Weekly Mercury and Hawke’s Bay Advertiser 1877 – Volume II Number 060 – 6 January

Hawke’s Bay Advertiser,

A Journal of Commerce, Agriculture, Sports, Politics, and Literature.



WOOL SEASON, 1876-77.
The favourite A1 Clipper Ship
962 tons Register,
Is now on the berth at Wellington loading for London, and will receive quick despatch.
She is one of the safest and fastest vessels trading to New Zealand, and belongs to Patrick Henderson’s celebrated line of clipper ships.
First-class accommodation for passengers.
Freight and passage at current rates.
To be followed by the Christian McAusland.
Napier and Wellington.

MURRAY, COMMON & Co prepared to BUY for cash or make ADVANCES on the ensuing Clip, and upon approved STATION SECURITIES.
Wool for shipment, whether consigned to grower’s own agents, or to Murray, Common and Co.’s correspondents, will have prompt despatch by the Albion Shipping Company’s clipper ships.
Till the premises at the Spit are erected, business will be attended to at the office of Mr. M. R. MILLER, Napier.

Against Fire and Marine Losses secured to Policyholders in the
Representing One Million Sterling of Capital, with unlimited liability of Shareholders.
Liberal terms and Prompt Settlement of Losses characteristic features of the Company.
Forms of Proposal and all information may be obtained from
SMITH & CO., Waipukurau;
W. RATHBONE, Waipawa;
W.G. CRAWFORD, Kaikora;
GEORGE BEE, Havelock;
ELDRED BECK, West Clive;
JOHN BARRY, Taradale;
or from
Agent for Hawke’s Bay.
Office – Beach end of Emerson street.

Designs prepared from rough sketches.
Plans colored or etched in first style,
Architect and Building Surveyor,

At 12.30 p.m. sharp
Without Reserve.
Are instructed to sell by Public Auction at the residence of E. TOWGOOD, Esq., West Clive, the whole of his
Comprising every requirement of a well kept Household
Books, Pictures, &c, &c,
1 Duck Gun by Westley Richards
1 Double-barrel Gun breechloading
1 Double-barrel Gun, muzzle loading
1 Revolver, by Colt
All the Plant and Stock now in use on the Farm, consisting of-
3 first-class Draught Mares and Foals,
1 Superior Dray, with shaft and leading harness
2 Superior Hacks, thoroughly quiet
1 Cow and Calf
1 well-bred Bull
2 Yearling Heifers
A large quantity of Garden and Agricultural Implements.
Descriptive Catalogues will be published, and can be had from the Auctioneer, three days prior to the sale.
The above offers to purchasers an opportunity of buying, seldom to be met with, as every article enumerated in the Catalogue is of a superior class, and sold without reserve.

ROUTLEDGE, KENNEDY & CO., are instructed by J.W. WITTY, Esq., (who purposes residing on his property at Wairoa) to sell by private contract, his DWELLING HOUSE and GROUNDS, Lighthouse Road, Napier. The situation commands one of the most charming views on Scinde Island. The Grounds (about 2½ acres), have been laid out with taste, and care, and at considerable cost, they are planted with the choicest fruit and ornamental trees and shrubs, all well established in growth. The Grounds have also the advantage of a complete system of surface drainage, and are supplied with tanks for the conservation of water. The whole being enclosed by a 7 feet galvanised iron fence.
The HOUSE is quite new and is built of the best materials, it covers an area of 76 feet by 54 feet, and contains 10 rooms on the ground floor, viz., Drawing-room, 21ft. x 15ft; Parlor, 20ft. x 16ft; Bed-room, 19ft. 6 inch. x 14ft., 12ft. high; Dining-room, Library, Bed-rooms, Nursery, and Kitchen, in addition to two Conservatories, Scullery, Bath-rooms and Closets. The Partitions and Walls throughout are filled in with concrete.
There is one underground concrete Tank, containing 2500 gallons of water, and 4 galvanised iron Tanks holding 4500 gallons, with force pump and piping, capable of conveying water to all parts of the building.
In short, the house has been fitted at great expense with every regard to comfort and convenience.
The Furniture can be taken at valuation.
A considerable portion of the purchase money may remain on mortgage at a moderate rate of interest.

7000 TOTARA POSTS, now landing at Taradale.
Tennyson-street, Napier.

THE Undersigned having been appointed by the Curator of Intestate Estates, as his agent in Napier, in lieu of J. Witty Esq., resigned, requests that all communications having reference to any Intestate Estate be addressed,
H.A. BANNER, (Margoliouth & Banner)
Agent for Curator Intestate Estates,

Per “Glenlora,” from London,
The Ewes are from the flock of the late Mr. Kemp, and are of the pure Biscathorpe blood.
The Rams are a very superior lot, and comprise Dudding’s Kirkham’s, and Marshall’s, and are really very fine sheep.
The above have been carefully selected in England by Melville B. Smith, Esq., which ought to be a sufficient guarantee for the good quality.
Applications for purchase of the above will be received by the undersigned.
Napier and Spit.
December 7, 1876.

ARE instructed to sell privately a DWELLING HOUSE, situated immediately opposite the Hawke’s Bay Club, being Town Section No. 549, containing 1 Rood and 5 Perches, with a Seven Roomed House and well stocked Garden and Orchard.
Terms easy.
For convenience of situation the property is undeniably the most desirable at present in the market.

COMMITTEE: Mr. J. A. Smith, Mr. J. Joshua. Mr. J.G. Kinross, Mr. T. K. Newton, Capt. A. Newman, Mr. G. E. Lee, Mr J. N. Williams, His Worship the Mayor of Napier, Mr. J. D. Canning, Mr. J. Anderson, Mr. M. R. Miller, Col. C. Lambert, Mr. H. Cable.
Hon. Sec. J. A. Smith.
A RECENT Act of the General Assembly having granted 3½ acres of Land adjoining the Immigration Barracks as the site for a new Hospital in Napier – which is much required, there being want of space on the present ground – the Inhabitants of Hawke’s Bay are requested by the Committee to subscribe to so desirable an object.
The Maoris of Hawke’s Bay are particularly invited to join in this movement, which applies to all alike, and it is hoped that it may lead to increased friendly feeling between the two races. The Maoris are requested to give land instead of money, as it will perpetuate their names in the future, and show posterity how the aboriginal natives of the country and the European settlers progressed together.
It is proposed that any person giving £100 or more in money, or an equivalent in land, shall become a Life Governor.
Subscription lists are left with the members of the Committee, at the Banks, and numerous settlers.

50,000 BRICKS of FIRST-CLASS Quality.
Apply to J. BARRY,
Taradale; or

WANTED everybody to know that they can get the choicest WINES and SPIRITS in Hampers in any quantities to suit picnic parties and families at reasonable prices at
Provincial Hotel, Clive Square.

HAVE FOR SALE one of the Best Hotels in Napier freehold. To a suitable purchaser
terms will be liberal.
Land and Estate Agents.

On and after MONDAY, October 1, 1876
Trains will run as follows: –
WEEK DAYS   2 A.M.  4 A.M.  6 P.M. SUNDAYS 1 P.M.
Spit, depart   7.40   11.0   3.40
Napier arrive   7.50   11.10   3.50
depart   7.55   11.30   4.10   2.30
Farndon, depart   8.30   11.55   4.35   2.55
Hastings, depart   8.45   12.20   5.0   8.20
Paki Paki, arrive   9.5   5.18
depart   9.15   5.20
Te Aute, depart   10.2   6.7
Kaikora, depart   10.51   6.57
Waipawa, depart   11.5   7.11
Waipukurau, arrive   11.25   7.31
1 A.M.   2 A.M.   5 P.M.   7 P.M.   2 P.M.
Waipukurau, dep. –   7.0   3.5
Waipawa, depart   7.20   3.25
Kaikora, depart   7.36   3.41
Te Aute, depart   8.25   4.30
Paki Paki   arrive   9.9   5.15
depart   9.12   5.22
Hastings, depart   9.32   1.0   5.42   5.21
Farndon, depart   9.57   1.25   6.7    5.46
Napier   arrive   10.22   1.50   6.32   6.10
depart    7.20   10.25   3.0
Spit, arrive   7.30   10.35   3.10
Passengers are requested not to enter or leave the carriages while in motion.
Season Tickets issued to and from all Stations. Apply to the Manager.
To ensure despatch, Parcels should be booked fifteen minutes before the starting of the Train.
Superintending Engineer
Napier, October 1, 1876.

Town and Country Almanac
For 1877,
A most invaluable Handbook for everyone
Containing –
County Divisions Boundaries and Ridings
Municipal Bye-Laws and Regulations
Statistics of Hawke’s Bay and Colony
Descriptive Account of Hawke’s Bay
Itinerary of Distances
Complete Country Directory
Boards of Directors of Public Institutions, &c
Postage and Telegraph Rates
Stamp Duties
Customs Duties
Sailing Directions
Garden Calendar, specially suited to the Climate of Hawke’s Bay
&c., &c., &c.
Together with a large Map of the North Island, showing Railways open and in progress, Roads, &c, and a bird’seye view of the Town of Napier, both prepared. EXPRESSLY FOR THIS WORK.
Sold by Agents all over Hawke’s Bay, and by the Publishers,
Hastings-street, Napier.

The Goodwill, Stock in Trade, &c., &c., of one of the best paying Hotels in the City.
Apply at once to
Brokers, &c., Shakespeare Road.



December 30.
Both the steamers Go-Ahead and Jane Douglas have arrived from Napier.

January 3.
The Stella has been placed at the disposal of Dr. Grace to attend on Sir Donald McLean, and the steamer is accordingly kept in readiness for that purpose. There is some talk of her being likely to leave this afternoon, but it is not certain. All will depend on the news from Napier.

January 2.
Today it is raining. The wickets were pitched about two o’clock, but nothing is yet known. The play yesterday was indifferent on both sides.
Messrs. Berry and Hunt are forming a Company to lay a tramway from
Gisborne to Ormond, which is likely to succeed.
Miss Dora Bourke, a daughter of your much respected ex-Postmaster, died this morning of low fever, after a short illness.
The cricketer’s ball tonight will be crowded.
January 3.
The cricket match was resumed yesterday at two o’clock. The Napier team went in for their second innings, ending soon after three, with only sixty runs.


Heavy rain then set in and at the fifth wicket the stumps were drawn for thirty nine runs. A thunder storm with deluging rain, lasted nearly the whole time but the game was not abandoned until it was thought impossible to proceed. Great pluck and good
feeling were shown on both sides. The ball in the evening was a brilliant affair, although marred a little by the rain and Miss Bourke’s death.
The Fairy left this morning at seven o’clock.

January 2.
The Cricket match Waipukurau v. Porangahau was played at the latter place yesterday. Porangahau was beaten in one innings.

January 2.
The Rangatira left for Napier at 4 p.m. Passengers – Messrs. McDowell, Richards, Rick, Brandon, Lovelock, Cacachi, Dransfield, Mrs. Richards and two children, Miss Anderson.


Fatal Accident by Lightning.
A TERRIFIC thunderstorm occurred at Waipawa last Sunday, at about 4.50 p.m., by which a boy 7 years of age, named James Gowing, lost his life. Being the first accident of this kind on record as having happened in Hawke’s Bay, some description of the circumstances will not be out of place. The boy was living with his stepfather, Mr J. M. Wood, manager of the Bank of New Zealand in Waipawa. Mr Wood’s house had originally been built as a two-room cottage, with lean-to, containing kitchen and bedroom, with a verandah in front of and at the western end. To the eastern end of the house had been added another building, extending from the front of the verandah to the back of the lean-to, and divided into drawing-room and bedroom. The western end of the verandah had also been enclosed, and divided into a bathroom and conservatory. At the moment of the occurrence the deceased boy with his two sisters, were standing close together in the kitchen near to the door leading into the bedroom, which formed part of the addition to the house. In the conservatory, were Mr. and Mrs. Wood, Mr Burness, gardener to Mr. H. S. Tiffen, and Mr. Scott, gardener, to Mr. W. Rathbone. It had been raining heavily and thundering more or less during the afternoon when suddenly a blinding flash of fire was seen by all in the conservatory, accompanied by the crash of breaking timber and almost instantly followed by the most awfully deafening peal of thunder those present ever experienced. Mr. Wood (who at the time was in a stooping posture) was thrown on his face, as he describes it by a shock or blow on the shoulders, which bore him down instantly; he at once rose and went to the children, and found the two little girls lying down with their eyes open but apparently paralysed. The body of the boy (for although he showed lingering signs of vitality when taken up, all consciousness had left him) was lying across their feet. Dr. Todd was on the spot in little more than five minutes, but when he arrived no sign of life remained. The only marks found on the body were a slight scorching of the hair behind the right ear, and a small mark on the forehead probably caused by falling down. From the present appearance of the house alone can be inferred the course which the lightning flash followed. It appears first to have struck the new part of the house, as several bricks were displaced and thrown down the drawing-room chimney. The saddle boards were rent off and fell in fragments round the building. The shingles were torn off round the chimney, and the roofing boards and rafters shattered. From the door leading from the kitchen to the bedroom, close to which the child stood the lock had been crushed between that door and the back wall, the lining has been forced inwards, exposing one of the studs, which is split in two. In the bathroom, within three feet of where Mr. Wood was struck, and quite at the other end of the conservatory, the outer frame of the window was split and torn from its place. In the drawing-room a very curious phenomenon is said to be observed. The pattern of the paper is flower and diamonds, the lines of the latter being formed with gold or other yellow metal, in one case the lightning has from the roof to the floor, blackened diagonally the lines of metal, and more singular to state where the lines intersect each other, an explosion appears to have taken place, forming a mark of irregular shape, but still uniform about 1 and a ¼ inch by ½ inch, this mark leaving black stain when rubbed with a white handkerchief.
James Gowing was buried in the Waipawa cemetery on Monday afternoon, at 3 o’clock, the Rev. Mr. Eccles reading the burial service. We must all feel deep sympathy with Mrs and Mr Wood in their sudden bereavement.

