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The Gas Company. The general meeting of shareholders in the Ashburton Gas Company lapsed last night for want of a quorum. Street Lighting. —The Gas Company announced to the Borough Council yesterday that they had reduced their charges on gas 10 per cent. In connection with this Mr. St. Hill suggested that a further saving to the town could be made by refraining from lighting tho streets during the four months of short summer nights. He further suggested that the darker places of the outskirts might be lit with kerosene, and pointed out the unfairness of tho more frequented streets being let with a blaze of light while the back settlement people had not even their darkness made visible. Ihe matter was referred to a Committee. Fairfield Estate. —lt is rumored that another portion of this excellent estate is shortly to come into the market, when, doubtless, should the sale come off, prices eqially satisfactory to those obtained before will be realised. It will be remembered that some (300 acres of the estate were sold by Messrs Matson and Co. on a previous occasion, when prices ranging from L 4 10s. per acre to L 35 were obtained, only two acres, however, fetching over the latter sum. Since the sale many of the lots disposed : of have changed hands at greatly increased rates, and ip one case a largo section, that was bought at auction for L 5 10s. per acre, has been sold at no less than Ll 4 per acre. Fairfield estate is within very easy reach of Ashburton, and would make most admirable villa.and cottage sites. Most people have a very erroneous notion about the land in that quarter. Part of it is no doubt acknowledged to h§ somewhat inferior, . but it is quite gooff .enough for building purposes, while the greater portion of the estate is much better land than most people are aware of, and it is only now that its value is being found out, and as a consequence, wo are beginning to hear of numerous inquiries being made about the sections available for purchase in that locality.

The Wheel of Life.— During the month of September Mr. Ward registered 31 births in the district, 6 deaths, and 2 marriages.

Music Teaching. —Mr. Maclachlau, teacher of the Wakanui School, announces his preparedness to undertake the tuition of piano or harmonium pupils. The want of a music master has been long felt in the Wakanui district.

Ashburton Appeal.— ln Banco on Friday Judge Johnston continued the appeal cases, amongst which was that of Little v. Bradshaw, Mr. O’Reilly for t!ie respondent, and Mr. Harper for the appellant (Little). The appeal was from the Resident Magistrate’s Court, at Ashburton, where the present appellant had sued respondent for LlO, the balance of an order on him given by an employee named Fisher ; and had been nonsuited on the ground that the order was in the nature of a bill of exchange, and had not been accepted by the respondent. His Honor pointed out that the facts did not disclose that the respondent owed Fisher LlO. The document was really a bill of exchange, and must he accepted in writing. His Honor dismissed the appeal.

The Cricket Club. —The Ashburton Cricket Club opened the season on Saturday with a scratch match between sides picked by the captain and vice-captain. Very fair form was shown for the commencement of the season, but owing to the bumpy state of the ground, and the, rustiness consequent on the winter’s want of practice it would be unfair to criticise the performances of the players. The match was plaj r ed in a paddock kindly lent by Mr. Hay T. Smith, and a fairish pitch was found, the match resulting in favor of the Captain’s side. We must congratulate the club on the greater energy shown this year by its members, auguring we think a successful season. The first “ foreign ” match takes place next Saturday at Mount Somers, and for the trial of skill a tolerable team has been picked, made up of the following grit :—Denshire, Wix, Eyton, Westenra, Mainwaring, Hodder, Rooks, Andrews (Captain) Shiny, Curtis, Eagle, Baldwin, Marsh, and Price. The team will practice during the week on the Domain Ground, and any of them who are unable to play in the match are requested to intimate so to the Secretary as soon as possible, so that their places may be supplied. The team will start from Shearman’s hotel at five o’clock sharp.

Confirmation Service. —His Lordship the Primate held a confirmation service on Sunday morning in St. Stephen’s Church. Early Communion was celebrated by the Primate at half past eight, assisted by Rev. A. W. Hands, and there was a goodly number of parishioners present. The ordinary morning service began at half past eleven as usual, and after morning prayers, Mr. George Jameson received bis formal appointment, as lay reader from the Bishop. After this ceremony sixteen candidates for confirmation were admitted, the service being very impressive. His Lordship delivered a most excellent and eloquent discourse, bearing suitably upon the particular service of the day, and containing many warnings to the young, and full of excellent advice. The hymns sun and 271, “ Ancient and Modern ” —were very apt to the occasion. In the evening His Lordship preached from the text—“ Thou art a spirit and they who worship Thee must worship Thee in spirit and in truth. ” The discourse was listened to with marked attention by a large congregation ; indeed, at both services every available seat was occupied, including about 150 temporary ones that had been supplied by Messrs. G. H. St. Hill and A. H. Shury. The evening hymns were “ Ancient and Modern” 257, 210, and 31, the “ Evening Hymn ” being sung during the collection of the offortory. The evening voluntaries were “ Holy, Holy, Holy,” from Spohr’s “Last Judgment,” and “ How beautiful arc the messengers that preach the Gospel of Peace,” from Mendelssohn’s “ St. Paul,” and were admirably played by the organist. The psalms and canticles were chanted very smoothly by the choir.

