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CUSTOMS RETURNS.

The Cubtoma revenue for the Docember quarter amounted to .£324, -1 17 as against .£327,147 in the corresponding quarter of tho previous year. The chief ports contributed aa follows : — Dnrodin, .880,241, as compared with .£90,370 ; Anokland, .£G7,G3B, aa comparod with £71,092; Wellington, £01,418, aa againat .£55,662; Lyttelton, £47,020, aa against £16,833 Dunedin and Auckland thus exhibit a falling off, Lyttelton a slight inoroase, and Wellington a substantial one. Inveroargill, Napier, and Timaru aleo show increasea. The returns for the year 1885 aa compared with the year 188 1 show a total < f £1,428,809, aa compared with £1,413,393. Auckland had a alight improvement during the year, contributing £333,773, as against £326.294; Wellington raised £263,060, as against £233 750; Lyttelton, £200,410, aa compared with £200,782 ; and Dunedin, £372,154, as compared with £389,453. The two Southern ports thereforo show a falling off last year as comparod with the provioua year, while the two Northern ports show an increase.

Our supplement to-morrow will contain— A Trip Home (by a returned Wellington colouist), An Episode in the Lifo of -the Ducheese d'Angouleme, Mra. Sala, Taken in Rear, A Singular Story, Funnral of Kine Alfonso, A Terrible Tragedy, Tbe Real Tichborne, An Eloo trio Dining Tablo, Female Jealousy, Tobacco as a Medicine, Clenching It, A Sensational Tiial, Wit and Humour, Temperance Column, Nows in Brief, Colonial Clippings, Items for Ladioa, &0., &c. The etatoment made by the New Zealand Timea that the Ball Committee allowed the officera of H.M.S. Nekon " to drift about during the evening," without anyone to introduce them, ia absolutely untruo. The members of the Executive) Committee paid special attention to thia branoh of their duty, and certainly none of the naval officers who wished to daneo had to oomplain of any difliculty in finding partners. Mr. W. H. Levin, the oonsular agent in Wellington for the United States, having roocived an official intimation of the (loath of tho Hon. Thoa. A. Hondrioka, Vice-President of the great American Eopublio, which happened on tho 25th November, and of which intelligences waß sent through by cable, had tho United States flag flying at half-mast over the offico of the ooneulate to-day. Wo notice from theGazottethatthovarious licensing districts into which the town of Oamaru waa divided have been amalgamated. Wo should be glad to mako a similar announcement in regard to tho Wellington Districts. We have authority for Baying that the temperance party in tbe city are in favour of the change. Messrs John Stephenson, Reader Gilson, Wood, and the Hon. Randall Johneon, have resigned thoir positions aa Justicea of the Peace, Letters of Naturalisation have been issued to John Loonhardt Schmidt, butcher, Halcombe. In the Banco Court yesterday, before Mr. Jnetico Richmond, the appeal Drummond v. Mackay waa hoard. The oase was an appeal from the decision of Mr. Wardoll, K.M., who heard tbo matter about 15 months ago in the Wairarapa, on which occasion the appellant was ordered to pay 3d per head for a flook of sheep which had been found unclean by tbe respondent, who waa a cheep inspector undor tho Sheep Act, 1875. Judgment was reserved Mr. Bell appeared for tho appollant, and Mr. W. T. L. Travera for the reapondent. An application to rescind an order of tho Rogistrar in re the bankrupt estate of \V. L. Roes, Giaborne, was dismissed. Mr. M'Dougall (Ginborne) appeared for the creditors, and Mr. Travora for the Doputy-Offioial Aasignee. Surprise baa frcqueutly been expressed at the nomenclature ot Khandallah, a. station on the Wellington and MaDawatu Railway, whioh ia within easy aooesa of the city. It may be stated that the name ia purely an Indian word, and signifies in Hindoostanee "The reating place of God." Ihe land through which the line passes and on whioh the station ia built waß preaented to the Railway Company by the former owner on the condition that it Bhould be called by its present name, and that tho word " Khandallah " should have a final " h " Originally the oompany left out tho terminal letter, and aome little correapondence took plaoe in conaequenoe between the donor of the land and the present owners, who, of oourae, accepted the conditions misted upon by the gentleman referred to. The following new patents have been applied for:— An invention for straining wire, to bo called " The fonoers' handy wirestrainer," by laau Fisher, of Gore; an invention for a patont eingle-fan rotary engine, by William Frederick Jones, of Auckland ; an invention for a new wringer mop for washing floors, to be called "Biven'a wringer mop," by Joseph Edward Bivon, of Auckland ; an invention for plastering, to bo known as"Blaikie'a patent fire-proof slab and framo plastering," by James Barclay Blaikie, of Auckland, plasterer; an invention for an improved amalgamator, by Carl Wngetnann, of Melbourne, civil engineer ; an invention for an improved eeotional dieo harrow, to be known aa " R. Cockerell'a patent sectional disc harrow," by RobortCockerell, of Invercargill, blacksmith ; an invention for plough for spreading and trimming ballast on railways, by Thomaa Rodper, of Uunedin, engineer; an invention for sclf-emptyiog hopper wagons for ballasting on railways, by Thomas Kodijor, of Dunedin, engineer ; an invention for titanic iron and silicato flux, by Henry Johnson, of Onehunga, ironfounder ; an invention for digging, Borting, and bagging potatooa, by Joseph Speight, journalist, and William James Simpton, farmor, of Canterbury ; an invention for Kelly's patent liqnid-jaoket smoking-pipe, by Andrew Kelly, of Auokland. Mr Charles Hulke, who announced hia intontion of delivering a lecture in aid of the Stratford Relief Fund, has cancelled hia arrangements in consequence of tho aotion of the New Plymouth oemmittee in declaring the fand closed. "Queen's Evidence" was performed at the 1 heatro Royal last evening by the Juno Combination, who made their farewell appearance. The marriage of Miaß Rebecca Aaher, youngest daughter of Mr. David Aaher, of Manners-street, to Mr. Ernest G S. Braham, of Napier, waa solemnised at the Jewish Synagogue on Wcdneaday afternoon, and attracted a very large number of spectators. The bride woro a dress of ivory and brocado silk trimmed with Oriental laca and bridal flower*, veil, and wreath, and tho brideamaids, daughters of Joseph Luchm'in, E-q , J.P., wore dresses of Oriental lace, with wreath and veil, and eaoh carrying a baßket of forget-mo-nota. After the ceremony the happy pair drove to the reaidence of the bride'a father, where the usual toaata were honoured, and the young conple then left for their honeymoon in the country. Accounta in connection with the Citizens' Ball are to bo rendored immediately to Mr. Clothier, Exchange Chambers, Grey-street.

