The Ashburton Guardian. SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16, 1880.
TOWN EDITION. [lssued at 5 p. m. ]
Poundkeeper. —The appointment of Air. D. Kellar to the care of Mount Somers pound is announced. Auction S\lf. —Messrs. Quill and Co. held their usual weekly sale to-day, when they disposed of a large assortment of general goods.
“M'Guire.” The individual who causes some amusement at Wakanui occasionally by his extraordinary exhibitions of speechifying on religious subjects, intends to make a demonstration in Hay Smith’s paddock on Sunday afternoon, and yet again in Wakanui school on Tuesday. Ho will attack the “ Roman Catholic Religion ” on Sunday, and the “ education of children ”on Tuesday. We hope the larrikins will be tender with him, and allow his lecture to pass off as quietly as the one he attempted to deliver in Ashburton on a former occasion.
Lecture. —The Rev. Mr. Elmslie lectures in the Presbyterian Church on Monday evening, on Recent Discoveries in Astronomy.” Sir Julius Yogel. —Private letters received in Dunedin state that Sir Julius Vogel is about to return to the colony, and will re-enter the world of politics. By-Law Cases. —Court fees in Borough By-Law cases are recoverable from the defendants on conviction, but will be paid by the Borough in the first instance. A Look Out.— OELM.S. Miranda, which left Plymouth for Australia at the end of August, was instructed to visit the inaccessible Island of Tristan D’Acunha, to search for shipwrecked mariners. The Cattle Show.— His Worship the Mayor has declared the Agricultural and Pastoral Association’s show day, Tuesday, Nov. 16. a public holiday, in response to a request by the Committee of the Association.
Poisoned by Lucifer Matches. —A child of eighteen months has been poisoned at Palmerston North, from eating the phosphorous heads of lucifer matchesShe was a granddaughter of the Hon. J. Bryce,
The Y7eather and Crops. —The recent showers seem to have been pretty general over the Middle Island, and reports from all parts of it are of the most hopeful description as to the farmers’ outlook. The young crops are looking remarkably healthy everywhere, while the pastures are luxuriant.
The New Governor. —lt is stated that the latest communication from Sir Arthur Gordon is a private letter to the ActingGovernor received two days ago, in which he states that he hopes to be in Auckland on November 15th. In referring to Sir Arthur’s movements, the announcement that he will take up his permanent residence in Auckland, except during the session of Parliament, is a pure figment of imagination. The Middle Island Railway Commissioner. —Mr. Conyersgives up his place to Mr. Hannay on Monday first. The Dunedin Star hears that Mr. J. H. Lowe's services as Engineer of the Permanent Way have been dispensed with. It is believed that the duties hitherto performed by that gentleman will be undertaken in future by the Department of the Engineer-in-Ohief for this Island.
A Novel Punishment. —ln Perm, Russia, a judge sentenced a sheep stealer,, “first to receive twenty blows from a rod, then to be arrayed in the skin of the murdered sheep, and to be conducted to the beat of drums through all the streets of the town ; at the door of each house the thief to be halted, and the occupier of the house to deal him a blow with a stick.” We are told this sentence was carried into effect, to the great amusement of the people, but not a word is said as to how the culprit fared, or whether the blows were light or heavy ones.
The Cricket Match. —The men from the hills came down this morning to play against the cricketing science of Ashburton. The day drizzled considerably in the eai’lier part of it, and the prospect was not a pleasant one. However, by midday the players were agreeably disappointed, and the match was played in Queen’s weather, though the wicket was dead, and fine cricket was almost impossible. The Mount Somers men had first innings, and had got together only forty-five when their last wicket fell. In the first innings of the local team sixty-one runs were achieved, more, however, by “ luck than good guiding,” for some lives were saved in the latter part of the innings by slips on the part of the mountain men, who, however, showed some excellent field work notwithstanding and compared well with their opponents. In the Mount Somers second innings only forty runs were scored, and the game was still going on when we went to press. The St. Stephen’s Pulpit. —The new pulpit in St. Stephen’s Church, erected by Mr. T. A. Gates, to the design of Mr. Mountfort, architect, is completed, and will be used for the first time to-morrow. The pulpit is the gift of Messrs. Wood, Shearman, and Power, and it is certainly a handsome one, thanks to their liberality, and the pains taken with its building by Mr. Gates. A pulpit was much wanted in St. Stephen’s and the donors have made their present at a suitable time. We would say more about it, but it is every good churchman’s duty to go to church' and see the pulpit for himself. Of course it is only complete witli the preacher in it, and at service on Sunday is the best time to see it.
