R.fcM. Court. —At the Resident Magistrate’s Court yesterday, before Mr. Frank Guinness, R.M., Wm. Lambert, charged with being drunk, was let off, as he had not interviewed his Worship on any previous occasion.
Outward Mails via Suez.— The outward mails for the United Kingdom, via Brindisi and Southampton (for specially addressed correspondence only) will close at the Ashburton Post Office this day, at 7.38 p.m. The Brindisi mail is due in London on 15th December, and the Southampton one a week later.
Councillor Campbell. —We regret to learn that it is the intention of Mr James Campbell, of the firm of Acland, Campbell, and Go,, to remove to Christchurch. In Mr Campbell the borough will lose a a valuable public man, and the Council will have withdrawn from its deliberations a great amount of common sense and shrewdness, qualities that never can be well spared. The New Ministry.— The following is the probable New Ministry;—Premier, Native and Defence Minister, Colonel Whitmore; Public Works (Otago), Mr. Macandrew ; Public Works (Auckland), Mr. Reader Wood ; Treasurer, Mr. Ballance ; Mines, Mr. Pyke; Customs and Telegraphs, Mr. Montgomery j Agriculture, Mr. Sheehan. Sir George Grey, it is understood, has given to Mr. Macandrew exactly the same assurance about his disinclination for the office that he gave upon a former tir le to Mr. Lamach, and he is not therefore expected to attempt to upset the new arrangement and come in again, for two or three days at furthest after Mr. Hall’s defeat.
Pound Keeper. —-An advertisement today announces W. Price’s appointment as keeper of the Ashburton Pound.
Borough Cricket Club. —The members of the Borough Cricket Club will see two advertisements in this issue of which they should make a memo. Dentistry.—Mr Cattlin, surgeon dentist, intends visiting Ashburton at intervals of a month, and will give notice in our columns of the dates on which he will arrive about a week in advance of his advent.
The Rifle Corps.—We learn that a sergea it-instructor from headquarters will attend at parade to-night, and a full attendance is wanted of the whole strength of the company. The corps will be inspected, and arms should be in perfect order. Colonel Paoke will also inspect the company on Wednesday
Mr. Rees Again. —Mr. Rees, the indefatigable admirer of Sir George Grey, is pining to again use his brazen thorax in Parliament House. He intends applying to the Supreme Court for a mandamus to compel the Returning Officer to replace his name on the electoral roll, and, if successful, will again stand for the Thames.
The Weather. —The weather is still doing its best to please the agriculturists. Sunday was a disappointing kind of a day for those fond of taking an outing, and still more so fur young ladies having new spring bonnets and dresses to exhibit, but the rain was just of that soaking kind which tickles the roots of the crops, and sends them shooting up like magic.
TftE Cricket Association. — A mootin'? was held on the ground immediately after the match on Saturday to discuss the rules of the Association. The draft byelaws prepared by the Committee were read, and adopted unanimously, and it was resolved that the Domain Board should be waited upon with a view to having the ground vested in trustees for the benefit of the clubs, .and other matters of interest were discussed.
