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The Recent Accident. —Mr. Clark’s son, who was run over last week, has so far recovered from the injuries sustained as to be able to walk about. The Suez Mail. —The mail via Brindisi will close at- Christchurch on Thursday. It will be necessary, as far as present arrangements go, to post here on Wednesday night.

Ahicultural and Pastoral Association.—The special meeting of the Agricultural and Pastoral Association will be held to-day to elect a Committee in accordance with the Act.

The Ashburton Bridge. —On Saturday it was found necessary to stop road traffic over the Ashburton bridge, owing to the planking in some places requiring repair, and not a few travellers had to make use of the fords. The Steeplechases. —We hear there is every probability that the steeplechases will be run over the old ground—vizi, the paddocks belonging to Mr. Joseph Hunt. A meeting of the committee, however, will be held to lay to come to a final decision.

Longbeach Road District.— Owing to the unavoidable absence of some of the members of this Board on public business, the meeting to have been held on Monday lapsed for want of a quorum, only Messx-s Chapman and Dawson attending. The meeting was adjourned until Thursday, the Gth instant, at 3 o’clock p.m. Pay Up.—Defaulting ratepayers who, through negligence or other causes, have omitted to pay their rates due to the Borough Council are referred to the report of the Council’s meeting last night, which appears in another column. A speedy interview with the Town Clerk will be a more pleasant and cheaper course of conduct than an interview with the Resident Magistrate. . ■ “The Evil Results of Protection.” —We have received from the author a copy of a neat little pamphlet, by Mr. Win. Bateman, of Christchurch, entitled “ The Evil Results of Protection.” It is a reprint of a paper read by Mr. Bateman before the Kaiapoi Farmer’s Club. The pamphlet is well worth perusal, as the author has in quite a masterly manner exposed many of the fallacies that have hung .around protection. Geeat Sale of Horses.— We would call the attention of farmers, contractors, and others to the eighth annual sale of horses from the Longbeach estate, which takes place at Tattersall’s on Thursday next. There are 44 horses, broken mostly to all kinds of work, and the fact that they have been bred on the Longbeach estate is sufficient guarantee as to their character, and if a good draught horse is wanted this affords the opportunity, for there is no reserve. Mr. Matson’s sale of draughts on that day will number 80 horses.

St. Mark’s, Rakaia. —The Bishop of Auckland, assisted by Archdeacon Williams, officiated at Dirine service in StMark’s Church on Sunday, both morning and evening, the Bishop preaching both sermons and the Archdeacon reading the lessons. The Church in the evening was crowded. On Sunday next the E.ev. Harris will preach two sermons in St. Mark’s Church and will hold a meeting in the Public Library on Monday evening for the purpose of inaugurating a Church Work Society, Unclaimed Letters. —The following is a list of letters received at the Ashburton Post Office from places beyond the colony during the month of March, and remaining unclaimed on the Ist May, 1880 :—Frank Amos, James Armstrong, William Barry, John Baxter, John Caldwell (2), William Cassells, George Claydon, Mr. Dayton, W. Fletcher, A. G. Jagnes, R. H. Jackson, F. Madge, H. P. Magnusson, John McDonald (2) Philip D. G. ’Payne, Adam -Poison, A. Selby care of H. Pratt), James M. P. Stuart.

Tinwald School Committee. —The monthly meeting of this committee was held in the schoolroom o» Tuesday last. Present—Messrs. F. Lewie, W. Stalker, J.[Hampton, W. Norrie, W. H. Smith, and J. S. Houston. In the unavoidable absence of the chairman, Mr. F. Lewis presided. After confirmation of the minutes of last meeting, the master’s report was read, showing the average attendance for past month' to have been G 5. Resolved, that the chairman be authorised to procure the necessary fuel for the winter, and that the' Secrej&ry write to the Board of Education for a grant for special repairs, also for some copies of the Education Act, 1877, for the use of the committee. The meeting then adjourned.

The New Court House. —We have been informed that the tender of Messrs. England Bros., of Christchurch, has been accepted for the erection of the new Court House in Ashburton.

; Sergeant Felton. - There are very few of our Ashburton citizens Who will not be pleased to learn that, Sergeant Felton has so far recovered from his prolonged illness as to be able to resume duty to-day. Mr. W. F. Neilson. —Wc regret to learn that Mr. W. F. Neilson died after a long illness on Sunday last, at the age of 29. This gentleman was a short time ago well known in sporting circles, and was one of the best cricketers in the colonies. Young Gleeson. —Young Gleeson, the pedestrian, in the Town Hall on Saturday night, accomplished the task ho set himself of walking 13 miles in two hours. He had some four minutes to spare when his work was done, but the patronage he received from the public was not extensive. Property Assessment. —The following gentlemen have been gazetted as Assessors under the “Property Assessment Act, 1879,” for the undergiven districts : Borough of Ashburton—James Wilkie ; Wakanui, Longbeach, Upper Ashburton, Mount Somers, South Rakaia, and Mount Hutt Road districts —0. F, Barker, and J. H. Sharpe, Christchurch. A Runaway. —A horse and trap belonging to Dr. Stewart came to grief on Saturday night last. The horse, which was' standing near to Mr. Cambridge’s shop taking fright at something, suddenly galloped off at a furious pace down Tancred street, and did not bring up until getting past the Masonic Hall, where he and the trap were stopped, the latter being minus a wheel. Sporting. —The members of the recently formed Geraldine Beagle Club held their first meet at Mr. Posthlewaite’s esstate on Saturday last. There were about 40 horsemen present, in addition to several ladies, one of these latter, Miss. Guinness, of Ashburton, took a foremost part in the sport of the day, and was up at the “ death,” which closed a very brilliant run of twenty minutes.

