THE "OTAGO WITNESS." Saturday, February 22nd, 1851.
We have received by the cutter * Ka-therine-Johnston ' news from the Canterbury Settlement, and have been favored by the gentleman chartering her with a sight of the ' Lyttelton Times.' From it, and from verbal accounts, the immigrants appear highly satisfied, and are setting to work manfully to overcome the first difficulties, in which we wish them success.
The f Lyttelton Times ' is a highly creditable production to so young a settlement, and a valuable addition to the press of New Zealand,— directing its attention to that which is so desirable in a colonial journal, viz., local news, which will be of interest at a distance as well as in the colony, and in this particular we are informed it is much indebted to the individual efforts of the settlers — an example we strongly recommend to our readers. Its political views are on the liberal side, and it is pleasing to see that it has not adopted the blustering tone of the press of some of the neighbouring settlements. Its opinion on the convict question is in accordance with the views of the New Zealand ps?ess generally^ and it is refreshing to think that it has taken so early an opportunity of expressing the opinion of the Canterbury settlers on such a mo-
mentous question, as it may have the effect of shewing those (if any there be) in this or the neighbouring settlements who may have come to the colony only with the view of making money, caring not by what means their end is to be accomplished, would advocate the introduction of convicts, reckless of the evils the system has and ever will entail; and thus, for their sordid and temporary interests, mortgage the future prosperity of the colony for generations, how little hope they have of success !
At Port Lyttelton flour is selling at £30 per ton ; the Wellington market is £25, and there appears great reason to fear a scarcity in the neighbouring Australian colonies. This brings us to matters nearer home. From the ' Report on Agriculture and Gardening/ published in our present number, it appears that the harvest is quite as good as was anticipated, and will yield a handsome return to those have invested their capital in this department of industry. We strongly urge the settlers to make an effort to supply themselves at least, for, from the rapid increase of population, by immigration and otherwise, there need be no fear of wanting a market for years ; and it becomes the duty of every man to prevent, as far as possible, the constant draw of specie concurrent upon the import of the first necessary of life. We shall return to this subject on a future occasion, when we shail be able to lay before our readers accurate statistics. An Horticultural Society has lately been formed, whiclr, if, energetically carried out, niay"be extended to agriculture, &c, and become the means of great benefit to" the" settlement ; but we are sorry to see a listlessness — an apathy — on these subjects ; a grudging •of a few houxs^once a month, or so, to attend a committee, or some "other necessary detail, .likely to spoil all, and v to* give- strangers and lately arrived setr lers an idea of our laziness ancU>iifdit* ference. This will never do; We call-
upon all, great and small, to lend a hand in this work. From small beginnings in a right spirit great results always have and always will follow, — a little money and a little time and you will have gained a knowledge practically useful in the colonies, and added a newpleasure to your existence : cease to lie down and sing ' There's a good time coming, boys, , a good time coming,' and expect ' pippins and cheese to come ' — grow the one and make the other, and be assured the ' good time ' will have come.
Through the kindness of Captain. Sands, master of the New Bedford whaling ship c Triton,' arrived in this port, we have received for perusal two volumes of the ••Friend,' published at Honolulu, edited by the Rev. S. C. Damon, <a Monthly Journal,' as the editor expresses it, ' devoted to Temperance, Seamen, Marine and General Intelligence.' It is creditably got up, and contains an amount of information, which must be exceedingly useful and interesting to masters of vessels engaged in the whale fishery, as also the owners resident in America and other ports. The last number of it is dated Ist Nov., but -we glean no home news from it later than what we have already received.
From the 15th to the end of October 38 whalers and 15 merchantmen had arrived at the port of Honolulu, and 30 vessels at Lahaina, nearly all American. Among the arrivals at Honolulu, we notice the arrival on thY 16th of the British barque ' Flying Childers,' eight months out, with 1,700 barrels oil, and 24,000 lbs. of whalebone ; also, on the 17th, the ship ' Herald,' from Port Clarence, and the barque ' Eleanor Lancaster,' 52 clays from Sydney. The ' Triton ' is 14 months out, and has been in the Arctic Ocean as high as latitude 70 deg. She reports the season as a mild one, and the fishing successful. She is a full ship, and is homeward bound, having come into this port for potatoes and some fresh provisions. Off this coast they were successful in capturing a sperm and a right whale, the latter giving 90 barrels of oil. We heartily wish Capt. Middleton, of the ( Tenedos,' who is an old friend, equal success, he being about to proceed to the cruising grounds after giving some necessary repairs to the rudder of his vessel. We trust the ' Friend ' will make known through its columns that whalers entering this port (Otago) can be supplied with provisions, such as pork, potatoes, &c, at a moderate rate, and abundance of wood and water. There are also no port dues leviable, except pilotage, which is very moderate. The harbour is a safe one, and the Pilot Station is formed at c Tairoa's Head,' the entrance, on which there is a flagstaff.
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THE "OTAGO WITNESS." Saturday, February 22nd, 1851., Otago Witness, Issue 2, 22 February 1851
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