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THE MAUNGATAPU MUEDERS.

FoiHisa further than has been already published li! been allowed to transpire within the last few fop. We believe the police are still engaged in 'Ming to the evidence, which, with what Sullivan In enabled them to procure, has produced a fegarray of witnesses. It appears that " Wilson," ■M sometime in custody at Greymouth, and now tnarged with being an active accessory of Kelly's 11 His murder of Mr. Dobson, is the Murray of i'tom Sullivan spoke as being missing, who was 'inspected as being " unsafe," and of whom Levy had *d he had better be "left to him" to be isposedof.

Ihere is a peculiar circumstance connected with ™-Christian name of Sullivm which is .worth Hamming. In Mount Korong (Victoria), he was «J8 known by the name of Thomas Sullivan, '"is 13 certified by persons who knew the man. On Wiring in this colony in April last he assumed the *c of John Joseph Sullivan. He has declared "ft lie has never before been in New Zealand, except *»Hi quite young he visited Auckland many years oo' -Ciie Otago Daily Times in a recent issue f°w of '-John Joseph Sullivan" having been an 'Kompliee of Burgess and Kelly, and getting off on «f M? c two latfcei< were *ound guilty in a case "'robbery. About a .fortnight ago it was reported "?| "I 6" tad arrived at Hokitika from Melbourne, Nrs Sullivan, was at first supposed to be the resent prisoner's wife; and it was stated by the Jj™ of the steamer Gothenburg, that the woman rj™a him that ehe had heard from her husband , 'fom Okarita, whence he had sent her money. > Ws believed that Mrs Sullivan might be connected Horn 6ofthis gaug)aud we believe tlie Policeof uj *ere instructed to keep their eyes on her, ■oala'3o6^ 8"1 w^et^er m ier baggage may have been i»«, ln, any of the burglarious implements and I [p« which had been sent for to Australia, South X ProJected robbery of the Bank of New His \ l We have neard nofcm' ng further of ' Wtl probably nothing has come out of it. Iljj 0™ worth while to.know for what mason OtajA • SulllTfln toot the Christian name which the oia2oiv™ al BaJßDelongs to the escapee from the I y"n»nalCourt, where this Sullivan never was. ty. p rcwsßtance has come to our knowledge ieVa, t > y' which iB of some interest." While BNav f ,Mathieu>B Hotel at Deep Creek, on the W b the murders, a Mrs. Morgan, who ifte r Im on the Dunstan, recognised him,. and 'Phi!1T con7CTsation, said to him "By the by »13 aT y What did y°u do w>th Emma ? " This tb ])„ °au wbo lived with him while he was on ¥ied> « ( n' and w»o had disappeared. Levy •lat d a 'i. i, Oh doa't -speak of that, keep (whose l i? r words to tlmt effecfc< Mrs- Morgan party) ., Bband was afterwards on the search S»r moro tben ' bufc afterwards she leW tlmt of the conversation, and of the BQcAof til WM c curreut of the sudden disappaarlooked «n W°™an Which was said at the time to be !ar ßare^ nwitll suspicion. What the full particutooV J anUOfc Btate> but fchat a conversation of this Parties X* C° at Dee P Creek, is vouched for by 61" 6 presenfc| while hev7 was iv "SSS2? th®d<Sßireof the General Government laTenothiW n8 1 ° I nerßfor trial t0 Wellington, we HtthatM■ aj ° what we Btated on BVidav, on 6to Wiv ms> the Provincial Solicitor, lias Smment ti lDßton to lay the facts before the "^auoha l' o; iandwe belie7e h^ w *ll be able od_^ ase W.^oglit to remove all; ' WWB*«9beujg (ried here,

The Maxawati; 3)i:kd.—Upwards of 1400 ■ rigunhircs lm-ro been received-by Mr. BuH<h' Jo the Manawatu Deed of Cessiou, and it is expected that during the present week most of the remaining signatures will be obtained. The members of the trifac s are so widely scattered that lo obtain somo 1800 sifnatures is an undertaking of no ordinary difficulty. Wanr/anui Times. Wjs regret t® record the death of Mr. W. Q-. M. Sladen, principal Book-keeper of the P.N.Z. & A.E.M. Company in this city. Mr. Sladen was very much icspected and esteemed by the General Manager, and all the employes of (he Company for his gentlemanly bearing, and the able manner in which he discharged his duty. In him the Company have lost an excellent servanr, and Caplain Eenson a worthy coadjutor. As a mark of respect to the deceased, tho ships have kept their flags half-mast since Saturday.— Wellington Advertiser. Mb. J. E. (Jokst.—The London correspondent of the Canterbury Press says that J: E. Gorst, Esq., M.A., late Fellow of St. "John's College, Cambridge, and so well known as the former Native Commissioner, and Resident Magistrate of the Waikato, and the author of the celebrated work, entitled "Tho Maori King," lias been elected member for the Borough of Cambridge, the former member Mr. Forsyth, having lost his seat, in tile House.

Cook's Strait Tflegraph Cable.—From a paper laid before the House of Assembly we learn that the submarine cable for Cook's Strait is to be forty-six nautical miles in length, and is to contain three'conductors. The co?t is £-148 per nautical mile, or £20,608 free on board ship. The contractor, Mr. \V.

ri\ Henley, under hikes to submerge it, and maintain it against all risks and in good working order for one year, excepting only the risk of damage done by ships. For submerging, keeping in order for twelve months, and for sending out and paying all expenses of an efficient staff" during the period of guarantee, the contractor is to be paid £5,900. The Government has to pay the cost of transmission of the cable by the Weymouth, amounting to £2,500, one half to be paid on the arrival of the ship iv Wellington, and the other half on the cable being successfully'laid.— New Zealand Advertiser.

