The New Courthouse. —Yesterday the contractors made a start with the new Courthouse, and a number of men are at work on the site, which, as our readers are aware, is the reserve just northward of the Town Hall. Lime-Light Diorama. Raymond’s Lime-light Diorama of the travels of Stanley and Livingstone in Africa, and the principal events of the late Zulu war, is to be exhibited in the Town Hall this evening. The papers speak of the paintings as well executed, the limelight xvell managed, and add that the lecture is decidedly eloquent and well delivered. Christchurch Corn Exchange. —A meeting of the subscribers of the Com Exchange was held in their rooms, on Saturday last, when a paper was read by Mr. Bateman on “ The Utility of Farmers’ Clubs and Corn Exchanges. ” The paper was listened to with much attention by all present. Mr. Perryman proposed, seconded by Mr. Bailey, that the thanks of the meeting be accorded to Mr. Bateman for his valuable paper, and that they hoped steps would be taken to have it printed. The meeting then terminated. Free Lodging. —An unfortunate individual had got mixed in his geography of Ashburton, and in the darkness of midnight lost his way. He happened to strike Mr. Bossenburg’s stables, and at once made for a hay rack, where he fancied he would be snug till day-light. He was found there and lugged out. Yesterday he was charged with being illegally on the premises, but as no criminal intention was evident, the man having simply been benighted, he was let off with a caution to hear in mind that every stable is not available for free lodgings. Larrikinism.— ln his sermon oa Sunday night the Rev. VV. Keali expressed himself very strongly on the larrikin element which prevailed in the colony, remarking that the very name was becoming odious to all respectable colonists. The fact of most members of the larrikin class being of such an age as to lead to the inference that they were not yet beyond the reach of parental restraint, made the matter even more lamentable; and the rev. gentleman feared that very stringent measures would have yet have to be adopted to stamp out the evil. Inquest. —An inquest was held at Leeston on Friday last, to enquire into the cause of the fire by which Messrs. Wills Bros, had about 1300 bushels of wheat destroyed, and Messrs. Levett and Dale, who were threshing at the time, had their combine and elevators burnt. A great number of witnesses were examined, but nothing of any importance in connection with the origin of the fire could be gathered. The following verdict was returned ;—“ That the sacks and grain, part of a stack, the combine, and elevators were set fire to and burnt, but that there was no clue or evidence to show how the fire had originated.” A Dangerous Jump.— On Saturday Miss Johnston, a pupil teacher in the Rangiora school in attempting to get on the train for Christchurch while in motion, slipped on the platform, and narrowly escaped having her legs cut off by the guard’s van. Being late, she made for the last carriage, but in catching hold of the standard on the verandah, slipped on the wet platform and fell between the carriage and the van. Constable Mahar, who was near, made a desperate effort to pull Miss Johnston back, only succeeding, however, in dragging her from the danger of being cut in two on the metals, and holding her under the step of the van, between it and the platform, till the train had passed. Though Miss Johnson was much alarmed, she escaped unhurt. A Flutter. —On Saturday afternoon, Willcock’s Longbeach coach went past our windows at speed that was sure to attract the attention of any constable, be he ever so dull. The reason, however, was obvious. The fresh team were “ off.” Down the street they went in high feather, but with both George Willcocks and Tom Cotton on the box, it would be a very ram-stam four indeed that would he able to have it all their own way. At the old barracks they were pulled up, and brought back, both George and Tom breathless. Fortunately, beyond turning out all the town for a moment’s excitement, there was nothing extraordinary happened, and everything came back from the trip whole, and George was able to gasp out to us that they take some holding.” We should say they did. Mount Huxt Road Board. —The usua monthly meeting of this Board took place at Methven, on the 13th instant. Present—Messrs, E. Chapman (Chairman), Jackson,Pannet, and M'Millan. It was resolved that, as it was understood from the explanation given by Mr. Coster at the previous meeting that the Mount Somers Road Board had received a considerable sum of money in excess, on account of the entire expense they would incur by bridging the river, this Board declines to contribute towards the cost of the bridge over the north branch of the Ashburton. A letter was read from the chairman of the South Rakaia Road Board relating to the Boundary Road. The clerk was instructed to interview the clerk of the South Rakaia Road Board, and report at next meeting. A claim was put in by Mr. Ritchie’s agent for two acres of land, at L2O per acre. It was resolved to offer LlO per acre. On a similar application from D. Henderson, forLls per acre, the Board decided to offer LlO also. Several accounts having been passed for payment, the Board adjourned until Thursday, 11th June. District Court. —His Honor Judge Ward held the usual sitting of the District Court yesterday, when several applications for discharge in bankruptcy were made. The following were granted :—Applications for discharge by Mr. Branson in re Jeremiah Cummins, John Candish, and J. P. Parker. By Mr. Crisp —in re William Ford. Mr. Crisp applied for. order of discharge in re Patrick Sullivan. A creditor named John Williams opposed, stating that the debtor was only a laboring man, and had obtained money that belonged to his mates, filing immediately thereafter witli a deliberate intention to defraud them. Mr. Crisp said no notice of any intention to oppose had been given, and submitted that Williams’ statement could not be received without such notice. The debtor was not present, and his Honor, holding that he should have been in attendance, adjourned the case to admit of notice being given by Williams. Applications for discharge were made by Mr. Crisp, instructed by Mr. Ireland, in behalf of William and Charles Risely, and John Young Ward, but both were adjourned for the filing of the necessary affidavits. The application of Henry Thomas —Mr. O’Reilly for the debtor—was adjourned, the gazette notices in the bankruptcy having been informal. Order for payment of costs hi re bankruptcy of James Gardiner was made on the application of Mr. Crisp.
