News of the Week.
New Zealand Tablet, Volume VI, Issue 295, 27 December 1878, Page 14
News of the Week.
The mails for Europe, via San Francisco, will close at Dunedin on Thursday next, January 2nd. The Mm Zealander thus testifies to the excellence of the schools of the Sisters of Mercy in Wellington, of which a notice will be found in another column :—": — " We have no space at our command to give more than, the outlines of what has been accomplished by the Sisters' energy and perseverance, and the results of the examination. Of the character of the work done by the pupils and the efficiency of the children's trainers there is, of course, no reason whatever to dilate, as the results obtained are the same all the world over where the Sisterhood erect their camp." The "Maoris of Rotorua have appointed a committee to provide for their local self-government. Mr. R. Graham has been invited to act as chairman. The Key. Father Hennsbery, in recommending the Catholic congregation at Auckland to subscribe for the establishment of good school accommodation for Catholic boys is reported to have said : " He had made a subscription^in Blenheim for one of the most beautiful churches in New Zealand. A farmer offered £1, but he told him he would not receive it, and that he might lose more than that shortly. A short time after he left, he learnt that that farmer had lost a fine Scottish horse, worth £40. Had he given that £40 to God, God would, no doubt, have preserved him from damage. It was quite certain that if they were miserly with God. He might bring them I down in sickness." Subscriptions to the amount of £1100 were promised. The timber industry has established a settlement, that bids fair to become important, at Ngunguru, on the East coast of the North Island. The hot springs at Ohinemutu have effected the cure of a young man from Wellington, who was suffering from a skin disease suggestive of leprosy. The Say of Plenty Times thus describes the amiable conduct of certain Maori scholars in the district referred to : — Some of the native boys under Mrs. Neighbour's caTe have of late made themselves exceedingly obnoxious by attacking any undefended white boy whom they may happen to come across in their peregrinations. On Thursday afternoon the young blackguaids caught hold of a lad named Buttler, and mauled him very severely, breaking his collar bone. As the poor boy was being assisted home they pelted him with stones, and shouted demoniac ally, "we've broken his arm ! we've broken his arm 1 " No blame attaches to Mrs. Neighbour, under whose supervision the lads are quiet, but unless they can be persuaded to behave like Christians when out, their liberty ought to be curtailed. We desire to draw the attention of our readers to the prospectus of 6t. Aloysius 1 College, Waikari, which is abont to be opened by the Jesuits Fathers. The Bey. Fathers O'Malley and M'Enroe, S.J., are at present staying at the residence of the Bishop of Dunedin, where communicati ons intended for them may be addressed. As it was found that the Dunedin Catholic Association were nnable to conclude arrangements for taking Mr. Fleming's rooms, as they had originally intended, they have settled upon apartments in the Octagon, over those occupied by the Athenaeum. The rooms will be completely furnished by New Year's Day. Messes. Mills, Dick and Co.'s almanac for the ensuing year is now ready. It contains, as usual, all the information to be found in such works that can be desired, and is very neatly printed and turned out. We are happy to learn that the Bey. Thomas Walsh has returned to the colony, and resumed his mission at Westport. Wk m ust plead in excuse nf any shortcomings observable in our present issue the necessity we have been under of hurrying over our work this week, so as to provide for the holidays. We are thus obliged to hold over the report of the Christchurch Bazaar. The West Coast Times states that nearly a tbousnnd acres of excellent land, the best selections between the Haast and the Clarke rivers, changed hands a few days ago at 6s. Bd. per acre. The former purchaser, Mr. Button, paid 12s. 6d. per acre, and after holding it for some time, unlike the landowners on the east side of the island he was glad to meet with the Key. Father M artin as a purchaser at half the original cost.