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while' returning to*d’of firewood, -. dray wheel passed overhis chest' He was removed to an adjoining hbnse, and a messenger at once . dtp vo into the township for Dr. Boss, who went offimmediately and attended to Mr. ILoth's injuries. Grand _ Lono®,- ■ i-O; G.T^— ThuraIWhertKlstoo, from the Ashburton Star (rfltfiejlSast' l«dge were recipients of the Grand Lodge Degree. Amongst other recommendation; was received; from tKe.'Dunedin Pioneer Lodge. It drew attention to the habitual breath of the law which fbrbade the saleof liquor to 'and attributed much -of the dnihkenqeas now existing amongst women to(thie cause, and also indirectly much of amongst men ; urging also the eftiregular 'enforcement of the- law.; At the evening sitting theLodgd'declded', torfcohl it* next session at A ; large taa meeting was held m the, evening Oddfellows Hill, at, which, 400 Mople were entertained, and Mr. J. W. jfago and Dr. Bdseby delivered eloquent eddrqsses.'

Cricket Association. —A meeting-was htfa, yesterday evening. .Prewpt-T’ltfPW™ SMSaunders (.Chairman), Staimraring, Bfcoadbelt, And Wilkie.... The chaizmaprepdrted that negotiations had bpexv entere d nttttfor the purpose of procuring , a lawn mbwet; and ,the ;tennisand';croquet clubs hid, ‘agreed to pay half the cost. .It resolved that-the.chaicman of. the Domain BbunLbeasked for his consents to pay the eost of a tube .«el)/ jn. the-Doipain. The secretary was instructed to collect one guinea from the “Timaru Herald” and “Press” clubs' for use ;of grqund on 13th inst, The following resolution was phased—‘ ‘ .That.the' chairman of the Pomaih Board be requested to iprward to the Asa6dation • a- balance-sheet, .showing, the ‘antounts.expended.artd-stilltocredit, out of the LIOO votod by the County .Council *fbr ,the formation of a cricket ground in the Domain, - .... ...

A • Golden Wbdwno.—Mb Lordship ■the Primate, distributed, the prizes at ■Christ's College Grammar School, Christchurch, on Thursday evening. After the prizes had beep given out, .his Lordship; .read; a letter, from the prefects of theCollege, congratulating , him, and Mrs. | Harper upon having attained thoir 50th weddlpg- day, apd expressing a ' desire to! holidays extended one week in honor, of rthe| occasion. ’ Amidst .much laughter, the question was'put, td the vote, and fdl .parties being' unanimous, the boon \ ' Beaus iBAHi>GaM?KTtTioK.-~Th«Dune.

"din (Caledonian. Society; have offered a / pifeeofLßOtothe best'brass-band- in, a - .competition to take place :nt, the Society’s ■annual srortsineetirigvon New Year’s Day,

> ' Sixteen .bands must - enter for the prize, ■canid, thee Judges- appdinted are Messrs. G. iWind 'K L/- Simpson-,, Dunedin, and " Major Lean and Mr. Coombes, Christridbrnete - v

‘ Peaches. —A roost (extraordin- ** fkfdlity appeal id > have attended V^hea<^'tr^s' : this;ybkf7 hundreds’ of trees ul of aH 'afeeii, ihd appar’efitly in the; most f bonditipn lsst yePr, ’hav# died off ajl 'dyer Hkwlce’s 'Bay, and- E -similar *,'■ jisombißftrt .nWde. : from • WairaTapfc• and ‘ w WeffiHgtdh; The blight is invisible, nor ■*" \V of the trees be accounted for with afiy One suggestion is that the winter was so mild and free from frost, that the sap has not struck, and this has weakened the trees and caused them to wither.

