The Alleged Criminal Assault. The man tskedgewell, alias Plymouth, who is accused of having attempted to commit a criminal assault on a female in Ashburton some months ago, was remanded to Ashburton on Tuesday by the Christchurch R.M., before whom he was brought up. Ashburton Rifi.es. —The certificate of the officers’ election is in course of signature by the men of the Ashburton RifLs, and already over 40 names attest the choice of the following gentlemen for officers: Captain, Thomas Bullock; Lieutenant, St. George Douglas; SubLieutenant, C. C. Rooks. The Goods Shed. —We learn that a new office for the receiving and delivery clerk is to be fitted up in the Ashburton goods shed, with a communication with the office now existing. The addition will greatly facilitate business at the shed, and the improvement was authorised by the Commissioner, on the recommendation of the station-master, Mr. Pilkingtor. An Improvement. —The financial prospects of the Borough are improving. Over LSOO of this year’s rates have been collected, and the present balance is only some L2OO to the debit of the account, and an instalment of L7OO is expected from Government on the land fund account, so that our Municipal Council will be able to prosecute some much needed works at an early date.
Dr Irving’s Lecture on Bees. —We are sorry that Dr Irving’s promised lecture on the interesting subject of beekeeping has had to be postponed for a few days, but the definite date will be announced as early as possible. Back from the Be view. —Yesterday the main body of the Southern Volunteers travelled homewards per special train. Their passage through the town on this occasion was in striking contrast with their journey down. This morning they were remarkably quiet, and. very few of them left the station. The Ashburton cavalry arrived by the morning train. Wesleyan. —The usual quarterly meeting of the office-bearers of the Cameron street Wesleyan Church was held on Tuesday’ evening, there being but a moderate attendance. The balance-sheet showed a debit balance of L 34 Os. Bd., the circuit debt being reduced by about one-half during the quarter, which, considering the late depression in trade, was considered highly satisfactory. The church membership roll stood about the same as the previous quarter-. During the evening a very animated and interesting discussion took place on the Sunday school work in connection with the church, a matter in which the members of the quarterly meeting are evidently awaking to the importance of.
Projected Port for Kyle. — To obviate the necessity for bringing their grain to Ruk.va, to be sent from there by railway to Lyttelton, it is thi intention of the residents in the Kyle district to construct a small jetty, about a chain in length, on iron pipes (in the same way that was done in the construction of the Rakaia bridge by Mr. White, the contractor), with a moveable deck and tramway. The object of tht jetty is that small crafts, or better still, small steamers, may come alongside and ship produce, bringing return cargoes of timber and fencing materials from the bays of Banks’ Peninsula, which is not more than forty miles from that part of the beach near Kyle. Civil Cases. —At the R. M. Court on Monday there was very little business done. In two cases the amounts sued for were paid into Court, and in another—LandTax Commissioners v. Cairncross —there was no appearance of either party. M'Kerrow and Co. sued one Gordon for L 59 15s. lOd., and obtained judgment on confession with L 5 17s. costs, immediate execution being granted. Mr. Branson appeared for plaintiffs. The same plaintiffs sued the same defendant for LlO, Mr. Branson appearing for them in this case also.. Judgment on confession was obtained, with L 3 3s. costs. A number of cases brought by the Longbeach Road Board against defaulting ratepayers were adjourned till April 9, owing to the illness of the Board’s clerk, Mr. Cuthbert. Wfs'it.rfield Wool. —From the official catalogue of wool exhibits at the Sydney Exhibition, we are able more fully to see the very fair appearance that New Zealand made at the great show. We are able to find only two first prizes, however, that came to this colony, and it says a good deal for Ashburton that one of her settlers should be one of the fortunate wool growers—that gentleman being the late Mr. Charles Reed, of Westerfield, who obtained the first prize in subclass 28—six ewe hoggets’ fleeces unskirted. The prize was gained in division G (wool in grease, from any variety of sheep other than merino). The w r ool was that of English Lincolns, grown at Westerfield, and was of 382 days’ growth. Its brand for exhibition was six musical sharps, these in vaiious numbers being the devices adopted by Mr. Reed in the six exhibits he entered.
