The Ashburton Guardian, COUNTY AGRICULTURAL & SPORTING RECORDER THURSDAY, JUNE 5, 1880.
The San Francisco Mail arrived at Auckland at one o’clock yesterday morning. Police Cases. His Worship the Mayor presided at the Court on Tuesday, in the absence of Mr. Guinness, that gentleman having been subpcened _as a witness at Tuesday’s sitting of the Timaru R.M. Court. Two first offenders were disposed of with a fine of 10s. and a caution.
Sunday Shooting.—lt wil for our local sportsmen to km William Taylor is a rango^B
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Crowded Out.— Owing to the length of our report of the C„unty Council, aid a pressure of other matter, several items of interest are held over. Chbistchurch ', City Auditors. Messrs. Neil, Black, and William Jameson wore the successful candidates for the position of auditors for the City of Christchurch. The Borough Auditors.— As will be seen from the subjoined figures, very few of the burgesses felt sufficiently interested in the election of the Borough auditors as to record their votes on Tuesday. The result of the poll is as follows : —W. R. Boyle, 13; S. E. Poyntz, 22; W. H. Zouch, 19. Messrs. Poyntz and Zouch were therefore duly elected.’ Civil Cases.— lmmediately after the conclusion of the licensing business c n Tuesday, Meters. Cox and Winter, J. J.P., disposed of one civil action, the rest of the cases set down for hearing being postponed till Friday. Andrew Young sued Meredith Wilson for L 9 14s. fid., being L 9 for wages, and the balance for travelling expenses. Judgment was given for L 8 Os. fid. The Property Tax. The correspondent of the Press in Wellington says : Respecting the property tax, it is unofficially rumoured that the modification reported to be contemplated by the Government is to exempt personal effects, including household furniture, &c. This, however, is mere rumor, and must not be taken as in any way authoritative or inspired. County Maps. —Two sheets of the County maps have been received by the County Council from the lithographer. They are printed, we believe at the Times office. The sheets to hand, which are only one instalment of the County’s order,, comprise the Ashburton Survey District, from the township northwards to the Rakaia, the Rakaia district included, and southwards to the sea, taking in the Wakanui district. The Brindisi Mail. —The outward mails for the Unite! Kingdom, &c., via Brindisi (for specially addressed correspondence only), will close at the Ashburton Post Office this (Thursday) morning, at 10.15. Late fee letters may be posted in the mail van attached to the express train up to the time of its departure for the South. The' rate of postage for the United Kingdom is Bd. per half-ounce via Brindisi. South Rakaia School Committee. — The South Rakaia School Committee held its usual monthly meeting on Tuesday evening Present: Messrs. Tucker (Chairman), Hartnell, Shellock, Sharp, Cox, and Welsh. The master’s report was read. It was resolved to again write to the Board of Education regarding the appointing of a pupil teacher. There being no further business the Committee adjourned. Agricultural and Pastoral Association. —The first monthly meeting of this Association, for the purpose of reading and discussing papers of interest to farmers, was held on Tuesday in the new upstairs room of the Town Hall. There was a good attendance, and Mr. F. Guinness delivered the opening address, which was listened to with evident interest by those present. A paper was also read by the President, and several matters of minor importance discussed. Want of space in this issue compels us to hold over a fuller report. Unclaimed Letters. —The following are the accumulations during the month of April of letters from beyond the col my that still lie unclaimed at the Ashburton Post Office :—Thomas Armstrong, Wm. H. Bennetts, Miss Joyce Bloomfield, Wm. Bryans, Patrick Collins, Henry Dysart, John Firth, James Gibson, Hugh Goodin, Knight and Co., Michael O’Sullivan, Wm. Plumpton, Michael Quirk, Wm. Knox Rennie, John N. Valpy, John Westwaj. Alfred Williams. Land Sale. —On Tuesday Messrs. J. E. Buchanan and Co. put up to auction thirty suburban sections between the Wakanui road and the North Town Belt, the property of Messrs. Jones and Mossman, and nine of them found purchasers, ranging from Ll 7 to L 46. The sections were just less than quarter-acre. Of twenty-five suburban sections fronting the East Town Belt, all were passed in except two, which fetched L4l and L3l respectively. Two dwelling-houses in Peter street were passed in at L2OO ; and eighty acres cf land at Wakanui were not put up, as the auctioneers