Weekly Mercury and Hawke’s Bay Advertiser 11 – March 24 1877

WEEKLY MERCURY
AND
Hawke’s Bay Advertiser,

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

VOL. II – No. 71.   NAPIER, SATURDAY, MARCH 24, 1877.   PRICE SIXPENCE

PROPERTIES FOR SALE.
7000 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.
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 and 250 head Cattle
4,200 acres Freehold Agricultural and Pastoral Land, Poverty Bay
11,000 acres Leasehold, Pastoral, Poverty Bay, with
3,000 Sheep and few Cattle
1,600 acres Leasehold, half interest, Poverty Bay
14,000 acres, Leasehold, excellent country, Tologa [Tolaga] Bay
8,800 acres Leasehold, excellent country, Tologa Bay, with
3,000 Sheep and good improvements
1,100 acres, Freehold, rich land, Opotiki, with
1,000 Sheep, and all necessary improvements
33,000 acres Leasehold, Pastoral, 26 miles from Napier
150,900 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, valuable improvements, and
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.

FOR SALE,
MR. EVAN’S Draught Stallion “LORD NELSON,” by “Sir Colin Campbell,” dam “Blossom,” etc.
Liberal Terms.
For Further particulars apply to
M.R. MILLER.

COUNTRY RESIDENCE.
FOR LEASE.
MR. GRANT, the purchaser of the Pakowhai Estate, has instructed the undersigned to Lease for a term the very substantial and commodious Dwelling House, lately occupied by Mr. McHardy, with the well-stocked Garden, Orchard, Shrubbery, and a small paddock adjoining; with part of the offices, a Coach-house, Stable, &c. This is situated within easy drive of Town or the Farndon Railway station. To a good tenant the rent will be very moderate.
M.R. MILLER.

BULLS FOR SALE.
(Property of R. Wellwood, Esq.)
PURE BRED SHORTHORN King of Hearts, roan, 10 months by Royal Gywnne (32390), Dam Queen of Hearts, by Count of Oxford (25845)
Lord Barnard, dark red, 10 months, by Royal Gywnne, dam Lady Barnard, by Comet, (25570)
Lord Caverhill, white, 9 months, by Royal Gywnne, dam Lady, by Lord 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, 2 eight-tooth imported pure Lincolns
26 pure Lincoln 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.

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 Hon. R. Stokes, got by Larmouth Rams
70 Merino Rams (Mr Saxby), bred by Mr. Gollan and Messrs Stokes
M.R. MILLER.

FOR SALE,
COMFORTABLE DWELLING HOUSE. The undersigned is desirous of selling his present Dwelling house, 7 rooms and bathroom, washhouse and stables, in Cameron-road, with half an acre land, or will sell separately house and quarter acre, and an excellent building site, or quarter acre fronting south Cameron road. Entry about 1st July. Easy terms will be given.
M.R. MILLER.
Browning-street.

SMALL SHEEP RUN FOR SALE.
20,500 ACRES LEASEHOLD, Title good, 24 miles from Napier, Rent L150. with
4,000 Sheep. Few improvements. Price very moderate, and terms easy. Further particulars at the office of the undersigned,
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
Merinos
All First-class flocks.

STORE SHEEP. – Various Lots of Store Merino Ewes and Wedders for Sale.

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. 133. – 104
No. 135. – 133   No. 153. – 80
No. 154. – 105   No. 199. – 73
M.R. MILLER.

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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.
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[Advertisement]
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: –
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TO ARCHITECTS REQUIRING PROFESSIONAL ASSISTANCE.
DESIGNS prepared from rough sketches. Plans coloured or etched in first style.
J. SPARROW,
Architect and Building Surveyor,
Waipukurau.

NEW ZEALAND RAILWAYS.
NAPIER – TAKAPAU.
TIME TABLE

DOWN.
WEEK DAYS.   SUNDAYS.
A.M.*   A.M. +   A.M.   P.M.   P.M.
Spit, depart   7.40   11.0   3.40
Napier arrive   7.50   11.10   3.50
Napier depart   6.45   7.55   11.30   4.10   2.30
Farndon depart   7.10   8.20   11.55   4.35   2.55
p.m.
Hastings, depart   7.35   8.45   12.20   5.0   3.20
Paki Paki arrive   9.5   5.18
Paki Paki depart   7.53   9.13   5.20
Te Aute arrive   8.32
Te Aute depart   8.35   9.55   6.5
Kaikora depart   9.15   10.35   6.45
Waipawa, depart   9.35   11.15   7.25
Waipukurau arrive   9.55   11.15
Waipukurau depart   10.0   11.30
p.m.
Takapau, arrive   10.50   12.20
* On Monday and Thursday only.
+ On Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday.

UP.
WEEK DAYS.   SUNDAYS.
A.M.   A.M.   P.M.   P.M.   P.M.
Takapau, depart   2.20
Waipukurau, dep.   7.10   3.15
Waipawa, depart   7.30   3.35
Kaikora, depart   7.50   3.55
Te Aute arrive   8.13
Te Aute depart   8.33   4.35
Paki Paki, arrive   9.10   5.15
Paki Paki, depart   9.12   5.22
Hastings, depart   9.32   1.0   5.42   5.20
Farndon, depart   9.57   1.25   6.7   5.45
Napier arrive   10.22   1.50   6.32   6.10
Napier depart   7.20   10.25   3.0
Spit, arrive   7.30   10.35   3.10
*Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday only.

Passengers are requested not to enter or leave the carriages while in motion.
Season tickets issued to and from all Station. Apply to the Manager.
To ensure despatch, Parcels should be booked fifteen minutes before the starting of the Train.
W.J. MILLER,
General Manager,
Napier, March 8, 1877.

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OF
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WAIROA.
(FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT)
March 16.
At the County Council meeting yesterday, it was stated that the Chairman had not been allowed to take over the charge of the new road to the Awatere Creek. That it was an extraordinary road on which £100 in Armed Constabulary labor had been expended, it should be private property. It was resolved, that, if the opposition be not withdrawn in 14 days, the bridge will be pulled down. The old road is quite useless for traffic.
March 20.
The bar is very bad and it seems closing up.

WAIPUKURAU.
(FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT)
March 19.
Present – Messrs Mackersey (Chairman) Monteith, Herrick, and Rathbone.
The minutes of the previous meeting were confirmed. The road overseer was instructed to repair the bridge near Woodville.
The byelaws are to be considered at the next meeting.
The meeting then adjourned to the 30th inst.

March 20, 3 p.m.
The match commenced at 11 a.m. the Waipukurau men went in first –
Humphries   2
Martin   12
Wood   0
Bridge   0
Frood   1
Foulton   4
Scotter   2
Hallett   8
Gracie, not out   12
Monteith, not out   1
Two wickets to go down. The ground is in good order. Weather showery.

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(PRESS AGENCY)

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March 17.
The Hon. Dr. Pollen leaves for Napier per Hinemoa this evening, to attend the native meeting at Tapuaeharuru.

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March 20.
In the Supreme Court, this morning, judgment was delivered in the case of John Davies Canning and Henare Matua. The points raised were that Canning sued as endorser, which he had no right to do, and that there was nothing to identify him as plaintiff in the action. These were overruled by the judges as being immaterial, Canning being able to sue as payee of the bill.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

TOWN HALL.
SIR, – I notice that the Council have determined not to accept the offer of the Masonic Hall for offices, as they think it more advisable to wait a little and build a Hall for themselves. Now we all know what this means, it means firstly leasing a piece of ground at a heavy rental, or using one of the most valuable town reserves to build on; secondly erecting some large unsightly building that will cost at least £2,000, a building that will always require tinkering up, because it being a public hall it is no one’s business to see how the carpenters, &co., do their work, and when the Hall is finished it will be an inconvenient unsightly  object, and the chief use it will be put to will be to cause swelling emotions to excite the breast of every honourable councillor as he passes by and gazed with pride upon the magnificent structure he built with someone else’s money, “Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori,” and sundry other patriotic mottoes and thoughts will float through his mind, and his mighty soul will instinctively say  “O worthy Councillors.,”
But sir, if the councillors require offices which I daresay they do, let them lease them, and I certainly think that the offer made by the Masons is a very fair one. Of course if there is a more advantageous offer made by some other society, by all means let the best one be accepted.
What I really object to is the squandering of public money on uselessly large buildings whilst our roads are in such a deplorable condition. Every time there is the slightest shower of rain, I have to wade through mud and mire to reach my home, and most of the back roads are the same [.] This is a standing disgrace to the council and a state of things that they should remedy as soon as possible. – I am, &c.
SPENSER ROAD.
March 17, 1877.

CORPORATION OFFICES.
SIR, – The question of finding suitable offices for the Corporation has been discussed and dismissed by the Municipal Council, but I venture to think that the decision arrived at will afford very little satisfaction to the ratepayers. Beyond all doubt the whole and corner rooms in the Government building now used by the Corporation as offices are totally unfit for the purpose, and, further, the Mayor and Council may receive notice to quit at any moment. What then will the Corporation do? Our Municipal Government will then have to go begging round the town to have some place into which it can poke itself into until a loan can be raised, or an overdraft arranged to defray the cost of the building. Our Municipal Councillors are not proud. They have allowed themselves to be kicked from post to pillar by the Provincial Government, but like cuckoos they are quite content, however mean the nest, as long as it did not cost them anything.
But, Sir, I maintain that it is a false policy, and one which will recoil on the heads of the ratepayers. The day must come when new offices will be imperative. [,] and when the ratepayers will insist upon the Council sitting in a chamber where accommodation for the public can be provided. When that day arrives the Council will have not only to buy land whereon to build, but will have to borrow money for the purpose. Then we shall have another rate, and more taxation to cover the penny wise and pound foolish policy of our Councillors. – I am, &c.,
A RATE PAYER.
Shakespeare Road, March 17, 1877.

THE THEATRE COMPANY.
SIR, – Seeing an advertisement in your issue of the 15th instant, calling a meeting of persons willing to aid in forming a Theatre Company. I hope that the gentlemen interesting themselves towards obtaining this desirable object will take into consideration the convenience of the inhabitants of both town and country. The question arises, where would be the most central position for it, and one that would give satisfaction to the whole community, thus insuring a profitable investment, and the building an ornament to the town. I believe you will find it is the opinion of a large number of the community that Emerson-street, Tennyson-street, or Clive-Square would be the most central and convenient position for both town and country, and within easy access to the Railway Station. – I am, &c.,
ONE WHO WISHES THE THEATRE TO BE A SUCCESS.
Napier, March 16, 1877.

THE BEACH ROAD.
SIR, – I see by your issue of Saturday that the Municipal Engineer has received instructions to prepare an estimate of the cost of a road along the beach to the top of Raffles-street. But why that road should stop at Raffles-street I fail to see, as we above Raffles-street are paying heavy taxes and are deriving no benefit from them. By inserting this you will oblige,
E.L. SMITH.
White Road, Napier, March 19, 1877.

GOING!  GOING!!  GONE!!!
SIR, – Auctioneers’ licenses have to be paid at the end of this month. Now to whom ought they be paid?
(Tap No 1.) To the Borough. If so they will not be allowed to sell at Farndon or the “Shamrock” without a county license as well.
(Tap No.2.) To the Hawke’s Bay County, and not be allowed to sell at Napier and Waipawa.
(Tap No. 3.) To the Waipawa County and not be allowed to sell out of it.
Auctioneers had better look out and keep their eyes skinned. My suggestion is this, let the Counties and Borough come to terms among themselves. Let each get a pro rata allowance from all, and let the Auctioneers’ licenses stand for the Borough and the Hawke’s Bay Counties. – I am, &c.,
HAMMER.
Wairoa, March 15, 1877.

