8 THE WEEKLY MERCURY.
30 – Southern Cross, s.s., from Tologa Bay.
30 – Orpheus, schooner, from, Mercury Bay
30 – Mary Wadley, three-masted schooner, from Newcastle, N.S.W., via Nelson
31 – Opotiki, schooner, from Poverty Bay
31 – Mary Ann Hudson, ketch, from Mohaka
31 – Fairy, s.s., from Waikari. Passenger – Mr Brandon
31 – Kiwi, s.s., from Wellington via Blackhead. Passengers – Messrs McGregor, Weir, Glover, Wood, Barry, and four in steerage
1 – Pretty Jane s.s., from Auckland via Poverty Bay. Passengers – Misses McLennan and Brausch, Messrs Baxter, Bourke, King, Ingram, Snidden, Page, Sieveking, Bibbington, Hart, McLennan Nasmith, Mounds and four natives.
1 – Rangatira, s.s., from Wellington. Passengers – Miss Carter, Messrs Cowie, Common, Hunter, Roskruge, Salmon, and Lennie
3 – Go-Ahead, s.s., from Auckland, vis Gisborne and Mahia. Passengers – Messrs Stubbs and Burnand
3 – Manaia, p.s., frpm Wairoa. Passengers -Mesdames Taylor, Gauy, and Lopdell, Messrs. Lopdell, McLean, Pocock, Couper, Huddie, Wyatt, Langley, Webster, and 2 natives5 – Rangatira,s.s., from Gisborne. Passengers – Messrs Scully, Moorhouse, Mason, Rundle, and Thomson
29 – Wanaka, s.s., for Poverty Bay, Tauranga, and Auckland. Passengers – Mrs King and 1 children, Misses Johnston (2), Messers. Cross, Bewter, Bousk, Caldwell, Hutchinson, McKaig, Floyd, Street, Macfarlane, Rees, M,H.R, and 16 original
29 – Star of the South, s.s., for Auckland. Passengers – Mr and Mrs Cowan and 3 children, Mrs and Miss Atlanti, Messrs Thomas, Cartright, Moss, and 3 in the steerage.
30 – Fairy, s.s., for Waikari. Passenger – Mr Brandon
31 – Manaia, p.s., for Wairoa. Passengers Messrs Nairn, Lopdell, Fraser, Smith, James, Johnson, and two natives
2 – Pretty Jane, s.s., for Auckland via Gisborne
3 – Kiwi, s.s., for Wellington via Ureti and Castle Point. Passengers – Messrs. Goodeson, Thomas, and 15 natives
3 – Fairy, s.s., for Mahia. Passengers – Mesdames Watt and MacFarlane, Messrs. Watt and Richardson
3 – Rangatira, s.s., for Gisborne. Passengers – Messrs. Scully. Mahon, Moorhouse, Mason, Nasmith, and the Chicago Minstrels (9)
4 – Go-Ahead, s.s. for Auckland, via Mahia and Gisborne
5 – Rangatira, s.s., for Wellington.
The s.s Southern Cross took from Lyttelton a cargo of sheep, which she discharged at Tologa Bay, and then came in here.
The three-masted schooner Mary Wadley, Capt. Cronin, arrived in the Bay on Friday, and the tide being favourable she was brought straight in and moored to the Breastwork. During her stay at Nelson, since her mishap she has been thoroughly overhauled and repaired; all her upper yards and masts are new, as well as the sails. She has had several new stanchions fitted in, as well as new top sides and a gallery; in fact, we are assured no expense has been spared to make her as good as new. We have not had time to examine the workmanship, but from what we have heard it is very creditably done.
The Fernglen is turning out her cargo in excellent condition. Capt. Fraser expects about three more lighter loads will relieve him of his Napier cargo. She will then proceed to the Bluff.
The s.s. Southern Cross, Capt. Holmes, passed a double topsail brigantine off Poverty Bay on Thursday evening.
The schooner Orpheus is laden with sawn kauri timber, and the Opitiki has a cargo of sawn white pine timber and shingles.
The s.s. Rangatira, Captain Evans, left Wellington at 12.30 a.m. on Sunday morning, and arrived at Napier at 11.35 p.m. on Sunday night. Experienced a strong south-east gale and very heavy head sea to Cape Palliser, thence till arrival fresh southerly wind and heavy sea.
The s.s. Pretty Jane encountered, in rounding Portland Island, a very heavy S.E. gale, otherwise the voyage was a very pleasant one.
The s.s. Kiwi was two days on the passage, having called at two places on the coast to land cargo.
The brigantine Enterprise is again in the Bay taking shelter from the southerly weather on the coast. She has discharged her cargo of timber.
Captain McGillivray, late commander of the s.s. Go-Ahead, has resigned the charge of that vessel, and accepted the post of chief officer of the Wanaka.
The s.s. Rangatira discharged her cargo on Monday, and took in a quantity of lime stone on Tuesday, morning, and anchored in the Bay. She will leave at midnight for Gisborne. She is being kept to enable the Chicago Minstrels to perform to-night before proceeding in er. [her].
