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In Bankruptcy.— Mr. W. R. Boyle has been appointed creditors’ trustee in the bankrupt estate of John Hircock. The Domain Tree Thefts. — Yesterday Constable Neill apprehended two lads on a charge of stealing trees from the Domain, The Mount Somers Railway.— The sum of L 4,000 has been set aside on the Public Works Estimates for the Upper Ashburton Railway. Presbyterian. —lt was announced on Sunday that the recently elected elders of the Ashburton Presbyterian Church would be ordained the eldership at the forenoon service next Sabbath. Vital Statistics. —Thirty-seven “little strangers” came to Ashburton district (bless their little hearts), during the month of July; four persons went to their long home ; and Cupid was successful in uniting only two loving hearts. The Sunnyside Asylum —Dr. Hacon, late assistant physician at the Warwick County Asylum, has been appointed Resident Medical Superintendent at the Sunnyside Asylum. Dr. Hacon is to enter upon bis duties on August 15. Entertainment at Longbeach. —A grand entertainment is announced to take place in the Longbeach Schoolroom on Saturday evening next. From what we know of the promoters and the character of the entertainment as a whole, we can anticipate for our Longbeach friends a rich treat. The Cattle Yards. —Yesterday thecommittee entrusted by the County Council with the supervision of affairs connected with the new cattle yards, and comprising Messrs. W. C. Walker, John Grigg, John Carter, and George Jameson, visited the cattle yards reserve and selected a site for the yards, which has now been pegged out, and the contractors will probably start work this morning. The Rifle Corps. —On Friday evening next the members of the Rifle Corps will have a special inducement for attending parade. On that evening a presentation is to be made to Color-Sergeant Dolman, in recognition of his services to the corps as drill instructor. The testimonial will take the form of a color-sergeant’s badge, with which will also be given a souvenir in the shape of a silver mounted pipe. The band, in their new uniform, will also be present. The Grain Trade.— The stations in this district show by far the largest despatch of grain during the last season —in fact the only stations showing an export tonnage of figures were those given below, and as the figures attached indicate : tons. cwt. qrs. Rakaia 16,948 16 2 Chertsey ... 19)57$ !5 3 Ashburton ... ... 11,020 14 2 Tinwald ... ... 3’ loz 4 0 Winslow 1,980 16 2 Hinds J ,3 22 l 9 3 Ealing 98 22 Rangitata ... .. L 2 SB 4 0 The Hospital Tenders.—At a meeting of the Hospital Committee yesterday afternoon tenders for hospital supplies were accepted as under:—For funerals,Mr. T. A. Gates ; for drugs, etc., Messrs. Neate and Cambridge, six months each, Mr. Neate to commence ; meat, Mr. R. Lancaster, six months.; groceries, Messrs. Orr & Co. ; medical comforts, as well as the tender for fuel, Messrs. Fricdlander Bros.; milk, Mr. Gardiner. The Committee resolved to adopt the rules and regulations for the hospital (as amended), and to publish them for general imformation ; and also to ask the Domain Board to co-operate in enlarging the hospital site. Gambling. —Thomas Doru, licensee of the Clarendon Hotel, Christchurch, was fined LlO yesterday for permitting gambling to take place in his hotel. The Raeburn Tragedy. —The inquest on the murdered woman Young was resumed on Saturday, and adjourned till Wednesday. Two Chinamen have been arrested. In the hut of one of them was found a pair of newly washed trousers, with blood spots on them. The New Rush.— The correspondent of the Christchurch Star at Hokitika, telegraphs More diggers have arrived en route for Okarito, and a steady rush is now setting in. It is to be hoped that none will come without capital, as it is not likely that many wages men will be employed just yet. I hear that some storekeepers are going down. Fire in Christchurch Railway Station. —Afire occurred on Sunday forenoon in the room of the general manager, Christchurch railway station. It is supposed to have arisen from some native coal left in the grate overnight. The brigades were called out, and extinguished the"tire before much mischief was done. Pedestbianism. — At Auckland, Young Willis successfully completed his task of walking 108 miles in twenty-four hours considerably inside tire time. He went on to 110 miles, and left off at 8.55, having still 35 minutes to spare. He could have accomplished Scott’s feat of 112, but his trainer, McDonald, would not permit it. Willis was loudly cheered at the finish.

Roads. —ln the Public Works estimat es the amount put down for the road from Nelson to Greymouth and Westport is L 15,000 ; for roads and bridges in the South-west Goldfields, L1,G05. Also, all amounts which were voted last year for different reads and bridges, but not expended, are again placed on the estimates.

