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The Latest Bit of Red Tape.—Government, done to rags, have been reduced to their last penny, and require every receipt for wages given by the workmen in their employ to bear a receipt stamp—as a sauce, we presume, to the ten per cent, reduction!

In Bankruptcy. -4Mr. Paritt has been appointed trustee in the estate of Joseph Bryant. Wakanui School. —A public meeting to consider “ ways and means ” is to be held in the -Wakanui School-room on on Tuesday, September 28, at 7 p.m.

Lecture. —We would remind our readers of the Rev. Mr. Beattie’s lecture on the “ Five Senses ” in the Presbyterian Church to-night.

Further Retrenchment. —lt is notified that on the 27th inst.; the officer in' charge '. of the Balcairn station will be withdrawn, and after that date the station will be treated as a flag station.

Property Sale. —Messrs. H. Matson and Co. disposed of several Alford Forest township sections on Saturday,, at the land sale rooms, Christchurch. The allotments brought fair prices. New Auctioneers. —Messrs. Quill and Co. make their opening announcement in to-day’s issue. This new auctioneering firm have commenced business in Saunders’ Buildings, as auctioneers, and their first sale is to be held on Saturday. They are going very energetically about thoir work, and if push means success, the elements of success are certainly not wanting in f he new firm. “Spouted” Lamb. —A writer in the Dunedin Star says :—“ Now that the season for lamb ; and veal has again come round, I trust that the butchers will stop the reprehensible habit of ‘ winding ’ and spouting, the purpose of which is to deceive the purchaser and consumer. I understand that the animal is first blown, the slaughterman exhaling his breath into the carcase and then filling his mouth with melted mutton suet to ‘ spout ’ or splutter this over the meat. Is it not both unwholesome and disgusting 1 ”

A Gauge of Character. The Premier’s visit to the Maori prisoners on board the Hinemoa at Wellington does not appear to have made a very favorable impression upon them. After his departure Captain Fairchild informed the natives who their visitor was, explaining that he was the “ big minister,” the “ boss of the whole crowd,” but the Maoris’ view of Mr. Hall was that he was “ no good,” inasmuch as he had not presented them with either tobacco or biscuits, and therefore in their eyes he had no qualifications for the office which he holds.

The Irish Pilgrim. —Mr. J. P. Armstrong, who is well spoken of by Southern papers as a humorist, is to give one of his entertainments in the Town Hall to-night. Mr. Armstrong does not seem to have s itisfied the highly critical taste of the two Christchurch morning papers, but the Saturday Advertiser, quite as good an authority, thus speaks of him—At a time like this, when maudlin lecturers are so plentiful, and who only succeed in making their hearers as stupid as themselves, it was really a great treat to listen to Mr. innstrong for an hour and a-half last evening. The high praise bestowed on the lecturer by such a man as Judge Chapman, who has spent a lifetime in literary pursuits, is no little reward to Mr. Armstrong. It was, in every sense of the word, a great treat. The Tailors’ Strike. —A case arising out of the tailor’s strike was heard at the Christchurch R.M. Court yesterday. John Mendal was charged with having threatened to break the arm or leg of Mathias Sorenson, because the latter refused to join the Tailors’ Society and act with the men on strike. The Bench ordered the accused to be bound over to keep the peace for six months, and ex pressed his determination to inflict the severest possible penalty on the slightest attempt at anything of this kind in future. A Claim Duo up prom the Past.— A claimant has arisen to a number of valuable sections in Hastings street, Napier, in the person of the Hon. P. S. Solomon, the lately appointed Acting Attorney-General for Fiji. It appears that years ago Mr. Solomon, who was afterwards practising as a solicitor at Sydney, bought those sections, and gave power of attorney to Mr, Charles Davis to act for him, but it is alleged that, the power of attorney gave no authority to sell. Mr. Davis did sell the sections, and they subsequently passed through many hands, and are now in possession of Mrs Adamson, Messrs. Ryes, J. Monteith, H. Monteith, G. Williams, and G. Scott. The Bank of New Zealand is acting for Mr. Solomon, and Mr. Lascelles has been instructed to take proceedings to recover the property.

