THE WEEKLY MERCURY. 5
Hoani Nahe, the representative for the Western Maori Electoral District, is not now only a full fledged member of His Excellency’s Executive Council, but has also a special interpreter appointed to inform him of what passes in the Legislature. Fortunate Nahe! How many of thy native brethren would like to render assistance in the councils of thy country, at the rate of £1000 per annum? But why have the services of the loyal Takamoana been passed over? What more loyal native to his cause has Mr Sheehan had than Karaitiana Takamoana? Karaitiana would appear to be hardly used, but still he may have benefits promised far in excess of what Hoani Nahe as a Cabinet Minister may receive. Who knows what shall be the promised reward of the faithful?
We are requested to contradict the statements of the Herald on Tuesday in reference to the surgeon in charge of the Mataura. The surgeon’s name is Britten, not Patterson, he is not going to settle at Dunedin, and he did not unexpectedly leave England for New Zealand. Dr. Britten has had for a long time a practice in Christchurch, which he vacated temporarily in order to take his wife home for the benefit of her health. He has now returned to Christchurch to resume his practice.
A committee of French physicians has been appointed to ascertain, by experiment, whether consumption can be introduced into the human body by eating portions of animals whose lungs are diseased.
From our Gisborne special correspondent, we learn by telegram that a coroner’s inquest was held on Monday to investigate as to the great fire on Friday last, and after hearing the evidence the jury decided that the fire was caused accidentally, and no evidence had been shown as to its cause.
The members of St. Patrick’s Branch, No. 122, the H.A.C.B. Society, Waipawa, celebrated their first annual gathering on Monday at the private residence of Mr S. McGreevy, who gave the members a gratuitous dinner in honor of the occasion, to which about 50 officers and members sat down. The room was gaily decorated with flowers and garlands, and had a very excellent appearance. After partaking of a sumptuous repast, the President (Mr McGreevy) after proposing the health of the Pope retired from the Chair, and Mr J.A. Reardon, Past President of St. John’s Branch, Napier, was requested to occupy the position. Mr Rearden, after congratulating the members on his satisfaction at seeing so many present on the auspicious occasion – coming from all parts of the province – said, he felt it not only a pleasure but also a duty to propose the health of her Most Gracious Majesty Queen Victoria. Whatever creed we all belonged to – whatever part in politics we took – whatever scale in social life we occupied – we all reverenced and loved our Queen. He would ask them to drink her health in bumpers. The company responded. Success to kindred Societies was then proposed, and responded to in an eloquent and able speech by Mr Duncan, of the Oddfellows, who alluded to the recent gathering at Farndon as shewing how the Friendly Societies working together could attain what ever object they had in view, so long as it was based on the furtherance of those noble and philanthrophic [philanthropic] principles on which these Orders were founded. The Chairman said he was the founder of the Hibernian Society in Hawke’s Bay, and was proud to see the unity which existed amongst all those societies which took as their motto the name of charity. Mr Shanly proposed the health of the President, and spoke in high terms of the assistance and advice he had rendered the society. After several other toasts had been given and drunk in the most hearty manner, the company separated, each and all pleased at the entertainment provided by their host, and the hearty goodwill exhibited, not only by members of the Society, but also from those who, although belonging to other Friendly Societies, showed that coexistent among them was a spirit of more than friendliness.
We learn from a gentleman who recently arrived from Wellington that the Hon W. B. Rhodes, M.L.C., is not expected by his medical attendants to long survive an attack of illness. The hon gentleman is brother to Mr Joseph Rhodes, of Napier, and has long taken active part in the past, present, and future of New Zealand.
There was a rumour afloat that the old supporters of Sir Julius Vogel were sending a pressing invitation for him to again come to New Zealand and take an active part in its politics, in the full belief that he would again gather such a party together as would be able to carry on the Government of the colony. It would appear as it there were some truth in the rumour, for we find the Otago Daily Times, Mr Macandrew’s organ, urging that he be re-instated in his office of Agent-General at the end of his term of that office at the end of this year.
Messrs. Ashton and Swan, the lessees of the Oddfellows’ Hall, are using every exertion to push on the completion of the alterations to the Hall, so as to be ready before Christmas for public purposes. The outside work is completed, and the old stage moved. They have also engaged the best artistic talent available for painting the new scenery, &c., and no effort is being spared to make this public building a credit to Napier.
Our commercial columns contain the last half-yearly report of the Bank of New South Wales, from which we notice that it has paid its usual dividend at the rate of 17 ½ per cent per annum, and has also increased its reserve fund to £440,000. The amount of coin and bullion which this institution keeps in its coffers is worthy of notice, being over £3,000,000.
Two cricket matches were played on Saturday at Taradale, one between the Press and Taradale Clubs, and the other between married and single teams of the Napier Club. The first named match resulted in the Taradale Club winning by 13 runs, the total scores being Taradale, 50; Press 37. The Napier Club’s match favoured the Benedicts, who put together 63, to the Bachelor’s 26, thus defeating the latter by 37 runs.
