Weekly Mercury and Hawke’s Bay Advertiser 17 – May 12 1877

WEEKLY MERCURY
AND
Hawke’s Bay Advertiser,

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

Vol. II. – No. 78.   NAPIER, SATURDAY, MAY 12, 1877.   PRICE SIXPENCE

FREEHOLD ESTATE.
HOMEWOOD – KAIKORA.
The Undersigned is instructed by Mr. Robert Evans, of Homewood, Kaikora, to offer for Sale, or in convenient lots,
1,000 ACRES RICH AGRICULTURAL AND PASTORAL LAND. This property has frontages to the Waipawa River, from the bridge downward, a ring fence around the remainder.
This property is divided into two large divisions, one of these portions containing three small paddocks, about 30 acres, under artificial grass, two whares, sheep-yards, &c, with or without 1500 sheep now depasturing thereon.
Price moderate, and a considerable portion of the purchase money remaining on mortgage.
M.R. MILLER.

PROPERTIES FOR SALE.
7000 ACRES Freehold, Crown Grant, 24 miles from Napier
23,000 acres Leasehold, 18 acres 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, 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
3000 Sheep and few Cattle
1,600 acres Leasehold, half interest, Poverty Bay
14,000 acres Leasehold, excellent country, Tologa [ Tolaga ] Bay, with
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
150,000 acres Leasehold, Pastoral, 30 miles from Napier with
10,000 Sheep, exclusive of Lambs
55,000 acres Leasehold, Pastoral, 70 miles from Napier, with
5,000 Sheep, and 50 head Cattle
9,000 acres Freehold, Agricultural and Pastoral, Seabord [Seaboard], with
14,000 acres Leasehold, valuable improvements, and
15,000 Sheep, few Cattle, Horses, &c.
1,649 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.

SHEEP FOR SALE.
2500 CROSS-BRED EWES, mixed ages
200 cross-bred Ewes, 8-tooth
700 6 and 8-tooth cross-bred Wedders
60 Merino Rams, bred by Sir Donald McLean
M. R. MILLER

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.

RURAL SECTIONS, WOODVILLE.
On Deferred Payments.
For 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 and the Farndon Railway station. To a good tenant the rent will be very moderate.
M.R. MILLER.

FOR LEASE,
A DAIRY FARM AT TARADALE, about 2 miles from Town, consisting of 95 acres of well-grassed land and Artesian Well. With purchasing clause.
109 acres land known as “Park Island,” lease 14 years to run.
Also,
30 Milking Cows
Horses, Carts, and
Dairying Utensils.
The business is capable of giving a large return, and is at present yielding £1000 per annum.
Also,
7 good Draught Horses: price from £15 to £35, and several weight-carrying hacks.
The Auctioneers have made arrangements for the erection of suitable yards, in connection with Mr McCartney’s, Taradale Hotel.
First rale will take place about the end of the month.
For further particulars, apply to
TURLEY & BRATHWAITE,
Auctioneers.

HOMEWOOD ESTATE.
THE undersigned have for sale, 166 acres of land on the above Estate, situate between Waipawa and Kaikora Railway Stations. Thirty five acres are fenced, improved, and leased to good tenants at a rental of 15s per acre.
TURLEY & BRATHWAITE,
Auctioneers, Napier.

VICTORIA HOTEL.
WHITE ROAD.
THE Undersigned begs to inform his friends and the public that he has now entered into the possession of the above well-known Hotel. Having had considerable experience in hotel business, he trusts by civility and attention to merit a fair share of patronage.
Only the best brands of Ales, Wines, and Spirits kept.
All the conveniences of a first-class Hotel can be obtained at this establishment.
J. PARKER,
Proprietor.

WAIPAWA COUNTY.
WAIPUKURAU RIDING.
I HEREBY appoint FRIDAY, the 18th day of May, at noon, as the day upon which, and the School-house, Waipukurau, the place at which the nomination of a candidate or candidates for the office of Councillor for the Waipukurau Riding, in the Waipawa County, will take place.
The polling, if necessary, will take place on TUESDAY, the 22nd day of May inst., at the following places. – The School-house, Waipukurau; the School-house, Ashley-Clinton;  and the Public-room, Onga Onga.
Given under my hand this 7th day of May, 1877 at Waipawa.
HENRY ARROW,
Returning Officer for the Waipawa County.

Returning Officer’s Office,
Mohaka, May 7, 1877.
I HEREBY appoint SATURDAY, the 19th May, 1877, at 12 o’clock noon as the day upon which, and the Block House, Mohaka, the place at which the nomination of a candidate for the office of Councillor for the Mohaka Riding in the Wairoa County, will take place.
The polling, if necessary, will take place on the 26th day of May.
JOHN SUTHERLAND,
Returning Officer.

HAWKE’S BAY AGRICULTURAL AND PASTORAL SOCIETY.
THE ANNUAL PLOUGHING MATCH
AND
FOAL SHOW
WILL be held on THURSDAY, the 24th May, 1877, in Mr. Wellwood’s Paddock, near Hastings, when the following prizes will be awarded, viz: –
FOR SINGLE FURROW PLOUGH CLASS – Including both Wheel and Swing Ploughs:
£   s.   d.
1st Prize   8 0 0
2nd Prize   5 0 0
3rd Prize   3 0 0
4th Prize   2 0 0
5th Prize   1 0 0
FOR DOUBLE OR MORE FURROW PLOUGH CLASS –
£   s.   d.
1st Prize   5 0 0
2nd Prize   3 0 0
For Best Start   1 0 0
For Best Finish   1 0 0
Champion Cup for the Best Ploughing, value   7 7 0
For Best pair of Horses used in the Match both to be the property of one owner, Prize   3 0 0
2nd Best, property of one owner, Prize   2 0 0
THOROUGHBRED FOALS –
1st Prize, Society’s Silver Medal
2nd Prize, Society’s Certificate
DRAUGHT FOALS –
1st Prize, Society’s Silver Medal
2nd Prize, Society’s Certificate.
Ploughing to commence at 10 a.m. sharp. Entries to be left at Mr Wellwood’s the night previous to the Match. Foals to be on the ground at 10.30 a.m.
SPECIAL PRIZES –
Pair new Horse Collars given by Mr McVay for the best kept Harness used in the Match.
Any other Special Prizes will be added to the list when particulars are received by the undersigned, or left at the office of this paper.
JOHN BENNETT,
Hon. Sec.

HAWKE’S BAY AGRICULTURAL AND PASTORAL SOCIETY.
THE Annual General Meeting will be held at the Criterion Hotel on WEDNESDAY, the 30th May, 1877, for the purpose of passing accounts, and the election of Officers for the current year, and other important business
JOHN BENNETT,
Hon. Sec.

NOTICE.
THE Quarterly Licensing Court for the District of Wairoa will be held at the Court House, Wairoa, on TUESDAY, the 5th day of June, 1877, at noon.
Notice of application for the renewal or transfer of Licenses must be lodged with the Clerk of the Court at least 21 days before the meeting of the Court.
Given under my hand at Wairoa, this 3rd day of May, 1877.
FRED. F. ORMOND,
Chairman of Licensing Bench.

NOTICE.
LICENSING DISTRICTS OF NAPIER AND PETANE.
THE Quarterly Licensing Meeting for the above Districts will be held in the Resident Magistrate’s Court at Napier, on TUESDAY, the 5th day of June,
Notices of application for Licenses or  transfers must be forwarded to the undersigned, in duplicate, at least 21 days before the holding of the Courts.
DUNGAN GUY,
Clerk of the Licensing Courts,
Napier and Petane.
Resident Magistrate’s Office,
Napier, May 4, 1877.

NOTICE.
THE Quarterly Licensing Courts for the District of Waipawa will be held at the Court House, Waipawa; and for the District of Porangahau, at the Bridge Hotel, Wallingford, respectively, on TUESDAY, the 5th day of June, 1877, at noon.
Notice of application for the renewal or transfer of Licenses must be lodged with the Clerk of the Court at least 21 days before the meeting of the Courts.
Given under my hand, at Waipawa, this 5th day of May, 1877.
HENRY ARROW,
Clerk to the Courts.

NOTICE.
THE Quarterly Licensing Court for the Ngaruroro District will be held in the Resident Magistrate’s Court, Havelock[Havelock North], on TUESDAY, the 5th day of June, 1877, at noon.
Notice of application for the renewal or transfer of Licenses must be lodged with the Clerk of the Court at least 21 days before the meeting of the Court.
Given under my hand at Havelock this 5th day of May, 1877.
THOMAS GILPIN,
Clerk of the Court.

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

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INTERPROVINCIAL.

WAIROA.
[FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT]
May 4.
Mr. MacKinnon has resigned his seat for the Mohaka Riding. It is rumored that Mr. Blake will contest the seat.
Bernard Reed, of the Armed Constabulary, died yesterday at Te Kapu.
May 8.
A strong westerly wind is blowing, which will probably have the effect of opening the bar at last.
The Free Press will appear on Saturday.

GISBORNE.
(FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT.)

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May 5.
The Rangatira arrived this morning from Napier and Wellington.

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WAIPUKURAU.
(FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT.)
May 8.
The County Council sat to-day, all the members present.
A large amount of correspondence was read, including a letter from Mr. Sainsbury, resigning his appointment of County Solicitor.
There were three offers for the office of County Engineer, viz., from Messrs. Turley, Ellison Bros, and Robinson. All the applications were refused, and it waf [was] agreed that Mr. Burgess the road overseer, should perform the work.
Mr. Laurence’s motion re meeting place of the County Council, that it should be at Waipawa, was carried. Mr. Laurence’s plea was economy.
Mr. Rathbone supported the motion for the same reason.
The Chairman made an indignant protest against it, and said the arguments of the proposers were paltry.
Mr. Levy supported the motion on the grounds that it would keep the unity of the district intact.
The motion was carried; only Mr. Monteith voted against it.
The Council is still sitting discussing the bye laws, which say the meetings must be held on the first Tuesday in every month. Tuesday being a Court day, it is impossible for the Court and the Council to sit at Waipawa in the Court House at the same time. Colonel Herrick is attempting to get the resolution rescinded re taking over by the Council all roads in the County.

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WAIROA.
(FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT.)
April 30, 1877.
The other day, while passing along the street, I was greatly shocked to hear a gentleman whom I greatly respected make use of the following expression: “Blast the bar, it’s damning the river!” Fancy my astonishment at hearing this language coming from one whom I had hitherto looked up to as a deacon and devout elder. I immediately felt the need of a gentle stimulant in order to raise my dejected feelings. In course of conversation, however, I soon afterwards discovered that it was merely an amateur engineering opinion hazarded by the gentleman in question while discussing the state of the river. I felt so awfuly sold at all my wasted morality that I had to get outside another “soother” at once, after which operation I joined in the discussion and fully agreed with the above opinion.
The river has “riz” considerably, so has flour, and I am afraid the latter article will rise yet. It is an extremely scarce commodity in the river just now, and if this state of things continues, the loaves and small fishes business will be at a premium. We shall have to exist on corn and potatoes yet.
We have been favored with very chilly winds of late – dry southers. They come up with every appearance of a tremendous storm, but end up in blow, raising a very heavy sea, and keeping the bar blocked up more than ever.
The weather has been so cold that I am sure there has been snow in the neighboring highlands. In the Maru Maru direction there was a very heavy hailstorm the other day. To judge by the wrapped-up appearance of every one you meet, winter has fairly set in.

May 4.
A change has come o’er the spirit of my dream; the weather has turned out far more promising, and we really may succeed in obtaining supplies. If the bar will only open, we shall be but too happy to “welcome” the coming, speed the parting” – steamer.
A great deal of unnecessary fuss had been made about the bad state of the road to Napier. This track it can hardly be called a road – never will be a good one. Some people were quite dissatisfied when the provincial grant of £2,500 was spent on it, and now, because the Council won’t spend the whole of their year’s revenue on it, they growl.
A recent traveller from Napier says it is in a very fair state indeed – as good as ever he has seen it – and as to the danger to life and limb foolishly talked of, the danger is no more than formerly.
An entertainment was to have taken place this evening by some ladies and gentlemen who are always ready to oblige the public, but owing to the death of a greatly respected member of the A. C. Force, it has been postponed. The feature of the evening was to have been a paper on the proposed improvements to the river entrance by Mr George Flint.
Post-office officials don’t seem to be quite au fait as yet as to the whereabouts of counties. I was shown an envelope yesterday. It came originally from Wellington, and was directed to “The Chairman of the Wairoa County Council, Clyde, Wairoa County. It had evidently gone to Vincent County; it bore nine postmarks, and had a note written across it by Mr Vincent Pike, informing the post-office “That as a geographical fact Wairoa County was in the North Island.” This information induced the postal people to send it to Papakura; the Papakura man, not thinking it had gone North far enough said. “Try Kaipara”  Kaipara was tried but being still unclaimed, at last it came here. Possibly the Kaipara postman had a map and looked at it occasionally.
Mr McKinnon has resigned his seat in the Council for Mohaka, so the Mohawks  will soon be in the throes of another election.
Mr Webb, of the Free Press, has arrived here so we may surmise that journal may soon make its appearance. Welcome little stranger!

