Fire. —Mr. Fyke’s slaughter house, near the racecourse, was burnt down on Sunday night. The Hospital Alterations. —The time for receiving tenders for the Hospital alterations has been extended till July 2. Plans. —Plans of the Temuka sections to be sold on the 6th July at Temuka, by Mr. K. F. Gray, lie at our office for inspection. Mount Sowers Bridge. —The County Engineer advertises for tenders for the approaches to Mount Somers Bridge over the South Ashburton River. The Property Assessment Act.—Mr. Sperry announces the extension to 2nd August of the time for sending in the returns required under this Act. Insolvents. —First meetings of creditors of H. Cape-Williamson, shoolmaster, Cambridge, and R. H. Burgess, laborer, Alford Forest, will be held on Saturday in the District Courthouse, at the hours of 11 and 12 respectively. Parliamentary. — A new batch of Parliamentary Papers, Bills, Reports, “Hanssrd,” etc., came to hand by the last mail, and can bo purchased at the office of this paper. The cost is trifling, so that anyone desirous of learning the business in detail before the House, or the draft of new Bills now under consideration can procure printed copies. Sad Accident. —On Saturday afternoon not long after the charge of obtaining money on false representations, laid against W. H. Watson, had been dismissed by his Worship, Watson received a telegram from Christchurch announcing that his eldest child had been drowned in the Avon. The little girl, who was only eight years old, had been playing on the river bank, fell in, and was drowned before aid could reach her. A Mirage. —The passengers by the early drain from the South on Saturday were astonished by the spectacle of an unusually tine mirage. The phenomenon was first observed shortly after the train quitted Temuka, when the Peninsula Hills, with the houses upon them, were distinctly reflected in the sky. The illusion was so complete that a stranger 5 to the district might have been easily deceived by it. Gas v. Kerosene. —During the conversation which took place at the Borough Council last evening when the gas account was brought up for payment, Mr. St. Hill remarked that it would be better for the Council to dispense with gas for the street lamps and purchase kerosene ones instead, as he reckoned the Council were paying about L 6 per 1,000 feet. Mr. Parkin modified this by stating that L 3 would be nearer the mark, but both gentlemen were very warm in their protestations against what they considered the exorbitant rates that were being paid for illuminating the dreary streets of our township. The Waterworks. —All day on Sunday a big stream was running into the Domain; more water was coming down than the pipes through the belt would take, and the surplus water found its way down the road towards Mr. Bullock’s residence. It was hoped that by running all night a good show of water would be made in the Domain yesterday morning, but those most interested in the matter were disapointed in finding the gully quite dry, and upon investigating the cause it was discovered that Mr. Saunders had shut down the trap door at the intake, thus cutting off all the water at the head of the works. The matter was discussed last night in Council^ The Vacancy in the Borough Council. —We learn that the consent of Mr. Alfred Harrison has been obtained to his name being placed on the nomination paper to till the vacancy caused by the retirement of Mr. Edward Saunders from the Borough Council. Than Mr, Harrison we know of no more energetic citizen in the township, and we are certain he will command a great many votes. Another name we have heard mentioned is that of Mr. W. H. Gundry, but whether that gentleman will stand or not wo are not in a position to say. Mr. George Compton is also spoken of as a suitable candidate, and so are Messrs. Joseph Ward, S. E. Poyntz, and W. R. Boyle, but whether either of these gentlemen are prepared to place their services at the disposal of the ratepapers we have not heard. Civil Cases. —The following civil cases came on at the R.M. Court on Saturday : —Orr and Co. v. Canavan ; claim, L 7 55.; judgment for amount and costs, L2 ss. Porter v. Burgess ; claim on a promissory note for Ll 5 ; Mr. Branson for plaintiff; judgment for amount and costs, LI 16s. Hayes v. Aitken ; claim, Ll 3 ; no appearance. Weeks and Dixon v. Harris and Ireland ; claim, LG 3s. 4ld. Mr. Ireland, who appeared for the defendants, asked for an adjournment till Friday next, to allow him to obtain a copy of Mr. Harris’ evidence from the Clerk of the Court, the said evidence having been taken in Dunedin. His Worship granted the application on payment of costs, L2 12s. Gd. In the case against Mr. Harris, the name request was granted, on similar terms, Bryant v. Willcocks ; claim, L 4 10s.; Mr. Ireland for defendant; plaintiff nonsuited, withfeosts, 10s. Gd.