The s.s. Kiwi, Captain Cambpell [ Campbell ], started at 9 a.m., but had not proceeded very far when something gave way in the engine room, which necessitated her returning to the wharf. As soon as the steam was shut off, and an examination made, it was found that one of the bolts in the cylinder of the low press had come out, which caused an escape of steam. The engineer, Mr. A. Keith, soon repaired the damage, and the Kiwi resumed her voyage at 10 a.m. She will call at either Castle Point or Ureti to land some natives.
Monday was observed as a general holiday on the Spit. All the places of business being closed to enable employes, [employees] &c., to visit the regatta. There were at one time over 1000 persons present. The steam launch Bella conveyed about 700, and there were over 300 went in boats, besides a number of visitors in traps, and on horse-back from Petane. We did not hear of a single accident or mishap. Monday plainly proved that the western side of the Spit is the best place for a regatta, both for pulling and sculling matches.
The Union Company’s s.s. Rotorua will, we learn, come by the East Coast to Auckland, arriving here about Saturday next, and will take the outward San
The Southern Cross, hence for Lyttelton, was lying under Cape Kidnappers on Monday but had left before daylight on Tuesday.
The s.s. Go-Ahead arrived in the Bay late on Tuesday. She is from Auckland, via Awanui, Gisborne, and Mahia. At the former place she landed a quantity of boiling down plant, and at the last named place she took in 15 tons of flour and two tons bacon, ex the wrecked schooner Clyde. She left again at high tide on Wednesday. The Go-Ahead is now commanded by Captain Cooper, for some time chief officer on board the Luna.
The p.s. Manaia arrived from Wairoa on Tuesday. The bar is very bad. A sea struck her in crossing, which slewed her round, and she came out stern first. An island of shingle has formed in the channel. The sea broke nearly over the bridge, everything was battened down, and no accident happened. The Manaia could not communicate with Mohaka on account of the heavy sea.
A barque called the Nouveau St. Michel, arrived in Wellington the other day from Western Australia, with a cargo of jarrah timber. The vessel belongs to France, hailing from Bordeaux, and not a man on board from the Captain downwards, could speak a word of English. The consequence was the pilot and his crew had to work the vessel up the harbor, as the crew could not understand the words of command.
The s.s. Rangatira returned from Poverty Bay od [on] Thursday, after having had a pleasant trip up and down the coast. She left again at 11.30 a.m. for Wellington direct.
The s.s. Wanaka left Auckland on Wednesday for Napier calling at Tauranga and Poverty Bay. She is the bearer of our English mail. She also brings the following passengers – Mesdames Caulton, Swan, Miss Stuart, and Messrs. Shipton and Collis.
We beg to remind our readers that the Rotorua will leave here for Auckland on Sunday morning. She will take our outward mails to catch Australia, leaving the latter port on Wednesday next.
HAWKE’S BAY STOCK AND STATION REPORT.
A large amount of business has been effected during the past month in every description of store stock. In sheep, as young ages were not readily procurable, the more aged found buyers; indeed, very few lots of any description remain on book for sale. However, business in ewes will be breught [brought] to a close by the middle of April, as flock owners will generally have their arrangements made for this season. Feed continues abundant, and reports from all quarters speak of lambs thriving well. Last lambing added close on 391,000 to our stock. Many of our sheepfarmers are now surface sowing a further considerable instalment of their lands. Our fat sheep are being converted into tallow, th [the] several boiling-down establishments being busy at work. Cattle, fat, are plentiful, and for stores the market continues much the same as last month. For young ages, especially female stock, there is good demand at prices undernoted.
Cattle. – Fat, 22s 6d to 25s per 100lb.; stores, mixed ages and sexes, £4 5s to £4 15s; steers, for individual ages, 1,2,3,and 4 years respectively, £3, £5, £6 5s and £7 5s; female stock, same ages, range from £2 10s to £6 10s; dairy cows, £7 to £12.
Sheep – Fat Merino wedders, prime, 6s 6d to 7s, demand very limited; store do., aged, 4s; 6 and 8-tooth, 5s. At these rates I have placed 7400 during this month. Cross-bred, wedders, fat, 10s 6d to 13s, according to weights; stores, the market bare; 2, 4, and 6-tooth have been much in demand, and over 13,000 placed at prices ranging from 8s 6d to 9s 9d. In ewes, merino, 2,4, and 6-tooth, none in market; sound, 8-tooth, 5s, few offering; culls, 2s 6d to 3s; cross-bred ewes, 2 and 4 tooth, 10s to 11s; 6 and 8-tooth, 8s to 9s; culls, 4s 6d to 7s. At these rates I have sold largely; rams, merino, I have sold draft of Maraekakaho, at £3, to Messrs McLellan and Chandler, and 40 of Mr Saxby’s at 35s each; full-mouth, to Mr Cox; also several small local lots of second and third-class Lincoln rams at £4 to £2 each. During the past month I have had several enquiries from other provinces for Romney Marsh rams, but we have none to spare from this market.
Horse Stock. – Draught continue dull of sale, medium may be quoted at £30 to £35; heavy do., £50 to £60. Good weight-carrying hacks, £25 to £30; light serviceable hacks, £10 to £15. I beg to call attention to my sale of Mr Lingard’s thoroughbred at Farndon next week.
