The Brindisi Mail. —Mails for the United Kingdom via Brindisi (for specially addressed correspondence only) Continent of Europe, Po nt de Galle, India, the East, Aden, Mauritius, Natal, Cape of Good Hope, etc., will close at the Ashburton Post Office, on Tuesday, 19th October, at 5 p.m. The letter rate for the United Kingdom via Brindisi is Bd. per half ounce. The Chimner Corner. —Our usual portion of the tale appears on the fourth page to-day. New Telegraph Station. — A telegraph station has been opened at Te Kopuru, in the County of Hobson. Tussock Clearing. —Tenders are invited by the Borough engineers for cutting and burning tussocks off the unformed streets in Ashburton.
District Court. —The usual monthly sitting of the District Court at Ashburton, will be held before his His Honor Judge Ward, to-morrow, (Friday) morning. The Terawhiti Gold Bush. —A Wellington telegram says ; —lt is stated that a strong party of men, organised under an experienced leader, have started for the Terawhiti district to give it a fair trial under the most, approved principles of working and saving fine gold. Another Chance. —The Post says that at a meeting of the Cabinet it was decided to give all the police inspectors and subinspectors recently dismissed for retrenchment’s sake, the option of continuing in the service either at a lower grade and at a lower salary, or else in the ranks, as may bo found practicable. Inspector Pender. —lnspector Pender, one of the oldest police officers in the colony, was very nearly being made a victim ho the retrenchment mania. Government, however, have thought better of it, and he “is not to be included amongst the reductions.” Ashburton is included in the district over which Inspector Pender at present has Jurisdiction. Promotion. —One of our best cricketers is to be removed. Mr. B. Westenra, who has r? for some . time held the position of teller in the local branch of the Bank of New Zealand, has been promoted to the Napier branch, and will leave for his new post immediately. Mr. Westenra has gained many friends in Ashburton and will take with him the good wishes of all. The Weather —A refreshing shower has fallen to-day, and there are indications that we shall have some more of the now much wanted rain. This season nor’weaters have been already more frequent than they were last year, and we have had less rain, it is satisfactory, however, to experience a shower at suitable intervals, and this is Just what we are doing. Wo could do with a good deal more than we have had on some of the lighter lands, but ashtis vegetation is everywhere healthy and green. The recent frosts have denuded the fruit trees of blossom, and “ earlybird ” gardeners have come to grief with too precocious potatoes. A Ladies’ Bathing Scare. —An alarming accident took place at the Bridgnorth Floating Bath on August 12th. It seems that since the establishment of this bath, certain clays have been set apart for ladies, many of whom have appreciated the opportunity afforded and have made considerable progress in the art of natation. On the day in question about thirty ladies had assembled in the bath, and the river Severn, owing to the recent rains, had increased in volume, but there was nothing to excite any alarm. Owing, however, to several of the ladies sitting on one side, the bath gave a lurch, and then began to sink. The ladies in great alarm, some partly dressed, others in full bathing costume, hastily escaped to the bank of the river, and to their dismay the bath immediately sank to the bottom of the river with all their clothes. The dilemma in which so many ladies found themselves on the bank of the river close to the town, with hardly even the simplest articles of clothing, seemed incapable if a satisfactory solution. At last a cattle shed was espied in the distance, and a race took place to gain its friendly shelter. Even here the difficulty of finding a presentable wardrobe was not overcome, but by borrowing sundry blankets and spare apparel all the victims of the accident were conveyed to their homes.
An Old Pensioner Drowned. —From Hokitika wo learn that Andrew Ross, ferryman at the Mikonui River, was drowned on Tuesday morning while crossit with two packhorses loaded. He was sitting behind one of the pack saddles, and in the middle of the largest stream the load shifted, and it is supposed that he was thrown suddenly into the river. There was a fresh at the time, the current was strong, and he could not recover himself. His body was found about six p. m. Deceased was a pensioner of the Royal Navy.
Home Mission. —The annual Home Mission meeting of the Wesleyan Church was held last night. There was a good attendance and Mr, H. M. Jones presided. The meeting was addressed by Revs. Keall, Ashburton; Beck, Lyttelton ; and Richardson, of St. Albans. Mr. Keall gave details of the receipts and expenditure of the mission fund ; Mr. Beck spoke generally on Christian duty and labor ; while Mr. Richardson gave an interesting account of the Scandinavian missions and the mission to the Maoris. A substantial collection was taken at the close of the meeting, which was a very enjoyable one.
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