December 30.
The never-ceasing roll of time has again brought us to the end of another year. It is pleasant to review the events of the past twelve months when they show to advantage, and I think the “Little Village” can boast of progress unequalled by any of the other little villages in Hawke’s Bay. It has certainly made a great stride in that time, and is still growing and extending.
The Odd Fellows’ Hall is now finished, and for its size will compare favourably with any public hall in this province. The internal arrangements are very complete; the decorations and fitting up reflect great credit upon the architect and contractor.
The English church is also nearly finished and is a very handsome building, situated on an elevation commanding a splendid view of the town and surrounding country. In connection with the building fund of this church, a bazaar was held in the Odd Fellows’ Hall on the 28th and 29th ultimo, which was very successful.
The addition to the Empire Hotel is nearly completed, which will make Host Baker’s one of the most comfortable and commodious hotels on the road. It should be a good job from the length of time the contractor has taken to do it.
One of our bakers, Mr. Tyler, is now having a shop and dwelling-house erected on the site of his old one, which he had pulled down. Mr. Spiller is enlarging his premises by adding another storey, which will be a great improvement. There is a very elegant house nearly finished for our local knight of the hammer, which should make some of our belles endeavour to tie him up in the bonds of matrimony.
The Caledonian Games held here on Boxing Day were a great success. The excursion train brought not a few of the Napier fair sex who, with our own Waipawaites of the gentler sex, rendered it a very gay scene. We were glad to see a number of the Napier youths among the competitors, and frequently successful.




Dr. Buller, who is now in Napier, we learn, has no intention of settling here with the object of practising his profession of barrister. Dr Buller’s visit is due to the fact that he has been engaged by the government to defend the libel action commenced by the Hon. H. R. Russell against the late printer and editor of the Waka Maori, Messrs. G. Didsbury and J. Grindell. The defence to be set up will be that of justification, and Dr. Buller, we understand, is leaving no stone unturned to acquire the necessary evidence. This libel action will have special interest to Hawke’s Bay readers. All Mr. Russell’s Maori transactions, we may be sure, will be dragged to the light of day on the part of the defence, while on the other side, plenty of subjects for conversation will be provided in the interesting matters that will be disclosed connected with land dealings with natives by what is termed “ the Hawke’s Bay Land Ring.”

His Excellency the Governor has been pleased to accept the resignation of the commission held by 1st Class Sub Inspector Thomas Withers, Armed Constabulary Force.

In spite of Mr. Lee’s motion, that was passed at a recent meeting of the Municipal Council, touching the collection of overdue rates through the medium of the Resident Magistrate’s Court, burgesses are not paying up their quota to the Borough revenue with the alacrity anticipated. A batch of summonses are now being prepared. Need we say more?

Te Waka Kawhatini, a chief of some note at one time in Hawke’s Bay, and the owner of considerable blocks of land, is now begging his bread from the settlers of Clive. This old Maori, having parted with all his possessions, and squandered, may be, the proceeds of their sale is too infirm to work at the potato patches of his hapu. He is consequently neglected by his people, who, probably, have helped to drink the rum, eat the sugar and flour, smoke the tobacco, and wear out the clothes bought by the old man’s money. Such is life. The orange has been sucked, and poor Waka is the peel that has been thrown away.

Tenders are called for the erection of business premises for the National Bank in Napier. The tenders will be received by the architect, Mr. W. H. Clayton, up till noon on the 31st of January next. The plans show that the building is to be a two-story one, and will form a handsome addition to the buildings of Napier. It is contemplated to remove the present building further back on the section facing Emerson-street, where the business of the Bank will be carried on pending the erection of the new premises.


From and after the 30th December, it is notified that the mails overland to Wanganui and Wellington will close on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 3 p.m. In consequence of this change, Mr Peters’ coaches will leave Waipukurau every Monday and Thursday mornings, instead of Monday and Wednesday. Travellers will please note this alteration, as the change has been made for their special benefit.


To the Editor: Sir, – Your contemporary, the Herald, is please to observe that “the ecclesiastical controversy still rages” in your columns. Allow me to say there is no controversy. Dr. Spencer, as Churchwarden merely caused to be published certain documents relating to the affairs of St., John’s Church, which, after perusing, I cannot but think should have been laid before the Vestry, the Board of Nominators, and the parishioners, long before this by Archdeacon Williams. I trust the next step that will be taken by the Vestry will be to call a meeting of the parishioners to further consider the position of affairs. – I am, &c.,
A PEW HOLDER. Napier, December 30, 1876.

At the meeting of the members of the Fire-brigade, on Thursday night, the following officers were elected: – Superintendent, William Miller; Sub-Superintendent, G. V. Kemsley; Foreman, J. Christie; Branch-men, R. Yuill and W. Oatley; Treasurer, F. W. Garner; Secretary, Samuel Spence; Committee-men, A. E. Warman and J. G. Gilberd. The following gentlemen were also elected hon. members of the Brigade: – A. Kennedy, E. W. Knowles, G.H. Swan, Thomas Morrison, J. McVay, F Tuxford, H. Williams, N. Jacobs, and James Gray.
The members of the Napier Gymnasium Club, assisted by some friends, gave a successful entertainment on Friday in aid of the Hospital funds. The hall was fairly well filled, and we trust the pecuniary result was satisfactory. An overture, performed by Mr Flood on the pianoforte and cornet by Mr Jones, commenced the proceedings, which was followed by Cherry’s well-known song, “Will o’ the Wisp,” spiritedly sung by Mr Jones, and encored. The members of the Gymnasium Club then gave exercises on the parallel bars, which, though anything but elaborate or pretending, were tolerably well rendered, and seemed to give amusement to the audience. Mr Tye sang the classical ballad, “Tommy make room for your Uncle,” and being loudly applauded, gave “Robinson Crusoe” in very good style. Mr Eva followed with the ever welcome “Heart bowed down,” which he gave remarkably well. Mr Eva has a very good voice, and knows how to use it. Mr Lee (from whom, when on the platform, great things are expected) read a selection from the writings of O. P. Q. Smiff, entitled “The Creature in the Coop.” Whatever he reads, Mr Lee of course cannot fail to give pleasure. Some exercises on the Roman rings, very well executed by the gymnasts, and two comic songs by Mr Scott, of the veritable London music hall type, brought the first part of the entertainment to a close. Mr Scott sings and makes up very well, and has apparently had considerable experience. After the overture, the second part was opened by a song by Mr Witty, relative to the memorable engagement at “Omaranui [ Omarunui ].” Mr Witty is good as a singer, but as a composer of songs, with local application and point, he has no equal in Napier. Exercises on the horizontal bar followed, and Mr Cornford then recited in excellent style and with a keen appreciation of the humor, the ancient story of “King John and The Abbot.” Mr Gilpin, who has a good baritone voice, sang the “Reefer;” and some more exercises by the members of the club, and additional comic singing, concluded a tolerably successful entertainment. We should not do our duty were we to omit giving credit to Messrs. Gilberd and Brown, who were the promoters of the entertainment, and whose energy and hard work contributed so much to its success.

At a meeting of the Church parishioners held at Taradale on Thursday evening, very few attended, so that the Committee of last year were re-elected for the ensuing year, consisting of the Rev. P. C. Anderson, Messrs. A. S. Tiffen, Burton, sen., W Howard, and Dryden.


The Masterton News of the 23rd instant says:- “A cream-colored bull, first prize-taker in the two-year old class at the Agricultural and Pastoral Show lately held in Hawke’s Bay, arrived in Masterton yesterday to the order of Mr. J. P. Russell, of the Lower Valley. The animal in its general appearance, well sustains the reputation it has gained, and there can be little doubt that it will prove a valuable acquisition to the stock of the district. It was brought overland from Hawke’s Bay by way of the Forty-mile Bush, and considering the length of the journey arrives in excellent condition.


The representatives of the Napier cricketers, in response to the challenge received from the Gisborne Club, embarked on board the screw steamer Fairy on Saturday at midnight. The Napier team was composed of Messrs. Cotterill (captain), Goudy, McIntosh, Gilberd, Bennett, Johnson, Scarfe, J. Dinwiddie, Dewes, Sladen, Ingle, Gibbons (scorer), and J Carlile (umpire). We regret the team was not as strong as it otherwise would have been in consequence of many of the best players being engaged at their business. We trust, however, that Napier will be able to hold its own.

An accident that might have been attended with serious results occurred on Monday evening. As Mrs. G. Ellis and another lady was driving into town in a pony carriage, the fore and hind off wheels smashed as the Clive Square corner was turned leading from Emerson-street, opposite the Provincial Hotel. Both ladies were thrown violently to the ground, but, we are happy to say, they sustained no serious injuries.

A most impudent robbery was perpetrated at the Napier Rowing Club’s Boat-shed on Saturday last while a boat’s crew were away up the river, a thief broke open the shed and stole the clothes, watches, jewelry, and money, of the young men out rowing, and up to the present time has eluded capture. The matter is now in the hands of the police.

Another trap accident occurred on Monday. As a cart was being driven from Sturm’s paddock, just opposite Mr Witty’s residence the wheel went over a hummock which caused the cart to capsize. The occupants, consisting of Mrs. Scarfe’s nurse and infant, and several other children were thrown to the ground, together with pic-nic fixings but nobody was seriously hurt. The nurse in saving the infant was badly bruised, but her presence of mind never forsook her, and it was owing to her courage that the baby escaped uninjured. She was taken into Mr Witty’s house, from where after a short time she was able to walk home.

On Sunday morning last, the Rev. S. Robinson preached his farewell sermon in St. John’s Church, and, in feeling language, expressed his heartfelt wish that his retirement from the [the] parish would allay all those troubles that had arisen during his short sojourn in Napier. We can hardly entertain the hope that this will be the case; very strong opinions are still maintained by the congregation concerning those troubles, and, we hear, that many seatholders have signified their intention of withdrawing from St John’s Church.

According to a time-honored custom which, we believe originated during the great revival of religion in the last centur [ century ], a watch-night service was held in Trinity Wesleyan Church on Sunday last. The service began at 11 p.m., and lasted exactly an hour. Addresses suitable to the occasion were delivered by Messrs Davies, Coupland Harding, Samuel Stone and the pastor of the church. Appropriate hymns were rendered by the choir most efficiently. The 73rd in Wesley’s collection commencing “Away with our sorrow and fear, we soon shall recover our home,” was sung to the beautiful “Arabia,” with much sweetness. As soon as the mid-night hour was past the whole congregation joined in the famous New Year’s Hymn, “Come let us anew our journey pursue.” As the congregation departed, Mr. P. Bear, with his accustomed skill, played on the organ a brilliant march, which was universally admired. The entire service was a very impressive one. There were 120 persons present.

At Waipawa on Sunday, Mr. and Mrs. Baker, who were out driving in a trap, had a narrow escape of their lives. The flash of lightning which entered Mr. Wood’s residence glittering in front of the horses heads startled them, and had it not been for the presence of mind shewn by Mr. Baker they would in their fright have made a bolt. The flash benumbed the senses of the man who was driving, but Mr. Baker seized the reins and managed to drive home safely.


A correspondent informs us that old Te Whakatini has no occasion to beg his bread from settlers at Clive or anyone else. He still retains land and crops and in asking for money and food, he merely follows the instincts of his race. We are glad to obtain the information on reliable authority.
Our Poverty Bay correspondent telegraphs concerning the cricket match Napier versus Gisborne as follows – “1st innings, Napier 107, Gisborne 70.
New Year’s Day was ushered in at the port by a fine pyrotechnical display of rockets and blue lights shown by the shipping in the harbour, and from the residences of Pilot Kraeft and Mr J. Beukers.

We are informed that, lately, the Rev. S. Robinson has received a series of anonymous letters of a most insulting character, which, it is thought, might have induced him to suddenly relinquish the charge he has held in this town with so much usefulness to the parishioners of St. John’s. We have not seen these letters, but if we can discover who the cowardly miscreants are who sent them, we shall have no hesitation in holding them up to public reprobation.

