(Per Pkess Association Special Wire.)
Auckland, March 12th,
The brigantine Island Lily has broughtfrom the Chatham Islands a sample of the first: wheat grown there. It will run 40 bushels tothe aore.
The Harbour Board has decided to borrow LSOOO on debentures for rebuilding the wharf and forming a street on the reclamation. .'...'
The diver and his assistant, who left here oa behalf of the Auckland Company to recoverwool, &c, from the wreck of the Ocean Mail, at Chatham Islands, have leturned to thi3 city bootless.
Captain Fisher, of the whiter Alaska, in a private letter, reports his vessel off Chatham Islands on 15th February, 32 months fromv New Bedford; 2300 barrels were taken, o£ which COO barrels were obtained at the Chatham grounds this year. He reports the barque Splendid, of Otago, with 400 .barrels sperm obtained since leaving Dunedin. The barque Triton, oE New Bedford, has secured 300 barrels sperm this yean
Tauranga, March 12th. Captain Worap anticipates raising the Taupe* this afternoon.
Last night, as Captains Sellars and Cromarty and some friends were fitting in theCommercial Hotel, the harbourmaster (Marks)?*, entered and commenced using filthy and opprobrious language towards them. No attention was paid for some time, but at kit one of tha party, roused beyond endurance, stood up and" with small ceremony punched bis head and turned him out.
Napier, March 12th,
The Hinemoa arrived at 2 p.m. with CjloneF Whitmore and Sir George Grey, the latter enroute to Kawau, Auckland. It was reported in town to-day that a criminal information for conspiracy in defrauding Natives had been laid against two prominent settlers.
The races next week are expected to be mora numerously attended than ever befote. Large> fields of horses and good racing are expected. The Stewarts open for a farewell season at the Theatre Hoyal to-raorrow night, and will be followed by the Hydes Gem Burlesque Troupe.
Wellington, March 12th. The body of a boy about eight years of age ■■■ was found floating in the harbour to-day and identified as that of Fred. Johns, who has been, missing since the 4th instant. Thomas Henry Smith and Francis Edward Nairn have been appointed Royal Commissioners to inquire into and ascertain in what, manner the "Ngatau" block of land, situate ia the Middle Island, was purchased by Mr Kemp and Mr Mantell, in or abont the year--1848, from the native owners thereif.
Hokitika, March 12th,
A lad earned Clarkson, 19 years old, was drowned this morning while bathing on the sea » beach.
The Ste)la has left with Commissioners, interpreters, and witnesees tor Jackson's Bay. Tainui goes to Kaiapoi to' represent the?vacancv occasioned by the promotion of Taiaroa to the Upper House. Mr F. A. Learmonth has resigned his seat asMayor.
Chuistchorch, March 12th. At next meeting of the Lyttelton HarbourBoard a resolution will be moved cancelling the debentures signed for the loan of L 100,000,« as no moneys were raised on them, pursuant - to the resolution passed when signed, and that a sum of L 200.000 in 2000 debentures ■- of LIOG each be issued for the purpose of constructing hwbour works and dredging and deepening LytteltoaHarbour. Ths National Bank's' New Zealand agents of the Board are negotiating the loan. A private squabble is on at the Hospital. between the matron, housa surgeon, house steward, and other offieia's. The Hospital' Committee met privately yesterday to consider the report sent in by each of the; aggrieved. The particulars will probably be made known at to-morrow's meeting of the' Board. It has lately leaked out that when Mrs Goodger, who poisoned herself a week ago with strychnine, was taken to ths Hospital, the surgeoii3 had to sand out for the lean of:' a stomach-pump, as the one in. the Hospital was broken and useless. It is not stated whether the delay lessened the probability off saving the woman's life. This circumstance wasrnot mentioned at the inquest. The City Council have refused a renewal of several cabmen's licenses, for driving inmates; of houses of ill-fame.
