8 THE WEEKLY MERCURY.
13 – Southern Cross, s.s., from Auckland. Passengers – Miss Craig, Messrs. Ballin, White, and 4 steerage.
13 – Tauranga, schooner, from Dunedin.
13 – Fairy, s.s., from Mahia. Passengers – Messrs. Walker, Lloyd, Flood, and 2 natives.
14 – Rangatira, s.s., from Poverty Bay. Passengers – Messrs. Bartleman, Pell, and 2 natives.
14 – Taupo, s.s., from the South. Passengers – Miss Tye, Rev. Mr Fraser, Dr. Caro, Messrs Carrington, Neil, Clemes, Cameron, Bully, Allan, and Masters Caro (2).
15 – Hinemoa, s.s., from Wellington. Passengers – Hon Sir George Grey, Hon J. Sheehan, Messrs J. C. Brown, M.H.R., Karaitiana Takamoana, M.H.R., Honi Nahe, M.H.R., W. Mitchell (Private Secretary to Native Minister), Mrs and Miss Russell, Messrs Seed, Baker, Heale, S. George, Grace, and a few natives.
15 – Hinemoa, s.s., from Portland Island. Passengers – Messrs. Seed, Tabuteau, and Blackett.
15 – Richard and Mary, schooner, from Lyttelton.
15 – Manaia, p.s., from Wairoa. Passengers – Mesdames Newton and Bee, Miss Bee, Messrs. Hamlin, Higgins, Newton, Roach, Murray, Williams, Hartly (2), Garry, Levi, Manoy. Swan, McLean, Weber, Forest, Smith, 1 C.T., 2 steerage, and 3 natives.
15 – Result, s.s., from Wairoa.
15 – Hawea, s.s., from Auckland, via Poverty Bay. Passengers – Misses McGillaray, Leghard, Reedy and Taylor (2), Messrs. Taylor, Dowell, McVay, Carr, Healy, Teesdale, Cameron, Stubbs, 6 steerage, and 35 for South.
17 – Fairy, s.s., from Cape Turnagain. Passenger – Miss Walker.
17 – Rotorua, s.s., from South. Passengers – Mesdames Crowley, Meller, Banks, Masters, McHardy and Carlyon (2), Messrs Levein, Scipp, Williams, Barter, Harding, Watt, Carr, Griffith, and 2 others.
17 – Rapid, cutter, from Mohaka.
19 – Nellie, schooner, from Auckland.
19 – Rangatira, s.s., from Wellington. Passengers – Mrs Beyer, Messrs Jacobs, O’Hanlon, 4 steerage, and 5 for Poverty Bay.
20 – Fairy, s.s., from Mangakuri.
14 – Taupo, s.s., for Poverty Bay, Tauranga, and Auckland. – Passengers – Rev. Bishop Cowie, Mesdames Scotter and Gibbons, Masters Cato, Gibbons, and Harris, Messrs Haynes, Lindaner, Burke, Bloomfield, Baty, Dadly, Ferguson, Simmons, Hesketh, Rundle, Slater, Wilson, Brother, Williams, and 10 native girls.
15 – Hinemoa, s.s., for Poverty Bay and Auckland. Passengers – The Hon. Sir G. Grey, Messrs Brown, Baker, George and 2 natives.
15 – Fairy, s.s., for Cape Turnagain.
15 – Rangatira, s.s., for Wellington. Passengers – Mrs and Miss Williams, Mr and Mrs Young, Miss McGinnity, Messrs Eaton, McGregor, Ball, Sheey, Carroll and Brown.
16 – Hawea, s.s., for Wellington and Southern ports. Passengers – Bishop of Christchurch, Bishop of Wellington, Mrs Hadfield, Mrs Rich, Mrs May, Mrs Williams, Mrs Sebley, Misses Hills, Davie, Lever, Rabone, Caldwell, Gascoigne, Darwent, Beale and Mackenzie (2), Hon. J. Sheehan, Honi Nahe, M.H.R., Master Hadfield, Messrs Winter, Lenge, Rule, Grace, Burns, Plante, Bisson, Baker, Mitchell, Carey, Chambers, Rabone and Sebley.
17 – Karaihe, cutter, for Portland Island.
17 – Falcon, barquentine, for Newcastle, N.S.W. Passenger – Mr A. Campbell.
18 – Manaia, p.s., for Wairoa. Passengers – Mr and Mrs Poyser, Messrs. Maney, Murray and others.
19 – Dragon, barque, for London.
19 – Isabella Pratt, schooner, for Pelorus Sound.
19 – Nellie, schooner, for Lyttelton.
19 – Richard and Mary, schooner, for Havelock.
