THE COLONIST. Published Daily- Morning. Nelson,Monday,Aug. 29, 1904. SUMMARY NOTES.
Although Parliament is still in /tas&ion interest in matters political throughout the country is almost nil, and the indications are, that very fow measures of importance will be passed this year. The debate o,n the Financial Statement has concluded since the publication of our laso Summary number, but since then 1 very little has been accomplished.
His Excellency the Governor, accompanied by the Prime Minister, has paid flying visits to Christchurch and Dunedin, the King's representative being well received at each place. It is stated that Mr Seddon has benefited in health by his trip and partial rest, but the statement seems to indicate that the Premier is not yet able to stand the strain of a heavy session, though the universal wish is that he may soon be as robust as ever.
During the present month there have been snowfalls in some parts cf the Colony, but we are glad to say that reports indicate that very little damage has been done. In our own immediate districts, although the mountains are white, the early crops are looking well, and lambs are said to be numerous.
Several accidents to shipping have occurred of late. The New Zealand barque West Australia was wrecked j at Surprise Island. The scow Surprise, while on a voyage from Kaipara to' Wanganui, encountered a gale when close to her destination, and was driven ashore near che mouth of the Manawatu river, when one man was drowned. The schooner Isabella Anderson, bound from Kaipara to Dunedin, was driven a3hore near Raglan ; and the barque Gers, from Delegoa to Kaipara,met with an extraordinary experience. She struck on the Manukau bar, and her crew had to launch a boat, which was immediately smashed up. The ship, however, was driven over the bar into safety, and the crew thus escaped. Prom Australia we have learnt that owing to a collision at sea the barue Inverkip, bound outward from Melbourne, was sunk, when 22 perished, and only two were saved. Three other boats have arrived bearing some of the crew of the Aigburth, which was lost near New Guinea as reported some time ago, but according to latest information one boat was still missing.
Recent news from Hokitika, reporting a new strike of wash dirt at Rimu, giving four pennyweights to the load, recalls to mind old digging days. The discovery is regarded as important. The Taitapu Estates (Collingwood district) cleaning up this month resulted in 400oz. of gold from 150 stons of tone, and the Golden Blocks Mine, in the same district, has obtained 2440z. of gold from 247 tons of stone. Within the month one Otago dredge has obtained 300 ounces of gold in seven days, and the last reports for a complete week showed that 19 West Coast dredges had given a return equal to 32 ounces per dredge, and that 57 Otago dredges had averaged 30 ounces aoiece.
On the ninth of the present month an earthquake of unusual severity was experienced in New Zealand. This district escaped damage, but in some parts of the North Island the experience was alarming, chimnies being thrown down, and some buildings being more or less damaged. The damage done to the Public Library in Wellington will, it is etimated, cost £750 to repair. Happily, however, the consequences were very light as compared with the recently reported earthquake at Samos, where 12 persons were killed, and 110 houses destroyed.
Within the month death has deprived us of several very old settlers, and amongst those mourned are Mr William Songer, who is believed to have been the first man to step ashore at Nelson from the expedition ship on November sth, 1841. Another very old settler who has crossed the bar was Mr John Gibbs, who was in his hundredth year, and Mr David Wagg was another old settler.
The visit of the British team of footballers to New Zealand has occasioned a very great deal of interest. Their first matches;were played in this island, and they scored victories at Christchurch and Dunedin, but afc Wellington they were defeated by a team representinggthe whole Colony, and then their mana appeared to be no longer terrifying, for at New Plymouth a provincial team held them in cheek, and secured a draw, while the Aucklanders beat them badly, and a Maori team at Rotorua also gained a victory, so that the laurels decidedly remain with New Zealand.
Tbe recent concert given by pupils served to prove that the Nelson School of Music continues to do good work, and we recently recorded successes achieved by local students in the examinations for music.
The Westport Coal Company has declared a dividend of 3s 6d per share for the past half year, but at Greymouth there has been a reduction in the number of miners employed at the Proprietary mines, which may partly be accounted for by the fact that the State coal mines are now supplying the market to some extent.
There appears to be at present a period of political unrest in Australia. Early in the month the West Australian Ministry was defeated, and Mr Dalgeish undertook the task of forming a new Ministry. Then the Commonwealth Government was beaten • by 36 to 34, and Mr George Reid, who has been joined by Sir George Turner, has formed an Ad ministration, but the late Premier, Mr Watson, thinks his successors will have a short reign, and the in- 1 dications are that he is right. If so, however, a general election must be looked for, and that should put an end to the "three party" condition. In New South Wales Mr Carvuthers is forming a new Administration.
