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Colonies And India (Newspaper) - January 15, 1881, London, Middlesex The colonies and India. January 15, 1881. Item Arthur Gordon made his official Landing at Auckland on november 24 they arrangements Are said to. Have been very much mismanaged there being no Carriage provided to convey his excellency from the Landing place to the do. Sir Arthur had to walk through the mud surrounded by a jostling mob. A terrible outrage and murder had been committed upon miss Mary Dobie an artist attached to the London graphic who was on a visit to some friends at Opu Naki in the Taranski District. Her body was discovered with the head nearly severed from the body and it was evident that she had first been ravished before being murdered. There were signs of a fearful struggle. A Man named Stannard was arrested but it was proved that he was not the guilty party and a Maori was subsequently apprehended who confessed that he was the culprit. particulars have been received of the murder of Lieut. Bower and others of the Crew of . Schooner sandfly on october 13 the vessel arrived at the Zomboka and Lieut. Bower and five seamen left in a whale boat to Survey the East coast of Florida Island intending to be Back on the 17th not having returned by the 20th, the Schooner weighed Anchor and made for the East coast sending the gig round the other Side. The gig manned by five All Well armed pulled into one Bay where they saw a Large party of natives who invited them to come ashore other places they saw were also alive with natives. The gig rejoined the Schooner on the 22nd, and there found Savage who had been one of the Crew of the whale boat and Learnt the details of the tragedy. Lieut. Bower and his men had landed at Noga Island and two of the men went to Bathe the boat being hoisted up on the Beach. Two others walked along the Beach with their commander and soon afterwards heard tremendous yells fifty Savages were then round the boat and had secured the arms. Lieut. Bower made for the Bush and appears to have eluded Pursuit until the next Day by climbing a tree. He was then seen and shot with one of the rifles taken from the boat. He dropped and then the body was afterwards found it was headless the right Arm Cut off and Large strips of flesh Cut from the Back. The men bathing were clubbed at once a third on Shore met with the same Fate and a fourth who fought hard for life with a boat Stretcher was tied to a stake and tortured being slowly beheaded. Savage escaped by swimming to a Small neighbouring Island uninhabited and he subsequently by Means of a Small raft reached the Mainland whence he was taken off by the sandfly. That vessel then proceeded to the scene of the murder but seeing no natives a boat s Crew was sent ashore which Burnt several canoes. As they were returning they were fired upon by some natives who sallied from the Bush and one Seaman was shot through the heart and another wounded. Upon the sandfly reaching Sydney after a 28 Days passage . Emerald was despatched to Noga Island. Canada. News had been received from Omaha that sitting Bull had surrendered there to the United states authorities. He had but 200 followers who were said to be in a state of great destitution. The agent at the red Ridge Agency reported that the red Cloud indians were All contented and had settled Down peaceably on their reservation. A meeting of Mei chants and others had been held at Campbellford to protest against the new Tariff rates charged by the grand Junction railway company and it was determined to Forward goods by the grand trunk via Brighton As the rates by that route were said to be forty per cent below the objectionable Tariff issued by the grand Junction. There were Only three or four Miles of rail required to Complete the Canada Central Extension railway to Deus rivieras. Trains were to commence running on january 17. A meeting at Chesley complained of the want of Aid Given by the government towards the port Dover and Stratford and Lake Huron railway. The District had voted Between 400,000 Dols. And 500,000 Dols. Towards its construction on the Faith of government Aid being forthcoming. The St. George s society of Montreal had made a Large distribution of Christmas food to the poor of that City. The increase of Ostal and Telegraph business in Montreal was very remarkable. The erection of the beetroot sugar factory referred to in a previous summary asunder consideration had been determined upon and m. Legru of the Union Suchiere de France was about to commence the required buildings. Complaints were made As to the difficulty of collecting taxes in the City of Montreal. The arrears amounted to no less than $800,000, and for the greater portion of this deficiency it was alleged that the wealthy owners of real estate were responsible. These arrears had been accumulating for years past and Many of them would be barred by the statute of limitation. The neglect which has permitted this accumulation of arrears was strongly commented upon by the local papers and personal motives were freely assigned. Mlle. Sarah Bernhardt had appeared As from from at the Academy of music at Montreal. Her audience gave her a most enthusiastic reception and she received an ovation after each act. A Large number