Farmers’ Supplement. Our usual monthly farmers’ supplement will appear in Saturday’s issue.
Eire Inspector. —Mr. James Wilkie has been appointed Fire Inspector of the Borough.
Methven Pound. —The by-law for providing for the scale of fees and charges for the Methven Pound appears in another column.
In Bankruptcy, —A meeting of William Banks’ creditors will be held on Wednesday, the 25th inst., at 11 o’clock, in Mr. Crisp’s office, to consider the debtor’s application for discharge. Mr. Joshua Tucker is trustee in the estate. Mr. F. Pavitt has been appointed trustee in the estate of Thomas Hicks. The Tree Stealing Case.— The two men men Nolan and Hefferman, were tried on Tuesday on the charge against them of stealing trees from the Domain. His Worship, after hearing a witness as to the previous character of Hefferman, gave judgment as follows Nolan would be convicted and lined L 5 on each information, L2O in all, and if not paid within an hour to go to gaol for two months on each information. Hefferman would be fined LI on each information, and if the fines were not paid within an hour, prisoner would have to go to prison for fourteen days on each information. A full report will be found in another column. Ashburton High School. —lt will no doubt be interesting to many of our readers to observe that tenders are being called for the erection of a building to form part of the intended High School. .-Apart from the educational privileges which will follow from the establishment of this school, the mere erection of the building, along with the cattle yards, Messrs. Matson, Cox, and Co.’s store, and the infant school will give at least temporary employment to a number of men, and''when the sound of the hammer and saw are once more familiar ( to our ears, we may imagine there will be no more murmuring in our streets.
L. O.L.—A meeting of the Star of Ashburton LoyaJ Orange Lodge will bo held this evening, at 8 o’clock. Masonic. —The regular monthly meeting of the Thistle Lodge takes place tonight in the Masonic Hall.
Thee Planting. —Persons who are on the look out for trees suitable for planting, should pay a visit to Mr. Alfred Harrison’s yards to-day at 12 o’clock, when 4,000 trees of various kinds are to be brought to the hammer.
The Court-House. —We are authorised to state that none of the tenders hitherto sent in for the fittings of the Ashburton Court-House will be accepted, being all greatly in excess of the amount that can be granted.
The 1 ‘ Wheatsheap. ” —Messrs Willcocks and Escott, invite their friends to a dinner on the 24th of this month, to celebrate the entrance of Mr. Escott as the new landlord. A dance will take place afterwards.
Poad Work. —The Upper Ashburton Road Board invite tenders for shingling, formation, etc., on Bland’s Island, Stitt’s cross road, Town Bolt road, Winchmore road, and from Thomson’s corner to the Winchmore road. Specifications at Mr. Pullar’s office, and tenders to be in by Monday, at noon, 30th inst. Lecture. —The Rev. Mr. Hands gave a lecture in the Templar Hall on Tuesday, under the auspices of the Temperance Society. The rev. gentlemen took for his subject “ The Wines of the Bible.” There was a fair audience, and the lecture which was well I handled, was listened to with much interest. At its close, a vote of thanks was passed to Mr. Hands. Trotting. —Some betting is going on in the township just now regarding the fastest time taken to trot 100 miles. We are requested to state that Mr. R. Lancaster distinctly remembers a trotting match between a horse named Archie and another called Whisker, in which Archie did the 100 miles under ten hours. Whisker broke down on the road, which was between Fiery Creek and Geelong.
The Library Rearing. —Another of the series of entertainments for the benefit of the Library was given in the Town Hall on Tuesday, to a very fair audience. The singers were Messrs. Gates, Zouch, and Stott, while the pianists were Mrs. Eyton and Miss Gates. Recitations were given by Mr. Minnis, and a reading by Mr. Guinness, the entertainment concluding with “Bumble’s Courtship,” from Dickens’ “ Oliver Twist,” by Mr. Jacobson and Mrs. Thomson. The Domain Corner. —Workmen are at present busy putting up a fence round the reservoir at the corner of tile Domain. The fence is a very substantial one, and as neat as strong, but to our seeming there is not enough of it. We would rerecommend such members of the Borough Council as have an eye to the tasteful to take a walk along to the Domain corner. We are sure they will at once be convinced that as much again of the same kind of fencing is required at the corner, and a ten pound note would cover the expenditure. Lecture. —At the Library entertainment on Tuesday it was announced by the chairman, Mr. Ward, that shortly a lecture would be given in aid of the Library’s funds by Mr. F. P. O’Reilly, barrister, the subject being the eminent statesman “William Pitt.” This is not the first time that Mr, O’Reilly has been on the platform as a lecturer, for not so very long ago he made a very favorable impression on a large audience in Sydney in a lecture on “ Memory,” which was noticed at great length by the Sydney press and favorably criticised. But for Mr. O’Reilly’s departure for New Zealand the lecture would have been repeated. We have no doubt the lecture on Pitt will be well attended, and highly appreciated by the Ashburton public. Contempt of Court. —On Tuesday while the case against Nolan and Hefferman for alleged tree stealing iv as proceeding the Sergeant took a man into custody for conversing with Hefferman and carrying the results of his conversation to a witness named Sullivan, who' along with the other witnesses in the case had been ordered outside the Court. Mr. O’Reilly, for the accused, called Hefferman to prove that the conversation did not in any way bear on the case, and his Worship discharged the offender with a sharp reprimand. In the course of Sullivan’s evidence, he had emphatically stated that a man named David Evans, with whom he had had an interview at Acton station, was at Rakaia at present. When the name of the offender against the rules of Court was enquired for, it was ascertair ed to he “ David Evans,” who up to that moment was supposed to have been in Rakaia. There was a look of blank dismay on the faces of both police and counsel, and the titter which went round the Court, showed that the general opinion was that some one had been “ had.”
