The election of a representative for Akaroa in the General Assembly took place on Mondaylast, at the Court House, Alcaroa. There being no opposition, the attendance of electors was very limited ; and Mr. Watson, Returning Officer, having read the writ, his Honor Mr. W. S. Moorhouse, after being proposed by Mr. A. E. White, and seconded by Mr. J. C. Waeckerle, was declared duly elected.
The following have been the exports of agricultural produce from the plains since the beginning of the year. Prom the river Heathcote to Wellington (in April and May only): wheat, 5956 bushels; oats, 400 do.; barley, 1163 do.; potatoes, 37J tons; flour, 15 tons 12 cwt. From various shipping ports to. Lyttelton: wheat, 2487 bushels; oats, 464 do. ;■-barley, 794 do.; potatoes, 100 tons 17 cwt.; flour, 39 tons 15 cwt. Total: wheat, 8403 bushels; oats, 864 do.; barley, 652 do.; potatoes, 138 tons; flour, 55 tons 7 cwt.; representing in all a value of about £5,500, before shipment.
Two or three circumstances of interest have taken place at Kaiapoi within the last fortnight, the details of which have been furnished to us by a correspondent.
On Sunday last the Bishop of Christchurch visited Kaiapoi for the purpose of holding a confirmation, -which had been deferred in consequence of the bad weather prevailing on the two previous Sundays. On the present occasion it was hardly more propitious as it rained constantly from noon till night. His Lordship preached at the morning service from 2 Cor. 4 chap. 6 v.; the confirmation was held at the close of the afternoon service, and was preceded and followed by impressive exhortations from the Bishop to the candidates.
Considerable dissatisfaction is being expressed at Kaiapoi at the condition of the roads, resulting as a natural consequence from the state of the weather. The absence of the Provincial Engineer had given a point of direction to the grumbling on the subject, but now that officer has returned, it is to be hoped the cause of dissatisfaction will be removed.
On Thursday week Mr. Alport held a second sale of land on the Korotueka. The attendance was limited, and some lots were suffered to be withdrawn. Others, however, having a river frontage excited competition. One quarter-acre sold at £60, the second a£ £50, and the third at £60.
The erection of a Presbyterian church at Kaiapoi has been for some time projected, and the undertaking is being well supported by subscriptions. Mr. Sidey has given a site upon which it is expected that the edifice will be commenced before long. ■
White's drawbridge over the Waimakariri was opened on Monday last, the 31st May, for general traffic; that is for the passage of drays &c, since foot passengers, horses and sheep had several times previously passed over it. On Monday, the mail conveyance of Messrs. Wheeler and Nurse was taken across with case, and was the first vehicle to make the passage. The bridge has been carefully and ingeniously constructed by Mr. White, having a drawbridge of sufficient space to allow any small craft to pass through; the draw machinery is strong but easily worked. We hope the satisfactory completion of this work may be looked upon as a good omen of the success of the greater enterprise of bridging over the main branch of the river, of the feasibility of which we nevertheless entertain strong doubts. If we give way to the opinion of scientific men who are prepared to undertake this enterprise, at least we must urge for the benefit of all conccr-
Ned, that it be gone into in such a manner as to leave the smallest possible doubt of its ultimate completion and permanency, and that for this end neither time skill nor money be spared.
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Local Intelligence., Lyttelton Times, Volume IX, Issue 583, 5 June 1858
Local Intelligence. Lyttelton Times, Volume IX, Issue 583, 5 June 1858
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