1.0.G.T. —The Unity DegresTTemple held its usual fortnightly meeting last Thursday evening, in the Templar Hall. After the usual business, and |the conferring of degrees upon candidates, a large amount of special business for the good of the Order was brought forward, amongst which were notices of motion for next meeting.—l. That the night of meeting be changed to Tuesdays alternate. 2. That owing to the Ashburton Templar Hall Company not reducing the rent to meet with the approval of the Temple, after next meeting the Temple meet in the Tinwald Temperance Hall. 3. That a uniform letter of recommendation (to enable members on travel to visit Lodges) be sent to the Grand Lodge, for their adoption or otherwise. 4. That the following be a recommendation to the next Grand Lodge session —“ That all Lodges within two miles of a Degree Temple be compelled to affiliate with the same.” A large amount of other business was also promised to be brought on at the next meeting, when a full attendance of degree members is requested, to finally settle the abovn business. The next meeting will be held on (Thursday the 20th inst. at 8 p.m., in the’ Templar Hall, in the 3rd Degree, when any raeinbcf/' haying any business to bring up for the Grand Lodg« must do so on that evening, or it will be too late for the approaching session of the Grand Lodge. Lecture at Wakanui. —Last night a lecture was delivered by the Rev. A. M. Beattie, M.A., Presbyterian minister, in Wakanui school, on the subject of “Perseverance.’* The lecture was in aid of the school funds, and the schoolroom was fairly well filled. On the motion of Mr, Leadley, ope pi the members of the School Committee, Mr. Earle, ij}Q Committee’s chairman, was .asked to take the chair. Mr, Earle, In introducing £he lecturer, explainedthe object for which the lecture was given, and after prayer, Mr, Beattie, proceeded with his subject, which he introduced by reciting Longfellow’s ever fresh “ Psalm of Life.” He then proceeded to show the difficulties that were met all through life, and the necessity of keeping a stout heart to the stiff brae. In the course of an exceedingly interesting and well managed lecture, full of sound advice and good counsel, Mr. Beattie gave a long list of instances of men who had made their mark in life through dogged perseverance and the spirit that never says “ die,” grandly illusti’ating the lines of his motto poet that
Lives of great men all remind us We may make our lives sublime, And, departing, leave behind us Footprints on the sands of time. The spirit of perseverance was just as essential in the higher platform of Christian life jt was in the inferior platform of the world's business ; in fact, without it, success could be cyramfinded in nothing, and though the Englishman has a right to grumble, his grumbling availed jhim nothing if he put not his shoulder to’ the wheeL° The lecturer closed an appeal to his hearers never to despair, but to try again in all good work, by reciting Longfellow’s admired “ Excelsior,” after which the usual votes,of Blanks were given, and the “ Doxology ” was sung.
An Undismayed Rat. —The Post chronicles a rather singular occurrence that took place a few nights ago at the Wellington Theatre Royal. Just as Tom Spirit was telling Lord Trangmar the fable of the lion and the mouse, intimating that if ever Trangmar became, like the lion, in a net, he (Spirit) would act the mouse, and gnaw him out, a large rat suddenly appeared on the top of the pro-, scenium in view of the audience, looked impudently at the people below, and then leisurely trotted to the other side and disappeared through a hole. The singular spectacle created no little amusement amongst the audience.
The Dog Fiend Wanted. —The Ashburton dog poisoner would find ample room for the gratification of his particular mania in the Empire City just now, for one of her evening papers says she. ‘ ‘ bids fair to rival the renowned Constantinople in regard to the large number of dogs which overrun the city. It is computed that Wellington possesses between 3000 and 4000 specimens of the canine species. The number registered during the past nine months amounts to only 880. The City Council have instructed the Registrar to make a raid upon all dogs coming wiihin his observation.”
