A Big Smoke. —Tho master of the Ashburton Home begs to acknowledge with thanks the receipts of 41bs. of tobacco (first instalment), for the inmates from Messrs Dunn and Aitken, Ashburton. Civil Cases. —The only civil case called on at the R.M. Court yesterday, was that of Journeaux v. Mcßae, but there being no appearance of either parties, the case was struck out and the Court adjourned.
Kaiapoi Woollen Factory. —So heartily has the project of the promoters of the Kaiapoi Woollen Factory been received, that only 200 shares out of the 4,000 representing LIOO,OOO remain to be taken up. The list closes on the Ist October. Extensive enlargements and improvements at the Kaiapoi works are to be taken in hand immediately. Land Sales. —At the usual sitting of the Waste Lands Board, held at Christchurch on Thursday, September 16 th, sales were made as follows :—Ordinary : Selwyn, 4a.; Ashburton, 22a. Or. 21p.; ditto (special value L 5 per acre), 15a.; Geraldine, 12a. Or. 35p.; Waimate, sa. Or. 35p. Under Public Reserves Sale Act—deferred payments ; Reserve 389, 2a.; villiage settlement, South Rakaia, sa. Total acreage sold, Ola. Ir. 31p. Total cash received, Ll6B os. 9d. Refund was made on account of a former purchaser of 4s. Fleminoton. —This township, which is situated about midway between Ashburton and Waterton, has, from a variety of causes, been destitute of school accommodation, partly through doubt on the part of the Board of Education as to the exact site chosen by the school committee, and also to difficulties surrounding the title. It appears these obstacles have now been surmounted, and the architect has prepared the necesary plans for the proposed buildings, tenders for which it is expected will be accepted by the Board at its sitting on October 7The Rabbit Nuisance. —The South land Times says that “ there is now sufficient evidence that the rabbit plague, after baffling for years the ingenuity of all who suffered under it, has at last been subdued. If it still prevails in any quarter it must be the result of sheer stupidity and indifference, for a remedy, cheap, certain, and accessible, lies to everybody’s hand. The reports that reach us from different quarters of the success of phosphorised oats in nearly exterminating the rabbit, even where it had covered the country and monopolised the pasture, read like exaggeration. With the creature’s almost literal disappearance, begins, it is hoped, an era of new productiveness in the pasture lands and farms of Southland.”
The Ashburton Water Supply Scheme. —Yesterday, at two o’clock, the Borough Engineer, Mr. Fooks, turned on the water from the Domain reservoir into the distributing pif>es, and in thirteen minutes the stream had reached the channels in East street. The floodgate was raised sufficiently high to open only two inches of the distributing pipe, but through the small outlet enough water was obtained to flush all the made channels in a few minutes. The flood yesterday has established the accuracy of the levels, as well as the success of the water supply scheme, and it only remains for the Council to complete as soon as possible the work of concreting all the channels in the Borough to have the streets clean and sweet. The Borough Council meets on Monday, and will doubtless fix an early day for the formal inaugration of the Works.
Postal. Mails for the Australian Colonies and Tasmania close at the Bluff to-day (Saturday), at 11.30 a.m. Farmers’ Supplement. Our usual monthly supplement, containing matters of interest to our farmer friends, Trill be published with next Tuesday’s issue.
Stopped. —The Upper Ashburton Road Board announce that the traffic on M'Lean’s Swamp road at the Hinds is stopped, in order that some necessary repairs may be undertaken.
Draughts. A match at draughts, played at Christchurch on Wednesday, between Reid, Champion of Otago, and R. Boswell, Christchurch, ended in a draw. The players won seven games each, and six were drawn.
Tenders. —The Chairman of the County Council (on behalf of that body) has accepted Messrs Muir and Reid’s tender for pig pens at the Cattle yards, L 47, and Hoare and Hircock’s tender for fencing at the hospital site, at 3s. 6d. per chain.
Cricket. —Members of the Ashburton Cricket Club are reminded that the first practice of the season will be held on ground in the vicinity of the pound this afternoon at 2.30 o’clock. The Club's new material, which has been purchased in Dunedin, and is only equalled in its quality by quantity, has arrived in Ashburton, and with the enthusiasm at present existing amongst local players the great requisite now for the district to turn out a crack team, is what is a sine qua non to perfection in everything—practice. A meeting of the Club will probably be held for the purpose of electing a Vice-Captain, in the room of Mr. Grant, who has left the district; also, for re-consideration of the colors of the Club.