of teams were leaving Ottawa to be engaged in the lumber Trade. The Stellarton Relief fund at new Glasgow amounted to #22,455. Eugene Martineau mayor of Ottawa had died. The City Council passed a Resolution of condolence with the family. Small pox had broken out in the general Hospital at Halifax and the majority of the patients in one Ward had been attacked by it. Two lodes of Rich Gold bearing Quartz were reported to have been discovered at mount Uniacke. The postmaster general s report showed that there Are 5,773 Post officers in Canada. The number of letters mailed during the year had been 45,800,000, and postal cards 7,800,000 registered letters 2,040,000 free letters 1,050,000-, newspapers from the office of publication sent at the rate of 1 cent per lb., 4,3 31,188 . Otherwise posted 5,870,000 papers. There were 571,470 letters received at the dead letter office. The expenditure of the department was #1, 581,505. The Gazette published the imports for november As #0,214,513 duty #1,185,358 total dutiable goods #4,432,155 Bullion #130,754 and free goods #1, 345, 504. Frost had set in strongly at Hamilton. One term there Hud sold 3,000 pair of skates during the present season. The attempt to organise a meeting at Emerson in opposition to the Canada Pacific railway contract had failed. French capitalists were said to be investing enormous sums in lower Canada. Or. Archibald Forbes was giving a course of lectures in the leading towns of the Dominion which were very largely attended. A serious lire attended by loss of life had occurred at Halifax. A bad railway Accident had taken place on the London Huron and Bruce railway in which four people lost their lives. Special christinas services had been held in All the roman Catholic churches throughout the country. The masonic and town Halls at Pembroke had been wholly destroyed by tire. The loss was estimated at #20,000. The origin of the lire was unknown and the loss was Only partly covered by insurance. British Public meeting at Nanaimo urged the government to take the construction of the Island railway into its own hands so that the valuable Coal and Mineral Belt shall not pass into the hands of a private company. Reciprocity of Trade with the Sandwich islands was recommended. Rain had fallen very heavily in Victoria and the temperature was High for the season. Ice blocks were piled in the Eraser River to a height of 20 feet. West indies. British report of or. Trotter the immigration agent general stated that the number of foreign coolies resident in the Colony was 43,379 males and 21,435 females. Durier the last Lour rears 4,815 coolies had claimed their of return passage to India. Or. Trotter believed that this exodus was greatly due to restrictions placed upon the return passage of children Over a certain age but the Royal Gazette asserted that this View was due to a misinterpretation of the cause of the ordinance relating to such passages. Surgeon major Riorden was about to leave the Colony on being relieved by surgeon major r. J. Orton. The German training ship Nymph had called in at Georgetown. Further accidents resulting from the overcrowding of the passenger Bateaux upon the deme Rara River had been reported. It was feared that the inter colonial Cricket matches arranged for would not come off. The acting receiver general or. W. H. Austin was to leave the Colony by the outgoing mail. It was stated to be his intention to retire on pension at the expiration of his leave of absence. The weather continued to be most favourable to planting operations and a great Many of the estates had completed the ingathering of their crops. The yield had certainly been disappointing on the Clay soils but those estates possessing soils of vegetable Loam had done exceedingly Well and their produce would bring up the crops to a Normal average. In summarising the events of the year the Royal Gazette called special attention to the very smooth working of the labour system Peculiar to the colons. Disputes Between employers and employed had been of rare occurrence and the decision of a magistrate had scarcely Ever to be called for. The colonists Are to be congratulated on the successful initiation during the year of a system of settlement by Hindoo coolies and All connected with it seems at present to be working satisfactorily. The press regretted that some sugar estates had been abandoned during the year while no fresh ones had been opened to counterbalance the loss. The weekly wages paid on estates were said to amount to #100.000. Fine buildings were constantly being added to the City of Georgetown. Reports from All the districts were favourable to the prospects of the Young crop and Hopes were still expressed that it would prove to be the finest Ever gathered in the Colony. The Supply of Flushing water now available for the capital was said to be equal to any emergency owing to the improvements made in the Yamaha canal. There had been three meetings of the legislative Council during the fortnight. the recent meeting of the synodical Council presided Over for the first time by Bishop netball there was a remarkable consensus of opinion on All matters brought Forward. The new municipal buildings in Kingston had been completed and opened for the transaction of business. The Kingston races