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The G RaND National Steeplechase. —The railway arrangements for the Grand National Steeplechase Meeting, at Christchurch, on the Queen’s Birthday, are advertised in this issue. Pigeon Match. —“ Mine host,” Philipp Tisch, of the Spread Eagle Hotel, has made arrangements for holding a pigeon match on Queen’s Birthday, and as a wind up to the day’s sport a ball is announced to take place in the evening. Bailway Notice. —An announcement from the General Manager, Mr. Back, in another column, intimates that on Monday next, May 24th, the officer in charge of the Belfast Station will be withdrawn, and the station in future treated only as a flag station. The Bailway Depot.— The railway offices in Dunedin having been recently the scene of a fire, which had the effect of temporarily dislodging the staff, the Christchurch City Council have taken occasion to urge upon Government the advisableness of bringing back the staff to Christchurch, and to ask that the promise made not to remove them from Christchurch should be redeemed and a great injustice to Christchurch thus rectified. A Precise Witness. —Mr. Alfred Harrison, in the course of his evidence in a case on Tuesday, in which he was the defendant, detailed a conversation which ho had with the plaintiff, and in his anxiety to give a correct account of what took place, endeavored, in a somewhat amusing style, to imitate the voice and style of the plaintiff, upon which Mr. O’Reilly reminded Mr. Harrison that he was not in a theatre, the former evidently forgetting that though no tragedy is enacted in our Court, comedy is not alway s absent.

Perjury. —At the Christchurch E.M. Court yesterday morning, Henry Davis, for perjury, and Frank Itaner, for horsestealing, were both committed for trial.

Ashburton Steeplechases. —Mr. John Lloyd Crawley has, we understand, been appointed to collect subscriptions for the Ashburton Steeplechases, to be run on the 29th.

Sir George Grey. —Sir George Grey, who addressed his late constituents in Christchurch on Tuesd ly passed through Ashburton yesterday with the express m route South. Raymond’s Dimoraa. —There was a full house attheTown Hall on Tuesday, and the audience, especially the juveniles, who formed no inconsiderable portion of it, gave frequent expressions of their approval of the exhibition. Walking Match. —A walking match for LIOO a side, between Messrs. Bowley and O’Connor, to take place at Christchurch to-morrow, is exciting a groat amount of interest in that city. O’Connor arrived there from Timaru yesterday, and both men are in excellent condition; Bowley is the favorite. Wool. —ln Sydney the rise in the price of wool has affected values of woolen goods, and merchants announce an advance on blankets, &c., of 20 per cent. In explanation of the recent fall in wool as compared with the opening sales, the Sydney Morning Herald states that it is due to the decrease in the French demand in consequence of strikes in France. A Bad Cold. —One inebriate, who was locked up on Monday, had to give an account of himself at Court this morning, and in an innocent way told the Bench that having had a bad cold, he had taken a little brandy so as to effect a cure, an excuse which his Worship did not entertain, and the delinquent had to forfeit LI, or go to gaol for 48 hours. Serious Accident. —On Tuesday forenoon, during the strong gale that was blowing, the brick gable of Mr. Lancaster’s slaughter-house was blown in, and the debris falling upon Mr. Lancaster and one of his men, some severe injures were inflicted upon them. Both are a good deal cut about the head, and badly bruised otherwise. A medical man was at once called and attended to the wounds, which, though severe, are not dangerous.

A Lively Witness. —ln the case of Stokes v. Harrison, at the Court on Tuesday, Mr. Purnell, who appeared for the defendant, mot with his match in the person of the plaintiff. While Mr. Stokes was giving his evidence, he was verging on matters of a secondary nature, when Mr. Purnell got up to object, upon which the plaintiff in very deliberate tones, drawled out “ Sit down, sir ; sit down, sit down.” Mr. Purnell persisted in his objection, and amidst the continued commands of the plaintiff to resume his seat, characterised the conduct of Mr. Stokes as extremely impertinent, and his Worship eventually had to request the latter to be silent.

