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Boys’ School Mr. D. Davidson notifies by advertisement, that the next quarter of his school commences on Monday next.

County Cricket Club. • Attention is directed to the Honorary Secretary’s advertisement in another column, calling a General Meeting of this Club at Quill’s Commercial Hotel for to-morrow evening, at 8 p.m.

The Horse Parade. —About a score of entries have been made for the parade of entires in the Domain this day. We hope that the day will coutinue fine, as the best horses in the district will be shown, botli thoroughbred and draught. The Secretary wishes us to draw the attention of exhibitors to the necessity for being on the ground punctually.

Alford Forest School Treat and Ball. —On Thursday a treat was given to the school children at this place in the form of a picnic and sports. Fortunately the rain, which had been threatening a downpour all day, held off until about 3.30 p.m., by which time the youngsters had thoroughly enjoyed themselves, won their prizes, and started for home in the best of humor. In the evening the grown up portion of the community attended a ball by the invitation of Mr. C. Morgan, at the Alford Forest, hotel. In spite of the rain which fell in ttyp latter part of the day and evening, about* GO persons wore present, some having come a distance of 10 miles. Dancing was kept up until the small hours of the morning; everyone appearing to enjoy themselves thoroughly and the affair was a complete success. Buccleuch. —This rising little township at the foot of Mount Somers and at the mouth of the Ashburton Gorge, is beginning to attract attention. It is very centrally situated, and contains a good hotel, a store, post-office, Road Board offices, two smithies, a sadler’s shop, &0., and is the abode of several artizans such as stonemasons, carpenters, &c., and will no doubt rise to importance as the time for the extension and completion of the railway from ‘Ashburton to Mount Somers approaches. “Amongst the later improvements, we notice that the Road Board and public recreation reserves have been pilau ted with forest trees.

Cricket.— A meeting of cricketers was held at Quill’s Commercial Hotel at two o’clock last Saturday afternoon. About a dozen gentlemen were present, and Mr. J. E. Hyde Harris was voted to the chair. The Chairman briefly explained that the object of the meeting was to form a cricketing association, -and read a scheme for its accomplishment which had been prepared by gentlemen taking an interest in the matter. After some discussion Mr. S. Saunders proposed, and Mr. A. Fooka seconded the . following resolution, which was carried unanimously,' “ That it is desirable to form a Cricket Association for the Borough of Ashburton, and with the object of promoting cricketing interests within the Borough, and to take charge of the ground recently granted by fthe Domain Board.” It was proposed by Mr. Douglas, seconded by Mr. Andrews, and carried, “That clubs having 15 or more playing members be eligible for association.” It was proposed by Mr. G. Andrews and seconded by Mr. S. Saunders, and carried, “ That three members shall be appointed by each associated club to form a Committe of the Association.” Mr. Broadbelt proposed, and Mr. Hodder seconded the following resolution, which was carried, “ That the Committee be at once elected, and requested to draw up draft rules for the Association, to be submitted to a general meeting on Friday evening next.” Some discussion followed on cricket matters generally, during which it transpired that the meeting called for last Wednesday evening last had been attended by a number of gentlemen from each club, but owing to a misunderstanding in reference to the meeting-room, they had missed one another.

Mount Somees and Alford Forest Schools. —These schools which have been closed for a while, are now both open, the respective committees having succeeded in obtaining masters and mistresses for their institutions. There is a very satisfactory attendance of children at both places, which will no doubt steadily increase, as the want of opportunity to give their children a fair amount of education has hitherto been severely felt by the 1 inhabitants of these somewhat secluded neighborhoods. The Philadelphia “ Record” remarks that the boast of Englishmen that, the sun never sets on the English Empire is equally applicable to the United States. With the purchase of Alaska we made our territory extend through 197 degrees of longitude, or 17 degrees more than half way around the globe, so that “when the sun is giving its good-night kiss to our westennost isle, on the confines of the Behring’s Sea, it is already flooding the fields and forests of Maine with its morning light.”

The San Francisco Mail.— On Saturday' evening a special train left Christchurch carrying the southern portion of the San Francisco mail, amongst the bags being those for Ashburton, which arrived about nine o’clock. Hitherto the Ashburton portion of the mail budget has been made up along with the Christchurch lot, and there was thus a chance that Dunedin would bo better off than ourselves by being able to obtain a delivery before the letters for Ashburton were distributed. This has now been obviated by an arrangement whereby the Ashburton portion of the mail, is sorted out before it' reaches Christchurch and the special mail train will now always bring up the Ashburton bags along with those for further south. Mouitx Somers District. —As' must have been the case throughout the length of this Island, the back country runs in this district have suffered severely from the severity of the past winter, and the unusual time the snow lay on the ground. It is feared that the tallies at

mustering time will show a hqfovy lops in sheep and possibly a lighter cram of|wool. . will be obtained from the por- J tion of the flock, owing to.their weakened condition and loss of constitutional vigor. In the neighborhood of Mount Somers and Alford Forest, the spring is at least a month earlier than it was last year, and to ; judge from the appearance of the flower gardens, the advanced state of the crops, and the foliage of the willows, the season cannot be more than the merest trifle behind our own at Ashburton, although these places are situate at an " altitude of some 1100 feet above the sea level. We notice many improvements carried out under the direction of the Hoad Board during the last 6 months: notably some extensive cuttings, etc.', on the Gorge Road, where it was completely destroyed by floods last year; also a bridge on the Bush road, and another on the main road near. tb« Snrflftd..'B!a^||n ||| l« both of which concrete has been subst!-' tuted for the old wooden structures which were becoming unsafe for traffic.' *

