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At a meeting of the above Association held last evening in the upper room of the Town Hall, there were about twenty members present. His Worship the Mayor occupied the chair. The Secretary’s report was read, which contained suggestions for the consideration of members regarding woollen manufactures, the manufacture of straw plait, parchment, paper, glue, colza oil, hone into knife handles, &c. Ten new members were proposed and elected. Correspondence was read from Mr. Walker, suggesting wattle-planting for tanning purposes to the consideration of the Association, and from a gentleman in Christchurch relative to the manufacture of nails. On the motion of Mr. Ward, seconded lay Dr. Trevor, it was decided that future meetings of the Association should be held on the second Wednesday of each month, at 7 p.m. An amendment proposed by Mr. Bullock that the meetings be held at 2 o’clock in ihe afternoon was lost.

The following resolutions were then put to the meeting and carried, the sub-com-mittees in each case to report at next meeting ; Proposed by Mr. Ward, seconded by Mr. Bullock, that the following gentlemen, namely, Messrs. A. H. Shury, W. H. Zouch, F. Guinness, J. R. Steel, and C. Homersham, bo a sub-committee to obtain informstion re leather factories. Proposed by Mr. Ward, seconded by Mr. Mayo, that Messrs. John Grigg, J. Hunt, and J. Clark he a sub-committee to obtain all necessary information re establishing cheese factories, and to report at next meeting. Proposed by Mr. Eyton, seconded by Mr. Eraddell, that Messrs. Jacobson, Grigg, Hodder, J. Hunt, and J. Young he appointed a sub-committee to obtain information re establishing a factory in connection with linseed ; also, making oil cakes, &c. . Proposed by Mr. Pavitt, seconded by Mr. J. R. Steel, that a sub-committee consisting of Messrs H. Moffat, G. Jameson, J. Carter, and Dr. Stewart, be appointed to obtain all information re establishing oatmeal mills. Proposed by Mr. Mayo, seconded by Mr. J. R. Steele, that a sub-committee, consisting of Mr. C. P. Cox, S. Saunders, Joshua Tucker, J. Potter, and F. Pavitt be appointed to investigate the mineral resources of the district, the approximate outlay required to utilise the same, and all other information in connection therewith, and to bring up a full report to next general meeting ; and that it be a recommendation to the committee to obtain information re sand for glass making.

Proposed by Mr. Ward, seconded by Mr. Bullock, that the following gentlemen be appointed a sub-cominittee to obtain all necessary information re the establishment of a woolen manufactory, namely, Dr. Trevor, Messrs. Braddell, Joseph Clark, and S. Revans. Proposed by Dr. Trevor, seconded by Mr. Pavitt, that the following gentlemen be appointed a sub-committee to obtain information re the establishment of a beetroot sugar factory, namely, Messrs, Eyton, H. Friedlander, D. Williamson, Joseph Ward, and 0. Purnell. Proposed by Mr. Braddell, seconded by Bradley, that the following gentlemen be a sub-committee to obtain information re establishing a starch factory, namely, Messrs. John Orr, J. Bullock, F. Mayo, and F. Harrison.

Mr. Jacobson spoke warmly in favor of establishing a woollen manufactory, and held that they should not confine themselves to one branch of the industry, but manufacture several articles.

His Worship advocated the manufacture of beet sugar as an industry which was worthy of consideration, and Mr. Ward read a letter by Sir Julius Vogel, addressed to the Premier, on the subject, and after a short discussion on matters of interest to the Association, the proceedings terminated.

The Kyeburn Tragedy. —ln the Kyeburn murder case, the Chinese prisoner has been committed for trial. Exhibition. —The Industrial Association of Dunedin intend to hold an exhibition of articles of New Zealand manufacture in Juno next.

Going Begging.—Not a single nomination was made on Tuesday for the three seats vacant in the Waimate Borough Council.

Wheat Sales. —Messrs. Friedlander Bros, report sales of Ashburton wheat in London, ex Maraval, Arethusa, Piako, and Inglewood, at 465., 475., 48s. 6d., and 48s. 9d. per quarter. In Bankruptcy. —A meeting of the creditors of John Logan, farmer, Rangitata, is summoned for Friday next, at 11 o’clock, in Messrs. Branson and Purnell’s offices, to consider bankrupt’s application for discharge.

Postal Improvement. —A wise alteration has been made in the local postal arrangements. A mail is now despatched from Rakaia to Ashburton by the last train, and Rakaia and Methven letters, that could not previously be despatched after the afternoon train, are now forwarded the same evening.

Repairs. —Farmers in this district have often felt themselves at sea during harvest time, when their reapers and binders went sick. A physician expert in the healing of reaper and binder diseases advertises' that he has commenced practice at Hessey’s old foundry, Peter street. The doctor is Mr. W. R. Dunn.

Sporting.—The public meeting of sporting men regarding the November events is to be held on Friday, as advertised, and we learn that far greater interest is this year being taken in the matter than ever has been taken before, so that a meeting of some importance in the list of sporting events may this year be expected to be held in Ashburton.

Passing Away.—Another old colonist, named Phillip King, “ joined the majority” on Monday last. Mr. King resided at Waiuku, Auckland, and arrived at the Bay of Islands on Christmas Day, 1814. He was then sixteen months old. His brother at present is a resident in Auckland, and is the oldest born colonist in New Zealand.

