RETURN OP DR. POLLEN FROM OHINEMURI.
The result of the meeting- held at Ohinemuri. at which Dr. Pollen and Mr. Mackay were present, is, that tho majority of natives are in favour of opening the telegraph line. Wi Koka'Unahi handed over all his interest in the matter to Mr. Mackay. Hohepa te Ruahihi Tareranui and To Kereilii pi-oceeded to Tokangamutu on Monday, and will be absent about ten days. It is pretty well understood on all hands that they are merely going 1 pro forma, and to let themselves down easy from their position as obstructives, and that the whole matter is arranged. Dr. Pollen and Mr. Mackay left Ohinemuri on Monday, for Hikutaia, to see the natives at that place. The natives there were unanimous in agreeing 1 to permit the wire to be taken over their lauds whereever required. Through the influence of Mr. Mackay, we understand that Messrs. Louis Dinars and Pearson were allowed to pass through to Tauranga.
Gai.b or Wrxn at Wkm.ingtgx.— Tho Independent of the 17th says — "The monotony ,>f the windy weather which has lately prevailed was relieved on Sunday night and during the small hours of Monday, by tho occurrence of a fuw exceptionally I «tron« pqnfills, which blew ont a number of iighfa, broke somo panes of glass, sent moveablo obje-cts, including nocturnal pedestrians, flying along the stroets, and last, and not least, knocked down a fall cliimnpy which formed a very essential part of the kitchen arrangements of tho Metropolitan Hotel. Fortunately the bricks did not penetrate the roof upon which they at first fell, and there were no pnrsotw about to suffer the probable consequence, of a ' cannon' on to tho human head." The Winneu of tub Auckland Challenge Cup. — We take the following from tho I'hn;ncs Advertiser: — " Tho Hazard Challenge Cup, prosented by the Lieut. Hazard, of the Xo. 2 Company H.U.V., to be competed for by tho members of tho company, and to become the property of any one member who should win it live times, was computed for by ten members of tho corps at the Pnrawai butts. It was won by Mr. noskin with a score of 42 points, who, having now won it five times becomes its owner. We may slate thnt ho has won it five times out of the seven matches that have been fired, nnil has throughout averaged 42 points, aud that he bits now won it four tiim-q conQeouuvely. Tbo ranges were 400, 500, and GOO yards. The weather was very unfavourable, but it will be seen that the contest hi'twet'u four of the members *-vns very close. They are as follows: — Hoskin, 42; Kemp, 40 ; Oreighton, 39 j and Barnett, 37.i'