[press association.] W&NGANUI, This Day. Joseph Tcmporley was charged in the Magistrate's Court this morning with attempting to marder his wife and with attempted suicide afc Marlon, on 3rd November. Accused remarked: "I know nothing about it. I heard some people talking a lot of rot. I've been Ul for some time, and had an operation performed ou my neck." Accused was remanded for a week. His face and neck were all bandaged, and he looked ill. Mrs. Temperkjy is making a good recovery, though the httHefc has not yet been extracted from her head. WHAN-GAREI, This Day. Fritz Talliman, 'a remittance man," cut his throat, and has been taken to the hospital, where he lies in a precarious condition. A private telegram from Parengarenga states that the beach on the West Coast is strewn with wreckage from the Vcntnor. STRATFORD, This Day. The Borough Council has decided to .acquire a site of 32 acres outside the borough boundary for abattoirs, on the bank of Kauri Riser. Steps aro being Haken to obtain a loan of £2000 to do 'the work. HOKITIKA, This Day. The four prisoners who recently escaped from Mokitika- Gaol appeared before the Magistrate 10-day, charged with e&eapang from custody. Tlie prisoners reserved tfheir defence, aad wene committedto the next sitting of the District Court. They complain.' of Jjeiog placed in close confinement since their rearrest, and of 'being placed on bread, and water,; also that no yisrfciag Justice had seen them. The Magistrate gromiseti to see that a t Justice visited^the gaol to enquire into .their complaint.
We learn that the Otogo Daily Tiiics to-day pmblisbed an apology to the Pre- . mier for a -statement printed in the (Qfcago Witness recently reflecting upon the con- • ■duct of the head of the Government in connection with the- tenders for the South African service. During the past montih about 1200 ft of gas maias have been laid in' Petoae, and nineteen new gas services have been put in. Afc last night's meeting of the Borough Council, the engineer 'recommended, owing to the demand, for the extensions of mains, that an additional" fiUer should bo temporarily engaged, and that a stock of gas mcteass and cookers should b© imported. The first recommendation was adopted., but ia regard to the second, action was held over until such time as loan moneys were available, the officer being instructed to make encjiunes as to cost. The engineer further reported that he and the Mayor had waited upon Messrs. Palmer and Co., who had agreed to deliver a gas-holder *f specified, at the end of February, for
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