MEANEE [MEEANEE] HIGHWAY DISTRICT BOARD.
THE Board met, according to advertisement, at Mr. Vaughan’s hotel, on Monday 19th March, at 12 o’clock.
Present: Messrs T. Peddie (Chairman), J.C. Speedy, J. Barry, and J. Hallett.
The Chairman read the minutes of last meeting, also correspondence.
Mr. Speedy proposed, and Mr. Hallett seconded, that the minutes and correspondence as read be confirmed.
Carried.
The Chairman informed the Board that the demands for payment of rates have all been served, and as the board will shortly be in funds to the extent of £350 – not allowing for the Government subsidy – it will be as well to call for tenders for certain necessary works at once, particularly the Mission Station road to Cleary’s; also, the road from Mrs. Hawkins to the new Taradale road, and also to take steps for the drainage of the water from the Great North Road.
Mr. Barry proposed that the road from Mr. Powdrell’s past the Mission Station property to Mr. Cleary’s, and also the road from Mrs. J. Hawkins to the new Taradale road, be formed and mettled [metalled]; and also the following culverts be repaired – one at the Mission property, and one at Lever’s old corner, Meanee.
Mr. Hallett seconded the motion, and it was carried.
Proposed by Mr Speedy, and seconded by Mr Barry, “that the Board authorise the Chairman to engage Mr Hallett to make a survey and take levels of the Meanee drain, also the drain required at Taradale.”
Carried.
The Chairman read a letter from Mr C. Butler, of Taradale, proposing to the Board to allow the water lying on the road at Taradale to run into the drain through his property, on condition that the Board put down the tile drain.
The Board thanked Mr. Butler for his offer, but at present could not entertain it until the survey for the levels are taken.
Mr. Barry proposed that a survey of the Taipo Creek be made, but it was shown that the creek runs all through private property, and to commence any expenditure on it might involve the Board in a large outlay, which really could not be of any immediate benefit to the district at present, and after a rather stormy discussion Mr Barry withdrew his proposition.
Mr Speedy proposed, and Mr Barry seconded, that the Chairman convey the thanks of the Board to Mr J. Bennett for his past assistance, and also in offering to be present at the survey in taking the levels for the drainage of the district.
Mr Barry proposed that the next meeting of the Board, be held at the Greenmeadows’ Hotel, Taradale, at 2 o’clock on Monday next, 27 inst.
Carried.

HARBOR BOARD.
The Harbor Board met in the Hawke’s Bay County Council office on Tuesday.
Present. Messrs. Kinross (Chairman). Vautier, Chambers, Kennedy, Rhodes, Newman, and Hoadley, (Secretary).
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.
Mr. Vautier proposed that the Chairman be authorised to make arrangements for the remittance to London of a 50 days’ draft for payment of coupons, and to make enquires as to the best arrangements for future payments.
Seconded by Mr. Kennedy and carried.
The Secretary explained the nature of the contract with the Bank of Australasia for the raising of the loan and conduct of the Board’s account.
A letter was read from Mr. Weber relative to the burning of gas at the Port light. The Engineer recommended the burning of gas in the place of oil.
Mr. Vautier moved, and Mr. Chambers seconded, that the suggestions of the letter should be carried out. Carried.
Mr. Kennedy explained with regard to the advisability of burning gas instead of oil at the lighthouse that the light from gas had not the illuminating power of oil. But he pointed out that there was a recently discovered method adopted in England of utilising gas for lighthouse purposes, and that a Mr. Wilson, of the New Zealand Marine Department, was acquanted [acquainted] with this method, and he proposed that the Board’s Engineer consult Mr. Wilson, of the Marine Department, as to the expediency of adopting gas in place of oil.
Mr. Chambers seconded the motion, which was carried.
The Secretary was authorised to get boards painted, with a portion of the bye-laws thereon with respect to wharf regulations, &c.
Mr. Kennedy moved, and Mr. Chambers seconded, that Mr. Miller be authorised to employ the necessary assistant for the lighthouse for the winter period.
The Board’s financial year terminating at the end of this month, the payment of all salaries and wages to its officers and servants was arranged for, and vouchers for other payments were passed.
The Board then adjourned.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL NEWS

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We learn that on Thursday a meeting was held of the building committee of the Oddfellows, when it was unanimously resolved, that owing to the increased population of Napier, it was desirable that the Hall be at once enlarged, and additions made to meet the growing requirements of the community. It was proposed besides enlarging the hall, to erect a gallery on the east side, capable of holding 350 persons; to erect greater stage accommodation, to build ladies’ cloak room, and to lengthen the building at the front to the road, and also to build money-taking offices. The ceiling of the hall it was also proposed should be varnished; to raise the seats at the back, and indeed altogether to obtain for it all the requisites of a first-class theatre. A step in this direction has long been wanting, and apart from any other movement which may be on foot, it shows that the Society of Oddfellows, who were the first to erect a place of entertainment in Napier, are determined still to continue at the fore, in one to meet the increased population of the district. We may add that when the contemplated alterations of the Oddfellows’ Hall are carried out, it will be capable of seating up to 1000 people.

The Waipukurau Public Hall is now completed, and has been handed over by the contractors to the Committee. It is intended to open it on the evening of the 24th inst. The Hall, which has been previously described in these columns, contains suitable offices for the accommodation of the County Council; and as soon as arrangements are concluded, we shall no more of the Waipawa County offices being situated in a corn-shop.

Mr. John McLeod, coachbuilder of Napier, has declared his inability to meet his monetary arrangements, and the first meeting of his creditors will be held at the Court House, on Thursday, the 5th of April.

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The Municipal Engineer has received instructions to furnish the Corporation with estimates of the cost of making a road along the beach, from the top of Emerson-street to the top of Raffles-street. The proposed road is to be twenty feet wide.

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The Cotswold breed is as it deserves to be growing into favor [favour]. We here that a fine lot of young rams of this breed, from Mr G.D. Hamilton’s Mangatoro flock have been lately sold at prices ranging from £10 to £45 a piece.

In the Resident Magistrate’s Court on Saturday, the young female Rose Ayers, was sent, on the testimony of the medical attendant to the Lunatic Asylum. Thomas Floyd, who was also supposed to be afflicted with insanity, was discharged.

It will be remembered that the Napier Fire-brigade applied to the Corporation for the lease of the section on which the engine station is now being built. Doubts having been expressed as to the power of the Corporation to enter into a private arrangement even though for purposes of public utility, the question was submitted to the Municipal solicitor whose opinion is that the Corporation can only dispose of its reserves by lease by public auction, of which due notice must be given.

At the last sitting of the Hawke’s Bay County Council there was some discussion as to whether the County or the Borough of Napier was entitled to the monies received from slaughtering licenses. Mr Sainsbury, the Municipal Solicitor, has given his opinion on the subject, which is as follows:-“That the £10 licensing fee payable by butchers carrying on business in Napier is payable to the Corporation, and not to the Hawke’s Bay County Council. The fees charged for the use of the slaugher-house, at so much per head of cattle, &c., will be part of the revenue of Hawke’s Bay County Council.”

The polling day for the Waipukurau riding election, is fixed for Tuesday, the 26th inst. The Hon. H.r. Russell, and Mr S. Johnston are the two candidates nominated.

We learn that the Athenaeum Committee have accepted a tender for the making of sundry alterations and additions to the Institute building. The little room that is called the ladies’ reading-room is to be added to the apartments of the libraraian [librarian], and a new room is to be built at the back of the principal reading-room, which will be nsed [used] as a smoking-room, and for meetings of the Committee.

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We (Post) believe that the dispute with the natives about the Murimotu plains has been settled by the joint exertions of Dr. Buller (representing the natives), Mr. Moorhouse, the Canterbury runholders, and Mr. Booth, the Government. Dr Buller has gone through to Napier to work up the defence in the Waka Maori libel case, while Mr. Moorhouse returns to Wellington. The awful amount of “talk” with the natives fairly exhausted the three negotiators.

The Municipal Council met on Friday at 7.30 o’clock in the Town Clerk’s office. All the Councillors, with the exception of His Worship the Mayor, were present. Cr. Vautier was voted to the chair. The public work’s committee’s report was read and adopted. With regard to leasing the reserves of the Corporation, the report recommended that “Leases be for 21 years. Leases to be progressive, as follows -First 7 years at upset price, or that realised by auction. Second 7 years at 50 percent. increase. Third 7 years at 100 per cent. increase. Amounts to be payable half-yearly, [.] The first half yearly payment to be made on the fall of the hammer. No responsibility of Corporation with regard to making or maintenance of fences.” The offer of the Freemasons of Scinde Lodge to let their hall to the Corporation for a town hall was declined. The petition of Messrs. Scully and others, owners of land leading to Cobden road was granted. The road is to be made and formed, half the cost to be defrayed by the petitioners. The Municipal Engineer was instructed to inspect and report upon the carrying capacity of the public halls and places of amusement in the town, and especially with their means in egress and ingress. A return was laid on the table of the expense incurred for clerical assistance during the months of December, January, and February, last. The total was £30 7s 4d. The Chairman stated that the reservoir would shortly be inspected by Messrs. Davis, Rochfort, and Bold. The Council then adjourned.

The Taupo coach under the superintendency of Mr. Hobbs, arrived in Napier, with the mails. The coachman informs us that the roads are in capital order, considering the state they were in but a short time after the late heavy weather, and considers that too much credit cannot be given to those who are in charge of the roads. At Taupo at the present time, there are between thirty and forty tourists, who are surpried [surprised] at the wonders to be seen in the district. No doubt to keep the line open and in good repair, a large expenditure of money will be requisite, but this outlay cannot but be amply repaid to the government in many ways. The Taupo hot spring are not now only a great attraction to settlers in New Zealand, but their fame is now spread abroad in America and Great Britain, and visitors from those and other parts of the world are becoming numerous.

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It is currently reported that there are several cases of scarlatina in Napier, but we can imagine there can be no truth in the rumor [rumour,] as, on enquiry, we find no representations to that effect have been made by the medical practitioners to the local Board of Health as by Act they are compelled to do in the event of the outbreak of such a disease.

Black swans, which, eighteen months ago, were a rarity in the lagoons around Napier, can now be counted by the hundred in the swamp leading to Tareha’s bridge. They seem now to have taken up a permanent abode here, and unless they are considerably thinned out during every shooting season, they will drive the ducks away as they have always succeeded in doing elsewhere.

The return cricket match between Poverty Bay and Napier, was concluded on Saturday afternoon, the letter team winning by 89 runs. The highest score on the Napier side was made by Mr. Rees, viz., 66 in one innings: Mr. Mayo came next with a score of 20 in the first innings, and 21 in the second. On the Poverty Bay side, Messrs. Sunderland, and Johnson were the highest scorers. The total scores were, Napier, 215; Poverty Bay, 126. On Saturday evening the Poverty Bay men were entertained at dinner by their victors. The dinner was given at the Masonic Hotel, Mr. F.Sutton, M.H.R., being in the chair.

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We have had the pleasure of inspecting five young Cotswold ram lambs, bred by Mr G.D. Hamilton, of Mangatoro, and which have been bought to Napier for exportation to Wellington. These young rams are excellent specimens of their breed, are well grown and mostly evenly woolled, exhibiting a lustre that is rarely found in New Zealand bred Cotswalds [Cotswolds]. The lustre, indeed, of the wool of these sheep quite sets at rest any supposed deficiency of this quality in this breed. These rams are but four months old and their wool is over six inches in length. For symmetry of outline, depth of carcase, and evenness of growth, these rams show in a wonderful degree the very best points of the Cotswold, and rival in those qualities the Leicester. We understand also that their constitution is as good as the merino, Mr. Hamilton having never lost a Costswold [Cotswold] lamb, although they have been treated as ordinary run sheep. The purchaser of this exportation is Captain Mowlem, of the Taitai, who certainly can congratulate himself upon his bargain.

The Patangata races on Saturday drew a large number of settlers from various parts of the district, and great interest was manifested in the several results. The weather was fine, and the racing good; Black Pat won the Hurdle Races; The Worm, the Maiden Plate; Tamaiti, the Hack Race; The Worm, the handicap, and Champagne Charley, the Forced Handicap. Our correspondent, in giving us an account of the races, writes:- There is one good thing about the races which I must mention. I have been to nearly all the races in this Province since 1858, and never saw a more orderly, and better conducted meeting than on Saturday, although there [were] a number of both races present. There was not a fight or an angry word spoken. There were several knights of the dice-box present, who did a flourishing business. There were three policemen present, but their services were not required. The refreshment booth was erected by Mr George Mullinder of the Patangata Hotel, and under the able management of “Tommy, my uncle,” who gave every satisfaction. A race dinner and ball took place afterwards at the Patangata Hotel, which passed off satisfactorily. Altogether the meeting was a great success.

A correspondent under the signature of Dickens-street, writes:- The people in this neighborhood are annoyed every evening by a number of larrikins, who let of fireworks close to persons walking in the streets. The vendors of these dangerous articles, I believe, have reduced the cost, thereby increasing the sale. Will you please call the attention of the police to the matter?

