To Correspondents. —Wo will endeavor to answer “ Pedestrian’s” query in our Tuesday’s issue. More Work. —The County Engineer invites tenders for fencing and trimming gorse fences. In Bankruptcy. Henry William Robinson, of Newlands, and Thomas Hicks, of Ashburton, have filed declarations of insolvency. The Mails. —The s.s. Australia, with the London mails of July 15, left San Francisco on the 2nd inst., her contract date. The City of New York, with the July colonial mails, arrived at San Francisco on the 10th, two days in advance of eontraet date.
The San Francisco Mail.—Supplementary mails for the United Kingdom, etc., via San Francisco will close to-day (Saturday), at 5 p.m., for despatch per express train. Late fee letters may be posted in the mail van up to the time of its departure for the North.
Etertainment at Longbeach. Our Longbeach readers are reminded that the grand optical entertainment will be given in the Schoolroom this evening. A very attractive programme has been prepared, and an unusually good evening’s enjoyment may be anticipated.
Reported Sticking Up atßakaia. —A man named Thomas Daily was received into the Christchurch Hospital yesterday with a broken leg. He asserted that ho was stuck up by a man at Rakaia, and in jumping off his dray to defend himself, fell under the wheel, and the man made „ff. Local Industries. —Our readers are reminded that the public meeting called for the purpose of considering the adviaableness of forming an Association to promote the development of the industrial resources of Ashburton and district will be held at the Town Hall on Monday next, at 2.30 p.m. Methven. — Notwithstanding the apparent interest taken in the meeting held at Methven some time ago to consider the proposed County waterworks scheme, the ratepayers failed to put in an appearance to attend the meeting called for last Thursday. Putting aside the question of their own concern in the matter, we think, as a recognition of the trouble that must necessarily have been taken by Mr. Chapman in forwarding the various resolutions passed at the former meeting, the ratepayers should have made an effort to ensure at least the attendance of a sufficient number to form a meeting, and give the matter of the replies received from the County Council some consideration, for although the Waterworks Bill has passed the House, we apprehend that the ratepayers will still have some voice for or against the question of borrowing so large a sum of money as it is anticipated will be required to complete the scheme which has been brought forward fby the County Council. “Ten Nights in a Bar-room.”— Under the auspices of the Dawn of Peace Lodge of Good Templars, who celebrate the anniversary of their institution on Thursday next, the well-known drama of “Ten, Nights in a Bar-room” will be played by the Amateur Dramatic Club on that evening. The representation will fallow immediately after the customary tea meeting, which will commence at an hour allowing ample time for preparation for the performance. Great care has been taken with the cast and rehearsals of “Ten Nights in a Bar-room,” and promise is given that no point of the play will he lost by those who have undertaken the •various characters. The drama is one, as its title doubtless indicates, inculcating Die lessons of temperance, and it is just such a piece as one might expect to he produced under the asupices of a temperance body ; but in addition it gives play to all the dramatic ability possessed by those engaged in it, and the opportunity given to distinguish themselves will doubtless be taken by the members of the Club cast for the piece, Perhaps the greatest strength of our Club is thoir good fortune in possessing an excellent scenic artist, and the mounting of this piece will not by any means be neglected.
The Ashburton Cricket Club.—A committee meeting of the Ashburton Cricket Club was held on Thursday in the County Council Chambers. Present— Messrs. Poyntz, Douglas, Amos, Denshire, Price, Fooks, A. Westenra, Strangman, and Main waring. Mr. Denshire was voted to the chair. Sundry small accounts were passed for payment. Reports from the Sub-gqmmittep' were received re procuring roller and collecting subscriptions. In the latter matter, it was reported by Mr. Douglas that about L 6 or L 7 had been collected. It is to bo hoped members will assist the Committee, and pay up as soon as possible, as the expenses this season are rather heavy, and a quantity of material will have to be procured before cricket can be started. With regard to procuring a roller, it was decxclecl tba£ Jlf, Poyntz should arrange to havg a concrete one made. It was decided to leave the arrangement of matches to a committee appointed ’ for that purpose. Mr. Marsh reported that the pdinting of the pavilion would be finished in a day or two. The treasurer was ordered to pay the amount due upon satisfactory completion of the work. On the motion of olr- Poyntz, seconded by Mr. Denshire, it was to open an account at the Bank of Now HiSeakuid jn the name of the Ashburton Cricket "Club, cheques to be signed by the treasurer and countersigned by the secretary. Several' new members were elected, and the meeting adjourned until that day three weeks.
