Weekly Mercury and Hawke’s Bay Advertiser 08 – February 24 1877

WEEKLY MERCURY
AND
Hawke’s Bay Advertiser,

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

Vol. II. – No. 67.   NAPIER, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 1877.   PRICE SIXPENCE

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 1877, AT HASTINGS.
M.R. MILLER.
Has been favored with instructions from Mr. G.P. Donnelly to dispose of, by Public auction, on the above date, at Hastings, the whole of his THOROUGHBRED STOCK comprising the well-known chesnut [chestnut] colt “Otupai,” 4 years, got by Pacific, dam Valletta, and winner of the Napier and Havelock handicap, 1876.
“Tawera,” br colt, 4 years old, got by Pacific, dam Magic, and winner of the Maiden Plate last November.
“Tamatia” 3 years, bay colt, got by Pacific, dam Valletta.
The above are nominated for the Wanganui J.C. Handicap.
1 Brown Colt, 2 years, full brother to Otupai.
1 yearling colt by Pacific, dam Magic.
Valetta, got by Young Plover, dam Ada, by Ether, stinted to Papapa.
Magic, got by Bishop, dam Matilda, imported from Sydney to Auckland, by Messrs. Crunnin and Williamson, and winner of the Maiden Plate 1875. Stinted to Mute.
The Auctioneer wishes to draw special attention to the above Thoroughbred Stock which are for positive sale. The Young Stock are got by the well-known imported horse Pacific, out by Mares chosen by Mr. Donnelly.
M.R. MILLER,
Auctioneer.

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

BUTCHER BUSINESS AND STOCK FOR SALE,
AT HAVELOCK.
M.R. MILLER
Has received instructions from Mr. Wm. Smith, at Havelock, (who has purchased another property, and relinquishing this business) to sell by Public Auction on
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26,
THE WHOLE OF HIS INTEREST PROPERTY, AND WORKING PLANT, &c., being a large and commodious Butcher Shop with Dwelling-house attached, situated at the junction of the Hastings, Te Aute, and Te Mata roads, opposite the Exchange Hotel. Together with the Goodwill of his first-rate Business not only in Havelock, but also in surrounding districts. On the half-acre on which with Shop and House are erected, there are also detached Sausage-room, with one of the Stacey’s large Sausage Machines; Men’s-room, Outhouse, 3 stall Stable, Cow-shed, and Yards, and two large Coppers built in good working order; also, the unexpired working lease (3 years) of 127 acres well-grassed and watered land, adjourning with Slaughter yards, and gear therein.
On a date after to be fixed will be sold at Havelock, 41 well-bred Pigs, 3 young Boars 1 a two-year old, 3 Horses, 3 Springcarts and 3 sets Harness.
To a purchaser of the Buildings and Goodwill, liberal terms will be given. Occupation 21 days after the Sale, till which date only a deposit will be required.
Terms for Stock and Moveable Plant, Cash.
M.R. MILLER,
Auctioneer.

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.

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.

SALE OF
VALUABLE FREEHOLD PROPERTIES AT KAIKORA, AND TOWNSHIP OF SEDGWICK, WAIPAWA.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 1877.
MR. JOSEPH TURLEY
Has been favored with the instructions from the Proprietors to submit to public auction, at Mr. H. Baker’s Empire Hotel, Waipawa, on the above date, the under mentioned
VALUABLE PROPERTIES –
TOWNSHIP OF KAIKORA – Sections Nos. 133, 134, and 135, containing 2¼  Acres, with substantially built dwelling-house, 24 x 12, stable, stockyard, and calf pens; good well of water, and garden well stocked with fruit trees. The whole of the ground is fenced; the situation (adjoining the hotel recently erected by Mr Mundell) is one of the best in the township. The sole reason for the present owner disposing of it is on account of his purchasing another property in the “Waipawa District.”
TOWNSHIP OF SEDGWICK, WAIPAWA – Subdivisions 6, 7, 14, and 15, with newly erected store and dwelling-house.
The above is a good opportunity of acquiring first-rate business premises, having a frontage to the Great North Road, and within five chains of the Waipawa Railway Station.
Further particulars can be obtained, and plans of the properties seen, at the offices of the Auctioneer, Napier and Waipawa.

SHEEP FOR SALE.
4000 MERINO WETHERS, 8-tooth; in lots to suit purchasers
1600 Merino Wethers, 6 and 8-tooth, about equal quantities of each.
1000 Crossbred Ewes, 8-tooth
1200 Fat cross-bred (dry) Ewes, 8-tooth
800 Merino Ewes, 8-tooth
600 Merino Wethers, 8-tooth
600 Merino Ewes, 6 and 8-tooth
500 Cross-bred Ewes, 6 and 8-tooth, immediately
170 Merino Hoggets and Lambs
700 Fat cross-bred Wethers
RAMS FOR SALE
150 Merino Lambs, 2-tooth and upwards, by Dowling and Currie Rams, out of pure pedigree Ewes
50 Lincoln Rams, 2-tooth and upwards, by imported Rams, out of bred Ewes
8 Cotswold Rams, 2-tooth and upwards
BULLS FOR SALE
10 Young Bulls of this season, bred by Hon. H.R. Russell, the produce of his celebrate bull Crown Prince, out of seven-eight bred Abbott cows.
2 Bulls, by Knight Templar and Duke.
J.J. TYE,
Stock and Station Agent,
Waipawa.

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.

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

ALTERATION OF TIMETABLE.
On and after MONDAY, October 1, 1876
Trains will run as follows: –
DOWN
WEEK DAYS.   SUNDAYS.
2   4   6   1
A.M   A.M.   P.M.   P.M.
Spit, depart   7.40       11.0          3.40
Napier   (arrived   7.50   11.10   3.50
(depart   7.55   11.30   4.10   2.30
Farndon, depart   8.20   11.55 p.m.    4.35   2.55
Hastings, depart   8.45   12.20   5.0   3.20
Pak Paki [ Pakipaki ]   arrive   9.5   5.18
depart   9.15   5.20
Te Aute, depart   10.2   6.7
Kaikora, depart   10.51   6.57
Waipawa, depart   11.5   7.11
Waipukurau, arrive   11.25   7.31
UP.
1   3   5   7   2
A.M   A.M.   P.M.   P.M.   P.M.
Waipukurau, dep.   7.0   3.5
Waipawa, depart   7.20   3.25
Kaikora, depart   7.36   3.41
Te Aute, depart   8.25   4.30
Paki Paki (arrive    9.9   5.15
(depart   9.12   5.22
Hastings, depart   9.32   1.0   5.42   5.27
Farndon, depart   9.57   1.25   6.7   5.46
Napier (arrive   10.22   1.50   6.32   6.10
(depart   7.20   10.25   3.0
Spit, arrive   7.30     10.35   3.10
Passengers are requested not to enter or leave the carriages while in motion.
Season Tickets issued to and from all Stations. Apply to the Manager.
To ensure despatch, Parcels should be booked fifteen minutes before the starting of the Train.
FRANK B. PASSMORE,
Superintending Engineer
Napier, October 1, 1876.

FOR SALE,
THE Lease (8  years to run) of 60 acres rich Agricultural Land, situate [situated] on the Homewood Estate, about 2 miles from Waipawa.
The above is well-fenced and laid down in English Grass, and there is a substantial 3-roomed House and Outbuildings thereon. Rent £50 per annum.
Also,
The Lease (6 years to run) of 50 acres, adjoining the above; there are thirty-five (35) acres under crop, consisting of Oats, Barley, Potatoes, &c. Rent £50 per annum.
Together with the above Sections there will be stock now running thereon, consisting of Horses, Sheep, and Cattle.
Also,
Drays and Farming Implementts [Implements].
For further particulars, apply to
JOSEPH J. TYE,
Land and Estate Agent,
Waipawa.

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.

Education Board Office.
Napier, Feb. 13, 1877.
NOTICE is hereby given that the Education Reserves will be offered for Lease (21 years) by Public Auction at the Provincial Council Chamber, on TUESDAY, May 15, 1877.
Section 70, Town of Napier, 1 rood, upset price, £10 per annum.
Section 298 B, Town of Napier, 1 rood, upset price, £20 per annum.
Suburban Section 90, lot 5, Town of Napier, 1 rood, upset price, £15 per annum.
J. RHODES.
Chairman of Education Board.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

SCRUTINEERS INSIDE THE TARADALE BOOTH.

SIR, – I fail to see what benefit Messrs Buchanan’s and Sutton’s scrutineers where to them, simply placed inside the polling booth. Possibly they thought with the electoral roll in hand they could test the validity of each elector’s vote. So they could; but they might have done this outside with more effect than inside; for while consulting their rolls they might have endeavored to secure the votes for their respective candidates, but possibly they were afraid to meet that able scrutineer, Mr. A.S. Tiffen, who with roll in hand labored hard to get votes for the candidate he represented. I will tell you exactly my impression when I entered the booth to record my vote. On entering the booth, there sat the scrutineers before mentioned as still as mutes. As I approached the Deputy Returning Officer they showed signs of life and with one voice inquired my name; this given, and having been supplied with the missive by the Returning Officer, retired to the ante-room, (the scene was tranquil); having selected my candidate, I returned, placed my missive in the receiving box, and made my exit. Now, Sir, had these scrutineers endeavoured to get votes by advocating the cause of their respective candidates, the result might have been different; but they were quite content to stay in the shade and await the result of the election in which they took no active part. Possibly next election they may perhaps perform the part of more able scrutineers. – I am, &c.,
SUN BURNT.
Taradale, February 16, 1877.

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DESTITUTION IN WAIROA.

SIR, – From the Herald’s correspondent I learn that the people of Wairoa are “indignant,” that is the word used, that a starving women with five children should receive charitable aid from Napier without an appeal having first been made to them. An appeal had been made to them, not once but twice, but it was of no avail. The Herald’s correspondent’s honor, or false pride, whichever it is, is apparently more easily touched than his charity, and he is indignant that a case of suffering occurring in the midst of the community to which he belongs should have leaked out. He treats the matter as a slur cast on his district, and from his language one might suppose that he would rather a women would die of starvation, and no one know of it, than that her hunger should be appeased, and her sufferings be made public. The correspondent of the Herald gives what he is pleased to term the main facts of the case, but her carefully avoids stating that the poor woman was consumptive and unable to “take in washing;” that she had five children, the youngest an infant – sickly for want of nourishment – that all the money that she had received for four months was a sum of £6, which she paid, as far as the amount would go, the butcher and baker, who “supplied her wants when required.” The correspondent also carefully abstains from saying that the poor women applied on two different occasions for charitable aid, and it was refused her, not because her case was undeserving, but, as she told me herself, because the Relieving Officer regarded all aid as a loan.
I am more inclined to accept as true the touching story as told by the woman herself, corroborated, as it was, by the evidence of her appearance, and the statements of her neighbor, than anything which a correspondent may be told to say for the credit of his district. As for butchers and bakers supplying her “wants when required,” I imagine tradesmen wait for orders from customers, and those orders are not given when there is no money to satisfy them. Her wants were supplied probably so long as she had money, and no longer. If the Herald’s correspondent would try the experiment of living upon £6 for four months, and out of that sum might support five young children, he might, perhaps even with “a month’s milk supplied gratis,” be grateful that the recital of his wants, and the wants of the children, had touched the hearts of those capable of relieving his immediate necessities. – I am. &c..
R.P.
Napier, February 20, 1877.

SIR , – I read with surprise in to-day’s Herald a letter from its Wairoa correspondent expressing indignation at the idea of money being sent from Napier for any of the indigent poor in Wairoa. Sir, there are many such in our little village; far too many. There are many residents here now who will bear me out in this if required.
I know one or two families who would not object to get similar donations if they only could, let the cash come from where it might; and as to the case in point, the family mentioned was hard up-very hard up. The fact of the man turning up the same day the money did, proves nothing.
If, however, Mr Editor, any more money comes in for you to distribute, allow me to bring under your notice the claims on another poor person in WAIROA.
Napier, February 20, 1877.

TO THE NAPIER AND WAIPUKURAU CRICKET CLUBS.
[PER FAVOR OF THE WEEKLY MURCURY.]
GENTLEMEN, – The Wairoa Eleven desire me to express to you their hearty thanks for the extremely hospitable and generous manner in which they have been treated since their arrival.
They, at the same time, trust the good feeling, conspicuous in the recent contests, may be still further strengthened on all future occasions.
JNO. H. AISLABIE, Captain.
Napier, February, 20.