Nelson Riflks. — An inspection oi this corps by Lieut -Colonel Wolfe, 0.0.D.. takes place this evening, and iines will be inflicted for abi sence. Floating Wreckage. — Mr Carter, Collector of Customs, received the following telegram on Saturday from the Secretary of Customs, Wellington:—" Warn vessels that the master of the Kini yesterday passed a mast floating upright, showing about four feet above the water, with part of a ship's yard below water. Stephen's Island bore east eight miles distant. Give information to press. ' ' National Bank of New Zealand —On another page of this issue appear* an abridged report of tbe thirty-second annual meeting of shareholders, held in London, with the balance sheet and directors' re^port,
Slate .River Dredge. — We learn that the return from the Slate River dredge is 16 ounces for one week's work.
Terminating Buildin^ Society^— The usual fortnightly pay-day of this Sopiety falls to-day. .
. . Sudden. $eath',— Th : e Wangaoui "Chronicle" of Thursday says the late Mr Joseph Paul was in good spirits, and apparently in as. good health a,s could be wished, when he left, business on Wednesday. He drove home at five o'clock, had tea, and was playing at the table with his little one 9, when, without the least warning, he sank back in his chair and expired. No inquest was held, as a medical certificate was given that death was due to heart disease. Deceased carried on business for some years in Nelson before going to Wanganui.
Eclipse Fertilisers. — The Picton Freezing Works (Christchurch Meat Company) have a notification in this issue regarding the "Eclipse" brand of fertilisers manufactured at the works.
Neither expense nor labor has baan spared to keep the McCormick at the very forefront in all the details of construction that characterise a successful binder.
It is said the resignation of Captain Cos as Harbormaster and Pilot hag been regretted by very many, he being a skilful and capable officer ; but everyone is satisfied Bnd pleased to know that Lock will still have practically the command of the furniture trade of the Nelson district. Lock is a manufacturer and direct importer of furniture and furnishings. He runs his business at very small expense, and is therefore able to undersell all others. Lock ha 3, without dourtt. the largest and best stock of furniture and furnishings in Nelson, and one of the fine3t in the Colony. So it is no wonder he f uroisbes out so many bappy homes, md does the bulk of the business in his line as a Complete House Furnisher. Lock gives bett value and sells lon Easy Terms. Everyone should inspect ; his bedsteads, betiding, easy chairs, coucnes, i e*rpets, rugs, curtains, wardrobes, chests, linoleums, etc., etc ; also the wonderful Atlas Sswing Machines, and Miner and Zealandia Ranges, which are the best and cheapest in the market. Go to Lock's and save monoy.
The Ideal Scburiun Settlement : Is undoubtedly the new subdivision of Maitlandg (known as vfaraden's), in the far famed sunny sunurb cf Stoke. These building allotments have only just be3n plaoed on the market by Messrs Bisley Bros and Co., and have a main road frontage of 66 feet by the great depth o£ 325 feet. The situation is unsurpassed, being healthy and warm, with beautiful surroundings, magnificent views, abundant water sapply, rich soil, first class drainuge, and within easy access of the city. With these inducements, together with the low price, £35 total cost— of this amount only £5 cash is required, balance on exceptionally easy terms, with Land Transfer title free of cost, and no interest on the balance of the purchase money— no doubt they will be eagerly sought after by city folk. 2527
A Reminder — For the small sum of £5 yon can secure a magnificent building allotment at Maitlande, ficost; on the market. Total cost £35, free title, balance easy terms, no interest. Why should you miss this great opportunity. 'Visit Bisley Bros & Co.'s Land Department. 2528
Ask for Puponga Coal. I makes the brightest fire, with the least work in the grate or range. Also, firstclass for steaming purposes. 1762
YICTOEY BUTTER.— fee sure and ask your Grocpr or Victory Butter. ure and da'.Jcious
The Temperature.— At three o o'ook this morning the thermometer ouiaidt Jihis office registered 34 degrees Messrs W. Eout & Sons report that they have effected the sale of section 23 at Tahuna township to Mrs H. Harris, of Wakefield.
Messrs Clark & Co. announce the first of their regular weekly live stock sales for the 31st inst. Entries can be left with oither the auctioneers, or Mr W. Sherman, at the White Hart, Richmond.
On Wednesday next, at 2.30 p.m., at the Richmand stockyards, Meesrs Bisley Bros. & Co. conduct their usual weekly live stock sale; on Thursday next, at 1 p.m., piano and furnishings on behalf Mrs Gould, at her residence, Tasman street south, near Brook street.