The Ashburton Guardian. MONDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 1880.
TOWN EDITION." [lssued at 5 p.m.]
The Weather. —The exceedingly dry weather recently is beginning to tell on the lighter land of the plains. In the Seafleld district the wells are beginning to give out, the water in some of them having fallen considerably. Presbyterian Church, Rakaia . —At the Presbytery meeting in Christchurch on Thursday a temporary session, consisting of Messrs. 'William Gavin and Andrew Orr (Ashburton), and D. Henderson (Mcthven), elders, were appointed for the Presbyterian Church at Rakaia. Fireworks. —To-night a nnicycle circus opens on the ground near Mrs. Butler’s Hotel. From advertisements in several columns of this issue particulars will be learned. The proprietors announce that a novel display for Ashburton will be an attraction, namely, fireworks. A Fool. —A man got drunk last Friday with L2O odd in his pocket. In his cups he made a present of a watch valued at L 7 to a mere child, and got into trouble over a certain half-crown which he was charged with stealing. ' Finally the man was discharged on Saturday, having got back his property, accompanied with a lecture from the Magistrate. The Drowning Case at Wakanui. — The inquest on the body of John Hurley, the man who was drowned while bathing in the Wakanui creek on Saturday, is reported in another column. Deceased was a single man, twenty-five years of age, a native of Killarney, county Kerry, Ireland, and was the son of a respectable farmer.
The Backs. —Smokists and fathers of families are directed to the adpertisemcnts of Professor Clark and Messrs. 0. Carstens and Co., who both advertise special preparations for the pipe and tobacco demand certain <o arise during next week. The former gentleman also aims at supplying the demand that must arise for toys, etc., for the youngsters. The Show. —The Show bids fair to be a success. The exhibits will, numerically, be far in excess of. last year’s number, and already the ground presents a busy appearance. A large number of the heavier machines and implements have been taken along, and a number of others are at the railway station waiting removal. All that is wanted now is good weather; and appearances seem to favor the anticipation of a good day. The Tuaix Arrangements for the Show To-morrow. —lt was expected that trains would run right up to the show ground to-morrow, but we learn that this is not the intention of the railway authorities, and therefore all the special trains advertised will have their terminus at the ances from the town to the grduna^ n wfi\T howeier, bo plentiful, as we understand that no less than fifteen vehicles have been specially licensed to carry passengers to the grou-d. The Outward English Mail. —Mails for the United Kingdom, via Brindisi (for specially addressed correspondence only), Continent of Europe, Point de Galle, India, the East, Aden, Mauritius, Capo of Good Hope, &c., will close at Ashburton on Wednesday next, at 10 a.m., and will be despatched per express train to connect with the Rotorua at the Bluff. This mail will be due in London on the 6th of January. Drunk. —A man named Jeremiah Daly was expelled from the train at Rakaia on Saturday, and was afterwards taken in charge by constable Rouse. The apprehension was not an easy one, and Rouse was fiercely attacked by the prisoner. Ultimately, however, the lock-up got its man, and to-day Daly was fined 10s. for being drunk, and was sent to prison for a week for assaulting the constable.
New Dining Rooms. —Farmers and dealers attending the sales at the new cattle yards are to have their comfort considered. Mr. Peter Good has opened a luncheon room just opposite the yards in the Seafield road, where a meal can be obtained at a reasonable figure. He also finds staoling and paddocking for those who may wish accommodation of this kind. ~ No doubt Mr. Good’s venture will meet the appreciation at the hands of the farmers which his.timely opening of a wanted establishment deserves.
Winslow Spouts. : —The sports at Winslow on New Year’s Day, which always draw a crowd and fill in an excellent holiday, are to be repeated this year as usual. A meeting was held on Saturday evening at Winslow, to consider the matter, when it was decided to hold the annual races and sports on New Year’s Day. The Secretary read the report of last year’s proceedings, from? which it appeared a small balance remained in hand. After a considerable amount of routine business had been transacted, a subscription list was handed round, which brought in from those present a sum of L2O 9s.
Desecration. —The Ashburton Racing Club, with geeat liberality, gave permission to trainers to use their course for training purposes only, and with a stipulation that no racing was to take place upon, it until after the meeting—the ground being very hard, and the scanty grass wanting rest just now. Two sporting gentlemen, however, in defiance of the generous concession on the part of the Club, and of recognised Sabbatarian usages, even in this easy-going part of the Christian world, elected to have a “ private trial” at 5 a.m. yesterday. It is to be hoped that some means may be found to show these “ sportsmen” that such proceedings are not in unison with fair racing or Sunday observances. Wo are sure that none of our Church attendants or supporters of racing are so fond of the turf, but they can wait tj 11 Monday to see an Irish hunter show his paces. Sad Occurrence. —This morning, about half-past eight, Mr. John Campbell, farmer, met his death. Mr. Campbell is about sixty-two years of age, and this morning he got up early to smoke, and then went back to bed. His son Donald then got up and went to chop wood. Hearing a report lie went into the home and found his father lying on the floor, and bleeding from a wound In the cheat, which had been caused by a shot from a double-barrelled gun, which was lying across the old man’s body. Dr. Stewart was hurriedly sent for, and examined the wound. He found that the charge of shot had entered the deceased’s chest, smashing a portion of the collar-bone and wounding the left lung. Mr- Canipb/JJ. explained that he was handling the gun and that it went off quite accidentally, how he could not say. Mr. Campbell died at twelve o’clock to-day. An inquest will be held to-morrow at ten o’clock, in Sutler’s Hotel.
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