Raeaia Restaurant. —The premises lately occupied by Mr. 0. S. Howell, at Rakaia, have been opened by Mr. A. J. Andrews as a restaurant and boardinghouse.
The Grain Trade at Chertsey.--The quantity of grain carried from Chertsey station during the last season was only 10,578 tons 16 cwt, 3qrs., not 19,578 tons as has been stated
Meeting at Winslow. —The adjourned meeting of householders, favorable to the establishment of a school, was held at the hotel. Present—Messrs. C. Martin, Harris, Cavenagh, Bradbury, Sycamore, Bell, Walker, Gourlay, Rainey, Wilson, Williamson, and Grace. Mr. C. Martin was voted to the chair. The minutes of the former meeting were read and confirmed. Letters were read from Messrs. Grigg and Barker respecting sites for the proposed school, the former informing the committee it could have the land at LIO per acre. The petition to the Board signed by twenty householders was read and approved. It was proposed by Mr. Harris, and seconded by Mr. Cavenagh, and carried—“ That the Chairman forward the petition to the Board of Education, with a letter of explanation with reference to same.” A vote of thanks was accorded to the Chairman for the trouble he had taken in the matter. The meeting was then adjourned until the reply was received from the Board. Presentation to Color-Sergeant Dolman.— Last night an inspection parade of the volunteers was held at which thirtythree of all ranks attended. The band appeared in their new uniforms, which have been very well made by Mr. Craighead, and played several martial airs. After parade w’as over the Company formed up, and Captain Bullock addressed the men, speaking in high terms of the Color-Sergeant’s ability as a drill, and the obligation the Corps was under to him fertile care he bestowed upon them and the interest he took in their progress. Without Sergeant Dolman, in fact, it would have been difficult for the Company ever to have become efficient; with him it only wanted regular attendance on the part of the ■ members. The Captain then presented the Color-Sergeant with the badge of his rank, which badge had been subscribed for by the members of the Company in token that they were not unappreciative of his kindness. Mr. Dolman then replied in a short speech, thanking the Corps for their recognition of his efforts to do his duty, and urging upon them the necessity of regular attendance, without which they would never become the efficient soldiers he wished to see them. After cheers had been given for the Sergeant and the officers, the Corps was dismissed, and the members entertaind by their Captain.
Sacked. : Two pilots, Louden and Patou, have been discharged from the service at Port Chalmers for disobeying the Harbormaster’s orders. The Walking Mania. —A seven-mile walking match for LIOO is to come off to-day in Auckland between a ped. called Hendry and a half-case named Fernandez.
The W ullxngton Fire. —Some persons supposed to belong to the Wellington Salvage Corps gained admission to the premises recently burned in Wellington, and carried off some valuables. The police have the matter in hand. Fatal Accident. —A woman named Mrs. Cole was killed three days ago at Aniseed Valley, Nelson, by a fall from her horse, the horse falling on her. The jury returned a verdict of “ accidentally killed.”
Fatal Accident. —Yesterday a man named James Prideaux was found dead at the graving dock, Lyttelton. He had been drinking for some days, and had evidently climbed over the fence on Governor’s Bay Road, and fallen over the cliff into the dock, breaking his neck.
Warning to Cooks.—A woman named Lynch, in the service of Father Lenehan, at Milton, -was so badly scalded through the bursting of au unopened tin of salmon she had put into a pot on the fire to get warmed, that it is feared she will lose her eyesight.
A Waif of the Sea — At Blenheim, on Thursday, an inquest was held on the body of the man found on the beach on the previous day, and a verdict was returned of “Found dead.” There was nothing to afford a clue as to the identity of the deceased. The description of the man is ; —Age, about twenty-five ; height, sft. 7in.; dark brown hair, and medium build. A silver ring, made from a twosliilling piece, was on his second finger.
The Fire in the Christchurch Railway Station. —A coroner’s inquiry was held on Thursday afternoon, at the Terminus Hotel, Christchurch, into the circumstances connected with the fire at the Christchurch Railway Station last Sunda}'. The following verdict was returned : —“ The opinion of the jury is that the place has been wilfully set on fire by some person or persons unknown, but there is no evidence to show by whom.”
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