Metalling. —The Clerk of the South Rakaia Road Board invites tenders for metalling. Resignation. Mr. _ Guinney, the schoolmaster at Wakanui, has sent in his resignation to the Chairman of the local School Committee. Transfer of License. —A transfer of the license of the Waterton Hotel, from Mr. E. Doherty, to Mr. P. O’Shanassy, was granted at the Court yesterday. The Borough By-laws. —The Town Council had their first nibble under the by-laws yesterday, when a man was fined ss. for allowing a horse to remain unattended. The Licensing Court. —The quarterly meeting of the Licensing Commissioners for the districts of Ashburton, Rakaia, and Mount Somers is announced to take place on Tuesday, the 7th September. The Racecourse. —Mr. Wilkie, the Secretary to the Ashburton Racing Club invites tenders for burning tussocks, ploughing, harrowing, Ac., on the racecourse. Particulars will bo found in the usual column. Methven. —A meeting of ratepayers is convened by the chairman of the Mount Hutt Road Board for Thursday next, at 4 p.m., to consider correspondence received from the chairman of the County Council re the water supply. Alleged Sheep Stealing. — George Pike, who had been apprehended on a charge of sheepstealing, was brought before Mr. Guinness on Thursdaj 7 . On application of the police, the accused was remanded until Tuesday next, but was let out on bail. The Ashburton Infant School. — A tender was accepted on Thursday by the Board of Education for the building of an infant school at Ashburton. The successful contractors are Messrs. Williams and Hoskins, of this town, and the amount of their tender is L 573. Change of Proprietorship. —Mr. F. Clark, of Christchurch, has purchased the business hitherto carried on by Mr. A. E. Garnett, East street, and has now commenced work as hairdresser, &c., retaining, also, the tobacconist and fancy goods trade. Tradesmen’s Quadrille Assembly.— On Wednesday last the Tradesmen’s Quadrille Assembly had a very successful night, and dancing was kept up to a late hour. We understand the season will close at the end of this month, and the closing will be celebrated by an invitation ball, to be held on the last Wednesday in August. Accident. —On Wednesday afternoon, a son of Mr. George Kidd, while playing by himself with a saucer in the garden, fell, breaking the saucer as he came down. A corner of one of the pieces punctured the eye of the child, causing a nasty wound, which, it is feared, will cause the boy to lose the sight of the organ. The injuries were attended to bp Dr Ross, but restoration of the sight is considered to be hopeless. 1.0. G. T. —Tinwald. —On Wednesday the following were elected officers of the “Will and the Way” Lodge, 1.0.G.T., Tinwald ;—W.C.T., Bro. D. Teppett ; W.Y.T., Bro. F. Shearer ; W.S. Bro. J. Gudsell ; W.F.S., Bro. C. Hawkins; W.T., Bro. H. J. Jones ; W.C., Bro. R. Reeves; W.M., Bro. H. Bradshaw; W.1.G., Bro. J. Smith ; W.0.G., Bro. J. Corrigan, jun.; W.D.M., Sister Teppett ; W.R.H.S., Sister Mary Sanderson ; W.L.H.S., Bro. Fred. Bradshaw; W.A.S., Bro. W. Hawkins; P.W.C.T., Bro. R. Galloway. The installation takes place next Wednesday.
Cambridge School Committee. —The Cambridge School Committee held their usual monthly meeting last Monday night. Present—Messrs. Megson (in the chair), Lill, Watkins, Grayburn, and Lloyd. The Chairman read correspondence from the Board rc salaries and gymnastic apparatus applied for by the Committee. The master reported that, owing to the wet weather, there was a reduction in the numbers and attendances during July, as compared with the previous month—only 61 per cent, in daily average attendance. This was not considered so satisfactory as the last report. It was evidently owing to the wet weather, but the Committee feel it their duty to urge upon the parents the necessity of sending their children regularly to school. The master in his report intimated that he intended sending a monthly circular to parents, showing the number of attendances of their children and the number of times -the school had been opened. The master having complained that the school chimney smoked to such an extent as to compel the fire to be raked out and to drive them all out of doors, it was resolved that the Chairman write to the Board on the matter. On the motion of Mr. Lill, seconded by Mr. Grayburn, it was decided that the school books ar.d materials purchased by the master from Mr. D. Williamson, to the order of the Committee, at the opening of the school, become school property, and that the master render a monthly account of cash received. Several small accounts were passed for payment, and a vote of thanks to the Chairman being accorded, the meeting adjourned to the first Monday in September.
