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Change op Name. —The station on the Rakaia and Ashburton Forks Railway, hitherto known as Winchmore, will in future be called Lauriston. Public Meeting at Methven.—lt will be seen that the public meeting to be held at Methven is to take place at one p.m. to-day, and not at eleven o’clock, as previously slated.

The Rakaia Gorge Bridge.—ln the House of Representatives on Tuesday, Mr. Oliver, replying to Mr. E. G. Wright, stated that the Rakaia Gorge bridge would be put in hand at once. Rounders. —A party of gentlemen are to have a game of rounders in the Domain next Monday, on which day those who desire to take part will meet at Quill’s Hotel at two o’clock p.m., preparatory to play. St. Stephen’s Sunday School.—The St. Stephen’s Sunday school, not to be behind their friends of the other denominations are to celebrate the Sunday school anniversary this (Thursday) evening in the Town Hall, -when Sunday school hymns, Ac., will be sung by the children and others.

Rehearing.—At the last Court day, George Hydes was fined 20s. for having an unregistered dog in his possession. The case, on the application of Mr. Hydes, was reheard at the Court on Tuesday, and on the defendant swearing to the fact that he never had owned a dog, and that the one for which he w r as summoned had merely followed him for about one hundred 3 T ards, and had subsequently been destroyed, his Worship remitted the fine, and dismissed the case. The Cabandinis. —On Monday evening next Madame Carandini’s ballad and opera company will give a farewell concert in the Town Hall. The programme, copies of which have boen extensively circulated, is made up of very high class music, while some of those sweet ballads for which Madame is so greatly celebrated, have also a place. We trust that the company, to the chief figure in which the New Zealand public owe so many hours of unalloyed pleasure, will have a full house.

Breach of the Railway By-Laws.— At the R.M. Court on Tuesday, Harry Ste phenson, jun., was charged with having ridden a horse across the railway line other than the appointed crossings. Harry pled ignorance in excuse of his delinquency, stating that th<e offence took place on a Sunday, and as there were no trains running on that day, he had been under the impression that the by-laws were not then in force. His Worship, while not entertaining the excuse, was inclined to be lenient, and let the equestrian off with a fine of ss.

A New Sewing Machine.—Amongst the many inventions of the day, none have received more attention than that valuable adjunct to every household —the sewing machine. We have had much pleasure in inspecting the new Davis Vertical Feed sewing machine, which it is asserted will accomplish a far greater variety of worlf than any machine placed before the public, The machine is, apart from ordinary plain sewing, a braider, quilter, edger, scalloper, quilter, trimmer 5 ! corder,|ruffler, embroider, piper and friller, and in itself is a marvel of simplicity. The agents for New Zealand, Messrs. Fiske and Co., inform us that they intend visiting Ashburton shortly, and while here will exhibit their machines at work in some convenient premises, where the public will be invited to inspect them.

Obstructing the Thoroughfare.— For tying a horse, with a spring cart attached, to a post in the public thoroughfare, his Worship inflicted the minimum penalty of 10s. on Mr. Thomas Greenaway, at the Court on Tuesday. A. and P. Association.—Members of the General Committee of the Agricultural and Pastoral Association are referred to an advertisement in another column, notifying that a meeting will be held on Wednesday next, at three o’clock, in Shearman’s Hotel.

Messrs. Wood and Co.’s Medals.— Our local brewing firm, Wood and Co., have just received the medals awarded to them at the last Show of the Canterbury Agricultural and Pastoral Association. The medals are all for porter, one being a first-class (silver) and one a second-class (bronze). On one side the award is engraved, while on the other the seal of the Association appears. The medals are the production of Messrs. G. P. Coates and Co , of Christchurch, and the workmanship is very superior. A morocco case encloses each medal. We may remark that Messrs. Wood and Co. intend sending samples of their ale on Friday to the Melbourne Exhibition. Messrs. Wood’s ale and porter that have been so successful at the various shows are brewed from barley grown and malted in Canterbury, and from Nelson hops—a colonial industry from top to bottom. The medals are on view at the office of this paper.

Presbyterian Sabbath School Association. —The above Association held its monthly meeting on Tuesday, the Rev. Mr. Beattie, President, in the chair. It was resolved—“ That all the books of the library be called in, in order that they may be [catalogued, and that some plan may be devised for their better distribution.” Mr. Beattie stated that he had been asked by the Association to deliver a lecture in the church, the proceeds of which were to be devoted to the use of the Sabbath School. In accordance with this wish, he had prepared a popular lecture on “ The Five Senses,” which he was prepared to deliver on whatever date the Association! thought proper to appoint. It was resolved that the date should bo fixed at the next meeting. Miss Henderson, teacher of the fourth class of girls, accepted the position of teacher to the first class, while the fourth class will be instructed by Miss Eva Henderson. It was agreed to postpone till a future meeting the settling of the question with regard to a weekly meeting of the teachers to consider the lesson for the following .Sabbath. After some matters of minor interest had been disposed of, the meeting closed.

