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With roference to a statement in last Saturday's- leader respecting the action of the Prohibitionists we have received a communication from Mr. French, secretary to the Prohibition League, covering telograms which have passed between that gentleman and Mr. Seddon, The former telegraphed: " Am acensed by Hbbald of intrigue with you. Have I communicated with you on any subject respecting elections ? Reply." To which the Premier replies: " Have had no communication with you whatever either in respect to elections or any other matter." As the only personal reference in the article to the secretary of the Prohibition League spoke only of " the personal and political friendship of the secretary of the Prohibition League with Mr. Seddon," and not of either " intrigue" or personal " communications." It is needless to say that a disclaimer of " intrigue" or" communications" is unnecessary. We have also received a letter from tho Treasurer to the Prohibition League, Mr. S. C. Brown, to the effect that the Executive of the League "do not believe for one single mouiont" "that the secretary of the Prohibition League had intrigued with the Premier to procure the return of Mr. Lawry for l'arnell," and that they " have die moat complete confidence in the honour and integrity of Mr. French. As Mr. French assures us that all he did in connection with the Parnell election was done in good faith, we are quito prepared to accept his assurance.

The University of New Zealand oxamina. tiona foe matriculation, medical preliminary, Mus. Baa, intermediate solicitors and barristers' general knowledge, and junior scholarships commence this morning (Tuesday, December 8), at ton a.m., in Hoffmann's Buildings, Elliot-street. The Rev. D. W. Rundown, ALA.,' as usual, is supervisor, and ho is assisted by the Rev. John Campbell, the Rev. H. S, Davies, and the Rev. Robert Sommervillo. There are 101 candidates.

At the last meeting of the Council of the Auckland Institute, a letter was read from the Commissioner of Waste Lands, Mr. Mueller, stating that the Government wero willing to hand over the custody of the Little Barrier Island on the terms specified by the Council-namely, a payment of I*2oo per annum, lb is also understood that the Hinemoa, or other Government vessel, will be available, when making the lighchouso rounds, to convey stores to the island, and to take down any parson authorised by the Council of the Institute. The letter asked that the Council of the Institute should take charge from the Ist of January, and in order that that might bo done it was agreed to advertise for a caretaker, ami to draw up regulations. The advertisement states that applications have to be sent in by Wednesday, December 16. The first duty of the caretaker will be to see that there is no shooting of the rare birds now on the island.

An inquest was hold yesterday ab tin Hospital by Dr, Philson, coroner, on the body of James Liddle, butcher (aged 35), of the 8.8. Te Anau, who fell into the harbour at two o'clock on Saturday morning while attempting to get on board the steamer, and who after being rescuod was taken to the Hospital, whore he diod on Saturday night. The evidence of Dr. Baldwin was to the effect that deceased was sensible on arrival. There was no evidence of asphyxia and his breathing was natural. In the course of the day deceased developed symptoms of acute pneumonia, from which he died en Saturday night. Deceased raaae no statement as to how he got into the water. Witness bled the patient on Saturday afternoon, but the blood did not flow freely. Deceased had an abrasion on tho left side of the chest, but there were no signs of fracture. He did not smell liquor on deceased. -, Dr. Hooper deposed to visit* ing deceased at three o'clook on Saturday morning, who was asleep in his bunk. Tho surface of the body was cold and' there was a loud rattle over the chest. His condition indicated a state of intoxication, and was quite stupid, Witness considered the man to be in groat danger, and ordered his removal to the Hospital, after having previously put hot water bottles to: the patient's feet. Mr, George Taylor, assistant wharfinger, stated he was at tho s.B. Monowai when ho heard the alarm of a man overboard at the Te Anau. He threw the buoy to the man in the water, but he paid no attention to it, and anothei man, Cragie, took the buoy and rope, and brought deceased ashore. Constable McIlvenoy also gave evidence. The jury returned a verdict to the effect that deceased died ' from the effects <of submersion in water while in, a state of intoxication, but how he fell into the water there was no evidence to show. ' i Owing to the departure of the s.B. TeAnau; for the South the evidence of the fireman Craigie, and the third officii: Mr. Broad, was nob available. •■•■• ;\^-Mv.5W.'A--4U

