A Bad Sign. —Owing to the increase of destitution in Christchurch, an additional Inspector has boen put on by the Charity able Aid Board. Furniture foe the Hospital. —The tender of Mr. Fuhrman, a Christchurch tradesman, has been accepted for supplying the furniture for the County Hospital.
Christchurch District Court. —In the case of Friedlander Bros. v. Roberts, on the question of the lien under which the action was raised being unstamped, plaintiffs accepted a nonsuit. Railway Commission. —The Railway Commission will meet to-day at the County Council Chambers, at 2.45 p.m., when they will be interviewed by a deputation of gentlemen interested in the extension of the Mount Somers Railway, by members of the County and Borough Councils.
Presbyterian Church at Tin ward. —At the meeting of Presbyterians at Tinwald on Thursday, it was decided to build a church costing about Ll5O, to form part of the plan of a building to be completed at a future date. A committee was appointed to canvass the district for subscriptions. Missionary Meeting. —We understand it is the intention of the members of the Wesleyan Church to hold a meeting next week for the purpose of bringing the wants of the Missionary cause in foreign parts, more especially that in connection with the South Sea Islands, under the notice of the public, and to solicit their sympathies. Library at Chertsey. —A public meeting was held at Chertsey on Tuesday evening, Mr. W, A. Brown in the chair, to endeavor to procure a public library for the district. There was a good attendance and great interest was evinced for its success, over £25 being collected for the purpose in the room. The chairman was requested to make application for a subsidy from the Board of Education from the general grant. Advanced Price. —At the sale of the Fairlield estate on Thursday last one of the acres offered realised LlO5 and the price was generally remarked as an extremely high one, bat yesterday the enterprising purchaser was offered LllO cash for his recent investment. Sections 80 and 81, purchased by Anderson and Scott for L 5 per acre, have been re- sold to Mr. T. W. Andrews for Ll 4 per acre, half cash. The land is sown in English grass.
The Bridge Approaches.— Our attention has been called to the state of the approaches to the Ashburton Bridge. At either cud, where the approaches are considerably below the level of the railway line, largo boulders have worked down from the line and lie right in the path. In one instance a horse narrowly escaped severe injury through inadvertently treading on one of these boulders ; as it was, the beast was lamed for some days by the twist its leg received. Perhaps the hint thus given will be taken by those whose duty it is to see to the state of the line. Dissolution of Partnership. —An .announcement in to-day’s issue by the Messrs. Orr and Co., is to the effect that tho firm will shortly dissolve partnership, and that a clearing-up sale will take place. We understand that it is the intention of one of the partners to take over the Rakaia business of the firm on his own individual account, and permanently reside in that township. The Rakaia business lias increased so rapidly and to such an extent as to require the personal supervision of one of the firm, and hence the •partners have seen fit to dissolve, one going to the Rakaia, and the other retaining the Ashburton business.
“ Ashore and Afloat.” —The amateur dramatic company who placed this piece on the hoards a short time since, with such marked success, intend to repeat the play on the 28th inst. The repetition is with a view to allow a large number of the company’s friends who were unfortunate enough to miss the former performances to have an opportunity of witnessing the production.
Entertainment at Cambridge. —A fine, moonlight night conduced no doubt to the large attendance at the Cambridge school, where an entertainment of a varied character was given on Wednesday night by a party of ladies and gentleman connected with the Ashburton Primitive Methodist Church. The programme consisted of a display of dissolving views—historical, foreign, and local —interspersed with music and song, specially suited to the subjects exhibited. Miss Jowsey presided at the harmonium in a veiy efficicient manner. The visitox-s from Ashburton speak in high terms of the courtesy and kindness of Mr. Cape-Williamson, the schoolmaster at Cambridge, who rendered every assistance possible in the effective carrying out of the arrangements. It is the the intention of the company to give a similar entertainment in Ashburton, when we doubt not that a like success will reward their efforts. We may add that all proceeds, after paying a few trifling expenses, are devoted to the funds of the Primitive Methodist Church. A sub drton Steeplechases. —A meeting to consider the advisability of holding this year the customary steeplechases was held in the Commercial Hotel on Thursday. There was a fair attendance and Mr. James Scott occupied the chair. Mr. Wilkie, Hon. Sec. to the Ashburton Racing Club, said that he had convened the meeting at the wish of several of those who felt that a cross-country event should come of! this season. The last two autumn meetings had been very successful indeed, and there was no reason why one held this year should not be equally so. After some discussion Mr. E. F. Wright moved, and Mr. John Carter seconded : “ That a steeplechase meeting should be held at Ashburton on Saturday, May 29.” This being carried, the meeting proceeded to elect the officers with the following result:—Patron—E. G. Wright, Esq.: Vice-President—W. 0. Walker, Esq. Stewards —Messrt. E. S. Coster, Joseph Hunt, John Carter, E. Saundex-s, R. Friedlander, Neil M'Lean, Hay T. Smith, L. E. Crosbie, and Dr. Ross. Judge—Mr. M. Stitt. Starter—Mr. John Carter, Clerk of the Course—Mr. E. Saunders. Clerk of the Scales—Mr. E. F. Wright. Hon. Secretary—Mr. Jas. "Wilkie. Treasurer—Mr. C. C. Fooks. Committee— Messrs. Fooks, E. F. Wright, Lowson, Grant and Wilkie. Handicapper —Mi-. H. P. Lance. The following events were then fixed upon as material for a pro; gramme : —An open handicap of 40 sovs. an open weight for age, of 20 sovs.; a district handicap of 20 sovs.; a district weight for age of 15 sovs.; and a hack race of 5 sovs.
