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DEATH OF MR. JAMES MUIR, OF WELLINGTON.

The Wellington of November 25, announces the death of Mr. James Muir, in the 58th year of his age, after ail illness of a few weeks. The late Mr. Muir had been a resident in Wellington from the foundation of the settlement, and. during a period of twenty-Gve yeai'3,. was connected with the local press. Born and brought up in Edinburgh1, he served tlie usual .apprenticeship to the printing trade with the very well known firm of Messrs. Ballantyne and Co., the original publishers of Sir Walter Scott's Novels. For several years ho was employed by that house, and one of his cherished reminiscences of old time 3 was, that as a boy he had often !the proofs of the Waverley .Novels to their author for correction. At a comparatively early age Mr. Muir left Scotland for the Australian colonies,, nnd ultimately came to Wellington, where in the year 1810 ho was employed as a printer on a newspaper called t\\& Neiv Zealand Gazette, at that time published and edited by Samuel Revans, Esq. This was the first newspaper published in New Zealand, and the late Mr. Muir pulled it's first damp sheet from tho press. Tlie Gazette only enjoyed an existence of a lew-years, and its contemporary, tho Colonist, also lived -for but a brief spnee. It was followed by the,* Spectator, and not long afterwards the Wellington Independent was started by four partners, of whom the late Mr. Muir was one, and its present proprietor another. From fhat time up till a year ago, ■ tho deceased was connected with this journal, but last December- he sold In 3 interest to the present proprietor and retired altogether from active business; Up to within the last six weeks the deceased enjoyed fairhealtlv, biit-at that time he suddenly showed symptoms of. illness, (hid shortly afterwards was confined to his room. During the last fortnight he sank rapidly., and it. became apparent that despite every care and skill his recovery was hopeless': the powers of nature evidently being nearly exhausted. He suffered very little and died calmly yesterday morning at three o'clock. The deceased was connected with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows', in which body heat one time held the office of P.G-.M. To those whom he has left behiud we tender a tribute o sympathy in their bereavement.

Er.pcTmtf Notes.—Mr. Colenso, member of tlie House of. Representatives for Napier, Hawkc's Buy. has had the thanks of his constituents presented to him for bis exertions during the latp session. It is believed that Mr. Colenso and Mr..Ornwnd will both again represent IJawke's B|iyt jj.y. .Weld wiil,-replaco .Mr. CiMcroft Wilson, in the""."caKy;.'.of,' Clnistchurch, Canterbury. Mr. Wilson offera'jhirpserf. for' Coleridge in tlio same province." Mr." "puckley is a candidate? for Lyttelton ; vice Mr. Ward. ' Sir. Jolh'e offers liimEelf for the new district of Geraldinc, and Mr. Alfred Cox is' a candidate for Timara; Mr. Brotlie, one of the gold field 'members, has'been well received b}' his constituents at the Dunstan. Mr. Weld has delivered to the Christclrurch electors an elaborate speech which we shall notice by and bye. Regarding-* Wellington, tlie Independent says :—" Dr. Featherston does not intend to take a seat in the next parliament. For ten years he has.dpne.gopd,service.to the Colony, and now at the moment-when his efforts have brought forth .fruit, when Wellington is the Seat of Government, and the Panama Service is about to :ba established, Dr. Featherston thinks that the opportunity has come for.his retirement from the Assembly.' Mr." Waring Taylor also designs giving up his sent, and Mr.\y : . 15. Rhodes is > the only one .of our old members who will again solicit tho support of the City constituency. Who are to be tho new men it is hard to say Mr. Borlase is talked of, and Jlr. G. Hunter has also reason to expect a good measure of support. That would fiJl up the vacancies, but there is another gentleman whom a large and influential section of tlie electors would wisli to see in the fi I\\ "vni allude to Mr. i'earce. We'trust.Uiat gentleman may be induced to stand. In some quarters a hope is expressed tliat the Hoii. John Johnston will come forward .''' Mr. Bunny, who supports Mr. Stafford's- Government, is received with great cordiality by tho electors of the country constituency which he represents.

Nelson School Society.—The anniversary of the Hope Sabbath School, in connexion with the above society, was held on Tuesday,, the 28th ulfc., in the schoolroom. There was a good attendance, both at the tea and the public meeting. Mr. Davis, the Baptist Minister, occupied the chair on the occasion. The evening's entertainment consisted of some well recited pieces by the children, which were interspersed by addresses by Mr. Packer, Superintendent of the school, Messrs. Bryant, J. A. Packer, James Hooper, and I. M. Hill. The large number of young men and women gathered together on this occasion formed a pleasing feature, but we cannot suppose they all belonged to the "district.

Hoixoway's Pills and Ointment.—Deranged Stomach, Sick Headaclie.-«Our comfort, happiness, and security, depend on ihe knowledge that most diseases originate from apparently a trifling beginning, and that the large proportion of ihem spring- from inattention to the. statß of the stomach. I'rofess.or Hollow ay has turned his knowledge to ueeiul nccou' t by discovering medicines which cure, without exception, tho.attendants on disordered digestion. They w,ird olt", likewise, the tonurtng sick headache. The Ointment sh iuld be well rubbed, twice daily, over the stomach, liver, and bowels ;to them it penetrates, and, aided by the Pills, immediately works suoh a revolution as establishes perfect digestion.—-Advt.

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DEATH OF MR. JAMES MUIR, OF WELLINGTON. The Colonist, Volume IX, Issue 845, 5 December 1865

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