4 THE WEEKLY MERCURY.
LOCAL AND GENERAL NEWS
Under the Municipal Corporation Act of last session it is provided that in every undivided Borough the Council shall consist of nine Councillors, exclusive of the Mayor.
As the Council is not composed of this number, it will be necessary for all the Councillors to retire from office upon the second Thursday in September next.
It is reported that the Corporation reservoir in course of construction on the hill above St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, is exhibiting signs of weakness. If this is the case, it is fortunate for those that live under the hill that the discovery has been made. We understand that the Public Works Committee’s attention will be officially drawn to this matter at its next sitting.
An accident occurred at the Spit last week. The stewardess of the Rangitira, in going on board that vessel, slipped between the wharf and the steamer, but, fortunately without any serious results. The accident was caused by the plank, which serves as a passage from the wharf to the steamer, not being properly fixed to the ship’s deck, and when the stewardess was proceeding on board, it tipped up, and the lady was precipitated into a watery position, from which she was speedily extricated.
We should like to know whether it is a fact that the Corporation Nightman, by the terms of his contract, has to provide a covered cart for the removal of refuse. The effluvium from the cart when passing at night is beyond description, and creates a nuisance that demands the interference of the Inspector.
Mr. Rhodes, in addressing the electors at Petane last week, expressed the opinion that working for nothing was a game that was played out. Probably it is one in which he himself has never taken part. Mr Rhodes said the Mayor of Napier worked without pay for the first year, but this year he had got £200, and next, the salary would be £300. Mr. Stewart, we may state, worked zealously for two years for nothing, and on the third year took office with the intention of fulfilling his duties without remuneration. The £200 voted him by the Council were offered and accepted as an honorarium. Mr. Rhodes is now a candidate for the vacant seat in the Municipal Council. Are we to believe from his remarks that, if elected in course of time to the Mayoral chair, he will demand £300 a year for his services?
Mr J.N. Wilson returned to Napier on Saturday, overland from Wellington.
The condition of Hastings-street, with its pools of water, mudholes, and footpath obstructions, certainly demands some little attention from the Municipal authorities. The method adopted of watering the streets, we are under the impression, has something to do with the rapid decay of the roadway. The water from the hose is splashed in torrents in places, while other spots are left deep in dust. Is there no one to direct or control the actions of the employees of the Corporation?
One or two Poundkeepers are required to be appointed within the County of Hawke’s Bay, but owing to the ridiculous action taken by the Council, the posts cannot be filled by other than the Governor. This is local government with a vengeance! The Council under the leadership of Colonel Whitmore was handed over the wealthiest portion of the provincial district of Hawke’s Bay hand and foot to the Wellington central authorities. The Clive electors should be proud of having elected Colonel Whitmore.
The Lingards had another successful performance on Thursday before a good house. The first piece was “My Wife’s Lover,” in which Mrs. Lingard took the part of Pauline, who played naturally, and as usual was charming. Mr. Lingard as Citizen Sang froid acted carefully, and made most of the character. Mr. St. Lawrence as Alphonse was very funny, although the part evidently did not suit him. “Not such a Fool as he looks,” one of Byron’s latest comedies, was the piece de resistance, in which Miss Lawrence and Mr. Rede had the most arduous work, and by their admirable acting of the characters of Mr. and Mrs. Mould, fairly earned the well-merited applause they received. Simon Pure required those peculiar abilities for which Mr. Lingard has already given evidence of possession. It is needless to state that he performed his part with a just appreciation of the author’s conception.
The dust contractor is bound by his contract to remove all refuse from houses by eight o’clock in the morning. Generally speaking, boxes of rubbish are to be seen standing at the corner of Brewster Street at twelve o’clock. On Saturday, the dust cart, half-full of refuse, smelling fearfully, was standing at the corner of Brewster Street at twelve o’clock. Moreover, there did not appear on the cart the name of its owner, or the number of its license. The attention of the Inspector of Nuisances was called to the matter, and we await the result.
The swamp reclamation contractors are pushing a-head with their work. Thackeray street – a continuation of Dickens street – has been filled in from the Town Hall reserve to the corner of Millar street near the Railway Station, and a short cross road into Carlyle street has also been reclaimed.
A bazaar in aid of the West Clive Church building fund will be held in the Oddfellows’ Hall, in about a week.
The Interprovincial Cricket Match between Otago and Canterbury, resulted on Friday in a victory for the latter team, who won by 150 runs.
A sum amounting to over £700 has been subscribed towards the erection of a new church in Napier, to be built for the Rev. S. Robinson. The subscription list was only opened on Friday. As soon as £1,000 are collected the work of erection will be begun.
The Wanganui Chronicle in an article on the several journals in New Zealand, thus refers to Hawke’s Bay: – “The TELEGRAPH has enlarged and is now equal in size to the Post, and the Herald is also about to do so immediately. Napier can now boast of as creditable representative organs as any town of similar resources in the colony.”