CRICKET MATCH.
WAIROA v. WAIPUKURAU.
THE above match was played on the Waipukurau ground on Monday afternoon. Play commenced at 12 noon precisely, and closed at 4.45. Subjoined are the scores by which it will be seen that the visitors won by 10 wickets. Of course it must be understood that the Waipukurau men played at a great disadvantage having but little time to get a team together, and deserve indeed great credit for their pluck in accepting a challenge under such somewhat disadvantageous circumstances. The beautiful and well kept ground elicited high praise from the Wairoa eleven generally, who greatly envied their more fortunate brethren of the willow of the possession of such a splendid turf for practice.
As on last Saturday the Wairoa eleven fielded far better in their second innings than in their first, the bowling was also greatly improved thereby accounting for the more rapid fall of the wickets. At first the match promised to be a very close one.
For Waipukurau, Gilberd and Martin, batted well and obtained double figures in the 1st innings, and the fielding of Messrs. Gilberd, Sainsbury, and Foulton was particularly noticeable, Mr. Scotter’s bowling was also very effective. In the second innings by one of those fatalities so common sometimes to cricketers a regular stampede ensued, the wickets falling as fast they were occupied, the bowling part of Messrs. Rees and Hord being in a high state of perfection. For the Wairoa side Messrs. Aislabie and Rees obtained fair scores, the former making top score of the day, viz., 25. Mr H. Flint distinguished himself in the fielding department.
After the conclusion of the game another innings was played just to fill the day up, Rees making 44 in fine style.
The Waipukurau Cricket Club entertained their visitors at Mr. Gow’s in a most hospitable manner. Mr John Sheehan in the chair, supported by Mr. H.R. Russell, the president of the Club. After the usual loyal toasts the healths of both teams were drunk, and in response to a suggestion of Mr Williams that this should be the commencement of an annual series of matches between the two clubs, Mr Russell promised to accompany the Waipukurau team, if possible, in their return match to the Wairoa.
Messrs. Rees and Sheehan made several amusing speeches, the musical talent in the two clubs came out in great style, the “Waipukurau Billy” was also in great demand, and altogether a most agreeable and enjoyable evening was spent by all present, the Wairoa visitors expressing themselves as being highly honored by being so hospitably received and generously treated. I should hardly care, Mr Editor, to give a complete list of all the toasts that were drunk, else you might imagine we did little else, suffice it to say no one was omitted, “Umpires,” “Scorers,” “Captains,” “Secretaries,” “Success to Cricket,” “Advance Waipukurau,” &c., &c., and on Mr Henry Russell generously offering to enlarge the cricket ground, the cheer that resounded, when his health together with that of the ladies of Mount Herbert, was proposed, the roof of the “Tavistock Hotel” was nearly lifted off. Have I forgotten to mention, the “Legislative Assembly,” bashfully proposed by Mr Sheehan.
With many expressions of goodwill to their entertainers from the visitors, after singing “Auld Lang Syne,” and “God Save the Queen,” the fun was over about midnight.
WAIROA.
1st Innings.   2nd Innings.
Flint, b Scotter   1
Williams, b Dew   7
Hood, st, b Sainsbury  0
Rees, c Frood, b Scotter   14
Aislabie, st, b Scotter   25
Knight, b Sainsbury   2
Carroll, b Sainsbury   0   not out   1
McLean, c Scotter, b Sainsbury    4
Shaw, run out   2
Flint, G., c Martin, b Sainsbury   3
Parker, not out   1   not out   1
Byes   3
Wides   5    Wides   1
73   3
WAIPUKURAU.
1st Innings.   2nd Innings.
Gilberd, b Rees    18   run out   0
Gracey, b Knight   9   b Rees   1
Sainsbury, l.b.w, b Knight   1   l.b.w, b Rees   2
Foulton, b Rees   4   c Rees, b Hood   0
Scotter, l.b.w, b Knight   0   b Rees   0
Froode, b Rees   2   b Hood   4
Monteith, H., not out   7   b Hood   3
Martin, b Hood    11   b Rees   0
Dew, b Rees    0   c Plint   2
King, c Knight, b Rees   0   c Carroll, b Rees   2
Monteith., R., b Rees   0   not out   2
Byes   3    Byes   1
56    17
BOWLING ANALYSIS.
First Innings.
Name.   Balls.   Runs.   Maidens.   Wickets.
Rees   44   32   0   6
Knight   30   21   0   3
Hood   12   0   2   1
Second Innings.
Rees   16   10   0   6
Hood   16   6   1   3
Sainsbury   60   15   1   5
Scotter   30   25   2   3
Dew   36   15   0   2

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LOCAL AND GENERAL NEWS

Telegraph communications with Gisborne was re-established at 1 p.m., on Friday.

At Waipukurau on Friday the Hon. H.R. Russell and Sydney Johnston Esq., were nominated as candidates for the representation of Waipukurau in the Waipawa County Council. The returning officer then adjourned the proceedings sine die.

The fleece taken from the ram imported from England by Mr Melville Smith, and purchased by Mr J. Giblin in Auckland, and bought down here, weighed 25lbs 3oz in the grease. The fleece was scoured at Mr R. P. Williams’ establishment, and weighed afterwards, when it was found to be 18¾lbs. Nothing can better show the quality of the sheep than this result.

At the sale by Messrs Routledge, Kennedy and Co. on Friday of Melville Smith’s imported rams, the following prices were obtained: – 1 bought by Mr Tye, eighty guineas; 1, Colonel Whitmore, fifty-five guineas; 1, Mr Brathwaite, forty-five guineas. After the sale the rams were shorn, Mr. J.J. Tye’s purchase clipping 19lbs., Colonel Whitmore’s 19lbs., and Mr Brathwaite’s, 20lbs. The wool was only eight months growth being the same age as the clip taken from the ram bought by Mr. J. Gilbin.

The racing four-oar gig, built by Greenland, of Melbourne, for the members of the Electric Telegraph Department, Napier, arrived by the Rangitira on Thursday. It is a clinker, built, very light, but strongly made, and should make a good show at the next regatta.

By the “Manaia” several valuable horses have been bought by Mr. E. Mayo, of Te Wairoa, for sale.

From telegrams received throughout the colony we find the ratepayers have at last awoke to a sense of their duty. Associations are being formed for the purpose of thoroughly looking after those whose duty it should be to protect public interest. Recent events in Napier show that a similar Association started here might have the effect of preventing councillors coming to too hasty conclusions affecting directly the pockets of ratepayers. We hope our hint will be acted upon.

The only business before the Resident Magistrate’s Court on Saturday was one case of drunkenness, which was dealt with in the usual manner.

A correspondent wishes to know whether there is not a Municipal by-law having reference to obstructions on the foot-paths. He states that in the neighborhood of the Albion Hotel, it is the fashion for some of the traders to exhibit their goods for sale on the foot-path, and that sometimes, table, chairs, looking glasses, and lamps obstruct and annoy the passers by.

To the Editor: Sir, – Your correspondent “Sun Burnt, “ whose ridiculous effusion appeared in Friday’s issue of the TELEGRAPH, evidently knows nothing of the duties of a scrutineer, and is equally ignorant of the Act under which the election for a member of the House of Representatives is held. – I am, &c., SCRUTINEER, February 17, 1877.

We learn from the Wanganui Herald, that Mr. Fox has written to some person in Wanganui stating that he has just received a batch of Parliamentary papers and when he has mastered the legislation of last session he will address his constituents in Wanganui.

It is reported that the secret of Mr. Buchanan’s success at Wairoa was the jollity of his principal canvasser. If the good people of Wairoa do not drink themselves they appreciate the courtesy of being asked to have a something. They complain that Mr. Sutton neglected this compliment, and that they had to ask him to drink. But Mr. Sheehan was a man after their own heart, his generosity captured everybody, and he could drink. That is what they liked, he could drink with the best of them, and to their astonishment go to bed sober.

Mr. Hugh Campbell being accused of having being discourteous at the public meeting on Wednesday night, by turning his back to the audience at the conclusion to his speech, we give the true explanation of the action complained of. In reference to Mr. Buchanan’s pledge never again to seek the suffrages of the people, if defeated at this election, Mr Campbell said “then let us bid farewell to Mr. Buchanan for ever.” With these words Mr. Campbell turned round and bowed to Mr. Buchanan, necessarily turning his back to the audience. No disrespect was intended.

The subscribers to the new Church for the Rev. S. Robinson met in the Protestant Hall on Friday. Mr. J. Rhodes in the chair. The meeting was informed that a sum of £1400 had been subscribed. Dr. Spencer moved that the building of the Church be commenced forthwith. This was carried unanimously, and a building committee was then elected by ballot. The following gentlemen were elected: – Dr. Spencer, Messrs. Rhodes, Tuxford, Tabuteau, and Fielder.

A survey party will shortly be sent out to find the most practicable route for a railway from Christchurch to the West Coast.

We hear that the Waipukurau Road Board have passed a resolution condemning the appointment of Mr. Friberg as Assessment Judge for the Waipawa County. The Woodville Road Board, we are informed, purpose at the next meeting to take the appointment into consideration, and if a similar resolution to that of the Waipukurau Board be passed, that the two Boards will petition the Government on the subject.

A new lodge of Independent Order of Good Templars was opened at Port Ahuriri on Friday by Bro. Parkin, L.D., assisted by a number of the members of the Pioneer, Ark of Friendship, and Vanguard Lodges. Eight members joined by clearance, and nine charter members were initiated. The new lodge received the name of “The Pride of Hawke’s Bay,” and the following officers were appointed: -P.W.C.T., Sister; M. Mills; W.C.T., W.D. Markey; W.V.T., Bro. R. Bell; W. Sec., Bro. W.D. Fulton; W.F.S., Bro. A.B. Campbell; W.T., Bro. D. Cameron; W.C., Bro. J.W. Strudwick (also recommended as L.D.); W.M., Bro. C. Wilson; W.J.G., Bro. A Robertson; W.O.G., Bro. W. Learmont; W.R.H.S., Sister S. Mills; W.L.H.S., Sister M. McKenzie; W.D.M., Bro. Mansfield. A vote of thanks to Bro. Parkin and the installing officers closed the proceedings. The new lodge will meet every Friday, at 7.30p.m., in the school room, Port Ahuriri.

The usual fortnightly meeting of the Municipal Council took place on Friday. Present – His Worship the Mayor, Crs., Tuxford, Holder, Lyndon, Lee, Vautier, Williams, and Neal. The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed. Moved by His Worship the Mayor, and seconded by Cr. Tuxford, that Cr Neal be a member of the Finance Committee. Carried. Moved by the Mayor and seconded by Cr. Vautier, that Mr. F.S. Peppercorne be appointed Surveyor under the Public Health Act. This was carried; and Mr. Williams was appointed Inspector of Nuisances under the same Act. The valuation list for the general rate was adopted as the valuation list for the water works rate. On the motion of the Mayor, seconded by Cr., Tuxford, the sum of £50 was voted for benevolent purposes, to be dispensed by Messrs. Tiffen, Anderson, and Inspector Scully.

The entertainment given by the amateurs of Napier at Waipawa on Friday in aid of the widow of John Wood was, we are glad to report most successful. The Oddfellows’ Hall was well filled. The entertainment commenced with scenes from Othello. Mr. Williams’ rendering of the Moor was fully equal to his personation of that character on former occasions, while Mr. Bell’s Iago was as perfect a representation as an amateur could give, and superior to that of many a professional. Mr. Britten’s Cassio was also a careful piece of acting, and Messrs. Tye and Ingpen well supported the principal actors in their respective parts in Roderigo and Montano. The musical “melange” in which Messrs. Tye, Morgon, Shanley and Scott appeared was excellent, and took well with the audience. The concluding portion of the programme, the well-known tragical burlesque, “Bombastes Furioso,” produced, as it always does, roars of laughter. Messrs. Bell, Brittan, Swan and Jacobs took the leading parts, which were so well rendered, as to make it invidious to particularise the individual acting of those gentlemen. The grand army was ludicrous in the extreme. The scenery, dresses, and stage management left nothing to be desired.

The annual district meeting of the Independent Order of Rechabites will be held in the town, Marton, on the 21st instant when representatives from Wellington, Napier, Waipawa, Waipukurau, Taranaki, and Blenheim will attend. On the following day a picnic will be held at the Hon. W. Fox’s farm, and on the evening of the 24th, a public meeting will be held in the Town Hall, Marton, when speeches on the question of temperance will be given.

The Wanganui Herald observes: – “Mr. Ormond’s anxiety to obtain credit for inserting the Permissive clause in the Counties Bill would have been moderated if he could have forseen that the County of Hawke’s Bay would be one of the first to rescind its resolution and adopt the Act in its entirety. Colonel Whitmore, who was as active as a mosquito in getting the Permissive clause adopted has found that there is something more than the squatting spirit even in his own county, and he will no doubt be found taking steps to keep the main lines of road in repair in conjunction with his brother Councillors. The Geraldine Council which was influenced by the grand centralism of the member for Geraldine, has also repented, and is said to be anxious to rescind the resolution in favour of Permissivism. The folly of making the Councils mere distributing bodies has been demonstrated. What does Mr. Ormond think of his advice now?”

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It is whispered that the election cost the candidates over £1,300 between them.

The Herald reports that “Captain Russell’s visit to England is likely to be prolonged by unforseen circumstances over the next session of Parliament, in which case he would no doubt resign his position as member before the session commenced.” There is no foundation for the report whatever.

The Waipawa County Council was to have met on Saturday at Waipukurau, but as the Waipawa section of the Council kept away there was no quorum. Our correspondent does not say whether the absence of the “Waipawa section” was owing to jealousy created by the resolution passed at the last meeting to hold future sittings at Waipukurau. If jealousy is to come into play, the affairs of the County of Waipawa, will soon be in a pretty pickle.

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We are glad to see that the Hawke’s Bay County Council recognising the duties devolving on its Clerk, has raised that officer’s salary to £200 a year. The salary at that is not exorbitant, and falls short of the remuneration allowed by many other Councils to their clerks. Mr. Fannin, however, possesses qualifications peculiarly fitted him for the appointment, qualifications, we venture to say, that could be found in no one else. Without the special knowledge he can bring to bear on the administration of this county, the difficulties attendant on the introduction of the new system would be greatly enhanced. So far we have escaped the blunders that are already drawing attention to the Waipawa County, and that escape in a measure may be attributed to Mr. Fannin’s fitness for his post.

Owing to the floods in this district last week, the price of potatoes has risen considerably. We hear that on Saturday as much as £1 per cwt, was asked for by farmers.

“One from Wairoa” writes to say that “if a difference did exist between the late contending supporters of Mr Buchanan and Mr Sutton, it would be found that those of the former gentleman consisted of the more monied classes than their opponents.”

