“ The Froliques.” —Martin Simonsen’s Froliques appear at the Town Hall on Wednesday. Wakanui Road Board. —The surveyors to this Board invite tenders for the re-formation of the Seafield road, adjoining Fairfield Estate, and for making footpaths on the east side of Beach road. Railway Time Table. —Those of our readers who travel up and down the Rakaia and Ashburton Forks line are referred to an advertisement, notifying important alterations in the time table. Fire at Rakaia. — A fire took place at Mr. Peter Drummond’s, at North Rakaia, on Thursday night, which destroyed a combine and about 1,000 bushels of oats. It is not known how the fire originated. The combine was insured, but the oats were not. Elgin School. The master, Mr. Proudlcck, appointed to this school has arrived, and is making arrangements for removing here permanently. The school is expected to be opened on Monday, 21st June. Mr. Proudlock leaves a much larger school at Weedon’s but the master’s house at Elgin is very much superior. Tenders. The Ashburton Borough Council are desirous of receiving tenders for 100 to 200 casks cement, and for 20,000 feet of timber ; also, for repairing immigration cottages and executing the work of concrete channellings. The Upper Ashburton Road Board are likewise calling for tenders for several descriptions of work. Accidents on the Race Course. —ln riding Magic for the Cup yesterday at Christchurch, Hankins, the well known jockey, got a nasty fall, and was carried from the course to the weighing room insensible. In the Consolation Race, Keith, who rode Micky Free, got a severe spill, by which he was very much cut, and had a leg broken. , Farmers’ Supplement. —We have much pleasure in announcing to the readers of the Guardian that it is our intention to supply them once a month with an eight-page supplement, the contents of which wiil be principally devoted to matters of interest to our farming friends. The May number will appear with our next. Thursday’s issue. Farewell. —Mr. S. J. Zander, who has for about 12 months been connected with the counting-houso department of Messrs. Friedlander Bros’, establishment, left by the train on Saturday with Mrs. Zander andjfamily for Mexico. In leaving, Mr. and Mrs. Zander had to part with several near and dear friends, whose esteem they had gained during their brief residence in Ashburton. Confirmation. —A Confirmation Service was held at St. Mark’s Church, Rakaia, on Sunday, when fifteen candidates of both sexes received the rite. The Primate delivered a most impressive address to the candidates and the congregation present. The church was crowded, and many persons were unablo to find either sitting or standing room, and had to remain outside. At the conclusion of the service the candidates —some of whom had come from a distance-adjourned to the parsonage, where they were entertained by the Incumbent, the Rev. W. H. Elton, at luncheon. In the evening the church was again crowded, the Bishop preaching the sermon. Racing Privileges. —The racing privileges in connection with the forthcoming Steeplechase meeting, to take place on Saturday next, were submitted to public competition on Saturday, by Mr. Alfred Harrison. There was a hu’ge atcendance, and the bidding spirited. Subjoined is a list of the prices realised; —Publican’s booth, Ll 7 10s., Mr. J. F. Butler ; confectioner’s booth, L2 55., Mr. J. S. Savage ; gates, L 23, Mr. James Wilkie ; right of sports, L2, Mr. Jacob Mooar ; cards, LI 11s., Mr. Watts ; horse-yards, LI, Mr. M'Farlanc ; total, L 47 Gs. These prices compare favorably with the prices obtained for the Grand National at Christchurch for Monday next. A Noble Sailor. —A noteworthy incident, which occurred in one of the late gales, a little to the north of Boddam Harbor, not far from Peterherd, is recorded by a correspondent. A Swedish schooner was there driven on the rocks, and thence on the beach, where she stranded, the sea making a clean breach over her. By means of the Manby rocket apparatus a line was flung on board, but the crew either did not know what to do with it or were paralysed by fear and cold. Seeing this, a noble fellow named George Oatley, a gunner’s mate and drill instructor of the Naval .Reserve at Peterhead, stripped and swam out to the vessel through the breakers. He reached her in safety, made fast the line, and then put on a few clothes which the crew gave him, after which he sent the crew—who numbered five in all —ashore in a cradle, one after the other. Last of all he came back himself, and as his form, cut and bleeding from contact with the rocks, and benumbed with cold, was drawn to land, the crowd of spectators who had witnessed the gallant deed cheered him to the echo. He was pressed to take some brandy, but refused it, saying he wag a teetotaller : and on being told he would flip if he did not take it, he replied that he would rather die than take it, He did not take it, and he is as well again as over he was. Oatley is thirty-six years of age, has been in the Royal Navy for twenty years, and has the China and Abyssinian medals. The Duke of Edinburgh has marked his appreciation of his gallant conduct, as above narrated, by recommending him for the Albert tnedal of the first class. The Earl of Errol, whose seat is near Peterhead, started a subscription for a testimonial to him, and the movement was officially taken in hand by the Prov«st and Council of that town, who have received many donations from all parts of the country. ' .
Safety of the Manawatu and Patea. —The steamers Manawatu and Patea, about which considerable anxiety existed, owing to their non-arrival, arrived safely at their respective destinations this morning, they having sought shelter from the recent westerly gales, . ;i . _
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