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The Ashburton Guardian, COUNTY AGRICULTURAL & SPORTING RECORDER. THURSDAY, JANUARY 8, 1880.

Space. —Owing to the length of the County Council and Road Hoard meeting reports, leading and other matter is crowded out. A. «fc P. Association. —A general meeting of the members of the A. and P. Association takes place in the Somerset Hotel to-day at two o’clock to consider the wisdom of altering an important rule, and to settle the time and place of holding the proposed reaper and binder contest. Mount Hutt Road Board. —The polling at Methven for the Mount Hutt Road Board election was as follows :—Mr. Cameron, 36 ; Mr. Pannett, 31 ; Mr. Chapman, 30; M.i. Holmes, 26. The Barrhill returns have not reached us. Mount Somers Road Board. —The election for a member for Ho. 2 (Alford Forest) ward took place yesterday, and there was a good attendance of ratepayers. The election resulted in the return of Mr. A. E. Peache, with IS votes, Mr. W. T. Chapman polling 11. Mr. P. Tisch retired from the contest. A meeting of the Board will be held to-day. Cricket Association. —A meeting of the Ashburton Cricket Association was held last evening in Messrs. Saunders Brothers office. Present—Messrs. S. Saunders (in the chair), Main waring. Poyntz, Wilkie, and Amos. Mr. Poyntz proposed, Mr. Mainwaring seconded, and it was carried unanimously, “That it is desirable the County and Borough Clubs amalgamate.” It was resolved to call a general meeting of cricketers at the County Council Offices at 8 p m. on Friday next to confirm this resolution, and arrange details of the amalgamation. Fire Brigade. —The regular meeting of Ashburton Fire Brigade was held on Tuesday night, at the Borough offices, Captain Compton in the chair. A report was read from Lieutenat Dolman re the well at Saunders’ buildings, stating that "the supply was ample. Some routine business Ixaving been transacted, it was resolved to have a supper in celebration of the anniversary of the Brigade, on the first Tuesday in February, and to ask the co-opera-tion of the Fire Police. Arrangements wore made to issue certain tickets of invitation, the general arrangements being left to the Standing Committee for the month.

Presbyterian Meeting at Mount 7 Somers. —The Presbyterians at Mount Somers held a meeting at the schoolroom on Monday evening to elect a Committee for the ensuing year, and to consider the proposal of the Rev. B. J. Y/estbrooke to hold monthly services. A Committee was duly elected, to decide on the matter at a meeting to be held on Monday, 19th inst., to mako the necessary arrangements.

Cambridge School Committee. —A meeting of the Cambridge School Committee was held at Mr. Megson’s house, on the 7th January. Present—Messrs. J. Megson (Chairman), Wat-kin, Loyd, Ashton, Margetts, and Dale. The Chairman read the correspondence from the Board of Education re appointment of Mr. Williamson as master of the Cambridge school, and ro fencing, painting, &c. It v.'as resolved that the Committee approve of the business done by the Chairman since the last meeting, and that the Chairman, upon receipt of the sanction of the Board for the painting, let the same, and also the fencing. Resolved that the schoolmaster’s duties commence on the Ist of February, 1880. The master then interviewed the Committee as to hooks and other matters. Resolved that the Chairman arrange for a supply. After a a oto of thanks to the Chairman, the Coi-a-mitte adjourned. Longbeacii Road Board. —The annual meeting of Longbeach ratepayers, which was to take place yesterday, fell through for want of a sufficient number of ratepayers to constitute a meeting. At the advertised time there were present Mr. Cuthbert, Returning Officer, and Messrs. Dawson and Taylor, the retiring candidates, and —nobody else. The candidates, with becoming modesty, declined to propose and second each other, although they would have been quite justified in doing so, and the law would have homo their action out. It therefore now devolves upon the Governor to appoint two mmnbers to fill the vacant places. Times seem to have changed with elections since the one held in July last, when the poll was topped with 119 voters. Flower Tributes. —The magistracy of the City of Vienna lias just passed a resolution “ ncmino contradicente ” that the Common Council shall be requested to ordain that the graves and monuments of Mozart, Gluck, Joseph Haydn, and Beethoven (all of which are to be found in the old Friedhof), shall he decorated the whole year through with flowers, as long as the City of Vienna exists, at the cost of the citizens. These musical magistrates declare that a debt of honor lies upon the Vienna community, which has enjoyed so much delight from the works of these great “ tone-poets,” to say nothing of the monetary aspect of the case in a great capital of opera, and they believe that the citizens will gladly consent to bo taxed as a proof of them gratitude to these great giants of music. A Chinaman in Trouble. —A Chinaman named Ah Gee was charged on Monday at the GreymouthßesidentMagistrate’s Court with an attempt to evade payment of the gold duty on a parcel of gold. He pleaded ignorance of the British law, but had to forfeit the gold notwithstanding.

