The Ashburton Guardian. FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 1880.
TOWN EDITION. [lssued at 5 p.m.]
Alleged Larceny. —The R.M. to-day remanded till to-morrow a man named William Teague alias Jones, on a charge of stealing half-a-crown. Drunk. —To-day, the R.M. fined a man named William Stevens five shillings for being drunk and disorderly at the Wheatshcaf Hotel.
Cheap Trains. —The railway authorities have resolved, we believe, to run special trains on the show and race days, from Ashburton to the show grounds and course, at the small charge of 6d, per head.
“Out of the Hurlby-Bublby.”—A telegram was received in town last night, notifying the death of Orange Peci, a horse entered for several races at the local meeting Inflammation of the chest carried him off.
Transfer. —lt appears that Mr. Geo. .Willcocks, late of the Whei tsheaf Hotel, has gone away, taking his license with him. A difficulty thus arose regarding the transfer of the hotel to Mr. Escott, which was got over-by the transfer being granted to-day by three justices. Erratum. —The writer of the report of the Christchurch show in onr issue of yesterday mistook the name of Mr. Haydon for that of Mr. Hawdon, and was thus led into the belief that Westerfield had contributed sheep exhibits. We understand that the Westerfield flock was not represented at all.
An Understanding with Tb White Orders were given to commence the survey of the Parihaka block yesterday, and to push it on with the utmost energy. It is anticipated that this will force Te Whiti’s hand, and compel him to adopt some definite line either of concession or resistance. If the latter, everything (a correspondent of the Press says) is in readiness for vigorous action. Sib Hercules Robinson. —Sir Hercules Robinson is popular even to New York. A paper there, speaking of him, concludes thus Sir Hercules is one of the numerous sons of an Irish clergyman by the daughter of Sir Hercules' Langrish. He has an Irishman’s love for horse-flesh, and never missed an Australian race of any importance. Of conciliatory disposition, he always gets along very well when Governor, and is deemed a safe man by the Colonial Office. School Committee. —The Ashburton School Committee held a meeting on Wednesday evening, adjourned from Tuesday. Dr. Stewart, and Messrs. Boyle, Bean, and St. Hill, were the members present. Arrangements were made for a holiday being given on Tuesday, the Agricultural Show clay, and if more holidays were wanted, the master was given to understand that an equivalent would be deducted from the Christmas vacation. Some discussion took place in regard to the infant school and its mistress, and a recommendation on the subject was passed to be forwarded to the Board. It was decided to hold the annual school treat on the 16th December next, at Laghmor station, the secretary to ascertain the cost of a special train, and to obtain, if possible, Mr. John M’Lean’s consent for the use of a paddock for the children’s sports, etc. The Committee formed itself into a Subcommittee to collect funds for the children’s treat, and to carry out details, and it was resolved to ask the Borough Council for a donation, also to ask Mr. Shury’s aid in collecting toys and prizes, etc , for the sports. The master’s report was satisfactory. This was all tho business.
A Town that Wanted ExtbkminaXIO n. —Some extraordinary remarks fell from an Australiui judge the other day. In the Warrnambool Standard, of 9th October, there is an account of the trial at the Belfast Assizes of a man named Henry Thomas Reid for embezzling L23G, the property of the Warrnambool Permanent Building and Investment Society. In summing up, his Honor Mr. Justice Stephen, said that he had no doubt of the prisoner’s guilt. The jury, however, returned a verdict of “not guilty.” After an interval of silence, his Honor, looking at the Crown Prosecutor, asked, “What’s the use of going on with these Belfast cases 1 It’s perfectly disgraceful. I would advise the Crown Prosecutor not to proceed further. It’s a disgrace to the whole system of trial by jury.” Mr. Hodge, who prosecuted, then asked for a postponement and a change of venue before proceeding with the other charges against the prisoner. This . was opposed by Mr. Molesworth, and finally his Honor rose in a passion, and said he would discharge tho prisoner altogether. My opinion is,” continued his Honor, “idiat Belfast requires to be exterminated ; .it is Belfast that is on trial—not that man. ”
A Reduction. —The Wellington correspondent of the Press telegraphs that the Government have decided to reduce the tariff on the conveyance by rail of Timber intended for export by 3d. per 100 feet. Vagrancy. —The man Buyrns,. who recently left the Old Men’s Home, and came up before the R.M. on a charge of vagrancy, the cause being then remanded for inquiry, was to-day sent to gaol for a month.
