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The Heathen Chines. —Tire “Knniara Times ” is responsible for the following : —A good illustration of the peculiar cunning with which the celestial vegetable purveyors are endowed, as also the means they adopt to test the honesty of their European customers, was afforded in this town on Saturday last. Stopping in front of the house of a female customer whom John detected standing in the doorway, and with whom he was in no way on friendly terms, lie hastily placed down his basket of vegetables, and dardng into tho road, snatched up what appeared to bo a coin of the realm, exclaiming “little sovereign ! welly good ; mo Undo, me keep©.” Instantly his female spectator was in the road demanding the supposed coin, and emphatically declaring she had unfortunately lost it the previous evening. With a grin of tho most sardonic character John held up a shankless brass button, and pointing to his interrogator, exclaimed, to the amusement of the onlookers and the discomfort of the party in petticoats, “ You one bad woman ; you one rogue ;me catche you dis time.” It is needless to observe that a hasty retreat was the order of the day for one of those present.

Meetings. ASHBURTON COUNTY COUNCIL. "VTOTICE is hereby given that a SPECIAL MEETING to confirm or otherwise the resolution referring to the levying of a special rate in the Forks part of the Upper Ashburton Riding, for Protective Works, will be held immediately after the next ordinary meeting of the Council on WEDNESDAY, the 4th day of February, 1880. By order, F. MAIN WARING,. Cleric. Ashburton, January 12, 1880. ■ Copy of resolution, and description of district liable to bo affected. “ That the Engineer be requested lo see to this matter as early as possible and carry out the work recommended, and that a rate be levied as requested.” Description of district above alluded to.—All that part of the Upper Ashburton Riding lying between the two branches of the Ashburton. 414 c: DISTRICT IN consequence of the Annual Meeting of the Longbcaeh ratepayers, advertised to have boon held on WEDNESDAY, the 7th inst., having lapsed through nonattendance at 12 o’clock noon, I HERS liY CALL A MEETING of the Ratepayers of the Longboach Road District to be hold at the Road. Board office on FRIDAY, the 23rd inst., at the hour of 12 o’clock noon, when nominations will he received of persons duly qualified to fill the Three extraordinary vacancies on the Board, in the room of Messrs. Clark, Taylor, and W right. A poll, if required, will ho taken after the nomination, closing at 4 o’clock p. m. This meeting will now' supersede the adjourned Annual Meeting called for Wednesday, the 14th inst. JOHN GRIGG, Chairman. Loimbcach, Bth January, 1880. 017a—371 a Tenders. ’ TENDERS. mENDERS WANTED for STOOKI. ING, LOADING, and STACKING 800 acres crop on Hart’s Run, and 500 acres on Longbeach, also TYING about 280 acres oats. Tenders to he scut to the undersigned not later than TUESDAY, January 20th. Contractors will have tire privilege of rroin" with the threshing machines. JOSEPH CLARK, 743 g Tiawald. THRESHING. mENDERS are invited for THRESHING 5000 acres of Grain. Specification can be seen at the office of 3COg SAUNDERS BROTHERS. A RARE CHANCE. mENDERS are invited for LEASING, for a term of three years, the ASHBURTON RACECOURSE, consisting of 146 acres of first-class land, within a mile of the Ashburton Railway Station. Tenders will be received till SATURDAY, Jan. 31, at sp. m. The terms arc very liberal, and all particulars can he obtained at the “ Guardian” office, on application to JAMES WILKIE, Gs3a—4o9<i Hon. Secretary.

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Page 3 Advertisements Column 2, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 51, 22 January 1880

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