The Waterworks Bills. —The Ashburton Waterworks Bill and the Malvern Water-race Transfer Bills were read a second time in the House on Tuesday. Drunk. —At the B.M. Court on Tuesday, Edward Donnelly, charged with being drunk and disorderly, had nothing to say in extenuation of his misbehaviour, and was fined 10s. Nbt having the requisite cash, Edward was consigned to durance vile for twenty-four hours. Waterton. —At a meeting of the Waterton Library Committee on Friday last, Mr. Morgan was elected a member of the Committee, vice Mr. F. Doherty, resigned, Davies and Taylor were elected trustees, and Mr. Thomas Taylor treasurer. An Invalid Culprit. —Sergeant Felton explained to his Worship on Tuesday that a man named Maddon had been arrested on a charge of larceny from the person, but in consequence of a serious attack of illness, Maddon was unable to appear. The medical man had reported that the illness was of such a nature as to probably result in Maddon being sent to the hospital. In consequence of the Sergeant’s statement, aremandwas granted by the Bench.
Rakaia. —The Carandinis gave a concert at the Town Hall, Rakaia, on Tuesday evening. There was a very good audience, all of whom enjoyed the singing thoroughly, if we may judge by the applause given and the number of encores.
The Ashburton Contempt of Court Case. —Mr. Downie Stewart gave notice to move in the House of Representatives that ho would ask ‘‘ if the attention of Government has been directed to the fact that a solicitor of the Supreme Court at Ashburton had been committed to prison for contempt of Court, and if so what action they propose taking in the matter.” To this he obtained a reply that “ Mr. Purnell, a barrister at Ashburton, had complained verbally that he had been committed for seven days for contempt of Court, and enquiries would be made into the facts of the case, if a proper written complaint were made.”
Messrs. Anderson’s Sale at Wheatstone. —The sale on Monday of the Brookland stock, etc., shows that “breeding tells,” and that really good stock will always fetch its price in the market. Mr. W. J. G. Bluett was the auctioneer, and had a hard day’s work before him. The stock was disposed of at satisfactory prices, the large herd of 50 cows, averaging L 7 ; 40 calves averaged L2 ; steers and heifers about L 4. Horses brought from L2O to L 35. These figures must be looked upon, considering the times, as very good indeed. Owing to night coming on, the whole of Mr. W. Anderson’s stock did not pass under Mr. Bluett’s hammer, and part of it was left over for the saleyards. The sale was well attended, competition was brisk, and as we have said the results were perfectly satisfactory. Ashburton High School.— A meeting of the Board of Governors of the Ashburton High School was held in the County Council Chamber yesterday, when there were present—Dr. Trevor (in the chair), his Worship the Mayor, Messrs. W. C. Walker, and J. Grigg. In reply to a letter from Mr. Eyton with reference to the immediate establishment of the school, it was resolved that the Board would establish a High School in Ashburton if a sufficient number of pupils, in the opinion of the Board, can be guaranteed to attend the same ; also, that Mr. Eyton be requested to forward a list of children whose parents would guarantee their attendance. A long conversation took place as to whether it would be advisable to erect a building at once—not to exceed the amount at present at the Board’s disposal, namely, Lsoo—or rent a room. Various suggestions were thrown out, one being to ereOt a room to cost LSOO, which could bo enlarged in three years’ time, if necessary, when another sum of LSOO would have accrued from rents, etc. One member facetiously suggested that possibly a room at the Hospital could be obtained, another member adding that the table in the dissecting-room would be an admirable place for strapping unruly lads. Ultimately it was resolved to defer any action until next meeting, to be held on the 4th August, by which time Mr. Eyton would be able to afford the Board further information.
Limelight Exhibition. —The exhibition of excellent scenes by the aid of limelight was given intheTown HallonTuesday night. The scenes were of a varied description comprising scenes from nature — the most striking and effective of which were ferns and seaweed from various parts of New Zealand. These we may remark were not paintings but were the real plants themselves displayed on glass, and they made very interesting pictures on the screen. Several natural phenomena were also illustrated, such as icebergs, water spouts, the rainbow, etc. ; and some very nice astronomical diagrams were shown. After the laughter arising from the exhibition of a good number of comic pictures had subsided, several songs were sung. This was not the least interesting part of the entertainment, and was heartily applauded. A trio was sung by Mr. Craighead and Mr. and Mrs. Dunn, followed by “ The Minstrel Boy,” by Mrs. Craighead, which was loudly applauded, and in response she sang with effect “Mary o’ Argyle.” Mr. Craighead sang “ Nancy Lee” with all the “ go ” the song wants, and had to repeat it. Miss Jowsey, with grace and sweetness, sang “Father Come Home ”and “Far Away,” and two Scotch songs were also sung—- “ Gloomy Winter” and Annie Laurie.” The accompaniments were played by Mr. Weeks. After the vocal parts Mr. Puddicombe delivered a lecture on ‘ ‘ The Drunkards Progress ” which was illustrated by pictures shown by limelight. The Rev. A. J Smith described the other scenes as they were shown. The last pictures exhibited were those of several local public buildings, which were brought out with great clearness. The entertainment was for the benefit of the Primitive Methodist Church, and we are sorry that it was not more largely attended.
