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Fire Prevention. —The sucqfw of the tube well at the recent fire has induced the Council to increase the number wells throughout the town, and .tenders for sinking some more are invited. Gaol Salaries.—The df salaries in the Colony’s gaols has heW* vexed question for some time. The Hon, W. Rolleston is to equalise them this session. We conclude, however, that the process will be one of' levelling up, as he promises to place a sum on the estimates to meet the requirements of the case. V Primitive Methodist Church, —Xlie Rev. A. J. Smith has just arrived from England. He has been appointed to the charge of Ashburton station of the Prixpu tive Methodist Church, and Will enter' upon his duties as soon as possible. He comes with high recommendations, and it is hoped he will be a successful pastor and preacher. Probably he will preach on Sunday in the Ashburton Primitive Methodist Church. The Hydes’ Entertainment —On Thursday night the “ Gems” appeared for the last time, and another bumper house rewarded them. The “Gems” have been remarkably popular during this visit and hu& night their performances were' applauded. Mr. Hydes’ irresistible drollery to°k immensely as ■ usual; and , Miss Lizzie Morgan’s delightful* - ballad - singing was highly appreciated. They wound up the evening with a ball, which was numerously attended and passed off; very successfully. Waterton Piqs. —The people* hi Waterton are to be complimented on the specimens of pigs that were shown on Tuea- • ■ day. In fact but for their district the pig pens would have been empty. It. is a laurel for the South side of the river towards Longbeach to bo able to say that the* porkers they brought in had amongst them some of the finest Berkshires in the colony. The two boars entered in the first class—for the best boar of any age, or breed—were superb animals ; and of the’ first prize pig —Mr. George Gilmour’s —the judges said it was equal to anything shown at the Metropolitan Show. It was a very young animal, and consequently looked small alongside the second prize exhibit, but it showed very fine quality and loyalty to breed. The second prize was also a worthy specimen of which any pork breeder may be proud. It came from the farm of Mr. A. Ede.

The Pullman Cars. —Mr. Vincent Pyke seems to have taken umbrage at the Pullman cars recently imported from America for use on our railways. The features in the construction of these carriages that seem to have alarmed Mr. Pyke are the cast iron seats and the use of kerosene for lighting. He fears that in a smash—and in these days smashes are the ■ ghouls that haunt a railway travellercast iron seats would be liable to crumble up with alarming effect upon passsengen ; and a kerosene explosion or other accident would be a very untoward emergency in a railway carriage with a train at full speed. The objections he raises are not without their importance and are worth consideration, though Government seem to think the danger is trifling. The Hon. Mr. ; Oliver in Parliament promised to lay before the House a copy of the specifications of the carriages sent to the New York agent, and also a statement by the engineer in charge of the Middle Island, of the height of each tunnel on the railway between Christchurch and Invercargill, and the height of the carriages sent and imported. The House will thus be able to find who is the blunderer we have to thank for not being able to run the cars further than to Oamaru.

Thb Pulpit. —The Rev. \V. Keall will preach a sermon bearing upon .‘.‘'.Di-ink,, and Abstinence” in the Wesleyan Oh avh to-morrow night. Sporting. —The Committee of the Wilislow Sports meet at H-uvia’ Hotel. Winslow, on Monday evening to prepare programme, etc.

Postponed Sale. —The sale of salvage

stock advertised by Edmiston Bros, and Gundry to take place to-day, has been Unavoidably postponed until Wednesday next.

Buggy Accident at Seafiei.d.— While Mr. Murdock Bruce and his family were going home on Tuesday evening after the Show, and when they had reached Seafield school the shafts of the buggy broke, and the occupants of the vehicle were tbrbwn.but. Beyond the breaking of the shafts, and a good fright, to the children, there was no great mischief done. ; XJppbk Ashburton Road Board. —A Special meeting of the above Board was he}d at the office, Westerfield, yesterday, for.; the purpose of accepting tenders, and Mr. ■ Charles SmithaTs for formation of two miles of the Great South Road from Thompson's Comer northwards at sa. 9d ' pet chain, including fords, and Mr. John Beveiy’s for the Hinds road at £29 for repairs and HJtd per yard for shingle were accepted. .

The New Fire Bell. —The members of the Fire Brigade were busy yesterday afternoon in hoisting the new bell into its 'position, and under the superintendence of the Captain, Mr. George Compton, the ■work was done quickly and efficiently. It would have been fixed at least an hour sooner but a'big and therefore prominent ■ member of the brigade having undertaken ; to-get the alterations made to some iron work, went on a gossiping tour, and forgot the fire bell business. There was a Vote of anything but thanks passed to the messenger. However, as an advertise meat is in our columns to-day to the effect that the bell will ring out its dread peal, ; to enable our residents to become acquainted with its tones, and a couple of strokes - were given last night, it is evident that the bell is in position. It is reported in the Dunedin papers that the “tone was universally admired.” We do not think that the Ashburton householders will admire it if they have to hear it very often. :

'Watercourses. —An advertisement Appears in another column in which the 'County.(Council calls upon occupiers of land to refrain from, placing obstructions in the way of stopping storm water. As much damage is dbne by land owners fencing indiscriminately along the boundaries of : tl&ir ’aecliohs without making any provision' for floods, the notice given by the Council is one which should be attended to by ajl parties, as when floods do occur oh, the plains the farmers themselves are generally-thO heaviest losers through not •providing sufficient room for the occasional deluges to find vent.

