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•TEiiEGRAPHie'i-^From"viand - after this date we are informed that the extended .hours' at. the’ ■'undermentioned • offices at© suspended and th© hitherto in faro© wilt he reverted to-i—Auckland, Grahams-town,:Napiehy'-Wellington/ Christchurch, Ashburton/ Timaru, Oamaru, Dunedin, Btoffr 1 V. TbmpepaiicbDramatic, —Wa must amateur players of Ashburton oiOh© ot ■ ' 'ejflpairtji - a rule it It igeidom tha;t Amateur© ; can .be collected together to carry tfirdhflUa’play without a hitch,, bpt. in this, case we ars justified in giving the palm to the.temperance Dramatic Club.. The .farce of “ Whitebait at Greenwich" was piiton'thfe'stage in a manner .whioh wouid have, beep a credit to many professional actors’ ‘The tragedy of, “ A Mather’? Mystery,". • had a g°° d ■«»*» the heavy *‘ vjllians ’ in fhe piece being specially prominent, Mr. S. Poyntzmade a very good feature of Sir Ambrose in this play. We would, mend the two actors who do the duel

bnpioMa to take a few Igfspns insword •Mediae before , haying another ‘combat. . af che second villain yaa tpqa loutare, and the history pf past duels. Thp finish pf the prorounme was the best* ,vrfthave seen in,Ashburton. “ The Fairy Tableau " exceeded tire expectations of tile patrons by its grandeur, and thecur-’ tain had to be again lifted to satisfy the - audience. We. trust that the public will L linin have an opportunity of witnessing tffij*scene, and or judging of the capabili- ' ties Of local actors* abilities in this line. The wind up of the play was the best part ofit, therO being a tableau of some seven or eight pretty faces lit up with various colored lights, which made the several actresses look more like angels than we ever saw any actresses on the stage. We must compliment our local actors and actresses, on tile, matmei in which they have carried puA their programme and hope they will givens a similar treat at an early date. A Delicate Scavenger.—The “ N. Z. ThaOS ” says“ The latest from Sleepy Hollow! Last week a gentleman from Wellington paid a visit to Nelson, and—trill it be believed I —he informs us that, bn found one of the Corporation . laborers sweeping the streets in carpet ; Zulu Beauties.—Wo were talking a'writer in the “Court Journal’; ths other day to a friend of ours who re. sided for some time at Natal. He tells us that the Zulu men are good-natured, cheerful beings, and. that the Zulu girls are excessively pretty, most decorous in tiuir behaviour, but addicted to flirt and joke, . If you. wish to marry them you nave ti> pay ths fCithST about L4O. Should you desert your wife her relations assegai jpdll, byt if she misbehaves herself, the relations,’ as part of the bargain, kill her. The girla.go about in lands j when they see a-young Zulu Warrior they sujTovmo make him tell them which of them be the most beautify '7 ‘A “ DiBBtwELL ” Incident. —ln Bowlem’r’ there was LIOOO for the whiliihg notsi) (Bayß the “ Australasian ”). The neglifeted Damwell’s name was on the ticket by four ladies, who had clubbeartogether bs. each for the pound it bosk ■ -Immediately after the.racg was r«n . the; quartette presented’ themselves at Bowlem’s and demanded LIOOO. Bowlem, of course, informed them that they must wait till settling day. They waited. Early on that morning they streamed into =liULhotel,Jind were tendered a cheque fop LIOOO.. • at each other, and' general dissatisfaction at only one ohequa beipg offered, Then in chorus,' • would prefer, sir, four Cheques of L 260 each," Bowlem at once accommothem,V; Then one, with nose tip- I -tintedufcethe petal of a fewer, to the amazement of the rest ordered one bottle of lemonade for the refreshment of the party., The elfera inspected some sinister intention, - and forthwith quitting tfe ; J>oteli ’started for the -bank, instantly nmosd fy their generous entertainer, ' f foaming beaker untasted, ladies chased other to the bank counter in obvious fear that the first [■. funds left for the others. Their faith was weak, but they left tile bank smiling, and i ' parted on the doorstep. -CARDINAL WISEMAN ON FANCY BaEAARS. vw.'wf-rTh® following is from a letter of the late Wiseman, recently published in _:.-«I;go in with.LlO t«y. I might stalk up to kind- Lady Bountiful’s —stall,day- down my-money, desire, it .to be , the account -of the charity, , out.' again without deigning to - ’ look at the vanity fair bii either side, nor at the cheerful yet modest vestals who are tiysngto palm its goods or its evils’on mo, This would be, to my mind, «K rf| hwoio. and possibly real pferisateftV Instead of thatr l walh thrqugh the bazaar, go from staff to stoU, protend to let myself be j taken- inaJwt ctohe for by tbe kind-hearieu-saleswomen, whoknow I have gone there for no other purpose, and whose extrava-gant-prices only mean the highest alms . you will give; sow my ten pounds in fractions over the various counters, and retreat without anyone theleast knowing., what I have given, though the fractions of it .will join, together 4*> form the stated. figure. Igo outj Covering my charity, not indeed wi& v roses (unless in Berlin wool), but with 'tiippei»v ; T , “i®dßhina, most useless baby things, lucifer boxes, and very -coarse Homan collars, five shillings’ worth .of tire yeriesltrash, for which I have given 110. Yetjf do not grudge it. They - , were; .'th«~ roses which concealed rny - * cbfirfiyf - J lh' the meantime, I have passed ' :■ an htnbt of ’ London weather in a bright hall.juid have met and talked with scores ~ ; -pf Charitable loungers like myself, whom I not otherwise have met without a formabvisit, who arealso going off with and arms full of equally useless iirji opd flimsy arises, which will be very much .valued- ,-at, Uie. dijstribution bf prizes in thrir poor sohools, or at the next bazaar. Hoove Lawyers.—Sir William Fox ‘ s to-rthe- “ Bangitikei Herald-”- - as- ; -.follows: in-'reference to: a leading article Which 'lately appeared- in- that journal i “As one of -the oldest ;members- of the ’ i'rlMSbl prefeSsjon'in New Zealand, and a the Bangitikei district, I am sfe-uhwilliDg toallow the very sweeping and i .formidable-indictment preferred by you ' /: against.the profession to pass unnoticed. PtfHiough, riot .myself in practice,. I am . jealous of the Honor and character of the ■profession. There is no doubt that if the charges mado true, the profession -wiinte n purging. You say that “ almostdjaify eases come under notice,” in which the offenders ought to be struck y / off the roll. ■ Do-you apply, this to the, . practitiohera in.this. district ? If they do ..' • such things as' you describe; there is no i r-.j doubt they such punishment, and the puttie has a right to be protected from - -them. If these cases are so common and ; sG notorioußf Why d<«s nobody move In . tfematter?.'Thereia a Law Society in. Wellington, and I have no doubt wha k .- ; - ;;ever; th«t il any-p. . .» who has been in- — juredJiy b in the manner you 'SS rt address that society, and furnish sufficient' proof, itr will 'bring the, case . •,. under the notice .of the Supreme Court. .‘ I a'm wtill aware- that private persons will often submit to very great’.wrongs at the [bands of a lawyer rather than run the -: risk'Of defeat in an- encounter with him, . 7 followed by heavy costs.- But if the case ■ lApbi'-info-tbe hands of the Law Society, ' and it Considers it to be based on suffiJ ‘<Jient grounds, if will take the whole resJ " ponmbility of- applying to the Supreme Court, and protect the injured party from " the*-consequence of failure. With such macliinery to help him, no man need be afraid of challenging a lawyer before the tribunal which has the power topunish him.