Reef Hunting in the North. Some time ago a prospector named Moss came into Palmerston . North with glowing accounts of a reef he had discovered. The townspeople selected an experienced prospector to go out and verify Moss’s statements. The town’s representative was a man named Henderson, who had a lifelong experience in California, Australia, and New Zealand. He has now returned from his excursion and reports that the reef said to be discovered by Moss is a hoax. Henderson, however, picked up in a gully large lumps of rich quartz, with gold plainly discernable all through. Although no definite reef has been discovered there is no doubt that gold is in the vicinity. Several parties have left town to try their luck prospecting. Mr. Henderson says that the whole features of the country warrant the asuraption that gold will bo found all through the ranges. The Oxford Cement. — Samples of Messrs. Ingram and White’s cement, made from the Oxford chalk' are now in Christchurch, and are spoken of highly by practical men The Press says : —lt is intended to subject the cement to an analysis, and practically test it against the celebrated Portland cement, all the good qualities of which are claimed for the colonial article. The weight of the latter is 1181bs. to the bushel, as against HOlbs. to the bushel of Portland cement. The test is anxiously looked forward to by those in favor of fostering local industries, and as the area of chalk and blue clay in the vicinity of the works at Oxford is practically limitless, and as the cement can be sold cheaper than the imported article, the hope may be reasonably expressed that the time is not far distant when the money expended on the great staple of the building trade will be retained in New Zealand. The Intrusive Detectives. —The Wellington Chronicle publishes the following explanation of the alleged intrusion of Detectives Brown and Benjamin into Miss Blyth’s sick room : —The young woman claimed some cutlery, a new travelling bag, the through ticket to San Francisco (for which a refund of LIS will be made), a railway rug, and some other things mentioned in a statement which is in the hands of the police. Now it so happened that in a conversation which Mr. Brown had with the Rev. Mr. Lingard, the latter stated that Mrs. Henderson had missed cutlery and other articles after her husband had levanted. Upon the detective examining the clergyman more closely about these goods, he ascertained that all the things that had been claimed by Miss Blyth evidently either belonged to Mrs. Henderson or to tradesmen in Christchurch, from whom they had been purchased and paid for by Henderson with post-dated cheques. The detective was in a dilemma,' but it was his duty to see the matter “straight,” which he did by visiting Mrs. and Miss Blyth, at the Empire, and calling the former side into another room to ask if the articles claimed by Miss Blyth were her own—a question to which Mrs. Blyth at once answered “No.” The detectives (Benjamin, accompanied by Browne) did not speak to Miss Blyth at all. about the matter, and she was not in the sick room at the time, but downstairs, in the sitting-room.

Four, and Twopence. —The Auckland unemployed won’t break stones at 4s. 2d. per yard. Times must be looking better.

A New Town Hall. —A new Town Hall to accommodate 500 persons is to be built at Sydenham.

A. Big Price Refused. —At the Melbourne Ram Show, Mr. Cummings refused L 1,500 for his champion ram, Duke, finding it impossible to replace the animal. Joe Emmett. —Joe Emmett (“Fritz”) has gone so far to the bad with drink that it has been found necessary to send him for a time to an asylum for inebriates.

Healthy Sign. —The Dunedin Star says traffic on the Otago railways .is largely increasing, and mentions one day last week on which 100 waggons with native produce of all kinds arrived at Dunedin from the South. • Sticking Out. —We learn from a Wellington correspondent that the officers in one branch, at least, of the Civil Service refused to take their cheques on the first of the month, in consequence of their unwillingness to bo subjected to the inevitable ten per cent reduction. Meanwhile, the men continue work, and on the return of the Minister to Wellington under whose control the department is, a deputation is to wait on him and make such representations as it is thought will put them on the same rate of pay as heretofore.

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Ashburton Guardian Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 155, 21 September 1880

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