The Railway. —The railway authorities intend running extra trains during the day to convey passengers etc. to the Show at Tinwald. We would therefore recommend equestrians and carriage drivers to take the ford on the river, which is in good order at present. RakAia Wheat.—We have been shown the advices received by Messrs R. M'Kerrow and Co., from their London correspondents which state that they have been able with the wheat sent from Rakaia to “ skim the market,” obtaining as much as 535. per quarter; I O.G.T. —The weekly meeting of Dawn of Peace Lodge was held at the Templar Hall on Monday, Nov. 17th. Two members were proposed for initiation, and one was initiated. Resolved— ■“ That the Trustees bring up at next meeting—a scale of charges for loan of harmonium, and that Eros. G. Andrews, Sando, and Poyntz be appointed a committee, with power to add to their number, to get up an entertainment in aid of the family of Mr Hyde, rendered houseless by the late fire.” Several sisters and brothers enlivened the lodge with songs and recitations. At the meeting, of the Star of the East Lodge on Saturday nighty the evening was.spent in harmony, after some unimportant business had been transacted.’
Rakaia Presbyterian Committee. The recently elected committee of the Rakaia Presbyterian Church held a meeting on Saturday. The members comprise Messrs Allan, Bruce, Elie, Wright, Wilkinson, Lambio, and Donald M‘Millan. Mr. John M‘Donald was appointed Secretary, and Mr. Bruce Treasurer. The Presbytery have released the Rev. Mr. Ehnslie of the modoratorship of this charge, and Rev. Mr. Beattie of Ashburton has become moderator in his stead. The financial position of the Rakaia Presbyterian district was reported on Saturday as being a very encouraging one, and under the Rev. Mr. Westbrooke the district is making great progress. Caledonian Sports Committee. —A meeting of the Caledonian Sports Committee was held at Quill’s Hotel on Saturday night, Dr Stewart in the chair. The deputation who had been appointed to wait on the Domain Board reported that they could not obtain permission to hold the sports in the Domain, owing to the probable damage likely to be done to the young trees, and it was resolved on the motion of Mr Quill that arrangements be made with the Ashburton Racing Club to hold the sports on the racecourse, and Messrs Harris and Anderson were appointed a deputation to wait on the Club. The programme, which is a very liberal one, was then considered and adopted. It was also resolved that Mr. J. L. Crawley should sell all the privileges. A meeting of the directors was afterwards held, and it was resolved to open an account in the Bank of New Zealand, and Mr J. Y. Ward was appointed collector.
The London Art Union. —We learn that in this year’s drawing of the prizes in the London Art Union, Mr St. George Douglas, of Ashburton, obtains a portfolio of 24 plates of animal life, in W’oodbury type, from the originals of celebrated artists. This is Mr Douglas’ first subscription to the union, and we may add that he is also entitled to a copy of the large engraving received by each member. The new original picture for 1880 is by Lumb Stocks, R.A., and the subject is “Dr Johnson awaiting an interview with Lord Chesterfield.” Each subscriber of one guinea will receive a copy of this picture, unless he chooses to select another from the list in the hands of the local Secretary Mr J. S. Btuce. Subscribers can join up to December 31st, and the hon. secretary, Mr Bruce, will be happy to give full information regarding the institution, which has uow been forty-four years in existence, and much of England’s taste far the fine arts is to be attributed to the cultivation it has received from the London Art Union. Subscribers for their guinea have a chance to win works of art valued at from £l5O down to £lO, with a choice of subjects, and there are other prizes in the shape of statuettes, &c. Last year’s list of prize winners covers three pages of closely printed letter paper, and the works distributed were of the highest class. Wild Beasts. —Amongst the attractions of the show ground to-day will be a lion, a boar, and probably one or two other dangerous specimens of natural history. The lion and bear arrived yesterday by train and were taken across the river. The King of the Forest, to use the language of a by-stander when the animals were carted off, is rathera “mangy looking individual,” but withal he is a fine specimen of his tribe, and the bear is also one not at all to be sneered at. We dare say their levee will be well attended at the Show.
