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Cricket Practice. —We would remind the members of the Ashburton County Cricket Club that a practice will be bold at the cricket ground, on the domain, this afternoon, and a full attendance of the selected players is requested. Practice by the Borough Club is also held this evening, at their ground, near Mr Bullock’s grain store. The Rotomahas a. ■ —The Rotomahana bears out as yet her good character for speed. She did the 200 nautical miles between Wellington and Napier in IJJ, hours. The nearest approach to this time made by any other vessel was 10 hours, by the Mongol.

Plantation Reserves. —lt is often remarked by travellers on the railway a barren-looking country the district between Rakaia and Ashburton is ; and the remark has a modicum of truth in it, a s the land in the immediate vicinity of the railway is still in the native tussock. Although this tract of country is still in an unimproved state, it does not follow that the land is not worth cultivating. The fact is that an area varying from 15 to 40 chains wide on each side of the railway line has been reserved for plantation and other purposes, and as the Government seem to consider that they are more profitable in their native state than if let to tenants, or devoted to the purpose they were reserved for—plantations—it is probable that they will not get out of the tussock pei’iod for a few generations. It would not be a bad notion if the powers that be would let, say one-half of the land for a term of years in consideration of the tenant planting the other half in forest trees, and attending to them until they had grown to such a size as not to require looking after. Should this course be adopted the present barren waste would be converted into an avenue, through which the railway would run, the climate would be improved, shelter would be gained, and the public revenue would be increased by the rental of what at present is no better than a desert. South Rakaia. —We notice that a meeting is called by Mr C. N. Mackie, Chairman of the South Rakaia Road Board, to be held on Saturday evening, for the purpose of urging upon the Government the necessity of cutting the tunnel to Akaroa harbor. As this work is fully 50 miles away from Rakaia, and that township has direct communication with Port Lyttelton, we must acknowledge our ignorance as to why Rakaia should take the initiative in a work which, so far as we can see, is more a matter for the Akaroa County Council to move in than the Rakaia residents. The New House for the Schoolmaster. —The house for the master of the district school is completed, and only awaits inspection by the proper official to bo occupied. District Court.— Orders for discharge were granted yes tor day in several bankruptcies, but the most of the Court’s time was taken up with the hearing of evidence re William Munro. Messrs Harry and HugoFriedlandor wore examined with a view to eliciting answers to questions they had refused to reply to before the trustee. Answers wore obtained in evidence given, and his Honor gave the costs of hearing against them, remarking that witnesses were bound to answer as fully before the trustee as before himself. The Proposed Municipal Association. — The “Globe” of Tuesday smiles kindly upon the proposed Municipal Association, and hopes the circulars of tlie Ashburton Council regarding it will be favorably answered, but it advocates an extension of the. Association to the whole colony, and not a limitation to the municipalities within Canterbury. The Hen-Roost Robbery. —To-day the R.M. Court was pretty well filled by the public in the expectation of hearing the case gone into against James Moore, the alleged hen-roost marauder. The prisoner was in attendance, and all his supposed booty —some twenty fowls, purebred and hybrid, trussed and in feather — was spread out on the floor of the Court. At eleven o’clock, however, the clerk announced that the Court was adjourned till Thursday, and those who had come expecting io hear an interesting case were disappointed. The adjournment happened in consequence of the R. M. having been called away on urgent business, and the difficulty of finding the needful two justices to supply his place. Great fears were expressed that the stiffened corpses of the fowls would bo altogether too tender if kept till Thursday, but there was no help for it.

Chowoko Railway Tkaixh.—The manner in which passengers are crowded into railway carriages led to a fracas on the North line a few days ago. A first class carriage had more “insides” than there were scats for and, Mr. Arthur Devory in at tempting to find a seat got to high words with Mr. James Ilnrso and some very uncomplimentary remarks passed, ending in a scuttle and the consignment of Mr. lie very to durance vile for the period of half an hour or so. The merits of die case were gone into before the- magistrate at Kaiapoi yesterday ami adjourned til! Thursday. Tito railway authorities do not study the convenience of their faros as they might do, as the packing of the trains at Ashburton will frequently show.

Cricket. —We have been favored with the names of gentlemen appointed by the Match Committee af the Borough Cricket . Club to do battle on their behalf against the County Club on Saturday next, and we are led to believe a close game V* anticipated. We are also given to stand that the secretary of the Borough Club is in communication with several prominent clubs in other parrs of* the province, with the view of arranging a series of first-class matches for the season. The names of Saturday’s eleven are :—Messrs G. Andrews, A. Andrews, J. Ash wood, D. Amos, \V. Broadbelt, C. Wright, H. Fowler, H. Whitley, J. Lusk, D. Leitch, I'*. Shury. Emergency men—Messrs Graves and Poyntz. 1.0.G.T. —The weekly meeting of the Dawn of Peace Lodge was held on Monday night. There was a very large attendance of members. Five new members were initiated. Two members were reported as sick, and the Sick Committee were notilied to visit them, and other members to hold themselves in readiness to take their proper share of sick attendance-if* necessary. It was resolved to give another entertainment at the Old Men’s Home in three weeks’ time. It was also resolved to institute a Glee Club and Choir, under the supervision of Sisters Hardley and Taylor ; a number of brothers and sisters gave in tboir names as willing to join, and it is hoped that their attendance at practice will be regular, as nothing conduces to the Order’s well-being like wellconducted higlnclass music and harmony. We feel sure that if the above named sisters are properly assisted and supported the Ashburton Lodges will soon boast a very superior Glee Club. After about an hour spent in songs, readings, and recitations, the Lodge closed in the usual form.

The Land Tax. Last Friday, the Colonial Treasurer, in reply to Mr Johnston, stated that the land tax might be paid into any Post Office, and that the money would be forwarded to the proper receiving office without any extra cost to the sender.

Domestic Helps. —A few days ago, the mistress of a household in Wellington‘in response to an advertisement, received several visits from young ladies anxious to take the situation. One cf 'them, a, great raw-boned girl of eighteen who seemed stupid as well as ungainly, was told that she would not suit. She promptly rejoined ; “ Thank yer, mum ; then I’d ask yor for sixpence to take me home as it’ll be a long to walk.” The girl was evidently smarter than she looked. Another damsel who was employed as a nursegirl at the house of a gentleman we know, point blank declined to make the children’s beds, declaring that she wasn’t engaged to do housemaid’s work. As may W, be imagined she did not stop long. The New Interpreter. —Mr Gannon, recently appointed Maori interpreter to the House of Representatives, is one of the best Maori scholars to be found in the colony, and the choice seems to have given general satisfaction. • :!

Trice ett v. Hanlon. —Since his match with Laycock, Trickett has been suffering from indisposition. He has now recovered,’ aud it is said intends to take immediate steps to bring the friends of Hanlon to book in reference to the challenge which they so loudly threw out some weeks ago. Since its acceptance by more has been heard of the challWie.

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Ashburton Guardian Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, 16 October 1879

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