“The Irish Pilgrim.” —Mr. J. P. Armstrong gave a lecture in the Town Hall on Tnesday, in which he detailed his experiences of life on. the Australian goldfields in the early days of their history. There was a very limited audience, counter attractions elsewhere no doubt preventing a larger attendance; Cricket. —The following is the programme as far as yet decided on by the Match Committee of the Cricket Club : October 2nd, A to L v. M to Z : October 9fch, the Club v. Mount Somers ; October 16th, Eleven v. Twenty-two; October 23rd, return match with Mount Somers ; October 30th, Married v. Single.
The Colossban Pantascope. —An exhibition bearing the above title, is to be exhibited in the Town Hall this evening. The concern ought to bo something worth seeing, as it had for its foster parent the renowned Bachelder, of panorama fame, who always shepherds a good thing. The scenery will be chiefly American, and will show out Mormon life to the full, while numerous Australian scenes will also be exhibited. Chalet, who has made a sonthern name as a second Artemus Ward, will do the lecturing, adding some ventriloquial trifles.
The Borough Waterworks. The inaugural ceremony at the Borough waterworks has been fixed to take place on Monday next, when it is probable the stream will be turned on by the lady of the member for the district, Mrs. E. G Wright, and some sort of a demonstration will take place at the reservoir. The day will be declared a holiday in town, as the event is looked upon as of sufficient importance to be so marked. The Mayor will give a banquet in honor of the occasion, and altogether the opening of the water works will be a red letter day.
“The Five Senses.” —The Rev. Mr. Beattie on Tuesday delivered a very excellent lecture on “ The Five Senses,” in the Presbyterian Church, which was very well filled, both with members of the lecturer’s own congregation and other sympathisers with Sunday-school work, for the proceeds of the lecture were to be devoted to Sun-day-school purposes in connection with the Presbyterian Church. Dr. Stewart occupied the chair, and introduced Mr. Beattie, who, in dealing with his subject, gave much information in regard to the five senses that could be made practical use of by all. The usual votes of thanks were given at the close, amongst the rest, one to the choir, for the hymns sung. The Southland Timber Yards.—Mr. Joshua Tucker having succeeded in obtaining a long lease of Reserve 767, near Jameson and Roberts’ store, is about to plant “ the Southland Timber Yards” on that section, and timber of every description will be there obtainable, from the finest mouldings for the carpenter to the cheapest firewood for the hearth. Mr. Tucker will, we believe, add some other departments to his business. Mr. Tucker rents the reserve from the Borough Council, at -whose last meeting his tender was accepted at LC6 13s. 4d. per annum for the first seven years, the rent increasing 50 per cent, for the second seven years, and another 50 per cent, for the third seven years. Retrenchment. —The fallowing is the text of the motions given notice of at last meeting of the Borough Council, and which did not appear in the report in our last issue :—l. “That tenders be invited for the formation and kerbing of the footpaths in Cox street. ” 2. “ That the services of the Town Clerk be dispensed with at the expiry of his present engagement, and that the offices of Borough Surveyor and Town Clerk be amalgamated, at a salary of L2OO per year. Applications from gentlemen willing to discharge the duties to be invited by advertisement in the Christchurch and Ashburton papers, to be considered by the Council on October 18.” 3. “ That the resolution authorising the sale of the iron pipes purchased from a vote made by the Ashburton County Council in favor of a water supply for the Borough of Ashburton be rescinded, on the ground that the Council has not the power to divert the proceeds from the specific object for which the money was voted, as the resolution authorising the vote expressly stipulated that it was granted for a water supply for the Borough of Ashburton.” The Camera Obscura.—Mr. Dlmant, the proprietor of the camera obscura, has erected his pavilion opposite the post office, on the vacant piece of ground near the railway engine-shed, and we can confidently recommend our readers to avail themselves of the opportunity of visiting this highly entertaining exhibition. Our usually well-conducted citizens will do well to be extra cautious in their actions while the camera obscura is being shown in Ashburton, for at any moment an unseen spectator may be gazing upon their doings. This wonderful piece of mechanism produces _ to the life both animate and inanimate objects, and when the peculiarly interesting sight is witnessed on the canvas of an angry matron chastising her child, or two lads engaged in a most energetic pugilistic encounter, as was witnessed by' our representative on visiting the show, there will, we are sure, be no need to repeat the caution to our readers to be careful of their doings while this Arguseyed wonder is in our midst. We are not going to expose that warm-tempered lady, or those very pugilistic juveniles, but if they wish to see the eccentricities of others, and in their turn have a little fun, a visit to Mr. Dnnant’s exhibition will repay them for their outlay of sixpence or a shilling, as the case may be.
