Weekly Mercury and Hawke’s Bay Advertiser 06 – February 10 1877

WEEKLY MERCURY
AND
Hawke’s Bay Advertiser,

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

Vol. II. – No. 65.   NAPIER, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 1877.   PRICE SIXPENCE

IMPROVED FREEHOLD ESTATES.
PAKOWHAI, NEAR NAPIER.
446 ACRES, 416 ACRES, 613 ACRES.
TO BE SOLD BY PUBLIC AUCTION
AT NAPIER ON
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 26,
At Noon.
M.R. MILLER
HAS received positive instructions from the owner of the above properties, Alex. McHardy, Esq., to dispose of all his freehold lands at Pakowhai, in three separate, compact blocks, each complete and workable in itself – and present improvements, except buildings, rendering each block capable of re-division if afterwards found desirable by the purchaser. The whole of the lands are under English grasses, watered by seven artesian wells, and are divided into numerous paddocks, each having all requisite surface drainage provided for. The fences are most substantial, a number of them double with live quick hedges. These, with most plantations dotted over the property, afford ample shelter. This Estate, now well known as the best fattening country in New Zealand, is carrying fat, an average of AT LEAST SEVEN SHEEP PER ACRE. It is handy to market and Port, the nearest point being only about six miles from Napier. On the 440 acre Block there are a substantial Dwelling house and offices, Stables, Looseboxes, Cowsheds, numerous yards, and a dip. The Woolshed and Yards are within 2¼ miles of the Farndon Railway Station.
As the owner requires not only all his available capital, but also to bestow the whole of his attention on a larger and more distant property, he finds it ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY TO EFFECT A SALE of this. To ensure this result the reserve is really nominal, having NOW BEEN REDUCED to a sum now below value.  The terms will be easy, as about TWO-THIRDS remain on the mortgage at SEVEN PER CENT for EIGHT YEARS.
As the property must be quitted, intending buyers will do well to pay an early visit. Plans may be seen and further particulars obtained at the offices of the auctioneer.
M. R. MILLER,
Napier.
Napier, 8th January, 1877.

SMALL FREEHOLD PROPERTIES AT WAIROA,
40 TO 200 ACRES EACH.
BY AUCTION.
MONDAY, 26TH FEBRUARY, 1877,
At Napier.
M. R. MILLER
Has received instructions from R. D. Maney, Esq., to sell by public auction, on the above date, at Napier,
The following SECTIONS in the Wairoa DISTRICT: –
No. 39 – 50 acres   No. 65 – 60 acres
No. 37 – 60 acres   No. 66 – 60 acres
Liberal terms.
Plans may be had at the office of the auctioneer
M.R. MILLER

RURAL SECTIONS, WOODVILLE.
ON DEFERRED PAYMENTS.
THE undersigned suitable sections FOR SALE on Liberal Terms: –
A. R.   A.
No. 129. – 40   3   No. 132. – 111
No. 130. – 40   0   No. 133. – 104
No. 131. – 46   2   No. 134. – 104/
No. 135. – 133   No. 153. – 80
No. 154. – 105   No. 199. – 73
M.R. MILLER.

IMPORTANT SALE.
THOROUGHBRED HORSE STOCK,
AT HASTINGS ON
SATURDAY, FEBURARY 24, 1877,
At Noon.
MR. M.R. MILLER
Has been instructed by R. Farmer Esq., of Longlands, to submit for public sale, at Hastings, on the above date, the under-noted Thoroughbred Horse Stock,
1   “BLACK BESS”
2   ch m, by “St. Patrick”
3   ch m, by “Duchess”|
4   ch m, by “Marchioness”
5   ch m, by “Lady Bird”
6   ch m, by “Mina Mina”
YEARLINGS
7   ch m, by “Lady Elizabeth”
8   ch m, by “Merlin”
Also,
“The p[…] of Mr. Watt, in training,|
Ch c […] b g “Parawhenua.”
The Auctioneer feels that the well-known Stud Stock of those gentleman require no comment.
Catalogues, with terms and full particulars can be obtained at the office of the undersigned.
M.R. MILLER, Auctioneer.

COUNTRY RESIDENCE
AND
LEASEHOLD LAND,
FARNDON.
FOR SALE, the Goodwill of Lease (about 10 years to run) of 12 acres of Land immediately adjoining the Railway Station, Farndon, divided into three Paddocks richly grassed, and a well-stocked garden and orchard, artesian well, &c.: together with a neat and comfortable Dwelling-house, detached Kitchen, Stable, Coach-shed &c., the property if Duncan McDougall, Esq., who is about to leave this district. Possession can be given end of January.
Mr. McDougall has spared no expense in internal arrangements of the house to make it comfortable. The whole of the furniture may be taken at a valuation, and two quiet milk cows now in use, a thoroughly staunch, well broken harness mare and double buggy, can also be sold along with the property. Also, a small standing crop of Oats.
This very desirable residence presents an opportunity for a family wishing to reside near town, and yet to have the convenience of the country, rarely offered. The price very moderate.
For further particulars, apply to
M.R. MILLER.

PROPERTIES FOR SALE.
70,000 ACRES Freehold Crown Grant, and 20,000 acres Leasehold, with
50,000 Sheep, 250 Cattle, 45 Horses.
The Homestead of this property is about 20 miles from Napier; 25,000 acres have been already surface sown, the soil is rich, limestone formation, hills and downs, well watered, rapidly increasing in carrying capacity, and the whole divided into eight great divisions by 107 miles of fencing, and 75 miles of good natural boundaries, rivers and creeks, numerous paddocks, and yards, two woolsheds and every improvement for working the Station, about 55,000 acres fit for Agriculture , suitable for cutting up into small properties. This Estate is to be disposed of solely on account of dissolution of partnership.
7,000 acres, Freehold, Crown Grant, 24 miles from Napier
23,000 acres, Leasehold, 18 years to run, low rent, with
9,000 Sheep, 40 head Cattle, Horses, Bullocks, &c. Good home improvements, and 2000 acres fenced into paddocks: the whole will take grass seed readily, is well watered, and easy access from town.
440 acres Rich Land, highly improved, 8 miles from Napier
416 acres Rich Land, richly grassed, 8 miles from Napier
613 acres Rich Land, richly grassed, 8 miles from Napier
11,000 acres Freehold, Crown Grant, with
2,000 acres Leasehold, excellent pastoral lands, 40 miles from Napier, well bounded, over 30 miles fencing, 25 paddocks, good houses, woolshed, and all necessary improvements, with
10,000 Sheep, few Cattle and Horses
3,920 acres Freehold, rich Pastoral land, Wairoa, with
800 Sheep, and 100 head Cattle
900 acres Freehold Agricultural and Pastoral Land, Wairoa
4,677 acres Freehold Agricultural and Pastoral Land, Wairoa, with
3,000 Sheep and other necessary working improvements
3,000 acres Freehold, Southern Seaboard, improved
1,220 acres Freehold, Southern Seaboard, improved
400 acres Freehold, Southern Seaboard, improved
2,500 acres Freehold, Southern Seaboard, improved, with
2,000 Sheep, 250 head Cattle
4,200 acres Freehold, Agricultural and Pastoral Land, Poverty Bay
11,000 acres Leasehold, Pastoral, Poverty Bay, with
3000 Sheep and few Cattle
1,600 acres, Leasehold, half interest, Poverty Bay
14,000 acres Leasehold, excellent country, Tologa [ Tolaga ] Bay
8,800 acres Leasehold, excellent country, Tologa Bay, with
3,000 Sheep and good improvements
1,100 acres Freehold, rich land, Opotiki, with
1,000 Sheep, and all necessary improvements
33,000 acres, Leasehold, Pastoral, 26 miles from Napier
150,000 acres Leasehold, Pastoral, 30 miles from Napier, with
10,000 Sheep, exclusive of Lambs
55,000 acres Leasehold, Pastoral, 70 miles from Napier, with
5,000 Sheep and 50 head Cattle
9,000 acres Freehold, Agricultural and Pastoral, Seaboard, with
14,000 acres Leasehold with valuable improvements, with
15,000 Sheep, few Cattle, Horses, &c.
1,639 acres Freehold, near Greytown, with
1,040 acres Leasehold, all fenced and subdivided, and
5,000 longwool Sheep, 120 Cattle, few horses, and every improvement necessary. The coach road passes through the property.
M.R. MILLER.
Stock and Station Agent.

CONSIGNMENT, FLOUR, OATMEAL, BRAN, OATS.
FOR SALE,
20 TONS 200lb. Silk dressed Dunedin Flour.
20 Bag, 50lbs, Silk dressed Dunedin Flour.
5 sacks Oatmeal, Dunedin, new.
204 bags, Bran, Dunedin, new.
484 bags, Feed and Seed Oats.|
Apply to
MURRAY, COMMON & CO.

FREEHOLD PROPERTY, KAIKORA.
FOR SALE.
30 ACRES GOOD AGRICULTURAL LAND, with frontage to the great North Road, and within a mile of the Kaikora Railway Station, together with four-roomed House thereon.
J.J. TYE,
Land and Estate Agent,
Waipawa.

AUCTION SALE OF LAND
AT
WEST CLIVE.
ROUTLEDGE, KENNEDY & CO,
Are instructed by R.P Gifford. Esq., to sell by Public Auction at their rooms, Napier, on
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 1877,
At 2 p.m.
SUBURBAN SECTION No. 25, and a portion of Suburban Section No. 26, West Clive, containing exclusive of roads, about 15 Acres. Subdivided into convenient Building Allotments of from a quarter acre to one acre.
The above offers a splendid opportunity for persons desirous of acquiring a Freehold in this convenient and healthy locality.
The land is of the first quality, and safe from floods.
Plans of the Property will be published.
Terms liberal.

ROUTLEDGE, KENNEDY & CO.
HAVE JUST RECEIVED
from Messrs Lane, Campbell & Co., of Dunedin, a consignment of
100 CASES of their well known Cordials, consisting of Ginger Wine, Raspberry Vinegar, Rum Punch, Cherry Brandy, Champaigne [Champagne], Cider, Lime Juice, Cordials, Aromatic Sherry Bitters, &c., &c., &c.
The quality of the above is strongly recommend to Hotel keepers and others, as being equal to any imported from England, while the prices are much lower.

ROUTLEDGE, KENNEDY & CO.
Are instructed by J.W. Witty, Esq., ( who purposes residing on his property in Wairoa,
TO OFFER FOR SALE OR LEASE,
Either Furnished or Unfurnished,
HIS DWELLING HOUSE AND Grounds, Lighthouse-road, Napier.
The House has been fitted at great expense, and is the most commodious and comfortable in Napier.
In case of Sale, a considerable portion of the Purchase Money may remain on Mortgage at a moderate rate of interest.

ROUTLEDGE, KENNEDY & CO,
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 3 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 on the market.

FOR SALE YOUNG SHORTHORN BULLS.
THE undersigned is instructed by the Hon. H.R. Russell, to take Orders for Young Bulls of this Season, the produce of his celebrated, the Crown Prince, out of seven-eight’s bred Abbot cows.
Crown Prince and his two sons took each the First Prize in their class at the late Hawke’s Bay Agricultural Show, and the Abbot, the sire of the cows, ( which was purchased by Mr. Russell from the Hon. Col. Whitmore), is universally known, and has left stock in the district, second to no other bull.
Also,
MERINO RAMS – Got by Dowling celebrated Rams, out of Ewes bred from a small flock of Sheep, imported in 1862, and which have always been carefully attended to and improved.
LINCOLN RAMS – Got by two of Kirkham’s imported Rams, out of pure Lincoln Ewes.
For further particulars apply to
JOSEPH J. TYE,
Stock and Station Agent,
Waipawa and Waipukurau.

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INTERPROVINCIAL.
WAIROA.
(FROM OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT.)
February 3.
Mr. Buchanan’s meeting to-night is expected to be largely attended, but his chances of support here are thought to be very small. All the votes here are said to be pledged to Mr. Sutton. Mr. Buchanan’s apparent connection with the repudiation party is thought to damage his cause. It is expected that he will get a few Maori votes, and perhaps two or three others through Mr. Sheehan’s influence.
February 5.
The meeting on Saturday was largely attended. Mr. Buchanan made an able speech, which took greatly. Cries for Sheehan than brought the member for Rodney up, who kept the audience in roars of laughter, and so turned the feelings of the audience in favor of Mr. Buchanan so that now it is doubtful if Mr. Sutton will get a third of the Wairoa votes. Mr. Burton apologized, as chairman of Mr. Sutton’s meeting, for anything of a private nature having been used by Mr. Sutton as a weapon of attack.
The Manaia leaves at 11a.m. to-day for Napier.

(FROM ANOTHER CORRESPONDENT)
February 3.
Mr. Buchanan’s has been heartily received here. His meeting this evening will be largely attended, and if he plays his cards well he will succeed in drawing a large number of votes.
Two other Napier gentlemen (one Mr. Sheehan) is expected to address the meeting, and public expectation is all on the tip toe as to how he will be received. The party to which he belongs is not in favor here, but his friends say he will change the public opinion.
February 5.
Mr. Buchanan’s meeting on Saturday was well attended. Most of his remarks were similar to those reported in the papers as delivered in Napier. Mr. Sheehan was next on the boards. He delivered a highly humorous electioneering clap-trap speech, that left no impression after the meeting was over. Several of the electors who had applauded the speeches remarked that they were both clever men, but not to be trusted as politicians. Sutton will poll the largest number of votes here, about two-thirds; the rest will be divided among the other candidates.

AUCKLAND.
(FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT.)
Friday 3.
The Jane Douglas left last evening for Gisborne and Napier, with a full general cargo, and the following passengers: Messrs. C. Bennett, M. Page, and H.M. Shepherd.

DUNEDIN.
(FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT.)
February 3.
Mr. Murray, who was thrown out of a buggy early in the week at Blue Spur, died this morning.
Mr Murray, M.H.R. for Bruce, in addressing his constituents at Milton last night, severely criticized the railway construction, and said that he had it on good reliable authority that £1,000,000 had been wasted in the permanent way. The delay in constructing the Northern and Southern lines was very sharply commented on. He said that it was owing to Mr. Richardson’s wrong partiality for Canterbury. He accused Sir J. Vogel, after becoming a civil servant, of haunting the lobbies, and said that certain amusements were indulged in which the members ought not to indulge in, at least during the time they should be attending to the business of the country.
February 6.
It is raining heavier than ever. All the Forbury flat is under water and the people get from their homes on to the main road by rafts. McLaggan and Rattray-street are flooded as bad as in 1868. North and Scoular’s Shamrock Hotel, and several business places are under water. The Leith is bank high and several bridges have been carried away. Traffic on the port line is interrupted by land slips. On the Clutha line, a coal train ran off through the rails sinking at Abbotsford, but there was no other accident, and traffic is continuing as usual. News from Taieri reports the plain under water, with every prospect of a flood. The Shag and Clutha rivers are rising rapidly.
LATER.
All the lower portions of the city are under water, as also South Dunedin. Great damage is being done to property. Railway traffic on the Port Chalmers and Clutha line is suspended. Great injury has been done to the crops throughout the country.