Tjib.Native Bif^votv. —We are all at the height of expectation, writes the Hawera correspondent of the “ Wanganui Chronicle,” to know what the Government intend doing j'egarding the Waimate Plains and the native question generally on this coast. All sorts of rumors are flying about, and mysterious hints given as to the movements of the A.C’s. I hear on good authority that as soon as Parliament prorogues Mr. Bryce and Major Atkinson will visit the district preparatory to taking action. There are great differences of opinion with reference to the ultithate outcome of again taking possession of the Plains. Some persons consider they can be taken possession of without much difficulty. Others are of opinion that too much time has been lost, and that since the turning off of the surveyors, nine months ago, the natives have been systematically preparing to resist the occupation of these lands. Fires have for some months past been seen in various directions in the interior skirting the foot of the mountain and among the mountain spurs. These it is supposed are food cultivations, possible scattered in the more ragged portions of the back country that they may be difficult to discover, easily protected, and so rendered difficult to destroy. On the coast and at Parihaka potatoes are now very scarce. This may be accounted for by the probability that large quantities have been taken into the interior during last winter, to plant where they could not be easily destroyed. Very few natives have of late been observed on this coast, and these few have for some months past been constantly catching and carting pigs to Parihaka. Some have been sold in Hawera, but very little of the proceeds spent. It all goes to their prophet chief. It is thought by some that if a move is made on the Plains that instead of relating W they wtU make a counter move against Stpatford and Inglewood, by a track round the foot of the mountain that comes out about Stratford, To he forewarned is to be forearmed, and although 1 do not myself think they will make such a move, it behoves the settlers on the Mountain road to thoroughly organise themselves into a good bushranging corps, in case any such catastrophe may happen,

