2 THE HAWKE’S BAY TIMES April 4, 1872
Latitude, 39 deg. 28 min. 44 sec. S.; longitude, 176 deg. 55 min. 10 sec. E.
Phase of the Moon – New Moon, on the 8th April, 0.2 p.m.
APPROXIMATE TIME OF HIGH WATER SLACK.
To-morrow… Morning, 4.15; Evening, 4.40
8 Luna, C. G. p.s., from Wellington
Keera, s.s., from Wellington, 5th April
Napier, s.s., from Poverty Bay
Nevada, p.s., from Honolulu and Auckland
Spray, schooner, from Lyttelton
Star of the South. s.s., from Auckland
VESSELS IN PORT.
Luna, C.G. p s, from Wellington
Esther, brigantine, from Wellington
Mary Ann Hudson, ketch, from Wairoa
Hero, schooner, from Wairoa and Mohaka
Greenwich, cutter. from Waikari
Three Brothers, schooner, (laid up)
Una, steam launch
Lily, steam launch
Keera, s.s., for Poverty Bay, Tauranga, and Auckland, on or about 6th April
Esther, brigantine, for Blackhead, Wangaehu, and Wellington, to-morrow
Hero, schooner, for Wairoa, early
Luna, C.G. p.s., for Auckland via the coast, to-morrow
THE schooner Spray may, we believe, be expected to arrive here shortly from Lyttelton, w.th [with] a cargo of grain, &c.
The s.s. Star of the South, from Auckland may be looked for on Saturday next.
Hawke’s Bay Times.
Nullius addictus jurare in verba magistri.
THURSDAY, APRIL 4, 1872.
The export of live stock from Port Ahuriri for the month ending 31st March, comprised 120 head cattle and 1,741 sheep. The total number exported during the last quarter were 180 cattle and 7,981 sheep.
The revenue collected at H.M.’s Customs during the month ending 31st March amounted to £1,880 16s 8d, including pilotage receipts, £57 9s 8d. The amount collected during the quarter was £6,336 6s 3d, including pilotage receipts, £227 13s 8d.
The English Mail via Suez arrived in Napier yesterday – the letter portion overland, and the newspaper portion by the p.s. Luna.
The Colonial Government paddle steamer Luna, Capt. Fairchild, left Wellington at 4 p.m. on Monday, 2nd April, passed Castle Point at 6.30 a.m. yesterday, and arrived in the roadstead at 9 o’clock last evening, having experienced strong northerly wind with heavy head sea, in consequence of which had to slow the engines during part of the passage. Passengers : His Excellency Sir G. F. Bower, the hon. the Native and Defence Minister, Colonel St. John, the hon. Mr Stuart, the Rev. Father Cummings, Dr. Gibbes, Mrs Tollemache, Mr and Mrs Hood, Mr W. K. McLean, and several others. – We are informed that the Luna will leave for Auckland via the coast to-morrow.
News of the total wreck of the cutter Mahia at Wairoa arrived in town last night. The vessel ran aground on Saturday night, near where the Midlothian was wrecked, and would probably have floated off by the morning‘s tide, had not a storm arisen, which broke her up. She had on board an unusually large cargo from Napier.
Our Paris letter, to hand this morning, is unavoidably deferred.
We have received per Luna No. 2 of a new Wellington daily paper, called “The Evening Telegraph,” a gratis publication. It is printed with the old New Zealand Advertiser plant, which hitherto seems to have “brought bad luck” on every person into whose hands it has passed ; and as the new paper has all the faults of its predecessors, we think it has but little chance of success. The first clause of the leading article in the number to hand will give an idea of its style :- “The Post pulled out its moral pocket handkerchief on Saturday evening, and did a snivel over the depravity of its big brother of the morning,” &c.
In the Resident Magistrate‘s Court this morning, a case of drunkenness was disposed of. The offender was dismissed.
His Excellency the Governor having arrived by the p.s. Luna last night, landed this morning. The Napier Volunteer Artillery were present, and fired the customary salute, whilst the Napier Rifles formed a guard of honor [ honour]. The Bands of both companies were in attendance. The weather was very unfavorable.
An accident, which might have been attended with serious consequences, occurred this morning during the reception of his Excellency the Governor. In firing the salute of welcome, the vent plug not having been properly screwed in when the gun was loaded, it blew out with great force, and flew into the air. Fortunately, it fell clear of the spectators, and no one was hurt.
The steamer Lord Ashley, we observe, is in the hands of the engineers at the Waterview Bay Dock, Sydney, for the purpose of undergoing a thorough overhaul. The boilers are being well looked to, and all defects made good, and her machinery is being carefully overhauled.
