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The Employment of Females. —At the Oamaru Magistrate's Court yesterday, Daniel Toohey, draper, was fined L 5 for keeping his dressmakers at work after two o’clock on a Saturday afternoon. Hev. W. H. Wyatt. • —A small balance having coins to hand for the Wyatt testimonial fund, a pair of silver bracelets has been purchased with the same from Messrs. Coates and Co., of Christchurch, which arc very chaste. It is intended to forward the present to Mrs. Wyatt. Caution- to Owners of Dogs. —Mr. Bruce, of Wakanui, had his sheep worried by a strange dog early on the morning of Wednesday last, and on mustering ho found twenty-two short, which have not since been found. He had a lamb killed a few days since by another dog, and has discovered the owner. I. 0. G. T. Degree Temple. The monthly meeting of the Unity Degree Temple was the Templar Hall on Wednesday. The Temple was opened in tho Degree of Fidelity. Five new members were admitted. The bye-laws wore considered seriatim, and after discussion adopted. The D. fe. was instructed to communicate with the Bodges 10 affiliation. Now that tho Temple is firmly cstablised it is hoped that tho support of all Degree members will be accorded to it. The next meeting will bo held on March 10th. The Dog Tax. —We notice the Borough Council have issued a manifesto regarding dog collars. We earnestly hope that a determined system of extermination will bo initiated and kept up to the bitter end against tlie sheep worrying, cat killing, hen roost robbing, yelping curs infesting tho township. It strikes us, however, that it might bo as well lor the Borough to consider whether they can take any action in the matter before those long-suffering byc-laws are finally disposed of, and arc made useful for combatting nuisances such as vagrant dogs, unreliable drains, and objectionable passengers in cabs.

