Auckland At the inquest on Olarke, the Queensland squatter, who died at the Star lotel, from narcotic poisoning, a verdict of “ death by taking an overdose of cblorodyne ” was returned. Amonj the passengers by the Coptic is W, M'Candlish, who comes here |in connection with the proposed railway between Tauranga and the Hot Lakes. The Hinemoa arrived with the torpedo boat in tow after a passage which- Captain Fairchild describes as one of the worst he ever experienced. In coming across the Bay of Plenty the torpedo boat towed well. The manner in which she rode the heavy seas was a matter of surprise to all on board the Hinemoa. For the safety of the torpaio boat it was-neces-sary on Thursday, in a fierce north-east gale, to take shelter under Capo Run away on the East Coast, on Friday at the lee of Mayor's Island, and on Saturday to run for Port Charles, which she left on Sunday morning, arriving as above. Charles Strong, waterman, fell over the wharf and was drowned. Befo-e the Coptic sailed from London, 1 GeorgeTownshend, fraudulent bankrupt, was arrested. His wife and family came off to the v?ssel under an assumed nams. From instructions received from Wellington Police Department, on the strength of a cablegram from the Home office, the Auckland police boarded the Coptic, and discovered the woman on board ar a steerage passenger. They succeeded in getting her to disgorge LX,IOO, made up of eleven LIOO Bank of England notes. The body of M Kelvie was brought to town to day by Detective Hughes and I Trooper Kelly to await the inquest. Daceased’s son told the police before going out in pursuit that his father would never be taken alive.
The Coptic has been chartered by the Imperial Government as a fast cruiser for the New Zealand coast. Arrangements are now being made to avoid sending her on the homeward voyage. She will tow the ship Northumberland to Napier, to take the cargo of frozen meat which is now ready at that port, and the cargo which was to have followed in the Northumberland will be put aboard the ship Lyttelton and the steamship Arawa. .The Coptic will go from here to Wellington with her original cargo, and will then be at once fitted up for her new service. She may for this purpose have to go to Australia. Wellington. The Hon J. A. Tole, Minister of Justice, returned from Wanganui yesterday evening. A supplementary Gazette issued to-day, contains the new regulations under the Government Insurance Association Act, and a number of new tables. The result of the local option polling for Lambton Ward was in favor of additional licenses by 46 to 35. An action claiming damages for alleged slander is to be heard in the Supreme Court next week. The plaintiff is 0. W. Outten, solicitor; the defendant being Daniel Climie, civil engineer, and it is alleged that the latter slandered the former by stating to a friend in the street that p’aintiff had improved bis property to the extent of LIBO or Ll9O at the expense of the Island Bay Park Company. A heavy gale set iu last night, and about 4 o’clock this morning half the Exhibition building in course of erection was blown down. ihe contractors estimate the damage at between L4OO and LSOO. Timaeu. The Defence Minister having agreed to accept the services of the Timaru Rifle Volunteer Company, the roll is being rapidly filled up. Over 50 men signed last night. Dunedin. The Otago Early History Society held a highly successful conversazione on Friday night. Amongst many interesting exhibits was Tasman’s chart of New Zealand, 230 years old, obtained by Dr Hocken on a recant visit to Europe. The express train from Christchurch was delayed in arrival last night for three hours by the breaking down of the engiue, just as she got out of the long tunnel between Blueakin and Port Chalmers.
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YESTERDAY’S TELEGRAMS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume V, Issue 1518, 20 April 1885
YESTERDAY’S TELEGRAMS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume V, Issue 1518, 20 April 1885
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