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THE WEEKLY MERCURY.   5

The staff of the DAILY TELEGRAPH celebrated the sixth anniversary of the paper by a dinner on Saturday night, at the Foresters’ Hotel. The room was well and tastefully decorated with evergreens and flowers, and the whole of the arrangements were excellently carried out by the host, Mr. Hayden. The dinner was capitally laid out, and everything was provided that could be desired or was in season. The chair was occupied by the Manager, Mr. Grigg, who had on his right, Mr. Price the editor, and on his left Mr. A. Kennedy, one of the proprietors. The Vice Chair was occupied by Mr. T. M. Murphy, the overseer. After the tables had been cleared, the usual loyal toasts were given, after which Mr. F.W. Garner proposed “Success to the DAILY TELEGRAPH, in doing which, he mentioned that he was glad to see that the journal now held a high position, and that Napier could boast that it had an evening paper equal if not superior to that of any in the colony. The Chairman responded to the toast. Mr. Price proposed “The Proprietors,” to which Mr. Kennedy responded and proposed “The Editor.” The Vice Chairman proposed “The Manager,” Mr. Grigg “The Staff,” which was responded to by Mr. Murphy. Mr. Bushnell proposed “Our Guests,” to which Mr. T. Morrison of the Herald replied, in which he thanked them for the hearty manner in which he had been received. Mr. Pratt proposed “The Ladies,” which was responded to by Mr. Murray in a humorous manner. Prosperity to the “Herald” and also the “Wananga” was drank [drunk], and also the “Host and Hostess’” to which Mr. Hayden responded. During the evening, several gentlemen contributed to the evening’s enjoyment, by singing some excellent songs. The party broke up at half-past eleven, after spending a most pleasant and enjoyable evening.

The cricket match on Saturday last, Wairoa v. Napier, came off on the Greenmeadows’ ground, which was in excellent condition for playing. The road to Taradale, however, is just now in a terrible condition from the late floods, and the knowledge of this fact kept a large number of persons from the field who would otherwise have been spectators of the game. It will be seen from the scores appended that the Napier team came off the victor, but it must be said in favor of Wairoa that some of its best men were unable to leave the district. The Wairoa team also only numbered nine, the required strength being made up by two volunteers, Mr. Rees of Auckland, and Mr. Knight of Napier. These two gentlemen, however, did most efficient service, and proved towers of strength to their side. The following are the scores: –
NAPIER ELEVEN.
First Innings   Second Innings
Dinwiddie, b Knight   2   b Rees   2
Scarfe, run out, b Gethin17   b Rees   4
Ingle, run out, b Knight   4   c Shaw, b Knight   2
Sladen, b Gethin    1    run out, b Rees   3
Mayo, c Parker, b Knight   1   c and B Rees   0
Cotterill, c Carroll, b Rees   27   b Rees   3
Sainsbury, b Parker   7   b Rees   9
Gilbert, st Hood, b G. Flint   15   b Knight   12
McCartney, b Rees   14   b Rees   0
Brathwaite   13   not out   14
McIntosh, not out   5   b Rees    0
Bye   2    2
Wides    5   1
114    53
WAIROA ELEVEN.
Flint G., b Brathwaite   0   c Ingle, b Mayo   0
Knight, c Sainsbury, b McIntosh   9   c and b Gilberd   8
Shaw, McIntosh, b Brathwaite    4  b Brathwaite   4
Rees, b Brathwaite    6   b Brathwaite   27
Hood, st Brathwaite, b Brathwaite   5   b Brathwaite   2
Aislabie, b Brathwaite   7   b Brathwaite   4
Carroll, b Brathwaite    0   c Brathwaite, c Mayo   0
Williams, b Brathwaite   12   run out, b Brathwaite   1
Parker, b Brathwaite   0 not out   1
Flint H., not out   5   b Mayo   2
Gethin, b Brathwaite   2   b Brathwaite   2
Byes   10   8
Leg Byes   2   3
Wides   5    0
67   62
In the evening, a dinner at the Criterion Hotel was given by the Napier Cricket Club to their opponents of Wairoa. His Worship the Mayor in the Chair. The dinner, which was served in the excellent taste for which the Criterion is so well known, being ended, the usual toasts incidental to such festive gatherings were given, and heartily responded to, while songs, and recitations enlivened and varied the proceedings.

We have been favored with the following pedigrees of the two Cotswold rams recently imported by Mr Melville Smith for Mr Canning from the flock of William Lane Esq., of Broadfield, Gloucestershire. Mr Lane writes: – “No. 1 Greystone, dam Excelsior, got by Nonpareil, a first class stud ram. No. 2. Cotswold King II, dam stud ewe, by Cotswold King. Cotswold King I gave 230 guineas for, and have sold many rams by him at from 120 guineas up to 210 guineas, and was considered to be the very best sheep to be shown in England.“ These truly celebrated sheep left by rail for Mr Canning’s station, Oakburn, on Saturday. We hope the owner will realise the benefits of his enterprise.

We learn that Mr E.H. Bold has received instructions from the Colonial Government to open the Taupo road; that is to say to take steps to repair the damages caused by the late floods, and so re-open the road to traffic. Nothing has yet been decided as to whether this road will be declared a Government road.

In the Resident Magistrate’s Court on Monday before His Worship Mr. Beetham there were two drunken cases, one John Diggs forfeited his bail of £1. George Weston was fined 10s. A man named William Cox charged with lunacy was remanded. J. Williams was charged with assaulting Constable Coglan at Taradale, while in the execution of his duty. The case was fully proved, and the prisoner was sentenced to three months’ imprisonment. An information was also laid against a man named Anthony Antoine for drunkenness and furious riding in the public road on Sunday at Clive. When our reporter left the Court a charge of robbery was being heard against John Hayman. The evidence so far showed that on Friday, the 5th inst., Hayman was in the house of Mr. Wilson, bootmaker, at Port Ahuriri. The defendant was aware where Wilson kept his cash-box, which contained £23. In the evening the prosecutor and defendant went out and parted company. On the return of Wilson he found his house had been broken into, and his money had vanished. He suspected Hayman of the theft and had him arrested on suspicion.

We are in receipt of a letter signed by three Norsewood settlers in which they complain of certain treatment received by them in respect of their land. Since our receipt of this letter we have received another, in which we are told that the Norsewood people having had matters explained to them do not desire their letter published. We hold the letter over therefore until we hear more on the subject.

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An occasional correspondent of Wairoa, begs to acknowledge, with thanks, the receipt of the sum of £9 3s, being the amount of a subscription raised in Napier for the relief of a starving women and five children left destitute at Wairoa. The money will be faithfully applied and strictly in accordance with instructions received. Our correspondent goes on to say that the people of Wairoa, especially of the female sex, are thoroughly ashamed of themselves for having neglected to relieve the necessities if a family so deeply in distress as that for whose benefit the subscriptions were raised. The money was sorely needed, and the gratitude of the family must be acknowledged of her whose dire necessity alone induced her to acquaint strangers with her distress.

Bachelder’s Pantascope was on view on Monday at the Odd Fellow’s Hall, and the spectators were highly delighted with the views shown them of the various places of interest on the American Continent through which the tourist from England to New Zealand passed when travelling by the San Francisco route. Mr. Batchelder explained in a most kind manner the various pictures as they passed, interpolating his explanation with quaint antidotes. The naval engagement between the Merriman and Monitor was excellent, and created much applause. The pictures are all excellently painted, and the scenic effects good. The transformation scene of the “Abode of the Fairies, or Silver Lake,” elicited, as it well deserved, the applause and wonder of the audience. Mr. Flood presided at the piano, accompanied by Mr. Lord on the violin, and we need hardly say acquitted themselves in a most credible manner.

Mr. Charles Robertson, late a baker in Napier, pleads his inability to pay his just and lawful debts, and therefore has been obliged to file his schedule.

In the Resident Magistrates’ Court on Monday, in the case of the robbery at Port Ahuriri, charged against the man John Hayman, who it was alleged had broken into the house of George Wilson, and stolen £21. Mrs McBride gave evidence that on the night of the robbery, she saw a man in the passage, who although dressed differently to what the prisoner was at the Court, was the same height as the prisoner. Other evidence was given showing that the prisoner was dressed as described by Mrs McBride, and also as to his having when arrested, two pound notes and a half-crown on his person. Mr Lascelles appealed to the Court on behalf of the prisoner. His Worship however committed the prisoner for trial at the next Supreme Court sittings. Bail was allowed, the prisoner in £50, and two sureties of £50 each.

At a special meeting of the Harbor Board, held at 10.20 a.m. on Tuesday, Mr Kinross was elected permanent chairman, vice the Hon. J.D. Ormond resigned. The Board then formed themselves into a regular fortnightly meeting, when the chairman informed the Board that he had seen Mr. Seed, Commissioner of Customs, with respect to the maintenance of the lighthouse. In the opinion of the Board, the interview had been of an indefinite character, and the following resolution was passed, “That the Napier Lighthouse expenses be in the meantime defrayed by the Harbour] Board, and that applications be made to the Marine Board for reimbursement.” The Secretary then read a report from Mr. Weber in reference to Mr. Parson’s scheme for the draining of the Whare-o-marauui [ Whare-o-maranui ] Block. After considerable discussion in the presence of Mr. Weber, the Board decided to allow the matter to remain in abeyance, pending the term of the present lease – six months. The secretary suggested the advisability of postponing the day of sale of the Harbor Reserves, on account of the public holidays and other sales taking place during the week. The Board, therefore, decided that their sale should take place next Friday week, instead of next Saturday, the day advertised. A few payments have been authorised; the Board then adjourned.

We understand that the people of Taradale are taking steps to bring the Hawke’s Bay Rivers Act into operation in their own district. We congratulate them on the movement for it is not one day too soon, and sincerely hope that no opposition will be raised against it. We hope to see the Meanee [Meeanee] settlers follow in the footsteps of their neighbors. Two Boards will work well, but if made into one we are afraid that local influences and prejudices might damage the cause. Mr McDonald, the proprietor of the Taradale Hotel, has taken a leading part in the movement. He is a practical man and in the South has taken a prominent part in working acts of a similar nature. His great experience will therefore be of much service.

The Hawke’s Bay County Council as its sitting on Monday afternoon, authorised the Chairman to expend such sum as may be necessary to repair the Ngaruroro bridge.

Mr Oldfield of Taradale has filed his schedule, and sought the protection of the law from his creditors.

The Wairarapa Standard says: – It is rumoured that Messrs Hastwell and Co. contemplate extending their coach line to the termination of the Napier railway.

We direct the attention of trustees of public schools to an advertisement, signed by the Secretary of the Education Board, in which they are informed that they must forward all applications for the enlargement of schools to the Board, on or before noon of Monday, the fifth of March.

The Rev. J.S. Smalley announced on Sunday, at Trinity Church, that next Sunday, the 25th instant, he would preach farewell sermons, and that the Rev. Joseph Berry would commence his ministry in Napier on Sunday, March 4th.

The sale of Mr. Giffard’s property by Messrs Routledge, Kennedy and Co., has been postponed until Wednesday, the 28th instant. The alteration in the date has been made owing to the state of the Waitangi bridge, the repairs to which will be completed by date of sale.

The County Council of Hawke’s Bay are not going in for a Great Seal. Mr Williams and Col. Whitmore thought a common stamp costing five schillings was all that was needed. Those gentlemen did not see that a coat of arms, bearing strange devices, in the form of ships, bales of wool, or even a whale spouting of the Napier Bluff, was required, and in this we quite agree with them. In default of a bale of wool the seal, however, might bear this motto;-“C’est un balai neuf, il fait balai neuf”- It’s a new broom that sweeps clean.

Capt. Russell, brother to the Napier Representative, arrived on Wednesday at the Bluff from England, via Hobarton.

We hear that the contractors will probably complete the railway line between Waipukurau and Takapau, in the course of next week. We trust no time will be lost, then, before it is taken over by the authorities, and opened for general traffic.

The energetic manner in which the contractor, Mr. John Orr, has proceeded with the repairing of the Waitangi bridge reflects the biggest credit upon him. It was of very great importance that the bridge should be opened for traffic without the least possible delay, and this desideratum has been accomplished in a most satisfactory manner. The bridge was repaired sufficiently by Tuesday to permit of horses and carts crossing with caution, and this morning loaded carts could cross with impunity.

Twenty men were despatched from town on Wednesday by the District Engineer, Mr. E. H. Bold, to repair the Taupo road. The first thing that will be done will be to make the road passable for a coach, and when that has been effected, the more extensive work will be set about to put the road in the condition in which it was before the floods. The portion of the road lying between Tarawera and Runanga will be repaired by the Armed Constabulary.

In the Resident Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday, there was only one drunken case. The delinquent was fined 5s, which he immediately paid into Court.

We regret to learn that an accident has occurred to one of Mr. John Buchanan’s sons at his station at Waimarama. Full particulars are not to hand, but from what we can gather it appears that the youth, who is aged 15 years, was assisting at a threshing machine, when by some means one of his legs got entangled among the machinery, injuring it most seriously.

The All-England eleven are now playing a match with 22 Greymouth cricketers. There is no doubt as to the result. The only doubt appears to be throughout New Zealand as to which place well get the best thrashing.-Unfortunately, our Napier cricketers are out of the contest.

