The Ashburton Guardian. WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 1880.
TOWN EDITION. [Jsstted at 5 p.-m.]
Crowded Out.— Owing to the extreme pressure on our space we are compelled to hold over our leading article. Ashburton Spring Meeting. The entries for the forthcoming meeting of the Ashburton Racing Club appear in another column.
Acknowledgment. —The Master of the Old Men’s Home desires to acknowledge, with thanks, a bag of clothes and papers from Mr. T. H. Zouch, ef Ashburton.
Correction. —By a slip of the pen a material error occurred in our report of the judgment given in the case of Jones v. Jones, heard at the District Court yesterday. The judgment was for Ll 3 9s. the amount paid into Court; the plaintiff —not the defendant—being ordered to pay costs.
The New Hebrides Murderer. —At a meeting of the Executive Council held at Government House, yesterday, the case of the murderer, Joe, was finally decided. It being proved that he had suffered from insanity on two previous occasions, and there appearing reason to believe that he was not accountable for his actions in this instance, it was resolved that he should be reprieved and the capital sentence commuted to imprisonment for life.
Bad for the Brewers.— The judges at the Timaru Agricultural Show had their tastes so disorganised by the cheese and butter they bad had to sample that they were unable to discriminate between the exhibits of ale and porter sent in, and in consequence the Timaru brewers are still left without the prize “bowsts” being decided. Hard lines ! It ought not to have been difficult, in Timaru at least, to find a judge of beer—aye, a hundred—willing to take the places of the buttercloyed officials.
Tinwald Cricket Club. —A new cricket club bas just been formed at Tinwald, and already about twenty members have paid their subscription fees, which have been fixed at 7s. 6d. per year. Several, however, have subscribed LI Is. The club has got a fine set of bats, balls, stumps, &c., purchased in Christchurch, and has held two meetings and been out at three practices, the regular evenings for practice being Tuesdays and Fridays, at 5 p. in. The following are the first officers: — Captain, Mr. Jephson; treasurer, Mr. M. Scott; secretary, Mr. Richard Reeve; custodians, Messrs. Hawkins Brothers. The president and vice-captain have not yet been appointed, but it is intended to ask Mr.’ John Carter to be president.
Ashburton Racing Club. —The Committee of the Ashburton Racing Club met at Quill’s Commercial Hotel last evening at nine o’clock. Present—Messrs. Crisp (in the chair), Fooks, Wilkie, Quill, and Saunders. The minutes of last meeting having been read and confirmed, the question of contributing a sum of money towards the erection of a railway platform near the race course was discussed, and it was determined to leave the matter with the secretary, there being a general expression of opinion that the Committee would not be justified in expending the Club funds on such a work. The conditions for the sale of the privileges in connection with the Spring Meeting were submitted by the secretary and approved. The secretary was requested to arrange for the purchase of hurdles, removal of stones from the course, erection of distance posts, ana planting of gum seed.
The Ashburton Dramatic Club.— The Ashburton Amateur Dramatic Club gave a very successful entertainment in the Town Hall, Rakaia, on Tuesday evening. The house was not quite so large as might have been desired, but this was owing probably to most of the people having taken tickets for an entertainment to come off on Thursday in connection with the Presbyterian Church, which had not been advertised, and consequently was unknown to the people of Ashbuiton. The pieces played were “Josephine,” or “ Daughter of the Regiment,” and “Nan, the Good-for-nothing. ” Both pieces went very smoothly, and were highly appreciated, the performance being generally considered as one of the best ever held in Rakaia. Had there been more notice given than from Friday to the Tuesday it is most probable that a better house would have been the result. The Ashburton Dramatic Club have shown at Rakaia what they are capable of, and we have no doubt when they again favor the township with » they will receive a bumper house.
A Colonist Returned. —Mr. G. M. Reed, late emigration, agent in Ireland, arrived in Auckland by the Te Anau, yesterday. Ah Lee. —A Wellington telegram states that the Government have finally decided not to interfere with the sentence passed on Ah Lee, for the Kyeburn murder. The Comedy Company. —The Comedy and Burlesque Company give the first of their entertainments to-night in the Town Hall, at which there ought to be a good attendance. A Depraved Celestial. —A Chinaman named Ah Ji, of Hong Kong, was brought up at Auckland, yesterday, and fined for drunkenness. This is the first case in Auckland of a Celestial toper.
The Presidential Election. The election of President for the United States was to have taken place yestei’day, but some little time will elapse before the result reaches this colony.
Mr. Guinness. —Mr. F. Guinness left Ashburton yesterday morning for Collingwood, to which place he has been transferred. A number of Mr. Guinness’s friends were oh the railway platform to bid good-bye to him on his departure for his new sphere of magisterial labor.
Supposed Suicides. —A married woman named Rickards has been found hanging by the neck in a place at Maheno, near Oamaru. It is supposed that she committed suicide. During the passage of the Rotorua from Melbourne, a passenger named Mrs. Galbraith jumped overboard, and was drowned. Tinwald Temperance Hall. The Directors of the Tinwald Temperance Hall Company held their usual fortnightly meeting last evening, when it was reported that the building would be ready for occupation in two or three weeks. It was decided to celebrate the opening by a concert and ball, about the first Tuesday in December. The secretary was instructed to collect the unpaid calls as soon as possible. The next regular meeting being on the 16th, the night of the Agricultura. and Pastoral Association’s show, it was adjourned to the 18th inst.
South Rakaia School Committee. — The South Rakaia School Committee held its. ordinary monthly meeting on Tuesday evening. Present —Messrs. C. Tucker (chairman), G. Shellock, William Cox, and N. Welsh. The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed. The chairman stated that in accordance with a resolution passed at the last meeting he had called for tenders for cutting about twenty chains of the gorse fences surrounding the school grounds and repairing the fences, and also for removing the outer offices belonging to the school, and that he had accepted the tender of Mr. Dunn, who had carried out the work satisfactorily. The master’s report was read, in which he apologised for being absent from the school on a certain day, stating that he had gone to Christchurch on the Saturday and had accidentally missed the train on his return. It was resolved that the master be written to and informed that should he absent himself again without leave a complaint will .bo made to the Board of Education in due form. It was resolved that the school be closed on the 9th instant, the Prince of Wales' birthday. Fire Brigade. —The regular meeting of this body took place last evening at the Borough Council chambers. Correspondence was read and received as follows : from Borough Council, stating that a tender from Mr. Hardley had been accepted for sinking a ■well at the Brigade station; from Stephen Poyntz, A. D. C., stating the Amateur Dramatic Club could not allow' the Brigade the use of the Town Hall on the 18th instant, but would be happy to oblige them at any time. A discussion occurred re the letter in the Guardian signed “ Hon. Sec. A.D.C.,’’ replying to one from “ Only a Fireman,” when it was very generally expressed that the latter had only done his duty to the public in drawing attention to the subject in question, though there was a feeling that an unnecessary remark re “ parsons,” &c., had been better omitted. In accordance with a resolution passed, the Town Hall has been engaged by the Brigade for an evening’s entertainment, *o be held upon Hew Year’s Eve, the promises of support being such, from all manner of talent, as to leave no doubt of a thorough financial success. The matter is one of public interest, and well deserves the support of the public. A committee was appointed to carry out the arrangements, who have already started work.
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