At a meeting of the Clive Road Board on Saturday last, Mr F. Sutton withdrew his resignation of the Chairmanship at the earnest request of several of the ratepayers. The members of the Board were equally divided on the question, Mr. Lascelles and Mr. Orr being in favour of Mr. Sutton’s resignation, Mr. Bennett and Mr. Caulton being anxious for Mr. Sutton to retain the post he had so well filled.


A memorial is being taken round the town for signature, in effect praying the Rev. J. Townsend to resist whatever pressure may be brought to bear to induce him to resign the incumbency of the parish of St John’s.


It is with much regret we have to record the death of Mr. O. H. Hadfield, accountant of the National Bank, which melancholy event occurred on Tuesday. Mr. Hadfield was a son of the Bishop of Wellington, and though of somewhat delicate appearance, seemed to be in the enjoyment of good health up to a short time ago. The deceased was a most promising young man, and was greatly respected by all who knew him.

Notwithstanding the great pressure of work placed on the shoulders of the railway authorities consequent on the holidays, so far, there have been few, or rather no complaints with respect to the management of Mr. Miller. This is as it should be, and favorably contrasts with the result of the arrangements made during the holiday season both North and South of Hawke’s Bay.

We are glad to hear that the Waitara immigrants have all found employment with the exception of one married couple.

The mortal remains of Mr. Octavins [ Octavius ] Hadfield were consigned to their last resting place on Wednesday. The funeral cortege was very large, and the coffin was carried by members of the Napier Rowing Club from the ex Bishop of Waiapu’s residence to the grave.

Miss Alice Covney has been appointed schoolmistress of the Meanee [ Meeanee ] school by the Education Board, in the room of Mrs. Carr.

A canoe boat with sails set in which was a boy, upset in the Inner Harbor on Wednesday. Fortunately, Mr. Hugh Connor was close at hand. He immediately jumped in and seized hold of the lad, who had been thrown out of the boat, and conveyed him safe to land. Mr. Connor has, by his indomitable pluck, been the means of saving many lives at Port Ahuriri and some substantial recompense is certainly due to him.

The races and sports at Petane, held on New Year’s Day, were we learn, a great success. Our correspondent has not yet forwarded us particulars, but from those present we learn a most enjoyable day was spent, and great interest was manifested in all events. A large amount of money changed hands, and it was agreed that the races should in the future be made annual.


A. Manoy and Co. have opened the shop recently occupied by Messrs. McDowell and Co. as a wholesale and retail grocery store. The shop has undergone considerable alterations and improvements, and is now one of the best in Napier. No expense appears to have been spared by the proprietors in making their shop one not only a credit to the town, but to the whole district.

The manager of the DAILY TELEGRAPH in forwarding his tenders for advertising for the Napier Municipal Corporation, day, made an affidavit before a Justice of the Peace that the circulation of the TELEGRAPH in Napier alone is daily 730 copies.

The Education Board met on Wednesday in the Board room. There were present Messrs. Rhodes, Lee, Newton, and Chambers. The capitation allowances to the various schools were passed, but further information we have not been able to obtain, although we applied to the Secretary for permission to peruse the minutes, which he refused. We presume the Board has good grounds for keeping its proceedings secret.

Mr. J. N. Wilson, the well known and highly esteemed solicitor of this town, and who was a passenger from San Francisco by the Australia, is detained at Auckland in quarantine. From private information we learn that the passengers by the Australia will not be admitted to pratique until the expiration of fourteen days from this date.

On Monday, the Kaikora Railway Hotel was opened under the management of Mr. Mundell. This fine hotel is built in close proximity to the Kaikora Railway station, and is not only well-furnished, but also affords every accommodation. Kaikora being centrally situated, an Hotel of a superior description was urgently required, and persons travelling from the coast to Napier can here find all the requisites of a first-class house. The building is after the style of Goodwin’s hotel at Hastings, and affords to say the least, equal accommodation. On Monday Mr. Mundell was assisted by Mr. Thos Cooper, the future Lord Mayor of Waipawa and his services were, we should think of immense value to the proprietor, considering the great rush that took place. Mr. Mundell has determined to spare no effort to make his hotel one of the best hotels in the country, and we wish him every success.

The new boat for the Te Kapu Rowing Club has at last arrived. It is a very nicely finnished boat, carvel-built, four-oared raceing gig, with all the latest improvements, including a novelty to New Zealand boating men, viz., sliding seats. This arrangement, by throwing the rower further forward in his pull, gives a far larger sweep to the oar than the fixed seat. It requires to be seen how long it takes a crew to prove accustomed to them. We believe this is the first boat that has come to Hawke’s Bay from Mr. J. Edwards’s yards in Melbourne. Comparison’s, of course, are always odious, but if the Te Kapu Rowing Club do put in an appearance in Napier, we should like to commend this boat to the notice of Napier rowing men.


An accident occurred to Mr. King’s coach on the way to Taradale from Napier. On reaching the railway crossing near Mr. Murray’s, the coach upset, and the passengers were all thrown out. Fortunately no loss of life occurred, but nearly every passenger sustained some personal injury. Mr. Rymer who was driving a coach a few yards ahead perceived the accident, drove back, and picked up those who were the victims of the accident, and took them on to their respective destinations.

From Taradale we learn that some choice spirits, not contented with ushering in the New Year with the usual manifestations, proceeded to break the windows and otherwise injure private property. These individuals ought to be made to learn that however exuberant in spirits they may be at this festive season of the year, nevertheless private property should be respected, and it is to be hoped the Magistrate will give them a lesson in this respect which they will not easily forget.


The DAILY TELEGRAPH’S tender for advertising for the year 1877 has been accepted by the Municipal authorities of Napier. All advertisements, therefore, in connection with the Borough of Napier will, during the year 1877, only appear in the columns of that journal. The Herald’s tender for printing alone was accepted, it being far below either that of the Manager of the TELEGRAPH, of that of Mr. Harding. We desire to compliment the Municipal authorities on the clearness of their specifications, being confident that the lowest tenderer was the one who secured the work contracted for.
Richmond Beetham, Esq., R. M., has been appointed a Judge of Assessment Courts, under the Rating Act, 1876, for all districts within the three counties of Hawke’s Bay, Waipawa, and Wairoa.

His Excellency the Governor has been pleased to appoint Arthur James Cotterill, Esq., to be Revising Officer for the Provincial District of Hawke’s Bay, under the Building and Land Societies Act, 1866.

We notice in the Newry Telegraph (Ireland) that Mr John Harding, of Mount Vernon, Waipukurau, attended a successful temperance meeting at Beesbrook, on November 10th. Mr. Harding gave a short but earnest address, and gave the meeting an account of the temperance movement in New Zealand, especially of the hard fight over the Permissive Bill. He concluded an able address by expressing a hope that by this time the bill had become law.

The quarterly meeting of office-bearers in connection with Trinity Wesleyan Church was held in the school-room on Wednesday. And increase was reported in every department. Deep regret was expressed that the rule of the Wesleyan Church, which made three years the maximum period of a minister’s stay in one circuit would require the removal of the Rev. J. S. Smalley in April next, that date exactly completing the three years’ term of the reverend gentleman in Napier. It was resolved to forward a cordial invitation to the Rev. Mr. Marten, now in Nelson, to become the successor of Mr. Smalley, who has accepted an invitation to St. Thomas’ Church, Glasgow, and leaves, subject to the approval of Conference, for his distant and more important sphere of labour in April. Mr. Marten is spoken of as a very able preacher and earnest pastor. Mr. S. Stone was elected as lay representative under the new constitution, which, this year opens the chief ecclesiastical court of the Wesleyan Church to the laity.

The Cricket Match Waipukurau versus Porangahau, was played at Porangahau on New Year’s Day. The weather was all that could be desired, and the ground in very fair order, notwithstanding the heavy rain that had fallen during the previous day. Play was commenced at 10.30 a.m., when Waipukurau having won the toss sent their opponents to the wickets. From the first it was evident that the excellent bowling of Moore (probably the best ever seen on this turf) was not to be punished with impunity as the Porangahau men found to their cost being quickly disposed of for the small score of 22, including 7 as extras.  Waipukurau then went in and began scoring steadily, Sainsbury making the highest score of the day by putting together a well-earned 21. The remainder of the eleven soon succumbed after scoring a total of 58. The Porangahau team in their second innings scored 25, thus giving Waipukurau an easy victory in one inning with 11 runs to spare. On both sides the fielding was very good, especially on the part of the Porangahau men, and quite left the batting in the shade. At the conclusion of the game the players adjourned to the Porangahau Hotel, where the Waipukurauites were hospitably entertained at an excellent lunch provided by the Porangahau Club. After various toasts had been exchanged the company broke up well satisfied with their day’s amusement.

In the course of the proceedings at the meeting of the parishioners of St. John’s, on Wednesday, Mr. Tiffen was pleased to deny, in a most emphatic manner, that the clergy had been instructed by the Bishop’s Commissary to abstain from attending the meeting. We made the statement on what we deemed good authority, and its truthfulness was apparently born out by the fact that no clergymen were present at the meeting. In a matter of this sort, it was not necessary for the Bishop’s Commissary to issue written instructions, he might merely have let it be understood that it was his wish no clergyman should go to the meeting for him to be obeyed.




Dr. Grace left by the Stella for Napier to attend Sir. Donald McLean. Mr Ormond accompanies him.


January 4.
Mr. Burton was elected Chairman of the Wairoa county without salary. The Council adjourned till 3 o’clock.


January 4.
The County Council met at Waipawa to-day, when Mr. Mackersy [ Mackersey ] was elected Chairman. There was a long discussion, but no business was transacted. The meeting was adjourned to the 1st of February.


January 4.
Mr. Broomhall has arrived in Wellington overland from Napier and Tauranga. The letter from the Auckland Waste Lands Board only reached him at Crofton, while he was inspecting the operations at the Fielding Block. It is understood that he agreed to the resolutions of the Board as to to the purchase deposit, and the cultivation of one-fifth of the block in five years.
Rodolph Laurent, a youth of seventeen, for criminal assault on a little girl, was sentenced this morning at the Supreme Court to eight years’ imprisonment, and twenty lashes.
The Agent-General, under date December 27th, telegraphs the despatch of the following shipments of emigrants: – Oxford, with 239 for Auckland; Fernglen, with 254, for Napier; Northampton, with 334, for Westland and Wellington.



SIR, – Will you oblige me by publishing the enclosed correspondence: – A certain amount of dissatisfaction has, I know, been expressed at the long delay which has occurred in obtaining the Primate’s opinion with reference to the late parish troubles at St. John’s Church. The official enquiry was held by the Primate’s Commissary, Archdeacon Wilson, on the 27th and 28th September last.
Near the end of October I received a telegram from Archdeacon Wilson, which said the Primate would forward a letter on the 31st, which it was hoped would be satisfactory. This communication was forwarded on the date mentioned, and contained 3 documents: – 1. Archdeacon Wilson’s report of his enquiry. 2. The Primate’s official remarks and orders based thereon; and 3, a letter to his Commissary at Napier covering the two former.
Any comments of mine on the correspondence would be superfluous, it explains itself, and is sufficient to enable any parishioner who reads it, and compares the dates, to ”point a moral” to his own satisfaction. – I am, &c.,

Napier, Nov. 6, 1876
My dear Sir: – I beg leave to enclose for the information of the church officers of St. John’s, and of those persons who signed the memorial to the Primate praying for a commission of Enquiry, an extract from a letter which I have received from the Primate.
I remain,
Yours faithfully,

W.I. Spencer, Esq.
Extract from a letter of the Primate to Archdeacon Williams, Oct. 31, 1876:
“I must ask you to express to the Clergy of Napier, to the Church officers of St. John’s, and the other members of the Church who signed the memorial requesting a commission of Enquiry, my thankfulness for the manner in which my Commissary, Archdeacon Wilson, was received by them, for the consideration given to his suggestions and counsels, and for the aid which they afforded him in arriving at his conclusion in regard to the questions in dispute. His report will I am sure, be read by them with much interest, and I look forward with some confidence to the immediate carrying out the plan proposed in 1875 by the late Bishop of Waiapu, namely, the building of a second Church in Napier, and, as suggested and so strongly urged by Archdeacon Wilson, the forming of an independent Cure in connection with this Church.”

NAPIER, November 6, 1876.
My Dear Archdeacon, – I beg to acknowledge the receipt of an extract of a letter from the Primate, which I will lay before the Vestry and Parishioners of St. John’s Church. Before doing so, however, may I ask whether the extract is to be taken and considered as the Primate’s official and final answer to the memorial forwarded to him in September last.
Believe me, my dear Archdeacon, sincerely yours,
The Ven. Archdeacon Williams.

NAPIER, November 7, 1876
My dear Sir, – In answer to your letter, dated 6th November, I beg leave to state that I am unable to say whether the Primate has any answer to make to the memorial which was forwarded to him in September last.
As the memorial was not forwarded by me, I conclude that he would not be likely to send his answer through me.
I remain yours faithfully,
W. I. Spencer, Esq.

