The Ashburton Guardian, COUNTY AGRICULTURAL & SPORTING RECORDER THURSDAY, DECEMBER 18, 1879.
Suez Mail. —Supplementary mails for Europe, Ac., via Southampton and Brindisi, will be despatched per express train this morning. Correspondence for these routes must be specially addressed. The inward mail via Suez arrived in town early yesterday morning per special train from the south. Railway Christmas Fares. A “Gazette” of the 11th inst. announces that single tickets from any station to any station, issued from Saturday, the 20th December, 1870, to Saturday, the 3rd January, 1880, will be available for return any day up to and inclusive of Monday, the sth January, 1880. The above notice applies to the whole of the New Zealand Government Railways.
South Rakaia Wheat.—We have been shown a telegram received by Messrs. R. M'Kerrow and 1 Co., Rakaia, from their agents, advising them that wheat sent home by them has again topped the market, realising 625. per quarter. Chiartni’s Circus. —This circus troupe have engaged a special train at LI per mile to carry themselves and impedimenta over their Middle Island tour...
Friendly Societies. His Excellency the Governor has been pleased to authorize “the promotion of total abstinence from all intoxicating drinks,” as a purpose to which the powers and facilities of the Friendly Societies Act, 1877, ought to be extended, in order that temperance societies may be registered under the said Act.
The Property Tax. —The Property Tax Assessment Bill was under discussion for a long time on Monday morning, and an attempt was made to reduce the rate of taxation to id. per LI. This was passed in Committee and then rejected again. After Major Atkinson had endeavored as a compromise to fix the rate at gths of a penny, the Committee came back again to one penny at which the rate now stands. Several divisions took place. A Greyer Capture. —On Tuesday about 11 p. m. the police received information that a gold watch and chain,, the property of Mr. Kingwood, had been stolen from his bedroom, in the Somerset Hotel. Mr. Shearman, the landlord of the hotel, gave the information to Sergeant Pratt, who soon arrived, and at once arrested on suspicion a young man named Ford, who occupied the next room to complainant, he having been seen to enter Ring wood’s room previously. Ford denied all knowledge of the watch, and was ordered by the sergeant to strip, when the guard was found in Ford’s coat pocket. When the crucial test of stripping his trousers and drawers came, he was anxious to know whether the sergeant had not gone far enough. Mr. Pratt, however, thought he might as well take olf all his clothes, and on the drawers being pulled clear of his heels, the watch dropped out. Ford expressed his surprise, and said he was ignorant of the manner, in which the watch could have got on his person. The sergeant thought he would be better cared for at the lock-up than at the Somerset, and accompanied him to the depot. Yesterda}' morning he was brought up before his Worship the Mayor and pleaded not guilty. He was, on the application of the police, who know something further to the prisoner’s disadvantage, remanded till Friday.
Cricket.— The following gentlemen have been selected to play in the match Ashburton v. Geraldine to-day, at Geraldine and they are requested to be punctually in attendance at the Railway station to proceed to Geraldine by the 7 a.m. train: —Messrs. Saunders. Denshire, Field, Broadbelt, Whitley, A. Fooks, Hodder, J. Ashvvood, H. Fowler, S. Poyntz, T. Buchanan. Emergency men—W. H. Zouch and E. Mayo.
A Bolt.— About 3 o’clock on Wednesday a six-horse team belonging to Messrs, Gould and Cameron, which had just been harnessed to a Clayton and Shuttlcworth's Combine at the railway station bolted, the driver having the reins on the leaders and shaft horses. They started so suddenly that the driver was thrown on his back, and the leading reins became entangled in his feet, and he was dragged about a hundred yards, taking an involuntary bath on his way in the water table in West street, when Mr. James M‘Rae pluckily ran to the leading horses’ heads and stopped them, the driver having received ho other damage than a thick coating of mud. His escape fx’opii being run over by the machine was a narrow one, as had the leading reins been, of tile proper length he would inevitably have been dragged under the wheels. ‘
New Telegraph Station.— A telegraph station is now open at VVoodville, in the County of Waipawa. Miss Beatrice. —We much regret that owing to indisposition the public were deprived of the great treat of seeing Miss Beatrice in her splendid representation of . “ Little Buttercup” in the opera of “H.M.S. Pinafore,” at the Town Hall last night. No doubt this talented lady is as much disappointed as ourselves in not being able to appear, but we are promised that she will make amends for her unavoidable absence on this occasion in a week or two, when she will appear in Mr. Ogden’s new pantomime and in the admirable burlesque of “ Acis and Galatea.” School .... Paige and Beattie commenced their examination yesterday of the pupils attending the borough schools,' and this prizes 'will be distributed on, according t 0... the examiner’s awards. ... Our Telegraph Office. The “ Gazette” announces that the , .Ashburton telegraph office will be open'to-lhe' public until ten p.m. henceforth, on the evenings , , of Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. This concession on the part of Government will be a very great convenience to '.t many business men. - V Waterton Sports. —The Waterton ‘ Sports Committee held a meeting ?on - Thursday evening last. Mr. Francis Doherty was elected Chairman. The disposal of thp privileges was discussed, and the publicans’ booth was offered' to and accepted by Mr. Doherty for a consideration. A fee of LI 10s was fixed ■ for refreshment booths, and it w;as decided not to allow any games of chance on the 1 ' ground. The programme was adopted, and the final arrangements were postponed to an adjourned meeting, to be held bn Friday next. Mail Coach. —Mr. George Willcpcks, of the Wheatsheaf Hotel, announces that he will run the Royal Mail Coach be- • tween Ashburton and Longbeach from the commencement of the New Year, at considerably reduced rates, in order 'to' place the Coach within the service 1 of,'all. We hope that farmers and others travelling this way will patronise the coach, in : order to make the undertaking a Success. Winslow Sports Committer. The Committee of,the Winslow Sports held a meeting at the Railway Hotel on Saturday,. evening. ' Present—Mr.Grant (hi ’the 4 ” chair, George James, Johii Williams, Hugh Rainey, and J. Rogers. , Corresppp-. dence was read from Mr. J. Ivess', offering' to advertise the programme of the sports in the “ Mail ” for L 6, and from Messrs. Weeks and Dixon to advertise the same in the “Guardian”'for L 4 10s., and in the “ Herald ” for L2 6s. After some deliberation it was decided to give the work to the “ Mail. ” The Ashburton Brass Band offered their services, and it Was resolved “ to accept L 1 0; such amount to cover all expenses. The, Secretary reported that the funds dfthe : Cortimittee Woultbaanrtunt to about LIOO, which amount would be available for prizes. Mr. W. Harris offered L6.,65..f0p, a, aght horse race, to be ridden'in cart 'AftSr /discussion as to the likelihood of owners of good draught horses caring to enter for such a race it wes altered with-Mr.-Harris’s consent, to a Publicans’’ Purse,' I confined to horses owned between the Ashburton and Hinds! rivers: On; thp] motion ;.p£f MtyJames, it was decided to. forbid training on thecoprse for the races, .under, pain of, disqualification. The meeting then adjourned. tUL the' 27 th inst. '