Incokroration of xne Ashburton A. a\d P. Association. —A “Gazette,” of Feb. 10th, announces that the Ashburton Agricn tnral and Pastoral Association is incorporated under tho Agricultural and Pastoral Societies Act, 1577.
Ashburton asd Rakaia Forks Railway.—Tho company owning this railway have made arrangements with the Government to work the line, and Mr. Back expects to be able to commence running next week.
Tin? Fire Brigade.— The usual fortnightly practice of tho Brigade was held last night, and with the object of testing the ability of the Brigade to extinguish a fire, should one happen, at tho Immigration Barracks (or as it is better known as the Old Men’s Homo). About a dozen firemen turned out, and the engine was sot to work, the supply being drawn from the river, and notwithstanding the elevation of the building above tho river level, a splendid stream was thrown from both branches over the roof of the Homo.
Anoti er Home Smr. —The ship Waimate, Captabi Peek, arrived at Lyttelton yesterday, ofter a smart passage of 33 days from London, having been only soven months and three days absent from Lyttelton. She has 153 passengers, and as some of them are suffering from measles, the vessel was orderrd into quarantine, in company with (he Westland which arrived a few days since. “ Chispa’s ” Sum:. —The award in this contest lias been made by “ Chispa,” and he had so much diflic ulty in deciding which was the best of two of the competitors that lie has decided on giving a prize to cadi, viz,, Miss Eva Henderson and Master Philip O’Reilly ; the former having worked the calculation out in the neatest way, but not having all the necessary calculations shown, and the latter has finished his contract very honestly, but not particularly neatly. The Hollowing are the results 52 tons of wire measure 0303 miles, 7 furlongs, 20 poles, 3 yards, 1 font, and will tie 27 - 407 1-17th acres of crop. Horse Stealing— On Tuesday the R.M. dealt with but did not finally dispose of a charge of horse stealing hud against one John O’Brien. The horse which is alleged to have won Mr. O’Brien’s love, and inflamed his lust after horse flesh, belonged to Mr. Samuel Brown, of Wakanui, who had ridden tho animal np to tho Royal Hotel, on Feb. tho Bth inst., towards evening—say about 8 o’clock. Dismounting, Mr. Brown had tied np his animal by the Royal’s fence, and gone into the hotel. While inside, the horse, with all his riding furniture, disappeared, and was not again heal’d of by bis owner for sometime. Mr. Brown, however, ultimately got to know that his T obbin was not lost beyond recovery, for he knocked against the missing quadruped at Mr. R. Little’s, at the Hinds. Mr. Little had bought the horse and belongings from O’Brien for LL7 10s. after a liitlo huckstering, 'and very readily gave up his purchase to Mr. Brown when that gentleman established a claim. Prisoner, when making tho deal with Mr. Little, gave his name as John Kirk and signed a receipt with that name, but denied all knowledge of the horse or the horsey transaction when before the Court. Mr. Guinness remanded him for eight days to allow the police to establish prisoner’s identity—allowing the stiff bail of L2 'O, and two sureties of LIOO each.
Arthur Seetchlby. —From a letter reoeived from Dunedin yesterday, wc learn that Mr. Arthur ISketch’ey, the clever and witty author of “ Mrs. Brown at the Play,” and other laughable works on the adventures of the said Mis. Brown, proposes giving some lectures in Ashburton, on his way North. As it may interest our readers to know something of the past history of this mirth producing lecturer, wc cull tho following from the letter referred to:—“He was educated for the church, took his degree, was ordained, and was for five years a curate in the Weald of Kent. He then became a Catholic, and being a good classical scholar, and master of several modern languages, he became tutor to the late Duke of Norfolk’s family, and educated the present Duke. Ho has made money by his hooks and readings. Of “ Mrs. Brown at tho Play ” 250,000 copies have been sold. He is very fat, very talkative, and very amusing. You must go and hear him if you want a good laugh.” Our readers may, therefore, depend upon it that they have something really good in store for them. His real name is George Rose.
Montague Mosley. This newlyf!o Igod lecturer essayed business lust night in tlio Town Hall to an audience of 44—a1l told. A lecturer that could only attract it people to the hall on a fine moonlight evening must be a poor affair indeed, and those who stayed away lost nothing, and save; 1 , a shilling. Mr. Mosley was not able to galvanise tho dead spirits of his hearers into even the ghost of applause, and but for the mild evening, a seat in the hall last night would have been one of tho coldest and dreariest experiences possible. Burns once wrote on tho window of a church tlio following : A canid kirk, an ! in’l but few, As cask! a wind as ever blew ; A caul lor minister never spake, Yc’s a’ he warm ere I come back.
Cold indeed was the cheer Mi 1 . Mosley had to give, and ho, poor man, was unfortunately not able 10 earn bis hall rent. The only interesting piece in the whole lecture was whore ho threatened this paper with criminal proceedings for publishing a loiter signed “ A Wesleyan ” in our last issue.