NAPIER, November 8.
My dear Sir, – I wrote a very hurried answer to your note yesterday evening as I was very busy at the time, and your messenger was waiting.
I presume you have received a copy of Archdeacon Wilson’s report to the Primate, which is alluded to in the extract which I forwarded to you on Monday. If you have not received it, I will get it copied for you.
I may say further that I have received instructions with reference to the issue of a business license for Mr. Robinson, which I have already communicated to him; also directions to accept the resignation of the Rev. J. Townsend, which I am unable to do, inasmuch as his resignation has been withdrawn, in accordance with the advice previously given by the Primate.
The Primate also recommends that the new church be proceeded with and the parish divided. He has expressed no opinion on any of the other points alluded to  in the memorial. This he may perhaps do hereafter.
I remain yours faithfully,
P.S. – Please send me word at once about Archdeacon Wilson’s report, as I shall probably be leaving Napier to-morrow.

After this I heard no more until the arrival of the Canterbury Church News, of the 16th November, which contained a resume of the Primate’s decision. I then wrote to Christchurch asking whether the Primate had given a judicial answer to our memorial, and received in reply the following letters, from which it is evident he had been led to believe that his answer had been communicated to the parishioners: –

Bishop’s Court,
Christchurch, Dec. 12, 1876
MY DEAR SIR, – I enclose a copy of the letter addressed by me to the Archdeacon of Napier when I forwarded to him Archdeacon’s report of the commission of enquiry, and my recommendations based upon it. The report and recommendations have, I believe, been laid before the church officers of St. John’s.
On December 7th I received from Mr. Townsend a letter declining to resign.
Your’s very faithfully,
W.I. Spencer, Esq.,

Christchurch, Oct. 31, 1876.
DEAR MR. ARCHDEACON, – Since I posted my letter of yesterday I have received Archdeacon Wilson’s report of his commission of enquiry. I enclose a copy of it, and with it my recommendations based upon it and on the evidence taken before him on the 27th and 28th September.
You will see that I have recommended your acceptance of Mr. Townsend’s resignation of his cure. His resignation in the first instance may have been somewhat hastily tendered, but his farewell address to his parishioners forwarded to them from Wellington, and probably written from thence, and therefore after some time for deliberation, (this I learn from the Archdeacon’s report) plainly indicates what is his wish in the matter. I have accordingly no hesitation in recommending your acceptance of his resignation, and it might take effect at once, if his services in the church and parish of St. John’s can be conveniently supplied, (and on this point you yourself and the churchwardens can form a better judgment than I can,) if otherwise, at such time as may be agreed upon by yourself and Mr. Townsend, who, I am sure, would not willingly inconvenience a parish in which he has so faithfully laboured for so many years.
As regards Mr. Robinson it is evidently necessary that he should exhibit the letters of ordination to the priesthood


or other evidence recognising his admission, before he can be permanently licensed to any cure in the diocese. I have not the least doubt, from what Archdeacon Wilson has told me, of his having been duly ordained to the priesthood, but the fact of his ordination must be fully established both for his own sake and for the satisfaction of the Church.

The date which I mentioned for the renewal of his license as Curate of St. John’s will allow him ample time for obtaining the required document from the Registry of the diocese where his ordination took place, and he will, I hope, send for it at once.

I must ask you to express to the clergy of Napier, to the church officers of St. John’s, and other members of the Church who signed the memorial requesting a commission of inquiry my thankfulness for the manner in which my Commissary Archdeacon Wilson was received by them; for the consideration given to his suggestions and counsels, and for the aid they afforded in arriving at his conclusion in regard to the questions in dispute. His report will, I am sure, be read by them with much interest, and I look forward with some confidences to the immediate carrying out the plan proposed in 1875 by the late Bishop of Waiapu, namely, the building of a second Church in Napier, and as suggested and so strongly urged by Archdeacon Wilson the forming of an independent Cure in connection with this church.
Believe me to be,
Yours faithfully,
The Ven. Archdeacon of Napier,

It was now more evident than ever that a reply to the memorial had been received, and purposely suppressed. I therefore telegraphed somewhat as follows: – “Primate’s letter received, Archdeacon’s report received. Primate’s recommendations based thereon withheld. Please forward copy by telegraph.” Next morning I received the following telegram: –

Christchurch, Oct. 31, 1876.
Venerable Sir: – I forward the following instructions and recommendations relative to Church matters in the parish of St. John, Napier, and shall be obliged by your giving effect to the same. 1. That the resignation of the Rev. John Townsend, Incumbent of the parish and Church of St. John’s, Napier, be accepted by you and be allowed to take effect at once if his services in the parish and Church of St. John’s can be conveniently supplied, if otherwise, on a day to be fixed by yourself, not exceeding six months from the date of Rev. John Townsend’s note of resignation. 2. That the Rev. Samuel Robinson receive from you at once a license as assistant curate of the parish of St. John’s, Napier, such license to bear date the day of his entrance on the duties of his office, and to hold good until March 31st, 1877, and if he should then desire it to be renewed by you for the period of the engagement, made with him by the Commissary of the late Bishop of Waiapu in England, provided that the Rev. Samuel Robinson exhibit to you on or before the 31st March, 1877, either his letter of admission to the order of priests or a certificate of his admission to that order from the registrar of the diocese in which his ordination took place. 3. That the board of nominators be informed by you of the Rev. J. Townsend’s resignation of the incumbency of St John’s parish, and of the time when it will take effect, and be at liberty to seek for a successor and that the cure of the parish be declared by you to be vacant at the expiration of the time to be specified by you. 4. That immediate steps be taken for the building of the proposed new church in Napier, and for the division of the parish of St. John’s, and that, if not inconsistent with the provisions of any diocesan regulation for the appointment of pastor, the Rev. Samuel Robinson be instituted by you as incumbent of the new Church and parish in accordance with the expectation held out to him in the Bishop of Waiapu’s letter dated April 5, 1875, on his acceptance of service in the parish of St. John’s.
Given under our hand this 31st day of October, in the year of our Lord, 1876.

To the Venerable William Leonard Williams, Archdeacon of Napier, and Commissary of the Primate in the diocese of Waiapu.
I certify that the above is a true copy.
Secretary to the Primate.

SIR, – There is nothing so irrational as ignorance, or so unbelieving as prejudice; stupid self assertion becomes matter of fact, and imagination more powerful than the evidence of experience – you “Jemmy Bungs” to wit. He can do a little coopering by hand, and therefore it cannot be done by machine. Coopering, he says, requires precision of eye. Now, Jemmy, I will back my machine against your eye for precision, speed, and economy. I will undertake to cut the staves to suit any size of cask, and they shall not vary the hundredth part of an inch. Can Jemmy do this? If he will call upon me, I will show him there is something beyond his knowledge. I will remove his prejudice by ocular demonstration. I will show him the whole process, and give him an opportunity of testing the product. Now, Jemmy, be a man for once, and cast your prejudice overboard. Give up self- assertion, and don’t imagine that a fib often told becomes the truth. If you go to Melbourne you can see tubs and buckets made by machine; in Napier you can see casks. The principle is the same, the means different.  Machinery is not your enemy, the want is increased with the economy of production, and a demand for new forms. Cheapness is one of the laws that governs progress, and the best signs of a country’s prosperity is the use of machinery. Give up your twaddle about firing, you know it’s only an excuse for a bad joint. I can make the joint without a fire, and when I cannot, I will do the same as you and fire them. In the meantime, Mr. Bangs, let me request you to make yourself acquainted with your subject or bung up. Make your casks by hand, exhibit your Scotch  monegations to your heart’s  content, the world will progress beyond you. – I am, &c.,
[No further correspondence will be inserted on this subject, except paid for as an advertisement. – ED. D.T.]

SIR, – I was present at the entertainment given by the Gymnasium Club last night, and with reference to the programme I wish to say a few words concerning one of the songs that was given “by request”. I have heard this song once before, but nothing will induce me to listen to it again.  The song I allude to is entitled “Omaranui.”  Some people may be able to compose, and others to listen to and enjoy comic songs, having for their themes the funerals of their respective grandmothers.
To my mind Omaranui presents a picture the reverse of comic. I see a heap of dead bodies of those who had been brave but misguided natives; I see the mournful procession of prisoners – one with a broken jaw, and many painfully wounded – but still bearing a proud mien and firm step, marching to a long imprisonment. I see poor Young, of Meanee, a much respected settler, fall, shot through the chest, never to rise again. I see Morrison, a steady working man, an esteemed husband and father, with shattered limb, dying a painful death, and leaving his widow and children to the generosity of the Colony. I see also many of my fellow settlers receive painful wounds, from the effect of which they will never wholly recover. And thus, I ask myself, is all this a proper subject for a comic song? – I am, &c.,
Napier, December 30th, 1876

SIR, – I have read the letter of “Amicus Curie” in this morning’s Herald most carefully. It is about the best specimen of Jesuitical sophistry that has been penned in these colonies for many years, and can only have emanated, so far as I can judge, from one pen I exceedingly regret that anyone should lower himself in the strain the writer has done,  and can assure him that such letters not only prove to the public that his cause is a rotten one, but also those who support it are actuated by motives of jealously, to one whose shoe latchets they are even unworthy to unloose. – I am ,&c.,
January 3, 1876.

SIR, – I was much interested in reading of the successful propogation of young salmon, but was much disappointed in their distribution, and I ask why was the Tutaekuri, the Mohaka, and the Petane Rivers neglected? The Mohaka is well-known to be well adapted for the salmon being a clear cool and rapid river. The Tutaekuri extending up the Mangaone is a splendid river. The Petane river also, extending to the foot of the Mangaharuru range, with its steep sides of 100 feet, keeping the water always cold, is equally good. Your correspondent “states 19,000 have been turned out, and the whole of them” have been placed in the coldest streams in the province. Now Sir, I deny that any rivers are cooler than the upper portion of the river I have named, and think it most unfair that a portion of the 19,000 has not been more fairly distributed. – I am, &c.,
Meanee, January 4, 1877.


(Before Richmond Beetham, Esq., R.M.)

James Butcher was charged by Constable Strudwick with the above-named offences; for the first, he was fined 10s, and in default twenty-four hours’ imprisonment; and for the assault he was committed to prison for seven days with hard labor.

McGlashan v. Whiteman. Claim £6 15s. Judgment (by default) for amount claimed, and costs 1’6s.
McGlashan v. Brighouse. Claim £44 6s. Settled out of Court.
Benjamin v. Brighouse. Claim £18 15s. 5d., balance of an account for goods supplied. Judgment for £17 5s. 5d. and costs 19s. Paid forthwith.
Benjamin v. Myhill. Claim £12 1s. 3d. on a promissory note dishonoured, which bore defendants endorsement. Mr.Carlile for defendant. Judgment for the defendant, with costs, &c., amounting to £1 17s.


John Tracey and Peter Johnson, for the above offence, having been admitted to bail, and failing to appear when called this morning, forfeited the amount deposited, namely, twenty shillings each.

Three informations for assaults had been set down for investigation this morning. The same parties were mixed up more or less in each case, making the whole matter into one, and that a sort of “triangular affair,” was doubtless evolved out of the excitement which visions of festivity sometimes produce. However, on the cases being called, the parties concerned, who had possibly all considerably cooled down in the meantime, applied to the Court to be allowed to withdraw all the informations, which was permitted to be done, and the cases were struck out.


James McBride, for the above offence, was ordered to pay 4s the value of some property he had destroyed whilst in “his cups ,” and on doing this was discharged with a caution.
James Blake, for being drunk at the Spit on Saturday last, was fined 5s.
Patrick Lynch, not more than two or three days out of gaol, was brought up and charged with drunkenness, being convicted, he was ordered to pay a fine of 40s. or in default go to gaol for seven days. – He went.

There was another charge against Lynch for having “no lawful means of support,” but the Court determined that it should stand over until he had completed the sentence for drunkenness; he will then be called on to answer to the information under this heading.


James Blake, who got off yesterday with the minimum fine, was again brought up and charged with drunkenness, which he admitted,  but remarked in extenuation, that he did not “get drunk intentionally” somehow it came over him unawares, possibly the beer was too new, He was fined 20s, with the alternative of 48 hours’ imprisonment; he accepted the latter.

Walter Slater, against whom an information had been laid by Margaret Slater (his wife) who now resides at Nelson, from the R.M.’s Court of which place an order had been made for the protection of the complainant’s property,  and for the payment by defendant of certain monies for the support of two children, and which he had failed to comply with , surrendered, having been at liberty on his own recognizance to appear this day. Mr. Lascelles, on behalf of defendant, applied that he should be discharged, on the ground that no copy of the order had ever been served upon Slater, who having been sworn, deposed to that effect, and as there was no proof whatever to the contrary, the Court declined to proceed with the case, and defendant was dismissed.

(Before J. Rhodes., Esq., J.P., and J.A. Smith, Esq., J.P.)

