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The Orange Procession at Timaru

To-day, in preparation for possible awkwardness in connection with the Orange procession at Timaru, extensive precautionary measures were taken by the authorities. Quite a crowd of policemen were recruited from all parts of the island, and yesterday gravitated towards Timaru, so that, should hy any possibility a row like what happened in Timaru on a past occasion occur, those taking part in it were likely to meet with a strong force of police. A special train ran through this , morning with some 500 Orangemen from Christchurch and side stations on board. Twenty or thirty men from the Ashburton district joined it here, and others would be picked up on the way. The Orangemen wore the usual sashes, &c., and created quite a. sensation during the time they remained. They brought two bands of music with them and these played for a short time on the platform. We understand that so careful were the police, that all along the line of railway to be traversed by the special train, videttes were placed to see that the rails, &c., were not tampered with, as it had been whispered that certain opponents of the Orange faction meant to be nasty. We are glad to learn, however, that their watchfulness revealed no attempt to wreck, tliehtrain. The contingent from Invercargill came to Dunedin by rail whence they took a steamer to Timaru, declining the risk of a terrible railway accident.

Remanded. —Patrick Burns, a Horne inmate, who had had some bother, with the master, and was before the Court today, charged with vagrancy, was remanded till Monday. Dogs. To-day, before Mr. Nugent Wood, R. M., James Porter was fined 205., with 7s. costs, for having a dog in his possession that was unregistered. Defendant was allowed till pay the fine. James Taylor was fined, in his absence, a similar sum, with same costs, for a like offence.

Sunday-school Teachers’ Re-union. A social re-union of the Sunday-school teachers of the various Nonconformist bodies in town will he held in the Presbyterian Church this evening. The teachers will take tea at 6.30, after which, we understand, the meeting will be open to all interested in Sunday-school work. Addresses on various subjects will be delivered by several gentlemen, and short discussions will follow. 1 -•

The Tippling Act.— Daring the hearing of a debt case at the R.M. Court this morning, in which one of our country hotel-keepers sued a contractor for a disputed account, there were one or two items designated as “drinks;”. .Mine host of the country was too honest to put down these items as “refreshments,” as is commonly the case, and his Worship, catching sight of these “ drinks,” intimated that he would deal with that part of the account summarily, and subsequently struck them out. Boniface, however, recovered the price of dinner beer which had been supplied, and the balance of the account.

Presbyterian Tea Meeting and Entertainment at Rakaia. A most successful tea meeting and entertainment in connection with the Presbyterian Church was held in the Town Hall, Rakaia, on Thursday evening. The tea tables were provided by Mesclames Gaarder, Daroch. Eiley, Bruce, Harvey, Wilkinson, Sharp, and M'Millan. After the tea, which was very largely patronised, had been cleared away, an entertainment at which the Rev. B. J. Westbrooke presided, was commenced. Mr. Westbrooke apologised for the absence of several other ministers who had promised him they would he there to address the meeting. Addresses were delivered by the chairman and the Rev. Mr. Beattie, from Ashburton. During the evening, songs were contributed by several members of the congregation. Mr. Gaarder presiding at the harmonium. The Volunteers. —At the parade last night there was a good attendance, Lieut. Douglas being in command. Previous to drill, arrangements were made for the visit of the corps to Ternuka on the 9th instant, the Prince of Wales’ birthday. To strengthen the Ternuka Corps in the sham fight, which is to come off in the early morning of the 9th, the Ashburton Corps were asked to leave here with the last south train on Monday evening. Only thirteen or fourteen men, however, find themselves able to leave here at that tirire, and the bulk of the company, therefore, go south on Tuesday morning. Over forty members altogether go to Ternuka. At present the corps is armed with muzzleloading Enfields only, and the members are without belts, so that drill has to be done without bayonets. We learn that a supply of shoulder and waist belts, bayonet frogs, and ammunition bags, is hourly expected, as well as a supply of blank ammunition for the use of the corps in the sham fight. Nearly all the men now have uniform, and the company is gradually assuming quite a soldierly appearance, and reaching a high standard of efficiency in drill for the short time the men have been in training. Thanks to their own enthusiasm and attention, and to the ability of Sergeant Dolman, the progress made by the men has been very rapid, and the corps is a credit to the town.

