The Rh'LE Corps.— At the meeting of the corps on Friday night it was decided to defer the election of officers for a week, and the date of nomination was fixed for Thursday next.
Longbeach Road Board. —The usual me ting of the Longbeach Road Board will bo held on Saturday at Willowby School. For the first time for years, there will be no works to let, or tenders to consider.
The Old Men’s Home.— Last niglit a very interesting entertainment was given to the inmates of the Old Men’s Home by a few ladies and gentlemen resident in the town. It consisted of vocal and instrumental music, etc., well rendered by the performers and palpably appreciated by the audience. Mr. T. R. Hodder acted os chairman.
Pedestrianism. —The match for £lO a side, between Forward of Temuka, and 0. Risely of Wakanui, has dropped through, Risely’s backers forfeiting the deposit, but as the men will be sure to meet on Boxing Day, their admirers will have an opportunity of seeing them have a spin together. Service of Song. —Last night the service of song entitled “ The World’s Redeemer,” was given by the Sunday school teachers of the Ashburton Presbyterian Church, at Wakanui, in the schoolroom. The various musical illustrations were given fairly by the choir, under Mr Stott, and the connective readings were given by the A. M. Beattie, the pastor of the church. A considerable sum rvas raised for the funds of the Sunday school.
Tea Meeting at Rakaxa. The teameeting on Thursday night at Rakaia was a great success. It was held in the Town Hall, and was the first meeting of the kind held by the Presbyterian body since the Rev. B. J. Westbrooke assumed the Presbyterian pastorate of the district. The tables were bountifully and tastefully spread, and the kind ladies who attended them had to deal with a constant succession of fresh faces. But notwithstanding the demands of continual relays of new guests who seemed heartily to appreciate the good things, the tables never seemed to show any diminution of comestibles, which seemed to come on by magic. The tables were found by Mesdames Bruce, Wilkinson, Shannon, Harvey, and Westbrooke ; am , of course, the gentlemen whom a clever politician once proposed to tax —the bachelors. After the hall had been cleared of toa tables, and that was at a later hour than had been calculated upon owing to the time occupied in attending to the wants of so many relays of guests, a public meeting was held. The meeting was opened by singing the 100th psalm, after which the Rev. Mr Beattie of Ashburton, offered prayer. At the proposal of Mr Westbrooke, Mr John Maun was called to the chair. It was expected that the Rev. Mr Elmslie would have been present to address the meeting, but owing to serious illness in his family he had been detained at home, and Mr Westbrooke apologised for his absence, as also for that of the Rev. Mr Jones, who had also been detained from the meeting. The Rev. Mr Beattie then delivered a truly eloquent address in which he seemed to reach the hearts of the people as he certainly secured their rapt attention. It was nearly ten o’clock when Mr Westbrooke rose to speak, and he did not, therefore address the meeting at any length. The musical part of the evening’s proceedings was not neglected, and Mr John Elie sang a song that was heartily encored. Miss Carson played with great taste upon the piano, and was deservedly recalled. Another item in the evening’s entertainment was a pretty little duet played by two pretty little ladies, daughters of Mr Mann and Mr Bruce. Then- excellent playing and their juvenile character made them quite popular witli the audience. We must not omit to mention Mr Lamhie’s very humorous recitation, “The Annuity,” which fairly took the audience by storm, as it could not fail to do, considering the able manner in which it was delivered. The tea-meeting financially is expected to be a great success, thanks to the energetic people who had it in charge, and the kindness of the ladies who gave the tables. The usual votes of thanks closed tac evening.
A Peace Loving Witness.—ln’ the Court yesterday, in the case against Currie and Thomas for fighting in the Royal Hotel, some amusement was caused by the evidence given by a farmer named Fletcher. He said he had witnessed the fight, but had not tried to stop it. He Currie was not likely to stop his nonsense, and cease from attacking Thomas, so, on the principle, we presume, embodied in the proverb—" The hotter the war, the sooner peace,” he advised both parties to “ wire in.”
