TO THE EDITOB OF THE ' NELSON EXAMINEE.' Sia— Knowing that your columns are always open for the vindication of men's just rights and characters, we, tho undersigned licensed victuallers, beg to call your attention to an anonymous letter which appeared in your contemporary of tho 17th ultimo, in which allusions on a very grave charge are made, highly derogatory to our name and reputation, by " A snake in the grass," — " A sufferer." Perhaps the public in Nelson are not awaro that we hold our licenses for the purpose of keeping ferries for the accommodation of settlers and overland travellers, providing euch with the necessnry refreshments when requested, whereas this defamer accuses us of selling "grog," thoieby causing (to use his own words) " too commonly, dissipation and drunkenness." In reply, we have to state that we always keep within the letter of the law, and are subservient to its strict surveillance. We appeal to the inhabitants of the district, the magisterial authorities, who hold a monthly court and are frequently in the valley in the interim, the shipmasters of the two vessels trading here weekly, , and travellers, for a refutation of this attack in the dark upon, probably, better and honester men than a would-be " Sufferer." We are, Sir, Yours obediently, Alfbed Dodson, Takaka Inn, Jamhs Reilly, Waitapu, James Lovell, Motupipi Inn. Takaka, May 12.
Gkoloot op New Zealand. — At a recent meeting of the Geological Society, Lord Ashburton, thus 6poke of this colony:— "In New Zealand, the Local Governments are exerting themselves to procure the services of scientific men, who, possessing an acquaintance with geography and topography, are well versed in the sciences of geology and mineralogy, and can indicate upon maps the real value of the subsoil of each district. Thus, whilst the able geologist, Dr. Hochstetter, who was one of the men of science who sailed round the world in the Austrian frigate 'Novaro,' has made us well acquainted with the nature of the rocks and the usefulness of Hie fossils found around Auckland, my hiend Dr. Hector (with whose merits this society is so well acquainted, through his admirable labours as the senior scientific officer of Palliser's expedition in North America) is now the geologist, geographer, end naturalist of the thriving Scottish colony of Otago, in the southernmost of the New Zealand Islands. So earnest, indeed, are the colonists of New Zealand to obtain a scientific insight into the nature of their rocks, that applications have recently been made to Sir R. Murchison to secure the services of a competent person to conduct a geological survey of the province of Wellington."
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TAKAKA., Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle, Volume XXII, Issue 44, 16 May 1863
TAKAKA. Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle, Volume XXII, Issue 44, 16 May 1863
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