Local and General.
Wo have the greatest' gratification- in in> forming our readers that the Distriofc Engineer, Captain Turner, baa been instructed to have the- line between Waitokauri (Ohine'muri) and Katikati laid of? : forthwith. This work will be proceeded with immediately after tho arrival of Captain A. Crapp, who is now on his way up from Gisborne. The Armed Constabulary. at present stationed at' Ohinemuri, aretobe employed- on tho line. When completed, the road will afford direct ovorland communication with the Thames, and op n up a vory fine- tract of country. The absolute necessity of- 'constructing this road has on more than one occasion been pointed out by us. We congratulate the district on the matter having been taken in hand.'
. Mr Maxwoll has a- splendid sample of ■potatoes on salo at his establishment.. The potatoes ■ were grown by Mr Donnelly, of Greerfcon, and are the finest we have seen this season.
We remind builders that tenders for the erectiou of a ophoolhouse and master's apartments at Ohinemutu must be sent in to the Rosidenfc Magisfcrate'o office, . Maketu,. by 12 noon, on Friday, the 31st inst.-
We remind ratepayers in the Tauranga North Township Highway District, that the meeting to elect a Trustee vice Mr Hannon resigned, will take place in the Temperance Hall,. to'Uiorrow evening, at 7. o'clock.
Mr Peter Shaughnessy has consented, at .the rpqueet of a large number of ratepayers, to contest tho vacant seat in tho Town Board. Mr Shaughnessy is one of Tauranga'e pioneer settlers, and universally respected, and will doubtless meet with influential support. Ihe Constabulary party, consisting of natives, . working on the road through the bush,. is doing Us work very well. The road is in an excellent state throughout, notwithstanding tho very largo amount of wheeled traffic- that has gono over it during the last few months.
1 His Excellency tho Governor may be ex* poefced in Tauranga on or about next Wed" ncsday. It is His Excellency's intention to arrive a Napier to-morrow-, where he will remain till Monday, on which day he purposes leaving in tho Luna, en route to Auck-land,-calling at White Island and here. .
Mr John Jacobsohn notifies that, having remarked his stock since Btock-taking, he is now prepared to supply the mints of the public ab reduced rateo. Wo have glanced round Mr Jacobsohn's eatahlishmont, and apparently he can supply any artiole from a ship's anchor to a tooth-pick.
We remind all those entitled to have their name3-placed on tho Electoral Roll for the East Coast district:, that they must 9ond their ■applications in to Mr F. E. ETamliu, Registration Officer at Maketu, on the printed forms, duly witnessed, &c, on or before Friday next, Zlst instant, or their- applications- will be void.
The Town "Board has repaired the approach to the town pump,- to the dangerous state of which, we drew attention a short time since. Labour is being employed in cleaning out the drain in Spring 6treefc leading to the Strand previous to the laying, of drain pipes at the Willow street junction.
A member of the Ar'tnod " ConstabularyForce,, who arrived from the Oropi buoh yesterday, informs us that one of the native members of the Force, named Rota, who some eight daysngo wont into the bush pig hunting, has not been heard of since. Search parties have been out, bnt no traces of the missing man can bo found.
In our telegraphic columns on Saturday last, a short notice appeared that Mr John Reynolds, of Cambridge, Irad died at Ohinemutu ou Fiiay mornii g The deceased gentleman, who was in the prime of life, was visiting the Lakes in the company of some friends^ but was taken suddenly ill afc Ohinomntu, and expired in a f,>w dayß. The remains of the decensed •were brought to town on Saturday ■with the intention of taking them to his late home in the Waikato, wh re his friends reside, but some obstacle arising, the deceased was buried in the Tuuranga Cemetery, at Archdeacon's Point, yesterday morning ;. a large number 1 of the residents in the district attending tbe funeral, among who were several of the personal friends of the deceased now- residing in Tauranga.
Tamailcoha, the renowned fighting chief of the Urewera, arrived yesterday per Eowena, from. Opotiki, en route for. Auckland, as a witness for the defence iultheijewe of Regina v.i Himidnaj. the Te Teko murderer." We adviße our Auckland friends who -have' not yet seea a vdal specimen, of the- cannibal to interview MisTamaikoha during' his« stay in their city, This-native has never been to sea before, either in a canoe or boat, and expresses the greatest wonder at the steamer Rowena. '
Frequent enquiries have been made as to when the talked of Masonic Lodge -will be opened here. We understand that a- meeting of the committee was held • on Monday evening; when it was announced that a dis* pensation had been granted to - form a- new Lodge' in- this district. The Masons are now only waiting. for MrHenshawto complete the necessary furniture, and in all probability the Lodge will be formally opened in about a fortnight.
