STQP PRESS: NEWS. This space Is. reserved for news which, may arrive after the paper , iai gone to press. THE JNIIMKQD'S RETURN. „ THE rUEMIEK'S MESSAGE. (By Telegraph.—Press Association.) WELLINGTON, this day. The rrinie Minister has forwarded the following message to Lieut. Shaekleton:—'T extend to vcu, yonr officers and men, a hearty welcome hack to New Zealand. I nin very glad, indeed, to hear that all is well with you. To have come successfully through the great expedition that you have undertaken, roflerts the greatest credit oh yourself as commander, and on behalf of my colleagues and myself, ns well as the people of New Zealand, I extend my heartiest felicitations to you. I shall look forward to rending; with great interest, the account Of what has betn undertaken by yourself and those associated with yon In the Interests' of scientific research. , £ 3'lease accept for yourself, and convey to officers' and men, my heartiest good wishes.
reserve. A very interesting and exceptionally close race between the Louisa Crai" and Jessie Craig, which left Auckland -within two or three days of each other for Kaipara. and. after loading timber there, proceeded to Melbourne, and arrived practically together, discharged cargo, and sailed for Newcastle, where they arrived within a few hours of each other, being only 38 days on the round, Kaipara to Melbourne, discharge 1000 tons timber, and loading ore and arriving at Newcastle. Both vessels load at "Newcastle with, coal for Auckland,, and a good race across is promised.
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