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The Ashburton Guardian, COUNTY AGRICULTURAL & SPORTING RECORDER THURSDAY, JULY 8, 1880.

Alleged Larceny of a Gon. —Before his Worship on Tuesday morning, William Arthur appeared in answer to a charge laid against him, of larceny as a bailee. Sergeant Felton asked for a remand, as he was not yet in a position to proceed with the case. Accused • was accordingly remanded until Friday next. Wandering Cattle. —At the R.M. Court on Tuesday William Tasker, for allowing a cow to wander at large, was fined ss.—H. J. Edwards, for permitting a horse to be at large on the public streets, was fined 205., and a distress warrant for the amount was ordered to be issued forthwith. Drunkenness. —At the R.M. Court on Tuesday, Hugh Smith, charged with being drunk while in charge of a horse, did not appear when called on, and was fined 20a • John Litheroe, for being drunk at the railway station, pled guilty, and was let off with the small penalty of ss. ■' A. Contested Election. —Mr. Alfred Harrison is not to have a walk-over for the vacant Borough seat. Mr. Thomas Quill, in response to a numerously signed requisition, announces his intention of standing for the honorable position. We hope to see and hear both candidates on the stage to give an exposition of their ideas shortly. Sudden Death. — A woman named Walsh, residing near Saunders’ mill, was ' found dead in her bed on Tuesday lying beside her husband, John Walsh, the latter being in a state of intoxication. A man named Michael Murphy, who resides on the premises, gave information of the fact to Constable Neil, who, instructed by Sergeant Felton, proceeded to the house and arrested Walsh on a charge of manslaughter. An inquest is to be held today at one o’clock, at Quill’s Hotel, when the whole particulars of the case will be brought out. Absent Offenders. —Sergeant Felton took occasion, at the Court on Tuesday, to draw his Worship’s attention to the fact that parties who were prosecuted by the police for minor offences were in the habit of neglecting to attend in answer to the charges, leaving it to the police to prosecute and collect the fines. Very trifling excuses were frequently made for non-attcndance, and, as the system was open to much abuse ifallowed to go on unchecked, the Sergeant hoped his Worship would express his disapproval of such conduct. Mr. Guinness said that in future in cases where trivial excuses were put in for non-attendance, he should issue warrants for the appearance of the offenders, and in the cases of this kind he should inflict heavier fines than usual. A Sign of the Times.— During the sitting of the R. M. Court on Tuesday, a charge of vagrancy was preferred against a man named William Addison. Sergeant Felton stated that the man came to the police station on Monday in a deplorable state, being wet, cold, and apparently very hungry. He asked to be locked up, as he had nowhere to go for the night. The Sergeant said he had given him a bed and made him some hot tea, which, with bread and butter, he had devoured most ravenously. Sergeant Felton said there was nothing known against the man, and under the circumstances, would ask that the accused be remanded so as to allow the police to make inquiries regarding him. In reply to the Bench, Addison stated he had been wandering all over the country in search of work, and had travelled on foot from Dunedin to Ashburton, but his efforts to obtain work were without avail. His Worship remanded the man for a week in accordance with Sergeant Felton’s request. ‘ The Fire Brigade. —The usual monthly meeting of this Brigade was held on Tuesday at the Borough Chambers, nearly all the members being present. The Treasurer reported the balance in the Bank as Ll 6 Gs. 2d. Correspondence • was read from Superintendent Harris, Christchurch, and Messrs. Cuff and Graham. A copy of the Fire Brigade ' Bill now before Parliament, was received from E. C. J. Stevens, Esq., M.H.R. It ; was resolved that the Secretary write to 'the Borough Council

