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Nelson Examiner & New Zealand Chronicle January 13th 1858

The barque Acasta, from London, arrived here on Monday last, after a passage of 110 days. She has brought 12 passengers; also a large quantity of rails and sleepers for the contemplated railroad from the Dun Mountain Copper Mine to the town of Nelson. The Cresswell was to follow the Acasta in a few days.

Nelson Examiner & New Zealand Chronicle January 30th 1858

Before John Poynter, Esq., Resident Magistrate. - Wednesday, January 27. George Westaway was charged with having stolen six knives, seven forks, a plate, and a ball of marling, the property of John Halliday, captain of the barque Acasta. Prisoner, who was one of the crew of the Acasta, admitted the offence, and was committed to gaol for one month, with hard labour.

Nelson Examiner & New Zealand Chronicle February 6th 1858

Narrow Escape. — An occurrence took place in our harbour, on Thursday last, that was very near being attended with fatal consequences. The surgeon of the barque Acasta, and a party of five or six other persons, were gathering pipis on a sandbank, and while thus busily engaged, they did not notice the rising of the tide until they perceived that their boat had drifted to some distance from the bank. Unable to regain their boat, or to [attract the attention of those able to assist them, their position soon became very alarming, the water gradually rising upon them. At length they were espied by an officer on board the brig Spray, who immediately despatched a boat to their assistance — assistance which did not reach them much too soon. The men were then standing breast high in water, and two of them had each a boy upon his shoulders.

The Spectator February 27th 1858

The Acasta arrived from Nelson this morning, she left on Tuesday last and arrived off the Heads last Wednesday, but contrary winds compelled her to stand out to sea again. She brings cargo for Wellington, and a few passengers.  No vessel had lately arrived at Nelson. We notice that the Wizard Jacobs is among the passengers.

Nelson Examiner & New Zealand Chronicle February 20th 1858

Positively the LAST PERFORMANCE, this evening, SATURDAY, February 20th.

ANOTHER GRAND CHANGE. The WIZARD JACOBS and his mysterious GOBLIN SPRIGHTLY appear for the last time in Nelson this evening. It is bona fide and positively the only chance the public will have in this province of witnessing this unrivalled and astounding enter tainment. No description can be given in advertisement of the wonders to be performed this evening. Jacobs will surpass all his former efforts: old and young, simple and wise, will be alike puzzled. He challenges investigation and defies detection. Remember, it is the last night. Doors open at half-past Seven; Performances commence at 8 o'clock. Front Seats, 6s; Back Seats and Gallery, 4s. ; Children Half-price.


Nelson Examiner & New Zealand Chronicle February 13th 1858
By an advertisement it will be seen that this wonderful individual has arrived here, and is to give us a specimen of his extraordinary performances next week. The celebrity which Mr. Jacobs has acquired in various countries, is an indisputable proof of his very great abilities in the art of which he is so distinguished a professor, and his performances will, we are sure, prove highly attractive.


Nelson Examiner & New Zealand Chronicle February 20th 1858
Our second and third visits to this entertainment served only to increase the wonder and astonishment with which we have regarded the amazing dexterity of Mr. Jacobs. His sleight-of-hand is so perfect that, did we not know to the contrary, one would almost be tempted to think him the one unmentionable. The watch flying from a box in the hands of a lady to a stand on the stage - numbers whispered by the audience repeated by the magic bell - the glass of wine and block of wood which change places, apparently by passing through the crown of a hat - halfcrowns flitting from one place to another, and eventually depositing themselves in a suspended glass box - Sprightly vanishing from beneath the extinguisher, and leaving a goose behind him - the inexhaustible bottle, which amazed all, pleased all, and satisfied all. These are among the tricks most wonderful, but in addition, we had the improvised songs of the Wizard, which caused much laughter, as did two songs from Sprightly. The Wizard has been fortunate in his discovery of this genus, for we have rarely seen one who could act the fool better than he does - his comical face and queer sayings, and antics, would make the most bilious laugh. We may say that this visit of the Wizard Jacobs is indeed a treat, and we do hope that before leaving New Zealand, he will again visit us. To our townsfolk and neighbours we would say, go, and take your children, or you and they will indeed miss a great treat.