Cheap Travelling. —The residents of Waterton and Wheatstone will be able to vsiit Ashburton at a considerably less cost for the future than they have hitherto done. Mr George Wilcox, of the Wheatsheaf Hotel, intends running a four-horse coach from Waterton to Ashburton every Saturday, and oftener should sufficient inducement offer. The journey both ways —about 24 miles will be done for the small charge of 3s per head, which is a great reduction on the rates on this line. George is known to be a first-class whip, and we anticipate seeing the old coach piled up every Saturday. . Runaway. —On Sunday afternoon, as Mr Max Friedlander, and Mr David Zander were driving in a dog-cart down East street, their horse started into a gallop by Orr and Go’s., and took down Tancred street. The animal was piloted round the corners until he again reached East street, by his own stables, and then went at top speed towards the mill, his driver’s strength not appearing to have the slightest effect on his mouth, but he was eventually got under control near Mr Tyson Hodgson’s, after a three mile spin, without any damage being done. Pedestrianism. —A sprint match for £6 was run on Saturday afternoon in Burnett-street, between E. Oughten and McFarlane, the race to be won by the first two out of three events at 200,150, and 100 yards, the longest match being the first. Both men looked in good condition, the little cabby (Oughten) being the favorite. The ground was hardly what we should consider suitable—as a hard, metalled road is not particularly pleasant to travel on, especially at top speed. Oughten easily disposed of the West Coaster, winning the first two events by about a yard each, and there was therefore no necessity for completing the 100 yards match. —The match between C. Riscly and Forward, of Tcmuka, is to be run off next week, and both men are in training. The race is expected to be a close thing. A Miracle. —The “ Tablet ” having exhausted the available category of modern miracles recorded in the European newspapers, says an exchange, is driven as a last resource to the veracious records of the “ Transpacific Press ” and in the last issuegravelyrepublishesthefollowing : “A beheaded Kansas rooster still lives, after four months of decapitation. He is fed at the throat, and is in good health. The head was cut off at the base of the brain without injuring the spinal column.” It is worthy of remark that the editor did not ascribe this phenomenon to the direct or indirect influence of secular education. An Old Campaigner. —Amongst the many rumors which are afloat in the lobbies, says the Wellington “ Chronicle,” is one to the effect that the Hon. Captain Baillie with apparent generosity refused to accept the salary attached to his position of Chairman of Committees in the Legislative Council. People who were verdant wondered at this great self-sacri-fice, but the knowing ones assert that by this seeming patriotism the gallant captain made about £l5O. The explanation is said to be that had the Chairman of Committees drawn the monthly salary attached to his office he would have been compelled to give up the honorarium attached to his office as a member of Parliament. The salary of the Chairman of Committees would have been under £SO whilst the honorarium was £2lO. Wise Captain Baillie ! Tonic Sol Fa Class.— -Mr J. S. Savage announces that he intends establishing a singing class on the Sol Fa principle. As any of our readers who have attended the musical entertainments in Ashburton conducted by Mr Savage, must be aware he is a thorough master of the system he proposes to teach ; and we know a considerable number of people, especially young people, in in Ashburton, whose voices would be employed to better advantage in a vocal choir than thad in idling their evenings away. We are of opinion that an expenditure of 10s Gd per quarter, and regular attendance at the lessons would be° a source of pleasure to many of our townspeople, who are often at a loss as to whore and how to spend an evening. Provision will be made for teaching cliildren an hour earlier than adults. Those desirous of joining are requested to meet at Quill’s Commercial Sample Rooms, Saunders’ Buildings, on Wednesday next, at 7.30 p.m. We wish Mr Savage every success.
North Ashburton Bridge. —At a late meeting of the Mount Hutt Road Board the application of a deputation from the Mount Somers Board for a quarter share of the cost of the proposed bridge over the north branch of the Ashburton near McFarlane’s to be borne by the firstnamed body was considered, and it was decided that as a large special giant had been made from the Land Fund by the County Council to the Mount Somers Board for the purpose of erecting bridges in their district, that they could not recognise any liability on their part to contribute towards the cost, and would not therefore pay any share towards the erection. The County Council and Mount Somers Board will, in consequence, have to bear the whole cost of the bridge between them.
Fire Brigade. At a meeting of the committee of the Fire Brigade held yesterday afternoon, it was decided that application should be made to the Borough Council for a grant of Section No. 434, in Taucred Street, for a permanent site for the station ; and as the bell is not sufficiently loud in tone to be heard, an order was given to Messrs. A. and T. Burt, of Dunedin, to cast one not less than 3cwt. This, when mounted on a 35ft. tower, should make its dreaded sounds audible in any part of the town. It may be expected here in about ten days, and w r e will then be able to judge what local industry can do in the way of bell casting. The old bell is for sale, and some of the country chapels should avail themselves of the chance of obtain ing the article cheap, as the brigade will not sell it to be used in town on account of the tone.