A case of sudden death occurred on Tuesday at the Napier Goal. The deceased, whose name was William Cox, had been in goal for about eight days, having been remanded from time to time as a suspected lunatic, but being at the time in a state of delirium tremens, bought on by a long course of excessive indulgence of spirituous liquors. The deceased, who was about 40 years of age, was most respectably connected. We believe he had one brother, a chemist in business at the Thames, and another at Hamilton a general store-keeper. The deceased had himself been in business at the Thames, and he was looked upon here as a thorough tradesman. His unfortunate habits were the bane of his life, and the termination of his career under circumstances so widely different from what at one time he might have anticipated should act as a solemn warning to those who are treading the same path that led him to such a pitiable ending.

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From Napier to Wellington overland in two days! We learn from the New Zealand Times on Saturday last, that “Mr. Andrew Young, coach proprietor, and the Railway Department between them have arranged so as to shorten the time of the journey between Wellington and Taranaki and Wellington and Napier by a day. By the running of late trains on the Fielding and Foxton line passengers will go overland from Napier to Wellington in two days. Passengers for Wanganui will arrive there at 11 o’clock in the forenoon of the day after their departure from Wellington, and will leave the same day for Hawera, whence, after spending the night, one day will take them through to New Plymouth. The whole matter has been arranged by Mr. Andrew Young, who applied to the Railway Department for the running of late trains.

Batchelder’s Pantascope was unfolded again on Tuesday at the Oddfellow’s Hall.

A telegram from Auckland, dated the 14th instant, states: – “The case of Hunt, charged with seizing the deeds of the schooner Canterbury, has been settled. Hunt apologised. There is nothing to impede the cruise.” Mr Hunt is the same gentleman who, when in Napier, had a literary controversy in the New Zealand Times with the man who professed to be the author of Sir J. Vogel’s South Sea scheme.

The Masterton News of the 14th instant says: – “The new coaching firm lately constituted by the assumption of Mr. James Macara as a partner, has just completed arrangements for the purchase of the Hawke’s Bay line between Woodville and Napier. The line in question is known as that of Pete’s line. Under this arrangement Mr. Hastwell’s firm will have the entire route in its own hands between Wellington and Napier by way of Wairarapa and the Forty-mile Bush. Mr. Macara will cease driving, and act as manager for the road between Masterton and Napier.” We are in a position to confirm the statement as the purchase has been completed, and we congratulate the public of Hawke’s Bay that the line between here and Wellington has passed into such hands as those of Mr. Hastwell. No man in the colony has great practical experience than Mr. Hastwell, and fewer still posses his energy, perseverance and good judgment.

The new Minister of Public Works (Mr. Ormond) recently forwarded notices of dismissal to all the Clerks of Words engaged on the various bridges, reclamation works, &c., at Wellington under Provincial appropriation. They had, however, to be recalled, as it was of course found to be quite impossible to dispense with the services [of the]se officers even for a day.

6   THE WEEKLY MERCURY.

The captain of the All England Eleven was greatly annoyed at the conduct of the Wanganui people in breaking off the match agreed upon. He stated in Wellington that “through having agreed to play in Wanganui they were prevented from accepting a far better offer made them at Napier.”

We “Masterton News” are in a position to say that contracts have been let for metalling the Forty-mile Bush road. Messrs Nathan & Co. have got the two sections above Eketauhuna, and Mr. Oakes, the portion situated on this side. The total length of road line is 28 miles, and although the contract price, or rather prices, have not yet transpired, they are understood to amount to about £10,000.

Our penetrating female friend and contemporary, the Herald, has discovered one of our trade secrets. She has found out that the heading “Gazette in Bankruptcy,” placed above bankruptcy notices in our advertising columns, is obviously used to lead unwary lawyers to believe that the DAILY TELEGRAPH has a special appointment for the announcement of those notices. When weasels are caught asleep; when Turkish bonds are selling at a premium; when New Zealand is out of debt; when the Herald exchanges her garments for mail attire, then, and not till then, shall we think we can get the better of a lawyer.

It is stated that it has been decided by a high legal authority that the proceedings of the Waipawa County Council last Saturday are null and void, owing to there not being a quorum present, viz., four, in accordance with the County Act. There were only present Messrs. Mackersey, Levy, and Monteith.

Sairey Gamp, if not altogether above suspicion in the matter of perquisites, refrained from touching what accordingly to her light was obviously not her own. Not so our lady contemporary across the road. Anything she can cram into her reticule, and stuff into her old gingham umbrella, goes in like a shot if no one is looking. The look of holy innocence she assumed on Thursday, after coolly appropriating our report of the speeches at the declaration of the poll on Wednesday, would offer a study for Mr Gourly in his portrayal of the character of Mrs McTavish. Finding there was no Herald reporter present at the proceedings, a trap was laid for the old lady, and she has been caught stealing.

Notwithstanding the many other attractions on Wednesday, there was a very fair attendance at the Oddfellows’ Hall to view the enterprising Mr. Bacheider’s splendid Pantascope of the Sand Francisco route, Cape of Good Hope, &c., of which we have already given a description. Those who had not witnessed the beautiful scenes previously were struck with wonder and surprise at the beauty and excellence of the pictorial exhibition. Previous to the Fairy Scene being presented, the gifts were given to those fortunate enough to obtain prize tickets in their envelopes. The articles given away were certainly of a most valuable description, and worth a considerable sum. The gold watch was obtained by a gentleman, an occasional visitor to Napier, while the other gifts went to residents. A meerschaum pipe fell to the lot of one of our Napier storekeepers, who abhors smoking, while a couple of silver spoons were given to a gentleman who it is believed is contemplating matrimony. A reporter obtained an inkstand and a lamp; a young lady received a silk umbrella, while another got a silver cake basket. The distribution was conduction with great fairness, and gave satisfaction to all present.

Knights (says a northern contemporary) are becoming rare as public men in New Zealand, where a short time ago they were so plentiful. Sir Donald McLean and Sir David Monro have died within the last few weeks; Sir Julius Vogel has left New Zealand and will probable [probably] never return; Sir Francis Dillon Bell is out of political life, so also is Sir Cracroft Wilson  Sir George Grey, Sir R. Douglas, and Sir John Richardson are now the only knights who are members of the Legislature.

We learn, from the Poverty Bay journals, that, at a meeting held this week of the Poverty Bay Cricket Club, Mr Ward was pointed secretary to the club in place of Mr Brown, and was instructed to communicate with the Napier Club, with a view to arranging preliminaries for the coming match, also to inquire into the cost of taking the team to Napier and back, and to lay a report before some future meeting as early as possible. The following players will probably compose the Poverty Bay team, viz.-Messrs. G.R. Johnson, J.W. Johnson, R. Nash, J. Nash, R.W. Thelwall. A.E. Whitaker, C.W. Ferris, Winter, Woodhead, Wyatt, Evans, and Lewin.

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INTERPROVINCIAL.

MARTON.
(FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT.)
February 21.
The Rechabite Annual General Meeting opened this morning at Crofton. About twenty representatives were present. From Hawke’s Bay, R.C. Harding, Napier; A. Levy and McKnight, Waipukurau. The Hon. W. Fox gives a large picnic to the representatives and others at Crofton to-morrow.

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WAIROA.
(FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT.)
February 22.
Mr. J.H. Smythe’s store was burnt down last night. The building and contents were fully insured, the building in the New Zealand office, and the stock in the London and Lancashire and National. The greater part of the stock was saved.
The Wairoa team has been challenged to play a cricket match by the remainder of the club.

AUCKLAND.
(FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT.)
February 22.
The schooner Canterbury which left four days ago, is chased by the Iona from Russell, for the purpose of arresting Shaw on a charge of obtaining money on false pretences.
Sterndale is at present in Auckland.
Sailed – Wanaka, for Napier and Southern ports. Passengers – saloon: Messrs. Hanbury, Toujerk, J.L. Wilson, R.R. Hunt, R. Wilson, Wallace, Fowler, Sweetapple, Sternhoff, Benghoff [ Berghoff ], Baird, Mackay, Mills, Garwood, Tod, Hunter, Batley, and Benjamin, Mesdames Want, Stephenson, Spencer, and Berghoff, Misses Wyllie, King, Berghoff, and 8 in the steerage. – Southern Cross, for Napier. Passengers: – Mrs Church and two children, and two in the steerage.

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WELLINGTON.
February 21.
Sailed – Rangitira, for Napier. Passengers – Archdeacon Williams and Mrs. Williams, Mr. and Mrs. Douglas and two children, Mrs. Ellison, Miss Ellison, Messrs. Back, Newton, and five in the steerage.

BLUFF.
February 21.
Arrived – Tarurua, from Melbourne; via Hobarton. She leaves for Dunedin this afternoon. Passengers for Napier: – Capt. Hamilton Russell and family, and Miss Kerr.

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THE WEEKLY MERCURY.   7

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY’S SHOW.
WHEN the Society discovered that for their Autumn Show they would have to fall back upon the Protestant Hall, in consequence of that of the Oddfellows’ being engaged, a feeling of disappointment was created lest the smaller accommodation for visitors would seriously interfere with the success of the exhibition. What was thought to be a bad bargain, however, was made the best of, and the Committee set to work in a most energetic manner, and the arrangements made, left nothing to be desired. The main hall was laid out for the exhibition of flowers and plants, the back room for fruit, and the yard, covered in with canvas, contained the vegetable exhibits. The taste shown in the disposal of the flowers reflected very much credit on the Committee, and to the untiring exertions of Mr. Powell is largely due the success of the show. Owing to the excessive heat of the afternoon there was not a very large attendance of visitors, but in the cool of the evening, the Hall was crowded, and we are glad to learn that the “takings” at the door exceeded those at the last show at the Oddfellows’ Hall. From the prize list, which we give below, a good idea can be formed of the variety of the exhibits: –
PRIZE LIST.
POT PLANTS.
Achimines, best three. 1st. prize, Tiffen
Begonias in bloom, six. 1st, Rhodes. Three, 1st, Powell; 2nd, Tiffen. Ornamental foliage, six, 1st, Knowles; 2nd, H.C. Wilson; Three, 1st, Rhodes; 2nd. Tiffen
Caladiums, three, 1st, Tiffen
Colens, six, 1st, Powell. Three, 1st, Knowles; 2nd, Forest
Cockscombs, three, 1st, Tiffen
Ferns (exotics), twelve, 1st, Tiffen. Natives, twelve, 1st, Knowles; 2nd, Tiffen. Six, 1st. Tiffen. Single specimen, 1st, Knowles, 2nd, Tiffen
Fuchsias, six, 1st, Knowles. Three, 1st, Knowles; 2nd, Tiffen. Single specimen, 1st, Knowles
Geranium, Zonales. Six, 1st, Forest. Three, 1st, Forest. Double, three, 1st, Forest; 2nd, Rhodes. Bicolours, Three. 1st Rhodes; 2nd, Forest. Tricolours, six, 1st, Tiffen; 2nd Knowles. Three, 1st, Knowles
Lycopodiums, three, 1st, Tiffen. Single specimen, 1st, Tiffen; 2nd, Forest
Ornamental stove and greenhouse plants, 1st, Tiffen. Six, 1st, Knowles; 2nd Powell Single specimen, single, 1st, Knowles. Single specimen in either class, 1st, Knowles
Window Plants, three, grown by cottagers, 1st, Grinlinton
CUT FLOWERS.
Annuals, best collection, 1st, Tanner
Balsams, best collection, 1st, Ormond
Dahlias, six, 1st, Tanner; 2nd, Harding. Three, 1st, Tanner
Dianthus, best collection, 1st, Sturm and Son
Gladiolas, twelve, 1st, Tanner. Six, 1st, Tanner; 2nd, Ormond
Phlos Drummondi, best collection, 1st, Tanner. Perennial, 1st, Ormond; 2nd, Tanner
Pansies, six, 2nd, Knowles
Roses, Six, 1st, Tanner; Three, 1st Ormond
Verbenas, best collection, 1st, Powell; 2nd, Knowles
Cut flowers, best collection. 1st, Knowles
Table Bouquet. 2nd, Burton. Hand. 1st, Miss Lascelles; 2nd, Miss Sturm. Bridal, 1st, Mrs Powell; 2nd, Miss Sturm
Miniature flower garden, 1st, Rushton
Petunias, best collection, 1st, Tiffen
VEGETABLES.
Beans (French), best dish, 1st, Sturm and Son; 2nd, Oliver
Cabbages, three, 1st, Kinross; 2nd, Taylor
Carrots, best bunch, 1st, Haycock; 2nd, Tiffen
Celery, three sticks, 1st, Tanner
Cucumber, best single, 1st, Harding; 2nd, Sturm and Son. Best brace, 1st, Harding
Onions, six, 1st, Tanner; 2nd, Higgs
Peas, best dish, 1st, Sturm and Son
Parsnip, best bunch, 1st, Oliver; 2nd, Haycock
Potatoes, (kidney), best dish, 1st, Oliver; 2nd Rathbone. Round, 1st, Higgs; 2nd, Sturm and Son
Pumpkin, best single, 1st, Cosgrove; 2nd, Miles
Rhubarb, six sticks, 1st, Ormond; 2nd, J Burton
Salad, dish, 1st, Harding
Tomatoes, dish, 1st, Powell; 2nd, Mrs Hutchinson
Turnips, bunch, 1st, Sturm and Son; 2nd, Sturm and Son
Vegetable, Marrow, best singles, 1st, Rathbone. Best collection; 1st, Taylor; 2nd, Rathbone and Son
Best collection Vegetables 1st, Tanner; 2nd, Harding
FRUIT.
Grapes, three bunches, (sorts), 1st, Tiffen. Bunch grown out of doors, 1st, Pellshaw; 2nd, Miller
Peaches, dish, 1st, Harding; 2nd, Sturm and Son
Nectarines, dish, 1st, Sturm and Son
Plums, dish, 1st, Harding
Apples, dish kitchen, 1st, Sturm and Son. 6 varieties named, 1st, Tanner
Peas, dish, 1st, Tanner; 2nd, Heifford. Dish keeping, 1st, J. Burton; 2nd, Haycock. Six varieties named, 2st, J. Burton|
Medlars, dish, 1st, Kinross
Best arranged Stand of Flowers, 1st, Sturm and Son

