THE Grey River Argus. PUBLISHED DAILY. FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13 1880
A meeting of those favorable to forming an association for the purpose of prospecting the large flat on the Seventeen Mile Beach was beld at the County Council Chambers last evening. The County Chairman, Mr A . R. Guinness, was in the chair, and there was a fair muster of citizens present. The Chairman explained the object of the meeting, and stated the advantages that would accrue to the business people of Greymouth if a goldfield was opened upon the flat, of which there was every probability, and for this purpose a deep tail race should be put in to the ground so as to prove it. A list hart been taken round town of those willing to subderibe for the above object, and 47 persons had put down their names as willing to payL23 103 per week in all. It was proposed to employ 12 good men, who were willing to give their labor for 30s per week each, and in the event of gold being struck the proceeds would be divided between the the workmen and the contributors. The Warden, Mr Mackay, who took a great interest in the matter, had granted protection of 24 acres, and 50 yards on each side of t^e tail race for its full length, and had promised to recommend the Association to the Government as deserving of a liberal subsidy. The Chairman also pointed out that as Boon as the Association paid LSO in wages they would be entitled to claim an equal am nnt from the County Council, which he had no doubt would be willingly paid, In reply to a question, Mr Garven said that he thought It would take about six months to complete the work, but that 13 we>kß contributions at the 7 ate promised, and the Government and County subsidies, would complete it. It was then resolved that «• committee of seven, with full power to carry on the undertaking, be appointed, and, after a balJot, the following gentlemen were elected t— Messrs Garven, F. Campbell, D. Sheedy, T. W. Wilson, H. Gilmer, B, M'llroy, and D. M'Beth. A vote of thanks to the Chairman concluded one of the most nnanimoua meetings ever held in Grey* mouth.
The Government Insurance Department have paid insurance of LSOO on the life of a Walkato settler, although he had only paid one premium, conditionally on the acceptance of his life, and died before the completion of the transaction. Such conduct as this speaks volumes in favor of the Government Office, and no doubt will be appreciated on the West Coaßt, especially in Greymouth. At the Resident Magistrate's Court yesterday one inebriate was fined 10s for being "incapable," and mistaking the road in Mackay street for his bed. G. C. Bowman, Esq, J.P., was on the Bench. The Gaiety Variety Troupa will make its first appearance in Greymouth this evening, at the Public Hall. From the notices that have appeared respecting the performances of the troupe, we may reasonably expect something out of the common order of variety troupes. The performers comprise four ladies and three gentlemen, who are all pronounced good in their several specialities, Miss Potter, the pianist and ballad singer, is pronounced a finished musician and fine singer. Miss Sally Lloyd is a well known member of the Victorian ballet, and will give illustrations of the dances of various nations, including the pretty Spanish cachuca, fan- ! dango, Irish jig, ree's, &c. Miss Irwin is both a singer and dancer, and will give the skipping-rope dance, in which It is said she excels Mrs Hart. Miss Milner is a seriocomic singer, and her songs possess the merit of being new. Mr Gill is described as being "immense" in his Irish characters. Mr Hayes possesses a rich voice, and sings the song that A mery created the sensation in, of •' Hark ! the Drum 1" accompanying himself on the drum, and the descriptive scena, " Here, upon my vessel's deck." Lastly, though not least, is the stage manager of the troupe (an old acquaintance), Mr M. Browne, who is good in comic business. Taking them all round, they may b 9 classed as good, without vulgarity. The Arbitration Court will Bit this morning at 10.30, when his Honor Judge Weston will deliver judgment in the case Hungerford v the General Government. In our cable news from Melbourne, published in yesterday's issue, there is one item which may have considerable influence on the future of this district, and may tend more than anything else to hasten on the progress of the harbor -works, and that is the inability of colliers to obtain a sufficient supply from Newcastle, and the laying-up of vessels in consequence. If such is the fact, and it is stated so authentically, then New Zealand will have to depend more (on its own resources. The coal supply of this district is sufficient to supply coals of the best qnality in the world, both for gas and steam purposes, not only for New Zealand, but for the whole of the southern hemisphere. Under the circumstances no time should be lost in urging on the Government to proceed with th° work of extending the harbor, so as to allow vessels of large tonnage to obtain quick despatch. It will be seen in oar advertising columns that H. Young has rednced the price of bread to 6d per 41b loaf, for cash. "Where is Papenburg? ' was the question asked yesterday shortly after the Clara entered the river, flying the German flag and manned with a German crew. Papsn burs; is a large and important commercial town on the River Ems, in East Friesland. The State Sohool building at Nelson Creek is being rapidly proceeded with, and very probably will be completed towards the end of the month. Its cost will be something like L7OO, and it is a far more imposing affair than the one at No Town, though the latter is better placed as to position, the front and Bide being open to view from th« public thoroughfare, which the Nelson Cre3k school is not. The present school building is the property of the United Methodist body, who lent it for the purpose until a building was erected. Several applications for gold -mining leases have been made during the pa°t month by persons who have long resided in the Nelson Creek district. The expense of opening up these speculations, coupled with lack of knowing the district; may account for no new faces showing up, notwithstanding the inducements held out every now and the i of a good washing up. There is great bope that when the Prospecting Association get into full swing, with its several parties sent