The Ashburton Guardian, COUNTY AGRICULTURAL & SPORTING RECORDER SATURDAY, JULY 3, 1880.
Postal.— Mails for Australian colonies, per Albion, close at Hokitika this evening at 7 o’clock. Cement.— The Borough Engineers invite tenders for the supply of from 50 to 100 casks of cement. Planting. —ln another column the County Engineer invites tenders for planting willows in the Ashburton Porks District. Drunk.: —At the R. M. Court yesterday morning, before Mr. F. Guinness, Henry Dudley, charged with being drunk and disorderly, did not answer to his hail, and was fined 20s. County Hospital Additions. —The tender of Messrs. Baker and Brown was accepted yesterday by the County Council for extra buildings in connection with the Hospital, and Mr. Jenkins’ tender was also accepted for fencing. Unclaimed Letters. —The following is a list of letters from places beyond the colony received at the Ashburton Postoffice during the month of May and remaining unclaimed on Ist July, 1880 : Bishop, James ; Collins, Patrick; Coles, W. ; Ryan, Richard. Tlie Christy’s.— To-night the Amateur Christy Minstrels are am oicce l to give another of their entertaining cuiicoris in the Town Hall, when an entire change of programme will be placed to’ore the audience. Change of Proprietary.— lt will be observed from a notice in another column that Mr. George Willcockg has transferred his coach business to Mr. Thomas Cotton. Tom is well known as an expert driver, and has piloted the Longbeach coach for some time past. We wish him every success in his venture. Courtenay. —Presbyterians in the Ashburton district will be glad to hear that the Rev. H. B. Burnett’s charge of Kimberly, Halkett, and Weedon is making great progress. A bazaar, &c., in aid of the manse fund, held in the Orange Hall, Courtenay, last week, realised about Ll2O, a sum which almost wipes off the debt on Mr. Burnett’s manse. The Channelling. —The recent ffrost to some extent interfered with Mr. Bradley’s progress on Ins contract for concrete channelling, and the wet weather that followed also caused some hindrance to the work. But we notice he has essayed the channelling of Burnett street, and we hope soon to record the agreeable fact that the curse has been repealed under which life in Burnett street has been dragged out. The Illegal Roll. —The Under-Secre-tary has informed the Wakanui Road Board that the law officers of the Crown have come to the conclusion that the Governor has no power to interfere in the matter of the rate roll. Such being the case, wc presume, the Board will be at the mercy of the ratepayers for the next twelve months, as it will have no power to enforce the rates. It is to be hoped the number of those who will take what can only be termed as a mean advantage of the Board will be a very small proportion of the ratepayers. Conthmptof Court. —At theß. M. Court yesterday afternoon, Mr. Purnell, while conducting a case, declined to obey his Worship’s" order to sit down, and after some words his Worship sentenced him to seven days in prison for contempt of Court An hour afterwards, however, yielding to the advice and counsel of friends, Mr. Purnell came back to Court, and tendered a qualified apology, which was accepted by his Worship, and Mr. Purnell was discharged from custody. A full account of the matter will be found ift . ou.-. ul the R.M. Court, which- - -nrit-till IIO;n ly STXTTCTUCTC; £IOOO Damages. —Mr. C. R. Leadlcy, of Prebbleton, who made a claim some time since against the Wakanui Road Board for alleged damages to his property sustained through the action of the Board in cutting a drain near his property, which claim the Board ridiculed at the time, is apparently in earnest, and a big law case is looming in the future. The Wakanui Road Board had a letter before it on Thursday from Mr. Leadley, in which that gentleman stated that as the Board had refused to meet him in the matter, he had no alternative but to refer the matter to arbitration, and after naming the gentlemen whom he had appointed as arbitrator, Mr. Leadley stated that the affidavit would be filed in the Supreme Court in due course. It was decided to refer the matter to Messrs. Branson and Purnell. Judgment. —At the R.M. Court yesterday morning his Worship gave judgment in the case of O’Neill v. Jones and Bradshaw, in which plaintiff sought to recover Ll 5 for damages sustained through the negligence of defendants, by which a number of sacks of chaff were destroyed by fire. The evidence was given on Tuesday last, and appcai'ed in these columns. His Worship—said-ihnt he had carefully ' "considered the merits of the case, and had come to the. oonoluoiuu chat the weight of evidence was in favor of the plaintiff, for whom judgment would be given with costs LI His. Mr. O’Reilly gave notice of appeal, but his Worship would not entertain the application. Encouraging. —lt is very pleasing to notice