, , The Ashburton Watebworcb Bill passed both Bouses of Parliament last plight. Tress Cricket Match. —Ashburton may look to‘day for the arrival of a varied assortment of newspaper men of all grades, from the - editor down to the printer’s deril. The *‘-Press ” from Christchurch 'intends doing battle in a friendly match at cricket with the “ Timaru Herald;” and it is understood that the political hatehet is to be buried, and all allusions likely to lead to. the speaker’s attention being called to the conduct of Honorable members, —- —-battists, we mean—will be strictly prohibited. The portly representative of the “ Press ” in Ashburton was ■doing duty yesterday with a tape line, and we have no doubt shocking btta papers will be published from both offices on Monday morning. Wesleyan Anniversary. —To-morrow ’the second anniversary of the Wesleyan Church in Ashburton will be celebrated by the holding of special services, which will be conducted by the Rev. Bauraber, of Christchurch, who will preach at both diets of worship. On Tuesday a teameeting will be held in the evening, to be followed by a public meeting, at which suitable addresses will be delivered, and very superior music rendered by the choir, which has.been specially recruited and practiced for the occasion.

The Railway Station.—We are informed on good authority that the present sheds which do. duty as a railway station will he dispensed with, and a building with some pretensions to decency, if not to aichiteoture, will be erected on the north side of the present makeshifts, and directly l opposite the“ Guardian ” office. Cricket. —On Tuesday next a match will be played on the Dontaln ' ground between the first eleven and next twenty two selected from tbd local clubs. The following players will comprise the eleven;—Messrs. G. Andrews, Bruce, Buchanan, Denshire, Field, Fooka, Grant, Hodder, Hill, S. Saunders (captain), and Whitely. Emergencies—Douglas, E. Saunders, Mainwarmg arid Harris. As the twenty two (which will be captained by D. Amos) will have the services of A. Andrews, Harris, Shiny, and - several other excellent bowlers, and a host of good batsmen, the majority should win. Play will commence at 11 a. m. sharp. Drunks.- —Business in drunks is looking up at the E.M. Court, Mri C. P. Cox, haring had four of these beljnfess individuals before him on Thursday. One, John ’ Robertson, had been before the Court before, on one or two occasions when his dinner had . had more liquid than solid matter in its compilation. This time, the constable on Wednesday at 9 o’clock steered him up to the public hostelry where many a hotel-uontracted somnolence is dispelled.. John managed to persuade the sergeant that he wasn’t so tight after ally and got bailed out; but at the same evening the alcohol' with which he had seasoned his food told upon him again, and. as a penalty for contributing too heavily to the public’s and the publican’s revenue, ho was run in for hi* own safety, andthepublicgood. On Thursday he told hia tale. He didn’t often get drunk—drunks never will believe that they get tight frequently—he hadn’t been drunk for a long time, and.hadn’t had much this time. His f* not much,” however, was too much for him. Mr. Cox said he was willing to take.a lenient view of the case, and would let the man off if he would promise to go straight.back to his work at the Hinds. That was just the chance prisoner wanted, and he closed with the offer forthwith. A dentist named Allan next waltzed up to the public confessional. Drunk the night before. Hadn’t anything to say to the charge.. Had been, almost a teetotaller for months, but this drop had a “ most terrible ” effect upon him. The phrase is a strong ope, but the man’s face and general appearance said “Amen” to its truth. Sergeant ' Pratt said there was jnothing against prisoner in Ashburton, jbut ; tbe Christchurch Court knew all iabout his . liquor weakness. Mr. Cox was iagain inclined to -be lenient, and extracted a promise of abstemiousness in (future., The. weak one was let off, with, a lOp.fine, and a caution, however, that his .next entry, for the liquoring event would :be handicapped with his previous convictions,: Joseph O’Brien had a big skinful of ■ what a -greater l than he has called “ distilled damnation. ” It turned him up at iFriedlander’s ,store,- where he lay down. ,He did his “ spiriting ” gently, however, for tbe apprehending constable said he was ! very quiet—very quiet. Mr. Cox was again merciful, and on Joseph promising to find a softer. bed in the future than Friedlander’s doorstep, and that at a safe distance from the Ashburton township, he was permitted to take himself off without E fine. ' '

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Ashburton Guardian Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 34, 13 December 1879

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