COMPLIMENTARY TEA TO THE REV. J.S. SMALLEY.
The Mutual Improvement Club gave a complimentary tea to the Rev. Mr Smalley in Trinity Church Schoolroom, on Monday evening, as a slight token in regard of the recognition of the rev. gentleman’s efforts in forwarding the club’s advancement. There was a large attendance, several visitors being present. The tea was provided by Mr Johnson, and was a complete success, the members showing by their appreciation of the good things provided that Mr Johnson had supplied everything that could be desired.
Before the tea Mr Smalley said grace, and after each one had satisfied himself. Mr Percival Bear, the President, said that the festivities of the evening were a farewell to the Rev Mr Smalley-a kind of valedictory address-on the occasion of that gentleman’s departure for the South. Mr Smalley was the founder of the club, and he was sure that every member would testify with him that, in a great measure, the success of the club was due to his (Mr Smalley’s) unwearying and able efforts in its behalf. Personally he had opportunities of knowing and admiring Mr Smalley’s  Catholic and Christian spirit, and he said that his departure was a great loss to him, and he believed to every member present.
Mr J.S. McSweeny was the next speaker. He corroborated the sentiments of Mr Bear, and said that the club was of a cosmopolitan nature, which was due to Mr Smalley, who inaugurated the club and founded it on that liberal basis to which the present assembly bore testimony. Latterly, however, he regretted to state the members attending the meetings had become so few that it was doubtful if it would be continued much longer; he, however, thought the material in Napier was ample to sustain it, but the young men did not care about debating, and he thought, if the club still held together, that something of a more easy nature than debating, something less arduous, and more in the form of dramatic recitations, &c., would have to be initiated. He concluded by wishing Mr Smalley success, and trusted that, if ever he returned to Napier, he would find the club in a more preposterous position.
Mr. Cornford then, in an able address, said he regretted that, owing to other arrangements, he could not be a constant attendant at the Club’s meetings. He regretted to hear what had fallen from Mr. McSweeny with regard to the state of the Club, but sincerely hoped that it would not collapse. He pointed out that the only way to make it a success was for the members to work manfully together, for it was only by hard work that difficulties were overcome. He stated that he knew a young man who, preparing an essay to be read before a similar association, had actually read through and studied five volumes on geology, and stated that it was one of the best essays he had heard in the Southern Hemisphere. He alluded to Mr Smalley’s departure from Napier in feeling terms, saying that whether in his capacity as a Christian minister or as a private gentleman, his loss would be keenly felt by those in this town with whom he had come in contact.
Mr. D.A. McSweeny then spoke briefly in regard to the ladies. He made an eloquent appeal on their behalf, mainly referring to the good they could exercise, both politically and socially, and hoped the time would come when they would see them directing and assisting in public life, and fully enjoying the benefit of women’s rights.
Messrs. Hutchings, Kemslie, and Yuill, also addressed the meeting, testifying to Mr. Smalley’s true Catholic spirit, and in his labors as a Christian gentleman very few could excel him in his modest, unassuming, and patient manner.
The Rev. Mr. Smalley, in rising, was received with hearty and prolonged applause. He stated that all he had performed in connection with the Club had been to him what he considered a duty, and he thought they over rated his exertions in their behalf. He paid a high compliment to Mr. Bear for the valuable assistance he had given, and was always willing to give, in anything that would advance the interests of the Club. He thanked them for the honor they had shown him, which was quite unexpected, and he considered unmerited, on his part. He stated that probably he would annually make trips to Napier during his absence, and hoped that the club would always prosper. If any of those present came his way, he informed them they would always find a hearty welcome from both himself and Mrs. Smalley. He again thanked them for the high tribute they had given him that evening, and he would always treasure the high regards expressed for him.
During the evening the meeting was enlivened by songs and recitations, some of which were capitally rendered by members of the Club.

Fatal Accident.
A fatal accident occurred on Thursday at Port Ahuriri. From what we can learn, some people were out pleasuring in a flat-bottomed boat. They were sailing about when a puff of wind caught the boat, and capsised her. The accident was seen from shore by Mr Dowling, who informed Mr Wilkie of the circumstance. Mr Wilkie immediately manned the pilot boat and steered for the spot weere [where] the accident occurred. The party were all saved with the exception of one, a married man who had sunk. The body has not yet been found.

RESIDENT MAGISTRATES COURT.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY, 16.
(Before Richmond Beetham, Esq., R.M.)

DRUNKENNESS.
Mathew Pederson, unable to pay a fine of 20s, went to goal for 48 hours.
Henry Jackson succumbed to the election excitement yesterday, and paid a small fine of 5s this morning.

CIVIL CASES.
Margoliouth and Banner v. Wheeler. – Claim £5 10s for rent. Judgment (by default) for plaintiff, with costs, 13s.
Merritt v. Clareburt. – Claim £3 3s for goods supplied. Judgment (by default) for amount claimed, and 9s costs.
Le Quesne v. Humphreys (Gisborne). – Claim £2 8s 2d. Judgment (by default) for amount claimed, and costs 10s.
Williams v. Wells. – Claim £37 6s 11d. Confessed.
Lascelles v. Higgens. – £20, professional charges. Adjourned at request of defendant by his solicitor, to Friday 23rd, instant.
Williams v. Goodwin. – Claim £15, value of a tallow cask, once before the subject of litigation in a criminal prosecution. Plaintiff non-suited, with costs of 12s 6d to defendant.
A number of other civil cases were either adjourned or struck out, for non appearance of the parties concerned.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 20.
(Before Colonel Lambert, J.P.)

YE DRUNKS.
Richard Hall, who had been arrested in a state of intoxication yesterday, as being unable to take care of himself just then, and who had been admitted to bail on getting sober, failed to appear and answer to his name when called this morning, and thereby forfeited 20s to augment the public revenue.
James Greenaway, also for drunkenness, was fined 10s, with the alternative of 48 hours imprisonment.

CIVIL CASES.
This being the Court day at Waipawa, and the Resident Magistrate in attendance there, two trifling debt cases were adjourned until next Tuesday.

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Shipping Intelligence.

PORT AHURIRI
ARRIVALS
February.
15 – Rangatira, s.s., from Wellington. Passengers – Mesdames Tuxford, Drake, Baxter, Harrison, Hennicke, Fredsburg, and 4 children, Misses Parsons and Johnstone, Rev. E. Williams, Captain Baxter, Messrs Axup, Cowell, Fredsburg, Luke, Neillson, Roach, Collins, Anderson, Turton, Beaver, Hegarty, Troupe (6) and 17 in the steerage
15 – Southern Cross, s.s., from Wellington
15 – Rosina, s.s., from Poverty Bay
16 – Go-Ahead, s.s., from Auckland. Passengers – Mrs Bright and three children, Colonel Whitmore, Messrs Adams, Kelly, Galbraith, and four in the steerage
16 – Manaia, p.s., from Wairoa Passengers – Mrs Boyd, Captain Smith, Captain McLean, Messrs Middleton, Knight, Holtand, G. Flint, T Carroll, T. Parker, Hood, Gethin, J.W. Witty, W. Atwood, Hebberley, Williams, H. Flint, Aislabie, W.F. Shaw, Moloney, Smith, G. Mayo, Elton, Smyth.
16 – Opotiki, schooner, from Poverty Bay.
16 – Star of the South, s.s., from Wellington. Passengers – Mrs Lloyd, Messrs Bachelder, Logan, Lord, Chase, and Griffiths.
18 – Falcon, barquentine, from Newcastle, N.Z.W.
18 – Rangatira, s.s., from Poverty Bay. Passengers – Mesdames Root, Shepherd, and Hollis, Miss Holder, Messrs. S.C. Caulton, Ferguson, Hood, Balfour, Green, five in the steerage, and two for the South
20 – Kiwi, s.s., from Wellington via Castle Point and Blackhead. Passengers – Mrs Guthrie, 3 children, and Mr Morecroft
20 – Jane Douglas, s.s, from Poverty Bay. Passengers – Major Pitt, Messrs Locke, Kelly, Page, Spence, Burnand, Gardner, King, 30 excursionists, and several natives in the steerage
20 – Waiwera, schooner, from Mercury Bay
20 – Cleopatra, schooner, from Greymouth
21 – Mary-Ann Hudson, ketch, from Mohaka
22 – Star of the South, s.s., from Auckland via Poverty Bay. Passengers – Messrs Penn, Edwards, Mulcaster, Miller, Irvine, Robjohns, and Chier
22 – Rangatira, s.s., from Wellington. Passengers – Archdeacon Williams and Mrs Williams, Mr and Mrs Ellison, Mr and Mrs Douglas and two children, Mrs Schieblich and three children, Misses Cotterell and Williams, Messrs Greene (2), Salmond, Butler, Reid, Potts, Hebberley, N. Williams, Newton, Back, Dean, Hansen, Wilson, and 13 in the steerage
22 – Maggie, brig from Newcastle

DEPARTURES.
February.
15 – Wanaka, s.s., for Poverty Bay, Tauranga, and Auckland. Passengers – Mrs Mann, Messrs Mann, Robinson, Wilson, Ruddick, McLaggan, Gardner, Reilly, Dobbie, Davis, McPherson, Berry, Heacock, Lloyd, Hamlin, Baker, Maney (2)
16 – Jane Douglas, s.s., for Poverty Bay.
16 – Rosina, s.s., for Poverty Bay.
16 – Rangatira, s.s., for Poverty Bay. Passengers – Miss Poole, Miss Porter, Rev. G. Williams, Messrs Davis, Robjohns, Axup, Irvine, and seven original.
16 – Go-Ahead, s.s., for Poverty Bay and Auckland.
16 – Star of the South, s.s., for Auckland. Passengers, Capt. Petherbridge, Messrs Wardrop, Robinson, and Fraser.
17 – Southern Cross, s.s., for Auckland.
18 – Rangatira, s.s., for Wellington. Passengers – Mrs Curtis and five children, Mrs Brown and two children, Messrs Willis, Williams, Morris, Butler, Turner, Inglis, Knight, Kennedy, Brown, Macmahan (2), two original, and eight in the steerage.
20 – Manaia, p.s., for Wairoa. Passengers – Mr and Mrs Bee and family, Mesdames Lopdell, Sutherland, Higgens, Ramsey, and Moloney, Messrs Gethin, Shaw, Flint (2), Smith, Hood, Williams, Moloney, Sutherland, McLean and two natives.
21 – Kiwi, s.s., for Wellington via the Coast. Passengers – Miss Hill, and Mr Shaw.