More Captives. 'The Hinemoa arrived at Lyttelton yesterday, with forty-lb’e Maori prisoners. While marching up to the gaol, under the escort of seven of the Armed Constabulary and Lyttelton police, the jolly dark-skins entertained the Port residents with singing and gesticulations, but they are described as very peaceful criminals.

The Governor. —Sir H. Robinson has received intimation of his appointment to the government of the Cape. He will leave almost immediately, Via Australia and England. Lady Robinson goes to Australia this Aveek to see her daughter there. Master Robinson goes home in the Raleigh. Sir Arthur Gordon succeeds Sir Hercules as Governor of New Zealand, but Sir Hercules will not await his arrival, which is not likely to take place for some time.

Supposed Suicide. —A Blenheim telegram dated Sunday saj’s A melancholy event happened to-day. About 2.30 this afternoon the body of a man was found floating in the bend of Taylor’s river, by a boy named Robinson. On making the discovery the boy ran and told his father, who procurred assistance, and the body, which proved to he that of Thos. O. Sullivan, was drawn to the bank. Medical men were quickly in attendance, and evei’y means were tried to resuscitate the body, which ivas quite Avarm, but Avithout effect. The unfortunate man had been greatly embarrassed in business affairs lately, and filed his schedule a few Aveeks ago. This seemed to prey upon his mind, inducing to intemperate habits. He left his home, Avhich is near the river, not two hours before he was discovered, and there being scarcely three feet of water at the spot, it is presumed that the act was premeditated. Great sympathy is felt for his Avife and young family.

The Balkans. —There are ominous signs of war in the Balkan peninsula. The Government of Bulgaria are massing troops on the Roumelian frontier, with the apparent object of securing possession of the Bulgarian provinces south of the Balkans. Remonstrances have been addressed to the Bulgarian Governmenf on the subject.

The Skobeloffs. —lt is rumored at St. Petersburg!! that the Turcomans have captured and beheaded General Michael Skobeloff, the commander of the Russian expedition sent against them. Madame Skobeloff, mother of the general, has been murdered at Tchigrin, a town in the district of Kier. The husband of the deceased, as well as her son, are officers of distinction in the Russian army. The principal assassin having been recognised, was pursued, but he committed suicide to avoid arrest. The others engaged in the murder have been captured. Madame Skobeloff, was treasurer of the Panslavic cause, and as such carried large sums of money about with her. It is now supposed that plunder was the cause of assassnation.

A Mormon Incident. —“One day I saw a woman running across the fields towards our house, pale and trembling. When she came in she looked round her as if she were frightened, and she asked if any one besides our own family were present. On being assured that there was no one present whom she might fear, she said— ! Two men came to our house late last night, and asked to see my husband, who had already retired. He was in bed, but they insisted that he must get up, as they had a message from ‘ the authorities’ for him. When they saw him they requested him to go with them to attend, they said, some church business. I became very much alarmed, for poor husband had spoken rather freely of late of some of the measures of the Church ; but he tried to reassure me, and finally left the house with the two men. In about an hour after they came back, bearing between them his lifeless body. They laid him upon the bed, and then one of them pulled aside the curtain which constituted our only cupboard, and took therefrom a bakekettle and stood it beside the bed, in order to catch the blood that was flowing from a fearful wound in his throat. They then left the house, telling me to make as little noise about it as possible, or they might serve me in the same way. The men were masked, and I cannot tell who they are ; but I spent a fearful night with my poordead husband.” —“An Englishwoman in Utah."

A Wonderful Clock. —The most astounding thing a contemporary ever heard of in the way of a timepiece is a clock described by a Hindoo rajah as belonging to a native prince of Upper India, and jealously guarded as the rarest treasure of his luxurious palace. In front of the clock’s disc was a gong, swung upon poles, and near it was a pile of artificial human limbs. The pile was made up of the full number of parts of twelve perfect bodies, but all lay heaped together in seeming confusion. Whenever the hands of the clock indicated the hour of one, out from the pile crawled just the number of parts needed to form the frame of one man, part joining itself to part with quick metallic click ; and, when completed, the figure sprang up, siezed a mallet, and, walking up to the gong, struck one blow that sent the sound pealing through every room and corridor of the stately palace. This done, he returned to the pile, and fell to pieces again. When two o’clock came, two men arose and did likewise ; and so through all the hours, the number of figures being the same as the number of the hour, till at noon and midnight the entire heap sprang up, and, marching to the gong, struck one after another each his blow, and then fell to pieces.

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Ashburton Guardian Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 137, 10 August 1880

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