County Council. —The usual monthly meeting of the Ashburton County. Council will belield to-morrow. The Address in Reply. --It is understood that the Hon. Dr, Grace will move the Address in Reply in the Legislative Council. The By-lyws.— At a meeting of the Borough Council last night, the draft bylaws were adopted, and a meeting will be held on the 25th June to confirm the resolution. The Brindisi Mails. —The mails for the United Kingdom, &c., via Brindisi (for snecially addressed correspondence only) will close at the Ashburton Post Office on Thursday next, the 3rd inst. Dentistry. —Sufferers from the excruciating pangs of toothache, and those whose organs of mastication require replacing, are advised to give Mr. Armstrong (who has just arrived from Dunedin) a call. This gentleman’s temporary quarters are at Quid’s Commercial Hotel, but once a week Mr. Armstrong intends paying a visit to Rakaia.
Tenders. — Tenders - for work are required by the Mount Somers Road Board, including formation, metalling, and putting down culverts. Mails for Sydney. —The City of New York is due at Auckland from San Francisco to-day. Mails for Sydney by her will close at Auckland immediately after the steamer’s arrival. Cheap Oats. —On Wednesday last Mr, J. L. Crawley sold by auction a line, consisting of 6000 bushels of first-class oats at the veiy low price of B|d. per bushel. The oats were not delivered at any railway station or store, but delivery was taken on the farm, which is situated at the present terminus of the Mount Somers Railway.— Times. The Borough Chambers. —The comfort and convenience of the members of the Borough Council, as well as that of the representatives of the press, has been greatly enhanced by the introduction of gas to the Chambers, which has been satisfactorily accomplished by Mr. Hardley. Last night, wo are glad to say, all the members of the Council came under the new illuminating influence, the full team being present. Mount Somers Valuation List. — The valuation list compiled by Mr. 0. J. Wentworth Oookson, for the Mount Somers district, is now open for inspection at the Mount Somers Road Board, and objections to the valuation must be left there, addressed to the Assessment Court, on or before the 22nd June, as also a copy of such objection, at the Read Board Office, not less than seven days before the sitting of the Court. The “Dress Circle.” —lntending patrons of the dress circle on Friday —when “ Black-eyed Susan,” with Mrs. Hoskins in the title role , will be produced —are referred to a note at the bottom of the Dramatic Club’s advertisement. The entrance to the dress circle in the gallery is by the outside staircase, at the top of which the box-office is situated, so that all necessity is avoided for entering the ower hall to purchase tickets. The Borough Auditors. —The poll for the election of two auditors for the Borough of Ashburton will be taken tomorrow. There are three candidates for the office, Messrs. Boyle, Zouch, and Poyntz. The two former gentlemen filled the position last year, and seek re-elec-tion ; the latter gentleman is a new aspirant for the office, and as his ability as an accountant is so well known, it is very probable there will be some close running. “ Gone Bung.” —The Colonial Printers’ Register, the organ of the craft in New Zealand, thus refers to the latest venture of an old acquaintance :—Mr. Joseph Ivess’s new venture, the Hawera Times, has “gone bung.” It only appeared twice. The rival Messrs. Galvin and Innes’s Uawera and Normanhy Star, refers to its untimely decease thusly : —“ We are glad, not only for our own sakes, but also for Mr. Ivess’s, that he has had the good sense to see that two newspapers could not exist in Hawera and ■Normanby.” Rakaia and Ashburton Forks Railway.—This line is doing something like business. On Friday last no less than 43 trucks loaded with grain came down, and considering the lateness of season this is a very large quantity of grain. If this line were only extended to Alford Forest a wide country would be opened up, and ample resources of coal, wood, and stone would be developed. The coal has been used for years in these districts, and the wood of the forest is already well known, while the stone quarry at Mount Somers is highly spoken of, and would be very valuable were it brought nearer the market, but the want of a railway makes the cost of carriage very high. As it is, however, the Forks line is said to be paying better than the trunk. Licensing Court.— The quarterly sitting of the Licensing Commissioners for the Mount Somers, Ashburton, and Rakaia districts will be held at 12 o’clock to-day, at the Court House, when the following applications will be heard : Applications for renewal—Philip Tisch, Spread Eagle, Hotel,. Ashburton Forks ; Robert Little, Hind Hope, the Hinds; R. Patton, Methven Hotel, Methven ; J. Tisch, Alford Forest Hotel, Alford Forest; R. W. Shearman, Somerset Hotel, Ashburton ; W. Harris, Railway Hotel, Winslow ; J. Hood, Hood’s Hotel, Mount Somers; M. Scott, Tinwald Hotel, Tinwald ; G. Wiilcocks, Wheatsheaf Hotel, Wheatstone; F. Doherty, Water; on Hotel, Waterton ; D. McFarlane, .Barrhill Hotel, Barrhill ; J. McNamara, Railway Hotel, South Rakaia ; J. F. Butler, Butler’s Hotel, Ashburton ; D. McKenzie, Ashburton Hotel, Ashburton ; T. Quill, Commercial Hotel, Ashburton ; W. Power, Royal Hotel, Ashburton ; J. Baldwin, Central Hotel, Ashburton ; J, Wallace, Chertsey Hotel, Chertsey. Mr. J. W. Francis will also make application for confirmation of the license of the South Eakaia Hotel from Mr. W. H. Partridge to himself, and