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Local Intelligence,

Nelson Harmonic Society.— We are happy to learn that the remarks which we were induced to make in our issue of Thursday last, with reference to the necessity of obtaining a considerable reinforcement to the present orchestral ranks of the Harmonic Society, have not proved altogether unprofitable. More than one amateur instrumentalist, recently arrived in Nelson, have, we understand, preferred their services to the Society, and several other musicians, residents in this locality, but who have not, for various reasons, lately taken part in these concerts, are likely to contribute their valuable assistance in future. These facts, however welcome, should only tend to encourage each individual member to fresh exertion ; there are many instances of musical talent, known only in the immediate circle of each individual's acquaintance, that are not unfrequently destined to " waste their sweetness on the desert air," but •which, if co-operating with the purposes of a Society of this character, might contribute most materially to the general enjoyment. — The composition for rehearsal at the usual weekly practice of the society, this evening, will be " The Creation," in its entirety. Mb. George Fawcett gave liis last entertainment on Monday night at the Odd Fellows' Hall, which was tolerably well filled. The " Reading" on this occasion comprised the three lost acts of the new sensational play, The TicJcet-of-Leave Man, which has achieved so remarkable a success in London and elsewhere, together with the last " chirp " of the " Cricket on the Hearth." We have already enlarged on the talents which Mr. Fawcett displays in tins particular department of his art ; it will, therefore, suffice to state that, in personating the different characters introduced into the play, he succeeded <i merveille, but, we must avow our belief that it subject is hardly one which is calculated to enlist general interest, and, as such, it was scarcely so acceptable as the " Cricket." The entertainment was agreeably diversified by the instrumental performances of some amateurs, who kindly volunteered their services on the occasion. Mr. Fawcett left yesterday, for a professional tour in the Southern provinces, by the Ladybird, and, we understand, expressed himself highly gratified by the cordial reception which had been accorded him during his sojourn in Nelson. Kobebo AT Tabanaki. — We have received no Taranaki papers by the Phoebe, but we learn that a great korero of the natives, got up by Colonel Warre, took place on Tuesday last, the 21st instant, at Taranaki, at which not less than 1,000 armed natives were present. All passed off very quietly. The Scotia. — It will be seen from the details of the inquiry into the losb of the Scotia, given in our Otago correspondent's letter, that the conduct of the captain is severely censured for neglecting the proper precautions. The latest advices from the Bluff, we are happy to state, are favourable to the hope of saving the steamer. The Southland Neios, of the 9th, says : — " From the latest accounts received last evening, we learn that everything confirms the hope that the Scotia will be floated off from the rock on to which she was steered, and saved without material damage. The diver has done his best to repair the injuries sustained by her. His plan of operations has been as follows : — Having examined the bottom, he has had iron plates pierced on deck, and, carrying these dowu with him, has fixed them over the holes made in the ship's bottom, so as to render her practically whole and sound. If the experiment of towing her from off the rock is successful, the Scotia will, we believe, be taken into the Bluff Harbour, where the necessary repairs will be completed by internal rivetting. The weather has. been wonderfully fine and favourable since the occurrence of the wreck, and, should it continue equally calm during the day, it may be hoped that we shall be in a position, in our to-morrow's issue, to report the Scotia again afloat. The steamer Aphrasia is under orders to be in all readiness to-day to render her good offices to the ship. The Scotia has been greatly lightened by the removal of cargo, and it is expected that, with her bottom repaired, she will float at high water. Nearly everything has now been removed from the wreck, including cabin fittings and furniture and cargo. Both have, of course, to some extent, sustained damage, from the hull having filled with water. The greater portion of the cargo consisted of flour in bags. But we understand that the damage done to this by salt water is much less than might have been anticipated, owing to the tightness with which the article was packed." PBEBENTATION TO Mb. J. BIBD, OF WalMEAsouth. — The members of the Waimea-south Library and Institution have so far recognised the long and gratuitous services, of their librarian Mr. Joshua Bird, on his retiring from that office, as to have presented him with a handsome silver watch, of the value of ten guineas, and bearing, in the inner case, the following well-deserved and gratifying inscription :—": — " Presented to Mr. J. Bird, by the members of the Waimea-south Institution, as a token of esteem on his retiring from the office of Librarian, in 1861." The late Mubdeb at Rangitikei. — The trial of Walter Tricker, charged with having murdered Robert Stillingfleet Rayner, at Rangitikei, on the 28th August, 1863, was commenced at Wellington on the Bth June, and continued until the 10th, on which day prisoner was found guilty, and sentenced to death. General Government Rifle Phizes.— TheDaily Southern Cross of June 16, speaking of the firing for the General Government Rille Prizes, says : — " Sergeant G. Rutherford, of the militia, Waimea-south, Nelson, has obtained the largest score at rifleshooting for the Government prizes that has as yet been published to our knowledge. At 300 yards he made sixteen points, at 400 yards twelve point*, and at 500 yards eight points, making a total of thirtysix. VV. Whitehorn, of the Motueka company, made thirty-two points.having made the same number at 300 yards that Sergeant Rutherford did." For the information of the Southern Cross we may as well say that Mr. Rutherford is an old member of our Volunteer force, and is not, therefore, a sergeant of the militia. As some additional satisfaction to our province, we may also say that, excellent as was Mr. Rutherford's firing, it has been exceeded by that of two other members of our Volunteer force, namely, by Mr. J. Tunnicliffe, of Waimea-south, who scored thirty-nine points, and by Mr. J. Sharp, of Nelson City Company, who scored thirty-seven points. If, therefore, thirty.six points was the largest score within the knowledge of the Southern Cross, we may reasonably hope that thirty-nine points will secure to our province for the third time, the Champion Belt.