Sale of Farms. —A very good land investment otters in the putting up to auction of the farms at Leeston, Wakanui, and the Upper Ashburton that belonged to the late Mr. John Joyce, and which are now brought into the market by Messrs. Friedlander Bros, at the instance of the administrator of Mr. Joyce’s estate. Messrs. H. Matson and Co. are the auctioneers, and they have classified the land into suitable lots, the first being the Leeston farm of 75 acres, on two sections, and will be sold separately ; the second, the goodwill of a lease, with seven years to run, of an educational reserve near Killinchy, 150 acres in extent, at a rental of ss. per acre ; the third, 200 acres of freehold arable land at Wakanui, fenced, and with all the needful buildings for a fine farm ; the fourth, a freehold of 346 acres near Gould and Cameron’s, also carrying a dwelling-house and farm buildings, 140 acres in English grass, and two acres in orchard ; and the fifth 293 acres of freehold immediately adjoining lot 4. The sale will take place in Christchurch on the 10th, at the land salerooms of Matson and Co. Clearing Sales. —Messrs. Matson and Co. will submit to auction on Friday, April 2, at the Ashburton sale-yards, the whole horses, cattle, and farming plant that belonged to the late Mr. John Joyce, and we would commend the sale to farmers as a good opportunity for getting possession of a good thing at a reasonable price, seeing that the live stock are of a superior class, and the implements, Ac., very good indeed, while the sale is without reserve. —To-day, Thursday, the sale of the farming stock and implements of Mr. George Parkin, will take place at his farm about three miles from the township, and about the same distance from Droraore. Some excellent teams will be put up, and all the impedimenta of the farm. The sale will be in the hands of Messrs. Edmiston Bros, and Gundry, auctioneers. —OnFi'iday, the 9th, the farms and farmstocking of Mr. Benjamin Ede will be disposed of by H. Matson and Co., and the catalogue shows some good and useful stuff in the shape of horses, cattle, sheep, and pigs, while all the implements will also be put up. The Grain Despatch.— To all connected with the Ashburton district, the getting away of the grain is a matter of importance, and every item that tends to save time is worth noting. We were yesterday shown the system adopted by Mr. Pilki.jgton, the Ashburton stationmaster. of keeping a record of grain coming and going. Every lot is shown, with its number of bags, its marks or brands, and the storeman is enabled to despatch each in its order o! arrival, thus dealing fairly by all parties. That the work of the railway officials has been no sinecure this season in regard to grain the following figures will show, and those who know anything of shifting about sacks of grain will be able to understand that there was somebody not idle. From January 24th to March 31st there have been received at the railway station 28,871 sacks of wheat, 8,118 sacks of barley, and 6,411 sacks of oats. Of this number only 2,400 sacks remain in the shed, which is capable of bolding 5,000. Only 500 sacks have been put outside this season, and these were soon got away, and without suffering any damage. To carry away the quantity of grain despatched, 608 trucks were required—4Bß for wheat, 115 barley, and 13 for oats. The last item is very suggestive of how little demand there is for oats. The pressure has considerably slacked off during the last two days, the arrivals of grain teams being fewer, and consequently the quantity brought in has not been so great as it had been only a short time previously. A very large quantity of grain, however, from farms that used to load at Ashburton has this year gone down the Rakaia-Methven line to Ilakaia, and has been despatched thence to port. The Mount Somers line may be expected to commence bringing down grain in a few days. At present a siding is being constructed at the terminus, which is necessary before traffic can be begun generally, and all along the line there is grain now stacked and waiting for transit.
Unregistered Dogs. —At the Court on Monday several cases of keeping unregistered dogs were disposed of in the usual manner.
Ashburton Honors. —lt is satisfactory to learn that the Ashburton Contingent of the C.Y.C. have been the most successful of any in gaining prizes at the tournament. In the “ neck and post ” competition Trooper W. B. Compton gained second prize with nine points, while it is not yet certain that the first position does not belong to him, seeing that the trooper who claims to have won the first prize entered the competition riding a pony of only 14 hands high instead of a charger. The little horse gave the trooper an advantage over all those who rode big troop horses, and if he is disqualified, then the first prize cornea to Trooper Compton. In swordsmanship nobody could come near Sergeant Scott, barring perhaps Trooper Cookson, and the first prize for this has, therefore, been won by the able drill-in-structor of the Ashburton Contingent. Sergt. Scott also stands a good show in the competition for the best “charger and caparisons.” There is a dispute still pending as to the legality of entering an entire in this competition, and if such an entry is found to be illegal, then'Sergt Scott will be first in this also. The prize for swordsmanship is a handsome sword, one of the best that can be manufactured, and it is now on the way out from the old country. The Ashburton men have reason to be proud of their Sergeant and their little troop, for we are given to understand by unbiased outsiders who are able to judge, that in appearance and smartness they were not to be wiped out by any body of cavalry on the ground.
