8 THE WEEKLY MERCURY.
28 – Rangatira, s.s., from Wellington. Passengers – Mrs Beetham, Mrs Riley, Mrs Petiata, Mrs Karaitiana, Mr and Hart, Messrs Bryce, Goldsmith, Platford, Hamilton, Harry, Jacobs, Bishop, Wheeler
30 – Lochnagar, barque, from Poverty Bay
31 – Result, s.s., from Wairoa
1 – Southern Cross, s.s., from Dunedin. One steerage passenger
1 – Orpheus, schooner, from Mercury Bay
1 – Mary Ann Hudson, ketch, from Mohaka
2 – Manaia, p.s., from Wairoa
2 – Kate Macgregor, schooner, from Mercury Bay
3 – Rangatira, s.s., from Wellington. Passengers – Mesdames Richards, Elmes, Turner, Carnell, Sykes, and family, Miss Anderson, Messrs. Davis, Kennedy, Evans, Christie, Richards, Elmes, Carnell, Stevens, F. Dransfield, McDowell, Cacaco, Crombie, Brandon, Hartley, Rich, Lovelock, and Salmond
3 – Fairy, s.s., from Gisborne. Passengers Mrs Mitchell, Messrs. Gannon, Rose, Walker, Mitchell and the Napier cricket team
4 – Sir Donald, s.s., from Pourerere
28 – Result, s.s., for Wairoa. Passengers – Messrs. Johnston, Bailey, Thomas, and 2 others.
29 – Rangatira, s.s., for Wellington. Passengers – Mrs Hall and child, Mrs Keeble and child, Mrs Millard, Miss Gray, Miss Yuill, Messrs. Cable, Myer, and Moloney
31 – Fairy, s.s., for Poverty Bay, Passengers – Mrs Mitchell, Messrs. Mitchell, Gibbons, J.W.Carlile, and the Napier Cricket Team
31 – Manaia, p.s., for Wairoa. Passengers – Mrs Taylor, Misses Taylor and Corry, Messrs. Maney, Swan, McMurray, Grey, and a few excursionists
1 – Mary Wadley, schooner, for Newcastle, New South Wales
2 – Albatross, schooner, for Whangapoua
3 – Southern Cross, s.s., for Auckland. Passengers – Mrs O’Regan, Miss Cooper, Messrs. Troy, Ross, and Cooper.
4 – Falcon, barquentine, for Newcastle, N.S.W. Passenger – Mr Thompson
The s.s. Rangatira, Captain Evans, left Wellington at 6.15 p.m. on Wednesday evening, and arrived off Napier at midnight on Thursday, and crossed the bar at 3.30 a.m. on Friday. Experienced light fair wind to Cape Palliser, from thence till arrival a fresh northerly breeze. She reports passing the s.s. Kiwi at anchor off Blackhead.
The s.s.Result steamed for Wairoa on Thursday, with a full cargo, and a few passengers.
The barque Lochnagar arrived in the Bay a little after 12 o’clock on Saturday. She left Poverty Bay on Friday, and has had a splendid run down. She has just discharged her English cargo at Poverty Bay, and having taken in a few bales of wool there, she has come here to complete her loading. She will follow the Helen Denny.
The Schiehallion, with cargo on board for Napier, arrived at Lyttleton on Thursday, and commenced to discharge on Wednesday last.
The P.M. s.s.City of Sydney, Captain Dow, arrived in Auckland at 8 o’clock on Saturday from Kandavau, with the ‘Frisco mails, being 28 hours before her time. The local agents telegraphed to Auckland to know if the mail steamer would come down the Coast this trip. The Auckland agents wired back that it was doubtful, but that they were in communication with the Government.
The s.s. Southern Cross, Captain Helander, left Dunedin on Thursday last, at 3 p.m.; experienced heavy N.E. and N.W. weather as far as Cape Palliser; from thence light airs off the land; anchored in the Bay at 3.36 p.m. on Monday, and was brought to the outer wharf at 5.30 p.m.
