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Queen’s Birthday. —lt will be .seen from an announcement from the Railway Department that ordinary single fare tickets will be available for return from the 22nd to 25th May inclusive. Tenders. —At the Borough Council meeting on Tuesday the tender of Mr. John Black, for metalling East, Tancred West, and Alford Forest streets at .Is. Id. per yard was accepted. Robbery at Rakaia.— A tent belonging to a man working with a threshing machine a little way out of Rakaia was entered yesterday, while the owner was away, and robbed of a cheque for £l3 ss. 3d., a pencil case, and a purse containing a sixpence and two coppers. The police as yet have not been able to obtain any clue to the perpetrator of the robbery.

Tenders. —The Surveyor to thejUpper Ashburton Road Board is desirous of receiving tenders for several sections of work, particulars of which will bo found in our advertising columns. Drunk. —There was one solitary drunk disposed of at the Court on Tuesday, and as this individual was brought from Rakaia, there is good reason to assume that the intemperance of the Ashburton community is on the decline.

New Firm. —We observe that Messrs. Jephson and Davison, a now firm, have purchased the business hitherto carried on in Tinwald by Mr. J. Escott, and they announce their intention of carrying on the establishment. We congratulate the ycung firm on their commencement, and hope their career in Tinwald will be a prosperous one. Correction. —The Hon. W. S. Peter writes pointing out an error that occurred in our report of the last Mount Somers Road Board meeting. In the report Mr. Peter is said to have proposed that Mr. Walker continue to act as chairman of the Board. Mr. Peter denies having done so, as he does not approve of a member of a Road Board being also a member of a County Council.

Defaulting Ratepayers. —There were several cases against defaulting ratepayers set down for hearing at the R. M. Court on Tuesday, but in each case, at the last moment, the defendants paid the amounts sued for into Court. Mr. Crisp, who appeared for the Borough Council, applied for professional costs in each case, on account of notice not having been given of the defendants’ intention not to contest their causes. His Worship granted the application of Mr. Crisp, and for their dilatoriness in paying up, several of our fellow-citizens will have to hand over an extra half-guinea or more in addition to their present indebtedness to the Borough Council.

In Bankruptcy. —The first meeting of creditors in the estate of C. B. M. Branson was held yesterday at the District Courthouse. There was rather a large attendance, and Mr. W. H. Gundry was appointed chairman. The statement showed the liabilities to be LlB9 4s. 2d., and the assets, L 149 13s. In the assets there were vouchers of sums due by the Government amounting to L3B, fees and services, due to the bankrupt ; also a sum of Ll 7 against the Clerk of the Court, for assistance, which Mr. Hnrrell said was incorrect. Mr. G. D. Branson, so’icitor for bankrupt, stated that when Mr. Hurrell came hero he had engaged Mr. C. B. M. Branson to assist him, and bankrupt had only received L 4 for four months’ services. Mr. W. 11. Boyle, accountant in bankruptcy, was appointed trustee, and was requested to realise on the estate as soon as possible. ? Informal Tenders. —After the meeting of the County Council last week, we took occasion to warn contractors against carelessness in putting in their tenders. For a comparatively small work the Borough Council received on Tuesday quite a number of offers, but no less than three of the tenders were informal. A clause in the specification of work laid upon the tenderer the condition of stating in his tender how many loads per day of shingle he was prepared to lay down. The three informal tenders had no reply to this condition, and though two of them at least were below the successful tenderer, for this informality they had to be rejected in justice to the others who had complied with the conditions. Whatever is worth doing is worth doing well, and it is a pity that men who really want work should cut themselves out of any chance of it by gross carelessness of this kind. They have themselves to blame for losing the work, and wily old stagers who have gone through the tender mill often before, and know eveiy crank in it, walk off with the work. New Infant School for Ashburton—At the School Committee meeting on Tuesday, it was incidentally mentioned that there was every prospect of an infant school being built by the Board of Education in Ashburton almost immediately. The site spoken of was the reserve opposite the existing school, and though the site did not meet with the approval of the Committee, it was considered advisable, in the present prospects of public finance, to raise no objections, but to allow the erection free course, so as at all hazards and with all expedition to secure the much wanted accommdation that the new building would give. However much parents may wish the new school to be planted in the more populous part of the town on the eastern side of the railway, it is certainly better to have an infant school on any site within the borough than no infant school at all, and if there is anything in the fears of the committee it is as welljto have no nagging with theßoard about the site. Still, we think, if it were put plainly before the Board that a very largo majority of the infants —fully 100—have to cross the railway line at the most dangerous times of the day, cn route to the present school, and that the site chosen will not relieve this danger, the Board, composed lot us hope of sensible men, might re-considcr. Ghuroh Work Society. —On Sunday last the Rev. W. Harris, Bishop’s Secretary, preached two sermons in St. Mark’s Church, Rakaia, on the subject of cooperation in Church work. He also examined the Sunday School in the afternoon. On Monday evening a public meeting of church members was held in St. Mark’s Church for the purpose of enrolling members to form a Parochial Church Work Society. The Rev. W. H. Elton occupied the chair, and after briefly introducing Mr. Harris, who, he said, had already introduced himself, called on that gentleman to explain the object of the institution which it was thought desirable to inaugurate. After a somewhat lengthy address from Mr. Harris, setting forth the benefits of co-operation among Church workers, and explaining the relations of parochial societies to the Diocesan Society, it was resolved that a Parochial Association of Church Workers be formed in the parish of Rakaia. It was also resolved that the Parochial Association consist of the Incumbent (Chairman ex officio) the church officers, the lay readers, the organist, the choir, Sunday school teachers, district visitors, and the members of the Ladies’ Work Society. A committee was then nominated by the Incumbent, consisting of the following besides himself —Messrs. Chapman, C. H. Maclean, Thompson, C. S. Mackie, and Mrs. C. S. Mackie. Almost all present expressed their wish to join the society.