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WELLINGTON.
February 2.
Arrived – Maggie Paterson, schooner, from Napier, with wool.
The Government have received from the Agent-General the following immigration advices by “Frisco mail: – On the 11th November the Wiltshire sailed for Lyttelton, with 282 souls; on the 21st November, the Oxford, for Auckland, with 239; on the 18th November, Loch Dee, for Otago, with 17 who were landed sick at Weymouth from the Hurunui on 20th; the Hurunui from Plymouth, with 170, 23 of whom were landed at Plymouth, and are to leave by the Carmatic, for Lyttelton; about 9th December 31 immigrants insisted on leaving the Huranui. The following vessels were engaged to take the immigrants; – Fernglen for Hawke’s Bay, December; Northampton, for Nelson, Wellington, and Westland. The above completes the Government requirements for the year.
All advertisements have been stopped, and the staff reduced.
February 3.
It rained heavily the greater part of the night, and it is raining still. The weather is very thick and unpromising. There is no likelihood of the English cricketers playing to-day. The Wellington has not yet arrived in Picton.

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LYTTELTON.
February 2.
Arrived – Lady Don, schooner, from Napier to Wellington, having been blown here be the heavy westerly and N.W. weather that prevailed since leaving Napier on January 20.

DUNEDIN.
February 3.
The Harbor Board revenue for the year ending 31st December last was £14,594, and the expenditure £7647. The present liabilities for work going on amount to £15,865, besides the proposed dredging contract of Mr. Proudfoot, which costs £89,250.
Messrs. Cargill, Gibbes and Co., have received the following telegram from Helmuth Schwartz, and Co, dated London 31st January: – “The next series of wool sales will commence on the 20th February, 250,000 bales are expected. Since the close of last series, the market has been quiet. The trade on the continent is flat. Transactions are very small. The Antwerp market for the River Plate wool is lower.
The salary of the chairman of the Vincent County has been fixed at £400.
Mr. Vincent Pyke has been hung in effigy opposite the Town Council Chamber at Clyde, because he gave a deliberate vote for Cromwell, and a casting vote for Clyde, being the County town.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

WAIPUKURAU CRICKET CLUB.
SIR, – It was with the utmost surprise that I read in your contemporary’s issue of to-day signed “Waipukurauite” I consider it a piece of the most unpardonable and unwarrantable presumption on the part of the writer to assume the responsibility of giving utterance to his private opinion and call it the opinion of our club. I certainly fail to see in what way he can attribute unhandsome conduct on our part towards the Napier cricketers. In the first place instead of a paltry £75 which was in the first instance offered as a combined subscriptions of the town of Napier, our little village has come forward and doubled that amount. In the second place I am given to understand by a member of the Napier club that they have not a piece of ground to play upon “better than a potatoe [potato] field;” it is therefore a piece of presumption asking an All England Eleven to play at Napier. The Waipukurau ground is fenced in and well turfed, and we can offer them a decent wicket. From what source “Waipukurauite” derives his information about the cricket committee not consenting to their ground not being used for the proposed match I know not, but I can assure him that the ground committee not only have no objection to giving the ground, but we would be glad to have the opportunity of so doing. Let “Waipikurauite” ventilate his own ideas if he likes on the subject, but he has no possible right through the medium of the newspapers to make himself the mouth-piece of the club, as his private opinion in no way represents the feelings of our cricketers. – I am &c.,
ONE OF THE CLUB.
February 3rd 1877.

THE WATER RATE.
SIR, – As one who read the letter of “Aquarius” in your columns of Saturday, allow me to ask, why the members of the Corporation struck such a heavy rate, which became payable long before the interest for the £10,000 is due, or before one quarter of the ratepayers can obtain any benefit for the works? It is a crying shame on them to impose such a claim when they could, by borrowing the money for a longer term of years, have made the rate lighter, and also those who in future would come to reside amongst us pay their share. If taxes are to continue to increase in this manner, we shall find Napier a pretty warm place to settle in, and they will also keep people from settling in this part of the colony, As it is at present, what with the high rates charged for provisions and clothing, and now the taxes, a working married man will find it hard to properly educate his children or support his family in a respectable manner, – I am, &c.,
FAIR PLAY.
February 5, 1877

WATERWORKS RATE.
SIR, – As there appears to be some misapprehension in the public mind of Napier as to the purpose for which the special waterworks rate is now being levied, and which is by no means clearly set forth in yesterday’s Telegraph, the following extracts from the “Municipal Corporation Water Works Act 1872,” will perhaps set the subject in a clear light.
Clause 16 – “ For the purpose of carrying out the undertaking, or for the purchase of any existing Water Works, the Council may borrow and take up at interest not exceeding 8 per cent. Any sum of money not exceeding in the whole such sum as shall be authorised by any special Act for that purpose,” &c., &c.
Clause 29 – “ For the purpose of securing the payment of the principal and interest of any loan which may be contracted by the Council as foresaid, the Council may make a special rate upon all rateable property within the City not exceeding in any one year the sum of 1s 3d in the pound of the annual value of such property, &c., &c.
The “special rate”, therefore, is 1s in the pound now being levied is in order to pay interest and to provide a sinking fund for the Water Works Loan of £10,000 which was negociated [negotiated] in London upwards of six months ago at 7 per cent.
Now with regard to the water rates to be levied, the Act provides as follows: –
Clause 35 – “Subject as hereinafter mentioned, the Council may levy and take within the Borough any water rates not exceeding the following rates; that is to say:- “In respect of all buildings used as dwelling houses to which water shall be laid on pursuant to the undertaking, where the assessed annual value of such buildings shall not exceed £12 10s, a rate of 10s per annum, and where such assessed annual value shall exceed £12 10s, but shall not exceed £100, a rate per centum on such value not exceeding £7. And where such assessed annual value shall exceed £100, but shall not exceed £200, a rate per centum on such value not exceeding £6. And where such assessed value shall exceed £200, but shall not exceed £300, a rate per centum on such value of £4. And in respect of all such buildings to which water can be but is not laid on pursuant to the undertaking, and is situated within the distance of 100 yards from any water pipes laid down under the authority of the Act, a rate per centum upon the assessed annual value equal to half the rate which would be payable in respect thereof if the water were laid on. And in respect of all buildings used as stores and warehouses, or for any other purposes except as dwelling-houses, a rate per centum of £2 10s on the assessed value.
Clause 54 – “in all cases where any person liable to the payment of the special rate authorised to be made and levied under the provisions of this Act shall also be liable to the payment of a water rate, such person shall be required to pay only the larger of the two amounts, but this provision is nor a prejudice the rights of debenture holders or mortgagees under the provisions of this Act.”
These clauses therefore clearly define the powers of the Council with regard to the levying of rates, both for the purpose of paying interest on loan, providing a sinking fund, and for supplying houses with water. I am, &c.,
AQUARIUS.
February 3, 1877.

ADDRESSES OF CANDIDATES.
SIR, – I see by a letter signed “Anthropos” which appears in your contemporary of the 2nd instant, that he seems much dissatisfied that the candidates, Messrs Sutton and Buchanan, had said nothing regarding your flourishing capital. The Reason is easily seen, and if “Anthropos” had thought for a moment, before jumping at a hasty conclusion in supporting that Napier was left in the cold by these candidates, he would have known that while they were promising to support measures conducive to the welfare of the country (i.e., town and country), it must be for the welfare of both. Again, I would call “Anthropos” to mind that, if the country is not settled and supported by the Government, there can be no town. Take away the country. Where is the town? The settlers in the country are the back bone of the country ; they are the bees, while the townspeople are the gatherers of the honey. Moreover, your town has an armful of parental guardians in your Municipal Council, and the Chairman of the Waste Lands Board is a man who has a stake in the place, as also other members of the same. Undoubtedly, the standard question of the age as regards this election, and which is agitating the people of this age is – What is your opinion the form of Education should take? Whether it should be a purely secular or denominational measure? There is no doubt that in many of the elector’s minds the question will arise, which is the cheapest? For men will think of their pockets before deciding between to two forms. I am, &c.,
AJAX.
Taradale February 3, 1876.

THE RAM FAIR – A CORRECTION.
SIR, – When you gave a list of the sales of sheep at the Ram Fair the other day you omitted to give the list of those pens of Messrs J. and W. Nelson’s that were sold before lunch time. In justice to those well-known breeders of Lincoln Rams, we think it only fair that the prices of the whole of the Rams realized should be made public. We therefore append a corrected list of the Rams sold for the above named Gentlemen.
2 Lincoln rams £10, £20 ; 2 Lincoln rams £10, £20 ; 2 Lincoln rams £10.10s, £21; 2 Lincoln rams £10.10s £21; 1 Lincoln ram £11; 1 Lincoln ram £10.10s; 4 Lincoln rams, £10, £40 ; 1 Lincoln ram £8.10s; 3 Lincoln rams, £6.10s. £19.10s; 1 Lincoln ram, £7.10s 3 Lincoln rams, £5.15s £17.50s; 4 Lincoln rams, £6, £24; 4 Lincoln rams, £3.5s, £13 ; 4 Lincoln rams £4, £16; 4 Lincoln rams, £3.13s, £15 ; 4 Lincoln rams £4.15s,£19 ; 4 Lincoln rams £3.5s £13 ; 4 Lincoln rams £4, £16 ; 4 Lincoln rams, £4, £16. – We are, &c.,
ROUTLEDGE, KENNEDY, & CO.
Napier, February 3, 1877

SWAMP HOSPITAL FUND.
SIR, – Having seen in this day’s Herald (in answer to “The Swamp Laborers) that there has been deposited in that office the sum of £2 6s towards the Hospital Fun by Mr Thomas, Manager of the Works, it seems very strange that there has been no account rendered of £2 16s contributed by us to that fund, as we all very cheerfully contributed and left the money on the good faith of our Contractor, Mr Anderson, to be given into the Hospital Fund. I might add too that our Contractors, J.H. Anderson and C.D. Berry, also contributed to the fund £1 10s, making a total of £4 6s.
Trusting you will give insertion to the foregoing in this evening’s journal., and that our Contractor will account where our money lies. – We remain, &c.,
THE SWAMP LABORERS.
Swamp Reclamation Works,
February 3, 1877.

THE GENERAL GOVERNMENT AND ITS SERVANTS.
SIR, – I have seen the plans of the National Bank and am bound to say that there was no necessity for the Bank to employ a man outside Napier for such a production. I should like to know who paid for drawing paper, &c.? Who paid the man that made the tracing? And who paid the expenses of the passage money from Wellington? And, also how this important public servant can be spared from the seat of government when our particular Mr. Ormond is there? – I am, &c.,
ON THE SQUARE.
February 3, 1877.

A negro witness on a trial, the other day, was asked what he was doing in a certain liquor shop at a certain time. He explained that he had gone there to “change his breff”. The explanation was accepted.

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We have heard it suggested that, in the event of Captain Russell resigning his place in the House in accordance with the wishes of the electors, which will be expressed in due time in the form of a requisition, the vacant seat should be offered as a Consolation Stakes to the beaten candidates at the forthcoming election. The idea is a good one, and as, under those circumstances, the race would only be open to four out of the five candidates now in the field, the electors would not have to listen to any more “views.”

A case of distress has reached us, it is that of a poor woman at Wairoa whose husband has been through misfortune compelled to leave the district in search of work. The wife is left with five children, the youngest ten months’ old, and in sickly health, owing to the poverty of its mother. For some months the only money she has received was the sum of L[£] 6 that her husband sent her. He has travelled looking for work, overland to Wanganui, and Taranaki, and is now in Wellington where he has at last obtained employment, and hopes in time to be able to remit his wife sufficient money to enable her and the children to join him. In the meantime the poor woman is starving herself, and giving the little drop of milk and the fruit that she receives from her neighbors to keep her children in health. The subscriptions of the charitable are solicited on her behalf, and it is hoped that a small sum – however small – may be collected to remit to her by the next trip of the Manaia to the Wairoa. The funds collected will be handed to Captain Smith, of the Manaia, by whom they will be faithfully applied.

Two men named respectively James Peters and John Cartwright, who have been “wanted” by the Hawke’s Bay police on several charges of obtaining money and goods under false pretences were arrested at Carterton, in the Wairarapa on Monday, and were taken to Wellington for conveyance to Napier.

The Napier rowing men will have to look to their laurels. We have seen a crew, after a pull from Te Kapu to Clyde, a distance of thirteen miles, get out of their four-oar in-rigged gig, as fresh as possible, and after a rest of an hour take their seats and row back again. The form of rowing was excellent. We were informed that this pull of twenty-six miles was pretty often done, and that in good time and style.

It has transpired that owing to some muddling the Harbor contractors are in a position to defy the Harbor Board. According to the contract it turns out that the Board can make no stoppages until the whole contract is completed. As at that time there will be only about £3,000 for the contractors to obtain they can snap their fingers at all the threats of penalties, which they know cannot be enforced. Who is responsible?

The All England Eleven decline to visit Hawke’s Bay on the plea of other engagements. Our cricketers believe they were afraid to meet them.

On Monday, not only in Hawke’s Bay but throughout the whole colony, there was a very heavy rain fall. The worst feature in the matter is that a large quantity of grain is lying cut, which is consequently damaged, making the prospects of the farmers rather gloomy. At the Kumara diggings, the township of Greenstone was washed away, and a large amount of damage done.

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We learn that Mr Bachelder’s Panorama will open in the Oddfellow’s Hall, Napier, on Monday, the 19th instant.

A meeting was held at the Taradale Hotel on Monday, at which all denominations were well represented, to take into consideration the generous offer of H. S. Tiffen, Esq., of a piece of ground for a cemetery. The chairman (J. Bennett, Esq.,) briefly stated that the object of the meeting was to appoint two trustees from each denomination to carry into effect the above. The following gentlemen were appointed trustees; viz., Mr, R. D. Money and Mr. T. Bowes for the Catholics; Mr. A. Tiffen and Mr. J. Bennett for the Episcopalians, and Mr. J. Speedy and Mr. A. Macdonald for the Presbyterian Churches. A vote of thanks was moved and heartily responded to for Mr. H. S. Tiffen’s munificent gift, and after thanking the chairman the meeting closed.

The total amount of revenue collected during the month of January at the Customs, Port Ahuriri, was L3460 19s 4d, being an increase of L9 4s 7d upon that of the corresponding month last year.

We understand that Mr Andrew Gold, of Napier, is the successful contractor for the new National Bank to be erected in Hastings-street.

The third season of the Mutual Improvement Club was commenced on Monday in Trinity Church School-room, the President, Mr. P. Bear, in the chair. The subject of debate was “Monarchical v. Republican Government,” which was opened in an able manner by a gentleman who avowed himself a Republican, and who pointed out that a republic was more advantageous at the present day than a Monarchy. The subject was then handled by several other speakers, but the majority of the members present stated their belief in a Republic. On the question being called the Monarchists were in a minority. The meeting then closed.

From the report of the Wairoa County Council proceedings published in another column, it will be seen that the Manager of the DAILY TELEGRAPH has arranged with the chairman of the County Council to insert all advertisements in connection there with at the same rate as the General Government notices, The Manager of the TELEGRAPH authorises us to state that he is prepared to enter into the same arrangements with the Chairmen of the other County Councils in Hawke’s Bay as with that of Wairoa.

We call the attention of those interested to the sale of the lease of the Wairoa Ferry from the 15th of February to the 30th of June 1877 inclusive. The sale takes place on Thursday, the 14th instant at the Wairoa Council Chamber.

On Saturday last (says the Wananga) Renata Kawepo, Paora Kaiwhata Tareha, and other chiefs, met Mr Ormond by special appointment to discuss the Omaruni [ Omarunui ] question. The interview was a very long one, and was not in any way as stormy or unpleasant as that that took place between the Natives and Dr. Pollen. Both sides parted on good terms, but the result was the same n both cases – the natives declining to give up the land, and intimating their attention of holding it at all hazards.

