Waikato Times, Volume XIII, Issue 1099, 10 July 1879, Page 2
[PRESS AGENCY. 1 AUG XL AN D, last night.
The cable is still interrupted. A steamer is expected at Port Darwin next Thursday. The Auckland pprtion of the Anti- Chinese petition', bearing 2. 0_ signatures, will be forwarded by Mr Swanson for presentation to Par-
The majority of the Auckland members, mc Tiling the Waipa and Waikato members left for. Wellington to«day m the Hiriemoa.
At the Supreme Court, to-day, Daniel Orme was acquitted of a charge of perjury at the Thames. David Edward Rhind, formerly a bank clerk at Hamilton, was acquitted of the charge of obtaining money under false preteuces.
At the New Zealand Insurance Company's riioeting, to-day, the report showed the income from premiums to be £94,818 losses paid and outstanding, £97,313. The large balance from last year and the interest on investments enabled tbe paymeut of a dividend of 10 per cent., carrying .21,600 to the new account. The report stated that while keen competition and low rates continued no better result coald be expected.
WELLINGTON, last night.
The 'New Zealander' says the Governor's speech at the opening of Parliament will not be given on Friday- The House will be opened by commission. The Speaker will then be elected, and the House formally adjourned till Tuesday, .vhen the Governor's speech will be given. Sir W. Fitzherbert, as Speaker of the Upper House, took the formal oaths of office yesterday. THE NATIVE LANDS QfJES-
A radical change, it is asserted, will be made this session m the matter of dealing with native lands, but the nature of that change has not transpired.
DUNEDIN, last night.
Charles Moodray, who came out by the Otago three weeks ago, committed suicide by taking laudanum. He had been a member of a firm of jewellers, who had been ruined by the Glasgow Bank failure, by which they lost £63,000,
PATEA, last night.
(From our own Correspondent.)
The remainder of the nalive piisoners were tried yesterday, and were duly committed on similar charges to those brought against the two first batches. They were .ent away by the s.s. Patea this afternoon. Te Manu who, it will beremembered, was rescued from the coach between Opun.ke and New Plymouth, some two years ago, when being taken to New Plymouth to be tried for stealing, acted as spokesman for fourteen brother prisoners, and Take for those who had already been committed. He considered Te Whiti as the Lord of all, stating that he felt safe of Tohu's power to release him. After being committed, he was brought back and charged with cattle stealing m 1876, and several witnesses being m court, he was committed on this charge also. When the information was read to him, he almost fainted away, and cold water was administered to bring him to his senses. He seemed greatly bewildered, and had evidently forgotten all about the affair. It is said through the non-fulfillment of Te Whiti's prophecies, the lower Plains' natives have lost faith m him, and that is the reason Tohu is being [trotted out as the Lord of the ploaghini**. Tarn of opiaion that the ploughing policy of Te Whiti is now at an end, as the leading men left will not carry oat his orders. NEW PLYMOUTH Wednesday.
The action of the settlers and the Government is having an overawing effect on the natives. They come to plough because thoy were bidden, but do their, work m a half-hearterl manner. It was reported yesterday that some Maoris were ploughingover at Monganui, an interpreter and the owuer of the land went over to see them. They found three, quarters of an acre ploughed, but the natives had given leg bail, and at a settlement near they could gain no information from the natives who were the aggressors. Te Whiti's influence is dying out and now is the time to make a coup, seize him and Hiroki and destroy his influence for evil. The very natives who swore by him lately, a»«e beginning to find fault with hitn now, saying- he has failed m his promised supernatural protection, and especially so are the families of the plcua-hmen who have been committed to Wellington.
A NEW SUPERSTTTION.
Wellington and New Plymouth s-aols, like Jericho, are to fall before the blast of horns. So says Te Whiti. When reproached that the ploughmen acting under his instructions are still m gaol, as a consequence, and not released as he said 1 hey would be after three clays, he i old thoso complaining to get rams horns and blow them before the prisons where tbe men are confined and that the walls would fall down. The natives, it is said, are busily collecting rams horns for the purpose. This foolery cannot last long, and there are already signs of a
burst np of the prophet's mana. T_ Motu has started business as a rival prophet, he has held a meeting at wliich 150 followers were present. He denounced Te Whiti as a humbog, and declared himself and followets *»s decidedly friendly to the Europeans. Another chief says that if Te Whiti does not cease his folly, they (the natives) will themselves bring him m, so that he shall suffer equally along 1 with his dupes.