Ashburton Waterworks Bill. —The new County Waterworks Bill, introduced by the Hon., W. S. Peters in the Upper House, passed its second reading last night.
The Hype Family.—The Good Templars of Ashburton have decided to show their sympathy in the cause of charity by holding an entertainment in the Templar Hall on Monday, December 15tb, the proceeds to be given for the benefit of the family of Mr. Hydes, the heaviest sufferers by the late fire. A good programme has been arranged, and a price within the reach of all has been fixed for admission, and we hope to see a good attendance in so good a cause. I.O.G.T.—The weekly meeting of the Dawn of Peace Lodge was held on Monday. The Grand Lodge Representative, Mr. Sando, attended and requested information on any business the lodge might wish him to support in the Grand Lodge during the session about to open. A discussion ensued on the qualifications required to entitle a member to the Grand Lodge degree. Ultimately it was decided to request Bro. Sando to support a liberal measure that appeared’ on the business sheet of the Grand Lodge, making the Grand Lodge degree obtainable by all good and loyal members, on the basis of time. The entertainment Committee forthe benefit of Mr. Hyde, who suffered by the late tire, reported that they had decided on holding the entertainment next Monday evening, the 15th inst., and it was resolved that the lodge at its rising do adjourn to Monday, Dec. 22, so as to. allow the entertainment to beheld on the 16th. The lodge having closed in due form, a degree meeting was held when one member was admitted to the 3rd degree. Mr. Jones, of Timaru, D.C., gave a very hopeful account of the progress of Good Templary in the Timaru district.
Chertsby School Committee.— A meet
ing of the above Committee was held on Tuesday, the 9th inst. Present—Messrs. W. A. Brown (Chairman) A. R. Markham (Secretary), L. Mangham, T. W. Wilkinson, R. Campbell, and H. Childs. The Secretary read the report of the Inspector of Schools, and also a general resumd of the work done since the opening of the school, forwarded by the master, Mr. Jas. Borthwick. Mr. T. W. Wilkinson proposed —“That the Committee, having received the Inspector s repOi't, perfectly agree with him as to the general efficiency of the master, and the progress made during his terra of office.” The Secretary was instructed to forward copies of this resolution, which was adopted, and the Inspector’s report as appended—“ This school has been recently established. It is commodious, well ventilated, and fully supplied w ith working materials. Owing to wet weather, the attendance on day of examination was small, but as only fbiir of those doing standard work were absent, the result attained may be taken as a fair test of the proficiency of the whole school. The methods of instruction are intelligent and fairly applied, and, considering the short time the teacher has been at work, ■ good progress has been made. The children were orderly and attentive. Singing and drawing are not taught. .At a recent election meeting the walls of the schoolroom were slightly damaged. ” The result of examination in standards was 100 per cent. After passing accounts and authorising the Chairman to have certain repairs executed it was decided that the Committee give the children a treat on Tuesday next, Dec. 16. Arrangements were made for the supply of edibles and refreshments, and also for an entertainment to be held in the evening. A charge of one shilling was decided to be made for the tea and entertainment for persons not connected with the children attending the school. The Committee then adjourned. :■ Accident at Rakaia. -—An; accident happened to Mr. Charles Lake, livery stable keeper, oh Wednesday morning. Mr. L a ke, accompained by Mr. Anderson, was driving a yoilng horse through‘ the town when the horse bolted, and the buggy in which they were riding came in contact with the fence at the old post office, throwing out both occupants. Mr. Anderson jumped out without sustaining much injury, but Mr. Lake, who was thrown out, had one leg cut a good deal. The buggy was entirely smashed.
A Circus on Fire. —A't Wanganui on Monday night, the attendance at Chiarini’s Circus was about 2000. At two o’clock on Tuesday morning the tent used as a stable for the horses and zebras caught fire. The night watchman loosened the animals and let them go. The tent was burned down and the animals scampered over the town, but all were safely recaptured. The huanacos were much scorched. The loss is about L4OO.
