The Wesleyan Conference. —On Thursday evening the Rev. Mr. Keall will give an account of the proceedings of the Wesleyan Conference, to which all interested are invited to be present. Cricket. — A match was played in the Domain on Saturday between a team representing the Springfield and the Ashburtsn Clubs, which resulted in a victory for the latter by GO runs. The Templar Hall Co.—The meeting advertised to be held on Thursday next of the shareholders of the Ashburton Templar Hall Company is postponed, and notice will be given of the future date of the meeting as soon as it has been decided upon. The Mormons. —From Auckland we learn that Elder Peace, President of the New Zealand Mormon mission, has sent for 10 more elders from Utah, who will bo allocated to various spheres of labour in the Colony. He has made arrangements for the passages of the Southern converts en route to Salt Lake City by the next San Francisco mail boat. It is not yet definitely settled whether Elder Peace will go in charge of the detachment and return or not. The Florence Concert. —We would remind our readers of the complimentary entertainment to-night, to Mr. and Mrs. Florence, who will be aided by some of the best talent in Ashburton. In the operatic selections Mr. and Mrs. Florence will be aided by Mr. Branson, the richness of whose voice is so well known. We are not simply using a conventionality when we say the entertainment will be a great treat, and we strengthen our assertion when we add that Mrs. Paige has kindly consented to play the accompaniments. Pastor Chiniquy in Ashburton. —lt was intimated from the Presbyterian pulpit that the Rev. Mr. Chiniquy would preach in the Ashburton Presbyterian Church next Sabbath forenoon, and also in the evening unless arrangements were made for the Wesleyan pulpit being occupied by him in the evening. It was further announced that the rev. gentleman would probably deliver one of his lectures in the Town Hall on Monday. Particulars, however, of Mr. Chiniquy’s programme while in Ashburton would be fully advertised in the course of the week. The Cabs. —Although the by-laws are as yet a thing of the future, the Council fully intend making good use of them when they reach that stage of development which will make them available in the R.M. Court, and one direction they will probably assume is the prevention of the cabs being converted into advertising mediums for the demi-monde. The Mayor deserves the thanks of the respectable portion of the community for having the courage of his opinions, and speaking out on the scandal occasioned by the open manner in which the trade is plied. Important to Farmers. ing to us to announce to the farmers that every exertion is being made by grain buyers, not only to expedite the shipment of produce, but also to endeavor to find a market in other parts than London. Messrs. Iloyse, Stead, and Co. announce that they intend laying on first class vessels as long as there is grain to ship, and to forward it Home to ports of call so as to be finally sent to the best market. They are also prepared to ship wheat home on grower’s acount, making liberal advance. Wheat Freights —The shipping firms of Christchurch intend doing their best to assist the grain on its way to the Home markets. Messrs. P. Cunningham & Co., in conjunction with Messrs. Royse, Stead, and Co., have three large first-class ships already on the berth, which are expected to be despatched with their freights during next month. The New Zealand Shipping Company have also several on the berth, and Shaw, Saville, and Co. advertise three for the ensuing month, so that what with a rapidly gathered harvest, and plenty of teams to convey the grain to the railway stations on the line, and plenty of shipping to take delivery at the Port end, there is a considerable amount of work and anxiety before the railway hands for a month or two to come. The Tube Wells. —For the satisfaction of the Borough Council, another trial of the tube wells took place yesterday. His Worship the Mayor, and Crs. St. Hill and G. M. Robinson attended. The trial was made with a view of testing the utility of a single against a double tube well, and one of the latter was uncoupled opposite Montgomery and Co.’s buildings. After a few minutes 1 work the single tube on this site proved itself utterly unequal to thro wing a stream sufficient to be of any value in case of a lire in that locality, although when tried on the last occasion with the two tubes connected it was found to supply the best stream in the Borough. The doable well opposite the Bank of New Zealand was next tried, and a magnificent jet was delivered, and the engine was then taken to the much maligned single tube near Mr. Harrison’s auction rooms, and a very few minutes showed the inutility of dexicnding on this for an extinguisher. Drunks. —His Worship the Mayor yes terday sat on two “ drunks.” One was J. Cunningham, an old offender, with 14 convictions opposite his name, who had been arrested by Constable Rouse. He pleaded to the Mayor that he was guilty, but had a job to go to at Mr. Mackie’s, and if let off' this time “ wouldn’t do it no more.” His Worship wouldn’t listen to Mr, Cunningham’s pleadings in face of that terrible 14, and increased it a unit more, with 48 hours’ imprisonment to keep the conviction green in Mr. C’s. memory. The other offender Robt. Rogers—also one of Constable Rouse’s importations from Rakaia, was dismissed with a warning and a dressing down. Not a Subsidy. —Councillor St. Hill supplied the usual amount of diversion to his fellow-members at the Borough Council last night. His first attempt at “cutting down expenditure ” was in the direction of not paying the printer. An account was submitted by Messrs Weeks and Dixon for a progress payment on the long-suffering Borough By-laws, which have been about a year in type, but have not as yet got beyond that leaden stage. The account was worded, “ To composition and proofs.” This at once brought the sapient Councillor to his feet, and he strongly protested 4 against the funds of the Borough being wasted in “ subsidising ” any newspaper by giving the proprietors “ compensation.” After delivering himself of an oration on economy in general, and the iniquity of spending the Council’s funds (?) on such extravagance, he was sat upon by his Worship’s explanation that “ composition ” and “compensation” were not synonymous terms. At the same time we would call Councillor St. Hill’s attention to the school master (or committee) being abroad on another point. A certain number of the Council forms a “ quorum ” and not a “ coram ; ” the latter word means face to face, and he would be a man with a tolerable amount of cheek who could brass out the talkative St. Hill, whose utterances are usually as sonorous and as full of meaning as Burns’ refrain, ‘ Ego and ago, iram coram dago.”
To-day’s Court. The police have : a heavy sheet for to-day One is a case against a man for having an illicit still in his possession ; two are cases of larcenv, and one is against a publican for alleged selling of drink in other than legal hours. The Lincolnshire Delegates. —Messsr Grant and Foster, after visiting the Longbeach estate last week, over which they were shown by John Grigg, Esq., the proprietor, left for Dunedin. They will return this week, and will inspect the Chatmoss estate, and remain there for the night. As this part of the country is very similar to their own Lincolnshire fens, they will probably give a good account of it to their clients at Home.
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