THE WEEKLY MERCURY 5
The adjourned meeting of the members of the Union Club took place on Monday at the Criterion Hotel. Mr R. Miller Esq. was voted to the chair. The hon. sec., Mr H.A. Banner, stated that the Committee had received no offers for the accommodation of the Club, but he believed two would be placed before the meeting. Mr T.R. Cooper, acting as the representative of Messrs Robjohns and Co., laid on the table plans of a commodious building proposed to be erected at the back of the Masonic Hotel. Mr Cooper stated that up till 2 p.m. that day, he had fully understood Messrs Robjohns were prepared to erect the building, furnish the rooms, find lighting, firing, and attendance, so as to relieve the Club of all trouble or expense as regarded these matters, for a rental that would give fair interest on the outlay. At the last moment, however, it appeared that Messrs Robjohns had reconsidered the idea, and had come to the conclusion that they would only lease the ground to the Club, for a merely nominal rental, in the event of the Club erecting the building at its own cost, leaving to the proprietor of the Masonic Hotel to carry out the remaining details. The cost of erection would be about £1,200. A discussion ensued when the general opinion seemed to be that there was no offer before the Club. Mr S. R. Dransfield then said he believed that the Masonic Hall could be obtained on lease for a long term of years, and he moved: – “That the committee be empowered to draw out details of lease of the Masonic Hall, and send a circular to each member of the Club to ascertain whether a majority are willing to entertain the scheme, or any tangible offer that may be received and approved by the committee.” This was seconded by Mr H.C. Wilson. Mr J.M. Tabuteau moved as an amendment, and Mr Cotterill seconded, “That the Club be wound up.” The amendment was put and lost, and the motion carried.
A correspondent in another column comments in rather severe terms on the action of the police in the case of Snelling, a cabman, which was heard in the Resident Magistrate’s Court on Monday. We are always anxious to support the police authorities in the carrying out of their duties, but we must enter our protest against any meddlesome interference with any class for the mere purpose of making cases for the Police Court. The police we are aware cannot please everyone, but still it should be their anxiety to create and keep up a good feeling between themselves and citizens, so that when aid is required it can always be expected to be given cheerfully. If small and petty cases are continually being brought into Court, it will create quite an opposite feeling.
A special general meeting of the shareholders of the Napier Gramar [Grammar] School Company was held on Monday afternoon in the Council Chamber. On the motion of Mr Lee, seconded by Mr Kennedy, it was resolved “That before the resolution of the 28th September be carried into effect by advertising in the colonial papers for a new master, the premises be offered to the Rev D’Arcy Irvine on the terms set forth in the said resolution.”
A new industry has sprung up in our midst, which is worthy of remark. Mr Ridgway, of Tennyson-street Clive Square who arrived in Hawke’s Bay about three years ago, has imported a quantity of patterns, from which he is enabled to cast garden and flower pots, &c. He has now on exhibition some very excellent specimens on his handiwork, in various shapes, amongst which are to be noticed some of a tulip pattern, which stand between two and three feet high. He has also made earthernware [earthenware] troughs, for holding water, and by this means he is enabled this weather to keep the water cool during the heat of the day. We recommend persons interested in this industry to pay Mr Ridgway’s establishment a visit.
The Rev Father Reignier handed on Tuesday £10 to the Secretary of the Indian Famine Relief Fund, the result of a collection at the Catholic Church, Meanee [Meeanee], last Sunday. Considering the smallness of the population in that part of the district, the donation was a very large one.
We are requested to state that, owing to unavoidable circumstances, Mass will not be celebrated at Havelock, on Sunday next.
The Waipawa Cricket Club held a special meeting on Saturday evening, at the Empire Hotel; nearly all the members were present. Mr. Martin Collett took the chair. After some preliminary business was transacted, such as passing accounts, &c., the arrangements for the coming match at Waipukurau on the 9th instant, were completed. Mr. Joseph Witherow of Patangata by unanimous request, agreed to act as umpire. The following gentlemen were chosen as players: – Messrs. McIntosh, Bodle, Spiller, Hartly, Dew, Groom, Collett, Grenside, Chicken, Garnham, Craven. Emergency men – Messrs Harwood and Nicoll. Mr. McIntosh was elected Captain. Mr. Davidson with his well-known capability will score for the Club. Mr. McIntosh resigned the Secretaryship, and embracing the opportunity, complimented the members of the Club on their unprecedented success at starting and future prospects, urging upon them the necessity of unanimity and constant practice. Messrs. Grenside and Chicken were added to the Committee. A vote of thanks to the Chairman was passed. The members of the team are practising most vigorously morning and evening.