Pending Appeal. —At the R.M. Court ou Saturday last, the Bench, on the application of Mr. Branson, permitted the man Ryal (who had the previous day been sentenced to throe months’ imprisonment with hard labor) to deposit LSO as bail, or enter into recognizances himself in a bond of L2OO and two sureties of LIOO each, pending the decision of the higher Court, for an appeal to which Mr. Branson had asked the Magistrates to state a case. As Ryal had been unable to obtain the necessary sureties, the only alternative which he had to secure his liberty was to deposit the LSO, a course which lie seemed most able and desirous to adopt. The Luxury of Law. — A case was heard at the Resident Magistrate’s Court on Saturday last, in which Mrs. Haynes, a monthly nurse, sued Mrs. Bryant for LG 10s. for services rendered. The case had been adjourned from a previous sitting to allow Mr. Branson, who appeared for the plaintiff, to bring evidence rebutting certain statements made by the defendant to the effect that Mrs. Haynes on one occasion had been at the Hinds Hotel for four hours at a stretch, returning to her patient in a state of intoxication, and having the neck of a bottle protruding from her pocket. , Neither the defendant nor her witnesses knew what this bottle contained, but from the action of defendant’s husband, they did not think it was free from alcoholic qualities. The evidence of Mr. Little, and two other witnesses, who were in company with the plaintiff when the alleged drinking look place, entirely upset both the charge of intoxication and the presence of the suspicious bottle, and after Mr. Branson had addressed the Bench in a most eloquent speech, in which his experiences as a family man were made good use of, his Worship gave judgment for the amount claimed (less the charge for the two days which plaintiff admitted being in Ashburton), and costs, the whole amount making a total of Ll 3 4s. Costly immigration this! Accidents. —On Saturday evening Mi'. Peter Maskrey, on a visit to Mr. Andrew Dawson, at Waterton, while returning to Ashburton with a dray load of coals for Mr. Dawson’s farm, slipped off the shaft on which he was riding, and fractured liia thigh. The accident occurred about midway between Tinwald and Wheatstone, and the injured man was immediately brought back to Ashburton for medical attendance, by a young man who was on the dray with him. At Ashburton Dr. Ross attended him, but recommended the sufferer’s removal to the Hospital at Christchurch for which place he left this morning. The fracture we believe is a very bad one.—About half past seven on Saturday evening, Mr. W. De B. Compton, road overseer, at Methven, had his attention called by his little boy to a burning tent at a short distance from Mr. Compton’s house. At once making for the tent, Mr. Compton succeeded in pulling out of it a man who was in a sort of stupified state with the smoke. The man’s right hand and face were badly burned, and he was brought into town to the Old Men’s Home, where Dr. Ross attended him. This man was also sent to Christchurch yesterday. It appears that the tent in which the accident occurred belonged to four men, three of whom were absent at the time. The remaining man, had lain down to read and had fallen asleep leaving his candle burning, and the tent had thus caught fire. Everything in it was destroyed. Industrial Exhibition. —The total entries for the Industrial exhibition, to be held at Christchurch, amount to 150. Grain. —During last week there were 14,G80 bags of grain carried on the Christchurch section of railway. Kerosene. —A Dunedin firm has received a cablegram advising them of a rise of from 15 to 20 per cent, in the price of kerosene. The Land Tax. —No fewer than 400 summonses have been issued in South land against persons who have not paid the Land Tax. Pedestrianism. —Scott, the pedestrian, succeeded in walking over 113 miles in 23 hours 55 minutes on Saturday at Dunedin, doing his last mile in less than ten minutes. Boat Accident. —A fishing boat capsized in the surf at Port Chalmers on Saturday night, and two men—Brown and Johnson —wore drowned. A third, named Romer, clung to the boat and was rescued. Railway Collision —A collision happened on the lino beteen Invercargill and Clinton on Saturday, through the driver of one of the trains mistaking the position of a light. Only the engines and one truck left the rails, but no further injury was done. Drowned While Drunk. —A man named Andrew Cornfoot was lost from the cutter Kent at Ruapukc on Thursday last, having fallen overboard while intoxicated. Ropes were thrown to him, but he was unable to catch them, and being unable to swim he soon disappeared. The Maoris. —There seems to have been a sort of Donnybrook Fair at Cambridge on Saturday, after the sittings of the Native Lands Court. Several of the Constabulary were somewhat roughly handled, but succeeded in quelling the disturbance in Court. The street, however, was the scene of one row after another up to dusk. The hotels were closed on Sunday, and quietude reigned. The Christchurch Unemployed.