Robert Young was brought up in custody, and charged, on the information of Mr. Rees Watkins, Railway Guard, with having travelled in a carriage on the railway, without having previously paid his fair [ fare ], and with intent to evade payment thereof. He was convicted, and a fine of £2 inflicted, or in default of payment seven days’ imprisonment with hard labor. The money not being forthcoming, he was under the necessity of “taking it out on the hill” as he facetiously called it.


[Before Col. Herrick, J.P., (Chairman) H. H. Bridge, Esq., and R. Harding, Esq]

A police charge of drunkenness was brought against Patrick Ryan, and failing to appear, his bail of £1 was forfeited.

Clayton v. Dean and Hughes. – The defendants were sub-contractors for Railway work at Te Aute, and the plaintiff claimed £6 0s 6d for labor. Defendants denied their liability as plaintiff had been engaged by another person who had been paid on behalf of plaintiff. The evidence not being satisfactory to the Bench, the plaintiff was non-suited without costs.
Clayton v. H.R. Russell. – Plaintiff claimed £6 for balance of contract and extra work. The defendant admitted a contract of £28 for carpenters’ work in erecting a building. He had paid £25 but declined paying the balance of £3 and extras, the house being very badly built. No evidence was adduced on either side, and the Bench ruled that the Plaintiff ought to have been prepared to prove by witnesses that the contract was completed in a workmanlike manner. Plaintiff non-suited, with costs, 15s, to defendant.
Firth v. Clayton. – Plaintiff claimed £9 9s 4d for stores supplied at Te Aute. Judgment for plaintiff, less £1 interest charged, and costs, 17s.
Brimicourt and another v. Dyett. Claim £3 10s. Case dismissed, plaintiff not appearing, 20s.expenses to defendant.
Crawford v. Logan. Claim of £1 0s 2d for balance of wages, no appearance of plaintiff. Case dismissed, defendant allowed 10s.expenses.
Pain v. Ingram.  £13 14s. 6d. claimed for posts, rails, &c., for fencing. Defendant alleged that the posts were very defective and bad, but as he admitted he had agreed to submit to the award of an Arbitrator, who had passed the articles, the Court gave judgment for plaintiff of £13 3s. and costs.
Ingram v. Parkinson and Mills. Claim £10, admitted. Ordered to pay £1 a week, and costs £1 11s.
Four or five cases set down for hearing were withdrawn, and settled out of Court.



Shipping intelligence.


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 Lyttelton 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 Lyttelton. 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 Lyttelton 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.

Government Notifications.

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.
Chief Commissioner.

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.
J.T. Tylee,
Chief Commissioner.

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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The Cheapest House in the Trade.

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.
Chief Postmaster.

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

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.




The Athenaeum being a circulating library, and that institution being in a state of chronic state of impecuniosity, it might be advisable for the Committee to consider the propriety of increasing the income at their disposal. Economy has been tried, and the usefulness of the Institute has suffered. Subscriptions to magazine and journals have been cut down to the lowest limit consistant with the notion that at an Athenaeum should be found the principal publications of England and the colonies. Newspapers have ceased to be filed, and are sold for waste paper, and for the few pence thus obtained, the Institute is no longer of any service for reference services. In fact the Athenaeum is a very cheap circulating library, and as such, had entered into competition with private trades-people. Now it appears to us that one portion of the subscribers should object to be made to suffer for the benefit of another portion. Many subscribe solely for the use of the reading room, while others pay in order to get books out of the library. There is no question as to which of these divisions of the Atheaeum requires the most money to maintain. But properly managed each should be self-supporting, although under the present system the reading room has to bear the lion’s share of the cost of maintenance of both. It would be worthwhile to attempt to make the library keep itself. There is no reason at all why subscribers, taking books out of the building, should not be made to pay a small charge for each volume. The money so received would at all events go to cover the wear and tear of the books, for which at present there is no provision whatsoever.

THE concert in aid of the Clive Church building fund, on Tuesday, we regret to say, was by no means a pecuniary success. The attendance was even smaller than is usually the case with the Musical Society’s entertainments, and we are beginning to think that amateur concerts, as a means of obtaining money are a mistake. Nigger minstrelsy and dramatic performances, if not repeated too often, always draw large houses, but however good the object, the hall is never filled for a concert. There is, it would appear in the present age, a craving for excitement that amateur vocalists fail to satisfy. Are we drifting back to the tastes of our forefathers, which preferred a bull fight, or other sanguinary spectacle, to drawing room entertainments?

THE St. John’s “parish troubles” appear as far off any settlement as they were before Archdeacon Wilson was sent here by the Primate to enquire into and report upon their causes. And if we may judge from the interest manifested by the parishioners at their crowded meeting, on Wednesday, in the Protestant Hall, we should think that public feeling on the matter is just as high as when the members of the Church of England in August met in the Council Chamber. The object the churchwardens had in view in calling the parishioners together, on Wednesday, was to lay before them the Primate’s recommendations and instructions. Further, to ascertain whether the parishioners had confidence in the Churchwardens, and would support them in carrying out the Primate’s instructions. From this it appeared that the Bishop’s Commissary here – Archdeacon Williams – was not prepared to follow the directions of the Primate. It will be remembered that the Primate’s instructions were based upon his Commissary’s report on the enquiry, and that they included the acceptance of the resignation of the Rev. John Townsend, the licensing at once of the Rev, Samuel Robinson as assistant curate, the taking of immediate steps to the building of a new church and the division of the parish, and the introduction of the Rev. Samuel Robinson as incumbent of the new church and parish. With respect to the acceptance of Mr. Townsend’s resignation, Archdeacon Williams has notified that there was no resignation to accept, inasmuch as it had been withdrawn. But against this, it has been shown by the Churchwardens that Mr. Townsend’s resignation, was given on August 26th. The Primates instructions recommending the acceptance of the resignation, were dated October 31st, and were received in Napier on the 6th of November, and as the withdrawal of the resignation was not made to the Churchwardens until the 2nd December, it followed that the withdrawal was at least a month after the Primate had recommended that the resignation should accepted. With regard to the licensing of the Rev. S. Robinson as assistant curate, we believe that was done, and “the instructions “are therefore now limited, so far as the parishioners are concerned to the division of parish, and the erection of another church, Mr. Tiffen consequently moved, “ That this meeting pledges itself  to use every exertion to carry out what is designated the Bishop’s scheme, which also has the merit of being recommended by the Primate – that is, for the parishioners to subscribe to pay off all outstanding debts of the Church; to erect a school; to divide the parish into two; and in the new parish to erect a church; but that, under existing circumstances, it is desirable that the scheme should be so far transposed, as to make the erection of the new church the first charge on the subscribed funds.” This motion was practically lost by Mr. Sutton’s resolution being carried by a large majority which was, – “That this meeting having full confidence in their churchwardens, thanks them for their past actions with reference to the church of St. John, and requests them to use any measures necessary to further the command s of the Primate of New Zealand.” We may state that the timber for the new church is on the ground, and that if the Rev. S. Robinson would consent to remain in Napier, the money would be at once subscribed for its immediate erection.

THE proprietors of the TELEGRAPH have been compelled to vindicate their character against the aspersions cast upon them by Messrs. Dinwiddie, Morrison, and Co., and have consequently commenced legal proceedings against the members of that firm. We do not intend after this date to make any reference to the pending actions, but we merely observe that the Herald has reiterated its libellous statement with the generous addendum that if the proprietors of this paper will prove their innocence of the charge of fraud, then Messrs. Dinwiddie, Morrison, and Co. will gracefully apologise and pay £50 to the Hospital. We cannot help expressing our astonishment at the consummate effrontery of the proposal. Suppose the editor of the Herald were to attack with a cudgel some unoffending person, and, after seriously damaging the victim’s frontispiece, were to offer to apologise, upon the said victim proving that the assault was unjustifiable!!! The cases are extremely similar.

THE Municipal Council did a graceful action on Wednesday in substantially acknowledging the services of His Worship the Mayor. Cr. Tuxford moved that the sum of £200 be voted to his Worship as an honorarium, and as a mark of the Council’s appreciation of that gentleman’s exertions on behalf of the Borough. The motion was carried unanimously. It was certainly due to His Worship that public recognition of the valuable assistance he has rendered in carrying out Municipal Government, should be made, and we are glad it was done in the manner proposed by Cr. Tuxford.

COMMENCING in 1871, and appearing in the humble form of a double-crown sheet, the DAILY TELEGRAPH has now grown to full news size, presenting proportions equal to the largest evening journals published in the Australian colonies. This increased size is due to the large amount of patronage with which we have been favoured, and it will ever be our object to maintain the independent principles that have hitherto characterised the tone of this journal, and to which we attribute its success. Free from all Government or Party influences, and aiming to support the cause that lacks assistance, to be just and to fear not, we shall go on our way, and endeavour in the future as we have in the past to do our duty to the public. – Daily Telegraph.

Mr. Williams was elected clerk, and Mr. Burton, treasurer; H. Duff and Thorpe, valuers. Sub-committes were appointed to report on the roads throughout the district, also as to whether the Armed Constabulary’s labor thereon will be charged against the County. The dog tax was fixed at 10s per head. £100 is offered for a drill shed. The consideration of the 11th, 12th, and 13th clauses of the Act is postponed for one month.




Pursuant to notice, the newly elected members of the Hawke’s Bay County Council held their first meeting to-day, at noon, in the Government Chamber, Napier.
Present: Col. Whitmore, Messrs. Williams, Tiffen, Torr, Brathwaite, Bennett, and Kinross.
Mr. G.T. Fannin read a letter from the Colonial Secretary, covering a copy of the Gazette in which was published His Excellency the Governor’s warrant, appointing the time and place of the first meeting of the County Council of Hawke’s Bay.
Col. Whitmore proposed that Mr. Tiffen be elected the Chairman of the Council.
Mr. Kinross seconded.
Mr. Bennett proposed that Mr. Kinross occupy the Chair temporarily.
Mr. Brathwaite seconded it, and Mr. Kinross took the Chair.
Mr. Tiffen moved that Mr. G.T. Fannin be appointed Secretary.
Col. Whitmore objected to that mode of commencing the proceedings, and again moved that Mr. Tiffen be elected Chairman.
Mr. Williams supported Col Whitmore. The question was put by Mr. Kinross and carried.
Mr. Bennett proposed that Mr. Fannin be elected Clerk to the Council.
Mr. Kinross seconded, and it was carried.
Colonel Whitmore suggested that the question of salary should be disposed of, and thought that £200 a year would be little enough remuneration.
Mr. Williams thought that the Council should know what the Clerk’s duties were likely to be; they might be worth £200 or £100 a year.
Mr. Bennett proposed that the Council should begin by giving the Clerk £100 a year, and raise it with the work to be performed.
Colonel Whitmore said the Clerk would be the only executive officer of the County until the Act were brought fully into operation and under the
circumstances he would warn the Council that £200 would very soon have to be given to secure a Clerk’s services.
Question put, and Mr. Fannin elected at £100 a year.
Mr. Fannin then entered the Chamber, and took his seat.
The Chairman read an application from Mr. Tuke offering his services to the County as Treasurer without remuneration.
Colonel Whitmore thought it desirable to ascertain how the business of the Council was to be conducted till the Act was brought into force. Until that point was determined, he trusted that one of the members of the Council residing in Napier would undertake the duties of honorary treasurer so that the work could be performed economically.
Mr. Brathwaite moved that Mr. Kinross should act in that capacity, and Mr. Bennett seconded the proposal as the most judicious course to pursue.
Mr. Kinross expressed his willingness to act as honorary treasurer, and he was accordingly elected to the post.
Colonel Whitmore said the next business would be to ascertain the cost of the elections, which would have to be defrayed out of the County fund. It would also be the duty of the Council to discover the number and boundaries of the outlying districts. The Council would also have to get a valuation roll of those districts. The time was limited, for the roll would have to be made by the 15th April. He thought the consideration of the boundaries of the Ridings might be left for a future occasion. He moved that the clerk be instructed to obtain a map showing all the outlying districts in the County, and that the Chairman obtain from the Government the cost of the elections.
Both motions were carried.
Colonel Whitmore proposed that the Council should resolve itself into a Committee to give an opportunity for discussion.
Mr. Williams seconded that Mr. Tiffen should leave the chair.
The members then entered into a friendly discussion on the various provisions of the Act, and our reporter left.
On the Chairman resuming his seat, the following resolution was passed, – “That a committee of three be appointed to ascertain what steps are necessary to be taken with a view to bringing the limited Act into force, and that the Committee be empowered to take legal opinion if necessary, and to incur any necessary expense.” The Committee to consist of Mr.Tiffen, Mr. Kinross. and Colonel Whitmore, whose report is to be brought up on Thursday next.
The Council then adjourned till Thursday next.