A meeting of the Acclimatsation [Acclimatisation] Society was held on Monday, at 2 o’clock, in the Council Chamber. After some preliminary business had been transacted, the annual report of the Committee was read. The first paragraph stated that through the efforts of the Committee 2000 Hawks had been destroyed in the district at a cost of £118 8s 6d. The sum of £448 15s 5d had been placed to the credit of the Society by the Provincial Treasurer in June last. Donations and subscriptions to the sum of £299 10s 1d had been received. The account at the Bank of New Zealand was overdrawn to the extent of £47 17s 6d, but there was due to the Society in July £500, so the society has £450 in hand. The principal expenditure was in connection with the late importation of salmon ova which amounted to a trifle of over £120. The committee in their report express their deep obligation to Mr J.N. Williams, and Mr R.P. Duff, of San Francisco. Mr Duff is at present trying to get a shipment of mountain hen, and information respecting them is expected by next mail. A small lot of Indian Minehs have been introduced and liberated at Riverslea at a cost of £8, and are increasing in numbers. They live upon grubs and insects. A futile attempt has been made to introduce Caleforuian [California ] Quails, but it is proposed during the coming year to obtain some from Nelson where they are numerous. It is also intended to introduce a further supply of trout during the coming season. The carp turned out in the Te Aute Lake and other places, have proved a success, and the committee are now endeavouring to distribute them from Te Aute, where they are to be seen in great numbers. A small shipment of partridges is advised by the ship Fernglen, consisting of twelve brace. The pheasants are rapidly increasing in numbers, and the committee hope in a couple of years they will be tolerably plentiful. The report concludes by impressing upon all the settlers the advisability of assisting as much as possible in the destruction of hawks. The meeting had not concluded when our reporter left.

Mr. James O’Brien, the advance agent of the Chicago Minstrel Company, whose performances through the colony we have previously mentioned, arrived in town by train on Saturday, having travelled overland from Wellington.

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By the Fernglen there have arrived, 18 partridges to the order of the Acclimatisation Society; these are the survivors of 24 shipped.

It is notified by the Municipal authorities that the annual general rate of one shilling in the £ has been struck, and that the rate-book can now be inspected by those interested.

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Notwithstanding all the fears that have been expressed from time to time, that the contractors for the harbor works would not be able to complete their contract within the specified time, there is very good evidence that it will be finished a full month before the period named in the agreement. Immense progress has been made in the work recently, and by Saturday next the mole on the Western entrance will be finished.

Mr. J. Orr’s contract with the County Council for the repair of the Tutaikure [Tutaekuri] Bridge, on the new road to Taradale, has been signed, and from that gentleman’s well known energy, we have no doubt that no time will be lost in carrying out the designs furnished by Mr. E. Bold. In the meantime Mr. Gleadow, the toll-gate keeper, finding his ordinary occupation gone, has established a ferry, which is of the very greatest convenience to travellers along that line of road. Horses can be swum across without the slightest risk, there being an excellent landing on either side.

At the Harbor Board meeting on Tuesday, Mr. Vautier gave notice of motion that the Harbor Board refuse to maintain in future the Napier Lighthouse, and that steps be taken to recover all monies hitherto paid by the Board for its maintenance.

In the alleged robbery case from Mr. Hooper by his assistant, the total amount of property as yet recovered, is valued by Mr. Hooper at £52 14s 3¾d.

Our Waipawa correspondent writes: – “The new Hotel that Messrs Robjohns are reported about to erect will be situated on a section land adjourning the Court House. This land was formerly the property of Captain Bates, of H.M. 65th Regiment. I have not seen the plans, but I believe the building will be both an ornamental and commodious one. The Rechabites are getting up a petition against the granting of another licence in the township.”

At the meeting of the Hawke’s Bay Acclimatisation Society on Monday, it was resolved to raise the fee for a shooting license from £2 to £2.10s.

Mr. J.J. Tye has been requested by the Waipawa County Council to act as valuer. Mr. Tye’s length of residence in the district should have made him thoroughly acquainted with all the properties in it, and we have no doubt but his valuation will give general satisfaction.

The Auckland Star in an article against the Counties adopting the whole of the Act, remarks:-“The Counties of Hawke’s Bay. [,] adopting the advice of the Minister of Public Works, have rejected the permissive clauses.” Our contemporary has fallen into an error, the three counties in the Hawke’s Bay district rejected Mr. Ormond’s advice, and have adopted the whole of the Act.

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The last batch of immgrants [immigrants] from the ship Fernglen were landed at Port Ahuriri on Wednesday. They were all of the male sex, the females having been landed on Tuesday. They appeared a fine body of men, and it is to be hoped they will experience no difficulty in obtaining employment. Unfortunately the Immigration Officer (Mr. G.T. Fannin} is at present on a pleasure tour, in the Hinemoa.

We learn that Mr C.A. Harris, of the Whangapou saw mills, in the Auckland district, contemplates erecting, alongside Mr. Young’s Railway Hotel, and close to the Port Ahuriri railway station, a timber yard and also a sawmill, which will contain all the latest improvements in machinery for planning [planeing], and tongueing, grooving, &c. The plant, we understand, is now on it [its] way from Auckland, and the erection of the mill is to commence forthwith.

The following condition is attached to the sale of partridges ex Fernglen which will be sold at auction by Messrs Routledge, Kennedy and Co. on Saturday next at 11a.m.: Birds to be liberated within the Provincial District within one week from the date of sale, under a penalty of one pound per brace, payable to the Secretary of the Acclimatisation Society.

We are given to understand that, in our report of the Meanee Highway Board proceedings, that Mr. Barry, in his proposal with regard to the Taipo creek, endeavoured to get the survey of the Taipo creek with the others made into one, purely as a report, and that the proposition was debated on that understanding.

The Wananga of March 17 publishes a letter from Epiniha Whaiaaho, of Waiapu, (a supporter of the Repudiation Party) in which that paper is severely rebuked for a leading article which appeared in its issue of 23rd December last on Sir Donald McLean’s farewell address to the Maoris, which article, by the way, is far more scurrilous and abusive in the Maori language than in the English. In the Maori version some parts of Sir Donald’s address are described as, he tito kau he wawata na ti horihori, i.e. a tissue of lies, the vain imagination of a liar Epiniha says in his letter that the Wananga may so write if it think proper, that some ignorant men may approve of such a style of writing, but that men of intelligence and common sense consider that of all wicked things the article in question is the most wicked. Therefore he urges the editor to be careful in the navigation of his canoe, i.e. the Wananga, lest it be overturned and all hands lots. The scurrilous abuse, he says, of Europeans in the pages of the Wananga must cease; Maoris are Maoris, and Pakehas are Pakehas; if one Pakeha be overthrown, another takes his place, and then there is no difference between them. The loves of money actuates them all. Even the Bishop, who plants the seed of God’s word, is stimulated by money; and the Wananga’s scoffs and sneers, and attempts to overthrow Europeans who are obnoxious to it, all spring from a desire to obtain money; no doubt if it had its own desire it would also buy land as those whom it vilifies have done. Epiniha concludes in the following words:-“Therefore in sorrow I say to you, that you must cease this kind of work, for the meeting at Pakowhai last year was conducted with propriety and respectability; there was no such things as sneers and taunts indulged in. From the commencement of last session of the Parliament to the present time the articles in the Wananga have been evil and scurrilous continually. At the present time, all the Ngatiporou [Ngati Porou] supporters of the Wananga have gone over to the Waka to uphold it, because the steersman of the Waka Maori is a good man. We, the people who returned from the Pakowhai meeting last year, are vainly endeavouring to obtain support for our Wananga, but owing to its scurrility and sneers, in direct opposition to all rules of propriety, the people are all going over to the Waka.” – [Communicated.]

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The Greenmeadows Hotel, Taradaie [Taradale], recently occupied by Mr Parker, has passed into the hands of a new proprietor, Mr Arthur McCartney. Although new to this line of business, we are confident that this hotel in Mr McCartney’s hands will not suffer, and he will make every effort to make it a comfortable hostelry to all those who favor him with their patronage.

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To the Editor: – Sir, – I perceive the Herald on Thursday in its leader informs its readers “that the Masterton tunnel is completed.” This is the first time I was aware that there was a tunnel being pierced anywhere near Masterton. The Rimutaka tunnel, distant from Masterton about 40 miles, has lately been finished to a certain extent, though not “completed [“], as it will take some time yet to brick it throughout.-I am,&., FACT.

An experiment was made at Port Ahuriri on Wednesday, with lithofracteur, by Mr. Gault, the agent of Messrs Jones, Scott and Co., of Melbourne. Lithofracteur is claimed by its manufacturer to be an improvement upon dynamite, and is used for mining purposes. Mr. Gault to show the explosive power of lithofracteur to a party of gentlemen who accompanied him to the Port quarries, caused a hole to be drilled into a block of rock, and then, having put in the charge in the usual manner, set light to the fuse and blew the stone into fragments.

Mr Lionel Brown, lately sub-editor of the Hawke’s Bay Herald, is about to follow his original profession of solicitor and barrister, at Wellington. Mr Brown was a barrister in London, and practised his profession both in Australia and Tasmania. We wish Mr Brown every success [.] As a journalist he earned the respect of all who knew him, and though we necessary had often to differ with him, we never failed to acknowledge his ability, integrity, and energy.

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As a rule, the telegraphic messages received by us are not only well written, but perfectly spelt. In contrast to this we notice that the Guardian, of Dunedin, complains that its telegrams are wretchedly written, and the spelling and grammar are something immense. The Guardian prints in full the messages as received by them, and there is certainly very little choice between the Dutch cablegrams and those emanating from the Dunedin Telegraph office.

The Rev. J. Berry will conduct Divine Service next Sunday afternoon at Hastings.

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At the meeting of the Artillery Volunteers held on Wednesday arrangements were made for the battery and cadets to proceed to Waipukurau on Saturday afternoon. Dr. De Lisle was elected Honorary Assistant Surgeon to the corps. A meeting is to be held in April to fill up the vacancies caused by the resignations of Messrs Swan and Crawford, the former as lieutenant and the latter as sub-lieutenant.

At the Oddfellows usual fortnightly meetsing [meeting] held on Wednesday, the recommendation for the improvement of the Hall, from the Committee, as stated previously in our columns, were approved of.

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The subscriptions for the building of the Presbyterian Church at Kaikora are rapidly augmenting.

We remind boating men that the entries for the forthcoming regatta close at the Criterion on Saturday next, at 8 p.m.

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The fees payable in respect of deliveries by private mail bags are now fixed as follows:-For a term exceeding six calendar months and not exceeding one year, two pounds (£2); for a term not exceeding six calendar months, one pound (£1). All such fees shall be paid in advance to the chief or head postmaster of the district from which the private mail bag shall issue. Provided that no private mail bag shall be let save for a term ending on the 30th day of June or the 31st day of December next after the day on which the same shall be let.

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The celebrated Chicago Minstrels having finished a most successful season at Wellington are now playing in the Wairarapa district en route for Napier, where they open next Saturday in the Oddfellows Hall. From amongst a number of very flattering criticisms we select one which speaks more strongly in fovor [favour] of the troupe than any other evidence that could be adduced. It is this:-They played for four weeks against strong opposition, such as the Lingards and Mrs Scott Siddons. Prominent amongst he [the] novelties is the triple clog and pedestal dances introduced by the Arlington Bros. recently from America, and all accounts are unanimous as to the excellence of the quartet singing. The comic element is in the hands of Mr Chas. Wallace and Mr D. Arlington – able exponents of the ludicrous. Mr H. F. Towle, late of the Lydia Howarde Troupe, officiates as musical director.

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The Dunedin Star in an article on the recent meeting held at Waipawa, remarks:-“We shall be glad indeed to see action taken next session to put a very decisive check upon the disintegration of Counties-any step in which direction should require the positive, instead of as at present the negative assent of Parliament; but whilst the law remains as it is, with the intention most distinctly of giving this power to the ratepayers, the government must not stand in the way of their exercising it, even if the result should prove to be a very strong argument in favor [favour] of depriving them of it for the future.”

To the Editor: Sir, – Are proprietors of newspapers who keep a number of dummy “wanted” advertisements amenable to the law? For three of the situations advertised in the columns of the Herald, I made applications, and in all cases learnt that the situations were filled up and the advertisements ordered to be cancelled. It is too bad to send a poor woman on fruitless errands. – I am, &c., ONE WHO WANTS A SITUATION.

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CHARGE AGAINST A SCHOOLMASTER.
March 22.
A charge was made against the Onehunga schoolmaster, Mr Grant, formerly of Napier, for excessive flogging of a boy, but it was dismissed, the evidence showing that the lad’s father had encouraged the boy to strike the master between the eyes with a slate if beaten again.

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WAIROA.
(FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT.)
ASSAULT.
March 21.
At the Resident Magistrates Court, Mahia, Walter Black was fined £10, or two months imprisonment, for assault.
There is a heavy sea on the bar.

SPECIAL RATE CONFIRMED.
March 22.
The County Council met today to confirm the rate of one shilling in the pound.

