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The Victorian elections have decided the fate of the Berry Government, and like his prototype in New Zealand the great Dictator of Victoria has been forced to go into Opposition. His fall proves wbat ban often been alleged by cautious politicians, and by men who take pains to study human nature —that working men, though possibly for a time carried away and misled by specious promises, and biddings for their favor on the part of men who adopt a policy because it is attractive to the mob, never fail, as time tries the men they have trusted, to find out the hollow parts, and emphatically reject quackery, insincerity, and incapacity. Mr. Berry’s Government has fallen in a colony where the franchise is held by the mass, and without doubt the working men must bo said to have been paramount. Yet they have found out that Mr. Berry was an idol with feet of clay, and now that he has outgrown his popularity, he has gone down before the re-action that was sure to follow upon the implicit trust reposed in him. To a certain extent there is a likeness between the fallen Liberal leader of Victoria, and the quondam Liberal leader of New Zealand —but only to a certain extent. Graham Berry, though a prominent man was never a brilliant one, while Sir George Grey, if he could have closed his political career without the contribution to his history of the last few years, would have had placed against his name a career that is seldom traced by public men. Sir George Grey’s weakest time was when he led the socalled “ Liberal ” party of New Zealand, and even then his leadership was better than Graham Berry’s, who at his best was never to he named alongside Sir George at liH worst. V'jili nil his faults. fn George lijcv In-V'-I r.«tulo luo"'. k‘!'ii guilty "i ii. ; UV.bp-.s.kyV.

New Member of County.—Mr. Bullock took his scat at the County Council yesterday, in room of the late Mr. Reed, of Westerfield. Borough Drainage. —Consideration of the Mayor’s application for a grant-iu-aid of drainage purposes in the borough was adjourned by the Count}' Council till next meeting of that body. The Hospital Surgical Instruments. .—At the County Council meeting yesterday it was stated that invoices had been received of the surgical instruments ordered for the Hospital. Tho instruments had been shipped by the steamer Garonne, and may be expected shortly. Grant to the Fire Brigade. —The County Council yesterday granted a sum (f LSO to the Fire Brigade’s funds, on the understanding that the services of our excellent brigade would be available for any fire outside the town, and conditionally on the grant being legal—the question to be submitted to the Council’s legal adviser. Wheat Sales. —Messrs. Saunders’ Bros, are advised of tho following sales of wheat in London :—Ex Boyne, 575. per 4901b5. ; ex Wahnate, 58s. per 4901b5.; ex Crossfield, 58s. Gel. per 49Glb. Ashburton Borough Council.—A meeting of the Borough Council was held at 7 a.m. yesterday. Present—Messrs. E. Saunders, A. Orr, G. St. Hill, G. M. Robinson, R. Friedlander, andD. Williamson. Ihe members met at the Post Office, and were then driven to the head of the mill race where they inspected the works proposed by Mr. E. Saunders. Mr. C. E. Fooks was in attendance to give information respecting the levels, Ac. All the members were quite convinced that Mr. Saunders’ scheme was simple, cheap, and effectual, and surprise was expressed at its not having been adopted long ago. The members on their return held a meeting in the Council’s offices, and a resolution was proposed by Mr. Saunders to the effect that the scheme he approved of, and the Engineer authorised to draw plans and specifications to be submitted to the Council on Monday next. The resolution was carried. We have no doubt now of the side channels being flushed within six weeks from the present date. The Grain Season in the South Rakaia District has has commenced, and already large quantities arc daily arriving at the Rakaia station, both by dray and railway. On the Rakaia-Methvcn line loading banks arc being proceeded with at all the stations, so that farmers will have every facility for. getting away their produce. Some delay is being caused at the Rakaia station through senders not forwarding proper consignment notes with their parcels, many loaded trucks having to stand -waiting till the necessary informatiau is received, and many of the trucks being uncovered, should heavy rains set in a great deal of damage must necessarily be the result. Men appear to be scarce in the district just now, frequent enquiries being made fur hands to assist in carting in, and for threshing. It is expected that next week will see the delivery of corn in full swing. The Unemployed at Hawera.—A correspondent telegraphing from Hawera on Tuesday, has the following to say regarding tho crowd of unemployed sent to help the A.C. in roadmaking at tho Hawora camp : —Fully 75 per cent, of the ‘ ‘ unemployed ” sent up are physically unfitted for hard work upon the roads, and as showing the absurdity of their presence here, it may be mentioned that while these incapables are out on tho roads, between 20 and 30 Constabulary, who would otherwise also be at work roadmaking, are required to act as a covering party by day, and sentries at night. Not only is the labor of those able-bodied men lost, but between 20 and 30 m en earning Gs. Gd. per day, are unremuneratively employed to guard a number -whose rate of pay is 3s. per day, and who aro physically incapable of getting through the same amount of work in a "Ron time as could be done by the Constabulary engaged in guarding them. Quite apart from the element of weakness that has been imparted to our position on the plains by tho advent of this useless crowd, it will be seen that a dead loss is incurred by Government, and that the progress of roadmaking will be actually impeded. The Maoris are puzzled at the presence of these unarmed men. It is said they aro attributing it to tho circumstance that we are short of arms. As a matter of fact, Enfields are on the ground for them, but it has not been thought desirable to distribute them.

