THE WEEKLY MERCURY 5
The Wairoa County Council has resolved to take the bull by the horns, and to settle the land question difficulty straight away. Wairoa, however, feels its own weakness, and has therefore determined to seek the co-operation of its neighbor Cook County. Te resolution, that was moved by Mr. E. Fannin, speaks for itself, and explains the mode by which Wairoa proposes to cut the Gordian Knot :- “That this Council request the chairman to take the necessary measures to co-operate with the Cook County Council to endeavor to procure the passing of a bill this session with the view of amending the Waste Lands Act, in order that the waste lands of the Crown may be vested in the Councils of the Counties in which such lands are situated”. Not a word about the disposition of the land fund, or any such minor detail. Mr. Fannin, apparently, wishes to place Counties in the position in which the provinces were in with respect to the Crown lands, but we are not aware that those lands were “vested” in the Councils of the Provinces.
There was only one creditor present at the meeting of Mr R. Kirkpatrick’s creditors on Tuesday, and the meeting was adjourned until Wednesday at two o’clock. Mr. Kirkpatrick sets his liabilities down as £213 5s and his assets as nil. The unfortunate relations again appear as the largest creditors. In Mr Gush’s estate, Mr Gush’s father-in-law was set down as a creditor to whom upwards of £34 was owing, and in Mr R. Kirkpatrick’s estate, Mr Duncan Kirkpatrick, a brother of the debtor, is set down as a creditor to the tune of £105. Who are the most unfortunate, the related or the non-related creditors?
It will be seen that a meeting of the Working Mens’ Club recently formed in Napier, was held on Friday evening last in the Council Chambers at eight o’clock. We heartily welcome the formation of this Club, believing it will be the most successful yet formed in Napier. Several Clubs have been formed in Dunedin, Wellington, and in Greytown and Masterton. There are 400 Working Men’s Clubs in London which have been established apart from public houses, and where the drinking of spirituous liquors are prohibited, although the members who are teetotalers [teetotalers] are in the minority. We regard these Clubs as educational institutions, and where working men can meet, and have innocent and agreeable means of relation and enjoyment after the day’s toils are over, and as such they certainly deserve support and encouragement from all classes. From what we can learn, such support and encouragement from the wealthier classes has been in some measure already given to the Napier Club, and we earnestly hope others will come forward and assist. The Club now numbers fifty members, besides ten life members, and we hope the roll will receive greater additions, so that the Club may get into fair working order. It is proposed that the rules of the Wellington Working Men’s Club be adopted, and that the entrance fee be 5s, and the annual subscription 10s. This places the Club within the reach of all, and should bring to the Club that amount of support from that class for whom it has been specially designed.
The Government steamer Stella arrived in harbor with the Frisco’ mail on Wednesday. Her departure from Wellington was not posted on the Telegraph board, and were it not for our Wellington correspondent forwarding us the news of her leaving, no one in Napier would have been aware that the Stella was coming. The telegraph authorities could publish the time of arrival and departure of the mail to other parts of the colony on their board, but when the mail was actually to Napier no intimation was given of the fact.
In another column, we publish a cablegram, dated Bombay, September 9, which we have clipped from a copy of the New Zealand Times of Tuesday, that reached us by the Stella. It is noteworthy, as showing the wonderful enterprise of our Napier contemporary, that this cablegram only made its appearance in the Herald on Wednesday, and in such a garbled form was it published that, we are under the impression, our friends over the way not only keep back cablegrams, but the few which they get they cannot understand.
A meeting was held on Tuesday at the Albion Hotel, of the Artillery and ex-Volunteers, for the purpose of taking the necessary steps to procure land remission certificates for past services. Mr J.B. Fielder, as representing the late Rifle Corps, and Mr. F. W. Garner, the Artillery Volunteers, are busy preparing a tabulated statement, showing the names of volunteers with their length of service, and their number of years of efficiency.
The directors of the Napier Theatre Company met on Tuesday at the office of the Company’s solicitor, when the articles of association were read by the Secretary. We understand that two hundred and forty-five shares have been taken up.
The total receipts for the Napier-Takapau railway for the four weeks ending July 28, was £1,533, which was made up as follows: Passengers and parcels, £780 5s 11d; goods and live stock, £772 14s 1d.
Dr Redwood, accompanied by Fathers Reignier and Yarden, was driven into town from Meanee, by Mr Barry, of Taradale, on Wednesday.
