Dentistry. —Our Rakaia friends will observe that Mr Armstrong, dentist, will be in Rakaia on Saturday, on which day he may be consulted. He intends to make a short stay in the Rakaia district, so that those requiring his services had better delay as little as possible.
Entertainment at Kyle.— The good folks in the Kyle district have not forgotten the widow and family of the poor man, Alexander Gordon, who died in the snow storm last winter while on his way home to Seafield from Ashburton, and arrangements have boon made for a concert to come off in the Kyle schoolroom on the 18th inst., the proceeds of which will be handed over to Mrs Gordon.
Matson, Cox, and Co.—Mr 0. Percy Cox having become a partner in the business of Matson & Co., whose connections are now ramified over Canterbury, the style of the firm for its operations in this district will be Matson, Cox, & Co. As wegannounced some weeks ago, the firm will shortly erect large premises in West Street, at the corner of Burnet Street, The amount of business transacted being anything but an “ airy nothing,” the firm having already acquired a local name, required only a local habitation to complete their position, and this “ habitation” when erected will do honor to the firm, the township, and the district.
“ Misfortunes Come not in Single Spies, but in whole Battalions.”— On Tuesday afternoon a cow, belonging to Mrs. Gordon, the widow of the late Alexander Gordon, who perished in the snow on his way home from Ashburton last winter, fell down a well seventy feet deep. Immediately on hearing of the occurrence, Mr. John Lambie proceeded, with all the neighbors, to extricate the animal. A lantern was lowered into the well, but, owing to the accumulation of carbonic acid gas, the light immediately went out. A billy was then procured and filled with fat, making what is commonly known as a “ slush light.” This was lowered into the well, but immediately went out. A larger billy was then filled with fat and set on fire, making a large blaze. This was gradually let down until all the gas had dispersed, when a man was lowered into the well, who fastened a strong rope around the head of the cow, and after some difficulty the dead animal was drawn out. This accident will be a great loss to the poor widow, for whose benefit it has been arranged to give a concert at Kyle on the 18th inst.
The Raphael Troupe. —Those who attended the Town Hall on Tuesday had a treat; the Raphael family giving an entertainment which was appreciated by the audience immensely, if we may judge by the applause awarded to the talented juvenile performers. The youthful Blondin showed that he was a worthy type of the great original, his feat of walking on a thin wire with a sack over his head, being unequalled fora lad of his age. Miss Selina Raphael on the trapeze was loudly applauded for her performance, and the small boy who did the tumbling, fairly took the audience by storm. The only part Signor Raphael took himself in the play was holding up a long pole, with Master Burnett on the top of it, who performed a number of miraculous acts which fairly brought down the house. The terpsicorean part of the business was appreciated, and the performer encored. The only drawback to a complete success was the want of an orchesti-a, in which Signor Raphael was disappointed at the last moment.
Ashburton Cricket Clue. —A meeting of the Ashburton cricketers was held onTuesdayinlheCouncilChambers. Thei-e was perhaps the most satisfactory attendance of players and friends of the Club that has yet gratified enthusiasts in the game, about twenty being present ; and the spirit of lovers of the game in Ashburton have suffered a fresh revival in consequence. Amongst those present were Messrs. Guinness (President), Douglas, Branson, Poyntz, Fooks, Ireland (2), Eyton, Shiny jun., Curtis, Meech, Nelson, Amos, Ferriman, Price, sen., Price, jun., Strangman, G. and A. Andrews, Hill, Hodder, Martin, Mainwaring, Grant, Groves, &c. After the president had addressed the meeting, counselling the cricketer’s to stick together, and to know no feeling whatever in the affairs of the Club, but the promotion of cricket, he stated that the Club business of the evening would be to recommend to the Domain Board the direction in which to spend the recent grant they had received from the County Council. Previous to the discussion of the question, a resolution moved by Mr. G. Andrews, and seconded'by Mr. Poyntz, was put to the effect that members of the Club who wish to remain members be requested to pay their subscriptions of ss. An amendment by Mr. Branson was proposed—“ That a new Club .be formed irrespective of any existing Club, the subscription to be a guinea.” This was seconded by Mr. Nelson, and being put as against the motion, was carried. Messrs Fooks and Douglas were appointed a committee to collect outstanding subscriptions. The primary business of the evening was then proceeded with, and a discussion on the subject of the Domain then took place, on the suggestion of Mr. Price, to form a working committee consisting of Messrs. Amos, Grant, Strangman, Nelson, Marsh, Andrews, Mainwairing, and the mover, to recommend to the Domain Board the best method of improving the ground. It was resolved that a meeting of the Ashburton Cricket Club be held on the 22nd instant for the purpose of recei ring the report of the treasurer, &c.
