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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 71, 9 March 1880
Typhoid in Christchurch. — Twelve cases of typhoid fever have been reported in Christchurch during the past fortnight. The Native Commissioners. —Tiie Native Commissioners on the South Island claims are now in Christchurch, and will hold sittings in Akaroa tliis week. A Good Sample. —We have been shown some tolerably good stalks of grain this season, but a sample one of oats came to hand yesterday from Mr. John Hood’s paddock at Mount Somers, which is the most prolific, yet shown to us. It is a Canadian oat, not yet ripe, but with the enormous number of 342 grains on one branch of a stalk, and our informant stated that the paddock was all ‘ ‘ much of a muchness.” There are also some very large yields of oats reported in the Laghmohr district. Accident at Burnham. —When the down train was leaving Burnham this afternoon a serious accident occurred. A woman with two children was stepping off the train on to the platform when the train suddenly started. The jerk caused the eldest child, aged about three years to fall on the line, and before it could he rescued the wheel of one of the carriages had cut clean off one of its arms. The above are the particulars as we have been able to gather them ; we have not been able to ascertain the child’s name, which was taken on to Christchurch by the express. “ The Scarifier.” —Montague Mosley, the man who started the foolish notion that he was a lecturer, and thought he could injure Pastor Chiniquy by vamping up from old newspaper cuttings a string of what ho called “yarns” and retailing them from a platform to a dozen or so people has been before the Christchnrh R.M. on a charge of obtaining money under false pretences. He had obtained a sixguinea suit from a tailor, and tendered a cheque in payment of all he was owing the architect of garments. The cheque was £7 125., and the debt amounted to £7 9s. This was squared by 3s. being given in as change. It was this 3s. upon which the “false pretences” charge was laid, for the cheque was dishonored. Mosley was dismissed, it having appeared that the tailor had taken some of Mosely’s furniture in security. Want of Trucks. —On all sides we hear of complaints among the farmers of the inconveniences they suffer for want of accommodation at the various railway stations for want of the necessary waggons and labor to tranship their grain in anything like a reasonable , time. Our reporter to-day heard complaints from several farmers in the Wakanuithat drays sent in good time in the morning to the Ashburton station were delayed till a late hour in the afternoon. The Government were not backward in making all sorts of promises that during the grain season every nerve would be strained to get the grain to port as rapidly as possible, but we find, that leaving the paucity of trucks out of the question, there is a deficiency even of manual labor, a deficiency certainly only too easily made good at the shortest notice. Getting into Shape. —The usual slipshod method of doing business in the Borough Council is to be revised and corrected for the future. Councillor St. Hill was very neatly and gracefully sat upon by Councillor Williamson last night as to his fondness for debate, and he will probably set his sharp wits to -work to read up standing orders, so as to find out on what point he can fire off one of his popguns at the solid flesh and steady nerve of the vis-a-vis of his Worship. Most folks would prefer, so far as their feelings are concerned, an hour of Councillor St. Hill’s tin-tack attacks than one minute of the sledge-hammer utterances of Councillor Williamson. The Mayor announced that for the future he would not allow verbal resolutions to he made, and that he would only recognise pen and ink sketches of the ideas of the Council, This resolve on the part of the Mayor will probably shorten the business, but it will tend to do away with a deal of the comic part of the Borough’s business.
Drainage op Christchurch. The Christchurch Drainage Board have accepted a tender for the construction of a sewage reservoir, &o. It is under the engineer’s estimate, -which was £41,000. Timber Sale.— Messrs. Edmiston Bros, and Gundry announce in another column a sale by auction of some 75,000 feet of totara timber of various sizes, a shipment consigned to them per Star of the South from the North. The timber has arrived, and is now stacked at the auctioneer’s yards, and is well worth the inspection of builders, contractors, and others requiring some really excellent totara timber. The sale takes place on Wednesday at one o’clock. The Ram Pair.— The entries this year the Ewe and Ram Fair are rams, 1640 ; ewes, 108. This is a decrease on last year’s entries of 327 and 178 respectively, but the quality of the animals is reported to be greatly improved. The Borough Bye-laws. —‘ ‘ Bettor late than never ” is a good old adage, and it must have been very satisfactory to the Borough Council last night to be informed that one more interview on this now hoary-headed measure would in all probability settle the knotty points which have so long been occupying their attention. We are glad for the sake of the ratepayers and the Council that the deliberation of the Municipal officers have so nearly arrived at a climax, but wo are also glad on account of the printers who will now he able to set free some ten columns of very useful type which has been in durance vile for over a year patiently awaiting the final touch to he put on them by the Engineer and Solicitor to the Municipality. A Proposed New Government Building.—The local commander of the police forces (cavaliy, infantry, and irregulars) applied to the Borough Council for a fresh lock-up last night. He has plenty of accommodation for lodgers of the usual class, but is not provided with the necessary ward for neglected or orphan dogs, and he mildly laid before the Municipal authorities the necessity for providing an orphanage. The authorities thought the request a trifle too thin, and one facetious councillor remarked that it was a pity they had let “ that cottage go for a five pound note, as it would have made a good asylum for the bow-wows.” As wo have so many public bodies, perhaps the architectural beauties of tho town will he added to by the erection of the dog lock-up jointly between the Borough and County Councils and the six Road Boards, and so as to give each body fair play it ought to bo octagonal, with eight compartments and a door to each, and the whole surmounted by a bull dog weather cock, with the device “ Cave canem” in bold type. How it Strikes a Stranger. —Some wanderer from the West Coast lias been up this way, and gives his impressions thus to the “Westport Times:” —Dropping down by the 8.40 a.m. express, I thought I would have a look at Ashburton, and proceed on by a following train ; this would enable me to make a few memos., and possibly give mo the opportunity of seeing some old Westport friends whom I knew to be resident in the town, so I stopped. I was not long in finding some of them out, and after dinner took a stroll around the town, one of them assisting as cicerone. My guide was evidently dissatisfied with the change he had made in his quarters, as he mentioned his intention to again try the West Coast ns soon as the harvesting was over. I have little doubt Ashburton is a lively enough town during the continuance of what is generally known as the grain season, hut viewing it as I did, in an interval between the departure of the southern trains, it looked dull enough. There seemed to be plenty of idle men knocking around, and the drays and expresses about the railway station were anything but busy. Folks in Ashburton told me it was a great place entirely for opposition in matters of business—from newspaper proprietors upwards; perhaps since the rejection by the burgesses of tho proprietor of one of the local papers as a candidate for the office of Mayor of the Borough, things will resume their ordinary peace footing in that community. Copper near Nelson. —The Aniseed Valley Copper Company has struck a lode of pure black oxide of copper, 2ft. Cin. wide, 120 ft. from the surface. The vein was followed down the whole distance without a break.
