Tenders.— The works, for which the Mount Somers Road Board require tenders are published in our advertising columns.
The Eechabites.— A meeting of the local Tent will be held in the Secretary's office, Saunders’ Buildings, this afternoon at live o’clock. The Brindisi Mail. —The outward mails for Great Britain, etc., via Brindisi, will close at the Ashburton post-office on Tuesday next, at 5 p.m. Correspondence intended to go by this route must bo specially addressed, and must bear the Brindisi rate of postage, viz., Bd. per loz.
Mount Somers Road District.—A meeting of ratepayers in the Mount Somers Road district will be hold in the Road Board office, Mount Somers, on the the Bth of August, to consider the proposed change of a road on Messrs. Gould and Cameron’s property near Methven. Rakaia.— Last Sunday a little surprise was in store fur the Rev. Mr. Westbrooke, Presbyterian minister at Rakaia when he entered the Town Hall, which is used by the Presbyterians there as a Church. A fine harmonium had been provided, for which subscriptions bad been collected amongst the residents in the township by Messrs. Black and Gaarder, and the introduction of the instrument to the service was a decided improvement. Mr. Gaarder has kindly consented to act as organist until permanent arrangements have been made.
The Rifle Corps. —The members of the local Rifle corps intend making a recognition of Color-Sergeant Dolman’s invaluable services as drill instructor, and are raising subscriptions for that purpose. General Davidson, in his report on the corps of the colony, has the following to say of the Ashburton Rifles :—“ These are notin a fit state for inspection. I understand they 7 had only been lately formed. The officers had no uniforms, being recently appointed, and had not received commissions. Absentees were very numerous, and only a squad of seven or eight files of privates assembled, the rest being made up of band, etc. For the short time they had been at work they did creditably.”
The Courthouse. —The contractors for the erection of the Asdiburton Courthouse have got well on with their work, which steadily approaches - completion. In a short time the carpenters will have' finished and already the painters have commenced. Not long ago we gave a description of the plans which we need not now repeat, but we may state that the hall in the centre of the building in which the Courts will hold their sittings is a good deal larger than the room at present used for the R.M. Court, and in it proper accommodation will be provided for all who have attend. The needful offices adjoining this hall —and these are numerous—though not large rooms, will be very comfortable for the officers and those who will have to use them, while the whole building will be a set-off to the part of the town in which it stands.
South Rakaia Domain Board. —The adjourned meeting of the South Rakaia Domain Board was held in the Road Board office on Present — Messrs. C. N, Mackio, chairman, G. Robinson, W. Hartnall, A. Makeig. (Secretary), J. N. Sharp, J. Bruce, and C. Hardy. The chairman stated that he had applied to the Ashburton County Council for the Ll5O granted to the Board by the Council. There were twenty tenders received for fencing the Domain, ranging from 4s. lOd. to Ss. per chain, when after much consideration, the tender of Hector Maclean, at ss. per chain was accepted, seven tenders were received for ploughing, ranging from Gs. to 10s. per acre. The Board accepted the tender of John George Cox. On the motion of Mr. Robinson it was resolved that the Chairman apply to the Christchurch Domain Board for trees for planting. It was resolved that Messrs. Makeig, Sharp, Robinson, and Hardy be a planting Committee and that Messrs. Robinson and Makeig be appointed to look after the fencing. The Board then adjourned to Thursday, sth August.