The Mayoralty. —To-day we publish a numerously signed requisition to Mr Hugo Friedlander, to stand for the Mayoralty of Ashburton, and with the requisition Mr Hugo’s consent to become a candidate. The standing of the requisitionists, and the fact that a largo majority of the Borough Councillors are amongstthem, betoken the esteem in which Mr Friedlander is held, by the citizens, and the strong support he is likely to receive. We understand Mr Joseph Ward is also .to -. be asked to stand, but we have nqt heard whether he has consented. Mr Ward' is a .gentleman held in universal respect, by ; tlie inhabitants, and would doubtless command a wide support. Wesleyan Home Mission Association. —A public meetingunder the auspices of the above Association, is to be held next Wednesday evening in the Wesleyan Chapel, Ashburton. We are informed that the object of the Association is to give grants to the Home Mission, grants in aid of building parsonages, and the opening up of new fields of labor. The income for last year was £1991, of which Canterbury raised £591. The estimated income for this year from the connection is £2250 Twenty-five agents are pm- , ployed by the Association, comprising ten English Home Missionaries, three English. Missionaries ministering to English and-.-Maori congregations, five ordained Maori , ministers, five Maori catechists, and two Scandinavian Missionaries.
Sporting. —The Racing Club held a meeting last night, and C. W. Ireland was in the chair. In another column pur *; readers will find a list of the entries re- ‘ ceived by the secretary, and it is probable that there will still be some additions to it, as there are still entries bearing the post mark of yesterday to receive. We do not wish to go into eostaoies over the matter, but there is a promise in the entries made of a couple of days’ sport well worth looking at, and although there is a great, outcry about hard times, we can venture a|prophecy that there will be a big attendance on the course. The privileges will be sold some day next week, probably oh Tuesday, and the Agricultural and Paa- j, toral Association will dispose of their rights the same day. . ' f j
Agbioultubax and Pastobai Associa-* ' tick’s Show at Tinwald. —Preparation a ; are being extensively and rapidly made for the forthcoming show at Tinwald. The necessary fencing has been commenced, and is being pushed with expedition, andsoon the saleyards will assume an appear- • ance greatly different from that they present under ordinary The Secretary, too, we learnTEvwt himself in communication with men of standing, whose judgment and skill can be relied on, and whose verdicts are calculated to command the respect of exhibitors, so that we may expect the duties of judges to “be discharged in a highly satisfactory manner. In addition to the Associations ; ordinary. . prizes, seventeen extra have been offered ; in special lines by gentlemen in the district, and as every attraction in the power of the Association is being offered we may set down the prospects of the show as of the highest possible. We learn, too, from among the farmers that there is every .pro- , bability of a great increase on the entries | this year, as the abundance of feed has' afforded every opportunity for getting stock in condition, and the chances are that the show will show a marked improvement on that of 1878
. V The New Victoria Universitt. —We understand that the draft charter of the proposed Victoria University has, in accordance with the request of the Lords of the Privy Council, been submitted to that body. According to this draft, the University would have the power of conferring upon all persons, whether male or female, who have pursued a regular course 7 of study in any of its colleges and passed its examinations all degrees which can be conferred by any other University of the kingdom, with the exception of medical degrees, the Privy Council having declined to confer power as to these 4t a time when legislation on the whole subject of; medical degrees and the licensing power for the practice of medicine has been pro-; posed to Parliament and still remains unsettled. The charter, we are informed, contains provisions for establishing a convocation of graduates of the University, with appropriate rights and functions.
The Bank op New Zealand’s Report. —Referring to the half-yearly report of the Bank of New Zealand, which we give in another column, the “New Zealand Herald” says : —The report of the Bank of New Zealand, presented to the half-yearly meeting, was such as could hardly have been expected considering the monetary and commercial condition of the colony during the period to whiolt it refers. Everywhere there has been a serious financial strain, taxing to the utmost the capacity, prudence, and tact, of the conductors of our great financial associations, and it is an agreeable proof of the skill displayed in the management of the most important of our banking institutions that it has been conducted with such really remarkable success through so pro- 4 tracted and unusually anxious a period. Whilst carefully guarding the interests of ; its proprietary, its conductors have not forgotten that careful consideration for the interests of its clients, which was felt must be extended to them on the occasion' of a financial crisis. The Bank has gone through a difficult period with remarkable success, for the diminution of its profit* bears no proportion to the adverse circumstances, and we see, besides, the strongest indication of the excellence of its management in the wise increase of its reserves of coin and its cash balances. It was somewhat tempting to pursue a more venturesome course, because the unused capital in the reserves rendered diminished profile inevitable, and yet they amounted to til* large sum of £69,000, after making all the usual reserves on a liberal scale. The first consideration was to strengthen thee Bank’s position, and this has been accomplished by increasing the reserves of coilL and by ocher means, so justifying the co||~ fidonee reposed by the shareholders in the management of the Bank’s M^mcs.
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