The Auckland Southern Cross has the following : —" Our readers will recollect that we recently made a few remarks on Mr. C. Hunter Brown's speech, delivered at tho Patriotic Fund meeting in Nelson. We have received a note from Mr. Brown, enclosing a subscription to the Fulloon Tablet Fund, and explaining what he did say ou tho occasion referred to, which, injustice to that gentleman, we are bound to publish. Mr. Brown remarks : —" In the same paper, under the heading ' Patriotic Fund, 1 I observe some satirical remarks on a speech of mine on that subject, as reported in the JVelson paper, the Examiner. And certainly (lie speech, as caricatured in the Examiner, well deserved any amount of satire. Ido not think that any Auckland man would Imvo taken exception to it as spoken. Having observed considerable apathy in Nelson towards this admirable movement for a Patriotic Fund, I took occasion, on a recent arrival in Nelson, from Auckland, to allude to the very different estimate of tho miseries occasioned by war formed by those who only hear of it from a distance, and by those who actually see suc'a signs of its havoc as tho mourning dresses, tho slings aud crutches, which may be seen in the streets after su?h affairs as Hangiriri, Gate Pa, Orakau, &c, or as the appeals for help made by those to whom the war lus brought poverty, or even destruction. This was distorted into the exaggerated expressions which the Weekly News naturally objected to, and ridiculed."

Stabbing Cask in Auckland.—A. man named John King, lately discharg d from (lie 43d Regiment, was stabbed yes.'erday afternoon in a very serious manner. It appears that there ha! Wen a row in Bacon's Alley, Chancery-street, wheje, indeed, rows are of a frequent occurrence, and t\iat a man residing in the alley, named William JGriatbrook, had been heating a woman named Mrs Feenev, in his own house, when King intei feied, and a struggle ensued between the men, during which East brook drew a large clasp-knife, and wounded King in six places. Ou constable Sanderson getting info the house lie found King resting on a bed, which, as well as the floor, was covered with blood. King had apparently endeavoured to keep the blows from his body with his right arm, upon which was the deepest wound ; the others being on the cheek and forehead. Fortunately the wounds iv the forehead were not serious. Eastbrook has been committed.— Southern Cross.

The Wellington Advertiser, July 4, lias the following.—"Mr. Stafford then assumed office, and ho and his colleagues now sit on the Ministerial benches, and, there is no doubt, surrounded by many and perplexing questions. We have not sufficient data before us to know what course will be pursued, but there are breakers ahead in every direction. If the Government are strong in the faith of the policy they are supposed to-have adopted—a policy not dissimilar to that of their predecessors—and, caring for none, endeavour earnestly and honorably to carry it out, it is not improbable that the House may accept it as an unpleasant necessity ; but if the sails are to be trimmed to every breeze, and opposing parties conciliated by opposing concessions, then all government is but a wretched farce, and the sooner we convert ourselves into a cheap native runanga the better for the colony."

Several cases were brought yesterday in tlie Resident Magistrate's Extended Jurisdiction Court, but those embracing any points of law were adjourned for decision; we shall notice them in our next.

Mohe Fieks in Auckland.—Six Houses Bttrned. —Fire Breaking out in an Un-Occupied House. —Tlie Neio Zealand Herald of 9th instant says :— " The fire which .broke out in Newton on Saturday morning last is another added to the long list of mysterious occurrences which of late has been our painful duty to record. " Auother fire in an empty house !" Such are the only terms, the only explanation, and the only clue, that can at present be offered to the public. In Hopetown-street, Newton, the same street where twenty houses were so recently burned down, but at tlie western extremity, near Ponsonby Eoad, there was a block of five-gable two-storey cottages, flanked on the city side by two " square-roofed" dwellings, one containing six rooms, and the other eight or ten rooms, belonging to the owner of the property, Mr. Thomas Penk, who is absent in Wangarei, completing a contract for Sir Osborne Gribbs, at Wangarei. The western extremity of the block was flanked by a mud hut and allotment belonging to Absolom Spencer, a laborer. Only two of the gnble cottages were occupied—one by an engineer, and the other by amm named Eirby. The detached square cottage, which lies between Penk's dwelling-house and tlio " gable " row, was occupied by a man and his family, named Powlej', Between this house (detached) and the second of the "gabie" block, the fire originated. We suppose that the whole of the circumstances will be the subject of an inquisition. The following is the report of the police constables on duty : —Constable Ternahan states that he arrived at Hopetown-street about five minutes past one o'clock on Saturday morning, and found an unoccupied cottage, the property of Thomas Penk, rapidly burning ; and another, occupied by James Aicken, engineer, moulder, &c, also burning. The constable remained for an hour on the scene of the fire, and assisted in removing property. Did not leave till the burning ceased. Coustable H. B. Clark reports-that from hearing the ringing of the fire-bells on Saturday morning, he proceeded to Hopetown Btreet and found six cottages in a Hue rapidly burning. Eemained on tlie spot from two o'clock a.m. till six a.m. Mr.

Aicken, who is an engineer (moulder) states that at about ten minutes to one o'clock on Saturday morning he heard a footstep at the back of No. 2 cottage ; afterwards heard the footsteps upstairs in the same cottage, and within ten minutes afterwards heard the alarm of fire.

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THE MAUNGATAPU MUEDERS., Colonist, Volume IX, Issue 919, 17 July 1866

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THE MAUNGATAPU MUEDERS. Colonist, Volume IX, Issue 919, 17 July 1866

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