WAIPUKURAU.
(FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT.)
March 21.
Waipukurau in their first innings scored 55, and in their second innings 34. When the Poverty Bay men went in this morning they only required 33 runs to win, and they are confident of obtaining the requisite number. This morning betting was in favor [favour] of the Poverty Bay by 2 to 1.

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GISBORNE.
TOTAL WRECK AT MAHIA.
March 21.
The schooner Clyde, of Auckland. PeTerson, master, went ashore yesterday at the Mahia. She was bound from Lyttleton to Auckland, with produce. She will be a total wreck. All hands were saved.

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TAUPO.

RESORT OF TOURISTS.
A large number of tourists, including many ladies, are at present in this and adjoining Lake districts. Extra coaches have had to be laid on to Napier and Tauranga.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

THE TOBACCO ROBBERY.
SIR, – In reference to a statement which appeared in your last issue, where Mr Hooper states in his evidence of yesterday that Mr Scully received two parcels of tobacco from my shop, I wish to state that there was only one parcel, containing about three pounds of tobacco, and I am also under the impression that I bought the tobacco from Mr McEchan before he entered into Mr Hooper’s employ. By inserting the above you will oblige.
H. NEAL,
Hairdresser, Napier.
March 21, 1877.
[Our correspondent may be right, but the evidence given in the Resident Magistrates’ Court conveys to us a far different “impression.” – Ed.  D.T.]

THE FERNGLEN IMMIGRANTS.
We are glad to hear that there is every chance that the immigrants by the ship Fernglen meeting with ready employment. There is no doubt but what all the single girls, and the greater part of the single men, will be engaged as soon as the Immigration barracks are opened. The new comers are a most respectable class of people, and belong to those walks of life which most urgently require filling in this part of the colony. On the whole, the province may be congratulated on the Fernglen passengers. Although work may not be so abundant at the present time, as it was some six months ago, there is yet plenty of employment for those willing to take the first thing that comes to hand.

WEST CLIVE.
(FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT.)
March 21st, 1877.
The repairs to the Ngaruroro road bridge is progressing as rapidly and as favorably [favourably] as could possibly be wished, and it is anticipated that by the middle of next week everything will be completed.
A new industry is about to be started here in producing patent guano, which, it is stated, will be equal, if not superior, to the guana [guano] of commerce, and capable of being sold at a much cheaper rate. This industry will afford employment to a number of men, who would otherwise be idle; consequently, it will be a great boon to the district.
The two boiling-down establishments are in full swing, and producing tallow at a rate that surpasses any previous year, and if kept up at the same rate, will, before the close of the season, will turn out something astounding.
To-morrow evening, Madam Atlanti is going to give one of her appreciated entertainments at the Oddfellows Hall, adoining [adjoining] the Farndon Hotel, where I have no doubt that she will receive the ovation she deserves.
The first of a series of sales will be held to-morrow, at the Farndon sale yards, by Messrs Margoliouth and Banner, and on Monday next another sale will be held by Mr K. McLean. Buyers are more satisfied with this than having to go to the sale yards at Tareha’s Bridge and then drive their cattle back again.
Speaking of cattle brings me to the subject of a slaughterhouse. The present place used for the purpose is becoming an intolerable nuisance, and the sooner something is done to remedy the evil the better.
Mr Beck, in order to keep pace with the times, is enlarging his establishment, which, when finished, will be sufficiently commodious for the requirements of the place.

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Shipping Intelligence.
PORT AHURIRI.

ARRIVALS.
March.
15 – Fairy, s.s., from Poverty Bay via Mahia. Passenger – Mr Thornton.
15 – Kiwi, s.s., from Wellington via Castle Point. Passengers – Mr and Mrs Morney and three children, Messrs Rundle, Denton, Gault, and 5 in the steerage.
16 – Rangatira, s.s., from Poverty Bay. Passengers – Mr and Mrs Watt, Mrs Hood, Mis [Miss] Emere Puku, Mrs Winter, Miss Mataroa, Mrs Anthony, Messrs Hague, Pilcher, Clark, Green, Dinwiddie, Maney, Samual, Roach, Griffiths, McNamarra, Ward, Winter, Whitaker, Johnson, Manley, Thelwall, Nash, Suhderland, Poynter, Parsons, 3 steerage, and 4 for the south.
16 – Southern Cross, s.s., from Whakaki.
16 – Go-Ahead, s.s., from Poverty Bay and Auckland. Passengers – Mrs Scott and child, Mrs Williams, Rev. J.M. Fraser, Mr John Davis, and Mr Hislop.
16 – Star of the South, s.s., from Auckland. Passengers – Mr and Mrs Hutchinson, and 11 immigrants.
17 – Wanaka, s.s., from Poverty Bay and Auckland. Passengers – Miss Bourke, Messrs Wilson, Johnston, Morrison, Hutchinson, Hume, Webb, Berry, Bedowall, Fraser, Betham (2), Fitzroy, Simpson, McKenzie, Ova, Best, Husker, Con, Wright, Ruddick, Pourett, Kinross, 1 steerage, and 6 for the South.
17 – Manaia, p.s., from Wairoa. Passengers – Messrs Richardson, Parker, Eberle, Olland, Adams, Edmonds, and Rae
18 – Opotiki, schooner, from Poverty Bay
18 – Hinemoa, C.G.S.S., from Wellington. Passengers –  Hon. Dr. Pollen, Messrs Pollen and Wilson
19 -Sourthern Cross, s.s., from Poverty Bay
19 – Chandiere, barque, from London, via Nelson.
19 – Waiwera, schooner, from Mercury Bay
20 – Fernglen, ship, from London. Passengers – John and Jane Alderson, 3 children; William and Sarah Beer, 3 children; George and Adelaide Bishop, 3 children; Alice and John Brenkley, 6 children; Hugh and Rose Butler; John and Emma Cousitt, 1 child; Francis and Jane Cowan, 4 children; James and Elizabeth Dickinson; Thomas and Nellie Diver, 8 children; Patrick Diver, 4 children; Edward and Margaret Dooland, 5 children; John and Elizabeth Ewbank, 3 children; John and Emily Fever, 4 children; Richard and Alice Gannon, 5 children; Richard and Christina Harman; Henry and Emily Hopkins, 3 children; Daniel and Fanny Hammond, 1 child; William and Mary Jones, 1 child; Denis and Bridget McCarthy, 6 children; James and Maggie McLaughlin, 3 children; Richard and Elizabeth Millingten, 1 child; James and Jemima Newton; George and Sarah A. Oakenfull; Patrick and Julia O’Brien; Harriet and William Peters, 2 children; James and Rebecca Smith, 3 children; Luke and Hannah Willis; John and Honora Herlihy, William and Mary A. Mathews, George and Fanny Taylor, 2 children; Henry and Mary Thomas; George and Mary Duncan, John and Francis Theakson, Henry Stairman, 3 children; Robert Stuart, Charles Bailey, Joseph Bryan, George Burns, George W. Chipping, Robert Clarke, Thomas and Wallace Cooke, Thomas Coulson, Ellis Crossland, Patrick Crowe, Bartholomew Daley, Denis Black, Michael Dolan, John Doyle, William Eke, John Drury, John Dwyer, Walter Fisher, John and James Halpin, Alexander and Henry Harris, William Hutchinson, Thomas Lafferty, Robert Little, James and Francis McKenzie, Robert McMullen, Adam Middleton, Frederick Mills, John Morris, Edward Morrish, William Newrick, Hugh Orr, Edward Oakenfull,  Sydney Osborne, George Pick, George Pike, William Powell, Patrick Power, Michael O’Brian, James Pritchard, James Quinn, John Rochford, John Sinclair, Patrick Slattery, William and Thomas Suridge, John Jehan, Thomas Francis, Henry Imm, William Thompson, Daniel Towney, George Watkins, Gaorge Watson, William Willis, Patrick Herlihy, Robert Douglas, Michael Dunnee, James Drewett, Henry Hunter, James Kelly, Edmund Murphy, Timothy O’Connell, George Smith; Esther and Elizabeth Horsley, Anne Carroll, Catherine Cleary, Anne Collist, Alice Glashan, Mary Hendry, Catherine and Johanna Kelly, Mary Ruck, Mary Scatliff, Johanna Walsh, Catherine Wilson, Alice and Margaret Curry, Bridgett Doherty, Mary Salisbury, Mary, Anna, and Elizabeth Wrightson, Margaret Dollan, Emma Merryman, Elizabeth Stevens, Rebecca Williams, Fanny McCutchen.
20 – Pretty Jane, s.s., from Auckland, via the Coast. Passengers – Mr.Page and 2 others
20 – Enterprise, brigantine, from Wellington via the coast
20 – Rangatira, s.s., from Wellington. Passengers – Mrs Lydon and 3 children, Mrs Williams, and 3 children, Mr and Mrs Ware, Mr and Mrs R. Stuart, Mrs Mclean, Messrs Britten, Sothern, Luke, Floyd, Englehcart, and 2 in the steerage
22 – Kiwi, s.s. from Wellington via Castle Point. Passengers – Messrs Demshar, Morrison, and two in the steerage

DEPARTURES,
March.
15 – Southern Cross, s.s., for Whakaki. Passenger – Mr. Bonnifont.
16 – Manaia, p.s., for Wairoa. Passengers – Mrs. Boyd, Mrs. O’Shannassy and three children, Messrs Boyd, Greer, Thompson, and two natives.
16 – Rangatira, s.s., for Wellington.
16 – Kiwi, s.s., for Wellington via Castle Point. Passengers – Messrs Rundle, Denton, and Scott.
17 – Wanaka, s.s., for Wellington. Passengers – Rev. S. Robinson, Mrs Robinson, child, and servant, Mesdames Miller, Roberts, Jacobs, Worthington, and Northey, Messrs, Common, Blyth, McLean, Jacobs, Bain, Murray, Handam, Kennedy, and 6 original
18 – Star of the South, s.s, for Thames and Auckland. Passengers – Mrs R. Campbell, Messrs Johnson, Thomson, Stevenson.
19 – Hinemoa, C.G.S.S., for Portland Island and Poverty Bay. Passengers – Messrs Wilson and Fannin
20 – Southern Cross, s.s., for Wellington. Passenger – Mr Eberle
20 – Pretty Jane, s.s., for Poverty Bay. Passengers – Messrs Ross, Page, Flood, Poynter, Webb, and Read.
21 – Opotiki, schooner, for Poverty Bay.
21 – Spray, schooner, for Wellington.
21 – Enterprise, brigantine, for the Coast.