Singular Accident. —On Saturday evening, an accident of a somewhat pecu-
liar nature occurred to a young man, a son of Mr Henderson, farmer, Methven. The young man had partaken of his meal rather hurriedly, and a piece of meat stuck in his gullet, and held its position so firmly that no effort on the part of his friends could dislodge it. He could neither eat nor drink, and after exhausting every resource known to those around him, he and his father took to horse and and away into Ashburton to Dr. Stewart, who succeeded in guiding the offending mouthful into its proper channel, to tho great relief of the suffer. The accident was of some danger, which happily was averted by the Doctor’s skilful probe.
“Called from the Plough to the 51 Throne. — Hyde’s Gem Comedy and Burlesque Company are advertised for to - night, in the Town Hall, and visitors for the Show will haveandoppor-*-* tunity of attending the excellent enter- .. tainraent Mr. Hyde’s Company are noted for giving their patrons. Their talent is so well known aiid so well earned that wo , are spared the trouble of saying more than that they are almost certain of a good house. They will also appear on Wednesday and Thursday, a change of programme being announced for each ovenmg. . >■
Sufferers by the Fire.— Yesterday a subscription list was carried round in aid of Mr. Hyde and family burnt out by the fire on Saturday. Over £SO had been obtained in the afternoon, and a consider- ' able sum is yet expected. Mr. Hyde is a member of the Ashburton Brass Baud,-and that body, with other musicians, are to give a concert for his benefit, the programme of which, as well as the subscriptions obtained up to date, are published in, another column of the Guardian. , ‘ Ashburton County Council. : —The next ordinary meeting of the County Council will be held on thfe 26th of this r month, and no further meeting will be J held until the first Wednesday in January. We would therefore advise those having business to transact with the Courioilito -st send it in a few days previous to t]he 26th;
The Female Impersonator.— This off-. fortunate and misguided woman (De Lacy Evans), continues to progress towOTdd mental and physical convalescence, andin the course of a few weeks will probably be fit to receive her discharge. The hospital authorities have been exceedingly lattdj r 1 and from the doctor to the nurse the patient has received the most considerate sympathy and attention. She rises * - dresses in proper womanly costume, which from daily use she is becoming more and more reconciled to Wear, -aiidspealw| J now of her intention to ■ repugn in thefl character of her own sex. Hep facial expression is becoming more softened abd' 4 feminine, and with her unusually fine head of wavy hair,- dressedinthe of her true sex, jfrnd hefsplf qlot&ed;,ip proper garments,she lopkfj .op' takably a woman, as to make it a marvel u<t ,that, for upwards of twenty years, she' could have passedifor a ouaft. 4 ; .-.llgri'Bn*' - sent intention is to remain.in the garb of ■ her own sex, apd for jone of the other colonies, t As ‘ she ‘is wholly _ without means, shis Appealing to someliberal-minded gcntlpnami to advance by way of loan, the, aigaiipt and which she : earnestly avows her .fixefi intention of repaying. Her expressed 'f, desire now is to end her days in peace inf 1 * 1 -the welcome obscurity of the unknown.— —• Bendigo Independent.
French Actresses’ Dress. —I wish, writes a Paris correspondent, that some of the critics who raise a rout about Mnje.. Modjeska and Miss Ward would jourriey ? across the water to see how such things are *' done in artistic Paris, the home par excellence of the highest form of decorative art. They would find Oroizette s at the Theatre Francaise, playing in “La Sphinz” in a seal-skin dress that cost £6OO. And what would they, say, tq, the gowns of the accomplished Mdle. ' Bartet in “Montjoy?” Her first dress in particular would throw them into convulsions. It is composed of a real and very fine Indian shawl (one of those ■ that .have no plain centre, but are all Border-—the most expensive style, by the way) cut into „ a polonaise, and worn over a large ovdr* | skirt of peacock-green velvet, exactly **■ matching the skirt in shade. . Her second '".t dress is of white watered silk, with sleeve# and paniers of white foulard trimmed with J Valenciennes lace. A scarf drapery of foulard is drawn around the l6wer part of the skirt, and is knotted in front in a very •.; graceful fashion. These dresses were both made by Worth. ...