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LOCAL AND GENERAL NEWS

J.M. Tabuteau, Esq., Collector of Customs, has obtained six weeks’ leave of absence, during which Mr E. F. Rich will be Deputy Collector at Port Ahuriri. Mr Tabuteau left in the Rangatira for Poverty Bay on Friday, and on his return will visit the Southern Provinces. The Herald stated Mr Tabuteau’s leave of absence extended to four months duration; as a matter of course the statement was wrong.

Some time ago, we learned, on very good authority, that the effect of the Harbor [Harbour] works on the bar was to straighten the entrance to the inner harbor. At present, the apparent result of the works is quite the contrary. The old channel across the bar, in a line with the breastworks, is closed, and a new channel is formed right away towards the Petane Beach. The Rangatira in coming in on Thursday ploughed her way over the bar, being helped in the passage by the heavy rollers. In going out to-day by the west channel she only touched ground once.

A Taradale correspondent writes under date of Wednesday:- “You will remember that at the meeting held at the Mission schoolhouse, on the 20th instant, a resolution was passed to the effect that it was considered the embankment at Roy’s Hill caused to a considerable extent the damage by floods in this district. We were afterwards promised by the Minister of Public Works that this matter should be considered, but would you believe it, Sir, the works at Roy’s Hill are being strengthened, and no notice is taken of our complaint. It is well-known here that this bank was erected solely to protect the property of the large holders in the Heretaunga district, although it was ostensibly erected to afford protection to the railway. Had we a local government at Napier, we might have brought pressure to bear to prevent the infliction of this great wrong to the settlers here, but under the beautiful form of contralised [centralized] government now in vogue, we may complain, but our complaints are scarcely heard and what is worse, not attended to.”

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Last week was published the lists of persons objected to as not being entitled to have their names retained on the Electoral Rolls of the Clive and Napier Districts. There are 256 names objected to on the Napier Roll, 106 of which are those of Maoris; on the Clive Roll fifty-five names are objected to, out of which number only three are Europeans.

We understand that the opening ball at Waipukurau Hall will be held on Queen’s Birth-day.

We understand that the Napier Rowing Club, following an example set by the Star Club at Wellington, intend giving a series of undress parties during the winter months. These balls will be conducted in an extremely economical manner, and the profits will go towards raising the funds of the Club.

Anxious enquires are being made concerning the Town Clock, that, some time ago, was promised by the late Sir Donald McLean, as a present to Napier, and which was to be erected at the Post Office. The presentation having failed, it is useless to expect anything from the General Government. This community scarcely makes itself disagreeable enough to the Central Authorities to get much consideration for public convenience. Could the Borough Public Works Committee make a recommendation to the Council on the subject of supplying a Town Clock?

We learn that the nomination of candidates for the vacant seat caused in the Waipawa County Council by the recent decision in the Resident Magistrates’ Court, will take place on the 18th instant, and that the polling, if any will be held on the 23rd instant.

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Porakapa Tamihotu, a Waipawa native, writing to the Wananga, complains that cattle and horses which he impounds at Waipawa, are allowed to be taken out of the pound on the system of credit, but that natives are not allowed the same privilege. He would like it.

Saturday, the 19th day of May, is fixed by the Returning Officer as the date for the nomination of a Councillor for the Mohaka riding in the room of Mr. McKinnon, resigned, and the polling, if any will take place on the 26th of May. Mr. Witty, it is rumored, will not stand for the vacant seat.

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It is reported that the Rev. H.W. St. Hill has been asked by the Rev. J. Townsend to take charge of St John’s Church for twelve months, in order to allow the Incumbent a change of scene. It is understood that Mr St Hill is willing to undertake the duty, but requires the assent, or approval, of the parishioners, to his doing so. Mr St Hill is well known in Napier, having been the first Incumbent of St. John’s.

The order for the uniforms, &c, for the Napier Artillery Volunteer Band and extra suits for the battery was forwarded to Messrs Hobson and Sons, London, (the makers of the present uniform of the Corps) per the ‘Frisco mail, which left por[for] Rotorua on Sunday.

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To the Editor: Sir, – Referring to the report of the two Engineers on the reservoir, the Herald after giving a curious explanation of what the engineers meant as to their opinion as to the leakage, goes on to remark: “One method to guard against this leakage would be to cover the bottom with a coating of cement,” Surely sir, there is already a coating of cement on the bottom of the reservoir, or what was the Municipal Engineer thinking about? – AN UNFORTUNATE RATEPAYER.

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The writs quo warranto that were to have been taken out against certain members of the newly elected Clive Road Board, have not yet been served. Whether they are, or are not, will make very little difference, for should another election be held, it is more than probable that the same gentleman will be chosen by the ratepayers to sot at the Board.

In consequence of the closing of the Wairoa bar, Police Sergeant McGuire is weather-bound at Clyde. Police Constable Maddigan of Havelock relieves Sergeant McGiure; Sergeant Robinson, of Waipawa, takes Sergeant Moffat’s place at Napier. On the 1st July, Major Scully hopes to have the police force at Napier strengthened by three additional constables.

From a telegram we learn that the wool ship Helen Denny, Captain Routh, has arrived safely at London from Napier.

The petition to the Education Board relative to the establishment of a school along the lower end of Carlyle-street, was favorably entertained at the meeting of the Board on Monday. It was resolved to withdraw section No. 70, Carlyle-street, from sale of lease in order that it might eventually be used as a site for a school.

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THE WEEKLY MERCURY    5

The road along the Tongoio [ Tangoio ] beach, for a distance of about two miles and a half, is in a terrible state, the whole of the formation having been washed away during the late high seas. Some two years ago, this road was made at a cost of £700, and was repaired two months back at an expense of £140; it is now in its original condition. We hear that the road from Petane to Wairoa is in an execrable state, land slips on all the cuttings, and fallen trees across those portions of the track that pass through bush.

In the R. M. Court on Tuesday, before J. A. Smith, Esq., J.P., Ed. Tuke, Esq., J.P., and A. Kennedy, Esq., J.P. the cross cases pf H. Connor v. Police Constable Irwin, and Constable Irwin v. H. and J. Connor, were on the application of Mr Lascelles adjourned till Thursday next. There were two civil cases heard, Napier Gas Company v. F. Jones for gas supplied; and E. W. Knowles v. F. Jones. Judgment went in both cases by default for the plaintiffs.

Ten men with a requisite number of horses, ploughs, &c., proceeded to Nuhaka in the s.s. Jane Douglas for the purpose of ploughing and laying down wheat, 500 acres of land on Messrs. Richardson and Walker’s run.

The engine and monkey for driving the piles on the westward side to the harbor works were taken across on Tuesday.

When the mailman left Wairoa, on Saturday last, it was reported that provisions were getting rather low in the township.

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A special general meeting of the Municipal Council was called for 11 o’clock on Tuesday, but a sufficient number of members not being present the meeting was adjourned till 7.30 o’clock that night.  The meeting is called for the passing of the Borough Fund accounts from November 16, 1876, to March 31, 1877

A correspondent sends us the following: – “The editor of the Herald complains of the odor of the gas emitted from the burners and apertures, on Monday afternoon. His meters and burners should have been turned off during the day, and the apertures, even the slightest, should not exist. It is well for thee, O sapient Editor, that the gas does smell; else might the unsuspecting devil, with furtive pipe, and silent match, inflame thy gas, and send thee straight to Heaven.”

A young man by the name of Windsor was picked up on Monday in Dalton-street, in a state of intoxication, by Constable Irwin. When found that he was perfectly helpless, and should he not have been discovered in time, we are informed would have soon been numbered with the dead. He was shewn every attention by Constable Irwin’s wife, and on his recovering was conveyed to the lock-up.

It will be seen by advertisements that all the roads within the Waipawa County have been publicly declared County roads. The Road Boards have nothing left for them to do.

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Mr Beetham held an Assessment Court at Onga Onga on Wednesday. There was only one solitary adjudication, viz, a settler complained that he was called on to pay £22 for a property which in his opinion was not worth the amount.

We notice that the Masonic Hall, with part of the section of land on which it is built, is advertised for lease for a long term of years.  In the event of a tenant being found, we understand that the Freemasons will build a hall more adapted to the wants of the Order than the present building.

We learn from our Waipawa correspondent that the inland settlers are very wrath with the attempt to do away with the Road Boards in the several districts, and hand them over body and soul to the tender mercies of the Council. The settlers state, and it would appear with some show of reason, if we are to judge from the proceedings of the Waipawa County  Council since it came into existence, that the Council will never be able to perform the duties now devolving on the Boards satisfactorily. That in the event of the Boards becoming institutions of the past, that the settlers small requirements will not receive prompt attention, and further that the monies which will be swallowed in salaries, and County expenses to which they will have to contribute, would keep nearly all the roads in repair in the district, without having to resolve to further taxation.

At the Resident Magistrate’s Court, Waipawa on Tuesday, before R. Beetham, Esq., the only case of public interest was Lozell, collector for Patangata Road Board v. Nicholson. Claim for rates. Mr Lee appeared for defendant. It appeared that the first meeting of the ratepayers was held on 30th December last, on which day wardens were elected, and a rate struck of 3 per cent on the annual value of the properties in the district. The rate was for a period up to 31st march, 1877. The defendant contended that the rate for such an amount being for three months was excessive and therefore illegal. The Road Board’s contention was that the 3 per cent was for a whole year, from 31 March, 1876, to 31 March, 1877. To this it was replied that there was no power to strike a rate for 9 months during which the Board had no existence. The magistrate will give his decision in Napier on Saturday. This was taken as a test case.

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The Hospital Committee met on Wednesday in the Council Chamber at 11 a.m. There were present Messrs. Stuart, (Chairman) Anderson, Newton, Lambert, Smith, and Lee. The minutes of the previous meeting having been read and confirmed, the report of the building committee was read. It recommended the calling for competitive designs for hospital buildings, the said buildings to be built of wood with concrete foundations, at a total cost of about £3,000. The report was adopted. The committee ten adjourned till July 11.

The usual quarterly election of officers of the Napier Pioneer Lodge, No. 26, I.O.G.T. for the ensuing quarter, took place in their lodge-room, at the Rechabite and Templar Hall, Emerson street, on Tuesday evening, May 8th, when they following officers were duly installed by Lodge Deputy Bro. F. E. Landders, of Ark of Friendship Lodge, Napier:-Bro. Geo. Trimmer, P.W.C.T.; Bro. J. S. Master, W.C.T.; Bro. Lawes, W.V.T.: Sister S.A.G Buckingham, W.S.; Bro. E.J. Corbett, W.C.; Bro. C. Hunt, W.F.S.; Sister M. Robinson, W.T.; Bro. F. Martin, W. M.; Sister M. Worker, W.D.M.; Bro. W. Robinson, W.A.S.; Bro. Storkey, W.I.G.; Bro. Buckingham, W.O.G.; Sister Carter, W.B.H.S.; Sister Warren, W.L.H.S. The office of Lodge Deputy was declared vacant by the resignation of Bro. J. Parkin in account of ill-health, Bro. Stevens was nominated to the office of L.D. pending the approval of the Grand Lodge. The above lodge is progressing favorably and rapidly, and members are flocking nightly who came freely and joyfully forward to swell the ranks of the Temperance army. The order numbers, males, 59; females, 31.

Fred. Jones, bootmaker of Napier, being unable to meet his engagements with his creditors, invites those parties to meet him in the Supreme Court House on the 14th instant.

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At the sale of the leases of the Corporation reserves on Thursday, only five sections were sold.  Sections 553, A. and B, Hastings-street, were bought by Mr. N. Jacobs, at an advance of ten shillings on the upset price.  Mr. G. H. Swan was the buyer of section 568, Hastings-street; No. 569, Munroe-street was bought by the Napier Gas Company, and section 617, Colin street, Port Ahuriri, was purchased by Messrs. Routledge, Kennedy and Co.

The following licenses have been taken out within the Borough of Napier to date, – 43 for carts, 39 for passenger vehicles, and 41 for drivers. We hear that some few carters and owners of cabs have neglected to take out licenses, and that the Corporation purpose to  proceed against all persons infringing the by-laws. Persons plying for hire without a license had better beware.

