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Kohimo Houngarirl bsa reportel t» tho polloe that ovei twenty Maburangl natives attacked him on Saturday ano carried off his danghteir, aged nineteen, who was stripped caked In tbe o'rcgglo. The only reason tbey gave was lh*t tht. girl had ppofcen a bad word ibout aom- of their tribe, having reference to ourat superstition. A dozan of the police force were despatched this afternoon to arrest the ringleaders The firm of Brockfield and Son solicitors, sued Captain M. Yates, Mayor of Onohunga, at the Sopreme Court io day, for £200 damages for alleged slander. The statement oomplained cf was made Id the conrse of a discussion nt » meeting of the Onetunga Borough Gomel, when the defendant said that the platutiff, who it had been suggested should be asked for his opinion on a subject then bef: ro the Oounoll, was trying io run the town. Tbe Mayor of Auckland has r- oeivod a letter from Admiral Fairfax, ln whloh the lattei states that he has written to his successor, Lord Oharlea Scott, telling him that it had been hla intention to be present In Auokland at the Jubilee festivities In January, and hoping tbat he (Lord 0. Soo.t) will be in tnls olty on that oooasion.
Reports from Samoa state that although there Is considerable difference of opinion as the necessary for relief, the supply of 800 bags of rloe sent from Sydney was very weloome to the Natives, and that there is a probability of great hardship, if not starvation, during the next tares months.
Tbe steamer Rose Casey, chartered by Che Polloe Department, lett to night for Walwera, baving on board a force of twelve armed comtsbles who go to endeavor to fescue the girl Houngarirl and arrett tbe party who have abd noted her. The oulprits, all of whom are Maoris, are as yet unknown, but lt Is presumed they have taken the girl to a Maori settlement about a mile and a half from Walwera,
News la to hind of tbe death of Queen Charlotte of Tonga, who died suddenly oo September Bth. She was talking to some of her attendants and suddenly fell baok Into the arms of one of them and expired. The Queen was burled on Tuesday, the 10'h, with all regal pomp, thousands of her countrymen attending her fuueral. She bad been ailing for some timo.
Wexlikoton, September 16.
The Hinemoa leaves this evening for Nelson conveying tha Governor, who takes np his residence there for tome weeks.
Tbe Arawa left Rio for London on September 11th, with her meat In geod condition.
The "Post" states that a private letter reoeived by to-day's mall from San Frauelsco, and written by a well informed correspondent says . — " There is a very strong agitation on foot to adopt a policy of subsidising' Amerioan steamship lines aa a measure of national defenoe against the British aggressive polioy, and this feeling has been intensified by the terms of the latest Canadian Pacific subsidy as embodied in a treasury minute. A great represent a tlvs Conference on the subject of steamship subsidies ind an Australian cable will beheld here on September 29- h. It Is probable tbat Congress will meet iu Ootober next, but that is uncertain. I have no doubt tbe Australian servloe will bo subsidised by Congeals."
William E. Bannister, formerly a clerk In the Postal Department, was committed for trial on a second oharge of misappropriating Government monies ; other oharges were remanded.
JKblson, September 16,
A sad care of sudden death Is reported frcm Oolllngwood. A young lady, Miss Doyle, daughter of Mrs Doyle, of Neloon, was on a visit to Colling wood, and last night at the house of a friend there she auddenly fell down dead. She was shortly to be married.
The Wesleyan Church members to-night resolved affirming tbe desirability that tbe W.ileyan Ohutch In New Zealand should have a separate Conference Independent of Australia, They have also resolved to invite the Rev F. laitt, of Invercargill, to take oharge of the Nelson cltcnit next year, the term of the Rev W. 0. Oliver expiring.
Wxstpobt, September 16 The ooal export for last week was 5357 tons.
The depth of water on tbe bar ia now 25 feet.
The Westport Goal Oompany are •bout oommenoing work on their Gravity Creek lease ; they Invite tenders for tae construction of a large tunuel.
Inveboabgil _ September 16. The Finance Oommittee of the Borough Council, who presented a statement of tho Borough's finances of a discouraging nature some weeks ago, and proposed advances of rates to oover the deficiencies, ■eems to have exaggerated tbe difficuties, aa a statement laid before the Oounoil to night shows that affairs are not in so desperate a condition as was supposed, nnd that ln faot, for tbla year at all events, there la no necessity for an inoreaee of rates, whatever may be required next year, Tbe Council nevertheless inoreaaes the water rate, but leaves the general rate nnd the prioe of gas at the former figures. A laborer on a station visited an accommodation house, where he got drunk. The lioemee was absent, but his wife refused to allow tbe man to be pot to bed, although two other men offered payment. One of them tried to get the man away on horseback, but ho was too dtnnk to ride, •nd waa left out all night, getting badly frost-bitten. The polloe summoned the licensee for a breso . of the Act in refusing accommodation, and the Magistrate fin.d him £6 and costs, holding the man waa a traveller, and that the wife waa acting on behalf of her husband.
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