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FORTY-FOUR YEARS AGO TO-DAY

[From the 'Star,' January 21, 1871.] The nomination, for the Superintendence' of Otago took place at noon to-day. Mr James Brown proposed and Mr B. J. Lowrv seconded M r Macandrew, while Messrs John Bathgate, M.H.R., and Mr E. Prosper stood sponsors for Mr Donald Reid. Mr Grant proposed Mr Stafford, but found no seconder. The show of hands was : Macandrew 350. Reid 100. Commissioner Branigan is enlisting men for. the defence of the' Waikafo, and 200 (to be armed with Snidcrs) for service at Taupo/ The local produce market contains thii reference to the supply of flour:—"The demand has greatly improved towards the end of the present week, more especially since the receipt of last Australian advice-'. As there are no choice parcels of milling wheat offering, and millers' stocks are generally light, a, good quantity of slightly, damaged lots are being worked off, the flour from which is offering at £9 10s to £l2 per ton. For first-class the quotation is £l3 to £ls 10s. Bran and pollard, £5 10s (stocks low).

Two hundred of the- unemployed waited on the Superintendent of Auckland, and their spokesmen were informed by His Honor that he could give them no employment until the present vailwav appropriations were adopted, which would be in a few days, after which the work would he proceeded with as soon as possible. They were received on their return with expressions of dissatisfaction, the meeting demanding to see the Superintendent outside. He refused, stating that it was not dignified to address a disorderly mob. The crowd then stormed the hail, and threatened to break into the Superintendent's room. The inspector and a posse of police cleared the building. The crowd then proceeded to the Volunteer Drilhhed to consider further action in reference to a proposal to pull down the Provincial Council Hall, but better counsels prevailed, and it was ultimately decided to petition the Provincial Council. ***** # # At a meeting held under the auspices of the local Working Men's Protection League it was stated that there were 500 unemployed in Auckland, most of them being in a condition approaching starvation. It was agreed to petition the Government of Victoria to send over a steamer to take them back to that colony, the men agreeing to repay half of thenpassage money at a certain period after landing.

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FORTY-FOUR YEARS AGO TO-DAY, Issue 15706, 21 January 1915

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FORTY-FOUR YEARS AGO TO-DAY Issue 15706, 21 January 1915

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