The Ashburton Guardian, COUNTY AGRICULTURAL & SPORTING RECORDER SATURDAY, JANUARY 17, 1880.
Ashburton High School. —The North Canterbury Education Board have appointed Messrs. E. G. Wright and John Grigg their representatives on the Ashburton High School Board of Governors. Removal. —Mr. F. P. O’Reilly intimates in another column that his office in future will be in the premises adjoining Messrs. Orr and Co’s store, Tancred • street. Horse Bazaar. Messrs Acland, Campbell, and Co’s usual fortnightly sale of horses, &c., takes place to-day at noon, when a lot of useful draught horses and farming implements will be offered for competition. Sergeant Felton. —Our readers will no doubt, like ourselves, be glad to hear that Mr. Feltor’s trip to the hot springs, at Rotorua, in the North Island, has so far recuperated his health that he is now able to indulge in pedestrian ex .rcisc to a considerable extent, without the assistance of a walking stick. He expects to visit Ashburton in a few weeks again as a convalescent. Unclaimed Letters. —Country people sometimes allow their letters to lie a considerable length of time at the post offices without calling for them. We would remind them that letters are now kept at the post offices for one month only, instead of two months as formerly, before being sent back to the Dead Letter Office. This information is worth noting by residents at a distance from post offices. Bazaar. —Quite a crowd assembled in front of the buildings occupied by Messrs J. E. Buchanan, and Co., last evening, to take part in Mr. H. M. Jones’ grand gift bazaar. The prizes were numerous, the stakes low, and an attraction was provided in the shape of the Ashburton brass band whose enlivening strains collected quite a crowd in the vicinity. A Thunderstorm. —About 2 p. m. yesterday a heavy thunderstorm from the S.W. passed over the Wakanui, the tail end of it fetching Ashburton, where a few heavy drops of rain fell. Towards the beach a perfect torrent came down, accompanied, near the sea, with hail, but we are glad to hear that, beyond a more liberal deluge than is welcome at this season, no damage has been done to the crops. The same news reached us at a late hour from Longbeach district. Inquest at Waterton. —An inquest was held on Wednesday last at the residence of Mr. John Milne, foreman for John Grigg, Esq., on the body of his son, William Milne, aged 14 months. J. E. Trevor Esq., coroner, presided, and Mr. John Wells was elected foreman of the jury. The evidence went to show that during the absence of the mother for a few minutes an elder brother, about 8 years of age, went to the fireplace, where a hilly of boiling water was standing, and lifted it off the fire. The deceased caught hold of it to get a drink out of it, and the hilly tilted the scalding water over the child’s arms and body. A messenger was dispatched for Dr. Stewart, who applied the usual restoratives, and the child appeared to do well until the following afternoon, when it died. The jury returned a verdict of “accidental death.” A Child Poisoned by Chlorodvnb. — An inquest was held yesterday at Harris’ Winslow Hotel on the body of Mary Jane Wills, aged six months, before J. E. Trevor, Esq., coroner. A jury was empanelled, of whom Mr. J. Harris was appointed foreman. The evidence of the parents was taken, and it appeared that the father was working some distance away from the house, and his wife went to him with a drink of tea. A bottle of chlorodyne was kept in the house, which was carefully hidden on a shelf. One of the children, about five years old, who had seen his mother giving a dose occasionally to the others, found the bottle during the absence of his mother, and administered a dose to the baby. On the mother’s return she found it gasping, and ran with it to her husband, who took it to Mr. Chapman’s farm close by. They then brought the little patient to Ashburton, to Dr. Trevor, where it lingered till 2 p.m. on Thursday, and then expired. A verdict of accidental death was returned. A Government Whisky Bill.- —The Court was occupied for about three hours yesterday afternoon with hearing a rather peculiar case, which was very properly alluded to by one of the bar as a scandal to the Public Works department. The cause of action was the supply of stimulants by Mr. Shearman to men working on the railway as far back as July, 1877, and amounted to the tidy sum of L 46 15s. Mr. J. Henry Lowe had shortly previous to this date assumed charge of the Canterbury railways, and when the account was presented to him to certify, he very properly refused to do so on account of the magnitude of the claim, which was for three drinks per day for men who had been working in water. For the defence evidence was given that these allowances had always been made under similar circumstances by Mr. Lowe’s predecessor, and the order for the “goods,” in question had been given to Mr. Shearman in the usual course. A considerable amount of hard swearing took place ns to the authority given by the District Engineer to supply refreshments to men at work, and the evidence was of so opposite a character that hia Worship postponed giving his decision till Tuesday next.
