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Customs Revenue collected at the Port of Nelson, for the Quarter ending 31st December, 1871, and tho corresponding Quarter of 1870 : — 1871. IS7O, £ ». (?. £ «. d. Consolidated Revenue — Customs Duties . 7,407 4 4 7,060 8 9 Less refunds . 11 4 7 2 9 7 7,395 19 9 7,057 19 2 Merchant Shipping Act— Fees 7 13 6 14 3 Arms Act— Fees . 20 8 0 22 7 0 Marine Act - — Light Dues . 147 15 10 146 17 11 Other Receipts . 3 7 0 110 £7,574 11 10 £7,234 19 4 Land Revenue — Gold Duty, Province of Nelson 452 19 0 437 4 6 Gold duty, Province of Marlborough . 24 11 7 . £8,052 2 5 £7,672 310 Pilotage rate . 160 IS 2 147 0 7 Total . . £8,213 0 7 £7,819 4 5 Rea'enue of Greymouth. — The Customs duties collected at the port of Greymouth for last year, ended December 31, amounted to £49,815, while for the prececding year it amounted to £15,796, and for the year 1869, £42,224, thus exhibiting a steady increase. The Argus in remarking on this, says: — "Our goldfields were never in a more healthy state than at present, and when the new system of water supply, as proposed by the Government, is thoroughly understood, the wholo of the country will swarm tvith a. busj> population 3?lie great Trant of tlic district is water, and whercever there is a good supply, so that particular locality progresses. Up to the present time the surface lias only been, we may say, scratched over, and recent discoveries have shown the fallacy hitherto believed, that the alluvial leads of tho district were only Bhallow sinking. When water is obtained the whole of the old workings will be re-worked. In our own immediate neighbourhood, the prosperity of the leads in the Paroa district the re-working of the old Lagoon lead, which we have always contended was never properly worked, aro instances." Revenue of Westport — The revenue of Westport for the year just ended, exhibits a falling off as compared with the year preceding, both in Customs and gold duty, amounting together to £4,282. Of this £2,471 is in gold duty, which represents for the year a fulling off in the yield of gold of 19,773 ounces. The Westport Times accounts for the decline in the quantity of gold raised in the. district, by the number of miners engaged on the Inangahua reefs, and to the scarcity of water. More Plunder. — The Hon. Colonel Russell has been appointed Inspector of Native Schools, with a salary, stated at £600 a-year. There aro about six native schools for the honourable gentleman to inspect, but then he is said to bo completely ignorant of the native language. Mr. Worgan is delegated, under the title of Commissioner, to investigate certain confiscated native land claims on the West Coast, lit a salary of £400 a-year. Both of these gentlemen have been very useful to the Defence Minister. Government Immigration. — At the Ellesmere (Canterbury) agricultural dinner, on the 29th ult., the Hon. W. Reeves, in responding to the toasfc of the General Assembly, said that orders had been senfc to the Agent-General in England to send out 8,000 immigrants during 1872, which number, supplemented by Colonel Fielding's special settlement immigrants, and those to be introduced by Messrs. Brogden,

