Shearing.— Tlio lion. W. S. Peters announces that shearing will commence at Anania station on November 1. Sax Francisco Mail. —The time for closing the outward mail via San Francisco lias been extended to 10'20 a.m. to-day (Saturday). A supplementary mail (for ordinary letters only) will be despatched per express train to-day, in time to connect with the Hawca at Lyttelton.
Accident to Dr. Trevor. —Dr. Trevor mot with an accident on Thursday afternoon which fortunately was not attended with any grave results. As he was proceeding homewards along Moore street his horse suddenly swerved and threw the doctor. The horse was at once caught, and his rider escaped with a slight shaking.
Ashburton Volunteer Pifle Corps.— A parade of of the newly-formed Volunteer Rifle Corps took place on Thursday evening at Messrs Bullock and Co.’s grain shod, Moore-stroet east. There were upwards of GO members present. Rifles were served out, and Mr Walter Dolman acted as drill-sergeant in a most ollieicnt manner. The company was put through a course of manual and platoon drill, and promise to become a most eflicicnt body. We hope to see them sufficiently advanced to take part in the Christchurch review at Christmas.
Proposed New Court House. —His Worship the Mayor does not intend to allow the question of a new Court House for Ashburton to languish for want of publicity. Wo believe that the burgesses will have an opportunity to-day of affiixing their signatures to a petition, asking for decent accommodation for Court business in the township, and the Government will have the request forwarded them at an early date.
The Mayoralty.— -As the time for the nomination of Mayor is now drawing near, we observe that candidates are taking time by the forelock. A numerously signed request to our energetic fellow-townsman Mr Knud Sando is now in course of signature, and, judging from the number of names attached, this candidate is evidently popular with the ratepayers. We have heard the names of several other likely candidates mentioned, and woidd remind them that time is on the wing, and that it is the “ early bird that linds the worm.” The As’iiiukton Cavalry Contingent. —We are informed that the Ashburton Contingent of the Canterbury Yeomanry Cavalry will have a parade some day next week. This body has not had a drill for some months, and as it is contemplated to have a monster review in Christchurch during Christmas week, it will be necessary for our local “Sabi'ems” to polish their arms and preome their acc-mlre-menus and mettlesome steeds so as to keep up the ropu’atiun of the local contingent at the metropolitan review.
Im'.ntistuy.- ()u Monday next Mr Oat, 1 in, the well-known surgeon dentist, will bo in waiting at Quills’ Hotel, to attend patients. Hkx-lloost Robbeks. —For some time past tho proprietors of poultry in the borough have had to lament the mysterious disappearance of their feathered favorites, and the survival of tho fittest did not seem to obtain when they went missing. Prize Brahmas and well-con-ditioned fowls seemed to make themselves scarce at a more rapid rate than those of less aristrocratic pedigree. It was re • marked at the same time that dressed poultry were being hawked about town, all ready trussed, and neatly trimmed with parsley “ fixings,” at tho low rate of half-a-crown per couple ; and at the same time eggs were becoming proportionately dearer. That sagacious officer, Sergeant Pratt, sot his wits to work, and yesterday afternoon succeeded in discovering a firstdass selection of poultry at a house on the Wakanui road. The artist who had collected the selection appears to have had ideas above the retail business, for he possessed no less than three dozen of different varieties. The “ fancier” interviewed tho resident Magistrate yesterday afternoon and was requested to again meet his Worship on Monday next, to discuss the improvement in the breed of poultry, and to settle a few points in connection with the laws of ‘‘ iiieum and tuum. ”
P.M. Coukt.— Tne only case heard yesterday was one in which the distinction between tho terms “ cutting” and “dealing” llax on land, was the bone of contention. It appeared from the evidence that Stevens, the plaintiff, had taken a contract to cut the ilax from a marshy block of land in the Toi swamp, belonging to Mr McQuilkin. Tho plaintiff alleged that tho work was done properly, but that a large mob of cattle followed them up during the progress of the work to eat the flax, there being nothing else for them, and as the land was swampy and soft, the flax was trodden into the soil, and could not in consequence bo got rid of. For the defence it was stated that it was a part of the bargain to “clear” the land so that it could be ploughed, and Mr Hewson, a farmer of 12 years’ experience, explained tho difference in the terms of “ cutting ” and “ clearing,” and the values of each description of work. The Magistrate held that the defendant should have kept his cattle away during the time the contract was in existence, so as to allow the plaintiffs to do their work efficiently, and he gave judgment for the amount claimed with costs.
