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I m Auokland, April 12. At a meeting of Pukekohe settlers 01 Wednesday those present resolved uuani monßly that tbey would not supply tbi Auokland Grocers' Association with on} more Hairy produce; During the discus sion the dealings of the Association were freely condemned Wanoanui, April 12. A settler named James King has re* ported to the police that his house has been entered and a cashbox containing £200 stolen. There Is no olue so far to to the thief. ' Wellington, April 11. It ls understood tbat the oonfisoaUon of ' the Junction Brewery plant will not be I enforoed by Government, as the fines have been very heavy. The Customs authorities have taken possession, aod although the Oompany are still carrying on business the receipts are oolleoted by the Customs The total amount of fiaes j and oosts of the prospcutlou just concluded amount to £479 4i 6_, being : — Junction Brewery Oompany (four oharges) £213 193 6d ; Owen MoArdle, Seoretary to the Company (five charges) £241 155 ; B. Gilmer, Opera Hotel (one Information), £23 10s. Tbe Government bave notified officers commanding districts that no expenses ln connection with tha transport of men to camp can be paid out of Oomp.nlea' funds j whioh have accumulated from capitation. All expenses tn attending a camp outside I the district are to be borne by the men j themselves. I Arrears due on deferred payment and perpetual lease sections are exceptionally heavy, notably In Otago and Southland, and It is anticipated some decisive steps will have to be taken to effeot an improvement. The unwillingness to oash up Is attributed In great metsnre to the hope that next session some suoh measure as the Fair Rent BUI will be passed. Although Ministers are not yet prepared to give exaot figures it Is known there will be a handsome sin plus this year. The aooonnts are being kept open to bring iv every possible item whioh oan be oharged to the year's expenditure, but when all is allowed for there will be enough to pay off the £50,000 of deficit it was proposed to wipe oat this year and still leave a good margin. Ohr_s_oh*jboh, April 11. William Pinching, formerly a oheml.t at Kalspol, died In the look-up at Walau th's evening. Ho was arreßted at 4 o'olook on a oharge of obtaining money by false preteno9B. His wife went with a constable to see him, and found him unconscious and making a gurgling noise. He never reoovered oonsolousness and died at 5 30. He Is supposed to have committed suicide. John Davey was committed for trial at Amberley to-day on a oharge of sheep stealing. John Wheatley, second-hand dealer, was fined £5 m the Ohrlstoburoh R,M. Oourt to-day for feloniously receiving a book stolen from the Pobllq Library. Tbe book bote the Library stamp and a oopy of the rules on the back-, and was purobased by Wheatley with two others for a shilling. Timaru, April 12. A man named Eugene McLean, with aliases, was sentenced m two sentences of three months each, cumulative, on two oharges of obtaining board and lodging by false pretences of an ingenious and lmi pudeut charaoter. He pretended to be m work on the railway by going out In the morning an- returning at night with his bands and faoe well blasted, whereas he was proved to have beau loafing about the town, Inveroargill, April 12. This evening, Mr Ohapman applied to Justice Williams, In Chambers, for an order calling on the gsoler at Oamaru to 1 show oause why habeas corpus Bhou!d not foiue m the oase of Wm. Christie, committed to gaol by Distriot Judge Ward. Several grounds were taken by counsel, principally based on the form of warrant, and a mistake alleged to have been mcde m the date on th. warrant. A rule nisi was granted. The matter will be argued at Dunedin oh his Honor's return to tbat oity. There wai no opposition. Freeman, tried for rape ov a girl at Orepukl and aoqultted, got a warm reception from the population on hip return home, ancl, was only caved from personal vlolenoe by the faot that be was accompanied by his wife and children. He got 24 honn to clear oat and has done it.
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