A Tattersall’s Club is being formed in Auckland.

Unearthed. — We Icara from New Plymouth, that tho remains of a female skeleton have been found in a gravel pit near Ngaire, on the Normanby railway.

Burnham Reformatory. —Mr. S. G. Maddison, late of the Old Men’s Home, has at last been gazetted master of the Burnham School, his appointment dating from the Ist May.

Land Revenue. —The land revenue for Dunedin for the September quarter was L 12,234 9s. 9d., as sheep assessment. This is exclusive of L12,8G0 annual rentals from runs.

The Murder by the Fijian.— -An entertainment for the benefit of the woman whose husband was murdered by J os, the Fijian, at Auckland last week, is to be given in tho Auckland Theatre Royal.

Grateful. —For services rendered in connection with the recent outbreak of pleuro-pneumonia, Mr. Fantliam, who was active in its suppression, has received a testimonial, contributed to by 1,120 subscribers.

The Soup Kitchen. —At a meeting of the Benevolent Association, Christchurch, held yesterday, it was resolved to close the soup kitchen, but the Association will most once a week to receive reports of urgent cases of destitution.

Supreme Court.— -The criminal sessions of the Supreme Court commenced yesterday at Christchurch. There arc fifteen cases of an ordinary character to be dealt with. Francis Hydes, for larceny from a dwelling, got two years.

The “Echo” Libel Cask.-YRie libel case Izett, editor of the Star, v. proprietors of the Christchurch Echo has been compromised by the latter publishing a statement that tho paragraph containing the alleged libel was not intended to apply to Izett.

A Deputation. —A deputation of railway employees interviewed the Hon. E, Richardson, at Christchurch, yesterday, requesting his assistance respecting the wages paid in the Christchurch workshops, which, it was asserted, are considerably lower than what are paid in the Dunedin workshops for the same work. Great dissatisfaction exists on the subject.

Rather Pointed. —“I believe in a personal devil,” said Mr. Moody, at a revival meeting held in a remote Western City. “ That’t true—that’s true ; you're right there stranger,” said an old farmer, rising from his seat in his earnestness. Whereupon a calm-faced, placid-looking woman rose from the other end of the new, took him by the ear, and slowly led rim out, and the assembly knew then for the first time that the old man’s mind was filled with domestic thoughts instead of flip hereafter.

Gold Digging in Scotland. --The Glasgow Herald says {—There is a prospect of operations being resumed at the Kildonan gold diggings, Sutherlandshir.e. A German gentleman is at present testing the gold-producing properties of quartz taken from several points in the strath. The results are reported to be very prqmisjprr. The process to be adopted for separating iljp gold from the quartz is said to he quite new, being the principal agents employee}. Per spur Jong resident in Australia state that they .ate struck with the resemblance of the geological features of Kildonan strath to to those of the Australian goldfields.

Tree Planting Experiment. —When in Japan, Mr. Tiften, of Napier, on behalf of the New Zealand Government, purchased 50 hardy orange trees, 100 persimons, 200 assorted kiaki, 50 pear-shaped plums, 1,000 very large kind of chestnut, 200 bamboos. He also obtained a number of fruit trees with which to experiment in his own garden. All the trees will be shipped in December next, widely is the proper season in Japan. An , Eventual Trip,. —The following events, wo learn from the Melbourne Age, occurred on board the Tararua bn her late trip from New Zealand to Melbourne, one' of which, unfortunately, was of a fatal character :—A steerage passenger who embarked at Dunedin was missed on Tuesday morning, the 14th, and though every search was made, and the whole of the passengers mustered, no trace of him could be found. From documents found in his pocketbook his name proved to be Michael Carr, lately a resident of Southhridge, Canterbury. He was last seen by a fellow passenger in his bunk at 10 o’clock on Monday idght, but was not missed until 6 next morning. Carr had been suffering from neuralgia. It can only be surmised that the deceased, went on deck during the night and was precipitated overboard, as a heavy sea was running at the time, and a hard gale was blowing from the south, causing the ship to roll heavily. During'the time ho was on board he appeared to be a steady respectable man, but rather reticent. A noticeable event also was one .which terminated very happily—viz., a marriage. A gentleman, who by accident was carried on from Port Chalmers, gained the affections of a young lady,- who, with her parents, were passengers en route to England. Such was the devoted attachment of the young couple that a special license was obtained at the Bluff, where they were married, the young lady returning with her husband to Dunedin.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 161, 5 October 1880

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