Temperance Lecture. —We extremely regret that, through the demands made on our space by the Financial Statement and other matter, we are unable to do more than congratulate our temperance friends on the very satisfactory attendance at the Templar Hall last evening, and for their being able to obtain the services of the Rev. A. J. Smith to lecture on such an interesting theme as that of “John B. Gough.” Although the hall was not uncomfortably crowded, the whole of the sitting accommodation was taken up, and a few had to stand. The lecture was listened to with much interest, and at intervals the audience burst out into merry peals of laughter and ’ applause at the many humorous anecdotes related by the rev. lecturer, and in the more pathetic portions, not a few felt inclined to give vent to their emotions in a very different manner. Mr. Smith said that J. B. Gough had been designated the “ prince of orators,” it might not be out of place to characterise the rev. genth - man as “an encyclopedia of anecdote,” for from beginning to end, Mr. Smith kept the attention of the audience fixed by interspersing his remarks with these essential auxiliaries to successful lecturing. Mr. Gough’s childhood and youth were briefly referred to, his mother being a schoolmistress and his father a soldier, the latter having been at the battle of Corunna. After alluding to the fondness of Gough for bis parents, and his natural abilities, which were even utilised more than once in his boyhood to swell the almost empty purse of his mother, the speaker dwelt at length on Gough as a drunkard, as reformed, and as a temperance lecturer. At the conclusion of the lecture, a vote of thanks was proposed by the Rev. B. J. Westbrooke, seconded by Mr. Craighead, and carried by acclamation. A vote of thanks to the Chairman, Mr. Isaac Scott, terminated the proceedings.—After the meeting was over a number of gentlemen remained behind, at the invitation of the Chairman, to take into consideration the advisableness of instituting a total abstinence society especially for the friends of temperance wlio might not feel disposed to join the Templar Order. The following gentlemen were appointed a Committee for the purpose of carrying out the proposal: —Revs. Hands, Keall, Smith, and Westbrooke, with Messrs. Olsen, Craighead, Sando, I. Scott, Stokes, Thos. Scott, and G, W. Andrews.
The Volunteers. — On Tuesday the Committee of the local rifle company held a meeting, when Captain Bullock stated that he had received a cheque from Government for. L 93, being capitation grant for the past year. Several members having paid the cost of their uniforms, it was resolved that 10s. out of every LI capitation grant qualified for, should be re funded to such members. Arrangements were also initiated for procuring a uniform for the band. It was further stated that the Volunteer year had now been altered, and that there was just time for members by very regular attendance to qualify for next year’s grant. It will, therefore, be imperative that no company drill nor inspection parade be missed by members until they have six of each. Capt. Bullock was elected Treasurer, and Color-Sergeant Dolman and Corporal Vaughan appointed as a Finance Committee.
Farewell. —On Tuesday the Presbyterian Sunday School Teachers’ Association, of which Mr. W. Ennes has been an enthusiastic member, entertained that gentleman to tea in the church, previous to his removal to Invercargill. The table was very tastefully laid out, and was presided over by Misses Henderson and Guviu. After tea, the President, Rev. A. M. Beattie, delivered a short address, expressive of his regret at losing so valuable a member of the Association. He also had another reason for regretting Mr. Ennis’ departure : lie had a large number of votes for the eldership of the Church, to which Mr. Beattie had hoped he would attain. After each of the speake’.s had spoken in turn, Mr. Ennis rcpl'ed, expressing his gratitude for the kindly feeling shown by his fellow teachers, and his regret at leaving them. The ordinary business of the Association was then proceeded with, an item of which was the appointment of Messrs. Orr and Gavin as representatives to the Sunday School Conference in Christchurch.
The Distress in Christchurch. —Two hundred and seventy persons were supplied 'at the Christchurch Soup' Kitchen yesterday morning. The Compulsory Clauses. —Owing to the already overcrowded state of the Timaru schools, the committee there have decided not to enforce the compulsory clauses of the Education Act. The Reported Coal Mine Accident. —ln reference to the telegram regarding a colliery accident at Westport, the following Westport message is authoritative'; — “ The report that the colliery had received serious injury is incorrect. The only foundation for the report is that a truck broke away and displaced some sleepers.”
The Waitaki Election. —The Ministerialist candidate, Mr. Reid, has evidently the best chance for the Waitaki scat. The Opposition interest has been divided by the vanity of the one canditate, and the stubbornness of the other, and the result is that between Messrs. Jones and Roberts, the Ministerialists will gain the seat.
Forgery. —Two cases of forgery are before the Auckland Police Court—one, a man named Worms, who is accused of having forged the name of Messrs. Hodman, of that city, to a receipt of L 3 ; and the other that of Lawrence Jellings who is alleged to have forged the name of J. Abbot to a cheque for LGS on the Colonial Bank. The alleged offenders .are under remand.
Fire at Lonobeach.— The boilingdown shed at Longbeach station w T as destroyed by fire on Saturday evening. The fire was discovered at eight o’clock, and it was not till past ten that the flames w r ere got under, then only after the shed had been burned to the ground. Some 500 pigs were saved with great difficulty, and some other property was rescued. The accident represents considerable loss, and we have not yet learned what insurance, if any, was on the building.
The Timaru Breakwater Question. —At a committee meeting of the Timaru Harbor Board on Tuesday, Mr. Woolcombe Captain Cain, and other old and influential residents, testified to the utter inaccuracy of the statements contained in Mr. Blackett’s report to Parliament as to the damage done to the railway works through the erection of the breakwater. The members of The Levels Road Board passed resolutions affirming that Mr. Blackett’s representations in reference to the encroachment of the sea at Caroline Bay were contrary to local knowledge and export enco. The same body resolved to prosecute further their action to have The Levels district constituted a county.
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