The Ashburton Guardian, COUNTY AGRCULTURAL & SPORTING RECORDER. THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 1879.
San Francisco Mail Extension of Time. —The outward mails for the United Kingdom, America, &c., via San Francisco, will close at the Ashburton Post office on Saturday morning, at twenty minutes past ten o’clock.
Licensing Court. —The usual quarterly meeting of the Licensing Court for the County of Ashburton and Mount Somers is advertised to be held on Tuesday, 2nd December next.
The Fire Brig ade. —At a well-aattended meeting of the Fire Brigade on Tuesday night, some rather severe strictures were passed upon the only of the Borough Council, who is supposed to have control over the streets of the town. He was facetiously described as the remains of the engineering staff. Mr Brown appears to have raised the dander of the Brigade in a very simple manner. Some months ago several pump wells were sunk by the Borough Council for the use of the Fire Brigade ; they all acted well except the one in front of Saunders’ Buildings, which had to be driven below the depth at which the pressure of the atmosphere will allow the engine to lift water, and in this case all that was considered necessary was to sink a hole two feet deep in which to Eut the engine, and the valves would then e able to overcome the pressure of the air; the whole cost of the work being some eight shillings, and the foreman was instructed to do the work some month or so ago by the engineer. It has not been done, and the members of the Brigade are irate, as, should a fire break out in the block, they have no possible means of controlling it; and some very severe strictures were passed upon the present engineering staff (Mr Brown).
The Prince op Wales' Birthday- - Sunday hours will be observed at all Telegraph stations on Monday next in honor of H.R.H. the Prince of Wales’ Birthday. All Post offices will be closed.
The Town’s Scavenger. —Mr Hughes having asked to be relieved from his contract with the Borough Council, new tenders are called for the performance of the work he has hitherto performed. The new contractor will have to collect his own fees.
Comedy and Burlesque Company.— To-night and to-morrow night Ashburton pleasure-seekers will have an opportunity of witnessing the performances of Messrs Hiscocks and Hayraan and Go’s. Comedy and Burlesque Company. The firft evening’s programme includes H. J. Byron’s comedy “ £100,000,” and the burlesque of the “Bride of Abydoa.” On Friday evening the excellent comedy, “ The Two Barmaids,” will be given, concluding with the “Oriental Diorama.” Miss Ada’Lester is the moving spirit of the Company—sufficient guarantee for superiority.
Drunk. — T he Mayor yesterday morning sentenced a man named Leslie, to a tine of 40s or 48 hours’ imprisonment for being drunk on Tuesday night. Leslie is an old offender,
Another Public Tmov at the Pnd op its Tether. — The s aim non of accounts laid before the Upper Ashburton Road Board at its meeting on Tuesday shows that they are also beginning to feel that they must draw in their horns with respect to calling for any large contracts. They have been successful in reducing thenbalance to £IB7B, and of that sum more than half will be absorbed by existing contracts, an I the balance will be necessary for maintenance of roads, etc., works which, as Mr Sargent said, could not be done without, whereas such expensive structures as that about to be erected near Digby’s wou’d be better eft alone, as the people for whom it was built, and out of whose pocket the cost came would use the old ford unless a big flood was in the river, and in that case they would stay at home, and the chances were that the bridge would rot away. A sum of £3,000 of t e Board’s funds were locked up to defray their portion of the cost of this bridge, and the general feeling of the members appeared to be that the money would be more usefully spent in protecting the farms and roads on the banks of the river, which has assumed a very threatening attitude in flood time lately ; the members appear to be well backed up by the ratepayers, as nearly the whole of them have expressed « wish to be taxed to the tu-'.e of a shihi::.r in the £on their 1 ■ ■ value. The Ohai men remarked day wn not far distant when t.i ■ Council would Lave to asruum over all main roads. Lot us hop... is the case, that their actions will he popular with the residents than Digbj s bridge. Fire Brigade. —The usual fortnightly practice was hold last night, and a larger number of members turned out than usual. The engine was tried at the pipe well in front of Saunders’ Buildings, which, through the distance of the water from the surface, has on previous occasions been found useles. With the view of giving the engine a chance, a pit was excavated yesterday afternoon to lower the engine so as to bring the water within a more reasonable distance of the pump ; and a stream was obtained, but of so feeble a diameter as to be practically useless. The Brigade tried the effect of disconnecting the junction of the two wells and connecting the suction hose with one pipe, but with no better result. The practice came to a fitting conclusion by the fire-bell ringing out an alarm, and a fire was rep u ted at Baldwin’s Hotel, whither the Brigade in hot haste took their way, and found to their sa- .sfaction (I) that the conflagration was onl/ the result of the martyrd m at the stake <.f avillanous Gay Fawkes prepared for the day. Probably more will be heard of the matter.
Valueless Cheques. —Henry Robertson, reporter, was sentenced to two vein s’ imprisonment at the Christchurch Court yesterday for passing valueless cheques. Mr Robertson is the same individual who was had up before Mr Guinness some time ago, and claimed to have been a reporter for the “ Otago Daily Times,” the “Lyttelton Times,” and in treaty fora place on the evening paper then being issued from the “ Ashburton Mail” office.
Dentistry. —Mr Cattlin may be seen at Quill’s Hotel up till Tuesday afternoon, 11th inst.
An Example Worth Following.— Mr B. Smith, of Wellington, took a walk round amongst her friends, and the ladies of Wellington generally. After she had done she was able to write out a cheque for £29 5s for the Captain of the Fire Police for behoof of the fire-escape fund. 'J he Smith family is a very large one—wo hope it has many members of it like Mrs B. Smith of Wellington.
New Telegraph Station. — A telegraph station has been opened at Penrose Junction, County Eden.
The Triennial Parliamev - ' h.l. — The much vt:n d question ‘■. '• i".ennial Parliaments Pill Las id ms passed through all its stages in Coinn ittee in the Lower House It has still to be crriVisocl and torn to pieces by the Lords, .'.’ hough almost every member in the House when on the hustings made a point of staling his political creed to be principally in the direction of having this Bill passed, as well as the Redistribution of Seats Bill, it appeared that the members were by no means unanimous on the subject when called upon to give their votes. There seemed to he a wish on the part of a section of the House to have an extra year’s grace accorded them for this Parliament, probably on account of the expense in obtaining their seats, as they wished to nave them secured till February, 1883, but it was eventually decided by 34 to 26 to determine its existence on February 20th, 1882. The present House will thus have two more sessions after the existing one in which to legislate on the affairs of the Colony. There was more unanimity on the Re-adjustment question, as the Government consented to do all in their to endeavour to carry the Bill through this session. Should it be passed there will of course be a new election before the next sitting of the House, and the Coleridge district will undoubtedly gain a member by the passage of the Bill.