out, a fresh stir will set ia. Those who break the law by selling slygrog had better beware, as the informers are busy just now. There have been several cases in Beef ton, and also in Asb burton, and In the latter case the principal witness is a man named Thomas, who described himself as a clerk and a Civil servant, and one who got his living by laying informations, being paid by the publicans and the Crown. Mr Guinness, R.M, fined the man accused L2O, but refused to allow the informer his expenses. He did not want to encourage public informers. — Sergeant Pratt : It keeps down crime, your Worship. — His Worship : It may do so ; I don't know. Government may obtain a better means than by public informers. I for one will not assist in maintaining public informers. Government can if they think proper ; I am not bound to do it. In the second case the fine will be L2O, and costs. At a meeting of' the Hokitika Prospecting Association on Monday it was resolved that two prospecting parties should be fitted ont, one of four men to prospect the leading range between! the Kanieri and Arahura Eivers, the depth of sinking to be from 40ft to 80ft. The other was also a party of four, to prospect between the Ross road and the Lake, near Woodstock, the estimated depth of sinking to be from 90ft to 100 ft. A London Cablegram in the Adelaide Observer states that Mr Onslow. M.P, has been informed that the Tichborne claimant would be released on the 12th January last. A match was run on Tu°sday at Reefton, between a horse owned by Mr Alexander, and one owned by Mr Sullivan. The former was ridden by B. Duffy, and the latter by M. Williams. The first two events were won by Duffy, but in the third event the horse he was riding broke its leg and had to be destroyed. The racing took place at Fern Flat. A correspondence has recently appeared in the Northern Whig, published in Belfast, relative to the Parnell estate and the relations of Mr Parnell, the great rent agitator, and the tenants on his own private estate. A letter was inserted in tbat journal, whioh stated that a deputation who waited on Mr Parnell, M.P, were told by him he would meet them at the agent's office, 42, Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin, and that the promised reduction of 15 per cent, would be allowed. The deputation called at the office at the time appointed, but neither Mr Parnell nor the agent put in appearance. The clerk, however, gave the deputation to understand that it would be all right, and, upon that authority, a telagram was sent to Armagh to that effect. The tennants next day remitted the amount of rents, deducting 15 per cent. After this the bailiff went round giving back the cheques, and noticing the tenants that i' the rent was not paid, deducting 7£ par cent, by % certain day, writs would be served on each non-pay ng person. To this Mr Biggar sent an unqualified contra* diction, and the Northern Whig of Monday last publishes the following :— " We have been requested to publish the following : — ' We, the undersigned tenants, beg to say tbat what James Weir his written to your
journal is all correct on the 19ih inst, namely, the 15 per cent, reduction, which has not been allowed. —(Signed) George Marshall, Archibal Irwin, John Mackle.— Nov. 22, 1879.' The names to the enclosed document are the real signatures of the three tenant-farmers, George Marshal], John M.aokleja'n'd Archibald irwin, who reside on the estate." The Wellington correspondent of the Christchurch Presß telegraphs this doleful message: — " From inquiries I have made I fear the ' fatal fouith 1 has been very unfavorable this month. I hear that the number of bills returned is unusually large, and business is reported ss worse than ever, especially among the retail tradesmen;" Ihe Hon Mr Rolleston has been int-r---viewed by the Mayors of the Dunedin suburban municipalities, asking for endowments for municipal purposes. The Hon Minister replied that while opposed on principle to the granting of Crown laadn to municipalities he would be willing to give further consideration to the request of the deputation, but that he could not see his way to make any promise in the face of the law as it stood. He could not, therefore, hold out any hop 9to the deputation that any exchange could be effected, or any additional lands granted, A new catechism for the use of candidates for the Ministry has been prepared by an able newspaper reporter. It runs something like this :— Q. — Have you such a thing as a memory about you? A.— l have. Q. — Is it (conscious or unoonscious? A. — It is unconscious. Q. — Does it assimilate or appropriate? A. — It appropriates. Ex« aminer — Mark him "Passed with distinction," and give him a church at once. The Otago Daily Times makes an excellent suggestion. It says that the safe arrival of the Strathleven at London with her cargo of meat in Bplendid condition is great news for our stookowners, as it is a practical solution of a difficult problem which has long engaged the attention of meat-preservers in Australia. The matter ought now to be taken up with spirit by New Zealand runholders. It may not only be tbe means of affording a certain and regular outlet for surplus stock, but may help in establishing direct steam communication with New Zeabnd. Referring to the increase of the crime of forgery In Canterbury, his Honor Mr Justice Johnston remarked : — I am sorry to say that, despite what has been said by me every session from the Bench, the public still seem inclined to what is nothing more nor less than abetting in the commission of this offence by the facility with which cheques are taken from everybody and anybody. If the public will not take measures to protect themselves, it seems difficult to see how the law can do so. It seems to me that the time has now arrived, or at any rate speedily will arrive, when those entrusted with the administration of jastice will have to use the very extensive powers committed to them with far greater severity than has hitherto been the oase. In the old country, as you are doubtless aware, not so very long ago the punishment for the "crim« of forgery was that of death. Thank God that has been done away with, but afcill It is very necessary that the operations of commerce should be protected." Fifty Per Ceni. Red* jtion— lronmongery, Timber, &c— Watson and Wickes's StockCameron Smith. Beehive Stores, Boundary street.— rADvr 1