The police have been for some time “wanting” the Collector of Rates for the Waipawa County, but up to the present they have been unable to interview him. Possibly this notice will induce some of his friends to inform the police of the collector’s whereabout.
The nomination of the Rev. E. C. Start to the Bishopic [Bishopric] of Waiapu was unanimously confirmed at the Diocesan rooms, Wellington, on Thursday evening last by the Standing Committee. The Bishop of Wellington mentioned that it was proposed to consecrate the bishop-designate in about a month’s time, and it was desired that the consecration should take place at Napier, in order that Bishop Williams might be present, but he had just learned by telegram, with much sorrow, that it was feared Bishop Williams was on his death-bed, and could not survive many days. This possibly might necessitate some change of plan.
Several complaints have reached us against the double rates of fares charged by cabmen on Sundays, and we have been asked to state whether these charges can legally be made. We reply that the only fares which cabmen can demand are those authorised by the Municipal Council, and which are posted up according to the By-law inside each public conveyance. There is nothing in the authorised scale of fares to warrant the demand of a double charge on a Sunday, and in making a passenger pay it, the cabman lays himself open to prosecution. It should, however, be remembered that a cabman cannot be forced to ply for hire on a Sunday, and the double fare that it has been the rule to charge on that day is to many as nothing compared to the convenience of obtaining a conveyance.
It is reported that, in the event of a dissolution, the Grey party will do this constituency the honor of nominating candidates to oppose the return of the present members for Napier. It is just likely that the electors will prefer exercising their right to choose for themselves.
The Rangatira took away on Saturday a valuable Hereford bull, twelve months old, bred by the Hon Colonel Whitmore, and sold to the Hon Colonel W. Robinson, of Cheviot Hills, Canterbury, for 300 guineas.
We cannot vouch for the correctness of the report that the chief of the literary staff of the Herald – the newly-won convert and admirer of the Grey Sheehan party – intends to contest the Clive district against Mr Ormond. His success, aided by Mr Buchanan, would be of course a little doubtful.
In none of the boroughs in the North Island have there been contests for the office of Mayor. At Wellington Mr. Barton having withdrawn from the nomination, Mr J. Dransfield becomes the Mayor for the Empire City. At Auckland, Mr Larkens, Mr Brett’s opponent not being qualified, the Returning officer has given official intimation, that Mr Henry Brett, the proprietor of the Auckland Star has been duly elected.
In the Resident Magistrate’s Court, Waipawa, on Tuesday before Alex. Grant, Esq., J.P., Edmund Murphy was charged by Sergeant McGuire with obscenely exposing his person in a public place of resort, and was sentenced to one month’s imprisonment with hard labor.
The following item taken from last Saturday’s Wanganui Herald will interest a few of our readers: – “Mr C.H. Monkton, as trustee for Mrs. Baxter, sued Mr. W.S. Baxter for £28, being the amount of a monthly sum promised by the defendant in April last for the maintenance of Mrs Baxter. Mr. J. Kells, commission agent proved the agreement, and Mr Monckton gave evidence. Judgment was given for the plaintiff for amount claimed, with costs.”
The only application for a license for a new public house within the district of Napier that will be heard before the Licensing Commissioners at the next quarterly meeting, December 4, will be that of Mr A. Bryson, for a house to be called the Caledonian Hotel, to be erected at the corner of Hastings and Dickens streets. Mr Peddie will apply for the transfer to himself of the license held by Mr Peters for the Clarendon Hotel.
For the return match Waipawa versus Waipukurau, to be played on the 30th November at Waipawa, the Waipawa eleven will be chosen from the following names: – McIntosh, Wood, Greenside, Bodle, Craven, Dew, Hartell, Cass, Chicken, Nicholl, Farmer, Garnham, Harwood, Collett, and Spiller.
We regret to hear that Bishop Williams’ strength appears to be fast failing him. The prayers of the congregation were desired on his behalf at St. John’s Church on Sunday.
Mr E.H. Bold, District Engineer, was engaged this week in surveying the channel between the eastern and western Spits prior to reporting to the Government on the best site for a bridge.
The conservators are about to have an ornamental fence erected between the Barrack-road and the cemetery. This will be a much needed improvement, and now that all the religious denominations have the sole management of their respective portions of the cemetery, it is to be hoped a healthy spirit of emulation will be awakened in the beautification of the ground.
It will be seen by advertisement that Mr Roope Brooking, who has been so long favourably known in this town, has entered into partnership with Mr D. W. Bennett, whose business has hitherto been carried on under the style of Bennett and Johnson.
The New Zealand Loan and Mercantile Agency Company have opened offices in those premises, adjoining the Criterion Hotel, formerly occupied by Mr M Banks, under the management of Mr R. Simes.
We hear that the telegraphic station at Mohaka is now completed, and that Mr Floyd, Electric Telegraph Inspector, proceeds there by the next trip of the steamer to adjust the instruments.
