The Ashburton Guardian. TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 1880. The Trotting Club.
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In our advertising columns the programme of the Ashburton Trotting Club’s meeting, to be held on the 16th instant, will be found. We must give the new Club every commendation for the kind of sport they propose to give the public. There is a novelty, and at the same time a useful object to be served by holding such meetings. Race meetings, pure and simple, only tend towards breeding high-class stock, which is not a necessity in a district like Ashburton. Trotting races, in saddle and harness, and with heavy-weight riders, will certainly tend to develope the production of a class of animals which are an absolute necessity to the population, and which can be bred or purchased at prices within the reach of every farmer in the community. The idea is a novelty in New Zealand sporting circles, and we trust the Club will obtain the support they merit. The amount of prize-money is not yet fixed, but we understand that about £75 be distributed among the winners. The affair is in good hands, and has every prospect of becoming an institution. It is contemplated that the. Club will be able to hold a meeting about every two months.
Sudden Death. —A child of Mr. Barnard, Chertsey, died suddenly last night, and an inquest will probably be held. The District Court. —An advertisement in another column, announces the adjournment of the District Court rill the 10th December, Judge Ward being required in Wellington. Police Case.—At the B.M. Court this morning, before Mr. Nugent Wood, William Strange was brought up, on remand, charged with disobeying an order of the Christchurch Court to contribute towards the support of his wife and family. Strange stated that, through ill-health, he had been unable to work, but promised that as soon as he could obtain employment he would keep up his payments. On this understanding, accused was let off.
Boots. —A dispute about boots was settled in Court to-day by the Resident Magistrate. Nealas sued Struthers for L 3 65., value of boots alleged to have been received. Sri-uthers denied having received any for himself, and only admitted getting one pair for his master, Smith. Nealas’ books were produced in Court, and, with their evidence, the R.M. was enabled to come to the conclusion that the boots had been supplied. He, therefore, gave judgment for L2 Bs., with Bs. costs. The witness Smith -was put in the box, but couldn’t remember anything. Inquest.—The inquest on the body of Michael Cuihey, who died on Monday night, from injuries received by the kick of a horse, received last Thursday, was held in the Hospital to-day before Dr. Trevor and a jury, of whom Mr, A. O. Aitken was foreman. The evidence of David Evans, farmer, Waterton, was to the effect that Cuihey had been kicked by one of Cuihey’s own horses last Thursday night. On Friday, he complained of pains in his bowels, and Mr. Evans brought him in to the Ashburton Hospital, where he died as stated. The medical evidence traced death to the injuries the man had received, and the jury returned a verdict of “ Accidental death.” A Valuable Piece of Lead.—James E. Currie shot an actor named Porter, for interfering to save an actress from insult. The Were York Dramatic News paid the expenses of the -witnesses for the prosecution, but Currie’s brother spent his fortune in bribing the jury, and in spite of conclusive evidence, the murderer was acquitted, on the ground of insanity while in liquor. The News, in a leading article on this gross miscarriage of justice, said : —“ The Dramatic News furnished the money to send the witnesses down to Texas. It will willingly furnish enough again to the man who would —since the law won’t —avenge poor Porter by putting a piece of lead in Currie’s carcase.” Carlyle with his Dead. —Thomas Carlyle, the greatest writer living, is now 86 years old. His wife is buried in Scotland, and every year he goes all the way from London to visit her grave. Her tombstone bears an epitaph from her husband’s pen, which is the finest tribute ever paid to wife or woman. Speaking of a recent visit by the aged literary giant to his wife’s grave, an American correspondent says “ And he stood hei-e awhile in the grass, and then he kneeled down and stayed on his knees at the grave; then he bent over, and 1 saw him kiss fchp ground—aye, he kissed it again and again, and he kept kneeling, and it was a long time before he rose and tottered out of the cathedral, and wandered through the graveyard to the gats, where his neice stood waiting for him. ”
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