Stewards: Messrs. J. Box, C. Villers, W. Spence, H.J. Twigg, and I. Sturm;
Judge, Mr. J. Torr, Starter, Mr. J Orr.
The races at Petane, on New Year’s Day, were a great success. Besides those resident in the neighbourhood there were a number of visitors from Napier, who took advantage of the fineness of the day to pay a visit to this district. Two coaches were put on by Mr. R. Kirkpatrick, which ran every hour and were crowded each trip. A number also came in boats. All seemed to enjoy themselves and confessed having spent a comfortable day.
The first event was the Maiden Plate, £12; distance, one mile. D. McKenzie’s Flask (J. Villers) 1st; A Taylor’s Tinker (Maori) 2nd. Six horses started.
Petane Stakes, £15; one mile heats. D. McKenzie’s Flask (J. Villers) 1st; C. Viller’s Lady Rowena (J. Torr) 2nd. Six horses started.
District Plate, £10: distance, two miles. A Taylor’s Tinker (Haat) 1st; Gilligan’s Prince (Taylor) 2nd. Four horses started.
Pony Race, £5; distance, one mile. Clark’s pony (Marshall) 1st. Four started.
Hack Race, £5, distance, one mile. Hako (Native) 1st. Five started.
Consolation Stakes, £6; distance, one mile. Walker’s Happy Jack (J. Villers) 1st. Three horses started.
Foot Race, 300 yards, 1st prize, £2; 2nd, 10s. C. Thompson, 1st; F. Baker, 2nd. Three started.
Boy’s Race. 150 yards, 1st prize, 20s; 2nd, 10s. J. Marshall, 1st; W. Spence, 2nd. Seven started.
Foot Race, 150 yards, 1st prize, 20s; 2nd, 10s. Goodall, 1st; C. Thompson, 2nd. Three started.
Throwing the Hammer, 1st prize, 20s; 2nd, 10s. Devenny, 1st, Baker, 2nd. Three competitors.
Three legged Race, 100 yards, 1st prize, 20s; 2nd, 10s. Baker and Devenny, 1st; Thompson and Northe, 2nd. Three started.
Sack Race, 100 yards, 1st prize, 20s; 2nd, 10s. Baker, 1st; W. Baker, 2nd. Four started.








As might have been anticipated from the glorious beauty of the day, and from its proximity to town, West Clive attracted a very large number of holiday makers of both sexes and of all ages. By train and by road visitors poured into the pretty village, and wended their way towards the beautifully green paddock opposite the church, where the sports were held. By noon fully seven hundred persons had congregated in the field, and very soon by the help of the band, dances were improvised, and the games incidental to grass land, when young men and maidens get together, served to fill in the time between the several events on the programme.
The first event was a Maiden Race, 150 yards, for which there were seven entries: – R. Willis, 1: Stuart, 2.
Putting the stone, weight 18lbs. There were four entries, the prize being taken by a “new comer,” a Mr. Herkley, hailing from Ireland. This rather took the Scotchmen by surprise.
Open Handicap: three distances, 100, 200, 300 yards. The 200 yard race was run first. There were five entries, handicapped as follows: –
100   200   300
Summerfield   scratch   scratch   scratch
Pascoe   scratch   3   5
Mullany   scratch   3   5
Lambert    2   5   7
Bourke   3   7   10
The three events practically laid between Messrs. Bourke and Lambert; the former winning each one in addition to having to run off a dead heat in the 300 yards race. Each event was pluckily contested from start to finish, the style of the competitors being much admired.
The Boy’s Race was won by McLees, Ulph coming in second. Five started.
Vaulting with Pole – Mr. J. Cotter took the prize, clearing the highest bar, 9 feet 1 inch, with perfect ease.
For the Highland Fling there was no bag-pipe accompaniment, but this did not appear to make much difference to Mr. Gillies, to whom was awarded the prize.
The next event was another Boy’s Race, of 100 yards, for which there were a good many entries. G. Merritt took the first prize, and K. McKenzie the
The Open to all Comers Race, 100 yards. Thirteen entries –  R. Willis 1; F. Pilcher, 2.
Handicap Hurdle Race. Seven entries. Skeet, 1; Boggs, 2.
Running High Jump. Mr. R. Skeet was also the winner of this event.
The three-legged race was won by Messrs. Boggs and Pascoe.
The day’s sports were brought to a close by the Committee-men’s handicap race, which was won by H. Glazebrook, the prize going to the West Clive Church fund.

The races at Kaikora on Monday attracted not only a large number of visitors from town, but also from all parts of the district. The course, which is a splendid one, and situated in Mr. Hickey’s paddock, opposite Mr. Mundle’s Railway Hotel, was in excellent condition, and the arrangements were most complete. The stewards, Messrs. Bertram, Walker, N. Campbell, Pritchard, and Joseph Price appeared to vie with each other in making the meeting a success, while the duties of Judge were most ably and impartially performed by Mr. J. H. Baker, of Waipawa. There was a booth on the course under the superintendence of Mr. Hill, of the Kaikora Hotel, where hungry and thirsty souls had their appetites appeased. It was well patronised. Owing to there being no stand, it was impossible to see the horses round their journey on the course, but an excellent view was to be obtained from the balcony of Mr. Mundle’s hotel, of which many ladies availed themselvs of: –
Shortly after one o’clock the bell rung for the
Handicap Hurdle Race, 2 miles, £20. Entrance, £2; over 7 flights of hurdles, 3ft. 9in.
Munn’s Wanganui, 11st 4lbs (Owner) 1 Douglas’s Baron, 11st 7lbs (Edwards) 2 Athen’s Wairarapa, 11st 7lbs (Parkins) 3
An excellent start was effected by Mr. Joseph Price, but it was easily to be perceived from the first that Wanganui, should no accident befall him, would come in the winner, as he eventually did, winning easily by a length. On the second journey round, at the third hurdle, Wairarapa fell with his rider, but soon recovered his feet, and although Parkins his rider was somewhat shaken, he kept his seat firmly, but was out of the race. Wanganui came in at the winning post in a canter. Munn, as usual, rode well, not only in this race but in all the other events, and by his judgment and coolness succeeded in winning every race in which he rode.
HACK HURDLE RACE, 1½ miles, £10, Entrance 1,
Hickey’s Black Pat (Munn)   1
Hamuera’s Gammon   2
Price’s No Name   3
There were nine entries, and great excitement felt on the result of this event, Black Pat, with Munn as his pilot, was the favourite among the knowing ones from the first. Nearly all the horses made good jumping, but Black came in an easy winner by a length, amid loud cheers.
MAIDEN PLATE, 1½ miles, £15; weight-for-age. Entrance, £1 10s.
Hickey’s Fairy Queen, aged, 10st 1lb (Munn)   1
Pritchards Kaikora Kate, 4 years, 9st 6lbs (Grosvenor)   2
Parkin’s Atlantic, 5 years, 9st 9lbs (Owen)   3
A very fair start was effected, Kaipara Kate jumped off with the lead, but was soon collared by Fairy Queen, and a very pretty race then ensued between the four horses. The former is a pretty little mare, and ran pluckily, keeping neck and neck with her opponent all the way round until coming up the straight, when Munn forged ahead, and came in a winner by a neck, but hard held. Atlantic was early out of the running, and came in a third.
HANDICAP – 1½ miles and a distance, £25.
Munn’s Wanganui, 10st 4lbs, (owner)   1
Watini’s Tare, 11st (Pohuka)   2
Douglas’s Day and Martin, 10st 2lbs (Edwards)   3
This race, although ran amid a very heavy storm of rain, thunder, and lightning was the most exciting one up to the time our reporter left the course. There were at first nine entries, but Wairarapa, Ben Nevis, and After Dark were scratched, which left six competitors. The horses all ran well together. In coming up the straight, and up to the winning post, Wanganui and Tare appeared to be neck and neck, but Wanganui showed a little ahead, and amid loud and enthusiastic cheers was declared the winner. The owner of Tare entered a protest against the judge’s rule.
In order to catch the last down train to Napier our reporter was obliged to leave the field at four o’clock although two other events, a hack race and a Forced Handicap had to come off. The storm at that time had cleared off, but the heavy rain had converted the course into a mire. Notwithstanding the great downpour, the officers of the course never flinched from their duty, and certainly deserve the thanks of all who visited the course.
Since the above report was written we have received the following by telegraph from our own Waipawa correspondent: – “As you aware after you left the course, there were other two events, viz., the Hack and a forced Handicap. The hack race was, as is usual, a most exciting one. The entries were fairly numerous, but Mungamuha carried off the honors. The ground was excessively sloppy. Tare was the successful competitor for the Forced Handicap. Atlantic coming in second. Notwithstanding the thunderstorm, we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, and the general public expressed themselves, with the exception of a few, who thought they ought to win, perfectly satisfied with the arrangements. We hope on Queen’s Birthday to hold our usual Steeplechase races, when we hope Jupiter Pluvius will favor us to a greater extent than he has on this occasiog [ occasion ].

As usual upon New Year’s Day the annual picnic for the school children, of any denomination, arranged under the auspices of St. Mary’s (Catholic) Church, Napier, took place at the Green Meadows, in a ‘paddock excellently adapted for the purpose, lent by the kindness of Ansel Tiffen, Esq. The children began to assemble at an early hour at the schoolroom, Shakespeare Road, and were all fairly started on the road to their destination between 8 and 9 o’clock a.m. They were conveyed in drays lent by the carters of Napier and the Spit, the little people enjoying this mode of transit amazingly. Adult visitors, of whom there were a large party, were carried in traps, a goodly number of which were hired by the Committee of Management. These vehicles, with a number of private conveyances made a good show through the town and along the new Taradale Road. The party were accompanied by the Rev. Father Kerrigan, the very Rev. Father Forest to the great regret of all being unable to be present. In the Green Meadows Mr. Ansel Tiffen welcomed them with true hospitality, here also the visitors were joined by many Taradale and Meanee people. There must ultimately have been 300 children at least on the ground, and of adults we have no estimate. The day which was remarkably fine and hot, tempered by an occasional breeze and a very few drops of rain, was then spent in the true picnic fashion.  It was pleasing to see the children regaled with ample refreshments, eatables of many sorts in plenty, lollies in formidable and liver- threatening quantities, with milk, tea, lemonade, and abundance of fruit syrups and summer drinks. Football and other games, racing, vaulting with the pole, step-dancing, and other amusements were indulged in during the day, which appeared to be a thoroughly enjoyable one to all present. We need hardly say that the proceedings were orderly and well conducted, and, (allowing for the little difficulties and differences which beset a committee upon these occasions), of a thoroughly harmonious character. Lunch was provided for the adult visitors, and the Committee seemed to be keeping “open house.” At lunch, at which Father Kerrigan presided, he took occasion to thank Mr. Ansel Tiffen for his kindness in giving the use of the paddock, and we may add the use of his own house and garden. Mr Tiffen responded in humourously suitable terms. About 4 o’clock the little ones were assembled for tea, and after a few more games, scrambling for lollies and the like, began to take their departure by the same conveyances that brought them. As darkness stole over the Greenmeadows and their background of picturesque hills, the “children of larger growth” also made their way to town, and we believe that the whole party were brought back to Napier without any mishap. We cannot conclude without saying that the picnic was managed by a ladies’ and a gentlemen’s committees, both of which, the former especially, worked hard yesterday and must have been so doing for weeks past to raise funds and make arrangements. Among the ladies Mrs. J. A. Rearden, Mrs, Osborn, Mrs. Rice, Mrs. Corry, Mrs. W. Shanly, and Mrs. O’Shaugnessy merit praise. Messrs. McSweeny, Rice, Taylor, Sellars, and L. Blake worked well on their Committee. The financial arrangements were, we are informed, capitally carried out by the Misses McSweeny and Cosgrove.

The above races took place at Woodthorpe proper, and not in Mr Graham’s paddock at Puketapu, as had been advertised. Mr. Rymer’s coach left Napier at 10 a.m., but was not largely patronised, there being only two passengers for the races; but there were a large number bound for the sports at Greenmeadows. After a very pleasant drive, the course, which is situated on the right bank of the Tutaekuri, was reached   about 12.30, and the first race was started soon after one. As will be seen below, some of the races were very close and exciting, and everybody seemed to thoroughly enjoy the sport. There was a large muster of the station proprietors and their employees, one large station only being conspicuous by its absence. We were also pleased to see such a good attendance of the ladies, who apparently took great interest in the result of the various events. The following is the programme.
Peka Peka Stakes, of £15, added to a sweep of £1. 1½miles.  Weight for age. Station horses only.
Mr Jones’ Pakeha Weed   1
Mr Beamish’s Basilia   2
Mr Cochrane’s Roebuck   3
Tommy Dodd and Zero also started. The former made the running for the first mile, when he was beaten, and Pakeha Weed went to the front, was never afterwards headed, and won in a canter by three lengths.
Station Hurdle Race, of £10; added to a sweep of £1. 1½ miles; 6 flights of hurdles.
Mr Kelly’s Black Pakeha   1
Mr Chases’s Doubtful   2
Mr Beamish’s Reuben   0
Mr Heslop’s Zero   0
Zero fell at the third hurdle, and the boy who was riding had a narrow escape at the fourth hurdle. Doubtful also fell, but his rider managed to catch him, and went on in pursuit of Black Pakeha, but failed to catch him, and the latter won easily by two lengths.
Woodthorpe Stakes, of £15, added to a sweep of £1. Two miles.
Mr Miekie’s Baybreak   1
Mr Davis’s Pioneer   2
Mr Heslop’s Australian   0
Mr Powdrell’s Vampire   0
This was a very slow race, the course being very heavy in places. At the finish Daybreak won easily from Pioneer.
Open Hurdle Race. £10 added to a sweep of £1. 1½ miles. 6 flights.
Mr Heslop’s Australian   1
Mr Kelly’s Black Pakeha   2
Australian baulked at the first hurdle, but got over safely at the second time of asking, and soon caught up his opponent, the two running together all the way, but just before the last hurdle Australian came away and won a good race by a length.
Okawa Cup. £10 added to a sweep of £1. One mile.
Mr Beamish’s Basilia   1
Mr Chase’s Doubtful   2
Tommy Dodd and Roebuck also ran. The running was made by the two first named all the way, who made a splendid race of it, the result being a dead heat. In deciding heat Basilia won easily by three lengths.
Hack Race. ½ mile £1 sweep.
Nine started, and a splendid race ensued, resulting in a victory for Mr Davis’ Pioneer by a neck, Daybreak second.

