More Libel. —We are informed that a criminal information for libel has been laid hy the pioneer lawyer of Ashburton against the pioneer journalist. The merits of the case are to be heard at the usual sitting of the R.M. Court on Friday next. Montague Mosley. —A telegram announces that the “scarifier” of Pastor Chiniquy, Montague Mosley, has been remanded from Timaru to Christchurch on a charge of obtaining 3s. under false pretences from a tailor. New Business. —Messrs. Everett Bros, open to-day in Mr. J. E. Bucbannan’s old auction rooms, with a stock of soft goods. The appearance of their windows last night was very attractive, and what between their show of finery and Mr. Alfred Harrison’s eloquence next door, there ought to be a big crowd in Havelock street to-morrow afternoon. Important to Gas Consumers. —Mr. J. Dolman of this town lias, for atv experiment, fitted up one Horne’s patent gas regulators to the gas meter at Quill’s Hotel. The patentee claims that his invention saves from 25 to 30 per cent, of gas. The regulator at present shows a small saving, having been used for a fortnight, but we refrain from stating any particulars until the month is up, when when are promised full particulars as to its capabilities. The Timaru Boxing Day Riots.—Six of the Timaru rioters were convicted before Judge Ward this week at Timaru, but sentence was deferred by the Judge in response to an application by Mr. Stout, counsel for tho prisoners, who contended that the Judge bad admitted evidence irrelevant to the case, and calculated to prejudice tho case against the prisoners, inasmuch as his Honor had asked whether at any previous time religious processions had marched through Timaru, and had been replied to by a witness that Father Henncbory’s procession had marched with green colors, and had been unmolested. There were other points on which Mr. Stout founded his application, which was for a new trial, and the Judge decided to submit them to the Supreme Court, meanwhile to admit the prisoners to hail in L2OO each, with two sureties for each prisoner of LIOO each. Special Rate. —ln another column a notification will ho found declaring the County Council’s intention to levy a special rate in the Forks district, for payment of the protective works latety erected there. Promotion. —We hear that Mr. S. G. Maddison, master of the Old Men’s Home, Ashburton, is to be removed at the end of the present month to the Orphan Asylumn at Burnham. Short op Trucks Already. —Although the grain season can as yet hardly be said to have commenced there is already a scarcity of trucks. On Friday evening there was not a single waggon at the Ashburton station, and a dozen loaded drays were in attendance to discharge their freight, which had to be taken into store. At Chertsey 26 loaded drays were at the station at an early hour in the morning, but not a truck was to be had, and the goods shed is piled to the rafters and the grain is being stacked outside. What the upshot will he in a month, when carting is in full swing, is more than we can undertake to say, probably a scarcity of tarpaulins. Flower Show. —The Horticultural Show takes place in the Town Hall today. Although most of our floriculturists have not had time to got up any very extensive gardens here yet, wo understand the show will not bo a despicable one by any means. A Missing Harmonium. —ln a feud between two sections of the temperance advocates at Onehunga, who had privately purchased a harmonium, some person or persons unknown entered the Masonic Hall at night and removed the harmonium, and the charter of the Hope of Manukau Lodge. The charter has since been recovered, but not the harmonium. The Lodge hopes to obtain a clue to its whereabouts.
Electors’ Registrars. —The registrars under the new Registration of Electors’ Act have been gazetted. The Mount Somers Railway.— A party of Government surveyors have arrived in town for the purpose of completing the surveys for the extension of the Mount Somers railway line, and they commence operations to-day. Oxide of Manganese has been discovered in the hills near Ashburton, and a sample was brought into town and tested. The mineral is valued at LlO per ton in England, and a very large quantity could be obtained. The place where it is discovered is easily accessible, we hear, but the discoverer does not care to reveal its locality yet awhile. Gold. —Those interested in gold mining will read the following telegram from Grahamstown with interest :—The New Whau Company expect to come upon the Golden Sun lead, which gave the Alburnia Company such a good dividend, in 12ft. more sinking. They will break down a reef in the winze about the middle of next week. Shares are going up to 275. 6d., firm (buyers), in consequence of the excellent indications. The Mormons and the Ladies. —The Mormon agitation in Auckland seems to havo given discontented wives an idea of escaping from their unhappy existence, and applications to Court for separation orders are on the increase. Probably tho result will be an exodus of married women from Auckland for Utah, where they will find they have leapt from the fryingpan into the tiro. Unclaimed Letters. —The following is a list of letters from places beyond the colony received at the Ashburton Post Office during the month of January and remaining unclaimed on Ist March, 1870 : —G. Appleton, Henry Marlartic, H. S. Ball, James Payne, David Crawford, Walter Staff (2), W.’ Hayward, Walter Williamson, James M'Avoy—care of John Small, —W. Jones (2), A. O. Weston. Ashburton High School Board. —A meeting of the High School Board was held at the County Council offices at 1 p.m. on Thursday. Present —Dr. Trevor (Chairman), Messrs. Saunders, Wright, Walker, and Grigg. The Board decided to apply to the Wakanui Road Board for the payment of Ll 4 for shingle taken out of the reserve on Jones’ road, one-third of that amount to bo re-payable to Mr. Carter for compensation for surface damage. Dr. Trevor and Mr. Walker were appointed a committee to arrange for lending the Board’s funds at tho rate of 8 per cent., and it was decided to plant the reserve on two sides, a width of half a chain, and to let it by auction for five years.
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