Tiih Kumaba Chess Tournament.— The Chess Handicap Tournament is completed. There were 29 competitors, the dds being from pawn and move to queen and move. A. Petrie first, won 24 games, lost 4 ; Bulls second, won lost s|; Rev. Scott third, won 22, lost 6. All three were in the second class ; Janion first class came next, winning 20, and losing 8. THs was the most successful and largest chess tournament ever held in the Colony. The Australian Cricketers. —A prominent member of the Australian team, writing to a friend in Dunedin, says—‘/As we leave for England on March 19, visiting you is. now out of the question, but the team is very desirous of visiting New Zealand, and are considering now if we can do so on our return. If a lump sum is offered for the tour by the Colony, our visit may be assured ; but to come on our own account, requires consideration.

He Recovered His Chattels.— An Auckland telegram says Elder Pearce, of the Mormon Mission, had arranged for the passage to the Salt Lake City of the wife of a fisherman whom he had induced to accompany him thither. Nothing loth the woman, with three children, was safely ensconced on board,, when the fact became known to her husband, who promptly got out a warrant, and bad the woman and three children arrested and conveyed ashore. She was taken home in a cab.

Fair Warning.— A cablegram has been sent by Government to the Agent-General impressing on him the urgent necessity of all intending immigrants being fully informed of the depression in the colony.

The Totalisatob. —The two totalisators in use on the Dunedin racecourse put through the sum of L72OG during the three days of the meeting.

Important Land Sales. —Messrs. Education Bros, and Gundry will hold an unusually important sale on Thursday, next, when among other properties to be submitted to auction, a store and dwelling house, and several farms will be put up for competition, and the terms of sale are unusually reasonable.

Missing Evidence. —At the hearing of criminal cases on Tuesday, after the horse stealing case was disposed of, the case for stealing a saddle and bridle was called on, and it was discovered that Mr. Sam Brown, the owner, had decamped with the lot as soon as the first case was disposed of. He was soon brought back, and was informed by the Bench that he ran a very good chance of being charged with stealing his own horse and saddle.

Accident at Methven. —A man named Roberts, in the employ of Mr. Hood, while assisting to unload some bales of sacks from a truck at Methven, had his foot severely squeezed betwen a bale and the side of the truck. He was brought to Rakaia on Wednesday morning, and tidcou <>n I" rpiviclyhinr-b bv the 7 a m.

regret. having t.. record a serhui? loss mi.--tamed by Mr. John Carter, of Grove Farm, Tinwald, by the loss of his entire Clydesdale horse, Merry ton. This horse and Billy Fan-play were imported last year from Scotland, where they had taken principal prizes at Scottish agricultural shows, and the large sum of LGOO was paid for Merry ton, who was looked upon as one of the best draught horses in the colony. His loss will be not only a pecuniary one to his owner, but a national one to breeders of good stock. South Rakaia School Committee. — The South Rakaia School Committee held its ordinary monthly meeting on Tuesday evening. Present—Messrs. C. Tucker (Chairman), Sharp, Hartnell, and Cox. The minutes of the previous meeting, and also of a special meeting, were read and confirmed. Correspondence from the Board of Education was read, informing the Committee that the block of five acres, bounded by Mackie, Normanby, Cudland, and Dunford streets, on which the present school buildings stand, was reserved by Government as a school site. The resignation of Miss Jack, assistant mistress, was received and accepted. The Chairman said ho had advertised for an assistant mistress, but had no applications. It was resolved to extend the time, and hold a special meeting on March IGth. A bill for L 5 los. Gd., for timber supplied to a former Committee was received, but its consideration was deferred. Mrs. Gainey wrote, asking to be paid L2 3s. 4d., for two months’ cleaning the school. It was resolved that Mrs. Gainey be paid for one month’s cleaning. The Chairman was authorised to have certain fences cut. The schoolmaster’s report was read and considered. It was resolved to recommend John Halo for the appointment of pupil teacher, subject to his passing the Fifth Standard. It was resolved to allow the school to be closed for a week during the time of examination for teachers’ certificates, to allow the master to attend the examinations.