had been held and passed off very Success fully there having been present at them an unusually Large number of spectators. The theatre Royal had been opened with great eclat by a specially introduced company and the local press spoke very favourably of its performance. The Rev. Or. Morris Rector of Montero Bay had retired on pension. The Nile mail Steamer had been placed in quarantine on her arrival from St. Thomas owing to cases of Small pox having occurred there. The non delivery of packages a arriving by that Steamer had caused the greatest inconvenience to All classes in the Island. The distribution of the new Farthing coinage had commenced on december 21. The Issue of a Quantity of such Small coins would it was said be a great convenience to the poorer sections of the population. The Bishop had held his first confirmation service. Public health was Good at Lucea. And the visits of the Steamer were giving great impetus to the growth of fruits there. The English barque Fontabelle had been wholly lost at Salt Marsh on the Day of her departure from Falmouth. The Captain and five sailors were drowned and captains Hopewell aed , who went to their assistance had also been lost. The body of the Captain of the ship was the Only one which had been recovered. Great complaints were made by the quarantined passengers by the Nile of the quarters assigned to them on the Belize. It was asserted that the latter ship was in a most unhealthy condition and quite unsuited to the reception of passengers. meetings of the legislative Assembly had been held. The business transacted was confined entirely to the discussion of the executive committee Bill referred to in our latest summar r. That measure was duly passed by the committee of the House and would be referred to her majesty for approval. The annual Industrial exhibition had been held in Bridgetown and was very numerous by attended the band of the . Flagship Tennessee was obligingly allowed to attend. The governor had been severely blamed for permitting some passengers to land from the solent in Defiance of quarantine regulations. The Hon. R. C. Grosvenor had arrived to arrange matters on behalf of the West India and Panama Telegraph company with the local government if possible. Revenue of 1879 was 419,885/., and the expenditure 375,992/. The estimate for the past year was 388,220/., and the expenditure 386,788/. The figures for the current year stand at 419,000/. Aud 414,597/. Respectively. The prize meeting of the Rifle association was to be held on their new Range on december 27 and 28. Two meetings of the legislative Council had been held Whereat sir Sauford Freeling submitted the estimates for the ensuing year. Complaints were made of the local Loans being placed on the London Market at 96/. Instead of leaving them open to Public Competition. The expenditure on irrigation during 1880 to the end of september had been 59,000/., and the receipts amounted to 37,891/. Ceylon the last sitting of the legislative Council had been held. In his speech closing the session the governor adverted to the position of the several important matters pending. He announced that the consulting Engineer for the Colombo waterworks or. Bateman would soon be in a position to commence operations but from what we have Learned some further delay is still Likely to occur. He also stated that chief Justice Carlev had completed his revision of the code of criminal Law and that Steps would be taken to give effect to his recommendations in respect to it during the next session of the Council. During the week his excellency had received the deputation waiting upon Hira to present to the memorial regarding the much desired Extension of the railway into Viva. That memorial had received nearly 6,000 signatures and sir James Longden said that although he could not make any definite Promise As the decision rested entirely with the Secretary of state for the colonies he thought an ordinance might be introduced during the next session of the legislative Council to provide funds for the commencement of the work some time in 1882. The government had decided upon taking the census on the same Dav february 17, As has been fixed for a similar operation throughout India. This will enable a fair return to be made of the immigrant coolies from the latter country who May be at the time temporarily resident in Ceylon. A report Laid before Council by or. Bruce the director of Public instruction contained serious allegations against certain agents of the various Mission schools in the Island. The Ceylon observer stated that these were most i considerately put Forward As All of them with the exception of a single instance had been disproved and in that solitary Case the individual concerned had been dismissed. The medical Aid ordinance had been read a second time but the planting members had entered a Strong protest against it which would accompany the Bill when sent Forward to lord Kimberley for decision. A Strong attack was also made of the government with reference to its free Grants of land and a Promise was Given by the governor that in future All such proposed Grants should to advertised in the government Gazette. The want of monthly and quarterly returns of Progress of

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