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L.O.L. —The Loyal Orange Lodge is announced to hold its meetings monthly for the future in the Templar Hall. San Francisco Mail. —The outward mails via San Francisco will close at Ashburton on Saturday morning at twenty minutes past ten. Scratch Match. —A scratch match amongst the local cricketers is meditated for Good Friday. Mr. Mainwaring is engineering the event, and players willing to have a go-in should sec him. Tea Meeting. — i tea meeting in connection with the Primitive Methodist congregation’s Sunday school, is to be held to-morrow evening in the Town Hall, and seeing that there is no counter attraction in the town, the meeting should be well attended.

The Holidays.—Consumers of coal, who find their stocks getting low, will doubtless see it to be to their advantage to lay in a supply before Thursday evening, as on that day the coal merchants in town shut shop till the Tuesday following. School Treat.—At a special meeting of the Ashburton School Committee, held last night, it was resolved to postpone the proposed treat on Easter Monday, in order that more funds might be collected, and the gathering made a certain success. Postal Holiday.—The Asburton Postoffice will observe a close holiday on Good Friday (to-morrow). Mails usually despatched on Friday will bo made up on Thursday evening at 8 o’clock, and in the Telegraph Department Sunday hours will be observed. Drunk on the Bailway.—Patrick M'Guire and James Conanty for having been drunk at the Rakaia railway station, wore yerterday fined L2 each by his Worship the Mayor and C. P. Cox, Esq. The offence was committed on the 23rd. Both prisoners paid the fine inflicted. Rakaia and Ashburton Forks Railway.—ln the compensation case of the New Zealand and Australian Land Company v. the Rakaia and Ashburton Forks Railway Company, Judge Johnston has fixed Wednesday, April 14, as the date of hearing. Grain.—From Cheitsey yesterday 2183 sacks of grain were despatched for shipment. This is the lai’gest day’s grain work ever done at this station in any season, and as an instance of what the district has done this year it may be mentioned that 3000 sacks still remain to be sent awajq while teams still keep coming in grain laden. Mayfield. Our correspondent at Mayfield writes :—The last rain in the district has chocked some of the farmers in their harvest work, which would ha ve been completed had the weather held fine. On the whole, however, the agriculturalists have to congratulate themselves on the success of their year’s labors, for the harvest has been a fine one, and the yield is expected to be something over 30 bushels to the acre. Claims to Vote.—Forms for claims to vote have been issued to the Registrars appointed under the Registration of Electors Act. The form is an exact copy of the schedule to the Act, and is perfect'y correct for those who wish to claim under the residential provision but it provides no space and gives no clear directions for a claim under a property qualification. In Auckland the Registrar lias got over the difficulty by having a separate form printed for those who desire to register under a property qualification. Larceny from a Swag.—Yesterday his Worship the Mayor and G. P. Cox, Esq., JJ.P., heard a charge of larceny against William Bowden, alius James Nankarvis, alias James Major, otherwise Billy the Cook. Billy had made free witli the swag of Donald Clune Monteith, and abstracted from it several articles of wearing apparel. When apprehended by Constable Rowso, prisoner was wearing the clothing. Billy pleaded guilty, and the justices scot him to gaol to meditate on the unwisdom of thieving. Prisoner had been many times before the Court previously, and is by habit and repute a common thief.

Auctioneering. —We learn that the vacant ground in West street running parallel with the grain stores of Messrs. Friedlandcr Bros, and Jameson Bros., and leased by Messrs. Matson and Co., is to be built upon, and largo premises are to be erected by that well known firm of auctioneers. Their busines in this district has so increased as to necessitate this step, and also having a resident auctioneer. We understand that Messrs. Matson and Co. have found it impossible to do full justice to their business here without the facilities that a resident auctioneer and proper premises afford, and have therefore, with commendable enterprise, set about supplying the deficiency in this practical way. The Carandinis. —To a somewhat more limited but no less appreciative audience than that of Monday the Carandinis gave their second concert on Tuesday in the Town Hall. The programme was entirely changed, and a greater prominence was given to music of a higher class than is usually heard in an ordinary concert room. The better known and more popular ballad was, however, not forgotten, and did not fail to have its due effect upon the audience. Madame Carandini, in responding to an encore gave “Home sweet Home,” and the ever-green song was rapturously applauded. Mr. Gordon Gooch was perhaps equally successful with the “Village Blacksmith” and the “ Sexton,” his singing of both of which was a pleasure to hear. The cmcerted pieces—notably “Oft in the Stilly Night,” wont in that perfect style to bo expected from a company of the Carandinis’ standing. The Fahifield Estate.— A change, it will have been observed, has taken place in the place of sale of the Fairfield Estate. The sale had been advortisedjo take place in Christchurch, but in consequence of the number of applications for small holdings from people employed near Ashburton, it has been decided to hold the sale in our own Town Hall. This will give all who desire to possess two or three aci’es for a comfortable home an opportunity of choosing for themselves. Fairfield is conveniently situated for those employed in or near Ashburton, and, conconsidering the times and the size of the property to be sold, we should fancy the sale will afford anyone who desires it an opportunity of obtaining a few acres at a more reasonable price than has been possible hitherto, and we expect bidding at the sale to be spirited. We are given to understand that Mr. John Matson will himself officiate as auctioneer on the occasion. Election of School Committee of Tinwadd. —The adjourned meeting of householders was held at the Timvald school on Monday eveing. Mr. Baxter, C.E., was voted to the chair, and read the report for the year 1879, which showed a steady increase in the attendance, and the necessity that now exists for additional accommodation, there being 80 names on the roll at the-end of December last, and an average attendance of 57, while there is sitting room for 54 only. At the annual inspection of children held on 31st October, 94 per cent, passed in the Standards presented. The financial statement having also been read and the report adopted, the following gentlemen were elected a Committee for the ensuing year : —Messrs Houston, Stalker, Baxter, Lewis, Nome, Hampton, and Smith. Mr. Baxter was elected Chairman of the Committee, and the next meeting fixed for the evening of Tuesday, 6th April. A Family Quarrel. —On Tuesday, at the 11. M. Court, the case of Anderson v. Fleming was heard at some length. It was a case in which one farmer sued another for damages through wrongful detention of a dog. The parties were brothers-in-law, and it was evident the relations between them were not of the most loving character, as may be judged from the following letter put in as evidence, and the one sent in reply was of an equally war-like tone: — “March! —SO. To Mr. W. Fleming: Take notice —Give my dog to the bearer of this note. If not given to him I’ll teach you such a lesson as you will never tie up a dog in your life again. If you lose sight of the dog, so as he is detained from me or lost, I will sue you for his price without delay. You want a lesson, so you shall have it.—li. Anderson. P. S.—You have not me ; I have you to a nicety just now.” His Worship ordered the dog to be given up, or the price of him to be paid, but declined to allow costs on either side.