The . Dunedin Murder. —The coroner’s enquiry into this tragedy revealed particulars which must throw the gravest suspicion on the accused Butler, but some links are still required to complete the chain of evidence necessary to ensure a conviction. It is currently reported in Dunedin that the police have recently obtained information which, if correct, will go some way to remove the mystery which has attached to the absence of motive towards the deed. It appeals that the girl who was chiefly instrumental in supplying evidence which led to Butler’s last incarceration bears a strong likeness to the victim, Mrs. Dewar, and it is presumed that the accused, deceived by this, singled her out as an object for revenge. Another rather alarming report connected with the occurrence is that a list of names has been found in Butler’s possession, supposed to be a programme of his future operations. This list is headed by the name of a well-known Blueskin resident, who had incurred Butler’s animosity, and it will be remembered that the accused was in that neighborhood at the time of his arrest. The house in which the murder was committed is daily the object of survey by the curious, and one of the local papers has published a plan of the immediate neighborhood, showing that no less than five murders have previously taken place within a few yards of the house recently occupied by the Dewars. The effect of this has not been gratifying to the proprietor of the block, as nearly every house within a considerable distance has been vacated.
Man Missing. — A clerk in Wellington, named Kirk, has been amissing since January 26th, He was supposed to be insane. A Hushed up Accident. —The Wellington “ Evening Post ” of Tuesday contains particulars of a railway accident on the Cluthaline, near Waihola, last Wednesday evening, which narrowly escaped being very serious. It says the particulars have been kept remarkably quiet in the South. Splendid Yield. —Mr. Perryman, of Tai Tapu, has finished his harvesting, and repoi ts a yield of close upon 6,400 bushels from 86 acres. One paddock of Tartarian oats yielded an average of, 93 bushels to the acre, and a small paddock of barley gave an average of 84 bushels to the acre. Attempted Suicide at Timaru. —A married woman attempted to poison herself with laudanum on Monday night, owing to a quarrel with her husband. Medical aid was at once proeux-ed, and the remedies used proved successful, though the woman is still very ill. She will be charged by the police with attempted suicide. Accident to Sinking Fund. —Lovers of horse racing will regret to learn that the well-known horse Sinking Fund, while being led into Wellington from the Hutt on Monday, to ship South, took fright at a passing train, broke away from the boy, and x-aced the train along the road, injuring himself to such an extent that it is feared his x’acing days are over. The Dunedin Murder. —The prisoner Butler, charged with the murder of the Dewar family, has been further remanded until Saturday. The medical evidence showed that tlxei’e were blood stains on the coat and trousers found in the bush, and on the shirt and collar worn by prisoner. Px-isoner was committed for trial on charges of burglary, and attempting to shoot the arresting constable. The Revised Bible. —Dr. Angus, one of the company engaged in the revision of the New Testament, stated the other day, in the course of a lecture delivered in London, that the x-evised New Testament will in all probability be published at the end of the present year. The revisers, he said, had sat from 11 a. m. to 6 p.m. for forty days in each year during the last ten years, and had had received no pecuniary reward for their labors. Escape of a Russian Prisoner. —The St. Petei-sbux-g correspondent of the “ Parlement ” writes : “A j icce of news from Siberia furnishes a stx’iking instance of the increasing laxity of the Russian Government. Some eight years since a wealthy merchant named PloLyzine, the leader and chief propagandist of the Skoptsi sect, was arrested by the police. Plotyzine and several of his fellowprisoners were condemned to exile in Sibex-ia. A despatch just published in the “ Nowosti ” now announces that M. Ploytzine had been employing his time while under detention in Sibex'ia in buildsteamships at a yard which he had brought into being. A few days since the first vessel was ready, and the prisoner went on board in full view of the authorities present, as he said, just ‘to try the engines.’ Ic is scarcely necessary to remark that, once on the open sea, he made sail direct for San Francisco, instead of x’eturning to his late quarters.” Truth Stranger than Fiction. Almost every day (remarks a Victorian paper) some incident occurs proving that fact is as strange as, if not stranger than, fiction. Aboxxt 20 years ago the bridegroom of a few weeks went to the far north of Queensland, there to make a home for his young wife, whom he had married on faith and love. By dint of hard toil and perseverance he succeeded in less than 12 months in realising the object in view, and, full of joyful anticipations, he was about to start to this colony on the happy mission of claiming his beloved from hexparents and bx-inging her back to the home he had provided. He had hardly set out on his journey when he received the mournful tidings that she on whom all his hopes were concentrated was dead. Almost stunned by the cruel and unexpected blow, the bereaved husband set out for Europe, and continued a cheerless wanderer for many yeax-s, when he finally settled down in Victoria, and, by the merest chance, met a young lady at the house of a mutual friend, who, to his surprise and joy, he discovered was his own daughter. The parents of his wife had never told him of the child’s birth, dreading that she might be taken from them.