The s.s. Rangatira, Captain Evans, left Poverty Bay at 4 p.m. on Thursday afternoon, and arrived at the anchorage at 6 a.m. on Friday, having come under easy steam from Portland Island. Experienced a light variable fair wind on the passage down. The Rangatira brings among her passenoers [passengers] the Poverty Bay cricketers.
The s.s. Fairy returned from Gisborne via Mahia on Thursday, with a full cargo of whale oil picked up at Mahia.
The p.s. Manaia left on Friday, about 6 o’clock, for Wairoa.
The s.s. Kiwi, Captain Campbell; left Wellington last Tuesday, about 5 p.m. and brought up in Cow Bay at 6.30; in consequence of a strong S.E. gale, accompanied with heavy rain, stayed there till 4 a.m. on Wednesday; came under easy steam to Castle Point, and landed there six passengers, leaving for Napier at 9.30 a.m. on Thursday, and anchored in the Bay at midnight.
The s.s. Wanaka, Captain Malcolm, arrived here from Poverty Bay and Auckland on Saturday, at 6 a.m. She brought, as may be seen above, a goodly number of passengers.
The trial trip of the Pretty Jane after her repair was very successful, and showed the little boat’s machinery in good order. Mr Jobson, the Government inspector of machinery, Mr. W. Lodder, Captains Carey and McGillivray, and Mr. G. Fraser were among the company on board. A run was made to the reef and back, and ample opportunity was afforded for a good working trial of the engines.
The s.s. Southern Cross arrived here from Whakaki on Friday, at about 6.
The s.s. Star of the South arrived on Friday from Auckland, bringing a full general cargo. She left Auckland on the 13th, with fine weather; rounded East Cape on the 15th, wind blowing from the S.E., and arrived as above. She passed the Pretty Jane off White Island.
The s.s., Go Ahead, Captain Holmes, left Auckland on Friday at 10 a.m.; anchored in Cabbage Bay at 9 p.m.; left Cabbage Bay on Friday; arrived at Tauranga at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, and left on Wednesday at 6 p.m.; arrived in Poverty Bay on Friday; left again at 1 o’clock, and arrived here at 4 a.m. Experienced heavy S.E. gale since leaving Auckland.
The C.G.S.S. Hinemoa arrived in the Bay on Sunday afternoon. She is under the charge of Captain Bendall, late coasting pilot of the American steamers. We regret to inform our readers that Captain Fairchild is suffering from inflammation of the eyes, bought on by a cold he caught down south, when conveying the Volunteer Firing Representatives. Dr. Spencer was off to the Hinemoa on Monday to see Captain Fairchild.
The s.s Southern Cross, Captain Holmes, returned from Poverty Bay on Monday, where she had taken a load of sheep.
The s.s. Star of the South left on Sunday with a cargo of fat sheep for the Thames. It was intended to ship Mr. Watt’s two race horses. Longlands and Ariel, but for some reason they could not be got on board.
The ship Fernglen, Captain Fraser, was signalled at an early hour on Tuesday and brought up about half past ten. She was immediately tendered by the Bella, on board of which we noticed Dr. Hitchings and H.S. Tiffen Esq., who was representing Mr. Fannin, the latter being away at present, and Mr. Balharry, representing Watt Brothers, the agents of the ship. After the usual questions were asked as to the health of the passengers and satisfactory answers been received, the visitors went on board. The healthy and cleanly appearance of the passengers was the remark of all who went on board. Great credit is also due to Captain Fraser, his officers and crew, for the very creditable appearance in which the ship came into harbor [harbour]. There has been no sickness on board, and the passengers express themselves in high terms as to the treatment, received at the hands of the captain and doctor. The single girl [girls] were landed on Tuesday, and sent to the Immigrant Barracks. The remainder of the passengers were landed on Wednesday. The vessel was built in Sunderland in 1874, and is 818 tons register, owned by Mr. Porrett, of London, and chartered by the New Zealand Shipping Company.
The s.s. Southern Cross, Captain Holmes, left on Tuesday with a full load of wool and tallow, to be transhipped at Wellington to a vessel loading for home.
The brigantine Enterprise, Captain Mundle, anchored in the Bay on Tuesday. She is taking shelter here, not being able, with this wind, to do anything on the coast.
The s.s. Pretty Jane, Captain Helander, left Poverty Bay on Monday, and had strong southerly winds to contend against all the way. She has about 10 tons of cargo for here.
The schooner Waiwera is from Mercury Bay, with a cargo of sawn timber and shingles.
The C.G.S.S. Hinemoa left on Monday for Portland Island and Poverty Bay. She will return on Thursday, and leave for Wellington on Saturday.
The ships Avalanche and Ocean Mail for London, and Himalaya for Callao, succeeded in getting out this morning, with a light northerly breeze. The Avalanche, which was anchored in Worser Bay, got under weigh at 5 a.m. and was out of sight by 11. The Ocean Mail passed Halswell Point at 11 a.m., and the Himalaya half an hour later. The announcement of the arrival of the two former vessels at London will be looked forward to with a good deal of interest here as a considerable amount of betting has been indulged in. The Avalanche is undoubtedly the favorite [favourite,] and odds were freely given on her. – Post, March 16.
The s.s. Rangatira arrived in the Bay at 6.30 p.m. on Tuesday, and was tendered by the Bella, and the mails and passengers landed. She had about 60 tons of cargo.
The s.s. Pretty Jane, Capt. Helander, left for Poverty Bay and Auckland on Tuesday evening. During the time this steamer has been laid up she has undergone a thorough overhaul.
The schooner Tauranga was loading at Dunedin for Napier on Saturday last.
The schooner Opotiki, for Poverty Bay, sailed hence on Wednesday, at noon.
The brigantine Enterprise resumed her voyage along the Coast on Wednesday.
The schooner Spray, Captain Ruxtin, sailed at noon on Wednesday for Wellington.
The Omaha leaves Auckland for the Chatham Islands on the 26th instant.
The s.s.Kiwi has had a rather protracted passage from Wellington, caused by head winds in the first part of her trip.

POST OFFICE NOTICE.
MAILS CLOSE
For the United Kingdom, Continent of Europe, &c., via Suez and Brindisi, by every opportunity to Wellington, where the mails close on the 6th April.
For Fiji, Sandwich Islands, America, West Indies, United Kingdom, and Continent of Europe, via San Francisco, on Wednesday 4th April, at 7 p.m., per overland mail to Wellington.
Money orders and registered letters will close at 5 p.m. Newspapers and book packets, at 6 p.m.
Late letters for the United Kingdom, bearing a late fee of one single rate (6d), in addition to the regular postage, will be taken up to 5.30 a.m. on the 5th April.
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 [ Tahoraiti ], Woodville, Foxton, Palmerston, Wanganui, Tarankai, Wellington, and Southern Provinces, &c., Wallingford, Porangahau, Wanui [ Wainui ], and Castle Point.
On the other days of the week, mails close as usual, at 6.30 a.m.
J. GRUBB.
Chief Postmaster.

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BIRTHS.
OLLEY. – At Waipawa, on March 16th, the wife of Mr. Olley, butcher, of a daughter.
MCKENZIE. – At Port Ahuriri, on March 17th, the wife of J.A. McKenzie, of a daughter.
WHITE. – At Kaikora, on March 20, Mrs W. White, of a son.
PALLOT. – At Shakespeare Road, Napier, on the 20th March, the wife of Mr. Alfred Pallot, of a daughter.

MARRIAGES.
DONALDSON – KNOWLES. – On 17th March, at St. Peter’s Church, Wellington, by the Venerable Archdeacon Stock, James, second son of the late Thomas, Donaldson, County Down, Ireland, to Mary Ann, eldest daughter of the late Samuel Knowles, of Kent, England.
McCARTNEY – HARE. – On Sunday, the 18th instant, in St. Marks Church, West Clive, by the Rev. William Marshall, Arthur McCartney, to Annie, second daughter of John Hare Esq.

Government Notifications.
COUNTY OF WAIPAWA.
WAIPUKURAU RIDING.
I HEREBY give notice that the undermentioned Electors have been duly nominated as Candidates for the forthcoming election, viz: –
JOHNSTON, SYDNEY
RUSSELL, HENRY ROBERT
I further give notice that a poll will be taken for the election of one Councillor on TUESDAY, the 27th day of March instant, at the Schoolhouse, Waipukurau, and at the Shoolhouse Ashley, Clinton [Schoolhouse, Ashley Clinton,] and such poll will commence at 9 o’clock a.m., and close at 6 o’clock p.m.
Dated at Waipawa, this 15th day of March 1877.
HENRY ARROW,
Returning Officer
for the County of Waipawa.
N.B.-The Chairman or other proper officer of each of the undernamed Highway Districts is requested to forward to the Returning Officer forthwith a certified List of persons who are entitled for the time being to vote at a first election of a Road Board in his respective District, viz., – Waipukurau, Central Rautaniwha, and Makaretu.

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 of this date, to prove to the satisfaction of the Waste Lands Board that you have complied with the conditions required to entitle you to 60 acres of land in the Wakarara District, selected under a Military Settlers Land Order, and if you fail to prove your claim within the specified time, your title to the land will be forfeited and the land be dealt with as the Board may direct.
J.T. TYLEE,
Chief Commissioner.

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

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

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THE WEEKLY MERCURY.   9

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

IT really seems as though another bungle is going to be made in the election of a representative for the Riding of Waipukurau, in the Council of the Waipawa County. It appears as though some men cannot help falling into mistakes, and of those who thus seem incontinently to drift on the quick sands of error, the Returning Officer for the County of Waipawa we should think is one. Appended to his notice of the polling day for the Waipukurau election is a direction to the Chairmen of the several Highway Districts within the riding, “or other proper officer,” to forward to the Returning Officer forthwith, a certified list of persons who are entitled for the time being to vote at a first election of a Road Board. Apparently, the Returning Officer purposes to make use of these lists as electoral rolls for the forthcoming election, and as sure as he does so an appeal against its legality will be sustained. Nothing can be plainer than the Order in Council with respect to the filling of extraordinary vacancies, and if any stupid blunder is made in connection with the conduct of an election, by which the county suffers a loss, or even an inconvenience, we really think that the blunderer should be made to give compensation. Once more for the information of the Waipawa Returning Officer we quote from the Order in Council: –  “Until the formation and coming into force the voters’ rolls for the election of County Councils in Counties in which the whole of the said Act is in force, the persons entitled to vote at such elections in each Riding shall be those mentioned in the fifty-first section of the said Act; and all such persons qualified or entitled as in the said section mentioned shall be deemed to be county electors within each Riding for the purposes of such elections.” We now draw the attention of the Returning Officer to the 51st clause of the Counties Act, in which he will see that only persons entitled for the time being to vote at a Roard [Road] Board election, or who for the time being is entitled to vote at an election for a member of the House of Representatives shall be deemed to be county electors. There is nothing in the Act about persons entitled to vote at a first election of a Road Board, inasmuch as every house or land holder is so entitled to vote. Not so however, at a first election under the Counties Act. Districts that have no certified assessment lists must be treated as outlying districts, land or householders within which can vote at a county election provided their names are on the Electoral Roll for the House of Representatives.

THE period is drawing to a close within which registration of claims to vote can be made. The time expires on the 31st March. Those persons who have neglected to register should lose no further time before acquiring for themselves the privileges of the franchise. Registrations forms can be had gratis on application at the office of this paper, and no excuse can be offered by those who, at the end of the month, have lost the opportunity of having their names on the Electoral Roll. We thoroughly endorse the remarks of a contemporary on this subject: – “The importance of selecting the best attainable representatives should be so much a matter of concern to all intelligent persons as to require no reminder from us of the importance of the necessary steps being taken to enable every qualified person to aid in the selection. The Abolition of Provinces, and the bringing into operation of new governing machinery, has made most people painfully alive to the necessity of taking a more active part in the selection of representatives. It is beginning to be seen who it is that is paying the lion’s share of taxation. Those who have benefited most by the Vogel policy, pay least towards the enormous debt with which the Colony is now weighted. Alterations are required. The Land question is looming up, and will soon have to be grappled with in no half-hearted fashion. Men of character, as well as of ability, are needed as representatives. To secure such men must be the aim of all who wish the Colony to prosper. Each electoral district can do its share to secure men of the right sort. Each elector can aid. It is, however, necessary to take the preliminary step of securing the right to vote.”

THE revenue of the Borough of Napier, apparently, just suffices for the payment of salaries, and the tinkering of some few portions of the public streets. If anything else be wanted a special rate is demanded, and the ratepayers are beginning to be dissatisfied. At the mere mention of the streets being lighted, the Councillors were horrified that such extravagance should be required of them. It was thought that the public-houses were numerous enough to illumine the streets, and a sort of terrorism was exercised over the licence victuallers to compel them to keep a light burning in front of their doors from sunset to daybreak. Anyone traversing the streets after midnight knows how inefficiently they are lighted in that way. The lights usually exhibited in front of hotels are, as a rule, extinguished punctually at the hour when they are most needed, and from then till peep of dawn darkness reigns supreme. We do not expect that city councillors should of themselves discover the inconvenience resulting from the want of lights in the street, nor do we in the least think it just that publicans should supply at their own expense a public want that should be supplied out of the general rate levied on the inhabitants. But if councillors are not in the habit of stumbling over newly laid metal at hours when married men are safe in the bosoms of their families, it is reasonable to suppose that they remember the days prior to entering into the holy bonds of wedlock, and that some amongst them may have embraced a lamp-post, and blessed it, in the time of their youth. Without feeling called upon to advocate the erection of street gas-lamps for the benefit of the inebriated, we know that we express the wishes of a very considerably number of respectable ratepayers in saying that the lighting of the streets is a necessity, and that it should certainly be done before the winter.

THE meaning of the word “County business” will soon be as difficult a question to solve as the meaning of the word “traveller.” County Councillors are to be provided with free passages on the railway when travelling on County business, and of course they will never travel for the future on any other errand. But who is to see that the generosity of the Government is not imposed upon? Can the member of Blank come into town by train to attend a sale, and buy a silk dress for his wife, and call it County business? Would he have to tell the Guard that he came to Napier to see the Chairman? Would the contrary magisterial decisions of the word “traveller” have any weight in deciding as to what is, and what is not County business? A traveller, everybody now knows, is not a traveller when he travels three miles on a Sunday to get a pint of beer, the liquor being the object of his journey. But a traveller is a traveller if, having walked three miles on a Sunday for recreation or other healthful purpose, feeling athirst [a thirst] he demands and pays for a pint of beer. County Councillors had better beware; in the freedom of their privilege there is danger. They may some day find themselves liable to a charge of travelling under false pretences! A Councillor may come into town to attend a Council sitting, for that is County business, but can returning to his home from the meeting come under that meaning?