The Literary Institute, Cheetsey. - The Chertsey Literary Institute was opened for the first time on Saturday last. It consists of a detached building of one large room, well furnished with cabinets for the books. Residents in the district have lent (for use in the room only) several works of authority as reference books, besides bound volumes of English illustrated papers, and works of general interest, amounting in all to about fifty volumes. The circulating library comprises about ninety volumes of the works of standard authors, so that for the size of thg place the library is very well stocked. The subscription for members has been fixed at the low figure of ten shillings per annum, which ought to induce every one within reach of the library to join. Owing to the success of the recent entertainment the Committee have LlO in hand, and the institution may therefore be looked upon as financially healthy. The benefits of the library ought to be widely taken advantage of by those in the locality, as the greater the support given to it, and the larger the number of members, the better able will the Committee be to increase the stock of books. The reading-room is open, daily, and is greatly appreciated by those residing at a distance, while the library is open for the distribution and exchange of books on Wednesday and Saturday evenings. Important Decision. —ln a case heard at the Resident Magistrates’Court on Tuesday, in which the plaintiff sought to recover certain goods from the defendant, who held them as a lien until an account was settled, Sir. Branson argued for the plaintiff that no lodginghouse-keeper could detain goods in such a manner. The learned gentleman quoted cases in support of his argument, and showed the different relationships in which hotelkeepersandlodginghonsekeepers stood. A hotelkeeper is compelled by law to accommodate travellers, and would be running the risk of being indicted should he refuse, and hence the law which made it compulsory on the hotelkeeper to supply accommodation also gave him a means of protection from loss in allowing him io detain the goods of his “ guest ” as a lien for the debt contracted. A lodginghouse keeper stood in a different position. He was not compelled tc accommodate the public. It was entirely a matter of choice with him, and lie could accept or refuse any person applying for accommodation. Hence, as the law does not force a lodginghouse-keepor to take in travellers, neither does it allow him to detain the goods of his lodgers pending the payment of a debt incurred for such lodging. The Magistrate agreed with Mr. Branson’s statement of the lodginghouse-keeper’s position and gave judgment in favor of the lodger.
Smxtggling.— A man named Thomas Smith has been fined L2O at Auckland for evading the duty on a gold watch, valued at L4O.
The P. and O. Steamers. —lt is stated that shortly the Peninsular and Oriental Company’s steamers will trade regularly to Wellington, whence their traffic will be distributed.
Ante Up.—The Hon. J. T, Peacock has given notice in the Legislative Council to move that Education Boards having balances in hand at the end of the year should refund the same to Government.
The Late Mr. Ireland, M.H.R. — The remains of the late Mr. Ireland, M.H.R. for Waikaia, were brought to Lyttelton by the Hinemoa on Tuesday morning. They were forwarded South by the evening train to Timaru, whence they were despatched to Dunedin yesterday morning.
The Unemployed. —More unemployed were sent up country to railway works from Christchurch yesterday. Altogether 1000 men have been found work for under “ unemployed ” terras this winter. The number shows how real have been the workmen’s complaints of want of employment.
Under Age. —At Napier the Education Board are growling about the capitation paid for children under age. 3000 children have thus been paid for, involivng an expenditure annually of L 12,000, and a further indirect outlay of LBOOO. In the present state of the colonial finances one member thinks the Minister for Education ought to be talked to.
Death op Colonel Kenny. —Colonel Kenny, M. L. 0., died at his residence at Ponsonby on Tuesday morning without premonition. Whilst dressing he was seized with a fit of apoplexy, and fell heavily to the floor, striking his head against the bed, and inflicting a severe gash. He died almost instantly. He was at All Saints Church on Sunday, and got up on Tuesday in his usual health and spirits.
The Okarito Rush.. —The West Coast is again becoming popular as a goldfield, and many old hands are setting out for the scene. A special coach left Christchurch on Monday with a cargo of twenty diggers, who mean to try their luck at Okarito, and on Tuesday evening the Grafton took twenty more men with her as passengers for the goldfields on the West Coast.
A Wicked Lamp. —The Lynch family of bellringers, while performing in Ewart’s Hall, Blenheim, on Tuesday evening, had an adventure. One of their number accidentally upset a kerosene lamp, when leaving the stage. He threw some costumes over the lamp, then seized it, blazing as it was, carried it round to the back of the stage, and threw it outside the window, where it exploded. Locae Industries. --In the Legislative Council on Tuesday, the Hon. Mr. Chamberlain gave notice to move that in the opinion of this Council • the Government should state whether it is going in for a policy of Free Trade or Protection. He also asked whether Government intended to bring in a Local Industries Bill ; and was the Local Industries Commission to continue its work, or another of less Free Trade tendencies to be appointed. The Hon. F. Whitaker said that the report of the Commission was now under consideration ; also, whether the Commission shall continue its labors ; but whatever decision was come to no new Commission mould be appointed.
An Unrehearsed Scene. — A remarkable scene occurred at a reading recently given at Louisville by Mrs. Scott Siddons. The first part of the programme had just been concluded, the last feature of which was “ The Maniac.” Mrs. Siddon appeared in costume, and the audience was much moved by her dramatic display. Suddenly a woman, pushing past the doorkeeper, ran down the main aisle, leaped upon the stage, and, rushing to Mrs. Siddons, attacked her savagely. The woman had a dog in her arms, and a colored man followed her. People interfered and prevented any injury to Mrs. Siddons, who explained that the young woman was a demented cousin that had escaped from her custodian.
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