apply for the renewal of the license for the ensuing year. Opening of the Church at Methven. —On Sunday morning the Rev. Mr. Knowles, on behalf of the Primate, assisted by the incumbent of the parish of South Rakaia, opened for divine service the pretty little church which has just been completed at Methven. The church was quite full. Prayers were read by the Rev. W. H. Elton, the lessons were read and the sermon preached by the rev. celebrant. The singing, which was unaccompanied, and was lead by the incumbent, was most hearty. The church, which has been opened free of debt, stands on a site given by Mr. J. Grigg, in the centre of the township of Methven. Messrs. R. McKerrow and Co., of Rakaia, have also given a site for church purposes in their portion of the township. The building has been erected from plans by Mr. Mountfort—the contractor, Mr. E. Bowler, of Rakaia, having completed his work most satisfactorily. The church was built by a grant of LIOO from the Church Property Trustees, the residents at Methven contributing most liberally to meet this grant. The altar, lectern, and prayer desk were special contributions. A monthly service will be held in the church by the incumbent, besides which arrangements have been made for one lay service monthlj, Financial Statement. —lt is not improbable that the Colonial Treasurer will bring down his financial statement on Tuesday next, June Bth, unless any unforscen delay should take place in debatng the Address in Reply. The Jewish Synagogue. —At a meeting of the Jewish congregation in Christchurch yesterday, to consider the proposal to erect a nowsynagogue, it was resolved to defer the matter for one month, to allow members to canvass for subscriptions. L 350 has already been promised, and 1,2,(300 is the estimated cost of the building. Making It Up.— lf there is honor among thieves there is also honor among Timaru painters. Two knights of the brush who were “run in” for painting one another with their fists, being fined this morning, the slayer took pity on the slain, and gallantly paid for his fallen fellow-tradesman. — S. C. Times. The Royal Commissions. —Regarding the Royal Commissions the Press correspondent in Wellington says the report of the Local Industries Commission will be presented to Parliament about the end of next week, and adds It is understood that the Government are anxious to have the report of the Railway Commission before the Public Works statement is brought down, as the nature of the latter necessarily must materially depend on the former, but it is not known yet how soon the report is likely to be available.
Dance at Mount Somers. —On Friday evening, as a large number of the young people of the district were likely to be congregated at the Mount Somers school on the occasion of the Presbyterian tea meeting, advantage was taken of the fact for making arrangements for a dance to come off in the schoolroom, the only available floor in the district. There was a large turnout of the youth and beauty, “and all went merry as a marriage bell ” till long past the small hours ; in fact daylight had begun to hint to drowsy eyes that it was time to go, before the fiddle gave its last scrape, and the finality of “Sir Roger” was reached. Political Gossip. —The special correspondent of the Press, at Wellington, says that a rumor was afloat in the lobbies this (Friday) afternoon that a direct noconfidence motion was to be tabled immediately by the Opposition with a view of testing the relative strength of parties at once. Another report is that the first aggressive movement of the Opposition will take the shape of an amendment on the Address in Reply. Nothing will be definitely known, however, until more members arrive. The general opinion seems to be that the Government are safe for the session unless they fall on the property tax. Ministers are very reticent as to their intention on this, but the Opposition members freely express their conviction that it will be modified in some way, so as to soften the most objectionable features. It is believed that Ministers themselves are not altogether satisfied with the mode of collection and assessment. Nothing, however, is yet definitely known on the matter.
Tea Meeting at Mount Somers. — On Friday evening a tea-meeting, arranged for by the Committee of the Presbyterian Church at Mount Somers, came off in the Mount Somers school-room. The object the Committee had in view was chiefly to have a large gathering of the Presbyterians in the district, as they are widely scattered, and it is difficult to bring them all together at one time. The Committee succeeded admirably in their efforts, for a large attendance was the result, the school-room being quite full. After a very hearty tea had been partaken of, purveyed in the open-handed and liberal style which characterises all such demonstrations in country districts, the tables were cleared and the room set in order for the entertainment which followed. At this the Rev. B. J. Westbrooke presided, and delivered an address as did also the Revs. Beattie and Smith, of Ashburton. The addresses were listened to with great attention, and were very interesting as well as instructive. A lengthy progamme of song, recitation, and instrumental music was gone through, to the making up of which the following were contributors :—Messrs. J. and J. Price, Tomlinson, G. and A. Pearce, Gates (of Ashburton) and Mr. and Mrs. Knight, who rendered a duet very effectively. The usual votes of thanks were given and responded to, and the meeting closed.
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