The Scotch Concert. —The programme of the Caledonian. Society’s anniversary concert of national music and dancing appears in another column. Closing a Road, —A special meeting of the County Council is to be held after the ordinary meeting on October 6, to consider the question of closing a road, in the Mount Somers district.
The Library Reading. —Last night there was a good attendance at the Library reading in the Town Hall, and the performers, who were all local amateurs, acquitted themselves very well indeed. Cooper’s String Binder.— Owing to the difficulty in finding a spare reaping machine, Cooper’s string binding attachment was not exhibited on Saturday at Rakaia, but will bo 'at a future date.
Removal of South Rakaia Railway Station. —The long talked of removal of the passenger station at Rakaia was effected on Monday, since when all the trains stop at the junction of the Rakaia and Ashburton Forks line with the main South line. Tenders, —The Mount Somers Road Board have 117 chains of re-forming and metalling to do on Reynold’s road ; a cutting on Macfarlane’s terrace ; and fords and repairs on the West Coast road. They want tenders for the work by next Board day, (Oct. 4.)': also tenders for the preparation of a valuation list for the year 1881.
Eire Brigade. —At the usual practice last night, twenty members were present. Two horses were put to the engir.e, which was taken down to the well at Mr. Williamson’s cottage, back of the Ashburton Hotel. The supply of water was found to be too small to be of any use, so the engine was moved to the water-hole by the hank of the river, when the men succeeded in throwing a good jet of water over the hotel. After the gear had been run back, Lieutenant Dolman had just dismissed the men, when a fire was seen somewhere towards Moore street, apparently Mr. Parkin’s mill. The apparatus was again taken out, and on running down it was found that a large body of gorse in the rear of the Police Barracks was on fire. After some trouble, owing to the want of water, the fire was got under. There is no question but that, had the wind been from the south-west, the Police Barracks would have been in danger, on account of the great quantity of tussock in the paddock behind the station. Twenty-one members of . the Brigade turned out when the bell was rung, and deserve no little praise for their prompt appearance on the scene. This alarm shows not only the necessity of a watersupply, but that the By-law relating to gorse in the Borough should be enforced.
Tinwald Temperance Hall. —The directors of the Tinwald Temperance Hall Company (Limited) held their usual fortnightly meeting on Tuesday, the following being present : —Messrs. Williams (chairman), Smith, Reeve, Corrigan, 0. Hawkins, W. Hawkins, Shearer, Jones, and Allen. The Chairman reported that since last meeting he had been to Christchurch, and had succeeded in registering the Company under the Joint Stock Companies Act, 1860. He produced the certificate of incorporation, constituting them a limited company under the Act, 'and stated that the Company was now in proper and legal form, without having cost anything for solicitors’ fees or _ expenses. Tenders for the erection -of the proposed hall were opened as follows : Messrs. Wilson and Rands—Plan A, L 213 10s. 2d.; plan B, L 232 4s. od. Messrs. Muir and Reid—Plan A, 124 10s.; plan B, L 142. , Mr. D. Teppett—Plan L 129 ; plan B, L 133. Mr. 0. Brader — Plan A, L 124 7s. 9d.; plan B, L 144 4s. Gd. Mr. Robert Powrie—Plan A, Ll5O ; plan.B, L 173. Mr. Brader’s tender for plan A and Mr. Teppetfs tender for plan B were submitted to the ballot, which resulted in Mr. Teppett’s tender for L 133, for plan B, being accepted. Mr. ,P. Shearer was appointed clerk of works, and the building is to be erected forthwith.-‘lt was also decided to- call up all the calls from shareholders the third call now and the last in a month, the same being payable at the Company’s' registered office, Tinwald. The new hall is to be about the same size and something after the same style as the Ashburton Templar Hall.
