(Sy Telegraph.—Press Association.) A CROWN PROSECUTOR'S SUDDEX* END. IXVERCARGILL, this day. Mr. T. M. Mac Donald, Crown Prosecutor, who commenced practice here in 1862, dropped dead in a cab this morning. At the recent sitting of the Supreme Court, his son Herbert acted as substitute, owing to the ill-health of deceased, who had arranged to sail for England. He leaves a grown-up family.
THE CHAMPION RIFLE SHOT.
WESTPORT, this day. Lieut. iDuncan, who returned to Westport by the Arahura last night, was welcomed by a large gathering of townspeople, including the Artillery and GarriEon bands, who played suitable selections. He was iborne shoulder high by his coniradee from Millerton.
LIGHTEBIIvG AT NAPIER.
NAPIER, this day. Considerable annoyance is felt locally at the fact .that during alterations to the Glasgow wharf, the Union and HuddartnParker Companies revert to the lightering of passengers and cargo. For the latter it means an increase of 5/ per ton. The new order of things, which will last four months, commenced with the Monowai to-day. That lightering is unnecessary is proved by the fact bhat the Cape Breton, a larger boat in every way than t!he Monowai, came alongside the wharf to-<lay to load upwards of 3000 bales of wool and some general cargo for London.
MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS. .
ASHBURTON, this "day. A five-roomed house in Cambridgestreet, Hampstead, owned by D. Main-' tosh, and for Some time occupied by \V. E. Shattock, was, with part of its contents, completely destroyed by fire at 3.30 this morning. Shattock was about to leave the house, and had some furniture removed. The origin of the fire is unknown, the house being unoccupied at the time. The insurance on the house is £175 London and Lancashire, and on the furniture £ 100 in the North Queensland. WAXGA2TUI, this day. Kecent heavy rains have not only had a very beneficial effect upon grass lands, but have proved advantageous to tourist traffic. The water in the river has risen several feet, and the difficulties experienced by some of the up-river steamers during the dry cummer months is now all over for this season. Four yachtsmen had a narrow escape from drowning yesterday, when a boat capsized, during a heavy southerly blow, near the entrance to the river. A heavy sea was running. The pilot boat put out and rescued the men, who were clinging to the upturned boat, which was drifting towards the surf.
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