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Bay of Plenty Times, Bay of Plenty Times, Volume IX, Issue 0, 30 November 1880
Governor Arthur has been elected VicePresideufc of the United Stites.
Money Wigiam's steamship, Durham, has arrived at Lyttelton with a. large number of passengers.
The French vignerons on the northern \. au-oa, above DvrgavUic have planted out 30W vi.no cuttings.
It is reported, at rjivsbornc that G M Hoed has abandoned the idea of locating immigrants in the district, owing fc 0 tlic incompleteness of the titles of tlio laud offered to him. — ThauitK Star.
A company is in course of formation in Scotland for tho cultivation of the tea plant ami the silk worm in New Zealand. One Mr Win. Cochmuo, of Perthshire, an old tea grower in China, haw the matter in hand
Captain A. C. Turner notifies through our advertising columns bhat he has entered into partnership with .Mr J. F. Buddie, late manager ot the Bank of *Jew Zealand here, and that from the Ist of December next his business as Engineer, Kurveyor, Land and Commission Agent, and Auctioneer, will be earned on Tinder tlie stylo of Turner and Buddie. We wish our enterprising townsmen every sueco.su.
Business must ho very dull with the gentlemen of the long robe inTaur.-uiga when they can find time to squabble so much amongst themselves. "We hear that on account of some expressions made use of by a solicitor on Thursday winch another gentleman in the same profession regarded as reflecting on liii character, the latter has made a churn for JL''2OOO damages for slander. This is tit for tat as the defendant in the £1000 action will be the plaintiff in the £2000 case. We bincerly hope that an amicable arram'omenfc will be come to. before tho matter zoos any further.
The building trade in Tunrsw^i rtfomises. to become very brisk, in, a few" weeka, should all the ; new erections now spo!;cn oi be undertaken. We hope this is evidence o£ increased vitality in the placo.
( Considerable reductions have been effected in the number and cost of the constabulary force mantained. ont^e Waimate. Plains — the total number resigned or discharged being 120. Further reductions are contemplated.
Mr Peter Grant, the contractor for the road through the Te Puke blojk haa started yesterday with a party of men to commence operations. Two waggons to be used ia the wojfk were conveyed across the harbour on Thursday night as far as Mr Jonathan Brown's place, and provisions for the party will be sent by steamer;
Te Whiti has refused to. allow some of the liberated Maori prisoners to return to Parihaka, on the ground that they had consented to be released without his orders. The other prisoners at Lyttleton and Dun.cd.in. are iv excellent health and condition ; the last batch tried under the act of last session have byeen, put to hard labour.
The recent sale of lands on the Waimate Plains has brought a welcome addition to the revenue of the colony, and surveyors are now engaged preparing a large block for, sale whi ch will be snbmitted to public competition as soon as the. necessary- native reserves have been set apart. The land revenue derived from other parts of the colony shows a considerable falling off. '
In, the Divorce Court, Wellington, decrees absolute were granted in the following cases : —Ferguson v. Ferguson, Dunedin ; Hancock v. Hancock, Dunedin ; Denby v. Dcnby and Gilbert, Auckland ; Mnuro v. Munro and another, Christchurch. Decrees nisi were granted iv the cases of Gilfillan v. Gilfillan and Scotfc, Dunedin ; andMoGhee v..McGhee, Dunedin..
The Government has received a telegram, from the surveyor at Taranaki reporting that the Parihaka survey is proceeding very satisfactorily. It is now regarded as certain that the pulling up of the survey pegs was a inure freak of idle mischief, but sharp warningd have been given to the natives that they must not let it occur again, else the penalties oi the law -will be strictly enforced.
There- must be a large timber trade between this port and Mercury Bay. On Wednesday last the whole of the Tauranga fleet of cutters were there loading ; the Tokcrau, of 35 tons, for this, port, the Lancashire Lass, 31 tons, for Auckland, the Sunderland, of 25 tons, for this port, and the Louise of 15 tons, for Maketu. The Tokerau arrived here on Thursday night with the following cargo— 25,000 ft. sawn timber, 40,000 shingles, and 100 straining posts.
An abundant supply of good fresh milk is almost a sine qua non in every family, where there are children, if they arc expected to grow up strong and healthy. Happily the people of Tauranga are not at a loss for this very essential article. ' Mr Thomas Corbett intimates that his milk cart will run twice a day from the 29th instant from the Cameron road and that parties can be supplied from the cart or have the milk delivered at their houses. The driver of the cart will take orders for- vegetables and farm produce, which will be delivered the following morning.
