■luntlo of Native Minister which it was supposed none but Mr. McLean was qualified to ■ ‘ vca r. Whether or not the present arran-e-E i e at is intended to bo permanent we are not . j Q a position to say, but there has been i throughout the late memorable debate a I jutting impression in oar minds that Mr. Stafford, the masterly statesman, the magnanimous opponent, did not sock to destroy a Policy of which be bad openly approved, but raerely to condemn its mode of administra"’ioui and that bo would see his way to ■ employ in the conduct of the work some of ; the artificers by ■whom it was commenced. ■ no-".n-of ail did wo imagine that the original inventor was to bo entirely shelved, and the completion or mutilatien of his design enI trusted to those by whom it had been decried. ■" ]S'or cud we thiolc tnat inter so long an expef rienco of the comfort and economy of peace I 'that any new Ministry would find it desirlable to dispense with the services of the man • bv whom that peace had been mainly secured, y and it may be on the cards not vet i exposed to public view—that the Premier wiil feel no hesitation in availing himself of i tlxo peculiar tact of Mr. McLean in dealing f with native matters which has rendered ■4 memorable the duration of the late Ministry, 4 and that when a decent period of mouemnot( for the departed Cabinet shall have ended. Mr. McLean will feel no delicacy A accepti ing the trust and giving his country the I benefit of his services. Partisanship should | be obsolete. Brutus “ did not love Csesar I less, but be loved Home more,” and an honest | Minister need not scrapie to resume office i under an honest Ministry, even though the ? leader bo changed. In the event of Mr. [ McLean declining, or not being invited to resume his office, we know of no other man in the country so eligible as Mr. Mackay, 5 and none whose natural shrewdness and ' firmness cf character has hitherto exercised so wholesome an influence on the native mind. Of the remaining members of the old Cabinet, we do not expect to hear soon again. Mr. Pox, the “ echo of his former self,” chiefly distinguished himself while in office by making bitter opponents of dangerous men, such as Sir David Mun.ro, and thereby seriously weakening the moral status of his Grovemment. Of Mr. Gisborne’s capability of conducting the circumlocution department, we have evidence that not fewer than 500 letters were at one time- lying unopened in the office of the Chief Secretary. The remaining individual members were rather make-weights than otherwise, and though extinguished, will scarcely be missed from public view. Whatever may be the direction which affairs will take, the present occasion is one of momentous importance to tbs colony, and one possibly fraught with unexampled prosperity or with untold ruin and disaster Since writing the foregoing we learn that -a rumour from Ohinemuri states that Mr. Mackay left Auckland on Thursday, prior to hia departure for Wellington, whither it was said he had been summoned by Mr. Stafford.
Trs greatest drawback to the settlement of any new district is the want of roads into the interior, as without them the resources of a district become dormant. Steam transit is, of course, of great importance, but communication by land is the great desideratum ; because along theline of road population settle?, wastes are reclaimel, and many accesions are made- to the productiveness md consequent wealth of the district. The necessity rt' a good road being made from Tauranga to the Thanes, forming a main artery for the driving ot stock ti the latter place, is apparent to all. When this is done (and we hope the time is not far distant when we shall be able to successfully compete with Neper in her lucrative cattle trade), it will open up a la'ge extent of fertile country, which will be soon made available lor pastoral and agricultural purpose, and be the means of inducing a large increase of population amongst us.
Among the statistical papers laid before the General Assembly this session by the legistrar-Qensral is one showing the agricultural progsess of the colony, a subject in which our readers will take a more than common interest. These tables hive been published only in the JS~ew Zealand, Gazette -vith the professed idea that by so doing publicity rould be given to to them in the different province?,and the result can be ezsily imagined—viz , that tie country settlers sever see the returns. Wo ;ake the earliest opportunity of publishing that portion which ■concerns the province of Aucklnd. The truest estimate of progress is arrived at hr comparing 1870 ’with 1872, because the returns for 1871 are incomplete. In 1870, taking the population of Auckland as given by the Census retu.n of last year, tie population wae 62,335. The number of holdings inlß7o was 3,179 ; in 1873 they had increased to 3/67. The land broken up in 1870, but not under ;rop, was 12.090 acres ; while in 1872 it was 10,41) acres. Under grain crops there were 3,079 acres irlß7o and 4,857 acres in 1873. For hay, 4,405 aces in IS7O, and 5,883 acres in 1872. Potatoes, 3,79 f acres in 1870, and 3 836 acres in 1873. Of land aovo with grasses, &c., there were 155,086 acres in .873. In 1870 wheat was grown ou 1,544 acres ; oits, 2,964 acres. In 1813, wheat, 2,456 acres; oats, forgreen food, hay, and grain, 5,748 acres. Advance Aukland
M. xl. R. p Jermucham Wakefield. “Teddv VWike ” h> lUr ° l ’ but ; better kn ™ a* it could nor I'r' 1 ‘f f uellled aud roucealed conduct iMftg ilf”“ d ' J**» fo-givea ..ml condoned ime attu time, conn net the most, disgraceful • had it g ° f tawanl, .Hlb’,^ f O / t i la nam° n T r B k‘ Ul ° cilt>ri - v ’ and out ai regard ML; 1 1 V he bears ’ eild «wur, dto save and W-Vf 1 ,, h ! m fr °, ra Utr *" r degradation, Mr. Wakefield T a * ,e i.,i.... D ,„i iJI E Vl™ Wh ° h aWahvav 8 shielded ft J du.iuded huu. 110 would have been lon.-r hm?‘t* - SOt ‘' et * v '* ,ind have occlo&i New prei! P °* lUon ho UwW ascrib « the We hear of a party of ten pleasure seekers who intend paying a visit to the Hot Spring duriim fmonTh we°3h e n t T !b ‘ 5r ' K ° doubt * in ' about Amongst ua. * nU, “ b -* «eur»ioni,t.