Hifl Excellency the Governor yesterday afternoon paid a vieit to the Admiral on board H.M.S. Nelson. At 3 o'clock the Admiral's barge put off from the steps near the Railway Wharf with the Governor, who was accompanied by Major Jervois (Private Secretary) and Lieut..Colonel Sir G. Whitmore. His Eioellency was reoeived by Admiral Tryon and the following officers — Captain Lake, Commander Hamilton, S'affCommander Quinn, Lieuta. Beynolda, Gedge, and Ottley, Chief Engineer Boyd, Paymaster North, Dr. Lea, Engineers large and Armstrong, Assistant- Paymaster Lanyon, BoatBwain Pigott, Midshipmen Onflow, Ogilvie, Sandeman, Bernard, Clarke, and Gurner. The yards were manned, and 40 of the Marines were drawn up on the quarter-deck. The Governor remained on board for upwards of an hour, and on taking his departure a salute ot 17 guns was fired. Tho Samoan chiefs , Sea Mann and William Upolu, who arrived list night by the Hawea from Auckland, have taken up their quartets at the Nag's Hi ad, and a non-commissioned officer of the A.C. Force id in attendance upon them. This morning the Hon. P. A. Bnckley, Colonial Seorotary, and Captain Lake, M.H.S. Nelson, called upon them, and they afterwards proceeded to Government House, where they had an interview with his Excellency, after which they want over the Government Buildings. One of the envoys speaks English admirably, and both are fine looking, intelligent men. A largo number of gentlempn called on them dnriog tho day. They are moat anxious to havo their country brought under English rule and annexed to New Zealand. They will await tho I romier's arrival here. The Shaw. Savill and Albion Co.'a chartered steamer Doric, which arrived at Hubart yesterday from London, left again at 0 30 the same ovening for Auokland. The New Zealand Shipping Company's ship Hnrunui, whioh left London on tho 25th September, should reach Wellington tonight or to-morrow morning, as she was seen by the Hauroto 00 miles west of C»pe Farowoll at 7 a.m. yesterday. The crew of H.H S. Nelson, and atao bo me of the men belonging to the Kaikouraand Tainui were entertained last night atasooial gathering given under the auspices of the Young Mon's Christian Association. The managers of St. John's Church kindly granted the übb of their Bchoolroom, and the interior of tbe building was beautifully decorated with flags and evergreens. As each seaman entered the room, he was presented with a bouquet After 387 visitors had dono full justice to the tea and cake, an impromptu ontertiinment was held, Mr. J. Miller Smith, tho Secretary of tho Associa tion presiding MosdamcsSmithand Warron, Miss Paul, and Air. Todd contributed aonga, Mesara O. F. Keyworth and J. N.. Clark gave reoitations, and tho Association choir, assisted by friends, gang some hymns. A feature of the ovening waß the hearty singing of " all handß." His Worship the Mayor and soveral officers from the Nelson and Kaikoura were present during a portion of evening. Sir William Fox gave an address, strongly urging upon tho people of Wellington to take steps to establish a Sailors' Home here. Commander Hamilton thanked thoso who had entertained hiß men, and railed upon the latter to Bhow their appreciation of the kindnoßß displayed by giving throe oheers. These were given in a hearty manner. Mr. Smith acknowledged the compliment. After a supper of caka, pastry, fruit, and confectiouery, tho Bailors Bang a hymn, and the reading of a portion of Scripture and tho delivery of a prayer, both by the Rev. J. Paterson, brought to a close one of the most successful gatherings of the kind over conducted by the Association. Tho fruit was presented by Messra. Hume & Son and Captain Thomas, the confectionery by Mr. Thornton, and the cakes by Messrs, M'Ewen and Churchill, whilo Mr. J. J. Curtis gave the use of a horse and express. It 18 characteristic of tho British tar that he ia ever ready to come to the relief of distress^ and thereforo it is not a matter for Burpriso that when the news reached here ot the distress caused by tbe Stratford bush fires the men on board H.M.S. Nelson should at once have volunteered their services for the purpose of raising funds for the sufferers. Wo hope their generosity will bo well backod by the citizons, and that the performance advertised to be given at the Theatre Royal this evening by the Royal Trafalgar Amateur Dramatio Club will be a pecuniary success, as we are