MR. EMMET, the “world-renowned German dramatist,” and Mr De Lias, the no less celebrated lessee of the Emmet troupe it seems have entered an action against the owners of the Jane Douglas steamer. Mr Emmet, after leaving Napier proceeded to Poverty Bay, and was intending to go to San Francisco in the “President’s cabin” of the mail steamer City of New York. The Jane Douglas did not reach Auckland soon enough. The President’s cabin mourned the loss of a talented occupier. In valn [vain] did the steward shriek out, “Schneider, where you was?” There was no Schneider for him that voyage. His soul was not to be cheered by the soothing strain of ”Aye oh! People I know.” Sausages were not to be twirled around the President’s cabin. Mr Emmet was left behind. Hence the action.

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THE Waipawa County Councillors are unmindful apparently of the fast days and festivals of the Church. They live in the country, and some people who have few opportunities of hearing sermons, can only remember Christmas Day by its plum-pudding, and Good Friday by its hot-cross buns. But the geuuine [genuine] cross-bun is not always to be found on a sheep station, so, in the absence of long prayers and hot buns, the Councillors of Waipawa may be forgiven for appointing Good Friday, the 30th instant, as their next sitting day.

THE ST. PATRICKS DAY DINNER OF THE HIBERNIAN SOCIETY.
THE St. Patricks Day Dinner of the Hibernian and Australasian Catholic Benefit Society took place on Tuesday, in the Catholic Schoolroom, Shakespeare Road. The dinner, which was excellent in every respect, was provided by Mr J.T. Johnson. The table was laid with care and taste; and this, combined with members in their regalia, and last but not least, the presence of ladies in the gallery, gave the dinner a most picturesque appearance. About eighty persons where present. The chair was taken by Mr. Bowerman, the President of the Society, who, throughout the evening, ably performed his arduous duties, and who was supported by the Rev. Father Kerrigan, (the Very Rev. Father Forest being through ill-health unable to be present), Mr J.A. Reardon, (Past President), Mr W. Reardon, Mr Lee, Mr Barry, Mr Mahony, Mr St. Clair, Mr T. Connor, and other prominent members of the society. Mr Sheehan, M.H.R., Mr James Neagle, and other persons were also present. After dinner the toast of “His Holiness the Pope” was given and suitably received, Mr Lee singing an appropriate Catholic song. The toast of “The Queen” was given and received with the loyalty proverbial in Hibernian circles, Mr R. Winter singing the first verse of the National Anthem. To the toast of “The Bishop and Clergy” the Rev Father Kerrigan responded in an eloquent and interesting speech. On behalf of the Society a short but telling response by given by the Chairman, and Mr Sheehan gave one of his practical and sensible speeches, on behalf of the Legislature, especially referring to the Friendly Societies Bill. We need hardly say that he was greatly applauded. Subsequent speeches were delivered by Mr J.A. Reardon, Mr Lee, Mr Barry, and Mr R. Winter who humorously responded for “The Ladies,” and was applauded accordingly. During the evening many songs were given, and, whilst wishing to avoid invidious criticism, we may particularise those of Mr Joseph Parker’s as being thoroughly good and most appropriate. A goodly number of ladies were present in the gallery, and we hope the spectable [spectacle] presented to them was found amusing. A tribute of thanks is deserving to Mrs St. Clair and Miss A. Readon who officiated at the piano, and Mr Shanley who gave a violin solo with good effect. We will conclude our account of this dinner, which was excellently conducted in every respect, by saying that the toast of “The Press” was duly acknowledged by a representative of the DAILY TELEGRAPH.

INQUEST.
The following is the evidence taken at the inquest held at Mr. Harmer’s Hotel, Wairoa, on the body of a man unknown, but which at the time was supposed to be Gregson, who was drown at Port Ahuriri.
Edward Beatie, sworn, stated: Before daylight this morning I went down to the mouth of the Wairoa River, and walked along the beach towards the Whakamhi Station, and saw the body of deceased lying on the sand at highwater mark. I returned to get assistance to move the body out of reach of the sea. We moved the body, and then came and reported the circumstance to the Constable on duty.
Constable Robert Alcorn, sworn, stated: Between the hours of ten and eleven a.m. this day, a native came to me and reported that there was a body of a European on the beach. After reporting the circumstance to Sergeant Carr, I proceeded at once to the beach with the native and saw the body of a European on the beach, he had no clothing of any description on. I consider that he was a man of about 5 feet 5 inches in height, and from 30 to 40 years of age. He had very small feet. He had no hair on any part of his body. He was I consider of very dark complexion, he had lost several of the front teeth.
F.C. Smith, sworn, stated: I rode to the heads this morning, while there we saw the pilot, he said there was a dead body on the beach, I went down to see it. I examined the body carefully, it appeared to be that of a white man, the upper part of the face was decomposed. On the chest and lower part of the chin the dark hair was quite visible, also the back part of his head, the hair was very short. The body was very much decomposed. I measured him as about 5 feet 6 inches or 5 feet 8 inches in height. I saw no rings on his fingers or marks on his arms. I could form no idea of his age. He had lost some of his teeth, the rest were loose and some dark colored [coloured]. I examined his skull, it was not fractured, the scalp was loose and turned back. His features were so far gone, it was impossible for any one to identify the body.

SOUTH AUSTRALIA.
South Australia does not appear from the following letter to be a land overflowing with “milk and honey.” The letter which we publish below is from a South Australian squatter to a gentleman, who has recently arrived from that colony in Napier, with the object of making New Zealand his home. His friend writes:-
“Manoora, February 22, 1877.
“Dear —-, In my opinion, whatever the change may be in your leaving South Australia, it must be for the better, for a more howling, God-forsaken place than South Australia just now would be hard to find. I have just returned from Tasmania, so this place looks worse to me than if I had never been away. I have fully made up my mind to follow your example and go to some other country where life is bearable, which is more than it is here. To describe the appearance of the place just now would puzzle anyone, unless they said it has the appearance of a desert! One bushel to the acre appears to be about the average crop of wheat; stock driving; no sale for anything; hundreds out of employment; works at a standstill; altogether this land, between the rains and droughts, has come to a pretty pass; the only one thing that will save a universal smash is a good season, but that will only stave off the evil day. I am more than ever convinced that South Australia has nothing to fall back upon, so whatever trials and troubles you may have at first, I am certain that you have acted with sound judgment in “cutting the a n ter [?].” From what I saw in Tasmania and the western districts of Victoria, that here we have no chance in the race at all. I dare say that New Zealand will have some hard struggles, but with its advantages it is bound to win. Good land is the sine qua non-the head and front, top and bottom of the success of every country on the globe.”

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RESIDENT MAGISTRATE’S COURT

TUESDAY, MARCH 20.
(Before R. Beetham, Esq., R.M.)
The following is the evidence of Messrs Fuzzard and Walsh in the robbery case: –
George William Fuzzard deposed: I reside in Hastings-street. The prisoner has been in my store off and on for about three weeks buying furniture, he paid me in cash for some of them, he was in my debt about a month ago for about £3 16- I bought nothing from him, except 4lbs of tobacco, 1 box of cigars, and some knives, he asked me 9d a piece for the knives, and I told him to call in again and I would settle with him, I saw Mr Scott while I was smoking a cigar. I am not sure if I told Mr Scott I had bought a box of cigars or I was going to buy one. I had not then bought it. Mr McEachen asked 6s per box for cigars. I said that is an awful price, he said no, they are worth 3d a piece, he had nothing when coming from dinner, but when he came again, he brought them from his house, I sold none of the tobacco, the parcel is in the same condition now as when I got it. It never struck me as peculiar that I should be 4lb 3ozs of the tobacco from the; prisoner he had bought and paid me £2 16s in cash before the tobacco transaction commenced. I had no suspicion at that time that anything was wrong. I took him in my back room on Tuesday night, but it was only to give him back tobacco that was no use to me. I am not sure it was Tuesday, but it was some evening last week.
Cross-examined by prisoner: Did I not always go out the front door? – Yes.
Robert Walsh deposed: I am a barber residing in Hastings-street, know the prisoner, saw Mr Hooper at my shop on Wednesday night, we were speaking on business, about trade. I showed some tobacco to Mr Hooper, I told him I was offering it for 5s. Mr Hooper asked me where I got it. I told him from a man, he knew very well, there was no refusal to tell the man’s name. Mr Hooper then went away in a great passion saying that I had his stolen property, and that he would take it away, and I said he could do so. On the next day I gave up 3 razors, a quantity of tobacco, combs, cigars, &c., that I bought from the prisoner, I gave him £3 11s for these things; I gave him 30s for the razors, 10s for the Swiss cigars, and 15s for the Savolonnas. I paid him cash. On Tuesday, 7th March, the prisoner told me he could supply me with pocket-book, meerschaum pipes, &c., &c. I told him I should like some hair. [,] but I have no idea as to what hair is worth, I had a little experience at home and think it is worth 30s an oz. Some days ago I went to Mr Hooper’s to purchase a pair of plum scissors. Mr Hooper looked and found a pair was missing, he called McEachen and asked where was the pair that should be there, the prisoner said Mrs Hastie had sold them. I afterwards bought a pair of the same description of scissors from the prisoner for 6s and 8d, but only paid him 5s for them. I knew the scissors could not be obtained at any place else but at Hooper’s.
Cross-examined by prisoner: When I sold you that pair did I not tell you you were to return a pair like them to me? You did. You told me I was not to mention my dealings with you to Hooper.

THURSDAY, MARCH 22.
(Before J.A. Smith, Esq., J.P., and Edward Lyndon, Esq., J.P.)

DRUNKENNESS.
Ann Searles re-appeared on a charge of drunkenness, and was mulcted in the minimum penalty of five schillings.

ASSAULTING A BOY.
Harry Harrison, of Taradale, was charged, on the information of Constable Coghlan, with having, at Taradale, on the 18th instant, unlawfully assaulted and beaten one Thomas Butler, a boy of about eleven years of age. The evidence of several witnesses was taken, from which it had appeared the defendant had warned persons of trespassing on his property. The complainant attempted to drive cattle across, and being remonstrated with, disputed the right of the defendant to stop him, whereupon Harrison struck the lad several times. He was convicted, and ordered to pay a fine of 20s, with costs and expenses, £2 13s, or in default of payment, 14 days imprisonment. The fine and costs were paid.

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THE WEEKLY MERCURY.   11

TO THE ELECTORS OF THE WAIPUKURAU RIDING.
GENTLEMEN – The decision on my petition against the return of Mr Johnson, declares the election to be null and void, and I have to announce my intention of again coming forward as a Candidate.
In my former address I thus briefly stated my views as to the Counties Act, and the important subject of taxation.
“Should you do me the honour of returning me you may rely on my actively and faithfully attending to your interests, and I shall do my best to assist in bringing the new Institutions into beneficial working order.
“On the subject of taxation, I am favorable to the imposition of such rates as may be found desirable or necessary for the improvement of the District; and I shall not be found on the side of those large Land Owners who jealousy oppose any considerable tax on property.”
These opinions are not only unchanged but are more confirmed by the fact that all the large Landholders in the Riding combined, and used every possible means to defeat my election.
Although personally I shall have to bear a very considerable amount of rating, should I succeed in persuading the County Council to adopt my views if you entrust your interests in my hands, you may rely on my unflinching advocacy of this principle, that a liberal rate should be levied throughout the County and expended in giving to the whole District the benefit of good roads and bridges as rapidly as may be consistent with the necessity of careful surveys and estimates with a watchful superintendence of the works undertaken – important safeguards against ill-advised extravagant expenditure, which have hitherto been too much overlooked throughout the province.
More especially it will be my endeavour to force a liberal and generous assistance to those outlying settlements which have been so much neglected, to the serious discouragement of those struggling small settlers on the outskirts of the Riding. I should be anxious to afford them all the means of convenient access, both to the railway and main lines of road, and it appears to me simply a matter of common justice that these properties which now enjoy the great advantage of good roads, and the railway, without having had to contribute to their construction, should now be taxed to assist their less fortunate neighbours in a participation of those benefits.
I am Gentlemen,
Your Obedient Servant,
H.R. RUSSELL.