Mr Duncan Guy, the Registrar of the Court, has been appointed Trustee in the bankruptcy estate of Mr. R. Kirkpatrick.
The special cablegram published on Tuesday from our London correspondent should have read, – “The question of Chinese immigration to Queensland is being discussed in English papers.”
At a meeting of Mr Hannibal Lory’s creditors held on Wednesday, the meeting as adjourned until Thursday. The liabilities are set down as £179 odd, and the real available assets are his furniture, £10.
Peter Bourke Esq., has been appointed a member of the Licensing Court for the District of Poverty Bay, vice C.D. Pitt Esq., resigned.
Messrs. Banner and Liddle have received the appointment as agents for the new Union Insurance Company.
The Commissioner of Customs has revoked the appointment of the Bonded warehouse at the Spit on sections 519 and 520, known as “Kinross and Co’s Bond.”
It appears we were right a few weeks ago in classing the Wanganui Chronicle and the Hawke’s Bay Herald as being both conducted after the same fashion. The Napier Herald on Wednesday says: “The Wanganui Chronicle thinks that the report of the death of Brigham Young is a fabrication, as otherwise something would have been heard of it through the Press Agency.” Just so. But the strange part of the matter is, the Wanganui Chronicle quotes the Napier Herald as an authority for making the above statement, and now the Herald quotes the Wanganui Chronicle to show that Brigham Young may not be dead, because forsooth, the Press Agency “has not heard of it.” There appears to be a mutual affection between these two literary shining lights. The New Zealand Herald we notice professed to get the same news from Melbourne, from its correspondent, but the editor was prettily “bowled out” by the Star, which showed that on the day the telegram was supposed to be received, the telegraph lines were down, and no communication could be obtained. We may here mention that these special cablegrams cost the evening papers 15s 4d per word, and is it likely they would go to such an expense for untruthful or concocted news? Our morning contemporaries should daily read and study the little fable about the “Fox and the Grapes.”
Amongst other Parliamentary papers, we have received a copy of Mr Hodgkinson’s Bill to legalise the marriage of a man with the sister of his deceased wife. The whole of the Bill is contained in the two following clauses: – The Short Title of this Act shall be “The Deceased Wife’s Marriage Act 1877”. All marriages which shall, subsequently to the passing of this Act, be solemnized or contracted the Colony of New Zealand between any person and his deceased wife’s sister shall be deemed to be and are hereby declared valid, any law against such marriages notwithstanding.
Sealed tenders for inland mail services, will be received at the Chief Post Office until October 6, for the conveyance of mails from the 1st January to the 31st December, 1878, to and from the under mentioned places: – Puketapu and Erewhon, once weekly; Waipawa and Makeritu, twice weekly; Kopua Railway Station and Palmerston North, twice weekly; Palmerston North and Wellington, twice weekly; Kopua Railway Station and Wellington; twice weekly; Kopua Railway Station and Wanganui, twice weekly; Kopua Railway Station and Hawera, twice weekly; Kopua Railway Station and New Plymouth, twice weekly.
We are authoritively informed that instructions have been issued for the outward “Frisco mail to leave the several ports in the colony one day later than the original date. The Rotorua will leave Napier on Monday’ the 23rd, instead of Sunday as previously notified.
The London Daily News war correspondent informs that journal that Reuter’s Agent at the seat of war is a military doctor in the Turkish service, and unless he submits his telegrams to the Turkish officials for supervision, he run a chance of being shot.
The good people of Waipawa lost their mail the other day. As usual, the mail bag was put into the guard’s van, and, at Waipawa, the mail carriage contractor went to the van, and seeing a bag, took it out, and putting it into his trap drove it to the Post Office. On being opened the bag was found to contain a fine same? of potatoes, while the letter bag was carried on to Waipukurau. Our informant does not say what became of the potatoes.
In the Resident Magistrate’s Court on Thursday, two men, named respectively William Gaffney and William Johnston, were brought before His Worship, the former being charged with drunkenness and resisting the constable stationed at Taradale, and the latter with attempting to rescue Gaffney after his arrest. The evidence proved that both the prisoners had desperately assaulted the constable by striking him and also pulling out bunches of hair from his whiskers. His Worship sentenced both the prisoners to two months imprisonment with hard labor.
A notification in Gaelic, that graces our advertising columns, appeals to the sympathy of Highlandmen. To those who know the peculiar language in which the advertisement is written, it is unnecessary to explain that it refers to a meeting to be held at Kaikora School house, on the 17th inst., for the purpose of taking steps to commemorate the life and services of the late Sir Donald McLean. On a former occasion we suggested the propriety of some public token in remembrance for all that Sir Donald McLean has performed for the good of this colony, and we are glad that the Highland men of Hawke’s Bay have bestirred themselves in the matter.
