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A Rowdy.— His Worship the Mayor mulct aman named William Dullard, in the sum of L2, with 12s. Gd. costs, for being drunk, using obscene language, and resisting the police, in Rakaia township. It took Constable Rowse, and four other stalwart Rakaians to take Dullard to the lock-up.

Wanted Ladies. Judging from the following cynical paragraph, clipped from the Bruce Herald, the editor of our Southern contemporary must be blessed with a more than usually garrulous better-half : “A cruel advertisement appears in the Ashburton Guardian. Radies are wanted for pantomine. In a pantomine there is no speaking. Surely, ladies might be out of place in it.”

Ashburton Oats for the Cape.— Yesterday Messrs. Saunders Bros, despatched from their mill, in execution of a shipping order for the Cape, 21,000 bushels of oats. This large line was loaded in alittleless than 15 working hours, and practically proves the material benefit of our railway system to a large establishment like the Ashburton mills, where every advantage is taken of situation and close proximity to the main line. Fifteen years ago Mr. J. Hunt carted his produce to Christchurch, three days being occupied by the trip down. Allowing another day to reach Lyttelton, it would have taken our genial friend about three years and a half with a dray and throe horses to remove the oats we have referred to, or a month .with thirty drays and ninety horses.

Its - Bankruptcy. —Henry M'Cutclieon, Wakanui, has filed. The trustee in the estate of Alexander Forbes wants all claims against the estate sent in at once. Tinwald Parish.— A parish meeting, for the transaction of important business in connection with the Tinwald parish, is to be held on Friday evening, in St. Andrew’s Yestry, at 7 o’clock.

Farewell Presentation.—A valedictory meeting was held on Tuesday night in the Primitive Methodist Church, for the purpose of wishing “ God speed ” to Mr. and Mrs. James and family, who are leaving New Zealand for England in the Waitangi, on October 30th. The have been for upwards of two years members of the Ashburton society, and have been very helpful in many respects to the cause. They are highly respected in the town, and much sorrow being felt at their leaving, several of the Sunday school teachers and friends contributed liberally towards purchasing some books for the children in order to give them tangible proof of the esteem in which they are held. Mr. I. Scott presided, and briefly stated the object of the| meeting. He had parted from many in his time, and often when he was just learning to respect them ; he did not give way to melancholy feelings as some did, although the colony could ill spare Christian people, he believed Mr. and Mrs James had left an influence for good here, and he trusted they would carry the same influence wherever they went. He hoped they would tell their friends in England that the people out here were not altogether strangers to the doings of the Old country, but kept a vigilant eye upon them, though thousands of miles away. Mrs. Stokes was called upon to present the books to the younger children, which duty she prefaced by making a neat speech. Mr. Puddicombe next addressed the meeting in an appropriate speech, and expressed his respect for the James’ family. He had known them four years, and regarded them as true friends. The Eev. A. J. Smith rose to present Mr. Alfred James, who was a teacher in the Sabbath School, with a beautiful Bible. He was sorry they had to part, for, although he had only known him a few months, he had learned to love and respect him. In concluding an address, in which he pointed out how the Bible had triumphed over all who had assailed it, he impressed the necessity of its being read more frequently, and handed the book to Mr. James, hoping the perusal of it would often help him in his journey to the Better Land. There was a good attendance at the meeting, and Miss Hardley presided at the harmonium with her usual efficiency, and all joined in wishing Mr. and Mrs. James and family a safe and pleasant voyage home. Mr. Taylor then closed the meeting with prayer. Upper Ashburton Road Board. —The ordinary monthly meeting of the Board was held'on Monday, the 25th instant. Present—Messrs McLean, (Chairman), Sargent, Poole and Stitt. The Overseer’s monthly report was read and considered. Tenders were opened as advertised, and resulted in the acceptance of the following ;—No. 88—Charles Smithel, at 3s. per chain ; No. 89 and 90—George Hollings, at 4d. per chain. It was decided on account of Smithel’s good workmanship in the past to give him an extension of the road to the bridge at the same price. Mr. McColl, member for the Rangitata, wrote stating the reasons for his non-attendance, and giving suggestions as to the best method of keeping the roads in the district in repair. The Board considered Mr. McColl’s letter, and decided to call for tenders for the repairs, each ward to be tendered for separately. The Clerk read the specifications and conditions for this work, ordered last Board day, and after a few suggestions they were approved of. Mr. George Nicholas wrote, offering a price for the cottage occupied by him, which the Board declined, on the ground that the price offered b-rely covered half of the cost of the cottage, and also that they were not certain yet whether they could give a title to the land. Mr. J. Aitken wrote on the same subject, meotwith a like response. Mr. Ghas. Sheppard wrote forwarding £l6 los. on account of rent due by him.—Received with thanks. The Clerk was requested to reply to the former letters, and to request all tenants to pay their arrears of rent at once. The Ashburton County Council wrote re Road from Bigby’s bridge to the Forks, The same body sent a request for payment of £29 2s. 2d. being half cost of valuation roll of this district. The Clerk was requested to hand the Council a cheque for the amount. Several works were’then ordered to he put up to tender, and the accounts were gone into and passed for payment. The Board then adjourned.

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Ashburton Guardian Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 178, 28 October 1880

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