Pleuro-Pneumonia.. The Waikato settlers are threatening a combination to prevent indiscriminate slaughter of their cattle, which they allege is being indulged in to prevent the spread of pleuro.

Military Funeral. —The marine of H.M.S. Cormorant, who was recentlydrowned in the harbor at Auckland, was buried with military honors by the crew of the German warship Nautilus. Very Mad. —The Wanganui correspondent of the Hawera Star suggests that the Hinemoa should be sent to that town on j* a month to take away the accumulation of lunatics.

Very Important. —ln a recent debt case before the Resident Magistrate at Grey town, the amount sued for was Is. od. The Magistrate would not undertake the responsibility of deciding the case off-hand, and adjourned it to a future sitting. The Suicide at Auckland. —The unfortunate young woman, Mrs Ward, who jumped down a well in Chapel street, Auckland, while suffering from low fever, died on Monday night. Mrs. Ward was only 22 years of age.

Off the Rolls.— At the Appeal Court, Wellington, on Tuesday, the famous G. B. Barton, barrister and solicitor, was struck off the rolls of the Supreme Court for misappropriation of moneys belonging to his clients in England, while acting for them under power of attorney. A Thankful Street Preacher. —ln Auckland the special pastime to which the youthful rough devotes his precocious intellect appears to be that of woiTying street preachers. We learn from the New Zealand Herald that one preacher, holding forth at the Grey street fire bell on Sunday night, seemed to be fully alive to the dangers of his position, and was thankful for small mercies. At the close of his address he said, “ I thank you for your civility ; I thank you for not throwing stones at us ; I thank you that you are not pasting us with rotten eggs ; and I thank you that you have not taken out your knives and let our puddings out!” The crowd, eagerly listening to the latter portion of the address, appeared amused at the novel form of thanks, and were dispersed without difficulty by a few members of the police force.

