(Per United Pbess Association.) Auckland, November 12. George Marsh was arrested at Karangahape on a warrant from Palmerston North charging him with deserting his wife and family in February 1885.
The City Council last night authorised the mayor to send some person to Kawau to consult with Sir George Grey as to the, removal of his library to the new building here. Besides books, Sir George has resolved ,to. give the city his collection of South Sea Islands curiosities, which will be place in the entrance hall of the Free Library. It is expected that all will be in their places before the library is opened.
Henry George Woods was found dead in Albert Park to-night, half a bottle of carbolic acid alongside him. He was a remittance man, and arrived by the Rimutaka last March.
A fire occurred to-night in Messrs Whitney and Company's Cartridge Factory at Mount Eden. It broke out over the oveu in the annealing room, the fire of which was left banked up, and a number of cases placed there to dry ignited. The fire was suppressed by three employes living in adjacent premises, who discovered a number of caps and exploded powder in the magazine, 150 yards distant, which [was untouched. The damage was not very great except to roofing, belting, machinery, and a small portion of the materials. The insurance is unknown.
Wellington, November 12.
The Government intend to levy rates on some of the district railways, to make up the deficiency in the receipts. The amount to be recovered on the Waimate line is £678; on the Rakaia-Ashburton Forks £1035; ana on the Duntroon-Hakateramea, £1222. The rates will be struck in accordance with the Purchasing Act of last session, and be payable early next month.
The electro-plated ware which was reported to have been stolen on the return journey from the railway ceremony last week has turned up all right, having been packed, in a wrong box and overlooked for a time. c
Blenheim, November 12.
The corporation have purchased the gasworks for £12,000. Possession is to be given by the owner (Mr E. Pritchard) on March 1. The corporation par the money out of the Government insurance loan.
Captain Lambert arrived this morning from the Croixelles in his steam yacht Tainui, and reports that on Monday night the schooner Australian Maid, owned in Nelson and bound for Havelock, pub in there through stress of weather, and during the night she dragged her anchors and went ashore. Her port side was stove in and her boat smashed. All hands got ashore safely. It is expected that the vessel can be repaired.
Cheistchuech, November 12,
Last night a young man named John Hawkins was thrown from his horse in Lower High street, receiving injuries to his bead from which he died three hours after the accident.
An old resident of Oxford named Isaac Bryan met with an accident yesterday, while felling a tree, and died to-day. His chest was crushed by a falling branch.
The Grand Lodge of Sons of Temperance met at Rangiora yesterda)', when Mr R. Evans, of Kaiapoi, was elected G.W.T.; Mr W. Carr, of Dunedin, G.W.A. The membership for the colony is 4G4, being an increase of 50 for the year. There is a credit balance of £3307.
The Wesleyan district mooting concluded to-day, after resolving to forward recommendations to the conference that meetings be held for promoting purity amongst men, and various efforts made to put down all indecent language and coarsu jests.
To-day his Excellency the Governor visited the defence works at Ripa Island, and expressed himself satisfied with their substantial character.
Invercakgill, November 12. A young married man named Frederick H. Dale, employed for a number of years as a letter-carrier, was charged at the Police Court to-day with stealing a letter containing three £1 bank notes, and was remanded for eight days. Accused was well known from his connection with the local Oddfellows and volunteers. Accused admitted the offence to the postmaster and the police. As the passengers by the morning train on the Northern line were passing through tjje Makarewa Bush this morning they saw a man hanging from a tree. This proved to be a settler named Michael Crowe, who lately went through the Bankruptcy Court, and had sought refuge from his troubles in suicide.
At the inspection of the Southland Volunteers by Sir George Whitmore to-day, 289 of all ranks were present. Colonel Whitmore said that, while the corps had held their own, he did not notice much, if any, improvement in their drill since his former inspection.