The Natives. —The natives have struck a new line. They come up now to the A. C. camp, wave green boughs, stick them in the road, and then retire. What meaning they attach to this piece of pantomime is best known to themselves.
Mount Somers Railway Extension. Tenders for the Mount Somers railway line extension are invited. The work consists of 8 miles 39 chains of formation only, the length already constructed being 10 “miles GO chains. On the expiry of this contract the line will reach within four miles’of the Mount Somers township. On the four-mile length, however, the most expensive works will occur, including a large bridge over the south branch, and some expensive cuttings. Tenders have to be in by Nov. 1G for the formation, and the contract will have to be completed within four months of the date of acceptance. It is evident from this fact neither wool nor grain will come down the complete lino this year.
Ashburton Racing Privileges.' M.cssrs. Quill and Co. sold these privileges to-day. There was a large attendance, and thebidding throughout wasbrisk. The following prices were realised ; —Lot I —publican’s booth, under grand stand— Mr. J. F. Butler, at £3O per day ; lot 2 publican’s booth, No. 2—Mr. Duncan McKenzie, at £2O per day ; lot 3—confectioner's booth, No. I—Mr. Thomas Taylor, at £5 10s. per day ; lot 4—confectioner’s booth, No. 2—Mr. Thomas Taylor, at £4 17s. Gd. per -day ; lot 5 the gates—Mr. Geo. Parkin, at £45 10s. per day ; lot 6—grand stand—Mr. Lewis, at £5 ss. per day ; lot 7—saddling paddock —Mr. Thomas Taylor, at £2 10s per day ; lot B—right of sports—Mr. John Nolan, at £7 per day ; lot 9—cards of the races—Mr. Fyle, at £5 ss. per day ; lot 10—horse yards—Mr. Hudson, at 14s. per day. Total for the meeting, £253 3s. Last year, the privileges realised £220.
Sunday School Teachers’ Union.— The meeting of teachers connected with the various dissenting bodies in Ashburton was held last night, in the Presbyterian Church, but was very poorly attended. Those present partook of a substantial tea, catered by the pioneer baker of Ashburton, Mr. T. Taylor, and after the tables had been cleared, the more serious part of the evexxing’s programme commenced. Mr. T. R. Hodder, superintendent of the Wesleyan Sunday School, took the chair, and addresses were given by the following gentlemen : —Rev. W. Kcall, on “ How best to check the growing larrikinism of the present day ,” Rev. A. J. Smith, on “The necessary qualification for a successful Sunday School teacher and Rev. A. M. Beattie, on “ The connection existing between the Church and the Sunday School.” Short speeches on the different subjects were also given by Messrs. J. E. Buchanan, Stott, and Isaac Scott, the proceedings terminating about 10 o’clock.
The Length of Europe on a Bicycle. —Riders on velocipedes will find all their exploits pale before that of Mr. Ivan Zraertych, a young Hungarian, who, coming from London, had left Ostend on the 10th June, arrived at Pesth on Wednesday, July 7th, having travelled all the distance, some 1,200 miles, on his velocipede. Ho did on the average 130 kilometres per day, and took his way via Brussels, Cologne, Mainz, Aschaffenburg, Passan, Linz, Vienna, Pressburg and Kommorn. The Budapest Athletic Club frave Mr. Zmertych a cordial reception and presented him with a gold medal. So little was he fatigued by his long journey that he attended the same night a prize walking match of fifty kilometres in six and one-half hours, arranged in his honor. The ride is certainly a remarkable one.
South Rakaia Road Board. —This Board held its ordinary monthly meeting on Thursday. Present—All the members. The Clerk’s report was read and received. The Chairman reported that he had written to the Commissioner of Crown Lands, Christchurch, with reference to obtaining a new road, and had received a reply to the effect that the Commissioner has no power to grant a road through the reserve in question, as the reserve has been granted to the natives. After considerable discussion, it was resolved to slightly alter the position of the road, and the Clerk was instructed to have the survey and other necessary work completed as soon as possible. A letter was received from Mr. Wm. Gill, enclosing an account fox’ damage done to his section of land near Chertsey by' taking gravel from it. It was resolved to make Mr. Gill an offer of Ll 5 for an acre of his land for a gravel pit. A petition was received from a number of ratepayers, asking the Board to erect a windmill pump at the well at the corner of Mackie street, in place of the present hand pump. The request was granted. Messrs. Langley and Thornton wrote, asking the Board to allow them to transfer their contract to Messrs. Baldwin and Hawlborough. It was resolved to allow the transfer, but to retain the surety for the satisfactory completion of the work. The Secretary to the Charitable Aid Board wrote, enclosing letters from Morrice Brown and his son, asking for work. The Chairman was authorised to look out some work for them if possible. Michael Nolan wrote, asking for an extension of time for his contract for ploughing the reserve, which was granted. The following tenders wore accepted; —Rogers, Kyle road, 4s. 9d. per chain ; Hillbnry, Mainwaring’s road, 4s. 6d. per chain. The tender of Messrs. Davies and Winter for L4O for making a ratepayers’ roll for the district and issuing notices w-as accepted. It was X’esolved that the maps of the district he sold at 5s each. Accounts to the amount of L 243 17s. sd. were passed for payment, and the Board adjourned.
Sporting ’Notes.— A large number of horses'.-weie An.--training on the Christchurch course this morning. Foul Play and Sir Mod red did the best gallop. Fraser’s lot, including Lure, Le. Loup, and Betrayer are all in grand form. Redwood’s Amy has broken down badly. The course is in splendid condition for the races. Aristocratic Brigandage.— Quite a sensation has been caused in Spain by the revelations of a brigand. Some time since an attack was made upon a train by a band of robbers, who carried off a quantity of booty. Certain of the band were captured and sentenced to be shot. One of the number has, however, just mado a confession inculpating a number of the best families in the neighborhood. Ho has given their names, and asserts that ,they not only protec ted.the brigands, but .participated jhvthe .proceeds. A few of the local gentry have since then found sudden appointments in France. A Skinful. —Rangiora can boast one “good drinking man ”at all events. The Standard tells" of a fellow who. was arrested a few clays ago for larceny, and says he.had broken open a case of porter which-was placed.on the.Verandah in front of Mi. Sanson’s shop and also a case of vinegar, but the latter article being too sour for his palate, he made free use of the former liquor by ‘ stowing ” away eight bottles under his skin, and planting a few more in a hedge in the locality. The drink had made him uglier than ever, and the officer . had a dirty job to get him along, but'was ably assisted by an auxiliary force,'in the shape of Mr. JohnSansnm, who brought up the rear with a kit, filled with empty bottles.
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