The Relief Fund. —At Oamaru the relief movement has been gone into with spirit, about LIOO having been raised in a few days, though no canvass has yet been made. A canvass will be made next week. Up to noon of Saturday, H 0 was collected at a stall in the principal street from passers-by.
Ths Municipal Conference. — The Conference of Municipalities to discuss Hie proposal originated by Mr. Bullock, ex-Mayor of Ashburton, and issued by the Ashburton Borough Council to the various Municipalities in the Canterbury Provincial District, will be held in Christchurch on Wednesday next.
The Weather. —Up to last night the farmox’3 have had good tines, but towards 5 p. in. yesterday, after a good deal of threatening, a sou’-wost rain begem to fall steadily, and continued to do so until the time of our going to press. Little or no wind accompanied tho ram, and as tiie wheat crop is, as yet, scarcely ready to reap, we imagine very little harm will be done providing the rain does not last over to-morrow.
This Co.V'NG Tver. —Wo again remind our readers of tho great trial of reapers and hinders which is to take place in Mr. Hay T. Smith's paddock, opposite Messrs. Saundeis Bros’, mill, to-morrow. Seven machines will compote, and all that is required is a smile from tho Clerk of the Weather, as we are confident tho importance of the occasion will induce a large attendance.
Accident near Rakaxa. —On Saturday morning a man was coming down the road known as Thompson’s track to Rakaia, driving a two-horse dray laden with horse feed, when he was overtaken by the engine working on the Mcfchvea railway. The leading”horse took fright, swerving first to one side and then suddenly darting off to the other, bringing down the shaft horse and overturning the dray and himself. The man, who was riding on the load, was 'pitched violently over the gerse fence, in liis fall striking the wire of the fence and cutting the skin off a portion of his face, tire fall rendering him insensible. Fortunately there was a man passing at the time, who immediately ran to the horses’ heads and held them down till the driver had recovered his senses and was able to render assistance. Quo shaft of the dray was broken, and the leading horse was severely cut about his fore legs.
The Wesleyan Conference. —At the Wesleyan Conference on Saturday, Mr. A. C. Coughey was received as a probationer to be appointed to a circuit. Messrs J. S. 'Wills and F. J. Jones were received as candidates to be sent for training to Wesleyan College. D. J. Murray ’was simikrrly received for cue year’s training at the Coliege, the year to be counted as tlio first of his probation. J. Dukes was unanimously received as a candidate to bo appointed to a circuit. The Rev. Armitnge, convener of committee on ministerial applications, brought up the report of the committee, which stated that seveial ministers in England, Ireland, and Australia had applied for admission info the New Zealand Conference. Consideration •of the report was deferred to a later stage of the conference, when it shall have been ascertained what places require additional ministers.
1.0 G.T. —The usual meeting of the Damn of Peace Lodge was held last evening. About 40 members were prosenh The following officers were elected for the ensuing term, viz. :—Pro. 1 oyntz, W.C.T. ; Bro. Lsitch, W.V.T. ; Bro. Sando, W. 3. ; Bro. G. Andrews, W.F. S.; Bro. T. Andrews, W. T. ; Bro. Hardley, W.C. ; Bro. Macdonald, W.M. ; Bro. Mullaney, W.I.G. ; Sister Ivl. A. Andrews, W.R.H.S. ; Sister Poyntz, W.L.H.S. Two new members were initiated. The following Committee were appointed to confer with the Star of tiie Ea*st Lodge, on the election of Superintendent for the Juvenile Temple : viz.— Bros. Stephen Poyntz, G. W. Andrews, A, J. Andrews, and Sando, with Sisters Sando, Hardley, and M. A. Andrews. A communication was received from the 6.W.5., soliciting subscriptions towards a memorial to the lute G. W.C.T. Bro. Jago. The D.D. having intimated that he had received a commission to institute a Degree Temple, it was resolved—“ That the Temple be instituted on Wednesday, February 4th, at 7.30 p.m.”
