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j The barque West Australian, 599 tons sailed from Timaru for Falmouth yesterday with a cargo of 7425 sacks wheat, shipped on account of Messrs Friedlander Bros., of Ashburton. In the Sydney " Morning Herald " Mr E- | Pulsford, the well-known Freetrade advocate, goes over the by-elections that have taken place m New South Wales, showing how they bear on the question of Protection and Freetrade. He concludes : " The truth is that the fical battle lias boon fought out m New South Wales and won by the Freetrade party. There may still be skirmishes and appearances of putting strong forces m the field, but that is all. Let me add that the tide of battle is most certainly running southwards, and Victoria is, m my judgment, to be the battlefield of the immediate future." Says the "Auckland Herald"-—lt has transpired that a representative from a Ballarat (Victoria) syndicate has recently visited Puhipuhi silver field. Mr Mollard who is a Cornish miner, was a resident of Auckland some 20 years ago. Ho got some samples of stone and forwarded them to Melbourne for testing, and remained till he ascertained the results, which were satisfactory. It is stated that he obtained some stone from a locality 20 miles from Puhipuhi, which by test gave at tbe rate of 60 ounces to the ton, and also contained gold. From the phraseology stated to be u;ed by him that " the worst of it was that the land was locked up," it is conjectured that it was Native land. ■ A seaman named Warren, who has juat reached America, says he is the sole survivor of the British barque Martha Band, which was wrecked on an island of the Fiji group two years ago. While exploring the islands he fell m with a tribe of cannibals, and would have been killed and eaten had it not been for an English sailor who was shipwrecked some years before, and who who had been made sub-chief by the natives. Warren says that during his stay on the island two missionaries were killed, roasted, and eaten by the natives. He was eventually rescued by a passing vessel.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2505, 30 August 1890

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Ashburton Guardian Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2505, 30 August 1890