Railway Carriage Lighting.— Tlie lighting of .railway carriages by the gas made from shale oil is making steady proand unless something better is discovered, all the English lines will before long adept Pintsch’s process. The gas is forced into strong iron cylinders beneath tile carriages, and sufficient for a journey to Glasgow- and back can be readily stored. One .can now ride from Calais to St. Petersburg in a carriage lighted with gas, and:reed'a paper in comfort—a feat which was impossible with the old oil lamps. The whole rolling stock of the under-: ground lines of London is to be fitted with the requisite appliances fqr burning Pintich’s gas, and the Post Office sorting vans on all lines are to be fitted as soon as possible. A Cry from Purgatory. The “Poverty Bay H« raid’’thus discoursed In one of its late issues .• —“ In the day of our triumphs, in the hour of onr affliction, and in all times our trouble we have always taken our readers into our confidence. We have opened our hearts to them and disclosed its innermost secrets. We do so at this moment. The “ Standard ” has had to lower its colors, shall the “ Herald,” then, from similar causes cease to blow its trumpet ? We hear our readers exclaim, ‘Forbid it, Heaven! Well, then, we ask, why do refuse to square their aqonqnts with us 7 People will advgvMto and won’t pay their acQQunla i Dfih »?td our paper* but won’t pw shhßcppticina \ nnd we swmV wy-

Wouldn't Pay*—At th© late Troubador entertainment in Maaterton (says local paper journal), an actor was offended by thegods,”' and told them that if they did. not approve of what was put before them, they could gi-t their money- back and go out. Several of the occupants of the gallery accordingly applied for their money to the agent in charge. The latter dryly remarked, “ You must not take any notice of what that man says,” and the gods returned to their exalted position, and behaved themselves better for the re= mainder of the performance.

Scholastic Discipline.— The “Auckland Free Lance,” in an article on “Scholastic Discipline,” says :—“ln all schools or places of training the juvenile human being, it is necessary to carry into effect a strict system of discipline. Morality must be inculcated ; and in a place to which waifs and strays are consigned in order that they may be rescued from the contaminating influence of the streets, no doubt much trouble is caused to the teachers by the unruly habits, or rather the want of habits of the unfortunate boys. -But all the trouble imaginable could not for one instant justify the school authorities in publicly branding a lad with infamy because he had been guilty, in his juvenile want of morality, with some petty infringement of the laws of meam and tumn. It is clearly the duty of the teachers, when they under, stand the idiosyncrasies of the various lads, to treat each in such manner as to drive out the old ‘ City Arab ’ principles ; and this not by using harsh and unwarrantable measures, but by the gradual substitution of a better perception of the meaning of the moral for the dark meanderings of neglected and partially informed minds. All this means that, going down the wharf two or three days ago, we fell in with a boat’s crew of -youngsters from the Naval Training School. On the back of the shirt of one of these boys there was planted in large charactois tho word * thief*.’ Give a dog a bad name and you may as well hang him ! Call a man a thief in public, and ten to one you will goad or force him into becoming one ! Why, the pillory—that disgusting punishment used in a former ago, the wooden collar of the Chinese, the ear-hanging of the Mussulmans, were not worse than this, and indeed not so bad, for they were not thought so much of, being matters of everyday ocurrence. But here in a sort of Christian country, we have R bit of a boy worse than pilloried, and quite likely ruined for life, by reason of the inevitably hardening effect of his ill-judged punishment.”

The Profits on Whiskey.— The “Belfast News Letter” states that the firm of Dunville and Co., the celebrated whisky distillers, made a lodgment in the Ulster bank lately in cheques amounting to L 182,000, being very close on half a million of money. This is the largest lodgment ever made by one firm in Belfast.

Good Shooting, - A Sydney volunteer named Keating, when firing at a 400yds range, made the highest possible score, 36. He made nine consecutive bulls’ eyes; that is, his two sighting shots as well as his seven competing shots were bull’s-eyes.

