Canterbury Yeomanry,, Cavaxry.— Members of the Canterbury Yeomanry Cavalry, Ashburton contingent, are reminded that mounted drill will take place on Thursday afternoon. As several new members have joined we expect to see a good muster.
Ashburton A. & P. Association. - We would remind our readers that the entries for the Agricultural and Pastoral Association Show close to-day at .Mr George Jameson’s office. West street.
A Dangerous Crossing. The attention of the travelling public is called to a dangerous cutting on the north bank of the north branch of the Ashburton River, at what is known as Bland’s Island. Ford. The work of putting it in order is now being proceeded with, and days will make the crossing and for traffic again.
Railway Traffic.—The express train passing through Ashburton yesterday, consisting of eight carriages and a guard’s van, was densely crowded, and it was found necessary to couple oh three more carriages, to accommodate passengers from Ashburton, and as soon as they were hooked on there was a rush for seats. If things go on at this rate, we may look for the population of the Borough to consist by Wednesday of, perhaps, a dozen people who can’t leave the town. In addition to the express and ordinary passenger trains, another containing cattle, sheep, and horses for the Christchurch Show followed the usual trains, and consisted of eight trucks containing animals, some of which will no doubt obtain the coveted red ticket on Wednesday, which their appearance at any rate deserves.
Female Suffrage.— Ultra-Liberals will rejoice at the success of the “ women’s rights ” party in Parliament—in that the female suffrage principle has been passed t with a sweeping majority. On Friday ; night Mr Ballance in Committee insinuated ' into the Qualifications of Electors Bill the word “person,” to supplant the word “ man,” and as the most confirmed woman hater in the world cannot deny that the “ holders of the world’s destinies ” are as much “ persons ” as the bone and sinew who claim to be the lords of creation, the claims of women to a vote in the repretftn* tation of the country have been recognised. As the consideration of the Bui went on, Mr Moss moved the insertion of a clause that would have definitely fixed the right to vote upon every woman, ‘ biit this ho asked leave to withdraw. The tone of the House was evidenced by the fact that leave was refused, and the clause will come on again for discussion. Of the fate of Mr Moss’s clause, after members have rested over Sunday, we cannot speak, but the chances are it will be carried. Anyhow there can be no doubt, now that the principle has been recognised that in the Act when it does become law, representation will be co-ordinate with taxation, if even the more liberal franchise for women is not included.
Bees. —The busy bee has cotnmenced swarming operations early this year, several colonies having emigrated from their parent hives already. One took pad. session of apartments in Mr Butler's new hotel yesterday j but the house not being yet either licen sed or furnished, they were taken into custody and removed to other quarters. Probably the quantity of clover flowers at this early season of the year has led to the bees taking such an early leave of their homes. Colonial bees do not seem to be fastidious so far as lodgings are concerned, for they take up them quarters apparently in the first place offering an entrance to them. A swarm succeeded in finding in the weatherboarding of a building in Ashburton a defect which the architect didn’t—-a knot-hole in the wood ; and thereupon established * settlement between the outer wall and the papering of tho building, which had to have a portion of the front taken out, and a dose of sulphurous acid administered to the visitors as a writ of ejectment. With such intruders illegally upon the premises even oonsiablc Maroney would be at fault.
Forestry. —A special meeting of the Court Star of Ashburton is called for this evening, to be held at the Prince Albert Boarding House, at 7 o’clock.
Hoad Closed. —The Overseer of the Mount Hutt Road Board intimates that the road leading from the Back Track through section No. 26,905 and section 26,906 is closed against all traffic.
Holiday Making.— Yesterday, being the first day of the several holidays to come, a large number of people took advantage of the glorious weather to do a pic-nic, and quite a procession of vehicles —from the modest farmer’s dray to the more pretentious two horse buggy—could be seen wending their way in search of fresh fields for a day’s outing. One similarity was, however, observable in all of them—a bucket, a kettle, and a large hamper formed part of the freight in every case ; and from such evidence we take it for granted that the occupants accompanying such articles meant to go in for enjoyment, A Rate Struck —The Upper Ashburton Road Board announce their intention of striking a rate of sixpence in the pound, on all the rateable property in their disdrict, at their next meeting on the 21st inst. The last rate struck was Is in the pound, but as the ratepayers in the Forks ward have announced their willingnessmore, their anxiety—to be taxed at another shilling for protective works in their locality, the sixpence for ordinary purposes wifi no doubt be found a sufficient drain on their finances in these hard times.
