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The above comprises all the returns save one, via., that from the polling place at Mr. Keir's, Lower Rangitikl, which will, without doubt, slightly increase the above" majority.

To-night a farewell dinner i 9 to be given i to Mr. Levy, who is going to England ; he j is about to leave the community of which he has been a most distinguished member, and will carry with him the respect of all who know him. His departure will be regretted by a large circle of friends. It may "not be inopportune to revert to the time of Mr. Levy's first arrival here ; then Wellington was quite a different place to what it is now — a few straggling houses and bad roads formed the principal features of the town at that time ; money was scarce, and , commercial nfFairs generally were very dull. Mr, Levy was one of the few who saw, by the position of Wellington, that sooner or later, the importance of its centrality would be fully recognised. He viewed the large and magnificent harbor, and predicted that at a future day its surface would be covered with steamers. Mr. Levy has stopped to see the golden age realised. We do not, of course, say that our prosperity is to be attributable to him— it would be most unjust to do so ; but the very fact of one of the pioneers of this town leaving the scene of his labours induces us to indulge in a retrospective glance. Wellington has been a slowly progressive place, but its prosperity has always been based on a firm footing. It is by the exertions of such men as the one we are about to lose, and to the persevering, plodding industry of the early settlers that a great deal of our present prosperous conditionmaybe ascribed. The first building society in New Zealand was originated in Wellington, and with it was incorporated Mr. Levy's name ; if he was not the originator, he was one of its earliest supporters. It is acknowledged on every hand, the vast amount of good done by building societies — they have enabled men to become possessed of- freehold property who, without their aid, never would have been freeholders. Wellington the building societies nave been one of the greatest possible boons it could have, and we very much doubt if it had not been for their aid whether our town would (present so c editable an appearance as it now does. The merchant and the working man alike have recourse to these societies, which have been the means of building stores j and cottages, and are acknowleged to be of great benefit to all who have sought their aid. It is about fourteen years since the first society was brought under the notice of the Wellington public ; but such has been their utility and worth, that building societies are locked upon as an institution, and one ofjjhe best that a young colony could hav^jjj When the first Wellington Steam Company was launched, Mr. Levy was one of the first shareholders, and by his influence and example, mainly contributed to the establishment of that important undertaking. The steam company has been of the greatest possible service, not only to Wellington, but also to the whole colony, and it speaks highly for the commercial courage of the colonists that a country only about twenty-five years established should be enabled to support so large a fleet of coasters. In local improvements Mr. Levy took the initiative, as his two fine stores can testify; and to every project formed for the advancement of his adopted country he has given his hearty co-operation and support ; in business his practical views, punctuality, and integrity have always commanded respect. Wherever Mr. Levy goes he will have the kind wishes of the inhabitants of Wellington, among whom he has lived so long, and to whom he has always been a good and useful neighbor. We wish Mr. and Mrs. Levy a pleasant passage^ home, and hope nothing will interfere to prevent our congratulating them on their return by one of the earliest Panama boats. The Independent of this morning has a paragraph announcing the purchase of Mr. G. H. Vennell'a house and grounds for a Ministerial residence. We are given to understand, however, that the announcement is wholly incorrect. A portion of the property of Mr. G. Hart, at Lowry Bay, comprising about 600 acres, has been purchased for a marine residence for his Excellency, and for

such a purpose a more pleasant situation is scarcely to be found. Nature has been lavish of her favours there, and, with the assistance of Art, a more delightful spot, combining retirement with the healthiness of the sea side, could not be selected. The offl- ial residence in the town is to be on the present Government House reserve, which is to be added to immediately, so as to afford the accommodation required by his Excellency ; while the Wesleyan reserve is to be acquired for a public park, in which is to be erected a Museum, under the special curatorship of the Hon. Mr. Mantell. As yet there are no indications of the approaching Provincial Council Elections, and until the Returning Officer issues his announcement, it is probable that few, if any, candidates, will make their public appear ance. But we suppose it is in this, as in most other cases, that the sooner a candidate is in the field the better his chance of success We would remind our readers that to-mor-row will be the last day for registration. Messrs. Ockendon and Co., the contractors who erected the Government printing offices, are engaged in building a lodge for the Government building. The opening ceremony of the new market will take place to-morrow, and although it is much to be regretted that the building should be so destitute of architectural beauty, yet, when it is remembered that the commissioners had a great deal to do with very little money, that defect may be forgiven. The new Market Hall is substantially built, and will supply a want that has long been needed. The Rosella, schooner, has sai'ed for the Okitiki diggings. She called in here for water, en route to the gold fields, from Auckland, about seven days ago, and has been detained by unfavourable winds. She has a lame number of her original passengers on board.

FEATHERSTON. BORLASE. Jlty 370 18G jower Hutt.... 78 85 Jpper Hutt 36 12 rohnsonville 14 14 i'orirua— Beit's 21 7 'ahautanui 13 94 foirori 18 6 JreyTown 42 52 flasterton..,.. 16 22 Harala 10 0 )taki 12 10 danawatu 14 0 ?BBtlo Point 6 1 iVanganui..', , 63 116 furakina 27 3 langitiki — Hammond's ......... 12 H Milne's 14 5 Fraser's 12 o 778 546 Majority for Featherston— 232

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STATE OP THE POLL., Evening Post, Issue 44, 30 March 1865

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STATE OP THE POLL. Evening Post, Issue 44, 30 March 1865

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