The Ashburton Guardian, COUNTY AGRICULTURAL & SPORTING RECORDER TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 1880.
Tub Alleged Larceny of Horses.— The case against James Gardiner came to a conclusion late on Saturday afternoon, and resulted in the committal for trial of the accused. The case will be hoard at next sitting of the Supreme Court. Collapse of a House. —While a house was being raised to the level ot the street at New Plymouth it collapsed, nearly killing the wife of a constable and her threo° children who were inside at the time. A Brute.— A man named Tate has been committed for trial at Timaru on two charges of indecently assaulting little girls. A New Candidate. —Mr. "William A clams, of Moore street, announces bis start in business as a commission agent, accountant, Ac. on his own account. Mr. Adams is known for his ability as a man of figures, and we can recommend him as an agent likely to look after his principal s interests. On His Legs Again.— Our broad chested defender of the peace, Denis Morouey, is getting “ blue mouldy for want of abating,” and has challenged the Rakaia champion for a bit of rough jmcl tumble business for anything from L 5 up to all the spare cash or credit the-Rakaia admirers of Mr. Roscombe possess. We would caution our Rakaia readers that the Ashburton man will take a lot of “rubbing out. ” The Sheep Act, 1878.—We have secured a copy of a pamphlet recently published by the Government giving the text of the Sheep Act, 1878, together with all proclamations, Orders in Council, and “Gazette” notices bearing thereon. An interesting memorandum by Dr Hector on the parasitic insects which infest sheep is appended to the pamphlet, and although Canterbury flocks bave long been unaffected by scab, all owners of sheep should peruse this little work, which has been specially issued for their information. Bread.— "We have been favored by Mr. A. Thiele, baker, Wakanui road, with a loaf of bread made from this year’s wheat, grown at Wakanui, and ground at Mr. Moffat’s new mill. The broad made by Mr. Thiele has been very highly complimented by several gentlemen who have given the sample a trial as being a really good article, and Mr. Thiele guarantees that the principle upon which he bakes his •■•read is a new one, and a loaf will keep for a -week without getting sour, which is a benefit to consumers in the country where they can only be supplied at intervals of several days. A Change for Carriers. —At the present time the greatest difficulty our farmers have to contend with is the want of draught horses to cart their grain to the stacks, or threshing machines, as the case may be, and where the crop is alieady threshed out every farmer is of course anxious to get his grain to market as early as possible. There is now a chance for a man who can afford to speculate in the best wagon and team in Ashburton, viz ; the one now belonging to the Wcsterfield Estate, which is no longer required on that estate, as the railway is constructed close by the homestead and mill. The Easter Review. —We notice that Capt. Bullock, of the Ashburton volunteer corps, is calling his men together, with the object of finding out how much patriotism exists among them—in other words, to obtain the names of those willing to “ bleed” for their country for four clays drill at the Easter review. As volunteers intend presenting themselves from the far North to the snowy South, we hope that Capt. Bullock will be able to muster a strong company to do credit to Ashburton. The local contingent of cavalry will, we understand, assemble in good force, and from their regular attendance and able instruction under Trooper Scott, they will probably give a good account of their drill during the past year. A Midnight Scene. —There have been a number of jibes and jeers passed at the expense of the Borough Council for their action respecting the illicit trade done by the cabs. That the Council were justified in the resolution eve may mention the following circumstance which happened about la. m. this morning. A cab stopped opposite Saunders’ buildings, near the “ Guardian ” office. A man was thrown out on the footpath, and the vehicle at once drove away. The ejected one was left lying full length across the footpath, dead drunk, with a face ghastly with blood and blows, and in the darkness of the night liable to bo trodden upon, or become a trap for any late wayfarer. Three of our staff took him in out of danger. The occupants of the cab are known, and it is probable that the recent correspondence which has appeared commenting on the resolution of the Borough Council will be found to Ixave been written by some individual very much interested in keeping up the illicit traffic. Lost in the Gale. —On Sunday while the gale was going it high, a photographer in town discovered that his show case had mysteriously disappeared from his street door. It was a day when Ashburton presented an attraction to country residents in the services conducted by Pastor Chiniquy, and the loss of the show case on that clay was a loss indeed. High and low the missing case with its “ counterfeit presentment ”of the youth, beauty, and respectability of Ashburton, was hunted for, but fruitlessly. The machinery of the police was set in motion, but it ran clown at night like a clock without “striking ile,” The photographer spent a sorry night, and in tho morning early he was that would not be unearthed from the swag of any wandering snapper-up of uucousidered trifles—that the hangers-on at pubs could not be even hinted it as having appropriated. A neighboring solicitor met the sorrowful one and heard thewoful tale. Tho sorrowful one wont into the legal office? to have a “ case ” properly put for the recovery of his lost repository of art, and after the blue document had been properly constructed the man of law suddenly pointed to a corner the eye of tho photo man had not yet scanned, and asked if the case standing there and the portraits in it, bore any resemblance to the missing “ gallery. ” The countenance of the camera-man lengthened with _ astonishment and then contracted with joy, and after he had been cautioned not again to leave his pictures exposed to the tender mercies of a 75 to the minute gale, and the chance of a good Samaritan lawyer passing to play the part of a kindly “property man,” lie departed with his burden, but with a lighter heart.
