The Ashburton Guardian. COUNTY AGRICULTURAL & SPORTING RECORDER SATURDAY, JULY 31, 1880.
The Mount Somers Railway Deviation. —In reply to Hon. W. S. Peters, in the Legislative Council on Thursday, the Hon. Mr. Whitaker said that a deviation had been made in the Mount Somers Railway and in the plan of the Oxford and Temuka line because it was found desirable to do so. Ho special authority was wanted for the alteration. Sporting. —As the slack time of the year for racing men is now to the fore, our local sportsmen have gone in for a new, and in our opinion, a good idea. At a meeting held yesterday it was resolved that, should sufficient inducement offer, a monthly meeting of trotting horses should be held, the terms of the races to be fixed by the Committee on the following basis. All horses entered to start at scratch on the first race, and to be subsequently handicapped by the Committee or their nominee ; the stakes to go to the winner; the Race Committee to be asked for permission to use the racecourse, and the gate and grand-stand money to go to the winning horse. Matches may be made for either saddle or harness, but in all cases the entries must be made to the Secretary of the Racing Club. We are of opinion that the proposed scheme is one likely to lead to the development of fa useful style of horses, and if the promoters succeed in carrying out their orojected idea they deserve the thanks of that portion of the public who have occasionally to hire a “ screw ” from a livery stable, and to travel at the rate of five miles an hour. Pending future arrangements, we hear that Messrs. Digby, James M‘Rae, and James Wilkie will give further information on this matter.
The Library Reading. —On Thursday there was a very fair attendance of the public at the reading in the Town Hall in aid of the Library. Mr. Ward was Chairman and introduced the performers. Readings and recitations were given by the Rev. A. M. Beattie, and Messrs T. A. Gates, Rowe, and Twomey. Rev. Mr. Westbrooke would also have read, but was unfortunately detained at Rakaia by a severe attack of illness. The singers were Mrs. A Craighead, who sang with good effect “ Killamcy,” and “Within a mile o’ Edinboro’ town ” ; Mrs. Dunn, who gave “ I cannot sing the old songs,” and in response to an encore, sang “ Bide Awee ” ; Miss Annie Permain, who sang “ Lurline ” sweetly and got a hearty encore ; and Mr. Craighead, who was encored for a spirited rendering of the “Bay of Biscay” and sang in response “ Rocked in the Cradle of the Deep: later on he sang the old Jacobite song the “Standard on the Braes o’ Mar.” Mr. Dunn sang “ Twenty years ago.” A part song “ Ye Banks and Braes,” was also given by the above singers. The string biand rendered good service throughout the evening, and greatly added to the enjoyment, while Miss A. Permain accompanied one or two of the songs very ably, Mr. H. A. Gates accompanying the remainder. It was announced that the next reading would be given in a fortnight, when an entire change of programme will be submitted.
Earthquake. — A slight shock of earthquake was felt in Ashburton last night about nine o’clock.
Presbyterian. —The Rev. Mr. Sutherland will conduct Divine Service in the Presbyterian Church to-morrow morning and evening, and at Wakanui in the afternoon.
Sale of Crown Lands. —The Commissioner of Crown Lands announces in another column the sale of the old railway reserves in the Ashburton and Rangitata districts, to take place at the Town Hall on the 24th August. New Post Office. — A post office has been established at the Elgin Schoolhouse, under the charge of Mr. Proudlock. This will no doubt be a convenience to a considerable number of residents in the Elgin district.
Chertsey. —A meeting of the residents of the district was held on Saturday night to consider the necessity of instituting a library, and to lay a petition before the next meeting of the County Council, applying for a grant. The meeting adjourned till to-night, in order to form a committee of management, and other matters.
Acknowledgment. —The master of the Ashburton Home begs to acknowledge with thanks the receipt of a number of books from Mr. W. L. Browne of Christchurch, as an addition to the library for the inmates.
Tinwald. —The Limelight exhibition recently given in the Town Hall was repeated last night in the Tinwald Schoolroom, and although there was not a full house, the promoters were well rewarded for their trip across the bridge by the frequent rounds of applause given by those who were present. Miss Jowsey and Miss Savage assisted in making a very pleasant evening’s entertainment more enjoyable still by rendering very sweetly several songs. The Rev. A. J. Smith and Mr. Puddicombe gave the descriptive lectures, and great praise is also due Mr, jAllsop, the schoolmaster, for for the energetic manner in which he acted to make the affair a success.
Mr. Rees. —The charge against Mr. W. L. Rees has been dismissed.
Foster and Grant. —The report of Messrs. Foster and Grant, the Lincolnshire delegates, is said to be highly favorable to Rew Zealand, and is expected next mail.
