8 THE WEEKLY MERCURY.
26 – Star of the South, s.s., from Auckland. Passengers – Mrs. Harford and family (3), Messrs. Gould, Hayward, Bugler, Fraser, Jamieson, Brown, and Young
28 – Jane Douglas, s.s., from Gisborne. Passengers – Mr. and Mrs. Gibbons, Mr Solomon, and four prisoners
28 – Wanaka, s.s., from Auckland via Tauranga and Gisborne. Passengers – Mesdames Power, Walsh, Thomas, Little, Broadbent and 3 children, Messrs Munn, Loisle, Ferguson, Upham, Hamilton, Harrison, Webb, Goring, Hamond, Dewes, Gibbons, McGuard, O’Brien, Nancarrow, MacShane, McBain, Wilson, Axup, 5 in the steerage, and 10 for Southern ports
29 – Opotiki, schooner, from Poverty Bay
29 – Orpheus, schooner, from Mercury Bay
29 – Acadia, schooner, from Mercury Bay
30 – Spray, schooner, from Lyttelton.
3 – Rangatira, s.s.,from Wellington. Passengers – Miss Thompson, Messrs. Pearson, Field, Ferguson, and Dransfield
27 – Rangatira, s.s., for Wellington. Passengers – Mr. and Mrs. Somerfield, Messrs Common, Hastie, Rochfort, and 4 in the steerage
28 – Wanaka, s.s., for Wellington. Passengers – Mesdames Williams, Riddle, and Ched, Rev. W. Riddle, Messrs. Moss, Miller, T. Williams, Thompson, Davies, Common, McKenzie, the Hon, J. Ormond, and 10 original
28 – Kiwi, s.s., for Wellington, via Castle Point. Four steerage passengers
28 – Star of the South, s.s., for the Thames. Passengers – Messrs. Henderson, Hennely, Anderson, Burgess, and Brittle
30 – Jane Douglas, s.s., for Gisborne. Passengers – Mr. and Mrs. Ferguson and 2 children, Messrs. J. Williams, Skelly, Horsfal, and a few in the steerage.
3 – Columbia, schooner, for Lyttelton
The Star of the South, Captain Carey, arrived in the Bay on Thursday, and was brought to the Breastwork at 4 o’clock on Friday. She was the bearer of the ‘Frisco mail, she having been the first steamer to leave Auckland since its arrival. Captain Carey reports heavy head sea and wind after passing the East Cape. Had it not been that the English mail was on board, Captain Carey would have put into Happy Jack’s. The Rotorua passed the Star off Poverty Bay.
The s.s. Southern Cross, Captain Holmes, is at present engaged on her fourth trip with store sheep from Littleton to Raglan, to the order of Mr. Studholme. We hear Captain Holmes has been very successful in landing nearly the whole of his different cargoes of livestock.
The s.s. Jane Douglas, Captain Fraser, returned from Poverty Bay on Saturday, having made the passage in 10½ hours.
The s.s. Wanaka is in temporary command of Captain McGillvray, [McGillivray] and Captain Andrew as her chief officer, Captain Malcomb having gone on a visit to the hot springs from Tauranga. The Wanaka had a pleasant passage, having had fine weather, with light southerly breeze and southerly swell. Her cargo is estimated at about 15 tons for this sport. We are indebted to the purser for the following dates: – left Auckland on the 25th, at 5p.m; arrived at Tauranga on the 26th, at 8 a.m.; left same day at 4 p.m.; arrived at Poverty Bay on the 27th, at 2 p.m.; left at 8 p.m., and arrived at Napier on the 28th, at 5 a.m., and left again at 3 p.m. Amongst the passengers in the Wanaka, we noticed can cover we noticed Mr. Nancarrow, Government Inspector of Steamers, who is on his regular tour of inspections. He has examined the Result, Sir Donald, and Fairy, and extended their certificates, and his report on each steamer is very creditable to the respective engineers.
The s.s. Wanaka left on Saturday for Wellington direct, after discharging about 15 tons cargo into the Three Brothers. She had a fair complement of passengers amongst whom was the hon. Mr. Ormond, Minister of Public Works.
The Kiwi left for Wellington by the coast on Saturday.
The s.s. Star of the South took aboard on Saturday 500 fat sheep for the Thames, and left for there and Auckland in the evening.
The Columbia left on Saturday, but returned to the anchorage on Sunday.