i Ashburton Agricultural and Pastoral Association. —A meeting of the ! committee of the Agricultural and Pas- : toral Association was held last afternoon in the Somerset Hotel. There were pre- ■ sent—Messrs. W. 0; Walker (chairman), . John Carter, Joseph Hunt, JR. Leathain, F. T. Mayo, It. Friedlander, W. H. i Zouch, and John Grigg. On the motion of Mr. Carter, it was decided to hold the annual show of the Association in the new grounds, on Tuesday, the 16th Noi , vomber, and the following gentlemen were ; appointed to revise the catalogue:— i Messrs. Hunt, Cox, Leatham, Fried- • lander, and Stitt. Some discussion took ■ place on the question of medals for prizes, ; after which it was decided to procure at Home a die and three dozen silver medals. The horse parade was fixed to be held on Tuesday, the 28th of September, on the new show ground, and tho following gentlemen were appointed to make arrangements for it :—Messrs. Hunt, Stitt, and Mayo. The Chairman said in reference to the cattle yards that the County Council and a committee of the Association had adopted plans for yards, and tenders for their erection had been called for. The yards would cost L9OO, and would be completed by the end of October-. Every attention had been paid to the plans, which would provide for a commodious shed with a gallery cf seats round two sides, “affording every protection and comfort for those using the yards. The auctioneers would be supplied with an office, and a caretaker’s cottage and other convenient buildings would also be put up. He had no doubt that in these yards the County and the Association would have a property of ever-increasing \ alue. Mr. Hunt hoped the question of a ploughing match would not be overlooked. Mr. Grigg thought the matter was one that ought not to be gone into without much consideration. A ploughing match disorganised the teams on a farm for several days, and he did not think the benefit to he derived from these matches was commensurate with the cost. He had no wish to throw cold water on the idea of a ploughing match, if practical farmers were satisfied that any real good, direct or indirect, came of these matches. He fancied that the only real good they were was that they were useful for exhibiting new implements. Mr. Hunt thought they ought to do something for the young men, and the ploughing match was a means of teaching them. Mr. Leatham thought the ploughing at matches was not the kind that was suitable to the district, and the majority of those present were of a like opinion. After some accounts had been passed for payment the meeting adjourned. —The next monthly meeting for tho reading of papers and discussion of general farming matters is to be held on Saturday next, in the upper room of the Town Hall.
Farmers’ Supplement.—The monthly Farmers’ Supplement will appear with our Saturday’s issue
Chertsey. — A concert and entertainment will be given this evening in the school-room, Chertsey, in aid'of the Library ' Fundi An' entertaining programme will be presented, to conclude with a dance. A large number of tickets have been disposed of, and, should the weather prove favorable, there is every prospect of a good attendance.
Fire Police.— A meeting of the Fire Police was held at Messrs. Edmiston, Gundry and Co.’s office on Tuesday evening, Mr. George Jameson, captain of the force, occupying the chair. A copy of the Fire Brigade Bill, now before the House of Representatives, was supplied by Superintendent Harris, of Christchurch, and approved of by the meeting. It was decided that the force should meet for drill, or any other business, on the first Wednesday in each-month, and at the sugges tion of Mr. St. Hill, the secretary was instructed to advertise future meetings. The Borough Election. —The election of a Councillor to fill the vacancy in the Borough Council, caused by the retirement of Mr Edward Saunders, took place yesterday. There was no excitement whatever over the contest, and the election was virtually left in the hands of the personal friends of the candidates. When the contest was over it was found that Mr. Alfred Harrison had polled 67 votes, against Mr. Quill’s 59, thus winning the seat by eight votes. We congratulate the youngest Councillor on his success, and Mr. Quill on the close race he ran his opponent. Everything in connection with the voting was done in the most pleasant possible spirit, and it will be seen from an advertisement in this issue that Mr. Quill is in no way discouraged by being unsuccessful. Having been honorably beaten, he is quite prepared to place his services at the burgesses’ disposal on a future occasion.
