The Ashburton Guardian, COUNTY AGRICULTURAL & SPORTING RECORDER SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 11,1880.
Take Them in !—The constables have been busy during the week, taking the names of those storekeepers who “ hang out their banners on the outward walls” of their premises. Itis against the by-laws for merchants to display their goods outside their shops, and some score or so unfortunates who have been taken at unawares,in this offence have been had, and “ the cry is still, they come. ”
The Amateur Dramatic Club.— We understand.that at the wish of the Rev. Mr. Hands, the Amateur Dramatic Club will play for the benefit of the Church, bazaar. With the funds thus raised it is proposed to procure material on which the ladies Avho are aiding the bazaar may Avork. The Club have therefore put in preparation “ The Child of the Regiment ” and that piece, along Avith “ Nan ” (by special request) will be given at an early date.
Cricket Meeting. — A meeting of the Committee of the Cricket Club Avas held in the County Chambers, at which Mi’. G. W. Andreivs presided. Apologies for absence Avere read from lavo members. The Secretary Avas ordered to obtain material to the extent of LlO and various improvements on the ground were authorised, such as making lockers, removing the pump, solving grass seed, etc. It Avas start practice on Saturday week, and in connection with this, members’ attention Avas drawn to rule providing that members must pay all dues before playing. Mrs. Thompson’s Benefit. — The Amateur Dramatic Society on Thursday repeated their entertainment for Mrs. Thompson’s benefit. There Avas a marked improvement in the acting throughout both pieces presented—“ Going to the Races” and “Nan, the good for nothing’’—and though the complaint Ave had to make of Wednesday night’s performance regarding the necessity for prompting, was greatly removed in the first piece on Thursday, in the second the prompter’s voice became more prominent, sometimes Ave thought unnecessarily so. Still taking the performance right through, Ave think it is the best the Club has ever given, and one of AA’hich players of greater pretensions may Avell be proud. Mrs. Thompson played the spoilt, Avayward, ill-trained, “ weed ” of a girl to the life, and her two “ fathers,” who had adopted her, found excellent exponents in Messrs Elston and Felton. The other characters Avere all well sustained ; and the applause the pieces earned Avas as genuine as could be given. Mrs. Thompson elicited thunders of applause for the jig, Highland fling, and hornpipe she danced in character, and the orchestra was A T ery Avell up to the mark indeed. We were glad to see such a full house, as well for the Club’s sake as for Mrs. Thompson’s, for both deserved it. The Confederate Diorama.—According to announcement, Thompson’s Diorama of the Civil War in America, representing the most important events in connection with that period of United States history, was exhibited at the Town Hall last night. There A\ r as a very fair attendance ; and the Avhoie entertainment must bo pronounced as the most complete and ingenious of its kind ever shown in the colony. The mechanical portion of the diorama was Avorkecl Avith much precision and skill, and the nice way in which tip light Avas managed at times produced most admirable effects. Lieut. Herman gave descriptive remarks as each picture passed in review, and his frequent sallies of wit were provocative of much mirth in some of the more ludicrous scenes. The same gentleman also amused the audience very highly by a Avonderful display of ventriloquial poAvers, completely convulsing the house. Great interest was evinced in the distribution of gifts, a portion of the evening’s programme Avhich no doubt many of those present, especially the juveniles, looked fonvard to Avith impatience, in consequence of the display of valuable articles just in front of the stage. A silver watch, clock, cruets, pictures, and various other useful and ornamental goods Avere distributed, a youth named McQuinn being the lucky recipient of the watch. The" entertainment concluded with a panoramic view of the funeral of General StoneAvall Jackson, which was rendered extra impressive by the “Dead March in Saul ” being played Avhile the mournful procession passed along. An exhibition of the diorama will be given this afternoon, specially to suit the convenience of school children ; and the visit of Lieut. Herman and his company to Ashburton will terminates to-night, Avhen, in addition to the ordinary programme, an immense number of presents are to be distributed.