A School Wanted. —Our Mayfield correspondent writes : —As this district is fast getting populated, it is the intention of the residents to call a meeting at an early date for the purpose of considering the best means of having a school erected. The want of facilities for education is always a serious barrier to settlement, and this district is being made aware of the fact, for there are nearly 40 children of school age within its boundaries. The residents are scattered about at no small distance from each other, and consequently the selection of a suitab’e site may perhaps not be a very easy and fully satisfactory work, but the want of a school is most seriously felt, and the establisment of such an institution would be hailed with the deepest gratitude. The Easter Review.—The Ashburton contingent of the Canterbury Yeomanry Cavalry, to the number of ton troopers, left by the mid-day train yesterday for Christchurch. , The men attended to the boxing of their own horses, and while the embarkation was proceeding quite a crowd gathered at the stock pens. The Dunedin Naval Brigade and Artillery passed through by last night’s express, and “ military men” from all quarters are now arriving in Christchurch. The following is the programme prepared by the Committee who have charge of the arrangements Friday evening—Arrival of Volunteers from the South. Saturday morning—Early parade of battalions for battalion drill. At 1 p.m., grand fete at the Agricultural and Pastoral Association Show Grounds, the programme includh.g military exercises and competitions. At 8 o’clock in the evening, grand concert in the drillshed by military bands. Sunday ■ —Church parade. Monday—At noon, the Review, -which takes place on the racecourse. In the evening, "Volunteer bail in the drillshed.

Civil Cases. —At the Court on Tuesday several civil cases were heard. The Longbeach Road Board sued several parties for rates, but the cases were adjourned till the 30th. McXerrow v. Lowe—judgment for L 27 10s. and costs. Tisch v. Falkner judgment for LG 18s. Bd., balance of an I O U, Friedlander v. Mackie—j adgment for L 33 10s. and costs. Farrell v. Hartnell—plaintiff claimed L 5 6d. 4d., for baking work done at Ohertsey, but was non-suited, having sued the wrong man, the proper person to sue being the defendant’s brother. T. Wilkinson sued Moorehead for LOO, for work done on the harvest field, by wiitten agreement. After evidence had been led and counsel heard, the Magistrate said the fortunate existence of a written contract made a decision in the case easy. It would not do for the defendant to find he had au unsatisfactory crop, and then to renounce his obligations to bis -workmen. The money had evidently been fairly and honestly earned, and judgment would be entered for the full amount ; execution to issue after forty-eight hours. Issuing Summonses.— His Worship the R.M. in the Court on Tuesday called the attention of the bar to the fact that a custom had prevailed in Ashburton hitherto —a custom of which ho had not been aware--and which would require to he modified in future. The members of the profession had been in the habit of filling in summonses and fixing the dates of the hearing of the cases. In no other Court that he knew of was this course followed, and he threw out the hint now so that in the future members of the profession would send their summonses to the Clerk of the Court with the date of hearing left blank. With the officers at the Court’s disposal it was imperative that the Court should have full control of tire dates of hearing. He instanced the case of Messrs Branson and Purnell who had filled up the dates of hearing in the way mentioned, and the officers had found it impossible to serve the summonses in time. Mr. Purnell in reply, stated the custom was quite a common one in other courts, and had been so in that court for the last three years. The summonses referred to by his Worship as having been taken out by his firm, could have been served if they had been sent to the officer at Rakaia, as they should have been, besides there were often cases in which it was necessary that the solicitors should be able to select the dates of hearing so as to prevent property being made away with before a case was heard. Kaiser William. —The Germans in Wellington celebrated the 83rd anniversary of Kaiser Wilhelm’s birthday by a ball on Tuesday evening. The Dunedin Murder. —The inquest on the murdered Dewar family is over, and a verdict of wilful murder has been returned against Thomas Butler. Evidence was adduced to show that there were blood stains on the prisoner’s shirt. The Christchurch Libel Case.-— The case of Stead v. the “Otago Daily Times” and “ Witness ” Company was heard on Monday, at the R.M. Court, Christchurch, as against the managing director, Mr. G. Fenwick, and resulted in the committal of that gentleman for trial. The other defendants were, on the application of the prosecutor, discharged from attendance.—“ Press.” A Queer Bun 11 Notice. —-Somegenius or other named Yipond has a wife who has given him twin sons, and in the Auckland “ Herald ” he trumpets forth the fact with the addition to the usual notice, of “ Father surprised. Mother delighted.” Might he not just as well quote their weight, and say i c their phrenological organisation has any resemblance to their paternal relative 1

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Ashburton Guardian Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 78, 25 March 1880

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