Accident at Rakaia.—A man named Sullivan, while exercising his horse on Sunday, met with an accident which very much injured his knee, the horse rearing and throwing his rider. Sullivan was taken to Christchurch by the 11.40 train on Monday morning. Post-office for Winchmore.—Efforts are being made, by the preparation and signature of a petition to the PostmasterGeneral, to have a Post-office opened at Winchmore, on the Rakaia and Ashburton Forks railway. The office will be a great convenience to many in the district, who at present are many miles away from the nearest office at Barrhill. Doubtless the Hon. John Hall’s knowledge of the district will be an item in favor of the probable success of the petition. Jones’Art Union.—The drawing for prizes in Mr. H. M. Jones’ Grand Art Uuion closed on Saturday evening with the following result: —Doll, L 3 35., Miss Rundell, Grange; album, L2 10s., Mr. Mulhaney ; desk, LI 155., Mr. E. Felton; croquet set, LI 10s., Miss Alice Orr; concertina, 10s. 6d., Miss Orr ; besides the minor gifts. Professor Wallenberg.—This gentleman, the fame of whose extraordinary success with cases of blindness and deafness, and ailments of the eye and ear generally has preceded him, has arrived in Ashburton, and may now be consulted by those who may desire to give him a trial. Ho courts the severest and apparently the most hopeless cases.
Accident to the Express Train.—On Saturday evening, as the north going express was nearing Rolleston, a spring of one of the smoking carriages broke, and the after end of the spring travelled for some distance on the ballasting. The driver’s attention having been called by means of the alarm rope, the train was stopped, and matters were put to rights sufficiently to allow the train to proceed to Rolleston junction, where the disabled carriage was left.
Accident on the Methven Railway. —One of the men employed on the Methven railway met with a nasty accident on Saturday afternoon. He was standing between two trucks for the purpose of coupling them, and was signalling to the driver to come a little nearer, when —one of the trucks having lost its buffi-.r —he was caught just under the arms, receiving a terrible squeeze. The engine at once started with the man for Rakaia, where it arrived in time to catch the 5.30 p.m. train for Christchurch, whither the poor fellow was taken for medical attendance.
Obtaining Money under False Pretences. —Yesterday a case was disposed of by Mr. Guinness in the R.M. Court, the hearing of which commenced on Friday. It appeared that a man named Kelly had induced another named Blair to enter into a sort of partnership with him in the cropping of 150 acres of land near Rakaia. Kelly had represented the land to be unimeumbered, and believing it to be so Blair had paid a considerable sum of money in necessary expenses. On learning that he had been deceived, and that Kelly had given a lien over the crop to Messrs. M'Kerrow and Co., of Rakaia, Blair laid three informations against his mate, with the result that Kelly got a month’s imprisonment with hard labor.
Trial of Reapers and Binders at Ashburton. —A trial of these machines ■will be held in the paddock of Mr. H. T. Smith, under the auspices of the Ashburton Agricultural and Pastoral Association, on Wednesday, 28th inst. The matter is, of course, one of great interest to the county, and no doubt there will be a large attendance of farmers and others interested. Gold medals are oifered for the best wire and string binders, and it is expected at least seven will compete. Each machine will have to cut an acre of heavy, an acre of medium, and an acre of light grain, or three acres in all, and we congratulate the Association on having determined to put the competitors to such a thorough test. A shilling will be asked for an entrance fee to the ground, as the Society are not any too rich, and the trial will be a considerable expense to them. Strength, simplicity, lightness of draught, quality of work done, and shortness of cut are amongst those things which the judges are requested to take into consideration in awarding the prizes.
Ashburton Court House. —The Government Inspector of Works visited Ashburton yesterday, to consult with the R. M. and to examine the site for the new Court House. The building is proposed to be erected on the reserve next to the Town Hall, fronting Havelock street and East street. The Court House is intended to be of wood with a corrugated iron roof, and will contain a 40ft. by 25ft. court room ; judge’s room, and jury room of 12ft. x 12ft. each ; a room for the Magistrate of the same size, a clerk’s office 17ft. x 10ft., bailiff’s office of the same dimensions, and a room for the lawyers, 14ft. x 10ft. The police will also have a 14ft. x lOftroom, and twocellsforthe prisoners will be provided. There will be two entrance lobbies, and the space for the public in the court room will be 25ft. x 12ft. The style of architecture will he Italian, and the whole will be an excellent addition to East street.
