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today. Jolt 24. liTrmtTON Tak»nuiia arrived 9.10 a.m. from Wellington.—Mawhera arrived 10a.m. from New Plymouth. -Rotoruaarrivort early from Manukau ; sailed 7.30 a.m. for Nelson. RußSßLi«—Walrarapa arrived 7 a.m from Auckland; sailed 11 a.m. for Sydney. THE DUPLBIX. The Ellis line steamer Dupleix, from Sydney via Cook Strait, arrived at the tongne wharf at 1.30 p.m. to-day, and commenced discharging cargo. The Duple) x is a fine-looking screw steamer, of 1,450 tons register, and was built at LaCiotat in 1862 by the Me'fligerles Maritireeß Company for the Australian t'ade. She has b»en lately purchased by Mr .T. O. Elite, of Sydney, who has completely overhauled and refitted her for the New Zealand trade. She is rigged as a topsail schooner, and Is of the following dimensions:—Length, 292 ft; breadth of beam, 82ft; and depth of hold. 24ft 2in. Her engines are of the three-cylinder type, and her boilers have been increased, so that she can steam at the rate of eleven knots an hour- on a consumption of twenty-two tons of coal per day. She is fitted with steam steering gear and cargo winches, with all other recent appliances for the rapid discharge of cargo, of which phe is estimated to carry 2 000 tons. She hat a fine after deck-house, some ninety feet long, and there is an excellent promenade deck for the saloon passengers, of whom she can accommodate seventy-five. The saloon is very tastefully decorated and in neat order. The compattment for steerage passengers is in th« fore part of the vessel, and is very oomfortably fitted up for thfl reception of sixty passengers, while on deck there U sheltered seating accommodation for this class of passenger. The Dupleix is oom manded by Captain J. Haneby, late of the Union Company's service, who brings with him the following officers:—Chief, Mr T. A.Franklin; second, Mr J. H. Clements; third, Mr A. G. Baker. Chief engineer, Mr W. Christie; second, Mr A. Cullen; third, Mr C. Fitzgerald. Purser, Mr F. G. Armstrong; chief steward. Mr B. B. Tweddle. She brings five »<\loon and thirty-two steerage passengers, with 240 tons cargo. The Dnpleix left Sydney at 7.15 p.m. on •Tnly 10; had a S.E. gale and high cross seas until the 13th. and thence fine weather to arrival at Auckland at 1 p.m. on the 16th; left again at 0.30 p.m. on the 17th; had light to strong S.W, winds and heavy weather, and reached Wellington at 9 p.m on the 19th J landed cargo and left again at 0.30 p.m. on the 21st, arriving at Lyttelton Heads at 5 a.m. on the 22nd; discharged cargo and left again at 5.15 p.m. on the 23rd; had light head winds with smooth seas and hazy weather to arrival. I ARRIVAL OF THE EALSTON. The ship reported yesterday afternoon from Cape Saunders reached the Heads early this morning and proved to be the Ralston from Gla°gow. She signalled "all well" and was tendered by the Plucky, which brought her across the bar under the charge of Pilot M'Donald at 11 a.m, towing hemp as far bb the cross channel, when the Kopntai ranged alongside. The Ralston, being of light draft, was towed past the Port to town at 0.15 p.m. THE DIRECT STEAMERS. The Aorangi sailed from Cape Town for Hobart and Wellington on the 20th inst. The Ruapehu arrived at Plymouth on the 22nd inst.; all well. Snipping Telegrams. Auckland, July 23. Wainui, from Samoa and Tonga. Passenecrß: Mrs Whitson, Miss Whitson, Messrs W. E. Giles, M'Arthur, Woods, E. W. Gurr, Bennett, Webster, M.

Davis, Hon. S. W. Baker, Sydenham, and Pisani.—Wairarapa, for Sydney. —At Onehunga: Agnes Donald, from Timaru. —Botorua, for the South. Passengers: Mr and Mrs Maclean and two children, Df and Mrs Hammond, Messrs Oarew, Maloney, and Woods; four steerage.

Wellington, July 23, Craignar, barque (C-ipfcain Mclvin), 108 days from Liverpool. Lyttelton, July 23.—Dupleix. for Dunedin. Passengers: Mieses Parmer, Parker, Mrs Goodwin, Messrs Davie, Price, Goodwin (2\ Simpson, Legat (2), Boyle, Abbott, Ashford, M'Bride ; and eleven steerage.—Rosamond, for Greymoutk. Waihora, for the South and Melbourne. Passengers: Miss Higgin, Mesdimes Watson and two children, Richards and family, Rev. 0. H. M. Watson, Messrs Watson, Riobarda, Springthorpe, Jackson, and Gillies.

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