Last Wednesday the Hon. Mr Waterhouse’s stables containing 12 stalls, and other out-buildings were burned down along with waggons and other agricultural implements, on his station near Waihinga. Nothing was saved near the house.

The Poverty Bay Standard of Saturday observes: -“Jane King who was fined £5, on Tuesday last, or in default 14 days’ imprisonment, for an assault upon Louisa Anderson, took her passage yesterday by the Rangatira for Napier gaol. By the time the lady has been washed and supplied with a change of clean linen it will be time for her return without any charge for passage money either way. It is scarcely necessary to say that people who refrain from committing assaults are not allowed such previleges [privileges].”

The Horticultural Society give their next Fruit and Flower Show on the 22nd instant. A committee meeting was held on Tuesday, when resolutions were carried bearing on the conduct of the Show, and judges were appointed. The Rev. J. Townsend and Mr. Lucas were appointed judges of cut plants and flowers; Mr. Colenso and Mr. Gilbert of ferns; Mr. Burton and Mr. Scott of fruit and vegetables; Mr. Tiffen of cut flowers; and Mr. Powell of pot plants.

We beg to acknowledge the receipt of various small sums of money, amounting in all to L7 10s, in response to the appeal made to the charitable on Tuesday. The money will be forwarded by Captain Smith, of the steamer Manaia, and by him given to Mr McGuire, the Wairoa constable, who will be instructed to pay the poor woman, on whose behalf the subscriptions were raised, the sum of L1 weekly. By the time the money is expended it is hoped that her husband will be enabled to support his wife and family. We have not published the names of the subscribers, as it was the wish of many that publicity should not be given to them, but the list may be seen on application at the office of this paper.

A young Maori, from Poverty Bay, arrived in Napier on Monday afternoon. His name is Wi Porou, and having been suffering from a severe eye disease for some years, that has rendered him totally blind, he came here for advice, thinking to obtain admission to the Hospital. He brought letters of introduction to Dr. Spencer, Mr Woodbine Johnson, of Poverty Bay, we understand, guaranteed payment of all expenses that might be incurred by the native while in the Hospital. Dr. Spencer examined the eyes of the patient, and expressed the thought that if he could be attended at the Hospital a recovery of eyesight might be secured. Application was made at the proper quarter for the Maori’s admission to the Hospital, but the application was refused on [on] the ground, we believe, that Wi Porou came from beyond the district! Things have come to a pretty pass when the measuring tape has to be used to discover whether a sightless man can be admitted into a charitable institution, which, at this moment is going round with the hat amongst the Maori pahs for subscriptions. How much will the natives of Hawke’s Bay give to the Napier Hospital when they learn the case of Wi Porou?

Under the heading “ Unrealised Expectations,” our sporting contributor has the following: -There are 1,180 voters on the electoral roll, and supposing they all go to the poll, in the flesh as well as in the spirit, for some be dead, and some are gone, and we don’t know where to find them, there will just be 236 votes for each candidate, provided the electors equally divide their favors. But the candidates don’t think they will do anything of the sort. So confident is Mr Rhodes of taxing his place in the House, and joining his friends in the lobbies, that nothing would induce him to retire from the field though his standing would assist to put his Satanic Majesty at the head of the poll. It is said he calculates on getting, at the very least, 325 votes. Mr Tiffen quietly laughs at the idea of Mr Rhodes scoring so many as that, and is inwardly conscious that his enormous popularity, and immense wealth are, at the lowest computation, good for 860 votes. Mr Buchanan is well aware that, like a spirit wafted on the wings of an angel to the gates of Heaven, he will be floated on Johnny Sheehan’s back, right straight into the vacant seat. He believes all that Johnny tells him; and to Johnny’s own positive knowledge 470 votes are pledged to his friend Buchanan. And Mr Colenso serenely smiles in his library chair as he is learning by heart his thrilling hustings speech. Billy believes in his destiny, and he sees plainly enough the finger of “Fate” pointing to Sir Donald’s empty seat: while in letters of fire, there stands on the wall the mystic number 666, denoting the state of the poll so far as he is concerned. Mr Sutton’s supporters don’t know whether to be amused or angry at the pretentions to success that may be entertained by the other candidates, and are ready to bet “anything you like,” that their man will poll at least 50 votes more than any other man. So mote it be. So from these expectations, unrealised though they be, the state of the poll will be as follows: –
Sutton   716
Colenso   666
Buchanan   470
Rhodes   360
Tiffen   325
Total  537

Batchelder’s Pantascope, which makes its first appearance in Napier in the Hall on Monday, the 19th instant, is drawing splendid houses in Wellington, and is spoken of in terms of commendation by the southern Press. During the performance the proprietor gives away most valuable gifts, such as marble timepieces, &c.

To the Editor: Sir, – Can you inform me how it is that the business of the Telegraph department in this town has so greatly fallen off during the past few days that the officers now find time to amuse themselves with looking out of a corner window which seems to be kept open for the purposes of street observation ? – I am, &c., OBSERVER.

A new lodge in connection with the Order of Good Templars was opened in the schoolroom, Port Ahuriri, yesterday evening. The opening of a new lodge in that locality has been necessitated by the large number of members who reside at Napier, belonging to the Societies in Napier, who find it inconvenient, owing to the distance, to attend at present to their Lodge duties.

The following paragraph from the Belfast Northern Whig of 10th November will interest our teetotal friends: -“On Wednesday evening a meeting was held in the Courthouse, Ballynahinch, for the purpose of hearing Mr. Capper, of the British Temperance League. There were present on the platform the Rev. G. Shanks, Boardmills; Mr. Harding, of Napier New Zealand; Rev. John McIlveen, Ballynahinch; and Mr. Capper. After some music from the Ballynahinch Good Templar Flute Band the Rev. John McIlveen took the chair, and called on Mr. Harding, from New Zealand, who made some very interesting remarks on the temperance movement in that country.”

An Auckland telegram says: – “About twenty-five bags of newspapers for New Zealand were destroyed in the railway accident on the Ohio line. ‘The van containing them was burnt. No letters are missing.” This will probably account for the few newspapers received in Hawkes Bay by persons who generally obtain large briches.

A shark seven feet six inches in length, was captured in the inner harbor on Thursday, above the Bridge, by a dog and a boy.

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We (New Zealand Times) are pleased to learn that Mr. Douglas McLean has expressed his intention of establishing eight scholarships for native youths, in connection with the Te Aute College, Hawke’s Bay, in memory of his father, the late Sir Donald McLean. The Church Chronicle says:- “The scholarships are to be of the value of L25 per annum respectively, and are to be open for competition to all native youths being educated in schools in the North Island.”

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Mr George Kirton, who at one time held a high position in one of the local banks on the East Coast, is now a Postmaster at Fielding.

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AUCKLAND.
(FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT.)
February 7
The Southern Cross left Tamaki this morning for Napier with cargo, but no passengers.
The Auckland cricketers are jubilant over the success of the All England eleven at Wellington.

WAIPUKURAU.
(FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT.)
February 7.
Mr. Tye’s sale commenced at 11-30. Cattle were first sold. Sixty steers, the property of Mr. Cross, averaged £7 10s ; 7 heifers. £6. Ten working bullocks’ dray complete, owner, Mr Price £134, Mr. Cross, buyer. During lunch, rain commenced and is still raining heavily. Good attendance; bidding very dull for sheep. Mr St. Hill’s ewes were bought in; several pens of 2, 4, and 6-tooth Lincoln and Cotswold were also bought in. The sale is still on.

WAIROA.
]FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT.]
February 8.
A public meeting is on the tapis, when the Wairoa electors will be asked to vote unanimously for the popular candidate, as one solid vote. Wairoa might turn the scale. Mr. Buchanan’s supporters seem very confident, and are gaining ground daily.

WAIPAWA.
[FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT.]
February 8.
The Waipawa County Council met to-day at noon.
Present – Messrs. Mackersey (Chairman), Monteith, Levy, Herrick, Rathbone, and Lawrence. The minutes of the previous meeting were confirmed.
Mr Arrow was appointed Returning Officer.
The whole of the Act was unanimously adopted.
Mr G. Sainsbury was appointed solicitor.
An application was received for the office of clerk, and also for the banking account, and the printing was ordered to be tendered for.
Future meetings of this Council are to be held at Waipukurau.

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WAIROA.
MR BUCHANAN’S MEETING.
February 3.
In response to invitation there was a full meeting of electors and others, of and belonging to Wairoa district, on Saturday night to hear Mr Buchanan’s address. The meeting was held at Mr Flint’s hotel, Mr Cable in the chair.
Mr Buchanan said that before he quitted Napier to visit Wairoa he had been assured by several people – Job’s comforters – that his visit would be without avail, for he was either too late in field, or all the voters had pledged themselves to Mr Sutton. Whether that was the case or not, each candidate’s duty was to explain to the electors his particular views, and it was then the duty of the electors to decide on the respective merits of those who sought their suffrages. Had he not paid a visit to Wairoa he should have deserved the proper penalty attaching to a non performance of his duty. Before touching on his political views, he desired to refer to a personal matter. Mr Sutton, when at Wairoa, had thought fit to attack him on a private transaction and it was necessary to set the matter right. Mr Sutton charged him (Buchanan) with joining

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Mr Rhodes in the purchase of Crown land to the injury of the people and province. The case was this, he (Buchanan) with the object of forcing Mr Rhodes to sell land adjoining his (Buchanan’s) run, had applied for a large block of land to go to auction that was situated in the centre of Mr Rhodes’ run. He desired to extend his boundary to enable it to be fenced. The land went to auction, and then he ceded to Mr Rhodes that which he bought, and obtained Mr Rhodes’ original freehold at 15s an acre. That sale was the only instance that he knew of in which a public paper – the TELEGRAPH – had thought fit to draw attention to it in a leading article. There were very many persons at the sale – so many as to necessitate an adjournment to a larger room yet though the land was open to any one to buy, no single bid was made. In the course of his address, Mr Sutton had said that if he (Mr. Buchanan) were returned it would be prejudicial to the best interests of the province, but he maintained that it would be especially prejudicial to elect Mr. Sutton. That gentleman came forward as the Government candidate under Government colors – those colors were false. So far from Mr. Sutton being a Government candidate his land transactions with the natives were a most serious embarrassment to the Government. Everybody knew that last session Mr. Sutton haunted the lobbies of the House with petitions, and next session he would go there if elected as a grievance monger. ‘‘Where a man’s treasure is there will his heart be also.” Mr. Sutton’s prime object of getting into the House would be to put his business matters right, (No) he had tried to do this as a private citizen, he would try and do it as a member. Mr. Sutton’s interest was in direct antagonism with the best legal authority of the Crown; (No) and that authority had asserted that the Government would willingly pay £10,000 to get a fresh trial of the particular case to which he referred (Interruption). Was it at all likely that a professional gentleman would jeopardise his reputation by making a statement that he could not feel himself justified in making? Mr. Sutton has his burden, and that burden is a serious embarrassment to the Government. He (Mr. Buchanan) emphatically denied that Mr. Sutton was a Government candidate. Wairoa was one of those districts that had not participated in the advantages of the public works and immigration policy. It was not singular in this respect for all the settlements on the East Coast were treated alike. Yet it was here that the largest area of Crown land was situated that remained within the boundaries of the late province, and from which, it would be but justice, that compensatory benefit should be made for past neglect. But under the new institutions the funds derived from the sale of Crown lands were appropriated to general purposes, and those raised in this district would be divided amongst all three counties of this province. Seeing that nothing had been obtained from the sale of lands in the past, and no advantages derived from public works expenditure, or from immigration, he thought some measure of justice should be meted out to such districts as had been treated as had been Wairoa. That was also the view of a section of the members of the House, a section that last session was not strong enough to carry it out. The party that was in a minority last session, might next year be in a majority, and that party would receive his support in bringing about a fairer distribution of the land fund. Mr Buchanan then referred to the Friendly Societies, and to the Bill that was introduced last year dealing with them. He condemned the Bill as inquisitorial, and as dealing with the subject as though the members of the Societies were in the game social and pecuniary position as the members of the kindred societies in England. In reference to the native land question, Mr Buchanan expressed him- self in similar terms to those in his address at Napier, which have already been published. With regard to immigration, Mr Buchanan believed it should be immediately suspended.
Mr Buchanan, who was frequently applauded, more particularly when touching on the native question, sat down amidst loud and continuous applause.
Mr Burton, as Chairman at Mr Sutton’s meeting, expressed his regret that Mr Sutton had attacked Mr Buchanan on a matter that was of an entirely private character, and which had nothing to do with the electors of Wairoa. He (Mr Burton) would, however, wish to ask on what grounds could it be considered that Mr Sutton would be an embarrassment to the Government. If such were the case, then everyone who had bought land from the natives would be an embarrassment.
Mr Buchanan replied that he referred to the Omarunui block and to the action taken by Mr Sutton with regard to obtaining possession of it. Mr Sutton had gained his suit, and the question now was is the Government to enforce the judgment of the Supreme Court? (Cries of “ Yes.”) The Government says “ No.” If the Government has done wrong it will be held accountable in the General Assembly. The Government will uphold its action in the matter, and then Mr Sutton will be in direct antagonism to the Government. It is in this way that Mr Sutton had been spoken of as an embarrassment.
After a somewhat lengthy pause, during which no one asked any question of the candidate, the Chairman expressed a wish that some one would attack Mr. Sheehan so as to get him to speak. (Laughter.)
Mr Williams said it was seldom they had a real live member of the House of Representatives before them, and they would much like to hear him.
The Chairman – “Then you will have to abuse him.” (Laughter. )
Mr Sheehan, amidst deafening applause then rose, and said that after such a strong desire to hear him he could not refuse to come forward. He was no orator. Mr Buchanan was not only a better speaker but a much older public man than he was. But there was some truth in what the Chairman had said, he (Mr Sheehan) had enough of the Hibernian about him to bring him out when the tail of his coat was trodden upon. Mr Sheehan then shortly touched upon native land transactions, and said that if fifty Mr Suttons were sent to the Assembly it would not upset the determination of the House not to disgrace itself by retrospective legislation. In reference to himself, he said that Mr Buchanan had been advised “not to bring that red-rag Sheehan with him to Wairoa.” (Roars of laughter.) But the Devil was not so black as he was painted, and he hoped the electors of Wairoa were not such furious bulls as to be driven into a state of frenzy by the color of his appearance. (Cheers.) All his transactions had been with Mr Sutton of a purely private nature. If he (Mr Sheehan) had not taken up the case he had, other lawyers would, and would anyone say that the work he had been called upon to do could have been done more gently? Had he not been four years in Napier and never sent a writ to Wairoa? Though he had been importuned to do so be had refused. He had been manly enough to pick test questions for settlement, and he had always said to his native clients that it would not be fair to take their money, and make the Europeans defend their possessions in a Court of Law until those points were settled. He was proud to be able to say that he had never taken a penny from any one in Wairoa. He believed he had mistaken his vocation; he did not care about going to law. He would now follow the steps of Mr. Buchanan and refer to matters affecting the interests of Wairoa. The Wairoa was a peculiar district; it had depended for the most part on military expenditure, and that expenditure was now coming to an end. But that Government expenditure had not been profitable to the district. Government money expended on unreproductive works never did any good to a place, the settlers would have been better men if not a penny had been spent. The Wairoa had been an unfortunate district; it had been shut out from provincial expenditure and now the landed estate it possessed would be taken away, and the funds from its sale would be given to all three counties. He had held out against the existing arrangement for the distribution of the land fund, but had been unsuccessful. Another attempt would be made in the House to get fair play for districts situated as was Wairoa, and until an alteration was effected there could be no justice. On the native question he had always held a distinct opinion that the Government should never have abandoned its preemptive right to purchase native lands. That right had, however been abandoned and it was impossible to return to the old system. This could be done however, to call on the Government to stand on one side, and permit of free trade. The half and half system in force was most prejudicial; the eagerness of the Government agents to acquire lands for the Crown resulted in tying the lands up, for in the majority of cases the purchases were not completed; capitalists were driven away and the Maoris were dissatisfied. The Maoris wished for free trade. It was no fault of the natives that land troubles had arisen; it was wholly from maladministration, and bad legislation that permitted the names of married women and of minors to be inserted as grantees. There was one instance at Poverty Bay where in a block of 7000 acres there were no less than 450 grantees. How could that land ever be sold? It would take a lifetime to obtain the grantees’ signatures, and then there would be endless confusion and possibly litigation, owing to minors and married women being parties to the sale. He was in favor of making native lands held under Crown Grants amenable to taxation. He could conceive no reason why the natives holding lands by Crown Grant should not pay their fair share of the taxes raised within the district in which they were situated. So also with fencing, he had told the natives that as a matter of fair play they should pay their share of fencing between their lands and those of their European neighbors. Mr Sheehan then referred to the character he had acquired through having been engaged by natives to act as their legal adviser. He said he had always been in favor of effecting a compromise rather than go to law, and he instanced cases in which, had the Europeans accepted his advice tendered four years ago an immense amount of money would have been saved that had been spent in litigation. The title to Messrs Watt and Farmer’s land four years ago could have been settled for £7000, whereas by delay its settlement had cost £17500. The spirit in which he fought was the same as that he showed to Mr Sutton, when after a severe passage of arms they went and drowned their differences in a friendly beer. (Cheers and laughter.) He had come here in 1873, and in Napier he had found no bed of roses, but he had been so abused and attacked, that he determined to stay and fight it out. Mr Sheehan then rapidly summarised the chief points in the system that was in force in the Auckland province formerly, with regard to the distribution of subsidies by the Provincial Government, and compared it with the system now introduced under the new institutions. The settlement of this question and that relating to native lands, Mr Sheehan contended should be the object of the electors of Wairoa to secure, and he then resumed his seat amidst the loudest applause.
Mr Smith moved, and Mr Barton seconded, a cordial vote of thanks to Mr Buchanan, and Mr Burton moved, and Mr Smith seconded, a hearty vote of thanks to Mr Sheehan.
Both resolutions were carried with cheers.
A vote of thanks to the Chairman terminated the proceedings.