Treaties with France.—A Gazette just issued states that the duration of the the existing treaties of commerce and navigation with France is prolonged. Tenders. —The surveyors to the Wakanui Road Board are inviting tenders for several sections of work, particulars of which will be found in our advertising columns.
Alterations in the Education Act. —A conference of chairmen of School Committees in South Canterbury is to be held at Timaru to-day, to consider what alterations in the Education Act are advisable.
The Naval Brigade. —At a meeting of the Wellington naval brigade on Thursday last Captain Johnston announced that he had, through the Colonial Government* sent a request to the Imperial authorities to allow the brigade the use of a man-of-war from England.
Alleged Perjury, — At the Resident Magistrate’s Court, Waimate, onThursday, a man named William Hoyton was charged with perjury at the hearing of the Waimate fire cases, at Dunedin, lately. The Bench decided that this case, and also a similar one against T. H. G. Smith, should go no further till a nian-. dtttnus had been obtained from the Supreme Court, Wellington.
Another Fatal Accident.— A melancholy accident occurred on Wednesday, about noon, at the residence of Mr. Buchanan, Little River, whereby a child six years old, the son of Mr. F. J. Butler, in the employment of Mr. Buchanan, lost its life. The mother of the child and Annotta McCiona, an Italian girl, were in Mr. Buchanan’s room, playing with the child, when the latter took up a revolver and presented it at the child’s head. The girl, not knowing that the revolver was loaded, drew the trigger, and the bullet passed through the child’s head. The child died the same evening at seven o'clock. An inquest was held yesterday.
Fatal Accident. —An accident, resulting in fatal consequences, took place yesterday at the Christchurch railway station. A shunter, an elderly man, named Thomas Duffey, while engaged in his work, slipped over and fell across the rail, and the engine that was being shunted passed over his body. The man was at one time head porter at the Christchurch railway station, from thence was sent to Addington as signalman. At the time of the acc;dent Duffey was acting as porter at the Addington station and as far. as can be ascertained was engaged shunting some trucks at the time of the unfortunate occurrence which caused his death. It appears that deceased was one of the oldest servants on the railway, having been in that employ under the old provincial system, and in consequence of his age, and as a recognition of long service it had been intended to remove him from Addington to Christchurch, and give him the office of night watchman, which he was to have assumed at the end of this week. Duffey was a married man, with a large family, two of his sons being engaged on the railway—one as engine driver on the Malvern line, and the other as telegraphist in Dunedin. Deceased was a steady man, very generally respected by bis superiors, and cordially esteemed by his fellow-work-men.
Jack Ashore. —lt is not an uncommon thing to find individuals of thievish propensities appropriating articles of very little value to themselves, or anyone else except the owner. It is seldom, however, that such an article as a lady’s chemise is so attractive to any individual as for him to desire to become possessed of it, and we can hardly imagine anyone doing so except as a good joke. However, such a case occurred at the Lyttelton Police Court yesterday. Two men named Charles Scott and William Harris were charged with the larceny of a chemise belonging to Ellen Sheppard. Constable Neil gave evidence of examining the accused’s bed and box on board the Stracathro, and on searching a box in the cook-house he found the garment claimed by the prosecutor. The cook of the vessel testified to the prisoner Harris having left the “shift” in the galley at night. Ellen Sheppard testified to having missed a flannel shirt and drawers, two chemises and a nightdress, from the clothes-line on Wednesday morning. She heard some men in the yard on Tuesday night. The value of the clothes was L2. The chemise produced was identified by the witness as her property. Scott called evidence to show that he was not with the prisoner Harris when the articles were taken. The Bench dismissed the case against Scott, and sentenced Harris to twenty - four hours’ imprisonment, it appearing that the article was not taken with felonious latent.
Masonic. —The South. Rakaia Lodge, E. 0., held their annual installation of officers on Wednesday evening, in the Town Hall, Rakaia. The ceremony was conducted by the D.D.G.M., Bro. Henry Thomson, from Christchurch, assisted by Bro. Webb, P.M., Bro. Webb, W.M., from Southbridge, and Bro. Hardy,,W.M. of the South Rakaia Lodge. There was a good attendance of the members and a good many visiting brethren. The following officers were installed : —Bros. T. A. Winter, W.M. ; J. N. Sharp, S.W. ; A. Makeig, J. W. ; E. Clark, Hon. Sec. ; V. Mangham, S.D. ; G. Rickards, J.D. ; A. Haslett, Tyler. Bro. Weeks conducted the musical ceremony. After an address by the D.D. Grand Master on the principles of Freemasonry, the Lodge was duly closed, and the brethren attended a banquet at Bro. Partridge’s. The tables were laid out with the best of everything in first-class style, and those present enjoyed themselves thoroughly. After the usual toasts had been proposed, that of the newly installed officers was given, who acknowledged the honor the brethren had conferred upon them in the Lodge, and expressed a hope that all would work together harmoniously during the ensuing year, which would assist the officers very much in their duties. After a pleasant evening had been spent, the party dispersed at about 12 o’clock.
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