The annual gathering of the scholars of St. Paul’s and the Spit Sunday schools took place on Monday, in Sturm’s paddock. The children assembled in their respective school-rooms at about twelve o’clock, from where they were formed into procession and marched with banners and flags waving, to the scene of amusement. The children of St. Paul’s school through the kindness and diligence of the lady teachers each wore a blue and white favour which gave them quite a gay and festive appearance. All the children on entering the paddock received a sandwich or a bun as they chose and immediately afterwards dispersed to the various sports provided for them, and it was pleasing to see what great spirit every one entered into games and amusements of some sort. Tea was provided about half past three o’clock to which about 300 children sat down and all seemed to do ample justice to the good things set before them. After tea a number of races were got up both for boys and girls, and a number of prizes were awarded to the best runners. This formed not the least interesting and certainly the most exciting part of the day’s enjoyment. After a general scramble for the showers of lollies and nuts that were falling, and cheers many times over for all who had helped to the day’s enjoyment, the children quietly dispersed between 6 and 7 o’clock. In the afternoon a large number of the children visited the paddock, and mixing with the school children, shared their joy and hilarity.

The annual picnic in connection with Trinity Church Sunday School took place on Monday. The children and teachers assembled at the church in Clive Square at 10 a.m., and then walked in procession to Mr. Guy’s paddock, kindly lent by that gentleman for the occasion. At 1 o’clock a substantial meal was served by the teachers to the young folk, who then dispersed to the various games, choosing those which suited their respective tastes – among which might be mentioned cricket, swinging, French-tig, riding, racing, and jumping – while some of the elder folk amused themselves at quartettes. At 5 p.m. the company were summoned to tea, which was partaken of in true picnic fashion, all sitting or lounging on the grass. During tea, the basket loads of sandwiches, cake, &c., which issued from the tents containing the commissariat, and which in a few minutes entirely disappeared created some astonishment; but the marvel vanished when the numbers were computed. The girls were counted at 150, the boys at 90, and adults at 100; so that not less than 340 persons were supplied. By wise forethought, abundance of good things had been prepared, and when all were satisfied a material surplus remained over. After all had disported themselves for a couple of hours a general muster was made to hear a parting address from the pastor. Mr. Smalley congratulated the teachers upon the success of the day, and called on the children to give three hearty cheers for Mr. Guy, who lent the paddock, for the young ladies who had collected the expenses of the picnic, for Mr. Walker, the superintendent of the school, and for the ladies who had spread the edibles. The proceedings closed with three spontaneous cheers for Mr. and Mrs. Smalley.

A New England rustic once took his “girl” to the city. The couple visited the confectionery establishment, and the country gentleman purchased a stick of candy, which he deliberately commenced eating. After it was nearly demolished, he suddenly exclaimed – “I say, why don’t you buy a stick? It’s awful good!”


A Great Reduction of Fares by the above Line.
IN future a Four-horse Coach will leave the Tavistock Hotel, Waipukurau, for Wellington and Wanganui every MONDAY and THURSDAY MORNING, returning on TUESDAY and FRIDAY EVENING.
£ s. d.
Waipukurau to Wanganui   3 0 0
Waipukurau to Wellington (Railway fare included   3 10 0
For further particulars apply to
H.O. CAULTON, Masonic Hotel, or
H.P. COHEN, Agent, Hastings-street.

ON and after TUESDAY, 5th December, Four-horse Coaches will leave Napier weekly for Taupo, Rotorua, and Tauranga, leaving Napier every TUESDAY MORNING, arriving at Tauranga on FRIDAY; leaving Tauranga every TUESDAY, arriving at Napier on FRIDAYS.
Taupo   £2 10s
Tauranga   £5 0s
Booking Office at Mr. Cohen’s Fancy Repository, Hastings-street.

Reduction of Fares by the above Line.
ON and after THURSDAY, 14th December a FOUR-horse Coach will leave the Tavistock Hotel, Waipukurau for Wellington, and Wanganui every MONDAY and THURSDAY MORNING, returning TUESDAY and FRIDAY EVENING.
£ s. d.
Waipukurau to Wanganui   3 0 0
Waipukurau to Wellington (Railway fare included)   3 10 0
For further particulars apply to
H. FORD, Agent

ALL Parcels left at Mr Cohen’s Fancy Repository, Hastings-street, before three o’clock; or Mr. Topping’s General Store, Spit, before two o’clock, for any of the above named districts will be forwarded by the evening train to Hastings.
Parcels for Maraekakahu or Kereru will be left at Mr Somerville’s Store, Hastings.
Goods up to 5 cwt. received.
Business people having goods to send through this Agency too heavy to carry to the Office, by leaving instructions, they will be called for free of charge.
The advantage to the public by sending goods through this Agency is an insurance of a careful delivery, and a considerable saving in freight, more especially on parcels under 1 cwt.
All parcels and goods must be addressed “G. Grant, Hastings, for Mr. ___ Hastings, Maraekakaho, &c.”
N.B. – All parcels for Maraekakahu and Kereru to be prepaid.

THE undersigned having purchased the Coaching Business and Plant of Mr. E.H. King, will continue to run the same at the usual fare of 1s each way.
December 13th, 1876.

Mr. KING in retiring, begs to return his sincere thanks to his supporters for their kind patronage, and solicits the same favor for his successor.

LEAVE Havelock for Hastings Railway station in connection with the train as follows: –
Depart   Arrive   Retrn [ Return ]
Havelock   9a.m,   Hastings   9.30   9.35
Havelock   11.45a.m,   Hastings   12.15   12.25
Havelock   4.30 p.m.   Hastings   5 p.m.   5.5
An Open Express Wagon will leave Havelock once or twice a day, of which time of departure will be given when it is ascertained by which train the Goods are despatched from Napier.
On and after October 1 the Sunday Coach between Hastings and Havelock will be withdrawn, there not being sufficient inducement as the train runs at present.
As there is not sufficient time allowed in the Railway Time-table for one Coach to meet every train, Coaches can be hired to attend any train that is not met in the ordinary time-table for 3s for one or three passengers; above that number the ordinary fare of 1s for each passenger.

SADDLE HORSES, Buggies, Traps, &c., on Hire. Passengers called for in time for outgoing steamers.
D.C. has Busses running between Port Ahuriri and Napier constantly.

The undersigned begs to inform the public that they are now prepared to receive parcels for delivery by the Railway from Napier to Waipawa or Waipukurau, and also from Waipukurau to Waipawa or Napier.
All parcels left in the care of Smith and Co., Waipukurau; Mr. Spiller, Waipawa; or G. Benjamin, Napier; will be guaranteed to be delivered as addressed.
The benefit arising to the public by entrusting to our care will be a saving in carriage, and also a guarantee as to their careful delivery.
Hastings-street, Napier.

3 Roomed Cottage and Allotment, 23ft. x 42ft, White Road.
9 Roomed House and Allotment, 90ft x 80ft, Spit.
4 Roomed House and Allotment, 30ft by 40ft, Chaucer-street.
4 Roomed House and Allotment, 44 x 165ft, Carlyle-street.
3 Roomed House and Allotment, 66ft x 165ft, Carlyle-street.
2 Two-Roomed Cottages and Allotments, 32ft x 165ft, Carlyle-street.
1 Building Allotment, 20ft by 40ft, White Road.
1 Building Allotment, 40ft x 60ft, Beach Road.
Goodwill, Stock, &c, of Two Country Stores.
Goodwill, Stock, &c., of One Town Store
Goodwill, Stock &c, of several Hotels in town and country.
2 Building Allotments, 33ft x 70ft, Carlyle-street, (21 years.)
2 Building Allotments, 33ft x 90ft, Carlyle-street, (21 years.)
Bank Shares, &c., &c

Rural Sections, No. 63, 62 acres.
Rural Sections, No. 70, 40 acres
Rural Sections, No. 19, 40 acres
Rural Sections, No. 20, 40 acres
Subdivisions of Sec, 33 Nos. 12,14,15,16,17,18,19, 35,36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42.
Town Sections Nos. 46, and 61
Sections Nos.2, 3, 18, 19.
Commission Agent,

THE BREWERY PREMISES in the Shakespeare Road, consisting of a commodious Cellar, Brew-house, Cooling Room, &c.; together with Two-storey Dwellinghouse.
For further particulars, apply to

Ridiculous Low prices
Particulars of the Sale will appear in a future issue of this paper.
W.A. McDowell & Co.,

BEGS to inform the inhabitants of Waipawa and surrounding districts, that he has REMOVED to one of the new shops recently erected opposite the Settlers’ Hotel.
Repairs of every direction done to Watches, Clocks, and Jewellery on the shortest notice.
Watchmaker and Jeweller,

Ex Tamaya
A LARGE and Varied Assortment of French, Berlin, and Vienna manufactured Baskets, and other Fancy Wickerwork, to be sold at the
To make room for other shipments shortly expected at W.L. WHITE’S,
Wholesale and Retail Basket and Perambulator Manufacturer,
Emerson-street, Napier.

EVERY description of Boots and Shoes made to order on the shortest notice. First-class Workmanship and Material. Perfect fit guaranteed.
Presseley’s Boarding House, Waipukurau.

by A. Jones, on the 29th December, 1876,
ONE White and Strawberry Cow, blotched brand like I T off rump, hole and slit in off ear.
Will be sold on 13th day of January, 1877, unless redeemed.
Taradale, 30th December, 1876.

Also, A Three Horse-power Thrashing Machine.
Apply to J.J. TYE,
Repository, Waipawa.

From 2ft. to 3ft.
Purchased direct in Home Markets.


Manufacturer of all descriptions of Guns and Rifles.
Muzzle-loaders converters into Breachloaders.
GUNS Repaired.
Adjoining Star Hotel, Dalton-street, Napier.

THE NEW BUFFALO HIDE FLOORCLOTH – Durable, Tenacious, Flexible
Warm to the Feet, Impermeable to Damp, and Noiseless.
Our New Patterns in Tapestry and Brussel’s Carpets.

Hastings-street, Napier.
Fitted up with all the Latest Improvements.
Second to none in the Colony.
The Patent Rotary Hair-Brushing Machine is in use, the greatest Luxury of the Day.
S.H. HAVING just received per mail a large parcel of Human Hair, of superior quality is prepared to make up Ornamental Hair-work of any design, at a few hours notice.
Families and Schools attended to at Moderate Charges.
All kinds of Perfumery, Toilet Requisites, from the best makers always in Stock.
Razors, Brushes, Strops, combs, &c., In Great Variety
Wholesale and Retail Tobacconist.
CIGARS AND TOBACCOS, Of the Best Brands.
Tobaccos cut or uncut of the undermentioned lines: –
Admiral Twist   Aromatic
Venus Twist   Canary light pressed
Barrett’s Twist   Enchanter
Venus Nail Prod   Rattlesnake
Two Seas   Water Lily
Challenge   Sunny South
Cable Twist, &c.,&c.
Try the Mixture.
One of the best assortment of Meerschaum and Briar Pipes in the province, including Tyndal’s G.B.D.’s and Telescopes.
Fancy Goods, Bath Sponges, Gentlemen’s Walking Sticks &c., &c.
A Large Stock of First Class Concertinas.

The above Hotel is newly opened, and situated close to the Railway Station; it is replete with every
No expense has been spared by the Proprietor to make this Hotel Comfortable and deserving of Public Support.
Excursionists by the Trains will find every Convenience,
Good Paddocks and Stabling for Travelling Stock.
of the Best Brands kept.

Of the Best Brands.
THIS First-class Family Hotel, beautifully situated on the main road to Wellington, offers really First-rate Accommodation to Travellers, Visitors, and the public generally. It possesses a large Dining-room, Private Sitting Rooms, Clean, Comfortable, and Well-furnished Bed-rooms, in addition to which there is the largest Stable Accommodation in the province, with well grassed paddocks.