Closed Offices. —The County Council offices will be closed, from 12 noon on the 17th and 18th instant, and all day on the 9bh and 16th.

Early Fruit.— Ripe strawberries and cherries, grown by Potts, of Governor’s Bay, was shown in Christchurch this morning. New potatoes are advertised in Wellington at 81bs for a shilling.

The R.M. Court. —The Prince of Wales’ Birthday happening on Tuesday next, an ordinary Court day, there will be no sitting held, and the next Court day will therefore be on Friday following. A Heinous Crime. —Samuel Kennedy, concerned in the ISortlieru Wairoa jewellery robbery, has been further remanded. Sub-Inspector Pardy stated that a more serious crime would probably be brought against the prisoner. The offence which had come within the knowledge of the police was of a most diabolical nature, and was no less than attempting to get Bradley into a boat for the purpose-of drowning him; but failing in that atrocious scheme, bo chopped Bradley’s boat to pieces.

The Holiday Train Arrangements.— Pleasure seekers will find their pockets have been considered by the railway department, inasmuch as during the holidays return tickets at ordinaryfares willbe issued from all stations to all stations from the 6th to the 9th November, available for return up to and including the 11th. For the Christchurch Show, return tickets at all stations will be issued at ordinary fares for Christchurch from the 6th to the 12th, available for return up to the 17th inclusive.

Medical. —lt is quite possible that Dr. Kesteveu, lately of Ashburton, but: now of Wellington, may have some friends in this town or district who would like to know what he is doing. 336 has had a somewhat mixed experience during his sojourn in the Empire city 7, and how the Wellington papers announce; as current a rumor that he has, obtained an appointment as Provincial Medical Officer for.the Island,pf Ovalu, under the Fijian Government, and will leave for his new, if somewhat circumscribed sphere, in the course of’a month. " Anyhow, the doctor’s furniture was sold by auction on Monday last. . . . Ned Kelly’s Trial. • —ln N6d Kelly’s' trial, the chief witness was Constable M'lntyrc, whose evidence was identical with what he gave in the former proceedings, and was unshaken by cross-examina-tion. . Tim general evidence traced Kelly’s career from 1878. The trial lasted till 11 p.m.. and being unfinished, the jury were locked up all night. On the following day it was continued, and'., when itter l minated, tlie ; jury were twenty minutes absent to find their verdict of guilty. While passing sentence, the judge was frequently interrupted by the prisoner, wiio assumed the role of an injured martyr, hut seemed quite unconcerned w'hen at last removed. 1 Major Kemp. The- appointment of Major Kemp as Native Assessor, gazetted qu Thursday, caused' considerable comment among the Natives. A .telegram has been received in Wanganui from the Native Minister, saying that the gazetting of Kemp tvas the stupid blundering of a clerk. The intelligence tvas at once conveyed to Kemp as soon as the “Gazette” arrived in Wanganui. Kemp has gone to Kaorike) about fifteen miles up the river, for, (he purpose of formally taking possession of all lands belonging to the West Coast Natives. The chiefs of Putiki, including Meti Kirigi, recognise Kemp’s mana and " leadership. : Hard Swearing.— ln Court to-day a man named Holmes solemnly swore that he was not living with a woman as his wife to whom he; was not married) ■ and)that the children she had were not his. Mr- Branson had him in hand, however, and made him tacitly: confess by inference that his sworn evidence was anything but reliable, inasmuch as there were only two rooms in the house tlio ■ man, wpnmn, and abilrlren lived in— and hy ■■ another cniiurcu naeaium, wmen wo uccu not repeat, put Holmes into very close quarters. ' Mr. O’Reilly came to his client’s rescue, and asked the Court to be content with appearances, and thus save dragging out all the domestic scandal that was threatening to be unearthed. Holmes claims to be only the agent of the woman, and said he had occupied that position for 13 years altogether, but had only lived at Wakanui with her for two years. A neighbour said she had always believed them to he man and wife, until about four months ago. :

