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TO-DAY'S TELEGRAMS

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Wellington, July 22. Government have decided to extend the railway line tinough the city to Te Aro, and will introduce a Bill this session. The New Zealand "Times" publishes some details of the New Defence scheme. Practically there will be no increase of permanet forco, with the exception of a few torpedo men. It is proposed to appoint an imperial officer at each of the | four principal ports, where the " partiallypaid" systemisto beadopted with regard to Volunteers. About 3000 men will be wanted, and if enouuh volunteers are not procurable, power will be asked to draft a certain number of first-class militia. Each man will be able to earn £5 to £6 per year. Country corps are not to be abolished, but those which like may become Rifle Clubs by attending four parades per year. The total extra cost is estimated at £20,000. Sergeant-Major Bell died suddenly yesterday afternoon, On returning from the office he stated to his wife that lie felt in his usual health, but he laid down on the couch, and subsequently went to bed, where, in a few minutes, he expired without uttering a word. For the past eighteen months deceased had been suffering from diabetes. He served ten years in India in the 2nd battallion of the Rifle Brigade, and was through the Indian mutiny of 1857, arid the Ashantee war of 1873-74. He was afterwards stationed in various parts of Ireland, and sixteen years ago was sent out to New Zealand by the Home Government as drill instructor, which position he filled up to the time of his death. He will be accorded a military funeral, -Island ]V«»w». Auckland, July 22. Arrived—-Wainui, from Tonga. The High Commissioner of Western Pacific, Sir John Thurston, visited Tonga in H.M.S. Rapid lately, ami the result is a i startling crisis. Several Tongan chiefs state that if the Hon. Shirley Baker* Premier, remained in Tonga he would be assassinated, together with the chief'

associated with him. Sir John Thurston then exercised his powers under Western Pacific Orders-in-Council, and issued an order for Baker's deportation. He was offered accommodation on H.M.S. Rapid. Baker declined this, and took passage for himself and family in the Wainui. Baker's goods were bundled out of the house, and all their servants left them, but the goods were afterwards returned by order of the king, pending the departure of the Wainui. All political prisoners have been liberated. The new Tongan Ministry is composed purely of Natives, who have appointed Tukuahi as Premier, and Tugi as Minister of Lands. It is reported that officials are being sent from Fiji to assist in the administration of affairs. Mr Campbell, Collector of Customs, is Secretary to the Cabinet. Protection Secrecy. Dunedin, July 22. Proceedings at the Protection Conference are being conducted in private. Tin- Illicit Still Oon«|»lracy. The Police Court is engaged hearing charges of conspiracy against Waters and Elliott. Donnelly has been in the witness-box all the morning. It has been clearly proved that Waters started the still in Walker street at work.

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TO-DAY'S TELEGRAMS, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2471, 22 July 1890

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TO-DAY'S TELEGRAMS Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2471, 22 July 1890

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