had a favorable private offer. There Mas a good attendance, but bidd'ng was sluggish. A Modest Request. —“When the charge against the man James Wilson, who appeared before his Worship on Tuesday focusing abusive and obscene language, was called on, Wilson, in an authoritative tone, demandedJiis Worship to “ hold on, as ho had something to say to the gentleman at the table,” “the gentleman,” being our reporter. Before Sergeant Felton could put a check on the impulsive offender, Wilson leaned over and imperatively requested that his name might not appear in the paper. We may at once state that requests like these for the suppression of names from our columns meet with no sympathy from us, and so long as people so conduct themselves as to bring about their appearance before the Bench, so long will our columns make known to the public the delinquencies of such “ black sheep.” A Saucy Offender. —An old man named James Wilson appeared before the Bench on Tuesday on a charge of using abusive and obscene language in a public place. Sergeant Felton gave evidence that, seeing the accused standing on the racecourse on Saturday last, contrary to the rules of the course, he had quietly requested him to remove from the forbidden ground ; Wilson refused, and on the Sergeant remonstrating with him, Wilson gave vent to some very offensive and disgusting language. On being asked by his Worship what he had to say in defence, Wilson, in a most insolent manner, and with some show of bravado, repeated the language he had used on the occasion referred to, and seemed to think he was-justified in his conduct. His Worship said that not only had the accused admitted the charge, but by his reprehensible conduct, made himself liable to be committed for contempt of Court. He should send the prisoner to gaol for three days, without the option of a fine. Upper Ashburton Rcad Board. —The ordinary monthly meeting of this Board was held on Tuesday, Ist in*sfc. Present —Messrs. Donald M‘Lean (Chairman), M. Stitt, and H. Poole. The Surveyor’s report was read and considered. Tenders were then opened, and resulted as follows :—No. 59—Jaines Gardiner, LIG6 10s. ; No. 66—Charles Shepherd, Ll 9. An informality existing in No. 67, the Overseer was instructed to see it rectified. A petition from Wm. Stalker and six others was read, asking for a bridge over Shepherd’s Brook, through Reserve 350. The clerk stated that this petition had been considered on Monday, the 17th ultimo, and that the Board had instructed him to call for tenders for the work which had j ust then been open ed. A post card from C. Wentworth Cookson, Clerk to the Mount Somers Road Board, re boundary road, from A. Thompson’s to Lynhurst railway station, was ordered to be acknowledged.
Malicious Mischief. —On Tuesday evening, Mr. Baldwin, of the Central Hotel, was the victim of a most cowardly outrage. Shortly before six o’clock those in the bar were alarmed by the sound of a loud crash in the entrance hall, which was quickly succeeded by the entrance of a large stone through a pane of glass, doing in its passage a considerable amount of damage—indeed it seems astonishing that one missile propelled by hand could have wrought so much mischief. It broke two lamps, a large square of plate glass, two fancy barrels, and finished up by going for a bottle of Dunville’s, but fortunately not striking anyone, although the barman had a very narrow escape. The affair has been placed in the hands of the police, and we trust the miscreant, whoever he may be, will soon be brought to book. The Old Mens’ Home. — A party of ladies and gentlemen gave an entertainment on Monday night to the inmates of the Old Mens’ Home, which was very much appreciated by the audience—an audience which, as has often been proved, is not difficult to please, our old friends of the home, being grateful for the slightest efibr's put forth for their recreation and amusement. The entertainment was of a varied character, music, both vocal and instrumental, interspersed with reading, being the chief features. Miss Wood (a lady from Christchurch) and Miss fiodder gave efficient aid at the piano, and Master George Savage gave one of his cornet solos in such a manner as to completely “ bring down the house.” We trust that during the coming winter, we shall have to chronicle many other entertainments of a like claracter, and this Ir.ist we know is shared in by the audience of last night.—We notice that at a meeting of the Cpmmittee of the St. Albans Public Library, held on Monday evening last, it was decided to send a quantity of back numbers of illustrated papers for the use of the inmates of the Home.