Three schooners arrived on Sunday, all timber laden, viz., Opotiki from Gisborne, the Orpheus and Acadia from Mercury Bay.
The schooner Spray arrived in the Bay on Monday and the pilot tried to get out to her on Tuesday but could not manage it
Several gentlemen who have been wanting to go to the Wairoa in the Result have gone overland, the bar at Wairoa being still bad, with a heavy sea on the beach.
The s.s. Rangatira, Captain Evans, was brought inside on Thursday, at 9:30, and berthed at the Breastwork. She experienced some difficulty in getting over the bar, which is very shallow at present. The following is a report of her voyage:- Left Wellington wharf at 5:30 on Tuesday evening, and arrived at the anchorage at 7:30 last night. The Rangatira, on leaving the wharf, went alongside the ship Pleione, and towed her around to the Patent Slip; left the ship’s side at 7 p.m., and experienced a strong southerly breeze and heavy head sea as far as Cape Palliser, thence till arrival variable southerly winds. Passed the Kiwi a long way out to sea off Cape Turnagain, beating to the southward.
The s.s. Result went out on Thursday to tow in the schooner Spray, but as the captain had lost an anchor he would not come in.
Mr. Vautier’s new vessel, the Silver Cloud, left Sydney last Wednesday week for Newcastle to load coal for this port. While in Sydney she was docked and underwent a complete overhaul, being newly coppered. Captain Ball, late of the Maggie, is in command, and writes in terms of great satisfaction with regard to his new vessel, saying that there are few like her in the colonies. By last accounts the port of Newcastle is crowded with vessels waiting to load, and consequently she may be delayed there sometime, but we anticipate a speedy run down for her when she starts.
In attempting to bring out the issue is go ahead on Wednesday at Poverty Bay, she took the ground and stuck on the bar. The agents here, Messrs. Watt Brothers, have been advised by telegram this morning that it will be necessary to lighten her before she can be got off.
The ship Grandee, says the Argus, was taken into the Alfred Graving Dock for examination, in consequence of having been in collision with an iceberg. At first it was thought she had escaped without sustaining serious damage, but on careful survey it was found necessary to strip and calk her, and then put on new metal. The Grandee turned out her cargo in excellent condition.
MORICE. – At the Manse, Hokitika, on the 5th April, the wife of the Rev. George Morice, formerly of St Paul’s Church, Napier, of a son.
MILLER. – At Oamaru, on the 6th April, the wife of M.R. Miller, Esq., of a son.
McKNIGHT. – At Hastings, on the 6-7th April, the wife of Mr. J. McKnight, of twin daughters (all well.)
MOORE. – On Sunday, the 8th April, at the old Bank House, Mrs. E. Moore of a daughter.
O’SHANNASSY. – At Napier, on the 10th April, the wife of Mr. J. O’Shannassy, of a daughter.
WATKINS. – At Carlyle street, on April 10th, the wife of Mr. Rees Watkins, of twins (son and daughter.)
PARSONS. – At Matawero, Poverty Bay, on April15, the wife of Mr. S. Parsons, of a son.
SCRIVENER. – At the White road, Napier, on April 15, the wife of Thos. Scrivener, of a son.
BURKE. – On the 17th April, at Napier, New Zealand, the wife of W. Ulick Burke, Esq., of a son.
CONNOR. – At Napier, on the 18th April, the wife of T. Connor, of a daughter.
STONE. – At Port Ahuriri, on the 28th April, the wife of Mr. S. Stone, of a son.
SCORGIE. – At Napier, on the 22nd April, the wife of Mr. Alfred Scorgie, of a daughter.
STEVENS. – At Mohaka, on the 26th April, 1877, the wife of Mr. Bartlett Stevens, of a son.
POLLOCK. – At Auckland, on the 26th April, 1877, Mrs. James Pollock, of a son.
COHEN. – At Hastings street, Napier, on the 2nd May, the wife of Mr. H.P. Cohen, of a son.
CAPPER – HARDING. – On the 1st of March, at Edith Grove Congregational Church, Manchester, by the Rev. J. Morgan, Samuel Capper, Esq., agent for the Canadian government, to Laura, fourth daughter of John Harding, Esq., of Mount Vernon, Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand. No cards.
PELHAM-SHIRLEY. – On 18th March, at St. Peters Church, Wellington, by the Ven. Archdeacon Stock, Thomas, only son of Mr. Thomas Pelham, of Wellington, to Ellen, youngest daughter of Mr. James Shirley, of Napier.