We understand that a movement is-on-fdob for the improvement of the acceaß to Whakatane harbour. This subject has been repeatedly referred to in our columns, and all that is required to make the> course of'vessela ontering straighten ia to remove by- blasting, a few-tons of rock lying in the channel. &b his Honor Sir George Grey and the Hon.- Sir Donald MoLean have both'been over the bar, the wants of Whakatane- in this respect cannot bo said to be foreign to the inindg of those in authority. It is not fair that the few settlors of the place should be left to pay for this— a permanent improvement;, and ie is to be hoped that the application soon, -we learn, to be laid before the Provincial Government, will be favourably considered, and the limited expense at once authorised. This matter is particularly wanted at the present time, as the steamer Staffa will make oonstanb trip? ; and ought to be enabled to have access to Whakatane harbouc at most times of the tide.
Prowler sends us tlie following apropos \o the ensuing Board election : — " Who is it to be ? — We have now three candidates in the field for municipal honors.-. This is a matter for serious consideration; Their qualifications must be-thoroughly ventilated. Now for it ! ! ! In the firafc place we have Boots, .a gentleman justly celebrated for his elocutionary powers j bub I am afraid Aws his endeavours will at iist prove futile. We could soareely expect a representative of his • profession to go in for improving BHODE3, .it; would- be thoroughly antagonistic to his trade,and human nature,&o. Candidate No. 2. Well f. the same objection applies to him. He would never earn his Salt were he to go in for good roads. I should certainly advise him to try another line. His frequent pious ejaculations in Council (if elected) might bo misinterpreted, and not appreciated by the present sanotii monious Board. Candidate No. next. Oh ! ! Peter thou art the coming man, with thee on the Board our country may yet be saved ! Bid roads seldom affect our coats, our waist' coats, and' our &c.'s, &c.'s. The weuther sometimes affects- them, but over that thou hasb no control even'iffchou wast made chairi man of the aforesaid assemblage. I have generally noticed in this part of the country that whether we've w-eather or whether or not we're obliged' to weather- it whether or not. Q-o in P<ster and' you will win in a canter."
The Northern Wairoa seems to be a lively district to-live iujjudging from the following account, farni-shed' to- the Herald by itß Helensvillo correspondent, of tho doingß by the residents after the annual Regatta held on St. Patrick's Day at Kaihu. On reading the fearful story, we can but exclaim, " whore is our boasted civilioatioa P." Tha correspondent writes : — " The proceedingsat Maungaw-hare, for a period of4B hours afterwards, were moat disgraceful amongst tho bushmen and gumdiggers, beyond anything that can be realised, and a lasting infamy to the grog-selbrs. Men maddene J with dr.nk fought to time naked like vsild baasts, and no attempt was made to. stop them ; on the contrary, they were encouraged. Saturday was little better, and many, when their money was-'Bpent, attempted to return home in their frail boats- and were swamped, but fortunately were rescued. Sunday culminated, however, in the death of a bushman named Charles Adamson, who came up to Eaihu in an outrigger skiff, about three in the afternoon, pretty well ' tight,' and having a bottle •of grog. He started immediately after for the bush with a mate Charles Nooman, dead drunk in the bottom of the boat. Adamson pulled away steadily with several boats close after. Not an hour had elapsed when tidings camethat he had fallen out and was drowned in close- proximity to a boat containing .five persons, .most of whom wero drunk, and, I think, incapable of making any great exortions to rescue him, as they were only 80 yards off when they heard the cry. In the other loaded boat, some one was playing the concertina, and it is said that Adamsou got up to dance and fell clean out. Nooman was not aware of Adamson's absence until awakened -by the crew-of the other boat. It is a wonder that scores were nob drowned — one boat load after another sailing t» way with all the men more or less under-the influence of drink. Such scenes -are too common here on holidays. They are unparalleled, perhaps in the Southern hemisphere.""
Mr R. H. Bdrtlett, Photographer, Queen 6trevt, Auckland, .will, for a short period take carte- de-visite photographs at twelve shillings per dozen- — [Adtt.]