— The delegates from Christchurch unemployed have returned from Wellington, and report that Government have promised the following pay at the Weka Pass railway, wet or fine ; —Married men, 28s. per week; single men, 21s. per week. Provisions will be supplied at Is. 3d. each per day; firewood, lid. per day. Government also promised to commence another section at Albury. The Tables Turned.- — A public meeting was held at Mastcrton on Saturday night to denounce the Property Tax. The following amendment was, however, carried by an overwhelming majority—- “ That this meeting considers the Property Tax to be a j ust and equitable measure, as falling on that section of the community who are best able to bear it,. and have received the greatest benefit from loans to pay interest on which we are now being taxed. ” Inconsistency. —A correspondent of the Napier Daily Telegraph writes as follows :—“ All who have been in the habit of perusing the daily papers may perhaps remember that about a year ago a certain Maori named Hiroki was charged _at Napier with having placed an obstruction on the railway line somewhere near Takapau, and on being tried for the offence he was acquitted on the ground of his ignorance, with a gentle reminder that if repeated he would be severely punished. A European for the same crime has been sentenced to fifteen years’ penal servitude.” A Mild Season. — The gardens around Bulls are manifestations of the congenial mildness of the season, so far as floriculturists are interested. In Mr. Maclean’s, for instance, the display is exceptional for this time of the year, and during our brief visit a few days ago, wo were enabled to note down as in blossom the following lengthy list Cactus, azalea, red salvia, fuchsia, fern-leaved primula, blue plumbago, violet, roses (different varieties), verbena, scarlet and lilac, scarlet and other geraniums, penstemona, forget-me-nota, meaembrianthemums, antirrhinum, stocks, gaznonas, solanuin Jasminoides, heartsease, primroses, honeysuckle, ericas, picotees, koromiko, petunia, phlox, silene alba, arbutilons, and scarlet flax. ~-Bangitikei Advocate,
ASHBURTON BOROUGH COUNCIL. The usual fortnightly meeting of the Borough Council was held last night. Present —His Worship the Mayor (presiding), Messrs. Weymouth Roberts, Friedlander, Williamson, Orr, St. Hill, Bullock, and Parkin. THE BYE-LAWS. Before the usual business came on, the Council held a special meeting for the purpose of confirming a resolution adopting the Borough Bye-laws. Mr. Crisp, Borough Solicitor, was in attendance. The following resolution was carried : “ That the resolutions referring to byelaws in and for the Borough of Ashburton, adopted by the Council at a special mooting held on the 31st day of May, 1880, bo confirmed, and that the bye-laws adopted for the said borough at the said special meeting be confirmed.” The Council then proceeded with its ordinary business. chairman’s statement. The. Mayor said the credit balance at the bank was L 263 Bs. lOd. There would have to be about LI,OOO expended before the next year’s rate could be called in. His Worship said that he had been unable to see Mr. Walker, Chairman of the County Council, with reference to the water supply works, but he thought it would be unwise to incure any more expense in this affair until the matter was settled. The rates collected since last meeting amounted to Ll 9 19s. The Mayor said he was sorry to have to refer to the resignation as a councillor of Mr. Edward Saunders. He was not only sorry on account of Mr. Saunders being an energetic councillor, but also because Mr. Saunders’ .pet scheme, the water supply, was nob yet completed, and a letter which would be read during the evening would show that there was a likelihood of unpleasantness occurring with reference to the matter. He was surprised at the letter referred to corning from Messrs. Saunders Bros., seeing that Mr. Edward Saunders, a member of that firm, had been instrumental in getting the water scheme inaugurated, arid it was on his offering the use of the water that the scheme was entertained by the Council. CORRESPONDENCE. Messrs. ■ Saunders Bros, wrote, giving the Council notice that it would be held liable for any loss or damage which might arise through water being taken from the