(fEU PRESS ABB)CIA1JON.) Auckland, April 2Q. It transpires that the tire on tho Marlposa ocourred i mongst the Wellington shipped fhx, Mr Worsp, the Marine Surveyor, cays thatapontaneous combustion is improbable, aa the bales were only bqrnt externally. The prospects pf getting the Uriwera country opened for ptospocllng aro hopaful. Mr Ktlly, M.U.R, and Me Look retqrnel to cay the Natives ure willing to allow prospeoting on a well defined agreement with the Uovornment that prospcotino: is to bo under Government Bupervision, The Mayor has deoided not to invost tho funds fubscribed for the Sjmoana, including £10 from Canterbury Volunteers till affpr the receipt of further alvioos fiom Samoa. GjspoitNß. April 2p Tho master of thu schooner Awarua, wh l oh cleared yestcrduy afternoon for Westporf, wi ; l not give up possession to the owners, who want to put v new master on boArd. Otiptain Wug has on board a number of men, and will not nllow the owners to tako the vospel, stating that ha la preparod to use force if necesnary to resist. It is expoctod that an attempt will bo made to-night to capture the vessel. Wajpawa, March 25. A man named Nicholas Loye, au old settler ut Ashley Clinton, shot himself this morning, turn hos since died. Welungtoit, April 26. The body of a man named Patrick Hilliard, believed to be fifty or sixty years of age, was found floating m the harbor. The deceased was a laborer, formerly resident at Foxtoo, but lately returned from the Mahikiptiwa goldfiolis. Ho was lf<o.t seen yesterday afternoon. It is not known how he got jnto tho water. Sylvester D. Egan, engineer, who re:eotly patented an Invention for propelling small boats, has received instructions from tho naval authorities of Sydney to hold hinißolf m ro:;d neß9 to proceod lo Chatham with a torpodo launch, wljore the Admiralty wjll testa boat. Blenheim, April 25. T?obert Morton, alias X Lo' nard, was sentenced to ton yoars for forgery. Tho Judgo romarkad that the man \»aa a crimi nal lunatic requiring treat man t a* well us incarooration. Ho hopod thoro would bo soma such institution provided at a future date. Morton had last eorvod ton years for a similar oiTonca ut Wanganui, Boeitika, Ap II 25. A man named Dixon who had an accident i>y a gunshot wound at Kawhaka had his leg araputa'Md, bui died under tho operation . At iho inquest ovor tho msn Allan who was drowned iv the Otlia, it tranfiplred that ho was going from Hokitika to Olirietcliuroli . He told peop'o whom he met that ho wi\a pushed for time. He tried the oroßein^ m a flood and waußwept dovrn,
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