Buggy Accident..—On Sunday,mornings about 9.30, Mr. Henry Zander and .his . brother left Messrs. Friedlanders’ stables in a new American waggon lately imported by the firm. The horse used, “ is a grand specimen of a coach horse, full r of life and quiet to drive, but on this occasion the Jehu did not appear to have co mainland over his high-mettled steed; Tojfcf after leaving the store to proceed down ? Moore street, Prince gradually increas'ed ' his pace,, and after some vain attempts on . Mr. Zander’s part to pull him up, that gentleman was pitched out, and a little further on his brother dropped off behind. “ Prince,” finding his load diminishing by degrees, negotiated the corner of Moore street and the east belt very and raced along the latter street at a tremendous pace, until stopped On the nUrth-side*. of the Wakanui Creek by McLauchlin and Co., contractors, who are camped there. The waggon was found to have shaft broken, one of the wheels twisted out of shape, and some other slight damages. The horse had several flesh w6uhda, rbut' none of them serious. Neither of occupants-were much hurt, and the wonder is that the Vehicle escaped so well as it.. did. T-i*. -

’ Service of Song.— A Service of‘Song " was held at the Presbyterian Ohurohlfst . evening. There was ’a limited {atten^hce, , not more than 60 being present. ; The , Rev. Mr. Beattie opened the'meeting s with prayer, and a series of pieces of sacred music, the whole foimingya t mnsical sketch of the , “ World’s Re'- - deemer”were then given, writh descripi -live readings between each. *The o»en- • hig “I’ll think of my Savioitr a finely rendered, but some ; of.-- the other c pieces sung displayed a slight want of i practice ; “ The Blind Beggar,” “ Communion,” , and - -“ Mount T,Ca}vpy,rijre£e s however very .well t ing alone ” ~was- a 1 pretty melimy, . though rather. ,a; frpgij ; %a , kind of music usually gis«f». ; -in 'a sacred 3 service. The funds collected were for. 1 the Benefit of the Sunday wiilpiijir i Ashburton' BninpiNff'-; Swifect.- 01 #* 5 would remind * usual monthly niwEmg of this society will be. held this- 'Avmtmgh'sal Mr. j Bullock’s ofiice. We are pleased to learn , that since- 'the .publio&fclomoffthe last j report— satisfactory r position—the ousihesStol ”he society h«s j extended and ’ continued Fetnuherativ&a 3 The Barometer:— We never remember, f having seen the barombtCr•'lowersthaif it 5 was last night. It read 28*20, [ that portends we leave to the weather. , wise to say, but we imagine somebody ' must be catching it somewhere. i The County Hospital.— The erection' ■ of this structure is now so far advanced' > that a fair idea, of, its fut|ire appearance > can be obtained by a visit to th&werks^ . Situated at the upper ena of rile Vitamin, L it occupies the most commanding site . within the town belts, and being in the , public Domain, it can never be hemmed . in by other buildings. Consequently it . will always have the advantage of isolation —a great point in such a building as • [ sanitary institution. ; Added to this the . old watercourse running close by it, will , make drainage easy, and in the future we hope to see the gully flooded with.water, so as to convert it into an ornamental seiJ pentine lake. 1 Nature Bad doncf a gooA deal to make the Domain u a “ thing ofl beauty.” Art has sdmeiliing 4 ihorai to doJ and our recreation gardens 1 will then be afl “joy forever.” At present .we .; refzaufl from giving a detailed description ! of tb« building as it is not fair to* criticise mil finished work, but from the quantity ol the elaborate white stone carviilga now ml the ground, we may fairly expect tosee ul the hospital architecture very diiferenti both as to style and materials .used, fronl What has hitherto obtained in this district! To the eye of a novice, the ‘rooms soeil somewhat cramped, but this imppessioß may be dispelled as the interior Iwoifl draws near completion, when we purpolH giving a detailed description of the. A Millionaire’s Little Joke.—Al aged millionaire in an American city has played a sad trick uponj|tis and relatives. He invited, thexffSall gather round his dying bed, arid they wdro assembled' tary and a whole stock of-degal upon them, and made. them’all take davits that he Was perfectly sane clearheaded and. cool—arid’'then When the heirs came to rummage in desk-, they found - a willdatedih 18? B bequeathing most of hia property* to idiot asylunt: and furious at tneir they one und all. began an action to the will broken on the ground of —all swpariug that, though lie 'was sane on the day of hts defeth, he madder’uf a-whole litter of Mdrch 1875, Then " his executor smiled a smile and produced a later frill; made signed about half-an-hour before the gathered around liis dying bed, the same effect as the first one. event has >cast a gloom over the munity of heirs. ’ High. —A judge at Montgomery, bama, recently interrupted a flowery young orator with,—“ Hold hold on, my dear sir! higher! : you are already out of jurisdiction of thia court ! Unkind. — A pack of : wolves in burno county, ; Minnesota, couple of lawyers five miles, ‘.‘New Orleans Republican” showed a lack of professional courten^^^| A H

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 2, 30 September 1879

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