The New Zealand Squadron. — The following! promotions have been made in the New Zealand squadron, consequent on the deaths of Captain Hamilton, of H.M.S. Esk, and Commander Hay, R.N., of H.M.S. Harrier, killed in action : — Commander Philemore, H.M.S. Curagoa, to be captain H.M.S. Esk ; Lieutenant Swan, H.M.S. Harrier, to be commsmder H.M.S. Harrier ; Lieutenant Duff, late of Esk, to be commander H.M.S. Curaooa ; Sub-Lieu-teuant Parker, late of H.M.S. Falcon, to be lieutenant H.M.S. Esk ; Sub-Lieutenant Store, H.M.S. Curagoa, to be lieutenant H.M.S. Miranda. The Countess of Seafield. — By the Auckland we have news of the Countess of Seafield, which left London for Canterbury on the 15th of January, and was long overdue — She had met with a terrific gale on the 27th of April, in which nine sailors and one passenger, named Edward Earl, were washed overboard, and had been obliged to put into Hobart Town in a very leaky state. Ratheb Suggestive. — The Invercai'gill Garrick Club announce a performance at the Theatre Royal, about the latter end of this month, when the playsof Used up and Done Brown will be per formed, with a musical melange. Robebts, the Billiabd Champion. — This celebrated player, whose engagement by Mr. Shadrach Jones, of Dunedin, we lately noticed, will leave for New Zealand by the Great Britain, on 24th May. He will be accompanied by his pupil, ChaJes Newcliff, who, though a much inferior player to the great champion of the cue and green cloth, will, no doubt, as Roberts states, be able to take his own part in these regions. Mb. G. V. Brooke.— By the last advices, Mr. Gk V. Brooke was to leave the mother country for Australia, some time in the month of March. The (Dublin) Freeman's Journal, of the 9th of March, ' announces his last appearance in that city, at the Queen's Royal Theatre, on the 12tli of that month, " prior to his departure for Australia." GENERAL GOVERNMENT GAZETTE. We have received copies of the General Government Gazette, to the 15th June, from which we give the following extracts :—: — Havelock. — This port has been appointed as a Warehousing Port, for the purposes of the " Customs Regulation Act, 1858 " and as a port " for the importation of tobacco." The beach "from Inglis Point to Lawrence-street, is also appointed as a Legal Landing Place for the landing and unlading of goods." It is also declared a port, and its limits are " the waters of Pelorus Sound, inside of a straight line drawn from Whakamawahi Point, between Kauauroa Bay and Hikuraki Sound, to Tewero Point, together with the site of the town of Havelock." Civil Commissionee. — James Mackay, the younger, Esq., has been appointed a commissioner for the district of Waikou, under the " Native Districts Regulation Act, 1858." Justice of tht Peace. — John George Miles, Esq., of Nelson, has been appointed a Justice of the Peace. Collector of Customs, Havelock. — David Johnston, Esq., has been appointed Collector of Customs at the port of Havelock. Postmaster at Fox Hill. — Mr. C. Gaukroger has been appointed postmaster at Fox Hill.

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Local Intelligence,, Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle, Volume XXXIII, Issue 75, 23 June 1864

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Local Intelligence, Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle, Volume XXXIII, Issue 75, 23 June 1864