Mr E. Constable, of Waiuku, Auckland, sent away in the Nebraska on her last trip the last of a shipment of 600 bales of flax prepared at his mill. Seventy tons more are nearly ready and this will be forwarded by the next steamer.
RECHABITE SOIREE AT WAIPAWA
THE first anniversary of the Rose of Sharon Tent, I.O.R., was celebrated at Waipawa on Easter Monday, 1st April, by a very successful soiree. The Napier Rifle Volunteer band had kindly volunteered their services, and went to Waipawa on Saturday in anticipation.
Monday was exceedingly fine, and during the day visitors arrived from all quarters, so that the township presented an unusually gay and animated appearance. At 3 p.m. the members of the local Tent, followed by members of other Tents, the Rosebud Juvenile Tent, and the Band of Hope children, formed a procession, headed by the Napier Rifle Volunteer band, and marched through the township. There were about 200 in the procession, which included representatives from every Tent in the Province. Some very handsome banners, the gifts of various friends were displayed in the procession. On one of these an emblematic figure “Rose of Sharon,” appeared in full blown magnificence; a smaller banner borne by the juveniles displayed the “Rosebud;” and a very handsome banner, carried by the Band of Hope, showed on one side the name of the society, and on the other the motto “Come and join us.”
Tea was provided in the new Methodist chapel, and over three hundred sat dowd [down]. At a later period of the evening, the number present must have been about 400. The building, which is not yet finished, had been furnished with a temporary floor and roof, and was decorated with great taste. A prominent object was a beautiful chandelier, with colored candles, presented by one of the friends of the Order. The walls were gracefully adorned with ferns, &c.; members certificates were hung at intervals along the walls, and the initials “ I.O.R.” occupied a prominent position.
The tables having been removed, the chair was taken by Brother R HARDING, P.C.R. of the Rose of Sharon Tent, who opened the proceedings with a few remarks. He made allusion to the progress of the Tent, since the time of the opening festival last year; and described the objects at the Order – a benefit society, founded on the principle of total abstinence from intoxicating liquors, which had been found one of the most successful means yet adopted to stay the course of intemperance.
Band : “All’s Well.”
Brother HOBSON, Tent Secretary, read the first annual report, as follows :-
We, the members of the Rose of Sharon Tent, No. 7, New Zealand District, I.O.R., have great pleasure in presenting to you our first annual report. We are happy to say that the tent has succeeded beyond the most sanguine expectations of its most sanguine friends. The Rose of Sharon Tent was opened on March 30, 1871, by Past District Chief Ruler Brother Troy, with 10 members. Since the tent was opened, 95 persons have been proposed as candidates for membership, 22 of whom are not yet initiated. Four have received their clearance from other tents, making a total of 77 members, three of whom have removed, and seven, out of compliance from various causes, have withdrawn, leaving now 67 members on the books. The amount of money received is £160 13s 2d, out of which the sum of £30 0s 6d has been sent to the district, to be placed to the credit of the Funeral Fund. The sum of £76 is now invested to the Sick and Contingent Fund, leaving the sum of £46 12s 8d as the amount paid for the stock, working expenses, &c.
A Juvenile Tent has been opened in connection with the Adult Tent. This tent, which has received the name of Rosebud, was opened with 10 members on the 7th of November, 1871. There are 18 members now on the books.
During the year the members of the Tent have held two public meetings, for the purpose of advocating the principles of the order, both of which we are happy to say were successful. We trust the success of the past year will arouse us to greater exertions in the future, and that our next report will be as cheering as the one we have the honor [honour] of presenting to you on this occasion.
Ballad : “Just before the battle.” – Mr J. Newman.