The Akaroa Railway. As we anticipated in our last issue, the meeting at the Rakaia called for the purpose of urging the Government to push on with the Akaroa Railway came to naught. Why such a meeting should have ever been convened is a mystery to us. Rakaia is in direct railway communication with the best conducted seaport in the colony and could have nothing to gain, except extra mileage, by sending her grain to Akaroa, and the reason given by Mr Dicken, who appeared upon the scene to advocate the claim of Akaroa, appeared to fall very flat upon his audience, as the only argument he could adduce was that the Moorhouse tunnel might fall in some day, and thbs stop the traffic to Lyttelton. The meeting did not seem to be inclined to throw over a friend for a future doubt ful one, and unanimously resolved that the initiative in the matter should not be taken in the Rakaia district.
A Stiff Storm. —To give an idea of the weather experienced at home, we make the following extract : “ Writing from Twickenham, a gentleman states that during a heavy storm in July over 900 panes of "glass out of about 1000 in his vineries and flower houses were broken. On the balcony of the house every pane of thick, rough glass in the roof was destroyed, and a stained-glass staircase window shared the same fate. He picked up hailstones over five inches in diameter.”
A Clown’s Funeral. —Billy Walton, the clown, died recently at Finchley. The funeral procession was according to Billy’s own directions. First rode the ring-mas-ter, leading four of the circus ladies in costume. These ladies were followed by the bounding brothers, the sword swallowers, the saltimbangues, the barebacked riders, and other male performers. Then came a dwarf, carrying a black flag, and after him the Barbary ape, Jacko, on a Shetland pony. Jacko was dressed in a suit of sables, and his pony was decked in trappings of woe. The coffin was borne on an open bier, and on the plate, where the royal coronet should be, were the motley garments of the clown. Two clown colleagues followed the hearse and filled the position of chief mourners ; they were chalked, ochred, and dressed as if for performance. The cavalcade was wound up by part of the circus band in one of the gaudy professional carriages. They played such airs as “ Go where glory waits thee,” “Down among the dead men,” “In some far sultry clime,” and and other gems selected by their deceased comrade. At the cemetry the last remains of Billy Walton were laid in the grave, and when the daisy quilt was snugly spread over him, each of his brother clowns turned a summersault over his resting place, and with that, the service concluded.
Local Artists. —Ashburton will not be in the back ground at the exhibition to be held in Dunedin in December next. We understand that Mr and Mrs Stott have landscape paintings in hand which will vie with the efforts of any of our colonial artists. One painting represents the “ Smugglers at Moeraki Bay,” and is very bold in its design and coloring, and another represents that terror to railway passengers the railway along the Blue Cliffs. We think the railway authorities should purchase this picture, as any person looking at it would certainly never buy a ticket to travel on such a suicidal looking line of railway, and should the picture ever come to be lithographed, which its merits qualify it to be, we are of opinion that more work will be found for engineers and navvies to find a new and safer route to Dunedin. Two other paintings show great merit, but we hope to be able to do justice to them when finished, as “ fules and bairns should na’ see half-dune wark.”
How to Break an Ox.—Somebody wrote the editor of a village paper to ask how he would break an ox. The editor replied as follows “If only one ox, a good way would be to hoist him, by means of a long chain attached to his tail, to the top of a pole 40ft from the ground, then hoist him by a rope tied to his horns to another pole. Then descend on his back a 5 ton pile-driver, and if that don’t break him, let him start a country newspaper, and trust people for subscriptions. One of the two will do it sure. ”
The Borough Council Offices.— Last night the Borough Council of Ashburton held their first meeting in their new offices, and after the business was over the event was celebrated by a little merry making, the needful for which was kindly supplied by the Mayor with his usual open-handedness. The health of the CounciUJhaving been drunk, the Mayor, in proposing the toast referring to the happy feeling existing amongst the members, the healths of the Works Committee were given, and responded to by Messrs St. Hill and Roberta. It was stated by the Mayor that the Council had been blamed for building officesat all, but
lie pointed out that the buildings had been erected with a view to their being made use of in happier and more prosperous times as a cottage for their overseer, or other officer. The room they were then meeting in could be partitioned, and an excellent four-roomed cottage would then be obtained. At the time they were erected, too, they had tended greatly to relieve the labor market in the building trade. Other toasts, such as the officers of the Council, the Press, and finally, though not least, his Worship the Mayor were given, and responded to, and the Council settled down to Committee business.
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