Fast Trotting. —A Cincinnati chestnut, named “Five,” recently trotted half-a-mile in Imin. ssecs., the fastest time on record. This was on the third mile of a heat. He trotted a mile in 2min. 14£secs.
The Unemployed. —The Public Works Department sent thirty-five more of the Christchurch unemployed to up-country railway works yesterday, and have announced positively that no more unemployed will be provided for. The Property Tax.— A Wellington telegram says the new schedules have been posted to all who have not yet made any return under the old regulations. The forms already filled up and received will be made use of as far as possible. 1
The Waikaia Election. —The seat rendered vacant by the death of Mr. - Ireland, late M.H.R. for Waikaia, was contested by Mr. Bastings and Captain Morris. The election on Tuesday gave a handsome majority to Mr. Bastings. Tasmania. —Tasmania, with her small population is one of the most prosperous colonies in the Australasian group. Her population numbers 112,000 ; last yflar her imports only represented L 120,000, while her exports amounted to L 1,300,000. Mr. Woolcogk. —Mr. Charles Woolcock, ex-M. H.R. for Grey Valley, has at last been provided for. Mr. Wool cock has been appointed to take charge of the unemployed in the Patea district, a position for which his early training very well fits him. A Change. —Very small quantities of meat are now shipped to Europe from America, owing to the high price of meat. The refrigerators have been taken out of the ocean steamers, in order to make room for thousands of emigrants to the United States. A Big Plunge. —According to a letter that appeared in the Sporting Life, a Mr. J. Strickland i said to have plunged 73 feet 1 inch at the City Baths, Swanston street, Melbourne, on March 15th. This is further than has ever been done in England. Davenport’s 62 feet 7 inches was achieved at the Lambeth.Baths, the height of the “ take off” being 3 feet 10 inches, and this we believe is the best thing of the kind ever done in England.
The Stampede from Wellington.— A return lias been prepared for the Government of the -passengers outward per Hero, and it turns out that out of the total number, 159, all told, including those in the salqon, only nine were Government assisted immigrants. Of the remainder, the majority came originally from Victoria or Hew South Wales, and the rest paid their own passages from Great Britain to New Zealand. These tables were prepared in consequence of the fuss made about the departure of working men, who were alleged to be mostly Government assisted immigrants. This is now disproved. The Benefit of Flowers. —We take the following from a Queensland paper : “ But we should ignore the most important truth in connection with the ornamental portion of the vegetable world if we did not state that the health of mankind at large depends in no small degree upon the effect produced upon the air we breathe by the beneficial changes wrought by flowers. Science has brought out this beautiful truth during late years very clearly, by showing that floral beauties exert themselves in charging the air wo breathe with a health-giving eleraentozone. ”
Pretty.— “ The tiller of the soil,” says an American journal, c! is brought nearer ' to nature and to God than the dwellers in cities. Nature is the farmer’s silent partner, and exercises a controlling influence in the business ; if he goes wrong, she checks him ; if right, she crowns his efforts with liberal successes. ” Giving, to Tramps.— The Bishop of Manchester referring to the subject of indiscriminate charity/ expressed a belief that giving money to tramps did more harm than good, and was a foolish habit which generated in the world a quantity of hyprocrisy and lying quite incalculable. His Lordship laid down the principle that everyone who tried to do good should take the further pains of seeing that he was doing good, and people who bestowed charity should not-be content with giving a shilling here and there to apy one who might ask it. A Queer Address.— Says the Auckland Herald The following is the direction, put upon the box containing the Ligurian bees forwarded from Los Angelos to°Mr. Creighton, en route to New Zealand : Expressman, handle with care, For you have Italian bees in there, Out of the sun and in the shade, Or low in death they’ll be laid. Robert James Creighton to him they go, Who lives in the City of Francisco, Him there these pets will be sure to meet, At No, 2, Montgomery street. More Than Rabbits.