Ashburton Library. —A general meeting of subscribers to the Ashburton Library was held on Thursday. There was but a small attendance, owing, no doubt, to the various other meetings that were held that evening. Mr, Ward, the President of the Library, occupied the chair, and in opening the meeting said it had chiefly met to consider a motion, of which Dr. Ross had previously given notice; by which a rule was proposed to be altered, to make the Committee to consist of ton members instead of five, as at present. Dr. Ross, however, was not present, and the Chairman considered the motion could not, therefore, be gone into, and must lapse. He was, nevertheless, willing to hear an expression of opinion from the meeting on the point, and would be guided by their decision. Mr. Roberts said Dr. Ross had intimated to him that he would be unable to be present at the meeting, and had asked him to introduce the motion ; but, being a member of Committee, he had declined to do so, promising, however, to ask some other member to bring forward the .matter. A conversation ensued as to the usual course followed in such eases, and eventually Mr. Douglas proposed, and Mr. Jacobson seconded, that Mr. Roberts be permitted to move the motion standing in the name of Dr. Ross. This being carried, Mr. Roberts moved, pro forma, that the number of members of Committee be increased from five to ton. Mr. Jacobson seconded the motion, but drew attention to the fact that, in reality, the Committee was not confined to five members, inasmuch as all officebearers were ex officio members of Committee in addition to the elected members. While, as a matter of form, he seconded the resolution, ho was entirely averse to its purport The Secretary having read ovgr the attendances of the Committee at meetings hold during the quarter, Mr. St. Hill thought that as the members had been so regular, and devoted themselves so thoroughly to their work, an addition to the number was uncalled for. After several other members had expressed themselves on the motion, it was put to the meeting, but was negatived, without a voice in its favor. The Treasurer read his balance sheet for the quarter, which showed receipts to thp amount of 1/27 10s., and expenditure, L2l los. 6d,, which, with a balance to the credit of the institution at the commencement of the quarter, Ipft them Lli 3s. 4d. to the good. Tho Secretary stated that the existing rules of the Library had begn found somewhat-cum-brous, and a sub.-Comuuttee had been appointed to revise them, ML Jacobson then read tho proposed rules, and gave notice to move their adoption at a meeting to be called in due course. On the motion of Mr. St. Hill, seconded by Mr. Bird, a vote of thanks was accorded to the Committee for their careful management of the affairs of tho Library during the past quarter. The proceeding then terminated.
Police Cases. —There was a clean sheet at the R.M. Court on Thursday. Insolvency. —Joseph Bryant, farmer, Longbeach, has filed. Mr. .W. R. Boyle has been appointed creditors’ trustee in the estate of T. P. Gleeson, of the’ Hinds.
Tenders for Ckoav’s Road. —The tenderers for the ditch on Crow’s Road are referred to an advertisement of the Longbeach Board in another column.
Legal Notice. —Dr. Foster and Mr. Frederick Wilding have entered into partnership as barristers and solicitors under the firm of Foster and Wilding. A representative of the firm Avill probably be located in Ashburton.
A. and P. Association. —A meeting of the A. and P. Association Committee is to be held at the Somerset on Wednesday next at three p.m. On the same evening at half past seven, Mr. Passmore will read his paper on Agricultural Mabhinory, in the upper room of the Town Hall. The horse parade Takes place in the Association’s grounds on the 2nd prox, and the annual cattle show on the 16th November.
The Wakanui School Affair.— A report of aii indignation , meeting held at Wakanui over the three shillings question appears in another column. We understand that summonses have been issued to everal of the leading householders who took part in the meeting, and the battle is to be fought out in the R.M. Court. We hope the bailiff will be cleared out of the hail of justice in time to let these,) great coses he heard. A Scotch Concert. — r i ho Caledonian Society have decided to give a concert of Scotch music, Scotch dances, &c.> in a Aveek or two, and the Committee Avould be glad to hear of friends possessing vocal ability or dancing talent who would be Avilling to aid them in making a first-class Scotch programme. Excellent pipe music will be supplied, as well as first-class dancing, though as yet the “ foursome ” is hardly complete, but certainly will be, as aid of a superior character is promised from the south. We hope members of the Society in the country districts Avill interest themselves in bringing to the Committee’s knowledge the existence of any musical talent—Lowland or Highland—that may exist in their neighborhood. A dance undei- the Society’s auspices is also to be arranged for.