The barque Helen Denny has on board over 2800 bales of wool, besides tallow. Captain Ruth informs us he will take from 6 to 700 more, and expects to get away at the end of this week. This vessel will be followed by the Lochnagar, another of Shaw and Saville’s vessels. She has over 160 bales from Poverty Bay.
The ketch Mary Ann Hudson had a cargo of wool from Mohaka, part of which she put on board the Helen Denny, and the remainder was landed inside.
The s.s. Fairy left at 2 a.m. on Sunday morning for Poverty Bay, and arrived there late the same day.
The Orpheus has a cargo of sawn timber on board.
The three-masted schooner Mary Wadley left on Monday for Newcastle, New South Wales, for another cargo of coals.
The following passengers returned by the Result from Wairoa: – Major Tisdale, Messrs. Smith and Son, Monoghan, and Harley.
The s.s. Sir Donald put a cargo of wool on board the Lochnagar, and steamed for Pourerere for a load of wool for Coleman and McHardy’s station.
The s.s. Southern Cross left for Auckland at 8 o’clock on Wednesday, with a full cargo of fat stock, and about half a dozen passengers. In going out, and when crossing the Bar, one of the tubes in the boiler broke, which caused a temporary delay. Mr, Gibson, the engineer, will make the necessary repairs in Auckland.
The s.s. Go-Ahead will call at the Mahia this trip if practicable for a load of wool.
The p.s. Manaia returned from the Wairoa on Tuesday, bringing back the excursionists. She made a good run down.
The barquentine Falcon, Captain Hair, was towed outside early on Thursday by the Sir Donald, and sailed immediately for her destination. Her berth was then taken by the brig Maggie.
The s.s. Rangatira, Captain Evans, made the passage this time in 25 hours.
The Wellington Times of Monday mentions that a collision nearly occurred between the steamers Taranaki and Taupo early on Saturday morning. The former vessel was bound South from this port, and the latter was coming up here from Lyttleton. The weather along the coast was extremely thick, and neither of the steamers was seen till they were quite close to each other. Both vessels had to be stopped, and a collision was only averted by the engines of the Taupo being reversed.
The steamers Wellington and Ringarooma had an exciting race on the passage from Lyttleton to this port, and the former made a very good run, only occupying 15 hours 15 minutes in steaming from wharf to wharf. From the start the two vessels were neck and neck for eight hours, neither gaining any advantage. Great interest was taken in the race by the passengers on the two vessels, and up to midnight most of them were on deck waiting to see which should first obtain the lead; rather we should say that most of them expected that the Ringarooma would, so to speak, “knock spots” out of the other boat, having the reputation of being a very fast steamer. Up to midnight there was a slight breeze blowing, which gave the larger boat some advantage; but the wind suddenly lulled, the sea became calm, and then the Wellington shot ahead, and maintained the lead, gradually increasing the distance, and eventually coming in forty-five minutes before the Ringarooma. We may mention, in justice to the Ringarooma, that she labored under a great disadvantage, the screw being considerably damaged. Some large pieces had been chipped off two of the blades, and this would make a difference in her speed of nearly a knot an hour. – New Zealand Times.
BY virtue of powers vested in me, I hereby call a First Meeting of the ratepayers of the Oero Road Board District, to be held in Mr.Tiffen’s Woolshed, Elmshill, on MONDAY, the 8th of January, 1877, at 12 o’clock noon.
Dated the 31st day of December, 1876.
Office of Waste Lands Board.
Napier, December 8, 1876.
NOTICE is hereby given that all land which, previous to this date, had been submitted for sale by Auction and not sold, excepting such as may have been reserved or withdrawn from sale, shall, after the expiration of 30 days from this date, that is on or after the 9th January, 1877, be open for sale at the present upset price.
Office of Waste Lands Board.
Napier, 8th December, 1876.
TO HUGH McCORMICK, formerly of the 65th Regiment or his representatives.
You are hereby required, within six months from this date, to prove to the satisfaction of the Waste Lands Board that you have complied with the conditions required to entitle you to 60 acres of land in the Wakarara District, selected under a Military Settlers Land Order, and if you fail to prove your claim within the specified time, your title to the land will be for forfeited and the land be dealt with as the Board may direct.
