The Ashburton Guardian. THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 1880.
TOWN EDITION. [lssued at 5 jL'm-1
Meeting or Parliament. —A proclaf matiou in the Gazette yesterday further prorogues Parliament to March Ist. Chimney Corner. —The first half of a short tale will be found on the fourth page. The Subsidies. —Mr. Barron, of Dunedin has received the following telegram from the Government: —“ Subsidies to local bodies will be paid as soon as possible. Delay is in obtaining information as to cost of Hospital and Charitable Aid.” Cricket. The replies from cricket associations are so satisfactory that the Australian team’s agent at Dunedin has telegraphed to Adelaide for Mr. Alexander to come over and make definite arrangements for the coming of the Australian cricketers. Worthy of His Hire. —A petition with over 400 signatures has been presented to the Dunedin City Council, recommending tho voting of the usual salary to Mayor Walter, but consideration has been postponed on technical grounds. It is believed that’the Council will agree to a small vote. To be Further Reduced. —The Wellington correspondent of the Press telegraphed yesterday : —“lt is understood that on the return of absent Ministers to Wellington some further reforms, tending in the direction of substantial retrenchment, and of a somewhat sweeping nature, will come under the careful consideration of the Cabinet. It is rumored that as the result the numerical strength the official staff in Government Buildings may be materially reduced, especially in some of the higher quarters. A Fraudulent Bankrupt.— At Nelson, yesterday, a contractor, late of Reefton and Lye’ll, named F. Nealson, was sued by a storekeeper named Ellis for goods supplied, amounting to LIOO. The plaintiff obtained judgment, whereupon defendant’s lawyer intimated that the man had filed a declaration of insolvency. Mr. Pitt, for plaiutiii, said that defendant had drawn over LIOO from the bank on the previous day, and he questioned his statement of assets, which he set down as nil. Mr. Pitt then applied for a judgment summons, returnable the same day. In the meantime the trustee in bankruptcy held an examination of the debtor, when about L3O was found on his person. His liabilities were stated at Llolos. On hearing the judgment summons, the B.M. ordered defendant to pay forthwith, or be imprisoned for three months. The man went to gaol. Tub Dramatic Club. —The Dramatic Club had last night the fullest house t 6 which they have yet played, and put before their audience the best bill of fare they have yet attempted. The “ Duel in the Snow” was remarkably well put on, and very creditably played indeed. The leading characters were taken by Messrs. Felton, Jessop, and Elston, whose acting gave evidence of careful attention to the parts they respectively undertook. The ladies engaged were Lizzie Lizzette and Mrs. Tippets, both of whom played better than we have ever seen them before. We fancied, however, that too much was given to the former to do, in assigning her the two characters she pourtrayed. The work for her was heavy, but she went through it well. “The Railway Belle” has been made very popular in Ashburton by the Dramatic Club, and it Lost nothing by its repetition last night. A handsome whip was to have been presented to the jockey who won the Cup, and Mrs. Thompson canle forward to present it, but bashful Nolan could not muster pluck to come up, and the lady returned with her mission unfulfilled. To-night “ Betsy Baker” will be the farce,'the “ Duel in the Snow”, being repeated ; and the- entertainment will conclude with a plain dress ball.
Turned Up.—Tliu girl Prescott, particulars of whose disappearance was telegraphed from Dunedin : recently, has turned up at Port Chalmers.
The Christchurch Mayoralty. Messrs. Gapes and Ayers were nominated yesterday for the Mayoralty of Christchurch. The polling will take place on the 24th inst. Total Abstinence. —-A lecture was to have been delivered last night by Mr. Alfred Saunders, on Total Abstinence, but owing to the many counter attractions in town, it was decided to postpone the lecture to a future date. Primitive Methodism.— On Tuesday a tea and public meeting was held in the Primitive Methodist Chapel.. The attendance was considerably larger than was expected, and although the tea was not advertised to take place before six o’clock, owing to the crowd of visitors who had come°to the agricultural show, the Primitive friends were compelled to commence tea at five o’clock, and the ladies who presided at the tables were kept actively employed for nearly three hours. ' All the trays were given, and the provisions were of excellent quality. The . following ladies displayed much tact in waiting at the tables and helping to make the occasion thoroughly enjoyable, viz.—Mesdames Hircock, Jowsey, Tresize, Dally, Mulford, Tilly, Taylor, Metcalf, Nicholson, Brown, Stokes, Puddicombe, and Major, and T. Taylor, also the Misses Jowsey, Lyons, and Hardley. The public meeting was presided over by Mr. E. Watkins. The Rev. Mr. Smith read the report, which was of an encouraging nature. The present debt on the premises is L 156. The expenditure during the year was unusually large, as they had been discharging some long-standing debts, and had been compelled to draw L 46 from the Circuit fund for that purpose. The congregations have wonderfully increased, various improvements have been made in the church, and it is now getting in a healthy condition, Appropriate addresses were delivered by Mr. R. Bevan, Revs. Keall, Beattie, and Smith ; and the proceedings were enlivened by a few select pieces by the choir. Votes of thanks brought the meeting to a close. It is thought the receipts for the anniversary will exceed L2O.
Sunday School Treat. —lt is very questionable whether, amongst- the numerous parties who sought to make the most of yesterday’s holiday, from a recreation point of view, any were so successful or so well satisfied at the close of the day, as those who took part in the Wesleyan Sunday School gathering in Mr. T. R. Hodder’s paddock. The children assembled at the Cameron street church, at about 11 o’clock, and then proceeded to the grounds, where there were erected horizontal bars and, the various other sources of amusement dear to the youthful athlete, and swings, &c., for the maidenly portion of the pleasure-seekers. As the day advanced, a large number of friends arrived, and not a few of the adults wore soon found as enthusiastic in the games as the more juvenile portion of tho. merry throng. Cricket, rounders, racing, jumping, Ac., each had their respective adherents, and the sucessful competitors, from the tiny threc-year-old to the active youth and blushing maiden each obtained their toy whip, trumpets, bats, balls, skipping-ropes, and a host of other articles wliich their kind and generous benefactors had supplied for the purpose. A deal of hard work, of course, was in; volved in bringing the events of the dsyi to a successful termination, and while many of the friends were conspicuous by the aid rendered to the teachers, the Rev. W. Keall seemed to have voluntarily taken the lion’s share of the work, and it would not be far wrong in saying that lie was indeed the moving spirit in the day’s enjoyment. About five o’clock the children sat down to a most sumptuous tea, after which the visitors and teachers followed suit. The gathering was most successful throughout, and at the conclusion of the day’s recreation, all were unanimous in their feeling that, although tho first of its kind, the children’s treat of 1880, should certainly not be the last. It is interesting to note that, besides contributions from members of the Wesleyan body, cash, toys, and edibles were given by a number of townspeople who were desirous that the young folks should thoroughly enjoy themselves.
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