The San Francisco Mail.—Regarding the mail from San Francisco, which is now due by the ordinary time-table, the following memo, to the press is supplied by the postal authorities ; —The s. s. Australia with the February mails arrived at San Francisco on March 23, two days in advance of the time-table date. The s.s. City of Sydney, with London mails to Feb. 26, left San Francisco on March 20, five days late. The very late departure of the City of Sydney from San Francisco is exceptional, but is no doubt due to the fact that the steamer caught fire on March 14, the day before she should have sailed for Auckland. It was stated that the fire was speedily extinguished, and but little damage was done. Judging, however, from the reported very late sailing of the City of Sydney, the damage must have been much more serious than was at first anticipated. The mail should reach Auckland on April 10. The Mataura Paper Mills. —Considerable improvements have been effected at the Mataura Paper Mill during the past two months. •An additional stuff chest has been erected, powerful appliances for lifting rollers, a revolving washer, callender rollers, and a number of other appliances have been added. A set of four bleaching cheats have just been finished, so as to enable the company to turn out white paper, which, however, cannot be done at present in consequence of so many orders for “ browns” having been received lately. The water supply has also been increased. New flood-gates have been erected, the masonry to which they are attached being a very solid bit of work. A flood wall extending several chains is in course of erection. When finished it will prove a wonderful protection to the mill when the river is in flood. The company has had many difficulties to contend with, but they have been faced in a very determined manner, and we hope success will ultimately crown the undertaking.—“ Mataura Ensign.” The Cadets' Encampment at Waimate. —There are about 100 boys in the Cadets’ camp at Waimate, and the affair is quite a success, so far, at least, as the small number of cadets will allow it to be. It is impossible, of course, with such a handful of boys to attempt any military manoeuvre of any consequence on the open ground, so that the officers have turned their attention to skirmishing and guerriila work, for which the bush hills and gorges at Waimate afford a fine opportunity. The lads do not take kindly to the tents, and failing to sleep get up long before the regulation hour, 5.30. On the march to the camping ground, though most of the lads stuck gamely to the road a number did a good growl at its length, and one becoming footsore had to.be helped on his way by a buggy that passed at a handy time. On the whole the bojs have been well-behaved, though one or two instances of larrikinism are reparted. On Sunday there was a church parade. Cure for Love of Drink. Dr. Duncam, of Chicago, communicates the following to the Press : “ A man to whom I gave medicine to help him to break off his tobacco habit came in to-day and said, ‘ What was that medicine you gave me 1 It has taken all my appetite for beer and whiskey. I have no more hankering after beer than I have for milk, and not so much ; and as for whiskey and alcohol, it is simply disgusting to me. ’ I have known this man for over twenty-five years and have no reason to doubt his word. The remedy is a homoeopathic preparation from nicis v. saach alb. (globe.) 20 3 deg. zji. I hasten to tell you of this fact, for it is something I have been seeking for years for the benefit of the temperance cause. With it we may control the ante-natal, involuntary hankering for liquors, especially beer. Under such circumstances it is a disease, and should be, and is, amenable to treatment.”
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