The Ashburton Guardian. COUNTY AGRICULTURAL & SPORTING RECORDER SATURDAY, MARCH 13, 1880.
Window Smashing. —A man named Burnard was lined L 5 and costs at Rakaia on Thursday, by Mr. Guinness, R.M., and a Bench of magistrates, for smashing the windows ofa bakehouse at Chertsey on Christmas eve. The report of the Bench’s sitting, as well as other matter, is held over, owing to the length of the report of the libel case heard in the Ashburton Court yesterday. The San Francisco Mail. —The Waitaki, with the San Francisco mail, is delayed at Maniikau, bar-bound,, through stress of weather. Drunks. —“Captain” Parker West and John Ryan paid the usual penalty yesterday for drunkenness. “Mrs. Brown”. —Arthur Sketchley gave his racy recapitulations of “ Mrs. Brown’s ” doings in the Town Hall on Thursday night to a very limited audience but the entertainment was much appreciated. The Unemployed. —Mr. Austin, District Engineer, has just returned to Christchurch, having made arrangements for the employment of unemployed on the terms mentioned by the late telegram from the seat of Government. Provision has, apparently, been made for married men to take up their wives and families. Important Land Sale. —Messrs. Edmiston Bros, and Gundry will sell by public auction,'on Thursday next, the 18th inst., a very valuable farm near the Hinds. It is known as Auchindrane, and consists of a block of 70S acres of really first-class grain growing laud, and it has the advantage of being - within some two miles of the Hinds railway station, and the land will be put up in convenient-sized blocks suitable for small capitalists, varying from 58 up to 500 acres At the same time there will be offered a lot of first-class draught horses, unbroken colts, farming implements, chaff, oats, and furniture. Conveyances will be ready at Winslow to meet the express, and intending purchasers will be enabled to attend the sale at noon, vvhen the auctioneer will commence the slaughter. A Refugee. —With reference to the cablegram on Tuesday which mentioned that the Russian Government had unsuccessfully endeavored to procure the extradition of a Russian named Hartmann, who is charged with being concerned in sotting fire to the Forestry College in Moscow, the Dunedin “ Star” says : “ Hartmann is the man’s name, and he is a sapper. He is believed to be the prime mover in the attempt on the Czar’s life at Moscow. The Staroveis, who occupied the house adjoining that from where the excavation was dug towards the railway line, identified Hartmann as the skilled engineer who superintended the work, and as the man who bought the house and superintended the excavation of a cellar, as he took care at the time to inform his neighbors. Another fact established _by the Russian police is that Hartmann, immediately after the failure of the attempt on the Czar’s life, obtained leave of absence, and crossed the frontier,”
Minn ary Fete. —A 'grand military fete, comprising cavalry tournament, &c., lias been arranged to take place at the grounds of the Agricultural and Pastoral Association, Christchurch, on Saturday, March 27th. ,' \ : Arrival of the Matauba. —The Now Zealand Shipping Company, Limited, has received cable advice from Loudon of the arrival of the Mataura, all well, after a passage of seventy-nine days from Port Chalmers.
Pedestrianism. —Mr. F. Simpkins, at Hagley Park course on Thursday, ran 440 yards in a minute with two seconds to spare, winning L 5 from a gentleman who backed time. “Paddy’s Market.” —Stall-holders in the new “ Paddy’s Market,” recently formed in the Christchurch market place have been served with notice from the City Council to-day, that they must sell nothing but fish, meat, farm, garden, and colonial produce. The Oarandinis. —On Monday and Tuesday evenings, the 22nd and 23r l inst., the music-loving portion of Ashburton will be treated to a most enjoyable entertainment, when Madam Carandini and her Company of vocalists will give entertainments in the Town Hall. Mr. Walter Sherwiu and Madame Carandini have been so long before the public that we think they must be gifted with eternal youth. They are accompanied by Miss Marie Carandini, Miss Josephine Deakin, and Mr. Gordon Gooch, all of whom are very highly spoken of by the northern papers. Miss Marie is especially spoken of as a vocalist of superior voice. We trust that such an audience will attend the Hall as the quality of the entertainment deserves. Presentation. — On Thursday afternoon, upon the visit of the officials to the Quarantine Station at Ripa Island, Lyttelton Harbor, the immigrants assembled in the married people’s mess-room for the purpose of making a presentation to Dr. Russell, surgeon of the Westland. The testimonial consisted of a gold breastpin with pearl setting, and a pair of binocular glasses, on which, engraved on a silver plate on the cover, were expressed the circumstances and occasion of the presentation. A Fortunate Criminal. —A man who was recently sentenced to two years’ imprisonment in Wellington for obtaining money by false representations, had previously spent LI of his plunder in taking a ticket in a sweep on the Wellington Cup. His .ticket drew Hailstorm, and the value of the prize was L2O0 —a nice little sum with which to start again when his sentence expires. Riflemen Cricketers. —Eleven Nelson cricketers played twenty-two of the riflemen who attended the prize meeting, and beat them by GO, scoring 108 against the Volunteers’ 48. The Waitaki County Counoil and the Unemployed. —At a meeting of the County Council on Thursday a resolution was carried to the effect that LIO,OOO of the funds of the Council should be deposited at interest. It was in overt, as an amendment, that, in view of the large number of unemployed, the money should be spent in road-making, but the amendment was lost. The Gang Ploughs. —There was not much interest taken in the exhibition of the gang ploughs on Thursday, owing to the scant notice given of the event. Three machines turned up on the ground, viz., a treble-furrow and a double-furrow, manufactured by Carr and Hobson—very Yankee looking structures. The treblefurrow plough was the only one worked of the two, and it is no doubt an admirable implement for light land, which has been previously operated upon by a heavier plough. The width turned over in the three furrows was about 2 feet 9 inches, and the depth 5 to 6 inches. A three-horse team did not seem to bo very much distressed with the amount of work they bad to do, as the horses went merrily along at about four miles an hour. The price of this plough is, wo understand, £3O, and that includes extra shares, &c. The only other implement exhibited was a plough by Davy and Sleep, and known as the’“/Cornish one-way plough.” It did very good work, and would be admirably adapted for hilly country. It is a dohblc-furrow, and is easily drawn by twq horses. The width and depth of the furrow can be adjusted at pleasure, and the cost is only £2O. Messrs. Poyntz and Co. are the local agents.
The Old Men’s Hone. —At the mooting on Wednesday of the Christchurch Hospital and the Charitable Aid Board, Mr. and Mrs. Maddison, who have held the position of master and matron of the Old Men’s Horae since the late Mr. Barrat relinquished charge, tendered their resignations, in order to assume more important positions in the Industrial School, Burnham. The successors of Mr. and Mrs. Maddison will be Mr. and Mrs. Harris, who for some time had. charge of the quarantine station on Ripalsland, By ttelton Harbor, and they will take charge of the Horae on the Ist of April. The master's report on the Home gave 31 as the number of inmates. Tenders for the supply of medicines to the Horae were opened, and that of Mr. J. M. Cambridge was accepted. One of the Home inmates, named Cunningham, wrote to the Board, asking that his passage be paid to Melbourne, from which place, he said, he had been sent to Hew Zealand. It was resolved to ascertain if possible under what circumstances the applicant came to this colony, and whether he had been sent by any public body, Mr. Montgomery expressing an aversion to placing a 'burden upon another community. ’