We understand that a Committee is being organised to make arrangements for giving a fitting reception to Mi- Stewart's No.. 3 party on their arrival here. We have been shown a list of the gentlemen that are expected to act, .and as they comprise a number of the moat influential and rospoctablo resident* in the district, they should command the entire confidence of the eotmiiiuiity. The character of tho gentlemen selected precludes tha idea of any interested motiva actuating any of them, and we have no doubt thai; in their hands the matter will be carried out most satisfactorily. We may add that it is intended the Committee should lo limited to twelve, who will be responsible for tho expense. On behalf of fcue town and district we may safely promise them the eortlial co-operation oi tlie rcaidcuta in theh' labour of love.
It is encouraging to fin.d that the advantages of tin's district as a field for settlement are boginning ta be appreciated by poople in other ptu'ta of the colony. Through tlio persistent puffing of certain interested parties, the Waikato lands have been Lauded far and wide much beyund their meats, bufc people .are now finding out the truth. A party of Waikato gentlemen were Jmre on a visit a short time, ago, and were so much pleased with the character of the Tauranga lands, and the general appearance of the placo, that some of them have decided on selling thuir properties in the Waikato and locating themselves here. They wore quite astonished to finu the soil so much superior to what they had been led ta expect. As these gentlemen wore praotioal farmers their opinion of the quality of our land is worth something. It is a pity that more attention is not given to the cultivation of the loqnat which in addition to being one of the most delicious of fruits has the advantage of coming afc a time when many other fruits are littlo more than shaping. The loquat is a scmitropical tree and flourishes here admirably, the fruit being both abundant and ripening to perfection. Our highly respected townsman, the Yen. Archdeacon Brown, has no less than fifteen of these trees growing in his garden, all of which, we understand, are loaded with a magnificent crop. They comprise several varieties, but where all are so beautifully flavoured as we can testify from personal experience, having received a very handsome present of tiie fruit, for which we are indebted to the thougUtfulness of Mrs Brown, it would be hard ta toll which variety is the best. These trees are about fifteen years old, and were raised from seeds by Sir George Grey on his grounds at Kawau, who made a present of them to Archdeacon Brown. They are easily cultivated and may be grown from the seeds in jjots, i r even in the open air, if planted in a sheltered place and care is taken to protect the young shoots from the frost, .fudging from the magnificent yield of splondid fciii; on tho Ai'oln-leacoii'a trees, we should say thatsettlors. would consult their interests if they went in. move largely for the cultivation of tins tree which would supply them with an abundance of fruit at a time when other sorts are not to be had.
Judging from a recent case henrd in the Small-dobts Court, Mudgee, a, groat many newspaper subscribers arc ignorant of the law bearing on the subject, For their benefit we make thu following extracts, which we commend frheui to "read, mark, and learn": "Any person who takes a paper regularly from a post-office, whether directed to his name oranothei's, or whether ho has subscribed or not, is responsible for the payment." "If a. person orders* his paper to be discontinued, he must pay all arrears, or the publisher may continue to send it until payment is made, and collect the whole amount, whether the paper is taken from the office or not." "The Courts have decided that refusing to take newspapers and periodicals from the pos.t-offioe, or removing and leaving them uncalled for, is pvima facie evidence of that intentional fraud." The Trade Protection Society sued sixteen of their subscribers for arrears of subscribtion to their paper. The defendants admitted that they were subscribers, but refused to pay the amount sued for, alleging by their attorney as a defence that the paper was sent to them after they had given notice to the proprietors to discontinue sending, same to them. The plaintiffs, by their attorney, MrJ. M'Oarthy, contended that, the dcfcTuiiints were liable, as at the time the notice was sent the defendants were m arrears in their subscriptions, and that hits clients could, in the face of that notice, continue sending the paper until all arrears were paid. In support of this view ho referred the Court to several authorities on this matter. The police magistrate, after hearing the attorneys on both sides, sustained the. view of the plaintiffs' attorney, and gave a verdict for the amount claimed in each case, i^rli. Wlth witllc^cs' expenses.— Ota.jo JDtJkity Tunes,
Proctor lectured to 24Q0 school children in Dunedin.
