8 THE WEEKLY MERCURY
9 – Southern Cross, s.s., from Auckland via Gisborne. Passengers – Messrs J. P. Hamlin, Rees, Black, Hudson, and Parker
9 – Fairy, s.s., from Mahia and Wairoa. Six Passengers
9 – Rangatira, s.s., from Wellington. Passengers – Mrs McLennan, Dr and Mrs De Lisle, Messrs Thomson, McGrath, and several others
10 – Kiwi, s.s., from Wellington.
10 – Sarah and Mary, ketch, from Lyttelton.
14 – Wanaka, s.s., from Southern Ports, Passengers – Mr Birch, Miss Rich, Capt. Petherbridge, Messrs R. Rhodes, Hassall, Snow, Crawford, Sheen, Parker, Philips, two in the steerage, and nine from the North.
14 – Jane Douglas, s.s., from Poverty Bay. One passenger.
15 – Fairy, s.s., from Wangewehi. Passengers – Mr G. Walker.
8 – Jane Douglas, s.s., for Gisborne. Passengers – Mrs Anthony, Miss Parkins, Messrs Hutchinson, Turner, Thompson, Walker, Samuels, Lever, and 24 natives
12 – Rangatira, s.s., for Wellington. Passengers – Mr and Mrs Perkins, Mr and Mrs Spiller and child, Misses Dowd and Perkins, Messrs Seed, Sturrick, Thomas, Stubbs, Newton, senior, and junior, Motley, Clayton, Mogridge, Sellars, Chinese Giant and attendant
12 – Southern Cross, s.s., for Wellington. Mr and Mrs Unson, Messrs Fisher, Hansen, and Benson
13 – Manaia, p.s., for Wairoa. Passengers – Messrs Duff, Walker, Steele, Turton, and a few others
13 – Kate Macgregor, schooner, for Mercury Bay
13 – Kiwi, s.s., for Wellington. Passengers Mrs Murray and 5 children, Mr and Mrs Hastings, Miss Best, Messrs Kenrick and Howie
13 – Christina, schooner, for Auckland
13 – Fairy, s.s., for Wangawehi.
15 – Sarah and Mary, ketch, for Lyttelton. Passengers – Master Russell.
15 – Wanaka, s.s., for Northern Ports.
The steamers Rangatira and Kiwi both anchored in the Bay, the former at 7 p.m. on Friday, and the latter at 8 a.m. on Saturday.
The s.s. Southern Cross arrived in the roadstead at an early hour on Friday from Auckland via Poverty Bay. She took in a cargo of store sheep at the Tamaki, leaving Poverty Bay on Thursday, and arriving here as above.
The s.s. Jane Douglas left on Thursday for Gisborne, with a little cargo, and a large number of passengers.
We notice by advertisement, that the Union Company’s new steamer Wanaka is going to run on this coast. She is under the command of Captain Malcolm, who had the s.s. Storm Bird and Maori on this coast.
The schooner Lady Don, which loaded wool here from the Jessie Readman at Wellington, was caught in severe gale and blown down to Lyttelton, considerably damaged. Her cargo, which consisted of 230 bales of wool, was all more or less damaged by saltwater. Fortunately for the owners it was covered by insurance.
The schooner Orpheus, hence on January 31, arrived at Auckland on Thursday.
The s.s. Rangatira, Cap. Evans, after discharging about 40 tons of inward cargo at the Breastworks on Monday, took in a full load of wool for Wellington to be transhipped to the Ocean Mail for London, and left at 4 p.m.
The s.s. Southern Cross, Capt. Holmes left the outer wharf soon after the Rangatira, bound also to Wellington where she will be placed on the slip for a thorough overhaul.
The p.s. Manaia, Cap. Smith, left for Wairoa at an early hour on Monday with a little cargo and several passengers.
We were unable to give our readers the names of the passengers per the steamers Rangatira and Kiwi in Saturday, as their reports were not ashore when we went to press. We now append them: Per Rangatira: His Worship the Mayor, Dr. and Mrs Delisle, child, and servant, Mesdames Wigan, Hallett, Cole, Faulknor and 2 children, Misses Cole, Allan, and Merritt, Messrs Cole, Biddell, Trindell, Stone, Morvin, Cotterill, Garry, Dawson, Braidy, Matheson, Seymour, several in the steerage, and two prisoners. Per Kiwi: Messrs McLaggan, Williams, Bartlett, Birch, Herbert, and 7 in the steerage. The Rangatira was steered in by the semaphore on Saturday afternoon, but in consequence of the continued wet weather neither steamer discharged any cargo. They were both full. The latter steamer was unable to call on the coast coming up, consequently she has all her coast passengers and cargo on board.
