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Auckland, July 28. An important sale of property in the Auckland district has just been completed. The estate known as the Whakatane Company's run, in the Bay of Plenty district, owned by Dr Campbell, has been sold by him to C. Gould, of Christchurch, for £57,000 cash. The estate comprises 8000 acres of freehold, and 12,000 leasehold land, and is partly stocked. The Auckland Gas Company, at the half-yearly meeting to-day ? adopted a dividend of 8s 6d per share upon paid-up shares, and 4s 3d upon those partly paid up. The master bakers and operatives had an interview to-night on the wages question. The latter, as the result of a previous meeting, demanded that the lowest scale of wages should be —foreman £3, second hand £2 10s, third £2 ss. _ After considerable discussion a compromise was arrived at, the masters agreeing to pay the following as the lowest scale :<—^Foreman £2155, second £2 ss, and third £2. This was accepted by the men. The settlers of Great Barrier Island, who have been for some time without regular communication with Auckland, have decided to ask the Government for a subsidy of £350 per annum for a steam service. The Chamber of Commerce have decided to recommend the Government to offer a bonus for an improved plant for the dressing of phormium tenax, and to call their attention to the necessity for the protection of growing flax. They have further passed a resolution suggesting that any respectable applicant should be granted a bottle license upon similar terms as now prevailing in Otago, empowering him to sell wine, cider, sherry, or mead in bottles in quantities not exceeding 2 gallons. New Plymouth, July 28. A strange accident happened on board the steamer Glenelg yesterday when off Cape Egmont. James George Sinclair, steward, was standing on the poop, when a heavy sea broke on board and carried him over the side. Fortunately when Sinclair was ten or twelve yards from, the vessel the wave recoiled, and placed him on board again on the fore deck, where he caught hold of a rope and saved himself from being taken over-board a second time. His escape was most marvellous, as the sea was too heavy for any small boat to live in it, and Sinclair would inevitably have been drowned. The winch stunned him and inflicted a scalp wound from which blood flowed profusely. The captain turned the steamer round and landed the wounded, man ,at the breakwater, when he was taken to the hospital. He is reported this morning to be progressing well towards recovery. Wangantti, July 28. The funeral of Thos. Reid took place with Masonic honoris. There was a large attendance of the public and brethren. I, A public presentation to||Captain Cummins, of the Fire Brigade, book place to-night, at a large and representative gathering of the public. The Mayor made the presentation, which was in the form of a purse of 200 soys and an illuminated address. The recipient is retiring from the captaincy of the Brigade after 24 years service as fireman. At the same meeting the Mayoress presented long service medals and bars to members Of the corps whose terms of service ranged from 5 to 24 years. Wellington, July 28. By a cablegram to the Premier, received from the Agent-General, the result of a report on a parcel of flax, dressed by Mr Bull's scraping machine, which was sent Home by Government to be examined by experts, is given. It is very satisfactory. The quality of the flax is highly commended, and the value is stated at about £3 per ton better than the ruling rates at the time of cabling. The Secretary of the Eastern Extension Telegraph Company sends the following to the Press Association:—"Chairman and Board greatly regret the unfortunate interruption which was caused by "force majeure," but prompt repair should convince the colonies that everything possible is done by the Company to maintain communication in the highest state of efficiency. The recent and previous interuptiona of two years ago are the only instances of the kind on our system, during a period over twenty years, and we may now have immunity for many years." Dunedin, July 28. In the " Picturesque Atlas " cases Mr Carew held the defendants failed to prove any fraud and therefore gave judgment for plaintiff in all cases, but disallowed interest. In giving judgment in another of the many cases brought by the agents of the "Picturesque Atlas" Company, Mr Carew, R.M., said if the person named signed the order carlessly, without reading it, then if the document is con-! sistent with either of the contradictory statements, he cannot say he has been fraudently induced to sign the document. Judgment for the plaintiff was given in the case.

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INTERPROVINCIAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2477, 29 July 1890

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INTERPROVINCIAL Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2477, 29 July 1890

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