that, in spite of the disparaging statements which outsiders make regarding the business prospects of Ashburton, that enterprising individuals are still found who feel that the palmy days of our little township are not altogether a thing of the past. Mr. I. Montague, of Christchurch, evidently shares this opinion, and with a view to testing the grounds of his feeling on the matter, has taken one of the commodious shops recently erected by Mr. J. Fowler, where, to-day, Mr. Montague is going to astonish the natives by such a show of fancy goods as has never yet been seen in the township before. A shilling (able, loaded with articles, both useful and ornamental, is to bo a special feature, and Mr. Montague calculates by the very varied assortment of novelties on this table to meet the taste both of young and old, grave and gay. A Spree. —Tyson Hodgson was charged before his Worship yesterday morning with being drunk and creating a disturbance in the Central Hotel, Ashburton, on the 12th June. Joseph Baldwin and William Beyliss were called by the police for the prosecution, but neither of them put in an appearance. Sergeant Felton wished lus Worship to put on record the fact that Mr. Baldwin was tiro licensee of the hotel in which the alleged disturbance took place and, as he had neglected to appear when subpooned, he (the Sergeant) should certainly make reference to the matter at the next sitting of the Licensing Court. His Worship ordered a warrant to be issued for the appearance to-day of the two witnesses, to which time the case would he adjourned. Edwin Thomas, wlio it was alleged was also a participator in the disturbance, was charged with the same offence. Mr. Purnell asked that the case against Mr. Thomas he postponed for a week as his client had been called away to Rangiora, a death having occurred in his family. The case was adjourned to Friday, 9th July. Suspicious Fire. —On Thursday a cottage, six miles from Napier, took fire, but the neighbors put out the flames. One room was found to be saturated with kerosene, and this, in connection with the fact that the insurance policy is only a mouth old, does not look well.
Diphtheria. —Several cases of diphtheria are reported at Kaiapoi. Supreme Court. —The criminal sessions of the Supreme Court, Christchurch, open on Monday next. Tb White —Te Whetu, secretary to the prophet Te Whiii, has paid a formal visit to the camp of Colonel Roberts. Masonic. — V Mark Master’s Lodge, under the Scotch constitution, was opened in Lyttelton on Thursday, the Rev. J. Hill being chosen first master. Melbourne International Exhibition. —Exhibitors are requested to forward their goods to Messrs. Jameson’s store, corner of Cashel and Manchester streets, which has been kindly placed at the disposal of the local committee for the temporary reception of exhibits. All exhibits will be forwarded to Melbourne free of cost by the Tararua, leaving Lyttelton on the 20th inst. A New Lighting Invention. —One of the late inventions in domestic economy is the non-explosive kerosene powder, introduced to Canterbury by the agent of Professor Howitz, the patentee. It is claimed for this compound that by its use “ a brighter light is obtained, less oil consumed, and danger a matter of impossibility,” and no smell arises from the oil where the non-explosive powder is used. Directions for use accompany each packet. A Bump Prevented. Captain Dick, of the schooner Endeavor, which arrived at Wellington from Oamaru on Thursday, states that he narrowly escaped running down a steamer (supposed' to be the Stella) off Wellington Heads this morning. The Endeavor was standing towards Sinclair Heads with a strong breeze, when Captain Dick alleges the steamer attempted to cross his bows. The schooner was brought up in the wind, and a collision averted. The Property Tax. —A public meeting on the subject of the property tax was held on Thursday evening in the Christchurch Oddfellow’s Hall. There was a large attendance, and the meeting was addressed by several of the leading citizens —the Mayor presiding. After a lengthy discussion, resolutions in favor of a land or income tax being substituted for a property tax were passed, and also the imposition of a tax on wool. The resolutions will be forwarded to the city members for presentation to Parliament. Another Royal Commission. The Post understands that is the intention of the Government to appoint a Royal Commission to report on the Supreme Court system and practice, with a view to the simplification and cheapening of legal procedure. It is believed that the Commission will comprise the five Judges of the Supremo Court, District Court Judges, Attorney and Solicitor-Generals, two Resident Magistrates, and six barristers of the Court, two to be appointed by the Government, and the other four chosen by the Law Societies of Auckland, Wclington, Christchurch, and Dunedin.