8 THE WEEKLY MERCURY.
22 – Southern Cross, s.s., from Auckland. Passengers – Messrs Shrewsbury, Brown, Bee, Hunt, Trasks, Masters, Holmes, (3), and 4 in the steerage
29 – Sir Donald, s.s., from Wellington
30 – Wanaka, s.s., from Auckland, Tauranga, and Gisborne. Passengers – Mesdames Baker, George and child, Welshman, 3 children, and servant, Butterworth, and Mann, Misses Gordon, Caldwell, Morris, Morton, and Warburton, Messrs. Mann, Welshman, Kelly, Campbell, Rundle, Mackenzie, Webb, Phillips, Cuff, Baker, Sturm, Captains Hassenberg and Reid, and 21 for South.
1 – Rotorua, s.s. from Wellington and Southern Ports. Passengers – Saloon: Mrs Hilliange and child, Miss MacIntosh. Col. Langley, Rev. Mr. and Mrs. St. Hill and family, Dr. Hector[,] Mr. J. Harding, and 25 for the North. Steerage; Mr. Furness and 18 for the North.
1 – Rangatira, s.s. from Wellington. Passengers – Mrs McKay, Mrs Parsons, Miss Coleman, Mr and Mrs Boniface, Messrs. Roach, Sothern, Wright, Phillips, Rogers, Bonar, Saunders, Pallot, Bennett, Craig, Hollywood, and Vincent.
3 – Isabella Pratt, schooner, from Oamaru
5 – Kiwi, s.s., from Wellington
5 – Stormbird, s.s., from Wellington
29 – Kiwi, s.s., for Wellington. Passengers – Messrs Blackadder and Blair (2)
30 – Southern Cross, s.s., for Wellington. Passengers – Mrs Beyers, Masters Sutton, Holmes (3), and one original.
30 – Jessie, schooner, Whangaora
30 – Wanaka, s.s., for Southern ports. Passengers – Hon. J.D. Ormond, Mesdames Pritchard, Henderson, and Harris, Mr and Mrs Duncan, Misses Dickinson, Cotterell, Chandler, and Ford, Messrs Ffrost [Frost], Hill, Hall, Levin, Cameron, Blackadder, Warmoll, Pritchard, and several others.
30 – Columbia, schooner, for Lyttleton.
30 – Manaia, p.s., for Wairoa. Passengers – Mrs Gosnell, Mrs Ingram, Mrs Finlayson, Messrs Fraser, McMurray, Witty, and several others.
1 – Rotorua, s.s., for Auckland and Sydney. Passengers. Mrs Grey, Captain Hassenback, Messrs Russell, Jacobs, Abrahams, Joshua, Richardson,
Gould, Rees, Burns, and several others; and 43 original.
1 – Maud Graham, schooner, for Pelorus Sound
4 – Rangatira, s.s., for Wellington. Passengers – Mrs Harmin, Messrs Skelly, Axup, Wright, Fox, Harmin, and Schultz (2) and 6 others
4 – Fairy, s.s., for Mahia and Poverty Bay. Passengers – Mrs Gruner and 3 children, Messrs Walker, De Pelichet, and Shepherd.
The s.s. Southern Cross arrived at the anchorage at 2 p.m. on Thursday, but was not brought inside till 8 a.m. Friday. She left Auckland at 5 p.m. on Monday last, and anchored at Happy Jack’s on Wednesday, at 5 p.m. in consequence of encountering a heavy southerly gale at Table Cape; left at -5 a.m. on Thursday morning.
The schooner Acadia has been chartered in Lyttleton to bring up a cargo of produce, principally flour and oats to Napier. She will load back again with tallow, wool &c., for the Fernglen, now loading in Lyttleton.
During the Sir Donald’s stay in Wellington, she has been overhauled. She was stripped, recoppered, and all seams recalked. Her funnel has been enlarged, which causes a greater draft, and less use of the blast. Her boiler was lifted and recovered, her engines taken to pieces and thoroughly repaired where necessary; in fact, she is just like a new boat. The Sir Donald made the passage in 48 hours to a minute, having had a head wind the whole way. Passed the s.s. Rangatira in tow of the Storm Bird near to Flat Point. The Sir Donald had 120 kegs of blasting powder.
