The Holidays. —To-morrow being the Prince of Wales Birthday, there will be no publication of the Ashburton Guardian. Masonic. The emergency meeting advertised for to-morrow night has been postponed to the 23rd November. 1.0.G.T.— To-night the Grand Worthy Secretary of. the Order in New Zealand visits the Hawn of Peace Lodge. The Water Supply. —The workmen commenced to-day the work of raising the embankment at the reservoir. A foot of earthwork is to bo added. , . Drunk. —John Walsh forgot himself on Saturday, took too much liquor, and Constable Daly ran him in. To-day John paid ss, of a tine and was let off. To-morrow’s CiixeitET Match. —For the cricket match to-morrow, Mr, Power, of the Koyai Hotel, to-day obtained an extension of license. There will be lunceon in the pavilion. Local Industries. —The next meeting of the Local Industries Association is to be held on Wednesday, December 8 ; postponed from the 10th instant, to avoid clashing with the holidays. Prompt. —lt is not always that we can compliment a New Zealand Government on prompt action, but wc cannot help coir gratulatim' the Borough of Ashburton on the promptitude with which Government lias paid the subsidy money recently promised bv the Colonial .Treasurer. Todav the Borough chest finds itself enrichcd by the LB3O odds, which the Mayor and Cic member for the were unitedly successful in getting the Treasurer to promise, and it is certainly satisfactory to find the Government showing such a commendable alacrity in paying a c'aim it recognised. It only remainnJw fur the County Council to dispose of the moiety of impounded land fund coming to the Borough with equal alacrity, and the funds that the Borough Council have been without fora lengthened period will bo all at command.
Oranges. —Owing to the .orange tree thriving well in Russell, in the North Island, the residents are going in for orange culture. Co-operative Consultations. Two £SOO consultations are advertised in this issue on the Ashburton Cup and the County Steeplechase. The Mayoralty. —The nominations of candidates for the office of Mayor of Ashburton will be received at the Town Clerk’s office up to noon of the IGth instant. Seafield. —We observe that excellent entertainment recently given in the Seafield schoolroom, by Mr. A. M'Keliar Wix’s company of local amateurs, is to be repeated on the 12th instant (Friday evening). ■
The Post Office. —The Post Office wil be closed to-morrow in honor of the Prince of Wales’ Birthday. Mails will bo despatched north and south by the first train only. Sunday lioirs will be observed by the Telegraph Department.
The Dunedin Suicide. the inquest on the body of Agnes Weir, who committed suicide, as reported in our last issue, the jury returned a verdict of temporarily insane, and added a rider, censuring the husband for not taking more care of the arsenic in the house, and for his abusive language towards the deceased.
Mata.— At the V.R.C. meeting on .Saturday, the New Zealand horse, Mata, succeeded in scoring a win, pulling off the Y. 11.0 Handicap, ; one mile and threequarters, boating The Pontiff and Secundns, in the rather good time of 3mins. Gfsecs. He was heavily backed by the New Zealanders now in Melbourne, and started first favorite. ; .. Amusements for tub Race Week.— On Wednesday, -November, 17, the Amateur Dramatic' Club : are to play the “Masquerade Duel ” and: the “ Railway Belle.” The following night (the 18th), the farce will be “.Betsy Baker,” and a dance will close the evening. On Wednesday a. riding whip will be presented to' the winner of the Cup. The Temuka Review. —By the- train this afternoon, the Ashburton Contingent of the 0.Y.0. went down to Temuka to lake part in the review and sham fight. Some ten men and bosses from Ashburton will take part, as well as about forty of the Ashburton Rifles, who leave by the .first train to-morrow, accompanied by the band. A drill will take place to-night of the Rifles, with'a view to skirmishing practice.
Vagrancy. —The case of Patrick Buyrns, the man who last week was remanded till to-day on a charge of vagrancy, is being investigated by the Christchurch Charitable Aid Board, and the case was to-day again remanded for eight days. Buyrns left the Old Men’s Home for some reason or other, and being a cripple, and unable to work,’and friendless, he fell into the hands of the police. The Raging Club. —At. a meeting of the Racing Club held on Saturday afternoon, it was decided owing to a misapprehension regarding the Farmer’s Plate, to place another, race.cni the programme for the second day, to be called the District Farmer's Plato, of 30 sovs.: Entrance 2 sovs. , open to alb district horses, which have been previously entered for the Fanner’s Plate. The misunderstanding was as to whether the plate was an open or a district race.
