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Notice to Correspondents. —“ Country Subscriber’s” letter will appear in full on Saturday. Elgin School. —The opening of the Elgin School is to be celebrated by an entertainment to be given in the schoolbuilding on Monday, July 19, and very thorough preparations are being made by the Committee for the occasion. Mr. Jqhn Grigg’s Paper. —As several misprints occurred in our report of Mr. Grigg’s paper, read before the Agricultural and Pastoral Association, we give a corrected reprint of the paper with this issue. Drunk. —At the R.ivl. Court on Tuesday, a first offender was filled the usual ss. Constable Rouse also brought up a man from Rakaia who had been drunk in a railway carriage, and this individual, being also before his ’Worship for the first time° escaped with the light penalty of 10s. New Drapery Firm. —We learn that Messrs. Smith and Black, a firm from Wellington, are to open the largo premises "recently occupied by Mr. F. Doherty. Their opening announcement will appear in our next issue, and should I lie support they receive be solid enough, their establishment will doubtless be permanent. The Christys’ Entertainment. —The very wet night interfered with the attendance at the Christys’ entertainment on Tuesday, and though the was given it was only with a view to keep faith with the audience, which numbered nearly a hundred. The programme will bo very materially altered and improved, and another entertainment will be given on Saturday night. The Vacancy in the Council. —We understand that Messrs. Alfred Harrison and Thomas Quill have been asked by different parties to stand for the vacancy in the Council, caused by the resignation of Mr. Edward Saunders, and have consented, so that there will be no lack of interest if they should go to the poll. Other names mentioned as those of suitable gentlemen are Messrs. Ward, Poyntz, Boyle, and Compton. The Weather. —Ours has not been the only district that has been visited with a heavy shower this week, for we find that up at the Waimato Junction the railway yard was under water, which had also extended to the covered portion of the main line. No damage of_ importance was done, and the running of the trains was not materially interfered with. The Brindisi Mail. —Mails for the United Kingdom, via Brindisi, will close at Ashburton this (Thursday) morning, at 10.15 for despatch per express train, to connect with the Ringarooma, at the Bluff. Late fee letters may be posted in the mail van up to the time of its departure for the South. Correspondence for this route must be so addressed, and must bear the Brindisi rate of postage —Bd. per half-ounce. Custom. —In the case of Poyntz and Co., v. Brankin, heard at the Court on Tuesday, evidence was brought by the plaintiffs, for the purpose of proving their case, as to what were the usages of trade circles in the matter. Mr. Branson ridiculed this evidence as being inadmissible, stating that the colony was not old enough yet for actions in Courts of law to be decided by custom. The people of the colony recognized no customs, beyond “customs duties!” His Worship in giving judgment coincided with the learned gentleman, remarking that the way in which business was carried on in the colony was certainly ruled by no rocovnized usages, a stats of things which lie had- very good grounds for knowing, much' to Lis regret. " Evidently his Worship at some time or another hits been victimised.