The High School Site. —Tenders for fencing the site of the Ashburton High School which is to be, are invited. Rangitata Island Siding. —The Rangitata Island siding which has been closed for repairs is again open for traffic. The Steeplechase Meeting. —The privileges of the steeplechase meeting are to be sold by auction at Mr. Harrison’s rooms on Saturdaj’ next, as per advertisement elsewhere. Warning. —Mr. Wentworth Cookson, registrar of dogs for Mount Somers district, announces that all owners of dogs that are unregistered after the 30fch inst., will be prosecuted. The Borough By-Laws. —The by-laws of the Borough will be “ advanced a stage ” at a special meeting of the Council to be held on Tuesday, 25th inst., at which the local statutes will be considered and adopted. Borough Auditors. —The nominations of two gentlemen to audit the accounts of the Borough for the ensuing year will be received bj the Town Clerk on Tuesday, the 25th May, and the election, if necessary, will take place on the Ist June. Fined the Wrong Man, —ln our report of the last R. M. Coui’t sitting at Rakaia, we fined the wrong man. We made it appear in an assault case that Pluck was fined, whereas, Pluck was complainant, and it was ' Mapples, against whom he laid the information, who was mulct in LI. The Town Hall Alterations. —The contractors for the work of altering the Town Hall have made very rapid progress, and already the whole appearance of the building has been changed. A very substantial, if not very ornate or imposing verandah has been erected ; the two shops in front have taken shape, their bow window projecting out to the street line, while the gallery has been boarded up to the ceiling, leaving a apace facing the stage that can be utilised as a dress circle, while the space behind the boarding forms a spacious room. The entrance to the upper room and to the dress circle is gained by an outside staircase, which, however useful it may be, does not add te the beauty of the Hall’s outside appearance. But that can very well be tolerated if the effect will improve the acoustic properties of the building. We should fancy that the two shops, one in the occupancy of a confectioner, and the other in the hands of a tobacconist and newsman, ought to be good centres for business.
Tenders Accepted.— At the meeting of the Upper Ashburton Road Board yesterday the largest number of tenders that have yet been opened at one sitting of the Board were considered, showing that work is a consideration of some weight among contractors at the present moment, and the low prices are a suggestive commentary on the times. The following were the tenders accepted : —Contract No. 59. —Forming six miles, more or less, of road at Dromore Railway Station—James Quigley, ss. per chain. No. 60—Supply of shingle, at per yard, for portions of same road —James Fraser, Is. Id. per yard. No. 61—Forming three miles, more or less, of road at Winslow, to meet M'Lcan's Swrmp road—John Black, ss. Id. per chain. No. 62—Supply of metal, at per yard, for portions of same road— James Gardiner, Is. per yard. No. 63 Re-forming portions of Alford Forest road —Donald Forbes, 3s. lOd. per chain. No. 64—Clearing ditches, etc., Hinds Swamp roads—John Baker, 2s. 3d. per chain. The meeting was a special one to consider tenders for the above works, and after these had been disposed of, it was decided to call for tenders for widening the Alford Forest road, near Corbett’s, at the place known as the Narrows. Ashburton Agricultural and Pastoral Association. —A meeting of the Agricultural and Pastoral Association’s Committee was held at the Somerset Hotel on Friday to hoar report by the Committee to whom the question of yards was entrusted. There were present, Messrs. Walker (in the chair), Stitt, Scott, E. F. Wright, Passmore, Hay Smith, Cox, Carter, Hunt and Jameson. Mr. Percy Cox, in reporting for the sub-committe, said that the ground that found most favor with the sub-committee as a site for the proposed yards was vested in the County Council, and he suggested that that body should be at once communicated with, with a view to obtaining a lease of the land for that pm-pose. He believed there would be no difficulty with the Council, as the aims of both tint body and their own were indentical in meeting the wants of the public. It was the sub-com-mittee’s belief that the yards proposed to be erected would be more extensively patronised than those now existing on this side the river were, and the fact that mw there were larger numbers of cattle, Ac., offered for sale than there had been in the past justified them in this belief. The fees of Messrs. Matson and Co., for the last six months had in themselves reached between L4O and LSO, and the