fey . TELEGRAPH. OWN CORRKSPONDKNT.] Whangabei, Saturday. INVITATION TO MEMBERS. The Puhipuhi Railway League invited the following Auckland members to visit the Whangarei district prior to going to the Assembly, so that they might see its natural resources and understand local questions respecting Puhipuhi silver mines, forest, and tramway Sir G. Grey, Messrs. T. Thompson, Moss, Goldic, Withy, Peacock, Lawrv, Cad man, and Colonel Fraser. None of thorn arrived by the s.s. Wellington this morning. Apologies were received by the League from all, stating that both on account of the near approach of the session and some having to address their constituents, they were unable to come. Sir G. Grey says he will support all just rights of the people. The weather is wretched, and a party intending to co to Puhipuhi to-day were enable to proceed. It is hoped the weather will clear up to enable the trip to take place on Monday. DAMAGING FLOODS. Mr Wilson, Country Engineer, proceeds to Waipu and Whangarei Heads to inspect the bridges damaged by the rain storm of last week. Three bridges were destroyed at the Heads, and several bridges and culverts at Waipu. The damage appears to have been inflicted by waterspouts. It was the worst weather in IVaipu for 35 years. FOUND DROWSED. An inquest was held yesterday on Murphy, fish-hawker, whose body was found in the river. It was the old story : a remittance man, whose real name was James Beaver, well connected in the old country. TUB FCHIYOHI ORE. A meeting is to be held in Whangarei on Wednesday next, to consider tho best means of getting a milling plant erected at Puhipuhi, owing to the difficulty of getting the crushing done outside the district, It is said that the Waihi style of plant that is doing crashing, chlorinations roasting, and pin amalgamating, is the best suited for the Puhipuhi ores, but the company is too busy on its own stuff to undertake crushing Other stuff.
The Prospectors' Association have finally decided to send the ore away for treatment, and call tenders for the carriage of the stuff to Auckland. The intention is to Bend the ore to the Thames School of Mines, which has previously treated the ore successfully, and to the Clyde Smelting and Chlorinating Work?, Sydney.
PROSPECTING. Mr. Thomas Barron, an old gold digger and a well, known prospector, is now in this district forming a prospecting party for Puhipuhi. He has already secured some rood names in Auckland, and wants to fill his list tip in this district The number is limited to twenty, and each member has to pay lt2s down and 3s a week for a period of three months. Barron with another man undertakes to prospect for the period stated an the terms named.
Mr. J. A. Pond, the well-known analyst, arrived by the Wellington to inspect the iron ore deposits in the district on behalf of the Onehunga Smelting Works Company, who intend utilising them in their manufactory.