Porakapa Tamihotu, the well-known Waipawa native, explains to us that his letter to the Wananga relative to the Waipawa Pound, has either not received a fair interpretation or in writing, he so jumbled his sentences together in his communication as not to made himself understood. He intended instead of complaining of the manner in which the poundkeeper performs his duties, to award him praise. It appears that Porakapa impounded a horse belonging to a gentleman in the district, and claimed 10s damages. Mr. Baker advanced the native the money. The settler whose horse was impounded now threatens to sue the native on the grounds that he had no business to impound it. Porakapa’s complaint then is, that when native horses are impounded, they pay damages without a murmur, but when the settlers get their horses impounded, they threaten legal proceedings, and put the Maoris to considerable trouble and expense. This explanation is made in justice to the poundkeeper, as otherwise it would have appeared that he favored the Europeans, and dealt hardly with our dusky brethren.

After all, there appears to have been no necessity for the long discussion which took place on Tuesday last relative to the altering the day of the meeting of the Council in the Waipawa Court-house so as not to clash with the Resident Magistrate’s Court sittings; nor will the Council at its next meeting require to discuss Col. Herrick’s motion as to altering the by-laws so as to make the alteration in the day of meeting legal. The by-laws and the resolution of the Council distinctly state that the meetings of theCouncil shall take place on the “first” Tuesday of the month. Mr Beetham holds his Court in the “second” Tuesday in each month.  So there is an end of the supposed difficulty. Next council meeting day, however, the Licensing Court is advertised to meet in the Court-house, at noon, but we presume some arrangements can be made whereby both meetings can be held at the same time, and in the same building.

There was a most disgraceful exhibition a [at] the Waipawa railway station on Wednesday. Just as the train was due, a young Maori girl, a relative of Hapuku’s was to be seen in a state of intoxication, staggering on the line of railway opposite the platform. She was totally helpless. Fortunately she was seen by Mr. Beetham, the Resident Magistrate, who had just come on to the platform, who with the assistance of another party, forced her out of her dangerous position, and placed her on the platform out of the way of the engine, and forcibly detained her until the train arrived. The girl was in such a condition that she had to be lifted into the train, and on its arrival opposite Hapuku’s pa had to be lifted out, and placed on to the side of the road, and there she was left for Hapuku to watch over her, as the train passed on. There should be some check placed on publicans giving intoxicated natives drink, and the police should be instructed to summon the first publican found breaking the law in this respect, and such an example could then be made as to deter others from doing likewise.

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Mr F. Garnham, of the Waipawa Hotel, has erected a bowling saloon, which he contemplates opening for the first time this evening.

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WAIROA.
[FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT]
May 9.
The Result landed her passengers, and is now discharging her cargo on the beach.
The Manaia is down the river to attempt the passage of the bar, but it is very doubtful if she will be successful.

(PRESS AGENCY)
WELLINGTON.
May 9,
Sailed – Wanaka, for Napier, at noon. Passengers – Misses Cheesman, Messrs. Baker, Farron, Isaacs, and Mrs. Baker.

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Sailed – Rangatira, for Napier, at one p.m. Passengers – Dramatic Company (12), Mrs Digby, Mr Jeffs, and six in steerage.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

IMMIGRANTS’ PROMISSORY NOTES.
SIR, – Can you tell me why the Government are pressing now for payment of immigrants’ passage money? Of course many immigrants signed promissory notes, and they received notice that they would have to be paid. Still, in face of such a large number who were brought our here free, I, with many others cannot see the justice of payment of passage moneys being now demanded. – I am, &c.,
IMMIGRANT.
Napier, May 8, 1877.
[Since receiving the above, we have seen the Immigration Officer, under whose directions the payment of these promissory notes is being demanded, and he informs us that he has been over-lenient in the matter of their collection, considering that many of the indebted immigrants have risen to positions of independence, such as they could never have done in England. Knowing that a just debt existed on their part to the Government, we cannot but think that “Immigrant’s” letter shows some want of honesty. Any person who signs a promissory note, willingly entering in the agreement to pay his passage to New Zealand, must know that he is liable for its payment. To repudiate the debt is a dishonest  action. – ED. W. M.]

IMMIGRANTS’ PASSAGE MONEY.
SIR, – In your last night’s paper, I read a letter signed “Immigrant” in which he wishes to know why the Government are pressing for payment of immigrants’ passage money. Now I happen to be one of those misled individuals who signed a promissory note. I say “misled,’ because the immigration agents at home puffed up New Zealand a great deal more than they were justified in doing. I for one should have paid some part of my passage money in England, but was assured by the agent that I should be better able to pay £20 out here than I could £5 in England. This I found I could not do. We were told that we could get 12s a day out here, that was wrong again.  “Immigrant” cannot see the justice of being called on to pay after so much free emigration; I quite agree with him.
I will now come to your remarks on the same subject in which you say that you have seen the Immigration Officer, who informed you that he had been over lenient in the matter of the collection of promissory notes. But why has he been over lenient in the matter? Can you or the Immigration Officer tell us why he has been over lenient in the matter? I, for my part, cannot see much leniency in over stocking the labour market with free immigration and then calling on poor people for passage money just as a very bad time of year is coming on. If you can see much justice in that I should like you to point it out.
I know that I have been out of work seven weeks, and can scarcely get a living, and the grocer called this morning for orders and asked me if I was one that had signed a promissory note, I told him I was, so I suppose that my credit will be stopped in that direction, for of course the man knows I cannot pay Government and him too.
You say that to repudiate the debt is a dishonest action. Well I certainly cannot agree with you, for I think that after so many years they could let it drop, considering how their agents in England led men astray. Besides, would it not have been better for the Napier Immigration Officer of Napier instead of being so very kind and over lenient, if he had collected his money when there were not so many rates and so much poverty in the place, and a great deal more work? I have frequently noticed in your paper little notes calling attention to the state of the labour market, and saying that it was time that immigration was stopped, for there was not work enough for those to do that were here, and yet in the face of that, you uphold the Government in claiming what you know one half of the people cannot pay!
I don’t know any assisted immigrant that has got an independence. Since I have been here (four years) there certainly have been some come out as free immigrants, with money, and bought land and houses, and were kept in the barracks seven days. But poor we, whose money they are now pressing for, were told that if we were not out in three days we should be turned out and our boxes put out in the yard.  Of course that is justice. Well, I will not trouble you with any more at present but subscribe myself yours &c.,
ESPERANCE EN DIEU
Napier, May 10, 1877.

RESIDENT MAGISTRATE’S COURT
THURSDAY, MAY 10.
(Before R. Beetham, Esq., R.M.)

CHARGE OF ASSAULT AGAINST A CONSTABLE.
Hugh and James Connor charged Constable Irwin with having assaulted them on Saturday evening.
Mr. Cotterill appeared on behalf of the police, and Mr. Lascelles for the brothers Connor.
Mr. Lascelles, in a few words, stated the case on behalf of the Connors.
Constable Irwin pleaded not guilty to the charge.
Hugh Connor stated that he was a carter. On Saturday night last he came from Mr. Hayden’s to the Criterion Hotel. His wife was in a trap outside the hotel. When coming out of the hotel, he perceived a man named Butler with his head at the back of the trap in which his wife was, offering her fourpence. He told Butler that the person he addressed was his wife, and that she wanted none of his fourpences. He struck Butler in the face twice for assaulting his wife, knocking him backwards. His brother James then interfered, and prevented him striking Butler a third time. The policeman then came up, and he requested him to take Butler in charge, but he refused to do so. He afterwards went over to the Masonic Hotel, accompanied by his brother, “You are my prisoner.” The policeman then tried to keep him from getting into a trap, and struck him on the head with his baton. Both brothers then drove away to the Spit. There were several persons present. He never touched the policeman during the time.
Cross-examined by Mr. Cotterill: The occurrence took place about 9 p.m. He had had a glass or two. There was no noise at the time. The policeman was not present when Butler insulted his wife.
James Connor’s evidence was similar to that of his brother’s as to the first portion of the fracas. He further stated that he saw the constable strike his brother at the trap door with his baton. The policemen struck him once on the head with his baton, and so injured him as to make him lose his situation.
Alfred Beale’s evidence was then taken, but he threw no new light on the matter.
Wm. Gordon, a cab driver, deposed as to having Mrs. Connor in his trap, and as to the words used by Butler to her.
In answer to the Resident Magistrate, James Connor stated that why Mr. Becker of the Criterion Hotel wished him to get his brother away, was because Mr. Becker was afraid he was getting drunk.
The evidence of Messrs. Graham, Masters, Eva and Robinson, and Constable Irwin was then taken, which all proved that the Connors were both in an excited state on Saturday night; – that their conduct attracted a large crowd of people, and that the constable did not draw his baton until he was obliged to do so in his own self-defence, and until he had been jostled and knocked about by the crowd, and that the Connors attempted to strike at him.
His Worship, in dismissing the case, stated there had been a good deal said during the case as to drunkenness. In his opinion, there were various degrees of drunkenness. Men in the state the Connors appeared to be in on Saturday night, “excited by liquor” were far more dangerous than men helplessly drunk. The constable was perfectly justified in making the arrest, and while the police did not go outside their duty it was the duty of the Bench to support them. There was no doubt the policeman had been jostled about. He would dismiss the case with costs, which in all amounted to £2 7s 6d.

ASSAULTING THE POLICE.
Hugh Connor was charged with having assaulted and beaten Constable Irwin while in the execution of his duty on the 5th May last.
Part of the same evidence was taken as in the previous case.

OBSTRUCTING THE POLICE.
James Connor was charged with having willfully obstructed Constable Irwin while in the execution of his duty.
The evidence of the. having been taken, His Worship, after animadverting on the conduct of both the prisoners, fined then each 40s and costs, or 14 days imprisonment. The costs in each of these two last cases amounted to £1 7s 6d.

MEANEE [ MEEANEE ] HIGHWAY BOARD.
A MEETING of the above Board was held on Wednesday at MacDonald’s Hotel, Taradale.
Present: Messrs. Thos. Peddie (chairman) J. Hallett, J. Barry, and J.C. Speedy.
The Chairman having read the minutes of the last meeting.
Mr. Speedy proposed, and Mr. Barry seconded, that the minutes be confirmed. Carried.
The Chairman read a letter from H. Harrison, stating his ability to carry out No. 1 contract.
The Chairman proposed that fresh tenders be called for, which was carried.
Messrs. West and White’s tender for making the Meanee drain was accepted.
Mr. Barry enquired of the chairman what action he had taken re the Taradale drain.
Mr. Peddie stated that he had only received the plan last Friday, and had done nothing in the matter, and also observed that the making of the Taradale drain stood in a different position from the Meanee one. Mr. H. Sladen had generously given the land required at Meanee. He had also reason to believe that there would be opposition to the proposed line of drain at Taradale, there being other outlets for getting rid of the artesian well water.
Proposed by Mr. Speedy, and seconded by Mr. Barry, that all unpaid rates due to the Board, if not paid by the 21st of May, be sued for without further notice. Carried.
Mr. Peddie handed in his resignation as a member of the Board. Being about to leave the district for some length of time, he would be unable to attend to the duties of Chairman.
Mr. Barry moved an adjournment, which Mr Speedy seconded. Carried.
The Board then adjourned, and met again immediately afterwards.
Present: Messrs. J. Hallett, J. Barry, and J. C. Speedy in the chair.
Proposed by Mr. Barry, and seconded by Mr. Hallett, that the resignation of Mr. T. Peddie as a member of the Board be accepted.
Proposed by Mr. Speedy, and seconded by Mr. Barry, that Mr. Hallett be appointed Chairman of the Board. Carried.
Proposed by Mr. Hallett, and seconded by Mr. Barry, that the affairs of the Board, as laid before the present meeting by the late Chairman, being deemed satisfactory, be taken over by the newly elected Chairman. Carried.
Proposed by Mr. Barry, and seconded by Mr. Hallett, that Mr. R. Hill be elected a member of the Board. Carried.
Mr. Peddie, the late Chairman, then handed over the account to Mr. Hallett, after which the Board adjourned.

WAIROA COUNTY COUNCIL.
A meeting of the Wairoa County Council was held on 7th May.
Present: Cr. Burton (chairman), Crs. Cable, Flint, Parker, and Smyth.
A report from the collector of rates giving list of defaulting ratepayers was laid before the Council.
Cr. Cable proposed, and Cr. Smyth seconded, that the rates due by two ratepayers be remitted, under clause 115 of the Counties Act. Carried.
It was then resolved that all other defaulting ratepayers be proceeded against.
On the report of the Committee on Roads, the following sections of roads were ordered to be let by contract instead of the sections before mentioned: – 1.  Tongoio to Moeangiangi; 2. Moeangiangi to Mohaka; 3. Mohaka to Turiroa; 4. Turiroa to Wairoa; 5. Wairoa to Nuhaka; 6. Nuhaka to Paretu; 7. Wairoa to Te Reinga.
The following Councillors, with power to add to their number, were appointed a Public Works Committee, with authority to accept all tenders for works voted by Council, viz., Crs. Burton, Cable, and Parker.
On the proposition of Cr. Flint, seconded by Cr. Cable, the clerk was instructed to furnish a report to the next meeting showing all amounts expended in the County to date, specifying the Ridings in which expended.
No further business being brought before the Council, the meeting was declared closed.