Cricket. —The committee of the County Cricket Club met at Quill’s Hotel on Thursday evening last, at 7.30. Present— Messrs Saunders (in the chair), Douglas, Wcstonra, Buchanan, Fooks, and Mainwaring. The Chairman read a letter which he had received from the Secretary of the Borougli Club, intimating that at present the members of were disinclined ti join the Association, submitting as a reason"hat the Domain ground was at present unfit for use. The Chairman explained that steps had been taken towards the formation of an association, and stated that the County had been confidently led to expect the cordial co-operation of the Borough Club, and members felt a little annoyed that a different course had been adopted without first meeting the deputation appointed to consult on the matter. He was sure that no discourtesy was intended, but the proceedings were slightly irregular, and as the matter was one of the utmost importance to cricketing interests, he would that the Borough Club be again communicated with, and if possible, some arrangement made for preserving the ground granted by the Domain Board. If the junior club still persevered in its resolution, the County would be compelled to take the whole burden on its own .shoulders, and arrange with the Domain Board to protect any improvements effected. After some further remarks from different members of the Committee, Mr Buchanan proposed and Mr Fooks seconded, and it was carried unanimously—- “ That the Secretary write to the Borough Club acknowledging their letter of Bth inst., and pointing out that the object of the proposed association is the conservation of the ground granted by the Domain Board, and asking their immediate cooperation. The Honorary Secretary reported that he had received a challenge from the Borough Club to play a match on Saturday, the 18th October. It was resolved to accept the same, and the following players were selected to represent the club—Messrs T. Buchanan, Douglas, Denshire, Fooks, Field, Grant, Hodder, Mainwariug, E. Saunders, S. Saunders, and Westonra ; emergencies, Messrs Bruce Crisp, Guy, Harris, and Tarawhiti! Messrs Fooks and Mainwaring undertook to supervise the preparation of a wicket for the match, and it was resolved that the team should practice together on Tuesday and Thursday next at 4.30 p.m. The usual vote to the Chairman terminated the proceedings. Bridges in the County.— We notice that tenders are invited by the County Council for the construction of a bridge over the South Ashburton at Hood’s crossing, near Mount Somers. The Engineer is calling for alternative tenders for two different plans, one of which is designed to utilise the iron piles imported for lengthening the Rangitata traffic bridge, and the design of this construction is identical with the plan suggested by Mr Higginson, C.E., for the lengthening of that unfortunate structure. If this is adopted it will be at once a handsome and substantial bridge, but we are inclined to think the cost will be considerably greater for this than the alternative one entirely of wood. There are 21 spans in both designs of 40 feet each, or a total length of 840 feet. The construction of a bridge over the north branch, to give the Mount Hutt district better accommodation for reaching Alford Forest, is also under consideration. Mr Butt expects to make an early start with the Taylor’s Stream bridge, and lias already commenced with the Hinds structure on Surveyor’s road. We also notice that a large quantity of heavy timber is now coming to hand for the erection of the bridge over the Ashburton river, near Bigqy s. Ih(3 piles, stringers, and other heavy pieces of the timber are of Australian jairah and ironbark, and is of a very superior description. Mr Benham, the contractor, will commence operations at once, and tour mouths is expected to complete Die contract. So that cAenters used to bridge work ought not As idle for some time to come.
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