bulk of these had accrued within the last two or three months. If the supply of stock at the yards were to be regular and ample, buyers from both South and North would be induced to attend, and the benefit of this to the residents would be great, as it would establish a sufficiently remunerative and satisfactory market at our doors, both for vendor and purchaser. In the assurance he felt that there would be a larger revenue from the yards, he had pleasure in moving—“ That the Secretary be directed to write to Mr. Marshman, asking him to recommend that the land applied for by the Association as a site for cattle yards be vested in the County Council.” Mr. Passmore acquiesced in what had fallen from the last speaker, and threw out the suggestion of the advisableness of erecting a building in which to bold meetings of the Association. At the last general meeting they had decided to hold a meeting every month for the purpose of reading papers on subjects of interest to the Society, but there was a difficulty as to where such meetings could be held. He had gathered some very useful information at meetings of the kind in connection with the Christchurch Association, and suggested, that, in addition to what had been agreed upon, samples of grain, &c., should be exhibited from time to time. Mr. Passmore seconded the motion. With reference to Mr. Passmore’s suggestion to erect rooms for holding the meetings of the Association in, Mr. Cox expressed his disapproval of such a course being pursued for the present, on account of the expense it would necessitate, though, in course of time, he was of opinion it would be advisable for them to entertain the idea. There was a new room in the Town Hall now in course of completion which he thought would admirably serve the purpose, and the cost of which would be trifling. The Chairman promised that the matter should come before the County Council in due course, and expressed his opinion that there would be no diffipulty with that body. The motion was put and carried. It was resolved—* * That the Secretary write to the Ashburton County Council, requesting them to accept the reserve proposed to be vested in them as a site for a cattle market, and to erect yards thereon and lease them to the Association on reasonable terras.” It was also resolved to at once advertise for tenders for leasing the Tinwald reserve. On the motion of Mr. Passmore, seconded by Mr. Carter, it was decided to procure an Association Seal, similar to that of the Council, but with the name of the Association substituted. It was resolved that Messrs. Hunt, Cox, and the Secretary arrange for the first monthly meeting for the reading and discussion of papers, the most suitable time being suggested to be about full moon. After some unimportant business, the meeting adjourned.
Drunk. —His Worship the R.M. dismissed tw’o inebriates yesterday morning, with a reprimand. Formation. —The Borough Council last night accepted Mr. James Wilkie’s tender ef Ll 5 15s. for the formation of Burnett street, the only other tender being that of Mr. W. J. Silcock, at L2l. The Water Pipes.— The question of disposing of the iron pipes recently imported for the Ashburton water supply, but not wanted yet awhile, was again before the Borough Council. The discussion, which elicited nothing fresh on the subject, ended in the remission of the question to a committee to consider and report. The Side Channels. —At its meeting last night the Borough Council decided to call for tenders for the supply of two or three hundred barrels of cement, with a view we presume of making under the Engineer’s supervision, the concrete street channelling required for the water supply about to be introduced. The labor of putting in ti e channelling is also to be put up to public tender, and tenders will also be invited for the timber required for the town’s drainage.
The Fire Brigade Uniforms.— Now that the Borough Council have got better in funds than ihey have been for some time the Fire Brigade thought it fitting to take advantage of the opportunity, and appeal for the long-promised uniforms. In 1878 a resolution was passed by the Council, appointing a sub-committee to see to the uniform question, but as the committee were never in a position financially to move in the matter, the Brigade remained without uniforms. Sow, however, they have ordered helmets, etc., themselves,and a deputation last night waited on the Council asking for a refund of the cost. The Council did not altogether relish the Brigade’s movement towards procuring uniforms without consulting the Council, but they eventually voted L 25 towards meeting the cost, which, the deputation stated, was L3B.
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