Christchurch Assessment. —The assessment of the City of Christchurch for this year amounted to L 222,204, which was reduced by L 3,143 by the Court. Last year the assessment in its reduced state was L 204,000.

Christchurch Tramways. After a great deal of trouble the tramway rails have been got into proper ox-dor, and as soon as the line has been passed by the Government Engineer traffic will commence.

Tj-e Ashburton’s Bridges —The County engineer yesterday reported the completion of the bridge over Taylor’s stream, and tender’s wore ordex-ed by the Council to be invited for the approaches, in order to make the bridge available for traffic at an early- date. With x-egard to the Mount Somers bridge over the South Ashburton, tho engineer in his x-eport said Mr. Butt, the contractor, had made a good start, and a steam pile dx-iver was now putting the piles down satisfactorily to the required depth. Two piers were alreadydriven, and a large quaixtity of the bridge material was on tho ground. At Digit’s bridge, the work hail been at a standstill owing to a hitch as to cartage of timber, but this had been overcome, and there was a probability that the V ridge may yet be completed within the extended time.

Forks Protection Works. —The various contracts on the protective works at the Forks are reported as completed, with one exception —that of Mr. Sutherland, which had the time extended over harvest.

RAKaIA GoKli’B Bridge Approaches.— On two of the contracts for these approaches the earthworks are about half finished, and in a third the formation is complete. The Turkey. —Brillat Savarin says that the turkey is one of the finest gifts made by the New World to the Old. If it is not the first in favor among our domestic fowls, it is second to none in the delicacy and agreeable texture of its flesh.

Deadwooo Rebuilt. The rapid growth of Transatlantic cities is proverbial, but few have sprung up so quickly as Dead wood in Dakota, which was recently entirely demolished by fire. Ten weeks after its destruction the town was completely rebuilt with fine brick buildings far superior to tlie original structures.

The German's Croud.—Smoking in Germany last year cost the nation some L 17,005,000. Over 100,000 tons of tobacco were consumed, 29,000 tons being made into cigars and 8000 into snuff, seven milliard cigars being consumed, thus giving a daily average of two cigars to ten million smokers.

Longbeach Assessment Court. The Assessment Court for the Longbcach Road District was held on Saturday last, before Air. F. Guinness, R.M. The valuer, Mr. F. G. P. Leach, appeared in support of his valuation. There was a large number of notices of objections, but they wore not considered, as the Chairman of the Hoard, Mr. John Grigg, took exception to the list prepared by Air, Leach, to the effect that it was not “as required by the Act.” The Court was of the opinion that the valuation list w r as not prepared as required by the Rating Act, 1876. It was decided that Mr. F. G. P. Leach prepare another list, and receive the same amount of remuneration as originally agreed upon by him and the County Council or Road Board ; that the list shall be completed and open for public inspection on Saturday, March 20 ; that Saturday, April 10, shall be the last day for delivering notices of objection thereto ; and that the Assessment Court shall sit on Saturday, April 17, at 10 o’clock a. m.

Ashburton Fire Brigade. —The usual monthly meeting of the Fire Brigade was held in the Borough Council office on Tuesday night—l2 members being present, the captain in the chair. The treasurer reported the credit balance to be LlO 3s. Gd. on general account, and L 0 10s. on No. 2 account. The officers’ reports were handed in. Captain Wilkie reported that a practical scheme was now being contemplated by the Borough Council, which he thought would be of great value to the brigade. Lieut Dolman reported a successful trial at the Old Men’s Home, and stated he had written to the master of the Home, asking that the road be improved to save risk to the men. The secretary reported on various business transacted by him during the month. It was resolved to apply to the County Council for a grant in aid. Fireman Hudson proposed, and Firm can Edwards seconded —“That the Boiuugh Council be requested to pay to the credit of the brigade the L 25 overdue, also calling their attention to the unredeemed promise, re the long expected uniforms. Several accounts were passed for payment. Mr. R. Smith, the nightwatchman’s, account for New Year's eve, 95., was not passed, behaving failed in his contract. Attention was called to the practice of children unscrewing the caps of the tube wells, and it was resolved to call tire attention of the police to the mat-

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The Ashburton Guardian. COUNTY AGRICULTURAL & SPORTING RECORDER THURSDAY, MARCH 4, 1880., 4 March 1880

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