WAIROA.
(FROM OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT.)
February 3.
ABOUT three years ago, in describing some of the features of this township, I said it could be best compared to that which other places bore on Sundays. It looked then as it looks now as though some dreadful calamity had fallen over the place, and a deadly gloom had permanently settled on the inhabitants. For three years the town has stood still. With the exception of the houses looking a trifle more weatherworn, and the fences a little more decayed and broken down, there is no difference in the general appearance of the place. The logs of wood lying beneath the willows, which serve as seats for those of the inhabitants who are energetic enough to sit down, have become smoother and more polished, and the most comfortable of these shady lounges are gradually wearing away from the patronage they receive. This to a casual visitor giving a passing glance to objects he has not seen for some years is about all the change he will notice. A more minute inspection, however, will discover that a few feet have been added to the school-house, and that one of the oldest of the residences has recently received a coat of paint. Mr Witty has erected on a sleigh an office that can be shifted according to circumstances or the requirements of business, and this tenement strikes the beholder as something new. A two-storey building, attached to Mr. Flint’s Hotel, is another addition that has lately been made to the rateable property of the County, and having observed all these we have observed all.
From the above it will probably be inferred that while Napier, and all the townships to the south have rapidly increased in size, population, and trade, Wairoa has been stationary. But such an inference would be wrong. Wairoa has been moving, but unfortunately in a backward direction. In its palmiest days Wairoa fattened on government expenditure – payment of military settlers, Armed Constabulary, native contingents – and as long as the rest of the colony suffered from the depression incidental to war, Wairoa flourished. With peace came the discharge of the troops, and when they went trade almost disappeared, and now like ships stranded on a mud bank, stand the deserted stores that formerly were doing a bustling business. A little trade is still being done; there are still a few Armed Constabulary men at the Te Kapu station, but they have dwindled down to a mere handful. The natives, too, have occasionally a little money to spend, and the commerce of the place keeps the Manaia steamer trading between Wairoa and Napier. The town is, however, depressingly dull: everywhere there is an appearance of decay, of want of wealth, of want of energy: I was told that there were some wheel vehicles in possession of the inhabitants, but I saw none, and the main road, while I was there, was absolutely devoid of traffic. The only commercial transactions that came under my observation during the two days I stayed there were the sale of intoxicating liquors, and the raffling of a piano. One merchant certainly did ask an other whether he could change a shilling for two sixpences, but as the offer was made outside a public house the idea of the thing was laughed at.
Such is Wairoa. Beautifully situated on a splendid river, and in almost the centre of what should be a large and rich producing district, the township of Clyde should be second only to Napier in the province of Hawke’s Bay. But if it had not been for Mr. Maney, the Maoris would now be starving, as they were starving twelve months ago, and the Europeans would be importing even their potatoes from less richly endowed settlements. Outside the township the whole country is in the hands of large runholders and the natives, but most of the runs have only lately been adapted to carry any quantity of stock. As the country is improved, and more wool is grown, the township will probably give some evidence of progress: but until the fertile flats in the possession of the natives, now lying uncultivated, and abandoned to briar bushes and & tree scrub, get into the hands of an industrious European population, Wairoa cannot possibly go-a-head.
There is a good deal more to be said about Wairoa; for instance, mention might be made of the fact of there being but a dame-school in a township that sends nearly ninety regular daily attendents to its only educational establishment. Something might be said of the position of the Church of England clergyman there, of the parsonage house – a broken down store – of the depth of the poverty of some of the inhabitants; of the immense consumption of alcohol; of the condition of the natives. But these subjects require more study before they could be done justice to than my short stay would permit me to give to them.

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Shipping Intelligence.

PORT AHURIRI.
ARRIVALS
February.
2 – Christina, schooner, from Lyttelton
3 – Rangatira, s.s., from Gisborne. Passengers – Mrs Burnett, Misses Begg, Roe, Lewis, and Young, Rev. Father Reignier, Messrs Begg, Glacken, Thomson, Lawrenson, Burnett, Gordon, Dobbie, Berry, Campion, Davies, Chicken, Masters Priestly (2), Harris, and 2 prisoners.
3 – Star of the South, s.s., from Auckland via Gisborne. Passengers – Saloon Mr and Mrs Banks and two children, Mr Robinson and two children, Mrs B. Thomas, Mrs Rawlinson, Miss Banks, Messrs Batham, Robinson, Chatfield, Menter, Guttridge, Colebrook, Smith, Sutherland, Stuart, and Cross; steerage, J. Kelly
4 – Mary Ann Hudson, ketch, from Mohaka. Two passengers
5 – Manaia, p.s., from Wairoa. Passengers – Messrs J. Sheehan, M.H.R., Buchanan, Price, Knight, Parker, Curtice, Thorpe, Browning, Glennie, Hoyd, Bolton, Cotter, and three natives
6 – Jane Douglas, s.s. from Gisborne and Auckland. Passengers – Mrs Townley and child, Messrs Mann, Evans, Duncan, and 15 natives.

DEPARTURES.
February.
1 – Rangatira, s.s., for Poverty Bay.
1 – Hinemoa, C.G.S.S., for Wellington.
2 – Manaia, p.s., for Wairoa. Passengers – Messrs Cable, Buchanan, Price, Sheehan, Knight, Walker, Steele, Parker, O’Shannassey, and 1 native
3 – Rangatira, s.s., for Wellington. Passengers – Mrs Stewart, Misses Armstrong and Reed, Messrs Joshua (2), Cotterill, Menzies, McMann, Shaw, and Query
5 – Fairy, s.s., for Wairoa and Mahia. Passengers – Messrs Parker, Thomson, and 2 natives
6 – Star of the South, for Wellington, Passengers – Saloon: Mr and Mrs Meehan and two children, Master Clayton, Messrs Taylor and Guthridge; steerage: Mrs A. McLellan, Messrs Mannings, W. Glenny, Joe, Lloyd, Dawson, Smith, Jones, Sharp, and J. Atchang
7 – Fiery Cross, schooner, for Hokianga.
7 – Hinemoa, schooner, for Hokianga.

The schooner Christina is on her road to Auckland from Lyttelton. She called in here to land a few tons of cargo, consisting of malt, flour, and kerosine.
The s.s. Rangatira, Capt Evans, left Poverty Bay on Friday, and arrived here on Saturday, having come down from Portland Island under easy steam. She experienced fine weather all the passage. She brings about 20 passengers and two prisoners. The Rangatira took in on Thursday a cargo of wool for Wellington. She left for Wellington a little after 11 o’clock on Saturday.
Captain Smith reports leaving Napier for Wairoa on Friday night, and experiencing smooth water arrived off the Wairoa bar at 3 a.m. on Saturday. Laid off till daylight when the pilot boarded, and took the steamer into the river. Landed passengers and deck cargo of sheep at Clyde, and proceeded to To Kapu, where a full cargo of wool was shipped; returned to Clyde, took on board a ton of fruit, and fifteen passengers, and left for Mohaka on Monday morning at 10.15; arrived at Mohaka at 12.30, and signalled for boat to come off; no time was lost; luggage and parcels being transhipped to the boat, the steamer proceeded to Napier and arrived at the new breastwork at 4p.m. Since the Manaia has got in the hands of her present owners she has been vastly improved, and is now one of the most comfortable passenger steamers on the coast. This steamer came from Auckland with a very bad character, a report having got abroad that she was not safe, and for a time she had uphill work against the competing steam launches in the trade. Under Mr Light’s superintendence some very important improvements have been effected in her machinery, and it is a subject of general remark by those who knew the Manaia in the Thames and Coromandel trade, that her engines have been so completely altered as to be equal to having new ones fitted into her. Mr Light, in fact, has rectified all the faults in the engines that formerly gave the Manaia her bad name, and, in addition, has had fitted a superheater that effects a great saving of coal. The Manaia is 62 tons register, engines 35 h.p., working up to 50 h.p., and her average speed without canvas is 7 knots. The saloon is commodious and well ventilated, and there is a ladies’ cabin comfortably furnished. An excellent table is kept, and the providore, Mr Franklin, is assiduous in his endeavors to supply passengers with every attention and comfort.
The s.s. Fairy left on Monday for Wairoa and Mahia. She will load wool at the latter place for the Schiehallion.
The stevedores commenced work on board the Schiehallion on Tuesday. She will take a good quantity of tallow, one firm alone will ship over 60 tons.
The s.s. Star of the South, Captain Helander, arrived in the Bay at 11.30 p.m. on Saturday from Auckland via Gisborne. She left Auckland via Gisborne on Thursday afternoon, and brought up at the Tamaki to embark some sheep for Poverty Bay, arriving at the latter place on Friday night; remained there till 12 noon on Saturday, and arrived here as above. Her mails were landed at 4 o’clock yesterday morning, and she was brought to the wharf at 8.30 a.m. She had on board for Napier 60 rams and ewes, recently imported by Mr M. Smith in the Glendora to Auckland. She has also on board for Wellington 60 tons of flour and 10 tons of other cargo, transhipped ex mail steamer City of New York from ’Frisco.
The ketch Mary Ann Hudson returned from Mohaka on Monday, with a full cargo of wool from Messrs H. McLean’s and Bee’s stations.
The s.s. Star of the South, Capt. Helander, was prevented discharging cargo on Monday on account of the continued rain. She, however, put the Napier portion on shore on Tuesday, and left for Wellington at 11.30. a.m. Whilst there she will undergo a thorough overhaul. It is doubtful whether she will go to Canterbury before she returns to Napier.
The s.s. Jane Douglas, Captain Fraser, arrived in the Bay on Tuesday at 11 p.m. from Gisborne. She brings a cargo of wool, which she was unable to tranship to the Schiehallion, owing to the heavy sea. She will not go on to Auckland this trip, as there is another load of wool ready for her at Gisborne. On her way down she landed Mr. Shepherd, contractor for the Light-house at Portland Island. Passed the s.s. Fairy off Portland Island.
The s.s., Hinemoa, Captain Fairchild, from Napier and Poverty Bay, arrived here yesterday afternoon. She left Napier at 7.40. p.m. on the 1st, and when off Cape Palliser saw a ketch ashore flying a signal for assistance. Captain Fairchild had a boat lowered and sent her ashore to ascertain what was the matter. The vessel was found to be the ketch Otaki, high and dry on the beach, not much injured. She is lying on a nice sandy beach between Cape Palliser and White Rock, and is only a few miles from a station. There were five men on the beach, three from the station and the crew which consists of two men. A person named Melrose is in charge of the ketch and he stated that they had gone ashore last Saturday night, and had lost both anchors and cables, and wished to be taken off or lent a kedge anchor. Captain Fairchild states that he would have tried to tow her off but considering where she was lying he thought that he might only succeed in taking half of her off, or, in other words pull her to pieces. An anchor for her would have been sent ashore, but there was too strong a wind blowing to send the boat back again. Captain Fairchild says the ketch could be easily launched if skids were placed under her, as the beach is very steep and the water deep. The people on shore had succeeded in getting some fencing posts under her. We understand that she is uninsured, but that a portion of her cargo is insured. – N. Z. Times February 3.

RETURN SHOWING THE LAND SOLD, AND RENTS AND ASSESSMENT RECEIVED AT THE CROWN LANDS OFFICE, NAPIER, DURING THE MONTH OF MAY, 1877.
Date.   Mode of Sale.   NAME.   PARTICULARS.  .AREA OF LAND SOLD.   Town. Suburban.  Country.  CASH.   Town. Suburban. County.   Rents and Assessments. REMARKS.
A. R. P.   A. R. P.   A. R. P.   £ s. d.   £ s. d.   £ s. d.   £ s. d.
1877
Jan
9   Application   T.B. Harding & W. Wilkie   Rural sections 56 & 193, Woodville   125 0 0  158 0 0
9   Application   Alexander Shepherd   Rural sections 25, 26, 27, 28 & 29 Woodville   198 0 0   298 0 0
9   Application   E.R. Holder  Rural section 114   Woodville   40 2 0   80 0 0
9   Application   J.H. Ebbett   Rural section 30 Woodville   40 0 0   60 0 0
9   Application   Anders Larsen   Rural section 3 Whakaruatapu   37 0 0   37 0 0
9   Application   B.I. Friberg   Rural section 4 WhakaruatapuWairoa   49 2 0 49 10 0
18   Application   J.G. Kinross   Rural land on his Run, Mohaka District  1200 0 0   600 0 0
18   Application   J.G. Kinross   Rural land on his Run, Mohaka District   180 0 0   90 0 0
30   Application   John Campbell   Rural Section 194 Woodville   88 0 0   88 00 0
31   Application   James Boyle   Land, Makaretu Reserve   200 0 0  20 0 0 2nd Instalment
TOTAL   1480 10 0
RECAPITULATION.
Available.   Unavailable.
£ s. d.   £ s. d.
Land Sales   1480 10 0
Rents and Assessments
£ 1480 10 0
J.T. TYLEE,
Commissioner of Crown Lands.
Crown Lands Office,
Napier, February 6th, 1877.

