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The Petrified Kidneys. —One of the Council’s men started work to-day breaking into smaller pieces the large boulders that impede the way Bast street, and are such a terror to the owner# of horse flesh.

The San Mail. —Mails for the United Kingdom,Continent of Europe, and America, West-Indies, "China, and Japan {via San Francisco), Sandwich Islands, &c., will close at Ashburton on Saturday, 4th December, at 10 a.m., and •will be due in London on 18th January, 1881.

Frightened. into the Water. —A woman in Auckland, clearing out of the way of a caravan of wild beasts, belonging to Coles’ Circus, fell over the wharf into the sea, and was rescued by a sailor.

The Te Aroha Goldfield. —The Government regulations that all ground taken up on the Te Aroha goldfields must be immediately manned, and continuously worked, is very unpopular amongst miners and investors generally. Complaints were made to the Attorney-General, but that officer pointed out that the desire of Government was to secure the speedy and effective prospecting of the ground, which, of course, could not be done if protection was granted for any length of time.

< New Business.— We notice that Mr., C. W. Davis, has started business in Ashburton as a bricklayer, and as he is well known, and a pushing young man, he will no doubt secure a fair share of work in the district. Drunkenness. —William Smith was today sent to prison for four days by the Magistrate for habitual drunkenness. He was arrested by the constable under the warrant for contempt issued by the B.M. yesterday in the case of Nealas v. Struthers, and to-day, having been three times convicted of drunkenness within twelve months, he was charged and convicted, under the Vagrancy Act, of habitual drunkenness.

The Railway Tariff. —At a meeting of the Committee of the Corn Exchange, held on Thursday e vening, it was resolved' “that the members of the Corn Exchange invite the co-operation of kindred associations and the farming community generally, to bring before the Government, through their representatives, the extreme dissatisfaction with which they regard the rates at present in existence on the Canterbury lines of railway. They consider it is unfair to the public that the Canterbury Railways should be made to pay for other lines that are unprofitable, and that it is the opinion of the Committee, if the present rates continue to be levied, the revenue from this source will be sensibly diminished.” Petitions are now being forwarded for signature to the principal grain-growing districts in Canterbury.

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Ashburton Guardian Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 202, 27 November 1880

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