8 THE WEEKLY MERCURY
11 – Manaia, p.s., from Wairoa. Passengers Messrs McMurray, Sheehan, Rees, Jacobs, Pulford, E. Sutton, M. Smith, the Napier Cricket Team, and four natives.
12 – Rangatira, s.s., from Wellington. Passengers Mr. and Mrs. Governess, servant and family (6), Mr. and Mrs. Morton and family (5), Madame and Miss Atlante, Hon. J Johnston, Messrs Motley, Mogridge, Glyn, Roy, Moore, Haynes, Harris, Neilson, 6 in the steerage, and 5 for Poverty Bay.
14 – Mary Ann Hudson, ketch, from Mohaka. Passengers – Mrs. Jacobs, child and servant, Mr Gemmell.
14 – Spray, schooner from Lyttelton.
14 – Southern Cross, s.s., from Lyttelton.
8 – Wanaka, s.s., for Gisborne, Tauranga, and Auckland. Passengers – Mr. and Mrs. A Watt, Mr. and Mrs. Clark, Mr. and Mrs. Nairn, infant, and servant, Miss Rose, Miss Carlyon, Miss Bogle, Mrs. von Tempskey, Miss Von Tempskey, Mrs. Caulton, Mrs. Swan and child, Miss Stuart, Rev. R Burrows, Messrs Dalley, Murray, Rhodes, Meinertzhagen, Brown, Augustus Wood, Rhodes, Cooper, Brown, Baker, Kinross, 1 native and 20 original.
9 – Jane Douglas, s.s., for Poverty Bay and Auckland. Passengers – Emmet Troupe.
9 – Kiwi, s.s., for Wellington
9 – Fairy, s.s., for Poverty Bay
10 – Manaia, p.s., for Wairoa. Passengers – The Napier cricketing team, and others.
11 – Orpheus, schooner, for Mercury Bay
11 – Minnie Hare, schooner, for Auckland
11 – Fannie, cutter, for Whangapoua
12 – Peri, schooner, for Kaipara
14 – Hinemoa, schooner, for Hokianga.
14 – Fiery Cross, schooner, for Hokianga.
14 – Rangatira, s.s., for Poverty Bay. Passengers – Archdeacon Williams, Mrs. Williams and family (4), Mrs. Wilson and child, Messrs Brown, Griffiths, McKenzie, Lemon (2), 2 in the steerage and 5 original.
The s.s. Wanaka, Captain Malcolm, left on Thursday at 7 o’clock p.m., for Auckland via Poverty and Tauranga, with several passengers. She also took 100 bales of wool, shipped by Messrs. Kinross and Co., for transhipment per s.s. City of New York for ‘Frisco.
The s.s. Jane Douglas, Captain Fraser, left at 1 o’clock on Friday for Auckland via Poverty Bay.
The s.s. Kiwi, Capt. Campbell, steamed for Wellington at 12.30 on Friday, taking about 250 bales wool, and a few casks of tallow for transhipment at Wellington to the Adamant.
The s.s. Fairy, Captain Campbell, left at 1 p.m. on Friday for Poverty Bay, taking 206 sheep for Mr. Cooper.
The p.s. Manaia, Captain Smith, steamed hence for Wairoa, at 2 a.m. on Saturday, with a large number of passengers.
The p.s. Manaia returned from Wairoa on Sunday, with a fair complement of passengers, including the Napier Cricketing Team. Before leaving Wairoa the steamer went up the river some distance, to shew the visitors what a magnificent river there is at Wairoa. She crossed the Bar at about 1 p.m., and called off Mohaka, but the passengers that were called for did not put in an appearance, so after waiting an hour Captain Smith came on to Napier, arriving here about 6.30 p.m.
Two schooners and a cutter left the Breastwork on Saturday within half an hour of each other, and had a race out of the Bay. There being a N.E. wind at the time, it was a dead beat out. By sundown the Orpheus, Captain Dunn, was considerably to windward of both the Minnie Hare and the Fannie.
The barque Columbus, the first wool ship from Napier this season, made the passage home in 82 days. She was a chartered ship and sailed under the New Zealand Shipping flag. Others of their ships from Lyttelton, Dunedin, and Wellington, have been making equally good passages, averaging from 73 to 90 days.
The Fernglen, for Napier, is now out from London 98 days, and the Pleione for Wellington is 97 days out. Mr. and Mrs. J.J. Torre, of Napier, are passengers by the latter vessel.
The s.s. Rangatira, Captain Edwards, left Wellington on Sunday at 11 a.m., and arrived at Napier at 9 p.m. on Monday, having experienced strong head winds and heavy head sea throughout the passage. Reports having passed the s.s. Kiwi crossing Pallisser [ Palliser Bay ]. The Rangatira has a fair number of passengers, and a full load of general cargo for this port. We have to thank Mr. Donald, the purser, for prompt delivery of files.
The ketch Mary Ann Hudson arrived at daylight on Wednesday with a cargo of wool.
