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Earthquake. —A smart shock of earthquake was felt in Ashburton at aboul quarter to ten o’clock on Thursday night.

Amateur Dramatic Club. —The Amateur Dramatic Club have “Black-Eyed Susan ” in active rehearsal, and expect to be able to produce it in about three weeks. The “ Ticket-op-Leave-Man. ” —Over the production of this play by an Amateur Dramatic Company some time ago, there was a financial deficiency. We understand that a entertainment is projected shortly with a view to wipe off one or two small debts that are still outstanding. Runaways. —Two lads, who did not take kindly to the discipline and comforts dispensed in the Burnham Industrial Schooi, took an opportunity of making their escape on a recent date, 'but were captured at the Rakaia on Thursday, and forwarded to the Burnham Institution once more.

Presentation. —At the usual meeting last night of the Presbyterian Sabbath School Teachers’ Union, Mrs. H. CapeWilliamson who, up to her removal to Cambridge, had been an indefatigable worker in the Sunday School, was presented with a handsome family Bible by her fellow teachers.

Strayed Cattle. For tethering a horse on the railway reserve, sufficiently close to West street, to allow the horse to stray on the road, and become an obstruction to traffic, Mr. Guinness lined Max Friedlander, yesterday morning, ss. Mr. George Parkin pled guilty to a charge of allowing a calf to wander at large, and he was also mulct in a fine of ss. J. Butler was fined 10s., he having two cows to stray. Police Cases. —Two drunks made their first bow to the Bench on Thursday, and his Worship the Mayor let them off with a fine of ten shillings or forty-eight hours. Patrick Ilyaa confessed to being drunk, and had this been his only fault, he too might have escaped with the like penalty. But Patrick was anything but docile when Constable Smart found him in East street this morning at two o’clock, and . on arriving at the cells, Pat gave vent to his wounded feelings by “ going for ” some of the furniture in that interesting locality. His Worship evidently thought a short retirement from the temptations to which Patrick was exposed would be of equal benefit to himself and the public, and the offender was sent to gaol for eight days with hard labor.

The South Rakaia Hotel. —The proprietorship of the South Rakaia Hotel having changed hands, a dinner was given by the incoming host, on Thursday evening, to which the principal inhabitants of the district were invited. The chair was occupied by Mr. Francis, the new proprietor, the vice chair being filled by Mr. W. H. Partridge who is retireing from the business. About forty persons sat down to a really good dinner, well put on the table and well served, auguring well for the future patrons of the establishment. The usual loyal toasts, and patriotic toasts were drunk, in many cases with musical honors. During the intervals between the toasts several good songs were contributed by the gentlemen present, and altogether a most enjoyable evening was spent, the company breaking up in the small hours of the morning.

B.M. Court, Rakaia. —At the R.MCourt, Rakaia, on Thursday, a man named Pluck was fined 20s. for assault. In eight cases of keeping unregistered dogs, fines of 20s. were recorded, but judgment was stayed for 14 days to allow of appeal. Hartnell v. Manson —Plaintiff to pay L2 per month,and in default go to prison for 14 days, Walsh v. George King—Judgment for amount claimed and costs. Markham v. M'Lean and Winter. —Claim L 23 10s. 7d., for goods supplied to one Leslie on defendants’ order. Mr. Ireland, for plaintiff, produced a written order from defendants to plaintiff. This being unstamped, Mr. Branson, for defendants, objected to its being taken in evidence, and after argument the plaintiff was nonsuited with costs.

Court Plaesantribs. —Were it not for the little passages at arms between the members of bar, and now and again between bar and Bench, our R.M. Court would be"a dreary affair. But these little passages am sometimes lively. In one case Mr. Ireland and Mr. O’Reilly were the contending counsel yesterday, and while Mr. O’Reilly was examining a witness Mr. Ireland was industriously taking notes. His pencil, however, was not equal to the speed of Mr. O’Reilly’s examination, and while he wrote he kept interrupting the witness to have answers repeated. Mr. O’Reilly, somewhat nettled at this, appealed to the Bench, and the usual exchange' of legal compliments took place between the lawyers. In another case, Mr. O’Reilly gave notice that he would object to a copy of the Trespass Ordinance, which Mr. Purnell held in his hand being put in unless he were to see it. Mr. Purnell said that when the time came for the ordinance to be put in the propor document would be forthcoming, but at any rate Mr. O’Reilly had no right to try to snatch a paper from his hand. Mr. O’Reilly denied having done so, and if Mr. Purnell said he had he would tell a direct falsehood.

Practical Watchmaking. —lt will, no doubt, be interesting to our readers to know that we have in our midst a practical watch and clock maker, in the person of Mr. Robert Murray, who has recently arrived in the colony ; and, as will be seen, has commenced business in Moore street. On paying his establishment a visit, we were show a several clscks and some jewellery which had been manufactured by Mr. Murray and his two sons from the metal as taken from the hands of the blacksmith and brass founder’. We had ample proof of tbis on inspecting a clock, which was being made from the raw material. Mr. Murray displays in his window the clocks of his own manufacture, and rve question if any other town in the colony can boast of a like display, manufactured on the premises. The first which we noticed was a large astronomical clock, with Denison’s compensation pendulum, similar to that in the great Westminister clock, whereby variation of time, owing to change of temperature, is corrected—the object being gained by taking advantage of the relative expansion of the rods, formed of zinc and steel. The principal acting parts are jewelled, whereby the friction on the bearings is reduced to a minimum, as is shown by the clock and pendulum, which -weigh 151b5., being kept working by a weight of 2lbs. sozs. only, thereby insuring correct time-keeping and subjecting the clock to less wear. This clock is made almost entirely of iron and brass, and there are no leas than 100 screws in it, .all made and tempered by hand. In England this clock worked to a minute in twelve months, which will give some.idea as to its accurate working. Another clock shown to us has a history attached to it, being a skeleton 8-day timepiece, with duplex escapement, on marble stand, inlaid with various colored stones found in Devonshire. This timepiece was made in 1865, and formed one of a set of escapement clocks made by Mr. Murray, and shown during the Royal Agricultural Association of England’s Exhibition, held at Plymouth during that year. The escapement is shown on a pierced platform, with the Anns of Plymouth, the globe (the insignia of the Royal Marines) Britannia, and the Beehive pierced on the covers, surmounted by a model of the Imperial crown of Britain. This very fine piece of mechanism will repay anyone a visit, and Mr. Murray is only too glad to explain the intricate work and the process it has to go thi’ough. We are glad to learn that our new tradesman is thoroughly satisfied with his business prospects so far, and we hope to keep so valuable an artizan amongst us for many years.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 100, 15 May 1880

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