WAIPAWA RESIDENT MAGISTRATE’S COURT.
TUESDAY, MAY 8.
(Before R. Beetham, Esq., R. M.)

Alexander v. Moore. – Claim of £16 10s for balance of wages. No appearance of plaintiff, and case dismissed.
Pritchard and Olley v. Pressley. – Claim of £23 5s 7d, balance of account of butcher’s bill. Judgment by default for amount claimed with costs of Court 28s.
Shirley v. Avison. – Plaintiff claimed £70, the value of certain goods detained by the defendant.
Avison v. Shirley. – This was a counter claim of £59, by the plaintiff for board and lodging and other expenses against the defendant.  Mr Lee, of Napier, was retained by Avison in both cases. His worship denounced the dispute as a discreditable family quarrel, which ought not to have been brought before an open Court. Recriminating charges of drunkenness were the pleas set up in support of the evidence given, and after a patient hearing of much irrelevant matters, judgment was given for the defendant in each case without costs.
Fisher v. Bryson. – A balance of £22 on a contract account for bush work, was claimed by the plaintiff against the defendant. By the evidence it was shown that the plaintiff had not completed the contract. He was therefore non-suited, with costs amounting to £5 11s 3d.
Patangata Road Board (per S. Lozell, collector, &c.) v. Nicholson; Same v. Clarke; Same v. Campbell. – These three cases were instituted to try the validity of a rate which had been struck and levied partly under the Provincial Highways Act, and partly under the new Rating Act. A complication had consequently arisen which admitted of a reasonable dispute as to the legality of the proceedings, and the powers of the Board to enforce collection. Mr Lee conducted the defence. Judgment was reserved to be given on Saturday next, at the Resident Magistrate’s Court, Napier

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8  THE WEEKLY MERCURY.

Shipping Intelligence.

PORT AHURIRI.
ARRIVALS.
May.
3 – Jane  Douglas, s.s., from Poverty Bay.  Passengers – Mrs Kyle, Messrs Graham, Larshon, Wilson, Power, Wallace, Horgi, the Father Regnier, and two natives.
6 – Rotorua, s.s., from Wellington and Southern ports. Passengers – Mr and Mrs Hastie, Mrs Valentine, Messrs G. Ormond, Thompson, Farquhar Blackett, one steerage, and 80 for the North.
6 – Albatross, schooner, from Whangapoua.
6 – Isabella Pratt form Oamaru.
6 – Rangatira, s.s., from Poverty Bay.  Passengers – Mrs Hill Misses Parsons, Best and Collins, Messrs Collins, Skelly, Bishop, McDougall, Berry, Levin, Wilson, Herd, Porter, Keruish, and 7 for the South.
8 – Kiwi, s.s., from Wellington.
9 – Manaia, p.s., from Wairoa.  Passengers – Mr and Mrs McMurray, Mr and Mrs Dyer, Miss Bogle, Messrs Andrews, McGrevie, Mackay, one prisoner, and 8 natives in the steerage.
9 – Result, s.s., from Wairoa.
10 – Wanaka, s.s., from Wellingers [Wellington?].  Passengers – Misses Cheeseman (2), Mrs Baker, Mrs Holder and family, Mesrss [Messrs] Holder, Baker, Isaacs, Farron, Auslin,[?] Murdoch, Martin, Davis, Chandler, McCulloch, Beal, 3 steerage, and 10 for the North.

DEPARTURES.
May
4 – Rangatira, s.s. for Poverty Bay.  Passengers – Messrs Harrison, Townley, Tabuteau, Macdonald, Thoms, Newton, and three in steerage
4 – Orpheus, schooner, for Mercury Bay
5 – Acadia, schooner, for Mercury Bay
6 -Rotorua, s.s., for Auckland and Sydney. Passengers – Mesdames Neill, Lewis, Bright, and Wilson, Messrs Graham, Tod, Mason, Wilson, Harkis, Brown, Turley, McLean, Hengin, and 80 original.
6 – Rangitira, s.s., for Auckland and Sydney. Passengers – Mesdames Neill, Lewis, Bright, and Wilson, Messrs Graham, Tod, Mason, Wilson, Harkis, Brown, Turley, McLean, Hengin, and 80 original.
6 – Rangatira, s.s., for Wellington. Passsengers – Mesdames Apperley, Olsen and child, Miss Best, Messrs Tabuteau, Mitchell, Bishop, Porter, Gardiner, Foley, Gilisen, Levin, and 7 from Poverty Bay.
8 – Opotiki, schooner, for Poverty Bay.
8 – Jane Douglas, s.s., for Nujaka. Passengers – Mr and Mrs Eden, Major Goring, and servant.

The s.s. Result towed in the schooner Spray on Friday and towed out the schooner Orpheus.
The s.s. Rangatira, Captain Evans, discharged a full cargo of general merchandize on Thursday, took in a few tons of cargo for Wellington, and steamed for Poverty Bay early on Friday. Amongst the passengers this morning we noticed Mr J. M. Tabuteau, the Collector of customs, who is on six weeks leave of absence.
On the late trip of the s.s. Jane Douglas, she lay for two nights under Young Nick’s Head. She, however, succeeded in getting inside without any accident, landed Mr Horsfall’s race horses in good condition, and came out of the river on Thursday morning, arriving here at midnight in ballast.
A few days ago at Timaru the sea was so heavy, that no communication could be had between the Tairoa and the shore.
The following telegram has been kindly handed to us for general information by Mr E. F. Rich, Deputy Collector of Customs: – “Government Buildings, May, 3.  To Collector of Customs, Spit – Small schooner Edward left Lyttelton 7th April, was blown off Bank’s Peninsula in heavy S.W. gale is still missing. The friends of the master think the vessel is still afloat with loss of sails somewhere between Capes Palliser and Kidnappers.  Ask the masters of all vessels bound from Napier in that direction to look out for her. – (signed) W. S. SEED.
The schooner Acadia was towed out by the s.s. Sir Donald on Saturday.
There can be no doubt that one effect o[of] the harbor works has been to greatly increase the current running in and out of the inner harbor at ebb and flood tides. The strength of the current will of course increase as the works are completed. Already, as the Engineer to the Harbor Board says in his last report, “some inconvenience is being experienced by the shipping from the increased strength of the tide at the heads, but as the object of the work is to increase the force of the tide to such an extent as to scour away the bar, the present inconvenience must be looked upon as the unavoidable state of transition to the desired results.” Quite so. The strength of the tide is not at present sufficient to scour away the bar, but will the inconvenience experienced by shipping be obviated when the tide has been increased to such as extent as to bring about the desired result? We can hardly regard the inconvenience to shipping from the force of the tide as of a transitory nature. The object of the harbor works is to produce a water-race, which, when once soured, will make an inconvenience to the shipping of a most determined and permanent character.
The s.s. Rangatira, Capt. Evans, returned from Poverty bay on Sunday, at 5 a.m.  In consequence of the heavy sea there, very little cargo was landed. She left for Wellington at noon on Sunday, and rounded the Kidnappers about 2 p.m. Another steamer followed about 3 p.m. supposed to be a man-of-war from Auckland via Tauranga.
The s.s. Rotorua only stayed about an hour on Sunday. She had no cargo for this Port, and only a few passengers. She was tendered by the Bella and Sir Donald, and left here at 10.30 a.m. for Auckland and Sydney. She was the bearer of the outward ‘Frisco mail, also a good many passengers for Sydney and ‘Frisco.
The schooner Albatross is loaded with sawn timber for Mr Johnson.
The s.s. Rotorua, hence on Sunday at 10.30 a.m., made the trip to Auckland in 35 hours. Her mails and outward passengers were transhipped to the P.M.S.S  City of Sydney on Tuesday. The mail steamer was to leave Auckland at noon on Tuesday. The following is a correct list of home passengers from Napier:-Mr and Mrs A. Watt, Miss Carlyon, Messrs. G. Graham, J. Tod, and J Mason.
The s.s. Rangatira, Capt. Evans, arrived in Wellington at 4 p.m. on Monday. This is a very fair passage considering the weather she had to contend with.
Mr Northe on Tuesday made a temporary slip so as to haul up the Bella to be cleaned and painted.
All the native passengers who have been waiting for the last three weeks to go to Wairoa in the Result started overland on Tuesday, Tareha having provided them with horses.
The schooner Isabella Pratt was bought to the breastwork on Tuesday. She is loaded principally with breadstuffs.
The Pilot at Wairoa wired Captain Baxter that he thought he might be able to take in the Result on Wednesday. She therefore started at an early hour.
The s.s. Fairy and Jane Douglas both left on Tuesday, the former for Blackhead, and the latter for Mohaka.
The next wool ship to load in Wellington will be the Carnatic, which is expected there at the end of this week.
The p.s. Manaia, after being blocked in the Wairoa for three weeks and two days, succeeded in getting out on Wednesday. Captain Smith reports about 3ft 6in on the bar; his steamer dragged all the way across. There is a good deal of water in the river. There has been no flood-tide there for the last five days. Should the present westerly wind continue it will improve the entrance. Her cargo is principally fruit and luggage.
The s.s. Result returned from Wairoa on Wednesday night, having landed her cargo on the beach. Captain Baxter reports the bar too shallow to admit of his steamer going inside. She is again on the berth for Wairoa.
The s.s. Wanaka arrived in the Bay at 9.30 a.m. on Thursday. She left Port Chalmers at 11 p.m. on 6th, arriving at Akaroa at 5 p.m., on the 7th; left again at 10p.m., and arrived at Lyttelton at 2 a.m. the following morning; left Lyttelton at 1 p.m. on the 9th, arriving at Wellington the next day; left Wellington at 1 p.m. yesterday, arriving in the Bay as above. From Dunedin to Lyttelton she met with strong N.E. winds and heavy sea, and from Lyttelton to Wellington strong S.W, wind. From Wellington she experienced S.W. wind changing to N, blowing hard with heavy sea. Bad weather all along. She was tendered by s.s. Sir Donald, which vessel brought a full cargo ashore, consequently the passengers were not landed till 1 p.m. she brings about 200 tons of cargo for this port.

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POST OFFICE NOTICE.
MAILS CLOSE
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.
J. GRUBB.
Chief Postmaster.

BIRTHS.
O’HANLON – At Taradale, on April 26, the wife of J.F. O’Hanlon, of a daughter.
McLEAN – On the 2nd May, at Tuki Tuki Station, the wife of Mr. Allan McLean, of a daughter.
HANLON – At Napier, on the 3rd May, the wife of Mr W. Hanlon, of a daughter.
GRAHAM – At Napier, on May 7, the wife of Mr W.J. Graham, of a daughter.

MARRIAGE.
GIBBONS – WYLLIE – On the 26th April, by Rev. W. H. Root, at the residence of the bride’s mother, Mangapapa, Gisborne, Robert George Gibbons, junior, of Napier, son of Mr. R. G. Gibbons, of Gisborne, Poverty Bay, to Hannah Tungia Ralston, eldest daughter of the late Mr. James Wyllie of Poverty Bay.

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Government Notifications.

NOTICE.
Office of Waste Lands Board,
Napier, 8th December, 1876.
TO HUGH MCCORMICK, formerly of the 65th Regiment or his representatives.
You are hereby required, within six months from this date, to prove to the satisfaction of the Waste Lands Board that you have complied with the conditions required to entitle you to 60 acres of land in the Wakarara District, selected under a Military Settlers Land Order, and if you fail to prove your claim within the specified time, your title to the land will be forfeited and the land be dealt with as the Board may direct.
J.T. TYLEE,
Chief Commissioner.

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NOTICE.
ANY Person found trespassing on my land at Puketapu with Dogs, Guns, or otherwise, will be prosecuted, and £5 reward will be given to any person giving such information as may lead to the conviction of such trespasser.
JOHN HESLOP, SENR.

ANY Person found trespassing with Dog, or Gun upon the Longlands property will be prosecuted.
ROBERT FARMER.

£900 TO LEND in one or more sums on good Freehold secnrity [security].
J.J.BUCHANAN,
Hampden.

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

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

The Weekly Mercury
AND
HAWKE’S BAY ADVERTISER,
SATURDAY, MAY 12, 1877.