_ The Supreme. Court of Michigan has deei'ded that a subscription given on Sunday to, aid a church is valid and collectable, on, the ground of being a work of necessity and charity, and is not barred b,y the Sunday laws..
Mr Waddell, an Ota-gan farmer has achieved a cross between the ordinary domestic fowl and a cockatoo. The pro* geny- bear unmistakable evidence of their derivation. Though very fair layers, they do not make good brood liens.
Colonel Whitmoro's Clive Grange estate, of 4,600-acres, withl3, 000 sheep and lambs, 250 head of cattle, working horses, and plant, has, been sold for £50,000 net, half cash, to Mr John. Roberts, of Messrs, Murray, Roberts, & Co.. The negotiation was arranged through Mr M. R. Miller.
A novelty in local industries is being started at Island Bay by Messrs Smith and Moore, in the shape of a poultry farm, devoted exclusively to the roaring of poultry, tho production of eggs, tlie hatching of chickens by both natural and artificial means, and their rearing for the market, all on a large scale.
The London Economist, generally wellinformed on such matters, seems to be a little at sea with regard to New Zealand geography, like most Knglish journals, for in a recent article on the indebtedness of the cplony it classes Brisbane, in Queensland,, and Port Elizabeth, in Cape Colony, as New Zealand towns.
The coach service between here and Ohinemutu is to be greatly improved this season, as will be seen from our advertising columns. Mr James Kelly intends running a daily coach to and from Ohinemutu on and after January Ist 1881. The fares have already been greatly lowered, and every inducement seems now to be offered to tourists visiting the Lake District.
We hear that a reef showing indications of gold has been struck on the Katikati side of the range — at a place about 20 miles distant from Tauranga, A party left here on Monday to follow it up. The indications point to the ground on this side being richer in gold than that on the other side. Should this discovery be as successful as is anticipated, the people of this district must benefit considerably.
The crops of early potatoes raised .by Mr Hunter and Mr George Cummings, Cameron Road, place beyond doubt the capability of the land about here for producing this root to the highest perfection. The sample of kidney potatoes sent us by Mr Cummings is as large as the best imported from the south and we understand is a fair specimen of a considerable extent under this crop. We cannot understand why our farmers do not go in for keeping us supplied with this esculent all the year round. We are informed by experienced gardeners that if planted here in March in sheltered situations they might be dug at the end of July or the begining of August. Here's a fine field for the enterprise of our agricultm-al settlers.
Can there be anything more touching, more aptly illustrative of the all-absorbing strength of maternal devotion, than the story of the .Rotorua native woman ? In one portion of that romantic wonderland, Ihe Lake District — hedged in by picturesque crags, clad with scanty verdure— is a pool of boiling water, so hot that the Maoris of the vicinity use it for cooking their food. One evening a waihine, with her baby, wont to the Lake for the purpose of attending to lv.T culinary duties, when the poor infant, her heart's treasure, foil into the Heol~ii:iig natural cauldron. The agonised mother hesitated not a second. She sprang into the steam covered waters, and perished by the wide of her child. The chiefs proclaimed the place tapu, and the matrons of tin.', trine to this day drop tears as they pass thi'. spilt, hallow jd by such lieroio devotion. ; — Tim mc.s Star.
. Th". want t>f snv.ill change is found by us to be K. very groat nuisance. 1 , or, for the matter of that, any change at all. It will often happen that just after banking hours some subscriber will come in with a five or ten pound note, to pay an account of Gs 6d, or 7s Ud, or 2s 3d as the case may be, and afewdaysago one gentleman unblusthingly entered our oltice at 4.3 > p.m. t > buy a copy of the "Bustei*," and calmly liau led us a Bank of Now Zealand note for £10 in payment, therefore expecting £\) 19s Od in change. This is carrying a joke a little too far. We have no objection to our subscribers settling their accounts or to the public purchasing copies of our publication, in fact specie is acceptable to us at any time or under any pi'etence, but we object to being made a convenience of in this open and palpable manner, and our messenger kept on the trot for an hour at a time in a wild goosechase after change for a XlO note.
