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! This “ GuAßniAr. ” — The new machinery for printing the “Guardian” is in domae of erection, and it is quite .within the bounds of possibility that we may appear-in our new- form on the first of

January. ‘' Fikr Brigade. — 1 The Fire Brigade Committee held a meeting last night, and adopted a- report to be presented to the Borough Council. Caledonian Society.— As the games are to begin-sharpat 10 a.m., the members and pipers of the Society are requested to assemble at the Bridge at 9 a.HL, from whence they will inarch to the . grounds, Raymond’s Diorama.—An entertainment of a very pleasing nature took place in the Rakaia schoolroom on Friday evening, consisting- of scenes in the adven- - tores of Livingstone and Stanley in South Africa, and also, pictures of the Zulu war. The descriptive lecture was of a very ir- . tereating nature, and very ably delivered. Sokhe Of the scenes were sufficiently • humorous to evoke hearty laughter, par- . ticularly from the juvenile portion of the audience, and the entertainment was a great success. . “ Pinafore.” —The name of “ Pirnfore ”is getting a trifle stale now.-a-days. ■ Last. night at a meeting of the Fire . Brigade a question was brought up about S- contract Mr. Samuel Hardley had in hand ; and it appeared from what was 5 said that Hardley had hardly finished the job to the satisfaction of the brigade. One .member asked if it was usual to pass jobs before completion, and the answer was promptly given “Hardly ever,”

Christmas Decorations. — Our towns- ' men .have not forgotten the time-honored .'Christniastide, ana the quantity of verdure displayed yesterday in the shops of our jlocal tradesman was a sign that the old jen&eUishinents 0 f the home country had ' not been forgotten. The number of country visitors was unprecedented, and we have heard more than one: business

man declare that yesterday waa the best record ofc cash gales he had, known for months. ■ The Rivers. —Owing to the flooded State of the river, three waggons have

r been" stack up ”at Dlgby’a Ford. One with wool,, from Buccleuch Station, belongs to Mr. Hay T. Smith, the bottom teer of wool being in the water ; another is Mr. Corsbie’s, of Alford Station ; and - the third is Mr. J. Spencer’s. Mr. Corsbie’s waggon is wool-laden, and Mr. Spencer’s is loaded with timber. Two days’ incessant rain- in the hills no doubt earned the flood, not only in the Ashburton, but also in. the Rakaia and Rangitata.

Racsno Club. — A meeting of the .. Bacing Committee was held yesterday afternoon, at which were present Messrs. • S. Sunders, 0. C. Fooks, C. W. Ireland, ; and Ji Wilkie—Mr. Saunders presiding. * It was resolved that the stakes in the races won by -Orange Peel be paid over to the second horse, and the Treasurer was empowered to hand over the money. It was decided that: a general meeting of the members t be held, at the Road Board Offioe on Friday, Jan- 2, at eight ' receive bdii&co'jhoot* A balance of L*o ~ due by the Club to the Tre'asurer was ; autlvriwd ip be paid.' ; SponmVWe understand that - Ifcjftthe'intention .of the railway author!' . tirirtorup an ea^ra'train from Ashh ur ion to#i?iwp’f' ; bn;/NeW .Year’s Day. The .K otdmary train.at-II aim.' will have a large “Triages .attached, to accomIdesitbps. of seeing, the first part of the proJHfl horse racing. Another ye 'Ashburton at 12.50 for inters to Winslow that in«Mhy ‘.the•' B^l5■ .ordinary special at 5. S0 f and if they sen the fag-end of the -temalatill; the. 7 p.ra.

of their 'Magazine, ’’ just leS^^™33Seiii.' : " Jt'oontaina 12 of: the pieces, waltzes, .. The first piece is ‘liSifffffiniwilft valsa'. cle i salon by Turner, en- - ffext', follow' the well- * * 'the Mountain Belle,” cornea .Sfcrartss’ wbrldby the charmffl|PMMwiini)f which .every. Votary of Ijpei* delighted. Next folsongs, “Still Bishop’s Cfthia wain'” We B'Cheautiful melody “ Blu-!i»-characteristic modula- * Waiting,” and five Christy ballads-—making HBMwfe 1 jjterof the cheapest shilling’sB|H|^^ah)rtpoiifl t ever published, The HHUjwQßdit on ml engage w * tß ? 1 ...

Measles. —The ship Auckland has arrived at Port Chalmers, and has been put into quarantine. She has 40 cases of measles on board. Oocirrr Council Offices. — An advertisement in another column announces that the County Council’aoffices in Baring Square, will be the Council’s official domicile after the 22nd inst.