Attempted Suicide by a Girl.— A girl sixteen years of age, named Annie Scafer, who came out as an immigrant on hoard the Edwin Fox, attempted to commit suicide by j limping off the Government wharf at Nelson on Thursday. Her screams attracted the attention of Mr. Percy, who succeeded in rescuing her. She was charged at the Police Court, and remanded for a week. Wesleyan Conference. —The Pov. W. Keall delivered an address in the Wesleyan Church on Thursday relative to the doings of the late Conference at Dunedin. There was a very fair attendance, and from the remarks of the rev. gentleman, we should assume that our Wesleyan friends are quite satisfied with the progress which their cause is making throughout this colony. The Municipal Quarry. —Pedestrians who are in the habit of wearing thin boots, and equestrians who ride horses with tender feet, don’t compliment the engineering department on the state of East street at present. As the Council are shortly to receive a share of their subsidy, wo would respectfully point out that a few pounds spent in stone-napping, or in picking boulders off, would materially conduce to the comfort of people who use the main street of the township. Inquest. —An inquest was held at the Christchurch Hospital on Thursday afternoon touching the death of William McMillan, who was recently admitted suffering from a wound in his throat, self inflicted. The jmy returned a verdict in accordance with the medical testimony, that the deceased met his death from internal haemorrhage, accelerated by the injury to his throat. Costs of Court. —After hearing the cases at the It. M. Court yesterday, his Worship announced that he had determined to fix a scale of fees to be allowed to solicitors in civil cases, as no fixed rule had hitherto been adhered to. The rule for the future would be that the costs would be awarded pro rata on the amount of the judgment given and not the amount sued for, in the cases where plaintiffs were successful ; and on Hie amount sued for where defendants obtained a judgment. Illuminating the Borough. For some inscrutable reason the township has for a couple of evenings back been again blessed, after three months darkness, with the re-appearance of gas in the Borough lamps. It is very nice to have gas, but we don’t exactly sec the necessity for lighting up at 7 p.m. and allowing all the brilliancy of the gas to compare with the glorious hues of sunset. Let us have gas on dark nights by all means, but we don’t want it to compete with sunshine. Masonic. —A meeting was held on Thursday at Mr. Gundry’s office for the purpose of forming a united Masonic choir, to assist Lodges generally in the district, and to carry out their ceremonies more effectively. The musical director, organist, secretary, treasurer, and librarian were appointed, and rules made for the general working of the society. Opera Bouffe. —Lovers of good music will have an opportunity to-night of hearing some of the best operatic singers agoing. We are to have a visit from a company made up of real talent, the programmes showing the names of Mdlle Murielle (Mrs. Aikman Grey), a splendid soprano who made herself felt on her last appearance here with the Ogden troupe ; Mr. T. B. Browning, an excellent basso who was recently on the celebrated opera troupe of Martin Simonson ; Mr. Brothers, the tenor of the Biccardi company ; and Mr. T. B. Fisher the huff'o baritone, the musical director being Mr. W. A. Juncker. The bill of fare is sufficiently rich, and the company ought to command food patronage. Patti. —Amongst the passengers by the San Francisco mail steamer City of Now York, which arrived at Auckland on Tuesday, was the famous songstress, Oarlotti Patti, of whom the following particulars are given in “Men of the Time’’: “ Patti, Carlotta, sister of Adelina Patti, was for some time the leading vocalist in the United States. Her voice is described as 'the highest soprano ever known,’ reaching to G sharp in alt. ; her powers of execution are considered extraordinary, and her style is essentially Italian. Owing to a physical disability, she has refrained from exhibiting her powers on the stage, but has achieved great success at concerts. In 1871 slits gave a series of concerts at Lima, in Peru. ” Sunday Trading. —On Thursday a fruiterer in Christchurch named Henry Marks was had up before the R.M. for exposing fruit for sale on the Ist and Bth inst., those days being Sundays. The case was brought under an Act of the reign of Charles 11, entitled “An Act for the better observation of the Lord’s Day, commonly called Sunday. ” It was admitted that fruit had been exposed for sale as libelled, but it was contended in defence that the Act did not apply to the circumstances of the colony, seeing that no statute could he in force whore no machinery existed for carrying out its provisions. It was provided by this statute that the goods were liable to forfeiture, and the exposer liable to be placed in the public stocks. There were no stocks in use in this colony, and they could only be established by a “ Court Lecto,” an obsolete institution. The case was adjourned, and judgment reserved. Deaf and Dumb Institution. —ln compliance with a request, anestablishmentof the above kind will be opened at Sumner on the Ist March, under the directorship of Mr. Van Asch, who was selected in England for the post by commissioners appointed for that purpose by the Government. A circular, of which we have been sent a copy, has been issued from the Education Department, setting forth the objects of the institution, which briefly put are as follows : — l. To train young mutes to utter articulate sounds and to road spoken language from the lips of the teacher. 2. To employ this acquired power of speech as a means of instruction of the pupils. 3. To render effectual assistance to children who, from fever or oilier causes, have lost the sense of hearing. It is intended to make arrangements for affording to the pupils opportunities of becoming acquainted with useful trades, &c. The charge for board, lodging, and education has been fixed at annum, but the parents, guardians, .’or friends of deaf mutes within the coloiay who are unable to pay tins sum arc requested to communicate with the Minister for Education. Te Whiti. —ln reference to To Whiti and the labors of the Royal Commission, the “ Patea Mail" observes :—“To he lot alone is the only course of treatment an imposter has to fear, but if ho can secure enemies he can secure friends. Everything that has ever succeeded is more indebted to its enemies than to its friends. So Tc Whiti owes his position among the Maoris to the notice that pakehas have taken of him, and when that notice is withdraivn his star will wane rapidly. But the danger lies with the Government and the Royal Commission. Will they continue to blow the fire that is burning their fingers 1 We would suggest that they adopt as a fundamental rule, ‘ We will have nothing to do with that man Te Whiti.’ If it were an inviolable rule to ignore all prophets and to treat only v ith sane men, the spirit of prophecy would die out. If the Maori people found that no favor could pass from the Government to them through Te Whiti, and that no request, complaint, or demand could pass from them to the Government through him, their beautiful and innocent faith would begin to ravel out at the ends somewhat, and authority would pass over from him to some less sacred, less expensive, less crafty, more.roasonablo savage. ”

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Ashburton Guardian Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 61, 14 February 1880

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