I Intelligence of a case ol suffering is } privation at sea, resulting fatally to one those concerned, reached Noumea' ,by ;.i I' katoh Rosette, which arrived there fir Ouvea just prior to the departure 1 French mailboab for Sydney. Two nativ named Tan and Coin, about 20, years age, embarked on a raft for the purpose fishing. By means of a pole thoj pushed I raft along the const, and managed to secur ! good load of fish. So engrossed were tli | in fishing that they did nob notice that t tide was carrying them away from the lat and when they realised this fact they fou ' ib impossible to make their my back land. The raft was carried away to si and for several days the unfortunate m were without food or water. At last, ovi come by hunger, Tan decided to eat soi of the raw fish, which had become alrai entirely putrid. His companion, howevi refused to do this, and eventually died fr( starvation and exposure. For three a nights Tan kept the corpse of Goto on t raft, but was then compelled tocas| ifcovi board. At last, after being 20 dayl at at the raft was carried by the current! to lai at Ouvea, where Tan was rescue! in i apparently dying condition. So terrib famished was he that during the last f< day; 3 he had eaten pieces of wood from b! raft. The closing social gathering of tl winter eoason in connection/with fcf/e Yout Men's Christian Association will be held < Friday evening, when a welcome home Air. and Mrs. J. L. Wilson, after the European tour, will be given. An interes ing musical programme is being preparer The whole building will be thrown opei The Social Hall will be usod as the refresl ment room, the Social Room and Readin Room will also be used. Full particulai will appear shortly. A meeting of the members of tho Aucl land Baptist Tabernacle.was held la: evening, when it was decided to give unanimous call to the Ret. Joseph Glarl of Nottingham. Correspondence has bee going on for some time through the goo offices 3f the Rev. Thos. Spurgeon, of th Metropolitan Tabernacle, i London, wh entertains a very high cpinion of Mi Clark's ministerial ability. Mr. Clark ho a church of 800 members, 'and a emigre gation of 1700. Mr. Clark is married, an in the prime of life, being 43 years of age In his early days he was brought up in th Church of England. He studied at th City of London College, and subsequent! received his ministerial training at Spur goon's Pastors' College. One of the las acts of the lato Pastor C. H. Spurgeon wa >:o commend Mr. Clark to the church a Nottingham Tabernacle. A cablegram i being sent home requesting Mr. Clark, i nil is well, to sail for Auckland at as earl; i, date as possible. Yosterday Stanlake Henry Batson made i sworn declaration before the Officia Assignee in Bankruptcy, in which hi stated that he had been in the colony since 1894. His income was solely what hi, relatives in England saw fit to allow him He had followed no occupation since hi came to the colony, and could not say how much had been sent him since May, 1894, He had £20 when he arrived, and did not keep any bppke. He got on an averagt about £12 a month, all being voluntary. He paid 10s per week for a cottage, the furniture in which belonged to Lord Row. ford. Two creditors had sued him— one for £47 10* for board and lodging, and one for £6 stores supplied. The debts amounted to about £312, of which sum £200 was money burrowed. He expected sufficient money from his relatives to pay all his debts, but without that he could .do nothing. -> - On Sunday afternoon His Lordship Right Rev. Dr, Lenihan unveiled the monument erected in the prettily situated Roman Catholic Cemetery at Panrnure to commemorate the late lamented and much esteemed Broth sr Joseph. His Lordship the Bishop officiated in his episcopal robes, assisted by Drs. McDonald and Egan, Fathers Buckley and Croke, and attended by acolytes. His Lordship delivered an eloquent eulogium of the Mariat Brothers, in which he spoke of the educational work they are doing in New Zealand and the colonies, and paid a deserved tribute to the memory of brother Joseph, who was so conspicuous an ornament of that great order. After the ceremony Dr. McDonald welcomed the Bishop to Panmure, and congratulated the Brothers and their friends in Christchurch, Napier, and Auckland, Mr. Michael J, Sheahan (to whose indefatigable exertions the success of the undertaking is largely due), and the sculptors, Messrs. Bouskill and McNab, who carried out the design. The monument is in the shape of an ancient Celtic cross, made of pure marble, and resting on a solid pedestal of the same stone, and bears the inscription :— "Of your charity, pray for the repose of the soul of Rev. Brother Joseph Francis Xavier. Born, Sydney, New South Wales, April 26th 1850. Entered Society of the Marisfc Brothers May 24th. 1873. Died December 18th, 1895. R.I.P. They that are learned shall shine as. the brightness of the firmament;, and they that instruct many unto justice as stars for all eternity. — Daniel xii., 3. This monument has been erected in loving memory of Brother Joseph by his numerous friends in Auckland, Napier, and Christchurch." After the ceremony Monsiguor McDonald entertained the large number of 300 guests at luncheon. Mr. John Fuller gives his farewell concerb in Aucklaud ab the City Hall next Friday evening, when he will sing for the last time some of his old favourites, " We Don't How We Love Them Till We Loße Them," "The Anchor's Weighed," "Geraldine," etc. Miss Clarice Brabazon, an old Auckland favourite, who is on a visit, has kindly consented to appear on that evening, and Is to play two pianoforte solos—" The Dying Poet," one of them— given by special request. Among the names down to appear we notice Herr Zimmermann, Messrs. Archdale Tayler, Albert Lucas, R. Vernon, G. M. Reid, Misses E. L. Featon, T. A. Hargrave, Katie Fitzpatrick, etc., etc., to that an interesting and varied programrao may be looked forward to, and as the tickets are going off very fast, a good bouse is sure to result. To-night " Hermann the Healer," who is spoken of in the leading American newspapers as the "Boy Phenomenon," will make his initial appearance before the public of Auckland on the stage of the City Hall, where, in the presence of the audience, he will treat the blind, the deaf, and the lame. ' His successful treatment of apparently Incurable cases has won him a name in tho United States, bub his wonderful gift and power of healing the sick is natural to him. Private treatment will be given at the Star Hotel, Albert-street, on and after to-morrow (Wednosday). A meeting of the committee of the Auckland Regatta was held at the Waitemata Hotel last night. There was a fair attendance, and Mr. Arthur H, Nathan presided. A considerable amount of discussion took place regarding the altering of the programme by substituting gigs for whaleboats in the amateur and junior races. Ultimately Mr. M. Keesing gave notice of motion as follows: " That the resolutions of November 26 on races 11,14, and 15 on the advertised preliminary programme be rescinded, and the said races be re-con-sidered at next meeting." Mr, M. Keefe was elected a member of committee. It was decided to hold a meeting again on Thursday night to finally settle the matter, fix the programme, and allot the prize money. The chairman, in bis closing remarks, hoped that there would be a full meeting of the committee on Thursday night, in order that the matter should be iefinitely settled either one way or the other.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL NEWS. New Zealand Herald, Volume XXXIII, Issue 10309, 8 December 1896

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