The following subscriptions to the Indian Famine Fund by the hands on Mr Meinertzhagan’s station, Waimarama, have been received by the Treasurer: – James Watt, £1 1s; J. Townsend, £1 1s; W. Sutherland, 10s; H. McLean, £1; A. Hogg, £1, G. Bamforth, £1; others, 15s; Hawerawera, 10s; Horiana, 10s; Te Maangi, 10s; Nkka, 10s; total £8 7s.
Our attention has been called to the practice by large steamers anchoring in our roadstead of discharging their ash-pits into the water. The roadstead, without any such adventitious aid, is shallowing quite fast enough, and, besides, under the Harbour Regulations there is a heavy penalty for throwing ballast, rubbish, &c., overboard. It would be as well if captains of steamers would bear in mind clause 50 of the Regulations for the Ports of New Zealand, and defer shooting their rubbish into the water until they were beyond the limits of the port.
The Hon the Native Minister, Mr John Sheehan, is bound over to appear in the Supreme Court at Napier on the 10th of December, he being the principal witness in the case against one of the prisoners to be tried for obtaining money under false pretences. If the session does not close by that day, and as Mr Sheehan’s evidence cannot be given at Wellington, Sir G. Grey will find some difficulty in proceeding with his business without his man “Friday.” There is however, every prospect that by that date the Hon Mr Sheehan will have again taken his seat on the opposite side of the House, and party contests will have come to a close for a short while.
At Messrs. Routledge, Kennedy and Co.’s sale on Thursday, at noon, there was not a good attendance, and the whole of the goods advertised were not sold. We heard the following prices quoted: – Adelaide flour, £18 15s to £19: Canterbury flour, £16; oats, 4s to 4s 2d; the sugar and wire were bought in; Canterbury hams and bacon, 8d and 9d per lb. At 2 o’clock, at the sale of saddles, only a limited number of buyers being present. The whole lot was, however, cleared at from 50s to 70s each. They were not of a very superior description, being good strong useful saddles for rough work.
The match between the Married and Single of the Waipawa Cricket Club came off on Wednesday afternoon, on their new ground in Mr Ben Waldron’s paddock, and resulted in a victory for the bachelors by 53 runs.
McIntosh, c Dew b Grenside 7
Chicken, b Grenside 6
Nicholl, b Grenside 22
Farmer, b Grenside 0
Grimley, not out 3
Caldwell, run out 1
McIntosh, b Grenside 7
Chicken, c Dew b Grenside 2
Nicholl, c Craven, b Wood 2
Farmer, not out 7
Harwood, c Craven b Grenside 25
Grimley, b Dew 16
Caldwell, b Wood 8
Craven, b McIntosh 2
Dew, b McIntosh 12
Grenside, c and b Nicholl 15
Wood, b Nicholl 15
Spiller, c and b McIntosh 9
Liddle, b Nicholl 0
Moroney, not out 1
Craven, b McIntosh 0
Dew, b McIntosh 0
Grenside, c and b Nicholl 2
Wood, not out 19
Spiller, c Dew b McIntosh 5
Liddle, c and b McIntosh 1
Moroney, b McIntosh 3
The great number of byes given on both sides was owing to the hardness of the ground.
There is now a rumor afloat in Wellington that Sir George Grey and Mr Sheehan are not pulling well together. Those who know the Premier will not be surprised at this information. Notwithstanding all his radical professions, judging him by his past conduct in the colony, a greater autocrat than the Premier does not exist in the colony. To carry out his own views he quarrelled with General Cameron, one of the ablest of British Generals, and to think that he would allow Mr Sheehan or any other member of the Ministry to dictate to him is beyond all belief.
The Christchurch correspondent of the New Zealand Herald telegraphs to that journal the following on Thursday last: – Progress everywhere! There are signs of great progress throughout Canterbury, and I was surprised at the rapid strides which the past two years have witnessed. Buildings are going up in all directions, and all the people of Christchurch appear to be driving along at high pressure. A bad harvest would of course check all this, and might have really a disastrous effect, as there is a large amount of unhealthy speculation in land. Fortunately for settlers, there is every prospect of another successful harvest, which will make the fifth or sixth in succession; but a check will come, and probably, when the people are least prepared for it, and then the price of land will suffer. At present, everyone appears to have money, and during the race week it was spent freely in the city by the thousands who flocked from all parts of the province to see the cattle show and races. Among the visitors were several well-known Northern settlers, and one of them, I hear, has purchased some splendid imported Lincoln sheep from Waikato.
At Caversham, Otago, Dr. Stackpole and his son recently performed successfully the operation of transfusing blood from a man’s arm and infusing it into the veins of a woman. The patient was a woman who had been brought to a very low state after her confinement, from loss of blood. Seven ounces of blood were taken from her husband’s arm and infused into her veins.
Church of England service will be held (D.V.) on Sunday next, the 25th 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.