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[per press association.] A Missing Merchant. Auckland, To-day. Harge, a wine and spirit merchant, about ten days ago left Auckland ostensibly to go on a visit to Rotorua. It is discovered that defalcations amounting to several thousand pounds exist, an Australian firm being let in heavily. It is supposed that Harge has gone to Adelaide, hoping to secure a passage in the Orient steamer Cuzco. A warrant is out for his apprehension, and a cable message sent advising the police authorities. Dilatory Darkies\lexandra, To-day. Te Ngakau and a number of other leading natives came to Alexandra today. They say the delay is caused by the non-arrival of a number of Southern natives, and the meeting will begin immediately they arrive. Farewell. Wellington, To-day. H.M. s. Emerald sailed for England at 10 o’clock this morning. The shipping in the harbor saluted the vessel as she got under weigh. “ Hands all The Government have received, through the Agent-General, a copy of the English and Colonial national song, “ Hands all Round,” by the poet Laureate (Alfred ■Tennyson), set to music, with a request from the Royal Colonial Institute that the wish of the Poet Laureate may be carried out, and the songs publicly sung in the colony on the Queen's Birthday. Artillery Competition, Dun eoin, To-day. The B. Battery made 726 points, or 19 behind the Wellington Artillery. Public Works Expenditure. Statistics published by the Times show that the Public Works Department spent on contracts during 1881-2 in Otago, L19,15i, exclusive of payments on account of Otago contract in Southland, L 29.705 ; in Canterbury, LG2,047. A Hotel at the Water of Leith. It is proposed to form a company to build a largo hotel at the Water of Leith falls, and lay out seventy acres as pleasure grounds. Another Blaze. Invercargill, To day. A ten-roomed house at Greenhills, owned and occupied by S. Sullivan, was burned down. It was insured for L2OO m the Northern office ; the origin is believed to be accidental.

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TELEGRAMS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 627, 4 May 1882

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TELEGRAMS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 627, 4 May 1882

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