scored seven bull’s-eyes successively at 500 yards, winning first prize in the match between Intercolonial riflemen. Mr Quick has introduced a Bill in the Victorian Assembly, forbidding the advertising or circulating of any announcements for betting, sweeps, ot gambling; also, making illegal the negociation of any cheque or bill for gambling debts. Mr Lucky, Commissioner of New South Wales Railways, meets Mr Bent, the Victorian Commissioner, on Nov. 24, to confer relative to the railway bridge over the Murray. A wooden building at Malsbury, near Kyneton, was discovered to be on fire. The police, on entering, found a man named Hegarty cutting his throat, with a child beside him in bed. The police removed the child and took Hegarty to the Hospital He had been drinking heavily of late. The house was burnt to the ground. A dispute has arisen in the Presbyterian Assembly between the. Revs. Webster and M'Vean. The latter told Mr Webster that a congregation was available at Minin die, whereas they only found one Presbyterian within fifty miles. Mutual recrirainrtions ; were exchanged. Mr M’Vean refused to sit in the Assembly till an apology was given. , . ; The trial of Thomas King, for poisoning Kennedy at Helensville, terminated on Nov. 17, by a verdict of “Not guilty.” There was a severe storm On the night of Nov. 16. A cabman, who fell into a street gutter, was carried off ,by the stream and nearly drowned. Finally, by the efforts of two men and a Newfoundland dog, he was rescued with 1 difficulty. George Holt, a clerk in the Victoria Life Insurance Company, charged L with forging scrip for a hundred shares, . was committed for trial, bail being j allowed. Mr Spurgeon and Messrs Moody and Sankey have declined the invitations of the Young Men’s Christian Association j to visit Australia. ; A special Board is now hearing evil dence in Mrs Jones’s claims for comt pensation for the destruction of Glen- * rowan Hotel. The Crown witnesses’ 1 evidence showed that Mrs Jones was L in sympathy with the Kellys. One swore that she boasted having kissed ; Ned Kelly.

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AUSTRALIAN NEWS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 502, 26 November 1881

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AUSTRALIAN NEWS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 502, 26 November 1881

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