The Lyttelton Time 3is very severe on the - directors of the Kaitangata mine for their~ negligence in looking after it, which if wasalleged iadiractly caused the catastrophe. After reviewing the evidence given at the inquest, it points out fc'aat there was no chairman of directors, and that Hodge, though confessedly an unskilled man, wai responsible to>> nobody, and left to do pretty well aa he liked. The Times says: "We have on one side an incompetent manager, known to niaay to be incompetent, carrying out a system known to niauyto be bad and dangero'ia; and on. the--other pleasant reports, directors diirking re*sponsibility, groping about in the c\ark, getting, ridiculed, and all drifting en together towards a • tragedy in the bowels of the >a th. What, wonder is it that an explosion 1 lew the whole st ite of things in Lo the air. The ta d.rectors of" the KaitaDgata Company, who have no chair--man, have a very unpleasant duly before them.. It is the duty of examining their conscience, and the Government should examine it for them too, quite independently. The directors may not have known that Hodge was not a competent manager, but did they bestow sufficient care in determining the point of his efficiency ? Mr Holmes in his evidence^ said that Hodge spoke to him about going to ■ the School of Mines in Dunedin to learn some^ portion of his trade, and the appointment of Mr Twining shows that Kodge was not believed!, to have been in every way competent. The: directors, moreover, knew that Hodge made light of the fire-damp which had been reported to them, and which they knew to have already seriously burned one man. They thought thematter grave enough to order lamps, a barometer,, and an instrument for measuring the velocity of the air-current in the drives; they were very eager to ijet th? second entrance made intothe miv?, aid genera'ly they were not easy in their minds about the fire-damp. The error they made in leaving the uncontrolled management to Hodge was a very serioua error in judgment. It was an error that men not acquainted with mining technicalities were liable ta makeThe error is happily one which now ought to bey impossible, for the enforcement of the Regulation of Mines Act, 1874, has taken the management of mines entirely out of the hand* of ignorance, or ought -to do so. The inspector who, now has full powers, should reflect that no board of directois is, as snob,, to be trasted for five minutes together. The history ot the Kaitanga'a Board shows that ia one case a beard of directors were incapable of judging of the_ incapacity of a manager whowa* giving daily proof of his want.of skilL Common sense teaches that boards which ar* composed of men on versed in mining areequally incapable of reading the signs throat; under their nose 3. The first thing for the|Government to do now is to increase the numberof iospactore, and the next to send th» wbolt
force into the coal districts and take a fmn grasp of the management of every mine, im theActJis thus enforced to the utmost letter, the mining community of the Colony cannot he considered even approximately sate. A meeting of seamen was held at Lyttelton on Tuesday evening, for the purpose of twining a Seamen's Union. It was decided to form the Union, with the object of raising the wages of ueamen on foreign-going vessels to LIU per month. The qiiestion of the alteration of coasting articles was also discussed, it being suggested that the eight-hours system should be introduc€d in all coasting vessels. Funds are subscribed, and a further meeting will be held. His Worship the Mayor telegraphed to^toe Colonial Secretary this morning asking whether the Government would have any objection to proclaim Monday next a public holiday, on account of the carnival to be given in aid of the Kaitangata sufferers. So busy are the railway officials and plant now, that the engines cannot be withdrawn from service to allow them to be painted when necessary.
Oamaru, March 12th. Major Withers inspected the Oaroaru Volunteers to-night. There was a very good mu-t= r, and the luen went through a number of evolutions in the hall, and through the town, very creditably. The Hampden Volunteers will be inspected to-morrow tight.
SPECIAL TELEGKAMS. (from our own correspondents.)
Auckland, March 12th. A boy named William Benjamin, agedl2, detected in a series of cases of till-robbing, was sent to the Training School for threa years. The Waikato settlers are bringing pressure to bear on the Government against reducing the number of trains, as proposed under tbe scheme of retrenchment.
The diver* who proceeded to the wreck of the Ocean Mail at the Chatham Islands a short time ago, with a view of recovering the wool on board, returned by the Island Lily last night, having auccseded in getting out half a tale. They report that the wool is in as good condition aa when the ship went down, but owing to beam 3in the way they were unable to get at it. Disputes have arisen in connection with the diving, and are expected to form the subject of a lawsuit.
The Pearl has anived from the is'ands, bringing news of the total wreck of Owen aDd Grabam'a schooner Blanche, at Penh am Island. The chronometer and papers were saved, aud the greater portion of the cargo, which was stolen by the natives. The wreck was sold for the benefit of whom it concerned. It was bought by S. Heather for L 4. On Januaiy 2nd the American schooner Flying Mist took the passengers and crew of the Blanche to Karatonga, arriving there on February 2nd. The ye was insured in the New Zealand Co. for LI3OO.
In the case of Noble, of Aratapu, who committed suicide, the jury returned a veulict of temporary insanity through drink. Dr Flaherty, surgeon of the Thames Hospital, is dead. The barqueut'ne Fulcon was sold at auction, and boueht by Captain Anderson for LI2OO.
The Sta"-, in an article, denounces Mr Macandrew's ecbeme for direjt steam communication. It says the Echeme is exposed at every point [to objections in its pi-dsenc sbap3, nnd though the time will undmbtedly come whrn New Zealand will be connect 'd with the Home Country by a direct line of steamers, it may confidently predict that the terms will be very different from any that are now possib'e.
Cheistchurch, March 12tb,
Owing to an accident happening to the engine cf the Ashburton train this morning, it was half an hour late en arrival at the Selwyn station. This was caused by the lover-bearing connecting the "bogie" with the boiler-car-riage having broken. A long stoppage was made at the Rakaia, atd afterwards at Dunsandel, wben chocks of wood were fitted underneath in order to take the weight off the lever on either eide of the engine. This is tbe second time a similar break has occurred iv the levers supplied to the American engines, evidently showing that they are not conBtmcted s rong enough to bear the extreme ■weight in this pirticular part of the locomotive.
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TELEGRAMS., Otago Daily Times, Issue 5324, 13 March 1879
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