Robbery. —At the R.M. Court on Tuesday, before His Worship the Mayor and Mr. 0. P. Cox, William Maddon was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment, with hard labor, for stealing the sum of L 5 from a man named Henry Cross. Postal. —Mails for the United Kingdom and Australian colonies, per Arawata, close at the Bluff at 11.30 a.m., on Friday, 30th inst. Telegrams to catch the this mail may be presented at Ashburton office up to 10 o’clock tomorrow morning.
“ The Lost Ship. ” —“ The Lost Ship ” ■was repeated on Tuesday in the Town Hall by ‘ £ special desire. ” There was a most discouragingly small attendance, but notwithstanding, the players pluckily went through their work. The part of “ Ned Martin ” was played at three hours’ notice by a young member of the Club, who, all allowances made, acquitted himself creditably.
South Rakaia School Committee. — The South Rakaia School Committee held an adjourned meeting on Monday last. Present —Messrs. C. Tucker (Chairman), Sharp and Cox. It was resolved that Kate Doherty be recommended to the Board for the appointment of pupil teacher to this school, subject to her passing the necessary examination.
The Scarcity op Work. —A correspondent signing himself “C. Sharp” writes urging the Borough Council to put as much work in hand as possible, and not to restrict their employment of men to a favored few at six shillings a day, but to distribute; it in turn amongst a larger number at a reduced rate even. He urges that many men would be glad to find work in the town dven at five shillings, and work that find men bread would prevent them going begging work of Government in Christchurch, and thus retain them in the township. As it is they, must go elsewhere to seek what the Council have it in their power, by judicious division, to bestow.
Tin wald.— To-morrow evening a lime, light entertainment will bo given in the Tinwald Schoolroom ; there will also be descriptive lectures given, and several appropriate pieces will be sung. The Old Men’s Home. —A capital little entertainment was given to the inmates of the Old Men’s Home last night, by a party of ladies and gentlemen who have more than once contributed to the enjoyment of our friends in that institution. The programme was aslongasit was varied, vocal and instrumental music forming the major portion of it, while a reading and several recitations, both grave and gay, combined to make the evening’s entertainment most acceptable to the old men, whose appreciation of the efforts put forth for their recreation, should encourage the the party to visit the institution more frequently. Insolvents. —The insolvency is announced of Nicholas Grigg and George Gould, contractors, Ashburton, carrying on business under the style of “Grigg and Gouldalso of John Fraser, Alexander Dunlop, Nicholas Grigg, and George Gould, contractors, Ashburton, carrying on business under the style of “ John Fraser and Company also of John Fraser and Alexander Dunlop, contractors, A.shburton, under the firm of “ Fraser and Dunlop ” —and meetings of the creditors of those persons will bo held in the Supreme Court House, Christchurch, on the 3rd of August, at eleven, half-past eleven, and twelve o’clock ; also of Robert Powrie, builder, Ashburton, the meeting of creditors to take place at the District Court House, on Wednesday, August 4, at eleven.
Entertainment at Tinwald. Last night the members of the “ Will and the Way ” Lodge of Good Temnlars gave an entertainment in the Tinwa’d Schoolroom, which was quite full. Bw Galloway was chairman, and in a frvv introductory remarks, stated that the entertainment had been got up with a view to aiding the regalia fund of the Lodge. This object will doubtless be attained if we may judge by the size of the audience. The programme gone through com'prised songs excellently sung by Sisters Craighead, Tippetts, Sanderson, and Reeves, and by Bros. Craighead, Shearer, Reeves, Bradshaw, Corrigan (sen. and jun.), Tippitta, and Norrie; duetts by Bro. and Sister Craighead, Bro. and Sistsr Reeves ; and an efficient choir sang one or two glees in good style. Recitations and readings were given by several brothers from the Ashburton Lodges as well as by Tinwald members, and every item, musical and elocutionary, was well received and heartily applauded. Altogether the meeting was an unqualified success.
