The Sunday School Centenary. —An extended report is held over till next issue.
Closed. —lt is notified by the Secretary of Telegraphs, that the telegraph station at Leithfield will be closed on and after Ist August next. The San Francisco Mail. —Mails for the United Kingdom etc., via San Francisco, will close at Ashburton on Saturday, the 17th inst., at 9 a. m. Money orders to go by this opportunity may be taken out the previous day, up to 4 p. m.
Montague’s Bazaar. —Mr. I. Mon-
tague desires us to state that his visit to Ashburton is only for a limited period, and those of our readers anxious to obtain articles from his very large and varied stock would do well not to delay in visiting the fancy fair. Catholic Chapel, Ashburton.— The The monthly services at this chapel will in future be held on the second instead of the third Sunday of the month. Last Sunday was the first of the change, and there was a large congregation, Father Chewier celebrating mass. “The Lost Ship.” —The Amateur Dramatic Club gwe their second representation of ‘•' The Lost Ship ” on Saturday night. There was a fair attendance, and a great improvement, as we expected, on the running of the piece. The pauses between the scenes were considerably shorter, and altogether things went well. The orchestra was full and effective, and throughout the evening the applause giver, was frequent and hearty.
Waggon Accident. —On Saturday night while waggoner Spencer was driving across the river, above the bridge, from McLean’s station, his waggon got into one of the washed out holes by the piers. The current was exceptionally strong, and upset the waggon, which, fortunately was unloaded. Spencer unyoked the team, and saved the horses from injury. It was too late to do anything that night with the waggon, and it was left there till daylight.
Special. —Owing to the present enormous demand forthe Wanzor’s Improved Sewing Machines in Dunedin and throughout the colony, and anticipating that the present large stock will soon be disposed of, Mr. A. B. Sidford has this day sent the undermentioned Telegram for 300 Machines ; [Copy.] Telegi’aph Office, Dunedin, July 3,1880. Received from Mr. A. B, Sidford, 4 Royal Arcade, Dunedin, the sum of £3 14s. sterling, being the cost of telegram sent this day to Messrs. R. M. Wanzer and Co., America, for 300 Wanzer’s Improved Sewing Machines. —(Signed) A. J. Yincent, C.C. (Pro Telegraph Office). — Advt.
Auction Sale To-Day. — We would call our readers’ attention to the sale to-day, by Messrs. Acland, Campbell, and Co., of one of the best properties in the district, the farm of Mr. T. H. Taylor, Wakanui Road. Mr. Taylor has always been known as a careful, painstaking man who knew his business, and the stock and implements to be offered for sale to-day are such as might be expected a man like Mr. Taylor would own. Everything is of superior quality, well kept, and in applepie order. Farmers and others wanting a good thing will find this a good opportunity for purchasing either stock or implements. Besides there is no reserve.
Vagrancy.— At the R.M. Court on Saturday, before Mr. Guinness, Hugh Miller was charged with being drunk and disorderly. Prisoner admitted the offence, and was fined ss, A charge of vagrancy was also preferred, Constable Farmer stating that he had found the accused in a blacksmith’s shop, belonging to Mr. H. J. Edwards. Sergeant Felton drew his Worship’s attention to the fact that complaints were frequently being made of men sleeping in empty houses, and as most of them were in the habit of smoking, there was a danger of fires taking place. Miller stated that until recently he had been in employment, and was willing to work if he could only get it to do. He was without money, and begged his Worship to be lenient with Mm. Mr. Guinness, after remarking that accused seemed to have sufficient money wherewith to get drunk, dismissed the culprit with a caution.
The Giving or Work. — A correspondent writes, complaining that the Borough Council do not share what work they have to give amongst the married men who are out of employ. He points out that whenever the Council has any work to do it is shared amongst a select few, while numerous other married men, who are equally capable and industrious, never get a‘ ‘ show. ” He suggests that a change in the employees should take place every month, and by this, means some would have a fair chance of earning bread. All are ratepayers, he says, and all ought to bear a portion of the burden during these depressed times. Accident at Rakaia. Yesterday, while Mr. Henry Crooks, farmer, Rakaia, was attending to a wild young cow, she suddenly rushed him, catching him on the left eye with her horn. The whole cf the lower eyelid was ripped up, and the eye itself had a very narrow escape from being completely gouged out. Mr. Crooks had such attention given to the wound as is available in Rakaia, where no medical man has yet taken up his quarters* and then with the first train proceeded to Ashburton, where Dr. Stewart stitched up the wound.
Ashburton-Mount Somers Railway, —ln the Legislative Council on June 25. the. Hon. Mr, Peter moved that there be laid upon the table a plan of the deviation lately surveyed on the Ashburton and Mount Somers line, for which tenders were advertised on the sth May, and then withdrawn; also, by whose authority such deviation was surveyed, and all correspondence or; telegrams relating to the same. The Hon. Mr. Whitaker said there was no objection whatever to this motion, A plan showing the different lines was being prepared, and would be readyin a day or two. The motion was agreed to.
Runaways. —There must he something unpleasant about ’ the management of the Kohiraarama Naval Training School, for we find that another five lads bolted from it, on Sunday. They were captured by the police, but attempts at escape from this school are very frequent.
Courage Recognised. - The Colonial and Victorian Insurance offices have presented Captain Johnson, of the steamer Grafton, with a gold albert chain, in recognition of that gentleman’s brave conduct when the steamer was in a dangerous position off the West Coast. Highly Objectionable.— A hoy named Frederick Lane was on Sunday caught in the act of placing cobbler’s wax on the seats of the Durham street Wesleyan Church, Christchurch, and made his bow before the R.M. yesterday, when he was dismissed with a smart reprimand. Dieelict. —A telegram from Invercargill says that on Sunday the cutter Ulva, when proceeding to Stewart’s Island from the Bluff picked up the cutter Transit drifting about in Foveaux Straits, without a soul on board. It is supposed that she broke away from her moorings at Dog Island during Saturday night’s gale, and that her crew will be safe there. Stabbing. —A man named Samuel Dobbinson was arrested on Sunday morning in Christchurch at about a quarter to four o’clock, on the charge of having stabbed his wife. The statement of the wife is to the effect that the accused came to his house in the “Rookery,” North Montreal street, late on Saturday night, the worse for liquor. Shortly afterwards he beat his wife, and then, picking up a knife, stabbed her in the head with it. Not satisfied, however, that he had inflicted a sufficiently serious injury, he snatched up a fork, and with this again stabbed the unfortunate woman in the head. Dobbinson appeared at the Resident Magistrate s Court, Christchurch, in answer to the charge, and was remanded. Mrs. Dobbinson is recovering from her wounds.
Twelfth of July Celebration. —The Christchurch and suburban Orange Lodges commemorated the anniversaray of the Battle of the Boyne yesterday with a procession, sports, and a dinner. A procession, comprising about 600 Orangemen, wearing regalia, and carrying numerous flags and banners, and headed by a bandof music started fromtheOrange Hall, Worcester street, at noon, and marched through the principal streets, avoiding Barrett’s Hotel, where the previous disturbance occurred, and proceeded to the sports ground at the north-east suburb. There was an immense number of people in the streets of the city, and the country police mustered in great force under Commissioner Broham, and Inspectors Buckley and O’Donnell. Everything passed off in an orderly manner.
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