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Wililam Nott, master of the 'British Queen, appeared charged by the Emigration official with a breach of the "Passenger Act, 1855," on the 14th July, 1859, and divers other days during the passage from England to this port. James E. Gilbert, examined by Mr. Hill, said — I was a passenger in the British Queen, from London to Auckland; that ia my passenger ticket: under that ticket I was entitled to receive 10£ lbs. flour per week. "We numbered 3£ adults. Up to the 13th July I received 104 lbs. flour, and from that date 8J lbs. per week. The provisions were commenced on the 30th of March. Prom the 7th July we received the oatmeal regularly, and received rice tip to the last week or two ; we received pease up to the* last week. We received no substitutes. During the last fortnight we received a small quantity of pease and a mixture of pease and rice— the sweepings. I have no complaint to make about the bread. There were no preserved potatoes for the last two or three weeks : before, that hey were regularly supplied : there was no substitute. Beef was always to be had, but there was no pork during the last ten days, nor any substitute. Tea was all correct. We received the proper quantity of sugar up to the 14th of July;' after that £lb. was deducted, and nothing substituted. For the last five or six weeks there was no suet at all, nor any substitute. We had no raisins after the 7th July. About 4or 5 weeks before we arrived herethebuttervras stopped — half on one provision day — ; and the following day it was stopped altogether. By Mr. Brookfield. — The passage was a long one ; 153 days. I had never more than the allowance of anything; 1 don't know in what locality we were when the provisions wera curtailed* I believe there was *

reason assigned for the reduction, but I can't tell what it was. There was a meeting in the 2nd cabin, but I was not present : I understood that compensation would be given. By Mr. Hill. — We put in *t Plymouth, in conaee quence of the sailors refusing to work. The voyagfrom the last port of call was 142 days. Hugh Graves. — Was surgeon on board the British Queen. The last port of oall was Plymouth, in England. The immigration officer came on board ; I saw him in the cabin ; I saw him sign that paper. [This "paper contained the declaration of the Immigration Officer that snfficient provisions of good quality had been put onboard for a voyage of 150 day.] John Thompson. — I am chief officer of the British Queen, I kept tally of all the provisions as they came on board ; the articles contained in that list were placed on board in London. [List produced]. I mean the stores for the 2nd class and steerage passengers. The passengers numbered 1094 8^- Adults ; there were sufficient stores for 150 days. I made a calculation — and I based the calculation upon the scale mentioned in the contract ticket; there was no allowance for waste or pilfering. To the best of my belief, when we left Plymouth we had sufficient provisions for 150 days. The provisions were curtailed after a consultation by the captain and some of tho passengers : it was thought advisable to reduce the provisions gradually. We were at that time just this side of St. Paul's. By Mr. Hill. — The Emigration Officer came on board and examined some of the provisions as to quality, and examined the documents as to the quantity put on board. When we left Plymouth we took in 3 bags of biscuit, a quantity of soft bread, 4 cwt. of fresh beef, and some vegetables, but "no suet, raisins, pi'eserved potatoes, rice, or butter. The British Queen is not a good sailer, but Bails pretty well. By the Court. — 7607 lbs of flour were put on board Ships' stores were given out to the passengers, viz., sugar, pease, flour and coffee. Ordered to pay a fine of £20 and costs. Captain Nott then pleaded guilty to another charge for a breach of the same Act, and was fined the nominal fine of ss. and costs. John Munro was charged by Elizabeth Flowers with assaulting her daughter, Ellen Flower?, by throwing a stone at her, which struck her on the forehead. Case withdrawn. Mary Ann Egginton was charged by Catherine Sinden with assaulting her, on the llth instant, by catching her by the throat, and pummelling her face with her fist. Charge withdrawn.

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Daily Southern Cross Daily Southern Cross, Volume XVI, Issue 1253, 20 September 1859

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