This new Hotel adjoins the Railway Station, and affords first-class accommodation for Visitors and Travellers.
Meals to suit the convenience of travellers by each train.
Wines and spirits of the finest brands.
Private Suites for Families.
Where Home and Colonial papers can be seen.
Large and Well-grassed Paddocks, adjoining the Hotel.
H. FLETCHER, Proprietor.
Extensive Stabling.
Stock and Station Yards, affording first-class Accommodation.

Travellers will find this Hotel replete with every comfort and convenience.
Plunge and Shower Baths supplied by Artesian Wells.
have lately been added to this establishment.
Private Baths for Ladies.
Good Stabling and well grassed Paddocks.
Horses taken to graze on reasonable terms.
Well arranged Public Sale Yards.
Good storage for Produce sent to Auction.

EXTENSIVE Improvements and Additions having recently been made this Hotel now offers every
At Moderate Charges.
Travellers, Visitors, and Boarders.
Always of the Best Quality.
DINNERS AT 12 and 1 o’CLOCK.

BEGS to inform his friends and the Public generally that he has opened the above-named and Well-known Hotel, and hopes, by strict attention to the wants of his customers, to merit a fair share of public patronage.
Travellers and visitors to this province will find this Well-known hotel centrally situated, being opposite the Oddfellow’s Hall and Railway Station.
Private rooms for Ladies and Families.

THE undersigned begs to inform his friends and the public that he has just opened the above splendid, new, and commodious Hotel, at Port Ahuriri, near the Railway Station. This Hotel is replete with every accommodation and convenience, and every effort will be made to meet the requirements of customers.
Splendid Ales, Beers, Wines, Spirits always on hand.
A Table D’Hote daily.
Splendid Accommodation for Travellers and Families.

THIS splendid new hotel adjoins the Railway Station, and is most conveniently situated for country visitors. It has been fitted with every care and attention to comfort and convenience. It contains commodious and well-ventilated Bed-rooms and Dining-rooms.
Breakfast will be provided for Travellers, time for the first trains from Napier.
A liberal Table provided.
A large Billiard Room, with Table by Burroughes and Watts.
Mr. McMURRAY’S long experience at the Shamrock Hotel has made him thoroughly acquainted with the tastes and requirements of the residents in the colony, and he has spared no expense to make his new Hotel in every way suited for the comfort of Visitors and Travellers.

THE above Hotel is beautifully situated on the banks of the Ngaruroro River, facing the main line of Road, and has lately been GREATLY ENLARGED and thoroughly Renovated. It is now a
and affords every comfort for Travellers and Visitors.
Attached is a Two-roomed Cottage fitted up with every comfort, which can be engaged by Parties or Families travelling along the road.
Good Paddocks for Horses.
Nothing but the Best Quality of WINES & SPIRITS kept.

ONE Bay Mare, star on forehead, saddle strap on neck; little white near hind foot; no visable brand; about 13½ hands high; filly foal at foot.
Will be sold at noon on the 11th January, 1877, unless redeemed.
Taradale, 28th December, 1876.

1 ¼-cask (sample) fine old Jamaica Rum
5 ¼-casks very superior Wine
4 ¼-casks fine old Sherry Wine.
An Assortment of General Groceries.
Also EX “DUNEDIN” and Late Arrivals,
40 kegs Wire Nails, assorted,
10 kegs Horseshoe Nails, assorted
3 crates Galvanised Tubs and Buckets
And an assortment of Builder’s and General Ironmongery, Cuttlery, ac., &c.
3 tons Galvanised Iron
2 tons Wire Nails, assorted.
An Invoice of General Ironmongery.
An Invoice of Superior Wines, quality guaranteed
Another shipment of our well-known Old Malt Whiskey.

IN accordance with the provisions of the Regulations of Local Elections Act, 1876, and in the matter of a petition filed in the Resident Magistrate’s Court at Napier by F. Sutton and three electors of the Clive Riding in the County of Hawke’s Bay, praying that the election for the Riding of Clive may be declared to be wholly void or that the election of George Stoddart Whitmore may be delivered to be void.
I hereby give Public Notice that I will hold an enquiry as to the matter alleged in such Petition, on Monday, the 15th day of January, 1877, at eleven o’clock a.m., at the Court House at Napier.
Resident Magistrate.

Stock, Land Estate, and General Commission Agent, Waipukurau
Goods stored and Forwarded.
Offices and Stores: Near the Railway Station.



22nd and 23rd February, 1877.

James Watt.
J.H. Coleman   Sydney Johnston
Robert Farmer   J.N.  Williams
G.E.G. Richardson.
Robert Stuart.
Gavin Peacock.
Robert Brathwaite.
Ulick Burke.

MAIDEN PLATE of 75 sovs.; for all horses that have never won an advertised race exceeding 25 sovs. in value; 1½ miles; weight for age; entrance £4
RAILWAY STAKES of 25 sovs; ¾ mile; weight for age; entrance £2.
NAPIER HANDICAP of 150 sovs, with a sweepstake of 5 sovs each added; second horse to receive 20 sovs from the stakes; distance, 1¾ miles;
entrance, 2 sovs, acceptance 3 sovs to the funds. Nominations with 2 sovs to be made to the Secretary, by 8 p.m. on Saturday, 23rd December. Weights to be declared by Wednesday, 10th January. Acceptance with 3 sovs., to lodged with the secretary by 8 p.m. on Saturday, 3rd February. Sweepstakes to be paid on day of General Entry, the 14th February. The winner of any handicap of the value of 200 sovs after the declaration of the weights to carry 7lbs extra; of the value of 100 sovs, 5lbs extra; penalties not accumulative.
SELLING RACE of 40 sovs; entrance, £2; 1¼ miles; weight for age; winner to be sold for £50; if entered to be sold for £40, allowed 7 lb; if for £30, allowed 14 lbs; if for £20, allowed 21 lbs; if for £10, allowed 28 lbs; any surplus to go to the fund.
HACK RACE of 10 sovs; distance 1 mile; catch weights; entrance £1.

HANDICAP HURDLE RACE of 40 sovs., with a sweep of 3 sovs, for starters, distance 2 miles; over seven flight of hurdles; entrance 2 sovs. The handicap will appear shortly after general entrance.
HAWKE’S BAY STAKES – 75 sovs.; distance 2 miles; weight for age. Winners of weight for age races since August ,1876, in one event of 100 sovs., to carry 7 lbs extra; of 200 sovs., 10lbs; 300 sovs., 14 lbs extra. Penalties not accumulative; Maidens at starting allowed for three-year-olds, 5 lbs; 4 years, 10lbs; 5 years and upwards 14 lbs. Entrance, 4 sovs.
HAWKE’S BAY PRODUCE STAKES – 75 sovs., for all horses bred in the Province that have never won an advertised race at time of entry; winner of the Maiden Plate to carry 7 lb penalty, distance, 1 mile; entrance £4; weight for age.
TRADESMAN’S HANDICAP – 75 sovs., with a sweep of 5 sovs. each; distance 1½ miles; entrance 2 sovs., and acceptance 2 sovs., to the funds. Weights to appear by 8 p.m. on the first day of the races. Acceptance with sweep to be paid before the start for the Hurdle Race.
CONSOLATION HANDICAP – 30 sovs., for all beaten horses at the meeting; 1 mile; entrance £2.

No entry will be received for any of the above races, except upon the conditions that all claims, disputes, and objections arising shall be decided by the Stewards, or whom they appoint, and their decision upon all points shall be final.
General entries and nominations will be received by the Secretary at the Criterion Hotel, Napier, up to 8 p.m. on WEDNESDAY 14th February, 1877.
The Rules and Weights of the New Zealand Jockey Club will be adhered to if in force at the time of the meeting, otherwise the races will be run under the Hawke’s Bay Jockey Club rules.
Five per cent will be deducted from the gross amount of all stakes.
Horses walking over will receive 50 per cent. of the stakes.
M.R. MILLER, Hon. Sec.

WANTED KNOWN – That in all Orders for GENERAL PRINTING executed at the DAILY TELEGRAPH Office, FULL NUMBERS are guaranteed.

Public Works Office,
Wellington, 20th December, 1876.
WRITTEN TENDERS will be received at this Office up to Noon on WEDNESDAY, the 31st January, 1877, for the above contract. They must be addressed to the Hon. the Minister for Public Works, Wellington, and marked outside “Tender for Kopua Bridge Contract.” Plans and specifications may be seen at the Public Works Offices, Auckland, Wellington, Napier, Foxton and Wanganui. Telegraphic tenders, similarly addressed and marked, will be received if presented at any Telegraph Office by Noon of the same date provided that written tenders in due form are lodged at a District or Resident Engineer’s Office by the same hour, and accompanied by a cheque to be specially marked by a banker as good for twenty-one days, and to be in favour of the Receiver General’s Deposit Account only, and not to bearer or order The lowest or any tender will not necessarily be accepted.
By command,


Watches! Watches! Watches !
DRAWS special attention to his Magnificent Stock of WATCHES, just received direct from English and American Manufacturers, and made Specially to Order, which, for Excellence and Cheapness, are unequalled in the colony.
All Watches sold at this establishment are thoroughly regulated  and put in working condition before leaving the premises, and guaranteed.

“By a through knowledge of the natural laws which govern the operations of digestion and nutrition, and by a careful application of the fine properties of well-selected cocoa, Mr. Epps has provided our breakfast tables with a delicately flavoured beverage which may save us many heavy doctors’ bills. It is by the judicious use of such articles of diet that a constitution may be gradually built up until strong enough to resist every tendency to disease. Hundreds of subtle maladies are floating around us ready to attack wherever there is a weak point. We may escape many a fatal shaft by keeping ourselves well fortified with pure blood and a properly nourished frame.” – See in the Civil Service Gazette.
Made simply with boiling water or milk.
Sold only in pockets (tins for abroad), labelled: –


This is an entirely new and superior description, and shows an immense saving as compared with old sorts, a mile of five wires weighing only 10 cwt., versus 17 cwt. No. 8 ordinary Wire. Purchasers particularly note that the SAMSON WIRE is slightly oval in shape, to distinguish it. Each coil has a brass padlock tally and a tin tally stamped “Patent Oval Samson Wire.”
Manufactured by the Whitecross Wire Co., Warrington, and may be procured through any Merchant, Ironmonger, or Storekeeper.

HOLLOWAY‘S PILLS AND OINTMENT. I most respectfully take leave to call the attention of the inhabitants of Australasia to the fact that Messrs. Henry Curran and Co., Wholesale Druggists, of New York, have agencies in various parts, and that their Travellers are going all over the country vending spurious Imitations of my Pills and Ointment, which they make in New York, and which bear in some instances their trade mark thus
Whilst on other labels of this trash it is omitted , the better to deceive you, but the words ‘New York’ are retained. Much of this fictitious stuff is sold in the Auction Rooms of Sydney and elsewhere, and readily finds its way into the back settlements. These are vile frauds, as I do not allow my medicines even to be sold in any part of the United States; they are only made by me at 533, Oxford Street, London.
The same people are circulating a report that my business is about to be formed into a Company which is UTTERLY FALSE.
I most earnestly appeal to that sense of British justice which I feel sure I may venture upon asking my kind countrymen and countrywomen in their distant homes, to assist me, as far as may lay in their power, in denouncing this shameful American Fraud, by cautioning their friends lest they he duped into buying villainous compounds styled “Holloways Pills and Ointment” with any New York label thereon.
Each Pot and Box of the Genuine Medicines bears the British Government Stamp, with the words “HOLLOWAY’S PILLS AND OINTMENT, LONDON.” engraved thereon. On the labels is the address, 533 Oxford street, London, where alone they are manufactured.
LONDON, Feb. 15, 1796

Persons suffering from weak or debilitated constitutions will discover that by the use of this wonderful medicine there is “Health for all.” The blood is the fountain of life, and its purity can be maintained by the use of these pills.
in his work entitled “The Nile Tributaries in Abbyssinia,” says, “I ordered the dragoman Mahomet to inform the Fakey that I was a Doctor, and that I had the best medicines at the service of the sick, with advice gratis. In a short time I had many applicants, to whom I served out a quantity of Holloway’s Pills. These are most useful to an explorer, as possessing unmistakable purgative properties they create an undeniable effect upon the patient, which satisfies him of their value.”
Is a certain remedy for bad legs, bad breasts, and ulcerations of all kinds. It acts miraculously in healing ulcerations, curing skin diseases, and in arresting and subduing all inflammations.
in his account of his extraordinary travels in in China, published in 1871, says – “l had with me a quantity of Holloway’s Ointment.  I gave some to the people, and nothing could exceed their gratitude; and, in consequence, milk, fowls, butter, and horse feed poured in upon us until at last a teaspoonful of Ointment was worth a fowl and any quantity of peas, and the demand became so great that I was obliged to lock up the small remaining stock.”
Sold by all Chemists and Medicine Vendors throughout the World.
On the Label in the address, 533, Oxford-street, London, where alone they are manufactured.
With a “New York” Label.

and at
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Printed and published by EDWARD HENDERSON GRIGG, for the Proprietors, at the Mercury Office, Tennyson-street, Napier, Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand.

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