Tub “ Norms ” Art op Snap Defence. —“ The noble art of self defence, in ail its grace and beauty ” is being illustrated :n the Oddfellows’ Hall, Christchurch, by the Champion, bruiser of Victoria, Abe Hickin, and his exhibition is said to draw fairly. I.O.G.T.—At the meeting on Saturdayevening of the- Star of the East lodge, notice of motion was given to consider the advisablencss of surrendering the charter. The motion will come on for discussion next Saturday, and all in embers interested in sustaining the lodge and retaining working powers had better attend. Professor Wallendubg. —So many patients have presented themselves for treatment by Professor Wallenberg, that lie will remain longer in Ashburton than he at first intended, and. the ten days ho originally marked out, as being ail that was needful for this district, have been considerably extended. Kowai Hoad Board. —A petition against the last annual election for the members of this Board has been lodged as provided by the Local Elections Act, 1878, and evidence will he heard by tho Resident Magistrate, at Amberley, on February 2nd. The protest against the election is on the ground that the proper ratepayers’ roll was not used. Harvest Accident. —On Friday a man in tho employ of Mr. L. White, near Rakaia, slipped off a stack ho was building, with a fork in his hand. One prong of the fork entered the fleshy part of his arm between the elbow and tho wrist, tearing out a large piece of flesh, and, passing" on, entered his thumb, running through it lengthways. The prong of the fork was with some difficulty withdrawn, and the poor fellow was taken to the Christchurch Hospital. Mount Somers Road Board. —ln our report of tho amount of work done by the Board, and submitted lo the ratepayers, an error, Mr. Fraser writes to us, crept in. Wo gave the amount of shingling done as 7 miles 33 chains, whereas those figures represented the extent of roshingling done. The correct extent of shingling was 2G miles 244 chains. Desk Almanac. —The desk almanac published by Messrs. Weeks and Dixon can now be had gratis on application at their establishment, Saunders’ building, East street. The almanac is neatly printed in blue and red on one side of tho card, while on the other side is a list of the leading merchants, business meu, and tradesmen, lists of the hotels, .and boarding houses, and a railway, postal, and coach guide. Ashburton Water Supply. —Nearly every train arriving at the Ashburton station has more or less trucks loaded with the pipes for tho Ashburton Water Supply scheme. Seeing there is no immediate chance of their being used for their intended purpose, and the quantify being so large that the borough’s storage would be stretched to its utmost limits, besides the great expense for cartage, his Woi-ship communicated with the railway authorities asking permission to store them on the railway reserve, and this was granted. Short, Sharp, and Decisive.' —-The way in which a crop near Dromore fell before tho reapers and binders at this early part of tho season, is a very good criterion of what may be done where energy and capital arc combined with tho means to cany out advanced ideas. On the sth of tlie present month Mr. Black, manager for John Grigg, Esq., left the homestead at Longbcach and travelled with the necessary reaping appliances, Ac., to a 630-acre crop of barley at Dromore. By the 2.lst the whole crop was stacked, and the engine and combine is now busy at its portion of tho work, and another day or two will see the whole of the grain in the railway trucks. The reapers and binders arc again homeward hound to operate on the Longbeach crop. Tns Proposed Court-house. His Worship the Mayor has, during the past week, been in communication with E. G. Wright, Esq., who in his turn has been in correspondence with the Minister for Public Works on the subject of tho proposed Court House foi- Ashburton. As the Mayor very clearly pointed out, tho first cost of the buildings would ho voiy little less if built in wood or brick, and as the latter material can now be purchased in Ashburton at so low a rate as 455. per thousand, it would be cheaper, looking forward to the lower charges for insurance and tho more permanent nature of the buildings if they were at once constructed in brick, besides which the greater security of public documents, in such a building would bo another great argument in favor of a brick structure when compared with timber. In reply to his Worship’s suggestions, Mr. Wright replied that he had communicated witli the Minister for Public Works, who had stated his instructions to the Colonial Architect were to call for alternative tenders for erection in wood and brick. This, however, is not exactly what is required, as wo all know that the wooden structure will bo the lowest? but as the Mayor very pertinently points out in his second letter, it will be by no means economical in a few years’ time, when tho extra insurance tariff will have swallowed up all the extra cost had the building been erected with the more durable material.
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