would probably increaie the population of the colony by some 10,000 adults within the year. Tho Government wouli also anxiously promote agriculture, and as sooi. as it could see its w»y its proposed to form a Board of Agriculture. He also said that arrangements had been made between the General and Canterbury Governments, under which the forraor would contribute £98,000, and the latter £42,000, to connect the various railway lines in the. province. The details of the scheme were notyefc complete, but surveys had been completed. More New Officjs. — A telegram from the Wellington correspoident of the Grey River Argxis, dated 28th, ult., says :— " Mr. Haughtou has resigned his seat, and is nppointed Under-Se-cretary for Public Wo-ks on Q old-fields. He proceeds to Otago in a f«v days, and from thence to the West Coast. M\ Hoos ia likely to be appointed Deputy Commissioner for the West Coast." More Government Patronage. — The Province of Marlborougl is to have the benefit of the " Land Transfer Act." and with it the residence of two legal gentlemm from outside the province, as Registrar, and Examiner of Titles. This Act has been a perfect nine of patronage for the Government. What p-ovision is to be made for Mr. Jeffreys, who for several years has been, Registrar of Deeds, and whose occupation is now gone, is not said. Ihe Express of the 6th ultimo, hints at another litfle arrangement for benefiting a supporter of tin Government. Dr. Muller, who for the last seventeen years has acted as Resident Magistrate at Blenheim, is to be called upon to retire on his " wtll-earned allowance under the Civil Service Act,' in order that the office and some other appointments held by that gentleman may be bestowed oi Mr. Eyes, lately appointed Crown Lands Commissioner of Marlborougb, and Provincial Secretary. Of course, all the extra work is to be perforned by Mr. Eyes gratuitously. It seems never to have occurred to Ministers, that if an amalgamation of offices was necessary, the offer should hove been made to an old and. well-tried servant, instead of burdening the country with an unwilling pensioner, in order to make provision for a Parliamentary supporter. Moee Rewards por Parliamentary Support. — It is reported that Captain M'Pherson, one of the representatives of Waikato, is about to resign his seat, hiving received an offer of a Goment appointmeit. Earning a Salary. — Colonel Gorton, who held some office — we forget what— under the Colonial Government, has lately had an addition made to his diuies by being made public storekeeper. The Wellington correspondent of the Jlawke's Bay Herald says the first achievement of the gallant c/ficer in his new office was to proceed to Government House during the absence of his Excellency, and brand with a broad arrow every chair, table, sofa, curtain, and in fact every article, useful or ornamental, upon which he could make any impression. Report says he spent three days over the job, and only gave it up from despair of being unable to brand the bedroom crockery. The writer asks, " Did you ever hear of such a thing as stomping the broad arrow on Government House furniture? Waß he afraid his Excellency would pawn or privately dispose of the furniture, or did he fear guests and visitors might make away with chairs and tables?" Electoral District of Marlborough. — Mr. Eyes having resigned his seat for the abovenamed district on being appointed Commissioner of Crown Lands and Provincial Secretary, A. P. Seymour, Esq., Superintendent of the province, a member of the Legislative Council, and Joseph Ward, Esq., have announced themselves as candidates for the vacant seat. I Newspaper Gagging. — The following is from the Post : — " The Napier Telegraph very truly says, 'An intelligent number of settlers view with alarm and sorrow the schemes proposed by the Ministry, and approved by the Assembly.' Some months ago, when the Telegraph waa strenuously opposing Mr. Yogel's Utopian schemes, u-iid moi-o particularly the construction of a railway which is to open up some property belonging to the Minister for Public Works for the North Island, Mr. Ormond suddenly discovered that advertising expenses were too great in Hawke's Bay, and withdrew all General Government expenses from that paper. Arrangements were then made that the Telegraph should support the Government, and Mr. Ormond discerned with surprising celerity that it was very essential that the Government announcements should re-appear in that journal. Our contemporary must not indulge in paragraphs similar to the one we have quoted, if it desires to retain its share of advertisemental pickings." Too True to de Pleasant. — The Thames Guardian lately wrote of the condition of the colony aa follows: — "Tho history of this colony is the record of an unbroken series of crimes and blunders, the avenging Nemesis now following us being the speculative borrowing policy of Mr. Vogel. We have to deplore the alienation of our waste lands without settlement, the extirpation of the native race without the progressive advance of civilized men, burlesques of the Imperial Parliament in lieu of representative institutions, corrupt administration for economic responsible government, the daily depletion of our natural resources without increasing the fixed capital of the country, an overwhelming load of debt, for which there is nothing to show, an army of officials, for whom it is scarcely possible to find the semblance of employment, public and. private indebtedness rapidly increasing, taxation the most grinding in the universe, also on the increase, and an indefinite indebtedness, according to Mr. Fox, the Premier." Altering the Constitution. — We stated recently, that a notice of motion had been given in the, Auckland Provincial Couucil, condemning the Government for attempting to effect a change in the Constitution of the colony without previously making the colony acquainted with the change intended. The resolution, as finally passed, was as follows : — " That this Council feela

