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AUCKLAND; September IS. This morniDg a lively scene between the Austrians took place in Victoria and Queen streets. It appears that on" Wednesday night M. A. Ferri, an Austrian, who has beeri endeavoring to form a social society for Austrians in Auckland and otherwise further their interests, gave a lecture on Austria and the Austrians. Some seven Austrians took exception to soma of the statements made therein. This morning, upon Ferri coming out of the City Hotel, where he is boarding, ho was surrounded by seven Austrians, and one of the number askol him if he put a certain report about Austrians in the 'Star.' Ferri says he took no notice, but proceeded down Victoria street. Meanwhile the men in an excited state followed him, at intervals throwing a liberal supply of flour over his apparel, and alßo peppering him with egg 3 until ■he bore a ludicrous appearance. Eventually Ferri was escorted away by the police. He subsequently laid an information for assault against the offenders. In the address in question Ferri said that the Austrians left their females at home to do farm work. Some of their young men had married, and after living with their wives for about a month came to New Zealand, and after seven years on the gumficlds had returned to Austria, remained six months, and returned again to New Zealand. This, he said, could not be a very happy union, for where a wife is there should the husband be. This is understood to have caused tho assault.

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INFURIATED AUSTRIANS., Issue 10423, 18 September 1897

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INFURIATED AUSTRIANS. Issue 10423, 18 September 1897

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