NEW BOOKS AND NEW SUPPLIES OF STANDARD WORKS AT
COLLEDGE AND CRAIG’S
HASTINGS-STREET.
Family Reader, new Vol.
Whitaker Almanac, 1877
Cornhill Magazine, Vol.34
The Prime Minister, by A. Trollope
Pausanias the Spartan, by Lord Lytton
Miss Sewell’s Works
Day of Rest, new Vol.
The Boys’ and Girls’ Annual
Old New Zealand, by a Pakeha Maori
Cassell’s Popular Educator
Book of Sctotish [Scottish] Story
Childrens Picture Books, in great variety
Graham’s Domestic Medicine
Youatt on Sheep and Cattle
Manchester Science Lectures
Loan, by Rhoda Broughten
Life of General Lee
Kennedy’s Colonial Travels
Lord Brougham’s Works
Ouida’s in a Winter City

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 1rood, 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.

WANTED KNOWN – The next quarter of the WEEKLY MERCURY commences on the First Saturday of April. The first chapter of “Lady Trevor’s Secret” will appear.

WANTED KNOWN. – That Lady Trevor’s Secret will appear in the WEEKLY MURCURY of the 7th of April.

WANTED KNOWN – That in all Orders for GENERAL PRINTING executed at the DAILY TELEGRAPH Office, FULL NUMBERS are guaranteed.

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WASTE LANDS BOARD.
THURSDAY, MARCH, 15.
THE usual fortnightly meeting was held as above. Present-The Commissioner of Crown Lands, and Messrs Tiffen, Kennedy and Lambert.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.
The consideration of certain applications for land in the Mohaka District was postponed till a survey of the whole block had been made, and it was resolved that immediate instructions should be given for the purpose.
An application by Messrs R.H. Rhodes and Co for 1080 acres of rural land on their run in the Patoka District was considered and accepted.
An application from S. Hutching and others to be allowed to take up, under deferred payments, some land at Woodville adjoining their own properties was considered, but not entertained.
An application from Ferdinand Pallesen to transfer his licence to occupy 50 acres at Makaretu to Rasmus Rasmussen was approved, and a similar application by Edward Hasselbach to transfer his interest in 100 acres in the same block to Benjamin Baker was also approved.
The Board considered the amended conditions under which special settlements are to be made, as submitted by the Secretary for Crown Lands, and approved them after making a few additions, and then rose.

DISTRICT PRIZE FIRING.
THE firing for the district prizes came off on Friday, at the Tutaekuri Range. The morning was beautifully fine, there being but a light wind. The scores, however, were not very brilliant, which can only be accounted for, we presume, by the indifference prevailing in regard to practice. There were five prizes viz., 1st prize, £2; 2nd, £1.10s; 3rd, £1; 4th, 15s; 5th, 15s Fourteen gunners contested, the prize-takers being those named below:
200 yds   250 yds   300 yds   400 yds   Total
Gunner Ross   24   21   19   15   79
Corporal Gilberd   17   19   18   18   72
Gunner Kennedy   18   20   22   11   71
Gunner Moore   20   16   17   15   68
Gunner Dransfield   19   17   10   20   66

PRESENTATION TO THE REV. S. ROBINSON.
ON the eve of his departure to Europe, the Rev. S. Robinson was invited to meet a number of the parishioners of St. John’s, in the Council Chamber, last night. J. Rhodes Esq. was voted to the chair, and on the conclusion of a most appropriate and feeling speech, read the following address: –
Napier, Hawke’s Bay,
New Zealand, March 16, 1877.
TO THE REV. SAMUEL ROBINSON, B.A., Napier.
REV. AND DEAR SIR, – Permit us, on the eve of your departure from Napier, to offer you our expression of regret that the connection which has existed between you and the Parish of St. John the Evangelist is about to be severed.
We need not advert to the special cause which has rendered your stay amongst us impossible, but we may say that in all your persecutions and trials,-troubles which came from a source whence you ought to have received only kindness and assistance-you have ever had the good feeling and sympathy of the vast majority of the parishioners.
Your residence in Napier has been brief, but it has been sufficiently long for you to win the respect and esteem of everyone with whom you have made acquaintance, and in leaving us now we beg you to believe that you carry with you the regrets and the affectionate remembrance of your former congregation; and that wherever your lot may be cast, Mrs Robinson and yourself will ever have our earnest wishes and prayers for your prosperity.
Herewith we have much pleasure in handing you a purse of two hundred and seven sovereigns as a substantial token of our regard for your services, and to meet the expense attendant on your voyage to Europe.
On behalf of the Parishioners,
We beg to subscribe ourselves
Yours most faithfully,
J.M. TABUTEAU }
W.I. SPENCER }   Church Wardens.
JOSEPH RHODES }
J.B. FIELDER } Members of Church Building Committee.
F. TUXFORD }
Mr. Fielder then presented the address and the purse of sovereigns to the rev. [Rev.] gentleman who replied in suitable terms, expressing his thanks for the testimonial, and for the kindly support and sympathy he had received during the trials and troubles through which he had passed during his time here.

ROWING NOTES.
(BY CHARON.)
As the Regatta day is now drawing near, I think a few words as to the crews likely to compete will not be out of place. I am sorry to hear that only three boats will start, namely, Union R.C., Napier R.C., and Ahuriri R.C., the Wairoa boat will not, I understand, put in an appearance at this regatta; it is a pity, as their boat is the only one in the province with sliding seats. For the representative pairs, I hear the Napier R.C. and the Union R.C. are the only entries; the same clubs enter also for the senior pairs. For the senior carvel gig race the Union R.C., the Napier R.C., and probably the Ahuriri R.C., and the Telegraph R.C. The last named-club just started, consisting of members of the Electric Telegraph staff, have just received from Greenland, of Melbourne, a splendid clinker gig, built, I should say, more particularly for racing, which they will enter for the senior and junior clinker race; the Napier R.C. do not, I understand, intend entering their heavy clinkers, so that the Union R C. will now have opponents as well found as themselves. I think I have now named the probable entries for the principal events, and should the weather prove fine, the spectators who are willing to cross the water and look on (I fear they will be few,) will, I think, see some good sport. As I understand the crews are now all in regular practice, I hope shortly to get a look at them, and will then give you a few words as to the style, &c.,

WAIROA COUNTY COUNCIL.
AN adjourned meeting was held on the 15th of the Wairoa County Council.
Present: Crs. Burton (Chairman), Cable, Flint, Parker, and Smyth, [.]
The following correspondence was laid before the Council: – (1.) From Inspector Scully giving details of metal badges for dog licences, and specifying where same could be procured, price, &c.; (2.) From Mr. Tabuteau stating that fees for dog licenses do not come within his collections; (3.) From the Secretary of Treasury stating that subsidy would be paid on the amount of rates collected in the County up to 31st March; (4.) From Mr Weber, late provincial engineer, in answer to several questions from the Chairman; (5.) From Cr. McKinnon drawing attention to the state of Empio and Waikare ferries, and the danger attending their neglect.
On the proposition of Cr Parker, the correspondence as read be received. Carried.
On the proposition of Cr. Parker, seconded by Cr. Cable, it was resolved that Cr. McKinnon be written to, informing him that his letter was laid before the Council, and contents voted.
The Chairman then stated to the Council that as he was continually in receipt of complaints from the travelling public at the state of the road from the ferry to the Awatere, and the danger of crossing the Awatere Creek itself, he had a temporary bridge placed across that creek where the new road debouches on it. He then asked Mr. Ormond, through whose property the new road ran, per permission to open that new road. He could not get permission, on grounds which he could not understand. He telegraphed to Mr. Bold for instructions. Mr Bold referred him back to Mr Ormond; there the matter stood. The Government had constructed that road at great expense; and there was no other thoroughfare, and the public were not allowed to use it. The Council had gone to the expense of putting a bridge over the creek, and it was also useless.
Cr Cable said it was a scandalous thing. Here was a road, the construction of which was very much urged at first, now, directly it was finished, directly the drains were completed and the road was a boon, every difficulty seemed to be thrown in the way of the Council to open it. What that road cost would never be known. An army had been at work on it for twelve months. Now, when the public wished to reap some benefit from it, they could not. He moved – “That provided the new road leading from the Kapu Road to the Awatere be not thrown open to the public in 14 days time, that the new bridge be taken down, and the timber stacked, as it is no use now, and might only be carried away by a freshet.”
Cr Smyth coincided with both the Chairman and the last speaker, and begged to second Cr Cable’s motion. He considered it a most extraordinary thing that such could not be opened. Making that road had caused bad feeling in the district, and had alienated the feelings of the Turiroa people. The Turiroa Road would have been of more use to the County than that, and yet now that it was finished it was only lying idle.
Motion carried; and the meeting then closed.

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HAWKE’S BAY COUNTY COUNCIL MAPS.
A case is now pending between a Mr. A. Koch (well known in Napier) and Mr. R. Burrett, Bookseller, &c., of Wellington. Mr. Koch claims from Mr. Burrett the sum of £60 for the preparation of maps of this district, which Mr. Burrett disputes. The following evidence of Mr. Burrett taken in Auckland will prove interesting to many residents here:-
Robert Burrett deposed that he had been a stationer and bookseller at Wellington, and plaintiff was a draughtsman in the Public Works Department, and requested him to do a map of Hawke’s Bay. He asked the size of the map, and when he was told of the size he said he had neither a press nor a stone large enough. He wished him to get it done for him in Melbourne. To which he consented. He asked about payment, as it was an expensive and riskey [risky] job. He said he could get a guarantee for £250 from the Provincial and £25 from the General Governments, and £25 from another source. We went into figures and he saw that the map would pay. He said you will have to do the work, find the money, and deliver the maps. The profits were, by agreement, to be divided. The map had been previously published by plaintiff without the additions which he agreed to make. He was charged £60 for the compilation of the original map of the province of the district of Hawke’s Bay, but which was but a second edition and to which he did not agree. The only payment that he agreed to make was the amount to Mr. Daws for making the additions. The publication of the map and disposal of the same, cost about £300. The charge of £60 was without foundation, and he had no idea the charge would be made until Tuesday last. Messrs. Dinwiddie and Morison, of Napier, sold a number of the maps for which they charged 25 per cent. He advanced to plaintiff sums of money, about £70, before there was any return from the sale of maps.

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MERINO SHEEP.
THE importation into Hawke’s Bay of merino sheep from Canterbury shows very conclusively how great has been the change effected within the last few years in the quality of the pasture in this province. The fact that the Hon. Mr Peters had to go to the Middle Island to find sufficient number of merinos to stock his run at Whakaki, proves better than anything else can do the almost complete usurpation of the longwool breeds in Hawke’s Bay. Strong healthy merinos in any number are not to be had here; a good deal of new country has been taken up lately on the East Coast, and the demand for this hardy breed has outstripped the supply. On very few of the older stocked runs are merinos to be found, in fact, we believe we are correct in saying, there are only four merino flocks in this province. With the disappearance of fern, the merino has given place to the more profitable Lincoln and Leicester breeds, and the progress of improvement made in the country may almost be measured by yearly difference in the relative proportions long and short wools bear to the total export of our staple produce. As long, however, there is rough country to be occupied, there will be a demand for merinos. It has been found that if slightly crossed with the longwool, the merino is not nearly so well adapted for rough grazing as when the breed is pure, and it is owing to the difficulty of finding a flock in which there has been no admixture of Lincoln or Leicester blood that compels Mr Peters to import from Canterbury. When long-wools first came into fashion in this province, very many settlers, whose runs were but ill adapted for carrying the heavy breeds, crossed their merino flocks with the Leicester or Lincoln, and then discovering their mistake, were compelled to try back. The result of the experiment was that few flocks could be classed as anything better than mongrels, and that at a time too when the wool market was depressed. The commercial depression added to a grave error in breeding, proved disastrous to many. With brighter prospects came an influx of capitalists, and then rapid improvements were made. The runs were enclosed, subdivided, and laid down in English grass. The merino were no longer wanted to push its way through fern to get a precarious living, and the flocks were again crossed, but this time with the best strains of the long-woolled breeds. No mistake was now made. The cross was continued systematically, and the merino disappeared.