Clearing Out.—By the trains going north and south yesterday morning the ignoble army of betting men, sharpers, and others of the like class left, most going to Dunedin to fleece the “canny” ones there. Wo do not regret their de-

parture.aa such additions to our population are by no means desirable, and we : quite agree with the remark of a gentle- ■ 'mah 'on ; the platform who had been **■ bled.” that it was a “ good riddance of : bad rubbish. ” CttiGKislr:—A cricket match will be plafyfed ih ihe Domain this afternoon, the Sides being chosen alphabetically—those who are On the early part of the rate roll ; - up to M 'being on one side, and the others at S’, and monopolizing the ' “tbe balalnce'of the alphabet doing battle ■‘against them. The leading division will ' 'hhve adbng' Way the best of it, as they have- secured—D. Amos (Captain), F. •' Mainwaring, T. Buchanan, H. Fowler, A. • Andrews, ■: A.' Fodks, D. Bruce, G. St. Douglasy-W.- Giant, E. 6.' Crisp, W. B. Denshire, 1 with 1 Messrs. A. Curtis, J. E. - A. Groves, and D. Leitch for : femergenciea. On the other side there is a " deficiency both, of talent and number. ‘ ‘T)ie billy available-men on the fag end of ; -theroll- being S. Saunders, S. E. Poyntz, 1 Pratt,' Whitley,- Roper, : Wilkie, and j Zouch,and they cordially invite any battist •' in town whoso name commences with the " right 1 kind of letter to meet-them, and ’ - charitably- assist them in - their sore distress, and the Samaritans will meet their ‘ reward here or hereafter.

' San: F’kancisco —The mail arrived at - Wellington at Thursday afternoon .at four o’clock.. We hear it would remain there: until -spine time yesterday, when the Southern portion will be put on boajtl; the s.s. : Wanaka, and will arrive in Lyttelton this morning. “This is quick despatch 1” /Surely the Government could have sent on the mail by the Hinemoa, find had this, been done merchants could ; have replied by the outgoing mail, which leaves the Bluff this morning. .Sbteuno Day.— The most pleasant part of ■- tfa3 Race meeting (for winners) took placeatQuiU’s Hotelyestorday, when the stakfes were paid over, tp .-.the various i winners, with - the exception of [Mr. ■ M’Causland, Owner of: Orange Peel, .whose case hAs been referred to the Canterbury Jockey. Clubi Everything passed off satisfactorily, and every one seemed to be . satisfied with the result of the meeting.

' ; Thb Wellington Tragedy.—Further ' ‘ particulars of this melancholy affur are , 5 •' aS fpllows Mr Miller had been ill during the night, and Clarence (who had been at v home for a few days owing to a bad finger) ■ went to ‘Dr. France's in the morning for some medicne for his father, which was given him. Mr. Miller then, lay down to sleep, *nd, the son ordered the servant to get about her work. At the time no ho .suspicion seems to' have attached- itself to oi >his>oondUot in any way. Miller then fired >c'i a blank charge at his father, cut his throat «nd < mutilated the body. On : coming out the room l e" met his mother talcing in ooal*, ittnd out hex throat, finally,going out-jdTsids>iH».'viaw-of the servant, and cutting otl f ktjtnfit' .The girl .was horrified at the : r immediately .sent for assistance, G jn.maohjWMrof no avail, life being extinct. iU v ThAlAslirttbient used in ‘ perpetrating the ordinary carving knife. The SDdrpdipeKtrtiptofc hae 'on more than one occaifid t sio Jt gj van I sign* of, aberration of the intelhlootij Abrotlmr named Sidney, accountant uo -infiießsmkof New South,Wales at GreyUo moutbf; committed suicide recently by eo ,sri>d«tiajghinißell, and it is,believed another is in the lunatic asylum at, Sydney. The affair has cast quite a gloom over the' city. Hr. and Mrs. Miller being greatly TsajMcted. .

j PROTECTIVE Woßj{S. The County I Council are calling for tenders for protecj ,ti. e works near the Forks, and Mr. Baxter, j the County Engineer, will be in attend- ! nuoe at Mr. Goode s at 1 p.m. on Monday, I to show intending contractors over the 1 i ! work.

; A Race Incident. —The betting fraternity and the men who follow'races up w'ith the patriotic intention of giving the public a show at the,newest and fairest games, and who are not as a rule burdened with too much bashfulnoss, came in a, perfect swarm to the races this week, and there was a deal of difficulty in keeping them from taking up positions otherwise than those allotted to them. One “mural agriculturalist,” with more than ordinary push in him, took up his position in front of the grand stand, and after being several times ordered away by members of the Committee, and as often returning as soon as no official was in sight, the Secretary finally disposed of him by using a powerful argument in the shape of kicking his stand over, and the front of the booth was kept clear fur the rest of the meeting without further arguments.

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Ashburton Guardian Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 25, 22 November 1879

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