The Fire Brigade.—The usual fortnightly practice of the Fire Brigade was held last evening, and previous to the ordinary business being gone through, a discussion took place concerning the proposed Fire Brigades Act now before Parliament. Lieut. Gundry, of the Fire Police, was present-to represent that body. Captain Wilkie explained that as matters at present stood, it was somewhat doubtful who could take full charge in case of a fire. The proposed Act delegated to the Mayor the appointment of a fire Inspector, who was in vested with very large po wera, and personally he (Mr. Wilkie) was averse to assuming such an amount of responsibility. Still, it was needful that some individual should he looked to who would he capable of ordering the pulling down of buildings, etc., when necessary, and it was provided by the Act that the Mayor had power to appoint or remove fire inspectors from time to time. As a matter of eastern the Captain of the Brigade was usually fire inspector, hut it seemed there was a hitch in Christchurch as to the fire police acting under the inspector. After some discussion, in which it was shown that the Borough, under this new Act, could strike a rate of a penny in the pound for a fire rate, and also tax the insurance companies to the extent of per cent, on the premiums collected, a vote of thanks was passed to Mr. Gundry for his attendance, and in reply he promised to call the Salvage Corps together at an early date, and report progress to the Brigade. The Brigade then went through their drill in a very creditable manner, the new uniforms seeming to he an incentive to better attendance.

I. O. G. T. —The Unity Degree Temple, in connection with the above order, held its usual monthly meeting in the Templar Hall on Tuesday evening, a large number of third Degree members being present. After two candidates had been initiated in the third degree, and two others had become members of the Temple, the election of officers for the next six months took place with the following result. Degree Templar, Bro. Thomas Williams ; D.Y.T., Bro. John HardJey ; D.C., Bro. R. Galloway ; D. S., Bro. G. F. Henry ; D.F.S., Bro. J, Leitch; D.T., Bro. J. Jessop ; D. G., Bro. C. Hawkins ;D. M., Bro. Gudsell ; D.R.H. S., Bro. G.W. Andrews; D.L.H.S., Sister Sanderson. Bro. Poyntz, the present D.T. will take the chair of the P.D.T. Under “good of the order,” Bro. Poyntz read the copy of a telegram sent that morning, on behalf of 400 abstainers to E. G. Wright, Esq., M.H.H., praying him to support Sir Wm. Fox in- his new Licensing Bill, especially so with regard to the suppression of the bottle license, pointing out the case of the late Mrs. Walsh as an example of the result of liquor being easily obtained, and also that he vote for clubs and family hotels to be under police supervision. A vote of thanks was passed to Bro. Poyntz for forwarding the same. It was decided to invite members to bring up suggestions for debate at each meeting, so as to enable the Temple to send suggestions for improving the government of the subordinate lodges, to the next session of the Grand Lodge, which will be held in Wellington in December next. After several other items under “good of the order” had been discussed, the Temple closed with the usual ceremonies. The installation of the newly elected officers will take place on Tuesday the 10th of August. Optic AL E nt ertainment. —S o m e fr i ends of the Primitive Methodist Church have procured a splendid sciopticon, with limelight apparatus, and purpose giving a series of entertainments with its aid The first will come off in the Town Hall on Tuesday next, when, in addition to a large number of views, the slides for which have been imported, there will bo exhibited transparencies of all the principal buildings and objects of interest in Ashburton. These local views have been taken on glass negatives, by Mr. G. F. Henry, photographer, East street, and are very creditable productions. Photographs of the members of the public bodies are in preparation, and these will he exhibited to show the magnifying power of the instrument, which throws a picture 14 x Lift. Aniongst the series of view's will also he found a large number of immensely condo ones.

No Work.—A Wellington njan named Palmer, unable to find work, attempted on Tuesday to commit suicide, by cutting an artery in his arm. The wound was not dangerous. A Samoan Trading Company.—At a public meeting in Wellington on Tuesday it was resolved to form the Wellington and Central Polynesian Shipping Company, to trade with Samoa, the capital to bo L 20,000, in 4.00 L5-shares, and the prospectus to issue immediately.

Pedestrianism —Last week a match was arranged in Dunedin between J. O’Connor, of Timaru, and 0. Swan, of Christchurch, for twelve hours, at L 25 aside. The match will take place in Christchurch on July 31, moat probably at the Oddfellows’ Hall.

“Bushranging.”—A case of bushranging on a small scale occurred near Waimate on Monday evening, when two men went to the Waihoa station, and demanded food. On being refused they presented a loaded revolver. The police went on their track and succeeded in running one of them in on Tuesday. Robbing History.—On Monday, the foundation stone of a handsome church for the Primitive Methodists of Waimate was laid, and the absurd custom of placing coins, etc., in the cavity of the foundation stone was as usual observed. These coins have been stolen by some thief, whose love for money, or his need for it, is greater than his respect for the conventionalities of foundation laying.

Totara Timber. —An illustration of the superiority of totara timber over Australian jarrah for piles is given in Auckland, where a jarrah pile is exhibited that had been used at Mahurangi wharf for six years, and is almost entirely eaten away by worms. A block of totara which was on Queen street wharf for fifteen years, is quite as good as when first put under water. It has been cut open, and the heart of the lumber shows no signs of decay. Juvenile Offenders.—At the Christchurch Resident Magistrates Court on Tuesday Ambrose Hume, aged ten years, and George Firth, aged nine years, were charged with stealing a horse which the prosecutor had left securely tied outside his house. The next morning the horse was gone. Prisoners subsequently tried to sell the horse for 255. The case was dismissed, on the understanding that the parents whipped the boys in the presence of a constable

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Ashburton Guardian Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 126, 15 July 1880

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