Confirmation. —The Primate holds a Confirmation Service in St. Stephen’s Church to-morrow forenoon, and will conduct all the services for the day. Civil Gases. —There was- only pne civil case heard by the R.M. yesterday—namely, Journeaux v. M‘Rae, a claim of L 7 18s., in which judgment was given by default, with 11s costs. ; ; t Correction. —Mr. Quin, the plaintiff ill the case of Quin v. Stalker, heard last Tuesday by the R.M.', desires us to state that his land is freehold and was not leased from Mr. Johnston.
Quill & Co.—This firm’s Saturday’s sale takes place to-day as usual, and they advertise a sale of horses immediately after the parade, at the show grounds. The sale at the rooms, be it noticed, begins at eleven sharp, not twelve.
Crime in Ashburton. —There has been a marked falling-off in the number of charges laid in Ashburton and district, and dealt with in the R.M. Court, during the past quarter, as compared with its predecessor. "The total number of charges laid last quarter was 144—this quarter there were only 101. The decrease is mostly attributable to the recovery of Sergeant Felton from his recent illness, and in this way : The Sergeant is an old Officer, and knows all the district well, and all the “ old hands” who want watching.- - During the Sergeant’s illness his - place was taken by an officer who, though thoroughly efficient otherwise, could not possibly know the local ropes so well. So ] wheti Sergeant Felton took the reins again after his recovery, he at once proceeded to run in all the characters whom he knew required it, and he knew where to •.go to seek them. These waifs are-not here this quarter, as they- know with whom they have to deal —hence the decrease. The average of casual crime is about the same otherwise. : ■
Shoddy Merchants. —Our Alford correspondent writes as follows. We commend his warning to all our country readers, as the Alford Forest district is not the only one favored with the visits of peddling swindlers The cloth swindle has reached even this remote district. A so-called “ commercial ” calls with samples of- counterpanes, calicoes, arid other drapery goods; stating they are part of a large bankruptcy stock ; and he would ‘ book orders which his van would afterwards deliver : counterpanes at 20s. per doz., calicoes at 2s. per cloz. yards. Having booked these orders for delivery, and thus introduced the thin end of the wedge, he opens up a parcel of tempting “ shoddy,” the only thing he really wishes to sell, and by stating a near neighbor has bought a large quantity, he manages to palm off the usual glossy imitation as genuine cloth. He managed to take in a respectable lady in this neighborhood to the tune of some pounds. She wishes her > neighbors to be on their guard and profit by her experience. The shoddy remains to speak for itself. .
•■■The, Horse Parade. The annual parade'of entire horses belonging to the* district takes 1 place in the Ashburton Agricultural and Pastoral Association’s grounds to-day. The Committee of Management are Messrs. Joseph Hunt; F. T. Mayo, and M. Stitt. We learn that there are no less thaq twenty entries : of horses—seven thoroughbreds’ and roadsters and thirteen draught horses. The entries are as follows : That(nighbreds and [Roadsters' —Mr. Charles Lewis’ Dan O’Rourke, Mr. F. B. Passmore’s Commodore, Mr. L. ,E. Corsbie’s Tribune, Mr. D. McKellav’s Dundee, Mr. J. Carter’s Dexter, Mr. J. Carter’s Liberal, Mr. W. PI. Smith’s Tam o’Shanter.
Draught Horses— Mr. J. Carter’s Billy Fairplay, Mr. F. Bi Passmore’s Duke, Mr. J. Grigg’s Lord Beaconsfield, Mr. C. Leitch’s Heather Jock, Mr. Edwin Thomas’ Commander, Mr. William Stoddart’s Lord Raglan, Mr. William Fergie’s Bonnie Scotland, Mr. R. Patton’s Young Ivan hoe, Mr. N. Walsh’s \ oung Sir Colin Campbell, Mr. J. Mutch’s Young Glenroy, Mr. Cairncross’ Pride of the North, Mr. J. Mclvellar’s Glenroy, Mr. E. Ede’s Muir Lad.
A Persistent Thief. —Yesterday Mr.: Richard Sydney Williams penitently pled guilty before the R.M. to the “ shaking” of a rat-trap and a pair of boots from the Royal Hotel. The High Priest of Justice laid a penance upon Richard of six months’ duration, to work for the colony’s good in the Lyttelton purgatory. Richard is'a man with a mission, but it is one like that of Autolycus—he is a picker up of unconsidered trifles ; and no obstacle in the shape of continuous imprisonment by an 'unappreciative Government seems •to stand in the way of his mission. He had just: finished three months in gaol, not so .very long ago, and on the morning of his liberation his wandering footsteps carried him to Papa ll ™-' ’Passing a storekeeper’s shop,'he Saw a coil of 1 cordage standing outside the door. The hole in the coil temptingly faced the ‘ man with the' mission, and he at once put his arm throughand carried it off, coolly and unblushingly. Up the street a short "way, the storekeeper met him (having left ‘ the store for a minute or two in charge of a lad), and recognised His own brand on the cordage. Knowing the' man and his weakness, the-storekeeper knew the cordage had beep.stolen, .and at once communicated with the police authorities, who sent a mounted constable after the individual with the fondness for rope and rati him in. Mr.- Richard is a daring thief; too, and he once stole the mess beef of the Christchurch police officers, getting Inside the yard and climbing a tree where the cook had hung' the morsel for curing purposes. Richard was lucky enough to get off with the beef nibble, but, the cordage was too much for him.
Cheap Photos.—Mr. G. F. Henry announces the reductiori to 10s. per dozen of the price of his photos.