The celebrated " slander " case is dragging its length along in the ordinary course. This case promises to be of an equal interest with the renowned case of Bardell v. Pickwick ; the papers on one side, we hear, are in the hands of Messrs Jackson and Russell, and Mr Whitaker, the Attorney-General, and Mr Hesketh have been retained in the same interest. In order to prevent misunderstanding we are empowered to state on the highest authority that Mr A. W. Bromfield is not one of tho parties in the suit. It must be Aery disagreeable for a legal practitioner to have to take proceedings against, a brother of the long robe, and, as we understand that the aggrieved party is willing to accept an apology, we hope the matter will be arranged in this way before it is too late. Lawyers above all people in the world should not be too thin skinned, and, on the other hand if they should happen to be a little too outspoken, they should not be backward in acknowledging it.
" Honour to whom honour is due" is a maxim that commends itself to everyone. Some years ago a Mr J. Marshall, then in Tauranga, promised a subscription towards Trinity Church Building Fund, bub left the district without liquidating it. During the recent visit of Captain Tunks to Napier, that gentleman met Mr J. Marshall, who, on being "stuck up" by the gallant captain, immediately shelled out his "spons" like a man, although years had elapsod since he placed his name on the subscription list. Conduct like this deserves immortalizing, for the frail human mind is too liable to forget these little obligations when far from the scene of their immediate associations. Legendary history reports a case where a man was canonised, by name ' ' Jim Crow, " for doing less than this, and seriously we think that all credit and honour are due to Mr Marshall for his conduct. There arc unfortunately too many people who would not have done the same under similar circumstances.
Every oloucl they say has its silver lining, and so in the midst of oui 1 troubles auont the closing the port, delay in the building the JTairiai Bridge, &c, we are glad to sec that tho Agricultural and other attractions of this district are being more and more appreciated by southerners, and several have of tate been looking through the district with a view to settling in it. Amongst others a Mr McFarlanc a very old Otago settler has been about in the Bay of I'len.ty district, "prospecting" for a likely looking spot to settle, and has found a place to suit him at Opotiki. He lias now returned to Ofcago for the purpose of fetching his farm implements," cart marod and other plant. He expresses himself as being thoroughly sati'siied with the land and thinks the district will ultimately force its way to the front rank in commercial and agricultural prosperity in spite of opposition. He also informs us that ho expects .shortly to soe quite an influx of southerners when the peculiar quality of our lands anil climate make themselves felt. Tin's is matter for congratulation as every new settler -who brings capital into the East Coast must bo an advantage, no matter what particular corner of the district he may ch.ose to locate himsdi' in.,.
Tlie sale of small farm allotments on the Waimate Plains, about the. township of Okaiau, has been a great success. All the lots were taken up, and tho sections offered; were vigorously competed for; Those on deferred payment went without competition, except in two instances. The. result is regarded as most satisfactory and encouraging.
There has been cry for some time about the scarcity of domestic servants, and the indifferent character of what was to be got, but the batch of unmarried women that have come out by the Wanganui should help to meet the demand. If ladies are not able to suit themselves out of the numbers that have just come to our shores, they must be hard to please.
The Government has decided to introduce the system originated by Fawcett, the English Postmaster-General, for deposits in Postal Savings' Banks, by issuing cards divided into twelve square inches each, to be filled, up with a penny postage stamp, and the filling up of the. whole card of twelve squares to be> equivalent to a. deposit of a shilling in the Savings' Bank. ' »
The single girls who .arrived on Sunday by the ship Wanganui had a most enjoyable voyage from the old country. The guis are for the most part from the North of Ireland, and the doctor says of them that although he has now made nine voyages in immigrant vessels he never met a better-behaved and better conducted lot than the prosent. Many of them were selected by Mr C 4. M. Reed. The landingtook place on Monday, and already nearly the whole of the girls have been engaged.—Star.
When the notice of his reprieve was conveyed to Joe, the Fijian, he manifested no signs to indicate that the intelligence was welcome to him or otherwise", but merely nodded hia head. When told that he was to be kept in prison for the term of his natural life, he still remained impassive.. Whether or not he was greatly pleased at esaapiug the gallows, his sorrow was palpable enongh when told that tobacco, one of the crestine comforts allowed to condemned criminals, would henceforth be taken from him. He showed more concern at losing his tobacco than joy at his reprieve from death.
A somewhat serious accident happened on the beach onj Tuesday night. Two natives quarrelled whilst on horseback, and in the heat of passion one struck tho other a heavy blow which threw him out of the saddle. Several of the dusky bystanders got round tb.c assailant for the purpose of inflicting summary punishment when his horse started ofi and he fell to the ground with his foot canght in the stirrup. The native was dragged from one end of the Strand to the other before the horse could be stopped. Mr Moss who was standing near at the time of the accident followed the horse down the Strand, and succeeded at considerable risk in stopping the runaway. We are sorry to say that Mr Moss received a nasty blow on the head from the stirrup-iron, while engaged in the_gooi work of rescuing his aboriginal friend from his perilous position.
