A Clean Sheet. —There were no police cases heard at the usual sitting of the Court yesterday. The Hospital. —The rules of tho Ashburton Hospital appear in another column. The Prorogation of Parliament.— It is expected that tho prorogation of Parliament will take place on Tuesday next. The County’s Waterworks Bill.— The Ashburton County Waterworks Bill was read a third time in the Legislative Council on Wednesday. Accident. —A man named Raply, while engaged working at a threshing machine at Wakanui, on Thursday last, had his hand severely cut. The English Mails.— The Australia, with the San Francisco mail, arrived at Auckland on Thursday. The Suez mail has also arrived at King George’s Sound. The High School. —The time for receiving tenders for the Ashburton High School building has been extended till Wednesday, September 8. Trotting Match. — We hear that a trotting match of three miles, for L2O a-side, is likely to come off on Monday between a horse belonging to a gentleman in town, whose name we have not learned, and one backed by Mr. Physick, Local Enterprise. —The enterprising firm of Orr and Co., have, we understand, taken over the stock in the assigned estate of Edmiston, Gundry, and Co., valued at L 2,000, about which announcements will at an early date appear in our columns. “Farming Implements.” —We would remind our farming readers of a very important paper to be read by Mr. F. B. Passmore on “Farming Implements” in the upper room of the Town Hall to-night. The admission is not restricted to members of the A. and P. Association only, but all the farmers in the district will bo made heartily welcome. Tradesmen’s Quadrille Assembly. —The closing ball of the Tradesmen’s Quadrille Assembly last Wednesday night was a brilliant success, and very creditable to the promoters. Between forty and fifty couples were present, to whose enjoyment the excellent arrangements of the management contributed in a high degree. Dancing was kept up to a late hour with no lack of spirit, and the music was excellent.
Anniversary Services and Lecture. —To-morrow, the Rev. D. McKee, of Christchurch, will conduct the services in the Presbyterian Church and at Wakanui, the day being the anniversary of the Rev. Mr. Beattie’s induction. On Monday evening, in the Town Hall, Mr. McKee will deliver a lecture on “ Cranmer and his times.” The rev. gentleman is highly spoken of as a speaker, and has been very favorably noticed by the press both in the colony and at Home, when he has appeared as a lecturer. He is a prominent clergymen of the Presbyterian Church, and a very popular preacher, and doubless will command large audiences in Ashburton,
The Beer Tax. —lt will be seen\ frpiri the Parliamentary report published'■‘elsewhere that the Beer Tax has been fixed at 3d.
The Wires.— Telegraphic communication has been restored with the North, An accumulation of telegraphic information appears elsewhere. Property Sale. —On Saturday last Messrs. Matson and Co. sold some properties at their laud and estate salerooms, Christchurch. We quote the following of local interest from their report; —The Alford Forest Hotel, with outbuildings and all improvements, with furniture included, together with 2£ acres of land, was sold for L 225 ; also, a large store in the Alford Forest township, together with 1 acre of land, which was bought for L2O. The township sections of Alford Forest, containing |-acre in each, were next offered, sixty of which were sold, averaging LI 2s. each. Total sale, L3ll Bs. Civil Cases. —At the R.M. Court yesterday, tho case of Saunders v. Harris was adjourned until Friday, 3rd September. Cookson V. Stewart, judgment summons for L 4 15s. Mr. O’Reilly for plaintiff. Mr. Ireland, for defendant, agreed to an order, for payment of the amount in a week. Order made accordingly. In the case of Meharry v. Wilson, claim L 8 18s. fid., Mr. Branson appeared for plaintiff, and Mr. Ireland for defen-; dant; judgment was given for the plaintiff with costs L 3 2s Mr. Branson appeared for the plaintiff, and Mr. O’Reilly for defendant in Hasset v. Burns, claim LlO, which the plaintiff sought to recover, being the cost of a colt which he said he had bought from Burns, but which plaintiff averred had never been delivered. Judgment was given for plaintiff for L 6 and costs L 3.
The Bachelors’ Ball. —A grand ball was given in the Wellington Arcade on Monday night by members of the Legislature and the bachelors of Wellington, and passed off with great success. His Excellency the Governor, Lady and Miss Robinson and suite were present during the evening.
The Widow of Matthew Henderson. —A public appeal is being made in Christchurch for a subscription for Mrs Henderson, widow' of the notorious Matthew Henderson. Wo understand Mrs Henderson is left totally unprovided for. The Rev. E. A. Lingard is, taking a leading part in the matter.
The Injured Chinaman. —The South Canterbury Tim,cn of Thursday says : The unfortunate Celestial, Ah Song, who so unexpectedly evinced signs of life after he had been mourned as dead by his friends, did not long survive his return to consciousness. He died on Thursday afternoon, and his body was removed to tho Sportsman’s Arms Hotel to await the inquest.
Supposed Wreck of a Schooner. — Constable Miles, from Kaikoura, has reported at Christchurch that during the gale on Friday last, the schooner Southern Queen, when loading limestone at Amur! Bluff dragged her anchor and struck on a rock, then rounded a reef. Several men, mounted the hill-side to look for tho vessel, but she W'as not to be seen anywhere. Captain Shepherd and one man were on board. Libel. —At the Resident Magistrate’s Court, Christchurch, yesterday, William White Fraser, Joseph Carnahan, and Samuel Johnston, proprietors of the Echo, were charged with committing a libel on Joseph Izett, editor of the Star. The alleged libel was contained in an answer to a correspondent in the Echo, which is said to contain a serious reflection on the prosecutor’s private character. The .accused were committed to take their trial at the next sitting of the Supreme Court, but were liberated on entering into personal recognisances of LlOOeach.
The Principle of the Thing.— “We should insist on the reductions- being carried out upon a sliding scale,” said Mr. Seddon (in the Civil Service debate). “It is the principle lam fighting for. The other day I saw little children going to school in the wet and cold with no shoes on their feet, and I saw a Government official in the receipt of LBOO a-year driving past. This caused me to reflect. We are sroing to impose additional taxation on the parents of these children. The 20 per cent, which we take off the salaries of these highly-paid officials would put boots upon those little children. We should look at the matter in that light. We should make some distinctions, and the sooner we do so the better.”
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