In another column will be found an advertisement of the anniversary services of Trinity Church, Clive-square. Special sermons will be breached by Mr. Smalley, on Sunday, the 28th inst., and a soiree will take place on the following Tuesday. Tea will be served in the Protestant Hall at 6.30 p.m., and a sacred concert will be held in the church at 7.30 p.m. The entertainment promises to be a very attractive affair. A gallery will be erected over the pulpit, which will be occupied by the children of the school and choir, who will render a short service of song illustrative of the “Prodigal Son,” with Mr. Walker as conductor and Miss Martin at the harmonium. The second part of the entertainment will consist of solos, duets, and anthems from the choir, assisted by several of our popular local amateurs, with Mr. Bear at the organ. Already a large number of tickets are sold.
The proposal to build a theatre at Napier has again been revived. The insufficient accommodation afforded at the Oddfellows’ Hall whenever any good dramatic company visits this town, creates the impression that a building constructed specially for theatrical representations would be a proﬁtable undertaking for a joint stock company.
We learn that Mr. Firth of Te Aute has made arrangements for the establishment of a saw-mill at Norsewood.
Mdlle. de Murska and her husband, Mr. John Hill, left Melbourne for London on the 11th instant.
The Rev. S. Edger has been elected Worthy Grand Templar, the late chief, Mr. Speight, declining to be nominated.
The prizes that fell to the Napier subscribers to the Royal Scotch Art Union arrived here by the Rangitira. A handsome oil painting, of the value of £52 10s, fell to the lot of Mr. Stoddart, engineer on board the Southern Cross.
The farewell performance of the Lingards was given on Friday to a crowded house. The favorite comedy “Our Boys” was repeated; Mrs. Lingard, as usual, making a most fascinating “Mary Melrose,” and quite brought down the house in the proposal scene. Miss St. Lawrence made the most of her part of “Violet;” but as the ladies of the comedy have exceedingly light parts, Miss St. Lawrence had comparatively easy work. Mr. Lingard, in his part, was even more amusing than ever. Mr. St. Lawrence, as the young, generously-minded swell, acted in a masterly manner. Mr. Rede took the part of the baronet in a quiet, gentlemanly manner; and Mr. Bell, one of “Our Boys,” showed considerable signs of improvement in his part. The part of “Aunt Clarissa” was fairly taken by Mrs. Thornton; and Miss A. Thornton received rounds of applause in the short, but exceedingly amusing part of “B-B-B-l-linda.” The last act was played very spiritedly, but the first seemed to hang fire a little. This, in a great measure, was due to the presence of three or four “sweet little cherubs” who favored the audience with solos, duets, trios, &c., much to the annoyance of their respective mothers, and the discomfort and indignation of the rest of the audience.
From a private telegram received this morning from Wellington, we learn that the action for damages taken by Mr. Toxward, an architect, against Mr. Hastwell, coach proprietor, for injuries sustained through the upsetting of Mr. Hastwell’s coach, when on its way to Wellington to Wairarapa, has resulted in favour of Mr. Hastwell, Mr. Toxward failing to prove his case.
The Court of St. Charles, Napier, A.O.F., will celebrate its fifth anniversary on the 1st February next. The Court Sir [St.] Charles Napier, was the first branch of the Order established in this town, commencing with twenty-seven members, it now numbers over one hundred. It has been the parent of the Lord Clyde, Wairoa, Captain Cook, Napier, Sir Henry Havelock, Havelock, Courts in Hawke’s Bay. The Secretary has now received a dispensation , &c., to open a Court at Gisborne, to be called Court Gladstone, which will be opened during the present month by P.C.R. Walker. The total strength of the Order in this province is about two hundred and fifty.
There was only one nomination of a candidate for the vacant seat in the Municipal Council received by the Returning Officer on Monday. That candidate is Mr. H.R. Holder, upon whose unopposed re-election we offer our congratulations.
The following draft of a warrant, having for its object the protection of salmon and trout, has been sent to the chairmen of the various Acclimatisation Societies for their consideration, before advising its issue by his Excellency the Governor: – 1. No person, excepting as hereafter provided, shall ﬁsh for salmon or salmon trout in any part of the colony, or use any net or other engine instrument, or device, for taking ﬁsh in any river or stream in which young salmon or salmon trout, or salmon fry or spawn, or salmon trout fry or spawn are placed or deposited. 2. No person, excepting as hereinafter provided, shall have in his possession any salmon or salmon trout. 3. All nets or other engines, instruments or devices whatever, used contrary to the provisions of these regulations, shall be seized, forfeited, destroyed, or removed, as the case may require. 4. The penalty for every offence against the above regulations shall be a sum not exceeding £100. Nothing in these regulations shall be held to be applicable to any Acclimatisation Society or their ofﬁcers, or agents, or to any other body, or persons in charge of ﬁsh-breeding experiments.
