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The magnificent ship Hydaspes, 2093 tons, which many of our readers will remember when here under command of her popular skipper Captain Babot, has been sunk in a collision during a fog in the British Channel. Happily the record 13 confined to loss of property—all the passengers and crew having been saved. The ship was fully laden bound for Melbourne. The disaster will, therefore, involve great insurance losses and private misfortune. The Hydaspes was once a steamer, and is a sister ship to the Lady Jocelyn which brought out Mr Vesey Stewart's No. 2 party.

Mr Thomas Henderson, sen., M.L.C. was a passenger by the Tararoa to-day for the South.

The annual meeting of dircctorsand shareoldersof the Crown Princess G.M. Company was adjourned until two o'clock to-morrow ; the number present to-day being insullioient for a quorum. An iuquest was held at the Farmers' Hotel, Drury, yestqrday, on the body of a man, name unknown, who was found on the evening of Sunday last floating in Slippery Creek. The medical testimony went to show that deceased had been in the water about four weeks, and that there were no marks of violence on tho body. A verdict of " Found drowned "was returned. The following description of deceased is given by Constable McKuight:—Age, apparently 55 or 60 years j height, 5 feet 7J inches; weight, about 10 stone; hair, beard, and moustache, grey ; eyes, brown. One front dcuble tooth on right upper jaw gone, and oue on the lower left jatv. .Pipe marks in teeth. He was dressed iv a dark or brown galalca coat, and double-breasted tweed veat; whits shirt; white inside ilannel; striped braces ; tvyeed trousers ; clastic-sido boots, very much worn, and a small patch on counter of left boot; white woollou socks. Property found on deceased consiatcd of an old clay pipe, tin match-box, steel spectacles in a half-case, and white pocket haudkerchicf.

TelcgJaph stations are now open at Mahcno and Pukuiri Junction, county of Waitaki. The telegraph-station at Leithfield. county of Ashley, will bo closed from Ist August next.

The adjourned meetiDg of ratepayers of the Cambridge North 'Jownsbip Highway district was held on Saturday afternoon, Mr W. Reid in the chair. The voting, which took from 4 o'clock to nearly seven, ultimately elected Messrs Pearson, Wells, Johnston, Campbell, and Kirkwood as trustees for the ensuing year; Messis Brooks aud Houghton as auditors ; and Messrs Hcnson and P. Thompson as fenceviewers. After the usual vote of thanks the meeting dispersed.

A meeting ot ratepayers or Waitakerei East District: was held at Henderson's M ill on Saturday, 17th July. Balance-sheet wassubmittcdandapproved of. MrOlliver's grunt to Coast-road thankfully acknowledged and the following gentleman were then elected : Messrs J. Smith, Russell, McMahon, Cowan, and McElwain. After the public meeting, MrMcElwain was appointed Chairman of Committee. A letter received from County Council asking for further informarelative to a grant from Council for the ('oast-road. Though not iv Waitakerei East Diatrict, the importance of having th's road opened for dray trallic was fully admitted by the Board.

At the sale ot forfeited mining licenses at Coromandel by the Warden, 11. Kenrick, Esq., the various leases were disposed of as follows :—Progress aud Goodcuough, J. l,1. Kauderson, at £1 Is ench ; South Kapanga, R. F, Luke, at £5 ; Empress (after brisk competition), £30, Mr Mills ; LongTunuel, no applicants. All the other claims forfeited me open for selection under the Act.

The action by the Coromandel County Council to make a road acrois the mullock tip of the Royal Oak was Hettled at the last sitting of the Warden's Court by the acceptance of a suggestion made by Mr McLean, Mining Inspector, that the tip of tho Koyal Oak should bo extended, and a shoot made at the expense of the county to convoy the debris across the present road, which would make it available for tradie. Mr Homo u.sked for expenses incurred in tho case brought by the Highway Board, but tho Waruou ruled that they mii.it sue for any claim they may have against the county.

The new Free Public Library will shortly bi; inaugurated by a public entertainment, but the committee have not yet fixed tin' date, which will take place soon after the return of the members from Wellington. The Mechanics' Institutes building, which has been completely restored for the reception of the associated libraries, and the new additions, will form the library rooms for the preseut.