19 – Rapid, cutter, for Mohaka.
The schooner Tauranga had a fine run across the Bay last week, coming from Kidnappers to the anchorage in a very short time. She landed some powder on the beach. The balance of her cargo was principally colonial produce.
The s.s. Taupo, Capt. Carey, arrived at 9 o’clock on Friday from the South. We have no particulars about the voyage, and can only furnish our readers with the names of the passengers.
Captain Fairchild is again in command of the Hinemoa, and the chief officer of the Stella, Mr MacKersie, is in command of the latter vessel.
The C.G.S.S. Hinemoa, Capt Fairchild, arrived in the Bay on Friday at 2 p.m. She was immediately tendered by the Bella, and her passengers landed. The steamer left again that night for Portland Island, with Mr Seed, to inspect the new Lighthouse, &c.
The s.s. Taupo, Capt Carey, left in the evening on Friday, after discharging her cargo to the Three Brothers.
We notice by the New Zealand Times that the Orari’s cargo, which left Wellington the other day, was valued at £131,000. She had on board 40,000 sovereigns, and £14,702 worth of gold.
The schooner Tauranga was brought to the breastwork on Friday, where she is discharging.
The following direction for entering Manukau Harbor was published in today’s Gazette: – “The south head beacons are now adjusted in a line to lead the course of the Fanny Channel from the sea, bearing N.E. by N. by compass. Care must be observed when drawing near the Tranmere shoal not to open the south head beacon southward, and to pay attention to the pointing of the semaphore arms for other guidance.: – Press Agency.
The ship Celestial Queen was on the berth for Nelson and Napier when the last mail left London.
The Mataura, as at first anticipated, will not load home from Napier. Her place will be taken by the Crownthorpe, at present at Wellington. We beg to direct shippers and intending passengers to her advertisement.
All the steamers that have arrived and left during Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, have had such remarkably fine weather that we have no remarks to make upon their respective voyages.
The cutter Rapid returned from Mohaka on Monday evening, with a full cargo of wool. The captain reports the bar very shallow; in fact, on Saturday last the river was completely blocked up.
The barquentine Falcon left on Monday for Newcastle, N.S.W., and will immediately return with coals.
The second wool ship of the season left on Wednesday, namely, the Dragon. She has a valuable cargo of wool and skin, estimated at £66,154 1s 9d, shipped by the following shippers, viz., Murray, Common and Co., 237 bales wool; Routledge, Kennedy and Co., 147 bales wool; Kinross and Co., 590 bales wool, 12 bales skins; Watt Bros., 4 bales skin, 1813 bales wool; New Zealand Loan and Mercantile Agency, 484 bales wool; total, 3,287 bales. The Dragon is in excellent sailing trim, and we trust she will make a good passage. She will be followed by the Lochnagar.
The schooner Nellie, which arrived from Auckland on Wednesday, has only called to land 130 kegs of blasting powder, which when completed she will resume her voyage to Lyttelton.
The ship Renfrewshire is now out 81 days from the old country, and may be expected to put in an appearance at any moment. She has immigrants for here, and about 400 tons of cargo, on discharge of which she will proceed to Wellington.
The Mataura, having such superior passenger accommodation, has been ordered to Lyttelton, where there are some intending passengers, and being a well-known and favourite ship in Lyttelton she will have quick despatch.
The s.s. Result is having some new boiler timbers, and is expected to be ready in a few days.
The p.s. Manaia left on Tuesday for Wairoa.
The s.s. Rangatira, Capt. Evans, arrived in the Bay at 2.30 p.m. on Wednesday, after a remarkably fine passage of 22 ½ hours. She was brought direct to the outer wharf, and discharged her cargo on Thursday. Captain Evans reports passing a barque off Cape Pallisser [Palliser] on Tuesday evening supposed to be the Renfrewshire.
Mitchell’s Maritime Register, in alluding to the wreckage found on August 17th, on Farewell Spit, Nelson, marked “Antofagasta,” says – “The vessel arrived from London at Bombay, May 5th, and passed the Cape of Good Hope August 15th, on her voyage from the latter port to Breman [Bremen].
A correspondent write to the Southland News: – “I clip the following from Captain Giles’s journal of his trip to the Auckland Island: – On Monday 3rd September, 1877, one of the overland party got separated from the rest, and in making his way through the bush near the head of North Harbour, came to a projecting rock, near which he found the skeleton of a man lying on the ground. Near him was a stone with the following inscription on it (apparently scratched with a knife): – ‘George William Parker, fell overboard in American barque Tradera, 25th December, 1875.’ It seems probable that the remains were those of some unfortunate sailor who had fallen overboard and then swam ashore, only to die of starvation.
