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The name given io the new Maori church at Bamoto was " Resurrection " —not "Easter Day," as stated in the report we published yesterday. Mr Parsons, late chairman of the Puketapu Road Board, having resigned owing to his departure from Hawke's Bay, a special meeting of the Board was held on when Mr George Heslop was elected chairman. Several repairs to various roads were authorised, and the meeting then adjourned. The Otago Dailij Times states that the Government have decided to dispense with the services of Mr H. J. Day, who has for the past 15 months been officer-iii-charge of the Oamaru telegraph-office. Mr Day, it' will be remembered, was for some time second officer-in-charge at the Napier office, and. on the removal of Mr Stringer, the* position of officer-in-charge was held by Mr Day until the arrival of Mr Harrington. An explosion of gas, fortunately unattended with any serious consequences, occurred at Messrs Banner and Liddle's stores yesterday. A leak being suspected, a plumber was sent for. He went to find the leak with the aid of a lighted match. He found it, and as the result was blown into the middle of the store, happily unhurt. Part of the lining was stripped off but the damage was much less serious than might have been expected. The noise of the explosion was heard over a considerable distance. Some time ago an agreement was come to by the Puketapu and Petane Road Boards to complete the formation of the road between Puketapu and Petane. The Puketapu Board has done its portion of the work at a cost of about £100, but the Petane Board has only made a few cuttings, and vehicles cannot be driven over that part. It. would cost about £80 to complete the formation. It is a pity that the junction is not effected, as, besides being a convenience to settlers in the two districts, a new and pleasant drive would be opened to the inhabitants of Napier, who could leave town by the Spit bridge and return by Puketapu and Taradale. A valuable mare recently brought from the South Island by Mr Archibald M'Lean died on Sunday under most extraordinary circumstances. On Friday she appeared ill, and on Saturday Mr Danvers was called in. He could not ascertain the cause of her illness, and the remedies administered did no good, the mare dying on Sunday morning. In the afternoon the animal was opened by Mr Danvers, in the presence of Mr M'Lean and others. The upper part of a sheep's skull was then found in the stomach. The bone measured 4^in by 4fin, by 4in. The gullet of the mare was sore and inflamed. We can vouch for the facts, incredible as they appear. Mr Danvers purposes sending an account of the affair to the London Meld. We may add that £200 was recently given for the mare. Mr Gretton, the owner of Isonomy, was recently requested to price him. He declined to do so, and a direct offer of 25,000 guineas was then made for the horse, and refused by his owner. This reminds ns that Lord Westminster was requested to price Touchstone, and he replied : "I will not price him, but I will say that the whole United States would not buy him." Captain Cooper paid for Blair Athol £10,500, but the Duke of Westminster excelled this by paying £14,000 for Doncaster. Messrs Merritt, of Virginia, purchased Priam at £5000 and imported him into Virginia, and Mr Pierre Lorillard paid a like amount for Mortemer. Of these horses, so far as tried, Touchstone only attained pre-eminence in the stud. Blair Athol has met with only moderate success. Priam should have remained in England, for there he was a success, but in America a signal failure. Mortemer was not given a fair chance in France. A curious story is related by the JRangitihei Advocate. An individual, whom it calls M'Full, had been imbibing rather copiously, and was going home in a dray in company with a bottle of whisky and several other friends. In the course of the journey M'J?ull must have fallen out from the tail end of the dray, where he was sitting in company with the whisky bottle, for after the friends had got above 5 miles from the township they became aware that he was missing. They pulled up, proceeded to make a search, and found him about half-a-mile in the rear. They brought him along to where the horse- was standing, and, inspired by " bold John Barleycorn," he began to punch the horse's head. The animal, not liking this unprovoked assault, " went for him," and, striking him with his fore foot over the left eye, rushed right over him, and bolted at the top of • his speed. The unfortunate man was lucked up senseless, and his companions had to go back to the township from which they had started for a conveyance in which to carry him home. Twenty-five of the "unemployed" in Oamaru recently declined the rate of wages offered by the New Zealand Loan and Mercantile Agency Company — 7s per day, and Is per hour overtime. The Mail says: — In Dunedin the pay for similar work is 6s per day, and Is per hour overtime. The agent will therefore bring up men from Duaedin to do the work at Is per day advance, and thus aggravate the distress of those who are out of employment in this district. But is there really any hona fide unemployed in this district and colony P When we wrote a few days ago on the necessity for something being done by the Government to prevent a number of the unemployed and their families from starving during the approaching winter, we did so under the influence of a genuine conviction that such a course was the only one open for adoption. But in the face of what we have seen to-day, what are we to conclude 1 " In the face of statements like this it is difficult to believe that there is a scarcity of work for those who really want to find it. The stories that we hear from time to time are not < calculated to induce belief in the genuineness of the cry that is even now being raised. Mr Thomas Spurgeon, speaking at a meeting of the Young Men's Mutual Improvement Society at Dunedin a day or two ago, said he thoroughly believed iv relaxation of some kind from business, and pointed out that it was a mistaken idea that a good Christian must always wear a face "as long as a fiddlestick," and refrain from enjoyment of any kind. Sports, however, might be indulged in to far too great an extent, and be considerably abused. For instance, the game of cricket had of late been occupying too much of people's attention, an altogether unnecessary and extravagant amount of fuss having been made over the Australian cricketers during their recent visit to England. Dancing was an enjoyment which he considered should be avoided, partakers not only losing their heads, like St John the Baptist, but sometimes also their hearts and souls. Theatres he described as "hotbeds of infamy" and "gates of hell." Whenever he saw people going to those places of amusement he felt inclined to say, "Let the pigs have their wash," for those who found pleasure in the immoralities of a theatre had no hope of enjoyment in eternity,

In these days of rapid/ steam Bommunication with America, we have ioine to regard the Atlantic as a verjr, narrow, 'njot :^t<):;/s.aj:Mnßignificant, spiepe,|of, waifer. .(says tfie -jtigndon C%ro»?'c?(?);;fiTen ;dliys in a magnificently equipped ocean steSiner a mere pleasure trip;.|.an:d although passengers see from time to N time the white sails of ships, it seldom occurs to them LhdWi long, how dreary the voyage, which to them is so short and pleasant, may be to the vessels dependant, for their progress on tKe wind' alone. The details of tke terrible voyage of the ship; Hannah Morris, from Liverpool to Philadelphia, will serve to remind us how serious a mattera voyage to America was in the days of our grandfathers, and in what fortunate times are the lives .of present, voyagers cast. Leaving. liverpopl on the 6th of September, she arrived at Barneget on the Bth pf January, having been 126 days pn the voyage, the longest passage but one on record. It, is the more singular that this extraordinarily ; long voyage was not the result pf the her masts or any, other disaster. . Her cargo, . composed of one thousand tons of iron, is said to have shifted somewhat ; but this, does, not appear to have retarded her voyage. The duration of the journey arose from storms and head winds at starting, and afterwards by the barnacles which gathered on the bottom of the slow- * moving vessel, and rendered her rate of progression eren less than that usually got 6ut 'of; her. The crew endured great? sufferings from want of food ; indeed, had it- not been that' supplies' were ? from time to time obtained from passing-ships, all on board would have perished. The voyage of the Hannah Morris will take its place among the singular incidents of modern maritime history.' : <

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Hawkes Bay Herald, Hawke's Bay Herald, Volume XXI, Issue 5959, 29 April 1881

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Hawkes Bay Herald Hawke's Bay Herald, Volume XXI, Issue 5959, 29 April 1881