LORY – JACOBS – At Napier, on the 7th April, by the Rev Mr. Berry, Hannibal Line Lory, to Mary, relict of the late Mr. Jacobs.
LAURENSON – EBBETT. – At the residence of Samuel Begg, Esq., Napier, on the 28th April, by the Rev. D. Sidey, Mr John Laurenson, to Miss Jane Ebbett. – Dunedin papers please copy.
GUILLIARD. – At Napier, on the 6th April, Ethel Mary, infant daughter of Henry and Eliza Guilliard.
DRIBERG. – At Napier, on the 6th April, William Simla, infant son of William Driburg.
SIMON. – At Port Ahuriri, on April 8th, Charles Simon, aged nineteen and ten months.
PALMER. – At Napier, on the 11th April, after a short illness, Clara, second daughter of Mr. Charles Palmer, aged 3 years and 6 months.
WEBB. – At Gisborne, on the 13th April, Frederick Charles, infant son of Mr. H.E. Webb, aged six months.
BROUGHTON. – At Napier, on the 15th April, Francis Henry Joseph, only son of Mr. Frank Broughton, aged 4 years. Wellington papers please copy.
PALMER. – At Te Aute, Hotel, on the 18th April, Louisa, eldest daughter of Charles and Mary Ann Palmer, aged 7 years and 10 months.
PURCELL. – At Carlyle-street, Napier, on the 20th April, Mr. John Purcell.
WATKINS. – At Carlyle-street, Napier, on April30, Sarah, the beloved wife of Rees Watkins, railway guard, aged 29 years.
FLETCHER. – At Napier, on the 21st April, after a protracted illness, Anne, wife of Mr. William Fletcher, aged 68 years.
POST OFFICE NOTICE.
For the United Kingdom, continent of Europe, &c., via Suez and Brindisi, by every opportunity to Wellington, where the mails close on the 4th May.
For Fiji, Sandwich Islands, America, West Indies, United Kingdom, and Continent of Europe, &c., via San Francisco, Rotorua, at 7 p.m. on Saturday, the 5th May.
Money orders and registered letters will close at 5 PM. Newspapers and book packets will close at 6 PM on Saturday the 5th May.
For the undermentioned places every Monday, and Thursday, at 5:30 a.m. – Clive, Hastings, Havelock, Te Aute, Kaikora, Waipawa, Waipukurau, Danevirke [Dannevirke], Norsewood, Tahoarite [ Tahoraiti ], Woodville, Foxton, Palmerston, Wanganui, Taranaki, 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.
Office of Waste Lands Board,
Napier, 8th December, 1876.
TO HUGH MCCORMICK, formerly of the 65th Regiment or his representatives.
You are hereby required, within six months from this date, to prove to the satisfaction of the Waste Lands Board that you have complied with the conditions required to entitle you to 60 acres of land in the Wakarara District, selected under a Military Settlers Land Order, and if you fail to prove your claim within the specified time, your title to the land will be forfeited and the land be dealt with as the Board may direct.
SADDLER & HARNESSMAKER
The Cheapest House in the Trade.
The Weekly Mercury
HAWKE’S BAY ADVERTISER.
SATURDAY, MAY 5, 1877.
It is to be hoped that it will not be long before the government proceeds in the matter of the settlement of the negotiations entered into for the purpose of native lands on the East Coast. The importance of settling these negotiations may be judged from the fact that there are somewhere about 1,000,000 acres under the treaty of some kind or another for purchase, or upon which deposits have been paid by the government to the native owners. The action of the government with respect to these lands takes it out of the power of private individuals to deal either for their lease or purchase. The consequence is, that an immense area of country is locked up from settlement, or occupation, to the injury of the colony generally, and of the natives in particular. Because, in a weak moment, a native owner may have accepted half a crown as deposit, or earnest of purchase, of a block of many thousands of acres, by the government, the other members of the tribe are debarred from dealing with the land for sale or lease to any but the government. This, at a time when there is very great demand for land, and when land too is realizing exceptionally high prices, is felt to be an injustice by those native owners, more especially, who never consented to dispose of their estates to the Government. The Crown is considered by the natives to be the very worst market to which they could take their lands, and the system which has been pursued to a very great extent on the East Coast, has tended to a remarkable degree in the strengthening of this opinion amongst the Maori tribes. It will be remembered a distinct pledge was given last session of the General Assembly, that the Government would