[Handwritten – Whakaruatapu now Matamau]

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BIRTHS.
FULTON. – At Port Ahuriri, on the 29th January, the wife of Mr W.D. Fulton, of a son.
SHAW. – At Napier, on 1st February, the wife of W.H. Shaw, Esq., of a son.

MARRIAGES.
SCHOLES – COOPER. – At All Saints’ Church, Taradale, on January 31, by the Rev. P.C. Anderson, John Scholes, Esq., Clayton House, Wakefield, Yorkshire, England, to Emily Jane, eldest daughter of Mr Alfred J. Cooper, late of London. – Auckland papers please copy.
RENOUF- LE MOIGNAN. – At Napier, N.Z., on February 1, 1877, by the Rev. J.S. Smalley, Henry Renouf, Esq., of Napier, to Ann Le Moignan, widow of the late Charles Le Moignan, of Jersey.
FORD – INGVOLDSEN. – On February 3rd, at St. John’s Church, Napier, byt the Rev. J. Townsend, William Charles, eldest son of Charles Ford, Hammersmith, London, to Annetta, fifth daughter of Herr Ingold Involdsen, of Napier, late of Christiania, Norway.

DEATHS.
DANVERS. – At Farndon, on the 1st February Oliva May, infant daughter of Mr Alfred Danvers, aged three months.
JOHNSTONE. – At the Western Spit, on the 6th February, Agnes, wife of Mr. James Johnstone, aged 38 years.

WAIROA  COUNTY  VALUATION  LIST.
TAKE NOTICE, the Valuation List for the Wairoa County for the year 1877, is now open for inspection at the temporary Council Chambers (Next to the Clyde Hotel), Clyde, Wairoa, on or before the 15th day of February, and addressed to the Assessment Court, and a copy of every such objection must be left at the Wairoa County Council Chambers not less than seven days before the next sitting of said Court.
HERBERT J. WILLIAMS.
Clerk Wairoa County Council.
County Council Chambers,
Clyde, Wairoa. 10th January, 1877.

NOTICE.
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 forfeited and the land be dealt with as the Board may direct.
J.T. TYLEE,
Chief Commissioner.

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

NOTICE.
Crown Lands Office,
Napier 5th February, 1877.
NOTICE is hereby given that in accordance with a resolution of the Waste Lands Board, all land in the Mohaka District at present unsold or not applied for, is, under Section 20 of “The Hawke’s Bay Waste Land Regulations Amendment Act, 1874,” withdrawn from sale until such time as the Board shall consider it advisable to reopen it.
J. T. TYLEE,
Commissioner Crown Lands.

NOTICE.
TO BE SOLD by public auction, at the Council Chambers, (Volunteer Drill Shed) at 12, noon, THURSDAY, 14th February, 1877, the WAIROA FERRY, from 15th February to 30th June, 1877, inclusive.
Specifications to be seen, and full particulars obtained at the County Clerk’s office, Wairoa.
GEORGE BURTON,
Chairman Wairoa County Council.
Council Chambers, Clyde, Wairoa.
January 13, 1877.

JOHN McVAY,
SADDLER & HARNESSMAKER
Hastings-street.
The Cheapest House in the Trade.

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TO LET.
THE Shop and Premises lately occupied by Edwin Carter, Clyde, Wairoa.
The above offers a rare opportunity for a person to combine the wholesale with the retail department. General business. Rent Moderate.
Apply to KINROSS & CO.
Or to
E. CARTER,
Clyde, Wairoa.

TO ARCHITECTS REQUIRING PROFESSIONAL ASSISTANCE.
DESIGNS prepared from rough sketches.
Plans colored or etched in first style
J. SPARROW,
Architect and Building Surveyor,
Waipukurau.

POST OFFICE NOTICE.
MAILS CLOSE For the United Kingdom, Continent of Europe, &c., via Suez and Brindisi, by every opportunity to Wellington, where the mails close on the 11th February.
J. GRUBB.
Chief Postmaster.

NOTICE TO CORRESPONDENTS.
ELECTOR. – We cannot insert your letter. Our correspondence columns are open to all classes and shades of political opinion, but we decline to publish letters reflecting on the private business or character of any of the candidates.

The Weekly Mercury
AND
HAWKE’S BAY ADVERTISER.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 1877.

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IN reference to the refusal of the Board to admit the blind native Wi Porou, to the Hospital, and to which we referred in yesterdays issue, we have to state that the information we received, and on which we based our remarks was deceptive, and entirely misleading. We cannot believe that our informant deliberately intended to deceive, and therefore we think that he himself must have been entirely ignorant of the facts which he thought he was relating truthfully. In the first place Mr. Woodbine Johnson did not guarantee Wi Porou’s cost of maintenance in the Hospital, nor did he make any provision for the support of the native while in Napier. All that Mr Johnson did was to guarantee the payment of Dr. Spencer’s fees. Dr. Spencer never gave an opinion on Wi Porou’s case, he merely recommended his removal to the Hospital. The refusal of the Board to admit Wi Porou was based on the ground of there being no probability of the cost of his maintenance being recovered; that he came from beyond the limits of the provincial district that has to support the Hospital, and of there being no accommodation in the establishment for the pecularity [peculiarity] of his disease. Representations similar in character to our remarks were forwarded to the General Government, and a telegram was received by the Board ordering Wi Porau’s [Porou’s] admission to the Hospital. The native will now be admitted if he presents himself, but it must be understood that the order for his admission was made under the impression that Mr Woodbine Johnson would guarantee all expenses. Wi Porou comes from Poverty Bay, and he should have been forwarded to Auckland. We also wish to put another matter right. There are two Hospital Committees. The existing establishment is under the management of the old Board, but is supported by the General Government funds, which, however, will eventually have to be repaid out of local revenues. The other Committee has nothing whatever to do with the present Hospital, and so far its labors are confined to the establishment of a new Hospital. – Daily Telegraph, February 7.

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THE nomination on Thursday was, as we anticipated, very lively. Messrs. Tiffen, Sutton, Colenso, Buchanan, and Rhodes were nominated, and on the show of hands being taken, the Returning Officer declared it to be in favor of Mr Sutton by one vote over Mr Buchanan, who stood next on the list. The various candidates then addressed the meeting. Mr Tiffen’s address was short and to the point. Mr Colenso made one of his characteristic hustings speeches, and as a hustings speech we must award it the palm. Mr. Sutton spoke well and vigorously, and made some excellent points. Mr. Buchanan defended himself from Mr. Colenso and the Herald, and conclusively showed that the statements made by the Herald were not in accordance with facts as regards employment of labor, and completely turned the tables on Mr. Colenso with regard to Mr. Colenso’s former Parliamentary career. Mr. Rhodes addressed a tired audience, and his speech did not tell. We give in our report but a short summary of the speeches, but promise to allude to them further in a future issue.

IN another column we publish a letter from our special correspondent, written at Clyde, from which it will be seen that Wairoa is not described as in a flourishing condition. We fear that the depression that township is suffering from has not yet reached its full limit. The settlers there, never having had occasion to put in force “a policy of self-reliance,” are now laboring under the inevitable results attending the withdrawal of governmental expenditure. Although that withdrawal has been gradual, and some years have elapsed since any very large military expenditure has been going on, there has been no compensatory development of the natural resources of the district. Considerable tracts of country have been recently taken up and occupied as sheep-runs, but time is required to allow of much benefit to accrue to the town from the growth of wool in the district. At the present moment, there would appear to be very little labor employed, and the settlers, it would almost seem, have sunk into a state of indifference, if not of indolence. The Wairoa county is naturally rich, and merely requires the energy, exhibited years ago, by the settlers before the days of military expenditure, to make the country once more the largest producing district on this portion of the East Coast.

IT may not be generally known by those who are at the present time satisfying the demands of the water-rate collector that it only costs one per cent. more to have water laid on the premises. Very many householders are now paying a water-rate, and have in addition to buy water at something like four shillings a load. As water must be had for domestic purposes, and as it is impossible to evade the rate, it appears absurd not to enjoy the full advantages of that for which payment has to be made. On an average the water-rate is 5 per cent. on the annual rental value, by paying another ten or twenty shillings a year as much water as could possibly be consumed can be obtained, a much cheaper course than to have water doled out at 5s a cask.

A MOTION has been published by the Chairman of the County of Hawke’s Bay addressed to the Chairmen of Road Boards calling upon them to supply to the County Council a copy of the rate rolls of their respective districts. The copies are asked to be sent in by the 5th instant, but considering that there is no roll under the Counties Act in any Road District for the current year until after the sitting of the Assessment Court the request cannot be complied with. The Assessment Court does not sit until after the 15th instant, and it certainly appears the easiest course for the Chairman of the County to obtain the rolls of the Road Districts from the Asessment Courts, after the rolls have been revised.

NOMINATION OF CANDIDATES FOR THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8.
At twelve o’clock precisely, the Returning Officer (R. Beetham, Esq.), requested the public, in consequence of the weather, to come within the Court for the purpose of the nomination of candidates for the seat caused by the death of the late Sir D. McLean. After reading the writ, he called on the electors to nominate some one to fill the position.
Mr. J. G. Kinross proposed Henry Stokes Tiffen, and spoke highly of his qualifications.
Mr. Oliver seconded Mr. Tiffen’s nomination.
Mr J. C. McVay proposed Mr Sutton.
This was seconded by Mr Wellwood, who spoke of Mr Sutton as having rose from the ranks of the people, and said that one of his main qualifications was that he rose from the ranks of the people. He believed Mr Sutton would do bis best for the district and for the benefit of the colony at large. He believed that Mr Sutton, although not: a fluent speaker, would, like Mr Ormond, become one of the best members of the House. He hoped that they would place him at the head of the poll.
Mr W. Thomas proposed Mr W. Colenso.
Mr Thomas Moore seconded the nomination.
Mr W. Villers, of Petane, proposed Mr. John Buchanan.
Mr. B. Warnes seconded Mr. Buchanan.
Mr. Knight proposed Mr. Joseph Rhodes.
Mr. John Buchanan seconded the nomination.
Mr. John Sheehan proposed Mr Henry Charles Wilson.
Seconded by Mr. Sainsbury.
Mr. Wilson: I decline the honor.
The Returning Officer then asked for a show of hands, which he declared in favor of Mr. F. Sutton.
Mr. Tiffen demanded a poll, which was announced would be held on Thursday next, the 15th instant.
In reply to a question put by Mr. Colenso, the Returning Officer stated that the poll opened at 9 in the morning, and closed at 4 p.m.
Mr. Tiffen stated that he had little to say more than what had appeared in the public papers. There was one matter, the Friendly Societies Bill, of which he knew nothing owing to his absence for the last two years from the colony. He would do his best for his constituents without fee or reward. He was prepared to answer any questions put to him.
No questions being put, Mr. Tiffen retired from the platform amidst cheers.
Mr. Sutton said that, owing to his having addressed the electors throughout the district, he would not address them it length. He, however, thought some reference should be made to the late member. He believed in the present Ministry, on account more especially of their retrenchment policy. One of the effects of the public meetings held in the province was this, that it defined the position of the candidates. The principal and only reason against his candidature was in consequence of his being mixed up in native matters. His transactions were always supported by law, and would ever bear the strictest investigation. He had in his hand the transfer of the Omaranui [ Omarunui ] Block. If the Government did not give him possession of that Block, they were bound to do so. He then denied that the Government would pay £10,000 to re-open the case. He had no hesitation in saying that he had no desire to get a Validation Act; he had not one single transaction that required such an Act, and he would oppose it, if introduced, and he would oppose anything like oppression. (Cheers.) He believed that further taxation would be required. There were properties which had been enhanced in value through the roads passing through them, and he would support a measure to make the owners responsible in proportion to the value thereof. (Cheers.) He would always endeavor to give the people the greatest control over their own affairs. The speaker then went fully into the Counties Act, and said he would do his best to free those institutions from General Government influence. He believed the Province of Hawke’s Bay had not for years received its just proportion of the Customs revenue. He would oppose any Friendly Societies Bill which was distasteful to those bodies, who were well able to look after their own affairs. (Cheers.) At the end of every session he would call a meeting of his constituents, and give an account of his stewardship. (Cheers.) They had known him for twenty years. He had represented them in the Provincial Council for Napier, and he believed the people always found him looking after their interests; and if he was returned to the General Assembly, he would be found doing his duty in a like manner. (Cheers.) He submitted, with the greatest confidence, that the embarrassment with reference to the Omaraniu block did not arise with himself, but with others. He had some treasure in the Napier district a large interest, but he did not believe Mr Buchanan had any. They would always find him working for the good of Napier and the district as a whole. Mr. W. Colenso said he was an old hand at elections. (Laughter.) He was going to fight honorably. (Cheers.) He did not believe in election promises. He would either be returned honestly, or not at all, (Cheers.) He would refer to the other candidates. He would begin with Mr. Tiffen. (Laughter.) Mr. Colenso then referred to Mr. Tiffen’s previous career, and said that Mr Tiffen would never be found in the House after ten o’clock. As for Mr Sutton, he thought any man going into the House should be able to grapple with large questions, not with small ones. Who opposed the Wholesale License Bill? (Cheers.) He had great respect for Mr Sutton, but he did not believe he was the man. Mr Sutton could not represent us truly in the House of Representatives. Mr Buchanan had been proposed by Mr Villers who had been bought by the Ahuriri Bridge. If they wanted a man interested at Petane, why not support him who had property

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on the other side of Napier. If the Borough of Napier supported Mr Buchanan, it would be injurious to its interests. Mr Buchanan was a run holder. What he had against Mr Buchanan was that he had no interest in the place. Mr Buchanan had been beaten in nearly every contest he had attempted. He had faith in the people of Napier that they would before the election back out of the promises they had made to Mr John Buchanan and Mr John Sheehan. (Cheers.) Mr Buchanan may not now be a run holder, but he was formerly. He also opposed Mr Rhodes because he was a run holder. There were too many run holders in the House at present, and, should they be in the majority, we could not expect fair laws. For five years he had served the colony. (Mr Wilson: You voted for Separation.) I am coming to that question. He denied that he had been opposed to Mr Ormond in 1865. He then referred to the Master’s and Servants Act. Mr Ormond supported that Bill; he opposed it, and others of a like nature, which Mr Ormond supported. For these and many other reasons, he believed he could be of service to the electors. He had served them truly and faithfully for the five years past. Why he supported Separation was because he believed they would then have two provinces instead of nine; but it was different now. Some of the deepest heads in the colony yet believe in Separation. Why he did not call a public meeting was because he was well known as a journeyman. When he was asked why he did not call a meeting like the others, he said, “Let the boys play.” If they elected him, he would call a meeting afterwards. He had always supported the temperance cause. He then appealed to the Roman Catholics for their votes, and sat down amidst loud cheers.
Mr. J. Buchanan, amidst cheering, arose, and said he was not going to speak against run holders. Mr. Colenso had supported the run holders in the Provincial Council. He had never held land under a Government license. He came to Hawke’s Bay with the intention of settling on the land and making money. Mr. Colenso has seen fit to refer to these matters. In the year 1865 Mr. Colenso was asked to present a petition from the people with respect to the Heretaunga lands. He mumbled some words to the Speaker, and did not show any volubility. He was not true to their interests – he betrayed them. (Mr. Colenso: No.) Well, then he simply cushioned your petition. (Laughter.) Mr. Colenso was the man who refused the Council Chamber with respect to the meeting about the Heretaunga block in 1862. (Mr. Colenso: No.) Captain Carter was then the nominal chief, but Mr. Colenso was the active member of the Executive. Further when he entered the Council that time, (Mr. C.) was then in some opposition to the Executive. As a leader, Mr. Colenso was looking more after his own interests than the public’s. There was an attempt to influence the people of the province by an article in the Hawke’s Bay Herald with respect to himself. That journal has stated that he was not an employer of labor. This was false. He employed more men than any men on that platform. His land was not fenced, because his land was on the boundary of native land, and the Repudiation party would not assist him. He (Mr B.) then stated the number of people which he employed. The paper had no business to trench upon private matters unless they were true. He thought it possible that the memory of Sir D. McLean would be brought up in the House. But if brought up by Mr. Sutton, it would not bear handling. He hoped this contest would be fought without ill-feeling. This contest will be the last he would take part in Hawke’s Bay if he was beaten. He would leave it to a younger man – to Mr John Sheehan. (Cheers, confusion, and cries of “No, No.”) Now then is your time. Beat me.
Mr. J. Rhodes then addressed the electors in a few words, in which he also stated that if he was beaten in this contest, he would never come forward to seek the suffrages of the people again. He gave a description of the shipwreck of the Sobraon in 1848 at Port Nicholson Heads. After alluding to the tariff and other matters, Mr. Rhodes resumed his seat.
A vote of thanks to the Returning Officer concluded the proceedings, which lasted nearly two hours.