called upon to express its disapproval of the attempt made during the last session of the Assembly to pass measures calculated to effeot a radical alteration of the Constitution, without any notice being given to the Governments of the several provinces, or opportunity afforded to the electors of the colony to consider such measures. And this Council further protests against any alterations affecting the constitution, powers, and functions of Provincial Legislatures being made, unless and until the proposed alterations are submitted to the country, and the whole of the constituencies allowed to elect a Parliament for the express purpose of considering such alterations." The following also passed: — "That his Honour the Superintendent be requested to put himself in communication with the other .Provincial Governments throughout the colony, for the purpose of securing their co-operation in any steps that may bo considered desirable for maintaining the integrity of Provincial institutions." High Motives. — The Mayor of Dunedin, Mr. Fish, tells the Superintendent of Otugo, Mr. Macandrow, that " if the Governor could be induced to reside for a time in Duuedin, it would give that tone to society which they thought ought to exist." Lower motives also influenced Mr. Fish, in hia desire to see the colony put to a heavy useless expense to gratify the people of Otago : — "Viewing the matter from rather a selfish light on behalf of tho citizens, they did not fail to recognise tho immense benefit it would be from a monetary point of view, if tho Governor and the General Assembly came to Dunedin. Telegraphic Communication with Auckland. — The poles for the telegraph wire between Tauranga and the Thames are now in course of erection, Mr. Mackay having succeeded in overcoming tho opposition of the Hauhaus. The work was begun on the first day of the year, and Borne of the most influential of the neighbouring natives assisted in erecting the first of the poles. Tax on Joint Stock Companies.— The duty imposed by the Stamp Duties Amendment Act of last session on joint stock companies, is causing eomo of the Inaurance companies to withdraw their agencies from New Zealand. Hau Hauism. — We are informed that the followers of Te Ua (the founder of Hau Hauism) up this river have nearly all renounced the new karakai, aud have returned to their former belief, that, namely, taught them by the Church of England ministers, Roman Catholic priests, and others. A desire is expressed by many that ministers of religion should visit them. — Wanganui Chronicle. Another Tribe sending/ its Allegiance to the Government. — Two chiefs belong to a section of tho Ngatimaru tribe, cumo into town a few days since for the purpose of tendering the allegiance of themselves and their people to the Government. These natives have not visited a European settlement since the war of 1860, and their reason for doing bo now is to enable them to shake off their connection with Tito Kowaru, who intends to leave tho bush for the sea coast early in the ensuing month. Tho nativo chiefs are powerful-looking men, and when we saw them they were industriously employed in polishing a rough piece of blue-stone. One of tho chiefs, we believe, is related to Honi Pihama. The natives state that they were disappointed at not meeting the Civil Commissioner at Ngatimaru, as he was invited, so they have come into town to see him. They wish Mr. Parris to visit their district, which invitation we hope ho will accept, and make a point of going during the summer. — TaranaTci Herald. The honorarium paid for the General Assembly session of 1866 wus £7,346 ; in 1867, £6,14 L ; in 1868, £7,339 ; and in 1869, £6,949. The return of 1870 has not been made public but the cost of the past session, each member receiving £105 ■will be £12,915. Tho Provinciul Treasurer of Canterbury has brought down his budget for the ensuing nine months. The receipts are estimated at £243,738 19s. Bd., and tho expenditure at £207,046 7s. Bd. The former sum includes £76,468 195. lid. balance now in hand, and £28,738 anticipated from released sinking fund, and £19,716 15s. Id., railway refunds from General Government. The latter includes £25,475 to be expended on public ■works, and £8,330 for education; £12,250 for road boards, and £89,750 for railways. The profits on the railways for the last year have been £17,856 9s. Bd., and tho receipts from the waste lands for the same period £25,000. The sum of £250 has been voted by the Provincial Council of Auckland for the purpose of boring for wator on the artesian principle, with the view of ascertaining whether the city of Auckland can be supplied with pure water by this plan. We understand that there will be a keen competition for the vacancy in the General Assembly caused by Mr. Haughton, member for the Lakes, accepting the office of Under-Secretary for Public Works. Mr. Shepherd, it is stated, will resign his seat for tho Dunstan district, and contest the election for Lake Wakatip, as that has long been his favourite constituency. It is also on the cards that Mr. Bradshaw will accede to the request of his Teviot constituents by resigning his seat for Waikaia district-, and enter the lists for tho representation of the latter district.' — Tuapelca Times. In reference to the measures being taken to form special settlements in the North Island, the Wanganui Chronicle has the following :—": — " Mr. M'Lean may be expected in Wanganui in a week or two, to arrange with Kemp and olher loyal natives to purchase their interest in tho confiscated land in the Waitolara district, with the object of locating some of the immigrants upon it, who will soon be arriving in tho colony."

Deatii of One op Todd's Murderers. — The Southern Cross says : — "Hori, ono of Ihe party of Todd's murderers, is dead. He died at Hauturu; he was the man that wounded the halfcaste Nopera. It is said by the natives that the ■whole of the party will shortly cease to lire, as they are all ailing."

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POLITICAL., Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle, Volume XXX, Issue 76, 20 January 1872

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POLITICAL. Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle, Volume XXX, Issue 76, 20 January 1872