The s.s Rangatira, Captain Evans, arrived from Wellington about 5 30 p.m. on Thursday, and was immediately brought inside to the Breastwork, where she discharged her cargo, principally transhipment per Arawata from Melbourne, amongst which we noticed another racing gig.
The s.s. Southern Cross, Captain Holmes, soon followed the Rangatira, and was berthed at the outer wharf. Both the above steamers left Wellington within a few minutes of each other; they passed each other twice on the way up, but eventually the Rangatira came in first, although towards the finish the Cross was fast overhauling her opponent. Had there been a good breeze, the Cross would have come in first, on account of her being able to show more canvass than the Rangatira.
The s.s. Rosina, Captain Kennedy, arrived from Poverty Bay on Thursday, with a cargo of wool and grass seed. The former was put on board the Schiehellion, and the latter was landed at the Breastwork.
The s.s., Go-Ahead arrived in the Bay on Friday from Auckland, via Poverty Bay, with a cargo of grass seed, and four horses.
The s.s. Rangatira steamed at 7 p.m. on Friday for Poverty Bay.
The steamers Jane Douglas and Rosina both left for Poverty Bay on Friday evening.
The s.s. Go-Ahead left again for northern Ports at 7 p.m. on Friday.
The s.s. Southern Cross steamed for Auckland on Saturday, with a cargo of 500 sheep.
The s.s. Star of the South arrived from the South on Friday. She left again for Auckland on Saturday.
On December 5 Messrs Alex. Steven and Sons launched, at Linthouse, the second of three ships of about 1,150 tons, and class 180 AA 1, to order of the New Zealand Shipping Company, London. In accordance with this company’s custom of calling their vessels after rivers of New Zealand, she was named the Piako, the ceremony being performed by Mrs McInnes, wife of Captain McInnes, of the company’s ship Opawa. When rigged and fitted the Piako will proceed to London to load for New Zealand.
The barquentine Falcon, Capt. Hare, has just been 20 days from Newcastle. She has a cargo of coal for Messrs Watt Brothers, which is being lightened by the Bella and Fairy. On the last trip of the Falcon she overtook the Mary Wadley in the Straits, both bound for Newcastle; they arrived off the port about the same time, and were towed in side by side. They both left Newcastle on the same day, the Falcon arriving on Sunday.
The s.s. Rangatira, Capt. Evans, returned from Poverty Bay early on Sunday morning, and left for Wellington about 10.30 a.m. She had a fair complement of passengers, and a full cargo of wool and tallow, shipped by Murray, Common and Co. for trans-shipment to the English vessels Ocean Mail and Avalanche.
The three-masted schooner Mary Wadley, owned by Mr. Vautier, of this port, encountered a severe gale off Cape Farewell the other day, on her passage from Newcastle, N.S.W., to Napier. From a telegram kindly shown us received by Mr. Vautier from Captain Cronil, we learn that the vessel arrived at Nelson on Monday about 2 p.m. jury-rigged. During the gale she encountered, she lost her fore and main topmasts, foreyard carried away, several sails gone overboard or blown to ribbons, the greater part of her bulwarks gone, some of her stanchions broken, the galley washed overboard with all its furniture, long boat smashed, (this was a new one last voyage) her binnacle broken, her steering gear out of order, the stores all damaged by salt water, and short of fresh water. The damage she sustained is, we believe, covered by insurance.
The s.s. Kiwi, Captain Campbell, arrived in the Bay early on Tuesday and was brought alongside the outer wharf at 9 a.m. She left Wellington on Friday night last, and has been landing about 90 tons of cargo at Castle Point, and Blackhead, there were for the former place six passengers to land, and at the latter, 18. She has about 40 tons of cargo for this port, which was rapidly discharged.
The s.s. Jane Douglas left Poverty Bay on Monday at 10 p.m. with a large number of excursionists for the forthcoming races. She has also a full cargo, consisting of grass seed, wool, potatoes, and fungus. She has made the passage in 12 hours.
The schooner Waiwera brings from Mercury Bay, 40,000 feet sawn kauri timber.
The English mail via ‘Frisco is due in Auckland next Sunday, 25th instant.
The s.s Southern Cross arrived at Grahamstown on Monday last, and at Auckland on Tuesday.
The schooner Cleopatra brings a cargo of Grey coal for Mr. J. LeQuesne.
The p.s. Manaia left on Tuesday for Wairoa, with a little cargo and some rams, which were landed at Mohaka on Wednesday. She took back the majority of the Wairoa cricketers.
The s.s. Southern Cross, Captain Homes, left Auckland for Napier direct, at 4 p.m. on Wednesday.
The ketch Mary Ann Hudson returned from Mohaka on Wednesday, with a cargo of wool.
The brig Maggie has made the run from Newcastle in 21 days.
The s.s. Rangatira, Captain Evans, left Wellington at 10 a.m. on Wednesday morning, and arrived at Napier at 9.30 a.m. on Thursday morning. Experienced light head winds as far as Cape Palliser; from thence to Cape Turnagain a fresh W.N.W. wind; thence till arrival light variable winds and fine weather. The Rangatira brings a number of passengers, and a full general cargo for this port. She leaves again for Wellington at 1 p.m. today.
The following is the report of the schooner Cleopatra, which arrived in port from Greymouth on Tuesday last: – Left Greymouth at 11 a.m. on Monday, the 12th, with light S.W. wind; about 6 p.m. the wind died away to a calm; till noon the next day had a strong S to S.W. breeze till abreast of Stephen’s Island, on Thursday, at 4 a.m.; thence calms and light variable airs till the 19th, abreast of Castle Point, about noon, when a fresh southerly breeze sprang up, which carried us to Cape Kidnappers; thence light N.E. winds till we bought up under the Bluff at 9 p.m. on the 20th. Cargo: about 130 tons of coal. Passed the Sarah and Mary, ketch, of Castle Point, on Sunday, 18th, bound north.
Mr. Duthie informs us (Wanganui Herald, February 9) that he has received a telegram stating that the brig Mosquito has put in at the Cape of Good Hope, but was to have sailed again on the 2nd January. The Mosquito is now 147 days out from Liverpool to this Port, and fears were beginning to be entertained that she had met with an ill fate. The news of her having put in at the Cape – though from what cause we do not know – will therefore be very gratifying, and as the run thence to New Zealand generally occupies a first-class sailing vessel about a month, we need not therefore expect the Mosquito to put in an appearance for two or three weeks.

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POST OFFICE NOTICE.
MAILS CLOSE
For Wellington, Southern Provinces, and Australian Colonies, per s.s. Wanaka, on Saturday, at 7 a.m.
For Wellington and Southern Provinces, per s.s. Star of the South, on Saturday, at 10 a.m.
For Gisborne and Auckland, per s.s. Jane Douglas, on Saturday, at 1 p.m.
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 the Continent of Europe, &c., via San Francisco, on Wednesday, 7th March, at 2.30 p.m.
Money Orders for United Kingdom, will close at 11 a.m. on 7th March.
Registered Letters and newspapers will close at 1 p.m.
J GRUBB.
Chief Postmaster.

BIRTH.
KARL – At Hastings on the 16th February, the wife of Mr. John Karl, of a daughter.

MARRIAGE.
JENSEN – MORTENSEN – At Trinity Church on February 16, by the Rev. J.S. Smalley, Rasmus Waldemar Jensen to Marem Mortsensen, both of Napier.

DEATHS.
McKNIGHT – At Waipukurau, Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand, on February 18, 1877, Emily May, the beloved child of Mr. Robert McKnight, aged nine months. – Newry and Belfast papers please copy.
GIBBES – At Napier, on the 21st February, Heneage Murray, infant son of Florence Hyde and John Murray Gibbes, aged 10 weeks.

FOR SALE,
BY PRIVATE CONTRACT
2,000 WETHERS, in good condition.
Also.
300 HEAD CATTLE
consisting of: –
Fat Steers
Cows and Heifers
Well Bred.
For further information, apply to
W. & G. HESLOP.

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

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.

Government Notifications.

Napier, February 19, 1877.
BY virtue of powers vested in me, I do hereby notify that the names of the Board of Wardens and Chairman, elected under the provisions of the “Highways Act, 1871,” of the Okawa Highways District are as under: –
Chairman – N.E. Beamish
Wardens – George F. Seale
Arthur Shield [ Sheild ]
Andrew Hamilton Russell
John Bennett
John Gibson Kinross
Richard D. Maney
J.D. ORMOND.

ASSESSMENT COURT.
WAIROA COUNTY.
TAKE NOTICE that MONDAY, the 26th day of February 1877, is the day appointed on which, and the Court House Clyde, Wairoa, the place that 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, 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 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.

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

The Weekly Mercury
AND
HAWKE’S BAY ADVERTISER.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 1877.

THE gentleman who was mentioned by our morning contemporary as having voted in the name of Captain Morris of Tongoio [ Tangoio ], we are informed, denies having voted at all; and is not a little indignant at a charge possibly involving very serious consequences being made against him. It is, however, true that Captain Morris was successfully personated by some individual during the rush in the dinner-hour, and lost his vote in consequence. Another daring attempt at personation was made in the course of the afternoon. An elderly man presented himself at the booth, and on being asked his name, gave that of “Roope Brooking,” spelling the Christian name to the returning Officer. The man, on being told that Mr. Brooking had already voted, quietly departed; but he made a serious risk in assuming the name of a citizen so well-known to all in the booth. The absurd act which transferred the ratepayers’ list bodily to the electoral rolls has had the effect of making them exceedingly incorrect, and leaving serious loopholes for personation. In many cases names appear twice, sometimes thrice-occasionally in varied orthography-the elector having registered in his correct name, and having been entered incorrectly in the Corporation roll. Great pains were taken by the Revising Officer to avoid this duplication of names; but it was impossible to obviate it altogether. In the course of the day about thirty people whose names were not on the roll presented themselves to record their votes, being under the impression that as ratepayers they could do so. Their best course will be to register before the end of next March, and not trust to the list in the Town Clerk’s Office. An elector named Pollington, whose name (transferred from the Corporation list) appeared

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as “Pottinger,” was not allowed to vote, and will appear as “Pottinger” on the roll to the end of the chapter if he does not take the trouble to make application in the proper quarter, and have the error corrected. Twelve voting papers in the Napier box were disallowed as informal, as the voters, notwithstanding the most explicit instructions, having failed to erase the names, and chosen to indicate their intentions by signing their names opposite their chosen candidate, or by making certain cabalistic  marks in the margin – the meaning of which might perhaps be inferred, but which were certainly not according to the provisions of the Act. Some of these may have been put in by foreigners, for whom there is a little excuse; but there is certainly none for any elector who could read the explicit directions printed on each ballot paper.

THERE has been no election in Napier equal to that which has just been concluded either for the closeness of the contest, the thoroughly good spirit in which it was conducted, the excitement and good humour animating the candidates and their supporters. It was a contest in which there was nothing to be ashamed of, and which leaves nothing to rankle in the minds of either side. This is as it should be. Both sides fought their hardest, and the members of the Committees, only know how hard they did fight. It was a very close run, and no disgrace to be beaten. The election was enlightened by squibs and jokes, from the most part emanating from the Wananga office, that created a good deal of fun, and the laugh was that was raised against those who were ridiculed served the object of keeping all sides in good humor. We ourselves had no inconsiderable share in the proceedings of the election, and it is now made clearer than ever that unless a candidate merits our support he cannot hope to be successful. In the course of the election, we had occasion to speak pretty plainly of some of the candidates and of their supporters, but we scrupulously abstained from touching private character, and nothing that we said, we trust, caused a moment’s pain, or a day’s ill-feeling.

MR.SUTTON’S election by only the narrow majority of twenty-three over Mr. Buchanan exhibited in a striking manner the admirable organisation of the Opposition party, and the worse than foolish policy of Mr. Tiffen’s supporters. We will undertake to say that no one who voted for the latter gentleman but  would have been more than grieved had Mr. Buchanan been placed at the head of the poll. Yet, with a blindness that can only be accounted for by supposing that they were designedly misled by Mr. Buchanan’s supporters, they continued up to the close of the poll to imagine their candidade [candidate] would be successful. The election should act as a lesson and as a warning to Napier. It is now more than ever apparent that the Grey-Macandrew party will leave no stone unturned in order to strengthen their ranks in the General Assembly, and as a vacancy occurs in the House so surely will the vacancy be contested in their interests. We have seen how near to the attainment to success they arrived on Thursday, and how narrowly this constituency escaped being represented by their nominee.

THERE appears to be no end of bungling in connection with the election of a representative for the riding of Waipukurau in the Waipawa County Council. In the first place, two members were gazetted for this riding, but an error was acknowledged to have been made in the proclamation, and it was attempted to be explained away as a printer’s mistake. Then the election took place, and through the extraordinary conduct of the Returning Officer, it was declared void. Now another blunder has been made. The election should have been completed within twenty-five days after the previous election was declared void. The Returning Officer appears to have bungled his election notices and instead of announcing the dates of nomination and polling in one advertisement, he proclaimed the nomination only, and now finds himself without sufficient time to proclaim the date of polling. The twenty-fifth day expired on Sunday last, and, discovering the dilemma he is in, with wonderful ingenuity after the nomination of the candidates on Friday, he postponed further proceedings sine die. In the meantime the Waipawa Council is not fully constituted, and the most important riding in the County remains unrepresented. This is a most unsatisfactory state of things, and at a time too when important steps have to be taken by the Council. How the difficulty is to be solved remains to be seen, but if there is as much virtue in the 209th Clause of the Counties Act as is claimed for it by its admirers, the soon as his Excellency the Governor exercises the power it confers on him the better it will be for all concerned.

As the work before the several County Councils becomes more apparent, and the duties devolving on Councillors shows themselves more arduous and perplexing, it is dawning upon every one connected with local government that the county system as inaugurated is a huge mistake. That it involves infinity more expense to administer than did provincialism no one has pretended at any time to deny. The truth is, says the Canterbury Times – “the Provincial Abolition party, and especially its leaders, wholly misconceived, in their action last session, the then political situation of the colony, and the real nature and object of local self-government. We do not want a mob of disguised Road Boards, called County Councils, to dissipate the means and frustrate the working of the existing genuine Road Boards. If provinces were to be abolished, we require in their place a few District Provincial Boards, say a dozen or fifteen at most, which would be really a connecting link between the colony on the one hand and the Road Districts on the other. The link should be distinct, but yet connecting. As it is, the cable and anchor are fouled. The best way would have been to let things alone, except in the way of assistance. Constitutional nature was doing her work well. Provincial institutions were gradually growing downwards, and Road Boards, upwards, and the general controlling power of Parliament was spreading itself overall. But Abolition would not wait. It could make Constitutions, warranted to fit, at the shortest notice. Nine Provinces have been changed into sixty-three counties. The result is that the whole constitutional machine is thrown out of gear. County Government extends Centralism and contracts Local Government. It increases our local taxes, and lessens our local administration.”

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IN deciding to postpone sine die further election proceedings, the Returning Officer for the Waipukurau riding election entered into an elaborate explanation of the position of affairs. In the first place he doubted the legality of his appointment by the Council, and when that difficulty was cleared away by the Under-Secretary for the Colony, the ruling of the Resident Magistrate in the previous election enquiry, that the Returning Officer had no discretionary power outside the plain directions of the Act, proved a stumbling block. It is a pity the Returning Officer did not study the Act to find out the directions laid out for his guidance. With respect to his appointment, clause 84 would have satisfied him as to its legality. With regard to there being no County roll at present in existence, the assessment lists of the Road Boards, and the electoral roll for the House of Representatives might have sufficed. The Returning Officer, however, is under the impression, that as the county roll cannot come into operation till July 1, no election to fill up a vacancy in the council can take place until that time has arrived. This, to us, appears most ridiculous, but while the Returning Officer is splitting straws, the Council appears to be driving a coach and four through the Act. On Saturday the Council met when there were only present three members including the Chairman. They then gravely proceeded to elect a clerk and accept tenders for contracts. The Act provides, clause 72, that the council may exercise its powers when a quorum of members shall be present, and that quorum is defined as half the number of members when the number is even, and of a majority when the number is odd, “and no business shall be transacted at any meeting unless a quorum is present.” Now the number of Councillors for Waipawa is seven, so that four would have to be present to form a quorum. It is true the Chairman said at the meeting on Saturday that the validity of their proceedings was subject to legal opinion, and as there can be no question on that point it may be accepted that their proceedings will be declared null and void.