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RESIDENT MAGISTRATE’S COURT
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 2.
(Before Richmond Beetham, Esq., R.M.)

DRUNKENNESS
George Watson, for drunkenness at Clive yesterday, was fined 5s.

ALLEGED LUNACY.
John McKenzie, who was discharged the other day on a medical certificate of sanity, was again brought before the Court, on the information of Mr Inspector Scully, as a lunatic. He was remanded till Monday.

CILVIL CASES.
Tuckwell v. Jackson, claim pd1 1s 1d, for goods supplied. Defendant not appearing, judgment went by default, with 9s costs.
Several other cases set down for hearing were settled out of Court.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 3.
(Before E. Lyndon, Esq., J.P.)

WIFE BEATING.
Thomas Floyd was charged with having ill-treated and abused his better half. He was sentenced to fourteen day’s imprisonment.

DRUNK AND DISORDERLY
James Griffen was sent to view the lighthouse for a month, he being under the impression that he could misbehave himself at Meanee [ Meeanee ], without coming under the cognizance of the police. He was mistaken.

A LIVELY COUPLE.
John Allen and George Sinclair made their bow to the Court. Both were charged with having taken a drop too much alcohol yesterday, and were therefore unable to pilot themselves through the town. They were taken charge of by the guardians of the peace and good order, for whose protection they were requested to pay to the revenue 10s each, or take lodgings in the gaol.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 5.
(Before A. Kennedy and E. Lyndon, Esqs., J.P’s.)

DRUNKENNESS.
John Boyle was brought in from Havelock, charged with the above offence having been given in custody on Saturday night last by Mr. Thos. Reynolds, of the Exchange Hotel, but who did not appear against him this morning. The Court dismissed the case.
James Kelly was also charged with having been drunk on Saturday evening last in the streets of Napier, and also under the Vagrant Act was further charged with

INDECENCY.
He pleaded guilty to both charges and was ordered to be imprisoned for one month.

LUNACY.
John McKenzie on remand, and Robert Wilford (a new case) were both remanded until Thursday, the 8th inst., at eleven o’clock in the morning.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6.
(Before R. Beetham, Esq., R.M.)

CLIVE INEBRIATES.
A couple of inebriates, named respectively William Thomas and Henry Fox, were fined 5s each for drunkenness at Clive yesterday.

AN OLD TOPER.
Henry Sinclair, for the 144th time, was charged with drunkenness, and being unable to find one sovereign, was sent to ruminate in the gaol for 48 hours.

CIVIL CASES.
Boylan and Co., v. Catherall, – Claim pd 19 4s 10d for goods supplied. There was no appearance of the defendant. Judgment was given for the amount, and costs pd2 8s.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7.

FREQUENT VISITOR.
Thomas Mansfield, a frequent visitor to the Court was again brought up on a charge of drunkenness. He was fined 10s or 48 hours imprisonment. The fine was cheerfully paid.

ASSAULT.
Thomas James Northe was charged by Hugh Donohue that whilst acting as landlord’s bailiff in a distress for rent at defendant’s house, North assaulted him. From the evidence adduced, it appeared the bailiff had not taken the precaution of seeing that his warrant was signed before entering. The case was dismissed.

A SATURDAY STREETS QUARRELL.
George Hooper, Michael Duvally, William Barton, and William Thompson (otherwise known as “Billy”) were charged with assaulting Michael Ready on the 3rd instant. From the evidence, it appeared that, on Saturday evening last, a quarrel arose among the Ready’s and defendants. The case was proven against Thompson only, and he was fined pd2, and 4s costs. The other defendants were discharged.
James Ready made a similar charge against the same individuals. The assault arose out of the same quarrel. The charge was only proved against Hooper, who was fined 40s, and costs 43s. The charge against the others was dismissed.
There was another case of assault, but neither complainant or defendant made an appearance. It was therefore struck out.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8.

LUNACY.
John McKenzie, remanded from Monday last, was brought up and discharged no further proofs of his being of unsound mind being forthcoming.
Robert Wilford, also on remand as a suspected lunatic, was further remanded until Monday next.

WIFE ASSAULT.
Edward Butcher was charged with assaulting and beating his wife on Monday last. Evidence was taken (including the medical testimony of Dr. Rowbottom), and it was proved that the assault was a very violent one, and that defendant kicked her both about the body and on the head, and otherwise ill-used her. Defendant was convicted, and sentenced to two months imprisonment with hard labour.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

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MR. BUCHANAN’S WAIROA MEETING.
SIR, – The report of the meeting at Wairoa gives one a very peculiar idea of the Wairoa people. If we are to believe what is said, they must be made of very different stuff from what I took them to be. I know gentlemen there who are as independent in mind as they are in pocket, who are not likely to be led away by the superficial argument of Mr. Buchanan, and the amusing small talk of Mr. Sheehan; but we are asked to believe of Mr. Buchanan, or rather of Mr. Sheehan (for, although “he is not the candidate, it is he who gets the credit of it) that “he came, he saw, he conquered.” I rather think, however, that our Wairoa friends have been taking a “rise’’ out of Mr. Buchanan’s travelling show, and have had a chance of seeing the “gaff” without paying the orthodox penny. If the Wairoa electors are going to be cajoled into voting for Mr. Buchanan by Mr. Sheehan’s claim to moderation in not issuing writs against the Wairoa landowners, they must be soft indeed. Mr. Sheehan said that he intended only to try some test cases, and finding that he had lost them, and being afraid probably of losing more cases, and so losing caste with the natives, he now trys to bounce people into a compromise. Mr. Sheehan has now been four years here; he has brought one case into Court, and has been “slated,” and, if Mr. Sheehan were one-fourth part as patriotic as he wishes to appear, he would use that influence he undoubtedly possesses over the natives to cause them to obey the law and give up peaceable possession of that of which the Courts fate decided they are not the owners, but upon which they are trespassing. It is amusing to notice how Mr. Buchanan contradicts himself and Mr. Sheehan also in reference to Mr. Sutton. At Napier he tells the electors that Mr. Sutton is bound hand and foot to the Government; and, at Wairoa, he says that Mr. Sutton sails under false colors when he hoists the Government flag. Mr. Buchanan tells the Wairoa electors that Mr. Sutton’s interest is in direct antagonism with the highest legal authority of the Crown, and in support of it quotes an absurd statement of a certain legal gentleman – that the Government would give £10,000 if it saw its way to re-open the Omarunui case. We have not heard the other side of that story yet, but when we do no doubt a certain gentleman will be glad to have some disguise to wear so that he may not be, recognised whether it be war-paint or a covering of a less barbarous nature. Mr. Buchanan goes on to say that Mr. Sutton will take his grievance into the House, but when it comes to Mr. Sheehan’s turn to “ make the game” he says that if there were fifty Suttons in the House, the House would not listen for a moment. I believe that statement to be correct; and, if so, whether Mr. Sutton has a grievance or not, there is no probability of his being able to introduce it in the House. Mr. Sutton has no titles to validate, he needs no assistance from Parliament, he can stand upon his present rights, and is quite prepared to give all comers an equal chance with himself. More bye and bye from –
WAYFARER.
Napier, February 6, 1877.

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COURT SIR CHARLES NAPIER, A.O.F.
ANNIVERSARY DINNER.
THE fifth anniversary of this Court was celebrated on Thursday in the Courtroom, Foresters Hall. About forty sat down to an excellent spread provided by Mr Hayden, the new host of the Foresters’ Arms Hotel. The room was profusely decorated with flowers, evergreens, and suitable devices. Bro II. Steed, P.C.R., occupied the chair, and Bro T McCarthy, S.C.R., the vice-chair.
After the cloth had been cleared, and the usual loyal and patriotic toasts duly honored, the chairman proposed the toast of the “A.O.F., Wellington District,” coupled with the name of Bro Carter, P.D.C.R., who ably responded. and gave a brief outline of the history of Forestry in the Wellington district, of which he was the father.
The Chairman next proposed the toast of the “House of Representatives,” coupled with the name of their guest, Mr J. Sheehan. M.H.R., who was present during part of the evening.
Mr. Sheehan said he felt great pleasure in being among them. He had been wearing the war-paint, and was engaged during the past month in an election contest, and the change to the harmony and good feeling of such a meeting as this came like a new thing to him. He hoped they would attach no political significance to bis visit. He cared not who was at the head of the poll. He was free himself in the exercise of his vote, and he would not debar others from that freedom. Mr. Sheehan then reviewed the Friendly Societies Bill, which he considered not adapted to the requirements of the colony. It created a number of billets, such as an Inspector, and he then would require a half dozen clerks; and he hoped the Friendly Societies would make a stand against this. He had been asked to join the Masons, but he. would prefer being himself a Forester or Odd Fellow, as it gave its members some legal status and claims. He would always be willing to assist the societies at any time when they might require it.
The toast of the “‘ Kindred Societies” was proposed by the V.C., and responded to by Bro. Krough, N.G., Oddfellows.
The Chairman then proposed “ Success and prosperity to Court Sir Charles Napier,” coupled with the name of Bro. Massey, P.O.R., who, in the absence of the Secretary, gave a digest of the experiences of the Court since its commencement. There were now 115 financial members on the books of the Court. The amount invested was £300, bearing interest at 10 per cent per annum, and they also had funds in hand to the amount of £100, They experienced very little sickness, and were very much indebted to the Court Surgeon (Dr. Hitchings) for the care he had exercised in passing new members.
The toasts of the “Surgeon,” “Sister Courts,’ “ Press,” ‘ Host and Hostess,” and others were duly proposed and responded to by their respective representatives.
The proceedings were interspersed with some capital songs, the evening being altogether a most enjoyable one.
We omitted to mention that the dinner was an excellent one, all the delicacies of the season being provided, and it showed that Mr. M. Hayden spared no expense or trouble to make it a success, which it undoubtedly was,

TAUPO.
[FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT.]
January 31, 1877.
I must apologise for not attending to business, but “ Mrs Tongariro”’ has not been in the best of health lately, so that is my excuse.
Since my last to you there has been several of my old friends, the A.C. officers discharged, getting at the same time four months’ pay, at which, I believe they growl, and fancy they are hardly dealt with, – I don’t. Also, several non commissioned and full-blown constables have had to seek fresh fields and pastures new. Evidently the present Government are going in for retrenchment in a substantial manner.
Can you inform me when our native school here is to be opened? One of our late Subs. would only be too glad to take the position of teaching the young ideas how to shoot.
My esteemed curiosity, “‘ Jack Lofley,” is making great and varied improvements at his celebrated baths; and am happy to say looks as young and well as ever, although he has to complain of a paucity of the tourist element this season.
The native crops are coming in fast now. They are selling oats at 6s to 7s per bushel, which are afterwards resold at 150 per cent. profit.
Mr Crossman, our Telegraph Officer and Postmaster, has just returned from a well-deserved month’s leave. Very glad to see his jolly face again in our wilderness, – query if he is glad to get back!
All native news very dull; Poihipi, the great Taupo chief, has been very ill, suffering from low fever. It is to be hoped he will not yet leave this fair earth: as he is a very steadfast supporter of the present Government.
The officer commanding is taking the first steps to get the A.C. all concentrated here. ‘Taupo will yet be able to boast a town, and scandal galore, Weather here very unsettled, and windy; dust ad libitum.
TONGARIRO.

ACCEPTANCES FOR NAPIER HANDICAP.
THE following were the acceptances received last Saturday evening by the Secretary (Mr. R. Miller, Esq.,) for the above race: –
st   lbs
Watt’s Ariel, 4yrs   9 3
Watene’s Maori Weed, aged   9 0
Donnelly’s Otupai, 4 yrs   8 10
Caulton’s Gillie Callum, yrs   8 2
Freeth’s Treason, 4 yrs   8 0
Brady’s New Zealander, aged   7 12
Donelly’s [Donnelly’s] Tawera, 3 yrs   7 4
Acceptances (if any) from Auckland or Wellington not to band.