Alarming Earthquake.—At 5.12 on Thursday afternoon the sharpest shock of earthquake experienced in Wellington for a long time was felt. The effect in the House was decidedly alarming, and startled members immensely, the debate being completely interrupted for a short time. The building creaked and swayed in a most formidable manner but no damage was done.— Press.
Complaints of the Unemployed. —At a meeting of the Christchurch unemployed yesterday, a letter was read from Jthe men on strike at the Waimakariri Railway works, stating that the promises of the Government had not been fulfilled either as regards wages or rations. It was resolved to telegraph to the City members in the Assembly, and petition the Governor, suggesting that a commission of inquiry be appointed. Insurance. —The Wellington Chamber of Commerce held a meeting on Thursday afternoon to consider the Insurance Companies Bill which is now before Parliament. The principal speakers agreed that the Act would drive foreign companies out of the field, principally because their articles of association would not allow them to comply with the provisions of the Act. Resolutions were passed condemning the Act, as it tended to create a monopoly, also because of its protective tendency. Only agents of the local companies spoke in' favor of the Bill. A Fright. —The correspondent of the Christchurch Press, telegraphs from Wellington as follows : —About 12.30 this morning (Wednesday) during the discussion on the estimates, a loud report from the sunlight aloft caused considerable consternation among the members. The heat of the gas had apparently cracked one of the large sheets of plate glass, and those who were sitting below feared they might be guillotined by the glass falling on their heads. Almost simultaneously with the report, every member rose to his feet, glanced hurriedly upwards, and started for a door. No immediate danger being apparent, the committee resumed. On two occasions large sheets of glass have fallen from aloft upon the benches beneath, and therefore there was ground for their fear this morning. New Zealand University. —The ceremony of conferring the recently-obtained degrees of the New Zealand University took place in the old Provincial Council Chambers, Christchurch, on Thursday. The Chancellor of the University presided. With him, on the dais, were the Primate, the Board of Governors and the Professors of the Canterbury College, and Judge Johnston. The following degrees were conferred ;—M.A., Frederick Fitchett, J. Hay; L.L.8., Frederick Fitchett; 8.A., Helen Connor, W. H. Herbert, J. K. Thornton, H. W. Williams. After the ceremony, Judge Johnston addressed the assembly upon the advantages of higher education, and the great facilities for acquiring it in New Zealand. The President also gave a brief address, specially with a ■view to urging that careful attention must be given to rudimentary work.
Electioneering Dodges. Writes “ HCglea ” in the Australasian : “An election story, which perhaps may soon be apposite, comes from a Sheffield journal. The occasion was that of the late Gladstone and Beaconsfield duel :—“ On the eve of the late election a manufacturer assembled his men in his yard for the purpose of explaining that they could vote just as they pleased. ‘How, look here my men,’ said he, ‘ I don’t want to influence you in any way. You can vote just as you like. I should advise you to attend as many meetings of the candidates as you can, and then make up your mind which side you will support. Don’t think about obliging me—in fact, I shan’t tell you how I am going to vote. We shall be quite as good friends after the election as before, and then the day after it’s over I will have a barrel of beer brought into the yard.’ ‘Hear, hear,’ shouted the men. ‘ But,’ said the master, ‘ I sha’n’t tap it unless Mr. Wortley gets in. ’
The Old Story. —Sydney has been entertaining an angel unawares. About twelve months since (says the Bulletin) a gentleman arrived in Sydney with the debris of LIOOO in his pocket, and as they heard he was blue-blooded, people took kindly to him, and he speedily planted his feet under aristocratic mahogany. He was soon in first-rate fettle for a station Fillet at “twenty bob a week and found,” ■but after eating Johnny cakes, water dogs, and black sugar, and drinking tea out of a billy lid for a few months, he rose superior to himself with the advent of the International Exhibition, where he aired to some advantage his linguistic gifts. It may here be mentioned that the LIOOO he had on leaving England was obtained in the following manner ;—He was a younger son and was fast in a ratio inverse to his income. He “ made a smash ” and applied to his elder brother, the Earl of for assistance, which was denied him. A few days after a signboard inscribed “ Fish and Oyster Saloon, by the Honorable Mr. tious little shop in the ancestral village. The board and the LI.OOO shortly “ came down” together on the Hon. ’s agreeing to exile himself to Australia. However the Hon. Mr. has now gone back again—-probably to go into the fish business once more.
The Unemployed. —Forty more unemployed were sent up country on Thursday from Christchurch to work on the railway line. Wreck of a Steamer. —The small steamer Ino went ashore at Port Molneux on Thursday. She has a full cargo, and is expected to become a total wreck. Her hull is insured for LSOO in the South British and L 450 in the Victoria, and the the cargo is also insured in the South British for LSOO.