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Our Masonic readers will be to learn that the dispensation for the formation of the Greymouth Lodge has been received from the Deputy Provincial Grand Master at Christchurch. The installation is fixed to take place on Tuesday, the Sth May. We have to remind medical men that tomorrow is the last day for registration under the new Medical Practitioners' Act. Unregistered practitioners cannot recover their fees, and are besides liable to % fine. Owing to a change in the arrangements between the Nelson and Westland Governments regarding the payment of the signal man, he is placed in an awkward plight. Formerly the whole of his salary was paid by the Canterbury Government, who obtained half the amount from the Nelson authorities.

Now, however, only half the salary lu;s been voted by the County Council, and UlO unfortunate signalman has not received a farthing from the Nelson Government. We trust the Government will at once request the Nelson authorities to pay their proper quota without delay. The Celt newspaper has been resnscitated this week, but in a much reduced form. Its tone has also altered' considerably, as may be seen by the following extract from t]ie leading article in the last issue :— • ' In conclusion, all we have to say, or can consistently say, is that so long as our generous countrymen will grant to tlie Celt that mede pf support which they have hitherto done, this journal, even in its condensed form, and with its crippled resources, will fearlessly uphold their lights, and .impartially expound the cause of truth, justipe, and nationality, so far as is consistent with the djgnity of the British Throne and Queen, whom we respect. We write under disadvantageous circumstances, and cannot, therefore, define our ljne of procedure tjll our next issue, when we hope to lay before every Irishman in New Zealand a clear and impartial statement in connection with current eyents, and we also trnst to lay the foundation of or restpre that bond of unity . which has hitherto., and we confidently hope will in future enable i}s to work in unison with those who may differ \n political views." The celebrated German traveller Mr Schafer has been in Greymouth for a few days, examining the ueighborhopd and collecting information. On Tuesday he visited the coal mine, and was much astonished at the size and quality qf the seam. Mr Schafer took his departure for the northern eoasfc towns yesterday. The new Wesleyan Church, on the South Beach will be opened for divine service on Sunday next, when two sermons will be preacheel by the Bey. Mr Sbaw. A tea meeting in connection with the inauguration of the new building will be held in the church the following evening. Tickets are to be had of either Mr Parkinson or Mr Bull. The nomination of candidates for the rer presentation of Hokitika in the County Council, in place of Mr B.on:ir, appointed Chairman, takes place to-day. Mr Bright, editor of the West Coast Times, has announced himself as a candidate. The Auction Bazaar in aid of the building fund of the Wesleyan Church, was opened on Tuesday eyenjng, in Kilgour's large roomThere was a fair attendance of the public* and about L4O worth of goods were disposed of. The Bazaar was also open last evening, but we have not heard the result. The West Coast 'Times informs us that another death by drowning has occurred in the Totara lliver, this time the victim being an unfortunate man named Thomas Burdett Laycock, who for some time past has been employed as a packer by Messrs dimming and M/Kay, storekeepers, Ross Town. On Friday morning last he was seen on the track a little above the Totara Store, returning to Ross with two horses. He, however, did not reach home, that night, and this circumstance exciting alarm, a search party was organised on Saturday, and proceeded to look for him. They found the horses with packs on grazing near the Totara Ptore, but Laycock not being with them, the worst was anticipated, and unhappily verified, as a continuation of the search led to the discovery of his dead body lying upon the river beach some distance down stream. In the Resident Magistrate's Court on Tuesday, considerable amusement was caused during the hearing of a case between two women. Ellen Osmond and Florence Archer are neighbors and gossips, but it appears that a day or two ago the conversation happened to turn upon Fenianism, and unfortunately the sympathies of Ellen and Florence were with opposite sides. High words ensued, and during the war of tongues Florence, it is said, used certain tpprobrius words to Ellen, and hence the action. By way of reprisal, Florence also summoned Ellen to appear on a charge of assault. The alleged assault arose out of the same business as the last, and consisted in the defendant throwing a pail of water on plaintiff. Both cases were dismissed, ft. W. Phillips, landlord of the Bendigo Hotel, and his wife Mary Phillips, were fined LI and costs for having assaulted a man named Cameron. There were only two civil cases in which judgment was given, viz., Bylund v. Hudson, Ll2 2s Id and Kennedy Bros. v. Nelson, L 9 8s 6d. There was no business transacted yesterday. We learn from thp Westport Times that at a meeting at Addisou's Flat a few days ago, the following resolution was carried : — That in the opinion of this meeting it is advisable that a delegate be appointed from each mining district on the coast, and assemble at Hokitika to draw up and forward a memorial to his Excellency the Governor of iNew Zealand, requesting him to appoint a Special Commission to enquire into the late unlawful proceedings at Hokitika, with a view to prevent the impending quarrel between the different classes on the West Coast. On Monday, a person named Crowley, late manager of the Celt newspaper, was arrested at Hokitika. We learn that the prisoners who were committed on Saturday afternoon last — seven for riot, and two of this number for seditious libel — will not be sent to Nelson for trial, as was generally understood wonld be the case. The whole are now to be tried in Hokitika. The Supreme Court sittings not coming on until the 12th of Ma}', tl • prisoners will be on remand for over one month. We take the following from the West Coast Times: — "As some' reports have been in circulation respecting the Rev. Mr M'Girr, to ' the effect that he has been suspended from I his clerical functions, and was under ecclesiastical ceusure, we are glad to have the opportunity of publishing the following letter, received by him from the Right Rev. Dr. Viard, Bishop of Wellington. It will be seen that the latter is dated as far back as the Ist of June last, and the fact that Mr M'Girr has not before given publicity to it, is surely a proof of some forbearance and consideration. We may add, that the letter