Me. Bullock’s Sale. —Mr. Bullock holds his first sole, since his resumption of business, to-day. sale of properties, merchandise, etc., takes place in the East street premises, and the sale of horses at the Burnett street bazaar, f Unclaimed Letters. —The following is a list of letters from places beyond the colony received at the Ashburton Post Office during the month of August, and remaining unclaimed on Ist October, 1880: .—Mr?. Jas. Chambers, Timothy Crowe, M/Droney. (2), Chas. Gale, David. Jackson, Michael Keane,. J. Kingett, J, Lund, H. Meant,. -George Ogstpn, Arthiir E. Pinches, H. Reed, Jas. McP. Stuart, Michael Wallace, and W. Wright;'
The Goddefroi Samoan (Business.It is stated that a probability exists, .of a Company yet being formed to take over the Samoan' business of Goddefroi. Sir Arthur Gordon. —H. M. S. Danae, it is said, leaves Auckland shortly for Fiji, to bring Sir Arthur Gordon to New Zealand.
The Discontented Bobbie^. —The men of the Armed Constabulary who refused duty at Ripa Islandon Thursday, have been fined £2 each, and dismissed the service. A Bath. At Lyttelton; yesterday Mrs. Goodwin, a passenger by the Tui, from Kaikoura, jumped off the wharf into the water, but was rescued uninjured. The Natives. —The prompt arrest by the 'Constabulary of all natives attempting to carry out the fencing farce has, had a salutary effect upon the Maoris, iwho now decamp as soon as the police approach.
Fire.— Mr. Larnach’s stable at “The Camp,” Portobello, were burnt down on Tuesday night... The damage is estimated at L 2,500. The insurance was estimated at LSOO in the New Zealand office. Nothing is yet known as to the origin of the fire. Interesting to Railway Travellers. There is a by-law in force in the New Zealand and English railways to this effect. If a man gets into a train and loses his ticket or does not take one he is liable to be charged the fare from whence the train started. The Court of Queen’s Bench in a test case lately tried declared that the by-law was ultra vires and therefore inoperative. TiieKanieri Burning Case. —The cir- 1 cumstances surrounding the horrible death of a woman and child who were burned in the fire at Kanieri on the morning of 22nd inst. have excited comment, and since the inquest the police have entertained suspicions of foul play. On Wednesday Inspector Kiely and Detective Quinn arrested David Hutchison for the wilful murder of his wife Margaret Hutchison and his infant son Paddy. Hutchison.
A Terrible Army. —lt is calculated by Mr. Greenwood that within the limits of the city of London alone an army of male arid female thieves twenty thousand strong finds daily and nightly employment, the juveniles not being included in the computation. This means that roughly estimating the population of London at 3,000,000, there is to be found one person in every one hundred and fifty who is a forger, a housebreaker, a pickpocket, a shoplifter, a receiver of stolen goods, or what not ; “a human bird of prey, a wily cunning man-wolf, seeking whom he may devour. ” ' ■
Cheerful Companionship. —A. Wairarapa correspondent of the Post writes to that journal: “An amusing story is going the rounds. Two men set in from a back run to Masterton, being rather new chums, got benighted, and in looking fora place of shelter for the night espied a small snug-looking building, and immediately took possession. Upon reconnoitring to their horror they found a coffin in the centre, and near it a quantity of old bedding. One of the two, a Cockney, was for decani ping, but the other, who had been in .the Franco-Prussian War, was less timorous, and made light of the affair by a profane joke. He then coiled himself in the clothing, and slept calmly byThe side of the coffin. When morning came it disclosed a coffin with a glass pane in the lid, which revealed the mortal remains of a departed native. Upon enquiries they learned that they had entered- what the Maoris call a urupo, or small building built specially to receive the coffin of some deceased person of note—a chief or chieftainess. Irish Tenants. —A landlord in Westmeath has a tenant who the other day refused to pay his rent, amounting annually-to some £450, pleading inability to do so from bad times. The landlord sent a courteous : but firm letter -to. say that he must 1 take steps to make'him, pay. A few days after, the tenant appeared at the London residence of the landlord, and offered to give him L 12,000 for the fee simple of the farm ! A landlord in Ireland, the other day, had some fat bullocks for sale, and one of his tenants came, and became the purchaser, and paid for the cattle down—ready money—in sovereigns. The landlord, on going out, saw the tenant’s -cart standing .at the door, into which he was getting to drive away, and remarked some large, full sacks in the cart, “ What have you got there in the sacks!” “Sure, yer banner, it’s the relief male” (meal). The Four Friends. —“ Lovely and pleasant in their lives, and in their death they tv ere not divided. ” • This sentiment, from David’s lament over Saul and Jonathan, might have been appropriately inscribed on the granite cross which marks four graves in Virginia. The occasion of the monument is thus told In 1853 four gentlemen entered their sons at Ookesbury,. S. 0. They had been for years intimate friends and clergymen in the Methodist Church. These boys remained at the school room-mates and class-mates for two years, and entered Wofford College, standing relatively first, second, third, and fourth. They then entered a law office at Spartansburg, and studied law under the same chancellor. The war broke out, and at the call for troops they all entered. Jenkins’ Rifle Regiment from South Carolina, and were mess-mates in the same company. . Being nearly the same height they stood together as comrades in this regiment. At the second battle of Manassas, August, 1864, a shell from the enemy’s battery fell into the ranks of this company, killed this four and none other in the company. They were buried on the battle field, and sleep together in the same grave. Their names were : Capers, M'Swain, Smith and Duncan, and they were the sons of Bishop Capers, the Rev. Drs. MjSwain and Smith, of South Carolina, and the, Rev. Dr. Duncan of Virginia, the last-named being a brother of the Rev. Dr. Duncan, of Randolph Mason College. The grave is marked by a granite cross and enclosed by a granite railing. 1
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