[From Ocr Own Correspondent.]
May 24. The Waiwera Hot Springs have been E laced under new management, and now id fair to become one of the popular health resorts of the colony. For over a year nego- ( tiations have been pending between the pre- ( sent proprietors and a Melbourne syndicate, I the intention being to form the concern into a company, with a capital of L 22.000. The prospectus was issued, and after a time sufficient shares were applied for to enable the new company to be formed. However, 1 when negotiations were nearly completed, three or four of the shareholders withdrew their patronage, to the extent of some j thousands of pounds, the result being that the property was withdrawn from the market. Mr Jaggar (one of the directorate here) immediately came to the rescue, and pushing matters forward in a businesslike manner, it was ultimately decided that those of the old Waiwera syndicate should amalgamate with the Melbourne shareholders who were still willing to invest their capital, the outcome being that shares to the extent of LI 1,009 were applied for and allotted. The Melbourne investors have now a big say in the management of this j property, and Mr and Mrs Beetham have been placed in charge o£ the springs estate, which should, under their managemeut, pay a handsome dividend in time to i come. The capital in the new company is to bo devoted to improvements in connection with the estate, and, indeed, I these have been sadly needed. The great drawback to making Waiwera more attractive is the want of a proper landing place for passengers and tourists, these having to be transferred from steamer to boat, and then from boat to a spring cart, which deposits the visitors on a nice sandy beach. There have been no accidents through this mode of conveyance. However, although a safe enough method of landing, a great many passengers experience a certain amount of relief (especially in rough weather) on reaching terra Jirma. I understand that, in addition to making extensive alterations to the large hotel and springs baths, the new syndicate intend investing L 4.000 or L 5.000 in erecting a new wharf and jetty. Whether this sum will be sufficient I cannot say, but I have it from undeniable authority that it would take nearly twice that amount to make it of a sufficiently substantial nature to withstand the really rough weather which at times visits the district. Your readers will remember the raid made on goods in some shopkeepers’ premises at Ashburton, some eight or nine years ago (Easter time, I think it was), by volunteers .vho were proceeding to Christchurch to attend a review there, and where, in a twinkling, they demolished all the artiehs of consumption in a poor greengrocer’s shop, completely clearing the premises of everything of an edible nature. The affair caused a considerable rumpus, I well remember, and some of our gallant defenders were dismissed their corps ; but, on the whole, the ; matter was considerably shielded from public curiosity by members of different corps paying a considerable amount of money to the owner of the shop, which in a measure prevented all the peculiarities of the affair becoming known. It was to be hoped that after that exposuie no depredations of a similar kind would be perpetrated, but the length of time which has elapsed since then has apparently caused our volunteers to forget the serious j consequences which they escaped on that occasion, as had the affair not been hushed up as it was many a person who holds what may be considered a respectable position in , Dunedin at the present time would no doubt | not have escaped scatheless. The volunteers up in this district, however, have been ' amusing themselves in a similar manner to that of those connected with the Ashburton affair, and charges against two members j of the volunteer force in respect to doings at Mercer on the day of the Easter encampment were heard before the Rcsident Magistrate, Mr Clcndon, on Tuesday j last. Both cases were dismissed. The charges created great interest in volunteer circles, the Court-house being crowded, 1 and amongst the spectators were several officers of the various corps in the district. The evidence given in Court was of a rather confusing nature, but that given by the j licensee of the hotel on which the raid was made will suffice to give your readers some idea of the misconduct of some of the local | volunteers here. His premises arc a chain or two from the railway staftion, and when the train arrived at Mercer about 100 men I rushed the hotel. The landlord and others 1 commenced to serve refreshments as fast as ’ they could, but in many cases those who paid for them did not get any and vice verm, j The volunteers then crowded behind the bar and ran the landlord and his assistants to the far end of the reom, which move rendered them powerless to serve any more drinks. Our brave defenders then helped themselves, clearing out bottles of whisky, stout, and brandy in a very short time, while another detachment made a raid on the dining room, the contents of which also j disappeared. It is to be hoped that such I disgraceful scenes as those of Ashburton and I Mercer will be things of the past, as they produce a feeling among respectable colonists anything but complimentary to our volunteer force.
A painful accident occurred at Upper Waiwera last week, Mr Boryer, an old resident, losing his life. It appears that Mr Boryer came down to the mouth of the river for a punt load of bricks for the Waiwera School, Deceased delivered his cargo all right, and then attempted to take the boat back, the tide being just on the turn. The accident happened in the middle of the day, but no one witnessed it, and nothing was known till the punt was found high and dry at low water, with deceased’s hat and coat in the bottom. The settlers immediately set to work to drag for tho body, which was ultimately found in a few feet of water. It is supposed that Mr Boryer was attempting to propel the boat by placing his pole on a snag, which must have broken. _ Had the accident occurred twenty or thirty yards either way deceased would have been able to wade ashore. A verdict of “Accidentally drowned ” was returned. Mr Boryer unfortunately died intestate, and leaves a large family to mourn their loss. Deceased was sixty-five years of ago, and was one of the wealthiest settlers in Upper Waiwera. The result of tight lacing was forcibly illustrated in one of tho inland townships up here some time ago. I was informed that one of the healthiest-looking females that could be found about these parts was addicted to the practice of tight lacing ; in fact, when going on her periodical visits she required the services of a female friend, who says the young lady’s waist was_ reduced from its normal condition some eight or ten inches. However, on getting ready to go to a ball one night she did this foolhardy thing once too often, went to bed complaining of a pain in tho chest, and next morning she was a corpse. It appears somewhat strange that althongh tight lacing has been universally condemned, the gentler sex should still continue its practice.
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AUCKLAND NOTES., Evening Star, Issue 7921, 31 May 1889
AUCKLAND NOTES. Evening Star, Issue 7921, 31 May 1889
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