Horse Parade. —The Agricultural and Pastoral Association announce their intention of holding a horse parade on the 28th of this month. The show will take place on the new grounds of the Association.
The Old Railway Reserves. — The Commissioner of Crown Lands notifies that those reserves which were not sold at the auction held on the 24th of last month can be applied for on Thursday, 7th October next. The Borough Reserves. —At auction on Tuesday by Messrs. Matson, Cox, and Co., of the Borough Council’s reserves, the only business done was the letting to Mr; R. Jeffs of the Hinds farm, of 422 acres, at an annual rental of 7s. per acre for the first seven years, and 14s. per acre for the second seven. The two sections in Park street were let to Mr. James Bradley for L 7 10s. per annum. Practical Appeal. The Timaru School Committee have resolved to request the parents of children to pay one shilling per head per month towards incidental expenses, provided that the total amount paid by any parent dues not exceed 2s. Cd. If this is not done, the Committee cannot carry on, owing to the reduction of the grant by the Board. The school has over 1,000 pupils. Tenders Accepted. —On Monday a meetin" of the Upper Ashburton Board was held to open tenders for works, when the following were accepted ' —Metalling 100 chains on Remxnington road—John Black, at 9.Vd. per yard ; metalling 100 chains, Ben'Ede’s road into Laghmor road—C. Shepherd, at 9d. per yard, with re-form-in" at Is.; culvert on Remmington road —George Lee, Ll 9 155.; 3£ miles formation, Westerfield Township—Parr Paterson, at 3s. 3d. per chain ; li miles reforming and metalling near same Chas. Shepherd (re-formation, 2s. 4d. per chain ; metalling, 9d. per yard) ; picking stones, Hinds River road to Rangitata traffic bridge —J. Leaske, B|d. per chain (not Bid., as stated elsewhere) ; skim ploughing and metalling cross road - opposite Greenstreet —Donald Forbes, ploughing Is. per chain, metalling, 9 id. per yard. Great South Road 80 chains formation—Parr Paterson, 3s. per chain. The Board had quite a day’s work before them in opening tenders, of which there was an unusually large number.
Marriage. —The marriage of Councillor Harrison to Miss Mona Watt, second daughteqof the Dunedin R.M., was celebrated in Dunedin on Tuesday.
Tenders. —ln another column will be found the invitation of the General Post Office, for tenders for the various mail services in the Canterbury district.
Tije Price or Gas. —We.learn that on and after the Ist of October, the price, of gas in Ashburton will be reduced to 18s. lOd. per 1,000 ft., and to consumers of over 10,000 ft., 17s. 6d. per I,oooft.
Soap and Candle Factory for Rakaia. —Preparations are going on for the erection of soap-boiling works at R.akaia. One of the five-acre blocks has been taken up for the purpose, and already several truck-loads of plant have arrived from Christchurch.
The Rifles.— The Ashburton Rifles paraded on Tuesday evening last and were put through some batallion and company drill by Color-Sergeant Dolman, the Company’s drill instructor. The Corps is to be complimented on the state of efficiency to which it has arrived in . the twelvemonths of its existence. The muster on Tuesday numbered nearly thirty, all told.
And Yet Another. —We have received a copy of the first number of the Wailcato Mail, the latest journalistic offspring of Mr. Ivess, which bears evidence of the characteristic energy put forth by that gentleman in all the numerous progeny of which he proudly claims parentage. The advertising columns of the Mail look exceedingly healthy, while the literary portion of the journal shows that no small amount of trouble has been'taken to provide the settlers of Cambridge with, intelligence both of local and general interest.
Licensing Bench. —Through some unexplained cause, the only Licensing Commissioner on the Bench on Tuesday was Mr. Guinness, and in consequence the sitting of the Bench was adjourned until Tuesday next. As some of the hotelkeepers had come a considerable distance to be present on Tuesday, it was rather provoking to them to find that their errand had been fruitless, and the necessity of attending next week being requisite, through someone having blundered, or perhaps through the requirements of red tapeism not having been complied with. The Dramatic Club. —Last night the Dramatic Club gave a performance in the Town Hall. The pieces represented were “ Going to the Races” and “ Nan, the Good - for - Nothing,” and, though the various performers wanted now and again a good deal of aid from the prompter, the pieces went with a certain amount of smoothness. To-night, when the pieces are to be repeated, of course the stiffness inseparable from a first production will disappear, and we will hear less of the prompter’s voice. Mrs. Thompson, who played the part of “ Nan” with great dash and spirit, takes her benefit to-night, when we hope to see a full house. Last night’s attendance was very meagre.