It is not often v/e are able to say a good word for the Waste Lands Board, for we are sorry to say that their general line of conduct seems to be adverse to the advancement of this district, but when we find them doing anything worthy of praise we are not slow to recognise it. The notification which has been issued regarding Mannganui mountain will be a good thing for Tauranga. It would be a very serious matter should this land fall into private hands, and we arc glad to see that steps are being taken to reserve it for pnblie use. If the town should increase, as in the ordinary courses of events we hope it will, this piece of land should be invaluable, and it might cost a very smart sum to buy it, should it once be allowed to be alienated. The notification from the Waste Lands Board defines the boundaries of tho tract of land for which no Crown Grants will bo issued at present. _ We hope that this action may be taken asan indication that onr Crown Lands Commissioners arc about to turn over a new leaf.
There is no country in the world where pheasants are more prolific, or thrive better than in this part of New Zealand, aud if we could manage to wean thorn from their wildness, and rear them as domestic fowls, their flesh would make a very desirablo addition to our tables. At present thsy are only a nuisance, and a great enemy to the farmer, but, perhaps, by care and attention, they might be converted into a £ource o£ profit. The flesh is delicious, and there seems no reason whjj, in a country where these birds thrive so wfll, it should be such a rarity on our tables as it is. The members of the A, C. Force now engaged on the Te Puke road are likely to solve the question of taming these birds — at any rate they have been more successful, so far, than their brethren in Taranaki have in bringing the Maoris into civilised ways. "While clearing away the fern on the Te Puke road they came upon a hen pheasant sitting on her nest. The old bird was let go, and the eggs secured and placed under a commen domestic hen, and in the course of a few days out of ten eggs seven well-formed lively chicks made their appearance. The little strangers, on first emerging to the light, seemed quite shy, and for the first few clays of their existance would take refuge in the fern, or under a bush if they saw a' person near, but after some time they seemed to lose their wildness, and are now comparatively tame. We shall see what effect kindness and good treatment will have on this brood, and whether they may not perhaps succeed in inducing them to abandon their erratic life, aud settle down into respectable staid members of the poultry yard.
Tt is a pity that some people here we could name have not something better to do than spend their time in lounging about and tattling, whispering and backbiting their neighbours. It is all very well for a number of elderly ladies when they gather round a tea table to speak their mind about all and Sunday, but that sober business men should condescend to such a petty occupation shows there must be a sci*ewloose somewhere. Yet it is with feelings approaching shame we have to confess that some of our leading residents arc not above tins sort of thing, and from all accounts are just as ready with their tongmes as the silliest gossip in the town. This sort of thing has already been carried too far, and wo are aware that the gossiping disposition of some of our business people has frightened away good customers, and made them give their patronange elsewhere. But this is not all. The public might not have much reason to complain so long as the injury falls merely on the heads of the guilty individuals themselves, but when it affects the community at large, and drives away people from the district, it becomes far too serious a matter to be any longer overlooked. What delight some people can find in picking holes in their neighbours coats we cannot understand, but they must find some malicious pleasure in it else they surely would not practise it so. perserveriiigly. Whatever may be their motive their little failing is anything but an advantage to the place. A case in point came under our notice the other day. Some capitalists from the South came here with the object of settling in the district, having- been recommended by a gen tloman who is wellknown amongst us. They came to Tauranga, looked about them, were greatly- pleased with the appearance of the place, and with the character of the land, which they said was far superior to what they had been led' to ex. pect. Everything went on smoothly, and the gentlemen had about made up their minds to settle here, when in an evil time they got introduced to some of those meddle-* seme gossips,, who began to entertain thestrangers with every ugly story they .could 1 think of about the people. The result was that our southern friends got thoroughly disgusted, and in quick time packed up 'their traps and turned their backs on Tauransra — wo suppose for ever. This is one little sample of the mischief done by the persistant backbiting whioh iy so raiiipaufc in some j circles of society her.c,. " <
Bay of Plenty Times, Bay of Plenty Times, Volume IX, Issue 0, 30 November 1880
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