— The use o poisoned oats for the purpose of killing rabbits (says the Southland Neivs) is not without its drawbacks, as several settlers in the western district can testify. One of them, for instance, laid some phosphorised oats in a paddock in which thirty-two sheep were depasturing, and had the mortification, a few days afterwards, to find half of them lying dead. Other scarcely less serious cases are reported—dogs, ■ cats, and poultry having been, killed off wholesale. It is consequently becoming a question whether the remedy is not worse than the disease ; or rather, whether the old-fashioned plan of keeping down the rabbits by dogs, cats, and traps, was not greatly preferable—at all events, in settled districts. The Maori Prisoners. —There are now between 90 and 100 Maori prisoners in Dunedin gaol, awaiting trial for interfering with the road making operations on the Waimate Plans. The Times says they are probably better off than they ever were before. They get their meals regularly without having to work for them, are well housed and clothed, and pass their time pleasantly, between cricket, rounders, and hop-step-and-jump. When engaged in these pleasant recreations their gleeful shouts can be heard 600 yards off, while the grave and reverend seigneuis among the prisoners lie around in picturesque attitudes, smoking excellent tobacco, paid for by a paternal Government. In these days of universal depression and struggling to make both ends meet, who would not be a Maori political prisoner 1
Master and Servant in the Colonies.— At the dinner-table I beheld for the first time that much-vaunted feature of colonial life, the sitting down of master and man at the same table. In walked four or five workmen and a servant and took their seats alongside of us. It was amusing to watch their daintiness. “ A small piece near the knuckle, sir, if you please “No fat, please “ Well done, sir, if you have it ;” &c. I remembered a “ harvest home ” which I attended in Berwickshire, just before leaving England, and what enormous platefulls those hungry laborers devoured, and the contrast was startling. The explanation was of course obvious. These Berkshiremen got a good sight of beef and mutton three times a year, and those New Zealanders three times a day. I am sorry to have to record a decidedly unfavorable impression of the much-talked-of triumph of democracy—master and man fraternising at the social board. A constraint was on all. This farmer owned some 1,200 acres, most of which were in cultivation. To two of his sons he had given a farm apiece, and the whole thing wore a sort of patriarchal aspect, —Leisure Hour,
Plucky Boys. —A notable instance of the energy of the young New Zealander was brought under our notice recently at the v Upper Tutaenui (says a Rangitikei pager), and deserves mention, if only by way. of encouraging others. Two of the sons of one of the settlers (Mr. Parker), living about five miles distant from the schoolhouse, are in the habit of trudging daily to and fro to their lessons in spite of wind and weather. Every morning in the year, Saturdays and Sundays excepted, these little fellows are on the road, which is an extremely bad one, as early as halfpast six o’clock, and none of the scholars are more remarkable for punctuality than these pluck\ r little travellers. It must be gratifying to their parents to learn that they came out at the top of the tree in ’. heir respective classes, and the fac f that they have done so augurs well for their future success through life. We believe that in the Carnarvon district there are also many of the scholars who have to travel a considerable distance to the local seat of learning.
Newspaper Enterprise. — Concerning the enterprise shown by the New York and Dublin papers over the American v. Irish Rifle Match, the Tablet's correspondent writes ;—“ News, like mackerel and champagne, is thought to lose its flavor if it is not devoured in the superlative condition of freshness, kicking or fizzing, as the case may be. But even in this goahead age of ours it is startling to think of men discoursing about a rifle match through thousands of miles of ocean, and of idlers reading the result in the streets of New York, aye, and seeing each bulletmark on an accurately drawn diagram full three hours by the clock before the last shot was fired on the sandy plain of Dollymount. Nor were the Irish papers behind in enterprise. As each shot was fired a carrier pigeon was loosed on the grounds, and fled like light into the city, three miles away, and the echo of the last report on the grounds had scarcely died away in Dollymount when an edition of the paper, with an exact diagram of the result, was issued from the office of the Livening Telegraph in Dublin.
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