The schooner Jessie was towed out by the Result on Saturday, when she immediately left for Whangaroa.
In contradiction of the report of the effect of “harbor [harbour] improvements” have had on the entrance to the inner harbor [harbour], published in Saturday’s Herald, we may state that before the improvements were commenced, the bar never kept in such bad condition for so long a period as it does now. The s.s. Southern Cross in going out, although only in ballast trim, bumped dreadfully, and the Kiwi, only drawing 8 ft. 10 in. literally screwed her way over the bar, ploughing through the shingle. These facts are absolutely in variance with what the Herald states, viz., that before the improvements were begun “the bar was seldom good for a week together, while now we have a bar remaining good for whole months; in fact a bad bar, when it does come, is the topic of conversation, and reasonably so.”
The Wanaka arrived in harbor from Auckland on Saturday via the coast. She left Auckland on the 27th at 5 p.m., and arrived at Tauranga at 8 o’clock next morning. Left Tauranga at 9 a.m., and steamed for White Island, where on arrival several of the passengers went ashore and enjoyed themselves for two hours, and for this privilege accorded Capt. McGillivray a cordial vote of thanks. She arrived at Poverty Bay at 8 a.m. on the 29th, and left for Napier at 6 p.m. where she arrived after a 12 hours passage.
The schooner Maud Graham was towed out by the s.s. Sir Donald at 11.30 on Monday, and took her departure for Pelorus Sound, where she will load timber for Lyttlelton.
The s.s. Rangatira, Capt. Evans, left Wellington wharf at 7 p.m. on Saturday evening and arrived at the anchorage at 6.30 p.m. on Sunday. Experienced a fresh head wind across Palliser Bay, then to arrival a fresh S.E. breeze with heavy sea. Reports having passed a steamer, out at sea, at 3 a.m. off Flat Point, also a steamer at anchor off the Kidnappers. The Rangatira brings the largest general cargo she has ever carried since her alterations, also a fair complement of passengers. The following is an account of her passage down from the N.Z. Times, during which, as will be seen, she encountered very heavy weather and met with a slight accident with her machinery. – “The s.s. Rangatira, Captain Evans, was towed into Wellington on Friday in a disabled condition by the s.s. Stormbird. The following is a report of her passage: – Left Gisborne at 5 p.m. on Saturday 23rd, with a strong S.W. wind and heavy sea, which increased to a strong gale at 7 p.m. Captain Evans at once made for Happy Jack’s where the Rangatira anchored at 9 p.m. The gale moderating towards daylight, a start was made for Napier at 7 a.m.; rounding Portland Island the wind increased with heavy head sea, and the steamer had to make several tacks under foreandaft canvas to enable her to get round, a tremendous head sea running all the while. Napier was reached at 7 p.m.: the steamer was at once tendered and, passengers for Wellington came on board, but Captain Evans thought it was blowing too hard to start that night. Monday came and still the storm raged, it being thus useless to start. Towards evening the wind decreased, and at 7.30 p.m. the anchor was weighed. Passed the Kidnappers at 9 p.m. and Bare Island at 11 p.m. At this point the gale increased, and a very heavy head sea running. The engines were put at half speed so as to keep steerage way on her, and Castle Point was made for. This place was however not reached until 4 a.m. on Wednesday morning. On going astern the pin of the propeller gave way, thus causing the engines to be useless. The anchor was let down and every attempt was made to get the propeller in its proper place, which after a great deal of trouble was done, but only to find it was of no use, as the feather was gone. Telegrams were immediately sent to Wellington for assistance. Captain Evans fearing a strong N.E. wind would set in and drive the vessel ashore, loosed the sails, and with a light S.W. wind but heavy sea, sailed to sea out of all danger. At 7 a.m. yesterday the s.s Stormbird appeared and took the disabled steamer in tow for Wellington. Experienced a fresh N.E. breeze as far as Cape Palliser, thence till arrival, at 1.30 this morning, light land breeze and fair weather. Every credit is due to Captain Evans and his officers and crew for the able manner in which everything was carried out under his command.