covers the usual exeat in accordance with the forma of the Caiholic Church. Bishop Viard writes :— ' Wellington, June Jst, J867: Reverend and very Dear Sir— ln the present difficulties I am oound to avail myself of the generous offer you made to me, through love for peace, on the wharf at Wellington, when last time I accompanied you, on ypur going to Hokitika with the Reverend Fathers Larkiu and Golden— that is, of leaving th c West Coast and of returning to, Melbourne, in case that the pastor of Greymouth. would object to your laboring in the north part of his district. Now, as such is the case, con? sequently, according to your request, I send you with regret your exeat. Should, at some future time, more favorable circumstance 3 occui, I shall bp, happy to rcsejye your services in my diocese. In conclusion, allow me to express to you my gratitude for the zealous labors you have gone through during your stay at Hokitika. Wishing you every blessing, I remain, yonr's sincerely, Ph. T. Via rd, Bishop of Wellington. Tp the Key. F. John M'Girr.' " The. Volunteer movement is progressing very favorably in Greynaouth, the newlyenrolled members of the local corps being very attentive to drill. The number of men at each drill meeting has seldom been less than sixty, until the last evening, when, owing to special causes, there were only thirtyrfive. At present the drilling is conducted alternately by several old Volunteers, but it is expected that a drill-master will shortly be appointed by the Government. Air Warden Schaw, in his March report concerning the Kanieri district, informs the Government that two new rushes have occurred during the month, both being situated between the Big and Little Paddocks. Those who succeeded in placing their claims on the lead, appear satisfied with results. The sinking is about fifty feet. I granted a double area for two men on the discovery of the first run. Watt and party have applied for permission to bring in a water-race to Woodstock; they purpose taking their supply from a large creek situated about four or five miles to the south of Arthur's Terrace. The Victoria Company, Kanieri Town, are progressing favorably with their water-wheel, which is to be fifty feet diameter. A few weeks more will complete it. The Hunting that will carry the supply of water from tho Pioneer Company's race, is in an advanced state. When the works now i.i hand are completed, the Victorian Company's plant will be second tc no other in Westland. I have received Mi Connor's report as to the feasibility of taking the water from the Kanieri Lake to the Blue Spur, distance eight miles in a straight line. No further action has since been taken in the matter, but I have no doubt that a company will be immediately formed to carry out the project. The weather has been fine during l the month. I have disposed of thirty-foui i court cases. The population of the district may be estimated to number 2000 miners, ami 550 business people. The Nomination of Candidates for the re- \ presentation of Westlaud North in the House I of Representatives came off at Westport on the 4th inst. J. Giles, Esq., Returning Officer for the District, presided. MrGeo_ Donne, Mr George W. Home, and Mi Gallagher, were nominated. The candidates: j then addressed the meeting. On the show of hands being taken, the Chairman declared . the following to be the result : — Mr Home, .20; Mr Donne, 16; Mr Gallagher, 4. A poll was demanded on behalf of Mr Don De. The poll takes place to-day. On Tuesday, at the Resident Magistrate's Court, Hokitika, James Francis Crowley was brought up on a warrant, issued on an information laid by the Mayor, Mr William Shaw, asking that the defendant might be ! ordered to find sureties of the peace. We ! take the following report from the Went i Coast Times :— Mr Rees appeared for the i prisoner. Mr Harvey, who appeared in support of the information, called the following witnesses : • Andrew Anderson Boag, who deposed — I know the prisoner. T recollect seeing the prisoner some few daj'S before the procession of the Sth March, at the Girdiron Restaurant. I had a conversation M'ithhim. He was going out, and I drew his attention to an article in the West Coast Times. He said, "As sure as the West Coast Timm stands wh*re it does it will be blown up. The blowing up of Clerkemvell will be nothing to it." Cross-examined by Mr Harvey — He did not say that he would blow the West Coast Times office up. The words were, as nearly as I can recollect, "As sure as the West Coast Times is there, it will be blown up, and the Clerkeuwell outrage (or affair) will be nothing to it." — Mr Marks deposed : I remember a conversation between the prisoner and Mr Boag which took place at the Girdiron Restauraet. I beb'eve it started from an article in the West Coast Times Crowley said, as sure as the West Coast Times stood where it did, it would be burnt down or blown up, and the Clerkenwell affair would be nothing to it. The witness was not cross examined. William Shaw deposed : i am proprietor of the West Coatt Times. I know the prisoner. I have heard the conversation related. I have been alarmed for several days passed, and have taken precautions to guard against tire. I am going to ask for protection from the Government. Cross-examined by Mr Rees . I believe the prisoner is a very dangerous man. Since the Fenian procession I have felt alarmed, from the various rumors that have been going about. Charles Townley Browne :lam a detective constable. I arrested the prisoner yesterday. He denied the charge. I found on him some money, twelve bullets, and 1 papers. I likewise seaiched his trousers' I pockets, found two more bullets, leaden ones. ' The witness was not cross-examined. Mr Rees said he had no objection to find good sureties if his Worship thought it a case requiring it. He (Mr Rees) could not see that any threat had been made by the prisoner, who had indiscreetly expressed his opinion. His Worship : I do net see that any threat has been given on the part of the prisoner. He merely expressed an opinion. The case is dismissed.

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Grey River Argus, Grey River Argus, Volume V, Issue 349, 9 April 1868

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