We learn from Clive that at about half-past eight on Monday morning, as Mr Studdart, milkman, of Clive, was passing over the Clive Bridge, he saw smoke issuing from the bridge and on getting out of his cart found the bridge to be blazing at a spot about eighteen yards to the right of the bridge, the side nearest the Railway station. He immediately got some water and put it out. The constable reports that the bottom plate on the bridge is burned nearly through for about two feet, and two planks are charred at the extreme end. It is the opinion of the constable that the fire originated by some person carelessly throwing down a lighted match, and in consequence of the boards being so dry they ignited.
The following additional subscriptions have been received by the Treasurer of the Indian Famine Relief Fund Committee: A.H. Price, 21s; A Friend 20s; D. Guy, 20s; H. McKenzie, 20s; A. McKay, 20s; J. Bowes, 20s; J. White, 20s; W. Thomas 20s; W. Speedy, £5; G. Speedy, 70s; M. I. Bell, 200s; C.A.M. Hertzhel, 5s; A. Friend, 20s; J. Hallett, 43s; W. Heslop, 42s; J. C. Speedy, 21s; J. Orr, 10s 6d; S. Laund, 10s 6d; G. Macdonald, 10s; H. Roberts, 10s; S. Golden, 10s; S. Gilligan, 5s; J. Smith, 5s; J. Tracey, 2s 6d; J. McConuhie, 2s 6d; J. Dimond, 2s; A. Friend, 20s; J. Craven, 40s; Mrs Craven, 20s; A. Bircham, 20s; B. Hall, 20s; W. Roe, 20s; H. England, 20s; J. Mattheson, 20s, W. O’Grady, 20s, L. Morrison, 20s, C. Brown, 20s, S. Baker, 20s, W. Austen, 20s, W. Vesty, 20s, G. Edwards, 20s, W. Thompson, 20s, P. McAnvery, 20s, F. Clifford, 20s, W. Spear, 20s, J. Baker, 20s, W. Baker, 10s, J. McNeil, 20s, L. Blake, 10s, Tareha, 200s, shearers and men on Clifton Station, 200s, T. Lowry, 200s, E. N. Beamish and others, 98s 6d, Miss Moore, 40s, Okaira Station hands, 101s, Richardson and Troutbeck, 42s, Native Girls’ School (Protestant) 41s 6d, Friends, 25s; making a total of £898 7s 5d. At a Committee meeting held this morning, a vote of thanks were passed to the ladies and gentlemen amateurs who assisted at the concert on Tuesday. About £30 worth of tickets were sold, and it is expected that after expenses are paid the balance remaining will be about £25.
The concert on Tuesday in aid of the Indian Famine Relief Fund was not as largely attended as we expected. The front seats were, however, crowded, but those at the back were almost empty. The concert itself was a very uneven one, but as we do not wish to make any invidious distinctions, we shall confine ourselves to remarking that Mrs Neill’s vocal efforts were the charm of the evening, and made the entertainment one that can be remembered with pleasure. Mr. Kettle, who is new to a Napier audience, sang two songs, one of which received a well-merited encore.
A cottage, on the farmstead of Mr Bowden, Kaikora, caught fire on Monday last, and was totally destroyed. It had recently been insured in the New Zealand Insurance office for £45.
A meeting of the select committee appointed by the Municipal Council, was held on Tuesday, to take into consideration the occupation of Clive Square by the Napier Cricket Club, in accordance with the prayer of the petition presented at the last sitting of the Council. Representatives of the three local Cricket Clubs had been requested to attend, and the terms endeavored to be negotiated between those Clubs for the use of Clive Square, were explained to the Committee.
We were shown the other day at Mr Blyth’s stores a new American novelty, the “Little Grant” case opener. The instrument is an ingenious one, saving time and labor, preventing the breakage of cases, and presenting other advantages.