The s.s. Rangatira left on Wednesday for Poverty Bay.
The P.M.S.S. City of New York left for Auckland on Wednesday, at 10 o’clock for ‘Frisco.
The s.s. Go-Ahead, which left Auckland on Friday last, had not arrived at Gisborne at noon on Thursday.
The cable steamer Agnes is now engaged in finishing the laying of the Cook’s Strait cable, which was brought out in the Adamant. The latter vessel is now loading for London at Wellington.
H.M.S. Sappho, which arrived in Wellington the other day from Sydney, had, as she came up the harbour, the quarantine flag flying. The Health Officer went on board, and the doctor of the ship reported a case of fever of a mild type, and not infectious. The object of the Sappho’s visit to Wellington is to transfer a number of supernumeraries to H.M.S. Sapphire, now in Port Chalmers, and shortly expected in Wellington. The Sappho is going to the South Sea Islands.
The ship Strathdon, on her voyage to Sydney from London, when in 39 deg.S., passed a great quantity of casks and sawn boards banded together, and other wreckage, supposed to have drifted from a wreck about Tristan d’Achuna [Tristan da Cunha]. It is supposed to indicate the loss of an immigrant ship.
With reference to the sinking of the Eli Whitney, the N.Z. Times states that she was built in such a way that if a steamer with a straight bow ran into her, the chief damage would be sustained below the water-line, as her sides fall towards the bottom. The Eli Whitney was an American-built barque of 540 tons, built at Boston in 1830, of pitch-pine. She was purchased by Capt. Williams about six years ago from Messrs Picket Bros. of Melbourne, and was brought down by him to this port, where she has been used as a coal-hulk ever since. She had two powerful steam-winches on board, one forward and the other aft, the two being valued at several hundred pounds. The coals on board were worth upwards of £1,200, and the hulk herself about a like sum; thus, as there was not a penny of insurance on either the hulk or her contents, Captain Williams is a loser to the amount of fully £3,000. Captain Williams states that the hulk was thoroughly overhauled only three days ago by several shipwrights, who pronounced her sound in every part.
POST OFFICE NOTICE.
For the undermentioned places every Monday, and Thursday, at 5.30 a.m. – Clive, Hastings, Havelock, Te Aute, Kaikora, Waipawa, Waipukurau, Danevirk [Dannevirke], Norsewood, Tahoarite, Woodville, Foxton, Palmerston, Wanganui, Taranaki, Wellington and Southern Provinces, &c., Wallingford, Porangahau, Wanui, and Castle Point.
On other days of the week, mails close as usual, at 6.30 a.m.
NOTICE TO CORRESPONDENTS.
PEDRO. – When the last census was taken, in 1874, in Hawke’s Bay, the proportion of marriageable males to females was two to one in favour of the male sex. Since that date we are of opinion that there has been no material change.
MOULDER. – At Milbourne Valley, Kaikora, on the 6th March, the wife of Mr. James Moulder, of a daughter.
BALDWIN. – At Waitangi, on March 12th, the wife of Mr. M. Baldwin, of a daughter.
FELGATE. – At the Napier Hospital, on March 14. John Charles Felgate, aged 60 years.
SADDLER & HARNESSMAKER
The Cheapest House in the Trade.
Stock, Land Estate, and General Commission Agent, Waipukurau.
Goods Stored and Forwarded.
Offices and Stores: Near the Railway Station.
Province of Hawke’s Bay,
Napier, March 10, 1877.
It is hereby notified that the following gentlemen, viz: –
JAMES RAMSAY and
ROBERT A. W. BRATHWAITE,
Have been duly elected under the “Highways Act, 1871”, Members for the Heretaunga Road Board, in lieu of T. Tanner and W.R. Russell
Napier, March 12, 1877.
I, JOHN DAVID ORMOND, by virtue of powers vested in me, do hereby notify that the names of Board of Wardens and Chairman, elected under the provisions of “The Highways Act, 1871” of the Maraekakaho Highway District, are as under: –
Chairman: – Walter Shrimpton
Wardens: – John J. Kinross
Hector P. Smith
Dated this 12th day of March, 1877.
COUNTY OF HAWKE’S BAY.
ESTABLISHMENT OF PUBLIC POUND.
It is hereby notified that in pursuance of the provisions contained in the 200th Clause of “The Counties Act, 1876” the Council of the County of Hawke’s Bay has established a Public Pound, situated in Hastings, sub-division E, bounded on the North and South by other portions of sub-division E, measuring 499 links, respectively towards the East and West by other portions of sub-division E, 1102 links respectively, within the said County of Hawke’s Bay, by the name of “The Hastings Pound,” as from the First day of March 1877.
Dated this 10th day of March, 1877.
C.C. Hawke’s Bay.
Clerk C.C. Hawke’s Bay,
COUNTY OF HAWKE’S BAY.
APPOINTMENT OF POUNDKEEPER.