sure it will be in a histrionic sense. The play billed for the ocoaeion is " Lady Audley'B Secret." It i* a long time since it has been produced on the Wellington boards, and it ia sufficiently attractive at any time to draw a good house. Considering the object of the performance, the Theatre should be filled this evening to overflowing. To-morrow night the Kelßon'a "Snowflako Minstrela" will givo another entertainment in aid of tho Bufferera by the Stratford fire. Wo are supplied with tho following roport of tho sale held to-day by Messrs. J. II Bethune & Co. of the stook of Mr. AVilliam Franoe, of Ohariu Valley :— There was a largo attendanoo of bnyors from town and country, and tho stock realised excellent prices. Sheep, ewes, wothors, and lambs sold for 7s and 8a per head all round ; dairy oows fetched from .£5 to £0 10a each ; a lot of heifers, rising two years, £2 12s fid each j pigs from £1 10s to £2 2a 6d each ; and a young oolt, rising three years, fetched -£12. Tho farm implements wero quitted at fair prices. A meeting of creditors in tho estate of William Urquahart, oarpenter, was held this morning. The liabilities were atatod to be -£137 7b 9d, and tho assets .£22. The largest creditor is Mr. A. A. Barnett, to whom the bankrupt is indebted to the extent of £35. The debtor waa examined by the Official Assignee. No resolution was passed, and the meeting then terminated. Judgment for plaintiffs waa given this morning by Mr. Wardell, R.M., in the Magistrate's Court in the following oases :— John Beok v. VV. T. York, j66 7s 3d ; G. H. Thornton v. John Ward, £5 8s 3d; W. Jenaon v. Lilian Leonard, JE3 ; B. Blower v. O. &J. R. Dixon, £15 15 a (judgment against J. Dixon). The case of Frankel v. Mulligan, a olaim of £100 as damages for an assault, on the 17th of last month, waa oonelnded in the Magistrate's Conrt at 4,30 o'olook yesterday afternoon. The witnesses examined, in addition to those mentioned by us yesterday, were Mark Maxton, — Humphriea, Sergeant Ready, and the defendant. The evidenoo of the defendant was to the effeot that as he was going along the street the plaintiff need foul language to him, and said he was glad witness' auction room was closed at last. About an hour afterwards witness went into the plaintiff's shop and demanded an explanation. Plaintiff immediately jumped on tho counter and made a kiok at witness' head. Witness was atruok on tho neck by the boot. Witness then left the shop, and on getting outsido the plaintiff "pitched" into him. The witness denied that he waa undor the influence of liquor at the time, or that he had given the plaintiff any provocation. He also denied that he had struck the plaintiff, except in self-defence Hia Worship gave judgment for plaintiff for £10 and costs The Ballarat, Ballarat City, and Sonth Dunedin Fire Brigade representatives passed through here by the Rotomahana to-day on their way to Napier, where they intend taking part in the Fire Brigade Demonstration next week. It will be remembered that when the Ballarat Fire Brigade vißited Dunedin nine yoars ago they were very anooessful in winning a large number of events. A four-roomed cottage belonging to Thoa. Wobb, labourer, Ebdentown, Upper Hntt, was burned down between 12 and 1 o'clock yesterday. Wobb was out at the time. It is not known how the fire occurred. The property was insured for £50 in the South British. At the Magistrate's Court this morning, a thorough and well-known soamp named Cornelina Toll was fined 20a or the alternative of 48 hoars' imprisonment for {having been drunk yesterday, and in addition he was sent to gaol for 28 days for making use of obscene language. Three first offenders, on the charge of drunkenness, were fined 5a each. Thos Walker, charged on remand with assaulting his wife, wa» discharged, tho prosecutrix declining to give evidence. The attention of memberß of the Heretaunga Cavalry Volunteors is directed to an advertisement in another column. Messrs. Graves* Fleming iasuean'Mnset" this evening announcing the commencement of their stock-taking Bale to-morrow. Mosgrs. Sidey & Co. will aell to-morrow, jewellery, yacht Maid of tho Mill, &c. Messrs. Laery & Campbell will sell tomorrow, horses, trap, fruit, produoe, <to.

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CUSTOMS RETURNS., Evening Post, Volume XXXI, Issue 12, 15 January 1886

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