The Rev. G. M. D’ARCY IRVINE, P.C.R., Excelsior Tent, said that it gave him great pleasure to see so interesting a gathering; it augured well for the great cause in which they were engaged, and to which he was proud to lend his aid. He regarded drunkenness as the Goliath sin of the day, stalking through the land, and defying the armies of the living God. The strength, vigor, and endurance of the foe were such as might daunt the spirit and try the faith even of a David; yet every man with the spirit of David should prepare to meet the monster and fell him if he could. Those before him to-night were engaged in the siege of a citadel of mighty strength – the chief stronghold of the prince of the power of the air. His reason for joining the movement in which he was now engaged was this – that he felt the necessity of active co-operation on the part of all professing Christianity to overcome their common foe. Nephalism – which, with Professor Miller, he regarded as a more dignified appellation than either teetotalism or Rechabitism – was no device to make men mere whited sepulchres, while within they were full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness; it was essentially a Christian movement, not only ameliorating the outward condition of man, but acting upon his eternal state. No one wished to put it in place of the Gospel, as had sometimes been alleged; for his part, he was not aware that in a drunkard there was any Gospel to displace. (Applause). When our Saviour, speaking of such necessary things as hands and eyes, told us if they became causes of offence, to cut them off and cast them from us, what would be His verdict against the unnecessary and injurious use of intoxicating liquors? Teetotalism was not the light of Heaven; but it had been the means of unsealing the eyes of thousands to that light, and unstopping their ears to the voice of their Saviour. It was not Christianity, but was offentimes its forerunner. Even as John the Baptist declared “I am not the Christ,” so was teetotalism, in the midst of its proudest achievements, ready to say: “There cometh after me One mightier than I, the latchet [latches] of Whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose.” Many a time had it been the means of reclaiming the ground once a desolate waste, and fitting it to be sown with the seeds of eternal life. In the Word of Life those in possession of the Gospel were repeatedly admonished of the necessity of making continual additions to their Christian stock and store. What said the apostle Peter? “And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue ; and to virtue, knowledge; and to knowledge, temperance.” Temperance might be defined as the mastery and dominion of the spirit over its sinful propensities; and of all those propensities there were none requiring such constant watchfulness, such bold and resolute resistance, – appealing, as it did, to long habit, to custom, and old companionship, – as the one against which the Rechabite Order was arrayed. Intoxicating drink was the prime cause of crime, disease, pauperism, and madness. [Under these four divisions the rev. gentleman quoted some important testimonies, and striking statistics, which we are obliged to exclude.] It had been the fashion of many, while approving the object of teetotalers, abundantly denounce them as enthusiasts; but in spite of opposition, contempt, and ridicule, they had marvellously progressed, and could point with thankfulness to the great results which had already rewarded their labors. (Great applause.)
Song by a lady : “Liquid Gems.”
Band : “Molly Asthore.”
The Rev. R. TAYLOR, P.C.R. of the Rose of Sharon Tent, confessed that until tonight he was not over-sanguine as to the success of this meeting; he had certainly never dreamt of seeing over 300 people present. He was delighted with the speech he had heard from Brother Irvine, and he respected the motive which they heard had induced that brother to join them – the sake of example. Many people fancied they had no influence; but it was a mistake to suppose so. Every man possessed more or less influence, sometimes more than he was aware of, and it was every man’s duty to put his influence to its best possible use. Mr Irvine had answered the objection that temperance was not Christianity; another objection he had heard was that it was human in its origin. In a certain sense this was true; but he could not see that it was any ground of objection. Hospitals, reformatories, mechanics institutes, were all equally human in one sense; but they might fairly be said [to to] be of Divine origin. They had all sprung from Christianity. Teetotalism in hundreds and thousands of instances had proved the handmaid of Christianity. He hoped they would hear no more of the old arguments that teetotalism was not Christianity, or that it was of human origin. The signs of the times were such as to give glorious cause of encouragement. Christian assemblies of all denominations were passing resolutions in favor of the total abstinence principle, and progress was visible in every direction. The report just read, which showed that the Waipawa Tent was 67 strong, and the fact that two other Tents had been opened within four miles of them, should encourage them to go on, with more earnestness than ever, and not rest until every drunkard in their neighborhood had been brought to sign the total abstinence pledge. (Applause) A movement was now on foot to form a joint stock company to erect a commodious temperance hotel in Waipawa, and he hoped that before another year had passed, that the idea would be carried out. (Applause)
Song : “ Ruth.” – Rev. Mr Irvine.
Pianoforte Solo: “Homage á la Reine.” – Mrs Irvine.
Brother J. WOOD, C.R. of the Hope of Meanee [Meeanee] Tent, said he had not prepared any speech, and if he had, would scarcely have ventured to deliver it after the speeches he had heard that evening. The Tent to which he belonged was still in its infancy; it numbered but few; and he could say that one-third of its members were at this meeting. It said much in favor of the country people that Rechabitism had made such tremendous strides among them. Much of the success of the present goodly gathering was evidently due to the ladies, whose fair faces he saw before him; and he could see that before the Tent to which he belonged was to prosper in like manner the assistance of the ladies must he enlisted. The cause in which they were engaged was one which he had much at heart; and he was glad that so much progress had been made in the attempt to avert the evil of drunkenness. [Applause.]
Duett [Duet] by two ladies: “ The Wind and the Harp.”
Band : “ Partant pour la Syrie.”
Reading by Brother Anderson : “ Mr Ward’s Interview with the Prince of Wales.”
Song: “Pulling hard against the Stream.” – Mr A. Newman. (Encored.)
Brother TENNENT, after a few introductory remarks, read “Jellet’s Bible.”
Duett [Duet] “ What are the Wild Waves saying?” – Miss Harding and Mr. A. Newman.