The Ashburton Guardian. WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 1880.
TOWN EDITION. [lssued ai 5 p.7n.] -
Drunken Holidays. —The holiday of yesterday brought its usual quantum of inebriates to the police station. A man named George Nugent, who had taken a larger skinful than he could carry, got to wrestling with one of his pot companions, and was:turned out of the Commercial Hotel. Constable Smart took him in charge. Two men, whose whisky had been of the sympathetic kind, felt their bowels of compassion begin to yearn for themnfortunate Nugent. We do not know that, like Tam O'Shanter, they “loved him like a vera brither,” because of the frequency of their drinking bouts with him, but anyhow they essayed to follow' him to quod, and bail him him out. The constable, finding that the sympathetic ones .were as drunk as the man he had apprehended, took charge of them also, and He had three prisoners instead of one. A plea for being let off w-as set up by the sympathetic two that they had drays and horse's standing out on the belt. The constable made inquiries, and found that the plea was well founded on fact, and he brought in the animals, which were in a sorry state, having been standing a long time without food, w’hile their _ stupid drivers were getting more stupid with liquor. ’ Yesterday the trio were had up before Mr. Nugent Wood, and were thus disposed of Nugent w’as fined 10s. for, beim' drunk ; Par Petersen was fined ss. for “being drunk, 10s. for leaving his horses, and 255. costs 5 Donnlan was fined been Par’s. ’ AnotlieF ctfdßlP ItiY.i 1 }" Burgess was fined 55., but failed to pay, and Sergeant Felton has found a compulsory job for him at the station. Today Mr. Wood sat on another two drunks, one named Hill, who paid ss. fine, and another named Dawson, W’ho contributed another crown, with a shilling extra for the express in wdiich his drunken carcase was wheeled to the police station. The Temuka Review'. —The review and sham fight came off yesterday at Temuka in excellent weather. The 0.Y.0. left Ashburton the previous night, joining the contingent there, and taking part in the sharh fight in the morning. The Ashburton Rifles left yesterday morning with the first train, and reached Temuka somewhat late for the sham fight, but in time to take part in the review, which took place on a the parade ground. The mounted officers were Captain Hammersley, of the Timaru Artillery, and Captain Young, of the Temuka Rifles. After several movements had been gone through, amongst which was receiving a cavalry charge, the horses and men of the contingent behaving admirably under fire, the men were marched back to the fine drill shed of the local;corps, where an ample luncheon was supplied to the visitors. : : Ample justice having been done to this, the Ashburton men adjourned to the butts, and fired off an extemporised rifle competition, with the following result, the ranges being 200 and 300 yards, five rounds at each : Corporal Jessop, 12, 12—24 ; Color-Ser-geant Dolman, 12, 10—22 ; Pvt. Craighead, 14, 2—lG ; Corporal Yaughau, 10, 5—15; Privates Worner and Leitch, 6, 4—lo each. The remainder did not finish. The afternoon was filled in with sports, got up by the Yeomanry Cavalry, which were well attended by the general public. Ashburton made a very fair appearance at the sports. In the heads and posts competition, Sergeant Scott carried off the first trophy, with sixteen points, Trooper Waddell being second with ten points. There were eight competitors,; amongst whom was also Trooper Chambers, of Ashburton, who rode with great dash, and took such heads and rings as he gained very fairly: Sergeant Scott and ho were ceitainly the most interesting operators in the competition, though Messrs, Waddell and Hooper, who tied for second place, did their work remarkably well. The cup won by Sergeant Scott will be on view in Orr and Co.’s window for a short ime. The other Ashburton men who took honors in the competitions were _Corporal Cookson, of the Cavalry, first in cavalry sword exercise in a field of nine competitors, winning, we believe, a handsome medal owing to the difficulty of obtaining a suitable prize sword in the colony ,; and Private Groves, who won the half-mile handicap foot race from scratch. The Timaru, Temukg., and Ashburton brass bands:were present on the grounds, at the sports, and the Timaru and Ashburton bands played daring the volunteer parade. We must certainly give our own band credit for playing in admirable time, so that marching to their music is 'easy. Though the other bands may claim a higher musical position, we fancied theywere not so useful as military bands as is our own. With the last train the Rifles returned, and were dismissed at the parade ground. We may add that Lieut, St. George Douglas accompanied the Rifles, but being only newly gazetted, was not in uniform, and the command fell to Color-Sergeant Dolman. The Company has not been vexy handsomely treated by Government. Notwithstanding repeated promises, not a single belt has been forwarded fo the men, who have thus no opportunity of learning the bayonet exercise, and yesterday they paxaded with such makeshifts for bayonet frogs as they themselves could manufacture.
The R.M. —ln a Gazette of the Ist November to hand we find the appointment of Mx\ J. -Nugent -Wood to the Ashburton Magistracy. The Volunteers. —As we®go to press we learn that a consignment of belts—waist and shoulder—and other accoutrements, for the Ashburton Rifles, arc at Lyttelton, and will be here in a few days. Last night a consignment of ammunition arrived here, and skirmishing drill, with blank cartridge, will take place next Tuesday.