THE intending settlers in the Bush Mills Small Farm Settlement have just cause to regard their case as one of much hardship. For several weeks they have been kept off their land in consequence of the rules of their association being retained at Wellington for the sanction of the Government; that, at least, was the ostensible reason of the delay up till Thursday, when the Waste Lands Board sat. It was then discovered that the detention of the rules was due to a cause which could only have had an existence in a province administered as Hawke’s Bay has been. In no other part of the colony, we believe, could it have been possible for so gross a blunder to have been committed as that in connection with the Maharara block, and for that blunder to have been concealed till accident disclosed it. The consequence of that blunder has been, that the Waste Lands Board has apportioned land over which the Crown had no complete title. The Board has been deceived, and the intending settlers have been deceived. Now it is the business of the Board, we take it, to probe this matter to the bottom, and to fix the blame on the

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right parties. This is the only course by which it can free itself from a participation in that just censure which attaches to a so careless a blunder. The facts of the case are these:- the negotiations for the purchase of the Maharara block of 26,383 acres were commenced about six years ago, and were so far completed that eight out of the nine grantees signed the deed of sale. The ninth grantee has never been bought out. The sale, however, under the Native lands Act, was valid enough as far as it went; and so with that happy indifference to trifles which so often characterised our late provincial administration, His Honor the Superintendent resolved that the block of land should be opened up and settled. From the action of His Honor, however, it was evident he recognized the flaw in the title, which in a similarly off-hand manner he determined to patch up by cutting off 5,000 acres from the block with which to quiet the old woman (the ninth grantee) should she ever become troublesome. Some considerable portions of the block claimed to have been bought by the Crown were afterwards sold, and the Heretaunga, and the Victoria Special Settlements were established on the land; and lately, the Bush Mills Small-farm Association was formed and also apportioned land in the same block. The portions of the block on which were the Heretaunga and the Victoria Special Settlements had been at the time of their establishment properly proclaimed as open for selection, but in the case of the land apportioned to the Bush Mills Association this necessary formality had been omitted. The members of the Waste Land Boards who had been, at the time of the application of the Association, only recently appointed, were naturally unacquainted with the circumstances relating to every block of land in the province, and were absolutely dependent on the old provincial officials for information. At the sitting of the Board last week it transpired in the course of a discussion in connection with the request of the Manager of the Bush Mills Association to be placed in possession of the land, that the Board had been “misled” in the matter of the position of the land applied for. We shall now quote from our contemporary’s report of the meeting, in reference to Mr Thompson’s request.
The Chairman said that the rules had not come from Wellington. He had been expecting them by every post, and thought they would have reached here that morning by the Rangatira.
Colonel Whitmore said that Mr. Thompson had better be replied to that the difficulty was the non-receipt of the rules, and when that was removed the Association could be put into possession of their land.
The Chairman did not know that if would be so. The fact was the land had never been proclaimed as being open for selection.
Colonel Whitmore thought the chairman could still write that the difficulty was the non-receipt of the rules, and he might or might not tell Mr Thompson that it was doubtful whether the land was open for selection.
The Chairman thought the thing was wrong; no one ought to be allowed to select land when it had not been proclaimed open for selection. The board had been misled in allowing it. The native title had not been extinguished.
Colonel Whitmore: Why did the board allow it?
The Chairman; Mr Weber came in and said, pointing at places on the map, this place is open and this is open, and so on.  The board did not know anything about it beyond what Mr Weber said.
Colonel Whitmore: Then the board were misled.
The Chairman: Yes.
Colonel Whitmore considered that as it seemed doubtful that the title was clear the selectors ought to be told of it.
The Chairman said that there might come at any moment an intimation from Wellington that the difficulty had been removed.
Colonel Whitmore nevertheless thought the selectors should be told the actual position of the matter. At present they thought there was only a question of detail delaying their being put in possession of the land, whereas there was the more serious one of title. Mr Thompson might be written to, to the effect that the apparent delay was caused by the rules not having been returned from Wellington, but that the board had reason to believe that the native title was not extinguished, and that would involve further, or perhaps the extinguishment of the selection.
Our morning contemporary, to whom we are indebted for the above report writing on this subject, says: –
It is surely absurd to blame the late chief surveyor (Mr Weber) in connection with the matter. If there is any blame at all it lies with the late Superintendent, as it was under his regime that a commencement was made of settling the block.
We hold the late Superintendent free from blame in the matter of the Bush Mills Association fiasco, a wretched blunder which would not have occurred had the Board not been misled.

THE repeated cases of distress, that appeal so fervently to the benevolent, and to which charity cannot turn a deaf ear, now promise to become so numerous as to put it out of the power of charitably disposed persons to adequately relieve. The withdrawal of the annual grants in aid, voted in past years by the Provincial council has practically thrown upon the public the duty of supporting and relieving all poor and distressed persons. With the increase of population the appeals of the indigent, and the sick, become more numerous. Formerly, private charities amply sufficed to supplement the Government grant, now, however, that Government assistance in withdrawn, or as bad as withdrawn, the charities of private individuals absolutely fail to meet the constant demands made upon them. Strictly speaking, we are not exactly correct in stating that Government aid to charitable institutions is entirely withdrawn, but we may safely maintain the truth of the old saying in cases of distress, requiring immediate assistance, that “he gives twice who gives quickly.” Now, from the position in which the charitable institutions of the colony were placed through the Government taking over the administration of the provinces without having first made suitable provision for the due carrying on of the work thus undertaken to be performed, many departments have been thrown into a state of confusion. While the Government had taken very good care to provide itself with the pecuniary means for the proper maintenance of Hospitals and charitable institutions within each provincial district, it has also taken no steps, apparently, for the regular disbursement of such sums of money as from day to day are demanded for their efficient conduct. It is in consequence of this neglect, or omission, that practically has compelled the public to do that in the cause of suffering humanity which the Government is bound to do[.] At this present moment there are several cases within this town of the most genuine distress, and not alone are such to be found in Napier. In every country district there are more cases of distress that private charity should be called upon entirely relieve. As the winter approaches distress will increase, yet, as far as we can learn, the Government has taken no steps for the appointment of an almoner. A short time back we reported that the Government, in forwarding the subsidy on last year’s rates to the Corporation of Napier, deducted the sum of £192 as the borough’s pro rata contribution towards the maintenance of the charitable institution within the provincial district. Beyond this deduction for a service calling for the daily expenditure nothing has been done. Although the Government has undertaken the control of this service it continues to turn a deaf ear to the demands made upon it to reimburse the Borough for an outlay that should never have been forced on the Corporation. The Corporation has expended a considerable sum of money in charity, and now, naturally enough after ample deductions have been made from the subsidy, asks to be repaid. No notice, up to the present time has been taken of the application. Further, to show the utter neglect of the Government in the matter of charitable aid, it was only recently that there was no fund on which to draw, and no Relieving Officer upon whom to come, for the burial of a child whose parents were unable to provide the necessary expense. Such a state of affairs is simply disgraceful, and goes to show how inadequate is the ability of the Government to perform the arduous task of bringing to anything like working order any one of those institutions that last year were so ruthlessly destroyed.

THE Education Board met on Monday, the members present being Messrs. Lee, Newton, and Rhodes. In compliance with a telegraphic request from the Minister of Justice that a report be furnished the Department at as early a date as possible, the Inspector of Schools had been communicated with, and his annual report, as heretofore, laid on the table.  This report stated that “(1st) all schools in the provincial district are steadily progressing, both in number and attainments; (2) that several of the school houses need enlargement; (3) that the chief and general complaints are with respect to the irregularity of attendance; (4) that during the coming year, four additional country schools will be opened, viz, at Woodville, Wairoa, Wallingford, and Tuki-Tuki (Ruataniwha), which will also have to be provided for; (5) as the Government are about to bring forward at the approaching session an Education Act for the whole colony, it is to be hoped that such will not only be liberal, unsectarian and compulsory, but will also provide for the payment of teachers, by the Government, (at least in small country schools) which will place then in a much better position, with a moderate scale of fees to be paid to the Government, such as was contained in Sir Julius Vogel’s Education Boards’ Act, 1876, clause 26.” The reply of the Board to the Minister of Justice contained the information that the number of country schools is twenty-one; that the present annual income of the Board is as follows:-
£   s.   d.
Inspector’s salary   62 10 0
Secretary’s salary   25 0 8
Miscellaneous   6 5 0
Capitation to Schools   665 0 0
Total   758 15 0
The total number of scholars on the Inspector’s roll within the provincial district, is 1480; average attendance, 1140.

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THE Chief Inspector of Sheep, for the provincial district of Canterbury has published his report for the year ending March 31, 1877, from which we learn that the total number of sheep within that portion of the Colony is 3,249,248. Of this number 1,411,510 were depastured on freehold land and 1,837,738 on runs. In the year 1864 there were than only about 1 million and a half sheep, since which period the flocks have increased to nearly three millions and a quarter. The total number of sheep owners is 1245, of whom 850 possess less than 500 sheep; over fifty persons own from 10,000 to 20,000; nine have from 40,000 to 90,000, and one person’s flock is put down at over 90,000 and under 200,000. During the past year the names of nearly 200 persons have been put on the list of sheep farmers. The Canterbury district is declared free from scab. From the number of sheep depastured on the unimproved lands, the Inspector is of opinion that the limit of the carrying capacity has been reached. The past lambing season is considered as not having been unfavorable, the estimated increase being from 50 to 60 per cent. The total increase of the flocks from last year is 295,143. In comparing this increase with that of the Hawke’s Bay flocks, the difference in favor of the latter is so great that it is not very easily accounted for. In the Hawke’s Bay Inspector’s report the total increase of the sheep within this provincial district, for the past year, is put down at 1,139,757, while the lambing is estimated at 75 per cent. No comparison, however, can be drawn between the Canterbury and Hawke’s Bay flocks; the two provinces differ in climate, and the sheep are subjected to different conditions.

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THE Waipawa County Council is beginning to think it made a mistake in accepting the responsibility of taking over the whole of the roads within the county. The Roads Boards are also dissatisfied with an arrangement upon which they were not consulted, and which leaves them stranded high and dry, with nothing to do. Parodying a well known adage, it may be said of the Waipawa Council, that it resolves in haste, and repents at leisure. It is easier to pass a resolution than rescind one; but in the interval that must elapse before the Council must meet again, the County Solicitor is to be consulted as to whether, in the absence of the consent of the Road Boards, the original resolution was legal, and if so, whether it can be rescinded. With regard to the advisability of merging the Road Boards in the County, there is much that might be advanced on either side of the question. Mr Mackersey, as Chairman of the Waipawa Council, took a County view of the matter, and showed that under the County system of rating, a revenue could be raised of more than double the amount that would be secured by Road Board Rates. Taking the Road Board valuation at £45,000, and the average rating at a sixpence, Mr Mackersey calculated that with the colonial subsidy added of £2 to every £1 raised, the total Road Board’s revenue would be but £3,375. The County rate he estimated with the addition of the subsidy would produce from £7,500 to £10,000. On the other hand, the Road Boards are chary of abandoning a position that enables them to look after the interests of their own particular localities, and to grapple with any little difficulty as soon as it may arise. It would be but a poor consolation to a district to know, in assenting to the death of its Board, that if its own interests were disregarded, the County revenue was increased. To place in the hands of a Council the whole administration of a County, would be in some measure to revert to Provincialism. As the old provincial Councils aped the General Assembly, so would then County Councils ape those of the provinces; public revenue would be expended to a large extent by favor, and districts with an obnoxious representative might find themselves neglected.

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THE borough of Wanganui is getting rich, and the question is now being raised as to the propriety of erecting a town hall, at a coat of £3000. It is argued that the borough can afford such an expenditure, and that a hall is a necessity. In Napier, Borough Council Offices are looked upon as luxuries, and which should not be indulged in until all loans are paid off. There appears to be in the minds of our Town Councillors a growing fear lest misfortune should come upon the Borough, and that it is necessary to be ever prepared to meet the evil day. The economy of the Council almost amounts to niggardliness, and a suggestion to spend money is regarded as dishonest to contemplate so long as there is an overdraft at the bank. It was a struggle between parsimony on the one hand, and municipal duty on the other, that alone secured the order for lighting the streets, but for a long time it was doubtful whether parsimony would not obtain the victory. The debt on the fire-engine and station, however, vindicates our Councillors characters should they ever be charged with the extravagance. And the eagerness too with which they cling, like shipwrecked mariners to a plank, to that hen-coop of an office, is a standing monument to their economy. Our Councillors place no faith in mere prospects of future prosperity; and although it is certain that in the course of the year the Borough will have more funds at its disposal than the Council will know what to do with, there is no disposition to spend. We have the very highest respect for our Councillors, individually and collectively, but we do think that if it were possible to increase that respect it would be by their resolve to pay off the fire-engine debt, and get into decent offices.

