The Ashburton Guardian. TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 1880.
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Breaking up.— The Yacht Annie Ogle, which went ashore near Sumner on Sunday last, is breaking up. A Bad Spec. —Lottie Wilraot, the female lecturer has filed a declaration of insolvency. The Farmer’s Comfort. —In the report laid before the Council last night of the committee of the whole Council on reserves, it was stated that Mona Square, the ground on which the old cattle yards stand, would be set aside as a spot on which- farmers may leave, their horses, drays, &c., when in town on business.
Opening of the Masterton Line.— The extension of the railway to Masterton was opened yesterday. The first train left Wellington at 8 o’clock, with nearly 700 excursionists, and the train arrived at Masterton at 1.45 p.m. A banquet was held in the afternoon, at which the Hon. Major Atkinson and the Hon. W. Rolleston were present.
The New Courthouse. The new Courthouse was used for the first time this morning, when Judge Ward held a sitting of the District Court. As is known, the proper furniture has not yet been provided for the building, and a makeshift of some tables, chairs, &c., was brought into service. The Town Hall had been requisitioned for such furniture as was used, and for the time being it served the purpose, but doubtless the proper fittings, &c., will ere long make their appearancee. Mr Nugent Wood. Mr. Nugent Wood, the newly-appointed R. M. for the Ashburton district, took his seat on the local bench this morning for the first time. Mr. Wood’s maiden experience of criminal business in Ashburton was not of a very onerous description, the only case brought before him being that of an old man named Hatrick Burns, who was charged with being a vagrant. Sergeant Felton said that the man had gone to the police station last Saturday and stated he had been turned out of the Old Men’s Home. So that the ease might be investigated, he (the Sergeant) had arrested him cn a charge of vagrancy. Mr. Harris, the master of the Home, said that Burns would not conform to the rules of the institution. He had left the Home without leave, and when he returned, Mr. Harris had refused him admission. He had reported the case to the Board at Christchurch, but had received no reply yet. His Worship remanded the accused until Friday next, awaiting a reply from the Charitable Aid Board. Cambridge School Committee. A meeting of the Cambridge School Committee was held, on Ist instant. Present— Messrs.'Megson (in the chair), Margetts, Lloyd, Lill, Grayburn, and Allan. Correspondence from the Board was read. The Chairman explained the business done since last meeting, and stated that he had written to the Board again, asking for the gymnastic apparatus, and also for an addition to the sum allowed for the dividing fence between the school and the master’s house. Approved. A statement of accounts, re school books and material, was handed in by the master, , when Mr. Lill proposed, and Mr. Allan seconded, “That the master be asked to make a uniform charge of ten per cent On cost price on all school books and material supplied to the scholars.” Carried.—The master reported an improvement in the attendance for October. His report was read and considered satisfactory.—Moved by M r - Allan, seconded by Mr. Lill, “That six shillings be expended in clearing the grass from around the trees in the school ground.” The Chairman was empowered to obtain candles for the'use' of the Committee. After avote of thanks to the Chairman the Committee adjourned.
The Timaru Post Office. —The old Post-office buildings, at Timaru, with oneeighth of an acre of ground, were sold by auction by Mr. Moss Jonas yesterday, and realised L 2,700.
Mr. Proctor’s Lectures. —Mr. O’Reilly has received a sufficient number of requests for tickets to warrant him writing to Mr. Proctor to redeem his promise to lecture here. An answer is expected by the first steamer from Wellington.
A White Elephant. —As an instance of journalistic pluck and enterprise wo clip the following :—Over L 600,000 was sunk on the Daily News before it paid one penny of dividend ! The capital with which it started was L 150,000, and it had Charles Dickens as its editor. Within the last six or eight years it had begun to pay, after twenty years’ ruinous expenditure.
Purgatorial Purification. —The London Weekly Dispatch of a late date says : —At Pontremoli, Italy, the abbess and nuns of a Carmelite convent have been sent to prison. A servant in the convent having been detected stealing bread, the abbess. and nuns condemned her “to undergo the torments of purgatory,” and having tied her hands behind her back, they held her face against a stove until her eyesight was destroyed and her face had become a huge blister.
The Execution of Ah Lee. —the exe" cution of Ah Lee, according to a telegram* is to take place at 8 a.m. on Friday Bishop Neville continues to use his exertions for a reprieve for the conderanedman, and it is said that he has gathered professional evidence to controvert the testimony given by the medical witness at the trial as to the ability to distinguish human blood fx’om that of mammalia. The Bishop has met with a certain amount of success, inasmuch aswelearn from Wellington telegrams that the culprit has been temporarily respited until the Executive further considers the case.
“Lecture. ” —The celebrated Mr. Philip McGuire, after advertising his intention of delivering a series of two lectures—one at Ashburton (which, however, did not eventuate), and another at Wakanui School—had a very discouraging experience. - The Ashburton public, even the larrikin element, did hot think the show good enough, and failed to be drawn. The Wakanui School Committee were equally unimpressionable, and refused the use of the school, so that Philip realised the truth of the very old saying, that a prophet hath no honor in his own country. He is annoyed at this, believing his money to be as good as any other man’s, and that the Committee are guilty of an act of oppression. Determined not to be beaten, he again advertised his lecture —this time to be given in a grass paddock belonging to Mr. Clephane, and the subject which was to receive the honor of his sublime i ttention was “Education.” At the time appointed the lecturer was there, but the audience were not. More disrespect shown to a great man ! He would not throw his pearls before swine, but after some thirty good Wakanuians had. rolled up, he thought he would cast his pearls, and began—not by lecturing on education but by lecturing the local School Committee, who, he srid, were always driving away their schoolmasters. He hoped they would allow their present one to remain. Some parents expected masters to instruct children who were incapable of learning anything. The deliverance of this great discovery brought the lecturer back to his store-house of notes—a sheet of foolscap. He carefully perused this for something more to go on with, but as it yielded nothing, he bade his audience good-bye after an elaborate “lecture” of one minute twenty-five seconds’ duration. Mr. M’Guire is to repeat his “ lecture ” in Ashburton Town Hall next week.
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