. The Fire Brigade. —The usual fortnightly practice of the Fire Brigade was held last, night, and fourteen members turned out in uniform. Since the last practice, the belts have been supplied, and as they are of local manufacture, and of a very substantial nature, Mr. W. Anderson is to be congratulated on having given satisfaction to this section of his customer?. The belts are of stout colonial made leather, and are strong enough to bear a rope being “reeved” under them, and the weight of the heaviest member of the brigade. Circumstances may occur in which a fireman may require to be slung from the roof of a building by a rope passed through his belt, and assuredly the belts of the Brigade will bear the strain of a member of the most comfortable proportions. The helmets and o'her furniture ordered from Home are expected next month. By that time it is hoped the water supply will have reached the town, and it, combined with the Brigade, will furnish us with quite an efficient and reliable force of extinguishers. A considerable amount of drill was gone through, both with the engine and the hook and ladder company, the Brigade being officered by Captain Wilkie and Lieutenant Dolman. We notice that this useful body would be more likely to be of service when wanted if they were better supported, both financially and physically—the fact is the brigade want both men and money to be of any service in case of fire. The present members are working an up-hill game, and while we admire the pluck they display, we deplore the want of interest shown by the large property holders in this necessary body. However, there is some hope for the brigade yet, as five new members are proposed for ballot at the monthly meeting on Tuesday next, when a discussion will take place re the state of accounts between the brigade and the Borough Council, and other matters of interest. Ashburton Temperance Association. —Those ladies and gentlemen who met at the Templar Hall on Tuesday with the expectation of hearing a lecture from the Rev. Mr. Hands on “The Wines of the Bible ” met with a certain amount of disappointment. The rev. gentleman’s intentions were announced at least in one of the churches on Sunday last and also advertised in two of the local papers, hence there was a very fair audience assembled at the time appointed, to hear an intellectual treat. After waiting for some time, however, for Mr. Hands’ arrival, Mr. Thomas Scott, the Secretary of the Association, explained that, through seme misunderstanding, the meeting would be deprived of the treat which they had expected from Mr. Hands. However, the Rev. W. Keall was present, and no doubt would consent to say a few words in the interests of the temperance cause. Mr. Keall, after opening the meeting with prayer, apologized for the absence of the Rev. Mr. Hands, stating that the latter had just informed him that he had not been made acquainted with the fact of having to lecture that evening until an hour or so previously. Mr. Keall then read an artie'e entittled “ Stimulants and Common Sense,” and was followed by the Rev. A. J. Smith, who gave a reading—- “ Mission Work in Paradise Lane.” Before doing so, Mr. Smith, by a homely illustration, remarked that while he had been trying to exercise faith that the lecturer would be present that evening, yet he was somehow impressed that he would be disappointed. At the close of the readings, the business of the Association was entered upon. The Secretary read the proposed rules, which -were put to the meeting and adopted. After some further conversation on the objects for which the Association was formed, and the immediate work which was before the members, the proceedings terminated.
Mokmonism. A Mormon elder has commenced a missionaiy enterprise in Oamaru, but as yet we have heard of no signal success he has made in perversion.
Suicide of a Chinaman. — A Chinaman jumped overboard from the Beautiful Star on Tuesday, while on the passage from Oamaru to Dunedin, and was drowned.
Native Coal. —lt is satisfactory to find that the use of native coal is becoming so general as to justify the Government in refusing to impose a tax on the imported article, as quite unnecessary.
Finding Funds. —The economical fit in Parliament has necessitated the charging of Gd. admission fee to the Auckland Museum, the House having negatived the usual subsidy to the Institute. Shipping Accident. —During the passage of the Annie Hill from Greymouth to the Bluff, Captain Mackay was washed overboard. The accident happened on Friday night, and owing to the darkness and heavy north-east gale the crew could not rescue him.
A Maori Burnt. —At Hew Plymouth on Tuesday, a Maori whare was destroyed by fire. An old man and woman were inside asleep at the time, and the man was only got out with difficulty, and after fie had been severely burned. He is not expected to live.
Inspection op Liquors. —ln reply to a question on Tuesday, the Hon. Mr. Dick in the House said the new Licensing Act, clause 171, made provision for the appointment of inspectors in various districts, with power to enter on premises used for the sale of beer or spirits, and to obtain samples of the liquors vended for the purpose of analysis, and Government intended to enforce that provision strictly.
Municipal Endowments. —Mr. Barron in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, asked if Government intended to reserve Crown lands for the endowment of those boroughs that have been unfairly treated in that respect. The Hon. Mr. Rolieston said the Legislature had no intention of granting any more endowments, and did not think it advisable to ro-open the question. Tahiti. —The French gunboat Guinea, arrived at Auckland on Tuesday. Her mission to that port is to telegraph to the French Government the annexation of Tahiti and Marea Islands, whence the gunboat has come. The annexation has taken place on the petition of the chiefs, and the king will be pensioned. The French have also proclaimed a fresh protectorate over Paumutu and the islands of the group. The Hon. Taiaeoa. The Hon. Taiaroa, the native member of the Legislative Council, who accepted office before the required time had elapsed between his being in receipt of Government pay for work as a native assessor and his acceptance of a seat in the Council, is to be relieved of the penalties he thus incurred by the passing of a special Act, after which he will probably be re-appointed by the Governor. The Hon. N. Wilson has given notice for the appointment of a Special Committee to inquire into the matter.
A “ Respectable” Man. —• In the House of Representatives on Tuesday, Mr. J. B. Fisher asked if an individual named Edward Francis Harris, gazetted a native interpreter in January last, had not been sentenced in 1869 to six years’ imprisonment for forgery 1 The Hon. J. Bryce replied in the affirmative, adding that when the appointment was made, the fact of Hai’ris’s conviction was not known. He (Mr, Bryce) read a letter of recommendation which accompanied his application, signed by a Judge of the Native Land Court, a Resident Magistrate, one or two JJ.F., and others, supposed to be respectable persons, residing in the district where Harris lived. Sir Hercules Robinson’s Stud. —The Wellington correspondent of the Press says : —I hear on good authority that Sir Hercules Robinson intends making Wellington the headquarters of his new racing stud instead of Christchurch, as reported some time ago. Boxes for six horses are now in course of construction at M'Nab’s garden at the Hutt, and in a few days will receive their tenants. These will comprise two fillies expected from Sydney by the Wakatipu, two colts from the North, and two others which his Excellency has purchased from Mr. Finlay, his son-in-law, a well-known sporting man in New South Wales. Wellington sporting men are very exultant over the Governor’s decision, and are sanguine of making Wellington races the best in the colony.
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