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i We received the following telegram' from Hokitika yesterday :—•? Captain William Nixon Chapman captain and part owner threw himself overboard between .Westport Hokitika -wwa r drowned." It \vill be observed , that no mention 1 is made of the vessel of which : the ; presumed 1 suicide was captain. We took great" pains to ascertain the name of the vessel, but could not get any information sufficient to fix the identity j no craft ■tntha captain of that/name having, so far as we have. been made aware of, sailed for the West Coast from any of the" Colonial ports. ■ ' The Otago, from Sydney, may be expected to-day, i-^ She will "sail for Melbourne via Nelson, &c, immediately after arrival. The Wallabi, from .Westport arid Wanganui, is expected to arrive this morning. The schooner T.B Taylor, coalladen, for Wanganui, was .towed out by the Dispatch on Saturday. The Murray, from Nelson, via Hokitika, arrived at the wharf on Saturday afternoon. She f leaves for the north this day, at 3 o'clock;The Waipara sailed for Hokitika on Satur-day-afternoon. •■■•."■ The Mary Bannatyne, from Melbourne, is now in the Hokitika roadstead, there not beings enough water on that bar to allow of her being.tpwed in. ••■...■■ The Albion, with the Suez mail, arrived at|, the Bluff at an early hour yesterday mornings •■■■"..:; , It will be seen from advertisement that thei'gefits of Messrs M'Meckah, Blackwood, and Co's line of .Steamers'.are booking passenger by the Albion for Cooktown, via Sydney, at" through rates. ■:■' '-■ ■"■■ ■ The- Wellington .Argus iia responsible for the, statement that the Union Steamship' Company, in the way of giving' additional comfort to, their, passengers will on the new boats have ladies' as well as gentlemen's smoking-rooms. ( ' ' . H : . . A decision affecting the rights of seamen, firemen, &c, and shipowners was given by Mr Bathgate in the Eesident Magistrate's Court/ ■Diiriea'irii 'on tHe 7th / 'inst, ; in' the action of Parslow y. Worsp, a claim of Ll2, the amount of one month's' wages, for wrongful dismissal., -The- plaintiff was a fireman, and the defendant captain of the Phoebe, relonging .to the -New Zealand Steam Shipping Company.. : Leave to appeal was refused, and .the decision settles the case, and those of -other firemen, who were discharged at the same time as Parlpw was.- His Worship censured the conduct of the company in discharging the men for refusing to accept a reduction of wages, there being an' agreement for six months at a fixed rate. > A .Mr .Francis W. Stevens, of Dunedin, writes to the Otago Guardian asserting that the circular ironclads, the invention and improvement of which are attributed to Mr Reed, M.P. (formerly Naval Constructor, to the Admiralty), 1 and Admiral Popoff of the Russian Navy, were first invented, by himself. He says :— " 1 beg leave to state, in the most emphatic manner, that the invention is not his, nor is it the invention of the said Mr Reed, M.P, but that it is my invention. I^know not how the said Mr Eeed, M.P. became acquainted with my invention, and description of the same, which were, sent in a despatch from the Auckland Post Office on the 30th, March, 1874, and addressed to Marshal MacMahon, President of France. Drawings, &c, have been sent to the Lords of the. 1 Admiralty, England, with copies. of all letters relative to this affair, which has become known in some most extraordinary way to 'the .Russian Government. It was invented by me to protect France and England against Eussian encroachment, and the way in which it has got into the hands of the Eussian . Government is now under iuquiryj r '■ ..'"•■ '.• '■;■ ;■■' . ;. ." '; : ,' '.

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Grey River Argus, Grey River Argus, Volume XXI, Issue 2397, 17 April 1876

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Grey River Argus Grey River Argus, Volume XXI, Issue 2397, 17 April 1876