Civil Gases. —-Before Mr. Nugent Wood to-day, the following civil cases were ; disposed of.: —Young v. Lancaster ; claim, LlO 4s. . No appearance : for dc r fendant, and judgment went against-him-by default. The cases of Cass v. He,lines, and Holmes v. Cass, came on again for liearing to-day. ;-Mosti of : the evidence given : was ,to the. same effect as. that published in a .previous issue .when the cases were before the Court, .and noh-suits given. .-.Cass obtained judgment against Holmes,for,Ll76s. Id., with,L3los. costs, out. of a claim for L 22 Gs. Id.; and Holmes: got judgment for LI IGs., but without costs, out of a claim of L3l Is.—Hudson v. A. W. Harris • judgihent-’f6r LS 165., with costs. —W. Harris v. A. W. Harris : claim, L 6 7s. 6d. Judgment fprL3 os. 6d. and one guinea costs. —Hughes v. Petersen ;; clainiy L6’ 135.; Cdi, —a dispute ; as' - to rate of wages. L 3 15s. 9d., had been paid into Court, and judgment was given for 3s 6d. m addition' to that sum.' : The Native Trouble.— From New Plymouth we learn that the Natives ail Pungarehu are still obstructing the constabulary, and it has become necessary to' : place sentries night and day at the camp, in order to watch the- actions ; of , the Natives. They are not satisfied —with impounding horses, but now seek to levy black mail on travellers, and have succeeded in making pakehas pay for the privilege of using the 'Queen’s highway. Mr. Curtis was bailed up and made to pay 205., being threatened that he would be brought before. Te Whiti. On Saturday the Natives came down to a place called the Gap, near the campj where some were formerly arrested for fencing, and after placing boughs on the road they impudently marched, into the. canipj but were not arrested. The Plain’s Natives show no signs of obstructions to. the, public, works contingent; on tlie contrary Tito- 1 kowaru has sent a present of five porkers to the men.

The Lochnagae.— -The enquiry into the stranding of ithe Ldchnagar, before Mr. Price, 11. M., Mr. Clayton. Nautical Assessor, and Mr. Johnston, Collector of Customs, was held at Gisborne, on Wednesday, and lasted from 10 a.m. to 7p. m. The following decision was arrived at:; —The cause of the, stranding of the Lochnagar was the heavy gale from the south-east, with a heavy breaking sea at the strongest part of the gale, causing a chopping sea. The vessel pitched and rolled heavily and snapped the chains. , Being light, the only means of saving the vessel was by, beaching her. We are of opinion that, ; although the master, ought not to have had the whole ■ of the sails under when in an open roadstead, yet from the evidence it appears that, : from the heavy gale and the lightness of, the ship, 1 the sails'would have been of'little use, as it would not have -been safe for the vessel to put to sea with I 'the; little ballast cargo she had on board ih the heavy gale that was blowing ‘at the time. The barometer did not indicate the approach of such heavy weather, Had the vessel been provided with coir springs' there is a probability that the chains would not have snapped. There was no attempt to ease the chain by substituting a warp ih absence of the spring. With this exception, we consider that the. master, under the circumstances, acted to the best of his judgment te save the ship.

The Auckland Oil Thefts. —The two larrikins engaged in the oil robbery wore ordered to the Industrial School for three years, and a third received a month’s imprisonment -with a flogging. , Too Full. —lnstructions have been sent to the various Resident Magistrates throughout ,the colony to exercise the utmost care in connection with applications for the commital of juveniles to the Industrial Schools at Burnham and Cavcrshara, both of which are now represented to be in a crowded condition. Smuggling. A man named Alfred Campion, a storekeeper, in Wellington, has been fined LIOO or six. months’ imprisonment) for, having forty pounds of smuggled tobacco in his possession, and a sailor named Stowe ivas fined LSO for aiding, and abetting in the offence. It is rumored that the Government have received hints of intended smuggling on an extensive scale at various points on the coast.,, owing to the encouragement offered by the present heavy tariff, and that arrangements are being made to procure suitable , revenue cruisers to keep a look out round the coast.

Municipal Footpaths. —At Nelson, an important case was heard before the R. M., Mr. Broad, when the Nelson Corporation sued Mr. Webster for half cost of the concreting pavement fronting bis premises. A point , was raised that the footpath was not laid out and constructed as provided under section 1,202 of the Corporation Act, a gravel footpath having been merely replaced by a concrete one. Judgment was given to-day in favor of Mr. Webster, the R.M. stating that unless action was taken by ratepayers under section 111, the Corporation must effect such au improvement out of the general funds.

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The Orange Procession at Timaru, Ashburton Guardian, 5 November 1880

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