The Ashburton School Committee. —On the 2Gth inst. the householders will be called upon to elect seven members to serve on the School Committee for the year just opened. The work of the committee is not arduous, and their meetings are not frequent, but their work is necessary to the proper working of the school and the welfare of both teachers and scholars. It behoves the ratepayers, therefore, who take any interest in the cause of education, to see that gentlemen are placed upon the committee who care for the children’s education, and are prepared to attend the monthly meetings. At the election in last January there was only a very meagre attendance of the householders, and the committee was formed, almost without any election, out of those present who were willing to serve upon it. It does not say much for those parents wiio have children to educate that they cannot spend one hour in the whole year at an annual meeting for the purpose of helping in the election of a suitable committee, and preventing the position of committeemen from going a begging, thus possibly falling into the hands of men who have little interest in the matter, and who only allow their names to go on the list so that the town need not altogether go -without a Committee, The office is an important one and ought not to go abegging, nor should it be entrusted to anyone willing to take it, and we hope that on the fourth Monday in the month there will be a large attendance of householders, and a long list of good candidates to choose from.
Distress in Ireland. —A special meeting of the Borough Council is convened by his Woi’ship the Mayor, to be held on Monday next, at 3 p.m., to consider what means can bo adopted towards assisting to relieve the distress in Ireland. Ashburton Racing Club.— A general meeting of the Ashburton Racing Club will bo held at Quill’s Hotel, this evening at 8 p.m. The business is to receive the annual statement of accounts, and to consider what is to be done with the racecourse for the future. A full attendance of members is solicited by the committee. The Police. —The members of the police force have lately been so much engaged with outside duties that the Court yesterday was compelled to do without the usual officer to cry, in the customary stentorian tones, “Order in the Coort,” and his Worship directed the clerk to inquire “the reason why” of the absence of Die representatives of law and order. A Late Train. —The 8 p. m. train from the North was some hour and a half late last night. The cause is stated to be the heating on the journey up of some of the engine bearings, necessitating a halt to allow of their cooling. An engine was started from Ashburton for relief of the unfortunate, but only went a short distance before meeting her crippled companion struggling home. Harvest Accident at Rakaia. —On Thursday one of the men attending a reaping and binding machine on the Acton Station met with a severe accident. Standing by the horses when they started, he was accidentally tripped up. The animals trampled on him, injuring his face with their hoofs, and also dragging the machine over his body, injuring the poor fellow very much. He'went on to Christchurch by the 5.30 train for medical attendance. The Fire Brigade.— The Fire Brigade held a practice on Wednesday evening, and again tried their bote noir near the County Council buildings, which still refused to woi’k to their satisfaction, although it had been driven two feet lower. The new open well opposite the “Guardian,” office was also tested, aud proved a complete success, no appreciable diminution of the water being discoverable after a severe trial. The annual meeting of the Brigade, which will be celebrated by a dinner at the Somerset Hotel, will take place at the Somei’set sample rooms on Tuesday, February 3rd., and a procession of the Brigade will march during the same afternoon. O.Y.C. —The Canterbury Yeomanry Cavalry do not seem to be a pet corps with the Defence Office in Wellington. They have now been for some months without a drill instructor, aud Lieut. Slater, the officer in command, has repeatedly written to Government about the appointment of one. The Defence Office up to the present have taken no notice of the correspondence, and the corps naturally feel they have been slighted. A general meeting is to be held at the Brittania Hotel on Thursday next, to consider the position of affairs. So far as the Ashburton contingent is concerned, they have been extremely fortunate in securing the services of Trooper Scott, who is most efficient and persevering in his efforts to improve the drill of the men. The Rangitata Railway Bridge.— Considerable improvements are now being made by the railway authorities on the island between the bridges over the noi'th and south branches of the Rangitata river. The embankment on this length of the line, about a mile in extent, was originally formed only 10ft. in width on top, and by the action of wind and water it has become so diminished in its proportions as to require some repairs. A ballast engine and a gang of men have accordingly been at work for some weeks past, widening the formation to 12ft., and it is expected that it will take till the end of April to make a thoroughly good job of the embankment. Suitable material is close at hand in the big cutting in the ter race on the north bank of the river, and under the able supervision of Mr. Lines, the local inspector of permanent way, the work is beginning to present a more sub-stantial-looking road for the iron horse. Proposed Horticultural Society.—A meeting of gentlemen favorable to the formation of a Horticultural Society was held in Quill’s sample rooms, on Thursday. There was a fair attendance, and Mr. J. Sealey was voted to the chair. Mr. Poyntz was requested to act as secretary pro tem. The chairman explained the object of the meeting, when it was duly moved, seconded, aud carried—“ That it is desirable stejis should be taken to establish a Horticultural Society, and that those present form themselves into a provisional committee to canvass the borough and county for subscriptions.” Full information was laid before the meeting as to the working of the Christchurch Society. The secretary and Mr. Anstee were appointed a special committee to canvass the borough and outskirts. It was resolved that if possible, the first show of the society should be held on the same day ns the Ashburton Agricultural Show. It was also resolved that the provisional committee bring up their report for consideration at an adjourned meeting to be held on Thursday evening, the 29th inst., in Quill’s sample rooms, at 8 p.m.