The Ashburton Guardian, COUNTY AGRICULTURAL & SPORTING RECORDER THURSDAY, AUGUST 21, 1880.
Mount Somers Pound. —Applications are invited by the Mount Somers Road Board from persons willing-to take the position of poundkeepor for a term of twelve months.
Gone Bung. The Ellesmere Advertiser, published by Mr. Joseph Ivess, has hauled down its flag, and ceases publication after this week. Mr. Sherlock’s paper, the Guardian, will now have the Southbridge field all to itself. The Guardian, in a leading article, states that it has bought out its rival on liberal terms.
Lecture at Cambridge. Mr. H. Cape-Williamson, schoolmaster at Cambridge, delivered a lecture last night, in the Cambridge School, on “ Agricultural Chemistry.” Our reporter arrived at a late hour this morning, and we are forced to hold over his report. There was a fair attendance, considering the boisterous night, and Mr. Megson was chairman. The subject was ably treated, and in a popular style. The Gale!— The north-west gale of yesterday seems to have been pretty severe, in the northerly portion of this island, and to have done considerable damage. The telegraph lines between Christchurch and the distributing station at Blenheim have been blown down, and communication with Wellington is interrupted. This accounts for the absence of our usual budget of late cablegrams and telegrams.
Monster Panorama of New Zealand. —A monster panoramic exhibition by limelight is announced by Messrs. Bevan and Davies to take place in the Ashburton Town Hall next Monday night. We understand' it is the intention of the proprietors to make a tour of the Colony, and with this end in view they have procured a most powerful and ingenious apparatus which will give on the canvas'a constantly steady light, with amazing brilliancy, the disc being ten feet in diameter. The views will embrace scenes from nearly every part of the colony, and also some special scenes from Australia. It is to be hoped the energetic conduct and enterprise of Messrs Bevan and Davies will meet with unbounded success. Good Templar Anniversary. —The third anniversary of the Dawn of Peace Lodge of Good Templars was celebrated by a tea meeting in the Town Hall on Thursday. About 150 people sat down to the good things provided by Messrs. Marsh and Groves, and by several friends who had contributed trays. The following sisters of the Order presided over the tables ;■ — Mesdames Poyntz, Manhire, Hefford, and Holmes ; Misses Hardley, Davis (2), Andrews (3), Davis, and Mulford—the two latter attending the bachelors’ table. After the hall had been cleared the Dramatic Society performed the now well-known drama “ Ten Nights in a Bar Room,” which is intended to show up in all its horror the terrible evil of intemperance. The leading character, “ Joe Morgan,” was played by Mr. Poyntz ; the part of Mrs. Morgan was taken by Mrs. Manhire ; and a young daughter of Mrs. Manhire played the difficult part of Joe Morgan’s child. Simon Slade, the publican, was undertaken by Mr. Higgins, and Mr. J. Hardley took the character of Frank. Harvey Green, the gambler and rogue, fell to Mr. Jessop’s lot, and the character of Willie Hammond the squire’s son, was allotted to Mr, Fooks. Mr. Romanic, a travelling philosopher, was entrusted to Mr. Felton, and Miss Hardley took the part of Mrs. Slade. The comedian of the company was disposed of in the character of Sample Switchel, whose sweetheart, Melutable Cartwright, fond of yellowback novels, found an exponent in Mrs. Thompson. All things considered, the piece went smoothly, and some of the scenes were very well managed indeed. Regarding the effect of the piece, wo are afraid it will not be much of a temperance teacher, for, to our seeming, the audience failed altogether to get into sympathy with the drama. Joe Morgan (Mr. Poyntz) in one scene goes into delirium tremens, and Mr. Poyntz did this part of his work very well, but with a very contrary effect upon the audience, who seemed to enjoy each paroxysm of “ the horrors” as an excellent joke, and laughed accordingly. Indeed, most of the pathetic passages throughout the play were received in this way, by a portion of the audience at least. The scenery was all that could be desired —as it must be when Bourk paints ; but we missed the string band, whose absence left Mr. Gates single-handed at the piano. There was a fair audience on Thursday. The piece was repeated last night, to a smaller, but certainly more appreciative audience, and went very well indeed, the performers acquitting themselves creditably.
Another Fire. —Marlborough is getting together a somewhat fiery reputation, blazes in that province having been frequent of late. A large two-storey building at Mount Pleasant was totally destroyed by fire on Tuesday night. The only person in the house at the time was an old lady, who was not aw r are that anything was wrong until the neighbors came to extinguish the flames.
Clo?e Running. —What of this in the way of coincidence ? Nearly twelve months ago (says the Thames Advertiser) the marriages were announced of two brothers, on the same day, by the same clergyman, and to-day is inserted the announcement of the advent of two olive branches, die births being almost equally concurrent. Both children are girls, and the nurse says “as like as two peas,” Further than this it may be said, one doctor and one nurse had been engaged for both, but this arrangement w r as upset by the course of events.
The Schoolmaster Willis.—Two or three days ago a schoolmaster named Willis was sentenced to two months’ hard labor for assault. He was scarcely in gaol when a deputation, introduced by the Hon. Mr. Bryce, interviewed the Minister of Justice on his behalf. The Minister promised to consider the matter, and see what could be done to lighten or remit the sentence. On Thursday another deputation besieged Mr. Rolleston, who replied that the matter was under consideration. The second deputation was headed by Sir Wm. Fitzherbort. Te Whitx’s Policy. —The New Zealand Times correspondent telegraphed from Pungaraliu camp on Thursday ; —Te Whiti has determined to send four men per day to prison until the whole have been arrested, and should the constabulary object to arrest them fourteen will be sent the next day, and in event of those being rejected fifty will be sent the day after. The men are chosen by Te Whiti and Tohu, two by the former in his whare and two by the latter in his. At first so many volunteered that the chiefs had to adopt the selection system. Te Whiti made a very long speech, of which the following will give you an idea of his tone. He said, “ all the evils I have stirred up shall not be made clear. Neither of the two races know how I shall finish my work. Taking men to prison is not good work, when they are taken for nothing- This quarrel shall not be left for another year to finish. It shall be finished this year. ’ ’
Coal.— lt is rumored that a valuable seam of coal has just been discovered at Gisborne, North Island. Gas. —The Christchurch Gas Company have declared a dividend of 7 per cent, on the half-year. The Governor. —His Excellency and Lady Robinson and suite leave Wellington for Sydney en route for England on Sept. 3rd. Christchurch Rates. —During the past six years the rates annually collected in Christchurch have risen from L 4,500 to Lll,ooo. Lyttelton Jetty. —The construction of the new breastwork and jetty at Lyttelton was commenced on Thursday,'and is to be completed in twelve months. The Licensing Bill. —ln the usual slaughter of the innocents at the end of the session the Licensing Bill is included, so that legislation on the liquor question has been postponed for a session. An Illicit .Stile. —For illicitly distiling “blue ruin,” George M'Gusfy and Thomas Taylor have been fined LIOO each, or twelve months’ imprisonment in default, by the Dunedin Court.