The Borough Election. —We are pleased to notice that a considerable amount of interest is being displayed in the election of three members of-the Borough Council, to be held to-day, to fill the seats vacated by the retirement of Messrs. Andrew Orr, G. St. Hill, and Weymouth Roberts. The two latter gentlemen seek re-election, and Mr. John Orr, Dr. Trevor, and Mr. Ivess are also candidates. It is gratifying to observe any manifestation of interest in the Borough’s after so much ap;.thy has been shown, and we trust that every resident in the Borough who possesses a vote will find his way to the Council Chamber and record his rote for the three gentlemen whom he thinks most fitted to represent the ratepayers. TJhe hours for polling are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fire Brigade. —The Fire Brigade held their usual monthly meeting last Tuesday. A goodly number of members were present, and Lieut. Dolman was in the chair. It was decided that the captain and lieut. arrange for the bell to be rung some night during next week, to test the attendance of members, the time to be taken. It was agreed that for the present only twenty members of the Brigade should be supplied with uniforms, the rest to be supplied with badges. Correspondence from England was read, enclosing invoices of goods ordered and shortly to arrive. Messrs. Jowsey, Felton, and Gates were elected members of the Brigade, and the meeting adjourned. Last night the men were practiced by Lieut. Dolman at hook and ladder drill at Quill’s Hotel. Chess—Timaru v. Ashburton. —Last Tuesday four members of the Ashburton Chess Club—Messrs. F. Guinness, E. G. Crisp, F. P. O’Reilly, and H. C. Jacobson—played at Timaru a match with Messrs. Vincent, Byrne, Gordon, and Taylor, members of the Timaru Chess Club. Each player played two games. Mr. Guinness, pitted against Mr. Vincent, won one game and lost one ; Mr. Crisp beat his opponent, Mr. Byrne, on the first game, but on the second, though playing a winning game, carelessly lost the advantage and the game ; Mr. O’Reilly succumbed to Mr. Gordon each time, through, as we think, want of practice ; Mr. Jacobson was unsuccessful with Mr. Taylor each game, though both games were fought out to the bitter end, with very little apparent advantage -bn either side. Thus Timaru won the match, winning six games and losing the two won by Messrs. Guinness and Crisp. The Timaru Club will visit Ashburton to play a return match in about a fortnight, when, at the least, Ashburton ought to be able to come out with a better result. We think this as Ashburton’s strongest player, Mr. R. Wilkin, was absent on this occasion, and that Messrs. Vincent and Byrne, two of the Timaru best men, in full practice, were each beaten by Messrs. Guinness and Crisp, who are, relatively speaking, not in full play, Cambridge School Committee. —The usual monthly meeting of the Cambridge School Committee was held in the schoolroom last Monday night. Present— Messrs. Megson (in the chair), Lloyd, Grayburn, and Margetts. The Chairman read the correspondence and explained the business done by him since the previous meeting, which was approved. The Chairman stated that he had received a reply from the Board to his letter regarding a smoky chimney in the school, to the effect that the architect, Mr. Lambert, would be down shortly to see to it. The master’s report was read and considered satisfactory, although the attendance had not been so large as it might, owing partly to the wet weather and partly to the distances the children had to come. Several children having been reported as absentees for several months, it was resolved, after some discussion, that the Committee write a letter to the parents warning them that if they still neglect to send their children to school the Committee will bo compelled to bring the compulsory clauses into force. Mr. Williamson handed over the balance of the proceeds of his lecture for the harmonium fund, and stated that he intended giving another in a few weeks for the same object. Re the school closets, it was resolved, on the motion of Mr. Grayburn, seconded by Mr. Lloyd, that ten shillings per annum be paid to a neighbor for doing the work when required. The Committee agreed to accede to the request (by letter) of the proprietors of the Ashburton Mail for a report of each meeting of the Committee. The Chairman stated that since last meeting the school had received from the Education Board a set (4) of John stop’s natural history diagram sheets, six pictorial geography charts, and one Bett’s portable globe and stand. After a vote of thanks to the chairman, the meeting adjourned, j
The Railway Employees. —Mr. Conyers arrived in Christchurch from Dunedin on Tuesday, and will be interviewed by a deputation from the employees. , The Unemployed. —Twenty: more/ bf • the unemployed applied at the Public Works Office, Christchurch, yesterday, but were informed that Government could not put any more on the railway works at present. I A Busy Day. —lf not an [important period in the history of Ashburton, there is every prospect of to-day being a-most busy time for the public men o!f the district, as a glance at our memoranda will show. The borough election will doubtless keep; a numbfer)cjf citizens; engaged from Yearly, morii.'to, dewy ;eye : \ I’ meetings of the High School Board of Governors’ and the Wakanui Road Board are to be; held during the day; and a whole host of meetings are announced for the evening. Ligurian Bees. —On Tuesday Mi. Farr, in company with Dr. Irvine, 'examined the hive of Ligurian bees recently received by the Acclimatisation Society from San Francisco. The bees were found to be in excellent condition, only a small per centage having ,died. The queens particularly were in capital ( health, and Dr. Irvine’pronouned the swarm to be splen- - did specimens of the Ligurian Bee. A special meeting of the council of the Acclimatisation Society was held on Tuesday, to decide as ,to the disposl of the bees.— Press. ' South Rakaia School Committee.— This Committee held its usual ''monthly meeting on Tuesday. Present—Messrs. v Tucker (chairman). Sharp,,Gpx, Hartnall,. apef Makei». The' Chanfm|m read the cortespontleiice, dutwarcl "and 1 inward, neither of which was very iniportant.. The master’s report was read.., -The master complained that Mrs. Hogan was not doing the sweeping of the schoolroom satisfactorily ; upon which it was resolved that Mrs. Hogan be informed that if the work be not properly performed the Committee will employ, someone else to do it. Some discussion took [place 'with referepce to the occupation of the grounds about the school. ; It was ultimately resolved that the schoolmaster be informed that all moneys accruing from letting or grazing on the school reserve must be handed to the Board, and that he.be requested to furnisfy the Committee with a’ return of all moneys received from that source during his occupation. Accounts to the amount of L 3 'Bs. were passed for payment, and. the Committee adjourned.
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