The Ashburton Guardian. COUNTY AGRICULTURAL & SPORTING RECORDER. THURSDAY. NOVEMBER 27, 1879.
Another Rise in the Price of Wheat. —Our Rakaia correspondent says ; —We have been shown the advices received by the last San Francisco mail from the London correspondents of Messrs. R. McKerrow and Co., Rakaia, which state that thenwheat per Maraval fetched 655. Cd. and 565. In that market. In every case Rakaia wheat has topped the market. Gas Company. The extraordinary meeting of Gas Company shareholders, to adopt the articles of association and to elect auditors, will be held in the Library Hall, on Monday, Ist December, at noon. C.Y.C. —The Ashburton Contingent of the Canterbury Yeomanry Cavalry will meet for mounted parade this afternoon at six oclock sharp. Captain Dundas has kindly consented to remain in Ashburton to drill the squad on this occasion. Presentation. —Rev. W, H. Elton, incumbent of the parish of South Rakaia? was presented on Tuesday with a really very nice cow, nearly calved. The cow was purchased quite unknown to him by a few of Mr. Elton’s parishioners, and the presenttaion formed a most agreeable surprise to Mrs. Elton—Mr. Elton being from home at the time.
Fire Police and Salvage Corps.— A meeting was held at Messrs. Edmiston Bros, and Gundry’s office, on Tuesday ; Mr. P. A. Edmiston in the chair. The insurance companies and fire brigade were well represented. Mr. Bullock stated the object of the meeting was the formation of a Fire Police and Salvage Corps. Mr. Edmiston explained that the duties of such a corps was to keep back people who interfered with the working of the brigade, and to protect goods from being purloined, and suggested that the various insurance agents should act as a Salvage Corps, and he then read the rules of the Christchurch Fire Police. Mr. Cambridge said these rules had been in force since 1870, and had worked well. Mr. Braddell moved and Mr. R. Friedlander seconded—That taking into consideration the fact that the sum of £158,389 is held at risk by the various insurance companies doing business in Ashburton for the year ending March 31, 1880, and that at present no adequate provision exists for taking charge of goods saved at fires, it is expedient that the agents of the several companies and other persons in Ashburton form themselves into a Fire Police and Salvage Corps. The following members were then sworn in—Messrs. W, G undry T. R. Hodder, W. H. Zouch, S. Saunders, W. R. Boyle, C. Braddell, and R. Friedlander. The following officers were appointed ;—Captain, Mr. George Jameson ; Emergency Officers, Messrs. S. Saunders, R. Friedlander, J. Orr, and W. H. Gundry ; Secretary, Mr. W. H. Zouch. It was also arranged that the annual meetings should be held on the same date as the Fire Brigade s.
VVlKfcii'JW H'p(j;i'i->i, - - A >>tH<iMiis} of Uii! Win flow Sports Committee will bti held at the Railway Hotel, Winslow, on Friday evening first, at eight o’clock, and not on the evening previously stated.
r The Chairmanship of the County Council. —At the meeting yesterday, the County Council re-elected Mr. W. C. Walker chairman for the ensuing year. The election was unanimous, as also was the vote of £IOO to meet the expenses necessarily incurred by the chairman in the discharge of his official duties.
A Convalescent.— Among those who registered their votes yesterday was our old friend Sergeant Felton, who, after fully three months’ confinement, plucked up strength enough to be brought to the polling booth in a cab, and he was warmly welcomed by many friends at the gate. The Sergeant, in spite of his long illness, has still his pleasant smile and rich-colored visage, but he looks very emaciated. He intends, we understand, to visit the North Island, to further recruit his health.
Stoppage on the Railway Line. —The early goods train was thrown off the line at Otaio a few miles south of Timaru owing to the line subsiding through floods caused by Monday’s rain. The engine, one of the heavy goods class, J. 81, is the same unfortunate locomotive which came to grief during the last floods, and on that occasion suffered considerable damage. Traffic was not entirely suspended as ti e passengers were able to walk across the gap in the line and be transferred to another engine and train in readiness on the other side.
The Old Men’s Home.— A very enjoyable entertainment was given on Monday at tlie Old Men’s Home by members of the Good Templar Lodges in the district, There was the usual full muster of an appreciative andience, composed of the inmates of the Home and friends, and Mr Isaac Scott, a leading officer of the Good Templar Order, presided. Songs and recitations, well prepared and well rendered, were given by several ladies and gentlemen, but perhaps the event of the evening was a dramatic performance entitled “A Mother’s Mystery, or the Babes in the Wood,” in which a strong company took part. The cast was as follows :—Sir Ambrose, Bro. T. Scott ; Sir Rowland, Bro. Jessop ; Josephine, Sister Hardley ; Gabriel, Bro. B. Smith ; Walter, Bro. Elston ; Oliver, Bro. Bouvke; Geraldine and Willie (the babes) —Bro. H. Savage and Sister E. Savage. There was great fun caused by the show, which concluded by a very striking allegorical tableaux, in which the babes were seen bent over by two angelic forms. The scene was very affecting, but whether from the “effect” of the scene itself or the sulphurous accompaniment of “ blue light ” effects, we are unable to say. Certain it is that hard lumps rose in most of the throats of those present, and the ventilation had to be seen to, but the performance was hugely enjoyed anyhow. The vote of thanks were hearty as the applause was spirited