THE Resident Magistrate had a useless ride to the remote settlement of Onga Onga on Wednesday through the thoughtlessness of a settler to whom, perhaps, time is no object, and by whom fatigue is never heeded. There was only one objection to the Onga-Onga valuation list, but the fact of one having been made, compelled Mr Beetham to proceed to the settlement to hear it. On his arrival there, however, the objector not having put in an appearance, there was no business to transact, and the journey had been made for nothing. The objection, we understand, was of a frivolous nature, and could scarcely have been sustained. We have often known persons to object to and assessment of their properties as being too high, but the Onga-Onga settler objected to the valuation of his property because it was too low. By the payment of more rates this gentleman desired to have more voting power, but it was a pity he not attend the Assessment Court to substantiate his claim to another vote,[.] It is really too bad that so much of the time of our Resident Magistrate should have to be occupied in running about the country to attend these Assessment Courts, but the evil is intensified when he is drawn away on useless missions as in the case of the Onga-Onga business. It is constantly happening in Napier that cases coming before the Police Court, have to be postponed, on the application of counsel, in order to secure their hearing before the Resident Magistrate. No lawyer will willingly plead before a bench of justices and consequence is the forced absence of the Resident Magistrate from town on so many occasions often involves no little hardship to litigants and others. The fact is, there is abundance of work for a Resident Magistrate in Napier, and the population of this provincial district now demands other arrangements than those which sufficed in former years. The appointment of a Resident Magistrate at Waipawa, on whom might be thrust all those outside duties which are now imposed on Mr. Beetham, perhaps, would meet the wants of the district.

WAIPAWA COUNTY COUNCIL.
TUESDAY, MAY 8.
PRESENT: Mr Mackersey (Chairman), Colonel Herrick, Messrs Rathbone, Levy, Monteith, and Lawrence.
The minutes of last meeting were read and confirmed.
A large amount of correspondence was read by the clerk, including a letter from Mr Sainsbury resigning his office as legal counsellor for the district, and an offer from Mr Millar offering to collect the dog tax, provided he was allowed 20 per cent. on the receipts.
The reports of Mr Burgess, the Inspector of Roads, were also read, and also a statement from him as to the amount expended by him during the course of the month, which in all amounted to £34 12s 6d.

GENERAL GOVERNMENT FUNDS.
Letters were read from the Colonial Secretary in reply to communications from the clerk, in which the Council was informed that in consequence of the accounts between the late Premier and the colony not being yet adjusted, the Government was unable to say whether there were any monies coming to the County or not.
Another letter from the same quarter stated that the land fund of the district up to the end of March not being sufficient to meet the charges imposed upon it by law, there were no funds coming from that quarter for the benefit of the County funds.

COUNTY ENGINEER.
Letters were read from Messrs Turley, Ellison Bros., and C. R Robinson in reply to an advertisement asking for a qualified person to inspect the County roads.
This correspondence let to some discussion, when it was agreed, on the motion of Colonel Herrick, that the Overseer of Roads perform the duties required.
Mr Rathbone seconded Col. Herrick’s motion, which was carried.
It was afterwards ordered that the Road Overseer should inspect all roads made out of Government funds, and report them to the Council.

PAYMENTS
A number of accounts were read and ordered to be paid.
After some other business was transacted of an unimportant nature, Mr Lawrence’s motion relative to the
SEAT OF GOVERNMENT
was read by the clerk.
Mr Lawrence said that the motion standing in his name, “That all future meetings of the Council should be held in the Waipawa Court House,” required but few words from him. He made this motion solely on the question of expense. He could see they were getting further and further into debt, and the voucher just passed showed they were expending at the rate of £2,000 per annum, and no revenue had yet been raised to meet this expenditure. This was not very creditable.  If they met in the Court-house at Waipawa they would have nothing to pay, while if they continued to meet at Waipukurau they have to pay a rent.
Mr. Rathbone seconded the motion, and would support it on the same grounds as those put forward by the previous speaker.
Mr. Mackersey said before the motion was put, as a member representing two important districts, and not as Chairman, he would make a few remarks. He was well aware the motion would be carried, as it had been arranged, but he desired to protest against the action of this majority. He looked upon the plea put forward, that of economy as a paltry one. If they held their meetings in the Waipawa Court House, they would be trespassers, and there was no room for the records of the Council to be kept. After other remarks in the same strain, the Chairman stated that the motion was brought forward in a spirit of selfishness, and not with a view of benefiting the whole County.
After some remarks in explanation by Mr. Lawrence.
Mr. Levy in a short speech stated that although he supported the removal of the Council sittings from Waipawa to Waipukurau on a previous occasion, yet he would now vote the other way for many reasons, the principal of which were that soon owing to the large influx of settlers in the Woodville district they would have to have their meetings at Takapau, and also because he believed if they agreed to this vote they would have more unity, and business could be proceeded with.
Mr. Lawrence’s motion was then put and carried, Mr. Monteith alone voting against it.

WAIPAWA COURT.
A long discussion then ensued on Mr. Monteith pointing out that according to the bye-laws they were bound to meet on the first Tuesday in the month, a day when the Court-house would be engaged by the Magistrate.
On the motion of Col. Herrick, the day for the meeting of the Council was altered from the first Tuesday in every month to the first.

MERGING OF ROAD BOARDS.
Col. Herrick gave notice of motion that at the next meeting he would move that the resolution passed on the 19th instant, with respect to all the roads being taken over by the County Conncil [Council], be rescinded.  In doing so Col. Herrick said all the Road Boards were dissatisfied with the resolution.
The Chairman was of opinion that the County would be better off if the Road Boards merged in the County. He showed that under the Road Board rates the revenue would be about £3375, and that under County rates the revenue would be nearly £10,000.
A long discussion ensued, when Col. Herrick’s notice of motion was agreed to, and it was resolved to obtain legal advice on the questions raised, viz., whether the Council had not exceeded its powers in passing the original motion without first obtaining the consent of the Road Boards, and, secondly whether that motion could be rescinded without getting the assent of the same bodies.
The Clerk of the Council was appointed Treasurer, and the Council adjourned.

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TO ARCHITECTS.
COMPETITIVE DESIGNS are invited for an HOSPITAL to be built on land adjourning the Immigration Barracks, on the hill, at Napier. The cost say £3,000. Each design to have a motto, and to be accompanied with a sealed envelope containing the name of author, and to comprise Ground Plan, Section, and two Elevations.
The Land is comprised as follows: – Total 3½ acres. 2½ acres of which is tolerably level land, and one acre steep on the side of a Gully.
The Boundaries are as follows: – 700 links facing the N.W., 740 links facing the N.E., and 270 links facing the S.W.
The Building to accommodate say 30 Patients, and planned so that it can be extended from time to time as required.
Also accommodation for a Surgeon and Staff.
The Buildings to be erected of wood with concrete foundations.
A Premium of £50 will be given for the best design which will become the property of the Building Committee. Should the successful Competitor be chosen to carry out the work, the premium to merge in the Commission.
All rejected designs will be returned to the authors.
Designs to be transmitted to the undersigned on or before the 9th July, 1877.
JOHN ALEXANDER SMITH. Hon. Sec.
Napier, N Z., May 9, 1877.

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WAIROA COUNTY COUNCIL.
AN adjourned meeting of the Wairoa County Council was held on the 3rd May.
Present: Cr. Burton (Chairman), Crs. Cable, Flint, Parker, and Smyth.
The following correspondence was read: – 1. From the Colonial Secretary, stating that the Government have no power to exempt receipts for rates given by the County Councils from stamp duty; 2. From the Secretary to the Treasury, stating that payment of subsidy will be made on the amount of County rates collected up to 30th April; 3. From the Finance Committee forwarding a list of accounts recommended for payment, suggesting that the County valuator should receive £35 for his trouble, and that Mr. S Powdrell, of Meanee, be informed that the Council do not agree to his non-liability for rate imposed on property assessed in the Mohaka Riding, and that he be informed accordingly; 4. From the Ferry Committee, recommending the ferry be put up to auction at a reduced scale of fares; 5. From Mr. W. F. Shaw, stating he had audited the accounts to the 31st March, and found them correct; 6 From Mr. John McKinnon, resigning his seat for the Mohaka Riding.
The correspondence being duly received, Cr. Smyth moved, and Cr. Cable. seconded, that the Finance Committee’s report be confirmed. After some discussion the motion was carried. Crs Flint and Parker protesting against the amount paid to the valuator.
Cr. Smyth then proposed, and Cr. Flint seconded, that the report of the Committee on the Ferry be adopted, with the proviso that the lease be extended to 12 months, and that £7 per month be the upset figure. Carried.
On the proposition of Cr. Smyth, seconded by Cr. Cable, it was also resolved that the provisional contract entered into by the Chairman with C. Turner for the supply of 25,000 feet of totara timber at 10s per hundred be confirmed. Carried.
Proposed by Cr. Smyth, seconded by Cr. Flint, that tenders be called for the general carting work required by the Council. Carried.
Proposed by Cr. Flint, seconded by Cr Smyth, that Mr Mayo’s tender for gravelling be accepted at 7s 6d per cubic yard. Carried.
Proposed by Cr. Flint, seconded by Cr. Cable, that a committee, composed of Crs. Smyth, Parker, and Flint, be appointed to consider the draft of the bye-laws laid on the table, said report to be furnished to a special meeting to be held on the return of the balance sheet from the auditor (It was here explained to the Council by the Chairman that since the temporary audit by Mr Shaw, notice had been received that Mr G. E. G. Richardson had been appointed Government auditor, and that the balance sheet had been accordingly sent to him).
Cr. McKinnon’s resignation having been accepted, the clerk was instructed to take the usual steps  in accordance with instructions laid down in clause 46, Regulation of Local Elections Act.
On the motion of Cr. Smyth, seconded by Cr. Cable, the Council then present formed themselves into a Public Works Committee, to report on the best way of calling for tenders for repairing the road to Napier, report to be furnished to adjourned meeting of the 7th Inst. Carried.
The meeting then adjourned until 7 p.m., on Monday, 7th May.

AFFRAY WITH THE POLICE.
The peace of the streets was disturbed on Saturday night by a fight in which H. and J. Connor were concerned. Those two men were half intoxicated, and one of them had quarrelleed [quarreled] with another man. The bystanders, who had to a large number been attracted to the scene, endeavored to get the two Connors into a trap, and succeeded in inducing J. Connor to enter the cab, when Constable Irwin approached to arrest Connor. J. Connor then jumped out of the trap to assist his brother, and a scuffle ensued, during which the constable fell; recovering from his position, the brothers rushed him, compelling him to retreat into the middle of the road.
The Connors again menacing him, and refusing to stand off, the Constable was forced to use his baton, which he did to good purpose, felling the Connors to the ground. Some sympathy was expressed by a good many unreasoning on-lookers for the Connors, but law-abiding people could appreciate the conduct of the policeman, and can testify to his pluck. The sooner drunken rowdyism is put to a stop the better, and we regret to say the on-lookers on Saturday for the most part declined to assist the side of law and order.

The man “over-bored” was an editor.

WEST CLIVE.
[FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT.]
May 3, 1877
In my last I promised to give you a description of the apparatus used by Mr McGlashan for the purpose of producing artificial arrowroot, but, as all the appliances are scarcely as yet adjusted, I must reserve a description of the machinery till a future date.
There was rather a poor attendance at the cattle sale held at Farndon Sale Yards yesterday; still, the biddings were spirited, and the stock sold realized very satisfactory prices.
Mr John Orr’s flour mill is kept constantly going, and that gentleman still continues to send a large quantity of flour into the markets; but, however much he may wish to keep the price of flour within reasonable bounds, he anticipates that before long there will be a serious rise in this essential necessary of life.
The Park is now being ploughed, ready to receive the trees, plants, &c., to be given by Mr Ormond, Mr Sturm, and Mr Lascelles. While the gifts of these gentleman are to be deservedly appreciated, and for which the public ought to be thankful, it must be borne in mind that it will be necessary that an amount of money must be raised by some means for the purpose of laying off tastefully and ornamentally the grounds and attending to the proper development of the trees, shrubs, and plants placed there. Doubtless this will be provided when the time arrives; still I simply draw the attention of the public to the fact, and would even go a little further and suggest that the County Council might be induced to supplement the funds at present at the disposal of the trustees.
I am glad to find that the benevolent are actively engaged in raising a subscription in aid of the poor widow Snowsell, who so recently lost her husband, and only a few months back had a child drowned in the Ngaruroro, and is now left with a helpless family in a positive state of penury. This is certainly a case will deserving of the charitable, whether they are dwellers in town or country, and I trust that the good Samaritans of Hawke’s Bay will come to the assistance of this poor widow.
The bazaar in aid of the new church was held yesterday. The attendance was rather meagre, but under the circumstances the amount realized was not at all unsatisfactory.
I fear the Birthday Sports will be a failure, and the only festivities on that occasion will be a ball in the evening.

WOODVILLE.
(FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT.)
RATEPAYERS MEETING.
May 2, 1877.
A MEETING of the ratepayers of the West Woodville Road Board was held on Saturday, April 28, at the Woodville Hotel, to consider what rate it was desirable to fix for the next year. Mr Monteith, of Waipukurau, Chairman of the West Woodville Road Board, explained to the meeting that the Board wished to hear from the ratepayers what rate the Board should strike. A general discussion then took place, after which it was resolved, “that this meeting request the Board to levy the rate of 6d per £ rental value on the farm sections, and 1s upon the town sections.” It seems the Board did not like to strike the rate, as they were completely in the dark with regard to the intentions of the County Council, the latter having decided to make all roads in the County County roads. The meeting generally was of opinion that local boards were the most competent to look after all bye-roads, while the Council might take care of the roads leading from more than one district.

