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[PER PRESS ASSOCIATION.] Insurance. Auckland, To-day. At the half-yearly meeting of the New Zealand Insurance Company’s Directors, the report showed the following : Brought forward last year, L 9,725 ; net premiums, t L78,663; interest and rents, 1d.1,146; expenses, 1#2,477; losses.

L 52.855 ; balance, L 221,102. A dividend of lifteen per cent, was declared, absorbing L 15,000. . Fumigation Appliances Wanted. Government are attacked by the bulk of the papers for continued inattention to the representations by the postal authorities and public for better fumigating appliances here. Although the mail steamer arrived at noon yesterday, the fumigation will probably not be completed till midnight to-night. The steamer has been delayed for the Southern mails, to the great public inconvenience and loss of time throughout the colony, which might be avoided by a trifling expenditure upon a proper smoke house. When the English mail steamer was last quarantined, two clear days elapsed before the mails were delivered in Auckland, yet no attention has been paid to the representations then made to Government about the inadquateuess of fumigation facilities. Native Land Court.

Thames, To-day.

The Native Lands Court is now sitting. Mr Gill, the Under-Secretary, is in attendance. The Government are securing several valuable blocks. Mr Sheehan, M.H.R., left this morning, and proceeds immediately to Napier. The Good Templars. New Plymouth, To-day.

The Grand Lodge of Good Templars commenced their eigfch annual session last evening, Bro. Johnson presiding. Representatives were present from Wanganui, Wellington, Christchurch, Titnaru, Napier, and Taranaki. The Auckland representatives are expected to-day, by the steamer, which has been detained through a bad bar at the Manukau. Another Fire at Reefton. Reefton, To-day.

A fire breke out at 5 o’clock this morning in an unoccupied building adjoining Kater’s Exchange Hotel, Broadway. The fire got good hold of the building, and extended to the Exchange Hotel, and with the latter was burnt to the ground, together with all its contents, the occupants of the Exchange losing everything. Kater’s hotel is insured in the New Zealand office for L 925, but LSOO of the amount is believed to be reinsured in the Victoria. Fire.

Dunedin, To-day.

A six-roomed house in Manor place, belonging to Mr J. M. Jamieson, was totally destroyed last night. The building was insured in the Union office for L 350 ; furniture in the same office for L2OO ; loss, L2OO above the insurance. The Otago Land Board and the Runs. The Land Board sat till midnight discussing the runs question. They received a deputation from Waikouaiti, also a memorial from the South Canterbury members, suggesting the expediency of limiting the currency leases to one year, in order to allow a revision by the new Parliament of the conditions. Mr Stout moved a series of resolutions altering the conditions, which were negatived, the Board deciding that it was not advisable at present to discuss the amendments of the Act, but consider the limited time at their disposal to be more beneficialry occupied in administering judiciously the Act as they find it. Mr Stout next moved a fortnight’s adjournment, which was lost. He then moved that the back country, not near any railways, and not likely to be required for settlement, be let at the upset price of one shilling per head of sheep for their carrying capacity for ten years, and that the land likely to be soon required for settlement be reserved. That runs near settlements andjOtago Central line be leased from three to seven years, the rental to vary, according to situation, at from Is to 2s per head of sheep. This was negatived. The Board, while agreeing generally with the views expressed in the motion, considered it preferable to deal with each run on its merits. It was determined not to release the following runs:—l7l, 1718, 205, 244, 250, 255, 307, 171 A. The following blocks were taken for settlement: 1,170 acres out of run 204, 2,600 on 248, 1,760 on 219, 4,300 on 226, 9,900 on 210, 7,200 on 247, 1.100 on 206 a, 5,500 on 224, 8,300 on 261, 6.100 on 225, 3,900 on 222, 6,000 on 2138, 15,000 on 254, 9,800 on 185, 7,300 on 218 The Kest runs to be sub-divided and to be offered from two to three years.

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TELEGRAMS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 531, 11 January 1882

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TELEGRAMS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 531, 11 January 1882

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