The Ashburton Guardian. COUNTY AGRICULTURAL & SPORTING RECORDER. THURSDAY. NOVEMBER 20, 1879.
The Mayoralty.— The fun is not to begin in connection with the Mayoralty election till Monday night, when Mr. Ivess announces his intention of addressing the electors, Mr. Friedlander following on Tuesday. The latter’s committee are advertised to meet on Saturday night at the shop opposite Power’s hotel, made use of during the last contest as Mr. Wright’s committee rooms.
•" Hau,, niaUs - 'for Europe, &c., via Brindisi q.nd Southampton, for specially addressed correspondence only, will close at the Ashburton Post Office on Friday next at 10.20, a.m., and will be despatched per express train to catch the Arawata at the Bluff. •
The Telegraph. —Up to a late hour this morning the wires were “ blocked,” and no telegrams reached us. We have reason to admire our excellent telegraphic system, and its usefulness at a time so full of importance to all interested in the colony’s financial position.
A Show Joke. —Scene : the Cattle Show. Enter to the sheep pens a well fed man—not on the catalogue—in a very excited state. A temporary newspaper engagement weighed upon his soul. Enter also to the pens a subdued, but importantlooking steward. Excited amateur inkslinger—“ Never saw such a thing in my life bungle! bungle from top to bottom. Never saw such a thing in ray life ; never, never !” Subdued steward—- “ Just what I thought the first time I saw you. bungle !” Amateur looks like an infuriated bullock. The Hydes “Gems.” The second performance by Mr. J. P. Hydes’ company was given last night to as crowded a house as they enjoyed on Tuesday evening, the night of the Cattle Show. “ Who Speaks First 1 ” was the first item on the programme, and Miss Madge Herrick sustained the title role in such an able manner as to fairly carry away the audience, while Mr. Hydes in his favorite part of the reconciling brother, provoked peals of laughter. Mr. and Mrs. Wilkinson played the parts of “ Smart” and “ Potter” most effectively. Mr. Alexander also played well. The second part consisted of a duet by Misses Lizzie Morgan and Amy Johns which was re-demanded. The same ladies sang several solos, and Miss Johns gave one of those step-dances which have made her famous. Mr Hydes then presented Mr Nolan, the jockey of Lara, winner of the Cup in yesterday’s racing, with a handsome whip, at the same time making a humorous speech that convulsed his hearers. The farce of “My Turn Next ” followed, in which Mr Hydes created extreme amusement by his pourtrayal of Taraxicum Twitters. Miss Lizzie Morgan looked charming as the supposed designing widow of numberless tints, and Mr Wilkinson and his clever wife were effective as Tim Bolus and the housekeeper. The company appear to-night in an equally attractive programme, in which some minstrel business will be introduced, and the performance will wind up with a race ball.
The Races. Yesterday’s racing, although 'slightly spoilt by the showers which fell .at intervals, was of a first-class character, the finishes in all of them being very close ; and although in some cases the fields were not large, no one was heard to complain of the quality of the sport. As the opinions of the spectators were at variance in some of the events, they will have an opportunity of again judging of the horses to-day, as several of the competitors meet on somewhat different terms. It is understood that a private trotting match will be a feature in tht day’s racing. Our report of yesterday’s sport appears in another column, and those who care to invest their half-crowns, can obtain the straight tip from our sporting columns. Our last tips came so near the mark that we think our present ones are worth fol-. lowing up. Accident. —A trap accident was one of the first incidents at the races yesterday. Dr. Ross and Mr Shury were the occupants of the first named gentleman’s buggy, and while on their way to the course they collided with a two horse express, which does duty in dispensing gingerbeer and such like harmless liquids in the district. As the gingerbeer cart’s horses had no breeching on, nor had the wagon itself a brake, the driver had no power of checking his steeds. When the two vehicles met at Thompson’s corner, the lighter and u eaker four-wheeler was bound to come to grief. The doctor narrowly escaped making a patient of himself, while the banker, although a New South Wales man, was compelled for once to make a deposit on a New Zealand “bank.” The buggy had an axle broken, but the damage was not so great as might have been expected from the nature of the accident.
Judging Produce.— lf our reporter were asked what he considered would be the most arduous duty he could be called upon to perform he would without the least hesitation say, “Judging butter.” He went to Christchurch and saw no end of bucolic ladies driving thumbs and fingers into the lacteal product, and pronouncing opinions favorable and otherwise on the various exhibits, some being described as “ bee-yutiful,” and more as “ muck ; ” and the judges were criticised by the gentle sex as not fit to enter a dairy. Even at Tinwald show the butter judges had to be subjected to some severe remarks by dairy maids who are no doubt better up in making the article than pronouncing on its market value. Usually speaking, at shows there are two classes of exhibits —first, butter with no salt, and second, “ powdered” butter ; that is, with a little salt in it. Such is usually sold in shops. The distinction was not made at our local show, and an exhibit which our reporter, and many more with him, considered first class, was passed over because it was shown “fresh” according to the instructions in the catalogue, whilst the prize exhibits were “ powdered,” and consequently more palatable. No doubt this and a few other slight errors in the management of the show will be put right next year.