Fire. —The Rutland Hotel, Wanganui, was destroyed by fire on Tuesday morning. The insurances are 1j350 in the Imperial on the furniture, L 750 in the Colonial on the building. Other policies in the South British were taken out but cancelled, because the proprietor considered the premiums too high. The total loss outside insurances is L 2,000. The Nominations. —On Tuesday the nominations for the Council’s vacancies were received by the returning officer, Mr. Braddell, as follows : Joseph 1 v ess —Nominated by Messrs. St. Hill and Bird. John Orr— Nominated by Messrs. \V. Sparrow and W. R. Boyle. Weymouth Roberts —Nominated by Messrs.

James Bradley and George Bt. Hill. George St. Hill —Nominated by W. R,

Shea i man and S. B. Nelson. James Ebenezer Trevor— Nominated by Messrs. John Orr and Rudolf Friedlander. The election takes place on the 9th of September.

Trotting. —Mr. M'Rae’s mare “ Polly” carrying Charles Pliysick, tried conclusions on Monday afternoon with Mr. Octavius Digby’s horse “ Bijou,” ridden by the owner. The course was over three miles of Graham’s road, and the stakes were L2O. “Polly” did her work like a lady, and won by thirty yards, retrieving laurels lost to “Bijou” some time ago. There was a large number of people about watching the event. Mr. Physick is prepared to backs“ Polly ” for another LlO or L2O to trot three miles on the racecourse against “Bijou.” The time on Monday, unfortunately was not taken. Unclaimed Letters. —The following is a list of letters from places beyond the colony, received at the Ashburton Post Office during the month of July, and remaining unclaimed on Ist September, 1880:—Anderson, Alexr. (2); Bensen, Julius ; Corcoran, Michael; Duffy, Dan ; Gilchrist, John R,; Green, William; Hamilton, William; Hartland, G. Howard; Horsefall, Miss Olive; Jelfs, William ; Maultsaid, Thos.; McCreanor, James; McPeak, Pady; O’Connell, John ; Palmer, Mrs. W.; Picknic, Mrs. James; Quick, Michael ; Roberts, William ; Sharp, James ; Soulsby, R.; Staff, John ; Wellsman, F.

Ashburton Rifles. —On Tuesday evening last the Ashburton Rifle Volunteers held their annual meeting, in the Somerset Hotel Sample Rooms, Captain T. Bullock being in the chair. The Treasurer’s statement showed that the Corps had to their credit at the bank the sum of L2O Hs. (id., and had paid away during the year (including cost of uniform for band) over LB2. A committee, consisting of Captain Bullock, Lieut. Douglas, Sub-Lieut. Fooks, and Color-Sergt. Dolman, was appointed to select a suitable site in the Borough for a drill shed, and to ask the Government to reserve the same for that purpose ; the same committee was also instructed to procure, if possible, a site for a range, which is much needed in the district. The following members were elected as the Management Committee for the ensuing twelve months Captain Bullock, Lieut. Douglas, Color-Sergt, Dolman, Sergts. Nelson and Truckle, Bandmaster Savage, and Pvt. Felton. Pvt. Felton was elected Honorary Secretary. A- vote of thanks was unanimously passed to Corpl. Vaughan for his services as Secretary during the past year. It was resolved that the night for parade be Tuesday, instead of Thursday as heretofore, commencing ou Tuesday next, A resolution was carried, to the effect that the fines on page 55 of the rules be most rigidly enforced ; it is hoped that this will have the effect of making the members turn up more regularly at the parades we may add that such fines, as well as unpaid subscriptions, are recoverable before a magistrate. The entrance fee to the company was fixed at 25., and the subscription at 12s. per annum, payable monthly. The Captain intimated that a meeting of the Management Committee would be held on Tuesday, 14th inst. Three new members were {elected, and the meeting adjourned.

Mb. O’ReillyVLecturb. —On Tuesday Mr. F. P. O’Reilly, barrister, delivered his promised lecture on 44 William Pitt, the eminent statesman.” There was a very fair attendance of the public, but not nearly so many were present as ought to have been, considering the merits of the lecturer. Those who attended, however, enjoyed a very pleasant surprise in listening to a lecture of a very superior order, and very ally delivered. Mr. O’Reilly’s enunciation was clear and distinct ; he used no manuscript, nor notea of any kind, yet his fluency never at any period failed, and he carried his audience fairly with him. Starting off with a stal eraent that history taught by example, and was a teacher whose lessons all should study, the lecturer went on to trace the history of the statesman, who was the subject of his lecture, and u> deal with the events of the important time in which he flourished, —a time that had moulded the politics of Great Britain for half a century afterwards, and influenced those of the present day. Incidentally referring to Pitt’s Irish policy, Mr. O’Reilly said that the great statesman had aimed at giving greater justice to Ireland than any other statesman had purposed, not exceed. ing the greatest statesman of the present age, Mr. Gladstone. Mr. O’Reilly exhibited a most extraordinary power of memory, for he gave the innumerable dates, necessary to treating his subject, with amazing readiness and accuracy, and we may also add that his language throughout was as graceful as it was accurate and well chosen. Throughout the lecture the audience applauded at every pause, and at the conclusion he was accorded a hearty vote of thanks. Not .an unimportant feature of the evening was the clever playing of Masters George and Herbert Morris—the former on the violin and the latter on the piano,—and the excellent manipulations of their respective instruments drew forth repeated rounds of applause from the delighted audience.

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LOCAL INDUSTRIES ASSOCIATION., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 147, 2 September 1880

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LOCAL INDUSTRIES ASSOCIATION. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 147, 2 September 1880

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