Waikato Times, Rōrahi XIII, Putanga 1145, 28 Whiringa-ā-nuku 1879, Page 2
OOTOBER 22. TnEBE has been little stirring here latoly, but storekeepers appear to be doing a fair, cjuiet business, natives continually arriving from vp T ooiintry with their wheat, oats, &c., for salt?. M?? J. T>. Hill, sinqq i resuming his busiuess here, is fast rq*
covering tho trade of his old native j customers, and has had to engage fresh assistance m his business Mr A übin is I kept fully omployed m his dispensary, ds there is still a great amount of sickness prevalent, and from his successful treatment of several severe oases, ho has tho entire confidence of the natives, and patients are continually brought to bint from long distances. Tawhiao and his pooplc have not yet finished their planting at Hikurangi, but will have done so m a day or two, when ho will return to Kawhia. He aud his people aro just now taking great interest m the political proceedings at Wellington. Messengers are continually coming down for news, as to when and to whom tho government of the country will finally be entrusted, they, of -sourse, hoping it will not bo Sir George Grey. Tho Government agents' situationa here are, and have been so for somo time past, mcc sinecures, Avith the exception of replying to the very earnest inquiries of Government creditors, many of whom have accounts still unsettled, duo ten months ago. These unfortunates are m deep study as to what has become of all tho Government money that has been expended by our lato Ministry, as stated by Messrs Atkinson and B yce. All the negotiation accounts m this part of tho district are still unsettled. Tawhiao and his Ministers have consistently kept their words, as promised by Manuhiri, on the dismissal of Major Mair, and have uopt aloof from all tho Government officers, ever since declining discussion of any bind witb the late Premier at Kopua or any one under his authority up to the present time. There was a little bit of a stir here on Tuesday last, the occasion being the natives of Te Wheoro's tribe, some forty of them receiving their pay for the making of the road between here and the Puniu. As they have been anxiously waiting for the event for some time past, there was naturally a little rejoicing, but no drunkenness. Amongst the up-country natives there is a great scarcity of food just now, caused by their improvidence at the late useless meeting, vaie effect of this has been, a good deal of local crime amongst themselves, m the way of horse and cattle stealing, m which some of tho aristocracy are said to bo implicated. To stop this, it is determined to erect a pound on the west side of the river, near the boundary of the township, and no cattle allowed to corns m until full inquiries are made as to ownership, &c. Tho horse stolen from Mr Finch, and detained by a native over tbe Puniu some time ago, employed ploughing Rcwi'.'-land, has not yet finished apparently, oi ttewi's authority is set at naught, who was to obtain restitution of the animal. So much for Rewi'a influence, of which so much political capital has been attempted to bo made. Verb sap. 'Javjn OoaitESPONDEIf-J..