Unseemly" Conduct in a Church.— What are termed by the press evening concerts at St. Paul’s, Auckland, appear to be getting lively. At the evening service on Sunday last, the incumbent, the Rev. C. M. Nelson, took occasion to allude to the indecorous conduct of some members of the congregation, who displayed a volatile spirit in the sacred edifice. After commenting on the dis creditable nature of such conduct, he stated that, should it he continued, he would refuse to proceed with the service, and the churchwardens would feel it their duty to remove the persons'persisting in it.
The Christchurch Derby. —lt is worthy of note that the Christchurch Derby was done in faster time than on any previous occasion. The Hon. R. Campbell’s Sir Modrcd, which started at the odds of 4 to 1, did the distance in 2 min. 43 sec. The Melbourne Derby this year occupied one second longer, and many authorities are pretty well agreed that for any race of a mile and a half, the Flemington course is equal to three seconds better than Christchurch. This would give Sir Mpdred the reputation of being four seconds faster than Grand Flaneur, with the same weight and distance. Lure, the fav rite, and own sister to Lurline, started at the odds of 3 to 2 on, and finished;,fourth. . The result will be disastrous to the metallicians.
A •Projected, Regatta.— : During the cricket match yesterday, ike Borough water, scheme was subject of comment and admiration by alb who attended the grounds—a no small number. There was great unanimity of opinion as to the further improvement of the Domain by constructing two or three dams, by which reaches could be made that would afford water ; for the holding of regattas for canoes and other light boats. It nujp.t. be evident to any person having knowledge of earthwork, that the cost would be but trifling as against, the advantage to -be derived by the public These dams would supply bathing depths and boating reaches, and"the subject.is worth the consideration both of fhe County and Borough Councils. .■ ■ " .... An IJnfortunate Line.—A narrow escape from a very serious accident occurred on the Wellington-Masterton Railway on Monday afternoon. The down train from Masterton had reached to near the summit of the Rimutaka when it came into collision with a large tree which had fallen across the line. The leading truck of the train, which contained two horses, had the front portion smashed by the shock. This truck, along with the next carriage, which was occupied by a number of passengers, was thrown pff the line. The other, passenger carriages and, the engine remained on .the ljne, but:some excitement was caused amongst the occupants. The obstruction was cleared without delay and the train arrived safely in town, being upwards of an hour behind time. Those in the train must be said to have had a miraculous escape, as some workmen passed the spot a few minutes before the accident occurred and the line was clear’, thus showing that the tree must have fallen immediately before the approach of the train. Cricket. Yesterday a match between a team of the Christchurch Bakers’ Cricket Club and an eleven of the Ashburton Cricket Club was played in the Domain. Neither team could have been looked upon as a representative one, our best local men being absent—notably Denshire, Wix, Mainwaring, and others ; consequently, the Metropolitans had. the opportunity of taking from Ashburton a cheap laurel. Their victory—if_it&^be todraw stumps at 5.15, and when that hour arrived there were 34 runs to be made by Ashburton to win, and there was plenty of time before the train went to do it. But as the local batsmen were well set and making runs at the rate of one per minute, and only three wickets doWri, the “floury” men preferred accepting such victory as the agreement gave them to one won on the merits of the game. We can not refrain from condemning the imputations made by the bakers against the decisions of the Ashburton umpire, which imputations were, to say the least, in bad taste. When cricketers meet a far better spirit should be displayed. We were glad to notice a great improvement on the cricket-ground.- All that appears to be wanting now is time, and in two years we feel sure the Ashburton ground will be inferior to none in the colon}’. Mr. William Power dispensed refreshments in the pavilion and this building was a favorite resort of the public, and afforded the onlookers a welcome shelter from a chill nor’ wester that blew during a portion of the afternoon. The following are the details : - Ashburton Club.—First Innings. Andrews, c Easton, b Broughton, 4 ; A. Fooks, b Broughton, 21; Hodder, run out,-37; MacLaren, c Philpot, b Whitfield, 9 ; Duncan, run out, 1 ; Mayo, b Broughton, 3 Marsh, c Philpot, b Broughton, 2 ; Curtis, run out, 1 ; Guy, not out, 5 ; J. Fooks, b Broughton, 2. Extras, G. Total, 82. Second Innings.— Andrews, b' Hislop, G; A. • Fooks, c Philpot, b Bennett, 7 ; Hodder, not out, 15 ; MacLaren, b Broughton, G ; Duncan, b Hislop, 2. Extras, 13. Total, .48. The Bakers’ Club—Easton, c Duncan, b Andrew's, 1; Ritchie, c Fooks, b Andrews, 2; Lloyd, c Hodder, b Duncan, 11; Whitfield, c Andrew’s, b Andrews, 7; Philpot, rim out; Bennett, c Marsh, b Bhury, 28; Broughton, b Shury, 2; McNae, run out, 14 ; Hislop, not out, 1. Extras, 24. Total, 103. Second Innings.—Easton, c Hodder, b Andrews, 0; Ritchie, b Duncan, 2; Lloyd, run out, 16; Whitfield, c Guy, b Andrews, 2; Philpot, b Andrews, 5; Bennett, Lb w, b Shury, 5; Broughton, b Andrews, 0; McNae, b Shury, 7; Hislop, notout, 10. Extras, 10. Total, 57.
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