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WAIROA COUNTY COUNCIL.
Pursuant to notice, the members of the above Council met at the Temporary Council Chambers, Wairoa, on 30th January, 1877.
Present: Councillor Burton Chairman), and Councillors Kent, Parker, and Smyth.
On the motion of Cr. Kent the minutes of the previous meeting were confirmed.
Letters were read from Crs. Bee and. McKinnon stating that they knew the meeting was called on purpose to bring the whole Act into operation, they regretted their absence but their views had in no way changed.
On the motion of Cr. Smyth, this Council takes full powers under the Counties Act. Carried unanimously.
Letters were laid on the table from the Town Clerk, Napier, enclosing bye-laws of the Napier Borough; from the Commissioner of Otago Police covering regulations for the Inspector of slaughter houses; from the Licensing officer, Napier, enquiring whether the whole of the Counties Act had been brought into force in the County, and a variety of other letters on miscellaneous subjects.
The terms offered for the purchase of the Volunteer Drill shed having been accepted, it was decided to immediately get the site conveyed to the Council under the “Land Transfer Act”
The Clerk was then appointed Collector of Rates, and his salary increased to £150 per annum, having to find approved sureties for the due performance of his duties.
On the proposition of Cr. Smyth is was resolved that immediate tenders be called for the repairs to the Wairoa punt, gear to be fixed and repairs duly executed by the 14th February, on which date it was further resolved that the Ferry should be sold.
Both the Wairoa and Mohaka ferries. having to be taken over on the 31st January, the clerk was ordered to proceed to the latter place, take over punt from present lessee, and make suitable arrangements for the continuance of the Ferry work.
Councillors Parker and Kent were appointed to countersign all cheques drawn by the Treasurer on the County Fund account.
Under the 6th clause of the Regulation of Local Elections Act, 1876, the Chairman was requested to communicate with Dr. Ormond for the Wairoa Town Riding; Major Richardson for the Waikaremoana, and J. Sutherland, Esq., for the Mohaka Riding, asking their acceptance of Returning officers for those Ridings in the Wairoa County.
On the motion of Cr. Parker, the meeting adjourned until 7 p.m. on Friday, the 2nd of February.
The following correspondence was placed on the table at the meeting of the above on January 30: – “County [County] Chambers, January 16, 1877. Sir, – Referring to the sad bereavement you have so recently suffered in the loss of your lamented father, Sir Donald McLean, I have now the honor to inform you that this Council desires to express its sincere condolence with you and other members of your family at that loss. By the unanimous wish, not only of the members of the Council, but of, I may safely

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say, the whole inhabitants of the county, I have been requested to convey their deep sympathy with you in this your great affliction, as a slight token of the esteem and reverence they bear the memory of one so devoted to the public welfare as the late Sir Donald McLean. – I have, &c., GEORGE BURTON, Chairman, Wairoa County Council. – Douglas McLean, Esq., Napier.”
“Napier, January 24, 1877. Sire, – Other members of the family of the lamented Sir Donald McLean unite with me in desiring that you would convey to the members of the Wairoa County Council and the inhabitants of the county our earnest acknowledgements of their deep sympathy, and of the token of the esteem and reveration in which the memory of my father is held by them, expressed in your letter of the 18th instant. – I have, &c – DOUGLAS McLEAN, – Geo. Burton, Esq., Chairman, Wairoa County Council.”
At an adjourned meeting of the above, held on the 2nd February, the following Councillors were present: – Crs Burton (in the chair), Flint, Parker, and Smyth.
A letter was read from the Clerk stating that, according to instructions, he had provisionally accepted a contract with J. Hawkins for leasing the Mohaka Ferry for five months ending June 30, 1877, for a bonus of £3 payable at the expiration of that term. On the proposition of Cr Smyth, this contract was accepted.
A sum of £12 was placed on the Council estimates for the construction of a punt for Waihira Ferry, conditionally, that the present ferryman agree to work same for the ensuing twelve months without subsidy at the weekly tariff.
On the motion of Cr Smyth, seconded by Cr Flint, the DAILY TELEGRAPH was appointed as the medium for the Council notifications according to terms offered by the Manager, viz., at same rates as Government advertisements.
The subsidy for the Mohaka Ferry for the past month was also passed.
Major Richardson and Mr Ormond having accepted the office of Returning Officers for the Waikaremoana and for the Wairoa Town Ridings, their appointments were, on the motion of Cr Flint, confirmed.
It was then carried that tenders be at once called for the erection of the bridge over the Awatere Creek as a convenience to the travelling public.
Twenty pounds was also placed on the Council estimates for the repairs of small culverts, bridges, &c., and the Chairman received discretionary powers for the expenditure of same.
The conditions and specifications for leasing the Wairoa Ferry having been read to the Council, the same was confirmed, and the Council then adjourned until 7 p.m., on Monday, the 5th February.

STOCK AND STATION.
RAM FAIR, Mr M. R. Miller’s sales : – Pure Lincoln rams, two and four-tooth, bred by Mr Joseph May, Auckland: 5 Hill, £8 5s; 5 Ramsay, £8 10s; 5 Hill, £10; 5 Ramsay, £10; 5 Hill, £9 10s; 5 Knight, £10; 5 Knight, £9 10s; 5 Knight, £12; 5 Knight, £12; 5 Hill, £10; 5 Hill, £7 10s; 5 Hill, £9 10s; 5 Newman, £9; 5 Newman, £7; 4 Chambers, £9 10s. Pure Lincoln ewes, two- tooth, bred by Mr Joseph May: 10 Collins, £8 10s; 10 Todd, £7 10s; 5 Todd, £5 15s; 5 Averson, £5 10s; 15 Chambers, £5 5s. Pure Lincoln rams, two-tooth, bred by Major Jackson and Mr Thomas Russell, of Auckland: 5 Sydney Johnston, £5 10s; 5 Lawrence, £12 10s; 5 Bridge, £13; 5 Lawrence, £16; 5 Sydney Johnston, £9; 5 Sydney Johnston, £7 10s; 4 Bridge, £10 10s. Pure Lincoln two-tooth rams, bred by Messrs Coleman and McHardy, got by rams selected in England by Mr Coleman: 5 Cable, £2; 25 Cable, £2 5s. Coleman and McHardy’s four-tooth rams: 5 Ramsay, £3 ; 5 Chambers, £3. Pure Lincoln two-tooth rams, bred by Mr P. C. Threlkeld, of Canterbury, from imported rams: 5 Hill, £15; 5 Mackersey, £9; 5 Chambers, £6 10s; 6 Bridge, £8 5s; 6 Rathbone, £7 5s; 5 Rathbone, £11; 5 Averson, £9; 6 Newman, £7 10s. Pure Lincoln two and four-tooth rams, bred by Mr. W. Marcroft, of Canterbury, by imported rams: 5 D, McDonald, £4; 5 Mason, £3 ; 5 Mason, £3; 5 Stokes, £3 3s; 5 Stokes, £4; 4 Mason, £5 5s, Pure Lincoln rams, two-tooth, bred by W. H. Sladen, by imported rams: 5 Chambers, £5; 6 Stokes, £5; 5 Stokes, £4 5s; 5 Chambers, £5; 5S Major Bell, £3 10s; 5 Major Bell, £3 6s; 5 J. Orr, £3 6s; 6 Major Bell, £3; 5 Major Bell, £3; 5 Chambers, £3 5s ; 5 Chambers, £3 6s; 4 Chambers, £3, Pure Lincoln ewes, bred by Mr Sladen, specially selected: 5 Chambers, £2 2s; 11 Tuke, £2 5s; 5 Tuke, £2 2s; 10 McKenzie, £2 2s; 10 Cable, £2 5s. Pure Lincoln rams, aged, bred by Mr Threlkeld: 2 Merritt, £2 5s. Pure Lincoln two-tooth rams, bred by Mr P. Dolbel, by imported Dudding rams: 5 Bullock, 35s; 5 Clark, 35s; 10 Boyle, 30s. Pure merino rams, imported from England from the well-known “George 1V.” flock : L Allan McLean, £12; 1 Kinross, £14. Merino rams, bred by Mr P. Smith, Ross, by brother of Sir Thomas (mother’s side); 3 Walker, £4 10s. Merino rams, bred by Mr R. J. Kermode; 3 Troutbeck, £3: 10s. Merino rams, out of ewes, bred by Mr G. Palley : 3 Troutbeck, £3 10s.
Messrs Routledge, Kennedy, and Co’s: Sales : – Stud rams, by order Colonel Whitmore; 6 Chambers, £3 3s; 5 Boyle, £3 5s; 11 Boyle, £3; 8 Cable, £2 15s; 6 Boyle, £3 68; 7 Boyle, £4 Ram lambs: 10 Boyd, £2 2s; 11 Chambers, £2 2s. Pure Lincoln rams, two-tooth and four-tooth, by order of Messrs F. and W. Nelson: 1 J.N. William [Williams], £7 10s; 1 Newman, £5 15s; 4 Beamish, £6; 4 Shrimpton, £3 5s; 4 Chambers, £3 10; 4 Newman, £3 5s; 4 Chambers, £4; 4 Beamish, £3 15s; 4 Newman, £3; 4 Sydney Johnston, £4 15s; 4 Newman, £3; 4 Beamish, £4; 4 Newman, £4, Pure Lincoln rams sold on account of Mr Thomas Tanner: 4 aged, Orr, £1 10s; 5 aged, Walker, £1 7 6d; 5 two-tooth, Beamish, £6 5s; 2 Sydney Johnson, £12; 2 Sydney Johnston, £10; 6 Sydney Johnston, £4; 10 Sydney Johnston, £4 15; 10 Sydney Johnston, £6 5s; 10 Newman £6 ; 5 ram lambs, Sydney Johnston, £2 10s; 9 H. R. Russell, £2 7 6d; 10 O. Clark, £2 17 6d; 10 two-tooth rams, Chambers, £2 10s; 5 Beamish, £2 5s; 14 wigg, £2 10s; 5 Chambers, £2 10s, Pure Lincoln rams, two-tooth, sold by order of Mr James Collins, Patangata: 2 Herbert, £12; 2 Herbert, £11 10s; 6 Beamish, £6; 5 Chambers, £5 5s; 5 S. Johnston, £4 10s; 16 Saxby, £4; 6 Saxby, £3; 10 Major Bell, £3 5s; 10 A. McLean, £3 5s; 10 Major Bell, £3 10s; 4 Mason, £5 5s; 5 Major Bell, £4. Pure Lincoln rams, two-tooth, sold by order of Hugh Duff: 20 Lyons, £2. Pure Lincoln rams, two-tooth, sold by order of Messrs Rich and Shrimpton: 30 Seed, £2. Pure Lincoln rams, sold by order of T. and W. Parsons; 4 Bulloch, £12; 4 D. Fleming, £3 5s; 3 Bulloch, £1. Pure merino rams, two-tooth, sold by order of Messrs Rich and Shrimpton ; 30 Hassell £3. Pure Lincoln rams, sold by order of Mr. R. Wellwood ; 2 six-tooth, Galbraith, £2; 1 four-tooth, Sutton ram, Elliot, £50; 1 four-tooth Collins ram, £10. Pure-bred cow “ Fairy,” bred in Canterbury by Mr Fantham; Allan McLean, £66. Bull calf, out of “Fairy,” by ‘Earl of Derby:” Allan McLean, £30.

THE HAWKE’S BAY STOCK AND STATION REPORT.
JANUARY, 1877.
DURING the past month a large amount of business has been effected in store cross-bred wedders, though prices demanded and obtained are high compared with those likely to be realised from the same class when fat. The abundance of feed hitherto, and the assuring news of the wool market has combined to maintain prices, except in merino wedders; buyers are most reluctant to invest in this description at the prices demanded. For all descriptions of ewes the demand is active, and prices for crossbreds, though not ruling so high as last year, are still satisfactory. For merinos, young ages or fresh 8-tooth, enquiries are much in excess of the numbers offered for sale. There is a fair field here for importation of this description of sheep from the South Island, where prices of young ages are quoted at 5s to 7s. A few cargoes of well bred merino would be to the great advantage of the province. Fat sheep remain at former quotations. Boiling down is being largely availed of. There is no great change to report in the cattle market, prices for steers have slightly receded, but good female stock are in demand, and maintain good prices. Quotations for stock are, for,
CATTLE. – Fat, 22s 6d to 25s per 100lbs, plentiful. Stores, mixed ages and sexes, £4 10s to £4 15s; though I sold privately a small station lot of a superior class at £6 10s average. For individual ages steers may be quoted easier at 1, 2, 3, and 4 years old, £3 5s, £5 5s, £6 5s, and £7 5s. Female stock, same, firm at £2 15s to £6 15s. Dairy cows, £9 to £12 each.
SHEEP. – Fat merino wedders, prime, 7s to 8s; plentiful store ditto, very few transactions; for 4 and 6-tooth, 6s 6d to 7s; and fresh 8-tooth, 5s to 5s 6d is demanded. There are no buyers for aged. Crossbred fat, rule from 10s 6d to 13s; the latter for heavy weights. Stores, 2 and 4-tooth firm at 8s to 8s 6d; 6 and 8-tooth, 7s to 8s. In ewes, merino, 2 and 4-tooth, none in market; 4, 6, and 8-tooth I have sold at 8s, fresh 8-tooth are readily available at 5s to 6s each, at which sales I have placed large numbers; sound culls, aged at 3s to 3s 6d; cross-bred, 2-tooth, 10s to 11s; 4, 6, and 8-tooth, 8s to 9s; culls, mixed ages, 5s to 6s 6d; lambs, cross-bred, 18s per pair.
HORSE STOCK. – Medium draught continue saleable at L30 to L35; heavy ditto, L50 to L65; weight carrying hacks, scarce, L25 to L30; serviceable hacks, L10 to L15; light weedy stock too plentiful, prices nominal. I have places Mr Allan McLean’s thoroughbred sire “Kingfisher” with Mr D. McDougall, now of Wairarapa, for 400 guineas, with right to purchase after two seasons. I have much pleasure in calling attention to the advertised sale of thoroughbred horse stock, particulars annexed, the property of Messrs Watt and Farmer, to be sold at Hastings, on 24th February, being the Saturday immediately following the Races.
STATION PROPERTIES. – I have only closed two small properties during the past month, viz., Mr D.P. Balfour’s “Mohaka” run, 376 acres freehold and 9740 leasehold, with 800 sheep, for L1750, to Mr H. Smith. This run is now capable of carrying 3000 sheep. I have also sold Mr John McKinnon’s Arapawanui leasehold, on the coast, 5000 acres, with 2000 mixed sheep, for L2500 cash, to Mr Edward Towgood, the owner of the adjoining property. There are several other properties in negotiation. On the other side will be found particulars of Mr McHardy’s Pakowhai Estate, which I am instructed to sell by auction in three portions on 26th February. This is undoubtedly the richest fattening country in the colonies. I also offer for sale at same time several sections at Wairoa, and a butchering business and small property at Havelock.
WOOL. – The home market during the past two months has remained fairly steady, and prices show no change. It is just possible that there may be a slightly unfavorable fluctuation at the opening of this month’s auctions, but the state of trade generally seems to warrant the continuance of a steady demand, at prices little belwo those ruling in November last. The figures then realised, as shown by returns already to hand, prove that the rise during the latter part of 1876 has been fully shared by Hawke’s Bay wools, and it is eminently satisfactory to find that some of the very highest ruling prices have been paid for clips from this province. Should the political atmosphere in Europe remain undisturbed, there is at present no apparent cause to fear any serious depreciation in the article.

February 1.
Annual Ram Fair held this day has been alike satisfactory to both breeders and buyers, though very few extra class were offered or exchanged hands. The supply of good well-bred stock for general breeding purposes was rather under than over the demand; and with the exception of one or two pens on starting the various lots, the prices were fully up to expectation. There were as usual several inferior lots that buyers had to be content with when the best sheep were gone, but as there were more of this class than wanted, prices ruled accordingly. My sales of Lincoln rams 2-tooth, of Joseph May, Esq., Auckland, were pen of 5, to Mr Hill, at £7 10s; 5, each £8 5s; 10 each, £9 15s; 4 each, £10; to Messrs Russell Bros. 5 each, £8 10s; 5 each, £10; to Mr Knight, 4 each £10; 5 each, L10 10s; 10 each, L12; to Mr Newman, 5 each, L7; 5 each, L9; to Mr Chambers,5 each, L9 10s. Two-tooth ewes, J, May, Esq.; to Mr Chambers 15, each L5 5s; to Mr Averson 5, each L5 10s; Mr Todd 5, each L5 15s; 10, each L7 10; Mr Collins 5, each L8 10s. Rams, 2-tooth Jackson and Russell, Auckland; 10 Mr S. Johnson; 5, each L5 10s; 5, each L7 10; and 5, each L9 ; to Mr Bridge 4, each L10 10s; 5, each L13s; to Mr Lawrence 5, each L12 10s; 5, each L16. Rams, 2-tooth instructed by Messrs Coleman and McHardy, bred by Mr Thos. Tanner 25, each £2 5s, to Mr Cable; 20, each £3, to Messrs Russell Bros.; 6, each £3, to Mr Chambers, Rams: 2-tooth, P. C. Threkeld, Esq., Canterbury, 5 each £6 10s, W. Chambers; 5, each £7 5s, and 5, each £11, Mr Rathbone; 6, each £7 10s, Mr Newman; 5, each £8 6s, Mr Bridge ; 5, each £9, Mr Avison ; 5, each £9, Mr Mackersey; 5, each £14 to Mr Hill. Rams, 2 and 4 tooth, Mr Marcroft, Canterbury: 9, each £3, and 4, each £6 5s, Mr Mason; 5, each £3 8s, and 5, each £4, Hon, R. Stokes ; 5, each £4, Mr McDonald. Rams, 2-tooth, H. Sladen, Esq ,: 4, each £3, 10, each L3 5s, 5, each L3 10s and 5, each L5, Mr Chambers ; 10, each L8 5, each L3 5s, and 5, each L3 10s, Major Bell; 5, each L8 5s, J. Orr; 5, each L4 5s, and 6, each L4 5s, Hon. R. Stokes. Lincoln Ewes, H. Sladen, Esq.: 10, each L2 2s, 21, each L2 5s, K. Tuke; 10, each L2 2s, H. McKenzie. Rams, 2-tooth, instructed by P. Dolbel, Esq. : 10, each L1 10s, Mr Boyle; 5, L1 15s, Mr Bullock; 5, each L1 15s, C. Clark. Pure Merino Rams, instructed by Messrs Kinross & Co.; 1 at L12 to A. McLean; 1 at L14, to Kinross and Co, Merino Rams, instructed by Messrs Murray Common & Co.: 3, each L3 10s, 4, each L3 5s, Mr Troutbeck; 3, each L4 10s, Mr Walker. Imported Pure Lincoln Ram, 4. A. E. Hyde, Esq.: 1 at L54, to Mr S. Johnston.
M. R. MILLER,
Stock and Station Agent, Auctioneer, &c. Napier, 1st February, 1877.