The Cause or the Wet Season.— Dr. Hector has formed an original and somewhat curious theory of the reason for the exceptionally wet season we are experiencing. He thinks that the Gulf Stream which passes from the equatorial regions to south of the Auckland Islands has changed its course, and in passing through Cook Straits has enveloped the Colony. As it flows to the eastward, it carries with it a great quantity of moisture, which, meeting the prevalent easterly wind, is condensed, and descends on the land in the form of rain. In confirmation of this theory, it is mentioned that some fishermen outside Wellington Heads caught some strange fish, which they took to town, when the fish were recognised as belonging to the equatorial seas. Some few days ago a shoal of fish, declared by some to be entirely strange to this coast, Were caught in the Napier Harbour, and it is suggested that they were of the same family. Cetewayo AN M.P. ! —The very free and independent voters of Tipperary (writes “Atlas” in the “World”), the men who returned O’Donovan Rossa while he was in prison, and John Mitchel while he was in exile, have an idea of a daring originality—one which leaves Dr. Kenealy’s notion of the Orton candidature completely in eclipse. They propose, I am credibly informed, to put up Cetewayo as the man of their choice at the coming general election. His recommendations arc fourfold. HeJs a Home Ruler, he is an enemy to the bloated British Empire, he is a captive, and as his sppeeches in the House would have to be interpreted, sentence by sentence, he would be invaluable as an auxiliary to Mr. Biggarand the Blue Books in a match against time and the Ministry*. Sir Julius Vogel. —A London correspondent thus writes to a Sydney paper : —The New .Zealand Agent-General, Sir Julius Yogel, is doing his utmost to secure the good will of the electors of Falmouth. All the outward-bound emigrant ships to this colony now stop there, and the other day ho persuaded Mr. William Inman (of the Inman line of N. S. packets), to pay the town a visit, with a view to seeing whether it would not make an eligible port of call for Atlantic steamers. Falmouth has a splendid harbor.

A Cremation Funeral.— The “New York Times ” publishes a despatch from Washington, Pennsylvania, making tho following statement The burning of the body of the modern apostle of cremation, Dr. Julius Le Moyne, was done on October 16, in the furnace on Gallowshill. There was one departure from the usual custom of these scenes. In this instance it was preceded wit/i religious services. These were held in the Le Moyne homestead, and were conducted by the Rev. George P. Hays, D.D., President of Washington and Jefferson College, who delivered an address on the occasion of the cremation of Baron de Palm. The family, the relatives, aud some friends assembled at the house where the services were held. The Rev. D. S. Brownson, of the Presbyterian church of Washington, assisted Dr. The religious services were brief and simple, consisting of the reading of some Scriptural selections, and the offering up of a prayer by Dr. Hays. The clergymen also accompanied the remains to the crematory. Upon arriving there it was found that about 100 curiosity seekers had assembled. After the body had been placed on the catafalque, Dr. Hays, standing on the steps of the building said ‘We have now brought our deceased friend to the place of his choice, aud here we leave him. ’ After announcing that the relatives requested all persons to return to the town, tho doctor pronounced a benediction, and the door was closed, shutting ort all but the relatives and those employed to do the work. It is said that in Dr. Le Moyne’s will there is a danse making it void unless the persons benefited sign a paper agreeing to be cremated after death. As lie was wealthy this is an interesting clause. Only two members of the family, it is said, have signed the agreement.” Conscientiousness. —A Wesleyan minis" ter in a neighboring Colony borrowed a horse from one of his flock. The steed was restless, and in the operation of mounting the worthy man fell over the saddle on the off side, striking the ground heavily with his head. A doctor who resided some miles off’ was immediately sent for, and during the time which elapsed before his arrival the unfortunate gentleman was kindly attended to by the most intelligent and best-educated person in the neighborhood—viz., the master of the Government school When the doctor arrived he made inquiries as to the condition of the reverend gentleman since the accident, and whether he seemed to be much hurt. The schoolmaster replied that he feared the concussion was a serious one ; “in fact,” said Mr. Decimal, “it was fully two hours before he recovered his conscientiousness. ” —ZEgies. “Encoring.” —At that cricket dinner the other evening little Wickets enjoyed himself immensely. After a capital song, well sung, there were cries of encore all round the table. “Rang your encores,” said Wickets, “ let him sing the song over again.”—ZEgles.

An Uncomfortable Boat. —Some advertising genius is going sarcastically for a certain Auckland steamboat proprietary. The following wanteds appear in tho Auckland “Herald Wanted, a passenger - steamer for Riverhead, free from bugs and grog. Apply Post-office, box 94. —Wanted, a few bottles of Phillip’s disinfectant fluid, or a two-pound hammer. Riverhead steamboat. —Wanted, a Scotch terrier, to destroy vermin. Apply ‘ God Bless the Duke of Argyle,! Box 0.” Strict Impartiality. —At a public dinner in one of the Australian colonies a learned judge of sprightly disposition, in response to a complimentary toast, spoke of his own strict impartiality. He informed those present of the remarkable domestic fact that he had had born to him 18 children, nine by his first wife and nine by his second; nine boys and nine girls ; nine born in one colony and nine in another; twins twice, once twin btrys, once twin girls. Now this is really a curious experience, apart from the significance of impartiality pleasantly attributed to it.

Inopportune Music. —Sir Star Blank, a distinguished citizen and public man in one of the Australian colonies, has been, and I believe still is, dangerously ill. In fact, his sickness, it is feared, is of mortal character. Now, in the city whore he lives a volunteers’ brass band has been lately organised, and the members are enthusiastic and eager. They occupy for their band practice a house next to that in which Sir S. B. lies ill. The banddetermined to be prepared for the worst contingency—isvigorouslypractising “The Dead March” for his funeral, which, although considerate in itself, does not tend to greatly cjheer J;lie spirits of the sick man next door. —iEgles. Rock Oil. —The editor of the Poverty Bay “Herald” offers to contribute five "uineas from his own purse, and endeavor to induce the directors of the paper to subscribe double that sum, towards raising a fund to be expended in boring for oil in the Poverty Bay District. Another Strike. —In consequence of the reduction of wages, tbo whole of the men employed at the Greymouth quarries and protective works struck on Monday. The reason assigned by the Engineer is that the wages are higher in other parts of the colony. The Dutch Arctic Expedition has returned to Hammerfest, alter having penetrated as far as Francis Joseph Land,

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The Ashburton Guardian, COUNTY AGRICULTURAL & SPORTING RECORDER. THURSDAY, JANUARY 8, 1880. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 45, 8 January 1880

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