The Ashburton Guardian, COUNTY AGRICULTURAL & SPORTING RECORDER THURSDAY, AUGUST 5, 1880.
The San Francisco Mail. —Mails for the United "Kingdom, etc., via San Francisco, will close on Friday, 13th inst. L. O. L. —The ordinary meeting of the local Orange Lodge is to take place this evening.' A full attendance ofmembers is requested. Old Men’s -Home. —The master of the Ashburton Home begs to acknowledge ■with thanks the receipt of two bags of vegetables and one case of apples from Mr. W. Gimblett, of Christchurch. Entertainments. —The limelight exhibition, which has been the source of more than one evening’s enjoyment to the pleasure-seekers of the • district, was repeated on Tuesday, in the Primitive Methodist Church. There was a fair attendance, and the audience apparently were well pleased with what was placed before them. —An entertainment specially for the young folks was given on Monday night, when the views exhibited were very amusing, and created much fun among the little ones.
South Rakaia School Committee. — The South Rakaia School Committee held its usual monthly meeting on Tuesday evening. Present —Messrs. Tucker (chairman), Cox, Sharp, and Welsh. A circular was read from the Board of Education, notifying that, no teacher will be allowed to act as secretary to any School Committee. A letter was read from the Board sanctioning the ' appointment of Kate Doherty as pupil; teacher to the school, subject to her passing the necessary examination and signing the usual indentures. The Chairman stated that Kate Doherty had expressed her willingness to conform to the regulations, upon which he had instructed her to commence work. The action was approved. It was resolved that the master bo instructed not to absent himself from his duties without asking the consent of Chairman in writing and -obtaing- a written reply, or, in the absence ’of the Chairman, the consent of any two members of the Committee.
The Ashburton Fire Brigade. —The usual monthly of the Fifef Brigade was held on Tuesday, fourteen members being present, Captain. Wilkie in the chair. Correspondence from the Borough Council was read, stating that the L 25 grant would be paid in November ; also that a resolution had been passed, appointing the Captain, Fire Inspector. From the Gas Company stating that as the lamp at the Engine Shed was a private one the Company,'had no, control over it. Six members were ballotted for, and three of them elected. The Treasurer’s statement showed a credit balance of L 8 14s. 2d. against which there were accounts presented amounting to Ll 5 13s. 4d. Some discussion then took place as to whether the sum of L 9 9s. Od. to the credit of the private fund should be encroached on, :and it was pointed out that, in case of fire, this was the only amount available for expenses, which had always to be paid on the spot; and on the motion of Lieut. Dolman, seconded by Treasurer Parkin, it was resolved—- “ That the private funds be not drawn upon to pay general accounts. ” It was also resolved —“ That a balance sheet be drawn up shewing the present state of the Brigade’s funds, the same to be forwarded to the Borough Council with a request to reconsider the resolution passed by the Council at its late meeting re the grant due to the Brigade. . The accounts' were then passed for payment when the Brigade possessed the funds. It was decided that new members should serve a probation extending over at least three practices previous to becoming entitled to uniforms. The Captain was requested to invite the members of the Fire Police to attend the next practice of the Brigade. The meeting then adjourned.
Painful Accident at Tinwald. —On Tuesday, between two and three o’clock, while Mr. Hicks’ bread cart, in which were Mr. Hicks himself and Mr. Brown, coachbuilder, was being driven over the usual bread rounds, and had just delivered bread at Mr. Quarterman’s house, the horse took fright at a hand cart driven by Mr. Williams, builder, and set off at full speed. A few chains off from where he started a deep hole exists, full of water. This is at the junction of Thomson street and' Graham’s road. Here the animal swerved suddenly to the right, and Mr. Brown, who was sitting on the near side of the cart, was thrown out. Immediately afterwards the cart capsized, and Mr. , Hicks was thrown violently to the ground alighting on his head, the cart overturning above him. The cart righted itself and was again overturned, the horse still keeping on, and getting back through a gorae fence into Thompson street. Ultimately the cart was smashed to matchwood. On help reaching Mr. Brown, it was found that his leg was broken, and he was otherwise severely injured. Mr- Hicks was found to be quite insensible, and for some time he was ■ thought to be dead, but he ultimately revived on restoratives being applied. He complains of injuries to his head and neck, but has suffered no broken bones. Mr. Moffatt’s trap being at hand, Mr. Brown was put into it by Mr. Williams and others, and brought over to his house in Ashburton, where he was attended by Dr. Stewart, the Lodge Surgeon of the Oddfellows body, of which Mr. Brown is a member. Mr. Hicks was brought home in a cab. His injuries are not so severe as those of Mr. Brown, who is now doing as well as can be expected. Ashburton High School. —A meeting of the Board of Governors of the Ashburton High School was held in the County Council Chamber yesterday afternoon. Present—Dr. Trevor (Chairman), His Worship the Mayor, and Messrs. W. C. Walker, Grigg, and 0. P. Cox. A letter was read from Mr. E. G. Wright, suggesting that the consideration of the establishment of the High School should be deferred until Mr. Saunders and himself were able to attend a meeting. Mr. Eyton wrote, forwarding the names of parents and guardians who were prepared to guarantee the attendance of boys at the High School if it were started at once. The total number guaranteed was twentyseven. Mr. Fooka was in attendance, and laid before the meeting a sketch-plan of a building, capable of seating sixty boys, at a probable cost of L 450. This building would be constructed so that at any future time, when the requirements of the district demanded it, it could be added to, and, in fact, was only a portion of the main building which it was estimated would cost LllOO. It was resolved that Mr. Fooks prepare specifications, and advertise for'tenders for the ei’ection of the building forthwith. It was decided to advertise/for a master, and the Chairman" and Mr. Walker were appointed a Committee to carry out preliminary matters. The meeting was of.opinion that it would be unwise to attempt to open trie school until after the Christmas holidays. The Board then adjourned until Wednesday, let September.
The County Waterworks Bill. —lt ■will be seen from our Parliamentary report that the County Waterworks Bill was passed last afternoon.
Saul Srencer. Reuter’s Agency sends a telegram cancelling that which appeared in the morning papers regarding the resignation of Earl Spencer as Lord President of the Privy Council.
Savage Assault on a Wife. —On Monday in Christchurch a man named William Lee was arrested for a savage assault on his wife. He struck her on the head with a heavy piece of wood, and inflicted a severe wound. The woman is now in the hospital.