A Poem by Richaud Cosur de Lion. At the recent meetLig of the Society of German Philogists an ’ School masters held in Trevea, it was announced that among the manuscripts in the municipal library of that city a fragment of an old French poem had been discovered. It had been prepared for the Press and annotated by Her Kaufler, teacher in the Real-schule. This interesting fragment consists of seventy-eight verses. The editor, who describes it as part of a poem on St. Nonna and her son, St. Devy, attributes the work to Richard 1., or Coaur de Lion, of England.

Entertainment. On Wednesday night the members of the Ever Faithful and Sunbeam Juvenile ’/'cmplars, entertained the inmates of the Old Men’s Home with songs, recitations, Ac., which were highly appreciated. The following programme was gone through very creditably, and our young friends deserve praise for their efforts in thus ministering to the enjoyment ot the old men :—Overture, Sister A. Pennain ; song and chorus, Juvenile Templars ; recitation, Bro. Felton ; piano duet, Sisters A. Andrews and Clark ; recitation, Sister Hepburn; dialogue, Bro. and Sister Hardley ; cornet solo, Bro. Savage ; recitation, Sister Lewis ; song, Sister C. Andrews ; recitation, Bro. Ross ; piano duet, Sisters Clark and Permain ; dialogue, Bros. Corrigan and Leask ; song, Sister Permain ; recitation, Bro. G. Hardley; song, Sister Savage ; recitation, Bro. Lewis; duet, Sisters A. Permain and Savage ; dialogue, Bro. and Sister Felton ; song, Sister Clark; song; Bro. and Sister Hurst; recitation, Bro. Leach; piano duet, Sisters A. Andrews and Permain; recitation, Bro. Corrigan ; song, Sister Quartermain; song, Bro. Escot; song, Sister Gotten ; Temperance song and chorus, Juvenile Tgmplitfft- The national anthem concluded the entertainment.

The Holidays. —Thursday and Friday were fully taken advantage of by both townspeople and country-people, and many reunions of old friends took place. Little knots of pic-nic parties started towards every point of the compass on Thursday, by road and rail, but perhaps the most attractive spot to most was the beach, where in one gully could have been counted at one time about a hundred people, while quite a string of parties could be seen along the sea side. Friday, of couraq, being the Caledonian sports day, supplied its own entertainment, and we heard more of the Northern accent, in town yesterday than we ever heard before—sure proof that the meetings of the Caledonian Society can call out at least Caledonians. Tea Meeting at Sbafield. — On Christ mas evening the annual tea meeting in connection with the Wesleyan Church, Seafield was held in the school. In being the annual holiday a large crowd of people were picnicing at the beach and numbers stayed to tea. About 200 persons were entertained by the ladies who had tl\q management of the affair, arid WC must certainly compliment thwn on the expedition and huaineas like way in which they wont through their work, while at the sanie time they succeeded JO pn.ttifig everyorip. in the of ferqctf. One particulWffy jdUy (dAtore w ibeir managemight safely, he taken note of by nvmy tsa meeting purveyors in tho town —the people were called in to tea when tea was ready, and it was therefore partaken of while it w«- ; n season . j t i s a very Cijlmuon complaint at meetings of this kind that the bohea has either never been hot or has taken a very short time to cool, But no fault whatever could be found with the Seafield ladies’ brew. We have pleasure in chronicling the names of the fair dames who showed themselves so well up to their work, and are only sorry that we did not scare up the patronymics of the modest gentlemen who kept the kettles boiling, no unimportant part of the work. The ladies who presided were Mesdames Oollison, Jones, Bayliss, Hardwicke, Lawry, Brake, and Brown. After tea a few games were enjoyed at the rear of tho school, and then an open air meeting was held, addressed by the Rev. Mr. Keall, who stated there was still a debt of LIOO on the Seafield Wesleyan Church, more, however, owing to tho hard times just past (let us hope) and many removals than to unwillingness or remissness on the part of the people, but he trusted next harvest would wipe off the incubus. The Rev. Mr. Smith also spoke, as did Mr Jouea, Home Missionary, Rakftia, and Mr, H odder, of Ashburton. Several hymns were sung during tho evening, and after a vote of thanks had been enthusiastically accorded to the ladies, who had arranged the meeting, the 'assemblage dispersed in time to get home before daylight had wholly gone—a very sensible arrange: ment indeed.