The Postal Savings Bank. —lt has been determined to introduce into this Colony the new system of Postal Savings Banks deposits lately originated in England by the Postmaster-General, Professor Fawcett. : It consists in the issue by Postal officers, of . a blank card, ruled into twelve spaces, each largo enough to hold a postage stamp. Any depositor can fill in these squares with penny postage stamps, and so soon as the card is full ho has only to present it at the Savings Bank, when the stamps will be obliterated, and the filled-up card accepted as a deposit in the usual way.' Rakaia Gorge Bridge. —A Wellington telegram says :—The following, tenders were received for the Rakaia Gorge Bridge contract: Accepted —W. H. Barker, Oamaru, L 3397. Declined —11. M‘Kenzie and Co., Dunedin. L 353 1; M‘Combe and Day,- Oamaru, L 4114 ; 11. B. Sibrey, Timaru, L 4367 ; Mercer and Low, Dunedin, L 4645, Thomas and Hill, Amberly, L 4893 ; Stock and Stenliouss, Christchurch, L 4949 ; G. Thornton, Christchurch, Loll! ; Thomas Russell, L 5195 ; Henderson and Fergus, Dunedin, L 5807. •
Military Equipment.—ln Germany a considerable proportion of the infantry carry spades. This increase to the equipment of the soldier is not to be seen for the first time, nor is it alone carried by the Germany army. They carry one small spade to every four men, anil large spades in the proportion of 25 per cent, of the smaller ones, besides ten per cent, of pickaxes. The Austrians and Russians are providing uhoir troops with spades, in the proportion of one to every two men ; and the French have adopted the principle of carrying entrenching tools, though wc are not quite certain of the proportion decided upon, The question of carrying entrenching tools was referred to an English committee long ago i but wc may perhaps see a huge European war before the authorities can make up their mind upon this new but simple-question. - An Unpaid Leo. —For some time past a one-legged man might have been seen stumping about the township with a most extraordinary work of art strung across his back. This work of art was an artificial leg, and many a head was turned to look after the man who, instead of using bis leg to aid locomotion, carried it on his back. But there is a reason for everything, and there was a reason for the peculiar conduct of the ouedegged man. How he lost his log real we don’t know, but wc do know that he is fond of a booze, and lie makes this artificial leg of his the means of raising the wind. He tells the good people whom he visits a plausible story like this—That he got the leg made, and paid LlO of the price ; that at the time, he entered into a bond' with the maker not to use the leg for walking until the other LlO owing were paid ; that ho is begging subscriptions towards liquidating 0 the LlO, and he produces a list of names with sums given opposite, amounting within a pound or two of the required 'amount. Kind-hearted people give shillings and half-crown ; but however much money is given, the onelegged man never seems to get aiiy’ nearer the happy time when ho will cast aside his primitive timber toe, and put on the triumph of )e«--making art, He gets drunk, too, and into debt as well. Possibly, nobody would interfere with his little begging game if he behaved himself ; but, on Saturday, he had taken too heavy a whisky dinner, and the landlord of the boarding-house at which he puts up found him to be a nuisince, so that -the one-legged man was taken away to quarters where he had to “wittlo fi'cp” at the colony’s expense.. To day he made his bpw to Mr. Nugent Wood, R.M., before whom Mr. Charles Larouche’s mode of raising the wind was described, and the one-legged Frenchman was given to understand that three days grace would hp given him in which to depart from the confines of this city, or bo* sent, leg and leggage, to gaol as a vagrant. Mr. Charles Larouohe used to trot round with an .organ-and monkey, but these aids to fortune have been lost si'dit of, and the fancy leg lias taken their place. We would advise the sympathetic to be careful in giving him their money, as this leg “ fake” of his is only a means for finding tho Frenchman “ wittles and: drink"—mostly drink, i
Sporting Notes. —Only Gufts’ and Robinson’s teams appeared on the Christchurch Course this morning, and did slow work. The other teams trained on private grounds. Amulet is a hot favorite for the Welcome Stakes, at 3 to 1. Betting ,is very quiet. ' ,
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