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WELLINGTON, July 22. The cable Steamer Sherard Osborne

picked up the cable and repaired it last night. Gable messages were delayed in consequence till this morning. AUCKLAND, July 22. The Karao coal miners are out on strike this morning against a reduction of wages. CHRISTCHURCH, July 2?. A daring attempt was made last night to throw the Lyttelton train off the rails. As the 9 p.m. train was about 100 yards from the Lyttelton end of the mouth of the tunnel the engine crashed through pieces of metal known as " chairs," which had been maliciously placed there. Luckily the engine was slowing down, so it cut without difficulty through the chairs, which were made of cast-iron. The perpetrators are supposed to be drunken sailors or larrikins. OAMARU, Jcly 22. At the District Court; before Judge Ward, John Stuart alias John Stewart Taylor, aged eighteen years, pleaded guilty to obtaining goods and cash amounting to LI" 12s from a jeweller's assistant by means of two receipts, which accused represented to be cheques for "spud" digging. His Honor decided to deal with trie case under the First Offenders Act, and admitted the [prisoner to twelve months' probation. INVERCARGILL, July 22.

At a meeting of the Council of the Acclimatisation Society it was decided to ask the Government to bring the opossum under the Animals' Protection Act; and proclaim a close season for three years. Eight yearß ago two pair were liberated in the Longwood bush, near Riverton, by the late Captain Hankinaon, and they have increased rapidly, but are now being shot for their skins. It is feared that if the practice is continued they will soon be extinct, while if protected they will become a source of considerable revenue. A Home expert declares that the local furs are far superior to Tasmanian or Victorian, and he and Mr A. M'Donald, of Dunedin, will each give LlO towards the protection of the animal.

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INTERPROVINCIAL., Issue 7965, 22 July 1889

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INTERPROVINCIAL. Issue 7965, 22 July 1889

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