Horsewhipped. —-At the Wellington Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday a young man named Fi White was . fined ss. for horse-whipping Wethers Watts, son of Dr. Watts, who had sent an insulting letter to White’s sister. The fine was pubscribed by several gentlemen, in the Court, and the balance was placed in the poor box.
Ashburton School Co, mmittee. —At the Committee meeting on Tuesday night there were present Dr. Stewart (presiding), and Messrs St. Hill and Bradley. After some unimportant business, the master s report •was read, which showed an average attendance of 330 out of a number on the roll of 476. The largest attendance on any- day during the month was 340. It was decided to hold the Kith inst. a close holiday, being the Canterbury Anniversary. The Committee sanctioned e use of the school to the scholars for a concept pn the 32nd for behoof of the prize fund. letters were read from the Revs. Paige and Beattie, accepting the duties of examiners on the occasion of the annual examination on the 17th, 18th, and 19th inst.; and the Committee fixed the 22nd for the distribution of prizes to the children. A special meeting of Committee was fixed for the 16th, to dispose of financial business re prizes.
Inquest. —There will be an inquest held on the late fire in Tancred street on Monday,,next. School Prizes. —At the meeting of the School Committee ou Tuesday it was reported that good progress had been made with the'’-’ - col iecii >n of subscriptions for school prizes. It is to hoped, however, that tboselnterested in the cause of education who have not yet been visited by the collectors, will consider the children’s claims and subscribe to their utmost .. •ability. The presentation of prizes to deserving children is an incentive to healthy emulation, and it would be a great pity and a discredit to the township were the Committee left in any. way hampered for the needful funds to supply respectable rewards to the meritorious scholars.
The Union Bank* of Australia.— By teffigrLphil^ been to-day received in Melbourne to the effect that the directors df the Union Bank of Australia intend to take advantage of the'Act receritly'fM penal 1 -Legislature and; register J,. under the Companies Acts, 1862 ■ to - 1879, increasing the amount of the shares frqip L 25 to L 7 K - ekeh,' the LSO per share being intended,, exclusively as guarantee, or “reserve” capital Under • the intended arrangement .’the paid-up capital of the’bank will be -LI ,<500,000 ; , the reserve fund paid-up, LBOO,OOO ; the guarantee, or' ‘“reserve”" capital,." L 3,006,000 in all, L 5,300,000. The shareholders Will thus see' a limit to their- ■
liability, while the public will ho. guaranteed to the extent of nearly l L 4,000,000. over and above the paidi-up Capital plthe bank. A special meeting of the snare-,, holders is called for 12th January .pext, in London, to giveeffect to the proposals of the directbifat 'the tdndeßhy-of llhichmuSfc - be to do away with ally deterrent influence.: attaching to “ unlimited liability,” and to , keep the share-list ip sStillfaotdry tion as to the Wealth arid respectability of the proprietors.—Melbourne “-Age,” S^th N°v. •: -->ttijjif; • School Committkb Election. annual election of- th® Schqol, Committee takes place on the/Ith. Monday iri January, 1880, and previoUs tb that ditto* Jiffid meeting will be held,.‘»#iiiKe 2nd .Tuesday in January, at which the report will he read.' ui KsfeS
Grand Lodgb Lodge of tl e 'opeflftW its sessions in Cfarhrtchurcli on ;i, Td«flday morning. Grand -Lodge were conferred upon the following tbisjdjte trict:—Sister F.* SheareV,Tihwald Lodge; Sister M, A, i-Hardley, Dawn of Peace, Ashburton ; ; and Bros. J.' HdrdleyjfiUjds J* J Ashwood, also of the Dawn of Peace. The G.W.C.T. reported w decrease in the whole membership *of the order in the South Island, attributable to, migration of many members whojhad beep compelled to go about in search ojE; business Avas almost •’ faataujL the Grand Lodge bf|ohi» weeo elected as follows ;—G. W.G.'T., "Rev. Dr. Eoseby, Dunedin; GiW.YT., Bro. Johnston; r W ellfngtpn'jJ7^JD. C. Cameron; Treasurer, "BRvi Carr ; Chaplain, Brb. Buttle;., , Balclutha; G.W.M., Broi 'Smith; -Lyttelton; G. S. J.T., Bro. iJ..T. Smith;fJhmtehurch; Representatives to W.G.L. Melbourne, Bros. Bermett, Roseby and Jago.
