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Drunk. —James Gibson was yesterday fined ss. for being drunk. It was his first offence. Railway Time Table. —The alterations in the railway time table, referred fo a few days ago, are published in our present issue.

Extract of Kerosene. —Messrs. Orr and Co. have been appointed agents in Ashburton for Niner’s extract of kerosene.

Political. —Sir W. Fox has announced himself as a candidate for the E-angitikei seat in the House of Representatives, vacated by Major Willis.

Dr. Irving’s Lecture. —There was a good attendance at Dr. Irving’s lecture on bee-keeping on Tuesday, Mr. Guinness occupying the chair. A notice of the lecture appears in another column.

Niner’s .Oil. —This oil, which claims to be the essence of kerosine, and to reduce the chancoof lamp accidents to a minimum, has been introduced hero by the Messrs Orr.

Arrival. —The English ship Palala arrived yesterday at Lyttelton from the Downs, with 42 passengers, all well. She brings two thoroughbred brood mares for Mr. Stead.

Crushing. Mr. .Henry Beckett, Wakanui, announces his readiness to crush grain at 2|d. per bushel, and to do parcels of 200 bushels and upwards at fanners' own homesteads.

Electoral Rolls. —Copies of the electoral rolls for the ridings of Mount Hutt, Upper Ashburton-, and South Rakaia, will be on view from the 20th inst to the 15th May, at the several Road Board offices, and also at the County Council Chambers. More Work. —Tenders are invited by the Upper Ashburton Road Board for repairs to tho Rangitata Cuttings on Sir Cracroft Wilson’s station, and also for clearing stones off the road near Ealing station.

The Civil Service Commission. —The Civil Service Commissioners arrived on Tuesday from Timaru, and at once proceeded to the County Council offices, where they held a sitting. The gentlemen examined were Messrs Pilkington, stationmaster, Johnston, chief clerk, Guinness, R.M., Harrell. Clerk of Court, and Ollivier, Provincial Auditor.

Post Office at Cambridge. —A requisition is in course of signature in the Newlanda district for the establishment at Cambridge of a branch post office. At present residents in that district have to call at the Ashburton post office for their correspondence, and the institution of a branch at Newlands would be attended with very little expense to the department. Compensation. —At the Railway Compensation Court in Christchurch yesterday the New Zealand and Australian Land Company claimed LB7O from the Rakaia and Ashburton Forks Railway Company for damage to their land. An arrangement was made, however, by which the Railway Company make certain alterations within six months, or pay L 525 10s. to the Company. The San Francisco Mail. —The Ashburton portion of San Francisco mail arrived by special express at 8 o'clock last night. Owing to the detention of the Rotomahana by the southerly gale she was not able to reach Lyttelton till late in the afternoon, instead of early in the morning, as was expected, and as she would have done had the weather been propitious. Civil Cases. —At the E.M. Court on Tuesday the following civil cases were disposed of:-—-MacLeod v. Horngan ; claim, L 7 10s.; Mr. Purnell applied for judgment in this case for amount and costs, LI 12s. 2d., which was granted. The case of Cookson v. Stewart ; claim, LlO 10s., was adjourned. Bowick v. Moore ; claim, L 8 13s. Gd.; judgment for amount and costs, and immediate execution granted.

Attempted Suicide at Methvrn.—A man named Parsons, who has been working at Mount Somers for some little time, was brought to Rakaia by the train from Methven on Wednesday evening, suffering from delirium tremens, having been drinking two or three weeks. The poor fellow attempted to cut his throat yesterday, but fortunately without doing much injury to himself. He was locked up by the constable at Rakaia, and will be taken on to Ashburton.

Worthy of Imitation. —Our telegrams from Dunedin record an act of beneficence by Mr. Hallenstein, of the New Zealand Clothing Factory which is rather uncommon. The sum of 'LISO having been raised for the purpose of giving him a substantial token of the esteem in which he was held, Mr. Hallenstein requested the amount might form the nucleus of a fund to ameliorate any distress which may at any time arise amongst those in his employ. The firm, of which Mr. Hallenstein is a member, added LSO to the amount. Accepting Tenders. —Great dissatisfacis expressed in Christchurch with the Drainage Board, who recently accepted a tender of over L 30,000, when there was one LI,GOO lower against which no valid objection has yet been urged. They have also given a contract of LB,OOO for dram pipes to an importer, when a local maker tendered only 11 per cent, higher, and this was in the face of an expressed intention on the part of the Board to allow about that margin to local manufacturers. A requisition is being signed for a public meeting to call upon the Board to explain its action.

