The Ashburton Guardian, COUNTY AGRICULTURAL & SPORTING RECORDER TUEDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 1880.
After a two years’ struggle with many difficulties and obstacles, the Borough Council gave to the residents in the township a code of laws to govern their outgoings and their incomings. We do not question the wisdom of these bylaws —coming as they do from the concentrated collective wisdom of the township, we dare not. But The best laid schemes o’ mice and men Gang aft agley, and the wisest and best law that ever was framed may meet with a time in its history when it is greater wisdom not to enforce it The by-law regarding cattle driving through the Borough has, we think, reached this period at a very early part of its history, and the Borough Council has been wise enough to see that it is judicious to slacken the rein. The Ashburton saleyards occupy a site near the bridge. The railway cattleyards occupy a site almost at the other extremity of the town, so that, cattle to be driven from the one yards to the other must of necessity pass through one or other of the Borough streets. It is preposterous to ask dealers to keep their cattle at the saleyards after the sale till midnight has come, so that they may drive them to the station within the by-law-legal hours; and to drive them along a back street is equally an offence. Still, the limbs and lives of the lieges must be protected, and the only safeguard against danger is to prohibit the driving of cattle through the streets in the daytime; The bylaw framed for the benefit of the townspeople accomplished this, but it would sadly interfere with the cattle trade if it were enforced. While the new cattle yards to the north of the township are in course of erection, it is wise on the part of the Council to let the by-law in question lie in abeyance, and to allow matters to go on as they had been going before the laws came into force. But, apart from this question of the by-laws, we would suggest that when the new saleyards have been completed steps should be taken to have the railway cattle pens shifted far enough north to be easily accessible from the saleyards. A siding for Saunders’ mill has already been laid down, and another at no very great cost might be added for the convenience of trucking cattle. The new yards’ site is at present as far from the railway yards as is the old yards’ site, and the distance to drive to the trucks will therefore be as great as ever. The change would certainly be one much to the convenience of those using the yards, and we offer the suggestion to them. Reverting to the by-law, we assume that, though for a time it lies in abeyance, it is not intended that it should always do so, and it would certainly be belter to truck one’s cattle in the day-time outside the belt than to be compelled to do it overnight inside.
In Bankruptcy. —Creditors of 0. and W. Risely meet at Messrs. Frielander’s office on Thursday first.
Tenders. —Tenders are wanted for the construction of pig pens at the new cattle yards. Intending offerers may consult the County Engineer.
The San Francisco Mail. —Mails for the United Kingdom via San Francisco will close at the Ashburton Post Office on Saturday next at 10 a.m. Licensing Court. —The usual quarterly meeting of the Licensing Commissioners for tho Mount Somers, Rakaia, and Ashburton district will be held at noon today. A Strike Imminent. —-The revised scale of wages submitted to the railway employees is, we understand, giving great dissatisfaction.
Caledonian Society. —A genei’al meeting of the members of the Caledonian Society is called for Thursday evening, in the upper room of the Town Hall, at seven p.m.
Cheap Work. —At the Council meeting last night a contractor’s tender for clearing and burning tussocks was accepted at Bs. Od. an acre. Truly times have changed.
Horticultural Society. —“ Tho Pleasures and Benefits of Gardening ” is the title of a paper to be road by Mr. T. Sealy at the monthly meeting of the Horticultural Society to be held to-night at the offices of Messrs. Jacobson and Eyton.
Driving Cattle.— The Town Clerk has intimated to the Sergeant of Police that the civic authorities have no desire, —at any rate, at present—to strictly enforce the By-law relating to cattle being driven through the Borough during day-time ; and the prohibition will therefore be removed.
The Longbeach Coach. —The Longbeach coach will in future leave Ashburton at 4.45 p.m., instead of at 3.30 p.m., as hitherto. This will enable passengers and mails arriving from Christchurch per 4.35 p.m, train to be forwarded to Longbeach the same afternoon. Consequent on this alteration, the Ashton, Waterton, and Longbeach mails will now close at 4.30 p.m. daily.
The Wakanui School. —ln our advertising columns a meeting is called for Thursday evening next by four residents at Wakanui to discuss the action of the School Committee there in making a charge for religious services held in the school. In our correspondence column, Mr. James Brown, in his own forcible style, defends the Committee’s action. The Waterworks. —Last night tho engineer reported that only nine inches of a rise at the reservoir was, wanted to flood the newly completed street channels. The inauguration of the scheme ’ being thus so near, the arrangements for a demonstration in honor of the event were left in the hands of the Mayor, so that a gala of some kind or other will take place shortly.