Football.— The Wellington team beat Nelson, on the letters’ ground on Thursday, by eleven points to four. New District Judge.— Mr. George William Harvey has been gazetted District Judge for Dunedin. More Gold. —A Hamilton (Waikato) paper announces the finding of a rich quartz reef between Ngaruawahia and Whatawhata. His Excellency’s Stud. —One of his Excellency’s horses has died at the Hutt. It is supposed that death resulted from the injuries received during the passage from Melbourne.
Through the Court. —The Lyttelton Harbor Board have passed a resolution by which insolvency on the part of any of their employees at once terminates the employee’s engagement with the Board.
Te Whiti and His Followers. —The natives at Wairoa express surprise at not hearing of war being declared by the Government against Te Whiti. They state that the prophet’s emissaries informed them that the 12th of this month was fixed for an outbreak of war. New Zealand Oil Springs. From Gisborne, in the North Island, we learn that work at the petroleum springs is progressing favorably. Mr. H. Clarke, the promoter of the oil spring enterprise in the district, has entered into negotiations for securing a lease of a block of land just outside the boundary of Gisborne municipality for the purpose of refining petroleum from the oil spring. A Sweeping Reduction. —The impossibility of taking “ the breeks off a Highlander ” is proverbial, from the self-evi-dent fact that Highlandmen don’t wear trousers, but kilts. Government in the case of a Southland postmaster has essayed a similar impossibility. The man gets nothing for the post-office work ho does, but he has received notice that his salary of “ nil ” is to be reduced the usual ten per cent.
Interesting to Butchers. —A butcher was summoned on Thursday at Oamaru for not giving the required six hours’ notice, in conformity with the Slaughtering Ordinance, when about to slaughter cattle. It was argued that butchers had been in the habit of sending in a weekly notice of their intentions to kill. The case was dismissed, the Magistrate remarking that in future butchers would be required to give the necessary notice when about to kill. The Oxford Chalk. —For some time there has been considerable talk about the chalk deposits at Oxford and their suitableness for the manufacture of cement. The proprietors of the land on which the chalk exists have succeeded in manufacturing a very superior sample of Portland cement, weighing 1181bs. to the strike bushel. There is an almost un limited supply of the raw material in the district, and considering the large quantity of cement used in this colony, the success of Messrs. Ingrain aud Wright in producing a good sample points to a profitable industry that it would be well to establish and encourage.
Moee Victims. — A man named Edwd. Gaulston, supposed to have come from Christchurch, died suddenly near Motueka (Nelson province) on Wednesday afternoon. The man, who is said to have a wife and four children in Christchurch, had been working in the neighborhood for some time, and is said to have been drinking. He was riding towards Ngatirnoti when he was taken ill. On Thursday morning a man named G. Rawley, in the employ of Mr. King, a sawmiller at Goldsboro, cut his throat with a razor. He was found quite dead. Ho had been drinking for some time past. Local Option. —Local option is now on its trial at one of the seaport towns of England. The Earl of Zetland, who has a feudal right as proprietor of Grangemouth to close all the places for tho sale of intoxicants in that port, has (says the Alliance News) left the decision as to the liquor traffic to the inhabitants themselves. Six of the police commissioners, as representatives of the ratepayers, forwarded a memorial requesting his Lordship to allow matters to remain as they are. A few days before, however, a memorial was forwarded to Lord Zetland by the Chief Magistrate, signed by 1,374 individuals of all classes, from sixteen years of age and upwards, including all the clergymen of the town, and at least four-fifths of the householders and parents. These memorialists stated that, in their opinion, the proposed prohibition would “ tend greatly to advance the welfare of the town, and add very much to the comfort and peace of the community.” Lord Zetland has now decided to bo guided by the expressed wish of the bulk of the inhabitants. Compulsory Education. —At the Resident Magistrate’s Court, Rangiora, on Tuesday last, A Land was complained against by the Rangiora school committee for neglecting to send a boy and girl between school ages regularly to the district school. In the first instance the boy had been absent fifty-nine times and the girl seventy times out of a possible ninety attendances. Defendant said he found his son useful to him, and his daughter had not been well. It was not his wish to keep the children from school. The Resident Magistrate said that the chairman of the committee informed him that there were about one hundred children between school ages who did not attend. This was in spite of all the advantages of a free system of education. The excuses were frivolous. The duty of the magistrate was to support the action of the committee, and an order would be made for the children in question to be sent regularly, costs to be paid by defenant. W. Brock was also complained against for not sending two children to school. A similar order was made in this as in the previous case, the Bench stating that penalties would be levied inf future cases of the kind.
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