A Big Cheque.— -Yesterday the Upper Ashburton Road Board’s cheque for L 2,000, half cost of Digby’s Bridge, was paid to the County Council. Change of Meeting Day.— The Upper Ashburton Road Board meeting day has been changed from the first Tuesday in every month to the last Monday. Horticultural Society. A meeting of the members • of the Horticultural Society was held at Messrs. Jacobson and Ey ton’s office on Tuesday night. There was a good attendance, and Mr. Stephenson was i voted to the chair. Sundry accounts were passed for payment, after which Mr. Jacobson read a paper on “ The Pleasures and Benefits of Gardening. ” The paper was very ably compiled, and elicited a large amount of discussion. A vote of thanks was passed to Mr. Jacobson, and he was requested to allow his paper to be printed, which he consented to do. Mr. Broomfield will read a paper on “ Cucumbers ” at the next monthly meeting of the Society, to be held on the first Tuesday in August. Rakaia School Committee. —The usual monthly meeting of the South Rakaia School Committee was held on Tuesday last. Present—Messrs. C. Tucker (Chairman), W. Hartnall, A. Makeig, and W. Cox. The master’s report was read and considered. It was resolved that the Board of Education bs applied to for a sum of money for the purchase of a pump for the well., at the master’s house. On the question of appointing a pupil teacher, it was resolved that the Chairman apply to the master for a return of all the children under fdnr ■ years of age attending the school, the’Chairman to report to a special meeting of the Committee for the purpose. Several accounts were passed for payment, and the Committee adjourned. Raikes Centenary. —The local Sunday school workers, conbined with others who sympathize with the praiseworthy efforts put forth every Sabbath for the moral and religious training of our young people, intend next Sunday to commemorate the centenary of the establishment of the ’ Sunday school institution by a united gathering of the scholars and teachers in , the Town Hall. The children will meet at their various schools at two o’clock, so as to arrive at the Hall by 2.30. The meeting will be addressed by the Revs. 1 Beattie, Smith, and Keall, and appropriate hymns will be sung at intervals. The public are invited to attend, and it is expected a most successful meeting will take place, as the promoters are very ; enthusiastic over the matter. To-morrow : evening at six o’clock, the teachers of the various Sunday schools will take tea in the Cameron street Church, after which, the evening will be spent in conversation on matters relating to Sunday schools, t and in devotional evercises. Similar celei brations have been held in various parts of the colony recently, with very great success, and it is to be hoped the modest attempt made by the local institutions to keep green the memory of the recognised founder of Sunday schools Robert Raikes—will be equally gratifying. Entertainment. —The first of a series > of winter evening enter!ainments under i the auspices of the Library Committee, > took place last night in the Town Hall,! and was fairly attended, although, coni eidering the very small price for admission, i we were much surprised at not seeing the! r building well filled. Mr. J. Ward, President of the Library, occupied the chair, and in a rather lengthy speech detailed the financial difficulties with which the institution was embarrassed, the means to * be adopted to relieve it from such an un- ’ desirable position, and the claims which [ the Library had on the community. The entertainment opened with an overture on the piano by Miss Gates, followed by a humorous reading from Mr. Poyntz. i Mr Branson and Mr. H. Gates each con- ; tributed a song, both gentlemen being called on for an encore. The Rev. Mr. . Hands followed with a reading— Mrer" Eyton succeeding with a song. After Mr. St. Hill had provoked the risibilities of the audience with a jocular reading, the chairman called upon Mr. Harrison for a song, characterising him as the “ coming man.” Mr. Harrison’s song was followed by a reading by the Rev. W. Keall, and songs by Mr. Gates and Miss Guinness. Mr. Guinness read “ Mickey Free’s ” interview with the editor, which took immensely with the hearers, and Mr. Branson then rendered another song in his usual firstclass style. Mr. H. C. Jacobsen gave a splendid recitation—“ Room for the Leper ” —and the entertainment concluded with Mr. Harrison giving his ev.er-popular son— ‘ ‘ Nothing Else to Do. ” Lie el. —A writ has been served on the Southland News for LI,OOO damages for certain libellous statements regarding the character of a house. Mark Masons. —A lodge of Mark Master Masons—Zealandia Marine, No. 261, under the constitution of the G. Mark Lodge of England and Wales is to be opened shortly at Dnnedin. I Infanticide. —At the Supreme Court, Christchurch, on Tuesday, Jane Matthews was found guilty on a charge of infanticide, and sentenced to two years imprison-1 ment. I The Alford Forest Sheep Stealing! Case. —A true bill has been found by the I Grand Jury at the Christchurch Supreme I Court, against Benjamin Corry in the I charge laid against him of stealing sheep I off the Alford run. I The Unemployed. —Ninety-three of I the unemployed in Christchurch yesterday I signed applications for work, and will be I be cent away to the Albury railway works and Weka Pass. Government purpose commencing a section of the Waimakariri Gorge railway to provide work for more unemployed if required. Supposed Wreck. —Yesterday morning, the following telegram from Akaroa was received by the Lyttelton Harbor Master. —“A vessel lost inside Akaroa harbor, loaded with timber. Dingy found, and recognised as belonging to the Jane Hannah, from Catlin’s River to Lyttelton. Please inform agents. The above information is forwarded to her owners, Messrs. Guthrie and Larnach, Dunedin.” The Jane Hannah was a ketch of 52 tons. The Methven Line Flooded. —Our Rakaia correspondent writes ; The heavy rain which has fallen during last night and yesterday has flooded the Methven line near the Cairnbrae station so much that it is not known whether the line there has been damaged or not ; there is quite two feet of water on that part of the line. The train did not leave Methven this morning, but the guard rode into Rakaia. “Wicked Marks.” —The adjourned case against Henry Marks, fruiterer, for I having, on Sunday, the 10th June, sold a I quantity of fruit, the same not being a. I work of necessity or charity, came oil for I hearing at the Christchurch R.M. Court j yesterday. The fact of selling, &c., I being admitted by defendant’s counsel, I the prosecution did not produce witnesses, I and the solicitor for the defendant had I merely to bring before the Bench the I legal argrthugs bearing I Finally

, Coming Back. —Mr. H. Bastings, at the 4th of July celebration in Dunedin on Saturday night, said he probably would re-enter the political arena at the next general election. It is rumored Mr Stout will follow suit. Amateurs in Trouble. — A demand has been served by Mr. Gillon, agent for the Dramatic Author’s Seciety, for the proceeds of a concert given at Napier on Wednesday oh behalf of the hospital funds. The total amount was over L 65. The ground of the demand is that MrCross, secretary to the entertaiment, dm not send the author’s fee in advance for one farce played, although warned. » public subscription is being raised to defend the action. Died Laughing. -r-Thomas Connelly, a barber, thirty-eight years old, of No. 52 Roosevelt street, went home a few days 1 ago from the Charity Hospital on Black-1 well’s Island, where he had been confined with a broken leg, which had to be amputated above the knee. He left against the wishes of the doctors, who desired him to remain until he was well. In honor of his return a private entertainment was given in his apartment, only a few intimate friends being invited. At seven o’clock sharp, on Wednesday evening, the performance began. ■ Songs were sung and toasts drunk. The invalid’s stepson then volunteered to dance a jig. The performance pleased Connelly, who burst out a laughing. Then suddenly, without a moment’s warning, the deceased fell off his chair and expired, bleeding from his mouth. An autopsy showed.that Connelly came to his death by rupturing'the aneurism of the aorta. — N. Y. Herald,

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The Ashburton Guardian, COUNTY AGRICULTURAL & SPORTING RECORDER THURSDAY, JULY 8, 1880. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 123, 8 July 1880

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