In pursuance of the provisions of “The Counties Act, 1876,”
Has been appointed Poundkeeper for the Hastings Pound, established as a public Pound at Hastings, in the County of Hawke’s Bay, as from the First day of March, 1877.
Dated this 10th day of March, 1877.
Clerk C.C. Hawke’s Bay,
NOTICE is hereby given that it is the intention of this Council to strike a general rate of One Shilling in the Pound on the rateable value of all rateable property in the above County, for the year 1877; said rate to be paid on or before 31st March.
The Rate Book is open for public inspection at the Council Chamber, Wairoa, daily during office hours.
Total rateable value of rateable property on the valuation roll £11,119 9s.0d
Rate on above at One Shilling in the Pound £555 19s 0d
Estimated receipt from Licences, Ferries, Dog Tax, and other sources £450 0s 0d
Total estimated receipts £1005 19s 0d
NOTE – The Government subsidy is NOT included in this estimate.
The estimated expenditure now authorised by the Council during the period for which the rate is made is £845 7s 4d
Wairoa County Council.
Wairoa, 8th March, 1877.
Office of Waste Lands Board.
Napier, 8th December, 1876.
TO HUGH McCORMICK, formerly of the 65th Regiment or his representatives.
You are hereby required, within six months from this date, to prove to the satisfaction of the Waste Lands Board that you have complied with the conditions required to entitle you to 60 acres of land in the Wakarara District, selected under a Military Settlers Land Order, and if you fail to prove your claim within the specified time, your title to the land will be forfeited and the land be dealt with as the Board may direct.
BY virtue of powers vested in me by the “Highways Act, 1871”, I hereby call a meeting of the Ratepayers of the Danevirk [Dannevirke] Highway District, to be held at Coltman’s Tamika Hotel, on SATURDAY, the 24th instant, at 6 p.m.
The Weekly Mercury
HAWKE’S BAY ADVERTISER.
SATURDAY, MARCH 17, 1877.
It is reported that the Repudiation Office has launched forth some more thunder-bolts against those whom its organ (the Wananga) terms “evil-doers”. The thunder-bolts are writs, and the “evil-doers” are those who own land purchased from natives. The settlement of the title of Messrs. Watt and Farmer’s estate, by the payment of £17,500 to the disputants, suggests the adoption of similar means for the rectification of errors and omissions in the original native land purchases. If the title to landed property be good, it can be fairly defended in a court of law; if it be bad, and it can be made sound by a money payment, it will be found cheaper not to go to law. For some months to come we shall expect to hear of large sums having been paid to the natives in settlement of land disputes. It will be interesting to watch the effect such accession of wealth will have on the Maoris. The money they received for their lands in years gone by, did not advance them a step on the path of civilisation; it rather caused a retrograde movement. Very many of the chiefs, who seized the lion’s share of the proceeds of every land sale, would revel in debauchery till the money was gone, while the common people would follow the example thus set them, as far as their limited means would allow. As it may be presumed that a whole batch of writs would not have been prepared by the solicitors to the natives without a fair prospect of a rich harvest, the Maoris may have an opportunity of showing to what extent they have profited by past experience. The lands now being settled for, when originally sold by the natives were of little or no value to them; the monies paid for them represented in the majority of cases much more than their worth; a shilling an acre was in those days to a Maori what an iron tomahawk as the price of a tribe’s labour was to his father. It was fair barter; with the article of exchange finding its way into the wrong hands we have nothing to do. But we do think this, that in settlement of an injustice that may have occurred in this respect, it is extremely hard that the more time, labour, and capital, a purchaser may have expended on his land, the more he should be made to pay to secure an indisputable title. The native race have benefited not by the cash they received for their lands, but by the occupation of the country by Europeans. It would have been the height of political wisdom had the Maoris given their waste lands away to have induced their settlement by a people superior to themselves in agriculture, arts, and government. But with all their greed to obtain the luxuries of the white man at the risk of losing their lands as the price of them, the natives retain more land now than they know how to make use of. To assert that they have been stripped of their ancestral estates by unscrupulous pandering to savage tastes, is so utterly absurd that it needs no contradiction. Let us see to what uses the Maoris will put the monies they are now receiving.
WITH the opening of the line to Takapau, the railway works in this provincial district may be said to be completed. The whole length of the line is little short of sixty miles, a distance upon which the province may be congratulated, but which is due to the fact that there were no engineering difficulties in the way of cheap and easy construction. Beyond Takapau, in the direction of its extension to Woodville, the railway would have to follow a route intersected by wide and deep ravines, and the cost of bridges will probably put it out of the power of the Government to continue the line for many years to come. It is very much to be regretted that the features of the country through the Seventy-Mile Bush are of such a nature as to render railway construction so comparatively expensive. It cannot be said that at Takapau the line taps the forest, and the benefits that were hoped to be derived from the railway touching the bush will scarcely be realised. Nevertheless, if the railway is not the means of opening up an extensive timber trade,