Misprints will present themselves in other columns besides those of the newspapers. The author of a temperance novel who wrote “Drunkenness is a folly,” was horrified to read “Drunkenness is jolly.”
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POST OFFICE NOTICE.
On and after Saturday, the 30th Dec., overland mails for Wellington, Wanganui, Taranaki, intermediate places, Southern Provinces, and Australian Colonies, will close at this office on Wednesdays and Saturdays, at 3 p.m.
LINDSAY. – At Napier, on the 30th December, the wife of D. E. Lindsay of a daughter.
DOBSON – POTTS, – On the 27th December, at St. Cuthbert’s, Governor’s Bay, by the Ven. Archdeacon Willock, Robert Dobson, of Wellington, fourth son of Edward Dobson, C.E. Canterbury, to Clara, second daughter of Thomas H. Potts, of Ohinitahi, Canterbury.
ASHTON – GRAY, – At the Registrar’s office, Napier, on the 28th December, John, second son of Mr. James Ashton, of Napier, to Minnie, second daughter of Mr. James Gray, also of Napier.
HADFIELD. – On January 2, at the Bishop’s residence, Napier, Octavius Hadfield, second son of the Bishop of Wellington, aged 20 years.
The Weekly Mercury
HAWKE’S BAY ADVERTISER.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 6, 1877.
Now that the County question has passed through the ordeal of the Legislative Council, we are gradually obtaining the real opinions of the Hon. Colonial Whitmore concerning the Act. That gentleman, in a series of letters to the Herald, has disclosed the fact that what he said in the General Assembly was not at all that which he meant. Speech, it has been said, was given to man to conceal his thoughts, and really Colonel Whitmore has been trying to prove the truth of the slander. On reading his letters and comparing them with the Hansard report of his speech in the Legislative Council, we could not but ask ourselves whether the honourable gentleman is in the least degree acquainted with the Act he was instrumental in passing, or whether he is most ingeniously trying to throw dust in the eyes of the people. It matters now very little which it may be, he has accomplished his double object of pleasing the Government by assisting them to pass the Act, and in getting elected to the Council with the avowed purpose of defeating its provisions. But outside the Legislative Council Colonel Whitmore remembers above all things that he is a sheep farmer, and to the instinct of that class he clings with all the tenacity of a consistent man. That is to say he recollects the situation of many of his brother farmers – outside all Road Board districts – and it is for the protection of these against the rate gatherer that he, apparently, desires to save them from any county taxation. Beyond this Colonel Whitmore is earning for himself the title of the Legislative Chameleon. Now it should be obvious to every elector who recorded his vote at the Clive or any other Riding election, that large areas of land in each county are not included within the boundaries of any Road Board, and that the occupiers have hitherto paid nothing towards the maintenance of the roads they make use of, and which have so greatly enhanced the value of their properties, In the main, the small holders, cramped together in a Highway district, are they who have had to bear the burden of local taxation. The owners of many of the large runs have not only secured their freeholds at a nominal price, but Colonel Whitmore and others who think like him, are working hard to secure them the no lesser advantage to that which they have already obtained by cutting them off from the rating provisions of the Counties Act. The sophistry Colonel Whitmore employs to disguise the true character of the Act, which undoubtedly is to make the land bear the taxation necessary for making new, and keeping in repair existing roads, is calculated to mislead all who have not taken trouble to study the question. Colonel Whitmore says, “let us try to work the bill under the limited powers, each district retaining its own independence in matters of rating, but all sharing a common purse as regards the endowments; and then nobody can complain that his money is taken by a body in which he has almost no voice, and used to enhance the value of another district.” The whole gist of the Colonel’s argument is to be found in the above question that we have italicised. He wants Road Boards to find the revenue by taxation upon which is based the government subsidy, in order that that subsidy may be distributed amongst outlying districts not subjected to any rates. The small holder in fact, is to find the money from which the large sheepfarmers are to reap the benefit. It is just as well that Colonel Whitmore’s arguments should receive some sort of interpretation.