The Literary Association held its weekly meeting on Wednesday, at which the Rev. Mr. Berry presided. Dr Spencer gave his lecture on “Germs”, which proved most interesting, and a cordial vote of thanks was returned to the learned lecturer.
An amusing episode is reported to have occurred on Wednesday, Captain Fairchild, who is well known for his droll sayings, was moving off in his ship’s-boat to the Stella, when an Engineer, who has great faith in the harbor works, accosted him, “Good-by, Captain, next time you come up thus way, you will be able to bring your vessel inside”. “Wall”, said the skipper, “I guess if she does come inside, shell steam in on her side. She draws less water on her side than on her bottom, I guess”. The laughter among the by-standers, we need hardly add, was loud and prolonged.
A fine marble monument has recently been unveiled in the metropolitan church of London in memory of the gallant officers and men of the 57th Regiment who fell during the bloody and protracted New Zealand War. It is good as a work if art, and has given general satisfaction. The soldiers who died in New Zealand are thus commemorated side by side with the victors of the Peninsula and of Waterloo.
A meeting was held on Wednesday at the Criterion Hotel, of gentlemen who had signified their intention of forming the new Club, to be called the Union. Mr. M.R. Miller was voted to the chair. The following gentlemen were present: Messrs. Wilson, Banner, Tabuteau, J.A Smith, Shields, Hoadley, P. Dinwiddie, J. Bennett, Ruddock, Balharry, Peacock, McHardy, Dowding, Craig, Routledge, Swan, Dugleby, Miller, McVay, J. Dinwiddie, J. Close, D. Guy, Bower, Price, Dransfield, W. Smith. Garner, W.W. Carlile, Kennedy, Cornford, Cotterill, Winter, Burke, E. Sutton, Fryer, Gilman, Bythe, Eva, Liddle, Peppercorne, Gibbes, Hitchings, Bold, Goudy. The Chairman read the circular calling the meeting, and the hon. Sec. Mr. H.A. Banner, read the minutes of the various committee meetings that had been held. The sec. then read a communication from the proprietors of the Criterion Hotel, offering to the Club the ground floor of the lower part of the wing of the building along Emerson street, for a period of five years; at a rental of £200, a year. An offer from the proprietor of the Masonic Hotel was also read, offering all the chamber accommodation required by the Club, for the sum of £160 a year. A Letter from the proprietor of the Clarendon Hotel was read offering the whole of that building as a Club house, for £250 a year. After the relative advantages of each offer had been discussed, the decision was arrived at by ballot, which resulted in the Criterion polling 21, Clarendon 16, Masonic 0; several gentleman declined to vote on the ground of none of the offers being satisfactory. Other business was then transacted, and it was resolved that the proposed rules should be submitted to a general meeting to be held on the 19th instant. The Committee was then balloted for, when the following gentlemen were elected: – Messrs. M.R. Miller, McHardy, Canning, Peacock, F. Sutton, M.H.R., Dr. Hitchings, Messrs. Banner, Bold, Wellwood, Close, H.C. Wilson, and S.R. Dransfield. Captain Russell, M.H.R. was elected president; and Mr. Banner, honorary secretary and treasurer; and Messrs M.R. Miller, Close and McHardy, trustees. A vote if thanks to the Provincial Committee and to the Chairman, brought the meeting to a close.
Mass will be celebrated by the Rev E. Reignier next Sunday 16th instant in St. Patrick’s Church Waipawa, at 11am.
Vincent House, formerly in the occupation of Mr. Harkis, has been re-opened, and is now a branch grocery and hardware store of Messrs Newton and Co., under the management of Mr. Ben Johnson.
The Wanganui Chronicle, in referring to the Murimotu attempted land purchase, remarks: – “The block which the “ring” party are now trying to secure as a sheep run for 21years, measures 40 miles by 25 to 30. The same organization has at present on lease a block on which 50 or 60 good homesteads could be planted with satisfactory prospects for successful realizations. People must not labor under the impression that all this country is only fit for a sheep run, and that for agricultural pursuits it will never be worth anything. We are assured by a gentleman who has traversed a great portion of the block, that on the portion now sought to be added to that already acquired, there is room for many small farm settlements. Fortunately, however, for the present and the rising generation, the “ring” appears to have shot its bolt, and now contemplates a retrograde movement”.
