(PROM OUR OWJf COBKESPOSOBNT.) Invercargill, 23rd May, 1563
In your issue ofthe IGth instant, I see tbat Jupiter, in tbe shape of Messrs Pickford and Co., has nodded, and the fate of Invercargill is fixed: "In consequence of the impassable state of the Invercargill road to the Lake, Dunedin will have the Lake trade during the winter months." I suppose, after so authoritative an announcement, we must collapse, scatter the ashes of desolation on our diminished heads and cry " bismiilah !" Unfortunately, however, for the correctness of the statement, the number of drays which have left here for the Lake would induce one to believe that it was just possible to get along tha roads. Freight, also, having fallen to £50 —fifty poun 's a ton—with a prospect of a further decrease, is the best proof that the roads are by no means hai. A buggy was driven down to Wallace Town from the L'iko in two days ; in fact, with the exception of parts ofthe road between Invercargill and Wallace Town, a distance in all of about seven miles, tiie North road is in splendid order. The wooden baulks have certainly not answered expectations, indeed hive turned out a decided failure, and have heen or are in course of being taken up again; but it is decided that fascines of Manuku scrub are to be put down at once in the worst places, a wharf to be built on the banks of Waihoapoi, close to the bridge;' and metal, of which there is any quantity, to be brought up from the Mokom >ko in barges, landed there, and laid on the top of tha fascines, all of whicli will be speedily done, and dsspite Messrs. Pickford and Co.'s fiat, the .road to the diggings wiil be kept open ; indeed, owing to the fine weather we have lately had, this portion of the road is now, that tiie baulks have been removed, passable enough, Cobb and Co.'s coaches come and go over it weekly to and from Riverton.
This trip of the Sir William Eyre will not be a particularly paying one to the owners; there have been some hundred odd actions against the captain for infringement of the Act, and damages claimed by the passengers will amount to a thousand or two. The matter has been strictly enquired into here, and it would appear that the state oi the ship was anything but creditable ; reports of whicli have been sent to tiie home agent, which may possibly induce the contractors in future, to estimate human beings tit a rather higher standard than bullocks. The passengers by her for your province have been forwarded per William Miskin. In your issue of the 20th there is a statement'that Captain Darby of the City of Hobart, ss, was prepared to land passengers and mail at the Blutf last Monday, had there b-en boats there in waiting. Tlie Southland News, of the 23rd instant, has an article on the subject, in which it states, and I believe perfectly correctly, "on the present occasion," (i.e. Monday last) " there were two boats waiting at the usual place where the Melbourne steamers land their mails and passengers, and the City of Hobirt after making for this pirticular place without any appirent cause, stood out to sea, not even informing the boitnien whether or.nit she Inid the English miil on board." Captain Darby it would seem is short-sighted. Perhips the clay wiil come when he will find that it dovs not pay. More than one of thp directors of the company he servos have considerable interests in Southland; doubtless thsy will be written to by their friends, and Captain D, be advised to invest iv spectacles. Monday is declared a public holiday, being the Queen's birthday; there is also to be a holiday on receipt of tbe news of the Prince of Wales' marriage, and Invercargill, to show its loyalty, is going in fir games of various sorts, from tossing the caber to catching a pig with a greased tail. How one's loyalty is expressed by the interesting tjnc} instructiye operation of holding on to the soaped tail of a pig, is difficult to determine; it is to be hoped the successful competitor will have his name forwarded to his Royal Highness There is also to be a B-ill held in the spacious premises of Messrs Morrison, Law and Co., recently erected in Dec street. The weather ha 3 been for the last four weeks perfectly beautiful, "bright sunshine, perfectly calm or light easterly breez.-s, which breezes hy the way are rather cold, there has not however been much frost; though the winter set in as if determined to be bad, there is eyery prospect of its being one of the mildest known for sometime. The fineness of the weather has dried up the roads and streets ; even Taystreet is nearly passable, and the Town Hoard relieved considerably in mind, it is rapidly gravelle,d oyer fascines of flax, which will keep it open till spring. Dee-sreet is in :irst-rate order, having been taken charge of hy the Government.
The railivaj' plant has been ordered from home hy the Government, the debentures will be negotiated through the Bank of New South Wales. The preliminary works are being pushed as rapidly as possible; tenders will shortly be called for the consttuction of jetties at Capjpbelltown, Mokomoko, and Itiyercargtll, the latter will be run out to the deep water pool, thus enabling vessels of considerable tonnage to lie alongside and discharge. The works on the north road are being vigorously pushed, the latp fine wpatlier materially assisting ; the road also froiji ltiyerton to the Lake is in good order, Ths last news from the Lake is pretty much what you have already got. Bus-iiU-ss not particularly brisk; large quantities of goods on hand, every one having rushed them up, anticipating the setting in of winter would block up the roads. The mildness <if the season is particularly manifest at the Lake, little snow on the hills, and beautiful sunshiny weather. Last vessels in: The Active, Sea Shell, Eleanor, from Australia; the Mayflower and Pet, from Tasmania.
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SOUTHLAND., Otago Daily Times, Issue 453, 3 June 1863
SOUTHLAND. Otago Daily Times, Issue 453, 3 June 1863
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