IMPORTATION OF PURE STOCK.
We have again much pleasure in noticing the arrival of Mr. Melville Smith, with his usual quantity of splendid Lincoln and Cotswold rams and Lincoln ewes.
The two Cotswold rams were selected by Mr. Smith from the celebrated flock of William Lane, Broadfield, Gloustershire [Gloucestershire]. These have been imported to the order of our enterprising fellow-Settler, J. D. Canning, Esq., and are admitted to be the best of their sort ever imported to New Zealand. We have been shown a letter from Mr. Alfred Buckland, of Auckland, to J. D. Canning, Esq., from which we extract the following paragraph: – “The Glenlora has brought you out some very choice rams from England. I scarcely remember seeing better shapely and full of wool of a very superior quality and I wish you success with them.” Of the other rams, Mr. Giblin, for Messrs. F. and W. Nelson, secured two in Auckland at a high figure. Colonel Whitmore also bought one at a high figure. After seeing him, we feel that he was justified in going so far as he did. Col. Whitmore’s manager, Mr. R. Wilkie, is perfectly satisfied with him. We hear that Mr. Brathwaite, for Mr. T. Tanner, is likely to purchase one or two of the rams. Mr. James Collins, we have been informed, also wants one or two of the ewes. We may say we never saw a more even lot of their sort, and we congratulate Mr. Giblin in securing them for Messrs. Nelson, and J. N. Williams. This last importation is the fourth one of Mr. Smith’s, and they certainly reflect great credit upon his judgment, and we hope the purchasers of these lots will be successful with them. The rams that are not sold privately will be submitted to public competition in a few days by Messrs Routledge, Kennedy, and Co. ; of which due notice will be given by advertisement. In shearing Messrs F. and W. Nelson’s rams on Monday, recently purchased by them from Mr Melville Smith, we have to record the following result: —One ram, bred by Mr. Pears, Nockton Rise, 25lbs. 3 ozs., eight and a-half months growth of wool; One ram, bred by Mr. Kirkham, eight and a-half months growth of wool, 18lbs; one ram bred by Mr. Dudding, and purchased by Mr. R. Brathwaite, eight and a half months growth of wool, 18 ¾ lbs.; one ram bred by Mr. Dudding, purchased by Colonel Whitmore, eight and a-half months’ growth of wool 15½ lbs.

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HARBOR BOARD.
The usual meeting of the Harbor Board took place on Tuesday.
Present – Messrs. Kinross (Chairman), Rhodes, Sutton, Kennedy, Williams, Vautier and Chambers.
The minutes of the previous meeting having been read and confirmed, a letter from Mr Ormond was read, in which that gentleman announced his resignation of the office of Chairman of the Board.
The Secretary was instructed to call a special meeting for the election of a Chairman in the room of the Hon. J.D. Ormond.
Mr Weber’s report of the works for the month of January was read.
Letters from the Harbor-master relative to the theft of the rowlocks belonging to the pilot-boat, and to the salary of the signalman at the Gore Brown barracks, were read. With regard to the former, the Harbor-master was ordered to be instructed by the Secretary to take steps to discover the delinquent.
On the motion of Mr Sutton, it was resolved that the signalman’s salary should be continued.

COUNTY EXPENDITURE.
THE Hon. Col. Whitmore is not alone in thinking that no economy will be gained in exchanging provincialism for county administration. We notice that, in Otago, some of our contemporaries are making comparisons of the cost of the working of the two systems, which are by no means in favor of the new institutions. In Hawke’s Bay province the affairs of the three counties will certainly not be more cheaply administered than formerly, and this no doubt will be found to be the case in every provincial district where good government used to prevail. The question of expense, however, does not appear to be affected by the adoption or rejection of the full powers of the Counties Act. If the County Councils decline to perform their functions, the Colonial Government steps in, and doing the work, charges for the labor.

[…]

Daily Telegraph, February 2

MR BUCHANAN AT WAIROA.
IT is impossible to contradict those most capable of forming a judgement upon the result of Mr. Buchanan’s visit to Wairoa, that it be tended vastly to the creation of a favorable opinion of that gentleman in the minds of the electors. Prior to his visit to Clyde, and even up to the minute when he was about to address the meeting he had convened, it was evident that public feeling was against him. He obtained however, a patient hearing, and in justice to Mr. Buchanan we are bound to say that he spoke well and to the point. Mr. Sheehan’s oratory was undoubtedly a valuable assistance to Mr. Buchanan’s cause, and coming as a reserve at the close completed a victory that was already more than half won. The electors of the Wairoa district are by no means an unsophisticated people; they are quite capable of forming an estimate of the merits of a candidate for their suffrages, but they apparently require time for their judgment to mature. They are consequently apt to jump at conclusions. Mr. Sutton carried all before him when he visited Wairoa, Mr. Buchanan followed him, and reversed public opinion. Mr. Rhodes, peradventure, should he address, a meeting in that district, will receive the most cordial promises of support. On the polling day, however, the electors will finally have made up their minds, and we have no doubt that the [the] majority will record their votes in favour of the best man. – Daily Telegraph, February 6.

16   THE WEEKLY MERCURY

PRESIDENT
James Watt.
STEWARDS:
J.H. Coleman   Sydney Johnston
Robert Farmer   J.N. Williams
G.E.G. Richardson.
JUDGE:
Robert Stuart.
STARTER:
Gavin Peacock.
CLERK OF THE SCALES:
Robert Brathwaite.
HON. TREASURER:
Ulick Burke.

FIRST DAY.
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, eight 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 8p.m.on Saturday, 23rd December. Weights to be declared by Wednesday10th January. Acceptances with 3 sovs; to be lodged with the Secretary by 8 p.m. on Saturday, 3rd February. Sweepstakes to be paid on the day of General Entry, the 14th of 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 7lb; if for £ 30 , allowed 14lb; if for £20, allowed 21lbs; if for £10, allowed 28lbs; any surplus to go to the fund.
HACK RACE of 10 sovs; distance 1 mile; catch weights; entrance £1.

SECOND DAY.
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., 10 lbs; 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., to the funds.  Weights to appear by 8 p.m. on the first day of the races. Acceptances with 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.

WOOL, SHEEPSKINS, HIDES, &c.
MESSRS. MURRAY, COMMON, & Co. are prepared to buy for Cash, or make advances against the same if consigned to them for sale and returns to London or other foreign market.
January, 10, 1877.

MEANEE HIGHWAY BOARD.
NOTICE TO RATEPAYERS.
THE Valuation List for the year 1877-8 is now open for inspection at Mr. Barry’s Store, Taradale All objections thereto must be left at the Resident Magistrate’s Court, Napier, on or before the 15th day of February, addressed to the Assessment Court; and a copy of every such objection must be left at my house, not less than seven days before the next sitting of the said Court.
THOMAS PEDDIE,
Chairman.

HERETAUNGA ROAD BOARD.
THE Valuation List is now open for inspection at the Schoolhouse, Hastings. All objections thereto must be left at the Resident Magistrate’s Court, Napier, on or before the 15th day of February, addressed to the Assessment Court; and a copy of such objection must be left at the residence of Mr J. McLeod, Schoolmaster, Hastings, not less than seven days before the next sitting of the said Court.
J.N. WILLIAMS,
Chairman.

TO THE RATEPAYERS OF THE WEST WOODVILLE HIGHWAY DISTRICT.
TAKE NOTICE, the Valuation List for the West Woodville Highway District for the year 1877, is now open for inspection at Monteith and Fountaine’s Store, Woodville. All objections thereto must be left on or before the 6f February, addressed to the Assessment Court, and a copy of every such objection must be left  at Monteith and Fountaine’s Store, Woodville not less than seven days before the sitting of the next Court.
H. MONTEITH,
Chairman West Woodville Highway Board

PAPAKURA ROAD BOARD.
NOTICE TO RATEPAYERS.
THE Valuation list is now to be seen at Mr. Vaughan’s Hotel, Meanee. All objections thereto must be left at the Resident Magistrate’s Court, Napier, on or before the 15th day of February, addressed to the Assessments Court; and a copy of every such objection must be left at Mr. Vaughan’s addressed to the Chairman of the Road Board, not less than seven days before the next sitting of the said Court.
S.G. BRANDON,
Chairman

CLIVE ROAD BOARD.
NOTICE TO RATEPAYERS.
THE Valuation list is now open for inspection at Mr. Caulton’s Hotel, West Clive. All objections thereto must be left at the Resident’s Magistrate’s Court , Napier, on or before the 15th day of February, addressed to the Assessment Court; and a copy of every such objection must be left at my house, not less than seven days before the next sitting of the said Court.
F SUTTON,
Chairman.

WAIPIKURAU ROAD BOARD.
VALUATION LIST.
TAKE NOTICE, the Valuation List for Waipukurau Road Board for the year 1877 is now open for inspection at Henry Monteith’s Office, Waipukurau. All objections thereto must be left at the R. M. Court, Waipawa, on or before the 15th day of February, addressed to the Assessment Court and a copy of every such objection must be left at the Collector’s ( H. Monteith’s Office ) not less than seven days before the next sitting of the said Court.
HENRY MONTEITH,
Clerk to the Waipukurau Highway Board.

NORSEWOOD HIGHWAY DISTRICT.
NOTICE TO RATEPAYERS.
THE Valuation List is now open for inspection at Norsewood Store. All objections thereto must be left at the Schoolhouse, Norsewood on or before the 15th day of February, addressed to the Assessment Court and a copy of every such objection, addressed to the Road Board, must be left at the Norsewood Store not less than seven days before the next sitting of the said Court.
ALFRED LEVY,
Valuer.
January 15, 1877.

FOR SALE.
A THRASHER AND ELEVATOR,
Also,
A Three Horse-power Thrashing Machine.
Apply to
J.J. TYE
Repository, Waipawa.

ORMONDVILLE HIGHWAYS DISTRICT.
TAKE NOTICE, the Valuation List for the above District is now open for inspection at Mr. R. McKnight’s, Waipukurau. All objections thereto must be left at the Schoolhouse, Norsewood, on or before the 15th day of February, addressed to the Assessment Court; and a copy of every such objection must be left at Mr. McKnight’s, not less than seven days before the next sitting of the said Court.
ALFRED LEVY,
Chairman.

NOTICE.
THE Quarterly Licensing Court for the Ngaruroro District will be held in the Mechanics’ Institute, Havelock, on TUESDAY, the 6th day of March, 1877, at noon.
Notice of application for the Renewal or Transfer of Licences must be lodged with the Clerk of the Court at least 21 days before the Meeting of the Court.
Given under my hand at Havelock, this 3rd day of February, 1877.
THOMAS GILPIN,
Clerk of the Court.

ROUTLEDGE, KENNEDY & CO.
Will offer for sale by Public Auction on Friday, 16th instant, at Mr. W. Waite’s Yards, Port Ahuriri,
2 DUDDING LINCOLN RAMS
1 Marshall Lincoln Rams
1 Casswell Lincoln Rams
Recently imported by Melville Smith.
The above Rams will be sold in their wool, and one day before being released from Quarantine.
Napier, February 3, 1877.

Watches! Watches! Watches !
JOHN ROBERTSON,
WATCHMAKER AND JEWELLER, Napier,
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.

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GRATEFUL – COMFORTING.
EPPS’S COCOA.
BREAKFAST.
“By a thorough 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: –
JAMES EPPS & Co.,
HOMEOPATHIC CHEMISTS,
48, THREADNEEDLE STREET, and 170, PICCADILLY,
WORKS, EUSTON ROAD AND CAMDEN TOWN
LONDON

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BEWARE OF VILE AMERICAN COUNTERFEITS.
OF
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.
Signed,
THOMAS HOLLOWAY,
LONDON, Feb. 15, 1796

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CURE FOR ALL NEVER DESPAIR
THE GREATEST WONDER OF MODERN TIMES!
HOLLOWAY’S PILLS
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.
SIR SAMUEL BAKER,
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.”
SIMPLE, SAFE, AND CERTAIN!
HOLLOWAY’S OINTMENT
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.
MR. J. T. COOPER,
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.
BEWARE OF ALL COMPOUNDS STYLED
HOLLOWAY’S PILLS AND OINTMENT
With a “New York” Label.

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GORDON AND GOTCH
I21 HOLDBORN HILL, LONDON;
and at
SYDNEY AND MELBOURNE.
ADVERTISEMENTS inserted in English, Continental, and American Newspapers, Newspapers, Periodicals, Magazines, Books, and Stationery supplied with accuracy and punctuality, and at the lowest prices.
Proprietors of Newspapers furnished with Paper, Ink, and every requisite connected with the printing business.
Indents through the Sydney and Melbourne houses, and Commissions executed quickly and economically generally.

THE
WEEKLY MERCURY
AND
Hawke’s Bay Advertiser,

TERMS OF ADVERTISING AS PER SCALE.
Standing Advertisements for Three, Six or Twelve Months can be arranged for at a Liberal Discount.
Notice to discontinue advertisements (unless where number of insertions is mentioned on original order) must be forwarded, in writing, addressed to the Manager.

LIST OF AGENTS
NAPIER   COLLEDGE & CRAIG, Hastings-st
T. MEEHAN, Port Ahuriri
MEANEE – J.C. SPEEDY.
TARADALE – J. BARRY.
CLIVE – J. BECK.
HAVELOCK – S. STONE
WAIPAWA – E. BIBBY.
WAIPUKURAU – MESSRS. SMITH & CO,

TERMS OF SUBSCRIPTION
£   s   d.
Per Quarter, if paid in advance   0 6 6
Per Quarter, if booked   0 7 6
Per Annum, if paid in advance.   1 6 0
Per Annum, if booked   1 10 0

Printed and published by EDWARD HENDERSON GRIGG, for the Proprietors, at the Mercury Office, Tennyson-street, Napier, Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 1877.

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