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Harvesteb Trial. — A. trial of the harvesters at Gawler, New South Wales, tpok place on the 17th for tne Government bonus of L4OO. 31 competitors entered.

■ Chiarini’s Circus.— On Monday, Jan. 6th, we are to be visited by one of those kinds of amusements which always draw a crowd in any part of the world, no matter whether they be good, bad, or indifferent, and we have seen all sorts in Ashburton. From all accounts, the previous efforts of equestrians, acrobats, tigers, and ferocious animals of all descriptions, are about to be eclipsed by Chiarini’s Circus, and if newspapers in other parts of the Colony where Chiarini has visited don’t tell fibs, then we have a treat before us. One of them says;—The opening of the entrance an hour before the commence ment of the performance, affords opportunity for a leisurely inspection of the animals located in the outer tent. Of the three adult tigers, two are males, and they have been named Brutus and Caesar. The latter is the largest specimen, and is probably as good an example as could be found in any menagerie. The female, Nell, gave birth to her three cubs on Oct. 10 last, when three days out from Honolulu, so that they are now about ten weeks old. That they have thriven admirably may be inferred from the fact that the weight of each is 161 b. When they'are two years’ old their training will be commenced, and they will be quickly taught to fear their keeper, instead of—as some of the spectators might imagine—entertaining an affection for him. The short tether of the buffalo is a pretty sufficient indication of the brute’s temper. His keeper considers it is a “ merciful dispensation of providence” the animal exhibits a most unusual peculiarity in having turned down instead of turned up horns. This buffalo is occasionally ridden by Mr. Warner, who “gets up” as,a Comanche Indian, and “the trouble ”, is in the dressing tent, where, if the brute’s temper happens ; to be at all ruffled, an hour may be occupied in the endeavor to get on his back. In the ring itself he is kept within due limits by the aid of a stout rope passed round the central pole. The two zebras shown are both females ; the male fell a victim, in Chili, to the eccentricity pf the buffalo. With regard to the performance in the ring, it is but common justice to state'that the trick acts introduced by Mr. J. Holloway, one of the clowns, are veryclevcr. He is specially good in his changes of costume, one of which is effected while vaulting through a hoop, the loose attire' being apparently arranged within the paper covering of the hoop, so as to be literally jumped into. A Brave Soldier. —The bravery of Lieutenant Hamilton nt Cabul deserved (says a Home paper) to be recorded by the side of Chard, Bromhead, and Meri ville. They say that the gallant officer fought like a young tiger in defence of the British Residency. He is a modern Hofatius Coccles, who stood alone against an over-whelming host. He made three distinct charges at the head of the suite upon the' fatal gun that was being fired upon the Residency by the insurgents, and on each charge he slew several men with his hand. “When will his glory fade ? Oh, the wild charge he made.” At the third charge so terrific was the impetus of the boy’s attack that he actually succeeded in silencing the gun single-handed. But there was no honor among the thieves this time. The Afghans all directed their pieces at him alone. They fired, and the young officer fell down dead across the gun. Wanted Change. —A rather amusing incident happened recently on the New Plymouth-Inglewood line. The railway guard, seeing a lady waiting at one of . the signal stations, as if wishing to be taken up, accordingly gave the signal for stopping the train. Much, however, to his surprise, he found (says the “ Taranaki Herald ”) that the lady was not an intending passenger, but merely wished to know if he could oblige her with change for a pound note ! We wonder if the guard gave .her thp change ?

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Ashburton Guardian Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 38, 23 December 1879

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