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Auckland, July 23. The Captain of the river. Kfceamer Planet, W. Spargo, was fined £1 and costs at the Police Court, for having carried by that vessel forty-eight passengers, more than the limit allowed, on an excursion to Tiri Island, m April last. Th« excursionists were detained at the Island for three days owing to ttress of leather. ■ I

A medical man who had to conduct a post mortem examination at the Auckland morgue yesterday says that that institution is the worst of the kind he has ever seen, and a disgrace to those having control of it. There is reported to be renewed enquiries for land m the Waikato, and properties have recently changed hands at satisfactory prices. . In reply to a letter from the Board of Trade regarding the assertion that, the French man-of-war Duquesne touched upon a rock m Rangitoto Channel, the Harbor Board have instructed that a full inquiry be held into the circumstances. Subscription lists for the relief of the Balaclava veterans have been issued. An extraordinary occurrence is reported as having taken place m one of the cemeteries at Hamilton. A widow, who had resolved to erect a memorial stone over the grave of her husband, obtained permission to re-open the ground, as she wished to be sure that the spot chosen was the right one. The grave was accordingly opened, and the coffin burst into, when the woman declared that the skull found was that of her husband. The skull was then replaced and the grave filled m. Gisborne, July 23. John Sears was drowned while crossing the Waipapo river at the Kitenateha ford this morning. Napier, July 23. Mrs Newman, widow of the late Captain Newman, and the mother of Dr Newman, M.H.R., died to-day. Greymouth, July 23. The dredging alongside the wharf is stopped, and the dredge laid up, all the money alloted for the job being expended. Dunedin, July 23. It is not a fact that the Seamen's Union voted against the admission of the Officers Association, as not one-fourth of the ballot papers are yet received here. Besides, bodies other than the Seamen's Union have a voice m the matter. The Protection Conference have formulated this series of questions to be submitted to Parliamentary candidates :— "Are you m favor, and would you support a Customs tariff sufficient to enable manufacturers to compete with the long hours, cheap labor, and low interest on capital m foreign countries, for the purpose of assisting m establishing local industries ? That, as the existing Customs Tariff abounds with glaring anomalies, will you be m favor of it undergoing a thorough revision, and that, m all future compilations, a list of articles taxed for purposes j of revenue should be kept quite distinct j from those levied to protect New Zealand productions 1 Will you endeavor to have all articles absolutely essential for the manufacture of New Zealand goods, and which the colony itself does not produce, allowed to come m duty free, as raw material ? Will you endeavor to have all imported manufactured goods or fabrics produced here taxed to such degree as would enable New Zealand producers Lo hold their own against foreigners ? As the Property-tax now stands, it is a great drawback to industries already established, and interferes with other industries being started. Would you be m favor of it being abolished, and substituting therefor some other less objectionable tax?

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INTERPROVINCIAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2473, 24 July 1890

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INTERPROVINCIAL Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2473, 24 July 1890

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