“Press” Almanac. —The “Press” Company has already published its shilling almanac for 1880, and the quantity and quality of the information contained in it is above the average. The information for the benefit of gardene, s and farmers is tabulated in such a manner, under different headings, as to make the details easy of comprehension even to a child. The customs tariff is published in full, and all information necessary regarding stamp duties, mail news, post_ office regulations, telegrams, Resident Magistrate Court charges, the Sheep Act of 1878, —(a most important act for this district, by the way)—and a number of tables of inestimable value to those who are constantly iii want of local and general information oh all sorts of subjects. Alleged Cruelty.— On Sunday evening, Mr D. Buckley was given in charge by Mr ,0. W. Ireland, solicitor, forillusing a. mare harnessed to a spring cart. It is stated that the animal was severely hurt.
Election of Mayor.— The writs are out for the election of Mayor for the ensuing year. The nominations have to be in the hands of the Returning Officer by noon inst, and the election will take pmee on the 25th inst. At present there are only two candidates for the honor, Mr Joseph Ivess and Mr Hugo Friedlander. There is yet time for the admirers of any other ratepayer to trot him out for the event.
Dangerous Travelling. —Any of our fellow citizens, whose occupations are of such a nature as to lead them to their homes at late, or, may be, the early hours of the morning, have at present good cause for using language of questionable propriety. The gas lamps, which for a time shed their radiance over a portion of tbe town, are now only visible in the day time, and cannot even then by any stretch of; the imagination be considered ornamental ; and, to add to the discomforts of midnight pedestrians, a number of huge rocks have been unearthed in the roads, which are particularly disagreeable to kick against, to say nothing of falling over them. We think that the “labor gang,” although not numerous, but good in quality, would do rare service to the community by spending a few hours in playing “ duck stone with a few of the Obstructions. And a number of tradesmen do not appear to be satisfied with the quantity of land represented to be their holdings, for we occasionally interview a packing case, and sometimes a crockery cask,, and then there is an anathema pronounced, aiid an interview follows next morning with Mr Cambridge for the purchase of sticking plaster.
Damaging Gale in Canada —Loss of Life. —There was a severe gale at Woodstock on Aug. 6th, Trees were uprooted, fields of wheat levelled to the ground and cornfields severely injured. Very few houses escaped injury. Besides that done to the ' spire and roof of the Roman Catholic Chapel, the outbuildings, storehouse and barns of Rev. Mr Michaud are a mass of ruins. Mias Julia Michaud, niece of the priest, was severely injured. The convent is somewhat racked, but is still standing. Several cords of bark awaiting shipment, with several rafts of deals, were driven to sea. Irving’s warehouse was utterly destroyed. The large school building with the furniture and .library are a total loss. Timbers of a ton weight were raised and carried several hundred feet. The old moulding shop and other buildings in the ship-yard were ■wept away. Fences were levelled in all directions. The riling of farm-houses and barns defy description. In many cases they were strewn for iniles along the highway roads. Crops and' valuable forest lands were completely destroyed. Deaths were continually reported. In one in stance a mother was crushed to death, while the child in her arms was uninjured. Several children in Dollard settle ent were missing. They had been picking berries, and were supposed to be killed. Subscriptions to the starving country folk are freely made. TheKhedive’s Vengeance. — The North American “ Review ” tells the following storyln 1833 tho colonel of one of Mohammed Ail’s regiment in Mecca had rendered himself odious to the soldiers, while on’parade, the officer was shot in a discharge of blank cartridges. No notice was taken of the death at the time, and it ..was thought that the thing was forgotten. Two. years afterwards, in the regular course of exchanges, tho battalions returned to Cairo, marched into the citadel, and , piled arms. A court martial was held, and the battalion was found guilty of murder. As the individual who fired the fatal shot could not be’ discovered, the battalion was decimated, and 134 were A marched outside the gate in separate w squads, and shot hy their owh comrades. •In' the execution; some of the luckless "soldiera' were aitting, some standing, and some on their kneesV stt tKe Iminor of the officers prompted. The statement of the Imperial Bank of Germany shows a decrease in specie of 1, 7£o, 000 njarka,
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