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Local Intelligence.

The Militia Distmci-— The Wellington Militia District has been altered by the Governor from the PosttOffice as a centre,- to that of the Hutt where it falls into the sea. The limit beiug a radius of fifteen miles from this point, the Wellington City Militia becomes liable la be marched as far as the Pakuratuhi.

ConottmVa ItfqtJiSßT.— An Inquest Was held to Abbott's Featheiston Hotel, on Tlmi'stlajr last, before H, S.JVVardell, ,Esq., acting Coroner, and a Respectable jury, ou view of the body of Emma Carroll, wife of John Carroll, who came to her death under the following painful circumstances. From the evidence it appeared that the diseased, together with her husband and five children, were proceeding in Mr.Lucena's cart to Abbott's, when, on crossing a stream, the water of which I was unusually high ia consequence of the heavy rains, the cart was turned on its side. The driver jumped into the stream. The cart was covered- over with a tarpauling, and Carroll iaayaged)t}) get out, hy cutting away the covering. The -deceased handed four children to her hiisband H wl|o conreyed them to the bank; and ou rettirinu^ for the iifth time, and whilst speaking to his wile, the cart completely turned over, confining the deceased and otic child below it ' Carroll succeeded in partially removing the tail board, and by grouping in the cart under the water, aftej removing some bundles and a quantity of straw, drew from under it the eldest boy; but could not reach the deceased, who when afterwards found, was covered with the tarpauliu. After Carroll had given up all hopes of re coveiing deceased alive, Mr. Lucena arrived, when somejfew minutes were spent in endeavouring to save the horse; the attempt, however, was unsuccessful. They then left for assistance, and the body was recovered in about an hour afterwards, as above described. The jury returned a verdict of "Accidental death by drowning." We would take this opportunity of im. pressing on the attention of persons residing in the Country Districts, the importance of in. quests being held in ail cases arising from other tnan natural causes. The Coroner's Act provides, that incases wher« no Coroner is within 20 miles, any. Justice of the Peace may act as Coroner. : IX is a duty we owe to society, to take proper steps for having enquiries in such cases properly made : and to this end it is ncr cessary that the bodies of deceased persons should be kept unburied, until after the inquest is held. ( Fousv Diiowned.- This morning, about 7 o'clock, the body of a man was observed floating iv the harbour off Swiubourne's wharf. The boats of the Storm Bird being hoisted up, Capt. Malcolm hailed a waterman's boat, to see what the object was. On proceeding 1 to the spot, it was found to be the body of a seamen named Frascr, belonging to the Storm Bird, who had been missing since the evening of the 7th inst. The body was immediately conveyed on shore, and taken to the Coach and Horses Inn, where an inquest will be held on it at 2 p.m., this day. The deceased was 28 years of age, aud a native of Shetland. The Queen's ErFLE Pi»ze.— A late Government Gazette announces that at the desire of the Queen, it has been resolved to offer a medal to each of the Colonies, for the competition of riflemen, on the same day as her Majesty's prize is stiot for in England. We believe the competition day is in July. The King Movement.— Last week two of the West Coast Native Assessors, Nepia Taratoa and another, resigned their badges of Assessorship to the .Magistrates, on the grounds that they had accepted Magisterial office under the King.

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Local Intelligence., Wellington Independent, Volume XVI, Issue 1582, 14 May 1861

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Local Intelligence. Wellington Independent, Volume XVI, Issue 1582, 14 May 1861

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