A Hard Case. —A very respectable looking man was charged at the R. M. Court on Tuesday with being drunk and disorderly. Constable Smart said that about one o’clock this morning the prisoner had accosted him in East street, and requested to bo locked up, and as he was apparently intoxicated he had complied with his request. Prisoner stated in defence that he had walked from Longbeach yesterday, and arrived in Ashburton late in the evening. He had no money, and had sought a night’s lodging at various boarding-houses, but had been refused. As it was a bitterly cold night, he had asked the police if they could get a night’s lodging for him, which they had tried to do, but without success. He then requested them to lock him up for the night, upon which he was told that such a course could not be followed unless ho was arrested for drunkenness, which they immediately did. Prisoner stated that not a drop of liquor had passed his lips on Monday, and if his Worship would let him off, promised to make tracks for his home in Christchurch forthwith. The man’s statement bore evidence of sincerity, but Mr. Guinness mulct him in a sum of ss. or 24 hours imprisonment. Drunk in a Railway Carriage.— John Angel was brought before Mr. Guinness on Tuesday, charged with being drunk in a railway carriage, and refusing to leave when requested to do so by the stationmaster. Mr. Pilkington gave evidence to the effect that Angel had applied at the ticket office for a ticket, but had been refused on account of his being intoxicated. One of his mates, however, had obtained a ticket for him, and had managed, while he (Mr. Pilkington) was engaged elsewhere, to get Angel into the train. The stationmaster found him lying in one of the carriages, and on requesting the offender to quit he had refused, and his mates had tried at the same time to detain him. For his unangel ic conduct his Worship fined the offender L2, 20s. for being drunk in a railway carriage, and 20s. for neglecting to leave when ordered to do so by the stationmaster. His' Worship told the prisoner he ought to be very grateful to Mr. Pilkington for not allowing him to travel while in such an intoxicated state, in which state no doubt his life was in danger. A Drunken Driver. —AsDr. Trevor was coming home, about grey dusk on Tuesday night, from Alford Forest, he encountered on the road a dray, laden with bar iron. It stood in an awkward position, and seemed to bo without a driver, as horse, dray, and loading together obstructed the road. On examination, the doctor found the driver lying drunk near the wheel, and certainly in anything but a safe position. Drawing the cart to one side, so as to prevent anyone being impaled in the dark on the projecting iron that formed the dray’s load, and stowing the drunk man out of harm’s way, the doctor came home, and gave information to the police. A constable was at once sent up to clear the road of the obstruction, and bring down the Jehu, whom he found lying where the doctor had left him, near Mr. Williamson’s homestead. Yesterday the man, whose name is William Madden, was charged before the Mayor with being drunk in charge of a horse and dray, and also with obstructing the public road. His Worship sentenced him to eight days in Addington Gaol in default of paying a fine of three guineas. Social Gathering. —A gathering of a very interesting character was held on Monday evening in the premises of Messrs. T. R. Hodder and Company, on the occasion of Miss Smith, the forewoman of the dressmaking department, vacating her position in the establishment, to enter the more attractive and congenial state of matrimonial life. The affair was got up at the sole expense and trouble of Mr. Hodder, who is noted fop his endeavors to combine pleasure and recreation along with the more sterner engagements of business. The whole of the employees in the establishment were present, and they also were not behindhand in their expressions of good-will towards the lady whose company they were so soon to lose. The evening was spent in the enjoyment of various recreations, in which singing and music formed no inconsiderable part, the piano being presided over by the Misses Hodder, who, along with Mi’s. Hodder and other members of the family, were present. During the evening, Mr, Ruxton, on bshalf of the employees, in an appropriate and pleasing speech, presented Miss Smith with a handsome writing desk, Mr. McLaren responding on behalf of the lady. We have the more pleasure in recording this very interesting gathering, inasmuch as such events in connection with business firms are so rare.