The children of St. Paul's S-uuiay-school will be treated to a tea and lime-light exhibition, associated with inuaic, this evening in the school-room, near the parsonage. The tea will be ready at six o'clock, with a full supply of plum-cake and pastry for the scholars. Key. Mr Nelson, Mr.i Nelson, and the lady teachers, and members of the congregation, have done their utmost to give pleasure and gratification to the capacities of the scholars, who have been in happy anticipation of the school-treat for many weeks.

Mr George, Roe an old settler, died at Wellington yesterday, aged SO.

Mr Geoige Hunter, formerly M.11.U. for Wellington, is dangerously ill.

A limelight entertainment will be given to-morrow (Wednesday) evening by Mr Herbert iv All Saints school-room, Ponsouby. Proceeds in aid of the school fuud. Admission Is, children o'd.

At the annual meeting of tho Ngaruawahia ratepayers the litmncial statement was duly passed. It shews that the receipts of tiie Board amounted to J.'.i(i. r> 12s Id, that the expenditure was £215 !)s (id. aud that they have £150 2s 6d in hand. The following gentlemen were elected to serve during the ensuing year: Messrs Fitzpalrick, Laii'g, Dickeaon, Davis, aud Butcher, Messrs Burell and Keeny worn appointed auditors, and Messrs Cuuly nml Kricksou fenceviewers.

At an adjourned meeting of the Domain Board yesterday afternoon, a letter from the Government was read anuounoiug that the hour of the meeting would be changed from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. as desired. Another letter stated that doubts exist as to the validity of the present constitution of tho Auckland Domain Hoard under the Public Domain's Act, ISo'O, owiug to the delegation of the Governor's powers beiiv; made (amongst others) to the chairman for tho time being of certain local Highway District Boards and to the Mayors of the city of Auckland and liorongh of Parnell, as official persona, bos determined to make a new order-in-council. It requested that the matter he brought uudur the notice of the City Council iv order that it might suggest the name of a gentleman to act. Similar communications had been sent to the road boards It was agreed that a mectiug of the Board should be held iv the Mayor's ltoom, City Council, to discuss the above, and the question of the amalgamation with the Committee of the Acclimatisation Socioty. It was stated that a sub-committeo of tho Acclimatization Society had been appointed iv refurcuce to the proposed amalgamation, and the mayor's of Auckland and Parnell, and Mr Kusscli, were appointed to confer with them on the subject, It was decided to write to Wellington for the order necessary fop usiug prison labour.

We call attention to the unreserved sale of retail stock, boots and shoes by Mr G. Lewis at 11 o'clock to-morrow.

The annual meeting of the l'ukekohe Highway Board was held at the schoolroom on Friday last, Mr U. Buttle iv the chair. The secretary read the statement of receipts and expenditure, showiug a. working balauce of £2G3. Mr Luke enquired what liabilities were upon the Swamp road. He thought it would take a good portion of the balance to make it good. Mr D. Caley asked why the agreement with the trustees of IS7B-79 aud Hamilton Highway Board had not been carried out iv erecting a bridge over the Mystery Creek, on the Putney Road. Mr Luke explained that no agreement had been made, but the trustees of the Pukekohe Highway Board had offered to expend £GO, provided the Hamilton Highway Board did certain work, but the latter declined, for want of funds. The statement was adopted, wheu the clection;of trustees took placed appointing Messrs R. Reynolds, H. Buttle, E. B. Walker, H. S. Turner, and W. Sturites, for the ensuing year. Messrs June aud E. Luke were elected auditors, and Messrs J. Fisher and R. Watson fence-viewer.*. A vote of thanks to the late trustees was car'ied unanimously. A meeting of thenewly-elected trustees was theu held, when Mr R. Reynolds was appointed chairrnau for the ensuing year, and Mr H. Fitzgerald secretary aud collector. The rate for the year was struck at Bd.

