Postal. —The alterations in the running of the railway trains has necessitated a re-arrangement of the postal time table.
The Borough Waterworks. —The contractor lias made a fair start in the Borough Waterworks contract, and, with favorable weather, we hope to see the water supply an accomplished fact within three weeks. The Mount Somers Cricket Match.— This match played on Thursday resulted in a victory for the Ashburton team in the first innings, the following being the scores ;—Mount Soriiers, Ist innings, 45, 2nd innings, 119 ; Ashburton, Ist innings, 56, 2nd innings (with seven wickets to fall), 35. Messrs. Anderson and Curtis did good service for Ashburton.
The Winchmorb Drainage Works.— Mr. William Baxter, County Engineer, escorted by a large number of contractors, •n Thursday went over the ground preposed to be dealt with by the drainage works between Winchmore and Methven. The work was pointed out to the contractors by Mr. Baxter, and there will probably be considerable competition for the contract. Hospital. —Mr. and Mrs. Madden, late of the Timaru Hospital, have been appointed Master and Matron respectively to the Ashburton Hospital. They are spoken very highly of by those who have known them officially in Timaru, and we think we may congratulate the County Council in having made a wise selection from the number of appications they had to deal with. Civil Service Commission. The Civil Service Commission sat in the Provincial Hall, Christchurch, on Thursday and Friday, and examined the General Manager of Railways, Mr. Back, the manager of railway stores, the engineers, Messrs. Cuthbert and Austin, and Mr. Knight, Inspector of Permanent way To-day they will visit the railway workshops and cattle yards.
Guide to the Property Assessment Act.— Messrs. Lyon and Blair, Lambton Quay, Wellington, have published a “ Guide to the Property Assessment Act, 1879,” by Mr, Chaa, M. Crosbie, Deputy Property Tax Commissioner, Wellington District. The cost is only a shilling, and we would advise all who are affected by the above Act to procure a copy, as the fullest information, and the most careful instructions are given in the little book. Degree Temple— A meeting of the Degree Temple was held at the Templar Hall, on Wednesday. There was a good attendance of members. The Temple -was opened by the Degree Templar, Bro. Poyntz, in the third degree. The Degree of Charity was conferred on two sisters, after which the Temple closed and opened in the second degree—when two brothers and one sister received the Degree of Fidelity. Five new members were admitted to the Temple, and after transacting a large amount of business, the Temple was closed in due form. New Presbyterian Church at Tinyvald.—The Presbyterian cause in Tinwald has been particularly healthy of late, a week night service having been held every Thursday since the commencement of the Eev. Mr. Beattie’s pastorate. It has now been decided to take definite steps for securing a building to worship in, and this will be all the more easy seeing that the Church already possesses an acre of ground in the township. On Thursday evening, 22nd inst., a meeting is to be held in the schoolroom at Tinwald to set on foot a movement for raising funds to defray the cost of a building, and from the strength of the Presbyterians in the district, this should not be difficult. The. Bellringers. —Perhaps the most talented company in their particular line that have ever visited New Zealand are the Lynch family of bellringers, and we are glad to notice their intention of giving two entertainments in Ashburton in the Town Hall—one to-night, theotheron Monday night. The fame of the campanologists is so well established, and their extraordinary powers are so well known that it is needless for us to speak of the pleasant evenings we have spent in listening to them. They are not alone, however, and do not wholly depend upon their own manipulation of their little “peals” for keeping the good graces of an audience—though they might well do so—and in the company is to be found an excellent ventriloquest in Mr. C. Lyudhurst, and Mr. Alfred Santly, comique.
Village Settlements. —ln the “Gazette” of Bth April it is notified by an Order in Council that 83 acres township of Dromore, 114 acres township of Hinds, 75 acres township of Aylesbury, and 653 acres of reserve Ho. 265, township of South Rakaia, are set aside as village settlements upon deferred payments, under the Land Act, 1877, Amendment Act, 1879- These lands may be applied for at the Lands Office, Christchurch, in allotments of not less than one nor more than five acres in extent, on Monday, 17th May next. The same “ Gazette” publishes an Order in Council, under the Public Reserves Sale Act, 1879, by which lands in the above townships are set aside for sale by public auction. Of this sale ample notice will be given, the upset prices per acre being—for Dromore, L 5; Hinds, L 5 ; Aylesbury, L 4 10s, ; South Rakaia, LlO.
