Obstructing the Thoroughfare.— Edward Ede pleaded guilty, before Mr. Guinness, yesterday, to the charge of having a horse and vehicle tied to a fence in Havelock street, across the footpath. As the cab was in this situation for some time on a dark night, and was thus in danger of injuring passers-by, Edward had to forfeit LI. Drunks. —His Worship fined a first offender yesterday 55.; and on Charles Tolan, charged with being drunk and disorderly, and against whom a previous conviction had been recorded, promising to clear out and go to some employment which he had obtained up-country, the Bench dealt leniently with him, and let him off with a similar penalty. A Mishap. —Yesterday two cases of runaway occurred in East street. Beyond some broken harness, no injury resulted to the bolters. But one of them came too forcibly against the lamppost at the Union Bank corner, and it snapped through the middle like a carrot. The moon will have to be depended upon till the repairs are made. Horse Killed.— On Thursday afternoon, while a white mare, belonging to Mr. J. Corbett, of the Ashburton Eorks, was standing in a dray, at the coal heap of Montgomery and Co., at the Burnett street crossing, she suddenly started and wheeled round. The movement, by some means or other, dislocated the animal’s shoulder, and it was found necessary to destroy her. She was shot yesterday morning Tinwald Temperance Hall.— The little company recently formed for the purpose of supplying the township of Tinwald with some sort a public hail, have made amazing progress —in fact, the energetic secretary, Mr. Williams, says it has been the most successful little concern he ever knew. It is not yet two months since the affair was mooted, and already all but twenty of the 200 shares at LI each, of which the capital is to consist, have been applied for and allocated. A site for the building has been secured near the blacksmith’s shop, close to J ephson and Davison’s store, which is the chief place of business in the township, and also near to the hotel, the post office, and the saleyards ; and we learn that plans of the building will be ready in a fortnight, and that the first week in July will see the carpenters at work. We wish the plucky little company every success.
Personal. —Mr. Max Friedlandcr, who is about to pay a visit to the “ Faderland,” left by the express on Thursday. Several friends and acquaintances were at the railway station to wish him a pleasant journey and speedy return, it being understood that Max does not intend to prolong his travels beyond a few months. Attempted Suicide. —An inebriate, named George Smith, residing at Roliestnn, tried on Thursday to cut his throat. He succeeded in making a most ghastlylooking wound, but left the windpipe and main artery uncut. He is now in Christchurch Hospital, and is expected to recover. Cricket Club. — A meeting of the Ashburton Cricket Club is advertised for Tuesday evening next, in the County Council Chamber. The meeting will take place at half-past seven, and the chief business, we understand, will be to consider how the recent grant is to be disposed of, and the appointment of a Ground Committee. Scholastic. —We learn that Mr. F. W. Wake, of the Borough School, has obtained the appointment of second master of an important school at Geraldine, and that in a few days he will assume his new position. In Mr. Wake’s removal tho Borough school will lose the services of a very efficient young teacher, who during his connection with it, has succeeded in obtainining the good opinion and best wishes of all who are engaged within its walls—both teacher and pupil—besides making friends in the township. Death of Mr. Hankins. —Mr. William Hankins, the jockey, who met with an accident at the last Grand National Meeting, died at the hospital on Wednesday night at about C. 30 o’clock. Since entering tho hospital he had gradually got worse from injuries ho received by the fall, and it became evident that he could not survive the shock. The deceased was well known to a large circle of ‘persons interested in sporting. He had many friends, by whom he was held in high esteem, and who |will sincerely deplore the loss they have sustained. — Press. The Oddfellows. —On the 2nd July the Oddfellows intend to hold a grand ball in celebration of the seventh anniversary of their institution in Ashburton. It is to come off in the Masonic Hall, Tancred street, and the arrangements have been entrusted to the following committee : Bros. C. Reid, Joseph Canning, Joshua Tucker, Robert Cullen, J. H. Maynard, James Tait, John Gilchrist, John Corbett (Ashburton Forks), John Stribling, and G. F. Scott. With the energetic Secretary, Mr. Thomas Williams, added to these, there ought to be no question about the success of the affair. A Dog Case. Considerable interest and amusement were manifested in Court yesterday during the hearing of a case in which J. C. Bell sued John Carter for the sum of £lO, damages claimed for a dog which had been destroyed by the defendant. Several witnesses gave evidence that the dog was in the habit of exhibiting more fondness for the company of the defendant’s sheep than was consistent with their well-being, but his Worship did not agree with the way in which Mr. Carter had put an end to the intimate relations subsisting between his flock and Mr. Bell’s “retriever,” and gave judgment for £1 damages, and £2 6s. costs. Dogs v. Servant Girls. —ln speaking on behalf of the plaintiff’s claim in the erse of Bell v. Carter, yestesday, Mr. Branson paid a very high compliment to the canine fraternity, putting great faith in their sagacity, and argued that they were in some cases far more valuable in protecting children, and especially in saving them from drowning, than servant girls. It was well known that the latter very often assisted in drowning their youthful charges, as the girls, while gossiping with their sweethearts, allowed the perambulators which contained the children to run into the water. In fact, personally he would put more confidence in a faithful dog than in a big strapping girl. Fie, Mr. Branson ! Very Much Worried. — There seemed to be an amount of doubt as to what constituted “ worrying ” in the case of J. C. Bell v. John Carter, at tho Court yesterday. One of the witnesses, Mr. Lawson, the groom for Mr. Carter, stated that he saw two dogs hanging over a sheep, both of them were worrying it, but he could not state which worried it. Mr. Branson wanted a definition of the word, or wlat constituted worrying, remarking that it was very likely the witness in his position in the box was “ very much worried.” Eventually Lawson satisfied Mr. Branson by stating that the dog which worried the animal would be the one which put the finishing stroke on it, and the other dog would be, as his Worship interposed, aiding and abetting in the transaction, or as Mr. Branson suggested, applauding and giving an encore. Alleged Sheep-Stealing. A man named Benjamin Corrie, residing at Singletree farm, Alford Forest, was charged before his Worship yesterday, on the information of Mr. Corsbie, with stealing and driving away from Alford station six sheep, tho property of Mr. Tooth, now in New South Wales. Constable Farmer deponed to arresting prisoner on Thursday, at Singletree farm, on a charge of sheep-stealing. He took possession of six sheepskin*, which were marked with a T and an 0 ; five of them had No. 8 on them and the other had a 0. The skins were in the loft of a stable on the premises of the accused. The accused saw witness take possession of the skins. John McKenzie pointed the skins out to witness in prisoner’s presence. Prisoner said the brand on the skins were Mr. Corsbie’s, and the sheep belonged to him (the accused). He said Mr. Corsbie had shorn the sheep and placed his brand upon them. Accused said that all his own sheep had the two fore-quarters of tho ear cut off. He admitted having killed the sheep, and said he had given the heads to the dogs. Brought prisoner to Ashburton. At this stage, the accused asked for a remand, which his Worship granted till Friday next, bail being allowed on Currie entering into a bond of L2OO, and two sureties of LIOO each. Social Tea Meeting. —ln accordance with the usual custom, the Primitive Methodist congregation held their quarterly tea meeting last Wednesday. This meeting is held once a quarter, for the purpose of getting the members of the congregation together, and after partaking of “ the cup which cheers, but not inebriates,” discussing matters of interest in connection with the Church. These re-unions have generally proved successful, and the meeting of Wednesday was no exception to the rule. The commissariat was under the charge of Mr, Thomas Taylor, and his usually satisfactory efforts to please his patrons were on this occasion amply rewarded by tho commendatory remarks passed by the visitors present. At the after meeting, Mr. Isaac Scott presided, tho pastor of the church, the Rev. A. J. Smith, being somewhat indisposed, but was able, however, during the evening to add to the pleasure and interest of the meeting by making a few homely remarks. Short addresses were delivered by Messrs, Stokes, Bevan, W. Smith, Puddicomhe, Maidens, Lill, J. Parker, and Mr. S. Shingleton, of Dunedin, and at intervals the choir discoursed several melodies of an appropriate description. The statement of accounts was very satisfactory, showing an income for the quarter of L4O 125., which, however, left a deficiency of Ll 5, but this is accounted for by the season of depression which wo 1 .ave beard so much about for the past few mouths. It was decided during the business meeting to have a circuit. plan and balance-sheet printed in future.
The Late Jockey, Hankins.— An inquest was held on Thursday on, the body of W. H. Hankins, the young man who was so severely injured at tho recent Grand National Steeplechase meeting that his death resulted. The verdict returned was that of “ Accidental death,” the medical opinion being that deceased died of fracture of the skull and compression of the brain. “Black-Eyed Susan.” —Tho Amateur Dramatic Club, to a house very well filled indeed, last night gave their second performance of “ Black-Eyed Susan.” The gallery of the hall has now been utilised as a dress circle, and it was very fairly patronised, almost all the chairs being in use. This greatly relieved the area of the hall, and perhaps made theaudience, as compared with that of Friday look smaller, while in reality it was not so. In addition to the extra accommdation supplied by the dress circle, four tiers of raised seats had been run up from the pillars below the dress circle to the wall behind, and some dozen or so benches introduced in front of them. These were nearly all occupied, so that after all tho space now made available for seat room was none too much. The performance began with fair strictness to time, and the players were this time assisted by Miss Florence Colville, who no doubt was an attraction to many, and to her reputation as a finished actress, is, in a great measure, owing tho large attendance. She assumed the part of Susan, hut wo have seen her play vastly better than she did last night. She was far from being letter perfect, and it was evident that some time had elapsed since she last appeared as Susan. The other characters were as well sustained last night, as they were on Friday, and the mechanical arrangements went more smoothly, the changes of scenery taking place with greater expedidition. Tho farce of “ John Smith ” concluded the evening, and was performed wi h ia diminution of spirit. Its liveliness was considerably added to by the introduction of a serio-comic song sung by the gentleman who played the leading character. Tho incidental music in the two pieces was supplied by Mr. H. Gates, who filled in very satisfactorily the gaps that must necessarily occur where amateurs are playing on a small stage, and with only such stage furniture as can be prepared in an up-country township like our own. We must not omit to mention that Mr. C. Bourke, the scene painter, was again called before the curtain to acknowledge the compliments of the audience on the success of his scenery.