A good story is told of one of the candidates for the representation of Napier. Some months ago a subscription was set on foot for the purchase of a ﬁre engine, and this candidate was asked to put his name on the list. This he refused, saying “I have no interest in the town; my house is perfectly safe.” He has since discovered that he has a lively interest in Napier, and the other day, meeting the canvasser for the Fire-brigade, asked him for his vote. “Well,” said the canvasser, “I asked you for subscription some time ago for a fire engine, and you said, in effect, it did not matter to you if the whole town was burnt down. Let us first settle that, and then we will talk politics.”
“Put my name down for £5, and let us talk politics,” said the candidate in reply. The name against a five pound subscription was soon written down, and then the canvasser said, “and now for politics; l have already promised my vote.” Tableau – exit, candidate indignant, canvasser laughing.
We understand that the eminent actor, Mr Emmett, is likely to visit Napier shortly, in conjunction with a theatrical troupe. He has latterly been playing to crowded houses in the Southern provinces.
Mr. James Watt’s three horses, Ariel, Ngairo, and a Lady-bird colt arrived by the Southern Cross, on Sunday, and were landed in excellent condition. Ariel and Ngairo will be entered for the forthcoming Hawke’s Bay Autumn meeting, which will be held in Mr. S. Johnston’s paddocks, West Clive.
On Friday afternoon, as Constable Gruner was making his rounds at Port Ahuriri Harbor, he heard a splash in the water, and on proceeding to the spot he perceived one of John Northe’s children struggling for life. The child came to the surface for the third time, when Constable Gruner caught it by the hand, and succeeded in rescuing it.
The letter portion of the Suez mail arrived in Napier overland on Saturday, and the newspapers were received by the steamer Kiwi on Monday.
From private letters received from Auckland on Monday, we regret to learn that Sir George Grey continues in a very weak state of health, and that he is unable to take his usual out-door walks. He is still residing at Kawau.
A country gentleman in Taranaki boiled down a large dog for the sake of the fat. He was absent for some time, and when he returned he found that the cook had been frying the steaks and onions with that fat.
Our ex-Governor, Sir James Fergusson, has been defeated in his contest for a seat for Frome in the House of Commons.
We shall soon have three Maori newspapers in New Zealand, the Waka Maori, Wananga, and a journal which is to be issued in the King country, and which is to be under the immediate supervision of His Maori Majesty and his Executive.
The Rev. S. Robinson preached at Havelock on Sunday morning. The rev. gentleman will shortly visit Melbourne for the beneﬁt of his health, and will probably be absent from Napier until the church is erected that is about to be built for him.
We are glad to learn that Mr. Sinclair, who received such severe injuries some weeks ago by falling from his horse, and whose life was almost despaired of, is now so far recovered that he will be able to leave the hospital in about ten days. A cork leg has been ordered from England to replace the one amputated, and on its arrival, we trust to see Mr. Sinclair walking about as well as ever.
Mr. Buchanan has at length publicly announced his intention to seek the suffrages of the electors. His address will be found in another column. Its chief interest lies in the fact that, apparently, Mr. Buchanan has at length discovered the inutility of kicking against the pricks, and expresses an intention of working in harmony with Mr. Ormond. Is this an electioneering dodge, or sincere?
The Artillery Volunteers will be glad to hear that their new uniforms have arrived at Auckland. As soon as they reach Napier, they will be unpacked at Messrs. Routledge, Kennedy and Co.’s store Tennyson-street, and be at once distributed to the members of the company.
Mr. W.H. Flood was the fortunate winner of the piano that was raffled by the Gymnasium Club on Saturday. Mr. Flood had been presented with a ticket for executing certain repairs on the piano, and was not present at the raffle. A friend, however, “threw” for him, and topped the highest score, for which £10 had just been paid on the chance of it not being beaten.
The organ for St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, we hear, is on board the ship Fernglen, which sailed from London early in December last.
There has been an extraordinary failure of justice at Launceston. The Tasmanian Parliament, during its last session, passed a new Juries Act, which does not come into force until July, and the former one had been repealed. Consequently Chief Justice Smith rulled [ruled] that no juries could be empanelled; the Attorney-General had to enter a nolle prosequi; and six prisoners to be discharged.
Through the courtesy of Major Richardson, who takes the trouble of registering the rain fall at Te Kapu, our Wairoa correspondent has been enabled to give us the following information re the rain fall at that station, during the past year. Total (in inches) 59.97, being a decimal under 5 inches per month on the average. The highest month was January with 15.99 inches, and the lowest September with 80. January, 15.99; February, 4.56; March, 3.97 ; April, 6.07; May, 4.45; June, 3.64; July, 6.72; August, 3.00; September .80; October, 2.68; November, 3.61; December 4.57. Total, 50.95 inches.