A Compliment from Tasmania. —The Hobart Town Mercury in noticing that the census returns from Hew Zealand, taken on March 3, 1878, had not been published till February 9, 1830, says “ They take things very quiet in Hew Zealand, and though it is the fashion to speak of Tasmania as a sleepy hollow, official business proceeds in Hew Zealand with a slow and measured tread that would not be tolerated in Tasmania ; in fact no official in Tasmania would dare procrastinate in a manner that in Hew Zealand is met by the “ most superficial excuse.” The Mercury also thinks that the Registrar-General must bless the Government Printer for the perfection the latter would appear to have acquired in the art of “hownot to do it.” Sunday Concerts. —The Auckland Herald says :—Sunday evening concerts are becoming somewhat common in Auckland, and we suppose they will be as long as they are well attended. We have no inclination to insist upon a Puritanical observance of Sunday, or upon anything approaching to that, but we think these Sunday concerts quite unnecessary and open to considerable objection even in a secular point of view. There is no class in this community who are so hard pressed by their hours of labor that they have no opportunity of hearing music or obtaining recreation except on Sunday evening, Sunday concerts are the commencement of a lax observance of that day of rest. and if this is left to increase the working classes will be the first to feel the hardship. A Stinging Rebuff.— We get the following story from a Wellington contemporary:—The course of true love never did run smooth, and probably it never will till time shall be no more. So thought a beautiful and accomplished young lady residing in this city a few days ago. She had given her affections and plighted her troth to a good looking fellow, who accepted them in conjunction with a lock of the fair one’s tresses, which he swore to treasure as the apple of his eye. This was all very charming, but the bliss was brief. Another swain stepped in, and the young lady sought and found a pretext for breaking with her first love. She wrote to him and requested that he would bo good enough to return the lock of hair which he had obtained from her. His reply was brief, and to the point. Rummaging his trunk he collected a heap of tresses, culled from various sources during his love-making career, and forwarded them in a bundle to his deceitful fair, enclosing a note to the effect that ho had really forgotten which was hers, but she might select it from those forwarded, and return the rest at her earliest convenience. This he considered a stinging rebuff, and so it was with a vengeance. The lady is now on a visit to some country relations.

At the Front. —We learn from the Hawera Star that the “ Publie Works Contingent ” on the Waimate Plains work from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., but they are allowed one hour at noon for dinner, besides which a quarter of an hout in the forenoon and a quarter of an hour in the afternoon are given them to enjoy the pleasures of the “soothing weed.” Practically, they work seven and a half hours per day. The men have just been armed with Enfields. The laying off of the road is being done by Mr. Cheal, who will have to be quick if ho wishes to keep ahead of the force following him. On Monday threequarters of a mile of road -was formed, and it was expected a mile would also be finished during Tuesday. Allowing that half a mile of formation is completed eich day from the camp at either end, and supposing that fine weather should priyii l , the two forces are likely to meet -within from twenty to thirty days. The road will go more inland than was at first reported, and will probably bo within a mile—or even less—of Parihaka. Both forces are now within the boundaries where some “ Prophets of Evil ” prognosticated that troubles would arise, but for all that everything goes steadily along, and the men appear to feel almost as secure as if they were working on the Carlyle road or on the Lambton Quay. Fire.— A very narrow escape from what would undoubtedly have been a serious loss, occurred on the farm of Mr. Daniel Evans, of Waterton, during midday on Saturday. While the thrashing machine belonging to Mr. Dawson was at work, a (ire was seen to originate on the far side of the heap of straw in the rear of the machine. Being, as it happened, blowing a mild nor’-wester at the time, the flames soon spread. The work of removing the engine, combine, and elevators was carried out with the utmost alacrity. Fortunately Mr. Clark’s machine was at work on the adjoining firm, and as soon as the fire was noticed all hands hurried to the scene, together with some neighbors who were near at hand. We believe about 200 bags of grain had been stacked out from the machine at the cmie of the fire, and it is to the praise of the men engaged, that we state the whole of this pile of bags was drawn out of reach of the fire, and so saved. Even a portion of a wheat stack was kept from the devouring element, but not without a hard struggle. Mr. Evans loses a valuable stack of oat straw which was all tied by hand, and well filled for chaff purposes, but it is certainly due to the exertions put forth by all hands that the loss was confined to this item. The efforts of some of the ladies, who collared their bags with a will, and to purpose, are also worthy of mention. JNothiug has been elicited as to how the fire originated, unless on the assumption that a spark escaped from the engine. The most reprehensible practice of men, working about, a thrashing machine, smoking uncovered pipes, was, we believe, reproved the day before the fire by Mr. Evans, and it is one every owner of a machine ought to try and abolish, as the farmer is helpless.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 99, 13 May 1880

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