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Work. —ln this issue the Wakanui Road Surveyors advertise several works to let by tender. “Josephine.” —We would remind the play-goers of the Dramatic Club’s performance to-morrow of “ Josephine ” and “ The Railway Belle. ” Winslow. — A. meeting of Winslow residents is to be held at the Winslow Railway Hotel, on Saturday next, at seven o’clock, to consider the advisability of erecting stockyards and holding periodical sales in that locality. Reductions. —lt is stated on good authority that the services of between forty and fifty salaried officers of the Public Works Department have been dispensed with during the last three months. This list does not include any of the “ wages” class, but wholly refers to olfi- [ cers in the professional and clerical branches of the department. Education Reserve to Let. Tenders are invited for the leasing for fourteen years, reserve No. 2012, near Coldstream. It contains 1,500 acres, and may be tendered for in one block, or in three of 500 acres each. Conditions of lease may be obtained from Mr. H. H. Pitman, Steward of Education Reserves, Christchurch, and tenders will be received up to November 22nd. Inquest. necessary to hold an inquest on the body of the late Mr. John McLauchlin, 'who died last week at Tinwald, from the result of a wound he accidentally inflicted on himself while chopping a black birch fence post. Mr. Guinness, R.M. will conduct the inquest at Scott’s Hotel, Tinwald, tomorrow, at three o’clock, Dr. Trevor, the regular coroner, being probably required to give evidence.

Sheep Shearing.— Shearing is advertised to commence at the Hon. W. S. Peters’ Anama Station on the Ist of November.

Another Steamer Direct. —Messrs. Money, Wigram’s fine steamer Northumberland, was to have left London for Wellington direct on the 21st of : October. It is believed she will load up at Wellington for her homeward bound voyage.

New Zealand Oats. —A letter from a gentleman Well known in Dunedin, now on a visit to England, states : “ I saw some New Zealand oats in the Mark Lane Corn Exchange, London, the other day ; there was nothing at all to compare with them from any other part of the world. They were sold at a very high figure. ”

Colonial Railways. —At the end of last year, thei’e were 736 miles of railway open in New South Wales, 1,125 in Victoaia, 559 in South Australia, 503 in Queensland, 172-i- in Tasmania, 72 in Western Australia, 1,171 in New Zealand. The total number of miles open Australasia was 4,335 A. Besides this there were 937 j miles in course of construction.

“ A Relic of Bygone Days Was He.” —The Launceston Examiner relates the death of a very old Tasmanian colonist, Lieutenant C. B. Hardwick, aged 92.. Born in Lincolnshire in 1788, he joined the warship H.M.s. Fury, and soon rose to be a lieutenant, and in the wars with the French in 1813 took part in an engagment with a French frigate. In 1816 ho landed in Van Diemen’s Land, coming thence from Sydney. Inhis lifetime he had owned some of thebest racing blood in Tasmania. He leaves, a widow and no less than 70 children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, the figures being 14, 40, and 16 respectively. The Confirmation. — “ Asmodeus,” in the Neto Zealand Mail, says :—ln the same village, a few years later—l do not think the same lad was the hero this time —a confirmation was held. One of the, candidates displayed great obtuseness in answering the questions put to him, which caused the bishop, who was anxious to know what education the youiig had received, to ask him “ Who brought you up?” And the young man answered and said, “ Nobody brought me up, sir. I walked up across the fields, for that was the nighest cut.” The bishop was observed to press his lips firmly, and another candidate half swallowed a handkerchief he put in his mouth to dam back a great head of laughter that was about to flow.

Charitable Aid in Wellington.— The relieving officer has prepared a return showing the number of men with families at present receiving charitable aid. There are 23 names of such men on the books. Of these sixteen are described as laborers, two are carpenters, and the remainder include a painter, a brickmaker, a fisherman, a pi’inter, and a cook. One of the “ men with families ” is a youth with a mother, a brother and a sister to support; the others have wives and children. The aggregate number of children amounts to 70. Regarding the men themselves, the relieving officer reported that only half-a-dozen were both able and willing to work. Others were described as “ inclined to be lazy,” “very unwilling,” or “an Dalian, but willing to work,” while another was disposed of by the curt remark, “ an Italian.”

Waterton Cricket Club. —A general meeting of members of the above club was held in O’Shannessy’s hotel on Friday evening, 22nd inst. In the absence of the President, Mr. Hudson, Vice-Presi-dent, was voted to the chair. Seven new members were proposed. The officers for the ensuing year were elected as follo'.vs : —President, Mr. Norman Thompson ; Captain,’ Mr. Charles Shutt : Custodian, Mr. Wm. Moses ; Treasurer, Mr. H. Hudson ; Secretary, Mr. J. Clothier. The club has hitherto met for practice on some vacant sections in the township. This’season Mr. Norrish has generously placed his paddock at the disposal of the club, and with a little attention to the ground a good pitch may be selected. The subscription was fixed at ss. for the ensuing season. It was resolved to meet for practice on Tuesday and Friday in each week. A match was arranged to be played next Friday, married v. single. A considerable amount of routine business was disposed of, and the meeting terminated.

The Beginning of Trouble. —The infant colony of Fiji is about to ti’y the experiment of a Public Works policy, maintained by borrowed capita). She is not blessed with a Julius Vogel, with a genius for creating wealth by the stroke of a magician’s hand (says the Auckland Star), but borrowing conies so naturally to all young colonies, and is withal so easy and pleasant, that she needs no tutor. The proposal is to raise £150,000, to be spent on various objects of “a remunerative character.” The liabilities of the old government are to be paid off, and £25,000 to be spent on roads, quays, drainage, water supply, and other public works at Suva, the new capital. An equal amount is to be appropriated for immigration. A further sum of £3,500 is to be expended towards the purchase of a yacht for the High Commissioner, which has aroused the ire of the Times.