WANT OF ROADS.
What this district wants is roads. All the roads (except the main line) are yet to be made. Families are arriving week after week, but the greatest drawback to them is that they cannot get on to their lands with a dray, nor in most cases with a horse. This place is certainly blessed with some of the best land in New Zealand, with plenty of timber, and abundance of running creeks, yet its roads want opening up, and its creeks bridging. Then we shall see this place go ahead; in fact, it has already done so.
When we think that little more than a year ago, Woodville was then just known as a town on paper. Now it boasts of a first-class hotel, kept by a respectable gentleman named Murphy, who, by the by, has got a small garden close to the hotel in which he grows cabbages so large that if I were to tell up the size, your readers would not believe me. Suffice it if I state that an axe would be much more likely to cut it down than a knife. Then we have two stores, the one kept by Mr Horrocks, and the other by Messrs Fountaine and Monteith, where the settlers can purchase almost everything from a needle to an anchor.
The last named persons supply the district with meat at fair prices. Then we have a boarding-house, kept by Messrs Ollander and Thompson, which is largely patronized. Here you can get a week’s board and lodging for one pound, or a meal or bed for one shilling; and having a bakehouse you can get a good two pound loaf of bread for 6d, of a good currant loaf, of the same weight, for 9d. So I think those prices are not dear for a new pace so far inland as Woodville. Then we have out bootmaker, a Mr Hutchins; as carpenters we have Messrs Bevan and Smith, and I understand the well-known contractor and builder of Waipawa, Mr Sowry, is at present building a house for himself here, where he is going to reside. Mr Doney, late of Napier and Hastings, has just commenced business as blacksmith, which was much wanted. We have our carrier in Mr A. Peebles (late of Kaikora) who has horse teams and a large express in which he drives two greys, and supplies our wants by way of Palmerston[North].

BUSINESS WITH HAWKE’S BAY.
Mr. Reed, of Takapau, has commenced to come into Woodville with his wagon, giving the settlers a chance to do business with the Hawke’s Bay side, as well as with Wellington side.

CLEARING THE BUSH.
We have bushmen in strong force. Everywhere felling is going on, and great preparations are likely to be made for the next burn. We have several pair of sawyers hard at work. Mr. Passmore has just called for tenders for felling and burning off 135 acres, when he will have a splendid place, and I have no doubt will be well rewarded for his outlay. I hope that many more gentlemen who have land in the district will follow the good example of Mr. assmore and Mr. Holder, of Napier, and go in for the real improvement of their properties.  Everywhere almost there is improvement going on. Turn where you will you see felling, stacking, and burning, or persons building their first homesteads, or fencing, or grass sowing. The population is fast increasing.

SCHOLASTIC AND RELIGIOUS REQUIREMENTS.
And as to our wants, we require a school, but steps have been taken towards this, and two acres have been cleared on the school reserve for that purpose. We shall soon want a Church; at present there is service every Sunday afternoon at three o’clock, which is held in a large room lent by Messrs Ollander and Thompson. Then once a month we get the Rev. Mr. White (of Waipawa) to see us, and he holds service at the same place on Tuesday nights.

SPECIAL SETTLEMENTS.
Of the special settlements which will prove the life of this place I have said nothing, but will in my next.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

CHARITABLE AID.
SIR, – Among the thousands whom we have induced to leave their homes and settle in our midst, there must necessarily be many who will require charitable aid at times. This we can already see by the appeals which are occasionally made in your columns for help for some needy sick family. I wish to draw your attention to these cases.  here can they get food, medical attendance and medicine? You cannot send whole families to the Hospital. Is the paltry £50 set aside by our Municipal Council enough for this purpose? The fact that we shall have to help ourselves more than heretofore, and not be dependent on Government becomes more apparent daily, and it is only right that it should be so. I should suggest that a second Sick Relief Fund be started, and a committee appointed whose duty it should be to investigate all cases before relief is given. We have several amateur societies in the place who, I feel certain, would be only too happy to assist in so laudable an object. Something of this kind will have to be done before long or we shall have paragraphs appearing in the DAILY TELEGRAPH headed “Death from Starvation.” I should not write now were it not that several cases have been brought before my notice lately when, on ordering beef-tea, I have been told, “We have no money to buy food with.”
Hoping that you, sir, will take up the cause of our poor sick brethren. – I am, &c.,
J. MURRAY GIBBS.
Napier, May 4, 1877.

MASTERS AND SERVANTS.
SIR, – I noticed a decision of the Resident Magistrate yesterday, in the case of Best v. Caulton, which is, I think deserving of public attention. The plaintiff was a weekly servant, and sued for a fortnight’s wages. The plaintiff, it was alleged on behalf of the defence, had been guilty of misconduct. The Resident Magistrate, in giving judgment, is reported to have said, “that plaintiff admitted he was drunk once, and it was very probable that he had been in that state more frequently. If a servant was discharged for misconduct, and drunkenness was misconduct, he was not entitled to recover any wages due to him. The judgment would be for defendant, with 5s costs, to be paid to him by the plaintiff.
Now, Sir, his Worship’s decision must either have been given in error, or the law on which it was based is worth knowing to a vast number of the inhabitants of this colony. I would ask, how many weekly servants allow their wages to accumulate, in the hope of eventually receiving a good large cheque? Then think how unjust it would be, when the accumulated wages had amounted to a considerable sum, for the employer to magnify a mole-hill into a mountain, and send his servant penniless about his business. The hardship would be still further increased if the discharged servant having sought the assistance of a Court, received not only censure, but was mulcted on costs.
If you would kindly make known the existing state of the law in such matters, I am sure you would interest many more beside myself. My own impression is, that had the Resident Magistrate said that a weekly servant misconducting himself forfeited the week’s wages due upon that in which he was discharged, His Worship would have been nearer a correct decision.- I am, &c.,
JUSTICE.
Napier, May 5, 1877.
[An employer cannot deduct from the wages due to a weekly servant more than one week’s pay on discharging him for misconduct. – Ed. W.M.

TOWN CLOCK.
SIR, – I regret you allowed in your Saturday’s issue a local about town clock to appear, containing an uncalled for attack upon the memory of the late Sir Donald McLean.
The object of the writer of such paragraphs, frequently is, their re-insertion in party journals where the principle “de mortuis nil nisi bonum” is unknown or constantly neglected.
I have noticed a series of calumnies going the rounds of the papers, about our late member, which his friends considered it unnecessary to contradict, as they contained in themselves sufficient evidence of their untruthfulness.
I never heard of the enquires to which allusion is made by your Saturday’s contributor. They were certainly not made in the quarter to which it would be natural to look for a reply.  I am, however, happy to afford the information sought for by the hypothetical anxious enquirers.
In March last year, at the request of the late Sir Donald McLean, I ordered through my correspondents at home, a clock, which he intended for the presentation to the town of Napier with which he had been so long connected. Sketches of clocks were sent out to select from, and a clock with illuminated dial, has been made by Messrs. J. and W. Mitchell, of Glasgow, according to the dimensions supplied by the Colonial Secretary.
It was shipped on board the “Otago” for Port Chalmers in January last, and may be expected here at any time.
Sir Donald McLean in ordering the clock did not publish his intention. He thought it would be time enough to make his gift known when the clock arrived. No man was more opposed to ostentatious display that ne was, it may not be out of place for me to now state, that few men in the colony disbursed more in private charitable aid then the later Sir Donald McLean. – I am, &.,
J. G. KINROSS.
May 7, 1877.

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MAINTENANCE OF HOSPITALS AND CHARITABLE INSTITUTIONS.
The following communication, addressed to His Worship the mayor, from the Treasury Department, has been kindly placed at our disposal for the information of the public: –
Treasury, Wellington
1st May, 1877.
SIR, – I have the honor, by the direction of the Honorable the Colonial Treasurer, to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 25th ultimo, No. 386, requesting you may be informed as to the mode by which the subsidy payable of £192 deducted from the subsidy payable to the Borough of Napier as its contribution under section 13 of the Financial Arrangements Act, to the cost of Hospitals and Charitable Institutions has been arrived at.
In reply, I am to inform you that the computation has been made thus:-
As the total subsidies payable to the Boroughs and Counties of the Provincial District of Hawke’s Bay £748 6s 6d is to the total sum appropriated out of the Consolidation Fund for Hospitals and Charitable Instructions in the District £300; so is the subsidy payable to the Borough of Napier, £479 5s 1d, to its contribution, £192.
I am to remark that the sum appropriated out if the Consolidated Fund, represents one moiety only of the charge for Hospitals, &c., the remaining moiety being provided out of the Land Fund of the Provincial District.
With reference to the request contained in the last paragraph in your letter. I am to inform you that the subject has been referred to the Department of the Honorable Colonial Secretary, with whom the administration of the sums voted by Parliament for such (charitable) purposes rests.
I have the onor [honor] to be Sir,
Your most obedient servant,
C J. BATKIN,
Secretary to the Treasury.
His Worship the Mayor, Napier.
“The request” in the last paragraph of His Worship’s letter, to which allusion is made, had reference to the disbursement of £100 by the Corporation for charitable purposes, and was a request that the same might be returned to the Borough.

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RESIDENT MAGISTRATE’S COURT
FRIDAY, MAY 4.
(Before Richard Beetham, Esq., R.M.)

A LESSON TO LARRIKINS.
A lad named Allan was brought before his Worship this morning charged with having assaulted a young man named Scott on the evening of Tuesday last.
The evidence of four witnesses, viz: Messrs. Scott, Clarke, Hunt, and Lincoln, was taken who all told the same story  From their statements it appeared that on Tuesday evening last, the prisoner, in company with several other lads, was engaged with spades erecting an embankment behind Mr McVay’s establishment, Messrs Scott, Clarke, and Hunt when passing the youths had gravel thrown upon them, and going up to them to remonstrate, were buffeted about by the lads, the prisoner at the end of the fracas picking up a stone and throwing it at Scott which injured him so severely as to stun him.
The father of the prisoner gave evidence to the effect that he was present when the row commenced, and that the three men were the first aggressors.
The prisoner said his witnesses were not forthcoming, but were down the street.
His Worship, after examining Constable mith [Smith] as to what means the lad had producing his witnesses, said the case was one he could not look over.  here was no doubt on his mind that the lads had been the first aggressors, and such acts of larrikinism he would punish severely. The conduct of the prisoner and the other lads appeared to him unwarrantable. It was a mercy that the injury to Scott was not more serious else the prisoner might have found himself in a different position. He would sentence the prisoner to seven days imprisonment with hard labor, and he hoped this would be a caution to him and his companions in the future. Had the prisoner been older the sentence would have been a more severe one.

USING OBSCENE LANGUAGE.
A youth named Edward Burgess, aged 19 in the employ of one of the butchers in town, was charged with using offensive and disgusting language in the public streets on Tuesday last. The lad pleaded guilty to the offence, but said that the language complained of was used when he was being struck by Clark during the quarrel on the beach. He was sorry for his conduct  Evidence was taken as to the language used.  His Worship gave the prisoner some good advice, and fined him 40s, or 48 hours imprisonment.

CIVIL CASES.
Topping v. Cleary. – Claim of £2 15s. In this case defendant resides out of the Province, and the summons had not been served.
Gascoigne v. Lory. – Claim of £5 18s 8d. Judgment confessed.
Scarfe v. Glasson – Claim of £5 for groceries, &c.  Defendant did not appear. Judgment (by default) for amount claimed with costs, 9s.
Higgins v Tracey – Claim of £39  5s 2d viz, for meat supplied, £9 17 8d: Cash lent, £25 and interest £4 7s 6d. The claim for interest was struck out and judgment given for balance of £34 17s 7d with 28s. costs.
Best v H. O. Caulton.- Claim of £3 for wages. Judgment for defendant with costs 5s.
McDowell v. W. Caulton. – Claim £1 8s. Defendant not appearing, judgment went by default for the amount claimed and 12s costs.
Several other civil cases had been settled out of Court.

SATURDAY, MAY 5.

TWO THIRSTY SOULS.
James Griffen was charged by Constable Smith with being unable to take care of himself yesterday, and forcing the policeman to give him free lodgings. This being his third offence, he was fined 5s, or 24 hours’ imprisonment. The money was forthcoming.
Joseph McNamara pleaded guilty to being drunk yesterday. Being his first offence, he was discharged with a caution.

CIVIL CASE.
His Worship then gave judgment in the case of Guy v. Dyett, to recover possession of the old Clive Hotel. His Worship, after expressing his reason for his judgment, ordered that possession

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should be delivered up to the plaintiff by defendant within fourteen days from this date.
Mr. Lascelles gave notice of appeal against His Worship’s decision.

