On Thursday last this committee again met, all the members present with the exception of Mr. Dodson. Mr Mackay in the chair. An offer of a block of land over the Haven Road, belonging to G. VV. Schroder, Esq., was laid before the committee, also the plans of the two suburban north sites, together with a memorial, hearing 100 signatures, from the inhabitants of Nelson, protesting against the selection of one of the latter, which selection had been, nominally effected in eommi'tee on the 27th June last.
-Mr. Elliott proposed the following resolution, which was lo_>t— * . "
That as serious objections exist to both the sites offered fqt a Cemetery on the Wakapuaka Road, this Committee is of opinion that one nearer the town Wi-u'ld bitter meet the wishes of the inhabitants; and unless a more eligible site can be procured than the blocks of land marked B and C in the offer of Mr. Schroder, the Committee is of opinion that this land should, if possible, be secured by the Government, and an Act be passed in the next, session of the Provincial Council to render it available for the purposes of a Cemetery.
Proposed by Mr. Sharp, and negatived—
The Committee consider that there is no necessity for immedhtely removing the present Cemetery; but flint, looking to th>. future wants of the town and the probable disinclination of the inhabitants in the neighborhood of the present Cemetery to its continuance, the Committee *re of opinion thut the Government should secure the site at present offered by Mrs. Itemvick outside the town, and which drains directly into the sea. No other position outside of the town belt, and so near tho centre of the town, can be had offering the last-ad vantage. This section is the ueirest of tha two offered, and contains, in the opinion of the Committee, ample space for every possible demand on it for burial purposes. Again, it j« less in price; and the proprietress is willing to take in exchange bind which is not likely to be sold otherwise, tons saving any direct; payment out of the .Treasury.; For the purposes of orn-.mentation, tho Committee are also of opinion that the southern --portion of the north section sloping to the south should, if possible, be also acquited by the Government,.
Pioposed by Dr. Monro, and carried—
That this Committee request'the Executive Go-vr-rnuient to ascertain, for the information of thin C■ minittee, the opinion of t:ia representatives of ihe dilier.nt religious bodies on the best site for a Cemetery ; and that the whole question stand over, it necessary, till the next session, so as to afford the»fuliest opportunity of giving expression to their wishes on the subject. *
TOTAL ABSTINENCE Mt.i_.iiNG, STOKE. A Public Total Abstinence Meeting was held in Hope School Room, on Monday Evening, sth iiist.int, to forward the principles of the above Society. -
Ar.F.u_D Saunders, Esq., M.P.C., presided, who opened the meeting with some sound prefatory remarks upon the advantage accruing Irom absaining from all intoxicating drinks. Mr. J. Pacickr made some practical remarks upon the evils of the drinking system in this colony, in the loss of so many lives, and the de-' moralising effects it had upon society in general, lie earnestly pressdd upon the heads of families to come forward and sign the pledge as the only safe course. The Rev. J. Watkins next addressed the meeting, eloquently dwelling on the moral and social evils arising Vrom the practise of intemperance, the heart-burnings and the fostering of every evil disposition, and to the utter neglect of themselves, wives, and children. Mr. Wm. Win followed by opposing the disuse of intoxicating driuks.
The Chairman replied with his usual pertinent remarks.
The Rev. D. Dolamore closed the meeting -by dilating upon the advantages of total abstinence from alcoholic drinks in a spiritual and moral as-
pect. The meeting being closed, it was announced that the pledge book was lying open for signatures, when several came forward and signed. The room was crowded.— Communicated.
The Wangapeka.—We hear that to-morrow morning Dr. Hochstetter will start for the Wangapeka and the lakes. His ,Honor the Superintendent will accompany him some part of the distan-e. The Wangapeka has for some time past been pretty generally understood to be an"auriferous district, and we trust, through the indefatigable exertions of our visitor, that ere long our anticipations will be found to have fallen far short of the reality.
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CEMETERY COMMTERY, Colonist, Volume II, Issue 198, 13 September 1859
CEMETERY COMMTERY Colonist, Volume II, Issue 198, 13 September 1859
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