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[pan PRESS ASSOCIATION.] Our new Governor. Wellington, To-day. 3: „ The Government have received a cable from the Agent - General officially anj. nounoing the appointment of Sir William Jervois as .Governor of New Zealand, and that his commission will be sent by the e ’Frisco mail, which leaves London on >.Thursday next, and is due here on the 10th January. > Duty Unpaid. At the Maaterton Court to-day Thomas Thompson and John Morgan were charged , with having in their possession forty gallons of whiskey upon which the duty • bad not been paid. They were remanded until to-morrow. A Drunkard's End. ■ Nelson, To-day. . A fatal fire occurred here yesterday' afternoon. An old house on a hill above Washington Yalley, caught fire in a manner unknown. It was occupied by a man ; named Thomas Martin, alias Rqck Cod Tommy.' The wife is better known as Margaret Fitzsimon, whose former husband was in the 14th Regiment at Auck- . land. A young man named Spotstrode -V. and another named James Monarty were • also living in the house. They were all ! in, and the men were quite sober, when - the fire broke out. The woman was drunk. An alarm being given and assistance available Martin told a constable he did not c know where bia wife was, but she might a’, be upstairs. It transpired afterwards, , 'however, that the woman was in the front ' room below, Monarty says he tried to, drag .her out, but she was helplessly drunk. He says he stayed till his hair caught fire. The house was completely destroyed, and the woman’s charred remains were afterwards found. Sporting. The Jockey Club have arranged for a two days’ programme for March. The added money amounts to L 450. Lucky Constabulary Man 1 ■ New Plymouth, To-day. The constabulary man stationed at Pnngarehu, who was the holder of The Assyrian in Ada Mantua’s Melbourne Cup Consultation, on Saturday received a cheque for LI ,360, being the amount of the first prize

Burglary. Christchurch, To-day. At the Magistrate’s Court to-day, Henry Garrett was committed for trial for burglariously entering and stealing from the . , house of E. J Longman, on Nov. 16. Scratched. Dunedin, To-day. ' Amulet has been scratched for all his engagements at the Spring Meeting. . From Mauritius. Arrived— Penisoe, from Mauritius. Settled By the Toss of a Hat. Vincent County Council Chairmanship nas been temporarily settled by the toss-up of a bat, McGuinnes remaining in possession for three months. A Dangerous Plaything. A boy named McLennan had his hand " ’ seriously injured by the explosion of a >' - - ' percussion cap with which he was playing. j - A Strange Affair. , ■’ * ' ‘ Anf inquest hqld at Port Chalmers on ■v ■ Saturday revealed some extraordinary circumstances attending the death of a marfjjttd woman at Deborah Bay, Mrs Anderfejf.On Siihday night, 19th instant, she WSS-walking round the Bay with a young ■ ' girl/when a' Chilian native (so the girl ; v : < aCcfettw) -capie up to them, and, without struck Mrs Anderson with a piece ; {vof knocking her. down. Mediseems to discredit the state;&'s .-that the woman was struck as deIjs But at ally rate she fell in the 'till next morning, |p;'wheti took her homo in his feature is that her hus-’-others knew her condition rem&in.' oixt all night.

Whether she was drunk or not on this occasion is not very clear, but she was in the habit of drinking. The jury found that death oocured from apoplexy, accelerated by intoxication and exposure, ami no notice was taken of the statement about the assault by the Chilian.

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TELEGRAMS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume IV, Issue 803, 27 November 1882

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TELEGRAMS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume IV, Issue 803, 27 November 1882

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