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[per press association.] A Suspicions Fire. Onehcnga, To-day, I A fire occurred at Onehunga at 2.40 this morning, which destroyed eleven buildings. No water was available. It originated in the hay-loft attached to the Hibernian Hotel, and there is reason‘for suspecting a worthless fellow named Philip Pennell, who slept in the loft caused the fire, either by accident or design. The buildings destroyed and the insurance thereon are :—Hibernian stable (Seccombe’s) LSO in New Zealand; Oats, bootmaker, Ll7O in the New Zealand office; Bulleraigh, dwelling and shop, L 250, South British; Pegwer’s dwelling and workshop, L 230, South British; Blake’s house and shop, L 250, South British; Clark’s dwelling, L 250, New Zealand; Nichol’s carpenter’s shop, L7O New Zealand ; Yates, double shop, L'-100, Colonial; and the Good Templar Hall, Ll5O, North British and LSO South British. Cricket. Haweba, To-day. The Hawera team won the return match with the Auckland second team by one innings and 42 runs. The Meat Canning Business. Wellington, To-dav.

I «? iiuAiuiuiUi,!) Xv*uajr. In September last the Premier wrote to t Mr Griffin, U.S. Consul for New Zealand, who was proceeding to America, asking ; him, if it would not inconvenience bin), to make enquiries into the details of the meat preserving business which was carried on in Chicago, and especially as to the cost of plant required for making the tins, and for compressing the meat, as well as the expenses connected with each branch of the work when a factory was in average operation. A reply, dated Nov. 11th, was received by the last mail from a large firm in Chicago, in which they state that it would be difficult to give any detailed items of interest without specfic questions. However, they could say in general that from their stand point the chief objection to making the business remunerative in New Zealand, would be the difficulty of marketing surplus outs of fresh meat. Without this market to render it possible to dispose of ribs and loins, they thought that the canning business would have to be carried on at a disadvantage. If the best cuts of beef could be marketed the canning business might be carried on profitably. Sporting. Christchurch, To-day. At a meeting of the C J. C. Committee yesterday it was resolved to erase the O.J.C. Handicap from the programme of the Spring Meeting and substitute a race to be called the New Zealand Cup Handicap, of 20 bovs each, with 1,000 sovs added; second horse, 100 so vs; third, 60 sovs. It was also decided to have two steeplechases at the Autumn Meeting, one of 200 sovs added to a sweepstakes of 10 sovs, and another the Hunt Cup trophy of 50 sovs and 50 sovs in specie. A Young Incorrigible. _ A boy named Leonard Post was convicted at the Magistrate's Court thi| morning of breaking into the shop of Gould and Co., chemists, with the intenr tion of stealing therefrom, and was ordered to be sent to the Industrial School. He had previously been seven times before the Court, on charges of larceny, and had been whipped twice. Scratched. Lady Emma is scratched for all engage meats at the C.J.C, New Year’s Day Meeting. *

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TELEGRAMS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume IV, Issue 819, 15 December 1882

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TELEGRAMS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume IV, Issue 819, 15 December 1882

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