The cablegram published in yesterday's issue relative to tlic possible disqualification of the famous colt Bead Or for the Derby may perhaps have puzzled non-sport-ing readers. Our^view of it is as follows: The Duke of Westminster owns two three-year-olds—one called Bend Or, who has always been supposed to be by Donoaster out o£ Rouge Rose, another called Muncaster, also by Doncaster, but out of a mare known as Windermere. It now appears that owing to a mistake on the part of the person keeping the Eaton Hall stud book, the horses were wrongly described thereiu, and that Muncaster's dam is in reality Rouge Ross, whilst to Windermere belongs the honour of having brought Bend Or into the world. How such an extraordinary error came to be made it seems difHcult to conjecture, but the effect of it (according to tlie strict laws of racing) is to disqualify both horses fcr all the races iv which they have ever competed, as well as to invalidate their nominations for the,StLegerChampiou stakes, aud every future event for which they have been entered. What "confusion worse confouuded" this will cause only a turfite can realise. Bend Or won live valuable races last year, wortti iv the aggregate nearly £5,000, yet, now it turns out that the colt being wrongly described had really no right to run for one of them. The owner of the second in the Derby has already laid claim co the stakes aud appealed to the Jocky Club, but that body, for some inscrutable reason, declines to arbitrate. The question i 3 undoubtedly a difficult one to decide. Bend Or is a three-year-old, and won the bluo riband of the turf fairly enough, so that many will think it very unjust if he should be disqualified in consequence of an error made in describing his parentage. On the other hand, the rule which enacts that hoises entered for the great races must have their pedigrees carefully] and correctly registered is a moat important one, and if abrogated in this instance may lead to swindling in times to come. Bets there can be no doubt will have to stand. It would never do to oblige the unfortunate backers of Bend Or to disgorge their winnings. Moreover, hundreds o; thousands change hands on the Derby, aud once the settling is complete, no earthly power could alter it. The owuor of Robert the Devil snay congratulate himself on laving the St. Loger at his mercy, as, of course, neither Bend OrnorMuuciister will run. No such scandal has ever cropped up in connection with the Derby since Running Reins year (1844.)

Special revival service 3 are being conducted in the Ponsouby Wesleyan Church each evening thia week. The Rev. W. Morlcy conducts the service to uight, nnd will give a special address. Also, at the Grafton Koad Church similar services are being held. Very large congregations attend.

A lecture on " Climate " was delivered by Mr Worthington last evening in St Stephen's Church, Ponsonby. The attendance was not so large as might have been anticipated. The chair was occupied by the Key. D. W. Kunciman. Mr Worthiugton treated his subject in a very able and exhaustive manner, aud at the close a vote of thanks was accorded to him on the motion of the Mayor. It was announced that, owing to his not being able to procure some necessary date, Mr Heath would deliever his next lecture—the next of the course—ou "The Glaciers of Switzerland."

The artists of Auckland will hold a meeting this evening iv the room of the Young Men's Christian Association for the chief purpose ot resuscitating the Artists Society, which was going on slowly but safely until the last Art Exhibition in the Choral Hall, lhe various expenses iv connection with that Exhibition exhausted the funds of the Society. Various matters will be considered this evening with the view of re-or-ganising the Society upon a sound and successful basis, one of which, we understand, will be the providing a room for the cxliibitiou of the artists' pictures, under tho control aud in the permanent possession of the Society. It is desired that artists and friends of art will attend the meeting this evening.

To the Editor : Sir :— Soveral typographical errors have crept into my communication re the Orange celebration. Will you allow me to correct one that entirely alter the meaning of the letter. Instead of " Protestantism," what 1 wrote should •eai\. "No one who is uccquaintcd with me will accuse mo of undue love for ' Homnn Catholicism,'" &c.—l have, &C, 1'". U. Long.

Last evening a lecture on Scotland'. 1) poet, Hobcrt Burns, was delivered by Mr John Hlacktnan in the Newtbu East .schoolroom. Mr Thomas Macll'arlauo presided. There was a very good attendance. 7ho chairman introduced Mr Blackmail to the audience, and the lecturer gave a descriptive account of the life of Burns, with critical notices of his poems »ad songs, interspersed with many interesting items which, to lovers of his works were valuable and interesting. Although the lecture was somewhat lengthy, it was listened to with rapt attention, and frequently elicited louiuls of applause. During the evening several wellknown songs were sung by the following ladies ami gentlemen:— "Scot's Wha' Hue," Mr Reid ; " When the Kye Com Hume," MrEnrlo; "John Anderson My Jo'," Miss McMillan; "Ye Banks and Braes," Miss Peace ; " A Man's a Man for a1 That," Mr Hcidj "lhe Land o' the Leal," Mias McMillan ; recitation, "The llaL'gi.s," Mr Robertson j " Afton Water," Mr Carter; " lor the Sake o' Somebody," Miss Peace ; reading, " Cauty Jock," Mr Boud. Altogether a very pleasant evening was spent, and a hearty vote of thanks was awarded to the lecturer, singers', and chaiunau, and the proceedings terminated with "Auld Lang Sync " by the company.

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Auckland Star, Auckland Star, Volume XI, Issue 3125, 20 July 1880

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