Grain. —The grain carried up to date on the Christchurch section of the railway, Winchester to Amerlcy and branches, amounts to 119,331 bags. St. Stephen’s—Thanksgiving Service. —Cn Sunday thanksgiving services were held in St. Stephen’s Church, when the edifice was well filled with worshippers. The church was decorated with evergreens and flowers, while fruit, wheat, and barley, &0., adorned the altar. The Rev. W. E. Paige delivered sermons appropriate to the occasion, and harvest hymns were sung. The Rifle Championship. Okey, of Taranaki, has won the championship of New Zealand at the rifle shooting at Nelson. His aggregate points amounted to 279; Parnell, of Wanganui, following with 272 ; and Rogers, of Blenheim, with 207. Medals of L2O, LID, and L 5 were also won by the three shots named in the same competition. Plhuko.—The farmers in Auckland are becoming very anxious about the pleuro pneumonia question, and meetings on the subject arc being held. The Greymouth Harbor. —Sir John Goode’s report on the Grcymonth Harbor has been received by Government. He estimates the cost at L1G2,000, and when the plans are carried out they may under any circumstances get 10ft. at low water, and 18ft. at high water spring tides. As trade increases to the port this may be further increased to 13ft. at low water, and 21ft. at high water. He recommends deepening the lagoon channel at once, and looks on Revcll’s Lagoon and Karora Lake as very important to keep a good scour in the channel. He further recommends the reservation of all lands by the lagoon and Karora Lake for the future construction of docks. The Unemployed.—A deputation, representing 150 unemployed men, waited on Saturday on Messrs. Stevens and Andrews, M.H.R.’s. with the object of laying before them the necessitous circumstances of the petitioners, and ascertaining whether Government could be moved to provide work and transit thereto in’ the North Island, or failing that, to rc-opon works on the Waikari. The interview took place in the offices of Messrs. Harman and Stevens, Christchurch. The petition read to the gentlemen interviewed by the unemployed bore the signatures of 150 men, and included carpenters, bricklayers, and other tradesmen, but these were for the most part accustomed to pick and shovel. Mr. Stevens said that in reply to a telegram from him on the subject of work, the Premier had said there were more, unemployed in the North Island than there was work for,jbut if real distress followed the ingathering of the harvest in the South Island, Government would make arrangements for providing work. Messrs. Andrews and Stevens undertook to forward the petition per the Penguin, which sailed the same evening, and the gist of it would be telegraphed North to the Hon. John Hall, should the Premier have left Wellington. In the course of the interview, one of the deputation, a Mr. Matthews, said he had only earned 15s. since Christmas, and had to support a wife and family, while a Mr. Coombs could mention cases of new arrivals who for three or four months had not done a day’s work, and these were married men with large families. Ho himself had been in the colony seven months, and had five children, for whom he did not know where to look for a loaf.
District Court.— ln accordance with a recommendation of His Honor Judge Ward, at the last sitting of the Disteict Court, we learn that the legal profession of Ashburton intend to take steps to have Ashburton proclaimed a separate district in order to give his Honor jurisdiction in probate and administration, besides many other advantages in connection with the District Court. Dromobe Goods Shed. —Messrs Nelson and Coutts have completed their contract within the specified time, and the building is now ready for the architect to pass. This will he good news to farmers having grain in the district, as they will now have a place to store their produce. An Autumn Snow.—Tho Agricultural and Pastoral Association propose holding a grain, root, and foal show about tho end of March or early in April, and it is probable that an-exhibition of gang ploughs will take place about tho same date. The exhilition of cereals, will be in Messrs. Jameson Bro’s grain store, and the others at some convenient place yet to be determined on. GePvMAN Education. —The G erman War Minister reports that out of 143,119 men recruited during the working year 187879, only 2574, or 1.80 per cent., could neither read nor write. Gum-Digging. —Quite a rush was recently made on the gum-diggings in tho Auckland district, and many of the diggers made a good thing out of it. Gum-digging, however, , has its advantages and disadvantages as well as other occupations, and has its rowdy worshippers as well as its quiet ones. A telegram from Auckland on Saturday shows us that some of the diggers have been in trouble. —Several gum-diggers who wore summoned to tho Police Court to-day, for trespass, met in large numbers. They had been digging on freehold property, and when ordered off, flourished spears and threatened violence. When tho constables appeared, the gum-diggers fled to the hush, resuming their digging at night. Some days ago, several charges of larceny were preferred against them, which broke down.
Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 71, 9 March 1880
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