New Zealand Telegrams.
Hi (Per Press Association.) Mastbeton, November 12. A Chamber of Commerce has been formed here. Charles Stratford, a horse trainer, was charged at the Police Court to-day with aggravated assault on his wife. The case was dismissed, the evidence for the defence being that complainant's injuries were received in a struggle with her mother. Both women had been drinking. " Broncho George" was charged with having ill-treated a bullock and cow at a Wild West show by lassooing and riding them. The Magistrate said the exhibition was cruel and unnecessary. No, good object was served, and the animals had been driven frantic by pain and fear. He inflicted a fine of forty shillings, and refused an application to have the fine raised to five pounds, to enable an appeal to the Supreme Court to be made. Ciiristchurch, November 14. At the Supreme Court Criminal sessions, William P. M. Hoggard, for indecent assault, was convicted and sentence deforced. At a meeting of the Christchurch Presbytery it was resolved that the Kev J. Maxwell should be nominated as Moderator of the General Assembly. For some time the police had been watching a yard in Gloucester street, which was used as a " two-up school." this afternoon they made a raid on the premises, where between forty and fifty men were gambling and captured twelve of them after an exciting scene. All the men had money, and one was possessed of £60. A considerable sum which was in the ring as stakes was seized. The case against Henry Vincent Styche, charged with attempting to procure murder, will not come on at the Supreme Court until the other cases on the calendar have been disposed of. It is seated that Mrs Stycho will be unable to give evidence. Wellington, November 14. The Eotomahana did the trip from Lyttelton to Wellington this morning in lUhours, her bt-st steaming performance for seven years. Ivvercargill, November 14. Arrangements havo been made by the Government to send the Southland pipe band of 20 rgeg'beis with the New Zealand Conts^lPC'to tlie Australian Cotnmonwealtli celebrations. Wellington, November 14. The Minister for Public Works has returned from the Hunterville district He reports there is great activity at the Makohine Viaduct works and at the present rate of progress the structure should be completed in 12 months. He also virited the Kaiwhaka Special Settlement, where he found the relectorr, mostly South Canterbury men, doing well. The Premier and Mr Hall-Jones left M for Marlborough this afternoon.