Sound'. —A number of Ashburton residents allege that while about the town on Tuesday morning they distinctly heard the boom of the cannon fired at the Temuka sham fight. One gentleman states that he hoard ten or a dozen reports in rapid succession. The distance of Temuka from Ashburton is thirty-six miles.
In His own Trap. - A report reached Wanganui yesterday that Moffatt, who lately served a term of imprisonment for gunpowder making, has been shot in the Tuhua country. Moffatt was warned not to return, as tho natives would not allow white men in their country. Tuhua is at the head of the river, and has never yet been prospected by white men, the natives always being averse to their presence.
The Crystal Palace Exhibition. — The Government have sent instructions to Sir J. Vogel, to apply for space in the Crystal Palace Wool Exhibition at Sydenham, London, for New Zealand exhibitions: also to receive and forward exhibits sent from New Zealand. Exhibitors will have only to pay freight to London, as, after arrival at the agency, general exhibits will be taken charge of by the Agent-General at the expense of the colony.
Captain Barry. —Captain Barry has again received a 400-signature requisition to lecture. This timo in Dunedin. A contemporary says The Captain has rc-published the testimonial of his Timaru admirers, but he says nothing about the fact that the purse of sovereigns to which it alludes consisted of a half-crown and sevenpenco in coppers. After the lecture in Dunedin the Captain intends leaving for New South Wales, in order to identify Cresswell, who is now in the Lunatic Asylum at Paramatta, and who may have to be taken to England in connection with the Tichborne case.
A Judge on the Jury Laws. —Michael M'Carfchy, charged with perjury in the Resident Magistrate’s Court, came before the Supreme Court at Taranaki yesterday morning, when the jury found a verdict of “not guilty.” At the conclusion of the trial, judge Richmond, before whom tho case was heard, remarked that from the number of challenges in empannelling, it was almost impossible in small places to get an impartial jury. He was apprehensive that it would be necessary to have a modification of the jury laws, or justice would he seriously endangered. The remedy, he said, was, when a charge was brought against an old settler in a small district the case should not he tried in that district. A Curious Return for Hospitality.— The last Home Neius thus refers to our old friend Chang ;—“ Since Chang, the Chinese giant, made his appearance in the Speaker’s gallery in the House of Commons the other night, he has become an object of increased public interest. It was a good advertising move if nothing more, and the fact that he was accompanied by the dwarf, who acts as a foil to Chang’s height, rather bears out this view. It is not generally known that Chang is a man of great intelligence in his way, and speaks several languages. The present Chinese Ambassador to this country, the Marquis of Tseng, whose family name differs only slightly from the giant’s own, has taken great interest in him, and has frequently shown him hospitality at the Chinese Embassy—hospitality which Cbang, who adds to his Bft. Gin. of height abnormally long arms, has repaid in his usual way by writing his name on the ceilings of the Embassy. ”
What Kelly was Like. —l went to the Criminal Court to see Ned Kelly (writes the Melbourne correspondent of the Sydney Bulletin), and, being fortunate enough to have a friend among the powers that be, I got in. There is. nothing especially villanous about the outlaw’s appearance. He is rather a handsome .and essentially manly-looking fellow—-just like many another young colonial Irishman who lias taken to hard work instead of bnshranging. His principal characteristics are his height, which is above the average, and the largeness of his eyes, which are a pale blue or steel grey hue, and are guarded by remarkably long eyelashes. His eyebrows are heavy and almost straight, and his lips, so far as one could see, are so thin and determinedlooking as to seem in some regards out of keeping with his Celtic cheek-bones. No one could see in his face evidence of tho ferocity with which ho is credited, and after looking at him for a moment I could not, in view of tho sensational descriptions of his appearance, help thinking of what Mr. Dailey said on a memorable occasion :—“Place tho most honest and pleasing face behind these rails, and it at once becomes a face that expresses every passion.” Perhaps the force won’t take it as a compliment when I say Ned Kelly looks suspiciously like a tall policeman in plain clothes.
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