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Ifce Tonyarlro; < ■;; Wei^gton, April 21. The Tongarirb arrived v in the harbor about 12.20 this morning, and yrza berthed about 8. She left London on March 6, Teneriffe March 13, the- Cape March 28, and Hobart April 16. Excepting the unfortunate ; accident *on March 8, by which Major:Gerieral Sir Howard Elphinstone lost his life, nothing important occurrred. during the voyage,' alia exceptionally fine weather was ■ experienced throughout. She brings 85 passengers for New Zealand, 22 of whom are for Wellington and the rest for pther ports. Her mail was a large one, consisting of 217 bags," and 17 boxes per parcels'posta ' Hew Zealaa* Flax.t V A telegram from the Agent-Generalj dated London, Bth inst., says :—" Hemp is better in tone ; fair to good Auckland £21 to £23; Lyttelton,-£2O to £22; Wellington, £19 to. £21. Prime sorts, £24 to £26. Manilla firmer at £34 to £35. Sisal about £25."

Statistic*. The Statistical Department has been taking steps to improve the usual statistics by including the population surrounding large boroughs. They find, however, that several bodies. are obstacles m the way, and at present matters'* are at a stand still. Complaints are often made that the vital returns areijof j no good as showing the factual st»te^of< affairs, but the Department seenis powerless to improve matters. Expense is the principal cause of obstruction. .-■..-.-, -";. , ,i-."wtrm. ,:,y ■; >\ Woodville, April 21. Friss' Mongatero Hotel, at Dsneyirke, was destroy ed;by fire on -Saturday.' '^Insurance— £2000 on the building and<£6oo on the stock in the New Zealand Office. ' Alleged Aramm. : I • -"_,. . Dunedin,-. April 21. At the City Court, Edward Addison, formerly employed at Ross' Bros 1. Coffee Palace, was charged with arson in connection with the fire at Larner's premises yesterday. It appears the place was fired on two occasions previously. IftiMoing- - Robert Watson, painter, has been missing since Friday.. A diligent search^ has been unavailing up tothe present. , ;

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TO-DAY'S TELEGRAMS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2406, 21 April 1890

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TO-DAY'S TELEGRAMS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2406, 21 April 1890

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