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OFFICIAL DECLARATION OF THE POLL.
ON Wednesday, at noon, the Returning Officer, R. Beetham, Esq., took his seat in the Court-room, and said: – The duty devolved on him to give the official state of the poll for the election of a member to represent the Napier Electoral District in the General Assembly. It was as follows –
F. Sutton   317
J. Buchanan   294
H.S. Tiffen   128
W. Colenso   13
J. Rhodes    1
He, therefore, declared Mr Sutton duly elected.
Mr. Sutton then came forward and expressed his heartfelt thanks to the 317 electors who had placed him in his present proud position. He also expressly desired to thank those electors who took such an earnest interest in advocating his candidature. In reference to those electors who had voted against him, he knew that many had voted against him on public grounds; but he hoped that his conduct in the Assembly in watching over and advocating their interests would so meet their approval that should he ever again ask for their suffrages, they would vote for him. (Cheers.) In the House he would make it his study and aim to work for New Zealand, but more especially for the constituency he represented. He felt proud of the position the electors had placed him in – one which, a few years ago, he could never have conceived would have been occupied by him. He believed that why the members for Hawke’s Bay had always held a high position in the House was because they had always worked harmoniously together for the benefit of the district, and could therefore bring pressure to bear, proving that “unity was strength”. He should always be found working in unison with the other Hawke’s Bay members. Following in the footsteps of one who was not only a Hawke’s Bay man, but a New Zealand man, he felt than an additional responsibility rested upon him, and he would endeavour to show that the high position that the electorate had placed him in would not deteriorate in his hands. (Cheers.) He still declared his intention of supporting the present Government, so long as they pursued their present policy, and hoped the time was long distant when he should be compelled, in the interest of his constituents, to differ on important points. Should it be his duty or pleasure to again come before them seeking their suffrages, he hoped his conduct in the House would be such as to merit their confidence. (Cheers.) Again thanking them, he begged to propose a hearty vote of thanks to the Returning Officer for the able and impartial manner in which he had throughout conducted this election. (Cheers.)
Mr G.E. Lee, in seconding the vote of thanks, desired, on behalf of Mr. Buchanan, to thank the 294 persons who had voted for him. It might be thought discourteous on Mr. Buchanan’s part that he was not present, but Mr. Buchanan’s absence was caused through an accident which had occurred to one of his sons in the country, else he would have been present. Although on the losing side they had nothing to be ashamed of. (Hear, hear, and cheers.) He trusted that although Mr. Sutton was elected by 317 electors, he would, when in the House, advocate the interests of the minority, as well as the majority. (Hear, hear, and cheers.)
The Returning officer thanked the electors present for the vote proposed by Mr. Sutton. He (Mr. B.) desired to thank publicly those officers and scrutineers who had assisted him during the contest. The contest had been most creditably conducted by the electors, who had given little trouble to himself or subordinates.
None of the other candidates being present, the proceedings closed.

Hawke’s Bay Jockey Club Races.
[PER TELEGRAPH CARRIER PIGEON.]
FIRST DAY.
President: James Watt.
Stewards: J.A. Coleman, Robert Farmer, Sydney Johnston, J.N. Williams, and E.G. Richardson.
Judge: Robert Stuart.
Starter: Gavin Peacock.
Clerk of the Scales: R. Brathwaite.
Hon. Treasurer: Ulick Burke.
At eleven o’clock to-day, nearly the whole of the shops in town were closed, and at noon the whole of the town bore quite a deserted appearance, everybody had gone to Clive to witness the races. A few people who had omitted beforehand to engage a vehicle or horse found it impossible this morning to do so, as all had a week previously been engaged. Traps and horses lined the road to Clive at noon, and the railway was well patronised. Unfortunately there was a strong wind blowing, which raised clouds of dust, and made travelling by the road rather unpleasant.
Owing to the public spirit and kindness of S. Johnston, Esq., the Hawke’s Bay Jockey Club was enabled to hold its Autumn Meeting in the splendid paddock belonging to that gentleman at Clive, where the Spring Races took place. Within an easy drive from Napier, and a walk from the Farndon station, no better site could be selected for the principal race meeting of the district. And this being the case, an immense concourse of people assembled on the course. For a considerable distance on each side of the “straight” there was a string of carriages, and crowds of holiday-seekers on foot, taking the liveliest interest in the proceedings, which presented the best picture of a race meeting we have had for some time in Hawke’s Bay. The stewards had taken every measure to meet the wants of the visitors and others connected with the races. There was an extensive saddling paddock, with tents, &c., erected, while the purchasers of the booth rights had provided every convenience for the public. The regulation that excluded horses from the race-course, and prevented carriage horses from being tethered, to the inconvenience and possibly danger of people on foot, was one that was duly appreciated by all.
Kaokaoroa and Treason were scratched for all engagements.
The first race was the Maiden Plate, for which there were eleven entries, but Kaokaoroa being scratched, left a field of ten. A good start was effected; the first time round the course Merlin led, followed closely by The Worm. At three-quarters of a mile Tawera and Champagne Charley took the lead and raced to the finish.
Tawera   1
Champagne Charley   2
Wairarapa   3
Race very close.
RAILWAY STAKES.
Tare   1
Parawhenua   2
This was a close race. Tare jumped off with the lead, and maintained it throughout. Parewhenua was a good second.
NAPIER HANDICAP.
Maori Weed   1
Otupai   2
Ariel   3
Gillie Callum   4
Maori weed started off with the lead, and kept it all the way, and came in an easy winner; Otupai a good second.
SELLING RACE.
Five horses started. Champagne Charley started as first favourite. A good start was effected, and a capital race was run between Champagne Charley and Pretender. At the three-quarters of a mile post Robinson Crusoe rushed to the head and raced with Pretender for first place, winning by a length; Pretender a good second.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

SMALL POX.
SIR, – We know the small pox is abroad in Auckland. We know there is a vaccination law in the colony. We know numbers have disregarded this Act. We know we have a medical man in the district, who is not in an official position to see the Act enforced. We know if this fell disease sweeps down upon us, many a present happy home will be turned into one of sorrow. We know from recent medical reports of English Hospitals that vaccination is an undoubted preventative of this disease. We know if our medical practitioner is not authorised to act, we will remain supine and indifferent until wailing and mourning is heard. We know the arrows of death are speeding towards us and yet no hand is lifted, nothing is done to ward them off. We know some department is to blame, is it the local magistracy, or our paternal central government? – I am, &c.,
ENQUIRER.
Pourerere, Feb. 19, 1877.

WAIROA SCHOOL.
SIR, – I read with pleasure the several remarks of your special correspondent in your issue of 7th instant, and we then saw Wairoa as others see it, and I cannot conceive how we have so quietly put up with what he therein describes as dame school. I for one feel ashamed that we (the parents) have put up with such a substitude [substitute], until we are told of it by strangers. The whole thing is a farce, and to make it complete we have an occasion visit from that venerable personage the Inspector of Schools! Would that on the abolition of provinces, he also be abolished. Your special says there are “ninety regular daily attendants”, that number, I venture to say without exaggeration, might be increased fully to fifty per cent. if, instead of a “dame school” we had a properly trained and efficient schoolmaster and mistress, as many of the residents keep their children away rather than send them to what is now only an apology of a school. We are unlike the Napier folks, we have no choice, it is that or none. Although the able Inspector reports the school as very ably conducted, who expected anything else from Mr. Colenso? Would that this matter were taken up by more able hands than mine that justice might be done to what is serious to many here. I will leave other subjects your special wrote upon for other hands, this being the one subject I am most interested in. – I am, &c.,
A PARENT.
Wairoa, February 14, 1877.

WAIPAWA COUNTY COUNCIL.
SIR, – What are the duties of County Councillors? Are they sppposed [supposed] to let their private grievances, militate against the performance of the public duties they have undertaken to perform. Such appears to have been the conclusion arrived at by the Waipawa members of this county. To put it in the mildest terms possible it is generally considered that a great want of courtesy was exhibited on the part of two gentlemen, members of the Council who came over to Waipukurau on Saturday, the day appointed, but did not attend the Council meeting, and unless they can offer some explanation, their action can only be construed as deliberately obstructive, and clearly proves their election to have been a mistake. No doubt it must have been rather galling to them that the majority of the councillors considered that Waipukurau was the most central place and decided that the meetings should be held there, and no doubt they were also severely exercised because their nominee for the appointment for County Clerk, who they endeavoured to rush into the billet at their first and second meetings was unsuccessful. These things, however, can be held as no excuse for the action taken by the gentlemen referred to. Much better had they acted as the other member did, and remained at home instead of putting in an appearance and deliberately attempting to burke the meeting. Having elected Mr. Mackersey their Chairman, I repeat that it showed disrespect and want of courtesy, when they being in the township neither attended his summons, nor sent either apology or reason for not presenting themselves. The Returning Officer has (possibly under direction) adopted the same obstructive course, which must prove a suicidal one. I know that legal opinions with regard to these elections differ considerably, but it strikes me that Waipawa will find to its cost that the safer move would have been to work “Con amore” with the Waipukurau councillors. There is little doubt that the legal difficulty with regard to the Waipukurau election will be surmounted, and whether Mr Russell or Mr Johnston is elected, Waipawa will be in the shade, with the exception of one advantage which they will gain, and that is that as the majority will be on this side the Waipawa gentlemen will be able to save time, labor [labour], and money, inasmuch as the business of the Council can be well and fairly conducted by the quorum who have the interest of the County at heart, and who will not, to gratify their spleen, neglect those duties which their position renders incumbent upon them. Desertion from the interest of their constituents is most palpable and those constituents would do well in future to be more careful in recording their votes. – I am, &c.,
RATEPAYER.
Waipukurau, February 19, 1877.

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Complete State of the Poll.
Majority for Sutton, 23.
CONSIDERING the size of the constituency, the excitement to learn the state of the poll at 4 p.m. was astonishing. In front of Messrs Buchanan’s Committee rooms crowds of people were assembled, and as each committee posted up their opinions on the result of the election, each in favour of their own candidate, the news being accepted as gospel, was received with loud cheers. At the Court House a good number gathered shortly after 4 o’clock, but it was not till after half-past five, when the scrutineers came out and announced the following figures: –
Buchanan   233
Sutton   219
Tiffen   82
Colenso   6
By this time it was known that at Wairoa Mr Buchanan had polled 12 votes more than Mr Sutton, but that at Hastings he was 13 to the rear. At those two places Mr Colenso scored one vote at each, and amidst laughter it was asserted that the school teachers were his only supporters. Mr Tiffen got four votes at Hastings, and none at all in Wairoa. Only two Europeans voted for Mr Buchanan at Hastings his other supporters being Maoris. The state of the poll was then, as far as far as was known, that Mr Buchanan was the successful man by 13 votes; Mr Tiffen no-where; Mr Sutton a good second. It was hardly anticipated that the country votes would displace the position of the candidates, and this position was strengthened when the Petane returns shown that there Mr Buchanan polled two votes more than did Mr Sutton. Hastings-street by this time was crowded, and cheer after cheer resounded through the air at Mr Buchanan’s success. In spite of himself he was forced to address the people, and in a few well chosen sentences heartily thanked the people for their support. He reminded them, however, that they were not yet out of the wood, and they might find that they were crying too soon. His words proved true, for almost immediately afterwards, the Returning Officers and Scrutineers from Meanee and Taradale arrived in town, and then a change came o’er the spirit of the dream. The Suttonites could hardly believe their senses that their man was “in,” but the instant the excited electors realised the position, the cheers were something immense. Mr Sutton being seen coming from his Committee-room, he was instantly lifted up on the shoulders of some stalwart voters, and carried down Hastings-street to the Criterion Hotel, where the people shouted till they were hoarse. A short respite was obtained during the dinner hour, from 6 to 7 p.m., and then the Town Band paraded the streets, and, drawing up in front of the Criterion Hotel, played “The Conquering Hero,” and other appropriate airs. The cheering and hurrahing soon compelled Mr Sutton to come out, and, mounting a public vehicle, he addressed the people, thanking them for the proud position to which they had placed him. There was then no mistake but that Mr. Sutton was the victor by 23 votes, the state of the polling being: –
Napier.   Wairoa.   Hastings.   Meanee.   Puketapu.   Petane.   Taradale.   Total.
Sutton  219   16   31   15   15    4   19   319
Buchanan   233   28   18    4   0   6   7   296
Tiffen   82   0   0    3    3   0   35   123
Colenso   6   1   0   2   2   0   2   13
Rhodes   0   0    0    0   6   0   1  7
To the small hours the rejoicings were kept up, and on Friday, supporters of the several candidates shook hands, and drunk to their next merry contest.

WAIROA.
(FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT.)
February 12, 1877.
Fine weather at last. We have had floods – not exactly the deluge but still something approaching that way – in fact if it had rained as hard inland as it had coastwards, the current idea is that the Wairoa would have been swept away. I don’t suppose you care much about our grievances, but still I may as well tell you that the Kapu road is impassable, the approach to the bridge being swept away in many places; the Camperdown Bridge appears to be tottering; the pressure of the approaches being too much for the supports. This is a striking example of the ill effects of procrastination, and the neglect under which we suffered under the old regime. In marked contrast to this with the extremely limited funds at their disposal, the Council start men at work on that road to-morrow.
A Maori named Timothy just returned from the Poverty Bay Land Court, was drowned the day before yesterday while attempting to cross a creek up the Waiau River. The road to Turiroa has been washed completely away in parts, and will require immediate repairs also. An old resident here informs me he never saw so much water rushing down the Huie-Paka before. I can bear witness to the height the Awatere rose; this creek can usually be jumped across, and last Friday it was a quarter of a mile broad and running at the rate of knots.
The mailman has been detained by stress of weather till now and starts to-morrow. I must stress upon his kindness to carry this hurried scrawl, the mail being now closed. The telegraph line is down on both sides, but it is expected that the Napier side at least will be in working order by to-morrow.

