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The Froposed Masonic Union. AUCKLAND, April 5 Lodge Manukau has unanimously declared In favor of the amalgamation of the three existing constitutions and for th« formation of a New Zealand constitution. H.M.S. Raven. H.M.S. Raven, now m Aaokland, is under orders for Sydney. Imperial Federation. Mr Parkin, the delegate for Canada, meets the Aaokland Chamber of Commerce to oonfer with them on the subject of Imperial Federation this afternoon. Export of Batter. Messrs Reynolds and Co,, who sent a imall experimental shipment of butter to London, got the top prloe ruling for the best Danish, v'z., £5 16s per owt. Charitable Aid. Wellington, April 5. „ The city poor rate struck by tho Council will be 2^d instead of id as hitherto owing to redactions m the expenditure. The new Gold-saving Process. An alayais of the staff operated on by Evendon'e gold-Baying machine chows that it returned 96£ per oent of gold. City Bates. The City Council have taken a stand against the remission of rates except m oases allowed by law and have refused the applications from St Patrick's College and other bodies. * Mr Edward Wakefield Mr E. Wakefield formerly a member of the House and now editor of the Evening •'Press " isaboat to pay a visit to Hagland and the Continent In oenjanotlon with Count D'Abbans. Ho has bean engaged m the prodnotlon of a book on New Zealand whloh ii to be published In Paris and elsewhere. Mr Wakefield also takes Home with him a noveffounded on fool? dents In Colonial life. It is understood i that he has not severed hU connection with the " Pnmt" Stack Fir* . « Timaru, Aprils. Two stacks of wheat valued at £112 were destroyed by fire on the Levels Estate near Timaro. The fire was accidental. The wheat is insured at Dunedin m the National Office, amount not known hero,
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