The next sitting of the Court of Appeal has been fixed for October 11.
Mrs Finnegan has been committed for trial at Auckland on a charge of wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm. In the Bankruptcy Court at Napier the discharge of S. Quinn, commission agent was granted subject to his paying £175-1 sufficient to pay 5a in the £ on his unsecured debts.
William Henry Needham, a lawyer's clerk was arrested at Auckland yesterday on a charge of stealing £197. Needham for a number of years has been a clerk in the offioe of Devore and Cooper, solicitors. It uppears that a cheque for the amount was entrusted to Needham on the 9th inst. to pay into the bank on behalf of one of the firm's clients, and it is alleged that the accused cashed the cheque instead of banking it.
An appeal by the Rev. J. C. Andrews, of Wairarapa, against the requisition of the inspector that lea Station shearing accommodation must be improved, was dismissed by Mr W. R. Haselden, S.M., with coats (£6 18s).
The Greymoutli Borough Council last J evening affirmed, by 6 votes to 3, the i desirableness of purchasing the Greymouth Gas Company's gasworks. The company intended bringing a Bill before Parliament this session to define and secure their tenure but it was found that they did not publish their proposal soon euough to comply with the standing orders, and so it was resolved to proceed no further for the present year. The motor car has b,een introduced into Rothesay (Scotland). The car is a neat little vehicle, holding six to night persons, and as it has rubber tyres on the wheels run noiselessly. To obviate danger to foot passengers a bicycle tooting horn is used by the conductor. The power is obtained from a Daimler oil motor. The novelty attracted considerable attention from the good folk of Rothesay at first, but it is freelv patronised by them now. A cable received from the Agent-General states that butter is quoted on the London market at 100s per cwt, with the market very dull. Cheese is at 465; market steady.
_ The Hawke's Bay Land Board yesterday investigated a charge of alleged dummyis.n in connection with the Elsthomo Estate which was recently acquired iad eut un' Peter Brady, who drew a section of 581 acres and had since applied to have it transferred to John M'Cauley, who owns the adjoining section, was alleged to haw. bought as agent for M'Cauley, and was in fact a dummy The circumstances were suspicious, but the Board decided that the evidence was not sufficient; to justify any action being taken at present y B,S ng !n th . G ' G ™ ] ™ % Rear-admiral Dppont comments on the trials of the Turtnu.a ai -.;. ,-. Ka d say3it is imperatively necessary f w the French Navy to constrict vessels having a speed exceeding that ot thirty.three knots attained by the Turbinia. J At a boxing match at Van Meter (Iowa) °J: tween Pyera and Tom Brassfield on 40 Pyers dealt his opponent (a deaf mate) a violent blow under the ear, causing him to bleed profusely at the siou£n and nose. The blow also i^ot^ntly , restored Brassfield's and speech, which he had Jpat since November, 1896, as the result 0 f having been thrown from a busking hors*e.
The Russians are sending a special mission to Afghanistan under the command of M. Grombtchersky, who looked after the Russian interests in the dispute over 1 the Pamir boundary. v . With the assistance of the latest machines a piece of leather can be transformed into a pair of boots in thirty-four -minutes, in which time it passes through the hands of sixty-three people and through .fifteen machines.
Colonel Pitt, who commanded the: New Zealand contingent, M-as welcomed at; Nelson last night at a monster public social, when an address from the citizens was read by Mayor Trask. Colonel Pitt, in reply, paid a very high compliment to the officers and men under his command, and looked upon that night's gathering v more in ,the light of a compliment to the contingent than to himself personally. He gave an emphatic denial to the stories that the men were nob properly fed, for not only did they get the regulation rations, but the New Zealand Government also provided for them. He alluded to the contingent as the only purely volunteer body at the Jubilee save the Ceylon contingent. The monthly meeting of the Charitable Aid Board was held yesterday, Mr Robin presiding. The requisitions of the Benevolent Trustees (£875) and the Female Refuge (£2O) for maintenance for the past month were passed for payment. The Board decided to adhere to their previous resolution that the expense of sending delegates to the Charitable Aid Conference, to be held in Wellington next m.ir i, was unwarranted. The Clutha Presbytery, by 11 to 2, adopted the articles of the proposed basis of union with the Northern Church, but made some inconsequential amendments. They also decided to call the attention,of Svnod to the growing evil of Sunday trains. Mr Justice Conolly at Auckland yesterday heard the suit of Alice Mayhew (now of Taupiri, petitioner) v. Samuel Frederick Mayhew (at one time a school teacher of Auckland, respondent), a petition for dissolution of marriage v on the grounds of alleged adultery and desertion: without reasonable excuse for two years and upwards. In her evidence the petitioner said she had had no communication with her husband whatever for fifteen years. He had intimated to her that he intended to leave ! her altogether. Evidence taken on commis- : sion in Sydney showed that the. respondent ; had stated before a solicitor's articled clerk that he had no intention of contesting the suit, and that he admitted desertion. His : Honor granted a decree nisi, and costs on the ' middle scale were allowed.
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BRIEF MENTION., Evening Star, Issue 10422, 17 September 1897