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Auckland, Angast 29, A Railway League, tuvintt as its program me the abolition of differential and milvige rates, and the sabßtlint'on of the stage cy b teip, with^ special facilities to distant districts and settlements, simplification In o'asslfiofttlon, amalgamation of terminal and other oharges, and the reduction of passenger faies and goods rates, has been formed In . Auckland . Several prominent business men have joined the movemont. A man named John Daley, a gumdigger, was found dead oa the road to Rowai, near KawakawaThe elimination oG the city bargesß rolls shows that while In 1877-78 the number of voters m Iho ci'y was 4014, holding 7099 votoa, tha present returns for '889 90 shew a total of 4082 voters 6775 votes. A well known Auckland monetary agent D. B Orchard, wag arrested to day a Russell on board the steamer Walnul on a charge of having forged a promissory note. Orobard carried on business for a number of years, and as he was ooneidered a man of Btriot integrity, the news of his arrest caused a mild sensation. Napier, August 29. At the Maharahara copptrmine, a large reef, carrying very rich copper, rs being anoovorod, but the extent of the reef will be thoroughly tested beforo erecting smelting machinery. In the bush oomplaints are made of the soaroity of labor for bush falling At tho sitting of the Supreme Oourt the only three c*ses tried ao far, one of horao stealing by a man named Qoodall, another noraa-steallng by a Maori, and tho third Against W. Garrett, oomm'aalon pgont, of obtaining £109 by fa'sa protenocs ended In ocqalttals. The Oourt la now 'ooapled wltii tho charge of tha murder of Robert Gollan, a shepherd on Me George Ormond's station, at Mahfa, by a Maori named Makaore. It is likely to oaoupy several days, Wellington, August 29 The estimated popuUtfoa of the colony on Jnue 30 whs 612,039, the proportion of males being 327,276. Tab Maori population, 41,969, la excluded from the estimate, Patty officer E. J. Roblueon, of the Wellington Navals, hss been presented with a bronze medal and O9rtlfioate of the Royal Humane Society of Australasia for saving the life of a boy named Jenkins, who fall Into the harbor on May 22 ad last year; The case Bell v Jelllcoj, olaiming £5000 damages for alleged libel m oonneciion with the Kaiwarra murder oase, will be heard before Mr Justice Riohraond on September sth. : Blenheim, August 29. In the Supreme Oourt this afternoon the slander aotion, Adams v Bell, was heard. From the evidence It appeared that plaintiff Boomed defendant of stealing five sheep from him, and on several oooaalont, In public pUces, he had called htm a — — thief and crawler. Defendant admitted making the acousation and nslng the expressions complained of, but, m extenuatlon, urged that he was the worse for liquor when ho used them, and did not have any intention of casting a slur on the eh a rioter of plaintiff. No special damage was shown by plaintiff. After an hour and a half's deliberation the Oary returned a verdiot for plaintiff for £15 In addition to the amount paid Into Oonrt (£ls). Judge Riohmond entirely concurred with the finding, and remarked that a man m his caps could not make sorlous -accusations against another party, and then expect to be exoused on the ground that he was dennk when ha used them, and that he had no reoolleotlon of making them, Oamaru, Aagaat 29. A meeting attended by ab'>ut seventy persons wa« held at Kurow last n'feht, to consider the question cf having Station Peak run out up for settlement. Amongst othe resolutions were the following : — '• That In order to meet the enormous demand of the people to settle upon tho lands of tha Orown, the wbole of Station Peak, consisting of about 60,000 aores, be out up a« follown : 7000 aores m from 640 to 1000 aores on doferred payment or perpetual losee, and the Malacca m areas of not moro than from 2000 to 4000 sores on tho small gr»<;'ng run system. " A petition was drawn up to bo signed In Oaraaru and. the district, for presentation to Parliament, praying that tho run be dealt with as above. Dunedin, August 29 At a mooting to-night of the manufacturers and Talloreseea' Union, two representatives from eaoh were appointed a Committee, and two others entirely unoonnocted with the trade are to be uolooted. It was decided that this Oomraltteß Bhould meet on Saturday to co r slder the log. Port Chalmers, August 29. Tho Ooptlo was admit ed to pratique this morning. The patient, a ohild In the steerage, suffering from scarlatina was removed to Quarantine lehnd, Daring tho pssnga one birth, and two deaths oooorred. On August 10-h Mrs Mary Kennedy, a steorago passenger, wrb prematurely oonfiued of a female ohlld which only survived throe days. On A.ugaet 24, whilst at anchor at Hobart, the mothec expired from Bynoopo. Tbo body was sent on shore In charge of deoensou's husband, whose destination was Brisbane. The Ooptlo brings 2140 tons of cargo, in.d 75 ptjtßDgaii fof »U porli,
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