Methyen Railway. —This lino of railway was inspected 0:1 Tuesday' by Mr. F. Back, railway traffic manager, accompanied by Mr. Dickenson, of tho locomotive department, preparatory to its being opened for traffic by the Government. Mr. G. Hart, Chairman of the directors of tho company', Messrs. John Maun, R. M'Kerrow, C. if, Maclean, and W. Hartnell were also present, besides Mr. Sydney' Dick, Chief-Postmaster, and Mr. M‘Ker-ro-.v, Surveyor-General to the Colony'. Shortly after leaving Rakaia, and when nearing tho Hatfield station, two lads wore seen to lay two pieces of firewood on the rails, and run behind the fence. The engine was immediately pulled up, and Mr. Back and some others ran to a wharo where the boy's had hidden, and turned them out. They proved to bo la Is who were cooking for Mr. Dearclen’s harvest men Constable Rouse, who happened to be in the train, at once apprehended them, and took them and tho sticks, one of which was quite two ami a-half inches in thickness, back to Rakaia. Had they placed the obstructions in the evening, when it was dark, the consequences may have been very' serious, as the sticks were quite large enough to have thrown the engine off tho track. Mr. Back expressed himself pleased with the construction of the line, but there are some things yet to be done to facilitate the loading of trucks on the track. There is no goods shed anywhere on the line, which is rather an oversight, considering the quantity of grain which will have to be carried by' it this season. It is estimated that quite 300,000 bushels will have to pass over it. Mr. Dick has arranged with Mr. Chas. Hibbs, of the firm of Morgan and Hibbs, to act as postmaster at Methven, tho post-office to bo at their store. A post office will also be opened at Which more shortly. It is intended to open the line for traffic today. The time table will be found in our advertising columns.
Sale of Bankrupt Stock. —Mr. Alfred Harrison announces the sale on Saturday next of the stock-in trade, &0. , of Messrs. Sando and Co. The stock is for absolute sale, and doubtless bargains will be agoing. Saturday is a handy day for the country people, who will no doubt pay Mr. Harrison’s rooms a visit.
Cricket Match.- —The match between Ashburton and Tiiu.iru comes off in the Domain to-day, Fit 11 a.m. sharp. The secretary of the local team has requested us to remind ihe Ashburton men to be as punctual as possible, and to endeavor to retrieve the laurels they have lost this season by tho laxity of their attendance at matches. Tlmao selected to play for tho County Club are Pooka, A.; Andrews, G.; Denshire ; Grant ; Anderson ; Buchanan, T. ; Fagan ; Whitley ; Hill ; Douglas, and Ho lder. Emergencies—Hoskins, Westenra, Field, and A. Andrews. The Communists. —Six of tho French Communists who recently arrived from Noumea in Auckland, have gone to Whangaroi to seek for work at the coal mines or gum fluids, and the local police have been instructed not to interfere with them in any way that would prejudice their chances of employment.
Professor Hughes’ Entertainment The Town Hall on Tuesday presented a beggarly array of empty benches to as classical and enjoyable an entertainment as ever was within its walls. All who were present bad the pleasure of listening to a good elocutionist in tho lecturer, Professor Hughes, who is also a finished musician, being equally good as a pianist or violinist. In the latter role he brought out the beauties of the Irish melodies in a very touching and delicate manner. He was ably assisted in-his endeavors to pourtray the intentions and feelings of the poet by Miss Pauline Best, who sing through a long programme, and met with deserved applause ; and also by two gentlemen, who ably assisted the lecturer in his c(Torts. Burglary. —On Tuesday the case of alleged burglary was heard against the man, who was suspected of taking advanyantage of an opportunity he had gained to attack the cupboard in which Mr. Baldwin, of the Central Hotel, kept his cash box. The man, whose name is Storey, had been supplied with a “ shake-down ” in the bar parlor of the hotel, and in the morning it was found that the doors leading from this parlor to the bar had been tampered with, and an effort make to break open the cupboard, in which was a cash-box containing Ll3O. The evidence went to show that a somewhat daring burglary had been attempted on the morning of the 13th inst., and though there were one or two suspicious circumstances fully warranting the police in taking proceedings, these circumstances did not point suflicintly straight to Storey to justify tho R,M. in convicting him, and the prisoner was therefore discharged.
A Persistent Truant. —At tho Auckland R. M. Court on Tuesday, a school-; master was charged with flogging a hoy for truancy. Tho case was dismissed. The. hoy had played truant from the school (53 times out of a possible 100 last quarter, and 17 times this quarter out of a possible 30. Meeting of Creditors. —At the Town Hill yesterday miming a meeting of the creditors in tho estate of the firm of Sando and Bowling was held, an I Mr. Zouch was appointed Chairman of the meeting. Ho called upon the bankrupts to give some explanation of the state of tlicir affairs, and they produced a balance sheet showing their liabilities to be L577,’ and their assets, inc’uding bo >k debts, L 545. Considerable dissatisfaction was expressed by tho creditors present as to the manner in which credit had been obtained by the firm, and Mr. Sando was pub on his oath on his examination by tho official trustee in giving his evidence. The meeting absorbed some two and a-half hours of valuable time to those present, and it eras finally resolved —“That Mr. Zouch should act as trustee and the assets he realised forthwith.” The bankrupts made an excuse to the mooting that they wave compelled to file because they could not obtain any more stock on credit, and promises of support had not been kept.
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