The Waipawa County Council met on Tuesday, at which Messrs Mackersey (chairman), Monteith, Lawrence, Levy, and Johnston were present. The Clerk being absent, the minutes could not be confirmed. It was resolved that the Clerk be suspended pending an explanation of his conduct. It was further resolved to hold a special meeting on the 14th instant, to take the conduct of the Clerk into consideration. Some discussion ensued on the subject of the maintenance of the Seventy-Mile Bush road, and it transpired that no reply had yet been received from the Government with respect to this matter.
The quarterly election and installation of officers of the Pioneer Lodge, I.O.G.T., took place on Tuesday in the Rechabite Hall. The following officers were duly installed by Bro. Stevens, R.W.G.L.D., assisted by Bros. Bushnell and Grinlington, P.W.C.T.: – Bro. Hollins, W.C.T., Bro. Hutchings, W.V.T., Bro. Cottrell, W.S., Bro. Robinson, W.F.S., Sis. Robinson, W.S., Sis. H. Brown, W.C., Bro. Martin, W.M., Bro. Lyle, W.I.G., Bro. Clampett, W.O.G., Sis. Grocott, W.R.H., Sis. Horsley, W.L.H.S., Sis. Brobson, W.A., Sec., Sis. Worker W.D.M., Bro. Brydon, P.W.C.T.
The Post and Telegraph Offices through-out this provincial district, and, indeed, throughout the colony, were closed yesterday, the Prince of Wales’ birthday. A new Order in Council, we hear, has been issued, by which all provincial anniversary holidays have been abolished, and the Prince of Wales’ birthday will from this henceforth be observed as a holiday at all Government offices.
News has been received of the death of Pomare, the Queen of Tahiti.
We learn that upwards of twenty members of the Working Men’s Club have requisitioned the President to call a general meeting of members to consider the necessity of forming a library in connection with the Club. We are heartily glad to see this mooted, and believe it will receive general support.
We learn from Porangahau that on Tuesday last, the 20th October, a hut, situated near Wainui, was burnt, together with everything that was in it at the time the fire commenced. The fire is supposed to have been caused by an incendiary. The hut referred to was the property of Mr. John Herbert, and was built on his own property. There was no person living in the hut at the time the fire occurred, nor for some days previous. Mr. Herbert considers his loss amounts to over £100.
A meeting of the creditors of F. Gush was held on Wednesday in the Supreme Court-house. The bankrupt made an offer to pay £1 per week to the trustee, until 10s in the pound was paid, but as the party who proposed it would not guarantee the offer, it was not accepted. Some complaints were made by creditors as to monies received by the bankrupt, and not yet accounted for to the trustee. The creditors decided to suspend the debtor’s discharge, and it is also reported that steps are to be taken which will bring the case before the public in a more prominent manner than it is at present.
A man named McGregor was arrested at Waipawa by Sergeant McGuire, charged with committing a rape on a married woman named Lucy Payne, aged between 40 and 50 years, and who lives at Hampden. The prisoner is also reported as likely to have a charge of even a more serious nature made against him. The prisoner was brought up on Thursday at Waipawa, and at the request of the police, was remanded until Tuesday.
Mr M.J. Gannon, who for some time past was connected with Mr Locke’s office, and who for many years was attached to the Native Department, East Coast district, has been licensed as a Native Interpreter.
His Honor Judge Gillies was on board the Rotorua that called here on Thursday on his way to Wellington to attend the Court of Appeal.
The total revenue collected at the Customs, Port Ahuriri, during the month of October last, was £3714 18s 4d.
Amongst the passengers on board the Hawea, that touched at this port on Thursday, were several families proceeding from the southern provinces to settle at Kati-kati, the Vessey Stewart settlement. The heads of these families are farmers, and possessing some little capital, will no doubt largely increase the prosperity of the district.
The Alleen Combination Troupe played on Wednesday to a crowded house at Havelock, and their performances were heartily applauded.
New Zealand, with her varying climate but relatively greater cold than Victoria, has about eight and a half annual marriages per thousand; but Victoria has less than six, and England has nearly eight and a half.
Church of England service will be held (D.V.) on Sunday next, the 11th instant, at St. Matthew’s, Hastings, at 11 a.m.; at St. Luke’s, Havelock, at 3 p.m., and at St. Mark’s, Clive, at 7 p.m.
Wesleyan service will be held at Hastings on Sunday afternoon next, at 3.30.