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Auckland, June 26
In the action brought by the Official Assignee m bankruptcy m tho estato of Herbert Maxwell Uradbury, a missing debtor against the South British Insura cc Company, to reo^ver £562 3i lid, insurance on a stack destroyed by fire at Karangahape Road on February 3rd, tbe J ndge summed up m favor of plaint ff, and the jury gave a verdiot for £541 3a lid against tbe Insurance Company . The defence sought to prove that the premises were set ou firo by Bradbiry, who took a hasty depa turo ttfe next day and has not been fonnd since.
Mr T. Morrio, the well known merchant,* filed a petition of Insolvency to-day.
Mr T, Hdl, Collector of Customs, has received from Mr Bishop, R.M. ot Mongonul, additional particulars relating to H.M.S. Dart, oa 14th Inst, They state tlm when the boat was discovered there wao a steamer orulsing along the ooaet, evidently on the look out for something. He took her to be the Hinemoa. It Is supposed that the boat was washed overboard from the Dart m a heavy sea. The Tarawera, which arrived from Sydney to-day, reports having seen nothing of the Dart or wreokage of any sort during her passage across,
At the Police O jurt to-day, four licensees of hotels ln this city, Messrs Marsden, Darby, Brodfe and O'Dowd pleaded guilty to baying failed to deface the duty stamps on beer casks; Me Williamson who ap peared for the Customs Department, did not press for a hoavy penalty. A fine of 40s and costs was imposed In eaoh case. Several other prosecutions are spoken of, Napibe, June 26. A OUflons Incident: ocoarred m the Resident Magistrate's Oourt to-day, where an inquiry Into tbe shooting of Ksraurla at Omahu is proceeding. When the ju^y entered the Oourt two of them went over to the prisoner, who was seated near the fire, and shook hands with him.
Wblzjnoton, June 26 The Ohlef Justice and Mr Jusiloe R'.ohmond gave judgment to*day ln the osse of Ruddiok v Wethered. This was an appeal from the deolilon of tbe R.M. at Napier, who had oonvloted appellant of having allowed " Yankee Grab " to be played m his house. Their Honors held the game lobe Illegal and omfirwed the oonvloblon.
The polling m oonneotlon with tbe proposal of the Olty Oonnoil to borrow £75,000 ior the performance of various municipal works took plaoe today, when the proposal Was re j doted by a large majority. WlllUm Waddell, Ohlef Engineer, died onboard the Tain u l last night. He had been ' on the steamer since she was launohed,
The Supreme Oonrt today granted an order compelling the Walrarapa looal bodies to levy a rate to pay the assessment In f*vor of the B^navolenf Institution. A.t tbe T&.M . Oonrt this morning James Oolllns, J. P., Postmaster at PolblU's Gully fa snb-Welllogton offioe), appeared to answer a oharge of opening a' letter preferred against him by Mrs MoGovern. There was no appearanoo of the prosecutrix. Her couniel siid he did not know the reason, and the oase was dismlsied.
The. Oolleotor of Customs bas laid an Information. against Mr Levy, tobacaonlst, for having 40 b of tobaooo'ln his posresslbn on whloh Customs duty was not paid. Inveroaroill June 26, A large public meeting of those Interested m the Stewart Island tin fields waa held this evening. Mr Oonliff, who has done most of the praotioal prospeoting of oUlme, was unable to be present, but sent a letter, ln which he expreesed very favorable opinions on th« powibillty of the field turning out remunerative.- He oontratted the Inaollon of the Government In the matter of providing road-, &o the r efforts of prospeotors to explore oountry where there was shown to be any likelihood of minerals existing. The cost of oonvoylnß provisions three miles at Pegasus was 21s per owt., and 60s for 100 ft of timber, owing to the miserable state of the tracks made by prospectors. Motions directing the attention of tho Minister of Mineß to the neoessity of taking steps to prove the oharaoter of tbe deposits, and urging that the Government should at onoe prcooel with road works to enable prospectors to reach the claims, Wjre passed .
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