A "New Sewing Machine.— Our ren, tiers will probably remember that a short time ago we railed attention In a new .sewing machine (die Davis vert ion 1 final) which, is now being introduced into the colonial market. An agency has lor some time past been established in Christchurch, and •Messrs. H. C. Fiske and Co., the general agents for New Zealand, have appointed Messrs. Orr and Co., the sole agents for Ashburton. To-day the public will have an opportunity of seeing the machine at work in Messrs. Orr’s window, in East street, Mrs. Fiske being the operator. From what we have seen of the work performed by the “Davis Vertical Feed,” we are sure that the amount of information to be gained as to what can be done by means of very simple machinery, will well repay the trouble of a visit. At the Sydney Exhibition this machine took lirst prize above all others, and in making the award the Commissioners made the following comment:—“The new Davis sewing machine, being a complete departure from the ordinary style of sewing machines, possessing all the advantages of such ordinary sewing machines, and in addition an increased range of work, with the greatest simplicity of construction, and reduction in mumber of working parts, we consider it entitled to first place in awards.” The machine can be seen any time to-day or this evening. Entertainment at Chertsey. —On Thursday an entertainment, promoted to raise funds for the Chertsey Library, was given in the Chertsey Schoolroom. The Committee had been very energetic in making their arrangements, tickets having be.n very largely sold, and talent imported from Ashburton, Rakaia, Kyle, and other parts of the district. There were between thirty and forty performers available, of one kind or another, and consequently a most varied programme was produced. We will not attempt to particularise the items of the programme which gave every satisfaction to the audience, who were very willing to be entertained. We mention, however, as worthy of particular notice the solos sung by the two ladies who kindly gave their services, and “ Glorious Apollo,” sung by a glee party from Kyle. The accompaniments were played on the piano (lent by Mr. Wallace, of the Chertsey Hotel) by Messrs. Foster, of Seafield, and Gates, of Ashburton, while Mr. Nettleton aided with the violin. The audience was a very numerous one, crowding the schoolroom to the door, and it was matter for surprise to a stranger where such a number of people could be brought from in a small place like Chertsey. Mr. Childs, Chairman of the School Committee, discharged the duties of Chairman, and kindly entertained the visitors at his house at the close of the entertainment, which took place at about eleven o’clock. After the entertainment was over the younger people engaged in dancing, to the inspiring strains of Mr. Nettleton’s fiddle, and kept up the fun till an early hour. Some Ll 4orLl 5 will be realised for the Library by the entertainment.
Obituary. Last night’s Globe announces the death of Mr. Neck, the wellknown solicitor. Mr. Neck leaves a wife and family. Death or a Maori Prisoner. —One of the Maori prisoners at Dunedin, brought down from Taranaki, has died in gaol of consumption. He was ailing before his admission. Retrenchment. The New Zealand Times asserts that by the closing of the Telegraph Offices from 5 to 7, the services of nearly thirty officers will be dispensed with, and between L 3,000 and L 4,000 per annum will be saved.
Telegraphic. A public telegraph office was opened yesterday at St. Andrews, County Waimato.
Libel. The editor of the Christchurch Star has laid a criminal information for libel against tho four proprietors of the Christchurch Echo. Ned Kelly. —The Bruce Herald is responsible for a statement that Ned Kelly was shearing on Sir F. Dillion Bell’s station, near Invercargill, in the season of 1876, and passed by 7 the name of Bill West. He was “ wanted ”in Victoria at that time for sheep stealing.
The Property Tax Returns. —We (Lyttelton Times) were informed, on enquiry at the Government office yesterday 7, that instructions had been received in the morning from Wellington, allowing till August 31 for sending in of the Property Tax returns to the Commissioner here. The Industrial Exhibition Commission.—The members of this Commission visited tho Christchurch Industrial Exhibition on Wednesday, and expressed their approbation of the superior quality 7 of the articles shown. The Commission will hold a meeting on Saturday in order to adopt a report to bo submitted to the Government. Tho Exhibition closed last night.
The Waiiio “ Bushranging ” Case.— The two individuals who formed what a Timaru contemporary calls the Waimato Kelly 7 gang, were before the R. M. at Waimate on Thursday. They wore the men who presented a revolver at tho head of a man, and vowed to blow his brains out if he did not give them food. The two “ desperate men ” were named Wra. Talbot and Eugene Ford—tho former was discharged, the latter committed for trial.
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