The Ashburton Guardian. MONDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 1880.
TOWN EDITION. [.lssued at 5 p.?n.] ■ * ■aaMmßß—ni
Borough Council.—The usual meeting of the Borough Council takes place tonight.
District Court.—The first monthly sitting of the District Court under the new arrangement takes place to-morrow.
The Amateur Dramatic Club. —The members of the local Dramatic troupe are requested to be punctual iu joining the cavalcade advertised to leave the Town Hall for Rakaia to-morrow at three.
The Ashburton Bridge. —No steps will be taken in regard to the partial closing of the Ashburton Bridge during repairs until after the County Council meeting on Wednesday. Meanwhile a consultation will take place between Mr. Burnett, the Railway Engineer, and Mr. Baxter, the Engineer to the County Council.
The Cricket Club. — A meeting of the Ashburton Cricket Club was held oh Saturday evening—Mr. Mainvvaring in the chair. The following officers having resigned their positions—viz., Air. Guinness, as President, Mr. Westenra, as YiceCaptain (these gentlemen having left Ashburton), and Mr. Poyntz custodian, having resigned in consequence of press of business, being_unable to attend to the duties —the meeting proceeded to fill their places. Mr. |E. ;G. Wright was nominated to the office of President; Mr. Hodderto that of Yice-Captain, and member of the general committee, vice Mr. R. Westenra; and Mr. Marsh custodian. A discussion of rather an animated nature ensued re colors of the Club, it having been found that the resolution regarding the same, passed at last general meeting, through some informality, was illegal; but it was eventually decided that the colors should be amber and black.
Sabbath Desecration. —A correspondent in Tinwald writes as follows :—Some few months ago the otherwise quiet little township was frequently the scene of Sabbath desecration of some sort or other —scarcely a Sunday being allowed to pass without someone breaking in horses on the highway or indulging in horse racing. Lately these scenes have happily been few and far between. Be it understood, by the way, that those horse-breakers or horse-racers were always from your side of the water, who were either afraid or ashamed— more likely the former feeling for by their conduct I should say they were lost to any feeling of shame—to indulge in their larrikinism in their own township of Ashburton. Yesterday, however, a renewal of the objectionable proceedings took place. It was about four o’clock in the afternoon, but the frolics of the larrikins who took part had a very abrupt and unexpected termination. Two of the youths got nasty spills, that will remind them possibly of the day on which they fell; and one of the horses had its leg broken. Mr. Mcßae, of the Somerset Stables, tried to set the leg, but I believe it was ultimately decided to shoot the animal, which was left to stand all night in its agony, and it was in the same state this morning at eight o’clock. Sir, I put it to you, is it fair that Tinwald should be chosen as the scene of every horsey larrikin’s Sunday exploits, and that fellows of this stamp should run away from their own township (where such conduct as I complain of is prohibited by the borough bye-laws) and go in for their blackguardism at a little country place like Tinwald, to the annoyance of quiet people who feel greatly scandalised by their township being chosen for the scene of any. kind of Sunday orgie by the j larrikins of Ashburton.”
Lamb Down ! —Mr. O. Digby advertises a great reduction in the price of lamb. Housewives are referred to the advertisement.
Race Privileges. — : The privileges of the racecourse for the forthcoming annual meeting of the Race Club are to be put up to auction on Saturday by Messrs. Quill and Co., at their rooms, Saunders’ Buildings.
Caledonian Society.— A meeting of the Caledonian Society directors washeldin Quill’s Hotel, on Saturday, when the draft programme for the forthcoming sports meeting was adopted, and the necessary judges, committees, &c., appointed. The programme will bo issued shortly. It was decided to have two days’ sports, it being impossible to get through the thirty four events on the programme in one day. The first day will therefore be Boxing Day. The prize list in all reaches the handsome total of LlO6. and the money will be competed for on the same ground as last year. Cabinet Meeting. —A meeting of the Cabinet was held in Wellington, on Saturday afternoon, at which it was decided to place in the market immediately another block of land on the Waimate Plains, including the township of Mania, the price and terms to be the same as for the first block sold. The area will be between 7,000 and 8,000 acres, and the quality of the land similar to the block lately disposed of. The case of the Fijian murderer was not dealt with, but in all probability will be determined on Tuesday. A Waif of the Sea. —The captain of the shiii Hermione, which arrived at Wellington from London on Saturday, reports that on August 10, in latitude 44deg. 11 north, long, lldeg. 7 west, he passed a waterlogged vessel, with masts gone. She proved to be the Laboramus, of Dundalk, 456 tons. He states he saw the same vessel on his last voyage home on May 21, in lat. 6deg. 38 north, long. 23deg. 40 west, when he found her on fire in two places, with fore and main masts burnt out. She was laden with A merican pitch pine, and had drifted 545 miles. The crew got home before the Hermione, but the fire on board the vessel was not reported.