The Emma Jane is the name of a schooner which left Clarence River, N.SW., laden with hardwood for the Queen’s Wharf, twenty-nine days ago, and of which nothing has since been heard. Two vessels, viz., the Mary Peverley and F.W. Tucker, arrived from the Clarence River yesterday, which left fourteen days after the schooner, and neither of their captains saw anything of her. The weather which has prevailed since the Emma Jane commenced her voyage has been most propitious for making the passage down, and taking this fact into consideration we are forced to believe that all has not gone well with her. Indeed, Captain Tucker, of the F. W. Tucker, on hearing that the Emma Jane had not arrived here, gave it as his opinion that she was lost, and not suited at all for the carriage of heavy timber with which she was laden. She was a vessel of 100 tons, and it was arranged, if possible, to sell her on her arrival here. Her captain’s name is Ward, and besides him she would probably carry a crew of five or six men. The F. W. Tucker was here a few months ago, with a cargo of timber for Stewart’s Island. – N.Z. Times.
HAWKE’S BAY STOCK AND STATION REPORT.
Since my last month’s report the weather has been more favorable, frequent showers have refreshed our pastures, and although a heavier rainfall would be welcome, all fear of scarcity of feed has disappeared. As a consequence, holders of store stock are firmer, but from the very considerable number in the market, of cross-bred especially, easier rates than last year must be accepted.
Shearing throughout the province is now well through, and will be earlier completed this year than any hitherto. One wool ship, the Helen Denny, has already sailed. The Langstone’s loading is approaching completion, and the Dragon is also now loading. This season’s wool to hand is in excellent condition, though lighter in grease than usual. Transactions in cattle have been limited from there being very few lots in the market. Young store stock of this description are much enquired for. The following are current quotations: –
Cattle. – Fat, in better demand, 25s per 100 lbs; stores, mixed ages and sexes, £4 to £4 10s; steers, for individual ages 1, 2, 3, and 4 years, £3 5s, £5, £6 10s, and £7 15s. At these rates 350 have been placed. Female stock, same ages, £2 10s to £6 10s. Dairy cows, £8 to £12 each.
Sheep, – Fat merino wedders, 6s 6d to 7s, demand limited; store do [ditto]., 4 and 6-tooth, 6s to 6s 6d; 8-tooth, 4s 6d to 5s; aged, nominal. Cross-bred wedders: fat, 10s 6d to 12s; stores, 2, 4, and 6-tooth, 8s to 7s6d; 8-tooth 7s to 7s 6d. Merino ewes: 2 and 4-tooth, 10s to 10s 6d; 6 and fresh 8-tooth, 6s to 7s, these descriptions scarce, aged plentiful. Cross-bred ewes: 2-tooth, 9s to 10s; ¾ and 7/8 Lincoln 2-tooth sales, 2000 at 10s 6d; 4, 6, and 8-tooth, 7s 6d to 8s 6d. Lambskin: merino and cross-bred in demand.
I have disposed of 100 of the Hon. H.R. Russell’s two tooth merinos, 40 to Mr Seymour of Gisborne, and 60 to Mr McDonald of Wharetoto at £3 each. Several lots from other breeders are in negotiation. I have also sold a small merino stud flock of Messrs Rich and Shrimpton, Matipiro. 380 inclusive of lambs at 25s each to Mr Taylor White. Early as it is in the season, there are numerous enquiries for rams of high class breeds for general block purposes, and there is no doubt, but that if these can be obtained in sufficient numbers at moderate prices, lower class animals will be in little demand at any price. I would here call attention to our Annual Ram Fair which is fixed to be held at Hastings on 8th of February next.
Horse stock – The market continues languid except for medium draught stock, for which there is a limited demand at from £25 to £30. Heavy draught stock from £40 to £50; good weight carrying hacks from £25 to £30; serviceable hacks from £10 to £15.
Station properties – Enquiries for every description of station and farm properties continue numerous, and several of the former are now being inspected by intending purchasers. I hope to announce next month, the cutting up for sale in small properties of 200 to 1000 acres each, of a large and valuable estate close to Napier, supplying in some degree the want much felt here of moderate sized freeholds.
