Observer, Volume X, Issue 604, 31 January 1891, Page 6
Huu, not Taihoa or Haereroa, is to be the Maori name of the Onslow baby boy. It iB reported that Mr W. J. Napier, solicitor, will shortly remove his business to Wellington. Pauper Habrow has been on a visit to Kuaotunu, along with a special party of town visitors. Since he got that little aooount of £42 from the Hospital Board, Hodge is known as ' Hospital Bill.' Mr Malcolm Niccol, of Devonport, and Mr J. W. Carr, of Mount Roskill, have been created Justices of the Peaoe. Mr Hugh Shortland considers himself a wise and ambitious man, and those who think otherwise are wicked or foolish. How now, Dr. Giles ? Miss Arnaboldi is the only person connected with the Hospital Inquiry who has acted consistently, openly, and properly right through the unhappy affair. Mr W. B. Sadler writes suggesting that Mr Burfc should publish particulars of the birds imported to New Zealand — name, number and dates of arrival here. 'Uncle George,' who writes those racy church articles for the Star, may be interested to know that 'Young Observer Kelly' has received the Christian name of ' George.' Mr CtfNARD, the boss of Harvey Brothers' Minstrel Show, is a veteran travelling agent ; but looking at hiß youthful bloom, one Cunardly believe he has been so long on the road. _____ The many friends of Miss Lucy Watkin, daughter and granddaughter of highly esteemed Wesleyan clergymen, and formerly one of our teachers, will be pleased to hear of her engagement to a Mr Kirke— -happy man. Mr A. T. Crocker, one of the superintendents of the Equitable Life Assurance Society of United States, is now in Auckland on a business tour of inspection, and to report to the head office in >?ew York on the future prospects of the colony of New Zealand. Rev. Shirley Waldbmar Baker was, at latest dates, at Apia, where he had been entertained by the British Consul. Private intelligence on tht-? head is to the effect that he was residing at t.ho Consul's house, but this lacks corroboration. The popular Dr. Carolan, of B >mbay, formerly of Warkwortb, last week visited h=, old district in company with the Grand Master and other exalted personages in Masonic matters, to attend the Masonic installation there. The doctor was cordially welcomed by his old friends, and as usual proved himself a perfect hero in ohe vocal and instrumental portion of the evening. Mr Harris Bentley goes to Fiji next week, a happy man. Dr. Challinor Purchas has done for him what eminent Sydney specialists lamentably failed to do, to wit, restored his eyesight, and that after other local practitioners refusing to take his case in hand, considering it hopeless. Mr Bentley's case was one of the worst and most painful of cases known to oculists, but science prevailed. Mr A. C. Whitney, manager of the Auckland Ammunition Factory, has warmest congratulations on bis nuptials with Miss M. E. Wilson, only daughter of Mr J. L. Wilson of the Herald. The happy pair are on a honeymoon trip to Okoroire, prior to taking up house in a fine residence at Remuera, presented by the father of the bride. The wedding presents were gorgeous, and about 400 people went out to see Rev. W. Gittos tie the knot. Mr J. Wendel, of the Symond- street Wine Factory, leaves for the South this week to book orders for his cheering and invigorating beverage. He always does well on these tours, for he finds that his pure wines are even better appreciated by the Southerners than by the people of Auckland. Of course his absence will not in- I terfere with the execution of local orders, for he has a large stock of matured wines, and customers can obtain supplies as usual. _ Poet Blackman is writing goody-goody articles for the Mouse. In closing a sketoh of Sheridan's life, he Ba y S: _ «a wretchedly-clad bed, two chairs, Sheridan's pale face and half-closed eyes, an empty watch-pocket over his head, two bailiffs on one side of the bed, and defiant Dr. Bain on the other. It was debt and death contending for Sheridan's body. Death, however, conquered.' It is brutally candid to identify the doctor as the representative of Death ; but those poets have a refreshing way of telling the truth. Mr F. G. Ewington writes that many people in Auckland may be expected to embrace Judaism, if for no other reason than for the sake of getting a bit of sound beef, duly slaughtered and ' koshered ' by Rabbi Goldstein. Mr Ewington takes too debased a view of his fellow-citizens. There are some selfish sneaks who have changed and who may yet again change their religion fok the sake of 'the flesh pots of Egypt;' but these are few and far between. Mr Ewington reminds us of the story of the Jew who, on seeing a fine flitch of bacon, exclaimed—' Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian ]' That story is probably as bicj a libel as is Mr Ewington's insulting estimate of the Christians of Auckland. Religion to any man worthy of being called a Christian is more than a matter of loaves and fishes.