The Oriental Exhibition— Yesterday Messrs. Kauri and Ali, the gentlemen from the Holy Land, opened their “Oriental Exhibition” in the upper room of the Town Hall They display innumerable specimens of clever wood carving, etc., and the nick-nacks they have laid out are really beautiful. Most prominent on the tables is the gorgeous grain of the olive wood from the Mount of Olives, and sections of this timber beautifully polished on one side, and finely covered on the other, while the outside bark still remains, are to be seen everywhere. There are to be found every conceiveable kind of carving, and every conceivable kind of nick-nack, in oak from Mount Hebron; almond from Bethany ; olive from Mount Olivet ; walnut from Damascus and Syria ; balsam from the banks of the river Jordan, and the black ebony from Mount Bashan. Porcelain work of the most delicate description from Constantinople was also displayed in profusion, while the eastern dress of Messrs. Kaurt, Ali, and their assistants materially helps the effect of the display. Yesterday evening the large room was quite crowded from dusk till a late hour. A Careful Runaway. —Mr. John Carter has one of the most sensible horses a man could own. We do not know anything of the general character of the particular animal we are referring to — whether it is in the habit of running away, or that it bears a good name for quiet behaviour. But from the fact thak it is John Carter's horse, it will be generally conceded that all nonsense should long ago have been taken out of it. However, the best horse under the sun does a bolt when it is in the humor, and this very sensible horse saw fit yesterday to enjoy a run without a, driver. It had been harnessed up to a buggy at its own stable door, at Tinwald, and was waiting, under its own care, for the buggy to be loaded up with contributions to the St. Stephen’s bazaar. Dobbin for once thought he would start without orders, and he did. He went along the winding of the drive as carefully and as swiftly as though Mr. Carter himself held the ribbons, and when he came to the gate he “took” it —buggy and all! He had the sense to kick down the top rail, to allow his trap to follow comfortably and safely —and it is just here where the animal earns the character of being a sensible brute, for he landed in the road, buggy and all, safe and sound, without a strap injured. Elated with his success, he careered along the road, and only slacked off when ho heard the persuasive eloquence of Councillor Robinson’s “ Wo, man, wo.”
Telegraphic Stations have been opened at Mahono and Pukeuri Junction, County of Waitaki. A Good Wash Up. — A party of four men on the Seventeen-Mile Beach have brought into Greymouth twenty-one pounds weight of gold, the produce of a fortnight’s washing.
Excessive Drinking. —An auctioneer named Grant was found dead on Tuesday night in a house in Auckland. At the inquest a verdict was found that Grant died in a fit of apoplexy, caused by excessive drinking.
Pedestrianlsm. The twelve-hours’ walking match between Swan and O’Connor lias fallen through, owing to O’Connor not paying up the second deposit, which was due last Saturday. O’Connor will therefore forfeit tho stake, which was paid down to the stakeholder, Mr. R. Richardson. Plucky Conduct ok a Well-Known Jockey. —Fred Hedge, the well-known jockey, did a noble thing on Tuesday. A swagger was crossing the Opihi river, south of Temuka. The stream was in pretty high flood, and the man was carried off his legs and swept a good way down the river. Fred, jumped his horse into the strong current, and at considerable risk brought the swagger out in safety. But for Fred.’s plucky jump the swagger would have been carried out to sea. A Timely Bump. —A rather curious incident (says the Hawke’s Bay Herald) occured in Hastings-street the other day. A gentleman was walking somewhat briskly, and in turning a corner he bumped up against a well-known draper. He was about to apologize for his clumsiness, when the draper interrupted him with the exclamation, “ You’ve saved my life,” and in explanation stated that he had suddenly become lock-jawed and was on his way to the doctor in great pain, whoa the collision effected a speedy and unexpected cure. Accident. —On Friday evening last while Mr. A. G. Earle, (Wakanui), with his wife and family were driving homo in a trap, and while opposite the house of Mr. Cox, milkman, on the Wakanui road, the wheel of the vehicle came off, and the whole party were thrown on the road. The baby, which was in Mr. Earle’s arms had a narrow escape of being crushed to death, Mr. Earle having fallen above it, but providentially it was uninjured. Beyond a good fright the party did not suffer much damage, and the horse caught, and the wheel re-fixed, they started home.
Warm. —The Chief Justice at a recent sitting of the Bankruptcy Court in Wellington, strongly condemned the Wellington tradesmen for allowing their customers to get heavily into debt. He had before him an instance of a butcher on Lambton Quay of having permitted a debtor, then before the Court, to get into his books to the extent of L2l. “ And yet,” cried his Honor, “ this tradesman was a subscriber to the Gazette, in which he must have seen that tho debtor had made an assignment of his property to his wife ! It is absurd for jieople to subscribe to such a publication unless they make use of what they see in it. ” — Post.
Tit for Tat.— The Hangitikei Advocate is responsible for the following An upcountry correspondent writes—“ A gentleman, or rather a man possessed of a large share of worldly goods, passed through a toll-gate where a lady waited to take the toll. He, feeling indisposed to bend his haughty person, threw the coin on the ground and rode on. On his return he handed the fair toll'keeper a pound note, and waited while she went in for chan go. She came to the door and threw the change on the ground. He had no alternative but to dismount and gather it from the mud, which he did with very bad grace.” Let us hope the lesson was understood and appreciated. The Canterbury Police. —The annual report on the Constabulary force of the colony has been laid before the House of Representatives. Inspector Eroham’s report on the Canterbury division says that there is scarcely an offence known to the law that has not been brought under the notice of the police, although there was no great increase of crime last year. Three thousand eight hundred offences were reported, and 3467 persons apprehended. The strength of the force is the same as it was four years back, viz., 100 men. Mr. Broliam suggests the recognition of long service by increased pay, and recommends that more men should be stationed at Lyttelton. He also suggests the necessity of passing the Police Offences Statute, and urges further that a complete licensing statute is required. The alteration of the Adulteration of Food Act is considered necessary to enable the police constables to lay informations and compel persons to supply samples fur analysis. Colonel Roberts’ report on the West Coast force contains nothing important. He speaks highly of his men.
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