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THE WANANGA.
Who robbed the Maoris of their tribal estates? is a question the Wananga does not hesitate to answer in its own fashion on every possible occasion. That journal, written in the interests of a few individuals, is by the most unblushing assertions courting the support of a people for whose real welfare, for whose real advancement it cares not one brass farthing. The article, in Saturdays Wananga appeals to one of the worst fashions of the native race – revenge – utu. It endeavours to instil into their minds a belief that in the past they have been cajolled into the indulgence of European luxuries with the base object of so encompassing them into the toils of debt as to force them to sell their lands for a “bag or two of rice, a little flour, and a great deal of grog.” No mention is made of any particular tribe, or of any particular block of land, that has been subjected to this treatment, but it is broadly stated that all the natives have been so treated, and all lands so alienated in Hawke’s Bay. On a half civilised man the effects of such an assertion is anger, and anger in a half tamed-savage is often followed by bloodshed. Touching the mortgages the natives often gave over their lands to obtain means of excessive indulgence in costly luxuries, the Wananga says, “upon these mortgages the brand of fraud is written as plainly as God’s mark on the brown of Cain.” We unhesitatingly reply as such a statement is as false as that which cut short the lives of Ananias and Saphira. The Wananga knows as well as we do who it was who “robbed’ the natives of their ancestral estates. But that journal dare not tell the truth. Nevertheless the truth will one day out. The Maori people are not to be robbed of their lands by their own chiefs and then deluded forever into the belief that it was the Pakeha who cheated them. What is the policy of the Wananga? Is it not to support the action of the native chiefs in the wholesale spoliation of the people whom they were bound to protect? If thousands of acres passed from the Maoris to the Pakehas for a keg or rum, who drunk it? If land was mortgaged for a buggy, who drove it? If the common people wanted rum – and they wanted it whenever they had a shilling – they had to work as shearers for the Pakeha, and they honestly earned the money before they spent it. Not so the chiefs. If they wanted to imitate the worst vices of the white man, they would mortgage, lease, or sell, the lands of the people. And now where is all this money going that has been already paid, or that is in prospect of being paid? Is it going to the chiefs to furnish them with further means of debauchery, or is it going to compensate the people for the robbery the trustees committed in the disposal of the tribal lands.

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RESIDENT MAGISTRATE’S COURT

FRIDAY, MARCH 16.
(Before J. Kennedy Esq., J.P.)
AN OLD INEBRIATE.
James Griffin, an old toper, was brought up this morning charged with drunkenness. He denied the charge. Constable Strudwick stated that about a quarter to one this morning, when on duty, a workman in the employ of Mr Hayden, carrier, came up and informed him that there was drunken man on Mr Hayden’s premises. On proceeding to the place he found that they had bound Griffen to the fence but he had managed to get loose. Mr John Hayden gave him in custody, and promised to appear against him on a charge of being illegally on his premises, but failed to put in an appearance. Griffen was just out of prison, and was a most excitable man when in a state of intoxication.
The bench, after warning the prisoner, permitted him to go free.

ROBBERY.
Archibald McEachen was then placed in the dock charged with robbery from the premises of Mr Stephen Hooper, hairdresser, &c. The information ran as follows:-That Archibald McEachen on or about the 14th of March did feloniously steal and take away three meerschaum pipes, 350 cigars, one pair of scissors, three dozen bottles of perfumery, and a quantity of human hair to the value of £30, of the goods and chattels of Stephen Hooper.
Mr Cornford, who appeared on behalf of the prosecution, applied for a remand of the case until Tuesday next on the ground that things were continually coming to light showing that other goods had been stolen, and further evidence was required than now in his possession.
Mr Rees, who appeared for the prisoner, made no objection to Mr Cornford’s request, and the case was therefore postponed until Tuesday next.
This concluded the business before the court.

MONDAY, MARCH 19.
(Before Edward Lyndon, Esq., J.P.)
DRUNKENNESS.
James Griffen was again brought before the Court, charged with drunkenness. He begged hard to be “let go this time,” and he would clear out for Wanganui, and never show up in Napier any more. He was discharged with a caution, and lost no time in leaving the precicnts [precincts] of the court.

ASSAULTING AND THREATENING.
John Scott, of Port Ahuriri, a cook, was charged with assaulting and using threatening language towards one Jane Watson, housekeeper at Mr Willis’s Hotel, and the complainant prayed that the defendant might be bound over to keep the peace.
The evidence went to show that Scott had used threats towards the complainant, and at the same time had raised a knife towards her saying, among other words, “I will – well mark you.”
Defendant made a rambling sort of statement about making rice pudding with salt butter, cleaning saucepans, making arrowroot, and such other nonsense, and endeavoured to impress the Bench that he was very much illused man, but could not upset the evidence as to the assault and threats.
He was ordered to find sureties to keep the peace three months, himself in £25, and one surety of the same amount. He entered into the required recognizance.

TUESDAY, MARCH 20.
(Before R. Beetham Esq., R.M.)
BREACH OF MERCHANT SHIPPING ACT.
Captain Rush, of the clipper vessel Mary Ann Hudson, appeared in answer to a charge made by the Collector of Customs for a breach of the Merchant Shipping Act in carrying passengers, he (the captain) not having a masters certificate.
In reply to the Bench, Mr. Tabuteau stated that he believe the defendant had acted an [in] ignorance, and therefore were a nominal fee inflicted, his (Mr T,s) [T’s] object would be served.
Captain Rush pleaded guilty to the offence, and the Bench fined him 1s and costs 6s 6d.

WHOLESALE ROBBING.
Archibald McEachen was then charged with having stolen certain articles, the property of Stephen Hooper, his employer.
Mr Cornford, after stating the case to the Court, called ,
Stephen Hooper deposed that he was a tobacconist and a hairdresser, and knew the prisoner since the middle of January last, and had him in his employment as hairdresser. He was not a salesman in the shop. From the first week the prisoner was in his employ, he missed certain articles, and often asked where they had gone, and asked the prisoner regarding what was missed. He always said he knew nothing about them. The first articles he missed was tobacco of the Challenge brand; also, human hair, hair, brushes, pearl cream, puff boxes, pocket books, purses, razors, scissors, a large quantity of cigars, 3 bundles of cigars, 8 or 9 other boxes of other cigars, Sevelano cigars, 1 box Queen’s cigars, tobacco, Enchanter, Challenge, Sunny South, Barrett’s, Crown, Venus, Twist, Chalon’s Twist, and Waterlily brands, a quantity of meerschaum pipes of four or five different patterns, a fancy knot pipe, and a quantity of other articles. The tobaccos he had mentioned being fancy tobaccos, he could easily identify them. He knew the stocks of other dealers in town. The only dealer in town who had any of the brands mentioned was Messrs Stuart and Co., who had the Waterlily. The other tobaccos had mostly been imported by him. He knew Mr Scott, and saw him on Tnesday [Tuesday night]. He came to see me. Mr Scott asked him whether he had any suspicions he was being robbed by anybody. He replied he had, and asked Mr Scott why the question. He told him he did not wish to accuse any honest man, but he believed his man was robbing him. He said he saw him going into Mr Fuzzard’s, and not return by the front door; that Mr Fuzzard had cigars for sale, and he believed they were his property. Mr Scott also asked him if he had missed property, and he replied “Yes.” They then agreed to devise a plan on the following morning to catch the thief. On the Wednesday he went up to Mr Scott’s shop, to see some goods that he had purchased. He showed him some property consisting of some tobacco, pipes, &c. The package, No 1 (produced) is part of the property recognised by me as mine. No 2. packet (produced) consisting of pipes, cigars, scent, &c., he also identified. The popes were marked with his own figures. He also recognised package No 5 (produced) consisting of 4lb cakes of Barrett’s Crown at Mr Scott’s. These articles were not sold to him by Mr Scott. The witness then stated that the tobaccos were all 6s per lb, except which the Enchantress, which was 7s. He estimated the value of the three pipes at £2 10s, and the three boxes of scent at 24s; Queen’s cigars at 15s; and the Swiss at 25s. The same evening he saw the goods exposed for sale in Mr Walsh’s window, which he identified as belonging to him, consisting of Barrett’s Crown tobacco. He went into the shop, and Mr Walsh asked him what price he sold it at. He replied 6s, and Walsh told him he was selling it for 5s. He remarked he was selling it very cheap, and asked where it was bought. Walsh laughed and said it was someone he knew very well, but would not give his name. He (the witness) then identified a pair of scissors, and told Mr Walsh that he had bought the goods from his assistant. Mr Walsh then admitted that he had. He (the witness) then called in Mr Gillespie as a witness. [,] and told Mr Walsh it was stolen property and cautioned his against selling it. Next morning, in company with the Inspector of Police, he went to Mr Walsh’s and recognised other goods belonging to him (produced) six razors, valued at 50s, and other articles which the witness enumerated, the total value being about £8 9s. Mr Walsh told me the prices he had given for the goods, and gave me a paper over the counter with them. The tobacco Mr Walsh gave 3s 6d per lb. for was worth from 4s 6d to 5s 6d. Walsh said he gave either 10s or 15s for 250 Swiss cigars. The cigars are worth £1 at cost price. The scissors are of a peculiar make, as he specially imported three pair for his own use. Mr Walsh came to him (witness) about a fortnight ago to purchase a pair of Plum scissors. A day or two previous to Mr Walsh coming to purchase, he had taken two pair into use, leaving one pair. When Walsh came into purchase he found the pair left missing. He asked the prisoner if he knew anything about them. He said, “No.” He told him sometime afterwards Mrs Hastie had sold them to some red-whiskered man for 7s 6d. When he went into Mr Walsh’s shop, he recognised the scissors, and asked when he purchased them. He said two days after he had been at his shop for them. He told him he had given 5s for them. He then went to Mr Fuzzard’s shop, which is next door to Mr Scott’s, accompanied by the Inspector of Police. He there found 6 Pampa knives, and also other articles which he recognised as his property. The packet of knives (produced) where kept in a case in his shop. The box of cigars and also tobacco (produced) were also my property. Mr Fuzzard first told me the goods were left there for approbation, but afterwards said that the prisoner owed him money, and they were to have a settling up that week. He said he was to give 3s 9d per lb. for the tobacco. The worth of it wholesale is from 4s 6d. to 4s. 9d. We then went to Mrs Limbrick’s. Mrs Limbrick stated she had purchased £2 2s 2d worth of tobacco from the prisoner, and he (the witness) identified the tobacco as a proportion of what he lost. He then caused the prisoner to be arrested in his shop. He then got a search warrant, and went to the prisoner’s house, in company with the Police Inspector. He found there two pairs of scissors, and other articles (produced) which he identified as his property. He recognised package 11, consisting of two boxes of cigars, which were brought to him by the Inspector of Police. He also identified No. 8 as Challenge Twist Tobacco. This he got from the Inspector of Police, who got it from Mr Neal, hairdresser, of Emerson Street. Twenty pounds of tobacco marked B 263 (produced) was also obtained by Mr Scully from the same place. It did weigh 22½ lbs, but now only weighs, 20, lbs. It is worth from 4s 4d to 4s 6d per lb. Parcel No. 10 (produced) consisting of tobacco he also identified. This was also brought by Mr Scully. The Inspector also brought him a razor (No 12) which he also identified. The goods in No. 9 package (produced) he also identified at [as] his. These goods were also brought by Inspector Scully and he valued them at £2 12s. Package No. 13 (produced) he (the witness) could identify. They were brought him by Constable Motley. The package consisted of playing cards, perfumery, meerschaum and other pipes, cigar cases, 20 silver ferules, amber mouth-pieces, pocket books, &c  (This last package was found under Constable Motley’s house, who lives next door to the prisoner.)
By prisoner: the Plum scissors cannot be obtained in Napier, but might be in Christchurch.
[The Court, at one o’clock then adjourned for three-quarters of an hour.]
On the Court resuming, Mr Hooper further stated that none of the goods were sold by himself, or any other person to his knowledge.
James Robert Scott, being sworn, corroborated the previous witness’ evidence as to the first interview on the subject, which took place between himself and Mr Hooper. Why he suspected the prisoner was because his lad had told him Mr Fuzzard was selling cigars. Mr Fuzzard told him (the witness) that he bought them at 1½d each. He told Mr Fuzzard the man who had sold them must have stolen them. Mr Fuzzard told him that he had an offer for some tobacco. This tobacco was purchased afterwards by witness at the instigation of Mr Hooper. The prisoner had previously shown him the tobacco, which he recognised as the same brands as Mr Hooper alone in Napier had on sale. Between five and six o’clock the same evening, he was standing at his (witness’s) door at six o’clock, when the prisoner said he would bring the tobacco in. He had seen the prisoner previously in the day when he said he had tobacco for sale, and could supply him regularly with perfumery, &c. He produced the goods in the evening for sale. He did not say where he got them. The tobacco on the table is the same as prisoner sold me with the exception of the pipes. About an hour after the prisoner brought in three pipes and perfumery in parcel No 2. He paid him for the tobacco, but not for the pipes or the perfumery. He gave him £3 2s for the tobacco, for which he gave him a receipt (produced). When he spoke to the prisoner the first time he led him to suppose that he got the goods from the South.
The evidence of Messrs. Fuzzard and Walsh was the taken, at the conclusion of which His Worship stated that he was obliged to remand the case until Monday next.

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