Wool – The anticipations hazarded in my last report of November I regret to say have been realised. The November series opened on the 29th November, and comprised 190,000 bales. The sales opened on about a level of those preceeding. By day by day the competition weakened, and sales were dull. The continental demand was poor. The principal decline is inferior cross bred. For scoured the market is also easier. On December 10th, 70,000 bales had passed the hammer. The French difficulties and the disturbed state of affairs on the Continent generally have an adverse affect [effect] on prices; and I do not see any immediate prospect of improvement. I learn that private cablegrams have been received advising a considerable reduction. Well, our merino wools, owing to droughts in Riverina, are likely I think to be in good demand, and bring high rates. The uncertainty and distrust which at present outweighs Europe will I hope soon be dissipated, when the long looked for revival of trade may bring increased prices for our chief staple. I am glad to observe that there is a probability of the duty upon wools imported into America being abolished. I would point out that for very coarse Lincoln wool there is little demand, while for lustrous fine quality, good prices are being obtained.
Stock and Station Agent, Auctioneer, &c.
Napier, New Zealand,
December 14, 1877.
MURRAY, COMMON, & CO.’S WOOL REPORT.
NAPIER, December 15.
LATEST advices from London show a weakening tendency in prices obtained during the last serious of this year up to the present, and telegrams have been received within the past few days betraying uneasiness as to the future of the market, and reducing limits of purchasers this side. The disturbed state of political affairs in France is quoted as the cause of this rather sudden depression, it being feared in many quarters that a “revolution” may very possibly be the result of the struggle between the country and the present Government. With this contingency staring them in the face (added to previous instability in the trade, arising from the Russo-Turkish war), continental users appear to be refraining almost entirely from buying. Under these circumstances it seems to be pretty generally expected at home that the new year will bring a still further depression, and large buyers are consequently already withdrawing to some extent from the market. The decrease in production, owing to drought in Australia, California and the Cape will to some extent, no doubt, have an ameliorating effect upon prices, but unless affairs are settled in France before the opening series of 1878 there will be but little ground for the hope of present rates being maintained, and much cause for fear that a time of dullness, similar to the depression of 1869-70, may come upon the trade.
It is, however, within the range of possibility that the political horizon may be cleared, and the war terminated, before next February auctions, in which case a healthy and prosperous trade may reasonably be anticipated, with prices firm at present rates.
Carders operate only to a very small extent, and there are no sales of importance to advise. Confidence is wanting in the future as to prices. Users will only buy from hand to mouth in anticipated of a fall. At Antwerp the Buenos Ayres [Aires] auctions were well attended, and prices ruled on a level with previous private contract rates.
Correspondents state that very little disposition is shown to operate in the London market at present.
POST OFFICE NOTICE.
For Fiji, Sandwich Islands, America, West Indies, the United Kingdom, Continent of Europe, &c., via San Francisco, on Saturday, the 5th January, 1878, at 9 p.m.
Money Orders ad Registered Letters will close at 5 p.m. Book packets and newspapers at 8 p.m.
For Clive, Hastings, Havelock, Te Aute, Kaikora, Waipawa, Waipukurau, and Takapau, on Mondays and Thursdays, at 5.30 p.m: on other days of the week, at 6.30 a.m.
For Norsewood, Danevirk [ Dannevirke ], Tahoraite [ Tahoraiti ], Woodville, Masterton, Greytown, Foxton, Palmerston, Wanganui, Taranaki, Wellington, and Southern Provinces, on Mondays and Thursdays, at 5.30 a.m.
For Motuotaria, Wallingford, and Porangahau, on Mondays and Thursdays, at 5.30 a.m.
For Wainui and Castle Point, on Mondays, at 5.30 a.m.
DROWER. – At Waipukurau, on December 13, the wife of Mr Frederick Howe Drower, of a daughter.
HAIR – At Port Ahuriri, on December 16, the wife of Mr John Hair, of a son.
NEW ZEALAND RAILWAYS.
PAPATU BRIDGE CONTRACT.
Public Works Office,
Wellington 14th November, 1877.
WRITTEN TENDERS will be received at this office up to NOON on WEDNESDAY, the 2nd January, 1878, for the above contract. They must be addressed to the Hon. the Minister for Public Works, Wellington, and marked outside, “Tender for Papatu Bridge Contract, Permanent Way.” Plans and Specifications may be seen at the Public Works Offices, Auckland, Wanganui, Christchurch, Foxton, Wellington, Dunedin, Invercargill, the Survey Office Nelson, and at the Post Office Napier. Telegraphic Tenders similarly addressed and marked, will be received if presented at any Telegraphic Office by NOON of the same date, provided that written tenders in due form are lodged at a District or Resident Engineer’s Office by the same hour, and accompanied by a cheque on some bank in the town where the tender is lodged; such cheque to be specially marked by a banker as good for twenty-one days, and to be in favor of the Receiver-General’s Deposit Account only, and not to bearer or order. The lowest or any tender will not necessarily be accepted.
N.B. – Plans for this contract can be purchased at the above offices.
MR. R. C. WILSON
SURGEON AND MECHANICAL DENTIST.