The Chronicle Editor. —Mr. Henry Anderson, the editor of the Wellington “ Chronicle,” has been bought out by the other proprietors. He has filed his schedule. Mr. Wal h L .nd Sale. —On Thursday next a rare opportunity will be afforded to those who arc in search of a convenient suburban allotment. Messrs. Edmiston Bros, and Gundrj 7 , will then submit to auction 40 quarter acre sections just outside tho belt and fronting on tho Wakanui Creek. For residence sites they are unequalled in the vicinity of the town, and for ornamental gardens the soil is unapproachable. Severe Accident. —On Saturday, about three o'clock, while Mr. Stephens, blacksmith, Tailored street west, was leading a young horse past the new cemetery, the animal swung round suddenly and planted a hick on Mr. Stephen’s ancle, completely fracturing the bones. The injured man was brought to town in a dray by Mr. Hay T. Smith, and taken to his homo, whore he was attended by Dr. Ross. Pastor Chiniquv’s Services. On Sunday the Presbyterian Church was quite full in the morning, on the occasion of Pastor Chiniquy’s service. The introductory service was conducted by the Rev. Mr. Beattie, after which Mr. Chiniquy delivered a very stirring address. It was purely evangelical, and contained a hearty appeal to his hearers to accept the great gift of God in the person of His Son. In the evening he delivered a similar discourse in the Wesleyan Chapel, at which over six hundred people attended. The audiences at both services were made up of people of all denominations of religion, and the country folks were present in large numbers. Tho collections taken were devoted to tho Pastor’s mission after deducting the average offering in each church. The Weather. —On Saturday night an unwelcome gale of windfrom theN. S. arose and continued throughout Sundajq chopping round to the IT. W. during tho morning. By dusk it was again calm. The day was fearfully hot, and it was feared that considerable damage would be done to the standing crops ; but such is not the case, as wo hear that there is very little grain blown out, and in many cases the grain is all cut on the smaller holdings. About 11 p.m. last night a mild son’-west rain set in, which will retard reaping, carting and threshing operations to a certain extent, but a benefit will be derived by tho land in grass, which has lately had a terribly burnt up look about it. The export of grain has already commenced, and wheat laden trucks form a portion of evei'y train to Christchurch. We hear of a sale at 3s. lOd., but prices are not as yet fixed. The "Wrong Shop. —Yesterday his Worship the R.M. fined Joseph Sloane 20s. for being drunk in charge of a horse. The circumstances under which Joseph found himself in the hands of the police were peculiar. He rode up from his suburban homo to Ashburton in the gale of Sunday. How often he had rested and “refreshed” by the way we know not, but when he entered the town about “ church time ” his seat in the saddle was anything but a secure one. Charitable people said the wind caused the swaying of Jiis body ; unkind people said he was tight; but the spectators’ opinions were of Title moment to Joseph. He made his “ devious way ” towards tho Catholic Chapel, and there entered into conversation with some of the worshippers who were outside, the building being full. The conversation was not edifying to good Catholics, and when Joseph drew out and flaunted a bright orange sash, in which ho finally arrayed himself, the edification of his talk was not added to. Whatever was his meaning for the conduct he indulged in wo cannot tell, but the good people around the chapel bore it with commendable patience, and Joseph was walked off to the lock-up for being drunk. Lost Documents. —It will be "remembered that a fortnight ago a case was heard in tho R.M. Court against Mr. James Gardiner, at the instance of one of his workmen named Higgins. Three horses and a double furi'owed plough were claimed by Higgins as his property—ho having bought them from Gardiner. A document purporting to bo signed by Gardiner, and to be a note of the sale by him was produced in Court—at least two pieces of it; They had boon torn in a struggle—so the evidence boro—between plaintiff and defendant. The case went against Mr. Gardiner, but somehow he wouldn’t give up the horses, and an information for larceny was laid against him. In the course of hearing, the pieces of the sale note wore asked for by Mr. O’Reilly. Nobody know anything about them. Higgins had given them to Mr. Branson, Mr. Branson loft them on the "bench, tho Clerk of tho Court had never soon them. But so long as a shred of evidence existed that the documents were in existence Mr. O’Reilly objected to sccomlF.ry evidence. At last, however, Mr. O’Reilly admitted that if the documents could not bo found they must be lost. His Worship readily agreed that this was a very logical deduction, and secondary evidence was proceeded with. Opera Bouffe. —A very enjoyable entertainment was given on Saturday evening in the Town Hall by an Opera Bouffe and Comedy Company that has been recently formed under the management of Mr. Juncker The Company includes several high class vocalists, most of whom arc old favorities who have already established their fame in the colonics. The programme presented on Saturday to a fair audience was certainly a long one, but its varied character and the excellent manner in which it was performed made it all too short for those who were happy enough to hear it. It began with the brilliant operetta, “The Rose of Auvergne,” to which was added tho ever green song “ The Village Blacksmith and a sweet duct from “ GirofleGirofla. ” Mdlle Muriellc, whom we have heard before in Ashburton, took the part of Fleurette in the operetta, and sang admirably, while at the same time she was most vivacious in her acting. She is a verj' superior soprano, and will doubtless be heard of yet, as in addition to a voice of remarkable range and flexibility she acts with a captivating naivette that cannot fail to please. She had powerful helps in Mr. G. H. Brothers, an excellent tenor ; and Mr T. B. Browning, a rich bass. Tho operetta was followed with a scene or two from Maritana, in which the vocalists were very successful, and then the audience were treated to a musical melange, which gave Mr. F. W. Fisher an opportunity to display his powers of pleasing in characteristic sketches. “ Tho Soldier’s Return ” concluded tho evening. It is a buriet'.a that truly deserves the qualifier given to it iirtheprogramme—“sparkling."’ We need only add that Mr. Juncker was pianist to let it he known that the instrument was in good hands.