v [Pb* Press association.] J New Plymouth, April 3. . At the Oounty Oouncil to-day It was : proposed to supply the Dog Tax Collector with a gun and ammunition for the ' purpose of shooting tbe doga at Parlhaka, . as the Natives deollne to piy the dog tax. The resolution was amended In the ' dlreotion of substituting summonses for ' non-payment of taxes, Instead of destroyIng tbe dogs, as It was feared It might lead to unpleasant complications with the Natives. '' Wellington, April 3. The retail tobaooonlats have formed r themselves Into an Association and J adopted a soale of oharges for tobaooo and cigars. Tho merohanta with a view to assisting the Association have signed ' an agreement declining to supply anyone ' underselling the price agreed upon. * Tbe Premier received a cable message ' last night from Lord Onslow to 1 the effeot that Lord Oranley with ' ; the younger members of His Ex- " oellenoy's family and his private secretary will travel from Sydney to \ Wellington by direct steamer arriving ; about 10th lost. Lord and Lady Onslow > and his Excellency's aide de oamp will 1 reaoh Auckland by the outward San ' 'Frisco mall steamer on Monday, 22nd 1 Inst, oontloolng their journey to Wel- ' llogton a few days later. His Excellency requests] that the Government steamer Hinemoa should be sent to the Manakau 1 to await him Scab has been found on a re-examlna-tion of the flock to still exist at Porter's run In the Miranda district on the western shore of the Firth of Thames. It Is understood that the Railway Commissioners are about to make an alteration m the oharges for conveyance of fruit and agricultural produce to market. Twenty-fivo of the workmen who wen*-, from Auckland to Oapo Foulwlnd quarries Inst wefk but drollned to work on arrival, came to Wellington this afternoon. They were mot at the wharf by the Secretary of the Seamen's Union. The praotloal result of the ooneultation was that tbe Union offered to pay the passages of the men to any part of the oolony. This offer was aooepted by most of the men the remainder deciding to remain In Wellington for the present. A long meeting of the Cabinet, at wbioh the Premier and Hona Mitohelaon and Rlohardson were present and tbe Hon G. Fisher was not, was held to-day. One paper openly oonneots It with the question of tbe latter's resignation, stating that Mr Fisher refoaea to resign, and it 1b not Improbable the Premier may resign him solf and form a f roah Ministry. It may be stated, however, that It Is a mistake to auppoae this course will necessarily be adopted, as any member of a Ministry may be gazetted out and his place filled In the same way; Ministers state that tbe meeting to-day was on ordinary business, but It Is understood tbat the dispute between the Commissioner of Onstomß and his colleagues whloh began over the prevention of certain proseoutlons for Infringement of tho Beer Doty Aot In Wellington will oome to a head and be definitely settled to-morrow. Ohristohukoh, April 3. Tbe Frnlt Growers Association decided to petition both Houses of Parliament for further legislation to prevent the spread ef codlln moth. Dunedin, April 3. The Hospital trustees to-night adopted a minute prepared as a reply to Dr. Batohelor, Members spoke very warmly on the subject, and altogether gave a orushlng reply to the dootor Emphasis , was laid on the faot of the death rate m . the Hospital being the lowest In tho i who!* colony, of Urge boipltali. * t
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