Ashburton High School. —At a meeting of the Board of G° vernors of the Ashburton High Schoolheldon Thursday, there Avere present Dr. Trevor (in the chair), his Worship the Mayor, Messrs. E. G. Wright, Percy Cox, John Grigg. It was resolved that, in future, the meetings of the Board be held at four o’clock on the sitting days of the County Council. Tenders were opened for the erection of a building to form part of the intended High School, and that of James Bradley for a brick edifice, at L 385 was accepted. Mr. Maimvaring tendered his resignation as Secretary to the Board, in consequence of his multifarious duties in connection with the County Council, and after members had expressed their regret at his so doing, Mr. Mainwairing’s resignation was accepted. The appointment of his successor Avas held over till next meeting, to be held at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, 6th October. The Board then adjourned. Caldonian Society. Caledonian Society Avar held on Thursday in the upper room of the Town Hall, at which some twenty or thirty members attended, a very satisfactory number considering the many other mootings being hold in the town that night. Dr. Stewart, VicePresidentjOf the Society, Avas in the chair in the unavoidable absence of M. Stitt, Esq., the President. A Committee was appointed to look out for a suitable piece of ground in the vicinity of the township, with a view to its purchase for a sports ground, and to report at a future meeting. It Avas also decided to give a concert of Scotch music, Highland dancing, etc., at as early a date as possible, in the Town Hall, and a strong Committee was appointed as follows to make arrangements : —Dr. Stewart (Vice-President), Messrs. J. Mac Lean Dunn (Secretary), R. Pul Jar, G. Kidd, J. Scott, J. W. M‘Rao W. Anderson, and Murdoch Eider. Another Committee, composed of Dr. Stewart, and Messrs. A. Forbes, M‘Ba.o, Doherty, Anderson, Reid, Scott, and Pullar, was appointed to make arrangements for a dance, to come off as soon as possible. After some other unimportant business the meeting adjourned.
A Bum in the R. M, Court. —lt is not every day the Resident Magistrate’s Courthas the bailiff in,” but the Ashburton Court finds itself in that unpleasant position just now. The. Court is held in the Templar Hall, wdiich belongs to a Company of Good Templai's and others, of which Company Councillor St. Hill is one of the guiding spirits. The rent of the Hall to the Court is, we believe, some L6O per annum, and the vouchers for the rent have travelled back and forth between Ashburton and Wellington some halfdozen times or so, the journeys of the innocent documents having been caused by some arithmetical error in the computation of the amount actually due. Until this computation was put square Government wouldn't part. Yesterday the Company put the bailiff into the Courthouse, and only yesterday the vouchers completed another journey from Wellington to Ashburton. The aggravating thing about these vouchers is that the
officials who endorse the documents do not condescend upon any further statement than the curt one that the computation is inaccurate, and consequently the matter stands still. The Company do not like this, and to bring matters to a head the bum occupies the court. He had some difficulty in getting in, we believe, but succeeded in making his entrance in the Clerk’s absence. Bums will go in anywhere apparently, but it is seldom indeed we hear of such a “ contempt of Court” being committed as a bum-bailiff squatted upon the very table of the Magistrate. Plucky bum. Surely it is time the Courthouse were fixed up.
Government Buildings, Timaru.— The Government buildings at Timaru, costing LG,OOO, have been completed, and are now occupied. They are splendidly fitted up. Dunedin at the Melbourne Exhibition. —Over twenty tons of Dunedin exhibits for the Melbourne Exhibition were shipped by the Tararua on Thursday. Others are to follow.
