Mail Notice. —The Penguin, which leaves Lyttelton to night, will take mails for Northern porta. The mail closes at the Christchurch at at 7 p.m.
Legal Holidays.— The offices of the Ashburton legal gentlemen will be closed on Tuesday and Wednesday, the show and race days, and on the former day the R.M. Court will not sit.
Seafield Wheat.—Wheat grown by Messrs Collison Bros, and Silcock in the Seafield district has been sold in London by Messrs Saunders Bros, at 51s to 52e quarter, and is spoken of in the broker’s report as “of fine color and condition, and strong wheat. ” Auction Sales.—Messrs Acland, Campbell, and Co’s, fortnightly sale of horses will be held at the Bazaar to-day, and a large number will be submitted to auction; Messrs Edmiston Bros, and Gundry, Mr. A. Harrison, and Mr. J. E. Buchanan have also a number of lines in produce, Ac., to dispose of at their various marts.
The Waterworks Bill. —lt will be seen by our Parliamentary intelligence that the Ashburton County Waterworks Bill is gradually passing through its various stages. It has now reached the Legislative Council and has passed its first reading. Sergeant Felton. —We are glad to hear that after some fifteen week’s illness, our much respected head of the police, Sergeant Felton, is so far convalescent that he is able to get about in the house, and contemplates taking a trip to the North Island in a week or so. Many of his friends will no doubt feel glad at his recovery.
Upset. —An equestrian who vas pursuing his way homeward down Peter street Thursday evening, came suddenly to grief. He had evidently been enjoying himself a short time previously, and this may account for the exuberance of his spirits and his inability to maintain the necessary equilibrium required for keeping his seat in the saddle, and hence, befo|| he had ridden far the rider came in contact with mother earth. A couple of lookers on volunteered their friendly aid to replace the unfortunate one, but being of an independent disposition, he despised such assistance, and leading his steed away, gave vent to some not very complimentary remarks on the interference of the intruders.
A Good Riddance. —A pair of <l hard cases ” were brought up yesterday before his Worship the Mayor, under the Vagrant Act. They rejoiced in the names of Garret and Mary Gough, and a more disreputable married couple we have never set eyes on. They had no encumbrances unless the quantity of dirt they carried about with them could be classed under that head, and on the police giving evidence as to previous convictions against them as vags,” they both broke out into a voluble statement that it was only the taking a sup of drink that had caused their previous residence in Lyttelton goal, Mary I eing particularly anxious to let it be known to his Worship tl at it was the “beer that done it.” They were both committed for three months, and Mr Gough was loud in his protestations that is was too much, but the pair will have the pleasure of having their Ghrisamas dinner at her Majesty’s expense.
The Pound Advertisements. —In last issue of the “ Mail ” there appeared a jubilate over the fact that the Hon. W. S. Peters had been unfortunate enough to lose a horse, which had been impounded and sold to Mr Digby before Mr Peters manager became aware of the animal’s whereabouts. The ‘ ‘ Mail ” crowed out a cook-a-doodle-doo that was the advertising medium of the poupd, and had Mr Peters been a reader of the “ Mail ” he wouldn’t have lost his horse. The fact nobody knew anything about what was impounded, simply because of the limited publicity given, was made apparent by this “ crow,” but henceforth country residents will not be at any disadvantage, as the poundkeeper, Mr Price, tells us the advertisements not appearing in the other Ashburtons papers was an overlook he will remedy in future.
District Court. —The usual monthly sitting of the District Court will be held at. the Town Hall to-day, His Honor Judge Ward presiding.
The Greymouth R.M. —Mr Alex. Mackay, Native Commissioner, proceeds to Greymonth to occupy for a time thq position of Warden and Resident Magistrate, vacent by the recent death of Mr. Charles Broad, brother of District Judge Broad, of Nelson.
Vagrancy.— At the Resident Magistrate’s Court on Thursday morning a man named James Sullivan was chaiged with having no lawful visible means of support. Accused was until very recently an inmate of the Old Men’s Home. A day or two since he got out on leave and returned intoxicated. He then quitted the house of his own accord. Mr Maddison was present, and gave Sullivan a very good character, offering at the same time to intercede with the authorities to get him readmitted to the Home. The case was adjourned for 21 hours , to., this being done. V osttrday he was again brought up, and t':c Mayor, who ; heard the case, gave him a lecture and sent him back to the Home.
Appreciated. —The cabbies and express men hadagoodtimeon Thursday afternoon. Messrs Wood and Co, brewers of Ashburton, having gained a victory 6ver all comers in their exhibits of porter, taking first and second prizes, the occasion was celebrated by a procession of a round dozen of cabs and carriers 1 carts; the lead was taken by Andrew Wood, he being the veteran in the business, and on his cart was a “ banner with a strange device ” announcing the superiority of the local brew. Jim M‘Bae having a union jack on his cab as a battle flag followed, and the twelve with a considerable number of passengers proceeded to the brewery to congratulate Messrs Wood and Go. on theoccasion, and the “ sampling ” which ensued in the cellar was satisfactory to all who took a part in The Tinwald Show.— The Commiltee are energetically working to have the Show-ground put in proper order and ship-shape for the reception of animals, &c. , entered forthe show. Thesafety and comfort of visitors, both on and- off the catalogue, have been carefully considered, and no pains are being spared by the Secretary, and those of the Committee working with him—notably and promi. nently Mr Joseph Hunt, indefatigable in everything he undertakes—to make the Show a success; It is worthy of note that the accommodation reckoned on as likely to be required for sheep hasbeen found too small, and more hurdles have consequently been erected. In another place we give a plan of the ground, drawn on a scale of 100 feet to the inch, and with the .exception of Mr Savage’s booth, the location of which hasnotyet beenfixud, it is as complete and accurate as can be made with printing type. We hope it will be useful to farmers, and others intending to visit" the Show.
Athletics at the School.—Our public school contains ,Jbme smart little gymnasts, and a look at the boys while they “ do exercise ” in their play-ground, will show that the somewhat expensive gymnasium that now forms what appears to be considered an iridispensible adjunct of present day education, is fulfilling its mission in the development of young Ashburton’s muscle. Nearly every lad in connection with the school is able tp sjiow a special excellence in some difficult gymnastic performance, while individual lads can be pointed to as being remarkably clever. Notably, as mentioned by the schoolmaster in his report to the Committee last Tuesday, there are two boya who are far and away the best of the whole number, and some of the feats they accomplish on the horizontal bar are really surprising. If they can be taken to Christchurch for the annual competition, there can be little doubt they will show well amongst the best that can. possibly appear. They have the mendatiotis of the drill master, who could not conceal his surprise at their proficiency. The names of the two lads are Reginald Hodder and Henry Burfoot, and it would be difficult to say which of the two excels.
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