millrace for purposes of the Borough without their consent. Mr. E. G. Crisp, Borough Solicitor, also read a letter to the Council which he had received from Messrs. Garrick and Cowlishaw, in which they stated that with reference to the matter they had received no instructions. The property was under mortgage to the Bank of New Zealand, and it must be made a party. The letter concluded by stating that they waited further instructions. Mr. St. Hill wished to know in that case, what were they going to do for water. He was inclined to think there was something behind the scenes which the Council was not aware of. Hia Worship thought the Council was in a peculiar position, and such a contingency as had arisen was never anticipated. He thought the deed drawn up by the Borough Solicitor secured to Saunders Bros, the prior right to tho water in case of a scarcity. Mr. St. Hill thought it was just the way things were done by the Council. The water scheme had been in course of completion for some months, and the bye-laws had been hanging on for four years. Mr. Parkin was of opinion there would be no difficulty in tho matter. There was no agreement signed, and the action taken by Mr. Saunders in shutting off the water, he thought, was only to prevent more serious complications until the deed was signed. Mr. Orr suggested that a deputation wait on the Bank of New Zealand, who he thought would not oppose the action of the Council if the property was in no way damaged. Mr. Parkin considered tho Council would be perfectly justified in taking the water and accepting the responsibility. He imagined there would be no difficulty. Mr. Bullock favored the idea of a deputation waiting on tho Bank of New Zealand. If any action hid been taken in getting the water, as there was nothing in writing before the Council, the owners might sue for trespass. Sir Parkin still held to his idea on the subject. If a fire occurred during the next fortnight, perhaps through the absence of water the town might be burnt down. He was sure the ratepayers would back up the Council in the master. Mr. Crisp cautioned the Council not to act rashly. The notice which had been sent to the Council that evening placed them in a peculiar position, and if any action were taken the Council would certainly make themselves liable to an action at law. Mr - Williamson thought it had been the fault of the Council that they were in their present position iu not seeing that there was plenty of water in tho race before turning it on. Mr. Parkin hinted that perhaps some of the officers of tho Council had blundered. RESIGNATION. Mr. Edward Saunders tendered his resignation as a member of the Council consequent on his removal to another district. Mr. Bullock, in moving that the resignation be accepted, referred in very complimentary terms to Mr. Saunders’ energetic labors in the interests of the Borough. While sorry to see the letter laid before them that evening with reference to tho water supply, he thought Mr Saunders was certainly to be looked upon as being tho originator of tho scheme which was now so near completion. Mr. Parkin, in seconding the motion, thought that a letter should be written to Mr. Saunders, regretting that he had been compelled to resign, and acknowledging the very efficient services which he had rendered to the Borough while a member of the Council, such letter to be entered on the minutes. This suggestion was unanimously adopted by the Council. THE OUTFALL DRAIN. Mr. Brankin wrote complaining that the drain which the Council had made near his residence prevented his getting to and from his dwelling. Referred to the Works Committee, with power to act. LAMP-POSTS. His Worship stated that on receiving tenders from Messrs. J. R. Steele and Scott Bros, for the supply of lamp-posts, he had ordered four from the latter firm, as their offer was 15s, less than that of the former. A letter was read from the Financial Committee of the Presbyterian Church, requesting that a lamp post be erected in close proximity to that place of worship, near the railway crossing. Mr. Bullock 1 bought the Council should erect the lamp, it being a most reasonable request. Mr. Orr said it was doubtful whether any part of the town required lighting more than that in question. Mr. St. Hill objected, hut Mr. Bullock would remind the Council that the lamp was not for the ■ benefit of one place of worship, or for one individual. The place referred to was a most dangerous one, and there was a deal of traffic there. He would move that the work be gone on with. Mr. Orr seconded. Messrs. Parkin and St. Hill opposed the motion, the latter gentleman characterising the request as preposterous, in so far as laying on the gas and then asking for a lamp to be erected as well. ill-. St. Hill offered an amendment to the effect that the work be undertaken if the main service pipe is laid for it. Mr. Parkin seconded the amendment which was carried,