Light Hearted Prisoners. —ADunedin telegram says : —The Maori prisoners appear to be enjoying themselves immensely. For some hours on Thursday they were playing cricket on the reclaimed laud, and afterwards indulged in racing, jumping, and other athletic sports.
A Horse Stealer. —A man named Kelly is at present under remand at Auckland for horse-stealing. He is said to have stolen within the last two months some forty or fifty horses, and ridden the majority of them to death.
New Church.— The foundation stone of the now St. Mary's (Episcopalian) Churclf, Timaru, was.laid on Thursday, by the Dean of Christchurch, in the presence of a large concourse of people. The Primate was unable to attend through illhealth. Several thousand pounds have already been promised towards the cost of the church.
A Protest. —At the meeting ,of the Oamaru County Council on Thursday it was resolved to request the Government to tako other steps for the protection of tho railway at Maheno than by turning the river on to properties of the adjacent settlers. It was also resolved that the Council will hold the Government responsible for’all damage done through the protection works.
The Acting - Governor. —At three, o’clock on Thursday afternoon. Chief Justice Prendergast was sworn in’at Wellington as Acting-Governor by Mr. Justice Johnson. The Premier. tho ; Minister for Public Works, and the (Colonial Secretary Were present. A proclamation appears in the Gazette of his assumption of the office, of Administrator of the Government.
. ■ Reinstated.— The Dunedin Harbor Board, in consideration of Captain Raton’s long service and the fact that the insubordinate conduct of Avhich he was recently guilty Avas .his first offence, reinstated him m ; his former position as pilot from the 10th inst. He Avas at the same time strongly reprimanded and further informed that a repetition of his offence will ensure instant dismissal. Pilot Loudon’s application; for an inquiry into his conduct was granted, such inquiry to be held before the Avhoie Board. I Municipal Elections. —For the northeast Avard of Christchuach, Mr. Henry Thompson has been returned, Avith a majority of 287 votes over Mia Edward Thomas, who only scored 54. Mr. Nelson K, Cherrill was returned for the north-Avest Avard Avith 356 votes to Mr. J. P. Olivers 169. At Sydenham, Messrs. White, Edward Pavitl, and Sydney Day, Avere the successful candidates, Messrs. Sheirlaw and Merritt having been crowded put. At Lyttelton, Messrs. Webb, Garforth, and Reed obtainad the seats, excluding Mr. T. M'Clatchie.
The Laavs of Death. —The Dunedin Medical Association have decided to represent to the Colonial Secretary the desirability of amending the Registration Act as follows 1. That no death be registered until a certificate of its cause, signed by the medical man cvlio has been in regular attendance, is produced to the registrar. 2. That no burial be allowed within a radius of ten miles from aregistrar’s office until the death has been registered or reported to a coroner for his direction. 3. That a medical man required to certify to the cause of death be empowered to call before him Avhere practicable any one or more of the informants named in the Act, from whom he has reason to believe he can obtain such information as may he necessary to the discharge of his duty. That, failing such attendance, the medical man be relieved from any responsibility under the Act.
Railway Matters. —Circulars hav e been issued to the various departments on the Christchurch section re the now rates of pay, by Avliich employees are requested to signify their acceptance or rejection of the same at once, so that the places of those refusing may be filled up after Saturday next, September 11th. The various gangers or foremen of the outdoor staff are notified to reply on behalf of their men and forward replies as received. The deputation appointed by the committee of delegates to present their recommendations re the revised scale of pay to the railway employees waited upon Mr. Smith, asking him to forward the same to the Minister of Public Works. In replying to questions from the deputation, Mr. Smith said , that he had telegraphed for discretionary powers to increase skilled laborers’ pay, but would receive no instructions till the present agitation had ceased. He Avould forward the recommendations to the proper quarter. At the committee meeting on Wednesday, the delegate sent to Dunedin reported the result of his visit to the railway employees in that city, and an unanimous vote of thauks Avas passed for his valuable services. —Press.