Telegraph Communication. — The Lyttelton and Christchurch post-offices are to be connected by telegraph, and it is expected that by Saturday the Lyttelton Harbor Board will be placed in communication with the Heads and the pilot station. -

: Rain in the North. —Recent rains in the North Island, says a telegram received this morning, have brought down for the Auckland Timber Company 440 logs, and the. prospect of more is high. The average rainfall last week was 3.75 inches, exceeding the entire months of December in the last fifteen years..

Railway Reductions. —lt was rumored in Christchurch on Monday that over 70 hands in the various departments at the Christchurch terminus had received, or were about to receive notice that their services would bo dispensed with at an early date, and that some 9s. a day employees would be reduced to Bs. a day.

B.M. Court. —On Tuesday morning the Resident Magistrate had a light calendar, only six cases being set down for hearing. In two of these there was no appearance, three others were decided in favor of plaintiffs with costs, and one was adjourned till the 30th. . One of the decided cases was a suit for rates at the instance of the Borough Council.

Heavy Weather.— The coach running between Christchurch and Hokitika has been knocked out of time. A telegram from Hokitika says that though due on Saturday the conveyance has not arrived. It has been detained at the Bealey, with fourteen passengers and a heavy mail. It has been blowing a gale of wind there for four days, with heavy rain, and is still blowing ard raining. All traffic by land or sea is stopped. The rivers are flooded, and there is no sign of abatement.

Certificates of Merit —Those scholars of the Borough schools who have earned by their attention, diligence, and aptitude, the certificates. of merit awarded by the School Committee, and which will bear the attestations of the examiners, the head master, and the Chairman of Committee, will have these important documents forwarded to them in letters by the secretary, Mr. Ward, who well deserves the hearty cheers for him on Monday by the scholars, for the unflagging interest he still takes in the school. Economy in Railway Expenditure.— We understand it is the intention of the Railway Departrr ent to economise its expenditure. At present there are four waymeu on each six-mile length of the permanent way. These sections are now to be extended to seven miles, thus doing away with about 20 per cent of the labor employed. This is the sort of economy which is usually the outcome of Parliamentary debates. The highly paid officials are retained, even where there is a surplus of them, but the men who do the really necessary work of keeping the line in working order are to have a larger share of work to do, and those considered superfluous are to look' elsewhere for the means of livelihood.

Somebody Wrong. —At the Court on Tuesday, in a case in which a man named Parkinson sued defendant. Little, for LBl6s, a witness swore that he had seen the summons placed in the envelope, had taken the document to Little, and given it to him into his own hand on the Saturday night. Defendant just as positively swore he never saw nor heard anything of the summons until the Sunday morning following, when he got it from his wife. Either one or other of these gentlemen must have a very oblique recollection of things, or they, sadly misunderstand the nature of an oath. The Magistrate will doubtless be able next Court-day to say who is who.

Pedigree Wheat. —At the suggestion of Mr. W. Kennaway, Secretary to the Agent-General, Mr. W. H. Mold, of Ashford, Kent, England, the grower of heavy pedigree wheat known as “ Mold’s ennobled red and white,” has written to the Canterbury Agricultural and Pastoral Association, with a vijw of having this wheat tried by the farmers in this Provincial district. Dr. M f Murtrie, commissioned by the American Minister, visited Mr. Mold’s farm last year, and reported that 70 acres sown with this wheat produced more than 170 acres of ordinary American wheat. That gentleman tmk away 200 sacks tq be distributed in America, It it stated that on one root as many as 106 heads have been grown. Only half the usual quantity of this seed is required, and it is sown a month earlier, as it requires mofe tpqe qqd vqon\.

The Chanqfj of Tariff. —The Wellington correspondent of the Auckland “ Star ” writes Upon enquiry it is stated to be quite erroneous that large sums were made by clearances in anticipation of the tariff changes.' The only firm here which did well on its clearance was that of Turnbull and Co., and they are not in any way connected with politics or politicians. That firm alone cleared fully half the tobacco taken out of bond. They also took out their oilmen’s stores. They acted partly on their own judgment and partly on that of a commercial friend, who said the duty on tobacco would certainly be faised'sixpehce. The firms who came off worst were Johnston’s and Levin’s, each of which has a representative in the House ind ate Government supporters, having cleared out the day before the change an unusually large amount of sugar, but remarkably little of those articles on which the duty -is increased. • Johnston’s firm was much about the same. Neither firm made anything out of tariff changes, but rather the reverse.

H.M.S. Pinafore vs Cour*. —During the hearing of the celebrated grog case on Dec. 11, considerable amusement was caused by Mr. Fitzherbert asking if spirits Were never watered before being sent out. On receiving the answer' “never,” he looked up and remarked, “ What, never." and the answer was given with increased emphasis, “ No, never.” The temptation was too great, and pat came the “ What, never,” and the answer “ Well, hardly ever,” amid the prolonged laughter of those in Court, in which the Bench heartily joined.—“ Wanganui Chronicle.”

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Ashburton Guardian Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 39, 25 December 1879

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