CumOus Spectacle. : —The spectacle of the sun shining at midnight, attracts many foreigners in Sweedish Lapland during the month of June. For six weeks there is scarcely any night in the north of Sweden; the sun never sets, and the soil, constantly heated, produces in a month and a half barley and other crops. At that time of the year the Laplanders pen up their reindeer and move their huts towards the cultivated fields. Being very hospitable, they greet with joy the arrival of tourists, who generally meet at Mount Gellawarej 140 kilometres from Lulea. From that hill, which is 580 metres high, the beautiful spectacle of the “ midnight ” sun can bo admired in better conditions than from any other place. June 24th is the day selected for the ascension ; it is the longest day in the year, the sun being twenty-two hours above the horizon. This year June 24th was not favored by fine weather, and, owing to a cloudy sky, the sun was not visible at midnight; but the following day travellers wore well rewaxxled for their trouble, the sun shining brightly at midnight. An Automaton Man. —After a year of patient labor a very ingenius automaton has just been completed by Mr Hornburg, of 535, George-street (says the Sydney Echo). Its speciality is that it walks — walks in the same style and with much the same motion as a human being does. The place occupied by lungs, heart, and other indispensable organs in the human frame are represented in Frankenstein— Mr Hornburg’s creation—by machinery, and the rattling and gasping sounds which emanate from him would be anything but reassuring if they followed the exertion of gentle walking when undertaken by an ordinary person. Frankenstein is about five feet six inches high; and his. wooden head has been carved and painted into the shadow resemblance of a well-known politician. He is well dressed, and as he stands at rest has a vacuity of gaze and a general listlessness of demeanor which are triumphs of gentlemanly impassiveness. His motive power is steam, supplied to him by means of a horizontal tube, on which one hand rests. This tube is connected at one end with a tall upright exhaust pipe, into which the steam of a little engine close by passes. As the automaton man moves, an eccentric in the hip revolves, and lever action bends the knee, raises the toes from the ground, and throws the foot forward. Then the foot drops, and the other one repeats the action, the imitation of walking being very good. ■

Longevity. Amongst the deaths recorded in New Zealand during September, were those of a man aged 92, a woman aged 80, and nine persons whose ages ranged from 70 to 79.

The Old Men’s Home.—The master of the Old Men’s Home desires to acknowledge with thanks the receipt of akegof beer aada parcel of tobacco, for the inmates, from Mr. Shearman, Somerset Hotel, Ashburton. ■ : : ■■ .

Trade in Timaru.— There has been a marked improvement in general business in Timaru during the last month. The building trade was never brisker. Heavy rains during the past- week have made the crops look splendid. ~, Anxious to Swing.— The Fijian murderer is annoyed at the.,delay-which is taking place about his execution. He remarks whenever the subject is mentioned to him, “ They are a, long time about it.’” He never moves from his bed except when taken to the gaol yard, .for exercise. Rewi’s House. Rewi’s house has received the finishing touch and is ready for the’celebrated chief to taka possession, but he will not enter till the Native Minister comes and formally hands the property over. He is mow at a meeting at Te Kuiti.

Very Particular.— How scrupulously exact the English law is—especially the bankruptcy law. Not even the fractional part of a penny (says Truth) can be diverted from its proper channel.' The other day a friend of mine in the West, received by post a sheet of foolscap, informing him that a doctor’s estate had been realised, and that a first and final dividend of ll.lQths of a penny-in the £ was payable to him in London ! Who shall say that the Bankruptcy Law needs amendment ? . ■

Property Sale.— Several properties b e longing to the estate of the late' T. M. Haasal, Esq., were sold at Christchurch, by Messrs. H. Matson and Co. The Ashburton property realised as follows : —9f acres near the township, L3O an acre ; town sections 557 and 578, L6O each.' The Coldstream sections, situated near the Rangitata, arid close to the Lowcliffe Homestead Rural section 23989, containing 90 acres, at £4 15s. Rural section 28595, containing 99 acres, at £2 ss. Rural sections 28398 and 28399, containing 136 acres, at £2 ss. Rural sections 29386 and 29387, containing 164 acres, at £2 ss. 100 acres at Burnham brought L2 2s. per. acre; another 50 acres, L2 5f.; and several other properties in other parts of Canterbury brought good prices.

Entertainment at Kyle.— On Friday last a very enjoyable entertainment was given in the Kyle school-room in aid of the local library. The district is fortunate in possessing an able and enthusiastic musician in their midst like Mr. Thompson, master of the Kyle school. . He considers no effort bn his part too great to foster and encourage amongst the young people a love for good music, and one good result of his painstaking is that the entertainments given at Kyle are of. an altogether higher cast than the average country “ sing-song. ” In his efforts to further music, Mr. Thompson is well backed up by Mr. Lambie, who takes an interest in the work at least no less warm, and he displays a very commendable public spirit in everything connected with the Kyle district. On Friday evening the entertainment was just such a nice one as might be expected from Kyle when one knows the work that is going on, and we are glad to say that it was largely attended. A good programme of songs, concerted pieces, &c., was gone through, and each item was applauded as its merit deserved. With the exception of the Seafield instrumentalists, the performers were all Kyle people, and their performances were really: creditable indeed. We may state, however, that the absence of Mrs. Louden from the programme was greatly felt, her voice being a host in itself. Probably, at the next entertainment, she will be' there to give her valuable aid. The financial results of these entertainments at Kyle for the local library are, we are glad to say, very satisfactory, and are likely to put the institution in a very promising position.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 175, 25 October 1880

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