The Cab Stand. —The boulders laid down on the cabstand opposite the Somerset Hotel are of tho most substantial description, and the stand much resembles a river-bod. It was ruin to a horse’s feet to stand upon tho. e boulders for any length of time, and the police threatened the carriers with prosecutions for cruelty to animals if the horses stood there. To stand anywhere else meant prosecution for obstruction, or for not using the cabstand. Out of this dilemma tho carriers are to be taken, as the Borough Council are to lay a few' loads of gravel above the petrified turnips.
Cooper’s String Binder, —On Saturday the new string binder attachment invented by Mr. Cooper, of Christchurch, was exhibited at Messrs. Jameson and Roberts’ store. The weather was fine, and induced a large number of farmers, etc., to come to Ashburton. Consequently, Mr. Cooper had many visitors. The attachment was fixed to a McCormick wire-binding machine, chosen at haphazard from those at Messrs. Jameson and Roberts’ store, and the work of fixing took only from three to four hours. The attachment which Mr. Cooper brought with him bore evidence of having been hastily made, as that natty “finish,” so characteristic of the American machines was absent, but the principle of the machine was admired by all. This want of “ finish” is a want that a file, some emery cloth, and a paint-brush will readily supply ; but it is only the success of the machine’s work that will cause it to be popular with the farmers. That it will be popular is already assured, for many of those who saw the attachment at work have made up their minds to supply themselves with it this season, the cost being only ten pounds. It appears there will be no difticulty in obtaining in the colony an unlimited supply of twine, and the difference in cost between twine and wire is in itself a great inducement, leaving out of the question altogether the advantage of getting rid of the objection of wire in chaff. The attachment is a very simple affair, and consists of a lever, a clutch, and the tyer, or knotter. The string, which is threaded through the needle similarly to the wire, is held firmly in a “jaw,” which is finished with a cutting and a holding ed ; ge. These enable it to cut off the string below the knot, and at the same time reoain the end. The string is passed round the sheaf and both ends are brought together below. The tyer (which opens and shuts in a manner somewhat resembling a shifting spannerl then performs the [operation of tying the knot. By revolving, it forms a loop round itself, and then opens to receive the ends, which it draws through the loop. The “ jaw ” now opens to discharge the end of the string, and take a fresh hold at the same time, cutting off the string below the knot formed. The operation is thus complete and the sheaf is left quietly lying on the platform, to be pushed off by the next ; and then tho needle—in Yankee parlance —goes for the next sheaf. There could be no better guarantee of the machine’s simplicity than the low price of Ll 0 which will be charged for each attachment.
Drowned.— Two Maoris fishing outside Wangaroa Heads in a canoe recently wore capsized and drowned.
The Auckland Free Public Library is to be opened to-day with a conversazione, at which Sir George Grey and others will speak. Ashore. The barque Clara Hargreaves, in going out of Kaipara, went ashore on a mudbank, but she is expected to be got off wuthout damage.
Auckland Horse Parade. —The annual horse parade was held at Auckland on Saturday. The quality of the animals was excellent. Musket was the cynosure of all eyes, and is in splendid condition. Honors. —Mr. Speight, M.H.R., is to b e feted at Grahamstown, a soiree in his honor coming off to-day, for his labors in connection with the Railway Construction. Bill. A Change. —The directors of the South British Insurance Company have appointed Mr. A. Murray, of the Auckland office, to be manager of the office in'Dunedin.
A Maori Killed. —A Nelson telegram says, news from Collingwood states that a Maori named Maketu was killed on Tuesday last by falling over a cliff ah Pakawata. Deceased was pig-hunting with Mr. Dodson, J.P., when his dog was thrown over a cliff by a huge pig, and it is supposed that in. his excitement he stepped over the precipice. The efforts to recover his body were futile.
His Excellency Sir Hercules. —His Excellency Str Hercules Robinson left Wellington for Sydney en route for England at six o’clock on Saturday evening, by the steamer Rotomahana. His Excellency was accompanied on board by several members of the Ministry. The various corps mustered in force and formed a guard of honor. On the steamer lea ring the wharf H.M.S. Danao and the local artillery fired a salute. The Auckland Yacht. —The yacht intended to compete in the Melbourne regatta has been commenced in the yards of Mr. Thomas Niccol, Auckland, whose design has been approved by the committee of subscribers. The enterprise is not being carried out by public subscription in the usual sense, but takes the form of a company, the expense being shared by several gentlemen, who will hold an interest in the vessel to the extent of their contributions.
An Alleged Swindle. —At a special general meeting of the New Zealand Prudential Insurance Society, held at Auckland last. ; jtwoek, Major Green stated that there were 2,143 policies issued, of which 941 had lapsed, leaving 1,174 active policies. The weekly premium income in March was L 7, and was now L 750 a year. Tho meeting decided to resist the claim made on behalf of Mrs. Williams, mi the ground that she stated that she was in good health, when it transpired after her decease that she had been suffering from an incurable disease for two years prior to her death.