Cricket. —The last match of the Christchurch cricket season was played yesterday, and was marked, as indeed the whole season has been, by a fine display of batting. The match was arranged between a number of English gentlemen on a visit (aided by some lawyers) and a Christchurch eleven. The former went in first, and made 220, of which Mr. E. W. Wallington, late of the Oxford Eleven, made no less than 141. The only other scores were Mr. W. P. Reeves, 40, and T. B. Harbottle, 17. The local team had only time to get 33 runs for the loss of a wicket. A similar score of 141 was made by Mr. A. M. Ollivier early in the season, which, with Ashby’s 112, makes the third century on the same ground this season. Ashburton Building Society.—A meeting of the Ashburton Permanent Building and Investment Society was held yesterday, Dr. Trevor in the chair. The attendance was very small. The report and balance-sheet, wffiich were considered very satisfactory, were adopted, on the motion of Dr. Trevor, seconded by Mr. Gundry. Messrs. W. St. G. Douglas and John Carter were elected directors in the place of Messrs. Jameson and Doherty. The chairman, in reviewing the business of the Society, since its formation, referred to it as being very satisfactory. He also wished to acknowledge the very liberal manner in which the Bank of New Zealand had acted towards the Society all through the depressed times, which_ enabled them to carry on the business in a most profitable manner. The average profits have been 15 per cent, per annum on investors shares.

The Masonic Hall Dedication.— Extensive preparations are being made for the masonic demonstration on Friday, and for the ball which is to follow in the evening. Visitors from many lodges are expected to be present to assist the Grand Master in the dedication, the ceremonies at which will be of the most imposing character. So that full advantage may be taken of the floor room at the ball, a large canvas addendum is in course of construction in front of the building, for refreshment purposes, and the Committee have been unsparing in their efforts at decoration, so that altogether a very successful meeting will in all probability be held. A Disappointed One. —At the parish meeting on Monday some one suggested the name of a Tinwald resident as a suitable one for the list of candidates for parochial honors. It was immediately explained that the same name has been placed upon the list last year, but the owner had not been elected. Since the affront thus given the huffed one had failed to attend more than one or two of the services, and was very greatly offended. Our friend, “ Chispa,” says ho lias ordered a gingerbread horse from Mr. Thomas Taylor, for presentation to the vexed Tinwaldite.

Obstinate Witnesses.— There is a class of witnesses who appear in the R. M. Court from time to time, who are a source of a-nnoj-ance both to Bench and bar. A representative of this class—the plaintiff in a civil action—appeared in Court on Tuesday morning, and tried the patience of Mr. Guinness and Mr. Purnell to the utmost, the latter gentleman- being the solicitor for the defendant in the action. In fact, Mr. O’Reilly, who appeared for the witness, was evidently not very proud of his client. The plaintiff was certainly obtuse, and exhibited signs of being very deaf. To the query of what was his employment, the witness vacantly stared at the solicitor, and when the question was simplified to “ what trade are you ?” the man confessed to being in ignorance as to what was meant. Subsequently it was dragged out of him that he was a labnrei’. While in the witness box the lungs of both his Worship and counsel were strained beyond measure to make the man hear, but when the latter got into the body of the Court and the defendant made some statement which the plaintiff evidently did not aequisce in, he blurted out “no you didn’t,” it being evident to those present that there was a method in his deafness. Ashburton School Committee.—A meeting of the Ashburton School Committee was held 011 Tuesday evening. Present; Dr. Stewart (Chairman), Messrs. G. Andrews, Bean, Jacobsen, and St. Hill. Correspondence was read from the Board of Education re the number of times the school had been lot for other than educational purposes ; also, two applications for the office of pupil teacher from B. Stewart and A. T. Ennis. It was moved by Mr. St. Hill, and seconded by Mr. Andrews, that A. T. Ennis be recommended to the Board of Education as a pupil teacher, the headmaster having reported favorably as to his abilities ; Carried. The Secretary was instructed to write to the Board of Education re blackboards ; and six loads of shingle were decided to be placed about the pump with as little delay as possible. The Chairman having stated what had been done at the Conference of Chairmen of Committees held in Christchurch on the Gth instant, and the part he had taken in it, it was resolved, on tho motion of Mr. Jacobsen, seconded by Mr. St. Hill, that a vote of thanks be accorded to Dr. Stewart for the part he took in the deliberations of the Conference. Messrs. Boyle and Andrews were appointed the visiting committee for tho mouth ; and accounts amounting to L 5 145., having been passed for payment, the meeting adjourned.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 87, 15 April 1880

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