Rakaia Sports. —The usual Boxing Day Sports were held at Rakaia yesterday, and it being a popular and populous district for such enjoyment, a largo number of the residents assembled. By noon it was calculated that fully 1200 people were on the ground. In the Hack race, Mr. Lake, jun., was thrown, and dangerously hurt, and about the same time our reporter was also damaged, and any further proceedings at the Rakaia sports will have to be reported at a future date.

The. SPORTS, —The crowd at the sports yesterday were not very observant of the barriers the Committee had set up to keep them out of the way of the competitors. We fancy the Committee were as much to blame for this as the crowd. The cards of membership admit “to all parts of the course and to the grand stand,” and when a roving commission like this is given, even to all individual members of so strong an Association as the Caledonian, it is scarcely to be growled at when tho crowd, cannot understand apparently Tom, Dick, and Harry being admitted to the course, while Harry,, and Tom are kept outside. It was in vain to try explanation on the ground, but we hope that by next year the Society will have secured a permanent right to some piece of ground in the near vicinity of the town, and erect a grand stand upon it, if it have not one already, so that some elevation may be available for ladies to witness any event in

which they may take an interest, without being ground to a jelly by hob-nailed “elevens,” or sqeezed to a pancake by the loutish owners of the high sizes.

Spiritualism and the Racecourse. — If the following yarn is true the totalisator may close its carreer, and the bookmakers will at once cultivate mediums. The Avens and Murray Advertiser is responsible for the story. It says : —“ We have been told it by a gentleman on whose truthfulness we implicitly rely. Some five or six weeks ago Mr. Francis Romero, the well-known contractor, with Mr. Paton, formerly of Beech worth, called on Mr. Atkinson, who at one time carried on business as a coachbuilder there, but who is now living at Fitzroy, Melbourne. It appears the wife of Mr. Atkinson is a spiritualist ; and after having placed herself in a trance, she was asked the winner of the then forthcoming Melbourne Cup, when she wrote down the name of Damwell most distinctly. A t the time those present did not give much, heed to her prognostication. When Mr. Romero was recently in Melbourne he mot Mr. Paton, who remarked to Mr. Romero that Mrs. Atkinson -was right. When his memory was jogged, he remembered the name of Darriwell perfectly. On the morning of the race Mr Atkinson said his wife bad received a communication from the spirit world to the effect to advise her husband to bet all his available money on Darriwell. This she told-Mr. Atkinson, who also told his shopmates, but they all ignored the message from the land of spirits, as they did not think it trustworthy. ” Divorce in America.— The figures given in this paragraph shows to what extent divorce in cold blood is carried by our American cousins :—The “ Vermont Chronicle ” has collected some startling facts concerning divorce in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut, and Vermont. For the last few years the ratio of divorces to marriage in these four States is Itol6 in Vermont, Ito 23 - 7 in Massachussetts, 1 to 13 in Rhode Island, 1 to 10 - 4 in Connecticut. In the year 1877 there was granted 1331 divorces in these States. If Maine and New Hampshire have a like record of temporary marriages, not far from 1800 divorces are granted annually in New England.

New Zealand as a Brewing Country. —ln a notice of the New Zealand court at the Sydney Exhibition the “ Morning Herald says :—“An examination of the hops and the barley in the New Zealand court suggests the thought that that country is destined to excel in the produotion of beer, ami further acquaintance with the number and the nature of the exhibits clearly indicates that the brewing industry has obtained a prodigious development in New Zealand.”

Tall Cricket A Tasmanian team wfas sent over from the “ tight little island ” to do battle against the -East Melbourne cricketers, but bad to go back again without even obtaining an innings. The total scored by the East Melbourne Eleven was 742, out of which 250 had to be placed to the credit of Horan, who carried his bat out. This splendid batsman was one of the Austrahen team sent to England, and played in a match in the Ba.sjp deserve ngainst our own cricketers, l\ut the weather proved so inauspicious on that occasion that we had not a favorable opportunity of seeing him at his best.— “N.Z. Times-.’*

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The Ashburton Guardian, COUNTY AGRICULTURAL & SPORTING RECORDER. SATURDAY, DECEMBER 27, 1879., Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 40, 27 December 1879

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The Ashburton Guardian, COUNTY AGRICULTURAL & SPORTING RECORDER. SATURDAY, DECEMBER 27, 1879. Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 40, 27 December 1879

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