The Oddfellows’ Ball, —The Ball Committee held a meeting on Monday evening and-appointed their sub-commit-tees for the night of the 'pall, every man having his post of duty allotted to him, so as to have no hitch or clash of any kind after the ball commences. Bro. G. F. Scott will be master of ceremonies, the oilier members taking charge of the refreshment-room, card-room, retiringroom, doors, &c., so that no part of the building will be without an attendant. The members of the Committee will be distinguished by a blue and white rosette worn on the right breast. It was also decided to open the ball with the beautiful and imposing opening ceremony of the Order —viz., marching beneath a canopy composed of the dispensation of the Lodge, cross swords, cross wands, etc. Members of the Order are particularly requested to bo present at 9 o’clock sharp, to take part in this ceremony, and non-members may also witness what is not often seen outside the Lodge Room. The Committee seem determined to make the forthcoming ball a success. Science. —The Auckland Board of Education have established a science class for teachers. The Unemployed.— One hundred and fifty unemployed men in Wellington are tc petition Parliament for work. The San Francisco Mail. —The mail steamer Zeahxndia arrived at Auckland on Monday, and sailed for Sydney at six in the evening. In coming alongside she bumped, but did little damage. The Waimatb Plains. —In the House of Representatives last night, Government said that land was being surveyed on the Waimato Plains, and it was hoped that it would be ready for sale on an early date. Stayed off. — When the question of voting L4OO as a salary to the Mayor of Dunedin came on for discussion on Tuesday, by the City Council, an adjournment for ten minutes took place. When the meeting re-assembled there was not a quorum. Licensing. —The brewers and merchants of Auckland are sending a delegate to Wellington to protest against the refusal by the Thames Licensing Bench of certain licenses. The delegate carries with him a petition to Parliament on the subject. The Badly-made Waggons. —ln the House last night, the Minister for Public Works read a memorandum absolutely contradicting the statement in the report of the Civil Service Commission about the faulty construction of the railway waggons in Dunedin. The Census. —lt may not bo generally known, says the Southland Times, that the Census Bill, introduced by the Hon. Mr. Dick, will provide for the census of New Zealand being taken on April 3, 1881, in consequence of an arrangement between the colonies and other possessions of Great Britain and the Home authorities to take on the same day a census of the entire population of the British Empire. The Oamaru Waterworks. —The Oamaru waterworks are a great success. Mr. Burt’s patent water engine was driven with 801bs pressure to the square inch at a rate of 100 revolutions per minute. The pipes in the street were charged with a pressure sufficient to send water over the highest building in the town, although the reservoir was not nearly full. The works are of the most substantial kind, but the first estimate of the cost is somewhat exceeded. A Hint to Speculators in Hotel Property. —At an adjourned meeting of the Oamaru Licensing Bench held on Tuesday, four of the local clergymen handed in a protest against granting any fresh publicans’ licenses in the town. One of the clergymen also read a memorial from the Good Templars on the same subject and to the same effect. The Chairman of the Licensing Court said that because handsome edifices were erected, it should not be taken for granted that licenses would be issued ; the public interest had to be served, and speculators must take the consequence of a license being refused. The Com t would be guided by what it considered the best for the public welfare. The Right Direction. - From a Dunedin telegram we learn that a most extensive gathering of gentlemen connected with mercantile and agricultural pursuits took place on Tuesday, at the homestead of Mr. James Shaud, West Taieri, for the purpose of inaugurating the opening of an extensive live stock trade with Dunedin. Mr. Donald Reid occupied the chair, and spoke in eulogistic terms of the enterprise shown by Mr. Shaud. Extensive abattoirs of concrete have been built, and there was a splendid show of stall fed cattle. In the course of some of the more important speeches indications were given that the Bcll-Coleman process of freezing meat would in all probability be shortly taken up in Otago with energy. Murder. —The New York Herald remarks that, “The spring opening in the murder line is decidedly lively,” and nobody would (says Truth ) bo disposed to cavil at the statement after reading a single day’s tragedies. In a southern town several rowdies entered a bar and assaulted a policeman, who shot one dead and wounded another. At St. Nicholas a waiter shot dead a commercial traveller who found fault with the quality of the eggs supplied for bis breakfast. At S! aughtcrvillc, Kentucky, the marshal having been threatened with death by a citizen, who considered himself wronged by that official, went to the house of his enemy and shot him dead ; and the same fate befel a man engaged in a strike ; while a colored boy of fourteen cut the throat of a colored girl because she refused to get up to find him a pen. Pretty well, this for one day ! The Tay Bridge. —Contrary to expectation, several more bodies of the Tay Bridge disaster have been discovered since I last wrote. Two of them were found floating near the scene of the accident, a third was arrested by a salmon net near St. Andrews, while a fourth was picked up as far away as Ulbster, in Caithness. In every case identification of the remains, which had been three months and a half in the water, was effected by means of the clothing of the deceased, and the contents of their Dockets. More of the wreck, both of the bridge and the train, has been recovered, including the engine andtender. The latter was quite uninjured, and the former, but for some slight damage it received in the operation of lifting it and conveying it to the shore, is said to have been in good enough order to travel back by itself to Cowlairs, whither it was sent to be completely re-habilitated. The inquiry into the accident has been going on since April 19, but as it is being held in London, it is beyond my province to write further regarding it. Suffice it to say, that in Scotland the evidence given from day to day is being read with close interest, in spite of its very technical character. It is felt that upon the result of this inquiry depends the future of the restored Tay Bridge, as well as that of the Forth Bridge, now being slowly proceeded with ; while upon the satisfactory completion of those two structures there depends to a great extent the industrial prosperity of the most important districts in the east of Scotland. —Edinburgh Correspondent. “ What made you quit the East ? ” said a man in Nevada to a new comer. “ I got into trouble by marrying two wives,” was the response. ‘ ‘ Well,” said the oilier, “'I came out here because I got into trouble by marrying only one wire.” “ And I,” added a bystander, “ came here because I got into trouble simply by promising to marry one.”

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 120, 1 July 1880

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Untitled Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 120, 1 July 1880