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The Evening Post. SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 1867.

Telegraphic communication with the South is still interrupted, and it is impossible to say when it is likely to be resumed, as the extent of damage to the wires south of Kaikoura is not known to a certainty. The revenue received at the Customs today amounted to £177 13s Id. To-day, being the birthday ofH.R.H. the Prince of Wales was observed as a geneial holiday, the General Government offices, Banks, and a number of the merchants' offices being closed. The Empire and Duke of Edinburgh Hotels were gaily decorated with flugs, and at twelve o'clock the No. 1 Battery of Artillery marched down with their guns to Pipitea Point, and fired a Royal Salute of 21 guns in a very creditable manner. The barque Helen S. Page, from Newcastle, arrived iv harbor this morning,after a passage of nine days, briugiug a cargo of

248 tons of coal, and 627 bushels of maize. A meeting was held last night at the Panama Hotel, of gentlemen interested in making arrangements for a Caledonian Gathering to be held on New Year's Day. G. Crawford, Esq., was unanimously voted to the chair, and having stated the object of the meeting, and alluded to the expected arrival of the Duke of Edinburgh, expressed a hope that young blood would be found to take the office he had held last year as Treasurer. Air. Sidey also expressed a desire that some one would be got to relieve him from the Secretaryship he had last year held, but ultimately both he and Mr. Crawford were prevailed upon again to take office. A committee was then appointed to act pro. tern., and the meeting adjourned till Wednesday next. j The Ancient Order of Foresters will celebrate their anniversary this evening by a dinner at Barrett's (Plimmer's) Hotel, at which a number of visitors are expected. Two companies of the 18th E.oyal Irish arrived in Auckland on the 31st ult., from Wanganui, in the steamer Kangatira, which left again on the 2nd instant to bring up two more companies ot the regiment to be quartered in the North. A sharp shock of an earthquake was felt at Raglan on the 23rd ult. During the late shooting season, as many as 3000 brace of pheasants have been killed and accounted for in the Province of Auckland. ' The Taranaki Herald says that the succession of stormy weather recently experienced has been very unfortunate lor the Spring crops of young grass. The ketch Elizabeth, from Canterbury, on the 21st, which had been just discharged, was compelled to put to sea, leaving two anchors 'behind. The barque Laughing Water has sailed from Picton for Eva, Friendly 'lslands, with 1800 sheep, the first of a large number to be conveyed there to stock a run. The N.Z. Herald learns by the arrival of the Three Sisters from Hicks' Bay, that the friendly natives there have recently constructed a very strong pah near the shore,' as they are daily expecting anattack by some of the Hau Haus, who are still lurking about on the East Coast. The pah is built on an elevated piece of ground, and is well fortified and doubly fenced with palisades. The price of bread has been raised in Auckland owing to an advance in flour, and the 21b loaf is now selling at 4id. Captain Lyons and the officers of the Charybdis have been entertaining the elite of Auckland on board their fine vessel. The brethren of the United Service Lodge of Masons assembled in their lodge room, at Auckland, on the 29th ult., for the purpose of making a presentation to their late Worshipful Master, Brother Sergeant Bates, of the Royal Artillery, who has long been an active member of the mystic body. The presentation consisted of a very handsome gold lever watch and jewel. Nelson was visited, on the 30th ult., by a heavy fall of hail, the stones being of the size of large peas. The Resident Magistrate at Blenheim, S. Muller, Esq., and bis staff, have received an official intimation that their services are dispensed with, as the Legislature has so far reduced the expenditure of the judicial department as not to be able to support more than one magistrate in the Mai borough Province. The eighth anniversary of the foundation of the Province of Marlborough was celebrated with all the custpmary rural and aquatic sports on the Ist November. , At the half-yearly general meeting of shareholders of the Bank of New Zealand held in the Banking-house, Auckland, on the 30th October, Mr. Charles John Taylor was elected a director, and Messrs. W. J. Taylor and J. Robertson, auditors for the current financial half-year. The annual Marlborough regatta takes place to-morrow. According to the Otago Evening News, some excitement was created in Dunedin lately by a rumour that a gentleman long known and highly respected, had absconded with a considerable sum of money, obtained from his too confiding principal. The defalcations have been stated to be from £600 to £700. Died, on 27th October, at Linwood, Canterbury, Mr. Joseph Brittan. The Lyttelton Timec observes: — "Although not one of the eariest settlers, the deceased

