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At the annual meeting of the Northern Steamship Company, Mr Jas. Macfarlane presiding, a dividend of 7 per cent, was carried. The report stated that since last meeting the fleet had been increased by the purchase of the Wakatere, Waitangi, Ngungurai and Bellinger, and a new boat, similar to the last, larger and more powerful than the Woimerie, was in coarse of construction. Full amounts had been written off for depreciation and boiler repairs. The insurance account had been increased to close on £25,000. The old boats had been written down to a nominal value. The report was adopted. Messrs Jas. Wilson and W. S. McFarlane were re-elected Directors and Mr C. Jones Auditor. A hearty vote of thanks was passed to the Management. The station master's office at the Rotorua railway station was broken into, but with the exception of a few coppers nothing was taken. The safe was tried unsuccessfully, drawers were ransacked, and a private portmanteau was opened, bub nothing was taken which might have led to the identification of the thieves, who entered by a window, and when leaving smashed the lock of the front door.

Win. McKenzie was committed for trial on a charge of assaulting Acting Detective Bailey while arresting a prisoner. Accused, it was deposed, used the strangling hold. Two other men iv the fight, Charles Brown and Patrick Sheehan, were fined £5 each. McKenzie also was fined 30s for damage to Bailey's clothing. John Douglas has been adjudged bankrupt on the of J. P. DuMoulin. Mr Parr, the bankrupt's counsel, said he consented to the order being made because the affairs in the estate were in a muddle, and it would enable the Official Assignee to get the evidence of persons oa oath. Douglas's residence, sold by order of the Registrar of the Supreme Court, realised £780.

The death is announced of Mr Abraham Boardman, ex-Mayor, at the age of seventythree years. The decision of the Nautical Court of Enquiry into the accident to the' boiler of the Harbour Board's dredge, No. 121, found the chief engineer, William Stewart, guilty of wrongful default in not using the salinometer daily to detect the density of the salt in the boilers. The Court suspended Stewart's certificate for three months, and ordered him to pay the costs of the enquiry. The Northern Steamship Company show a net profit for the past year of £3606. They pay a dividend of 7 per cent., and carry forward £1062. FEILDING, May 21. The farmers at Awahuri last night formed a Dairy Factory Company. All the shares were taken up. NAPIER, May 21. A olerk, in the Hastings braseh of the Union Bank, named Sydney George Roberts, was arrested yesterday charged with embezzling £31. He' was remanded on bail till Thursday next. WELLINGTON, May 21. The Hon. T. Thompson, Defence Minister, has gone North to attend the funeral of his son. The City Council is preparing a by-law, making it an offence for any one to sit or stand in the passages in the Opera Houee during a performance. This is in consequence of the overcrowding in the building a few weeks ago.

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NEW ZEALAND., Press, Volume LIV, Issue 9733, 22 May 1897

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NEW ZEALAND. Press, Volume LIV, Issue 9733, 22 May 1897

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