THE QUARANTINE REGULATIONS IN WELLINGTON.
TWO VESSELS SENT TO SOMES ISLAND. The s.s. Monowai arrived from Sydney last evening, and anchored in the stream until this morning. She was then boarded by Dr. James, Health Officer, who . after a strict examination found everything satisfactoiy on board. However, in the face of yesterday's decision of the Cabinet that the Monowai should be quarantined for a certain period, there was no choice but to order the vessel to be sent across to Somes Island. The passengers Avill have their mea'.s and sleep on board, but the company is entitled to charge 6s per day for each adult saloon passenger and 3s etfch for children undfer twelve years of age. Steerage passengers will have to pay half those rates. Those on the Monowai will be granted free access to Somes Island, and wil'i be allowed free use of the telephone for the purpose of communicating with their triends. They must not go further than half a mile from the island, and any infringement of this regulation involves heavy penalties. Among the incoming passengers by the Monowai is Mr. D. J. Nathan, ot Messrs. J. E. Nathan and Co., who has been on a ten or twelve months visit to the Old Country. Mr. Nathan, who was married in the course of his trip, is accompanied by his bride. Another passenger is Mr. G. Tripe, who went Home twelve months .ago to complete liis studies in dentistry. Mr. J. A. Tripe, who went over to Sydney to meet his brother, is also on board. A quantity of* fishing tackle was sent by the Duco to-day for the use of the passengers. The steamer Victoria, from Newcastle, with coal for the Union Company, arrived in the stream at 8.55 this morning, and was ordered on to the quarantine ground. The enforcement of the regulations will a.so entail inconvenience to the Tyser Co. which has both the Indraniayo and Indraghiri now on their way from Sydney to Auckland. The Mararoa will also have to undergo the quarantine on her arrival in the Northern port from Sydney. The fact that the Government has decided to extend its precautionary measures even to the extent of enforcing strict quarantine upon all vessels arriving in the colony from New South Wales, has met with very general approval from all classes of the community. There is almost an consensus of ■opinion that nothing short of rigid quarantine where a vessel comes from an infected port will be satisfactory, and very many citizens would be willing to see quarantine imposed upon all vessels arriving from any part Australia, though ihe inconvenience* of dislocating trade by this means would be enormous. Wnen Mr. Ward was in Auckland he hinted that it might be necessary to get vessels to lie in the stream and then send cargo ashore in lighters,, so as to prevent infection by rats getting ashore ; but his idea has evidently been abandoned in favour of a fuller quarantine. The opinion of shipping agents and commercia 1 men is that lightering would be impracticable because "of the cost, and Avould be ineffective inasmuch as rats would be able to get ashore in crates and packages, and in that case they would probably be set upoi/ and devoured by shore rats, and if the visiting rodent was affected by the plague the disease would spread among the others rapidly. There are strong doubts as to Avhether fumigation of cargo would destroy all vermin, but it is thought that as a precautionary measure all goods should be subjected to the process before being allowed to land. VIEWS OF THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE. The Council of the Chamber of Commerce had under discussion yesterday afternoon the question of the action of the Government in enforcing quarantine upon all vessels arriving in New Zealand from Sydney. There was a consensus of opinion among members that the Government should be cordially supported by the Chamber in the attitude it had assumed. A majority of the Council was further of opinion that in order to make the safeguard thorough it would be desirable to enforce the quarantine regulations upop all steamers and passengers coming from any Australian port. INTERVIEW WITH MR. WARD. The Hon. J. G. W^ard, in an interview with a representative of the Post, this morning, stated that the medical officers here and at Auckland are uncertain as to the period of incubation of the plague— whether it took twelve or fourteen days or more before it developed. The Government was ta,king every precaution to prevent the disease reaching the colony, and while it was anxious to interfere with trade as little is possible, the health of the community would be made the first consideration. A meeting of the local Board of Health had, he said, been convened to discuss the plague question, and if necessary, expei'fc assistance will be called in. Any recommendations the Board might make would receive immediate attention. All cargo, Mr. Ward declared, will have to ■undergo fumigation while the vessel remains in quarantine, and -all expense in this connection will have to be borne by the shipowners. , NOTIFICATION TO SHIPPING COMPANIES. The Colonial Secretary has forwarded the following communication to Mr. J. Mills, General Manager of the Union Steam Ship Company, and to Mr. J. Murrell, Manager at Wellington for' Messrs. Huddart Parker and Co. :— " I am desirous of placing as little difficulty as possible in the way of steamers coming out from Australian colonies, and shall be glad if you will advise your Melbourne office that if any passengers book from Melbourne direct to the ±$luff in coming overland from Sydney . it may be necessary to order the steamers into quarantine upon arrival at Bluff. A declaration will require to be made- that no passengers will be booked who have travelled overljwtd irom $fda»,y.-to Melbourne
I am very anxious to avoid declaring Victoria an infected country if powsible, and your active co-operation in the direction indicated in the absence ot any outbreak of bubonic plague in Victoria itself will aid materially in this respoi-t (Signed), J. G. Ward."
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