PLANTING. The Chairman of the County Council wrote, enclosing a letter from W. Hislop, of Tiinaru, offering to supply the Council with trees for planting purposes. THE WATER QUESTION. In answer to the Mayor, Mr. Fooka said that on Friday last when he went up to seo tho water works, he found the water laid on by Mr. Wilkie. The mill was not at work at the time, but he understood it was to iave been going shortly afterwards. He measured the water coming down on Saturday and it was about 10,000, or 11,000 gollons per hour. Mr. Fooks did not know whether the contractor had asked permission from Saunders Bros, before turning on the water. Mr. R. Friedlander considered that two many have had a finger in the pic. He considered that if Saunders Bros, had been seen before the water had been turned on they would never have seen the letter laid before them that night. He would move that Messrs. Williamson and the Mayor be a deputation to Messrs. Saunders Bros., and the mortgagees of the property to endeavor to get the matter amicably settled. If that were done, he had every confidence that the affair would not end in a lawsuit. Mr. St. Hill seconded the motion, which was carried unanimously. engineers’ report. The Engineers’ report for the fortnight was then read as follows : Water Supply. —The several contracts may now be said to be completed. There are some matters of account in the way of deductions and additions that we are now adjusting. The water was let on at the intake on Friday and Saturday, but was shut off by Mr. Saunders yesterday. There appears to ba little loss by filtration in the bottom of the race between the intake and the Domain. It will be necessary when a permanent.arrangement is completed for the supply from the race, to extend the concrete work in the form of a dam across tho race, as the bottom is scouring away fast, and thus lessening the head of water. A few chains of the channel north of the gully in Winter’s road requires a few loads of clay to strengthen the embankment, and secure it more thoroughly from the risk of overflow. Fencing at Reserve. —ln replacing the fence on the Domain boundary at the reservoir, we would suggest a fence of th same character aa that in Baring squar should be put up, with several posts a' the angle of West and Wills streets, of a width apart sufficient to keep out cattle and horses. The length required is about four chains. Outfall Drain. —According to instructions we have estimated the cost of a covered drain in different materials. The size of the timber drain would be 3ft. x Ift. lOia. internal measurement; and that of the brick and concrete sewers being of a permanent character, would be of about double that capacity. In either case we have calculated the length from Havelock street to the terrace by the Cemetery, and about 2ft. Gin. deeper than the present drain. The following are the estimated prices : Timber drain 2ft. square, including lowering and enlarging present culverts, excavation, and filling in gullies and gratings, &c., 28 chains, at •••. £364 Concrete 6in. thick, a 6 chains at j£34 lOs 966 Composite Brickwork and Concrete, 28 chains at I Os. ... ... ... 1050 Brickwork, 9111. thick, 28 chains at £5 1400 Immigration Cottages. —Mr. Lyons has completed his contract for repairs to the cottage on tho north-west Belt. The overseer requests us to report that a cottage on the south-east Belt is in tho same dilapidated condition as the one reported at last meeting of the Council. Shingling. —The contractor has commenced delivering shingle in East street, and has completed the quantity required in Baring Square. The Labor Gang has been engaged in various work, taking up old korbing, making and fixing culverts, stacking and spreading shingle, and fencing north side of the outfall drain with old material, &c. The deduction has been made in the men’s wages, according to the Council’s instructions. FENCING. The recommendation of the Borough Engineers with reference to fencing the reserve was ordered to be left with the Works Committee with power to act, on tho understanding that the Domain Bor.rd contribute half the amount. IMMIGRATION COTTAGES. The motion referred to in the Engineers’ report concerning the immigration cottages was left in the hands of the Works Committee, Councillor St. Hill suggesting that it was possible someone else wanted a cheap cottage. TANKS. Mr. Bullock suggested that as the water had now been brought into