Joe’s Chances. —Referring to the Fijian murderer, the Auckland Herald says : ‘ ‘ On the question, ‘ Will he be hanged ?' there is a general assent that no criminal more thoroughly deserved such a doom;; but there appears to be a belief that some delay will take place before the warrant is signed. It is said the Government will be disinclined to act until the arrival of Sir Arthur Gordon, who is the de jure Governor of the colony. Some people seem to think that Sir Arthur may consider the possibility of the execution of this man exposing the white people in the Islands to some murderous reprisals by the natives, and commute the sentence. The strong probability is, however, that the law will simply be allowed to take its ordinary course. ”
A Dreg of the Famous Stumping Tour. —The fragments from Sir George Grey’s great outburst in 1878, have apparently not all been yet gathered up. At Invercargill a local cabman sued Mr. Dairymple, president of the Liberal Reform Association, for 30s. carriage hire in connection with the last visit of Sir G. Grey to Invercargill. The plaintiff’s case was that he had driven Sir George Grey, always in company with Mr. Dalrymple, on several trips during his stay, and had taken his orders in all cases but one from defendant, who had prevented Six- G. Grey from paying. Defendant denied the accui’acy of plaintiff’s assertions, and charged plaintiff with having annoyed him by importunity in trying to recover his fare. Mr. M'Cullouch decided that hiring had not been proved against the defendant, and nonsuited plaintiff, at the same time commenting strongly on the paltriness of the affaii’, which should never have come into Court. The Stampede from Wellington.— The Press correspondent says A great fuss was recently made about the departure of a few people during September, and the alleged withdrawals of large sums from the savings banks by the departing thousands. It was declared that they were men who had saved money, and wer* taking it out of the colony. I have already shown how these “ thousands” dwindled down into a few hundreds. The “large withdx'awals” are also fictions. The quarterly accounts of the Postal Savings Banks are just made up, and prove that so far from the withdrawals being in excess, the deposits during the quarter exceeded the withdrawals -by L 25,400. This is for the whole colony, but the Wellington returns are on the same side. In September the withdrawals were L 252 less than the deposits, and L 365 less than the withdrawals in August, while the deposits were L 27 more in September than in August. The figures are as follows : —Aug., deposits, Dll,ofi9 ; withdrawals, L 11,218. Sept., deposits, L 11,106 ; withdrawals, L 10,853. Emigration. —A correspondent to the Evening Post writes I would like to ask who are the persons that are leaving this colony for Australia 1 How many of them are men who had settled in New Zealand as husbands and fathers, who supported families in the colony, and how many in proportion belong to the roving, unsettled class, so numerous in these colonies since the gold discoveries commenced thirty years ago ? Is the bulk of those leaving the colony composed of the floating population that have not yet given any hostages to fortune in the fonn of .wives and children in this colony, whatever some of them may have left behind them when they rushed here during the time of plenty of work at high wages 1 If those that are now leaving the colony are mostly single men, who are not supporting families here, nor yet employing the labours of others, I will ask, will the fact of this floating element of our population leaving the colony at the present depressed time, not®be an advantage, in so_ far as giving the heads of families a better chance of getting employment to enable them jito support and rear those families to the futui’e advantage of the colony ?” A Useful Invention. —Clergymen are often correctly regarded as belonging more to the world of theory than practice, but a Wesleyan minister (The Rev. W Cowell Brown) at Sheffield has proved himself an exception to that rule, for, according to the Sheffield Daily Telegraph, that gentleman has patented an invention which appears to be a simple and practical means of lessening the number of deaths by drowning. A chemical preparation is inserted between the lining and the coat, waistcoat, or dress. The moment a man falls into the water the coat inflates, and he cannot keep his head under water, an interesting exhibition of which was made a few days ago at the baths of the Sheffield Batlj. Co. An attendant put on a coat with' 1 the preparation inserted in it. He first want’ under ‘a shower-bath where ho was thoroughly drenched, to 'show that inflation would pofc take 'plaets under the ordinary circumstances of a shower. He then took a “header” into the water. He reappeared at the surface almost immediately, and the coat promptly inflated. Divesting .himself of the garment, it floated about the bath till it was taken out.
“H. AI.jS. Pinafore.” —The Wellington Evening Boat of feat Tuesdsy, speaking of a performance that tp come off this week, says ; —Hitherto the performances of Pinafore'’ in this part of the world have taken piece on board “a painted ship upon a painted ocean.” The performance on Thursday evening next for Miss Leaf's benefit will differ from its predecessors in this respect, for it is proposed to produce the operetta on the quarter-deck of the ship St. Leonards, now moored alongside No. 4 T of the Queen’s Wharf, Captain Todd, of the St. Leonards, has kindly given the use of the ship for the occasion, and the City Council have granted permission to the promoters of the entertainment to charge admission—the rate of which has been fixed at 2s. 6d.—to the T. Sir Joseph’s barge, manned by members of the Naval Brigade, will approach jthe St. Leonards from a distance, and a salute of guns will be fired as he embarks. The play will be witnessed from the wharf, and also on the St. Leonards, which will be profusely decorated with Chinese lanterns, balloons, and bunting. Should the 'weather prove unfavourable, the performance will take place in the Academy of Music, which will be prepared to meet the emergency. The novelty, combined with excellent acting and singing, will most likely attract a large concourse of spectators. ’ '
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