Diptheria is raging in Dunedin. Church Lakhs. —The New South Wales Assembly have decided that it is undesirable to give further grants of land for church building or religious purposes. The Missing Manager. —lt is telegraphed that the Dunedin Building Society will not suffer any loss through the disappearance of the manager, Mr. J. S. Webb. Wooden Hotels. —Most of the second rate hotels in Brisbane are built of wood. By a resolution of the Licensing Bench all applications for licenses to buildings of that description will be refused. Temperance for Schools. —The teetotallers in Dunedin have succeeded in getting the City School Committee to recommend the adoption of Dr. W. B. Richardson’s book on temperance as a class bock. Religious Freedom. —A company of Old Believei’s, dissenting sect of Russia, having been guilty of putting up a new church in Butkoff, have been sentenced to two months’ imprisonment, and the church has b«!pn confiscated. The Manawatu Steamer. —The charges against the purser, captain, and agent of the Manawatu steamer came on for hearing at Wellington on Tuesday, but were adjourned, owing to the vessel’s absence. They will be called again on the 25th. Railway Theft. —The railway station at Pokeno, in the Waikato district, was broken into on Monday night, and LlO stolen, the station-master having left the key in the safe. A sum of money lying on a chair was not touched. More Railway Agitation. —The settlers of Wangarei, at a meeting, resolved to urge the Government to set aside land in the Forth Auckland districts for the construction of a trunk railway north. It also decided to frame a memorial from the local bodies to Parliament. The Ne\v Rolls. —Notwithstanding the agitation on the subject of an extended franchise, the public generally are displaying great apathy in regard to registration, and some constituencies show a decrease on the new rolls as compared with those previously in force. Another use for It. —The South Australian Agricultural and Pastoral Associations have decided to request the Orient and P. and O. Companies to prepare specific compartments in their vessels for the reception of shipments of fruit for the English markets. The Richest Man in Australia. —lt may safely be said that George Lansell, of Sandhurst, is the richest man in Australia. Ten years ago he made soap and candles, and had’t a second pair of boots. He liberal, even in the selection of a wife. He owns numberles rich claims of his own, and one fortnight lately received L 13,000 in dividends from two claims in which he has recently purchased an interest. The Shipping in Port. —At present there is a large tonnage at the Lyttelton wharfs, from homo, Australian, and costal ports, and the harbor is very busy. The New Zealand Shipping Company alone have at present ten ships in port, their aggregate registered tonnage being 10,092 tons. This represents a carrying capacity for wheat of quite 14,000 tons, the wdiole of which is alongside, the vessels being either busy discharging or loading. Nearly Poisoned. —A woman named Agnes Hurst, wife of a carpenter, was admitted to the Dunedin hospital on Monday afternoon. She was suffering from the effects of poison, having taken about three parts of a packet of Battle’s vermin killer with some meat a few minutes before. Emetics w r ere at once supplied, and she was soon pronounced out of danger. Hurst states that his wife had been in a desponding state for the past few days. The parties were married last February, and it is stated that they had not lived happily. The Totalisator. —Advices from South Australia, per the Wakatipu, say that the totalisator went wrong last race meeting. One machine the first day registered only seventy pounds received, instead of five hundred. On the second day all the totals were disconnected, and an incorrect dividend -was issued, the machine registering only one hundred and thirty-six pounds for the winner, whereas more than a hundred and seventy-four tickets had been issued. At the Morpethville races the derangement of the instrument caused a mistake costing the club a hundred and fifty pounds. Te White —The Government have received very satisfactory telegrams regarding the Parihaka meeting which took place on Tuesday. There was a very large attendance at the meeting, and To Whiti spoke at some length. He denied having said at a former meeting that the roads would never meet, and declared that what he really said was that the roads should “ have no end.” He continued to preach peace and forbid resistance or interference on the part of the natives with the Constabulary or road making or surveys, and reiterated bis assurance that no more trouble (war) should come on the land, and that no more “ water ’’(blood) should be spilt. The result is looked on as entirely satisfactory and favorable to the maintenance of peace. Singular Case of Lightning Stroke. —A paper was read at a late meeting of the Clinical Society, London, by Dr. G. Wilks, of Ashford, on a remarkable case of lightning stroke, which occurred on June 8, 1878. A farm labourer was struck by lightning whilst standing under a willow tree, close to the window of a shed in which his three fellow-workmen had just taken shelter from a violent storm of rain. His companions found the tree partly denuded of its bark, and the patient’s boots standing at its foot. The patient himself was lying on his back two yards off, and though ho was fully clothed previously, he was now naked, with absolutely nothing on except part .of the left arm of his flannel vest. tie was conscious, but much burnt, and his leg was badly broken. The field around was strewn with fragments of the clothing, the clothes were split and torn from top to bottom, the edges of the fragments being often torn into shreds or fringes; they only showed evidences of fire where they came in contact with metal, such as his watch and the buckle of his waist-belt. There were no laces in the boots. The left boot was torn and twisted into fantastic shapes, but the sole was uninjured, and there were no signs of fire upon it; the right boot had the leather much torn and the sole rent and burnt. The watch had a hole burnt through the case, and the chain was almost entirely destroyed. The stockings wore split down the inner side ; the hat was uninjured. The patient stated that he was struck violently on the chest and shoulders, became enveloped in blinding light, and was hurled into the air, coming down on his hack, “ all of a crash,” and never losing consciousness. The hair of his face was burnt, and the body was covered with burns. Down each thigh and leg was a broad crimson indurated band of burning, passing along the innerside of the knee, and ending below the left inner ankle and the right heel; a lacerated wound, with a comminuted fracture of the oscaleis. The bones of the right leg were fractured, and the tibia protruded through the skin in the course of the burn. He was discharged healed twenty weeks after the occurrence. Dr. Wilks remai-ked on the almost complete exemption of the nervous system and on the probability that the clothes being wet acted as good conductors, and so diverted the electric current from the great nervous trunks, thus saving the man’s life. You never see a woman button any thing she can pin, and you never see a man pin anything he can tie with a String.

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Ashburton Guardian Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 102, 20 May 1880

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