Mrs Neil’s concert took place on Wednesday in the Oddfellows’ Hall, and was attended with a fair amount of success, being on the whole tolerably well rendered, before an audience nearly s large as usual. We have not sufficient space to particularise all the pieces in a long and varied programme, but several items demand special mention at our hands; place aux dames. The fair beneficiare of course distinguished herself in the mad scene from ‘Lucia,” and in “The Convent Cell.” From the “Rose of Castile,” as well as in the duet from “Puritani;” in which duet Mrs Neill was joined by Mr. Edwards with good effect. The introductory solo in the “Rain Chorus” (Chilperic), was spiritedly sung by Mrs. Butler; the same lady sweetly rendering the song “O Fair Dove, O Fond Dove.” In the duet, “The Wind and the Harp” (Glover), the Misses Tennion made a successful first appearance. When these young ladies have conquered their natural nervousness, they will prove an acquisition to any Coral Society. We were glad to hear Mrs Rice again before the public, and in a song so pleasingly and tastefully sung, as was “Reconciliation”. Amongst the gentleman we need only refer to Mr. Edwards, who gave a good version of Emmett’s well known “Lullaby”. The quartette, “Calm is the Glassey Ocean”, deserves a word of recognition. The choruses were generally well given; the “Rain Chorus” being encored. Of the pianoforte duets it would difficult to speak too highly, though the palm must be awarded to the opening one, played by the Misses Martin and Reardon. The audience seemed much pleased with the concert, but were anything but enthusiastic. We are glad to hear Mrs. Neill purpose giving another concert shortly.
A correspondent sends to the Post a curious calculation of the cost o the country of the George Jones Debates. Taking the remuneration of each member of the House at £200; the sitting days at 70 averaging 10 hours each; and the time spent in black-guarding George Jones at 12 hours, that little article in the Oamaru Mail has already cost the country, in talk alone, £274. Another £100 may safely be added for the expenses of protecting him.
Captain Lloyd, the genial and popular ex skipper of the steamers Taranaki and Wellington, has turned railway station-master, having received the appointment at the Chartsey [ Chertsey ]station on the Canterbury railway.
The editor of the Wairarapa Standard, in advocating the establishment of Working Men’s Clubs in the Wairarapa district, remarks: – “We find it stated in the London Times that at one of the most successful of London Clubs, though the teetotalers were in a decided minority, both among the members and the managing committee, the general feeling was against the introduction of intoxicating liquors, as it was found that their admission was not essential to success. And here we may be permitted to point out that the establishment of Working Men’s Clubs does not imply hostility to the legitimate trade of the publican. Their advocates do not intend to imply as Good Templars and puritians [puritans] of all kinds are in the constant habit of doing, that publicans generally encourage their customers to drink to excess. There is, in truth, no one to whom the drunken man proves a more intolerable nuisance than to the publican himself. The Licensed Victuallers, as a body, are quite as honest and respectable as any other tradesman, and they are equally as necessary for the requirements and convenience of the public. We advocate the establishment of Working Men’s Clubs in the interest of the working class, without any reference to the interests of publicans on the one hand, or the pet projects of Local Bill advocates on the other.”
Mr. Stout was facetious when replying to the toast of the “Supreme Court” at the dinner given by the natives in Wellington recently. He said: – “There was a time when our ancestors were the same as the Maoris, and would not go to Court, but settled their disputes by the force of arms. When they became more intelligent they learned to settle their differences in the Court, and they found great advantage from it. (Cries of “Question”. So that led to the employment of a set of men called lawyers. (Laughter). I think it is cheaper for the people to pay the lawyers than to employ men as soldiers. It is better for them lose their money than their lives.” (Much laughter.)
The Masterton News states that the morality among sheep in the Wairarapa has this year been very great. One farm alone has lost 1000 sheep, and this heavy loss is attributed in great measure to the rabbits. Not only do the rabbits consume much food, but sheep will not touch anything at which a rabbit has been feeding. The news adds: – ‘it is some slight compensation for this state of things to learn that rather a brisk trade has sprung up with the Wellington market in rabbits. Every now and again dry loads are to be seen making their way for Wellington, where we are told a ready market is obtained. At present the rabbits are killed before being sent away. So encouraging, however, has the trade become that when the warm weather sets in arrangements will be made for dispatching them to Wellington alive, thereby avoiding the danger of the carcases becoming tainted before getting into the hands of the consumers”.