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In consequence of the arrival of the English mail several items of local interest are held over until our next issue .

Tho "Nelson Gojsirnment Gazette" contains the Rules and Regulations relating to the Grey goldfield, which nre styled the "South Western Goldfields." These rules are mainly the same as those in operation at Hokitika, and have been slightly altered in one or two instances as the difference of tho locality requires. Mr Blackett has been appointed Warden pro lem. We learn that the whole of the Regulations, to the amount of some thousands, have been published in book-form,and are being circulated on the West Coa^t by order of the Nelson Government.

Tho Nelson, which grounded some time ago on the spit at Hokitika and was subsequently got off, is now undergoing repairs on the cradle at Nelson, and will very soon be again at sea.

A resolution having been pissed during the last session of tho Assembly, that a submarine line of telegraph should bo laid across Cook's Strait, to complete tho chain of communication 'throughout New Zealand, Ministers, after the session had closed, made inquiries as to tho cost, and other particulars as to the work. Mr Sheath, the Government Telegraphic Engineer, estimated the work at about L 20.000, and the Government have had the services of Mr Balfour, tho Marine Engineer employed by the Government of Otago, to survey an.l report on a line.

Tho Panamn, New Zealand, and Australian Soya] Mail Company, in order to meet the requirements of the West Coast trade, have decided to placo on tho route from Otugo to Hokitika, calling at Lyttelton, and other intermediate ports, their new steamship Egmont, 500 tons, 100 horse-power.

The object of the supply of clergymen for the West Coast is just now occupying public attention in the diocese of Christchurch . It is estimated that there are, at tho present moment, nearly 15,000 persons congregated in the various districts of tho West Coast, and, with the exception of the arrangements recently organised by the Wesleyan body, thero is no provision for public worship. In order to remedy this, the Standing Committee of tho Diocesan Synod have determined to send to England'by the next mail for a clergyman for tho West Coast, guaranteeing LIOO towards his outfit, and a stipend of at least L3OO per annum. The Bishop of Christchurch is about to visit the West Coast, with the view of making arrangements for tho establishment of one or more clergymen there.

Tho Walla\>y, under tho command of Captain Whitwell, arrived from Nelson on Saturday last, reaching her berth alongside the Wharf at 6 o'clock a.m., after a splendid run of forty-eight hours, This favorite little vessel brought in all fifty passengers, and so thoroughly is she appreciated that before starting on this last trip nearly overy berth was engaged for the following voyage. The Wallaby pissed the Lyttelton, s s., bound to the Grey, about fifty miles northward to that point.

The work of recovering tho engines that once belonged to the New Zealand is almost completed, the boilers and principal portion of the machinery being now safe above high-water mark. We understand it is the intention of the proprietor to forward them to Melbourne, where they will, no doubt, realise such a sum as will leave a handsome profit upon the original outlay.

In another column will be found tho list of subscriptions collected on behalf of Henry Abbott, a miner, whose arm was broken by tho branch of a fallen tree, on the Knnieri terrace ; and we feel that we cannot speak too highly of the active benevolence displayed in his behalf. In a former isnue wo stated that the sum subscribed up to that time amounted to L2O, and since then a further sum of L 22 18s has been collected and the list closed, so that the sum total to his credit amounts to L 42 Bs, A most handsome donation we must confess, and ono that speaks loudly in favor of the liberality of the Kanieri community. In justice to ono of those gentlemen who first started the subscription, we have to correct an error that crept into our issue of Saturday— the the names we then published being Messrs Spurling, M'Gregor, and Tonkin 1 instead of Tonkin it should have been Godwin.

Our readers will seenmongst tho advertisements tve announcement that Thatcher the inimitable — he who wields so impartially and unsparingly tho satirical cat o'-nine-tails— takes his farewell bentfiton Weduesday night ; and announces it to be his intontion to take his departure in tho latter part of the week. There are, we believe, but few of this community - and wo will include thoso who are even now smarting under .the lasb — but will feel sincero regret at his departure, for he is, absolutely, the only break in the monotony of our otherwise remarkably dull existence. Everybody here appreciates Thatcher ; ho is an institution, a public body in himself, and is regarded as a fond of inexhaustible amusement by all. Some few consider him a nuisance for interfering with their little game, but they are sore from tho application of his bitter wit ; yet intensely as they hate him they cannot withstand his fascination, and tbo very night after thoir own infliction go to find a salvo for thoir wounds in hearing somo friend suffer in turn, and return home satisfied in finding that they are not the only occupants of the proverbial boat. Wo shall not insult him by puffing for his benofit night, for right miro nre we that the house will overflow, and thpt tho occasion will prove no less profitable to him than amusing to his audienoo,

Par from wishing "to rob tlio poor man of bis beer ". wo fcol much plcnsuro in announcing to tho public that their wants in that respect will ho abundantly satisfied by Messrs Pizzey and Arkell, who, having erected a most commodious building, and gone to no small expense for tho necessary plant, :ivft now prepared to brew for the good folk of Hokitika ft good wholeßomo artiolo mao of pnro iikiH and hops ; and if the sample we tastedto-day U of the quality that ibey intend to brew up to, w» fuol witibficd they r, ill not lack customers. We wish the above gontlemon every succ'pbs.

An exoellent prnsppnt wan ol.trnel op Friday last by WlilTfc and pirty out of thrir claim in (he Maori

reserve. In our Saturday's issue we .state! that they had completed their tail-race, and had obtained payable gold ; since then they have token part of a paddock off, and out of two loads of wash -dirt obtained tho handsome amount of 10 ozs. 12 dwts. of gold. Their commendable persoverance has thus been well rewarded. Wo are moro than ever convinced of the existence of a rich lead through the Maori ground.

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WEST COAST TIMES. TUESDAY, AUGUST 21, 1865., West Coast Times, Issue 34, 22 August 1865

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WEST COAST TIMES. TUESDAY, AUGUST 21, 1865. West Coast Times, Issue 34, 22 August 1865

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