The Ashburton Guardian. TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 1880.
The Gas Company. — -Tljo annual meeting of the Gas Company will be held next Monday, in the Library, at three o'clock. Tea Meetings. —The tea meeting in connection with the Primitive Methodist Church and that in connection with the Episcopalian Church are to be held this evening, as advertised. Lecture. ---The Rev. Mr. Gillies, of Timaru, delivered the last of the series of popular lectures, given under the auspices of the Presbyterian Church, last night. The subject was “Ferguson.” The lecture was an able one, but the audience was small. A Hoax.— The police have so far not got any clue to tie whereabouts of the girl Prescott, who was supposed to have committed suicide at the South Dunedin Recreation Ground last week. From her antecedents it is believed that her letter intimating her intention of committing suicide was a blind, and that she had gone up country. Accident. —Mr. Robert Clayton, in the employ of Messrs. Matson and Co., met with a nasty aeciclent at the railway goods shed yesterday afternoon about half past five. He was helping in the despatch of machinery to the show, and a chaff-cutter standing on a dray attracted his attention by its apparently insecure position. He went to adjust it, and in climbing into the dray, missed his footing somehow. In falling he brought the machine with him, which broke two of his ribs on the left side. Dr. Stewart was sent for, and had Mr. Clayton taken home, where he was attended to. The injuries are somewhat severe, but are not considered dangerous. The Disqualification of Mata.— The Ago says “ The investigation held by the Committee into Mata’s running for the Cup came to nothing, but suspicions are abroad that he did not do the best possible for the Cup, and was suffering from the metallic influence of the betting ring.” The decision of the stewards of the V. R. C. is as follows The stewards having considered the running of the horse Mata in the Royal Park Stakes on Nov. 4, 1880, have decided that the jockey Ray shall be disqualified from riding or training any horse, and that Mata be disqualified from running on the Flemington Racecourse. It seems that, al-; though there were grave suspi- \ cions regarding the running of the • horse In the Melbourne Cup, the dis-: qualification was not imposad for that: event, but on account of “ pulling” in the Royal Park Stakes, the race op the, third day of the meeting in which representative of Maoridom ran abac-. lutely last.
Singing Class.— lt will be seen from a notice elsewhere that Mr. Weeks’ Wednesday evening singing class is postponed till Thursday. Tue Mayoralty. —As will be seen by an announcement elsewhere, Mr. Hugo Friedlander has had a walk over for the office of Mayor for the coming year, no other candidate being nominated. Inquest. —At an inquest held this morning on the body of the late Mr. James Campbell, who met his death yesterday while handling a gun, a verdict of “ Accidental death ” was returned. The Holiday To-Day. —To-day was a general holiday, and in consequence the post and telegraph offices have been shut up. The result of this is that as no telegraphist can do a day’s work in half anliour, we cannot give any telegams to-day —simply because there were no telegraph men about to receive them. “ I’m Resigned. ” —lt was a sad occasion. The doctor said the man couldn’t live, and weeping friends surrounded his bedside. He was not reconciled to depart. He was young and there was much to hold him to life. He struggled hard, mentally, to accept the situation, but he couldn’t feel right about it. At length he opened his eyes and asked in a feeble whisper if the leader of the village band was, at home. If so he desired, as a dying request, that the band be brought out and allowed to play one of their favorite airs, No. 6 he thought, under his window. The appeal was granted, and before the concluding strain was reached a submissive smile hovered about the shrunken lips of the departing one as he murmured, “ I’m—resigned. Nothing—worse—can happen—now.” Then his light went out. ' ' ''
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