Chinese Dens oflnfamy.— TheChixieae; / ; difficulty in New South Wales appears to exhibit itself more in forms of social degradation than in any interference with the labor market, if one may judge from ) the following in the Sydney Telegraph of a late date ;—“ The Chinese dens of infamy, in Campbell street, again came under notice yesterday, in a case at the Water Police Court, in which Eliza Carney, or . Barnett, was charged with having no lawful visible means of support! The prisoner, a remarkably pretty girl of about 18 years of age, but whose features boro , traces of dissipation, had been known by ” the police to frequent the Chinese quarters for the past three months; and on Monday night had been found lying in one in an unconscious condition. This led to a warrant being issued for her apprehension, and on Tuesday night she was arrested in a second den, being then under the in-¥ fluence of opium. The unfortunate girl I was sentenced to three months’ imprisonment with hal’d labor. The apprehending., constable alluded to the places whence" the prisoner had been taken as the worst haunts in the city, and appeared desirous that their Worships should make aoma - comments upon them. But no magisterial remarks were made,-and it is to be pfe* sumed that the keepers of them will be permitted still to ply their evil ways. ”
Education.—-Contrasting the education system of New South Wales with that of New Zealand, the “ Sydney Morning Herald ” says that New Zealand has got rid of the diffiultiea which have frightened our legislators for years, and has already faroutstrippedus in the'extentof her edubational provisions. She has 100 children! at school where we have 76 every day of'* the year, and to reach her standard we ', must add at once 20,000 to our average attendance. . . . It is time for' the State, if only for its own salvation, to ’ put an end to this scramble for public money, and while securing for every the means of instruction, leave the con* tending sects to settle quarrels out of school hours and out of school daya.^
Jealous Otago.— lf Canterbury gets a penny more of public money than <Hago •he is usually told about it by the ; Otago Press. : This is an instance, quote d-from a, Dunedin paper “It is intended to. erect a graving dock at Lyttelton longer by about phe-third than the dock at Port' Chalmers. When the Lyttelton clock:is completed we shall have to look sharp after our trade. At present : those iii*forested hi shipping declare* that the rates charged for the use of our dock are simply prohibitory. To give ‘an instance :we fjpdthat the Benares, -when repairing, was exceptionally well treated, Owing to the iirjhry she sustained have : been caused by the' action of Port officials. The charge Whs the Usual one for the first and laatoaysof using the dock, but only one-half-'thfeusual charge for' the intervening days. ; Nevertheless the total amount paid te- the General Government on this aocoimt waS the very handsome sum of £7Bl* l7Si • - Had the full rates been charged' the. cost would • have been bet tween£l2oo and £I3OO.
Fbxalb Franchise— —The “ New Zealand Times of Nov!. 8 says The feature of the debate ‘. on the. ; Qualification of Electors Bill toqk place last evening, when there yf9* a long dhipiission on an amendment 'proposed by iJttjtjißallance, insert the word person *‘ r 'in _ lieu of “ man,’’ with the object of allowing women to vote. The. ladies’ gallery was well filled at the time, and the debate, appeared to have a peculiar charm for them, judging from the apparent great interest they displayed. The amendment was carried by three votes,. the numbers being 32 and 29. Some of the speeches were very humorous, and.it is almost a matter of regret that they were not reported by .“Hansard” (which does not report debates in Committee). Some.of them, notably that of Dr. Wallis, would doubtless have been republished by,many of the colonial papers, in order to show how far some of our legislators would go in favor of female egislation. • ■ ■ •
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