The Municipal Association. —ln Tuesday’s issue of the “ Lyttelton Times,” a paragraph appears regarding the_ proposed Municipal Association, in which it is stated the condition of co-operation in the movement by the Christchurch City Council was the amalgamation in the proposed Association of all the Boroughs in New Zealand. It is further stated that this wide condition does not meet the views of the promoters —the Ashburton Borough Council —and so far the Association willbeconfined to the smaller boroughs of the Canterbury Provincial District.. We are desired to state that this is a misstatement of the Ashburton Borough Council’s views on the matter. They would only be too glad to see the proposed Association including every borough in the Colony, but will certainly be content to see it start with even only the boroughs of Canterbury forming the nucleus of membership. It will be remembered when Mr. Bullock, the then Mayor, first mooted the idea he suggested including all or as many of the New Zealand Boroughs in the Association as could be got to join, but, failing a wider range, to be content for a beginning with the Canterbury Boroughs.
Suez Mail. —The outward mails for the United Kingdom, Ate., via Suez (for specially addressed correspondence only) will close at the local Post Office at ten o’clock on Thursday morning. Visitors.'—Among the visitors to Canterbury just now is a gentleman troll known in church circles In Australia - the Rev. V. G. Turner. Throtigdi partial failure of health a few years ago ho relinquished his ministerial charge in Melbourne, and has since then, while traveling through the colonics, been representing the Australian Mutual Provident Society—well known as the wealthiest and most successful of our life assurance societies. Ho will be but one day in this district, and is announced by advertisement to lecture on life assurance in the Good 'Templar Hall on Thursday evening nest. As so many of our leading residents arc, members of the Mutual Provident Society and express themselves as highly gratified with its operations, wo have no doubt that the snug little hall will bo well filled with a fairly representative audience. Cricket. —A match will bo played on Wednesday afternoon, between sides chosen respectively by the Captain and Deputy-Captain of the new Club. Members are requested to be on the ground to commence play at 2 p. m. 1.0.G.T. —The usual weekly meeting of the Dawn of Peace Lodge was hold last evening. About 50 members were present. After the usual business, the Lodge was thrown open to hear matters of importance from the Rev. 0. Turner, of Sydney, agent for the Mutual Investment Society. The rev. gentleman intimated that lie would deliver a lecture in one of the public halls on an early date, ami gave the Lodge a short address on total abstinence. A vote of thanks was ordered to be recorded on the minutes. Bro. Ashwoud gave an account of the works of Tompfary in the Nelson and Wellington districts, fraternal greetings having been sent to the Lodge by all the sister lodges in these cities. Bro. Hamilton spoke of the work in the Oamaru district in high terms. The vote of the Lodge was taken, on the motion of Bro. Poyntz, re application for charter for instituting a Degree Temple. The motion was sustained. Bro. Ashwood tendered his resignation as Superintendent of the Juvenile Temple. After harmony, the Lodge closed. The “Freemason.” —We have received the first copy of a handsomely printed little newspaper entitled “ The New Zealand Freemason,” published by Mackay, Bracken, and Co., of Dunedin, and edited, we understand, by Bro. Gumming, lately of Waimate. The pages are surrounded with a very pretty border in red, and the matter in them is of much interest to members of the craft, to whom we commend it as a valuable shilling’s worth. It is published monthly. In another column we publish a translation the “Freemason” contains of ■ the National Masonic hymn of Saxony, sung at the close of every lodge supper. Musical Masons will find a suitable English tune to it in “ Wait while I touch my guitar. ” Mare Drowned. —On the day of the Mount Hutt election, while one of Mr. Pocock’s men was carting grain to the station, and had unhitched his horses to feed, one of the team, a valuable marc, made for an open well near Morgan and Hibb’s yard to drink. Losing her balance site fell in, and was drowned. The animal was in the well two hours before they were able to get out her carcase with a block and tackle. The well was about four feet square, and only seven feet deep, being simply made to drain off the race through the shingle. Mount Hutt Road Board Offices. — The new offices for the Mount Hutt Road Board are now finished, and are a credit to Mr. S. B. Nelson, of Ashburton. The Board-room is an apartme’nt of 20ft by IGft clear inside measurement, and the clerk’s cottage is a comfortable house of four rooms, with a lean-to. Besides these there is a five-stalled stable and feed-house. School Committees —The annual meetings of ratepayers in the various school districts will bo held on the evening of Monday, the 29th January, in the school rooms where these are built, and in the houses or hotels whore meetings have been hold hitherto of such committees as do not yet possess school buildings. The Ashburton annual meeting and election will be held on the above evening in the school room. Closed Doors. —We are sorry to observe that our respected Resident Magistrate does not see fit to exorcise his aight to clear the Court when a case of indecent assault is heard before him. It is remarkable that when a filthy case is before the Court there is always a crowd of men in attendance with mouths wide open, and eyes half out of their heads. Would it not be better for all concerned, and especially for females who have to give evidence, if those louts wove shown to the door. 'Tliis course is followed elsewhere, and surely when the press decline to print the evidence the Court might decline to allow it to bo heard by the only people who delight to listen to it. An Unfulfilled Mission. —The Patea “Mail” says;—“The following is too good to be lost : —A newspaper proprietor at Ashburton, contesting the Mayoralty of that town the other day, was so sanguine of being at the head of the poll, that lie had a gorgeous banquet laid out for his supporters ’ 1 honor of the occasion. He didn’t get in though ; and wo have not heard wdiat became of the banquet” Firewood.- —ln a bare country such as our plains arc, the chance of obtaining cheap firewood is not to be lost, and in the course of forming roads and drains on the Laghmor Station near the Hinds, a considerable quantity of old forest was exposed. This has been freely taken away by residents in the locality, and Mr. Donald M‘Lean now warns them that the appropriation of the firewood is stopped, and trespassers will in future be prosecuted. The Intkeprovincial Cricket Match — Canterbury v. Otago. —This match commenced on the Dunedin ground 011 Saturday, and was resumed again yesterday. In their first innings Canterbury made 189, while Otago only succeeded in making 105, and followed on with their second innings, securing in it only 99. With 15 to wdn Canterbury went again to the bat, and got the requisite member with the loss of one wicket. The match throughout was an excellent display of cricket, and 1,000 peoxilc attended to see it. Canterbury is to be complimented on their success. Printers’ Devils.-— Printers’ devils are generally supposed to bo remunerated for their labors with the coin known as “ monkeys’ allowance ” —more kicks than halfpence—but that they are occasionally people of very great consequence, is shown on the authority of his Honor Judge Hardcastle. During the hearing of a recent case at the District Court, Wanganui, he quoted from an eminent legal text book the following extract with regard to damages: “Therefore, where some printers’ devils, who had been unlawfully imprisoned for six hours, brought their several actions, and the j ury gave each of them L3OO damages, the Court declined to meddle with the verdict, although it was proved that each of the plaintiffs had been civilly treated, and been fed upon beefsteaks and porter during the period of their imprisonment.” The reading of the quotation (says the “ New Zealander ”) gave much amusement in Court, and for the nonce those despised atoms of humanity —the P.D.’s—went considerably up in the social scale.
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