Mount 'Somers Road Board. —The Mount Somers Road Board have at last succeeded in getting over their annual meeting, and we must say with all due respect to the ability and probity of the members composing this public body that the ratepayers have some cause of complaint. We do not coincide with one ratepayer, who, by the way, has not yet paid his rates, that any suspicion of dishonesty attached to any member of the Board, but there has no doubt been too much reliance and responsibility placed upon the Board’s executive officer. A sum of LIOjOOO odd has been spent on contracts for works, and maintenance of roads, and both have been sadly ncgl ctod, as any traveller may see without much searching. The Board cannot bo held blameless for their part in the matter. At the same time, the conduct of some of the ratepayei’S at the annual meeting displayed an indecent amount of ill-feeling in one case especially. Mr. R. Morgan, on the principle, we assume, of measuring every man’s corn by his own bushel, made some very impertinent imputations as to the honesty of the members and past members of the Board, and we were rather surprised to see that his insolence was tolerated by the meeting. He had evidently been schooled for the occasion, but had forgotten his lessons, and the venom exhausted itself in the transfer from its originator to its mouthpiece. It is, however, satisfactory that the accounts have been adjusted so as to be in a state fit to be submitted to the auditor in a few days, and we sincerely trust that the troubles of the Board are now over, and that their business will travel in the easy grooves in which most of our other country Boards do. Meantime we would call the attention of the new surveyor to the want of certain repairs to the Alford Forest road, and the necessity of harvesting the thistle crop in various parts of the district. Travelling on the Board’s roads is a work of great difficulty, to say nothing of discomfort, for the roads comprise, in most cases, thistles, boulders, and ruts.
Local Industry.—Messrs. Baker and Brown have just turned out a new fourhorse coach, to the order of Mr. George Wilcocks, proprietor of the Wheatsheaf Hold, Wheatston, and contractor for the Longbeach mail service. To day the coach made its experimental trip, with four real good goers in harness, and George himself handling the ribbons. The coach appears to be just the thing for the road, being light, strong, and well set up. Mr. Wilcocks’ horses are not likely to stick him up, no matter what the state of the roads may be, and the jehu, being one of Cobb and Co.’s best whips, is “ undeniable” on the box.
Sporting.—A match was arranged to take place on the racecourso on Saturday afternoon between Mr. E. Saunders’ g! g Gaffer and a bay pony of Mr. J. Carter’s, owners up, and a tolerable number of horsey men attended. About 7 p. m. the two competitors put in an appearance, and after the usual preliminary canter, Mr. J. L. Crawley piloted them to the starting post, and effected a good start, the bay having a little the best of it. Mr. Saunders drew up at the turn and obtained a slight lead. Coming up the straight it was hard to say who was leading, but when the pair got within a couple of hundred yards of the winning post the whip was going on Gaffer, who responded gamely, but the bay was too good and won by three quarters of a length. Had Gaffer been called on a little sooner the result would have probably been reversed. Both horses were mounted by riders lit for any kind of country. An impromtu trot was then got up, and six horses of various calibre were entered, and were duly handicapped, but the distances given by the two “ scratch horses ” varying from 200 to 350 yards in a mile and 30 chains were too much for M'Rae’s roan, Mr. Saunders’ bay mare with 150 yards start passing the three ahead of her and winning easily. The Bell-Coleman Meat Experiment. —One of the most interesting items received during the week per cable is the announcement of the arrival of the steamer Strathleven at Suez, with a cargo of meat preserved by the Bell-Coleman patent. Many attempts have been made, and. up to the present, as many failures experienced, in attempting to bring the underfed population of Europe and the surplus stock of the colonial pastures into contact with each other. The Americans being only seven or eight days’ steaming distant from the mother country, solved the problem, and American beef and mutton now compete with the British grazier, to the latter’s loss and disgust. Now, however, after repeated experiments, Australasian meat bids fair to be a competitor for the home consumer. More than once in the history of the Australian Colonies the sheep and cattle fanners have found their stock increasing at such a rate that their runs could no longer carry the number depasturing upon them, and were compelled by “boiling down ” to annually decimate their flocks for want of a market wdicreby the animals w'ould be consumed in a legitimate way. It seemed a sin for thousands of cattle to be disposed of wholesale in this way, for the sake of their tallow, when millions of our fellow-beings on the other side of the Equator would have been grateful for the refuse of the boiling down vats. That, we hope, is now a thing of the past, and if the Strathleven arrives in London, as may now be fairly anticipated, with her cargo fresh and sound, then we say that Messrs. Bell and Coleman are worthy of the highest honors ever conferred upon soldier, statesman, or philanthrophist, for their labors will then have done more real good for mankind than all the victories ever won by battle.
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