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In all ninety-one Maoris were convicted yesterday of trespassing on European property at Taranaki. They were all sentenced to two months’ imprisonment, and ordered to keep the peace for twelve months. The Public Trust Department is interested in only three of the properties trespassed on. Mr Martin says that, so far from the Natives being dissatisfied with his department’s administration, many Maoris, as well as European settlers, have expressed the greatest satisfaction at the smoothness with which the Native lands are now being managed. 5 At the Auckland Police Court yesterday George Hamilton was charged with wife desertion, He was arrested at Sydney in consequence of cable advice from Auckland. Accused's counsel said that he was returning fo Dunedin, where the information had been laid, of his own free will to answer the charge, as he was confident that he had a good defence. He was remanded to Dunedin, bail being fixed at himself in £IOO and two sureties of £SO each.

Mayor Bell says that the cost of the scheme renders the proposal to widen Willis street, Wellington, quite impracticable. The Council, however, affirmed the desirability of carrying out the project. Bishop Harper’s statue was unveiled last night by his son, Canon Harper, in the presence of a large congregation, in the Cathedral at Christchurch. Bishop Julius gave an appropriate address. At the Napier District Court Judge Kettle sentenced William Reid, of Palmerston North, to twelve months’ imprisonment for theft of a watch, and Edgar Davies, of Hunterville, to a similar term for larcenv as a bailee. ’

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BRIEF MENTION., Issue 10460, 2 November 1897

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BRIEF MENTION. Issue 10460, 2 November 1897

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