Sale of Suburban Sections and Farm. —To-morrow Mr. Alfred Harrison will put to the hammer a number of sections, situated in the suburbs of Ashburton, also a block of 14 near the hospital, and the whole are for unreserved sale. The properties being so convenient to the business part of the town ought to cause some competition. Mr. Harrison will also dispose of the farm at Seafield, the property of Mrs. Dennihy, which is one of the best ip the district, and ought to fetch a good price.

Volunteer Inspection Parade. —An inspection parade of the Ashburton Rifles was held on Friday night at the drill shed, when a fair muster attended at roll-call. Sergeant-Major Morgan, the drill instructor, made the inspection! of the men,, who in their new uniforms, made by Mr. Lublow, tailor, present a very creditable appearance. The officers present were Captain Bullock, Lieutenant St. George Douglas, and Sub-Lieutenant 0. C. Fooks. Belts, etc., have, we believe, been applied for, and shortly a rifle range will he procured, so that soon our Volunteers will be in regular practice at the targets.

Mistaken - Identity. —A man named James Dunn, who had been arrested on a warrant from Christchurch, charging him with obtaining money under false pretences, was brought before Mr. Guinness on Monday. It appeared, however, from the evidence of Sergeant Pratt, that Dunn was the wrong man, and hence he was dismissed. Dunn wished to know from his Worship what satisfaction he would get after undergoing the ignominy of being arrested for a crime of which he was innocent, and the disgrace of being forty-eight hours in the lock-up. His Worship said that the accused would leave the Court without the slightest blemish on his character, but any redress would have to be sought in a court of law.

Police Case. —Two men named John Doyle and Edward Hogg were brought before his Worship on Monday, for the offence of being drunk while in charge of a dray on Saturday last. It appears that through some repairs being done to the Ashburton bridge, the gatekeeper refused to allow the accused to cross on Saturday night, and they then attempted to ford the river. This was a task which they failed to accomplish, and they soon came to grief in the attempt, the arresting constable giving the horse over to the tender mercies of Mr. Price, and leaving the dray in the river bed. Doyle said he was not in charge of the dray, but was merely getting a “ lift ” homeward. Hogg admitted having had a little to drink, but attributed his failure to cross the river to not being acquainted with the ford. His Worship fined both men L2 and the expenses of keeping the horse, or one week’s imprisonment. Cricket. —The match, Ashburton v. Mount Somers, was not played out on Saturday, owing to darkness coming on, and the Ashburton men therefore won on the result of the first innings. There was some very good cricket displayed, and though there were some individual instances of loose fielding, on the whole the appearance of both teams was very creditable. We give below the detailed scores :

ASHBURTON. —First innings. Eyton, b Peters ... ... ... 5 A, Fooks, c Potts, b Hood ... o March, c Cvosbie, b Hood ... 7 Amos, c Potts, b Peters 22 Crisp, b Peters o Westenra, b Peters ... ... 7 Giant, c and b Potts ... ... o Hill, not out ... ... ... 9 Curtis, b Potts ... ... ... 9 Martin, c and b Potts .. ... I B. Ede, c Potts, b Peter... ... 3 Extras 24 Total ... ... ...87 Second Innings. Eyton, b Potts ... 11 Fooks, run out ... .. ... IO Hill, run out ... ... ... 3 Amos, b Hood ... ... ... o March, c and b Hood ... ... 6 Curtis, runout .. ... ... o Westenra, b Hood ... ... S Crisp, b Peter ... o Martin, cA. Potts ... ... 9 Ede, bHood ... ... ... o Grant, not out ... ... ... 14 Extras... ... ... ... 29 Total 87 MOUNT SOMERS.—First Innings. Lovell, b Westenra ... ... 6 Tomlinson, run out io Bailey, c Martin, b Westenra ... II Peter, c Fooks, b Westenra ... 3 A. Potts, c Hill, b Fooks ... T 3 Taylor, st Grant, b Eyton ... 2 D. Potts, b Westenra ... ... 2 Giffkin, b Westenra ... ... o G. Potts, b Fooks... ... ... 2 Cookson, c and b Westenra ... 8 Hood, not out ... ... ... o Extras... ... ... ... 15 Total 72 Second Innings. Bailey, c Hill, b Grant ... ... 6 G. Potts, b Westenra 14 Hood, b Westenra ... ... o Tomlinson, run out ... ... O Lovell, b Westenra ... ... 1 Peter, Ibw, b Westenra ... ... 8 A. Potts, not out 7 Taylor, not out X Total .... ... .... 37 A Great Light. friends, if in the providence of heaven that time should ever come when the Bible shall be banished from the councils of state and the halls of legislation, from the palaces of the great and the homes of the humble, its last asylum will be a Masonic hall, its last resting place a Masonic altar, and its devotee an honest, upright Mason. —Bro. Jairus E. Neil, Kansas.

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Ashburton Guardian Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 95, 4 May 1880

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