the town, a few concrete tanks should bo erected on the reserves, so as to be handy in case of fire. Mr. St. Hill thought that one tank should be put at the back door of every merchant. A number of sand bags provided would be far more reasonable than the tanks. Mr. Parkin was proceeding to speak, when his Worship called his attention to the fact that there was nothing before the meeting, and the matter dropped ; not, however, before Mr. Parkin had reminded the Mayor that ho had allowed the matter to bo brought on without checking discussion. THE VACANCY. The retiring officer was ordered to make arrangements with reference to the election of a councillor in the place of Mr. E. Saunders resigned. ACCOUNTS ■ to the amount of L9O 13s. Gd. and pay sheet L 26 13s. 9d. were passed for payment. RESIDENT MAGISTRATE’S COURT. 1 • Saturday, June 26. (Before Mr. F. Guinness, R.M., and Dr. Trevor.) W. H. Whitson, compositor, was charged with obtaining money under false pretences from Mr. Samuel Lucas, boarding-house-keeper. It appeared from tho evidence that 'Watson had given to Lucas as security for a loan of 30s. some pictures owned by accused, but which had been impounded for a drink account at the Central. After hearing a good deal of evidence, his Worship dismissed the case, but disallowed costs. MORE SCUM. ; Caroline McCann, charged with being a vagrant, appeared before the bar, with two little children, about the ages of two and four. Constable .Warring deponed—l arrested the accused yesterday about three p.m. Accused lives at a brothel commonly known as the lean-to. I have frequently visited the place. I have always seen the accused there with several prostitutes and a number of men. Each time I visited the house, I saw prostitutes there. I went to the house with Mrs. McCann yesterday in a cab to get some tilings which she required. | By the Bench—l know the girls Who were at the lean-to as prostitutes, having seen them at another brothel. Sirs. McCann remarked to me yesterday that she did not care if their Worships gave her twelve months, she would come back again and keep a bad house. j By accused—l have never seen iyou partially undressed or in a state of drunkenness. ’ Sergeant Felton deponed that lief had known accused for about three years. When she first came to Ashburtonf she lived in a wretched little tent iuj the
river bed, which was a resort for men for immoral purposes. Since then she has lived at the lean-to, and I have never known her do any work. The lean-to has been a resort for men for immoral purposes. Complaints have frequently been made by neighbors. Last May, in consequence of complaints made, the accused was prosecuted and discharged with a caution for keeping a disorderly house. Told accused yesterday that I should arrest her, and she asked me to let her alone until “ Charlie ” came out of gaol, so that the house might be looked after while she was in gaol. She asked me not to send the children to Burnham as she had two other children there, and she had enough money to keep the two children present very comfortable. The accused has always kept her children very respectable, and they always look healthy and well-cared for.
By the Bench The lean -to has always been complained of, and it is a fact that property in the neighborhood has depreciated in value, and heads of families have been unable to leave their wives alone, in consequence of being frightened at what was going on at the lean-to. Accused, in answer to the Bench acknowledged to being the owner of the lean-to.
Constable Neill knew accused ; she lives at the brothel. She always seems to take an interested part in the proceedings going on there. Prostitutes live at the lean-to. On one occasion when I went there, Charles Ryal was there, but no other man. The two children now in Court were playing about. On the 16th of this month, I visited the house. There were three prostitutes there besides Mrs. McCann. There -were also a couple of cabdrivors there. Accused said she would leave Ashburton in a week if she were let off, but the Bench would not entertain the application, and sentenced her to three months’ imprisonment, with hard labor. Two children belonging to the woman McCann, aged respectively four and two years, were then brought up, under the Neglected and Criminal Children Act, their Worships ordering them to be sent to the Burnham Reformatory for eight years. His Worship asked Mrs. McCann what religion she wished the children to be brought up in. Mrs. McCann —Oh, Protestant. His Worship—There are many forms of the Protestant faith, which do you prefer. Mrs. McCann (hesitatingly)—Oh ! Wesleyan.
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