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HAWKE’S BAY COUNTY COUNCIL.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17.
The Council met at noon.
Present: – Messrs Tiffen (Chairman), Kinross, Torr, and Colonel Whitmore.
The minutes of the previous meetings were read and confirmed.
The chairman explained the steps he had taken to repair the damages caused by the late floods and the measures he had taken to relieve the sufferers. The total amount he had expended, and authorised to be spent was £203 17s 4d.
The Council passed a resolution indemnifying the chairman.
A discussion then ensued concerning the valuation lists, when it transpired that not a single Road Board had sent in a valuation roll.
Mr Weber’s report of the damages caused by the floods was laid on the table.
Mr Torr moved that the Chairman be directed to expend whatever money was needed to repair a culvert on the Taupo road at the head of the Petane valley.
Carried.
The Council then adjourned until Monday at 11 o’clock.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 19.
THE Council having adjourned its Saturday meeting till today, met at 11 o’clock.
Present: – Mr Tiffen (chairman), Col. Whitmore, Messrs Williams, Bennett, Kinross, and Brathwaite.
The minutes of the adjourned meeting were read and confirmed.
The Chairman read a telegram from the Executive Officer stating that the Council would shortly receive a letter informing the Council that it would have to take over all works and roads formerly in the hands of the Provincial Government, and as the Clerk had stated that that letter had been received, the Council would have to consider the necessary steps to be taken.
Mr Bennett would like the Council to request the Government to take over the Taupo Road. It was not made by the Provincial Government, and was mainly used for General Government purposes. He therefore moved, “That the Governor be requested by the Council to declare the Taupo Road a Government road.”
Col. Whitmore seconded the motion, though he did not think any good would come of it. If the Government did not comply with the request, he would be prepared to move that the road be not declared a County road further than the head of the Petane Valley. He believed the County would be compelled to take it over, and if so, then that every measure be adopted to prevent the County, being taxed for the maintenance of a road that was formed for purely military purposes. The other Counties benefitting from the road should be made to bear a fair share of the expenses of maintenance.
Mr. Williams entirely coincided with what had fallen from the previous speaker.
The Chairman stated that a telegram had been forwarded to the Government asking them to take over the Taupo road, and probably an answer would be received before the Council rose.
Col. Whitmore moved that the Te Aute road be declared a County road from the boundary of the Municipality to the southern boundary of the County.
Mr. Kinross seconded.
Mr. Williams was rather inclined to object to the motion; of all the roads in the County it was the least entitled to be made a County road, and should be supported by the road boards through which it passes.
Col. Whitmore said they received a large revenue from the tolls that were collected from the traffic on the road, and there, were many bridges upon it that were beyond the power of the Boards to keep in repair. He would support the principle that where formerly roads were considered provincial roads they should be treated as County roads for the future.
Mr. Williams said he did not intend to imply that the bridges should be maintained by Road Boards. The tolls were mainly contributed by traffic from Meanee and Taradale, and he moved an amendment that from the toll gate to Te Aute the road should be maintained by the Road Boards through which it passed.
Mr. Brathwaite supported the amendment, and said that nearly all the traffic came down by the railway.
Mr. Kinross seconded the motion, saying that the Te Aute road had from its formation been deemed an arterial road of the province, and if now maintained by this county, the adjoining county would continue to keep its portion up as a main road.
Mr. Bennett supported the motion.
The amendment was put and lost, and the original motion carried.
Mr. Bennett moved that the road from Puketapu at the 12th-mile post to the Municipality, and from the Redclyffe along the new Taradale-road be declared county roads.
Col. Whitmore was willing to support the first part of the motion, but not the second.
Mr. Kinross seconded.
Col. Whitmore moved as an amendment that the Puketapu road be declared a county road; the Taradale new road was provided for by the tolls taken upon it, and was for a certain distance a county road. He was not prepared to support the motion that the road from Taradale to Redclyffe should be declared a county road.
Mr. Bennett said the Omahu traffic, and all the metal for the maintenance of the roads had to come from Redclyffe.
Col. Whitmore withdrew his amendment and the motion was carried.
Mr. Torr being absent, Col. Whitmore suggested that the question of the repair of the Petane road should be postponed.
The Chairman stated that the broken culvert entirely stopped the traffic, and it should be seen to at once.
Mr. Bennett thought the Council should repair the damages in order to restore the traffic, but leave the taking over the road till a future occasion.
Mr. Kinross moved that the culvert be repaired without delay, and that a sum be set aside for the purpose.
The Chairman said the cost would be about £18 10s.
The motion was seconded by Mr. Bennett, and agreed to.
Attention was called to the condition of the road from Tareha’s bridge to Meanee bridge. Mr. Williams thought it was the duty of the county to take the matter in hand. Some discussion ensued respecting the drainage of the Meanee-Taradale-road, and Mr. Bennett pointed out that the Act permitted the county to take the work of drainage in hand when neglected by the Road Board. He drew attention to the stoppage of the old drain through Mr Sladen’s property, and said that the water could not be taken off either the county or road board roads till that drain was reopened. He urged the advisability of that drain being declared a public drain.
Col. Whitmore did not see any difficulty in the matter, but he did not think it fair that the whole cost should fall on the County. As the law stood at present the Council bad [had] power to authorise the road [Road] Board to sweep away Mr. Sladen’s obstructions. He would support a motion to declare the drain a public drain; an obstruction to it then would entail a penalty of £500 on the delinquent.
Mr. Kinross would prefer taking the opinion of the Engineer before coming to a decision.
Mr. Brathwaite said that if the drain were not dammed up in time of floods the water rushed on the land; there should be a flood gate.
Mr. Bennet [Bennet] t said there originally was a flood-gate to the drain, but Mr. Sladen had taken it down.
The matter was held over until the Engineer reported upon it.
An application from Mr. Goodwin for the appointment of a certain section he held in Hastings as a public pound was read.
Application agreed to.
Mr. Williams moved that a valuer be appointed for the valuation of outlying districts.
Mr. Bennett seconded.
Col. Whitmore proposed that Mr. E. Tuke be appointed, at an honorarium of £10, valuer for the district beyond the White road.
Mr. Brathwaite seconded.
Carried
With regard to the other two outlying dirtricts [districts], it was agreed tenders should be invited for their valuation.
The chairman called the attention of the Council to the condition of the Tutaekuri bridge and read a letter from Mr. Bold on the subject, in which that gentleman suggested a span of 72 feet over that portion which was destroyed, the cost of which roughly estimated would be about £500.
Col. Whitmore said the council could not borrow money, as they had no rates. He was certain Mr. Bold’s suggestion was the correct one.
Mr. Bennett urged the advisability of all the work of the Council being tendered for. It was not necessary that the lowest tender should be accepted.
Col. Whitmore thought that in the matter of advertising the Council could take advantage of the contract entered into by the General Government with the TELEGRAPH.
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request explained that the Council had no power to do so.)
It was resolved that the Chairman and any one other member of the Council should open tenders and deal with them.
Mr. Williams thought the Council should meet every week till things were in better training. This was agreed to.
Mr. Bennett moved that the Clerk’s salary should be raised from £100 to 200 a year, and that the clerk be also collector.
The motion was seconded by Colonel Whitmore, on the understanding that the clerk’s services should always be at the disposal of the Council.
Carried.
Mr. Williams moved that the Chairman take the necessary steps to procure a seal for the County Council.
Mr. Brathwaite seconded.
Carried.
The council then adjourned till 3 p.m.

WASTE LANDS BOARD.
Monday, February 19th, 1877.
A special meeting was held this day at 2 p.m.
Present – H.S. Tiffen, and A. Kennedy, Esqs. and Colonels Whitmore and Lambert.
On the motion of Col. Lambert, seconded by Mr Kennedy, the chair was taken by Mr Tiffen.
In the matter of an application by Henry Allen and others for 2500 acres in the Woodville district as a special settlement, it was decided to recommend the Government to set the same aside, together with 50 acres for reserve purposes, under part 2, of the “The Hawke’s Bay Special Settlements Act, 1872.” The conditions relating thereto were agreed to subject to slight alterations by the Board.
The Board then adjourned till 10 a.m. this day, when H.S. Tiffen and A. Kennedy, Esqs., and Colonel Lambert were present.
The application of Cornelius Tuely and others for 3250 acres in the Woodville district inclusive of 60 acres for reserve purposes under the same conditions as that by Allen and others was adjourned to allow applicants time to inspect the land allotted to them, and to report to the board on the 15th proximo whether or not they are satisfied with the block set aside. A similar application from Daniel Cotten and others was postponed until rules of the Association are submitted for approval.
Application No. 72, by A.P. Steffensen, for 50 acres in the Makaretu Reserve, was, at his request, transferred to Peder Christiansen.
Application No. 76, by Anders Nikolaisen, for 40 acres in the same block was, at his request, transferred to Forsen Larsen.
An application for Charles Mager for 100 acres in the same block was approved.
A letter from Mr Fountain [ Fountaine ] on behalf of the Woodville settlers asking for a re-consideration of the decision of the Board at its meeting on the 2nd instant, re setting aside certain land at Woodville as school and Burial Reserves was read. The Board decided to recommend that 2 acres of Suburban section, No 13, be granted as a site for a school, and that 5 acres of Rural section No 14, be granted for Burial purposes.
A letter from the Chairman of the Wairoa County Council asking that the Ferry Reserve at Mohaka be vested in that body so that it might be leased with the Ferry was considered, and the Board decided to recommend the Governor in Council to comply with the request.

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16   THE WEEKLY MERCURY

BULLS FOR SALE.
(Property of R. Wellwood, Esq.)
PURE BRED SHORHORN King of Hearts, roan, 10 months by Royal Gwynne (32390), Dam Queen of Hearts, by Count of Oxford, (25845)
Lord Barnard, dark red, 10 months, by Royal Gwynne, dam Lady Barnard, by Comet, (25570)
Lord Caverhill, white, 9 months, by Royal Gwynne, dam Lady, by Royal John
Don Pedro, rich red, 11 months, dam Grace, by Don Giovani
STUD SHEEP FOR SALE.
Small stud flock Lincolns, bred by H. Sladen Esq. – 100 Ewes, weaners, 125 two-tooth, 150 four-tooth, 100 six-tooth, 525 eight-tooth, 50 two-tooth Rams, and 2 eight-tooth imported pure Lincolns
26 pure two-tooth Rams, bred by Major Jackson, Auckland
35 pure Lincoln Rams, six-tooth, bred by Joseph May, Esq., Auckland
20 pure Lincoln two-tooth Rams, bred by Thos. Sutton Esq.
50 pure Lincoln six-tooth Ewes, bred by Thos. Sutton Esq.
1 imported pure Lincoln, bred by Turner, Lincolnshire
8 pure Lincoln, by Sutton’s prize Ram
MERINO RAMS.
233 two and four-tooth Rams, bred by Sir Donald McLean, got by J. Currie’s Victoria Rams
40 Merino Rams, bred by the Hon. R. Stokes, got by Larmouth Rams
70 Merino Rams (Mr Saxby), bred by Mr Gollan and Messrs Stokes
STORE SHEEP FOR SALE.
1000 Merino Wedders, 6 and 8 tooth, delivery immediate
500 Merino Wedders, 2, 6, and 8 tooth, delivery immediate
2000 Merino Wedders, full mouth, delivery immediate
2500 Merino Wedders, full mouth, delivery immediate
1400 Merino Wedders, full mouth, delivery immediate
1000 Merino Wedders, fresh 8-tooth, delivery March
500 Merino Wedders, fresh 8-tooth, delivery February
500 Merino Ewes, fresh 8-tooth, delivery February
1000 Merino Ewes, fresh 8-tooth, delivery March
800 Merino Ewes, fresh 8-tooth, delivery March
4000 cross-bred Ewes, mixed ages, delivery February
1500 cross-bred Ewes, mixed ages, delivery February
1400 cross-bred Ewes, full mouth, delivery February
1200 cross-bred Ewes, full mouth, delivery immediate
2000 cross-bred Ewes, full mouth, delivery March
300 cross-bred Ewes, full mouth, delivery February
1000 cross-bred Ewes, 2, 4, and 6 tooth, delivery February
2000 cross-bred Wedders, full mouth, delivery immediately
1500 cross-bred Wedders, 6 and 8 tooth, delivery February
3000 cross-bred Wedders, 2 and 4 tooth, delivery February
300 cross-bred Lambs, equal sexes, delivery February
500 cross-bred Lambs, ewes, delivery February
1500 cross-bred Lambs, Wedders, delivery February
M.R. MILLER

M.R. MILLER,
STOCK AND STATION AGENT
HAS FOR SALE,
SHEEP STATIONS
of various extent, and
FREEHOLD PROPERTIES,
Stocked and Unstocked, in the Provinces of Auckland, Hawke’s Bay, Wellington. Canterbury, and Otago.
For particulars, apply at the office, Browning-street, Napier.
RAMS FOR SALE.
LINCOLN
Lincoln-Leicester
Leicester
Cotswold
Merinoes,
All First-class Flocks.
STORE SHEEP. – Various Lots of Store Merinos Ewes and Wedders for Sale.

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, Tolaga Bay
8,800 acres Leasehold, excellent country, Tolaga 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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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 24, 1877.

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