In consequence of the continued fresh in the Tutaekuri, there has been no perceptible flood tide since Friday last.
The sea is quite smooth in the Bay, so much so that the s.s. Sir Donald was enabled to lay alongside the Schiehallion to take in the balance of her English cargo.
The Mission schooner Southern Cross is at present on her way to Wellington from Auckland. Her crew consists of 25 boys from the training school at Auckland.
The s.s. Nemesis, a steamer of 2885 tons, will leave Sydney for London via the Cape of Good Hope on the 24th instant. Turnbull and Co. Are her agents in Wellington, from whom all particulars can be obtained.
On February 5 the C.G. s.s. Hinemoa, Captain Fairchild, left Wellington for a trip round the Middle Island. She will call at Preservation Inlet to land some ironwork to be used in the construction of a new lighthouse. Captain Fairchild expects to be away about ten days.
The s.s. Rangatira, hence on Monday at 4 p.m. arrived at Wellington at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, and the s.s. Southern Cross, which left half-an-hour after the Rangatira, arrived at Wellington at 5.30 p.m.
The s.s. Fairy left for Wangawehi on Tuesday for a load of wool for the Schiehallion.
The s.s. Wanaka arrived in the Bay at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, she was immediately tendered by the steam launch Bella, and the passengers landed. The Bella made a second trip to land 32 Longwool Rams. The Wanaka was lightened by the Three Brothers and Sir Donald, and her cargo which was principally grass seed, discharged this morning. The Wanaka proceeded to Poverty Bay, Tauranga, and Auckland, at 12 o’clock noon.
The s.s. Jane Douglas returned from Poverty Bay on Wednesday. She has a full cargo of dumped wool, which she is putting on board the Schiehallion this morning.
The s.s. Fairy returned from Wangewehie [Wangawehi] early on Thursday, with a load of dumped wool for the Schiehallion.
The Schiehallion on Thursday was taken to the northwards of the Bay to throw overboard her surplus ballast. She was towed back to her original mooring by the Jane Douglas on Thursday.
The ketch Sarah and Mary sailed for Lyttelton on Thursday in ballast.
POST OFFICE NOTICE.
For the United Kingdom, Continent of Europe, &c., via Suez and Brindisi, by every opportunity to Wellington, where the mails close on the 11th March.
For Fiji, Sandwich Islands, America, West Indies, United Kingdom and Continent of Europe, &c., via San Francisco, on Wednesday, 7th March, at 2.30 p.m.
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GRAHAM. – At Havelock, on the 11th February, the wife of Mr F. Graham, of a daughter.
JOHNSON – OAKLEY. – At Sandon, on February 8, by the Rev. A. Towgood, J.T. Johnson, of Napier, to Amelia Mary Oakley, second daughter of J. Oakley, Esq., Sandon, Rangitikei.
DROWER. – At Waipukurau, on the 12th February, Maude Harriet Drower, aged 3 months.
NOTICE TO CORRESPONDENTS.
We are in receipt of several letters from immigrants complaining of the manner in which they have been treated in Hawke’s Bay. To publish the whole of the correspondence would more than fill our columns. Last week we denounced the present system of Free Immigration.
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TO ARCHITECTS REQUIRING PROFESSIONAL ASSISTANCE.
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TAKE NOTICE that MONDAY, the 26th day of February 1977, is the day appointed on which, and the Court House Clyde, Wairoa, the place at which a Sitting of the above Court will be held at 11 o’clock a.m.
FRED. J. ORMOND,
Judge of Assessment Court.
Wairoa, February 8, 1977.
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.
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.
KINROSS & CO.
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The Weekly Mercury
HAWKE’S BAY ADVERTISER.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 1877.
Complete State of the Poll.
Majority for Sutton, 23.