Legislative Council; —The Legislative o’clock, getting through a large Amount of routines business.,'' •'J’ Caledonian SbciEtri —A j meelin|Wil the Caledonian Society ViEi8 i hel3^4p-Q3®l» ' Hotel bn,' Tuesday* *' -bight;- J Messrs; C. Reid (CKairaian)? J-W.-3Sfisw-son, Dr. Stewart, TrQqUl, John Frazer* D. Henderson, G Risely, A A .- Harmon, and about ten others. Coirespqpdspqe was read from Mr. James. Campbell, re* sighing his office as TreasureMalffiPAQwM proposed and Mr. Robinson seconded that Mr. Campbell’s resignation .bA-\pcCept«d with regret, and a vote of thanks accorded - to him. This was carried. The sub-com-mittee for’ choosing Hlle* grouhd- : ri£ort«4 • that they had arranged with Mr. Say T. Smith for the use of his paddock for LS ; the Society to pay-Mr. Smjth ..for pleating and fencing the ground.' With refarence to the ground, Mr. Wilkie, as one of th« ground committee; : said he" would' "lute them to inspect it/again* : .to j udge of its advantages and, ~defects, as ,the .proposed site possessed'-both.A ’ ensued, and some; wM expressed -that although were not allowed,taDft other persons had been allo.Wftd. the ground for lawn tennis and such uke games. Mr. Quill, proposed and. Mr.. D. Henderson seconded, 1 that Harrison be requested to sell the following privilege* On Saturday next; the. 13th ihst.; .suHwct to conditions to' be imposed by the Gkdjnd Committee:—Publioan’sbooth, twoconfee* Committee .wpqe. ? empowered .to qbooM more suitable group# if it was to be found. It was .^solyedtbpt judges for the various events. XMquestten of the appointment bf b^etifiii^BftSs^yleft in the i; bf A meeting of the Directors was-i aftemwdt held, and the prize list-was .upon, and the meeting adjournedtill iSaWsday evening. The list of prizes and entrance money will be bn'MbiidSy^fifext. School Concert/— On the evening of the 22nd, after the annual distribution of prizes, the elder 'scholars attending the borough school will give an entertainment for the hehobf of the prize fund. W§ learn under Mr. Stott’s training the pupils’ musical appearance gives every promuie of being very 'superior; and attention pgs also been paid to the little opes’ elocutflaii An Incident bir - History.— M* young colony like our own,, where’affairs of twenty years ago . are mattefs'bf history, the following from the “ NekohCqibpist of 6th Nov. may be interesting . terday was the thirty-eighth afmivettory of the arrival at our port of Nelson’s first settlers, in ; the-ship Of these pioneers, we believe,, there are still some eightwai^ftiWfflft^ picious event marked yesterday s apmv£i] saiy, that was the sailjug pp to firat trip of the lapgeat stomp* ey ? r hmltm Nelson, the s.B. Wakatq taking h«jr cfejteptupe for Wanganui, with many gpop wjuips for her future capepF,; Appier _fact is, that the fine steamer alluded'ro is principally i, ’by Vi members of the family of* ,our much esteemed'--,Harbour Master, Mr. J. S. Cross, who was one of the pioneers, and who "piloted thp ftpi| boat f from the-sWp Whitby into our harbour.
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