LICENCSE CASE.
(Before Richard Beetham, Esq., R. Stuart, Esq., and J.A. Smith, Esq., Licensing Commissioners.)
Mr. Wilson, on behalf of Messrs. Watt Brothers, applied under the Licensed Victuallers Act 1870 (Provincial Council) for a transfer of the license of the Criterion Hotel to J. G. Becker.
Mr. Balharry was examined, and deposed that Messrs. Watt Brothers were entitled to possession of the hotel under a deed of mortgage, and that he had applied to Mr. Ford to transfer the license, which he had neglected to do.
Mr. Sheehan, for the trustees under Mr. Ford’s deed of arrangement, said that the trustees did not offer any objection to the transfer.
Mr. Cornford on behalf of Mr. Ford, thereupon stated that no objection would be offered by Mr. Ford.
Transfer ordered accordingly.

NEW BOOKS
AND
NEW SUPPLIES OF
STANDARD WORKS
AT
COLLEDGE AND GRAIG’S
HASTINGS-STREET.
Cheap Edition of Irish Orators, – O’Connell, Shell, Grattan, Curran. Burke, Plunket, 3s 6d each.
Cusack’s, the Book of the Blessed Ones, 8s
Dictionary of Daily Wants, 9s.
Cobbett’s Advice to Young Men. 3s.
Templeton’s Operative Mechanic’s Workshop Companion, 6s 6d.
Tredgold’s Carpentery, by Hurst, 24s.
The Prep of Day. Large type, coloured Illustrations, 8s
Phillip’s Select Atlas, 24 maps, 7s 6d
The World of Wit and Humour, 9s 6d
Swiss Family Robinson, numerous Illustrations, 6s  6d
Historical Works of Prescott, 4 Vols., 24s.
Talmage’s Sermons, 4 Vols., 10s
Spooner on Sheep, 7s 6d
British Workman, 1876, 2s
New Serial Volumes for 1876.
The Childrens’ Album, with coloured Illustrations, 3s
Farrar’s Life of Christ, 8s 6d
Darwin’s Geological Observations, 17s 6d
Daniel Deronda, 4 Vols, 30s.
Captain Burnaby, a Ride to Khiva, 24s
Hunting Grounds of the Great West 30s
Baring Gould’s Vicar of Morwenstow, 13s
Stonehenge’s British Rural Sports, 12th edition, 25s
Spry’s Cruise of the Challenger, 22s 6d
Stevens’ Book of the Farm, 2 Vols., 67s
Spon’s Dictionary of Engineering, 8 Vols, £7 7s
The Artic World, profusely Illustrated, 13s 6d
Cusack’s Life of the Liberator, handsomely bound, 25s
Mark Twain’s, Tom Sawyer, 8s 6d
Miss Muloch’s The Laurel Bush, 7s
Randall’s Practical Shepherd, 12s
Annual Summary, Chronicle for 1876
The Imperial Speaker, 7s 6d
Lowe’s British Grasses, 28s
Sowerby’s Grasses of Great Britain, 35s
Wonderland of the Antipodes, 12s
Cattle and Cattle Breeding, 3s 6d
Steam Engine, by Northcote, 10s
Australasia and the Oceanic Region, 12s
Tyndal on Sound, 15s.

VERY GREAT REDUCTIONS
IN THE PRICE OF
SADDLERY
Are now being made at
HOLDER’S
There is an
ENORMOUS STOCK
of
SADDLES, BRIDLES, HARNESS,
And almost every conceivable article
In the trade, which
must be
REDUCED
Every description of Harness made to order
AT THE
LOWEST POSSIBLE RATES.
H.R. HOLDER,
Opposite the Post-Office, Napier.

Government Notifications.

RETURN SHOWING THE LAND SOLD, AND RENTS AND ASSESSMENTS AT THE CROWN LANDS OFFICE, NAPIER, DURING THE MONTH OF APRIL, 1877
Date.   Mode of Sale   NAME   PARTICULARS  AREA OF LAND SOLD.   CASH.   Rents and Assessments   REMARKS.  
Town.   Suburban.   Country.   Town.   Suburban.   Country.
1877.
April   A.  R.  P.   A.  R.  P.   A.  R.  P. …£   s.   d.   £   s.   d.   £    s.   d   £   s   d.
3 Application   John McGlashan   Rural Sections 151 and 152, Woodville   131   0   0   118   16   0
C.H. Arvedsen   Land Makaretu Reserve   60   0   0   6   0   0   2nd Instalment
Fritz Reibe   50   0   0   3   0   0
Lars Andersen   80   0   0   8   0   0
H. T. Arrow   200   0   0   20   0  0
C. H. Arrow   200   0   0   20   0   0
5   Peter London   100   0   0   10   0   0
John Petterson   40  0   0   4   0   0
Ole Olson   40   0   0   4   0   0
Stephen Franklin   Rural land Tautane District   60   0   0   30   0   0
7   Auguss Halburg   Land Makaretu Reserve   50   0   0   5   0   0
9   H.?. Hansen   80   0   0   8   0   0
10   Ole Olsen   70   0   0   5   0   0
Edward Foulger   40   0   0   4   0   0
Charles Watkins   100   0   0   10   0   0
11   John Ireland   100   0   0   10   0   0
12   N. T. Nielsen   60   0   0   6   0   0
Gotfredt Gulbrandsen   40   0   0   4   0   0
H. A. Lambert   70   0   0   7   0   0
Charles Lambert   200   0   0   20   0   0
14   Thomas Howse   75   0   0   7   10   0
16  Johan Stadum   100   0   0   10   0   0
Alexander Robb   200   0   0   20   0   0
John Duncan   200   0   0   20   0   0
John Madden   200   0   0   20   0   0
Martin Collett   200   0   0   20   0   0
Frederick Johnson   50   0   0   5   0   0
John Parkin   Rural Section 172, Woodville   40   0   0   40   0   0
19   Rhodes & Co.   Land on their run Patoka District   40   0   0   120   0   0
21   William Oliver   Section 130, Pohui Bush   74   0   0   111   0   0
24   John Begg, Junr.   Land Makaretu Reserve   200   0   0   60   0   0   Balance
28   Rhodes & Co.   Rural land on their run, Patoka District   313   0   0   156   10   0
TOTAL   794   16   0
Recapitulation.
Available.   Unavailable
£.   s.   d.   £.   s.   d.
Land Sales   794 16 0 
Rents and Assessments
£794 16 0
Crown Lands Office,   J.T.TYLEE,
Napier, May 2nd, 1877.
Commissioner of Crown Lands

QUEEN’S BIRTH DAY.
Kaikora Annual Steeplechase Meeting.
THURSDAY, MAY 24TH, 1877.
STEWARDS:
Neil Campbell   A Bowden
J. Nicholson   J J. Tye
H.J. Baker   H. Hickey
D. Mund
JUDGE:
H.J. Baker.
STARTER:
J. Walker.
HANDICAPPERS:
A. Danvers and J. Walker.
CLERK OF SCALES:
A. Pritchard.
MAIDEN PLATE of 20 sovs. Distance, 1¼ mile; weight for age  For all horses that have never won a stake exceeding £10. Entrance, £2.
KAIKORA HANDICAP STEEPLECHASE of 30 sovs. Twice round the Steeplechase course, about 2½ miles Nomination,£2; acceptance, £1.
WAIPAWA HANDICAP FLAT RACE of 30 sovs Distance, 1½ mile.  Nomination, £2; acceptance, £1.
BIRTHDAY HANDICAP STEEPLECHASE of 20 sovs. Distance, about 1½ mile.  Nomination, £1 10s; acceptance, £1.
HACK FLAT RACE of 10 sovs Entrance, £1. Post entry.
HACK STEEPLECHASE of 10 sovs. Entrance, £1. Post entry.
First Race to start at Noon.
The Hawke’s Bay Jockey Club’s rules will be strictly adhered to.
No entries will be received for any race except upon this condition:- “That all disputes, objections, claims, and complaints shall be disposed of, and
decided by a majority of the stewards whose decision on all matters concerned, shall be final.
Three horses to start for each race, or only the half public money will be given.
No person allowed to nominate a horse unless a subscriber of £1 to the race fund.
Nominations for all Handicaps will be received by the Secretary, Kaikora Hotel, up to 1 p m. on FRIDAY, May 11th; and entries for the Maiden Race to be sent in not later than 7 p m. on THURSDAY, May 17th. Weights for Handicaps will be declared on FRIDAY, May 18th.
All entries to be received and addressed as before stated, with full particulars, entrance money, &c enclosed.
JOSEPH J TYE,
Hon. Sec.

NOTICE.
THE time for receiving tenders for the Erection of the Post Office at Mohaka is extended to noon on SATURDAY, the 19th instant.
E.H. BOLD
District Engineer.

TO ARRIVE, X SCHIEHALLION FROM LONDON
NOW DUE.
10 TONS GALVANISED CORRUGATED IRON, from 6 to 10 feet
36 doz Real Patent Rim Locks,6 to 10 inch
70000 feet Galvanised and Black Iron Water Pipes, from ½ to 2 inch
6 casks do Fittings – Bends, Tees, Cocks, Flanges, &c.
2 cases Brass Taps, comprising Ranger Bib, Bottling, Racking, and Stop Cocks, Steam Cocks and Fittings.
25 cases Sporting Power “<> Grane,” “Canister,” “FFF,” Curtis and Harvey’s and Pigou and Wilks’ “Alliance” Gunpowder
25 cwt. Patent Shot, assorted, B to 6
5 cwt Patent Swan Shot
100,000 Eley’s best sporting and Double Waterproof Caps, and for CF Cartridge Cases
1 case Pin Fire and Centre Fire Cartridge Cases, gastight and blue
1 case Wads in grey cotton, water proof card, and best white felt, assorted gauges
3 cases R. Sorby’s manufacture, comprising Bill Hooks, Hand, Panel, Ripping, Compass, and Tenon Saws, and Web’s CS X-Cut and Pit Saws. Circular Saws, 20 to 42 inch, &c., &c.
1 case Ward and Payne celebrated Chisels, Firmer and Socket, and Gouges, Draw Knives, Cut Plane Irons, &c.
A large assortment of all kinds Ste?? [steel]
1000 Sash Weights, assorted sizes
40 Grindstones, assorted sizes
H. WILLIAMS,
Cheap Hardware House,
Hastings-street.

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Watches! Watches! Watches !
JOHN ROBERTSON,
WATCHMAKER AND JEWELLER, Napier,
DRAWS special attention to his Magnificent Stock of WATCHES, just received direct from English and American Manufacturers, and made Specially to Order, which, for Excellence and Cheapness, are unequalled in the colony.
All Watches sold at this establishment are thoroughly regulated and put in working condition before leaving the premises, and Guaranteed.

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

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Is a certain remedy for bad legs, bad breasts, and ulcerations of all kinds. It acts miraculously in healing ulcerations, curing skin diseases, and in arresting and subduing all inflammations.
MR. J.T. COOPER,
in his account of his extraordinary travels in in China, published in 1871, says – “l had with me a quantity of Holloway’s Ointment.  I gave some to the people, and nothing could exceed their gratitude; and, in consequence, milk, fowls, butter, and horse feed poured in upon us until at last a teaspoonful of Ointment was worth a fowl and any quantity of peas, and the demand became so great that I was obliged to lock up the small remaining stock.”
Sold by all Chemists and Medicine Vendors throughout the World.
On the Label in the address, 533, Oxford-street, London, where alone they are manufactured.
BEWARE OF ALL COMPOUNDS STYLED
HOLLOWAY’S PILLS AND OINTMENT
With a “New York” Label.

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Manufactured by the Whitecross Wire Co., Warrington, and may be procured through any Merchant, Ironmonger, or Storekeeper.
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Look for this Trade Mark in blade.

THE
WEEKLY MERCURY
AND
Hawke’s Bay Advertiser,

TERMS OF ADVERTISING AS PER SCALE.
Standing Advertisements for Three, Six or Twelve Months can be arranged for at a Liberal Discount.
Notice to discontinue advertisements (unless where number of insertions is mentioned on original order) must be forwarded, in writing, addressed to the Manager.

LIST OF AGENTS
NAPIER   COLLEDGE & CRAIG, Hastings-st
T. MEEHAN, Port Ahuriri
MEANEE – J.C. SPEEDY.
TARADALE – J. BARRY.
CLIVE – J. BECK.
HAVELOCK – S. STONE
WAIPAWA – E. BIBBY.
WAIPUKURAU – MESSRS. SMITH & CO

TERMS OF SUBSCRIPTION
£   s   d.
Per Quarter, if paid in advance   0 6 6
Per Quarter, if booked   0 7 6
Per Annum, if paid in advance.   1 6 0
Per Annum, if booked   1 10 0

Printed and published by EDWARD HENDERSON GRIGG, for the Proprietors, at the Mercury Office, Tennyson-street, Napier, Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand.
SATURDAY, MAY 12, 1877.

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12 May 1877

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