South Rakaia Domain- Board. —The meeting of this Board, which was to have been held on Thursday, lapsed for want of a quorum of members.
Se afield.' —Divine service null be held in the Seafield Schoolroom to-morrow afternoon, at 3 p.m., by either the Episcopal clergyman at Ashburton or a lay reader.
Our Post Office. —During the year 1879 there were issued from the Ashburton Post Office 1,C19 money orders, the total value of which was L 5,754 9s. 6d., yielding a commission to Government of L 94 12s. fid. There were paid at the office during the same year 598 money orders, representing a total value of L 2,179 17s. Bd. This amount of business is not equalled by any other office in the Christchurch district, and Lyttelton is considerably under. In fact Ashburton is one of the few country offices in the colony the number of whose money orders runs into four figures. The Ashburton Post Office also makes a very good appearance in the matter of savings bank business. There were 137 accounts opened, and 404 deposits made, amounting in all to L 4,752 2s. 3d., as against 94 accounts closed, 282 withdrawals of money amounting to L 3,471 7s. 3d. In telegraph business there were 8,132 messages of all codes dispatched, representing L 598 14s. fid. Of these 7,373 were private and press messages, and 759 Government telegrams. The value of the Government messages was L 57 7s. 9d., leaving a net yield of L 541 fid. 9d. from the public. There has been a considerable falling off in the telegraphic business and a corresponding increase in the postal work, owing, we presume, to the ideas of economy that the depression in trade has enforced, and which promote the using of a post card for a penny instead of a telegram for a shilling. Things are not driven at high pressure in these days, as they were some months ago, when trade was brisk and money plentiful.
A Waif. — A black flat-bottomed dingy, containing a quantity of provisions and stores, also a pair of boots, has been picked up between Wangaparoa and Tiritiri.
Destructive Hares. —A nurseryman at Remuera, Auckland province, had 5,000 trees barked this week by two hares. The damage done amounted to L6B. He watched the animals and destroyed them.
A Sketching Club. —The people in Auckland city possessing artistic leanings are forming a Sketching Club, and the Press Association agent in that aristocratic city considers the fact worth telegraphing we don’t.
An Inducement. —A wedding bonnet, to the competing bachelor ploughman who is first married after the match is among the inducements offered to those who compete at the Winton Ploughing Match. A pair of blankets and a pair of sheets are also among the prizes. Sporting. —We are glad to hear of the Middle Park having been able to replace the loss sustained by them lately by the death of the champion sire of the colonies, Traducer. The company have succeeded in buying King of Clubs in Melbourne, a horse whose breeding and performances are second to none in the colonies. With their new purchase, and the English crack Leolinus, the Middle Park Stud ought to be able to keep a good record up in time to come, and we hope to see that with the assistance of Musket in Auckland, the New Zealand sportsmen will take front rank in racing matters in the colonies.
The Native Prisoners. —The Hincmoa arrived in the roadstead at New Plymouth on Thursday, shortly after daylight. At 8 a.m. forty-four prisoners were marched down to the beach, and on their ■way became very demonstrative, and indulged in weird cries and gestures. After they were settled in the boats they bid adieu to their’native shore with loud cries. The usual daily arrest of four Natives took place that morning at the camp. The Natives are fully determined to continue fencing, and openly admit that the fencing is not for the purpose of protecting their crops, but simply for the jun-pose of thwarting the constabulary in taking possession of the confiscated land.
The New West Coast Rush. — A private letter received at Hokitika from Okarito says :—“ The Okarito rush is likely to be all right. Two young fellows named Meares and Fleming, belonging to Ross, struck good gold last Friday, on a low terrace running as straight as an arrow for about five miles alongside the Forks river. Where the road crosses the river there are four parties on payable gold, and about four miles up the creek is where Cunningham and party are working. The Chickens party have got gold intermediate between Cunningham’s and the road, which proves that gold has been traced for fully three miles. There is room for hundreds of miners. A steady rush is setting in, and miners are arriving daily overland. Those on the ground seem satisfied with the appearances of the country.”
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