T,-«a“ 0 ff' rceive our advertising columns that Mr M Z rge °\ deatiato£ Auckiand > i 9 present in B ‘ional «t«v f? Umking 8 Bh °rt P™Lsstonai Hay. Sufferers from toothache, and those caHn- &U 3 ® t l a ” eßt, *‘« decay m the machinery of catiou, will do well to avail themselves promptly of ao favourable an opportunity. odd ® ) ubs £ nbor objects to our politics, and wishes to edit the Bay of Buehtx Times for us. In fact he cedares muiseif utterly disgusted with the political . opinion of our paper so far as regards the native ; policy Oi Hr. McLean, and threatens that if we do not sp cecity reform in this particular ho will solemnly withdraw liis favour. We are afraid we will have to Jet tins modest person go for two reasons; , t; because we propose to edit our little paver ourBtxves, and just aa we please ; and, secondly, because our fnsnu nas the privilege of declining to take it \vcieuever it shall cease to be agreeable to him. He is mistaken in the character of the Bay op PLE.NrY -Timesl in supposing that there is any unders. ood contract between a newspaper and its subscribers by which the former is bound to represent the opinions of the latter. Ho idea could be more erroneous than that. We shall at all times “do our ievei best nor tho cause that lacks assistance, For the wrong that needs resistance, For the future in the distance, A nd the good that we can do.” But fcue opinions of the Bay op Plexxy limes are its own. ~ We are hi formed that Captain Simpson, C.E. is to start m the early pait of next month from Opo lex for Poverty Bay i,. or; ; e r to disthe best lint of road between those t vvo p aces. Ho thmks it probable lie will be back in Opotiai three weeks afterwards, when he proposes at once setting GO men to work to construct the line. The funeral of Mr. Atkinson took place on Tuesday the same day the inquest was held, several members 01 tme -auranga Light Hor.-ie, to winch corps deceased belonged, as well as a number of the Rifle Volunteers um.er Lieutenants Samuels aucj Morrison, all in uniform, attending the procession to tho Te p rt oa cemetery The service was read by the Yen. Archdeacon Brown. A party of cavalry troopers, under Lieutenant Connor, at the conclusion of the service ared ino customary number of volleys over the"grave' As an instance of the good feeling existing between t T° cor P s * lt should be mentioned that some dunculty at- first having been experienced m collcctimr a firing party from deceased’s own corps, hr conse” quenoe of most of the members residing out of ’ town at the suggestion of Sergeant-Major Downey 5 t ) 3 ’ infantry volunteered to supply the deficiency ; kufc their services in this respect were not required, ana’ were tliankfuliy declined by Lieutenant Connor. : Nevertheless, they assisted the bearers of the coffin to its resting place. Mr. Ferraby was buried tho followmg day us a civilian, a few personal friends accompanying the remains to the same place of interment Tno Ven. Arcudeacon Brown officiated with much solemnity.
Mr. James Bodell sold by auction on Monday, September 9, in the store lately occupied by Messrs! Harrison ansi Co., an invoice of drapery, on account of Mr. Morey. There was tolerable competition, and goods realised fair prices. We beg to call attention to a sale, at the Yards, by Mr. Bodeli, of fmo Napier cuttle, including u prize bull and some dairy cows, on Monday next. Within the Monmouth Redoubt ou ' bur-day last a new and lofty 11 igstalT was erected, from which the New Zealand ensign fluttered proudly in the breeze. dmong the papers presented to Parliament, and lately issued from tho Governmeat printing office is “No. I—Letters from the Agent-General relative to Government Immigration,” from which we gather that the following ships are laid on for Auckland : City of Auckland, May 23; Robert Henderson, June 10 ; a ship July IG. When Pepper’s ghost first appeared in London it was advertised in the most extraordinary wav—so well, indeed, tnat a well known sjn» lias, as a refrain “ All round town, on every wall°and’post, here’s another new sensation, it’s have you seen the ghost.” Just now the sensation in Auckland is not a ghost but some mysterious thing culled “ Who’s who.” Everyone asks what does “ Who’s who ” mean, and various attempts have been made to answer tho question. As far as we can make out-—and we ought to know, yon know—-it is to be a comic guide to Auckland, Thames, and Coromandel, and also including, should sufficient inducements be offered, Tauranga, Opotiki, and tho Hot Spring district. If tho editor only shows as much ingenuity and originality in the work itselt as has already been shown in the way of advertising it, there can be no doubt that those "who buy “ Who’s who” will receive full value for their shilling. There is great excitement in Auckland about tho j City Council elections. Eight candidates are in the \ field to fill up three vacancies. Messrs. Macrcady \ Bugden, and Stephenson are the favorites. ' _ The Enderby Jackson Star Comique Company have I just arrived from Sydney, and are playing with" great * success at tho City Hall, Auckland,