Buchanan Sutton Tiffen Colenso
Napier 233 219 82 6
Wairoa 28 16 0 0
Hastings 18 31 0 0
Petane 6 4 0 0
Meanee 4 15 3 2
Taradale 7 19 35 2
Puketapu 0 15 3 2
296 319 153 12
THE Hawke’s Bay County Council has not adopted the full powers of the Counties Act a day too soon. The special meeting on Friday was the result of a very short experience of the working of the Act in its limited form. The Council was powerless; in fact, all that portion of the Act mentioned in its third schedule not being in force, local government had ceased to exist within the county. The Council, under the dictatorship of Colonel Whitmore, had been in such a terrible hurry to affirm its resolve not to bring the whole Act into operation, that it did not wait for the main roads to be handed over by the late Provincial Engineer. The bug-bear – expense and taxation – the Hon. Colonel had conjured up in the minds of the councillors had apparently, created a panic, and the Council quickly determined to leave local government in the hands of the Wellington authorities. The march of events, however, has conclusively shown the absolute necessity existing for local bodies to administer local affairs. Without the full powers of the Act being in force neither the main roads, nor the bridges were under the supervision of anyone, nor was there any authority by which provision could be made for their preservation in time of floods. Nothing could be more unsatisfactory than was the condition of affairs as left by the Council, and there were no counter-balancing advantages. The only reasons that had weight with the Council in adopting the restricted Act were that it entirely prevented the imposition of a county rate, and the appointment of county officers. It was never thought that the same councillors who were resolute enough to delegate their authority to the Colonial Government rather than leave it in their own power to tax themselves, would not be likely if they had the power to impose any burdens on their landed estates. But Colonel Whitmore’s dread was that in playing with edged tools they might accidentally cut themselves, and therefore he advised they should have nothing to do with them. The result we have seen. The Council has found it necessary to carry out its functions, and we trust no more nonsense will be talked concerning the inability of its members to manage county affairs with ability and economy.
THE question of immigration has for some time past forced itself on public attention, and never more so than at the present time. A short paragraph in our columns a few weeks ago has evoked a considerable amount of correspondence, every letter being confirmatory of our statement that immigration is overdone in this province. But the cry is, “still they come.” Let us take the list of immigrants for Napier by the ship Fernglen, which may be shortly expected here. In this we find no less than thirty-four families, having between them seventy-four children. Some of the families, we notice, have six children, and one married couple have eight. What is to become of these people we cannot say, and their destiny must be left in the hands of that Government under whose auspices they have been brought out here. By the same ship are now on their way sixty-six single men, and twenty-five single women, one hundred and ninety-nine souls in all. The single men and women may be left to take care of themselves; probably they will find employment; but we protest against the introduction of married people with large families, as not only cruel to themselves, but unjust to the charitably disposed on whose support they must eventually fall. An amount of hardship is now being suffered by many an industriously disposed family, the extent of which it is impossible to gauge, and we fear the distress that will be apparent during the coming winter will tax to the uttermost the resources of the charitable.
HOWEVER disposed we might be to attempt the conversion of Mr. R. Coupland Harding, we are too well aware of the fixity of his opinions on the temperance question to hazard an undertaking that could only result in failure. But Mr. Harding having taken us to task for alluding to his stock query to all candidates for the representation of Napier, as absurd, it becomes necessary to again rake up the well worn subject of the Permissive Bill. We should say that Mr. Harding is not a humorist; although he is not of that people of whom it has been said that they have to undergo a surgical operation before they can appreciate a joke, we are inclined to think he would require a severe course of medicine before he could perceive the difference between fun and that which is serious. Mr. Harding cannot see that there is anything absurd in his mounting the stage at every election meeting, and in a peculiar monotone putting the self same question to each candidate, “in the event of your being returned, will you pledge yourself to support a Permissive Bill, should one be introduced into the General Assembly?” Mr. Harding’s constant appearance never fails to provoke the heartiest laughter, and the word “absurd” is properly applied to a scene that invariably causes amusement from the very poor satisfaction the questioner receives. There is another feature about Mr. Harding’s persistency in this respect. He puts the question as though on the satisfactory reply of the candidate hung his chances of being elected. There would be less absurdity about it if the teetotal vote in this town were worth courting. It was in this sense that we spoke of Mr. Harding’s action in this respect as absurd, and in no way did we wish it to be inferred that the principles for which he contends are worthy of ridicule. With regard to those principles we should advise Mr. Harding to study Mr John Stuart Mill’s essay on “Liberty.” An attentive study of that little work