gentleman was an original land purchaser, and arriving within a twelve month of the foundation of the settlement, was entitled j to be considered ' v Pilgrim,' and soon became a prominent man in our public affairs. Having been Provincial Secretary under Mr. FitzGerald*s Supintendency, on j the retirement of that gentleman, he was recognised as the representative of the opinions of his chief, besides being credited with thorough business habits, and a shrewd knowledge of men and things very well calculated to secure him the support of what was confidently supposed to be the majority in the ensuing "election for Superintendent. A hard fought contest resulted in the return of Mr. Moorhouse. Declining health latterly prevented Mr. Brittan taking any active part in Provincial politics, but he remained aa authority whose counsels were taken on such emergencies as — in States, both large and small— send active men to fortify themselves with the advice dictated by experience. Those who knew Mr. Brittau will regret the loss of one whose integrity, general information, and keen sense of humour, extended his powers of pleasing, and commanded respect, to the utmost limits of his acquaintance." About half past nine o'clock yesterday evening, the fire bell at Te Aro rang out the alarm of fire, and great masses of flame in the direction of Oriental Bay soon attracted to the scene of the conflagration large numbers of people, including the two Fire Brigades and the majority of the police force under Inspector Atchison. It was then found that a small grocery establishment kept by Mr. Michael Lennen was in flames, and that the fire, which originated by the bursting of a kerosine lamp, had seized too firm a hold of the building to give any reasonable hopes of saving it. The efforts of the Fire Brigades and the bystanders were then solely directed to saving the adjacent houses, and by dint of great exertions this was done, and the smouldering embers of the fire, which had entirely consumed Mr. Lennen's store, were stamped out. The Volunteer Artillery, under Lieutenants Smith and Brandon, were on the ground and rendered great assistance by preserving order among the large concourse of people "who had assembled. Nothing out of the store beyond a few articles of no value were saved, but the loss is partially covered by insurance, the stock of property being . insured in the Otago Insurance Office for £150. In the Resident Magistrate's Court, yesterday, there were no criminal cases for hearing, and most of the actions for the recovery of money were adjourned with the sxception of the claim brought by Mr. Henry Millward against E. E. Morton, in which judgment was given for the plaintiff for £4 14s 4d and costs. This morning there were cross- actions between R. Austin and D. G. Smale for hearing, and they were adjourned. The City Commissioners met in the Board Room, at 4 o'clock yesterday afteraoon, in order to hold the usual fortnightly meeting. The Treasurer in his report stated . that the bank account showed a aebit of £767 7s lid, and that the available balance at the disposal of the Board was ibout £125 16s 2d. Accounts due to the Board were then passed, if being left to the Jiscretion of the Treasurer to decide as to which should first be paid. Mr. Rigg was then appointed Clerk to the Board in the room of Mr. Wallace, resigned, and it was resolved to advertise lor applications for the office of Assistant Clerk at a salary of £125, all applications to be sent in before Thursday next. The reports of the Commissioners of the different wards on the appeals against the assessment were referred back to them for re-consideration. A motion brought forward by Mr. Aickin with the object of removing refuse matter from the houses of the city was carried, after some discussion, and a committee appointed to bring up a report on the subject at the next lortnightly meeting. It was reported that about £100 were due on the Town Board leases, and it was resolved that steps should forthwith be taken to recover the money. The City Surveyor having brought up his report, it was resolved that Mr. W. Tonks, jun., should be requested to remove the tramway in Willis street before the 20th December } and the business concluded by Mr. Moss giving a notice of motion for the next Board day on the subject of fixing tanks on Lambton Quay, lor holding water as a provision in case of fire, and Mr. Pharazyn bringing forward a motion on the subject of an arte" sian well.

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The Evening Post. SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 1867., Evening Post, Volume III, Issue 231, 9 November 1867

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The Evening Post. SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 1867. Evening Post, Volume III, Issue 231, 9 November 1867

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