The Compulsory Clauses. —ln Dunedin the compulsory clauses of the Education Act are to be enforced by the police.
The Christchurch R.M.—Mr. G. L. Mellish, R.M. at Christchurch, is suffering from an attack of bronchitis, caught while sitting in tho draughty Courthouse in which the legal business of Christchurch is conducted.
Nice Slaughterhouses. Disgusting revelations and disclosures have been made of the management of Auckland city abattoirs by tho City Council. Pigs were kept for weeks there and fed on the remains of a heifer, which it is said died of cancer.
Alleged Infanticide. A woman named Jane Matthews, a servant in the employ of a tradesman in Papanui road, Christchurch, has been arrested by the police, charged with infanticide, in connection with the body of the newly-born infant that was some days ago found in the Avon. Missing. —The schooner Colleen Bawn sailed from Wellington for Havelock in ballast on the Ist of May and has not been seen or heal’d of since the sth of that month. Tho Hinemoa has gone in search of her, and will visit Port Underwood, Queen Charlotte and Pclorus Sounds, and the adjacent coast as far as D’Urville Island. Help Wanted. —The Auckland Steamship Company report that from the experience gained during the passage of the steamer Southern Cross to Levuka, they are confident that if the New Zealand Government assisted them by a subsidy of L 2500 per annum, there would be such on increase of trade and passenger traffic as would greatly benefit the Colony.
The Sparrow Nuisance.— The farmers of Courtenay have decided to open a crutade against the spai’rows, aud a quantity of poisoned crushed grain is to be laid out for the pests. At a meeting of the farmers of the same district they decided to support the Christchurch Corn Exchange in its protest against the use of sugar instead of malted barley in the manufacture of beer.
Tramway Accident. —A painful accident happened in Christchurch yesterday morning to a little boy, aged ten years, the son of Dr. Rouse, of Lyttelton. At the junction of Hereford and Colombo street, the little fellow tried to descend while the car was in motion, but fell on his side, and his right leg got under the wheel. Constable Lawler took the boy to Dr. Frankish, who examined the limb, and said that it was severely bruised, but not broken.
Our Local Industries. —Tho Times of Friday says : —“ We are glad to find that the idea noted in our issue of Wednesday, in connection with the Association for Fostering and Encouraging Local Industries and Productions, has now assumed a definite form. At a meeting held last evening, it was resolved to hold an exhibition of local manufactures and productions during the month of August next, the exact date to bo hereafter fixed. A committee was formed to carry out the object in view, and there can be no doubt that such an exhibition will bo secured as will be creditable to the colony, and of great practical importance as indicating our present position in the arts and manufactures.
Cambridge, —At the meeting of tho Board of Education, held on Thursday last at Christchurch, tho application of the Cambridge School Committee to have the name of the school district altered to Newlands was considered. It was decided, however, to hold over any decision on the matter until a post office had been established in the locality. The question of a post office for the district has been agitated for some time past, and we were given to understand that when the Education Board had altered the name of the school district to Newlands the Government would establish a post office there, as until then confusion was likely to arise in consequence of there being another place, named Cambridge, in the Waikato district. Between the Education Board and the Postal Department our Cambridge friends are likely to have their patience tested.
Waimate Steeplechases. These Steeplechases, which were held on Wednesday, wei’e a great success, about 1,500 people being present; the weather was all that could be desired, and the racing, in some instances being most exciting. Grey Momus secured the Handicap, but was closely pressed by Ivanhoe at the finish. Mr. Clifford’s Clarence won the Maiden. During this race Mr. MTvor, who was piloting Stella, came to grief, and it is doubtful whether the injuries he received will not prove fatal, his collar-bone, arm, and several ribs being broken, and Iris back injured. Much amusement was created during the running of the Hack race, one steed laying down aud refusing to proceed, and only one animal, Mr, Corcoran’s The Colt, which won easily, negotiating the fences in anything like a satisfactory manner. The County Steeplechase Cup fell to Mr. Mackay’s Shellelagh, Little John coming in first for Uie Consolation Stakes.
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