Station Properties. – Although enquires for station property continue numerous, I have only to report as closed, as already reported early in the month. Mr McHardy’s Pakowhai estate – the homestead, with 856 acres, to Mr Alexander Grant, for £15,470 and the northern lot, 613 acres, to Mr Gavin Peacock, for £6700; total, £22,170, average £15 10s per acre. I also sold the Tutira Lake Station, a leasehold of Mr E Towgood’s, containing 20,500 acres, rent £150, 17 years to run, with 4000 sheep, to Messrs Stuart and Merritt for £4000, and a small block 242 acres on Puketitiri reserve, for £355, with a 1000 cross bred sheep at 8s 6d each.
Wool. – The February wool sales closed on the 28th March. From telegrams received, it appears the advance of the November sales has been almost entirely lost, except in he[the] case of superior fine wools, which have nearly maintained the November rates. Political complications in Europe render the future of the market most uncertain until the Eastern question receives a satisfactory solution, it will be impossible to speak of the future of the wool trade with any degree of confidence. The imports from South America show an increase for the year 1876, of about 32,000 bales of 8 cwt., equivalent to about 13 per cent. This, if kept up, will probably have a serious influence on the price of coarse and inferior bred wools. At the same time the consumption progresses steadily, it is thought there are fair grounds for expecting present values being fairly sustained. I expect the reports from this province for the season will be nearly 23,000 bales, or fully 3000 bales increase on last year. My next month’s report will give correct statistics on these matters.
Stock and Station Agent,
March 31, 1877.
POST OFFICE NOTICE.
For the undermentioned places every Monday, and Thursday, at 5.30 a.m. – Clive, Hastings, Havelock, Te Aute, Kaikora, Waipawa, Waipukurau, Danevirk [Dannevirke], Norsewood, Tahaorite, Woodville, Foxton, Palmerston, Wanganui, Taranaki, Wellington and Southern Provinces &c., Wallingford, Porangahau, Wanui, and Castle Point.
On other days of the week, mails close as usual, at 6.30 a.m.
NOTICE TO CORRESPONDENTS.
L.S. – You cannot claim Easter Monday as a public holiday, and your employer could take an action against you under the Masters’ and Servants’ Act.
MOULDER. – At Milbourne Valley, Kaikora, on the 6th March, the wife of Mr. James Moulder, of a daughter.
BALDWIN. – At Waitangi, on March 12th, the wife of Mr. M. Baldwin, of a daughter.
OLLEY. – At Waipawa, on March 16, the wife of Mr Olley, butcher, of a daughter.
MCKENZIE. – At Port Ahuriri, on March 17, 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.
MYHILL. – At Clive Square, Napier, on the 22nd March, the wife of Mr R. G. Myhill, of a son
DENNAN. – On March 22nd, at Barrack Hill, Napier, the wife of Mr J. J. Dennan, of a daughter.
BENDALL – At Napier, on 23rd March, Mrs W. Bendall, of a son.
GUILLARD. – At Dalton-street, Napier, on March 24, the wife of Mr, Henry Guillard, of a daughter.
COSGROVE. – At Milton-road, Napier, on the 25th March, the wife of Mr. J. Cosgrove, of a son.
MCCARTNEY – HARE – On Sunday, the 18th March, in St. Mark’s Church, West Clive, by the Rev. William Marshall, Arthur McCartney to Annie, second daughter of John Hare, Esq.
CASS – CURTIS. – At Kaikora, on the 21st march, by the Rev. Joseph White, Thomas N. Cass to Miss M. A. J. Curtis.
McCRAE – MUIR. – At Napier, on the 31st March, by the Rev. D. Sidey, Duncan McCrae to Janet Muir, both of Napier.
FELGATE. – At the Napier Hospital, on March 14. John Charles Felgate, aged 60 years.
BETHELL. – At the Napier Hospital, on the 23rd March, Henry Bethell, aged 23 years.
ASHFORTH. – At Clive Square, Napier, on March 24, after a long and painful illness, Henry William Ashforth, Manager at Te Aute saw mill, aged 52
years. Auckland papers please copy.
CROSS. – At Napier, on March 24th, George Hedley Cross, only son of G. T. Cross, aged 2years and 2 months.
DENNAN. – At Barrack Hill, Napier, on March 26, the eldest son of Mr. J. J. Dennan, aged 14 years.
WILLIAMS. – At Tuohu, Wairoa, on the 30th March, Lionel Dalzell, beloved son of Herbert and Elizabeth Williams, aged 17 months.
JOHNSTON. – At the Napier Hospital, on 30th March, John Johnston, aged 46 years.
SADDLER & HARNESSMAKER
The Cheapest House in the Trade.
DOGS FOR SALE.
A WEL-BRED KANGAROO DOG.
Also, 2 good Pig Dogs.
The above may be seen by applying to MR. SPEEDY,
Stock, Land Estate, and General Commission Agent, Waipukurau.
Goods Stored and Forwarded.
Offices and Stores: Near the Railway Station.