Coin. —On the last trip from Melbourne the Rotomahana brought 30,000 sovereigns for the Bank of Hew Zealand in Wellington.
The Invercargill Shooting Case.— Arthur Cox, the lad charged with shooting a boy on Easter Monday, was on Thursday committed for trial for murder.
The Missing Duck Shooters.—Portions of the clothing of the young men who went shooting on the Wairarapa Lake have been found, which leaves no doubt but that they were drowned. Sporting. The Wanganui Steeplechases are fixed for June 9. The programme includes a Handicap of 17550v5., a Maiden of 75sovs., a Weight-for-Age of 50sovs., and a Consolation of SOsors. nominations for the Handicap close on loth May. The Postal Revenue. The postal revenue, for the March quarter in 1880 is L 46,625 18s. For the corresponding quarter in 1879 the amount was L 34,615 13s. Id. The total postal revenue for the financial period from July Ist. 1879, to March 31st, 1880, is L 115,680 14s. 3d.
Gold. —A Hokitika telegram says : Some six or seven shafts have bottomed on good payable gold at a new rush at the Forks, Okarito. The ground is about 400 ft. in breadth, and if others bottom who are sinking on the same line, it is thought that a considerable rush will shortly set in. Toads. —Toads are the friends of gardeners, destroying the injurious insects in large numbers. In the extensive vegetable gardens around London and Paris, the toads are looked after with great care, and are even a part of the stock invested in the business. Many of the toads in and around London are brought from France, where they pay as high as six shillings a dozen for them.
A Lucky Trooper. —Michael Simeon, in the Armed Constabulary, stationed at Opunake, has been left a fortune of nearly LSOOO by a relative in the South Island.
Good News. —We (“Post”) learn from a private telegram received in town, that the Newcastle miners have consented to the reduction in the getting price proposed by the owners, and that a reduction of 4s. per ton will be made in the price of coal at the pit’s mouth. A reduction will be made in Wellington early mext month. It is to be hoped it will also reach as far as Ashburton. A Strange Yow. — A witness caused some surprise in the R.M. Court at Wellington the other day by refusing to sign her depositions. On being asked if she could not write, she replied that she could, but that fifteen years ago she had taken a vow never again to write her name. The Magistrate asked her if she had any objection to affixing a cross. She said she had not, and this method of signature had to be employed. It would be interesting to know what were the reasons which induced the witness to make such an extraordinary vow.
Pleuro in Auckland. —Messrs M'Leau and Co. gave notice on Wednesday to the Auckland Cattle Board that their herd of Cheviots were infected with pleuro-pneu-monia. Messrs. Runciman and Nader have been sent to the Piako station with instructions to kill all the infected cattle. Pneumonia appears to be spreading in the Waikato, and there is a general feeling of uneasiness. Rangers have been appointed from the Armed Constabulary, and it is expected that orders will be issued confining all infected cattle to one paddock.
The Dunedin Murder. —When the-Court-house doors were thrown open on Thursday there was a greater scramble for seats than was ever seen in the place before. Hundreds were unable to gain admission, and throughout the day the. police were hardly able to keep the approaches to the front door clear. The Crown Solicitor, Mr. B. C. Haggitt, conducted the case for the prosecution. The prisoner, Butler, defended himself, the Judge remarking that he was sorry he had determined to do so. Mr. Haggitt opened the case in an exhaustive speech. A number of witnesses were examined, and the Court adjourned till next day.
A Miscarriage of Justice.— At the criminal sittings of the District Court at New Plymouth on Thursday, the only case on the list was a charge against John Dale for indecent assault upon his daugh 7 .. ter, ten years of age. Very conclusive evidence was adduced of the crime, after which the solicitor for the prisoner took exception to the indictment, which was not signed by the Crown Prosecutor, and, therefore applied for the discharge of the prisoner. Mr. Standish, the- Crown Prosecutor, was not in the place, having left by the steamer on Sunday for Australia, so his Honor discharged the prisoner in consequence of the objection raised, at the same time commenting strongly on what he termed a “miscarriage of justice.”
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