The p.s. Manaia took her departure for Wairoa on Saturday evening, with a full complement of passengers and cargo.
The fine steamer Rotorua arrived from Wellington on Sunday at 10.30 a..m. after a passage of 19½ hours. She stayed two hours in the roadstead and then steamed for Auckland, carrying the outward San Francisco mails.
The total Customs receipts collected at Port Ahuriri during the month of June was as follows:
£. s. d.
Spirits 1239 0 8
Cigars 32 10 8
Tobacco 393 14 0
Wine 143 13 6
Ale 19 3 9
Tea 119 16 0
Coffee 17 18 6
Sugar 276 17 2
Goods, by weight 44 11 6
Good, ad valorem 396 16 0
Other duties 4 5 0
Total £2688 6 11
The schooner Isabella Pratt left Oamaru last Thursday, and has had a tolerably fair run up. She is laden with colonial produce, principally flour. The s.s. Result lightered her of a few tons, then towed her to the Breastwork. There being only nine feet of water on the Bar, the Pilot did not deem it advisable to bring her inside till she drew a little less water.
The s.s. Fairy steamed for Poverty Bay at 9 p.m. on Wednesday. She calls on her way up at Portland Island and at the Mahia Peninsular [Peninsula].
The s.s. Kiwi, from Wellington via Castle Point, arrived in the roadstead at 11 p.m. on Wednesday, and was brought inside at 10 a.m. on Thursday. She left Wellington wharf at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, and arrived off Castle Point at 7 a.m. the next morning. Found the sea smooth, and discharged cargo, leaving for Napier at 1 p.m., and arriving as above. She had about forty tons of cargo, which she discharged on Thursday.
The s.s. Stormbird arrived in the harbor [harbour] at 11 a.m. on Thursday. She left Wellington at 10.30 a.m. on Wednesday, and has thus made an average passage.
News was received at the port on Wednesday, from Wellington, to the effect that the Wanaka has been obliged to put back to the latter port, having broken two blades of her propeller in Cook’s Strait. She left Wellington again at 11 a.m. on Thursday for this port, having had a new propeller fitted.
Messrs. Margoliouth and Banner report that their monthly sale at Taradale was fairly attended, the bidding however was not a spirited as at previous sales, owing to the continued drought and consequent scarcity of feed. About 50 head of cattle, 20 horses, and a few pigs were passed under the hammer. The following were the prices realised: – Dairy cows, from £6 6s, to £9 9s; Heifers, £2 7s 6d to £5; steers, £2 10s to £4; pigs, 17s 6d to £2; horses, draught, £24 to £30; hacks £5 to £12. A few lots of c mmon [common] fowls were also sold from 1s 10d to 2s 7d each. Maize was bought in at 4s 4d.
POST OFFICE NOTICE.
For Auckland, per Southern Cross, on Saturday, at 11 a.m.
For the undermentioned places every Monday, and Thursday, at 5.30 a.m. – Clive, Hastings, Havelock, Te Aute, Kaikora, Waipawa, Waipukurau, Danevirke, Norsewood, Tahoarite [ Tahoraiti ], Woodville, Foxton, Palmerston, Wanganui, Taranaki, Wellington &c., Southern Provinces, &c., Wallingford, Porangahau, Wanui [ Wainui ], and Castle Point.
On the other days of the week, mails close as usual at 6.30 a.m.
BARRY. – At Taradale on the 29th June, the wife of Mr. John Barry, of a son.
RIGGIR. – At Olrig, Maraekakaho, on the 2nd July, the wife of Mr. John Riggir, of a daughter.
CAREY – GARBUTT – On the 23rd June, at the residence of Mr. George Ross, Wellington, by the Rev. J. Moir, George Nicholas, eldest son of the late Captain Carey, to Martha Jane, youngest daughter of the late Captain Barbutt, of Liverpool.
BRETT. – At the residence of Mr. George Clampitt, Dickens-street, Napier, Catherine Brett, adopted daughter of Mr. G. Clampitt, aged 10 years.