The Comedy and Burlesque Company.—The Comedy and Burlesque Company. which have been playing with a greatamount of success down South, are to favor Ashburton with two performances while on their way to Christchurch, where they are to play for a iveek. The Company numbers, all told, eighteen performers, most of whom belonged to the Ricardi Pinafore Company, while some old favorites in Ashburton are on the list, notably Miss Lizzie Morgan and Miss Amy Johns, Mr. Mack D. Alexander and Mr. Williamson. The Company opens in Ashburton on Wednesday, with the burlesque of “ Pinbehind,” a piece which includes nearly all the good things of “ H.M.S. Pinafore,” and was played by this company for three weeks in Dunedin. The nautical drama of “Jenny Foster,” will also be produced on the same evening, and on the following night ‘' Tae Factory Girl ” will be given, finishing by a ballad concert. The advance agent, Mr. H. F. Wachsmuth, is now in town making arrangements. Hoese Accident at Tinwald. —It appears that some seven horsemen, from Ashburton were out riding yesterday at Tinwald when two of them —by name John Toppin, son of Mr. Thomas Toppiu late of the Royal Hotel, Ashburton, and George Parkin, son of Mr. Parkin, builder, of Ashburton—thought to try the merits of their respective hacks before returning home —the other five horsemen waiting near the new Temperance Hall to seethe result. The racers started "from the west end of McMurdo street, and gallopped towards Ashburton, but when at the junction of McMurdo street and Graham’s road, Toppin’s horse slipped and came to grief, cutting and grazing himself considerably about the knees and legs. Parkin’s horse being close behind could not pull up in time, and consequently fell over Toppin’s horse, dislocating his near fore leg at the knee joint by the fall, the rider himself getting an ugly cut on the face. Mr. Mcßae of the Somerset Stables tried to set the leg, but it -was utimately decided to shoot the animal. It may be stated that the injured horse was a valuable one, and it was intended to have run in the District Hurdle race at the forthcoming meeting. The Burnham Runaways.—There is a spice of the comic in connection with the two lads Tozer which is worth chronicling. The children are a phenomenon in human nature not often met with, and their daring defiance of all recognised authority, and even the discipline of the strap, has upset all the preconceived notions of the police in regard to the treatment of criminals. In fact our officers have been brought up all standing by the youngsters, and really do not know what to do with them. They have therefore been sent back to Burnham, but before they went to their old quarters, Sergeant Felton had a confidential consultation with them. They stoutly affirmed that it was an easy matter for them to bolt from Burnham, and their success and ingenuity leads one to the belief that their statement is true. For their years they know a good deal more than older rogues, and a good deal more than is good for them and the public. Seeing then that the strap is no teacher to the lads, and that the burglar talent is so strong within them as to enable them to bid defiance to bolts and bars, the Sergt. tried the virtue of the old saying, “there is honor among thieves.” We do not mean to include the s ergt. in the catagory of course, when we use this proverb, though he has had a good deal to do with that fraternity in his day. He only tested the truth of the old saw and got the moral wild flowers to make a bargain with him, which they were quite enthusiastic in clinching. The bargain was—on the Sergeant’s part—that the “hammering” process at the Reformatory should be discontinued as regards the Tozers, and that full allowance of food should always be given them. On the part of the lads the agreement is that no misbehaviour and no attempt to bolt will occur while these conditions are fulfilled. It was amusing indeed to hear the baggages laying down the conditions of their good behaviour to a great big man who could have put a Tozer in each of his greatcoat pockets almost, and equally amusing to see how good naturedly the Sergeant made the bargain. Whether the young highwaymen will keep their promise and be true to the old saw is a question yet to be solved.
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