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High Prices. Messrs. Friedlander Bros, have been advised of the following satisfactory prices which have been obtained in London for shipments of wheat despatched by them :—Ex Arethusa, 495.; Padishah and Inglewood, 48s. 6d. ; Salamanca and Euterpe, 48s. ; Western Monarch, 475. 6d. ; Waimate, 465. per 4961b5. in each case. Dramatic Club. —Last night the Dramatic Club, who resolved late on Saturday to supply some amusement on the holiday, gave an entertainment in the Town Hall. There was a fair attendance, who heartily enjoyed the performance. The pieces played were two that have already geen given by the Club, but lost none of their freshness by a repetition. “ Going to the Races ” came first, and the characters were well sustained throughout. The second piece was “John Smith,” which ran equally well. In the interval between the farces* Mrs Thomson danced the Highland fling and a sailor’s hornpipe, with her usual grace. There was also some sort of comic performance by two children.

“ The Art op Memory.”—Mr. F. P. O’Reilly delivers his lecture to-night on the Art of Memory. Confirmation Services. —On. Sunday next the Right Reverend Lord Bishop of Christchurch, and Primate of New Zealand, will hold confirmation service in St. Stephen’s Church,’ Ashburton.

Captain Jack. Barry. — This individual, who has evidently emerged unscathed from the shower of rotten eggs that fell upon him in the Oddfellows’ Hall, Timaru, is about to essay another “ lecture ” in Ashburton. The Maori Prisoners. —The Hinemoa arrived at .Lyttelton at G. 30 yesterday with the convicted Maori prisoners. They were marched to the gaol, and the prisoners previously there, conveyed by the Hinemoa to Ripa Island. Siding. We understand that the Secretary of the Ashburton Racing Club has applied to the Railway Department for a siding to be placed on the line near the south-east corner of the racecourse. As this would bo a great convenience to people Gaiting the Races and the Agricultural Show, we hope to learn that the request has been acceded to. We believe that the, Agricultural and Pastoral Association have made a similar application.

The Scotch Concert.— The concert by the Caledonian Society, to come off on Thursday next, is likely to be a great success. A steady run on the front seat tickets has been kept up, so that that portion of the hall will, in all probability, be a bumper. Neither the seats in the front of the hall nor those in the dress circle are to be numbered, as has been supposed by some, and the front seats are only set aside as many ladies and gentlemen prefer them to the higher position in the gallery. We are desired to state that the front seats door in the side of the hall will be open ten minutes before the main entrance, for the admission of ticketholders to secure their seats. After halfpast seven all will have to take “ pot luck.”

Ashburton Racing Club. —A meeting of the Committee of the Ashburton Racing Club was held on Saturday afternoon, at Quill’s Hotel, Mr. Crisp in the chair. Mr. S. Saunders (for the secretary) reported that Mr. J. J. Dawson, declined to act as a member of the Committee, and Mr. E. Saunders would be unable to officiate as Clerk of the Course. A letter from Mr. John Carter was read, to which the secretary was instructed to reply. The action of the secretary in accepting Mr. Lemon’s tender for lease of the racecourse was approved and confirmed, and Mr. John Carter was appointed Clerk of the Course. It was decided that four members of the Committee should form a quorum, and after arrangements had been made for advertising, and a programme for the Spring race meeting adopted, the meeting adjourned. Cricket. —On Saturday night a meeting of the A.C. C. was held in the County Chambers. The Treasurer reported that forty-two members had paid their subscription for the season. Mr. R. Westenra was elected Vice-Captain, in room of Mr. Grant, who has recently removed. An animated discussion ensued on the subject of colors for the Club, when, after sundry propositions, it was eventually decided that the cap should be scarlet with white piping in radii. It was decided that the opening match of the season should be played next Saturday in Mr. Hay Smith’s paddock, commencing at 2 p.m., sides to be chosen on the ground by the Captain and Vice Captain. Mr. Hay Smith has kindly placed one of his paddocks at the disposal of the Club until the Domain is fit for practice, and it is to be hoped the members will show their appreciation of his kindness by regular attendance. Punishment op Children. —Whether corporal punishment will ever altogether be abandoned in schools, and whether parents will ever be persuaded that about the worst way in which they can correct their children is to beat them, I am sure that I don’t know. Ido know that I (with inestimable kind help, many years ago) brought up a little boy from the age of 18 months to the age of 17 without ever spoiling or ever laying a finger upon him ; but some guardians of youth may not have had such good fortune as J experienced. But I also know that I should be ashamed now, when my grownup little boy comes to dinner, to sit opposite to him if I had to remember that, when he was a weak young child and I a hale strong man, I had abused my strength by beating him. It is impossible to predict what may be the eventual solution of a very perplexing social dilemma ; the more perplexing when it is remembered that many good and wise people are in favour of the bodily chastisement of children. Yet thus much might be done, perhaps, to simplify the problem. No one, surely, will maintain that it can be justifiable to hit a child on the head — before, perhaps, the very sutures of its skull are completely joined ; and blows on the head are one of the commonest forms of school barbarity. I would make such blows an aggravated assault,. and : punish it accordingly.—“G. A. S. ,’ in he Illustrated London News.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 158, 28 September 1880

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