INGLIS. – At Napier, on July 3, of croup, A. St. Clair, youngest son of A. St. Clair Inglis, Esq., aged 8 months.
I HEREBY appoint TUESDAY, the 17 day of July, 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 SATURDAY, the 21st day of July instant, at the following places: – The School-house, Waipukurau; the School-house, Ashley Clinton; and the Public Room, Onga Onga.
Given under my hand this 5th day of July, 1877, at Waipawa.
Returning Officer for the Waipawa County.
AT the request of many of the settlers, I invite the electors of the Waipukurau Riding to meet me at Ashley Clinton School-house, at 2 p.m. on MONDAY NEXT, and at Mr. Brewer’s Store, Sherwood, on TUESDAY, at the same hour, to discuss the approaching election for the Riding.
WANTED to Fall 20 acres of Bush on Section No. 12, in the Heretaunga Small Farm Association. Apply personally to G.W. LEVIES, on the ground, FRIDAY, July 13th.
WANTED KNOWN – That our Low Prices for Auckland-made BOOTS are unaltered, and are of the best quality in town.
SADDLER & HARNESSMAKER
The Cheapest House in the Trade.
The Weekly Mercury
HAWKE’S BAY ADVERTISER.
SATURDAY, JULY 7, 1877.
AT the last sitting of the Licensing Court, Waipawa, we drew attention to the decision of the Commissioners with respect to the cancelling of the license held by Mr. Baker for the Empire Hotel. The reason given by the Court for refusing a renewal of that license will be fresh in the memory of most of our readers, but to enable an impartial opinion to be formed on the question, it would be as well to briefly recapitulate the circumstances of the case. When Mr. Baker, some time ago, entered into possession of the premises known as the Empire Hotel, Waipawa, the house was in no way superior to the ordinary description of up-country public house. It was, however, to some extent, slightly superior to others in the township, but, both in its conduct, and accommodation it offered travellers of the more respectable class it fell far short of what it should have been. On becoming the proprietor of this house, Mr. Baker recognised the importance of providing for the wants of a superior description of business, and was anxious to convert his public house into premises worthy of the name of a hotel. He, therefore, greatly enlarged the building, refurbished it, and made it the best hotel in the province of Hawke’s Bay outside the town of Napier. While these alterations and additions were being made, Mr. Baker received notice from the Licensing Commissioners that they expected him to provide a closet within the house, and they intimated that without this the license would not be renewed. We can only imagine this request was made on the principle that, as long as the house remained little better than a drinking shop, such accommodation was not required, but as soon as the premises were rendered fit for respectable people to stay in it became a necessity. Be this as it may, the Commissioners insisted upon this accommodation being provided, and Mr. Baker resolutely declined to accede to the demand; first, because it would create a nuisance within his house; secondly, because there was neither water supply, nor drainage, neither would the building permit of such an arrangement. The next licensing day came round, and the licensed victuallers of the district assembled at Waipawa to apply for the renewal of their licences. Why this gathering took place we are at a loss to conceive, unless, indeed, the Commissioners and the publicans were alike ignorant of the law, and that the former were we shall proceed shortly to show. Mr. Baker was asked by the Commissioners whether a closet had been constructed in his house, and he answering in the negative, the renewal of his license was summarily refused.
We shall now turn to the Act and see to what extent this action was legal. Section 28 of the licensing Act, 1874, provides, in its first sub-section, as follows: – “The Chief Officer of Police in every district shall obtain and furnish to the Clerk of the Licensing Court, in each licensing district, at least 10 days before such quarterly meeting, a report of every licensed house in such district, and as to applications for new houses or new applications for old ones, as soon after the application as possible; such a report to contain a description of the conditions of the house, premises, and furniture, the manner in which the house has been conducted during the past 12 months, the character of the persons frequently the house, &c.” We do not know if this report was furnished or not, but in the absence of information we must presume that it was. Clause 18 provides that, “No licensed person, having given such notice as by this Act prescribed, shall be required to attend any licensing meeting for the purpose for procuring the renewal of his license, unless notice of opposition to the renewal of such license, stating the grounds thereof, shall be given to the Clerk of the Court, to which the application